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           Effects of iron limitation on CO2-sensitivity of Southern Ocean phytoplankton communities    
Conference -Talk Hoppe, C. J. M. , Hassler, C. , Payne, C. D. , Tortell, P. D. , Rost, B. and Trimborn, S. (2012) Effects of iron limitation on CO2-sensitivity of Southern Ocean phytoplankton communities , SCAR open science conference, Portland, Oregon, USA, 16 July 2012 - 19 July 2012 . hdl:10013/epic.39800
           Implications of observed inconsistencies in carbonate chemistry measurements for ocean acidification studies    
Article Hoppe, C. J. M. , Langer, G. , Rokitta, S. D. , Wolf-Gladrow, D. A. and Rost, B. (2012) Implications of observed inconsistencies in carbonate chemistry measurements for ocean acidification studies , Biogeosciences, 9 , pp. 2401-2405 . doi:10.5194/bg-9-2401-2012 , hdl:10013/epic.39720
          Commentaires sur Self-ownership par Jacques Attali’s interview: « Communication long term future lies with cognitive sciences » – 3 COM   
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          Commentaires sur Etre propriétaire de soi par Interview Jacques Attali (2013) « Le grand avenir de la Communication est dans les Sciences Cognitives » – 3 COM   
[…] Donc je crois qu’il y a une vraie réflexion à mener et une bataille politique, sur le fait que chacun doive rester propriétaire de ses données et pouvoir débrancher le système [NDLR : cf. Chronique être propriétaire de soi – ] […]
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          Second Language Learning: The Science Behind It   
A good way to motivate yourself to learn a second language is to understand some of the scientific research about second language acquisition and how it effects the brain. There is still a decent amount of debate about the critical period to learn a language. Some researchers say that the “critical period” for second language […]
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          Probiotic beer created at Singapore university has 'commercial potential'   

Researchers in Singapore who have created a probiotic beer are on the lookout for industry partners to launch the product to consumers. Under the supervision of Associate Professor Liu Shao Quan from the National University of Singapore Food Science and Technology Programme, student Chan Mei Zhi Alcine has spent nine months creating a recipe that achieves the optimal count of live probiotics in the beer.

          The gene behind follicular lymphoma   
EPFL scientists have discovered an important gene whose loss lies behind follicular lymphoma, an incurable cancer.
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           Maturity Size of the Female Population of Certain Commercial Prawns from Bombay    
Kagwade, P V (1980) Maturity Size of the Female Population of Certain Commercial Prawns from Bombay. Indian Journal of Marine Sciences, 9 (4). pp. 294-295.
          EPA Head Scott Pruitt Reportedly Launching Program to ‘Critique’ Climate Science   
The EPA chief has repeatedly rejected claims of mainstream climate science
          Theoretical Scientists Gather For 35th Annual Symposium To Try To Determine How Gas Nozzle Knows When Tank Is Full   

PASADENA, CA—In hopes of better understanding a phenomenon that has vexed researchers for decades, hundreds of theoretical scientists have assembled at the California Institute of Technology for the 35th annual symposium on how gas nozzles know when a car’s tank is full, sources said Thursday.

The weeklong academic conference, which draws top experts in quantum physics, pure mathematics, systems theory, and numerous other scientific fields, will feature a variety of interdisciplinary panel discussions and collaborative workshop sessions, as well as dozens of presentations from theorists sharing their ideas about what kind of mechanism could possibly enable a gasoline pump to turn itself off at just the right moment and avoid spilling fuel all over the place.

“All we know for certain is that you leave the nozzle in there for a while, it makes this little popping sound, and then your tank is full. Maybe this is the ...

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          Feds’ commend Government on investment in global agriscience   
Press Release – Federated Farmers The announcement today, made by Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee, is a progressive step that will drive science and innovation in the agriculture sector.Feds’ commend Government on investment in global agriscience Federated Farmers commends the Government on investment of $11 million towards global agricultural research. The announcement today, made by Foreign […]
          ‘A Perfect Three for Three’: Emmanuel Faculty Members Awarded $1...   

Emmanuel College in June secured nearly $1 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF), advancing the College’s reputation as a force in...

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          Humanities partnered with science will inspire good business for Australia   

Tony Golsby-Smith makes the case for investing in the Humanities. Here Tony talks with Linda Mottram on ABC radio after writing a piece for the Australian Financial Review

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          Comment on Keith Darrell: Shattering Hearts of Stone by Concerned Christian   
Kieth has often come to my university, the University of Idaho, and incited little but hateful arguments and crass insults. When asked about specific bible verses, and to compare them to other translations or interpretations to better understand the meaning of any one translation, he resorted to calling the science of translation as "a semantic tool of liberals". When anyone with legitimate knowledge of the Bible asked him any sort of question, he immediately would say that, "these are what I'm here to fight against; those who think they know the truth when there is no truth but the Bible." Now, obviously this is no way to answer legitimate questions, but what was more shocking was the fact that he would take time then afterwards to insult the individual who asked the question in a relentlessly cruel and ignorant manner. He accused people of having evil parents, he accused the entire audience of being rapists and sexual abusers, he told myself and others that he "could just tell" that we were abused as kids, and then proceeded to tell us that we had deserved it for turning away from the God that we must surely have known since birth. What's more, his knowledge of the actual bible seems greatly lacking, as myself and other students were forced to ask him about claims he was making which were unsupported by the Biblical text. For example, he told a colleague of mine that because my colleague was formerly Christian and turned away, he could never receive repentance even if he returned to living life the way the Bible dictates. This is obviously not supported in the text, let alone an incredibly unprofessional, rude, and blatantly uneducated thing to say. If your intention within this organization is to spread God's word, I suggest you either lean upon a stronger speaker, or simply redirect him to the text which he is supposedly preaching. What's more, Keith had a long tangent about his own childhood traumas which he has actively suppressed which make me incredibly sad for him. There are an innumerable many Christians who understand that without coming to peace with the psychological battle within, one can never truly live the life of God though. Living as God tells you comes from pure love of God, not a twisted vengeance towards their abuser through God's wrath, or using faith to validate self-denigrating thoughts and actions.
          Between Then and Now   
Image by Natalie Gunawan at her Farm in Melbourne Suburbia

It's been almost six months since I last blog, and this morning I thought to myself if I don't start again then I would forever lose my interest in lady macaron...and there are a lot of macaron bakers these days in Jakarta but you know what gotta stay true to yourself right...

Two of my closest friends, Revka & Putri with Minami whom I just met this week.
Work has been fun, intense, and has its up and downs but most of the time is really FUN/ no joke. I had my first year anniversary at work on the 21st of October, didn't really celebrate it but I had some terrifying thoughts of what I've achieved in the past year and whether this has all been worth it. Now that I'm slowly writing and contemplating my thoughts...let's see...

One of the things I love to do is exercise, and sweat it all out. It keeps me sane and it really does lift my moody mood 'slightly'. As strange as it may look I run around the pool in my ghetto 80s aerobic get-up every morning. Bikram Yoga is also a luxury and when you have the time, DO IT!

As much as my conscience is oppose to what I do at work, I am having a whispers at night, asking me why am I doing this when my passion since I was growing up is making beautiful clothes..designing, finding inspirations, and being alone in a studio...cutting fabrics, jotting down ideas and befriending my own thoughts... So you might ask what is it that I actually do at work?

Halloween Sunday Food Market at Potato Head outdoor patio.

The university of Potato Head as my mom calls it, when you graduate out of it, then you can practically conquer anything the world kicks back at ya! It is a Restaurant & Bar in Jakarta and it's one of the best place in town for cocktail, food, ambiance and everything else in one cool capsule. My second I tell the occasional strangers and friends who frequently ask me "Are you here everyday? everyday??!!! really EVERDAY???!!!!

This is an example of our flyer, we have a graphic team who designed the image, but all the context and ideas all comes from Potato Head.

My morning routine usually starts with me walking in to the bar- straight to the end of the bench, put my laptop on the round table, my bags down and mobile phone next to my mac. I checked the reservations for today, see if all the promotional flyers we currently have are on display on each and every tables. Then off I check my emails again... Although my business card says Public Relation Manager, I also manage our internal events with my tight-knit team and our director is very much involved in all the initial ideas right on through the implementations. As anyone successful in their profession would say communication is essential and I can't agree more. Used to be my biggest challenge as I tend to keep things inside emotionally and not let everyone worry or get stressed out but in the end it didn't help much...

This is Glass Candy performing Live at Potato Head on Saturday Nov. 6th. Ida No and Johnny Jewel of Glass Candy/Chromatics rocks! The most down to earth guy and Ida No danced her spirit away...They're a cool band I think, very psychedelic and different than the mainstream, however I find the music market here is either categorized as the indie young kids or the older types who goes for David Foster and friends...I still haven't figured out what the "yuppies" are into, and it's a challenge to bring artists here that would appeal to Potato Head young adult audience. Or perhaps they just don't care?

Since I love to write, I do most of the writing for the promotional flyers, I'm not an experienced copywriter, I have no background in professional writing, but fortunately I have a very good boss who is very articulate and checks what I write, corrects them and revise things to sound more edgy and appropriate. I make sure they are printed on time to be distributed and we do a big event check list to make sure when the artists come to town we are prepared for the big day. Why I'm still doing what I'm doing is because you get an instant self gratification when the event that your team and yourself spend so much on preparing and promoting does very well. It's jam packed, our guests are enjoying the music, cocktails, food, ambiance and at the end of the day you know it is a successful event and judged by the target sales the restaurant achieved. If I go back to being a fashion designer, there's an indefinite process of being shelled in a studio, spending similar long hours on a collection/project and at the end of the show can you really tell that the audience will love it, buy them and stocks them in their boutique. Do I want to go back living my days running around town looking for fabrics, chasing my tailor, going back and forth perfecting the right cut and at the end of the day will they sell? and it all comes down to how much do I want all that back...

This is the plan of what the shop one fine day will look like. With installations, pop up projects, artist exhibitions, and challenging the classic notion of the shopper experience. A gallery, a shared space or just a cool boutique all in one. Emotion is a big thing for me, to feel all your senses juxtaposing in all directions when you enter the space, intimidated, awed and shocked. Surprised, happy and sad.

I still have so much to learn from Potato Head, as I said I have not graduated yet, it is still a learning process and I love love love everyone at work. Why would I quit now when there are still so many things I can challenge myself, give myself more responsibilities, test my strength and lead a bigger team...Potato Head has open doors for me, I've been introduced to so many people in different genres of music, art and fashion. It's been whirlwind year, and people say I work too much, maybe sometimes I do and I need to spend more time alone and go out with my friends more often. Hopefully by getting back to writing here I can balance my life more productively and emotionally.

This is Potato Head Beach Club Bali, my brother and his partner current BIG PROJECT. A massive space with three restaurants, bars and a basement concept store (MY SECRET PROJECT). Measuring 150sqm the shop will sell everything from fashion to furniture. Think Merci in Paris, Corso Como in Italy and Anthropologie in LA. Yes that is my personal aim that it will be a shopper destination in Bali promoting Indonesian designers and produce.

So you might ask me now, am I happy, I don't know, am I enjoying my job, yes I am...isn't there a quote that goes something like if a man does not love his job than it is the saddest thing in the world...or what makes life worth living if a man does not love his job....and I could only use my brother as the perfect example. His work is his life, they embodies his spirit, joy, excitement, sadness, all the five senses and he lives for his work. And because they are all his passions and hobbies, everyone always tell me that "Oh your brother never works, or he should start doing some real job" and gosh I can tell you I hear that almost every day. But you know what now that I think about it, he doesn't need to show that he 'works' the conventional way to people because he only has himself and God to prove and the results is proven at the end of the day.

So salut to him and his partner who I have the utmost respect...and what I can only advise to you and myself having doubts at work is...

To find joy in work is to discover the fountain of youth. Pearl S. Buck.

My fountain of youth is having smoother skin and slimmer figure then I can say I am truly happy...ha ha ha

          Primary Historical Sources in the Classroom: Discrete Mathematics and Computer Science   

A collection of modules for teaching and learning by 'reading the masters'

          Mengapa Yahudi?   

Mengapa Yahudi Terlalu Berkuasa?

Oleh : Dr Farrukh Saleem
Semakan Oleh : Mohd Taha Hassan

There are only 14 million Jews in the world; seven million in the Americas , five million in Asia, two million in Europe and 100,000 in Africa . For every single Jew in the world there are 100 Muslims. Yet, Jews are more than a hundred times more powerful than all the Muslims put together. Ever wondered why?

Hanya ada 14 juta Yahudi di muka bumi ini; tujuh juta di Amerika, lima juta di Asia, dua juta di Eropah dan 100,000 di Afrika. Bagi setiap orang Yahudi ada 100 orang Muslim (1:100). Namun, jika dicampuri semua sekali, Yahudi lebih 100 kali berkuasa daripada orang Islam. Mengapa ini berlaku?

Jesus of Nazareth was Jewish. Albert Einstein, the most influential scientist of all time and TIME magazine's 'Person of the Century', was a Jew. Sigmund Freud -- id, ego, superego -- the father of psychoanalysis was a Jew. So were Paul Samuelson and Milton Friedman.

Nabi Isa (Jesus of Nazareth) ialah Yahudi. Albert Einstein, saintis zaman moden paling terkemuka dan disebut oleh majalah Time sebagai 'Manusia Abad ini' ialah seorang Yahudi; Sigmund Freud - melalui teori id, ego dan super-ego ialah bapa psikoanalisis, juga seorang Yahudi; begitu juga Karl Marx, Paul Samuelson dan Milton Friedman.

Here are a few other Jews whose intellectual output has enriched the whole humanity: Benjamin Rubin gave humanity the vaccinating needle. Jonas Salk developed the first polio vaccine. Alert Sabin developed the improved live polio vaccine. Gertrude Elion gave us a leukaemia fighting drug. Baruch Blumberg developed the vaccination for Hepatitis B. Paul Ehrlich discovered a treatment for syphilis (a sexually transmitted disease). Elie Metchnikoff won a Nobel Prize in infectious diseases.

Selain mereka banyak lagi orang Yahudi yang hasil kebijaksanaan mereka berupaya menghasilkan keperluan untuk kita semua: Benjamin Rubin memperkenalkan jarum suntikan pelalian. Johas Salk mereka vaksin polio yang pertama. Gertrude Elion mencipta ubat melawan leukemia. Baruch Blumberg mencipta vaksin Hepatitis B. Paul Ehrlich menemukan rawatan untuk siflis. Elie Metchnikoff menang Hadiah Nobel untuk penyakit berjangkit.

Bernard Katz won a Nobel Prize in neuromuscular transmission. Andrew Schally won a Nobel in endocrinology (disorders of the endocrine system; diabetes, hyperthyroidism). Aaron Beck founded Cognitive Therapy (psychotherapy to treat mental disorders, depression and phobias). Gregory Pincus developed the first oral contraceptive pill. George Wald won a Nobel for furthering our understanding of the human eye. Stanley Cohen won a Nobel in embryology (study of embryos and their development). Willem Kolff came up with the kidney dialysis machine.

Bernard Katz menang Hadiah Nobel kerana kajian mengenai transmisi neuromuskular. Andrew Schally penerima Nobel dalam kajian endokrinologi (berkaitan sistem endokrin dan kencing manis). Aaron Beck menemui terapi kognitif (rawatan mental, kesugulan dan fobia). Gregory Pincus membangunkan pil perancang keluarga yang pertama. George Wald menang Nobel bagi kajian mata manusia, Standley Cohen dianugerahi Hadiah Nobel dalam kajian embriologi (kajian janin dan perkembangannya). Willem Kolff mencipta mesin dialisis (mencuci) buah pinggang.

Over the past 105 years, 14 million Jews have won 15-dozen Nobel Prizes while only three Nobel Prizes have been won by 1.4 billion Muslims (other than Peace Prizes).

Sejak 105 tahun, 14 juta Yahudi menang 15 dozen Hadiah Nobel, sementara tiga dimenangi oleh 1.4 bilion umat Islam.

Why are Jews so powerful? Stanley Mezor invented the first micro-processing chip. Leo Szilard developed the first nuclear chain reactor. Peter Schultz, optical fibre cable; Charles Adler, traffic lights; Benno Strauss, Stainless steel; Isador Kisee, sound movies; Emile Berliner, telephone microphone and Charles Ginsburg, videotape recorder.

Mengapa Yahudi Terlalu Berkuasa? Stanley Mezor mencipta mikrocip pertama. Leo Szilards membangunkan reaktor rangkaian nuklear pertama; Peter Schultz (kabel gentian optik); Charles Adler (lampu isyarat); Benno Strauss (besi tahan karat - stainless steel); Isador Kisee (sistem suara di pawagam); Emile Berliner (mikrofon untuk telefon) dan Charles Ginsburg (alat pita rakaman).

Famous financiers in the business world who belong to Jewish faith include Ralph Lauren (Polo), Levis Strauss (Levi's Jeans), Howard Schultz (Starbuck's), Sergey Brin (Google), Michael Dell (Dell Computers), Larry Ellison (Oracle), Donna Karan (DKNY), Irv Robbins (Baskins & Robbins) and Bill Rosenberg (Dunkin Donuts).

Saudagar jenama terkaya dunia juga dikuasai Yahudi iaitu Ralph Lauren (Polo), Levis Strauss (Levi's Jeans), Howard Schultz (Starbuck's), Sergey Brin (Google), Michael Dell (Dell Computers), Larry Ellison (Oracle), Donna Karan (DKNY), Irv Robbins (Baskin & Robbins) dan Bill Rossenberg (Dunkin Donuts).

Richard Levin, President of Yale University, is a Jew. So are Henry Kissinger (American secretary of state), Alan Greenspan (fed chairman under Reagan, Bush, Clinton and Bush), Joseph Lieberman, Maxim Litvinov (USSR foreign Minister), David Marshal (Singapore's first chief minister), Issac Isaacs (governor-general of Australia), Benjamin Disraeli (British statesman and author), Yevgeny Primakov (Russian PM), Barry Gold water, Jorge Sampaio (president of Portugal), John Deutsch (CIA director), Herb Gray (Canadian deputy PM), Pierre Mendes (French PM), Michael Howard (British home secretary) and Robert Rubin (American secretary of treasury).

Richard Levin, presiden universiti tersohor Yale Universiti ialah seorang Yahudi. Henry Kissinger, Joseph Lieberman dan Madeleine Albright (bekas-bekas Setiausaha Negara AS); Alan Greenspan (bekas pengerusi Rizab Persekutuan AS di bawah Reagan, Bush, Clinton dan Bush); Maxim Litvinov (bekas Menteri Luar Soviet Union); David Marshal (bekas Ketua Menteri pertama Singapura); Isaac Isaacs (bekas Gabenor Jeneral Australia); Benjamin Disraeli (negarawan dan penulis Britian); Yevgeny Primkov (bekas Perdana Menteri Rusia dan bekas jeneral KGB); Jorge Sampaio (bekas Presiden Portugal); Herb Gray (bekas Timbalan Perdana Menteri Kanada); Pierre Mendes (Perdana Menteri ke-143 Perancis); Michael Howard (bekas Setiausaha Negara British); Bruno Kreisky (bekas Canselor Austria) dan Robert Rubin (bekas Setiausaha Perbendaharaan AS).

In the media, famous Jews include Wolf Blitzer ( CNN ), Barbara Walters (ABC News), Eugene Meyer ( Washington Post ), Henry Grunwald (editor-in-chief Time), Katherine Graham (publisher of The Washington Post ), Joseph Lelyyeld (Executive editor, The New York Times), and Max Frankel (New York Times).

Dalam dunia media, orang Yahudi yang terkemuka ialah Wolf Blitzer (CNN); Barbara Walters (ABC News); Eugene Meyer (Washington Post); Henry Grunwald (Ketua Editor Time); Katherine Graham (penerbit The Washington Post); Joseph Lelyyeld (Editor Eksekutif, The New York Times) dan Max Frankel (The New York Times).

At the Olympics, Mark Spitz set a record of sorts by wining seven gold medals. Lenny Krayzelburg is a three-time Olympic gold medalist. Spitz, Krayzelburg and Boris Becker are all Jewish.

Di Olimpik, Mark Spitz membolot tujuh pingat emas. Lenny Krayzelburg ialah pemegang tiga kali pingat emas Olimpik. Spitz Krayzelburg dan Boris Becker adalah Yahudi.

Did you know that Harrison Ford, George Burns, Tony Curtis, Charles Bronson, Sandra Bullock, Billy Crystal, Paul Newman, Peter Sellers, Dustin Hoffman, Michael Douglas, Ben Kingsley, Kirk Douglas, Cary Grant, William Shatner, Jerry Lewis and Peter Falk are all Jewish? As a matter of fact, Hollywood itself was founded by a Jew. Among directors and producers, Steven Spielberg, Mel Brooks, Oliver Stone, Aaron Spelling (Beverly Hills 90210), Neil Simon (The Odd Couple), Andrew Vaina (Rambo 1/2/3), Michael Man (Starsky and Hutch), Milos Forman (One flew over the Cuckoo's Nest), Douglas Fairbanks (The thief of Baghdad) and Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters) are all Jewish.

Tahukah anda bahawa pelakon pujaan Harrison Ford, George Burns, Tony Curtis, Charles Bronson, Sandra Bullock, Billy Cystal, Woody Allen, Paul Newman, Peter Sellers, Dustin Hoffman, Michael Douglas, Ben Kingsley, Kirk Douglas, Willian Shatner, Jerry Lewis dan Peter Falk semuanya Yahudi? Tambahan lagi, Hollywood sendiri diwujudkan oleh orang Yahudi. Antara pengarah dan penerbit, Steven Spielberg, Mel Brooks, Oliver Stone, Aaron Spelling (Beverly Hills 90210), Neil Simon (The Odd Couple), Andrew Vaina (Rambo 1- 2-3), Michael Man (Starsky and Hutch), Milos Forman (One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest), Douglas Fairbanks (The Thief Of Baghdad) and Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters) - semuanya adalah Yahudi.

To be certain, Washington is the capital that matters and in Washington the lobby that matters is The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC. Washington knows that if PM Ehud Olmert were to discover that the earth is flat, AIPAC will make the 109th Congress pass a resolution congratulating Olmert on his discovery.

Washington yang merupakan ibu negara Amerika Syarikat, mempunyai satu pertubuhan lobi yang amat berkuasa. Ia dikenali sebagai Jawatankuasa Hal Ehwal Awam Amerika Israel (AIPAC) yang berupaya mempengaruhi Kongres meluluskan resolusi memuji dan 'membuat apa saja' demi Israel. Washington mengetahui bahawa jika PM Ehud Olmert sedar akan wujudnya bahawa bumi ini adalah rata, maka AIPAC akan mengadakan Kongres yang ke 109 untuk meluluskan resolusi bagi memberi ucapan tahniah pada satu pertemuan yang akan diadakan bersama Olmert.

William James Sidis, with an IQ of 250-300, is the brightest human who ever existed. Guess what faith did he belong to?

Tahukah lagi bahawa William James Sidis dengan IQ 250-300 ialah manusia tercerdik. Dia ialah Yahudi. Teka, apakah kepercayaan yang beliau miliki?

So, why are Jews so powerful? Answer: Education.

Oleh yang demikian, mengapa Yahudi terlalu berkuasa? Jawapannya: Pendidikan, pelajaran, ilmu.


Dermawan dan penyangak mata wang, George Soros ialah Yahudi. Dia menderma AS$4 bilion untuk membantu ahli sains dan universiti serata dunia.

Walter Annenberg menderma untuk membina ratusan perpustakaan berjumlah AS$2 bilion.

Jadi, mengapa mereka ini terlalu berkuasa? Mengapa umat Islam terlalu lemah?

Dianggarkan 1,476,233,470 Muslim di atas muka bumi Allah ini. Satu bilion di Asia, 400 juta di Afrika, 44 juta di Eropah dan enam juta di Amerika. Setiap lima insan manusia ialah Muslim. Setiap seorang Hindu ada dua orang Islam, setiap seorang Buddha ada dua orang Islam dan setiap seorang Yahudi ada beratus orang Islam. Mengapa orang Islam terlalu lemah?

Ini jawapannya: Terdapat 57 negara anggota OIC dan jika dicampur semua cuma ada kira-kira 500 buah universiti; atau sebuah universiti untuk setiap tiga juta orang Islam.

AS mempunyai 5,758 universiti dan India ada 8,407. Pada 2004, Shanghai Jiao Tong Universiti membuat kajian 'Kedudukan Akademik Universiti-universiti Dunia' - dan menakjubkan - tiada satu pun universiti-negara Islam yang berada di puncak 500.

Data yang dikumpul dari UNDP, tahap celik huruf di negara maju ialah hampir 90 peratus dan 15 negara itu mempunyai 100 peratus celik huruf. Negara majoriti penduduk Islam, purata kadar celik huruf ialah sekitar 40 peratus dan tiada negara yang mempunyai 100 peratus semuanya celik huruf.

Sekitar 98 peratus penduduk di negara maju menamatkan sekurang-kurang sekolah rendah, sementara hanya 50 peratus di negara majoriti Islam. Sekitar 40 peratus penduduk di negara maju memasuki universiti, sementara hanya 2 peratus di negara majoriti Islam.

Negara-negara majoriti Islam mempunyai 230 ahli sains bagi setiap (per) sejuta penduduk. Di AS 4,000 per sejuta, Jepun 5,000 per sejuta. Di seluruh negara Arab, penyelidik sepenuh masa ialah 35,000 dan hanya 50 juruteknik per sejuta (berbanding di negara maju 1,000 juruteknik per sejuta).

Negara Islam membelanjakan 0.2 peratus daripada KDNK untuk penyelidikan dan pembangunan (R&D) sebaliknya, di negara maju membelanjakan 5 peratus daripada KDNKnya.

Kesimpulan: Dunia Islam kurang keupayaan untuk menghasilkan ilmu pengetahuan.

Akhbar harian yang dibaca oleh setiap 1,000 orang dan jumlah judul buku yang dibaca oleh setiap sejuta orang adalah dua angka tunjuk bagi menentukan sama ada ilmu pengetahuan disalurkan ke dalam masyarakat.

Di Pakistan, hanya ada 23 akhbar harian per 1,000 rakyat Pakistan sementara nisbah di Singapura ialah 360. Di UK, jumlah judul buku per juta orang ialah 2,000 sementara di Mesir ialah 20.

Kesimpulan: Dunia Islam gagal menyalurkan ilmu pengetahuan.

Yang menariknya, jumlah terkumpul KDNK tahunan 57 buah negara ahli OIC ialah di bawah AS$2 trilion. Amerika sahaja, menghasilkan barangan dan perkhidmatan bernilai AS$12 trilion, China AS$8 trilion, Jepun AS$3.8 trilion dan Jerman AS$2.4 trilion.

Pengeluar minyak yang kaya, Arab Saudi, UAE, Kuwait, Qatar secara rangkuman menghasilkan barangan dan perkhidmatan (rata-rata minyak) bernilai AS$500 bilion; Sepanyol sahaja menghasilkan barangan dan perkhidmatan bernilai lebih AS$1 trilion, Poland AS$489 bilion dan Thailand AS$545 bilion.

Jadi, mengapa orang Islam tidak berkuasa dan orang Yahudi paling berkuasa?

Jawapannya ialah: Kurangnya ilmu. Kurangnya pendidikan dan kurangnya pelajaran.


Daripada lingkungan 12 juta orang Yahudi, hanya 0,2 % sahaja populasi dunia. ( 2 setiap dari 1000 orang)


1910 - Paul Heyse
1927 - Henri Bergson
1958 - Boris Pasternak
1966 - Shmuel Yosef Agnon
1966 - Nelly Sachs
1976 - Saul Bellow
1978 - Isaac Bashevis Singer
1981 - Elias Canetti
1987 - Joseph Brodsky
1991 - Nadine Gordimer
2002 - Imre Kertesz
2005 - Harold Pinter

World Peace

1911 - Alfred Fried
1911 - Tobias Asser
1968 - Rene Cassin
1973 - Henry Kissinger
1978 - Menachem Begin
1986 - Elie Wiesel
1994 - Shimon Peres
1994 - Yitzhak Rabin
1995 - Joseph Rotblat


1905 - Adolph Von Baeyer
1906 - Henri Moissan
1910 - Otto Wallach
1915 - Richard Willstaetter
1918 - Fritz Haber
1943 - George Charles de Hevesy
1961 - Melvin Calvin
1962 - Max Ferdinand Perutz
1972 - William Howard Stein
1972 - C.B. Anfinsen
1977 - Ilya Prigogine
1979 - Herbert Charles Brown
1980 - Paul Berg
1980 - Walter Gilbert
1981 - Ronald Hoffmann
1982 - Aaron Klug
1985 - Herbert A. Hauptman
1985 - Jerome Karle
1986 - Dudley R. Herschbach
1988 - Robert Huber
1989 - Sidney Altman
1992 - Rudolph Marcus
1998 - Walter Kohn
2000 - Alan J. Heeger
2004 - Irwin Rose
2004 - Avram Hershko
2004 - Aaron Ciechanover
2006 - Roger D. Kornberg
2008 - Martin Chalfie


1970 - Paul Anthony Samuelson
1971 - Simon Kuznets
1972 - Kenneth Joseph Arrow
1973 - Wassily Leontief
1975 - Leonid Kantorovich
1976 - Milton Friedman
1978 - Herbert A. Simon
1980 - Lawrence Robert Klein
1985 - Franco Modigliani
1987 - Robert M. Solow
1990 - Harry Markowitz
1990 - Merton Miller
1992 - Gary Becker
1993 Rober Fogel
1994 - John Harsanyi
1994 - Reinhard Selten
1997 - Robert Merton
1997 - Myron Scholes
2001 - George Akerlof
2001 - Joseph Stiglitz
2002 -
Daniel Kahneman
2004 - Richard Axel
2005 - Robert J. Aumann
2006 - Andrew Z. Fire
2007 - Leonid (Leo) Hurwicz
2007 - Eric Maskin
2007 - Roger Myerson
2008 - Paul Krugman

Physiology / Medicine

1908 - Elie Metchnikoff
1908 - Paul Erlich
1914 - Robert Barany
1922 - Otto Meyerhof
1930 - Karl Landsteiner
1931 - Otto Warburg
1936 - Otto Loewi
1944 - Joseph Erlanger
1944 - Herbert Spencer Gasser
1945 - Ernst Boris Chain
1946 - Hermann Joseph Muller
1947 - Garty Cori
1950 - Tadeus Reichstein
1952 - Selman Abraham Waksman
1953 - Hans Krebs
1953 - Fritz Albert Lipmann
1958 - Joshua Lederberg
1959 - Arthur Kornberg
1964 - Konrad Bloch
1965 - Francois Jacob
1965 - Andre Lwoff
1967 - George Wald
1968 - Marshall W. Nirenberg
1969 - Salvador Luria
1970 - Julius Axelrod
1970 - Sir Bernard Katz
1972 - Gerald Maurice Edelman
1975 - David Baltimore
1975 - Howard Martin Temin
1976 - Baruch S. Blumberg
1977 - Rosalyn Sussman Yalow
1977 - Andrew V. Schally
1978 - Daniel Nathans
1980 - Baruj Benacerraf
1982 - [Sir] John Vane
1984 - Cesar Milstein
1985 - Michael Stuart Brown
1985 - Joseph L. Goldstein
1986 - Rita Levi-Montalcini
1986 - Stanley Cohen [& Rita Levi-Montalcini]
1988 - Gertrude Elion
1989 - Harold Varmus
1991 - Erwin Neher
1991 - Bert Sakmann
1992 - Edmond Fischer
1993 - Richard J. Roberts
1993 - Phillip Sharp
1994 - Alfred Gilman
1994 - Martin Rodbell
1995 - Edward B. Lewis
1997 - Stanley B. Prusiner
1998 - Robert F. Furchgott
2000 - Eric R. Kandel
2000 - Paul Greengard
2002 - Sydney Brenner
2002 - Robert H. Horvitz
2006 - Roger Kornberg
2006 - Andrew Z. Fire


1907 - Albert Abraham Michelson
1908 - Gabriel Lippmann
1921 - Albert Einstein
1922 - Niels Bohr
1925 - James Franck
1925 - Gustav Hertz
1943 - Gustav Stern
1944 - Isidor Issac Rabi
1945 - Wolfgang Pauli
1952 - Felix Bloch
1954 - Max Born
1958 - Igor Tamm
1958 - Il'ja Mikhailovich
1958 - Igor Yevgenyevich
1959 - Emilio Segre
1960 - Donald A. Glaser
1961 - Robert Hofstadter
1962 - Lev Davidovich Landau
1963 - Eugene P. Wigner
1965 - Richard Phillips Feynman
1965 - Julian Schwinger
1967 - Hans Albrecht Bethe
1969 - Murray Gell-Mann
1971 - Dennis Gabor
1972 - Leon N. Cooper
1973 - Brian David Josephson
1975 - Benjamin Mottleson
1976 - Burton Richter
1978 - Arno Allan Penzias
1978 - Peter L Kapitza
1979 - Stephen Weinberg
1979 - Sheldon Glashow
1988 - Leon Lederman
1988 - Melvin Schwartz
1988 - Jack Steinberger
1990 - Jerome Friedman
1992 - Georges Charpak
1995 - Martin Perl
1995 - Frederick Reines
1996 - David M. Lee
1996 - Douglas D. Osheroff
1997 - Claude Cohen-Tannoudji
2000 - Zhores I. Alferov
2003 - Vitaly Ginsburg
2003 - Alexei Abrikosov
2004 - David Gross
2004 - H. David Politzer
2005 - Roy Glauber


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          Researchers find out how bromine fits into Venusian chemistry   
Scientists have found out that hydrogen bromide could play an important part in the photochemistry of the lower atmosphere of Venus
          EPA launches new unit to 'critique' climate science   
The new program will allow for scientific discussion outside of normal peer-to-peer reviews
          The Martian by Andy Weir   
This is a tale of raw, basic survival in a rough terrain. One man, abandoned on Mars.

We read this for the library's book discussion, and many readers were surprised by how much they liked it. It's more about science than about science-fiction. There aren't ray guns and alien life forms; instead it's about one human surviving because he knows how to do advanced chemistry.

Mark Watney isn't about to give up, despite insurmountable odds. Not enough water? Chemistry! Not enough food? Botany! No communication? Rocks!

I have seen the Matt Damon movie, and it's very good. It's not quite the same, but honestly both stand up pretty well on their own (or even in comparison).

I highly recommend this one, even if you're not into advanced science and especially if you don't enjoy sci-fi. It's a captivating story, and you don't have to understand every formula to understand what a creative thinker the character (hell - the author!) is to persevere in these situations.
          Price Drop: Fourth Grade Learning Games School Edition   
Fourth Grade Learning Games School Edition
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Fourth Grade Learning Games has 13-games, including English, Math and Science games. It is perfect for all fourth graders to help them develop important skills to top their grade 4 class. Learning the basics has never been made this fun and easy. With a variety of carefully designed activities to choose from, your kids will surely enjoy studying as much as playing. With the cute character, Bunny, this learning tool teaches fractions, factors, spelling games, adjectives and nouns, parts of the body, abbreviations, matter, trivia, decimals, and many more! Parents can participate by being involved in coaching and monitoring how well their kids are doing in each of the activity. Be amazed at how easy this rabbit adventure of fourth grade learning will make. Help your child become the top of their class by mastering all the activities in this app. What a fantastic time of learning! Let the bunny motivate your child with positive encouragement and playful music. Activities include are: 1. Abbreviations – Covers the basic abbreviations in the English Language 2. Adjectives and Nouns – Helps the student identify the adjective that best describes the noun 3. Capital Letters – Proper use of capitalization is vital for Grade 4 students as they learn formal writing. 4. Sentences – Rearrange the words to make meaningful sentences 5. Spelling – Spell the word or identify the right spelling of the word 6. Synonyms and Antonyms – Identify words that mean the same or opposite 7. Matter ...
          Rodman - G/South Region - Canonsburg, PA   
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          Now Free: Mars Information: the Red Planet atlas   
Mars Information: the Red Planet atlas
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Preis: 3,49 € -> kostenlos
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Discover the Red Planet today! Explore Mars using simple gestures to rotate a globe, tilt, zoom and select locations. Credits - Viking Orbiter MDIM 2.1 map of Mars - NASA NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio: GMM-3 MOLA (Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter) Topography map GMM-3 Free-Air Mars Gravity map GMM-3 Bouguer Mars Gravity map GMM-3 Crustal Mars Thickness map Features: - Ability to pinpoint about 80 the most interesting areas on the map of Mars, including volcanos, craters, plains, mountains, spacecrafts. - Displaying some information about the location, such as its name, type, short description, size and coordinates. - Ability to select locations on the 3D globe and on the plain list. - Zoom, rotation, tilt of the globe.
          GMAT Critical Reasoning (CR) | Re: Scientist: In testing whether a baby's babbling   
From my understanding of the argument,

Experimental setup : Researchers videotaped the mouths of babies as they babbled(in order to determine,
if the babbling was just random sounds/a linguistic task)
Interpretation 1 : Discovery that babies babbled with the sides of their mouths opened wider than the left.
Interpretation 2 : Non linguistic vocalizations people generally open the left side of the mouth wider.

Since the babies babbled with the right sides opened wider,
the scientist concludes

          Senior Ranging Specialist - Scientific Drilling Inc. - Alberta   
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          SE03 - Plant Breeder - USA-OH-Marysville   
Kelly Scientific is currently seeking a qualified candidate for one of our top clients in Marysville, Ohio. The Growing Media Technician will be responsible for field, greenhouse, and/or laboratory t...
          Feedback: The university offering a class on calling bullshit   
Your first step toward a BSc on BS? Plus: the origins of ack-ack, Germans take clippers to the dictionary, women immortalised by science, and more
          Diplom-Ingenieur /in oder Master of Science für die Sektion „Geophysik“   
Das Alfred-Wegener-Institut Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung ist  eine von der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, der Freien Hansestadt Bremen und den Ländern Brandenburg und Schleswig-Holstein getragene Forschungseinrichtung mit rund 1.000 Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeitern. In einem breiten multidisziplinären Ansatz betreiben wir Polar- und Meeresforschung und leisten dabei im Verbund mit zahlreichen universitären und außeruniversitären Forschungseinrichtungen einen wichtigen Beitrag zur globalen Umwelt-, Erdsystem- und Paläoklimaforschung. Das AWI gehört zu den weltweit führenden Institutionen, die kontinuierlich Fächersonardaten in der Arktis und Antarktis erheben. Die bereits vorhandene umfangreiche bathymetrische Datenbank für beide Polarregionen soll auch in der Zukunft kontinuierlich ergänzt bzw. im Rahmen von internationalen Kooperationen zur Verfügung gestellt werden.  Aufgrund einer Neubesetzung im Rahmen der Haushaltsfinanzierung sucht der Fachbereich „Geowissenschaften“ für die Sektion „Geophysik“ ab sofort eine/n
Diplom-Ingenieur /in
oder Master of Science
in Geomatik, Geodäsie oder Geoinformatik (bevorzugt mit dem fachlichen Schwerpunkt Hydrographie) Aufgaben:
Durchführung bathymetrischer Vermessungen mit den Fächersonarsystemen der großen Forschungsschiffe des Institutes. Der Schwerpunkt liegt dabei auf Arbeiten in den Polargebieten mit FS Polarstern. Das Anforderungsprofil deckt den gesamten Workflow, von der Messung über die Datenbearbeitung/Datenvisualisierung bis hin zur dauerhaften Archivierung der Daten, ab. Im Detail ergeben sich folgende Aufgaben: • Technische Betreuung des Fächersonarsystems auf Polarstern • Planung und Durchführung der Vermessung, Bearbeitung der Daten und Erstellung von Arbeitskarten zur Unterstützung der weiteren wissenschaftlichen Arbeiten an Bord • Enge Zusammenarbeit mit marin-geologisch, geophysikalisch, biologisch und hydrographisch arbeitenden Gruppen im Rahmen der am AWI angesiedelten wissenschaftlichen Programme • Erstellung von bathymetrischen Karten aus digitalen Geländemodellen für weiterführende Interpretationen • Fortführung des IT-Konzeptes für die Erfassung und Bearbeitung der Sonardaten an Bord und für die Bearbeitung und Archivierung der Daten im Institut • Betreuung und Pflege der Hard- und Software der zugehörigen Rechnersysteme an Bord und im Institut Voraussetzungen:
Diplom oder Master of Science in Geomatik, Geodäsie oder Geoinformatik (bevorzugt mit dem fachlichen Schwerpunkt Hydro-graphie) • Erfahrung in der Durchführung von hydrographischen Vermessungen • Gute Kenntnisse der Softwareprogramme Caris HIPS/SIPS, IVS Fledermaus und ESRI ArcGis • Englischkenntnisse in Wort und Schrift • Bereitschaft und Eignung zur Teilnahme an mehrmonatigen Schiffsexpeditionen • Gute Kenntnisse des Betriebssystems MS Windows sowie Erfahrung in der Arbeit mit Computern unter einem Unix oder Linux Betriebssystem • Kenntnisse mindestens einer Programmiersprache als Grundlage für die Pflege vorhandener Software und zur Erstellung eigener einfacher Programm Weitere fachliche Informationen erhalten Sie bei Herrn Boris Dorschel ( Die Stelle ist auf zwei Jahre befristet mit der Option auf Entfristung. Die Vergütung ist abhängig von Ihrer Qualifikation sowie den Ihnen übertragenen Aufgaben bis zu Entgeltgruppe 13 möglich und richtet sich nach dem Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst des Bundes (TVöD-Bund). Der Dienstort ist Bremerhaven. Wir bieten ein multidisziplinäres internationales und spannendes Arbeitsumfeld mit flexibler Arbeitszeit, modernstem Forschungsequipment und einer erstklassigen Infrastruktur. Das AWI strebt die Erhöhung der Anzahl unserer Mitarbeiterinnen mit (Fach-) Hochschulabschluss an und fordert daher Frauen ausdrücklich zur Bewerbung auf. Schwerbehinderte Bewerber/innen werden bei gleicher fachlicher und persönlicher Eignung bevorzugt. Über verschiedene Maßnahmen wird gezielt die Vereinbarkeit von Beruf und Familie gefördert. Aufgrund unserer familienbewussten Personalpolitik wurde uns das Zertifikat zum Audit „Beruf und Familie“ verliehen. Bitte richten Sie Ihre Bewerbung mit den üblichen Unterlagen (Lebenslauf, Zeugnisse und Tätigkeitsnachweise; Referenzliste) unter Angabe der Kennziffer 99/G/Geo-tt bis zum 15. August 2017 per E-Mail (alle Unterlagen in einer PDF-Datei kombiniert) an:
          Being queer in the jungle: The unique challenges of LGBTQ scientists working in the field   

This blog was written by BMC-series Editor Ben Ragen and was originally posted on BioMed Central blog. The Stonewall Riots occurred on June 28, 1969. It was this summer evening that sparked the Gay Rights Movement. Now, forty-eight years later, the world celebrates Pride Month every June to celebrate, honor, support, and fight for the... Read more »

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          Philippe Richert réagit au décès de Simone Veil   
Philippe Richert réagit au décès de Simone Veil

Simone Veil vient de s’éteindre, à Paris, à la veille de son quatre-vingt-dixième anniversaire. Avec elle, la République perd l’une de ses figures les plus attachantes et l’une de ses consciences les plus aiguisées. Elle aura marqué notre temps par son courage, par la force de ses convictions, mais également par la hauteur à laquelle […]

Cet article Philippe Richert réagit au décès de Simone Veil est apparu en premier sur Région Grand Est.

          En búsqueda del sentido   

Una vida si propósito es una vida sin felicidad, afirma La Mère en su escrito sobre Educación[1]. Tengan un propósito. Y recuerden que de la calidad de ese propósito dependerá la calidad de sus vidas. Que vuestro propósito sea elevado, generoso, desinteresado;  de esa manera sus vidas serán  preciosas para ustedes mismos y para los otros. 

Esta es la invitación de Marc De La Ménardière y Nathanaël Coste, realizadores de la película, “sin productor, ni conservantes” En búsqueda del sentido. Este experimento colaborativo, que recorrió desde la India hasta Guatemala, se inicia cuando estos dos amigos que  han vivido en orillas distintas, sienten la necesidad de hacer  un alto en el camino y reflexionar sobre cómo funciona el mundo, la relación con la naturaleza y la finalidad de la vida.

A partir de diálogos y entrevistas con biólogos, activistas, filósofos, indígenas, científicos indagan y buscan respuestas sobre los desafíos que tenemos como sociedad, como humanidad. Vandana Shiva, Doctora en física cuántica y Premio Nobel Alternativo, Satish Kumar, fundador de la Universidad Shumacher, Pierre Rabhi autor del libro Hacia la Sobriedad Feliz, Rabhi Frédéric Lenoir, filósofo y sociólogo, José Luis Tenoch curandero, Marzo Quetzal, la profesora de yoga Chaty Secaira, Trinh Xuan Thuan, astrofísico autor del libro Le Cosmos et le Lotus, Cassandra Viethen directora del Institute of Noetic Sciences, Bruce Lipton, biólogo molecular autor del libro La biología de la creencia y Jules Dervaes, Jardinero urbano de los Angeles comparten sus reflexiones y responden las preguntas de Marc.

Para destacar la forma innovadora como se logró la realización de la película, gracias a la participación, compromiso y aportes de 963 suscriptores y benefactores. Novedosa también la invitación que hacen a difundir la película y organizar presentaciones. Una de estas invitaciones es a los docentes para que promuevan espacios de reflexión con “aquellos que construirán el mundo del mañana”. Las cifras de esta aventura son interesantes: 4837 proyecciones, 525 socios, 1800 embajadores, 45 países y 21 idiomas.

Podemos o no estar de acuerdo con los planteamientos, afirmaciones, enfoques, conclusiones y recomendaciones que exponen los diferentes interlocutores, pero los animo a verla, deliberar, reflexionar y difundirla.


Información extraída de la película En búsqueda del sentido.

[1] Education. Sri Aurobindo Asharam Trust 1981-2008.Pondichéry.

          Researchers use lasers to display ‘true’ 3-D objects   

3-D displays, once only found in science fiction, are now closer to reality using a 3-D volumetric display where viewers can see images in three dimensions without the use of special glasses or filters. Lasers are used to create blue photons, which can be manipulated along X, Y, and Z axes to create an image in the shape of an item of interest. The device is additionally unique in its brightness and display.

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          Unstoppable Wasp: A Hero Apart   

Trying to come back from her first true failure since her escape to the outside world, Nadia can just pack it in, just crumple under the pressure. Or she can reject the notion that a setback makes one a failure. Nadia has never been quite what anyone expected and with Janet Van Dyne in her corner, she will show the world exactly what she is made of in UNSTOPPABLE WASP #8, available August 2!

We found Jeremy Whitley aiding in the clean-up of broken dreams and he gladly walked us through the qualities that make Nadia a different kind of hero.

OPTIMISM: “Like a number of Marvel heroes, Nadia has a dark beginning,” the writer recalls. “She is born and raised in the Red Room where she is forced to train as an assassin and then a mad scientist. She has every right to be a character who is angry and dark. What sets Nadia apart is that she has consciously decided not to be either of those things. Nadia is a bright spot in and often dim and dangerous world.”

“Honestly, I think this is made all that much more notable by her position as a scientist,” he continues. “Scientists in comics and movies are so often projected as the doom and gloom type, projecting the end of the world or causing it. Nadia sees science in the way early comics like Fantastic Four and Tales to Astonish did, as a means to do amazing things.”

SHE LIVED THROUGH TRAGEDY WITHOUT BEING DEFINED BY IT: “There are characters whose entire arc as both heroes and people are defined by something that happened to them,” points out Whitley. “Nadia is not that person. She rescued herself from her captors and made the choice to get away from that life. She has chosen to embrace her genius and her gifts as a scientist and use those not for the nefarious causes for which she was trained, but to save and change the world.”

“You won’t catch Nadia lurking in the shadows or posing on top of any churches in the rain,” the writer elaborates. “That’s not her thing.”

HER LINEAGE: “One of the funnest things about Nadia is that her family ties her so closely in the Marvel Universe and the Avengers specifically, but Nadia is new to the whole thing,” Whitley asserts. “Both her father and her step-mother are founding Avengers whose origins were penned by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. You can’t get much more Marvel than that. So to see her explore this inheritance of excitement and adventure is fantastic, while she is still able to give an outsider’s view to some of the stranger things in the Marvel U.”

SHE ADMIRES SUPER HEROES FOR THEIR MINDS: “Nadia is not really familiar with superheroes as superheroes, outside of her own family,” explains the writer. “What she knows about superheroes are the things she has learned from studying scientific papers. So while Nadia doesn’t even know who Daredevil is when he shows up in issue #6 and is unfamiliar with the superhero known as Mockingbird, she is instantly overcome with excitement upon meeting Doctor Doom and has an overwhelming sense of hero worship for Bobbi Morse, not as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. but as a scientist. Picture Kamala Khan, but instead of reading comics her whole life, she’s been reading scientific papers.”

SHE NATURALLY SEEKS FRIENDSHIP AND PARTNERSHIP: “Nadia has been alone her whole life,” states Whitley. “She’s tried to make friends, like Ying, but the Red Room is run to make that intentionally difficult. As much as she wants to be a hero, she also wants to make friends. I guess she’s an anti-Wolverine in a way. He’s the habitual loner that somehow gets dragged onto a team, she’s the social butterfly who’s been forced to work alone for far too long.”

“Part of this issue for Nadia as well is the desire to form a lab,” he adds. “She knows that a good lab should have a diversity of experiences and specialties. She has no urge to be at the head of a group, so much as to raise up the girls around her. She wants them to all get the means they need to do what they want to do and the recognition they deserve for being geniuses.”

SHE THINKS OF SUPER HEROISM AS THE SIDE JOB: “Well, for Nadia, being a hero isn’t just about what you do when you have the costume on,” reveals the writer. “Sure, that’s part of it, but bigger than that is the influence you have on the world. She knows that as The Unstoppable Wasp she may be able to save the day in the moment and prevent calamity, but Nadia and G.I.R.L. can make the kind of changes that save the world in a more permanent and meaningful way. Basically, Nadia feels like she inherited heroism, but G.I.R.L. is her personal mission.”

          Schooling Spider-Man: Marvel Adventures   

Celebrate the Wall Crawler’s return to the big screen in “Spider-Man: Homecoming” by heading back to school with these adventures available on Marvel Unlimited!

One of the best parts about being a comic reader? Bringing new fans into the fold! Comics might not be exclusively for kids anymore, but there remain plenty of all-ages books to share with children and other new readers including MARVEL ADVENTURES SPIDER-MAN!

Renowned creators like Jeff Parker, Sean McKeever, Mike Norton, Zeb Wells, Peter David, Fred Van Lente, Pop Mhan, Ryan Stegman Todd Dezago, Roger Langridge, Paul Tobin, and Chris Samnee all jumped in at various times to tell tales starring not only Spider-Man, but also a variety of other characters from the Marvel Universe! Instead of fully re-telling the original Stan Lee and Steve Ditko stories, these take cues from those while branching out in new directions along the way. The first issue covered the origin while the next two pitted the Web-Slinger against the Sinister Six and the fourth teamed up Spidey and Human Torch first to fight a guy called Street and then the giant monster Goom!

Marvel Adventures Spider-Man (2005) #1

Marvel Adventures Spider-Man (2005) #1

What is Marvel Unlimited?

No matter the threat he faced or the fellow heroes he met up with, Peter Parker balanced all of that with the usual life of a high school science genius whose classmates just don’t understand him. In other words, MARVEL ADVENTURES SPIDER-MAN worked with all of the building blocks of Spider-Man without getting too dark.

Whether you get your hands on the original issues, trades, or the digital versions, these stories make for a fun and exciting entry-point for new readers. In addition to getting to know the basics of Spider-Man and the Marvel Universe, they also offer a great entry course in the ways of actually reading comics.

A Tangled Web

If you’re looking for even more all-ages Spider-Man goodness, go on and check out this book’s precursors: MARVEL AGE SPIDER-MAN and MARVEL AGE SPIDER-MAN TEAM-UP. You can also look for the more recent MARVEL UNIVERSE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN comic that takes its cues from the Disney XD animated series.

          Building a Healthy Relationship from the Start: How to do It   

In case you do not know, building a relationship especially one that will withstand the test of time is both an art and science. You cannot just leave everything on the hands of fate; you should be exerting conscious efforts to make sure that it will work. With this, as well as the rest of...

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          Spider-Man Returns as Vulture Attacks ‘Marvel Avengers Academy’   

Spider-Man and some of his spectacular friends swing back to “Marvel Avengers Academy” as Peter’s other school—the Midtown School of Science and Technology—prepares for their homecoming celebration. But the villainous Vulture has other ideas! He launches an attack on both learning institutions and it’ll take everyone at the Academy—plus some new pals Peter’s made over the last year—to thwart his plan and save the dance.

We sat down with Allen Warner, Lead Narrative Designer at TinyCo, to learn everything Spidey brings with him in this latest event. What’s bringing the web-head and his spider-powered crew back to “Avengers Academy”?

Allen Warner: At the end of our previous Multiverse event, we learned that someone had been scavenging Maestro’s collection of “trophies” for tech and weapons, along with various labs and superhuman battle sites across New York. Nick Fury tasked Spider-Man with finding the perpetrator, and he’s coming back to report what he’s found. It also coincides with the homecoming dance at the Midtown School of Science and Technology, so Spidey will be bringing the party to Avengers Academy, and bugging everyone for dating advice. Why is Vulture so set on laying waste to Midtown Sci-Tech and the Academy?

Allen Warner: Vulture is a brilliant scientist and inventor, but was turned down by both Avengers Academy and Midtown Sci-Tech after being accused of stealing other students’ tech and ideas to further his own goals. He feels like his fellow super-scientists don’t respect him, and the entire world is conspiring against him, so he starts using tech and weapons found in various superhuman battle sites to rebuild and repurpose mechanical monstrosities into things like an army of Vulture-ized Octobots. He wants power and respect, and he’ll destroy everyone and everything at both Avengers Academy and Midtown Sci-Tech to get it. The event district gives us a peek at Peter’s life outside the Academy; what new things will players discover?

Allen Warner: The event district is Midtown Sci-Tech itself, decked out for homecoming. It’s completely different than anything we’ve done before, and really cool because it brings a lot of fun, school flavor the campus. Unfortunately, Vulture shows up to ruin the party, so he’s perched atop the school with his prisoners and minions, plotting his attack on Avengers Academy. And the event building carves out a space for one particular Spider-heroine…

Allen Warner: Yes, we’re big Spider-Gwen fans over here too, so we wanted her to share the spotlight. The event building is a multi-tiered punk rock venue where Gwen and some surprise guests are going to perform, and throw their own brand of homecoming bash. The building represents Gwen really well with its gleaming white exteriors, colorful neon blue and pink graffiti, a unique stage and dance floor, and some other really cool surprises. How will players battle Vulture and his refurbished Octobot army?

Allen Warner: Players will battle Vulture’s tech on the campus as a team, while battling Vulture himself, and a couple of foes he’s tricked into fighting by his side. Part of his plan is to create chaos and keep the heroes busy by setting Symbiotes loose in New York, so your heroes will also battle in the streets of New York to protect the city. What new faces will join the Academy—and the fight against Vulture—as Peter calls on more of his friends from across the multiverse?

Allen Warner: A really cool collection of various Spider-Heroes, amazing friends, and one grumpy newspaper publisher. Players will be able to recruit Silver Sable, Spider-Girl, Agent Venom, J. Jonah Jameson, and Silk. J. Jonah Jameson was really popular as a cameo character during our first Spider-Man event, and I’d forgotten how fun he is to write until this event came around. His personality is great to bounce off of the students, and I can’t wait for everyone to see his visual upgrades. Silver Sable is one of my favorite Spidey characters. She looks amazing, and is a cool fit alongside some of the spies and mercenaries running around the school. Agent Venom is one of the most awesome Symbiotes, and he brings something completely unique to the table, and of course [his alter ego] Flash [Thompson] and Peter Parker have a classic rivalry. Spider-Girl and Silk are two of the coolest spider-powered characters in my opinion. They both were very close to making the cut in our first Spider-Man event, so I’m really excited to see them finally make it into “Avengers Academy.” As always, our art and animation teams have knocked it out of the park with everyone’s designs and actions, and I think players are going to love having all of these characters at their school. And there must be some cool new outfits on the way as well…

Allen Warner: Definitely. There are new outfits for Spider-Man, Spider-Gwen, Mary Jane, Venom, and Doctor Octopus. It’s a cool mix of some iconic looks, some seldom-seen but awesome outfits from the comics, and a couple of classics given fun Avengers Academy-style re-imaginings. It’s a really cool group that I think people will love. With the second Guardians of the Galaxy event, players were able to recruit the heroes from the previous event; will we see something similar here?

Allen Warner: Yes, we got a really positive response from players during the Guardians 2 event who enjoyed that opening week featuring characters from the original event because it gave them a first or second chance at characters they’d missed out on before, so we decided to do a similar thing here. The opening week will give new and longtime players the chance to get one of the outfits and a few of the characters from the original event, as well as a new character and outfit. Over the course of the event, players will have a chance to get every single character and outfit from the original Spider-Man event, including Miles Morales, Mysterio, Black Cat, Electro, Green Goblin, and many more. Once the Vulture is thwarted, what new adventures will players be able to look forward to?

Allen Warner: We’re going to find that Vulture isn’t the only person who’s secretly holding a grudge against Avengers Academy. He’s been sharing his scavenged tech and weapons with some faraway enemies, and they’re ready to go to war.

For all the latest on “Marvel Avengers Academy,” stay tuned to and @MarvelGames on Twitter!

          Bac : bonheur des uns, colère des autres   
  «Si deuxième session il y a, je veux que mon fils en fasse partie. Je ne vois pas pourquoi on privilégierait les retardataires.   Au dernier jour de l’examen, mon fils était complètement exténué. Tel un alcoolique, il se déplaçait en s’appuyant sur les murs. Pourquoi lui n’aurait-il pas une seconde chance ?» Mohamed, 52 ans, est un papa en colère. Ce dernier estime que cette deuxième session n’arrange qu’une certaine catégorie de candidats. Son fils, Redouane, partage son avis. «Je n’ai pas assuré mon examen. En apprenant cette décision, je me dis que j’aurais dû arriver en retard.» Aujourd’hui, rien n’est encore tranché. C’est le conseil ministériel restreint qui devrait trancher quant à la date de déroulement de l’examen. Le nombre exact des candidats concernés n’est toujours pas annoncé d’une manière officielle. La ministre de l’Education nationale, apprend-on, annoncera certains détails la semaine prochaine lors d’une conférence de presse qu’elle organisera. Qui est concerné ? Seulement les retardataires ? Sur quels critères l’Onec se basera-t-il pour convoquer à nouveau les candidats à cette session spéciale ? Comment pourra-t-on faire la différence entre les retardataires et ceux ayant carrément abandonné les épreuves au milieu de la semaine.   Absents «Cette session concernera les retardataires ainsi que les absents», assure Kamel Nouari, directeur d’un collège. Une information confirmée par Meziane Meriane du Snapest qui souligne : «Il faut savoir que cette décision n’avantage pas uniquement les retardataires mais également les absents étant donné qu’il est impossible de déterminer qui est absent et qui est retardataire.» Selon lui, cette décision est dramatique étant donné que désormais, même un candidat absent va réclamer et personne ne pourra le contredire puisqu’il n’y a aucun moyen de vérifier. Suite à cette décision présidentielle, les cartes ont été redistribuées, mais pas de façon égale. Ainsi, la majorité demande à ce que le bac soit repassé par tout le monde, ou alors par les retardataires et les recalés. «On doit refaire le bac pour les retardataires et pour être plus juste, qu’on le refasse pour les retardataires et pour ceux qui auront échoué, sauf pour les tricheurs qui doivent être sanctionnés», soutient Bachir Hakem. En attendant les détails, la polémique enfle. «Où est l’égalité des chances promise pour le bac ?» interroge Yasmine, une candidate qui a passé son bac. Cette dernière poursuit : «Nous avons passé le bac en pleine canicule. Le refaire pour une certaine catégorie est injuste. Ils auront plus de temps pour réviser.»   Ponctualité Mounir la rejoint et soutient : «Je ne comprends pas pourquoi on avantage les retardataires. Le bac est l’examen décisif dans la vie de tout candidat. S’il n’a pas conscience de cela, il n’a qu’à le repasser. En étant exclu, il aurait eu une année pour revoir ses priorités et arriver à l’heure le jour J.» La maman de Yasmine a une autre crainte par rapport à cette nouvelle session : «Ils vont repasser les épreuves à un grand nombre. Ces derniers auront plus de temps pour réviser et auront sûrement de meilleurs résultats. Logiquement, ils auront les meilleures orientations pour l’université, ce qui est injuste.» Pour Meziane Meriane, du Snapest, la deuxième session est une atteinte à la discipline et la rigueur. On aurait aimé que le gouvernement laisse l’Education donner des leçons de rigueur à la société concernant l’application des lois de la République. «C’est un bac basé sur l’inégalité des chances, car passer le bac en plein Ramadhan et le passer en septembre ou en dehors de Ramadhan n’est pas favorable à l’une comme à l’autre sessions. Les sujets n’auront pas forcément d’égales difficultés. Le temps de préparation pour l’une des catégories sera plus long. Les résultats obtenus ne seront pas équivalents», affirme-t-il. Un avis largement partagé par Nabil Ferguinis du Snapap, qui estime que la deuxième session est une «aberration pédagogique. Du pur populisme». Selon le syndicaliste, il s’agit d’une grave dérive et d’une décision politique qui rentre dans la stratégie du pouvoir et qui va juste mettre la première responsable du secteur dans une position de faiblesse. «Le débat politique a omis le programme du gouvernement et vire vers une organisation qui n’a aucun argument psycho-pédagogique. Au lieu de penser à la rigueur pédagogique dont notre école a tant besoin en ces moments, le pouvoir politique impose une autre forme de ‘‘seuil’’», poursuit-il. L’activiste Kamel Nouari est aussi contre cette deuxième session.   Victimes «Le principe de l’égalité des chances n’est pas respecté. Comment peuvent-ils expliquer le fait d’interdire l’accès à l’établissement si un candidat est en retard, mais qu’on lui redonne la chance de repasser tout le bac, si ce n’est encourager la médiocrité», soutient-il. Il affirme aussi que même dans le cas d’organiser une autre session, il y a des règles à respecter : «Une autre session, ça se prépare avec l’accord de tous les partenaires sociaux, les parents d’élèves. Il faut aussi déterminer qui est concerné ou pas en précisant la date exacte.» Ce dernier confie qu’il serait pour une deuxième session uniquement si elle est organisée pour les retardataires mais aussi pour les recalés.  n
          UCAR Deploys ADVA FSP 3000 CloudConnect in Supercomputing Network   

BOULDER, Co., June 29, 2017 — ADVA Optical Networking announced today that the University Corporation for Atmosphere Research (UCAR) has deployed its FSP 3000 CloudConnect data center interconnect (DCI) solution for ultra-high capacity connectivity to the Cheyenne supercomputer. The DCI technology is now being used to transport vital scientific data over two 200Gbit/s 16QAM connections between the […]

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          MareNostrum 4 Begins Operation   

BARCELONA, June 29 — The MareNostrum supercomputer is beginning operation and will start executing applications for scientific research. MareNostrum 4, hosted by Barcelona Supercomputing Center, is entirely aimed at generating scientific knowledge and its computer architecture has been called ‘the most diverse and interesting in the world’ by international experts. The Spanish Ministry of Economy, […]

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          Global shipping feels fallout from Maersk cyber attack   

By Jonathan Saul

LONDON (Reuters) - Global shipping is still feeling the effects of a cyber attack that hit A.P. Moller-Maersk two days ago, showing the scale of the damage a computer virus can unleash on the technology dependent and inter-connected industry.

About 90 percent of world trade is transported by sea, with ships and ports acting as the arteries of the global economy. Ports increasingly rely on communications systems to keep operations running smoothly, and any IT glitches can create major disruptions for complex logistic supply chains.

The cyber attack was among the biggest-ever disruptions to hit global shipping. Several port terminals run by a Maersk division, including in the United States, India, Spain, the Netherlands, were still struggling to revert to normal operations on Thursday after experiencing massive disruptions.

South Florida Container Terminal, for example, said dry cargo could not be delivered and no container would be received. Anil Diggikar, chairman of JNPT port, near the Indian commercial hub of Mumbai, told Reuters that he did not know "when exactly the terminal will be running smoothly".

His uncertainty was echoed by Maersk itself, which told Reuters that a number of IT systems were still shut down and that it could not say when normal business operations would be resumed.

It said it was not able to comment on specific questions regarding the breach of its IT systems or the state of its cyber security as it had "all available hands focused on practical stuff and getting things back to normal".

The impact of the attack on the company has reverberated across the industry given its position as the world's biggest container shipping line and also operator of 76 ports via its APM Terminals division.

Container ships transport much of the world's consumer goods and food, while dry bulk ships haul commodities including coal and grain and tankers carry vital oil and gas supplies.

"As Maersk is about 18 percent of all container trade, can you imagine the panic this must be causing in the logistic chain of all those cargo owners all over the world?" said Khalid Hashim, managing director of Precious Shipping, one of Thailand's largest dry cargo ship owners.

"Right now none of them know where any of their cargoes (or)containers are. And this 'black hole' of lack of knowledge will continue till Maersk are able to bring back their systems on line."


The computer virus, which researchers are calling GoldenEye or Petya, began its spread on Tuesday in Ukraine and affected companies in dozens of countries.

Maersk said the attack had caused outages at its computer systems across the world.

In an example of the turmoil that ensued, the unloading of vessels at the group's Tacoma terminal was severely slowed on Tuesday and Wednesday, said Dean McGrath, president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 23 there.

The terminal is a key supply line for the delivery of domestic goods such as milk and groceries and construction materials to Anchorage, Alaska.

"They went back to basics and did everything on paper," McGrath said.

Ong Choo Kiat, President of U-Ming Marine Transport, Taiwan's largest dry bulk ship owner, said the fact Maersk had been affected rang alarm bells for the whole shipping industry as the Danish company was regarded as a leader in IT technology.

"But they ended up one of the first few casualties. I therefore conclude that shipping is lacking behind the other industry in term of cyber security," he said.

"How long would it takes to catch up? I don't know. But recently all owners and operators are definitely more aware of the risk of cyber security and beginning to pay more attention to it."

In a leading transport survey by international law firm Norton Rose Fulbright published this week, 87 percent of respondents from the shipping industry believed cyber attacks would increase over the next five years - a level that was higher than counterparts in the aviation, rail and logistics industries.


Apart from the reliance on computer systems, ships themselves are increasingly exposed to interference through electronic navigation devices such as the Global Positioning System (GPS) and lack the backup systems airliners have to prevent crashes, according to cyber security experts.

There were no indications that GPS and other electronic navigation aids were affected by this week's attack, but security specialists say such systems are vulnerable to signal loss from deliberate jamming by hackers.

Last year, South Korea said hundreds of fishing vessels had returned early to port after its GPS signals were jammed by North Korea, which denied responsibility.

"The Maersk attack raises our awareness of the vulnerability of shipping and ports to technological failure," said Professor David Last, a previous president of Britain's Royal Institute of Navigation.

"When GPS fails, ships' captains lose their principal means of navigation and much of their communications and computer links. They have to slow down and miss port schedules," said Last, who is also a strategic advisor to the General Lighthouse Authorities of the UK and Ireland.

A number of countries including the UK and the United States are looking into deploying a radar based back up navigation system for ships called eLoran, but this will take time to develop.

David Nordell, head of strategy and policy for London-based think tank, the Centre for Strategic Cyberspace and Security Science, said the global shipping and port industries were vulnerable to cyber attack, because their operating technologies tend to be old.

"It's certainly possible to imagine that two container ships, or, even worse, oil or gas tankers, could be hacked into colliding, resulting in loss of life and cargo, and perhaps total loss of the vessels," Nordell said.

"Carried out in a strategically sensitive location such as the Malacca Straits or the Bosphorus, a collision like this could block shipping for enough time to cause serious dislocations to trade."


Cyber risks also pose challenges for insurance cover.

In a particularly secretive industry, information about the nature of cyber attacks is still scarce, which insurance and shipping officials say is an obstacle to mitigating the risk, which means there are gaps in insurance cover available.

"There has been a lot of non-reporting (of breaches) on ships, and we’re trying efforts where even if there could be anonymous reporting on a platform so we can start to get the information and the data," said Andrew Kinsey, senior marine consultant at insurer Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty.

There is also a gap in provision, because most existing cyber or hull insurance policies - which insure the ship itself - will not cover the risk of a navigation system being jammed or physical damage to the ship caused by a hacking attack.

"The industry is just waking up to its vulnerability," said Colin Gillespie, deputy director of loss prevention with ship insurer North.

"Perhaps it is time for insurers, reinsurers, ship operators and port operators to sit down together and consider these risks in detail. A collective response is needed - we are all under attack."

(Additional reporting by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen in Copenhagen, Keith Wallis and Carolyn Cohn in London, Euan Rocha in Mumbai, Miyoung Kim in Singapore, Alexander Cornwell in Dubai, Michael Hirtzer in Chicago, Noor Zainab Hussain in Bangalore, Adam Jourdan and Shanghai newsroom; Editing by Pravin Char)

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          Primate Field Scientist: Gibbon and Red Langur Projects   
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          The Myth of Water Wasted to the Sea   
The mouth of mad river at sunset

Rivers that flow to the sea bring a host of benefits to people and ecosystems. A scientist explains.

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          ZigZag Education: New Specification Writing Projects for Computer Science/ICT Teachers   
£250-£300 per project: ZigZag Education: Send ZigZag Education your existing teaching resources. Published resources earn an annual royalty of 12.5% of sales. Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh
          Associate Veterinarian - The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA) - Okanagan, BC   
Knowledge of principles, theories and practices of veterinary medicine and science. Commitment to practicing the highest standard of medicine, upholding the...
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          Chef de térritoire - Manitoba - PharmaScience - Ontario   
Diplôme universitaire dans l’une des disciplines suivantes (sciences, affaires, médicine, pharmacie). En tant que membre de l'équipe de ventes au détail de...
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          Territory Manager - Manitoba - PharmaScience - Ontario   
University degree in any of the following areas (sciences, business, medicine, pharmacy). Are you a dynamic and motivated salesperson?...
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          Re: Cleveland vs. Chicago, a Scientific Breakdown   
As a recent Chicago to Cleveland transplant who is missing home terribly, in more ways than I even thought possible, I have to disagree with a lot of the methods used to reach your scientific conclusions.

The lower cost of living is great, but it can be a bit deceptive.
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          Medical Sales Representative - AstraZeneca - Ontario   
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          Medical Sales Representative - AstraZeneca - British Columbia   
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          Convergence technologique : l’homme, la machine et la société   

L'avenir de la connaissance est à la convergence des domaines technologiques NBIC (nanotechnologie, biotechnologie, informatique, sciences cognitives).

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          Science in the Summer: Science of Sports Level I   
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When: Wednesday, July 05, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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          gelesen: Perry Rhodan 2914: Im Bann des Pulsars   

Perry Rhodan 2914: Im Bann des Pulsars von Michelle Stern

Perry Rhodan 2914: Im Bann des Pulsars


Die Thoogondu entdecken den letzten Galakt-Transferer – Terraner im Brennpunkt des Geschehens


Nach der Flucht auf den letzten Galakt-Transferer in Band 2912 und einer dortigen Geschichtsstunde über die Entsteheung des zweiten Imperium in Band 2913 wird es in diesem Heft ernst für den Galakt-Transferer.
Auf der Suche nach u.a. Perry Rhodan entdecken die Thoogondu den um einen Pulsar kreisenden Galakt-Transferer und greifen ihn an.

Der Transferer hat seine Schuldigkeit getan, der Transferer soll gehen. Als Handlungsort hat er die Geschichte weiter gebracht, er hat weiter Zweifel an der Geschichtsschreibung des Goldenen Imperiums genährt. Als Objekt war er aber von Anfang an ein Wrack und so wird er in diesem Heft angegriffen.
Seit Heft 2910 war die Handlung in NGC4622, das aktuelle Heft widmet sich wieder den Ereignissen in der Milchstraße. Soll ja nicht langweilig werden wink

          (IT) Security Developer - Cryptography   

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          Why you need to ‘opt in’ to keep hearing from Cancer Research UK   
Cancer Research UK is becoming an 'opt-in' charity - but what exactly does that mean for you and the way we work?
          Greater opioid use and mental health disorders are linked in a new study (Washington Post)   

By Lenny Bernstein

June 26, 2017

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A new study suggests that people with anxiety and depression are consuming a

disproportionate share of prescription painkillers, a finding that could add

a new wrinkle to the epidemic of opioid use in the United States.


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          In Brief: CraveTV sets launch date for The Handmaid’s Tale   

Handmaid's Tale

Plus: Jay Baruchel takes a CCO role at a Toronto-based publishing company and Digital Howard's CMF-funded game Terracosm heads to U.S. science centres.

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          A Proto-Environmentalist   
Andrew Wallace-Hadrill, "Pliny the Elder and Man's Unnatural History," Greece & Rome 37.1 (April, 1990) 80-96 (at 85-86):
It is a little bit tempting to represent him as a sort of proto-environmentalist. Certainly there is at points an unmistakeably green tinge to his ideas. He squarely accuses man of poisoning his environment. His contemplation of the variety of plants, their number, flowers, colours, scents, and juices, leads him to champion the cause of Nature. Are not poisons a design fault of Nature? But it is man who discovered poisons. Animals use their natural weapons (tusks, etc.), but only man uses poison. We poison our arrows, we poison our rivers and the very elements of nature, we turn the means of life to destruction (18.1-3). Even worse than the abuse of poison, in Pliny's view, is mining.
We excavate every fibre of the earth, and live above the cavities. Can we be surprised if it occasionally gapes open and quakes? As if this couldn't be a sign of indignation expressed by our sacred parent. (33.1)
Or again, he contrasts the rest of the natural world, which has been created for the sake of man, with the mountains, which nature created for her own sake, as a framework to give solidity to the guts of the earth, and to control the force of rivers and seas. Yet man by mining quarries away this protective frame (36.1).

Environmentalism is a useful analogy. It serves to remind us that the issue of man's relationship with nature is one which may properly engage a scientist, and which may indeed fuel some of the passion behind his work. But the Plinian framework is different. Pollution is not the issue, the ozone layer is not under threat. And though in part the antitheses are the same, of the natural balance of a self-regulating ecological system versus human greed, profit-making, and abuse, the key element in Pliny's equation is one of little importance to us, namely luxury.

          Center’s alarming findings on safety issues at nuclear labs drawing wide attention via The Center for Public Integrity   
‘Nuclear Negligence’ series highlighted by media outlets nationwide In the summer of 2011, Los Alamos National Laboratory presented a happy self-portrait to the public. The lab’s news releases bragged of promotions, awards, pacts with neighboring Native American tribes and great feats of science that spilled from the design of the nation’s nuclear weapons. But that […]
          Seismic Blasting Would Deafen Marine Mammals   

Seismic Blasting Would Deafen Marine Mammals

The endangered North Atlantic right whale is just one of the marine animals that seismic testing off the East Coast would harm.

The endangered North Atlantic right whale is just one of the marine animals that seismic testing off the East Coast would harm.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Imagine an underwater blast so loud that it can be heard by marine mammals that are 2,500 miles away. That’s the level of noise generated when companies fire airguns to blast the ocean floor with sound in order to find oil and gas deposits.

Such seismic testing could begin soon off the U.S. East Coast after Trump ordered federal agencies to reconsider the Obama administration’s five-year ban on offshore drilling in the Atlantic. On June 6, the National Marine Fisheries Service proposed five authorizations for companies on the hunt for oil and gas. These companies want to conduct seismic surveys of the Atlantic seabed.

The noise would have serious impacts on marine mammals like whales and dolphins, which rely heavily on sound to communicate, navigate and find prey. Flooding the ocean with noise from seismic surveys could inflict permanent hearing damage on these creatures, leaving them deaf and stranded. At the very least, seismic blasts would disrupt the animals’ behavior hundreds of thousands of times and could drive them away from vital habitats.

By granting these five proposed authorizations, the National Marine Fisheries Service would allow marine mammals to become casualties of oil and gas exploration. But it’s not too late—the service is taking public comments on these proposed authorizations until July 6. Below, you can tell the service to deny these dangerous permits, and protect whales and dolphins from seismic airgun blasting.

Take Action! Send your comment to the National Marine Fisheries Service today, and tell the agency that marine mammals deserve a fighting chance.

The following numbers demonstrate how devastating these seismic surveys would be:

240 decibels

Approximate volume of seismic airgun blasting underwater. For a little perspective, one of the loudest animals, the blue whale, makes calls louder than 180 decibels. When you go up by 10 decibels, it means a sound gets 10 times more intense. So a seismic airgun blast is 1 million times more intense than a blue whale call—powerful enough to deafen one of these massive creatures.

2,500 miles

How far seismic blasts can travel underwater—approximately the distance from New York City to Los Angeles. That means it’s possible for a whale near Florida to hear seismic surveys operating off the coast of South Carolina.

200,000 square miles

Area of the Atlantic Ocean that the proposed seismic airgun surveys would blast. The airguns discharge resounding booms at 12 to 16 second intervals, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for months on end.


Approximate number of times in one year that whales and dolphins will be harassed by seismic blasting, according to permits drafted by the National Marine Fisheries Service. The service estimates that nearly 2,000 of the exposures will be loud enough to cause permanent hearing loss, which would severely impede the marine mammals’ ability to communicate and find food.


Species of marine mammals that the National Marine Fisheries Service would allow companies to harm, if the agency’s proposed authorizations are finalized. Six of these species are endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act, including the North Atlantic Right Whale—a critically endangered species with a population of less than 500.

          Tips For Carrying Out A Home Landscaping Project!   
For some, landscaping can be a simple touch up job that slightly improves the overall look of a home. For others, it can be a science and a complete work of art, as they use advanced ideas and techniques to make any home look like a masterpiece. Whatever landscaping is for you, t …
          Weech and Takazawa to present research at BAI 2017   

Associate Professor Terry Weech and doctoral candidate Aiko Takazawa will discuss their research on the economics of information at the International Conference on Business and Information (BAI), which will be held July 4-6 in Hiroshima, Japan. The conference is an annual meeting for scholars in the business and information disciplines.

Weech and Takazawa will present their paper, "iSchools and Business Schools, Potential to Collaborate on Business and Information Research." In their talk, they will examine the potential contributions of collaboration between schools of information and business schools that have an interest in the impact and utilization of information in the business context. They will also present their plan for establishing a basis for collaboration between business schools and schools in the iSchools organization.
Takazawa's doctoral research seeks to understand how information search and seeking activities facilitate spontaneous collaborative work. The topics in her research area lie at the intersection of information behavior, learning, and self-organization. Her dissertation examines the case of a humanitarian aid group that emerged on social media platforms in response to the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan.
Weech's research interests include the areas of reference services and sources, government information, library administration, library cooperation and networks, library use instruction, and economics of information. His teaching experience includes appointments at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Emporia State University (Kansas); University of Iowa, Iowa City; and Mississippi University for Women in Columbus. At the iSchool, Weech teaches the Economics of Information course (IS 549). He has been active in the American Library Association (ALA) and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), and he has been involved in the administration of the Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award reception at the ALA Midwinter meeting for nearly twenty years. Weech received his MS and PhD degrees in library and information science from the iSchool at Illinois.

          Programmer Analyst - Lincoln, NE   
Associates degree in Computer Science or equivalent field of study required. Uses report-writing tools to develop reports....
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          Poor People Don’t Need Blue Cross Insurance, They Only Need True Cross Insurance   

As the Senate prepares to repeal ObamaCare and insure 22 million people don’t ‘run up the bill’ trying to take care of their ‘ailments’, America is in a unique position to remind poor people of the nation of one simple fact:  you don’t need Medicaid, Medicare or even Blue Cross, you only need True Cross. The science is simple:  prayer is a more powerful and affordable health insurance for poor people than any commercial insurance plans in the market place. […]

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          Confirmed: Gays Are Using Snapchat’s New Snap Map Location Feature To Hunt Down Straight Men And Turn Them Gay   

Moles within the gays community confirm that gays have used their technological prowess to exploit Snapchat’s new Snap Map feature to hunt down straight men and groom them into homosexuality. Earlier in the week, reports arose nationwide that straight fathers taking innocent morning strolls or late night jaunts to the supermarket were making up missing, only to be found hours later exhausted and with spent sweat, the ‘look of homosexuality’ raging within their eyes. Scientists from the CDC found that […]

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          Focus on Both Consistency and Variability in Your Workouts for the Best Results   

In one of my recent articles, I spoke about the fact that you must alter your training variables that make up your workouts if you want to continuously get good results, whether it is losing weight, building muscle, or toning up.

While changing your training variables is an integral part of the success of your training program, your workouts shouldn't be drastically different every single time. If you are all over the place on each workout and never try to repeat and improve on specific exercises for specific set and rep schemes with specific rest intervals, then your body has no basis to improve on its current condition. The best way to structure your workouts to get the best results is to be consistent and try to continually improve on a specific training method for a specific time period. A time period of 4-8 weeks usually works best as your body will adapt to the specific training method and progress will slow after this amount of time.

At this point, it is time to change around some of your training variables as I described in the "exercise variables" article, and then stay consistent with your new training program for another 4-8 weeks. To refresh, some of these variables are the numbers of sets and reps of exercises, the order of exercises (sequence), exercise grouping (super-setting, circuit training, tri-sets, etc.), exercise type (multi-joint or single joint, free-weight or machine based), the number of exercises per workout, the amount of resistance, the time under tension, the base of stability (standing, seated, on stability ball, one-legged, etc.), the volume of work (sets x reps x distance moved), rest periods between sets, repetition speed, range of motion, exercise angle (inclined, flat, declined, bent over, upright, etc), training duration per workout, training frequency per week, etc.

For example, let's say you are training with a program where you are doing 10 sets of 3 reps for 6 different exercises grouped together in pairs (done as supersets) with 30 seconds rest between each superset and no rest between the 2 exercises within the superset. If you are smart, I'm sure you are tracking your progress with a notepad (weights used, sets, and reps) to see how you are progressing over time. Let's say that after about 6 weeks, you find that you are no longer improving with that program. Well, now it is time to change up your variables, and start a new program.

This time you choose a classic 5 sets of 5 reps routine, but you group your exercises in tri-sets (three exercises performed back to back to back, and then repeated for the number of sets). This time you decide to perform the exercises in the tri-set with no rest between them, and then recover for 2 minutes in between each tri-set to fully recoup your strength levels.

There you have it...a couple examples of how to incorporate both consistency and variability into your training programs to maximize your results. Want to take the guess work out of all of this? Pick up a copy of my book today at and try the scientifically designed programs already illustrated within.

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          Clinical Research Data Scientist, Belgium - Beerse   
Salary: Negotiable (GBP)
Location: Belgium, Beerse
Company: CK Clinical
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          Medical Advisor- Oncology   
Salary: Negotiable (GBP)
Location: Germany, Munich
Company: EPM Scientific
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          CLINICAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE (CRA) - Switzerland   
Salary: Competitive (GBP)
Benefits: Excellent salary + benefits
Location: Switzerland, Switzerland
Company: PRA Health Sciences
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          Ciena teams with University of Waterloo   
Ciena announced that it is working with engineering researchers at the University of Waterloo to develop solutions to help network operators and Internet providers address to the ever increasing demand for faster data transmission over the Internet.

The partners stated that the research relationship has received funding support from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

A key area of the University of Waterloo's partnership with Ciena focuses on realising the maximum possible capacity from the optical cables that run under the oceans and which handle around 95% of intercontinental communications, including an estimated $10 trillion per day in financial transactions. Ciena noted that the reliable, high-speed transmission of huge amounts of data over undersea cables is increasingly important in fields including healthcare and academic research.

For the research program, Amir Khandani, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Waterloo, is leading a team of post-doctoral fellows and graduate students that are developing algorithms designed to efficiently and rapidly correct errors, including lost or dropped bits of data, that occur during extremely high-speed, long-distance optical transmission.

When incorporated on the electronic chips that are built into equipment for receiving and transmitting data, the algorithms developed by the Waterloo team can free up cable capacity, while also enabling the faster correction of errors in line with other technological advances in optical communications.

Under the three-year partnership, announced at an event at the University of Waterloo, Mr. Khandani holds the position of Ciena/NSERC Industrial Research Chair on Network Information Theory of Optical Channels. Ciena noted that the relationship between Waterloo Engineering and Ciena has already produced seven U.S. patents, with additional patents pending.

          Now Maxine Waters Wants President Trump Exiled   

It is no secret that Maxine Waters is more cuckoo than a clock, as the saying goes she acts as if she donated her brain to science and forgot to tell the scientists to wait until she was dead. Especially now that she wants an investigation to see if President Trump can be exiled. Mad […]

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          Skeptics, Get Ready: Does This New Study Prove That Acupuncture Really Works?   
Acupuncture is an ancient practice with many devotees, but to-date there's been thin scientific evidence for why it works. A new study claims to have found a mechanism to explain the pain relief many say it delivers.
          CDC Case Report: If You Eat Your Placenta, This Can Happen   
Here's a risk of eating your placenta. What's the science behind the claimed benefits?
          This fruit fly could cause $1 billion of damage to Australian crops, but scientists have a defence   

A species of fruit fly responsible for billions of dollars in damage to crops around the world could be stopped from wreaking similar damage in Australia by disrupting its sense of smell, scientists say.

          Improving VNS therapy: ElectroCore CEO Amato on gammaCore and its slated July launch   

Neuroscience tech developer ElectroCore said recently it plans to launch its handheld gammaCore vagus nerve stimulation device in the US in mid-July, after having won clearance from the FDA in April for treating episodic cluster headaches. Unlike other vagus nerve stimulation devices, the gammaCore is an external handheld device with no implanted component, designed to […]

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          LipoSeuticals closes Series A for novel drug delivery tech   

LipoSeuticals said today that it closed a financing round for an undisclosed amount led by Hong Kong-based life sciences fund, Delos Capital. The company has developed a sugar-lipid polymer-based formulation, Sulocence, which boosts drug stability and solubility. LipoSeuticals said it is applying the drug delivery technology to the reformulation of an array of marketed specialty drugs. […]

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          Los renglones torcidos del Kronen   
En donde se demuestra que, a pesar de lo que digan algunos, Dios no puede ser ni omnipotente ni mucho menos omnisciente. Para alegría de los lectores del KZ. 29 de Junio.- Cuando se vio que la ciencia había despejado … Siga leyendo
          Data Scientist - Cisco - San Jose, CA   
We Are Cisco. Excellent written and oral communication skills, able to communicate with all levels of SSO internal technology teams and business....
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          Pennsylvania's best high schools for STEM   
As technology continues to evolve, the demand for skills within the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields become greater with each passing year. Philadelphia area universities continue to expand STEM programs and majors, mirroring the ongoing growth within the area's job market. The foundation for these skills is often set during the high school years, where math and science classes have become increasingly rigorous, with Advanced Placement classes continually becoming more competitive.…

          Zecotek China Working with PET OEMs and Gaining Access to Industries Beyond Medical Scanning   

SINGAPORE--(Marketwired - June 30, 2017) - Zecotek Photonics Inc. (TSX VENTURE: ZMS) (FRANKFURT: W1I) (OTC PINK: ZMSPF), a developer of leading-edge photonics technologies for healthcare, industrial and scientific markets, is pleased to provide an update to the forming of its new China based subsidiary Zecotek China Ltd. The formation of the new subsidiary has accelerated the potential adoption of the LFS by medical scanner developers as well as non-medical OEMs in China. Zecotek China is working closely with new medical and non-medical OEMs. Testing of the LFS crystals have been completed and we expect to receive purchase orders in the near future.

          Science Says: Hot dogs minus added nitrites may be no better   
NEW YORK (AP) -- Backyard cooks looking to grill this summer have another option: hot dogs without "added nitrites."...
          Scientists alarmed by 6 right whales deaths in Canada   
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Marine scientists are alarmed by the deaths of six endangered North Atlantic right whales in Canadian waters during the past three weeks and say humans must help protect them....
          Science Says: Pregnant or trying? Don't let Zika guard down   
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Zika virus may not seem as big a threat as last summer but don't let your guard down - especially if you're pregnant or trying to be....
          Strange 'sea pickles' keep washing ashore in the Pacific Northwest - and scientists are baffled   
There are strange sea creatures known as "sea pickles" invading the Pacific Northwest.These gelatinous and somewhat translucent organisms, called pyrosomes, have been seen congregating, sometimes by the thousands, close to shore from Northern California up to southeast Alaska - clogging fishing nets and washing up on beaches, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Experts say that this year, the critters [...]
          Hourly Paid Teacher in Software Applications Specialist - ACS/AEC - LEA.8F - Vanier College - Vanier, QC   
INTENSIVE DAY PROGRAM – MEQ 12 FOURTH SEMESTER In the following disciplines: 420 Computer Science 420-HSS-VA C++ Programming (90 hours) 420-HST-VA Visual...
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          Lecturer - University of British Columbia - Okanagan, BC   
Psychology Lecturer Position The Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus, invites applications
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          The Tour de France Begins Tomorrow - Resources for Learning More About It   
The Tour de France begins tomorrow. What started out as a promotion to boost the sales of newspapers in France is now one of the biggest sporting events in the world (and a big business). Here are some resources for learning more about the Tour de France.

Check out this animated video to learn all about the tactics of the race, the logistics of the race, the physiology of riding in the race, and many other interesting facts about the world's most famous bicycle race.

If watching the race (broadcast on NBC Sports in the US) inspires you to get outside and ride a bike, don't forget your helmet. The Brain Injury Alliance of Kentucky offers some good resources about brain injury prevention. One of those resources is a short animated video designed to teach students about the need for wearing a helmet and how to wear helmets when biking or skateboarding. In the video students learn how to pick a helmet and how to properly fit a helmet. Watch the two minute video below.

The Science Behind the Bike is a four part video series from The Open University. The series has a total running length of 33 minutes and is a complement to a larger Open Learn course called The Science Behind Wheeled Sports. The videos and the course are designed to help students understand the physics, the physiology,  and the technology that influence the outcome of cycling events.

Sticking with the science of bicycling, Global Cycling Network offers a video addressing the question of whether having a light bike or light body makes the bigger difference in speed on a bike. The video is a bit long, but worth watching for the process and outcome. Ask your students for predictions before jumping to the end.

How is the overall winner of the Tour de France determined? It's not as simple as you might think. In addition to the overall winner's Yellow Jersey there are other prizes awarded in the race. Learn all about how the race times and points are calculated by watching the following video from the Global Cycling Network.

Minute Physics offers two videos about the physics of bicycles. In How Do Bikes Stay Up? we learn how bikes stay upright, how design and weight influences balance, and why bicycles are difficult to balance in reverse.

The Counterintuitive Physics of Turning a Bike explains how we turn bicycles.


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          Research Report on Global Waterborne Paint Reconcile Market 2014   

Reports and Intelligence adds a report titled “2014 Market Research Report on Global Waterborne paint reconcile Industry.”

Portland, OR -- (ReleaseWire) -- 09/24/2014 -- Reports and Intelligence adds a report titled "2014 Market Research Report on Global Waterborne paint reconcile Industry." The report would provide vital information in the waterborne paint reconcile market and help the market participants to strategize market policies.

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          Global Automotive Market Is Expected to Reach over $245 Billion by 2020   

Automotive Refinish Coatings Market 2012-2020, report published by Allied Market Research at ReportsandIntelligence

Portland, OR -- (ReleaseWire) -- 09/22/2014 -- The automotive refinish coating market provides for coating of automotives. The global automotive market is expected to reach over $245 billion by 2020; therefore, the market for refinish coating can expect good revenue. The key driver for the market is increase in the number of vehicles in operation. It is expected that the number of car users in developing countries would reach around three to four billion in the next 30 years.

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However, the North American and European market is expected to be flat due to the economic downtimes and enhanced road safety parameters. The automotive market is not expected to grow in these regions until the recession settles down; therefore, the automotive refinish market is dependent on developing economies. The major challenge for companies in the market is to overcome the refinish coating requirements of two-wheelers and heavy commercial vehicles as the market is largely dependent on car markets.

The key companies profiled in the report are DuPont Performance Coating, Axalta Coating Systems, BASF SE, Kansai Paint Co. Ltd, Akzo Nobel N.V, KCC Corp, Noroo Paint Coatings Co. Ltd., PPG Industries Inc., and Matrix System Automotive Finishes.


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          Global Generic Drugs Market 2014-2018   

Global Generic Drugs market to grow at a CAGR of 11.02 percent over the period 2013-2018

Portland, OR -- (ReleaseWire) -- 09/22/2014 -- TechNavio's analysts forecast the Global Generic Drugs market to grow at a CAGR of 11.02 percent over the period 2013-2018. The patent expiry of top-selling drugs is one of the major drivers contributing to the growth of this market. The market is also witnessing an increase in mergers and acquistions. However, intense competition among vendors could squeeze profit margins, increase pricing pressure, and pose a challenge to the growth of this market.

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TechNavio's report, the Global Generic Drugs Market 2014-2018, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market in the Americas, and the EMEA and APAC regions; it also covers the Global Generic Drugs market landscape and its growth prospects in the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.
Key vendors dominating this space include Actavis plc, Mylan Inc., Novartis International AG (Sandoz), STADA Arzneimittel AG, and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

Other vendors mentioned in the report are 3SBio Inc., Amgen Inc., Apotex Inc., AstraZeneca plc, Aurobindo Pharma Ltd., Baxter International Inc., Berlin-Chemie AG, Biocon Ltd., Biogen Idec Inc., Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH, Celltrion Inc., Cipla Ltd., Coherus Biosciences Inc., Daiichi Sankyo Co. Ltd., Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd., Emcure Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Gedeon Richter plc, GlaxoSmithKline plc, Hospira Inc., Impax Laboratories Inc., Intas Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Lupin Ltd., Merck & Co. Inc., Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corp., Par Pharmaceutical Inc., Pfizer Inc., Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd., Roche Holding AG, Sanofi S.A., Wockhardt Ltd., and Zydus Cadila Healthcare Ltd.

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          Global Advanced Wound Care and Closure Market   

Global Advanced Wound Care and Closure Market (Types, Applications, End User and Geography) - Size, Share, Global Trends, Company Profiles, Demand, Insights, Analysis, Research, Report, Opportunities, Segmentation and Forecast, 2013 - 2020

Portland, OR -- (ReleaseWire) -- 09/08/2014 -- Traditional wound care & closure and advanced wound care & closure products are used to treat acute and chronic wounds. Chronic wounds are hard to heal wounds, which take substantial time to heal and are expensive to treat. Advanced wound care & closure products are emerging as a standard solution for treating chronic wounds. Traditional wound care & closure products are being increasingly substituted with advanced wound care & closure products due to their efficacy and effectiveness in managing wounds by enabling faster healing.

Attempts to reduce the duration of hospital stays in order to limit surgical healthcare costs, and the rising inclination towards products that enhance therapeutic outcomes are driving the demand for advanced wound care & closure products. The risks associated with ineffective wound healing promote the demand for combination dressings, which is a modern trend in the market that is replacing traditional wound dressing methods.

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Smith and Nephew, Kinetic Concepts, 3M, BSN medical, Covidien, ConvaTech, Derma Sciences, Integra LifeSciences, Baxter International and Coloplast are some of the major players in the global advanced wound care and closure market.

The global advanced wound care and closure market has been segmented based on type, application, end users and geography. Based on type, the global market is segmented into advanced wound closure market and advanced wound care market. According to applications, the market is segmented into Burns, Ulcers and Surgical Wounds. Based on end users, the market is segmented into hospitals & community healthcare services and home healthcare. Geographically, the market is segmented into four regions, namely North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and LAMEA.

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          Global Printing Ink Market to 2018 in Nearly 70 Countries - Reports and Intelligence   

Global Printing Ink Market to 2018 - Market Size, Growth, and Forecasts in Nearly 70 Countries, report published at Reports and Intelligence

Portland, OR -- (ReleaseWire) -- 09/05/2014 -- Global Printing Ink Market to 2018 - Market Size, Growth, and Forecasts in Nearly 70 Countries is a comprehensive publication that enables readers the critical perspectives to be able to evaluate the world market for printing ink. The publication provides the market size, growth and forecasts at the global level as well as other countries.

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The market data covers the years 2007-2018. The market information includes the total market size for printing ink as well as the market size and trends.

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          Global Synthetic Biology Market (Products, Technologies, Applications and Geography) - Reports and Intelligence   

Global Synthetic Biology Market (Products, Technologies, Applications and Geography) - Size, Share, Global Trends, Company Profiles, Demand, Insights, Analysis, Research, Report, Opportunities, Segmentation and Forecast, 2013 - 2020

Portland, OR -- (ReleaseWire) -- 09/03/2014 -- Synthetic biology is a novel field that finds its origin at the intersection of biology and engineering. It's a multidisciplinary effort made by scientists to understand the functioning of biological organisms, cells & genes and implementation of artificial genetic processes to give specific characteristics to an organism. It can even be used to develop a completely new biological system. Global synthetic biology market was valued at $3.0 billion in 2013 and it is estimated to reach $38.7 billion by 2020, growing at a CAGR of 44.2% during the forecast period.

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Synthetic Biology Technology market is segmented into enabling technology and enabled technology. Synthetic Biology Enabling technologies segment is growing at a faster rate, and growing at a CAGR of 48.6% during the forecast period.

Synthetic Biology Application market is segmented into research & development, chemicals, agriculture, pharmaceuticals & diagnostics, biofuels and others (biotechnology and biomaterials). Biofuels is the fastest growing segment at a CAGR of 85.2% during the forecast period.

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Synthetic Biology product market is segmented into enabling products, enabled products and core products. Enabling product is the fastest growing segment at a CAGR of 53.7% during the forecast period.

Assistance from government and private organizations, rising number of entities conducting research and declining cost of DNA sequencing and synthesizing are key driving factors of the market. Governments are providing funds to research organizations, assisting them to find novel applications of synthetic biology. Bio-safety & bio-security issues, ethical issues and regulations are key retraining factors of the market. The fact that synthetic biology can be misused has raised concerns all around the world. Further, there are possibilities of accidental release of pathogens or genetically modified organisms into free atmosphere.

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          Noninvasive Cancer Diagnostics and Technologies Market   

Noninvasive Cancer Diagnostics and Technologies Market - Global Share, Industry Overview, Analysis, Growth, Trends Opportunities and Forecast 2012 - 2020

Portland, OR -- (ReleaseWire) -- 08/28/2014 -- Non-invasive diagnostic is a process of identifying the disease conditions with minimal incision in body during diagnosis. The global market for diagnostic/in-vitro diagnostics valued at $49.2 billion in 2012, which shows potential for market growth, especially in chronic diseases. Non-invasive cancer diagnostics is gaining importance over conventional diagnosis due to increase in incidences of chronic cancer such as breast cancer, and lung cancer. According to American Cancer Society, there were more than 1,660,290 new cases diagnosed in 2013.

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Commercialization of non-invasive cancer diagnosis is possible due to completion of Human Genome Project (HGP) that gives enormous diagnostic information based on genomic and proteomic. Increase in stringent regulatory guidelines and cost associated with diagnostics is hindering the growth of non-invasive cancer diagnostic market. The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance regulations for monitoring non-invasive diagnostics are issued by FDA, Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Social Security Administration (SSA).

The global non-invasive market has a huge potential in developing countries; however, cost of diagnosis is creating hurdles to tap this market. Hence, to overcome this problem, the diagnostic market has to be analyzed by the developing countries such as China, Japan, and India. This report provides key market drivers that are driving the market with impact analysis. The report gives intelligence about key regulatory guidelines issued by respective governments.

Key companies included in report are Precision Therapeutics, A&G Pharmaceutical, Affymetrix Inc., AVIVA Biosciences Corporation, BIOVIEW Inc., Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (LabCorp), Quest Diagnostics Incorporated Cancer Genetics Inc., Digene Corporation, Gen-Probe Incorporated


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-Market estimation for therapeutics techniques and geographic segment is derived from current market scenario and expected market trends

-Market attractiveness analysis has been included for various product segments, therapeutics, techniques and geographic regions with detailed analysis of factors responsible for rapid growth of the market segments

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-Value chain analysis, Porter's five force model, top investment pockets (GE9 Cell Matrix) are analyzed and presented in detail in the report so that the decision makers can receive clear picture of cancer diagnosis market



- Solid tumors
- Blood cancer
- Lung Cancer
- Breast Cancer
- Others


- Clinical Chemistry
- Immunochemistry/Immunoassay
- Molecular Diagnostics
- Other Clinical Instruments


- North America
- Europe
- Asia-Pacific
- RoW


- Medical devices manufacturing companies
- Pharmaceutical companies
- Government and Private Research Institutes
- Academic Institutes

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          Give the Creator the Credit Due – A Poetic Response to Psalm 148   
Give the Creator the credit that’s due. Shine forth Distant galaxies Glowing nebulas Giant stars Blackest holes. Go out Angels bright Seraphim flashing Winds blowing Flames burning. Since God is the maker, the builder, designer, Our lifegiver, ruler, sustainer, refiner. Learn of him Scientist Physicist Astronomer Chemist Tell of him Historian Sociologist Theologian Philosopher Give the creator the […]
          TS272: Executive Orders, Women in Stem Fields, Guests Trixie Mattel and Katya Zamolodchikova   
This week Bryan shares about Toaster Strudel being an aphrodisiac, while Erin shockingly retweeted Kim Kardashian for the first time.  Also, Executive orders have historically been a way to discriminate and incite fear in people and Trump’s Immigration Ban continues the trend, and a recent Scientific research shows a lack of women in Stem jobs due to constant years of being made to feel not smart enough. Plus, guests gay-legend-icon-star Trixie Mattel and sweatiest woman in show business Katya Zamolodchikova are here to discuss International Business Class travel, the painter of light Thomas Kinkade, and the importance of Prostate exams. Follow Trixie and Katya on Social Media. @trixiemattel and @katya_zamo
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          TS229: Texas, North Carolina, Mississippi, Vegas Sex   
Yee-haw y'all! This week, Erin and Bryan really stick it to the South and not in the genital way. Erin discusses Congressman Louie Gohmert of Texas who strongly and ridiculously opposed a bill for women scientists. Then Bryan looks at the tent revival discrimination in the Bible belt as bigoted laws pass in Mississippi and North Carolina. It's been a week, y'all.
          Typology of the Indian Fan in the context of the FIFA World Cup.    
I don't really follow soccer*. So I don't know much about soccer. But I follow a lot of Indian soccer fans. I view them with mild amusement mixed with scientific curiosity. I study them. I try to find patterns in their bizarrely enthusiastic behavior. And I love doing pop-socio and pop-psych analysis of their behavior and their attitudes towards a game where India ranks even lower than countries smaller than my apartment building in Pune.

So I present here a typology of the Indian Fan in the context of the upcoming World Cup. The typology is arranged according to which country they support or bet on to lift the cup.

BRAZIL: This one is a no-brainer really, so let's get it out of the way. Everyone loves Brazil. It's a country that has won the cup the most often. They always have some of the best players, a style of play which is considered exciting, and wear really eye-catching yellow-and-green colors. So even someone with or without the most rudimentary knowledge of the game feels comfortable saying "Brazil of course!" when someone asks "Which team do you support?" It's like picking the Patriots at the beginning of the NFL season.

But it goes beyond just how good the team is on average (here comes the pop-socio and pop-psych). Brazil is "nice". Brazil is "safe". Other than soccer, what is Brazil associated with? Carnivals, pretty people, beaches, being part of the fashionable BRIC block, and again, carnivals. If countries were brands, Brazil would be like Linux - not really that relevant to your life but easy to love. It's the kind of country that if you visit as an Indian, you expect to love.

So might as well support them. Plus they are the hosts this time. Western media is being mean to them just like they were mean to India in the run-up to the 2010 Commonwealth Games. They have messy social inequality issues just like us. Yes, Brazil is safe to support.

BEST 2 EUROPEAN UNION TEAMS: At any given time, at least 2 of the 3 objectively best teams in the world are from the EU. So the self-proclaimed "knowledgeable" soccer fan from India will be telling anyone willing to listen that one of those two teams is SURE to win. One of the two is always ALWAYS Germany. And the other is some country whose economy Germany has bailed out or will be bailing out soon. Right now it's Spain. A decade ago, it was France. In between, Italy took a break from electing Caligula-esque Prime Ministers to occupy that spot.

So Germany and "Another EU country" are the best bets for Indian soccer pundits who want to set themselves apart from the bandwagon Brazil supporters and maintain a chance for gloating when the dust settles.

ARGENTINA: Ah, Argentina! The most bizarre underdog-favorite combinations in the history of sport. I say this because some of my friends who support Argentina are genuinely convinced that Argentina is THE best team, regardless of the FIFA rankings. These verbose justifications start with "Messi is...." and then meander into incomprehensibility. Other friends supporting Argentina are steadfast about the team's underdog tag. "I always support an underdog, yaar!"

The media helps in whipping up support for Argentina too, given that Argentina is to FIFA what Notre Dame is to college football in America. Every damn year when the college football starts, there will be pundits in the media saying "OH NOTRE DAME HAS A FINE FINE TEAM THIS YEAR!". Most years, they stay in the rankings for three weeks before dropping out. Once in a couple of decades, in the vein of a stopped clock being right twice a day, Notre Dame will indeed have a great season. And then the pundits preen. And Hollywood makes an atrociously weepy movie starring a hobbit. But I ramble.    

So it goes with Argentina. Call it the continuing halo effect of bad boy Maradona. Or maybe the current halo effect of some guy named Messi who's done diddly-squat in two World Cups, but apparently does great in domestic soccer matches in Europe.

HOLLAND: The Dutch team is for true-blue underdog supporters. Again, I don't know much about soccer. But from what I am told, this team has choked more times than the South African cricket team, the 1990s Buffalo Bills, and Ivan Lendl combined. Which makes them particularly alluring for people who just love supporting an underdog in the faint hope that they will be proven right. Last time, these fans were rewarded by having to wait as long as the finals to have their hearts broken.

But still, for these folks, it is HUP HOLLAND HUP. A friend of mine says that the bright orange jerseys appeal to the latent Hindutva tendencies in some Indian fans, but we'll put a pin in that for now.

ANOTHER EU TEAM: The previous four categories take care of 90% of Indian soccer fans. Which brings us to self-proclaimed "knowledgeable" fans of the game who don't like being lumped with the conventional wisdom. They need to cogently claim that a different underdog is actually going to take home the cup, but the heathen masses are too blinded by media tropes to see it. So they pick a team which is ranked somewhere from 4th to 8th in the FIFA rankings and which has a player they have watched in one of the domestic soccer leagues from Europe.

"Of course it'll be Portugal yaar! That Cristiano Ronaldo I tell you...."

For the last 3 World Cups, the top choice for these people has been Portugal, thanks to this Ronaldo fella. Never mind that he and his team have shown the poor judgment of associating themselves with the New York Jets to practice for the World Cup. That anyone can think that a guy who voluntarily decided to learn something from Rex Ryan has any chance of winning anything shows how little soccer fans know about real football. But I troll. And I digress.

When it's not Portugal, it is some other European country that yes, Germany will also have to bail out.  

ENGLAND: Don't ask me why. Seriously don't. I know very little about soccer but even I know enough to know that the chances of England winning the cup are only negligibly higher than an Indian winning the Olympic 100 meter gold. And yet a few Indians will be steadfast in their support of England.

One guy I knew used to base his support on the supposedly "under-appreciated talents" of David Beckham. This was before Beckham became known as the guy who sells underwear on giant hoardings in Times Square. These days, I suspect the support for England is driven by the fact that so many Indians spend so much money on low quality made-in-Bangladesh jerseys of teams from the EPL, that they feel obliged to go all the way.

But seriously Indian supporters of England soccer, what are the chances that an England cricket team will win an ICC title AND a notionally English guy will win the Wimbledon AND England will win the FIFA World Cup, all within 5 years?

USA: The only Indians who support the US are a) Indians who live in the US, and b) follow only cricket and/or American sports. Yes, this includes me, ok? The rest of the time, we are happy with our WillowTV subscription, our NFL fantasy football leagues, out March madness brackets, our opinions on LeBron and the Heat, our love or hate for the Yankees or the Red Sox. We look at MLS ads and go "lulz". We see European soccer matches on our cable guide menu and go "WTF?".

But then once every four years, this damn World Cup thing comes along. And everyone is talking about it. Not just CNN, who will usually talk about the most vapid things. So what do we do?


We google furiously to find out who our players are. We try to figure out what the hell "Group of Death" means. We practice our pronunciation of Klinsmann. And we set a countdown clock to the start of the NFL season.

* "SOCCER? IT'S FOOTBALL BRO!!!" you say? Read this.  

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          Why I Threw Away My Ferrari Gear   
I used to be an ardent Formula 1 fan. And an ardent Ferrari fan. Over the years, I lost interest in the sport. But occasionally I would still catch portions of a race on TV and in my heart, I was always cheering for a Ferrari win. On a recent trip to Europe, I bought some Ferrari gear to occasionally display my support.

This morning I threw all the Ferrari gear in trash. Because of this.

The background story in a nutshell is this. Two Italian navy sailors killed two innocent Indian fishermen in Indian waters (the Italians dispute the jurisdiction). India arrested and charged the sailors. The Italian government has been supporting these murderers. So has the Italian media. Note that they're not denying that the sailors killed those innocent fishermen. They still want the Indian government to let the sailors go. Why? The reasoning is flimsy and convoluted and in my opinion can be summarized as "Because!". The arrogance and the racist undertones in Italy's stance are obvious to me and many others. To me, the subtext is, "yes, our boys killed two guys by mistake. But they were just a couple of brown fishermen. Let our boys go! Give them back to us and we'll give them a slap on the wrist. You Indians have no right to try someone who killed your citizens". Do you think that if the fishermen had been Americans killed off the coast of America, the Italians would dare be this brazenly arrogant?

And in a sickening display of further arrogance and willful insensitivity, Ferrari decided to inject itself into the situation. The Formula 1 Indian Grand Prix is this weekend. Ferrari has announced it will carry an Italian Navy flag specifically in support of the two murderous sailors. It's not like Ferrari has been carrying the flag throughout the season. They're doing this only in India. They're not even using the pretext of just supporting the Italian navy in general. Their statements specifically mention support for the murderers. To me this is a small scale version of a British team carrying the flag of General Dyer's regiment only in India to express solidarity with his actions in Jalianwala Bag. Or some other European team supporting one of their fellow citizens who has been locked up in Goa for abusing street kids.

Ferrari is wrong for needlessly wading into this debate specifically during the Indian GP. But more importantly, they are absolutely wrong in supporting those two murderers whose crime, I repeat, is not even in doubt.

As an Indian, I find Ferrari's stance reprehensible and I cannot in good conscience support them in the slightest. So I threw away my Ferrari gear. I hope Indian fans who go watch the race on Sunday are not so slavishly beholden to the team and so morally bankrupt and insensitive as to wear caps or t-shirts supporting these proud backers of murderers.

          The Indian Collective Conscience's Blind Spot for Racism/Discrimination   
A 2009 issue The latest issue of Outlook has this cringe-inducing article by Diepiriye Kuku, an African American (and presumably gay) PhD student in Delhi. There's nothing new about stories of discrimination faced by Africans or African-Americans or North-East Indians in major Indian cities. These instances are real and shameful. But for me, the most hard-hitting portion was not the one where Kuku describes the specific instances of discrimination he's faced (as shameful as they were), but this

Outside of specific anchors of discourse such as Reservations, there is no consensus that discrimination is a redeemable social ill. This is the real issue with discrimination in India: her own citizens suffer and we are only encouraged to ignore situations that make us all feel powerless. Be it the mute-witnesses seeing racial difference for the first time, kids learning racism from their folks, or the blacks and northeasterners who feel victimised by the public, few operate from a position that believes in change.
Bingo! Kuku has put in words an issue I have been discussing with friends for several years now.

When I tweeted this story, I got a few responses which said "yes, but Indians are also discriminated against in the West" and "Blacks face discrimination even in America, not just India" and "Discrimination is a universal human trait, so why single out India?" That last bit is valid. Discrimination or xenophobia is indeed a universal trait. We have all heard of people discriminating against outsiders or minorities all over the world. India is definitely not unique in that regard.

Where India is unique.....well I shouldn't say unique....but different from societies at least in the West, is the way its collective conscience views racism, or more broadly discrimination against those belonging to groups that aren't part of the "mainstream". We have a major blind spot there.

In the West, yes, everyday there are instances of discrimination on the basis of race and sexuality. But in the West, the collective conscience, or the social discourse recognizes that this is wrong. People use the term "politically correct" like a pejorative. But in the West, it is not considered politically correct by the society to come out and say that some races are inferior. Or that gays are inferior or abominations. Yes, some nutcases say that but in the West, the mainstream collective opinion holds the ideal of equality very dear.

That is largely missing in India. There is no general understanding that saying someone is inferior based on their race or sexuality is wrong. It does exist, in some degree, when it comes to caste. While casteism is still prevalent in India in various forms, the general collective discourse recognizes that saying certain castes are inferior is wrong. The opponents of racism using "merit" is often a code for implied inferiority, but even the use of that code is a "thank heavens for small mercies" byproduct of that Indian collective conscience as least recognizing casteism as wrong.

But when it comes to racism or homophobia, the Indian collective conscience still has a blind spot. Most Indians feel no compunctions in saying that a particular race is inferior or that gays are "unnatural" or "sick" or "disgusting". We humans may never be able to completely rid ourselves of xenophobia and discrimination, the way we may never be able to rid ourselves of murder and rape. But we can take a step in the right direction by at least getting our collective consciences to recognize that xenophobia or discrimination is wrong, just the way murder and rape.

India is yet to take that step. It is lagging behind the West by some decades. The West's conscience wasn't always enlightened. Before the 60s, it was perfectly acceptable to say in public that blacks are inferior and so should be segregated. Even until the 70s and early 80s, it was perfectly acceptable in the West to treat gays as abominations or mutations. But that isn't the case now. The Western conscience has moved and continues to move in the right direction.

I hope India's collective conscience does too. And soon.

          Why EPL is Soccer and not Football: The Definitive Answer   
I have been in America for 6 years now, and will most likely spend my life here. Like almost all Americans, I refer to what is played in the NFL as football, and what is played in the EPL as soccer.

I don't like soccer. Have never liked soccer. Even as a kid growing up in India, decades before I even heard of the Superbowl or NFL, I found soccer an extremely boring sport. But this post is not about why soccer is so boring. This post isn't about the banality of a "sport" that features 90 minutes of ambling around, kicking around a ball, and scoring on an average just 1-2 times during the whole excruciating period. This post isn't about a sport where it is not considered shameful to feign injuries, where convincing playacting wins games, and where referees seem even more willfully clueless than the fake referees in WWE pro wrestling. This post isn't about the utterly fallacious argument "Soccer is the #1 sport in most countries in the world, so it has to be awesome", that could also be extended to say "denying women rights and dignity is a practice prevalent in most countries in the world, so it has to be awesome".

No, this post is about the name nonsense. You know, what the "real" football is. That what's played in EPL is the only sport that can and should be called football. That churlish notion is what this post is about.

In my academic, professional, and personal life, I have gotten to know about a dozen or so Europeans and a couple of South Americans well enough to call them friends. I have had countless conversations with them, over the course of which, I have referred to Europe and South America's favorite sport as "soccer" and not "football". No eyelids were batted. No corrections were demanded. No moronic "Call it football!!!" suggestions were made. I am sure all of them think of the sport as football. But they were normal people who had better things to do in life than split hairs over the name of a game. 

But I have lost count of the number of Indians who have, rather rudely and ignorantly, interrupted me or corrected me with the occasional use of profanity, and demanded that I not call the sport soccer. As they say, the newest converts are the most extremist. And most Indians who follow soccer are the archetypal new convert extremists. India is currently ranked 165 in FIFA rankings. Snowmen have a better chance of surviving months long cruises in hell than India does of qualifying for the FIFA World Cup in this century. India's club soccer landscape is so dismal, that a documentary about it would look like Dystopian science fiction set in sub-Saharan Africa. I'm sure the bottled water budget of the newest IPL cricket team, the Pune Warriors, is more than the overall budget of all soccer tournaments played in India. Forget cricket, which is the king of sports in India. I'm sure that the revenue from the sales of Manchester United jerseys in Bombay is way more than the overall budget of all soccer tournaments played in India.

Despite the abysmal ranking and the tragic club scene, India has millions and millions of soccer fans! Or, as their hubris would force me to say, "football" fans. Now a non-Indian might wonder, how is it that a billion-strong country with millions of soccer fans is ranked lower than countries that don't even have populations close to a million? Why don't these Indian fans of the game go and watch local club soccer, support their teams, affect change and improve the fate of soccer?

The answer is simple. An overwhelming majority of self-proclaimed soccer fans in India are not really "fans" of the "sport" the way most people elsewhere are fans of sports. Scratch the surface and you'll realize that Indian soccer fans couldn't care less about the actual sport. They're just taken in by the aura surrounding the brands that European soccer has managed to cultivate and export. It's more about basking in the borrowed glory of Manchester United, Barcelona, etc. by paying ridiculous amounts of money to buy their jerseys and hats. Most Indian soccer fans couldn't tell you the difference between a banana kick and a banana split, or explain the offside rule. But they could identify the colors, logos, and brand endorsements of the top European club teams, and could tell you the keyboard shortcut to type Barca (the way any English-speaking person would type it) as Barça with that weird tail under the C to convince themselves they really know their stuff.

Well, they don't. Some do. A very few do. But most moneyed upper middle class Indians are just latching on to clubs from random European cities they couldn't even pinpoint on the map because they don't realize how completely they have been taken in by well-crafted marketing campaigns. These Indians spend more than a slum dweller's annual food budget on overpriced (but usually made in Bangladesh) jerseys, display logos on their facebook and twitter accounts, and go by nicknames like "gooner" as an expression of their utterly shallow new-convert extremism. Little wonder then, that despite dozens of European soccer clubs playing the game, 99% of Indian fans swear by one of 3 mega brands - Manchester United, Barcelona (sorry, Barça), and Arsenal.

And these Indian soccer fans are at the forefront of ignoring civility and rudely telling someone "y u call it soccer da? Call it football no macha!" and "LULWUT? y u watch rugby/NFL/AFL da? Dem no be football ra. Dey be hand-egg ra!" And of course, lazily forwarding this oh-so-cliched hand-egg picture; perfectly representative of Indian soccer fans' sporting ignorance and tendency to bask in borrowed glory - they can't even come up with their own clever rebuttals! But their ego grows a few precious microns as they do all this.

So then, which sport can stake claim to the name football? There's a short answer and a long answer. The short answer - Meh, who cares? A rose by any other name and suchlike. To give you an analogy, at any given moment, I can't tell you if I'll call India's biggest metropolis Bombay or Mumbai. I am Marathi, and in that language, we call it Mumbai. But I also grew up when the city's "official" name was Bombay and that's what we called it when speaking in English. In my mind, the names are synonymous. But there are a bunch of  folks as self-important, deluded, and rude as Indian soccer fans who can't abide by that. If they live in Shivaji Park or Goregaon, making someone say Mumbai instead of Bombay is the greatest Maratha achievement since the Battle of Wadgaon. If they live in South Bombay, making someone say Bombay instead of Mumbai is the greatest act of civil disobedience since the Salt Satyagraha. But the real answer, the short answer is - Meh, who cares?

The long answer is this. About soccer/football I mean, not that Bombay/Mumbai boondoggle. Rude soccer fans for some reason think of "soccer" as a word the Americans coined, and "football" as the pure true holy name that the noble Brits gave the sport. The long answer is vastly different. The answer steeped in history and etymology, not fallacious vapid logical shortcuts. Indian soccer fans simplistically say, as that hand-egg cliche denotes, that soccer is a game involving kicking a ball with the foot. NFL/Rugby/AFL involve carrying the ball by hands. Hence, FIFA/EPL is the "real" football. Done. Proved. Settled. QED. Elementary, my dear Watson!

Ah, Watson! Sherlock Holmes! Perfect segue!

Have you read the Sherlock Holmes story The Adventure of the Missing Three-Quarter? Not one of my favorites, but useful here. Published in 1904. The captain of the Cambridge rugby team asks Holmes to locate a missing player on the eve of a crucial match against Oxford. In that story, the sport is referred to as just "football", sans any qualifiers on three separate occasions. It is also referred to once....only once as "rugger" (as opposed But more on that in a while). And as rugby, zero times.

So in the la-di-dah home of the sport, England, as a story written by one of the most famous English writers ever suggests, "football" was a term used to referred to rugby. The fact is, "football" was a generic name for a bunch of different sports, including rugby, gridiron football, soccer etc. Football was not exclusively identified even in England as the sport that is now played in the EPL. And although there isn't complete consensus on this, most scholars agree that the term "football" comes, not from kicking the ball with the foot, but the fact that the sport was played on foot. So rugby was football and soccer was football.

In fact the name soccer also originated in England (not in America!) - soccer originates from Association, because that variant of football was called association football. So soccer is the name the English came up with to explicitly distinguish the EPL/FIFA type from other types of football in the 19th and early 20th centuries. 

Across the pond in United States, once English colonies, they played mainly English sports in the 18th and 19th century. In fact, cricket was very popular before the civil war, and a team of top cricketers from England toured North America in 1859 and played in front of packed stands in Philadelphia, Hoboken, Rochester, Hamilton, and Montreal. But my cricket-loving mind digresses.

The point is, they played a lot of English sports in America those days. Including football - different types of football. If you look at the history of football, the basic point seems to be tolerance for variations. Why go into history? Even today, rugby union is markedly different from rugby league. So that kind of football, where you are on foot but carry the ball in your hands, got tinkered with in America as well. That tinkering led to what I think makes American Football so awesome - the forward pass. The pioneers were colleges who played each other in the 19th century. Finally in the early 1900s, an innovation on the scale of what IPL seemed in 2007, was made. The first ever Rose Bowl (known then as the East-West Football Game) was played between Stanford University and University of Michigan in Pasadena in 1902. That is, two years before Doyle wrote his story about the missing three-quarter.

So we can see that in the late 1800s and early 1900s, the term "football" was used in America to describe what is now played in the NFL, and by AC Doyle to describe what we know as rugby. I am sure there are also instances of people using "football" back then to refer to what is now played in the EPL. I didn't look it up. Even reading about soccer makes me sleepy. But I am sure people used football to refer to soccer as well. That's the point. It was a generic term.

The 20th century progressed and progressed fast. For socio-cultural reasons I'd rather not go into, the football that became most popular in Europe and elsewhere was the variation that involved kicking the ball around. The football that became the most popular in America and somewhat popular in Europe (under the name Rugby) was the variation where you hold the ball in your hands and run. They're all football.


Well, the thing is, it's the Europeans who invented a different name for their kicking game - soccer. FIFA governs a sport that has two names, like the Bengali bhalo naam and daak naam if you will. Both names coined by the Brits. In America or in Canada, "gridiron" football was just called football. If you're in America, football is what's played in the NFL and Canadian football is what's played in the CFL. If you're in Canada, football is what's played in the CFL and American football is what's played in the NFL. By rights, Aussies should call AFL football too, but they call it "footy", maybe for the same bizarre reason they call barbecue "Barbie". Americans didn't need a second name for their favorite game the way Europeans needed it for their favorite game. Europeans who were into soccer were probably the ancestors of Indian soccer fans, insecure and unsure, and so came up with two names.

Why do I refer to the game in the EPL by the name soccer? In the immortal words of George Mallory, "because it's there!" The name soccer is out there, put out there by Europeans, and is understood worldwide as referring to the game that involves pretending to be hurt while taking leisurely strolls, once in a while prodding the ball into a disgruntled-looking net.

So why is the sport played in EPL/FIFA soccer and not football? Because if someone says football, it could mean one of several things. But if someone says soccer, it means only one game. The game where the highest trophy shouldn't be called Golden Boot, but Golden Actor Holding His Shin Pretending To Be Hurt.

          Hari Tatya by P. L. "PuLa" Deshpande   
It's been a couple of years since I translated anything by PuLa. While considering different options about what to translate next, Hari Tatya stood out as a particular appealing candidate. He is so universally identifiable. Hari Tatya - the eccentric but genial family friend with one foot firmly in the distant past that all kids have encountered growing up. Your Hari Tatya might not have been interested in history. Maybe he was into politics, or science, or even astrology. But that does not take away from the HariTatyaness of all Hari Tatyas.
Usual caveats apply - I cannot even pretend to be a good enough translator to keep most of PuLa's magic intact. But even a fraction of the essence of the character sketch should make it readable. And I have changed or omitted some references to make the essay accessible. And used contemporary phrases and expressions.

A couple of days ago, I heard someone use the phrase "irrefutable proof", and I was suddenly reminded of Hari Tatya. I had heard him say "I have irrefutable proof of this!!" hundreds of times during the course of my childhood in Mumbai. So had everyone else who knew him. So much so, that my grandma's nickname for Hari Tatya was "Mr. Irrefutable Proof". 

There was nothing surprising about his penchant for that phrase, because he is always making claims that can't be justified without irrefutable proof. The guy refuses to inhabit the present. And describes the past as if he can see it unfolding in front of his eyes. He's been like that for as long as I can remember. Obviously, I can't remember the first time I saw him. But I am sure he remembers it vividly.

"Purushottam! Come on, son! How can you not remember? It was a Saturday. Late in the afternoon. How can you not remember?"

That's how he's sure to chide me for forgetting the details of my birth.

The remarkable thing about Hari Tatya was how informally he addressed everyone, be they younger or older than him. He is the only person I ever knew who spoke to my generally feared and respected grandpa like an old chum. Of course, we knew him as grandpa's friend. But he was obviously several years younger. Because he generally treated grandpa with respect and veneration. In his own way. He never used the respectful pronoun as is the norm when speaking to elders in India. But whenever grandpa entered the room,  Hari Tatya would sit up straight. Maybe because grandpa gave him some pocket money to tide him over every month. And often provided him with seed funding for his latest entrepreneurial venture.   

No one in the family can remember exactly when this creature named Hari Tatya became a part of our extended household. My grandfather was a very generous man, and a friend to anyone who tried to be his friend. So it was difficult to predict exactly how many people he'd bring home any given evening to have dinner with the family. Of course, in those days of the big joint family, the occasional dinner guest or two didn't really bother those minding the kitchen. In those days, rice, dal, and flour for a meal were measured not by cupfuls, but by fistfuls. The dinner table was populated by not just immediate family, but also uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, and cousins once, twice, several times removed. There was also the occasional son or daughter of a family friend studying in the city, in addition to ABC's brother-in-law and XYZ's neighbor's son-in-law. So at pretty much any meal, there were always a few unexpected guests present. I don't recall many evenings when our joint family of 12 had less than 25 plates laid out for dinner.

My grandma seemed to me like Annapoorna (the goddess of nourishment) reincarnated. Her hands were blessed with some magical touch that imparted rich flavor even on a glass of water she served. So you can imagine how tasty and welcoming any dinner table she laid out was. Hari Tatya joined our family by turning up at one such dinner table. After that, he kept turning up. He was there with us at joyous occasions. He was with us at sad moments. 

But all those years, even as I grew up and looked different every year, Hari Tatya always looked the same. A simple cotton shirt, modest dhoti, and a rarely-washed Gandhi cap. We kids referred to his style of wearing the cap as "Compass Fashion". If his nose pointed east, then the two ends of his cap seemed to align with the North-South axis, like a compass needle.   

I never had any idea what Hari Tatya did for a living. I only knew that grandpa kept helping him start some "promising new business" every few months. Grandpa had always had a dream of owning and running his own business. But his stable and respected position in society, the steady income his job brought him, and the large family depending on that income, made taking any big risks all but impossible. So he lived his entrepreneurial dream vicariously through Hari Tatya by funding Hari Tatya's ambitious albeit modestly scaled business ideas. 

I remember one monsoon season when grandpa gave Hari Tatya money to start a business selling umbrellas. For the next couple of years, everyone in the family got a new umbrella for free in the first week of June. But I doubt Hari Tatya's umbrella business was profitable any longer than an umbrella mushroom's lifespan. It seemed like grandpa was more devoted to making the umbrella business succeed. I remember he would come home from work in the evening every day and hand Hari Tatya a sheet of paper,

"Here are orders for some umbrellas. Be sure to deliver them to these addresses right away."

Then we kids would accompany Hari Tatya, brand new umbrellas stacked on our heads, making deliveries to customers that grandpa has managed to canvas during his day job. We kids usually didn't move a muscle for anyone else. We'd disappear if anyone else tried to give us a chore. But for Hari Tatya, we didn't mind looking ridiculous walking the streets with those umbrellas on our heads. We loved his company so much, we'd have walked on coals with umbrellas on our heads if he had asked us to.

Hari Tatya told us absorbing stories and taught us fascinating poems and shlokas as we accompanied him. That too at the top of his voice while walking on the street without any regard to passers by. I remember an anecdote from one of our umbrella sorties. We were all walking with those umbrellas stacked on our heads. Hari Tatya told us to put the umbrellas down, and join him on a stone bench on a street square, and regaled us with the story of Sant Ramdas.

He had a truly unique narrative style. As a result of that narrative style, for many years, we kids were under the impression that Hari Tatya, Sant Ramdas, Moropant, Sant Tukaram, Vaman Pandit, Shivaji Maharaj etc. all once lived together in the same neighborhood. Because no matter how far back in the past the event he was narrating had occurred, he effortlessly injected himself into the proceedings. The way he recounted those stories convinced us that he had seen it all unfold in front of his eyes.

"Kids, I tell you, this Ramdas, even as a kid, was quite the character! He would run away and hide somewhere. We'd keep searching, keep seeking, but couldn't find him! His mother would ask us - have you seen my little Narayan anywhere? We'd say, sorry ma'am, we have no idea. Poor woman, she'd keep looking for him all over the village."

"Once she asked the village chief - have you seen my Narayan anywhere? The village chief had the habit of pouncing on any opportunity to be arrogant. He said - Narayan? Which Narayan? There are hundreds of Narayans in this village! Mother said - Please help me, sir. My Narayan. Narayan Thosar. Have you seen him?"

"Poor lady. There were tears in her eyes. And with good reason. Tell me Purushottam, if you go missing some day. And your mother is looking for you everywhere. Won't she tear up? Tell me, Purushottam! Won't she??"

Hari Tatya would narrate this story with so much pathos, that all our eyes would moisten up as well. Then we'd start walking again to make sure the umbrellas were delivered on time. But as our hands held the umbrellas on our heads, our shirt sleeves would be busy wiping our tearful eyes as Hari Tatya continued with Sant Ramdas a.k.a Narayan Thosar's story.

"Narayan's mother was terrified! Fair good-looking little boy. I tell you guys, this Narayan looked so beautiful as a child. Positively radiant.  Plus he'd just had his threading ceremony, and wore a pearl earring. She was aghast - did those Muslim invaders kidnap him to convert him to Islam??? Oh my god!!!"

"And kids, I tell you....those damned Muslim invaders in those days....they weren't decent like Muslims we know today. No! They were just so damn #$%%*&^$#......"

And he'd unleash a barrage of expletives that any other adult would've deemed inappropriate for our supposedly innocent young ears. Maybe it's because of these expletives he let loose so readily, but to our pre-pubescent minds, Hari Tatya seemed like the epitome of valor and courage. 

"So then, hours ticked by. And soon it was afternoon. Still no sign of Narayan! Mother ran home and spread her arms in front of Lord Ram's idol. Ah, how beautiful that idol was, kids, believe me! So divine...."

And Hari Tatya folded his hands to pay respects to that imaginary idol of Lord Ram floating in the air in front of him. We all were still carrying umbrellas. But still, we did our best to twist our arms and pay our respects to the imaginary idol too.

"She said - Goddess Sita, please find me my Narayan, and I will give you an offering of my best clothes and a coconut! Mother said that, and opened the closet to take out her best clothes to offer to the goddess. And lo! Narayan was sitting in the closet!"

"Mother wailed in delight - NAAARAAYANAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!"

And Hari Tatya yelled so loudly, that everyone around us on the street stopped whatever they were doing and started staring at us.

"Mother took Narayan in her arms and said - My son, I have been looking for you all over the village. What are you doing here? .... Do you know Purushottam, what Narayan's response was?"

I shook my head.

"Yeah, well, it's difficult for you to know. How would you know? An innocent little child like you can't even imagine what the future Sant Ramdas said. Narayan said...get this, kids.... Narayan said - Mother, I was pondering the fate of the world"

"That's what he said - I was pondering the fate of the world."

Hari Tatya finished the story. He blew his nose. Then he wiped his eyes with his shirt sleeves. All us little umbrella carriers, or chhatrapatis, had no idea what to do next. Hari Tatya regained control of his demeanor and said,

"Just think Purushottam.... he was about your age. And what did he say? I was pondering the fate of the world! Unbelievable! Simply divine! Tell me Purushottam, do you have such a boy in your class? A boy who will hide in the closet? And say - I was pondering the fate of the world?? Is there? Tell me!"

I meekly shook my head.

"Yeah! So that was Ramdas! Saintly right from his childhood. I have irrefutable proof of this. He went on to become Ramdas Swami.... Sant Ramdas. But just because he was a Sant, don't think he was a softie. You should've seen him flex his muscles. The way his biceps sprang up, almost jumping out of his skin, I tell you! All he had to do was bend his arm ever so slightly, and his bicep would spring up. If you struck his bicep with an iron bar, the iron bar would bend! But Sant Ramdas would barely notice the blow. Barely...."

Hari Tatya kept staring into nothingness for a couple of minutes as if he had just seen Sant Ramdas in the flesh. He smiled a little and gradually shook his head in admiration. 

Then suddenly, as if waking up from a dream, he shook his shoulders. And in a voice completely devoid of the narration-specific baritone,  he said,

"Umm....Purushottam....tell me...Nerulkar...Nerulkar is the guy who lives around the corner from the grocery store, right? How many umbrellas has he ordered? Three, right? Let me check..."

Hari Tatya fished out the sheet from his pocket, verified the order, and led our umbrella-bearing procession to the Nerulkar residence. 

No one in that procession had yet truly returned to the present, to the real world. One kid was visualizing the full scale and strength of Sant Ramdas' legendary biceps. Another was wondering how a well-built 10 year could fit inside a 17th century closet in a poor Brahmin family's house. Yet another was promising himself that when he grew up, he'd work out so intensely that an iron bar would bend when struck on his biceps. With all these anachronistic thoughts in our minds, dreamy expressions on our faces, and umbrellas on our heads, we were helping Hari Tatya run his business.

It goes without saying that the umbrella business didn't last long. None of Hari Tatya's businesses did. The reason was obvious to me. Hari Tatya aspired to run those businesses. But his passion and dedication towards running them was nothing compared to the passion and dedication grandpa had for those businesses. But grandpa's passion and dedication was moot, since he couldn't practically quit his job. And Hari Tatya, who was supposed to run the business, usually inhabited a completely different reality.

Later, grandpa gave Hari Tatya money to start a business selling agarbattis (incense sticks). So Hari Tatya started walking around with a big bag of agarbattis hanging from his neck. Grandpa and Hari Tatya would discuss the sales of the day every evening. Often, it'd turn out that Hari Tatya had taken 1 rupee from a customer for an agarbatti pack worth 75 paise, and returned 50 paise instead of 25 paise. And on most days, the bag hanging from his neck was as full in the evening as it had been in the morning. 

But still, after all these discussions, on his way out, Hari Tatya would open the door and happily yell at us kids,

"Jai Jai Raghuveer Samartha!" 

That's a line from the Dasbodh - Sant Ramdas' treatise on spiritual and practical matters. It is particularly known among Marathi people for its guidance on practical matters, a ready reckoner for success, if you will. Hari Tatya was a man who kept quoting that practical treatise at every possible opportunity, but remained utterly and truly impractical. He never reached an appointment on time, never left an appointment on time.

Grandpa and Hari Tatya clearly loved each other, cared for each other. But they also spent several nights arguing with each other. Random corners of various rooms in our house were stacked with unsold inventory from Hari Tatya's failed ventures - from umbrellas to agarbattis to books to backpacks. Once in a while, when we eavesdropped on the arguments, what Hari Tatya said was oddly but somehow appropriately unrelated to the business at hand and more relevant to arcane Maratha history,

"Dude, I have irrefutable proof of this! Come with me to Maval right now! I can literally see where that horse Krishna's hooves landed!" 

And truly, Hari Tatya could probably see where those hooves has landed centuries ago. I often wonder if Hari Tatya's default existence was in the distant past, in the golden age of the Maratha empire. The odd occasion when he acknowledged the 20th century was probably like a dream to him.

"So there we all were. Standing in the royal court with Shivaji Maharaj on the throne. And they brought in the daughter-in-law of Kalyan's vanquished governor. Oh wow! She was absolutely gorgeous! A true beauty if I ever saw one! And as the victorious king, Shivaji Maharaj had the right to have his way with her. She was his for the taking. She was so damn beautiful, I tell you guys! And her flawless milky white complexion! She was at least 6 times as fair as this girl Yami everyone thinks is so fair. And I'm not making this up, boys. I have irrefutable proof of this!"

When I was a kid, our neighbor Yami Gokhale was the benchmark of fair complexion. She had the whitest skin we ever saw. The Gokhales were the only Konknastha Brahmin family in our neighborhood, and Konknastha Brahmins are reputed to have fair/white skins. The rest of us were mainly Deshpande-Kulkarni types with wheatish-to-dark skins. Hari Tatya himself was as dark as the iron pillar in Delhi. So when he said "6 times as fair as this girl Yami", we had genuine trouble imagining how fair the daughter-in-law of Kalyan's vanquished governor must have been. But Hari Tatya had no trouble embellishing his story.

"We were all standing there, staring, admiring her beauty. Maharaj himself was stunned by her beauty..... tell me kids.... Maharaj who???"

We had all memorized the answer to this question thanks to several prior lessons from Hari Tatya,


We kids yelled out the official complete title for Shivaji as if we were orderlies in the Maratha court of the 1600s. When we said this correctly, Hari Tatya regally looked at us with an expression of pride and humility, as if he were Shivaji himself!

"Well done, boys! So anyway....where was I?"

"6 times as fair as Yami" one of us piped up.

"Okay, you idiot. Who was 6 times as fair as Yami?"

"The wife of Kalyan's vanquished governor."

"WIFE????????" Hari Tatya screeched.

We all took a step back.

"You idiot! Where did his wife come from? There in Kalyan, the vanquished governor is splayed out dying, yelling YA ALLAH! YA ALLAH!"

And Hari Tatya laid down on the ground with his limbs flailing in the air, invoking the Koranic almighty.

"He is dying! His wife is next to him, crying! The one they brought to Shivaji Maharaj's court was his beautiful daughter-in-law!" 

"6 times as fair as..."

"YES!" Hari Tatya thundered, "Will you stop obsessing over Yami, for crying out loud?"

The boy looked away and Hari Tatya continued,

"So we were all staring at this exquisite beauty that was the daughter-in-law of Kalyan's vanquished governor. And Maharaj was looking at her too. Oh, and how handsome Maharaj himself looked, I tell you, boys! Eyes like an eagle. Sharp straight nose. Thick flowing beard. Rich well-defined sideburns....."

Whenever Hari Tatya narrated a story about Shivaji Maharaj, this effusive description of his appearance was bound to turn up sooner rather than later. As soon as Hari Tatya mentioned the sideburns, we'd complete the remaining description -

"...the regal crown on his head, the divine Bhavani sword at his waist, a pearl necklace hanging against his chest, a tilak on his forehead....."

When we completed this description, Hari Tatya looked at us all with an expression of genuine bliss and satisfaction.

"Well done, boys!" Hari Tatya nodded and continued, "So Maharaj said to the beauty - betaa, pardaa nikaalo, darney ki koi baat nahin (Child, take off your veil. There is no need to be afraid.)"

All of us had heard the story of the daughter-in-law of Kalyan's vanquished governor dozens of times. But every time, this particular line was delivered in Hindi for some reason.

"So that beauty raised her veil. Maharaj looked at her. And said - Wow! Goddess Bhavani has made you extremely beautiful!"

Because of Hari Tatya's numerous renditions of this story, all us kids grew up assuming that the job of making someone beautiful had been assigned to Goddess Bhavani. In fact, we were so convinced of it, that for many years afterwards, whenever I saw a beautiful woman, I'd think to myself - Goddess Bhavani has done a good job on her!

"Maharaj then said - If my mother had been as good looking as you, then maybe I too would have been good looking! Hearing this, I swear you Purushottam, that lady was so touched, tears started flowing from her eyes. Then Maharaj gave her a sari as a gift, and respectfully sent her back to Kalyan, untouched and unmolested. That's how wise and decent our Maharaj was!"

Just as Hari Tatya finished narrating the story, grandpa showed up. Suddenly, Hari Tatya's demeanor changed, and he earnestly said,

"Listen Purushottam, tomorrow morning, we must leave really early to sell those agarbattis, understand? Later on, the streets get so crowded, that it's difficult to move about!"

Of course, all us kids understood the sudden change in Hari Tatya. In fact, we had an unspoken arrangement with him, in which, if we saw grandpa approaching, we would quietly tell Hari Tatya about it.

This arrangement worked great when we were kids. But kids don't always stay kids. They grow up.

We grew up too. Lost our wide-eyes innocence, and developed a healthy sense of cynicism and sarcasm. We went from revering Hari Tatya to poking fun at Hari Tatya. Once we started making fun of the guy, we realized that grandma had been doing it for ages. If he occasionally turned up late for dinner, grandma would say,

"Oh, you still haven't had dinner, Hari Tatya?? When you didn't show up at the usual time, I thought Shivaji Maharaj insisted you stay over at his palace for dinner!"

Hari Tatya would say nothing.

"Or maybe at Peshwa Bajirao's table tonight.... in a silver plate!"

I don't think the ridicule mattered to Hari Tatya. In fact, I am sure that in his mind, he really had dined with Shivaji Maharaj thousands of times. Once he entered the idyllic world of the past, he completely immersed himself in it. 

Once, our entire family went to Pune for a function. Hari Tatya came with us. For him, Pune, steeped in Maratha history, was Valhalla. Not only did he come with us, but he took all us kids for several walks around the city all week, and all but recounted the history associated with every tiny rock we encountered.

When Hari Tatya took us to the bare spartan innards of the historic Peshwa palace Shanivaarvaada, he told us the story of Peshwa Narayanrao's murder. And of course, he ran around the place yelling,


Be it the reign of Shivaji or the reign of Peshwas, this man was always there. 'How was Hari Tatya present at every historic event related to the Maratha empire in the 17th, 18th, and 19th century?' - was a question we never asked ourselves when we were children. And when we grew up, although we poked a little fun at him, we never asked him that uncomfortable question to force him to confront the fact that his fantasy world was just that - a fantasy.

Hari Tatya led us through the streets of Pune, reliving several processions full of elephants and horses. His eyes had apparently seen the first ever public Ganpati, in Kasba. He didn't just know the details of everything that went on at Lal Mahal; he could even identify the window from which Shaistekhan was hanging when he lost his fingers to Shivaji's sword. 

"And the bugger went to the Mughal emperor Delhi and greeted him with his chopped up fingers!" Hari Tatya told us with ill-concealed glee, "The emperor said to Shaistekhan - Sir Uncle, where are your fingers? Khan said to the emperor - that bastard Shivaji, that rat of the hills, he cut them off! Imagine that! This no-good Shaistekhan called Maharaj a bastard! That damn #$%%@#$$#@@@..."

Hari Tatya, in the presence of us kids, fired at Shaistekhan a colorful expletive of such unbridled hostility, that if the Khan had heard it, he would've presented his hands to Hari Tatya and said, "if you want, cut off my remaining fingers, but please, stop with the profanity!"   

Hari Tatya often turned up when least expected. Similarly, he often disappeared when least expected. On Chaturthi (a holy night for Marathis), if Hari Tatya didn't show up for dinner, even grandma would wonder,

"Where the heck is Hari Tatya? Has he gone to Panipat to wage another ill-advised war?"

Hari Tatya was sorely missed on every holy occasion that he didn't show up, solely for his flair at leading aarti (public prayer). He knew hundreds of of aartis. He seemed to know by heart the aarti for every god and goddess in the Hindu pantheon. When a shirtless Hari Tatya, with tilak on his forehead would start the aarti of the Dashaavtaars in his booming voice, everyone's hands instinctively came together in devotion. And when I say his voice boomed, I mean it! Even the person holding the pooja plate would put it down, probably worried about it vibrating because of the voice.


When that "AAAAA" started, all us kids would have bets on who could keep going the longest without stopping for breath.


By the time he was halfway through the 10 avatars, Hari Tatya's own delirious avatar was worth marveling over. We kids would get caught up in the fervor too. Whenever Hari Tatya became engrossed in the aarti, his right eye developed an odd squint. On such occasions, we kids would turn our back on the holy idols and stare at the divine Hari Tatya instead.


At this line, he'd spin on the spot a couple of times. We kids would spin too.


I can still picture the imaginary dip he would take in the imaginary holy river at this line.

Towards the end of the aarti, his voice got even louder at the DEVAAAA.... and of course, all us kids would join in. That was the only moment in the whole year when we had a license to scream as loudly as we wanted. That's what made Hari Tatya so special to us kids - in his company, we could be what we wished we could be all the time.

Today, after remembering Hari Tatya after all these years, I can't help but get a little choked up. Dozens of people of all ages, appearances, and backgrounds came to visit grandpa when I was growing up. I can remember some of them well, can't even picture the faces of many others. But no one was as memorable as Hari Tatya.

When Hari Tatya walked into the compound of our house, he'd first stop and talk to us kids playing in the yard, and only then go greet the adults. He was popular not only among the kids in my family, but also other kids in the neighborhood, who had no compunctions in calling out his name when they saw him,

"Hariii Taatyaaaaaa!"

Hari Tatya would acknowledge the kid who had called out his name and do his best to entertain. He'd pretend to jump up and down like a monkey, make funny faces, march around like a drummer boy until everyone was laughing. He'd stop whatever he was doing to entertain kids.

Sometimes he'd do this when he was walking with grandpa, engaged in some serious discussion about their latest business venture. Grandpa would discover that he was talking to fresh air, and Hari Tatya had stopped several steps back to make faces at some kid. On such occasions, grandpa scolded him in public, asked him to behave like a grown-up.

But grandpa did love Hari Tatya a lot, like a brother. I never fully understood why the bond between them was so strong, because you couldn't find two men more unlike each other. But the bond was strong. If grandma made some special dessert, grandpa would always remind her to set some aside for Hari Tatya. Not that grandma needed any reminders. She cared about him too. Often she'd tell other women in the kitchen to make sure there's enough food set aside for "that old crow Hari Tatya" in case he dropped by.

Hari Tatya resembled a crow in many ways. When he moved his gaze, he moved not just his eyes, but even his neck, like a crow does. His eyes had a slight squint, like crow's eyes. But his squinted gaze had seen a lot of things that others with a normal gaze missed. He had seen Shivaji's coronation, the third battle of Panipat, the Buradi Ghat skirmish...

"Even if we die, we'll keep fighting on!" Hari Tatya, down on the ground in our front yard with  limbs flailing, hollered Dattaji Shinde's dying words.

Even today when I read Dattaji's tragic death, I see him as Hari Tatya in my front yard. Over the years Hari Tatya got me intimately acquainted with Shivaji, Tanaji, Tukaram, and everyone of any importance in Maratha history.

I never really liked history lessons at school, nor did I fully understand them. School history was infested with dates that had to be memorized. Hari Tatya's history wasn't tangled in the cobwebs of distant dates; it was as alive as he was. And he brought it to life for me.

As a child when I made my first trip to Pune, I was surprised not to see Shivaji or Sambhaji Maharaj there. When the train passed through the Sahyadris, I hoped to catch the glimpse of the Marathi army crossing the hills in full battle gear. Hari Tatya's refusal to think of history in past tense had rubbed of on me. His tendency to inject himself into any event and narrate in first person made it seem like all those events had occurred just before Hari Tatya came to our house.

People often personify History when they say things like "History will remember", "History will note", "History tell us", and so on. Today I realize that the "I" in Hari Tatya's stories was never meant to be Hari Tatya himself, but that personification of History.

"All us soldiers on Sinhagad were terrified by the enemy's swollen ranks, and started running away from battle, when Suryaji stood in our way. WAIT, he shouted at us, I HAVE CUT OFF THE ROPES THAT WE USED TO CLIMB UP. Well, what could we do? There was no way to run. So we turned around and joined the battle again. A sword through an enemy's throat, a spear through another's stomach, we kept going!"

"Tanaji had already been martyred. Shelarmama was wounded, but still fighting. I tell you, Purushottam, I have never seen a man bleed as much as Shelarmama did that night. His clothes were completely red. But oh, when he finally landed a blow on that Udaybhaan.... that was all it tok. Udaybhaan was flat on his back. Soon the tide turned, and we had won. We lit up the signal torches. Shivaji Maharaj saw our signal and reached Sinhagad in an hour."

"When he learned that Tanaji had died, Maharaj started bawling like a baby! Like a baby, I tell you! He said in a broken voice - "I got my gad (fort) back, but I lost my sinha (lion)". Oh, the plaintive voice when he said it, I swear to you Purushottam, I couldn't bear to hear it. I had never and have never since heard Maharaj sound like that. And I have irrefutable proof of this. Not making it up. Even the stones on Sinhagad melted at the intensity of Maharaj's sorrow. That's how Maharaj was. Which Maharaj?"

"GoBrahminPratipalak........" we'd break into our well-rehearsed chant.

As time went by, my childhood too became history. Most of the elders in the family passed away. The house also aged. Maintaining the yard became too much of a hassle, so it was tiled. The little flower garden was gone, as were grandpa, grandma, and dad. I lost touch with most other members of the family as well. There was no way to always keep in touch with Hari Tatya.

Once in a while, the clock turns back, and in the broken glasses of the old house's windows, I see countless reflections from my childhood. Occasionally the scent of an agarbatti, or the first drop of rain on a new umbrella makes me think of Hari Tatya. And his voice starts echoing in my head.

That man, no relation of mine, gave me more than most of my close relatives ever did. He'd take us kids high in the open skies of fantasy on his wings of history. Bring to life everyone from history. He made sure that the roots of the tiny saplings that were our childhoods were buried deep in a glorious past. Hari Tatya never gave us snacks or candy that money could buy, but instilled in us a sense of pride for our heritage that no treasure in the world can.

He strengthened our tiny wrists with the character of the past. I never realized it then, but can see the true value of his efforts now. Those wrists don't always turn the way they are supposed to. But Hari Tatya instilled in us the confidence that if need be, they can turn the course of history.

Now Hari Tatya himself is part of history. Old age made him a shadow of his former self. It was much later, during his last and eventually fatal bout of illness, that I learned Hari Tatya had a grown-up son. He worked in some trading firm in East Africa.

In those final days, when I went to meet him, I couldn't bear to look at what old age had done to him. He was almost fully blind. As he laid there looking weak, his shriveled body didn't even cover half the bed. I sat next to him.

"Hari Tatya, it's me Purushottam."

"Oh Purushotam! Great!" he smiled in the direction of my voice, "As you can see, I am now Surdas! So how have you been? You're in Delhi these days, right?"


"Ah, never got to see Delhi."

"Why don't you come with me?"

"There's no use now. I may be able to visit Delhi, but won't be able to see it, which is the whole point. No, I'll just admire it in my mind."

Hari Tatya felt silent. I felt tempted to gather all my childhood friends, including the 1/6th fair Yami Gokhale, and holler,


Maybe it would have brought life back to his eyes, put some meat on his bones, and maybe he'd have said,

"I tell you, Purushottam! We were all standing there dumbfounded in the court at Delhi. And Sadashivrao Bhau was chipping away at the golden throne! With his bare hands! Pieces of gold flying all around, as the rest of us watched, unable to move!"

Come to think of it, Hari Tatya didn't need to see Delhi for all this. Whatever he had seen of history, he hadn't seen with the eyes he lost to old age. I spent several hours with him and left, aware that this might be the last time I get to meet him.

A few days later, Hari Tatya's obituary appeared in the newspaper with the cliched salutations and praises - affectionate, kind, loved by all, etc etc. As I read the obituary, I realized it didn't even come close to capturing the essence of the man. It was the first and last printed record my old childhood friend, who usually lived in the distant past, having any contact with the present. All it did was offer "irrefutable proof" that a man called Hari Tatya had existed in our times.

          28 June, 2017 – Episode 625 – This Week in Science Podcast (TWIS)   
Planet 10?, Planet 9?, Warmer Oceans, Rising More Rapidly, Archaea On You!, Bird Beats, Hot Hungry Rats, Neander-dentistry, Chimp Strength, Sleepers For The Sleeping, Cancelling Chronic Pain, Family Beds, SpaceX Double Hitter, Butts For Birds, And Much More!!!

          Microsoft Case Study – Bridging the Gap Between Language and Science   
On January 8, 2015, Microsoft published a new, Customer Solution Case Study about Deep Web Technologies’ innovative search technology developed in collaboration with the WorldWideScience Alliance.  Using the Microsoft Translation services, the search application allows users to search in their native language, find results from sources around the world, and read the results translated […]
 mobile app among 10 best according to GCN   
[ Editor’s Note: This post first appeared in the Deep Web Technologies Blog. ] Government Computer News (GCN) recently reviewed mobile apps developed by the federal government. Mobile was among the top 10 listed. GCN gave the Mobile app (which runs on the Android and on the Mobile Web) scores of 7 for […]
          TS162:Ass Hunters, Barbie IT, w/ Guest Travis McElroy   
Happy Peter Pan Live Eve! On this Throwing Shade, a video game called "Ass Hunter" was removed by Google Play for being the most controversial game since Nintendo's Duck Hunt. And, Barbie tries to work in computer science...but fails miserably. Plus, where are Bryan's Madonna and Liza posters? Find out now!  With special guest, Travis McElroy!    Watch Us!  Every Wednesday on Funny or Die Subscribe and Rate Us! iTunes Tweet Us!  @gibblertron & @bryansafi Use the Hashtag #tspod Email Us! Like Us! Throwing Shade Facebook Page Old School Listen! RSS Feed
          TS153:Clown Sex, The Identical, Lady Reviews, Historical Hustlers, w/ Guest April Richardson   
Would you have sex in clown makeup for $50? No, that's not the plot of Dolphin Tale 2. It's an actual bet Bryan made with Erin. Also, Erin gets a performance review from Bryan to see if Fortune Magazine was correct when they reported that women get reviewed very differently than men. Plus, did you know that Caesar was a bottom? All that PLUS! we discuss how afraid of Scientology we all are with guest and pal, April Richardson.  Watch Us!  Every Wednesday on Funny or Die Subscribe and Rate Us! iTunes Tweet Us!  @gibblertron & @bryansafi Use the Hashtag #tspod Email Us! Like Us! Throwing Shade Facebook Page Old School Listen! RSS Feed
          Consejos de Cruz Roja para evitar accidentes en playas y piscinas   
Cruz Roja recomienda extremar la precaución para evitar accidentes en playas y piscinas Los ahogamientos, los ?cortes de digestión? y los accidentes con elementos acuáticos pueden evitarse siguiendo unas mínimas normas de seguridad. ? Cruz Roja está presente en unas 300 playas del litoral español y anualmente lleva a cabo más de 100.000 atenciones (sanitarias, rescate de personas, localización de menores extraviados, baño adaptado para personas con discapacidad, etc). ? Los accidentes en el agua pueden tener repercusiones muy graves, incluso con riesgo para la propia vida. Los ahogamientos, los ?cortes de digestión? y otros accidentes similares pueden evitarse siguiendo unas mínimas normas de seguridad. En Castellón Cruz Roja cuenta con 60 personas especilizadas para la vigilancia de 9 playas en los municipios de Alcalà-Alcocebre, Cabanes y Nules. Con servicio de sillas adaptadas para el baño de personas con capacaidades diferentes en las tres poblaciones. ? Desde Cruz Roja se solicita máxima prudencia; respetar las banderas y las indicaciones de los socorristas. Adentrarse en el mar, con bandera amarilla o roja, es poner en riesgo la propia vida y también exponer la del socorrista. Ayer en Nules los socorristas efectuaron un rescate, que afortunadamente resultó positivo, y las dos personas salieron ilesas. ? ? ? Para evitar accidenrtes, hay que tener en cuenta: ? ? Báñate, preferentemente, en zonas habilitadas para ello y que cuenten con un servicio de vigilancia y salvamento. ? Evita entrar bruscamente en el agua, sobre todo después de haber tomado el sol o haber comido de manera copiosa. ? Evita bañarte mientras estés ?haciendo la digestión?. Es recomendable esperar un tiempo aproximado de entorno a dos horas. ? Sal de inmediato del agua si adviertes algún síntoma extraño (escalofríos, tiritona persistente, fatiga, dolor de cabeza o en la zona de la nuca, picores, mareos, vértigos o calambres?). ? No te tires de cabeza en lugares de fondo desconocido. Las zambullidas en el agua son la causa del 6% de las lesiones medulares en España, especialmente entre los varones jóvenes. ? Vigila en todo momento a los niños que estén cerca del agua, especialmente a los más pequeños, aunque sepan nadar. ? Presta atención también a las personas mayores?!! ? Respeta las banderas de señalización en las playas, así como las indicaciones de los socorristas. ? No intentes nadar en contra de la corriente. En caso de ser arrastrado, nada paralelamente a la playa y, una vez que salgas de la corriente, nada hacia la orilla. En caso de apuro, pide ayuda?!! ? Evita bañarte en zonas de riesgo como en ríos de gran caudal, en pozas naturales o bajo cascadas de agua. ? El aprendizaje de la natación, la educación sobre los riesgos que rodean al medio acuático y el uso de chalecos salvavidas homologados son altamente recomendables desde la edades más tempranas?!! ? Si te gustan los deportes acuáticos, practícalos en las zonas habilitadas específicamente para ello. ? ? ? ¿Qué hacer en caso de accidente en piscinas y playas? ? Los minutos que siguen al accidente pueden ser vitales para la víctima. Por ello tenemos que actuar con orden y serenidad para que la atención al accidentado sea lo más correcta posible. Cruz Roja cuenta para ello con un esquema de actuación, la conducta P.A.S. (Proteger, Avisar y Socorrer): ? ? Proteger el lugar del accidente. ? Haz seguro el lugar con el fin de evitar que se produzca un nuevo accidente. Según la situación será necesario, por ejemplo, avisar a los bañistas del peligro existente (corrientes, medusas, etc,), balizar la zona para informar de la existencia de cristales en la arena, o piedras a poca profundidad, etc. ? Avisar a los servicios de emergencia. ? Si existe servicio de vigilancia y salvamento en la zona pide ayuda al puesto de socorro más próximo. ? Si no existe servicio de vigilancia y salvamento y, según la gravedad de la situación, llama al teléfono de emergencias 112. Si la situación no reviste gravedad, acude al Centro de Salud más próximo. ? ? ? Socorrer a los heridos. ? ? Si una persona se encuentra ?en apuros? en el agua, intenta acercarle un objeto al que pueda agarrarse para mantenerse a flote, hasta la llegada de los especialistas. Nunca te tires al agua para socorrer a alguien en peligro si no has recibido formación específica para ello?!! ? Controla las funciones vitales de la víctima. Lo primero es valorar los ?signos vitales? para saber cómo están funcionando el cerebro (consciencia), los pulmones (respiración) y el corazón. ? Evita movimientos bruscos al accidentado, ante el riesgo de que se haya producido una lesión en la columna vertebral. ? Asegúrate de que está consciente. Si el herido no reacciona al hablarle, tocarle o estimularle suavemente, con un pellizco por ejemplo, probablemente está inconsciente. ? Comprueba que respira ?con normalidad?. Para saber si una persona respira espontáneamente, debes ?ver, oír y sentir? su respiración. Si no respira con normalidad, adminístrale 5 insuflaciones ó respìraciones de rescate, e inicia las compresiones torácicas externas, (alternando 30 compresiones y 2 ventilaciones), a un ritmo de 100-120 compresiones por minuto, hasta que llegue el equipo de emergencias. ?
          Boston Scientific Rides on New Growth Plans amid Headwinds   
On Jun 29 2017 we issued an updated research report on leading medical devices company Boston Scientific Corporation BSX Boston Scientific s shares rallied 12 59 in the past three months considerably ahead of the Zacks categorized Medical Products industry s 9 58 increase
          Blender – The Perfect 3D Creation Tool for Linux   

At this point in time, it can be argued that Blender needs no formal introduction, but for the sake of Linux users who are new to the community, I will introduce it anyway.

Blender is a 3D creation suite with support for the entire 3D pipeline – modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, video editing, and game creation.

As a free and open-source project, its code is contributed by hundreds of professionals, hobbyists, students, VFX experts, animators, professionals, scientists, and studios from all over the world.

It has become such a technological sensation that it is being used for various TV shows, short films, advertisements, and feature films now.

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          Comment on A View on the Nature of Consciousness by Mind the Leap   
Hi Morgan, Thanks for stopping by. Hopefully approaching the study of consciousness from scientific perspective will one day answer the question of what it is and how it occurs. I may start writing some speculations of how scientific answers to these questions might lead to new technologies. I've had a look at your blog, you write posts on a great range of topics and at an impressive frequency! Keep up the good work! Toby
          UVM Faculty Win $300,000 NSF Grant to Explore “Making” of a Bio Major   
What can universities learn from the maker movement about teaching biology to undergraduate students? Can the world of making help universities get more creative students excited about careers in biology? The National Science Foundation has awarded a $300,000 grant to a team of faculty at the University of Vermont to find out.
          Comment on A View on the Nature of Consciousness by dobsonmorgan   
Hello. I'd like to advertise my Philosophy blog here; I'm a philosophy major student, and I share my thoughts both creatively and rationally on this blog, which focuses of subjects from Epistemology to Freedom. Check it out, and be sure to tell your friends if you like it. Thanks in advance, Morgan Dobson P.S. I liked your post. Consciousness and general brain/mental activity is a very scientific subject, a subject which still eludes modern scientists, and some people like to correlate the concept of a Soul to that of consciousness. It's an interesting thing to study.
          Comment on I spy with my computer vision eye… Wally? Waldo? by Rick Searle   
Here is the NY Times article I mentioned: And s skeptical rejoinder: What's your take?
          Laing freed in Beetham   

After 14 hours of intense prayers and a massive operation by police and army for the safe return of San Fernando businessman Gregory Laing, he was set free by his captors in the Beetham Gardens last evening.

The T&T Guardian learned that Laing was released following the payment of a ransom and was picked up by the Anti-Kidnapping Unit (AKU) on the roadside around 5.05 pm. ACP Irwin Hackshaw said Laing was then taken to the Eric Williams Medical Science Complex in Mt Hope for a check-up. Investigators said he had minor bruises to the face and was to be interviewed and taken back to his home in St Joseph Village, San Fernando, last evening.

Up to last night, there was a large contingent of police and soldiers combing the Laventille and Beetham Garden districts searching for suspects.

Laing, 54, whose family owns the popular Puff N Stuff Bakery along Circular Road, Vistabella and the Trade Winds Hotel in St Joseph Village, was the latest of three south business owners to be kidnapped in recent years. Designer Kirby Mohammed and produce importer Caroline Katwaroo were both kidnapped 2015 while hair stylist Ria Sookdeo was taken in 2016. Those three victims were never found and ransoms were not demanded.

Yesterday around 3 am, police said Laing went to open the bakery so staff could begin preparations for the 6 am opening. Around 3.10 am, one of his employees arrived and saw his Mercedes Benz at the side of the building with a cell phone and a bunch of keys on the ground. One of his brothers reported to police that around 4 am he received a phone call from someone demanding a ransom of $270,000 for his safe return. The call was said to have originated from the Beetham Gardens area.

A party of officers from the San Fernando CID and Mon Repos Police Station, led by Insp Don Gajadhar, responded and statements were taken from a few people. Laing’s car was taken to the Mon Repos Police Station for processing. There were no CCTV cameras nearby and police said they were not able to get a description of possible suspects or the vehicle used in the kidnapping. They suspect he was held up at the business and taken away.

Following the kidnapping, DCP Harold Phillip called a meeting of senior officers, which included Snr Supt Boxhill, ASP Ajit Persad, Snr Supt Mohammed, Insp Gajadhar and officers from the Port-of-Spain Division, Southern Division, AKU and the T&T Defence Force.

There were several social media reports that Laing was found earlier in the day, but Hackshaw confirmed he was only found around 5.05 pm. He said police had aggressively pursued all leads in an effort to safely return Laing to his family. Relatives and staff declined to speak about his disappearance earlier in the day, saying it was at a sensitive stage. However, it was business as usual as the bakery remained open. San Fernando Mayor Junia Regrello, however, condemned the “reprehensible actions” by Laing’s kidnappers.

Regrello said while the city has mostly avoided the brunt of criminal activity in T&T, the kidnapping further galvanized the need for all citizens to take back the city. He called on citizens who may have information regarding the kidnapping to contact the San Fernando police and pass on any information.

“Mr Laing is one of San Fernando’s model business owners and is noted for providing employment to many of the citizens of San Fernando, while the charitable contributions of his company are a testament to Mr Laing’s dedication towards the city of San Fernando,” Regrello said.

          Slain schoolboy’s uncle calls death on killers   

An uncle of murdered schoolboy Videsh Subar believes the men responsible for slitting his nephew’s throat and that of his neighbour Hafeeza Rose Mohammed should die a slow and painful death.

Speaking to the media at the Forensic Science Centre, St James, yesterday, Chandrakha Koon Koon said even if the men are held by police they should not bring them in alive.

“The boy’s mother is mad at the world right now. I believe no child should die like that and I wish they find the perpetrators and my wish is they don’t bring them in alive. I hope it comes through, this is really hard. This is a nightmare!” Koon Koon  said.

He added: “I wish them a slow, slow death. Things like this does create criminals! If you know the kind of things going through my mind right now. I wish no parents would go through this.”

Koon Koon said Subar, an aspiring musician, was looking forward to his first trip abroad to Canada with the family. He said the tickets had already been bought for the August 4 departure. The only child to his parents Lennon and Veena, Subar played three instruments, the flute, maracas (chac chac) and the tassa drum and was a lover of parang music.

Koon Koon said the night before the incident he asked Subar to spend the night at a relative and was reflecting on whether he could have been more convincing. He added that his nephew would have been a great leader in the country.

According to the autopsy done by pathologist Dr. Valery Alexandrov, both Subar and Mohammed received “mirror wounds” to the neck spanning from ear to ear. The gash on Subar’s neck was so deep it cut one of his vertebrae. Both were bound and gagged using items in the home. Mohammed’s hands were bound with the cord of a telephone charger and her bra while her feet were bound with a bed sheet. Subar’s hands were bound with a shoe lace and his feet with a rubber chord. His mouth was taped with clear scotch tape.

Police said they received critical information on the case and are confident of an arrest. On Wednesday police said they suspected the killings were linked to a nearly decade-old robbery. But yesterday, they said checks to their records of eight years ago revealed no reports of a break-in at Mohammed’s Ajim Baskh Street, Malabar home.

          School rallies around family of missing Chinese student   

Twenty days after University of Illinois graduate student Yingying Zhang disappeared from the Urbana-Champaign campus, her family called on the community Thursday to hold on to hope for her safe return.

"She's always a brave girl and she never easily gives up on anything," Zhang's boyfriend, Xiaolin Hou, told a crowd of well-wishers gathered at the school Thursday night.

"She never gives up as long as there's a glimmer of hope ... so we cannot give up either," he said.

Hou and members of Zhang's family led a procession of hundreds of well-wishers through the streets of the Urbana-Champaign campus Thursday night. They waved flags with her name on them and carried her picture as they chanted "let's find Yingying."

The family flew from China to the United States earlier this month to search for the 26-year-old visiting scholar. And they say they're not going home without her.

Zhang's father issued a plea earlier Thursday to those responsible for his daughter's disappearance: Let her go and I'll forgive you.

"The family hopes the kidnappers would not hurt her and know she is really well loved by family and friends," her father told CNN through a translator Thursday. "Let her go, let her come back as soon as possible."

Last seen June 9

Zhang had a yearlong position at the university's department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences. She graduated from Beijing's prestigious Peking University in 2016 with a master's degree in environmental engineering.

Zhang is 5 feet, 4 inches tall and weighs 110 pounds, the FBI said. She was last seen wearing a charcoal-colored baseball cap, a pink and white top, jeans and white tennis shoes. She carried a black backpack.

The last known sighting of Zhang was on the afternoon of June 9. Security camera footage shows her entering the passenger side of a black Saturn Astra hatchback that day.

University police said Zhang had just gotten off a public bus before the four-door hatchback approached her on the north end of the university campus. The FBI announced that investigators found the car on Tuesday, but provided no further details.

The FBI is treating the disappearance as a kidnapping, but campus police, in a recently released update, say they are calling it a missing persons case.

Support from around the world

Zhang is one of more than 300,000 Chinese students and scholars attending US universities. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is one of the most popular universities for Chinese students, with more than 5,600. They make up a sizable community both on campus and in the small town of 207,000.

Her disappearance has triggered widespread concern in China, with groups set up on messaging app WeChat to share information about the case.

A crowdfunding campaign set up to help Zhang's family with expenses as the search continues has raised more than three times its $30,000 goal, with many donors leaving messages of support in Chinese.

'Twenty days is a long time'

Her disappearance has struck a nerve on the Urbana-Champaign campus.

Supporters who joined Thursday's rally echoed her family's hopeful tone.

"I'm praying as I walk," said Champaign resident Donald Baker. "We're hoping we can bring her back home to her family and to this campus."

Another woman said she joined the rally to support Zhang's family. She has a daughter close to Zhang's age who travels internationally, and sometimes she doesn't hear from her for days, she said.

"It was important to me as Americans that we show love and care to this family," she said.

"I want to be optimistic that we will find her," she added. "Twenty days is a long time."

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          Chinese mart owner killed after resisting bandits   

Tired of being robbed, proprietor Yana Zeng is believed to have struggled with two men who held up her mini-mart on Tuesday night. For her resistance she was fatally shot by one of the bandits.

According to police reports, around 9 pm two men entered the N&N Mini-mart located at Cantaro Village, Upper Santa Cruz and and demanded cash from Zeng, 33 and her husband. When she resisted she was shot in the side. The men then ran out mini mart and escaped through a track.

Zeng was taken to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope, by Constables Collins and Nurse but was pronounced dead on arrival around 9.30 pm.

Gathered near the scene of the robbery and shooting on Tuesday night, residents said the business had moved to its current location after being robbed several times before. They added that Zeng, commonly called “Anna,” was a neighbourhood favourite. The neighbours lamented the deterioration of the community, recalling several shootings in the area prior to Tuesday’s incident.

The killing brought back memories of the double murder of Chinese nationals Shirui Zhao and Yangli Gu as they returned home after closing up business at the E World Club and Liquor Bank on June 15 in Marabella.

Video footage showed Zhao and Gu pulling into the parking area in front of the Kosume Bar at the corner of New Haven Avenue and John Street in Zhao’s black Toyota Corolla Altis. They lived in an apartment upstairs the bar with other Chinese nationals. As Gu opened the right passenger door to exit the car, two gunmen came from the right and began firing at the car. Gu had turned 29 years old on that day.

That case remains unsolved. 

          FDAnews Announces — New Management Report — Drug or Device? How the...   

Combination products remain one of the most difficult regulatory challenges for life sciences innovators. Drug or Device? How the 21st Century Cures Act Impacts Combination Products offers practical...

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          GypsumWorks Studio (no replies)   
I have known about for many years but recently joined to better participate. I am a retired physicist with a strong background in the fields of solid state, crystallography, piezoelectricity, and materials science. I was elected a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America in 2000 for my contributions to the field of transducers. I know quite a bit about sound generation, propagation, and detection in various media including solids.

One of my daughters is a geologist and when both daughters were living at home, we spent many years rockhounding around our province of Nova Scotia, Canada as a family. I still go on field trips and have set up a small research lab area plus a rock and mineral studio. I live near some of the best gypsum sites in Nova Scotia and have begun working with gypsum as an art material. I refer to my studio as GypsumWorks Studio and hope to post some gallery photos on this site once I become more familiar with uploading photos and creating galleries. I uploaded one photo successfully so it's a start.

Plan to write a few articles and get to know other users. I used to write HTML code so that will come back to me quickly.
Cheers, Dennis
          Comment on creating a TrueType font from your handwriting with your scanner, your printer, and FontForge by Playing with Randall Munroe’s XKCD handwriting | Open Data Science   
[…] already out there on this topic, particularly one from 2010 regarding the creation of fonts from a hand-written sample. Notably though, there isn’t much that is automated – this is a rub for me, as without […]
          The Amazon's new danger: Brazil sets sights on palm oil   
Brazil’s ambition to become a palm oil giant could have devastating social and environmental impacts if the move is not carefully managed, say experts Tom Levitt in Brasília and Heriberto Araujo The Guardian 29 Jun 17; Jorge Antonini takes a palm kernel in his hands and slices it open. Squeezing it between his fingers, the kernel oozes the oily liquid found in hundreds of everyday products, from cakes to chocolate spread. The scientist is standing on a government-owned farm near the Brazilian capital of Brasília. Here, he and a small group of colleagues from Embrapa, the powerful...

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          'Very strong' climate change signal in record June heat in the UK and Western Europe   
Matt McGrath BBC News 30 Jun 17; The June heat waves that impacted much of the UK and Western Europe were made more intense because of climate change say scientists. Forest fires in Portugal claimed scores of lives while emergency heat plans were triggered in France, Switzerland and the Netherlands. Britain experienced its warmest June day since the famous heat wave of 1976. Human-related warming made record heat 10 times more likely in parts of Europe the researchers say. During June, mean monthly temperatures about 3C above normal were recorded across western parts of the continent....

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          A Separate Thread for Gary Gaulin   
Post by GaryGaulin
Barry seems to have posted an example of how they consult neuroscientists, quote mining someone and something that does not necessarily agree with the teachings of UD and the Discovery Institute:

What Thomas Aquinas Can Teach Modern Neuroscientists
June 29, 2017_Posted by Barry Arrington under Intelligent Design

I emailed Michael Egnor to let him know what's going on. In this case it's like Barry is off to set neuroscientists straight with a statement that can easily be taken out of context, to make it appear that the author supports the tactics of the Discovery Institute and UD.
          Trump’s Travel Ban Is Back   
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Travelers wait in line near an Emirates ticket counter at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. 

A limited version of President Trump’s controversial travel ban is back in place after the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government could impose restrictions on certain foreign travelers and refugees. The constant back-and-forth rulings have created a bureaucratic nightmare for those involved in the refugee resettlement process, and Thursday’s developments promise even more disruption.

While President Trump proclaimed victory, refugee and human rights advocates have been on tenterhooks this week. The high court’s decision was certainly a blow to opponents of the ban, but just how hard that blow is will depend on the Trump administration’s next moves.

The government’s new guidelines would significantly limit the total number of noncitizens and refugees that can enter the country, according to a State Department background briefing Thursday afternoon. The department released its guidance just four hours before the ban is scheduled to go into effect. However, the Department of Homeland Security, which controls border enforcement, has not issued its own guidance on the new policies.

During its short but turbulent existence, two versions of the travel ban have been issued, blocked by federal courts, and now given the go-ahead with certain restrictions. But the Supreme Court decision and the subsequent federal guidelines do not reassure refugees advocates. “Nothing is off the table when it comes to this travel ban,” says Justin Cox, a National Immigration Law Center (NILC) staff attorney. “We can’t assume smooth sailing.”

On Monday, the justices said that they would wait until October to hear two cases regarding Trump’s travel ban. Until then, the high court granted a partial stay to injunctions freezing the controversial executive order, allowing a limited version of the travel ban to go into effect.

Noncitizens who can show they have a “bona fide relationship” with a “person or entity” in the United States will be allowed to enter the country, as will anyone who has already been issued a visa. People who cannot prove that they have a close relationship with a U.S. citizen will be banned from entering the country for 90 days if they are from the six Muslim-majority countries included in the executive order. That time period increases to 120 days for refugees from any country who have not yet received permission to enter the U.S. 

The high court gave a few examples of what constituted a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the U.S., such as visiting a relative or traveling to work or study, but stopped short of providing comprehensive definitions, preferring to leave the work of coming up with more nuanced characterizations to the federal government and lower courts.

But under the new guidelines, relatives only include immediate family members already in the country: parents, spouses, children, adult sons or daughters, sons- or daughters-in-law, and siblings. Grandparents were not included in the guidelines.

Refugees who have already been admitted to the U.S. and are booked to travel before July 6 will be exempt from the ban. A senior administration official said that the fate of those who’ve been booked travel after that date would be addressed at a later time. The briefers also said that establishing valid connections with American entities by refugees would need to be “formal” and “documented”: Simply being connected to a resettlement agency would not be sufficient. Roughly one-third of refugees waiting to be admitted do not have family ties in the United States, according to resettlement agency estimates.

“This is an unduly restrictive approach,” says Eleanor Acer, director of Human Rights First’s Refugee Protection program. “Refugees who go through multiple security entities, are approved by the DHS [Department of Homeland Security], vetted by various government agencies, and have long relationships with resettlement agencies should all be viewed as having requisite bona fide relationships.”

The limited ban could still leave thousands of people in limbo. “This isn’t like postponing a vacation,” says Melanie Nezer, vice president of policy and advocacy at HIAS, a Maryland-based Jewish resettlement agency. “These are life or death situations that refugees could be forced to remain in.”

Of the top 10 countries for total numbers of refugees granted permission to enter the United States during the last fiscal year, only three—Somalia, Syria, and Iran—were listed in Trump’s original executive order. Iraq is also among the top 10, and there are tens of thousands of people who worked with the U.S. government who are waiting to get clearance to resettle in this country. Under these current guidelines, it’s not clear if they would be granted entry.

The reinstated ban has stoked fears of a return to the chaos that played out in airports across the country following the haphazard rollout of Trump’s first executive order.

Naureen Shah, Amnesty International’s senior director of campaigns announced that the organization would be sending researchers to airports to “monitor how the ban is being implemented.”

“There’s going to be massive confusion in airports around the world,” says Acer, who anticipates a heightened legal response to refugees connected to resettlement agencies being blocked from entering the country.

In his partial dissent, Justice Clarence Thomas warned that the court’s decision would “invite a flood of litigation”—a comment that will likely prove prescient in the months to come. Lawsuits challenging the original and updated versions of the travel ban have inundated federal courts.

“I expect that we’ll be back in court soon,” says Cox of the NILC. “No one is going to take this lying down.”

Critics of the ban argue that refugees are already the most rigorously vetted group allowed into the U.S., undergoing a process that can take up to two years or more. “I don’t know how much more extreme the vetting can get, frankly,” says Cornell law professor Stephen Yale-Loehr.

This new wave of uncertainty unfolds at a time when the number of approved refugees approved to enter the U.S. had just started to bounce back after Trump’s initial immigration restrictions. Resettlement numbers plummeted in the wake of Trump’s first two attempted travel bans: In January, the U.S. admitted nearly 7,000 refugees admitted by March that number had declined to just 2,000 in March, according to State Department data

More than 46,000 refugees have been admitted and resettled in the U.S. in fiscal 2017, nearly reaching the 50,000 limit that Trump had specified in his original executive order, but still a long way off from the 110,000 ceiling that the Obama administration had put in place.

The Supreme Court allowed the U.S. to cap refugee arrivals, but justices did not allow the Trump administration to prohibit refugees with bona fide relationships, even if “the 50,000-person cap has been reached or exceeded.”

Officials at HIAS, one of nine agencies that work with the State Department to resettle refugees, were already worried they wouldn’t hit their resettlement targets before the travel ban was reinstated. Even in the “best-case” scenario, the agency expects to resettle 1,400 fewer than they had been approved to resettle at the beginning of the fiscal year. Other resettlement agencies have reported similar drops.

“The program changes on an almost weekly basis,” says Nezer. According to Nezer, these changes in policy can stall refugee case processing. That can often result in medical and security clearances expiring, which in turn creates even lengthier delays.

Trump had originally ordered federal agencies to wait 72 hours after the court’s decision to implement the ban. Trump maintains that the ban is necessary to protect the nation from terrorist activities and praised the court’s decision as “a clear victory for our national security.”

          ATWOOD TATE: Journal Development Manager   
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          Hábito X Vício: entenda as diferenças e cuide melhor da sua saúde!   
Saber se um comportamento é hábito ou vício pode ser o diferencial para um tratamento eficaz. Entenda a seguir cada um deles.

O hábito ocorre quando um comportamento aprendido é repetido frequentemente, de forma consciente ou inconsciente. Hábitos podem ser bons ou ruins, como o hábito da leitura ou o hábito de roer as unhas, respectivamente.

Já o vício é uma tendência habitual para o "mal", o "ruim"; e a real necessidade faz com que o indivíduo o repita constantemente.

Mas qual a relação disso com o trabalho do fisioterapeuta?

Em poucas palavras, o hábito é muito mais fácil de ser "corrigido" quando se faz necessário. Tanto do ponto de vista orientativo quanto através da medicina chinesa - acupuntura, auriculoterapia.
Já o vício demanda um esforço e tempo maior.

Quando a pessoa senta em uma posição prejudicial para a coluna, músculos e articulações pelo simples fato de estar habituada a isso (Imagem 1) a correção é mais fácil do que para aquela que adota essa postura por um vício, uma real necessidade (Imagem 2), porque sente dores ao corrigir a postura por exemplo (dores ao adotar uma boa postura indicam fraqueza, encurtamento muscular, diminuição da flexibilidade), ou porque possui deformidades já instaladas, hereditárias (sem relação com hábito e vício) ou adquiridas (podem ter relações com hábitos inadequados por tempo prolongado).

(Imagem 1)

(Imagem 2)

Pensando em algo mais cotidiano, podemos falar sobre o fumo. 
Aquele que faz uso do cigarro por hábito acaba fumando em momentos em que a vontade nem se faz presente; já o que possui o vício sente necessidade de fumar, com crises de abstinência que geram sintomas como irritabilidade, ansiedade, tremores, sudorese, alterações no sono e hábitos intestinais. 
Para o viciado, fatores como estar em locais inapropriados ou doença não o impedem de arrumar um jeito para saciar sua vontade.

E qual a importância dessas diferenças no tratamento?

Sempre há um grande probabilidade de um hábito se tornar um vício quando repetido constantemente por um longo período de tempo. E uma vez que o primeiro é mais fácil e rápido de tratar, o ideal é que ao notar-se a presença de hábitos "ruins", que não são saudáveis, um tratamento seja procurado de imediato.

Vale lembrar também que o vício nos consome, tira nosso controle e nos domina. Por isso, nenhum tipo de vício é bom, porque o equilíbrio se faz necessário em todos os aspectos da vida. Ser viciado em um legume como vagem, por exemplo, ainda assim é ruim, porque o excesso sempre faz mal.

Portanto, procurar um tratamento ao notar hábitos prejudiciais ou vícios é fundamental para garantir uma vida mais saudável e com qualidade. Para aqueles que acometem a estrutura do corpo, como a postura, a fisioterapia e o método pilates apresentam grandes resultados. Já para aqueles mais ligados a fatores emocionais, como dependência química (lícita ou ilícita), a acupuntura e os demais métodos que compõe a abordagem através da medicina chinesa proporcionam um tratamento eficaz.

Não deixe a sua saúde em segundo plano! Os benefícios ao adotar-se bons hábitos são inúmeros e sentidos em pouquíssimo tempo.

Imagens: Internet.

          Fisioterapia e a solicitação de exercícios domiciliares   
Essa semana estava aguardando minha consulta na recepção de uma clínica médica e não pude deixar de ouvir duas pessoas conversando. E o assunto era a fisioterapia e os exercícios domiciliares.

A pessoa em questão dizia que essa solicitação domiciliar era incabível porque o seu tempo era precioso e não podia desperdiçá-lo fazendo aquilo que o fisioterapeuta pedia. 

E infelizmente na minha prática clínica me deparei com muitos que pensavam dessa maneira. Então eu pergunto: a sua saúde não vale o desperdício do seu tempo?

Sinceramente, acho que falta conscientização da população mas também explicação por parte do profissional do porque fazer os exercícios solicitados.

Particularmente, evito uma sobrecarga de exercícios para casa porque sei que quando demanda muito tempo, poucos fazem; além da possibilidade de fazerem errado, compensando músculos, ligamentos, tendões e articulações, e prejudicando ainda mais o problema. 

Mas sempre indico orientações, que devem ser seguidas. E a explicação é muito simples: não importa a frequência e o tempo da  sessão, as horas restantes serão sempre maiores.

Todo o trabalho feito em 5 horas semanais pode ser perdido quando o indivíduo passa 20 horas nessa mesma semana, por exemplo, em uma posição ou atividade prejudicial. E sem essa conscientização a população estará cada vez mais fadada as doenças e dores crônicas.

O maior exemplo é o tempo que passamos em frente ao computador e a postura que adotamos.
A sobrecarga nesse caso não é só na coluna, como muitos pensam, mas também em ombros, cotovelo e punhos. Além de comprometer a musculatura das pernas, que ficam muito tempo em uma mesma posição.

Não dar continuidade a um tratamento solicitado pelo fisioterapeuta em casa funciona mais ou menos como ir a academia 2 horas por dia, todos os dias, mas alimentar-se de forma totalmente inapropriada no restante do tempo. Ou ir ao médico e não usar a medicação prescrita.

Por isso, coloquem sua saúde sempre em primeiro lugar.
E profissionais, expliquem a importância daquilo que se pede. Isso facilita a adesão. Mas cuidado: mudanças comportamentais dependem de cada um, e explicar os benefícios de algo não muda a concepção de ninguém. O importante é atentar-se a estratégias motivadoras (ver mais em:

Fica a dica!

Imagem: internet.

          Você sabe o que é estabilização segmentar?   
A estabilidade segmentar consiste em deixar um segmento do corpo, como a coluna, estável. Mas o que é isso?

Estabilidade é um processo dinâmico que envolve três sistemas do nosso corpo: o ativo, o passivo e o neural.

O sistema ativo é constituído de músculos e tendões, responsáveis pelo suporte e rigidez gerado nas articulações para sustentar as forças que impomos ao nosso corpo. É dividido em local e global.
O sistema ativo local é composto de pequenos músculos ligados às vértebras, que promovem estabilidade da coluna e controle do movimento. Já o global é constituído de músculos de grande torque (força X braço de alavanca) não ligados a coluna.

O sistema passivo é formado pelas vértebras, discos, articulações, ligamentos. Esse sistema é responsável pela maior parte da estabilidade de uma articulação, já que limita a amplitude do movimento evitando exacerbações, como uma hiperextensão do joelho ou cotovelo.

O sistema neural é formado pelo sistema nervoso central (SNC) e sistema nervoso periférico (SNP), ou seja, encéfalo, medula espinhal e nervos.Esse sistema coordena as contrações musculares, sendo responsável pelo controle motor.

Se uma pessoa possui alinhamento postural na posição estática, conseguido através de estabilidade, as contrações musculares se tornam mais eficazes e os movimentos são realizados de forma suave, controlada e sem tensões ou compensações.

Normalmente os músculos responsáveis por estabilizar a coluna devem manter-se levemente contraídos  (ativados) para promover a estabilização. Mas diversos processos fazem com que o indivíduo perca essa capacidade, já que os músculos ficam fracos e atrofiam com o sedentarismo ou processos de lesões e dor. E o segmento lombar é o mais acometido, já que absorve grande parte do impacto gerado na coluna no nosso dia-a-dia.

Estudos já comprovam por exemplo que os multífidos, músculos da coluna responsáveis pela ESV, atrofiam em processos de dor como lombalgia e hérnia discal, e essa má funcionalidade gerada pela fraqueza é responsável pela recorrência da dor. E ganho de força muscular não é suficiente para cessar esse processo, já que apenas resistência é profilaxia para dor.
Mas como o fisioterapeuta promove a estabilização segmentar lombar (ESL)?
Atuando no sistema ativo, e indiretamente, no sistema passivo e neural.

A ES é subdividida em 3 fases:
1ª - Cognitiva - o paciente aprende de forma consciente a contrair os músculos responsáveis pela ES
2ª - Associativa - junto com essa contração consciente movimentos são realizados de forma controlada
3ª - Automatismo - o paciente é capaz de realizar todas as atividades diárias mantendo os músculos que estabilizam a lombar ativados.

Uma vez mantido o automatismo com a prática diária do aprendizado e exercícios que beneficiem a postura, a recorrência de dor e lesões será mínima.

Tranverso do abdome, multífidos (eretor da espinha) e quadrado lombar - principais músculos envolvidos na ESL.
Oblíquo externo, reto do abdome, reto femoral, glúteo médio e glúteo máximo - músculos secundários envolvidos na ESL.
(Clique na imagem para ampliar)

Fonte: Estabilização Segmentar da coluna lombar nas lombalgias: uma revisão bibliográfica e um programa de exercícios. Fisioterapia e Pesquisa, v15, n2, p 200-206, Abr/Jun 2008.

Imagem: internet.

          Para seguir um tratamento, preocupe-se em como e não no por que fazê-lo   
Li uma matéria no Portal de Educação Física e achei muito interessante, já que posso aplicar as informações ao Pilates ou até mesmo às sessões de Fisioterapia.

Essa matéria diz que embora a maioria das pessoas conheçam os benefícios do exercício físico, as taxas de sedentarismo e obesidade estão extremamente altas. Sendo assim, cientistas da Universidade de Missouri (EUA) resolveram estudar por que as pessoas não fazem o que sabem que deve ser feito.

Nesse estudo, foi constatado que adultos saudáveis aumentaram seus níveis de atividade física quando as intervenções foram focadas na mudança de comportamento. Já as abordagens cognitivas, que tentam alterar nosso conhecimento sobre algo (por exemplo nos instruir da importância e benefícios gerados pelo exercício), não produziram efeitos sobre o nível de atividades físicas praticadas.

Um dos autores da pesquisa afirma que o foco precisa deixar de ser aumentar o conhecimento sobre os benefícios dos exercícios físicos. Essa  abordagem tradicional de tentar mudar as convicções ou atitudes das pessoas sobre os exercícios mostrando o quanto eles são importantes não funciona porque não é motivadora. Ao invés disso, é muito mais eficaz discutir estratégias que mudem o comportamento. 

Mas quais são essas estratégias motivadoras?

Feedback, definição de objetivos, automonitoramento, prescrição de exercícios e estímulos ou sugestões fazem parte das estratégias de mudança de comportamento.

Feedback significa "retorno". Exemplo: Dou um comando para você pegar o copo que está na mesa. Se você pegar a caneta, eu direi que está errado porque pedi o copo. Isso é um feedback negativo. Se você pegar o copo, eu irei elogiar dizendo que está correto. Isso é um feedback positivo. Portanto, dar um feedback de como você está alcançando seus objetivos, ou quanto a melhora na postura, alivio da dor, é extremamente motivador. E o feedback não precisa ser apenas verbal. Pode ser na forma de uma avaliação escrita, fotos, entre outras maneiras.

Automonitoramento é um método em que o indivíduo registra e acompanha a sua atividade ao longo do tempo. Esse método parece aumentar muito a conscientização, além de proporcionar motivação suficiente para o engajamento nas atividades físicas regulares. 

Com tudo isso, um dos autores da pesquisa sugere que os profissionais da saúde questionem seus pacientes sobre hábitos de atividades e ajudem-os a estabelecer metas específicas e fáceis de administrar. As dicas propostas são tentar estratégias diferentes constantemente como controlar o progresso, agendar os exercícios para aumentar o comprometimento, colocar pedômetros nas roupas (instrumentos que medem distância e velocidade percorridos); além de discutir recompensas para a realização de metas.

Ao meu ver, essas informações obtidas nessa pesquisa podem e devem ser aplicadas a todos os profissionais da saúde, independente do tipo de tratamento que o paciente realiza. Vemos muitas pessoas iniciarem um tratamento de fisioterapia por exemplo e desistirem após alguns meses. E todo o esforço do profissional em explicar o quanto as sessões são importantes é em vão. Porém se nos preocuparmos em mostrar a melhora, que por vezes é sutil e por isso passa desapercebida, teremos muito mais pessoas cuidando da própria saúde. Fica essa dica!


Imagem: internet

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          Six Science Fiction Questions   
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Here I’ve collected some of my recent answers for science fiction and future-oriented questions I was asked over on Quora. You can follow more of the in-depth discussions and multiple viewpoints on the Quora site. Where should I begin with hard Sci Fi books? … Continue reading
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Lyrics: Hmm... Yeah... Yoga kar lo merae yaar, sahat ban chuki hae fail... Costa Rica mae jungle hae, meri life Mae Mangal hae... 1855 Mae hua tha that revolution, and I'm talking about not RPM... Yeh lo, baarish shuru, chidya bhi udd gayi hae.. Ab teetar maarna karo band, vegetarian police haa aa chuki hae... Ladi ko kum dekho class mein, pustak sae karo doosti, uski lipstick mein doob jayogae, who kahegi, hat bey lomdi... Accha, ab science padh latae hae, pustak karo band, shuru karae, Kindle my friend Translation: Hmm Yeah Yoga you must do my friend, health has become a fail... Costa Rica has jungles, in my life there is wellness.. 1855 was the year of the revolution, and I'm not talking about RPM... Here you go, rain has started, and even the bird has flown... Now stop hunting partridge, yes, the vegetarian police is here already... Girls, you must see less, in class... Books should be made friends with... Her lipstick in, you will get drowned... And she'll say, move aside you fox like thing... Let's move on, now science we will study, books you close and start Kindle my friend...
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          Food + Science = Victory!   

Season 6, Episode 43 This week on Freakonomics Radio: a full menu of goodies. First up: a nutrition detective. And then, Stephen J. Dubner explores the war on sugar. To find out more, check out the podcasts from which this hour was drawn: “Food + Science = Victory!” and “There’s A War On Sugar. Is It Justified?” […]

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          40 anni di Sgt. Pepper   
*Ernesto Assante* e *Gino Castaldo* terranno una speciale _Lezione di Rock_ su _"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"_ raccontando storie, vicende e aneddoti legati alla genesi dell’album. Ci sono dischi che inevitabilmente fanno parte della storia. Di dischi così ce ne sono pochi. Forse ce n'è uno solo ed è, senza alcun dubbio, “Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" dei Beatles. Pubblicato quarant'anni fa, il primo giugno del 1967, ha cambiato il corso della musica e, in parte, della cultura giovanile, è l' album che ha marchiato gli anni Sessanta, è un oggetto di culto ancora oggi venerato da innumerevoli fan. Il motivo? Basta scorrere i titoli dei brani che compongono l'album, canzoni destinate a restare nel tempo, a toccare la coscienza e l'immaginazione di chi le ascolta. E quella copertina, con i volti della storia e dello spettacolo ad attorniare i Beatles, un colpo di genio di uno dei più grandi artisti pop inglesi, Peter Blake, a stabilire i colori di quella che di lì a poco sarebbe stata la clamorosa "estate dell'amore" di San Francisco, con gli hippies, il movimento, e il sogno di cambiare il mondo. Un’opera d’arte, un disco che va ricordato perché racconta come eravamo, come volevamo essere, come potremmo essere. Per celebrare il mito di Sgt. Pepper e la leggenda dei Beatles, l’Auditorium ospita una grande giornata di musica, parole, immagini e colori.
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I grandi album del rock, i personaggi che ne hanno fatto la storia, gli eventi e le date da non dimenticare, raccontati con parole, immagini e suoni da Gino Castaldo e da Ernesto Assante. Anche quest’anno si rinnova l’appuntamento quindicinale la domenica alle 11 con la grande musica, illustrata attraverso “lezioni” che mettono ogni album, ogni personaggio, ogni tema nella prospettiva storica ma, allo stesso tempo, raccontano curiosità, aneddoti, testi. “Astral weeks” di Van Morrison, “Wish you were here” dei Pink Floyd e poi i Genesis, John Lennon, Frank Zappa, gli Smiths ma anche il 1977 o le grandi chitarre del rock, saranno “messi in scena” negli ormai classici appuntamenti della domenica mattina, che da cinque anni si rinnovano con grande successo. Musica da sentire ma anche da vedere attraverso immagini e spezzoni che ripropongono storie di musica ancora in bianco e nero oppure raccontate con i colori psichedelici del flower power o ancora avvolte nel sole del reggae giamaicano in un grande giro del mondo musicale attraverso l’ascolto e la riscoperta di dischi indimenticabili e di storie che meritano di essere ricordate.
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          The ‘Face’ of Jupiter   
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While the very fabric of space-time warped and undulated over the Trump-Morning Joe conflict (we’ll get to that), Republicans in the House finance subcommittee worked up a scheme to neutralize the Johnson Amendment. The proposed rule would deny the IRS the funds it would need to investigate Johnson Amendment violations…for churches only. That’s right, no mention of other nonprofits, no mention of other houses of worship. We joined a big coalition of groups opposing the measure, and I did the equivalent of marching up and down, toddler-Bart-Simpson style, making noise about it.

But you know, the fabric of space time. Undulating and whatnot. About that:

After Trump did his dumbass Trump thing that he does, Sarah Huckabee Sanders attempted to justify the president’s behavior as some kind of proportional response to bullying (????), and when asked who she could point to as a role model, she defaulted to God. That’s fine, but you’d think a couple human role models would be useful in a pinch. Maybe keep a couple of those in your back pocket. Just a thought.

More fun was the op-ed by Mika and Joe themselves, where they threw so much shade it looked like an eclipse. They said Trump wasn’t mentally healthy enough to watch Morning Joe, and made the charge that Trump had blackmailed them with the threat of a negative National Inquirer article.

David Roberts at Vox tries to come to grips with what the hell is wrong with the man, and why it’s so hard to figure it out:

Trump defies our theory of mind because he appears to lack a coherent, persistent self or worldview. He is a raging fire of need, protected and shaped by a lifetime of entitlement, with the emotional maturity and attention span of a 6-year-old, utterly unaware of the long-term implications of his actions. ... Politicos and journalists need a story in which Trump’s stumbling and grasping can be construed as a savvy media strategy, a “distraction” from some other wrongdoing he has going on, or a “pivot” from his current omnishambles. Those are all versions of political maneuvering with which they are familiar. They need for Trump to want things, to be after things, to have a plan. ... But there’s no there there.

CFI Los Angeles chief Jim Underdown recoils at the utter plausibility of The Handmaid’s Tale, and laments that the star of the TV version, Elizabeth Moss, is herself a Scientologist:

What doesn’t fit is that the Church of Scientology could be a central character in The Handmaid’s Tale TV series. For decades we’ve been hearing real-life stories from ex-Scientologists that sound like they could be plots in the series.   

Nikhil Sonnad at Quartz does a great service, cataloguing how Alex Jones’ Infowars store and Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop store and the Moon Juice store all sell the same snake oil.

Speaking of Alex Jones (if we must), he had a guest, Robert David Steele, who said this:

This may strike your listeners as way out but we actually believe that there is a colony on Mars that is populated by children who were kidnapped and sent into space on a 20 year ride. So that once they get to Mars they have no alternative but to be slaves on the Mars colony.  

Now, Jones does seem to distance himself from this idea a tad (“Well I don’t know about Mars bases”), but don’t give him too much credit! Or any! Because then he says this:

I know they’ve created massive, thousands of different types of chimeras that are alien lifeforms on this earth now. 

Just in case you’re wondering, NASA denies the allegation. Well, of course they would. Pfft.

In Bizarro America, aka Canada, a new survey shows that the electorate would prefer an atheist, gay, or transgender prime minister over an evangelical Christian. 

CFI’s new intern Andy Ngo thinks back to the Orlando massacre one year ago, and how the discourse about it has been too diffuse, asking, “While it is imperative to prevent and condemn discrimination against Muslims, why does that have to come at the cost of speaking openly about religious fundamentalism, particularly Islamism?”

South Africa will no longer have single-religion public schools. (A group lobbying for this change, the Organisasie vir Godsdienste-Onderrig en Demokrasie, has the greatest acronym ever: OGOD.) 

Australian homeopathics company Brauer is being investigated for promoting an ebook that advocates the use of homeopathy to treat babies and toddlers.  

Theologian and sociologist Peter Berger has died at the age of 88. I don’t know much about most of his work, but his book The Social Construction of Reality blew my mind when I read it in college a million years ago. 

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Until recently, I had put off watching The Handmaid’s Tale on HULU because I knew it would make me angry. I read Margaret Atwood’s book of the same name in the mid-1980s, and remember how the story – centered in a world run by pious bullies – made my blood boil. Now, dystopian stories of religion-based mind control hit close to home for those of us at CFI. We probably hear more true-life religious horror stories than the average citizen.


When I read the book 30 years ago, I thought some of the plot seemed a bit far-fetched. No way could things get so out of control. But as I work my way through the first few episodes of the TV series, I’m unpleasantly surprised at how plausible some of the series storylines sound in the wake of our recent elections. Three shows in, the series has already depicted: open and widespread intolerance, the objectification of women, religious fundamentalism, and massive protests.


Any of that sound familiar?


The other surprise was that the series star – Elizabeth Moss— who I think is a talented actor with solid credits to her name, is a practicing Scientologist.  (Moss, by the way, is also listed as a producer on the show and identifies as a feminist on her Wikipedia page. Ok that fits.)


What doesn’t fit is that the Church of Scientology (CoS) could be a central character in The Handmaid’s Tale TV series. For decades we’ve been hearing real-life stories from ex-Scientologists that sound like they could be plots in the series. The examples below apply to both the Church of Scientology and The Handmaid’s Tale.

Ø  Church makes pregnancy decision for a woman

Ø  Individuals virtually held prisoners

Ø  Leaders use fear and brutality to keep underlings in line

Ø  It’s dangerous to contradict sacred text

Ø  Anyone can be an informer


I’m sure that list could be much longer if I really gave it some thought and saw more episodes.


Moss has been a working actor since she was a kid, so she may have been feted by the CoS big cheeses from an early age and sheltered from the volumes of bad press the church has been getting for most of her life. And Scientology typically paints their apostates as disgruntled or vengeful to dodge the real issues of whether the complaints are true or not. The point is that she may not be exposed to her cult’s nefarious practices as fully as the rest of us, or if she was, the stories were probably poo pooed as the ravings of cranks.


Scientologists are not alone in being blinded to the insanity of their own beliefs, but the sheer volume of criticism and tales of mistreatment should give Moss and other high-profile scientologists pause and spark them to ask some questions of their leadership. Seems like every year it would get harder and harder to dodge the growing mountains of evidence that point to major problems in this “religion.”


It’s time to wake up.


Someone should nudge Elizabeth Moss and tell her that it becomes especially imperative to inquire about your own highly-criticized, authoritarian religion when you star in a TV series that highly criticizes authoritarian religion.


Maybe a chat with Leah Remini would help…


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Cardinal George Pell is the third-most powerful official in the Catholic Church as head of the Vatican’s finances. And he’s just been charged multiple sexual assaults in his native Australia. I think it’s time to play this song again.

Gov. Matt Bevin of Kentucky signs into law a bill allowing Bible classes in public schools. I’m sure that not far behind are classes on the Qu’ran, the Bhagvat Gita, Dianetics, and the Books of Bokonon. Any day now.

ProPublica reveals “a trove” of Facebook’s internal documents showing its secret guidelines for determining what is and is not hate speech, and thus able to be censored. And some of it is frankly disturbing:

One document trains content reviewers on how to apply the company’s global hate speech algorithm. The slide identifies three groups: female drivers, black children and white men. It asks: Which group is protected from hate speech? The correct answer: white men. ... White men are considered a group because both traits are protected, while female drivers and black children, like radicalized Muslims, are subsets, because one of their characteristics is not protected. 

Adi Robertson at The Verge notes that Facebook’s task is more or less impossible:

If the company decides to promote a positive social environment without taking clear political sides, it will trend toward a faux neutrality where “hate” is any negative opinion, punishing people who criticize the status quo. But if it admits to an ideological bent, it will have to start formulating political stances on which groups worldwide deserve the most protection from hate. The more social responsibility it accepts, the more liable it is for failing to police its users, and the more power it has to control speech — not just comments to other users, but personal timeline posts or photographs. 

Oh, hey hey hey, make sure you dig the latest Cause & Effect newsletter. It’s got international news, SCOTUS news, and not all of the news is bad!

CFI’s Benjamin Radford is on the panel for a discussion about psychics (along with a bunch of alleged psychics) on WNPR’s Colin McEnroe Show.

Another “psychic,” Michelle Marks of Dixon, Illinois, is arrested for “exploitation of an elderly person and multiple weapons charges.” Wow she was busy!

Researchers at the Catholic University of Louvain wanted to see if atheists in Western Europe were more or less closed-minded than the religious. And that’s what they found, more or less:

Atheists tended to show greater intolerance of contradiction, meaning when they were presented with two seemingly contradictory statements they rated one as very true and the other as very false. They also showed less propensity to be able to imagine arguments contrary to their own position and find them somewhat convincing.

A group of scientists and other figures sign on to an initiative called Mission 2020, intended to get greenhouse gas emissions to “curve downward” by 2020, because failing that, the goals of Paris become unattainable. While it’s noble, I am skeptical. Especially after my Point of Inquiry interview with Elizabeth Kolbert earlier this month.

Undaunted by my kind of despair, a “global covenant of mayors” pledging to meet the goals of the Paris accord has brought on board more than 7400 cities.

Cleve Wootson at WaPo introduces us to Michael Tate Reed, the guy who keeps ramming his car into Ten Commandments monuments, as he did in Arkansas yesterday:

[In 2014] He was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and released under an agreement that required him to continue treatment. He sent a rambling letter to the newspaper apologizing and describing the voices in his head and his attempts to recover from mental health issues. 

Speaking of which, Joseph Frankel at The Atlantic looks at how the phenomenon of “hearing voices” in one’s head—which is sometimes what makes people think they’re psychic, and others say they’re psychotic—may be more common than once thought, and also may be more controllable:

These experiments suggest that auditory hallucinations are the result of the mind failing to brand its actions as its own. Watching what the brain does during these hallucinations may clarify how that works, and what differences in the brain create these experiences. ... Drawing a parallel with Autism Spectrum Disorder, the [researchers] are interested in the extent to which the psychics they saw “might occupy the extreme end of a continuum” of people who hear voices. 

The Mormon Church is taking bold strides into the latter half of the 20th century, offering paid maternity or parental leave to church employees and (hold on to your butts) allowing women to wear pants.

A California health department report says that 111 people have chosen to take their own lives in the first six months of the state’s right-to-die law. 

Uranus isn’t just odd because its name makes you chuckle (which is why I must pronounce it “YURen-uss,” not, you know, the other way). It’s on a crazy 98-degree axis, and its magnetic shield is all wobbly.

When there’s somethin’ strange…in the neighborhood…who you gonna call? The Royal Thai Police Force! They ain’t afraid o’no phi pob. 

Ken Ham’s Ark Encounter is a fun, scientific, educational museum experience for the whole family! Oh wait, the city wants them to pay a “safety assessment fee”? I meant to say, it’s a ministry. So, sorry. Exempt. Phew! I mean, “amen.”

My home state of Maine gets its first case of measles in 20 years. Oh god I hope it’s not me! 

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 Garden water hoseTube: black,smooth,synthetic SBR/NBRReinforcement: high tensile polyster fiber braidsCover: black smooth/cloth impressed,abrasion,ozone weather resistant synthetic rubber Production DetailInsideOutsideWorking pressureBurst   pressureBend radiusWeightLonginchmmmmmpampammKg/mm1/4615.52.06.01020.3081005/16817.52.06.01140.3241003/81019.52.06.01270.4001001/21323.02.06.01780.5481005/81626.02.06.02030.6001003/41930.52.06.02410.76010012538.02.06.03051.0801001-1/43246.02.06.04191.280501-1/23856.02.06.05001.7205025170.02.06.06302.90050   Our Equipment Our Factory   Our Packing  Our Services 1.OEM service is available. 2.Free samples can be send for your test.3.Good after-sale service, please get back to us if any questions. Our Advantages A. More than ten years export experiencesB. Advanced equipmentsC. High skilled workersD. Strict scientific management FAQ  Q: How long is the warranty period of your products?A: Our hose warranty is one year.Q: How about payment terms?A: We accept T/T, L/C, D/A, D/P, etc.Q: How long is the delivery time?A: Usually 30 days for one 20ft container.           Dongying Guangyou Rubber Co.,Ltd is one of the best China garden water hose manufacturers and suppliers, welcome to do garden water hose wholesale business with us, you'll be offered with low price, cheap and discount products. 
          Offer - High Pressure Water Suction Hose - Chinautla   
High pressure water suction hose  Tube: hydraulic oil resistant special synthetic rubberreinforcement:4high tensile steel spirals.cover:hydraulic oil,abrasion and weather resitant wrapped synthetic rubber. Features:1) Temperature range: -40 ~ 100°C 2) I.D. range: 3/8" - 2"3) Manufactured according to SAE 100R9 standard4) Application:hydraulic systems with high peak pressures and ardous condition of operations Detailed Product Description I.DO.DW.P.B.P.BRLENGTHINCHMMMMBARPSIBARPSIMMM3/89.520.02764002110416008127201/212.723.62764002110416008178205/816.027.32764002110416008200203/419.030.7276400211041600824120125.438.02764002110416008305201 1/431.846.7207300282812006419201 1/238.153.51722494688997650820251.066.81722494688997663520  Our Equipment Our Factory  Our Packing  Our Services 1.OEM service is available. 2.Free samples can be send for your test.3.Good after-sale service, please get back to us if any questions. Our Advantages A. More than ten years export experiencesB. Advanced equipmentsC. High skilled workersD. Strict scientific management FAQ  Q: How long is the warranty period of your products?A: Our hose warranty is one year.Q: How about payment terms?A: We accept T/T, L/C, D/A, D/P, etc.Q: How long is the delivery time?A: Usually 30 days for one 20ft container.            Dongying Guangyou Rubber Co.,Ltd is one of the best China high pressure water suction hose manufacturers and suppliers, welcome to do high pressure water suction hose wholesale business with us, you'll be offered with low price, cheap and discount products. 
          Offer - Steam Hose - Chinautla   
Steam hoseHose Construction:Tube: black, smooth EPDM, super-steam and water resistanceReinforcement: high tensile steel wire braidCover: red or black, smooth EPDM, heat, corrosion and abrasion resistance rubberTemperature range: -40℃to +220℃  Production DetailNominal BoreHose I.DWire Dia.Hose O.DWorking PressureBurst PressureinchmmmmmmMpaPsiBarMpaPsiBar 3/8100.4227010150550280406002200 1/2130.527608700460240348001840 3/4190.635466670300184266801200 7/8220.6384565252801802610011201   250.6403550752501402030010001 1/4320.652355075220140203008801 1/2380.754355075200140203008001 3/4450.76335507512014020300480   Our Equipment Our Factory  Our Packing Our Services 1.OEM service is available. 2.Free samples can be send for your test.3.Good after-sale service, please get back to us if any questions. Our Advantages A. More than ten years export experiencesB. Advanced equipmentsC. High skilled workersD. Strict scientific management FAQ  Q: How long is the warranty period of your products?A: Our hose warranty is one year.Q: How about payment terms?A: We accept T/T, L/C, D/A, D/P, etc.Q: How long is the delivery time?A: Usually 30 days for one 20ft container.    Dongying Guangyou Rubber Co.,Ltd is one of the best China steam hose manufacturers and suppliers, welcome to do steam hose wholesale business with us, you'll be offered with low price, cheap and discount products.
          Associate scientist   
MO-Saint Louis, Hello , I am writing to introduce myself as a member of Fortira Inc. I have a requirement of a Bio Analyst for our client Pfizer located in St Louis, MO. Please send your updated resume if interested Please send your updated resume if interested in a WORD format. Position: Bioanalyst Duration: 18 + months on W2 Location: 700 Chesterfield Pkwy W St Louis, MO 63198 Job Description: • Minimum educati
          Senior Scientist Product Development Formulations   
Schaumburg, If you are a multifaceted Senior Scientist Product Development Formulations looking for an incredible opportunity with a growing pharmaceutical company, please read on! Top Reasons to Work with Us We are a customer-focused company, delivering an extensive portfolio of products and fulfilling the evolving needs of the patients we serve through our unique network of global resources. What You Will B
          Technical Services Scientist / Engineer   
MD-Ocean City, Technical Services Scientist / Engineer Our client is a noted, Top 10 fastest growing generic pharmaceutical company in the United States with approximately 300 employees and generating 100MM in annual revenue. They are seeking a Technical Services Scientist/Engineer for their team and are looking for thoughtful, well-rounded scientist/engineers who take pride in their work. The ideal candidate th
          Fragments of Thutmose I Temple Discovered in Storage   
  LUXOR, EGYPT—Thousands of stone blocks being kept in storage near Luxor turn out to be remains of the temple of the 18th-Dynasty pharaoh Thutmose I (r. ca. 1504-1492 B.C.), according to a report from Science & Scholarship in Poland. Egyptologist Jadwiga Iwaszczuk of the Institute of Mediterranean and Oriental Cultures of the Polish Academy of Sciences first identified some of the fragments, which were housed in a tomb that is used as a storage facility by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities. The fragments were excavated in the 1970s, and at the time were thought to belong to a temple built during the reign of Hatshepsut, who was Thutmose I’s daughter. In fact, that temple was discovered in recent years in the Ramesseum, the memorial temple of Ramesses II. Iwaszczuk identified the fragments as belonging to the temple of Thutmose I because the temple’s name appeared on some of them. Iwaszczuk and her team have now identified thousands of stone blocks that are part of the temple. Among their notable finds is an early portrayal, for the area, of a battle scene featuring chariots. For more, go to “Egypt’s Final Redoubt in Canaan.”
          Food Scientist   
RI-Kingston, Award winning, growing company looking to add to their team Responsibilities for Food Scientist: · Formulation and product development · Concept development · Pilot and plant trials · Scale-up Requirements for Food Scientist: · BS in Food Science, Chemistry · 3+ years industry lab experience · Formulation/technical experience · Strong math skills · *NO food allergies*
          Grooved Skulls Discovered at Göbekli Tepe   
BERLIN, GERMANY—At a 12,000-year-old temple in southeastern Turkey, researchers have discovered parts of human skulls stripped of flesh and carved with deep grooves, according to a report from Science Magazine. The temple, known as Göbekli Tepe, is well-known for its structures and carved reliefs, which predate the development of agriculture. Starting in the mid-1990s, researchers discovered tens of thousands of animal bones at the site, with around 700 fragments of human bone mixed in. More than half of the human bone fragments analyzed so far have been parts of skulls. A detailed study of three of these skull fragments found that their flesh had been removed and grooves carved from front to back. One fragment also had a hole drilled in it. “The carvings consist of many deep cuts—somebody clearly did it intentionally,” said Julia Gresky of the German Archaeological Institute. The site’s stone artwork includes depictions of heads that are missing or lopped off, and the heads of some stone statues appear to have been intentionally removed. To read in-depth about Göbekli Tepe, go to “The World's First Temple.”
          Hidden Square Formation Found Within Avebury Stones   
AVEBURY, ENGLAND—Archaeologists working at Avebury, the Neolithic stone circle in Wiltshire thought to be the world's largest, have uncovered a mysterious square formation at the site's center, according to a report in The Guardian. Using radar technology, a team led by University of Leicester's Mark Gillings uncovered hidden stones marking the footprint of what they believe was a wooden building dating to around 3500 B.C. Gillings and his colleagues have concluded that the square, which measures nearly 100 feet on each side, formed a monument to what must have been a very important structure. The find may also solve a riddle that has challenged researchers since the 1930s, when the marmalade magnate Alexander Keiller conducted major exavations at Avebury. Keiller found several buried standing stones placed in a line leading to an upright obelisk, as well as postholes and grooves indicating the existence of a building. Gillings now believes that what Keiller assumed to be a medieval structure was in fact the original Neolithic building around which the entire circle developed over centuries. To read more on Neolithic henges, including Avebury, go to “The World of Stonehenge.”
          Chemist II   
IL-North Chicago, BS in Chemistry 2-5 yrs. lab experience or Masters Degree. Solid use of instruments including HPLC, GC, MS, TLC, IR, UV/VIS, NMR and AA. Solid documentation skills, familiarity of GMP, GLP. Able to present findings to larger groups. The Bioanalytical group is looking for an experienced Bio-analytical Scientist/Lab Technician to perform routine/non-routine analysis as well as formulation work withi
          Neolithic Figurine Found in Polish Village    
RZESZOW, POLAND—While while on vacation in the village of Kosina in southeastern Poland, an archaeologist stumbled upon a clay figurine that he believes dates back to around 5000 B.C. Science and Scholarship in Poland reports that Piotr Alagierski was walking in a cultivated field when he came across the nearly 3-inch-long clay figure that appears to have been made by some of the first farming communities in the region. According to Alagierski, the figurine is reminiscent of similar artifacts found in Slovakia and Romania but differs from known Polish examples in its lifelike rather than exaggerated depicition of the human form. Alagierski plans to conduct excavations at the site, where he also found fragments of ceramic vessels and obsidian, and the object will undergo chemical tests that may help to determine the origin of the clay. For more on archaeology in Poland, go to “Letter from Poland: Warsaw Remembers.”
          Comment on The Discovery Institute’s Best Arguments by Alan Conwell   
@ TomS & Holding et al Reminds me of the <a href="" rel="nofollow">Intelligent Falling movement</a>.
          Differential Equations: A Primer for Scientists and Engineers   

          Mathematics for the Physical Sciences   

          Professor Penny Lane joins Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences   
Colgate Assistant Professor of Art and Art History Penny Lane joins Gal Gadot, Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson, and Betty White as one of 774 new members invited into The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences this week. According to Variety, Lane is part of the largest group of invitees in Academy history, and is […]
          Frozen shoulder bombshell: it ain’t self-limiting   

Everyone who knows anything about frozen shoulder knows that it goes through three phases, even without treatment — a painful phase, a stiff phase, and recovery/thawing phase. And then you’re good. It’s “self-limiting.” Right? This is in all the textbooks! Dr. Christopher Kevin Wong found convincing evidence that it’s all wrong:

It turns out… not so much. In fact, while no evidence supported the natural history theory, evidence from multiple randomized control trials with longitudinal data directly contradict the theory of a recovery phase that leads to complete resolution for frozen shoulder. That the findings so starkly contradict the accepted view of frozen shoulder, as reflected by clinical reviews, research article introductions, textbooks, and reputable health websites has prompted reflection on how such an assumption made it into the medical knowledge base.

In other words, how the #%!*& did this happen? Basically it was a mistake that just got repeated until it was entrenched. Once it’s in a few textbooks, it’s game over for the truth.

So frozen shoulder probably does not consistently “thaw.” This is a bombshell, and a credible one, and bad news. I’ve always thought frozen shoulder is an interesting mess of a topic. It just got even more interesting and messy.

And how long will it be until most physiotherapists know about this? Start your timers. Bet it takes 20 years.

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          Shoddy back pain information from Consumer Reports   

Dr. Harriet Hall, critiquing a recent issue of Consumer Reports about back pain:

I found the [Consumer Reports] articles on back pain very disappointing. I hope I can still trust Consumer Reports when shopping for a washing machine, but I have no confidence that I can trust them when looking for an effective medical treatment. They seem not to understand the difference between anecdotes and data, between a popularity contest and a controlled scientific study. These articles may do harm by encouraging readers to try treatments that don’t work and by suggesting that it is reasonable to prioritize testimonial evidence over scientific studies. On the other hand, these articles may do some good insofar as they may dissuade some patients from rushing to a doctor and demanding imaging studies or prescription drugs.

Well, at least there’s that. But most of what CR published was horrifyingly naive and misleading. I scanned this issue in a grocery store lineup and was rolling my eyes within seconds. And then fuming: it seems like the flood of misinformation about back pain is infinite! I’ve been actively debunking back pain myths for about 15 years now, and the need for it has barely changed in all that time. So-called information like this, reaching a massive audience, seriously exacerbates the problem.

I think Consumer Reports has made serious mistakes in other domains over the last few years, and they are quickly burning the credibility it took decades to earn. Sadly, they will still have a strong enough reputation for years to come to do plenty of damage with content like this.

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          Assistant Professor of Vegetable Crop Science - Penn State University - University Park, PA   
Questions may be directed to Kathleen Brown at College of Agricultural Sciences....
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          Інформація від Європейської асоціації університетів   
Achieving Open Access by 2020: tracking universities’ progress and guidelines for the future 29 June 2017 In furthering its work in the area of open science, EUA releases today a series of aims and recommendations on open access, with the purpose of further assisting European universities and National Rectors’ Conferences (NRCs) in the transition towards a more open scholarly communication system. As stated in its Roadmap on Open Access to Research Publications (2016), “EUA aims to contribute to a publishing system that is simultaneously fair and transparent Читати далі →
          My Week Long Experiment and the Benefits to my Mind and Body   

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In almost all health and well-being articles I’ve ever read, there’s always one tip that reoccurs every time.  It’s the simplest of things, the easiest advice to follow, and I’m just surprised that more people don’t do it.  It’s not rocket science, it’s not expensive (in fact, it’s pretty much free) and is available to us all. Drink water.

I know, I know!  It can be the most boring thing you can think of when it comes to thirst. First thing in the morning when I’m still on autopilot, I’ve usually made and drunk a large cup of strong coffee before I’m properly awake – I need that rocket fuel to get me going!  But with the warmer weather now upon us, I can have a tendency to feel sluggish, for my feet and ankles to swell when I sit at my office desk for too long, and to suffer with far more headaches than is really acceptable. Talking to my colleagues (who all sit with a sports bottle filled with water on their desks) they all told me I should drink more water.  I could still have the coffee, but I should add drinks of water in-between coffees, or replace one or two of those coffees throughout the day.

Biting the bullet, I decided to conduct a little experiment of my own.  It couldn’t hurt, could it?  A week out of my life?  I pledged to my work colleagues, that for one week, I would drink nothing but water, document my findings as I went, and then give them an honest account of my well-being at the end of the week.  Here’s how I got on…

Day 1

I had to try really hard not to make that coffee.  I really needed coffee.  BUT… I had hot water instead - a little compromise in my mind, as I’m used to having a hot drink.  I won’t lie, it certainly didn’t hit the spot like my usual coffee does.  Throughout the day I consumed the recommended amount.  By the end of day one, I’d drunk over 2 litres!

Day 2

Still craving that early morning coffee!  It was a little more difficult during the day, because I work part time, and this was one of my home days.  I was busy with chores, and so I fell slightly short of the two litres, but I didn’t count it as failure.  If anything the opposite – I’d done 2 whole days without coffee!

Day 3

Woke with a thumping headache!  I put this down to a little caffeine withdrawal. I persevered with the hot water, instead opting to add a little lemon juice. By the end of day 3 I had consumed over 2.5 litres of water! Go me!

Day 4

The temptation of coffee was still there, but I didn’t feel like I ‘needed’ it in the same way as a couple of days before.  Drinking water was almost becoming a habit.  At home I made sure that I set myself little reminders to drink by programming my phone’s alarm to go off every hour, on the hour.  By the end of day 4 I’d consumed another 2.5 litres.  I noticed too that my visits to the bathroom were far more frequent than the days before.  My system really was flushing through!

Day 5

I tend to work all day on a Friday, which means I’m sat on my bottom from 9-5!  I made sure I drank plenty, and got up and moved about at least once every hour.  Leaving the office, I was surprised that my feet were normal size, and that only one of my ankles were ever so slightly puffy.  What a difference!  Toilet visits were more frequent, but I started to feel physically better.  I was getting to sleep earlier, which in turn made me feel brighter in the morning.

Day 6

A Saturday.  Fail!  Not only did I not consume my target 2 litres, but I also went off plan.  I was out for the day, and didn’t prepare adequately.  The craving for something sweet and fizzy got the better of me and I gave in to it and had a lemonade.  Still, once home I stuck to my liquid plan, and got straight back on to water. At least lemonade is a clear liquid, right?

Day 7

Mission complete!  Target consumption met!  I could really see a difference in my overall well-being.  I still peed for England, and not only did I notice a difference in my bladder behaviour, but also my bowels.  Things were ‘easier’.  My headaches became almost non-existent, and I was actually feeling like I had a bit of energy!  My mind-set was more positive, and on the whole, I couldn’t believe how good I was feeling!

I’ve added a day 8 because I just had to share this amazing benefit with you…

Day 8

The day I stepped on the scales.  Perhaps drinking more water had suppressed my appetite a little as I am 3.5lbs lighter! I put it down to water being calorie free!  Whatever the answer, I know that from now on I’ll be carrying on with the water drinking.  It’s not permanently sustainable, as I like a social drink now and again, and I will allow myself the odd coffee – just not to the same extent as before.

Jane works part time, and is also a freelance writer and blogger, who currently writes for Cooleraid. In her spare time she enjoys reading, travel, and chocolate!

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          Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Absolution Coming First to PlayStation 4 on July 7   
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Absolution Coming First to PlayStation 4 on July 7 New DLC Pack Features Four Diverse, New Multiplayer Maps Actress Cassandra Peterson Reprises Her Iconic Role of Elvira in New Zombies Experience “Attack of the Radioactive Thing!” set in a 1950s Creature Feature June 30, 2017 – Activision and Infinity Ward have unveiled the first official details of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Absolution, the third DLC Map Pack for 2016’s No. 1 top-selling console video game in the United States (excluding hardware bundle sales), Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. The map pack features four new, diverse multiplayer maps, and a new zombies co-op experience called Attack of the Radioactive Thing!, set in a ‘50s era beach town where a government science experiment has gone horribly wrong. Absolution is scheduled to release July 7, first on the PlayStation Network for the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, with other platforms to follow. “Our team couldn’t be more thrilled to introduce another wild, twisted zombies experience in Attack of the Radioactive Thing!, which continues the story and adds some awesome new gameplay,” said Dave Stohl, Studio Head of Infinity Ward. “For our multiplayer fans, we’re delivering four diverse maps that reward the different gameplay styles our community has embraced since the game launched last year. We can’t wait.” Attack of the Radioactive Thing!, the next action-packed chapter of the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare zombies experience, once again features the return of Willard Wyler, the enigmatic movie director villain portrayed with voice and likeness by Paul Reubens (Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, Gotham). Wyler has trapped the four protagonists inside an all-new horror film, set in the 1950s and in the style of the Creature Feature films of the era. Players will fight a new array of zombie enemies across a ravaged beach town where a government science experiment has transformed the residents into flesh-devouring zombies and introduced a new biological menace into the city. Additionally, horror movie icon Elvira, played with voice and likeness by Cassandra Peterson (Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, Elvira’s Movie Macabre), will help players survive and give them gameplay tips and side quests with her unique Elvira style. New weapons, traps and more will augment the hallmark Call of Duty action, with Seth Green (Robot Chicken, Austin Powers) as “the Scientist;” Ike Barinholtz (Neighbors, Suicide Squad) as “the Rebel;” Jay Pharoah (White Famous, Saturday Night Live) as “the Soldier;” and Sasheer Zamata (Saturday Night Live, Inside Amy Schumer) as “the School Girl,” all making a return from the ongoing story in this all-new experience. In addition to Attack of the Radioactive Thing!, Absolution will also include four new multiplayer maps: Bermuda – A shantytown created around the remnants of a crashed ship, Bermuda allows players to duck, dive, and wall ride from the fish market to the lighthouse in this small to medium sized map that’s been water-wasted and sandblasted. Permafrost – Set within the chill of a frozen city skyline, Permafrost lets players stick to the ground and pick their plan of attack in one of three main lanes. They will traverse the map, moving from street side to train station, and hobo village to wrecked theatre house in this small, tight-quarters map. Fore – In Fore, the only thing miniature about this large map is the golf courses players will be fighting in. Fore features great visual variety as players swing around the sights and sounds of areas that brandish magical forests, giant creamsicles, and elevated castle walls. Ember – Located near an old town castle, Ember is a remake of the Modern Warfare 3 classic map Resistance, featuring old world aesthetics retrofitted with modern technology. The surroundings include lava, gallows and a torture room, where players will want to stick close to their teammates. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Absolution releases on July 7, 2017 first for the PlayStation 4, with other platforms to follow. The game is rated MA15+ for Mature (Blood, Intense Violence, Strong Language). For more information, please visit Fans can also follow @CallofDuty on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
COMPLETE SEASON OF THE LION’S SONG TO LAUNCH JULY 13, 2017 ON STEAM (PC & MAC) AND MOBILE The Award-Winning Adventure Series Makes its Highly Anticipated Debut on iOS, Android & Mac Vienna, Austria – June 29, 2017 – Austrian indie developer Mipumi Games has given fans of sepia colors and narrative adventure games a reason to rejoice today, announcing that the full release of their episodic series The Lion’s Song will launch on July 13, 2017. The launch will include the fourth and final Episode 4 – Closure coming to PC via Steam, along with all episodes debuting on iOS & Android as well as Mac. The Lion’s Song is a narrative adventure game series about creativity and its demons while being steeped in early 20th century history. With each of the first three episodes taking a closer look at fictional Austrian artists or scientists each blessed with an exceptional creative mind, the season’s finale Episode 4 – Closure will take players on a mysterious train journey that connects the storylines of all previous episodes. What stories will the four strangers on that train share along the way, and where will their journey end? Emotions will run high as players make connections with each character, and work to navigate and experience their lives in different ways with different outcomes. The Season Pass for The Lion’s Song containing all four episodes is now available on Steam for $9.99 / £8.99 / €9.99. Alternatively on Steam, Episode 1 – Silence is available for free and the other episodes can be purchased separately for $3.99 / £3.49 / €3.99 each. On iOS and Android The Lion’s Song will be released as a premium title containing all four episodes for $4.99 / £4.99 / €5.49. For more information, visit The Lion’s Song on Steam or the official website and follow the game on Facebook and Twitter. About The Lion’s Song The Lion’s Song is an episodic adventure game created by Vienna-based independent developer Mipumi Games. The Lion’s Song is steeped in early 20th century history and focusses on a cast of Austrian artists and scientists with each episode taking a closer look at their intimate struggles with creativity and inspiration. In 2016 the game was awarded with the German Developer Award for Indie Game of the Year and in 2017 it received an Honourable Mention from IGF in the category Excellence in Narrative. Originally created as a Ludum Dare project in 2014, The Lion’s Song features a striking art direction and a unique setting.  The fourth and final Episode 4 – Closure is coming to PC via Steam, along with all episodes debuting on iOS & Android as well as Mac on July 13, 2017. To find out more about The Lion’s Song please visit                                                  About Mi’pu’mi Games Mipumi Games is a Vienna-based independent game development company run by veteran developers with 10+ years industry experience at Rockstar and Ubisoft. The small specialist team collaborates with established AAA productions including the Hitman franchise and Anno. Now Mipumi is working on its first independent title: The Lion’s Song, an episodic adventure game set in early 20th century Austria. To find out more about Mipumi go to
          This Group is Funding Experimenters—And We Support Them   

This Group is Funding Experimenters—And We Support Them

From lifelike trauma simulators to laboratory-grown skin, cutting-edge and cruelty-free science saves both animal and human lives.

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          Here’s the Science Behind Making Scripture Stick With Kids   

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          American Pravda: How the CIA Invented "Conspiracy Theories"   
A year or two ago, I saw the much-touted science fiction film Interstellar, and although the plot wasn't any good, one early scene was quite amusing. For various reasons, the American government of the future claimed that our Moon Landings of the late 1960s had been faked, a trick aimed at winning the Cold War...
          A Conceit with No Conscience   

“[L]ike many, many other rules in the English language, it turns out this one is built on a foundation of lies.” That whole ‘i before e, except after c rule? Bunk. Which you would already know, if you were a true spelling bee hopeful.

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          Gay marriage on principle   

Eighty-two years ago this month, Jesuit scientist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin spoke at the marriage of Hervé de la Goublaye de Ménorval and a fellow palaeontologist, Éliane Basse. Let’s revisit that sermon to see why Archbishop Charles Scicluna is right to speak up against the principle of gay marriage – but also why Catholic politicians would be mistaken to follow him. In English, it’s difficult to capture the special quality of Teilhard’s French. It has a surface tranquillity and an underlying passion. He speaks, as perhaps only the French can, with the ardour of reason and the cool objectivity of non-possessive love. The fire and ice of his prose are trying to capture something essential about his vision of marriage: a rational harnessing of the energies of love that would be, in human history, the second discovery of fire. As both a scientist and a priest, he was interested in human origins. He understood marriage in both biblical and evolutionary terms. In particular, he saw marriage as an integral part of the future of humanity, as an increasingly organised single nervous system with God as its mysterious centre. If you think this is all a bit too intense and poetic for a...
          This interactive woven canopy at MoMA PS1 changes colors as the sun sets   
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          Aurora Australis: Reprints, Retellings, and Recolonisations   

Welcome back to Aurora Australis, a monthly round-up of publishing news and highlights from Australia and New Zealand! Australia and New Zealand have had their respective national science fiction conventions; the Cadbury chocolate factory in Tasmania got hit by a ransomware attack; and the Australian 2016 census data is being analysed, resulting in this video […]
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          Larsen C Ice Shelf Collapse, Shrinking Benificial Fires, Global Forest Network, and More in the Environmental Science News Source   
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          Malpractice Expert Jeff Wahl Discusses the Publication of Junk Science   
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Jeff Wahl, a long-time litigator and expert on medical malpractice issues, addresses the legal, ethical, and medical implications of the publication of junk science.

          Learning to Read Critically   

A collection of my assorted nonfiction, Sleeping With Monsters: Readings and Reactions in Science Fiction and Fantasy, is about to hit bookshelves and electronic retailers this July. It’s being published by Aqueduct Press, but—as the title implies—much of the material is based on my “Sleeps With Monsters” column here. Today I’m here to try to […]
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          Missouri S&T Professor Named Canadian Academy of Engineering Fellow   
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          "Firearms, Mental Illness and the Law," with Jeffrey Swanson   
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          Como a falta de sono afeta seu cérebro   



Cientistas do Canadá lançaram o que promete ser o maior estudo do mundo sobre os efeitos da falta de sono no cérebro.

Publicado na BBC Brasil

Eles esperam que pessoas de todo o mundo se registrem pela internet para fazer testes cognitivos e participar do experimento.

Jogos de computador testarão habilidades como raciocínio, compreensão da linguagem e tomada de decisões.

O estudo é coordenado pelo neurocientista britânico Adrian Owen, do Instituto de Cérebro e Mente da Universidade Western, no Canadá.

“Sabemos como nos sentimos após uma noite mal dormida, mas conhecemos muito pouco sobre os efeitos da falta de sono no cérebro. Queremos ver como isso afeta a cognição, a memória e a habilidade de concentração”, diz ele.

A equipe irá analisar o desempenho dos participantes nos testes cognitivos e avaliar os diferentes resultados a partir das horas dormidas.

A necessidade diária de sono varia de pessoa para pessoa, mas se o estudo conseguir reunir um número significativo de voluntários, permitirá aos cientistas determinar um número médio de horas necessárias para a otimização da função cerebral.

O repórter da BBC Fergus Walsh e mais quatro voluntários passaram a noite na Universidade Western, onde testaram os jogos e puderam verificar como a falta de sono afeta o desempenho cognitivo.

Fergus Walsh Image caption Voluntários (no sentido horário): Hooman Ganjavi, Sylvie Salewski, Evan Agnew e Cecilia Kramar

Fergus Walsh
Image caption Voluntários (no sentido horário): Hooman Ganjavi, Sylvie Salewski, Evan Agnew e Cecilia Kramar


Hooman Ganjavi, 42 anos, psiquiatra, acostumado a fazer plantões noturnos: “Durmo apenas de quatro a cinco horas por noite. Sei que a falta de sono aumenta o risco de doenças cardíacas e de derrame, mas, como muitos médicos, não aplico essas regras ao meu dia a dia”.

Sylvie Salewski, 31 anos, mãe de duas meninas pequenas: “Para mim uma boa noite de sono é quando elas me acordam duas ou três vezes; não consigo me lembrar do que é dormir uma noite toda sem ser incomodada; normalmente me sinto meio desnorteada no dia seguinte”.

Evan Agnew, 75 anos, vigia aposentado: “Nunca dormi mais de oito horas de sono por noite, e na minha idade não acho que preciso de mais de quatro horas. Acabo complementando meu sono durante o dia com um ou dois cochilos”.

Cecilia Kramar, 31 anos, neurocientista que faz pesquisas cognitivas com camundongos noturnos, o que significa passar noites em claro no laboratório: “Quando não durmo muito, não consigo fazer nada complicado no dia seguinte, como ler uma revista científica, porque meu cérebro não funciona bem”.


Owen Lab, Western Image caption Testes foram refeitos depois de noite mal dormida



Os testes podem ser jogados em qualquer computador, tablet ou smartphone.

Double Trouble: Você deve clicar na palavra debaixo que corresponde à cor na qual a palavra acima está escrita. Exemplo: se a palavra na linha superior é “azul”, mas está em vermelho, você deve clicar na palavra da linha inferior que também está em vermelho, mesmo se estiver escrito “azul”.

Odd One Out: Começa simples, mas vai se tornando cada vez mais complexo. Você tem de achar o objeto que não pertence ao grupo.

Grammatical reasoning: A afirmação sobre o diagrama é verdadeira ou falsa? Parece fácil, até você começar a lidar com negações.

Spatial planning: O jogo testa a habilidade de planejar com antecedência – como todos os jogos, mede as competências cognitivas que usamos repetidamente durante todo o dia.


“Depois de ficarmos acordados até as 4h, podemos dormir por 4h. Quando refizemos os testes cognitivos durante a manhã, Evan, Cecilia e eu tivemos um desempenho muito pior do que na noite anterior”, conta o repórter da BBC.

Hooman – que está acostumado a ficar de plantão – não registrou uma variação negativa em sua pontuação, enquanto que a de Sylvie chegou, inclusive, a melhorar.

“Embora fique um pouco desnorteada durante a manhã, talvez tenha me acostumado a funcionar com pouco sono. Tenho de estar funcionando assim que meus filhos acordam, então é normal para mim”, disse Sylvie.

Sempre soube que não funciono direito quando não durmo bem, então para mim não foi surpresa que minha pontuação tenha caído dramaticamente durante a manhã.

No caso de Walsh, da BBC, para descobrir o que estava acontecendo com seu cérebro, ele repetiu os testes cognitivos dentro de uma máquina de tomografia computadorizada.

“Meu cérebro foi examinado duas vezes – depois de uma noite de sono normal e logo depois de uma noite mal dormida. A tomografia é capaz de detectar o fluxo de sangue no meu cérebro – as áreas que estão trabalhando mais intensamente são identificadas pelas manchas laranjas”, explica.

OWEN LAB, WESTERN Image caption Imagem à esquerda mostra atividade do cérebro do repórter durante testes cognitivos depois de uma noite de sono normal, enquanto a da direita, do seu cérebro privado de sono

Image caption Imagem à esquerda mostra atividade do cérebro do repórter durante testes cognitivos depois de uma noite de sono normal, enquanto a da direita, do seu cérebro privado de sono

A comparação entre as duas imagens não deixou dúvidas: por causa da falta de sono, o cérebro do jornalista apresentou um nível de atividade bem baixa.

“Há muito menos atividade nos lobos frontal e parietais – áreas que sabemos serem cruciais para a tomada de decisões, a solução de problemas e a memória”, explica Owen, o coordenador do estudo.

Todos nós sabemos que é perigoso dirigir quando estamos cansados, porque nosso tempo de reação diminui e podemos dormir ao volante.

Mas os efeitos da falta de sono no nosso cotidiano são bem menos compreendidos.

“Pode ser que a falta de sono esteja tendo efeitos muito profundos na tomada de decisão e talvez a gente devesse evitar tomar decisões importantes como comprar uma casa ou mesmo se casar depois de uma noite mal dormida”, avalia Owen.

Fergus Walsh Image caption Estudo é encabeçado por neurocientista britânico Adrian Owen

Fergus Walsh
Image caption Estudo é encabeçado por neurocientista britânico Adrian Owen


Passamos praticamente um terço das nossas vidas dormindo. Ou seja, o sono é tão vital para a nossa saúde quanto os alimentos que ingerimos e o ar que respiramos.

Mas nossa cultura de estarmos ligados durante 24 horas por dia está reduzindo nossas horas de sono.

No mês passado, um estudo na revista científica Nature Reviews Neuroscience apontou que havia “uma compreensão notavelmente pequena” das consequências da falta de sono crônica para o cérebro.

A pesquisa dizia que mais estudos são necessários face ao que chamou de “declínio considerável da duração de sono em todas as nações industrializadas”.

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          Marzano Awarded IES Grant to Study Gamified Education   

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L'ouvrage se veut la traduction concrète de cette préoccupation essentielle : comment mener à son terme un processus judiciaire, tant en demande qu'en défense ? Comment vaincre successivement les embuches d'un procès, depuis l'introduction de l'action et le choix de la juridiction adéquate, jusqu'à l'exécution du jugement, à titre provisoire ou définitif ? L'Europe est également très présente par la jurisprudence de la Cour européenne des droits de l'homme sur le procès équitable et par les règles communautaires. Le lecteur prendra rapidement conscience que, loin d'être une pure technique, la procédure est au service de la réalisation concrète des droits. Sans elle, les droits ne sont que des leurres, au mieux, des espoirs. Complet sur le fond et synthétique en la forme, assorti d'exercices pratiques, l'ouvrage épouse une présentation claire et pédagogique adaptée aux étudiants en licence ou en master de droit, mais également aux candidats au concours d'entrée à l'Ecole nationale de la magistrature ou à l'examen d'entrée à l'école du barreau. Par ailleurs, par son souci de revenir sans cesse aux grands principes du droit du procès contemporain, il donne satisfaction à tous ceux qui, juges, avocats, greffiers huissiers de justice ou simples amateurs de droit, sont en quête d'une présentation éclairée et éclairante de la matière.
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          Is THIS trendy food causing British men to have LESS testosterone than their grandfathers?   

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          Texting on a mobile phone makes you walk sillily, study finds   

Participants adopted ‘cautious stepping strategy’ while using device for different tasks, say university researchers

Texting on the hoof leads people to change the way they walk, new research has revealed.

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          Indie Author Spotlight: Robert Eggleton   

Hello lovelies welcome to a feature I am going to have on La Jersey Chika Reads Indie Books that is called Indie Author Spotlight. Each month I will post an Indie Author Spotlight to help spread word about the works of the fantastic indie authors that are out there!

Today tenth installment and feature is Robert Eggleton author of Rarity from the Hollow

 Robert Eggleton

Author's Bio

Robert Eggleton has served as a children's advocate in an impoverished state for over forty years. Locally, he is best known for his nonfiction about children’s programs and issues, much of which was published by the West Virginia Supreme Court where he worked from1982 through 1997. Today, he is a retired children's psychotherapist from the mental health center in Charleston, West Virginia, where he specialized in helping victims cope with and overcome maltreatment and other mental health concerns. Rarity from the Hollow is his debut novel. Its release followed publication of three short Lacy Dawn Adventures in magazines. Author proceeds support the prevention of child maltreatment.

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Rarity from the Hollow

By Robert Eggleton

Genre: Adult Literary Science Fiction

Publication Date: November 3, 2016

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Author Interview

Q. Describe your book in ten words or less.

A. An unlikely savior of the universe -- tragedy, comedy, and satire.

Q. What draws you to this genre.

A. I enjoy reading and writing literary fiction and within most genres. I'm not a big fan of pure escapist novels. I tend to look for the author's hidden metaphors -- meaning behind the superficial and that seems to detract from my enjoyment. So, when I write, my goal is to produce something that will be reflected upon after the last paragraph has been read. I also enjoy reading speculative fiction -- the what if? There are several what ifs in Rarity from the Hollow, but the one that was most fun to write was its political parody. What if some compelling force united extreme capitalism and socialism by a common cause --- saving the universe? While much of the focus of my story was on the prevention of child maltreatment, there are other analogies -- i.e. global warming. Rarity from the Hollow was the first, perhaps the only, science fiction adventure to specifically predict the rise of Donald Trump to political power -- parody with no political advocacy one side or any other. Readers find out how Lacy Dawn, the protagonist, convinced Mr. Rump (Bernie Sanders) to help talk Mr. Prump (Donald Trump) into saving the universe. The allegory includes pressing issues that are being debated today, including illegal immigration and the refuge crisis, an issue that several European commentators have compared to cockroach infestation; extreme capitalism / consumerism vs. domestic spending for social supports; sexual harassment…. Mr. Prump in my story was a projection of Donald Trump based on the TV show, The Apprentice. The counterpart, Mr. Rump, was based on my understanding of positions held by Bernie Sanders as I wrote the story. Part of the negotiations in the story occur in the only high rise on planet Shptiludrp (Shop Until You Drop), a giant shopping mall and the center of economic governance, now more easily identifiable as Trump Tower. The allegory was not addressed by ARC reviewers of the novel because so few people worldwide considered Donald Trump to be a serious political contender until the primary elections in the U.S. The political allegory in the novel is obvious now that Donald Trump has become a household name. In summary, I am drawn to literary speculative fiction because it is so much fun to write.

Q. Where do you get information or ideas for your book?

A. Much of Rarity from the Hollow is more real than not, and based upon over forty years of my experiences working as a children's advocate. I use Google for research, for example, on updated research on prevalence rates or correlates of child abuse. One interesting element of the story pertains to the ET assistance that helped cure Lacy Dawn's parents -- she begins the story as an eleven year old protagonist, a victim of maltreatment. Her father is a war damaged Vet suffering from PTSD, night terrors, and anger outbursts. Several book reviewers have complimented by imagination when writing the medical intervention element of the story. In reality, humans are living in a very exciting time when computerized diagnosis and intervention of mental health concerns is an emerging science. The fantastical means employed by the alien in my story to treat the parents were based on today’s medical reality. I’ve already mentioned that in the beginning of Rarity from the Hollow, Dwayne, the abusive father was a war damaged Vet experiencing anger outbursts and night terrors. The mother was a downtrodden victim of domestic violence who had lost hope of ever getting her G.E.D. or driver's license, or of protecting her daughter. Diagnosis and treatment of these concerns affecting the parents, as representative of many similarly situated, was based on emerging technologies presented at the 2015 World Medical Innovation Forum: . Yes, in real life, like in my story, patients have been hooked up to computer technology for medial diagnosis and treatment. Additional exciting research was presented at that Forum and may one day may revolutionize psychiatric treatment. Most relevant to my story were: (1) smart brain prosthetics, wireless devises being tested for potential to relieve depression, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder…neural engineering to manipulate brain signals; (2) sophisticated imaging systems that are minimally invasive to brain circuitry for diagnosis (3) and, healing the brain with neuromodulation and electroceuticals to treat depression and schizophrenia.

Q. How do you select the names of your characters?

A. Typically, I pick names that fit a culture for stories. While I love fantasy, I've found long and unusual first names for characters annoying, thereby sometimes leading to head hopping as I've read the stories. I try to avoid this practice. For example, I recently read a short story involving sisters with unusual but very similar first names. I kept getting the characters mixed up, complicated by their similar voices. The subculture for Rarity from the Hollow is Appalachian, a place where the use of first and middle names is common when addressing the individual, such as Billy Bob, or Robert Thomas. Lacy Dawn was addressed by her first and middle name in the story as a show of love and respect, while the other characters were addressed by their first names only as a sign that their parents did not hold their existences in high regard. As a back story, when pregnant, Lacy Dawn's mother realized that she would not be able to give her daughter beautiful things in life, so she decided to give her a very beautiful name at birth.  

Q. List your top 5 favorite authors or books.

A. Gosh, this is an impossible to answer question. I'm a mood reader, so my favorite books at one time may be entirely different than at another time. Right now: Vonnegut’s anger in Breakfast of Champions helped me stay strong as a children’s advocate and as a writer, and how to experiment with my writing style. Watership Down by R. Adams was such a sweet adventure that some of this element just is a necessary ingredient of even the scariest or saddest story. Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams is probably on a lot of lists of favorite books. If I feel nostalgic, like now, Another Roadside Attraction by Tom Robbins pushed me into the wilder side of writing regardless of censorship with views on religion and other topics. Last, The Color Purple by Alice Walker remains a role model for using colloquialism to reach mainstream readers. 

Q. What book/s are you reading at present?

A. I'm going to have to pass on this question. I'm reading a second novel by an unknown author and am so disappointed that I don't want to name it. I respected her debut novel and expected this one to be even better. It isn't. When this one was posted on a blog for 99¢ I grabbed a Kindle version. Don't misunderstand. I don't subscribe to the Goodreads rating system based on whether I "liked" a novel or not. If I'm considering writing a review of a novel I would never let my personal taste control such an important task -- my likes are irrelevant to whether a book is great or awful -- so are my comfort zones -- irrelevant. So far, this book has holes in the plot, is so mainstream that it could have been written by a computer program, and was poorly edited. There seems to be no message, but I'm hopeful that the author some how pulls it all together in the last third of the novel. I don't need to like a novel to give it a good rating, but I do have to respect it. Did the story fulfill its mission? It this novel does improve you may see my review on Amazon or Goodreads and you will get my answer to your question if you notice. If the novel does not improve, I may just skip writing a review. The impact of reviews can be so powerful that I wouldn't want to influence the behavior of an author who, based on the debut, has potential but released on perhaps prematurely. If this author was well known, making lots of money, I would have no problem blasting this piece of crap that I'm reading.

Q. What's next for you? What are you working on now?

A. I've been stuck in self-promotion mode for so long that I've neglected the next Lacy Dawn Adventure -- Ivy. I've submitted a couple of short stories to magazines recently but no bites. It seems to me that many magazines either stick very close to the Young Adult genre or are so extreme that my writing seems to have a hard time fitting into content. I don't want to change what I write just to achieve publication, so I'm trying to explore other alternatives. I'm working on a satirical essay, and a couple of poems. One of my poems won first place in an international competition last year, so I have a little name recognition because of that. Ivy, full of metaphors and allegory, is the story of an alien invasion of Earth based in an almost forgotten town. I live in West Virginia, the U.S. state with the highest rate of heroin overdose deaths in the nation. My familiarity with what is happening to my neighbors because of addiction prompted me to ask: how far will a child go to save a parent from addiction? I hope to achieve a similar finding when answering this serious question as I did with Rarity from the Hollow: “…a hillbilly version of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, only instead of the earth being destroyed to make way for a hyperspace bypass, Lacy Dawn must…The author has managed to do what I would have thought impossible; taken serious subjects like poverty, ignorance, abuse, and written about them with tongue-in-cheek humor without trivializing them…Eggleton sucks you into the Hollow, dunks you in the creek, rolls you in the mud, and splays you in the sun to dry off. Tucked between the folds of humor are some profound observations on human nature and modern society that you have to read to appreciate…it’s a funny book that most sci-fi fans will thoroughly enjoy.” I'll let you know when it is released.

Q.  What advice do you have for writers?

A. I don’t feel competent to give advice to other writers, but I will share a little common sense based on my observations of this marketplace. Don’t expect to be discovered overnight like you were Elvis singing on the front stoop of an apartment located in a low-income neighborhood. Before you publish, make sure that your work as been professionally edited, or as close to it as your finances will allow – not by a friend or anybody with whom you have a personal relationship. If published, to the extent possible, prevent generic one line reviews from being posted on Amazon – they always look like they were written by your friends and detract from other reviews that appear more legitimate. Commit to the long haul by keeping in mind that the majority of those entering the world of books stay there briefly and then drop out never to be heard from again. And, last, never buy a book review and don’t invest more than you can afford in anything. I’ve heard of aspiring authors placing themselves and their families at financial risk by becoming over-committed to a book that they had written. Hard work pays off, but working smart has better outcomes.   

Thank You So Much Robert Eggleton For Your Time & Interview.

R. Thank you for the opportunity to tell your readers a little about myself and my debut novel, Rarity from the Hollow.

          Quiénes se están enriqueciendo en Cuba?   
¿Quiénes se están enriqueciendo en Cuba?
Pareciera que, según informes, la Isla comienza a enrumbar hacia un
"camino correcto". Pero nada más lejos de la realidad
Viernes, junio 30, 2017 | Ernesto Pérez Chang

LA HABANA, Cuba.- ¿Quiénes se están enriqueciendo en Cuba? ¿A dónde está
yendo a parar ese dinero? Son dos preguntas a las que no pueden
responder con exactitud ninguna de las estadísticas ofrecidas hasta el
momento, basadas en las noticias y en la observación "in situ" más que
en los datos reales, sobre el crecimiento del llamado "sector

A todas luces existe un auge de los emprendedores cubanos. Incluso ya se
habla en algunos grupos de economistas sobre ganancias anuales que se
acercan a los 1000 millones de dólares tan solo en el sector
gastronómico (paladares, bares, centros nocturnos), así como de cifras
similares para negocios relacionados con la estética corporal (salones
de belleza, barberías, etcétera) más la renta de habitaciones a
extranjeros. La tríada de oro del cuentapropismo.

Pareciera que Cuba comienza a enrumbar hacia un "camino correcto" por
vez primera en su existencia como nación comunista y que esa prosperidad
del individuo, en apariencias independizado de la sociedad restrictiva
donde vive, finalmente habrá de lograr dar al traste con el viejo
sistema e instaurar un nuevo orden político, en resonancia con la

Pero nada más alejado de la realidad. Ninguna de las cifras ofrecidas
por los analistas puede decir nada real, objetivo, bien aterrizado,
sobre lo que sucede ahora, en este momento, y mucho menos sobre lo que
habrá de suceder en los próximos años.

Decir que el sector gastronómico independiente está generando ganancias
anuales considerables y ejemplarizar esa prosperidad con un listado de
sitios cada día en aumento, sin analizar los verdaderos fenómenos que no
solo están ocurriendo alrededor de esa "bonanza" sino que la generan e
impulsan, solo alcanza a distraer la atención sobre lo que está
ocurriendo y que, en corto plazo, puede hacer que toda la estructura se
derrumbe como un castillo de naipes.

¿Quiénes están disfrutando de los beneficios de esos cerca de 2000
millones de dólares anuales que se le calcula tan solo a las,
llamémosles, "tres puntas de lanza" de los emprendedores cubanos?

A muchos conviene responder que son los propios cubanos. Al gobierno de
la isla, por ejemplo, porque, entre otras cosas, eso lo ayuda a reforzar
la imagen de cambio que desea proyectar hacia el exterior; a los
principales protagonistas de ese sector privado incipiente, porque es lo
que se espera de ellos, al menos discursivamente, en algunos ambientes
de las políticas interna y externa donde son observados como un todo y
no como realmente son, es decir, un sector heterogéneo, profundo y muy
pero muy difícil de sondear por las relaciones que guardan con la
economía subterránea, el capital exterior, el tráfico de influencias
dentro del aparato estatal, más un largo etcétera que haría colocar
grandes comillas a las palabras "independiente", "emprendedor" y

Inmediata a las cifras que sirven a algunos analistas para demostrar que
el "movimiento" de los emprendedores cubanos es exitoso, prometedor y
generador de cambios en potencia, debiera pegarse una extensa retahíla
de preguntas y dudas sobre todo que indaguen por quiénes son los dueños
de esos negocios, de dónde provino el capital inicial, de cuánto fue la
cifra y en qué tiempo fue amortizada, a cuánto asciende la ganancia real
y cuánto es la ganancia declarada, qué relaciones guardan los dueños de
estos negocios con el sector estatal y si realmente conviene, tanto a
algunas facciones del gobierno como a la mayoría de aquellos, la
existencia de un mercado desregulado, mayorista e incluso la libre
importación de mercancías, así como el reconocimiento de una
personalidad jurídica y la integración, sin mediación de instituciones
estatales, a mecanismos internacionales de comercio y de ayuda para el

Según me ha confesado el "administrador" de un exitoso centro nocturno
de la Habana Vieja, que pudiera ser ejemplo de otra decena de sitios
similares en la capital, su establecimiento genera diariamente unos 5
mil dólares (hablo de CUC, que al cambio es casi similar al USD).

Incluso en las jornadas más desastrosas (días lluviosos, dificultades
con la oferta o los servicios, baja afluencia de turistas), la ganancia
neta nunca ha sido inferior a los 3 mil dólares.

Sin embargo, este "administrador", que figura como beneficiario de la
licencia otorgada por la Oficina Nacional de Administración Tributaria
(ONAT), apenas recibe unos 500 dólares diarios (una verdadera fortuna en
Cuba) ya que, de los 5 mil que tiene como plan regular, la mitad debe
llegar, todos los días, religiosamente, sin mediación del banco
nacional, a las manos del verdadero dueño del club nocturno, un cubano
residente en los Estados Unidos, quien invirtió unos 150 mil dólares en
la ejecución de este proyecto, así como ha invertido en otras empresas
análogas que existen en la isla.

Del dinero que ha generado el establecimiento del que hablamos, solo ha
quedado en Cuba una mínima parte y, tengamos en cuenta, no toda ha ido a
parar a las arcas del Estado, o al menos no a aquella "parte más
transparente" de tal agujero negro.

Me explica un amigo, exfuncionario de la ONAT y actualmente "tenedor de
libros" por cuenta propia, que la inmensa mayoría de los negocios
particulares que generan grandes ganancias no las declaran. Se llega a
un arreglo entre funcionarios corruptos de las instituciones impositivas
y los "licenciatarios" (imposible hablar de "dueños", debido a que casi
la totalidad son mediadores que desempeñan el papel de propietarios), y
este acuerdo "por la izquierda" se realiza regularmente a través de
intermediarios que casi siempre son los propios "tenedores de libros",
antiguos fiscales de la ONAT o familiarizados con esta, expertos en el
entramado legal y, por tanto, en cómo burlarlo exitosamente.

Mientras el capital fluye hacia el exterior, quizás hasta generando
cambios fuera de Cuba, solo una parte muy mínima de las ganancias se
traduce en beneficio directo para el ciudadano común y, por tanto, jamás
surgirán clases sociales diferentes a las ya establecidas por el grado
de cercanía al poder político.

Apenas unos 2 mil dólares mensuales invierte el administrador del club
nocturno mencionado líneas atrás en el pago a unos trabajadores
entrenados (por vivir tantos años sin derecho a la protesta ni a las
demandas judiciales) en el arte de aguantar callados ante cualquier

Al grueso de los productos que integran el menú gastronómico tampoco
dedica demasiado este gerente emprendedor cubano, puesto que adquiere la
mayoría en el mercado negro (fuertemente conectado a la empresa estatal
socialista), con lo cual nunca se le ha creado la necesidad de la
existencia de un almacén mayorista estatal porque, como él mismo afirma
entre risas, "¿acaso no ha existido siempre?".

El total de las inversiones en los negocios "privados" que actualmente
existen en Cuba ha llegado desde el exterior y, por tanto, no será en la
isla que termine la mayor parte de las ganancias generadas. En
principio, porque el sistema bancario cubano no fue diseñado para
funcionar como tal y, en consecuencia, existe poca confianza en él,
pero, además, porque lo que apreciamos como fenómeno a través de cifras,
en cuando al movimiento de los emprendedores en la isla, es solo la
parte visible de un iceberg que contiene en su masa gigantesca cientos
de anomalías económicas, sociales, políticas donde se ocultan desde
esquemas fraudulentos que afectan a más de una nación y hasta mucho de
aventurerismo del malo, es decir, del que gusta que las cosas se
mantengan tal cual por los siglos de los siglos.

Source: ¿Quiénes se están enriqueciendo en Cuba? CubanetCubanet -
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The successful candidate will have/be

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  • A minimum of 6+ years of experience in IP network Engineering
  • Solid experience in IP backbone network troubleshoot
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The successful candidate will have/be

  • Bachelor degree or above in IT or computer science or relevant
  • More than 5 years PS/CS field work experience
  • Familiar with PS/CS basic knowledge and Huawei or Ericsson product/tools
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          New Research Highlights Strategies to Drive Industry Cluster Growth   

JPMorgan Chase & Co. and the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) released a new report providing actionable insights for city leaders looking to leverage their area’s competitive industries to build stronger urban economies. 

Clusters represent interrelated industries in a specific geography—think of the Automotive cluster in Detroit or the Oil and Gas cluster in Houston. “While more and more cities are thinking about clusters as a key to their economic development plans, city leaders are not always equipped with the strategies to maximize their impact, including targeted growth in inner cities,” said Kim Zeuli, Director of Research and Senior Vice President, ICIC. “Whether your city is beginning to look at cluster strategies, or hoping to spur the growth of targeted clusters, the report offers important takeaways.” 

The report, Building Strong Clusters for Strong Urban Economies, profiles cluster building efforts in four U.S. cities—San Diego, St. Louis, Chicago, and New Orleans—and offers six recommendations for designing high-impact clusters.

The San Diego Regional Innovation Cluster and BioSTL (St. Louis) cases offer important strategies for creating successful cluster initiatives. They are spurring growth in the Advanced Defense Technology and Biosciences clusters, respectively. The Chicago Regional Growth Initiative and ProsperityNOLA (New Orleans) cases point to important lessons for creating sustainable cluster-oriented economic development plans, whether within a metropolitan region or city. 

The report’s insights were informed by cluster theory and practice, and an in-depth analysis of cluster strategies across the U.S. Recommendations include choosing the right cluster(s), identifying appropriate cluster interventions, being flexible about geography, ensuring leadership has relevant industry expertise, establishing strong public-private partnerships, and identifying a sustainable business model.

The new report was announced by JPMorgan Chase and ICIC on Wednesday in St. Louis at an event hosted by BioSTL. The event, the GlobalSTL Health Innovation Summit, represents a key cluster-building activity of BioSTL’s international attraction initiative, bringing together some of St. Louis’ top hospitals, companies, and investors and a delegation of 14 leading digital health companies from Israel and Ireland looking to set up U.S. headquarters in St. Louis. “BioSTL is proud to earn this distinction for helping to orchestrate a successful bioscience cluster built upon St. Louis’ strengths in medical and plant science,” said Donn Rubin, President and CEO of BioSTL. “It didn’t happen overnight. Our deliberate approach over the past 15 years has put in place the people, ideas, capital, and infrastructure to create a vibrant cluster to spur economic growth. To be recognized by JPMorgan Chase and ICIC as the model bioscience cluster for other U.S. cities is a privilege for the St. Louis region.” 

This research was made possible by JPMorgan Chase & Co. through its Small Business Forward initiative, a $75 million, multi-year global effort to connect underserved small businesses to experts and critical resources that help them grow faster, create jobs and strengthen local economies.

The full report can be found online at

About the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City

ICIC is a national, nonprofit research and advisory organization founded in 1994. Its mission is to drive economic prosperity in America’s inner cities through private sector investment that leads to jobs, income and wealth creation for local residents. More information about ICIC is available at


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          Principal Scientist, Senior Principal Scientist, Multiple Vacancy openings in NBRI National Botanical Research Institute   
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          Environmental Scientist, Senior - Hennepin County - Hennepin County, MN   
Environmental site assessments, petroleum release investigations, and cleanup. Knowledge of Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's voluntary investigation and... $52,150 - $82,561 a year
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          Eczema Treatments Natural Eczema Prevention   
Treating Eczema without medication is a matter of changing your daily routine. Become more conscientious about your skin, making it a regular habit to care for it. Doing this will keep your Eczema from getting out of control. Below are a few examples of what you should do to care for you skin. Initially this […]
          El ejemplo para una crianza responsable y sin miedos   

El ejemplo de los padres influye mucho de cómo el niño se relaciona con los demás. Porque nuestros hijos nos van a imitar, no por lo que les digamos que es importante, sino más bien por lo que hacemos. Enseñarles a ser agradecidos, siendo nosotros los primeros, dando las gracias aún por las acciones más simples, los buenos días y las buenas noches, – que el niño lo oiga y lo vea – Y que los padres se respeten entre sí y respeten a los demás, incluyendo a la niñera y otros trabajadores. Porque lo cortés no quita lo valiente. Así, podremos lograr el hombre nuevo en la sociedad nueva a que aspiramos. Con un niño saludable y feliz, seguro de sí mismo, instruido en la escuela y educado en el hogar.

Al niño desde muy pequeño hay que enseñarle a ser selectivo con las personas con las que puede y con las que no debe relacionarse. Enseñarle que puede hablar con las personas que son amigas y conocidas por sus padres, y a no establecer conversación con desconocidos. No es educarle en el miedo, sino, protegerlo de la maldad existente. Hacerle consciente del derecho que tiene a defender su integridad física y emocional. Y, una manera es, enseñarle a no establecer vínculos con extraños si sus padres no están presentes.

El niño debe saber además, que no puede recibir dádivas si está solo y menos de alguien a quien no conoce, y que ningún adulto, tiene por qué pedirle ayuda. Porque eso no es lo normal, lo normal es, que el niño, si está en problemas, sea él quien pida la ayuda del adulto. Repito, esta no es la crianza del miedo, es más bien, la protección responsable del derecho del niño a ser feliz, a no ser vulnerado, y eso, él debe saberlo.

Si los padres inculcamos a nuestros hijos los valores de una formación basada en el ejemplo, una crianza responsable y sin miedos. Amor al trabajo, honestidad, agradecimiento, amor y compasión por las demás personas, por su país y su medio ambiente, estaríamos sentando las bases más solidas para un verdadero desarrollo. Porque cualquier otro “desarrollo “que no tome en cuenta estos valores, no es más que un laborantismo ineficaz para más subdesarrollo.

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          (IT) Software Developer - Highly Skilled   

Location: Englewood Cliffs, NJ   

Job Title: Software Developer - Highly Skilled Qualifications: The CNBC Digital Technology team is seeking a Software Engineer to manage and build software solutions across CNBC's Digital Platform. Software engineer (primarily focusing on Backend development) will be responsible for building and managing software solutions for various projects. This role requires hands-on software development skills, deep technical expertise in web development, especially in developing with core java, spring, hibernate. Software engineer will be required to provide estimates for his tasks, follow technology best practices, participate and adhere to CNBC's Technical Design Review Process, Performance metrics/scalability, support integration and release planning activities in addition to being available for level 3 support to triage production issues. Required Skills " BS degree or higher in Computer Science with a minimum of 5+ years of relevant, broad engineering experience is required. " Experience with various Web-based Technologies, OO Modeling, Middleware, Relational Databases and distributed computing technologies. " Experience in Digital Video workflows (Ingest, Transcode, Publish) " Experience in Content Delivery Networks (CDN) " Experience with Video Content Management Systems " Expertise in cloud transcoding workflows. " Demonstrated experience running projects end-to-end " Possess expert knowledge in Performance, Scalability, Security, Enterprise System Architecture, and Engineering best practices. " Experience working on large scale, high traffic web sites/applications. " Experience working in financial, media domain. Responsibilities: Languages and Software: " Languages : JAVA (Core Java, Multithreading), Object Oriented languages 3Z 4 Web Technologies: XML, JSON, HTML, CSS, OO JavaScript, jQuery, AJAX, SOAP and RESTful web services " Framework : MVC Framework like Spring, JPA, Hibernate, Jaxb " Database : RDBMS like MySQL, Oracle, NO SQL databases " Tools : Git, SVN, Eclipse, Jira
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Location: Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Country: United States of America
Contact: Hiring Manager
Advertiser: First Tek
Reference: NT17-03957

          (IT) Data Architect   

Location: New York, NY   

Software Guidance & Assistance, Inc., (SGA), is searching for an Data Architect for a right to hire assignment with one of our premier financial clients in New York, NY. Responsibilities : We are looking for an experienced Technologist/Data Architect is responsible for ensuring that the data assets of an organization are supported by a data architecture that aids the organization in achieving its strategic goals. The data architecture should cover defining technical architectures and subject domain based design for operational/transactional data as well as analytic data in both Rational and NoSQL/Big Data technology environments. Besides the data modeling tasks, the data architect is also expected to contribute to the data processing tasks for data mapping, data conditioning, ETL/ELT, data delivery through java, python as well as metadata management system. Analyze functional and non-functional business requirements and translate into technical data requirements and create or update existing logical and physical data models. Create data models (logical) and DB designs (physical), that depict the business areas and systems. Design and develop a data processing techniques in Cassandra and Hadoop environments Design and implement solutions for data re-conciliation, data delivery as well as data forensics. Implement data technology solutions in the area of master data, metadata, and reference data Design and implement data analytics solution using analytics tools like dash boarding, reporting. Required Skills : BS in Computer Science or in related fields, higher degree preferred. 5+ year working experience in data modeling methodology and process using Erwin Data collection, curation, preparation and transformation Data warehousing, reporting and business intelligence, such as dash boarding Clear verbal and written communication; demonstrated ability to collaborate with peers from a variety of disciplines Working knowledge with RDBMS (DB2) as well as Cassandra and Hadoop Implementation skills such as in Java, Python, and Scripting Preferred Skills : Breadth and depth of skill to build and deliver scalable data and reporting solutions for Deep knowledge and experience with the Cassandra, related software tools, and performance optimization An obsession with delivering an exceptional customer experience and site resiliency Desire, initiative and resourcefulness to learn new tools, frameworks, languages SGA is a Certified Women's Business Enterprise (WBE) celebrating over thirty years of service to our national client base for both permanent placement and consulting opportunities. For consulting positions, we offer a variety of benefit options including but not limited to health & dental insurance, paid vacation, timely payment via direct deposit. Only those authorized to work for government entities will be considered for government roles. SGA is an EEO employer. We encourage Veterans to apply.
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Location: New York, NY
Country: United States of America
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Advertiser: Software Guidance & Assistance
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          (IT) Commodities VB.NET C# Developer - Investment Bank   

Rate: Up to £560 per Day   Location: London   

Commodities VB.NET C# Developer - Investment Bank Development experience is in VB.NET C#/ideally with SQL server Java/Oracle good to have, but looking for a developer who doesn't mind mixing within C#, Java, SQL. Jack of all trades! Business knowledge in Finance would be good, and Commodities Derivatives knowledge highly desirable.VB.NET/C# essential Java a very nice to have, and the willingness to be prepared to mix things up a bit on the development side.University degree in any quantitative discipline (math, computer science, engineering).To develop and support a Legacy platform project will last 18 24 months. The successful candidate will join the Commodities Derivatives development team, working within the Energy Trading development and support sub-team. Team provides liquidity and market-making services across commodity markets to a large and diversified base of clients worldwide. Products include Base and Precious Metals, Oil, European and North American Power and Natural Gas, Coal, Emissions and Agricultural Commodities. The business works in close partnership with CIT in order to scale up system architecture, advance trading functionality, integrate new business areas, implement new models and improve post-trade processes. Candidate must also be, oganised and delivery-focused, with attention to detail Articulate in their verbal and written communication with all types of project stakeholders: colleagues, users, management, etc. Be accountable, ie taking full ownership of their allocated tasks Adlam Consulting operates as an Employment Agency & an Employment Business
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Location: London
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          Birds, bees, & butterflies : bringing nature into your yard & garden by Hajeski, Nancy J., 1951- author.   
"Generously illustrated and full of practical information, this approachable reference covers the wide world of birds, butterflies, and pollinating insects, including honeybees, and how to bring them into a yard and garden. For the new homeowner choosing shrubs and flowers for landscaping or the retired couple with bird feeders out the picture window, this thorough text combines tips and advice with solid science. Rich, colorful photographs illustrate every page. What types of bird feed attract
          Weird Science DC Comics Spotlight: Action Comics #982   

Jim and Eric get together to talk about Action Comics #982…It’s the beginning of the Super League vs the Superman Revenge Squad.  Enjoy!   Support us on Patreon and get more and more shows! Go HERE to give us your cash!     Keywords: Comics, Comic Books, Comic Book Podcast, Comics Podcast, Batman, Superman, DC Comics, Wonder […]

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          16 Books | helpBIOTECH's CSIR JRF/NET Life Sciences Study Materials DECEMBER 2017   

          IITK Molecular Cell Biology Project Scientist Openings    

          The enormous egg by Butterworth, Oliver.   
When Nate Twitchell discovers that one of his family's hens has laid the biggest egg he has ever seen, he is determined to see it hatch. And when it does, neither he nor his parents, the townspeople, the scientists, or the politicians from Washington are prepared for what comes out!
          Take a tour of this SWEET exhibit at the museum in Sugar Land   
Sweet: A Tasty Journey is everything is sugar-filled exhibit that you can find at the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land.
          Il Giappone pensa a una missione umana sulla Luna per il 2030   

Lo ha annunciato negli scorso giorni la Jaxa, l'agenzia spaziale giapponese. In questo modo il paese si unisce a un'altra potenza asiatica, la Cina, anch'essa intenzionata a far atterrare i propri astronauti sulla Luna nei prossimi decenni. Chi arriverà prima all'obbiettivo?

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          Charlie Gard, che cos’è la sindrome da deplezione del dna mitocondriale   

Oggi i medici dell'ospedale Great Ormond Street Hospital lasceranno morire Charlie, il bimbo di 10 mesi affetto da una sindrome da deplezione del dna mitocondriale

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          Il caffè decaffeinato è una minaccia per l’ozono   

Una ricerca inglese ha scoperto che le alte concentrazioni nell'atmosfera di diclorometano, una sostanza chimica comunemente usata nell'industria alimentare, potrebbero ritardare fino a un massimo di 30 anni il recupero del buco di ozono

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          Pathology Courier   
NSW-Darlinghurst, SydPath is a fully accredited NATA/RCPA/TGA registered laboratory offering a wide range of pathology services. As a teaching hospital laboratory located within the St Vincent’s Hospital Campus, SydPath offers a market-leading range of onsite testing and expert consultative support. Extensive experience at the forefront of diagnostic pathology and ongoing commitment to research and scientific devel
          Child & Youth Counsellor Mental Health - Vancouver Island Health Authority - Vancouver Island, BC   
Valid Class 5 BC Driver's License. Basic First Aid certification with CPR. Bachelors Degree in a Social Science relevant to Child/Youth mental health, plus two ... $28.93 - $36.06 an hour
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           - It's all in the Eyes -    

Professional therapists and neuro specialists have known for some time the link between the two. However, it is the adaption of this science to therapies that is showing positive results in patients and attracting industry excitement. Andrea says therapists can benefit from introducing these therapies into their practice.  According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, nearly three million Australians live with depression and/or anxiety, which affects their well-being, personal relat...

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          University of Maryland School of Medicine Scientist Receives Top Award for His Work on the Relationship Between Potassium and Blood Pressure   
Paul Welling, MD, a professor of physiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM), has been named the 2017 Carl W. Gottschalk Distinguished Lecturer of the American Physiological Society. The award recognizes a distinguished scientist who has made major contributions to understanding physiological processes through innovative research.
          Las fuerzas y cuerpos de seguridad se incautaron en 2016 de artículos valorados en más de 21 millones de euros por delitos que vulneraban derechos de propiedad intelectual   

Viernes, 30 de junio de 2017 - En España

La cifra total de los objetos incautados asciende a más de 90.000 unidades, siendo el sector de la informática/electrónica/software el más afectado con el 65,63% del total de efectos intervenidos. Madrid, Andalucía, Comunidad Valenciana, Cataluña e Illes Balears son las comunidades autónomas en las que se han producido el mayor número de intervenciones policiales.

          Author Shares Connections Between Religion And Science   

“Experiencing Bible Science” is a lab book written by Louise Barrett Derr. It is a lab book for experiencing the science and culture found in Scripture, thus enriching both Bible and science study. It helps the readers identify the similarities of both entities. The book has activities designed for independent learning or small groups. The activities in the book are very appropriate to those who just started their teens. The measurements used in the activities found in the book are in US...

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Winner of Grand Prix Award at 2014 Life Sciences Film Festival. A documentary on the latest research on the origins of the microbiome; how microscopic events during childbirth have lifelong consequences for the health of our children.
          ESBPCS for VCL v6.9.1 - Delphi 10 Seattle/C++ Builder 10 Seattle   
ESBPCS for VCL is a collection of over 6000 routines/methods and over 235 classes/components in over 140 units for Delphi 7, 2005/Win32, 2006/Win32, 2007, 2009, 2010, XE, XE2, XE3, XE4, XE5, XE6, XE7, XE8, 10 Seattle, 10.1 Berlin, 10.2 Tokyo and C++ Builder 2006, 2007, 2009,2010, XE, XE2, XE3, XE4, XE5, XE6, XE7, XE8, 10 Seattle, 10.1 Berlin, 10.2 Tokyo which are aimed at making &quot;data entry and manipulation easier&quot; for Developers and their Customers. ESBPCS is also available in several subsets: ESBPCS-Calcs, ESBPCS-Dates, ESBPCS-Stats, ESBPCS-Lite as well as the Full version. All versions include source upon registration.Components included cover Integer Edits, Float Edits, Hex Edits, IP Address Edits, Percentage Edits, Date Edits, Time Edits, Date/Time Edits, Month Edits, Time Edits, Complex Edits, Fraction Edits, Currency Edits, Calculator Edits, Calendar Edits, Button Edits, Degree/Minute/Second Edits, Comboboxes, Month Comboboxes, Day of Week Comboboxes, Time Zone Comboboxes, Country Comboboxes, Duration Comboboxes, SpinEdits, Month SpinEdit, DOW SpinEdits, Duration SpinEdits, Currency SpinEdits, Vector Edits, Matrix Edits, Button Edits, Calculators (Scientific and Programmer's), Calendars, Statistical Analysis, Labels, URL Labels, Math Labels, CheckBoxes, RadioGroups, CheckGroups, Memos, RichEdits and much more. Routines included cover Mathematics, Probability, Statistics, Complex Numbers, Fractions, Physics, Geometry, Astronomy, Longitude/Latitude, Unit Conversions, Strings, File IO, Registry, Financials, Country Lists, Holidays, Time Zones, Dates and Times, and much more.Recently added: Jewish Holidays (Hanukkah, Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashanah), National Holidays Includes full source to all components and routines.
          ESBPCS for VCL v6.9.1 - Delphi 10.1 Berlin   
ESBPCS for VCL is a collection of over 6000 routines/methods and over 235 classes/components in over 140 units for Delphi 7, 2005/Win32, 2006/Win32, 2007, 2009, 2010, XE, XE2, XE3, XE4, XE5, XE6, XE7, XE8, 10 Seattle, 10.1 Berlin, 10.2 Tokyo and C++ Builder 2006, 2007, 2009,2010, XE, XE2, XE3, XE4, XE5, XE6, XE7, XE8, 10 Seattle, 10.1 Berlin, 10.2 Tokyo which are aimed at making &quot;data entry and manipulation easier&quot; for Developers and their Customers. ESBPCS is also available in several subsets: ESBPCS-Calcs, ESBPCS-Dates, ESBPCS-Stats, ESBPCS-Lite as well as the Full version. All versions include source upon registration.Components included cover Integer Edits, Float Edits, Hex Edits, IP Address Edits, Percentage Edits, Date Edits, Time Edits, Date/Time Edits, Month Edits, Time Edits, Complex Edits, Fraction Edits, Currency Edits, Calculator Edits, Calendar Edits, Button Edits, Degree/Minute/Second Edits, Comboboxes, Month Comboboxes, Day of Week Comboboxes, Time Zone Comboboxes, Country Comboboxes, Duration Comboboxes, SpinEdits, Month SpinEdit, DOW SpinEdits, Duration SpinEdits, Currency SpinEdits, Vector Edits, Matrix Edits, Button Edits, Calculators (Scientific and Programmer's), Calendars, Statistical Analysis, Labels, URL Labels, Math Labels, CheckBoxes, RadioGroups, CheckGroups, Memos, RichEdits and much more. Routines included cover Mathematics, Probability, Statistics, Complex Numbers, Fractions, Physics, Geometry, Astronomy, Longitude/Latitude, Unit Conversions, Strings, File IO, Registry, Financials, Country Lists, Holidays, Time Zones, Dates and Times, and much more.Recently added: Jewish Holidays (Hanukkah, Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashanah), National Holidays Includes full source to all components and routines.
          ESBPCS for VCL v6.9.1 - Delphi 10.2 Tokyo   
ESBPCS for VCL is a collection of over 6000 routines/methods and over 235 classes/components in over 140 units for Delphi 7, 2005/Win32, 2006/Win32, 2007, 2009, 2010, XE, XE2, XE3, XE4, XE5, XE6, XE7, XE8, 10 Seattle, 10.1 Berlin, 10.2 Tokyo and C++ Builder 2006, 2007, 2009,2010, XE, XE2, XE3, XE4, XE5, XE6, XE7, XE8, 10 Seattle, 10.1 Berlin, 10.2 Tokyo which are aimed at making &quot;data entry and manipulation easier&quot; for Developers and their Customers. ESBPCS is also available in several subsets: ESBPCS-Calcs, ESBPCS-Dates, ESBPCS-Stats, ESBPCS-Lite as well as the Full version. All versions include source upon registration.Components included cover Integer Edits, Float Edits, Hex Edits, IP Address Edits, Percentage Edits, Date Edits, Time Edits, Date/Time Edits, Month Edits, Time Edits, Complex Edits, Fraction Edits, Currency Edits, Calculator Edits, Calendar Edits, Button Edits, Degree/Minute/Second Edits, Comboboxes, Month Comboboxes, Day of Week Comboboxes, Time Zone Comboboxes, Country Comboboxes, Duration Comboboxes, SpinEdits, Month SpinEdit, DOW SpinEdits, Duration SpinEdits, Currency SpinEdits, Vector Edits, Matrix Edits, Button Edits, Calculators (Scientific and Programmer's), Calendars, Statistical Analysis, Labels, URL Labels, Math Labels, CheckBoxes, RadioGroups, CheckGroups, Memos, RichEdits and much more. Routines included cover Mathematics, Probability, Statistics, Complex Numbers, Fractions, Physics, Geometry, Astronomy, Longitude/Latitude, Unit Conversions, Strings, File IO, Registry, Financials, Country Lists, Holidays, Time Zones, Dates and Times, and much more.Recently added: Jewish Holidays (Hanukkah, Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashanah), National Holidays Includes full source to all components and routines.
          ESBPCS for VCL v6.9.1   
ESBPCS for VCL is a collection of over 6000 routines/methods and over 235 classes/components in over 140 units for Delphi 7, 2005/Win32, 2006/Win32, 2007, 2009, 2010, XE, XE2, XE3, XE4, XE5, XE6, XE7, XE8, 10 Seattle, 10.1 Berlin, 10.2 Tokyo and C++ Builder 2006, 2007, 2009,2010, XE, XE2, XE3, XE4, XE5, XE6, XE7, XE8, 10 Seattle, 10.1 Berlin, 10.2 Tokyo which are aimed at making &quot;data entry and manipulation easier&quot; for Developers and their Customers. ESBPCS is also available in several subsets: ESBPCS-Calcs, ESBPCS-Dates, ESBPCS-Stats, ESBPCS-Lite as well as the Full version. All versions include source upon registration.Components included cover Integer Edits, Float Edits, Hex Edits, IP Address Edits, Percentage Edits, Date Edits, Time Edits, Date/Time Edits, Month Edits, Time Edits, Complex Edits, Fraction Edits, Currency Edits, Calculator Edits, Calendar Edits, Button Edits, Degree/Minute/Second Edits, Comboboxes, Month Comboboxes, Day of Week Comboboxes, Time Zone Comboboxes, Country Comboboxes, Duration Comboboxes, SpinEdits, Month SpinEdit, DOW SpinEdits, Duration SpinEdits, Currency SpinEdits, Vector Edits, Matrix Edits, Button Edits, Calculators (Scientific and Programmer's), Calendars, Statistical Analysis, Labels, URL Labels, Math Labels, CheckBoxes, RadioGroups, CheckGroups, Memos, RichEdits and much more. Routines included cover Mathematics, Probability, Statistics, Complex Numbers, Fractions, Physics, Geometry, Astronomy, Longitude/Latitude, Unit Conversions, Strings, File IO, Registry, Financials, Country Lists, Holidays, Time Zones, Dates and Times, and much more.Recently added: Jewish Holidays (Hanukkah, Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashanah), National Holidays Includes full source to all components and routines.
          07/17/2017 - Sapce Week at ISEC   
Space Week is a five day space science program for children ages 10-15 about The Earth, The Solar System, The Galaxy, The Universe, Rocketry, and Outer Space Observation. Each day is divided into two 3 hour sessions of fun filled model making, rocket launching, demonstrations and games. On the final day of Space Week everyone will have a video of themselves sending a signal to the moon with their voice and hearing their own voice bounce off the moon and return to earth. We expect to have speakers from NASA and Princeton University. Activities are indoors and outdoors and include a visit to the InfoAge Radio Museum, The Original Marconi Tower and a trip to see Mobile Radar Units. Learn about the history of the Space Program and the exciting events that took place right here at the Diana Site in Wall Township that launched the Space Program. Use the 18 meter Radio Telescope Dish to send your voice to the moon and hear it bounce back in 2.5 seconds! Registration is limited, Register Now to save your place!
          Silicon Valley's Influence on Public Education | Truth in American Education   
Silicon Valley's Influence on Public Education | Truth in American Education:

Silicon Valley's Influence on Public Education 

The New York Times published an interesting article about how Silicon Valley companies have pushed coding into public schools.
Natasha Singer writes:
At a White House gathering of tech titans last week, Timothy D. Cook, the chief executive of Apple, delivered a blunt message to President Trump on how public schools could better serve the nation’s needs. To help solve a “huge deficit in the skills that we need today,” Mr. Cook said, the government should do its part to make sure students learn computer programming.
“Coding,” Mr. Cook told the president, “should be a requirement in every public school.”
The Apple chief’s education mandate was just the latest tech company push for coding courses in schools. But even without Mr. Trump’s support, Silicon Valley is already advancing that agenda — thanks largely to the marketing prowess of, an industry-backed nonprofit group.
This push coincides with corporations’ interest in public education and a shift to a focus onSilicon Valley's Influence on Public Education | Truth in American Education: 

          Cat learns how to knead from video   
When cats massage an object or a human by pushing their paws alternately, I call it “making biscuits”. Others call it kneading.  Why do they do it? Nobody knows for sure, but LiveScience has a number of explanations (I favor the first two, as the behavior, seen in nursing kittens, appears very early and seems […]
          Comment on Good news, everyone! Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow is now available on Android by Didacts   
lmfao what the hell? what's wrong with Tyson and Nye? And what's with the name calling for Takei? Why do you have something against TV personality Scientists
          5 Tips for a Sustainable, Eco-Friendly Fourth of July   
It's always more fun when the Earth is happy, too.

With summer in full swing and the Fourth of July around the corner, everyone can benefit from a few tips on how to reduce the environmental footprint of their summer celebrations. Here are five tips to be more environmentally friendly for the Fourth of July (and all summer activities we take part in) and how we stay cool (as well as some motivating statistics to illustrate why its important to do so):

1. Take a stroll/hop on a bike

The average passenger vehicle emits 423 grams per mile, averaging about 5.1 metric tons a year so every bit counts when trying to reduce the miles we drive. Exhaust from cars also contributes to city’s heat island effect so can make the city feel even hotter. Instead of giving into our dependence on cars and fossil fuels, walk or bike to that Fourth of July BBQ you plan on attending, or carpool with a friend if it’s a longer trip. Getting a little sunshine, exercise, and reducing your carbon footprint is a win-win-win.

2. Pick up after yourself

Litter has environmental and economic impacts as well as threatens wildlife. Although not all litter is plastic, 90 percent of marine litter is with 10 million to 20 million tons of plastic entering the ocean every year. And this litter is coming from us: the top 10 items found on beach clean up day include food wrappers, beverage containers, and plastic bags. As you are out camping, having picnics, enjoying rivers and beaches don’t forget to leave with everything you came with. Let’s keep those beautiful places beautiful for generations to come!

3. Be conscious of your A/C use

In the U.S., about 100 million tons of carbon dioxide are emitted each year due to air conditioning use — an average of about two tons for each home with an A/C. If you plan on having guests over to enjoy Fourth of July festivities and plan on being inside, make sure the A/C is operating efficiently and minimize energy consumption. Clean out your air filters, cool only the rooms that you are using, and advise guests to keep doors and windows closed. Make sure all vents are open; closed vents mean that the system will work harder to maintain a constant temperature.

4. Replace the plastic

The U.S. generated almost 7 million tons of plastics as non-durable goods, such as plates and cups in 2012. Only 9 percent of the 14 million tons of total plastic waste was recycled (and we already mentioned where a high percentage went). It is easy to just grab a plastic water bottle on the go, but it is so much more fulfilling to fill up a reusable one. If you’re having guests over for the long weekend, try to use reusable silverware, cups, and plates which are the more environmentally friendly choice for your Fourth of July BBQ, and perhaps ask some close friends to help with dish-washing after.

5. Don’t forget the veggies

Livestock accounts for 14.5 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions with cattle-raising alone contributing 65 percent of the livestock sector’s GHGs. Our meat addiction also has environmental and social effects across borders as tropical forests continue to be cleared to meet increasing demands. Of course we love BBQs, but it’s no secret that eating vegetables is better for the environment. Show salads and summer veggies some love as well this Fourth of July!

Keep these tips in mind when you are out-and-about enjoying your summer in order to minimize the impact your Fourth of July activities have on the environment.

Do you have any tips for a more sustainable, eco-friendly Fourth of July? Share them in the comments.


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          Have the 'Food Evolution' Filmmakers Mistreated Moms?   
The documentary negatively portrays the entire organic food movement.

The trailer of the new documentary "Food Evolution," which negatively portrays both me and the organic food movement, fails to acknowledge the reality of American mothers. Our families are sick and struggling. And yet, when we remove GMOs and related toxins from our diet, we get better. The trailer implies that the movie will focus on the so-called noble promises of GMOs, yet fails to present reality in a noble manner.

In the last paragraph of the description of the film on its website, filmmakers Trace Sheehan and Scott Kennedy say, "And as we take in the scientific process at work, let's do our best to put aside bias so we can have more productive conversations and make the most informed decisions we can."  

Yet, in the trailer—before the movie is even out—they take my words out of context, misrepresenting what I say with heavy editing and belittling the experiences of thousands of American families. That doesn't look like putting bias aside; it looks like an advertisement for GMOs.

In fact, Scott Kennedy’s crew misrepresented their intentions in order to interview food movement proponents Jeffrey Smith, Vani Hari and myself. Claiming that the film would be a balanced representation of both sides of the food movement was misleading and ignoble.

Vani Hari told me she did not grant permission for her image to be used in the film, yet it was used anyway. Jeffrey Smith and I granted permission for one interview with first right of refusal. The filmmakers failed to honor that agreement and never showed us the first cut. Marion Nestle and I have asked for our interviews to be removed from the film, with no response.

A few months after the interview with Jeffrey Smith and Vani Hari, I was surrounded by GMO proponents Kavin Senapathy and Karl Haro Von Mogel at the March Against Monsanto in Chicago. They shouted at me in order to try to antagonize me into appearing like a hysterical activist. I told them they did not have my permission to use my image, but they did anyway. The filmmakers are more interested in appeasing the chemical companies that sell GMOs and pesticides than of accurately portraying concerned Americans.

In the film they edited my interview in order to make it look like I said, “I trust social media more than scientists.” What I actually said was that I trust the mothers who are seeing their children get sick after consuming GMOs and related toxins and are courageously sharing their new reality on social media, more than the scientists who are conducting isolated experiments funded by Big Ag.

I said that when I see my child get sick after consuming GMOs and toxins, and then see him get better when he eats organic foods, I don’t need another scientific study to tell me we should avoid GMOs and toxins. Thousands of moms agree with me and they are sharing their experiences as well. I trust the moms who are sharing their truth. Apparently Scott Kennedy does not.

This film is not only blatantly pro-GMO, it is patronizing. The filmmakers are trying to make the issue look like it’s an issue of emotional moms vs. science. The fact is, GMO proponents are nervous because we have the truth and we have sound science to back us up. The filmmakers would not be trying to invalidate us if we did not have something valid to say.

The film attempts to discredit the organic food movement by belittling the power of social media, but the world knows that social media is now the dominant way to reach people with a message. (Just ask President Trump.) Social media is filled with honest stories of sick children, desperate families and skyrocketing medical costs. Unfortunately, pro-GMO proponents are pushing cherry-picked scientific data from short-term studies, while failing to disclose their funding.  

Their perspectives are limited by their lack of real-world experience and their motivations are questionable. It’s no coincidence that the point the film is trying to make aligns with huge profits for chemical companies.

In the New York Times review of the film, the reviewer writes that while it's true there is an increased use of pesticides with GMOs, "those pesticides are far less toxic."  

What degree of food toxicity is acceptable for you to give to your children? Maybe science doesn't know the answer to that question, but mothers do.


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          4 Hidden Dangers of Pork   
Pork is the most commonly consumed meat in the world, but may also be one of the most dangerous.

Among foods that inspire a cult-like following, pork often leads the pack, as evidenced by the 65% of Americans eager to name bacon the country’s national food.

Unfortunately, that popularity comes at a cost. Along with being the most commonly consumed meat in the world, pork may also be one of the most dangerous, carrying some important and under-discussed risks that any consumer should be aware of (1).

1. Hepatitis E

Thanks to the revival of nose-to-tail eating, offal has redeemed itself among health enthusiasts, especially liver, which is prized for its vitamin A content and massive mineral lineup.

But when it comes to pork, liver might be risky business.

In developed nations, pork liver is the top food-based transmitter of hepatitis E, a virus that infects 20 million people each year and can lead to acute illness (fever, fatigue, jaundice, vomiting, joint pain and stomach pain), enlarged liver and sometimes liver failure and death (23).

Most hepatitis E cases are stealthily symptom-free, but pregnant women can experience violent reactions to the virus, including fulminant hepatitis (rapid-onset liver failure) and a high risk of both maternal and fetal mortality (4). In fact, mothers who get infected during their third trimester face a death rate of up to 25% (5).

In rare cases, hepatitis E infection can lead to myocarditis (an inflammatory heart disease), acute pancreatitis (painful inflammation of the pancreas), neurological problems (including Guillain-Barré syndrome and neuralgic amyotrophy), blood disorders and musculoskeletal problems, such as elevated creatine phosphokinase, indicating muscle damage, and multi-joint pain (in the form of polyarthralgia) (678).

People with compromised immune systems, including organ transplant recipients on immunosuppressive therapy and people with HIV, are more likely to suffer from these severe hepatitis E complications (9).

So, just how alarming are pork’s contamination stats? In America, about 1 out of every 10 store-bought pig livers tests positive for hepatitis E, which is slightly higher than the 1 in 15 rate in the Netherlands and 1 in 20 rate in the Czech Republic (1011). One study in Germany found that about 1 in 5 pork sausages were contaminated (12).

France’s traditional figatellu, a pig liver sausage that’s often consumed raw, is a confirmed hepatitis E carrier (13). In fact, in regions of France where raw or rare pork is a common delicacy, over half the local population shows evidence of hepatitis E infection (14).

Japan, too, is facing rising hepatitis E concerns as pork gains popularity (15). And in the UK? Hepatitis E shows up in pork sausages, in pork liver and at pork slaughterhouses, indicating the potential for widespread exposure among pork consumers (16).

It might be tempting to blame the hepatitis E epidemic on commercial farming practices, but in the case of the pig, wilder doesn’t mean safer. Hunted boars, too, are frequent hepatitis E carriers, capable of passing on the virus to game-eating humans (1718).

Apart from total pork abstinence, the best way to slash hepatitis E risk is in the kitchen. This stubborn virus can survive the temperatures of rare-cooked meat, making high heat the best weapon against infection (19). For virus deactivation, cooking pork products for at least 20 minutes to an internal temperature of 71°C (160°F) seems to do the trick (20).

However, fat can protect hepatitis viruses from heat destruction, so fattier cuts of pork might need extra time or toastier temperatures (21).

Summary: Pork products, particularly liver, frequently carry hepatitis E, which can cause severe complications and even death in vulnerable populations. Thorough cooking is necessary to deactivate the virus.

2. Multiple Sclerosis

One of the most surprising risks associated with pork — one that’s received remarkably little airtime — is multiple sclerosis (MS), a devastating autoimmune condition involving the central nervous system.

The robust link between pork and MS has been known at least since the 1980s, when researchers analyzed the relationship between per capita pork consumption and MS across dozens of countries (22).

While pork-averse nations like Israel and India were nearly spared from MS’s degenerative grips, more liberal consumers, such as West Germany and Denmark, faced sky-high rates.

In fact, when all countries were considered, pork intake and MS showed a whopping correlation of 0.87 (p<0.001), which is much higher and more significant than the relationship between MS and fat intake (0.63, p<0.01), MS and total meat intake (0.61, p<0.01) and MS and beef consumption (no significant relationship).

For perspective, a similar study of diabetes and per capita sugar intake found a correlation of just under 0.60 (p<0.001) when analyzing 165 countries (23).

As with all epidemiological findings, the correlation between pork consumption and MS can’t prove that one causes the other (or even that, within MS-stricken countries, the most enthusiastic pork consumers were the most diseased). But as it turns out, the evidence vault goes much deeper.

Earlier, a study of inhabitants of the Orkney and Shetland Islands of Scotland, a region teeming with unusual delicacies, including seabird eggs, raw milk and undercooked meat, found only one dietary association with MS — consumption of “potted head,” a dish made from boiled pig’s brain (24).

Among Shetland residents, a significantly higher proportion of MS patients had consumed potted head in their youth, compared to healthy, age and sex-matched controls (25).

This is particularly relevant because — per other research — MS that strikes in adulthood might stem from environmental exposures during adolescence (26).

The potential for pig brain to trigger nerve-related autoimmunity isn’t just an observational hunch, either. Between 2007 and 2009, a cluster of 24 pork plant workers mysteriously fell ill with progressive inflammatory neuropathy, which is characterized by MS-like symptoms such as fatigue, numbness, tingling and pain (2728).

The source of the outbreak? So-called “pig brain mist” — tiny particles of brain tissue blasted into the air during carcass processing (29).

When workers inhaled these tissue particles, their immune systems, per standard protocol, formed antibodies against the foreign porcine antigens.

But those antigens happened to bear an uncanny resemblance to certain neural proteins in humans. And the result was a biological calamity: confused about who to fight, the workers’ immune systems launched a guns-blazing attack on their own nerve tissue (3031).

Although the resulting autoimmunity wasn’t identical to multiple sclerosis, that same process of molecular mimicry, where foreign antigens and self-antigens are similar enough to trigger an autoimmune response, has been implicated in the pathogenesis of MS (3233).

Of course, unlike pig brain mist, hot dogs and ham aren’t literally inhaled (teenage boys notwithstanding). Could pork still transmit problematic substances through ingestion?

The answer is a speculative yes. For one, certain bacteria, particularly Acinetobacter, are involved in molecular mimicry with myelin, the nerve-sheathing substance that becomes damaged in MS (3435).

Although the role of pigs as Acinetobacter carriers hasn’t been exhaustively studied, the bacteria has been found in pig feces, on pig farms and in bacon, pork salami and ham, where it serves as a spoilage organism (36373839). If pork acts as a vehicle for Acinetobacter transmission (or in any way increases the risk of human infection), a link with MS would make sense.

Two, pigs may be silent and under-studied carriers of prions, misfolded proteins that drive neurodegenerative disorders like Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (the human version of mad cow) and Kuru (found among cannibal societies) (40).

Some researchers suggest MS itself could be a prion disease, one that targets oligodendrocytes, the cells that produce myelin (41). And since prions — and their associated diseases— are transmitted by consuming infected nerve tissue, it’s possible that prion-harboring pork products could be one link in the MS chain (42).

Summary: A causative role of pork in MS is far from a closed case, but the unusually strong epidemiological patterns, biological plausibility and documented experiences make further research imperative.

3. Liver Cancer and Cirrhosis

Liver problems tend to trail closely on the heels of some predictable risk factors, namely hepatitis B and C infection, exposure to aflatoxin (a carcinogen produced by mold) and excessive alcohol intake (434445).

But buried in the scientific literature is another potential scourge of liver health — pork.

For decades, pork consumption has faithfully echoed liver cancer and cirrhosis rates around the world. In multi-country analyses, the correlation between pork and cirrhosis mortality clocked in at 0.40 (p<0.05) using 1965 data, 0.89 (p<0.01) using mid-1970s data, 0.68 (p=0.003) using 1996 data and 0.83 (p=0.000) using 2003 data (4647).

In those same analyses, among the 10 Canadian provinces, pork bore a correlation of 0.60 (p<0.01) with death from liver cirrhosis, while alcohol, perhaps due to an overall low intake, showed no significant link.

And in statistical models incorporating known perils for the liver (alcohol consumption, hepatitis B infection and hepatitis C infection), pork remained independently associated with liver disease, suggesting the association isn’t just due to pork piggybacking, as the case may be, on a different causative agent (48).

Beef, by contrast, remained liver-neutral or protective in these studies.

Liver cancer, too, tends to follow in the hoof steps of the pig. A 1985 analysis showed that pork intake correlated with hepatocellular carcinoma deaths as strongly as alcohol did (0.40, p<0.05 for both) (49). (Considering liver cirrhosis is often a prelude to cancer, this connection shouldn’t be surprising (50).)

So, what’s behind these eerie associations?

At first glance, the most likely explanations don’t pan out. Although pork-transmitted hepatitis E can lead to liver cirrhosis, this happens almost exclusively in immunosuppressed people, a subset of the population that’s too small to account for the global correlation (51).

Relative to other meat, pork tends to be high in omega-6 fatty acids, including linoleic acid and arachidonic acid, which may play a role in liver disease (525354). But vegetable oils, whose polyunsaturated fatty acid content blows pork out of the water, don’t dance the same liver disease tango that pork does, calling into question whether fat is really to blame (5556).

Heterocyclic amines, a class of carcinogens formed by cooking meat (including pork) at high temperatures, contribute to liver cancer in a variety of animals (57). But these compounds are also readily formed in beef, according to the same studies that indicated pork has no positive relationship with liver disease (5859).

With all that in mind, it’d be easy to dismiss the pork-liver disease link as an epidemiological fluke. However, some plausible mechanisms do exist.

The most likely contender involves nitrosamines, which are carcinogenic compounds created when nitrites and nitrates react with certain amines (from protein), particularly in high heat (60). These compounds have been linked to damage and cancer in a variety of organs, including the liver (61).

One of the biggest dietary sources of nitrosamines is processed pork, which, along with being a frequent visitor to the frying pan, typically contains nitrites and nitrates as curing agents. (Vegetables are also rich in naturally occurring nitrates, but their antioxidant content and dearth of protein help thwart the process of N-nitrosation, preventing them from becoming cancer-causing agents (62).)

Significant levels of nitrosamines have been found in pork liver pâté, bacon, sausage, ham and other cured meats (636465). The fatty portion of pork products, in particular, tends to accumulate much higher levels of nitrosamines than the lean bits, making bacon a particularly abundant source (66).

The presence of fat can also turn vitamin C into a nitrosamine promoter instead of a nitrosamine inhibitor, so pairing pork with veggies might not confer much protection (67).

Although much of the nitrosamine-liver cancer research has focused on rodents, where certain nitrosamines produce liver injury with remarkable ease, the effect appears in humans as well (6869). In fact, some researchers suggest humans may be even more sensitive to nitrosamines than mice and rats (70).

In Thailand, for instance, nitrosamines have been strongly linked to liver cancer in areas where other risk factors are low (71). A 2010 analysis of the NIH-AARP cohort found red meat (including pork), processed meat (including processed pork), nitrates and nitrites to be positively associated with chronic liver disease. Rubber workers, occupationally exposed to nitrosamines, have faced extremely high rates of non-alcohol-related liver disease and cancer (72).

Do nitrosamines prove a chain of causation between pork, liver-harming compounds and liver disease? The evidence is currently too patchy to make that claim, but the risk is plausible enough to justify limiting nitrosamine-containing (or nitrosamine-producing) pork products, including bacon, ham, hot dogs and sausages made with sodium nitrite or potassium nitrate.

Summary: Strong epidemiological links exist between pork consumption and liver disease. If these links reflect cause and effect, one culprit might be N-nitroso compounds, which are found abundantly in processed pork products cooked at high temperatures.

4. Yersinia

For years, pork’s precautionary motto was “well-done or bust,” a consequence of fears about trichinosis, a type of roundworm infection that ravaged pork consumers throughout much of the 20th century (73).

Thanks to changes in feeding practices, farm hygiene and quality control, pig-borne trichinosis has dropped off the radar, inviting pink pork back onto the menu.

But pork’s relaxed heat rules may have opened the doors for a different type of infection — yersiniosis, which is caused by Yersinia bacteria. In the US alone, Yersiniacauses 35 deaths and almost 117,000 cases of food poisoning each year (74). Its chief entry route for humans? Undercooked pork.

Yersiniosis’s acute symptoms are rough enough — fever, pain, bloody diarrhea — but its long-term consequences are what should really ring alarm bells. Victims of Yersiniapoisoning face a 47-times higher risk of reactive arthritis, a type of inflammatory joint disease triggered by infection (75).

Even children become post-Yersinia arthritis targets, sometimes requiring chemical synovectomy (the injection of osmic acid into a troubled joint) to relieve persistent pain (7677).

And in the less-common instances where Yersinia doesn’t bring the typical feverish, diarrheic unpleasantries? Reactive arthritis can develop even when the original infection was asymptomatic, leaving some victims unaware that their arthritis is a consequence of food-borne illness (78).

Although reactive arthritis usually subsides on its own over time, Yersinia victims remain at higher risk of chronic joint problems, including ankylosing spondylitis, sacroiliitis, tenosynovitis and rheumatoid arthritis, for years on end (798081).

Some evidence suggests that Yersinia can lead to neurological complications (82). Infected individuals with iron overload may be at higher risk of multiple liver abscesses, potentially leading to death (838485). And among people who are genetically susceptible, anterior uveitis, inflammation of the eye’s iris, is also more likely following a bout of Yersinia (8687).

Lastly, via molecular mimicry, Yersinia infection could also raise the risk of Graves’ disease, an autoimmune condition characterized by excessive thyroid hormone production (8889).

The solution? Bring on the heat. The majority of pork products (69% of tested samples, according to a Consumer Reports analysis) are contaminated with Yersiniabacteria, and the only way to safeguard against infection is through proper cooking. An internal temperature of at least 145°F for whole pork and 160°F for ground pork is necessary to decimate any lingering pathogen.

Summary: Undercooked pork can transmit Yersinia bacteria, causing short-term illness and raising the risk of reactive arthritis, chronic joint conditions, Graves’ disease and other complications.

In Conclusion

So, should health-savvy omnivores scrap pork from the menu?

The jury’s still out. For two of pork’s problems — hepatitis E and Yersinia — aggressive cooking and safe handling are enough to minimize the risk. And due to a shortage of controlled, pork-centric research capable of establishing causation, pork’s other red flags spring from epidemiology — a field rife with confounders and unjustified confidence.

Worse, many diet-and-disease studies lump pork together with other types of red meat, diluting whatever associations might exist with pork alone.

These issues make it hard to isolate the health effects of pig-derived products and determine the safety of their consumption.

That being said, caution is probably warranted. The sheer magnitude, consistency and mechanistic plausibility of pork’s connection with several serious diseases make the chances of a true risk more likely.

Until further research is available, you might want to think twice about going hog-wild on pork.

This article was originally published by Authority Nutrition.



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Media multi-tasking: We can only do one thing at a time, but we can quickly move from one thing to another. Kids are better at multi-tasking than adults. When learning, students are distracted when multi-tasking (except for things like music without lyrics in the background).

Universe: (identifies what is going on online in real time using a visual perspective)

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Every classroom should have a student-designated web researcher. The teacher should never have to answer a factual question, they should only have to respond to higher-order thinking questions.

There is a Google feature that allows you to create your own search engine. November believes teachers and students should jointly build search engines. This will give students less stimuli when they do searches.

It would be nice if students could develop resources that teach content and then future students review these tutorials before class. Students, then, are responsible for learning their own content and class time is replaced with problem solving. When there’s not a lot of Internet access, students could have a DVD with all the information at home (because DVDs are more common in the home than Internet connections).

The is a downloadable application that allows you to create screencasts.

Instead of teaching teachers to use technology, November jokes that we should send two of our students to the training and one of the students should be the biggest trouble-maker in the class.

Wikipedia isn’t an encyclopedia, it’s a publishing house. Third grade students were told they would visit the Pitot House and write an article they would submit to the largest encyclopedia in the class. The students wrote and published their Wikipedia article and now they follow the RSS feed for the article and critique what other people write. Organizes donations to small business entrepreneurs. The donors get their money back and they get reports on their projects. You can also talk to the other people who have invested in the same entrepreneurial project. alters voice to text. You can call this service from your cell phone. Another option is
: Allows you to do automatic polls from cell phones (like the classroom response systems)

Terry Cavanaugh, GIS, Google Maps, and More for Literacy Projects

There are interactive maps that show all he locations mentioned in a book (e.g., The Travels of Marco Polo). [Note to self – check out the Bible.]

Gutenkarte ( also makes a map of a text, showing what places are most frequently mentioned. Amazon’s Concordance also does this by telling the 100 most used words in a given text. allows you to map a story using latitude and longitude in a spreadsheet. has 23 stories you can follow on Google Earth. You download the .kmz file and use it with Google Earth. An example is with Make Way for Ducklings. The entire story is mapped as sections are mentioned. Also, people have added pictures of items and informational text from specific locations in the book. Anyone can make a Google Lit Trip. Tells a story using a map – the text is embedded in the map.

Teachers can get the Pro Version of Google Earth by writing to Google and requesting it. It is possible to make a map for each student so they can each map out a story.

A dimensional mouse allows you to move in three dimensions. They are available through Amazon.

Using virtual map pins, students can add quotes from book, write facts about the locations mentioned, and adding multimedia books. This is a means of having students have greater interactivity with books.

In September, cameras will have cameras with embedded geo-tags. Some buildings are going to start putting in geo-tagging points in the buildings.

Tony Vincent, Audio is Great! Video is Cool! IPods Can Do More!

Learning in Hand iPods is his iPod podcast. See
will speak any text into audio.

You can create cover art and lyrics (or primary source text) through going to Get Info for an individual song.


iPrep Press has comic books you can download to your iPod. BrainQuest also has quizzes for the iPod. allows you to combine Notes files

IPrepPress allows you to download a dictionary and many primary sources. Get 100 Words every high school students should know. allows you to download books in the public domain.

iWriter allows you to link stories together as story

iQuizMaker allows you to make quizzes for your iPod. You can also share iQuizzes by going to iQuizShare (

Use monitor mode to make your iSight camera not cause a mirroring effect.

Check out doc imaging and doc scanning on the PC.

Get book making ideas from and check out her handouts on the NECC site

Download handouts from NECC site for Sharon Hirschy about making class books using PPT
          Peer-Reviewed Research: Penises Cause Warming   

By Professor Doom

     Advanced mathematics is not for the uninitiated. Even with years of training, it’s easy enough to go to a research seminar and have at best merely a basic idea of what the latest findings are about. Experts in the field usually understand completely of course, but even if what’s being said seems incomprehensible to the layman there’s no way you can “fake it” well enough to fool an expert. In short: while both an expert mathematician and a lunatic can spew what looks like mathematical gibberish, only the former can do it in a way that’s still comprehensible to mathematicians. You just can’t fake it well enough to fool an expert.

      I’ve looked at research in other fields, with the belief that I’d only understand only the basics. Thus, I was surprised to find “advanced topics” in Education and Administration are incredibly basic and accessible to anyone, even if other fields (hi Physics!) definitely made me feel quite limited in my understanding of advanced topics.

     I know full well if I tried to imitate writing and research in advanced physics, an expert would casually shred my gibberish. And I’ve demonstrate that with no effort I can emulate “advanced” Education and Administration writing.

      Gender studies and gender related studies are big on campus anymore. Casual inspection on my part led me to believe it was meaningless at best, and ideological indoctrination at worst. I’m hardly the only scholar to make such conjectures, but scholars know that “conjecture” is just a fancy way to say “guess.” A couple of scholars decided to prove this stuff is just plain ol’ crap:

-- Sokal1 refers to a previous hoax played on these guys, years ago.

     The two “researchers” made a point of generating a 3,000 word paper packed with jargon and devoid of any meaning. A sample paragraph will give the gist of it:
Destructive, unsustainable hegemonically male approaches to pressing environmental policy and action are the predictable results of a raping of nature by a male-dominated mindset. This mindset is best captured by recognizing the role of [sic] the conceptual penis holds over masculine psychology. When it is applied to our natural environment, especially virgin environments that can be cheaply despoiled for their material resources and left dilapidated and diminished when our patriarchal approaches to economic gain have stolen their inherent worth, the extrapolation of the rape culture inherent in the conceptual penis becomes clear….

     The whole paper of fake research is much like the above, with the key conclusion:
The conceptual penis presents significant problems for gender identity and reproductive identity within social and family dynamics, is exclusionary to disenfranchised communities based upon gender or reproductive identity, is an enduring source of abuse for women and other gender-marginalized groups and individuals, is the universal performative source of rape, and is the conceptual driver behind much of climate change.

      The entire above paragraph is actually just one sentence, but the reader could be forgiven for not reading it through. Allow me to edit it down to at least a minimal level of comprehensibility (keeping in mind the authors were deliberately trying not to be understood):
The conceptual penis…is the conceptual driver behind much of climate change.

      The paper is pure gibberish, little different than simply stringing along a bunch of mathematical symbols and believing it to mean something. The researchers even used a well-known (in the right circles) piece of software to generate the “research.” Yes, this field is so ridiculous (despite the regularly growing departments on campus) that somebody actually wrote a research paper generator for it:
Some references cite the Postmodern Generator, a website coded in the 1990s by Andrew Bulhak featuring an algorithm…that returns a different fake postmodern “paper” every time the page is reloaded. We cited and quoted from the Postmodern Generator liberally;   

      Keep that in mind: not only did they use a gibberish generator for the paper, they used it as a reference, not that anyone noticed—the experts in this field do not even know when they are being mocked! Other references in the paper were likewise questionable (to be generous):

Not only is the text ridiculous, so are the references. Most of our references are quotations from papers and figures in the field that barely make sense in the context of the text. Others were obtained by searching keywords and grabbing papers that sounded plausibly connected to words we cited. We read exactly zero of the sources we cited, by intention, as part of the hoax.

     Of course, the researchers wrote it all under pseudonyms. They then sent it out to peer reviewed journals for publication. I really want to emphasize this: peer review is considered the gold standard of publication, even though time and again it’s been revealed as flawed at best and highly corrupt at worst. Mostly the corruption is by coordinating with the reviewers but in this case the researchers decided to have legitimate experts in the field legitimately review the paper. Why did they even hope that their hoax would possibly work?

That is, we assumed we could publish outright nonsense provided it looked the part and portrayed a moralizing attitude that comported with the editors’ moral convictions. Like any impostor, ours had to dress the part, though we made our disguise as ridiculous and caricatured as possible...

     Identity politics and political correctness is destroying our campuses (and some would say, the country). The researchers are quite justified in wondering if these things are also destroying what we now inaccurately call “science.”

     So, they wrote a gibberish paper with bogus references. That’s the easy part. Next, they sent their paper to journals, and did receive rejections—none of the rejections noted that the paper was pure hokum. But one journal suggested another which might be amenable:

We feel that your manuscript would be well-suited to our Cogent Series, a multidisciplinary, open journal platform for the rapid dissemination of peer-reviewed research across all disciplines.

     Cogent sent it to reviewers:

We took them up on the transfer, and Cogent Social Sciences eventually accepted “The Conceptual Penis as a Social Construct.” The reviewers were amazingly encouraging, giving us very high marks in nearly every category. For example, one reviewer graded our thesis statement “sound” and praised it thusly, “It capturs [sic] the issue of hypermasculinity through a multi-dimensional and nonlinear process” (which we take to mean that it wanders aimlessly through many layers of jargon and nonsense). The other reviewer marked the thesis, along with the entire paper, “outstanding” in every applicable category.

      So, a paper that is unarguably complete gibberish can pass the peer review process in this field. Granted the reviewers did have a few issues even with a paper they loved:

They didn’t accept the paper outright, however. Cogent Social Sciences’ Reviewer #2 offered us a few relatively easy fixes to make our paper “better.” We effortlessly completed them in about two hours, putting in a little more nonsense about “manspreading” (which we alleged to be a cause of climate change) and “dick-measuring contests.”

     Now, the gentle reader might well believe that the journal is just a sham. Not true! Journals have their own accreditation system:

First, Cogent Social Sciences operates with the legitimizing imprimatur of Taylor and Francis, with which it is clearly closely partnered. Second, it’s held out as a high-quality open-access journal by the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), which is intended to be a reliable list of such journals. In fact, it carries several more affiliations with similar credentialing organizations...

      Much as higher education has serious, grave problems with a bogus accreditation system, so too do journals, apparently. The researchers’ conclusion regarding the field of gender studies is valid:

”…there are significant reasons to believe that much of the problem lies within the very concept of any journal being a “rigorous academic journal in gender studies.”

     I have two conclusions based on this wildly successful hoax:

1)              I often have global warming believers tell me of the hundreds of peer reviewed studies supporting the notion that Earth will boil over any minute now because of humanity’s technology. I have my doubts, and knowing that a complete hoax article supporting such ideas can easily be peer reviewed and published only increases my doubts further. This paper comes as close as possible to literally saying man is responsible for global warming…and is rubbish.

2)              When I was at a community college, I often encountered faculty and administrators who, after even a brief conversation, I simply could not fathom how they made it through a graduate level program. I gave them the benefit of the doubt, but after longer conversations, the question kept reverberating in my mind: how? They got their degrees and positions through writing papers much like this hoax paper, and it’s clear we have a whole industry of hoax “science” publishing, doing much to explain the surplus of advanced degrees in these strange fields.

     The two authors set out to create a hoax paper, and succeeded brilliantly. Yes, it was done before nearly 20 years ago by Sokal, but that only serves to demonstrate nothing has changed. At this point, as I’ve told many friends, when it comes to “the latest scientific research,” you may as well flip a coin when it comes to deciding whether it’s true or not.

 1)     In 1996, Alan Sokal, a Professor of Physics at NYU, published the bogus paper, “Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity,” in the preeminent cultural studies journal Social Text which is in turn published by Duke University Press. The publication of this nonsense paper, in a prestigious journal with a strong postmodernist orientation, delivered a devastating blow to postmodernism’s intellectual legitimacy.

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          Ransomware has been around for almost 30 years, so why does it feel like it's getting worse?   

Ransomware is not new. The malware, which encrypts data and demands payment in exchange for decryption keys, has been with us for almost 30 years.

So why does it feel like it's getting worse? Well, that's because it is getting worse.

In seemingly no time at all, ransomware has gone from an obscure threat faced by a select few to a plague crippling hospitals, banks, public transportation systems, and even video games. Frustratingly, the explosive growth of ransomware shows no signs of abating - leaving victims wondering why them, and why now?

The answer to both of those questions involves cryptocurrency and the National Security Agency.

But first, a little history

The first known ransomware attack hit the healthcare industry way back in 1989. According to the cybersecurity blog Practically Unhackable, a biologist by the name of Joseph Popp sent close to 20,000 floppy disks to researchers claiming they contained a survey which would help scientists determine a patient's risk for contracting HIV.

What was left unmentioned in the promotional material was that the disks also encrypted file names on infected computers - rendering them practically unusable. Instead of their typical boot screens, victims were shown a message demanding a $189 payment in order to unlock the system.

The message displayed by PC Cyborg. PHOTO:  Palo Alto Networks

Popp, who had a PhD from Harvard, was an evolutionary biologist and fell outside of what we think of today as a stereotypical hacker.

According to The Atlantic, after he was arrested and charged with blackmail, Popp insisted that he intended to donate the proceeds from his scheme to HIV-related research.

Read the full article here

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          And all another populace who    
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          Daddy a sweetening begetter is    
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          Are not safe and    
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          Akin to oscine houses solitary    
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          Instance and end up winning    
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          Bon(obo) voyage: the chimps are loping away from   
So. The chimps will be brachiating off to a new territory, the address of which kemibe provides below. We have considered this move for a while, but our decision crystallized lately due to the confluence of a number of events. My absence may or may not have been noted in recent months here on the…
          RIP Philip Jose Farmer — From your scattered body go…   
My Illinois homeboy, Philip Jose Farmer, died on Wednesday Feb 25. Please find linkage here: the obit in the New York Times and the announcement at his website. From the NYT: Philip José Farmer, a prolific and popular science fiction writer who shocked readers in the 1950s by depicting sex with aliens and challenged conventional…
          AEE 266: 1 Scientifically Tested Trick to Become a More Self-Disciplined English Learner   

How can you motivate yourself for English learning?

Today, Lindsay and Michelle discuss a tip to help you be a better self-guided learner!


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          IT Infrastructure Analyst - CANADIAN NUCLEAR LABORATORIES (CNL) - Chalk River, ON   
Graduation from a recognized educational institution in computer science OR graduation from an equivalent formal educational program and relevant IT experience....
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          12265 Senior Programmer Analyst - CANADIAN NUCLEAR LABORATORIES (CNL) - Chalk River, ON   
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          AEE 227: 4 Rules to Master the "Poetics of English Conversation" with Travis Wolven   

How can you improve your English conversations?

Is conversation a science?

Find out today as Lindsay talks with Travis Wolven about the poetics of conversation!

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          Scientists investigate link between air pollution and Type 2 diabetes   
An interdisciplinary team of scientists from the University of Leicester and other institutions has played a pivotal role in research investigating a possible link between air pollution and the rise in Type 2 diabetes. The exposure to air pollution, the number of cases of Type 2 diabetes and the impact of demographic and lifestyle factors were all considered.
          Revealed: Fictional movie '47 Meters Down' gets sharks, ocean science all wrong    
          Pequenas maravilhas nos anéis de Saturno   
Atlas, Dáfnis e Pã numa montagem de imagens recentemente obtidas pela sonda Cassini. Crédito: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute. A imagem de cima permite comparar os tamanhos e morfologia de 3 das pequenas luas pastoras dos anéis de Saturno, recentemente observadas pela sonda Cassini. Em cima podemos ver a lua Atlas, um objecto em forma de disco …

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          Medical Laboratory Scientist Job in Lagos at Newgate Medical Services Limited   

Newgate Medical Services Limited started operations in October, 2000 with committed staff of 10 with the aim of bridging the obvious gap identified in health [...]

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          Lab Scientist Job in Owerri at Global Vision for Women and Children   

Global Vision for Women and Children is a community Based Organization (CBO), an amended version of Belleh District Women Development Agency established and registered in [...]

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          Florida vaccine laws – court says church school can ban unvaccinated kids   

The Skeptical Raptor, stalking pseudoscience in the internet jungle.

On 27 June 2017, in a Florida vaccine laws case, a Florida Court of Appeals – The District Court of Appeal of the First District – rejected Patrick Flynn’s appeal against a lower court decision that found that a Catholic diocese had a constitutional right to exclude unvaccinated children if its interpretation of religious law …

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          2 Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter/innen (PostDoc) Forschung und Lehre im Bereich Social Data Science   
2 Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter/innen (PostDoc) Forschung und Lehre im Bereich Social Data Science 2 Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter/innen (PostDoc) - RWTH AACHEN UNIVERSITY - Deutsch h1 h2 h3 h4 h5 h6 Zum Inhaltsbereich Zur Hauptnavigation Zur Suche Suche Suche nach RWTH English Fakultäte...
          AEE 118: Train Your Brain for English Language Learning   

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Do you ever feel discouraged about your English? Do you feel like you’ll never be able to learn or remember new grammar or vocabulary words? Well, when you feel this way, you need to remember that it’s all about science! Today you’ll learn three things... Read More

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          Nigerian Muslim lady, Samiat Abimbola Owo-Alade Emerges Best Graduating Student In India (Photo)   

A 23-year old Nigerian lady identified as Samiat Abimbola Owo-Alade has emerged as the best graduating student at Rajiv Ghandi University of Health Sciences in Karnataka, India. The Ikorodu indigene basked in the euphoria of her achievement as she took to the social media to announce to her success to her friends and well wishers. […]

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          The Librarian Who Guarded the Manhattan Project's Secrets   
Her appointment was a victory for the women on the Hill. Though women were integral to the success of the Manhattan Project—scientists like Leona Woods and Mary Lucy Miller played central roles in the creation of the bomb—none occupied leadership positions. In this respect, Serber stood alone. As the head of the scientific library, she became the Manhattan Project’s de facto keeper of secrets, a position that soon saw her targeted for an FBI probe—and almost ended in her being fired from the project.
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          En busca del mejor smartphone fotográfico en la gama media: comparativa de seis teléfonos   

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Cada día vemos cómo las marcas apuestan con más fuerza por nutrir su gama media y darle a los usuarios que quieren prescindir de los topes de gama, una experiencia mucho más completa. Uno de los elementos que ha sufrido mejoras considerables en esta gama durante los últimos años ha sido el equipo fotográfico.

Por ello, hemos preparado una comparativa fotográfica entre las cámaras de algunos de los mejores gama media del momento, algo que ya hicimos en su día con los gama alta. Veamos cuáles han sido los resultados que nos han reportado y cuál de ellos puede presumir de contar con el equipo fotográfico más completo.

La gama media y su apuesta por la fotografía

Como decíamos, las compañías están poniendo toda la carne en el asador para dotar a sus gama media (y a todas las gamas en general) de mejores cámaras, pues admitámoslo, es uno de los elementos que más se tiene en cuenta a la hora de decantarnos por un teléfono u otro.

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Los móviles que hemos elegido para poner a prueba en nuestra comparativa fotográfica tienen características similares, especialmente en cuanto a la resolución de sus sensores y el tamaño del mismo, pero obviamente, en fotografía (especialmente móvil) otros elementos como el software son determinantes a la hora de medir resultados.

Todos estos teléfonos ya los hemos probado en múltiples aspectos de su naturaleza en nuestros análisis, pero ahora vamos a centrarnos solo en su cámara principal y a compararlos entre ellos. Los protagonistas de esta comparativa son el BQ Aquaris X, Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) , Sony Xperia XA1 , Motorola Moto G5 Plus , Huawei Nova Plus y Nubia Z11 MiniS.

BQ Aquaris X

Samsung Galaxy A5 2017

Sony Xperia XA1

Motorola Moto G5 Plus

Huawei Nova Plus

Nubia Z11 MiniS


16 MPX

16 MPX

23 MPX

12 MPX

16 MPX

23 MPX









24 mm

27 mm

24 mm

26 mm

27 mm

25 mm









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En vídeo (estabilizador Steadyshot)





Autoenfoque PDAF

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279 euros

299 euros

259 euros

247 euros

300 euros

329 euros

Lo que nos prometen

Como vemos en la tabla de características, casi todos los dispositivos que vamos a someter a prueba se mueven en unos niveles de megapíxeles similares, salvo el Sony Xperia XA1 y el Nubia Z11 MiniS que llegan hasta los 23 MPX. En realidad este dato no es el más importante a la hora de obtener los resultados, ya que éstos dependerán del compendio formado por el tamaño del sensor (como regla general, cuanto más grande es el sensor mayor será la calidad final de la imagen), la apertura máxima de éste y si cuenta o no con estabilización.

apertura Una apertura mayor, representada por un número f menor, deja pasar más luz que una apertura menor.

En el caso de estos teléfonos ninguno cuenta con estabilizador (en foto) y el sensor de mayor tamaño se lo lleva el Nubia Z11 MiniS, aunque la apertura mayor la luce el Motorola Moto G5 Plus, que a su vez cuenta con un menor número de megapíxeles. Como vemos sobre el papel, al final todos los teléfonos cuentan puntos fuertes y otros menores, por lo que se compensarían en resultados, pero vamos a verlo in situ.

La importancia del software

Además de las especificaciones técnicas que podemos encontrar en la cámara de un teléfono (tamaño del señor, estabilización o tipo de enfoque), el software es un elemento clave que puede, no solo optimizar o echar a perder los resultados, sino también afectar a nuestra experiencia como usuarios.

El software es un elemento clave del que no solo dependen los resultados, sino también nuestra experiencia con el teléfono

Los fabricantes, conscientes de ello, ofrecen softwares fotográficos cada vez más completos, incluyendo modos manuales que nos permiten experimentar con la cámara como lo haríamos en fotografía tradicional, o gran cantidad de modos automáticos creativos (en ocasiones de dudosa utilidad). Vamos a ver qué es lo que nos han ofrecido en estos términos cada uno de los teléfonos de nuestra prueba.

Samsung Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)

En el caso de este teléfono franquicia de Samsung, nos hemos topado con un software muy competente, ya que encontramos en él lo que necesitamos, ni más ni menos. Modos automático, panorámico y HDR junto con el modo Pro que nos permite ajustar la exposición, la sensibilidad ISO y el balance de blancos. Un software escueto pero completo, fácil de usar y muy intuitivo.

Nova Huawei Nova Plus

Seguimos con el software del Huawei Nova Plus, del que si bien no tenemos críticas muy intensas, tenemos sentimientos encontrados. Por un lado el modo profesional es tremendamente completo (de los que más en esta gama), sin embargo, nos topamos con un menú muy poco intuitivo para acceder a los modos y con bastantes funciones automáticas que, como pasa en muchos móviles chinos, no son realmente útiles y al final acabamos por no utilizarlas nunca.

Sony Sony Xperia XA1

En el caso del Xperia XA1, nos damos de bruces con un software que hace desmerecer un sensor cuya calidad nos daba grandes esperanzas sobre el papel. Y es que Sony sigue apostando por su modo automático superior, que ajusta bastante bien en la mayoría de situaciones, pero sin embargo, deja bastante oculto el modo manual, por lo que encontrar los ajustes dentro de éste resulta bastante caótico, algo que al final, nos reconduce a utilizar el modo automático con tal de no estar navegando en un mar de ajustes ocultos.

Moto Moto G5 Plus

Motorola ha cuidado algo más la aplicación de su cámara en el Moto G5 Plus y su interfaz es bastante sencilla de usar, permitiéndonos realizar fácilmente ajustes desde la pantalla del visor y encontrar los modos sin tener que rebuscar demasiado. Al igual que en el Galaxy A5 (2017), encontramos pocos modos, pero útiles, y entre ellos el mejor es el modo profesional de disparo, que permite ajustar de manera manual el enfoque, el balance de blancos y la sensibilidad ISO.

Minis Nubia Z11 MiniS

Nubia también peca de este "horror vacui" de modos dentro de la aplicación de su cámara que sobrecarga la experiencia más que la favorece. Pese a ello, es bastante sencilla de utilizar, no tenemos que rebuscar entre ajustes ni modos para llegar hasta el que queremos y el modo manual es bastante completo.

BQ BQ Aquaris X

Por último vamos con el software del BQ Aquaris X que, sin sobrecargar (aunque cuenta con varios modos automáticos), da bastantes posibilidades de juego. BQ ha apostado en este teléfono y en su versión Pro por un modo HDR+ bastante procesado pero sin llegar a excederse que puede resultar atractivo, pero sin duda, lo que más se disfruta de su app es el modo modo profesional de disparo, que nos permite ajustar enfoque, el balance de blancos y la ISO.

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A plena luz del día

Tal y como hemos visto, todas las cámaras cuentan con un software bastante completo y con los modos manual y profesional como elemento común, pero ahora vamos a ver cuáles han sido los resultados que nos han reportado cada uno de estos equipos fotográficos en diferentes condiciones lumínicas.

Lo primero que vamos a ver es el resultado en la mejor de las condiciones, en la que, a priori, cualquier teléfono con un sensor medianamente decente debería sacar pecho y lucir el mejor de sus resultados. Hablamos de un entorno exterior con luz natural en plena golden hour (justo cuando el sol está más bajo), el mejor momento para hacer uso de la luz del sol.

Photo 2017 06 21 14 19 47 Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)
Photo 2017 06 20 22 45 31 Huawei Nova Plus

Photo 2017 06 20 22 05 55 Moto G5 Plus
Photo 2017 06 21 14 28 50 3 Sony Xperia XA1
Minis 2 Nubia Z11 MiniS
BQ Aquaris X BQ Aquaris X

Todos los disparos los realizamos en modo manual, por lo que los ajustes serán si no los mismos, muy similares. Podemos apreciar que los resultados, aunque no difieren demasiado entre sí, nos dejan un Galaxy A5 (2017) haciendo el mejor trabajo en cuanto a la representación del color pese a que nos encontramos con algunas zonas brillantes algo quemadas.

En rasgos generales, el nivel de detalle de las seis cámaras es muy alto, aunque cuando ampliamos las fotos, la mayor pérdida de éste llega de mano del Moto G5 Plus, que es de todos los dispositivos probados el que cuenta con un sensor de menos megapíxeles de resolución con diferencia (12 MPX). Contradictoriamente, el Sony Xperia XA1, a pesar de contar con el sensor de mayor resolución (23 MPX) nos deja un resultado peor de los esperado, pudiendo deberse esto a que no ha elegido los ajustes correctos en el modo automático. Detalles 1 Detalles 2

Primeros planos y tratamiento del color

Aprovechando la luz natural, hemos realizado unas muestras para ver el nivel de detalle al acercarnos (sin utilizar el zoom) y también cuál es el tratamiento del color que obtenemos tras el procesado. Como podemos observar, el nivel de detalle en primer plano es bastante resuelto en todos los modelos y las diferencias en este sentido son muy pocas, pero se podríamos decir que el BQ Aquaris X es el que nos deja un mejor margen de detalle, pues si observamos con detenimiento las flores, se aprecian detalles como los pistilos e incluso el tacto de las hojas.

No podemos decir lo mismo del tratamiento del color. En el caso del BQ Aquaris X, aunque nos da más detalle, el procesado redunda demasiado los colores, dando un resultado llamativo, pero bastante alejado de la realidad. En este sentido observamos que el Motorola G5 Plus satura bastante el color, y que el Nubia Z11 Mini abusa del contraste matando bastante la tonalidad natural. Viendo la escena en directo y conociendo la tonalidad real, me decanto por el Sony Xperia XA1, siendo el teléfono más fiel a la realidad y sus matices.

Photo 2017 06 21 14 19 45 Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)
Photo 2017 06 20 22 45 32 Huawei Nova Plus
Photo 2017 06 20 22 05 56 Motorola G5 Plus
Photo 2017 06 21 14 28 48 Sony Xperia XA1
Photo 2017 06 20 22 24 29 BQ Aquaris X
Photo 2017 06 20 22 32 29 Nubia Z11 Mini

HDR, la deuda pendiente

El modo HDR solía ser más un problema que una ventaja en la fotografía móvil, pues por norma general, nos encontrábamos con efectos muy agresivos y demasiado tratados que destrozaban por completo las fotos. De un tiempo a esta parte los fabricantes se han puesto las pilas en este tema, y como vamos a ver a continuación, los resultados que nos han dado nuestros teléfonos a prueba nos han dejado bastante satisfechos.

Photo 2017 06 20 22 32 25 Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)
Photo 2017 06 20 22 45 33 2 Huawei Nova Plus
Photo 2017 06 20 22 05 56 4 Moto G5 Plus
Photo 2017 06 21 14 28 51 Sony Xperia XA1
Photo 2017 06 20 22 24 24 BQ Aquaris X
Photo 2017 06 20 22 32 25 Nubia Z11 Mini

Como podemos observar hay diferencias entre cómo procesan el HDR unos y otros, pero en rasgos generales todos nos han dado unos resultados que, sin salirse de la esencia de lo que es este modo en sí, no resultan nada cargados ni surrealistas. Si tenemos que elegir un ganador en este apartado para mí sería el Sony Xperia XA1, creo que el resultado es el más intenso y a la vez más natural de los seis.

De noche todos los gatos son pardos

Ya hemos visto lo bien que se portan nuestros móviles cuando la luz está de su parte, pero ha llegado el momento de hacerles sufrir un poco. Y es que cuando la luz pierde intensidad, bien porque es de noche o porque estamos en un interior con luz artificial, es cuando ponemos el sensor a prueba de verdad y podemos ver de lo que es capaz.Noche 1 Noche 2

En las imágenes que podemos ver aquí, observamos que el nivel de detalle en el Galaxy A5 (2017) es bastante bueno, aunque tiende a dar calidez al color para contrarrestar la ausencia de luz. Algo similar hace el Moto G5 Plus, que también tira hacia la calidez a diferencia del Sony Xperia XA1 que contrarresta tintando hacia azules, algo que da menos naturalidad pero sí más nitidez.

Photo 2017 06 21 14 19 47 2 Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)
Nova Noche Huawei Nova Plus
Photo 2017 06 21 14 28 47 3 Sony Xperia XA1
Photo 2017 06 20 22 24 28 3 BQ Aquaris X
Photo 2017 06 20 22 05 55 2 Motorola G5 Plus
Photo 2017 06 20 22 32 26 2 Nubia Z11 Mini

En esta última escena, donde tenemos un interior con luz artificial, podemos observar que mientras que el Nova Plus y el Motorola G5 Plus (pese a tener un mayor tamaño de sensor) muestran lascas de ruido, el Xperia XA1 resuelve muchísimo mejor la escena dotándola de mayor nitidez (gracias a la resolución de su sensor).

Haciendo zoom

Por último vamos a ver otro de los puntos débiles de las cámaras en los móviles: el zoom. Y es que pese a que poco a poco nos vamos encontrando con tecnologías más avanzadas, hacer zoom en un móvil sigue siendo condenar la foto al abismo del ruido.

Prueba Foto sin zoom

Zoom Muestras de zoom

Como vemos, este apartado tiene claramente un ganador, y éste es el Nubia Z11 MiniS, aunque le sigue muy de cerca el BQ Aquaris X. Ambos modelos han reportado resultado muy nítidos con el zoom al máximo, algo de lo que no puede presumir el Motorola G5 Plus que se ha llevado la peor parte en esta última prueba.

Aún quedan mejoras pero vamos por el buen camino

Img 0002 Recapitulando todo lo que hemos visto hasta ahora, las conclusiones nos llevan hacia un mismo pensamiento: que la fotografía móvil va por muy buen camino. Y es que no debemos olvidar que a pesar de los fallos que hemos encontrado y del margen de mejora que aún queda, esta tecnología crece a pasos agigantados.

De los móviles que hemos probado, si tuviéramos que elegir un ganador según los resultados obtenidos, nos quedaríamos con el Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) y su sensor de 16 MP con apertura f/1.9 que ha resuelto bastante bien en todas las condiciones salvo en el zoom, aunque tampoco ha quedado de los últimos.

Pese a todo, repetimos, en rasgos generales encontramos muchos avances en puntos que hasta hora eran críticos como el modo HDR o el tratamiento del color y además, sensores mucho más luminosos que se muestran como el preludio de todo lo bueno que aún nos queda por conocer en términos de fotografía móvil.

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          Intelligent Design + Darwinian Evolution = Dead End   
By casting nature in the role of machinery, the notion of Intelligent Design (ID) shows itself to be an anthropomorphizing tool. The designer-artifact lens through which IDers see nature projects onto nature the general shape of the human-artifact relationship. ID anthropomorphizes the supernatural, by making deity out to be a kind of super tinkerer, thereby, I suppose, filling theists with a feeling of familiarity with the divine, even if the tinkerer lacks eyes, hands, etc. 

And . . .

By casting physical nature in the role of de-novo miracle, science shows itself to be a religious tool. The occurred-by-fiat lens through which scientists see natural law projects onto nature the general shape of the human-deity relationship. Science sanctifies the natural, by making physical laws out to be a kind of super miracle, thereby, I suppose, filling atheists with a feeling of familiarity with the divine, even if nature lacks mind, soul, etc.

          Juno Spacecraft - Mission to Jupiter   

I'm a space science dork.  I have NASA t-shirts, a large print of the moon in my office, read sci-fi and I make space/science themed music mixes.  Here are links to a few that I've done in the past:

Yikes, that was more than I thought and I may have missed a few.

This new mix fits right in with my love of all things NASA and my love of electronic music.  What sets this one apart is the sequencing of the tracks.  The titles of the tracks take you on the Juno mission from start to finish.  Going from "We Launch Tonight" to "Arrival" to "Ganymede" to "Cloud Shaping" to "The Last Message."

The Juno Spacecraft was launched in 2011 and arrived at Jupiter in 2016.  It's been taking amazing pics and gathering data while in orbit.

After completing over a years worth of orbits and close fly bys, Juno will plunge into Jupiter's atmosphere and burn up, sending data back for as long as possible.

This mix attempts to tell the story of Juno on it's mission to Jupiter and it's moons.


[ s t r e a m ]   [ d o w n l o a d ]   [ i t u n e s ]

T R A C K L I S T :
  • 00:00    Saul Stokes - We Launch Tonight
  • 01:20    Tycho - Ascension
  • 05:20    Lunar Testing Lab - Inertia
  • 06:30    Robert Scott Thompson - Trajectory
  • 08:10    Tangerine Dream - Astral Voyager
  • 14:00    Johann Johannsson - Arrival
  • 16:15    Erstlaub - Jupiter
  • 19:35    36 - Drift Orbit
  • 23:45    Lights Out in Asia - All these worlds are yours
  • 26:04    Lights Out in Asia - Except Europa
  • 30:00    Lights Out in Asia - Attempt no landings there
  • 36:00    Amon Tobin - Encounter On Io
  • 38:08    Harold Budd & Clive Wright - Procession of Moons
  • 39:40    Boc Scadet - Ganymede
  • 42:10    Wally Jericho - Callisto 1.0
  • 44:45    Sufjan Stevens, James McAlister, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly - Tides
  • 45:30    Saul Stokes - Cloud Shaping
  • 49:45    Lunar Testing Lab - Ocean of Storms
  • 51:10    Unknown - The Great Red Spot
  • 51:55    David Wenngren & Christopher Bissonnette - Burn Like a Meteor and Leave No Dust
  • 53:36    Echolab - Secrets of Jupiter
  • 54:15    John Murphy - The Last Message
  • 55:47    end

          Heat Will Hit America's Poorest Worst   
Economists calculate that each degree Celsius of warming will dock the U.S. economy by 1.2 percent--and increase the divide between rich and poor. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

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          Rainbow Photons Pack More Computing Power   
Quantum bits, aka qubits, can simultaneously encode 0 and 1. But multicolored photons could enable even more states to exist at the same time, ramping up computing power. Christopher Intagliata...

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          BIAFRA: Ohanaeze Ndigbo Disown Nnamdi Kanu   
BIAFRA: Ohanaeze Ndigbo Disown Nnamdi Kanu

Published by Family Writers Press

Ohanaeze Ndigbo Frowns At Kanu’s Activities

Ohanaeze Ndigbo on Thursday descended and distanced itself from Kanu and his IPOB organisation.

Chief John Nnia Nwodo, President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, made the stand of the body known while addressing members of the Anambra State House of Assembly at the Legislative Complex, Awka, Anambra State.

Nnamdi Kanu and Nnia Nwodo
Nwodo, who was particularly not happy with the statement credited to Kanu that governorship election should not hold in Anambra in November, said Kanu had breached the undertaking he took before him (Nwodo) when he was released from detention.

“I’m just being paternal. The way I commended them as my children is the way I have the right to chastise them when they go wrong. We don’t need this heat up”, Nwodo said.

“News that reached us in the past few days that Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of IPOB, has declared that there will be no election in Anambra in November is shocking and disturbing. I hereby countermand that declaration as president general of Ohanaeze.

“Whereas Ohanaeze understands the marginalisation and unfair treatment of Igbos which have given rise to self-determination movements in Igboland, leaders of these movements must not arrogate to themselves the supreme leadership of Igboland.

“Statements of the kind credited to Nnamdi Kanu are provocative, misleading and unproductive. Why should Anambra people be denied the opportunity to choose their own leader? Why should any of us who are not from Anambra, no matter how highly placed, descend to the arena and dictate for Anambra people when to vote, whether to vote or who to vote for?

“Anambra, nay Igbos, are still part and parcel of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Yes, we are not happy with our treatment in Nigeria. Yes, some of us want Biafra. Yes, some of us prefer a restructured Federal Republic of Nigeria. But the fact remains that we are still part and parcel of the present Federal Republic of Nigeria, bound by its laws, no matter how repressive or unjust”, Nwodo said while addressing the legislators.

Continuing, he said, “Our approach to reforms of our laws even if it leads to self-determination or restructuring must be lawful. We must convince other Nigerians of our point of view, we must strive to make others share our convictions.

“Our language must be civil, respectful and lead to consensus building. We must resist any attempt to turn division amongst us, as to which way we must go, become a source of altercations between us.

“As we speak very many of our people living in Northern Nigeria are in complete awe and consternation regarding how safe they will be after October 1st. Other Northerners living amongst us are also worried.

“The Inspector General of Police has taken public notice of Nnamdi’s comments inviting a possible invasion of Anambra by the Nigerian police, increasing the already existing siege of our people which lead to daily extortion on our highways. All these developments have arisen out of unguarded utterances.

“I find no venue more suited for the statements I make here. Every constituent part of Anambra is represented here. I believe that the honourable members here are competent enough to carry the Ohanaeze message to every nook and cranny of Anambra State”.

Nwodo, who said the organisation would visit other houses of Assembly in Igbo speaking states, said, “We are happy with the peace that exists here. We are happy with the steady progress Anambra has registered over the years. The next election can only improve not retard it.”

Igbos Must Not Be Divided

Earlier, Chief Willie Obiano, Anambra State governor, represented by his Senior Special Assistant on Legislative Matters, Chief Chiedozie Ezeugwa, said that the state government was committed to the Igbo cause and would continue to do everything to support the Ohanaeze in protecting the interest Igbos.

Mrs. Rita Mmaduagwu, Speaker of Anambra Assembly, and a former national chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Victor Umeh, in their speeches said Igbos should avoid being divided in whatever cause they pursue in the prevailing circumstance, adding that the time to listen to Igbos has come.

It would be recalled that on Wednesday Kanu in Umuahia, Abia State, was unanimously chosen by seven pro-Biafra groups as leader of all groups agitating for the sovereign state of Biafra.

Announcing the decision of the groups under the banner of Biafra Peoples National Council (BPNC) at Nnamdi Kanu’s country-home at Afara Ibeku in Umuahia North Council, the leader of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Uchenna Madu, said Kanu’s sincerity, focus and doggedness in the struggle towards realisation of Biafra made the pro-Biafra groups to ask him to lead them.

The groups, according to him, are MASSOB, Eastern People’s Congress (EPC), Biafran Revolutionary Organisation (BRO), Joint Revolutionary Council of Biafra (JRCB); World Union of Biafran Scientists (WUBS), Biafran Liberation Crusaders (BLC), Salvation People of Biafra (SPB) and IPOB.


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          S03E11: He's psychedelic comedian Shane Mauss   
Featured guest: hallucinogen-loving comedian Shane Mauss, host of the “Here We Are” podcast. Talking science, gateway drugs, psychedelic tourism and more.
          Save the Naked Scientists – Update 3: the Pod Delusion   
I managed to get my act together enough to do a spectacular little rant for the Pod Delusion podcast. Listen and download here – my bit starts at 48min36. For those of you that prefer reading to listening, there’s a … Continue reading
          Save the Naked Scientists – Update 2 and more actions   
TL;DR version: The BBC’s reasoning is still ridiculous. Please email: (BBC Trust representative for England) (Controller for BBC England) (BBC Science Editor) (Controller for BBC East) to ask them why they’re taking the Naked Scientists off … Continue reading
          Save the Naked Scientists – Update and actions   
The campaign to save the Naked Scientists radio show from being axed by the BBC Eastern region after 10 glorious years is gathering pace. This week we’ve seen articles in the Guardian Science blogs from Stephen Curry and Wired Magazine’s … Continue reading
          Naked Scientists to be axed by BBC local radio   
I never thought I’d have much in common with Danny Baker, but now I do. The Naked Scientists BBC Radio show, which I’ve helped to present for the best part of a decade, is being axed by BBC East for … Continue reading
          AIMS Rwanda Graduation 2017   
The African institute for mathematical Sciences Rwanda Centre graduated its first ever cohort of students at a graduation ceremony held at the AIMS center in Kigali, Rwanda on 22nd June  2017 Forty-four students from 10 African countries, namely; Cameroon, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Sudan, Burundi, Nigeria, Zambia, Kenya and Tanzania received their Master’s of Science in Mathematical Sciences ...
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          Penerapan TIK dalam Pendidikan di Indonesia   
Indonesia pernah menggunakan istilah telematika (telematic) untuk arti yang kurang lebih sama dengan yang kita kenal saat ini.EncartaDictionary mendeskripsikan telematics sebagai telecommunication + informatics (telekomunikasi + informatika) meskipun sebelumnya kata itu bermakna science of data transmission. Pengolahan informasi dan pendistribusiannya melalui jaringan telekomunikasi membuka banyak peluang untuk dimanfaatkan di berbagai bidang kehidupan manusia, termasuk salah satunya bidang pendidikan. Ide untuk menggunakan mesin-belajar, membuat simulasi proses-proses yang rumit, animasi proses-proses yang sulit dideskripsikan sangat menarik minat praktisi pembelajaran. Tambahan lagi, kemungkinan untuk melayani pembelajaran yang tak terkendala waktu dan tempat juga dapat difasilitasi oleh TIK. Sejalan dengan itu mulailah bermunculan berbagai jargon berawalan e, mulai dari e-book, e-learning, e-laboratory, e-education, e-library, dan sebagainya. Awalan e bermakna electronics yang secara implisit dimaknai berdasar teknologi elektronika digital. Pemanfaatan TIK dalam pembelajaran di Indonesia telah memiliki sejarah yang cukup panjang. Inisiatif menyelenggarakan siaran radio pendidikan dan televisi pendidikan  informasi ke satuan-satuan pendidika nusantara. utama siaran radio maupun televisi pendidikan adalah tidak adanya feedback yang seketika. Siaran bersifat searah yaitu dari narasumber atau fasilitator kepada pembelajar.Introduksi kompeten kemampuannya mengolah dan menyajikan tayangan multimedia (teks, grafis, gambar, suara, dan gambar bergerak) memberikan peluang baru untuk mengatasi kelemahan yang tidak dimiliki siaran radio dan televisi. Bila televisi hanya mampu memberikan informasi searah (terlebih jika materi tayangannya adalah materi hasil rekaman), pembelajaran berbasis teknologi internet memberikan peluang berinteraksi baik secara sinkron (real time) maupun asinkron (delayed). Pembelajaran berbasis Internet memungkinkan terjadinya pembelajaran secara sinkron dengan keunggulan utama bahwa pembelajar maupun fasilitator tidak harus berada di satu tempat yang sama. Pemanfaatan teknologi video conference yang dijalankan dengan menggunakan teknologi Internet memungkinkan pembelajar berada di mana saja sepanjang terhubung ke jaringan komputer. Selain aplikasi unggulan seperti itu, beberapa peluang lain yang lebih sederhana dan lebih murah juga dapat dikembangkan sejalan dengan kemajuan TIK saat ini.
          Seemingly unable to innovate, IBM allegedly retreats from its OpenStack plans   
The OpenStack initiative has been the topic of extensive discussion since its inception. OpenStack has seen good adoption as a platform for science and education, and by some webscale organizations wanting to build their own private clouds. But as…
          Nutritional Analysis Market by Parameter, Product Type (Beverages, Bakery & Confectionery, Snacks, Dairy & Desserts, Meat & Poultry, Sauces, Dressings, Condiments, Fruits & Vegetables, Baby Food), Objective, and Region - Global Forecast to 2022..., Market Research Report: MarketsandMarkets   
The nutritional analysis market is estimated to be valued at USD 4.04 Billion in 2017, and is projected to reach USD 5.99 Billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 8.2% from 2017 to 2022. This report includes a study of marketing and development strategies, along with the service portfolios of key service providers. It includes the profiles of leading companies such as Eurofins Scientific SE (Luxembourg), SGS S.A. (Switzerland), Bureau Veritas S.A. (France), Intertek Group PLC. (U.K.), ALS LTD. (Australia), Mérieux NutriSciences Corporation (U.S.), and Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (U.S.). ...
          The links between Delta Tunnels and faux "marine protected areas" are deep & alarming   
If you haven't read this article already, I urge you to do so. It is one of the most important pieces on water, the Delta and coastal protection that you will ever read. Everybody who cares about stopping the Delta Tunnels and restoring our salmon and other fish populations MUST read this article and share it with others. You will rarely find deep investigative journalism like this in the mainstream media or most "alternative" media. The deep relationship between the MLPA Initiative and Delta Tunnels is undeniable. In many ways, the neoliberal MLPA Initiative process, completed in December 2012, has served a template for the Governor's campaign to build the tunnels. In spite of some superficial differences, the two processes have been united by their (1) leadership, (2) funding, (3) conflicts of interest, (4) greenwashing goals, (5) racism and denial of tribal rights and (6) junk science. When people educate themselves on the undeniable links between the two processes, I believe they can more effectively wage a successful campaign against the Delta Tunnels and to restore our imperiled salmon and San Francisco Bay-Delta fisheries. In spite of massive opposition to the MLPA Initiative by Tribal leaders, fishermen, grassroots environmentalists, the fake "marine protected areas" overseen by a Big Oil lobbyist and other political hacks went into effect anyway. I fear the same thing will happen in the Delta Tunnels struggle. Over the past week, we have seen two decisions, the Delta Stewardship Council's approval of the Delta Plan amendments and the NOAA Fisheries no jeopardy biological opinion released Monday, that advance the California WaterFix proposal. It's like back in 2011 when after a couple of favorable court rulings, successful direct action protests and growing opposition to the MLPA Initiative, things went bad. The fishing groups lost a major lawsuit, the Fish and Game Commission backed down on their commitment to protect tribal gathering rights, and in spite of the Co-Chair of the North Coast MLPA Science Advisory going to prison for embezzlement of federal money from the Yurok Tribe, the faux "marine protected areas" went into effect anyway. Here's the article:
          Peak Performance   
Scaling El Cap, where Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell stunned the world with their dazzling climbs. The Audacity of the World's Most Daring Climber; Hanging Out On Top of Cliffs Is My Happy Place ; Alex Honnold’s Most Dangerous Adventure; The Science of Peak Performance; The Myth of the “Dumb Jock”; The Ultimate Long-Distance Race.
          Extra: The Evolutionary Advantage of Faith   
Is there an inherent conflict between science and religion? Jeff Schloss doesn’t think so. He’s a biologist who studies the evolutionary origins of religion. He’s also an observant Christian.
          How To Think Like a Scientist   
Do scientists see the world in a different way? Not really, as long as you have insatiable curiosity and a passion to experiment. The World Is Your Lab; Could a 50 Cent Microscope Change the World?; Cooking With Neil deGrasse Tyson; Freeman Dyson, at 93, Looks Back on a Legendary Career in Science.
          Extra: Every Time You Troll Me, A Scientist Gets Her Due   
Every time this medical student gets harassed online, she writes a new Wikipedia bio of a female scientist.
          US says ex-consultant set up meetings with US-based atomic scientist over Iran’s nuclear program   
U.S. prosecutors said in a court filing on Friday that a former consultant to Iran’s mission to the United Nations recruited a United States-based atomic scientist to meet with Iranian officials about Iran’s nuclear program. The filing regarding the former consultant, Ahmad Sheikhzadeh, ...
          Are common pesticides killing bees?   
As more and more bees disappear from our planet, scientists have sought to find definitive answers about what’s threatening them. Past research has suggested that common pesticides are killing bees around the globe, but two new studies found more evidence of how they’re harming various types of bees...
          Here's how the US empire will devolve into fascism and then collapse - according to science   

A sociologist who predicted the collapse of the Soviet Union and 9/11 attacks warns that American global power will collapse under Donald Trump. Johan Galtung, a Norwegian professor at the University of Hawaii and Transcend Peace University, first predicted in 2000 that the "U.S. empire" would wither away within 25 years, but he moved up that forecast by five years with the election of President George W. Bush, reported Motherboard .

          More than 40 small temblors shake Loihi underwater volcano over 4-hour period   

Scientists recorded at least 45 small earthquakes at the Loihi underwater volcano over the course of about four hours early Thursday. The swarm is the third so far this month, though officials said this is by far the largest number of earthquakes recorded in any one period in recent years.

          Scientists create world’s sharpest laser   
The sharpest laser in the world has been created by scientists, with the light it emits able to travel two billion miles before it goes out of sync. This breakthrough has widespread applications, and could be used for high precision experiments to make atomic clocks more accurate, to collect better ...
          Urban-dwelling millennials are having strokes at alarming rates — and scientists can’t figure out why   
A new Scientific American analysis of stroke trends reveals that millennials are having more strokes than ever before — and that risk factors include living in large cities in the Midwest and on the west coast. Along with higher risk factors based on living in West and Midwestern urban centers...
          Stargate Kommando Staffel 8 (6 DVDs)   

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          Stargate Kommando Staffel 10 (5 DVDs)   

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          Stargate Kommando Staffel 7 (6 DVDs)   

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          Neil deGrasse Tyson / Bill Nye 2020 Campaign Election President Decal - Car Window Decal Sticker by ScullyDogDesigns   

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          En tu vientre, José Luís Peixoto   

Trad. Antonio Sáez Delgado
Literatura Random House, Barcelona, 2017. 160 pp. 17,90 €

José Miguel López-Astilleros

Si dijéramos que la trama de la presente novela tiene como núcleo las apariciones marianas de 1917 en Portugal y sus protagonistas, especialmente la niña Lucía, no incurriríamos en ninguna inexactitud; sin embargo, para quienes conozcan la obra de Peixoto (Galveias, 1974), no hará falta añadir que en este libro hay mucho más que la narración de estos hechos. Es posible que para algunos los prejuicios de este planteamiento inicial los disuada de acercarse al libro, lo cual les privará de bucear en aspectos tan humanos como ancestrales de nuestra especie. Hay que especificar que esta obra no va dirigida en exclusiva a los creyentes católicos, sino a cualquier lector sensible y amante de la buena literatura. En ella el autor no toma partido sobre la veracidad o no de tales apariciones. Por el contrario, deja tal decisión al lector, puesto que en ella intervienen cuestiones muy personales e íntimas, cuando no juicios preestablecidos sobre tal o cual posición, a menudo absurdamente irreconciliables. De modo que si tomara partido podría alterar tal dimensión. Tanto es así que no hay en toda la obra descripción alguna de las apariciones acaecidas supuestamente desde mayo a octubre. En defensa de tal postura hay que señalar que la propia madre de Lucía no la creyó hasta su muerte, lo cual provocó una honda frustración en la niña. No obstante, aunque ante todo es una obra de ficción, la documentación ha sido exhaustiva. Lo que sí habría que advertir, según el autor, es que esta historia se conoce de una manera muy simplificada y superficial, lo cual implica un conocimiento distorsionado de la misma.
Para Peixoto la aparición mariana de Fátima ha constituido un insoslayable evento identitario del Portugal de hoy, en sus tres vertientes, histórica, cultural y espiritual, ante cuya aceptación o no se alinean los portugueses. Por otra parte, su enorme popularidad es un hecho innegable —recordemos la enorme cantidad de personas que se acercan hasta aquellas tierra para rendir culto a la Virgen—. Aun así, bajo este ropaje trata temas como la cohesión de la familia, recurrente en toda su obra. O la reflexión sobre las distintas formas de maternidad y relaciones con la madre. Si en el delicioso y emotivo librito Te me moriste —reeditado recientemente por Minúscula y publicado cuando contaba veintisiete años— el centro es la relación con el padre, en este va a ser con la madre. Dicha figura aparecerá caracterizada de tres modos: la madre idealizada, casi perfecta, no humana, que surge del mundo bíblico, por eso esta imagen nos la suministran los textos en forma de versículos sapienciales en la voz de Dios. En segundo lugar, la madre de Lucía, más humana, presenta una relación difícil con el personaje de su hija. Y por último, la madre del narrador-escritor, que interrumpe el texto traspasando dimensiones, representa el verbo de la conciencia, esa que, como apunta Peixoto «…queda en la cabeza de los hijos, que no es real, pero que es importante para ellos.»
De lo anterior es fácil inferir que hay tres voces en la novela. Aquella que narra los hechos desde el punto de vista de Lucía, combina la tercera persona con la primera de la niña, cuando en ocasiones esta se dirige a la naturaleza en una especie de panteísmo infantil. Y a veces con diálogos en estilo directo incorporados a la narración sin guion, pero bien identificados, o la presencia de retazos de oraciones diseminadas a lo largo de la obra. Otra voz es la del Dios bíblico, que viene dada en forma de versículos sapienciales, como decíamos, con tipografía bíblica perfectamente diferenciada. La otra voz corresponde a la de la madre del escritor, que irrumpe en párrafos entre paréntesis, reconviniendo al hijo, recriminándole su comportamiento —«Cuando eras pequeño yo te guardaba la mejor parte de todo. Si alguien se atrevía a codiciar las cosas del niño, me volvía una fiera. Me gustaría saber por qué ahora no me llamas nunca para compartir las partes buenas. Pero, si pasa algo malo, es verdad que vienes corriendo a quejarte.» (pág, 51). La presencia de lo autobiográfico, principalmente la infancia, es considerable en la obra de este autor, sobre todo en los últimos libros y cómo no en este. Argumenta que esta perspectiva o elemento le suministra la ilusión de estar escribiendo sobre algo nuevo que solo él conoce, y que dota a la narración de una energía muy particular, creando un vínculo muy singular con el lector —un ejemplo especial de esto es el libro que lleva por título Galveias, su pueblo natal, editada aquí en 2016—.
Suele ser una característica esencial en casi en toda la producción de Peixoto la presencia de lo misterioso, fantástico, sobrenatural, y en esta que nos ocupa lo sagrado y milagroso. No evita tratar la trascendencia, así en Jornal de Letras declara que debemos aceptar lo trascendente como una dimensión de lo real —y así mismo, añadimos nosotros, la ficción también es otra dimensión de lo real—. Pero más adelante insiste en que el reciente ateísmo urbano no se cuestiona, ni se discute, hecho que es un error, puesto que, continua arguyendo, el autocuestionamiento es una de las grandes cualidades de la cultura europea, de ninguna manera es un enemigo de la fe, y que por el contrario revela una búsqueda y una voluntad de saber, un inconformismo frente a la realidad, —y añadimos en auxilio de esta argumentación que desde el punto de vista teológico, la fe también se fundamente en la duda—, siendo así que la teología es algo que subyace en la confección de la obra. De ahí que el lector pueda sacar sus conclusiones sobre el origen del la fe, la fe que nace de las almas sencillas, que no simples, precedentes de entornos humildes, rurales y pobres, una creencia que se remonta al origen de los tiempos fundacionales en la formación cultural, intelectual y religiosa del ser humano, donde lo sagrado y el misterio tenían un lugar privilegiado, que ahora en el mundo contemporáneo se le niega y se sustituye por la ciencia, adquiriendo esta última tintes muy parecidos a los de aquella.
En este libro hay una especial dedicación al tratamiento de la condición femenina, con especial atención a la maternidad, desde diferentes ángulos, psicológico e íntimo, social y familiar. Esta condición está expresada con absoluta delicadeza, sin escamotear la dureza de algunos planteamientos, como ocurre en la página 26, cuando la madre del narrador adopta cierto tono reivindicativo y amargo «Todo el mundo tiene derecho a descansar, menos las madres. Para cada tarea, profesión o encargo hay derecho a un receso, menos para las madres. Si una madre demuestra la más mínima fatiga de ser madre, llegará enseguida algún animal, sin tener ni idea de limpiar babas y parir, dispuesto a ponerla en tela de juicio. No es madre, no sabe ser madre, no está hecha para ser madre, dirá. Pero, si todo el mundo tienen derecho a descansar, ¿las madres no? La culpa es nuestra. Sí, la culpa es de las madres. Hemos dejado que sean los hijos quienes nos definan.» Con estas palabras se somete a crítica el papel ancestral de la mujer dedicada a criar a los hijos y organizar el hogar. Además de estar más abierta a la captación de los fenómenos religiosos, en contraposición al hombre, cuya presencia no abunda en la trama. Otros asuntos importantes sobre los que trata esta magnífica novela es la reflexión sobre la lengua y el proceso creativo, sobre la omnisciencia, en la que se parecen Dios y el escritor.
El estilo de José Luís Peixoto corresponde al de un extraordinario poeta que escribe como un gran narrador. Su faceta como poeta queda patente en el lirismo y la plasticidad de la expresión. Por esto ha llegado a decir que la poesía es la infancia de su escritura, de donde nace ese intenso tono poético, que bebe de poetas como Pessoa y Camoens. Pero no solo, puesto que la literatura oral tiene en su narrativa una influencia decisiva que nace de sus orígenes rurales, infancia y adolescencia. Entre las influencias más importantes que recibe está la de Saramago, con quien tuvo una excelente relación personal a raíz de recibir el premio que llevaba su nombre con Nadie nos mira, circunstancia que le permitió felizmente abandonar la docencia y dedicarse por entero a la escritura. Otras escritores decisivos en su formación son Lobo Antunes y Miguel Torga, con quien le une, a este último, el amor por lo rural, aunque desde ópticas diferentes. Toda su obra se enmarca en la superación del neorrealismo precedente de los años 50 y 60, debido a que el clima histórico de su generación, la generación del 25 de abril, nacidos en torno a 1974, ya en democracia, es muy diferente al de aquellos escritores, sin que por ello quiera decir que no mantenga un diálogo constante y fructífero con los mismos, al igual que con otros. Como contrapunto a Peixoto podríamos citar dentro de su misma generación a otro de los grandes escritores europeos del momento, J. M. Tavares, cuya obra encarna una visión más internacionalista totalmente distinta a la suya, aunque haya muchos puntos en los que coinciden.
Podríamos concluir diciendo que José Luís Peixoto es un escritor que merece la pena leer y seguir, sin que nos quepa la menor duda de estar leyendo a alguien que va a quedar en la historia de la literatura en primera línea, por su estilo poético y tratamiento gozosamente profundo y original de los temas que aborda. Una absoluta felicidad su lectura, aunque suene manido, pero así es. Aparte de esta obra y de las ya mencionadas, no hay que perderse también Una casa en la oscuridad, Cementerio de pianos o Libro, entre las traducidas al español, o Cal, aún en portugués, que contiene cuentos, una pieza de teatro y poemas sobre la vejez.

          1890 Audubon Bird Print - Goldfinch Purple Finch Fox Sparrow - Vintage Antique Book Plate Natural Science or History Framing 100 Years Old by Holcroft   

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          1890 Audubon Bird Print - Sora Common Rail - Vintage Antique Book Plate for Natural Science or History Lover Great for Framing 100 Years Old by Holcroft   

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Page measures 6.25x9.75

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          Kaduna Govt. Announces Foreign Scholarship Opportunities For Residents   

BY ISAIAH BENJAMIN,Kaduna The Kaduna State Government has announced scholarship opportunities for qualified candidates to study Medicine, Nursing and Health Technology-related courses in foreign universities. Prof. Andrew Nok, the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology who disclosed this to newsmen in Kaduna yesterday, said that the measure was to bridge the manpower gap in the […]

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          We All Bleed Red - A Brigid Guest Post   

There is one word which may serve as a rule of
 practice for all one's life - reciprocity. 

They were in the kitchen, Pepper, my dog from childhood, asleep on a rug in the living room.  Mom was drying the last of the dishes while Dad sipped at a cup of coffee as he helped, talking that talk of parents that for kids is equally without interest and yet comforting.  It's not what they are talking about or who (though our ears are always perked up for words like "inoculation" "liver and onions" and "parent-teacher").  It was simply that steady hum that is life continuing as we know it.  It was where Big Bro and I could play on the floor with our small cars and legos under the sheltering shadow of much taller people, listening to their voices without hearing, not knowing that they would give their lives for us, but perhaps sensing it somehow.

Evenings were pretty much always the same, after dinner, we kids would clear the table, Dad would help Mom get things ready to wash and then they'd chat and laugh while the chores were done and we had a little quiet playtime or finished a homework assignment. It was simply an evening at home, the routine of chores, the tick of the clock, the sound of the chime that indicated bedtime, as if the clock cleared its throat like a parent's not so subtle reminder.  All of these simple actions being part of the foundation of family that helped us to hold and protect each other.

Then the phone rang. "It's the hospital",  Mom says, but no one looks anxious.  For it is a call for my Dad, who has a fairly rare blood type, of which some is needed.  He washes up, kisses my Mom and leaves.  He doesn't talk much about it, but over a course of a life, there were many such calls, and pins he proudly wore that showed how many gallons of blood from his veins that found their way to someone in need.  Later, when his medications were such he couldn't donate, he volunteered to be a driver for the local blood bank, collecting the blood they packed in special coolers at this rural gathering point and driving it into the city an hour or so away in his own car to be delivered to the hospital.  He got some sort of small stipend for it, enough to cover gas and a meal,  but that was all.  But that's not why he did it.

It was giving up something of himself, something we all have to give.
I'd like to say I took up the cause but I did not. As a  kid, I thought about being a medical doctor.  I loved science; had no problems dissecting Mr. Toad (though the teacher did NOT buy in on the slightly eaten, glossy lemon drop placed in the abdominal cavity as a "new organ!").  Then came the day I actually had to stick a classmate's finger with a sterilized need in a junior high science class.  Couldn't do it.  I could NOT stick a sharp object into a living thing. I couldn't watch someone else do it. Yet, a lifetime later, I'm reading the barbaric language of injury and affronts, the sights of which would sear the eyeballs of the naive and I regularly work up close and personal with the empty forms of those who have departed this mortal plane, often with violence.

But I still hate needles in living flesh of any kind, and adulthood didn't cure my fear of that. I hate shots.  I'd had enough of them to go visit strange places where the local insects might carry me off.  Then I was not able to donate for some time as I'd visited such places.  As for blood, well, I'd seen way too much of it spilled and I sort of wanted to keep all of mine.

It was just something I knew I should do, but couldn't get past my fear.  I recognized that sort of thinking in women I knew that expressed interest in learning to shoot for self-defense but said they were "afraid", not afraid of the firearm actually, but the unknown.  Like my fear of needles, they create a sort space around their fear, a "blasted heath" like that in Shakespeare's Macbeth, where nothing lives but toads, hot brass, and ghostly warnings.  It takes a life changing event, or perhaps just someone you trust, to get you past that zone to face your fear, where you often find yourself embracing it.
For me it was some folks I trusted with my back, some Marines I worked with.  They'd been stateside long enough they could donate blood again and asked me to go with them.  I thought about it. I could check all the boxes "no" on the form regarding participating in Naked Twister in Calcutta and it was years since I'd consumed fried Guinea Pig in Peru (OK, probably not disqualifying but it should be).  I've been dissed by a CF700 engine, been shot at, eaten battered rodent, had my underwear stolen out of a tent in Africa (don't ask) and been around sploody things that could turn me into a flesh and bone hula skirt.  But I was afraid of needles.

It didn't help that one of the biggest of my posse, a large wall of muscle on legs with a buzz cut, damn near fainted at the start of the procedure.  He said later it didn't hurt, but when the needle went in he went all Tactical Raggedy Andy on us.

But everyone else was fine and he was right, it didn't really hurt, and after they would give me cookies AND juice.  As always I was treated with the utmost of warmth and care and genuinely thanked.  I've got O positive blood.  Folks like me can only receive O blood, where other blood types have more options.  So if it's in short supply someone is going to have a bad day.  So I go back, three or four times a year.
Not everyone can donate, a few (though not many) healthy individuals, can have reactions to it that make them briefly very dizzy and sick.  Others have disqualifying conditions, medications or exposure to people and places that have put them at risk to donate for now. The screening you get with your little mini-physical prior to donating will make it quite clear if you can donate or not now, and even if you can't, you will be thanked for trying and sent on your way with a smile and some cookies.

But I urge you, if you have not donated, consider it.  With the increased numbers of complex treatment such as chemotherapy, organ transplants and heart surgeries, which require large amounts of blood, supplies can get dangerously low.  They may have to fetch 120 units of blood for one liver transplant.
I don't even look away now on the days that bag fills up with that pint. To my eyes,  it's not blood in the sense of bloodshed, of loss.  It's simply the shape of a need being met, filling the bag with a movement like warm molasses, flowing out of my body into that vessel, til it lays full and motionless, a compelling shape, completely without life, yet profoundly full of it.

Somewhere soon, there will be another form, a parent, spouse, daughter, brother, laying in the shadow of a hospital room, listening to the comforting talk of their family around them, without hearing the words.  They wait for that gift of healing. Fighting for that chance to receive it.  Even the most egregiously injured fight, veins coursing with the blood that remains, from which they ARE, and without which, emptied of all but dark sleep, they are NOT.
Any of us could, one day, need blood. We think that as we go about our routine lives that we'll be safe.  We take our vitamins, drive cars with air bags, and don't have an attack of selective Tourettes with the guy with 12  skull and dagger tattoos and the chainsaw that decided he wanted one of our trees for firewood.  But we're not.  Safety, viewed as such, is a lie. The things that we think are safe just those things that we've repeated so many times, so many days, over and over again that the sharp margins have worn away and there's nothing in the conduct of them that says "you know, just because I've done this a hundred times doesn't mean I won't die doing it today."

You may one day be that person in that hospital that needs blood.  So think about it and make that call, bloodmobiles can visit even the smallest of communities and a quick search engine query can find your nearest donation facility.

In my wallet is my Blood Donor Card,  showing my O positive status should I need to be a recipient.  Like my Concealed Carry Card, it's something I bear, not as a burden, but as a way I can protect a life, one small action at a time.

Be safe out there.

 - Brigid
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          Annecy 2017: Award Winners from the 41st Festival   


The Jury on the beach!

17 Awards for an Eclectic Selection    

The different juries from the 41st International Animation Film Festival have revealed the winners from Annecy 2017! Amongst the 216 films nominated in the official competition (all categories combined), 17 awards were attributed during the Closing Ceremony on Saturday 17th June.



Marcel Jean handed over the Honorary Cristal to Georges Schwizgebel to commemorate his prolific career.

"For the fifth year in a row, the Annecy Festival awarded the Honorary Cristal to a leading figure in the animation world. This year, it’s not only an exceptional filmmaker that we’ve crowned, but a friend as well. The Swiss director Georges Schwizgebel has had his films in competition at the Annecy Festival fourteen times. Georges has been a member of the jury at the Festival twice and two of his shorts, The Ride to the Abyss and 78 Turns, are included in the list of the 100 best animation films that we published in 2006.

Georges Schwizgebel is an animation guru, an artisan of precision and an artist who has inspired many young animators. His style can be described as baroque and swirling, characterised by a confident brushstroke and a resolutely postmodern approach with his relationship to history and art.” Marcel Jean

His film Erlking was screened as his son Louis Schwizgebel-Wang played the piano.






> Commissioned Films

Jury Award

Moby "Are You Lost in the World Like Me?"

Steve Cutts



Cristal for a Commissioned Film

Material World

Anna Ginsburg


United Kingdom

> TV Series and Specials

Special Distinction for a TV Series

BoJack Horseman "Fish Out Of Water"

Mike Hollingsworth



Jury Award for a TV Series

The Man-Woman Case "Wanted"

Anaïs Caura



Cristal for a TV Production

Revolting Rhymes Part One

Jakob Schuh, Jan Lachauer, Bin-han To


United Kingdom


Jury Distinction

Pas à pas

Charline Arnoux, Mylène Gapp, Léa Rubinstayn, Florian Heilig, Mélissa Roux



Jury Award

Summer's Puke is Winter's Delight

Sawako Kabuki



Cristal for a Graduation Film


Jonatan Schwenk




"Off-Limits" Award

Dix puissance moins quarante-trois seconde





Audience Award

The talented Jean-Pierre Jeunet bestowed the Audience Award upon Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman for Loving Vincent. The film has been a great success since its world premiere on Tuesday 13th June.


Poland, United Kingdom

Jury Award

In This Corner of the World

Sunao Katabuchi



Cristal for a Feature Film

Lu Over the Wall

Masaaki Yuasa




Audience Award

Grandpa Walrus

Lucrèce Andreae



Jury Distinction

The Ogre

Laurène Braibant



The "Jean-Luc Xiberras" Award for a First Film

The Blissful Accidental Death

Sergiu Negulici



Jury Award

Kötü Kiz > Wicked Girl

Ayce Kartal


France, Turkey

Cristal for a Short Film

Min Börda > The Burden

Niki Lindroth Von Bahr




After the 2017 Festival hit the milestone with 10,000 accreditations (11% more than in 2016), we’ll see you in Annecy from 11th to 16th June 2018
to pay tribute to Brazilian animation!


Find photos of all the award-winning films
and all the Annecy Festival photos on Flickr  Flickr




          Shotgunning: The Art and the Science   
In this near-legendary handbook, respected firearms expert Bob Brister offers advice, instructions, and solutions to every situation a shotgunner might...
          De nouveaux débouchés attendent les diplômés   

C’est le temps de la remise des diplômes partout dans la province et plus de 8 800 élèves feront leurs premiers pas vers des études supérieures et la poursuite de leur formation ou ils entreront sur le marché du travail.

Le ministre et le personnel du ministère de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance sont fiers de tous les élèves et ils souhaitent aux diplômés de cette année beaucoup de succès dans leurs efforts pour relever de nouveaux défis et saisir de nouveaux débouchés.

« La remise des diplômes est un moment excitant et enrichissant pour nos élèves, souligne Zach Churchill, ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance. Le succès continu de nos diplômés dans leurs projets et leurs entreprises reflète le temps et le dévouement que les enseignants, les parents, les collectivités et le personnel ont investis pour soutenir et guider les élèves dans leurs études et aux plans personnel et professionnel. »

Chaque année, environ :
-- 46 p. 100 des diplômés se dirigent vers des études postsecondaires;
-- 24 p. 100 choisissent le collège communautaire;
-- sept pour cent vont faire des études dans un autre établissement d’enseignement;
-- 11 p. 100 intègrent le marché du travail;
-- 12 p. 100 n’étaient pas encore décidés au moment de recevoir leur diplôme.

Comme beaucoup d’élèves qui finissent leurs études secondaires, Shane Breen, de l’école secondaire de Glace Bay, dit que toutes les personnes qu’elle a rencontrées durant ces années vont lui manquer.

« Je fréquente la plupart de ces personnes depuis 13 ans et il y en a certaines que je ne reverrai plus jamais, dit Mlle Breen. Mais j’ai hâte d’être plus indépendante. Je prévois étudier en sciences à l’Université Mount Saint Vincent tout en continuant à travailler. »


     C’est le temps de la remise des diplômes partout dans la

province et plus de 8 800 élèves feront leurs premiers pas vers

des études supérieures et la poursuite de leur formation ou ils

entreront sur le marché du travail.

     Le ministre et le personnel du ministère de l’Éducation et

du Développement de la petite enfance sont fiers de tous les

élèves et ils souhaitent aux diplômés de cette année beaucoup de

succès dans leurs efforts pour relever de nouveaux défis et

saisir de nouveaux débouchés.

     Selon le ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la

petite enfance, le succès continu de nos diplômés reflète le

temps et le dévouement que les enseignants, les parents, les

collectivités et le personnel ont investis pour soutenir et

guider les élèves.

Source: Release

          New Opportunities Await Grads   

It is graduation time across the province and more than 8,800 students will take their first step toward continued education and training, or enter the workforce.

The minister and staff at the Department of Education and Early Childhood Education are proud of all students, and wish those who are graduating this year all the best as they pursue new challenges and opportunities.

“Graduation is an exciting and rewarding time for our students,” said Zach Churchill, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development. “The continued success of our graduates in their pursuits and goals reflects the time and dedication teachers, parents, communities and staff have invested to support and guide them academically, personally, and professionally.”

Each year, about:
-- 46 per cent of graduates pursue post-secondary education
-- 24 per cent attend community college
-- seven per cent pursue educational opportunities at another learning facility
-- 11 per cent join the workforce
-- 12 per cent are undecided upon graduation.

Like many graduating students, Glace Bay High School’s Shane Breen said she is going to miss all the people she has met along the way.

“I have been with most of these people for 13 years, and I might never see some of them again,” said Ms. Breen. “But I am looking forward to more independence. I plan to study sciences at Mount Saint Vincent University while continuing to work.”

Source: Release
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          7/1/2017: WORLD: New breast cancer test breakthrough   

UNITED STATES: Thousands of breast cancer patients could be spared chemotherapy after scientists developed a new test which shows if the disease is likely to return. The test, called MammaPrint, was designed by the University of California and looks...
          7/1/2017: WORLD: Pesticide firms are critical of bee harm study they paid for   
EUROPE: Bees are being harmed by some of the most common pesticides, according to a study attacked by the chemical companies that paid for it. Bayer and Syngenta, which produce neonicotinoid pesticides, have accused the scientists they commissioned of...
          Love and Health   
Let’s give Valentine’s Day a boost and celebrate by taking a deeper look at love. Whether you prefer John Lennon’s anthem, “All you need is love”,  the bold Biblical statement from the Book of John, “God is love.”  or perhaps Emma Seppala’s research out of Stanford – showing the scientific connection between love and health – […]
          Posttraumatic growth is ‘surprisingly positive flip side’ of PTSD   
Shakespeare may have said it best in As You Like It: “Sweet are the uses of adversity, Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, Wears yet a precious jewel in his head.” Science is now helping to explain the Bard’s positive spin on adversity by researching what the New York Times recently called posttraumatic stress […]
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          Quand Moïse Ekanga sort 400.000 dollars à la FBN Bank pour Lusakweno, c’est sous le prête-nom de Justin Mbalaka   

Des informations commencent à filtrer les banques commerciales locales ciblées selon les instructions du Département du Trésor américain aux banques de l’Union européenne. Il y en a une cité avec certitude, la FBNBank, née sous les cendres de la Banque internationale du crédit -BIC- de l’homme d’affaires rd-congolais Pascal Kinduelo. La FBN Bank est connue comme une plaque tournante de blanchiment et des opérations maffieuses du régime.

Déjà à sa création, un nom très controversé dans les milieux de la finance internationale, celui de Dan Getler comme l’un des principaux actionnaires, si l’actionnaire majoritaire. Le rachat avait été parrainé par Augutstin Katumba Mwanke dont la sœur -sa cousine- avait joué un rôle important dans cette banque. Qui dit Katumba voit Moïse Ekanga que le premier a initié pendant des années à la gestion de toutes les combines financières. Ekanga, c’est l’héritier de Katumba qui a tout hérité de son mentor jusqu’à un penchant quasi maladif pour la discrétion qui fait que presque nul dans le grand public -et même dans les milieux avertis- ne sait que c’est lui le véritable fossoyeur de l’économie rd-congolaise depuis la disparition du grand manitou.

Avec la FBNBank où il loge des comptes en millions de dollars sous des prêtes-noms, Ekanga y fait pour tous les débits d’importants fonds destinés à l’achat des consciences chez les opposants et dans les milieux des députés européens et autres pour le lobbying. Quand il met à la disposition de Christian Lusakweno en compagnie de Madame Candide 400.000 dollars pour graisser à Bruxelles, il y a quelques temps, le chèque porte l’en-tête FBNBank mais la signature n’est la sienne. Elle plutôt celle de Justin Mbalaka, un proche d’Ekanga. De sorte que si vérification il y a, aucun auditeur ne penserait remonter à lui. Quelques semaines auparavant, ce sont 700.000 dollars qui ont été décaissés par la même banque, avec la même signature et pour le même objectif.

          Study: Cholesterol-lowering Statin Drugs May Cause Parkinson’s Disease     
A Penn State Medical School epidemiological study, reported by Science Daily, is urging physicians to not prescribe statin drugs for Parkinson’s disease symptoms. Evidently, due to earlier studies, cholesterol reducing drugs were considered preventative of Parkinson’s disease. Amazingly, this practice had been going on for some time, thanks to several questionable, and conflicting studies of statin use and Parkinson’s disease. The most recent study was conducted at the Penn State College of Medicine earlier this year (2017.) Their conclusion asserts that statin drugs should not be used as a Parkinson’s disease (PD) preventative. A previous study claimed patients who stopped taking statin drugs were more prone to Parkinson’s disease, thus statin drugs were helpful for preventing Parkinson’s. The Penn State study provided evidence that the opposite is true. Statin drug use can lead to Parkinson’s disease.

          Blanco Court Beef Noodles : relocated to Greenwich V, Seletar   
They have been around since 1979 though not at the same location, they started at Blanco Court then moved to North Bridge Road and then to Guilemard Road before moving to the food court in Greenwich V at Seletar Road. It is currently manned by Uncle Max, the original chef. Their previous shop at Guilemard was opened by 24 years old Mike Loh who gave up pursuing a career related to his Diploma in Sports Science to carry on the family business but what exactly happened later on that led to the closure of this shop?

I was there on a weekday near lunch and I was their only customer at that time. I wanted to order a bowl of Beef Ball Soup ($5/$7/$9) and Mixed Beef Vermicelli (Dry) ($7/$9). That Uncle asked, "Do you want it with Bee Hoon?" I was a little confused and I thought he was referring to my order of Mixed Beef Vermicelli which I specially requested to have it with the sliced beef. I answered, "Yeah". I was served a bowl of Beef Ball Soup with bee hoon. I think Uncle did not get my second order so I repeated it. I waited for another 5 minutes for it to be ready. I asked whether am I supposed to add the cincalok to the chilli and I was told to do so.

The Beef Noodle is still good and satisfying. It is getting difficult to find good Hainanese style beef noodles these days. Their broth and thick gooey sauce are done using a 'secret" recipe that has been handed down and is using beef marrow as part of its main ingredients. Those sliced beef were cooked just right. It was garnished with a handful of grounded peanuts with salted vegetable and a piece of calamansi. To start, squeeze the calamansi then mixed it well with other ingredients and a better than average bowl of beef noodle awaits. 

I went for the Beef Ball Soup next. There were a few slices of beef and a handful of salted vegetable added to it, too. The soup was a little too light with a slight beefy taste. I was not quite impressed with those beef balls as I thought it could be better. 

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Two simultaneous excavations started in March this year - Narmetta in Jangaon and Palamakula in Siddipet - are not just rare but also have several ‘firsts’ to the department’s credit. The excavation from the Megalithic period - 1500 BC to 500 AD - throw light on the artistic and aesthetic sense of that era. The excavation in Narmetta, that is widely popular for the Kolanupaka temple, a religious destination of the Jains, led to the finding of what is being considered as the biggest capstone ever discovered in South India, according to the Department officials. “It is the biggest and also unique as it was arranged in an anthropomorphic manner where only the body weighs 42 tonnes. Another piece of the capstone is in the form of a human head. This is the first time in the Department’s history that we have unearthed something like this,” informed NR Visalatchy, director.
This apart, over 22 stone pieces, the highest till date, which are predicted to have been dismantled from a neck piece, were also excavated. The consistency of these diamond-shaped pieces in their precise and uniform cutting points to the artistic sense of people of that era, said the director. Fire stands, uniquely heavy bottomed and with holes to let out smoke, were also discovered at Narmetta.
Meanwhile, the discovery of a cist grave, made out of four stone slabs, with another cist within, at Palamakula village reiterates the belief of life after death of the Megalithic people.
Bones and a human skull were found buried in it.  “The careful arrangement of a cist within a cist and bone remnants is also a first time discovery and it signifies that extra care was taken in case of the burial,” pointed the director.
Pre-mended pottery, where broken pots stuck together with some kind of adhesive and buried back again, were also excavated. While all of these belong to the Megalithic period, the Department has sent samples for scientific dating to the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology.

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