Samsung Galaxy Home speaker delayed but noones saying why

first_img We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. There’s something about smart speakers that seem to throw the world’s most dominant smartphone makers off their game a little bit.After Apple’s well-publicised HomePod delays, it seems Samsung is having similar struggles getting its Bixby-powered Galaxy Home speaker ready for prime time.The attractive speaker was announced all the way back in August 2018 alongside the Galaxy Note 9, with Samsung eventually telling the media of plans to get the Galaxy Home on sale in the first six months of 2019.Not that there was much time left for this to happen anyway, but Samsung has now confirmed the inevitable; the release isn’t coming until the second half of the year.Related: Best multi-room speakers 2019Samsung CEO Hyun-suk Kim told the Korea Herald (via Engadget) the Galaxy Home is “planned to be launched in mid-second half of the year.” So that’ll probably be the somewhere close to the Galaxy Note 10 launch thought to be taking place in August or September.Kim reaffirmed Samsung’s commitment to the device, claiming it was at the centre of “the center of Samsung’s home appliances,” strategy, so we probably shouldn’t be too worried about the future of the device.Samsung didn’t say what is causing the delay, but it’s likely down to the company’s desire to improve Bixby and have a number of third-party app integrations ready for when the Galaxy Home goes on sale.The table top speaker, which unlike others in the market will have legs, will also feature integration with Spotify. Samsung called Spotify its “go-to music partner for its multi-device ecosystem,” and promised this was a long-term commitment from both parties. It’ll be really interesting to see how this plays out when the Galaxy Home goes on sale.As well as the lack of a release date, Samsung is yet to reveal a price for the Galaxy Home speaker, but it’s likely to be closer to the HomePod than the Amazon Echos of the world. It’s also rumoured the company is plotting a Mini version that could be a little friendlier to the wallet. Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time. Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links.Tell us what you think – email the Editorlast_img read more

As star athletes salaries skyrocket they become trophies that banks covet

first_img The company works with about 900 sports professionals, about 80 per cent tied to hockey — mostly NHL players, but also those playing in the American Hockey League or Europe, as well as drafted junior players, retired NHLers, coaches, agents and executives. The rest are in MLB or the NFL, where Royal Bank expanded in the past two years, or in the NBA or professional golf.A 38-member Royal Bank team includes a dozen private bankers in Canada and the U.S. who act as “quarterbacks,” coordinating the bank’s response to client needs, along with 15 investment advisers, McKee said.“It’s not a 9-to-5, Monday-to-Friday job,” said McKee, 63, who spent years as a private banker for athletes before moving into his current role. “You’ve got to be able to work 24/7, seven days a week. It’s not a job for everybody.”Royal Bank established a North American sports professionals segment within its private-banking division in 2004, consolidating services for athletes scattered across its branch network. But the beginnings reach back further, when McKee was a senior loans officer at a branch near the Canucks’ Vancouver arena. His break came in 1991, when he landed players Trevor Linden and Cliff Ronning as clients.Royal Bank’s U.S. foray starting in the late 1990s helped expand the practice of serving border-hopping NHL players. The firm extended its reach when it bought City National — Hollywood’s bank to the stars — in 2015.A playbook emerged: Get athletes when they’re young — often 18, 19 or 20 years old — to give them guidance before the big paychecks and bigger temptations arrive. To win over those players and their families, attending the annual NHL entry draft became a requirement — including this week’s gathering in Vancouver.The opportune time is before they start to think about what they’re going to do with this money — and some of it could be frivolous like buying a Ferrari or somethingBob McKee, managing director for sports professionals, Royal Bank John-Michael Liles knows the temptations that can accompany a lucrative NHL contract. His came in the form of a ’69 Chevy Camaro.Back when the retired defenceman was a rookie in 2003, he was wowed by a muscle car owned by a Colorado Avalanche teammate. Liles vowed that if he ever landed a big National Hockey League contract, he’d build the same custom Camaro. Five years later, the Indiana native signed a four-year deal with the Avalanche — then proceeded to fritter away US$100,000 on a yellow convertible with black racing stripes.“I probably spent more money on it than I realistically should have,” Liles, 38, said in a phone interview from his home outside Vail, Colo. “It was a great car and I loved it, but at some point I had to become an adult. I have two kids and it’s not exactly child-friendly.”To help him avoid bigger lures and protect 14 years of NHL earnings, Liles said he has relied on Royal Bank of Canada. Why Canada’s high tax rates could be a non-factor in Kawhi’s stay-or-go decision: Jamie Golombek Don’t just bash millennials: Baby boomers don’t have a handle on their finances, either Possible tax relief looming for U.S. citizens living in Canada The firm was earlier than most in specifically targeting hockey players as clients and thinks it can replicate that success with other athletes. As its hometown Toronto Raptors celebrate breaking Canada’s 26-year championship drought in the biggest North American sports, RBC sees an opportunity.It has plenty of competition from major banks trying to ride the wave of surging salaries in professional sports. Morgan Stanley established a Global Sports & Entertainment division almost five years ago, and now has 132 directors and associates in the group. Goldman Sachs made a similar move last July, setting up a Sports and Entertainment Solutions business in its private-wealth-management division.“We have longstanding relationships with clients who are within the sports and entertainment industry, going back decades. Within the past year, we decided to have a more dedicated presence,” Nicole Pullen Ross, who oversees the business at Goldman, said in an interview. “We’ve been extremely fortunate to have some very early success.”John-Michael Liles has used RBC to help him avoid purchasing lures and to protect 14 years of NHL earnings. Comment Reddit Bloomberg News What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation It’s not just banks. Smaller companies, independent money managers and boutique firms are clamouring for some of the action in a business with mammoth contracts and sponsorship deals. Financial adviser Chris Moynes, who spent a decade in Royal Bank’s sports division before becoming managing director of One Sports + Entertainment Group, handles about 75 NHL players. Even former athletes have made the leap. The latest example: Tony Parker, a four-time National Basketball Association champion who retired from playing last week, joined NorthRock Partners’ sports, artists and entertainment division.The biggest firms are on the hunt for sports clients eager to avoid getting burned in a world rife with financial mismanagement. Professional athletes alleged almost US$600 million in fraud-related losses from 2004 through 2018, Ernst & Young said in a report.And there’s plenty of money to be taken: Multiple baseball stars signed contracts this year paying more than US$300 million, and a dozen NBA players may score nine-figure deals this summer. Athlete salaries in the NHL, National Football League, NBA and Major League Baseball ranged from US$2.7 million to US$7.1 million in 2017, according to the EY report. Endorsements and sponsorship deals brought in US$887 million for the top 100 earners.In serving those highly paid athletes, Royal Bank stands out, having advised pros for almost three decades. It focused initially on hockey players, whose careers often shuttle them between the U.S. and Canada.“Nobody has our cross-border capabilities,” Bob McKee, Royal Bank’s managing director for sports professionals, said in an interview at his Vancouver office. “That is the key.”It’s not a 9-to-5, Monday-to-Friday job. You’ve got to be able to work 24/7, seven days a week. It’s not a job for everybody.Bob McKee, managing director for sports professionals, Royal Bank Join the conversation → Recommended For YouLoonie nears eight-month high on surprise swing to trade surplusUPDATE 2-Canada posts C$762 mln trade surplus in MayOil falls about 2.5% as U.S. Gulf production returnsOnline conservatives expect to vent social media frustrations at White House summitDavid Rosenberg: Deflation is still the No. 1 threat to global economic stability — and central banks know it June 21, 20193:15 PM EDT Filed under News FP Street Twitter Chris Moynes, managing director of One Sports and Entertainment, handles about 75 NHL players.David Williams / Bloomberg More “The opportune time is before they sign that contract, before they start to think about what they’re going to do with this money — and some of it could be frivolous like buying a Ferrari or something,” McKee said.Royal Bank also attracts athletes midway through their careers or approaching retirement. Today, about 18 per cent of clients are retired players.Daniel and Henrik Sedin, Swedish twins who played their entire 18-year career with the Canucks before retiring last year, know about heady career trajectories. The longtime Royal Bank clients went from getting about US$100 a game in a Swedish league in the late 1990s to earning about US$1 million a season with their first NHL contract, a three-year deal in 1999. Their salaries reached US$7 million a season in their final years.“It’s easy to say a lot of players make a lot of money, but for the most part players make league minimum or up to a million and a half, maybe $2 million,” Henrik Sedin, 38, said in a phone interview. “If you play for three or four years, you’re not going to be able to live the rest of your life doing nothing — and that’s the case for the majority of players in the league.”Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks at their final NHL game in 2018. Facebookcenter_img advertisement Featured Stories Postmedia file photo Postmedia file photo As star athletes’ salaries skyrocket, they become trophies that banks covet Money managers, big and small banks, and boutique firms vie for the millions they can invest for pros who want a personal touch Email Doug Alexander Out-of-the-ordinary demands from sports stars have been the norm for RBC’s David Vander Voet during his 13 years as a private banker in Toronto.“I’ve played real estate agent, I’ve taken delivery of cars, I’ve delivered paperwork and so forth to weird places, to hotels. I’ve gone down to the depths of locker rooms, gone to the practice facilities,” he said in an interview. “You make yourself available to them, at their schedule.”Vander Voet works with “brand-name athletes” as well as hockey executives, agents and retired players. He typically manages around 150 households, and currently 20 are in sports, including active players in the NHL, MLB and NBA. His first client as a private banker was a newly acquired Toronto Maple Leafs player, and he’s since built relationships with young athletes and their families, from their junior hockey days, to American Hockey League debuts, and on to the NHL.Young players tend to be “a bit boring” in their demands, Vander Voet said, unlike some players taken on later in their careers. “I have clients that I’ve inherited when they’re close to retirement, when it’s been more of a 911 instead of a 411. It’s been a bit of a tire fire and we’re trying to get them right again.”Like his colleagues, Vander Voet won’t disclose client names. He’s dealing with one player eager to buy a $10 million house, and once had a Raptors basketball player who was paying $8,500 a month in rent for a condo and even more for Toronto parking stalls for his cars and those driven by his entourage.Liles’ tastes have been far more modest, Camaro notwithstanding. He bought and sold some homes, but mostly rented during his career. He was tempted by a vacation club, but his Royal Bank adviser, Trevor Johnson, made him reconsider.“Any time I had something in my mind that wasn’t on track with my plan for my career and post-career, Trevor was always there to say ‘Let’s just table this one for a little while,’” Liles said. “For the most part, we’ve made some pretty sound financial decisions.” Share this storyAs star athletes’ salaries skyrocket, they become trophies that banks covet Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn The Sedins are a wealth manager’s dream: They had long careers and lucrative contracts, yet are restrained in their spending. Their biggest indulgence came when they each spent around $150,000 on motorboats for their oceanfront home in Sweden. They didn’t really enjoy them, and sold a year later at a loss.“We grew up in a family that never really talked money — we didn’t think that way,” Henrik Sedin said. “We were never guys that bought anything luxury or stuff like that.”Still, the former captain relied on Royal Bank’s acumen to help on complicated financial issues, including putting together a mortgage for an apartment in Stockholm and transferring the money abroad ahead of a tight deadline.I’ve played real estate agent, I’ve taken delivery of cars, I’ve delivered paperwork and so forth to weird places, to hotels. I’ve gone down to the depths of locker rooms, gone to the practice facilities. You make yourself available to them, at their scheduleDavid Vander Voet, private banker, Royal Bank ← Previous Next → 0 Comments Sponsored By: last_img read more

Lexus Works To Promote Electric Car FUD In Latest Ads

Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on October 9, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Say What? Lexus Finally Considering PHEVs & EVs Lexus President Says Electric Car Push Is Happening Too Soon Lexus CEO Presents His Anti-EV Case This is because Lexus continues to push its wide palette of hybrids as if they’re actually electric vehicles. In the company’s latest advertising campaign, which has very obvious intent to create and promote FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt), Lexus promotes:LEXUS SELF-CHARGING HYBRIDSSeamlessly combining a gas engine and electric motor, Lexus Hybrids recharge as you drive – so they are always ready to go. That’s just the start of what makes them the ideal choice for electrified driving. You can also expect instantaneous acceleration, responsive power, high fuel efficiency, exceptionally low emissions when compared to a conventionally powered vehicle, and a luxuriously smooth ride – all without a need for a change in driving habits or need to plug in.NO NEED TO PLUG-IN. NO NEED TO CHANGE DRIVING HABITS. NO COMPROMISE IN PERFORMANCE OR FUEL EFFICIENCY. Lexus Self-Charging Hybrids are electrified vehicles with some potent differences over pure battery electrics. With a Lexus Hybrid, you never need to plug-in, worry about where the next charging station might be, or change your driving habits in any way. Just get in and go.Below, we’ve included the header for the campaign, in addition to a small gallery of the other information provided by Lexus: Hmm … Lexus hybrids have been “efficiency without compromise” for a while now, but the automaker has dialed up that mantra in an attempt to kill EV adoption.Lexus (Toyota) has gone round and round regarding EVs for years. The automaker’s focus has been primarily on traditional (no plug) hybrids, as well as hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. Time and time again there’s talk about a changing of priorities, but it never really comes to fruition. This is not to say that the Toyota Prius Prime isn’t capturing some success in the segment (meanwhile Toyota Mirai sales are nearly non-existent), but when it comes to Toyota’s luxury brand — Lexus — there’s not much visible progress.More Lexus Coverage: Source: Electric Vehicle News 4 photos As if the hybrid segment can’t function well enough on its own merits, Lexus has clearly taken to using the growing attention towards electric vehicles in its favor. Those immersed in the segment know full well what “electrified” versus “electric” means.The difficult situation here, especially from the perspective of those pushing to get people to adopt EVs, is that Lexus is not only advertising its hybrid vehicles, but also trying to cause people to second guess an electric car purchase. Wow! Yea, yea, this is big business and it’s how it goes, but just wait until the day that Toyota and Lexus want to change course and promote EVs fully. This type of advertising may come back to haunt the automaker.A deeper dive into the situation reveals that Lexus is promoting an agenda that hopes to increase people’s range anxiety. In addition, it makes charging look like an issue or an inconvenience. If a Lexus electrified vehicle can actually charge itself and has an infinite range (which is utter bullpucky since no car can ever have an unlimited range), then why would people ever want to buy a “real” EV? Let’s hope and cross our fingers that this ad campaign doesn’t work to deter EV shoppers.What are your thoughts on this situation? Let us know in the comment section below.Source: Lexus via Electrek read more

Slowing global fuel economy improvements is cause for alarm says report

first_imgGlobal fuel economy has improved during a 12-year span, but those gains have slowed in more recent years, raising concerns about reaching future fuel economy goals. more…The post Slowing global fuel economy improvements is ’cause for alarm’, says report appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forwardlast_img

Complete Coach Works introduces a 466 kWh battery pack for transit buses

first_imgSource: Electric Vehicles Magazine Source: Complete Coach Works Complete Coach Works (CCW), a California company that offers repairs and upgrades for both fossil-fueled and electric transit buses and coaches, has announced an optional, larger 466 kWh onboard energy storage system for its Zero Emission Propulsion System (ZEPS).The larger battery pack is paired with a liquid-cooled all-electric drive system and a permanent magnet synchronous motor.CCW says there are more than 50 ZEPS buses deployed in service in the US. Operators can opt to purchase newly refurbished buses from CCW’s inventory or have their existing fleets converted to all-electric.CCW Director Brad Carson said, “We were able to keep the battery pack light, which improves vehicle reliability and efficiency. This upgrade will give agencies the extended range they need on a single charge.”last_img read more

Tesla is accused of breaking labor laws with firings and surveillance by

first_imgTesla has been facing several unionization efforts at the Fremont factory and at Gigafactory 2 in Buffalo. It’s ramping up at the latter as the union is accusing the automaker of breaking labor laws over firings and surveillance. more…Subscribe to Electrek on YouTube for exclusive videos and subscribe to the podcast.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1zk7Eb8r-s&list=PL_Qf0A10763mA7Byw9ncZqxjke6Gjz0MtThe post Tesla is accused of breaking labor laws with firings and surveillance by union, Tesla denies appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forwardlast_img read more

The wait is finally over as Tiger tees up again

first_imgGolf Tiger Woods Share on Twitter Tiger Woods makes his comeback to competitve golf today. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images Since you’re here… Share on WhatsApp Tue 24 Feb 2009 19.05 EST Shortly after noon today at the ­Ritz-Carlton club near Tucson, Arizona, all will be revealed – but one thing is already known: Tiger Woods is ready. After 8½ months away from the game through injury, the world’s most recognisable athlete emerged into the light of a hundred ­flashbulbs yesterday, flushed from an early-morning practice session before today’s first round of the Accenture Match Play Championship and imbued with a self-belief that was steely, even by his standards.When he played in the 2006 US Open shortly after the death of his father, Earl, Woods teed up his ball for the first round of a tournament feeling that he might not win – a revelation that prompted an ­obvious question. After being out for so long, is he pessimistic about his chances this week? “No, that [the 2006 US Open] was the only time,” he said confidently.The implication was as obvious as it was bold. Like the best Hollywood film trailers, Woods has promised big things. Now he has to deliver an epic performance, and even he is nervous, it seems. “Yeah, I will be nervous but the day I’m not nervous is the day I quit,” he said. He will tee off at 12.03pm local time (7.03pm GMT) against the world No64, Brendan Jones.Only a gambler nursing ambitions of abject poverty would make the case that there are absolute certainties in matchplay golf but, equally, it would take a rare boldness to foresee anything other than a victory for the world No1.For one thing, Jones himself has been recovering from an injury of his own and has played very little tournament golf over the last few months. Then there is Woods’ appetite for competition, which was never less than ravenous but appears to have intensified during his time away from the game.”I am looking forward to the rush tomorrow, I really am, waking up ­tomorrow – getting ready for my round, getting focused and coming out here, warming up and getting fired up for my match against Brendan,” he said.”I am looking forward to that rush more than anything because I haven’t had it for a long time. You can have money games at home with the guys, but it is not the same. This is what I do for a living, this is what I have wanted to do for my entire life and not being able to do it at the highest level has been frustrating.”There have been compensations, ­however, not least the chance to spend more time with his family, he said. “I didn’t realise how much I loved being at home and being around Elin (his wife) and Sam (his daughter) and now Charlie (his recently born son), so it was a blessing in disguise to be away from the game,” he said.Ominously for Jones and the other 62 players in the field, he has also had time to indulge in his endless search for improvement, and with some success apparently. “My short game has got better,” he said. “I have got more shots than I had before, just because I spent so much time chipping and hitting all the different shots around the green. I had forgotten I had some of the shots, so it is nice that I remembered how to hit them again.”If Woods is relishing his return to ­competitive golf, then his relief is more than matched by that of the game itself, which is suffering because of the global economic turmoil. Even the world No1 has not been immune, having lost his endorsement deal with the car manufacturer Buick, while his Tiger Woods Foundation has a sponsorship deal with a company owned by Allen Stanford, the financier at the centre of fraud investigations into running of his businesses. Stanford also had ­sponsorships deals with other players, most notably Vijay Singh, and with the PGA Tour itself, which has a deal with Stanford to sponsor an event in Memphis later this summer.Against this backdrop of bad news, the Woods comeback is timely. What would be even more timely from the tour’s ­perspective would be for its most valuable asset to go all the way and win Sunday’s 36-hole final. He has done it three times in the past and, whatever the vagaries of the matchplay format, he could do it again. Share on Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Lawrence Donegan in Tucson Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger First published on Tue 24 Feb 2009 19.05 EST The wait is finally over as Tiger tees up again Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Topics The world No1 is back, he’s hungry – and he looks as good as ever Reuse this content Shares00 Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Golf Support The Guardian featureslast_img read more

Calcium electrotransfer could be used to target cancer cells study finds

first_img Source:http://ewww.kumamoto-u.ac.jp/en/ Jul 13 2018Several different treatment methods are used against cancer and multiple promising approaches are currently under examination by various institutions around the world. In Japan, one method in particular, calcium electrotransfer, is being studied at Kumamoto University’s Institute of Pulsed Power Science.Pulsed electric fields (PEFs) have multiple applications in biology, ranging from DNA/drug delivery to the elimination of microorganisms in water. Their use against cancer is not new, but their basic effects on cells are still being clarified. Researchers at Kumamoto University’s Bioelectrics Department recently identified the optimal PEF conditions for increasing the permeability of a cell membrane to calcium. This technique is appealing as a potential cancer treatment since cancer cells are particularly sensitive to an abnormal influx of calcium, it is comparatively cheap, and it has few side effects.Related StoriesAdding immunotherapy after initial treatment improves survival in metastatic NSCLC patientsTrends in colonoscopy rates not aligned with increase in early onset colorectal cancerStudy: Nearly a quarter of low-risk thyroid cancer patients receive more treatment than necessaryThe researchers examined calcium intake in HeLa S3 cells via calcium (Ca2+) fluorescence. For each test, they used a fixed amount of energy but changed the PEF pulse count to assess the effects of electric field changes rather than that of total energy. Researchers found that membrane permeability continues for a short while after PEF is terminated because it takes time for the pores in the membrane to completely close. This gives a little more time for Ca2+ to diffuse into the cells.Of the four electric fields examined, the two larger fields (1.8 and 1.26 kV/cm) produced a high Ca2+ intake rate during the first 10 ms that decreased significantly thereafter. On the other hand, the intake rate during the first 10 ms for the two smaller fields (0.63 and 0.45 kV/cm) was undetectable and gradually increased afterward. The rates for these two fields were very similar to one another until the end of the analysis.”The optimal PEF levels for our in vitro tests turned out to be 100 pulses at 1 kHz and 0.45 kV/cm,” said study leader Dr. Hamid Hosseini. “This setting should be nonlethal to normal cells but effectively kill cancer cells. We still have more work to determine if these results will hold up in in vivo settings, but we are optimistic that this method can produce a promising cancer therapy.”last_img read more

New technology can help people with hearing loss better understand speech

first_imgJul 30 2018Future hearing aid users will be able to target their listening more accurately thanks to new Danish technology. A researcher from Aalborg University uses machine learning to teach a computer program how to remove unwanted noise and enhance speech.One of the main challenges for people with hearing loss is understanding speech in noisy surroundings. The problem is referred to as the cocktail party effect because situations where many people are talking at the same time often make it very hard to distinguish what is being said by the individual you are talking to.Even though most modern hearing aids incorporate various forms of speech enhancement technology, engineers are still struggling to develop a system that makes a significant improvement.PhD student Mathew Kavalekalam from the Audio Lab Analysis at Aalborg University is using machine learning to develop an algorithm that enables a computer to distinguish between spoken words and background noise. The project is done in conjunction with hearing aid researchers from GN Advanced Science and is supported by Innovation Fund Denmark.Computer listens and learns”The hearing center inside our brains usually performs a string of wildly complicated calculations that enables us to focus on a single voice – even if there are many other people talking in the background,” explains Mathew Kavalekalam, Aalborg University. “But that ability is very difficult to recreate in a machine.”Mathew Kavalekalam started out with a digital model that describes how speech is produced in a human body, from the lungs via throat and larynx, mouth and nasal cavities, teeth, lips, etc.He used the model to describe the type of signal that a computer should ‘listen’ for when trying to identify a talking voice. He then told the computer to start listening and learning.Noise isn’t just noise”Background noise differs depending on the environment, from street or traffic noise if you are outside to the noise of people talking in a pub or a cafeteria,” Mathew Kavalekalam says. “That is one of the many reasons why it is so tricky to build a model for speech enhancement that filters the speech you want to hear from the babbling you are not interested in.”At Aalborg University Mathew Kavalekalam played back various recordings of voices talking to the computer and gradually added different types of background noise at an increasing level.Related StoriesStress-induced changes in heart rate may impair auditory perceptionScientists discover rare autoimmune disease triggered by testicular cancerAge and excessive noise have different effects on brain’s sound processingBy applying this machine learning, the computer software developed a way of recognizing the sound patterns and calculating how to enhance the particular sound of talking voices and not the background noise.Fifteen percent improvementThe result of Kavalekalam’s work is a piece of software that can effectively help people with hearing loss better understand speech. It is able to identify and enhance spoken words even in very noisy surroundings.So far the model has been tested on ten people who have been comparing speech and background noise with and without the use of Kavalekalam’s algorithm.The test subjects were asked to perform simple tasks involving color, numbers and letters that were described to them in noisy environments.The results indicate that Kavalekalam may well have developed a promising solution. Test subjects’ speech perception improved by fifteen percent in very noisy surroundings.Snappy signal processingHowever, there is still some work to be done before Mathew Kavalekalam’s software finds its way into new hearing aids. The technology needs to be tweaked and tuned before it is practically applicable.The algorithm needs to be optimized to take up less processing power. Even though technology keeps getting faster and more powerful, there are hardware limitations in small, modern hearing aids.”When it comes to speech enhancement, signal processing needs to be really snappy. If the sound is delayed in the hearing aid, it gets out of sync with the mouth movements and that will end up making you even more confused,” explains Mathew Kavalekalam.Fact Box- One in six Europeans experiences various degrees of hearing impairment. Almost everyone loses part of their hearing as they age.- Hearing loss often manifests itself in problems when trying to participate in conversations with more than one person talking. This can lead to isolation as people with hearing loss often choose to withdraw from social gatherings where they have to spend a lot of energy trying to keep up with what is being said.Source: https://www.en.aau.dklast_img read more

Exposure to even low air pollution levels linked to changes in heart

first_imgWhat is particularly worrying is that the levels of air pollution, particularly PM2.5, at which this study saw people with heart remodelling are not even deemed particularly high by the UK Government – this is why we are calling for the WHO guidelines to be adopted.They are less than half of UK legal limits and while we know there are no safe limits for some forms of air pollution, we believe this is a crucial step in protecting the nation’s heart health.”Jeremy Pearson, Associate Medical Director, The British Heart Foundation Source:https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/bhf-nur080118.php By Sally Robertson, B.Sc.Aug 3 2018A study led by Queen Mary University of London has shown that people exposed to levels of air pollution that are well within UK guidelines have structural changes in the heart that are similar to the remodeling seen in the early stages of heart failure.Image Credit: Toa5 / ShutterstockAs reported in the journal Circulation, Professor Steffen Petersen and colleagues studied data available for approximately 4,000 participants in the UK Biobank study who provided information on their lifestyle, health history and residential location.They also had their blood tested and underwent health scans including an MRI scan to measure heart size, weight and function.Although most participants did not live in major cities, a clear association was observed between living near busy roads and exposure to nitrogen oxide (NO2) or PM2.5 (small air pollution particles) and the development of larger heart ventricles, structural changes that are also seen in the early stages of heart failure.The higher the level of exposure to the pollutants, the more significant the structural changes were. For every 10 additional μg per cubic metre of NO2 and every additional 1 μg per cubic metre of PM2.5, the increase in heart size was about 1%.Worryingly, the average annual exposure to PM2.5 was 8 to 12μg per m3, which is well within the UK government’s guideline of 25μg per m3. The World Health Organisation (WHO) guideline is 10ug per m3.  The average annual exposure to NO2 was 10-50μg per m3, which is approaching and above both the WHO and the UK government guidelines of 40μg per m3.The British Heart Foundation, which part-funded the study, wants to ensure that the public’s heart and circulatory health is key to discussions taking place ahead of the UK Government’s consultation on their draft Clean Air Strategy, which closes on 14th August.last_img read more

Conscious feelings stem from bodily sensations

first_img Source:http://www.utu.fi/en/news/news/Pages/bodily-sensations-give-rise-to-conscious-feelings.aspx Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Aug 29 2018Humans constantly experience an ever-changing stream of subjective feelings that is only interrupted during sleep and deep unconsciousness. Finnish researches show how the subjective feelings map into five major categories: positive emotions, negative emotions, cognitive functions, somatic states, and illnesses. All these feelings were imbued with strong bodily sensations.- These results show that conscious feelings stem from bodily feedback. Although consciousness emerges due to brain function and we experience our consciousness to be “housed” in the brain, bodily feedback contributes significantly to a wide variety of subjective feelings, tells Associate Professor Lauri Nummenmaa from Turku PET Centre.Related StoriesMercy Medical Center adds O-arm imaging system to improve spinal surgery resultsUnpleasant experiences could be countered with a good night’s REM sleepNovel bed system with VR brainwave-control for sleep blissAccording to the researchers, emotions vividly colour all our feelings as pleasant or unpleasant. It is possible that during evolution, consciousness has originally emerged to inform the organisms and others around about tissue damage and well-being. This development may have paved for the emergence of language, thinking and reasoning.- Subjective well-being is an important determinant of our prosperity, and pain and negative emotions are intimately linked with multiple somatic and psychological illnesses. Our findings help to understand how illnesses and bodily states in general influence our subjective well-being. Importantly, they also demonstrate the strong embodiment of cognitive and emotional states, says Nummenmaa.The study was conducted in the form of an online questionnaire in which more than 1,000 people participated. The participants first evaluated a total of 100 feeling states in terms of how much they are experienced in the body and mind, and how emotional and controllable they are. Next, they also evaluated how similar the feelings are with respect to each other, and whereabouts in the body they are felt.last_img read more

DOE releases new energy technology report

first_img Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Country * Afghanistan Aland Islands Albania Algeria Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia, Plurinational State of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Bouvet Island Brazil British Indian Ocean Territory Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Christmas Island Cocos (Keeling) Islands Colombia Comoros Congo Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Cook Islands Costa Rica Cote d’Ivoire Croatia Cuba Curaçao Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Faroe Islands Fiji Finland France French Guiana French Polynesia French Southern Territories Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Gibraltar Greece Greenland Grenada Guadeloupe Guatemala Guernsey Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Heard Island and McDonald Islands Holy See (Vatican City State) Honduras Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran, Islamic Republic of Iraq Ireland Isle of Man Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jersey Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Lao People’s Democratic Republic Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macao Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Martinique Mauritania Mauritius Mayotte Mexico Moldova, Republic of Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Montserrat Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands New Caledonia New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Niue Norfolk Island Norway Oman Pakistan Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Pitcairn Poland Portugal Qatar Reunion Romania Russian Federation Rwanda Saint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Martin (French part) Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Sint Maarten (Dutch part) Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands South Sudan Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Svalbard and Jan Mayen Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syrian Arab Republic Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania, United Republic of Thailand Timor-Leste Togo Tokelau Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Turks and Caicos Islands Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of Vietnam Virgin Islands, British Wallis and Futuna Western Sahara Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe The 400-plus page Quadrennial Technology Review (QTR) released yesterday by the Department of Energy (DOE) is “far better than any sleeping pill,” Michael Knotek, DOE’s deputy under secretary for science and energy, quipped yesterday following the document’s public release at the Washington, D.C., headquarters of AAAS (publisher of ScienceInsider). “It will stun you to sleep, and you can use it for years for that purpose.”But an all-star lineup of President Barack Obama’s administration’s science leaders, including Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and White House science adviser John Holdren, applauded the giant tome for distilling the views of more than 700 energy experts on promising research areas. They identified “enormous, underappreciated, and underexploited” opportunities to conserve energy and increase supply in six sectors of the U.S. energy system, Knotek said, including the electric grid, buildings, and transportation. At present, “there are countless sources of inertia” that cause more than half of the country’s energy to be wasted, Knotek added.DOE released its first QTR report, commissioned by then-Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, in 2011. Among other recommendations, it found that DOE should devote its greatest R&D efforts to electric vehicles and modernizing the electric grid. The new report, which is three times as long, “goes beyond the first in scope and depth,” said the current secretary of energy, Ernest Moniz, at the event. It analyzes all forms of energy supply and use in the United States at a much deeper and more comprehensive level, he said.center_img Buildings, which currently account for 76% of all electricity use in the United States, and 40% of all energy use, emerge as a central target of DOE’s analysis, said Dan Arvizu, director of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, one of the contributors. Wider adoption of technologies already widespread in the United States, such as efficient equipment that has earned the government’s Energy Star seal, could result in a roughly 20% reduction in consumption, the report found. But emerging technologies, such as more efficient LED lights and better heat pump systems, could produce a reduction of 35% if widely applied.Much has changed in U.S. energy supply since the 2011 report, Holdren noted. The United States has seen a “renaissance” in fossil fuel production, making it the world’s leading combined producer of oil and gas, he said. What is needed now, the report suggests, are new projects aimed at improving the capture of carbon dioxide produced by burning those fossil fuels. Meanwhile, whereas coal consumption has gone down by one-fifth over the past few years, the amount of wind power being produced has more than tripled, and solar power production has increased 20-fold, Holdren added. These increases in renewable energy explain, in part, “why we’ve had a roughly 10% emissions reduction since 2007 or so,” Moniz said.Looking to future supplies of clean power, the report emphasizes the potential of wind power. The report estimates that wind could provide 35% of the country’s electricity by 2050, especially if firms are able to increase turbine hub height by 10s of meters in certain regions, and use advanced computing to help predict where wind farms should be located.Echoed throughout the report is the need for a more sophisticated and secure energy grid. Soon, experts predict that the U.S. energy system will include more than 150 million interacting elements, Knotek said. That means engineers will need ever more sophisticated and powerful computer models to track the flow of energy, and better batteries to support computing and store energy. And the United States and other countries will need innovative materials and technologies to achieve energy security and protect the planet from climate change, Moniz said. Referring to the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, scheduled for early December, he said: “On the way to Paris, in Paris, and sure as hell after Paris, we’re going to continue working on this.” Emaillast_img read more

Whoopi Goldberg Hopes Wendy Williams Will Reconsider Gossip

first_img More By NewsOne Staff Meghan McCain Whines That She Can’t Attack llhan Omar Because Trump Is Too Racist Entertainment, News and Lifestyle for Black America. News told by us for us. Black America’s #1 News Source: Our News. Our Voice. Kevin Hunter , The View , The Wendy Williams Show , Wendy Williams , Whoopi Goldberg SUBSCRIBE Thanks for signing up! Get ready for Exclusive content, Interviews,and Breaking news delivered direct to your inbox. Get ready for Exclusive content, Interviews,and Breaking news delivered direct to your inbox. SEE ALSO: Some No Name, Pitchy R&B Singer Disrespected Keith Sweat And Gets Demolished On Twitter Lastly, Sharina Hudson, Hunter’s alleged mistress, reportedly gave birth to their child in March, which was supposedly the breaking point for Williams to file for divorce.We’ll see if Wendy Williams will take Whoopi’s advice.SEE ALSO:All The Ways Cops Are Still Trying To Cover Up LaQuan McDonald’s ExecutionOutrageous! Figurines Of White Cherub Crushing Head Of Black Angel Removed From Dollar StoreMeet Jogger Joe, The Man Who Took Racist Cue From BBQ Becky In Tossing Homeless Man’s Clothes Emantic "EJ" Fitzgerald Braford Jr. A$AP Rocky Being In A Swedish Prison Will Not Stop Her From Going To The Country That Showed Her ‘So Much Love’ Jesse Jackson Demands ‘Justice Now’ At EJ Bradford’s Moving Funeral Ceremony Meghan McCain, Sunny Hostin and Goldberg showed support for Williams. However, before going to commercial break, Goldberg said, “Now, Wendy remember all of this. Remember how this feels because you are going to come face to face with the kind of things again and empathy — remember the word.”Watch below:In case you missed it, while sitting in a car outside of Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles over the weekend, Williams told TMZ, “Young Kevin and I are fine,. Big [Kevin], God speed. Sometimes in life stuff happens and it’s OK. I still got a very full life that I really adore. Please don’t make me cry.”She then started sobbing.“I didn’t plan on this but it is what it is … I have a very full life. Thank you for watching. I would ask you to respect our privacy, but please, I don’t respect people’s privacy that’s why I do [the segment] ‘Hot Topics’ … all three of us are doing fine.” Wendy has made a career out of gossip. Watch the clip below:Last month, People.com reported an altercation broke out between father and son in West Orange, New Jersey. They allegedly got physical after a spat about him needing to work hard on his own and accusations of him being “brainwashed” by his mother. It reportedly got physical when Kevin Sr. allegedly put his son in a headlock, and we’re told Kevin Jr. punched him in the nose to break the hold. Kevin Hunter Jr. was charged with simple assault and was processed and released the same evening and was not taken to jail.Kevin Hunter Sr. declined to not press charges.In addition, Aveon Falstar, a former artist of Hunter, alleged on the podcast “unWineWithTashaK” that he had a sexual relationship with him throughout last year. He also accused Hunter of abuse. Hunter’s attorney has denied all allegations.Back in January, TMZ reported that someone alleging to work for Williams’ production company called the police and demanded they pay a safety visit to her house. They believed Hunter was poisoning Wendy. The 54-year-old reportedly denied the accusation to the police. Wendy Williams calls herself the queen of hot topics but she has been a hot topic for months after finally filing divorce from her husband  Kevin Hunter after over 20 years of marriage. The ladies of “The View” talked a recent viral video of the 54-year-old breaking down in tears in front of the TMZ camera. Whoopi Goldberg had a message for Williams — she hopes she thinks twice about dragging other people’s name through the mud on her talk show. Gov. Cuomo Slams Mayor Bill De Blasio For The Eric Garner Case But He Also Failed The Familylast_img read more

NSF reviewing program that allows graduate fellows to study abroad

first_img Email NSF reviewing program that allows graduate fellows to study abroad By Jeffrey MervisNov. 2, 2018 , 3:15 PM Begun in 2013, Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) is a perk of NSF’s flagship Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) program. Students already receiving the $34,000-a-year fellowship can apply for an additional $5000 GROW allowance to cover travel and living expenses incurred while working in one of 17 countries. NSF has budgeted for up to 400 GROW awards a year (2000 GRFs are chosen annually) for foreign collaborations lasting from 3 to 12 months. Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! 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Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) UPDATE: The National Science Foundation (NSF) said today that it is “currently reviewing possible future directions” for the Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW). Amanda Greenwell, head of NSF’s Office Of Legislative and Public Affairs, said the agency “expects to make an announcement within the coming weeks” but that it “will not be publicly discussing the topic during the decision making process.” Greenwell also said the number of GROW recipients has declined over the past 3 years, from 158 in 2016 to 88 this year.Here is our previous story from 1 November:The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) has halted a program that each year allows hundreds of the nation’s best graduate students to work with experts in another country. And the agency isn’t saying why—or whether the program will resume. Students typically apply in the fall. But this year, those who tried to submit a proposal were informed that NSF’s online system, called FastLane, would not accept them.That news was a huge disappointment to Claire Fox, who had hoped to explore the early evolution of flatfishes at a marine research facility in India. “I was counting on this funding to support the last chapter of my dissertation,” says Fox, a Ph.D. student studying under William Bemis, an evolutionary biologist at Cornell University. Fox had also arranged to work with Indian colleagues on a project to improve precollege science education.  The rejection of new proposals was a big surprise to Jan Allen, an associate dean of the graduate school at Cornell, home to more than 200 graduate research fellows. She had just put on a workshop in which previous GROW recipients offered tips on how to apply for the award.The idea of working abroad was beginning to gain traction among the fellows, Allen says. “It gives students a global research perspective, something that’s increasingly important in today’s world.”NSF declined repeated requests from ScienceInsider to discuss the status of GROW. The agency’s most recent GROW announcement was posted in fall of 2017; it refers to an October 2015 Dear Colleague letter that gives details on how to apply. In past years the deadline has been set in early December, with awards made the following spring.Seventeen countries have inked bilateral agreements with NSF to participate in the program, and applicants are vetted at both ends. The host institution can also provide students with an additional monthly allowance to cover living expenses.Calen Henderson was part of the inaugural GROW class in 2013. A graduate student in astronomy at The Ohio State University in Columbus at the time, Henderson spent 3.5 months at Chungbuk National University in Cheongju, South Korea, learning how to apply gravitational microlensing to hunt for exoplanets. Now a research scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, he can’t say enough about how GROW has enriched his scientific perspective.“My adviser [Scott Gaudi] always said Ohio State had everything a student needed to complete their degree and that there had to be a compelling reason to go elsewhere,” Henderson explains. “Well, [Cheongbuk astronomy professor] Cheongho Han is the world’s expert on gravitational microlensing.”The GROW awards require students to weigh the benefits of studying abroad against the loss of productivity at home. Gaudi had already collaborated with Han in developing the technique but was still concerned about how long his student would be out of the country. Henderson had a ready answer.“I said I could probably learn the basics in a week or two,” Henderson said, “but that after 3 months I could get really good at it, and maybe even find new ways to apply it.” The collaboration also led to a joint paper with Han that Henderson says helped him appreciate the differences between the two scientific cultures.“We write down the same equations,” Henderson says. “But we use different paradigms to solving problems. And learning about those differences is really valuable in building a relationship.”The opportunity to learn about a new culture was a driving force for Debra Hausladen in applying for a GROW award. “I have always liked having an international component to my research,” says Hausladen, who spent 3 months at the University of Shizuoka in Japan starting in late 2013 learning new techniques for understanding soil carbon cycling as part of her work with biogeochemist Scott Fendorf at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.Hausladen has maintained her globetrotting ways after graduation. She’s now finishing up a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland and has accepted a tenure-track position in the civil and environmental engineering department at the University of Sherbrooke in Canada. “They were impressed with my international network,” she says.Only a tiny percentage of GRF recipients apply for a GROW supplement. Allen says Cornell graduate students have received 11 GROW awards since 2014, but she thinks that number will rise as more students and faculty members become aware of the opportunity.For GROW to grow, however, NSF must once again let eligible graduate students apply for an award. Officials aren’t saying if, or when, that will occur.last_img read more

Biblical Philistines—archenemies of ancient Israelites—hailed from Europe DNA reveals

first_img By Ann GibbonsJul. 3, 2019 , 2:00 PM Melissa Aja/Courtesy Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Master invited Feldman’s adviser, paleogeneticist Johannes Krause of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany, to try to extract DNA from the teeth and inner ear bones of skeletons excavated in Ashkelon. The team analyzed 1.24 million sites across the genomes of 10 skeletons. Three of the oldest individuals, who lived 3500 to 3700 years ago, were not distinguishable genetically from local Levantine people. But DNA from four infants buried beneath the earthen floors of homes in Ashkelon 500 years later, when Philistine culture first appears, told a different story. They had inherited 25% to 70% of their DNA from southern European ancestors, and the closest matches were to ancient people from the Aegean, Sardinia, and Iberia. The remaining DNA was from local people, suggesting their European ancestors had quickly mated with their new neighbors. Indeed, two styles of pottery in neighboring houses suggest that Philistines and Levantines lived side-by-side in Ashkelon.Just 200 year later, however, the DNA of three adults, presumably Philistines, fully matched that of local Levantine people. Intermarriage had swamped the genetic heritage of the European immigrants, Krause suggests.With the study “we finally have real scientific proof that people moved into Ashkelon from Europe,” says Kristian Kristiansen, an archaeologist at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, who suspects they hailed from Italy. But it will take ancient DNA from across southern Europe to pinpoint their homeland. Archaeologists have known for a century that the distinctive ceramic pots and other artifacts that suddenly appeared in the 12th century B.C.E. Philistine cities resemble artifacts from the Mycenaean empire of Greece, the ancient power that, according to myth, battled Troy. Egyptian hieroglyphics depict a sea battle with people from the north whom 19th century scholars called the “Sea Peoples.” But other scholars think Philistine culture spread when ancient empires in Turkey and Syria declined and local people filled the void. 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Country As a schoolgirl in Israel, Michal Feldman learned that the ancient Philistines, who lived between present-day Tel Aviv and Gaza during the Iron Age, were “the bad guys.” In the Bible, they were the archenemies of the Israelites, who fought Samson’s armies and sent Goliath into battle against David. “Philistine” is still a slur for an uncivilized barbarian.Now a Ph.D. student in Germany, Feldman has found a new way to understand the Philistines. By analyzing DNA from 12th century B.C.E burials in the Philistines’s renowned city of Ashkelon, her team has found that they were interlopers in the ancient Middle East. Their closest known kin were from southern Europe, the team reports this week in Science Advances.The DNA data suggest a kernel of truth to Greek and Middle Eastern legends that describe survivors who moved south after the catastrophic collapse of great Bronze Age civilizations of the Mediterranean in the late 13th and early 12th centuries B.C.E. “This [DNA] story of migration is tantalizingly close to those memories,” says co-author Daniel Master of Wheaton College in Illinois, who leads excavations in Ashkelon, Israel. “This is about real people who are moving from real troubles, finding new families in a new home,” adds Assaf Yasur-Landau, an archaeologist at the University of Haifa in Israel who was not part of the study. “It’s the most basic human story.” Skeletons excavated at the ancient city of Ashkelon in present-day Israel suggest that the Philistines came from southern Europe.  Robert Walch/Courtesy Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon last_img read more

Bones Reveal Neanderthal Child was Eaten by a Giant Prehistoric Bird

first_imgUntil recently, the oldest human fossil remains ever discovered in Poland were three molars found in Cave Stajnia, in the Krakow-Czestochowa Upland. Those molars were estimated to be between 42-52,000 years old.According to Science in Poland, that discovery has recently been blown away. A pair of finger bones belonging to a young Neanderthal child have been found in Cave Ciemna.Photo by PAP/Jacek BednarczykThe bones appear to have been digested by a large bird and are estimated to be about 115,000 years old.Identification was confirmed by Dr. Anita Szczepanek from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow and Professor Erik Trinkaus from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.Scientists noticed that the bones were poorly preserved, and very porous, dotted with tiny holes.“Analyses show that this is the result of passing through the digestive system of a large bird. This is the first such known example from the Ice Age,” said Professor Pavel Valde-Nowak of the Institute of Archaeology from Jagiellonian University.Photo by Barbara DrobniewiczHe believes that the bird could have attacked and partially consumed a small child, or it may have found the child already deceased and eaten it then. Either possibility was equally likely.The poor state of the bone preservation means that scientists can’t extract any DNA from them, but scientists feel comfortable saying the bones belonged to a Neanderthal, according to Professor Valde-Nowak, as the bones came from what at one time was a deep part of the cave which also contained Neanderthal stone tools.Related Video: The hybrid Neanderthal girl consisting of two different human species:The Neanderthals may have actually lived in the cave, or they may have just used it seasonally. The bones were actually discovered a few years ago, mixed up with a lot of animal bones, but scientists only recently did the analysis that showed them to be human remains.Photo by PAP/Jacek BednarczykThe discovery is even more important as, up until now, only single bone fragments of pre-humans had been found in Poland.According to BestNews, the bird who consumed the bones was probably a giant terror bird. Scientists believe that this family of birds rose to the top of the food chain for about 60 years after a meteor took out the dinosaurs who had previously held that spot.Reconstruction of the phorusrhacid bird Llallaavis scagliai, from the Pliocene of Argentina. Photo by Rextron CC BY-SA 4.0There were 17 species of the terror bird family that were prevalent at the time, and their diet was mostly herbivore mammals. While scientists think that most of the birds died off about a million years ago, there’s evidence to suggest that at least some of their relatives were still around until about 10,000 years ago.Size comparsion between 4 species of terror bird and a human. 1. Dinornis novaezelandiae (3 meters tall). 2. Emeus crassus (1.8 meters tall). 3. Anomalopteryx didiformis (1.3 meters tall). 4. Dinornis robustus (3.6 meters tall).As impressive as the find in Poland is, those bones are nowhere near the oldest human fossil remains that have ever been discovered. In 1974 a team of archeologists in Ethiopia found a skeleton buried in a layer of sediment that was known to be about 3.2 million years old.Photo by Paweł Valde-NowakThe small skeleton was assumed to be female, given its size, and was dubbed Lucy. Lucy was a new species of early human and gave evolutionary scientists whole new avenues for research.Even in Europe, there are human fossils dating back 1 million years. According to ScienceAlert, new research is suggesting that humans may even have developed in Europe prior to their development in Africa.Researchers were doing deep analysis on a fossilized jawbone from Greece and a premolar from Bulgaria. The fossils were from a species known to be hominid, if not human, but after using micro-computed tomography and 3D reconstructions, scientists discovered similarities with bones in modern humans and their predecessors.The fact remains, however, that the human fossil record is far from complete, and we only have a hazy idea of when, where, and how proto-humans took the first evolutionary steps that set us apart from the apes and other hominids.Read another story from us: Christian Charity Received Mammoth Bones in a Donation BoxThat’s why every discovery like the one in Poland is important; they all take us a little bit closer to filling in the blanks of how we came to be.last_img read more

Taylor Town Council canvasses the votes

first_imgTaylor Town Council canvasses the votes September 12, 2018 Photo by Toni GibbonsBill Baldwin addressed the Taylor Town Council as the newest member to be elected to the council seat that will be vacated by Councilman Lynn DeWitt at the end of the year.center_img By Toni Gibbons     All four candidates who ran for the four open seats on the Taylor Town Council received the majority of the votes allowing the current council to canvass the votes at theSubscribe or log in to read the rest of this content. Bottom Adlast_img read more

False and motivated narrative India hits out at UN body over report

first_imgBy Express Web Desk |New Delhi | Updated: July 8, 2019 9:43:15 pm Top News After Masood Azhar blacklisting, more isolation for Pakistan The assertions in the report are in violation of India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and ignore the core issue of cross-border terrorism, he said.Pakistan, however, appreciated the efforts made by the UN office to document the alleged human rights violations in Kashmir, but stated that “there is simply no parallel” between the human rights situation in the two PoK and Gilgit-Baltistan. It claimed that unlike Kashmir which is the “most militarised zone in the world”, PoK and Gilgit-Baltistan is always open to foreign visitors.Last year, the OHCHR published its first report on Kashmir and in an update to that, it claimed on Monday that “neither India nor Pakistan have taken any concrete steps to address the numerous concerns raised”. The report said there are “serious human rights violations and patterns of impunity” in Kashmir and significant human rights concerns witnessed in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.The report also called for an urgent need to address “past and ongoing human rights violations and to deliver justice to the people in Kashmir”.(With inputs from PTI) Virat Kohli won’t have a say in choosing new coach Advertising Advertising The MEA further stated that the report by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) ignores the core issue of cross-border terrorism emanating from Pakistan.“The update of the report of the OHCHR is merely a continuation of the earlier false and motivated narrative on the situation in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir,” MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.“A situation created by years of cross-border terrorist attacks emanating from Pakistan has been ‘analysed’ without any reference to its causality. The update seems to be a contrived effort to create an artificial parity between the world’s largest and the most vibrant democracy and a country that openly practices state-sponsored terrorism,” he added. Karnataka trust vote today: Speaker’s call on resignations, says SC, but gives rebel MLAs a shield 167 Comment(s) un report, un human rights report, un high commissioner, mea, ministry of external affairs, report on kashmir, cross border terrorism, jammu and kashmir, pakistan, indian express The MEA further stated that the report by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) ignores the core issue of cross-border terrorism emanating from Pakistan.India on Monday lodged a strong diplomatic protest with the UN rights office over its updated report on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. Hitting out at the UN body, the Ministry of External Affairs insisted that the report is merely a continuation of the earlier “false and motivated” narrative.last_img read more

Donald Trump and Kim Jongun to meet at Demilitarised Zone dividing Korea

first_img After Masood Azhar blacklisting, more isolation for Pakistan Cabinet asks finance panel to consider securing funds for defence Trump says ‘will take a look’ at accusations over Google, China Best Of Express Trump flew to Seoul late Saturday afternoon and was to have dinner with President Moon Jae-in, a strong proponent of diplomacy with North Korea. His DMZ visit would take place Sunday before he flies back to Washington.Moon’s office issued a statement supporting more contact with Kim without confirming any meeting this weekend. “Nothing has been decided, but our position remains unchanged that we want dialogue to happen between North Korea and the U.S.,” the statement said.Experts on the region said Trump’s flair for theater was not a substitute for a serious negotiation strategy. “It’s like ‘The Bachelor,’” said Michael Green, who was President George W. Bush’s Asia adviser. “But North Korea has stated clearly it will only denuclearize part of its weapons program, and this won’t change any of that even if they do shake hands.” Post Comment(s) Trump heads for Demilitarised Zone after inviting Kim to 'Say hello' Trump’s DMZ visit would take place Sunday before he flies back to Washington.President Donald Trump said Saturday that he would visit the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea on Sunday, and he publicly invited Kim Jong Un, the North’s iron-fisted leader, to meet him there for what would be their third get-together. Karnataka trust vote today: Speaker’s call on resignations, says SC, but gives rebel MLAs a shield By New York Times |Osaka (japan) | Updated: June 30, 2019 9:59:54 amcenter_img In a post on Twitter as he started the second of two days of meetings in Osaka, Trump said that during his next stop, in South Korea, he would be happy to greet Kim across the line that has divided Korea for nearly 75 years.“I will be leaving Japan for South Korea (with President Moon),” the tweet said. “While there, if Chairman Kim of North Korea sees this, I would meet him at the Border/DMZ just to shake his hand and say Hello(?)!”After some very important meetings, including my meeting with President Xi of China, I will be leaving Japan for South Korea (with President Moon). While there, if Chairman Kim of North Korea sees this, I would meet him at the Border/DMZ just to shake his hand and say Hello(?)!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 28, 2019North Korea indicated Saturday it would welcome such a meeting.“I consider this a very interesting suggestion, but we have not received any official proposal,” Choe Son-hui, North Korea’s first vice foreign minister, said in a brief statement carried by the North’s official Korean Central News Agency. US mulls increasing merit-based immigration to 57% US House votes to set aside impeachment resolution against Trump Advertising Advertising “I believe that if a North Korea-U.S. summit is realized on the line dividing Korea, as President Trump wishes, it will become another opportunity to deepen the friendship that exists between the two heads of state and to improve relations of the two nations,” Choe said.Trump’s tweet caught the diplomatic corps in Asia and the president’s own advisers off balance, since the last meeting between the two leaders, in Hanoi, Vietnam, in February, ended in dramatic failure, and no further substantive talks have taken place. No serious preparations have been made for an encounter Sunday.But Trump likes to be unpredictable and has made clear repeatedly in recent days that he is eager to restart negotiations aimed at persuading North Korea to eliminate its nuclear arsenal. He told reporters that Saturday’s tweet was spontaneous. “I just thought of it this morning,” he said. “We’ll be there, and I just put out a feeler.”In reality, he had been toying with the idea for days. The Hill, a Capitol Hill news organization, reported Saturday after his tweet that Trump had signaled his interest in the idea during an interview Monday, saying he “might” try to meet with Kim during an already planned but secret trip to the DMZ. The White House asked that his comment not be reported because of security concerns. Related News last_img read more