Im here for Madrids first team – Vinicius

first_imgNew Real Madrid signing Vinicius Junior declares he is prepared to challenge for a first-team place at the club after signing from Flamengo.Madrid is ready to loan out the 18-year-old in order to help his first-team development, but the Brazilian insists this will not be necessary.“I have come to be a part of Madrid’s first team,” Vinicius told reporters on Friday via Football Espana.“I will play for the Castilla initially to adapt and then move as quickly as possible, I believe this move will help me become a much better player.“There will be a lot of pressure here of course but there was also plenty of pressure at Flamengo, so I must be able to adapt quickly and the aim is to win as much as possible.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“I will need to learn a lot here and also make many sacrifices, but these values have been instilled in me from my family.“Neymar is my idol, I follow him really closely, it is the same for everyone in Brazil, he is someone to look up to and someone who has led the nation for the past few years.“I do not know if I am similar to him or not, or if I have the potential to be better, that is up for you guys (the press) to say.“I have come to Real Madrid to work hard and become an important player for this club.”last_img read more

Nuno declines talking about Wolves inconsistent form

first_imgNuno Espirito debut season with Wolves in the Premier League has been really inconsistent. Having great and low performances ever since this PL season.Wolve’s draws matches against champions Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United have been offset by defeats to Cardiff and Huddersfield before the Chelsea victory.And when asked to talk about the inconsistency in Wolves performance Nuno replied:“If only I had the answer to that.”Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“No manager can have the right answer to it because you prepare the same way, go through all of the details, you build your own team, choose your game plan and decide how to play. And then there’s a game and an opponent, who have their own ideas.”“So there is conflict that exists in a game after which you cannot say what we should change.”“We’ve won games with less of the ball and lost games with more of the ball and more shots on goal. It’s a game, it doesn’t have anything to do with the top six teams.”last_img read more

Sampdoria director returns to work after health scare

first_imgWalter Sabatini has returned to his role at Sampdoria after being rushed to hospital in September with breathing problemsThe 63-year-old sustained some very serious respiratory problems, due to being a regular smoker, and was rushed into hospital in September.But Sabatini is now fully recovered and ready to get back into his role as director of football at Sampdoria after suspending his “relationship with cigarettes”.“The doctors have won, so, for now, I’ve suspended my relationship with cigarettes,” Sabatini told Il Secolo XIX.“I’m fine and the worst is behind me. I can’t express myself fully, but I feel good and I’m happy to be back.Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…“It’s been a tough few months for me, both in the hospital and at home, and I certainly missed working on the field.“For now don’t ask me about the transfer market. We’ll have the chance to talk about it in the next few days.”Sabatini formerly played as a midfielder during his playing days for the likes of Perugia, AS Roma and Parma.Meanwhile, Sampdoria will return to action from the winter break this Saturday against AC Milan in a Coppa Italia last-16 match.last_img read more

AIRPORT REOPENED after the day helping school with fire

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 Jan 2016 – JAGS McCartney International Airport had been shut down all day because the aerodrome fire team was busy putting out the fire at HJ Robinson High in North Backsalina. Up to 3pm, no flights had landed in the Capital because it is against both FAA and CAA standards to run an international airport without the fire team on site. This predicament was costing the country, creating tremendous inconvenience and exposing the fact that there is no domestic fire department in the nation’s capital. The PDM in a media release is calling on Government to hold an emergency session of the House of Assembly to pass funding for a full fire service in Grand Turk. The Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority this morning issued alert of the closure and said flight operations in Grand Turk will resume when they are no longer needed in the community. At 3:18pm notice came that the JAGS McCartney reopened. Long Island fire extinguished Recommended for you Related Items:Fire, HJ robinson high school, jags mccartney international airport, re-opened Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Breaking: Fire at Providenciales’ Dump FIRE AGAIN in Grand Turk; underscores urgency for Fire Deptlast_img read more

Take What You Need Leave What You Can

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Students at Soldotna Montessori Charter School remind community members this holiday season that acts of kindness can sometimes can be the best gifts of all. The sixth grade Students drafted a plan to help those who are in need of nutritional assistance by building a mini food pantry located between the risk management building and the pump building in Soldotna. If you would like to donate to the pantry, feel free to contact the school or just drop your food in the pantry. Story as aired: http://www.radiokenai.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Jennifer-on-MIni-food-pantry-in-Soldotna-1.mp3 The students; Tori Verba, Malaina Maal, Selena Payment, and Emma Updike took turns presenting to the Soldotna City Council and detailing their plan back in March: “As you can see in our presentation that we are dedicated to our community, and we want them know we are there for them when they need it.”  The students worked with a teacher at the school to develop the food pantry for those in need. The pantry opened earlier this year and is still maintained by the students on a regular basis. The students saw a need in the community and instead of waiting around for someone else to figure it out they solved it themselves.last_img read more

Voters Could Decide Whether Or Not To Repeal Borough Invocation Policy

first_imgA similar invocation was given at the borough meeting on June 18. Onlookers protested outside the borough building when a member of the Satanic Temple, Iris Fontana, offered the invocation prompting walkouts by nearly a dozen people, including assembly members. Assemblymember Willy Dunne: “Many residents of the borough have requested that invocations at assembly meetings be eliminated. Ending the practice of invocations will save the borough taxpayers ‘ money and reduce divisiveness in our community. It is expected that assembly members can find ways to have their spiritual needs met outside of public meetings.” The borough has been wrestling with the invocation policy since August 2016 when an invocation invoking the name of Satan was given during an assembly meeting. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will continue discussion on an ordinance at their meeting on Tuesday that would ask the voters if the borough should change the borough code by repealing the provision for an invocation at assembly meetings.center_img The ordinance asks the assembly to put the question to the voters at the next regular election on October 1, on whether or not the borough should eliminate the assembly invocation. Dunne: “Borough assembly policy states that invocations are presented to meet the spiritual needs of assembly members. However, recent invocations have failed to accomplish that and have resulted in controversial and divisive actions in our community.”last_img read more

McConnell Presses Negotiating Partners to Reach Comprehensive TwoYear Budget Agreement

first_imgSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday he continues to seek a comprehensive two-year budget agreement that would lift the debt limit and set fiscal 2020 federal spending before the August congressional recess to avoid a potential mid-September government default and Oct. 1 shutdown.“We’ll be trying to reach an agreement soon because the House is only in for three more weeks and time is running out,” McConnell said at a news conference.Agreement by the Democrat-led House, the GOP-led Senate and the White House on a comprehensive deal is necessary to avoid the need for a stopgap funding measure and short-term debt relief.“It’s time to get serious on a bipartisan basis,” McConnell said.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Tuesday didn’t rule out a vote on a debt limit increase before the August recess, though she stressed raising nondefense spending caps for fiscal 2020 is still essential to negotiations, according to Roll Call.“Let’s see how the conversations go,” Pelosi said. “We certainly do not want any thought of default on the part of the full faith and credit of the United States of America.”The primary sticking point remains over Democratic calls for increased nondefense spending that Republican leaders oppose, according to the report.Democratic leaders have sought $647 billion for nondefense discretionary spending in fiscal 2020 while the White House has sought to abide by a 2011 deficit-reduction law which called for $543 billion in nondefense spending.The $100 billion nondefense spending difference and disputes over Democrats’ preferred $733 billion defense spending topline and Republicans’ preferred $750 billion topline has stymied negotiations for months.Timing for an agreement is compressing rapidly as Congress is scheduled to be in recess for the month of August and the first week of September.Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tia Dufour ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

NWA Are Straight Outta Compton For The Record

first_img Revisit Janet Jackson’s ‘Rhythm Nation 1814’ David Bowie’s ‘…Ziggy Stardust…’ | For The Record For The Record: Shakira For The Record: N.W.A’s ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Alanis Morissette: ‘Jagged Little Pill’ For The Record: ‘The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill’ For The Record: Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” For The Record: ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ For The Record: Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ Madonna: ‘Ray Of Light’ | For The Record For The Record: Linda Ronstadt’s ‘Canciones …’ NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jul 26, 2018 – 12:05 pm For The Record: N.W.A’s ‘Straight Outta Compton’ For The Record: Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” For The Record Revisit The Beatles’ ‘Revolver’ Dave Chappelle For The Record: ‘The Age Of Spin …’ For The Record: Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” For The Record: N.W.A’s ‘Straight Outta Compton’ For The Record: ‘The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill’ Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’: For The Record Revisit Janet Jackson’s ‘Rhythm Nation 1814’ David Bowie’s ‘…Ziggy Stardust…’ | For The Record For The Record: Linda Ronstadt’s ‘Canciones …’ Dave Chappelle For The Record: ‘The Age Of Spin …’ For The Record: Carlos Santana For The Record: ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’ For The Record: Carlos Santana Bob Marley & The Wailers’ ‘Exodus’: For The Record Facebook N.W.A Are ‘Straight Outta Compton’: For The Record For The Record: Bee Gees’ ‘Saturday Night Fever’ Revisit Janet Jackson’s ‘Rhythm Nation 1814’ For The Record: Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ For The Record: Harrison’s ‘All Things Must Pass’ Revisit The Beatles’ ‘Revolver’ For The Record: Little Big Town’s ‘The Road …” For The Record: Cole’s “The Christmas Song” For The Record: Juan Gabriel Metallica: “One” | For The Record For The Record: CeCe Winans, ‘Let Them Fall … ‘ For The Record: Beck’s ‘Morning Phase’ For The Record: Harrison’s ‘All Things Must Pass’ For The Record: Jennifer Lopez And Marc Anthony Metallica: “One” | For The Record For The Record: Jennifer Lopez And Marc Anthony Metallica: “One” | For The Record For The Record: Juan Gabriel For The Record: Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ For The Record: Cole’s “The Christmas Song” Email Daft Punk For The Record: ‘Random Access Memories’ For The Record: CeCe Winans, ‘Let Them Fall … ‘ For The Record: Juan Gabriel For The Record: Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ For The Record: ‘From A Room: Volume 1’ For The Record: Linda Ronstadt’s ‘Canciones …’ For The Record: ‘The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill’ For The Record: N.W.A’s ‘Straight Outta Compton’ David Bowie’s ‘…Ziggy Stardust…’ | For The Record For The Record: Little Big Town’s ‘The Road …” Daft Punk For The Record: ‘Random Access Memories’ For The Record: ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’ For The Record: Calle 13 For The Record: Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back To Black’center_img For The Record: ‘From A Room: Volume 1’ For The Record: Harrison’s ‘All Things Must Pass’ For The Record: John Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme’ Kendrick Lamar, ‘DAMN.’: For The Record Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more For The Record: John Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme’ For The Record: Cole’s “The Christmas Song” For The Record: John Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme’ For The Record: Michael Jackson For The Record: Bee Gees’ ‘Saturday Night Fever’ Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’: For The Record For The Record: ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ For The Record: Carlos Santana For The Record: B.B. King’s “Auld Lang Syne” For The Record: Adele, ’25’ Pearl Jam: ‘Ten’ | For The Record Prev Next For The Record: Michael Jackson For The Record: Jennifer Lopez And Marc Anthony Although it sold well initially, its landmark status rested on the controversies surrounding its gangsta lifestyle themes and attitudes. Its provocative tracks described the world N.W.A knew through their own eyes, including the title track, which elevated the group’s hometown of Compton, Calif., “Express Yourself” and “Gangsta Gangsta.” The album also included “F*** Tha Police,” which resulted in the FBI and U.S. Secret Service sending threatening letters to Ruthless Records and the group’s banishment from many venues.Credited as one of the most influential hip-hop records of all time, in 2015, Straight Outta Compton the film appeared, dramatizing the 1988 impact of the album, with Ice Cube portrayed by his son O’Shea Jackson Jr. Confrontations with law enforcement and antagonism based on “F*** Tha Police” form a core element of both the 2015 drama as well as the drama on the streets that has never stopped.Among the album’s many aftermaths, Eazy-E died in 1995, Ice Cube went on to produce and star in his extensive filmography and the adventures of Dr. Dre touch on many other histories, including those of Eminem and Kendrick Lamar. Meanwhile, in recognition of its critical importance to music history, Straight Outta Compton was inducted into the Recording Academy’s GRAMMY Hall Of Fame as well as the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry. For The Record: Bruno Mars’ ’24K Magic’ For The Record: Adele, ’25’ For The Record: Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ News For The Record: Little Big Town’s ‘The Road …” For The Record: Calle 13 Bob Marley & The Wailers’ ‘Exodus’: For The Record Dave Chappelle For The Record: ‘The Age Of Spin …’ Revisit The Beatles’ ‘Revolver’ For The Record: Bruno Mars’ ’24K Magic’ For The Record: ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’ What started as an attitude that helped put Compton on the map grew into a worldwide music revolution celebrating the streetsPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Jul 26, 2018 – 12:05 pm A debut album that landed like a sledgehammer, 1988’s Straight Outta Compton has become a legend in its own right. The featured N.W.A lineup was Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, and MC Ren. 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King’s “Auld Lang Syne” For The Record: Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ For The Record: Michael Jackson Alanis Morissette: ‘Jagged Little Pill’ Daft Punk For The Record: ‘Random Access Memories’ Twitter For The Record: Calle 13 Madonna: ‘Ray Of Light’ | For The Record Pearl Jam: ‘Ten’ | For The Record For The Record: Beck’s ‘Morning Phase’ For The Record: Bee Gees’ ‘Saturday Night Fever’ Pearl Jam: ‘Ten’ | For The Record For The Record: Shakira For The Record: Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back To Black’ For The Record: Beck’s ‘Morning Phase’last_img read more

US hits Iran with crippling cyberattacks says a report

first_img Related stories Hacking Military US Cyber Command powers up attacks against Russia’s electrical grid Facebook used in Iranian cyber-spying operation, US indictment says Iran-linked hackers reportedly targeted activists and US officials UN chief seeks international rules for cyberwarfare 3 Comments Last Saturday, The New York Times reported that US Cyber Command had moved from a defensive to offensive posture, apparently under a military authorization bill Congress passed in 2018 that gives the go-ahead for “clandestine military activity” in cyberspace to “deter, safeguard or defend against attacks or malicious cyberactivities against the United States.”Cyber Command also received new authority last year from the US president under a still-classified document called National Security Presidential Memoranda 13, the Times said.Asked to comment on the Post report, Department of Defense spokeswoman Heather Babb said that “as a matter of policy and for operational security, we do not discuss cyberspace operations, intelligence or planning.” The White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Originally published June 22, 1:26 p.m. PTUpdate, 5:34 p.m.: Adds mention of spying charge against former US Air Force intelligence officer.center_img Security Tags Share your voice A US Army cadet during a cyberdefense exercise. CNET With an OK from the US president, the Pentagon this week launched cyberstrikes that took down Iranian computer networks used to control missile launches, says a report in The Washington Post, which cites unnamed people familiar with the matter. The news comes after Iran shot down a US surveillance drone it said was violating Iranian airspace. In response to the drone attack, the president had approved then pulled back from conventional military attacks on radar facilities, missile batteries and other targets in Iran. But the Thursday night cyberstrikes against the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps had been in preparation for some time, the Post reported, saying the Pentagon proposed them after Iran allegedly attacked two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman earlier in June.”This operation imposes costs on the growing Iranian cyberthreat, but also serves to defend the United States Navy and shipping operations in the Strait of Hormuz,” Thomas Bossert, a former senior White House cyberofficial in the Trump administration, told the Post.”Our US military has long known that we could sink every IRGC vessel in the strait within 24 hours if necessary,” Bossert told the Post. “And this is the modern version of what the US Navy has to do to defend itself at sea and keep international shipping lanes free.”Referring to the Iranians, an anonymous source told the paper that “this is not something they can put back together so easily.”Cyberwarfare and cyberespionage aren’t new, but moves in these areas have grabbed headlines following Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election and amid worries about Russian interference in the 2020 campaign. Other red flags have included Russia’s shutdown of part of Ukraine’s power grid in 2015, as well as reports that a Russian government-sponsored group had been able to gain access to the control rooms of US electric utilities in 2017.In February, a former US Air Force intelligence officer was charged with espionage for allegedly working with Iranian hackers who used Facebook to try to trick her former colleagues into downloading malware that would track their computer activity.last_img read more

Cardinals Release 2019 Volleyball Schedule

first_imgNovember will begin with the Cardinals in Beantown for a matchup with Boston College Nov. 1 before heading to Syracuse on Nov. 3 for a match.  UofL stays on the road for a tilt with Miami (Nov. 8) and Florida State (Nov. 10) in the Sunshine State. Story Links The University of Louisville volleyball team has released its 2019 schedule and the Cardinals will play 19 matches against regionally ranked opponents, 15 of which were also nationally ranked with 11 matchups coming against 2018 NCAA participants. ACC play opens up the weekend of Sept. 27 when the Cardinals begin a home stand of four matches, beginning with NC State (Sept. 27), UNC (Sept. 29), Georgia Tech (Oct. 4) and Clemson (Oct. 6). Coming down the homestretch, the Cards will host Syracuse (Nov. 15), Miami (Nov. 22) and Miami (Nov. 24).  Louisville will complete the regular season slate at Pitt on Nov. 27. Louisville will wrap up non-conference play with matches on the road against two of its oldest rivals, at Kentucky on Sept. 20 and at Cincinnati on Sept.  22. UofL will begin the season by hosting two tournaments in the newly named L&N Federal Credit Union Arena. The Cardinal Classic will feature NCAA participants Dayton and Florida as well as SEC opponent Texas A&M.  The Fleur de Lis Tournament invites Arizona State, intrastate rival Western Kentucky and Tennessee Tech.center_img Back home again in the L&N Federal Credit Union Arena, the Cardinals will host Virginia (Oct. 25) and last year’s ACC Champion Pittsburgh (Oct. 27) to wrap up a busy month of October.  Print Friendly Version The Cardinals then hit the road for the Lipscomb Tournament which will host Louisville, Purdue and Xavier the weekend of Sept. 13.  UofL faces Purdue on Sept. 13 and Lipscomb on Saturday, Sept. 14. The Cardinals made their 27th appearance in the NCAA Tournament this season led by ACC Setter of the Year Wilma Rivera and 2017 Defensive Player of the Year Molly Sauer, who were both seniors. Louisville will be led by returning AVCA All-East Region and First Team All ACC Melanie McHenry along with returning starters Piper Roe, Emily Scott, and Mia Stander.  Redshirt freshman Aiko Jones, transfer setter Tori Dilfer  and transfer middle Anna Stevenson will help fill gaps left by departing seniors as the Cards await the arrival of their No. 16-ranked recruiting class this summer.   Then the Cardinals flip the script and play four straight matches on the road starting with Duke, one of six nationally ranked ACC teams from 2018 on Oct. 11 followed by Wake Forest (Oct. 13). UofL will travel for a midweek tilt in South Bend against the Irish of Notre Dame, another of the ACC’s nationally ranked teams. On Oct. 20, UofL will head to Blacksburg for a match versus the Hokies of Virginia Tech.last_img read more

Which came first the head or the brain

first_img(Phys.org) —A fundamental question in the evolution of animal body plans, is where did the head come from? In animals with a clear axis of right-left symmetry, the bilaterians, the head is where the brain is, at the anterior pole of the body. Little is known about the possible ancestor of bilaterians. Fortunately their sister group from that same progenitor, the cnidarians, can be studied in parallel today to give some clues. Cnidarians are creatures like jellyfish, hydra, and sea anemone which possess rudimentary nerve nets, but no clear brain. They all have just a single orifice to the external world, which basically does it all. In a recent paper published in PLOS Biology, researchers from the University of Bergen in Norway compared gene expression patterns in sea anemone (Nematostella vectensis, Nv) with that from a variety of bilaterian animals. They found that the head-forming region of bilaterians is actually derived from the aboral, the opposite-oral, side of the ancestral body plan. Pioneering developmental biologist Lewis Wolpert, is often credited with having observed: “It is not birth, marriage, or death, but gastrulation which is truly the most important time in your life.” Almost all animals undergo a similar gastrulation process early in their development. The point where the cells first invaginate during gastrulation, the blastopore, uniquely defines an embryonic axis. After this stage however, all bets are off—attempts to define phyla according to hardline criteria, like blastopore = anus, are invariably met by counterexample where it instead becomes the mouth. Gene expression, while not always constrained into single contiguous areas, therefore provides a baggage-free way to assign homology across species.Wolpert’s concept of positional information in development has been largely vindicated by the discovery of hox gene codes in a wide variety of animals. While hox genes are the critical regulators of axial patterning, in most bilaterians they are not expressed in the anterior head-forming region. The researchers focused instead on the genes six3 and FoxQ2, transcription factors which have been shown to regulate anterior-posterior development. Six3 knockouts in mice, for example, fail to develop a forebrain. In humans six3 regulates forebrain and eye development.Sea anemone, like Nematosella, are curious creatures. As larvae they swim about with their aboral pole forward. As adults they plunge this region into the sea floor, and permanently anchor themselves in. Their bodies then undergo various changes but their oral pole remains intact for feeding. By using knockdown and rescue experiments in Nemostella, the researchers were able to show that six3 is required for the development of the aboral region, and the expression of further regulatory genes. This suggests that the region distal from the cnidarian mouth parallels development of the bilaterian head. The researchers also looked at the expression of the forkhead domain protein foxQ2, which functions downstream of six3. Forkhead box genes are an important class of transcription factors which frequently lack the signature homeodomains and zinc-finger regions common to other transcription factors. Instead they have a unique DNA-binding region that has the shape of a winged helix. The forkhead gene, fox2p, in humans has recently garnered a lot of media attention for its apparent role in neural development, and in even more esoteric functions like speech development. FoxQ2 is known to be a well-conserved marker for the most anterior tip of a variety of bilaterians including sea urchines, drosophila, and cephalochordates. The researchers established that before gastrulation in cnidarians, foxQ2a was expressed in the aboral pole, and in a small number cells resembling neurons. Afterwards the expression of this “ring gene” was excluded from a central spot. In conclusion, the expression of genes for anemone head development, away from the mouth region, suggests that head development came first and was a separate event from mouth development. Secondarily, the head and a coalescing brain appear to have merged to become a centralized control center. Where does our head come from? Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2013 Phys.org Journal information: PLoS Biology Citation: Which came first the head or the brain? (2013, March 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-03-brain_1.html More information: Sinigaglia C, Busengdal H, Leclère L, Technau U, Rentzsch F (2013) The Bilaterian Head Patterning Gene six3/6 Controls Aboral Domain Development in a Cnidarian. PLoS Biol 11(2): e1001488. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1001488AbstractThe origin of the bilaterian head is a fundamental question for the evolution of animal body plans. The head of bilaterians develops at the anterior end of their primary body axis and is the site where the brain is located. Cnidarians, the sister group to bilaterians, lack brain-like structures and it is not clear whether the oral, the aboral, or none of the ends of the cnidarian primary body axis corresponds to the anterior domain of bilaterians. In order to understand the evolutionary origin of head development, we analysed the function of conserved genetic regulators of bilaterian anterior development in the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis. We show that orthologs of the bilaterian anterior developmental genes six3/6, foxQ2, and irx have dynamic expression patterns in the aboral region of Nematostella. Functional analyses reveal that NvSix3/6 acts upstream of NvFoxQ2a as a key regulator of the development of a broad aboral territory in Nematostella. NvSix3/6 initiates an autoregulatory feedback loop involving positive and negative regulators of FGF signalling, which subsequently results in the downregulation of NvSix3/6 and NvFoxQ2a in a small domain at the aboral pole, from which the apical organ develops. We show that signalling by NvFGFa1 is specifically required for the development of the apical organ, whereas NvSix3/6 has an earlier and broader function in the specification of the aboral territory. Our functional and gene expression data suggest that the head-forming region of bilaterians is derived from the aboral domain of the cnidarian-bilaterian ancestor.Synopsys: www.plosbiology.org/article/in … journal.pbio.1001484last_img read more

How obesity spreads among members of social network

first_imgNot just emotions but any information is “contagious” on social networks that can even trigger the spread of real-world human behaviour like smoking and obesity, say researchers, including one of Indian-origin.“In large social networks, our model demonstrated that information is ‘contagious’ in much the same way that behaviour seems to be contagious,” said one of the researchers Suparna Rajaram of Stony Brook University in New York. “These results suggest that information transmission is a critical mechanism underlying the social transmission of behaviour,” Rajaram noted. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Using advanced computer modelling, the researchers found that the memory of one individual can indirectly influence that of another shared via social connections. The researchers incorporated well established cognitive processes into computer models capable of simulating groups much larger than those typically seen in laboratory research. Then, to see how information would spread throughout a large group, the researchers created a model that placed individuals into large, realistic networks and allowed them to interact with their neighbours. As one might expect, the results showed that direct neighbours showed more similar knowledge than did individuals who were indirectly linked through a shared neighbour. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHowever, the individuals who shared a neighbour, but who never interacted with each other, showed more similar knowledge than those who were separated by two people in the network.This suggests that a shared neighbour acts as a go-between, transmitting information to the individuals on either side, allowing them to indirectly influence each other. “Taken together, the findings of the current study leverage laboratory results and explanations to develop a much-needed theoretical account of behaviour in large social networks,” the researchers said. The findings were published in the journal Psychological Science.last_img read more

Six children hurt in road mishap at Memari

first_imgKolkata: Six students were injured after a heavy goods vehicle hit them while trying to avoid police officers at Memari in East Burdwan.According to a local resident, police instructed the goods vehicle driver to stop at Radhakantapur in Memari. It is alleged the vehicle driver speeded up despite the personnel instructing him to stop. When the vehicle speeded away, the police started chasing it. While trying to give police the slip, the vehicle driver lost control and hit six children who were going to school. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThey were immediately rushed to the Memari Rural Hospital. Later, two of them were shifted to Burdwan Medical College and Hospital as their condition deterio- rated. Tension aggravated when the police tried control of the situation. Police personnel were also attacked. Local residents alleged that police was chasing the goods vehicle to collect extortion money while police denied the allegations. They also put up a blockade to protest against the police. According to a police source, the goods vehicle driver was ordered to stop for documents checking. Some local residents set the goods vehicle and the police van on fire. Later, a large police force was sent to the spot to disperse the mob and to bring the situation under control. A police picket was also set up to avoid any untoward incident in the area.last_img read more

This woman used an Ikea hack to outsmart NYCs nobigdogsonsubway rule

first_imgThis woman used an Ikea hack to outsmart NYC’s no-big-dogs-on-subway rule Share Tuesday, June 4, 2019 NEW YORK CITY — Everyone’s got a favourite Ikea hack, whether it’s transforming a planter into a chandelier or turning a plain desk into a stylish bar cart. But one woman’s hack may have trumped them all after she was spotted on a New York City subway platform.To get around a pesky city policy that permits only dogs small enough to fit in a bag to travel on trains, the unidentified woman used an Ikea blue bag – yes, that Ikea blue bag – to get her dog onto the subway.But even though she could have carried her dog in the bag (everyone knows how roomy those blue bags are), the woman did one better – she cut out four leg holes in the bottom of the bag so that her dog could walk freely on their own.Genius!my favorite lifehack is NYC residents who follow the “your dog must fit in a bag to ride the subway” rule on the slimmest technicalities possible pic.twitter.com/O7ZTprwNWk— Christopher Sebela (@xtop) June 1, 2019Writer Christopher Sebela witnessed the woman’s stroke of genius and snapped a quick pic while waiting for the train. He then tweeted the photo and wrote: “My favourite lifehack is NYC residents who follow the “your dog must fit in a bag to ride the subway” rule on the slimmest technicalities possible.”More news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portalThe photo is reminiscent of another pic taken earlier this year of a man waiting for the subway with his shaggy dog casually slung over his shoulder in a big burlap sack. Despite his attempt at convincing the train conductor that the sack was, in fact, an extra-large tote bag, the conductor refused to let him board.No word as to whether the woman and her dog ended up making it on the train, but Ikea hacks very rarely let us down so the odds are good!Saw this guy arguing with an @MTA conductor about bringing his dog on the subway. Dude said the dog’s burlap sack was a bag; conductor said nope, wouldn’t let him on the train. @Gothamist @A_W_Gordon @2AvSagas #NYCSubway pic.twitter.com/qjgN5anKV3— Will Sabel Courtney (@WillSCourtney) April 7, 2019 Travelweek Group center_img Posted by Tags: Dogs, New York City << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Drilling Intersects 102 Meters of 197 gpt Gold at

first_imgDrilling Intersects 102 Meters of 1.97 gpt Gold at Columbus Gold’s Paul Isnard Gold Project; Drilling Confirms Depth Extension of Gold MineralizationColumbus Gold Corporation (CGT: TSX-V) (“Columbus Gold”) is pleased to announce results of the initial five (5) core drill holes at its Paul Isnard gold project in French Guiana. The holes confirm depth extension of gold mineralization below shallow holes drilled on the 43-101 compliant 1.9 million ounce Montagne d’Or inferred gold deposit at Paul Isnard in the 1990’s and support the current program of resource expansion through offsetting open-ended gold mineralization indicated by the earlier holes.Robert Giustra, CEO of Columbus Gold, commented: “These drill results validate Columbus Gold’s approach to adding ounces with a lower-risk drilling program designed to infill and to extend the mineralized zones to 200 m vertical depth from surface; a depth amenable to open pit mining.”  Fourteen (14) holes have been completed (assays pending) by Columbus Gold in the current program and drilling is progressing at the rate of about 3,000 meters per month with one drill-rig on a 24 hour basis. Columbus Gold plans to accelerate the current program by engaging a second drill-rig as soon as one can be obtained. Please visit our website for more information about the project. Well, there’s no denying the fact that it was a pretty ugly day yesterday, regardless of whether it was free-market forces or ‘da boyz’.Gold sold off about seven dollars from the Far East open on their Thursday morning, right up until 12:40 p.m. in London…which was 7:40 a.m. in New York…forty minutes before the Comex open.At that point the dollar index began its 80 basis point rally…and the precious metals headed for the nether reaches of the earth.The gold price made a bit of a recovery once the London p.m. gold fix was in…but the engineered price decline began anew shortly before 11:00 a.m. Eastern time.  Gold hit its low price tick of the day [$1,563.30 spot] right at the 1:30 p.m. Comex close…and from there it basically traded ruler flat into the 5:15 p.m. electronic close.Gold closed at $1,565.20 spot…down a whopping $41.60 on the day.  For the second day in a row, net volume was immense at 207,000 contracts.It was pretty much an identical story in silver, as the price declined below the $28 spot mark shortly after trading began in the Far East on Thursday…and then bumped along that price ceiling right up until the same 12:40 p.m. London time as gold, before suffering the same fate as the gold price.  Up until that time, silver was only down about two bits.Silver’s absolute low price tick [26.77 spot] came a couple of minutes before the close of Comex trading.  The price recovered a bit from there, but then traded flat into the electronic close.  Silver’s intraday price move was $1.35…or 4.80%.Silver closed the Thursday trading session at $26.88 spot…down a whopping $1.24 on the day.  Net volume was pretty chunky as well…43,000 contracts, give or take.The dollar index opened around 81.53 on Thursday morning…and didn’t do much of anything until it hit its ‘low’ of the day at 81.50 about 7:20 a.m. in New York.  Then away it went to the upside, with the high of the day [82.36] coming about 3:15 p.m. Eastern time…and closed the day almost on that high at 82.30.  From top to bottom, the dollar index rally was 86 points…up 1.06%.There certainly was an amazing amount of carnage in the precious metals prices all things considered.  If you look at the almost 80 basis point decline that the dollar index had on Tuesday, there is no sign of that in the price of any of the precious metals on that day.  I pointed that abnormality out in this column on Wednesday…and you can read about it here.So, was the big dollar index rally yesterday the cause of the big decline in the precious metals.  Partly, I’m sure, but it was convenient cover for JPMorgan et al to really beat the living snot out of them one more time…especially silver.Here’s the 3-day dollar index chart so you can see the almost equally large decline on Tuesday…which had no effect on the gold price at all.The gold stocks got smoked.  They gapped down big…and continued to decline…finishing right on their lows of the day.  The HUI finished down 5.28%.The silver stocks got in the ear as well.  Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index closed down a huge 6.81%.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that six gold and one lonely silver contract were posted for delivery on Monday.There were no reported changes in either GLD or SLV yesterday.But the U.S. Mint had a sales report.  They sold 7,000 ounces of gold eagles…1,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 275,000 silver eagles.  Month-to-date the mint has sold 32,500 ounces of gold eagles…6,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 1,975,000 silver eagles. So far this month, silver eagles are outselling gold eagles/buffaloes by a 51:1 ratio.Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Wednesday, they reported receiving 1,184,987 troy ounces of silver…and shipped 463,513 ounces of the stuff out the door.  The link to that action is here.Here’s a chart that Washington state reader S.A. stole from some story posted on the Zero Hedge website yesterday.  It shows the Spanish and US GDPs compared to the size of bailouts…if the US received a bailout in proportion to the Spanish bailout.(Click on image to enlarge)I have a lot fewer stories today, but if you read nothing else, the first story is a must read…and I’ll leave the final edit of the rest up to you.Not until all this debt is repudiated and the world has gotten the usurious banking system off its back, with its tentacles reaching deep into government everywhere, will the world be able to move forward again. Then at long last we will be able to hail the return of true capitalism and the free market. – Clive MaundWell, there’s no denying the fact that it was a pretty ugly day yesterday, regardless of whether it was free-market forces or ‘da boyz’.  I’m sure that a lot of the sales of precious metals shares were done into a pretty illiquid market, which would certainly compound the losses in a ‘forced sale’ situation for anyone stupid enough to be in this market on margin.In Far East trading during their Friday, the gold price spent all of its time in a ten dollar price range between $1,560 and $1,570 spot…and was at the lower end of that range during the first fifteen minutes of trading in London.  But as I hit the ‘send’ button at 5:00 a.m. Eastern time, gold has rallied to just above its Thursday closing price in New York.  Silver hung in just pennies under the $27 spot price until shortly after 1:00 p.m. Hong Kong time…and then slid from there…and was down about two bits just past the London open, but has now gained back all its losses as of 4:55 a.m. Eastern.  Volumes aren’t overly heavy…and the dollar index isn’t doing a thing.Today we get the Commitment of Traders Report for positions held at the close of Comex trading on Tuesday, June 19th.  Too bad Wednesday’s and Thursday’s trading data won’t be in it, as that would tell us a lot if it was.You have to wonder how much longer this pounding in the four precious metals will continue.  It will continue until JPMorgan et al have covered every possible short position they can.  Ted Butler mentioned that the technical funds had probably put on between 25-30,000 long contracts as gold broke through its 20 and 50-day moving averages to the upside since the June 10th low…and it’s a pretty good bet that all of those positions got taken out yesterday and Wednesday.The silver price has barely had a sniff of its 50-day moving average, so I doubt if there’s much in it for JPMorgan to continue engineering the price lower…but you just never know these things.  If the lows aren’t in for gold or silver, they must be pretty close…and all we can do is wait it out, plus use this opportunity to buy more bullion while JPMorgan et al have been thoughtful enough to put it on sale once again.With today being the last trading day of the week, it will be interesting to see if JPMorgan presses its advantage as the Friday trading day unfolds in London and New York.  As has been the case all week, the real price/volume action occurs during the Comex trading session and, without doubt, that will be the case again today.I hope your weekend goes well…and I’ll see you here tomorrow. 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Dear Investors Im a big fan of road trips Despi

first_imgDear Investors,I’m a big fan of road trips. Despite being the over-wired nerd type, I have always been drawn to those long trips, and not just for the disconnected time away from cell coverage or the philosophical discussions with my copilot which tend to rise from long hours together in close quarters. Rather, my favorite part is getting off the highway and seeing the sights… side trips to parts of the world I don’t typically deal with every day of my life.Stopping off at a fusion Korean-American gluten-free restaurant in an unexpected Albany neighborhood; getting stuck in rush-hour traffic on Route 1/9 in Elizabeth, NJ; or touring the mansions down the road in Mahwah, as I did on my most recent trip this past weekend, offers a fresh perspective that I simply cannot get from my usual perch in an idyllic Vermont ski town.As simple as those experiences might seem, just getting out of our comfort zones adds to our perspectives in an invaluable way. For example, if Bill Ackman had gotten off Park Avenue on occasion, then he might have learned a lot about his famed Herbalife short sale… or so says his nemesis, John Hempton.With that in mind, this week we’re going to take a side trip from the usual profit-centric bent of this column to look at some of the furthest destinations off the expressways of the Internet – the underground community that deals in drugs, weapons, and even illicit information. Places where the Wild West lifestyle prevails, largely beyond the eyes of the law. You might not find any stocks to buy here (though the most enterprising among you may in fact see ample opportunity for less-traditional investments), but understanding what is happening all around you will hopefully be an eye opening experience.Sincerely,Alex DaleyChief Technology Investment StrategistCasey ResearchA Random Walk Down the Internet’s Back AlleysBy Alex DaleyThe Internet is a force for good in society. It largely decouples the cost of distribution from the reach of information, opening up entirely new forms of communication and expression that never could have existed before… like open-source software developed by thousands of part-time volunteers, or individual bloggers read the world over by millions of people. China’s “Great Firewall” notwithstanding, the Internet enables access to a world of information, goods, and services, with little restriction.However free it might seem at first blush, it just isn’t enough for everyone. Whether it’s to find privacy from overreaching governments or to hide illicit activities, today there is another level to the Internet. It’s a deeper, darker back alley, where virtually anything goes – including black markets for everything from illegal drugs to contract killings – made possible by a new generation of security technology.Inherent to the Internet’s design – and doubly so for its most common application, the World Wide Web of hypertext documents – is what some see as a flaw: transparency.Because the net was built to make it easy to reach any point from any other one without any central traffic directors, all traffic carries with it lots of information on where it’s from and where it’s headed to. Traffic on the Internet isn’t like a road full of cars, where each traveler knows the way from A to Z.  Instead, it’s more like postal mail, where every package, no matter how big or small, carries a destination and return address to facilitate its movement. It’s all printed clearly on the front of the envelope and observable to any of the many hands it passes through on its way. The Internet is designed such that the removal of any one major exchange point won’t prevent delivery to the end, so long as there is another path. To achieve this, the data that travels it all has to be clearly barcoded.In other words, it’s pretty easy to see what you are up to on the web, and everyone from the government to advertisers is spying on you.Sure, there is encryption on the web. You can place an order on Amazon.com and be confident that your credit-card info and shipping address won’t be intercepted by a bad guy (assuming the computers on either end are secure, which isn’t always the case – but that’s an issue for another day). With the web’s ubiquitous “SSL” encryption, you are keeping your most critical information secure from prying eyes. And thanks to that, millions of transactions a day happen securely over the Internet. However, the fact that you are doing business with Amazon.com is still open for the world to see, scribbled on the outside of that virtual envelope. Anyone in the chain between you and Amazon can see that you were visiting that site… just not the exact information you exchanged.On top of that, SSL tends to be reserved for only the rare occasions of submitting personal information and credit-card numbers. The rest of your web traffic is sent across in the equivalent of resealable cellophane envelopes. Unless you go out of your way to ensure that you use secure services, virtually every web search you do, much of the email you’ve sent over the years, and other traffic across the Internet has been open for many eyes to see.  Providers like Google have been fighting back, trying to secure more and more of their communications with customers – largely for their benefit, not yours, as competitors learned they could mine the data to learn what Google is up to – but still much of the web remains unencrypted, and in many cases your destination says as much about your intent as the details would have.That’s all fine and dandy if you’re just buying a Roku 3, as I did all of 10 minutes ago (gadgets are an addiction for me). But what if you’re doing something you’d rather not have seen by prying eyes?Even if you aren’t up to something that in your location might be deemed illegal, there are plenty of reasons to want to safeguard your privacy on the web just a little more closely. For example, many Internet service providers (ISPs) around the world log all the websites you visit, then sell that data – sometimes right along with your name and address – to advertising data companies. These companies then build profiles of your interests and habits (good or bad) to sell to the highest bidders – from catalog companies to ad networks… even political campaigns.So if you spend the better part of your day surfing the websites of gardening companies, don’t be surprised when a Smith & Hawken coupon shows up in the mail a few weeks later. And if you spend the day on a slightly more provocative set of sites – even if the sites are encrypted and you set your browser to “incognito” mode – somewhere there is a clear trail of where you’ve been and for how long you were there.It’s for reasons like these that various groups of enterprising Internet users have begun to come up with more secure alternatives to the standard World Wide Web, and secure layers on top of the Internet’s underlying communication protocols… in other words, software that lets you browse the web, IM, call, and more without any monkey in the middle knowing what you are up to.There have been many attempts over the years to create secure ways to use the net’s many features. Services like Hushmail aim to create an anonymous way to send and receive email. The problem with Hushmail, of course, is that if you go there using a normal browser, your ISP, the government, telecom backbones, the Hushmail’s ISP on the far end, and hackers along the way all know you were there.  They cannot see exactly what you are doing without some serious hacking, but the paper electron trail is there.And the good folks at Hushmail – well, you have to trust them too, as they will know who you are by the IP address you came from, a piece of information normally traceable right back to your front door. That is a problem meant to be solved by connection brokers (proxies) like Cryptohippie. With these services, your traffic is encrypted and sent over to Cryptohippie, which then proxies your connection to the ultimate destination. Voilà – your ISP cannot see that you are headed to Hushmail versus any other service… just that you are connected to Crytohippie. Hushmail can only see that you came in from Crytohippie, not where you started.These spy-resistant networks let you surf the web pseudonymously. That’s not exactly anonymous, as then the other end couldn’t respond to you, a necessary component in communication. Instead, they both encrypt communications and pass them through complex networks of other machines, none of which know the complete path back to you. And – unlike with traditional end-to-end encryption solutions like SSL – even the other end cannot tell who you are or where you sent your information from. That way you can pass notes without anybody else knowing it… at least anybody but Cryptohippie.For most people worried about the profilers and casual spies, this is plenty of protection. However, there are big flaws in this approach that keep the most aggressive of users – including criminals – awake at night.First is the security of the organization that proxies your connection. While I am sure Cryptohippie does an amazing job managing the security of its systems, there is always the risk of holes. When you look at the sophisticated hacks of massive credit-processing companies, hospitals, power plants, even defense infrastructure, it’s not hard to imagine holes in the provider you choose. Plus, while they make attempts to keep data beyond the reach of any one jurisdiction, the owners/managers of the service are subject to arrest and coercion, after which point a network could be compromised without its users knowing it. A proxy service, however well-designed and run, is as techies describe it: a single point of failure.Second, while you are psuedonymized as an end user, your trading partner is not. The servers you visit are on what hackers call the “clear net,” and thus subject to the laws of the land in which they operate. With the modern age of global telecom companies and information-sharing agreements between governments, all the traffic in and out of those clear-net sites is subject to inspection.Thus, even if you are now pretty close to anonymous, chances are you won’t find someone on the other end who is. If you log in to a site that sells illegal drugs, for instance – like the common purveyors of little blue pills that fill the spam box on your email account – it is easy enough for the local government to find the owner, shut it down, and potentially raid its records to find you (assuming you made a purchase, rather than just browse the site).Or maybe you simply want to have a conversation over Internet Relay Chat (IRC) or a similar service – maybe about your forthcoming protest against the local politburo – and don’t want to worry about the security of the service hosting the chat.For those who really want to be beyond any prying eyes, the only answer is to create a separate network on top of the Internet that deals with those two big problems. A network out of the control of any single owner or manager, reducing the risks of hacking, internal tampering, and legal jurisdiction issues. Make the protocol self-managing and secure by default and you create such a place.Over the years, a number of laudable attempts were made to create such networks. One of the first to gain prominence was Freenet, a peer-to-peer network that in 2000 began offering an alternative to the web that provided double-end anonymity via a group-storage model. Everything hosted on Freenet is distributed among the peers in the network. So, instead of grabbing a web page from a central server, it is fetched in small pieces from dozens or hundreds of different hosts around the world, making censorship of the data at its source nearly impossible. Once something is on the Freenet, it cannot be easily removed. This works great for publishing or for file sharing, but makes transactions and commerce difficult, limiting its appeal.Freenet, like the Invisible IRC Project, was an additional feature to the Internet, but did not enable running all of the thousands of other services that run on top.From that need were born endeavors like Invisible Internet Project (I2P). I2P offers a secure protocol layered on top of the Internet to enable all sorts of individual services to run: web servers, alternative DNS servers (the centralized tools that turn friendly short names like www.ibm.com into routable addresses), IRC, email, file sharing, and much more.Within this network, “eepsites” which carry domains like www.site.i2p can be hosted anonymously. The network connection tools load up special cryptographic files that let them send data to and from these servers, all the while keeping the identity of both sides hidden from each other and from any spies in the middle.I2P has seen on-and-off development efforts for the past five years, and is host to some popular services like i2pmail.org, which lets you email to other I2P users and to the public Internet from one location, without giving up any privacy.But it has not seen anywhere near the success of Tor. Packaged as a single, simple installation for Mac/Windows/Linux, Tor is a combination of tools to make anonymous browsing possible.Tor includes a more secure version of the open-source Firefox web browser, which has all third-party plug-ins and many other features removed.  That browser can only connect through the secure Tor network – an anonymized network like I2P that was born out of the US Naval Research Lab. This handy graphic from its website shows how it works at a high level:Just like Cryptohippie, it provides an anonymous connection to the Internet via a randomized proxy – only that proxy is built dynamically from the other member computers. This technique, called “onion routing,” removes the need for any central control, so a Tor-enabled browser can pseudonymously surf the clear net with ease. And it can do it all for free, as there are no multi-jurisdiction data centers to maintain or ISPs to worry about.Plus, it is also home to so-called “hidden services” – sites and applications that can only be reached while on the Tor network, and whose providers are completely anonymous. The easy-to-use Tor browser bundle has brought countless of users to the network just for its proxy features. But this influx also means many more customers for its hidden services, which are now exploding in number and popularity.The most popular – or at least best known among the commerce sites thus far – is the aptly named Silk Road. This early-’90s-esque eBay/Craigslist hybrid is a marketplace for anything you won’t find on the aforementioned clear net inspirations, from the odd to the downright illegal.Why cash? On Silk Road and the many other sites like it, the currency of choice is the digital cash-equivalent known as Bitcoins. Exchangeable for dollars, euros, and virtually any other global currency, these controversial digital coins make it possible to take credit cards out of the online commerce equation, allowing the secure digital equivalent of mailing envelopes of cash to a PO Box. Just like cash, there’s no way to trace them, and no recourse if they are lost or stolen – but they are also just as anonymous and free from regulation (for now).As the darknet grows in popularity, more is sure to follow as well… but so is more attention from the mainstream media and law enforcement alike. There are already editorials all over the web calling for finding the operators of these sites and shutting them down (and, just as many in support of their rights to sell whatever they wish). However, thanks to the technology developed to keep the members of the darknet hidden, this will be a difficult genie to put back in the bottle.Bits & BytesMicro 3D Printer Creates Tiny Structures in Seconds (MIT Technology Review)We’ve written much on 3D printing in these pages, but they have generally focused on technologies that print structures that are measured in at least centimeters (and all the way up to several meters). In this article from February of last year, we did mention a technology known as “two-photon polymerization,” which is able to 3D-print structures measuring just 20 micrometers. The problem with two-photon polymerization and other 3D microprinting technologies, however, is that it is mind-numbingly slow. Not anymore. A company called Nanoscribe has developed a tabletop 3D microprinter that can create complicated microstructures 100 times faster than previously possible. According to Julia Greer, professor of materials science at Cal Tech, the smallest features that can be created using the new Nanoscribe printer measure about 30 nanometers. For context, a human hair measures about 50,000 nanometers in diameter. The advanced throughput of the new Nanoscribe printer has commercial potential for making things like heart stents, microneedles for painless shots, parts for microfluidics chips, and scaffolds for growing cells and tissue.Promising Brain-Boosting Technique Has Drawbacks (MIT Technology Review)People have always looked for ways to rev up their brains… from chewing coca leaves to drinking coffee to popping Adderall and beyond. (We even wrote an article on the subject back in March 2012.) But all of these brain boosters have one thing in common (other than that most have potentially unpleasant side effects, including the possibility of addiction): a chemical reaction inside the body. What if you could bypass all of that and go right to the source? What if you could amp up brain power by directly zapping the organ with electricity? Well, it turns out you can. It’s called “transcranial direct current stimulation” (tDCS). With it, researchers have found that they can more than double the rate at which people learn a wide range of tasks. The author of this article tried it out. Not only did it make her a better shooter (a goal she normally would not have chosen), but it enabled her to turn off her inner monologue and really focus her mind for what felt like the first time in her life. Needless to say, she loved it. But new research suggests (not surprisingly) that zapping your brain with electricity could come with a cost. Electrically stimulating the brain may enhance memory and certain abilities, but impede with a person’s ability to react without thinking.[Ed. Note: The type of brain boosting referred to in the article above is called transcranial electrical stimulation or TES, which is very similar to tDCS, but can be painful to the person receiving the stimulation – so it’s not used as frequently today.]Electronic Wearable Pain-Relief Patch (Gizmag)Sticking with the electricity to the body theme, Thimble Bioelectronics is working on a patch based on transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) that is designed to adhere to a problem area to alleviate certain types of pain. Think of it as a smaller version of the Icy Hot patch that Shaq wears – but instead of chemicals, it uses low-voltage electrical stimulation.last_img read more

A few years back I read an interesting article ab

first_imgA few years back, I read an interesting article about rich versus poor on the website Difference Between. The author cited the following as one major difference: “While rich believe they are in control of their lives, poor feel they are subject to vagaries of life and life controls events taking place in their lives. Rich are not concerned with depression or recession, and they are not tied with any special knowledge or professional degree either. On the other hand, poor believes it is his lack of degree or knowledge that keeps him poor. It is when you start to feel that life is happening to you instead of you creating your future, you will lose the right track and condemn remaining poor.” To me, much of the difference boils down to personal confidence and understanding how to deal with the financial situation you are in. At the same time, major events can take place which can either bolster or erode our confidence. Many of my peers went from the “rich” mindset described above to that described as “poor.” Yet for many, their net worth did not change. When one looks at the terms “golden years” or “retiring comfortably,” it is not hard to conjure up an image of retirees comfortable with their financial situation, not being too concerned about the economic events taking place around them. Instead, they are enjoying checking a lot of items off their bucket list. Many retirees in the generation before us fit that mold, yet they were not multimillionaires. How can that be? A recent Gallup article titled Pensions Are Top Income Source for Wealthier US Retirees presents poll results on sources of income, and presents the findings by annual household income. According to the poll, 55% of retirees earning annual incomes over $50,000 were doing so primarily with a pension. Gallup shared some interesting implications: “Pension plans seem to be a major factor relating to how financially well off U.S. retirees are. With Social Security by far the major source of retirement funding among U.S. retirees, those who can supplement that money with income from a pension plan or other source appear to be doing much better.” Things Are Changing Quickly So what does this mean? If you have a “guaranteed pension,” you know you have enough money coming in to live on, so you don’t sweat the markets anymore and can enjoy life. Not a bad thing. I can personally attest to this – that’s how we lived during the first six years of my retirement. We had the bulk of our nest egg in FDIC-insured CDs paying 6% interest. No worries there, as I knew how much interest income we had coming in, and the principal was backed by the federal government. We had enough to supplement our Social Security to cover our expenses and then some. That all changed in the fall of 2008, when the first Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP) started, and the government flooded the banks with money. Our CDs were called in, and we lost the major source of “guaranteed” (as in not to having to worry about it) income. At the time, our CD interest was five times the size of our current Social Security check. Today the best five-year rate on a CD I can find is 1.2%, and even a ten-year Treasury pays only about 2%. With the current interest rates not even keeping up with inflation, I wouldn’t touch them. If I wanted to invest in those low yields anyway, the interest would be half of my current Social Security check. Now that is a major economic catastrophe. In effect, we may still have our capital intact; however, we now have to put our money at much higher risk in order to survive. While others may look at many of us seniors as rich, it is pure baloney. We are damn concerned about recession, depression, and our nest egg. We no longer meet the definition of “rich”; a lot of our confidence has eroded. Who Is Living Large? Who Is Taking a Step Backward? It looks to me like those working in the private sector – particularly those baby boomers who are trying to plan for retirement – have quite a challenge. In a recent Wall Street Journal article, Kelly Greene and Vipal Monga reported that pensions represent an increasingly smaller portion of Americans’ retirement savings. The authors wrote: “The portion of private-sector US workers covered only by so-called defined-benefit plans fell to 3% in 2011 from 28% in 1979, according to US Department of Labor data compiled by EBRI.” We are seeing a huge disparity between those in the public sector working for the government and those in the private sector. Most government agencies still have generous, guaranteed pension plans, and many include health care for their retirees. Concurrently, the vast majority of those in the private sector do not have guaranteed pensions, but rather have to save their own money through various IRAs and 401(k)s in order to be able to retire comfortably. We have many friends who have retired from various branches of the government with pensions which are 80% or more of what they earned while they were working. For example, consider this story from Illinois of teachers earning pensions over $100,000 per year. While those are the most extravagant pensions mentioned in the article, the rest aren’t too bad either. Whether it’s Illinois, California, or New Jersey, you’ll find the same story around the country. In fact, defined benefit state plans cover 20 million employees and 7 million retirees, about 90% of all state employees. So nearly everyone from the person at the Department of Motor Vehicles to the teachers are cashing in. Here’s an excerpt from the report: “Of those [Palatine-Schaumburg High School] District 211 retirees, 268 – or 42.5 percent – received pensions of $100,000 or more in 2012. Other suburban school districts aren’t far behind. At Stevenson High School District 125 in Lincolnshire, 39.1 percent of the 133 retired educators receiving pensions make more than $100,000 a year in retirement. District 125 retired educators drew pensions averaging $79,489 last year, according to TRS figures.” Honestly, I don’t begrudge any retired government workers a dime. They earned their money and played by the rules which were in place. But ironically, many of those same friends who have these nice government pensions look upon those of us in the private sector as the ones who are rich. Just how much capital would a person in the private sector have to accumulate in order to earn an income of $100,000 “guaranteed” by the government? Using the 2% ten-year Treasury rate, a person would have to invest $5,000,000 for “guaranteed” income of $100,000. Of course, there’s also a difference in how that money is saved. It’s what’s left over after living expenses, kids’ college tuition, and everything else that comes up in life. If you had a government pension, you never had to worry about saving for retirement – so it’s less worry before and during retirement. From this perspective, sure looks to me like those with guaranteed pensions – mostly retired government workers – are the ones who are living large and not worried about the ups and downs in the economy. Doug Casey and other pundits have predicted a collapse, and I agree that it is going to happen. It will not be too long before more folks in the private sector realize that those government employees with their “guarantees” are the ones who are living rich as the earlier definition outlined, while we constantly have to fret and monitor our money. With things like the Tea Party groups forming, there are already signs that people have had enough. Is it any surprise that some of those groups received greater scrutiny from the IRS? After all, they are a threat to stream of endless pensions to all government employees. When a full-blown tax revolt finally happens, I am sure their “guaranteed” pensions will be a big factor. This is one place where there’s a clear line between the haves and have nots. The retirees from the private sector have to constantly worry about their retirement, while government employees have not a care with their guaranteed incomes. I’m quite confident that the taxpayers won’t want to pay their pensions plus the trillions in shortfalls in those pension plans – especially in underfunded state plans around the country. Those of us in the private sector saw our “guaranteed” pensions disappear. We now have the option of saving our own money and putting it at risk, and we are certainly worried about the ups and downs in the economy and the market. How much longer are taxpayers going to stand for having to save money for our retirement with no “guarantees,” while we see our taxes continue to escalate to pay for cushy, guaranteed pension plans for others? In the meantime, do you want to retire comfortably and enjoy your golden years not having to worry about your finances? Work for the government for 40 years or so and get a cushy pension and free medical care. We have a lot of friends who did just that, and they are very happy enjoying their golden years. I wonder if IRS workers ever have their tax returns audited? Probably not, but if these sorts of retirement inequalities last much longer, antitax groups will likely come to audit their pensions soon. If you’re a retired Illinois District 211 teacher, we’ll answer your hate mail (surely coming our way) as soon possible. However, remember that mail to and from Hawaii takes a while, so please be patient. If you weren’t so lucky as to retire with a $100K annual government pension, let us help you figure out how to navigate retirement in a low-interest-rate world, whether it’s finding yield, learning about annuities, understanding reverse mortgages, or discovering cheap investment funds, and more. Try a risk-free, three-month trial of Miller’s Money Forever.last_img read more

Dear Reader Before I get into what I think was

first_imgDear Reader, Before I get into what I think was the most valuable takeaway I got from our just-concluded summit in Texas, I thought I’d mention a couple upcoming events of interest: Doug Casey, Jeff Clark, Nick Giambruno, and Terry Coxon will be speaking at the Grand Cayman Liberty Forum, on Grand Cayman Island, November 16-20, 2014. For more information, please call Opportunity Travel at 800-926-6575 or +561-243-6276, or see the event web page. Gold Junior Stocks (GDXJ) 34.79 41.13 41.53 Rock & Stock Stats Last Copper 3.07 3.19 3.31 TSX Venture 919.42 1,015.36 948.13 Gold Producers (GDX) 21.98 26.19 25.11 Silver 17.64 19.39 21.77 One Month Ago One Year Ago TSX (Toronto Stock Exchange) 15,026.77 15,619.21 12,841.62 Silver Stocks (SIL) 10.93 13.51 13.37 Gold 1,218.30 1,284.30 1,324.10 Doug Casey will also be speaking at the New Orleans Investment Conference, October 22-25, 2014. Alan Greenspan will be there, too, among other famous and infamous luminaries. For more information, please see the event web page. And, of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t point out for those who could not make our summit that the full audio recordings of every session will be available for you to download, and/or to order a set of CDs to keep for future reference, in the next couple weeks, so stay tuned. I hope you’ll enjoy—and learn from—the sessions as much as I did. Sincerely, Oil 93.01 93.86 103.03 Louis James Senior Metals Investment Strategist Casey Researchlast_img read more

The chemical BPA isnt living up to its nasty repu

first_imgThe chemical BPA isn’t living up to its nasty reputation.A two-year government study of rats found that even high doses of the plastic additive produced only “minimal effects,” and that these effects could have occurred by chance.The finding bolsters the Food and Drug Administration’s 2014 assessment that water bottles and other products containing BPA are not making people sick.”[It] supports our determination that currently authorized uses of BPA continue to be safe for consumers,” said Dr. Stephen Ostroff, the FDA’s deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, in a statement issued by the agency.The study’s findings are at odds with claims by advocacy groups that exposure to BPA is associated with a wide range of health effects including cancer, obesity and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.The study results appear in a 249-page draft report released Friday by the National Toxicology Program. The research was a joint effort involving the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration.BPA is found in polycarbonate plastics used to make products like water bottles and in the epoxy resins used to line some metal food cans. The chemical has long been known to weakly mimic the hormone estrogen, and in the 1990s scientists showed that tiny amounts could leach out of plastic products and get into our bodies.That touched off a heated debate about BPA’s safety.Critics of the chemical point to numerous small studies done by academic researchers. These studies, usually of rodents, have suggested that BPA can disrupt the body’s hormone system in ways that affect health.But studies that met the FDA’s Good Laboratory Practice standards have suggested that BPA is safe at levels encountered by consumers. So the agency has approved its use in most consumer products.The new draft report is part of an effort called CLARITY-BPA, which set out to “bridge guideline-compliant research conducted at the FDA with hypothesis-based research investigations conducted by academia on the toxicity of bisphenol A (BPA).” It describes only the research done by government scientists.In the study, rats were exposed to BPA during gestation as well as after birth. Doses ranged from levels similar to those experienced by consumers to doses thousands of times higher. Researchers looked to see whether the chemical had any effect on things like growth, weight and tumor development.And the scientists concluded that “BPA produced minimal effects.” They also said that the effects they did see appeared to be “within the range of normal biological variation,” meaning they could have occurred by chance.The draft report will go through a peer review process. It is scheduled to be discussed at a public meeting in April. A final report that incorporates research by academic scientists is expected in 2019 and will be used to guide FDA policy on BPA.But that report may be moot by the time it arrives.In response to consumer fears about BPA, plastic-makers are already marketing a wide variety of BPA-free products. And most food cans are no longer lined with BPA, according to the Can Manufacturers Institute. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more