Gerrard will learn more about his team – Johnstone

first_imgFormer Rangers Football Club player Derek Johnstone insists the club’s manager Steven Gerrard will learn a lot about his players over their next three fixtures.Gerrard who was appointed as the club’s manager at the end of last season has enjoyed a very impressive start to life at the Ibrox, with his team yet to lose a game in all competitions after ten games.With two wins and a draw coming in domestic league and cup competitions, the former Liverpool captain couldn’t have asked for a better start.But with games against Motherwell, a second leg UEFA Europa League playoff tie against FC Ufa and the derby against Celtic, Johnstone insists Gerrard would learn more about his team during that three-game spell.“There is a huge difference in the team from last year and Rangers are undoubtedly more of a unit now and there is a higher calibre of player across the park.” Johnstone said, as quoted by Evening times.Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“Defensively, we are not giving as much away as we were last season but if Steven has one worry I think it will be in a creative sense. We are not getting enough in the final third at times and I am sure Steven will try and correct that.”“Overall, though, it has been a really impressive start and the win over Ufa on Thursday night has given Rangers a chance to get back into the group stage of a European competition.”“The clean sheet at Ibrox was important and if Rangers score over in Russia I think the tie is finished. It is a great opportunity.”“If we can get through in Russia next Thursday, what a lift that would give everyone ahead of the big one, the one that we have all been waiting for at Parkhead on Sunday.”“The only bonus going into the Old Firm is that Celtic will be playing – albeit at home – on the Thursday night as well so they have that to contend with.”last_img read more

VW has no plans for plugin hybrids in the US as it

first_imgChevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Volkswagen’s ID Crozz looks electrifying in red 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 68 Photos 36 Photos 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. 26 Photos 49 Photos Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch 71 Photos Tags 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal 18 Photos Share your voice 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 69 Photos 81 Photos Volkswagen Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama.center_img 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. Electric Cars Hybrids Comment More From Roadshow 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 1 Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. Share your voice 52 Photos Tags Volkswagen,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. More From Roadshow 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 10 Photos 4 The ID Crozz, shown in concept form, will be the first of VW’s new EVs to come to the US market. Volkswagen A few years ago, it seemed like every automaker was talking about plans to bring plug-in hybrid (PHEV) cars to market. After all, they seemed like a good compromise, offering short-range electric mobility for the city, while packing a gas engine to assuage any range anxiety about battery life. But for Volkswagen, plug-in hybrids are a thing of the past: The automaker will focus on all-electric cars and has no plans for any PHEVs in the US market.”It’s a bridging technology,” between internal-combustion and full-electric cars, Matthew Renna, Volkswagen North America Region’s vice president of e-mobility, told journalists in Chicago on Thursday. “It’s very cost-prohibitive to have two different powertrains on one platform.”It’s important to note that Renna’s statement applies only to the VW brand in the US. He said that other Volkswagen Group brands, such as Porsche, could still sell PHEVs, and that Europe or other markets might also pursue the technology.Volkswagen has made no secret of the fact that its future involves launching a range of battery-electric cars on its new MEB platform. The cars, which so far have been called the ID family, will be built at multiple factories around the world, including at an expanded facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The first ID-family electrics should arrive at the end of next year as VW aims to make EVs cars, “For millions, not millionaires,” Renna said.To that end, Renna promised that Volkswagen will sell the electric cars in all 50 US states. Some affordable EVs have launched only in so-called ZEV states — California and other states with specific mandates requiring the sale of electric cars — or regions with existing high EV sales. But VW intends to offer the new models as widely as possible.”The plan is to sell nationwide,” Renna said. “The goal is a nationwide roll-out ASAP.” Comments Car Industry 12 Photoslast_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

Nissan exchairman Carlos Ghosn formally charged in financial misconduct case

first_imgCarlos Ghosn, Chairman of NissanNissanTokyo prosecutors on Monday indicted former Nissan Motor chairman Carlos Ghosn for under-reporting his earnings over five years leading to March 2015 and issued an arrest warrant for additional charges.Ghosn, 64, was arrested in Tokyo on November 19 for allegedly failing to report 5 billion yen ($44 million) of his salary to the authorities, reports Efe news.Ghosn, whose detention period was to end on Monday, has also been issued with an arrest warrant for further charges, according to the prosecutors’ documents.Nissan was also indicted in the case, with documents saying that the company had also committed irregularities in its financial statements.Former Nissan Representative Director Greg Kelly was also indicted for conspiring with Ghosn and has been re-arrested.According to one of the documents, between 2011 and 2015, Ghosn reported half of what was agreed with Nissan. However, discrepancies over the three subsequent years are much greater.Ghosn remains the chairman and CEO of Renault, which has an alliance with Nissan.He was removed from the Mitsubishi chairman post, the third company in the two-decade-long alliance.According to the reports, the payment amount not declared by Ghosn was part of compensation he was to receive after leaving the company.last_img read more

Trump Gets His Man At The State Department

first_img Share Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty ImagesFormer Exxon Mobil executive Rex Tillerson testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Jan. 11 during his confirmation hearing for secretary of state.President Trump has gotten his man at the State Department.Rex Tillerson was approved by a 56-43 vote Wednesday in the Senate. Four senators who caucus with the Democrats crossed the aisle and joined all of the Republicans in voting for Tillerson. They were Democrats Mark Warner of Virginia, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, as well as independent Angus King of Maine.Tillerson, the former head of Exxon Mobil — the world’s largest and most powerful oil company — will now guide American foreign policy and be tasked with enacting Trump’s world view.That worldview, however, isn’t entirely clear. Trump has expressed nationalistic and protectionist views and even isolationist tendencies, but he has also said the U.S. needs to do more about ISIS. He has promised to “bomb the s*** out of them” and suggested it could potentially take 30,000 troops to defeat them.In addition to his controversial travel ban instituted in the first days of his presidency, Trump has ordered the U.S. out of trade deals, threatened import tariffs with America’s adversaries (China) and allies (Mexico), questioned the importance of NATO, praised Russian President Vladimir Putin, said he thinks torture works and, during the campaign, floated the idea (that he later seemed to walk back) that perhaps more countries should have nuclear weapons to defend themselves without the U.S.’s help.Tillerson will be tasked with defending the United States under Trump around the globe, while walking the line when he disagrees. Tillerson faced tough questioning from Republicans and was almost derailed because of his relationship with Putin. But Tillerson talked tough in those hearings about Russia and, unlike Trump, said he fully believes Russia was responsible for the hacks and leaks of the Democratic emails during the presidential campaign.Tillerson, who has no diplomatic experience aside from his myriad international business ties as Exxon Mobil’s chief, will be tasked with overseeing the State Department bureaucracy. He is not well-known in the State Department, but those who have briefed him are sounding fairly upbeat about his management style. As CEO of Exxon Mobil, he oversaw a vast company with employees working in dozens of countries.The difference is that Exxon Mobil has one goal: drilling for oil and making money for shareholders.His job at the State Department may be especially complicated by apparent unrest in the ranks. NPR has reported that some 900 State Department officials signed a letter that went viral within the agency decrying Trump’s visa and refugee ban as not making America safer.And the White House isn’t making the task of internal diplomacy any easier for Tillerson. White House spokesman Sean Spicer on Tuesday urged American diplomats to “get with the program” or go.But dissent is ingrained in State Department culture. In fact, the American Foreign Service Association, the professional association, gives awards every year for it.The State Department’s manual says there can be no retribution for employees who use the dissent channel, and some in Congress concerned about Spicer’s comments are now looking into ways to codify those protections.Trump, though, doesn’t exactly welcome dissent. While the new president is known for surrounding himself with differing factions — and even appeared to encourage his Cabinet nominees to have different points of view in their confirmation hearings — he also fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, an Obama holdover at the Justice Department, for speaking out against and refusing to defend the travel ban, and he said he has a “running war with the media.”“So much of the media seems to be the opposition party,” Trump said Wednesday, echoing his chief strategist Steve Bannon. He added, “They’re very dishonest people.”At the State Department, Tillerson will be hearing from diplomats who are worried about where the Trump administration is heading and whether he and Trump will overlook human rights abuses in countries where Americans want to do business.So, the mood in the State Department is uneasy. The Trump administration nudged out several professional diplomats even before naming anyone to replace them.One example is Tom Countryman, a career foreign service officer who was acting undersecretary for arms control. He was on NPR’s Morning Edition Wednesday, where he echoed a very powerful retirement speech he gave Tuesday to the State Department. He noted that State employees proudly serve in both Republican and Democratic administrations and implied they are feeling sidelined now.“We still have a duty,” he told the State employees. “You have a duty — to stay and give your best professional guidance, with loyalty, to the new administration, because a foreign policy without professionals is — by definition — an amateur foreign policy. You will help to frame and make the choices. Because that is what we do. Our work is little understood by our fellow Americans, a fact that is sometimes exploited for political purpose. When I have the opportunity to speak to audiences across this amazing land, I explain, ‘We do not have a Department of State, we do not have a foreign policy — because we love foreigners. We do it because we love Americans.”He also said something that directly relates to Trump (and perhaps even Tillerson). Countryman drew a distinction between business and diplomacy, and he seemed to dispute Trump’s foundational view of America.“Business made America great, as it always has been,” Countryman said, “and business leaders are among our most important partners. But let’s be clear: Despite the similarities — a dog is not a cat; baseball is not football; and diplomacy is not a business. Human rights are not a business. And democracy is, most assuredly, not a business.”He added, “We want Americans to prosper, to sell the world’s best food and the world’s best products everywhere in the world. We want Americans to be protected and safe when they are abroad, whether they are missionaries, tourists, students, businessmen or (for those of you who have done consular work) the occasional false Messiah.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Permian Oil Production To More Than Double By 2023 Report Says

first_imgTravis BubenikA pump jack near Imperial, Texas.A new report by research firm IHS Markit says oil production from the Permian Basin of West Texas and New Mexico could more than double by 2023.The report predicts “stunning” growth, saying about 41,000 new wells could increase production from the nation’s top oilfield by almost three million barrels per day in the years ahead.As U.S. oil imports have declined since a peak in 2006, and with refiners preferring a different type of oil than what’s coming out of the Permian boom, Texas is poised to increasingly fuel other countries.“Basically you can take it as a given that every new drop of oil that’s produced has to be exported,” said Raoul LeBlanc, a top energy analyst at IHS Markit.Oil companies are rushing to build more pipelines to move all the new oil to the Gulf Coast, where it will be increasingly exported to growing economies like China, already the second-largest customer for U.S. oil behind Canada.“It’s going to make us the third or fourth largest exporter [of oil] in the world within a few years,” LeBlanc said.The Port of Corpus Christi is in the midst of a $350 million effort to deepen and widen its ship channel, which would make room for massive oil export tankers that can’t currently navigate most U.S. ports. The port recently secured almost $23 million from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for that project.LeBlanc said the anticipated production growth in the Permian will be driven by fracking and rising demand from around the world. Drillers are also responding faster to jumps in oil prices than ever before, he said. Sharelast_img read more

Electronics like it cold and 30 K cryocooler delivers

first_img Copyright 2013 Phys.org All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of Phys.org. Journal information: Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering (Phys.org)—For many electronic devices, colder is better. At low temperatures, electronic devices such as sensors and detectors operate with a higher efficiency and better overall performance than they do at room temperature. And superconducting devices, known for their zero electrical resistance, require extremely cold temperatures to operate. But in order to make cryogenic electronics more widespread, micro-sized cryogenic coolers need to become cheaper and more reliable. Addressing this challenge, scientists have designed and fabricated a micro-sized cryocooler that cools devices down to 30 K (-243 °C, -406 °F) in about an hour, and has a simple design that lends itself to high-yield fabrication. The researchers, Haishan Cao from the University of Twente in Enschede, The Netherlands, and coauthors from Kryoz Technologies and Micronit Microfluidics, both in Enschede, as well as from the University of Twente, have published a paper on the new micro-sized cryogenic cooler in a recent issue of the Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering.The new cryocooler is a micro-sized version of a Joule-Thomson (JT) cryocooler, which cools by causing a high-pressure gas to expand as it flows from a high-pressure region to a low-pressure region. As James Joule and William Thomson discovered in 1852, a gas that expands in this way under certain conditions will cool down, a finding now known as the Joule-Thomson effect. In the new study, the micro-sized cryocooler uses two stages to cool a device. The first stage involves a single-stage cryocooler device that other researchers at the University of Twente previously designed, which cools down to 100 K (-173 °C, -180 °F) using nitrogen as the gas. In the second stage, which cools down to 30 K, the researchers used hydrogen as the gas. The reason for using two different gases is that the Joule-Thomson effect only works (i.e., produces a cooling effect) if the expanding gas is already cooled below a certain temperature called its inversion temperature. This critical temperature is different for different gases. If the gas is above this temperature, then expansion will cause the gas to warm up rather than cool down. Nitrogen has a higher inversion temperature than hydrogen, which is why the researchers used nitrogen in the pre-cooling stage, and then cooled the hydrogen through heat-exchange with the nitrogen until the hydrogen surpassed its inversion temperature of 205 K (-68 °C, -91 °F) so that it could be cooled by the second Joule-Thomson process.”30 K is sufficiently cold to cool most electronic devices such as infrared detectors, low-noise amplifiers and high-temperature superconducting devices,” Cao told Phys.org. “To cool superconducting devices based on Nb3Sn or NbTi, an even lower temperature is required. To reach even lower temperature using the Joule-Thomson effect, a helium stage is needed, in which the hydrogen stage works as a precooler for the helium stage.” (Bottom left) Photograph of the microcooler mounted into a vacuum flange and surrounded by a PCB, with gas connections. (Top right) The microcooler shown next to a euro coin for size comparison. Credit: H. S. Cao, et al. ©2013 IOP Publishing Ltd More information: H. S. Cao, et al. “Micromachined cryogenic cooler for cooling electronic devices down to 30 K.” J. Micromech. Microeng. 23 (2013) 025014 (6pp). DOI: 10.1088/0960-1317/23/2/025014 To demonstrate the feasibility of the new two-stage cryocooler, the researchers attached a YBCO film to the device to be cooled to its superconducting state. Starting from room temperature, the scientists showed that the nitrogen stage could cool the film to 94 K in about 20 minutes, and the hydrogen stage could cool the film to 30 K in an additional 40 minutes. During this cool-down process, the film reached its superconducting state, demonstrating the possibility for integrating the cryocooler with electronic devices.One of the biggest advantages of the micro-sized cryocooler is that it has the potential be fabricated at low cost on a large scale. The cooler consists of just three glass wafers ranging in thickness from 145 to 400 μm, which are etched, stacked and bonded together. A stack of wafers can also be cut into multiple microcoolers using a dicing and powder blasting process. Another benefit is that the cryocooler operates at modest pressures, ranging from 0.1 MPa (room pressure) for the low-pressure region and 8.0-8.5 MPa for the high-pressure regions. When the pressure is higher, fabrication becomes more complex, in particular the bonding process. “A 30 K micro cryocooler is the coldest micro cryocooler that has been published in academic journals,” Cao said. “W. Little previously presented a seven-wafer stack two-stage JT micro cryocooler operating at 14 MPa with a cold-end temperature of about 30 K. Our two-stage 30 K JT micro cryocooler is operated with modest pressures and realized in a stack of only three wafers. Compared to three-wafer stack micro cryocoolers, seven-wafer stack micro cryocoolers are much more difficult to fabricate with acceptable yields. Furthermore, high gas pressures add more stringent requirements to the bonding process and severely add complexity to the development of a compressor for closed-cycle operation of the cryocooler.”The researchers hope that the relatively simple device requirements and the ability to cool to cryogenic temperatures (defined as temperatures below about 120 K [-153 °C, -244 °F]) will expedite cryogenic electronics applications. Such electronic and superconducting sensors and detectors could be especially useful in medical and space applications.”In medicine, cryogenic electronic devices can be used in some diagnostic techniques, for example, tracing the spread of breast cancer cells,” Cao said. “To determine whether the cancer has spread, the traditional way is to introduce radioactive particles into the body. But the radioactivity represents a health risk for both patient and medical personnel. Another method is using magnetic particles. However, existing detectors are not sensitive enough to measure the signal of the particles. The signal-to-noise ratio of the detectors could be greatly improved by cooling. Another application could be micro cryosurgery with miniaturized cold tips (for removing cancerous tissue).”Applications of cryogenic electronic devices in space include scientific instrumentation, telecommunications and earth observation, and meteorology satellite. Many science missions in space use optical detectors that operate at cryogenic temperatures to increase their sensitivity. Radio-frequency devices (filters, delay lines, resonators and antennas) based on high-temperature superconductors have high potential to improve the energy efficiency of telecommunications systems or to reduce their size and weight. Earth observation missions require cryogenics because of the utilization of medium infrared detectors (typically operating around or just below 100 K) to image the earth surface. “For these applications, the cooler should be small, low cost, low interference and have a very long lifetime. Joule-Thomson micro cryocoolers are excellent for this, because these have no cold moving parts and therefore can be scaled down to match the size and the power consumption of these devices.”In the future, the researchers plan to experiment with using gas mixtures in order to achieve lower temperatures at lower pressures.”One of the future goals is to combine the micro cryocooler with a sorption compressor to realize a total micro system,” Cao said. “Other future research topics in this area include three-stage microcryocoolers, micro cryocoolers using double expansion cycles and the use of a gas mixture as the working fluid. To reach temperatures near the boiling point of helium gas, it is necessary to use three stages. A nitrogen stage is used to precool a hydrogen stage, which works as a precool for a helium stage. Using a double expansion cycle, a Joule-Thomson cooler can achieve a lower temperature due to the reduction of the pressure drop in the low-pressure line. Compared to pure gas, mixed gases provide equivalent cooling power with significantly lower pressure ratio.” Explore further Faster and more sensitive electronics thanks to compact cooling Citation: Electronics like it cold, and 30 K cryocooler delivers (2013, January 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-01-electronics-cold-cryocooler.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

CM confers Banga Bibhushan award to Asha Bhosle

first_imgKolkata: Legendary singer Asha Bhosle was conferred the Banga Bibhushan, the West Bengal government’s highest award, by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday at Nazrul Manch.”I am elated that Asha Bhosle has accepted our invitation and has taken the pain to come here. We can never forget her contribution,” Banerjee said at the event.Expressing immense happiness over the facelift that the City of Joy has undergone in relation to the development work carried out by the Mamata Banerjee government over the past seven years, the noted playback singer said: “I came to Kolkata and found the city to be too beautiful. There are no potholes on roads. Facilities in the city have increased manifold. All this looks to be magical. I am very happy to have come here.” Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsBhosle was congratulated by the audience with a round of applause when she appreciated the city and at the same time, she sang a line from one of her most popular songs “Jete dao amake dekona” in honour of the Chief Minister who requested her to hum a few lines.Banerjee also recollected that her government had also wanted to give Banga Bibhushan award to Lata Mangeshkar but mentioned: “We have the highest regard for Lataji. But we couldn’t bring her due to her age.” She added that her government is always ready to confer the award on her whenever she is fit to collect it. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe Chief Minister further said that she felt privileged to honour the “stars” from different fields with the Banga Bibhushan and Banga Bhushan awards. Besides Asha Bhosle, actor Prosenjit Chatterjee, retired Judge Shyamal Sen, author Samaresh Majumdar, Santhali language researcher Suhrid Kumar Bhowmick, Rajbangshi researcher Girija Shankar Ray, veteran footballers Subrata Bhattacharya and Mohammed Habib also received the Banga Bibhushan award. Elocutionist Partha Ghosh, singers Arundhati Hom Choudhury and Sreedhara Bandyopadhyay were recipients of the Banga Bhushan award. The Chief Minister also announced that the Banga Bibhushan will be given to Birju Maharaj. The top brass of the state government will be visiting his house to hand over the award.Earlier in the day, Banerjee had tweeted: “Today is World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. Our State Government has always believed in unity in diversity. Communalism has no place in the minds and hearts of the people of Bengal”.last_img read more

Bengal Heritage Foundation to commemorate Dwarkanath Tagores death anniversary in London

first_imgKolkata: The Bengal Heritage Foundation is organising a function at Kensal Green Cemetery, London on Saturday to commemorate the death anniversary of Prince Dwarkanath Tagore.A close friend of Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and King Louis Phillipe of France, Tagore was buried at Kensal Green Cemetery in London.A bust of Dwarkanath and a plaque containing his contribution will be unveiled to honour the entrepreneur, philanthropist and the first successful businessman, who took up Indo-British trade. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe function will be organized jointly by the British Council, iLEAD College (Kolkata), Friends of Kensal Green (London) and London Sharad Utsav (London).Sourav Niyogi of Bengal Heritage Foundation noted: “Very few Indians are aware of Prince Dwarkanath Tagore’s tomb in London. From coal to banking to trading, he successfully set the foundation of an industrial Bengal and internationalisation of India. Our effort is a humble tribute to this great son of Bengal and to keep his heritage alive for the future generations. As a first step, the monument has been cleaned after 28 years using Thermatech technology using conservation principles.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe Kensal Green Cemetery stands on a land of 72-acre and there are over 65,000 graves.Dwarkanath (1794-1846) was the first Bengali merchant-entrepreneur to set up an Indo-British business partnership (Carr, Tagore and Co.) that traded in salt, sugar, tea, coal, indigo and steam navigation. Tagore was a visionary, who believed in multi-racial collaboration with the British.Tagore was a signatory to the anti-Sati petition along with Rammohun Roy, who died in Bristol in 1833 and lies buried there. Tagore visited Britain twice in 1842 and 1845 and was a personal friend of Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and King Louis Phillipe of France. Feted by literary giants Charles Dickens, William Makepeace Thackeray and many others, Tagore was granted the Freedom of the City of Edinburgh in a public ceremony in August 1842 for his ‘anxious desire to promote happiness and prosperity of his fellowcountrymen’.He died at Brown’s Hotel in London on August 1, 1846 and was buried without ceremony three days later.Queen Victoria and Prince Albert sent four carriages for the funeral.last_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

Google honours Urdu writer Desnavi with a doodle

first_imgNew Delhi: Known for his huge contribution towards the enrichment of Urdu language, Abdul Qavi Desnavi was honoured by search engine Google with a doodle on his 87th birth anniversary on Wednesday. The doodle showed Desnavi sitting in the middle and writing. The letters of the search engine were also given a calligraphic touch.An Indian Urdu language writer, critic, bibliographer and linguist, Desnavi, has contributed immensely towards the evolution of Urdu literature. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn his five decades of literary career, he has authored a vast body of works covering fiction, biographies, poetry and anthologies. Some of his noted works are “Sat Tehriren”, “Motala-E-Khotool”, “Ghalib” along with his writings on Allama Muhammad Iqbal and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.Born in 1930 in Bihar’s Desna village, Desnavi, belonged to an erudite family. He had a strong academic background. His primary education was in Arrah. He completed his graduation and post graduation from St. Xavier’s College Mumbai.Later, he became a Professor in Saifia Post Graduate College in Bhopal. He was made the head of Urdu Department there.He was a member of several literary and academic bodies. Desnavi breathed his last on July 7, 2011 in Bhopal where he was living.last_img read more

Bringing art closer to common people

first_imgTo bring art and artists from the world at one platform, Lalit Kala Akademy’s first International Art Fair is being held at IGNCA, Delhi. The Kala Mela is proving to be a world-class exhibition place for every artist. In order to add a feather on the cap, there is a long list of participants who want to spread the essence of their art to common people. On the fourth day, International Art Fair was abuzz with artists and art lovers. In such art-loving atmosphere, the main glimpses of the day were Violin by Nuno Flores, Portugal, screening of Portuguese film ‘Glances at Distance’, 26-minutes long film screening on artist duo Gilbert and George and another film screening on S H Raza. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfG Azhicode, a mural artist from Kerala, exhibits the beauty of traditional Kerala in his mural paintings at the festival. The artist came all the way from the coastal state to be a part of International Art Fair and it fetched him worth-drooling art-contract from IGNCA for three years, for mural and canvas paintings. Azhicode is not the only artist to get a contract at the Art Fair. 26-years-old Anamika shares similar excitement. She cracked a deal with Delhi’s Roki Art Gallery to exhibit her work. Holding fort for famous artists like Arpan Bhowmik, art curator Arup Chatterjee gleefully announces that a wall full of Arpan Bhowmik’s paintings have been purchased by art lovers. Arpan Bhowmik is a renowned artist who is famous for depicting quintessential forms of cities in his paintings has also introduced mini-paintings in the Kala Mela at a very affordable rate. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe event was inaugurated by M Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President of India on February 4. Speaking on the occasion, CS Krishna Setty, Administrator, Lalit Kala said, “The mission behind organizing International Kala Mela is to bring artists and art-lovers from across the globe to a single platform. Art must not be restricted to a few, it should be loved and praised by the mass too.”Apart from normal art talks, each day of Kala Mela is scheduled to offer something exciting. Being held at Indira Gandhi National Craft and Art Centre, New Delhi, every day between 12 pm and 8 pm, the fair will last until February 17.last_img read more

Jewel in the Crown of Sydneys CBD opens its doors

first_imgJewel in the Crown of Sydney’s CBD opens its doorsJewel in the Crown of Sydney’s CBD opens its doorsSKYE Suites Sydney will open its doors Thursday October 18th 2018, Sydney’s first boutique serviced apartments in the CBD. Located at 300 Kent Street, the highly anticipated opening of the luxury 25 storey multi-residential tower will set new benchmarks for combining architectural excellence, luxurious amenities and will enhance the modern inner-city lifestyle.SKYE Suites Sydney sits within Arc by Crown Group, offering serviced apartments for short-term and long-term stay guests. The first phase of Arc will see luxury hotel apartment rooms available in SKYE Suites Sydney, comprising of studio suites and two bedrooms suites. In total, Skye Suites at Arc by Crown Group will host 73 serviced apartments; including studio suites one-bedroom suites and two-bedroom suites. The second phase of the project will see the remaining residential suites, rooftop and retail precinct complete in November 2018.Committed to luxury experiences for guests, each superior-sized apartment suite features timeless interior finishes, complete with Delonghi appliances, Vittoria coffee machines, Kevin Murphy toiletries and haircare products, complimentary Wi-Fi, laundry facilities, pre-stocked mini bar and a bespoke bedding firmness menu. Modern facilities will delight even the most seasoned business traveller with an ice-cave themed lobby and pool, and state-of-the-art gymnasium.The building itself is an impressive centrepiece for Sydney’s CBD, achieved by globally renowned architect, Koichi Takada. In collaboration with Crown Group, Koichi’s vision will come to life creating a soaring icon of style with arched metal fins that cantilever and curve over the exclusive Horizon Lounge and rooftop, shaping the skyline with a gentle and organic form. The arches filter throughout the project, from the ice-cave themed lobby through to the arch balconies of the suites. Offering hotel guests private balconies and fresh air, the development features a masonry façade podium and glazed frontage inspired by the unique character of significant heritage buildings.Designed to enrich and regenerate public amenity in the CBD, Crown Group have worked collaboratively to restore Skittle Lane which will host Reflect, public art created by Ramus Illumination. Reflect will be an illuminated sculpture stretching 12 metres across the atrium, comprised of a steel frame, stainless wires and thousands of LED lights. Reflective of a path of flight through the air itself, the artwork will shift its palette of colour and movement in lights according the sound and movement of people beneath it.Skittle Lane was originally built in the late 1980s as a laneway to service the surrounding warehouses and was used as a bowling alley for sailors and soldiers. Using trachyte blocks, Skittle Lane has been repurposed to act as a pedestrian and boutique retail thoroughfare comprising an 8-storey atrium, linking King Street with Kent Street and Clarence Street.Adding to Crown Group’s already extensive portfolio of retail and hospitality venues, SKYE Suites Sydney will offer guests and Sydneysiders fine dining and al fresco experiences with an exciting new food hub along Skittle Lane to open in November 2018; featuring new offerings from some of Sydney’s most popular restaurants, including Japanese restaurant Izakaya & Ramen Michi from Masuya Group and Ministry of Coffee. With the likes of Masuya Restaurant, Sushi Bar Makoto in Chatswood and MISO Japanese Restaurant to their name, Izakaya & Ramen Michi owners Katsuyoshi Sadamatsu and Jun Toyoda will offer fresh sushi, sashimi and sake.Crown Group are leading the way in technology and design led serviced apartments within the industry, allowing guests to download a mobile phone application, SKYE Suites, and access their rooms with a swipe of a room key from their phone. Guests can download the app from the iPhone and Android app store which will also give them access to information about the local area, including nearby tourist sites, restaurants, cafes and shopping places. This information will also be available to guests from a tablet in their room, allowing them click through access to make reservation bookings and purchase tickets to events within Sydney’s CBD and surrounding areas.Crown Group Director of Hotels and Suites, Wayne Taranto, says, “Appealing to domestic and international visitors, and business travellers, SKYE Suites Sydney will offer short-term stay guests a taste of luxury lifestyle in the heart of Sydney’s CBD. The location of SKYE Suites Sydney is within easy walking distance to the International Convention Centre, Darling Square, Barangaroo precinct and transport that connects to the rest of the city.”“This is an exciting project for Sydney as Arc by Crown Group will be the first collection of serviced apartments to redefine the west corridor of the city – tapping into the business and financial district of the CBD. We are thrilled to be offering a luxury boutique and service orientated apartments for guests and Sydneysiders,” concludes Taranto.SKYE Suites Sydney comes after Crown Group’s move into the luxury hotel arena with SKYE Hotel Suites Parramatta which opened in August 2017. Crown Group Chairman and Group CEO, Iwan Sunito, says, “We are incredibly excited to open our doors to SKYE Suites Sydney after such success in Parramatta. This architectural masterpiece in the city’s CBD will not only form a striking addition to Sydney’s skyline, but will enhance the existing streetscape for domestic and international guests, and Sydneysiders.” Source = SKYE Suites Sydneylast_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

Arizona Governor Suspends Ubers SelfDriving Car Tests

first_img Richard Lawler Next Article The company put a freeze on testing nationwide after last week’s fatal crash. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand –shares Image credit: Handout/Reuters via engadget Add to Queue Uber Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. This story originally appeared on Engadget Arizona Governor Suspends Uber’s Self-Driving Car Tests 2 min read March 27, 2018 As the investigation into last week’s fatal crash where an autonomous Uber SUV struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Ariz., the state’s governor has suspended Uber’s permission to test its cars there. While the company had already halted testing nationwide after the test, this is a turnaround after Gov. Doug Ducey (R) had welcomed self-driving testing from many companies with open arms in a relationship that stretches back a few years. Just a few weeks ago Ducey updated his autonomous vehicle executive order to allow testing without a safety driver.In this crash, there was a test driver behind the wheel, but neither they nor the car reacted in time to avoid a woman who crossed in front of the car. In a letter to Uber, the Wall Street Journal reports Ducey said “my expectation is that public safety is also the top priority for all who operate this technology in the state of Arizona..The incident that took place on March 18 is an unquestionable failure to comply with this expectation.”In a statement to Engadget, an Uber spokerson said “We proactively suspended self-driving operations in all cities immediately following the tragic incident last week. We continue to help investigators in any way we can, and we’ll keep a dialogue open with the Governor’s office going forward.” Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Helping Dads Discover Medical Cannabis This Fathers Day

first_imgMarketing CEO of Canna West With Father’s Day approaching, I could pull out all the stops to market my brand to every single father in the Seattle area, but that would be a demographic and logistical nightmare. Instead, my team and I work very hard to know our customers (KYC), an acronym we ironically stole from the banking world. Rather than take a blanket approach we market directly to the dads who actually shop in our store, and when it comes to engaging elderly fathers we employ the same empathy and understanding that it took me to market cannabis to my own father.My dad was a hippie and therefore a frequent pot user in the late 1960’s and early 70’s. Following his flower child moment, he went completely clean – no alcohol or drugs of any sort – and he’s been that way for the past 40 years. Two years ago, however, he had a heart attack that almost killed him. The recovery meds his doctors had prescribed were opiate infused and kept him in bed, rather than pushing him towards recovery. Depression started settling in. He couldn’t sleep. It was heartbreaking and I knew cannabis was a better solution and could help break the cycle. Our “cannabis conversation” was very simple, though thoughtful, and went a little something like this:“Dad, please eat an edible with me and Nick (my fiance). We can all just sit and watch the thunderstorm and hang out on the porch together. Please?””Okay, I’ll try it,” he said.And that was it — a conversion made! He dumped the pharma meds immediately. The truth is, he had also been unnerved by the pharma recovery meds from the start and was ready for something different. What my fiance and I did was propose a solution on his terms in an environment where he is the most comfortable. It helped tremendously that I know just about everything about the man.The three of us had so much fun that night. Once the edible took effect, my dad had no more pain or anxiety. We could converse and laugh at each other’s jokes, just like the old days. Best of all, he slept like a baby that night and has ever since. He now takes one edible per day and has become one of three very important buyer personas in my brand’s marketing toolkit.Who then are the three most popular senior citizen dad personas my team engages with regularly? And how can an entrepreneur in the cannabis industry capture their attention this Father’s Day?Related: More Seniors Are Using Marijuana and It May Decrease Their Opioid Use1. The Aged AthleteDo you know this guy? Incredible, right? He still rock-and-ice climbs, well into his 70’s. He is the club tennis champion. He still good with a chain saw. However, at the end of each day now his knees hurt. His shoulders hurt. His back hurts. He could use a bit of CBD and THC love to take those pains away and reduce his inflammation.If you manufacture or sell any product, such as capsules or edibles, that fall into the 1:1 or even 25:1 category in terms of CBD to THC dosage percentages, Father’s Day might be one of the only times he slows down enough for you to capture his attention and then motivate him to give cannabis solutions a shot.Related: Medterra CBD Signs Pro Golfers as Brand Ambassadors2. The Tin ManThis is my dad. He has a doctorate degree in radioactive isotope geochemistry, but then he went and devoted his professional career to reforming the state of Idaho’s mental health and rehabilitation hospitals. In retirement, he spends three hours a day meditating in a meadow on a hill overlooking the home of my parents in Idaho. He has one of the closest relationships with God that I have ever witnessed, yet claims he is not a religious man. My dad wants to be active, but he has a big, broken heart.He is a full believer in cannabis’ benefits today. And as a result, he is starting to seek out higher quality edible products, an important trend that should be noted by the reader. He and his ilk could eventually drive the growing craft edibles category.Related: A Plea to Our Elders: Consider Medical Marijuana Before OpioidsThe Dying FatherAll I can say here is…life is just really hard sometimes. We have had customers visit us who required a chair in our showroom, simply because they were having a hard time standing up. Perhaps they had just come from a chemo session? Maybe they were recovering from a difficult surgery? Or maybe they were just in that much pain?This personna is one that typically requires the type of assistance that a retail or product brand may not be accustomed to providing. It requires real caring, and listening. Those entrepreneurs who live their business and personal lives with ethos, who are in this game for more than just the opportunity to make a buck, won’t need to adjust to sell solutions to this personna. They are already acting in the right manner. Those minus ethos might want to look into some sensitivity training. It is not an audience that will forgive you twice. Nor should they.Regardless of how well your brand address each of the many personna’s related to Father’s Day cannabis promotions, there is still an elephant in the room — the undecided. For whatever reason, there are a number of elderly dad’s out there who could benefit greatly from cannabis, but haven’t taken the plunge to actually try it. My own dad required a direct invitation from me. We are now both very thankful he listened to me. Some may require just a gentle nudge, while others might want further research from credible sources. Some, sadly, will never abandon their opiates.It doesn’t matter where they fall on the spectrum though. When in doubt, market to them on Father’s Day as if they were your own dad. Don’t insult them. Get to know their needs and cater to them. They deserve that level of respect. Many seniors, maybe including your own father, could benefit from cannabis. Cultivate the empathy and understanding to reach them on their own terms. –shares Add to Queue Image credit: Courtesy of Nick Mayer, owner of Trinity Farms Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. Download Our Free Android App Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.center_img Guest Writer Helping Dads Discover Medical Cannabis This Father’s Day Maryam Mirnateghi and her father, Masoud June 15, 2019 Next Article 6 min read Maryam Mirnateghi Free Green Entrepreneur Applast_img read more

5 Shipping Trends for Small Ecommerce Businesses To Watch

first_img Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Shipping is the final (and arguably most important) frontier when it comes to satisfying customers. Big box retailers have made shipping a priority by routinely examining and revamping their fulfillment methods, resulting in solutions like Amazon Prime, Walmart’s two-day shipping subscription and eBay’s Fast ‘N Free initiative.Keeping an eye on trends and adopting new, relevant shipping methods will not only help improve customer satisfaction, but it will also help small business owners meet their bottom lines and compete with the big dogs.Here are five logistics trends and strategies that all retail business owners should evaluate.1. Free shipping is expected.According to a Deloitte survey, free shipping is the top priority for shoppers when it comes to retail policies, and nine in 10 shoppers prioritize free shipping over fast shipping when shopping online.For small businesses to remain competitive, and avoid shopping cart abandonment, they’ll need to strongly consider incorporating free shipping as an option. As all businesses know, shipping is never really free.On a basic level, there are a few strategies to help businesses cover the cost of free shipping. First, increase product prices to cover shipping costs. In this case, the customer pays. Second, the business pays the full price of shipping. Third, the company slightly increases prices of products to cover some shipping costs, so that both pay a portion.Businesses can also get creative, offering free shipping when a customer hits a minimum order value. This strategy can help by increasing an average order size; therefore, increasing profits to help offset shipping costs.2. Deliver packages at a specific time.Some of consumers’ biggest pet peeves are receiving those “sorry we missed you” postage slips on their front door, or even worse, having a package stolen off their doorstep.According to a Temando survey, 76 percent of consumers want a specified time slot for delivery, and 37 percent are willing to pay a premium for it. The good news is that the major carriers’ tracking information have significantly improved, helping recipients know where their package is on its route and the estimated delivery date. In addition, most consumers know roughly when their mail carrier arrives each day and can oftentimes plan accordingly.For even greater control over delivery times, businesses can consider offering local customers on-demand delivery services, such as UberRUSH or Deliv. With these services, shoppers can specify the exact time of day they would like to have their order arrive.To ship smaller items to out-of-town customers with unusual or difficult schedules, USPS also offers a Hold for Pickup option, allowing the customer to pick up the parcel at a specified post office location. It also offers Package Intercept, which allows customers to reroute their domestic packages if they go on a vacation or business trip.3. Drones will deliver.Drones will soon be able to deliver small items to local areas quickly and efficiently. Amazon and Google are investing in drone delivery, among countless other tech companies.However, there are still operational limitations standing in the way of drone delivery. The Part 107 drone regulations announced recently that it does not cover a variety of operations crucial to delivering packages, such as flying beyond a pilot’s visual line of sight, at higher altitudes and over laypeople.Related: 3 Ways to Grow a Multi-Million Dollar Drop Shipping BusinessSo while they’re not buzzing overhead quite yet, business owners should keep drone delivery on their radar to make sure their business is ready to adapt quickly once regulations allowing drone deliveries are in place.4. More options drive customer satisfaction.Traditionally, shoppers are given a few shipping options at checkout: standard, expedited and overnight. However, consumers are looking for more flexibility when it comes to how and when they receive their orders.According to an Accenture study, 66 percent of consumers have chosen a retailer based on the number of available delivery options.Related: 5 Keys to Building Your Ecommerce SiteTo avoid shopping cart abandonment and upset customers, retailers should think about adding additional delivery choices such as local pickup, carrier-specific options, same-day shipping and more.USPS is generally the most affordable option for smaller, lightweight packages while UPS and FedEx are better suited for larger items. Allowing customers to select specified carriers – UPS, FedEx or USPS — may create satisfied, repeat customers as it gives them some control over the process.5. Big data transforms shipping.Business data has been around for a long time, mostly sitting in filing cabinets as an untapped resource. Thanks to new technologies, small businesses can now leverage their data to better serve their customers.With the right tools, businesses can automatically analyze information, such as pricing histories, mobile device usage, website traffic, locations, parcels’ time in transit and shipping destinations to make informed business decisions. This eliminates inefficiencies and bias; therefore, reducing overall business costs and improving practices.Related: The 6 Best Ecommerce Platforms for Small BusinessesThere are countless ways small businesses can gather, analyze and make sense of all the data at their fingertips. For example, Endicia uses package data and predictive analysis to guide ecommerce business owners’ decisions, ranging from where to plant warehouses to how to improve delivery for the end-consumer through forecasted shipping costs and time in transit.By taking a look at where most products are shipped and how long they take to get there, business owners can determine the optimal location for a warehouse that will save the most time and money.Shipping is a challenging aspect of any ecommerce business and every small business will have different tactics and challenges to create the most efficient shipping strategy possible. Keeping an eye on shipping trends and strategies while implementing and tweaking it as needed, will help businesses determine what works best in order to be successful and competitive with the ecommerce retail giants. Enroll Now for $5 Image credit: Shutterstock Add to Queue Ecommerce Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand –shares Chief Strategy Officer, Stamps.com and Co-Founder, Endiciacenter_img 5 Shipping Trends for Small Ecommerce Businesses To Watch Amine Khechfé 5 min read Guest Writer Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Next Article August 15, 2016last_img read more

Using a health information exchange network to enhance disease surveillance

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 12 2019How do public health officials know if there is a disease outbreak and where that outbreak has occurred?Surveillance is the cornerstone of public health practice, yet while disease surveillance has shifted toward greater use of electronically transmitted information to decrease the reporting burden on physicians, the challenge of getting the right information to public health officials at the right time has not been completely solved.Brian E. Dixon, Ph.D., of the Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI, outlines how using a health exchange network can facilitate electronic disease reporting during the 2019 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s Global Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, February 11-15. HIMSS19 is one of the largest health IT gatherings in the world, with more than 45,000 attendees.Dr. Dixon will present “Enhanced Public Health Reporting Using an HIE,” discussing how electronic health information exchange can be used to improve compliance with public health reporting laws, increase completeness of reports to public health, and make the surveillance work process more efficient while reducing the burden on clinics.”Traditionally, public health agencies wait for laboratories to initiate notifiable disease case reports,” he notes. “However, this passive approach typically yields incomplete and delayed reports, which can hinder assessment of disease in the community and potentially delay recognition of patterns and outbreaks.”In his HIMSS presentation, he will discuss a novel decision support tool — pre-populated electronic reporting forms — that he and Regenstrief colleagues designed, tested and implemented to facilitate awareness and compliance among primary care providers regarding notifiable disease reporting to county public health agencies.Related StoriesSafe sex an elusive target; STIs continue to rise in EnglandResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairOlympus Europe and Cytosurge join hands to accelerate drug development, single cell research”In 2019, many clinics still use fax machines to communicate patient data to public health offices, said Dr. Dixon. “Our objective is to automate the process by which primary care clinics report case information to public health following a laboratory-confirmed diagnosis of one of the many diseases that clinicians are required to report.”In addition to notifiable disease confirmatory test results, the pre-populated fields on the electronic forms include patient demographics and provider information. Seven representative, high priority diseases were included in the Regenstrief test project: chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, salmonella, hepatitis B, hepatitis C and histoplasmosis.In his HIMSS presentation, Dr. Dixon will explore how pre-populated, electronic case reporting may improve disease reporting and barriers that must be overcome to make that possible.Regenstrief Institute is a dynamic people-centered research organization driven by a mission to connect and innovate for better health. We envision a world where better information empowers people to end disease and realize true health, and we pursue this vision through research and development guided by our core values.Committed to advancing the public’s health and well-being through education, innovation and leadership, the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI is known for its expertise in biostatistics, epidemiology, cancer research, community health, environmental public health, health policy and health administration. Source:https://www.regenstrief.org/article/do-we-have-an-epidemic/last_img read more

Supervised fun exercise both improve psychosocial health of children with obesity

first_imgFor me the take-home message is yes, exercise has many wonderful benefits but some of that is because you are in a program run by caring adults”Dr. Catherine Davis, clinical health psychologist at MCG’s Georgia Prevention Institute and the study’s corresponding author They looked at 175 predominantly black children ages 8-11 who had overweight or obesity and were previously inactive. Children participated in either a fun-driven aerobic exercise program or a sedentary after-school program where they played board games and did artistic activities.The investigators hypothesized that they would find that the exercise intervention would be more effective at improving quality of life, mood and self-worth than the sedentary program.They found instead that, while the exercise program had the additional benefits of reducing body fat, improving fitness, and even improved brain health, there was no mood advantage from the exercise program. Fatness and fitness did not change as much in the sedentary group.In fact, in the case of the boys, those in the sedentary group reported depressive symptoms actually decreased more over time than their peers in the exercise group.About 10 percent of children in both groups had symptoms indicating depression at the start of the study. Depressive symptoms in children include things like a sad mood, interpersonal problems and inability to feel pleasure.Among participating girls, depressive symptoms yielded similar improvements whether in the exercise or sedentary group, says Celestine F. Williams, senior research associate at the Georgia Prevention Institute and first author on the study.Those sex differences might be attributable to males in the sedentary group not being under the pressure they may feel to participate and succeed in physical activities, and finding instead an opportunity to pursue more artistic and social endeavors, which children of this age tend to prefer, the investigators write.Countless studies, including some led by Davis, have shown that regular physical activity in children who are overweight or obese and inactive can yield a variety of benefits, including reducing fatness, improving fitness and insulin sensitivity — which reduces the risk of diabetes and other maladies — as well as perhaps less obvious benefits, like improved cognition and improved brain health, and reduced anger and depression.This time Davis and her colleagues wanted to more directly compare the impact of an exercise program versus a similar sedentary program on the psychosocial wellbeing of these children. While there are often control groups in this type of study, most compare the exercise program to either no program, or a less interactive and fun program. Davis and Williams agree that likely was a big part of the differences they found this time.Related StoriesWhy Mattresses Could be a Health Threat to Sleeping ChildrenRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaRevolutionary gene replacement surgery restores vision in patients with retinal degenerationAll the children were evaluated for depressive symptoms, anger expression, self-worth and quality of life right before starting and after finishing either arm of the study. Depressive symptoms and quality of life were measured again about a year later.In the exercise program, the instructor led fun aerobic activity for 40 minutes daily based on the interests and abilities of the children. Rather than time on a treadmill, for example, there were more entertaining strategies to get and keep the heart rate up like a version of the age-old game tag. Children wore heart rate monitors and were rewarded for an average heart rate above 150 beats per minute during the exercise — the average resting heart rate for an 8-year-old is 70 to 110 beats per minute — and they got more points for a higher average.In the other group, children participated in instructor-led activities like board games, puzzles, arts and music, and were rewarded for participation and good behavior. There were arts and crafts, challenging games like the strategy board game Connect 4, guitar music and singing popular songs, and the children were rewarded with points for being nice and cleaning up behind themselves. The children were free to talk with each other as long as it was not disruptive, which was probably a highlight for the boys, Williams says.Relationships the children built with each other over the course of both programs likely were beneficial in elevating their mood and quality of life, Williams says. The sedentary program may have given children more time to talk with each other and develop friendships with little competitive pressure.Other investigators have shown that children in the 8-11 age range may actually prefer just talking or socializing with their friends as a fun activity, rather than some form of exercise, while younger children may think it’s more fun to run around, Williams says.The fact that both programs provided psychosocial benefit to the children led the investigators to conclude that some benefits of exercise found in previous studies, including Davis’, resulted from the regular opportunity to be with attentive adults who provide behavioral structure. It also resulted from the children enjoying interacting with each other, sharing snacks and other activities, while spending less time watching television.Rates of obesity among children and the adolescents in this country have more than tripled since the 1970s, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and currently about 1 in 5 school-age children and young people has obesity. Young blacks are disproportionately affected in this country.There is plenty of evidence that obesity and overweight can impact overall quality of life and that children with these conditions can have increased problems with anxiety, bullying, fatigue, anger and general behavior problems, and that generally higher BMI, or body mass index, a ratio of weight to height, is associated with a lower self-worth in children.”Exercise is very well demonstrated to improve mood. However, I think you have to consider exercise in the context that it occurs, so the social context counts too,” says Davis. Source:Medical College of Georgia at Augusta UniversityJournal reference:Davis, C.L. et al. (2019) Exercise effects on quality of life, mood, and self-worth in overweight children: the SMART randomized controlled trial. Translational Behavioral Medicine. doi.org/10.1093/tbm/ibz015. Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jul 2 2019A program with clear rules, routines and activities, attentive adults and a chance to interact with peers appears to work as well at improving the quality of life, mood and self-worth of a child who is overweight or obese as a regular exercise program, researchers report.While regular exercise is clearly beneficial to children — and adults — the psychosocial health of children may benefit as much from other kinds of adult-led after school programs, Medical College of Georgia researchers report in the journal Translational Behavioral Medicine.last_img read more