first_imgThe shooting death of rapper Nipsey Hussle on Sunday afternoon not only rocked the entertainment industry, it send shock waves shuddering into the world of professional sports. Hussle, 33, was shot at his Marathon Clothing store in Los Angeles, according to the Washington Post. In addition to his music, he was engaged in the Los Angeles community. He clearly connected on an emotional level with athletes.One of those athletes is the Warriors’ Stephen Curry, shown in the video below purporting …last_img read more


first_imgElectric eels are inspiring a new generation of fuel cells.  Science Daily reported that a remarkable fusion of engineering and biology may lead to tiny electronic devices that run on biology’s own energy currency, ATP.  “Engineers long have known that great ideas can be lifted from Mother Nature, but a new paper by researchers at Yale University and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) takes it to a cellular level.”    The voltage-generating cells in an electric eel are called electrocytes.  They work by pumping sodium and potassium ions in and out of the cell membrane through specially designed channels or gates (see 01/17/2002).  The cells are then stacked in series, to build up voltage, and in parallel, to build up current.  The result?  An electric eel can generate 600 volts – enough to knock a horse off its feet (see National Geographic).  Electric eels and other forms of electric fish use their powers primarily at lower levels for navigation (05/05/2004), communication, and even courtship (see 06/20/2007, bullet 5).    The Yale-NIST team is using a “systems biology” approach (08/21/2003), considering the overall context of function, to understand and build on biological technology.  Of seven types of channels in the cell membrane, the specifications of each are being examined: reaction time, density in the membrane, and more.  “Nerve cells, which move information rather than energy, can fire rapidly but with relatively little power,” the article said, whereas “Electrocytes have a slower cycle, but deliver more power for longer periods.”  Tweaking the specs in engineering models allow bio-engineers to optimize voltage production for human applications.    The article not only ignored evolution completely, it seemed positively fixated on design.  “Applying modern engineering design tools to one of the basic units of life, they argue that artificial cells could be built that not only replicate the electrical behavior of electric eel cells but in fact improve on them,” the body of the story began.  David LaVan, NIST engineer, put it this way: “Do we understand how a cell produces electricity well enough to design one—and to optimize that design?”  This is reverse engineering – which implies intelligent design.  An engineer has to see and appreciate design to want to emulate it.    In this case, engineers don’t have to copy the design with their own components made from scratch, as with gecko-foot tape (see 12/06/2006, 06/20/2007.)  They can take parts from existing off-the-shelf technology and adapt it for human-designed applications.  They can use engineered proteins to build membranes.  They can tailor bacteria or mitochondria (cellular powerhouses) to produce ATP for energizing the reactions.  They can modify electrocytes to produce continuous electrical current instead of pulses.    An interesting question comes to mind.  If an extraterrestrial engineer were to land in the lab and study the eel and the biological electronics designed by humans, would it know where the evolution stops and the intelligent design begins?Answer: yes, it would know that evolution stopped at the science door and intelligent design produced the whole show.  Evolution as a concept would be the trash can for explaining mistakes and degeneration.    “Nerve cells … move information rather than energy.”  Did you catch that?  Your body is wired for the intranet as well as for power.  Let CEH help empower you to get good information flowing.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


first_imgRelated Posts His confidence may be misguided, but it’s not hard to see where it comes from. His company and other cloud-storage providers are arguably succeeding in obliterating another storage device—what Tina Fey’s Claire in Date Night called the “computer sticky thing.” (That’s a USB drive or thumb drive to you and me.)For Dropbox users, dragging and dropping files into a desktop folder that automatically syncs to the Internet is far easier than saving to a thumb drive, ejecting said drive, stashing it in a purse or pocket, and crossing your fingers that you’ll remember where you put it. And for mobile users, cloud storage is a godsend. Although thumb drives still get sold, and they’re getting cheaper all the time, they’ve already dropped out of their brief pop-culture spotlight—after just a couple of years, Date Night seems dated. But thumb drives were a convenience, not the primary data repository of our digital lives. There are serious flaws in Houston’s premise that Dropbox is the hard drive’s “spiritual successor.”First of all, Dropbox isn’t replacing the hard drive, it’s just moving it to a different location. Every bit of data in “the cloud” actually lives in tangible drives at some physical data center somewhere. And in the home, Dropbox still functions better with a computer’s hard drive than without. See also: Thinking Outside The Dropbox: The Cloud Company Straps On Its Platform ShoesStorage industry analyst Tom Coughlin agrees.“There is value in both local and cloud copies of files, and Dropbox currently supports synchronization between the cloud and a computer—and thus on a local [hard drive],” he told me via email. Your Dropbox files are actually copied to your computer’s local drive, allowing for offline access. Coughlin “expects they will continue to do this.”And Dropbox unveiled a new crop of coding tools earlier this month. One key feature: allowing other software developers to benefit from this same hybrid online-offline access to Dropbox files. Score another point for the local hard drive. Hard Truths About Cloud StorageThe fuzzy thinking around the cloud isn’t peculiar to Dropbox. All cloud-focused companies have to contend with a few ongoing, universal truths:  adriana lee Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud For Security And Privacy, They Can’t Beat Your Local DriveAllow me to state the obvious: If you want your data to be hack-proof and completely inaccessible to others, don’t put it on the Internet. Period.Many cloud-storage companies use external data centers, and that can be a dicey security issue. Although Dropbox encrypts user data, it winds up on Amazon’s S3 servers.The biggest obstacle to Houston’s push to the cloud may be public distrust, thanks to the U.S. National Security Agency’s controversial PRISM surveillance program. Dropbox was listed alongside tech giants like Google and Microsoft as companies cooperating with government data requests. Dropbox says it has “a small number of employees who must be able to access user data for the reasons stated in our privacy policy (e.g., when legally required to do so).”Houston, We Have A ProblemDropbox is a useful service, especially for sharing the occasional file. For groups of people working together, Dropbox may be a smarter solution than hard-to-maintain file servers. But replacing the hard drive as the ultimate stash for ordinary consumers’ personal files? That goes way too far.Drew Houston isn’t the first tech exec to make bold, outlandish marketing claims. Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff launched his software company, which rents software over the Internet, with the rallying cry “The end of software!” The truth is, Salesforce makes money selling software in a slightly different way than companies used to sell it. And Dropbox isn’t replacing hard drives as much as tweaking the way we use them, so we get more out of them. (See Salesforce heralding its enterprise cloud services as “The End of Software.”) But it’s clear his lofty fantasy doesn’t square with the realities of today’s Internet. And until it does, Dropbox has an impossible mission on its hands. Feature image courtesy of Flickr user Jeff Kubina Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Dropbox CEO Drew Houston recently declared, “We are replacing the hard drive.”To illustrate his point, he even invoked a Hollywood example: “Tom Cruise in Minority Report is not carrying around a thumb drive or logging into Gmail to pick up his attachment.” Maybe so, but the actor has another famous film that describes Dropbox’s end game even better: Mission Impossible. The Fluffy Cloud Has A Hard Metal CenterGranted, classic hard drives—specifically hard-disk drives—are an easy target. They’re already on the way out, making way for solid-state drives using flash-memory chips, which have no spinning platters or other moving parts. These storage components are faster and sexier, and they’re getting more affordable all the time. But Houston wasn’t parsing technologies—he was referring to the whole concept of local storage, which most consumers lump together under the “hard drive” moniker.  Tags:#cloud computing#cloud storage#Dropbox#File Sharing#hardware#online storage They Rely On The Internet“People will always need to have files available through their hard drive for easy, secure and quick access, not to mention at those times when they can’t rely on—or don’t have—an Internet connection,” says Vineet Jain, CEO of Egnyte, a firm that specializes in both local and cloud IT infrastructure.Those are actually two issues—speed and access. There’s simply no faster way to open a file than from your own local drive. That’s especially true if you’re talking about big media files. Trying to access or stream videos or music can be an exercise in frustration for Internet users suffering from dropped connections and slow speeds. And good luck with avoiding those if you live in a rural area. The Federal Communications Commission and the Commerce Department say only 40 percent of rural households have access to high-speed cable Internet service.They Rely On An Internet That’s Capped And ThrottledThings aren’t idyllic for users with home broadband and high-speed cellular networks, either. Even as fixed and wireless broadband providers are pushing us to do more and more over the Internet, they’re instituting data caps and speed throttling to limit our Internet usage or at least make it more expensive. AT&T, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Verizon are just a few of the providers who engage in these practices, and they cover a majority of the Internet and smartphone users in the U.S.Although accessing or editing simple text documents online doesn’t require hefty Internet pipes, the bandwidth load balloons when you include photo and video editing, streaming whole music libraries and movies, or accessing other types of large files. They’re PriceyDropbox offers a modest 2 gigabytes of storage for free. How small is that? Forget about your music library: You can only store about 250 songs in that space. You can refer friends to get more storage, but you still won’t get anywhere near a decent music library.Sure, Dropbox is handy for quick access on mobile devices. But you know what else mobile devices do? Generate a lot of files—especially photos and videos. With cameras getting better all the time, like Nokia’s crazy-good 41-megapixel model, image files just keep getting bigger. If you want to keep them and not just toss them up on Instagram, you’ll need terabytes of storage, not gigabytes.What does Dropbox cost? For its paid tiers, you can buy 100GB, 200GB and 500GB of storage for $99, $199, and $499 per year, respectively. You can buy a one-terabyte hard drive—1,000 gigabytes—for $59 now.last_img read more


first_imgWith farmers’ bodies up in arms against stray cattle menace in Punjab, The Opposition Aam Aadmi Party has now also decided to take up the issue. The party plans to highlight the issue in the upcoming budget session of the Assembly.“The State government has failed to find a solution to the menace, the government collects cow cess and other taxes in the name of taking care of stray animals but the problem continues to grow,” said Harpal Singh Cheema, the Leader of the Opposition.“We will bring a calling attention motion on the issue during the budget session. People want to know how the money, which is being collected as cess, is being utilised by the government,” he said.Mr. Cheema said that it is the sole responsibility of the State government to protect the lives and belongings of people but unfortunately it has turned a deaf ear towards the problems of the people.Meanwhile, angry over damage to their crops by stray cattle, several farmers of Pedhni village in Sangrur district, under the banner of Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ugrahan), reached the Deputy Commissioner’s office last week with stray cattle loaded on tractor-trailers. They were adamant on releasing them on the office premises. The local authorities, however, finally managed to pacify them.Other farmers’ outfits have also been demanding that the State government solve the problem which has been causing difficulty not just to farmers but others as well.Pargat Singh, the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Sidhupur) chief patron of Rupnagar, told The Hindu that even after repeated requests made to the State government the menace of stray cattle continues. Concrete steps sought“They (cattle) destroy our standing crops and we are helpless. Be it sugarcane, wheat, potato or seasonal vegetables, stray cattle damage the crop in almost every season. The government should take concrete steps to solve the problem otherwise we will be forced to start an agitation,” he said.Expressing concern over the problem, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had last week admitted during a meeting that stray cattle was now posing a major threat.last_img read more


first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh police on Friday constituted a Special Investigation Team to probe the murder of an infant in Aligarh amid huge public outcry.A forensic team will also be part of the probe to ascertain the full nature of the crime; preliminary autopsy reports ruled out rape and concluded the child was murdered by strangulation.The SIT would be headed by SP (Rural) Aligarh and would include SOG and surveillance teams for technical support, said UP ADG Law and Order Anand Kumar.The officer said the SIT would gather “forensic science and scientific evidence” and the case would be probed on a fast-track mode and sent to court.Also Read NSA may be slapped against two for murdering infant in Aligarh Rahul, Priyanka express shock over killing of Aligarh child  If fresh accused come to light during the investigation, they would also be punished by law, he said. So far, the police have arrested two accused, Aslam and Zahid, for allegedly murdering the 2.5-year-old infant in Aligarh’s Tappal area. The victim’s family has alleged other people were involved in the crime. One of the accused has a criminal past: he faces two cases of POCSO, one in Aligarh and another in Delhi, said Mr. Kumar.“We will try to secure for them the stringest punishment,” said Mr. Kumar, stressing that the POCSO Act will also be invoked against the accused. The police have already initiated steps to slap the NSA against them.The post-mortem report could not ascertain rape, police said.SSP Aligarh Akash Kulhary said the use of acid on the infant could also not be ascertained. However, the “slides” have gone for forensic investigation in a laboratory and it will take 14-15 days to get a report, said Mr. Kulhary.A forensic team from Agra will also come to Aligarh to recreate the crime.The SSP said five policemen, including the in-charge inspector and two sub-inspectors, were suspended for negligence. The policemen caused a delay of 17-18 hours in the probe after they initially asked the family to search for their child on their own, said the officer.Also Read  Congress president Rahul Gandhi said the “horrific murder of a little girl in Aligarh, UP has shocked and disturbed me.”“How can any human being treat a child with such brutality? This terrible crime must not go unpunished. The UP police must act swiftly to bring the killers to justice,” he tweeted.Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said the incident was “yet another inhuman, unspeakable crime against an innocent child.” “I cannot even begin to imagine the pain her parents must feel. What has become of us?”BSP chief Mayawati said the incident was shameful and deplorable, and asked the UP government to take swift and strict action to establish rule of law.According to police, the infant’s family lodged a complaint on May 31 at the Tappal police station that their infant daughter had gone missing and was kidnapped. Even as the family desperately tried to search for the child, her body was recovered from near a waste dump in a mutilated state.According to the preliminary findings, the accused Zahid and the victim’s father shared personal animosity and Zahid had threatened the father two days before his daughter went missing. The victim’s father owed some money to Zahid, police said.last_img read more


first_imgAn 18-year-old boy was mauled to death by a leopard in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said on Tuesday. Paroshotam Kumar was killed by the wild animal while returning to his residence in Ramkote area late on Monday, a police officer said. He said the mutilated body was recovered from the bushes and handed over to his family. The incident has caused panic among residents who took to the streets on Tuesday morning along with the victim’s body. Senior police and civil officers rushed to the area and persuaded the protesters to disperse, assuring necessary measures, the officer said.last_img read more


first_imgManchester United Rashford and Herrera ‘have a chance’ of making Man Utd’s Sevilla trip Ryan Benson 18:53 2/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) rashford-cropped Getty Images Manchester United UEFA Champions League Huddersfield Town v Manchester United Sevilla v Manchester United Huddersfield Town Sevilla FA Cup Marcus Rashford The Red Devils will return to Champions League action in the last-16 on Wednesday, and Jose Mourinho could have two senior stars back at his disposal Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera could return from injury in Manchester United’s Champions League clash with Sevilla on Wednesday, Jose Mourinho has revealed.Both players will definitely miss United’s FA Cup match at Huddersfield Town on Saturday, though the trip to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan might give them the chance to make a comeback.Rashford was absent for the 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United last time out due to a hip problem, while a thigh issue forced Herrera to miss each of their last two games. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player When asked whether the pair could feature in Spain, Mourinho told a news conference: “They have a chance.”But Mourinho is trying not to give the Sevilla match too much thought ahead of the Huddersfield game, which he feels is more important.”Let’s go step by step,” Mourinho said.”The next one is the one that afterwards we will be out of the FA Cup or in a quarter-final.”Saturday, black or white. It’s not grey. Huddersfield is really important because it’s a knockout match.”We are going to face the game in the best possible way. Sevilla is half of a knockout, so not so crucial as Huddersfield, but almost.”last_img read more


first_imgA star-studded host committee, Academy Awards nominees and presenters, along with some of the most powerful industry influencers came together on March 3rd, 2018 for the 16th annual ‘Night Before’ party to benefit MPTF.George Clooney, Leslie Bibb, Sam Rockwell, and Jack BlackCredit/Copyright: George Pimentel/Getty Images for MPTFFunds raised during the legendary evening will be used to support MPTF in providing social services and financial assistance to the entertainment community, as well as it’s renowned retirement community and innovative programs for seniors and those who care for them. The organization impacts thousands of people each year who have committed their lives to a career in entertainment. The annual event raised $5 million last night, totaling just over $80 million in the event’s history.The 2018 host committee included a lineup of the industry’s most elite talent, including Amy Adams & Darren Le Gallo, Tanya Haden Black & Jack Black, Mary J. Blige, Kate Capshaw & Steven Spielberg, Jessica Chastain, Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gal Gadot & Jaron Varsano, Greta Gerwig, Allison Janney, Sharon & Richard Jenkins, Brie Larson, Margot Robbie & Tom Ackerley, Sam Rockwell, Saoirse Ronan, Jada Pinkett Smith & Will Smith, Octavia Spencer, Meryl Streep, Pauletta & Denzel Washington, Rita Wilson & Tom Hanks, and Reese Witherspoon & Jim Toth.Attending guests included Katie Aselton, Angela Bassett, Kate Beckinsale, Camilla Belle, Halle Berry, Leslie Bibb, Chadwick Boseman, Sofia Boutella, Amy Brenneman, Connie Britton, Adrien Brody, Billy Brown, Kobe Bryant, Ty Burrell, Erika Christensen, George Clooney, Laverne Cox, Darren Criss, Viola Davis, Kristin Davis, Rosario Dawson, Guillermo del Toro, Laura Dern, Zoey Deutch, Loretta Devine, Rosemarie DeWitt, Daveed Diggs, Nina Dobrev, Michael Douglas, Emma Dumont, Mark Duplass, Clea Duvall, Lisa Edelstein, Billy Eichner, Ansel Elgort, Jay Ellis, Jon Favreau, Fortune Feimster, Beanie Feldstein, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Nathan Fillion, Frances Fisher, Scott Foley, Peter Fonda, David Foster, Jamie Foxx, Isabelle Fuhrman, Betty Gabriel, Josh Gad, Tony Goldwyn, Eiza Gonzalez, Emily V. Gordon, Heather Graham, Beth Grant, Grace Gummer, Mamie Gummer, Danai Gurira, Tiffany Haddish, Tony Hale, Jon Hamm, Chris Hardwick, Sally Hawkins, Lydia Hearst, Gaby Hoffman, Tom Holland, Derek Hough, Julianne Hough, Jon Huertas, Oscar Isaac, Samuel L. Jackson, Blake Jenner, January Jones, Ashley Judd, Daniel Kaluuya, Michael Keaton, Arielle Kebbel, Keegan-Michael Key, Jaime King, Pom Klementieff, Heidi Klum, Zoe Kravitz, Nick Kroll, Amy Landecker, Joy Lenz, Judith Light, Hamish Linklater, Ron Livingston, Melanie Lynskey, Andie MacDowell, Allen Maldonado, Joe Manganiello, Camryn Manheim, Jason Mantzoukas, Tatiana Maslany, Eric McCormack, Jake McDorman, Frances McDormand, Katharine McPhee, Ben Mendelsohn, Cami Mendes, Shawn Mendes, Jesse Metcalfe, Helen Mirren, Michelle Monaghan, Natalie Morales, Elisabeth Moss, Mirai Nagasu, Kumail Nanjiani, Hari Nef, Christopher Nolan, Christopher Noth, Bob Odenkirk, Gary Oldman, Danielle Panabaker, Pedro Pascal, Benj Pasek, Aaron Paul, Justin Paul, Nasim Pedrad, Tyler Perry, Lou Diamond Phillips, Jaime Pressly, Jack Quaid, Lily Rabe, Retta, Tony Revolori, Andrea Riseborough, Jason Ritter, Britt Robertson, Ray Romano, Evan Ross, Halston Sage, Caterina Scorsone, Reid Scott, Andy Serkis, Keesha Sharp, Alex Shibutani, Maia Shibutani, Alicia Silverstone, John Slattery, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Brittany Snow, Mira Sorvino, Abigail Spencer, Sebastian Stan, Patrick Stewart, Eric Stonestreet, Michael Stuhlbarg, Maura Tierney, Michelle Trachtenberg, Kelly Marie Tran, Sofia Vergara, Lena Waithe, Christopher Walken, Matt Walsh, Diane Warren, Bradley Whitford, Edgar Wright, Bellamy Young, and more.This year’s generous presenting sponsors included Delta Air Lines, Ford Motor Company, L’Oréal, Target, The Hollywood Reporter, and YouTube. The event was held at Fox Studios, where Carmelized Productions by Jon Shook & Vinny Dotolo provided specialty foods for the guests and Lavazza, as the official coffee of the ‘Night Before,’ provided its signature espresso.“I am so grateful for the generosity of the Presenting Sponsors and donors for making the ‘Night Before’ an amazing evening every year. It is not only the largest fundraiser each year for the MPTF, having raised over $80m over the sixteen years, but it is also the perfect way to bring the industry together in the spirit of a community that truly takes care of its own. This spirit translates into thousands of industry workers at all levels and at all ages being helped whenever a momentary crisis or need happens in their lives. This safety net of services is needed now more than ever before and we all must play our part to ensure the MPTF remains vital,” said Jeffrey Katzenberg, Chairman of the MPTF Foundation.The ‘Night Before,’ held annually the night before the Academy Awards has become one of the most coveted invitations in town since its inception in 2003.last_img read more


first_imgAshley BernardAPTN NewsThe weekend long Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival kicks off tonight.The festival celebrates the best Indigenous cinema from Canada and around the world.abrandson@aptn.ca@ashleybrandsonlast_img


first_img TCI: Judge rules there is ‘a case’; all nine defendants will go to trial in September Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 21 Oct 2014 – A small determined group is positioned outside the new courthouse at the Myrtle Rigby Health Complex demanding justice… and calling for Helen Garlick to go home! The pre-trial is underway and defense attorney for Mike Misick is, according to The Weekly News, is boycotting the process.It is no secret Misick, former Premier wants trial with a jury. Garlick does not. Misick is recently called on Caricom to intervene.Three officers are stationed and keeping the peace. Related Items:Helen garlick, michael misick, protest, Sipt Recommended for you West end residents protest Thorne, QC maintains SIPT Trial is political vendettalast_img read more