You are not alone Suicide Awareness And Prevention

first_imgIn addition, KPBSD was awarded a three year Suicide Awareness, Prevention and Postvention (SAPP) grant from the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. The three year grant proposal targets high risk populations of students in grades 7-12 at Homer Flex, Marathon School, and Kenai Alternative School. And, in year two and three of the grant, additional KPBSD middle and high schools. One of the organizations seeking to offer resources to those in need is within the Kenai Peninsula  Borough School District. The district launched the “You are not alone” suicide awareness and prevention program. More than one thousand students from Kenai Central High School, Kenai Middle School, Nikiski Middle-High School, Skyview Middle School, Soldotna Prep, and Soldotna High School attended assemblies about suicide awareness. Student leaders at KCHS received additional training about suicide awareness. Everyone received yellow wristbands with a Care line that anyone can call, anytime: 877-266-HELP. Another program offered by the district is Sources of Strength. “While suicide is sometimes a difficult topic to discuss, it is also paramount that we as a community address it head on,” said Sean Dusek, superintendent. “Programs such as Sources of Strength are critical components of our commitment and dedication to support our students through the myriad of issues they may experience throughout their lives.”center_img Mental health conditions are often seen as the cause of suicide, but suicide is rarely caused by any single factor. Many people who die by suicide are not known to have a diagnosed mental health condition at the time of death. Problems contributing to suicides include stresses over relationships, housing, money, health, employment, substance abuse, or legal woes. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享As suicide rates continue to increase across the United States and on the Kenai Peninsula, multiple programs and organizations seek to raise awareness about the trend and offer resources to those who need it. Students learned that many people think that openly talking about suicide raises the risk. The fact is that asking someone directly usually lowers their anxiety, opens up lines of communication, and also lowers the risk of an impulsive act.last_img read more

Social Bookmarking Supercharges Traffic

first_imgAlmost everyone covers their bases by including a button from ShareThis or AddThis. Both services aggregate the literally dozens of other bookmarking sites, from IceRocket to Propeller to Simpy, making it easy for users to share your content. AddThis and ShareThis are both less than two years old and each has over 20 million users. My take is that there is still tremendous growth here forpublishers as Web users coalesce around half a dozen winners in this space. Managingyour relationships with the bookmarkers (plus what site real estate you bet onwhom) will determine how much of that growth you capture. Among new entrants, the Digg-like Yahoo! Buzz seems to have the most traction. Launched in late February, Yahoo! has been reaching out to traditional publishers, enticing them with the traffic firehose of the Yahoo! home page. The Buzz button now resides in the #1 spot on the article page templates of many Time, Hearst and Conde sites. Yahoo! claims to have delivered over 16 million page views to publishers in its first two weeks of operations. Magazine Web site traffic (up 12 percent in Q1according to the MPA) continues to be a bright spot in an otherwise roughyear for publishers. Magazine sites aregetting savvier about blogs, videoand user-generated content (especiallyrecipes).In the last six months, however, the biggest traffic drivershere at Discover have been Digg, Reddit, StumbleUpon and a host of other socialbookmarking or sharing sites. A typically brief and unscientific survey of the big magazinesites reveals some interesting social bookmarking trends:The early movers (circa 2003-2006) still hold the top spots most places. Links to Digg, Reddit (now owned by CondeNet), del.icio.us, Facebook and StumbleUpon live in the top navigation bars at sites like SI, People, Wired, New Yorker, Reader’s Digest and Esquire. last_img read more

The Demand Generation Disconnect

first_imgAndrew Gaffney is the President of G3 Communications, Inc., a firm specializing in digital media and custom contnent. G3 Communications publishes DemandGen Report, Retail TouchPoints and Channel Marketer Report. In addition to its digital publications, G3’s Content4Demand marketing services division creates custom content optimized for lead generation and lead nurturing campaigns for more than 100 different clients ranging from Fortune 100 firms to venture-backed startups. • Off-Base Offers: 60 percent of respondents said their organizations’ demand generation campaigns focus too heavily on their own products, features and services, rather than focusing on their customers’ pain points. With many of our clients in the high tech sector, we refer to this as “speeds and feeds” disease. The natural inclination for sales and marketing is to talk about how much better their solution is, but prospects are more interested in talking about their own business challenges and how to solve them. According to the results of our recent 2012 Content Preferences Survey, 75 percent of the respondents want companies to curb the sales messaging in their content. Another 60 percent said they’re placing a greater emphasis on the trustworthiness of the source when they assess the value of a piece of content.Because publishers are dialed in to the issues that are top of mind within their communities and have experts on the topics, this represents another perfect opportunity to step in and bridge the gap from publishing one-way narratives to establishing a real dialogue with prospects. • The Disconnect Between Sales And Marketing: 65 percent of respondents said their sales teams use less than half of the demand generation content their marketing department produces. Over the years, I’ve worked on a lot of business publications where our sales reps were only talking to marketing executives. When publishers get closer to the sales team at their clients they can identify the pain points and gaps where the sales team feels like they need new and improved messaging. With many of our current clients, we’ve been able to create e-books that are wildly popular with sales teams, in addition to being used as bait for lead generation campaigns. This should be the goal for publishers: Become a partner in driving the messaging that will help drive revenue. I’d recommend checking out the full survey from Corporate Visions, as well as some of the content work the company is doing. There are ideas publishers will want to adopt and bring to their customers. Only 20 percent of sales and marketing executives are confident that their current demand generation campaigns are effective, according to recently released research from Corporate Visions, Inc., a leading sales and marketing messaging company. Based on a poll of more than 440 b-to-b sales and marketing professionals around the globe, the survey results aren’t really surprising and highlight both a challenge and opportunity for publishers and their clients. While there is a lot of great data, which is detailed in Corporate Visions’ Q2 2012 Sales and Marketing Messaging Report, I suggest publishing executives focus on three key takeaways:• The Content Gap: When asked to name the biggest barrier to successful demand generation campaigns, 37 percent of respondents said their content isn’t engaging enough. This represents a prime opportunity for publishers to help their clients upgrade their content campaigns with offers that are relevant to their prospects.last_img read more

Exhibition Industry Continues to Grow

first_imgThe trade show industry just posted its largest first quarter gain since 2011 and its 15th-consecutive quarter of growth, according to the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR).CEIR, which measures industry performance using an aggregate formula that accounts for net square footage (NSF), number of exhibitors, attendance and revenue, says overall performance was up 2.6 percent year-over-year and outperformed GDP by 0.6 percent in the first quarter of 2014.”We are very pleased by the first-quarter results which are positive and confirm our forecast that ongoing growth is still anticipated for the exhibitions and events industry,” says CEIR’s economist Allen Shaw, Ph.D. “The performance in the first quarter was quite remarkable considering the fact that the east coast was frequently paralyzed under severe winter weather. With 15 consecutive quarters of growth, we are confident in the continued growth and progress of the industry.” Broken down, NSF and revenue each rose 2.9 percent, with exhibitors up 2.8 percent and attendance higher by 1.7 percent.The rate of growth fell off slightly from Q4 of 2013—the industry grew 3.0 percent year-over-year from Oct. through Dec.—but still managed to generate better returns than it had at any other point in the prior two years.last_img read more

The Mandalorian trailer New Star Wars show hits Disney Plus Nov 12

first_img 2 Oh boy! Oh boy!! #Mandalorian https://t.co/Du2yV4Jv9g— Collingwood Jays 🇨🇦 (@CollingwoodJays) August 24, 2019 On Saturday, Favreau came on stage to give fans a first look: Whether you like the original or the prequels, “we’ve got something for everyone,” he said. Favreau previously revealed that the series would be set seven years after Return of the Jedi (so 23 years before The Force Awakens). At D23, the writer-director said the time period appealed to him because there’s no government, no law, and the world just degrades. What would it be like to be a bounty hunter during that period of lawlessness?  WOWThe Mandalorian looks as good as a Feature length Filmhttps://t.co/SGZB4cPs9e— Jamie Moran (@JamieMoranUK) August 24, 2019 Tags Carl Weathers plays Greef Carga, a man who’s hired the Mandalorian for a job.”He’s kinda the head of this guild of bounty hunters,” Weathers said of his character during Star Wars Celebration, according to CNET’s Sean Keane. “The Mando is a guy who he figures can get the job done.”The Mandalorian also stars Gina Carano as Cara Dune, Omid Abtahi as Dr. Pershing, plus Nick Nolte, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow and Werner Herzog in unnamed roles, and the voice acting talents of Taika Waititi.The reaction to the new trailer was almost unanimously positive.  Star Wars: The Mandalorian is set to be the first Disney Plus original series to debut, and it has been a prime feature of the D23 Expo this weekend. The series stars Pedro Pascal as the titular Mandalorian, and was written by Jon Favreau, who is also executive producer along with Dave Filoni (The Clone Wars) and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. All three shed light on how the production came to be, in addition to premiering the first official trailer for the upcoming Disney Plus show.  New details and footage were revealed Friday ahead of the Nov. 12 launch, and Disney teased us with a poster earlier in the day. Droid voice @TaikaWaititi says it’s VERY important to him to have droid representation on film in @themandalorian 😬 #StarWars pic.twitter.com/SEYIzluwoV— cait petrakovitz ➡️ D23 🙌🏽💃🏽 (@misscp) August 24, 2019 Disney Plus Disney Star Wars That MANDALORIAN TRAILER HAS ME SHOOK 🔥 pic.twitter.com/3yqO4yeOtS— Admiral Jackbar (Geeky Gator) (@The_GeekyGator) August 24, 2019 And that reaction is understandable. The spaghetti western tone is evident even in the trailer, and when you close with Werner Herzog in full Grizzly Man voiceover mode, it’s hard to hold back the shivers. If this trailer is anything to go by, we could be in for something pretty cool with The Mandalorian.The Disney D23 Expo runs through Sunday, Aug. 25. Be sure to check out coverage from sister sites GameSpot, TV Guide and ComicBook.com. TV and Movies #TheMandalorian, the first live-action Star Wars series, only on #DisneyPlus. Start streaming November 12. @TheMandalorian pic.twitter.com/Dxum2bZDCa— Disney+ (@disneyplus) August 23, 2019 Speaking at Star Wars Celebration back in April, Pascal gave the lowdown on his gray-area bounty hunter. “He’s got a lot of Clint Eastwood in him,” the actor said, adding that he watched Sergio Leone and Akira Kurosawa movies to prepare. 50 Photos Comments Share your voice 2019 TV shows you can’t miss Yo I am beyond pumped for this. Mandalorian lore is (imo) some of the best Star Wars lore, I cannot wait to see this https://t.co/dv5S1zFDTw— Connor “The Wizard” MacDonald (@SamuraiCorndog) August 24, 2019last_img read more

Brent Crude Prices Fall to FiveYear Lows at 57 Despite Libyan Output

first_imgBrent Crude prices slid to a new five-year low hovering at $57 on Tuesday even though output disruptions in Libya put a temporary hold on the global supply glut.For February delivery, Brent fell 25 cents to $57.63 as of 0528 GMT, after sliding to $57.37 in the previous session, its lowest level since May 2009, according to Reuters.Oil prices rose to $60 on Monday after supply was disrupted in Libya. A fire caused by political clashes destroyed 800,000 barrels of crude — two days worth of the country’s oil output.The scale of damage is reportedly being established and the government has contacted a US firefighting firm that will help put out the fire. Repair work at the oil storage facility is slated to start in the next five days.Minimal Libyan ImpactLibya produces about 385,000 barrels per day and analysts say that the temporary stop of supply is just a small fraction of the total OPEC output of 1 million barrels per day, which wouldn’t have much impact on the prices.”The loss of a couple hundred thousand barrels from Libya will have a minimal impact on the global supply balance. There’s about 2 million barrels a day of excess production right now, so this will just tighten things a little,” Bob Yawger, director of the futures division at Mizuho Securities USA Inc. told Bloomberg in a telephone interview.”A year ago this kind of headline ( the Libya fire) would have spurred a $3 to $4 rally. The market is so oversupplied right now that it can’t muster a rally on what are bullish headlines,” Phil Flynn, senior market analyst at the Price Futures Group told the agency over the phone.Future of Oil PricesOil prices are expected to witness their steepest decline since 2008 and the second biggest annual slump since the 1980s.Especially with the OPEC refusing to reduce output this time, oil prices are at free fall. Previously experts predicted oil prices to fall to $60 and stabilise there but the recent developments have sprung a surprise and some say that won’t stop there.”A prolonged period of low oil prices is also likely to result in durable economic, political and geopolitical changes that, not so long ago, would have been considered remote, if not unthinkable,” Mohamed El-Erian, chief economic adviser at Allianz SE wrote for Bloomberg View.Expect oil prices to keep falling in 2015.”In the immediate term we think the stage is being set for that reduction in production. That’s going to take some time but we believe that in January you’re going to hear more announcements about reduction in drilling and production,” Dan Heckman, a national investment consultant at U.S. Bank Wealth Management told International Business Times.”Sometime in the second half of 2015 we’ll finally see some relief and prices moving up a little bit … but I don’t see us going back up to $100 a barrel over the long term — I’m talking about in the next 18 months to two years,” he added.last_img read more

MPs violate law made by them

first_imgSpeakers speak at a roundtable on the independence of judiciary, organised by civic platform Citizens for Good Governance aka Sujan at the National Press Club on Tuesday. Photo: Sazid Hossain Constitutional analysts said the members of parliament had breached the law enacted by them, by criticising judges in parliament.Although the MPs have no authority to discuss the judiciary in parliament, they castigated judges after the 16th amendment of the constitution was scrapped recently.Analysts made these observations at a roundtable on the independence of judiciary, organised by civic platform Citizens for Good Governance aka Sujan at the National Press Club on Tuesday.Jurist Shahdeen Malik, columnist Syed Abul Maksud and Sujan secretary Badiul Alam Majumdar spoke at the roundtable, among others. Shahdeen Malik said the members of parliament have no jurisdiction to discuss the verdict of 16th amendment of the constitution. The law makers breached the law enacted by them, he added.Moderating the roundtable, Badiul Alam Majumdar said as per rules of procedure 53, 63 and 133, matters related to the president and the independence of judiciary can’t be discussed in parliament.He said it was unfortunate that they made the law and they violated it.Syed Abul Maksud said the independence of judiciary is necessary so that a common man can seek justice against an influential person.last_img read more

Porn ring busted in Chittagong

first_imgMembers of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) on Thursday detained 18 people from Singapore-Bangkok market in Agrabad of Chittagong for allegedly running a pornography ring.RAB-7 senior assistant director Mimtanur Rahman said the detainees had been selling vulgar songs, pirated versions of newly released video songs, and pornographic videos to the youths, violating existing copyright laws.The elite force also seized 19 computers from the market, reports UNB.last_img

Khulna journo remanded

first_imgA Khulna court on Wednesday placed Hedait Hossain Mollah, Khulna correspondent of Dhaka Tribune and online portal Bangla Tribune, on 3-day remand in a case filed under the Digital Security Act for running reports on election results of Khunla-1 constituency with ‘false’ information, reports UNB.Judge Nayan Biswas of Khulna judicial magistrate court-3 passed the order after officer-in-charge of Batiaghata police station Mahbubur Rahman, also investigation officer of the case, produced him before the court seeking a seven-day remand.Upazila nirbahi officer and assistant returning officer Debashish Chowdhury filed the case with his police station on Monday night against Hedait, also the city editor of local newspaper Dainik Probaho, and Rashedul Islam, Khulna bureau chief of the Dainik Manabzamin and newly elected vice-president of Khulna Press Club.Plainclothes police picked up Hedait from Gallamari area in the city around 2:15pm on Tuesday.Later, a court sent him to jail.According to the case statement, Bangla Tribune and Manabzamin published reports headlined ‘22,419 more than total votes cast in Khulna-1’ based on false and fabricated information.last_img read more

Full Show Building Homes in the Flood Plain and Understanding Your DNA

first_imgOn Monday’s Houston Matters: A report from the Houston Chronicle says more and more new homes are being built in flood plains. The Chronicle says one in every five home construction projects given a permit are in these areas. We learn more from the reporters involved in the findings.Also this hour: With the rise of DNA testing services to determine one’s ancestry, a local expert helps us make sense of what listeners have found in their results. And we learn about a surprise some South Texas residents are finding in theirs.Also this hour: Veterinarian Dr. Lori Teller of the Meyerland Animal Clinic answers your questions. And we get an update on the Astros-Indians playoff series and the Texans-Cowboys game from sportswriter Jeff Balke.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img 00:00 /50:24 Listenlast_img read more

Cheddar Now on All US OTT Streaming Services Preps Primetime Programming Block

first_img Popular on Variety Cheddar’s linear streams also are available on Comcast’s X1 set-top boxes and on DirecTV’s internet-connected set-tops. It also sends out a live feed via Twitter and sells direct-to-consumer subscriptions (for $2.99 per month or $29.99 per year). All told, Cheddar reaches roughly 30 million homes through its deals, according to Steinberg.As part of Cheddar’s push to bring in more revenue with the expanded distribution footprint, the company will launch a block of primetime programming next month, Steinberg said. The weeknight lineup will include “reality-business programming” and a game show, he said. That will extend Cheddar Business’s original content wheel past its current live coverage from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. ET (after which the channel replays highlights from the day).Steinberg declined to provide details of its agreement with Sony for PS Vue or other distributors, but he said unlike other cable TV network startups, “We’ve never written a check for carriage.”The main revenue stream for Cheddar, which calls itself a purveyor of “post-cable networks,” is from advertising and branded content. Last year, the company generated $27 million in revenue (up from $11 million from 2017) and Steinberg is shooting to nearly double sales in 2019.“We are in these premium TV environments, next to CNN, CNBC and Fox News Channel,” he said. “It’s completely work-safe, high-value inventory delivered to young, affluent audiences.” Cheddar’s sponsors and advertisers have included Chase, Goldman Sachs, TradeStation and Fidelity, and Steinberg sees an opportunity to expand beyond the endemic financial-services category.To date, Cheddar has raised $54 million in funding from investors including Amazon, AT&T, Comcast Ventures, Raine Ventures, Liberty Global, Goldman Sachs, Altice USA, the New York Stock Exchange, Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video, and Lightspeed Venture Partners.Steinberg is projecting the company to be profitable in the fourth quarter of 2019 “and stay profitable,” he said. “I’m obsessed with keeping the company frugal. You should see our offices.” The company has spent $10 million on acquisitions, including buying RateMyProfessors.com from Viacom last year, and currently has $30 million in the bank between cash and accounts receivable, according to Steinberg. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Video-news startup Cheddar is launching its live-streaming news networks on Sony’s PlayStation Vue, making it the first content provider to span all over-the-top subscription services in the U.S.The company, founded in 2016, operates two networks — the newly rebranded Cheddar Business, positioned as a CNBC-style financial and business network for millennials, and Cheddar News, which it previously called Cheddar Big News. Cheddar’s linear programming is carried on Dish’s Sling TV, AT&T’s DirecTV Now, Hulu With Live TV, YouTube TV, FuboTV and Philo, and went live on PlayStation Vue on Wednesday (Jan. 23).“We made it our goal to be on every one of these services – which is the future of television,” said Jon Steinberg, founder and CEO of Cheddar. That said, going the OTT route is an easier path: Steinberg acknowledged that “it’s virtually impossible to get traditional channels launched” on traditional pay-TV platforms. Cheddar now has 180 employees, most of whom are based in New York. Cheddar Business broadcasts primarily from the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange, covering business and tech news. Cheddar News covers general and headline news. On PlayStation Vue, Cheddar Business is available in the Access package, available to all subscribers. Cheddar News is available to all subscribers with the Elite and Ultra packages.Interest has surged among traditional media companies in next-generation streaming video plays: witness Viacom’s $340 million cash deal for Pluto TV, a free, ad-supported streaming service.Asked what Cheddar’s exit strategy is, Steinberg said, “I don’t think our exit is going to be someone writing a giant check for us.” He added, “I have no interest in merging with other digital companies.” On the other hand, it would make sense for Cheddar to be part of a local TV station group, or to combine with the news operations of a larger media company if those were to be spun out, Steinberg said.last_img read more

Thames Water 2OC will deliver power from Londons fatbergs

first_img Explore further Wastewater and water services provider, Thames Water, has signed a 20 year agreement with 2OC. That plant is set to produce 130 Gigawatt hours (GWh) a year of renewable electricity, enough to run 39,000 average-sized homes. (130 GWh is equivalent to the amount of electricity used by 39,394 households in a year based on an average household consumption. Thames Water will buy 75 GWh of this output to run its sewage works and a desalination plant. Remaining power will be available for the national energy supply grid. Other fuel sources include oil wastes from food manufacturers, processors and tallow.Andrew Mercer, chief executive of 2OC, said that when Thames does not need the output, it will be made available to the grid. The power, he said, “will be sourced, generated and used in London by Londoners.” Mercer told the BBC that there would be no smoke and no smell. The plant should be up and running by 2015.Thames water each year removes 80,000 blockages in 109,000km of sewers. Clearing these blockages costs £1 million a month. Credit: Blue Sky Biofuels (Phys.org) —From fish and chips to pork pies, some of London’s tastiest foods create unappetizing and costly fat and oil buildups in drains. These fatbergs, as they are dubbed, end up in the city sewers system. A fatberg is a hefty clump of congealed fat and cooking oil, but also intertwined with other materials passing through the sewers. Leaders at two companies have a plan that, while not making lemonade out of lemons, will do even better, making energy out of leftover fat. Fat and oil from restaurants and build-ups in drains will find re-use as a result of an ambitious plan, it was announced on Sunday. The grease will be fed into what is claimed to be the world’s largest fat-fueled power station, at Beckton in east London, to be run by energy company, 2OC. Britain unveils desalination plant for London reservoirscenter_img © 2013 Phys.org Citation: Thames Water, 2OC will deliver power from London’s fatbergs (2013, April 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-04-thames-2oc-power-london-fatbergs.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

Mummified ancient bird offers clues about flight during midcretaceous

first_img Citation: Mummified ancient bird offers clues about flight during mid-cretaceous (2016, June 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-06-mummified-ancient-bird-clues-flight.html Tree resin captures evolution of feathers on dinosaurs and birds The team actually found two bird samples inside a single small piece of amber (which was originally found in Myanmar), both of which belong to enantiornithines—a group of birds that went extinct at approximately the same time as the other dinosaurs—66 million years ago. Prior research had found that such birds had both teeth and wings with claws on their tips. The birds were tiny (the amber piece as a whole was just a few cubic centimeters) and likely juveniles.The team reports that they were able to analyze both samples under microscopes and also by using X-ray micro-computed tomography scanning—they also used UV light to examine the entire amber piece with the bird remains inside to learn more about the way the amber flowed before hardening. That allowed them to make out claw marks near one of the bird samples, which the researchers suggest is likely evidence of the bird struggling to break from the tree resin. They noted that both birds had adult-type feathers which suggested they never had to go through a molting phase, they hatched with feathers already fully formed. The group also notes that the samples are a rare find, most fossilized bird remains are 2D images formed in sedimentary rock. The birds in the amber are true 3D samples which offer the researchers evidence of both skeletal and feather structure in one sample. They also offer something else—color. The feathers are believed to be the same hues they were when the birds were alive, approximately 99 million years ago—pale darks on top with some dots and darker browns on other parts.Interestingly, the researchers also found that the feather arrangement was very similar to modern birds, which meant that despite a different shoulder structure, they probably flew in much the same way as those we see flying around today. The researchers are hoping further study will shed more light on the middle stage of the evolutionary development of flight—between gliding and full powered flying. Explore further Enantiornithes wing and skin sections encased in amber, nicknamed “Rose”. Credit: Royal Saskatchewan Museum (RSM/ R.C. McKellar) More information: Lida Xing et al. Mummified precocial bird wings in mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber, Nature Communications (2016). DOI: 10.1038/ncomms12089AbstractOur knowledge of Cretaceous plumage is limited by the fossil record itself: compression fossils surrounding skeletons lack the finest morphological details and seldom preserve visible traces of colour, while discoveries in amber have been disassociated from their source animals. Here we report the osteology, plumage and pterylosis of two exceptionally preserved theropod wings from Burmese amber, with vestiges of soft tissues. The extremely small size and osteological development of the wings, combined with their digit proportions, strongly suggests that the remains represent precocial hatchlings of enantiornithine birds. These specimens demonstrate that the plumage types associated with modern birds were present within single individuals of Enantiornithes by the Cenomanian (99 million years ago), providing insights into plumage arrangement and microstructure alongside immature skeletal remains. This finding brings new detail to our understanding of infrequently preserved juveniles, including the first concrete examples of follicles, feather tracts and apteria in Cretaceous avialans.Press releasecenter_img Journal information: Nature Communications © 2016 Phys.org (Phys.org)—A team of researchers from China, Canada and the U.S. has found an example of mummified remains of a bird from the mid-cretaceous period, in amber. As they note in their paper published in the journal Nature Communications, the remains represent the first example of skeletal material alongside feathers in Mesozoic amber. 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

New theory to explain why suns surface rotates slower than its core

first_img Explore further Citation: New theory to explain why sun’s surface rotates slower than its core (2017, February 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-02-theory-sun-surface-rotates-slower.html Scientists have known for some time that the surface of the sun spins more slowly than its interior but have no good explanation for it. In this new effort, the researchers were able to take a better look at what was occurring and by doing so discovered what they believe is the source of the slowdown.To gain a better understanding of what is happening with the sun, the researchers started with images collected by the Solar Dynamics Observatory—a probe that has been circling the sun since 2010. By processing three and a half years of images using filters, the researchers were able to get a detailed look at multiple layers of sun depth, which allowed them to calculate the circulation speed of each. In looking at their overall results, they found that the outermost layer spun more slowly than all of those below it, which spun approximately 5 percent more than the rest of the photosphere.Taking a cue from prior research that has shown that space dust is slowed as it collides with solar photons due to losses from angular momentum, the researchers created a model of the sun in which photons moving outward through interior layers of plasma eventually encounter plasma that is much less dense at its outermost layer. As those photons collide with the plasma, which is moving, angular momentum is exchanged, which results in a net loss of plasma angular momentum. That net loss results in the plasma slowing as the photons that cause the slowdown escape into space. The massive number of such collisions over the course of 4.5 billion years, the team theorizes, has resulted in the slower rate of spin of the outer layer that we observe today. More information: Poynting-Robertson-like Drag at the Sun’s Surface, Phys. Rev. Lett. 118, 051102 – Published 3 February 2017 , doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.118.051102 , On Arxiv: arxiv.org/abs/1612.00873AbstractThe Sun’s internal rotation {Omega}(r,{Theta}) has previously been measured using helioseismology techniques and found to be a complex function of co-latitude, {theta}, and radius, r. From helioseismology and observations of apparently “rooted” solar magnetic tracers we know that the surface rotates more slowly than much of the interior. The cause of this slow-down is not understood but it is important for understanding stellar rotation generally and any plausible theory of the solar interior. A new analysis using 5-min solar p-mode limb oscillations as a rotation “tracer” finds an even larger velocity gradient in a thin region at the top of the photosphere. This shear occurs where the solar atmosphere radiates energy and angular momentum. We suggest that the net effect of the photospheric angular momentum loss is similar to Poynting-Robertson “photon braking” on, for example, Sun-orbiting dust. The resultant photospheric torque is readily computed and, over the Sun’s lifetime, is found to be comparable to the apparent angular momentum deficit in the near-surface shear layer. Journal information: Physical Review Letters , arXiv The Sun by the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly of NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. Credit: NASA (Phys.org)—A small team of researchers with the University of Hawaii, Ponta Grossa State University in Brazil and Stanford University has found what they believe is the reason that the surface of the sun rotates more slowly than its core. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the team explains how they used a new technique to measure the speed of the sun’s rotation at different depths and what it revealed about the speed of the sun’s outer 70km deep skin. Researchers report possible solution to a long-standing solar mystery © 2017 Phys.org 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

New mirror reflects light differently than conventional mirrors

first_img Journal information: Nano Letters Comparison of microscopic images of the chiral meta-mirror illuminated by right circularly polarized, linear, and left circularly polarized light waves. Credit: Kang et al. ©2017 American Chemical Society When a regular mirror reflects circularly polarized light, it reverses the spin state of the light. In contrast, the chiral meta-mirror preserves one of the two spin states when reflecting circularly polarized light, while absorbing the other spin state. Credit: Kang et al. ©2017 American Chemical Society Breaking metamaterial symmetry with reflected light “We offer the ability to preserve spin states of an optical wave upon reflection from a chiral meta-mirror,” Cai told Phys.org. “In sharp contrast to a regular reflective surface, the chiral meta-mirror operates by absorbing one spin state, while allowing the other to be reflected back with the same spin state as that of the incident wave.” While most conventional mirrors are made of common metals, such as a thin silver film covered by a thicker piece of glass, no known natural material has the chiroptical property exhibited by the new mirror. For this reason, the researchers fabricated the new mirror from an artificial material—a metamaterial with a nanoscale geometry designed specifically to exhibit this property. The meta-mirror consists of a thin film perforated by an array of asymmetric holes, and this asymmetry contributes to the unconventional chiroptical response.”Metamaterials, which offer light manipulation on the nanoscale, can achieve polarization alteration in propagation lengths of just a couple hundred nanometers,” Cai said.The researchers note that the chiral meta-mirror is relatively easy to fabricate, and they expect that it will have applications in optical data transmission and other technologies that they plan to further investigate in the future.”Some of the most common ways to send data via optical means is by time-division or wavelength multiplexing,” Cai said. “However, as the demand for increasing data bandwidths grows, a higher degree of multiplexing is needed. In terms of optical communications, polarization control opens another paradigm for multiplexing and data handling. The ability of our meta-mirror to preserve an incident spin state will aid in the development of these polarization-sensitive systems.”Chiral meta-mirrors can also be used for applications in chiroptical sensing, chiral signal analysis, and may even play a part in the next generation of 3-D movies. Most 3-D movies rely on the left and right handedness of the circularly polarized light that passes through the glasses that we wear in the theaters. With this polarization distinction at hand, chiral meta-mirrors could even find utility in this industry.” Citation: New mirror reflects light differently than conventional mirrors (2017, November 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-11-mirror-differently-conventional-mirrors.html Explore further More information: Lei Kang et al. “Preserving Spin States upon Reflection: Linear and Nonlinear Responses of a Chiral Meta-Mirror.” Nano Letters. DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.7b03882 © 2017 Phys.org The researchers, led by Wenshan Cai at the Georgia Institute of Technology, have published a paper on the chiral meta-mirror in a recent issue of Nano Letters.The unconventional reflective properties of the new mirror arise from the way in which the mirror responds to light that is circularly polarized. Light waves are composed of electric and magnetic fields, and when the electric field travels slightly behind the magnetic field or vice versa, the light wave moves along a helical path through time, and this is called circularly polarized light. Most of the light around us, such as light from the sun and lightbulbs, is unpolarized but can become polarized by passing through a polarization filter.A circularly polarized light wave can travel in either a clockwise (right) or counterclockwise (left) fashion, which is determined by an intrinsic physical property of light called the spin angular momentum and, consequently, is called the spin state of light. The main difference between the new mirror and conventional mirrors is how each responds to the spin states of circularly polarized light.When a circularly polarized light beam reaches a conventional mirror, the mirror reverses the beam’s spin state, so that the light it reflects back out has the opposite spin as the light that enters. For many applications, this property does not pose any problems, and in fact mirrors are one of the most important components of many optical devices. However, for certain new applications such as photonic information processing in which the spin states of light carry data, it is important to maintain and control the spin states when reflected by mirrors.The new chiral meta-mirror does almost the opposite of a conventional mirror with respect to spin states. Instead of reflecting the opposite spin state, it reflects the same spin state of an incident circularly polarized beam, but only for one spin state. When a beam with the opposite spin state arrives at the mirror, the mirror completely absorbs that light. So the final result is that the mirror reflects only light with one spin state—either left or right circularly polarized beams, but not both. (Phys.org)—Researchers have designed a new type of mirror that reflects light in a completely different way than conventional mirrors do. The new mirror, called a chiral meta-mirror, has potential applications for information processing with light, next-generation 3-D movies, and other technologies that manipulate light in novel ways. 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

Universal basic income experiment made people happier but not more likely to

first_img Europeans receptive to new welfare policy ideas Credit: CC0 Public Domain More information: julkaisut.valtioneuvosto.fi/bi … quence=1&isAllowed=y Explore further Citation: Universal basic income experiment made people happier but not more likely to get a job (2019, February 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-02-universal-basic-income-people-happier.html The experiment carried out by the government tested the idea of a concept called universal basic income (UBI), which guarantees participants a certain basic standard of living via direct cash transfer. The standard of living guaranteed includes reasonably nice housing, sufficient food, proper health care, and a means for engaging with the surrounding community. UBI is an idea that has been kicked around and tested before, but thus far, findings have produced mixed results. In this new experiment, the Finnish government randomly chose 2,000 people who were receiving unemployment benefits and offered them a roughly equal sum without the attendant job search requirements. Normally, there are also restrictions on how the money can be used. Subjects in the experiment were given free rein—they could live on the dole with no worries, and they would keep receiving their money even if they got a job. The experiment lasted from the beginning of January in 2017 until the end of December 2018. The results of the experiment have been widely anticipated as polls show that most people believe UBI would make people less interested in finding a job.The government asked the volunteers how they were doing during the experiment via questionnaire. Over half reported that their heath was either good or very good. In contrast, just 46 percent of a control group said the same. The UBI participants also scored higher when reporting trust levels in the government and when asked about their future outlook. In general, the FSII report concluded that overall welfare for those participating in the UBI experiment was higher than for the control group. But there was also a downside. Unemployment for those in the UBI experiment remained at basically the same levels as for the control group. © 2019 Science X Network Finland’s Social Insurance Institution (FSII) has published the results of an income experiment it carried out for two years to learn more about ways to reduce unemployment. They report that their experiment showed that giving unemployed people a no-strings-attached guaranteed income instead of an unemployment allowance made them happier and less stressed—but it did not make them any more or less likely to get a job. 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

KMCs Central Store to repair condemned vehicles machinery

first_imgKolkata: The Central Store of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has been given the additional responsibility of repairing condemned vehicles or machines that were once used by various departments of the civic body. Mayor Firhad Hakim has recently handed over this responsibility to the Central Store with the Entally workshop unable to meet deadlines because of small number of employees who are unable to take up such repair works. The Central Store is involved in the purchase of equipment needed by various departments from time to time. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe defunct machines or vehicles like handcarts are dumped in the “condemned store”. Recently, employees at the Central Store have used parts of such discarded handcarts to come up with five new ones. Such handcarts are used by the Solid Waste Management department of the KMC. “These vehicles will be soon handed over to Entally workshop for use. We are also floating tender for manufacturing more such handcarts from those abandoned defunct vehicles,” a senior KMC official said. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseIt may be mentioned that after taking over as Mayor, Hakim had initially kept the charge of Central Store with him but later due to work pressure, he handed over its charge to Member Mayor-in-Council (Drainage) Tarak Singh. It was Singh who obtained the nod of the Mayor in taking up repair of the condemned articles in the Central Store. The Central Store has also put into use five fire extinguishers out of 250 that were lying abandoned in the KMC’s condemned store. Tenders will be floated for refilling of the rest of the fire extinguishers. In fact, the KMC has planned that the vehicles on wheels that will be handed over to the affected garment traders in Gariahat will also be made by the Store employees. The Central Store has also restored a battery-operated cart for waste disposal out of a good number of such vehicles that were lying defunct at the condemned store. “If this job is carried out with seriousness then the KMC will be able to save its expenditure to a reasonable extent,” the official said. It has been decided that 16 CCTV cameras will be installed in the Store for security of the various equipment. The condemned store will also have CCTVs. The surveillance infrastructure will be linked with the room of Singh as well as the manager of the Central Store. The KMC also has plans of setting up a modern laboratory at the Store for assessing the quality of new equipment that are purchased.last_img read more

A34 reopens after emergency services called to two vehicle accident

first_imgDad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Punter found hiding in bushes Police search for missing woman Driver named following fatal collisioncenter_img Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or get the Android version from Google Play.  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter. Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram.19:56Road reported to have reopenedThe A34 has now reopened19:51Road continues to be shutThe A34 still remains shut, according to traffic data company Inrix19:19What we know so farParamedics and firefighters are at the scene on the A34 SouthboundThe collision took place between Stone and Stafford – with the carriageway closed at around 6.40pm.Two vehicles are involvedThe road is expected to reopen shortly.19:13Fire service confirm the accident involves two vehiclesA Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said:Crews from Stafford and Longton have just attended an RTC involving two vehicles. The A34 near Stone is closed southbound for crew safety and will reopen shortly. “19:12Photo from the sceneThe fire service have released this photograph of the scene on the A34 (Image: Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service)19:05The affected stretch of the A34Affected stretch of the A34 (Image: Inrix)19:01Emergency services at sceneParamedics are reported to be at the scene Emergency services are at the scene of an accident on a major Staffordshire road this evening (July 4). The A34 Stone Road Southbound iwas closed between Stone and Stafford, and there is slow traffic due to the accident between the A51 (Aston Island, Stone) and A513 Beaconside (Marston Gate). The road was closed at around 6.40pm tonight, with traffic data company Inrix confirming it had reopened by just before 8pm. The collision was first reported at around 6.30pm today and involved two vehicles. A Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said:  “Crews from Stafford and Longton have just attended an RTC involving two vehicles.  The A34 near Stone is closed southbound for crew safety and will reopen shortly.” We have no further updates on if anyone has been injured at this stage. Elsewhere on the local road network a lorry has collided with a barrier on the M6 northbound in Cheshire.  Updates on that here. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLivelast_img read more

Transat celebrates 30 years with travel agent incentive 30 prize trips

first_img Share Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> MONTREAL — As part of its 30th anniversary celebrations Transat will be holding prize draws throughout the year to award 30 surprise trips to travel consultants across Canada.Three trips will be drawn each month from February to November, with one draw in Quebec, one in the Ontario-Atlantic region and one in Western Canada.“Travel agents have been key Transat partners since the company’s beginnings,” said Denise Heffron, Vice-President, National Sales and Commercial, Transat Tours Canada. “That’s why we decided to make them part of our 30th anniversary celebrations and show how important they are to us.”Transat has chosen one milestone date in its history for each of the next 10 months for each surprise trip. On the morning of each ‘surprise day,’ the company will notify travel consultants that every Transat product booking – either flights, packages or cruises – made that day will earn them one chance to win a trip.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterThere will be one trip drawn per month in each of the regions (Quebec, Ontario-Atlantic and West). The names of two other agents, having also booked a Transat product on the surprise date, will also be drawn randomly to earn $30 in Bonbon rewards. All of the winners’ names will be announced a few days after the surprise date.No registration is required; contest entry is automatic as soon as a consultant sells the product. Transat says it has a variety of surprises and special activities planned throughout its 30th anniversary year. Travelweek Group center_img Transat celebrates 30 years with travel agent incentive: 30 prize trips Friday, February 10, 2017 Tags: Agent Incentives, Transatlast_img read more