7000 new microbial species discovered in three oceans

first_imgBeijing: Researchers said Monday they have discovered more than 7,000 new microbial species from the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans, enhancing our understanding of biodiversity in the world seas. The scientists at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) discovered the microbial species, including Acidobacteria — a natural medicinal phylum containing the CRISPR gene editing system found at sea for the first time. Over a span of eight years, the team developed biofilms with the water samples on different materials, eventually discovering the new biofilm-forming species and 10 new bacterial phyla. The finding, published in the journal Nature Communications, contradicts the existing belief that the world has only 35,000 marine microbial species and 80 bacterial phyla. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingIt enhances our knowledge in microbial biodiversity of the oceans, bringing hope for the development of new drugs, researchers said. Acidobacteria — one of the new marine phyla identified in this research only exist in terrestrial soils, and has been used for developing novel antibiotics and anti-tumour drugs due to its high level of biosynthetic gene clusters. This marine phylum not only shares functions of its terrestrial counterpart, but is also the first ocean species found to contain the CRISPR gene-editing system, researchers said.last_img read more

Ethnicdiversity is Frances strength feel its football officials

first_imgLille (France): People occupying high offices in French football are firm believer of ‘Black, Blanc, Beur’, a phrase often used to celebrate the ethnically-diverse national team’s 1998 World Cup triumph and the one last summer. Black is black, Blanc means white and Beur Arabic, implying that the players stay united on the field, irrespective of their origins and religions. People in high places believe that the French society is as accepting as its national team, ignoring the right-wing voices’ sporadic outbursts against the country’s immigration policies. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhFootball took them from the streets of Paris’ banlieues (suburbs) to the stadiums of Russia and when the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba flew back with the glittering World Cup trophy in their hands, it was hailed as the triumph of France’s immigrants. “Immigration is not an issue, immigration is a chance, and we have big players from Africa. It is a chance for France to develop football. Mbappe is French. France is known for its acceptance, accepting people from all over, including Africa. It’s France’s strength,” said Didier Quillot, CEO of Ligue de Football Professional (LFP), which runs the country’s major leagues. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterWhile its national team is looked at as a symbol of its multiculturalism, the country is often divided over the issue of refugees. France’s last major triumph was attributed to the efforts of a diverse, multicultural group of players. In the 23-member World Cup squad, 17 were immigrants or the children of immigrants. It comprised players of African and Arab descent, reviving memories of the 1998 World Cup triumph. Headlines such as ‘Triumph of Africa’ and ‘The last African team’, after the team’s win in Russia, left Paris Saint-Germain’s communications director, Jean-Martial Ribes, surprised. “The French people don’t think that they are African or Arabic. For us they are all French. France is known for its diversity, something like the USA. We were a little bit surprised to see the comments in some of the media. “Perhaps that’s what makes France a better place. People from every origin are welcome here and accepted. Our focus was on the triumph,” Ribes said.Chelsea legend Didier Drogba, who is presently a brand ambassador of Coupe de la Ligue, said there is no place for racism and exclusion in football “I feel people are focusing on France but this (immigration) is a general problem in all society right now. People speak about discrimination and all but this has no place in football. Football is a place where we try to include everyone. Football has the power to unite more than anything else,” Drogba said. The former Ivory Coast striker added, “When you look very closely at the teams, the players, the stars you will not see discrimination. Most of the time it’s the people coming to the game from outside who bring that. People from outside, politicians do that. But inside it’s different.” Though the players of African or Arab origin in France have often been questioned over their allegiance to the flag.last_img read more

Brother of Australian sportsperson may have framed Sri Lankan student

The Sri Lankan student was freed on bail last month after the sole piece of evidence against him fell apart. The plan, detailed in a notebook found inside Nizamdee’s desk at the University of NSW, was to allegedly target iconic Sydney land marks and high-profile Australians including former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and former Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. According to experts the notebook was not written in Nizamdeen’s handwriting.On Friday NSW police said despite dropping all charges they were refusing to close the case because the question over who did write it remains. “It’s a terrible experience, as a young man who has done everything right in life, he has gone through supermax jail in unforgivable circumstances,” Kheir said.The student who has claimed his innocence since he was first arrested in August, uploaded a video on social media shortly after he was released from prison last month.“Thank you very much to the Sri Lankan public and officers for standing by me and believing that I’m innocent, which I am,” Nizamdeen said. The student’s lawyer Moustafa Kheir told reporters outside court on Friday that the entire ordeal was “unforgivable” and his client would be suing the state over the bungle Now, police are investigating whether the 25-year-old was framed and believe the brother of a high-profile Australian sportsperson may have been involved.Ten News has chosen not to reveal the identity of the sportsperson at this time.“We believed we had enough evidence at that time to effect an arrest in relation to this matter… right through the investigation we have acted in good faith,” said Assistant Commissioner Ian McCartney earlier on Friday. The brother of a prominent Australian sportsperson may have been involved in setting up a 25-year-old Sri Lankan student over an alleged Sydney terror plot, Ten News reported.Charges against Mohamed Kamer Nilar Nizamdeen were formally dropped by NSW police on Friday after the 25-year-old spent 40 days in a supermax jail accused of concocting an ISIS-inspired terror plot. read more

UN rights committee voices dismay and utmost concern over Uzbek execution

In its latest expression of “dismay and utmost concern” over executions in Uzbekistan, the United Nations Human Rights Committee has called on the Government to provide “a prompt explanation” of what it called another “grave breach” of a rights protocol.The case concerns Akhrorkhuzh Tolipkhuzhaev, sentenced to death by the Military Court of Uzbekistan in February 2004 and executed in March this year despite the Committee’s request for interim protection while it considered the issue.“The Committee had noted that in several cases, Uzbekistan had executed prisoners under sentence of death, although their cases were pending before the Committee under the Optional Protocol to the Covenant, and requests for interim measures of protection were in place,” it said in a press release, referring to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.“The Human Rights Committee has consistently affirmed that non-respect by a State party of requests for interim measures of protection constitute a grave breach of the State party’s obligations under the Optional Protocol to the Covenant,” it added.Less than two years ago the Committee cited the execution of six people whose cases were pending before it. Last September, the Special Rapporteur of the Commission on Human Rights on torture, Theo van Boven, deplored the reported execution of people allegedly tortured into confessing and the Government’s disregard of UN pleas for a stay. He called on the Central Asian country to set a moratorium on the death penalty and urgently consider abolishing it. read more

Womens Volleyball Ohio State falls 30 to No 5 Minnesota

Ohio State’s women’s volleyball starting lineup stands together prior to the game against No. 5 Minnesota on Oct. 18. Credit: Rebecca Farage | Lantern ReporterThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team (11-9, 4-5 Big Ten) suffered a 3-0 loss to No. 5 Minnesota (18-2, 7-2 Big Ten) Wednesday night at St. John Arena.Although each team had nine blocks, 16 errors and 124 attacks, it was Minnesota who came out on top, buoyed by a .274 hitting percentage and 50 kills.“We’re not there.” head coach Geoff Carlston said. “I don’t like moral victories, but I thought we did a lot of good things tonight to build on.”Junior setter Taylor Hughes, who led her team with 24 assists, knew the Gophers would pose a strong threat especially because of Minnesota junior setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson, arguably the Big Ten’s top setter.“We were expecting a very fast offense by them … that’s kind of hard to keep up with,” Hughes said. “We put up a good fight.”The first set started off slow for the Buckeyes as the Gophers went on a 4-0 run to open the match. The Gophers built a 17-4 lead when Ohio State called a timeout. Soon thereafter the Buckeyes went on a 7-2 run, but Minnesota’s defense remained strong with four blocks and 17 digs, earning them the set, 25-15.Senior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer’s second kill tied the second set at 4-4, the first of eight ties as well as two lead changes. The Buckeyes were able to play a close set against the Gophers with 15 kills, three blocks, and 29 digs. Senior outside hitter Ashley Wenz contributed six kills on a .455 clip for the Buckeyes, but Minnesota’s freshman middle blocker Regan Pittman helped her team with five kills and a .625 hitting percentage, leading the Gophers to win the second set 25-20.Minnesota picked up the lead in the third set and maintained it as the Buckeyes closely trailed. Although the Buckeyes tried to catch up, the Gophers’ 20 kills and .405 hitting percentage won them the set 25-18.Carlston credited Minnesota and recognized the Gophers’ hard plays. Although he believes the Buckeyes played well, Carlston still sees room for improvement.“I think we really stressed them out defensively with mixing up our shots, that was important for us,” Carlston said. “But I think we need to play better defense.”Hughes agreed with Carlston that the Buckeyes need to focus more on their defensive strategy and remaining consistent.“A lot of games are won and lost in the serve-and-pass game and [Minnesota] served really aggressively,” Hughes said. “Upping our serve for Sunday can help us a lot. Getting most teams out of system will give us the upper hand.”Carlston thought his team came back well in the second and third sets, but in the end the Gophers had a fire that the Buckeyes were lacking.The Buckeyes will face Michigan for the second time this season at 1 p.m. on Sunday at St. John. read more

Womens champion Baroness Brady drawn into Sir Philip Green MeToo scandal

Baroness Brady, the Government’s small business adviser and BBC star, has been drawn into the growing furore surrounding Sir Philip Green and allegations against him of sexual harassment and racial abuse. The Conservative peer, an outspoken defender of women’s rights in the workplace, is the chairman of Taveta, the holding company of Sir Philip’s Arcadia retail empire. She was brought in to clean up corporate governance at the firm in the wake of the BHS pension scandal, and well-placed sources have claimed she has known for several months about a series of substantial payments made to employees making sexual and racial harassment claims. Baroness Brady, the Government and the BBC have refused… read more

Cancellation of severe thunderstorm warning for Melbourne

first_imgAccording to the latest update issued from the Victoria Regional Office of the Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology, severe thunderstorms are no longer affecting the Melbourne Area.The immediate threat of severe thunderstorms has passed, but the situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary.Wind gusts of 98 km/h were recorded at Airey’s Inlet and 94 km/h at Mt Gellibrand with this line of storms.The State Emergency Service advises that people should: * Keep clear of fallen power lines. * Keep clear of creeks and storm drains. * Don’t walk, ride your bike or drive through flood water. A more general severe thunderstorm warning remains current for the Central, Mallee, South West, Wimmera and parts of the Northern Country and North Central districts.Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau’s website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 217. The Bureau and State Emergency Service would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Mariners lose to Astros on Springers HR in 13th

first_imgHOUSTON — George Springer wasn’t quite sure if his towering fly ball was going to have enough distance. Three feet shorter or to the right, and it might be an game-ending fly out. Instead, Springer’s shot narrowly crossed the yellow line for a game-winning three-run homer in the 13th inning, capping a five-RBI game and lifting the Houston Astros to a 5-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night.“I knew I had hit it OK. I was just glad it went over the line,” Springer said. Springer’s shot off Chase De Jong (0-1), who started the inning to make his major-league debut, landed in the farthest seat of the first row of the left-field Crawford Boxes.Evan Gattis drew a one-out walk and advanced to second on Norichika Aoki’s single with two outs, setting the stage for Springer’s big hit.last_img read more

DDME actions defended by Deputy Premier

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 08 Oct 2015 – It would have been unlawful for the Department Disaster Management and Emergencies to issue a watch or warning independent of international agencies as Hurricane Joaquin approached; this from the Acting Premier, Akierra MIsick. During a PTV8 interview, it was said there was no scientific information to call for it and, that action from DDME would have been a breach of protocol. The Turks and Caicos was never placed under watch or warning until later on Thursday; by then many areas were out of electricity, flooded and being battered by storm surges and winds. The community continues to say they wish they had more warning to prepare for the category four hurricane. On the weekend, the Premier said information dispatch could have been better and that he believes new systems in country will add to notices emanating from outside agencies. TCI: Hard-working DDME lauded as Hurricane Preparedness Month officially opened Related Items:akierra missick, DDME, hurricane joaquin, warning Recommended for you TCI: More active Hurricane Season predicted and DDME gives thorough update on its readiness Turks and Caicos is first to add Disaster Management to the Tourism portfoliolast_img read more

New Attorney General weighs in against ExxonMobils tactics fighting climate change investigations

first_imgSince last November, ExxonMobil has been the target of a growing number of state attorneys general investigating whether the company lied about its research about climate change.Listen nowJahna Lindemuth, the new Attorney General of Alaska. (Photo by Graelyn Brashear, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)Alaska’s new attorney general has jumped into that fight and some lawmakers are saying it’s a flip-flop from the state’s original decision not to investigate the company and that the state shouldn’t waste money getting tangled up in a lawsuit.While Alaska’s attorney general isn’t yet willing to weigh-in on whether ExxonMobil lied about its climate change research, she is ready to battle the company over its tactics in fighting the investigation.Some states have subpoenaed financial and research records from the company. Exxon has fought back in court by suing to block those subpoenas.Former Attorney General Craig Richards signed a memo in June cautioning attorneys general nationwide against aligning themselves with environmentalists and investigating the company.But Jahna Lindemuth, who took the top lawyer’s job earlier this month signed onto a friend of the court brief  arguing against Exxon’s move to block one such investigation.Exxon is asking a federal court in Texas to block a Massachusetts state subpoena and Lindemuth said this is an issue of federal overreach.“The issue in that case is whether a large corporation and it could be Exxon, it could be any large corporation can go to a jurisdiction outside of the state where those investigations are happening and try to quash the investigation from a federal court in a different state,” she said.Lindemuth said states should have the right to protect consumers and investigate fraud cases in state courts, rather than battling them out in federal courts.But two House Republicans are criticizing her for what they say is a reversal of course for the state.House Speaker Mike Chenault and Judiciary Committee Chair Gabrielle LeDoux say the state shouldn’t have a role in the lawsuit.LeDoux, a former attorney, says she has not read the brief Lindemuth’s signed. But, she says she doesn’t think the state should get involved.“I just don’t think that in our time of limited resources that we should be spending money going to war with our major industry,” LeDoux said.The attorney general’s office says just because Lindemuth signed the brief, doesn’t mean state will be compelled to appear in court as the lawsuit plays out in other states.No one from Exxon returned a phone call seeking comment.last_img read more

Awareness rally held on World Population Day

first_imgBalajinagar: Local Corporator Pannala Kavya Reddy on Thursday inaugurated a programme in Bojai Kalyana Mandapam here to mark the World Population Day celebrations organised by the Medchal district medical and health department. She lit the traditional lamp and launched a rally by the Nursing College students.Among those present were Medchal DMHO Narayana Rao, Additional DMHO Dr Anand, Health department officials Dr Raghunath Swamy, Ramkumar, Dr Sandhya Rani, local Health Officer Dr Chandar, department staff, ASHA workers.last_img read more

Nation pays last tribute to Priyabhashini

first_imgPeople from all walks of life pay their last respects to noted sculptor and freedom fighter Ferdousi Priyabhashini at the Central Shaheed Minar in Dhaka on Thursday. Photo: Syful Islam/Prothom AloPeople from all walks of life paid their last respects to noted sculptor and freedom fighter Ferdousi Priyabhashini at the Central Shaheed Minar on Thursday.Priyabhasini was given a guard of honour at the central Shaheed Minar premises when her body was taken there around 11:00am. Her body was kept there for one and a half hours so that people can pay their tributes to the eminent sculptor.Artistes, political leaders and activists of different socio-cultural organisations converged on the area to say goodbye to Priyabhashini, reports UNB.Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader placed a wreath on her coffin.“She had sacrificed a lot as a freedom fighter, she is a bright example for the new generation. Her sculptures added new dimensions to art,” Quader said while talking to reporters after placing the wreath.Information minister Hasanul Haque Inu said, “She was an example of courage for the women who are struggling in the society in different sectors. She used to raise her voice about women’s rights.”Her daughters- Fuleshwari Prionandini, Rotneshwari Priyadarshini and two sons- Karu Titas and Kazi Shaker Turjo were present at the Shaheed Minar.Fuleshwari Prionandini said her mother had struggled throughout her life. “It is our pride that our mother’s last address will be beside Jahanara Imam.”Her namaz-e-janaza was held at Dhaka University’s central mosque after Zohr prayers. She will be buried at Mirpur Martyred Intellectuals Graveyard beside the grave of martyr Jahanara Imam.Ferdousi Priyabhashini, who had been suffering from multiple health complications, breathed her last at Labaid Hospital in the city on Tuesday.last_img read more

Pakistan election sees rise of antiblasphemy party

first_imgIn this picture taken on 30 July 2018, head of Pakistan`s Sunni Muslim Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) party, Khadim Hussain Rizvi, gestures as he speaks to media in Lahore. Islamic fundamentalist parties fielded more than 1,500 candidates in Pakistan`s provincial and national elections last week that were won by cricket hero turned politician Imran Khan.A relatively new anti-blasphemy party whose leader has reportedly vowed to nuke the Netherlands should he ever come to power did surprisingly well in Pakistan’s elections last week, which were tainted by the rise of extremist groups.Islamic fundamentalist parties fielded more than 1,500 candidates in Pakistan’s provincial and national elections that were won by cricket hero turned politician Imran Khan.Extremists were a major talking point going into the contest with politicians, including Khan, accused of pandering to their vote base by trumpeting hardline issues such as blasphemy.Here AFP looks at how the main extremist parties fared during Wednesday’s polls.- Anti-blasphemy party -The performance of Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP), led by radical preacher Khadim Hussain Rizvi, will worry mainstream politicians and human rights activists the most.The group, founded in 2015, entered the national consciousness last year when it blockaded the capital Islamabad for several weeks calling for stricter enforcement of Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy laws.It wants the automatic death penalty for anyone deemed to have insulted Islam or the Prophet Muhammad.Rizvi reportedly told journalists recently that if he took power in the nuclear-armed country he would “wipe Holland off the face of the earth”, over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed published there.Fortunately for the Netherlands, TLP failed to win any of the 272 seats up for grabs in Pakistan’s National Assembly.It did, however, capture two seats in the provincial assembly of Sindh.TLP polled over 2.23 million votes in the national assembly elections, its first general election, and more than 2.38 million provincial votes, election commission website data shows.”Their overall number of votes is very surprising. It’s a really spectacularly rapid rise,” political commentator Fasi Zaka told AFP.TLP’s strong showing is of particular concern to Pakistan’s Ahmadi community, which has long been targeted by extremists. They consider themselves Muslims but their beliefs are seen as blasphemous in most mainstream Islamic schools of thought.- Group linked to Mumbai attacks -Allah-o-Akbar Tehreek was backed by Hafiz Saeed, the man accused of masterminding the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people. Saeed has been designated a terrorist by the United Nations and has a $10-million bounty on his head.Allah-o-Akbar Tehreek was formed after Pakistan banned the Milli Muslim League — the political party of hardline militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, which is headed by Saeed — from the election.None of the party’s candidates won seats but they did register more than 435,000 national and regional votes.Zaka said he had expected work done in Punjab by LeT’s long-established charitable arm — Jamaat-ud-Dawa — to have translated into more votes.”They have been in the business of service delivery where the state has not fulfilled its remit … I think they have underperformed,” he said.- Sunni hardliners -Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) is a radical Sunni group that frequently spouts hatred against Pakistan’s Shiite minority community, considering them heretics.”If we get power in the evening and if a single Shia is alive by the morning in Pakistan then change my name,” leader Muhammad Ahmed Ludhianvi told an election rally.ASWJ is considered to be the political face of sectarian militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), which has been behind numerous bloody attacks on Shiite Muslims in Pakistan.Its candidates ran as independents and were known to have won at least one seat, in the Punjab assembly.Zaka, the analyst, said that while votes for extremist parties did not translate into many seats in a first-past-the-post system, their sizable vote banks will give them clout in an increasingly competitive political landscape.”The interesting thing about this election is not what it says about Pakistan now but what kind of space it creates for a Pakistan five years down the line,” he told AFP.last_img

Obama 8 Million Signed up for Health Care

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges and the proportion of younger applicants has increased, President Barack Obama said Thursday. The enrollments exceeded expectations and offered new hope to Democrats who are defending the law ahead of the midterm elections.An impromptu appearance in the White House briefing room offered the president an opportunity to trumpet the new figures, which beat initial projections by 1 million. With an eye toward November, Obama castigated Republicans for continuing to seek out every opportunity to thwart the Affordable Care Act.”This thing is working,” Obama said of his signature domestic achievement.Touting modest progress on another front, Obama said 35 percent of enrollees are under 35 years old, suggesting that in the final weeks of enrollment, the administration managed to sign up higher numbers of younger, healthier people who are critical to the law’s viability.The most coveted age group comprises those between 18 and 34 years old. White House officials said that for the 36 states where the federal government is taking the lead, 28 percent are in that age group — a step in the right direction from March, when the administration said just 25 percent were 18 to 34.In a sharp rebuke to his political opponents, Obama called out states that have refused to embrace an expansion of Medicaid under “Obamacare,” arguing that their opposition was rooted in nothing more than sheer ideology and political spite.”That’s wrong. It should stop,” he said. “Those folks should be able to get health insurance like everybody else.”Although the first year’s open enrollment season for the exchanges closed on March 31, the administration is still tallying the number of total enrollees. States managing their own exchanges have been slower to report data, and some Americans who started applications before the deadline were given extra time to complete their enrollment.The demographic figures also give Democrats an opportunity to blunt the pessimism of Republicans, some of whom have accused the White House of “cooking the books” by announcing large overall enrollment numbers that tell only part of the story.”They still can’t bring themselves to admit that the Affordable Care Act is working,”Obama said. “The longer we see the law benefiting millions of people, the more we see accusations that the law is hurting people being completely debunked.”Democrats have been hoping that better-than-expected results could help their candidates reclaim the political high ground on “Obamacare” before Election Day.Seven months out, Democrats are seeking to turn the page on the law’s disastrous debut in October, when HealthCare.gov was virtually unusable.Obama seemed to affirm that strategy last week when he announced that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who became the face of the rollout failure, was stepping down.Polling shows the law remains unpopular in much of the country, but Democrats plan to argue that by trying to repeal the law, Republicans are actively working to take health care away from 8 million Americans.Although the new figures provide some clarity about how well the exchanges performed, there are still plenty of unknowns.Officials haven’t released a tally of how many enrollees were previously uninsured and are thus gaining health care thanks to the law. It’s also unclear how many enrollees sealed the deal by paying their first month’s premium to the insurance companies.Republicans seized on those uncertainties to argue that Obama is hyping figures that obscure the real damage the law is inflicting — like higher premiums, smaller provider networks and canceled policies, according to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.”It’s long past time for Washington Democrats to work with us to remedy the mess they created — and that means repealing this law and replacing it with real reforms that actually lower costs,” McConnell said.As Obama’s health law begins to look more viable, Democrats have been seeking to change the political debate from one about repeal to one about fixing lingering issues with the law.Obama said it’s “absolutely possible” to make improvements, but that it would require a change of attitude from Republicans. But election-year posturing and the GOP’s reluctance to be seen as embracing “Obamacare” make than an unlikely proposition.The president’s upbeat assessment came shortly after he and top aides had separate meetings with leading insurance executives and state insurance commissioners.”I think that’s a pretty good number in terms of trying to make sure we have a healthy pool,” Montana’s insurance commissioner, Monica Lindeen, said of the surge in younger enrollees.In other positive news for Obama’s health care law, California’s state-run insurance exchange reported Thursday that nearly 1.4 million Californians had enrolled by the end of open enrollment, besting original projections by almost 100,000 people.last_img read more

Fullbody realtime motion tracking achieved using 17 sensors Unreal E

first_imgMicrosoft’s Kinect motion sensor brought affordable controller-less motion input to game consoles. However, the resolution on offer does limit the level of body motion that can be detected and used in a game. If you want better detection you need more sensors, and a demo using the Unreal Engine has shown just how good full-body motion sensing can be with the right kit.At the Institute of Navigation (ION) GNSS 2012 conference held last month a system was setup that allowed for full-body, real-time motion tracking of a person walking around a room and doing a range of actions. The system relied on the use of 17 YEI 3-Space Wireless Sensors attached to the body and 3 3-Space Wireless Dongles.The information gathered from tracking those sensors was fed into Epic’s Unreal Engine and applied to a character mesh that copied the actions. As this was all happening in real-time, the on-screen character mimicked the actions almost perfectly, suggesting such a system could work in-game as a control solution.The tracking system uses YEI’s miniature, high precision sensors coupled with an attitude and heading reference system. Each sensor includes a triaxial gyroscope, accelerometer, and compass sensor, along with on-board “Kalman filtering algorithms” allowing for both position and orientation to be assessed precisely.As you’d expect, such a system doesn’t come cheap with the sensors ranging in price from $99 to $299 each, and the dongles costing $89. If you want the VR headset too, that’s an additional $4,000. Even so, prices will always come down over time and this level of motion tracking would be very useful in both first-person shooters and third-person action games.The other question to ask here is: even if the price of such a system came down to a consumer-friendly level, would you be willing to wear 17 sensors every time you wanted to play? I think if the game became much more immersive and offered you a serious work out through playing, most gamers wouldn’t mind as long as they had the space to move around and play effectively.via ggmaina and YEIlast_img read more

How to use a PlayStation 3 controller with the Ouya

first_imgIt’s an understatement to say the new Ouya Android game console has some issues. Still, enough people bought the device that many online retailers sold out on launch day. One of the more notable annoyances is the subpar controller, but this is one you can solve. The Ouya can pair with the PlayStation DualShock 3 in just a few steps.Before you get started, you’ll need the miniUSB cable for the PS3 controller. It’s the one you use to charge the controller.Turn on the Ouya and plug in the PS3 controller via the full USB port on the back. On the newest firmware, the Ouya should recognize it as a controller and take you to the home screen.Test the controller in the menus to ensure it is working correctly in wired mode. Double tap the PS button to go back to the home screen when you’re satisfied.To get the DualShock 3 into Bluetooth mode, turn off the Ouya by holding down the power button for 5 seconds, or pressing the controller’s triangle button from the home screen.When the Ouya is off, unplug the USB from the controller and back of the console.Turn the Ouya back on and wait for the PlayStation controller to connect. It should happen fairly quickly.There are a few caveats with this process. First, the PS3 controller won’t work in every game. I tested it in Shadowgun and it controlled very well — much better than the stock Ouya controller. You’ll have to remember which buttons are which on the Ouya as well. The corresponding location on the PS3 unit will perform the same actions.When you shut down the Ouya, your PS3 controller probably won’t turn itself off properly. To keep it from going dead, press and hold the PS button for ten seconds. It’s not an ideal setup, but the experience is much improved overall.last_img read more

How Useful Are Adult Stem Cells Really

first_img Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Gene silencing may be responsible for induced pluripotent stem cells’ limitations © 2010 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — With the debate (especially in the U.S.) raging over ethics of using embryonic stem cells in research to cure diseases like ALS, Parkinsons, Type 1 diabetes and even spinal cord injuries, the breakthrough discovery that adult stem cells could be used instead made news. Induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells are thought to be able to grow a number of different organs and tissues in an effort to provide therapy. The idea is that these induced stem cells, many of which could be generated from a patient’s own cells, could be used to grow different types of tissue needed. Citation: How Useful Are Adult Stem Cells, Really? (2010, April 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-04-adult-stem-cells.html Research and Markets reports that these cells could be quite useful indeed, advancing medical science without the issue that surrounding using embryonic stem cells:iPS cell technology although still in its infancy offers a clear path around many of the ethical issues associated with embryonic stem cells and introduces the potential for substantial strides in this area of research.While this seems promising on the surface, there are other concerns about adult stem cells, and how useful they are. A group of scientists at the Massachusetts General Hospital for Regenerative Medicine believes that gene silencing might be one reason that there are limitations attached to iPS cells. One India reports on the issue:”We found that a segment of chromosome 12 containing genes important for fetal development was abnormally shut off in most iPSCs. These findings indicate we need to keep improving the way we produce iPSCs and suggest the need for new reprogramming strategies,” Nature quoted Dr. Konrad Hochedlinger, of the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Regenerative Medicine (MGH-CRM) and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI), who led the study.It appears, then, that adult stem cells, while useful, may still not be able to compete with the full range of versatility offered by embryonic stem cells — at least not yet. The ability to produce live animals, while possible with some types of iPS cells, is much less effective in the induced adult stem cells than it is with embryonic stem cells. However, if the goal is more aimed at reproducing tissue, rather than creating entire live animals, that limitation may lose some of its potency. After all, the Massachusetts study (which used mouse tissue) still showed that many different types of tissue could be developed, even with the gene silencing limitation.It will be interesting to see where this leads, and whether scientists truly can use adult stem cells to replace embryonic stem cells as they work to cure diseases. More information: Decision Resources, Inc., “Stem Cell Technology Update: The Rise of Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells” (April 26, 2010). Available online: www.researchandmarkets.com/res … 7/stem_cell_technolo.One India, “Gene silencing could be behind induced pluripotent stem cells’ limitations” (April 26, 2010). Available online: news.oneindia.in/2010/04/26/ge … ripotent-stemce.html. Mouse embryonic stem cells. Image via Wikipedialast_img read more

Maryland politician chooses lesbian business owner as running mate

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) They’re looking forward to their race. | Photo: Twitter @AlecJRoss Democrat Alec Ross is running for governor of Maryland in this year’s midterm elections. On Monday (19 February), he announced Julie Verratti as his running mate. GAYSTARNEWS- He’s currently a Senior Fellow at Johns Hopkins University and living in Baltimore with his family.His campaign website addresses many issues, including marijuana legalization and critminal justice reform. Regarding LGBTQ and civil rights, Ross states: ‘Until we have equal rights for all no matter race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, class, disability or place of origin, we cannot truly call our society just.’If Ross and Verratti win on 6 November during the midterm elections, she will become the state’s first out lieutenant governor.‘Obviously when you’re doing something for the very first time, it’s scary,’ she told the Washington Blade about running for office. However, she added she also ‘feels good about it’.This year’s elections in the US are critical, because they can possibly put Democrats back in power in Congress. Plus, a lot of LGBTQ candidates are running for office this year too.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img Verratti is a business owner in the state. With her wife, Emily Bruno, and brother-in-law, she opened Denizens Brewing Co. in Silver Spring.She’s now running as lieutenant governor alongside Ross.Verratti has experience in politics and policy. Prior to becoming a business owner, she served as a Presidential Management Fellow and Senior Policy Advisor at the U.S. Small Business Administration. There, she focused her attentions on the Affordable Care Act, veterans entrepreneurship, women’s business ownership, and local economic development policies.Politics don’t intimidate her, either.She’s testified before Congress, the Maryland State Legislature, Montgomery County Council, and DC Council on matters regarding business and LGBTQ rights.She earned her law degree from George Washington University, during which time she worked with Equality Maryland and the Human Rights Campaign.‘Talent is everywhere, opportunity is not’Together, they make a formidable team.Ross joined Barack Obama’s campaign in 2008. He was then appointed as Senior Advisor for Innovation under Hillary Clinton while she was Secretary of State. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/maryland-politician-lesbian-running-mate/last_img read more

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first_img News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. October 24, 2012 — An online poll of physicians who lead hospitals, health systems and large group practices across the United States conducted after the first presidential debate found more preferred Republican challenger Mitt Romney’s plan to reform Medicare than President Barack Obama’s, with many still undecided.The unscientific poll, which was sent via email to about 10,000 physician leaders who are members of the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE), drew 422 responses. Of those, 47.2 percent said they believed Romney’s plan would be more effective in shoring up Medicare financial processes and serving the Medicare population, while 33.2 percent supported Obama’s plan. An additional 10.2 percent didn’t support either plan and 8.2 percent didn’t watch the debate.The candidates discussed their positions during the Oct. 3 debate. Obama favors keeping Medicare as a government-run program while reforming the current payment system and reducing fraud. Romney embraced running-mate Paul Ryan’s plan to overhaul the entitlement program and convert it to a voucher-based system that would require seniors to buy private health insurance with government subsidies.Participants in the ACPE poll were allowed to post comments anonymously. One participant, who posted under the initials BW, summed up the feelings of many by praising Romney and Ryan for being willing to discuss a new approach to Medicare:”The road to long-term national fiscal stability will require major changes in both the health care delivery and reimbursement systems, and must entail serious reform of Medicare…Romney and Ryan are honest enough to discuss this issue, and will be flexible enough to find a workable solution.”But many of the posters disagreed and expressed skepticism at the idea of privatizing Medicare.”At least we know Obama’s plan and it is partially executed. We need time to see this out and then make adjustments as needed, not start all over to reform health care,” wrote another respondent.Many of the doctors said both plans were insufficient and expressed frustration over the lack of progress in reforming Medicare.”We spend an inordinate amount of time criticizing one side or another,” wrote one respondent. “We have a lot of bright people. We need to come up with a plan, not a Democratic or Republican plan. 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