Asus Eee Asus Eee Pad tablet to favor Android over Windows Embedded OS The Asus Eee 4GB 701 series PC has made a huge hit in the USA since its launch in early November. The item literally sold off the shelves within a minute of its introductory 10,000 unit distribution. The Asus Eee 4GB with a built in web cam has a seven inch display and weighs around two pounds. It has an Intel mobile CPU and chipset. It is preloaded Linux and Microsoft XP compatible. The XP drivers are included. It has an internal WiFi 802.11 b/g enabling users to access the Internet via available Hot Spots. There is 512 MB of memory with the ability to upgrade to 1 GB. It should be noted that upgrades will void the warranty. The Asus Eee has 4 GB flash embedded storage and an additional 100GB is available with the Asus exclusive E-HD external drive. Other options for storage include USB devices, and a memory stick card slot. There are three USB ports and a SDHC card reader. The Asus Eee has a 300 pixel video camera is built in and high definition audio. The system has built in stereo speakers with audio in/out jacks and VGA out capabilities. The 4 cell battery has a qualified 3.5 hour battery life. Asus qualifies the battery life as dependent on the user´s habits. The dimensions of the Asus Eee 4GB 701 is 8.86 inches wide by 6.30 inches in diameter and weighs around 2 pounds. It is comparable to a ladies clutch bag in terms of portability. It comes with a cover sleeve case to protect the outer surface and currently comes in the colors black and white. The box contains an AC adapter charger, the Eee 701, instruction book and back up CD Rom. The current price is $399.AsusTek Company is based in Taiwan with a presence in virtually all parts of the world. The company is focused on serving the international community by opening financial and technical offices world-wide. It currently employs one hundred thousand employees with a substantial portion of its budget devoted to research and design. A recent 1300 units purchase by Fresno Unified School District in California was made due to its shock resistant design and ease in portability. An initial survey indicated that the students and faculty find the Asus Eee a great asset in education and affordability.In the weeks before Christmas 2007 and the holiday season, AsusTek will release two more Eee laptops. The Asus Eee 4GB 700 and the Asus 2GB 700. These models are primarily for surfing the web and directed research projects for students or on- the- go professionals. The two models do not have a built in video camera, but the internal system is substantially the same. These models will sell for $299 and $349 respectively. The popular Eee is not without its critics. IT Wire reports that Asus Eee may have misrepresented the Linux loaded capabilities. According to IT Wire, some Linux advocates say the Eee uses Xandros a Debian-based distribution that charges a license fee and has an agreement with Microsoft similar to the one signed by Novell. Additionally, some commentators knowledgeable of Linux believe there may be some copyright issues involved that may present problems. Another concern is expressed by Cliff Biffle, a Java developer who invented the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface for Linux. He states that Asus did not follow the rules required by GPL when it modified a particular module of the Linux kernel. Asus is required to publish the source code for the modified module and the name of the author or provide a new name for the modification. Notwithstanding the critics, the very popular Asus Eee is projecting sales to reach three to five million for year 2008. Its short term goals are expected to be met by selling 350 thousand by years end. External Link: Asus eeePC violates GPL say Linux stalwarts — www.itwire.com/content/view/15490/ The sturdy and light weight Asus Eee has captured the hearts and minds of US consumers, students and educators. The Eee series has all the features of its competitors, but its affordable price is turning heads. The Eee units are literally selling off the shelves world-wide. Citation: The Asus Eee Laptop Series Selling Off the Shelves World Wide (2007, November 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-11-asus-eee-laptop-series-shelves.html 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.
(Phys.org) —Four noted biomedical researchers have banded together to write and publish a Perspective piece in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In their paper, the four outline problems they see with the current system of biomedical research in the United States and offer what they believe are solutions to prevent stagnation in the field. Biomedical research in the United States has, by any measure, been one of the great success stories of the modern era, bringing to the world increased knowledge of biological systems and medical advances at a breathtaking pace. The problem is, the researchers claim, is that past success does not guarantee a bright future. In their paper, authors Bruce Alberts, with the University of California, Marc Kirschner, with Harvard Medical School, Shirley Tilghman, with Princeton and Harold Varmus with the National Cancer Institute suggest that the system currently in place is unsustainable.At the root of the problem is the way funds for research are allocated, generally by the government in the form of grants. Because agencies such as the National Institutes of Health are subject to the whims of Congress, the amount of money available for research varies. Over some periods, it can be quite a lot, in others, such as in recent times, the amount has been less. The good times have led undergraduate students to believe that there is an ever expanding job pool available, which in turn has led to a glut in graduate students and post doctoral fellows. The oversupply has led to diminishing pay scales and decreased faith by those in the field of the value of their work.Alberts et al, contend that the research community, including those that offer funding should embark on a path to “confront the dangers at hand” by rethinking how research is funded, how it’s staffed, and ultimately how it’s organized in general. They go into great detail describing several possible solutions, which ultimately boil down to a means for paring down the number of graduates in the field.Of course this is not the first time noted scientists have issued warnings about how biomedical research is conducted in the U.S., many others have come before, particularly during times when funding has slowed. The overriding concern typically hovers around the central problem—that of variable funding, and how to fix it. In this new paper, the authors suggest that a means be put in place to even the flow, a suggestion that has been made many times in the past. The problem with that approach of course, is that only Congress can make it happen, and to date, they have shown little inclination to do so. Citation: Noted researchers warn that biomedical research system in US is unsustainable (2014, April 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-04-biomedical-unsustainable.html Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences US global share of biomedical research spending declines More information: Rescuing US biomedical research from its systemic flaws, Bruce Alberts, PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1404402111AbstractThe long-held but erroneous assumption of never-ending rapid growth in biomedical science has created an unsustainable hypercompetitive system that is discouraging even the most outstanding prospective students from entering our profession—and making it difficult for seasoned investigators to produce their best work. This is a recipe for long-term decline, and the problems cannot be solved with simplistic approaches. Instead, it is time to confront the dangers at hand and rethink some fundamental features of the US biomedical research ecosystem. Credit: Haramaya University 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. Explore further © 2014 Phys.org
After winning the hearts of millions in Kolkata, the trio Malay Das, Subuddha Ghosh and Atish Thakur are up with their show in the Capital. Their last exhibition, Abstract Reality, which was held at Chemould Art Gallery, Kolkata will be opening for the art lover in Delhi on May 1 at Lalit Kala Academy. Malay Das has always taken keen interest in depicting the forces of nature in a bold format. Blue skies, water bodies and mighty trees, without human interference and disturbance adorn most of his works. Most of his works talk about the serenity at different times of the day. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Subuddha Ghosh has spent a significance cant time of his life in the mountains of Northeast India. His works talk a lot about loneliness and an attempt to strike a conversation with the mountains when he was at Aizawl. The painter has tried to capture the beauty of these mountains, big and small, at different times of the year, and different times of the day. The works on display are also an attestation of Subuddha’s command over light and shadow. Atish Thakur loves playing with the mysteries of nature. The artist in his attempt towards depicting these mysteries has woven a dream around the forces of nature. His usage of bold shades of red and yellow shows the power that nature possesses. At the same time his fine detailing of water bodies, half-bloomed flowers, cascading tree branches, depict the power of nature. Atish’s imagination is his strength and he tries to capture the tranquillity of nature through his works.
Siliguri: The doctors of the District Hospital in Alipurduar resorted to a protest against the assault on a doctor and have refused to attend the outpatient department (OPD) since Monday.Sources said that on July 23, Sutapa Biswas, a residentof Palashbari, had beenadmitted to the hospital and had given birth to a baby boy on the same evening. Shewas released on Sunday afternoon.Due to repetitive complaints of a severe ache in the spine from Sutapa, Amrit Biswas, her husband, who is a police constable in the intelligence branch, refused to take his discharged wife home. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe patient party complained that the medications from the hospital were unable to cure Sutapa’s ache.During Dr. Mayukh Chakraborty’s visit on Sunday evening, Amrit and one of his colleagues had an altercation with the doctor, going on to assault him in the femaleward.The incident took place at around 7:30 pm on Sunday. Dr. Chakraborty had been rescued by the on-duty nurses and other staff present in the hospital premises. A meeting was held in the hospital on that very day at around 8:30 pm by the board of doctors, to discuss the incident. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAmrit has been missing since the incident. The rescued doctor had been admitted to the CCU.Except for the indooremergency department, all the other services have been discontinued by the doctors, as a mark of protest against the assault.The protest prompted the district administration to intervene, following which Amrit has been suspended by the district police.”The doctors have boycotted the services of the hospital and set up a temporary camp near the hospital. We are trying to resolve the matter. We are having meetings with the high authorities to resolve the problem at the earliest,” said Chinmay Burmun, the superintendent of the hospital.Under the instructions of the superintendent, Sutapa and her son have not been released from the hospital yet.
Kolkata: Concerned over the vulnerabilities of contractual workers in mines and falling standards of supervision in maintaining the highest safety standards, the Directorate General of Mines Safety (DGMS) is working on a strategy, according to Sanjibon Ray, Deputy Director General, Directorate General of Mines Safety.”This is part of an ambitious plan to augment mining production, as well as reduce accidents, including fatalities. Currently, we are in the process of preparing a set of recommendations as a strategy to improve the occupational safety and health (OHS) of contractual workers. The recommendations will be placed during the 12th National Safety Conference in Mines, scheduled for November. We are having talks with all stakeholders before we finalise the recommendations,” Ray said at a Session on Mines Safety on the second day of the CII Safety Symposium and Exposition organised by CII on Thursday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that about 100,000 contractual workers are engaged in mining activities. “The prime areas of concern include lack of adequate training and safety awareness of the contractual workforce – something which is one of the contributory factors in creating unsafe and accident-prone situations in mines,” he said, adding that the living condition of the contractual workforce in the mining sites needs vast improvement, including judicious space management while deploying transportation machinery in mining sites. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”The prime factor leading to accidents in mines is fatigue and poor living condition. They don’t get proper drinking water, hygienic food and medical facilities,” Ray said, adding that the DGMS will recommend defined codes to safeguard precious human lives. “Accident statistics reveal that the percentage of involvement of contractual workers in fatal accidents is increasing. Data reveals that fatality rate is more in case of contractual workers than the regular employees. The rate of accidents in case of contractual workers was 2.47 times more than regular workers during the period between 2010-2016,” he said.
The first show of ‘IlaGurhoishaa’ was staged on March 6 at the Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata. The audience gave a standing ovation to a peerless stage presentation of sheer finesse, precision and high quality. Theatre Platform, Khardah, since its inception in 1992 has produced more than 30 plays before and this is the latest. ‘IlaGurhoishaa’, the latest play written by the playwright Bratya Basu, is based on the story of a king, Maharaja Bir Narayan of the ‘Koch’ dynasty of seventeenth century Bengal and Assam. It is a tragic tale of the king which reflects the destiny of his lecherousness. Basu has again shown his remarkable flair of exploring complexities and controversies from the lost pages of history, this time from the history of the ‘Koch’ tribe of Cooch Behar. He admitted to have first conceived the idea from a book, Brihat Banga written by Dinesh Chandra Sen. Dinesh Chandra claimed to know about the history from the caretaker of the palace, Joynath in 1842, who had been advised by the chief advisor of King Harendranarayan, Kalichandra Lahiri, to write down the history. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The rich legacy and empire built by Maharaja Nara Narayan who died in 1621 was enjoyed by his successors and the practice of polygamy was prevalent. It was not unusual for the kings to ignore the consent of the girls or women they were attracted to before marrying them. The use of force in such cases was often practiced. In the narrative, Maharaja Bir Narayan got attracted to a young woman and used his shrewd tactics to propose her, knowing fully well that she was betrothed to a young disciple of her poor father. But she committed suicide soon, in the king’s palace and her lover and her teacher-father decided to take revenge of her death. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThey planned a disastrous end to the life of the king. Bratya Basu has expectedly entwined his imagery prowess with the historical backdrop to create this unbelievable saga of love, violence and death featuring the psychoanalytical complexities of human desires. The king with multiple wives is unable to keep any count over his children. The story reaches its literary climax when the king becomes a victim of his own lustful desires of objectifying any female that he gets attracted to. The playwright therefore uses his literary dexterity to oscillate between the logic of the psyche to the realms of imagination and fiction, thereby adding a different manifestation to the notion of Electra complex and naming it ‘IlaGurhoishaa’. Debasish, the director of the group, should be congratulated for pulling up another brilliant production on stage after ‘Kankra’. He admitted to having been bowled over by the play and the construction of the plot. He explained, ‘I tried to build the play frame by frame with the flicker of a Greek tragedy the way the playwright has penned the progress of the irreversible catastrophe.’ The treatment used in the direction of the play was similar to that of a Greek tragedy in theatre. The use of masks to create eerie and mystic effects was appropriate to generate the perfect feel of a tragic thriller. Some gruesome moments of killings of vengeance were performed intricately. The highlights of the production included the minimalistic use of props and sharply focused lights synchronised with digital background music and live music by Shuvodeep Guha. The detailed and technically strong sword-fight sequences with special effects pushed the audience to the edge of their seats. Tapan Das, the man behind the martial arts training, deserves a salute for making it possible on stage. The success of the action scenes reflects the professionalism of the actors and their relentless practice. The sharpness and strength of the script had a perfect resonance with the theatrical production. Goutam Haldar won the hearts of the audience by his aura and mannerism. The amazing combination of shrewdness and vulnerability, aggression and softness in the character drawn by the playwright was magnificently performed by this actor of great callibre. Senjhuti Mukherjee’s performance helped the play reach the height it did. Equally mesmerising was the level of performance of the new-comer Sumit Kumar Roy. He was the repository of tremendous energy and physical fitness on stage.
Parents who tend to get overly involved in the affairs of their kids, may kindly note: Crossing the line between supportive and too involved could indirectly lead to issues such as depression and anxiety for young adults, a study says.“Helicopter parents are parents who are overly involved,” said one of the researchers, Kayla Reed from Florida State University. “They mean everything with good intentions, but it often goes beyond supportive to intervening in the decisions of emerging adults,” Reed noted. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’For the study, the researchers surveyed more than 460 college students, aged 18 to 25, about how their mothers influenced their life decisions by asking the students how their mothers would respond to sample situations. They specifically looked at mothers because they are traditionally in the primary caregiver role.They also asked students to self-assess their abilities to persist in complicated tasks or adverse situations and then also rate their depression, life satisfaction, anxiety and physical health. Students who had mothers who allowed them more autonomy reported higher life satisfaction, physical health and self-efficacy. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHowever, students with a so-called helicopter parent were more likely to report low levels of self-efficacy, or the ability to handle some tougher life tasks and decisions. In turn, those who reported low levels of self-efficacy also reported higher levels of anxiety and depression, and lower life satisfaction and physical health. The findings appeared online in the Journal of Child and Family Studies. “The way your parents interact with you has a lot to do with how you view yourself,” Mallory Lucier-Greer, Assistant Professor at Florida State University, said. “If parents are simply being supportive, they are saying things like ‘you can manage your finances, you can pick out your classes.’ It changes, if they are doing that all for you,” Lucier-Greer said. I think there are good intentions behind those helicopter behaviours, but at the end of the day you need to foster your child’s development,” she noted.
Kolkata: Moutusi Mondal and Soma Burman, the two nursing students of NRS Medical College and Hospital who were arrested for beating 16 puppies to death, have been released from jail custody after they submitted the bail bond at Sealdah court.It was learnt that they have gone back home as the NRS authorities have restricted their entry into the nursing hotel at the hospital. It may also be mentioned that some of the nursing students, who were staging a demonstration in solidarity with the two of their fellow students who had put forward certain demands including proper sterilisation of campus dogs, have gone back to their classes. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalAccording to a senior official at the hospital, the two accused nursing students will not be allowed to attend classes or enter the hospital premises until the probe initiated against them is over. An investigation has also been pending against three other nursing students who are believed to have been indirectly involved in the incident. It may also be mentioned that the three-member committee, constituted by the NRS Medical College and Hospital authorities to probe into the killing of the 16 puppies, had submitted a report to the hospital on Wednesday. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe report has been sent to the state Health department and senior officials are going through it. If the accused are proven guilty, stringent steps may be taken against those found to be involved in the killing of the puppies, an official said. The incident of beating 16 puppies to death had sparked massive outrage throughout the state and on various social media channels. Animal rights activists have demanded stern action against those involved in their killing. Union minister Maneka Gandhi on Thursday had called up senior officials of NRS and asked them to immediately suspend the two nursing students, a hospital official said.
Kolkata: Water in some stretches of the Ganga in Bengal is so polluted that it is unfit for bathing, owing to the growing level of pollution.A report prepared by the state Environment department says that the pollution level in more than 10 stretches of the Ganga spreading over five districts including Kolkata is so high that the water is not safe for bathing anymore. The revelation comes at a time when the Centre has claimed the success of Namami Gange project. Garden Reach in Kolkata is one of the affected areas, while the other affected stretches fall under the districts of Howrah, Hooghly, North 24-Parganas, Nadia and Murshidabad. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe Namami Gange Project is an ambitious project of the Centre which integrates the efforts to clean and protect the Ganga river in a comprehensive manner. The project is officially known as Integrated Ganga Conservation Mission project. An earlier report prepared by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) had revealed that apart from Bengal, the water of the river is also unfit for bathing in states like Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. A senior official of the state Environment department said that Bengal is situated downstream and hence receives all the pollutants that flow along the river from the states that are located upstream. He also said that coliform bacteria, which is mainly found in sewage, is a major cause of concern. The bacterium is often found abundantly in the waters of Ganga. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIt is often alleged that the most of the sewage treatment plants in Bengal do not have a proper mechanism to treat municipal waste water. Due to the non-functional sewage treatment plants (STPs), untreated wastewater of various municipalities gets discharged directly into the river. Such organic pollution in the river causes harm to both human beings as well as the aquatic life. According to a city doctor, untreated urban sewage contains pathogens that cause a variety of diseases, including diarrhea. The accumulation of organic pollutant stimulates microbial growth, leading to oxygen depletion and ultimately causing severe harm to the ecosystem of the river. Kalyan Rudra, chairman of the West Bengal Pollution Control Board, said that due to the growing level of pollution, Hilsa fish and dolphins are found in lesser numbers in the Ganga compared to previous years.
Kolkata: On the eve of the announcement of the results of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections to constitute the 17th Parliament, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee has written a poem titled ‘Jaruri’ on Wednesday. In the poem, Banerjee has mentioned the recent incidents involving the Centre.Through the verses, she has repeatedly hinted at the emergency-like situation that has prevailed in the country throughout the tenure of the Modi government. In the poem, she has mentioned about note ban through the line-“Madhyo rate siddhanto- otao jaruri…” while also taking a dig at the meditation of Narendra Modi in a cave at Kedarnath through the line- “Ganatantra Guhae- otao jaruri.”
Rama Theater Natya Vidya (RATNAV) will perform ‘Thakur Zalim’, ‘Sultana’ and ‘Giraftari’ from November 19 till 21 at the Shriram Center.The first play ‘Thakur Jalim Singh’ is a folk story of a cruel, dominating king who was only interested to expand his kingdom through war. But at the end surrenders his empire to a saint for two drops of water, who preaches him about the reality of life. The second drama ‘Sultana’ is a story of Sultana of Rajasthan, where his father was having his marriage with a man of old age, unlike Sultana raised her voice in front of everyone. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfRegarding the third performance titled, ‘Giraftari’, Rama Pandey, CEO of RATNAV said that this story is an adaptation of the popular novel ‘The Trial’ by 20th-century well-known author Franz Kafka. This is the story of a man of the present time and based in Delhi who is alienated in society. The story is an actual depiction of a common man in Indian society in today’s political scenario. Rama Pandey said that this is a foundation for the preservation of tradition oral arts of India. “We are working to promote, protect and give education through theatre play,” she added. Talking about the intricate elements used in the plays, she elaborated saying, “We are using a fusion of dying Indian oral and folk form in the play and to present the play we are using ‘Keerat’ from Rajasthan and Tasha, Dhol and Nafiri instruments from the street of Delhi.”
Kolkata: Calling the 2019 Lok Sabha poll a “scandalous election”, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Friday demanded that electoral reforms should be carried out immediately and there should be a collegium to select the members of the Election Commission of India.Banerjee said the general election was “the most scandalous election in view of the muscle and money power that had been used. To stop this, electoral reforms should be made.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIt may be mentioned that Banerjee had been demanding electoral reforms for over a decade. She reiterated that a thorough search should be conducted into the allegations of EVM tampering. Banerjee said a fact-finding committee should be set up immediately to find out how much money BJP had spent during the elections. “Sometime I hear that BJP had spent Rs 27,000 crore during the elections. Electoral bonds worth Rs 370 crore had been sold from the main branch of the State bank of India between May 6 and May 24. We do not know who the buyers are. I had told repeatedly during my election speeches that huge amounts of money were being smuggled to the districts by BJP leaders. What I had said then is now coming true,” she said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateBanerjee said a nationwide campaign should be carried out by all the political parties, raising the demand of setting up a fact-finding committee. She said the committee should probe into the allegation that many Electronic Voting Machines had gone missing. She added that a collegium should be set up to select the Election Commission members. “Three members had been nominated and they conducted the election. All the Opposition parties had made several complaints but they had refused to listen,” Banerjee said.
‘Illuminating Indian Classical Dances Through Yoga’ (co-authored with Anita Dua, and Padma Shree Shovana Narayan and published by Shubhi publication) was unveiled by Shyam Jaju, National Vice President, BJP. It was followed by a panel discussion, which was moderated by Vinita Dawra Nangia, and included eminent personalities like Pawan Varma, Anita Dua, and Padma Shree Shovana Narayan. Afterwards, a beautiful Yog Nritya performance by Shvani Varma Satish and Ratan was also presented.pics/naveensharma
The dogs of Chernobyl are an oft-overlooked aspect of the disaster which unfolded and its effects. In 1986 the Chernobyl nuclear reactor melted down, forcing the people who lived in the area to evacuate. Many of those who evacuated thought that they would be able to return home in a matter of days, but they were very wrong. One side effect of this exodus is that many pets were left behind while residents were fleeing to safety. View of the horizon from inside the abandoned gym in Prypjat ghost town, Chernobyl.Military personnel were dispatched later to shoot any pets that they found in the zone, but a number of the animals managed to avoid being put down. Now, more than 30 years later, there is a significant animal population in Chernobyl — one that has lived there largely without any human contact or interference. Among this population are a lot of dogs and puppies which are believed to be the descendants of the abandoned animals.Photo by Chernobyl Exclusion Zone AuthorityFilmmaker Drew Scanlon made and uploaded to YouTube a short documentary showing footage of a number of the Chernobyl puppies and dogs that roam the 1,000 square mile exclusion zone. According to Huffington Post, some people are allowed into the zone: workers at the plant, some tourists, and a few others.Chernobyl, Ukraine – 26 November 2017. Inside of unfinished cooling tower of Chernobyl nuclear power plant block 5.Some of the residents who left the zone have quietly come back and returned to their villages, against government orders, as well. All of those people have been cautioned against touching any of the puppies, though, for fear of radioactive particles that may be clinging to their fur. Here’s a closer look at the people who have begun living again in Chernobyl’s radioactive zone:The circumstances of the Chernobyl dogs are heartbreaking, but as of about a year ago, steps are being taken to begin to address their needs for care. A non-profit dedicated to helping manage the aftereffects of industrial accidents, the Clean Futures Fund, has stepped in to lend a hand.They developed a five-year plan to deal with the puppy problem by spaying and neutering all the dogs and cats they can, setting up stations for feeding and watering the animals, and providing a veterinary clinic to address their health needs. They got started in September 2017.Photo by Firef7y CC BY-SA 3.0One of the things the fund has been looking into is figuring out how much radiation the dogs of Chernobyl and other animals have actually come into contact with. People may have strict limitations about where they go in the exclusion zone, but with homeless animals, limiting their movements is a fruitless exercise. They go where they want, lay where they want, and eat and drink where they find food and water, much of that still contaminated.Radioactive dog. Photo by Jorge Franganillo CC BY 2.0Despite that, as of May 2018, a new initiative to begin preparing to find homes for some of the puppies began to take shape, according to IFLScience.The State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management announced that 12 dogs had been rescued from the zone with the hope that they could eventually be sent to the U.S. for adoption.In the meantime, the dogs were being sent to a 45-day quarantine in the city of Slavutych, in order to not only make a closer health assessment and determination of level of radioactivity, but also to see how well the dogs might adapt to a life with humans.Misha, a guard dog on the Chernobyl reactor. Photo by Timm Suess CC BY SA 2.0People magazine ran an article in May announcing that the first rescued dogs were available for adoption. The magazine reported that the puppies in question were all under a year old and were in the process of being decontaminated, and being socialized and taught basic commands. They were anticipated to be ready to go to permanent homes in the Ukraine and North America in July.The eventual goal is to find homes for 200 dogs, but the expectation is that it will be a continuing process taking as much as 18 months.In a joint press release from the Clean Future Fund and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals International, was the following: “This unprecedented event marks an important partnership with the Ukrainian government, which has been reluctant in the past 32 years to allow anything to be removed from the nuclear exclusion zone.”Read another story from us:Chernobyl Revealed – Rare Drone Footage of the Decayed and Abandoned Nuclear CityIn 2017, thanks to the partnership between the Clean Futures Fund and SCPA International, more than 450 animals were tested for radiation exposure, received medical care, vaccinations, and were spayed or neutered. The radiation testing revealed that the dogs living in the zone were not harmfully contaminated. Those results pave the way for their rescue and adoption by proving it is safe to place them in homes.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver stopped by The Herd on the eve of the NBA Finals super clash between the Warriors and Cavs to discuss a number of NBA topics in the headlines.Silver explained why he doesn’t think superteams are bad for the NBA, and why he thinks it’s important to have a good relationship with the players, but the most insightful moment of the conversation came when the topic of one-and-dones came up.Colin has long called the concept of one-and-dones a fraud, and thinks the rule is both bad for college basketball and bad for the NBA. Surprisingly, Silver admitted that he also sees flaws in the current rule and would be open to negotiating a change.“I’m rethinking our position.” Advertisement He said that any negotiation regarding the one and done rule would have to take place after larger collective bargaining issues have been resolved. Silver’s comments are a drastic departure from ex-commissioner David Stern’s hard-line stance against modifying the rule since it was first adopted in 2006.Silver is already known as the players’ commissioner. Ending the one-and-done would only further that reputation.Watch Colin’s full interview with Commissioner Silver:
Advertisement Germain Ifedi walks off field w trainers after staying down briefly. Frank Clark decked Ifedi w punch in pass-rush drill. Clark thrown out— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) August 3, 2017 Scuffle #2 at @Seahawks training camp. Clark and ifedi kicked out of practice. Looked like ifedi was bleeding. #trainingcamp #nfl pic.twitter.com/GSdQiuzTBY— Jeff Chambers (@Jeef27) August 3, 2017 Seattle defensive end Frank Clark has been given second chances and third chances. He’ll need another one from his Seattle teammates after getting tossed from yesterday’s practice for clocking offensive lineman Germain Ifedi during pass rush rush drills at camp yesterday.Ifedi wasn’t wearing a helmet when Clark came flew in and landed the blow, and was left bloodied by the punch.Pete Carroll tossed Clark for the battery, and deservedly so. This incident would be shocking, but it’s not from Frank Clark.This video catches the fight breaking out and the aftermath from a distance, but doesn’t clearly show the punch.@TheRealFrankC_ with the cheap shot to @GermainX1 ??♂️get your act together young man. #Seahawks #seahawkstrainingcamp #disappointed pic.twitter.com/PSLD8LoQCC— Joshua Hebert (@TacomaHebert) August 4, 2017 Clark’s linemate, Michael Bennett even said Clark crossed the line on this one.Here was Michael Bennett talking about Frank Clark punching Germain Ifedi. “I think we may have crossed that line today.” pic.twitter.com/fHSOWt0eQJ— Brady Henderson (@BradyHenderson) August 3, 2017
Every week during the NFL season, Colin puts out his Herd Hierarchy NFL power rankings, and with Week 1 in the books he’s made some adjustments to his first Top 10.The Seahawks and Patriots dropped down. The Steelers and Titans are out, and the Chiefs are in after dominating in Foxboro.Here are his Top 10 teams after Week 1:10. Baltimore Ravens – Colin loves the Ravens’ D, and they had an NFL high 5 takeaways in their road shutout of Cincy in Week 1. Even though their offense looked inconsistent, and Joe Flacco was uneven, he’s putting them at 10 because their D will keep them in games, and in the hunt in the AFC North. Advertisement 9. Carolina Panthers – The Panthers showed a commitment to the run (38 attempts), and their front 7 looked impressive, albeit against the rebuilding Niners. They aren’t going to light up the scoreboard, but if they can run the ball and play defense, they should win enough games to make the playoffs.8. Seattle Seahawks – Colin loves the Seattle roster, especially their defense, but he drops them from 2 all the way to 9 this week because Russell Wilson was running for his life against the Packers behind an offensive line that still looks shaky. They also don’t have a clear cut lead running back. Offensively, it’s all on Wilson, which will be a problem, especially on the road.7. Minnesota Vikings – Sam Bradford averaged 10+ yards per pass, and rookie Dalvin Cook looks like a star. Defensively, they held the prolific Saints passing game in check. Colin likes their overall roster better than Green Bay’s, they just don’t have Aaron Rodgers, but nobody does. If Bradford can stay healthy, Minnesota is for real.6. New England – The Patriots Super Bowl celebration was crashed by the Chiefs, who seemingly exposed every one of the Patriots flaws. Brady and Belichick should be able to fix most of the offensive problems, but the defense can’t rush the passer. The loss of Donta Hightower showed how thin they are at linebacker, too. They may score points, but it’s not clear how they are going to consistently stop anyone.5. Kansas City Chiefs – KC had three touchdowns of 20+ yards against the Chiefs, and “game manager” Alex Smith played maybe his best game as a pro. Colin thinks they have one of the best overall rosters in the NFL, and rookie running back Kareem Hunt and Tyreek Hill are explosive. Andy Reid gives them a coaching advantage in most games, but the biggest question is if Smith can continue to play like he did in Week 1, or if he’ll revert to dinking and dunking like he has for most of his career.4. Oakland Raiders – Derek Carr and the Raiders went on the road and beat the Titans by averaging 5.7 per play. Marshawn Lynch looked great in his first game since sort of retiring, and will be a huge asset in short yardage and goal line situations. The D is still questionable, but they are more than capable of winning shootouts.3. Philadelphia Eagles – Colin picked Philly to win the NFC East, and Carson Wentz looked great in Week 1, converting 57% of the third downs he faced. The Eagles have the best offensive and defensive line combo in the league. The Philly D had 4 takeaways, and because the offense can extend drives, they should be able to stay fresh. Colin loves Wentz and the Eagles.2. Dallas Cowboys – Dallas was the only NFL team that didn’t have single 3-and-out in Week 1, and that was against an impressive Giants defense. Ezekiel Elliott looks like he’ll continue to play thanks to an court injunction of his suspension. Dallas is the only NFL team without a notable offensive flaw, and the defense looked impressive.Green Bay Packers – Everyone knew the Packers offense would score points, but it was their defense that impressed Colin in their win over the Seahawks. They forced Seattle into 3-and-outs on over half their drives and consistently pressured Russell Wilson. If they continue to play at this level, Colin would pick Aaron Rodgers and the Pack to beat any NFL team on a neutral field.Here’s Colin breaking it all down:“If you put everybody on a neutral field, GB is probably the most well-oiled machine.”The Top 10 NFL teams according to @ColinCowherd pic.twitter.com/lpLRm2JcwM— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) September 12, 2017
2 min read Once upon a time, serving bananas flambé — complete with fire leaping out of the pan — was an impressive way to end a dinner party. But soon, there could be an even crazier option: bringing your desktop 3-D printer to the table and serving up 3-D printed dessert made out of Nutella.Waterloo, Canada-based company Structur3D Printing has created a printer attachment called a “paste extruder” that works with most 3-D printer models and allows makers to create 3-D printed items with a variety of soft materials.Related: With $6.4 Million in New Funding, This 3-D Printed Insole Maker Is Looking HotA Kickstarter campaign for the tool launched today and has already surpassed its initial financial target. The team was hoping to raise $30,000 Canadian dollars (CAD) and, as of 2 p.m. ET, the team had already raised more than $32,500 CAD.The company intends to use the funds to produce at least 100 paste extruder units.With the attachment, which you get with a $249 CAD pledge to the campaign, you can print objects with silicone, polyurethane, wood filler, clay, ceramics, icing sugar, Nutella or conductive paint. The goal is to give inventors and makers the ability to use more than just plastic in their existing 3-D printers, allowing them to be more creative and save money as they experiment with prototypes. The plastic filament typically required in first generation 3-D printers is expensive.Related: Beyond Novelty: Architects in Amsterdam Are 3-D Printing an Entire House“There have been 3-D printers specifically designed to print different types of food or silicone. Our product is different, because we’re allowing you to make use of the printer you already have at home,” the Kickstarter campaign reads.The Discov3ry paste extruder is compatible with desktop 3-D Printers manufactured by MakerBot, Ultimaker and printrbot, among other popular brands.Related: 3-D Printers Take a Step Toward the MainstreamCheck out the video embedded below of the Discov3ry paste extruder being used with Nutella. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global June 10, 2014 Register Now »
Microsoft reveals how it validates updates before release by Martin Brinkmann on December 12, 2018 in Windows – 10 commentsMicrosoft promised in November 2018 that it would make an effort to improve update transparency and quality. The company went through a streak of bad updates that caused all kinds of issues on Windows devices.Tip: check out our overview of the latest Windows updates and services packs here.Microsoft, for example, pulled the October 2018 Update for Windows 10 after reports of data loss and other issues emerged. These issues did not affect all users or even the majority, but it was reason enough to pause the update for about six weeks to sort things out.Michael Fortin, Windows Corporate Vice President, published “Windows monthly security and quality updates overview” on the Windows Experience blog on December 10, 2018 as part of the Windows approach to quality series.Fortin explains that Microsoft is updating up to 1000 devices per second during peak time, and that the company’s infrastructure and systems support a rapid distribution of security updates and other updates to hundreds of millions of devices.Update quality is critical according to Fortin considering the “important of the security and other fixes” that Microsoft releases each regularly at scale.Every day we build and package the latest fixes, and our engineers test and validate the fixes through a combination of [..] activities.He lists the following activities in the article:Pre-release Validation Program: validates updates before they are made available to “in-market customers”. Microsoft aims to catch issues with updates as early as possible.Depth Test Pass: automated and manual tests that analyze code change areas to ensure that issues have been fixed and that fixes don’t introduce new issues.Monthly Test Pass: runs updates on tens of thousands of “diverse devices” to “ensure application and hardware compatibility.Windows Insider Program: non-security updates delivered to the Release Preview Ring to get feedback and collect diagnostic data.Security Update Validation Program: invitation-only program for “large commercial customers and ISVs” to validate security fixes and identify issues early on.Cross-product compatibility tests with other Microsoft teams, e.g. Azure, Office, and SQL Server.Live Site Validation Testing: validation that releases are available on Windows Update and successfully downloaded and install on devices running Windows.Customer support monitoring.Social media and forum monitoring.Closing WordsMicrosoft did not catch the October 2018 Update issues even with all these systems and programs in place. While it is certainly an impossible task to catch all bugs prior to release, it is certainly possible to reduce the number of critical issues but that would require adjustments to the pre-release testing process.Now You: How was your updating experience this year? (via Deskmodder)SummaryArticle NameMicrosoft reveals how it validates updates before releaseDescriptionMichael Fortin, Windows Corporate Vice President, published “Windows monthly security and quality updates overview” recently.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen, today announced that the Government of Canada will be working to implement an “X” gender designation in Canadian passports, as well as other documents issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) “to support LGBTQQIP2SAAA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, queer, intersex, pansexual, two-spirit (2S), androgynous, asexual and ally) rights and advance the Government’s agenda on gender equality, diversity and inclusion.” An “X” will make it “easier for people who do not identify as female (“F”) or male (“M”) to acquire passports and other government-issued documents that better reflect their gender identity.”Starting August 31, 2017, IRCC will be the first Government of Canada department to introduce interim measures, which include allowing individuals to add an observation to their passport stating their sex should be identified as “X,” indicating that it is unspecified. Interim measures will be available until IRCC is able to print documents with an “X.” Today’s announcement follows steps “to protect Canadians in their right to the gender identity of their choice, and freedom of gender expression.” Earlier this summer, Bill C-16 amended the Canadian Human Rights Act and added gender identity and gender expression to the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination. In the coming months, the Government of Canada will continue this “important work” in developing a consistent federal approach to how its programs and services collect, use and display sex and gender information so Canadians can have their gender more accurately reflected in government documents while also protecting their privacy. Our government is committed to better reflecting the gender identity and gender diversity of Canadians.Quotes:“All Canadians should feel safe to be themselves, live according to their gender identity and express their gender as they choose. By introducing an “X” gender designation in our government-issued documents, we are taking an important step towards advancing equality for all Canadians regardless of gender identity or expression.”– The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and CitizenshipQuick facts:• Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada will publish more information on today’s announcement on August 31, 2017.• On November 15, 2016, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, appointed Randy Boissonnault, Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre, as Special Advisor on LGBTQ2 issues. Mr. Boissonnault’s principal role is to advise the Prime Minister on the development and coordination of the Government of Canada’s LGBTQ2 agenda.Share this: Pakistan has just issued its first transgender passportUK Government changes official guidance to include non-binary people on formsHigh Court strikes down non-gendered campaigner’s bid for ‘X’ on passportMore articles on eTurboNews click here eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…