Children who spend more time on phones and tablets are more likely

first_img Share Tweet Email2 By Garreth MacNamee Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: AP/Press Association Images Tuesday 14 Mar 2017, 6:15 AM Image: AP/Press Association Images Children who spend more time on phones and tablets are ‘more likely to develop diabetes’ Researchers have said limiting usage of electronics can help stave off future health issues. CHILDREN WHO WATCH TV or use phones or tablets for more than three hours a day have a higher chance of contracting diabetes, a new medical study has found.The report, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), found that there are several risk factors linked to children who do not get enough exercise.Previous research suggested that spending a lot of time glued to a screen is linked to a heightened risk of weight gain and type 2 diabetes among adults.But it was not clear if children might also be at risk, according to the researchers who pointed out that trends indicated that the amount of time spent on electronics is on the rise.The researchers assessed a sample of 4,500 children from 200 primary schools in London, Birmingham, and Leicester for a series of metabolic and heart risk factors.These included testing blood fats, insulin resistance, fasting blood glucose levels, blood pressure and body fat. The children were also asked about their daily screen time which was to include TV and the use of computers and games consoles. Sugary drinks heighten the risk of diabetes. Source: Anthony Devlin/PAJust 4% said screen time didn’t take up any of their day, while over a third (37%) said they spent an hour or less on it.Under 30% said they clocked up 1-2 hours, 13% claimed their daily tally was 2-3 hours while around one in five spent more than three hours in front of a screen.Insulin resistanceChildren who spent the longest using electronics had higher body fat ratios than those who spent less time in front of a screen. And, crucially, for studying the diabetes risk, there was a strong trend between a daily quota of three or more hours of screen time and levels of leptin. This is the hormone that controls appetite, fasting glucose and insulin resistance.“Our findings suggest that reducing screen time may be beneficial in reducing type 2 diabetes risk factors, in both boys and girls and in different ethnic groups from an early age,” the research found.“This is particularly relevant, given rising levels of type 2 diabetes, the early emergence of type 2 diabetes risk, and recent trends suggesting that screen time related activities are increasing in childhood and may pattern screen-related behaviours in later life,” the researchers concluded.Read: ‘Jordan and Holly loved their Mammy’: Funeral of Clondalkin fire victims takes place in Shankill >Read: ‘St Patrick’s Day can’t just be a parade, it has to be a stand’: Senator goes on US TV to rally against Trump > Mar 14th 2017, 6:15 AM 39,737 Views Short URL 40 Comments last_img read more

Beacock comedy benefits young musicians

first_imgThe thespians at Beacock Music Theater sure know their market: zany ladies of a certain age.Last spring, Beacock watered the east Vancouver theater desert, a little, with its revival of “Nunsense,” a musical comedy about nutty sisters in habits who scheme, wisecrack, sing and dance their way into our hearts. The performance was staged in the second-floor recital room at Beacock Music, and it raised money for the Hough Foundation and a new after-school band program at Hough Elementary School.This year, Beacock is back with another comedy that raises money for a serious cause — better musical instruments for the band students at Mountain View High School.The show, “Queen of Bingo,” celebrates, and pokes fun at, unattached ladies looking for laughs, love and completed lines on their Bingo cards. Sis and Babe may be sisters, but they don’t seem to have much in common besides regular Bingo night attendance at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (in Battle Creek, Mich., not Vancouver). The restrained, wizened Sis keeps busy with friends and their news, but the dynamic, boisterous but deeply insecure Babe finds it hard to strike a healthy balance. Hungry for attention, she also overeats, worries and withdraws.“The Queen of Bingo” has gained fame over the last couple of decades as a friendly, whacky comedy in the tradition of those classic Tim Conway-Harvey Korman slow-burn sketches on “The Carol Burnett Show.” A successful touring version of “The Queen of Bingo” that ran for years compounded the silliness by featuring men in the women’s roles, but this version stars a couple of actresses from what’s turning into Beacock’s regular returning cast.Business co-owner Gayle Beacock plays the calm and collected Sis, and Kimberly Dewey is the church’s Sister Robert Ann (a name borrowed for fun from “Nunsense.”) Jennifer Johnson plays the volatile Babe.last_img read more

Campaign Trail

first_imgPerez campaign kickoff: Diana Perez, a candidate for Vancouver City Council Position 6, will kick off her campaign with a celebration from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16 at Main Event East, at 3200 S.E. 164th Ave., Suite 204, Vancouver. Beer and wine will be available to order, though the event is open to all ages.For more information or to RSVP, contact Perez’s campaign manager Jake Garcia at


Mina hints that Barcelona future is in doubt

first_imgBarcelona defender Yerry Mina has hinted that his future at the club is in doubt after stating that he intends to take some time out before making any final decisions following Colombia’s World Cup exitThe 23-year-old has impressed in Russia on the back of becoming just the second Colombian player to have scored in three successive matches in the tournament with James Rodriguez being the other from four years ago.Mina cancelled out Harry Kane’s opening goal in the third minute of stoppage-time to hand Colombia an unexpected lifeline at Moscow.However, his efforts proved to be in vain with England coming from behind to take a 4-3 victory in a penalty shoot-out.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…Now the World Cup is over, Mina must now decide what he will do with his future with Liverpool understood to be keen on signing him this summer following a difficult start at Barcelona.“In my head, I’m going back to Barca,” he told Mundo Deportivo.“Now is not the time to talk about my future, but the World Cup has helped me reconnect and reaffirm myself as a footballer.”The Colombian centre-back played just six times by Barcelona last season after completing his move from Palmeiras in January.last_img read more


Robben Alaba Sule believes Liverpool game will be an epic match

first_imgBayern Munich’s Arjen Robben believes the team’s second round UEFA Champions League tie against Liverpool will be an ‘epic match’.Speaking about the game which comes up next year, Robben said, according to the club’s official website:“It’s an epic match.”“Liverpool are a super team who have gone through a great development. They have big players, a lot of pace and creativity in attack and they’re a real unit. The atmosphere will be phenomenal. It’s just a great draw. It’s a dream for every player to be involved in a game like this.”RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich, Robert LewadowskiMatch Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).David Alaba, speaking about the second draw, said:“It’s an epic match. Liverpool are a super team who have gone through a great development. They have big players, a lot of pace and creativity in attack and they’re a real unit. The atmosphere will be phenomenal. It’s just a great draw. It’s a dream for every player to be involved in a game like this.”Meanwhile, German defender Niklas Sule also had this to say:“In terms of the team, the names and the stadium it’ll be an extremely tough match, but we’re all really looking forward to it. We need to be at the top of our game and get a good result in the first leg. I’m very confident that we’ll come out on top. I’m really looking forward to going up against their attack and seeing Roberto Firmino again. It’ll be an awesome experience.”last_img read more


Search continues for suspect who attempted to kidnap 11yearold Jamul girl

first_img April 26, 2018 Updated: 5:21 PM Dan Plante, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsJAMUL (KUSI) — She was walking home on a dirt path when suddenly everything changed. An 11-year-old girl was attacked and thrown to the ground. Fortunately, she did the right thing and got away.“The little girl yelled and screamed and the attacker took off,” said Lt. Thomas Seiver of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.It happened in bright daylight, about 4;00 in the afternoon. The little girl was walking alone, like a lot of people do in this area.“I wouldn’t let my kids walk that dirt path, I know this is a safe place, but I’ve heard about things happening out there,” said Kylie Chalfa, a parent of school kids.Truth is, this dirt path is a “connector” between two schools in the area. The middle school and the elementary school kids use it every day.“I think when anything like this happens, it’s very nerve-wracking,” said Raimee Durphy, also a parent of two kids in the area.Even though the little girl was under attack, she managed to get a good look at the alleged attacker. The most prominent feature, a “big scar” under one of his eyes. Other than that, dark clothes, dark hat, a dark hoodie. The big scar is the key.“Just because we’re out here in the country, doesn’t mean we’re immune to this, we all have to be vigilant,” Durphy said.In fact, several convicted “sex offenders” have been “placed” in this area after serving their time in prison.“We are in contact with the officers in charge of sex offenders. At this point, we’re focused on people closer to the area,” Lt. Seiver said.Until this is solved, people in this quiet community are a little edgy. One call to Crimestoppers could return life back to normal. Posted: April 26, 2018center_img Search continues for suspect who attempted to kidnap 11-year-old Jamul girl Dan Plante Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Eclipse Proposes Vulnerability Assessment Tool

first_imgThe Eclipse Foundation has a proposal to incorporate a Vulnerability Assessment Tool that helps developers identify which of their software dependencies contain known security issues from the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposure (CVE) database.The tool assists teams identify otherwise harmful violations of OWASP’s A9 security issue, using components with known vulnerabilities. Without automated checks to monitor downstream libraries, many developers do not know when to upgrade components and may continue using libraries with known automated exploits, leading to system compromise and breaches. The most prominent case of vulnerable components was the Equifax breach from 2017 that lead to an exposure of 143 million private records, $600 million in losses, and a four month prison sentence for former CIO Jun Ying. Ying was convicted and fined for insider trading, using his knowledge of the breach to sell shares before other investors would find out.The Vulnerability Assessment Tool was open-sourced by SAP in January 2019, with support for Java and Python. It operates in the same industry space as other Software Composition Analysis (SCA) tools that monitor for known CVEs. A similar feature is available for software projects that use GitHub, following Microsoft’s acquisition of Dependabot. Similar to the Vulnerability Assessment Tool, GitHub will identify libraries with known CVEs and will go even further to submit pull requests that upgrade the offending library.Although scanning for CVEs will improve security by patching vulnerable components, some risk will remain. By basing scans on library and version numbers, tools are unable to determine with versions are misreported or not what they claim. In May 2019, Docker provided a default version of OpenJDK that used a version number indicating a level of security, but this OpenJDK did not contain the security fixes. In 2017, the Eclipse marketplace for IDE plugins provided a popular plugin that showed open source code but ran a different codebase with adware. In each case, the CVE database did not apply because the actual running code was different. The OpenJDK docker issue was resolved through community collaboration, and the Eclipse Foundation took action to remedy the misleading plugin.Software Composition Analysis also analyzes each component in isolation, unaware of how they work together. For example, tools would not report on cases where two libraries that were free of security issues were used together in a way that created them. Many Java applications, such as WebLogic, expose this type of vulnerability by using Java deserialization on untrusted data. Another feature is usage of MLets, which load and execute management code from URLs.Participants in the overall Eclipse communities can participate in discussion around the Vulnerability Analysis Tool while it is in its proposal stage.last_img read more

President Carter Played Role in Saving Connecticut Sub Base

first_imgOn the 10th anniversary of the 2005 BRAC Commission’s final votes on the Pentagon’s closure and realignment recommendations, the Norwich Bulletin recounts a little-known story about the role former President Jimmy Carter played in helping overturn DOD’s proposal to close Naval Submarine Base New London in southeastern Connecticut.Nine days before the commission was scheduled to vote, Carter, who spent seven years at Groton during his Navy career in the submarine service, wrote to Commission Chairman Anthony Principi. Instead of supporting the department’s recommendation to close New London, which would have benefited the sub base in his home state of Georgia, Carter urged Principi to reject it.“Kings Bay could certainly be expanded to accommodate a larger contingent of ships and personnel, and this region would welcome the additional jobs that may be transferred from Connecticut,” Carter said. “However, I am concerned about the adverse economic impact on the New London area, the abandonment of a huge installation of facilities, and, less quantitatively, a loss of some of the proud submariners’ heritage of our historic association with service and training in New London,” he wrote.At the time, former Connecticut Sen. Christopher Dodd (D) said the letter was an “important development” in the state’s campaign to save the base. “As far as I know, it is entirely unprecedented in the 17 years of the BRAC process for a former commander-in-chief to write to save a particular military base from closure,” Dodd said.Carter was criticized at home for supporting Groton, but his loyalty to the submarine service and his fondness for the region ultimately won out, according to the story.On Aug. 24, 2005, the commission voted 7-1 with one abstention to overturn DOD’s recommendation to close the sub base. After the vote, Principi told the Bulletin that Carter’s letter was one of several “key factors” that swayed the commission. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Symantec to buy LifeLock in 23 billion cybersecurity deal

first_imgSymantec Corp, a US-based computer security software provider, on Sunday announced that it will acquire identity theft protection company LifeLock for an enterprise deal of $2.3 billion or $24 per share. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of next year, subject to LifeLock’s shareholders approval.The deal would expand Symantec’s portfolio at a time when the 34-year-old firm is looking to break away from the traditional anti-virus software. California-based Symantec said that the deal with LifeLock would not have any impact on its financial results for next year and has “reaffirmed” its revenue guidance for 2017 and 2018.”As we all know, consumer cyber-crime has reached crisis levels. LifeLock is a leading provider of identity and fraud protection services, with over 4.4 million highly-satisfied members and growing. With the combination of Norton and LifeLock, we will be able to deliver comprehensive cyber defence for consumers,” Greg Clark, Symantec’s CEO said in a statement.”This acquisition marks the transformation of the consumer security industry from malware protection to the broader category of Digital Safety for consumers,” he added.The combination of both the companies is expected to create the world’s largest consumer security business.”Together with Symantec we can deploy enhanced technology and analytics to provide our customers with unparalleled information and identity protection services. We are pleased to have reached an outcome that serves the best interests of all LifeLock stakeholders,” Hilary Schneider, CEO of LifeLock, said in the statement.Symantec expects to finance the transaction with cash on the balance sheet and $750 million of new debt. Symantec’s board of directors has also increased the company’s share repurchase authorisation from about $800 million to $1.3 billion, with up to $500 million in repurchases targeted by the end of financial year 2017.Barclays, Bank of America, Citibank, JP Morgan, Merrill Lynch and Wells Fargo are acting as financial advisers and are providing debt financing commitments to Symantec. Fenwick & West and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett are acting as legal advisers.last_img read more


56pc service seekers pay bribe for land RoR

first_imgTIB executive director Iftekharuzzaman speaks at a press conference at TIB’s Dhanmondi office. Photo: Prothom AloAs much as 56 per cent of service seekers need to pay bribes to get the Record of Rights (RoR) of their lands, said a recent study of non-government anti-graft watchdog Transparency International, Bangladesh (TI,B).Releasing its study titled ‘Union Digital Centre: its role, prospects and challenges in public service’ on Sunday, the TIB said its study found that corruption is prevalent in all district level land offices.The anti-graft watchdog released its study findings at a press conference at its Dhanmondi office in the capital. The study was conducted from June 2016 to August 2017.It, however, said the service seekers don’t need to pay any bribe to get the same service if they take it from the Union Digital Centre (UDC).The TIB said the Union Digital Centre is a prospective initiative to make available different government, commercial and information services at the people’s doorsteps in an easy and quick manner.The study found that over 48 per cent service seekers had to spend four to five hours for submitting the application for withdrawing the Record of Rights of their lands at district level land offices.And they also had to spend on average Tk 449 each for their transport, meals or refreshments. Besides, 56 percent service seekers had to pay bribe of Tk 737 on average.On the other hand, one needs to spend only one or two hours to get the same service from the Union Digital Centre.The study found that none of service seekers who were interviewed for the study had to pay the bribe for getting Record of Rights from the Union Digital Centre.Lying emphasis on expediting the process of digitalisation in the land administration, TIB executive director Iftekharuzzaman said the process of digitalisation begun much earlier, but the implantation rate is very slow.“And the delay is benefiting land officials and employees,” he said.last_img read more


6500 Rohingyas still trapped in zero point

first_imgNew Rohingya refugees bring their belongings as they build makeshift shelter in Gundum near Cox`s Bazar, on 3 September 2017. — ReutersRepresentatives from Bangladesh and Myanmar will meet on Tuesday to discuss the repatriation to Myanmar of more than 6,500 Rohingya Muslims trapped on a strip of unclaimed land between the two countries, Bangladeshi officials said.“It is about taking them back to Myanmar,” relief and refugee repatriation commissioner Mohammad Abul Kalam, told Reuters on Monday. “They are on the zero line and actually on the Myanmar side.”However, several officials contacted in neighboring Myanmar said they were not aware of plans for a meeting, which Kalam said would take place on the “zero line” near a place called Gundum.A spokeswoman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which will not be involved in the talks, said the agency was concerned the Rohingya may be forcibly returned to Myanmar without due consideration for their safety.Nearly 700,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state and crossed into Bangladesh since last August, when attacks on security posts by insurgents triggered a military crackdown that the United Nations has said amounts to ethnic cleansing, with reports of arson attacks, murder and rape.Buddhist-majority Myanmar denied the charge and says its security forces are fighting a legitimate campaign against “terrorists” it blames for the attacks on the security forces.The vast majority of Rohingya who fled are in camps at Cox’s Bazar on the southern tip of Bangladesh, but several thousand who arrived in a buffer zone along the border are now stuck.Bangladesh security forces have been instructed not to let these Rohingya cross the border, and many of them have said they would rather stay there to avoid becoming refugees in Bangladesh.The no-man’s land, which is about the size of 40 soccer pitches, used to be an area of paddy fields, but is now dotted with the tarpaulin and bamboo shacks of displaced Rohingya.“We are concerned about the reports of pressures directed at this group of people at the border,” said Caroline Gluck, UNHCR senior public information officer at Cox’s Bazar.“People who fled violence and discrimination in Myanmar should not be forced to return against their will,” she told Reuters in a message sent on Saturday.Bangladesh’s Kalam said there was no timeline for repatriations, that anyone going back must do so voluntarily and that Myanmar must provide a safe environment for their return.“We cannot send them forcibly,” he said.Most Burmese consider the Rohingya as unwanted immigrants from Bangladesh, and the army refers to them as “Bengalis”.Myanmar has said it will accept back people holding “national verification” registration cards. This card, which falls short of offering citizenship, has been rejected by Rohingya community leaders who say it treats life-long residents like new immigrants.A leader of the Rohingya group in the buffer zone, Dil Mohammed, told Reuters in a text message: “Our no-man’s land camp demands are that there must be a safe return, we need security and all basic rights, including citizenship.”He said the group would never accept the national verification card, that its members must be allowed to return to their own homes, paid compensation for losses and damage, and provided with protection from a UN mission.Gluck said the UNHCR was concerned that conditions in Rakhine state were not yet safe for voluntary returns, adding, “We urge both governments to ensure that any return is based on informed consent and takes place in safety and dignity.”last_img

Theresa May offer to quit over Brexit deal

first_imgBritish prime minister Theresa May speaks at the House of Commons as she faces a vote on alternative Brexit options in London, Britain on 27 March 2019. Photo: ReutersBritish prime minister Theresa May failed to sway hardline opponents of her European Union divorce deal on Wednesday with an offer to quit, but parliament’s bid to agree an alternative fell short, leaving the Brexit process as deadlocked as ever.May told her Conservative lawmakers she would step down if her Brexit deal was finally passed by parliament at the third attempt, in a last-ditch bid to win over many of her party’s eurosceptic rebels.But some were unmoved and the Northern Irish party crucial to getting the agreement through said it would reject the deal again.Britain was supposed to leave the bloc on Friday but Brussels agreed last week to put back the divorce date until 12 April to give it a chance to resolve a three-year crisis that has split the country down the middle.However, it still remains uncertain how, when or even whether the United Kingdom, the world’s fifth-biggest economy, will leave the EU. The possibilities that it will leave with no deal to soften the shock to its economy, or delay the departure date to hold a general election, have increased as other options fade.While May’s deal continued to stumble, an attempt by parliament to take control of the process by holding a series of indicative votes on other options produced no immediate way through the impasse.None of the proposals, many of which involved closer alignment with the EU than May envisages, won the support of a majority of lawmakers.”In a spectacular display of indecision, the House of Commons has voted against remaining in the EU and every version of leaving the EU,” tweeted James Cleverly, the Conservative Party’s deputy chairman.Nevertheless, some proposals fared better than May’s deal had done two weeks ago, and parliament was due to hold more indicative votes on Monday after refining the options most likely to secure a majority.Desire For New ApproachMany Conservative eurosceptics had made clear they would only consider supporting May’s deal if she gave a firm commitment to resign, hoping a new leader would be more sympathetic to their views when negotiating the terms of Britain’s future relationship with the EU.”I have heard very clearly the mood of the parliamentary party,” May told a meeting of Conservative lawmakers (MPs).”I know there is a desire for a new approach – and new leadership – in the second phase of the Brexit negotiations – and I won’t stand in the way of that.”But within hours of May’s offer, the Democratic Unionist Party, which props up her minority government, said it would vote against the deal if May brought it back a third time.”We’re in a situation where we cannot sign up to the Withdrawal Agreement,” DUP leader Arlene Foster said.The government gave itself the option of bringing May’s deal back to parliament on Friday, although speaker John Bercow repeated his warning that he would not allow a third vote unless the motion had changed substantially since its last defeat.May, who voted to remain in the EU in the 2016 referendum, had already promised to step down before the next election, due in 2022.Her deal, defeated in parliament by 149 votes on 12 March and by 230 votes on 15 January, means Britain would leave the EU single market and customs union as well as EU political bodies.But it requires some EU rules to apply unless ways can be found in the future to ensure no border posts need to be rebuilt between British-ruled Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland.Many Conservative rebels and the DUP object to this “Irish backstop”, saying it risks binding Britain to the EU for years.To succeed, May needs at least 75 lawmakers to come over to her side.After the ERG met, a spokesman said: “There is no way enough votes are coming out of that room to put the (Withdrawal Agreement) through.”‘It Was Inevitable’While May was addressing her lawmakers, MPs in the main chamber debated eight other Brexit options, ranging from leaving abruptly with no deal to revoking the divorce altogether.While there was no majority support for any, the option calling for a referendum on any departure deal, and another suggesting a UK-wide customs union with the EU, won more votes than May’s deal did two weeks ago.Oliver Letwin, a Conservative former cabinet minister who led parliament’s unusual power grab, said it had been expected that none would immediately win a majority, and lawmakers would have another chance on Monday.The uncertainty around Britain’s most significant political and economic change since World War Two has left allies and investors aghast. Sterling dipped after Wednesday’s events.If May’s deal were to pass, her office said there would be a contest to replace her after 22 May, when Britain would leave the EU.She would also become the fourth Conservative prime minister in a row to have fallen foul of divisions over Europe within her centuries-old party, following David Cameron, John Major and Margaret Thatcher.Most voters think the Brexit negotiation has been handled badly and there may now be a slight majority for staying in the EU, recent polls suggest. Many Conservative MPs say May herself has caused the chaos by not negotiating harder with the EU.”It was inevitable and I just feel she’s made the right decision. She has actually read the mood of the party, which was a surprise,” said Conservative lawmaker Pauline Latham.last_img read more


Researchers fold origami with light

first_img Citation: Researchers fold origami with light (2012, May 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from The team of mechanical engineers led by Professor Martin Dunn of the University of Colorado at Boulder has published a paper on their simulations and experiments of photo-origami in a recent issue of Applied Physics Letters.“[We have developed] a non-contact method to bend and fold polymer films in precise, 3D programmable ways, guided by computational simulations,” Dunn told the researchers explain in their study, there are several different methods for creating materials that can fold by themselves in a programmable manner. Most of these methods involve attaching an actuator onto the material and applying an external actuation force. Finding a way to make the material fold by itself without using these “parasitic elements” could greatly simplify the process, which could enable more diverse applications.Because photo-origami only uses light and a mechanical straining force to fold materials, it could potentially serve as a simple, automated sequential folding process. In their study, the researchers experimentally demonstrate how photo-origami works using a flat, two-dimensional polymer that contains photoinitiators. First, the polymer is stretched to create a mechanical strain. Then light is applied to a specific area of the polymer, such as along a line to be folded, which causes the photoinitiators to disassociate into free radicals. The highly reactive radicals then fragment and reform polymer chains, resulting in stress relaxation in the chosen area. This redistribution of stress through the material causes a change of shape as the material strives to achieve mechanical equilibrium, folding along the chosen line.That process results in a single fold. For each additional fold, the irradiation, and potentially straining, steps are repeated. When the steps are performed in a specific sequence, the technique can produce complex shapes. To demonstrate, the researchers fabricated a heart and a six-sided closed box.“In principle, this could make many complex structures consisting of bends and folds in arbitrary directions and sequences,” Dunn said. “The computational simulations can be used to design myriad structures, many that we could not conceive without simulations.”As a form of technical origami, photo-origami could enable applications far beyond origami’s original purpose as a creative art. Technical origami can be used in situations in which an object must be stored and transported and later deployed for use. This need arises, for example, for space-based solar arrays, automobile airbags, tissue engineering, shopping cartons, and photovoltaic cells that optimally capture sunlight throughout the day. Origami could also be used to fold molecules into specific shapes for the purpose of tailoring their molecular properties.Although this demonstration involved macroscopic-scale folding, the approach could also be used at the micro and nano scales. In the future, the researchers plan to further investigate how photo-origami can be extended to manufacturing processes.“We plan to create smaller, more precise mass-fabricated structures and endow them with multiple physical functionalities,” Dunn said. More information: Jennie Ryu, et al. “Photo-origami – Bending and folding polymers with light.” Applied Physics Letters 100, 161908 (2012). DOI: 10.1063/1.3700719 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. Zinc-finger proteins act as site-specific adapters for DNA-origami structures Journal information: Applied Physics Letterscenter_img Copyright 2012 Phys.Org All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of ( — Replacing the need for nimble fingers, researchers have demonstrated how to make origami using light of a specific wavelength. They call the new folding technique photo-origami, and it could potentially be used as a way to manufacture 3D structures. Explore further A six-sided box fabricated by photo-origami is constructed by straining and irradiation to form hinges. (a) The photo-origami protocol; (b) a fabricated closed box; and (c), (d), and (e) a simulated box with closed, partially open, and open tops. Image caption: Ryu, et al. © 2012 American Institute of Physicslast_img read more


Microsoft Holiday Album Giveaway grab 9 free albums

first_imgMicrosoft Holiday Album Giveaway: grab 9 free albums by Martin Brinkmann on December 02, 2016 in Music and Video – Last Update: December 04, 2016 – 16 commentsIf you are in need of a bit of music for this Holiday — read Christmas — season, then Microsoft has you covered. The company has just launched the Holiday Album Giveaway on Windows Store.What you get? Nine Christmas themed albums for you to enjoy, or not. The enjoyment question depends on whether you like Justin Bieber.Update: The offer expired. There is no option anymore to download these songs to your system.Lets take a look at the nine albums:Justin Bieber – Under The Mistletoe, Deluxe EditionAriana Grande – Christmas KissesMary J. Blige – A Mary ChristmasThe Jackson 5 – Ultimate Christmas CollectionRod Stewart – Merry Christmas, Baby (Deluxe)Vince Guaraldi – A Charlie Brown Christmas, Remastered & Expanded EditionBoris Karloff – How The Grinch Stole Christmas: Original SoundtrackVarious Artists – A Motown ChristmasTrans-Siberian Orchestra – Dreams Of Fireflies (On A Christmas Night)All you need to do is open Windows Store on your device. I tested this on Windows 10 and it worked, but don’t know if Windows 8.x users will also be able to grab the free albums or if the offer is Windows 10 exclusive.You can use the links as well posted above to go to individual album pages right away. Click on the free link there to open the linked Store page and start the download of the album from there.Microsoft displays the Holiday Giveaway Album link on the front of the Store. It opens the collection of nine albums, all free.You may pick one, some or all. Click on the album that you want, and then on the free button on the next page. This links the album to your account. Repeat the process for any other album you want.Once done, you may hit the play button right away to start playback of one of the albums. All albums are downloaded to the local system automatically from where you can play them.You find them in the Music\Purchases folder on the device. Please note that you can play the songs in any music player, not just Groove. I have tested playback in AIMP3 and it worked just fine.Enjoy, and have a nice weekend.SummaryArticle NameMicrosoft Holiday Album Giveaway: grab 9 free albumsDescriptionMicrosoft has just launched the Holiday Album Giveaway on Windows Store in which it is giving nine Holiday themed music albums away for free.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Gay couples come out to apply for domestic partnerships

first_imgAs cameras flashed and clicked and reporters stood on tip toes to get a look, Alberto González and Lorenzo Serrano arrived at the San José Family Court Wednesday morning to turn in their application for a domestic partnership.“This is simply one step,” González said. “We’re going to keep fighting for more because we are Costa Rican citizens and, I stress, we have the same rights as any other citizen.”After living together for six and a half years, the two young men were among the first to apply for same-sex domestic partnerships in Costa Rica. Other gay couples applied in Heredia, Desamparados, Cañas and Guadalupe, according to Marco Castillo, president of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organization Diversity Movement.Gay couples appeared at family courts one day after a group of Catholic bishops released a statement imploring judges, lawmakers and the president to quash any legal recognition of same-sex partnerships here.While González said he saw today as a victory for LGBT rights in Costa Rica, Ana Cristina Binda, who applied for a domestic partnership with her partner of 10 years, Fiorella Burno, was more cautious.“On one side, I’m happy because something is happening but on the other, I have reservations because until they approve this we can’t celebrate anything,” Binda told reporters today on the courthouse steps.Couples had to present documents to verify their age, marital status and proof that they have lived together for at least three years to apply for the unions, Castillo said.Domestic partnerships provide couples the right to establish shared property, inheritance, and hospital and prison visitation rights. Castillo said that domestic partnership applications for straight couples could take up to a year to process.The Diversity Movement president said that four other same-sex couples had contacted him about applying for domestic partnerships.Many critics believe these applications have little chance of passing in the courts, but the couples today were unbowed by the challenge.“If no one does anything, then nothing will ever change,” Binda said. Response to bishops’ letterBoth couples cited “religious fundamentalists” as the country’s greatest source of anti-gay sentiment and had strong words for the Catholic bishops’ open letter attacking legal recognition of same-sex unions penned by Bishop Óscar Fernandez of Puntarenas, president of the Episcopal Conference, an organization of Catholic bishops.In the letter, Fernández appealed to all branches of government to “defend the constitutional principles governing Costa Ricans, namely, that marriage between a man and a woman is the essential foundation of the family – the natural and fundamental unit of society.”In the same stroke as Fernández expressed his “profound respect” for homosexuals he wrote that there is no way the church can “approve of homosexual behavior nor the legalization of homosexual unions.”“Who is the Episcopal Conference to say, ‘your rights don’t matter?’ Why do my rights have to be limited because of the religious beliefs of other people?” González asked.Bruno, the president of Diverse Families, an LGBT family organization, opined that the Catholic Church’s stance on LGBT rights pushes people away, citing her own disconnection with the church, despite her spiritual beliefs.Expressing her dismay with “perverse” anti-gay statements made by the out-going archbishop of San José, Hugo Barrantes, in an interview with the daily La Nación, Bruno said she hoped his replacement, José Rafael Quirós, would be more open to sexual diversity.“I would tell him, listen, don’t let yourself get influenced by stereotypes; listen, there are many people who, despite being ‘diverse,’ have a vision of faith and religion that would be lovely to share with him.”  Facebook Comments Lorenzo Serrano (far left) and Alberto González (center left) applied for their domestic partnership earlier Wednesday morning in San José and joined Fiorella Bruno and Ana Cristina Binda in Heredia in solidarity. With them Marco Castillo (center), president of the Diversity Movement. No related posts. Alberto Fontlast_img read more

Nigeria paying 800 million to oil suppliers to end crisis

first_imgLAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s outgoing government has agreed to pay a debt of $800 million to resolve a months-long fuel crisis crippling the economy days before the inauguration of a new president in the country, oil suppliers said Wednesday.Chaos reigned Tuesday at Nigerian airports where most flights were cancelled. Foreign airlines flew to other African countries to refuel. Cars and other vehicles formed queues two and three deep blocking roads for more than 2 kilometers (a mile) outside of gas stations. Attendants turned away people carrying yellow cans to buy kerosene for cooking. There was none. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober There was no immediate statement from the finance minister, who accused the suppliers of holding Nigeria to ransom over the disputed debt, bemoaning “so much fraud allegations and scams in this business of oil marketing.”Nigeria’s government, hit by halved prices for the petroleum that provides 80 percent of its revenue and a massive slump in its naira currency, has been borrowing to pay salaries.Suppliers, hit by tightened credit lines and naira repayments to pay dollar debts, worried they would not be paid by the incoming government of Muhammadu Buhari, who has pledged to fight endemic corruption.Buhari’s party accused the outgoing government of President Goodluck Jonathan of sabotage to ensure it inherits “a nation in crisis.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Top Stories Comments   Share   Top holiday drink recipes Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Men’s health affects baby’s health too Banks started closing at lunchtime on Monday and cell phone companies warned they would be forced to shut down service countrywide for lack of diesel to fuel generators.Nigeria — Africa’s biggest oil producer– generates more than 2 million barrels of petroleum a day but imports the refined product because its refineries are not maintained. A woeful national grid that offers only a few hours of electricity on a good day failed to generate any electricity recently because of shortages of thermal gas to fire its generators. That leaves all businesses and homes that can afford it dependent on diesel-powered generators. The country frequently suffers fuel shortages, but the disruption caused by the latest is unprecedented.President-elect Buhari’s party accused President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration of sabotage to ensure it inherits “a nation in crisis.”Months of backlog mean the shortages still will be biting when dozens of presidents and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry are scheduled to arrive for Friday’s inauguration.The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria said the finance minister agreed Monday to pay them $800 million. It said companies started distributing oil Tuesday and unpaid tanker drivers stopped striking. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more


Unemployment Rate Inches Up Even as Jobs Numbers Increase

first_img The nation├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós unemployment rate inched up to 7.9 percent in October as the economy added 171,000 jobs, the “”Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)””: reported Friday. [IMAGE]The labor force–the sum of employed and unemployed–improved in October, causing the bump in the unemployment rate and signaling renewed confidence among those on the sidelines that jobs are available. Job creation for the two prior months was revised upward: 148,000 in September instead of the originally reported 114,000 and 192,000 instead of the 142,000 reported in August.Economists expected payrolls to grow by 125,000 and the unemployment rate to remain flat to September├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós 7.8 percent. Average hourly earnings of production workers slipped to $19.79 from $19.80 and average hourly earnings of all workers also fell by a penny to $23.58. With average weekly hours of all workers unchanged at 34.4, weekly earnings dropped to $811.15 from $811.50. However since jobs went up, aggregate earnings rose for the third straight months, boosting consumer purchasing power.The data were not directly affected by Hurricane Sandy, though the storm shut government offices for two days. BLS uses data received through Monday of the week of the release from participants in its establishment or payroll survey. Indeed, 72.0 percent of those surveyed had responded by Monday compared with the average response rate of 72.8 in the first nine months of this year.With its mixed results, the report provides fodder for both President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney four days before Election Day. While the October numbers mark 25 straight months of job growth (and 32 months of private sector job growth), the labor force saw a decline of 369,000, indicating more workers are becoming discouraged at the pace of job creation. The U-6 number, which includes people ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£marginally attached to the labor force├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø and those working part-time for economic reasons, fell only slightly to 14.6 percent.Long-term unemployment numbers were mixed. The number of people unemployed for 27 week or longer rose 158,000 to 5,002,000. However, the ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£feeder├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø into that classification–the number of people unemployed 15 to 26 weeks–dropped 24,000 to 1,836,000.The number of multiple jobholders rose 42,000 to 6,908,000–meaning that out of the 171,000 new jobs, 42,000 went to individuals who were already employed. The unemployment rate among college graduates fell to 3.8 percent from 4.1 percent in September. That├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós good news for the housing sector, as college graduate are more likely to be homeowners than those who did not complete college.The report also showed an increase in ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£job leavers├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø (a data point signaling confidence in the ability to find a new job) to 1,010,000, the highest level since March. However, the number of ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£re-entrants├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø to the labor force, another signal of confidence, fell to 3,300,000 from 3,306,000 in September.Jobs–derived from the establishment survey–showed across-the-board gains with virtually every sector showing gains. The major exception was government, which shed 13,000 jobs equally split between federal jobs (down 6,000) and state governments (down 7,000 jobs).The professional and business services sector led job gains, up 51,000 in October, followed by retail, which added 36,400 jobs, and health care, which added 32,500. November 2, 2012 423 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer spending Delinquency Investors Jobs Lenders & Servicers Politics Service Providers Unemployment 2012-11-02 Mark Lieberman Unemployment Rate Inches Up Even as Jobs Numbers Increasecenter_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Sharelast_img read more


The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 6 Comments   Share   That is the summary of the first two special teams plays by the Cardinals in their Week 5 game at Philadelphia.Unsurprisingly, both set up touchdown drives. Arizona couldn’t mount a comeback and fell 34-7.Adding to the woes, Arizona long-snapper Aaron Brewer left the game on the second punt of the game after suffering a broken wrist, leaving defensive tackle Josh Mauro to do the long-snapping on punts. Arizona offensive lineman Evan Boehm snapped on the extra point to make it 21-7 early in the second quarter and also on a blocked field goal attempt in the first half.Philadelphia’s third score in the final minute of the first quarter came on a 59-yard touchdown pass to Torrey Smith.The Cardinals had a chance to cut the two-touchdown lead, but Phil Dawson’s 51-yard field goal attempt in the final seconds was blocked. – / 29 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Philadelphia Eagles’ Zach Ertz (86) tries to break free of Arizona Cardinals’ Tyvon Branch (27) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 76-yard Kenjon Barner punt-return for the #Eagles. Newly signed, already an impact— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) October 8, 2017An Arizona Cardinals three-and-out, a 54-yard punt by Andy Lee and a 19-yard return by Philadelphia set up the Eagles’ first offensive drive of Sunday at their own 46-yard line.Another stalled drive, a 56-yard punt to the Philadelphia 9-yard line and a 76-yard return by Kenjon Barner thanks to four missed tackles gave the Eagles the ball at the Arizona 15-yard line.last_img read more


Cyprus talks will not affect exercise of sovereign rights

first_imgThe ongoing dialogue for a solution to the Cyprus problem will not, in anyway, affect the Republic of Cyprus` exercise of sovereign rights, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has stressed.Acting Government Spokesman Victoras Papadopoulos said, in a written statement, that President Anastasiades returned from Brussels on Sunday and was informed about newspaper reports concerning a new Geneva conference.Whether there will be a similar development will depend entirely on the progress achieved during the ongoing dialogue, said Papadopoulos.President Anastasiades wants to repeat that the ongoing dialogue for a solution to the Cyprus issue will not, in any way, affect the exercise of sovereign rights for the Republic of Cyprus, he underlined.For this reason, the acting Spokesman added, the Republic of Cyprus’ energy plans will be implemented according to the agreed timeframe signed between the state and the companies that were licensed in the island`s EEZ.President Anastasiades repeated that he will not stop negotiating with determination to find a solution that will create the preconditions for a functional, viable and European state that will respect the principles and values of the EU, the acquis communautaire and international law.A solution that will secure only the interests of Cypriots and not the aims and pursuits of third parties, Papadopoulos concluded.CNAYou May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img

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