UK cabler Virgin Media has launched a Dark Knight

first_imgUK cabler Virgin Media has launched a Dark Knight Rises app on its TiVo service.Virgin Media has teamed with the movie’s producer, Warner Bros, to launch the app, which gives fans video and background content ahead of the film’s general release on Friday.last_img

Yes I know that there are some churches and indiv

first_imgYes, I know that there are some churches and individual Christians who don’t approve of war, but a huge wing of Christianity in the US has put itself in service to a warfare state. Listening to them, you’d think that Christianity and war were natural bedfellows. If you’ve spent time in Red State America, you know what I mean. Please understand that I am not endorsing the Blue State line of crap either (I reject both wings of the Party), but that’s not my subject today. Red State Protestants have given themselves over to “the virtues of defense,” seemingly without limit. They endlessly laud cops, firemen, and especially soldiers: anyone authorized by the state to use force. State force has become unquestionably righteous – especially if it is overseas. To these people, the US military can do no wrong. This involves killing strangers, you understand… by Christians… people whose Holy Book say that they should love the outsider, turn the other cheek, and that every government belongs to the Devil. Red State Religion as a Mix of Christianity and War Philosophy Red State Christianity has become a State Religion, a Warfare Religion. So, since “judgment begins at the house of God,” let’s be harsh: These churches are sucking up to the state for tax breaks, to follow a popular course, and to get lots and lots of members. It’s the new successful pattern, and they are following it without hesitation… to the point where they invent reasons to justify the killing of children. (“Collateral damage,” that is, not “killing.”) A huge number of Red State churches have become whores to the US military culture, paying endless obeisance to uniformed state agents. According to them, all agents of the state are noble, are to be respected, and are most definitely to be obeyed without question. (Tell that to Sam Adams or Tom Jefferson!) All opinions to the contrary are discarded, condemned or ridiculed, without serious consideration. This War Christianity is definitely at odds with the New Testament, which treats both war and state as barbaric relics. I am not, by the way, opposed to stopping actual killers. What I am opposed to is telling someone to kill another person that he knows nothing about, guided by a superstition that “we’re automatically the good guys.” And yes, I know that no one, in the midst of fire and confusion, has enough skill to avoid accidentally shooting an innocent. My complaint is with worshiping a government that places 18 year old boys in that position. These kids are being told to kill strangers, without any real evidence that the people they kill deserve it. Is “because a politician said so” really sufficient? These boys are coming home in pieces, or with pieces missing – and committing suicide in droves – for what? To magically turn Afghanistan into a western state? Does anyone seriously think that will happen? And as someone who cares about history and theology, I am especially opposed to Jesus’ name being abused – yet again – by credentialed shepherds who are devoted – first and foremost – to gathering the largest flock possible, while not giving a damn that distant brown people die. At this point in American history we are being treated to a continuing and twisted spectacle: Defenders of indiscriminate death pretending that they care about “love.” They lie. So says me and so says John the Apostle. Let me be clear about this: Christianity is an anti-state religion. It always was. So was the Judaism that came before it. All arguments to the contrary are fallacious, at least if we are to take the Bible as a serious reference. But it will change… Sooner or later, some American Christians will remember that theirs is an anti-state religion. It will doubtless begin with meetings in living rooms, barns and job sites, and will include a lot of good and talented young people. But they will make themselves despised outsiders, opposed by the current generation of Christian leaders, who have dedicated themselves to the state and haven’t any inclination to admit their errors. In other words, the new, honest Christians will become the next link in a long and proud chain of heretics. They will be brave and committed people who are right, while all the institutions are wrong. Are we really to believe that there is virtue in sending machines to rain indiscriminate death upon foreign people… at funerals? (Look it up!) Must we really defend repetitive torture as being righteous? Now, to be honest, the Red State Christians don’t say these things. Actually, they avoid facing them altogether. And that is the problem. Many of them have become, as Jesus’ friend Simon Peter said, “willingly ignorant.” The US war machine is killing and torturing, and American preachers are straining their every muscle to thank them for it, in the name of Christ. I’ve read Jesus’ words too many times to be suckered by this game, and I don’t think Jesus is pleased with it either. Let’s hope that some young Christians can pull their act together and do better than the generation that preceded them. War and Christianity don’t belong together. They never have and they never will. Paul Rosenberg FreemansPerspective.com Christianity and War: Do they go together?last_img read more

Richard Klein switched doctors last year The new

first_imgRichard Klein switched doctors last year. The new doctor put him on a new blood pressure drug. But it didn’t help. The failure was entirely predictable.Klein, an associate professor at Florida International University in Miami, realized later that he had tried the same medicine unsuccessfully a few years before, but he hadn’t remembered that fact during the appointment.It was an understandable mistake for Klein and his doctor.Klein’s prescription history was hidden somewhere in the hundreds of pages of medical records his new doctor had to go through.”If I had been able to go into an app sitting in his office and look through my prescription history, I would have known that, yeah, we tried that a couple years back and it didn’t work well,” he says.A feature like that will soon be available for some patients with iPhones.In the upcoming release of Apple’s iOS operating system for iPhones this spring, the Health app will include health records, so patients can take information about their immunizations, medications, lab results and more with them.The feature will first be available to patients of medical providers who partnered with Apple, including Johns Hopkins Medicine; OhioHealth; Ochsner Health System in Jefferson Parish, La.; and Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles. It won’t cost those patients anything to use this feature, assuming they’re already iPhone users.Apple’s announcement says more medical facilities will offer this feature in the coming months.Some doctors hail it as a big shift away from patients having to handle a big pile of paper records every time they see a new doctor. But Google offered a similar service before and it failed. The search giant shut it down in 2012.Can Apple succeed where Google didn’t?Dr. Jonathan Slotkin says yes; he is a medical director handling digital patient engagement at Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania, one of Apple’s partners. Unlike even a few years ago, a lot more people now use smartphones and the phones are more secure. There’s now also a technical standard for transferring electronic medical records.”Even if I get care at three different places and maybe they use three different electronic systems, now in one place that I possess in an encrypted way, I have all of that information at my fingertips,” he says.He adds this will make transferring information easier for patients who have to move, or go to a specialist.The health records feature could also change doctors’ habits in some ways, says Dr. Isaac Kohane, chair of the department of biomedical informatics at Harvard Medical School and a professor of pediatrics.”For some reason, and I say this as a physician, most physicians, if they don’t actually know how a test was done, somehow imagine it was done wrongly, and therefore repeat a test, not only at a cost but at some pain to the patient,” Kohane says. “If you have a reliable authoritative description of the test and its results, that uncertainty goes away and that excuse to repeat tests goes away as well.”Kohane called Apple’s new feature a “tectonic shift” in a commentary for member station WBUR’s CommonHealth.But Apple will have to address one big problem that Google had with Google Health, a similar health records service: It was popular with only a niche audience — tech-savvy patients and their caregivers, and fitness enthusiasts. The product didn’t attract a wide base of users.This time will be different, says Dr. Ida Sim, a co-director of biomedical informatics at the University of California, San Francisco Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. Why? Because unlike with Google Health, patients no longer have to do the heavy lifting of entering or scanning their own data. Also, the 21st Century Cures Act of 2016 pushed federal agencies and providers to use electronic health records, and now there is a data standard for personal health records, which wasn’t the case in 2011.However, she writes in an email that wider adoption will still be an issue.”We’ll probably see huge numbers of people getting their initial Health Records populated. The issue is, then what?… The value will come from third party apps that use Health Records to provide meaningful value to patients, and until this value is demonstrated, I think Health Records uptake will be large but retention and continued engagement of patients will be challenging.”Alan Yu reports for The Pulse, WHYY’s health and science show. Copyright 2018 WHYY. To see more, visit WHYY.last_img read more

The explosion of deaths related to opioid misuse h

first_imgThe explosion of deaths related to opioid misuse has underscored a pressing need for better ways of treating pain, especially chronic pain.Duquesne University pharmacology associate professor Jelena Janjic thinks she’s on to one. It involves using a patient’s own immune system to deliver non-opioid pain medication to places in the body where there’s pain.Janjic’s idea, which draws from the field of cancer research, is to insert tiny amounts of over-the-counter pain medications into minute carriers called nanoparticles, and then inject these into pain patients. The medicines would then travel through the body to places where there is inflammation, and relieve the pain.Janjic has a special reason for wanting to develop new medicines for chronic pain: She suffers from it herself.”As a patient, I want an answer,” she says. “I want to figure out this.”There’s no question that the need for better, non-addictive medications is real and urgent. Researchers have come up with some ideas, but so far none has made it to market. Finding new treatments is difficult for any disease and it’s proving especially difficult for chronic pain because the underlying causes are poorly understood.Attempting to modulate inflammation as way to treat pain “is an active area of research,” says Michael L. Oshinsky, Program Director, Pain and Migraine, at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.Oshinsky says Janjic’s idea of targeting the immune system with nanoparticles carrying pain relievers makes sense, although he cautions that the relationship between inflammation and pain is not well understood.Janjic’s path to this research began in 2010. She has a doctorate in medicinal chemistry, and she had recently moved to Duquesne University where she had set up a lab focused on using nanomedicine techniques to treat cancer.What seemed like out of nowhere, of the blue, she started to suffer bouts of severe pain.”The one that hit me real hard was the whole body, from head to toe,” she says. “I’ve had on and off chronic pain since I was a teenager, but this was different.”In August that year, just before her students arrived back to school, she ended up in the emergency room with pain that was almost intolerable.The doctors’ diagnosis was discouraging. They told her she had a chronic pain syndrome. They said there wasn’t much they could do about it, and they said it was for life.The medicines they gave her helped with the pain somewhat, but left her feeling like she was living in a fog. She was having trouble remembering things, trouble taking notes.”Things were weird. So I decided I am going to do research on myself,” Janjic says.To control her own pain, she turned to mindfulness meditation and other non-medical interventions, including composing music and playing the piano. It’s not as if the pain magically went away, she says, but she was able to carry on with her life. Some days were worse than others.But she also wanted to find a medical solution.She made one important treatment decision early on: She didn’t want to take opioids for her pain.”At the time I could have got them very easily,” Janjic says. “I said, ‘What are you going to give me when I’m 67, or 87, if I take them now?’ I knew they don’t work long-term very well. So almost the refusal of opioids precipitated everything else that happened.”Looking for alternatives to opioids, she dove into the scientific literature, to learn all she could about chronic pain.Chronic pain syndromes are not well understood. With acute pain, it’s usually possible to identify the cause—an injury of some sort, or inflammation caused by an infection. Chronic pain may be linked to an initial mishap, but may persist long after the initial cause of the pain has disappeared. Sometimes there’s no good explanation of the pain at all, a frustrating circumstance for both doctor and patients.In addition to her research, Janjic started paying close attention to her own condition.”I started to understand that my body was actually inflamed,” she says.Inflammation occurs when our bodies’ immune system tries to deal with some damage, maybe from an invading virus or bacteria, and sends a barrage of immune cells to the affected area. On the one hand this is a good thing, since the cells fight the infection. But on the other, it can stimulate nerve cells in a particular part of the body, causing pain.Janjic also noticed something important about her pain: it varied both in intensity and in location. Sometimes it was in her knees, sometimes in her shoulders.She says none of the medicines available today responded to pain’s “diversity within the body.””I [started] to understand the fluctuation,” she says.She realized that the fluctuation meant more immune cells were going to the part of the body where the pain was. She figured if she could get pain medicine into immune cells, that medicine would ride with those cells to where it was needed.Before she got into pain research, Janjic was working on something called cancer nanomedicine. Cancer nanomedicines work by putting anti-cancer drugs into tiny containers called nanoparticles, and then injecting them into cancer patients, where they enter the patients’ immune cells.”So what did I already know how to do? Mess with the immune system with nanomedicines,” Janjic says. “And that’s how the idea of pain nanomedicine was born.”After many years of tinkering, she’s started to get positive results. In a recently published study, she showed that when researchers put a nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory drug into a nanoparticle, and then injected that into a rat, it reduced the rat’s pain.Janjic says her approach doesn’t try to disable the immune cells.”You still want them to fight infection, you still want them to do what they’re supposed to do,” she says. “But we almost try to stop them from going into override and causing chronic pain.”Janjic, who is also the founder and co-director of the Chronic Pain Research Consortium at Duquesne University, is collaborating with several labs to try pairing different pain medications with different kinds of nano-particles to see what works best. So far progress is slow. And if one of the candidates shows real promise it will be years before anything can be tested in human patients and ultimately approved by the FDA.Janjic credits her own experience with pain for helping her gain a better understanding of pain and how to treat it. She thinks researchers would learn a lot from routinely talking to the people they’re trying to help.”My take home message is, ‘Ask the patient first,’ ” Janjic says. “Ask the kid who’s ten. Ask the grandpa with rheumatoid arthritis what that feels like. This is what I really want to see flourish. Maybe this already happening somewhere. If it is, I want to know. If you are inspiring your research this way, then I want to talk to you.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

NO taxes or duties will be collected by the Bureau

first_imgNO taxes or duties will be collected by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) on the cargo flights carrying donations and relief goods from the international communities.“Kita pay gitabangan sa laing nasud kita pay magpadugay-dugay (We are being helped by other countries, should we be the cause of delays in their delivery?),” Acting Customs chief Cornelia Wilwayco of the Mactan port said.ADVERTISEMENT Fake cop accosts real cops, is arrested in Pateros BPI nets P13.74B in H1 Tolentino: No more debate with Drilon on China deal Wilwayco said documents are immediately released so that relief goods can also be distributed.She added that there are no inspections done because they want the papers and relief goods released immediately.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOPalace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike“As long as these cargoes are relief goods and its co-signees are the DSWD and the non-government organizations (NGOs) accredited by the DSWD then there will be no charges. Release is done in less than five minutes,” she said.Concerning a report about the delays in the delivery of German relief goods, Wilwayco said it may have been a case of miscommunication. She said the BOC is required to record every cargo flight. Correspondent Michelle Joy L. Padayhag SMC bags Bulacan airport project View comments LATEST STORIES PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities PLAY LIST 03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension Angara: Investigate DOH’s ‘constipated’ medicine distribution system MOST READ Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements Quake disturbs Itbayat, Batanes anew MORE STORIESnewsinfoFake cop accosts real cops, is arrested in PaterosnewsinfoAngara: Investigate DOH’s ‘constipated’ medicine distribution systemnewsinfoQuake disturbs Itbayat, Batanes anewMORE STORIESnewsinfoFake cop accosts real cops, is arrested in PaterosnewsinfoAngara: Investigate DOH’s ‘constipated’ medicine distribution systemnewsinfoQuake disturbs Itbayat, Batanes anew Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fake cop accosts real cops, is arrested in Pateroslast_img read more

The new coleader of the Green party has told Disa

first_imgThe new co-leader of the Green party has told Disability News Service (DNS) that he will make support for inclusive education a key focus of his new role.Jonathan Bartley was elected alongside Caroline Lucas (pictured with Bartley) last week to lead the party in a job-share arrangement.And he revealed that he first spoke to Lucas at a parliamentary lobby in January last year against the closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF), when he talked to her about his passion for disability issues.Bartley is a long-standing campaigner for inclusive education, and a former chair of the Centre for Studies on Inclusive Education.He first secured significant public attention shortly before the 2010 general election when he challenged Conservative leader David Cameron in front of television cameras on the Tory manifesto pledge to “end the bias towards the inclusion of children with special needs in mainstream schools”.He joined the Green party soon after that meeting.Bartley was only able to stand for leader on a job share basis because of his caring responsibilities for his 14-year-old disabled son, Samuel, who was pictured next to his father in the 2010 footage.He told DNS that the Greens’ commitment to inclusive education was the reason he had joined the party, and he pointed to the huge number of disabled pupils now being excluded from schools, both those that showed up in official statistics and those in which young disabled people were excluded from mainstream schools “by the back door”.And he said he welcomed the “emphatic” and “absolutely wonderful” guidance published late last month by the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities, which stresses that all segregated education should end, and should be replaced by “inclusive classroom teaching in accessible learning environments with appropriate supports”.He said the government’s policies to create more special school places were being carried out “under the guise of choice, but more and more parents are not experiencing that choice but are being pushed into segregated education”.Bartley said he hoped that his party’s election of co-leaders would increase the momentum towards allowing job-share MPs, something many disabled people are campaigning for.He said: “This is why we have done it. [We want to see] a more inclusive form of politics.“Civil service actively practices [job-sharing]. It is happening in the charity sector. Political parties in Germany have done it for decades.“I have responsibilities at home that I want to fulfil and I am passionate about the issues. The only way I can bring that experience to politics is through a job share.”But he said it would be “a battle” to secure the change in the law necessary to allow job-share MPs because “people are waiting to see what happens” with the Greens’ experiment.Bartley also defended his party’s position on assisted suicide, which although it is supported by some disabled people, is fiercely opposed by the disabled people’s movement.He acknowledged that his party’s support for legalisation of assisted suicide had been raised as a concern by disabled campaigners.He said: “I think we need to listen to it. I have heard people say they don’t support the Green Party because of it.”He said he supported the party’s position “provided all the appropriate safeguards are in place”, but he suggested that legalisation was difficult to justify in a climate of austerity in which disabled people’s support was being cut.He said: “In the context of cuts and misery when we seem to be going backwards in disability rights I can entirely understand why people have concerns.“It’s about showing that it can’t work and that there will be pressure [on people to ask to take their own lives].”Speaking before the launch of Inclusion London’s report on the impact of the ILF closure, he said that the decision to abolish the fund was inevitably going to lead to cuts in support, which was what the report showed.Although his son – who has been ill in hospital for four weeks – was never an ILF recipient, the family do receive direct payments to fund his support, and he said: “I know what it’s like to battle against a social worker who should be your ally and your champion… they are under huge pressure to cut budgets.”One of the themes of the speech he and Lucas delivered after they were elected as co-leaders was the need to “take back control”, which he said was a key concern for disabled people, who are often too scared to speak out against their local authority about their social care.He said: “They are fearful and they are scared, they feel they have no control.”He said the Greens were the only party to oppose the closure of the ILF at the last election and pledge to reopen it, and he backed all of the report’s recommendations, including a new national, needs-led system, independent of local authorities, to administer independent living support, which would be free at the point of delivery and funded by taxation.He also backed the call for the government’s ILF grant – it has pledged to provide non-ring-fenced funding to local authorities in England until 2019-20 – to be ring-fenced for former ILF recipients and for that to continue until a national, independent social care system could be set up.Speaking at the Inclusion London meeting, which was held as part of the Rights Not Games week of action organised by Disabled People Against Cuts, he said he was scared by watching his son’s fight for the support he needs, and added: “You’re going to be a prisoner in your own home [and] I fear that’s what’s going to happen to my son.”He also secured a pledge from Labour’s shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, to write to Labour-run local authorities to ask them to ring-fence the government grants for former ILF recipients.last_img read more

Rice to enter first international nanocar race

first_imgShareEditor’s note: Links to a video and images for download appear at the end of this release.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduRice to enter first international nanocar raceFive teams will participate in October 2016 event in France HOUSTON – (Dec. 14, 2015) – Ladies and gentlemen, start your nanoengines.Rice University will send an entry to the first international NanoCar Race, which will be held next October at Pico-Lab CEMES-CNRS in Toulouse, France.Nobody will see this miniature grand prix, at least not directly. But cars from five teams, including a collaborative effort by the Rice lab of chemist James Tour and scientists at the University of Graz, Austria, will be viewable through sophisticated microscopes developed for the event.Time trials will determine which nanocar is the fastest, though there may be head-to-head races with up to four cars on the track at once, according to organizers.A nanocar is a single-molecule vehicle of 100 or so atoms that incorporates a chassis, axles and freely rotating wheels. Each of the entries will be propelled across a custom-built gold surface by an electric current supplied by the tip of a scanning electron microscope. The track will be cold at 5 kelvins (minus 450 degrees Fahrenheit) and in a vacuum.Rice’s entry will be a new model and the latest in a line that began when Tour and his team built the world’s first nanocar more than 10 years ago.“It’s challenging because, first of all, we have to design a car that can be manipulated on that specific surface,” Tour said. “Then we have to figure out the driving techniques that are appropriate for that car. But we’ll be ready.”Victor Garcia, a graduate student at Rice, is building what Tour called his group’s Model 1, which will be driven by members of Professor Leonhard Grill’s group at Graz. The labs are collaborating to optimize the design.The races are being organized by the Center for Materials Elaboration and Structural Studies (CEMES) of the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS).The race was first proposed in a 2013 ACS Nano paper by Christian Joachim, a senior researcher at CNRS, and Gwénaël Rapenne, a professor at Paul Sabatier University.Joining Rice are teams from Ohio University; Dresden University of Technology; the National Institute for Materials Science, Tsukuba, Japan; and Paul Sabatier. Tour is the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry as well as a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering.-30-Read the announcement at http://nanocar-race.cnrs.fr/indexEnglish.phpFollow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsVideo: http://news.rice.edu/files/2015/12/1214_NANOCAR-3-web.jpgJames TourLocated on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,910 undergraduates and 2,809 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for best quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/AboutRiceUniversity. http://news.rice.edu/files/2015/12/1214_NANOCAR-1-web.jpgAn illustration shows a nanocar design by scientists at Rice University. The first nanocars, invented at Rice, consisted of a chassis, two axles and four wheels, all part of a single molecule. (Credit: Tour Group/Rice University) http://news.rice.edu/files/2015/12/1214_NANOCAR-2-web.jpgA transmission electron microscope image shows the four wheels of a nanocar invented at Rice University in 2005. Rice will enter a new vehicle in the first international NanoCar Races in France next year. (Credit: Tour Group/Rice University)center_img http://dai.ly/x3fnpxiRelated Materials:James M. Tour Group: http://www.jmtour.comLeonhard Grill: https://chemie.uni-graz.at/en/nano/Wiess School of Natural Sciences: http://naturalsciences.rice.eduCenter for Materials Elaboration and Structural Studies: http://www.cemes.fr/?lang=enImages for download: FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more

A superconductor story with a twist

first_img Return to article. Long DescriptionRice University researchers used experiments and simulations to discovery small distortions in the lattice of an iron pnictide that becomes superconductive at ultracold temperatures. They suspect these distortions introduce pockets of superconductivity in the material above temperatures at which it becomes entirely superconductive. Illustration by Weiyi WangThe discovery reported this week in Nature Communications is the result of nearly two years of work by the Rice team and collaborators in the U.S., Germany and China.Dai and Nevidomskyy, both members of the Rice Center for Quantum Materials (RCQM), are interested in the fundamental processes that give rise to novel collective phenomena like superconductivity, which allows materials to transmit electrical current with no resistance.Scientists originally found superconductivity at ultracold temperatures that let atoms cooperate in ways that aren’t possible at room temperature. Even known “high-temperature” superconductors top out at 134 Kelvin at ambient pressure, equivalent to minus 218 degrees Fahrenheit.So if there’s any hope for widespread practical use of superconductivity, scientists have to find loopholes in the basic physics of how atoms and their constituents behave under a variety of conditions.That is what the Rice researchers have done with the iron pnictide, an “unconventional superconductor” of sodium, iron and arsenic, especially when doped with nickel.To make any material superconductive, it must be cooled. That sends it through three transitions: First, a structural phase transition that changes the lattice; second, a magnetic transition that appears to turn paramagnetic materials to antiferromagnets in which the atoms’ spins align in alternate directions; and third, the transition to superconductivity. Sometimes the first and second phases are nearly simultaneous, depending on the material.In most unconventional superconductors, each stage is critical to the next as electrons in the system begin to bind together in Cooper pairs, reaching peak correlation at a quantum critical point, the point at which magnetic order is suppressed and superconductivity appears. Share1NEWS RELEASEEditor’s note: Links to high-resolution images for download appear at the end of this release.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduA superconductor story with a twistRice University physicists find surprising distortions in high-temperature superconductorsHOUSTON – (Aug. 7, 2018) – There’s a literal disturbance in the force that alters what physicists have long thought of as a characteristic of superconductivity, according to Rice University scientists.Rice physicists Pengcheng Dai and Andriy Nevidomskyy and their colleagues used simulations and neutron scattering experiments that show the atomic structure of materials to reveal tiny distortions of the crystal lattice in a so-called iron pnictide compound of sodium, iron, nickel and arsenic.These local distortions were observed among the otherwise symmetrical atomic order in the material at ultracold temperatures near the point of optimal superconductivity. They indicate researchers may have some wiggle room as they work to increase the temperature at which iron pnictides become superconductors. AddThis Return to article. Long DescriptionThese single crystals of nickel-doped compounds of sodium, iron and arsenic are like those used by Rice University researchers in experiments to determine the material’s superconductive properties at ultracold temperatures. They used simulations and precise neutron scattering experiments to show the presence of tiny lattice distortions near the optimal superconductivity of an iron pnictide compound.But in the pnictide superconductor, the researchers found the first transition is a little fuzzy, as some of the lattice took on a property known as a nematic phase. Nematic is drawn from the Greek word for “thread-like” and akin to the physics of liquid crystals that align in reaction to an outside force.The key to the material’s superconductivity seems to lie within a subtle property that is unique to iron pnictides: a structural transition in its crystal lattice, the ordered arrangement of its atoms, from tetragonal to orthorhombic. In a tetragonal crystal, the atoms are arranged like cubes that have been stretched in one direction. An orthorhombic structure is shaped like a brick.Sodium-iron-arsenic pnictide crystals are known to be tetragonal until cooled to a transition temperature that forces the lattice to become orthorhombic, a step toward superconductivity that appears at lower temperatures. But the Rice researchers were surprised to see anomalous orthorhombic regions well above that structural transition temperature. This occurred in samples that were minimally doped with nickel and persisted when the materials were over-doped, they reported.“In the tetragonal phase, the (square) A and B directions of the lattice are absolutely equal,” said Dai, who carried out neutron scattering experiments to characterize the material at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the National Institute of Standards and Technology Center for Neutron Research and the Research Neutron Source at the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Center.“When you cool it down, it initially becomes orthorhombic, meaning the lattice spontaneously collapses in one axis, and yet there’s still no magnetic order. We found that by very precisely measuring this lattice parameter and its temperature dependence distortion, we were able to tell how the lattice changes as a function of temperature in the paramagnetic tetragonal regime.”They were surprised to see pockets of a superconducting nematic phase skewing the lattice towards the orthorhombic form even above the first transition.“The whole paper suggests there are local distortions that appear at a temperature at which the system, in principle, should be tetragonal,” Dai said. “These local distortions not only change as a function of temperature but actually ‘know’ about superconductivity. Then, their temperature dependence changes at optimum superconductivity, which suggests the system has a nematic quantum critical point, when local nematic phases are suppressed.“Basically, it tells you this nematic order is competing with superconductivity itself,” he said. “But then it suggests the nematic fluctuation may also help superconductivity, because it changes temperature dependence around optimum doping.”Being able to manipulate that point of optimum doping may give researchers better ability to design materials with novel and predictable properties.“The electronic nematic fluctuations grow very large in the vicinity of the quantum critical point, and they get pinned by local crystal imperfections and impurities, manifesting themselves in the local distortions that we measure,” said Nevidomskyy, who led the theoretical side of the investigation. “The most intriguing aspect is that superconductivity is strongest when this happens, suggesting that these nematic fluctuations are instrumental in its formation.”Co-lead authors of the paper are Rice graduate student Weiyi Wang and Yu Song, a former RCQM postdoctoral fellow in quantum materials at Rice and now a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. Co-authors are graduate student Yu Li of Rice; Chongde Cao, a former visiting research scholar at Rice and now a professor at Northwestern Polytechnic University in Fremont, Calif.; Kuo-Feng Tseng and Thomas Keller of the Max Planck Institute; L.W. Harriger of the National Institute of Standards and Technology; Wei Tian and Songxue Chi of Oak Ridge National Laboratory; and Rong Yu of Renmin University, Beijing, China. Dai is a professor of physics and astronomy. Nevidomskyy is an associate professor of physics and astronomy.The research was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Robert A. Welch Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the National Science Foundation of China, the National Key Research and Development Program of China, the Shenzhen Science and Technology Program and the Shaanxi International Cooperation Program.-30-Read the open-access paper at http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41467-018-05529-2Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated materials:Pengcheng Dai Group: https://pdai.phys.rice.eduAndriy Nevidomskyy bio: http://rcqm.rice.edu/researchers/andriy-nevidomskyy/Rice Department of Physics and Astronomy: https://physics.rice.eduWiess School of Natural Sciences: https://naturalsciences.rice.eduImages for download: Return to article. Long Description Rice University researchers used experiments and simulations to discovery small distortions in the lattice of an iron pnictide that becomes superconductive at ultracold temperatures. They suspect these distortions introduce pockets of superconductivity in the material above temperatures at which it becomes entirely superconductive. (Credit: Illustration by Weiyi Wang/Rice University) These single crystals of nickel-doped compounds of sodium, iron and arsenic are like those used by Rice University researchers in experiments to determine the material’s superconductive properties at ultracold temperatures. They used simulations and precise neutron scattering experiments to show the presence of tiny lattice distortions near the optimal superconductivity of an iron pnictide compound. (Credit: Rice University)center_img http://news.rice.edu/files/2018/08/0813_SUPERCONDUCTIVITY-1-WEB-1qp3nx7.jpgRice University researchers used experiments and simulations to discovery small distortions in the lattice of an iron pnictide that becomes superconductive at ultracold temperatures. They suspect these distortions introduce pockets of superconductivity in the material above temperatures at which it becomes entirely superconductive. (Credit: Illustration by Weiyi Wang/Rice University) These single crystals of nickel-doped compounds of sodium, iron and arsenic are like those used by Rice University researchers in experiments to determine the material’s superconductive properties at ultracold temperatures. They used simulations and precise neutron scattering experiments to show the presence of tiny lattice distortions near the optimal superconductivity of an iron pnictide compound. (Credit: Rice University) Return to article. Long Description Rice University researchers used experiments and simulations to discovery small distortions in the lattice of an iron pnictide that becomes superconductive at ultracold temperatures. They suspect these distortions introduce pockets of superconductivity in the material above temperatures at which it becomes entirely superconductive. (Credit: Illustration by Weiyi Wang/Rice University) http://news.rice.edu/files/2018/08/0813_SUPERCONDUCTIVITY-2-WEB-26dz09l.jpgThese single crystals of nickel-doped compounds of sodium, iron and arsenic are like those used by Rice University researchers in experiments to determine the material’s superconductive properties at ultracold temperatures. They used simulations and precise neutron scattering experiments to show the presence of tiny lattice distortions near the optimal superconductivity of an iron pnictide compound. (Credit: Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,970 undergraduates and 2,934 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for quality of life by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview.last_img read more

Tesla Announces Huge Supercharger Expansion

first_imgTesla Tesla Announces Huge Supercharger Expansion Next Article Apply Now » Image credit: Tesla via PC Mag April 25, 2017 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag –sharescenter_img The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Matthew Humphries Add to Queue Senior Editor By the end of 2017, the number of Superchargers worldwide will have doubled, North America will have 150 percent more. 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Tesla announced the Model 3 at the beginning of April last year. As an electric vehicle carrying the Tesla name and having a price tag starting at $35,000, it was sure to be extremely popular. One week after pre-orders opened, more than 325,000 reservations were placed, translating to roughly $14 billion of future sales revenue.That’s a lot of new electric cars, and Tesla realizes they’ll all need charging regularly. So ahead of the launch of the Model 3, it’s been announced that the Superchargers network is set to expand. Currently there are 5,431 Superchargers across Tesla’s global network of 842 Supercharger Stations. By the end of 2017 the goal is to get that total past 10,000. In a blog post titled, “Charging Is Our Priority,” Tesla explains that charging needs to be “convenient, abundant and reliable for all owners.” And so an aggressive expansion of the Supercharger network is necessary.As well as the Supercharger expansion, Destination Charging is also set to grow. These are the charging connections offered at public locations including hotels, restaurants and resorts. Currently there are around 9,000 Destination Charging connectors, but Tesla wants to reach 15,000 this year.In order to achieve this expansion, Tesla’s busiest Supercharging Stations are set to expand to allow “several dozen Teslas” to charge simultaneously. New Supercharging Stations will also be built, and purposefully located further away from highways so as to expand the network and support more owners in less busy areas. In North America alone, the expansion will increase the available Superchargers by 150 percent.Full details of existing Supercharger locations as well as planned expansion locations can be viewed on Tesla’s Supercharger global map.last_img read more

The Evidence Says Legal Marijuana Reduces Opioid Deaths But Chris Christie Wont

first_img He may soon be out as governor of New Jersey, but Chris Christie continues to have an impact on one of his favorite topics: the legalization of marijuana.He’s not for it. He made that clear once again this month. As chairman of a committee appointed by President Donald Trump to make recommendations on dealing with the nation’s opioid crisis, Christie took the opportunity to again attack cannabis legalization.In a letter submitted with a report from the Trump-appointed Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, Christie compared legalization of marijuana to the expanded use of opioids in the 1990s and early 2000s.“The Commission urges that the same mistake is not made with the uninformed rush to put another drug legally on the market in the midst of an overdose epidemic,” he wrote.Related: Entrepreneurs See Opportunity Addressing Consumer Demand for Pesticide-Free CannabisTrump commissionOn Oct. 26, Trump declared the opioid crisis a national public health emergency. The numbers are indeed staggering. According to the commission, 175 people die every day in the United States from drug overdose. “If a terrorist organization was killing 175 Americans a day on American soil, what would we do to stop them?” Christie wrote. “We would do anything and everything.”The commission made a number of recommendations. They include:A national multimedia campaign teaching children about the dangers of drugs and potential for addictionPlacing more nurses and counselors in elementary, middle and high schools to help at-risk studentsBlock grant federal funding for states to pay for anti-opioid programsProviding incentives for drug companies to develop non-opioid pain management drugsWhile marijuana has emerged as a possible alternative to opioids for pain management, the commission does not recommend its use. In his letter, Christie cited the National Institute on Drug Abuse research that found “marijuana use led to a 2 ½ times greater chance that the marijuana user would become an opioid user and abuser.“The commission found this very disturbing.”Others, however, have found the commission’s attack on marijuana itself disturbing.Related: New Jersey Voters Likely Just Approved Legalized MarijuanaDueling statisticsDr. Chinazo Cunningham, a professor of medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, told CNN that “I was surprised to see negative language about marijuana in the opioid report.”Cunningham also said that actual research does not back up the claim in the report that marijuana use increases the chances of opioid addiction. Cunningham’s own research has found that in states where marijuana is legal, opioid overdose deaths fell by 25 percent.Cunningham noted that the continued illegality of marijuana under federal law has kept doctors and scientists from doing thorough research on the potential medical uses for marijuana.Sanjay Gupta, the chief medical correspondent for CNN, also said there is little evidence marijuana leads to abuse of harder drugs. However, alcohol and nicotine have proved to be indicators of future drug abuse, he said.To stay up to date on the latest marijuana related news make sure to like dispensaries.com on Facebook Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. –shares dispensaries.com 3 min read Christie, chairman of a presidential commission on the opioid addiction epidemic, links marijuana to overdose deaths despite all the evidence to the contrary and none in support. Guest Writer The Evidence Says Legal Marijuana Reduces Opioid Deaths But Chris Christie Won’t Believe It Add to Queue Image credit: Win McNamee | Getty Images Download Our Free Android App Next Article Free Green Entrepreneur App Cannabis Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. November 21, 2017last_img read more

Basket Manufacturer Longabergers Is Leaving Its BasketShaped Headquarters Behind

first_img Staff writer. Frequently covers franchise news and food trends. Basket Manufacturer Longaberger’s Is Leaving Its Basket-Shaped Headquarters Behind Next Article 2 min read Add to Queue Moving is stressful. Stressful enough, in some instances, it can turn relocating employees into a bunch of basket cases.  But imagine if you literally had to leave the Big Basket?In the coming weeks, that’s exactly what employees at Longaberger Co. will have to do, according to The Columbus Dispatch.Related: Market Basket’s Family Feud Risks a Loss of Its Loyal FollowingFittingly for a company that has manufactured and distributed baskets for decades, Longaberger’s seven-story, 180,000-square-foot Newark-based headquarters is built in the shape of a giant basket. CEO John Rochon Jr. told the outlet the decision to move on wasn’t an easy one, but consolidating all employees at the company’s manufacturing plant in Frazeysburg is the right decision.The move may also have something to do with taxes, as the company has gotten behind on payments. If the delinquent taxes aren’t paid off soon, it could lead to foreclosure.Despite the $570,000 backlog, a potential deal is underway to donate the building to its city, Newark, Ohio.Related: Business Idea Center, Basket WeavingIn the meantime, if anyone wants a really big basket building, it’s possible you could have your very own with a bid worth less than $600,000. Apply Now » The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. February 29, 2016center_img Lindsay Friedman Family Businesses Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. –shares 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Image credit: Longaberger | Twitter Longaberger Headquarterslast_img read more

Industry First Dstillery and Fuel Cycle Partner to Give Brands Powerful Combination

first_imgIndustry First: Dstillery and Fuel Cycle Partner to Give Brands Powerful Combination of Primary and Behavioral Research PRNewswireApril 25, 2019, 4:04 pmApril 25, 2019 Enriched Insights Open the Door to Wider Online Audience TargetingMarket researchers now have access to the richest view of consumers to drive the most effective digital marketing strategies. Dstillery, the leading custom AI audience partner for agencies and brands, and Fuel Cycle, the leading market research cloud, have announced a partnership that gives businesses a much deeper understanding of their consumers by pairing stated and observed consumer preferences.Fuel Cycle helps brands connect with their customers through a combination of online communities, product exchanges and panels. Through the partnership, Fuel Cycle customers will now have the ability to enrich their community-based research with Dstillery’s observed behavioral insights, painting a much more detailed picture of consumer interests, preferences, and intent. Armed with this 360-degree view of current and potential customers, companies become better positioned to compete for consumer attention in highly competitive markets such as retail, healthcare, financial services and others.Marketing Technology News: New Research from Fresh Relevance Highlights Impact and Adoption of Influencer Marketing Is Overestimated“The availability of passively collected observed and behavioral data sources to researchers presents significant opportunity for early-adopting brands to gain competitive advantage,” said Kristin Luck, research industry Growth Strategist and Advisor to Dstillery. “The combination of behavioral and primary research data enables brands to act on insights with greater accuracy and granularity than if they rely on traditional survey data alone.”Fuel Cycle clients can also start using Dstillery custom AI audience data to build branded segments models off of primary market research data. These segments may include consumers who can be classified as brand enthusiasts, or share common interests, such as a sports team or other affinity categories. Brands can then use these enhanced models to find, target and activate a larger population of new potential prospects across various ad buying platforms such as The Trade Desk, AppNexus, Tremor Video DSP and Google Display and Video 360.Marketing Technology News: Glocally and Storied Partner to Develop Digital Ad Units Distributing Local Social Content“The insights community is turning a corner, understanding that the combination of stated and revealed preferences is the best way to gain true, actionable insight into an audience or prospect base,” said Rick Kelly, Senior Vice President of Products and Research at Fuel Cycle. “Giving our customers access to Dstillery’s trove of behavioral data provides us with a unique blend of primary research and observed behaviors, and sets our clients up for the future.”Marketing Technology News: Queen’s Award in International Trade for Rapidly Growing Semantic Analytics Technology Company SciBite AI audiencedigital marketingDstilleryFUEL CYCLEMarket researchersMarketing TechnologyNews Previous ArticleLogMeIn Successfully Achieves Multiple Top Tier Security Compliance StandardsNext ArticleNimble Signs Reseller Agreement with Gold Microsoft Partner SherWeb to Deliver Simple CRM for Office 365last_img read more

TechBytes with Mykolas Rambus General Manager at Equifax

first_imgAbout MykolasAbout EquifaxAbout Mykolas About Equifax Equifax is a global data, analytics, and technology company. We believe knowledge drives progress. They blend unique data, analytics, and technology with a passion for serving customers globally, to create insights that power decisions to move people forward. TechBytes with Mykolas Rambus, General Manager at Equifax Viraj TMay 22, 2019, 3:00 pmMay 31, 2019 Mykolas Rambus is the General Manager of Equifax Data-driven Marketing. He oversees all operations and determines go-to-market strategies for helping Equifax customers leverage data to secure the actionable insights they need to grow their business. An expert on big data, SaaS and financial technology, Rambus brings a wealth of experience in marketing, business development, operations management, information technology, data protection and privacy. He is a frequent contributor to major national and international news outlets for topics related to wealth management, digital marketing, and analytics. Tell us about your role at Equifax and the team/technology that you handle?The group I look after at Equifax is data-driven marketing, which is a combination of capabilities that Equifax has had for many years. One capability is our credit marketing services business. Let’s say you receive a credit card, home or auto financing offer in the mail or by email. You would know that as credit marketing. We also acquired a business in 2009 called IXI, which operates the IXI Network, a wealth data exchange of anonymized information. Finally, we have our digital capabilities, mostly around custom audiences—again, the data is anonymized. Together, these three capabilities create the Equifax Data-Driven Marketing (DDM) business unit, which sits within the Equifax corporation in the U.S., a $1.2 billion organization.A lot of people know Equifax only as a credit bureau and that’s accurate up to a point. We are still a credit bureau, of course. In many ways through our credit and risk data we’re helping companies grow and maintain their relationships with consumers. But, there’s another part of our business, DDM, where we help companies use data to engage consumers in more effective, more personalized, and smarter ways. Today, an increasing portion of our business is not so much around legacy credit, but around helping businesses leverage data and analytics.I joined Equifax because we are seeing an evolution take place with enterprises where data and data analysis is beginning to fuel competitive advantage. Thirty years ago, companies used information technology—servers, the Internet, spreadsheets—as an advantage. But, the arbitrage with IT is mostly gone. Now it’s all about investments in data and data analysis to make smarter, more informed decisions. There are so many industries and sub-sectors—hedge funds, for example—that are getting really good at leveraging information. Equifax has evolved into a data and technology organization to support the transformation of enterprise, with our assets and our skills, to help organizations compete more successfully.What is the overall state of Data-Driven Marketing in the Marketing Technology Industry?We’re still in the relatively early stages. When we talk to most organizations about how they market today and how they’re pulling together their technology stack, they have a lot of the right components, and there’s a lot of money—billions of dollars—being invested in the industry to make their capabilities streamlined and get better business outcomes. You have companies like Adobe, Salesforce and Oracle investing in their customer-facing technology suites. But the underlying issues facing our customers are more about the data itself than the technology to use that data.Consider that most companies still face siloed information. Perhaps they acquired a business whose database can’t talk to theirs or that may not have the same unique identifier for a consumer. Putting that all together is quite complicated and cannot be solved by technology alone. Marketers also have to find ways to use their data to engage a consumer more cost-efficiently. There’s an old adage in marketing: Half of your marketing budget is wasted, you’re just not sure which half.Data is the way that we begin to solve that problem using analysis.Tell us more about Equifax’s technology and your target audience?It’s the data and the data science that we do very well. The world is awash in data, and I’ve seen industry reports that say 1.7MB of data will soon be created every second for every person on earth. Marketers have huge volumes of data constantly spinning off their platforms.The challenge is the useful analysis of that information. Equifax plays a very important part in bringing quality data outside of what the marketer owns and can create the models that predict what information is most useful to effect a given outcome and action of some kind, whether it’s an individual opening an account, or someone, let’s say, clicking on an ad. It’s that data and the analysis of it, the modeling capability, that is so critical that Equifax brings to the table. As I like to say: Your current customers (from first party data) can tell you a lot, but your potential customers (from second and third party data) can tell you even more.Being one of the largest credit agencies in the world, how does Equifax handle so much data?We’re an 118-year-old company with an underlying data capability even back when it was on paper. Data is what we do. Equifax has the most impressive set of data assets and capabilities that I’ve come across in the market, and probably the most under-leveraged as well. Yes, we are a credit bureau and of course we have credit information, but there’s also so much more.We have gained a substantial understanding of consumer wealth, income and debt through the IXI Network, as well as other models and through the acquisitions we’ve made over the years. Having that full picture helps marketers engage the right people, and eventually, the perfect customer. We have thousands of data attributes around household economics, as well as consumer behaviors, both modeled as well as factual. In many ways, we’re one of the industry’s best-kept secrets in terms of having these extraordinary data assets that can be applied to solving some of the key challenges that marketers face. With a large range of products which geographical areas are you targeting for growth (APAC, EMEA, Americas)?The Equifax Data-driven Marketing business is primarily U.S. focused today. The reality is our customers are global, and they’re as excited as us about the opportunities they see around the globe. We work with our various partners in other business units, whether it’s Latin America, Asia-Pac, or Europe. Of course, the data and data analysis of protocols in those different geographies and jurisdictions are and can be very different. But I think there is a terrific opportunity for helping our global customers navigate this ever-evolving landscape.How important is the role of Artificial Intelligence in the data-based marketing domain?One of the most exciting things we’re seeing is the evolution from data analysis that informs the decision to the activation, or taking the action that’s required by that decision. That’s where AI starts to come into effect. We’re very excited about AI because it can be used to tweak and adjust activities in real time.Right now, there’s so much effort going into data wrangling— getting all of the data available to make a decision into a single place—and then getting that data to offer useful recommendations. But what our customers really need is the ability to execute some kind of action, such as a modification to change in a campaign that they can do and do automatically. That’s where AI can be so exciting for marketers. I don’t want to call it the black box, it’s almost as if the black box is becoming transparent. And we can help that black box operate more effectively.What sales and marketing technology tools does Equifax currently use?Being in the data business is challenging as this industry grows up. We’ve certainly had to create our own tools to manage the breath and complexity of the data that we work with on an everyday basis. For example, one of those projects enabled us to pull all data assets across Equifax into the same place so that our data scientists could analyze on behalf of our customers and ourselves to inform the best possible decision-making and recommendations. We took that internal platform and productified it because we recognized that our customers had the same challenges. We call the product Ignite, and it’s just one example of where we built our own proprietary technology. Customers using Ignite can bring not only their own first-party data, but also our data and third-party data to the mix so that they can make the best possible decisions.Ignite is one of the reasons organizations like to engage with us. They can trust that our data is high quality and ethically sourced—this is especially important in light of serious challenges for a number of brands around data provenance. If you’re a CMO, you’re responsible for protecting your customers and your brand; you need to be 100% comfortable with explaining to your board, as well as to consumers, that your data is sourced the right way. Or to speaking with your legal and compliance teams about how this third-party information was obtained and put into the models.Equifax has a deep background in handling anonymized information and personally identifiable information, or PII, so we’re able to help organizations maneuver through those waters successfully and, because we’re conservative in our approach, make sure our customers are also protected.What apps/software/tools can’t you live without?I’m coming to learn how to have Echo, Amazon Echo, Echo Dot embedded in how I work. There’s a great opportunity in streamlining our lives and how we manage information as human beings by using the voice assistants that are out there. It’s early days relatively, and there are a lot of things to be worked out, but my family and I use these tools because we find that this is going to be the way that we interface with data and computing going forward. Those who are Trekkies can remember Scotty talking and interfacing with a computer. The future’s not far off.With voice marketing, I still think we’re in the first inning, and probably three or four years out from mass adoption. But the numbers are growing quite substantially every year, and there’s no time like the present to get started. Amazon started with e-commerce more than 20 years ago, and of course today Amazon is a very different animal with many offerings, but they began early and learned a lot. They were able to adjust and find opportunities. I think all marketers should be in the voice game and at least be getting their feet wet.What is the best piece of professional advice that you have received?The best advice I’ve probably received in my career is to adapt. I suppose change is not easy for many people. And change done poorly is not really worth it. So the advice that I share with others is that when change is going to happen they should try to see the indicators and read the writing on the wall, and to always be aware of what’s going on and look at change not as a risk but as an opportunity to reinvent, reinvest, and to find new pathways to growth for both professional and personal success.If not in Marketing what would have been your alternate career choice?I love business, and always have. I was the briefcase-carrying kid. I know that organizations win in business today with data and analysis, and my future is firmly planted in organizations that have great data assets. In fact, I joined Equifax because it had great, under-leveraged data assets. Our customers sometimes tell us that we’re all steak and no sizzle, but for those who know us, there are fantastic assets here. However, if I were not in marketing, I still would be doing something data-related. I have a fascination with being able to make smarter decisions that affect smarter outcomes, using information in various ways. So, whether those decisions are really far afield like space exploration, or in medicine using technology to create better care for patients, I know I’d be around and involved in data—somewhere in the world.ear AdobeAmazonanalyticsdata-driven marketingEquifaxMykolas RambusOracleSalesforce Previous ArticleSpectrum Equity Announces Sale of Ethoca to MastercardNext ArticleIBM Security: Cybersecurity Threats Growing In Travel and Transportation Industrieslast_img read more

CloudJumper Announces Partnership with CNE Direct To Ease OnPremise Migration to Windows

first_imgCloudJumper Announces Partnership with CNE Direct To Ease On-Premise Migration to Windows Virtual Desktop Globe Newswire4 days agoJuly 19, 2019 cloudCloudJumperMarketing Technology NewsNewsPartnershipVirtual Desktop Previous ArticleLegends To Acquire MainGate, A Leading Event Retail And Merchandising CompanyNext ArticleSubmittable Raises $10 Million Series B to Transform the Application Submission and Review Process Data Center Equipment Reseller to Assist with Customer Computing Asset Acquisition for CloudJumper Customers Moving to the CloudCloudJumper, a Microsoft named leading partner1 for Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD), announced its partnership with CNE Direct to support customers migrating from legacy desktops and on-premise applications to Windows Virtual Desktop powered by Cloud Workspace for Azure. The new arrangement, made today at Microsoft Inspire 2019, streamlines the migration to the Cloud as customers end their use of on-premise computing hardware.Marketing Technology News: BlueVenn Wins ‘Data-Driven Product of the Year 2019’ at London DataIQ AwardsCNE Direct helps the world’s most recognized brands recover maximum value from their IT assets securely and responsibly. The ITAD (IT Asset Distribution) Services company maintains a wide distribution network and is focused on supporting companies globally. The four-time Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing company is rapidly gaining market share in the soon-to-be $40 Billion ITAD marketplace where CNE helps organizations safely remove computing systems and recycle IT equipment in an environmentally friendly and secure manner. Headquartered in the United States, the company also has locations in mainland China, India, Europe, and the Middle East.“Technological advances in the Cloud and the shift toward a cloud-first computing strategy that includes Windows Virtual Desktop and Cloud Workspace for Azure, is reducing the lifespan of IT equipment,” said Sam Segura, Director of Channel Sales for CNE Direct. “We support this IT modernization by CloudJumper customers and their need for ITAD services.”Marketing Technology News: WebCEO, the Agency Oriented Marketing Platform, Launches a New Local SEO ModuleCloudJumper Cloud Workspace® for Azure is a complete cloud-based platform for cloud desktop and application enablement. The platform provides an automated framework to orchestrate Windows Virtual Desktop deployments, delivering a multi-user Windows 10 experience that includes compatibility with Microsoft Store and existing Windows line-of-business applications. WVD administrators retain complete control, security and auditability for compliance through an intuitive browser-based management system that reduces support costs, increases service quality and improves responsiveness.“The adoption of Windows Virtual Desktop and Cloud Workspace® for Azure will see many thousands of organizations worldwide become more agile and efficient as they move away from self-managed infrastructure,” said Max Pruger, Chief Revenue Officer for CloudJumper. “Our partnership with CNE helps customers with the recycling of their legacy systems, improving the economics of the move.”Marketing Technology News: Progress Named a Leader in the New 2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Multiexperience Development Platformslast_img read more

Experts in Parkinsons research propose roadmap for drug trials targeting alphasynuclein

first_img Source:https://www.iospress.nl/ios_news/parkinsons-disease-experts-devise-a-roadmap-for-developing-drugs-targeting-alpha-synuclein/ Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Dec 20 2018Issued in conjunction with The Michael J. Fox Foundation, important consensus guidelines for running proof of concept preclinical and clinical trials of drugs targeting alpha-synuclein to slow or arrest the progression of the disease published in the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease A recently discovered protein, alpha-synuclein, has become one of the most attractive targets for developing new drugs with the potential to slow down or arrest the progression of Parkinson’s disease (PD). Experts in the field of Parkinson’s research have now proposed a roadmap for preclinical and clinical trials investigating compounds targeting alpha-synuclein. Their consensus white paper is published in the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease.Alpha-synuclein is of key interest to PD researchers because it is a major constituent of Lewy bodies, protein clumps that are the pathological hallmark of PD, and mutations in the gene that encodes alpha-synuclein cause PD. Not surprisingly, intensive efforts have been underway to study the normal and pathological role of alpha-synuclein as well as its potential as a target for neuroprotective therapies. There are at least five alpha-synuclein–targeted therapeutics currently under investigation. These have the potential to slow or arrest the progression of PD and other synucleinopathies, such as Dementia with Lewy Bodies, Multiple System Atrophy and Pure Autonomic Failure.”With alpha-synuclein undoubtedly playing some role in PD pathogenesis, and there being such a diverse portfolio of experimental therapies that target the protein, one can be optimistic and hope that one of the approaches will eventually be successful in slowing disease progression,” says Patrik Brundin, MD, PhD, Associate Director of Research, Professor and Director of the Center for Neurodegenerative Science, Van Andel Research Institute, Grand Rapids, MI, and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease.In 2017, The Michael J. Fox Foundation convened the Alpha Synuclein Clinical Path Working Group comprised of PD research leaders from across academia and industry. This group was tasked to develop a strategic consensus and make recommendations in preclinical and clinical research directed at alpha-synuclein–targeted therapies for PD.Related StoriesMice cured of HIV in an experiment sparks new hopeScientists discover how resistance to the chemotherapy drug 5-fluorouracil arisesAntibiotic combination effective against drug-resistant PseudomonasIn this consensus white paper, experts provide a translational framework of de-risking the development of alpha-synuclein–targeted therapies. Specifically, the paper discusses the use of fit-for purpose animal models, biomarkers that inform clinical trial design, such as doses and dosing regimen, as well as patient enrichment strategies. Finally, the authors discuss considerations for the design of clinical proof of concept trials that integrate not only pathophysiologic endpoints, but also the emerging technology of wearable devices to monitor clinical outcomes.”Multiple therapeutics have recently entered clinical trials, and critical human data that will inform all alpha-synuclein–based therapeutic development programs are on the horizon,” says lead author Kalpana M. Merchant, PhD, of Vincere Biosciences, Inc. and the Department of Neurology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL. “Although these efforts face many profound challenges, including the lack of key tools such as an alpha-synuclein–based imaging agent and the inherent difficulty of demonstrating clinical efficacy in slowly progressive neurodegenerative diseases, we remain optimistic that meaningful strides toward the ultimate identification and approval of alpha-synuclein–based disease-modifying therapeutics will be made in the near future.”PD is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder, affecting approximately 1.2 percent of the world population over the age of 70. Although several new therapies that address motor or non-motor symptoms of PD have been approved, none of these are able to slow disease progression. In the US alone, an estimated 630,000 people had PD in 2010. With anticipated demographic changes due to an aging population, and if no disease-modifying treatment is found, the prevalence is expected to reach 930,000 by 2020 and 1.24 million 40 by 2030.last_img read more

Why your perception of old changes as you age

first_img This article was reprinted from khn.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente. Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 11 2019My perception of old age is inextricably linked to my grandmother. When I was a kid, I thought this 65-year-old, white-haired woman whose entire body wobbled when she walked was very old. Now that I’m 66, my personal perception — or perhaps, misperception — of old age has changed. I suspect I’ve got lots of company.Many of us are convinced that while everyone else is aging, that person we see in the mirror every morning is magically aging at a somehow slower pace. The age confusion can start early. A 2018 Michigan State University online survey of respondents ages 10 to 89 revealed that most think middle age begins at 30 — and that old age begins at, OMG, 50.Another study, from the University of Zurich, published in 2011, determined that older adults often try to avoid the negative stereotypes of their age group by distancing themselves from their age group. Yet another study, from Columbia University, in 2018 found considerable evidence that when confronted with negative age stereotypes, older adults tend to distance and dissociate themselves from this negative stereotype.Call it what you will, but this gray-haired group of boomers and beyond — myself included — is having a hard time accepting the realities of aging. Yes, we are mortal, but we’re not quite believing it. The great irony, say experts on aging, is that this flirtation with a slightly different reality from our aging peers may, in fact, be a healthy thing.”Baby boomers are redefining what aging is and what old age looks like,” said Jennifer Ailshire, assistant professor at the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology at the University of Southern California. William Chopik, assistant professor of psychology and principal investigator of the Michigan State study, knows this better than most of us.”People — particularly older people — usually say they feel younger than they are,” said Chopik. “People who report feeling younger actually tend to live longer and healthier lives — and they don’t tend to have as much of a pattern of decline.”In most cases, people say they feel about 20% younger than they really are, according to the Michigan State study of more than 500,000 people. This keeps ramping up as folks age, he said. Beginning at age 50, he said, many say they feel about 10 years younger.The fact we’re generally living longer than we used to also plays a role, experts say. “As our life spans get longer, so does our view of old age,” said Chopik. “How we view ourselves changes constantly as we age.”For me, it’s been more like a sentence to self-motivate. At age 66, when I look in the mirror, I may not see a 46-year-old staring back at me — but, perhaps, someone closer to 56. Maybe it’s because I’m so lousy at sitting still. I’m out walking my dog at 6:15 a.m., lifting weights in the gym by 7:30 a.m. and swimming laps in the pool before 9 a.m. five days a week. Welcome to my nonstop world that seems to somehow keep old age partially in check.While it might not sound like your world, consider Theresa Paulus — the mother-in-law of USC’s Ailshire — who seems to be constantly in motion, too.The 63-year-old Tempe, Ariz., resident’s morning bicycle workout, alone, makes my daily workout schedule look lame. She’s typically up by 5 a.m. and quickly out on her Trek bike for the next hour — or more — on a 10-mile-long excursion. If the weather is lousy, she’ll instead find her way to the spinning class at the local gym before heading to the weight room.Related StoriesCombining aerobic exercise and resistance training helps obese older adults preserve muscle massResearchers identify molecular pathway underpinning exercise and improved motor learningImplanted device uses microcurrent to exercise heart muscle in cardiomyopathy patients”I honestly feel like I’m in my 40s,” said the full-time nursing home caregiver, who three years ago, at age 60, got her degree in health service management from Arizona State University. “I haven’t slowed down one bit from the exercise routine I did at 40.”In fact, she may have upped it a bit. Not the distance, mind you, but every day she tries to challenge herself a bit. “Each time I ask myself, can I get there and back just a little bit faster?” she said. She may be passing it along to the next generation, too, as she has taught her two granddaughters how to ride bikes.Paulus’ ability to rebound from injuries is legendary among friends and family. On a recent walking tour of Ireland’s Cliffs of Moher, she twisted her ankle but continued days of walking — only to discover when she got home that she’d broken her foot. Back in 1969, while training on her bike, she was hit by a car — but escaped without so much as one broken bone. And after a moped accident in 2010, she crushed her leg and was advised by her doctor that she’d always walk with a limp — and a cane. She proved the doctor wrong and was soon racing bikes again.Her daughter-in-law, USC’s Ailshire, isn’t surprised by any of this. After all, she said, some baby boomers’ bodies can perform as if they are between two and 15 years younger than their actual age.Paola Sebastiani, 55, is living proof. She barely qualifies as a baby boomer, but when asked how old she feels, the professor of biostatistics at Boston University said she doesn’t even feel 40.Perhaps that’s because she walks 2 miles (in Birkenstock sandals, no less) to and from work every weekday. Or maybe it’s because she’s adamant about eating no red meat and tries to eat avocado daily. Or perhaps it’s her who-gives-a-flip attitude. “My mom would have never worn jeans at my age — but I wear them all the time,” she said. Her point: Folks with a positive attitude toward aging often age more slowly.Which brings us back to my dear grandmother. The most familiar smell from her kitchen was that of the fried chicken crackling on the front burner every Friday evening. I can’t remember even once seeing her exercise. Action, in her world, was a game of cards. And, as was all too common in her day, she thought her smoking habit helped her to relax.Is it any wonder she was old at 65?So, at 66, I’ve given up on most fried foods. I’ve never smoked. I don’t sit around much playing cards or watching TV. And all the time I spent walking our dog, lifting weights and swimming laps this morning I view as an invisible shield that protects me from looking into the mirror and seeing an old man staring back.Instead, I still see me.last_img read more

Neural pathways explain the relationship between imagination and willingness to help

first_imgIf we are able to vividly imagine helping someone, then we think we’re more likely to actually do it. Imagining the scenery surrounding the situation can also prompt people to take the perspective of the people in the situation who need help, which in turn prompts prosocial action.”Liane Young, Associate Professor of Psychology, director of the Morality Lab, Boston College Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jul 12 2019In those split seconds when people witness others in distress, neural pathways in the brain support the drive to help through facets of imagination that allow people to see the episode as it unfolds and envision how to aid those in need, according to a team of Boston College researchers.The underlying process at work is referred to as episodic simulation, essentially the ability of individuals to re-organize memories from the past into a newly-imagined event simulated in the mind.Neuroimaging helped the researchers identify multiple neural pathways that explain the relationship between imagination and the willingness to help others, researchers from Boston College and the University of Albany, SUNY, reported recently in the journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.The team explored two separate brain regions with different functions: the right temporoparietal junction (RTPJ), a key brain region thought to be involved in representing the minds of other people, also known as “perspective-taking”; and the medial temporal lobe (MTL) subsystem, a set of brain regions that support the simulation of imagined scenes.The study discovered evidence for the direct impact of scene imagery on willingness to help, according to Boston College Associate Professor of Psychology Liane Young, a co-author and the principal investigator on the project. While study participants imagined helping scenes, neural activity in MTL predicted overall willingness to help the person in need, according to the article, “A role for the medial temporal lobe subsystem in guiding prosociality: the effect of episodic processes on willingness to help others,” which was published in the journal’s April 14 edition. This may be because of a phenomenon known as imagination inflation, where humans use the vividness of their imagination as a kind of cue to estimate the likelihood of an event, according to the co-authors, which also included former BC postdoctoral researcher Brendan Gaesser, now an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Albany, SUNY, research assistants Joshua Hirschfeld-Kroen and Emily A. Wasserman, and undergraduate research assistant Mary Horn.Related StoriesPosterior parietal cortex plays crucial role in making decisions, research showsRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaAn active brain and body associated with reduced risk of dementiaThe team set out to learn how the capacity to simulate imagined and remembered scenes of helping motivate individuals to form more altruistic intentions. The goal was to uncover the cognitive and neural mechanisms that explain the relationship between episodic simulation and the enhanced willingness to help those in need.In the first experiment, which allowed the team to look at both brain regions, the researchers collected functional brain images as people imagined and remembered helping others in hypothetical scenarios. In the second experiment, while people were imagining helping another person, the team used transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to disrupt activity in their right temporoparietal junction (RTPJ), a key brain region thought to be involved in representing the minds of other people.Neuroimaging revealed that the willingness to help was also predicted by activity in the RTPJ, a critical node that’s involved in taking the perspective of other people, according to the researchers. However, in the second experiment, when the team used TMS to temporarily inhibit activity in the RTPJ, they found that the altruistic effect of vividly imagining helping remained significant, suggesting that this effect doesn’t depend exclusively on perspective-taking.”We had initially expected that higher neural activity in the medial temporal lobe subsystem would be associated with a greater willingness to help,” the team reported. “Surprisingly, we found the opposite: the more activity a person had in their MTL subsystem while they were imagining helping scenes, the less willing they were to help the person in need.”This contradiction may be explained by lower MTL activity reflecting greater ease of imagining episodes, and that ease of imagination means that participants are more willing to help. Consistent with this account, the team found that when participants reported finding it easier to imagine or remember helping episodes, they also tended to report being more willing to help the person in need.Young and Gaesser recently found in a separate study, led by BC postdoctoral researcher Jaclyn Ford and Professor Elizabeth Kensinger, that vividly remembering helping was associated with making more generous donations in the wake of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Next steps in the research will further connect the lab’s neuroimaging approach with measures of real-world altruistic behavior. Source:Boston CollegeJournal reference:Gaesser, B. et al. (2019) A role for the medial temporal lobe subsystem in guiding prosociality: the effect of episodic processes on willingness to help others. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. doi.org/10.1093/scan/nsz014.last_img read more

Study finds sexspecific differences in risk and progression of Alzheimers disease

first_imgIt’s kind of like reconstructing a crime scene after a crime. You weren’t there when it happened, but you can determine where an intruder entered a house and what room they entered next. The graph analysis does something similar to show how tau spreads from one region to another.”Sepi Shokouhi, PhD, assistant professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and lead investigator for the study Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jul 16 2019The abnormal accumulation of proteins in the brain is a biological marker for Alzheimer’s disease, but the ways in which these proteins spread may help explain why the prevalence of Alzheimer’s is higher in women than in men.A recent study by researchers from the Center for Cognitive Medicine (CCI) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center identified differences in the spread of a protein called tau — which is linked to cognitive impairment — between men and women, with women showing a larger brain-wide accumulation of tau than men due to an accelerated brain-wide spread.The findings were presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference July 14-18 in Los Angeles.Related StoriesResearchers discover new therapeutic target for treatment of Alzheimer’s diseaseSex plays major role in Alzheimer’s disease risk’Food for special medical purposes’ can benefit patients with earliest stages of Alzheimer’s diseaseAccumulating evidence suggests that tau spreads through brain tissue like an infection, traveling from neuron to neuron and turning other proteins into abnormal tangles, subsequently killing brain cells. Using data from positron emission tomography (PET) scans of healthy individuals and patients with mild cognitive impairment who were enrolled in the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) database, CCI researchers constructed in vivo networks modeling tau spread using graph theory analysis. The results of the analysis showed the architecture of tau networks is different in men and women, with women having a larger number of “bridging regions” that connect various communities in the brain. This difference may allow tau to spread more easily between regions, boosting the speed at which it accumulates and putting women at greater risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease.If proven, an accelerated spread of tau in women may indicate a need for sex-specific approaches for the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease, including earlier therapies, lifestyle interventions and/or cognitive remediation. More studies are needed to validate the accelerated tau spread model in women.”Understanding how different biological processes influence our memory is a really important topic. Sex-specific differences in the brain’s pathological, neuroanatomical and functional organization may map into differences at a neurobehavioral and cognitive level, thus explaining differences in the prevalence of neurodegenerative disorders and helping us develop appropriate treatments,” said Shokouhi. Source:Vanderbilt University Medical Centerlast_img read more

US pickups craze all about toughness luxury

The truck’s creative team adjusted the top of the hood so that it would bulge out more where the engine is, like a bodybuilder’s chest. GM also added an inch of height and more curves throughout the vehicle to give it more muscle.The goal was a “brutal look,” said exterior design manager Tim Kozub, adding that the prior version was “too sweet for a truck, maybe too sports car.”The revamped Silverado—a larger pickup typical of those geared almost exclusively to the US market – was just one of an army of pickups unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show this week as automakers race to meet runaway demand for the quintessentially American vehicles. Strong sales of the elongated giants, which are actually less weighty than their predecessors due to lighter materials, have been a cornerstone for Detroit in recent years amid a period of cheaper gas prices. The top three selling vehicles in the US in 2017 were all pickups, and the group’s share of the overall US vehicle market grew to 16.4 percent, up from 13.4 percent in 2012, according to Cox Automotive data. Some even see a political dimension to the trend, with pickups the top-selling vehicle in rural areas that voted for Donald Trump. A map by Cox Automotive with pickup-loving counties in red and car-buying regions in blue had more than a little resemblance to the 2016 election map.”You can say that the heartland of America is also pickup truck country,” said Jonathan Smoke, an economist at Cox Automotive.”It’s also an important reminder for the automotive industry that America is more like what’s in the middle than what we focus on on the coasts, and that’s why the truck market is a solid consistent part of the market.”Rough-and-tumble landscapePickups have long been a mainstay in the US, a logical fit in a vast and varied landscape that includes mountains, farms and swamps. In a nod to the appeal of a rough-and-tumble look in the US, Ford tweaked its Ranger mid-sized pickup for North America compared with the version sold in other regions Citation: US pickups craze all about toughness, luxury (2018, January 16) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-pickups-craze-toughness-luxury.html They are also popular for recreational use such as hunting or hauling a boat.In a nod to the appeal of a rough-and-tumble look in the US, Ford tweaked its Ranger mid-sized pickup compared with the version sold in Australasia, South America and other regions.Ford is positioning the Ranger, which has been absent on the US market since 2011, as a recreational vehicle ideal for weekend activities such as camping or snowboarding.Some of the changes included giving the sides a boxy look instead of the more rounded style overseas “to give it a tougher feeling,” said Todd Willing, who designed the exterior for Ford.Still, the Ranger is much smaller than Ford’s other pickups, including the market-leading F-Series, and communicates an “athleticism probably where it separates itself from the image of the F-150,” Willing said. Serving the ‘high-end rancher’Other new vehicles fit into the fast-growing “luxury pickup” category that can sell for $70,000 or more. The Ram Limited, one of a series of new larger pickups unveiled Monday by Fiat Chrysler, includes a grill bar with an elaborate, worked-over geometric design, soft seats and a tablet-like 12-inch screen that includes the navigation system and switches for climate control, radio volume and other systems.GM is also seeking to capitalize on the growing luxury market, revamping its Chevrolet Silverado High Country with more bells and whistles designed to appeal to a customer that might be thought of as as “high-end rancher,” in the words of Kozub.The High Country “is meant to be brute but then also have all these luxury appointments and detail,” Kozub said. “So it can have the bulging chest and be macho, but then you can dress it up in a fine suit.”Designers have been struggling to keep up with demand for even more amenities, said GM interior design manager Craig Sass.”They want more features, they want more luxury, they want real leather appointments everywhere, so it’s not just soft, it’s really leather,” Sass said. “Every time we think we’ve done something that’s really what everybody thinks they want, they want more.” The vehicles, which are replaced less frequently than other types of autos and are known to enjoy unusually strong brand loyalty, are widely used in some industries, such as construction, the oilfield and agriculture. © 2018 AFP Explore further Honda, Volvo, Ford scoop awards at Detroit auto show The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado is unveiled during the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan When it came time to revamp the Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, designers at General Motors knew they needed to beef up the look of the vehicle. 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Englands Archer says he wont curb aggression in final

first_img Cricket 11 Jul 2019 Rampant England end Australia’s title defence to roar into final Related News LONDON (Reuters) – England quick Jofra Archer will keep up his aggressive approach in Sunday’s World Cup final against New Zealand after his bouncer left Australia’s Alex Carey with a bloodied chin in Thursday’s semi-final at Edgbaston.The fast bowler gave England a great start by dismissing Australia captain Aaron Finch for a golden duck before knocking off Carey’s helmet with a short delivery that required six stitches on his chin.”You don’t always mean to hit them,” said the Barbados-born 24-year-old.”It can be a wicket-taking ball or a dot ball. When it hits them you feel a little bit bad for doing it, but it’s cricket and I don’t think he’ll be the last person to get hit.” Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Cricket 07 Jul 2019 Warner heroics for Australia are in vain as defeat sets up England semi-final Known for his ability to crank up speed without any visible effort, Archer has added the ‘knuckle-ball’ to his armoury and deceived Glenn Maxwell with a slower delivery in the semi-final.It is, however, his pace and bounce which troubles the batsmen most and Archer said short balls would always remain a major weapon for him.”I try to use my two bouncers every over anyway. It wasn’t just a set plan. I do it all the time.”SOCIAL MEDIAOff the field too, Archer involuntarily created a flutter when some his old tweets resurfaced and looked eerily accurate in terms of his prediction for the World Cup.After he knocked off Carey’s helmet, his 2013 tweet saying “All batsmen buy 2 helmets cause when we meet they will be in use” started doing the rounds.But Archer, 24, denied being a Twitter Nostradamus.”I have seen it but I don’t know why it should be a big thing,” he said. “It’s just social media. That’s all it’s there for. “I used to do it when I was just watching cricket back home… They are just recycled. Some are from series, some from World Cups, stuff that just happened.”Despite Archer having played only 13 one-day internationals, former England captain Michael Vaughan expects him to make his test debut in the Ashes series against Australia next month.Archer, who has been battling a side niggle for a while, said his focus remained on helping England triumph at Lord’s where they will bid to win their first World Cup.”After Sunday, I’ll probably answer that (Ashes prospects) but for now I’m just focusing on trying to win the final,” he said. “I’ll keep soldiering on. I have been for a few games now and it’s not got any worse.” (Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in London; editing by Ken Ferris)last_img read more