Preventing Heat From Going to Waste

Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Several years ago, researchers led by Mercouri Kanatzidis, a chemist at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, discovered an impressive new thermoelectric material called lead telluride (PbTe), which had a ZT value of 2.2. That was reasonably close to the ZT of 3 that most researchers consider the minimum for widespread applications.Intrigued, Kanatzidis and his colleagues started testing PbTe’s chemical cousins. One was a shiny silver material called tin selenide (SnSe). Decades earlier, researchers had found that it was too poor an electrical conductor to be worth trying as a thermoelectric. But tin and lead belong to the same group in the periodic table, and tellurium and selenium both are members of another group. “It was a curiosity that we wanted to explore,” Kanatzidis says.So Kanatzidis and colleagues at Northwestern and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, decided to take another look at tin selenide. The researchers synthesized a bullet-sized sample of SnSe and cleaved pieces of it along three different orientations of the crystal’s atomic planes, known as the a-, b-, and c-axes—a standard technique for analyzing the properties of materials. They then charted the thermal and electrical conductivity of each sample across a wide temperature range. The b-axis sample turned out to have a better-than-expected electrical conductivity and a very low thermal conductivity to boot. Those properties gave the material a ZT of 2.6, the best value ever measured. The key to the ultralow thermal conductivity, Kanatzidis says, appears to be the pleated arrangement of tin and selenium atoms in the material, which looks like an accordion. The pattern seems to help the atoms flex when hit by heat-transmitting vibrations called phonons, thus dampening SbSe’s ability to conduct heat. The researchers report the results today in Nature.“I’m amazed,” says Joseph Heremans, a physicist at Ohio State University, Columbus, who wasn’t connected to the research. “This is a fantastic result for the field.” In addition to marking a big step toward thermoelectrics with a ZT of 3, Heremans says, the new material offers lessons on how to get there. Most likely, he says, researchers will try to boost the semiconductor’s electrical conductivity by spiking it with trace amounts of “dopant” atoms, while preserving the key accordionlike atomic arrangement. If anyone succeeds in producing a high-ZT material, Heremans says, it could lead to new, cheaper hybrid car engines in which the internal combustion engine doesn’t power the car, but rather generates heat that thermoelectric devices convert into electricity to power an electric motor. For now, that’s still a vision of the future. But it’s one that now appears closer than ever before. Email Fossil fuels power modern society by generating heat, but much of that heat is wasted. Researchers have tried to reclaim some of it with semiconductor devices called thermoelectrics, which convert the heat into power. But they remain too inefficient and expensive to be useful beyond a handful of niche applications.Now, scientists in Illinois report that they have used a cheap, well-known material to create the most heat-hungry thermoelectric so far. In the process, the researchers say, they learned valuable lessons that could push the materials to the efficiencies needed for widespread applications. If that happens, thermoelectrics could one day power cars and scavenge energy from myriad engines, boilers, and electrical plants.Thermoelectrics are slabs of semiconductor with a strange and useful property: heating them on one side generates an electric voltage that can be used to drive a current and power devices. To obtain that voltage, thermoelectrics must be good electrical conductors but poor conductors of heat, which saps the effect. Unfortunately, because a material’s electrical and heat conductivity tend to go hand in hand, it has proven difficult to create materials that have high thermoelectric efficiency—a property scientists represent with the symbol ZT. 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Mountain gorilla genome provides hope for animals future

first_imgThe sad story of an orphan mountain gorilla has a somewhat happy ending. Rescued as a 4-year-old from poachers in 2007, Kaboko was raised in a gorilla orphanage in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). He got sick and died at age 9, never having the opportunity to breed and help the mountain gorillas recover from the low numbers that threaten their existence. But with his blood and that of six others, researchers have now delved into the history and health status of these endangered animals and concluded their fate may be less dire than some have feared.It turns out that mountain gorillas have been scarce for many millennia, over which time they have managed to get rid of potentially species-killing mutations. The findings suggest that the animals “can survive if they are given a chance and protected with ample habitat,” says Stephen O’Brien, a geneticist at the Theodosius Dobzhansky Center for Genome Bioinformatics in St. Petersburg, Russia, who was not involved with the study.Gorillas divide into several subgroups. Most are western gorillas, which live in the rainforests of Central Africa. Eastern gorillas include mountain gorillas and eastern lowland gorillas in DRC and surrounding areas. The mountain gorillas of the Virunga volcanic mountain range were made famous by the late Dian Fossey, a primatologist who studied and wrote about them 40 years ago and who was killed at her research station in 1985, presumably because of her fight against poaching. In 1981, mountain gorillas there numbered only about 250. These mountains stretch across the borders of Rwanda, DRC, and Uganda. Throughout this range, development, civil strife, and poaching had taken a serious toll. Fossey inspired a strong conservation movement and much research, but until now geneticists had to rely on hair and stool samples to collect DNA. Early studies suggested the animals suffered from a low genetic diversity and extensive inbreeding, making them highly susceptible to extinction. However, that DNA was not of high enough quality to enable a complete genome analysis.After sequencing the genome of the more populous western gorilla 3 years ago, the geneticists involved approached conservation organizations for help getting blood samples from the much rarer eastern gorillas. Michael Cranfield, a veterinarian at the University of California, Davis, and co-director of one organization called Gorilla Doctors, and his colleagues provided samples from blood collected while treating injured animals or dissecting dead ones, including Kaboko.In addition to seven mountain gorillas, Chris Tyler-Smith, a geneticist at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Hinxton, U.K., and his colleagues sequenced six eastern lowland gorillas. With Aylwyn Scally, a geneticist at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, and others, they compared that data with the western gorilla genome.Mountain gorilla numbers began declining much earlier than researchers have thought, about 100,000 years ago, perhaps because of climate change, they report online today in Science. Their numbers may have been in the hundreds for much of the past 20,000 years.That mountain gorilla population size has been declining for a long time is “a surprise,” says Jeffrey Kidd, a geneticist at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, who was not involved in the work. The finding highlights “the important role of climate and forestation changes for the evolution of African primates.”The small population size explains why genetic diversity is so low and inbreeding so extensive. Today, about one-third of each chromosome is exactly the same among mountain gorillas, suggesting that half-siblings are mating, they report. (In eastern lowland gorillas, about 14% of the chromosomes are the same.)The data also confirmed the current division of gorillas into distinct subgroups and identified almost 26,000 differences that can now be used to tell eastern lowland and mountain gorillas, and even the different mountain gorilla clans, apart. “It’s good to know concrete details about the variation of these gorilla populations,” says Oliver Ryder, a geneticist at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research in California who was not involved with the research. “These insights can contribute to long-term risk assessments and conservation management actions.”Numbering about 480 today, Virunga mountain gorillas have more potentially deleterious mutations than other gorillas, Scally says. Luckily, mountain gorillas have relatively few of the genetic changes that abort protein production all together. Such changes are often lethal in offspring if both parents have them. In small populations, the chances are higher that both parents will carry these deadly mutations, so they are more likely to be purged. With fewer of these mutations in the gene pool, population growth could be slightly faster, Ryder says.Despite the precarious situation, Scally is hopeful: “If we are able to stop further encroachment of their habitat, maybe they will be able to carry on and recover.” Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country Click to view the privacy policy. 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Learn about the science behind US decision to open combat roles to

first_img Country * Afghanistan Aland Islands Albania Algeria Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia, Plurinational State of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Bouvet Island Brazil British Indian Ocean Territory Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Christmas Island Cocos (Keeling) Islands Colombia Comoros Congo Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Cook Islands Costa Rica Cote d’Ivoire Croatia Cuba Curaçao Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Faroe Islands Fiji Finland France French Guiana French Polynesia French Southern Territories Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Gibraltar Greece Greenland Grenada Guadeloupe Guatemala Guernsey Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Heard Island and McDonald Islands Holy See (Vatican City State) Honduras Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran, Islamic Republic of Iraq Ireland Isle of Man Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jersey Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Lao People’s Democratic Republic Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macao Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Martinique Mauritania Mauritius Mayotte Mexico Moldova, Republic of Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Montserrat Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands New Caledonia New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Niue Norfolk Island Norway Oman Pakistan Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Pitcairn Poland Portugal Qatar Reunion Romania Russian Federation Rwanda Saint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Martin (French part) Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Sint Maarten (Dutch part) Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands South Sudan Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Svalbard and Jan Mayen Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syrian Arab Republic Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania, United Republic of Thailand Timor-Leste Togo Tokelau Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Turks and Caicos Islands Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of Vietnam Virgin Islands, British Wallis and Futuna Western Sahara Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country The U.S. military will open all combat positions to women, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter announced today.The landmark decision overturns a 1994 rule that bars women from numerous combat positions in the armed services. It also comes in the wake of a major effort by Pentagon researchers to understand the implications of putting women in combat positions, and studies aimed at developing new physical standards for admitting recruits. Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*)center_img Email Earlier this year, Science’s Kelly Servick took a look inside one such study—an exercise physiologist’s effort to set new standards for Air Force combat soldiers—and explored how its researchers and participants were navigating the controversial issue. Click here to read Kelly’s story.last_img read more

When chemical cues disappear ants rely on memory

first_imgDrop a blob of jelly on the kitchen counter, and you might soon see a stream of ants headed straight for the mess. They’re following chemical cues called pheromones, left by their colonymates who found the food first. By following the pheromones, ants can feast on jelly again and again. But a new study suggests that pheromones aren’t the whole story: Ants’ individual memories of the path also encourage these repeat visits. Researchers observed captive black garden ants (pictured) as they discovered and fed on a weak sugar solution. Then they removed the ants, erased the pheromone trails, and added a second, sweeter food source. When they returned the ants to the enclosure, the insects stuck with the original sugar solution even though their previous pheromone trails leading to it had disappeared. Without a chemical map, they relied on their memory of the old route instead of scouting new food, scientists report in the Journal of Experimental Biology. The captive ants missed out on snagging a sweeter meal, but the strategy probably benefits them in nature, where colonies exploit a variety of food sources. Navigating both by pheromone and memory makes them more flexible: Even if rain or time washes away their pheromone paths, they can still access a tried-and-true meal.last_img read more

Atmospheric carbon dioxide soars past crucial milestone

first_img Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country Email Data from the two instruments at the Cape Grim Baseline Air Pollution Station in Tasmania will be sent to CSIRO’s climate change laboratory in Melbourne for processing, and air samples collected at the site will also be analyzed in Melbourne to confirm the finding. 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Scientists figure that the accumulation of greenhouse gases has pushed global temperatures up nearly 1.5°C since 1850. They estimate that 2°C of warming will occur at 450 ppm. Under the Paris agreement, reached at last December’s climate conference, 195 nations pledged to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to below 2°C above preindustrial levels.Because greenhouse gases like CO2 and methane are driving global warming, reaching what some call “400 Day” highlights the importance of sticking to the global commitment to reduce emissions. “Because we reached this threshold so early, we really need to reduce our emissions dramatically in order to reach the Paris agreement target of 2°C,” says Wenju Cai, a CSIRO climate modeler. Located near Tasmania’s isolated northwestern tip, the Cape Grim station is jointly operated by the Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO. Currently, efforts of this valuable outpost are under a cloud because looming job cuts will see 74 of 150 scientists lose their positions in the CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere division.Cape Grim is one of three premier baseline observatories in the Global Atmosphere Watch program of the World Meteorological Organization, along with stations in Mauna Loa, Hawaii, and Pt. Barrow, Alaska.CO2 measurements taken at Hawaii’s Mauna Loa observatory briefly surpassed 400 ppm for the first time in May 2013. And 400 ppm has been briefly topped at Mauna Loa every year since.The reason for the fluctuating reading in Northern Hemisphere observatories is that they are subject to huge seasonal cycles. CO2 emissions from burning fossil fuels are concentrated in the Northern Hemisphere, but growing plants spread over the huge land mass pull CO2 from the air in spring and summer. In contrast, Cape Grim has a “very, very small” seasonal cycle, Krummel says. And thanks to its location in the Roaring 40s, where strong westerly winds blow at latitudes 40 and 50 in the Southern Ocean, the air is clean. So if it’s 400 Day at Cape Grim, it’s 400 Day worldwide. “That’s why I don’t believe we’ll go below 400 for many years—if at all,” Krummel says. Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*)last_img read more

How a sea urchin is like a rushing river

first_imgAlexander Lowry/Science Source How a sea urchin is like a rushing river Colorful, spiky sea urchins sit snugly inside depressions pocking rocky reefs around the world, but naturalists have argued for centuries over whether they create these pits themselves or simply find existing ones and grow into them. Nobody has provided proof one way or another—until now. In a study published today in PLOS ONE, scientists spent a year observing purple sea urchins (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus, pictured above) growing on sections of sandstone, mudstone, and granite reefs that had been transported into a laboratory setting. They found the urchins indeed excavated their own cozy cavities within a few months, with shallower pits and flatter urchins occurring on granite reefs, and deeper pits with taller urchins on sandstone and mudstone reefs. After a year, they dissected the urchins and explored their digestive tracts, discovering the dug-out sediment in the animals’ guts. Sea urchins, it turns out, eat their substrate to shape their homey habitats in order to provide a stable place to grow and reproduce, as well as shelter themselves from predators—and they have quite the appetite.” Across the species’ range from Baja California, Mexico, to Alaska, bioerosion on urchin-covered sandstone reefs, the researchers report, produces sediment approximately equivalent to that delivered to the coast by a river—some 200 tons of sediment per hectare—suggesting that when you stroll along the beach, a not insignificant chunk of the sand is, in fact, sea urchin waste.center_img By Michael PriceFeb. 21, 2018 , 2:00 PMlast_img read more

Rituals performed at this German Stonehenge may link mysterious monument to its

first_img Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) The monumental rings of Stonehenge and similar sites were long thought unique to the British Isles, where Bronze Age priests and worshippers marked astronomical events, celebrated the passing of seasons, and buried their elites. Now, a new study suggests they weren’t alone: 4300 years ago, people in what is now northeastern Germany performed similar rituals at Pömmelte, a sanctuary ringed in earth mounds, ditches, and wooden posts. And given the site’s age—it was built around the same time as Stonehenge—some researchers say it could tie the British Isles’s famous monuments to similar, smaller sites scattered across mainland Europe.Since the 1980s, archaeologists have been aware of ancient circular ceremonial monuments in mainland northern Europe—some even older than Stonehenge—says archaeologist and Stonehenge expert Timothy Darvill of Bournemouth University in the United Kingdom, who wasn’t involved in the study. But they were less grand in scale, and it was unclear whether they were related to the British Isles’ henges. Now, it looks like they probably were, Darvill notes. “Pömmelte suggests that, yes, they are at the head of a long-lived tradition.”Pömmelte was discovered by aerial photographers southwest of Berlin in 1991. The site consists of a series of seven concentric rings—the largest of which is about 115 meters in diameter—of ditches and raised banks. From 2005 to 2008, excavations led by archaeologists André Spatzier of the State Office for Cultural Heritage Management in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, and François Bertemes at Martin Luther University in Halle-Wittenberg, Germany, uncovered pits and post holes where wooden fences or poles once stood in some of the rings, giving the site its nickname, Woodhenge. Rituals performed at this German ‘Stonehenge’ may link mysterious monument to its U.K. counterpart Email In the new study, the pair of researchers analyzed items deposited into these pits during Pömmelte’s roughly 300 consecutive years of use, which happened at the transition between the Late Neolithic and Early Bronze ages. During the earliest phase, radiocarbon-dated to around 2300 B.C.E., the pits were filled with broken bits of ceramic drinking vessels, stone axs, millstones, and butchered animal bones. Their uniform sizes suggest they were ritually destroyed before being thrown in the pits.There were grislier finds from the period, as well: the dismembered bodies of 10 children and women, four of whom sustained severe skull trauma and rib fractures near the time of their deaths. Compared to the carefully arranged burials of several men in one of Pömmelte’s earthen rings, the women and children were cast haphazardly into the pits. The reason for their death remains a mystery, though ritual sacrifice is one possible explanation, researchers say. The remainder of the items, buried in a similar fashion between 2200 B.C.E. and 2000 B.C.E., included more millstones, grinding stones, and animal bones, along with a handful of disembodied human bones. That points to a long, multigenerational usage of the shrine.There’s no evidence anyone lived at Pömmelte. Like Stonehenge, it was likely a place of ritual, used to commemorate religious events, seasonal harvests, and important deaths, the researchers report in Antiquity. And because of the sites’ similarities, Pömmelte might serve as a critical link between the British henges and hundreds of older circular monuments found across continental central Europe, such as Germany’s 7000-year-old Goseck circle, which also had ringed ditches and wooden palisades. That suggests this type of symbolic architecture may have spread as human populations scattered throughout Europe during the Neolithic and Bronze Ages. That would be a blow to the notion that henges were a uniquely British invention and a sign that early Europeans were even more culturally connected than previously thought.Daniela Hofmann, an archaeologist at the University of Hamburg in Germany who studies Neolithic architecture, agrees. “I would say it is certainly appropriate to reconsider the idea that Britain at this time was entirely a special case.” Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! 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This diving pooping moose is saving its ecosystem—for now

first_img There’s nothing more iconic than a moose standing in a pond munching on a pondweed. But the real magic is happening below the belt. By pooping and peeing, this giant deer is helping keep its habitat thriving, animal ecologists have now shown.In the northern, cooler climates that moose live in, there’s barely enough nitrogen to fuel plant growth. Plants get this critical nutrient from soil and air, and animals depend on the plant’s supply to help meet their own nitrogen needs.Watching moose dive underwater and come up dribbling mud and green stuff from their mouths (see video), researchers in Minnesota wondered how that activity might affect nutrient availability. During its 45-minute feeding bout, a diving moose can disturb 100 square meters of a lake bottom. Foraging for underwater plants almost tripled the amount of nitrogen in the water, where tiny organisms had easy access to it, the team reported in 2017. 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Countrycenter_img By Elizabeth PennisiOct. 21, 2018 , 7:00 PM Email Now, these researchers have discovered that moose also move significant amounts of nitrogen back onto land as well. They studied moose from northeastern Minnesota, whose moose population has declined, and on Isle Royale in Lake Superior. In both places, the moose chow down on aquatic plants, which are especially rich in nitrogen. Each moose passes about 78 grams of nitrogen through urination or defecation each day. That’s the equivalent of two 20-kilogram bags of fertilizer a year, the scientists report today in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.Moose aren’t the only animals that move nutrients from the water to the land. Hippos, too, help reverse the leaching of nutrients from the savanna in Africa. But given the fast-rising temperatures in Minnesota, and the fact that moose have already disappeared from another part of the state possibly because of heat stress, there are concerns about how the loss of these iconic beasts will affect those ecosystems. Deer may move north to “replace” moose, but because they don’t really eat aquatic plants, they likely won’t replace the moose’s key nutrient-carrying function, the researchers note.last_img read more

Houston Celebrates Maleah Davis Day

first_img 23. June 9 22. June 9 June 9 declared ‘Maleah Davis Day’ in Houston https://t.co/NKHPH4NYXh— Texxx-Man Cosplay (@texxxmancosplay) June 7, 2019 Houston was set to observe Maleah Davis Day as proclaimed by Mayor Sylvester Turner. SUBSCRIBE Entertainment, News and Lifestyle for Black America. News told by us for us. Black America’s #1 News Source: Our News. Our Voice. 4. May 5, 2019 AMBER ALERTMaleah Davis Contact-1-713-308-36001-713-222-TIPS STOP W/RIP#maleahdavis or #4maleahdavis 30-40 lbs 4 yrs.oldHouston, Texas pic.twitter.com/ZK0b593YTe— HOPE4MaleahDavis (@DavisFind) May 20, 2019 An Amber Alert was issued for five-year-old Maleah Davis. UPDATED: June 12, 8:07 a.m. EDT —The date for Maleah Davis‘ funeral has been set to take place nearly two months after she went missing in Houston. Her family has launched an online crowdfunding campaign to help pay for the services, which the four-year-old’s obituary said will be private. The weekend observations came days after investigators moved to execute a warrant for the cellphone of Maleah’s stepfather, Darion Vence, who has been jailed for tampering with a corpse but not charged in her death.“According to a Houston police investigator, they don’t have enough information to prove intent,” Fox News reported. “That’s why there is no murder charge at this point, police say they’re not looking at other suspects at this time.”Vence reportedly confessed last week and pointed officials to Arkansas, where Maleah’s remains were found. After officials learned that Vence said Maleah’s body was in Arkansas, they retrieved a garbage bag with human remains from that location and began DNA testing that ultimately confirmed Monday morning that the contents were Maleah.The unfortunate saga that unfolded in Houston showed that fact can many times be much more twisted than fiction. Davis’ disappearance made national headlines as Vence claimed that three Hispanic men beat him and kidnapped the little girl. Vence said that on May 4, he, Davis and his two-year-old son were on their way to George Bush International Airport to pick up Davis’ mother. A picture of Vence at the hospital with several cuts on his forehead began to circulate as he claimed to be a victim of violence, but it did not take long for his story to appear to unravel.Maleah DavisSource: Houston Police DepartmentOver the course a few weeks, many began to suspect that Vence knew more about Davis’ whereabouts than he let on. Police arrested Vence days later for tampering with evidence after blood and human decomposition was found in his car. Surveillance video also shows Davis entering an apartment behind Vence, but never coming out. In addition, Vence is seen on the video holding a laundry basket with a garbage bag inside. However, he has avoided being charged with the child’s murder.Since Vence’s arrest, Bowens has been thrust into the spotlight and many have accused her of also being involved in her own daughter’s disappearance. Bowen has denied any wrongdoing.During the course of the investigation, it was reported how Maleah and her siblings were reportedly previously removed from Bowens’ home after Texas Child Protective Services (CPS) workers determined allegations of abuse were credible.“In August 2018, Maleah and her brothers were placed with a relative following physical abuse allegations, stemming from a head injury she had, CPS said Monday night,” CNN wrote days after Maleah was reportedly kidnapped. “A judge ordered their return home in February and called for CPS to maintain temporary conservatorship and visit the home at least once a month to check on the family.”Maleah reportedly had multiple brain surgeries. According to ABC reporter Shelly Childers, the surgeries were due to physical abuse. 13. May 20, 2019 FATHER OF SUSPECT SPEAKS OUT: Joe Vence Sr.’s son is in jail, charged in the disappearance of #MaleahDavis “I believe my son is innocent and I believe his story” https://t.co/dh6oZnwa7m— Katherine Marchand (@KatherineMABC13) May 22, 2019 Derion Vence’s father, Joe, spoke out for the first time about the case. Joe expressed that blame should be shifted from his son to Brittany Bowens. He went on to claim that his son had been set up.“I just feel they set him up some sort of way. I know he didn’t do anything to her,” Joe Vence said. “He loves her. He’s been taking care of her since she was 1 years old.” The obituary posted on the website of the Richardson Mortuary in Houston goes on to refer to Maleah as “the adored daughter of Craig Davis Jr. and  Brittany Bowens,” the latter of which is her mother who has come under heightened scrutiny for her possible role in the child’s suspicious disappearance in early May. Bowens was the subject of a petition that appeared to be gaining steam after it called Maleah’s mother to be charged.Those developments came days after Maleah was remembered in Houston as well as Arkansas, where her remains were found last week. People in Arkansas remembered her on Saturday in the same place where the missing four-year-old’s remains were found. That somber moment of remembrance came ahead of Houston marking Sunday as Maleah Davis Day in the city that she both called home and went missing from.A group in Houston called Dear Maleah also organized a walk in the girl’s honor Sunday morning.“The mile-long walk took participants from City Hall to Harris County Jail, where there was a moment of silence for Maleah, and then participants walked back to City Hall for a bubble release in her honor,” according to the local ABC affiliate. 3. May 4, 2019 Media Briefing on Investigation into Missing Child Maleah Davis https://t.co/ce9ZdFrWUZ— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) May 5, 2019 Maleah Davis was reported missing by her stepfather, Derion Vence. Vence claimed two Hispanic men abducted them while riding in the car with Davis and his one-year-old son. They were on their way to pick up Davis’ mother, Brittany Bowens who had been traveling from Massachusetts. Vence said the men beat him and kidnapped Davis. 21. June 8 Maleah Davis memorial!!!! Balloons and bubbles in her honor!!!! pic.twitter.com/9yppIuL8TZ— Kenley Hargett (@kenleyhargettjr) June 9, 2019 Balloons were released for Maleah Davis in the same Arkansas location where her remains were found. 24. June 9 Thousands of people marched from in honor of #MaleahDavis, the 4-year-old girl who went missing in May & whose body was found tossed along an Arkansas road last week. #Houston declared today “Maleah Davis Day,” and wore pink in her honor. #hounews @HoustonChron #photojournalism pic.twitter.com/73tO9DbUmX— Godofredo A. Vásquez (@godovasquez) June 9, 2019 Thousands participated in Maleah Davis Day in Houston. Marchers wore pink in Maleah’s honor. 18. May 31 BLACK BAG & BONES FOUND – A gruesome discovery has been made in the search for 4 year old Maleah Davis. Authorities say the unidentified remains were discovered in Fulton, Arkansas. Details as we get them -> https://t.co/tYnGHxCwF4. #BREAKING #MaleahDavis #abc13 #hounews pic.twitter.com/FnP1l8NxWu— Steve Campion (@SteveABC13) May 31, 2019 Maleah Davis’ remains are found and recovered in Arkansas. BREAKING: missing 4YO Maleah Davis was removed from her home in August by CPS. They tell us it was due to allegations of physical abuse, related to Maleah’s head injury, which required several brain surgeries. She was returned home in Feb. @abc13houston pic.twitter.com/jiAq1E6XVU— Shelley Childers (@shelleyabc13) May 6, 2019Family members began to play the blame game and pointed their fingers at each other as no one seemed to want to accept any responsibility for what has happened to Maleah.See the timeline of this heartbreaking saga below. 15. May 24, 2019 Missing 4-year-old Texas girl Maleah Davis likely dead: cops https://t.co/iAZysUB5aG via @nypost— MRSJVC (@aquasuede) May 25, 2019 Police believe Maleah Davis is likely dead. In an interview, investigators reveal that their focus has shifted to recovering her body. They would not comment on speculation around Brittany Bowens’ possible involvement in the case. 14. May 21, 2019 Maleah Davis’ mother receives criticism for not deleting Instagram posts of ex-fiance Derion Vence, https://t.co/taJcDjGni3— Shay Reed (@tasteeshay) May 23, 2019 People begin to criticize Brittany Bowens for not deleting pictures of Derion Vence from her Instagram account despite the suspicion that he could have been involved in her daughter’s disappearance. 10. May 11, 2019 Stepdad charged in missing girl’s disappearanceThe stepfather of 4-year-old Maleah Davis has been arrested and charged in her disappearance. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).https://t.co/lBmIxX80u6 https://t.co/cYXi2SkaZP— Wire News (@Wire____News) May 13, 2019 Derion Vence was arrested and charged with evidence tampering. Investigators revealed that blood evidence linked to Malean was found in his apartment. Authorities also found traces of body decomposition in his car as well as a laundry basket and gas can. His bond was initially set at $1 million, but was later reduced to $45,000 26. June 11 The date for Maleah Davis funeral has been set. https://t.co/F58BwBOVKE— NewsOne (@newsone) June 11, 2019 Details for Maleah Davis’ funeral are announced.center_img 19. June 3 JUST IN: remains found in Arkansas are in fact those of 4 year old Maleah Davis, Medical Examiner confirms pic.twitter.com/pv34GcWSVG— Janel Forte (@JanelKHOU) June 3, 2019 Officials in Texas determine that the human remains found in Arkansas are that of Maleah Davis. 6. May 7, 2019 Maleah Davis has been missing for over a week.https://t.co/xzV6Pso069— NewsOne (@newsone) May 11, 2019 Maleah Davis’ biological father, Craig, spoke out for the first time. Craig said he wanted to talk with Devion Vence. He also said that he had not spoken publicly because it was hard to talk about his daughter.“I haven’t spoken to the public because I can’t talk about my daughter,” Craig Davis told ABC13 Eyewitness News. “I can’t control my emotions. I can’t predict myself. I break down and I cry.” 25. June 9 “I love you all as much as you all love my daughter,” said #CraigDavis. “Even more than you all can imagine.” #MaleahDavis #JusticeForMaleah #DearMaleah #MaleahDavisDay https://t.co/l3voHKotd1— thecelibateshoewhore® (@celib8shoewhore) June 10, 2019 Craig Davis, Maleah Davis’ father, broke his silence for the first time since his daughter’s remains were found in Arkansas. 2. May 3, 2019 WHAT’S IN THE BAG? The mother of little 4-year-old Maleah Davis — who’s been missing for a week — claims this is surveillance video of her ex-fiance walking out of the apartment with a garbage bag in a laundry hamper. https://t.co/06bhezns09— FOX 32 News (@fox32news) May 10, 2019 Surveillance footage catches Derion Vence leaving his apartment with a laundry basket with a trash bag inside. Maleah Davis is nowhere in sight. 5. May 6, 2019 WATCH: Mother of Missing 4-Year-Old Houston Girl Maleah Davis, whose Stepfather Says was Kidnapped, Speaks Out and Makes Plea for Her Return https://t.co/hK3uFlFF8Z pic.twitter.com/nBxOcYgtuz— BCNN1 (@bcnn1) May 7, 2019 Maleah Davis’ mother, Brittany Bowens, speaks out for the first time regarding her disappearance. Bowens said she was afraid for her daughter and that this “doesn’t seem real.”“My spirit is broken. I feel so lost,” Bowens said. “I can’t concentrate. I can’t focus. It’s just, it’s so overwhelming for me. It doesn’t seem real.” 17. May 31 Maleah Davis’ stepfather, Derion Vence, has reportedly confessed to where the 4-year-old girl’s body is and what happened to her. https://t.co/XWPk9d8t4V— NewsOne (@newsone) May 31, 2019 Derion Vence reportedly told activist Quannell X that Maleah was dead and that he dumped her body in Arkansas. 1. April 30, 2019 This is heartbreaking to see, especially on #MothersDay. Surveillance pics show the last time sources say Maleah Davis was seen alive. She was wearing a pink tutu and walking into her apartment with her mom’s ex-fiancé. Police say she never came out again. https://t.co/OwSM1roTDV pic.twitter.com/IqzZOFfEoz— Pooja Lodhia (@PoojaOnTV) May 12, 2019 Maleah Davis is last seen on surveillance footage at her apartment wearing a pink tutu. Davis trailed behind her stepfather, Derion Vence. There is no footage of the four-year-old ever leaving the apartment. 12. May 16, 2019 As the search team is losing hope in finding Maleah Davis, Brittany Bowens sat down for an interview. https://t.co/bczsozFkY6— NewsOne (@newsone) May 17, 2019 Brittany Bowens sits down for her first interview denying allegations of child abuse taking place saying she was “always home.” 20. June 4 Derion Vence is taking no responsibility. Rest in peace, Maleah Davis.https://t.co/H5YzDT4kYU #MaleahDavis— NewsOne (@newsone) June 5, 2019 Derion Vence, Maleah’s stepfather who reportedly confessed to knowing that the four-year-old was dead and where her body was, denied any responsibility in a new interview. Thanks for signing up! Get ready for Exclusive content, Interviews,and Breaking news delivered direct to your inbox. Get ready for Exclusive content, Interviews,and Breaking news delivered direct to your inbox. 9. May 10, 2019 https://t.co/byCn1q4cxY watch this— BrookBrook (@holabrooklyn_) May 16, 2019 After images from security footage is released, Brittany Bowens and activist Quanell X hold a press conference to level explosive claims against Derion Vence. She explained that she had previously threatened to break up with Vence. She also claimed he sent her “disturbing” messages while she was traveling.“He subsequently said some very disturbing things via text messages that the mother needs to share with law enforcement,” Quanell said. “We believe that he’s receiving family help and he’s on the run.” 8. May 9, 2019 NEW: Texas Equusearch tells us the car belonging to the stepdad of missing 4yo Maleah Davis was found!@abc13houston was 1st on the scene. We can see his Nissan Altima in this shopping center off Hwy 6. https://t.co/4a8MmLh0N3 pic.twitter.com/h9djgHoPyu— Katherine Marchand (@KatherineMABC13) May 9, 2019 Police confirm that Derion Vence’s missing car was found. It was located in Missouri City, Texas. Police searched the trunk for evidence. There was still no sign of Maleah Davis. Community members gather for walk for Maleah Davis in downtown Houston. 16. May 30 Quanell X cut ties with Maleah Davis’ mother, Brittany Bowens, and is now speaking out.https://t.co/SihHqzp5UZ— NewsOne (@newsone) May 31, 2019 Quannell X cuts ties with Maleah’s mother and stops representing her over his doubts that she was being completely truthful. 11. May 13, 2019 What to Know About Maleah Davis, the Missing Texas Girl Whose Mom’s Fiance Claimed Was Abducted https://t.co/oRyk76xx7j pic.twitter.com/NcNPDLumeA— Mr.Bonifaz (@madetech2) May 20, 2019 Maleah Davis’ mother, Brittany Bowen was called a “murderer” as she left an abruptly cancelled court hearing for Derion Vence. She was met by protesters outside the courtroom who chanted “justice for Maleah” and asked “why isn’t she locked up?” Vence’s hearing was rescheduled for unknown reasons and will now take place on July 10. 7. May 7, 2019 4-year-old Maleah Davis reportedly suffered so much abuse she needed brain surgery.https://t.co/Xh8vzzXeO7— BET News (@BETNews) May 18, 2019 Reports begun to surface that Maleah Davis was the victim of abuse. In August, Davis and two of her siblings were removed from their home by Child Protective Services after suffering an injury that required brain surgery. Brittany Bowens claimed the injury was sustained during a fall. Just before her disappearance, Davis had just recently returned home.last_img read more

Top Gun 2 Filming on a Real Aircraft Carrier

first_imgThe sequel to 1986’s hit Top Gun is taking off from a real aircraft carrier, the USS Abraham Lincoln, off Norfolk, Virginia, according to the U.S. Navy. The first day of shooting of Top Gun: Maverick took place at Naval Air Station North Island in California, the Navy said. In mid-August, shooting moved to the East Coast for at least a week.The Abraham Lincoln is the fifth vessel of the Nimitz-Class nuclear-powered aircraft carriers. The vessel is homeported in Norfolk.The USS Abraham LincolnTom Cruise and Val Kilmer have both returned to the cast of the sequel, slated to hit the big screen in July 2019. Media reports say Cruise plays an instructor instead of a fighter pilot this time. However, no one expects Maverick to stay on the ground when the plot’s action kicks in.New cast members: Whiplash actor Miles Teller as the son of Maverick’s former wingman, Goose, who was played by Anthony Edwards in the first film; Oscar winner Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind), as a single mother running a bar; Thomasin McKenzie (Jojo Rabbit) as the daughter of Connelly’s character; Charles Parnell (A Million Little Pieces) as an admiral; Bashir Salahuddin (GLOW) as an engineer; and the trio of Jay Ellis (Insecure), Danny Ramirez (Assassination Nation), and Monica Barbaro (The Good Cop) as pilots.Miles Teller. Photo by Mingle Media TV / CC BY-SA 2.0According to Digital Trends, “Paramount Pictures isn’t revealing too many details about the sequel’s plot, but the story is rumored to explore the relationship between human pilots and unmanned drones in the modern military.”Kenny Loggins is planning to record a new version of his song “Danger Zone” for the Top Gun sequel.Tom Cruise, who recently rebooted his Mission Impossible character, said in an interview with Access Hollywood on Top Gun‘s new chapter, “Stylistically it’ll be the same. We’ll have big, fast machines. … It’s going to be a competition film like the first one and it’s going to be in the same vein, the same tone as the first one, but a progression for Maverick.”The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) was also used as a filming location for the 2004 movie ‘Stealth’Oblivion’s Joe Kosinski is directing the film. Jerry Bruckheimer, who produced Top Gun with the late Don Simpson, has returned to produce the sequel.Pilot Online reports: “A 15-person crew from Paramount Pictures and Bruckheimer Films went aboard the Lincoln on Sunday and will remain through Saturday”, said Naval Air Force Atlantic spokesman Cmdr. Dave Hecht. He said no actors are aboard and that the crew is shooting footage on the flight deck of air operations, which include F/A-18 Super Hornets from Virginia Beach-based Carrier Air Wing Seven taking off and landing as part of their carrier qualifications.”Tom Cruise in San Diego filming “Top Gun” sequel“This opportunity is one of many aircraft carrier embarks planned pierside and at sea on both coasts coordinated by the Commander, Naval Air Forces,” Hecht said in an email from aboard the Lincoln.“Top Gun inspired countless men and women to volunteer to protect and defend our country as Naval aviators and the crew of USS Abraham Lincoln are excited to play a small role in bringing this story back to the silver screen and inspiring another generation to serve in the world’s finest Navy,” he continued.This image shows the Naval aircraft carrier the USS Abraham Lincoln docked in Everett, WA, March 21, 2010.The original Top Gun earned more than $300 million at the box office and is considered one of the quintessential 80s movies, the highest grossing film of 1986.In the original film, Cruise’s character, U.S. Naval aviator Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, attends the Top Gun school at the Naval Air Station in Miramar, California. Between beach volleyball games and dating astrophysicist Charlie, played by Kelly McGillis, Maverick pulls reckless maneuvers in a fight with Kilmer’s “Iceman” to prove who is the best pilot of the class.Val Kilmer at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival. Photo by Georges Biard CC BY-SA 3.0After the sequel was confirmed, Kilmer posted on Instagram, wearing a T-shirt bearing the face of his character, saying, “#TOPGUN2 was announced today. I’m ready Tom–still got my top gun plaque! Still got the moves! Still got it!”Read another story from us: Top Gun: Maverick returns to the Danger Zone with co-stars Tom Cruise and Val KilmerThe film was inspired by an article in California magazine about the Navy’s “Top Gun” school.Nancy Bilyeau, a former staff editor at Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and InStyle, has written a trilogy of historical thrillers for Touchstone Books. For more information, go to www.nancybilyeau.com.last_img read more

COMMENTARY Has this Skerritled DLP Government performed in the best interest of

first_imgShareTweetSharePinWell, I get it that civil servants are able to verify this statement as it appears, we have a one-man show running the Cabinet and the government affairs, and questions have been asked, “where are the government auditors, Financial Secretary and the Director of Audit?” Key to government`s accountability.They appear to have been deliberately dismissive and appear to turn a blind eye to the scam of Bobols (Bin & Fertiliser), interference with states funds, our tax payers’ money that has been engaged in “alleged” corruption practices.We have had enough of Skerrit and his failed Labour government for over nineteen (19yrs) years now and they must Go. Most of us have been shocked by the blatant misuse of states funds and we have blind loyalists who are in denial and say to us, “all you hate Skerro”, but when asked why and how, they move on with a loud stuuuuuupes. My dear people, this is where we are in Dominica, it’s all about Skerro and not our Dominica, let alone our suffering and unemployed young people and family.Skerrit has failed us due to probably some level of immaturity, poor leadership, ignorant of the processes of socio-economic development and has reduced our struggling people to beggars. We have seen this happen numerous times at the Financial Centre.Skerrit came into government as this immature PM upon the death of our Pierre (Pierro) Charles. The position presented this fanfare of a young, immature golden boy with dimples but with no obvious experience or plan as to how we are going to rebuild Dominica. Well, “Dimples” has failed big time. Skerrit appears to have had no induction, and no professional role models to guide him from day one as to the protocol for the development of a failing state. It is obvious that Skerrit was not prepared for this critical challenge with no long term plan for the socio-economic development of Domininca. To this year, 2019, we still have not seen nor heard of this overall meaningful development plan, but talk and more talk, while the driver drives without a map.We have heard and witnessed the denial of Dominica’s failing economy where agricultural produce for exports has disappeared and obviously ignored and abandoned by this incompetent Labour government but we welcome many foreign unknown people through the sales of our passports. Bananas gone, limes gone, soaps gone, beers gone, tourist gone, cruise ships gone, shops are closing, tourism gone, Ross University gone, but what has to go? Skerrit and his incompetent waste of time 18 useless ministers and weird advisors must Go Now. All these have crippled our nation.With a failed, incompetent, immature Prime Minister & 18 waste of time ministers there appears to be no team work for planning let alone implementing. Skerrit was on the road last week at Bai, Mahaut, and Gwadar, well look Roro. Skerrit has the guts and audacity to tell his crowd that “…when in Domininca you can fight your politics…but when you go out there you must be statesman.” In other words, do not talk bad of Domininca.  LOL.LOL…Is Skerrit serious?The sale of our passports you initiated and given to any ole teeth and weird characters that has tarnished our name as we are unable to travel to Canada as a Member of the Commonwealth without a visa because that sale of passports saw all kind of nefarious, old teeth people entering Canada with our passports. Skerrit failed to screen these people because it appears he has been blind and desperate for cash, because the country`s economy is dead. The country is not generating revenue under Skerrit`s failed leadership.Dominicans, now call for a trusted, reputable, decent and professional team to govern our nature isle and to wipe away with immediate effect, the stain and bad name this failed Skerrit corrupt government has imposed upon us. Labour government and Skerrit must Go.We look forward to welcome Hon. Linton and his decent, professional, trusted, competent UWP Team.Dominicans, wake up.Retired Civil Servant Opinions expressed in this commentary do not necessarily reflect those of Dominica News Online or its advertisers.last_img

Flooding kills dozens in Nepal as waters rise across Asia

first_img Salve hails verdict, says ICJ protected Jadhav from being executed ‘Truth, justice have prevailed’: PM Modi on Kulbhushan Jadhav verdict Advertising In India, at least 25 people have died so far from the rains and floods, Mohamad Farukh, the chief executive of Rapid Response, a nongovernmental charity focusing on disaster relief, said in a text message Sunday. Indian officials said a day earlier that about 750 people from the worst-affected states, Assam and Bihar, had been rescued over the preceding three or four days.In the northern Indian town of Solan, which lies in a hilly border region hit by heavy rains, seven soldiers and one civilian died after a three-story building suddenly collapsed, officials told The Associated Press on Monday. They said 31 people had been rescued, and that the soldiers had been having a party in the building’s ground-floor restaurant when the collapse occurred.In Bangladesh, 14 deaths have been recorded as a result of flooding in low-lying areas of the country since July 9, and 60,000 families in those areas were still “marooned in their home or community shelters” as of Sunday, the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society said in a report.The rains have also flooded parts of the world’s largest refugee camp, in southeastern Bangladesh, which is home to more than half a million Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled violence in neighboring Myanmar, according to the United Nations. Explained: Kulbhushan Jadhav case file Raqibul Alam, a program manager at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Bangladesh, said Monday afternoon that while torrential rains had temporarily stopped in that part of the country, he was still concerned.“At this point, the main challenge is the water coming down from upstream” rivers in Nepal and India, coupled with the threat of further rainfall that is expected in the area over the next two days, Alam said.Every year, from June to September, monsoon season brings heavy rains that pummel South Asia, regularly provoking deadly flooding. In 2017, more than 1,000 people died in floods across the region, including in Nepal, where thousands of homes were destroyed, dozens of people were swept away, and elephants were pressed into service to rescue people from swirling waters.The flooding this year has been particularly heavy.In India, for example, 32 people died in early July after the heaviest monsoon rains in a decade struck Mumbai and nearby areas.And in southern Bangladesh, a group of aid agencies said Friday that more than 45,000 people in refugee camps had been affected since the end of April by “weather-related incidents,” compared with 55,000 during the entire monsoon season last year.Heavy flooding has also affected China, where an official at the Ministry of Water Resources said Sunday that flooding had been reported in a record 377 rivers this year, according to Xinhua, the state-run news agency.In Nepal on Monday, there was speculation in the news media about whether some of the flood risks had been exacerbated by factors like climate change, road and infrastructure construction by India across the border, and the mining of natural resources like sand and timber from the nearby Chure mountain range.Gupta, the mayor of Gaur, said his more immediate concern was preventing a local hydropower dam from overflowing the banks of its reservoir. Jharkhand court drops ‘donate Quran’ condition for bail to Ranchi woman over offensive post The death toll mounted Monday from flooding and landslides caused by torrential weekend rains in India and Nepal, as rescuers carried out desperate searches for survivors and officials in nearby Bangladesh braced for the floodwaters to move downstream.The hardest-hit country appeared to be Nepal, where police said Monday that 67 people had died as a result of the monsoonal rains that began last Thursday night and set off widespread flooding, particularly in the country’s southern plains along the Indian border.Officials said that at least 68 others had been injured in landslides and flooding and that an additional 30 people were still missing. Photos published by Nepal’s news media showed flood victims wading through murky, thigh-high waters, and teams of rescuers plying streets in inflatable boats. Advertising ‘Truth, justice have prevailed’: PM Modi on Kulbhushan Jadhav verdict Nine major highways in Nepal had been blocked by floods and mudslides, 3,366 people had been rescued and 16,520 households had been temporarily displaced as of Monday, the National Emergency Operation Center said. No estimates on property or infrastructure damage were available.“We are trying to provide dry foods — rice, noodles and biscuits — to flood victims, but it’s not easy to access affected people as whole villages are inundated and roads connecting to those villages are damaged,” Ajay Gupta, the mayor of Gaur, a town along Nepal’s southern border with India, said by telephone Monday afternoon.Beda Nidhi Khanal, the head of the National Emergency Operation Center, said Monday that bad weather had grounded four helicopters based in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, where crews had planned to carry out rescue operations and supply food to disaster-hit areas. He said only two helicopters, both based near the Indian border, were operating in the disaster zone as a result.Gupta said his town had not yet received any relief materials from the federal government as of Monday afternoon, and that many electricity and telephone lines in the area were still down. Soldiers and police officers had rescued several people using rubber boats, he added, but two people from the town had drowned. More Explained Best Of Express Advertising Jharkhand court drops ‘donate Quran’ condition for bail to Ranchi woman over offensive post Flooding kills dozens in Nepal as waters rise across Asia Officials said that at least 68 others had been injured in landslides and flooding and that an additional 30 people were still missing.Written by Bhadra Sharma and Mike Ives Top News Salve hails verdict, says ICJ protected Jadhav from being executed Post Comment(s) Preparations are underway to release water from the reservoir to avert a crisis, he said. “But we are terrified that the water could overflow our settlement again when it is added into local rivers.” By New York Times |Kathmandu | Published: July 16, 2019 8:32:47 amlast_img read more

Dolphins discovered timesharing the sea for the first time

first_img By Elizabeth PennisiDec. 18, 2018 , 6:45 AM A 9-year study has uncovered some unusual behavior by common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) living off the coast of Slovenia. Within one population of this species, the animals have divided into two groups that avoid contact by hunting at different times of day—a social strategy not known in marine mammals.Researchers used photographs of the dolphins’ dorsal fins to individually identify them. They made many observations of 38 of the animals, carefully recording the time, date, and location of each sighting. The marine mammals divided into two major groups of 19 and 13 animals each, with six animals loosely making up a third group, the team reports today in Marine Biology. The 19 members of the larger group tended to hang out—and likely hunt—while following fishing trawlers in the Bay of Trieste, which is located at the eastern top of Italy’s “boot.” The second group’s cadre of 13 never associated with boats when in the Bay of Trieste. Although the dolphins hunted in the same area, they rarely saw each other, the researchers discovered, because the larger group was in that area only between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. local time, whereas the smaller group showed up between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.Other studies have documented groups of dolphins that divide up the waters where they hunt, but this is the first time these marine mammals have been shown to timeshare the sea, the researchers note. Although they don’t know why—or how—the dolphins set these schedules, the fact that the animals are never in the same place likely diminishes unfriendly encounters and reduces direct competition for food. Tilen Genov, Morigenos center_img Dolphins discovered ‘timesharing’ the sea for the first timelast_img read more

CBI searches former Samajwadi Party MP Ateeq Ahmads premises in UP

first_img Uttar Pradesh: Nine people shot, 4 injured over land dispute in Sonbhadra district Related News Akhilesh Yadav forms 21-member panel to probe ‘fake cases’ lodged against Azam Khan The searches are being conducted at six places in the two Uttar Pradesh cities, they said, adding that details would be given later.The CBI last month registered a case against Ahmad for allegedly assaulting and abducting real estate dealer Mohit Jaiswal on December 2018 while he was in Deoria Jail.The case was registered following the Supreme Court’s direction, the official said. CBI, CBI raid, CBI raid on Samajwadi party, CBI raid on Ateeq Ahmad, Uttar Pradesh news, Ateeq Ahmad, Samajwadi Party, Uttar Pradesh news, Indian Express news CBI officials arrive to carry out searches at the premises of former MP Ateeq Ahmad, in Prayagraj, Wednesday, July 17, 2019. (PTI Photo)The CBI on Wednesday searched the premises of former Samajwadi Party MP Ateeq Ahmad and others in Allahabad and Lucknow in a case related to the abduction and assault of a businessman, officials here said. UP: 2 kids die, 52 ill after drinking ‘contaminated’ water from school pump, says official Advertising Jaiswal was abducted from Lucknow and taken to Deoria Jail, where he was allegedly assaulted by Ahmed and his aides who were lodged there and forced to transfer his business to them, the CBI FIR claimed.Ahmed was an SP member in the 14th Lok Sabha from Phulpur in Uttar Pradesh from 2004 to 2009. Advertising By PTI |New Delhi | Updated: July 17, 2019 2:11:12 pm 1 Comment(s)last_img read more

CES 2018 Spare Human Bodies a 54K HTC Simulator and Intels PeopleChopping

first_imgI’ll start with Dell and what for me was one of the funniest announcements. You see, I’ve been arguing that companies that have both phones and PCs, like Apple and Samsung, should have a “better together” strategy so that you could use one (mostly the smartphone) to enhance the other.Apple, which uses a lock-in strategy, should have that so that more of its customers would buy both Apple PCs and iPhones. Did either Apple or Samsung announce something like this? Nooooo! It was Dell.Dell announced the Mobile Connect app, which lets your smartphone (Android or iOS) would work directly with your PC.While you are working, your alerts and caller ID information show up on your PC screen. If you have an Android phone, you can even run the apps there. That way you can keep working and not feel like you must pull your phone out to see what the hell is causing it to annoy you.Way back in the 1980s at ROLM (then a division of IBM) we brought out a product that connected my desk phone like this (I was internal analyst on the product), and I fell in love. Trust me — if you ever use an app like this, you’ll never go back. (When I transferred, I lost that capability and it damn near broke my heart).Dell can do more with Android than with iOS, but even crippled it does more to connect the iPhone to a PC (a new Dell PC, that is — this won’t work on an old one) than Apple does. I just think that’s funny and a little sad. Dell Embarrasses Apple One of the most problematic keynotes I’ve ever seen was Intel’s. Typically I complain that folks don’t rehearse, but that wasn’t the problem. The problem was the content. First, overshadowing it was the CEO’s massive stock sale right before the end of the year. At best, it showcased a complete lack of confidence in his company. (It’s been raising all kinds of flags.) The worst part of the keynote, though, was how Intel showcased a people-carrying drone.Right now, there are two camps — those who think these things will be cool (I’m part of that camp), and folks who think they are dangerous, noisy, and stupid (like Tesla CEO Elon Musk, even though he recently hinted flying would be a feature on a future Tesla).Well, Intel is supposed to be in the “we love it” camp, but let me walk you through what the company did at CES. After a dialog in which it created a mental picture of these things everyplace — kind of like automated taxis — Intel put its version in a big cage (reminiscent of Jurassic Park) and reminded everyone how dangerous all those unshrouded Cuisinart roto blades were. The cage was to keep it from fine-chopping up the audience. Then it lifted slowly about 5 feet, moved forward about 20 feet, and landed with no passenger — but with the looming expectation that it suddenly might turn the audience into hamburger.Then Intel had 100 small drones fly over the audience and announced that it had just set a world record for indoor drones flying in formation without GPS. I was kind of expecting an Alfred Hitchcock The Birds moment. Or something like this. At least that would have distracted us from Intel’s cascading security problems.Suddenly I want an Audi. (You’ll get what I mean if you watch the video I linked to above). I took the Mercedes Benz advanced driving course at Laguna Seca in California — it is fun very technical race course. So, imagine my surprise when I visited the HTC room at the Wynn and they set me down in a racing car simulator, and put the new HTC Vive Pro on my head. I suddenly found myself back on that track.I have the old HTC Vive and it kind of sucks. It’s a pain to set up, and the resolution makes it look like you are looking though a screen door. The HTC Vive Pro is nothing like that. It has decent resolution and in that simulator, it really felt like I was really in a Formula One car.They left me in the thing until I finally got motion sick — but when braking it felt like braking, when accelerating and cornering it felt like I was accelerating and cornering, and when I went off the track I think I knocked some fillings lose.I would have bought both the HTC Vive Pro and the simulator — only thing is, while the Vive Pro is affordable that damn simulator is $54K, and I’m pretty sure my wife isn’t going to let me have one (though that has rarely stopped me before). Vrrrrroooooom! Watch me spin out: Dell XPS 15 Except for Intel, which appears to be doing its best to tank every market it touches now, CES had some amazing products. Sadly, one of the most breathtaking, a replacement body, was a gag — but the HTC digital racetrack demonstration, the electric Corvette, and Dell doing a better job with phone integration than Apple (or any PC company with a phone did) were amazing.I can picture Steve Jobs spinning in his grave thinking Dell is doing a better job integrating the iPhone with Dell computers than Apple is with Macs. That puts an even bigger smile on my face.The only issue for me is that now I’m thinking human-carrying drones are going to go rogue, and rather than wanting to ride in one, I now have an urge to run screaming from them. Thanks, Intel. There was a huge display advertising, I kid you not, replacement human bodies (sign me up, mine is clearly out of warranty).The company is called “Psychasec,” and the folks in the booth explained that you could have the body you wanted after they transferred your consciousness into it. They had several bodies in large canisters on display and one or two in the back in shrink wrap.You could see a ton of people walking through the booth having holy crap moments — a lot of holy crap moments. Sadly, it was a promotion for a new Netflix TV series, Altered Carbon — but it got my attention, and that show is now on my must watch list. Nice job Netflix!! (Altered Carbon starts Feb. 2). I have a V8 Jaguar, and it is really annoying to have a Tesla S or X pull up and just dust me. I’m sure Corvette owners feel the same way, and at CES a company called “GXE” presented a solution: an electric Corvette!It starts with an empty frame and body from a current generation (C7) Corvette Grand Sport. (It isn’t the fastest, but it is arguably the most balanced configuration for the car.) It has two motors — one in front and one in back. Sadly it has no 4-wheel drive, so traction is likely an issue, but it gets to a 50/50 balance in the car.Test configurations have this thing getting to 60 in 3.0 seconds (still a little shy of the fastest Tesla) but with a top speed exceeding 200 MPH (which means it would run away from that Tesla at top end.Granted, it costs a whopping $750K, which makes the regular Corvette sound like a massive value. Still, if I were in that price category (which I’ll never be), I’d likely get the Concept_One instead. For a paltry $250K more, it looks like a supercar. Still, with the massive move toward electrics, I expect that now that this Corvette is built it won’t be long until there is a far more reasonably priced electric Corvette from GM. (Jaguar, thank god, is working on an electric XKE as well). One final comment: When I finally finished, I was drenched in sweat — apparently it gave me one hell of a workout. Hmmm, yes, it is a fitness tool!!! I wonder if my health insurance will cover it. Wrapping Up Nvidia BFGMcenter_img “BFG,” at least in my world, stands for big f*cking gun (thanks to the game Doom). Well Nvidia effectively added a letter and changed the last part to G-Sync Monitor. This is a 65-inch TV with gaming monitor specs. With G-Sync, fast refresh, HDR, 4K — and, I expect, a scary price — this thing was AMAZING. When they announced this at the Nvidia keynote, I think I swooned just a little big.Currently my monitor of choice is a 42-inch Dell, which is pretty damn big, but it isn’t HDR and it isn’t 4K. This has 1,000 nits, a direct array backlight, and Nvidia Shield built in (which means you can connect your game PC to it wirelessly and play your PC game on the big screen). If it were up to me, I’d find a way to put this thing on my desk.If you want to impress your friend who has a 34-inch curved 4K monitor, show him your 65-inch BFGM. Size does, in fact, matter. I lusted for this too, but I have no idea what it costs yet. (I’m guessing it won’t be cheap.)Suddenly I know what I want for my birthday. HTC Vive Pro Racing You start with what must be the coolest and most controversial core technology on the planet: a blend of Intel Core and AMD Vega into a single SoC that basically gives you game-ready performance, a thin profile, and long battery life in a single package.You add a 400 nit (outdoor viewable) screen, up to a terabyte of SSD storage, Thunderbolt ports (like Apple), and make it SD card ready.Give it a touch display, glass touchpad and professionally tuned speakers, and you have something that causes a tech guy to just stand and drool.The pictures of this 2-in-1 don’t do it justice. It is arguably one of the prettiest PCs I’ve ever seen, and one of the few that come in silver that inclines me to consider silver. This is because the silver is metal not paint.It is one of the first products to feature Dell Cinema. I saw that run, and the movies and TV shows played on it look amazing. By the way, you should be able to use it to download and watch movies from both Netflix and Amazon (something you haven’t been able to do with most laptops).Since this was the one thing I lusted after at CES that I could afford, the Dell XPS 15 is my product of the week. Intel’s Human Cuisinart I mentioned I really wanted that $54K racing simulator, but there was another product I thought lustworthy — the new XPS 15. Electric Corvette OK, I hate CES. It really is a horrible event, largely because of the timing — and particularly this year, Las Vegas making it a nightmare to get around — but man did they have cool stuff at the show.Among presentation highlights were Nvidia showcasing a whopping 65-inch gaming monitor TV (I so want one). Lowlights included Intel showcasing a human-carrying drone as something out of a horror movie.Of course, the product I had the most lust for was a US$54K racing simulator being used to showcase the new HTC Vive Pro (the Vive Pro is damn good too). Once again, there was some weird and wonderful stuff at CES.I’ll close with my product of the week: the new Dell XPS 15 laptop, which uses both Intel and AMD technology to give you performance AND long battery life (be still my beating heart). Replacement Human Bodies Rob Enderle has been an ECT News Network columnist since 2003. His areas of interest include AI, autonomous driving, drones, personal technology, emerging technology, regulation, litigation, M&E, and technology in politics. He has undergrad degrees in merchandising and manpower management, and an MBA in human resources, marketing and computer science. He is also a certified management accountant. Enderle currently is president and principal analyst of the Enderle Group. He formerly served as a senior research fellow at Giga Information Group and Forrester. Email Rob.last_img read more

EScooters On a Road to Nowhere

first_imgAs an avid cyclist, I am the sort of rider who has spenta not-so-small fortune on bicycles. I wear cycling kit, includingshorts and jersey, helmet and gloves. I don’t just look the part when Iride, however — I know the rules of the road.Most states and many communities have lawsagainst adults riding on the sidewalk, especially at high speeds –which is taken to be anything over 10mph.As a cyclist, I am used tosharing the road with cars, even if the cars aren’t always eager toshare them with me. So maybe I’m a bit smug or even self-righteous,but in the few cases so far where I’ve seen e-scooters in the bikelanes, it hasn’t made me happy.First and foremost, as someone used to dealingwith cars, I’m very aware of my surroundings when I’m on my bicycle. However, many of the drivers of e-scooters I’ve observed have seemed almost oblivious to the world around them — as if mobility gave them the right to tune out.Second, I’m prepared for a crash or accident with gloves andhelmet. Those riding on e-scooters are not.Finally, bike lanes are far from ideal even for bikes. Too often, they’re strewn with broken glass and debris. They have way too many potholes and large cracks. A bicyclehas large wheels and tires that can navigate the obstacles. Been There Bird, Lime and Spin are hardly the first to think of MaaS as asolution to crowded roads, lack of parking and poormass transit.By providing areasonably affordable way for individuals to get from point A to pointB, Uber and Lyft have showcased that fleets oftaxis aren’t necessary for mid-sized cities. Moreover, consider the vast amounts of dollars being spent on autonomous vehicle development.Clearly there is a recognition that not everyone wants to drive or own a car. However,scooters aren’t the solution — at least not for America.The original push scooters were little more than wheels attached toboards. They typically were used only by children — in part dueto the cobblestone roads of the era, which made riding precarious at best!The first successful motorized scooter was the Italian-madeVespa, which was introduced in the aftermath of World War II. At the time, Italy’s economy was ruined. As the country struggled to recover from the war, few people could afford cars.Unlikemotorcycles, scooters were something that women as well as men couldride to work, school and the market. Vespa and various competitormodels spread throughout Europe.At the same time, Americans weremoving to suburbs and buying cars. Had it not been for the 1952 filmRoman Holiday, which featured Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck riding aVespa, those scooters might have gone unnoticed in the UnitedStates. The legal issues certainly will be resolved as cities across thecountry are faced with how to regulate use of e-scooters and enforce the new rules.The Los Angeles City Council this week voted 13-0 to approve a new setof rules for dockless e-scooters, along with a citywide cap of3,000 e-scooters in total.That number could be increased if thecompanies agree to operate in disadvantaged communities. In addition,all the companies will be required to carry $5 million commercialgeneral liability insurance.Other cities have made it clear that e-scooters aren’twelcome. Beverly Hills and West Hollywood have voted to ban them, and other communities across the country have instituted their own rules.Perhaps some communities see a potential revenue stream from thee-scooters via parking tickets. The Indianapolis City Council this summerapproved a $25 fine for scooters parked in doorways, alleys,handicapped spots, bus stops and even rain gardens.The University of Texas in Austin recently announced that it willimpose a $150 fine for improperly parked e-scooters on campus. While the fines will be addressed to the companies, there isspeculation that those fines could be passed down to the last user. Ase-scooters do rely on GPS, it would be easy enough to determine wholeft the scooter where and when. Peter Suciu has been an ECT News Network reporter since 2012. His areas of focus include cybersecurity, mobile phones, displays, streaming media, pay TV and autonomous vehicles. He has written and edited for numerous publications and websites, including Newsweek, Wired and FoxNews.com.Email Peter. The Cyclist View As summer winds die down here’s hoping one of the season’s most ridiculousand unnecessary fads goes with them.Bird and Lime e-scooters — the vehicles for the two rival companies’ Mobility as a Service scheme — are just the latest twist on the foot-powered Razor Scooters that took America by storm in 2000.Unlike Razor, which introduced electric-power models back in 2003, Bird and Lime utilize a subscription model instead of ownership.Bird, Lime and another competitor, Spin, have similar business strategies — namely to provide simple, cheap transportation for the”last mile” — whether that means from a parking lot on the edge of adowntown district, or from subway or other mass transit stop — to the final destination.The concept is similar to bike share programs that allow users essentiallyto rent equipment for a short trip. However, in the case of the scooters, there are no central docking stations.Moreover, the companies have introduced their respective scooters invarious cities around the country without considering infrastructure,and currently there are no designated drop-off points. Instead the scooters seemingly are “abandoned” around urban areas.Apparently this is exactly whatthe companies had in mind. The idea was that thosecurious individuals who stumbled upon one would try it out, and in the process create buzz that could turn these scooters into the next big thing.The venture capital funding the companies have attracted, combined, so far has exceeded US$250 million. Clearly someone believes scooters could be thefuture.I hope they are wrong! At the City Levelcenter_img To date it is unclear how many accidents there have been involving e-scooters, but sadly, at least one individual already has been killed already in an accident involving one. A 24-year-old man waskilled this past week in Dallas after he fell while riding an e-scooter home,The Washington Post reported.Although this is the first reported death, more accidents are waiting to happen.Several media outlets reported that a woman was spotted on ane-scooter on I-77 in Charlotte, North Carolina!Bicycles and mopeds are prohibited on Interstates, of course — with the exception of somerural parts of New Mexico –and it should be obvious that e-scooters would fall into that category. However, given the influx ofthese devices we shouldn’t be surprised to see these in places notdeemed appropriate or even legal. Understanding the Infrastructure Issue Companies such as Bird, Lime andSpin — and others that are bound to pop up — need to understandthat America’s infrastructure isn’t designed for e-scooters. Bike lanes aren’t meant to be catchalls, and sidewalks are not ideal either.The Vespa didn’t catch on in America because Americans could affordcars in the 1950s and 1960s, and the Segway didn’t catch on in 2001because inner cities already were retrofitted to adapt tocars. The suburbs were made possible by car ownership!Of course, it may not always be this way. The thing to remember isthat human cities have been around literally for eons. Damascus, Syria — widely believed to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in theworld — dates back at least 11,000 years.That city certainly wasretrofitted many times for the transportation of the era, fromhorse-drawn carts to railroads and cars.In those 11,000 years of human cities, carshave been around only for 150 years. In most cities, they have beenplentiful and common for less than 100 years. Even after World War I,horse drawn wagons were common in New York and certainly acrossEurope.Much attention has been given to the progress of bicycles in cities such asAmsterdam and Copenhagen, but that is largely because those cities never were all that car-friendly in the first place, and bicycle use evolved side-by-side with the car. That hasn’t happened in America, and in fact barely has happened even in other parts of Europe.Cities where Vespa-style scooters remain popular — Naples, Rome,Florence, Barcelona and Lisbon, among others — have mild weather, smallcity centers where people often don’t live in far-flung suburbs, androads that aren’t ideal for cars. That is why the motorized scootersbecame, and remained, popular — not because the scooter replaced thecar.American inventors and proponents of MaaS need to look at what makesUber and Lyft popular in the cities and suburbs alike. It provides aquick, affordable ride.E-scooters are a novelty. They threaten to crowd sidewalks,bike lanes and roads alike, and people could get hurt, even killed in theprocess. Before anyone else dies, the e-scooter should sputter and die instead.The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ECT News Network. Accidents Will Happen Fast forward to 2001, when inventor Dean Kamen rolled out the SegwayPT — a device that Steve Jobs reportedly expected to be as biga deal as the PC. John Doerr, the venture capitalist behindNetscape and Amazon, proclaimed it would be bigger than the Internet.There were even proclamations that cities might be retrofitted, as Segwayscould alleviate congestion on the roads and be an alternative to cars.Some of that probably sounds familiar, even if the Segway doesn’t ring a bellimmediately.For those who don’t have Segway memories, it is a two-wheel platformwith a handle. Instead of spurring a transformation in cities, it largelyhas been relegated to tourist destinations. Occasionally it is used bypolice officers in urban areas.Segways, much like today’s Bird and Lime scooters, have afundamental flaw: They lack the required infrastructure tomake them practical.Sidewalks — especially in the crowded urban centers of New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and cities — aren’t ideal for a motorized vehicle that moves at a speed far faster than people can walk.The Segway PT has a maximum speed of 12.5 miles per hour, which isjust under a 5-minute mile! The new e-scooters from Bird, Lime andSpin can carry an adult weighing up to 200 pounds at a maximum speedof 15 mph. At that speed, an accident involving a pedestrian and arider could be serious — even fatal.There have been suggestions that perhaps these devices should berelegated to the bike lanes in cities, but that raises another issue.Shouldn’t the bike lanes be for bicycles? 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Instagram Targets Account Hijacking

first_imgSelling user names isn’t the only way criminals can turn hijacked Instagram accounts into cash. They can monetize the credentials for the account by selling them to other hackers, for example, noted Rick McElroy, head of security strategy at Carbon Black, an endpoint security company in Waltham. Massachusetts.”They can also extort the owner into paying to release the account,” he told TechNewsWorld. In addition, “they can blackmail the affected person based on material found in the account, and phish other people connected to the account.”Attacks on Instagram accounts aren’t always launched by strangers, either.”Targeted attacks are also common against people the attacker knows,” said Jonathan Tanner, senior security researcher at Barracuda Networks, a security and storage solutions company based in Campbell, California.”In those cases the motivation may be information, ‘is my girlfriend or boyfriend cheating on me?’ or revenge, ‘my girlfriend or boyfriend cheated on me so I’m going to hijack their account and embarrass them,'” he told TechNewsWorld.Political motives also spur some account hijacking, especially with influencers in countries where freedom of speech is not respected, observed Mounir Hahad, head of the threat lab for Juniper Networks,a network security and performance company based in Sunnyvale, California.”Accounts can be taken over, sometimes illegally by force, to sway the message just enough to change the narrative about an upcoming election or a public protest,” he told TechNewsWorld.”Much of this problem stems from the implicit trust we place on posts coming from the people we follow,” said John Shier, senior security advisor at Sophos, a network security and threat management company based in the UK.”You shouldn’t trust everything you see on social media,” he told TechNewsWorld. Account hijacking has been going on for more than a decade, said Byron Rashed, vice president of marketing at Centripetal Networks, a network security company in Herndon, Virginia.”At first, it was a challenge by script kiddies, but then it became a business when threat actors discovered how valuable these accounts can be,” he told TechNewsWorld. “Many accounts can have valuable personal identifying information that can be sold and traded in the underground economy to fully monetize the exfiltrated accounts.”Account hijacking is widespread online, noted Carbon Black’s McElroy.”It will continue to be a growing area of concern for highly visible individuals. Criminals either want money to release the accounts or blackmail the user about pictures and other sensitive content found in cloud storage,” he added.”Account hijacking … across all sites is quite rampant,” added Barracuda’s Tanner.Hijacking is fueled by the massive amount of information stolen in data breaches, he noted. There are tools hackers can use that incorporate breach data to facilitate their hijacking activities.Those products make a configuration file for a site that specifies how the login process works, what list of email and password combinations to try, and includes a list of proxy IPs to use so that IP-based protections won’t be as effective.Password theft is framed as a consumer problem, but it can have a significant impact on a business, too, maintained Rami Essaid, cofounder of Distil Networks, a website security firm in Arlington, Virginia.”Password dumps create a ripple effect as organizations spend precious time and resources on damage control,” he told TechNewsWorld.”There’s a massive spike in failed logins, then the access into someone else’s account before the hacker changes the password, then the account lockout for the real user, then the customer service calls to regain access to their account,” Essaid said, “all because a username and password was stolen from a different website.” Account hijacking has become a nettlesome problem at Instagram so it has decided to do something about it. The social media company on Monday said it has begun testing a simpler method for users to reclaim their compromised accounts.The move, first reported by Motherboard, allows users locked out of their hacked accounts to ask for a six-digit code to be sent to the email address or phone number originally used to open the account.The company also has taken steps to address the issue of user name theft. After hijacking an account and changing its settings to lock out its owner, some hackers will try to sell its name. Short, unique user names can sell online for US$500 to $5,000, according to Motherboard.To curb that practice, Instagram will bar the transfer of a user name for an unspecified time after changes are made to an account.It’s not known when the six-digit reset feature will be available throughout Instagram, but the lockdown addition already is available to Android and iOS users. Rampant Problem Although Instagram’s action makes it easier to recover a compromised account, its impact on hijacking remains to be seen.”These measures only make it somewhat less stressful to recover a hijacked account and will not do much to curb the hijacking attempts,” maintained Juniper’s Hahad.”If the attacker is sophisticated enough and has compromised an original email address used to create the Instagram account, then it may still be difficult to regain control of the account, even with the new measures in place,” he pointed out.Some criminals may be dissuaded from hijacking Instagram accounts, but the practice will continue, noted Sophos’ Shier.”Criminals don’t need much time to benefit from an account hijack. If their purpose is simply to spread malicious or fraudulent links, the compromise of a prominent celebrity’s account is all it would take,” he explained. “Thousands of followers would likely see the link and click on it before the compromise was noticed.”Instagram’s account recovery solution is just a short-term fix — stronger solutions are needed to address future attacks, according to Will LaSala, director of security solutions at OneSpan, an authentication and fraud analysis company in Chicago.”Stronger solutions force the application to properly identify the risk associated with the request and then to enforce stronger methods of authentication when a high risk is detected,” he told TechNewsWorld.”This type of intelligent authentication can help users by ensuring only the strongest authentication methods are used by the user and only when the user needs them the most,” he said. center_img Turning Accounts Into Cash Hijackers Undeterred John P. Mello Jr. has been an ECT News Network reportersince 2003. His areas of focus include cybersecurity, IT issues, privacy, e-commerce, social media, artificial intelligence, big data and consumer electronics. He has written and edited for numerous publications, including the Boston Business Journal, theBoston Phoenix, Megapixel.Net and GovernmentSecurity News. Email John.last_img read more

Tech Takes Front Seat at Detroit Auto Show

first_img“Connected and autonomous vehicles require some of the most complexsoftware ever developed, creating a significant challenge forautomakers who must ensure the code complies with industry andmanufacturer-specific standards while simultaneously battle-hardeninga very large and tempting attack surface for cybercriminals,” Chen said during the BlackBerry keynote session.Those comments were echoed by Sandeep Chennakeshu, president of BlackBerry Technology Solutions.The same security platform that was instrumental in making BlackBerrysmartphones the preferred choice of government andmilitary officials alike is being utilized with BlackBerry Jarvis.”We’ve enhanced what made our handheld devices so secure and appliedit,” Chennakeshu said during the BlackBery keynote address. “What differentiates us is you can keep adding engines to scan new codes. When you have 20,000 files from hundreds of partssuppliers, you have to know you can trust the integrity of the codes.” GM highlighted 100 years of the truck at its booth at NAIAS — showcasing the evolution of what has become the fastest-growing segment of passenger vehicles. Universities andother centers of learning also were present at the Automobili-D, including the University of Michigan, Wayne State University in Detroit and the University of Waterloo in Ontario,Canada. In total, this year’s Automobili-D event has attracted 83 exhibitors. Perhaps one of the most notable ways that this year’s NAIAS embracedtechnology was in the use of simulators, including augmented andvirtual reality. Normally at an auto show, all eyes are on the new cars, but this year afair number of exhibits guided viewers’ eyes either to a screen or VR headset. Safety and Security It wasn’t just VR simulators at this year’s NAIAS — Ford utilized a more traditional simulator to allow attendees to get the feel of being in a Ford Ranger in off-road conditions. At this year’s NAIAS all eyes weren’t on the cars or models, many were looking at virtual reality presentations such as one offered by Mercedes, which highlighted its design process. Ford’s Self Driving Delivery Vehicle can bring the pizza to you — but you still have to go to the car to get it! In recent years, CES largely has usurped theNorth American International Auto Show in Detroit as the “first auto show of the year.” Automakers have used the annualLas Vegas shindig for all things consumer electronics to highlight thelatest technology in vehicles.So perhaps it was fitting that thisyear NAIAS, more commonly known as the “Detroit Auto Show,” looked a bitmore like a technology trade show than a car show.In addition to the major automakers’ press eventshighlighting vehicles that soon could be on road and futuristic concepts cars, this year’s auto show featured sessions on artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicle systems, vehicle security and mobility. The technology within the autonomous vehicle is just one part of the mobility issue — cities may need to be retrofitted to handle the vehicles, but Mercedes demonstrated how special roads could be fit into the existing city grids. Another Automobili-D Showcase presentation that highlights the future where the car may do the driving. No auto show would be complete without a few conceptvehicles. While BMW, Chrysler and Nissan, among others, presented carsthat might never move beyond the concept stage, Ford’s Self DrivingDelivery Vehicle was one that actually has a few road miles already.The car, a Ford Fusion hybrid, recently rolled on the streets of AnnArbor — home to the University of Michigan — as part of a test withthe hometown Domino’s Pizza franchise. The vehicle was used in actualdeliveries, but with a human in the car for safety reasons. The future vehicle may look more like something out of a sci-fi story as noted in this presentation in the Automobili-D Showcase. Sensors such as LIDAR see in very different way from the human eye. The green on this display shows how a driverless car might distinguish humans from the surroundings. BlackBerry, in particular, was quick to address theimportance of security at the auto show. CEO JohnChen on Monday introduced the company’s latest cybersecurity product, onedesigned specifically for vehicles. BlackBerry Jarvis can scan allsoftware components within a car and then predict and even fix anyvulnerabilities. “We’ve got to work together to ensure that our country retains itseminent position as a global technology leader,” she added. Even though itmeant people would have to walk outside to claim their deliveries, reactions to the idea were positive.Ford has announced that it will partner with theon-demand delivery service Postmates. Perhaps the “50-foot rule” — thedistance people reportedly are willing to walk to retrieve anitem — will be the new norm, and the driverless car will replace the delivery person. Automobili-D Showcase However, it’s not clear whether the industry is heading downthe right road — there may not be a market audience at thedestination. Chao cited a recent AAA survey that found that 78 percentof Americans expressed fear of even riding in an autonomousvehicle.On the other hand, just 47 percent of U.S.consumers who participated in a recent Deloitte survey felt that a driverless car would be unsafe. That represented asubstantial drop from last year, when 74 percent of those polled feltthat autonomous vehicles would be unsafe. The event, which runs through the first weekend of the public show,has been described as a crucial connector of mobility startups toautomotive and mobility companies, suppliers and relatedorganizations.These companies include firms that are working to developtechnology in five categories: the connected car,autonomous driving, e-mobility, mobility services, and smart cities. VR, Simulators and Concepts The show floor at Detroit’s Cobo Hall featured numerous displays of tech.NAIAS, which opened to the industry and press on Sunday, featured akeynote address by U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who toldattendees that the government will introduce updated guidelines thissummer for autonomous vehicles. The update will be the third set ofvoluntary guidelines for autonomous vehicles issued by the federalgovernment since it introduced the first set in 2016.Chao called on upon automotive executives and the media to educate the public on the future of driving, noting that security and safety remain a concern.”The public and the private sectors have an obligation to lead by safely developing, testing and integrating this new technology into our transportation systems,” Chao said. Ford put attendees of the auto show in the passenger seat on a future road where autonomous vehicles will do the driving! This isn’t the first year that VR has been featured at the show, butMercedes and Ford each offered experiences that highlighted the design process as much as the actual driving experience. Another LIDAR display shows how sensors in an autonomous vehicle can track people and movement on different visual spectrums. Ford kept things a little old school in thesimulation area, offering attendees a chance to ride in a RangerSimulator that resembled a high-end amusement park ride, providing a tactile experience to accompany the visuals. Although the willingness of consumers toembrace the autonomous vehicle remains uncertain, NAIAS already has embraced the companies behind its development. TheMichigan Economic Development Corporation played a major role in supporting Automobili-D, the second year for an event thatbrought more than 50 startups from around the world to Detroit. Designing a car isn’t easy, but GM’s DesignStudio presentation highlight how the process can now utilize freehand design with high-tech tools. The front ends of driverless vehicles won’t be just a bumper and grill but will contain the various sensors that will allow the car to navigate on the roads. One of this week’s biggest takeaways from the Detroit Auto Show wasthat automakers, including Ford and GM, will continue to work closely with tech companies such as Intel and BlackBerry in developing autonomous vehicle technologies. Peter Suciu has been an ECT News Network reporter since 2012. His areas of focus include cybersecurity, mobile phones, displays, streaming media, pay TV and autonomous vehicles. He has written and edited for numerous publications and websites, including Newsweek, Wired and FoxNews.com.Email Peter.last_img read more

Qualcomm and Huawei More Partners Than Rivals

first_imgDifferent Focuses As a follow-on to my column about the impacts of the political battle between the United States and China (The Electronics Industry: A Pawn in the US vs. China Chess Game), it appears necessary to address the question of Qualcomm vs. Huawei.Because both companies are technology leaders in the wireless segment and have invested heavily in 5G, they often are pitted against one another in political, financial and even industry discussions. However, the truth is that the two companies complement one another and work together more than they compete against each another. Qualcomm and Huawei come from different ends of the wireless ecosystem. While Qualcomm at one time supplied everything from handsets to telco equipment, it always has been focused primarily on providing the technology in the form of intellectual property and chipsets to enable mobile devices. As a result, Qualcomm’s early competitors were other IP and semiconductor suppliers like Texas Instruments and Infineon (now part of Intel).Through the past few wireless generations, many of Qualcomm’s early competitors have exited the market and new ones have arisen, such as MediaTek and Spreadtrum. In addition, many of the leading smartphone vendors, including Apple and Samsung, have started developing their own chipsets to compete with those from Qualcomm.Huawei, on the other hand, entered the market as a telecommunications equipment provider competing against companies like Ericsson, Lucent and Nortel. Today, Huawei is a much more diverse company. It provides a wide variety of products and services, ranging from smartphones to cloud data center services. Despite quickly becoming the third-largest supplier of smartphones worldwide, providing wireless infrastructure equipment remains its anchor business. Due to their different focal points, Qualcomm and Huawei have been working on 5G from different perspectives — Qualcomm primarily from the mobile device side, and Huawei from the infrastructure side.More importantly, both companies have collaborated through the 3GPP to develop future wireless standards. The fact that both have invested heavily in the 5G standards and related technology is a positive for the entire industry, because the heavy investments will continue to accelerate the development and adoption of new wireless technologies.Beyond wireless standards, the two companies have collaborated on mobile devices. Although Huawei has been developing its own Kirin chipsets for use in smartphones and tablets through its wholly owned HiSilicon subsidiary, it uses chipsets from third-parties like MediaTek and Qualcomm for some of its platforms.The third-party chipsets typically have been used in lower-cost mainstream devices. However, Huawei has indicated that it is important to look at all the available technology for each generation of devices, because the devices group should not suffer if the silicon group (HiSilicon) stumbles.At Huawei’s recent analyst summit, Qualcomm was mentioned at least a dozen times as a key partner. So, despite the political rhetoric, the two companies are very close technology partners. Wireless Standardscenter_img Jim McGregor has been an ECT News Network columnist since 2017. He is the founder and principal analyst at Tirias Research with more than 30 years of high-tech industry experience. His expertise spans a broad range of product development and corporate strategy functions, such as semiconductor manufacturing, systems engineering, product marketing, marketing communications, brand management, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, and sales. McGregor worked for Intel, Motorola, ON Semiconductor, STMicroelectronics and General Dynamics Space Systems prior to becoming an industry analyst and In-Stat’s chief technology strategist. Email Jim. The same can be said throughout the electronics industry. To do business in China, foreign companies must partner with a Chinese entity, typically resulting in the formation of a new entity as a joint venture. The greatest concern surrounding these agreements is the protection of IP in China.Although IP protection is still a concern, the Chinese government has made great strides in protecting and enforcing IP from foreign entities over the past decade. It appears committed to improving China’s standing in the high-tech segment, especially as Chinese vendors become more prominent in technology IP.It would be almost impossible to develop an electronic solution without leveraging resources from multiple companies in multiple regions, especially the U.S. and China. Most prominent technology companies, like Huawei and Qualcomm, have engineering resources in many countries around the world. Most mobile devices require IP, semiconductor, system design, manufacturing and software resources from other companies around the world.”Coopetition” is a common term among companies in the electronics industry, but for Qualcomm and Huawei, the relationship is less competition than cooperation. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ECT News Network. IP Protection last_img read more

UK health policies should be redesigned to become more accessible for men

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 19 2018UK health policies should be redesigned to become more accessible for men, according to a new report by the Work Foundation.Terms such as ‘mental health’ risk alienating men, so services should be marketed differently and as part of targeted, gendered campaigns to reach men at greatest risk of poor physical and mental health. ‘Out of hours’ access to GP surgeries and health services should also be considered if more men are to be encouraged to get the help and support they need, researchers claim.While much attention has rightly been given to the effect of women’s increasing presence in the labour market, there has been less focus on changes experienced by male workers over the last decade. The new report, entitled ‘Men’s mental health and work: The case for a gendered approach to policy’, sheds new light on this important – and often overlooked – issue. By studying recent evidence through a ‘male lens’, the report calls on Government to commission more ‘gendered’ research to understand the different ways men and women engage with health services, arguing that work should be recognised as a health outcome due to the impact employment has on mental and physical health and wellbeing.The Work Foundation’s Dr James Chandler is the lead author of the report. He said: “On the face of it, it may seem that the average man in the UK has not experienced the same rate of change as the average woman in the world of work, but scratch a little deeper and we find rapid, significant changes to men’s experience in the workplace, which has affected their health and wellbeing.”There are striking differences between men and women’s health in the UK – and we find this is often reinforced by the work they do. Men are more likely to do physically dangerous work, more likely to be self-employed and more likely to work away from home for extended periods. The jobs that tend to pose the biggest risk to physical health and safety are often amongst the lowest paid, with less job security. It is a fact that men are also at far greater risk of suicide than women – particularly those aged 55 – 64 – and those working in male-dominated sectors like construction.”These inequalities suggest there’s a real need for health policies to be redesigned with men in mind. The Department of Health and Social Care should consider reframing mental health services as men can find commonly used terms alienating. Learning from interventions in different contexts and settings and creating resources like ‘stress manuals’ could make a real difference to overcome the stigma men associate with ‘mental health’ in the UK. An additional problem is that help available through GPs and other services is only available during normal working hours. While this affects both men and women, the evidence indicates it is more problematic for men as they typically do not want their boss/colleagues to know they are seeking medical help – particularly for mental health problems. ‘Out of hours’ or ‘after hours’ services could therefore make a big different to their health and wellbeing.”Related StoriesEffective stop smoking treatments less likely to be prescribed to people with mental health conditionsParticipation in local food projects may have positive effect on healthInternational study aims to more accurately describe mental health disordersWhile accidents and injuries at work have fallen significantly over the years, the risk of mental ill-health at work has grown. In the construction industry for example, ten times the number of workers die from suicide compared to industrial accidents. This suggests that while health and safety at work remains crucial, men’s mental health may be a bigger public health priority.Evidence suggests employers also have a role to play in providing support, for example by marketing Employee Assistance Programmes and Occupational Health Services to male employees carefully, being mindful of the terminology used to describe the support to encourage early intervention and prevention.Martin Tod, Chief Executive of Men’s Health Forum, said: “The relationship between men, work and mental health is vitally important, but under-researched. We welcome the Work Foundation’s report and support their recommendations.”For many men, employment and the ability to provide are core to their sense of self-esteem and well-being. It’s not a coincidence that high unemployment rates are associated with increased suicide rates. Well-paid and meaningful work is extremely important to men’s mental health.”This report rightly highlights the role that employers can play in supporting men’s health. But, we also need mental health services to recognise that not all employers are enlightened employers and to design their services in that light. Too many men fear they will face stigma if they show weakness – and for too many men that fear is justified. The language needs to be right and the ability to access confidential out-of-hours services is essential.”Source: http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/news/uk-needs-to-redesign-health-policies-for-menlast_img read more