A Magnetic Trick to Define Consciousness

first_imgConsciousness isn’t easy to define, but we know it when we experience it. It’s not so simple to decide when someone else is conscious, however, as doctors must sometimes do with patients who have suffered traumatic brain injury. Now, researchers have come up with an approach that uses the brain’s response to magnetic stimulation to judge a person’s awareness, reducing it to a numerical score they call an index of consciousness. “You’re kind of banging on the brain and listening to the echo,” says Anil Seth, a neuroscientist at the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science at the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom who was not involved in the work.Faced with an unresponsive patient, clinicians do their best to determine whether the person is conscious. Through sound, touch, and other stimuli, they try to provoke verbal responses, slight finger movements, or just a shifting gaze. Yet some conscious patients simply can’t move or speak; an estimated 40% of those initially judged to be completely unaware are later found to have some level of consciousness.Recently, physicians seeking to resolve a patient’s conscious state have gone right to the source, searching for signs of awareness using brain imaging or recording electrical activity of neurons. Most of these approaches define a conscious brain as an integrated brain, where groups of cells in many different regions activate to form a cohesive pattern, explains Marcello Massimini, a neurophysiologist at the University of Milan in Italy. “But that’s not enough,” he says. Sometimes even an unconscious brain looks highly integrated. For example, stimulating the brain of a sleeping person can create a huge wave of activity that “propagates like a ripple in water.” It’s a highly synchronized, widespread pattern, but it’s not consciousness, he says, and so this measure is often unreliable for diagnosis.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Recently, Massimini and colleagues have been exploring another possible criterion for consciousness. To create our information-rich, moment-to-moment experience, different groups of neurons must have their own timing, or their own unique firing patterns. They must work together, but keep their individuality. “It’s quite a slippery thing to [describe] verbally,” Seth says. The big question for neuroscientists developing computerized tests of consciousness, he says, is “can we make that quite slippery verbal intuition mathematically precise?”That’s just what Massimini and his colleagues have tried to do with the perturbational complexity index (PCI), which they describe online today in Science Translational Medicine. PCI looks at the brain’s response to transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), where a magnetic coil is held up to the surface of the skull, generating a pulse to stimulate the neurons beneath and provoke a response that radiates through the brain.Massimini and his colleagues record the brain’s “echo” with electroencephalography, a measure of electrical activity, and then turn that data into a numerical score between 0 and 1. Their calculations award higher scores to information-rich responses: those that are distributed across the brain, but also individualized. If two distant groups of neurons are active, but their activity is synchronized, the PCI equation compresses them, meaning they contribute less to the overall score. “The less we can compress the pattern, the more information is in it,” Massimini explains.The researchers first calibrated their system using healthy patients. They recorded TMS responses in waking subjects, and then used the brain activity from people in deep sleep or under different types of anesthesia as a reference for unconsciousness. There was no overlap in scores between conscious and unconscious subjects, suggesting a potentially useful cutoff or threshold for consciousness, somewhere between the highest unconscious score (0.31) and the lowest conscious score (0.44).Then the researchers tested the index with 20 people who had suffered different types of brain damage. Those who were believed to be in a vegetative state—awake but completely unconscious—got very low scores (between 0.19 to 0.31). Subjects who had emerged from a coma had varying degrees of awareness and intermediate scores. Two of the patients had a condition known as locked-in syndrome: Their cognitive abilities were normal, but they were unable to move. These patients, who could communicate by shifting their eyes, received PCI scores of 0.51 and 0.62—as high as the waking, healthy subjects. Without requiring any active participation from subjects, this index can reliably place them on a continuum between conscious and unconscious, the team concludes.“This is a very well-conceived approach,” says Joseph Giacino, a neuropsychologist at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston. “It’s based on what we understand the nature of consciousness to be … to the extent that we can understand it at this point.”Seth calls the work “a substantial contribution to the state of the art.” The attempt to set a threshold for consciousness with our limited definition is much like early attempts to establish freezing and boiling points without a thermometer or a good definition of temperature, he says. PCI is the most reliable test to date, and is “a first step” toward an absolute scale for consciousness, Seth says.Giacino points out that there are still gray areas on the PCI scale. There was some overlap between the range of scores for patients considered to be in a “minimally conscious state,” showing intermittent signs of awareness, such as following simple movement commands, and those who had emerged from this state but were still disoriented and had limited communication. He says this distinction is important when doctors decide whether trying simple communication methods, such as indicating “yes” and “no” with the eyes, will be worthwhile or simply overwhelm the patient. Still, if the results can be replicated in a larger group, Giacino predicts the test could be a vast improvement over current tools for locating consciousness in the midst of damage.last_img read more

Casillas Has Heart Attack but Porto Says He is Out of Danger

first_imgPORTO, Portugal — Veteran goalkeeper Iker Casillas has had a heart attack but is out of danger, Porto said Wednesday.The Portuguese club said Casillas fell ill during a practice session and remains hospitalized, but the “heart condition has been resolved.”It said the 37-year-old Spaniard is “doing well” and is in stable condition.Porto said the practice session at the team’s training center was interrupted so doctors could attend to Casillas.No timeline was given for how long the goalkeeper will be sidelined. Defending champion Porto trails Benfica by two points in the Portuguese league with two games left.Messages of support poured in from clubs and players across the world.“Real Madrid wishes to offer its full support to our beloved captain Iker Casillas,” the Spanish club said in a statement. “Iker Casillas has shown us how to overcome the most incredible challenges throughout his professional career, adding significantly to our club’s successes. He’s shown us that giving up has no place in our way of life and demonstrated time and again that staying strong during the hardest of challenges is the only path to victory.“Real Madrid and all of madridismo look forward to seeing our legendary captain back in good health as soon as possible and we send him all the encouragement in the world.”Casillas joined Porto in 2015 after 16 seasons with Real Madrid, which he helped win five Spanish league titles and three Champions League trophies.Casillas also helped Spain’s national team win one World Cup and two European Championships.The goalkeeper’s contract with Porto was recently extended until the end of the 2019-20 season, with an option for another one-year extension.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

World Cup 2018: When a photographer got buried in Croatia’s manic celebration

first_imgAn entire country erupted with joy when Mario Mandzukic scored in extra-time to help Croatia take a 2-1 lead over England in the 2018 FIFA World Cup semi-final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.Croatia defied all odds, rose above any kind of fatigue to come from behind and defeat England to reach their first-ever World Cup final.They looked trouble in the first half of the match, failing to keep control of the ball and England wrecked havoc. However, all of that changed as the second half began.Ivan Perisic scored the equaliser in the 68th minute to take the match to extra-time and then Mandzukic’s strike created absolute mayhem.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThe goal by Mandzukic in the 109th minute was extremely street-smart. Ivan Perisic rose the highest to head the ball brilliantly in front of the goal. Mandzukic awoke to the situation before English defender John Stones, picked the ball and struck it past Jordan Pickford.Mandzukic ran towards the corner flag to celebrate the goal and so did his teammates but then something unique and extremely funny happened.Also read – Croatia lowest ranked team in history to reach World Cup finalCroatia’s manic celebration led them to fall over a photographer at the sidelines. But they were delighted, they were ecstatic and they perhaps did not even realise that there was no footballer underneath them.Also read – Croatia played an ‘extra match’ to reach historic World Cup final: Key statsA perfect footballing celebration followed with all the teammates falling over each other. Meanwhile, that photographer from news agency AFP lay at the bottom of the huddle.advertisement When the celebrations toned down and the players started standing up, Mandzukic and Rakitic checked on the photographer Yuri Cortez. Rakitic asked if he was fine while Mandzukic apologised to him. He took it all in fun, smiled and waived them that he was fine.Domagoj Vida hugged him, kissed him and made him a complete part of their celebration.Vida kissing a photographer after Mandzukic’s winner. #cro pic.twitter.com/XcdM1MPC4vBesiktas Talk (@BesiktasTalk) July 11, 2018The ‘lucky’ man could only smile wide and just like a photographer would, Cortez took the opportunity to take some brilliant close-up shots of the players.Mandzukic offers a hand to AFP photographer Yuri Cortez. Photograph: Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images pic.twitter.com/AnZBVUeuoLJ Cs (@cervantescrc) July 12, 2018You know the photographer who got decked by Mandzukics celebration? That was @YuriYurisky of @afp and his shot is fantastic. #ENGCRO pic.twitter.com/wrS2H2UTpFRichard Chambers (@newschambers) July 12, 2018I love this photo of Mandzukic celebrating after his goal when he knocked down the photographer pic.twitter.com/bvfAjZOHp6Cristiano Ronaldo stan (@LegendOfSandy) July 12, 2018The occasion was big and the incident only made it more momentous. Croatia went on to win the match at the back of that goal and the remarkable story remained.last_img read more

The Secret to a Bunch-Free Dress Shirt Is Tommy John’s Stay-Tucked Collection

first_img Editors’ Recommendations The New Alex Mill Collection Is Packed With Your Fall Style Essentials How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall In life, there are more than a few moments when it is best to look better than ‘casual.’ A little dressing up never hurt anyone and doing so can be as easy as throwing on a simple button down, putting on your nicest leather lace-ups, and slipping into a great fitting pair of slacks. But, with most dress shirts, there comes one major annoyance that can ruin your time and your appearance: The bulging, rippling, blousy movement of your shirt that won’t stay tucked in. So, instead of just dealing by repeatedly tucking and smoothing your shirt, just try the Tommy John  Stay-Tucked collection. It’s here to get rid of your tucked-in irritations with literal bunch-less fits. A hidden elastic hem at the bottom of each Stay-Tucked shirt holds everything in place close to your hips, preventing your shirt from riding up or bunching – hence the Stay-Tucked name designation.And, surprisingly, one little piece of elastic attached to the bottom hem of your shirt and suddenly you’ve got a perfectly in place button down. This design works especially well when you’re at a function that requires movement, such as appearing in your bud’s wedding, traveling for business, or even losing your cool during your favorite song while chaperoning your daughter’s middle school dance (no judgments here).  What’s better, the Stay-Tucked Collection features two fits for dress shirts: The Slim Fit and the Classic Fit. Whatever fit you choose, the Tommy John Stay-Tucked collection shirts won’t come untucked when you raise your hands or simply go about your day due to the designs 360-degree armpit gusset that allows for full motion and no restrictions.Stay-Tucked Slim Fit Dress Shirt – $148The Slim Fit shirt features back darts that offer more of a tapered feel throughout the chest, body, and arms in order to give a man of any shape that classic V-torso look. Not only does it provide assistance for a stylish, fit appearance, it’s functional design might very well make this shirt your new favorite clothing item to wear during your day-to-day grind.Shop NowStay-Tucked Classic Fit Dress Shirt – $148The Classic Fit dress shirt doesn’t have back darts that the Slim Fit possesses, affording men a broad shoulder look that boasts a box pleat back that offer more room in the shoulders, body, and chest. This option is the better choice for bigger guys, guys with massive broad shoulders, or guys with a bit of a gut. Shop NowLooking for other dress shirts to try on? Look no further than our favorite white dress shirts from any brand. Everlane Wants You to Have a Daily Uniform to Make Dressing Easier How to Choose the Right Dress Shirt Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movielast_img read more

Medal of Bravery Nominations Open

first_imgNominations for Nova Scotia’s Medal of Bravery are now open. Nova Scotians are encouraged to nominate individuals who courageously put themselves at risk to help others. “Every year, there are Nova Scotians who go above and beyond, risking their own safety to save the life or property of others,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “These people deserve to be recognized for their bravery. I encourage Nova Scotians to show their gratitude by nominating someone they know who is deserving of this award.” Nomination forms are available at Access Nova Scotia centres, as well as from offices of members of the legislative assembly and online at www.novascotia.ca/bravery. The deadline for nominations is May 1. Acts of bravery that occurred on or after Jan. 1, 2015 are eligible for nomination. An advisory panel, chaired by Hugh Laurence, will select the recipients. Other committee members are: Paul Mason, executive director, Emergency Management Office Debbie Brown, solicitor, Department of Justice Fred Jeffers, Nova Scotia fire marshal Chief Dave MacNeil, Truro Police Service, past president, Nova Scotia Chiefs of Police Association Brigadier General C.J. Turenne, Canadian Armed Forces Cynthia Stevenson, member at large Jim Hoskins, member at large Completed nomination forms should be sent to: Provincial Secretary, Medal of Bravery, Department of Justice, 7th floor, 1690 Hollis St., Halifax, N.S., B3J 2L6.last_img read more

Father who lost son in Broncos crash wants graduated licensing in truck

first_imgREGINA — A father who lost his son in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash says mandatory training in Saskatchewan for commercial semi-truck drivers is a good first step, but he wants to see more.Russ Herold, whose son Adam died in a collision between the junior hockey team’s bus and a semi last April, told CJME in Regina that he would like to see the rules adopted nationwide.Herold is also calling for graduated licensing with limits on mileage and on what semi-trailer combinations drivers are allowed based on how much time they’ve spent behind the wheel.Last week, the Saskatchewan government announced that, starting in March, drivers will have to take mandatory training of just over 120 hours for a Class 1 commercial licence.Farmers driving for agricultural purposes will be exempt from the new rules, but will need to stay within the provincial boundary.Herold, a farmer himself, doesn’t think there should be exemptions for anyone.“There is no such thing as a border when you’re a truck driver nowadays,” he said. “Everybody sees that there’s lots of trucks. Truck traffic is just the way goods move these days and we need to ensure the roads are safe.”He suggested experience has to be key in training.“Experience behind the wheel is what’s going to make people better drivers. You’re not going on a thousand-mile trip your first trip out,” Herold said.“We all share the road and an accident could happen in 50 miles as easy as it can in 500 miles.”Sixteen people were killed and 13 players were injured as a result of the crash at a rural intersection in April as the Broncos were heading to a junior hockey playoff game.The truck driver, Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, is charged with numerous counts of dangerous driving causing death and dangerous driving causing bodily harm.Joe Hargrave, minister responsible for Saskatchewan Government Insurance, has called mandatory training overdue and said the government had been considering the measure even before the Broncos crash.Herold said he gets frustrated to hear that from a government that has been in power for years.“If people talk like that, obviously they know there was a concern. There was possibly a problem,” he said. “Why weren’t things done sooner? Why did it take a tragedy like this to bring it to the forefront?”(CJME)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Prince Harry leaves royal baby Archie just three days after birth to

Harry and Meghan’s first born, who is seventh in line to the throne, made his debut with his mother and father at the castle on Wednesday.The Duchess described her son as having the “sweetest temperament”, while a delighted Duke called him “our own little bundle of joy”.Meghan added: “It’s magic, it’s pretty amazing. I have the two best guys in the world so I’m really happy.”The couple’s son arrived on Monday at 5.26am, weighing 7lb 3oz and his father said, when announcing the birth, the baby’s late arrival had given them longer to decide on a name. As the first-born son of a Duke, Archie could have become Earl of Dumbarton – one of Harry’s subsidiary titles – or have been Lord Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.But the couple chose not to use a courtesy title and the decision fits with Harry and Meghan’s desire to give their son as normal a life as possible despite his royal heritage.He shares a name with a character who is part of the Archie gang, along with a host of others – including Moose Mason, Betty Cooper and Jughead Jones – who have been on American news stands for years. The Duke of Sussex will travel to the Netherlands today, just three days after the birth of his son Archie.Harry will visit The Hague to launch the one-year countdown to the Invictus Games 2020, after introducing Archie to the world alongside Meghan in an eagerly anticipated photocall on Wednesday.Leading parenting expert Suzie Hayman said Harry is likely to find leaving his baby son so soon after his birth “agonising”, and said he would feel a “pang” to be leaving his wife and child.But Meghan is likely to still have the company of her mother Doria Ragland at their Frogmore Cottage home while Harry is away on the short trip.Harry and Meghan announced they had called their baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor after the Duchess movingly described her son and husband as “the two best guys in the world”.The couple broke with royal convention by not using a title for their baby boy, and have given their firstborn a name familiar to fans of the American Archie comic – featuring a main character who has red hair just like the Duke.The new parents were pictured showing off baby Archie to the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, alongside Ms Ragland, at Windsor Castle. Archie Andrews is known as “America’s typical teenager” and he and his friends have been updated for a modern audience with Riverdale, a Netflix American teenage drama series.The name is German in origin and means “genuine”, “bold” and “brave”, and is short for Archibald, but is now a name in its own right.Harrison means “son of Harry” so is likely to be a tribute to the Duke.It is English in origin and famous Harrisons include the Star Wars actor Harrison Ford.Archie is not entitled to be an HRH or a prince due to rules set out more than 100 years ago by George V.Prince George, Archie’s cousin, reportedly told a dog walker earlier this year that his name is Archie when questioned by the pet owner. read more

Prince Charles Highgrove garden raises £7m for charity as it celebrates 25th

An introductory video shown to all visitors sees the Prince speak of how he wanted to abandon the “quick fix approach” to gardening for a more philosophical one, laying out structures like a painter might create his works. He wanted it to “feed the soul, warm the heart and delight the eye”, he said.Since his 70th birthday last year, the garden is stocked with gifts from friends around the world from the large Grecian urns given by the Duchess of Cornwall to the beehives from Fortnum and Mason. The Prince acquired the 18th century country house and estate near Tetbury, Gloucestershire, in 1980, when it had only a kitchen garden, an overgrown copse, some pastureland and a few hollow oaks. The sundial garden nowCredit:Highgrove Enterprises In the background is the prince’s beloved Jack Russell Tigga, who was devoted to his master and is now commemorated with a sculpture of him sleeping in a wall. Along with busts of people admires, the modern garden is also littered with personal mementoes including a tree planted with Prince George and a thatched tree house known as Hollyrood House built for Prince William’s seventh birthday in 1989.The prince has said of the gardens: “One of my greatest joys is to see the pleasure that the garden can bring to many of the visitors and that everybody seems to find some part of it that is special to them.” The cottage garden now The sundial garden now Planting Thyme Walk with Tigga in the background In line with its organic ethos, slugs are dealt with by beer traps, and box blight has been avoided by the planting of disease-resistant varieties. All profits from the sale of Highgrove products, garden tours and events are donated to the Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund.The grant-making body supports projects by a wide range of organisations including Streetwise Opera, which helps people at risk of homelessness, and Big Kid, which helps young people at risk of social exclusion and youth violence to take control of their lives. The terrace as it used to look The cottage garden nowCredit:Highgrove Enterprises Planting Thyme Walk with Tigga in the backgroundCredit:Highgrove Enterprises The terrace as it used to lookCredit:Highgrove Enterprises The gardens of Highgrove have raised £7million for charity after the Prince of Wales transformed them from flat neglected plot to an organic haven, it has been revealed on the 25th anniversary of their public opening.The Gloucestershire garden, which is open to the public even when the Prince is in residence, has helped fund charities from Tusk, tackling elephant poaching in Africa, to apprentice beekeepers and opera for homeless people. Before and after pictures released by Clarence House for the anniversary show the Prince in his early days at Highgrove, getting his hands dirty planting hedges and thyme.Nowadays, he regularly catches visitors unawares to lend the gardeners a hand himself, and is said to be a “dab hand” with a long-handled pruner. The all-organic method, which sees wildflower meadows scythed and the edges of driveways unmown if there are wild orchids to be found nearby, has been brought up to date with the installation of a Bluetooth watering system operated remotely to give flowerbeds a drink overnight to save water.  Archive photographs from Clarence House show the prince, in his thirties, with secateurs in one hand and a cutting of a shrub in the other, dressed casually in an opened-necked checked shirt and belted chinos as he walks through the meadow in front of Highgrove House.The organic gardens opened annually to the public in 1994 and Clarence House said the tours, along with events, retail and catering at Highgrove, have raised more than £7 million for charity over the past quarter of a century.Some 40,000 people now visit each year.Another image from Highgrove features the Prince planting thyme along a cobbled path which would eventually become the Thyme Walk avenue. read more

French hostages released after three years return to France

first_imgFOUR FRENCHMEN HELD hostage by al-Qaida militants for three years in the African Sahel have been released and flown home to France.President Francois Hollande and their families were waiting on the tarmac at the military airport outside Paris to greet the men in an emotional homecoming.KidnappedImages on French television showed the plane landing this morning. The men — Pierre Legrand, Thierry Dol, Marc Feret and Daniel Larribe — spent their first night of freedom in the Niger capital of Niamey.At the time of their capture, the four were working in Arlit, Niger, where the French nuclear giant Areva operates a uranium mine.President Francois Hollande announced the release Tuesday and credited Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou, who later appeared on television with the hostages. The men, who worked for the Areva nuclear company when taken, had long beards and some wore turbans and brown robes. They did not speak.Thierry Dol, center, one of four Frenchmen held hostage by al-Qaida militants for three years in the African Sahel. (AP Photo)ReleaseOfficials gave few details on the release, but the French defense minister said there was no assault and that France did not pay a ransom. “There was an initiative taken by the network” of the Niger president “which allowed the liberation without a clash,” Jean-Yves Le Drian told France’s TF 1 television.The four freed Frenchmen were captured in September 2010 by the North African wing of al-Qaida and spirited from their dormitories in the town of Arlit, Niger, where Areva, a Frenchstate-run nuclear company, operates a uranium mine.Officials had long suspected the hostages were being held in northern Mali, a harsh desert area where there is no tree cover and the blazing midday heat can soar to 40 degrees Celsius.The question of whether ransom was paid to procure their release immediately rose to the fore.Hollande had made clear his government would not pay ransoms to free the captives. That sparked an outcry from families of captives in West Africa, where hostage-taking has been a lucrative business for radicals. Fear was redoubled when in January France invaded Mali as part of an anti-terror offensive.File photo shows hostage’s families, friends and activists demonstrating, in Aix en Provence, southern France, to mark 1,000 days since four French hostages were kidnapped in Niger. (AP Photo)RansomPascal Lupart, who, as the head of an association representing friends and families of the hostages, is in touch with those investigating the case, said he was told Areva paid a ransom for the captives. He did not know the amount, however, and an Areva press officer, Julien Duperray, refused to comment on the claim.Former French Defense Minister Gerard Longuet also downplayed the notion — held by many who have observed the case — that Areva would pay a ransom in lieu of a direct payment by the government. “One cannot imagine that a state company would do the contrary” and pay to free the men, Longuet said on BFM-TV.Global intelligence company Stratfor estimates that al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, or AQIM, has carried out at least 18 kidnappings since 2003, raising an estimated $89 million in ransom payments.Read: 40 years ago, this is how ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ was born>Read: ‘They were brutally executed’ – Hostages describe Algeria siege ordeal>last_img read more

Mark Zuckerberg vows to tackle spate of murder videos being uploaded to

first_img“There was a short pursuit in which the vehicle was stopped. As the officers approached that vehicle, Steve Stephens took his own life,” Cleveland police chief Calvin Williams said.Pennsylvania police said he shot himself with a handgun about a mile from the McDonald’s following a low-speed pursuit — at under 50 miles (80 kilometers) per hour. Pennsylvania State Police investigate a car and probable suicide of the Cleveland Facebook killing suspect Steve Stephens. Source: Greg Wohlford/PATom Ducharme, owner of the restaurant near Erie, told CNN that Stephens drove up, placed an order and paid an employee, who recognized him and called police.Stephens worked for a behavioral health agency serving children through mental health services, foster care and adoption, at-risk youth and other programs.But according to a timeline of events pieced together by police and Facebook, Stephens posted a video on Sunday afternoon saying he intended to kill, and followed up two minutes later with video of Godwin’s shooting.In a third video 11 minutes later, streamed live from Stephens’ car, he said he intended to kill others.Facebook took down Stephens’ videos and disabled his account two hours after he first started uploading. It acknowledged the delay had been too long and said it was reviewing its protocols.With reporting by – © AFP, 2017Read: ‘Crush the saboteurs’: Here’s how the British press reacted to Theresa May calling an election > Share Tweet Email Apr 19th 2017, 8:39 AM Steve Stephens. Source: AP/PA ImagesFACEBOOK CEO MARK Zuckerberg has said the social media giant must address the surge in the number of grisly videos emerging on the platform.In recent days, Steve Stephens, 37 and thought to have been mentally unstable, had been on the run since 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr was shot dead on Easter Sunday, seemingly at random in broad daylight in Cleveland, Ohio. The video was recorded and then posted on Facebook.The murder and a video sparked outrage across the world and renewed scrutiny of the growing number of murder videos being posted on social media.Stephens shot himself after a brief police chase after a McDonald’s worker recognised him while he was buying chicken nuggets.Worrisome trendFacebook removed the footage hours after the attack. Zuckerberg acknowledged that the world’s largest social network had a role to play in stemming the worrisome trend.“There is a lot of work to do here,” he told a Facebook developers’ conference. “And we will keep doing all we can to prevent tragedies like this from happening.”Police got the decisive tip-off after Stephens had been on the run for nearly 48 hours, when a McDonald’s employee recognized him at a drive-thru in Pennsylvania shortly after 11:00 am (1500 GMT) and called authorities. https://jrnl.ie/3346455 11 Comments 8,854 Views center_img Wednesday 19 Apr 2017, 8:39 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL By Garreth MacNamee Mark Zuckerberg vows to tackle spate of murder videos being uploaded to Facebook Steve Stephens videoed himself shooting a random pensioner in the face and uploaded the video to Facebook.last_img read more

Le rover Opportunity explore un nouveau site sur Mars

first_imgLe rover Opportunity explore un nouveau site sur Mars Un peu moins de neuf ans après son arrivée sur Mars, le rover Opportunity a atteint un nouveau site d’intérêt sur la planète rouge. Baptisé “Matijevic Hill”, il est situé au bord d’un cratère et pourrait abriter des minéraux intéressants pour répondre à la question de l’habitabilité de Mars.Si l’on parle beaucoup de Curiosity, n’oublions pas que le rover n’est pas seul sur Mars. Bien avant lui, sont arrivés d’autres engins et notamment le rover Opportunity qui y est toujours. Le 25 janvier 2013, il fêtera même les neuf ans de son arrivée sur la planète rouge. Il était donc grandement temps d’avoir de ses nouvelles car Opportunity est loin de chômer ! En octobre dernier, le rover a même atteint un nouveau site localisé dans le cratère Endeavour de 22 mètres de diamètre.Plus précisément, le site, baptisé Matijevic Hill, est situé sur l’un des sommets du cratère et a été choisi il y a plusieurs années de cela comme cible pour Opportunity. Des engins orbitant autour de Mars y ont en effet détecté des traces de minéraux argileux, qui se forment dans des conditions humides et non-acides, qui pourraient être favorables à la vie. D’où l’intérêt suscité par le site autour duquel Opportunity a roulé sur 354 mètres au cours des deux derniers mois. Cette “promenade” a en fait servi à mieux évaluer l’étendue de l’affleurement de Matijevic Hill et ainsi déterminer le meilleur endroit pour mener des investigations.”Si vous êtes un géologue étudiant un site comme celui-là, l’une des premières choses que vous faites est de vous promener sur l’affleurement et c’est ce que nous avons fait avec Opportunity. Nous avons une liste de questions posées par des observations. Nous avons fait ce tour pour déterminer comment utiliser le temps de la manière la plus efficace pour répondre aux questions. Maintenant nous avons une bonne idée de ce à quoi nous avons affaire, et nous somme prêts à démarrer le travail détaillé”, a expliqué Steve Squyres, principal investigateur de la mission à la Cornell University. De nouveaux éléments à observer pour Opportunity À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreD’après les scientifiques, Matijevic Hill présente deux affleurements d’un grand intérêt : le premier appelé “Whitewater Lake” montre un matériau de couleur clair qui pourrait contenir de l’argile. Le second baptisé “Kirkwood” contient des petites sphères avec une composition, une structure et une distribution qui diffèrent des autres “sphérules” riches en fer et surnommées “myrtilles” (en anglais “blueberries”). Ce sont ces éléments qu’Opportunity a trouvés sur son site d’atterrissage et à travers la plaine appelée Meridiani Planum qu’il a exploré. Selon Squyres, les sphères de Kirkwood seraient ainsi “de nouvelles baies” (en anglais “newberries”).  “Nous ne savons pas encore si Whitewater Lake et Kirkwood datent d’avant ou après que le cratère s’est formé. L’une des choses importantes à étudier est l’ordre et la position des couches de roche pour nous dire leur âge relatif. Nous avons aussi besoin de plus de travail sur la composition de Whitewater et des débris laissés par Whitewater pour comprendre la signature d’argile vue depuis l’orbite, et sur la composition des “newberries” pour comprendre comment elles se sont formées”, a indiqué le scientifique cité dans un communiqué de la NASA.Un robot en pleine forme Mais environ neuf ans après son arrivée et pour cette mission qui devrait durer trois mois, Opportunity est en forme et prêt à faire de nouveaux tours, à réaliser des opérations utilisant son bras robotique et à communiquer avec la Terre, a souligné Diana Blaney, du Jet Propulsion Laboratory de la NASA. Cette nouvelle mission devrait donc s’avérer aussi fructueuse que les précédentes.Le 6 décembre 2012 à 12:41 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Every Mainline God of War Game Ranked

first_img ‘God of War’ Documentary ‘Raising Kratos’ Explores 2018’s Top Video GamePS4 Hits Turn Tabletop With ‘God of War,’ ‘Bloodborne&… Stay on target With God of War releasing tomorrow, awareness of the franchise is at an all-time high. People are not only talking about the new entry, but also past installments. This, of course, leads to gamers ranking their favorite God of War titles and wondering where the newest entry will fit in. Since we don’t want to be left out of the conversation, we figured it’d be a great idea to post our own ranking.This list contains all of the main games released on PS2, PS3, PlayStation Portable, and even the latest on PS4. We’re not counting the mobile entries (for obvious reasons). This is our ranking, but please feel free to give us yours down in the comments.God of War (2005)AdChoices广告Few games can match the excellence of the first God of War game. It masterfully combined elements from titles like Devil May Cry and Prince of Persia with classic Ray Harryhausen movies. Despite wearing its influences on its sleeves, it delivered a wholly unique experience. It set the tone for the entire series, and unleashed a wave of imitators. God of War is one of the most important titles ever released.Aside from delivering an entertaining and distinct take on Greek mythology, what makes this inaugural game special is how it introduces the series’ star. Few titles begin with a demoralized lead character attempting to end their own life. Throughout the bloody adventure, we witness the tortured journey of Kratos slowly unfold. No other game in the series delves into the character’s backstory quite the way this entry did. It is a modernized take on the classic Greek hero archetype and it was glorious.Despite the infuriating Hades level, God of War is damn near perfect.God of War (2018)Despite being the newest entry, the eponymously God of War has more than earned a second-place slot on this list. Like I said in my review, the series had exhausted all originality up to this point (see the final entry on this list). For it to survive, the franchise needed a booster shot, and that’s exactly what this installment delivers. It is perhaps one of the most masterful “reboots” seen in gaming.Much has been said about how different this entry is. While the game certainly introduces a host of new plotlines and mechanics, it is still very much a God of War experience — just updated for 2018. Everything from combat, story, exploration, level design, and graphics are top notch. Perhaps it’s too early to say this, but this may be one of the defining games of the generation. If nothing else, it has made the franchise exciting again. I’m sure most will agree after they’ve experienced it.God of War IIIGod of War II ended with one of the most jaw-dropping cliffhangers in games. It’s fitting God of War III opens with an equally exhilarating intro. The introduction, with its unbridled mayhem and carnage, almost threatens to overshadow the rest of the game. Thankfully, this isn’t the case. God of War III takes everything that came before and turns it up to eleven. It’s the video game equivalent of Melodic Death Metal; simultaneously brutal and beautiful. Like the newest game, this was worth the long wait fans had to endure.In many ways, God of War III is more of a sequel to the first game than the second. Though Kratos was at his most vicious, he regained the humanity and relatability lost in the second installment. That isn’t to say he was completely sympathetic. The demigod’s adventure was purely one of vengeance. However, his goal to commit deicide was understandable, given what the gods did to him. It was hard not to root for Kratos, even as he turned Zeus’ face into tomato paste. Well, kind of. Either way, God of War III will forever be one of the best entries in the venerable series.God of War: Ghost of SpartaDiehard fans tend to overlook the PlayStation Portable God of War games. This is a shame considering how excellent both titles are. The best of the duo is without a doubt God of War: Ghost of Sparta. Despite being a portable title, this was very much an authentic God of War experience. The fact it managed to make a name for itself despite releasing in the same year as the third game is a testament to its excellence.Like Chains of Olympus, Ghost of Sparta takes several storylines from the alternate endings of the first God of War and introduces them into its narrative. The main one being Kratos’ brother, Deimos, who aids in battle during certain sequences. Even now, Ghost of Sparta is by far the very best looking PSP game ever released. It’s clear developer Ready at Dawn spared no expense when crafting this adventure.God of War: Chains of OlympusGod of War: Chains of Olympus proved you can have a real God of War experience on a portable device. Like Ghost of Sparta, Chains of Olympus featured amazing graphics, smart level design, hordes of challenging enemies, and a thrilling story of Kratos’ past. If you didn’t know better, you could easily mistake this for a console God of War entry. It truly is that good.This installment is notable for putting a greater emphasis on Kratos’ family. You know, the same one he murdered. Some of the game’s most memorable moments take place in the Elysian fields where Kratos spends time with his deceased daughter, Calliope. In some ways, Kratos’ interaction with Calliope is a precursor to the one he shares with his son, Atreus. This is a must-play title even for those who aren’t huge fans of the series.God of War IISome of you are probably wondering why God of War II is so low on this list. After all, it had several enhancements over the original. These include better graphics, a greater variety of expansive and detailed worlds, more intuitive quicktime events, and faster, smoother combat. On paper, this is an improvement on the original. Unfortunately, there’s a specific element that holds it back from true greatness. Namely, Kratos himself.Many see Kratos as nothing more than a hate-filled savage whose only goal in life is murdering anything that moves. You can thank God of War II for that particular stereotype. Though Kratos is a relentless killing machine in the first game, he was still relatable, even sympathetic. In this installment, he has no lofty goal to pursue. He kills and destroys just for the sake of it. This makes him much less likable than before, and the overall game is hurt by this. God of War II would have easily been higher on this list if Kratos’ motivations weren’t so shallow. Thankfully, all subsequent games delivered more satisfying experiences.Well, all except the final entry on the list…God of War: AscensionLet’s be honest, this unfortunate entry feels like a blatant cash-grab. Don’t get me wrong, the graphics look absolutely stunning, and some of the set pieces and combat encounters are among the series’ finest. However, it centers on a chapter in Kratos’ life that — quite frankly — didn’t need to be told. Let us not forget the tacked-on multiplayer mode which was as superfluous as the story. I hate to say this, but God of War: Ascension is the Gears of War: Judgement Day of the franchise. This one is purely for the hardest of the hardcore fan. And I’m being generous even by saying that. Thankfully, we now have the new game to wash away the bad taste left in our mouths after playing Ascension.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Worlds most expensive XI team

first_imgThe World’s most expensive XI team has been named with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar leading the wayThe title of the world’s most expensive player belongs to Neymar following his £200m move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain last year.But at the age of 33, Ronaldo isn’t showing any signs of slowing down with Juventus having made him the fourth most expensive player in world football last month following his shock transfer from Real Madrid.Ahead of him in the list are Philippe Coutinho, who completed a stunning £113m move from Liverpool to Barcelona in January, and 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe, who has become the most expensive signing of the year after PSG elected to pay AS Monaco £121m for him this summer to make his stay at the club a permanent one after spending last season on loan.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.Below is the list of the world’s most expensive players in a 4-3-3 formation:GK: Kepa Arrizabalaga (Chelsea) – £72mRB: Kyle Walker (Manchester City) – £48mCB: Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City) – £59mCB: Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool) – £70mLB: Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City) – £52mCM: Paul Pogba (Manchester United) – £94mCM: Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona) – £113mCM: James Rodriguez (Real Madrid) – £68mRW: Kylian Mbappe (PSG) – £121mLW: Neymar (PSG) – £200mCF: Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) – £105m(As reported on the Daily Star)last_img read more

Duo steals 14K in equipment from Miami repair shop

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Police are searching for two people responsible for stealing thousands of dollars in equipment from a Miami repair shop.Surveillance videos captured the two subjects prowling around a shop near Northwest 36th Street and 25th Avenue on March 3.The thieves were able to get away with $14,000 in equipment.If you have any information on this theft, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Heres Whats In The HouseApproved Health Care Bill

first_img Share Pablo Martinez Monsivais/APThe House is voting on the Republican health care bill on Thursday.Republicans approved their plan to replace the Affordable Care Act on Thursday.Here’s a rundown of key provisions in the American Health Care Act and what would happen if the Senate approves them and the bill becomes law.Buying InsuranceThe bill would no longer require people to buy insurance through the marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, if they want to use federal tax credits to buy coverage. It also would eliminate the tax penalty for failing to have health insurance coverage, effectively eliminating that requirement altogether.In place of that mandate, the bill encourages people to maintain coverage by prohibiting insurance companies from cutting them off or charging more for pre-existing conditions for as long as their insurance doesn’t lapse. If coverage is interrupted for more than 63 days, however, insurers can charge people a 30 percent penalty over their premium for one year.Tax CreditsThe House Republican plan would eliminate the income-based tax credits and subsidies available under the Affordable Care Act, replacing them with age-based tax credits ranging from $2,000 a year for people in their 20s to $4,000 a year for those older than 60.That means some people will see their costs go up while others would pay less, depending on your age and where you live. This Kaiser Family Foundation interactive map shows how the change would play out across the country.The map shows that a 27-year-old who makes $30,000 a year would see their costs rise about $2,000 in Nebraska, but fall by about the same amount in Washington. A 60-year-old however, would see costs rise almost everywhere, with increases of almost $20,000 a year in Nebraska.Both Kaiser and the Congressional Budget Office found that on average, older people with lower incomes would be worse off under the Republican plan than under the Affordable Care Act.Tax CutsThe bill eliminates nearly all the taxes that were included in the Affordable Care act to pay for the subsidies that help people buy insurance. Those cuts, which add up to about $592 billion, include a tax on incomes over $200,000 (or $250,000 for a married couple); a tax on health insurers and a limit on how much insurance companies can deduct for executive pay; and a tax on medical-device manufacturers.MedicaidThe AHCA would make dramatic changes to the Medicaid program, which is the federal –state health program for the poor and disabled.The Affordable Care Act allows states to expand eligibility for Medicaid to single, non-disabled adults with incomes slightly above the poverty line, with the federal government picking up most of the cost. That meant single adults who earn up to $15,800 a year could qualify in the 31 states, plus the District of Columbia, that expanded Medicaid. About 10 million people enrolled under that expansion.The Republican plan would gradually roll back that expansion starting in 2019 by cutting the federal reimbursement to states for anyone who leaves the Medicaid rolls. People often cycle in and out of the program as their income fluctuates, so the result would likely be ever-dwindling numbers covered.The House bill also converts Medicaid from an entitlement program where the government pays all the health-related costs for those who qualify, into a grant program. The federal government would give states either a set amount of money for each Medicaid enrollee, or states can choose to receive a fixed-dollar block grant.The Congressional Budget Office estimated in March that the bill would cut Medicaid spending by $880 billion.Pre-Existing ConditionsThe AHCA maintains protections for people with pre-existing conditions, with some important exceptions (see waivers, below). That means that someone with high medical expenses pays the same premium for the same policy as anyone else their age in their area.State WaiversThis section of the bill essentially amounts to an optional, state-level full repeal of Obamacare. It would give states the ability to apply for a waiver that lets them opt out of most of the regulations and consumer protections that were included in the Affordable Care Act.States could apply for waivers that allow insurance companies in their states to do three things: 1) Charge older people more than five times what they charge young people for the same policy; 2) Eliminate required coverage, called essential health benefits including maternity care, mental health and prescription drugs, required under the Affordable Care Act; and 3) Charge more or deny coverage to people who have pre-existing health conditions, such as cancer, diabetes or arthritis.The waivers could also impact people with-employer based insurance, because they would allow insurers to offer policies that have annual and lifetime benefit limits, which are banned under the Affordable Care Act, and some companies may choose those policies for their workers to lower their premiums.States that get waivers would likely see insurance companies offer many more policy options, some with fewer benefits and lower premiums.Those states would be required under the law to create some other way to ensure that people with expensive illnesses are able to get health care, and the law provides up to $138 billion over 10 years for such programs, typically called high-risk pools.However, an analysis released Thursday by the consulting form Avalere concludes that that amount would be inadequate to provide full health coverage for the number of people who now buy insurance in the individual market and have medical problems.Overall ImpactThe House approved the bill Thursday without a full analysis by the Congressional Budget Office of its costs and how many people would be covered.The CBO report from March concluded that over 10 years, 24 million fewer people would be covered under the bill who otherwise would have had insurance under current law.That analysis also predicted that the House bill would cut the federal deficit by $337 billion over those same 10 years.However, changes to the bill since then would allow states to accept block grants for Medicaid; add about $38 billion for high-risk pools and maternity and childbirth care; and offer states waivers from regulations created by the Affordable Care Act. It’s unclear how much these changes would affect the original CBO score.last_img read more

Cardinals Blank Charleston Southern

first_img Full Schedule Roster  The University of Louisville women’s tennis team blanked Charleston Southern 7-0 Saturday afternoon in Spartansburg, S.C.The Cardinals took the doubles points when Raven Neely and Sena Suswam defeated Yana Morar and Tiffany Pyritz 6-2. Nikolina Jovic and Chloe Hamlin joined forces to down Michelle Schultz and Liz Williams 6-2 to clinch the point.  Dina Chaika and Diana Wong fell to Filippa Ericson and Kimberley Koerner 6-3. Preview Next Match: Furman 2/3/2019 | 12:00 p.m.center_img Matchup History Louisville swept the singles with Aleksandra Mally taking down Madalina Man 6-1, 6-1 at No. 1.  Raven Neely rolled over Filippa Ericson 6-1, 6-0. Nikolina Jovic survived a tight match, winning 7-6 (5), 6-4 over Kimberley Koerner.  Chloe Hamlin dropped her first set 7-6 and then roared back, winning the next two 6-0 and 6-1.  Diana Wong handled Liz Williams 6-4, 6-1 at No. 5 and lone freshman Dina Chaika dropped her first set 6-2 but came back with a 6-0 and a 10-6 set to complete the sweep.The Cardinals play host Furman tomorrow at noon.Singles 1. Aleksandra Mally (Lou) def. Madalina Man 6-1, 6-12. Raven Neely (Lou) def. Filippa Ericson 6-1, 6-03. Nikolina Jovic (Lou) def. Kimberley Koerner 7-6 (5), 6-44. Chloe Hamlin (Lou) def. Michelle Schultz 6-7 (5) 6-0, 6-15. Diana Wong (Lou) def. Liz Williams  6-4, 6-16. Dina Chaika (Lou) def. Tiffany Pyritz 2-6, 6-0, 10-6Doubles1. Raven Neely/Sena Suswam (Lou) def. Yana Morar/Tiffany Pyritz 6-22. Nikolina Jovic/Chloe Hamlin (Lou) def. Michelle Schultz/Liz Williams 6-23. Filippa Ericson/Kimberley Koerner def. Diana Wong/Dina Chaika (Lou) 3-6 Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

3D Capture with iPad brought to you by Structure Sensor

first_img © 2013 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The device has its own onboard power supply that provides up to four hours of active use.Included demo applications for funders of the Structure Sensor include a 3D scanning app, an interior mapping app, and a virtual pet app that can move around and behind real-world objects. The object scanner allows for the capture of models of objects which the user can export to CAD software or for 3D printing, and one can also upload models directly to Shapeways.com for 3D printing. The room-capture app, “Fetch,” where a virtual pet can play fetch with the user in the real world environment and “Ball Physics,” where virtual balls can interact with real-world geometry, round out the package.Occipital, the company behind Structure Sensor, is a 13-person startup based in Boulder, Colorado and San Francisco. Though already an established business that specializes in computer vision applications for mobile platforms, the team advantage in taking the crowdfunding route is that the team is to get sensors into the hands of early adopters and developers as soon as possible, They look forward to building “buzz among developers” and assessing demand. A demo of an augmented reality pet playing fetch At the time of this writing, it is clear that building buzz should be no problem. They already have sped past their $100,000 goal with pledges of $235,154 and 44 days still left to go. The $329 earlybird special-offer items are now all gone and the next price up is $349 for a device with “everything you need to use and develop with an iPad” plus a choice of iPad bracket, with estimated delivery of February. More information: www.kickstarter.com/projects/o … ture-the-world-in-3d Explore furthercenter_img Citation: 3D Capture with iPad brought to you by Structure Sensor (2013, September 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-09-3d-capture-ipad-brought-sensor.html The iPad (4th generation) is officially supported and the plan is to officially support future iPad and iPad mini models with corresponding brackets once they are released. Developers would be building with Xcode, the Integrated Development Environment with Apple tools for developing software. The Structure Sensor is designed to work with the Apple Lightning connector. Once connected, the Structure’s own infrared sensor and camera for depth perception go to work with the iPad.Developers who do not work with Apple technologies are told that they can also try using Structure Sensor via a USB Hacker Cable, as the team built “hackability” in its DNA. As for the SDK kit, four screw holes on the bottom allow the non-Apple developers to mount to almost anything. The team is prepared to provide open CAD models for creating custom brackets. With the Hacker Cable one can connect to almost any platform that supports USB, according to the team. They are also prepared to provide open source drivers for multiple platforms including Windows, Android, OS X, and Linux. The aluminum Structure Sensor is available in: Ice Blue and Silver; the choice of aluminum allows for a thermal core that keeps the precision optics inside at an optimal temperature. The chemically hardened glass surface at the top, says the team, optimizes the depth image quality while protecting the infrared emitter and camera inside. Microsoft to add Kinect Fusion to Kinect for Windows SDK (Phys.org) —A sensor for capturing the world in three dimensions is coming to the iPad. A Kickstarter project that launched on Tuesday seeks funds for its Structure Sensor, which is a portable sensor that clamps on to the back of the iPad for 3D on the go. The device, says its creators at Occipital, is the first 3D sensor designed to work with mobile devices. The device is to ship February. With Structure Sensor, the user can capture models of rooms or play augmented reality games. The creators gave it a mobile range that begins at 40 centimeters and stretches to over 3.5 meters. The device can capture anything, they said, from teddy bear to an entire room. Developers are encouraged to take advantage of Structure Sensor for building mobile applications that interact with the 3D geometry of the real world.last_img read more

Water to be released from Tenughat dam only after green signal from

first_imgKolkata: Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) chairman P K Mukhopadhyay assured on Thursday that water will be released from Tenughat dam in Jharkhand, only after consultation with Damodar Valley River Regulation Committee (DVRRC), which looks after water discharge.Making it clear that DVC has been maintaining very good relations with the Bengal government, Mukhopadhyay said that talks have already been held with the officials of the state Irrigation department and another meeting is scheduled to be held very soon, to ensure that Bengal is not inconvenienced by any means due to release of water from Tenughat dam in the monsoon season. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIt may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and state Irrigation minister Rajib Banerjee has alleged time and again that DVC officials did not inform the government before releasing water from the dams, resulting in flood-like situation in a number of districts in Bengal.”If we are informed some time before the release, then we can make arrangements to shift the people from vulnerable areas,” an official in the state Irrigation department said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedResponding to a poser on the blame game between state government and DVC, Bandyopadhyay said, “I am not aware of any such things in the recent past. We maintain a very cordial relationship and we are hopeful that there will be absolutely no problem in this regard this year.”It may be mentioned that there is a committee comprising representatives of DVC, Central Water Commission and governments of Bengal and Jharkhand. “We usually provide updates on release of water from different dams to the committee every three hours,” a DVC official said.It may be mentioned that in July 2017, several areas of Bankura, West Midnapore and Hooghly were flooded due to alleged indiscriminate release of water by DVC. The situation had reached such a flashpoint that state Chief Secretary Malay De had to speak to his Jharkhand counterpart Raj Bala Verma and request her to maintain a check on the release of water.last_img read more

Google plans to improve Chromes drivebydownload protection

first_imgGoogle plans to improve Chrome’s drive-by-download protection by Martin Brinkmann on March 13, 2019 in Google Chrome – 3 commentsGoogle plans to introduce a new protective feature in the company’s Chrome web browser that blocks automatic downloads in ad frames.File downloads are usually initiated by users. Users may click on links to download files, use drag and drop (from the browser to the desktop), or use the right-click context menu to download files.Google notes that there are not many legitimate use cases for ad initiated downloads.Download doesn’t make much sense with ads. It happens very rarely in practice and is also difficult to reproduce, which implies that a very small amount of ads are doing automatic downloads. Blocking download in ad frames without user gesture will make the web less abusive and more secure.Some downloads are initiated automatically in Chrome.Tip: it is a good idea to block automatic downloads in Chrome.Google identified two cases of automatic downloads that it considers problematic when they originate from an ad frame:Simulated activation of download links.Navigation-triggered downloads.Google engineers plan to block these automatic types of downloads in future versions of Google Chrome. The feature will land in all versions of Google Chrome except for the iOS version as it is based on another architecture.Downloads will be blocked if the automatic download originated from an ad frame. Chromium’s ad detection system, AdTagging, identifies ad frames automatically and Chrome will base the blocking decision on that.The change won’t disallow all automatic downloads that originate from ad frames though. Downloads are allowed if Chrome recognizes user interaction with the element.Downloads in an ad frame without user gesture account for 0.00001% page loads according to metrics that Google collected. The company expects that there won’t be major breakage due to the low use number and the fact that a sample of top URLs did not make use of the feature at all.Automatic downloads that originate from ad frames without user interaction will be blocked automatically and users won’t receive a notification about that.The move closes one method to attack user systems with drive-by-downloads. Drive-by-downloads push malicious files to user systems automatically using automated download functions.Google has not set a date for the inclusion in the Chrome web browser. The tracking bug is protected at the time of writing. SummaryArticle NameGoogle plans to improve Chrome’s drive-by-download protectionDescriptionGoogle plans to introduce a new protective feature in the company’s Chrome web browser that blocks automatic downloads in ad frames.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more