A new report launched by the World Health Organization (WHO), entitled “Rethinking Care from the Perspective of Disabled People,” offers personal testimonies of disabled people about their view of health care and what should be done to improve their quality of life.According to the report, health and rehabilitation can no longer be understood solely in terms of medical interventions and conventional notions of “care,” which narrowly focus on the limitations of disabled people rather than societies’ inability to accommodate people of different needs and abilities.The participants call for emergency services in crisis situations, such as wars and natural disasters, that are appropriate for disabled people. They also stress the need for anti-discrimination laws for the removal of environmental and cultural barriers for disabled people and underscore the provision of support services, including appropriate technical aids, interpreters for deaf people and personal assistance services.Meanwhile, the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) said in a statement that physical disabilities were also a cause of poverty and hunger, especially in rural areas where people were far from services and had very limited economic opportunities.In a statement released at its Rome headquarters, FAO said that while hunger, malnutrition and poverty breed disabilities, disabled people continued to be marginalized. “They are not considered economically active and this leads them very often into the hunger trap,” said Lawrence Jacobson, FAO Focal Point for Disability Matters.Reducing the current figure of 600 million people with disabilities worldwide could be achieved by boosting food production, improving nutrition and integrating disabled people into sustainable rural development programmes, FAO said.Two pilot projects in Thailand and Cambodia implemented by FAO were helping to enhance the skills of disabled farmers, integrate them into their communities, improve their incomes and regain their self-esteem, the agency said.”These people have acquired the skills and means to lead better and more productive lives,” Mr. Jacobson of the programme in Thailand. “They can stand on their own and, most important, they can teach other people within their community. This acquired ability to lead and to teach other people is an important aspect of the success of this project.” read more

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the Security Council meeting on Peace Operations. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas “[Peace operations] are struggling to implement complex mandates. Our systems are straining at the scale of operations. We are not always responding with the speed and effectiveness required. We have difficulty in keeping pace with the evolution of each conflict,” said Mr. Ban in a briefing to the Council as the 15-member body considers the recommendation of his high-level panel on Peace Operations and implementation report.“We are finding it harder to end conflicts and to sustain peace,” he continued, stressing that strengthening peace operations will require a collaboration of many actors, including the UN Secretariat, Member States, General Assembly and the Security Council.He said that the recommendations made by the Panel covered three areas, namely political engagements, design and implementation of UN peace operations and reinvigorated partnerships.Noting that peace operations are deployed to advance and support a political settlement to a conflict and that political engagement even before authorization of a peace operation is crucial, the Secretary-General said that a central finding of the review is that prevention is the most effective means of tackling the escalating costs of conflict. Committed efforts among Council members to unite around a shared political strategy to de-escalate tensions can have a powerful effect.He emphasized that the engagement of the Security Council with host governments in also critical to ensure that they fulfil their obligations with regard to the safety, security and freedom of movement of uniformed peacekeepers and civilian staff. At the same time, Mr. Ban acknowledged that timely information is crucial to acting on issues early and reaffirmed his commitment to provide the Council with frank and timely briefings on situations of escalating concern, particularly those situations where civilians are at grave risk.“Regional offices and my special envoys are invaluable in supporting early and effective political engagement. My Human Rights Up Front initiative seeks to focus the attention of the UN system on the prevention of serious and large-scale violations of human rights,” said Mr. Ban.Further, the Secretary-General stressed the need for better design and implantation of operational mandates, including tailoring mandates based on the specific conflict environment in order to increase adaptability if conflicts evolve.He also said that the UN Secretariat will aid in providing better and more regular assessments of conflicts and crisis and added that he has implemented measure to strengthen UN analysis and planning at Headquarters, field missions and across the UN system.“The Council has a responsibility to ensure that peacekeepers are equipped to carry out their tasks. This means ensuring that we have the range of capabilities required for increasingly complex and dangerous modern peace operations,” added Mr. Ban.“Equally, we need your engagement when things do not go well. Where UN peace operations have a mandate to protect civilians, they must use all tools, including, where necessary, the use of force. But this does not replace the search for political settlements; it makes your engagement more critical,” stressed the Secretary-General.He added that the Council would be informed if there is a failure to act in the face of threats to civilians and requested the Council members to ‘engage, politically and operationally, to help redress such situations.’Additionally, Mr. Ban called for stronger dialogue with partners of the Security Council, which is “for devising more tailored mandates and strengthening the Council’s political engagement.”Deeper engagement with regional partners is “a must,” he said calling on the Council to institutionalize consultation and dialogue, and where appropriate, collaborate in planning and conducting peace operations. At the same time, he underlined the need for better relationship between the Council and troop and police contributors and with the Peacebuilding Commission, as this is “fundamental to effective peace operations.”“We need deeper understanding of our respective expectations, capacities and constraints. We need to engage well before a peace operation is mandated on what is required and what is available. I welcome the Council’s recent dialogue with contributing countries, and I encourage you to consider my proposals for further strengthening triangular consultations,” said Mr. Ban.In conclusion, the UN chief pointed out that if implemented, these efforts “can enable us to renew the instruments of the United Nations to address conflict, protect people and help countries find durable paths of peace.” read more

Robert Griffin III, the Washington Redskins’ mercurial rookie quarterback, returned to practice after a few days off feeling revived, he said. He also picked up a rare title for a first-year player: captain.The Redskins’ offensive players voted Wednesday to make their quarterback a team captain for the rest of the season. Coach Mike Shanahan said he believes it’s the first time he’s had a rookie in such a leadership position. But Griffin’s appointment speaks to his position on the team and the leadership acumen he has displayed since arriving to the Redskins.And he said he does not see the new responsibilities as a burden.“You just know that everybody’s looking at me to be the guy, to make everything work,” Griffin said. “To me, that’s not pressure. But I just echo it to everyone else that it’s not just me. People will say it’s me and I’ll get all the blame and all the fame, but it’s the guys around me that make me great.”Shanahan — who is in the news because he had money and his passport stolen from the Pittsburgh Steelers’ locker room when they played there almost two weeks ago — typically lets his players vote for an initial set of captains before the season, then takes another vote around the midpoint of the schedule. Griffin joins left tackle Trent Williams as the captains on offense.Griffin the few days “to get away from the familiar” during the bye week has replenished him. He insists the playoffs remain a realistic goal for the Redskins (3-6), who face the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, because the rest of the NFC East also has been struggling.“I came back even hungrier,” he said. “I thought I was hungry before the bye week. You come back and you realize just how much more energy you have, just having that week off.”He certainly didn’t lose his creativity. For practice, Griffin wore a red shoe on his left foot and a white shoe on the right foot.“In college I used to wear a white shoe and a black shoe,” Griffin said. “And the whole message is everybody’s working together. Wednesday, Thursday, the shoes will be different — and Friday we bring it all together and get ready for Sunday.” read more

first_imgThere is always a good mining display at Bauma (April 19-25 in Munich). Already International Mining has lined up for its special April article on Bauma Rema Tip Top’s new REMASTAR high-quality wear-protection material, Sandvik’s launch of the QI240 tracked impact crusher, Schopf’s new 10/12 t LHD, Rockmore’s new DTH hammer, Volvo’s new OptiShift for large wheel loaders (optimising fuel savings by up to 15%) and Caterpillar’s new 993K and 998H large wheel loaders. Bucyrus is focusing on longwall technology with a number of exhibits showing product innovation – and the debut of the latest evolution of its highly successful Electra range of shearers.Manufacturers that have not sent us their details of new products for Bauma should contact Daniel@im-mining.comBauma will see the first outing on the world stage for the QI240 tracked impact crusher. This state-of-the-art machine has been developed over the last two years by Sandvik’s research and development program. It represents the union of Sandvik’s recently acquired mobile crusher expertise with Sandvik materials technology and manufacturing excellence. Purpose designed to process materials on site, the QI240 has been designed with mobility, productivity, transportability, minimal environmental impact and user friendliness at its core.In additon to the new large wheel loaders, Cat has the TH417 and a new quarry body for the 770 rigid-frame off-highway truck. Many more new products will be on display for the first time in Europe. In addition to the machines, the Caterpillar stand will feature a central area dedicated to practical, business driven innovations, technology and services designed to help customers’ success, lessen environmental impact and work more safely. Most importantly, the area incorporates information on Tier 4/Stage 3B solutions, the D7E electric drive track-type tractor, as well as connected worksite technology with next generation Product Link and new integrated Cat Grade Control. The area also presents the Caterpillar EcoDrive concept, simulators for several Cat products and consultancy for a quarry site assessment.Evolved from its predecessor, Bucyrus’s Electra 3000 Evo is a mature high-performance shearer with advanced automation and productivity features. The company says it is an “easy-maintenance shearer with further enhanced productivity.” The ranging arm has been re-engineered to make it more compact – increasing power density and minimising disruption of material flow on the AFC. The downdrive – which is also fully modular and easy to access for maintenance – has also been redesigned to reduce maintenance timeCost-effective operation and the reduction of unplanned downtime are goals of REMASTAR from Rema Tip Top. It is a lining material based on thermoplastic polyurethane (TPUR). “This material has features which provide numerous benefits for the user and represent a significant improvement on existing lining materials,” the company says.OptiShift is a refinement of Volvo’s APS driveline concept. It includes a new torque converter with lock up and free wheel stator, along with Volvo’s patented Reverse by Braking (RBB) function. OptiShift is a significant step forward in Volvo’s ongoing quest to dramatically reduce both fuel consumption and environmental impact while maintaining productivity, comfort and machine uptime.Schopf is pursuing the development of its underground loaders, implementing proven components such as the centre oscillation and the Z-linkage.Rockmore’s ROK 875 is a new patented 203 mm diameter class DTH hammer designed to increase drilling efficiency. It features an innovative new design which reduces the number of hammer components.Pelletising improves properties for transport, processing and handling of fine materials. The demands of iron ore producers in Brazil were the primary impetus that propelled Haver & Boecker to become more intensively involved in pelletising. Haver will premiere the new 7.5 m diameter pelletising plate at Bauma, which is adaptable to various operating conditions and has a capacity of 150 t/h.Eickhoff has been nominated in the machinery category for its SL750 EiControl PLUSTM at this year’s event. This technology enables total automation of the longwall operation, getting the operators out of harm’s way, whilst achieving productive results.For off road applications, ZF says its all-wheeldrive technology “guarantees perfect traction and is ideally suited to demanding tasks in tricky terrain.” The all-wheel-drive transfer case VG 2000 is reliable and characterised by optimal power distribution.Manufacturers using abrasion-resistant steel to build heavy machines are looking for light steel components offering longer life cycles and less replacement. With the need to reduce weight, demand for these special steels is increasing. Duferco Clabecq offers its Quard brand – a thin and wide steel with consistent workability, surface finish and flatness.Finnradiator, Umicore BrazeTec and the CuproBraze Alliance will demonstrate the CuproBraze technology and One-Shot Brazing.The Rulmeca Group will display its complete range of idlers/rollers and motorised pulleys, with special focus given to the widened range of thermoplastic rollers developed for stronger, but lighter, rollers with lower rotation resistance, lower noise levels and maximum resistance to abrasive and corrosive materials.More detail on these and other products will be published in International Mining’s Bauma in Mining Preview. daniel@im-mining.comlast_img read more

HC Meshkov BrestPetar Djordjić Dissapointment with home defeat against HBC Nantes 24:32 in the first match of the VELUX EHF Champions League TOP 16 isn’t the only bad news for HC Meshkov Brest fans.One of the best players in current season, Petar Djordjic, broke his hand and won’t be able to help his team-mates in the next three or four weeks. This probably means that 28-years old left back won’t be able to help his team at SEHA Gazprom League Final4 which will be held in Skopje between April 13 and 15.Meshkov Brest will face home team, RK Vardar Skopje, at semi-final of the event. ← Previous Story VIDEO: We all cried on Saturday, but his tears are special Next Story → EHF CUP: Granollers and Chambery book quarter-final places read more

first_imgWhile most students enjoy a couple of more weeks of summer, the latest cohort of little learners at Vancouver Public Schools campuses are getting to work a little early.Vancouver Public Schools’ Kindergarten Jump Start program, an extended introduction to children’s first year of school, started its first week Monday at six campuses. At the district’s 15 Title I schools — campuses with a high population of low-income students — the program is in its third and final week.The free, optional program gives incoming kindergartners and their parents a taste of what to expect when the school year begins. Students spend their morning playing with their future classmates, learning letters and math, sitting still while their teacher leads lessons, and doing a hands-on art project. In many cases, children are with their assigned kindergarten teachers, helping them feel comfortable in their own classroom.At Martin Luther King Elementary School on Monday, where students are wrapping up Jump Start ahead of starting school at the end of the month, 30 future kindergartners danced and sang, identified their own names from an attendance chart and colored and cut out owls in the shape of the letter “O.”Melle Soles, Jump Start coordinator for Martin Luther King Elementary School and Marshall Elementary School, said students and their families know the school’s routines and expectations before the year starts.last_img read more

first_imgLYNNFIELD, MA — Lina Margaret (Marg) Buchman died on Friday, April 20, 2018 in Lynnfield at the age of 93. She was born in Ortelsburg, East Prussia in 1925 and lived in Germany after World War II. She met Peter E. Buchman, a U.S. Army officer, in Germany, and married him in Montreal, Quebec in 1952. They lived in West Virginia and Winthrop, Mass. before making their home in Reading in 1964.Marg became a U.S. citizen in 1956. She worked at the LB Evans Company in Wakefield, Mass. and Agfa Graphics in Wilmington, Mass., and volunteered at the Reading Town Hall after her retirement. She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Andover and, earlier, of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Woburn. She was predeceased by Pete, her husband of 41 years. She leaves her extended family in Maryland and many local friends.A graveside service was held on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 10am at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park in Peabody. Arrangements by Mackey Funeral Home, Middleton. Memorial donations may be made to Faith Lutheran Church, 360 S Main St, Andover, MA 01810.(NOTE: The above obituary is from Mackey Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of April 29, 2018)In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Lucille C. (Enos) Gilson, 77In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Judith Elaine Sias Guertin, 76In “Obituaries”last_img read more

first_img Share The tech giants are expected to offer new details about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign. Houston Public Media will live stream today’s congressional hearing. When? Tuesday, October 31, at 1:30 p.m. (Senate Judiciary subcommittee)Facebook, Google and Twitter head to Washington Tuesday and Wednesday for their first public congressional hearings on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign via their social networks. In the runup, NPR is exploring the growing social media landscape, the spread of false information and the tech companies that build the platforms in our series: Tech Titans, Bots and the Information Complex.Earlier this year, a Facebook group page called Blacktivist caught the eye of M’tep Blount.As a supporter of Black Lives Matter, Blount figured Blacktivist would be a similar group. The Facebook page came with a message: “You have a friend who is a part of this group,” and it had a huge following — over 400,000 as of late August.Blount found that Blacktivist’s page shared information about police brutality. Videos often showed police beating African-Americans in small towns. “It was like, ‘Wow! This is happening in this community too. I really hope they do something about it but they probably aren’t going to,’ ” she says.As it turns out, the Blacktivist page was not like Black Lives Matter, at all. It appears to have been linked to Russia, and Facebook has since taken it down. The group was carefully crafted to attract people like Blount whose behavior on Facebook showed they mistrusted police and were concerned about civil rights.It was just one of the many calculated ways in which social media platforms have been used lately to covertly sow divisions within society. Later this week, Facebook, Google and Twitter will face members of Congress to answer questions in three public hearings about their role in enabling Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The hearings are also expected to shed light on how Russian propaganda has spread in the U.S. through these major social media platforms.Jeff Hancock, a psychologist who heads Stanford University’s Social Media Lab, says that propaganda via a page like Blacktivist was not aimed at changing Blount’s mind. It was actually meant to trigger strong feelings.“Propaganda can actually have a real effect,” he says. “Even though we might already believe what we’re hearing, this can heighten our arousal, our emotions.”Hancock has studied the ways people are affected by seeing information that confirms some of their beliefs. In his study, he asked people how they felt about an issue before showing them stories. For example, those who thought Hillary Clinton was corrupt were shown stories confirming it. If people were worried about police brutality, he showed them posts of police brutalizing civilians.“When we have more confirmation that a possible risk is there, whether it’s real or not, we perceive it as more risky,” Hancock says. So, in Blount’s case, if she was already worried about police brutality, then the more times she is exposed to those images the stronger she will feel about it, he says.This kind of propaganda, he says, is designed to enhance divisions among people and increase “the anger within each other. It’s really truly just a simple divide-and-conquer approach.”It’s an approach that Russia has frequently used around the world, says Michael McFaul, a former U.S. ambassador to Russia. “They think that that leads to polarization, (which) leads to arguments among ourselves and it takes us off the world stage,” he says.Another potent example is the Twitter account @TEN_GOP, which had more than 100,000 followers. It called itself the unofficial account of the Tennessee Republican Party.But it was purportedly set up by Russians. The account has since been shut down. But for months, it sent out a stream of fake news such as a tweet falsely stating that there was voter fraud in Florida. That sort of news got plenty of amplification. Though there is no evidence that President Trump or any of his supporters knew of the Russia link, the account was often retweeted by his aide Kellyanne Conway and the president’s son Donald Trump Jr. Donald Trump himself thanked the account for its support.Clint Watts, a fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute who has been investigating Russian use of social media, said it showed the power of just one Twitter account and its ability to “actually influence the discussion and be cited in the debate.”Watts says this kind of media propaganda is simply how it works in the digital age, whether it’s the Russians, the North Koreans or a fake news site.Facebook has already handed over details of 3,000 ads worth $100,000 by Russians to Congress. The company has promised more transparency about who is behind the advertising campaigns. Twitter says it will no longer take ad money from two Russian media outlets, RT and Sputnik. Despite efforts by Facebook, Twitter and Google to take action on their own, Democratic lawmakers are pushing legislation that would require Internet platforms to disclose more information about political ads.McFaul, the former ambassador, believes the companies can do more. “They’re not obligated to post a story that they know to be false,” he says. “They already regulate free speech and advertisement. You can’t advertise guns, for instance, on Facebook.”And there is still a lot that isn’t known about the use of digital platforms to spread fake news and propaganda. But Americans may have a chance to learn more when Twitter, Facebook and Google sit down to answer questions in front of Congress this week.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

first_imgCredit: ACS © 2014 Phys.org Citation: Researchers find a way to integrate two two-dimensional materials into a single electronic device (2014, May 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-05-two-dimensional-materials-electronic-device.html Explore further (Phys.org) —Researchers working at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have found a way to integrate two different two-dimensional materials in one single electronic device. In their paper published in the journal Nano Letters, the team describes how they used both graphene and molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) to create a single circuit. More information: Graphene/MoS2 Hybrid Technology for Large-Scale Two-Dimensional Electronics, Nano Lett., Article ASAP. DOI: 10.1021/nl404795zAbstractTwo-dimensional (2D) materials have generated great interest in the past few years as a new toolbox for electronics. This family of materials includes, among others, metallic graphene, semiconducting transition metal dichalcogenides (such as MoS2), and insulating boron nitride. These materials and their heterostructures offer excellent mechanical flexibility, optical transparency, and favorable transport properties for realizing electronic, sensing, and optical systems on arbitrary surfaces. In this paper, we demonstrate a novel technology for constructing large-scale electronic systems based on graphene/molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) heterostructures grown by chemical vapor deposition. We have fabricated high-performance devices and circuits based on this heterostructure, where MoS2 is used as the transistor channel and graphene as contact electrodes and circuit interconnects. We provide a systematic comparison of the graphene/MoS2 heterojunction contact to more traditional MoS2-metal junctions, as well as a theoretical investigation, using density functional theory, of the origin of the Schottky barrier height. The tunability of the graphene work function with electrostatic doping significantly improves the ohmic contact to MoS2. These high-performance large-scale devices and circuits based on this 2D heterostructure pave the way for practical flexible transparent electronics.center_img 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. Scientists probe the next generation of 2-D materials Two dimensional materials (so named because they are just one atom thick) have created a lot of buzz in the electronics community because of their unique electronic properties. Scientists hope to use them to create smaller, more efficient devices. The two main materials that have captured the attention of the research world are graphene (a sheet of carbon) and MoS2. Both have shown promise, but each has its limitations. To take advantage of what each does well, and to avoid the disadvantages, researchers have looked to joining the two on a single circuit. In this new effort the team at MIT is reporting that they’ve done just that, creating large-scale electronic circuits.Getting the two materials to cooperate was no easy feat. They started by growing samples of MoS2 and graphene using chemical vapor deposition. The MoS2 was then etched to fashion it into channels, followed by a process that caused aluminum oxide (Al2O3) to form on its surface. Graphene sheets were then applied to the channel, cut with oxygen plasma to form gate electrodes and source drains. In the final result, the Al2O3 serves to protect the MoS2 allowing the circuit to run as designed.The researchers believe their fabrication process could be used to allow for integrating many types of two-dimensional materials, allowing for the creation of whole new device types, e.g. lasers, tunneling microscopes and a variety of transistors. An additional plus, they note, is that because the finished products are exceptionally thin, they can be bent to allow for the creation of circuits of virtually any shape. The circuits are also transparent, which means they could likely be used for new types of personal technology devices (skin patches or those that can be sewn into clothes, for example) or as a part of hidden sensors. The team plans to next work on integrating insulating layers onto their tiny circuits, allowing for the creation of even more exotic circuitry. Journal information: Nano Letterslast_img read more

first_img SEM images of the flagellum of Cassida rubiginosa. (A) Map of the images below, the tip of the flagellum. (B to E) Enlarged images of the flagellum corresponding to the squares in (A). The pink-colored areas in (B) and (C) represent shrunk surfaces. The scale bar in (B) is applicable for (C) to (E). Credit: Matsumura, Kovalev, Gorb, Sci. Adv. 2017;3: eaao5469 Confocal laser scanning microscope (CLSM) image of the Cassida rubiginosa flagellum tip (25 μm). Credit: Matsumura, Kovalev, Gorb, Sci. Adv. 2017;3: eaao5469 Explore further Mating of leaf beetles, its male and female reproductive organs, and new findings on stiffness gradient of the penis found based on a bending test done on a microscope. Credit: Yoko Matsumura, Alexander Kovalev, Stanislav N. Gorb / Matsumura, Kovalev, Gorb The researchers believe it is both the changing flexibility and rubbery tip that allows the flagellum to move inside the female organ without buckling—a characteristic that could prove useful in human products, such as catheters. Catheters, the team notes, are used in urological, gastrointestinal and cardiovascular medical procedures. Each requires a thin tube to be inserted into a small vessel and slide into it to some degree. Modifying the stiffness of the tubes, the team notes, might help prevent buckling. Citation: Study of beetle flagellum offers possible way to improve medical devices (2017, December 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-12-beetle-flagellum-medical-devices.html The small green male thistle tortoise beetle has a flagellum (male sex organ) that is actually longer than its body—the organ is also very thin and curved at the end. The beetle needs such an organ because of the shape of the female reproductive organ, which includes a coiled duct that the male must penetrate. What is most impressive about the flagellum, the researchers note, is that its tip can make the journey from the outside to the inside without the shaft buckling. This suggested that there was more to the story than could be seen with the naked eye.To better understand how the beetle flagellum is able to prevent buckling, the researchers lopped off several of them from beetles they had killed and looked at them under a microscope. They noted first that the tip was curved like a fish hook, which is important when maneuvering through a coil, so long as the curve of the flagellum tip matches the curve of the coil. They also found by bending the flagellum at different points along its shaft that it varied in stiffness—the base was quite stiff, but the shaft grew less stiff toward its opposite end. And the tip, they found, was actually rubbery, allowing for flexibility inside the female organ. It depends on the level of stiffness: Researchers investigate beetle penises More information: Yoko Matsumura et al. Penetration mechanics of a beetle intromittent organ with bending stiffness gradient and a soft tip, Science Advances (2017). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aao5469AbstractHyper-elongated structures and their penetration are widespread among insects, for example, intromittent organs, ovipositors, and piercing-sucking mouthparts. The penetration of thin structures with high aspect ratio without buckling and rupturing is mechanically very challenging. However, this problem is economically solved in nature, and the solutions might be helpful for, for example, in the development of harmless catheters. We focus on the penetration process of a hyper-elongated structure of a cassidine beetle intromittent organ, termed a flagellum. We applied a three-point bending test for the flagellum to measure its bending stiffness along the entire flagellum. We demonstrated the bending stiffness gradient, in which the basal half is relatively stiff and the apical half is softer, whose good performance during copulation had been previously numerically demonstrated. The stiffness gradient is the result of the flagellum shape, which is cylindrical and tapered toward the tip. Moreover, the curved tip comprises a harder outer curve and a softer inner curve. Considering the findings of preceding studies, the flagellum works in the following way: (i) the bending stiffness gradient supports the flagellum, easily fitting to a shape of a highly coiled spermathecal duct, (ii) the stiffness property of the very tip may make the tip tougher, and (iii) the curled tip and homogeneously cylindrical shape of the organ help the very tip to fit the shape of the spermathecal duct of the female. Our study shows that the apparently simple flagellum penetration is achieved with numerous elaborate mechanical adaptations. Journal information: Science Advances A trio of researchers at Kiel University in Germany has discovered how the male thistle tortoise beetle manages to penetrate the coiled duct inside the female reproductive organ without buckling his flagellum. In their paper published on the open access site Science Advances, Yoko Matsumura, Alexander Kovalev and Stanislav Gorb describe their study of the flagellum and what they found. © 2017 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.last_img read more

first_imgThe Salem Witch trials are remembered as one of the most chaotic times in Early Colonial American history. During the trials, much of the northeastern part of the American Colonies was whipped into a frenzy of fear and paranoia.Based on the Puritan ideals of the time, there were suspicions of witchcraft and devil worship, both of which are offenses punishable by death under Puritan practices.“Trial of George Jacobs of Salem for Witchcraft.”The fuel for the firestorm of accusations and arrests rests, in large part, on Tituba, a South American slave woman owned by Samuel Parris.Much is unknown of Tituba’s early life, but historians generally agree that she was a child of the Arawak tribe in South America. She was captured by slavers and sold to Samuel Parris in Barbados before being taken to Boston in 1680. Her part in the subsequent witch trials is pivotal, as she was one of the first persons to be accused of witchcraft and her testimony provided the basis for everything which came after.Tituba the WitchIn 1689, Samuel Parris became the Minister of Salem and moved his family there. Tituba moved with them and spent her time taking care of Samuel Parris’s children. She was close with Parris’ 9-year-old daughter Betty.Early in 1692, Betty Parris and her cousin Abigail Williams started experiencing fits and pain. With no medical explanations as to why this was happening, the doctors of Salem claimed that the girls must have been hexed by witches.Samuel ParrisThe two girls accused Tituba and two other women, Sarah Good and Sarah Osborn, of being the witches because they saw the women in their minds while having hallucinations. This was accepted in the courts of the time as spectral evidence, which was considered solid proof for witchcraft.During interrogations, both Sarah Good and Sarah Osborn vehemently denied the charges made against them, but they were not prepared for what was to come.Tituba took center stage, and she began to give colorful testimony in which she claimed that the devil had come to hurt the children. Not only that, but the devil had accomplices in the two women who also stood accused.This 19th-century representation of “Tituba and the Children” by Alfred Fredericks, originally appeared in A Popular History of the United States, Vol. 2, by William Cullen Bryant (1878).In an article on History of Massachusetts Blog, there is a report of testimony which quotes Tituba as saying, “Goody Osburn and Sarah Good and I doe not know who the other were Sarah Good and Osburne would have me hurt the children but I would not she further saith there was a tale man of Boston that she did see.” Even though she didn’t have an education, she was able to put enough emotion into the testimony to sway the people of Salem.This testimony sowed the seeds for suspicion and quickly her story expanded. She went from having two conspirators to four conspirators to nine, all the way up to almost five hundred. Every time she was interrogated, her story evolved, making herself ever more valuable to the courts.Tituba and Mary Walcott, illustration by John W. Ehninger.Her testimony held various descriptions of abnormal creatures that stood at the side of the devil; most interestingly she described a harpy, a being with wings, two legs, and the head of a woman, though she didn’t know the name of the creature.During the testimony, she also talked about a book which was filled with the names of people who had made pacts with the devil, and, according to “Unraveling the Many Mysteries of Tituba” on Smithsonian.com, “while there were many marks in the book, she could not decipher names other than those of the two women already under arrest.”Tituba Teaching the First Act of Witchcraft.Because of this vagueness, she could expand her story to encompass anyone she needed to, and, by the end of the trials, 19 men and women had been hanged for witchcraft, and almost a hundred and fifty more were imprisoned.Tituba was placed in prison, and while she was there, many people came forward to confess their sins. Many among them used pieces of her intricate testimony to add credibility to their own.In the end, Tituba attempted to take her confession back and said the reason she gave such testimony is because her master, Samuel Parris, had beaten her and told her to give false testimony.Read another story from us: Two Canadian Women were Arrested for Witchcraft FraudWhen she was put on trial for dealing with the devil, the jury decided not to convict her, and her prison fines were paid by an unknown benefactor, with whom she presumably left Boston. Nothing more is known of her life afterward, but her part in history continues to be fodder for creative minds.last_img read more

first_imgAlmost everyone has heard the quote, “Money is the root of all evil.” Will Rogers said, “Too many people spend money they earned … to buy things they don’t want … to impress people that they don’t like.” No matter what your opinion is about money, it is necessary for living in today’s world. Wars have been fought, people killed, families divided, and friends have been separated over money. Sometimes people that have it think money makes them a better person than one who has worked hard his entire life just to get by. Greed for money is at epidemic proportions.Originally people in the early colonies used the British pound, but just as many used barter. Deer skins were often used as money as well as other animal skins. Using deer skins led to the phrase “a couple of bucks.” Soon the newly created United States began printing money.Two dollars, November 1862The first US paper money was a two dollar note issued in 1776. In 1861, during the Civil War, the U.S. Department of Treasury issued green colored Demand Notes nicknamed “greenbacks”. In 1862, United States notes issued with serial numbers and a Treasury Department seal came about.With engraved pictures and other decoration, they set the stage for the currency design we use today. During the Civil War, the Confederacy issued their own money which quickly became worthless at the end of the war.This $50 Continental Currency note (from 1778) was designed by Francis Hopkinson. The unfinished pyramid design was a precursor to the reverse side of the Great Seal of the United States.Some of it still remains, and, as the years go by, the existing notes get more and more valuable, especially if the pictures include important Confederates or slaves and cotton. An 1864 Confederate note with a picture of General Stonewall Jackson with a face value of $500 can be had for between $200 to thousands, depending on its condition.According to U.S. Currency Education Program, all U.S. currency issued since 1861 is still redeemable for face value, although one could probably get more money from selling it as a collectible.A $1,000 Legal Tender Note from the Series 1862-1863 greenback issue. Engraved signatures of Chittenden (Register of the Treasury) and Spinner (Treasurer of the United States).After the war, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing was established to centralize the issuance of money. In 1889, Congress legislated names below the portraits that are found on all money. The cost of issuing bank notes kept rising, so by 1929 the notes were made about 30 percent smaller and the designs were standardized to make it easier to find counterfeits.At that time, extremely large banknotes were issued in denominations of $10,000 with a portrait of Salmon P. Chase, Secretary of the Treasury during Abraham Lincoln’s presidency, a $500 bill featuring President Grover Cleveland, a $5,000 note with President James Madison, and the highest value ever created for U.S. currency – a series 1934 $100,000 gold certificate with President Woodrow Wilson on the front.$5,000 Gold Certificate, Series 1928, (Serial #1) depicting James Madison, with signatures of Woods (Treasurer of the United States), and Mellon (Secretary of the Treasury)Most of these high-value bills were used only for transactions between banks and the government. There were very few of these issued, and, in 1969, the Treasury stopped making them. Although the government will still accept them as a form of legal tender, they are being sold for as much as $140,000 by collectors. If a larger denomination bill is still in circulation, it is pulled and destroyed by the Treasury.In 1955, the government made it mandatory to include “In God We Trust” on all money beginning with the 1957 $1 silver certificate, and, in 1963, it was added to all notes. From 1914 to 1933, one could take paper money and exchange it for an equal value of gold or silver. After 1933, one could only trade for silver.$10,000Before 1965, all dimes and quarters were made from silver, but President Lyndon Johnson called for the coins to be made with 40 percent less silver creating the “sandwich” coins of today which show the addition of another base metal. By 1968, money could no longer be traded in for any precious metal. In 1996, U.S. currency was re-designed with larger portraits and more security features.Coins come and go depending on their popularity. A silver dollar with the face of President Dwight D. Eisenhower was used in the 1970s as well as a half dollar coin with the face of President John. F. Kennedy.$100,000 Gold Certificate, Series 1934, (Serial #1) depicting Woodrow Wilson, with signatures of Julian (Treasurer of the United States), and Morgenthau (Secretary of the Treasury).Both coins were large and heavy and were not popular with the public. The Susan B. Anthony $1 coin, issued in 1979, was not well received because it was often mistaken for a quarter. The Sacagawea golden dollar, while still in circulation, is also not very popular with some who remark that it looks like play money.Read another story from us: Extremely Rare Penny Found in Boy’s Lunch Money Now Worth a FortuneU.S. currency will continue to change as counterfeiters are able to reproduce better and better fake bills. Whatever your preference, paper money or coins, money is, and will probably always be, necessary in today’s world.last_img read more

first_imgWhat’s going on with Xmarks for Firefox? by Martin Brinkmann on November 07, 2017 in Firefox – 40 commentsXmarks, once a popular solution to sync bookmarks between different devices, is not working correctly anymore for many users of the service.Xmarks (formerly known as Foxmarks) was released as a Firefox add-on back when Firefox did not support its own data synchronization service. It filled a gap at that time by allowing Firefox users to sync bookmarks between different devices.The company was acquired by LastPass, makers of the popular password management service, in 2010. Development of Xmarks continued, and new versions were released regularly by the new owner of the service.While LastPass has been busy porting the Firefox add-on of the password manager to the WebExtensions standard, Xmark development continued as well. The extension was released as a WebExtensions version in October 2017, and is compatible with Firefox 57 and newer because of that.Ratings for the browser extension tanked significantly in the past couple of weeks though on AMO; the average rating is three out of five stars, and the first couple of pages of user reviews give the extension a one star rating (the lowest rating possible).Users report the following issues:Bookmarking syncing is buggy. Sync does not complete all the time, and some users report that the process deleted some or even all of their bookmarks. Separates are not synced anymore, and some users report that bookmark duplicates are created during sync.Some features like history syncing, shortcuts were removed.Extension prompts for login data frequently.Coincidentally,  the Chrome extension received several one star ratings as well recently, but not nearly as much as the Firefox version received.The developers have not responded to user inquiries, and the last blog post dates back to 2014. The WebExtensions version of Xmarks seems to be the root cause of the issues that users are reporting.It is unclear if and when a new version will be released that will address these issues. Xmarks users should backup their bookmarks on the local system right now to avoid any bookmark syncing issues caused by the browser extension.Firefox users can use the shortcut Ctrl-Shift-B to open the bookmarks manager.Select Import and Backup > Export Bookmarks to HTML.Select a name and location for the bookmarks file.This stores a HTML file with all bookmarks on the local system. You can import the file at a later point in time in Firefox and many other browsers.Firefox 56.x and Firefox ESR users should consider installing the previous version of Xmarks for the time being. Note that it won’t work anymore when Firefox 57 is released next week (will continue to work in Firefox ESR until next year).Another option that Firefox uses have is to switch to Mozilla’s own syncing service. This works only if Firefox is used exclusively.Now You: Do you sync bookmarks across devices?SummaryArticle NameWhat’s going on with Xmarks for Firefox?DescriptionXmarks, once a popular solution to sync bookmarks between different devices, is not working correctly anymore for many users of the service.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

first_img 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like State-run oil company Cubapetroleo said in the announcement that the Songa Mercur rig, owned by Songa Offshore of Norway, was inspected to make sure it contains less than 10 percent U.S.-made parts. That allows the companies involved in the drilling to avoid sanctions under the 50-year-old U.S. embargo against Cuba.The exploration block in question, near the gleaming beaches of a major tourist resort, is considered less promising than offshore areas to the west where earlier this year a superdeep-water platform drilled three wells deemed commercially nonviable.The Scarabeo-9, a huge semisubmersible rig owned by Italy’s Saipem, left Cuban waters last month after sinking the three dud wells, and analysts said it could be years before drilling resumed in those deep-water blocks.Geologic surveys say 5 billion to 9 billion barrels of oil may lie off Cuba’s coast. Island authorities hope there may be even more and have been banking on a big strike.An injection of petrodollars could boost Cuba’s struggling economy, bankroll President Raul Castro’s economic reforms and ease the island’s energy dependence on Venezuela, which has sent billions of dollars’ worth of oil on preferential terms. 0 Comments   Share   “The new well has the objective of determining the potential of petroleum and natural gas in this sector of our country,” the notice in Granma read. “Its results should contribute to the knowledge of the area of the perforation, as well as all of north-central Cuba.”Cuba’s oil exploration in the Gulf of Mexico has prompted protest from Cuban exiles in the United States and alarmed some who fear a spill could befoul American shores from Florida to the Carolinas.The notice in Granma said the Songa Mercur rig also underwent safety inspection and is capable of drilling with minimum environmental risk.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Associated PressHAVANA (AP) – A Norwegian-owned platform arrived in waters off Cuba’s north-central coast for exploratory drilling by the Russian oil company Zarubezhneft, authorities said Saturday, renewing the island’s search for petroleum after three failed wells this year.Drilling is to begin “in the coming days” and take six months, according to a notice published by the Communist Party newspaper Granma. The depth of the project was given as 21,300 feet (6,500 meters).last_img read more

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