first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Canadian “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek says he’s “on the mend” after completing treatment for pancreatic cancer.In a new video posted on the “Jeopardy!” Facebook and YouTube pages, the Sudbury, Ont.-born TV personality says he’s “gone through a lot of chemotherapy and thankfully that is now over.”The video follows the 79-year-old around on set and behind the scenes of the hit quiz show as it prepares for its season 36 premiere on Sept. 9. In this April 30, 2017 file photo, Alex Trebek speaks at the 44th annual Daytime Emmy Awards at the Pasadena Civic Center in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)center_img Trebek looks sprightly as he interacts with the audience and explains his excitement for the next season, and is even seen doing a few push-ups on a chair behind the scenes.Trebek announced in a YouTube video on March 6 that he had been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.He vowed to keep working and beat the low survival rate statistics for the disease.“I’m on the mend and that’s all I can hope for right now,” Trebek says in the new video posted Thursday.“We have some exciting things coming up and I can’t wait to share them with all of you. Let me tell you, it’s going to be a good year.”THE CANADIAN PRESS Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

3 Miss America officials resign 1 apologizes to exwinner

first_imgATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – The top leadership of the Miss America Organization, implicated in an email scandal that targeted past pageant winners for abuse based on their appearance, intellect and sex lives, resigned on Saturday, with the outgoing president apologizing to a winner whose weight he ridiculed.The president, Josh Randle, told The Associated Press his comment responding to an email to his private account about the physical appearance of 2013 winner Mallory Hagan came months before he started working for the Miss America Organization in 2015. But he said it was wrong.“I apologize to Mallory for my lapse in judgment,” Randle said on Saturday. “It does not reflect my values or the values I worked to promote at the Miss America Organization. Although this terrible situation was not caused or driven by me, in light of recent events and new developments, I am no longer willing to continue in my capacity as president and earlier today offered my resignation to the MAO Board of Directors.”Randle said his resignation was voluntary and had not been requested by the board of Miss America, which is based in Atlantic City.Hagan did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment on the resignations of Randle, CEO Sam Haskell and Chairman Lynn Weidner. But on her Facebook page, she posted a message asking anyone who was warned away from her to come forward and send her a direct message, in what might be a precursor to legal action against the Miss America Organization or its former officers regarding her post-Miss America work as a pageant interview coach.“If you have ever been told to not work with me, communicate with me, hire me, etc. Will you send me a DM?” she wrote.The scandal began Thursday, when the Huffington Post published leaked emails showing pageant officials ridiculing past Miss Americas, including crass and sometimes vulgar comments about them.The emails included one that used a vulgar term for female genitalia to refer to past Miss America winners, one that wished that a particular former Miss America had died and others that speculated about how many sex partners Hagan has had.Randle noted that the worst communications were exchanged in 2013 and 2014, years before he joined the Miss America Organization, and said the article’s implication of “complicit participation on my part in a years long array of inappropriate email communication” is untrue.Haskell’s resignation is effective immediately, while Randle and Weidner will remain for a few weeks to help with a leadership transition. Dan Meyers, who had been vice chairman of the board, was named interim chairman.The organization announced the resignations a day after dozens of former Miss Americas, including Hagan, signed a petition calling on the group’s leadership to step down because of the emails.The emails already cost the pageant its television production partner and raised questions about the future of the nationally televised broadcast from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall the week after Labor Day each year. Dick Clark Productions told the AP on Thursday that it cut ties with the Miss America Organization over the emails, calling them “appalling.”Also on Saturday, one of the main recipients of fundraising from the Miss America Organization said it was reviewing its association with Miss America. The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals said it was “conducting an immediate review of the situation and will take appropriate actions.”And New Jersey officials are reviewing their Miss America Organization contract, in which the state still owes $4 million toward the cost of next year’s pageant.___Follow Wayne Parry at read more

Côte dIvoire UN envoy certifies results of first round of presidential poll

Y. J. Choi said the electoral process during the first round held on 31 October was “peaceful and democratic, and that the results of the elections were determined through fair and transparent process.”The “anomalies, irregularities and errors” brought to his attention were “of such minor nature as to affect in no significant way the overall results of the elections,” he added in a statement made in Abidjan. The two candidates in the forthcoming run-off are incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo and former prime minister, Alassane Ouattara.The elections, originally scheduled for as far back as 2005, were repeatedly postponed. They are a major step in restoring stability in the country, which was split by civil war into a Government-held south and rebel Forces Nouvelles-controlled north in 2002.An additional 500 troops were sent to the country to reinforce the 8,650-strong UN peacekeeping force (UNOCI) and assist with security during the election period.Mr. Choi, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Côte d’Ivoire and head of UNOCI, noted that polling day during the first round was “marked as much by enthusiasm of the population as by the respect for human rights and democratic principles.” He called on all stakeholders to remain committed to the holding of an open, free, fair and transparent second round of the presidential elections, in order to bring the Ivorian crisis closer to a conclusion.Cote 12 November 2010The United Nations envoy to Côte d’Ivoire today certified the results of the first round of the presidential election in the West African country, paving the way for the run-off on 28 November between the two candidates who garnered the highest number of votes. read more

UNP to boycott committee on new CJ

The council is to select the new CJ from three nominees after former Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake was sacked by the President. Report by Indika Sri Aravinda Government committee member A.H.M. Azwar however said the UNP leader must attend the meeting, failing which he would be violating parliament rules. The United National Party (UNP) will boycott the parliament council meeting headed by Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa which will select the new Chief Justice tomorrow.UNP MP John Amaratunga told the Colombo Gazette that UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, who is one of the council members will not attend the meeting. He warned that if the UNP leader fails to attend the parliament council meeting tomorrow to select a new Chief Justice then action will be sought against him from the Speaker.Former Attorney General Mohan Peiris is believed to be one of the nominees for the post. read more

Rogers to open lab in Waterloo Region to develop commercial uses for

WATERLOO, Ont. — Rogers Communications Inc. says it will open a new innovation lab in Waterloo, Ont., in September to advance the commercialization of fifth-generation wireless networks that will begin to roll out next year.The initiative includes a three-year partnership with Communitech, which promotes and supports Waterloo Region as a community for innovative startups and larger technology players.Rogers says its Waterloo lab will complement other 5G research work it has been doing at the University of British Columbia.The Toronto-based company, which owns one of Canada’s three national wireless networks as well as cable television, internet and media businesses, has also been working with Swedish 5G network vendor Ericsson.5G wireless networks are expected to carry vastly more data traffic than current 4G networks, opening up a wider array of uses for collecting and transmitting information through connected devices.Rogers says the Waterloo 5G innovation lab will help it bridge the gap between the conceptual potential of the technology and commercialization. Companies in this story: (TSX:RCI.B)The Canadian Press read more

Competition in Big Ten womens volleyball difficult

The Ohio State women’s volleyball team celebrates a victory against Michigan Sept. 27 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-1.Credit: Mark Batke / Lantern photographerWhen it comes to women’s volleyball, the Big Ten rules the rankings.As of Monday, seven of the conference’s 12 teams are ranked in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 Poll, with three others in the conference receiving multiple votes. That means 10 of 12, or more than 83 percent of all Big Ten women’s volleyball teams are either ranked or close to it. The conference with the second-highest number of teams either ranked or receiving votes is the Pac-12, with seven.Currently leading the pack is No. 2 Penn State, while Minnesota, Nebraska, Michigan State and Wisconsin all sit in the top 15. Purdue and Michigan come in at 16th and 17th, respectively, and Ohio State, Illinois and Northwestern each received votes.Northwestern coach Keylor Chan, who has led the Wildcats to a 5-5 conference record, said rankings are thrown out the window when it comes to Big Ten play.“It’s just difficult,” he said. “Every weekend you have great teams coming in, you never have a break.”Chan added that his team prepares for each opponent the same, no matter its national standing.“We prepare for everyone,” he said. “You’re preparing for each team, I don’t think rankings tell you what a team is like.”Chan’s Wildcats have not yet been ranked this season, but they have topped multiple teams featured in the AVCA poll. Northwestern beat then-No. 20 Purdue Oct. 12 and on Oct. 16, the Wildcats beat then-No. 17 Ohio State. The Buckeyes, who have been ranked as high as No. 12 this season, currently sit outside of the top 25 after finding out just how tough the competition is.OSU is currently 2-8 in Big Ten play, which includes six consecutive losses. The Buckeyes opened their conference season with a 3-1 home victory over then-No. 10 Michigan Sept. 27, but have not topped a ranked opponent since then.Even taking into account the team’s recent struggles, OSU still received 43 votes in the most recent AVCA poll.So Buckeyes have already played seven matches against current teams in the top 25. They are scheduled to play six of their final 10 Big Ten matches against currently ranked opponents.Freshman defensive specialist Valeria León said the competition is high in the Big Ten and that she and her teammates always have to be on top of their game.“You know, Wisconsin can beat Nebraska and Nebraska can beat Penn State,” León said. “You never know, we have to play hard every game.”Despite a tough schedule, OSU coach Geoff Carlston said he is “proud to be part of the Big Ten.”“It’s fun to figure out the problems and try to figure out what we need to do,” he said.Freshman middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe said playing in such a tough conference creates stronger players.“Honestly, playing in the Big Ten, it’s the best volleyball conference,” she said. “I think you’re going to be the best player you can be by coming out of it.”Four members of the 14 players named to the 2012 AVCA Division I First-Team All-America squad came from Big Ten schools. Six players from the conference made the second-team, four made the third-team, including Mari Hole from OSU, and four more made the honorable mention list.Senior outside hitter Kaitlyn Leary said the level of play is never a burden.“I love playing in the Big Ten, it’s one of the reasons I chose Ohio State,” she said. “Every single game you’re playing a top 20 team. It’s awesome, it’s fun and it definitely prepares you for the tournament.”Carlston, his players and Chan all said they agreed that winning a Big Ten title is tougher than winning a national championship.“(To) win the Big Ten title, you have to be good for 10 weeks,” Chan said.As is often the case, the Buckeyes are scheduled to return to the court this weekend for two more ranked matches.OSU is set to travel to East Lansing, Mich., Friday for a match against No. 14 Michigan State, before heading to Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday for a date with No. 17 Michigan. read more

Almost all cannabis on Britains streets super strength and could be driving

first_imgNearly all cannabis on Britain’s streets is now super-strength skunk that could be fuelling the rise in mental health problems, scientists have warned.Researchers at King’s College London tested almost 1,000 police seizures from Kent, Derbyshire, Merseyside, Sussex and the capital in 2016 and found 94 per cent were of a dangerously high potency.In 2005 just 51 per cent of cannabis sold on the street was sinsemilla, also known as skunk.Dr Marta Di Forti, Medical Research Council Clinician Scientist at King’s College warned that the powerful drug placed Britain’s 2.1 million cannabis users at risk of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, psychosis, delusions and hallucinations.‘The increase of high-potency cannabis on the streets poses a significant hazard to users’ mental health, and reduces their ability to choose more benign types,’ she said.“It is of  concern that 94 per cent of seized cannabis is now of skunk type as this potentially could increase the number of people using it and consequently the number of people experiencing harm.“Regular users of high-potency cannabis carry the highest risk for psychotic disorders, compared to those who have never used cannabis.” A selection of skunk seized by British police forces in 2016  In contrast, the ratio of antipsychotic cannabidiol (CBD), which helps mitigate the drug’s psychoactive effects, had fallen dramatically.Skunk has around 14 per cent THC and is more dangerous because it contains very small amount of CBD.In 2015 Kings College showed that in South London, 24 per cent of new cases of psychosis could be attributed to skunk use. Researchers now fear that the countrywide problem could be partly responsible for the growing number of mental health issues in Britain.Latest figures shows there were 7,545 hospital admissions in 2016/2017 for drug-related mental health and behavioural disorders, 12 per cent higher than in 2006/2007.There were also 14,053 admissions for poisoning by illegal drugs last year, a 40 per cent increase compared to a decade earlier. The researchers also found that in normal cannabis resin, the average concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – the main psychoactive component – had risen by 50 per cent since 2005, from four per cent to six per cent. Cannabis resin was also found to be stronger  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img Cannabis resin was also found to be stronger Credit:King’s College London Ian Hamilton, Lecturer in Mental Health, University of York, said: “If these seized samples are representative then it suggests that apart from the dominance of skunk in the UK market, it also seems that resin has increased in strength, as this analysis shows that some resin samples were nearly three times stronger than those seized back in 2005.  “So even if people are trying to source lower potency cannabis they are unable to. “If the cannabis market is saturated with higher potency cannabis this increases the risk of younger and more naive users developing problems as they are less likely to adjust the amount of cannabis they ingest than more experienced users.”Prof Valerie Curran, Professor of Psychopharmacology, UCL, said: “These findings have implications for the rising numbers of young people who are becoming addicted to cannabis.  “Evidence from our own previous research at UCL suggests that high potency varieties are more likely to lead to addiction, so if the market is dominated by these varieties then this inevitably puts more people at risk of addiction.”The research was published in the journal Drug Testing and Analysis. A selection of skunk seized by British police forces in 2016 Credit:King’s College Londonlast_img read more

Toshiba to make Lytrostyle camera for smartphones

first_imgSince the release of the incredibly cool Lytro camera, the big question has been when we will see this kind of technology in our existing mobile devices. According to Toshiba, we need only wait until the end of 2013 to see this tech in smartphones and tablets.The way we take photos with smartphones, it stands to reason that most of us could benefit from a camera that allowed us to adjust focus after the image was captured. That’s the power of the Lytro camera, being able to shift focus even after the photo has been taken. Some have even used this to create images that reveal more when you shift focus, placing some items out of view intentionally for fun. Lytro cameras, however, are roughly the size of a can of Red Bull. It can’t be easy to shrink that experience down and maintain even close to the same quality. Toshiba seems convinced that they can fit the technology into a 1cm cube to replace the rear camera on smartphones being released late next year.It’s difficult to imagine 500,000 lenses in a 1cm space, but that is exactly what Toshiba claims will happen with their camera. The camera will be able to measure the distance between you and the objects in the shot, and allow you to apply focus after the shot has been taken between those objects. Toshiba says that the sensor for this camera is still a work in progress, so we have no idea what the quality of the image will be. A lower quality sensor will mean a lesser quality image to adjust focus in, which may ruin the feature altogether. Over the last year there have been tremendous strides in the quality of smartphone cameras and the software that drives it, and moving backwards in either of those places for the sake of a new feature will not go over well with consumers.There’s also the thickness of the phone to consider. Much like the massive bulge on the back of the Nokia PureView, the camera unit Toshiba is proposing is in and of itself nearly 2.5mm thicker than the current generation iPhone. After you wrap that lens in plastic and stick it on the other side of a smartphone, you wind up with a phone that will be noticeably thicker than most current generation smartphones.If smartphone manufacturers pick up the technology from Toshiba, we’ll see a return to the camera bulge that had finally gone away in the second half of 2012, but we’ll also see some very impressive images.Asahi via Engadgetlast_img read more

Grindr killer Stephen Port convicted of murdering three men with daterape drug

first_img Share Tweet Email 18,813 Views By Darragh Peter Murphy Short URL No Comments ‘Grindr killer’ Stephen Port convicted of murdering three men with date-rape drug Port, who brought the men to his flat in London before secretly feeding them high doses of a date rape drug, was also convicted of three rapes Stephen Port. Image: BBC/screengrab Nov 23rd 2016, 12:39 PM center_img Wednesday 23 Nov 2016, 12:39 PM Image: BBC/screengrab Stephen Port. SERIAL KILLER STEPHEN Port has been found guilty of murdering three young men he met on dating websites, including Grindr.Port was also convicted of three rapes, after bringing the men to his flat in London, before secretly feeding them poisonous doses of GHB, a date rape drug, the BBC reports.In the Old Bailey in London today, the 41-year-old chef was also been convicted of seven offences of administering a substance with intent and three sexual assaults.He had denied 29 charges in total.He met the four murder victims on gay dating websites between June 2014 and September 2015.He then brought them to his house on Cooke Street in the London borough of Barking, where he is said to have poisoned them with GHB, a psychoactive drug.He was originally charged with four counts of murder and four of administering a poison, but today at the Old Bailey prosecutors added a further six counts of administering a poison, seven charges of rape and four of sexual assault.Their bodies were all found dumped in or near a graveyard within 500m of his house.Taylor’s family wept in court as the guilty verdicts were delivered but Port made no reaction, the BBC added.Port has now been convicted of the murder of:British-Slovakian man Gabriel Kovari, 22, from Lewisham on 28 August 2014;Daniel Whitworth, 21, from Gravesend in Kent on 20 September 2014;and Jack Taylor, 25, a forklift driver from Dagenham, on 14 September 2015.The jury has yet to reach a verdict on other charges, including the alleged murder of fashion student Anthony Walgate, 23, from Barnet on 19 June 2014.Comments have been closed for legal reasons.Read: ‘Date rape’ serial killer facing 17 more charges of poisoning, rape and sexual assaultRead: Appeal for information over alleged ‘serial killer’ gay dating website murders Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Over 150 people march in Shankill against spate of sex attacks

first_img Short URL 43 Comments Source: Garreth MacNamee/Twitter Meg Beare is one of over 150 to turn up to demonstrate against sexual assaults in shankill.— Garreth MacNamee (@garmacnamee) February 17, 2017 By Rónán Duffy Gardaí and local businesses were represented at last night’s march with a number of local representatives also present.Fine Gael councillor Jim Gildea was one of those present and said the march was about maintaining awareness, something gardaí have also been keen to stress. Over 150 people march in Shankill against spate of sex attacks The Take Back the Night march is a community effort against violence. Feb 18th 2017, 12:29 PM BETWEEN 150 TO 200 people took part in a march in the Shankill suburb of Dublin last night against ongoing sex attacks in the area and the wider issue of sexual and domestic violence.The Take Back the Night march began at Shankill Dart station and made its way through  a number of areas where women were attacked over the past 14 months.The latest attack happened in the Bayview estate area with gardaí looking through CCTV pictures as part of their investigations.Last night’s march was organised by local woman Emily Lyon who told earlier this week that the march was one of defiance against the fear women are feeling.“There are people changing their schedules so they can get back home before it’s dark because they are scared for their safety. That’s not good enough,” she said.center_img Source: Emily Lyon/Twitter Saturday 18 Feb 2017, 12:29 PM 21,391 Views Thank you to @GardaTraffic for the their support at #TakeBackTheNight last night. We stand as a community to Say No to sexual violence.— Emily Lyon (@emilymufasa) February 18, 2017 Share Tweet Email “The current case is a very active and they’re trying to get the message out,” Gidea says.“What happened in the most recent attack was very serious. This lady was attacked from behind and it must have been so traumatic. The message is to be aware and watch out and we’ll see what the follow on will be for this now.”Read: Gardaí reviewing hundreds of hours of CCTV footage to catch Shankill sex attacker >Read: ‘We’re taking back the night’: Women to march in Shankill against sex attacker > Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

La France restitue à la NouvelleZélande une tête maorie

first_imgLa France restitue à la Nouvelle-Zélande une tête maorieLe lundi, la ville de Rouen a reçu l’ambassadeur de Nouvelle-Zélande afin de lui remettre lors d’une cérémonie une tête maorie momifiée. Une pièce de collection que leMuséum d’Histoire Naturelle de la ville conservait depuis 1875.Alors que quinze autres têtes maories sont conservées dans diverses villes françaises, Rouen est la première à avoir rendu à la Nouvelle-Zélande celle qu’elle possédait. Cette restitution a eu lieu lundi à l’Hôtel de Ville de Rouen, en présence de l’ambassadeur de Nouvelle-Zélande et de représentants de familles maories, rapporte le site de France 3 Haute-Normandie. Cette tête momifiée était conservée depuis 136 ans par le Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle de Rouen.À lire aussiUne momie égyptienne vieille de 5500 ans renverse nos croyances sur l’embaumementLa Nouvelle-Zélande procédera à une expertise afin de déterminer les origines familiales de la tête, puis de l’inhumer selon les rites maories. Déjà, lundi, des chants et incantations ont accompagné la restitution de la pièce, avant que les familles maories présentes à la cérémonie ne remercient les élus de la ville en les saluant selon la tradition, nez à nez. Si cette tête est la première rendue par la France à la Nouvelle-Zélande, deux autres ont déjà été restituées, le 5 mai, par la Faculté de Médecine d’Oslo et un musée norvégien. Voilà trente ans que la Nouvelle-Zélande tente de récupérer ses têtes, emportées au fil des siècles par les colons européens. L’année dernière, après plusieurs années de refus, la France a adopté une loi autorisant le retour dans leur pays, de la quinzaine de têtes momifiées qu’elle détient.Le 10 mai 2011 à 10:04 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

NASA la mission TESS partira à la recherche dexoplanètes dès 2017

first_imgNASA : la mission TESS partira à la recherche d’exoplanètes dès 2017La NASA vient de sélectionner un projet du Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) pour lancer un satellite permettant de récolter des informations sur des exoplanètes. Après trois ans de compétition, la NASA vient de choisir le Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, alias TESS, un projet du Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) qui devrait être lancé en 2017. L’agence spatiale a annoncé que le projet serait financé par une subvention de 200 millions de dollars accordée à l’équipe de TESS par la NASA elle-même.Mené par George Ricker, chercheur au MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research (MKI), le projet utilisera de nombreuses caméras grand angle afin de capturer une vue d’ensemble du ciel la plus large possible. L’objectif ? Découvrir des exoplanètes en transition près du système solaire, dont la taille irait de la Terre aux géantes gazeuses, précise le MIT.”TESS sera la première étude d’origine spatiale permettant d’analyser les objets en transit dans le ciel, en couvrant 400 fois plus de terrain que les missions précédentes. Nous serons capables d’identifier des centaines de nouvelles planètes situées dans le voisinage du système solaire, en nous focalisant particulièrement sur des planètes dont la taille est comparable à celle de la Terre” explique George Ricker.De nouvelles innovations pour TESSLe satellite permettra d’étudier la masse, la taille, la densité, l’orbite et l’atmosphère d’une multitude de petites planètes, y compris les nuages de rochers. Il sélectionnera un ensemble de cibles intéressantes dont les données seront transmises notamment au James Webb Space Telescope. Des études précédentes, réalisées à l’aide de télescopes basés sur Terre, avaient déjà permis de découvrir des exoplanètes géantes. De même, le télescope spatial Kepler de la NASA a récemment découvert des exoplanètes plus petites, mais ces dernières sont difficiles à étudier. TESS devrait lui permettre d’examiner un grand nombre de petites planètes, situées autour des étoiles les plus brillantes du ciel. “Nous avons pu déterminer un nouvel orbite “Goldilocks”, ni trop éloigné, ni trop loin de la Terre et de la Lune pour TESS”, précise M. Ricker. Ainsi, environ toutes les deux semaines, le satellite sera assez proche de la Terre pour envoyer ses données, tout en restant à l’abri des radiations, gardant les caméras à une température stable. Le projet TESS prévu pour 2017 sera réalisé en partenariat avec l’Instituts for Astrophysics and Space Research du MIT Kavli, le Lincoln Laboratory du MIT, le Goddard Spaceflight Center de la NASA, l’Orbital Sciences Corporation, le Ames Research Center de la NASA, le Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, l’Aerospace Corporation et le Space Telescope Science Institute. Outre George Ricker, l’équipe sera composée de Josh Winn, professeur de physique au MIT et Sara Seager, professeur en sciences et physique planétaire au MIT. “La sélection de TESS par la NASA a accéléré nos chances de découvrir des formes de vie sur une autre planète dans les prochaines décennies”, s’enthousiasme Sara Seager.Le projet NICERÀ lire aussiDes chercheurs auraient découvert l’origine de la mystérieuse lumière verte observée par la NASAMais la NASA a également sélectionné un autre projet baptisé NICER pour Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer. Celui-ci consiste à équiper la Station Spatiale Internationale (ISS) d’un instrument pour observer les rayons X des étoiles. Ce dernier permettra de mesurer la source des rayons X cosmiques, grâce à un procédé, appelé X-ray timing, explique la NASA. L’objectif est d’explorer les différents états de la matière à l’intérieur des étoiles à neutrons afin de révéler leurs compositions intérieure et extérieure. NICER sera dirigé par Keith Gendreau du Goddard Space Flight Center de la NASA, grâce à une subvention de 55 millions de dollars. La NASA a déjà financé plus de 90 missions. La première, Explorer 1, a été sélectionnée en 1958. Elle a permis de découvrir les anneaux de radiation de la Terre.(Crédits photo : MIT Kavli Institute / Nasa / TESS Team) Le 8 avril 2013 à 18:20 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Teen in need of kidney transplant keeps eyes on prize

first_imgThe prize has been waiting for Jade Samples since Halloween.Hidden on the top shelf in the back of Samples’ freezer is a bag of milk chocolate M&M’s. Samples, a 17-year-old Vancouver resident, won the candy for her costume at a church youth group function in October. She dressed up as Edward Scissorhands, and made the claws herself with duct tape and black gloves.Samples didn’t finish first for best costume, but she nabbed second place — and the winner happened to already have left the costume party. Samples won the chocolate by default. She’s OK with that.But Samples has to wait on the M&M’s because she’s experiencing kidney failure and is in need of a lifesaving kidney transplant. In May 2017, Samples was diagnosed with Lupus, a disease that causes the body to attack its organs. She has been undergoing dialysis treatment three days a week, waking up before 6 a.m. to make it to her 3 1/2 -hour appointments in Portland.“This is a new thing. I’m not ready for new things yet” is how Samples remembers reacting to her diagnosis. “I’m one of those people, if I can stay in one spot as much as possible, I’m OK. So a lot of different new things isn’t my cup of tea.”She also has plenty of diet restrictions, which have robbed her of a favorite food (mashed potatoes), and prohibits two other favorites: dairy and chocolate.last_img read more

Surveillance video shows man setting fire to Fort Pierce church

first_imgFORT PIERCE, Fla (WSVN) — Police arrested a man accused of setting fire to a Fort Pierce church, Thursday.Surveillance video from early Thursday morning shows a man pouring fluid on the doors of a church in Fort Pierce and igniting a fire with a cigarette lighter.Police said 38-year-old Tyquaris Ward is the man in the video. They arrested him and charged him with arson.The church’s doors were burned, but the fire didn’t spread inside.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Lego Star Wars Boost Droid Commander could be the coding robot set

first_imgLego If you love putting together Lego robots, and you love Star Wars… you’re in luck. Lego’s new set seems like the ideal gift for the droid-lovers in your life.Lego Star Wars Boost: Droid Commander is a semisequel to Lego’s excellent 2017 robotics coding kit, Lego Boost. Boost brilliantly combined bricks into programmable guitars, cars and even a cat. The same team behind Boost created Droid Commander, a kit using Boost’s internal robotics hub and sensors, but with bricks to make Star Wars droids. Carl Thomas Merriam, product lead designer, and Steve Geist, digital product lead designer for both Lego Boost and Droid Commander, talked about what’s new and what’s changed.One good thing this time: You don’t have to destroy your droids. The 2017 Lego Boost recycled its pieces, so new projects meant dismantling old ones. “Kids put things together, but don’t want to take apart their friends,” Merriam admits. The Boost hardware can now be swapped between all three Lego droid models. Merriam and Geist relate it to how Nintendo Labo allows players to move the Nintendo Switch components to new cardboard creations.75253-lsw-boost-2hy19-codeProgramming in Scratch, just like the first Boost set (but with more Star Wars stuff). Lego R2-D2 looks like the star of the show. It’s like Lego’s version of the now-gone Sphero R2-D2. The old-school Gonk (which has boxing arms and buzzsaw attachments now, apparently) and classic scooting Mouse droid (MSE-6) may not be everyone’s most-wanted droids, but they look cool.The Lego Star Wars Boost: Droid Commander kit has 1,177 pieces, and the companion app for iOS, Android and Amazon Fire has a Lego Star Wars-type game that has challenges to play along with. It uses the three droids in five original-trilogy locations: Tatooine, Bespin, Alderaan, the Death Star and Hoth (no Rise of the Skywalker content, as far as we know right now). There’s an included bag of pieces to make accessory props that control some of the app games, like a computer interface that R2-D2 uses to fly an X-wing. The new kit also has digital in-app building instructions, similar to Nintendo Labo.There’s a storyline that flows through the whole game, with expectedly weird Lego-style plots (you’re planning a birthday party for Grand Moff Tarkin in one part). 1:36 Lego’s weirdest new robots are heading to schools CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Robots Star Wars Lego 0 Toys and Tabletop Games Mobile Accessories See it Mentioned Above Lego Boost See It Review • Lego Boost, reviewed: all the crazy robotic things Share your voice Tags Now playing: Watch this: Like the first Boost kit, or the new education-targeted Spike Prime, the robots can be programmed using Scratch in the app, and audio effects can be remapped from a catalog of actual Star Wars droid sounds. The new Droid Commander set also works with the original Lego Boost app, provided you’re fine with finding extra pieces for new projects.Why no C-3PO or BB-8, though? “You never know,” Merriam and Geist say. “We don’t even know!”Lego Star Wars Boost: Droid Commander arrives Sept. 1. Pricing is TBA. Preview • Lego Boost is a programmable robot kit, and it looks awesome $159 Post a comment Lego Boost Walmart $159last_img read more

Houston Starting Effort to Become Soccer City

first_img X Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listencenter_img Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaEven when the focus is on soccer, the – in the United States – more popular football is in the background. Football is big in Houston. Futbol – not so much.But that has to change if Houston wants to be selected as a host city for the 2026 World Cup.“Every soccer match we do over the next 24 months will be viewed from the lens of FIFA, U.S. Soccer and how Houston responds to everything we do,” Doug Hall, vice president of special projects at the Harris County Houston Sports Authority, said.The United States will host the prestigious soccer tournament together with Mexico and Canada.The 10 U.S. host cities, out of a pool of 17 finalists, will be announced in summer 2020. Each city will host six World Cup games over the course of a month.Hall said the impact for Houston, economic and otherwise, would be comparable to hosting six super bowls.To reach that goal, the Sports Authority will be forming an organizing committee that will work on raising soccer’s profile in Houston during the next two years. 00:00 /00:47last_img read more

Amazon Offers Exclusive Lime Green New 3DS XL

first_img When March 2017 arrives the Wii U and 3DS are effectively dead hardware. Sure, you’ll still be able to find games for them, there may even be quite a few new game released next year for the 3DS, but Nintendo is moving on to focus on their replacement: the Nintendo Switch.We have Christmas before that happens, though, and Amazon isn’t one to miss an opportunity to push for more sales. With that in mind, it has managed to grab itself an exclusive New 3DS XL model. The only suspect thing about this handheld is the color, and that’s also what makes it exclusive!Amazon has opted to offer a rather bright Lime Green New 3DS XL to the masses. You really couldn’t lose this thing very easily. It will cost you $199.99, but it does come with Super Mario World pre-installed. However, there is no power adapter so keep that in mind if you don’t already have one lying around (or are buying this as a gift for someone).As this is an Amazon exclusive, I suspect we will see the price drop considerably by the time we get to Black Friday next month. It may even end up being the best value 3DS XL at that point. Then you just have to ask yourself whether you can stomach that color. It’s so bright!View as: One Page Slides1. New Nintendo 3DS XL Lime Green2. New Nintendo 3DS XL Lime Green3. New Nintendo 3DS XL Lime Green4. New Nintendo 3DS XL Lime GreenThere are close to 1,000 games available for the 3DS spread across physical carts and downloadable titles. Add to that backwards compatibility with the Nintendo DS and you unlock another 1,862 games. Nintendo has confirmed the Switch will not be backwards compatible with the 3DS even though it uses cartridges, so picking up a 3DS in some form is worth the investment, especially as many gamers will likely be selling off their 3DS games when the Switch arrives. Hyrule Warriors struggles on 3DS while New 3DS outperforms Wii UNew 3DS C-Stick can be replaced with a PSP analog stick Stay on targetlast_img read more

AMD rolls out 6300 server chips for higher performance watt

first_img © 2012 Citation: AMD rolls out 6300 server chips for higher performance / watt (2012, November 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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. (—Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) on Monday announced its launch of 16-core Opteron 6300 server chips. This is its newest series in server processors based on the chip designer’s Piledriver core architecture. The Opteron 6300 family has models with four, eight, 12 or 16 processor cores (up to 16 cores per socket for scaling in “thread-intensive” environments). AMD says the processors are designed for “virtualized server platforms that are central to private and public cloud deployments, big data systems and high-performance computing (HPC) clusters.” This is a sequel to its 6200 series; the 6300 series “Piledriver” chips show better speed than the 6200 series. More information: Press releasecenter_img Quad-Core AMD Opteron Processor Family Expands with New Low-Power Options The speed improvement is 40 percent—up to 40 percent higher performance per watt than the prior generation, according to AMD. That makes the new 6300 launch especially suitable for businesses running large-scale software systems, said AMD.Data centers are attracted to many-core processors for their needs, and the 6300 family should be attractive at data centers with heavy workloads. Dell thinks so. A spokesperson said, in the AMD press release, that the 6300 series can offer its customers performance gains beneficial for cloud computing, big data, and high growth data-center applications. Technical details include AMD Virtualization technology for virtualized environments, up to four memory channels with up to 1866 MHz memory, and support for ultra-low voltage 1.25v memory.Servers from Dell and HP based on the AMD Opteron 6300 Series processors will be available by the end of the year. AMD said the AMD Opteron 6300 Series processor will also be leveraged as part of a supercomputing deployment at Indiana University.The school’s earlier Big Red supercomputer is being replaced with Big Red II, for high-performance parallel computing, capable of performing one quadrillion floating-point operations per second (1 petaflop). The school provided details on the Big Red II computing environment. There will be two AMD X86-64 processors with 16 cores each, the nodes providing 32 cores and 64 GB of memory per node; plus GPU-enabled compute nodes, containing one AMD X86-64 processor and one NVIDIA GPU, with these nodes providing 32 GB of memory. All compute nodes are connected through the Cray Gemini interconnect.The 6300 launch this week follows AMD’s October “ambidextrous” announcement that it will be taking a new strategic move to bridge x86 and ARM processors for cloud and data center servers. The company said its goal in doing so is to offer desirable performance-per-watt for dense cloud computing solutions. The first 64-bit ARM-based processors for servers are expected in 2014. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Kevin Garnett is probably retiring Remember him as The Kid

first_img So, with Kevin Garnett’s retirement seemingly inevitable. Let’s not remember Grandpa from the State Farm commercials. Let’s recall the young upstart who flipped the NBA on its head, and was one of the game’s most dominant players.Check out 18 year old KG at Farragut Academy in Chicago destroying everything in his path in 1995. Long live The Kid. Advertisement The saddest thing about watching a superstar fade away, is that images of their greatness are replaced with images of them barely hanging on. Kevin Garnett hasn’t averaged double figures since 2012. Last season, he returned to Minnesota to mostly mentor a roster full of potential superstars, but did little of note on the court.Yesterday, it was announced that Garnett was in the process of negotiating a contract buyout with the team. Most expect KG’s next move will be to announce his retirement.The irony of Garnett is that his perception among a younger generation of fans, furthered by State Farm commercials, is of a gruff old man. An elder statesman. It’s a disservice of perception, but all they know.To fans in their 30’s he will always be the pioneer of the NBA youth movement. The first modern player to go straight from high school to the NBA. A First Team All-NBA fixture for nearly a decade. A sure-fire first ballot Hall of Famer. “The Kid”.last_img read more