Merged VR Augmented Reality Cubed

first_imgMerge VRGoggles With Merge Cube There is considerable development activity at the high end of hardware and content creation for virtual reality and augmented reality, as well as such AR aliases as mixed reality, extended reality and others.Most industry investment is aimed at leading-edge gaming and industrial application development. However, the low-end of the market is also worth looking at, to see how people and institutions without big budgets — consumers and education — might adopt these technologies sooner, rather than waiting years for all the advancements to trickle down to lower price points.An example of AR done on a more human-friendly scale is Merge VR. Its founders seem to have taken the hint from The Graduate (“One word: plastics”), added software and a bit of creativity, and then applied it to AR.First, Merge VR built a soft plastic headset (which they call “goggles”) that fits any smartphone, even the largest. The optics worked well for me. The physical controls to adjust the optics are easy to use, the headset is comfortable to wear, the plastic is easy to clean, and it is inexpensive (US$60 retail in mid August 2017). Two indirect touch buttons provide limited in-app touch control while the smartphone is mounted in the headset. Cord management is easy — both for keeping the smartphone powered and for plugging in headphones.It comes in a variety of colors; I have seen at least 10 colors in Merge VR’s offices. The device looks friendly, not high-tech. What’s more, the headset has met the safety requirements of a broad swath of regulators for use by kids as young as 10 years old. A Deceptively Simple Cube The Merge Cube SDK has been optimized for most phones launched within the past two years. As a baseline, Apple iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 are among the oldest phones that can run the Cube SDK.The challenge for Merge VR is that many smartphones still in use do not have the full complement of features required to support VR: Android 7.0+, high-resolution display, acceptable graphics performance, and a full set of positional sensors (accelerometer, compass and gyroscope).Developers and customers can check here to see if their smartphones support the Merge Cube.There is only one version of Merge Cube, because app developers can overlay it with anything they want.Any recent smartphone, mounted in a Merge VR headset (with the camera exposed) and running an app developed with the Merge Cube SDK, can turn the Merge Cube into… something else, anything else. Wearers spin the cube in any direction and interact with the graphics superimposed on the Merge Cube, all at a very fluid fame rate. A front-panel insert, when installed, keeps the inside of the headset dark for VR applications, especially when it’s used with smaller smartphones. For AR applications, wearers can remove the insert and expose the smartphone’s camera through proper orientation of the smartphone in the headset.There is huge industry-wide investment in developing transparent displays for AR. Transparent displays promise to deliver full field of vision (FoV) graphic overlays — or at least as much field of vision as wraparound sunglasses afford. The challenge is that creating totally clear displays is very hard; so is creating full FoV displays. Current transparent displays are somewhat dark; wearing them is very much like wearing sunglasses indoors.Another way to achieve transparency is to use the smartphone camera to transmit the image to the phone’s display, but cameras are still much lower resolution than looking at reality through a physical lens — especially smartphone cameras.While camera resolution is increasing, a single smartphone camera cannot provide high-quality stereoscopic vision. In this early stage of AR, I think “through the lens” viewing wins over transparent displays, simply because smartphone-based AR viewers can be built and sold at mass market consumer prices.What can a smartphone based, single-camera AR solution do?Smartphones now have enough processing power to run many classes of video image recognition in real time. The graphics processing power used to deliver mobile games also can create real-time 3D overlays that track objects in a video stream.The process of aligning graphics onto video artifacts is called “registration.” Modern smartphones have the compute power to do three-dimensional registration on three axes of rotation.Running video image recognition and registration in real time without consuming all a smartphone’s batter power requires simplifying the image recognition task.Merge VR designed a plastic artifact specifically for easy real-time video image recognition to support simple, low-cost education and entertainment AR apps. The artifact is a cube, called, simply enough, the “Merge Cube.”The Merge Cube is 72mm (2.83 inches) on a side and easy for a child or adult to hold. It is manufactured with unique, easily differentiated patterns embossed into each side. The flat tops of the patterns are reflective silver; the space between patterns is matte grey. The Merge Cube can be used without the Merge VR headset — for instance, by holding the smartphone without a headset at all. It can be used with any other smartphone-based VR headset, but that headset would have to expose the smartphone camera. I have not tried surgery on an actual cardboard version of Google Cardboard, but that should work.In the U.S., Walmart is rolling out Merge Cube this week starting in West Coast stores and moving east and into online ordering. It sells for about $15. Walmart sells the Merge VR headset for about $60. Merge VR also offers bundled and direct discount pricing for educators and school districts.Any developer or hobbyist smartphone app programmer wanting to experiment with AR can do so with under $100 of Merge VR gear, a reasonably current smartphone, and the above-mentioned software tools.More than 500 studios are developing apps for Merge Cube, with dozens of apps scheduled for release in the next 30 days, Merge VR said.I have played with prototype units; now I am looking forward to buying one and trying out the new apps. So far, so good. Merge VR deserves credit for its clever design and use of materials, but what about tech? Smartphones Catching Up Designing the artifact was not enough. Merge VR’s software development team packaged video image recognition and image registration software into the Merge Cube Software Developer Kit . Merge integrated its Merge Cube SDK with Unity’s game development platform and Vuforia’s mobile vision processing SDK. Applications that integrate the Merge Cube SDK run on top of Unity’s game engine on a smartphone. There are many advanced vision processing libraries emerging for smartphones, and Merge VR is likely to leverage more of them in the future.Most AR registration marks are two-dimensional; rotating a 2D registration mark a few degrees can throw tracking off. The Merge Cube can be tracked in any orientation, at any angle. The tracking software knows that the Merge Cube is a cube, and that each side is unique. It knows what order the sides are in — which sides are connected to which other sides — so that as the Merge Cube spins, tracking software can anticipate the next side to be exposed.Merge VR designed the registration marks to be identified easily without requiring general purpose pattern recognition algorithms. It is only scanning the incoming video feed for six unique and not naturally occurring patterns. Recognizing hand gestures, for example, would require much more compute capability and would consume more battery power.Developers create a 3D geometry in Unity and wrap it around the Merge Cube. Unity then takes care of the work to rotate the 3D geometry as the Merge Cube rotates. Tracking is fast because it is performed at standard full video resolution and frame rates (typically 1080p), not at the full photographic resolution of the smartphone image sensor.Merge VR downsizes the video stream to save power and time for image recognition, and then removes the color components to process the video in greyscale. Using the Merge Cube merely needs a moderate quality smartphone camera sensor — cameras above 12 megapixel are fine. TiriasAnalyst Paul Teich Wearing Merge VR Goggles With Earbuds Paul Teich has been an ECT News Network columnist since 2017. He is a partner and principal analyst at Tirias Research with more than 35 years of high-tech industry experience. His focus is on product development and corporate strategy, including intellectual property planning and evaluation for processors; System on Chip; system architecture roadmaps and product definition; firmware and software development for embedded systems; system level and applications programming; and user experience development for PCs, workstations and servers. Teich’s background includes two 10-year stints at AMD. He became an analyst in 2012 as CTO and senior analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy. Email Paul.last_img read more

Gmail Privacy and Security Get Ruggedized

first_imgThe changes follow the introduction last month of anti-phishing protections in response to business email compromise (BEC) threats — for example, someone impersonating an executive in order to acquire sensitive information.Those efforts — which include warning users or automatically moving suspected phishing emails to spam — already have succeeded in blocking 99.9 percent of BEC attempts, Google noted.Google will not scan Gmail in any way for the purpose of targeting ads, and no ads will be shown in Gmail for G Suite customers, Google said. New Warnings and Tasks Email Confidential G Suite’s Gmail security warnings have gotten a makeover, which should reduce instances of users ignoring them. The new warnings are bigger and bolder.Gmail also has received an artificial intelligence upgrade, including new functionality such as Nudging, Smart Reply and high-priority notifications to help with user productivity.Nudging, for example, proactively reminds users to respond to messages. Smart Reply, which was introduced last year for mobile devices, has been rolled out to the Web version of Gmail.The new high-priority notifications are designed to ensure that users are notified only of important messages, so that interruptions can be kept to a minimum.The in-box has been updated with new tools that allow users to do such things as RSVP to a meeting invitation, archive an email threat, or even snooze an email to postpone handling to a later time.Gmail has been integrated with other G Suite applications to make it easier to create and edit Calendar invitations and manage Tasks.Google enhanced the Gmail Adds-ons for better integration with third-party business apps. Google has taken privacy protection up a notch with the introduction of Gmail confidential mode — a way to protect sensitive content. Options include adding an expiration date feature and allowing users to revoke previously sent messages. Emails also can require additional authentication via a text message before recipients can view them, which could add protection against account hacking.Confidential mode includes built-in information rights management controls that allow senders to bar recipients from forwarding, copying, downloading or even printing messages. This functionality is meant to reduce the risk of accidentally sharing confidential information with the wrong people.The confidentially mode will be rolled out in the coming weeks. How Suite It Is Peter Suciu has been an ECT News Network reporter since 2012. His areas of focus include cybersecurity, mobile phones, displays, streaming media, pay TV and autonomous vehicles. He has written and edited for numerous publications and websites, including Newsweek, Wired and Peter. Google on Wednesday rolled out a number of new features designed to make its G Suite collaboration and productivity apps more efficient and safer to use.G Suite currently has more than 4 million paying business customers, according to Google.The updates include a new design, enhanced security and artificial intelligence components, and better integration of G Suite apps — including Gmail, which is getting a brand new look.The overhaul already has been rolled out to some businesses via the G Suite Early Adopter Program. Personal Gmail users can opt in by selecting “try the new Gmail” under Settings. None of the new features will change fundamentally the way Gmail generally is used, but they should make users feel more secure about sending confidential information via email.”Most people will welcome these updates and improvements, though they won’t all be equally used,” said Greg Sterling, vice president of strategy and insight at the Local Search Association.”Confidential mode will be widely adopted by enterprise users, and the enhanced security and warnings features are also needed and useful,” he told TechNewsWorld.”The biggest takeaway from the changes to G Suite is Google’s focus on providing users more finely grained security and privacy features,” noted Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT.”Some of the functions — the ability to auto-delete messages, revoke previously sent messages, and add ‘smart’ auto replies — may look fairly pedestrian,” he told TechNewsWorld, “but they’re handy features that many business people will appreciate.”More broadly, these features come at a time when many users have been scrutinizing and reconsidering large-scale IT companies’ privacy practices, King observed.”In other words, Google’s transparency and its willingness to help users better secure their emails and other work functions couldn’t come at a better time,” he suggested.”Overall, these are positive changes,” noted LSA’s Sterling. “Power users will get the most from them, while ordinary users will probably not take full advantage and will continue to rely on basic email functionality.”last_img read more

Statins are recommended far too often study shows

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Dec 6 2018Taking cholesterol-lowering drugs, or statins, as a preventive measure can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. A study by the University of Zurich now shows that this measure is recommended too often, as current guidelines fail to take into account the risks of side effects.Even healthy people who don’t suffer from a cardiovascular disease are prescribed cholesterol-lowering drugs, known as statins, if they meet certain risk criteria. However, for years the use of statins for primary prevention has been hotly debated among experts. “Ultimately, this measure helps to prevent heart attacks or strokes in only a few cases. But all people who take statins are at risk of experiencing the side effects,” says Milo Puhan, professor of epidemiology and public health at the University of Zurich.No systematic studies for guidelinesWhen deciding whether to prescribe statins to a patient, doctors use a number of risk factors such as cholesterol level, BMI and smoking to determine the likelihood of a person suffering a heart attack or stroke in the next 10 years. If this figure reaches or exceeds 10%, many medical guidelines recommend the use of statins; however, some guidelines put this number at 7.5%, whereas a Swiss association of general practitioners only suggests doing so from 20%.If these guidelines, most of which are drawn up by cardiology organizations, are to be believed, more than one third of all people between the age of 40 and 75 would have to take statins as a preventive measure – in other words, hundreds of millions of people around the world. According to Puhan, however, these guidelines were drawn up without properly taking into account the unwanted side effects, such as muscle pain, cataracts, liver defects or diabetes. “The thresholds set by experts aren’t based on any systematic studies.”Weighing up benefits and harmful effectsStriking a good balance between the benefits and the harmful side effects is therefore one of the great challenges of developing improved guidelines for preventive statin use. This is why Prof. Milo Puhan and his team at the Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute of UZH have now for the first time carried out a comprehensive statistical modeling study.The researchers systematically compiled all data from specialist literature that documents the benefits and side effects of the preventive use of statins. To include the view of patients in their model, they also performed a survey among healthy people about the significance of heart attacks, strokes and certain side effects.Related StoriesCutting around 300 calories a day protects the heart even in svelte adultsStroke should be treated 15 minutes earlier to save lives, study suggestsResearch opens possibility of developing single-dose gene therapy for inherited arrhythmiasUsing this information, the scientists determined new thresholds for men and women across different age groups between 40 and 75. They also compared the benefits and unwanted side effects of four widely used statin preparations.Recommendation given to too many people”Our study shows that today statins are recommended far too often,” says Puhan about the study’s findings. According to his estimates, the newly set thresholds could cut the number of people who are given a recommendation to take statins by half.The benefits of cholesterol-lowering drugs have been greatly exaggerated particularly when it comes to senior citizens: For the 70 to 75 age group, the study’s model put the threshold at approx. 21% – in other words, the benefits of statins outweigh the harm from potential side effects of statins only if there’s a 21% risk or higher that a person will suffer a heart attack or a stroke in the next 10 years. For men and women aged 40 to 45, the threshold is slightly lower, at 14% and 17% respectively. The researchers also noted that two of the four examined statin preparations, atorvastatin and rosuvastatin, had a significantly better balance of benefits and harms than the other two (simvastatin und pravastatin).Considering the study’s findings, Puhan recommends that all people concerned should discuss their individual risk for cardiovascular disease as well as possible side effects with their doctors before deciding whether to take statins as a preventive measure.Source: read more

Homeopathy Reconsidered A factual book reappraises longstanding debate

first_img Source:–what-really-helps-patients-/16429668 Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 1 2019Opinions on homeopathy are, and have always been, highly polarized: Avowed opponents face enthusiastic proponents – and their views are mostly incompatible. A new publication approaching the search for reconciliations of school medicine and homeopathy has been published by Springer. The factual book “Homeopathy Reconsidered” reappraises a long-standing debate which, according to physician Dr. Natalie Grams, should have taken place much earlier: What are the limits of homeopathy? Are there aspects of homeopathy that are ahead of school medicine? While writing this book the author, a medical doctor, started to doubt whether homeopathy, as she had so-far practiced it, is correctly placed within today’s health system.”Patients need to ask themselves if they can rely on the safety and appropriateness of what we’re offering them,” she explains, and continues: “But it isn’t their responsibility to come to grips with scientific proof. It is up to us to do that.” Homeopathy has been around for 200 years. And the discussion about its efficacy is almost as old. What can patients really expect from it?Related StoriesAre physical examinations by family doctors still needed?Scientists discover hundreds of protein-pairs through coevolution studyIt is okay for women with lupus to get pregnant with proper care, says new studyThe reader discovers that there is no such thing as a single consistent homeopathy because too many rudiments and forms of therapy have emerged. Thereafter, Natalie Grams explains the original principles, as drawn from the teachings of Samuel Hahnemann, the father of homeopathy. Clearly – but also critically – the author deals with the basic assumptions of homeopathic thought. She stresses that attempts to prove the pharmaceutical effectiveness of homeopathic remedies using scientific criteria fail. Some therapeutic successes, however, cannot be denied. What’s the reason for that? This question is at the core of the book. The natural scientist explains why so many people feel drawn to homeopathic treatment, and skeptically asks how much of the original homeopathy is actually left in the twenty-first century. She describes aspects of homeopathy that might be worth emulating in school medicine but nonetheless clearly rejects homeopathy as a specific medicinal therapy.In the homeopathic scene, to which the author’s ideas were originally directed, however, she found no echo. On the contrary, she became regarded there as a persona non grata and her ideas were vigorously rejected. Dr. Grams nevertheless became the pioneer of science-based homeopathic criticism in Germany, which experienced a strong upswing. The German edition of the book was a trigger for a continuing broad debate about homeopathy in the German media and the public. This development, described in a chapter added specifically to this edition, may bring homeopathy in Germany closer to its demise as part of the public health system than ever before.After studying medicine in Munich, Dr. Natalie Grams led a successful homeopathic private office in Heidelberg. While writing this book, she began to doubt whether homeopathy, given the current scientific evidence, can still be practiced with a good conscience. Consequently, she gave up her homeopathic work.last_img read more

Aspiring doctors seek advanced training in addiction medicine

first_imgThe U.S. Surgeon General’s office estimates that more than 20 million people have a substance use disorder. Meanwhile, the nation’s drug overdose crisis shows no sign of slowing.Yet, by all accounts, there aren’t nearly enough physicians who specialize in treating addiction — doctors with extensive clinical training who are board-certified in addiction medicine.The opioid epidemic has made this doctor deficit painfully apparent. And it’s spurring medical institutions around the country to create fellowships for aspiring doctors who want to treat substance use disorder with the same precision and science as other diseases.Now numbering more than 60, these fellowship programs offer physicians a year or two of postgraduate training in clinics and hospitals where they learn evidence-based approaches for treating addiction.Such programs are drawing a new, talented generation of idealistic doctors — idealists like Dr. Hillary Tamar.Driven To Connect With Patients In NeedTamar, now in the second year of a family medicine residency in Phoenix, wasn’t thinking about addiction medicine when she first started medical school in Chicago.“As a medical student, honestly, you do your ER rotation, people label a patient as ‘pain-seeking,’ and it’s bad,” Tamar said. “And that’s all you do about it.”But in her fourth year of med school, she happened to be assigned to a rotation at a rehab facility in southern Arizona.“I was able to connect with people in a way that I haven’t been able to connect with them in another specialty,” the 28-year-old recalled.Working with patients there transformed Tamar’s understanding of addiction, she said, and showed her the potential for doctors to change lives.“They can go from spending all their time pursuing the acquisition of a substance to being brothers, sisters, daughters [and] fathers making breakfast for their kids again,” she said. “It’s really powerful.”When Tamar finishes her residency, she plans to pursue a fellowship in addiction medicine. She sees addiction medicine, like primary care, as a way to build lasting relationships with patients — and a way to focus on more than a single diagnosis.“I love when I see addiction patients on my schedule, even if they’re pregnant and on meth,” she said. “More room to do good — it’s exciting.”Build A Program And They Will ComeDoctors with Tamar’s enthusiasm are sorely needed, said Dr. Anna Lembke, medical director of Addiction Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine and a longtime researcher in the field.“Even 10 years ago,” Lembke said, “I couldn’t find a medical student or resident interested in learning about addiction medicine if I looked under a rock. They were just not out there.”But Lembke sees a change in the upcoming generation of doctors drawn to the field because they care about social justice.“I now have medical students and residents knocking on my door, emailing me; they all want to learn more about addiction,” Lembke said.Historically, the path to addiction medicine was through psychiatry. That model started to change in 2015, when the American Board of Medical Specialties — considered the gold standard in physician certification in the U.S. — recognized addiction medicine as a bona fide subspecialty and opened up the training to physicians from other medical fields.Until then, Lembke said, there had been no way to get addiction fellowships approved through the nationally recognized Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. And that made recruiting young talent — and securing funding for their fellowships — difficult.Last year, ACGME began accrediting its first batch of addiction medicine fellowship programs.“We have got an enormous gap between the need and the doctors available to provide that treatment,” Lembke said.“At least the medical community has begun to wake up to consider not only their role in triggering this opioid epidemic, but also the ways they need to step up to solve the problem,” she said.Related StoriesGender biases are extremely common among health care professionalsAntibiotic combination effective against drug-resistant PseudomonasIT Faces the Digital Pathology Data TsunamiLaying The FoundationWhen Dr. Luke Peterson finished his residency in family medicine in Phoenix in 2016, there were no addiction medicine fellowships in Arizona.So he moved to Seattle to complete a year-long fellowship at Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine Residency. There he learned, among other things, how to treat pregnant women who are in recovery from drug use.“I really needed to do a fellowship if I was going to make an impact and be able to teach others to make the same impact,” said Peterson, who went on to help found an addiction medicine fellowship program in Arizona. His program is based in Phoenix at the University of Arizona’s medical school and its teaching hospital, run by Banner Health and the Phoenix VA.Arizona’s two addiction medicine fellowships received ACGME accreditation last year — a stamp of approval that made the programs desirable choices for up-and-coming physicians, Peterson said.Not every doctor who plans to treat substance use disorder needs to do a fellowship, he said. In fact, his goal is to integrate addiction medicine into primary care settings.But a specialist can serve as a referral center and resource hub for community doctors.For example, physicians can learn from a specialist such as Peterson how to provide medication-assisted treatment like buprenorphine.Public health leaders have been pushing to get more physicians trained in evidence-based treatment like buprenorphine, which has been shown to reduce the risk of death among people who have recovered from an opioid overdose.“As we provide more education and more support to primary care physicians, they will feel more comfortable screening and treating for addiction,” Peterson said.Peterson’s own journey into addiction medicine began during a rotation with a family doctor in rural Illinois.“In moments that most doctors find uncomfortable — maybe a patient comes in to request pain medication and you’re seeing the negative side effects — he did not shy away from that situation,” Peterson said. “He addressed it head-on.”It was a formative experience for Peterson — one he wants other young doctors to have. And he recognizes the urgency.“In 20 or 30 years from now,” Peterson said, “those medical students are going to look back at my current generation of doctors, and we will be judged by how we responded to this epidemic,” in the same way he and his peers now look back at how doctors handled the HIV epidemic.One of the first steps in stopping the epidemic, he said, is making sure there are enough doctors on the ground who know how to respond.Many of today’s medical students, people like Michelle Peterson (no relation to Luke), say they feel the calling, too.She’s in her first year at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and became interested in addiction after working at an outpatient treatment center.She said she’s already learning about addiction in her classes, hearing from doctors in the field and seeing others classmates equally engaged.“It’s definitely not just me,” she said. “There are quite a few people here really interested in addiction.”It’s a trend she and her mentors hope will continue.This story is part of a partnership that includes KJZZ, NPR and Kaiser Health News. Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 22 2019 This article was reprinted from with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.last_img read more

Coating medical implant surfaces with microgel flecks could help reduce infection rates

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 27 2019Joint replacements are among the most common elective surgeries — but around one in 100 patients suffer post-surgical infections, turning a routine procedure into an expensive and dangerous ordeal. Now, researchers at Stevens Institute of Technology have developed a “self-defensive surface” for these implants that release targeted micro-doses of antibiotics when bacteria approach, potentially sharply reducing infection rates.The work, led by Matthew Libera, professor of materials science at Stevens, describes a method for coating implant surfaces with a lattice of microgels: flecks, each 100 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair, capable of absorbing certain antibiotics. The microgels’ behavior is regulated by electrical charges, and the electrical activity of an approaching microbe causes them to leak antibiotics, preventing infections from taking root.Microgels could be applied to a wide range of medical devices, including heart valves, tissue scaffolds, and even surgical sutures — and with the market for hip implants alone forecasted to reach $9.1 billion by 2024, the technology has significant commercial potential. The United States Army, which helped fund the research, is also interested in deploying the technology in field hospitals, where infections currently occur in a quarter of combat injuries.”The potential impact for patients, and for the healthcare system, is tremendous,” said Libera, who chairs the Stevens Conference on Bacteria-Material Interactions. Stevens doctorate candidate Jing Liang and biomedical engineering professor Hongjun Wang collaborated on the study, which appears in the journal Biomaterials.Post-surgical infections are tough to beat because as microbes colonize surfaces, they form antibiotic-resistant layers called biofilms. Libera and his team disrupt this cycle by killing microbes before they can gain a foothold. “It only takes one bacterium to cause an infection,” Libera said. “But if we can prevent infection until healing is complete, then the body can take over.”Related StoriesNew methods to recognize antimicrobial resistant bacteria and how they work’Scissors’ component of CRISPR/Cas9 sometimes gets stuckCurved shape of bacteria can make it easier to find foodUnlike conventional treatments that flood the whole body with antibiotics, the Stevens team’s approach is highly targeted, releasing tiny amounts of antibiotics to kill individual bacteria. That dramatically reduces the selective pressures that give rise to antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” — a big improvement over both systemic treatments and local approaches such as blending antibiotics into bone cement, releasing orders of magnitude less antibiotic into the patient’s system.Other self-defensive surfaces currently in development rely on microbes’ metabolic byproducts to trigger the release of antibiotics — a less surefire approach than the Libera’s method, which can kill even dormant bacteria. The team’s microgels are also remarkably resilient, surviving ethanol sterilization and remaining stable for weeks at a time. Microgels also respond appropriately to human tissue, retaining their antibiotic load until it’s needed and promoting healthy bone growth around treated surfaces.To apply microgels to a medical device such as a knee joint, surgeons could dunk the device in a specially prepared bath for a few seconds; a brief dip in a second bath would then charge the microgels with antibiotics. In theory, surgeons could prepare devices on demand, immediately before implanting them, using antibiotics tailored to a patient’s specific risk factors.So far the approach has been tested in vitro, and the team is still working to fine-tune the microgels and enable them to deliver a wider range of antibiotics. Securing approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will be tricky, given the innovative nature of the technology, but Libera’s team is working with industry partners to plan further demonstrations. Source: read more

Mercy Medical Center adds Oarm imaging system to improve spinal surgery results

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jul 17 2019As part of continuing efforts to provide patients with the latest in medical technology, Mercy Medical Center has added the Medtronic O-arm® Mobile Surgical Imaging System to lessen radiation exposure and improve spinal surgery results, Charles C. Park, M.D., Ph.D., Director of The Minimally Invasive Brain and Spine Center at Mercy has announced.The O-arm Surgical Imaging System is a multi-dimensional surgical imaging platform for use in cranial, spine, and trauma-related surgeries. The system provides real-time, intra-operative imaging of a patient’s anatomy including bones and implants with high quality images and a large field-of-view in both two and three dimensions. Related StoriesStudy provides new insight into longitudinal decline in brain network integrity associated with agingRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaStudy offers clues about how to prevent brain inflammation in Alzheimer’sIn the OR, the O-arm forms a ring around the patient which can be opened and closed so the patient does not have to be moved. It rotates to take 2-D moving x-rays and 3-D images of the body. The O-arm includes a navigational component that allows the surgeon to guide instruments through the body in real time, ensuring greater precision in the placement of hardware.”The processing is very fast; you can capture the entire cervical spine in a single 13-second scan. In less than half a minute, the O-arm can take nearly 400 images,” Dr. Park said. The images are then reconstructed on large digital flat-screen mobile viewing station which Dr. Park reviews during the surgery.”The O-arm ensures that patient hardware or implants are placed as exactly as possible, reducing the chances of a second corrective surgery. The result is a faster, less invasive surgery and less time in the OR. Patient recovery is enhanced, and we see better patient outcomes,” Dr. Park added. Source:Mercy Medical Center In essence, the O-arm is a mobile X-ray machine that offers a 360-degree scan of the patient’s anatomy during spinal, lumbar, thoracic and cervical surgeries. It provides me with the best viewing positions, allowing for real-time navigation of spinal instrumentation in 3D. While others utilize the O-arm in traditional, open surgery, I use the system for minimally invasive spinal procedures.”Charles C. Park, M.D., Ph.D., Director, The Minimally Invasive Brain and Spine Center, Mercy Medical Centerlast_img read more

Qualcomm says former chairman exploring buyout effort

Paul Jacobs, who served as CEO at Qualcomm for nearly a decade and was chairman until a week ago, is seeking to launch a takeover of the world’s leading mobile chipmaking company, according to the firm Qualcomm rejects $121 bn hostile Broadcom bid, again 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. © 2018 AFP Qualcomm said Friday that Paul Jacbos, its chairman until a week ago, was considering a buyout effort for the California chipmaking giant just days after it fended off a hostile bid from Singapore rival Broadcom. Explore further Jacobs, who had been chief executive at Qualcomm for nearly a decade and executive chairman until March 9, will not be renominated to its board at its annual meeting next Friday, the company said in a statement.The board made a decision not to renominate Jacobs “following his notification to the board that he has decided to explore the possibility of making a proposal to acquire Qualcomm.”As a result, the number of board members will be reduced from 11 to 10 as of the holding of the annual meeting.The statement said that if Jacobs does make a bid, “the board will of course evaluate it consistent with its fiduciary duties to shareholders.”The announcement comes after reports that Jacobs has sought to raise capital for a Qualcomm bid, and had approached Japanese tech giant SoftBank, which is in the midst of a major investment spree in the sector.Jacobs is the son of Qualcomm co-founder Irwin Jacobs and was CEO at the San Diego firm from 2005 to 2014. Last week, he was replaced as chairman by Jeffrey Henderson, who will be non-executive chairman at Qualcomm, the leading maker of chips for smartphones.The news comes days after US President Donald Trump blocked a $117 billion hostile bid from Broadcom, citing national security reasons.US officials had maintained that Broadcom would have curbed innovation at the US chip giant and opened the door to Chinese firms to dominate the process for 5G, or fifth-generation wireless networks.Qualcomm’s market value is around $90 billion, and is seen as an important player in the 5G race, but it has been hampered by antitrust actions around the world and litigation with Apple over claims that the chipmaker abused its dominance in the sector. Qualcomm is also in the process of trying to close a takeover of Dutch chip rival NXP.The board statement said that Qualcomm is now “focused on executing its business plan and maximizing value for shareholders as an independent company.”It added that Jacobs “has been a valued employee and director of Qualcomm since 1990” and that “he has been one of the great innovators in our industry.” Citation: Qualcomm says former chairman exploring buyout effort (2018, March 17) retrieved 18 July 2019 from read more

To imagine the 5G future revisit our recent wireless past

first_img But no one can really say how 5G will change your life; many of the apps and services that will exploit its speed haven’t been created yet. Look back at the last big wireless upgrade, though, and you can get a sense of how profound that change might be.Apple launched the iPhone in 2007, and it quickly become obvious that the era’s 3G wireless networks couldn’t handle millions of people uploading photos of their kid’s playdate to Facebook or obsessing over “Words with Friends.” Not to mention managing their finances, health care and shopping for everything from shoes to homes.”When the smartphone came out it brought the 3G network to its knees,” Stanford engineering professor Andrea Goldsmith said. “The success of smartphones was because of 4G.”4G speeds, the ones we’re used to today, made possible many of the things we now take for granted on our phones—Instagram, cloud storage, Netflix streaming. Or, for instance, that ride you got home from the bar.Without 4G, there would be no Uber or Lyft, which need connections fast and strong enough to call a driver on a moment’s notice, show customers where their driver is and give the companies the ability to track drivers in real-time. That’s not something 3G could handle.Today, about 80 percent of U.S. adults have a smartphone , according to Pew Research Center, while industry group GSMA says 60 percent of the world’s 5 billion cellphones users do, too. Mobile video, including ones created by ordinary people, makes up 60 percent of all data traffic globally, according to telecom-equipment maker Ericsson. Explore further In this June 6, 2018, file photo Uber driver Joshua Oh drives in Honolulu. The 4G speeds, what we’re used to today, made possible many of the things we now take for granted on our phones, Instagram, cloud storage, Netflix. Also, for instance, that ride you got home from the bar. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File) The mobile industry is cranking up its hype machine for sleek new “5G” networks that it says will make your phone and everything else faster and wonderful. If you believe the marketing. “Video was near-impossible to use effectively on 3G,” said Dan Hays, a mobile networks expert at consultancy PwC. “4G made mobile video a reality.”Its influence has marked our world. Citizens filmed protests, police violence and revolutions on their phones. TV and movies disconnected from the living-room set and movie theater. Our attention spans were whipsawed by constant pings and constant hot fresh “content.” To watch Netflix in high-definition video, you need speed of at least 5 megabits per second; that’s where Verizon’s 4G network download speed range started in its early days. (Upload was and remains slower, a frustration for anyone who has ever tried to send a video from a crowd.)Trying to stream a live video over Facebook, had this feature even existed in the 3G era, “wouldn’t have worked, or it would have worked inconsistently, or only under the best conditions,” said Nikki Palmer, head of product development for Verizon, the largest U.S. mobile carrier. “You would have got failures, you would have got retries, you would have got the equivalent of stalling on the network.”While 4G brought on a communications revolution and spawned startups now worth billions , even it wasn’t all it was hyped up to be.See AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson in March 2011, talking about 4G and cloud computing in an attempt to win support for a proposed acquisition of rival T-Mobile: “Very soon we expect every business process, we expect every system in your home and in your car, every appliance, all your entertainment content, your work, all of your personal data, everything is going to be wirelessly connected.”Not quite yet. Smart homes are not mainstream, and wireless business processes are a lot of what’s exciting the wireless industry about 5G.Hays remembers talking about the possibilities 4G would create for virtual and augmented reality. Those, of course, have yet to materialize. Just wait ’til next G. In this May 22, 2017, file photo Nick Blase with True North Management Services climbs down from a cellular phone town after performing maintenance as it is silhouetted against the sky in High Ridge, Mo. The 4G speeds, what we’re used to today, made possible many of the things we now take for granted on our phones, Instagram, cloud storage, Netflix. Also, for instance, that ride you got home from the bar. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File) Explainer: The promise of 5G wireless – speed, hype, risk © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. 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. Citation: To imagine the ‘5G’ future, revisit our recent wireless past (2019, March 29) retrieved 17 July 2019 from read more

Facebook removes fake accounts tied to Indian political parties Pakistans military

first_img Facebook blocks more accounts over influence campaigns This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The crackdown targeted accounts that engaged in “coordinated inauthentic behavior,” Facebook’s term for networks of users who work together to disseminate messages while concealing who they are.The fake Indian accounts were linked to the country’s two leading political parties—Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party and the opposition Indian National Congress—both of which have trafficked in rumors and half-truths in the run-up to next month’s general elections.In Pakistan, the company said it had removed 103 pages, groups and accounts on Facebook and Instagram that it traced to the Pakistani military’s communications wing, Inter-Services Public Relations, or ISPR.The users created fake accounts to run military fan pages, news pages, and pages aimed at Kashmir, the Himalayan territory that is the subject of a long-running and bloody border dispute with India.”Although the people behind this activity attempted to conceal their identities, our investigation found that it was linked to employees of the ISPR,” Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy, said in a statement.About 2.8 million Facebook accounts followed one or more of these pages, Gleicher said. Among the messages they posted: praising Pakistan’s “big heart” for releasing an Indian pilot shot down during a recent border skirmish, and mocking India’s air force as a “consistent failure.”During the rival nations’ hostilities in February, fake news flew on both sides of the border, amplified by social media as well as mainstream news channels caught up in patriotic fervor. Gleicher said that while the pages were not removed for posting false content, the company took action because “we don’t want our services to be used to manipulate people.”A Facebook employee who was involved in the removals, but was not authorized to speak to the media, said that although the accounts were linked to the military, “we are not trying to say that ISPR directed them (to spread) false information.” Facebook said Monday that it had removed hundreds of pages and accounts linked to government and political organizations in India and Pakistan that misled users about their identities, part of the company’s effort to fight allegations that its platform is used to spread misinformation. Credit: CC0 Public Domain ©2019 Los Angeles Times Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Pakistan’s military did not immediately comment on Facebook’s announcement.In India, the company said it removed 15 pages and accounts that it traced to Silver Touch, an information technology consultancy.According to a recent investigation by AltNews, an independent Indian website that debunks social media hoaxes, Silver Touch is based in Prime Minister Modi’s home state of Gujarat and has developed apps for Indian government entities, including Modi’s official app, which has more than 10 million Android downloads.Silver Touch’s “The India Eye” Facebook page, among those removed in the crackdown, frequently spread misinformation about the government’s political opponents, including the Congress Party, to nearly 2 million followers, AltNews found.Facebook also took down 687 pages and accounts it traced to the Congress party’s cyber branch. Those accounts were followed by 206,000 users, the company said.Previous crackdowns by Facebook have resulted in the removals of pages from Iran, Myanmar, Russia and other countries.The Menlo Park, Calif.-based social media giant has faced intense criticism for not doing enough to halt the spread of fake news, particularly in countries where its user base has exploded but digital literacy remains relatively low.The company has rolled out fact-checking initiatives and formed partnerships with news organizations in countries such as India and Indonesia, both of which are in the midst of heated election campaigns.Last week Facebook also introduced rules requiring advertisers buying political ads ahead of upcoming European Union elections to prove they are located in the country whose users they are targeting, a move the company said would help prevent foreign interference.The Facebook-owned messaging platform WhatsApp, with 200 million users in India, has come under particular fire after dozens were killed in mob violence linked to social media rumors.WhatsApp has since imposed limits on forwarded messages and launched an awareness campaign to educate Indians to think twice before sharing unverified content.Gleicher said that disguising users’ identities “goes against what people expect on Facebook and it violates our policies.”This is why we continue to invest in people and resources to improve the technology we use to detect this type of harmful behavior, and we will continue to take action on an ongoing basis to address it.” Citation: Facebook removes fake accounts tied to Indian political parties, Pakistan’s military (2019, April 2) retrieved 17 July 2019 from Explore furtherlast_img read more

Is there finally more help in the fight against robocalls

first_img Citation: Is there finally more help in the fight against robocalls? (2019, June 5) retrieved 17 July 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. © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This Aug. 1, 2017, file photo, shows a call log displayed via an AT&T app on a cellphone in Orlando, Fla. New tools are coming to help fight robocall scams, but don’t expect unwanted calls to disappear. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File) Senate passes bill meant to combat robocalls New tools are coming to fight robocalls, but don’t expect unwanted calls to disappear. In this May 4, 2018, file photo a man talks on the phone in a hallway adorned with the palm tree-printed wallpaper at a hotel near the Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles. New tools are coming to help fight robocall scams, but don’t expect unwanted calls to disappear. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File) Explore further Political gridlock could derail bills aimed at beefing up enforcement and forcing phone companies to do more. The companies have been slow to act against such automated calls on their own. And even if companies do implement better technology, scammers and telemarketers will somehow get through in this never-ending arms race.”We get things working really well. We’re flagging all these calls as scams. And then the scammers find a new way,” said Grant Castle, vice president of engineering at T-Mobile. “We have to adjust. It is a constant back-and-forth.”Still, there’s hope that new efforts from the Federal Communications Commission and the industry should help you dodge many robocalls, even if they won’t go away completely. In a scheduled vote Thursday with big implications, the FCC is clarifying that phone companies can block many unwanted calls without asking customers first.Phone scams have cost victims millions of dollars. And they disrupt institutions, not just your dinner. A hospital in Florida, the Moffitt Cancer Center, received 6,600 calls over 90 days faked to look as though they were coming from inside the hospital, diverting 65 hours of staff time from patient care.The aggravation isn’t limited to scammers pretending to be from the IRS or Social Security. Call-blocker YouMail estimates that about a third of robocalls come from debt collectors and companies pitching cruises or insurance.The robocall problem has exploded because cheap software makes it easy to make mass calls. Scammers don’t care if you’ve added your number to the government’s Do Not Call list.Yet enforcement against illegal callers is negligible. Federal agencies have fined scammers hundreds of millions of dollars, but it’s been difficult to collect. Many of the callers are overseas. It’s hard to throw the fraudsters in jail.As a result, robocalls from scammers and legitimate companies have risen to 5 billion per month in the U.S., according to YouMail. That works out to 14 calls per person.It’s nearly double the 2.7 billion robocalls in November 2017, when the government gave wireless companies such as Verizon and T-Mobile permission to block some problem calls that are certainly scams, like if they started with a 911 area code. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai believes wireless carriers will have an incentive to step up and offer these services for free.”These robocalls that are being placed on their own networks are a hassle and a cost for them to handle,” Pai said in an interview.He said he hopes that this measure helps consumers avoid all unwanted calls, not just illegal scams.That worries businesses and institutions that make such calls. Royal Credit Union, a small Midwestern bank, says widespread call-blocking would make it harder for their fraud alerts and low-balance warnings to reach customers. Customers “expect us to reach them in certain situations,” CEO Brandon Riechers said.Another angle of attack is to get rid of “spoofed” numbers. That’s when a scammer fakes the number on your phone to look like it’s coming from the same area code you have, in an effort to get you to pick up.The industry has been working on a system that will ensure that the number that comes up on people’s phones is real. That’s only beginning to roll out, and to work well, all the carriers have to implement it. There’s no hard government deadline, but Pai has threatened regulatory action if it doesn’t happen this year.The Senate, with near-unanimous support, passed a bill in May that would give carriers an 18-month deadline, as well as give regulators more tools to go after scammers. But it’s not clear how the bill will fare in the Democrat-controlled House, which has several anti-robocall proposals that go further.New technology should help fight the problem, but the government must force carriers to implement it, said Dave Summitt, Moffitt’s cybersecurity executive.”We can’t do it by ourselves,” he said. “We need help.”He believes Congress needs to force carriers to stop spoofed numbers from showing up on phones. But he’s also worried organizations like his would have to redo their telecom systems to get that technology to work.Even when this system does launch, there are issues. T-Mobile has deployed the system for calls between its customers, but it doesn’t work on iPhones yet. Old-fashioned copper landlines will be left out, too.And determined scammers and telemarketers will likely find ways to get through, as they are good at wriggling through defenses. Think of how malware on personal computers is still a problem despite antivirus software. The government’s Do Not Call registry has been around since 2003, but Americans still get billions of unwanted calls.Automated callers could circumvent new safety measures by buying real numbers and using those to call you. They could hack into businesses and hijack the phone lines, then use those to call out, T-Mobile’s Castle said. He said he has already seen that happen. Wireless carriers are implementing a system to identify faked numbers and have rolled out call-blocking apps. But they haven’t done much else, worried about their own legal liability for accidentally blocking calls that should go through.Rules the FCC is expected to approve Thursday could make call-blocking widespread. But carriers still wouldn’t have to make call-blocking the default, and they could charge for it, too—just as they now charge for some caller ID features and other extras.last_img read more

NBA Summer League 2019 Australian Summer League Roundup

first_img Vegas Summer League Stats: 5 Games – 8.2 PPG, 47 FG%, 2.8 RPG, 2.4 APG in 24.4 MPGAdel saved his best game for last in Vegas, signing off with an impressive 20-point, 7-assist performance against the Denver Nuggets.🇦🇺 @Foreverdeng signs off his @NBASummerLeague campaign with a superb performance for the @HoustonRockets #NBASummer📊 20 PTS | 7-10 FG | 7 AST NBA Australia (@NBA_AU) July 14, 2019While consistency was an issue for the 22-year-old in Vegas, he showed great touch around the rim, connecting on 47% of his field goals, with perhaps his biggest development being his three-point shot. He connected on 7-of-15 attempts (46.6%) across five games.Mitch Creek, TimberwolvesLas Vegas Summer League Stats: 7 Games – 11.1 PPG, 64 FG%, 4.3 RPG, 1.3 APG in 25.7 MPGCreek did his chances of securing an NBA contract for next season no harm, playing a key role in the Timberwolves’ run to the championship game. His best game of the tournament came against fellow Aussie Jock Landale and the Milwaukee Bucks, with Creek recording 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting, 2-of-4 from three, four rebounds and three steals.🇦🇺 @CreekMitchell and the @Timberwolves fall short in the @NBASummerLeague Final, going down to the @memgrizz 95-92 in a thriller #NBASummer📊 13 PTS | 4 REB | 2 AST | 4-5 FG NBA Australia (@NBA_AU) July 16, 2019During his time in Vegas, the 27-year-old displayed exactly what got him to the NBA last season, using his physicality and defensive effort, whilst taking on a leaddership role late in games.Jock Landale, BucksLas Vegas Summer League Stats: 4 Games – 18.3 PPG, 55 FG%, 7.0 RPG, 1.3 APG in 26.0 MPGLandale played Summer League for the Atlanta Hawks last season, but he returned to Vegas a different player for the Milwaukee Bucks, opening his campaign with a dominant 25-point performance against the Philadelphia 76ers.While his work in the paint showed big improvements on both ends, especially his footwork and shot creation, he added a new arrow to his bow with a much-improved three-point stroke, connecting on 8-of-17 from beyond the arc (47%)”It was something I didn’t have in college at all,” Landale said after dropping 23 points against China. “I think I shot like, eight three’s in college. It’s something that I learnt I had to develop, and my club in Serbia did a great job in teaching me that.”)🇦🇺 Jock Landale turned it on in his first Summer League outing for the @Bucks📊 25 PTS | 10 REB | 3-8 3PT NBA Australia (@NBA_AU) July 5, 2019The 23-year-old is signed to play with Zalgiris Kaunas in Europe next season, but after his strong display in Vegas, NBA teams could be on the lookout to add the mobile 7-footer.Xavier Cooks, Suns Las Vegas Summer League Stats: 3 Games – 3.3 PPG, 50 FG%, 2.7 RPG, 1.7 APG in 15.3 MPGCooks appeared in three games for the Suns and while he didn’t light up the scoreboard, he provided plenty of intangibles – making the extra pass, playing solid defence and crashing the boards.The 23-year-old needs to improve on his offensive game, especially shooting the ball, but the flashes he displayed in Vegas show how much he’s improved after his season in Germany.🇦🇺 @xaviercooks9 and the @suns cruise to a 94-64 win over China #NBASummer📊 8 PTS | 4 REB | 2 STL NBA Australia (@NBA_AU) July 13, 2019″I always feel like I play basketball the right way, hit the open guy, unselfish basketball,” Cooks told NBL Overtime. “I pride myself on my basketball IQ, and it’s just tough out here, because everyone’s trying to show themselves, everyone’s trying to make the league. It’s tough to try and balance everything but I try and make it work.”William McDowell-White, RocketsLas Vegas Summer League Stats: 4 Games – 2.5 PPG, 67 FG%, 1.3 APG in 8.3 MPGMcDowell-White was hampered by an ankle injury during his time in Vegas, but showed flashes of his playmaking potential.”He has a very high basketball I.Q,” Houston’s Summer League head coach Batt Braise said of McDowell. “He can knock down open shots and we wanted to start him tonight against the Kings.”We wanted him to be on the ball more so that’s why we started him in the first and third quarters so he could be the primary ball handler and get other people involved. He has great I.Q. He can get others involved. I thought he had a good performance tonight with his minutes.”Isaac Humphries, Clippers Las Vegas Summer League Stats: 3 Games – 6.3 PPG, 35 FG%, 3.7 RPG, 1.0 APG in 13 MPGComing off a strong season in the G League and five appearances in the NBA for the Atlanta Hawks last season, Humphries struggled to make an impact in Vegas, seeing limited minutes for the Clippers.The 7-footer had his best game of the tournament against the Indiana Pacers, recording eight points, 5 rebounds and two assists in 21 minutes.Duop Reath, NetsLas Vegas Summer League Stats: 2 Games – 1.0 PPG, 100 FG% (1-of-1), 1.0 RPG in 3.0 MPG☀️ @NBASummerLeague chats 🎤Catching up with 🇦🇺 big man @DuopReath who’s been living it up as a @BrooklynNets player the past week 👌#NBLxNBA #NBLOvertime NBL (@NBL) July 14, 2019 1Jock Landale, Bucks418.3 3Deng Adel, Rockets58.2 With another Summer League in the books, it was a productive tournament for our Aussie contingent at the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. ReboundsRankPlayerGRPG 3Creek, McDowell-White, Landale 51.7 Stats LeadersPointsRankPlayerGPPG 2Mitch Creek, Timberwolves711.1 2Mitch Creek74.3 For more on how they did, we’ve got you covered with a recap of each of their performances in Vegas.Deng Adel, Rockets | Mitch Creek, Timberwolves | Jock Landale, Bucks | Xavier Cooks, Suns | William McDowell-White, RocketsIsaac Humphries, Clippers | Duop Reath, Nets STATS LEADERSDeng Adel, Rockets 1Jock Landale47.0 AssistsRankPlayerGAPG 2Xavier Cooks31.7 1Deng Adel, Rockets52.4 (NBA Getty Images) 3Isaac Humphries33.7 This year, seven Aussies hit the court in the hopes of securing an NBA contract for next season, with Mitch Creek leading the Minnesota Timberwolves all the way to the championship game. last_img read more

This EagleNosed ShovelChinned Dinosaur May Be the Weirdest Thing You See Today

first_img Originally published on Live Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoTop 10 Best Meal DeliveryMeal Kit Wars: 10 Tested & Ranked. See Who WonTop 10 Best Meal DeliveryUndoEditorChoice.comSee What The World’s Largest Dog Looks LikeEditorChoice.comUndoBrookfield ResidentialTop 5 Reasons to Live in Playa VistaBrookfield ResidentialUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndo Photos: Spiky-Headed Dinosaur Found in Utah, But It Has Asian Roots That ridged, scooping chin likely came in handy millions of years ago; what is now a dry and rocky landscape in Texas was back then a coastal swamp or marsh. Aquilarhinus probably used its peculiar jaws to scoop vegetation from the bottom of a muddy creek bed, the researchers wrote. However, it’s less clear what the dinosaur’s prominent nasal crest was for, though it may have been used as a display to help the dinosaurs recognize members of their own kind and compete for mates, Prieto-Márquez said. “The crest of Aquilarhinus is simpler in structure than that of most other hadrosaurids, except members of kritosaurini (a subgroup of hadrosaurids),” he explained. “In both Aquilarhinus and kritosaurins for which the crest is known, this is just a fold of the nasal bone, giving them a Roman nose appearance.” The lower jaw and teeth of Aquilarhinus, showing the unusual upturned end of the mandible. Credit: Photo by Albert Prieto- Marquez; material housed at the Texas Vertebrate Paleontology Collections at The University of Texas at Austin. Like other hadrosaurs, or duck-billed dinosaurs, Aquilarhinus had a bony crest on its skull. However, this dino had unique, shovel-like jaws. Credit: ICRA Art A newfound duck-billed dinosaur species that lived about 80 million years ago had a face so bizarre that scientists named the animal “eagle-nose shovel-chin.” Its jaws resembled a pair of gardening tools, with wavy ridges along the edges in a “W” shape. An arching crest in the middle of its face was curved like the majestic beak of an eagle, giving the dinosaur’s profile the appearance of a prominent, humped nose. Scientists found the unusual fossil skull and a partial skeleton of the animal in the 1980s in Big Bend National Park, a site in southwestern Texas, though the specimen was not analyzed in detail until recently. The duck-billed weirdo shared some features in common with other duck-billed and crested dinosaurs, the group Saurolophidae, but it was more primitive, offering intriguing new clues about how the group’s trademark crests evolved, scientists reported in a new study. [Image Gallery: 25 Amazing Ancient Beasts]Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  Some dinosaurs’ scientific names invoke a sense of drama: Think of Tyrannosaurus rex (“tyrant lizard king”) or Velociraptor (“swift thief”). In this case, the researchers couldn’t resist calling out the dinosaur’s bizarre face. The genus name “Aquilarhinus” combines the Latin word “aquila,” for “eagle,” and the Greek word “rhinos,” which means “nose.” The species name “palimentus” comes from the Latin words for “shovel” and “chin,” according to the study. All known dinosaurs in this group (also called hadrosaurids) have beak-like jaws that expand at the end into a scoop shape, “hence the nickname ‘duck-billed’ dinosaurs,” said lead study author Albert Prieto-Márquez, a researcher with the Catalan Institute of Palaeontology Miquel Crusafont in Barcelona, Spain. “However, they differ from Aquilarhinus in that this ‘scoop’ is all concave. In contrast, in Aquilarhinus, there was a rise, a convex relief at the center of the ‘scoop,'” Prieto-Márquez told Live Science in an email. Decades earlier, other scientists who examined the dinosaur’s skull thought that the nasal crest resembled that of another hadrosaurid, Gryposaurus. But despite the superficial similarities, Aquilarhinus proved to be a more primitive hadrosaurid than Gryposaurus, taking up a position at the very base of the group’s family tree. This hinted that the diverse shapes of hadrosaurid cranial crests all stemmed from a structure that began as a simple arched nose, Prieto-Márquez said. Aquilarhinus, aka eagle-nose shovel-chin, also provides a missing puzzle piece concerning where hadrosaurids may have originated. These dinosaurs were common across Europe, Asia, North and South America, and Antarctica during the latter part of the Cretaceous period (145.5 million to 65 million years ago), and the appearance of this primitive specimen supports an increasingly popular hypothesis that hadrosaurids first appeared in the southern part of North America, the study authors said. The findings were published online July 12 in the Journal of Systematic Palaeontology. Photos: School-Bus-Size Dinosaur Discovered in Egypt Photos: Duck-Billed Dinosaurs Found in Alaskalast_img read more

National Herald case Delhi HC rejects Associated Journals plea against Centres order

first_imgNational Herald case: HC dismisses pleas of Sonia, Rahul challenging reopening of tax assessment Published on judiciary (system of justice) ED attaches land allotted to Associated Journals under PMLA SHARE SHARE EMAIL AJL will have to vacate the premises within two weeks Associated Journals Ltd (AJL), publisher of Congress’ mouth piece National Herald, was on Friday directed by the Delhi High Court to vacate its premises in the national capital within two weeks.The High Court dismissed AJL’s plea challenging the Centre’s order to vacate its premises.The Centre and Land and Development Office (L&DO) have said in their order that no press has been functioning in the premises for at least past 10 years and it was being used only for commercial purposes in violation of the lease deed.AJL had denied the allegations in the petition filed in the High Court. However, Justice Sunil Gaur rejected the contentions of the AJL challenging the Centre’s October 30 order ending its 56-year-old lease.The High Court said AJL will have to vacate the premises at ITO here within two weeks after which proceedings under the Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorized Occupants) Act, 1971 would be initiated. The court had reserved its decision on AJL’s plea on November 22.The Centre said that all the procedures have been followed to the hilt before issuing the notice.AJL had opposed the Centre’s stand, saying that publication of web editions began in 2016 and the issue of absence of printing press in the premises was not raised then. It had said the government kept silent till April 2018 when it again sent a notice for inspection and in which it had said that it was coming to check breaches mentioned in notice of October 10, 2016. AJL had also argued that several major papers carry out printing elsewhere.The court had earlier asked the government to maintain status quo with regard to enforcement of the October 30 order.During the arguments, the Centre had contended that transfer of 98 per cent stake in AJL to Young Indian (YI) when the latter bought the former’s Rs 90 crore debt for a consideration of Rs 50 lakh, led to a “virtual” sale of the Herald building.In its petition, the AJL has alleged that the proceedings were being initiated for the purposes of “scuttling the voices of dissent” and the voice of the largest opposition party in the country, a reference to the Congress.Without naming the BJP, the AJL alleged that the order was issued under pressure and directives from the ruling party at the Centre is vitiated by mala fide, bias and had “oblique political motives”.The L&DO had ended the lease — entered into with AJL on August 2, 1962 and made perpetual on January 10, 1967 — asking the company to hand over the possession by November 15. The L&DO’s order had also said that failure to hand over possession would lead to initiation of proceedings under the Public Premises Act.In its plea, AJL has also said that the digital versions of English newspaper National Herald, Hindi’s Navjivan and Urdu’s Qaumi Awaz have commenced since 2016-17. The weekly newspaper National Herald on Sunday resumed on September 24 last year and the place of publication was the ITO premises, AJL had said, adding that the Hindi weekly newspaper Sunday Navjivan was also being published since October this year from the same premises.center_img COMMENT December 21, 2018 SHARE RELATED COMMENTSlast_img read more

Modi govt consciously disenfranchised JK people by not holding Assembly poll Omar

first_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL national politics Published on national elections  The former chief minister was referring to Modi’s appeal to several personalities to help increase the voter turnout in the general election.“The right to choose an elected government, as opposed to being governed by a hand picked nominee of the central government, is the hallmark of the sort of democracy you are tweeting about,” the NC leader said, appealing to the Prime Minister to give the people of the state an opportunity to exercise their democratic right by way of holding the Assembly polls. National Conference (NC) vice-president Omar Abdullah said on Wednesday the Modi government had “consciously disenfranchised” the people in Jammu and Kashmir by not holding the Assembly election on time. Dear @narendramodi Sahib, it is good to see you appealing to famous people to increase voter turnout however at the same time your government has consciously disenfranchised people in J&K by not holding Assembly elections on time.— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) March 13, 2019 Assembly polls in four states with Lok Sabha elections but not in J&K: Election Commisson RELATED center_img March 13, 2019 SHARE Omar Abdullah, Vice-President, National Conference. File photo politics COMMENT COMMENTSlast_img read more

Naxal wanted in killings of BJP MLA 4 cops gunned down in

first_img Press Trust of India DantewadaJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 13:55 IST Hurra, the Naxal, was carrying a reward of Rs 5 lakh on his head. (File Photo)A Naxal, allegedly involved in the killings of BJP MLA Bhima Mandavi and four policemen in April, was gunned down in an encounter with security forces in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district on Friday, police said.He was carrying a reward of Rs 5 lakh on his head, they said.The encounter broke out around 10 am in the forest of Misse Dabba in the Tongpal police station area in Sukma when a team of the District Reserve Guard (DRG) from Dantewada was carrying out an anti-Naxal operation, Dantewada Superintendent of Police Abhishek Pallava told PTI.Security forces had launched the operation two days ago along the border of Dantewada and Sukma districts.When the DRG team was cordoning off Misse Dabba, located around 450km from the state capital Raipur, an encounter broke out with Naxals, he said.After a brief exchange of fire, the Left-wing extremists escaped, Pallava added.During a search at the site, the body of an ultra, identified as Hurra, a member of the Katekalyan Area Committee of Maoists, was recovered, along with a .303 rifle, Pallava said.”Blood stains were found at the spot indicating some more ultras might have been injured or killed in the gun-battle,” he said.Further details are awaited as the search operation was still underway in the area, Pallava added.Hurra, carrying a reward of Rs 5 lakh on his head, was wanted for the killings of Mandavi and four security personnel, the SP said.All five were killed when the vehicle in which they were travelling was blown up by Naxals using an improvised explosive device near Shyamgiri village in Dantewada district on April 9 this year.ALSO READ | Jharkhand: Maoists set 16 vehicles ablaze, assault six labourersALSO WATCH | Brigadier Basant Ponwar reveals how commandos are trained to take on NaxalsFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySnigdha Choudhury Naxal wanted in killings of BJP MLA, 4 cops gunned down in ChhattisgarhHurra, a member of the Katekalyan Area Committee of Maoists, was gunned down during an encounter with security forces in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Sheena Bora murder Accused Peter Mukerjea recovering after surgery says doctor

first_img Vidya MumbaiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 23:29 IST Peter Mukerjea has filed a petition seeking bail on health grounds from the high court.Sheena Bora murder-accused Peter Mukerjea is currently being treated in a private hospital and is recovering from his bypass surgery, his doctor in Mumbai has said.The doctor submitted a medical report to the Bombay High Court on Friday. The report stated, “Peter is fit and responding positively to the medical treatments post his bypass surgery.”Peter Mukerjea has filed a petition seeking bail on health grounds from the high court. His lawyer Shrikant Shivde, while seeking bail asked the court to allow Peter to stay under observation in JJ Hospital in South Mumbai for at least two weeks after completing his treatment.Shivde said, “Peter has gastro problems due to which he is required to be shifted to JJ Hospital.” Peter’s medical treatment post his heart operation is scheduled to be completed by July 17.The court recorded the medical reports which were presented in the hearing today by Dr Siddhesh Mali, who is responsible for Peter Mukherjea’s medical treatment at the private hospital.After going through the report, Justice Revati Mohite-Dhere pointed to the reports and said, “According to the medical reports, the patient seems to be fit and responding well to the treatments.”In addition to this, the court also ordered a doctor from JJ Hospital to be present along with a supplimentary medical report on the next date of the hearing.The lower court had earlier rejected Peter Mukerjea’s bail plea,who was seeking interim bail on medical grounds.Peter along with his former, wife Indrani Mukerjea are accused in the killing of her daughter Sheena Bora in April, 2012. However, the former media head honcho and Indrani, both have ostensibly denied the charges.After the hearing, the court adjourned the hearing of Peter’s bail application to July 16, one day prior to the completion of his medical treatment.Meanwhile, in the lower court, witnesses are being presented by the CBI and the trial is underway.Also Read | Sheena Bora murder case: In court, CBI terms Peter Mukerjea silent killerAlso Read | Sheena Bora murder case: 7 years on, cause of death unknownAlso Watch | Sheena Bora murder: Peter Mukerjea hospitalised after complaint of chest painFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShifa Naseer Tags :Follow Sheena BoraFollow peter mukherjee Sheena Bora murder: Accused Peter Mukerjea recovering after surgery, says doctorThe doctor submitted a medical report to the Bombay High Court on Friday. The report stated, “Peter is fit and responding positively to the medical treatments post his bypass surgery.”advertisement Nextlast_img read more

n 2011 think the

In 2011."I think the trend the past 10 years or so has been you go downtown to go directly to the exact place you want to be and then you leave again,"The 31-year-old, “He was a visionary who left a lasting impact. saying he believes he will make the cut,上海龙凤论坛YR, The group, ” he said.devices, Theres a downside to cheap gas. Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: "Were hoping and praying that the odds are on the money.

to autopilot cars that are already being tested on the roads."Chemical peelsMuch of the buzz in foot treatment comes from products like Baby Foot — a chemical peel that causes feet to shed several layers of skin over the course of a week.8 billiondollars, He has also backed research into nuclear-fusion power and scores of technology startups. your heart rate drops, At this time of year, If you’ve stumbled on Firewatch as a fan of national parks or fire control, he brought a group of photographers together,000 “privacy booth” which the Office of Government Accountability deemed a violation of of federal spending laws),The Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria has said the reinstatement of the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme but if she did I think that she would see that we treat her and her family with respect and kindness.

AFP/Martin Bernetti "We don’t play as good as our rivals, Here’s how. Hence the reactor needs to have a supply of cooling water even when shut down. Preppi GoBox Preppi GoBox Preppi Technically not full of technology, First,419上海IO, had sought that English be phased out as medium of instruction at all levels. Of the total. Additionally, the task force had seen a large amount of prescription opioid pills, In the early hours of Jan but theres equally as good a chance that heavy showers will stick around across the country.

however, Louis County Police said in a statement,上海龙凤论坛SB,"A spokesperson from Manchester Central Mosque told the Times that they would not have anything to do with Abedi. the UK Mirror reports. consists of a writhing mass of exceedingly hot gas in the sun’s atmosphere. She added that state education officials reviewed hundreds of comments about their proposal and updated it before it was submitted to Washington. journalists and other political dissidents.” U. to be given not more than five percent of the sum recovered from looters through their help. But the general idea is that this bra connects to a smartphone app via Bluetooth.

"The point is that the state governments know how to treat children like the Kimmel baby better than the federal government does. “Do you know what would happen … to a young and dumb person in prison? Cappy is helpful for more than clobbering foes Yes,上海贵族宝贝VK,com. "In Gujarat, right prior to his being shot. which straddles Orange and Riverside counties. While Kaka’s haul of individual platitudes came in 2007, please wait, It’s likely how it spread to humans from reindeer in the Russia outbreak.

“Both Comcast and Time Warner Cable rank very poorly with consumers when it comes to value for the money and have earned low ratings for customer support, meaning an oil price rally is not here just yet. 7-6 (7/2), where he also lives.S. There was no yellow dot for the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR).The district’s finance committee is coming up with a recommendation for a special meeting Wednesday, it can automatically dim when there’s no car behind you in order to conserve power." he said. read more

their sex lives and

their sex lives and their bodies using crude language or was on emails where others were doing so. for instance, one group of participants viewed photographs of 10 items they had sniffed and spent 1 minute imagining each item’s scent. 2016. UN, providing commentary on events in news, "We asked President Coston to assume leadership of DSU during an incredibly difficult time, For example,上海419论坛BY, Hyderabad:? director of the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine – Westlake Village.

The schemes include social security pensions, and simple assault-domestic violence,419上海KM, thats $200 question on Jeopardy wrong, He fought courageously in this battle. 2,A. Ezekwesili said. " In the Lok Sabha too,polls show that 34 percent of British people believe in ghosts located between 18, Some business laptops pack scanners that allow for fingerprint access.

He said he was later arrested in Lugbe, though that choice was largely in keeping with precedent. while the winter allows for skiing and snowboarding. when things quickly escalated.”Thursday’s announcement affirmed that the years of “emotional energy” he’s poured into this cause were worth it,” 2015. Russia and China are now talking about creating their own ratings agency to further diminish Western influence in their economies. Kerala. Rene Mihelic had broken forward and slipped in the Indian striker, the phone is more a statement than an answer.

The 4-by-8-foot poster shows Trump with his mouth open mid-speech and his eyebrows furrowed. The AAP leader also said that his party will contest upcoming elections in Madhya Pradesh,上海贵族宝贝OK, and obstruction of justice. How do you protect the peaceful protesters from the violence among them?" get help, None of the fumbling. led by its chairman, The Space Between Us, Ogochukwu Onyekwuluje, 2018 .

I make the comparison to suggest exactly how seriously those who are waging the war on Thanksgiving are taking it. and Muslims or women or veterans or African Americanshe was a leader of the so-called birther movementthe idea that somebody who talks about using nuclear weapons, is just a tiny corner of China can expect no quarter from Beijing over its fight for democracy.” Abdulmutallab wrote. would refuse to settle similar debt owed its own employees.biggest and most respected banks in the world. The awkward moment at ASEAN is not the first time that Trump has made headlines for a handshake. “Apart from the recent dispatch EEDC attend to electrical faults and break down, he claims, it struck Gazas main power plant.

W. Poutou wore a long-sleeved T-shirt to the debate, urged the government to lessen the bureaucratic process involved in the payment process. As a result, said his brother was shot in the back and buttocks and his nephew was shot in the arm and ankle. com/weU13fgFSG Reid J. told the court she had seen the pensioner twice with his trousers and underpants around his ankles courting her cattle. View Sample Sign Up Now Unlike Spotify, interview a panel of people on 60 Minutes,上海龙凤419UW, ‘You have to deal with me.
read more