Regulator rejects BC governments promised hydro rate freeze

first_imgVICTORIA – Hydro rates in British Columbia will increase three per cent in April after the province’s independent energy regulator overruled a government promise to freeze rates for one year.Energy Minister Michelle Mungall said Thursday she’s disappointed with the B.C. Utilities Commission’s ruling, but it has prompted the government to immediately start planning to help those who are struggling to pay their power bills.“I would have liked to have seen a much different response for British Columbians, but I appreciate their rationale,” she said. “I understand it and will be moving forward with other alternatives for making life more affordable.”The commission rejected a request from the government to freeze rates, saying other increases have done little to meet the revenue needs at BC Hydro.“The panel ultimately found there to be insufficient regulatory justification to warrant lower increases because even these increases do not fully recover BC Hydro’s forecast revenue requirement, which includes items such as operating costs, new capital expenditures, and carrying costs on capital expenditures,” the commission said in a statement.Mungall said the government will work with the Crown-owned utility on a so-called lifeline rate program that could result in some hydro customers with demonstrated needs getting a lower rate for electricity.She said the government will also consider providing a grant of up to $600 for hydro customers facing financial emergencies.The NDP government campaigned last spring on promises to tackle rising hydro rates and last November Mungall announced plans to request that the utilities commission freeze the scheduled April increase.The commission has also formally approved rate increases of four per cent in 2016 and 3.5 per cent last year.Mungall said the government will conduct a review of BC Hydro in a bid to find savings and keep rates low. The scope of the review will be announced in the next few weeks, she said.“The (utilities commission) are very clear in a nutshell that this is a mess,” Mungall said. “There’s a mess that is at BC Hydro. It needs to be cleaned up and I hear that.”Opposition Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson said the rate hike is just another broken promise by the NDP government.“This is a government that stumbles into messes that cost all of us because they put rhetoric ahead of planning,” Wilkinson said in a statement. “It’s clear, British Columbians can’t afford this government.”Green Leader Andrew Weaver said he’s glad to see the government respecting the independence of the utility commission, but the increase shows a need for income security across the province.last_img read more

MLA Dan Davies voices concerns over Peace Valley OSB Plant closure

first_imgStaff were told the shutdown was due to poor market conditions in Western Canada and the US. “It’s certainly a sad day for Fort St. John and area. Anytime there is a large layoff, it not a good thing and my heart goes out to the employees that are affected by this.”According to Davies, one reason for this closure is due to the fact that B.C. is becoming uncompetitive when it comes to doing business. He also puts part of the blame on the new Forest Amendment Act, Bill-22.“B.C. is just becoming far too uncompetitive. It’s hard to get business done in B.C. Bill-22, that was recently passed, was just another slap in the face against forest companies. It’s really hard to find a compelling reason to come to B.C. and do business.”Davies says Premier John Horgan needs to stop talking and needs to focus on stopping the trend of mill closures.“The Premier needs to just stop talking, he needs to put some decisive things in play, and stop this trend of mill closures, not only here but across the Province.”Sources say the staff were told Thursday morning that the plant would close as of August 9, 2019. Approximately 190 people work at the facility. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With the Peace Valley OSB Plant set to close this summer, the news has many within the community concerned and upset.One of those concerned with this closure is Peace River North MLA Dan Davies.Davies says this news is a sad day for Fort St. John, adding that his heart goes out to those affected by this closure.last_img read more

Chinas Long March3B rocket series complete 300 launches

first_imgBeijing: China’s Long March-3B rocket, regarded as the main stay of the country’s space programme since 1970, successfully completed its 300th launch by putting a new communication satellite into orbit on Sunday. The indigenously-built rocket had send more than 500 spacecraft into space. “This is a milestone for China’s space industry development,” Wu Yansheng, board chairman of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) said. The Long March carrier rocket series, developed by CASC, is responsible for about 96.4 per cent of all the launch missions in China. It took 37 years for the Long March rockets to complete the first 100 launches, 7.5 years to complete the second 100 launches, and only about four years to accomplish the final 100, with the average number of launches per year increasing from 2.7 to 13.3 and then to 23.5, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported. The Long March carrier rockets helped provide launch services for countries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative, including Algeria, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. “Intensive launches have become normal in China, indicating the rapid development of the space industry, the progress of science and technology and the enhancement of national strength,” said Shang Zhi, director of the Space Department of the CASC. China joined the space club on April 24, 1970, when the Long March-1 carrier rocket launched the country’s first satellite, Dongfanghong-1, into orbit. At that time, the carrying capacity of the Long March rocket was only 300 kg. On November 3, 2016, China’s current largest carrier rocket, the Long March-5, made its maiden flight, with its carrying capacity reaching 25 tonnes for low-Earth orbit and 14 tonnes for geosynchronous orbit. The success rate of the 300 launches of the Long March rockets stood at 96 per cent, according to CASC. During the third 100 launches, the Long March rockets sent a total of 225 spacecraft, weighing about 240 tonnes, into space, with a success rate of 97 per cent, reaching a high level in the world, said Shang. From October 1996 to August 2011, the Long March rockets set a world record for 15 years of successful consecutive launches. In 2018, the Long March rockets completed 37 consecutive successful launches, ranking a global first for the highest number of successful launches. A total of 17 types of Long March carrier rockets have been developed and put into use since 1970, ensuring the implementation of a series of key space projects including manned space program, lunar exploration, BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) and the Gaofen Earth observation project. In addition, the Long March carrier rockets also launched a large number of meteorological satellites, resource satellites and oceanographic satellites, as well as several innovative science satellites including DAMPE to search for dark matter, the world’s first quantum satellite, and an electromagnetic satellite to study earthquakes, playing an important role in promoting the economic, social and scientific development in China, the Xinhua report said. Currently, China is developing new generation medium launch vehicles including the Long March-6A, Long March-7A and Long March-8. A test version of the Long March-5B, which has the largest carrying capacity to low-Earth orbit, has been produced and will be used to launch the modules of China’s space station, according to CASC.last_img read more

Kosovo Albanian wanted for war crimes transferred to UN tribunal

Fatmir Limaj, 32, is scheduled to make his initial appearance before the court tomorrow to enter a plea on a total of nine counts of crimes against humanity and violations of the laws or customs of war allegedly committed in 1998 in the Lapusnik/Llapushnik Prison Camp in Kosovo.The indictment, which also charges three others who worked at the camp, alleges that Mr. Limaj held at least 35 Serb and Albanian civilians “under conditions that were brutal and inhumane, and routinely subjected them to physical and psychological abuse, including torture and beatings.”Mr. Limaj was arrested in Slovenia on 18 February.

UN honours blue helmets seeks to build modern adaptive peacekeeping force

Dag Hammarskjold Medal ceremony awarded posthumously to fallen UN Peacekeepers. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon lays a wreath in honour of the 106 peacekeepers who lost their lives in 2013 while serving under the UN flag. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz On this International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, observed annually on 29 May, the world body honoured the 106 peacekeepers who died last year while serving under the UN flag, bringing the total number of lives lost in the history of peacekeeping to more than 3,200. “We mourn the passing of every one of these courageous individuals. We grieve with their friends and families and we recommit ourselves to ensure that their contributions to the cause of peace will never be forgotten,” declared the Secretary-General in his message for the Day. He noted that today, more than 116,000 UN personnel from more than 120 countries serve in 16 peacekeeping operations. “At great personal risk, these military, police and civilian personnel help stabilize communities, protect civilians, promote the rule of law and advance human rights.”The annual wreath-laying ceremony took place for the first time at a newly-created site on the north end of the UN’s New York Headquarters complex. Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, speaks at the wreath-laying ceremony in honour of all fallen UN Peacekeepers. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping OperationsDag, speaks at the Hammarskjold Medal ceremony awarded posthumously to fallen UN Peacekeepers. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at the wreath-laying ceremony in honour of all fallen UN Peacekeepers. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz 106 military, police and civilian personnel who lost their lives while serving in UN Peacekeeping Operations in 2013 are awarded posthumously the Dag Hammarskjold Medal. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine ‹ › Opening that solemn ceremony, Mr. Ban said 2013 was the sixth year in a row that more than 100 peacekeepers died. Some were killed when their convoys came under attack in Darfur and South Sudan. Others had lost their lives to explosions in Mali. Still others were taken by floodwaters in Darfur. “In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and elsewhere, our peacekeepers were shot while protecting civilians.” He said, adding that in the Middle East, Haiti and beyond, many succumbed to deadly diseases and other dangers that are part of their life-saving work.“The threats continue this year. The insecurity in South Sudan, the Central African Republic, Mali and Darfur has tested us to the limits of our capacities,” the Secretary-General said, underscoring that the Organization is doing everything possible to protect its personnel in the field. “Despite our best efforts, we can never reduce the risks entirely,” he added sombrely.“That is why today, we applaud the courage, dedication and professionalism of the 120,000 peacekeepers who are now deployed in some of the most dangerous places on earth. I pay them my highest tribute,” said the UN chief.In his remarks at the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal Awards Ceremony, Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for UN Peacekeeping Operations said those blue helmets that had lost their lives had not perished merely for an ideal: “Our peacekeepers have made a practical difference on the ground, and this perhaps what matters most.”As for current on-the-ground operations, he said UN peacekeeping is providing a dynamic response in some of the planet’s most complicated and difficult places. “Our peacekeepers continue to be in high demand and for UN peacekeeping to be relevant and effective, we must not just keep up with this changing environment, we must be a step ahead of it.” Echoing the theme of the day, Mr. Ladsous said peacekeepers are working tirelessly so that UN Peacekeeping can be “A Force for Peace, A Force for Change, A Force for the Future.” By introducing unarmed, unmanned aerial vehicles (UUAVs) in the DR Congo, UN peacekeeping has shown “that we are able to be modern and use latest technologies to monitor movements of armed groups and allow us to better protect vulnerable populations.” “By rapidly erecting protection of civilian sites for 90,000 civilians fleeing war in South Sudan – sometimes from an empty plot of land – we have shown that we are able to adapt under tough circumstances to respond to developing crisis,” said Mr. Ladsous, adding that by going after armed groups in the foothills of North Kivu with ferocity and vigour, UN peacekeeping has shown that it “will not back down” when confronted by those who would threaten the most vulnerable.“Of course, none of this would happen without the support of our partners. Today, I would like especially to commend the Member States, who provide troops and police, resources and funding, training and equipment – our contributing States. I thank you all for your hard work on our behalf,” he said.Under-Secretary-General for Field Support, Ms. Ameerah Haq said that 22 civilians had been among those who lost their lives while serving in UN peacekeeping missions, including in Liberia, Darfur, and South Sudan. On behalf of the Secretary-General and the Departments of Peacekeeping Operations and Field Support, she extended deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the deceased.“Our civilian colleagues in the field toil day-in, day-out on the frontlines of today’s conflicts,” she said noting that whether mediating inter-tribal conflicts, documenting human rights violations, or reporting on the state of fragile ceasefire agreements, they carry out their work at great personal risk and sacrifice.“We can pay no greater tribute to those who have lost their lives than to ensure that their aspirations are pursued and ultimately realized.”Mr. Ban said earlier that UN peacekeeping is modernizing to ensure that it can tackle tomorrow’s peace and security challenges. It is deploying new technologies such as refining its practices to better protect civilians, and boosting the representation of women among its ranks while strengthening its partnerships with regional organizations. “The United Nations is improving logistics and administrative practices, strengthening infrastructure and taking other steps to harness the power of our personnel,” he said, adding: “Our goal is to ensure that peacekeeping is a cost effective, valuable investment that brings enormous benefits and, above all, saves lives.” He noted that over the past year, the Security Council established two peacekeeping operations – in Mali and in the Central African Republic – again highlighting its trust in UN peacekeepers to take on tough challenges. In addition, the UN mission in the DRC, known as MONUSCO, helped the Government defeat the M23 rebels that had preyed on civilians in the country’s east, he said, while also highlighting another first: “In an historic breakthrough, a woman was named the first female Force Commander of a UN peacekeeping operation.”Earlier this month, the Security Council established the “Captain Mbaye Diagne Medal,” named after an unarmed Senegalese peacekeeper who lost his own life after saving as many as a thousand people during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. “This medal will honour UN personnel who demonstrate exceptional courage. Let us all commit to following the selfless example of Mbaye Diagne and other fallen heroes, as we work together to help our blue helmets be a force for peace, a force for change, and a force for the future,” declared the Secretary-General.In his message for the Day, John Ashe, President of the General Assembly, encouraged Member States, civil society and other stakeholders to support this year’s theme: “UN Peacekeeping: A Force for Peace. A Force for Change. A Force for the Future.”“We must ensure that security challenges are addressed in the countries where peacekeepers work so that we can create a more sustainable future for all members of the international community,” he said.As the UN and the international community continue the global effort to set the stage for the creation of a post-2015 development agenda, innovation and technology, especially the transfer of new and emerging technologies will greatly contribute to strengthening global security. “We must continue to create new ways of using these technologies to protect those at greatest risk in conflict and war-torn countries,” said Mr. Ashe. read more

Football Damon Webb signs as undrafted free agent with Tennessee Titans

Ohio State senior safety Damon Webb (7) prepares to defend an Illinois offensive play in the second half in the game against Illinois on Nov. 18. Ohio State won 52-14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorFormer Ohio State safety Damon Webb has signed with the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent, according to a tweet from Ohio State. Webb will join former Ohio State cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs in Tennessee along with first-year head coach and former Ohio State defensive line and linebackers coach Mike Vrabel. Free Agent Alert: @DameWebb @Titans #GoBucks #DevelopedHere #TitanUp pic.twitter.com/AsB1GTl5ko— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) April 28, 2018Playing in 16 games combined in 2014 and 2015, Webb became a starter in 2016; playing alongside former Ohio State safety and future first round draft pick Malik Hooker. During his junior season, Webb had 57 tackles, two tackles for loss and an interception, earning an honorable mention for All-Big Ten.With the loss of Hooker, Webb became the only remaining starter on Ohio State’s secondary moving into the 2017 season. He ended the season with 61 tackles, leading the team with five interceptions and earning third-team All-Big Ten honors.Before ending his collegiate career, Webb helped Ohio State win the Cotton Bowl over USC, recovering a fumble to set up a score and returning an interception for a touchdown, earning him the defensive Most Valuable Player award for the bowl game.At the 2018 NFL Combine, Webb ran a 4.62 40-yard dash and tied for eighth among safeties with 17 bench press reps. read more

10 reasons Steven Seagal is better than you

first_imgSTEVEN SEAGAL IS better than you. You should just accept it.What, you still think Steven Seagal isn’t better than you?He is WAY better than you. Here’s why:1. He’s been shot, but whateverYouTube/HDNetFightsAnd he’s ALWAYS armed. You heard that, right?2. He runs like a girl and doesn’t careYouTube/mrjarvie19853. He understands fashionThis is him at the VH1 Fashion Awards. (Anthony Harvey/PA Archive/Press Association Images)4. Jean-Claude Van Damme isn’t even on his radar And accepted them with dignity. (MERGEN BEMBINOV/AP/Press Association Images)6. He rocks out on the guitarYouTube/RedEntAgency7. He borrowed Bono’s glasses, and never gave them back(JACK DEMPSEY/AP/Press Association Images)What, you think Bono’s going to ask for them?8. There’s a trumpet fanfare when he kicks peopleYouTube/Bepprob9. He literally enforces the lawSeagal is an actual officer in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. With full powers to arrest anyone that hijacks a nuclear submarine, or, you know, parks illegally.He also beats up his fellow officers, according to this clip from his reality show Steven Seagal: Lawman.YouTube/NewVideoDigital10. I mean, COME ONWhat a guy. (Misha Japaridze/AP/Press Association Images)He’s better than you. YouTube/HDNetFights5. He’s won awardslast_img read more

Marée noire la biodégradation du pétrole accélérée par des microbes

first_imgMarée noire : la biodégradation du pétrole accélérée par des microbesÉtats-Unis – Alors qu’un gigantesque nuage d’hydrocarbures a été découvert dans les profondeurs des eaux du golfe du Mexique, une recherche révèle que la biodégradation du pétrole est accélérée par des espèces microbiennes récemment découvertes.”Cette découverte, qui fournit les premières données scientifiques de l’activité microbienne sur la dispersion d’un panache de pétrole dans les fonds marins, indique qu’il existe un grand potentiel de biodégradation naturelle d’hydrocarbures dans les grandes profondeurs océanes”, explique Terry Hazen, écologiste microbien au Laboratoire national Lawrence Berkeley. À lire aussiLa Chine devient peu à peu le premier importateur mondial de pétrolePour le principal auteur de l’étude, les populations microbiennes psychrophiles découvertes jouent un rôle majeur dans la dégradation des panaches d’hydrocarbures sous-marins, en limitant leurs impacts environnementaux. Ce processus accélère la biodégradation du pétrole sans affecter sensiblement le niveau d’oxygène dans l’eau, souligne-t-il.Publiée dans la revue Science, cette recherche contredit les conclusions d’une étude qui, menée par l’institut privé Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, indiquait que cette biodégradation pourrait être plus lente que prévu, en raison de températures très froides. Les microbes observés par Terry Hazen et son équipe sont en effet capables de vivre dans les profondeurs marines par des températures de -5 degrés Celsius.Le 25 août 2010 à 18:23 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Tests de QI une mesure de la motivation au moins autant que

first_imgTests de QI : une mesure de la motivation au moins autant que de l’intelligencePubliée dans Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, une étude américaine montre que la motivation compte au moins autant que les capacités intellectuelles dans les évaluations du quotient intellectuel (QI).Le secret d’une bonne performance à un test de quotient intellectuel (QI) ? L’intelligence, bien sûr, mais aussi – et peut-être surtout – la motivation. Des chercheurs de l’Université de Pennsylvanie à Philadelphie ont tout d’abord analysé les résultats d’études précédentes, où de substantielles motivations matérielles avaient sensiblement “boosté” la performance de plus de  2.000 personnes lors de tests d’intelligence, particulièrement pour des individus à QI plutôt faible.À lire aussiPsychopathe et sociopathe : qu’est-ce que c’est et comment les différencier ?Puis, en utilisant les données d’une étude à long terme menée sur 250 garçons, de l’adolescence à l’âge adulte, ils ont pu conclure que, lorsque l’enjeu est peu important, certains individus mobilisent quand même leurs capacités, tandis que d’autres se relâchent.Il faudrait donc ne pas se fier aveuglément au QI comme mesure de l’intelligence, celle-ci pouvant être surévaluée chez des individus dynamisés par leurs propres tendances compétitrices, face à d’autres, simplement moins motivés. “Si un test de quotient intellectuel ne motive pas quelqu’un, alors ceci même est un bon indice prédictif en soi”, fait observer le Dr James Thompson, psychologue et conférencier à l’University College de Londres.Le 1 mai 2011 à 17:38 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Le nouveau Data Center de Facebook en Suède

first_imgLe nouveau Data Center de Facebook en SuèdeTous les centres de traitement de données de Facebook, les Data Center, se situent sur le sol américain. La construction de ce nouvel établissement est donc une première européenne et c’est la ville suédoise de Lulea qui est l’heureuse élue.Dès 2014, cette ville du nord de la Suède accueillera donc un centre Facebook, estimé à 760 millions de dollars selon le site ITespresso. Lulea, située au bord du cercle arctique connaît une température annuelle de 1°C, en sachant que l’été, celle-ci grimpe jusqu’à 20°C. Des économies en perspective pour le leader du réseau social, grâce à l’utilisation de l’air frais extérieur plutôt que la climatisation pour refroidir les installations de son centre. De plus, le data center sera en partie alimenté par de l’énergie hydroélectrique de plusieurs stations construites au bord d’une rivière proche.En s’installant sur le Vieux Continent, l’empire de Mark Zuckerberg se rapproche de nombreux de ses utilisateurs et joue ici la carte des énergies propres et renouvelables. Histoire de redorer son blason après les plaintes récurrentes que Facebook subit, notamment en ce qui concerne sa politique de confidentialité. Le 28 octobre 2011 à 18:11 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

913 NXT Live Results Cocoa FL Dain vs Kushida NXT North American

first_img Now Playing Up Next Twitter Seth Rollins WhatsApp Videos Articles Credit: @tree_bubbles 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, Florida– Raul Mendoza defeated Cal Bloom.– Jessi Kamea and Tegan Nox defeated Chelsea Green and Deonna Purrazzo.– Angel Garza defeated Dexter Lumis.– Fabian Aichner and Marcel Barthel defeated Bronson Reed and Danny Burch.– Tyler Breeze defeated Shane Thorne.– Killian Dain defeated Kushida.– Damian Priest defeated Kona Reeves.– Bianca Belair defeated Jessamyn Duke (w/ Marina Shafir).– NXT North American Championship: Velveteen Deam defeated Roderick Strong.Source: FightfulWhen @KillianDain is smiling, it’s never a good thing. #NXTCocoa #NXT pic.twitter.com/rG7KcRx21n— Trier Walters (Ms. Unpopular Opinion) (@tree_bubbles) September 14, 2019 Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Facebook Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Impact Results – 9/13/19 (Kiera Hogan vs. Tenille Dashwood, Street Fight Main Event) Google+ #NXTCocoa Women’s tag team match! pic.twitter.com/dORsWKYhmS— Charlie D (@charliedthings) September 13, 2019 Videos Articles There she is. There’s the gal. @TeganNoxWWE_ #NXTCocoa pic.twitter.com/mHAdGBBVe2— JJ Williams (@JJWilliamsWON) September 13, 2019 #NXTCocoa He who cannot be tagged pic.twitter.com/qXbrcMLYOO— Charlie D (@charliedthings) September 14, 2019center_img Is Ronda Rousey Taking A Hiatus From WWE? Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Kurt Angle WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Ric Flair Pays Tribute To Late Friend Braun Strowman Still Not Cleared For Match Now Playing Up Next Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:07Loaded: 100.00%0:07Remaining Time -0:23 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Cesaro WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events 9/13 Impact Highlights: oVe vs. Blanchard and Dreamer in Street Fight Main Event Videos Articleslast_img read more

4 women open food cart offering juices smoothies around Vancouver

first_imgWhen life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Or a lemon-infused smoothie.Funky Fresh Juice Co., a new venture from four local women, welcomed light crowds to its blue-and-yellow truck just outside of the Clark County Public Service Center on Wednesday.It was only the company’s fourth official day of operation and already one customer, Genni Goff, was buying for a second time.“It’s close by, so I definitely had to check it out. And it’s healthy, can’t go wrong with that,” said Goff, a manager for telemarketing firm Elite Fundraising.The truck offers seven juices and four smoothies, in 12- or 16-ounce sizes. Each has a tongue-in-cheek name such as Bad Mama Jama or Stayin’ Alive, and are made from a potpourri of ingredients: ginger, celery, carrots and a lot more. Shots of wheatgrass or a mix of ginger, lemon and honey are available.The aim is to offer such drinks for devotees to a juice diet, but also have more entry-level drinks for everyone else. Prices start at $7.“There are so many health benefits to juicing,” co-owner Shawna Stewart said. “It helps your skin, your sleep, your digestive system, it helps detox your body. A lot of people know the benefits, and with the truck we wanted to make it accessible to everyone.”last_img read more

SDSU receives 1 million donation for Pride Center and LGBT Studies Program

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Robert DeKoven, who was an Associated Students president at San Diego State University in the late 1970s, announced Wednesday he will donate $1 million toward his alma mater’s Pride Center and LGBT Studies Program.The gift was announced at SDSU’s annual Pride flag-raising ceremony. It’ll support curricular and co-curricular activities at the university.“I can never repay SDSU for the educational experience I received here,” said DeKoven, a legal writing professor at California Western School of Law and affiliated faculty member in SDSU’s LGBT Studies Program. “Now I have the ability to give students the kind of support I needed. Today we are planting a seed that will grow and grow.”DeKoven is a longtime supporter of SDSU’s Lavender Graduation, which celebrates the achievements of graduating LGBTQ students. He co-authored the Human Dignity Ordinance passed by the San Diego City Council in 1990 to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.SDSU is the second university in the U.S. and the first in California to offer a major in LGBT studies, according to the school.The Campus Pride Index recently ranked SDSU in its 2017 Best of the Best Top 25 list of LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities. SDSU has been included in the ranking for the past eight years.“Rob’s generous gift is a testament to the persistence of our students, alumni and campus partners who are committed to inclusivity on campus,” said Eric Rivera, vice president of SDSU Student Affairs. “Our Pride Center and our university LGBTQ+ initiatives provide opportunities that challenge and support our students’ personal growth and development while allowing them to connect with other students and celebrate our differences, making the SDSU experience unique and powerful.” July 11, 2018 Posted: July 11, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, SDSU receives $1 million donation for Pride Center and LGBT Studies Program Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Making the Case for XML Content Repositories

first_imgAccording to Kreisa, with XML systems, “content rendering and repurposing can be made to multiple formats, print, online mobile syndication … all the formats that can all start from a central repository.”In addition to text, XML platforms can manage images and video content, too, Kreisa says, although some publishers are storing those separately and link back to those items when needed.What’s the ROI?To manage its content, Blood-Horse Publications, a multimedia publishing company based in Lexington, Kentucky covering the thoroughbred racing industry, adopted the RSuite CMS by Really Strategies, which uses Mark Logic as the XML content repository. “We chose RSuite CMS because we had a very tight timeframe to convert our data feed architecture over to XML,” says Luther Andal, Blood-Horse’s director of technology. “Automated processes that consume, transform and distribute XML have allowed us to reduce staff over the last year while producing nearly the same amount of print products and many news online products and new features for our Web site. “The ability of the business to rapidly repurpose content into new products for industry events and trends has given us additional revenue streams,” Andal adds. “IT resources have been able to devote their time to developing new products and features instead of having to support systems that have been automated.”Costs, according to Mark Logic’s Kreisa, depend on how much content a publisher has to manage and the varied service components, starting at about $100,000 and running up to several hundreds of thousands of dollars. “Adopting XML overcomes a number of obstacles that have plagued the print industry throughout history,” says Andal. “It makes content more nimble which is vitally important.” As traditional magazine publishers continue to build out their e-media products, many are looking to new, more efficient ways to manage their content and bridge the gap between separate production systems. One solution is XML content repositories, which convert a magazine’s content to a format that’s easily reproduced both digitally and in print.The latest publisher to adopt this technology is Reed Business Netherlands, a European sister of Reed Business Information. The company recently adopted a workflow-based application for internal search of digital assets from Mark Logic, an XML content platform developer. In addition to Reed, MarkLogic’s other clients include McGraw-Hill and IEEE.Traditional workflow systems (separate print and Web) are “not efficient,” Mark Logic director of product marketing, John Kreisa, said during a recent FOLIO: Webinar about XML content repositories. “It hinders the sharing and cross-pollination of the content back to other processes. They can’t be moved efficiently back and forth.”Another XML content management solutions provider is XyEnterprise. Its technology utilizes XML professional publishing software and ContentaView, a rich media delivery platform that the company says is better suited for developers that produce large volumes of technical documentation like manuals (RBI is a client).last_img read more

Oscars 2019 Breaking down Black Panthers chances for best picture

first_img Share your voice 2019 movies to geek out over Oscars 2019: How to write the perfect best picture speech… TV and Movies Now playing: Watch this: And may stop us from staying on the sofa with Netflix, too.Which brings us to Netflix’s Roma. Now available to stream to your TV or laptop or phone, Alfonso Cuaron’s spellbinding drama is a cinematic triumph and richly deserves its best picture consideration. Although… comparing Roma to Black Panther shows the strangeness of artistic awards — how do you weigh up two such different films? Regardless, a win for Netflix’s Roma could also be seen as the start of a new era, as the highest bastion of the movie industry acknowledges a changing industry.Whichever film wins, Tuesday’s nominations signal some timely changes for movies. It remains to be seen who the winners are — not just on Feb. 24 but in the future of features.First published, Jan. 22.Update, Jan. 27 at 10:06 p.m. PT: Adds SAG Award win.Update, Feb. 21 at 10:55 a.m. PT: Adds additional awards the movie has won.  How Marvel made ‘Black Panther’ look so amazing Tags Now playing: Watch this: 44 4:15 Comments 9:15 Genre flicks can win these headline awards. The Oscars are often associated with worthy dramas like Spotlight or 12 Years a Slave, but nominees like Avatar and Gravity and last year’s best picture The Shape of Water show sci-fi and fantasy aren’t necessarily an outside bet. Meanwhile box office success didn’t rule out best picture winners like Titanic and Braveheart. What’s more, Black Panther, for all its adrenaline-fuelled action and CG effects, is more than a superpowered beat-’em-up. Like BlacKkKlansman and Green Book, it tackles timely and relevant questions of race and prejudice. Where those other films examine the subject through a historical lens, Black Panther looks at the here and now. The scene in which African artifacts are reclaimed from a British museum gives a succinct take on the bearing of colonial history on the present. And the whole Afrofuturist premise of Wakanda’s highly advanced nation gives a glimpse at a possible future for the people scarred by that history.On top of that, Black Panther is written, directed and largely created by black filmmakers. In a year the movie industry has had to take a long hard look at itself, the story of who’s behind the camera is as important as the story unfolding on screen.So if Academy voters want timely subtext and positive representation as well as a thrilling story and cinematic verve, it’s all there between the punches and one-liners.doramblackpanthercropEnlarge ImageBlack Panther has taken over a billion dollars at the box office. Marvel Films Of course, Black Panther doesn’t have to win an Oscar. Director Ryan Coogler and the folks at Marvel are probably pretty happy with the billion dollars Black Panther raked in at the box office, the rapturous reception from audiences and the near-universal critical acclaim. And those who’ve been thrilled and empowered by the film don’t need a stamp of approval from the Academy. An Oscar, at this point, would be merely the icing on the cake.Besides, awards may actually be the last bastion against Disney and Marvel’s total cultural domination. As much as we love superheroes and blockbuster shared universes, they’re increasingly crowding out anything that isn’t a remake or sequel from the big screen. So you could argue smaller and riskier original feature films need the boost awards buzz gives them. If the BAFTAs and the Golden Globes and the Oscars remind jaded viewers that the big screen is made for more than superheroes, it might motivate us to try a wider variety of movies. 77 Photos Oscar nominations: Black Panther up for Best Picture, 6 other awards Predictions: Best picture, best director, best actor, best actress No one cares about your Oscars speech, you just need to go viral How to watch the 2019 Oscar-nominated movies Black Panther Marvel Oscars 2019 Disney And the nominees are… Black Panther is the first superhero movie to be nominated for the Oscar for best picture. It’s already a cultural phenomenon, a critical success, a billion-dollar box office sensation. At the 91st Academy Awards on Sunday, will it also usher in a new era of recognition for effects-driven superhero blockbusters? Marvel’s smash hit, released last February, is up against BlacKkKlansman, The Favourite, Green Book, Vice, Bohemian Rhapsody, Roma and A Star is Born for the best picture of 2018. Check out the full list of nominees here.So what are Black Panther’s chances?Enlarge ImageBlack Panther faces off against Green Book, Roma and more in the Oscars battle.  Marvel Black Panther has already bagged a bunch of gongs. Among a swath of award nominations, it’s scooped the best-film award from the African-American Film Critics Association, the Black Reel Awards, BET and MTV. The film’s music, visual effects and actors have also been rewarded with a BAFTA, two Grammys and several other wins. In January, it scooped up the Screen Actors Guild award for outstanding performance by a cast, and the SAG Awards often prove to be a leading Oscar indicator.Effects-driven blockbusters do win Oscars, of course. They just tend to be confined to the technical Oscars, for visual effects and sound design and so on. This year, Black Panther joins Avengers: Infinity War, First Man, Ready Player One and Solo: A Star Wars Story on the shortlist for best visual effects. Panther is also up for production design, costume design, sound editing, sound mixing, music, and best song.Without taking away from the achievements of the movie magicians rewarded for their skill and creativity in individual areas, best picture and best director remain the pinnacle of the awards season. And Black Panther deserves to challenge for the big awards. And the winner is…last_img read more

14m uninsured under new US health plan

first_imgUS Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) explains the Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act during his weekly press conference at the US Capitol. AFP file photoAbout 14 million fewer Americans will have health insurance next year under the new Republican plan to replace Obamacare, a nonpartisan congressional analysis projected Monday, heaping pressure on President Donald Trump to make good on his pledge for broader coverage.By 2026, that number would shoot up to 24 million, the Congressional Budget Office projected, in perhaps the most alarming revelation in its highly-anticipated report.It also said that enacting the legislation currently before Congress—a measure backed by Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan—would reduce the federal deficit by some $337 billion over the next decade, a relatively small savings given the massive size of the US economy.Average health coverage premiums would rise by 15 to 20 percent in 2018 and 2019 for individual policy holders, it said.The CBO report was being seen as a black eye for Trump’s effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, which has already faced substantial opposition from within his own party, especially over fears it would leave millions uninsured.“Trumpcare would be a nightmare for the American people,” top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said, as he and House minority leader Nancy Pelosi urged House Speaker Paul Ryan to scrap the legislation.Trump and his inner circle have insisted the plan will be a vast improvement over Barack Obama’s signature health care reform—which many in his party say caused health care coverage costs to spike.“We disagree strenuously with the report that was put out,” Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said at the White House.“The CBO looked at a portion of the plan but not the entire plan,” Price said.He added that the current legislation under consideration is just the first part of a three-pronged plan that includes administrative action to deregulate the marketplace and later legislation that allows people to purchase insurance across state lines.“Our plan is not about forcing people to buy expensive, one-size-fits-all coverage. It is about giving people more choices and better access to a plan they want and can afford,” Ryan said.‘Nightmare’The White House has spent the past week grappling with maintaining party unity in the face of opposition to the new initiative.Some conservatives have argued that the plan is too similar to Obamacare, while moderates warn the new legislation does not provide enough funding to help millions retain or purchase coverage.Trump campaigned for a full year on repealing and replacing Obamacare, repeatedly stating his desire to make health coverage available for everybody.On Sunday, his administration went so far as to predict no one will suffer financially from the transition to a more free-market system.“Nobody will be worse off financially in the process that we’re going through,” Price said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”Trump, facing mounting concern about the plan, met Monday with “victims of Obamacare” to highlight the Republican replacement.Asked before the CBO report was released whether he had a message to Americans who might lose coverage, Trump urged optimism.“If we’re allowed to do what we want to do, it will get better. Much better,” he replied.‘Do not walk the plank’The GOP plan rolls back the expansion of the Medicaid health care program for the poor by 2020, replaces government subsidies with tax credits to help individuals buy insurance and scraps Obamacare taxes.It preserves two popular Obamacare provisions: the rules that insurance companies cannot refuse coverage to anyone due to a pre-existing condition, and that dependents can remain on their parents’ insurance plan until age 26.The Affordable Care Act helped 20 million Americans gain coverage.Under the new plan, premiums would begin decreasing by 2020, CBO said, due to grants that could bump up tax credits to poor or working-class Americans, and because younger people would be projected to sign up for coverage.But costs by 2026 would be some 20 to 25 percent higher for people age 55 to 64, CBO said.And by that year, roughly 19 percent of Americans under 65 would be uninsured, CBO said, compared with the 10 percent uninsured projected under current law.Senator Tom Cotton warned that the bill as is could not pass the Senate, and called on fellow Republicans to avoid a political meltdown on health care that could cost their party in the 2018 mid-term elections.“I would say to my friends in the House of Representatives, with whom I served: Do not walk the plank and vote for a bill that cannot pass the Senate and then have to face the consequences of that vote,” Cotton told ABC “This Week.”last_img read more

How Technology Can Help – Or Hinder – Election Security In Texas

first_img Share Michael Stravato for The Texas TribunePeople voting in Houston during the 2016 November election.The liberal think tank the Center for American Progress claims in a new study that Texas is well behind the majority of U.S. states in providing appropriate election security – and that all states are at least somewhat vulnerable to cyber attacks.Texas was one of 12 states to receive a D rating in the report, while five others received an F. The CAP is calling for, among other things, the use of paper ballots and post-election audits.Is this a legitimate concern, or a strictly partisan fight?Dan Wallach just testified about the security of Texas elections before lawmakers in Austin. He’s a Rice University professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering. Craig Cohen finds out what Wallach thinks of the security of voting machines in Texas and how he’d like to improve them.last_img read more

The world according to Itskov Futurists convene at GF2045 Part 2

first_img The pattern of neural activity over the two C2 arrays as well as over the relation decoding array represents the final output of the model. In this case it signifies “Key is Left of Fish”. Copyright © 2009 Kenneth Jeffrey Hayworth , Nature PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Sir Roger Penrose: The quantum nature of consciousness. Courtesy of GF2045 In the GF2045 presentation he shared with Penrose (who appeared via video), How Human Consciousness Could Be Uploaded Via Quantum Teleportation, Hameroff presented the idea that quantum teleportation25 – in which a qubit (the basic unit of quantum information) can be transmitted from one location to another without the qubit being transmitted through the intervening space – could serve as a technological vehicle for mind uploading by sending microtubular qubits from the brain to a different substrate. The potential downside to his proposal: the source qubit must be destroyed in the process due to a quantum principle known as the no-cloning theorem26, meaning that it would preclude the possibility (also discussed at GF2045) of having multiple simultaneous instances of oneself in various avatars or other substrates. Then again, the no-cloning theorem has been challenged27 – and the laws of physics being like most things, subject to change, an update may well take place by, say, 2045. Play Slides: Ray Kurzweil: Immortality by 2045. Courtesy of GF2045 It should be noted that Kurzweil’s pattern recognition thesis has been proposed in various, notably by Jeff Hawkins and Dileep George several years ago in Hierarchical Temporary Memory4 – their theoretical framework, covered in detail in Hawkins’ book, On Intelligence5 – for how the hierarchical structure of the neocortex builds a model of the world. Moreover, at Numenta, Hawkins’ and (previously) George’s company (George is now at Vicarious), Hierarchical Temporary Memory has been embodied in a technology platform being applied to pattern discovery and inference. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen , Science Translational Medicine , Journal of Neural Engineering Biomimetic hippocampus model. Courtesy of Theodore Berger As many Phys.org readers undoubtedly know, Einstein famously said that imagination is more important than knowledge – but there’s more to it. The full quote reads: I believe in intuition and inspiration. … At times I feel certain I am right while not knowing the reason. When the eclipse of 1919 confirmed my intuition, I was not in the least surprised. In fact I would have been astonished had it turned out otherwise. Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution. It is, strictly speaking, a real factor in scientific research.1 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. Dr. Theodore Berger: Piecemeal repair and replacement of brain parts is coming. Courtesy of GF2045 The 2011 research paper published by Berger and his co-authors8 states that “A primary objective in developing a neural prosthesis is to replace neural circuitry in the brain that no longer functions appropriately. Such a goal requires artificial reconstruction of neuron-to-neuron connections in a way that can be recognized by the remaining normal circuitry, and that promotes appropriate interaction.” Moreover, the paper notes that “These integrated experimental-modeling studies show for the first time that, with sufficient information about the neural coding of memories, a neural prosthesis capable of real-time diagnosis and manipulation of the encoding process can restore and even enhance cognitive, mnemonic processes.” Already successful on a number of levels, the research intends to provide a hitherto unavailable treatment for damaged brain function, either a result of injury or a result of disease, like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease – and may, says Berger, be suitable for treating other neurological conditions, including epilepsy. Currently being tested in rats and non-human primates, Berger stated that human trials should begin within the next few years. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Dr. Stuart Hameroff, M.D.: Microtubules & quantum consciousness. Courtesy of GF2045 In the early 1980s Hameroff proposed that microtubules functioned as molecular computers, and in his 1987 book Ultimate Computing23 suggested downloading consciousness into microtubule arrays. He then teamed with British physicist Sir Roger Penrose in the mid-1990s to develop their controversial Orch OR24 theory in which consciousness derives from microtubular quantum computations connected to the structure of spacetime geometry. Dr. George Church: Brain healthspan extension. Courtesy of GF2045 In Bionanotech for Extending Moore’s Law, the BRAIN Project I/O & Human Genome Engineering, Church covered a few topics taken from his extensive portfolio of achievements, including;CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) devices – protein-RNA-DNA complexes that enable human genome and epigenome engineering with 20-fold higher efficiency, and programming that’s easier by over two orders of magnitude, compared to previous methodsThe first nanorobots made from hybrid materials – DNA, proteins and inorganic – comprising sensors, logic and actuators capable of distinguishing subtle differences among various cancer, normal and immune cell typesSimilar hybrid nanostructures for manufacture of ultra-fast and complex electronic, optical and quantum computingBionano storage a billion times more compact and with lower copying energy than conventional digital media. Dr. Randal Koene, neuroscientist, neuroengineer and science director of the 2045 Initiative, has been focusing on the functional reconstruction of neural tissue since 1994, introduced the multidisciplinary field of whole brain emulation, and is lead curator of the scientific roadmap with which its technological development is promoted. Working with the VU University Amsterdam, Koene led the creation of NETMORPH, a computational framework for the simulated morphological development of large-scale high-resolution neuroanatomically realistic neuronal circuitry. He is also Founder and CEO of Carboncopies.org and neural interfaces company NeuraLink Co. In his Whole Brain Emulation: Reverse Engineering A Mind presentation and soon-to-be published book with the same title, Koene describes the process of progressing from our current condition to a possible substrate-independent mind achieved by whole brain emulation and cotes a wide range of research, including the work of fellow GF2045 presenters. “There are several key points to note when discussing substrate-independent minds and whole brain emulation,” Koene tells Phys.org. “First, there’s the importance of understanding the process of iteratively working towards identifying the scope and resolution necessary for whole brain emulation. Second, it’s important to be aware of the fact that we’re on the cusp of a revolution in technology that achieves high-resolution brain activity mapping. Third, we have to be cognizant that much work is still needed in the area of turning data into useful representations and functional systems. Fourth, we need to understand what we are aiming for – that is, only with a good grasp of the goal can you properly set criteria, identify problems and compare possible solutions. Fifth,” Koene concludes, “keep in mind that where whole brain emulation used to be beyond the scope of what was discussed in science labs, it’s now the target for the cutting-edge neuroscience researchers around the world, including those invited to speak at GF2045.”Koene’s presentation and upcoming book also contains recent updates in whole brain emulation, including: A proposal by Michel Maharbiz at UC Berkeley for the development of what he’s termed neural dust – a high density interface to the mammalian brain for wireless neuronal communication, signal detection and recordingThe role of system identification – the iterative process of discovering how an unknown system transforms input into output – in emulating neural tissueHow quantum physics and other candidate mechanisms may or may not be relevant to understanding brain functionThe trade-off between more complex neural data gathering tools and more difficult computational problems A look forward to 2018 – the projected date of successfully emulating the brain of the fruit-fly DrosophilaNew approaches to addressing consciousness and self-awareness”Given these efforts,” Koene tells Phys.org, “the three most exciting are a June 12, 2013 the National Institutes of Health BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative summit with the explicit aim of 1ms resolution in vivo sampling from every neuron in a brain)11 whole brain emulation being recognized as a valid and desirable research target by the researchers attending the Brain Researchers’ dinner prior to GF2045; and brain activity mapping projects at MIT and UC Berkeley developing microscopic wireless neural interfaces to record vast amounts of data directly from individual neurons.”Dr. Ken Hayworth, who received his doctorate for demonstrating how the human visual system encodes spatial relations among objects13, is Founding President of the Brain Preservation Foundation, Senior Scientist at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Farm Research Campus, a pioneer in connectomics – the production and study of comprehensive maps of the brain’s neural connections – and an active advocate for whole brain preservation, mind uploading and substrate independent minds. , Physical Review Letters Play Slides: Dr. Theodore Berger: Towards a Hippocampal Neural Prosthesis: Implantable Biomimetic Microelectronics to Restore/Enhance Memory Function. Courtesy of GF2045 In Tools for Analyzing and Engineering the Brain, Dr. Ed Boyden, is Associate Professor of Biological Engineering and Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT. He leads the Synthetic Neurobiology Group, which develops optogenetic tools and 3D microfabricated neural interfaces for analyzing and engineering the brain by:using light to enable activation and silencing of neural circuit elements enabling control and readout of neural activity developing robotic methods for automatically recording intracellular neural activity and performing single-cell analyses in the living brain Dr. Theodore Berger, David Packard Professor of Engineering, Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Neurobiology, and Director of the Center for Neural Engineering at the University of Southern California, gave the most groundbreaking presentation of the Congress – one that also received a standing ovation. In Engineering Memories: A Cognitive Neural Prosthesis for Restoring and Enhancing Memory Function, Berger discussed his extraordinary research in the development of biomimetic models of hippocampus to serve as neural prostheses for restoring and enhancing memory and other cognitive functions. Berger and his colleagues have successfully replaced the hippocampus – a component of the cortex found in humans and other vertebrates that transforms short-term memory into long-term memory – with a biomimetic VLSI (Very Large-Scale Integrated circuit) device programmed with the mathematical transformations performed by the biological hippocampus. These transformations, which define the essential memory function of the hippocampus, were first determined through extensive experimental studies of hippocampal neurons and circuits during learning and memory. Then, animals were injected with a drug that suppressed hippocampal function, and thus suppressed new long-term memories. By using one array of electrodes to connect the input of the VLSI chip to the hippocampus (upstream from the damaged region) and a second array of electrodes to connect the output of the VLSI chip to the hippocampus (downstream from the damaged region), the implanted VLSI chip mimics the structure of the nerve tissue in the hippocampus and, in the following sequence, detects incoming neuron activity temporally encoded as short-term memory representations replicates the hippocampal function of transforming this representation into the neural code (or, in Berger’s words, space-time code) used to form long-term memories stimulates electrodes to deliver the appropriate output to the parts of the brain where long-term memories are represented , Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Hayworth is also the co-inventor of the Tape-to-SEM process for high-throughput volume imaging of neural circuits at the nanometer scale, and has designed and built several automated machines to implement this process. (Tape-to-SEM connects an automated tape-collection mechanism to an ultramicrotome – a tool used to cut extremely thin slices of material, known as sections, with very tight tolerances. This allows the collection of thousands of ultrathin tissue sections on one long continuous plastic film tape with no human intervention. The tissue tape is then stained and imaged in a scanning electron microscope, or SEM.) In addition, Hayworth has envisioned a Connectome Observatory14 as a key milestone for mind uploading. Dr. Theodore Berger Hippocampal neural prosthesis. Courtesy of GF2045 Play Slides: Jeff Hawkins: Hierarchical Temporal Memory (HTM): A new computational paradigm based on cortical theory. Courtesy of Numenta Interestingly, regarding Kurzweil’s best-known concept, the technological Singularity, the term was actually first introduced in its non-astrophysical context by now-retired San Diego State University mathematics professor Vernor Vinge in his 1981 novella True Names6 – and which he discussed at length in his 1993 paper, The Coming Technological Singularity7. (As it turns out, Vinge and Kurzweil discussed the Singularity in 2002.) Play Dr. Ed Boyden: A light switch for neurons. Courtesy of TED Dr. George Church is professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School, Director of PersonalGenomes.org (the world’s only open-access information source of human genomic, environmental and trait data), Director of the NIH Center for Excellence in Genomic Science, and a renowned molecular geneticist and pioneer in genomics and synthetic biology who introduced the first methods for direct genome sequencing, molecular multiplexing and genetic barcoding. Author of Regenesis12 – his view of a future made possible by synthetic biology – Church’s innovations in next-generation genome sequencing and cell/tissue engineering and synthesis resulted in new privacy, biosafety, and biosecurity policies; medical genomics companies Knome, Alacris, AbVitro, GoodStart, and Pathogenica; and synthetic biology firms LS9, Joule, Gen9, and Warp Drive. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Berger has already been able to identify the environmental stimulus that is encoded in a given member form the coding pattern itself. Even more remarkably, have shown that neural code captured from one animal can be transferred into a VLSI device implanted in a second animal – and the second animal that then acts as if it had formed the memory itself. How connections in the brain must change to form memories could help to develop artificial cognitive computers Dr. Ed Boyden: Extending ourselves beyond our brains. Courtesy of GF2045 More specifically, optogenetics is a neuromodulation technique using genetically-encoded reagents developed these reagents from natural photosensory and photosynthetic proteins that, when expressed in specific types of neurons, enable the neurons’ electrical activities to be precisely driven or silenced in response to millisecond pulses of light. In terms of animal models and clinical translation9, optogenetics-based research has reportedly led to insights into a range of neurological and psychiatric disorders, including Parkinson’s disease, autism, schizophrenia, drug abuse, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, and depression. Even more remarkably, in a research paper published just days before this article10, scientists at MIT reported that they “created a false memory in mice by optogenetically manipulating memory engram–bearing cells in the hippocampus,” adding that their data “demonstrate that it is possible to generate an internally represented and behaviorally expressed fear memory via artificial means.” Ray Kurzweil: Immortality by 2045. Courtesy of GF2045 Kurzweil’s brain reengineering approach is based largely on what he terms the Pattern Recognition Theory of Mind (PRTM), which he says describes the basic algorithm used by the neocortex – a brain structure found only in mammals that has evolved into its most complex form in human beings, and where perception, memory, language, reasoning, and abstract thought occur. Kurzweil proposes that the neocortex is hierarchically organized into some 300 million pattern recognizers, each one a 100 neuron cluster arranged in a vertical column, with columns (rather than individual neurons) communicating with one another. His main assertion is that the brain uses these hierarchical pattern recognizers for virtually all aspects of thought, not just for perception. Journal information: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B Citation: The world according to Itskov: Futurists convene at GF2045 (Part 2) (2013, August 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-08-world-itskov-futurists-convene-gf2045_1.html , Science Futurists, visionaries, scientists, technologists, philosophers, and others who take this view to heart convened on June 15-16, 2013 in New York City at Global Futures 2045 International Congress: Towards a New Strategy for Human Evolution. GF2045 was organized by the 2045 Strategic Social Initiative founded by Russian entrepreneur Dmitry Itskov in February 2011 with the main goals of creating and realizing a new strategy for the development of humanity – one based upon our unique emerging capability to effect self-directed evolution. The initiative’s two main science projects are focused largely on Transhumanism – a multidisciplinary approach to analyzing the dynamic interplay between humanity and the acceleration of technology. Specifically, the 2045 Initiative’s projects seek to (1) enable an individual’s personality to be transferred to a more advanced non-biological substrate, and (2) extend life to the point of immortality – and those skeptical about the likelihood of achieving these goals should consider Arthur C. Clarke’s laws of prediction2: 1. When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong. 2. The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible. 3. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.The first speaker on GF2045’s second day was inventor, futurist and author Ray Kurzweil, who Immortality By 2045 presentation was focused on reverse engineering the brain. While much of his presentation was familiar to those who have followed his work on technology trend analysis and the Singularity, his material on the brain – also appearing in his recently-published How to Create a Mind3, and in part the purpose of his joining Google (to work on new projects involving machine learning and language processing) – focused on ideation rather than implementation. , Biophysical Journal More information: The world according to Itskov: Futurists convene at GF2045 (Part 1)References 1Cosmic Religion: With Other Opinions and Aphorisms (1931) by Albert Einstein; also in Einstein on Cosmic Religion and Other Opinions and Aphorisms (2009) by Albert Einstein (Kindle version) 2Hazards of Prophecy: The Failure of Imagination in the collection Profiles of the Future: An Enquiry into the Limits of the Possible (1962, rev. 1973, this edition published 2000) 3How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed (2012) by Ray Kurzweil (Kindle version) 4 Sequence memory for prediction, inference and behavior, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 12 May 2009 vol. 364 no. 1521 1203-1209, doi:10.1098/rstb.2008.0322 (PDF) 5On Intelligence by Jeff Hawkins and Sandra Blakeslee (2005) (Kindle version) 6True Names by Vernor Vinge in The Collected Stories of Vernor Vinge (2002) (Kindle version) 7The Coming Technological Singularity: How to Survive in the Post-Human Era 8A cortical neural prosthesis for restoring and enhancing memory, Journal of Neural Engineering Volume 8 Number 4, doi:10.1088/1741-2560/8/4/046017 (PDF) 9Optogenetics and Translational Medicine, Science Translational Medicine, 20 March 2013: Vol. 5, Issue 177, p. 177ps5, doi:10.1126/scitranslmed.3003101 10Creating a False Memory in the Hippocampus, Science 26 July 2013: Vol. 341 no. 6144 pp. 387-391, doi:10.1126/science.1239073 11Physical Principles for Scalable Neural Recording, arXiv:1306.5709v3 12Regenesis: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves by George M. 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Courtesy of telexlr8 In his GF2045 talk, Preserving and Mapping the Brain’s Connectome, Hayworth spoke to the concepts and technologies involved in reaching these goals, starting with his central thesis that “our identity is encoded in the structural connections among our brain’s neurons.” In terms of neural imaging, for example, Hayworth points out that with FIBSEM (Focused Ion Beam Scanning Electron Microscopy) – one type of electron microscopy neuroscientists commonly use – preserved neural tissue can be visualized down to resolution of roughly six nanometers, allowing researchers to directly see each neuron’s synapses and dendrites. Moreover, this level of detail includes the ability to directly and indirectly (the latter using molecular probes) image elements of the synaptome – the number and types of special proteins, receptors and neurotransmitters involved in long-term learning and memory – at each synapse; and the epigenome, (learning-based DNA methylation and histone modifications) in the nucleus of each neuron. The outstanding question, says Hayworth, is precisely which features of the synaptome and epigenome need to be preserved to retain memory and identity in each species. That said, he adds, our ability to scan and verify is also rapidly improving through new types of electron microscopy, such as Cryo-TEM (Cryogenic Transmission Electron Microscopy), that can image at a resolution of three angstroms – 50 times greater FIBSEM – where brain proteins and even individual atoms can be directly seen. , PLoS ONE Explore further Dr. Ken Hayworth: GF2045. Courtesy of Adam Ford One of the most hotly-debated topics in neuroscience – and biology in general – is the role and relevance of quantum effects in living organisms. Dismissed by scientists for many years with assertions that quantum effects do not scale to macroscopic levels, could not be viable in the warm, wet conditions characterizing biological environments, and are simply not relevant in neural processes, recent research indicates that these assertions may be flawed assumptions rather than incontrovertible facts. It is now generally recognized, for example, that photosynthetic organisms – plants, bacteria15,16, and marine algae17 – have evolved to take advantage of quantum effects. Moreover, there is mounting evidence that quantum processes are at work in migratory robin navigation18,19, and, with some debate, human olfaction20,21 – and on September 17-18 2012, noted scientists gathered at the Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Surrey, for the Quantum Biology: Current Status and Opportunities workshop. Quantum biology had come into its own – but quantum neurobiology22? Not so much.Enter Dr. Stuart Hameroff, an anesthesiologist, professor at the University of Arizona and quantum consciousness theorist whose fundamental thesis is that consciousness itself is a quantum phenomenon occurring in the intraneuronal cytoskeletal protein structures known as microtubules. © 2013 Phys.org. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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first_imgA healthy body leads to a healthy mind, says a famous proverb. Health and fitness keeps our body and mind healthy and peaceful. It brings out the feeling of being well physically, mentally, spiritually and socially. Today’s sedentary lifestyle, loaded with stress and fatigue, gives less space to live a healthy and happy life. The stress and unregulated food habits make the human body much more prone to diseases such as high blood pressure, depression, hyper tension and diabetes. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Exercise is the key to a healthy and a glowing skin. Proper diet and exercise are the mainstays for a healthy lifestyle. Regular exercise helps boost your immune system and prevent some of the diseases, particularly those that involve the upper respiratory track. The fluid regulation in the body is responsible for maintaining the body fitness as water helps to flush out the toxicants from our body.Moreover, a lot of diseases can be prevented with daily exercise. Health issues such as diabetes and high blood pressure which require lifelong medication can be controlled by regular exercise which helps keep our body fit and active. People aged between 25 and 55 years are more vulnerable to diseases. People of this age group deal with a lot of stress, unpredictable schedules and unhealthy lifestyle which eventually makes them prone to health issues and diseases.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixConsidering a systematic fitness regime, they can maintain their stress levels and can lead to healthy lifestyle along with meeting all their commitments. Prioritizing people’s health and fitness, many organisations have taken a step forward to work out on the specific heath issues. Likewise FitMeIn, a fitness e-wallet lets you exercise in one go. FitMeIn believes that there are plenty of ways to boost your health and fitness level, which further encourages each person to take up exercising in their own way. It provides a passport to reach fitness studios across Delhi/NCR. FitMeIn is redefining the segment and making all fitness options accessible under one roof.Vishesh Goel, founder, FitMeIn, a CA by profession aims to build something from scratch and see it scale up. One should keep in mind that staying fit is not a destination, it is a way of life.last_img read more