Luke AFB Local Police Departments Renew Training Partnership

Luke AFB Local Police Departments Renew Training Partnership

first_imgPolice departments from the cities of El Mirage, Peoria and Surprise will be able to continue practicing emergency vehicle driving skills at Luke AFB, Ariz., in conjunction with the 56th Security Forces Squadron, under a memorandum of understanding that representatives signed Wednesday. Before training began at Luke, the three police departments struggled to find an adequate location for proper training procedures, reports 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs. The local departments provide the vehicles and instructors, which benefits Luke.“This is a big agreement for West Valley agencies,” said Terry Young, Surprise Police Department police chief. “Every year in public safety, we see an increase for the needs of training, and it can be difficult to balance resources with requirements. Luke is a perfect example of the strength we have with our state and federal partners not just in the valley, but the state of Arizona.”Photo by U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Caleb Worpel Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Adobes mixedreality display blends digital and physical

first_img Read Google Home Hub review $999 See how cars are coming alive with augmented reality 4:44 Share your voice Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Boost Mobile Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $59 at eBay Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Best Buy $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Amazon Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Tags DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Angela Lang/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Adobe,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Read DJI Osmo Action preview Sarah Tew/CNET Tags Post a comment $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express See at Turo Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $60 at Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) The Cheapskate Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Project Glasswing lets users tweak the opacity of a screen and overlay text and video. Adobe Adobe’s research team has created an experimental display prototype that blends digital and physical worlds, the company said in a Friday blog post. The project, called Project Glasswing, features a transparent display that lets users tweak a screen’s opacity to reveal objects on the other side. They can also interact with or reposition images and videos on the screen, which can be layered over the objects. The display essentially brings augmented reality to life by enhancing real-world objects with virtual content, but no phones or glasses are needed. “Project Glasswing explores the possibility of bringing Adobe’s design tools to the physical world, creating the illusion of a Photoshop, After Effects or XD layer appearing in space in front of 3D real objects,” Adobe wrote in the post. The company says this prototype could unlock new storytelling opportunities. It could, for instance, be implemented in store advertising so that shoes on display in a window are accompanied with text, video or graphics. Museums could also display artifacts in glass cases with overlaying information graphics. Adobe will share more about Project Glasswing at next week’s Siggraph conference in Los Angeles. $155 at Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Now playing: Watch this: See at Amazon Turo 0 Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $299 at Amazon Read the Rylo camera preview Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See It $210 at Best Buy $999 Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Chris Monroe/CNET $999 $520 at HP Rylo Comments See It I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Sprint Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Apple iPhone XS Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $6 at Tidal HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Share your voice Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. 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Govt clears Rs 4722 crore worth FDI proposals

first_imgIn an attempt to cement India’s position as the world’s top destination for foreign direct investment (FDI), the government has approved another 16 foreign investment proposals worth Rs 4,722 crore.Approval for the FDI proposals, including those related to HDFC Capital and Ageon Religare Life Insurance Company, were given after a recommendation by the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB), headed by Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das.”The government has approved 16 proposals of foreign direct investment amounting to Rs 4,722 crore,” PTI quoted a statement from the Finance Ministry as saying.India emerged as the top destination for FDI in the first half of the year, surpassing China and the US. The country saw capital inflows to the tune of $31 billion during January-June period, while China and the US attracted investments of $28 billion and $27 billion respectively, according to a report by The Financial Times.FDI proposals of Cipla Health Limited and Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited were among 8 proposals rejected by the government.The FDI proposal related to HDFC Capital Advisors Limited is alone worth Rs 2,400 crore of the total FDI cleared by the investment board.”HDFC Fund proposes to make investments in equity, equity linked instruments, redeemable preference shares, non-convertible debentures and other debt securities of listed or unlisted investee companies engaged in real estate construction development projects which are permitted under the SEBI AIF Regulations as a Cateqory II AIF,” it said.FIPB also cleared FDI proposal worth Rs 559.96 crore related to Ageon Religare Life Insurance.The foreign investment proposals of Sun Pharma Research Advanced Company Ltd worth Rs 250 crore, Synergia Life Sciences Pvt Ltd’s worth Rs 40 crore and Aditya Birla Nuvo’s Rs 377 crore were among those that were approved by the board.last_img read more

Nitin Gadkari cancels IRB Infrastructures Rs 10050crore Zojila tunnel contract

first_imgUnion Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari cancelled Wednesday a contract awarded to IRB Infrastructure to build the Zojila tunnel in Jammu and Kashmir. The project was reportedly worth Rs 10,050 crore (about $1.5 billion).The road and transport ministry reportedly cancelled the contract without giving any reason. IRB infrastructure had been awarded the Zojila project in January 2015 after it emerged as the sole bidder, Reuters reports. Shares of IRB Infrastructure fell 4 percent after the deal was cancelled.”We have no clue as to why,” Virendra Mhaiskar, IRB’s managing director, was quoted as saying by the agency.The Congress — the Opposition party in the Lok Sabha — has been criticising the project; it has also accused Gadkari of violating India’s anti-corruption rule. The road ministry has denied any wrongdoing.It is believed IRB acknowledges investing in a company — owned by Gadkari about 15 years ago when Gadkari did not hold any public office. Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh has been quoted by Reuters as saying the past links between Gadkari and Mhaiskar should have been disclosed at the time of awarding of the project tender.”The allegations have no base. The matter was rubbished by the ministry then and there,” Mhaiskar told the agency.The Zojila tunnel — the longest in Southeast Asia — is expected be of great socio-economic importance to the people of Jammu & Kashmir. IRB Infrastructure won the contract in a round of competitive bidding, the company had said in a regulatory filing in January.The tunnel would be of strategic importance as it is located at an altitude of 3.528 metres and between Srinagar and Leh.The company has said it will wait for the revised terms before it decides to bid again for India’s most expensive road project.IRB Infrastructure’s stock was trading at Rs 224.30 at around 12:53 pm Thursday, down 0.36 percent from its previous close.[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]last_img read more

Law enforcement was well aware of drug dealing took no action

Law enforcement was well aware of drug dealing took no action

first_imgYaba pills. File PhotoThe law enforcement had all information about the borders which were used for drug trafficking, the routes, that patrons of the drug dealers, and yet they chose to turn a blind eye towards all of this. Many of them not only helped the peddlers, but were also actively involved in the business.A number of officials of the law enforcement agencies, including the Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB), Bangladesh Police, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), Bangladesh Coast Guard and the Department of Narcotics Control, revealed this to Prothom Alo.Seeking anonymity, they said drug lords who have strong political backing are running the rules here, with the help of certain members of the law enforcement.When asked about the failure of those entrusted with the responsibility of containing the menace, home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said, “There might have been lack of sincerity. I think all the parties involved lacked integrity. Who was not involved in this drug business? Can you name one profession?”For decades, the media have been publishing reports on the dreadful situation caused by the drug trade. The government has also pointed to narcotics as the country’s biggest problem on a number of occasions. But there has never been a large-scale move to contain drugs. Even the prime minister expressed her concern on the issue on several occasions, but the law enforcement hardly acted the way they should have.On 31 January, PM Sheikh Hasina ordered the national parliament to start an operation against drugs. However, things finally started moving when she repeated this call at the anniversary programme of RAB.Till date, over a hundred persons allegedly involved in the drug trade have been killed in crossfire, but the question remains, what has the law enforcement been doing till date?A government report revealed that the busiest route for trafficking yaba is from Jadirmura Point to Shahpari’s Island, a 14-kilometre stretch along the river Naf.Yaba also enters the country through Cox’s Bazar and Bandarban. After crossing the border, it is trafficked to different areas through two routes on the Cox’s Bazar-Teknaf highway. Yaba is also being transported to Chittagong, Narayanganj, Barisal, Patuakhali, Bhola and Khulna through the sea route.The report categorically mentioned where the drugs are sold after they cross the border. It even said that drugs were transported over the Sunamganj border through a long pipe with the help of BSF and BGB members.According to the report, the railway is also a popular option for the peddlers. It said the Simanta Express, Rupsha Express and Khulna Mail are used to transport phensidyl between Khulna and Dhaka while north-west bound Uttara Express, running on Parbatipur-Akkelpul-Santahar-Rajshahi route, is used to transport cannabis and phensidyl.On the Dhaka-Ishwardi-Natore-Santahar route, trains like Ekota, Varendra, Titumir and Nilasagar Express transport yaba. Joydevpur, Tongi, Bhairab and Akhaura are the biggest drug markets, the report added. Despite all this information being available, what was BGB doing?Its director (operations) brigadier general Mujibur Rahman told Prothom Alo that they topped the list when it came to yaba seizure. “That is why traffickers now prefer the sea route than the land route,” he claimed.Commander Abdullah Al Maruf of the Bangladesh Coast Guards said they had seized over 8 million yaba tablets in the first five months of this year.Members of BGB and Coast Guards are recovering abandoned drugs.Asked about why they don’t arrest the drug peddlers, Brigadier General Mujibur Rahman, said the yaba traders simply abandon the big consignments in a place.He said they recover the abandoned yaba following intelligence information.He said, “There is a demand for narcotics. The network is big. There may have been slackness on our part too.”Coast Guard spokesperson Abdullah Al Maruf said the fishing boats and trawlers used to transport yaba and the Coast Guard patrol boats moved at almost the same speed. Most of the time the boats carrying drugs, manage to get away.Members of BGB and Coast Guards are accused of assisting the drug peddlers instead of arresting them.On 28 March, police detained Md Akayed, 25, a member of BGB Battalion-10 in Pirojpur’s Jhalakathi with 360 yaba tablets.Detective Branch of police also caught red handed Lat Mia Emon, 28, a member of the Coast Guards in Chittagong. He allegedly used to share drug money with drug traders in the area.The members of the Department of Narcotics Control (DNC) are also blamed.In November last year, DNC’s assistant director Anowar Hossain Khan detained an official of the department, Kamonashish Sarkar with 68 kg of hemp and 28 bottles of phensidyl.DNC’s director general Jamal Uddin Ahmed, however, blamed the loopholes in the narcotics control law and shortage of manpower.He said, “We recently took action against a few officials.”The members of police are mostly blamed in this regard.Several high-ups in the police said no one knows better than police about the drug peddling.There is an allegation that despite having enough information, police do not conduct drives to halt the drug peddling. They rather assist the traders.Addressing a crime observation meeting of police superintendents and police officials on 11 February this year, a deputy commissioner said the police high-ups demand huge amounts of money for recruitment, transfer and promotion of their colleagues. That is why they desperately collect money from the drug dealers.Soheli Ferdous, an assistant inspector general (AIG) at the Police Headquarters, said you cannot say that the police are totally blameless, but action has been taken against those found guilty. Exterminating narcotics, the AIG added, is not the sole responsibility of the police.Former inspector general of police Nurul Huda said, “The police are responsible to prevent the crime before it takes place.”“There is an annual assessment report for police, in which they can be made accountable. Even, the parliamentary committee could seek answers from the law enforcement as to why they have failed to take proper action. Besides, the court can also passed a suo moto motion on the matter,” he added.*This piece, originally published in the print edition of Prothom Alo, has been rewritten in English by Quamrul Hassan and Toriqul Islam.last_img read more

Tutor arrested for rape attempt on 4th grader

Tutor arrested for rape attempt on 4th grader

first_imgProthom Alo illustrationPolice on Friday arrested a tutor for allegedly trying to rape a Class-IV student in Sadar upazila of Manikganj, reports UNB.The arrestee is Rubel Hossain alias Rumel, also a clerk of Betila Govt Primary School. He had also been providing tuition to the victim for the past one year.The victim’s father filed a case with Sadar police station on Thursday night in this regard.As per the case statement, Rubel had been molesting the girl for the last one year threatening her of dire consequences if she disclosed the matter to anyone.The victim’s family came to know about the molestation on Wednesday upon interrogation as she was bleeding following rape attempt on her.Sub-inspector of Sadar police station Md Harej Sikdar said the victim was sent to Sadar Hospital for physical tests.last_img read more

Foldit gamers improve protein design through crowdsourcing

Foldit gamers improve protein design through crowdsourcing

first_img Journal information: Nature Biotechnology Paper uncovers power of Foldit gamers’ strategies © 2011 PhysOrg.com 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. Proteins are made up of long chains of amino acids which wind up in various shapes due to the chemical properties of each link in the chain. Eventually three dimensional shapes emerge, sort of like balloon animals, and the shape a protein takes determines the activity that it performs. One activity that some proteins, such as enzymes provide, is acting as a catalyst for chemical reactions. Researchers are always interested in finding better catalysts because the better they are the more money can be saved in manufacturing costs of materials that come about as a result of chemical reactions.In earlier versions of the Foldit game, players were simply given existing proteins to play with and asked to find the minimal energy state for them by folding them in optimum ways, this latest version has gone much farther by giving players the opportunity to come up with a whole new protein design.To create the new design, gamers were given a simple beginning structure and some basic ideas about the goal of the new protein, in this case to serve as a better catalyst for a class of Diels-Alder reactions, which are used to synthesize many commercial products. After offering some ideas such as remodeling certain sections to make them behave in certain ways, the gamers went to work folding the proteins using the tools at hand.The first go-round proved mostly futile, with few gamers coming up with good improvements. To improve the results, the team took the best foldings from the first round and fed them back into the game allowing gamers to improve on them. This time, the crowd proved quite adept at coming up with a much improved enzyme; they succeeded in designing a new catalyst that was a hundred times more active than prior designs.Unfortunately, the new protein isn’t really useful though because the chemical reaction that it’s used for doesn’t have any purpose except to serve as a proof of concept. That will change very soon though. The current protein the gamers are working on is an improvement on a protein inhibitor to block the spread of the virus responsible for the 1918 flu pandemic. Explore furthercenter_img More information: Increased Diels-Alderase activity through backbone remodeling guided by Foldit players, Nature Biotechnology (2012) doi:10.1038/nbt.2109AbstractComputational enzyme design holds promise for the production of renewable fuels, drugs and chemicals. De novo enzyme design has generated catalysts for several reactions, but with lower catalytic efficiencies than naturally occurring enzymes. Here we report the use of game-driven crowdsourcing to enhance the activity of a computationally designed enzyme through the functional remodeling of its structure. Players of the online game Foldit5, 6 were challenged to remodel the backbone of a computationally designed bimolecular Diels-Alderase3 to enable additional interactions with substrates. Several iterations of design and characterization generated a 24-residue helix-turn-helix motif, including a 13-residue insertion, that increased enzyme activity >18-fold. X-ray crystallography showed that the large insertion adopts a helix-turn-helix structure positioned as in the Foldit model. These results demonstrate that human creativity can extend beyond the macroscopic challenges encountered in everyday life to molecular-scale design problems. (PhysOrg.com) — Gamers on Foldit have succeeded in improving the catalyst abilities of an enzyme, making it 18-fold more active than the original version. The idea is the brainchild of University of Washington scientist Zoran Popovic who is director of the Center for Game Science, and biochemist David Baker. Together they have created the Foldit site which is a video game application that allows players to work with protein design, rather than shooting virtual aliens. By giving players a basic concept to work with and a box of tools, the team has created a means for crowd sourcing protein design. Those that come up with the most efficient way to fold an enzyme get the most points. Citation: Foldit gamers improve protein design through crowdsourcing (2012, January 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-01-foldit-gamers-protein-crowdsourcing.html Image: Nature Biotechnology (2012) doi:10.1038/nbt.2109last_img read more

The optomechanical Kerker effect Controlling light with vibrating nanoparticles

The optomechanical Kerker effect Controlling light with vibrating nanoparticles

first_img © 2019 Science X Network Credit: Poshakinskiy & Poddubny. “Even though the light scattering has been understood for more than a century after the works of Rayleigh, Raman, Landsberg and Mandelstam, it remains both a fundamental and applied challenge to route light scattered at the nanoscale in the direction at will,” Alexander Poshakinskiy, one of the researchers who carried out the study, told Phys.org. “The ability to control the direction, frequency and polarization of the scattered light is essential for operation of optical circuits.”Devices that can control the direction of scattered light could have numerous useful applications, particularly for the operation of antennas and routing of light. In the 1980s, researchers theorized that a directional scattering of light can be achieved via the so-called Kerker effect. This effect essentially exploits the interference of electric and magnetic dipole emission patterns, which have different spatial parity, yielding the suppression of forward or backward scattering when they are superposed. “Realization of the conventional Kerker effect requires the particles to have electric and magnetic polarizabilities of the same strength,” Poshakinskiy said. “However, this is challenging because magnetic response at optical frequencies is extremely weak. A possible workaround is to use large submicron-size nanoparticles hosting both electric and magnetic Mie resonances. However, optical Kerker effect for the particles smaller than the wavelength in the medium is still unfeasible. In our work, we show that even small particles, that lack magnetic response when at rest, do acquire it when they start trembling in space, enabling realization of what we call optomechanical Kerker effect.”In the optomechanical Kerker effect, proposed by Poshakinskiy and his colleague Alexander Poddubny, the tunable directional scattering of light is attained for a particle that lacks magnetic resonances as it trembles in space. The trembling motion of the electric dipole in space leads to the appearance of a magnetic dipole, as one could expect from the Lorentz transformation. 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. More information: A. V. Poshakinskiy et al. Optomechanical Kerker Effect, Physical Review X (2019). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevX.9.011008 Journal information: Physical Review X Explore further Citation: The optomechanical Kerker effect: Controlling light with vibrating nanoparticles (2019, March 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-optomechanical-kerker-effect-vibrating-nanoparticles.html For the Kerker effect to occur, particles need to have electric and magnetic polarizabilities of the same strength. This, however, is very challenging to achieve, as magnetic optical resonances in small particles are relatively weak. Researchers at Ioffe Institute, in St. Petersburg, have recently shown that a similar effect can be attained when small particles are trembling in space. Tiny particles with varied shapes scatter light in useful and unusual ways “We show that magnetic and electric dipole induced in the trembling particle by incident light counterintuitively are of the same order when inelastic scattering is considered,” Poshakinskiy explained. “The phase difference between the electric and magnetic dipoles is governed by the frequency dependence of the particle permittivity. For a resonant particle, this enables control of the scattering direction via the detuning of light frequency from the resonance: The light is scattered preferably forward at resonance and backward away from it. ” The researchers show that in the optomechanical Kerker effect, the figure of merit that quantifies how much of the light is scattered in a particular direction compared to all other directions (i.e. directivity), can be as high as 5.25. This exceeds the directivity of 3 attained in the classical Kerker effect, due to the additional electric quadrupole momentum induced by the mechanical motion. In their study, Poshakinskiy and Poddubny also introduced a second effect, which they refer to as ‘the optomechanical spin-Hall effect.’ In this effect, a directional inelastic scattering of light, depending on its circular polarization, is realized for a small trembling particle.”The optomechanical spin-Hall effect can be achieved when a particle vibrates around a circular trajectory rather that a straight line,” Poshakinskiy said. “We show that the angular mechanical momentum of the particle can be transferred to the spin of light. Then the electromagnetic waves scattered by the trembling particle to the left and to the right attain opposite circular polarization.” The findings gathered by Poshakinskiy and Poddubny suggest that the interaction between light and mechanical motion has an intrinsically multipolar nature. This quality could be exploited in a variety of systems, ranging from cold atoms to two-dimensional materials and superconducting qubits. “We believe that the proposed optomechanical Kerker opens a new multidisciplinary field by uncovering, for the first time, to our knowledge, a highly untrivial link between optomechanics and nanophotonics,” Poshakinskiy said. “From a practical point of view, the proposed effects can be used to design non-reciprocal nanoscale optical devices.”Optical non-reciprocity, meaning that light is transmitted forward and backward through an optical circuit differently, is crucial for optical signal processing. Most existing non-reciprocal optomechanical devices are based on optical resonators, which limit their minimal size to sub-microns. The results collected by Poshakinskiy and Poddubny show that tunable optomechanical non-reciprocity can also occur at nanoscale when using small trembling particles with resonant polarizability. “Optical non-reciprocity is also a key ingredient for the design of photonic topological circuits,” Poshakinskiy added. “In an array of trembling particles, one can expect a disorder-robust propagation of light and sound, ensured by the time modulation of optical and mechanical properties.”The study carried out by Poshakinskiy and Poddubny shows how the tunable directional scattering of light can be achieved at nanoscale, introducing the optomechanical Kerker and spin-Hall effects. In the future, their findings could have several interesting applications, for instance, informing the design of non-reciprocal topological circuits. The researchers are now planning to demonstrate the optomechanical Kerker effect in lab experiments. “The proof of concept would be observation of the directional backscattering by trembling objects, which can be realized even away from material resonances,” Poshakinskiy said “We believe that this can be done in a variety of systems e.g., semiconductor quantum dots, transitional metal dichalcogenides or graphene. However, the key feature of the optomechanical Kerker effect is the possibility to switch the direction of scattering between forward and backward. This requires particles with extremely sharp resonances in their electromagnetic response. Our estimations show that such switching can be realized for cold atoms in optical traps or superconducting qubits in radio-frequency circuits.”last_img read more

Capital gets a Mahatma Calling

Capital gets a Mahatma Calling

first_imgOne of the best known theatre directors of India Bhanu Bharti, is bringing for the people of Delhi a story of Bapu’s last days, performed in a one actor play by actor Sunit Tandon. The play is all set to hit the proscenium this monthBapu – A Saga of Truth, compassion and non-violence is being presented by the Aaj Theatre Company. The play depicts Bapu’s indomitable courage and will power to surmount all adversities but even he who baffled a mighty empire through his dedication to non-violence, was a helpless man in his last days.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The play which has earlier been performed in Hindi, is being played out in English for the first time. Audience will get to reflect and contemplate on the history of partition as the director tries to re-explore what went on inside the great mind at that point of time.’If we talk about humanity, violence has been our constant companion. Even today it is, and this is the reason why Bapu will always remain relevant. Our play unfolds against the backdrop of the tragedy of 1947, the partition of the subcontinent and the violence that accompanied it. It is in this backdrop that we observe the helpless personality of the man who worked so hard to ensure that the Indian independence was a bloodless revolution,’said Bhanu Bharti.Bharti ,revered by Delhi for his path-breaking presentations of Andha Yug and Tughlaq, is set to present the story of the inner turmoil of Mahatma Gandhi with his intrinsic directorial finesse.last_img read more

Miseries of global wars should be lesson for next gen Mamata

Miseries of global wars should be lesson for next gen Mamata

first_imgKolkata: Remembering the day when Kolkata was bombed by the Japanese Air Force during World War II, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday said that sufferings of two global wars should be a lesson for the next generations. Bombers of the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force (IJAAF) on December 20, 1942 had bombed the city and damaged its infrastructure. “On this day in 1942, during World War II, the Japanese Air Force bombed #Kolkata. Let the great suffering during the two World Wars be a lesson for the generations to come. Peace leads to prosperity,” Banerjee tweeted. During the World War II several cities around the globe were bombed and destroyed by the IJAAF.last_img read more

Investors Find Opportunities in Home Flipping

Investors Find Opportunities in Home Flipping

first_imgInvestors Find Opportunities in Home Flipping in Data, Headlines, News Home flipping activity is drawing investors into markets with more value-added opportunities, according to ATTOM Data Solutions’ Q3 2016 U.S. Home Flipping Report. Approximately 45,718 single family home and condo sales were flipped in Q3 2016, which represented 5.1 percent of all single family and condo sales during that time period. ATTOM defines a home flip as “a property that is sold in an arms-length sale for the second time within a 12-month period based on publicly recorded sales deed data collected by ATTOM Data Solutions in more than 950 counties accounting for more than 80 percent of the U.S. population.”The 5.1 percent Q3 2016 home flipping rate decreased from a 5.6 percent rate in Q2. Approximately 67.9 percent of the homes flipped in Q3 were purchased with cash, which is down from 68.2 percent in Q2 and a decrease from 69.0 percent in Q3 2015.Areas with approximately 90 homes flipped in Q3 with lowest share purchased with cash are Colorado Springs (35.6 percent); Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (39.1 percent); Denver (44.6 percent); Seattle (52.4 percent); and Providence, Rhode Island (52.8 percent).Daren Blomquist, VP of ATTOM Data Solutions, said investors will be forced to look at markets that contain more opportunities for flippers. “While the macro trends of low housing inventory and rising home prices are favorable for flippers, they are also a double-edged sword, attracting more competition and reducing the availability of deals — particularly in the most fundamentally sound local markets,” he said. “This is chasing some investors into markets and neighborhoods that may be less fundamentally sound but also offer more value-add opportunities for flippers in the form of aging housing inventory.”Memphis, Tennessee (11 percent); Clarksville, Tennessee (9.5 percent): Daytona Beach, Florida (9.3 percent); Tampa, Florida (9.3 percent); and Visalia-Porterville, California (9.3 percent) were the top five markets with at least 90 flipped homes in Q3 2016. The remaining markets in the top 10 for highest flipping rate were York, Pennsylvania (9.2 percent); Lakeland, Florida (9.0 percent); Fresno, California (8.7 percent); Miami (8.6 percent); and Las Vegas (8.2 percent). December 15, 2016 540 Views center_img Share ATTOM Data Solutions Data Home Flipping 2016-12-15 Staff Writerlast_img read more

Grand Traverse fire official joins Rep Inman for Sept 11 ceremony

Grand Traverse fire official joins Rep Inman for Sept 11 ceremony

first_img Categories: Inman News,News 06Sep Grand Traverse fire official joins Rep. Inman for Sept. 11 ceremony State Rep. Larry Inman, of Traverse City, is joined today by Grand Traverse Metro Fire Chief Pat Parker for the House of Representatives’ annual Sept. 11 ceremony. The observance memorializes Michigan first responders and members of the military who died in the line of duty during the past year.last_img

Two ministers have refused to apologise after they

Two ministers have refused to apologise after they

first_imgTwo ministers have refused to apologise after they both misled MPs about the impact of the government’s new disability benefit on disabled people.In the space of just 20 minutes, work and pensions secretary Damian Green and minister for disabled people Penny Mordaunt both misled the House of Commons about how personal independence payment (PIP) was affecting disabled people.The first House of Commons work and pensions questions after the break for party conferences saw about 20 questions from MPs across the main parties with concerns about the way PIP was operating, far more than for any other issue.In one answer, Mordaunt (pictured) told MPs that under PIP – compared with disability living allowance (DLA), which it is replacing for working-age claimants – “more people are entitled to use the Motability scheme”.But Motability’s own figures show that of their customers who have been reassessed for PIP so far, 44 per cent have lost their entitlement to the scheme and have had to hand their vehicles back.Responding to another question on PIP, Green told MPs on Monday that “many more people are eligible to receive PIP than were eligible to receive disability living allowance”.But the Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) own figures from June showed that only about seven in 10 disabled people who were previously claiming DLA were being found eligible for PIP.The DWP figures showed just 71 per cent of DLA recipients who applied for PIP were successful with their claim in April 2016, once withdrawn claims were excluded.PIP was introduced with the intention – announced by chancellor George Osborne in his 2010 emergency budget – of cutting the number of working-age claimants by 20 per cent.A DWP spokesman appeared to accept that the two statements were not true*, arguing in a statement that the ministers were trying to make completely different points about PIP.He has so far refused to say whether the ministers stand by their statements or whether they will be apologising to MPs, but insisted that “the comments should be considered in the context of the exchanges made during DWP Oral Questions and the wider discussion of which they formed a part”.Among MPs who raised concerns about PIP, the SNP’s Martyn Day told Mordaunt that for the fourth year in a row “the Infrastructure and Projects Authority has said that the roll-out of the personal independence payment project is ‘in doubt with major risks… apparent in a number of key areas’”.Mordaunt claimed that PIP was “a vast improvement on what went before” and was “a more targeted benefit”.Another SNP MP, John Nicolson, then told her of a disabled constituent who had had her Motability car removed after a PIP assessment.He said: “She had to use public transport, which she was unable to do, and she lost her job as a result.“Does the minister really think that government policy is delivering compassionate outcomes in such cases?”After asking for Nicolson to write to her with details of the case, Mordaunt claimed that more people were entitled to use the Motability scheme under PIP, although “clearly we want to make sure that any decision taken on a PIP assessment is the right one”.Tory MP Peter Bone told Mordaunt: “I do not know whether it is just in my area, but at every weekly surgery I will have one person who has been refused PIP who is clearly entitled to it.“I had a lady this week with multiple sclerosis; she is clearly entitled to it and will get it when she goes to the independent tribunal, but why do such people have to wait until then?“Surely this can be corrected at an earlier stage.”Mordaunt said she understood Bone’s frustration, and told him that DWP was “looking very closely at those cases that have gone to appeal and been overturned to see why the right decision was not taken earlier in the process”.She pointed to an earlier answer in which she had said that DWP was working to address such problems, “including giving a bit more flexibility for certain cases at that early stage, with the hope that the evidence we need will then be submitted at that stage”, work that she said was currently being rolled out.She told Bone that there would be more announcements on PIP in the department’s forthcoming green paper on employment support for disabled people, which is due to be published before the end of the year.*In full, the DWP spokesman said: “There are more people using Motability now than when PIP was first introduced, including a number who are newly entitled to Motability under PIP, which is the point the minister was making. “PIP recognises both physical and non-physical conditions, such as mental health problems, much more effectively than DLA did. “For example, under DLA some people with mental health conditions were not eligible for support or were on much lower rates than they are under PIP, which is what the secretary of state was referring to in his remarks.“Overall, 66 per cent of PIP recipients, whose main disabling condition is a mental health condition, are getting the enhanced rate of the daily living component, compared to only 22 per cent of working age mental health recipients receiving the highest rate of the DLA care component.“24 per cent of PIP recipients, whose main disabling condition is a mental health condition, are getting the enhanced rate of the mobility component, compared to only nine per cent of working age mental health recipients receiving the higher rate of the DLA mobility component.”last_img read more

How This 28 Million Startup Hopes to Save the World With 3D

first_img Entrepreneur Staff Divergent 3D, founded by a one-time investor and two-time entrepreneur, holds patents on technologies that allow carmakers to print vehicles. Kevin Czinger says he wants to completely change how cars are built, but his motivation isn’t money or fame. It’s to help humanity avoid the “suicidal direction that people are heading,” he declares.By shaking up how cars are made, Czinger believes, the world will be saved from an impending climate disaster. And that’s where 3D printing comes in. Yes, that’s right: Some day, most cars will be manufactured using 3D printing technology, if Czinger gets his way.But first, an aside, because you’re probably thinking, Well, how about ‘saving the world’ with something we’ve already got: electric cars?The correct response there is, Not so fast. Yes, drivers switching wholesale to electric vehicles would certainly make a sizable dent in the CO2 damage that tailpipe exhaust creates. Yet those cars are just a Band-Aid solution, since the electricity they require comes largely from nonrenewable sources. So picture a Band-Aid trying to cover a gaping environmental wound.Alternately, the most effective way to reduce the environmental damage cars have long fomented is something people don’t usually think about: automobile manufacturing. According to a United Nations report, manufacturing is the single largest source of the damage automobiles unleash on the environment.An electric vehicle’s batteries account for about a third of its weight, while the carbon composites and aluminum in its body also require a lot of energy as part of its production and processing.Related: Stephen Hawking Says We Have 100 Years to Inhabit Another PlanetAnd while low-emission vehicles can be good for the overall environment in places in the United States where green energy providers already abound — think California — electric cars simply add to the problem in places where coal still rules — think China.Because coal, as we well know, is a global-warming bomb.The part of the Blade that’s 3D printed is the chassis, not the entire vehicle. The company says a chassis such as this can be assembled in a matter of minutes.Image credit: Divergent 3D”The [reduction of] tailpipe exhaust,” Czinger says, “is fooling you into thinking that you’re not creating a super-destructive system, that any potential environmental benefits are offset.” That’s a mistake, he says.“You’re vastly accelerating the destruction of the environment.”So, how does this Los Angeles-based entrepreneur, who walked away from his first startup, plan to shake the pollution out of how the automobile industry builds cars? His answer brings us right back to 3D printing.How it worksCzinger’s company, Divergent 3D, created and holds the patents for 3D-printing equipment and software that specifically allows carmakers to print individual pieces of a vehicle, each of which is then assembled by hand or machine. The process requires less energy and fewer materials than current manufacturing methods, Czinger explains, by replacing the hard-metal tooling, stamping, welding and painting currently required to create today’s vehicles.In a case study, Divergent found that its process eliminates 80 percent of factory costs and decreases the number of chassis structure parts by about 75 percent compared to typical vehicle-manufacturing practices.”The machine doesn’t care if you’re doing the most complicated layer cake in the world or you’re doing a simple nail,” Czinger says. “We’re looking at it as a system we’re going to continuously innovate around, and then we’re going to license that, so that people can create structures that are much more functional and much more profitable and use vastly less material and energy.”Czinger says he sees Qualcomm, which licenses the use of the chips found in devices such as smartphones, as a model for Divergent. His own company, which emerged from stealth three years after its 2011 founding, employs about 55 people, most of them engineers. And so far, it’s raised a total of about $28 million. Last year, Divergent also announced a partnership with PSA, the French automobile giant.PSA weighed in on the deal: “We are very impressed by the promising new opportunities in Divergent 3D’s technology. We’re convinced that these spectacular advances in 3D printing will help position PSA Group as a leader in automobile manufacturing,” said Carlos Tavares, chairman of the managing board of PSA Group, in a press release in March.Divergent 3D creates car parts using metal 3D printing that bypasses some of the most energy-intensive factory operations such as fixturing, stamping, welding and e-coating.Image credit: Divergent 3D”This has the potential to dramatically scale down the size and scope of our manufacturing footprint, reduce overall vehicle weight and build complexity, while also giving us almost limitless flexibility in design output,” Tavares said. “We are talking about a radical change for our industry.”Czinger plans for Divergent to partner with major automakers and commercialize the technology, which he believes could eventually lead to what he calls a democratization of cars. In that scenario, individual designers and small firms would create car models, and customers would special-order them. The larger automakers could act as the manufacturer, certifier and distributor, combined, for smaller brands.”Design, engineer, send data, manufacture, assemble the standard parts and customized Lego block connectors and then you have an object,” Czinger says, ticking off the steps of Divergent’s process. “That will be for a whole range of complex structures: vehicles, maybe in the future architecture, aerospace vehicles, etc.“You’ve democratized even the larger-scale industries because there’s no big capital barrier to them anymore, and you’ve relocalized the manufacturing. That’s what I think the future will be.”Related: Our Rosy Outlook on Driverless Cars Needs a Reality CheckTwin passions early onCzinger’s past goes back to Cleveland, where he grew up, and where he had a love of cars ingrained into him from a young age.”I grew up in a relatively large family where probably from the time I could physically help my brothers, they enslaved me working on cars,” Czinger says. “And then of course I built and raced cars. I always had this love of cars.”In high school, when this son of a housewife and door-to-door salesman was captain of the football and wrestling teams, Czinger also developed his other passion: a love of nature and a sense — instilled by his Jesuit teachers — that we are all responsible for the planet. “They were totally focused on stewardship,” he remembers. “That you had 100 percent responsibility for creating a human society and for caring for nature.”Following graduation, Czinger attended Yale, where he played football under Carm Cozza, who coached the team from 1965 to 1996. Cozza gushed over Czinger in his 1999 book, True Blue, writing, “Kevin Czinger was the toughest kid to play football at Yale in my 32 years as head coach.Divergent 3D partners with SLM Solutions Group to develop specific metal 3D printing hardware and software.Image credit: Divergent 3D“No question about it,” Cozza’s memoir continued. “He was also the most unusual personality, probably the outstanding overachiever, maybe the brightest student, and definitely the scariest individual.”Scary? “When I say Kevin was tough,” Cozza wrote, “ I mean he was competitive to the point of obsession, and loyal almost to a fault.”Czinger earned his BA from Yale, followed by a law degree from Yale Law School in 1987.A rebellious streak”I was always rebellious against authority,” Czinger says. But then came his stint in the Marines Corp. Reserves — inspired by his parents and brother who served in the armed forces — from 1983 to 1992. There, the rebelliousness stopped. “What they did for me is [make me] say, ‘This is the context I’m in. The last thing I want to be is disruptive. I have to fit in here and support what the Marine Corps is doing.’“You have to understand context and be willing to discipline yourself for a greater aim.”That greater aim included interning with Goldman Sachs during law school, clerking for Judge Gerhard Gersell — who famously presided over the Watergate and Iran-Contra cases — then moving to a job as an assistant attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s office, Southern District of New York, under Rudy Giuliani, who of course would later become the city’s mayor.Relatively early in his tenure, the then-young attorney Czinger even led a case. He then made a return to Goldman Sachs, where he became the executive director of media, telecom and technology group, from 1991 to 1995.”Those things transformed me from someone who had zero public speaking skills — I was shy and nervous — into someone who could stand up, think on their feet in a logical way and address a broad range of people,” he says of those early years.Electric carsIn 2008, Czinger finally acted on his love of automobiles by moving away from both law and Wall Street to become co-founder of CODA Automotive, a company which produced electric vehicles.His experience at CODA ultimately led to the founding of Divergent 3D, but first, Czinger had to fail.CODA aimed to create electric vehicles for the Chinese market by converting an existing Chinese sedan to electric power, but Czinger found that the associated economic details were not in the company’s favor. “If you look at electric cars, autonomous vehicles — all of these programs people are talking about — these are all lower-volume vehicle programs,” he points out.He says he wanted the company to change course, but because he had raised so much funding and given away equity, his share of the company had become minimal. So, in 2011, Czinger left CODA to start researching the concepts that would eventually become Divergent 3D.A divergent pathWhile researching his next move, Czinger found studies, primarily the aforementioned UN report, that detailed the environmental impact of automobile manufacturing. He also found inspiration in Stephen Emmott’s book, Ten Billion, which predicts a global calamity once the world population reaches 10 billion.”By 2025 we’ll have 8 billion people in an industrialized world that’s scaling up,” Czinger says, ominously. “We’re going to look [back] at that 120-year period where we built 2 billion vehicles, and in the next 30 to 35 years we’re going to build 4 billion-plus vehicles, which on average are 50 percent heavier.“So, we’re going to, in a fraction of the time, triple the number of vehicles ever manufactured in the history of the planet.”He continues: “From a materials and energy standpoint, you’re looking at a magnitude difference in environmental destruction. That means that the way we design and manufacture vehicles is critical to our survival.”This fact reflects the sobering reality that electric vehicles can be as detrimental to the environment as gas-powered ones — and Czinger isn’t the only one saying that: Ozzie Zehner, author of Green Illusions, declared that, “Moving from petroleum-fueled vehicles to electric cars begins to look more and more like shifting from one brand of cigarettes to another.”Related: Meet the Entrepreneurs Driving the Edible Insect MovementCzinger says that once he started looking into the problem, he knew that an incremental solution wouldn’t be good enough. There needed to be a way to eliminate the specific machine tooling and long assembly lines currently used to manufacture vehicles, he reasoned. That solution? 3D printing.Divergent showed off its 3D-printed car, the Blade, at CES 2017.Image credit: Divergent 3D”The dream of car engineering is to look end to end at a vehicle and only pick the materials that are perfectly optimized for each segment,” he says. “That’s what [3D printing] allows you to do.”Divergent got PSA on board after it shaved about 150 kilograms off a Peugeot 308 and reduced its number of structural parts by more than 75 percent. Not only that, Czinger says, but the updated version of the car won a better crash rating.Lifelong learnerDuring our interview, Czinger tends to give lengthy answers involving technical descriptions. He even expresses gratitude to the Carnegie Library System in Cleveland, where he spent weekends as a kid reading for entire afternoons — his favorite pastime growing up.Clearly, he’s a lifelong learner. And, today, he says, when tasked to learn something new, he takes a similar approach to those library days of his youth: reading and more reading.”The reality is you can teach yourself anything,” Czinger says. “First, I do a general survey of what the literature is, to understand what people are thinking; and then if I find particular people that I want to talk to, I’ll talk to them.”Still, while all that idealistic stuff about fighting climate change is Divergent’s mission, Czinger has his feet planted firmly on planet Earth. He knows Divergent is a business first.”The most internal discipline you can possibly have, because you are wanting to change the world, you have to look out and say, ‘I’m not going to change anything if I run out of money,'” Czinger says. “I’m not going to change anything if I don’t survive. I have to make sure that we maintain our survival.”Meanwhile, he says he doesn’t see Divergent as an extension of himself. “My ego doesn’t depend on this company,” he says.“Whether my life is successful or not doesn’t depend on this company. I’m going to give it, like, an enormous, crazy, crazy, crazy effort because I’m a competitive person and I think this is the right thing to do. But, as a human being, this is not about ‘me.’ The most important thing is to be a good person and have those relationships.”He adds, “If I thought this was about making more money or being cool, I would not do it for a second, believe me.” June 15, 2017 12 min read Enroll Now for $5 Image credit: Divergent 3D News Director Stephen J. Bronner –shares Cars Add to Queue How This $28 Million Startup Hopes to Save the World With 3D Printing Next Article Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Jay Leno and Kevin Czinger pose with Divergent’s Blade while filming a segment for ‘Jay Leno’s Garage.’last_img read more

RetailMeNots Primer for Savings The 2019 Guide to Prime Day and Back

first_img Marketing Technology NewsMichelle SkupinNewsRetailMeNot Previous ArticleShuttlerock Wins Facebook Storyteller Award at CannesNext ArticleQualcomm and ZTE to Advance 5G Cloud Gaming on Live Networks RetailMeNot’s Primer for Savings: The 2019 Guide to Prime Day and Back to School PRNewswireJune 26, 2019, 7:54 pmJune 26, 2019 RetailMeNot predicts that more than 250 retailers will participate in Prime Day-related promotions in 2019, a 30% year-over-year growthPrime Day marks the kickoff to the back-to-school shopping season, and RetailMeNot data indicates shoppers are hunting for the best deals earlier than ever. Now in its anticipated fifth year, Prime Day has morphed into something bigger than just a big sales day for Amazon: It has become a new holiday for the retail industry with deals and offers from several hundred retailers who are also looking to increase sales.Marketing Technology News: Haoqipei Secures US $60 Million in Series D Funding to Further Accelerate Growth of its Online B2B Auto Parts MarketplacePrimed for DealsThe Prime Day time period is an opportunity for all retailers. In fact, 84% of retailers say the week surrounding Prime Day is the most important time for driving online sales during the entire back-to-school shopping season. These retailers are smart in trying to gain market share, because the data says:64% of parents will be shopping on Prime Day in 2019.Parents plan to spend $162 on Amazon Prime Day, doing an average of 35% of their total back-to-school shopping through Amazon.Additionally, RetailMeNot data reveals the number of Prime Day-related offers rose 45% in 2018, and predicts more than 250 retailers will offer deals on Prime Day or through the extended Prime week. Consumers have caught on to the savings available across retailers, and surveyed parents plan to shop at an average of 11 retailers during the Prime Day time period.“With the back-to-school shopping season starting with Prime Day, all retailers have an opportunity to capture early sales by participating in Prime-related promotions,” said Michelle Skupin, senior director marketing and communications, RetailMeNot. “Over the last few years, RetailMeNot data has shown an increase across the board in participating retailers, and consumers are ready to take advantage of the deals.”Marketing Technology News: Zeno Media and ADORA Cooperate on Strategic Marketing and Mobile App Content for Diaspora ListenersRetailers Prep for the Long HaulPrime Day has lengthened the back-to-school shopping season, and RetailMeNot data indicates peak shopping days across the three-month period will fall on Prime Day (#No. 1), the first weekend of August (#No. 2) and Labor Day weekend (#No. 3).Just over 3 in 5 (63%) parents will start their back-to-school shopping in July or earlier, and they plan to spend an average of $507 during the season, up from $465 in 2018. Additionally, half of parents (51%) report shopping for themselves while picking up back-to-school items.Retailers are responding accordingly:74% of retailers say they will invest more money in their back-to-school marketing in 2019.78% say their company will offer more discounts for back-to-school shoppers this year.In August, consumers are likely to spend 20% more in stores compared to the rest of the year, according to RetailMeNot data. In-store shoppers are best reached through mobile deals, as 73% of shoppers search for items to purchase on their mobile device.“Given the long season, retailers will need to prioritize their marketing spend and discounting activities across the three months to meet consumers where they are in the shopping journey. RetailMeNot data shows that pulsing promotions in accordance with peak shopping times will result in increased sales for retailers,” said Skupin.In fact, 69% of back-to-school shoppers say price is the biggest determining factor in the items they buy during back-to-school season.Marketing Technology News: Adaptive Ad Systems Completes Installation of New Ad-Insertion Equipment on National Cable TV Systems Adds 40,000 Additional Subscriberslast_img read more

The role of galaninlike peptide in regulating feeding behavior and energy metabolism

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Dec 25 2018Galanin-like peptide (GALP) is a short peptide made up of 60 amino acid residues. This sequence is homologous across several species. The hypothalamic arcuate nucleus is the place where GALP is produced. GALP has diverse physiological effects such as the regulation of feeding, energy metabolism, and reproductive behavior. Neurons that contain GALP also express leptin receptors; at the same time these neurons form a network in the hypothalamus and these contain various amounts of peptides that regulate their feeding behavior.Related StoriesDiet and physical exercise do not reduce risk of gestational diabetesNew protein target for deadly ovarian cancerMetabolic enzyme tied to obesity and fatty liver diseaseNew research has shown that, GALP consists of anti-obesity action when it comes to its role in consumption of food and nutrition. After the administration of GALP into the lateral ventricle a decline in the respiratory quotient was also found. It is inferred that because of GALP, lipid metabolism could be accelerated. This is a recently discovered physiological action for this peptide.In this review, recent research about how GALP regulates feeding and energy metabolism has been summarized. Attention on the regulation mechanism of lipid metabolism that takes place in peripheral tissues through the autonomic nervous system is also given. The effectiveness of the nasal administration of GALP is also presented from a perspective of basic research and clinical application.Source: https://benthamscience.com/last_img read more

New article outlines qualities that make a good psychotherapist

first_img Source:https://www.karger.com/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 21 2019You can study and get the best training, but it is unlikely that you are going to be a good psychotherapist unless you have the qualities that are outlined in an article in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics. In psychotherapy, clinician empathy is fundamental for guiding supporting behavior in response to the patient’s emotional plight.This study was developed to address clinicians’ profiles of dispositional empathy. Clinicians with active practice were recruited through professional associations. Participants completed a multidimensional measure of empathy evaluating: perspective taking (PT) measures the capacity to understand the perspective of others; fantasy (FS) measures the tendency to identify with characters from fictional situations, akin to PT; empathic concern (EC) measures feelings of compassion toward persons in distress; and personal distress (PD) measures self-oriented feelings of distress when facing others’ negative experiences.Related StoriesMild ecstasy use linked to greater empathy, PTSD researchEye-movement intervention reduces amygdala activity during recall of traumatic memoryMDMA has been shown to improve PTSD symptoms, but how?Twenty-three percent of the respondents scored below average levels in most scales suggesting a self-absorbed and under-regulated subgroup of clinicians, labeled “insecure self-absorbed.” Clinicians in this group likely perform rather poorly in both cognitive perspective-taking and in their emotional resonance with patients’ concerns, perhaps focusing largely on their own negative emotional reactions to others’ displays of distress. Twenty-six percent of the clinicians exhibited above-average levels compared to other profiles, suggesting a highly empathic group, labeled “empathic immersion.” Clinicians in this group tend to become immersed in others’ emotional experience and are oriented toward intuiting and identifying with the feelings of others. Average clinicians (38%) likely display adequate levels of emotional concern and perspective taking toward their patients, with occasional experiences of distress during sessions. The fourth group of clinicians (13%) revealed a “rational empathic” profile inclined to adopt an intellectual understanding of their patients’ perspectives (probably based on observations and clinical theories), without emotionally sampling or identifying with their experience.Based on these profiles, the “fit” between patients’ needs and clinicians’ empathic range and flexibility (i.e., how modifiable under given conditions) should be an area of future research. Indeed, the question of how to handle clinicians who appear empathically unfit is an important and thorny issue for the field to consider.last_img read more

New cause of serious aortic disease discovered

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Apr 4 2019Researchers have discovered that a family of lipids (fats) contribute to the development of a serious aortic disease, by driving clotting in the blood vessel wall.The findings could lead to the development of new treatments for this potentially life threatening condition.The team, led by researchers at Cardiff University, in collaboration with colleagues at Oxford and Erlangen, discovered that the lipids, called eoxPL, promote the development of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) – a disease of the aorta where inflammation causes damage and can ultimately lead to rupture.When AAA ruptures, uncontrolled internal bleeding can lead to death within minutes; only about 2 in 10 people survive. Many aneurysms are not detected until they rupture, and for those that are, treatments to stop them progressing are limited. Men aged 65 and over are most at risk of developing AAAs.Related StoriesScientists turn type A blood into universal type O, potentially doubling blood transfusion stocksSchwann cells capable of generating protective myelin over nerves finds researchOlympus Europe and Cytosurge join hands to accelerate drug development, single cell researchProfessor Valerie O’Donnell, Co-Director of Systems Immunity Research Institute at Cardiff University, who led the research, said: “After discovering new lipids that promote blood clotting we wondered if they also played a part in AAA, as we know the condition is linked to blood clotting.”Our research found that these lipids in circulating blood cells did promote AAA formation in the vessel wall, because they directly regulate blood clotting.”Unexpectedly, when administered into the blood system, the same lipids were also found to have preventative properties because rather than being made by circulating blood cells in the vessel wall they instead mop up clotting factors, causing them to be removed from circulation and preventing disease.”Professor Jeremy Pearson, Associate Medical Director at the British Heart Foundation, which funded the research, added: “An AAA is not usually found before a life-threatening rupture occurs, and there is no routine treatment to prevent them. However, screening is offered to men from 65 years of age, which involves a simple 10-15 minute ultrasound scan.”This research gives us a new understanding of the biological links between blood clotting and the development of an AAA. The findings also suggest that to stop blood clotting from happening, whether directly or by blocking the formation of these lipids, could be an effective way to reduce the risk of rupture in people where screening reveals an AAA.”The study ‘Phospholipid membranes drive abdominal aortic aneurysm development through stimulating coagulation factor activity’ is published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and a review article on the new lipids was also published this month in Science Signaling. Source:https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/news/view/1472495-researchers-uncover-new-cause-of-abdominal-aortic-aneurysmlast_img read more

Japans new Airbnb law a doubleedged sword

first_img Explore further © 2018 AFP 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. Rental platforms like Airbnb are hoping for a boost from a new law coming into force next month in Japan ahead of an expected surge in demand for the 2020 Olympics, but experts warn it could actually hamper business in the short-term. Currently anyone renting out a room risks falling foul of the law but short-term rentals will be legalised on June 15, clearing up a legal grey area.But the new law also introduces fresh restrictions, dismaying many who rent out rooms to tourists via Airbnb or similar platforms.Would-be renters will have to register their lodgings with the authorities and the new law limits total overnight stays to 180 days per year.The new legislation allows local authorities to impose their own restrictions too.The tourist-magnet of Kyoto, for example, has said it will only permit rentals in residential areas between mid-January and mid-March, the low season for tourist arrivals.Jake Wilczynski, Airbnb spokesman for Asia-Pacific, told AFP the new laws are a “clear sign that Japan is buying in to the idea of short-term rentals for individuals”.But many have cancelled reservations or simply taken their lodgings off the platform.”Under the new law, Airbnb hosts will not be able to accommodate guests as easily as before. I hope this doesn’t put the bar too high for us,” 41-year-old Nobuhide Kaneda, who rents out a room in Tokyo, told AFP.On an Airbnb discussion forum, an Australian host identifying herself as Narelle wrote: “I am… becoming frustrated that no one knows what is required.””I also feel the three-month timeframe to organise a notification number is unrealistic.”‘Waiting for instructions’Airbnb does not say how many properties on its platform already comply with the new laws but does not deny there have been some teething problems.Wilczynski said the firm was “in the process of discussing the issue with the Japanese Tourism Agency”.”We are waiting for instructions,” said the spokesman for Airbnb, which has informed its members of the legal changes.Despite the new restrictions, there is a huge potential market for short-term rentals as the country gears up for Tokyo 2020 and the Rugby World Cup the previous year. There will likely be strong demand for short term rentals during the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo In Denmark, Airbnb to report hosts’ rent to tax authorities Airbnb rentals have boomed in recent years, driven by an increase in tourism and a surprising lack of hotel infrastructure. With around 60,000 listings, Airbnb dominates the Japanese vacation rental market, even though it lags far behind many countries in Europe—France, for example, has 450,000 listings.And demand is poised to rise as Japan targets an influx of 40 million visitors in 2020 when it hosts the Summer Olympics—up from 29 million last year.Yasuhiro Kamiyama, CEO of Hyakusenrenma, a local firm that manages 2,000 private rentals, said the new law will begin to “normalise Japan’s Airbnb market”.He hopes to have 30,000 rental properties on his books by 2020.Mizuho, a research institute, said that “vacation rental services are unlikely to rapidly expand after (the law’s) introduction. But the potential needs are great among foreign tourists, particularly from Asia.”However, the loosening of the law will also open the door to fierce competition.E-commerce giant Rakuten is planning to launch a property rental site as soon as it comes into effect and telecom group KDDI has also set up a reservation platform.Hotel chains will also be stepping up their game, building new sites to counter “the risk of a shortage” come 2020, according to a recent research note from Mizuho. ‘Noisy neighbours’An additional problem faced by potential hosts is opposition from neighbours, who worry about noise from holidaymakers or security.According to Japanese media, there have been several cases of management companies or co-owners banning sub-lets in their buildings.Soichi Taguchi, a Japanese tourism official, said the new laws were “urgently needed to ensure public health and prevent trouble with local residents”.But Airbnb called such incidents “extremely rare”, and Hyakusenrenma’s CEO said “all the problems have stemmed from illegal rentals because neighbours did not know who was operating them”.In a bid to overcome such local difficulties, some platforms offer extra services to manage rentals, such as providing the welcome to guests, handing over keys and showing them around the property.Airbnb has forged a partnership with a service provider which registers properties with local authorities, and arranges wireless internet and cleaning after the rental. Citation: Japan’s new ‘Airbnb law’: a double-edged sword (2018, May 20) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-japan-airbnb-law-double-edged-sword.html Nobuhide Kaneda (left) rents his apartment to Max Ikeda (back right), a Ukrainian-Japanese living in Hiroshimalast_img read more

Apple on the environment Doing right for the planet is good for

first_img Citation: Apple on the environment: Doing right for the planet is good for business (2019, April 12) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-apple-environment-planet-good-business.html Apple is all in on addressing climate change. ©2019 USA Today Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Ahead of Earth Day, Apple announced progress on some of its latest green initiatives, notably that it has nearly doubled the number of suppliers that have committed to run their Apple production on 100% clean energy, bringing the total number of those suppliers to 44.This means Apple will exceed its goal of bringing 4 gigawatts of renewable energy into its supply chain by 2020, with more than an additional gigawatt on the grid projected within that timeframe.For context, 5 gigawatts of clean energy powers about 1.5 million homes in the U.S., says Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives, who had been administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency under President Barack Obama.A year ago, Apple announced that all of its global facilities are powered by 100% renewable energy. For the third year in a row, it has reduced its carbon footprint.Apple also said it has achieved major progress to address environmental solutions by allocating all $2.5 billion in its previously announced green bonds. Through such allocations, Apple has contributed to 40 environment initiatives around the world, including includes projects it has created to cover its entire electricity load. As of this past January, around 66 percent of the renewable energy Apple uses comes from these endeavors.The green bonds support various projects like solar rooftops in Japan, an aquifer to conserve water in Oregon and the creation of a custom alloy made of 100 percent recycled aluminum ore that is now found in Apple’s latest MacBook Air and Mac mini computers.Shortly after the U.S. pulled out of the Paris climate accord in 2017, “we wanted the world to know that we, Apple, are still in and still committed to tackling the challenge of climate change,” Jackson says. She added that there is increased urgency by people, many who are younger, to tackle climate issues.”We need to demonstrate that this is doable, possible and done and not keep talking about why it can’t happen. And I think we’re going to see more and more of that as climate change starts to take a toll on communities around the world.”Activism is already on display elsewhere.On Wednesday, for example, more than 4,200 Amazon employees calling themselves Amazon Employees for Climate Justice wrote an open letter to CEO Jeff Bezos asking the company to adopt a shareholder resolution and release a company-wide climate plan. Among other principles, the group wants Amazon to completely move away from fossil fuels and to prioritize climate impact when making business decisions.”In our mission to become ‘Earth’s most customer-centric company,’ we believe our climate impact must be a top consideration in everything we do. We have the power to shift entire industries, inspire global action on climate, and lead on the issue of our lifetimes,” the letter read.Amazon has not yet responded to a USA TODAY email request for comment.For her part, Jackson of Apple believes the private sector has a role and that governments need to move faster. She says one of the toughest sectors to move on climate issues is manufacturing.”We think we have a unique opportunity to move the planet forward by using our voice and lending support of strong climate action and working to send a clear message to lawmakers that renewable energy is good for business,” she says. “We find ways for companies to do this where it’s fine for their bottom line. (And) to dispel this notion that somehow doing right by the climate and the planet is somehow bad for business. It’s not.” Apple turns green, claiming ‘100% clean energy’center_img Credit: CC0 Public Domain 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. Explore furtherlast_img read more