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first_img Brazil Chile Colombia Mexico Peru Czech Republic Egypt Hungary Morocco Poland Russia S. Africa Turkey Europe, Middle East, Africa China India Indonesia Korea Malaysia Philippines Taiwan Thailand Asia Source: Bloomberg So, a rise in the Index implies an increase in the production of food, electricity, housing, and steel, and points to future global economic growth. As shown in the above chart, the BDI has doubled since early August and tripled year to date. A big slowdown in global economic activity doesn’t seem to be in the cards. A Good Story The facts, however, seldom present an obstacle that a good media story can’t overcome. Such was the case with the media-induced, emerging-market selloff ahead of the Fed’s anticipated “taper” announcement. The story—or at least a chapter from it—went something like this: Emerging markets are carrying big current account deficits… any twist of the Fed’s liquidity spigot will slow the flow of Western capital into emerging economies and aggravate the deficits… a rise in interest rates would ensue… higher rates will slow economic growth… better to sell emerging markets and their currencies ahead of these events. The sand in the ointment that lubricated the media jaws is that “emerging markets” is not a homogenized thing, but an array of countries with distinct economic and fiscal profiles. For a real-world perspective, let’s look at the 21 emerging markets as defined by the MSCI Market Index. Here they are, sorted by region, with countries that run a current account deficit shown in red, and those with a surplus shown in green: The skies were clear as we started final approach into Changi International Airport. Still several kilometers out in the Singapore Strait, dozens of container ships sat idle, tethered to the seabed, and seemed to stretch clear to Batam Island, part of the Indonesian archipelago. Each ship formed part of a nautical queue and waited its turn for cargo to be transshipped or offloaded at Singapore’s port terminals. Singapore is the world’s second-busiest port in terms of cargo tonnage, and number one for the transshipment of cargo. This volume of traffic and trade has turned the Singapore Strait into a major link in one of the world’s most strategic shipping lanes that connects the South China Sea with the Strait of Malacca, and all destinations west. The above anecdotal observation from my window seat aligns with recent action in the Baltic Dry Index (BDI). The BDI is an indirect measure of global supply and demand for shipping capacity. The index acts as a leading indicator in that it measures the demand for “dry” commodities (grain, coal, timber, ores) that are the raw materials used in intermediate and finished-goods manufacture. America’s Hmmm… I see a pattern here. The farther east you look, the greener it gets. It’s pretty obvious that most Asian markets were smeared as card-carrying members of the current-account-deficit club, a grossly inaccurate generalization. Indonesia, by the way, hiked interest rates in early September and revised its GDP estimate for 2013 lower to 6%, a growth rate that countries in the left and center columns of the table are yearning to achieve. Without Us, You’re Toast In 1965, Singapore, following a decade of strife to attain self-rule, became an independent nation. The thumb of British colonial occupation was lifted. The prognosis from the foreign press was immediate and unequivocal: Singapore was doomed. The only question was when. Britain had agreed to maintain its military bases in the country, the primary source of security and economic support for the fledgling country. The bases were a hundred-million-pound burden on the British treasury—closure was inevitable. A British withdrawal from Singapore was compared to the decline of the Roman Empire, where law and order collapsed as the Roman legions retreated and barbarians filled the vacuum. The latest round of emerging-market skepticism, concocted and perpetuated by an ill-informed Western media, embodies the nauseating ideal of Anglo-exceptionalism and is reminiscent of the “you can’t make it without us” conceit of the 20th century. Singapore is not an emerging market, of course, but it was, having clawed its way from backwater trading post in the hinterlands of the British Empire to today’s economic and financial powerhouse. Other Asian nations are following the path it trod, and intra-emerging-market export trends and demographics suggest that the region’s growth story is far from over.last_img read more

Every week in Murfreesboro Tenn Zibin Guo guide

first_imgEvery week in Murfreesboro, Tenn., Zibin Guo guides veterans in wheelchairs through slow-motion tai chi poses as a Bluetooth speaker plays soothing instrumental music.”Cloudy hands to the right, cloudy hands to the left,” he tells them. “Now we’re going to open your arms, grab the wheels and 180-degree turn.”The participants swivel about-face and continue to the next pose. Guo, a medical anthropologist at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, has modified his tai chi to work from a seated position. Even though many of the participants are not wheelchair-bound, using the mobile chairs makes it easier for them to get through a half-hour of movement.The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has given $120,000 in grant money to Guo to spread his special wheelchair tai chi curriculum. He started in Chattanooga, and has expanded his class offerings to Murfreesboro.This idea of going beyond prescriptions — and especially beyond opioids — in dealing with different sorts of pain and trauma has become a focus of the VA nationally.In Tennessee, nearly a quarter of all VA patients with an active medical prescription were on opioids in 2012. That number is now down to 15 percent, but that’s still higher than in most other parts of the country.According to a national survey from 2015, nearly every VA hospital now offers some kind of alternative health treatment — like yoga, mindfulness and art therapy.Guo is teaching people in a half dozen VA hospitals in Florida, Texas, Utah and Arizona to use his version of tai chi. He believes the focus on breathing and mindfulness — paired with manageable physical activity — can help ease a variety of ailments.”When you have a good amount of body harmony, people tend to engage in proactive life,” he says, “so that helps with all kinds of symptoms.”In addition to making a vet feel better physically, the VA also hopes these alternative therapies might help ease symptoms of conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder.Thomas Sales, of Nashville, Tenn., says his latest panic attack caught him by surprise. “Night before last, when we had the thunderstorm,” he says. “The thunder is a big trigger for some people.”It’s been 25 years after Sales fought in the first Gulf War with the Navy Special Warfare Command, and he still has panic attacks regularly.”You’ll find yourself flashing back to being out there with the fellas, and you’ll just kind of snap,” he says. “And I found myself, for some reason, thinking about doing the breathing techniques [from tai chi], and doing the ‘heaven and earth,’ and then breathing deep and slow.”Sales says he knows it must look crazy to some people when he reaches to the sky and then sweeps his arms to the ground. There was a time when he would have agreed. Most of the patients in this class had some skepticism going into the tai chi program. But Vietnam veteran Jim Berry of Spring Hill, Tenn., says he’s now convinced of its value.”My daughter sent me a t-shirt that sums it up,” he says. “Tai chi is more than old folks chasing trees.”Berry credits meditation and tai chi with helping him quit smoking. “No cigarettes for three months now,” he says.Zarita Croney, a veteran with the National Guard, says tai chi has helped her with chemical dependency. She now makes the nearly two-hour drive from Hopkinsville, Ky., to Murfreesboro each week, and has reduced her use of pills for pain.”My whole life … revolved around, ‘Oh shoot, when can I take my next pill?’ ” Croney recalls. “I’ve gone from about 90 percent of my day being on my bed to being able to come out and be social.”The VA has been aggressively trying to wean vets off high-powered opioids — using prescription data as a key measurement to judge how its hospitals across the country are doing with that goal.The VA acknowledges that there’s little evidence at this point that tai chi or mindfulness therapy or acupuncture will ease PTSD or addiction, though recently there has been research into the quality of life benefits of tai chi among the elderly.But physicians say they suspect many of the opioisa aren’t always helping veterans either, and the drugs carry more risks.Aaron Grobengieser, who oversees alternative medicine at the VA hospital in Murfreesboro, says tai chi won’t replace medication. But it might help reduce prescriptions, and the agency plans to start measuring that.”I believe this is going to be an avenue,” he says, “to really help address that group of folks [who are] looking for ways to manage those types of conditions without popping another pill.”This story is part of NPR’s reporting partnership with Nashville Public Radio and Kaiser Health News. Copyright 2018 Nashville Public Radio. To see more, visit Nashville Public Radio.last_img read more

When youre thirsty a swig of fresh water brings

first_imgWhen you’re thirsty, a swig of fresh water brings instant relief. But gulp down some salty sea water and you’ll still feel parched.That’s because your brain is trying to keep the concentration of salt in your body within a very narrow range, says Zachary Knight, an associate professor in physiology at the University of California, San Francisco and an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.”If you experience, for example, a 10 percent change, you would be very sick,” he says. “A 20 percent change and you could die.”Knight and a team of researchers wanted to know how the brain keeps that from happening. They report the results of their search in an article published Wednesday in the journal Nature.”There has to be a mechanism for the brain to track how salty the solutions that you drink are and use that to fine-tune thirst,” Knight says. “But the mechanism was unknown.”So Knight’s team began studying brain cells known as thirst neurons.First, the team piped fresh water directly into the stomachs of some thirsty mice.”Within a minute or two, infusing water into the stomach rapidly turns off these thirst neurons in the brain,” says Chris Zimmerman, a graduate student in Knight’s lab who conducted the experiment. “And not only that,” Zimmerman says, “if we give [the mouse] access to water it doesn’t drink at all.”Next the team repeated the experiment, using salty water. And this time, the thirst neurons stayed on and the animals kept searching for fresh water that would reduce the concentration of salt in their bodies.More study revealed how the system works. Cells in the gut are constantly measuring saltiness and communicating that information to thirst neurons in the brain.”What’s really exciting about this is not only that we’ve discovered this new signal from the gut to the brain, but also that we’ve found that it has a really specific role in controlling our behavior,” Zimmerman says.A second study in Nature looks at a different system that also affects salt intake.”We wanted to know how sodium appetite is regulated by the brain,” says Yuki Oka, an assistant professor of biology at Caltech and an author of the study.The first thing Oka’s team did was use a technique called optogenetics to switch on the sodium appetite neurons.The effect on mice was immediate. “They pick up a piece of rock salt and then start eating it,” Oka says.When the team switched off the sodium appetite neurons, the animals stopped eating salt.But how does this system work when there’s no scientist flipping the switch?Previous research has shown that part of the answer involves cells that measure salt concentrations in the bloodstream.But Oka’s team figured that likely wasn’t the whole answer, because animals need only a tiny amount of sodium in their diet. So they need to stop eating salt long before concentrations in blood start rising.The scientists thought there must be a second “off switch” somewhere — one that could be flipped sooner.They found it in the animals’ taste buds.”When you put sodium-salt on top of the tongue, and then, when you taste it, that’s sufficient to suppress sodium appetite neurons,” Oka says. That’s how we know to stop eating salt before we’ve consumed a harmful dose.And sports drinks, the UCSF scientists explain, contain exactly the same concentration of sodium found in our bodies; that’s how the drinks replace sodium without triggering the brain’s “stop eating salt” response. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

Doctors at Wake Forest Baptist Health have develop

first_imgDoctors at Wake Forest Baptist Health have developed an iPad app that assists in colon cancer screening tests. The software puts some decision-making power into patients’ hands. It’s called mobile Patient Technology for Health – or mPATH-CRC for short. It lets patients “self-order” a colon cancer screening test while they’re in the waiting room. Colon cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S., but over one-third of those eligible to be screened don’t get the test.The National Cancer Institute has awarded $1.6 million in grant funds for further testing of the technology in clinics across North Carolina and Kentucky.Dr. David Miller is a professor at Wake Forest School of Medicine, and a leading researcher on the study. “What this grant funding will let us do is figure out how to get this iPad intervention — which we know works, we know it doubles the chance that people will complete colon cancer screening tests — and actually get it put into routine use in primary care practices,” says Miller.Miller also says that the mPATH-CRC application is an extension, not a replacement, for a physician’s advice.last_img read more

Access to Files Across the Miles

first_img Enroll Now for $5 January 15, 2010 Jason Ankeny Magazine Contributor –shares Google Android OS Egnyte enables mobile entrepreneurs to do more without an office. Next Article 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. Access to Files Across the Miles This story appears in the February 2010 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » 2 min read Given that the whole raison d’être of mobile technology is doing stuff on the go, it’s no surprise to learn that half of small businesses regularly use smartphones to conduct business, according to a recent study conducted by Decision Analyst. Not only that, but a quarter of entrepreneurs tell the Arlington, Texas, market research firm they now use their smartphone more often than their computer. Whether your smartphone is an old-school BlackBerry device or a new-hotness touchscreen handset running on Google’s Android operating system, Egnyte enables you do even more away from the office. Its m-Drive user interface guarantees secure and ubiquitous remote access to all your business data, requiring no additional software purchase or installation on your phone.Egnyte’s on-demand server offers both Mac and PC users online file storage, file-sharing functionality and automatic backup in one solution–any data stored on the server is now accessible via BlackBerry and Android m-Drive user interfaces optimized for both keypads and touchscreens, giving businesses the tools to navigate folder hierarchies and open and share files.Egnyte introduced m-Drive in late 2008, when the firm launched Egnyte 2.0 for Apple’s iPhone, rolling out a series of file-sharing and document collaboration options, including colleague and client access to designated folders as well as e-mail attachments and version control for multiple-file iterations.A few more mobile innovations like this, and you’ll never have to return to the office again. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Growth Strategies Add to Queuelast_img read more

CoSchedule Launches Marketing Suite to Transform the Way Marketers Work

first_imgThe Family of Agile Marketing Tools Helps Marketers Publish More Work, Complete Projects on Time and Prove Value to StakeholdersCoSchedule, the fastest-growing marketing platform on the Inc. 5000 list and recognized on Gartner’s 2019 Magic Quadrant for Content Marketing Platforms, announced its new CoSchedule Marketing Suite . The Marketing Suite helps marketers stay focused, deliver projects on time and make their team happy.The strategic shift to build a unified marketing platform is the company’s direct response to marketers’ feedback and frustration with disconnected toolsets that cause marketing teams to waste time coordinating work rather than completing it.“We surveyed more than 3,000 marketers, and they unanimously shared the need to get more work done in less time,” said Garrett Moon, co-founder and CEO of CoSchedule. “The pressure for this productivity pushes them to adopt new technologies and processes. But in reality, we hear this only leads to siloed tools and teams. They’re frustrated. At CoSchedule, we call this ‘makeshift marketing.’ It’s the wasted effort marketers spend coordinating projects, managing spreadsheets and cobbling together single-function tools.”Marketing Technology News: Verve Releases SDK 4.0 To Supercharge The Revenue-Generating Power Of In-App InventoryThe CoSchedule Marketing Suite brings together a work management, content marketing, social media management and digital asset management toolset built upon a marketing calendar foundation. This family of agile tools is designed to provide unprecedented visibility into marketing operations with a single source of truth for all marketing activities.“Our mission is to end makeshift marketing, so we decided to build a completely new way for marketers to work,” said Moon. “The CoSchedule Marketing Suite brings together all the tools that marketers need on a daily basis and puts them in one place. It’s a monumental step and an exciting evolution for CoSchedule and our customers.”Marketing Technology News: Gigapaces Partners with Tableau to Accelerate Machine Learning and Data VisualizationCoSchedule’s Marketing Calendar is the cornerstone of the Marketing Suite. The platform includes four additional product offerings that build off the calendar.Content Organizer is content marketing software to drive strategy and growth.Social Organizer is social media management software to empower marketers with everything they need from publishing to measurement.Work Organizer is team collaboration software designed to help marketers manage and automate workflows.Asset Organizer is brand new digital asset management software designed to organize digital assets and share files with stakeholders.Promoting the value proposition “the only way to organize your marketing in one place,” CoSchedule saw it necessary to add new functionality into the platform to fulfill its promise. The Social Organizer includes all-new Social Conversations Inbox monitoring capabilities for engaging with followers, which makes the software a complete social media management solution. Asset Organizer is an entirely new product to the company as well, making the Marketing Suite a complete marketing project management solution.“Prior to CoSchedule, we were using tons of different tools,” said Sadie Rudolph, public relations director at Flint Group and long-time CoSchedule customer. “We were jumping from product to product and none of the things we were doing were working together. Because everything wasn’t in one place, I didn’t have a lot of visibility into what our team was working on.Marketing Technology News: Invoca Survey Finds Over Half of Consumers Only Offered Automated Communications By Brands Feel Frustrated When They’re Unable to Speak with a Live Person“The CoSchedule Marketing Suite lets us know what everyone is working on and when it’s going to get done, and it’s allowed us to consistently meet our deadlines,” said Rudolph. “Because we have visibility into every project, we’ve been able to drastically reduce wasted effort and produce more content.” Content Marketing PlatformsCoscheduleCoSchedule Marketing SuiteGartnerMagic QuadrantMarketing TechnologyNews Previous ArticleAmperity and Snowflake Partner to Help Joint Customers Power Customer 360 InitiativesNext ArticleConstant Contact Unveils New WooCommerce and Shopify Offerings at 2019 Internet Retailer Conference CoSchedule Launches Marketing Suite to Transform the Way Marketers Work PRNewswireJune 28, 2019, 4:52 pmJune 28, 2019 last_img read more

2020 Honda Urban EV Spied Testing Still Looks Adorable

first_img Honda Will Open Order Books For Urban EV In Early 2019 Honda Urban EV Rendered For Production Don’t you just want to hug it?Honda basically stole the show last year in Frankfurt when it introduced the Urban EV, a pint-sized concept of a pure electric hatchback with retrolicious design cues. More than just a simple tease, the adorable zero-emissions commuter car will be going into production and some of you will be able to order the road-going version in a few parts of the world as early as the beginning of next year.More Urban EV News Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on November 22, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Our spies were in the right place at the right time to grab the first set of images with the Urban EV undergoing testing in right-hand-drive prototype guise. While it still looks cute as a button, some big changes have been implemented as the small electric hatch has gained a pair of rear doors. It looks like these have so-called “hidden” door handles mounted next to the C-pillar. To make room for the rear doors, the front ones are now visibly narrower and open in a conventional way as opposed to the concept’s suicide doors. It looks like the flush door handles of the showcar are staying, but obviously moved to where you’d normally find them on a production model with standard doors.Interestingly, the prototype has tiny side cameras instead of conventional mirrors – a feature we’ll be seeing more of in the years to come following the launch of the mirrorless Lexus ES in Japan. Needless to say, it will take a while before cameras will be legal all over the world, so chances are the Urban EV will initially come with traditional mirrors in most countries. Source: Electric Vehicle Newscenter_img While the cutesy round headlights of the concept will have a correspondent on the production model, the showcar’s square taillights will be replaced by a round set to nicely mimic the front clusters. There are some cutouts in the camo on the tailgate, which might be there to make the reversing lights visible to traffic participants. At the front, there’s a bulge right in the middle of the petite hood. Like with the concept, it must be the panel that opens to provide access to the charging port. Photos: CarPix 9 photos We can’t quite see what’s inside the car, but from some angles, we can catch a glimpse of the dashboard. It looks like the concept’s giant display will trickle down to the production version, albeit there are probably some changes we cannot see right now because of the piece of fabric placed on top of the dash.Honda has been coy on technical specifications, but the rumor mill is suggesting range will stand at roughly 155 miles (250 kilometers). We will have all the juicy details closer to the production model’s launch slated to take place in Europe towards the end of 2019. Honda Urban EV Named Best Concept Car – 2018 Car Design Awardlast_img read more

Canadian maple syrup can be used as energy source during endurance exercise

first_imgAt QMSP, we have developed an International Maple Research and Innovation Network of renowned scientists dedicated to learning more about maple from Canada. Consumers love the taste of Canadian maple syrup and there is a growing body of evidence supporting the wider benefits of maple products for human health and exercise regimes.We are proud to be supporting the second Chemistry and Biological Effects of Maple Food Products Symposium at the largest gathering of the scientific community in the world.” Scientists from the University of Montreal studied cyclists for a clinical trial examining the effect of consuming maple products when exercising.It found maple water or syrup, with an equivalent carbohydrate content found in commercial sports drinks (60 g/L), can readily be used as a source of energy during endurance exercise.The study, the first maple human clinical trial, comprised 76 active males aged 18-45 during two hours of cycling immediately followed by a 20-km time trial. Supported by the Québec Maple Syrup Producers (QMSP) and Canadian Federal Government, the study also compared maple products’ sensory characteristics, including taste of maple water and diluted maple syrup during exercise, to those of a commercial sports drink. Results showed maple syrup to have less of an acidic taste than a commercial sports drink.Dr Jonathan Tremblay, Associate Professor at the University of Montreal, School of Kinesiology and Exercise Science, said: Source:https://maplescience.org/ Apr 3 2019Canadian maple syrup provides a pure energy source for endurance athletes and can help fight inflammation, according to new research published today.center_img Using a natural product that athletes enjoy and are inclined to drink more of during exercise can be key to maintaining fluid balance. Maple syrup beverages offer an excellent alternative to commercial beverages. Sports beverages made with pure maple syrup do not contain any processed sugars, are gluten-free, vegan and free of any coloring or additives.” The study was one of several into the potential positive impact of maple products on health-related issues and exercise endurance announced at the American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting and Expo in Orlando, Florida.Related StoriesA short bout of exercise improves brain function, study revealsIt’s never too late to take up exercise, advise researchersRegular physical activity can be effective in reducing pain from arthritisIn a separate study, researchers discovered bioactive compounds that naturally exist in maple syrup protect the body from some negative effects linked to inflammation.A diet including foods with polyphenols, such as pure Canadian maple syrup, green tea, red wine, and fruits and vegetables may help support a healthy immune system. Inflammation is a normal part of a healthy immune response. Uncontrolled, however, inflammation can contribute to tissue damage and has been linked to several pathological conditions. There are several ways to help prevent and fight chronic inflammation, like eating foods rich in polyphenols and maintaining healthy habits such as exercise.Dr Angela Slitt, professor at University of Rhode Island, College of Pharmacy and her team found a maple syrup extract enriched with polyphenols exerts anti-inflammatory activity.Serge Beaulieu, President of Québec Maple Syrup Producers (QMSP), said:last_img read more

GoFundMe scams I dont think anyones got their arms around it

first_img Desperate & duped? GoFundMe means big bucks for dubious care Jeremiah Jon Smith, 38, pleaded guilty Oct. 17 in Rice County District Court to theft by swindle, a felony. He admitted spending more than $23,000 raised for his medical bills through GoFundMe, an online fundraising platform, and benefit events.Swindles like the one Smith pulled raise the question of whether online fundraising is safe, consumer advocates said.”I don’t think anyone’s got their arms around it,” said Ira Rheingold, executive director of the National Association of Consumer Advocates in Washington. “And the GoFundMes of the world pooh-pooh it.”GoFundMe claims to have raised more than $5 billion since 2010 and says fraud on its website is minuscule. The company warns potential donors to give only to people they know.”GoFundMe is dedicated to empowering people to help people, and an overwhelming majority of campaigns on our platform are safe and legitimate,” the company said in a statement. “Fraudulent campaigns make up less than one-tenth of 1 percent of all campaigns.”In the rare instances where people create campaigns with the intention of taking advantage of others’ generosity, GoFundMe takes swift action to resolve the issue.”A GoFundMe spokeswoman said the company will refund donations if a campaign organizer or beneficiary is charged with a crime. The company also may refund donations of up to $1,000 if its own investigation finds “misuses” of donations.Scams have always been with us, said Christina Tetreault a staff attorney with Consumers Union, a nonprofit based in Yonkers, N.Y.”I would say that the mode is new, but the scams are old,” Tetreault said during a panel discussion on peer-to-peer payments sponsored by the Federal Trade Commission.But the fact that fraud is taking place on the internet doesn’t make it any less prosecutable, said Prentiss Cox, an associate professor at the University of Minnesota Law School and the former head of consumer protection with the Minnesota attorney general’s office.”There are three kinds of consumer protection cases: scum, scam and skim. And this is scum,” Cox said of the cancer swindle. “If someone lies about cancer to take money from people, that’s just scum.”And the most effective way to stop it is to make sure people know that if they’re going to do this, they’re going to jail.”That apparently won’t happen in Smith’s cases. He’s scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 9 in Rice County District Court. His plea agreement calls for no jail time, 10 years of probation, full restitution to identifiable victims and 480 hours of community service.Rheingold said GoFundMe and other fundraising platforms have a duty to ensure their campaigns are legitimate, because the platforms make money from them.”What level of duty do they have to the consumers who use it?” he said. “I would argue pretty strenuously that if somebody is using their platform and committing fraud, they need to demonstrate that they have engaged in some level of due diligence.”Adrienne Gonzalez runs a site called GoFraudMe that tracks GoFundMe scams. Gonzalez, of Richmond, Va., said she’s uncovered more than 220 scams in just over three years. GoFundMe has been better at taking down fraudulent campaigns, she said, but the site still relies on users to report suspected fraud.”GoFundMe says they’re the safest fundraising platform,” Gonzalez said. “I’m just over here on the other side, saying, ‘Look, these things happen.’?” ©2018 Star Tribune (Minneapolis) Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Citation: GoFundMe scams: ‘I don’t think anyone’s got their arms around it’ (2018, October 30) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-gofundme-scams-dont-arms.html 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 further A Faribault, Minn., man has admitted faking cancer and spending the money raised for medical bills on marijuana, liquor, video games and dart tournaments.last_img read more

Researcher sees potential in generating energy from vibrations

first_img Citation: Researcher sees potential in generating energy from vibrations (2019, March 8) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-potential-energy-vibrations.html As an aerospace engineer who specializes in designing structures to avoid destructive vibrations, it was only natural for Levin to approach the quest for sustainable energy by applying what he knows about flutter and limit cycle oscillations, or LCO. Because of its potential to cause structural failure, flutter is nearly always engineered out of structures. “Usually flutter is not desirable,” said Levin. “But sometimes violent flutter can turn into moderate LCO, which will cause no failure, and this can be useful.” Levin wanted to explore the potential of harnessing the energy generated by flutter, and he took a six-month detour from his dissertation work, with the support of his advisor.Levin set up an experiment in the aeroelasticity lab’s wind tunnel, using a thin aluminum plate and piezoelectric elements, which generate voltage in response to mechanical stressors like flutter. He found that by increasing the vibrations’ frequency and amplitude, creating more curvature in the vibrational motion, using efficient piezoelectric elements and reducing air speed, he could squeeze the most power from the motion of the plate—sometimes increasing efficiency by more than 200 percent. Are large-scale flutter farms in our future? Probably not, said Levin. “My vision for this is, maybe you go on a long hike, on a cloudy day. You don’t have any solar power to charge your phone. But you do have a folded generator in your bag that you can take out, let it catch the breeze as you hike, and it can charge your phone. You can go even further and combine solar and wind. It’s scalable and useful. And,” he added jokingly, “it doesn’t involve scary mathematics. We’re using something that is so simple and so basic—at least for an aerospace engineer.”Levin will present his project, titled “Improving Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting from an Aeroelastic System,” at the International Forum on Aeroelasticity and Structural Dynamics in Savannah, Georgia in June of 2019. Provided by Duke University 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. Credit: Duke Universitycenter_img “Everyone is trying to get free energy—from the wind, from the waves, from the sun,” said Dani Levin, a Duke MEMS Ph.D. student in the lab of Professor Earl Dowell. Scientists harvest energy from beam’s self-induced, self-sustaining vibrations in airflow Explore furtherlast_img read more

AP gets separate HC from January 1

first_imgSHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT Published on Andhra Pradesh gets a separate High Court from the New Year’s Day and the court will be temporarily housed in the Chief Minister’s camp office here.Chief Justice Pravin Kumar, along with other judges of AP High Court, will be administered the Oath of Office at the Indira Gandhi municipal stadium on Tuesday morning.The AP High Court staff arrived at Amaravati on Tuesday from Hyderabad in three private buses.According to Municipal Administration Minister P. Narayana, the construction of the city civil courts building is currently underway at Nelapadu and it would be completed by the end of the month after which the High Court would shift there. He said sixteen court halls, 12 on the first floor, would be ready by the end of the month. He said the temporary court complex would have 2.70 lakh sq. ft built-up area and it was being built at a cost of ₹150 crores.He complained that the Union Government had issued the order notifying the shifting of the High Court without giving the State Government due notice. Nevertheless, all attempts were being made to expedite the works and provide the facilities to the judges and other staff, he said. SHARE January 01, 2019 COMMENTSlast_img read more

US experts suspect ISI role in Pulwama terrorist attack

first_imgArmy jawans stand guard at the site of an explosion in Lethpora Pulwama district south Kashmir. Photo: Nissar Ahmad   –  The Hindu Published on The involvement of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) in Thursday’s terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir has raised serious questions about the role of the Pakistani spy agency, ISI, in it, American experts on South Asia said.The Pakistan-based JeM has claimed responsibility for the attack that left at least 37 personnel dead and many critically wounded. The experts said the terror strike shows the United States (US) has failed to persuade Pakistan to act against Jaish-e-Mohammad and other terrorist groups.“The self-proclaimed involvement of JeM in the attack raises serious questions about the role of the ISI in supporting the masterminds of this operation,” Bruce Riedel, a former Central Investigation Agency (CIA) analyst, saidThe terrorist attack, which has direct footprints inside Pakistan, poses the first major challenges to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, said Riedel, who is now a scholar at the Brookings Institute think-tank. “This will be a real challenge for Imran Khan, the first serious challenge of his administration,” he said.Anish Goel, a former National Security Council (NSC) official in the previous Obama administration, said the horrific attack highlights just how actively Pakistan-based terrorist groups still operate in Kashmir.By claiming such quick credit for the attack, Jaish-e-Mohammed is clearly indicating that they will continue to cause trouble in the region and stoke tensions between Pakistan and India, he said.In the wake of this attack, there will likely be increased pressure on Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi to take action against all militant groups still active in Kashmir,” said Goel.Alyssa Ayres from the Council on Foreign Relations said, “Unfortunately, the attack also shows the limits of the US and international policy efforts to date to persuade Pakistan to take serious action against these groups. The urgent question is what else the international community can do. According to Moeed Yusuf from the US Institute of Peace, the current situation has all the making of an India-Pakistan crisis. Prime Minister Modi cannot take it lying down but Pakistan isn’t going to be able to absorb any Indian action either. Things are simply too tense between India and Pakistan, he said.Ironically, the biggest deterrent to any escalation is the presence of Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman in the region, he said. “Salman arrives in Pakistan Friday and is coming to India too. His visit will be seriously overshadowed. The Saudi relationship is too important for either side to want that to happen,” he noted.I think the damage to India-Pakistan relations is going to be immense — even if the situation doesn’t escalate. The hope was that India and Pakistan will get back to talking after the Indian elections later this year. I think the hawks on both sides are going to make it very difficult for that to happen now, Yusuf said. Terrorist attacks as in Kashmir are not possible without an ideology or theology that justifies terrorism and brainwashes its followers that massacring others leads a person to paradise. The terrorist mindset must be removed along with the terrorist infrastructure on the ground, said noted Hindu scholar David Frawley.The latest attack by JeM is another example of how Pakistan’s intelligence services continue to sponsor terrorist incursions into India, Washington-based Hindu American Foundation said.While it’s heartening to see that a wide swath of the international community is unequivocally condemning the attack, such statements of solidarity must be backed up by actions which help bring to an end the ability of such terrorist groups to kill with impunity and destabilize the region, the foundation said.Overseas Friends of BJP (OFBJP)-USA in a statement demanded that United Nations (UN) designate Masood Azhar as global terrorist.China should be ashamed of itself in blocking Azhar’s ban at the UN. The Indian diaspora demands that if Pakistan is sincere in seeking peace with India, it should arrest Maulana Masood Azhar and his cohorts and disband all terrorist organisations station in Pakistan. “Pakistan is a pariah nation anyhow and if it wants to exist in the real world, it should not play games, resort to lies, and abet terrorism. It should get rid of all terrorist organization from its soil, it said. February 15, 2019 Cabinet committee on security meets to discuss Pulwama terror attack SHARE At least 37 CRPF personnel killed as explosives-laden vehicle rams into bus in J&K The experts said the terror strike shows the US has failed to persuade Pakistan to act against Jaish-e-Mohammad and other terrorist groupscenter_img RELATED COMMENTS White House to Pakistan: Stop being safe haven to all terror groups Jammu and Kashmir SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTlast_img read more