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Polypharmacy Is Not Jolly

first_imgby, Cathy Rosenbaum, Guest BloggerTweetShareShareEmail0 SharesIn all affairs it’s a healthy thing to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted. – Bertrand RussellHallelujah. The healing paradigm is finally shifting in the U.S. The time is ripe for doctors to rethink how they prescribe medications. Less is more. As a fellow health care professional, I believe medical students should be taught to utilize drugs sparingly, as only one of many, customizable tools in their healing quiver.Envision a country where you as the patient could be asked by your doctor to select from a menu of non-invasive, evidence-based holistic healing regimens when needed. That’s right, you would choose! Aromatherapy, guided imagery, spiritual retreats, Yoga, Tai Chi, personality testing, and acupuncture would be covered by insurance or included as part of your total office visit fee. Doctors would collaborate with evidence-based non-traditional medicine practitioners for your good.Seniors over age 65 years represent 12 percent of the U.S. population and consume 32 percent of prescription medications. Many take five or more prescription medications, intentionally combining them with other over-the-counter medications and multi-ingredient dietary supplements. Boomers, we need to collectively push back against that machine.Everything changes. Our body’s physiologic clock resets as we mature in the life journey. We become more sensitive to the effects of medications. Talk with your doctor about this list of possible options the next time you go to the office.Sleep Restoration – drink a cup of chamomile tea, lavender tea, or decaffeinated green tea before bedtime; try a few minutes of slow, deep breathing as you retire to inhale life-giving oxygen and calm you down from the day’s challengesStress/Anxiety – repeat affirming statements about your life blessings (we all have them); read up on the benefits of acupressure (Gach)Weight Loss – eat apples and drink water for snacks; walk around the dining room table and up/down home stairs for ½ hour a day (yes, and let your neighbors see you through the window)Arthritis Pain/Inflammation – talk with your doctor about the appropriateness of glucosamine HCL or turmeric dietary supplements instead of a years worth of NSAIDs like Naprosyn and Motrin that can damage the kidney, heart, and stomachViral Colds – eat chicken noodle soap; try zinc lozenges, as directed on the package label, at the first sign of symptomsGeneral Health – exude a positive attitude; teach your family to grow, cook, and eat from the Mediterranean diet (e.g., olive oil, colorful fruits and vegetables, moderate wine consumption, nuts); prefer whole (not processed) foods for your nutrition regimen, locally grown in your own organic garden or community supported agriculture farmNew Year’s ResolutionsConsumers: Let your feet do the shopping. Choose a primary care physician that thinks out of the box and is open to integrative health principles & practices (see the Academy for Integrative Health and Medicine @ www.aihm.org )Don’t expect to get a prescription medication every time you leave the doctor’s officeIncorporate medicinal herbal spices and teas into your nutritional regimen for health and taste (Aggarwal)Take charge of holistic you in your body mind and spiritGet educated on the exciting integrative health and healing paradigm (visit www.NIHseniorhealth.gov, www.babyboomers.com, www.lifereimagined.com)Physicians: Be aware of all medications and dietary supplements your patients are taking; supplements act like drugs and have interactions and side effects that you must acknowledge and manageTreat your patient as an equal partner in the decision-making process and consider his/her point of view before prescribing any medicationTry prescription drug reduction strategies (one medication as opposed to several, lowest dose possible)Try drug holidays (e.g., FLEX study with Fosamax for osteoporosis)Try evidence-based, alternate drug regimens (e.g., every other day Zocor for high cholesterol)Promote healthy nutrition to your patients at every office visit; discuss connection to eating whole foods and a healthy immune systemPharmacists: Explain to your patients the importance of shopping at one pharmacy for all prescription medicationsGet educated on nutrition and dietary supplements,Recommend medicinal herbal teas instead of OTC medications whenever appropriateTalk consumers out of taking antibiotics for viral infectionsSummaryIntegrative health and medicine is here to stay. Take a lifelong learning class in your local community. Teach your grandchildren about it as your contribution to the family legacy. Be a part of the health evolution revolution. Happy New Year!References: Aggarwal. Healing spices. How to use 50 everyday and exotic spices to boost health and beat disease. Sterling 2011 New York, New York.Amagase. U.S. dietary supplement labeling rules and the possibility of medical cost reduction. J Nutr Sci Vitaminol 2015;61:S136.Breathnach. Simple abundance. A daybook of comfort and joy. Warner Books 1995 New York, New York.Collaborators. American Geriatrics Society 2015 updated Beers Criteria for potentially inappropriate medication use in older adults. J Am Geriatr Soc 2015;63:2227.Gach. Acupressure for emotional healing. A self care guide for trauma, stress & common emotional imbalances. Bantam 2004 New York, New York.Rosenbaum. Don’t Sweep It Under the Drug! Integrating Evidence-Based Body Mind & Spiritual Practices into Your Health & Wellness Tool Kit. Createspace 2015.Starr. Should states and local governments regulate dietary supplements? Drug Testing Anal 2015. doi 10.1002/dta.1926Related PostsPower-Up FridayWho Decides? (Thanks for all the comments on my “Priorities” post last week. Sounds like I hit a nerve…) Today, the New York Times features a commentary about current debates on the health care needs of an aging population. The author, Dr. Pauline Chen, makes the point that most debates focus on…AARP Is No Friend To Big PharmaWhen it comes to the chronic over-medicating of older adults, AARP has been a consistent critic of Big Pharma and the doctors who overprescribe dangerous cocktails of drugs without fully understanding their impact on older adults. And considering the size of this epidemic, it’s a darn good thing AARP is…Impediments to doctor/patient partnershipsDespite all the attention paid to patient satisfaction, empowerment, and doctor/patient communication in the last number of years, true collaboration between physicians and those in their care is rare. The ideal of “shared decision making” is broadly embraced but equal … Continue reading →TweetShareShareEmail0 SharesTags: Care Partner holistic Pharmalast_img read more

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Changes to the immune system remain even after recovery from HCV infection

first_imgJun 11 2018Changes to the immune system remain many years after a hepatitis C infection heals, a new study by researchers at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, and Hannover Medical School, Germany, shows. The findings, presented in Nature Communications, increases understanding about chronic infection and the way it regulates and impacts composition of the immune system.Infection with hepatitis C virus (HCV) turns almost always chronic and poses a major health problem around the world. The infection can lead to cirrhosis and cancer of the liver when the immune system fails to fight the virus. Eventually the immune system becomes exhausted. Since a couple of years, however, most patients with HCV can now be cured in a matter of a few weeks with revolutionary new medications.The current study included 40 patients with chronic HCV infection whom researchers followed before, during and after treatment with these new medications to investigate impact on the composition and diversity of the immune system. Diversity is vital to the ability of the immune system to fight infections. Of particular importance are natural killer cells (NK), a type of white blood cells. The researchers used flow cytometry and a new measurement method to derive the composition of the immune system, as well as the appearance of NK cells and their function in the blood.Related StoriesResearchers completely eliminate all traces of HIV from infected micePromising new approaches in the fight against brain metastasisMaking Bacterial Infections a Thing of the Past for Chronic Respiratory Conditions”Researchers in the field previously focused on analyzing individual components but were unable to draw any comprehensive conclusions,” says Niklas Björkström, physician and associate professor at the Department of Medicine, Huddinge, Karolinska Institutet, who led the study. “The immune system is extraordinarily complex, incorporating a large number of interacting parts. We adapted new methods in order to assess and analyze that complexity in a fresh manner.”The results showed that the overall composition of the immune system was affected by the chronic infection, with significantly reduced diversity among the NK cells. Many of the changes remained long after the virus had been eliminated by means of medication. Researchers have not yet determined the long-term implications but are currently exploring whether patients have a harder time fighting future infection.”One strength of our study is that we monitored patients for more than two years following elimination of the virus,” says Benedikt Strunz, physician and doctoral student at the same department. “To the best of our knowledge, nobody has ever monitored over such a long term like this before.”Nevertheless, a number of questions are outstanding. Researchers would like to investigate consequences for a good deal longer than two years, as well as identify strategies for rejuvenating the immune system and increasing its diversity.Source: https://ki.se/en/news/immune-system-does-not-recover-despite-cured-hepatitis-c-infectionlast_img read more

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New Olympus cellSens 21 speeds up image analysis

first_img Source:https://www.olympus-lifescience.com/ A fluorescent image shown before (left) and after (right) deconvolution with the image deconvolution module in cellSens 2.1. Jun 20 2018Helping drive research forward at a faster rate, Olympus cellSens 2.1 speeds up image analysis with improved capabilities for flexible camera and microscope control. The updates ensure cellSens remains a powerful tool covering a wide range of applications and benefiting routine microscopy users as well as advanced imaging facilities.center_img Related StoriesMaximize resolution in deep imaging for neuroscience research with Olympus TruResolution objectivesOlympus continues quest for best life science light microscopy images in 2018Improve reliability, accuracy of drug discovery process with new 3D cell analysis technologyWith expanded imaging capabilities, Olympus has launched version 2.1 of its imaging platform cellSens. Enabling researchers to create clean and detailed images in less time, this latest version of cellSens delivers faster deconvolution and improved feature sets across all software levels.Reaffirming cellSens’ position as an advanced, comprehensive solution for imaging facilities, cellSens Dimension and Standard now feature fully integrated multi-channel acquisition and support for the latest high-end devices. The capabilities of cellSens Entry have also been expanded so that all cellSens users can now manage encoded devices, perform measurements and export the results to Excel. Advanced imaging capabilities such as panoramic and extended depth-of-focus imaging are now also available to all users.Important time savings can now be obtained if the application requires the creation of de-blurred fluorescence images. Deconvolution calculations exploit the processing power of modern graphics cards to obtain clean and precise images up to 7 times faster than before. Productivity and interactivity are greatly enhanced as, for example, a deconvolved image can now be obtained in 10 seconds instead of in one minute.In addition, in order to facilitate the integration of cellSens into advanced imaging facilities even further, export functions have been made more flexible and powerful. Images are easily exported from cellSens in different file formats, including Open Microscopy Environment (OME), as single files or multiple files split according to external application need.These advances in speed, functionality and compatibility make cellSens well suited for both routine and advanced research applications – underlining Olympus’ commitment to providing a flexible, user-friendly software platform that supports life science researchers everywhere.last_img read more

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Brukers MALDI Biotyper OMA receives AOAC Method of the Year award in

first_img Source:https://www.bruker.com/news/mass-spectrometry/aoac-method-of-the-year-for-confirmation-and-identification-in-food-microbiology-awarded-to-maldi-biotyperr-oma.html Jul 10 2018At the 2018 Annual Meeting of the International Association of Food Protection (www.foodprotection.org/), Bruker announces a standardized workflow for any microbial isolate confirmation and identification in food microbiology. The world-leading, bench-top MALDI Biotyper enables fast microbial identification using protein fingerprinting with short times-to-result and minimum hands-on-time. The MALDI Biotyper is easy to use without any prior knowledge of mass spectrometry. The workflow uses isolated colonies from selective and non-selective agar plates for pathogen and quality indicator testing, or for quality and hygiene controls. The MALDI Biotyper simplifies and shortens confirmation and identification steps, facilitating and harmonizing the workflow with only one system for bacteria, yeast and molds. Each sample is measured in less than a minute. The MALDI Biotyper software includes a user-friendly interface and offers data interpretation that is designed for food microbiology applications.Related StoriesBruker announces novel phenomics solutions at Metabolomics 2019Microcystins in drinking water: an interview with Rohan Thakur, VP of Bruker CAMNew collaboration integrates Intabio’s Blaze solution with Bruker’s mass spectrometersTwo applications on the MALDI Biotyper were recently recognized and published as Official Methods of Analysis (OMA) of AOAC INTERNATIONAL for selected pathogens confirmation and identification of other bacteria from various agar plates, leading to two standardized methods. Together, AOAC 2017.09 and AOAC 2017.10 are considered important achievements and improvements in food testing, and will be awarded the 2018 AOAC Method of the Year by the Official Methods Board of AOAC INTERNATIONAL.The MALDI Biotyper has also been validated by MicroVal for the confirmation of several foodborne pathogens. The MicroVal committee has members from Europe and North America, including experts from food safety authorities, food testing laboratories and method developers. Together with MicroVal and the Lloyd’s certification body, Bruker has been an early adopter of the new technical rules of ISO/DIS 16140-6 for validation of confirmation and typing methods.last_img read more

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New review explores key issues in the booming medical device industry

first_img devices for monitoring hydration status and metabolism devices, garments and mobile applications for monitoring physical and psychological stress wearable devices that provide physical biofeedback (e.g., muscle stimulation, haptic feedback) devices that provide cognitive feedback and training devices and applications for monitoring and promoting sleep devices and applications for evaluating concussion Aug 3 2018Wearable devices are increasingly bought to track and measure health and sports performance: from the number of steps walked each day to a person’s metabolic efficiency, from the quality of brain function to the quantity of oxygen inhaled while asleep. But the truth is we know very little about how well these sensors and machines work — let alone whether they deliver useful information, according to a new review published in  Frontiers in Physiology.”Despite the fact that we live in an era of ‘big data,’ we know surprisingly little about the suitability or effectiveness of these devices,” says lead author  Dr Jonathan Peake of the School of Biomedical Sciences and Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation at the Queensland University of Technology in Australia. “Only five percent of these devices have been formally validated.”The authors reviewed information on devices used both by everyday people desiring to keep track of their physical and psychological health and by athletes training to achieve certain performance levels. The devices — ranging from so-called wrist trackers to smart garments and body sensors designed to track our body’s vital signs and responses to stress and environmental influences — fall into six categories: The authors investigated key issues, such as: what the technology claims to do; whether the technology has been independently validated against some recognized standards; whether the technology is reliable and what, if any, calibration is needed; and finally, whether the item is commercially available or still under development.The authors say that technology developed for research purposes generally seems to be more credible than devices created purely for commercial reasons.”What is critical to understand here is that while most of these technologies are not labeled as ‘medical devices’ per se, their very existence, let alone the accompanying marketing, conveys a sensibility that they can be used to measure a standard of health,” says Peake. “There are ethical issues with this assumption that need to be addressed.”Related StoriesWearing a hearing aid may mitigate dementia riskOxidative stress could play key role in the spreading of aberrant proteins in Parkinson’s diseaseTransobturator sling surgery shows promise for stress urinary incontinenceFor example, self-diagnosis based on self-gathered data could be inconsistent with clinical analysis based on a medical professional’s assessment. And just as body mass index charts of the past really only provided general guidelines and didn’t take into account a person’s genetic predisposition or athletic build, today’s technology is similarly limited.The authors are particularly concerned about those technologies that seek to confirm or correlate whether someone has sustained or recovered from a concussion, whether from sports or military service.”We have to be very careful here because there is so much variability,” says Peake. “The technology could be quite useful, but it can’t and should never replace assessment by a trained medical professional.”Speaking generally again now, Peake says it is important to establish whether using wearable devices affects people’s knowledge and attitude about their own health and whether paying such close attention to our bodies could in fact create a harmful obsession with personal health, either for individuals using the devices, or for family members. Still, self-monitoring may reveal undiagnosed health problems, said Peake, although population data is more likely to point to false positives.”What we do know is that we need to start studying these devices and the trends they are creating,” says Peake. “This is a booming industry.”In fact, a March 2018 study by P&S Market Research indicates the wearable market is expected to generate $48.2 billion in revenue by 2023. That’s a mere five years into the future.”The authors highlight a number of areas for investigation in order to develop reasonable consumer policies around this growing industry. These include how rigorously the device/technology has been evaluated and the strength of evidence that the device/technology actually produces the desired outcomes.”And I’ll add a final question: Is wearing a device that continuously tracks your body’s actions, your brain activity, and your metabolic function — then wirelessly transmits that data to either a cloud-based databank or some other storage — safe, for users? Will it help us improve our health?” asked Peake. “We need to ask these questions and research the answers.”center_img Source:https://www.frontiersin.org/last_img read more

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Top Stories A Big Bang Breakthrough StressedOut Brain Cells and the Power

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Stress your cells out. That’s the conclusion of a new study, which finds that heightened cellular stress causes brain cells to produce a protein that staves off Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. The work could lead to new ways to diagnose or treat such diseases.Human Nose Can Detect a Trillion SmellsWho says we’re not good smellers? A new study has revealed that the average human nose can detect 1 trillion scents. Some noses are more sensitive—the best sniffer in the study was probably able to distinguish more than a thousand trillion odors! Researchers had previously estimated that humans could sense only about 10,000 odors, but the number had never been explicitly tested before.Irreproducibility Dogs New Stem Cell Reprogramming MethodThe authors of two controversial papers that claimed simply stressing adult cells could turn them into powerful stem cells are already facing mounting allegations of problematic images and plagiarism. Since January, scientists around the world have unsuccessfully attempted to reproduce their finding. Now, ScienceInsider has learned that some of the labs involved in producing the two papers describing the work had not attempted to reproduce the technique before the papers were published. Famous Breast Cancer Gene Could Affect Brain GrowthBRCA1 is best known as the “breast cancer gene”—it keeps tumors in the breast and ovaries at bay. But scientists are just starting to unravel the gene’s many functions, and it turns out that BRCA1 may also regulate brain size. The findings could shed light on the gene’s role in brain evolution. Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Glimpse of the Universe’s First Split Second Boosts Inflation TheoryJust after our universe was born, it doubled its size 60 times before it was even a second old. Now, 13.7 billion years later, cosmologists have detected the first direct evidence of this inflation and spotted traces of gravitational waves—echoes of the big bang. It’s one of the biggest discoveries in the field in 20 years.Stressed-Out Brain Cells May Protect Against Alzheimer’s read more

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US senators aim to force highprofile vote on climate science

first_img Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country The political war over climate science is flaring up again on Capitol Hill this week as the U.S. Senate debates a bill that would approve the highly controversial Keystone XL pipeline. Pipeline opponents, many of whom oppose the project because they say it would accelerate climate change, are trying to secure votes on a number of largely symbolic amendments affirming the Senate’s belief that climate change is real and human-caused and that policymakers should address it.The pipeline opponents, including a number of Democratic senators and one independent, hope that their push will put Republicans in a politically perilous position: Either they block votes on the climate amendments and get accused of dodging the issue, or they allow votes and have to take a position on a sensitive issue with a core Republican voting bloc—self-described conservatives who don’t believe human activity is seriously affecting Earth’s climate system. The Keystone debate, which is expected to last several weeks, comes shortly after government researchers concluded that 2014 was the planet’s hottest year on record.Senators Bernie Sanders (I–VT), Brian Schatz (D–HI), Jeff Merkley (D–OR), Tim Kaine (D–VA), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D–RI) all have filed climate-related amendments. And Democrats aren’t hiding the reasoning behind their strategy. “We’re going to have a vote to find out who the climate change deniers in the U.S. Senate really are,” said Senator Charles Schumer (D–NY), the third-ranking Senate Democrat, during a Capitol Hill press conference today. “Do they deny that human activity has helped create climate change? Stay tuned. We’ll see.” Emailcenter_img Country * Afghanistan Aland Islands Albania Algeria Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia, Plurinational State of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Bouvet Island Brazil British Indian Ocean Territory Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Christmas Island Cocos (Keeling) Islands Colombia Comoros Congo Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Cook Islands Costa Rica Cote d’Ivoire Croatia Cuba Curaçao Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Faroe Islands Fiji Finland France French Guiana French Polynesia French Southern Territories Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Gibraltar Greece Greenland Grenada Guadeloupe Guatemala Guernsey Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Heard Island and McDonald Islands Holy See (Vatican City State) Honduras Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran, Islamic Republic of Iraq Ireland Isle of Man Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jersey Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Lao People’s Democratic Republic Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macao Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Martinique Mauritania Mauritius Mayotte Mexico Moldova, Republic of Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Montserrat Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands New Caledonia New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Niue Norfolk Island Norway Oman Pakistan Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Pitcairn Poland Portugal Qatar Reunion Romania Russian Federation Rwanda Saint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Martin (French part) Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Sint Maarten (Dutch part) Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands South Sudan Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Svalbard and Jan Mayen Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syrian Arab Republic Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania, United Republic of Thailand Timor-Leste Togo Tokelau Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Turks and Caicos Islands Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of Vietnam Virgin Islands, British Wallis and Futuna Western Sahara Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe Schumer noted that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R–KY) had pledged an “open” process to let both parties offer amendments. “We intend to hold him to that promise,” Schumer said.With floor debate on some nonclimate amendments kicking off today, however, it’s still unclear which of the amendments, if any, will get votes—much less whether they can pass. McConnell said last week that he wouldn’t block a vote on one of the climate amendments.The amendments, if adopted, would alter S.1, a mostly Republican-sponsored bill that would approve a key permit for building a segment of Keystone XL, which would bring crude oil to the United States from Canada’s oil sands region. Whereas Republicans overwhelmingly back the permit’s approval, most Democrats oppose it; some Democrats oppose the pipeline outright, while others say Congress should leave the decision to the executive branch, which has been pondering the issue for several years amid legal and political wrangling over the pipeline’s route. The White House has threatened to veto a version of S.1 that has already passed the House of Representatives, but Republicans have suggested that they might try to attach the Senate bill to must-pass legislation, such as a spending bill, that President Barack Obama might be reluctant to veto.Many Democrats worry that the pipeline’s construction would significantly worsen global warming by encouraging Canadian oil companies to expand mining in the oil sands, an energy- and water-intensive process that produces more carbon emissions than conventional oil drilling. Sanders, an independent who is allied with Democrats, argued last week that the Senate should be cutting greenhouse gas emissions, boosting energy efficiency and renewable energy use, or investing in more research and development or rail transportation. “This bill does none of that,” he said on the Senate floor on 13 January. “In fact, what the Keystone pipeline does is move us in exactly the wrong direction.”Whether Keystone XL would actually significantly speed up climate change depends on how much it promotes further development of the oil sands, studies suggest. (The scientific community has been divided on the issue, as Jeff Tollefson reported in Nature in 2013.) An environmental assessment conducted by the U.S. State Department found that the pipeline probably wouldn’t have a major impact. Environmental groups such as the Natural Resources Defense Council dispute that analysis, arguing that, without Keystone XL, falling oil prices could make it uneconomical for oil companies to keep mining the oil sands.The amendmentsThe proposed climate amendments—just a few of at least 50 that Senators would like to get votes—address a number of issues.Sanders’s amendment would declare the “sense of Congress” that lawmakers are “in agreement with the opinion of virtually the entire worldwide scientific community” that climate change is real, that it’s human-caused, that it’s already causing problems domestically and globally, that the United States needs to transition to cleaner forms of energy, and that time is running out before the world suffers “irreparable harm.”One of Schatz’s three amendments asks whether it’s “the sense of the Senate that climate change—(1) is real; (2) is caused by humans; (3) is urgent; and (4) is solvable.” A second asks whether the Senate agrees that global temperatures have risen, that the rise is already affecting the climate, that the United States should shift to cleaner energy, and that the United States should cut greenhouse gas emissions and encourage other countries to follow suit. His third amendment and Kaine’s amendment make similar statements to the other two.And an amendment offered by Merkley asks lawmakers to endorse statements made by a variety of scientific organizations and government agencies saying that climate change is real and that humans are driving it. The groups include the National Academy of Sciences, AAAS (publisher of ScienceInsider), the American Geophysical Union, the American Meteorological Society, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and NASA.Whitehouse’s amendment takes a veiled jab at Senator James Inhofe (R–OK), the new chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, who has called climate change a “hoax.” The amendment states that it’s “the sense of the Senate that climate change is real and not a hoax.”If votes on any of the amendments were to occur, it wouldn’t be the first time that members of Congress have had to take a stance on climate science. Early in 2014, a House committee rejected, on a party-line vote, a similar amendment offered by Representative Jan Schakowsky (D–IL). In 2011, former Representative Henry Waxman (D–CA) tried to attach a climate science amendment to a GOP-sponsored bill that would have struck down the Environmental Protection Agency’s power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. The amendment failed on a mostly party-line 240 to 184 vote.With the 2016 presidential race looming and several Republican senators mulling presidential runs—including Ted Cruz (R–TX), Marco Rubio (R–FL), and Rand Paul (R–KY)—any climate vote could carry additional political importance. Democrats and their environmental allies are sure to use a “no” vote against any Republican senator who becomes the GOP nominee. But a “yes” vote could be perilous for candidates running in Republican candidate-selection primaries and caucuses, which often hinge on winning over tea party and conservative Republicans. These voters, according to polling data, are more likely to deny climate change than their liberal or moderate GOP counterparts.last_img read more

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Can you guess the ages of these faces

first_img By Frankie SchembriOct. 16, 2018 , 7:01 PM Can you guess the ages of these faces? The researchers hope their results can be used to develop “mental palate cleansers” for people like security guards who have to review multiple faces one after another. Looking at a distorted image of a face or taking a longer pause in between faces in a series could help eliminate this carry-over effect. C. Clifford et al., Royal Society Open Science 10.1098 (2018) Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Email Country * Afghanistan Aland Islands Albania Algeria Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia, Plurinational State of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Bouvet Island Brazil British Indian Ocean Territory Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Christmas Island Cocos (Keeling) Islands Colombia Comoros Congo Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Cook Islands Costa Rica Cote d’Ivoire Croatia Cuba Curaçao Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Faroe Islands Fiji Finland France French Guiana French Polynesia French Southern Territories Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Gibraltar Greece Greenland Grenada Guadeloupe Guatemala Guernsey Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Heard Island and McDonald Islands Holy See (Vatican City State) Honduras Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran, Islamic Republic of Iraq Ireland Isle of Man Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jersey Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Lao People’s Democratic Republic Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macao Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Martinique Mauritania Mauritius Mayotte Mexico Moldova, Republic of Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Montserrat Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands New Caledonia New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Niue Norfolk Island Norway Oman Pakistan Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Pitcairn Poland Portugal Qatar Reunion Romania Russian Federation Rwanda Saint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Martin (French part) Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Sint Maarten (Dutch part) Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands South Sudan Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Svalbard and Jan Mayen Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syrian Arab Republic Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania, United Republic of Thailand Timor-Leste Togo Tokelau Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Turks and Caicos Islands Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of Vietnam Virgin Islands, British Wallis and Futuna Western Sahara Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe Humans are awful at estimating a person’s age based on their face alone. This can lead not only to uncomfortable social situations, but also to critical errors in criminal investigations and enforcing age-based restrictions on such things as alcohol and gambling. New research shows people are usually off by about 8 years, and their estimate might be shaped by the last face they saw.To conduct the study, researchers collected 3968 pictures of consenting participants from the Australian Passport Office—31 men and 31 women at each age from 7 through 70. Then, they showed 81 people photographs of a man and woman at each age in a random sequence, and asked them to guess their ages. The faces above are computer-generated averages of more than 100 pictures from the study of people aged 19 to 22, 50 to 53, and 63 to 66.Volunteers consistently guessed that young faces were several years older than they actually were and that older faces were several years younger than they actually were, the team reports today in Royal Society Open Science. The results also showed that people’s estimates were affected by the previous face they had viewed—if they had just seen a young face, they usually lowballed the next face’s age, and vice versa.last_img read more

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Astronomers probe atmosphere of alien world thats a cross between Earth and

first_imgNASA, ESA, AND L. HUSTAK (STSCI) By Katie CameroJul. 3, 2019 , 1:55 PM Country * Afghanistan Aland Islands Albania Algeria Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia, Plurinational State of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Bouvet Island Brazil British Indian Ocean Territory Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Christmas Island Cocos (Keeling) Islands Colombia Comoros Congo Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Cook Islands Costa Rica Cote d’Ivoire Croatia Cuba Curaçao Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Faroe Islands Fiji Finland France French Guiana French Polynesia French Southern Territories Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Gibraltar Greece Greenland Grenada Guadeloupe Guatemala Guernsey Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Heard Island and McDonald Islands Holy See (Vatican City State) Honduras Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran, Islamic Republic of Iraq Ireland Isle of Man Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jersey Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Lao People’s Democratic Republic Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macao Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Martinique Mauritania Mauritius Mayotte Mexico Moldova, Republic of Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Montserrat Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands New Caledonia New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Niue Norfolk Island Norway Oman Pakistan Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Pitcairn Poland Portugal Qatar Reunion Romania Russian Federation Rwanda Saint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Martin (French part) Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Sint Maarten (Dutch part) Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands South Sudan Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Svalbard and Jan Mayen Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syrian Arab Republic Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania, United Republic of Thailand Timor-Leste Togo Tokelau Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Turks and Caicos Islands Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of Vietnam Virgin Islands, British Wallis and Futuna Western Sahara Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Gliese 3470 b isn’t like anything in our solar system. The strange world—midway between Earth and Neptune in mass—orbits a star about half the mass of the sun roughly 100 light-years away. Now, astronomers have taken a detailed look at Gliese 3470 b’s atmosphere, the first time researchers have done so for a planet like this.Astronomers used NASA’s Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes to measure which frequencies of starlight Gliese 3470 b absorbs and reflects as it circles around its star. The planet has a relatively thin atmosphere comprised primarily of hydrogen and helium, NASA announced yesterday. That’s similar to the atmosphere of the sun, with the exception of heavy elements such as oxygen and carbon. The planet (above) also has a hefty rocky core, the analysis reveals.Gliese 3470 b appears to have formed close to its star, where it still sits today. This might explain why the planet was able to develop its unconventional atmosphere. One hypothesis is that it was able to corral gases from a primordial disk of gas surrounding its star. Typically when this happens, planets become giant gas worlds known as “hot Jupiters.” But Gliese 3470 b stayed relatively small, perhaps because the disk of gas dissipated before the planet was able to bulk up, the team speculates. Email Astronomers probe atmosphere of alien world that’s a cross between Earth and Neptune NASA’s new James Webb Space Telescope—Hubble’s successor set to launch in 2021—will penetrate the planet’s atmosphere to greater depths. Until then, astronomers have to solve another mystery about Gliese 3470 b: whether to call it a “super-Earth” or a “sub-Neptune.”last_img read more

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Cancel Culture A Myth To Silence Marginalized Voices

first_img Dear White People: Make Your White Friends Watch ‘When They See Us’ The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion - Street SightingsSource: Gilbert Carrasquillo / GettyThe phrase “cancel culture” has been one of the most popular new things for people to say without really having any clue what it actually means. The prevailing definition of cancel culture is the idea that saying the wrong thing, having old inflammatory tweets or sound bytes resurface or having unpopular political reviews will ultimately result in social media users “canceling” the offending party. To “cancel,” then, is to sic the wrath of social media upon someone with the end result being some sort of catastrophic blow to said person’s career. The prevalence of these “cancel” moments has caused people to characterize the leaders of so-called cancel culture – namely young, marginalized communities – as too sensitive; as always needing to find something to criticize or find fault in. Leading to an idea that free speech is dying at the hands of those pesky millennials. But here’s the problem: cancel culture isn’t an actual thing because nobody really, truly gets canceled. And the continued use of the phrase like it’s some boogeyman is only a thinly-veiled method of marginalizing the people around us who want to vocalize when they and their respective communities are wronged. Rapper Nipsey Hussle Killed In Shooting Sudan Is Burning But People Don’t Care Because It’s Not A Cathedral Let’s look at an abridged list of people who have gotten “canceled” on social media. When it was announced that Kevin Hart would host this year’s Oscars, his old homophobic tweets resurfaced, causing the Academy to demand an apology from him. He refused and was booted from the show. When Louis CK and Aziz Ansari were accused of sexual assault, they responded by taking social media hiatuses. When Kanye West said slavery was a choice and started donning MAGA hats while being chummy with Donald Trump, he was summarily slandered across social media. In most people’s eyes, these men got canceled. But in actuality, nothing really happened to them beyond career inconveniences.Louis CK and Aziz Ansari are both back on the comedy circuit, touring and making money. Kevin Hart dropped a new (awful) Netflix comedy special and Kanye West’s Yeezy sneakers are still selling out every time they’re released. We could go on: R. Kelly was touring pretty much up until the day he was actually arrested; Roseanne – whose show was literally canceled last year due to her rampant racism – returned to standup in March; and so on. The fact is, people just don’t actually get canceled. Their shows might get canceled. Their movies might get shelved. Their albums might get panned but in the grand scheme of things, their lives go on relatively unscathed – especially compared to the marginalized folks they continue to insult.If Kanye’s album had been any good or Kevin Hart’s standup been bearable or R. Kelly had a fire new project, these men would have just as many fans quoting gobbling up their works as before. That’s because, for as many voices that are genuinely outraged by what these people do and say, there are just as many fans who don’t care enough about the LGBT community, black folks, women or anyone else to stop supporting their trash faves. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisMoreShare to EmailEmailEmail cancel culture , Kanye West center_img More By daviddtss Stop Telling Black Folks To Settle For A Candidate Just To Beat Trump In 2020 Even though nobody is actually ever canceled, the importance of people who call out the homophobic, racist, ableist, misogynist, etc. etc. among us can’t be understated. The pressure applied to celebrities and those in the public eye from hordes of regular folks and activists is vastly important in articulating what actions will and won’t be accepted by society anymore. Every time someone becomes a trending topic for hate speech and intolerance, it’s a reminder that there will always be people among us who will hold your feet to the fire if you say something that could threaten our lives.At the same time, however, the persistence in people in the public eye to scream “cancel culture” and call marginalized folks too sensitive or themselves intolerant is simply a means to control narratives and live with the freedom of a misogynist, racist or homophobe without consequences. No, society isn’t getting more sensitive, we’re just getting more vocal and using social media as a means to articulate the need for everyone to simply do better. Yelling “cancel culture” when a member of the LGBT community won’t let Kevin Hart off the hook for his homophobia gaslights that person and suggests that demanding the comedian answer for his words is somehow unreasonable. Crying “cancel culture” is simply begging to be as loud and hateful as possible with little recourse.Cancel culture is a myth. The reality is there are more people with amplified voices who are refusing to sit silently while their communities come under attack by those with the social capital to cause harm. When that happens, awareness is raised, people are uncomfortable and hopefully, some are deterred from being trash. But in reality, for the overwhelming majority of instances, nobody actually gets fully canceled or faces life-changing consequences or silencing. They’ll still earn their money, maintain their notoriety and go about their careers relatively unscathed. They’ll just know that there will be folks ready to call them out at every step of the way if they show they haven’t bothered to learn from their transgressions. David Dennis, Jr. is a writer and adjunct professor of Journalism at Morehouse College. David’s writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Smoking Section, Uproxx, Playboy, The Atlantic, Complex.com and wherever people argue about things on the internet.SEE ALSO:Where Are Black Writers Covering Game Of Thrones?The Mueller Report Is A Metaphor For White Power Twitter Cancels Source Magazine Over Its Clickbait Nipsey Hussle Murder Videolast_img read more

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Ida B Wells Society Empowers Black Investigative Journalists

first_img Jay-Z Webster Hall show The training program was created as an avenue to diversify newsrooms across the country. According to a study conducted by the Pew Research Center, 77 percent of newsroom employees—which includes editors, writers, photojournalists, and videographers across different mediums—are white. Cognizant of the lack of diversity, the organization decided to launch a program that would develop pathways for Black journalists to enter these spaces. The program covers everything from paper trails to data journalism.The training sessions are led by Ron Nixon who co-created the organization and serves as the International Investigations Editor at the Associated Press. Recent workshops were hosted at Morgan State University and the Center for Investigative Reporting in California. In July, the organization will host a training session at the Seattle Times. “Bringing programs like this is important to our institution,” Morgan State University Journalism Professor Hamil Harris told the news outlet. “I really enjoyed being able to see different generations come together with a similar purpose of engaging and talking investigative journalism. This was an excellent session and I think everyone involved got a lot out of it.”Ida B. Wells was instrumental in bringing national attention to the lynchings of Black men during the 1800s. Her journalistic skills, courageousness, and dedication to exposing racial discrimination and injustice imposed on the Black community forever changed the landscape of the journalism industry. The Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting is dedicated to bringing diverse perspectives to the journalism industry by empowering reporters through workshops and mentorship. SEE ALSO:Ida B. Wells-Barnett’s Family Continues Fundraising Efforts For Chicago MonumentOle Miss Faculty, Students Fight To Have Journalism School Renamed After Ida B. Wells-Barnett Ida B. Wells was one of the most revered investigative journalists in American history and those at the helm of an organization created in her honor are ensuring that her legacy lives on through the next generation of reporters. According to the Philadelphia Tribune, the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting has launched an investigative journalism program for Black reporters. Underrepresented: The Ida B. Wells Society Provides Investigative Reporter Training to Black Journalists https://t.co/53cjs9Qpqv @afronews Afro-American Newspapers— AFRO News (@afronews) April 28, 2019 Photos And Video From Jay-Z’s Historic B-Sides Show At Webster Hall Education , Ida B. Wells , Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting , Journalism , Morgan State University , writerslast_img read more

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Cops Who Threatened To Kill Black Family Identified

first_img Thanks for signing up! Get ready for Exclusive content, Interviews,and Breaking news delivered direct to your inbox. Get ready for Exclusive content, Interviews,and Breaking news delivered direct to your inbox. A$AP Rocky Being In A Swedish Prison Will Not Stop Her From Going To The Country That Showed Her ‘So Much Love’ SUBSCRIBE Meghan McCain Whines That She Can’t Attack llhan Omar Because Trump Is Too Racist See Also: Mike Pence Has The Unchristian Nerve To Compare Trump To Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.According to activist Shaun King, the officers are Christopher Meyer, Nicholas Welch, Agnes Milbourn and Brian Herricht. See the tweet below, which also includes their badge numbers. Here are the 4 officers, and badge numbers, that we know of so far that were on the scene of this brutal act of police violence/terrorism in Phoenix.Christopher Meyer 06254Nicholas Welch 09372Agnes Milbourn 09118Brian Herricht 09054 https://t.co/pROqeEw7Qj— Shaun King (@shaunking) June 16, 2019In case you missed it, the May 29 shows Phoenix police officer Christopher Meyer screaming threats and profanity toward a Black family in a van that contained Dravon Ames, 22, his pregnant fiance Aisha Harper, 24, their two young daughters.“You’re gonna fucking get shot!” the cop yells at one point.“I’m gonna put a fucking cap in your fucking head,” he said in another instance. More By NewsOne Staff 35 Positive Images Of Black Dads That Shatter False Stereotypes On Father’s Day The country has been outraged by a video of aggressive Phoenix police officers threatened to kill a Black family over a doll possibly being stolen from a store. However, the Phoenix police department has refused to release their officers names, even though one reportedly screamed, “I’m going to put a f*cking cap in your f*cking head.”However, Twtter has done their research. “My hands are up! My hands are up!” 22yo Dravon Ames says as a Phoenix police officer yells to “get your fucking hands up.” The same officer later says “You’re gonna fucking get shot!”Ames says the officers stopped him after his child walked out of a Dollar Store with a doll. pic.twitter.com/Nlkd7IXsyc— Meg O’Connor (@megoconnor13) June 12, 2019Meyer also pointed a gun at the group threatening to shoot them and demanding Harper put her baby on the hot ground despite the fact she could not walk. And all of this because a four-year-old allegedly took a 99 cent doll.On Saturday, ABC15 obtained a copy of the full police report, which was written by Meyer and found there were major differences in what was seen on the video and what was written in the report. The news outlet reported that Meyer made no mention of holding the family at gunpoint only writing that “Iesha was then removed from the vehicle.” He also did not talk about how he kicked Ames in the leg while he was handcuffed, which he only stated that Ames “began to tense his arms and turn back towards me. I made him spread his feet.” Another glaring omission was found when Meyer failed to mention that he ordered to put her child on the ground as he claimed Harper “refused to put the child down. She became loud, verbally abusive and refused our commands.” Another angle of the incident filmed by a different resident of the apartment complex where Ames and his pregnant fiancee were dropping off their kids with a babysitter show a Phoenix police officer trying to yank the child from the mother’s arms. pic.twitter.com/pTb07lZAXD— Meg O’Connor (@megoconnor13) June 12, 2019Following the outrage, Jay-Z‘s philanthropic organization within his entertainment company ROC Nation offered to provide legal support to Ames and Harper, who filed a claim on Thursday demanding $10 million from the city of Phoenix. According to AZCentral, ROC secured high-profile attorney Alex Spiro and is demanding the termination of the police officers involved and plan on filing against one of the officers for child neglect.Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams, who is a Black woman, released a video on the department’s Facebook page on Friday saying she was “disturbed by the language and actions of our officer.”Let’s hope justice is served.SEE ALSO:Sudan Is Burning But People Don’t Care Because It’s Not A CathedralBlack Teacher Gives Students Haircuts For Graduation Gov. Cuomo Slams Mayor Bill De Blasio For The Eric Garner Case But He Also Failed The Family Entertainment, News and Lifestyle for Black America. News told by us for us. Black America’s #1 News Source: Our News. Our Voice. Aisha Harper , Dravion Ames , Jay Z , Phoenix Police Department viral video of father speaking with baby son last_img read more

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NPC looks to improve IT security following audit

first_imgJanuary 23, 2019 By Toni Gibbons       With the completion of Northland Pioneer College’s audit for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018, Ellison introduced Financial Audit Director Donna Miller and Audit Manager David Glennon with the ArizonaSubscribe or log in to read the rest of this content. Bottom Ad NPC looks to improve IT security following auditlast_img

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Ethiopias chief of staff killed in a coup attempt in Amhara state

first_imgBy Reuters |Addis Ababa | Published: June 23, 2019 2:16:21 pm Ethiopia: World Press Freedom Day events raise alarm on fake news Taking stock of monsoon rain Related News Advertising Ethiopia, Ethiopia coup attempt, Ethiopia failed coup, Army general coup attempt, Ethiopia army general coup attempt, Abiy Ahmed,  Ethiopia Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed World news, Indian Express Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announces a failed coup as he addresses the public on television, Sunday, June 23, 2019. (Source: ETV via AP)Ethiopia’s chief of staff and at least three other senior officials have been killed during a coup attempt by an army general in the northern state of Amhara, state television said on Sunday. Abiy has released political prisoners, removed bans on political parties and prosecute officials accused of gross human rights abuses, but his government is battling mounting violence.Ethnic bloodshed – long held in check by the state’s iron grip – has flared up in many areas, including Amhara, where the regional government was led by Mekonnen. On Saturday, the US Embassy said that it was aware of reports of gunfire in Addis Ababa, and some residents told Reuters about hearing six shots ring out in a suburb near the country’s Bole International Airport around 9:30 pm local time on Saturday.The government did not immediately return calls seeking comment. People in many parts of Ethiopia reported being unable to access the Internet beginning late Saturday although the government has not stated whether it had cut it off. Authorities have cut off the internet several times in the past for security and other reasons.Early on Sunday, Brigadier General Tefera Mamo, the head of special forces in Amhara, told state television that “most of the people who attempted the coup have been arrested, although there are a few still at large.” Best Of Express Ethiopia, a nation of 100 million people, is struggling to contain widespread ethnic violence that has displaced around 2.4 million people, according to the United Nations.Abiy donned military fatigues to announce on state television late on Saturday that there had been an attempted coup in Amhara’s capital Bahir Dar earlier that day and that Ethiopia’s Chief of Staff General Seare Mekonnen was among the casualties. “He was shot by people who are close to him,” Abiy said.Seare had been shot dead by his bodyguard, state media reported on Sunday. Most of the perpetrators had been arrested, a general in charge of special forces in Amhara told state media on Sunday.Since coming to power last year, Abiy has tried to spearhead political reforms in the Horn of Africa nation. Three years of political violence led to the unprecedented resignation of Abiy’s predecessor, Hailemariam Desalegn. Amhara’s state president Ambachew Mekonnen and his advisor were also killed, according to state media, which named the region’s security head, General Asamnew Tsige, as the orchestrator of the attempted coup.Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government faces growing pressure from regional strongmen, including in Amhara, a flashpoint in growing ethnic violence in Ethiopia. The shooting occurred when federal officials were meeting the state president – an ally of Abiy – to discuss how to rein in the open recruitment of ethnic militias by Asamnew, one Addis-based official told Reuters.A week earlier, Asamnew had openly advised the Amhara people, one of Ethiopia’s larger ethnic groups, to arm themselves, in a video spread on Facebook and seen by a Reuters reporter. Ethiopia says coup attempt thwarted, military chief killed Karnataka trust vote today: Speaker’s call on resignations, says SC, but gives rebel MLAs a shield Ethiopian leader Abiy arrives in Sudan to meet head of ruling military council in mediation bid Advertising After Masood Azhar blacklisting, more isolation for Pakistan Virat Kohli won’t have a say in choosing new coach More Explained Residents in Amhara’s capital Bahir Dar said late on Saturday there was gunfire in some neighborhoods and some roads had been closed off.Ethiopia is due to hold a national parliamentary election next year. Several opposition groups have called for the polls to be held on time despite the unrest and displacement. Post Comment(s)last_img read more

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Common weed killer—believed harmless to animals—may be harming bees worldwide

first_img Email Scientists dosed bees with the herbicide glyphosate to see how it affected microbes in their digestive systems, using paint markings to track which bees got the chemical. Vivian Abagiu/The University of Texas in Austin By Warren CornwallSep. 24, 2018 , 3:00 PM This sparked the interest of Nancy Moran, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Texas in Austin, who has spent a decade examining the gut microbiome—the population of bacteria that inhabit the intestines of animals—of honey bees (Apis mellifera). She and colleagues took approximately 2000 bees from a hive and fed some a sugar syrup and others syrup dosed with glyphosate at levels similar to those they might encounter in the environment while foraging for food. Three days after returning to the hive, the guts of glyphosate-fed bees had lower levels of a bacterium known as Snodgrassella alvi than those bees that were not exposed. Some of the results were confusing; bees that got the most glyphosate had a more normal looking microbiome after 3 days than those that had lower doses. Moran says it’s not clear whether that’s because more bees with the higher dose died, leaving behind ones that better withstood the herbicide.In further tests, bees that consumed glyphosate had five times less of the bacterium. In a petri dish, most strains of S. alvi either slowed or stopped growing after a high dose of glyphosate.This change in a bee’s microbial inhabitants appears to make it more vulnerable to lethal infections. In tests on several hundred bees, only 12% of insects fed glyphosate survived infection from Serratia marcescens—a bacterium widely found in trace amounts in beehives and bee guts that can cause infections by invading other parts of a bee’s body—compared with 47% not fed glyphosate.It’s not clear why a glyphosate-disrupted microbiome would make the bees more susceptible to infection, Moran says. S. alvi lines part of the gut wall, and could create a protective barrier. It also secretes a chemical that could attack invading bacteria, she says.The findings—reported today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences—add a new factor to a constellation of potential reasons for the decline of honey bees witnessed in recent years, says Gene Robinson, a honey bee geneticist at the University of Illinois in Urbana who was not involved with the study. In recent years, U.S. commercial beekeepers have seen almost a third of their hives fail during the winter, more than twice the historic rate. Researchers believe that pesticides, pathogens, parasites, and nutritional problems all play a role. A major strength of the new paper is that it points to a mechanism—the disruption of gut microbes—for how a pesticide could affect the bees, he says.The discovery also raises questions about whether glyphosate is affecting the microbiome of other animals, including people. The role of microbes in the human gut has a lot of similarities to bee guts, Moran says. More research is needed; humans have different microbes in their guts, they have vastly larger bacterial populations and are likely exposed to much lower doses of glyphosate than are bees.The new research is certain to make a controversial herbicide even more of a flashpoint. Some have also warned it could sicken people. Public health agencies have offered conflicting assessments of whether the chemical is a likely carcinogen. Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*)center_img Glyphosate, the world’s most widely used herbicide and one long touted as harmless to animals, might be taking a toll on honey bees. The chemical appears to disrupt the microbial community in the bees’ digestive system, making them more vulnerable to infection. The discovery adds another potential reason for the alarming decline of honey bees in parts of the world, as well as that of other pollinators that live in colonies, such as bumble bees.“This is really critical,” says Fred Gould, an entomologist at North Carolina State University in Raleigh who was not involved in the work. The study challenges the conventional wisdom that animals are immune to glyphosate because it targets a cellular mechanism particular to plants and some bacteria. “I was surprised.”Glyphosate kills plants by blocking an enzyme they use to make several key amino acids, the building blocks of proteins. Animals don’t produce this enzyme, but it is used by some bacteria. 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JK cops overhaul village defence committees PDP says Centre design to arm

first_img Advertising However, Kishtwar SSP Shakti Pathak said, “We have received over 100 applications from people for setting up VDCs and a good number of them are members of majority community… As we are facing shortage of weapons, we are responding to all the requests in phases.”The anti-militancy grid had gone defunct after the last anti-militancy operation was carried out in Kishtwar district on December 23, 2012, with police personnel involved in such operations either shifted out or sent to the district police lines, sources said.When four people, including a senior BJP leader and RSS functionary, were reportedly killed by militants in Kishtwar town in two separate incidents in 2018 and this year, there were not enough inputs about the movement of militants due to the defunct grid, sources said.To strengthen the grid, the police department decided to remove older members — over 60 years of age — from the VDCs and has also shortlisted 117 such Special Police Officers in nearly 60 VDCs, besides disengaging nine others on charges of indiscipline, sources said. The decision to overhaul the anti-militancy grid through setting of new VDCs was taken following militant activities in the hilly district, six years after it was declared militancy-free by the police, official sources said. The VDCs, comprising villagers and police officers, were earlier set up in the mid 1990s after militancy had spread to the Chenab Valley area, sources said.Senior PDP leader and former MLC Firdous Tak has said that 60 new VDC members have been deployed in communally-sensitive areas and the government is arming RSS and BJP workers against a particular community following the killing of a BJP leader and RSS functionary. This will disturb peace and communal amity in the area, he said, comparing the VDCs to the Ikhwan force — pro-government militia groups formed in the Valley in the backdrop of the militancy of the ‘90s.Tak has demanded the Governor’s administration to withdraw its decision of setting up new VDCs, failing which the PDP will take out a procession in Kishtwar town and hold a dharna at the SSP’s office on July 19. Written by Arun Sharma | Jammu | Published: July 17, 2019 4:11:58 am Advertising Related News Jharkhand court drops ‘donate Quran’ condition for bail to Ranchi woman over offensive post Karnataka trust vote today: Speaker’s call on resignations, says SC, but gives rebel MLAs a shield Kargil: NC, Congress part ways from local governance arrangement, PDP comes in center_img Cancel Mehbooba Mufti government’s order withdrawing cases against stone-pelters: BJP leader to N N Vohra defence committees jk, pdp jk, jk police, jammu kashmir, kashmir pdp,anti-militancy grid kashmir, kashmir militancy The PDP has described the Centre’s move of setting up of seven new village defence committees to arm RSS workers (Representational/ Express Photo by Shuaib Masoodi)The setting up of seven new village defence committees recently by the J&K Police in areas around Kishtwar town has triggered a controversy, with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) describing it as the Centre’s move to arm RSS workers against a particular community. Best Of Express The Kishtwar SSP said that they had also received written requests from 352 VDC members who wanted to return their weapons as, according to them, they were now too old to handle arms.“While we have taken back weapons from those VDC members, we have asked them to give the name of any other member of their family as their replacement and these weapons will be provided to them subject to verification,” Pathak said.The hilly district already has 3,251 VDC members — nearly 800 of them SPOs — who have been provided weapons by the police. PDP demands BJP leader’s arrest for threatening Kashmiri journalists After Masood Azhar blacklisting, ICJ verdict in Kulbhushan case isolates Pakistan Post Comment(s)last_img read more

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World Bank to offer 250 million to Kerala for disaster management

first_img Kerala, World Bank, World Bank loan kerala, Kerala Government, Resilient Kerala project, Kerala natural disasters, Kerala floods, Indian express “The World Bank has recently signed a 0 million loan agreement to help Kerala enhance its resilience against natural disasters and climate change, “ the director said.In an announcement on Monday, World Bank said it would offer a loan of $250 million to the Kerala Government for the Resilient Kerala project, aimed at enhancing the state’s resilience against the impacts of natural disasters and climate change in the wake of last year’s floods. Advertising Post Comment(s) The announcement was made during “Rebuild Kerala: Development partners’ conclave,” a meeting of various funding agencies for rebuilding flood-ravaged Kerala.World Bank country director Junaid Ahamed said that the programme, which represents the first ‘state partnership’ of the World Bank in India, is the first of two Development Policy Operations aiming to mainstream disaster and climate resilience into critical infrastructure and services.“The World Bank has recently signed a $250 million loan agreement to help Kerala enhance its resilience against natural disasters and climate change, “ the director said.“In response to the unexpected floods a year back, the Kerala government has invested in institutions and programmes to build a resilient Kerala. It aims to protect the lives of its citizens in a world of climatic uncertainty,” he told the media. Ahamed said the World Bank is supporting Kerala through a mechanism of state partnership in priority areas such as transport, livelihood, and urban planning. Related News P Jayarajan — The forever rebel Kerala student stabbing case: 2 SFI leaders arrested, CPM says won’t protect culprits Kerala to bring in Anti-Superstition Bill; draft bill submitted By Express News Service |Thiruvananthapuram | Published: July 16, 2019 2:12:18 amlast_img read more

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Subansiri dam Work on despite assurance to NGT that it wont

first_img NGT pulls up Haryana, MoEF over ‘forest land’ When work was stopped in December 2011, show Central Electricity Authority (CEA) data, the Subansiri project had completed concretization of 5.75 lakh cubic metres (cum). By March 2019, concretization at Subansiri had increased by 1.85 lakh cums to a total of 7.6 lakh cums.Some of the work — slope protection to arrest rockslide on both banks of the river, for example — commenced in 2014 before the stay order and the NGT permitted such measures for safety and protection of the public and property. But the Tribunal also categorically told NHPC “not to undertake any work on the main project except those that were related to urgent repairs and maintenance”.Yet, records reviewed by The Indian Express show, massive concretisation has been carried out to construct the project’s extended spillway (see timeline), that has widened the dam base by over 100 metres. Related News NGT imposes Rs 100-crore penalty on Andhra Pradesh govt over illegal sand mining Advertising Subansiri dam, Subansiri dam issue, Subansiri dam controversy, Subansiri dam assam, Subansiri dam in which state, Subansiri Hydroelectric Project, ngt, assam floods, india news The Subansiri hydel power project site in 2019. Below (see pic) is how it used to look back in 2011.Informed that work on the Lower Subansiri Hydroelectric Project on the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border had been “kept pending” since 2011 due to a local agitation, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) in December 2015 asked NHPC Ltd not to resume construction till safety issues were resolved. The Mini Ratna PSU has achieved over 30% progress in concretizing since. Written by Jay Mazoomdaar | New Delhi | Updated: July 16, 2019 7:05:36 am Best Of Express In undecided Congress, first open call for Priyanka: She should be party chief center_img Subansiri dam, Subansiri dam issue, Subansiri dam controversy, Subansiri dam assam, Subansiri dam in which state, Subansiri Hydroelectric Project, ngt, assam floods, india news The next hearing is on July 25.A spillway is a structure for controlled release of dam water into the riverbed downstream. Additionally, the developer has nearly completed the construction of two cut-off walls under the dam base. These components were suggested in 2013 by a Dam Design Review Panel (DDRP), the recommendations of which are still being reviewed under an NGT order.“Since the dam is incomplete, the river overflows the structure and erodes the riverbed downstream. So we concretized the riverbed to avoid damage to the dam foundation as per the recommendations of the design review committee. The construction of the spillway and the cut-off walls is not complete. This is protection work permitted under the NGT order,” said Executive Director Arvind Bhat, in-charge of the Lower Subansiri project.Based on the report of a Tribunal-appointed Advocate Commissioner, the NGT in its December 2015 order specifically allowed the removal of construction material, upkeep of machinery, maintenance of roads and concretization of tunnels, along with any emergency maintenance work.Subansiri dam, Subansiri dam issue, Subansiri dam controversy, Subansiri dam assam, Subansiri dam in which state, Subansiri Hydroelectric Project, ngt, assam floods, india news The hydel power project site in 2011.The Advocate Commissioner was briefed by NHPC officials at the project site but her May 2015 report did not record any threat to the riverbed downstream or requirement for spillway extension as a protection measure. Yet, by the end of 2016, the developer had used 1.75 lakh cum concrete, constructing a significant part of the extended spillway. Neither Bhat nor senior officials at NHPC’s Faridabad headquarters commented on why the PSU proceeded with construction as per the DDRP report, which continues to be under legal scrutiny. 8 Comment(s) Advertising Karnataka: Supreme Court to rule today, says Speaker’s powers need relook Court cases against Punjab officials if they fail to deliver, warns NGT committee on pollution NRC deadline approaching, families stranded in Assam floods stay home Conceived to be the largest hydropower project of the country, the 2,000 MW Lower Subansiri project has been repeatedly red-flagged by experts and activists for its weak sandstone base, shallow foundation, inadequate quake resistance, absence of flood-control capacity, downstream impact on ecology and livelihood etc.Observing that these safety issues could not be resolved despite numerous committees and that several modifications made to the original dam plan indicated serious problems with the project, the NGT in 2017 asked for yet another expert panel to consider the recommendations of all the previous panels as well as an alternative dam design.While the NGT subsequently dismissed a petition that challenged the constitution of this panel on the ground of conflict of interest, the Supreme Court had sent the matter back to the Tribunal, instructing it to give a reasoned order. 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Alphabets New Chronicle Promises to Speed Threat Data Analysis

first_imgThe idea behind Chronicle stems from the fact that many companies receive tens of thousands of security alerts per day, more than most teams can handle, Gillett said last week in an online post introducing the new firm. Typically, security teams can filter those alerts to a few thousand, and at best, review several hundred at a time.One of the problems with analyzing threats is the sheer cost of storing relevant data, he noted.”As a result, its pretty common for hackers to go undetected for months,” Gillett wrote, “or for it to take a team months to fully understand what’s going on once they’ve detected an issue.”Chronicle will be able to speed up the detection process by as much as 10 times, using the same infrastructure that is employed in other Alphabet programs, thus allowing those threats to be analyzed in minutes.The firm has enlisted a number of Fortune 500 companies to test a preview release of Chronicle’s new security intelligence platform, which is currently in alpha mode. Faster Analysis Many enterprises lack the most current threat intelligence to process information in an effective way, said Brian Contos, CISO at Verodin.”Intelligence becomes more like a lagging indicator,” he told TechNewsWorld. “The malicious IPs, domains, URLs, Tor proxies and the like are constantly growing and moving.”If an enterprise is outsourcing most of its IT services, then Chronicle may be a good solution, observed Jim McGregor, principal analyst at Tirias Research.”Google has performed an extensive amount of research on security threats and relies on improved security for its own platforms,” he told TechNewsWorld, noting that Google researchers most recently unmasked the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities.”Google is also a leader in AI research,” McGregor said. “However, having everything local and a local AI solution may be the most secure solution.”The Chronicle launch is intriguing, said GreatHorn CEO Kevin O’Brien, though he wondered why Google previously had not woven that type of security into its core products.”Google can bring a tremendous amount of data and design experience to bear on cybersecurity,” he told TechNewsWorld. “However, cybersecurity is a domain for experts and layers of defense, and less frequently aspirational side projects.” The real goal is to create an “immune system” for the digital world, allowing companies to predict future attacks rather than react after the damage has been done, wrote Alphabet X CEO Astro Teller, captain of moonshots, in an online post.Chronicle will be the third company to emerge from the development lab, following autonomous driving startup Waymo and life sciences firm Verily, he noted. Alphabet, the parent company of Google, has launched Chronicle, a new cybersecurity venture, following two years of development at the Alphabet X research lab.Cofounded by CEO Stephen Gillett and Chief Security Officer Mike Wiacek, Chronicle will operate as an independent unit. Gillett previously worked as executive in residence at Google Ventures and previously worked as chief operating officer at Symantec. Wiacek was the cofounder and manager of Google’s Threat Analysis Group.Chronicle will include VirusTotal, a Google-owned cybersecurity and intelligence platform and malware intelligence service. VirusTotal will continue to operate as an independent company, according to Bernardo Quintero, manager of the firm. center_img David Jones is a freelance writer based in Essex County, New Jersey. He has written for Reuters, Bloomberg, Crain’s New York Business and The New York Times. The Final Frontier Information Overloadlast_img read more

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ICUS applauds announcement of dramatic changes in payment for contrastenhanced ultrasound imaging

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 27 2018The International Contrast Ultrasound Society (ICUS) applauds the announcement of dramatic changes in payment for contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) imaging of the abdomen.The changes, which will go into effect in the U.S. on January 1, 2019, include a new “Category I” CPT code to support the use of CEUS for non-cardiac abdominal imaging. ICUS, an international medical society, advocates for the safe and appropriate use of CEUS to improve patient care.”Studies are now showing that CEUS is often equivalent or superior to more expensive imaging tools like MR or CT,” according to Dr. Stephanie Wilson, Co-President of ICUS and Clinical Professor of Radiology and Gastroenterology at the University of Calgary.Wilson said CEUS is “an exceedingly safe, reliable, easy to use, cost-effective imaging option that is completely radiation-free and is routinely used in adult and pediatric imaging procedures throughout the world.”CPT (Current Procedural Terminology) codes, adopted by the American Medical Association (AMA), are used in setting payment for medical procedures in the U.S. Category I codes are only created for procedures or services that will be widely performed in clinical practice.In addition, final Medicare physician payment rules will increase the RVUs (relative value units) for the new CEUS codes. The rules were published in the Federal Register Friday.”Until now, lack of appropriate CPT coding has been a barrier to broader adoption of CEUS in the U.S.,” according to Dr. Richard Barr, Board Member-At-Large of ICUS and Professor of Radiology, Northeast Ohio Medical University. “This new Category I CPT code will help improve our patients’ access to appropriate healthcare, and we cannot overstate its importance.”CEUS uses ultrasound contrast agents (UCAs) to enhance the clarity and reliability of ultrasound scans, and often reduces the need for more expensive downstream testing, according to Barr.Related StoriesPassive cavitation imaging can estimate a drug’s dose and location in the brainContinuous personnel changes are a major cause of NHS ultrasound staff shortage, shows studyUAMS-developed noninvasive device detects melanoma in earliest stagesUCAs are liquid suspensions of tiny gas-filled microbubbles that are injected intravenously during an ultrasound scan. UCAs mimic blood flow patterns of red blood cells and reflect ultrasound signals in real time as they traverse the microcirculation, helping physicians more accurately diagnose medical conditions and monitor therapy. UCAs present no known risk of kidney or liver damage, do not require sedation, and are expelled from the body within minutes.”The upgraded professional fees and new Category I CPT code represent a potential sea change for the ultrasound community,” according to Dr. Ed Grant, Treasurer of ICUS and Professor and Chairman Department of Radiology, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California.Grant said these changes represent a tangible incentive to use CEUS where medically appropriate, providing safe, real time imaging at a lower overall cost to the health care system while also improving patient experiences and hospital workflows.The creation and valuing of new codes for abdominal CEUS imaging grew out of close collaboration among numerous professional societies, according to Barr.”We are grateful to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) Economics Committee on Coding and Nomenclature, which worked in close collaboration with CPT advisors from the ACR, American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS), Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), Association of University Radiologists (AUR), American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM), Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound (SRU), Society of Pediatric Radiologists (SPR) and ICUS,” Barr said. Source: http://icus-society.org/last_img read more

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