August 24, 2019

Mr Palethorpe said the December arrival of the 208

first_imgMr Palethorpe said the December arrival of the 2080-guest Queen Elizabeth meant she would spend Christmas in local waters – a first for Cunard’s current fleet of Queens.Travellers will be able to sail from Melbourne to New Zealand over the festive break with Christmas Day spent cruising the Tasman Sea, Boxing Day in the tranquil waters of Fiordland National Park and New Year’s Eve in Auckland Harbour, enjoying the world’s first firework spectacular as a new decade begins.Other cruises from Melbourne will include voyages to South Australia and Tasmania. Following her two-month Melbourne deployment, Queen Elizabeth will sail to Sydney where she will cruise on two roundtrip voyages from the city before heading north.Her Sydney offerings will include a new 14-night cruise to Papua New Guinea, featuring the cruise line’s maiden calls to the beautiful Conflict Islands and Kiriwina in the Trobriand Islands.Other maiden visits during the summer season include Cunard’s first call to Esperance in Western Australia, while Queen Elizabeth will be making her inaugural visits to Albany, Whitsunday Islands and Darwin.At 90,900 tonnes, Queen Elizabeth is the second largest ship ever to sail in Cunard’s fleet. Launched in 2010, she is also the youngest in the cruise line’s current trio of Queens with features including more than 10 restaurants and cafes, a games deck featuring paddle tennis, croquet and bowls, a two-storey library, a ballroom and a three-deck Royal Court Theatre seating 800 guests and offering private boxes.Full details of the 2020 World Voyage season will be released on 13 March 2018, with the program scheduled to go on sale on 20 March 2018. Go back to the e-newsletter Go back to the e-newsletterCunard has announced that its world-famous ship Queen Elizabeth will be based in Australia for an unprecedented 101 days over the 2019-20 summer.Queen Elizabeth will sail on six roundtrip cruises from Melbourne and two from Sydney during the season, which will feature an array of itineraries to South Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea between December 2019 and March 2020.The new 2020 Australian deployment will be almost double the length of Queen Elizabeth’s scheduled 54-day season Down Under early next year, which will see the ship sailing from Sydney and Melbourne during February-March 2019.Cunard senior vice president Simon Palethorpe said Queen Elizabeth’s record 2020 season reflected the importance of the Australian cruise market to Cunard as well as Melbourne’s growing attraction as a cruise hub, with the Victorian capital providing the ship’s homeport for two months.“Over the past few years we’ve seen unprecedented growth in demand for the Cunard experience in Australia so it made sense for us to invest further in the market and extend the sailing season of Queen Elizabeth even more in 2020,” Mr Palethorpe said.“Our new 2019-20 summer season will not only feature more cruises, it will also offer some exciting new itinerary options which we hope will entice even more Australians to experience Cunard’s legendary service and style.”last_img read more

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DERRY City and Strabane District Council say that

first_img DERRY City and Strabane District Council say that the Eternal Flame in the Peace Garden on Foyle St is currently out of service as a result of vandalism.A spokesperson said: “Council would appeal to the public to show respect for the monument which was erected as a symbol of peace and reconciliation.“Please report any information they have to the PSNI.” CouncilETERNAL FLAMEFoyle StreetPEACE GARDENPSNIVANDALS DAMAGE DERRY’S ETERNAL FLAME IN PEACE GARDEN ShareTweetcenter_img VANDALS DAMAGE DERRY’S ETERNAL FLAME IN PEACE GARDEN was last modified: January 6th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more

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Tim Green first noticed the symptoms about five ye

first_imgTim Green first noticed the symptoms about five years ago.The former NFL player, whose strength was a job requirement, suddenly found his hands weren’t strong enough to use a nail clipper. His words didn’t come out as fast as he was thinking them.”I’m a strange guy,” Tim says. “I get something in my head and I can just run with it. I was really afraid I had ALS. But there was enough doubt that I said, ‘Alright, I don’t. Let’s not talk about it. Let’s not do anything.’ “Denying pain and injury had been a survival strategy in football.”I was well trained in that verse,” he says.But a diagnosis in 2016 made denial impossible. Doctors confirmed that Tim, also a former NPR commentator, had ALS, known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The degenerative illness attacks the body’s motor nerve cells, weakening muscles in the arms and legs as well as the muscles that control speech, swallowing and breathing.Tim tried to keep it private — he didn’t want people feeling sorry for him.But he says, “I got to a point where I couldn’t hide it anymore.”So Tim went on 60 Minutes and revealed his illness.”What we said is, you either write your own history or someone’s going to write it for you,” says his 24-year-old son, Troy Green.When one isn’t enoughI was one of Tim Green’s producers for his Morning Edition commentaries back in the 1990s. We went to dinner once when he was in Washington, D.C., for a game — his Atlanta Falcons were playing Washington. Tim had a huge plate of pasta. When we finished, the waiter came over and asked, “Anything else?” Tim pointed to his clean plate and said, “Yeah. Let’s do it again.”That was him. One entree wasn’t enough. One high-profile career wasn’t enough — he’s also a prolific author, has a law degree and works for two firms.And ultimately, it wasn’t enough for Tim to deal with ALS in silence. Last month, in conjunction with his 60 Minutes appearance, Tim helped launch a fundraising website, Tackle ALS.Writing his own storyI recently visited Tim at his lakeside home in upstate New York, in the village of Skaneateles.We sat down in a room with a huge picture window that normally offers a gorgeous view of Skaneateles Lake. On the day I visited, all you could see was driving snow. Troy Green sat next to his dad — Tim’s speech is slow and raspy, and sometimes Troy helps repeat or reinforce Tim’s words. During our talk, a tube connected to a port in Tim’s chest provided an infusion of Radicava. Last year, the FDA approved the new drug, which has been shown to slow the progress of what’s currently a fatal disease.The history Troy encouraged Tim to write is positive and hopeful. They stress that ALS can be cured, it’s just underfunded.The history certainly includes family. Tim and his wife Illyssa have been married for 29 years. They have five kids — all with first names starting with “T” — that’s Illyssa’s doing, Tim says. And the family is incredibly close. Literally.”My brother lives on the same lane as us. I’m their neighbor,” Troy says, adding, “My little sister’s at school, my little brother lives here and then my older sister lives the furthest away. She’s about a three-minute drive.””We’re going to reel her in,” Tim laughs.Football, a complicated loveOf course, any Tim Green history has to include football.For better and worse.Tim believes football gave him the disease. His eight years in the NFL in the 1980s and 90s, as a defensive lineman and linebacker, were before protective rule changes and concussion protocols.There were “countless” head collisions, Tim says. I mention that he had decades of those collisions, from an early age through the NFL.”But in the NFL,” he says, “the violence and the impacts are extraordinary. Every day.”Troy adds, “when [Tim] played, practices were worse than the games. Because in the game, you typically would see 45 to 65 plays. In practice, you could run 100, 200 by the time you’re done with drills.”Researchers say repetitive head blows may play a part in causing ALS. The recent NFL concussion settlement acknowledged a link by including payouts to former players with the disease, including Tim.His Morning Edition commentaries regularly took listeners inside the violent game. In 1992, Tim wrote one about a teammate, former Atlanta defensive end Rick Bryan, who’d had enough of the physical toll and was retiring.The piece ended with this:”Back at the locker room, I checked my protective neck padding and pumped some extra air into the padding of my helmet. Like a gypsy gazing into a crystal ball, I looked at my own distorted reflection in the glossy black surface of my helmet. The smile let me know I was glad to be there, but there was nothing I could see that told me how long it would last.”Tim could articulate what many players couldn’t. Why, I asked him, with his insights, would he play a sport that had the potential to do permanent damage?Tim says as a kid, he had two passions: writing and football. From the earliest age, he says, he worked incredibly hard to succeed at both, and he did.”I was just impassioned,” he says. “That’s what I wanted, and that’s what I got.””If [this disease] is part of the bargain, I don’t know,” he continues. But back then, he says, he had “no idea” of the potential long-term damage of football. “So the temporary pain and discomfort, I knew that was worth it. Some pain in the future with my back, neck, knees, I knew that was worth it.””Can I say getting ALS was worth it? I don’t know. I don’t know.”His ambivalence illustrates Tim’s profound and complicated love for the game. Still. He says it gave him the disease. But it also taught him so many life lessons growing up. It allowed him to vent anger and violence in an acceptable way.”I’m not indicting football or the NFL,” he says.He passed on his love — his two oldest sons played football. His 12-year-old, Ty, plays now. And it has split the close-knit Greens. Illyssa doesn’t like it. Tim says he wants Ty to play if he wants to.Tim and Troy say the game now is different than it was. It’s much safer with less contact in practice. Both of them coached Ty’s junior team.”We trained [so in] every tackling drill your head’s out of the play,” Troy says. “In practice we would penalize our players if they had their head in the drill. We really just encouraged the modern day football, not the 1980s edition.”Still, football is inherently dangerous, and so far Ty wants to play.”I don’t want to wrap him up in a bubble,” says Tim, “because where do you stop?”But there’s a deeper, more complex reason behind Tim’s support. Troy says his dad doesn’t want the illness to be a burden on anyone. So Tim doesn’t want Ty not to play just because the game hurt him.Translating science into treatment”I do want to point out that most people who play football don’t develop ALS.”So says Dr. Merit Cudkowicz, who treats Tim’s disease. Cudkowicz has researched ALS for nearly 25 years. She thinks football probably is a factor that led to his illness, but not the only one. The studies so far haven’t established a direct cause and effect.”And that’s why we think there’s something else,” Cudkowicz says. “It’s a combination perhaps in someone’s immune system or something in their genetics that makes it more likely that if you also hit your head repetitively that you might come down with the disease.”Cudkowicz directs the Healey Center for ALS at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She says Tim’s and other prominent people’s involvement and publicity present a great opportunity, as a follow up to the viral ice bucket challenges that raised money for ALS a few years ago.”Absolutely I think this is a huge next step,” Cudkowicz says. “The ice bucket challenge came at the right time. The science was exploding, but there were no resources for it. And suddenly there’s this $220 million resource for ALS, and it fed this great science and drew in all these new people and new companies for the field.””But there’s still a [funding] gap in getting that great science to patients. And that’s where Tim’s Tackle ALS initiative and the Healey Center are going to partner and hopefully with many other groups, translate that great science into treatment for people.”‘If you have a good life, it’s never long enough’Later, on the day I visited, Tim sat down at a desk in a large wood-paneled den, indulging his other passion in life — writing.He can’t type, so he has a sensor on his glasses that highlights letters. Then he clicks a mouse and the letters show up on his laptop screen. He’s working on a kid’s baseball book. It’s a third collaboration with former New York Yankees star Derek Jeter, and Tim says they both provide specific areas of expertise. Jeter brings baseball realism to the book; Tim draws on his many years of being surrounded by young people. Disgusting young people, he laughs.”These are kids 10 to 14 years old. Tweens,” he says. “They think vomit is funny. [So] somebody has to throw up [in the book], and it’s best when they throw up on someone.””Writing [these scenes] is easy. It’s convincing Derek to keep them is where I earn my money.”On cue, Troy looks up from his phone and makes an announcement.”Just got an email that Jeter, and [his] Turn 2 Foundation donated $10,000 [to Tackle ALS]. His ears are ringing,” Troy says, laughing. “He heard about the vomit scenes!”Tim says the fundraising is a chance to help others. He says he’s one of the luckier people with the disease. It’s relatively slow-moving.I ask Tim what keeps him positive through this time. He answers by recounting a period 12 years ago, when Illyssa was diagnosed with cancer.”She was out of her mind,” Tim says, “and I remember saying to her, ‘You’ve got great doctors, we’re gonna beat this and do everything we can. But in the meantime, I don’t want you to wallow in fear and anxiety and misery.’ I said, ‘because we have a very good life and if you have a good life … and a lot of people do, maybe they don’t realize it, but they do … but if you have a good life, it’s never long enough. We all know it’s finite.’ “”So whenever the end point is, I ask to be strong enough to maintain that positive attitude no matter what the challenges are.”Today, Illyssa is cancer-free. And it’s Tim trying to live by his own advice.As I leave, I stop to look at two large sculptures outside their house. One is of five kids, playing. The other is a lone figure. A helmeted football player, running and catching a pass over the shoulder. Tim says it’s an homage to the game that let him “buy this amazing property and build a comfortable home.”A home, and family, that now mean even more than they have all along. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

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If you have ever wanted to get paid to lie in bed

first_imgIf you have ever wanted to get paid to lie in bed, then this job is for you: NASA, the European Space Agency and the German Aerospace Center are offering $18,500 for people to lie in bed for two months. The job is based in Cologne, Germany, and it’s part of a study designed to better understand how the body adapts to weightlessness. The agencies are currently looking for people who are female, between the ages of 24 and 55 and who speak German. The official name of the study is Artificial Gravity Bed Rest Study. But there’s a catch. Those chosen for the job will have to stay in bed 24 hours a day, seven days a week for 60 straight days. That means no getting up for bathroom breaks, bathing or meals. And the money, well, it comes out to just shy of $13 an hour.Jennifer Ngo-Anh with the European Space Agency says she doesn’t believe that will deter everyone from participating.”A lot of people are intrigued about the idea of contributing to advance knowledge that helps us to really have humans live and work in space for extended periods of time,” Ngo-Anh says. Besides lying in bed for 60 days, there are other days for orientation, rest and rehabilitation at both ends of the study. The total time period someone has to be available for the study is 89 days, plus several follow up examinations in the years after the study. People are already participating in phase one of the study and the researchers are now looking for candidates for phase two. But before you apply, be warned: For the study, volunteers will have to lie in bed with their heads tilted slightly downward. Ngo-Anh says that’s to help recreate conditions of spaceflight. “When volunteers lie in bed with their heads tilted roughly six degrees below the horizontal, then a lot of the effects that spaceflight has on the human body can be simulated or being reproduced,” Ngo-Anh says. “It is not to annoy volunteers, but it is actually to test countermeasures.”Volunteers will also be exposed to artificial gravity to test if it can be a countermeasure to the effects of spaceflight. If the study finds that exposure has a positive effect, it may be used as an official countermeasure for future spaceflight missions.If volunteers are hoping to get some exercise while on the job, fret not. Ngo-Anh says her organization has tested everything from jumping in bed to cycling in bed, plus other contraptions that can be mounted to the beds. So, if you still think this job is for you, sign up while you still can. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

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Laptop Ban Expansion Could Include Domestic Flights

first_imgLaptops The U.S. government imposed a laptop ban in airplane cabins back in March covering 10 airports and impacting around 350 flights every week. There’s been hints the ban may expand for a couple of months, and now the head of Homeland Security confirmed as much. But it may end up being domestic as well as international flights included in the ban.According to Reuters, Homeland Security is currently reviewing the ban and considering expanding it to cover direct flights from airports spread across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. John Kelly, Secretary of Homeland Security, told the House of Representatives that, “We are looking right now at an additional 71 airports.” He also said they are trying to “mitigate the threat” without expanding the ban, which likely translates to guaranteed increased security at the airports under review. If the ban was expanded, it’s estimated that 400 flights a day would be affected. However, this is just international flights. As far as the TSA are concerned, domestic flights are also under consideration.According to CBS Baltimore, the recent terrorist attacks in Great Britain, coupled with the U.S. summer travel season beginning, means even more thorough security screening and more passengers to deal with. And with that in mind, the TSA is reviewing the situation with regards to a laptop ban and not ruling out a domestic flight cabin ban.Lisa Farbstein, a TSA Public Affairs spokesperson, told CBS Baltimore a decision has yet to be made, “The Department of Homeland Security is currently considering the possible expansion of that laptop ban … No decision has been made … It’s a determined enemy. They’re targeting transportation hubs, and so what we want to do is make sure you get to your destination safely, and go home safely.”If the ban does get extended, either to more international airports or domestic flights, it’s sure to cause anger and frustration, but more importantly even longer wait times to board flights. The TSA urges travelers to allow more time if traveling between now and Labor Day to get through the security screening. For domestic flights that means arriving two hours before a flight. For international flights they recommend three hours. Senior Editor As well as domestic flights, dozens of airports across Europe, the Middle East and Africa are also under consideration by Homeland Security. –shares 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Image credit: via PC Mag Matthew Humphries Add to Queuecenter_img 2 min read June 8, 2017 Next Article Laptop Ban Expansion Could Include Domestic Flights This story originally appeared on PCMag Apply Now » The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue.last_img read more

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Lufthansa Reports a Near Miss With Drone Over Los Angeles

first_img Reuters Lufthansa Reports a Near Miss With Drone Over Los Angeles Register Now » –shares Drones This story originally appeared on Reuters Image credit: REUTERS | Charles Platiau Next Article center_img The pilot of a Lufthansa passenger jumbo jet reported a drone aircraft nearly collided with the airliner on Friday on its landing approach to Los Angeles International Airport, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.The close encounter between the wide-body, four-engine Airbus A380 and the drone occurred at about 1:30 p.m. at an altitude of 5,000 feet as the unmanned aircraft passed about 200 feet over the Lufthansa flight 14 miles east of the airport, the FAA said.No evasive action was taken by the airline crew, and the plane, Lufthansa Flight 456, safely made its landing minutes later without further incident, according to FAA spokesman Ian Gregor.The FAA immediately alerted the Los Angeles Police Department’s air support division.The number of passengers and crew aboard the plane was not reported by authorities, nor was the flight’s origin.U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, who has introduced legislation to require new safety features on drones, pointed to the close call as an example of the hazards posed to commercial aviation by unregulated drone activity.”This is one more incident that could have brought down an airliner, and it’s completely unacceptable,” she said in a statement.Federal regulations generally bar drone aircraft and model airplanes from flying higher than 400 feet or within 5 miles of an airport without first contacting air traffic control and airport authorities. Operators also must keep their drones away from other aircraft and groups of people.The FAA has received at least 42 reports of drones flying unsafely near LAX, the nation’s second-busiest airport, since April 2014, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis last fall of federal data released by Feinstein.The data shows nearly 200 pilot reports of close encounters involving drones in California alone during the past two years, the most of any state, according to the Times.In a 2014 letter to the FAA, Feinstein cited three instances in which drones flew dangerously close to passenger planes near major airports — two on the same day in May of that year at New York City’s LaGuardia Airport and LAX, and another at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York in March 2013.Responding to heightened concerns about rogue drone flights near airports, the FAA issued a rule in December requiring hobbyists as young as 13 to register their unmanned aircraft online with the government.(Reporting by Steve Gorman; Editing by Sandra Maler and Michael Perry) Add to Queue Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business 3 min read Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. March 21, 2016last_img read more

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Evolution Digital and Vast Broadband Announce Agreement for Full AppBased TV Offering

first_imgeMERGE user experience showcasing ‘News – On Now’ programs in the Homepage “After careful consideration of the options available to us in the marketplace, we chose Evolution Digital as our trusted IPTV partner to lead our business and customers into the next generation of streaming content across the most popular managed and retail devices,” said Jim Gleason, chief executive officer at Vast. “Evolution Digital’s eVUE-TV and eMERGE offerings allow us to cost-effectively make the transition to IP with the aggregation of high-value IP content. We are excited for our customers to check the app out later this year.”Vast’s full IP video delivery solution will be available to customers on Evolution Digital’s managed eSTREAM 4K, powered by Android TV, as well as popular retail devices including Roku, Apple TV, iOS and Android mobile. As such, users can also easily stream their favorite OTT content without having to switch HDMI cords, boxes and remotes. More compatible devices will roll out post-launch.Marketing Technology News: Verve Releases SDK 4.0 To Supercharge The Revenue-Generating Power Of In-App InventoryEvolution Digital’s eMERGE app-based software client provides a roadmap for universal content browse, dynamic ad insertion, non-traditional video sources, as well as future IP telecommunications services such as the Internet of Things (IoT).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 Evolution Digital announces an agreement with Vast Broadband (“Vast”) to be its full end-to-end IP video platform provider for its application-based video offering. As Vast migrates to IP video delivery with Evolution Digital’s eVUE-TV content delivery platform, the app will feature 300+ linear channels, Video on Demand, network DVR, pay-per-view and catch-up/start-over content on the operator-customizable, feature-rich eMERGE user experience. The streaming service will be available to more than 57,000 residential and business customers. “Our team is incredibly excited to announce a new customer of our end-to-end IP video solution on the acclaimed eMERGE user experience with the 2019 CableFAX-honored ‘Independent Operator of the Year,’ Vast,” said Marc Cohen, EVP of sales and marketing. “We look forward to working with Vast in revamping its video platform with the transition to app-based video delivery on the devices that consumers love inside and outside of the home. We will ensure that Vast customers are getting the best entertainment technology available in the pay-TV space, and are excited to build upon that innovation for years to come.”Marketing Technology News: Gigapaces Partners with Tableau to Accelerate Machine Learning and Data Visualizationcenter_img EmergeEvolution DigitalIP Video platformMarketing TechnologyNewsVast Broadband Previous ArticleZepl and Snowflake Bring Data Science as a Service to Cloud Data WarehousesNext ArticleCreator by Zmags Brings Greater Agility to Ecommerce Creativity Evolution Digital and Vast Broadband Announce Agreement for Full App-Based TV Offering with eMERGE User Experience PRNewswireJune 28, 2019, 4:37 pmJune 28, 2019 last_img read more

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Early gut bacterial colonization may reduce risk of developing eczema

first_imgDec 4 2018Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Strains of a bacterium commonly found in skin infections may help to protect against eczema, according to new research in the British Journal of Dermatology.Atopic eczema is extremely common, affecting around one in five children in the UK. It causes skin to become red, itchy, sore and sometimes infected. This can greatly impact on a child’s quality of life.The term ‘atopic’ is used to describe a group of conditions which include asthma, eczema and hay-fever. These conditions are linked by an overreaction of the immune system to harmless substances in the environment, such as house dust mites, pet dander, grass and tree pollen.It is believed that exposure to certain microbes matures the immune system, making it less likely to become overreactive and cause allergies.Not being exposed to these microbes as an infant could potentially make a child more susceptible to reactions to them later in life if they are genetically prone to these sorts of problems. This is known as the ‘hygiene hypothesis’.Having these microbes in the gastro-intestinal tract in early infancy seems to be especially protective against the development of allergy.Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) is one such microbe – it is a bacterium commonly found in the normal skin flora (it lives on our skin)and also commonly colonizes the gut of infants, where it can reach quite high numbers.Now scientists from Sweden have discovered the strains (genetic variants) of S. aureus that help to protect against the development of atopic eczema.In the first part of this research, the scientists suggested that, whereas the rate of gut colonization by S. aureus does not differ between infants who subsequently develop atopic eczema or those who do not, strains of S.aureus from infants without eczema more often carry certain combinations of genes called adhesin and toxin genes, notably ebp, encoding elastin-binding protein, and the superantigen genes selm and seln.Superantigens are toxins produced by S. aureus that are very strongly immune stimulating, and these toxins are commonly known as causing ‘food poisoning’.However, infants colonized by these S. aureus strains have no increased problems with vomiting or diarrhea, as opposed to adults who consume the toxins, for example in food that has been infected by S. aureus.The purpose of this latest study was to confirm these earlier findings, in a group of 64 infants. Swabs and fecal samples were taken to measure microbe colonization in the gut and in the nasal passage at the ages of three days, one, two, four and eight weeks, and at four, six, 12, 18 and 36 months.12 infants developed atopic eczema and 52 did not, and the strains colonizing these infants were grouped accordingly. Echoing the finding from the first study, S. aureus colonization in the gutper se was unrelated to subsequent eczema development, however, gut S. aureus strains from the infants who remained eczema-free were more likely to carry the ebp gene and superantigen genes encoded by the egc (selm and seln), as compared to strains from children who developed eczema.Nasal colonization by S. aureus was less clearly related to subsequent eczema development. Notably, the researchers restricted the analysis to strains found in the gut of the infants during the first two months of life, well before the onset of eczema, to exclude that the results were due to a change in gut flora secondary to the atopic disease. Part of the reason this study is so interesting is that, up until now, S. aureus has been seen as the villain of the eczema story, as this bacterium tends to be found in infected eczema patches and is thought to aggravate the disease. This study shows that actually, it has a positive effect too, as early gut exposure to S. aureus can actually help prevent eczema developing.A complex interplay of factors contribute to eczema – there is no one set trigger, but rather a host of biological processes that, in combination, cause the disease. Research like this is incredibly helpful in providing a clearer picture of these factors, as we still do not fully understand this common, sometimes debilitating disease.”Nina Goad, The British Association of Dermatologists The two groups of children used in the two studies were sampled five to seven years apart and from different geographical areas: the first in the city of Gothenburg and the second in a rural part of southwestern Sweden. The almost identical findings for the two cohorts lend credibility to the hypothesis that early mucosal colonization by certain types of S. aureus beneficially affects stimulation of the infant’s immune system in a manner that reduces the risk of eczema development.”Dr. Forough Nowrouzian, Lead Authorcenter_img 20 percent of young children now suffer from eczema, which is thought to be four times as many as fifty years ago. Figures for 12 to 14 year olds suffering from eczema in Britain are thought to be among the highest in the world.Incidence of atopic eczema has been increasing greatly in recent decades in industrialised countries for reasons that are largely unclear. For example, studies of eczema among immigrant populations coming to the UK from countries where eczema is less of a problem, show that their children are suffering to same degree as white, non-immigrant children. Therefore, as well as genetic factors, there is a strong environmental influence which appears to be important in young people.Source: http://www.bad.org.uk/last_img read more

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Is Zuckerberg willing to act boldly to fix Facebook crisis

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. As questions mounted last year about whether Facebook had been exploited to tilt the U.S. presidential election, Mark Zuckerberg’s to-do list landed him on a fishing trawler off Alabama’s Gulf coast. But the chatter surrounding the CEO’s arrival in port was that it signaled something bigger than just the start of a 30-state personal tour: his designs on a job even more powerful than leading the social network that links 2.2 billion people worldwide.”It was one of the last things I asked him, thinking it would put a smile on his face—and it did,” said Dominick Ficarino, who owns a shrimp business in Bayou La Batre, Alabama, and hosted a dockside lunch for Zuckerberg that Sunday afternoon.”I asked him if he was interested in running for president of the United States. And his answer to me was: ‘Can I answer you with a question? If you were me, would you?'”Thirteen months later, Zuckerberg no longer has the luxury of mulling a hypothetical next act. Instead, he is grappling with a crisis that has enveloped the company synonymous with his face and name. It does not help that the most glaring reminder of Facebook’s flaws is the unabated uproar over the American presidency itself.”The world feels anxious and divided, and Facebook has a lot of work to do,” Zuckerberg wrote in January, laying out the “personal challenge” that he sets for himself each year.In 2017, the billionaire challenged himself to travel to every state he’d never visited. This year, long after critics began demanding an overhaul, Zuckerberg said his personal goal is to “fix” the platform that he has engineered to build community—but that is increasingly blamed for warping it.Yet things continue to get worse. Scrutiny of Facebook has intensified following reports that it failed to prevent the data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica from amassing personal information about millions of users—possibly used to aid Donald Trump’s campaign—and that the social network has been collecting Android users’ phone call and text message histories without notice. That adds to criticism that Facebook manipulates its users and has allowed Russian bots to divide Americans by spreading false information.On Monday, the Federal Trade Commission announced it was investigating Facebook for its privacy practices. In this April 19, 2017, file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at his company’s annual F8 developer conference in San Jose, Calif. Critics say Facebook continues to ignore the possibility of the social network being used for dark purposes. But Zuckerberg’s supporters said he is unfairly blamed for problems he could not have foreseen. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File) “We didn’t ever talk about Facebook at all,” Erion said, “which is really interesting because Facebook is really the main way of us getting information out. He really was just like a regular person.”___As Zuckerberg connected with Americans face-to-face, controversy over Facebook continued to spiral.Shortly before the election, McNamee sent a letter to Zuckerberg and Facebook’s chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, warning that Facebook was being manipulated in ways its creators never intended. It wasn’t just about the U.S. election: A consulting firm had collected data on people interested in the Black Lives Matter movement and sold it to police departments, and critics had detected a well-organized, clandestine campaign supporting Brexit.All this pointed to a deep problem with Facebook—that it was simply not equipped or not willing to prevent the misuse of its platform.McNamee said he has been disappointed in the incremental changes announced since.Facebook has adopted this “libertarian philosophy that says ‘we are not responsible for anything downstream, we are allowed to disrupt media, we are allowed to addict our users and we are not responsible for any of the consequences of any of that,'” he said.Zuckerberg could change that. But McNamee said it is not enough to hire thousands of workers to weed through fake and abusive posts if those posts keep getting through. And tweaking Facebook’s newsfeed so users see more posts from families and friends does not address his certainty that the algorithms underlying Facebook make it dangerously addictive.”You cannot cure addiction by doing more of the thing that got you addicted in the first place, which is what Zuck recommends,” McNamee wrote in an email.Critics say Facebook continues to ignore the possibility of the social network being used for dark purposes, but Zuckerberg’s supporters counter that he is unfairly blamed for problems he could not have foreseen.Hoffman, the LinkedIn co-founder, credits Zuckerberg with leading Facebook through a shift in mindset, making changes that will nudge users into a more positive virtual environment—without completely shutting out inflammatory content. “I didn’t know anything about building a company or global internet service,” he wrote in January. “Over the years I’ve made almost every mistake you can imagine.”Naomi Gleit, Facebook’s longest-serving employee after the CEO, said Zuckerberg—who declined an interview request from The Associated Press—has been talking about making the world a better place since he was 21. But his view of that world and his place in it “seemed almost like a gravity, a burden of responsibility,” she said.That seriousness coincides with a sense of certainty.Gleit recalled Zuckerberg’s steadfast attachment to a Facebook message service similar to email, even as more people began using phones to send text messages. But co-workers eventually swayed the CEO, who she described as a “learn-it-all.” That change-of-mind informed Facebook’s 2014 purchase of the WhatsApp messaging service for $19 billion.”I think he would even say now that he was initially wrong,” Gleit said.With Zuckerberg, “its experiment, learn, experiment, learn,” said LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, who has known him since 2004. Hoffman said that is evident in Zuckerberg’s enthusiasm for software, which can be overwritten to fix problems. That facility, he said, makes Zuckerberg the equal of executives with far more experience.But in the process of learning, Zuckerberg’s inexperience has sometimes played out in public view.___In 2010, Zuckerberg announced on Oprah Winfrey’s television show that he would donate $100 million to schools in Newark, New Jersey.Critics labeled it an attempt to polish his image, just as the biopic “The Social Network” was being released. Still, there was little questioning his generosity. The problem was that Zuckerberg—who knew little about education—made the gift with few specifics outlining how it should be spent.”He was just a very young, naive, inexperienced guy who was brilliant at technology and computers and the internet, but just really didn’t know much about how the world worked,” said Dale Russakoff, author of “The Prize,” a book chronicling how the money went to high-priced consultants, with minimal effort by leaders to build community support. In this Sept. 25, 2015, file photo, Facebook Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan, arrive for a State Dinner in honor of Chinese President Xi Jinping, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. In 2017, the billionaire challenged himself to travel to every state he’d never visited. This year, long after critics began demanding an overhaul, Zuckerberg said his personal goal is to “fix” the platform that he has engineered to build community, but that is increasingly blamed for warping it. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File) In this Nov. 9, 2017, file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg meets with a group of entrepreneurs and innovators during a round-table discussion at Cortex Innovation Community technology hub in St. Louis. With Zuckerberg, “its experiment, learn, experiment, learn,” said LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, who has known him since 2004. Hoffman said that is evident in Zuckerberg’s enthusiasm for software, which can be overwritten to fix problems. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File) ____Facebook works hard to present Zuckerberg as someone deeply interested in the ordinary people whose lives are at the heart of its business.Stops on last year’s U.S. tour, never announced, were set up by facilitators who revealed details to only a select few. But many of the visits were covered by the media and documented in professional-quality photos on Zuckerberg’s Facebook page soon after he’d departed.Ostensibly, the idea was for Zuckerberg to learn. But in their brief interactions, many people were just as interested in finding a way to connect with him.In Hazard, Kentucky, educator Paul Green became custodian of the small town’s biggest secret. A staffer from Zuckerberg’s foundation, peppering Green with questions about the region’s educational cooperative, finally admitted it was because the CEO himself wanted to visit. Green’s reward for keeping it quiet was seeing the wide-eyed grins when Zuckerberg pulled up and greeted local high schoolers studying robotics and programming.Walking through science demonstrations, Zuckerberg spent more time trading tech tales with the teenagers than quizzing the teachers.”He just lit up with those kids,” Green said. “The way he talked with them about some of the things he did when he was in school and his passion for technology, it really was cool.”When Zuckerberg toured an oil rig near Williston, North Dakota, last July, “from the minute he got out of the car to the minute he got back in the car, he was nothing but questions,” said Ron Ness, president of the North Dakota Petroleum Council, which arranged the visit.”I had Bakken shale, limestone, dolomite, and he was able to hold them in his hand, along with a bottle of crude oil. And I remember him asking, ‘How do you get that oil out of that rock?'” geologist Kathleen Neset said.In Dayton, Ohio, Zuckerberg met with officials, caregivers and families battling drug addiction. Lori Erion, the founder of the group Families of Addicts, said she told him what it was like to learn her daughter, April, had shot up heroin in their own home.”It seemed to get him really emotional,” Erion said, recalling how Zuckerberg stood up suddenly and told the group he needed a few minutes to steady himself. When he returned, he asked what makes an addict stay clean and how families got their loved ones into treatment. In this April 20, 2011, file photo, President Barack Obama and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg take off their jackets simultaneously during a town hall meeting at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif. “It was one of the last things I asked him, thinking it would put a smile on his face, and it did,” said Dominick Ficarino, who owns a shrimp business in Bayou La Batre, Alabama, and hosted a dockside lunch for Zuckerberg. “I asked him if he was interested in running for president of the United States. And his answer to me was: ‘Can I answer you with a question? If you were me, would you?'” (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File) In this May 26, 2011, file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, center, walks with European Union President Herman Van Rompuy, left, at a working session at the G8 summit on Internet issues in Deauville, France. Roger McNamee, an early Facebook investor and adviser, recalling Zuckerberg as a 22-year-old visionary, said the CEO must be willing to rethink long-held assumptions. But that does not mean he has to abandon building his global community. “You’ve won,” McNamee said he would tell Zuckerberg if asked again for his counsel. “You’ve achieved more than your wildest dreams. You’re a billionaire. Now you have a chance to be a hero.” (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File) This Feb. 5, 2007 file photo shows Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif. Zuckerberg’s boyish appearance, even today, is a reminder of just how young he was when he created what would become the world’s biggest social network, back in his dorm room at Harvard. “I didn’t know anything about building a company or global internet service,” he wrote in January 2018. “Over the years I’ve made almost every mistake you can imagine.” (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File) “Facebook basically is saying we enable people based on the way they behave. That’s a very democratic argument. If people want to live in filter bubbles, who are we to say ‘Don’t live in filter bubbles,’ even though we don’t want them to?” Hoffman said.But Kirkpatrick argued that Zuckerberg’s and Sandberg’s surety that Facebook has a positive impact on society has blinded them to parallel realities. The company can’t be fixed, Kirkpatrick said, until Zuckerberg comes to terms with existential threats to the way the social network does business—its potential to negatively affect democracy and the way it hooks in users.”There’s no question in my mind that Mark Zuckerberg is an ethical and responsible human being who wants to do the right thing,” he said. “However, I do not think he has yet grasped the gravity with which his service is being perceived to be a socially harmful force all around the world. And I also don’t think he realizes the extent to which that really is true.”McNamee, recalling Zuckerberg as a 22-year-old visionary, said the CEO must be willing to rethink long-held assumptions. But that does not mean he has to abandon building his global community.”You’ve won,” McNamee said he would tell Zuckerberg if asked again for his counsel.”You’ve achieved more than your wildest dreams. You’re a billionaire. Now you have a chance to be a hero.” Throughout the mounting crisis, Zuckerberg’s response has been a study in contradictions. He crisscrossed the country, even as his company back home came under increasing fire. He preaches transparency, but flinches at questioning and craves privacy. He is undeniably brilliant, but stubborn in his reluctance to acknowledge the extent of Facebook’s problems.Even his critics say he is uniquely capable of righting the ship. But at 33, is he prepared to do all it will take? © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. In this Sept. 22, 2011, file photo Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg talks about an old Facebook web site during the F8 conference in San Francisco. Naomi Gleit, Facebook’s longest-serving employee after the CEO, said Zuckerberg has been talking about making the world a better place since he was 21. But his view of that world and his place in it “seemed almost like a gravity, a burden of responsibility,” she said. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File) “If he fails to do it, it may take a while but eventually people are going to rebel,” said Roger McNamee, an early Facebook investor and adviser who has become one of the company’s most pointed critics.”I thought Facebook was a force for good in the world for a really long time,” McNamee said. “I think it’s really hard to make that case today.”___Days after Trump’s election, Zuckerberg was pressed on the possibility that foreign agents had used his social network to divide voters.”The idea that fake news on Facebook … influenced the election in any way, I think, is a pretty crazy idea,” the CEO told the audience at a California technology conference.”I think all of us were shocked to learn how wrong he was,” said David Kirkpatrick, the author of a 2010 book about Facebook who questioned Zuckerberg that day. “You can certainly say that he was culpable, in that he was naive and inattentive to what was happening in his system. But I don’t think he was lying.”Zuckerberg walked back the remark soon after, continuing a years-long routine of self-correction. But errors that reflect his stubbornness, those who know him say, are tempered by an eagerness to learn from mistakes and a deep sense of reflection.Donald Graham, the former chairman of the Washington Post Co., recalled that when he met Zuckerberg in 2005, outsiders still weren’t sure what to make of Facebook.”I would ask him a question and he would pause long enough—15 seconds, 20 seconds—that I would think ‘Did I insult him? Did he not hear me?'” said Graham, who went on to serve on the company’s board from 2008 to 2015.”Since I am from Washington, I’m not used to people thinking before they are answering a question. … But Mark, then as now, was thinking about the right answer.”Zuckerberg’s boyish appearance, even today, is a reminder of just how young he was when he created what would become the world’s biggest social network, back in his dorm room at Harvard. UK MPs ask Facebook’s Zuckerberg to testify on data row By the end of the process, Zuckerberg had developed a clearer understanding of how to get things done. He and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, have since chartered their own foundation and structured it to take on mammoth goals, like a $3 billion investment to cure, prevent or manage all diseases. He has pledged to donate 99 percent of his Facebook stock to philanthropy.”Zuck’s maturation has occurred in front of the public,” said Kirkpatrick, author of “The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company that Is Connecting the World.” ”But he also still lives with the consequences of the decisions he made when he was less mature.”At Facebook, Zuckerberg has grown increasingly bold in using huge sums of money to pursue corporate goals, which includes purchasing competitors—or companies that could grow into competitors.Facebook’s $1 billion purchase of Instagram in 2012—then unprofitable and little-known—came as a shock to Wall Street. Two years later came the multibillion-dollar deal to buy WhatsApp, a company that remains unprofitable but has given Facebook a prime portal into developing countries and other regions outside the U.S.In 2014, soon after Facebook bought a virtual reality firm called Oculus, Zuckerberg found himself being grilled in a lawsuit brought by a competitor who accused an Oculus executive of stealing trade secrets. Under questioning, he talked about the pressure he exerted to make the Oculus deal happen, and his vision of growing it so fast “that we can get every developer and studio in the world building just for Oculus before any big competitor exists.”Last year, in a bid to free up his fortune for philanthropy, Zuckerberg pushed board members to restructure Facebook’s stock, allowing him to sell off part of his stake while maintaining control. That prompted a suit by a group of shareholders who argued that the move would benefit only Zuckerberg while diluting the value of other investors’ stakes. Days before Zuckerberg was scheduled to testify as part of the suit, the company dropped the plan.The gambit hints at the complexity of being Zuckerberg, who advocates for transparency and the interests of the community but whose individual interests don’t always align.The paradox is self-inflicted, the trade-off for creating a venture premised on users’ willingness to share details of their lives. That requires Zuckerberg, who has 105 million Facebook “friends,” to reveal far more about himself than would be expected of any other CEO, whether its photos of him and Chan baking sweets for the Jewish holiday of Purim or dressing their daughters for the Chinese New Year.Yet he fiercely guards his privacy.When calls went out last year for Zuckerberg to testify before a Senate committee, the company sent its lawyer. And when he and Chan bought 700 acres on the Hawaiian island of Kauai last year, they quietly filed lawsuits against hundreds of Hawaiians—withdrawn after protests—that would have cut off locals’ access to the land by negating their interest in small ancestral tracts within the estate’s boundaries.”Intellectually, he believes in transparency,” Kirkpatrick said. “But emotionally, it’s very difficult for him.” Citation: Is Zuckerberg willing to act boldly to fix Facebook crisis? (2018, March 26) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-zuckerberg-boldly-facebook-crisis.html Explore further read more

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Zuckerberg set for Congress grilling as Facebook notifies users on leak

Estimate by Facebook of the number of people affected by the Cambridge Analytica affair in the world Citation: Zuckerberg set for Congress grilling as Facebook notifies users on leak (2018, April 9) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-zuckerberg-congress-grilling-facebook-notifies.html Embattled Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg faces a critical test this week as he goes before the US Congress to explain how user privacy was compromised at the world’s biggest social network—and how he plans to fix it. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is preparing to testify on Capitol Hill—a critical appearance by the CEO as lawmakers examine data privacy mistakes by the social network Facebook has unveiled changes to privacy settings that aim to quell the outrage over mishandling of user data Facebook said over the weekend it suspended another data analysis firm, US-based Cubeyou, after reports that it used private data harvested from psychological testing apps for commercial purposes.Zuckerberg was reportedly already in Washington on Monday, meeting with lawmakers.Backing ‘Honest Ads’On Friday, Facebook sought to quell some concerns over political manipulation of its platform by announcing support for the “Honest Ads Act” that requires election ad buyers to be identified, and to go further with verification of sponsors of ads on key public policy issues.Zuckerberg said the change will mean “we will hire thousands of more people” to get the new system in place ahead of US midterm elections in November.”We’re starting this in the US and expanding to the rest of the world in the coming months,” Zuckerberg said on his Facebook page.The new privacy tools were set to be in place in user news feeds Monday, and Facebook was to notify those whose data was leaked to Cambridge Analytics, including 70 million in the United States and up to 2.7 million in Europe. Apple co-founder protests Facebook by shutting down account “Social media is now where many go for news. We can’t understand our democracy without opening the hood and taking a look,” said Alberto Ibarguen, president of the Knight Foundation, which is supporting the research along with the Charles Koch Foundation, Omidyar Network and others.Facebook has said it has seen little impact on its business from the privacy scandal despite a #deleteFacebook movement and concerns from advertisers.But Brian Wieser of Pivotal Research said the entire digital advertising industry, of which Google and Facebook are the leaders, could be impacted by the scandal.The changes announced by Facebook and Google restricting third-party access “indicate a higher likelihood that both companies will ‘raise their walls’ … Both of these trends will likely harm ad tech companies focused on buying media or otherwise focused on the Facebook and Google ecosystems.”One prominent tech leader, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, announced meanwhile that he was leaving the social network.”Users provide every detail of their life to Facebook,” Wozniak told USA Today.”Facebook makes a lot of advertising money off this. The profits are all based on the user’s info, but the users get none of the profits back.” Explore further On the eve of the Capitol Hill showdown, Facebook was set Monday to make some amends—by notifying users whose data was improperly shared with a consulting firm working for Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.The huge social network built by the 33-year-old Zuckerberg, which has two billion users, has taken a series of proactive steps to make up for massive lapses in protecting personal data, as lawmakers signaled they intend to get tough on privacy.Last week, Facebook announced new privacy tools to be in place Monday, and said it would notify the 87 million Facebook users affected by the data hijacking scandal.”I think there’s just been a very basic shift in how we view our responsibility,” Zuckerberg told The Atlantic in an interview published Monday.”You know, you can’t just give people a voice. You need to also make sure that that voice is not used for foreign interference in elections or disseminating fake news.”The social networking leader is facing probes on both sides of the Atlantic following disclosures that personal user data was hijacked and improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica, a British political consultancy working for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. © 2018 AFP On Monday, Facebook also agreed to supply proprietary data for a study on its role in elections and democracy, researchers announced. 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. read more

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

first_imgA newfound duck-billed dinosaur species that lived about 80 million years ago had a face so bizarre that scientists named the animal “eagle-nose shovel-chin.” Its jaws resembled a pair of gardening tools, with wavy ridges along the edges in a “W” shape. An arching crest in the middle of its face was curved like the majestic beak of an eagle, giving the dinosaur’s profile the appearance of a prominent, humped nose. Scientists found the unusual fossil skull and a partial skeleton of the animal in the 1980s in Big Bend National Park, a site in southwestern Texas, though the specimen was not analyzed in detail until recently. The duck-billed weirdo shared some features in common with other duck-billed and crested dinosaurs, the group Saurolophidae, but it was more primitive, offering intriguing new clues about how the group’s trademark crests evolved, scientists reported in a new study. [Image Gallery: 25 Amazing Ancient Beasts]Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65937-shovel-chinned-dinosaur.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  Some dinosaurs’ scientific names invoke a sense of drama: Think of Tyrannosaurus rex (“tyrant lizard king”) or Velociraptor (“swift thief”). In this case, the researchers couldn’t resist calling out the dinosaur’s bizarre face. The genus name “Aquilarhinus” combines the Latin word “aquila,” for “eagle,” and the Greek word “rhinos,” which means “nose.” The species name “palimentus” comes from the Latin words for “shovel” and “chin,” according to the study. All known dinosaurs in this group (also called hadrosaurids) have beak-like jaws that expand at the end into a scoop shape, “hence the nickname ‘duck-billed’ dinosaurs,” said lead study author Albert Prieto-Márquez, a researcher with the Catalan Institute of Palaeontology Miquel Crusafont in Barcelona, Spain. “However, they differ from Aquilarhinus in that this ‘scoop’ is all concave. In contrast, in Aquilarhinus, there was a rise, a convex relief at the center of the ‘scoop,'” Prieto-Márquez told Live Science in an email. Photos: School-Bus-Size Dinosaur Discovered in Egypt Photos: Spiky-Headed Dinosaur Found in Utah, But It Has Asian Roots Decades earlier, other scientists who examined the dinosaur’s skull thought that the nasal crest resembled that of another hadrosaurid, Gryposaurus. But despite the superficial similarities, Aquilarhinus proved to be a more primitive hadrosaurid than Gryposaurus, taking up a position at the very base of the group’s family tree. This hinted that the diverse shapes of hadrosaurid cranial crests all stemmed from a structure that began as a simple arched nose, Prieto-Márquez said. Aquilarhinus, aka eagle-nose shovel-chin, also provides a missing puzzle piece concerning where hadrosaurids may have originated. These dinosaurs were common across Europe, Asia, North and South America, and Antarctica during the latter part of the Cretaceous period (145.5 million to 65 million years ago), and the appearance of this primitive specimen supports an increasingly popular hypothesis that hadrosaurids first appeared in the southern part of North America, the study authors said. The findings were published online July 12 in the Journal of Systematic Palaeontology. The lower jaw and teeth of Aquilarhinus, showing the unusual upturned end of the mandible. Credit: Photo by Albert Prieto- Marquez; material housed at the Texas Vertebrate Paleontology Collections at The University of Texas at Austin. Photos: Duck-Billed Dinosaurs Found in Alaska Like other hadrosaurs, or duck-billed dinosaurs, Aquilarhinus had a bony crest on its skull. However, this dino had unique, shovel-like jaws. Credit: ICRA Art Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoEditorChoice.comSee What The World’s Largest Dog Looks LikeEditorChoice.comUndoNucificTop Dr. Reveals The 1 Nutrient Your Gut Must HaveNucificUndoScience10140 Photos That Will Help You Understand Weird Dog And Cat BehaviorsScience101UndoFinance101Oprah’s Mansion Costs $90 Million, And This Is What It Looks LikeFinance101Undo That ridged, scooping chin likely came in handy millions of years ago; what is now a dry and rocky landscape in Texas was back then a coastal swamp or marsh. Aquilarhinus probably used its peculiar jaws to scoop vegetation from the bottom of a muddy creek bed, the researchers wrote. However, it’s less clear what the dinosaur’s prominent nasal crest was for, though it may have been used as a display to help the dinosaurs recognize members of their own kind and compete for mates, Prieto-Márquez said. “The crest of Aquilarhinus is simpler in structure than that of most other hadrosaurids, except members of kritosaurini (a subgroup of hadrosaurids),” he explained. “In both Aquilarhinus and kritosaurins for which the crest is known, this is just a fold of the nasal bone, giving them a Roman nose appearance.”last_img read more

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TRS promises ₹1 lakh farmloan waiver enhanced pension hike in retirement age

first_imgPublished on SHARE SHARE EMAIL KCR urges people to ensure continuity The Telangana Rashtra Samithi has promised a farm loan waiver of up to ₹1 lakh, increase in the pension amount and unemployment pension of ₹3,016, among various other promises and assurances in its manifesto.Releasing the manifesto, TRS supremo and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said the investment support of ₹8,000 per acre for agriculture to farmers under Rythu Bandhu will be increased to ₹10,000.He said the TRS would fight to ensure 12 per cent reservation to STs and 12 per cent to the minorities. The retirement age of government employees will be raised to 61 from 58, while youths will be provided more job opportunities.Promising to transform Hyderabad into a global city, the manifesto says the TRS will also seek to set up a steel factory at Bayyaram.Speaking at a massive election rally at the Parade Grounds in Hyderabad days ahead of the State elections scheduled for December 7, Rao said everyone was part of the new State and that they should live like Telangana ‘biddalu’ (children); there was nothing to fear or worry about.‘Vote with a calm mind’Releasing the TRS manifesto, he said: “In any election people are the winners and not political parties. Don’t get confused by promises and assurances made by the Congress and the Telugu Desam who governed for years without ensuring development. Cast your vote with a calm mind.”Referring to the state of the power sector he had inherited when he took over the reins after Telangana was formed, Rao said, “The industry faced power holidays and farmers and other consumers suffered silently. In the past four years, we have transformed the State into a power-surplus one with 24-hour supply to all consumers and free round-the-clock power to the farm sector.”“This would not have been possible but for the hard work and focus on bringing about a transformation in the power sector. This only shows how the leaders in the past had neglected Telangana, he said.Assistance for housingReiterating his focus on the housing sector, he promised that a financial assistance of ₹5-6 lakh would be extended to the poor with land for the construction of house.Referring to the Congress, he said they have to rush to Delhi to take any major decision, and if people chose the TDP, they will have to seek clearance from Amaravati. Therefore, he called upon the people to elect the TRS to ensure continuity and for sustained development.While seeking to strike a balance between welfare measures and development activities, Rao sought to highlight how the neglect by various political parties over the years had resulted in agitation for statehood and Telangana’s formation.Assuring people from all parts of the country and particularly those from the Andhra and Rayalaseema regions, he said that there were non-Hyderabadis, including himself, who have settled here.“There is nothing to be concerned about. Be a proud Hyderabadi,” he said. COMMENT politics SHARE KCR’s high-pitched campaign takes on the rivals Telangana: Promises aplenty in the race to power December 02, 2018 Telangana RELATED K Chandrasekhara Rao   –  The Hindu COMMENTSlast_img read more

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