Researchers find evidence that suggests not all sulfur in the Earths mantle

first_img Citation: Researchers find evidence that suggests not all sulfur in the Earth’s mantle came from meteorites (2013, September 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from The prevailing view among Earth scientists regarding the process that led to the current makeup of the planet is that most if not all of the metals that existed in the mantle were pulled inward once the core developed, leaving the mantle generally barren. Studies of rocks that have been pushed to the surface by volcanic blasts have shown, however, that there are indeed metals in the mantle. To explain this, scientists have noted that the proportion of metals to other material in chondrites (a type of meteorite) is of almost exactly the same proportion of such metals found in the mantle. Thus, it appears likely that such metals were in fact pulled from the mantle by the core but were subsequently replenished by millions of chondrites falling over millions of years onto Earth’s surface and then slowly seeping into the mantle. In this new effort, the researchers suggest that the prevailing view is wrong because they have found mantle samples with different proportions of sulfur.The researchers are basing their claim on a new type of examination of rock samples taken from mid-ocean ridge basalts from the South Atlantic Ridge. The samples were hand-picked by the team based on visual observations through a microscope. Next they were crushed and dissolved in a solution that caused the release of sulfur. Several further refinements were then performed each adding a higher degree of purification. Finally, the samples were tested for ratios of metals to other material in the original rock sample. The team found that the ratio of sulfur-34 to sulfer-32 in their mantle sample was 0.13 percent lower than that typically found with chondrites. This, they say, shows that is likely that the mantle retained some of its metals over the history of the planet, rather than giving them up to the core. © 2013 Study sheds light on Earth’s early mantle Journal information: Nature More information: Non-chondritic sulphur isotope composition of the terrestrial mantle, Nature (2013) doi:10.1038/nature12490, … ull/nature12490.htmlAbstractCore–mantle differentiation is the largest event experienced by a growing planet during its early history. Terrestrial core segregation imprinted the residual mantle composition by scavenging siderophile (iron-loving) elements such as tungsten, cobalt and sulphur. Cosmochemical constraints suggest that about 97% of Earth’s sulphur should at present reside in the core, which implies that the residual silicate mantle should exhibit fractionated 34S/32S ratios according to the relevant metal–silicate partition coefficients2, together with fractionated siderophile element abundances. However, Earth’s mantle has long been thought to be both homogeneous and chondritic for 34S/32S, similar to Canyon Diablo troilite3, 4, 5, 6, as it is for most siderophile elements. This belief was consistent with a mantle sulphur budget dominated by late-accreted chondritic components. Here we show that the mantle, as sampled by mid-ocean ridge basalts from the south Atlantic ridge, displays heterogeneous 34S/32S ratios, directly correlated to the strontium and neodymium isotope ratios 87Sr/86Sr and 143Nd/144Nd. These isotope trends are compatible with binary mixing between a low-34S/32S ambient mantle and a high-34S/32S recycled component that we infer to be subducted sediments. The depleted end-member is characterized by a significantly negative ?34S of ?1.28?±?0.33‰ that cannot reach a chondritic value even when surface sulphur (from continents, altered oceanic crust, sediments and oceans) is added. Such a non-chondritic 34S/32S ratio for the silicate Earth could be accounted for by a core–mantle differentiation record in which the core has a 34S/32S ratio slightly higher than that of chondrites (?34S = +0.07‰). Despite evidence for late-veneer addition of siderophile elements (and therefore sulphur) after core formation, our results imply that the mantle sulphur budget retains fingerprints of core–mantle differentiation.center_img ( —A team of researchers from Université Paris Diderot has found evidence that contradicts the prevailing view among scientists that virtually all of the sulfur found in the Earth’s mantle came from chondrites. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes how they found differences in sulfur proportions in soil samples taken from beneath the South Atlantic sea-bed compared to those of chondrites. Explore further Credit: NASA 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.last_img read more

Researchers find associations between structural variation in gut microbiome and host health

first_img Immune response to gut microbes may be early indicator of type 1 diabetes A team of researchers from Israel, the U.S., the Netherlands and Norway has found what they describe as associations between structural variation in the human gut microbiome and host health. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the group describes their genetic study of microbes living in the guts of large groups of people from Israel and the Netherlands, and what they found. In recent years, medical scientists have become increasingly focused on the microbes that live in and on our bodies with the goal of figuring out which are good or bad for us, and in what ways. In this new effort, the researchers sought to better understand gut bacteria that are genetically very similar. They wanted to know if such small differences are due to natural instances between species or if they simply represent the evolution of bacteria as they exist in the gut.To learn more, the researchers obtained 887 microbiome samples from people living in Israel and studied them using iterative coverage-based read assignment and SGV-Finder algorithms. They report that they found 7,479 variants in 56 of the species they isolated in the samples. They further report that of those found, they were able to identify 5,056 deletions in genomes and 2,424 variable structure variants, which, they note, were prevalent in genes that were involved in CRISPR and antibiotic functions. Those involved in housekeeping, on the other hand, were noticeably less prevalent. They further report that the structural variants they looked at harbored genes with distinct functions that could be associated with bacterial growth—possibly suggesting utility in adaption. They also found 124 associations between variants and diseases in the host such as those connected to body mass index, blood pressure and cholesterol levels.The researchers performed a similar analysis on microbiome samples obtained from 1000 people living in the Netherlands, and found many of the same structural variants with many of the same associations. They conclude by suggesting that their results support prior findings in studies of the mouse microbiome and that more research is needed to fully understand the role of genetically similar microbes living in our guts. Citation: Researchers find associations between structural variation in gut microbiome and host health (2019, March 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Journal information: Nature More information: David Zeevi et al. Structural variation in the gut microbiome associates with host health, Nature (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41586-019-1065-yPress releasecenter_img © 2019 Science X Network Explore further Credit: CC0 Public Domain This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Calling all Otakus in the Capital

first_imgNot sure what Otaku means? Ask an anime lover. Otaku is another name for an anime fan. The Anime Convention, the biggest and India’s only pop culture celebration, is all set to roll in its fourth year. Cinedarbaar’s flagship event, Anime Convention, for the first time will bring together, some of the best from Animation, Gaming, Comics, Graphic Novel and Mangas industries at one place. The convention this year boasts of its guests from Japan, Korea, USA, Switzerland and India to gather and provide as much knowledge, entertainment and experience to its visitors.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’With Korea as its country partner, the event in association with Korean Cultural Center, Delhi, will see Korean animation movies like S Robot Taekwon V by Kim Cheong-Gi, The King of Pigs by Yeon Sang-Ho and more. Karoke Lounge with KPOP music and dance, Korean Food, Korean Fashion Show (Hanbok), sessions on Korean Design and other activities promoting the rich Korean culture will fill up the three day event. The event will also  have  the world leaders in gaming, aminators and anime film directors taking part in the festival. Head over.last_img read more

Weekends like those

first_imgIf anyone offers you a weekend getaway in a very cool resort along with live music – we clearly don’t need too much convincing. Finally making time for Escape Summer Vibes (this comes as a precursor of sorts to the Escape Festival of Arts and Music which is scheduled for later this year in Naukuchiatal) we headed off to Seasons Golf Resort, Tarudhan Valley in Manesar on 17 May. The one-dayer featured most Escape essentials, new undiscovered talent, seasoned music makers,  several genres of music as always and as a killer addition – there was the pool. Nestled cozy in the middle of nowhere – this resort is a perfect, picturesque property that everyone should check out if they are looking for a little break from Delhi (we got there in an hour and a half flat!).   Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’By the time we got there and headed to the party, people had started trickling in. There were also guests who were there since afternoon and had had their cursory time in the pool and were now just relaxing with a drink in hand and waiting for the action to build up. and before you think of something weird, the action came in the form of some killer music from Soul’d Out (Blues/Jazz/Funk act), Fuzz Culture(a groovy ‘two piece’ electronic band), Vial/Audiogramme (psychedelic deep grooves and progressive psytrance), Ananda (Psy Trance), Minimal Monk, Tech Panda, Guy Called Sid Sal (exceptional groove, fused with his trademark sound somewhere between indie and electronic), Monolith (raw and grungy bass music), BlueOrb/BuffaPirate (new wave bass music, west coast glitch-hop, reggae/hip-hop infused dubstep, certified trap, ghetto disco & funk driven jackin house), Kumbhkaran, Marsh (progressive, deep house, electro, house sets) WhiteWizard (nature inspired Psy Trance). Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe festival also featured one of India’s first ambient stages which elevated the experience of the night. The ambient stage featured Gauge, Mr Melon, Agam Walia and Guy called Sid Sal. L Tochhawng aka Mama, Festival Director, Escape, said, ‘Our goal was to create an experiential evening that incorporated various elements of the main festival be it the music, the venue, the ambience, the food or the vibe itself. It was encouraging and wonderful to hear and see the positive and excited response of the people who partied on after the show into the wee hours of the morning.’ Rainer Stoll, MD of Season’s Group, said, “Escape is his and Mama’s brainchild. The whole idea was to merge great music with a great destination and give people something they would enjoy throughly. And Seasons’ has played host to numerous Escape festival and parties.’ He also said that dates of more festivals that work as a build-up to the main celebrations will be announced soon as will the dates of the Escape festival at Naukuchiatal. We clearly cannot wait!last_img read more

Govt likely to launch awareness campaign on disability issues soon

first_imgCentre is contemplating to launch a massive campaign to sensitise people on accessibility issues concerning persons with disabilities, besides creating an awareness on improving facilities for them.‘Sugamya Bharat’ (Accessible India), to be carried out by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, would highlight accessibility issues of differently-abled persons such as difficulty to access public transport and buildings.“We would be using platforms like television and social media. We may even have a brand ambassador for the campaign,” Awanish Kumar Awasthi, Joint Secretary, Department of Disability Affairs, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, told PTI. Schools and higher educational institutions would be the main focus of the campaign, he said, adding that campaigns would also be carried out at block and taluk levels.last_img read more

Education dept puts teacher recruitment on hold in Daribhit High School till

first_imgKolkata: State Home Secretary Atri Bhattacharya on Tuesday wrote to the Railways including the Metro, requesting them to make necessary arrangements to ensure normal running of trains.The letter was sent to the General Managers of Eastern Railway, South Eastern Railway and Northeast Frontier Railway, as well as the General manager of Metro Railway.The letter further stated that the district and government Railway Police have been instructed to ensure that there is no interruption or stoppage of train movement due to squatting on railway tracks or similar types of blockades. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe Home Secretary’s letter assumes significance as train services of SER, particularly in the Kharagpur division, was badly affected on Monday till Tuesday afternoon, due to blockade by an umbrella organisation of the Adivasis, who demanded official recognition of their language.According to Nabanna sources, the state administration was displeased with the efforts of the railway police in removing the protesters who had encroached on the tracks at places like Nekusini, Khemasuli, Balichak and Salboni, where the encroachment continued till Tuesday afternoon. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedPassengers at Howrah Station were deeply inconvenienced due to the series of cancellations. “I had to take my sick father for treatment. I waited for so many hours but to no avail,” a passenger said.A number of passengers who arrived at Howrah Station in the late afternoon, complained of scarcity of food and water as they remained stuck for several hours.As many as six long distance trains were cancelled by SER on Tuesday. The Howrah–Secunderabad Falaknuma Express, the Howrah–Bhubaneswar Jan Shatabdi Express, Howrah-Yesvantpur Duranto Express and Haldia-Asansol Express were cancelled for want of link rake. The Shalimar-Bhubaneswar Examination Special and the Santragachi-Paradeep Express were also in the cancel list. A number of trains that were rescheduled, included the Shalimar-Chennai Central Express that left Shalimar at 18.30 hrs instead of 12.10 hrs, the Howrah-YesvantpurHumsafar Express that left Howrah at 20.55 hrs instead of 12.40 hrs and the Howrah-Purulia Express that left Howrah at 19.15 hrs instead of 16.50 hrs.A spokesperson of SER said that some passenger special trains were pressed into service by SER that included Howrah-Kanniyakumari Specialfrom Howrah at 16.10 hrs and Santragachi-Puducherry Special from Santragachi at 15.50 hrs.last_img read more

Celebrating drama in diversity

first_imgThe Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META), a weeklong national theatre festival and awards programme, has announced the list of nominations for its 13th edition. The ten nominated productions, representing a cross-section of India spanning diverse and wide-ranging subjects, will be showcased at the META Festival from April 13 to 18 at New Delhi’s Kamani Auditorium and Shri Ram Centre, where they will be performing for an esteemed panel of jury members and a discerning audience. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfEach of the ten nominations expresses the cultural sensibilities of the region it comes from along with strong infusions of reinterpretations in classical and modern theatre. This year’s final 10 nominations feature plays in Assamese, Bengali, English, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam and Manipuri as well as a non-verbal movement theatre production. The plays explore subjects as far and wide as gender identity through Indian mythology, the machinations of the entertainment industry in how they treat their female leads, folk literature from Bengal, the balance between the female (prakriti) and male (purusha) energies, the politics of religion and the religion of politics and its division of society, the brutality against women by Japanese imperialists during World War II, Greek tragedies reinterpreted, German philosophy revisited and last, but not the least, the flamboyant playing style of veteran Colombian goalkeeper, José René Higuita Zapata. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive Promoted by the Mahindra Group as part of its cultural outreach and curated by Teamwork Arts, META rewards and recognizes the best productions and performances, along with their makers and facilitators, providing a major boost to the indigenous theatre industry, with an aim to increase not just awareness but also the appreciation of theatre in India. META, a must-do for theatre enthusiasts and professionals across the country, received over 330 entries this year, from more than 280 theatre groups across 22 states in India representing more than 20 official Indian languages and 10 regional dialects. After being viewed by a selection committee comprising eminent theatre personalities such as Bharati Achrekar, Chandradasan A, Swaroopa Ghose, Vikram Phukan, and Vivek Mansukhani, the ten productions that have been nominated for the Awards represent the best in Indian theatre staged across the country over the past year.The Umbilical Theatre (Hojang Taret), along with Director Oasis Sougaijam and Theatre Artistree (Caucasian Chalk Circle), along with Director Chandra Keerthi B, are both first-time entrants at META. Other first-time nominations include Abhigyanm production (Comfort Women: An Untold History) with Director Ranhang Choudhary, Indianostrum Theatre (Karuppu) with Director Koumarane Valavaneand, and Natak Company (Item) with Director Kshitish Date. Black Theatre (Nona) is a first-time entrant too, but with veteran Director Jino Joseph who won the 2015 META for Best Director, Best Production and Best Original Script with Matthi.META 2018 will give away awards in 14 categories including the Lifetime Achievement Award as well as 13 competitive categories of Best Play, Best Director, Best Stage Design, Best Light Design, Best Innovative Sound Design, Best Costume Design, Best Actor in a Lead Role (Male/Female), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male/Female), Best Original Script, Best Ensemble and Best Choreographer. The awards will culminate with a Red-Carpet Awards Night on Thursday, April 19.last_img read more

Transferred police personnel assume duty

first_imgKolkata: In a major reshuffle in the IPS rank, the state government awarded posting to four IPS officers including the then Commissioner of Police(CP) of Kolkata and Bidhannagar who were removed by the Election Commission on Friday late night. Jayanta Kumar Basu, who was serving as Director, Directorate of Economic Offences, was appointed as ADG, Establishment. On Friday, the Election Commission had removed CP Kolkata Anuj Sharma and CP, Bidhannagar, Gyanwant Singh from their respective posts along with two IPS officers holding the post of Superintendent of Police (SP) in Bolpur and Diamond Harbour police district respectively. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAccording to the order published on Saturday by the state Home & Hill Affairs department, Anuj Sharma has been posted as the Additional Director General (ADG), Operations, whereas Gyanwant has been posted as the Director of the Directorate of Economic Offences in the rank of ADG. Apart from the two top cops, SP Diamond Harbour S Selvamurugan has been transferred to the post of Commandant (CO) of State Armed Police (SAP), 6th Battalion. Avvaru Rabindranath who was posted in Bidhannagar Police has been made SP Birbhum replacing Shyam Singh who has been transferred to CO, SAP 13th Battalion. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateMeanwhile, as per the EC order, Rajesh Kumar took over charge as Kolkata CP and Natarajan Ramesh Babu assumed charge as CP, Bidhannagar on Saturday afternoon. Kumar, after taking over charge, said he would ensure conductance of free and fair elections in the state. “Kolkata Police is a prestigious unit and its system is unquestionable. Several steps have already taken by the Kolkata Police which are very good and effective,” he added.last_img read more

TMC expels Hill leader Sarda Subba

first_imgDarjeeling: Sarda Rai Subba of the Darjeeling District Hill Trinamool Congress has been expelled from the party for anti-party activities. This comes in the wake of Subba filing her nomination as an Independent candidate for the Darjeeling Assembly bypolls, going against party decision. TMC has not fielded any candidate for the Hill bypoll but is supporting Binay Tamang who is also contesting as an Independent candidate. In the Lok Sabha election, the GJM (Binay faction) had not fielded any candidate, whereas GJM MLA from Darjeeling Amar Singh Rai was fielded as a TMC candidate supported by GJM. On the last day of filing nominations Subba, the TMC Women’s Wing president, Darjeeling, filed nomination as an Independent candidate. She did not withdraw her nomination despite repeated requests. A press release from Aroop Biswas, general secretary and Observer, Darjeeling District Trinamool Congress, stated that Subba is being expelled from the party for 6 years.last_img read more

Awareness initiatives for environment in city schools and markets on KMC radar

first_imgKolkata: The Environment department of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will carry out awareness programmes regarding environmental issues through out the year. There will be programmes at each of the 16 boroughs and awareness activities will be carried out in schools and market places.The observance kicked off with a programme in front of KMC headquarters to mark the occasion of World Environment Day on June 5 in presence of Mayor Firhad Hakim and other senior officials of the civic body and a number of school students. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe programme was not held on June 5 as there was a national holiday due to Eid which fell on the same day. “There will be awareness activities at the borough level to make people aware of the evil effects of air pollution, plastic pollution, pollution from construction materials etc. The borough with the best awareness programme will be awarded by the civic body,” said Swapan Samaddar, MemberMayor in Council (Environment ) said. Sammadar added that the civic body will reach out to schools in the city and market places too. “We are stressing upon awareness campaigns in schools as we feel that it is the students who can deliver the message of environment issues in the best possible way. Students will tell their parents about the need of planting more trees and preserve greenery,” the Mayor said. Plantation programmes were held across the city on Friday and school students were roped in large numbers. Immediately after taking oath as the city’s Mayor in December 2018 Hakim had announced that the civic body will be waiving property tax upto 90 percent if somebody takes to urban forestry by planting big trees on his/ her land. The tax deduction will be on the basis of the land where he takes up the plantation programme.last_img read more

Youre Late How the Invention of the Wristwatch Forced Workers to be

first_imgIn 1926, German watchmaker Hans Wilsdorf announced the launch of Rolex’s first fully waterproof watch, the Oyster. Little did he know that this new technology would soon revolutionize the workforce of the western world. For hundreds of years, watchmakers had faced a pressing dilemma. Watches were made of dozens, sometimes hundreds, of tiny moving parts. Some of these parts were so small and delicate even a speck of dust could inhibit their movement.A watchmaker seated at his workbench. Photo by Wellcome Images CC By 4.0Watchmakers sought to solve this problem by creating dustproof watch cases. This was important, not only for protecting the watch’s parts but also for preserving the oil inside so that it could keep running smoothly.The problem was, these watch cases didn’t protect the watches when they were out of the case and on someone’s wrist. To solve this, the watches themselves had to be made dustproof. As watchmakers developed these dustproof watches, they soon realized that dust-proofing would also make their watches resistant to water. Thus began the evolution of the waterproof watch.Close up of Rolex oyster. Photo by Lucuiano Belvviso CC By 2.0After hundreds of years of tinkering, the first waterproof watch was finally displayed at the Great Exhibition in London in 1851. It was the creation of the W. Pettit & Co. of Crombies Row, Commercial Road East, London.According to the Official Descriptive and Illustrated Catalogue of the Great Exhibition, the object of the invention was to protect the watch’s inner parts from rust and seawater. To demonstrate its effectiveness, the watches were put on display suspended in a glass globe filled with water and even small fish.The Great Exhibition of London 1851However, according to the UK Intellectual Property Office, no patents were filed between 1820 and 1900 for waterproof watches. This left the technology up for grabs, and it was Rolex that finally patented the technology and marketed the “first” waterproof watch.Rolex pocket watch. Photo by contri CC BY SA 2.0Before the waterproof models, watches were only available to the wealthy. Regular workers spent too much time getting their hands dirty to keep their watches clean and working properly. But the moisture and dustproof models made watches suddenly more practical and fashionable for the common person.Early wrist watch by Waltham, worn by soldiers in World War I (German Clock Museum). Photo by Museumsfoto – Deutsches Uhrenmuseum CC BY 3.0 deAs a result, demand for wristwatches exploded, and watch manufacturing became cheaper and more efficient. This further exploded the demand for watches, and then something interesting happened.D-DAY 6 JUNE 1944. The Final Embarkation: Four ‘stick’ commanders of 22nd Independent Parachute Company, British 6th Airborne Division, synchronising their watches in front of an Armstrong Whitworth Albemarle of No 38 Group.The popularity of the watch dramatically transformed expectations of factory workers. Before wrist watches, these workers didn’t know what time to get up and come to work. The factory owners would have to send professional door knockers to come and tell people when it was time to get up.Men synchronizing their pocket watches. Photo by Arne F. Køpke – National Archives of Norway CC BY-SA 4.0But when wristwatches became popular, the modern phenomenon of organized personal autonomy entered the western workforce. Suddenly, workers were expected to report to their jobs at a specific time, or face disciplinary action.This need to be “on time,” and to “manage time” quickly became a part of western culture. It completely disoriented some people, who were not used to managing their day according to a device on their wrist.Read another story from us: When Forgeries Become Famous: The Shadwell Dock MedallionsToday, living by clock time seems almost as natural as breathing. But it’s a fairly new concept, and it all started with watchmakers who were looking for a way to keep the insides of their watches clean.last_img read more

VIDEO Ant ruthlessly murders other ant by chucking it off a table

first_imgA man was going about his business in his kitchen when he unexpectedly became a witness to an ant-on-ant homicide.The human took video of the one ant picking up the other ant and chucking him off the table like Jimmy “The Gent” taking out a late paying bookie. Maybe the ant didn’t die, either way, message sent.Only the strong survive, even if you’re an ant. This video is incredible, it’s like A Bug’s Life meets Goodfellas.On an unrelated note: Dude, clean your damn kitchen.If this isn’t the funniest ant sacrifice you’ve ever seen you’re lying??— Mike Sanchez (@MikeJsanchez_) June 12, 2017video via @MikeJsanchez_last_img read more

Dont ever compare KD to LeBron if the Warriors lose Game 7

first_imgAlso:– 3 ways LeBron has passed MJ– Where Colin was right, where Colin was wrong Guests:Jason Terry – Bucks Guard and NBA World Champion joins the show to discuss LeBron’s future; Warriors/Rockets Game 7; and if the Cavs would have a chance against a Chris Paul-less Rockets.Doug Gottlieb – Host of The Doug Gottlieb Show and the All Ball Podcast is in-studio talking conference Finals Game 7’s and if Cleveland would have a shot to beat the Rockets minus Chris Paul.Rob Parker – FS1 Analyst is in-studio pumping the breaks on LeBron’s Game 7 performance; if KD should get a pass for disappearing late in WCF games; and why Brad Stevens should be taking blame for the Celtics Game 7 performance. Don’t ever compare KD to LeBron if the Warriors lose Game 7 to HoustonWhile LeBron has been adding to his playoff legend with mythic performances and clutch shots this offseason, Kevin Durant has been all but invisible late in the fourth quarter of two close Western Conference Finals losses to Houston. All while surrounded by a supporting cast of all stars.Despite the growing contingent of media and fans claiming that Durant had surpassed LeBron as the best overall player in the NBA following Golden State’s Finals win over Cleveland, James’ legendary playoff run has shown KD is still a distant second to The King. If the Warriors lose Game 7 tonight, and Durant continues to be invisible late in the game, Colin doesn’t ever want to hear KD’s name uttered in the same sentence as LeBron, ever again.center_img LeBron “The Emperor” JamesLeBron has continued to build his legend by putting the Cavs franchise on his back and carrying them to his 8th straight NBA Finals appearance. Despite having a supporting cast of throwaways, James continues to dominate the Eastern Conference, and it’s usual suspects.While James has been known as The King throughout his career, Colin thinks he’s more like an emperor, because he owns all the territories in the Eastern Conference. A King only has his kingdom, but an emperor rules over an empire. LeBron is the latter.last_img read more

VIDEO Deontay Wilder punched a mascot so hard he broke the jaw

first_imgDeontay Wilder is arguably the hardest punching boxer in the fight game today, but instead of collapsing an opposing heavyweight with one of his vicious shots, Wilder ended up breaking the jaw of a guy in a mascot suit during a PR appearance on ESPN Deportes to promote his upcoming fight with Tyson Fury.During the segment, Wilder was asked – for some reason – to blast a sombrero wearing tortilla mascot, so he obliged by unloading on tortilla man with a bareknuckle shot that broke the jaw of the poor dude inside the suit. He also knocked the eye off the costume.In the clip, you can actually see the guy writhing in pain on the ground, despite the suit maintaining a smile. Wilder claims he didn’t know there was an actual person inside the suit (?) because he apparently doesn’t get how mascots work.Watch one of the most painful segments in TV history. Ay, Dios mio!Deontay Wilder didnt know there was a person inside the suit and apparently broke his jaw thru the suit. This shit is HILARIOUS tho 😭😭😭😭😭😭— Glutes Willis (@EvilJeanyis) October 13, 2018last_img read more

Mitigate IM Security Threats

first_imgEncrypt messages.While the preceding recommendations will help you and your employees use public IM networks securely, companies that use IM for business communications should also consider using their own IM servers together with encryption.By educating employees, enforcing policies, installing protective technologies and, where possible, encrypting IM conversations, you can continue to enjoy the benefits of using IM as a business tool while also mitigating its risks.Mark Pieningis senior director of worldwide small- to medium-sized (SMB) marketing for Symantec Corporation, which offers a host of security and availability products, as well as information on the latest security threats at He can be reached at Secure IM logs.Many IM programs automatically create and store logs of all conversations on a user’s computer. Hackers can gain valuable information from these logs, including specific statements made during a conversation, as well as business secrets discussed. To safeguard the content of IM conversations, consider either storing them behind a company firewall or deleting the logs. Most public IM programs have a deletion option in their preferences section or in the log manager section. May 14, 2007 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Install and update patches.The major public IM networks frequently deploy IM patches in response to newly discovered vulnerabilities in their programs. You can help reduce the risk of attacks to your organization’s computers by installing and updating IM patches regularly. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. WormsJust as e-mail messages are used to spread worms, so is IM. As a result, users shouldn’t accept, click on or launch suspicious instant messages.A few of the proactive steps that small businesses can take to secure their IM environments include:Educate employees and create corporate policies.An important first step in IM security is to learn about safe practices and how to incorporate them into company policy. To protect your business and your employees, you should define appropriate uses of IM in the workplace and encourage precautionary measures, such as not storing IM passwords on the computer, never accepting messages from unknown sources, exercising caution when opening files or links, and not accepting file transfers. 4 min read Instant messaging has become a common means of communicating in the business world. Once limited to desktops, IM is now available via handheld devices and cell phones, allowing users to chat from virtually anywhere.However, like any form of communication through the internet, IM is accompanied by its own set of security risks. Whether deployed by users at their place of business or on their home computers, IM is generally unprotected and unmonitored, leaving it vulnerable to attacks. One infected computer can result in messages being sent to all users in an IM contact list on that machine.Furthermore, popular IM protocols are increasingly becoming interoperable. While this allows users from one network to communicate with users from another network without having to install multiple IM clients, it may also encourage attackers to concentrate their efforts on these protocols that represent a larger group of users. In such a scenario, any malicious code that propagates through one of the protocols could likely propagate through the other.Some of the most common threats to IM include:SpimSpim is the spam of the IM world. Spimmers pose as IM users and send messages to randomly generated screen names and to names illegally collected from the internet through automated programs. Spim isn’t only annoying to deal with, but it also can be used as a conduit for security breaches. Install desktop security software.Since spim typically requires users to download and open an attachment, security at the desktop level can guard against threats by blocking an attachment or cleaning an infected file. Install desktop firewalls to help protect individual machines from attacks from within an organization or through a local area network. Desktop firewalls are also good for those in a remote office or who handle sensitive data. You should also install desktop antivirus programs to provide a final line of defense against viruses, worms and Trojan horses. Trojan horsesA number of Trojan horses target IM. Some of these Trojans pose a large threat, allowing anyone full file access to a computer. Others are classic backdoor Trojans that use IM to send messages to the author of the Trojan, giving the hacker information about the infected computer, from IP address to open ports. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »last_img read more

Heres How This Company Is Adding Robots But Also Keeping Its Workers

first_img How Success Happens Listen Now October 23, 2017 In this America’s Small-Business Heroes edition of The Fix, Entrepreneur Associate Editor Lydia Belanger shares her conversations with founders and executives who have solved problems while keeping social impact in mind.Boxed, an online wholesaler, is all about convenience. It allows customers to stock up on essentials, from toilet paper to La Croix, save money by buying in bulk and save a trip to a store such as BJs, Costco or Sam’s Club by having items delivered.To provide this experience at scale, Boxed has four fulfillment centers across the U.S. At each of these locations, dozens of full-time employees retrieve or pick items and pack them into boxes to be shipped to customers’ homes (similar to how Amazon does it). The average order includes nine items, and Boxed employees spend a lot of time and energy walking to different aisles within the warehouse to gather the right goods.While Boxed has built software systems that help optimize paths and minimize repeat trips to the same aisles, that’s just the beginning of the company’s efforts to improve efficiency in its fulfillment centers — a task many ecommerce companies face.Related: Why Fashion Brand Cosabella Let a Robot Take Control of Its Marketing BudgetBoxed is just one example of a company that’s flipping the grim narrative about automation by committing to keeping its workers employed. Others that have boasted zero layoffs amid automation are Evian and Accenture. Evian, for example, replaced manual forklifts with automated shuttles when it opened its new bottling plant, then retrained forklift drivers to become technicians. In total, the company offered 30,000 hours of retraining for its workers, and it hired 200 additional people when the plant opened, TriplePundit reports.And then there’s Amazon. In 2012, the company acquired a company called Kiva for its bots that could navigate to inventory pods and autonomously drive them to human packers. For the past three years, the retail giant has held an annual Robotics Challenge to encourage the development of new technologies to automate other aspects of the fulfillment, including picking inventory.Image Credit: Justin Sullivan / Staff | Getty ImagesKiva robots move racks of merchandise at an Amazon fulfillment center in Tracy, California Despite these efforts, there are still hundreds of thousands of jobs for humans to do. Amazon recently announced it plans to hire 120,000 seasonal workers for the 2017 holiday season, many of whom will work in fulfillment and sorting. Nationwide, more than 960,000 people are employed in warehouse and storage roles, compared to about 675,000 in fall 2007, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.Boxed executives also realized the potential for efficiency gains through automation, and it has begun researching and developing new technologies to speed up the picking process. But the company’s goal is not to replace its existing employees with robots to save money, though that’s the common narrative surrounding automation: That it will warrant a robot tax on employers that displace workers with tech (an idea backed by Bill Gates) or require a universal basic income (posited by Elon Musk and Richard Branson) when the robot revolution leaves an entire class of society jobless.“We’re committed to building technology to work alongside humans,” says Will Fong, Boxed co-founder and CTO. “With that said, we’re really looking to kind of enable the workers to do more with less.”The fixFirst, Boxed automated its Union, N.J., fulfillment center, implementing a conveyor system. Now, employees who used to walk back and forth to fetch items remain stationary, and items come to them. Employees receive instructions about which items to pick off the conveyor belts or pack into boxes.Image Credit: BoxedEmployees fulfill orders at Boxed’s Union, N.J. facility. Related: Here Are the Jobs Most Likely to Be Replaced by Robots, and Those That Are SafeMost pickers have been able to transition to this type of picking role, but in some cases, they’ve been retrained to perform other roles within the company, such as customer service. Box loaders have even worked their way up to operations and managerial positions. Fong tells Entrepreneur that as Boxed evolves its automation efforts, the company will work to reallocate workers within the fulfillment centers.This month, the company announced the newest phase of its automation. Rather than implement another conveyer system (it was too expensive and rigid), the in-house team of engineers created autonomous guided vehicles that can navigate through the fulfillment centers and retrieve items to be packed. They are like little robotic carts for a warehouse.Video Credit: BoxedNow, pickers don’t have to walk through the warehouse — items come to them via cart. The pickers put items into totes that are transported by the carts. Then, their packer counterparts take what’s in the totes and put them into boxes for shipping.By adjusting factors such as the speed of individual carts, Fong says the cart system will be more fluid and more easily optimized than the Union conveyor system, boosting efficiency further.Image Credit: BoxedBoxed installed this conveyor system to automate its Union, N.J. facility, but the company sought a more flexible solution for its other warehouses. The resultsWith the conveyor system, Boxed has seen a 600 percent increase in picking productivity, toward a facility-wide 300 to 350 percent increase in productivity based on labor cost per shipment.Boxed has been rolling out the carts over the past couple of weeks, and Fong estimates each of the three fulfillment centers will eventually have between 30 and 40 carts. While Boxed expects the fulfillment centers with carts to be just 80 percent as efficient as the one with the conveyor system, the lower cost of implementing the system will make up for it. Carts at each facility will cost Boxed 10 to 20 percent what it took to build out Union’s automation.Cutting costs and complementing the work of current employees are just some of the benefits Boxed expects from the autonomous vehicles, Fong explains.Image Credit: BoxedBoxed co-founder and Chief Technology Officer Will Fong. “As we’re thinking about what robots can do, also open minded in exploring other ways to utilize these carts,” he says, thinking long term. “For example, what would it look like if these carts were used to turn retail centers into mini fulfillment centers?” Other uses down the road may include replenishing items in the warehouses and transporting supplies — again, alongside humans.Another takeThe prospect of an increasingly automated future inspires conversations about the need for a new approach to education, as well as government policy that addresses inevitable worker displacement. No one knows the answers to the ethical and economic questions automation raises, but individual companies can do a fair amount today to steer the future of work in a more human-friendly direction.“We do see many executives, despite stereotypes about them being heartless capitalists, being quite interested, concerned and motivated on this question of, how do we keep people working?” says Michael Chui, a partner at the McKinsey Global Institute. “My observation is that, if somebody’s motivated and there’s something interesting for them to learn to do, and help provide for their families, in many cases, people will be interested in doing that.”Related: Artificial Intelligence Is Likely to Make a Career in Finance, Medicine or Law a Lot Less LucrativeOne point he makes is that, as employees’ jobs become automated, despite a company’s intentions to keep them on board, an employee might determine that the best use their talent is actually at a different company.“So you run into this question of, ‘If I’m the CEO, and my employee’s next job that would suit them best is at a different company, how much does it make sense for me to retrain them versus another company versus have that training supported by broader society?’” Chui says, emphasizing that “investing in people” and supporting them through retraining efforts might be viewed as a perk by potential hires, as well as rehires who get retrained at a company, go work for another and build their skills further, then return.A lot can be said for creating a company culture in which automation is viewed as an opportunity, not a sacrifice. Chui says that workers in jobs that are likely to be automated in the near future, be the warehouse workers or truck drivers, should not be underestimated in terms of their awareness of what lies ahead. Business leaders can engage in candid, mature conversations “about the fact that technology will change everyone’s job going forward,” he says.center_img 8 min read Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible.last_img read more

Ammonia Electric Contacts Manometer Market Will Reflect Significant Growth Prospects By

first_imgBig Market Research The Global Ammonia Electric Contacts Manometer Market study focuses major leading industry players with information such as company profiles, product picture and specification, capacity, production, price, cost, revenue and contact information. It provides information on trends and developments, and focuses on markets and materials, capacities and technologies, and on the changing structure.The Ammonia Electric Contacts Manometer Market has witnessed growth from USD XX million to USD XX million from 2014 to 2019. With the CAGR of X.X%, this market is estimated to reach USD XX million in 2026.Get Sample Copy Of This Report @ report mainly studies the size, recent trends and development status of the Ammonia Electric Contacts Manometer market, as well as investment opportunities, government policy, market dynamics (drivers, restraints, and opportunities), supply chain and competitive landscape. Technological innovation and advancement will further optimize the performance of the product, making it more widely used in downstream applications. Moreover, Porter’s Five Forces Analysis (potential entrants, suppliers, substitutes, buyers, industry competitors) provides crucial information for knowing the Ammonia Electric Contacts Manometer market.Major players in the global Ammonia Electric Contacts Manometer market include:Company 1Company 2Company 3Company 4Company 5Company 6Company 7Company 8Company 9Company 10Company 11Company 12Company 13Company 14Company 15On the basis of types, the Ammonia Electric Contacts Manometer market is primarily split into:Type 1Type 2Type 3On the basis of applications, the market covers:Application 1Application 2Application 3Geographically, the report includes the research on production, consumption, revenue, market share and growth rate, and forecast (2014-2026) of the following regions:United StatesEurope (Germany, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, Poland)ChinaJapanIndiaSoutheast Asia (Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam)Central and South America (Brazil, Mexico, Colombia)Middle East and Africa (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Egypt, South Africa, Nigeria)Other RegionsChapter 1 provides an overview of Ammonia Electric Contacts Manometer market, containing global revenue, global production, sales, and CAGR. The forecast and analysis of Ammonia Electric Contacts Manometer market by type, application, and region are also presented in this chapter.Chapter 2 is about the market landscape and major players. It provides competitive situation and market concentration status along with the basic information of these players.Chapter 3 provides a full-scale analysis of major players in Ammonia Electric Contacts Manometer industry. The basic information, as well as the profiles, applications and specifications of products market performance along with Business Overview are offered.Chapter 4 gives a worldwide view of Ammonia Electric Contacts Manometer market. It includes production, market share revenue, price, and the growth rate by type.Chapter 5 focuses on the application of Ammonia Electric Contacts Manometer, by analyzing the consumption and its growth rate of each application.Get discount to purchase this report @ Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

Apple Launches New MacBook Keyboard Expands Service Program

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8 things Microsoft needs to fix in Windows 10

first_img8 things Microsoft needs to fix in Windows 10 by Martin Brinkmann on July 25, 2017 in Windows – Last Update: July 25, 2017 – 40 commentsWindows 10 was released in 2015 with much fanfare as the next and last version of the Windows operating system.While Windows 10 was designed for the ground up to work on any device type, its interface was flexible enough to provide desktop users with a different experience than users on mobile devices (the few that were supported).Microsoft got away from the Windows 8 experiment of pushing a unified mobile and touch optimized interface to the Windows population — which backfired for the most part as the majority of Windows users used neither — and introduced new programs and features on top of that.Two years in, it is time that Microsoft addresses some of the issues of the operating system that are still an issue today.1. Control Panel vs. Settings appWindows 10 shipped with two management interfaces. The classic control panel and the new Settings application. It was clear back in 2015 that Microsoft did not have enough time to move the bulk of control panel applets to the Settings application. The company announced back then however that the control panel would go eventually.The situation has not changed all that much in 2017. The latest version of Windows 10 ships with the same two interfaces as in 2015. Some options were removed from the control panel and added to the Settings application for the most part, but fact is that users and administrators still have to juggle between the two management interfaces to get things done.The main issue I have with this is that Microsoft moves individual options gradually to the Settings application. Each feature update introduces some changes only. It is unclear why Microsoft is not putting more resources behind the migration as it would simplify administration a lot (provided that the company brings all options to the Settings application).2. Microsoft EdgeThe default system browser on Windows 10 is Microsoft Edge. It is a bare bones browser designed with simplicity and mind. That’s a refreshing change when compared to Internet Explorer, which is quite heavy, but not enough when compared to third-party browsers such as Firefox or Chrome.Microsoft Edge lacks customization options, preferences and extensions support. Extension support was added with the Anniversary Update in 2016, but up until today, only a few dozen extensions have been released for Microsoft Edge.Where is the much awaited option to install Chrome extensions? Why is not Microsoft pushing this more by contacting developers of popular extensions to give them incentives to port their extensions to the web browser?Our Microsoft Edge annoyances list lists additional issues with the browser.3. PrivacyPrivacy has been a hot topic ever since Windows 10 was revealed in public beta builds. Microsoft’s shift to “Windows as a Service” made Telemetry gathering more important for a number of reasons, for instance because of the shortened release cycle.The company did a bad job at communicating with its user base about that. It revealed what the different Telemetry levels collect only with the release of the Creators Update, and left users mostly in the dark before that.If you add other privacy concerns to that, the increase in “suggestions” that Microsoft displays in various locations of the system, and the massive privacy section and whitelisting of some apps, you end up with a system that is too invasive for privacy conscious users.Some concern may be blown out of proportions, but Microsoft needs to work on its communication skills and improve privacy on Windows 10 further.4. User ControlWindows 10 is not as bad as some other operating systems when it comes to giving users control over it, but Microsoft locked some features and options as well.To give you some examples:Web Search works only with Bing and Microsoft Edge.You cannot disable Telemetry, only set it to Basic (or Security if you run Enterprise, Education editions).Many system applications cannot be uninstalled (using the interface).Windows Updates are all-or-nothing thanks to the cumulative nature of the update packages.Experienced Windows users want to be in control when it comes to the operating system.5. The default applicationsWindows 10 ships with a set of default applications. While some of these are certainly useful to some users of the operating system, there are others such as 3D Builder that are likely not used by many.Controls to uninstall or move system apps are lacking in many regards, and it seems to change significantly between different versions what users can and cannot do.While it is possible to uninstall system apps using PowerShell, most users are probably not comfortable using it.The Settings application lists these apps, but the option to uninstall these apps is grayed out for many. Move is listed as an option, but it is grayed out for all system apps.Microsoft needs to understand that part of the userbase does not want to use these apps.  Desktop programs are often better, for instance when it comes to functionality.6. Windows StoreThe Windows application ecosystem is way better than it was back when Windows 8 was released. Store apps don’t look alike anymore, and the number of applications that users can select from has risen significantly as well.Windows Store itself is quite the mess though, as it is a universal store now that delivers apps, games, media and even Microsoft Edge extensions to the Windows population.The selection of apps and games is inferior when compared to Google’s and Apple’s store, and it is pretty much the same uphill battle that Microsoft faces with Edge and extensions support.The porting of Win32 programs to Store apps may be useful in some cases, but there is little incentive for desktop users to pick the Store application if a desktop program is also available. This is different for the upcoming Windows 10 S edition though as it won’t run legacy programs.Another thing that keeps Windows Store behind is Microsoft’s own strategy of releasing apps for Android or iOS exclusively or first.7. Windows 10 MobileIs Windows 10 Mobile still a thing? Microsoft seems to have removed itself from mobile more or less. While there are a handful of devices that run Windows 10 Mobile, they are negligible when compared to Android and iOS.The mobile strategy has failed for Microsoft big time, and the company has lost most of its die hard mobile users in the process.Is Windows 10 Mobile dead, or will Microsoft attempt a revival? The rumored Surface Phone could be Microsoft’s last attempt at reviving the mobile operating systems.Microsoft should communicate better when it comes to its mobile strategy.8. The focusWindows 10 development as of late seems to focus on features that the majority of users don’t seem to want or need.The last feature update was the Windows 10 Creators Update, and it introduced new apps and options to create things. While that is certainly attractive to a subset of users, I’d imagine that the bulk of users cannot or won’t use any of these new features apart from maybe giving them a try once to see what the hype is all about.To be fair, the Creators Update did ship with other improvements, but Microsoft seems to have put the focus on creation more than anything else. This continues with the release of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update later this year.Now You: Did I miss something? Feel free to discuss in the comment section belowSummaryArticle Name8 things Microsoft needs to fix in Windows 10DescriptionThe article lists eight things that Microsoft needs to fix in the company’s Windows 10 operating system to make it more attractive to users.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more