Last week, NASA‘s space shuttle Discovery completed its final mission. The occasion was bittersweet in that it marked the retirement of NASA’s longest serving shuttle ahead of the closing of the thirty year space shuttle program, but it wasn’t the last space shuttle launch. There are two more launches scheduled in the coming months: one by the Endeavor, the other by the Atlantis.Sadly, tragedy has already struck the Endeavor’s launch, scheduled for April 19th. A United Space Alliance employee died today around 7:40AM ET at Kennedy Space Center’s 39-A launch pad in Florida. While working on the Endeavor, he slipped and plummeted to the ground, and although NASA emergency personnel struggled to revive him, the fall ended in his death.AdChoices广告NASA has suspended work on the Endeavor launch for the day as an investigation into the worker’s death is conducted. NASA, on their part, are promising that the death and consequent investigation will not delay Endeavor’s April 19th launch, but given the relatively small events that can throw a space shuttle launch off the rails, we’re not as hopeful.Either way, the Endeavor’s last launch has become tinged with sadness. The penultimate space shuttle launch ever, the Endeavor will be commanded by Mark E. Kelly on its last mission. Tragedy seems to be a regular part of Kelly’s life lately: he is the husband of Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot through the head a couple months ago by a crazed gunman.If the Endeavor makes it into orbit on schedule, it will carry an Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer and an ExPRESS Logistics Carrier to the International Space Station. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that this tragedy doesn’t derail the launch: something tells me that it’s the last thing the departed would have wanted.Read more at WPBF read more
Il faut poursuivre la vaccination contre le cancer du col, selon le HCSPMalgré la remise en cause de l’efficacité des vaccins HPV, le Haut Conseil de la santé publique (HCSP) recommande de poursuivre la campagne de vaccination contre le cancer du col de l’utérus.Depuis le début de leur commercialisation, les vaccins prescrits contre le cancer du col de l’utérus (Gardasil, de Sanofi Pasteur MSD et Cervarix, de GlaxoSmithKline) ont fait l’objet de nombreuses notifications auprès des autorités sanitaires. Mais ces derniers mois, l’affaire a pris de l’ampleur avec notamment deux jeunes femmes qui ont saisi en juillet dernier la Commission régionale de conciliation et d’indemnisation des accidents médicaux (CRCI) de Lyon pour dénoncer les lourds effets secondaires que peuvent avoir les injections. Ajouté à cela, de sérieux doutes ont été prononcés par des médecins sur l’efficacité de cette vaccination. À lire aussiUn ventre à bière cachait en fait une tumeur cancéreuse de trente-cinq kilosFace à tant d’inquiétude, le Haut Conseil de la santé publique (HCSP) a été appelé à donner son avis sur la question de la vaccination. Un verdict qu’il a rendu le 21 octobre dernier et qui vient tout juste d’être mis en ligne. Dans celui-ci, le HCSP considère “qu’il n’existe aucune donnée actuelle susceptible de remettre en cause l’efficacité de ces vaccins”. Il révèle également, cité par l’AFP, que “le suivi des effets secondaires notifiés dans les suites d’une vaccination HPV n’a révélé à ce jour aucun signal de pharmacovigilance”. Poursuivre et étendre la vaccination “Il n’existe actuellement aucune donnée suggérant un caractère potentiellement délétère du vaccin dans certaines catégories de la population, en particulier de risque de survenue de cancer chez des femmes préalablement infectées”, ajoute-t-il encore. Au vu de ces résultats, le HCSP recommande donc de poursuivre la vaccination chez les jeunes filles âgées de 14 à 23 ans et même “d’améliorer la couverture vaccinale”. Il conseille ainsi la mise en oeuvre de “tout moyen qui permette d’atteindre les populations chez lesquelles le dépistage risque d’être le moins réalisé, même si la vaccination ne saurait en aucun cas remplacer ce dépistage” dont il souhaite par ailleurs la généralisation. Au 31 décembre 2010, le taux de couverture vaccinale était estimé pour les jeunes filles nées en 1993 (17 ans), 1994 (16 ans) et 1995 (15 ans) respectivement à 52,6%, 50,0% et 38,7% pour une dose de vaccin et à 36,0%, 33,4% et 20,3% pour trois doses (schéma recommandé).Le 24 novembre 2011 à 20:17 • Maxime Lambert read more
SPOKANE (AP) — An upside-down American flag that had been flying in the front yard of a Spokane home was stolen over the weekend.Greg Carman began flying the sign of distress after the election as a political protest. On Saturday night there was a knock on the door. He found a note that said “Obama 2012,” and discovered his flag was gone.Carman told KREM he’ll get another flag and keep flying it upside down until the first of the year.
Lawmakers’ goal to hash out a compromise version of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill before Congress’ August recess may be in jeopardy, according to multiple sources on Capitol Hill.As recently as last Friday, the chairmen of the House and Senate Armed Services committees were hoping to complete negotiations in time for the House to take up a conference report next week, with the Senate clearing it the following week.But even as talks among House-Senate conferees continue this week, several congressional staff members have told Inside Defense that lawmakers may not agree on compromise legislation until they return to Washington in September. With no legislative deadline occurring in August, lawmakers may be less willing to make concessions so quickly, the sources told the publication.The conference committee is grappling with a variety of issues, including service members’ housing benefits, Guantánamo Bay detainees and acquisition reform.Regardless of when the conference finishes its work on the annual defense policy bill, a presidential veto threat hangs over it. To underscore that prospect, Defense Secretary Ash Carter last week sent John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and his House counterpart, Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), a letter reiterating the Obama administration’s opposition to aspects of the two versions of the legislation.The letter cites both versions’ reliance on the overseas contingency operations account to evade the statutory spending caps, as well as their rejection of many of the department’s proposals reducing compensation and wasteful overhead — such as authorizing a new BRAC round — and reforming force structure and weapons systems. Dan Cohen AUTHOR read more
Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Adam Riekstins Named To Dean’s List At Belmont UniversityIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Adam Riekstins Studying Aboard This SummerIn “Education”Wilmington’s Adam Riekstins Enrolls At Belmont UniversityIn “Education” NASHVILLE, TN — While some may be relaxing by the pool or working at a summer job, Adam Riekstins from Wilmington, MA joined more than 700 other Belmont University students who participated in one of 45 faculty-led Maymester and Summer Study Abroad programs. Riekstins spent time in Belmont’s Australia program for college credit this summer.With programs based in Australia, Belgium, China, Czech Republic, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, England, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Israel, N. Ireland, Morocco, the Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Tanzania and more, students have the opportunity to learn in a non-traditional classroom by visiting historical sites and experiencing new cultures first-hand.These short-term programs, lasting anywhere from a week to a month, are led and designed by Belmont faculty to explore one or two certain areas of study, while giving students the opportunity to travel to and discover a new place.Belmont University Director of Study Abroad Thandi Dinani said Belmont’s culturally enriching study abroad programs enhance a student’s academic experience. “Classrooms come to life as faculty take students to visit places where history took place,” she said. “Whether visiting Nelson Mandela’s prison cell in South Africa, walking streets where Jesus walked in Israel or studying chemistry while taking a cooking class in Italy, students see how countries, concepts and cultures have shaped history and impact their world.”Belmont’s catalog of study abroad opportunities grows every year, with new programs this year that include studying cruise industry entertainment operations by sailing to the Bahamas, learning about island entertainment, food, music and sports in Jamaica, experiencing folk culture, music and nature in Norway, and even touring iconic civil rights locations right here in the U.S. Other new-to-2019 programs took students to Ghana, Czech Republic, France and Germany, among others.Popular programs among students returning for the 2019 year include the Hawaii Maymester month-long program, Belmont in South Africa and Tanzania, as well as the return of the Belmont at Bonnaroo program.“We’re able to offer programs that accommodate a wide variety of students from different majors with different program preferences,” said Dinani, who credits strong faculty support for the growing interest in and diversity of study abroad experiences.About Belmont UniversityRanked No. 6 in the Regional Universities South category and consistently named as a “Most Innovative” university by U.S. News & World Report, Belmont University is home to more than 8,300 students who come from every state and more than 36 countries. Committed to being a leader among teaching universities, Belmont brings together the best of liberal arts and professional education in a Christian community of learning and service. The University’s purpose is to help students explore their passions and develop their talents to meet the world’s needs. With more than 90 areas of undergraduate study, more than 25 master’s programs and five doctoral degrees, there is no limit to the ways Belmont University can expand an individual’s horizon.For more information, visit www.belmont.edu.(NOTE: The above press release is from Belmont University via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com. read more
Guntur: TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidu criticised the State government for stopping all the development works.He pointed out that the works pertaining to capital construction, Polavaram Project and other irrigation project works came to a grinding halt. Naidu addressed a meeting of the party leaders at the TDP State office in Guntur city on Tuesday. Also Read – TDP to open shelters for victims of attacks Advertise With Us Naidu said the construction activity in the State was halted due to scarcity of sand. The construction workers have been suffering due to lack of work. The sand crisis was also hitting other sectors. The Opposition leader said the YSRCP government secured recognition for cancelling contracts. He further said that the government was trying to remove white ration cards. He said there was no safety and security to the people in the YSRCP government. Also Read – Quarry checks bring down granite production Advertise With Us Naidu expressed concern over the growing attacks on the TDP activists under the YSRCP regime and vowed to fight against the government on the issue. The TDP chief said he was astonished over Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy speaking on corruption as he had been the No.1 accused in 10 quid pro quo cases.Former Ministers Somireddy ChandramohanReddy, Kalava Srinivasulu, MLAs Payyavula Keshav, Gorantla Butchaiah Chowdary and other leaders attended the meeting. read more
Why France not Greece is the big worry364 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Why France not Greece is the big worry364 viewsBusinessThe latest edition of Charlie Hebdo has hit the shelves. It features pictures of the Pope and France’s far-right leader Marine le Pen on the front cover under the headline “Here we go again!” It’sVentuno Web Player 4.50The latest edition of Charlie Hebdo has hit the shelves. It features pictures of the Pope and France’s far-right leader Marine le Pen on the front cover under the headline “Here we go again!” It’s
VR is changing the video game industry in a big way, and it’s time to get with the times or be left behind. That’s why you should seriously consider picking up an Oculus Rift along with its brand new Oculus Touch controllers when it launches next week.There’s a whopping 53 titles that will support Oculus Touch at launch, with several different games for you to try out and determine your favorite, including hilarious titles like Job Simulator or the harrowing The Climb. There’s a little something for everyone here, whether you prefer to be scared out of your mind or if you want to party with friends. Even if you’re not much of a gamer, there’s plenty here to try out and experiment with. The full list is below:Arizona Sunshine (Vertigo Games)Bigscreen Beta (Bigscreen)Carnival Games VR (2K Games)The Climb (Crytek)Cosmic Trip (Funktronic Labs)CRANGA!: Harbor Frenzy (HandMade Game)Dead and Buried (Oculus Studios)Dead Hungry (Q-Games)DEXED (Ninja Theory)Dig 4 Destruction (COLOPL, Inc.)Enigma Sphere (YOMUNECO)Fantastic Contraption (Radial Games and Northway Games)Final Approach (Phaser Lock Interactive)Fly to KUMA MAKER (COLOPL, Inc.)Fruit Ninja VR (Halfbrick Studios)Galaxy Golf (Liftoff Labs)The Gallery Episode 1: Call of the Starseed (Cloudhead Games)Gary the Gull (Limitless Studios)Grav|Lab: Gravitational Testing Facility & Observations (Mark Schramm)HoloBall (TreeFortress)Home Improvisation: Furniture Sandbox (The Stork Burnt Down)I Expect You To Die (Schell Games)Job Simulator (Owlchemy Labs)Kingspray (Infectious Ape)Medium (Oculus)Music Inside (Reality Reflection)NBA 2KVR Experience (Visual Concepts / 2K)Ocean Rift (Llyrap Cenydd)Oculus First Contact (Oculus Studios)Pierhead Arcade (Mechabit Ltd)PLANNES (Tricol)Please, Don’t Touch Anything (Escalation Studios)Pro Fishing Challenge VR (Opus)Proton Pulse Plus (Zero Transform)Pulsar Arena (Zero Transform)Quar: Battle for Gate 18 (Steel Wool Games)Quill by Story Studio (beta) (Oculus Story Studio)Rec Room (Against Gravity)Rescuties VR (mode of expression, LLC)Ripcoil (Sanzaru Games, Inc.)Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope (Croteam VR)Space Pirate Trainer (I-Illusions)Sports Bar VR (Perilous Orbit and Cherry Pop Games)Super Kaiju (Directive Games)Superhot VR (SUPERHOT Team)Surgeon Simulator: Experience Reality (Bossa Studios)theBlu (WeVR, Inc.)Toybox (Oculus Studios)The Unspoken (Insomniac Games)Viral EX (Fierce Kaiju)VR Sports Challenge (Sanzaru Games, Inc.)Windlands (Psytec Games Ltd)ZR: Zombie Riot (PlaySide VR)If you only play a couple of the titles listed above, make sure you nab Job Simulator, which is a hilarious rumination on human careers in various fields. You’ll be making copies, pressing buttons, throwing donuts and a whole lot of other bizarre things rather than actually performing tasks, however. Not only is is giggle-inducing, but it’s a great meter for showing off exactly what VR is capable of.It’s also worth trying Superhot VR, which takes an already excellent shooter and turns it into an expansive, transformative experience worth investigating. The game only moves when you move, making for some gorgeous minimalistic puzzles in a first-person space.The Oculus Touch controllers themselves are poised for launch on December 6, so if you’re interested in nabbing a few for yourself, you’ve still got a few days left. Hurry up and get it in! read more
Samsung’s 108MP Camera Sensor Is Coming to a Smartphone Near YouHuge Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Doesn’t Have Room For Headphone Jack Just in case you didn’t think the $2,000 price tag Samsung slapped on the still-unreleased Galaxy Fold wasn’t already high enough, the masters of excess at Caviar have something special for you.They’ve cooked up a limited edition inspired by George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones. Caviar is planning to sell it for a little over four times the price of the retail Galaxy Fold.Yes, for just shy of $8,200 you can own one of these stunning works of ostentatiousness. Caviar’s upgrades to the Fold’s outer shell include carbon fiber, leather, and gold.AdChoices广告This doesn’t seem like a particularly prudent time to go pitching pre-orders for an ultra-high-end version of the Galaxy Fold. Samsung has postponed the device’s launch indefinitely after its review units suffered a series of spectacular failures.The debacle prompted Samsung to cancel all pre-orders from would-be buyers unless they specifically opted in. Best Buy has now announced that all pre-orders placed at their stores have been canceled, too.But hey, if you’re the kind of person who doesn’t see spending $8200 on a phone as a big deal then maybe you’re not all that concerned with potential pitfalls like screens that fail after a day or protective coatings that peel off.You could always just prepare for the worst and buy all six of the caviar version that are available to the public. Not the seventh one, however. Caviar has promised to ship that one to Martin.You’ll have to wait until Caviar puts the page back up to place a pre-order, however. It was unceremoniously yanked offline shortly after the YouTube teaser was uploaded.For those who aren’t familiar with Caviar, this is what the Russian company is known for. Their candy bar-style Tsarphones start at around $2900 and that’s for the least gaudy model that features an alligator leather back cover.At the other end of the spectrum you’ll find a diamond-encrusted iPhone XS Max that’s currently sale priced at $22,510 (down from Caviar’s original price of $24,880).More on Geek.com:The Samsung Galaxy A80 Has a Camera That Does BackflipsWatch: Robots Fold Samsung Galaxy Fold Phone 200,000 Times in Durability TestLego Pokes Fun at Samsung’s Foldable Phone With Its ‘Lego Fold’ Pop-Up Book Stay on target read more
When e-beam lithography was first discovered, it was widely panned as being too slow to work in a manufacturing environment. Write times were on the order of a whole day, which was seen as more than enough time for all manner of defects to creep into the process. Thus, companies, such as TSMC have continued to use the tried and true EUV method.Lithography is a type of printing technology. Originally it was a way to make a stamp out of a stone or metal plate without resorting to etching. Wax was applied to the plate and images were etched into it. Ink was then applied and the plate pressed against paper to produce the final product.Modern lithography follows much the same principal to make integrated circuits, except that ultraviolet light is used to chemically alter the material or film which is known in the industry as a resist. Afterwards, those parts of the resist changed by the light can be removed, leaving behind a structure that can be used as part of a wafer. E-beam lithography tool produced by MAPPER and tested by TSMC would replace EUV with 110 electron beams focused on the resist allowing for the creation of much smaller circuits.Lin says that advances in micromachining technology as well as those in chip performance have improved with e-beam lithography and that changing from a 300mm wafer size to 450mm could make e-beam lithography the way to go in the future. He says doing so would allow manufactures to reduce costs by fifty seven percent. He also said he believes the process would be capable of producing 150 wafers per hours, which is comparable to EUV systems. Significant Achievements in Intel’s EUV Lithography Program © 2011 PhysOrg.com Citation: Micropatterning Director at TSMC suggests e-beam lithography may replace EUV (2012, February 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-02-micropatterning-director-tsmc-e-beam-lithography.html Explore further More information: via IEEE and Semimd (PhysOrg.com) — Most integrated circuits today are made by using extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography technology, but that could change, according to Burn Lin, Micropatterning Director at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd (TSMC) who was speaking at a SPIE Alternative Lithography Conference in San Jose last week. He says that as manufactures seek to make ever smaller and denser chips, EUV could lose its edge in allowing the industry to follow Moore’s law. The answer he says, may turn out to be switching to electron beam (e-beam) lithography. 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
https://ondemand.npr.org/anon.npr-mp3/npr/atc/2019/08/20190822_atc_lack_of_diver… Yann Arthus-Bertrand Lack Of Diversity In Genetic Databases Hampers Research by NPR News Richard Harris 8.22.19 6:02pm When Lalita Manrai went to see her doctor for treatment of kidney disease, she noticed that some of the blood test results had different “normal” ranges for African Americans compared with everybody else. When she asked her doctor which range applied to her — a woman born in India — he said the “everybody else” category was actually based on a study of Europeans, so neither category was right.Instead, he said, he calculated “normal” for her by averaging the two values.”It’s ridiculous,” says Arjun Manrai, a medical researcher at Harvard Medical School, who recounted this story of his mother, who died in 2018. But there simply isn’t good information about a lot of medical information that may vary based on a person’s ethnicity. “In this vacuum of information, this was what [the doctor] was doing as his approach to staging her kidney disease,” Manrai says.It’s important to get those laboratory results right, because they influence a patient’s treatment, Manrai says. The same problem comes up in other common situations, such as the A1C test that is used to diagnose and manage diabetes, and in genetic variants that can identify people at risk of sudden death from heart disease.These factual gaps exist because much of the research used to understand these genetic tests and lab values comes from predominantly European populations. Manrai is part of a growing effort to correct the skewed picture that results.One of the most widely used resources for studying the genetics of disease is the U.K. Biobank, which contains samples from half a million middle-aged British people, 95 percent of whom are Europeans.”At the time they were recruited and the age group that were recruited, that largely reflected the average across the U.K.,” says Dr. Cathie Sudlow, the biobank’s chief scientist. “So because the study was in the U.K., that’s what we got.”The biobank has been a boon to scientists who want to identify the genes that are involved in disease. Genes are universal. But the ethnically skewed resource doesn’t work as well to identify the genetic variants that differ based on ancestry.”There is no one cohort anywhere in the world that can answer all questions for all people,” Sudlow says. So the biobank is working to help develop much more diverse resources.The U.K. Biobank has helped establish large repositories in Mexico and China. In the United States, Sudlow and her colleagues have been offering advice to the National Institutes of Health, which is gradually putting together a biobank that aims to have a diverse population of a million volunteers. There are dozens and dozens of collections like this scattered around the world, some in private hands and others accessible to scientists. Nobody knows exactly how many of these collections exist, but “broadly we’re talking about at least millions of people,” says Ewan Birney, co-director of the European Bioinformatics Institute.He is part of an effort to find ways to link some of these resources together so scientists can quickly see how a discovery in one group applies to people with different ancestries. Birney says even though most of the initial work has been in European populations, a lot of it is relevant to everybody.”How genetics works in different countries — sort of a surprise — is that very often the genetics is pretty much the same as you move between different countries,” Birney says.Where biobank study conclusions can be misleading is in the details. The same genes and proteins are involved in diseases such as diabetes, but the variants that can affect a person’s risk of disease differ based on a person’s genetic heritage. Birney expects that the new and linked databases not only will help identify issues of concern to a particular ethnic group but will identify genes that are important for everybody’s health. He’s particularly eager to learn what comes out of a biobank project taking shape in sub-Saharan Africa.”Because Africa is the birthplace of humans, there’s the highest amount of genetic diversity inside of sub-Saharan Africa,” he says. “And it’s really clear if you are a geneticist, we should be spending an awful lot more time studying humans there.”Birney is mindful of simply allowing scientists from rich companies to swoop in on this resource, so right now the African scientists developing biobanks will have an opportunity to study the data first. Birney says it’s “really important that we do that in a way that is empowering and enabling for the scientists who come from these different countries.”Manrai at Harvard is tapping into data that’s already available, including medical databases curated by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”I think understanding ancestry, race, ethnicity is an area that we’re going to see a tremendous amount of work in over the next 10 years,” he says.You can contact NPR Science Correspondent Richard Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR. read more
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. March 18, 2014 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Crowdfunding sites such as Kickstarter, Fundable and Indiegogo are responsible for some of the coolest projects coming out right now. The sky’s the limit when it comes to these projects. Everything from a music label deal to food companies, there is something for everyone.Here’s a list of 10 of the coolest crowdfunding success stories.1. FORM1: With 3D printable clothing being a prediction for the future, the need for affordable home printer options needs attention now. Well, researchers from the MIT Media Lab have taken on the challenge creating the FORM1, a project to create an affordable, professional 3D printer for the public. The FORM1 blew through its original $100,000 goal, getting over 2,000 backers and $3 million dollars in funding. 3D printing at your house may not be as far off as you thought!2. Hidden Radio 2: The original Hidden Radio was a small, beautiful speaker to make your music not only sound good, but look good, too. The creators are back with its follow up, the Hidden Radio 2. With an incredibly sleek, bullet-like design, the designers have improved the quality, made the volume adjustable just by twisting the speaker system itself and overall delivered a superior but powerfully simple speaker for your home or home office. Music can sound and look good with this two-time Kickstarter success story.Related: Big Milestone: Crowdfunding Site Kickstarter Reaches $1 Billion in Pledges3. SkyBell: Don’t you hate it when you’ve been waiting forever for a package and you just miss it? Or when you’re working at home and the doorbell rings to reveal some solicitors who don’t take no for an answer? Well so do the creators of SkyBell, who developed a camera system with audio and microphone, that works through a smartphone app. You can literally answer (or not) your door from anywhere with your iPhone. Talk, listen, leave instructions and see who you’re talking to all with the affordable and reliable SkyBell system.4. Pebble: The Pebble wristband is one of the smartest, coolest watch options out there. The Pebble watch works with your apps from your iPhone and Android to give you instant, easy notifications of important calls, emails or other app alerts via the display on the watch’s digital face. It looks cool, it works amazingly and it blew the lid off the competition, earning $1 million of support in only 28 hours on Kickstarter. It eventually went on to raise more than $10 million.5. Elevation Dock: The design team behind Elevation Dock wasn’t happy with the Apple docking solutions out there. So they decided to go on Kickstarter and get funding to create a better one. ElevationLab, the team behind Elevation Dock, rounded up $1.4 million to create the dock of their dreams thanks to crowdfunding. It features a minimal industrial design with a new custom NanoPad underside to keep it locked to your desk. You can undock your phone with one hand and it was designed to work with or without your phone case on. It’s the docking station of your dreams.6. The Nikola Tesla Wardenclyffe Science Center: It isn’t just high tech that succeeds on crowdfunding. Web comic The Oatmeal has long ranted and raved about how unfair it is that modern culture knows about Edison and has completely forgotten the innovator and entrepreneur Nikola Tesla. He finally took his rant to Indiegogo and the result was more than $1 million raised to save the site of Tesla’s incomplete lab, Wardenclyffe Tower. The funding was earned in just nine days and the organizer realized the public was ready to make the project more than just a restoration. So ground was broken to create a museum and science center honoring Tesla. Related: These Entrepreneurs Raised Almost $40,000 for Their ‘No-Sock’ Socks7. Veronica Mars Movie. Veronica Mars was one of the fifth highest grossing crowdfunding projects to date, aiming for $2 million in funding, according to Wikipedia. It ended up with over $5.7 million and a studio-backed film adaptation based on the popular UPN/CW television series of the same name. Fans providing the funding for the films they want to see up front, instead of lamenting the $12 they just wasted at the theater? That’s a revolutionary concept that could catch on quickly!8. The Glif: True entrepreneurism and invention comes from solving a common problem that no one has been able to address previously. Queue the crowdfunded Glif, a simple smartphone holder that works as a stand or tripod attachment. It’s such a simple piece of engineered plastic, yet it solved the common problem of stabilizing that users faced when trying to use their iPhone camera to film or photograph. The project was designed on a $10,000 budget, but ended up surpassing $137,000 in funding. Proof that the public was ready for the Glif solution!9. Oculus Rift: If you read any kind of tech news in 2013, you know about the hype surrounding the crowdfunded virtual reality head-mount display called Oculus Rift. It’s an incredible Kickstarter project that aimed to take virtual reality into an accessible and actually usable home gaming dimension. More than $2.4 million dollars was raised over a $250,000 goal. This VR head-mounted display unit became a reality when units started shipping out in March 2013.10. The Scanadu Scout: The Scout is the first medical tricorder, which in layman’s terms means it’s a scanner that is packed with sensors designed to read your vital signs and then wirelessly send them to your smartphone to diagnose symptoms in seconds. That could be a helpful or even life-saving device. Anything from a sick child to an aging parent, allergy attack to heart attack or stroke, the implications are huge for sensing and diagnosing early medical issues before they become life-threatening. The Scanadu Scout set out to raise $100,000 on Indiegogo and ended up with over $1.5 million in funding. It just goes to show that early adoption for early dedication is a popular idea people are willing to pay to develop.Related: If I Knew Then: Indiegogo Co-Founder Makes His Mark Helping Others Follow Their Passion 6 min read Enroll Now for Free read more
The Elgato Stream Deck Mini is a content creator’s dream. But of course, those who want simple customizable keys can get a lot of fun out of it. It’s down to just $79 today from its high price of $100.Add Six Customizable Keys to Your PC or Mac with the Elgato Stream Deck Mini – Limited Time DiscountHaving a mouse and keyboard with your setup is great and all, but if you are looking to expand in the ‘shortcuts’ department then you need to look at products like the Elgato Stream Deck Mini. It’s a simple accessory with six keys on it that can be customized to launch any action such as open up a website, launch an app, show battery levels, literally anything. It’s up to your imagination how you end up using it.But those buttons aren’t static or anything. Once you assign something to a particular key, it changes its icon too on the fly. That’s right, in case you were wondering, each and every key has a tiny LCD display underneath it, taking things to a whole new level in the visual appeal department.So, what do you get when you part with $79? Let’s have a quick look at the features:6 LCD keys: tap to switch scenes, launch media, adjust audio, and much more; Unlimited control: turn keys into folders to access unlimited actionsMulti Actions: launch multiple actions simultaneously or sequentially – with one tapFully customizable: personalize keys with custom icons and animated gifs or choose from hundreds of pre-selectedDirect integration: control Game Capture, OBS, XSplit, Streamlabs, Twitch, YouTube, Mixer, and moreEasy setup: simply drag and drop actions onto keys in the appWith nested folders there are an unlimited number of optionsThis product works with both the Mac as well as PC, therefore you don’t have to worry about platform compatibility at all. All you have to worry about is whether or not you need this marvelous accessory in your life. Think fast, before it returns to its $100 price point.Buy Elgato Stream Deck Mini – Was $100, Now just $79 Share Tweet Submit read more
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 Tags: Airports, St. Vincent and the Grenadines Feb. 14 designated as opening day of SVG’s long-awaited airport Share Posted by TORONTO — It’s been a long time coming, but the new Argyle International Airport (AIA) in St. Vincent and the Grenadines will finally make its grand debut on Feb. 14.Originally slated for a 2015 opening and pushed back several times due to construction delays, the new airport is now considered the largest capital project that has ever been undertaken in the history of the country. It will replace the existing ET Joshua Airport, which will close simultaneously.To celebrate the long-awaited occasion, a charter flight has been organized by the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority in collaboration with GG Tours in Toronto. A Sunwing 737-800 aircraft will go down in history as the first international flight to land at AIA from Canada.Flights WG262 is scheduled to leave Pearson International Airport at 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 14, and arrive at AIA at 3:40 p.m. WG263 will depart AIA at 4:55 p.m. and land in Toronto at 9:45 p.m. On Feb. 21, the return trip flight will operate on the same schedule.More news: Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish StepsThe new airport is expected to increase accessibility to this multi-island destination and be a key economic driver for the country, attracting direct flights from Canada, the U.S., the U.K. and more, fuelling investments. It boasts a 9,000-foot runway designed to accommodate aircraft as large as the Boeing 747-400s. The 171,000 square-foot terminal will be able to handle 1.5 million passengers per year, more than five times the capacity at ET Joshua, and offer 23 commercial spaces, three restaurants and several spots for kiosks. << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group read more
Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Over the weekend, San José welcomed more than 70 stands showcasing different products from Zarcero. The fair was part of an initiative organised by the Comité Central de Zarcero to support local businesses, and appropriately, it was called “Zarcero in San José.”The event took place in La Antigua Aduana in over May 3 and 4, with thousands attending to buy reasonably priced stuff that reminded them of Zarcero, including souvenirs, food and art. Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Facebook Comments Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times No related posts. read more
Related posts:San Carlos hackathon aims to boost women’s roles in technology development Bacardi to open support services center in Costa Rica Talent and good policy are key targets for improving Costa Rica’s competitiveness, forum experts say Intel hiring for new Costa Rica operation In 2014, Intel closed its assembly and shipping facility in Belén, northwest of San José, where 1,500 employees worked in the assembly and distribution of computer components. Recently the company disclosed that 2,000 full-time employees now work at the Intel facility in Belén, and the company has projected to increase its payroll due to theexpansion of its operations in Costa Rica.At present, Intel Costa Rica focuses on two major areas: its Research and Development Center, which includes the Laboratory Testing Facility, and the Center for Global Services, as well as several support groups. The company now requires that its employees be college graduates, such as engineers and others trained for specialized positions in administration, finance and human resources.The Center for Research and Development currently is the country’s largest division and is dedicated to design, prototype, testing and validation of IT solutions and software development. In this department, 1,250 people make up a number of different sub-departments that perform increasingly complex and specialized tasks, to keep up with the advancement of technology. The groups of engineers at the facility in Belén are in direct coordination with company divisions around the world, with the mission to assist in the development of new technology products that will be introduced to the market in the coming years.The other major group working at the Global Services Center has 600 employees who perform specialized tasks that are vital to the operation of the day-to-day corporate global business. For example, in this department, wages for more than 56,000 Intel employees are paid every month, representing about $8 million in salaries per year. Financial statements are prepared and presented for auditing for the Global Services sector, and 75 percent of the $141 million of Intel’s production throughout the Americas is reflected in the financial statements that are prepared in Belén.See also: From classrooms to the office, Intel addresses high-tech gender gap in Costa RicaIntel Costa Rica is in a phase of much value-added services that greatly impact the company’s growth. Timothy Scott, manager of government affairs and public relations for Intel Costa Rica, recently said, “We have shown that we have the human talent necessary to execute increasingly complex positions in terms of finance and human resources. It is noteworthy to mention that the group of leaders at the center in Belén consists of 100 percent Costa Ricans.”The Global Services Center maintains a continuous focus on innovation, and many processes are designed and implemented from the facility in Belén. Recently a group of Costa Ricans at the Global Services Center collaborated with the integration plan of the firm McAfee, which is now known as Intel Security.Working alongside the Center for Research and Development and the Global Services Center are two specialized centers of support groups with 150 employees.Intel Costa Rica currently has about 60 open positions for its operations at the Research and Development Center as well as the Center for Global Services in Belén. The company is offering positions for application developers, systems analysts, network engineers, tax analysts, operations managers and other areas, including information technology, auditing and a call center. Interested parties can send their résumés via the website Intel.com/jobs.The author, Tom Rosenberger has lived and worked in Belén, Costa Rica, for 23 years, inspecting land, homes, condominiums and commercial buildings for clients who want to purchase existing property or build new construction in Costa Rica. You can contact him at: tom@CostaRicaHomeBuilder.com. Facebook Comments read more
Top Stories Comments Share As close as brothers, the two have helped one another make the most of the limelight since that encounter in 1963 in the colonial city of Salvador, coming together periodically to write songs, produce one another’s albums or perform. The two 72-year-olds are continuing that relationship with a joint tour of 10 European countries from June 25 to Aug. 2.At a rehearsal Wednesday in Gil’s Rio de Janeiro studio, the two seemed almost like twins: Small and thin and strikingly handsome, they were dressed in similar blue and white button-down shirts, often said the exact same phrases at the same time and were constantly finishing — or, sometimes, correcting — one another’s sentences.Without Veloso, Gil said, “I would have been a very different artist than the one I became.”“Without him,” Veloso said, “I might not have done music.”Together, they spearhead the avant-garde tropicalia movement, a musical revolution that challenged Brazil’s 1964-85 military dictatorship and helped secure the country’s privileged place on the world music map. Their politically tinged songs, with far-out aesthetics and eclectic sounds, blended elements of traditional Brazilian music with rock and roll. It also landed them in prison for two months, under house arrest for four and then got them exiled to London for around three years. They don’t compose according to any established pattern. Sometimes Gil writes the lyrics, sometimes Veloso does. Sometimes one writes the music alone, other times they conjure it together. That’s pretty much always how it’s worked, they said.One thing has changed with age: their bodies. Fans hoping to see them tearing around the stage like a pair of hyped-up Energizer bunnies as they did well into their 60s will be disappointed.Both have been banned from jumping on doctor’s orders, Veloso because of a herniated disk, Gil due to a torn retina suffered during a particularly jarring jump at the Rock in Rio music festival.“I had to put silicone in my eye, but just in my eye,” Gil said with a chuckle. “All of that because of my hopping.”But as long as they do quieter, more meditative shows, there’s no saying how long they may keep touring.“Travelling is more tiring than playing. The problem isn’t the concert. The problem is the airport,” said Veloso.Asked whether retirement was on the horizon, he responded, “I never thought about it.”___Follow Jenny Barchfield on Twitter: www.twitter.com/jennybarchfield They lived together in Britain, cementing their ties by marrying sisters. And though those marriages are both ancient history, the two say they continue to regard one another as family.Their careers have taken very disparate turns. Gil served as culture minister for five years under former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Veloso starred in Spanish director Pedro Almodovar’s 2002 hit “Talk To Her.” But both continued to churn out album after album, and they’ve kept gravitating back together.“Friendship is about choice. You pick, you select,” said Gil, who won a Grammy in the world music category in 2005. “In our case it’s all about that. We like to be friends. We’ve chosen to be friends.”“We’ve never really fought,” said Veloso, in his hallmark, gentle sing-song timbre. “When we get together to collaborate, there’s no tension.”During their European tour, the pair will be on stage all alone: Just two men, each with his guitar. Between them, Gil and Veloso have released more than 80 albums and they said the bulk of the concert playlist will likely be pulled from that extensive repertory, though they may also compose some new tunes, should inspiration strike. Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A university student by the name of Caetano Veloso struck up a conversation one day with a fellow student, a budding musician with a local TV gig. 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