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RenderForm with SaveToSharepoint Command

Good day readers. Today we are going to talk about the SaveToSharePoint command and how you can use it in conjunction with the RenderForm command.  If you are not yet familiar with the RenderForm command, I suggest you have a look at my recent blog about it before continuing this one. 

This link will take you to RenderForm blog:

What is the SaveToSharepoint command?

            This is one of qRules advanced commands.  It lets us save a file, a set of files, an image, or a set of images to a SharePoint document library.  We need to have access to a SharePoint site and have a SharePoint document library created in advance in order to do this.

Let’s look at the parameters that we can use with the SaveToSharePoint command:

·         url: This is the URL where the SharePoint document library is located.

·         xpath: Here we indicate the xpath of the file or image attachment within the form.

·         dsname: This is the name of the data source where the file field is located, if it is not in the main data soure.

·         name: This is optional. We can specify a filename for the file if we want, and if not, the command will generate a name. If  name is omitted, it will also automatically add an extension for the files or images we attach

·         overwrite: Also optional, and the default if we omit this is to not overwrite. overwrite allows overwriting files with the same filename if set to yes. This is unavailable if you use the /dsnamews parameter

·         dsnamews: This is a data connection name for copy web service(optional).

·         dsurl: (optional) If we use the Copy web service data connection option with this command, the /url parameter needs to be to the same site that the data connection used. That is, if I created my data connection to the copy service using http://serverA but my command url is http://serverB (and therefore my form is published to serverA), the web method will fail. The /dsurl parameter can be used with the /dsnamews parameter to change the service url of the data connection to match the /url location.


Important points to remember when using this command:

·         The file or image field we create should have attributes with the names qRulesLink and qRulesFilename (both case sensitive) for this command to work.

·         If we need to upload more than one file/image, the source field should be in a repeating structure, but it should not be a repeating field within a repeating group.

·         If there are no attachment(s) the command will perform no action, so make sure you have a file attached or make a rule so that it only executes when the field is not empty or blank.

Let’s get started by creating a simple form with the SaveToSharePoint command only:

                Here is the form


                 The form consists of a file attachment control(FileAttachment), a textbox(FileName), a button(where the command will be placed), and another textbox(URL) to display the URL of the file saved.  Notice I encircled the qRulesLink and qRulesFilename attribute just to give emphasis to how important these attributes are to the command.

                On the button control, I added a rule to set the qRules Command field to:

concat("SaveToSharePoint /url= http://<servername>/MyDocLib /xpath=/my:myFields/my:FileAttachment /name=", FileName)

 If executed properly, this will send the file to the SharePoint library with the filename you entered, as seen in the picture above.  See how simple it is?


Now we are going to integrate this command with RenderForm.  I used the form from my previous blog but tweaked it a little to make the SaveToSharePoint and RenderForm command work together. Before working on the actual form changes, I created an xml file to use as a secondary data source to prevent unnecessary clutter in my main data source. The xml file looks like this in Notepad:



                                <RenderedForm qRulesLink="" qRulesFilename="" />




This file looks like this in the form when we add it as a secondary XML data source (notice I encircled the attributes again to emphasize their importance):


Now here is the main/default view we are going to use:

On each button control I used three rules one to render the view, the second to save it a SharePoint library, and the last to display the URL of the file saved.

1.       Set the qRules Command field to: RenderForm /allviews=true /resultxpath=/FormLogic/Values/RenderedForm /resultdestds=RenderForm

2.       Set the qRules Command field to: concat("SaveToSharePoint /url= http://<servername>/MyDocLib /dsname=RenderForm /xpath=/FormLogic/Values/RenderedForm /name=", my:FileName)

3.       Show a dialog box: concat("File saved to SharePoint library. URL is ", xdXDocument:GetDOM("RenderForm")/FormLogic/Values/RenderedForm/@qRulesLink)


If I clicked all the buttons and had them name each file True, Airlines, Sort, Basketball, AirlinesSortBasketball respectively, this is how it would look in the SharePoint library:

Now I hope you’re excited to see how the file will look when we open it.  Click on the filename, then save, then open (I am using Internet Explorer in this case). Here is what it looks like when we click on the topmost file which is AirlinesSortBasketball on a tab of Internet Explorer:

This is how we can use the SaveToSharePoint and RenderForm command together.  I hope you learned something from this.  Try it out to see how simple it is to use these commands in qRules!



tyty4u2 said:

I am looking at using this feature to Archive a form.  So once the form is marked completed, this will renderform as HTML and then submit to a document library leaving a hyperlink in the form.  

My question is what happens when there are images in the table of the form, such as a picture header?  I know image files themselves cannot be embedded in an HTML document so would they be put in a folder in the library or would they be ignored?

Thanks in advance!

February 3, 2013 9:03 PM

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In that time, he has seen kids who were slack-jawed in the face of standardized test problems become engaged and excited in discussions of articles from The Economist<br><img src=""><br> and history books.<br> He insists that it is important for learning to  <a href = "">Traffic Travis download </a> “Even though I am a data-driven guy with a heavy math background, what really inspires me — and the reason I think my programs are effective — are the first-hand connections and experiences<br><img src=""><br> I’ve had,” Angrist says.<br> “Kids won’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” Defense contractor Boeing <b>is</b> bolstering <b>its</b>  <a href = "">Popup Domination  </a> operations by finalizing plans for two new office complexes, in Crystal City and <b>Germantown,</b> where it will collectively move nearly 1,000 employees.Mike Bartlett’s “Bull,” directed <b>by</b> Clare Lizzimore at 59E59 Theaters, depicts desperate rivalry in an office <b>where</b> jobs are imperiled.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve meets Tuesday at a time of <b>widening</b> economic risks: higher oil  <a href = "">Viral Traffic Optimizer </a> prices; unemployment near 9 percent; <b>crises</b> in the <b>Middle</b> East and Japan. 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A Boeing 787 Dreamliner operated by <b>Ethiopian</b> Airlines caught fire <b>at</b> Britain's Heathrow airport on Friday, forcing the closure of both of its runways.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The general manager of a hotel and golf <b>course</b> in Scotland <b>offers</b> advice for the courses to play and how to get <b>on</b> them.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In the  <a href = "">metabolic cooking review </a> a half since moving from El Salvador to Herndon, Salvador Bonilla has gone to church only <b>when</b> friends could give him a lift to a Catholic parish four miles away in Sterling, the closest place offering Mass in Spanish. Yesterday afternoon, he stood outside <b>St.</b> Joseph Catholic Church... A grand jury has indicted accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on charges of killing four people and using a weapon of mass destruction, federal prosecutors in Boston said on Thursday.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; However, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University say there is nothing "mere" about child's play. Children are actually  <a href = "">text the romance back text the romance back </a> experiments. Those who can’t imagine any role for Tim Tebow with the Patriots haven’t been paying attention to Bill Belichick’s history with reclamation projects.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Forget the scare stories and&nbsp;sci-fi baddies, we can build smart machines that will offer us better livesI was always going to end up in robotics – this was<br><img src=""><br> probably clear to my horrified parents from the moment their five-year-old appeared in the <b>kitchen</b> having skinned the fur off an electric dog. I promise you this is not as ghoulish as it sounds.<br> It's just that the fur and cute eyes got in the way of what was  <a href = "">tinnitus miracle </a> underneath. How did this thing walk? What made it segue from walking to sitting to barking? But most of all, what trickery <b>could</b> give the impression of intent in 1978 via a couple of <b>D-cell</b> batteries?As a child and through <b>my</b> teens I was utterly fascinated about how to synthesise something that acts in the world on our behalf and with independence. This interest was fed, as it was for many of us, <b>by</b> icons of kids' science-fiction films.<br> That influence was fun then, but now I worry about what it obscures in a grownup world. It gets in the way  <a href = ""> acne no more review </a> adults need to talk about.Our perspective of robotics is often polluted by easy-to-write scare stories adorned with easy-to-source pictures <b>of</b> science-fiction baddy-robots. Of course we all know science-fiction characters are are, by design, wild flights of fancy.<br> Yet many articles can<br><img src=""><br> go out of their way to muddle science fiction, fantasy and fears. I've lost count of the&nbsp;times I've read stories <b>of</b> doom and&nbsp;obsolescence adorned with a charming photo of Arnie's  <b>Terminator.<br></b> <b>I</b> <b>groan.</b> Why so negative? We don't routinely put pictures of wild uncontrolled explosions next to articles on chemistry, or ray-gun pictures next to text on electronics.The<br> truth  <a href = "">paleo recipe book </a> <b>is</b> a vast disparity between what we might believe or fear from a position informed by fiction-science and the reality of robotics-science.<br> Don't get me wrong. We've made amazing progress, and so much good is now within our reach – but our best machines are not even close to the cognitive and mobile ability of a mole. <b>Ants</b> outperform our best endeavours.So<br> why are everyday tasks so <b>hard?</b> Looking at coffee-making is helpful.<br> I'm&nbsp;writing this at my kitchen table, having just made a coffee. Let's deconstruct the "add <b>milk</b> to taste" part&nbsp;and reflect<br><img src=""><br> on the complexity at play. I had to  <a href = "">ipad video lessons </a> a fridge with a sticky seal then stop the door from crashing into my three-year-old by catching it with my foot. <b>I</b> then peered past yoghurt&nbsp;pots, precariously balanced&nbsp;soup cartons, two bottles of I-know-not-what to spot the milk.<br> I reached in, <b>steering</b> past all this to grasp&nbsp;the condensation-covered <b>milk</b> carton with&nbsp;some fingers.Of<br> course, by now my arm was obscuring my view, so I used the <b>changes</b> of torque and load perceived by my grasp to infer<br><img src=""><br> its collisions with fridge items and my short-term spatial memory to navigate the milk out. And all that before the pouring bit. Please believe me when  <a href = "">tubelaunch </a> achieving that with a low failure rate is fantastically hard – many, many years away for a machine.This state of play then is not very threatening <b>–</b> in fact, isn't it all a bit underwhelming? Not at all.<br> You see, we can build somewhat smart machines that do our bidding – they can <b>work</b> for us, help us, keep us safe, even repair us. Not so for moles and ants – they are always self-interested and <b>particularly</b> hard to<br><img src=""><br> communicate with.<br> From this simple observation much good comes. Robots are, for now, just <b>smart</b> tools, devices built by us to make  <a href = "">info cash </a> need <b>to</b> be able to have a grownup conversation about robotics. We need to make sure we consider the full gamut of what<br><img src=""><br> robotics and automation will bring us – the brilliant, "obvious win" stuff as well as the <b>stuff</b> that needs us to be careful. We certainly talk about the <b>obvious</b> example: drones. Like all weapons (longbow included), these non-thinking tools that we can<br><img src=""><br> use to project force <b>at</b> a distance impose a moral duty to think about how we use and develop them.This<br> is <b>down</b> to all of us. If we have a view we can <b>get</b> involved, but  <a href = "">Chris Farrell Membership  </a> helpful we must be informed by reality and not science fiction.<br> Furthermore, if only <b>for</b> balance, we really owe it to ourselves to look at and anticipate some of the astounding and wholly positive outcomes of robotics and automation.Robotics and its <b>sibling</b> disciplines like computer vision and machine learning <b>will,</b> I am <b>sure,</b> offer us better lives.<br> The word "offer" is important as we do get to make choices.<br> Engineers will create the building blocks and innovations that will underpin new artefacts and services – but only if it makes sense to do so. We will be <b>offered</b> better surgery, better  <a href = "">blogging with john chow </a> warehousing, more efficient ports, safer mines, curated farms with reduced pesticide requirements <b>and</b> higher yields.<br> We'll do science on other planets<br><img src=""><br> and at the bottom of our oceans. <b>We'll</b> have smarter and more flexible manufacturing creating new jobs supported by new tools.We'll offer ourselves smart prosthetics&nbsp;and, maybe, home care – not a replacement for human care but an extra<br><img src=""><br> presence for when mum falls over in the night. We'll have <b>cars</b> that can drive you when you <b>are</b> exhausted, sick, ageing or simply unwilling to waste your time in traffic.<br> We'll get new help in cleaning up our nuclear legacy, fighting  <a href = "">Million Dollar Pips review </a> rescuing families from collapsed buildings. I could go on.Although major technical <b>hurdles</b> remain, these options and offers of help&nbsp;are coming. Yes, in many cases they&nbsp;are decades away, but we should anticipate, welcome and, of course, regulate. We can drop the droid talk and replace it with a proper <b>sense</b> of opportunity, benefit and maybe childlike&nbsp;wonder at what our creations will offer us. This is going to be good.•<br> Professor Paul Newman will deliver this year's Oxford<br><img src=""><br> London lecture, in association with the Guardian, on Tuesday <b>12</b> March at 6.45pm<br> in Church House, Westminster. Tickets are available on the door, priced £15  <a href = "">FAP Turbo scam </a> £8 concessionsRobotsPaul &copy; 2013 Guardian News and <b>Media</b> Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds US students <b>get</b> jobs to help pay for college. It has me missing Britain – and wondering if this trend will come to the UKUpon my arrival in the states from Britain, one of the first conversations I had with my roommate was about sleep. I stated that I tend to go <b>to</b> bed around midnight no matter what, even <b>if</b> I don't have classes the <b>next</b> day until  <a href = "">Forex Megadroid  </a> soon learn to live without sleep, being an<br><img src=""><br> American college student," my roommate said.<br> I thought he was joking. My roommate often talks about how exhausted he is. He isn't alone. Each year, thousands of American college students report to health centres because of exhaustion, <b>yet</b> only recently have the <b>true</b> effects of poor sleep on young adults been documented. The health centre nurses at my US university look at you sympathetically, then prescribe sleeping pills.<br> These, of course, don't actually solve the problem, they just make it worse.<br> The real reason why US college students are so tired is because  <a href = "">Binary Options Trading  </a> work before <b>just</b> about everything, including their studies. They take fifteen or eighteen credit hours per week and hold a <b>campus</b> job and maybe an internship on top of that.<br> I'd like to say I kept my British sensibilities and <b>bucked</b> the trend, but frankly, having a campus job is so pervasive in<br><img src=""><br> the <b>US</b> that I ended up joining in. Since January, I<br><img src=""><br> have been completely <b>addicted</b> to coffee, using it to prop me up during the week and then crashing on weekends. My job is working at the campus radio station. In the UK, this would be unpaid. <b>Being</b>  <a href = "">Traffic Travis </a> of the news is seen as an honour, <b>as</b> opposed to something you worth competing for, and for money. In America, it seems that everyone has a job somewhere, often so students can work their way through college. "It makes their lives<br><img src=""><br> easier.<br> I'd <b>rather</b> see them earning on campus than having to <b>drive</b> <b>all</b> the way to a big city just to earn the same, and have their grades suffer as a result," my station manager said. There's a certain, brilliant American logic here, making the best of a bad situation.Part of the problem is student debt. In America, colleges  <a href = "">Popup Domination  </a> charge <b>pretty</b> <b>much</b> anything they want. Student loans are not as kind here as they are in the UK. The US has no centralised loan company operated by the government, charging at very low interest. Here, most students have to <b>navigate</b> a complex market system, and the second you graduate, interest rates often spike. One of my host families has a friend whose son considered himself lucky to leave medical school "with <b>only</b> $150,000 of debt".<br> Because of high loans and interest rates, many American students start college seeking a job either on campus or locally, with the idea of making  <a href = "">Viral Traffic Optimizer review </a> as possible to<br><img src=""><br> cut down on loans. I've also met <b>at</b> <b>least</b> two people here <b>who</b> plan to go straight to military after <b>college,</b> simply because the military will pay off their college debts.I'm starting to wonder if the UK will soon look like this.<br> University freshman in Britain could leave school with up to £60,000 <b>of</b> debt. For all the scary headlines about American college debt, the average amount of debt for US college graduates is $26,600.<br> As <b>the</b> National Union of Students president said <b>at</b> the time, saddling students with "a small mortgage" is scandalous. <b>Can</b> you really expect  <a href = "">Easyvideosuite </a> on education and work and keep performing well in both? Aside from that, students have to worry about getting a job in the current market and paying off student loans after graduation – no laughing matter.So,<br> does all this work during your college years really pay off? The statistics are tough to compare, but having campus employment on <b>your</b> resume doesn't seem to guarantee anything post-graduation, at least in this economy. In the states, 53.6%<br> of young people report being <b>unemployed</b> or underemployed four years after graduation.<br> It's hard to ignore the financial realities facing UK and US students. Back in  <a href = "">Total Wellness Cleanse Total Wellness Cleanse </a> seemed to me that the only students who worked did <b>so</b> to make more money <b>for</b> drinking and socialising.<br><br><img src=""><br> In the US, a campus job is an accepted part of college life.<br> It's standard; <b>you</b> almost have <b>to.Consider<br></b> my ever tired roommate. He's away every Friday to Sunday at his parents' because it's an easier commute to his weekend job from <b>there</b> than from campus. As soon as he's finished classes for the week, he's out the door and working at a fast food chain 20 miles down the road.Your<br> university years are your most creative, and they're a beautiful time  <a href = "">Wallstreet Forex Wallstreet Forex Robot </a> life: you can travel, do anything you <b>like,</b> and nobody much cares because you still have the excuse of being a young, foolish adult.<br> It seems to me that this increasingly money-driven education system wants <b>to</b> enslave us to a life <b>of</b> debt and credit before we've even fully matured.There's a case to be made for enterprise, and learning what about'the real world' while still sheltered at university –<br><img src=""><br> you probably don't have a family to support, and your mistakes (which my age group makes all the time) probably won't matter. But it makes <b>life</b> cruel here, to be completely honest.<br>  <a href = "">magnetic messaging </a> college system is a harsh and unforgiving place. For the sake of my <b>sleep,</b> I cannot wait to get back <b>to</b> Britain and lie <b>in</b> bed under the guise of <b>'jetlag'</b> for awhile.Higher<br> educationStudent workStudentsUnited StatesDebt reliefRichard &copy; 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies.<br> All rights <b>reserved.<br></b> | Use of <b>this</b> content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds Adam Scott, the <b>actor,</b> wants everyone to know he isn’t enjoying the comparisons to Adam Scott, the golfer.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> “Kinky Boots” earned 13 nominations, <b>including</b> for best musical, while its chief rival, “Matilda,” had 12  <a href = "">panic away review </a> many of the same categories.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;  Paul Lazarescu Photo: Allegra Boverman She is officially capitalism's <b>most</b> polarising figureCongratulations/death to Gwyneth Paltrow, who is now officially late-stage capitalism's most polarising figure. Last week she was named the world's Most Hated Celebrity; this week she was crowned that same world's Most Beautiful Woman.<br> Gwyneth's journey from actor&nbsp;to towering cultural idea is officially complete, and I hope you will&nbsp;join Lost in Showbiz in literally worshipping her/threatening casual violence against her in <b>internet</b> comments that end "HER KIDS LOOK MISERABLE JUST SAYIN".What<br> her dual triumph means, of course, is that Gwyneth has made it out  <a href = "">adonis Ratio </a> little leagues. She is going all&nbsp;the way to state! In fact, she is<br><img src=""><br> going international.<br> Thanks to a couple of cookbooks, an exercise<br><img src=""><br> regime and a&nbsp;biennial supporting role in a superhero franchise, she<br><img src=""><br> is now eligible to compete against other loved/loathed list champs such as Aung San Suu Kyi and Joseph Kony. Sources close <b>to</b> the International List Association <b>have</b> indicated to this column that Gwyneth will be seeded in such a tournament, though, of course, her progress will depend on which half of <b>the</b> draw she ends up in – it's pretty clear she would want to avoid finding herself  <a href = "">social monkee </a> Kim Jong-un or Malala Yousafzai.Having<br> said that, let's not talk down&nbsp;her chances. The key thing an <b>increasingly</b> list-driven culture has shown us <b>is</b> that celebrities perform hilariously well in these immensely pointful notional face-offs with people once perceived to have actual power.As<br> Lost in Showbiz rarely tires of&nbsp;reminding you, <b>Britney</b><br><img src=""><br> Spears' ex-husband once beat Syrian president Bashar al-Assad in a list of the most powerful men on the planet under the <b>age</b> of 45. In another triumph <b>of</b> list-based analysis, GQ ranked David Beckham as more powerful than Rupert Murdoch. What may seem like asymmetric warfare – an unemployed backing dancer  <a href = "">Make Him Desire You </a> against a head of state&nbsp;with chemical<br><img src=""><br> weapons, or <b>a</b> footballer versus <b>an</b> international media mogul – is now a contest routinely tipped in the celebrity's favour. Any international despot-off or&nbsp;darling-off is Gwyneth's championship to lose.Inevitably,<br> then, our next question must be: how would Gwyneth perform on an even bigger stage? The answer, Lost in Showbiz reckons, is "well". Indeed, her progress could see Gwyneth making a compelling case to&nbsp;be Earth's pick against any <b>benign</b> or&nbsp;malign entities Up There, meaning she would go in against big <b>hitters</b> such&nbsp;as black holes or Little Baby Jesus or Megatron.As for where Earth goes after this  <a href = "">Aquaponics </a> <b>landmark</b> list victories for&nbsp;Gwyneth, our destiny is set.<br> It is&nbsp;likely to be mere weeks before scientists identify the gene that determines a&nbsp;human being's reaction to Gwyneth Paltrow, an advance that will ultimately allow governments to&nbsp;sort populations into biological tribes, each of which will be put to work <b>in</b> a way which most efficiently benefits the state.Those <b>defective</b> humanoids who find themselves simply without a strong view one way <b>or</b> the other <b>on</b> Gwyneth will become the planet's pariahs and be <b>forced</b> into hiding.<br> A&nbsp;small enclave – probably the Faroe Islands – will become the <b>sole</b> territory in which it is not  <a href = "">Family Survival Course Family Survival Course </a> self-define as either Paltrowphilic or a Paltrowcidal maniac. The listocracy's coming, Earthlings: pick a lane.Gwyneth PaltrowCelebrityMarina<br> &copy; 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies.<br> All rights reserved.<br> | Use of this content is <b>subject</b> to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds  Watch more videos from the Biomimetic Robotics Lab on YouTube. The blushes of Chelsea's misfiring striker Fernando Torres have been <b>spared</b> after a local council ordered the removal of an advertising hoarding that mocked his performances for the European champions. 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CAIRO - Egypt's transition to democracy <b>after</b> 30 years of authoritarian rule faces a major test on Saturday when Egyptians vote in a referendum on amendments to the constitution.<br> Opponents are pushing heavily for a "no" vote, saying the changes don't go far enough and that the ruling military is rus I have been arguing with readers on my blog about how to improve D.C. <b>public</b> schools. It may sound like the same old fight over D.C. Schools <b>Chancellor</b> Michelle <b>A.</b> Rhee , which should be resolved soon. (This column's deadline was Monday, before the polls closed on the mayoral race.)<br> But our

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The police officer’s sentence in the death of an ultraconservative Muslim was a rare <b>lengthy</b> term for an <b>officer</b> convicted of abuse.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Fiona Murray of the MIT Sloan School of ManagementPhoto: David Sella, courtesy of the MIT Industrial Liaison ProgramThe Basel Committee on Banking Supervision issued a <b>revised</b> proposal on how banks should calculate their so-called leverage ratios.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher was scheduled for surgery on his left ankle on Wednesday, the first <b>step</b> in the 37-year-old Pro Bowler's plan to return next season. If you’re going to be a late-late-night drinker, you need good company and the right <b>beverage.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br></b> Inspired by a chemical that fungi secrete to defend their territory, MIT chemists have synthesized and tested several dozen compounds that may hold promise as potential cancer drugs.A<br> few years ago, MIT researchers led by associate professor of chemistry Mohammad Movassaghi became the first to chemically synthesize 11,11’-dideoxyverticillin, <b>a</b> highly complex fungal  <a href = "">metabolic cooking </a> has shown anti-cancer <b>activity</b> in previous studies.<br> This and related compounds naturally occur in <b>such</b> small amounts that it has been difficult to do a comprehensive study of the relationship between the compound’s structure and its activity — research that could aid drug <b>development,</b> Movassaghi says.“There’s a lot of <b>data</b> out there, very exciting data, but one thing we were interested in doing is taking a <b>large</b> panel of these compounds, and <b>for</b> <b>the</b> first time, evaluating them in a uniform manner,” Movassaghi says.In<br> the <b>new</b> study, recently published online in the journal Chemical Science, Movassaghi and colleagues at MIT and the University of <b>Illinois</b> <b>at</b> Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) <b>designed</b> and tested 60 compounds for<br><img src=""><br> their ability to kill human cancer cells.<br> “What was particularly <b>exciting</b> to us was <b>to</b> <b>see,</b> across various cancer cell lines, that some of them are quite potent,” Movassaghi says.Lead author of<br><img src=""><br> the paper is MIT postdoc Nicolas  <a href = "">text the romance back </a> authors are MIT graduate student Justin Kim, UIUC chemistry professor Paul Hergenrother and UIUC graduate student Karen <b>Morrison.<br></b> Improving nature’s designMany of the compounds tested in this study, known as epipolythiodiketopiperazine (ETP) alkaloids, are naturally produced by fungi.<br> Scientists believe these compounds help fungi prevent other organisms from encroaching on their territory.<br> In the process of synthesizing ETP natural products in their lab, the MIT researchers produced many similar compounds that they suspected might also have anti-cancer activity. For the new study, <b>they</b> created even more compounds by systematically varying the natural structures — adding or removing certain chemical groups from different locations.<br> The researchers tested 60 compounds against two different human cancer cell lines — cervical cancer and lymphoma.<br> Then they chose the best 25 to test against three additional lines, from <b>lung,</b> kidney and *** tumors. Overall, dimeric compounds — those with two ETP molecules joined together — appeared to  <a href = "">tinnitus miracle </a> effective at killing cancer cells than single molecules (known as monomers). The structure of an ETP natural product typically has<br><img src=""><br> at least one set of fused rings containing one or more sulfur atoms that link to a six-member <b>ring</b> known as a cyclo-dipeptide. The researchers found that another key to tumor-killing ability is the arrangement and number of these sulfur atoms: Compounds with at least two sulfur atoms were the most effective, those with only one sulfur <b>atom</b> were less effective, and those without sulfur did not kill tumor cells efficiently.Other rings typically have chemical groups of varying sizes attached in certain positions; a key position is that next to the ETP ring. The researchers found that the larger this group, the more powerful the <b>compound</b><br><img src=""><br> was against cancer. The compounds that kill <b>cancer</b> cells appear to be very selective, destroying them <b>1,000</b> times more effectively than they <b>kill</b> healthy blood cells.The  <a href = "">acne no more </a> identified sections of the compounds that can be<br><img src=""><br> altered without discernably changing <b>their</b> activity. This is useful because it could allow chemists to use those points to <b>attach</b> the compounds to a delivery agent such as an antibody that would target them to cancer <b>cells,</b> without impairing their cancer-killing<br><img src=""><br> ability.Complex synthesisLarry Overman, a professor of chemistry at the University of California at Irvine, says the new study <b>is</b> an impressive advance.<br> “Movassaghi and coworkers reveal for the first time a number of <b>relationships</b> between the chemical structure of molecules in the ETP series and their in-vitro anti-cancer activity,” says Overman, who was not part of the research team. “Knowledge of this type will be essential for the future development of ETP-type molecules into attractive clinical candidates and potential novel anti-cancer drugs.”Now<br> <b>that</b> they have some initial data, <b>the</b> researchers can use their findings to design additional <b>compounds</b> <b>that</b> might be even more  <a href = "">paleo recipe book </a> can go in with far greater precision and test the <b>hypotheses</b> we’re developing in terms of what portions of the molecules are most <b>significant</b> at retaining or enhancing biological activity,” <b>Movassaghi</b> says.The research was <b>funded</b> by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. PC, <b>PS3,</b> Xbox 360; Deep Silver; £24.99-£30.99Reading this on mobile? Click here <b>to</b> viewDead Island: Riptide begins with an escape from the original game's zombie-infested holiday island. Your bunch of feeble-minded caricatures are then captured by the army and shipwrecked <b>on</b> a neighbouring island, which turns <b>out</b> <b>to</b> be identical in every respect, with the same huts, badly drawn jungle <b>and</b> nasty case of the undead. As before, you're there to do favours for people, which amount to fetching items that have zombies hanging <b>about</b> nearby. <b>It's</b> a mechanic that wears thin very <b>quickly</b> <b>and</b> is further undermined by the game's almost skill-free combat. <b>Enduring</b> some of the quickest-to-fail  <a href = "">ipad video lessons </a> implemented, you'll pour far too <b>much</b> time into repairing useful ones.<br> Apart from a few innovations, this is the same game as Dead Island, complete with dated visuals and some head-shakingly terrible voice acting.GamesNick<br> &copy; 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or <b>its</b> affiliated <b>companies.<br></b> All rights reserved.<br> | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; David H. <b>Petraeus,</b> the former C.I.A. director, has accepted <b>a</b> one-year position, starting in August, to teach public <b>policy</b> at Macaulay <b>Honors</b> College.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Even <b>Doc</b> Rivers got weary of the two-week saga of his move to the Los Angeles Clippers.<br> He thought the unusual deal was dead several times, and he <b>insists</b><br><img src=""><br> he really didn't mind the prospect of returning to the Boston Celtics.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A construction worker on a New York City subway project who had been trapped in <b>a</b> 75-foot-deep tunnel was freed early Wednesday morning in  <a href = "">tubelaunch tubelaunch </a> rescue. Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban will address the world body in New York and call for universal free educationMalala Yousafzi, the Pakistani schoolgirl brought to England<br><img src=""><br> after being shot in the head by the Taliban, will address the United Nations today.She will mark her <b>16th</b> birthday by delivering <b>a</b> speech at the UN headquarters in <b>New</b> York to call on governments to ensure free compulsory education for every child.It will be the teenager's first public <b>speech</b> since she was attacked on a bus in Pakistan's north-western Swat valley after standing up for her right to go to school in her home country.She will tell a delegation of more than 500 young people: "Let us pick up our books and pens.<br> They are our most powerful weapons."One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world. Education is the only solution.<br> Education first."The schoolgirl set up the Malala  <a href = "">info cash </a> the assassination attempt by the Taliban <b>in</b> October.She<br> spent hours undergoing surgery at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, <b>where</b> surgeons tried to repair the damage caused by a bullet which grazed her brain.A report released to coincide with her address says 57 million children around the world are not going to school.The UNESCO and Save the Children study says <b>the</b> number of children of primary school age who are not getting an education has fallen from 60 million in 2008, but during <b>that</b> period the percentage of young people <b>in</b> conflict-affected countries who are not at primary school rose from 42% to 50%.Save<br> The Children said the report showed that in 2012 there were more than 3,600 documented attacks on <b>education,</b> including violence, torture and intimidation against children and teachers resulting in death or grave injuries, as well as the shelling and bombing of schools and the recruitment of school-aged children  <a href = "">Chris Farrell Membership </a> groups.Since the start of<br><img src=""><br> the Syria conflict more than two years <b>ago,</b> 3,900 schools have been destroyed, damaged or are occupied for non-educational purposes, the report says.The<br> report, Children Still Battling to go to School, finds that <b>95%</b> of the 28.5<br> million children not getting a primary school education live in low and lower-middle income countries – 44% in sub-Saharan Africa, 19% in south and west Asia and 14% <b>in</b> the Arab states, UNESCO <b>said.Girls</b> make up 55% of the total and were<br><img src=""><br> often the victims of rape and other <b>sexual</b> violence that accompanies armed conflicts, UNESCO said."Across many of the world's poorest countries, armed conflict continues to destroy not just school infrastructure, but also the hopes and ambitions <b>of</b> a whole generation of children," UNESCO's director-general, Irina Bokova, said.Malala, who <b>now</b> attends Edgbaston High School for <b>girls</b> in Birmingham, will present <b>a</b> petition of more than 3 million signatures to the  <a href = "">blogging with john chow </a> Ban Ki-Moon, demanding education for all.The<br> UN has declared 12 July, <b>her</b> birthday, "Malala Day". The event has been organised by the former prime minister Gordon Brown, now the UN special envoy for global education.He said: "Getting every girl and boy into school by <b>2015</b> is achievable."It is only impossible if people say it's impossible. Malala says it is possible – and young people all over the world <b>think</b> it is possible."Teenagers Sam Whittingham and Millie Wells will represent the UK at the event after winning a national competition to become young ambassadors for the global campaign for education.Malala YousafzaiUnited NationsTalibanGordon BrownBan &copy; 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is <b>subject</b> <b>to</b> our Terms & <b>Conditions</b> | More Feeds&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; So, first love drove young Jorge to the priesthood. But unless you're Charles and Camilla, such amour rarely <b>goes</b> the  <a href = "">Million Dollar Pips </a> flurry to discover all there is to know about Pope Francis, Rome's newly minted pontiff, one poignant little narrative has been unearthed: love drove him to <b>it.<br></b> And <b>this</b> not the divine love one might imagine, but a pubescent passion for a <b>fellow</b> 12-year-old back when Jorge Mario Bergoglio was but a youth.<br> The melodiously named Amalia Damonte, from the equally mellifluous Buenos Aires suburb <b>of</b> Flores, recalled that her childhood suitor declared: "If I can't marry you, I'll become a priest."<br> The rest, as they say, is history.Those of us of a certain <b>vintage</b> will immediately start crying: "Thorn Birds!" <b>Yet</b> this was a romance utterly removed from the cassock-ripping of Colleen McCullough's left-footing bonkbuster.<br> As <b>a</b> <b>tale</b> of thwarted young love it has it all: the covert exchange of letters, the obligatory parental opposition, exquisite, unrequited yearning.And,<br> oh, the barely concealed agony behind Damonte's remark that he might have been  <a href = "">FAP Turbo review </a> marry her <b>to</b> another man had he not conveniently departed his post at the <b>church</b> of San José de Flores a few months earlier.<br> On, on, the <b>beguiling</b> Amalia propelled Francis I toward his papal throne.<br> Meanwhile, our heroine sniffed: "In love? … I only knew love when I was much older." Cue great gnashing of teeth and rending of brocade over <b>in</b> Vatican <b>City."I</b> am glad it cannot happen twice, the fever of first love. For it is a fever, and a burden, too, whatever the poets may say," remarks the narrator of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca. In fact, even those poets who created first love for <b>the</b> western world – Dante and Petrarch – didn't find it a breeze. The former fell for Beatrice, inspiration for his "sweet new style", aged 9; his successor was a no longer strictly juvenile 23, but emulated the same sustained infantile <b>fascination</b> for 17-year-old  <a href = "">Forex Megadroid review </a> first love was final love.<br> As with the courtly love tradition, it must be unrequited, all-consuming, non-marital, worldly <b>but</b> with intimations of the divine, <b>with</b> the added piquancy of being artistically self-aggrandising. The love object <b>hovers</b> as some abstract, unfleshy being, vehicle or canvas only.It is not she, but the lover's revelry in oxymoronic paroxysms that is the principal concern. Witness Petrarch's famous Rima 134: "I find no peace, and yet am not at war, / <b>I</b> <b>fear</b> and hope, and burn and I am ice"; a language of love that <b>remains</b><br><img src=""><br> as familiar to Leona Lewis in Bleeding Love, <b>or</b> Rihanna and Eminem with <b>their</b> blazing, house-incinerating <b>amour.Whether</b> one is talking Tristan and Iseult, <b>Romeo</b> and Juliet, or Adrian and Pandora, there is always something ridiculous<br><img src=""><br> about first love – <b>something</b> mock about the epic, comedy lurking within the tragedy. <b>It</b> is born of an era in which adolescent brains boast  <a href = "">Binary Options Trading service review </a> yet a surfeit of time to brood.<br> Hence our rightful suspicion that those who marry their childhood<br><img src=""><br> sweethearts must be somehow emotionally stunted.The<br> paradigmatic contemporary example comes, of course, <b>in</b> the <b>Twilight</b> saga.<br> One does not require Fifty <b>Shades</b> to reveal the masochism at the fantasy's heart.<br> Bella Swan (Bella Swan!) is just another teenage girl bruised by a run-in with an arsehole, be he a 104-year-old bloodsucker, or some loser in a band.Those<br> who choose to reignite springtime passions do so at their own risk, not least in the casual-fantasy-fulfilling age of <b>the</b> internet. Dr Nancy Kalish is the social scientist author of various inquiries into lost love and rekindled romances.<br> Pre-net, she found <b>the</b> staying-together rate for<br><img src=""><br> those reuniting with teen paramours to be 78%.<br> Post-net – in what one might refer to as <b>Friends</b> Reunited syndrome – the success of such unions plummeted, amounting to so many brief, extra-marital  <a href = "">Traffic Travis </a> exception <b>to</b> the first-love-is-stupid-love axiom is the redemptive tale of Charles and Camilla. Here it was the hysterical drama of his dystopian "fairytale marriage" – in which he was someone else's catastrophically unrequited first love – that was stupid, not the <b>youthful</b> gut instinct.<br> What the pair have achieved <b>in</b> their<br><img src=""><br> postlapsarian reunion is something genuinely moving compared with <b>the</b> vapid Sturm und Drang of adolescent infatuation.Pope<br> FrancisReligionCatholicismChristianityThe papacyRelationshipsRomanceFictionRomanceHannah<br> &copy; 2013 Guardian News and <b>Media</b> Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of <b>this</b> content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds At Jack Sanders’s <b>Heavy</b> Metal camp, welding is the medium but adventure is the mode.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> What could be <b>worse</b> than taxpayers paying more than $100 million to defend a shareholder-owned company and its former executives in a private lawsuit? Jazz singer recorded more than <b>200</b> albums, won 13 Grammys and <b>recorded</b> <b>with</b> many  <a href = "">Popup Domination  </a> great <b>figures</b> of the eraElla Fitzgerald, <b>whose</b> great vocal range and perfect pitch won her the monikers 'the first lady of song' and 'the queen of jazz', has been commemorated in a Google doodle.The<br> doodle, which shows <b>the</b> <b>American</b> singer performing on stage, <b>is</b> published on what would have been her 96th birthday. Fitzgerald was born on 25 April 1917 and died on 15 June 1996 at the age of 79.In a career that spanned six decades, Fitzgerald recorded with <b>other</b> great figures including Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Louis Armstrong.Her repertoire included jazz, <b>show</b> tunes, bossa nova and <b>opera.Recording</b> more <b>than</b> 200 albums – with<br><img src=""><br> sales of 40m – and winning 13 Grammy awards, she is best <b>known</b> for her series of Songbook albums, celebrating songwriters <b>such</b> as Ellington, Cole Porter and the Gershwins.Her rise to fame was spurred by regular guest appearances on several major US TV shows, including the  <a href = "">Viral Traffic Optimizer </a> Show, the Frank Sinatra<br><img src=""><br> Show, <b>the</b> Ed Sullivan Show, <b>the</b> Tonight Show, the <b>Nat</b> King Cole Show, the Andy Willams Show and the Dean Martin Show.In 1987, US president Ronald Reagan awarded her the national medal of arts.She gave<br><img src="*y1iGbKgUwJtN4T/101waystosayILOVEU.jpg"><br> her final concert at New York's Carnegie Hall in 1991.JazzGoogle doodleInternetSearch enginesGoogleElla FitzgeraldDavid &copy; 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved.<br> | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I stare at screens almost <b>every</b> waking hour. Computer monitor. Laptop.<br> TV. Tablet.<br> Smartphone.<br> So I've tested <b>a</b> few<br><img src=""><br> ways <b>to</b> ease the strain on my eyes - and, in the process, learned about something that might be helping <b>me</b> in non-waking hours, too. It's about the <b>light</b> that these screens emit. It... Well, it still is.<br> All other browsers cooperate and let the text in legend elements line wrap  <a href = "">Easyvideosuite review </a> But Internet Explorer refuses, even <b>the</b> brand new IE10.<br> But there <b>is</b> a fix.Read full postPosted in CSS.Copyright © Roger Johansson Maria Zuber, a pioneer in space exploration who has made seminal  breakthroughs in understanding solar <b>system</b><br><img src=""><br> planets and their evolution, is the <b></b> recipient of MIT’s James R. Killian Jr. Faculty Achievement Award for 2012-13. The announcement <b>was</b> made at a meeting of the MIT<br><img src=""><br> faculty earlier this  month. The award, established in 1971 to honor the Institute’s 10th  president, recognizes extraordinary professional achievements by <b>an</b> MIT faculty  <b>member.<br></b> Each <b>year,</b> <b>candidates</b> for the award are <b>nominated</b> by their peers, and a  winner is chosen by a faculty committee. Zuber, the E.A.<br> Griswold Professor of Geophysics in the Department of  Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), has <b>spent</b> much of her career  charting new territory in planetary science, spearheading missions to map planetary   <a href = "">Total Wellness Cleanse </a> the solar system in unprecedented detail. Such maps have revealed  new information about the composition and atmosphere <b>of</b><br><img src=""><br> <b>Mercury,</b> Mars, and the  moon.<br> Robert Gibbons, chair of the award selection committee and Sloan  Distinguished Professor of Management, read the award citation, which describes  Zuber as “a true MIT success story.” Zuber was born in Pennsylvania, where she  grew up in a <b>family</b> of coal miners. She was the first in her <b>family</b> to earn a  college degree, and the first graduate of her high school to receive a PhD,  according to the award citation. Zuber completed her doctoral work at Brown  University, and went on to serve as a research scientist at NASA <b>and</b> a faculty  member at Johns Hopkins University before joining the MIT faculty in 1995. Zuber’s “breakthrough moment” came with her involvement in the  Clementine space project — a  <a href = "">Wallstreet Forex Robot </a> launch a spacecraft to observe the moon  and surrounding asteroids.<br> She led the analysis of data from the mission, and generated  the first reliable topographic map of the moon. Her work established a new way  to quantitatively analyze geophysical data, which has since become the standard  in planetary mapping throughout the world.<br><br><img src=""><br> Zuber will soon generate even more detailed maps of the moon <b>with</b>  GRAIL,<br><img src=""><br> the Gravity and Interior Laboratory, a mission she conceived and leads.  On Sept. <b>10,</b> 2011, the mission’s twin probes, named Ebb and Flow, launched to  the moon, <b>and</b> have since been orbiting and mapping the moon’s gravitational  field in unprecedented detail. The maps <b>generated</b> by <b>the</b> probes will enable <b></b> scientists to determine the moon’s interior composition and its thermal history.<br>  The mission will also play a key role in enabling safe lunar landings in the  future.  <a href = "">magnetic messaging </a> leadership of a huge team over many years at  NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory<br><img src=""><br> brought this multi-hundred-million-dollar  mission to success — within budget and on schedule,” the citation read. “This  rare feat is widely recognized in<br><img src=""><br> NASA circles as a tour de force.”In <b>addition</b> <b>to</b> her significant contributions to <b>planetary</b> science,  <b>Zuber</b> has also had a strong influence within MIT. As EAPS department <b>head,</b> she  <b>was</b> an enthusiastic mentor; the number of women faculty within the department  more than doubled during her tenure.<br>  “I'd have to say that the Killian Award  is the<br><img src=""><br> most meaningful honor I've ever received because it comes from  my colleagues, and they have extraordinarily high <b>standards,”</b> Zuber says. “It  is beyond humbling to <b>be</b> singled out. I view <b>the</b> award as a celebration of  the large teams of collaborators and students with whom I've <b>worked</b> <b></b> throughout my career.”Zuber’s<br> work has earned <b>numerous</b>  <a href = "">panic away </a> and distinctions,  including the G.K. Gilbert Award of the Geological Society of America, the Carl  <b>Sagan</b> Memorial Award presented by the American Astronautical Society and the  Planetary Society, and membership in the National Academy of Sciences.  “Professor Zuber’s leadership and dedication have resulted in a change <b></b> to scientists’ basic understanding of the interior structure, thermal evolution  <b>and</b> geologic history of Mars, the moon and asteroids,” the <b>citation</b> read.  One of Zuber’s nominators writes, “Her  towering stature as a fundamental scientist, an expert in the <b>technology</b> of the  instrumentation, and a keen and efficient manager have made her a NASA <b>legend</b> in  her own time.”<br> Ondrej Pavelec made 28 saves as the Winnipeg Jets beat the New York Rangers on Thursday night.<br> Daniel Nava hit a two-out single in the top of the 10th inning to score pinch-runner Jackie Bradley Jr., and the Boston <b>Red</b>  <a href = "">adonis Ratio review </a> from a four-run deficit for the second time in a four-game series to beat the Seattle Mariners 8-7 <b>in</b> 10 innings on Thursday.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> Albin Mathew, 62, founded Santhi Bhavan Sarvodaya, a shelter for the mentally challenged after serving a jail term for murder.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The new guidelines were issued <b>after</b> the American Urology Association agreed to shift its stance on the screenings, which have often led to unnecessary cancer treatments.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Living cells are surrounded by a membrane that tightly regulates what gets in and out of the cell. This barrier is necessary for cells to control their internal environment, but it makes it more difficult for scientists to deliver large molecules such as nanoparticles for imaging, or proteins that can reprogram them into pluripotent stem cells.<br> Researchers from MIT have now <b>found</b> a safe and efficient way <b>to</b> get<br><img src=""><br> large molecules through the cell membrane, by squeezing the cells through <b>a</b> narrow constriction  <a href = "">social monkee </a> up tiny, temporary holes in the membrane. Any large molecules floating outside the cell — such as RNA, proteins or nanoparticles — can <b>slide</b> through the membrane during this <b>disruption.Using</b> this technique, the researchers were able to deliver reprogramming proteins and generate <b>induced</b> pluripotent stem cells with a success rate 10 to 100 times better than any existing method. They also used it to deliver nanoparticles, including carbon nanotubes and quantum dots, which can be used to image cells and monitor <b>what’s</b> happening inside them.“It’s very useful <b>to</b> be able to get large <b>molecules</b> into cells. We thought it might be interesting if you could have <b>a</b> <b>relatively</b> simple system that could deliver many different compounds,” says Klavs Jensen, the <b>Warren</b> K. Lewis Professor of Chemical Engineering, professor of <b>materials</b> science and engineering, and a senior author of a paper describing the new device in this week’s issue of <b>the</b> Proceedings of  <a href = "">Make Him Desire You </a> Academy of <b>Sciences.</b> Robert Langer, the David H. Koch Institute Professor at MIT, is also a senior author of the paper.<br> Lead authors <b>are</b> chemical engineering graduate student Armon Sharei, Koch Institute research <b>scientist</b> Janet Zoldan, and chemical engineering research associate Andrea Adamo.<br> A general approachBiologists have previously developed several ways to get large molecules into cells, but all of them have drawbacks. DNA <b>or</b> RNA can be packaged into viruses, which are adept at entering cells, but that approach carries the <b>risk</b> that some of the viral DNA will get integrated into the host cell. This method is commonly used<br><img src=""><br> in lab experiments but has <b>not</b> been approved by the FDA for use in human patients.Another way to sneak large molecules into <b>a</b> cell is to <b>tag</b> them with a short protein that can penetrate the cell membrane and drag the larger cargo along with it. Alternatively, DNA or proteins can  <a href = "">Aquaponics 4 You review </a> <b>into</b> synthetic nanoparticles that can enter cells. However, these systems often need <b>to</b> be re-engineered depending on the type of cell and <b>material</b> being delivered. Also, with some nanoparticles much of the material ends up trapped in protective sacs called endosomes inside <b>the</b> cell, and there can be potential toxic <b>side</b> effects.Electroporation, which involves <b>giving</b> cells a jolt of electricity that opens up the cell membrane, is a more <b>general</b> approach but can be damaging to both cells and the material being delivered.<br> The <b>new</b> MIT system appears to work for many cell types — so far, the researchers have successfully<br><img src=""><br> tested it with more than a dozen types, including both human and mouse cells. It also works in cells taken directly from human patients, which are usually much more difficult to manipulate than human cell lines grown specifically for lab research.“This<br> appears to be a very broadly applicable approach for loading  <a href = "">Family Survival Course </a> of different compounds into a diversity of <b>different</b> cells,” says Mark Prausnitz, a<br><img src=""><br> <b>professor</b> <b>of</b> chemical and biomolecular engineering at Georgia Tech, who was not part of the research team.<br> “It’s a really nice example of taking devices from the world of engineering and <b>microelectronics</b> and using them in quite different ways to solve <b>problems</b> in medicine that could have really great impact.”The new device builds on previous work by Jensen and Langer’s labs, <b>in</b> which they used microinjection to <b>force</b> large molecules into cells <b>as</b> they flowed through a microfluidic device. This wasn’t as fast as the researchers would have liked, but during these studies, they discovered that when a cell is squeezed through a narrow tube, small holes open in the cell membrane, allowing nearby molecules to diffuse into the cell.To<br> take advantage of that, the researchers built rectangular microfluidic chips, about the size of a quarter, with 40 to  <a href = "">ex recovery system </a> channels. Cells are suspended in a solution with the material to be <b>delivered</b> and <b>flowed</b> through the channel at high speed — about one meter per second.<br> Halfway through the channel, the cells pass through a constriction about 30 to 80 percent smaller than the cells’ diameter. The cells don’t suffer any irreparable damage, and they maintain their normal functions after the treatment.<br> Special <b>deliveryThe</b> research team is now further pursuing stem cell manipulation, which holds promise for treating a wide <b>range</b> of diseases. They have already shown that they <b>can</b> transform human fibroblast cells into pluripotent stem cells, <b>and</b> now plan to start working on <b>delivering</b> the proteins needed to differentiate stem cells into <b>specialized</b> tissues. <b>Another</b> promising application is delivering quantum dots — nanoparticles made of semiconducting metals <b>that</b> fluoresce. These dots hold promise for labeling individual proteins or other molecules inside cells, but scientists have had <b>trouble</b> getting them  <a href = "">Natural Vitiligo Treatment system </a> cell membrane <b>without</b> getting trapped in endosomes.In<br><br><img src=""><br> a paper published in November, working with MIT graduate student Jungmin Lee and chemistry professor Moungi Bawendi, the researchers showed that they could get quantum dots <b>inside</b> human cells grown in the <b>lab,</b> without the<br><img src=""><br> particles becoming confined in endosomes <b>or</b> clumping together.<br> They are now working on getting the dots to tag specific proteins inside the <b>cells.The<br></b> researchers are also exploring the possibility <b>of</b> using the <b>new</b> system for vaccination. <b>In</b> theory, scientists could <b>remove</b> immune cells from a patient, run them through the microfluidic device and expose them to <b>a</b> viral protein, and then put them back in the patient. Once inside, the cells could provoke an immune response that would confer <b>immunity</b> against the target viral protein.The<br> research was funded by the National Institutes of Health <b>and</b> the <b>National</b> Cancer Institute. The Marshall Henderson road show has at least one more

August 30, 2013 3:56 AM

grunirul said:

Robert Hilton Meservey, a longtime MIT research physicist, accomplished skier and Army <b>veteran,</b> died from a <b>stroke</b> on June 18 in Cambridge, Mass. He was 92.<br> After receiving his PhD from Yale University in 1961, Meservey joined the low-temperature physics research <b>group</b> <b>at</b> the MIT Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, Mass.,<br> the town where he lived for 25 years.<br> In 1963, he moved to the Francis Bitter <b>National</b> Magnet Laboratory at MIT, where he helped with <b>the</b> installation of the low-temperature facilities for the laboratory and developed a vacuum evaporation and measurement facility for <b>the</b> study of thin-film superconductors. <br> He became a senior research scientist at the laboratory and, beginning in 1980, was the leader of its thin-film superconductivity<br><img src=""><br> group. When<br><img src=""><br> <b>the</b> National Magnet Laboratory was moved to Florida he found funding from government sources to support the research group <b>until</b> he retired in 1994.<br> He continued to work as a visiting scientist at MIT for nearly two more decades.<br> Jagadeesh Moodera, a senior research scientist in the Department of Physics at MIT, described Meservey as having “a profound curiosity for the latest in science.”<br> In 2009, Meservey and three colleagues, including two other MIT scientists, received the Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter <b>Physics</b> Prize — the <b>highest</b> award given by the American Physical Society — for “pioneering work in the field of spin-dependent tunneling and for the application of these phenomena to the field of magnetoelectronics.”<br> Meservey <b>was</b> the <b>author</b> of more than 100 research articles and supervised several PhD students and postdocs. He was a member <b>of</b> Phi Beta <b>Kappa</b> and a fellow of the American Physical Society.His<br> discovery of electron spin-polarized tunneling in 1970, with Paul Tedrow of MIT, demonstrated for the first time <b>that</b> electron spin could carry<br><img src=""><br> information in an electrical<br><img src=""><br> current, and that <b>that</b> information could be detected by superconducting or magnetic devices called <b>tunnel</b> junctions, making new designs of electronic circuits, such as magnetic memories, appear possible. The research,<br><img src=""><br> mainly at low temperatures, with superfluid helium, superconductivity and magnetism<br><img src=""><br> led <b>to</b> the discovery of the<br><img src=""><br> magnetic-field splitting of the quasiparticle states in superconducting aluminum. This provided a way to obtain a pure tunnel current of either spin direction to probe the spin density <b>of</b> states of other metals near <b>the</b> Fermi energy.<br> Results include <b>measurements</b><br><img src=""><br> of the spin polarization of many three-dimensional ferromagnetic metals and the heavy rare-earth <b>metals</b> and studies of <b>the</b> effect of <b>spin-orbit</b> scattering and other theoretical predictions. In 1995, working with Moodera, Meservey participated in the<br><img src=""><br> discovery of large magneto-resistance in ferromagnetic-ferromagnetic tunnel junctions at room temperature, a breakthrough which has enabled the development of the current generation of computers with extreme high-density drives and of nonvolatile magnetic memory <b>and</b> logic devices, thus spawning spintronics, one of the most dynamic fields in condensed-matter physics today. <br> In a totally unrelated field of endeavor, Meservey’s wide-ranging intellectual curiosity led <b>him</b> to investigate <b>plate</b> tectonics in the days before it had become accepted dogma.<br> He made detailed maps of continental-shelf boundaries and published <b>papers</b> <b>supporting</b> the concept of <b>continental</b> drift.Meservey <b>was</b> born in Hanover, N.H.,<br><br><img src=""><br> in 1921.<br> At Dartmouth, he was captain of the ski team<br><img src=""><br> and won the Eastern Slalom Championship during <b>the</b> winter of 1941-42. <br> Upon graduating, he volunteered for the U.S.<br> Army’s 10th Mountain Division, serving as a corporal instructor in skiing, rock climbing and winter survival.<br> Awarded the Soldier’s Medal for saving the lives of two soldiers during maneuvers in West Virginia, he was sent to Engineer Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Ft.<br> Belvoir, Va. From 1944 to 1946, as an Army Engineer officer, second lieutenant, he volunteered for duty in <b>the</b> Pacific <b>Theatre,</b> delivering night vision <b>equipment,</b> but was assigned to developing heat-sensing equipment at the Engineer Research and Development Laboratory (ERDL) <b>until</b> discharged in 1946.  After the war, Meservey pursued a career <b>as</b> an independent photographer for several years, photographing several famous people, including Robert Frost and John F.<br> Kennedy.<br> He completed a series of  <a href = "">google sniper </a> <b>Dartmouth</b> College and did fashion and architectural <b>photography</b> in New York <b>City</b> and Newport, R.I making many illustrations for Architectural Heritage of Newport Rhode Island, published in 1952.<br> His most well-known photograph was of Jacqueline Bouvier, later Jacqueline Kennedy, descending the stairs at her coming-out party, which appeared on magazine covers when John F. Kennedy became president and was used in many later books.<br> During the Korean War, he worked as a physicist in the development of night vision equipment <b>at</b> the <b>ERDL</b> and later, during graduate school, as a consultant for Perkin-Elmer Co. He was married to Evelyn Bradford Miller <b>of</b> Arlington, Va., in 1953.Meservey is survived by Evelyn, his wife of 60 years; their two married daughters, Diana Meservey of Piedmont, Calif.<br> and Cambridge, Mass. and Sarah Meservey of Arlington, Va.;<br> and four grandchildren. A funeral service will <b>be</b> held on July 14.<br> Except for the size and noise level of the crowd, and the significance of the stage, the moment was reminiscent of 17-year-old Justin Rose chipping in on the final hole at Royal Birkdale in 1998 to tie for fourth in<br><img src=""><br> the British Open.Thanks to <b>the</b> Federal Reserve’s <b>zero</b> interest rates and quantitative easing policies, borrowing costs are near <b>generational</b> lows.<br> The costs of funding the repair and renovation of America’s decaying infrastructure are as cheap as they have been since World <b>War</b> II.<br>  Read full article &#62;&#62;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Your kid <b>is</b> sure to sparkle at <b>school</b> with this backpack <b>from</b> Gap.<br> Credit:<br> The Nuclear Regulatory Commission stopped short of requiring <b>filters</b> on the vents, which resemble the ones that melted down in Japan two <b>years</b> ago. The number of players tagged was down sharply from 21 last season.<br> A typical cancer cell has thousands of mutations scattered throughout <b>its</b> genome and hundreds of mutated genes.<br> However, only a handful of those <b>genes,</b> known as drivers, are responsible for cancerous traits such as uncontrolled growth. Cancer biologists have largely ignored the other mutations, believing they had little or no impact on cancer progression. But a new study from MIT, Harvard University, the Broad <b>Institute</b> and Brigham and Women’s Hospital reveals, for the first time, that these <b>so-called</b> passenger <b>mutations</b> are not just along for the ride. When enough of them accumulate, they can slow or even halt tumor growth.The<br> findings, reported in this week’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggest that cancer should be viewed as an evolutionary process whose course is determined by a delicate balance between driver-propelled growth and the gradual buildup of passenger <b>mutations</b> that are damaging to cancer, says Leonid Mirny, an associate professor of physics and health sciences and technology at MIT and senior author of the paper.Furthermore, drugs that tip the balance in favor of the passenger mutations could offer a new way to treat cancer, the researchers say, beating it with its own weapon — mutations. <b>Although</b> the influence of a single passenger <b>mutation</b> is minuscule, “collectively they can have a profound <b>effect,”</b> Mirny <b>says.</b> “If a drug can make them <b>a</b> little bit more<br><img src=""><br> deleterious, it’s still a tiny effect for each passenger, but <b>collectively</b> this can build up.”Lead author of the paper is Christopher McFarland, a graduate student at Harvard.<br> Other authors are Kirill Korolev, a Pappalardo postdoctoral fellow<br><img src=""><br> at <b>MIT,</b> <b>Gregory</b> Kryukov, a senior computational biologist at the Broad Institute, and <b>Shamil</b> Sunyaev, an associate professor at Brigham and Women’s.<br> Power struggleCancer can take years or even decades to develop, as cells gradually accumulate the necessary <b>driver</b> mutations. Those mutations <b>usually</b> stimulate oncogenes such as Ras, which promotes cell growth, or turn off tumor-suppressing genes such as p53, which normally restrains growth.Passenger mutations that arise randomly alongside drivers were believed <b>to</b> be fairly benign: <b>In</b> natural populations, selection weeds out deleterious mutations. However, Mirny and his colleagues suspected that the evolutionary process in cancer can proceed differently, allowing mutations with only <b>a</b> slightly harmful effect to accumulate. To <b>test</b>  <a href = "">fat burning furnace </a> the researchers created a computer model that simulates cancer growth as <b>an</b> <b>evolutionary</b> process during which a cell acquires random mutations.<br> These simulations followed millions of cells: every cell division, mutation and cell death.They found that <b>during</b> the long periods between acquisition of driver mutations, many passenger mutations arose. When one of the cancerous cells <b>gains</b> a new driver mutation, that cell and its progeny <b>take</b> over the entire population, bringing along all of the original cell’s baggage of passenger mutations. “Those mutations otherwise would never spread in <b>the</b> population,” Mirny says. “They <b>essentially</b> hitchhike on the driver.”This process repeats five to 10 times during cancer development; each time, a new wave of damaging passengers is accumulated. If enough deleterious passengers are <b>present,</b> their cumulative <b>effects</b> can slow tumor growth, the simulations found.<br> Tumors may become <b>dormant,</b> or even regress, but growth can start up again if <b>new</b> <b>driver</b> mutations are acquired.<br> This matches the cancer growth patterns often seen in human patients.<br> “Cancer may not be a sequence of inevitable accumulation of driver events, but may be actually a delicate balance between drivers and passengers,” Mirny says.<br> “Spontaneous <b>remissions</b> or remissions triggered by drugs may actually be mediated by the load of deleterious passenger mutations.” When they analyzed <b>passenger</b> mutations found in genomic data taken from cancer patients, the researchers found the same pattern predicted by their model — <b>accumulation</b> of large quantities of slightly deleterious mutations.The findings “really put front and center these mutations that we have often seen as not being clinically relevant,” says Denis Wirtz, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at Johns Hopkins University, who was not part of the research team. “This <b>suggests</b> the opportunity for an <b>alternative</b> cancer therapy, which is always exciting.”Tipping<br> the balanceIn computer simulations, the researchers tested the possibility of treating tumors by boosting the impact of deleterious mutations. In their original simulation, each deleterious passenger mutation reduced the cell’s fitness by about 0.1 percent. When that <b>was</b> increased to<br><img src=""><br> 0.3 percent, tumors shrank under the load of their own mutations. The same effect <b>could</b> be achieved in real tumors with drugs that<br><img src=""><br> interfere with proteins known as chaperones, Mirny suggests. After proteins are synthesized, they need to be folded into the correct shape, and chaperones help with that<br><img src=""><br> process. In <b>cancerous</b> cells, chaperones help proteins fold into the correct shape even <b>when</b> they are mutated, helping to suppress the effects of deleterious <b>mutations.Several<br></b> potential <b>drugs</b> that inhibit chaperone proteins<br><img src=""><br> are now in clinical trials to treat cancer, although researchers had believed <b>that</b> they acted <b>by</b> suppressing the effects of driver mutations, not by enhancing the effects of passengers. In <b>current</b> studies, the researchers are comparing cancer cell <b>lines</b> that have identical <b>driver</b> mutations <b>but</b> a different load of passenger mutations, to see which grow faster. They are also injecting the cancer cell lines into mice to see which are likeliest to metastasize.The research was funded by the National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute Physical Sciences Oncology Center at MIT. A neo-Classical-style home in Atlanta, an 18th-century colonial in New Lebanon, N.Y., and a wood cabin in Wilson, Wyo.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" saw a surge in sales over the past week following the Boston Maratho[...]<br> While illegal <b>construction</b> mushrooms in Mumbai to accommodate a growing population, many of the legally built buildings are becoming uninhabitable.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> Close to finalizing <b>the</b> trade for Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, Nets <b>General</b> Manager Billy King likes his team’s prospects but has little cap room left.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Q: DEAR TIM: What can you tell me about installing vinyl siding? I like its no-maintenance aspect, and it looks easy to install. What instructions can you share? What tools will<br><img src=""><br> I need to get professional results on my one-story house? -- <b>Patty</b> S., Scranton, Pa.<br> Those who have suggested that The Review Show's move from BBC2 to BBC4 signals the end for the programme are wrong, but the reduction to once a  <a href = "">fat loss factor </a> a travestyAfter almost 20 years on mainstream TV, <b>The</b> Review Show is being shunted to BBC4, its weekly <b>slot</b> reduced <b>to</b> a&nbsp;monthly cameo. As John Dugdale wrote in last week's issue, the messages coming <b>from</b> BBC management are, in the words of my fellow panellist Anne McElvoy, "executive code for likely death".<br> I'd known for<br><img src=""><br> a&nbsp;while of the quiet euthanasia that was being performed on the programme <b>that</b> I'd loved since, as a pimply teenager, I'd tuned into Tom Paulin, Tony Parsons and Allison Pearson chewing over the cultural significance of Toy Story on the Late Review. Now the world knew too, and a&nbsp;half-hearted #savethereviewshow campaign briefly fizzled into life on Twitter. I made the trip up to Glasgow for my final BBC2 appearance last Friday with a melancholy heart.In<br> the<br><img src=""><br> days<br><img src=""><br> following the announcement, my <b>inbox</b> bulged <b>with</b> outraged emails. <b>I'd</b> made many friends in the programme's blood-red green room and we came together to lament the show's marginalisation. Dan Stevens (of Downton fame) struck a <b>rallying</b> cry. "The BBC," he wrote, "needs to own its <b>responsibility</b> to encourage the&nbsp;minds of the nation to leap up and&nbsp;think … " Natalie Haynes (along with John <b>Carey</b> one of the inheritors of the Paulin/Pearsons/Germaine Greer&nbsp;crown) was more elegiac.<br> "I will miss it&nbsp;hugely," <b>she</b> said. "I hope that whatever happens with its incarnation <b>on</b> BBC4 <b>that</b> it is given a&nbsp;chance to breathe before everyone decides it has&nbsp;dumbed-down and is a disgrace."Moving<br> The Review Show<br><img src=""><br> to BBC4 isn't the death sentence that many have suggested (on the Guardian's TV blog Stephen Moss described the channel as a "televisual black hole").<br> The BBC's arts channel seems a natural home for a programme like this. BBC arts commissioner <b>Mark</b> Bell&nbsp;has suggested that the revamped format will go out at <b>8pm</b> on a Sunday – again,&nbsp;good news for a show whose younger fans might be <b>expected</b> to be out at the pub on Friday nights (or, indeed, on their way back from the theatre).What is a travesty is the reduction to&nbsp;once <b>a</b> month.<br><img src=""><br> The joy of The Review Show for its admittedly small audience was <b>its</b> topicality. Yes, it was too London-centric (despite its recent <b>move&nbsp;to</b> Glasgow), yes it was on occasion pretentious.<br> <b>But</b> in an unserious age there are too few places where art is addressed with <b>the</b> kind of&nbsp;critical intelligence it received on The Review Show.<br> Insiders suggest that the move to BBC4 is a way of management gently drawing <b>the</b> blinds on the programme, avoiding the possibility of&nbsp;a&nbsp;6&nbsp;Music-style revolt.<br> If so, shame on them.In last week's Guardian's Media Talk podcast, <b>the</b> controller of BBC4, Richard Klein, did<br><img src=""><br> his best to paint a&nbsp;rosy picture of The Review Show's future on the new channel. Several <b>times,</b> though, he cited Twitter as the motivation for the move. In a world of instant opinion, he suggested,<br><img src=""><br> where everyone's a critic, you don't need a&nbsp;bunch of academics sitting around a&nbsp;table stroking their beards.<br> John Carey isn't even on Twitter (or&nbsp;that was the gist) … This argument is as flawed as it is pervasive at the BBC, where social media is viewed with a&nbsp;mixture of fear and lust. In <b>an</b> age <b>of</b> clamouring online hordes, informed voices are needed more than ever.<br> <b>We</b> now lag even further behind our continental peers in terms of both the amount of arts programming <b>on</b> our televisions and the proportion of budgets devoted to it.One of the formats in the BBC's titivated arts<br><img src=""><br> schedule is What Do Artists Do All Day?; the first subject is Jack Vettriano. This seems to exemplify much of what is wrong with <b>the</b> new order. A <b>show</b> about a <b>middle-brow</b> artist, focusing on the <b>celebrity</b> personality behind the work rather than <b>the</b> work itself.<br> The programme may be memorable, but this sort of thing lends itself more to hagiography than critical insight.Visual<br> arts are, anyway, well-represented, both <b>through</b> BBC4 and the increasingly watchable Sky <b>Arts</b> channels. Where we <b>will</b> really mark the demise of  <a href = "">google sniper review </a> <b>Show</b> is, as Dugdale also noted, in<br><img src=""><br> the complete absence of books from <b>the&nbsp;schedule.</b> It&nbsp;seems strange that a&nbsp;public&nbsp;service broadcaster should leave&nbsp;literature out&nbsp;of its ambit altogether.I<br> leave the last word to The Review Show's tutelary spirit, Tom Paulin. As&nbsp;a&nbsp;shiftless 17-year-old <b>I</b> put down childish things and picked up The Waste Land after seeing Paulin on <b>the</b> Late Review, and spent three memorable years studying under <b>him</b> at university.<br> Perhaps the programme's <b>predicament</b> comes from never quite replacing those firebrand early critics. "At its best," Paulin told me, "The Review Show was the equivalent of what Hazlitt called "writing to the moment".<br> There was <b>an</b><br><img src=""><br> intoxicating sense of nowness because it <b>was</b> live and anything could&nbsp;happen."<br> Let us hope the move to BBC4 breathes new life into <b>the</b> format.ArtTheatreBBC2BBC4BBCTelevision<br> <b>industryAlex</b> &copy; 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies.<br> All rights reserved.<br> | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds Electricity consumption versus occupancy, Jan. 21–Feb.<br> 3, 2006  Results  of an analysis of the correlation between electricity consumption and  occupancy based on the full two weeks of data from which the <b>hourly</b>  energy <b>consumption</b> curves (previous image) were extracted. <b>In</b> both MIT  buildings, electricity <b>use</b> shows a significant positive correlation with <b></b> occupancy rate (as measured by WiFi connections). A large proportion of  <b>electricity</b> consumption remains constant over <b>time.<br></b> Even so, 69 percent of the  variation in the Sloan Building (E52) and 63 percent of that in the McNair  Building (M37) can be accounted for by changes in occupancy.<br> Click to enlarge.<br> The body responsible for <b>deciding</b> on the future of <b>London's</b> Olympic Stadium confirmed on Wednesday <b>that</b> Leyton Orient have mounted a legal challenge to the decision to name Premier League club West Ham United the preferred bidder. Q: <b>I</b> want to put an insulated cover on the whole-house fan, which is in the attic floor, when the fan is <b>not</b> in use. <b>Can</b> you <b>help?</b> N.F.L.<br> draft picks get a lesson on public displays of affection from Commissioner Roger Goodell.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> The Oakland Athletics put Chris Young on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left <b>quadriceps</b> and recalled outfielder Michael Taylor from Class AAA Sacramento.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> <b>Scott</b> Graham's debut feature casts <b>a</b> spell with its portrait of cramped lives on a Scottish petrol-station forecourtScott Graham's debut feature is a hushed <b>and</b> haunting coming-of-age<br><img src=""><br> drama, pungently played out in <b>the</b> remote Scottish highlands, where the wind boings off the microphone and passing lorries set the crockery rattling. Chloe<br><img src=""><br> Pirrie plays <b>the</b> teenaged Shell, "like the <b>petrol</b> station",<br><img src=""><br> who tends<br><img src=""><br> to <b>her</b> <b>jittery,</b> reclusive father (Joseph Mawle) and the various lonesome drifters who pull into their forecourt. <b>Along</b> the way, Graham paints a sharp portrait <b>of</b> cramped lives in wide-open spaces and sexual<br><img src=""><br> desires that threaten to lose their bearings, bounding off in dangerous <b>directions,</b> surely destined <b>to</b> run aground.<br> He keeps <b>the</b> tale on a steady simmer right through to the closing moments, when it spits and sputters into melodrama. Until then, Shell casts a spell.Rating: 4/5DramaXan <b></b> &copy; 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated <b>companies.<br></b> All rights reserved.<br> | Use of this <b>content</b> is subject to our Terms & Conditions | <b>More</b> Feeds Despite a strong pull desire to finish hisdegree, Partick Nyarko decided to turn pro and enter the MLS after a head-turning junior year at Virginia Tech. Of all the spending cuts and budget battles the Pentagon is confronting, none is causing more angst than Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates's vow to start getting rid <b>of</b> generals <b>and</b> admirals. How the Arctic light delineates the world. 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September 3, 2013 12:19 AM

bobpheca said:

TOKYO -  Last <b>Sunday,</b> a crowd of young North Koreans marched through a square in their capital city. They <b>brandished</b> red flags and called for a higher standard of living.<br> But they also carried placards glorifying leader Kim Jong Il, and only a day <b>earlier,</b> <b>they</b> had attended an ideology seminar at...<br> JERUSALEM —After weeks of tough bargaining, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu <b>has</b> reached a coalition agreement with his two major partners, politicians said, paving the way for the formation of a new Israeli government days before a visit by President Obama.  Read full article <b>&#62;&#62;Walter</b> Saabel and <b>Philipp</b> Hochmair star in “The <b>Shine</b> of Day,” directed by Tizza Covi and Rainer Fremmel.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> For anyone who has ever <b>taken</b> a commercial flight, it’s an all-too-familiar scene: <b>Hundreds</b> of passengers sit around waiting for boarding to begin, then rush to be at the front of the line as soon as it <b>does.</b> Boarding an aircraft can be a frustrating <b>experience,</b> with passengers often wondering if they will <b>ever</b> make it to their seats.<br> But Alexei Borodin, a professor of mathematics at MIT, can predict how long it will take for you to board an airplane, no matter how long the line. That’s because Borodin studies difficult probability problems, using sophisticated mathematical tools to extract precise information from seemingly random groups. <b></b> Q.<br> The bathroom grout in our 14-year-old house has become stained, and we haven't been able to clean it with various products, including bleach. <b>How</b> do we restore the color? -D.<br> Lilly Stanley L.<br> Temko, 91, a retired partner with the Washington-based Covington and Burling law firm who specialized in antitrust and food and drug law, died March 7 at his home in Washington.<br> He had congestive heart failure.<br> As the national <b>soccer</b> team prepares for two important World Cup qualifying <b>matches,</b> much focus is on Landon Donovan, who has taken a break from the sport. NFL owners <b>passed</b> a player <b>safety</b> rule Wednesday barring ball carriers from using the crown of their helmets <b>to</b> make contact with a defender in the open field. Customers express outrage after they are told they must move to Infinity service in order to keep watching rival's channelsThousands of BT Vision pay-TV customers face losing their Sky Sports channels from this weekend, as the telecoms company gears up to launch its own sports services ahead of the new Premier League football season.The <b>move,</b> part <b>of</b> the ongoing battle between BSkyB and BT prompted by the telecoms company's <b>aggressive</b> move into TV sports rights, provoked outrage from BT customers on its website community forums.BT is to make its two new BT Sport channels, which will air programming including live Premier League football and Premiership rugby, <b>available</b> to BT Vision<br><img src=""><br> customers on digital terrestrial television.In doing so the channels it currently runs in the DTT slots – Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2 – will now only be<br><img src=""><br> <b>available</b> to BT Vision TV customers who<br><img src=""><br> live in an area that has its top-level Infinity broadband service, if they agree to sign up to <b>it.BT<br></b> Vision has 810,000 pay-TV subscribers, with analysts estimating that up to 30,000 also pay for Sky Sports. It is estimated that perhaps half of those 30,000 do not have a contract for BT Infinity broadband and could be <b>affected."Launching<br></b> a new sports channel and extra live TV channels has meant we have had to make some changes <b>to</b> the way we deliver different programming," said a spokeswoman for BT. "Sky Sports 1 and Sky <b>Sports</b> 2 will now be delivered over our Infinity fibre-based broadband."BT has written to BT Vision customers who have Sky <b>Sports</b> and live in an area that is covered by its fast broadband service, telling them that <b>they</b> have to subscribe <b>to</b> <b>it</b> or they <b>will</b> not be able to watch after this weekend."BT are using this as a sneaky way to get people to upgrade to Infinity, I think it will fail," said one disgruntled customer on a community forum on BT's website.Another<br> said that they felt it was a "ruse" to get people to upgrade to Infinity: "BT will soon stop supplying Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2 <b>channels</b> on BT Vision <b>via</b> your aerial if you live in an Infinity area. If you don't upgrade to Infinity they will cease your subscription to <b>those</b> channels."A spokeswoman for BT Vision <b>said</b> that it is trying to minimise the number of customers affected. For those who have Sky Sports but do not live in an area covered  <a href = "">google sniper review </a> Infinity and want to keep watching it has developed a "new technology" to stream the channels<br><img src=""><br> over slower broadband.BT is offering such customers BT Sport for free to try and stop them defecting to Sky.The spokeswoman admitted <b>that</b> there is a "small number" of <b>customers</b> who will simply be cut <b>off</b> <b>from</b> receiving Sky Sports."A <b>minority</b> of customers who do not have a fast enough copper broadband connection, will <b>lose</b> Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2 this summer," she said. "We will be giving these customers free BT Sport as well as six months' free broadband."A<br> BT spokeswoman said <b>that</b> the offer of taking up the Infinity broadband package would come <b>at</b> no extra cost <b>to</b> existing TV customers.•&nbsp;To contact the MediaGuardian news desk email or phone 020 3353 3857. 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If you are writing a comment for publication, please mark clearly "for publication".• <b>To</b> get the latest media news to your desktop or mobile, follow<br><img src=""><br> MediaGuardian <b>on</b> Twitter and FacebookBT VisionSky SportsBT SportBSkyBTelevision industryBTPremier LeagueMark<br> <b>&copy;</b> 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited<br><img src=""><br> or its affiliated companies. <b>All</b> rights reserved.<br> | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; And now the kids won’t leave.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; New glasses to aid your eyesight — even colorblindness — are available, though they won’t let you browse the Internet while you wear them.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> Before the infamous leak, the 250,000 State Department cables acquired by anti-secrecy activists resided in a database so obscure that <b>few</b> diplomats had <b>heard</b> of it. It's addictive <b>and</b> toxic, like a drug, and we need to wean ourselves off it, says US doctorSugar – given to children by adults, lacing our breakfast cereals and a major part of our fizzy drinks – is the real villain in the obesity epidemic, and not fat as people used to think, according to a leading US doctor who is taking on governments and the food industry.Dr<br> Robert Lustig, who was this month in London and Oxford for a series of <b>talks</b> about his research, likens sugar to controlled drugs. Cocaine and heroin are deadly because they are addictive and toxic –<br><img src=""><br> and so is <b>sugar,</b> he says. "We need to wean ourselves off. We need to <b>de-sweeten</b> our lives. We need to make sugar a treat, not a diet staple," he said."The food industry has made it into <b>a</b> diet staple because they know when they do you buy more. This is their hook.<br> If some unscrupulous cereal manufacturer went out and laced your breakfast cereal with morphine to get you to <b>buy</b> more, what <b>would</b> you think of that? They do <b>it</b> with sugar instead."Lustig's book, Fat Chance: The Bitter Truth About Sugar has made waves in America and has now been published in the UK by <b>4th</b> Estate.<br> As a paediatrician who specialises in treating overweight children <b>in</b> San Francisco, he has spent 16 years studying the effects of <b>sugar</b> <b>on</b> the central nervous system, metabolism and disease. His conclusion is that the rivers of Coca-Cola and Pepsi consumed by <b>young</b> people today have <b>as</b> much <b>to</b> do with obesity as the mountains of burgers.That does not mean burgers are OK. "The play I'm making is not sugar <b>per</b> se, the play I'm making is insulin," he says. Foodstuffs that raise insulin levels in the body too high are the problem. He <b>blames</b> insulin for 75% to 80% <b>of</b> all obesity. Insulin is the hormone, he says, which causes energy to be stored in fat cells.<br> Sugar energy is the most egregious of those, but there <b>are</b> three other categories: <b>trans</b> fats (which are on the way <b>out),</b> alcohol <b>(which</b> children do not drink) and dietary amino acids.These<br> <b>amino</b> acids are found in corn-fed <b>American</b> beef. "In grass-fed beef, like in Argentina, there are no problems," he said. "And <b>that's</b> why the Argentinians are doing fine.<br> The Argentinians have a meat-based diet … I love their meat.<br> It is red, it's not <b>marbled,</b> it's a little tougher to cut but it's very tasty.<br> And it's grass-fed.<br> That's what cows are supposed to eat – grass."We [in the US] feed them corn and <b>the</b> reason is twofold – one, we don't have enough land and, two, when you feed them corn they fatten up. It usually takes 18 months to get a cow from birth to slaughter. Today it takes six weeks and you get all that marbling in the meat. That's muscle  <a href = "">fat burning furnace </a> That animal has the same disease we do, it's just that we slaughter them before they <b>get</b> sick."But his bigger message is that cheap sugar is endangering lives. <b>It</b> has been added to <b>your</b> <b>diet,</b> "kids have <b>access"</b> to it, <b>and</b> it is there in all sorts of foods that don't need it, he says. When high-fat foods were blamed for making us overweight, manufacturers tumbled over each other to produce <b>low-fat</b> products. <b>But</b> to make them <b>palatable,</b> they added <b>sugar,</b> <b>causing</b> much greater problems.Cutting calories is not the answer because<br><img src=""><br> "a calorie is not a calorie". The effect of a calorie in sugar is <b>different</b> from the effect of a calorie in lean grass-fed beef. And <b>added</b> <b>sugar</b> is often disguised in food labelling<br><img src=""><br> under carbohydrates and myriad different <b>names,</b> from glucose to diastatic malt and dextrose. Fructose – contained in many different types <b>of</b> sugar – is <b>the</b> <b>biggest</b> problem, and high-fructose corn syrup, used extensively by food<br><img src=""><br> manufacturers in the US, is the main source of it.Lustig<br> says he has been under attack from the food industry, but claims they have not managed to fault the science. <b>"The</b> food industry wants to misinterpret because they want to discredit me. They want to paint me as this zealot. They want to paint me as somebody who doesn't have the science.<br> But we do," he says.Evidence of dietary effects on the body is very hard to collect. People habitually lie in food diaries or forget what they ate. Randomised controlled trials are impossible because everyone reverts to a more normal eating pattern after a couple of months. But his sugar <b>argument</b> is <b>more</b> than hypothesis, he says, citing a recent study in <b>the</b> open journal Plos One, of which he was one of the authors. It found that in countries where people had greater <b>access</b> <b>to</b> sugar, there were higher levels of diabetes. Rates of diabetes went up by about 1.1% for every 150 kcal of sugar available for each person each day – about the amount<br><img src=""><br> in a can of Coke. Critics argued sugar availability was <b>not</b> the same as sugar consumed, but Lustig and his colleagues say it is <b>the</b> closest approximation they could get.That study was aimed at the World Health Organisation although he believes it is a conflicted organisation.But so<br><img src=""><br> is the US government, he says. <b>"Government</b> has tied its <b>wagon</b> to the food industry because, at least <b>in</b> America, <b>6%</b> of our exports are food.<br> That includes the legislative and executive branches. So the White House is <b>in</b> bed with the food<br><img src=""><br> industry and Congress apologises for the food industry."Michelle Obama appeared to be onside when she launched her Let's Move initiative in February 2010 with a speech to the Grocery Manufacturers Association of America. "She took it straight to them and said, 'You're the problem.<br> You're the solution.'<br> She hasn't said it since. Now it's all about exercise."Far<br> be it from me to bad-mouth somebody who wants<br><img src=""><br> to do the right thing.<br> But I'm telling you right now she's been muzzled.<br> No question of it." In his book he tells of a private conversation with the White House chef, who <b>he</b> claims told him the administration agreed with him but did not want a fight with the food industry.Some areas of the food industry have appeared to be willing to change. PepsiCo's chief executive officer, Indra Nooyi, who is from India which has a serious <b>diabetes</b> epidemic, has<br><img src=""><br> been trying <b>to</b> steer the company towards healthier products. But<br><img src=""><br> it has lost money and she is said to be having problems with the board.<br> "So here's a woman who is trying to do the right thing and can't," he says.Court<br> <b>action</b> <b>may</b> be the way to go, he says, suggesting challenging the safety of fructose added to food, and food labelling that fails to tell you what has been added and <b>what</b> has been taken out. Fruit juice is not so <b>healthy,</b> he says, <b>because</b> all the fibre that allows the natural sugars to <b>be</b> processed without being stored as <b>fat</b> has been removed.<br> <b>Eat</b> the fruit, he says, don't drink the juice.<br> Lustig is taking a master's at <b>the</b> University of California Hastings college of law, in order to be a better expert witness and <b>strategist.It<br></b> is not a case <b>of</b> eradicating sugar <b>from</b> the <b>diet,</b> just getting it down to levels that<br><img src=""><br> are not toxic,<br><img src=""><br> he says. The American Heart Association in 2009 published a statement, of which <b>Lustig</b> was <b>a</b> co-author, saying Americans consumed  <a href = "">fat loss factor </a> of it a day.<br> That<br><img src=""><br> needs to come down to six<br><img src=""><br> for women and nine for men."That's <b>a</b> reduction by two thirds to three quarters. Is that zero? No. But that's a big reduction. That gets us <b>below</b> our toxic threshold. Our livers have a capacity to metabolise some fructose, they just can't metabolise the <b>glut</b> that we've been exposed to by the food industry.<br> And so the goal is to get sugar out of foods that don't need it, like salad dressing, like bread, like barbecue sauce." There is a simple way to do it.<br> "Eat <b>real</b> food."Does he keep off the sweet stuff himself? "As much as I can.<br> I don't go out <b>of</b> my way.<br> It finds me but I don't find it. Caffeine on the other hand …"Lustig's food advice • Oranges.<br> Eat the fruit, don't drink the juice. Fruit juice in cartons has had all the fibre squeezed out of it, making its sugars more dangerous.• Beef.<br> Beef from grass-fed cattle as in Argentina is fine, but not from corn-fed cattle as in<br><img src=""><br> the US.• Coca-Cola, Pepsi and other sweetened beverages. These deliver sugar but with no nutritional added value. Water and milk are the <b>best</b> drinks, especially for children.• Bread. Watch out for added sugar in foods where you would not expect it.•<br> Alcohol. Just like sugar, it pushes up the body's insulin levels, which tells the liver to store energy in fat cells. Alcohol is a recognised cause of fatty liver disease.• Home-baked cookies and cakes.<br> If you must eat them, bake them <b>yourself</b> with one third less sugar than the recipe says. Lustig says they even taste better that way.ObesityDiabetesFood<br> safetyHealth & <b>wellbeingFood</b> & drinkFood scienceFood & drink industryHealthSarah &copy; 2013 Guardian News <b>and</b> Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved.<br> | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds "Who is your local Congressman?"   Read full article &#62;&#62;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; “Frances and Bernard” by Carlene Bauer is a novel told in letters between characters based, both in <b>temperament</b> and biographical detail, on the writers Flannery O’Connor <b>and</b> Robert Lowell. • Broadcaster to show 5.30pm game on 17 August• Battle with BT Sport hots up over viewing audienceSky will broadcast its first ever free-to-air live match on <b>the</b> opening day of <b>the</b> new season amid its escalating battle with BT Sport.As<br> part of a revamped schedule, it will show its 5.30pm<br> Premier League kick-off live on 17 August as well as a Football League <b>match</b> live at <b>lunchtime</b> as part of a new show called FL72.The bold<br><img src=""><br> move is an attempt to spike the guns of BT Sport, which has spent £738m over three years securing the rights to <b>38</b> live matches per season.Last month, it announced it would make its three sports channels available free to BT Broadband subscribers and unveiled plans to try and retain viewers throughout the day after snaring them with its live Saturday lunchtime<br><img src=""><br> Premier League games.BT has promised a fresh and innovative new approach to sports programming, with its anchor Jake <b>Humphrey</b> fronting its coverage from a new HQ at the Olympic Park <b>in</b> front of a studio audience.But Sky <b>has</b> hit back by unveiling a revamped schedule that will also seek to keep viewers hooked throughout the day and promising more live football <b>than</b> ever before.Sky, which has dominated sports broadcasting for the past two decades and seen off a string of rivals, has paired Dave Jones with Jamie Redknapp for a new Saturday Night Football show.It<br><img src=""><br> <b>will</b> include Jeff Stelling's Soccer Saturday coverage, followed by its 5.30pm live Premier League match and by delayed coverage of one of the afternoon kick-offs and its interactive Football <b>First</b> service.It has also confirmed that Jamie Carragher, signed as a pundit after he retired from playing, will join Gary Neville on its <b>flagship</b><br><img src=""><br> Monday Night Football show.In the face of BT's marketing onslaught, Sky is keen to emphasise it still has vastly more <b>Premier</b> League matches – 116 live <b>games</b> for which it is paying £2.3bn over three years – and its range of live sport."It's our biggest ever season <b>of</b> Premier League football and we're inviting every home in <b>Britain</b> to enjoy the opening day," <b>said</b> the Sky Sports managing director Barney Francis. "All fans can join the action as we launch our new Saturday schedule for the most eagerly awaited<br><img src=""><br> Premier League season in years."Sky Sports 1 will shift to Sky 2 for the day, allowing Sky viewers who do  <a href = "">google sniper 2.0 </a> <b>to</b> the <b>sports</b> package to <b>watch</b> for nothing, and on Freeview and YouView services it will take over Pick TV for the day.Sky<br> and BT are currently going head to head<br><img src=""><br> in picking their first tranche of live matches, with the results expected to be announced <b>in</b> the first week of <b>July.</b> BT has emphasised its 15 "first pick" matches, but Sky still retains the upper hand because it can decide which weekends it<br><img src=""><br> has <b>first</b> choice on.Sky<br> is believed to have had a special projects team, dubbed <b>"Project</b> Purple", working for months on ways to undermine BT's launch plans.The most attractive matches of the weekend are likely to <b>be</b> David Moyes' debut as Manchester United <b>manager</b> <b>away</b> to Swansea, José Mourinho's return to <b>Stamford</b> Bridge against Hull City, and Manuel Pellegrini's first match as Manchester <b>City</b> manager at <b>home</b> to Newcastle United.BT responded by saying: "BT Sport is free every day of the season for BT broadband customers, not just free for one day."We<br> are pleased to see <b>that</b> our arrival has prompted Sky to attempt to raise its game, but this stunt does not disguise the fact that this season they <b>have</b> fewer top pick matches."BT<br> Sport customers will enjoy 38 live Barclays Premier League matches this season, including almost half <b>of</b> the top picks, so fans have a real choice of quality live sport on Saturdays for the first time in Premier League history. We think that means BT Sport is an essential part of the mix for sports fans."Premier LeagueSky SportsBT SportOwen<br> &copy; 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; This Class Struggle<br><img src=""><br> RSS subscription has changed. To continue getting Class Struggle by Jay Mathews visit ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Boss was back <b>at</b> the ballpark. Food allergies don’t only develop during childhood. In my mid-20s I suddenly found myself covered in hives after eating carrots.<br> The<br><img src=""><br> nuclear power plant crisis <b>in</b> Japan will probably take weeks to <b>resolve,</b> forcing Japanese workers to intensify <b>their</b> risky efforts to bring the<br><img src=""><br> stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant under <b>control,</b> a top U.S.<br> official said Thursday. The Dutch club AZ on Saturday said it had reached <b>agreement</b> with the Premier League for the transfer of the U.S. international striker Jozy Altidore.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> MIT senior Holden Lee has been awarded <b>a</b> 2013 Gates Cambridge Scholarship to pursue graduate studies in mathematics at the University of Cambridge. The prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarships were established in 2000 through a donation from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to cover the costs of graduate<br><img src=""><br> education at Cambridge for 90 students from around <b>the</b> world — <b>40</b> of them from the United States — each year. Lee will start a master’s program in pure mathematics <b>at</b> Cambridge this fall.Lee’s<br> primary interest is in number theory. After completing his master’s at Cambridge, he plans to acquire a PhD so that <b>he</b> can teach and conduct further research in this field.<br> At MIT, Lee has served as<br><img src=""><br> vice president of the Undergraduate Math Association, worked as a teaching assistant in a mathematics summer program for high school students, and developed mathematical curricula and online-learning resources.<br> Ken Ono, the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Mathematics at Emory University, praised Lee’s undergraduate research <b>experience</b> contributions <b>at</b> Emory in summer 2011, highlighting in particular a paper Lee co-authored on p-adic modular forms. <br> Sug Woo Shin, an assistant professor of mathematics at MIT, and Lee’s advisor in the <b>mathematics</b> department, observed, “Holden grasps new mathematical notions quickly and has insatiable thirst for discovering beautiful symmetries hidden in number theory.” Shin also commended Lee’s work <b>teaching</b> high school students and writing lessons on math that are free and available to the public. “Holden is greatly concerned with math education,” Shin wrote, and has a great desire “to share his knowledge.”Lee is the <b>second</b> MIT student to have won a Gates <b>Scholarship</b> <b>this</b> year, joining Daniel D.<br> <b>Jimenez</b> BSc ’10, MEng ’11, who will enroll in an MPhil in engineering for sustainable development at Cambridge <b>in</b> <b>October.<br></b> Students interested in the Gates Scholarship should speak with Kimberly Benard in MIT Global Education and Career Development. 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NASUWT and NUT plan regional walkouts in October followed by <b>national</b> strike in dispute over pay and pensionsTeachers are to stage a one-day national walkout in the autumn in an ongoing row over pay, pensions and workload.Every<br> region in England and Wales will be affected by strikes in the first and <b>third</b> <b>weeks</b> of October, the NASUWT and the National Union <b>of</b> Teachers (NUT) said. This will be followed by a national strike later in the term.The<br> unions said there would be rolling strikes across <b>England</b> and<br><img src=""><br> Wales in the weeks beginning 30 September and 14 October. The two unions staged a regional walkout in the north-west <b>last</b> month.Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT, said: "The secretary <b>of</b> state needs to <b>take</b> seriously the very deep concerns and anger <b>of</b> teachers and school leaders. [He] has <b>the</b> opportunity to avoid further<br><img src=""><br> national strike action by demonstrating that he is willing to engage seriously on the issues that we have put to him."Christine<br> Blower, general secretary of the NUT, said: "Strike action is always a last resort for teachers and they are very well aware of the difficulties that this causes for parents and pupils.<br> Teachers, however, have been left with no option. If <b>we</b> do not take a stand now to defend the profession, then <b>the</b> consequences for teacher recruitment and education will be disastrous for all."The<br> education secretary, Michael Gove, wrote to both unions in March saying he was willing to meet them to discuss their dispute, but also insisting that the "direction of travel" on both of their key issues – pay and pensions – was fixed.Under the government's reforms, due to come into effect from this <b>autumn,</b> <b>teachers'</b> pay will be linked to performance in<br><img src=""><br> the classroom, with schools setting salaries rather  <a href = "">google sniper </a> a national framework.<br> Changes <b>have</b> also been made to public sector pensions.A Department for Education spokesman said: "We are very disappointed that the NUT and NASUWT have announced they will be <b>taking</b> further strike action, <b>which</b> less than a quarter of teachers <b>actually</b> <b>voted</b> for.<br> Industrial action will disrupt pupils' education, hugely inconvenience <b>parents</b> and damage the profession's reputation in the <b>eyes</b> of the public at a time when our reforms are driving up standards across the country."It is disappointing that the NUT and NASUWT are opposing <b>measures</b> to allow heads to pay good <b>teachers</b> more. We have met frequently with the NUT and NASUWT <b>to</b> discuss their concerns and will continue<br><img src=""><br> to do so."TeachingSchoolsTrade unionsEducation policyPublic sector payPublic sector<br> &copy; 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies.<br> All rights<br><img src=""><br> reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The revelations about N.S.A. surveillance has done <b>little</b> to dent Angela Merkel’s comfortable lead ahead of September elections.Prince<br> William County supervisors want<br><img src=""><br> to pursue litigation against the <b>Department</b> of Homeland Security and are asking Congress to investigate how the agency has handled the illegal immigrants turned over by county law enforcement officials. 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LAS VEGAS -- The promise of palm tree groves and low-priced real estate lured Alan and Katherine Ackerly across the Rocky Mountains from Denver to Nevada in 2004, where thousands of new houses beckoned brightly as any neon <b>sign.<br></b> Opposites <b>don't</b> always attract.<br> More often, like goes<br><img src=""><br> to like. Bob Baer was a near-legendary CIA operative in the Middle East (later awarded a Career Intelligence Medal ) with a <b>reputation</b> as a daredevil.<br> Dayna Williamson was a rising<br><img src=""><br> agent in Protective Operations whose training (entertainingly... The Production and Operations Management Society recently honored Professor<br><img src=""><br> David Simchi-Levi of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Engineering Systems Division with an article published in the January-February issue of the journal Production and Operations Management.<br> The journal honors two to three researchers annually. Past honorees include MIT Sloan professors Jay Forrester and <b>Stephen</b> Graves. The article cites Simchi-Levi’s contributions to both the theoretical and practical <b>aspects</b> of supply-chain management as demonstrated by the quality and reach of his published research; the application of this research in corporate practice; his <b>seven</b> years as editor-in-chief of Operations Research; and the popularity of his second book as a graduate business education text.That book, "Designing and Managing the Supply Chain: Concepts, Strategies <b>and</b> Case <b>Studies"</b> (McGraw-Hill/Irwin, 2007) by Simchi-Levi, Philip Kaminsky and Edith Simchi-Levi, is now in its third edition.<br> In 2000 it was named book of the year by the Institute of Industrial Engineering. Earlier this year, <b>the</b> blog Supply Chain Management (SCM) Operations listed the book on its “10 Greatest Supply Chain Management Books of All <b>Time,”</b> based on the number <b>of</b> citations for books found by Google Scholar. <br> After receiving  his Ph.D.<br> from Tel-Aviv University, Simchi-Levi was on the faculty of the Department of Industrial<br><img src=""><br>  <a href = "">fat loss factor </a> Operations Research, Columbia University (1986-1993), the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences at Northwestern University (1993-2000) before <b>joining</b> the MIT faculty.<br> At MIT he <b>is</b> co-director of <b>the</b> Leaders for Global Operations; co-director of the MIT Forum for Supply Chain Innovation; <b>head</b> of the new Accenture and MIT Alliance in Business Analytics’ leader of the MIT-Technion Postdoctoral Program; a member of the <b>Operations</b> Research Center <b>and</b> former co-director of the System Design and Management partnership.In 2009, he was awarded the Revenue Management and Pricing Section Prize from the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), the world’s largest professional society for the field of operations <b>research,</b> management science and business analytics.<br> INFORMS awarded the prize to Simchi-Levi for a series of<br><img src=""><br> three papers that made fundamental <b>contributions</b> <b>to</b> the field. 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Read full article &#62;&#62; Starbucks Corp reported higher quarterly profit on Thursday that matched Wall Street estimates and it raised its full-year earnings forecast.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;  Pierre Lermusiaux Photo: M. Scott Brauer Google's  <a href = "">google sniper download </a> been given <b>one</b> month to assess the search<br><img src=""><br> giant's proposed <b>antitrust</b> remedies, the European Commission announced Thursday.<br> The Commission, the E.U.'s regulatory and executive body, has published Google's <b>proposals</b> to address antitrust concerns and said that interested parties can submit their feedback over the next month.<br> Bank customers will be allowed to stop withdrawals for high-interest payday loans and close their accounts sooner. 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Google and<br><img src=""><br> the iPhone are American inventions.<br> But the first mass-produced gas-electric hybrid car was made in Japan.<br> A colleague mentioned another case when a responsive layout is not always ideal – client support.<br> Support issues from clients often mention layout issues or change requests.<br> If you get a support email referring to the desktop layout while away from your desktop computer you may not be able to see <b>the</b> same thing on your tablet or smartphone, so you’ll have to postpone responding. <b>Sure,</b> it’s an edge case, but one in which being <b>able</b> to <b>turn</b> off the <b>responsive</b> layout would be <b>useful.<br></b> The New York Times says it is holding out hope that four of its journalists who went missing while covering the Libyan conflict are alive.<br> Rep. Rob Bishop is no architecture buff. But the <b>Utah</b> Republican loves Dwight Eisenhower. And saving money. 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A new seed promises to flower in more climates, improving <b>freshness</b> and taste for many.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> In most flood affected areas entire village economies were dependent on tourism.From The Washington <b>Post</b> archives Published: December 19, 1995, Tuesday, Final Edition Tens of thousands of federal employees streamed from government office buildings around the region before noon yesterday, the first disrupted workday in an ugly reprise of the last shutdown <b>less</b> than a month ag...<br> RAF's unmanned Reaper aircraft had been operated from Creech airforce base in Nevada, but missions from Lincolnshire began this weekRemotely controlled armed drones used to target insurgents in <b>Afghanistan</b> have been operated from the UK for the first time, the Ministry of <b>Defence</b> said on Thursday.Missions of the <b>missile-carrying</b> Reaper aircraft began from a newly built headquarters <b>at</b> RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire earlier this week – five years after the MoD bought the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to monitor and attack the Taliban.Since then the UK has been controlling the RAF's five Reaper aircraft from Creech airforce base in Nevada because the British military did not have the capability to fly <b>them</b> from here.However, the MoD made building a new UAV hub at Waddington a priority following the 2010 strategic defence and security review, and the centre "stood up" at the end of last year.Waddington<br> has <b>become</b> the<br><img src=""><br> home of XIII squadron, and defence officials said pilots from the unit have now <b>started</b> to take command of Reapers, working in tandem with <b>the</b> team in America.There<br> <b>are</b> three operating terminals at the base in Lincolnshire, and they had to go through extensive technical trials before they were deemed <b>ready</b> for use."We aren't flying any more operations than we were before, but with the time differences between the US, Afghanistan and the UK, it is now possible for <b>pilots</b> at Waddington to work in relay with the those in the US," said a source.There are no current plans to disband the squadron in the US, which is expected <b>to</b> continue operating until the end of next year, when all Nato combat operations <b>in</b> Afghanistan will finally come to an end.The<br> RAF has bought five more Reaper aircraft, which are expected to <b>be</b> deployed in Afghanistan over the summer, bringing the total to 10. <b>British</b> UAVs have flown 45,000 hours in <b>Afghanistan,</b> and fired 350<br><img src=""><br> weapons, including <b>Hellfire</b> missiles.Though the <b>MoD</b> insists it operates with aircraft only in support of British troops, and only in Helmand province, <b>the</b> use of UAVs has been dominated by the CIA's controversial programme to target insurgent leaders in Pakistan.These<br> strikes have sometimes caused civilian casualties, and have raised questions over the legality and morality of using remotely piloted systems in areas that are not conflict zones.The disclosure comes at a <b>sensitive</b> time for the MoD – just two days before a protest outside RAF <b>Waddington</b> organised by CND, the Drone Campaign Network, Stop the War and <b>War</b> on Want.The coalition has warned that switching control of drones to Waddington from US bases marks an unwelcome expansion in the UK's UAV programme."Drones,<br> controlled far away from conflict zones, ease politicians' decisions to launch military strikes and order extra-judicial assassinations, without democratic oversight or accountability to the <b>public,"</b> said <b>Rafeef</b> Ziadah, from <b>War</b> on Want.Chris<br><img src=""><br> Nineham, vice-chair of the Stop the War <b>Coalition,</b> added: "Drones are being used to continue the deeply unpopular War on Terror, with no public scrutiny. They're using them to fight wars behind our backs. These remote-controlled killing machines should be <b>banned."DronesAfghanistanMilitaryMinistry</b> of DefenceRoyal Air ForceDefence policyNick<br> &copy; 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Big questions remained unanswered for many same-sex couples across the country Wednesday, even after the gay rights advocates responded with jubilation to the Supreme Court’s 5 to 4 decision overturning a key element of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.  Read full article &#62;&#62;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; It is bad – enabling federal prosecutors' harassment of Aaron Swartz. But America's <b>copyright</b> regime is an even greater threatIs the Computer Fraud and Abuse <b>Act</b> the "worst law <b>in</b> <b>technology",</b> as Columbia Law School's Tim Wu calls the <b>statute?</b> I think there are worse laws for the technology industry and its customers, but the CFAA is more than bad enough – a vague, outdated and Draconian law, abused <b>by</b> the government in several high-profile cases – to have spurred calls for repeal.As<br> Wu and many others (including me) have pointed out over the years, the vagueness of the CFAA has given prosecutors a tool that should worry everyone. This is because <b>the</b> government contends that the statute's ban <b>on</b> "unauthorized access" to someone else's computer is a felony, period, with potential <b>penalties</b> you'd associate with serious violent crime.The<br> late Aaron Swartz has been the highest-profile target of overreaching federal prosecutors relying in large part on the <b>CFAA,</b> <b>in</b> a case where he downloaded hundreds of <b>thousands</b> of academic papers from an organization that  <a href = "">ex girlfriend guru pdf </a> him prosecuted and ultimately decided to make the material freely available. There's little question that his suicide was spurred, in part, by the government's escalating threats, made possible thanks to prosecutors' ability to use the CFAA as sledgehammer.But<br> he <b>wasn't</b> the first. The Bush administration relied on the CFAA to prosecute the easy-to-dislike Lori Drew, <b>who</b> was among several <b>people</b> <b>who</b> created a bogus MySpace account of a fictitious teenaged boy who wooed and rejected the daughter of Drew's neighbor in <b>suburban</b> St Louis. The girl killed herself.<br> When Missouri prosecutors said they had no relevant state law to prosecute Drew and her admittedly heartless helpers in <b>this</b> scheme, a federal prosecutor <b>in</b> Los Angeles hauled Drew there to face <b>charges</b> under the CFAA.The case boiled down to Drew's misstatements in her MySpace profile.<br> (Shamefully, MySpace supported the prosecution.)<br> The jury convicted Drew of one charge,<br><img src=""><br> but <b>the</b> <b>judge</b> in the case wisely overturned it, <b>pointing</b> out that the government would have made everyone who's ever violated<br><img src=""><br> a "terms of service" agreement, no matter how minor the violation, at risk for criminal charges.The threat of this law is not just from government prosecution. It's been stretched widely in civil cases, as well. Wu says the way to fix this intolerable situation is to persuade President Obama to fix it:"The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act is egregiously over-broad in a way that has clearly <b>imposed</b> on the rights and liberties of Americans. With just one speech, the president can set things right."But<br> no, he can't.<br> At least, not in<br><img src=""><br> a way we <b>could</b> trust.First, presidential dispensation is useful, but it's not remotely permanent. White House occupants change. A more authoritarian chief executive <b>than</b> Obama won't be bound by what he does.Presidents also change, or their positions do. That's the<br><img src=""><br> second big <b>problem</b> with Wu's suggestion: wishful thinking. Obama's record on civil <b>liberties</b> and executive power is simply abysmal – <b>worse</b> than George W Bush's in many ways, and better in only a few (such as gay rights).Obama's Justice Department has made clear it believes the CFAA gives it the power to go after anyone.<br> That includes you and me, assuming you've ever violated a terms of service in any <b>way,</b> as you undoubtedly have done.Banana<br> republics have lots of laws designed to be widely broken, providing leverage for prosecution of people <b>either</b> not liked by the government or who do otherwise legal things that annoy the leaders. So, <b>even</b> though you and I are exceedingly unlikely<br><img src=""><br> to become targets of the CFAA, we could <b>be</b><br><img src=""><br> –<br><img src=""><br> and that's why the law is intolerable as it stands.Wu<br> doubts, fairly, that this Congress in particular can <b>be</b> persuaded to act on almost <b>anything.<br></b> And it's no exaggeration to say that lawmakers are terrified in general of doing <b>anything</b> that might cause <b>them</b> to be accused of being soft on crime.<br> But <b>like</b> it or not, this is ultimately an issue for Congress, which writes the laws.The<br> lawmakers' tendency to favor vagueness <b>has</b> some merit – it gives the people who carry out enforcement <b>and</b> <b>make</b> regulations the ability to adjust to <b>changing</b> circumstances – but in cases like <b>this,</b> where the abuse by<br><img src=""><br> the executive branch is <b>blatant,</b> Congress <b>should</b> take the risk of doing its job. Representative<br><img src=""><br> Zoe Lofgren, a California Democrat, has proposed an "Aaron's Law" that would help redress the current imbalance. Reforming CFAA is also an issue for the press – or would be, if we had more journalists who took seriously their duty to hold power accountable.<br> Journalists in aggregate have two problems <b>with</b> this law: a superficial understanding, at best, and an ongoing deference to government <b>positions</b> on criminal justice and security. Even when journalists are directly threatened by overreaching, as they are in the WikiLeaks case, they<br><img src=""><br> still demonstrate a reluctance<br><img src=""><br> to take a stand.If enough news organizations put <b>the</b> Obama civil liberties record under the spotlight it deserves, perhaps the American people would care more about what they're losing. Or maybe, we're willing to live in a more banana-like republic all the time; but I <b>hope</b> not.I<br> said earlier that the CFAA,<br><img src=""><br> bad as it is, isn't the worst law relating to technology. At <b>least</b> one, by my reckoning, is worse: the increasingly harsh copyright regime that has already turned countless millions<br><img src=""><br> of Americans into lawbreakers and deterred countless innovators.Copyright in America started life in the US constitution as a way to promote innovation by giving creators of works strong rights for limited periods. It has metastasized into a system that has perverts the founders' intent and given giant corporations overwhelming – and increasing – power over not just entertainment <b>but</b> everything that contains information, including software, which is <b>now</b><br><img src=""><br> part of almost everything.In<br> a rare defeat for the Copyright Cartel, the supreme court has upheld the "first sale doctrine" <b>–</b> the principle that once you buy a book or CD, you can <b>resell</b><br><img src=""><br> <b>it</b> – in a closely <b>watched</b> case. The court's rationale was that Congress  <a href = "">trade miner download </a> to create a different standard for works bought overseas as opposed to <b>ones</b> bought in the US.<br> But the same court also just refused to hear an appeal of a Minnesota woman who's <b>been</b> ordered<br><img src=""><br> to pay more than $220,000 for downloading two-dozen songs – a testament to Congress' gift to Hollywood and its allies in the form of absurdly <b>stiff</b> penalties for minor infringement.In the end, people who want change in bad laws have to work for it. This is doubly hard given Congress' pay-to-play system of legal bribery, where dollars translate into votes. Maybe that will have to change first, as the "United Re:Public" coalition says, <b>but</b> we need to get started<br><img src=""><br> or get used to a system that puts everyone at risk. We could begin by calling our legislators <b>and</b> insist they get behind "Aaron's Law".US constitution and civil libertiesIntellectual propertyInternetCensorshipUS supreme courtUS CongressAaron <b>SwartzDan</b> &copy; 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds Tim Cahill scored on a rebound minutes after a penalty kick save by Luis Robles, and the <b>Red</b> Bulls beat Columbus.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Good nutrition is important throughout life, but it takes on special significance in middle age and beyond. <b>Throughout</b> the animal kingdom, cells encapsulate molecules and proteins — that they move within or between — in tiny vesicles, which release their contents when they fuse with another membrane. Vesicles also package the chemical signals, or neurotransmitters, that leap from neuron to neuron in the brain’s communication <b>network,</b> but neurons more tightly control the release of these signals.<br> In schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease and other <b>neurological</b> disorders, <b>however,</b> this control breaks down, which may contribute to deficits in information processing. <b>And</b> researchers are seeking an explanation <b>for</b> the loss of the normal control mechanism.Two<br> new MIT studies now <b>demonstrate</b> how neurons have adapted the cell’s standard fusion machinery to regulate the <b>release</b> of neurotransmitters at the neuron’s chemical junctions called synapses.<br> “We show that an interplay between two proteins, complexin and synaptotagmin, controls the vesicle fusion machinery in neurons, and that both proteins are necessary to trigger normal information flow and prevent uncontrolled spontaneous release,” says J.<br> Troy Littleton, who led both studies and is an investigator in the Picower Institute for <b>Learning</b> and Memory and the Department of Biology and Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences <b>(BCS).</b> The papers appear in the Dec. 2, 2012, and Jan.<br> 2, 2013, issues of the Journal of<br><img src=""><br> Neuroscience.Neurons have specialized <b>needs,</b> and one is to release neurotransmitters when the cell receives an electrical impulse that shoots down <b>the</b> axon to the synapses — typically in response to some stimulation.<br> This impulse causes calcium to rush into <b>the</b> cell, which triggers the <b>release</b> of neurotransmitters across the <b>synaptic</b> gap to communicate with the next neuron.<br> This neurotransmitter release is called an evoked response, <b>as</b> opposed to a spontaneous release (or <b>“mini”),</b> in which a small number of vesicles occasionally fuse without <b>stimulation.“So</b> the first modification a neuron must make to <b>the</b> fusion machinery is to sense calcium,” says Jihye Lee, a postdoctoral associate in the Littleton lab and first author of the <b>Jan.</b> 2 paper <b>that</b> examines the role synaptotagmin plays in calcium sensing. Synaptotagmin is a protein localized to the neuronal vesicles, with two calcium-binding domains, C2A and C2B. Lee examined how<br><img src=""><br> each domain functions in this role.<br> C2B drives the fast fusion of vesicles<br><img src=""><br> with <b>the</b> membrane, and requires C2A to dive into the membrane and activate the fusion machinery that promotes mixing of the two lipid membranes. The second major requirement for neurons is to prevent <b>these</b> fusion events until a calcium signal arrives. <b>Otherwise,</b> neuronal signals <b>flood</b> the brain and wreak <b>havoc,</b> which leads to such neurological disorders as epilepsy. “We found that a protein known <b>as</b> complexin binds to the fusion <b>machinery</b> <b>and</b> prevents it<br><img src=""><br> from <b>working</b> until the calcium signal comes,” says MIT affiliate Ramon Jorquera, first author of the Dec. 2 paper, which examines the interplay of complexin and synaptotagmin. <b>Complexin</b> functions as a fusion clamp, keeping the vesicle from fusing with the synaptic membrane until synaptotagmin senses the influx of calcium and sets the extremely quick fusion process in motion.This<br> finding is important, Littleton says, because complexin is severely <b>reduced</b> in many neurological and psychological diseases, indicating these disease states may experience too many uncontrolled spontaneous release events. This reduction itself doesn’t cause the diseases, but it may contribute to the phenotypes.The<br> researchers conducted these studies using the fruit fly, a valuable model organism because of the ease of doing <b>genetic</b> manipulations and neuronal recordings. They created flies in <b>which</b> they deleted or over-expressed various combinations of the genes for the complexin and synaptotagmin proteins, which determined the contribution of <b>each</b> to evoked and spontaneous neurotransmitter release.<br> For example,<br><img src=""><br> deleting the complexin clamp caused a 100-fold increase in spontaneous minis; taking away the calcium-sensing synaptotagmin protein eliminated it all.<br> The researchers  <a href = "">natural vitiligo treatment </a> on a type<br><img src=""><br> of synapse that is representative of the majority of synapses in the human central <b>nervous</b> system — those that release <b>the</b> excitatory neurotransmitter glutamate.“Because this same machinery appears to play a similar role in <b>mammals,</b> we think we can gain valuable understanding about how it is controlled in humans too,” Littleton says. “Our long-term goal is to learn how neurons normally talk <b>to</b> each other, and how this process <b>goes</b> awry during neurological and psychiatric diseases. This insight might ultimately <b>allow</b> us to restore proper synaptic function and brain communication in disease states.”Sarah<br> Huntwork-Rodriguez, Yulia <b>Akbergenova</b> and Richard W.<br> Cho, all of the Picower Institute, BCS and the Department<br><img src=""><br> of Biology, <b>also</b> contributed to the Dec. 2 paper.<br> Their work was <b>supported</b> by a National Institutes of Health grant and the PEW Latin American Fellows Program in the Biomedical Sciences.<br> <b>Akbergenova</b> and Zhuo Guan, of the Picower Institute, BCS<br><img src=""><br> and the Department of Biology, also contributed to the Jan.<br> 2 paper. This <b>work</b> was supported by an NIH grant. Video: Melanie Gonick Tell the kids theyre eating bat wings and they are sure to request them even when its not<br><img src=""><br> Halloween! What you need to know for Thursday: <b>pools</b> open, a rain record may be broken, the City Council stays up late and Kung Fu Pandas invade Grand Central.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> Lives and livelihoods in vulnerable countries hang in the balance while rich countries bicker over who will disburse <b>climate</b> cash, argues Wendel&nbsp;Trio of Climate Action Network Europe. More ' This show fruitfully if <b>inconclusively</b> reconsiders painters who did not <b>fit</b> into then fashionable categories.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; OTTAWA -  Defense <b>Secretary</b> Robert M.<br> Gates said the Pentagon is facing a spending "crisis" and could be forced to make immediate cuts in training and operations because Congress has failed to approve<br><img src=""><br> a final budget for the military this <b>year.</b> <b>Video:</b> Melanie Gonick Planning for the future predicted by our current data leaves us vulnerable <b>to</b> unexpected derailments. Embracing uncertainty and preparing for the implausible gives us<br><img src=""><br> the chance to choose <b>a</b> better worldPrediction can feel like shining a torch forward into the terrifying, dark unknown. The <b>narrower</b> and more focused the beam, the brighter the light, and the more detail can be perceived – but only along that one thin pathway. The light may help you prepare for tricky patches ahead, but it cannot reveal or protect you from everything. Unforeseen obstacles or events may force you to take an alternative route and encounter dangers in the surrounding dark. With <b>an</b> unfocused wider torch beam, you'll see less detail about <b>any</b> particular area, but <b>will</b> be able to <b>see</b> the dangers and advantages of a wider range of paths. Perhaps you would even have the chance to make an informed choice about which way to move forward? The model is a useful way to explain the different ways we can approach the future. The data and modelling tools we have available <b>can</b> paint a detailed picture of one <b>outcome,</b> but it can't know everything. <b>Also,</b> control over your dreams <b>and</b> fears is extremely lucrative – makers of gadgets,<br><img src=""><br> providers of <b>financial</b> services, investors in the infrastructure of <b>energy</b> and health and many others have a vested interest in narrowing down and <b>directing</b> our visions of the future so that we can only imagine <b>ourselves</b> in a world which needs and benefits them. Relevant facts can be hidden or denied or simply unknown so <b>our</b> view of <b>the</b> future can be controlled or distorted.<br> Resisting <b>these</b> pressures and opening our eyes to other, strange-seeming possibilities takes effort, but is hugely important.<br> The most important <b>use</b> <b>of</b> prediction <b>may</b> be<br><img src=""><br> <b>not</b> to get an increasingly detailed vision of one potential path forward, but to open our eyes wider, accepting a wider field of less certain possibilities and think about where we would prefer to go.<br> Then we can set a course to get there.<br> It is a natural to want to close down the future.<br> We want a straight, simple, brightly lit way forward so that we can prepare for <b>it.</b> Some of humanity's earliest technologies <b>were</b> attempts to divine the future from the movements of the stars, the flights of birds, the lines on our palms. <b>Extispicy,</b> the science of telling the future by looking at the liver, lungs and intestines of slaughtered animals only really told us the fate of the beast in question (and was <b>probably</b> a strong predictor of the practitioner's future dinner options).<br> It seems nonsensical now, but for ancient communities who lived or died by their animals' health, perhaps there was value in checking cattle guts for features which had preceded catastrophe in the past. We have found that other attempts by our ancestors to store up knowledge about the future, such as the saying <b>"red</b> sky at night, sailor's delight" actually have a degree of truth in them. This was despite the fact that their original creators could not have <b>known</b> why these <b>predictions</b> were accurate. These methods  <a href = "">google sniper 2.0 review </a> supplanted by increasingly accurate weather forecasts which, crucially, allow us to <b>explain</b> how we know what we know about <b>the</b> future. But they can still be wrong. Whilst the five-day forecast for Hurricane Sandy was strikingly accurate, a longer-term study completed <b>in</b> early 2012 <b>predicted</b> that such a storm was unlikely to ever happen: we were <b>told</b> we could expect a much smaller storm once in every 500 years. Closing down from possible futures in <b>which</b> Sandy could happen to focus more narrowly on <b>probable</b> futures in which it wouldn't <b>happen</b> meant that the disaster went unforeseen.<br> Even though the science of weather forecasting is extremely sophisticated, when taking the longer view there is still a need to look beyond the model.As<br> I have argued previously, imagining a technology <b>in</b> fiction helps <b>lead</b> it into reality.<br> Science fiction helps us articulate our fears and desires for possible worlds, and there is a lot of profit to be gained by manipulating this.<br> Corporate design <b>fiction</b> is used <b>to</b> shine a light on the futures that companies want to see come true. A glass company quite naturally wants us to imagine that in the future we will need a lot more glass. <b>When</b> companies try to <b>manipulate</b> and redirect our gaze so blatantly the public rightly reacts <b>with</b> scathing parodies which highlight their real concerns about things breaking, crashing, costing more or simply making them look foolish.If visions are to be useful and inclusive they<br><img src=""><br> have to take into account the <b>everyday</b> needs and priorities <b>of</b> real people, not model consumers. Investors in<br><img src=""><br> 3D TV failed to realise that people move around <b>and</b> chat whilst watching TV, so were unlikely to sit bolt upright and perfectly still with heavy glasses on.<br> It seems that smartphones as they are presented to us now are the perfect tool for the future, <b>but</b> pirated designs in China add features such as dual sim cards to take <b>better</b> advantage of <b>different</b> networks' deals, and removable batteries which can be fixed and upgraded <b>meaning</b><br><img src=""><br> that phones do not need to be <b>replaced</b> so frequently. These convenient, money-saving features do not appear in the <b>futures</b> desired by the networks or handset-makers, so they never appear in shiny concept videos or adverts. Instead vast amounts of money and power are employed to convince us that we need ever more features and services, to light up this one hugely profitable path. Our<br><img src=""><br> expectations of our phones' capabilities must be <b>raised</b> faster than the prices of older features falls in order to maintain profit and demand. Sure the<br><img src=""><br> occasional person may seek <b>out</b> alternatives- perhaps modifiable, tough, sustainable models with a longer battery life and the option of privacy, but most people do not have the energy or resources to go it alone.Often<br> the closing down <b>of</b> our future happens without us noticing – we find ourselves believing that the obvious way is the only way. Other possibilities which are rarely mentioned or which fall outside our precious model seem so <b>weird</b> that we cannot accept them. This can happen to individuals or industries or entire societies.<br> But embracing the strange, the uncomfortable and the unlikely is the best way <b>to</b> be prepared and to conceive of other solutions to problems which seem intractable. Opening our eyes to possible but less powerfully lit-up paths will be vital if we are <b>to</b> make real choices about our future. Nesta has published a short paper on technology futures and foresight with three maxims for how to think about the future.<br> The final maxim relates <b>to</b> this post - it is about<br><img src=""><br> opening up<br><img src=""><br> debates about the future to alternative perspectives. Read the full paper: Don't stop thinking about tomorrow: a modest defence of futurologyScience policyLydia &copy; 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies.<br> All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; U.S.<br> <b>Assistant</b> Secretary of State William Brownfield says <b>the</b> amount of illegal drugs entering the United States from the Caribbean <b>has</b> risen, a sign drug cartels are looking for new routes as Mexico and Central American <b>boost</b> anti-drug enforcement.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> With Death and the Powers, Machover seeks to expand the traditional definition of opera through the use of<br><img src=""><br> technology — but in a way that <b>enhances</b> the human <b>presence</b> on stage and therefore strengthens the bond<br><img src=""><br> between audience and performers. “In <b>theater,</b> technology has consistently pulled music in the <b>wrong</b> direction,” says Machover. Recalling a Taylor Swift concert he recently attended with his teenage daughters, Machover bristles at the way in which “gigantic mega-screens and boom-box-like audio systems” have come to overshadow human performers, creating<br><img src=""><br> an experience<br><img src=""><br> that “forces rather than entices.”For this project, <b>Machover</b> and his team attempted to <b>use</b> technology to bring the stage to life, almost as another character: Death and the Powers features an animated set and nine singing “OperaBots” that serve as the chorus and frame the narrative.Creating<br> “The System”The opera tells the story of Simon Powers,  <a href = "">fat burning furnace </a> inventor who wants to ensure his legacy.<br> To do so, he constructs “The System,” which makes <b>it</b> possible to download <b>his</b> memories and personality into the physical environment. As soon as Powers enters the system and disappears from the stage at the end of the first scene, the stage takes on his persona. His character expresses himself through giant bookcases with thousands of lights that move to the rhythm of the music, as well as a sinuous, light-emitting musical chandelier with resonant Teflon strings that can channel Simon’s presence while being strummed by his wife,<br><img src=""><br> Evvy.By capturing<br><img src=""><br> the essence of a performer whom the audience can’t see, Death and the Powers creates what Machover calls a “disembodied performance.” This is done using software that Peter Torpey and <b>Elly</b> Jessop, two PhD <b>students</b> in Machover’s Opera of the<br><img src=""><br> Future Group, developed to measure aspects of a singer’s performance that <b>the</b> singer is likely aware of, including volume and pitch, as well as those he or she may not <b>be</b> monitoring, including muscle tension and breathing patterns.<br> These conscious and unconscious elements then become part of <b>the</b> look and feel of “The System,” whether it’s through the <b>movement</b> <b>of</b> walls and chandeliers, pulsating lights or specially designed sounds.  It's not a soap opera — it's a case before the U.S. Supreme Court. In writing Monday for She the People on Hillman v. Maretta involving the question of whether <b>the</b> widow or the ex-wife would receive the benefits from a federal life insurance policy, I wondered about the human details <b>behind</b> the law.<br> So had some of those sharing comments on the post. <b>Read</b> full article &#62;&#62;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The following incidents were recently reported by the Fairfax County Police Department. IN <b>BISHKEK,</b> KYRGYZSTAN When U.S.<br> troops moved into Afghanistan in 2001, Douglas Edelman already had a foothold in Central Asia. He'd opened a bar and hamburger joint here in the capital of Kyrgyzstan, the crumbling, outer rim of the former Soviet empire. • Arsenal could continue without pair <b>against</b> Swansea• Kieran Gibbs to be rested <b>and</b> replaced by Nacho MonrealArsène Wenger has yet to make up his mind <b>whether</b> to <b>recall</b> his captain, Thomas Vermaelen, and the goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny for Arsenal's trip to <b>Swansea</b> on Saturday – but said "nobody is guaranteed a place".Szczesny<br> was <b>left</b> in <b>London</b> when the rest of the<br><img src=""><br> squad travelled <b>to</b> Munich on <b>Tuesday</b> <b>afternoon,</b> with Wenger revealing the Poland international had been "mentally affected" by the number <b>of</b> games he has played this season.Despite not featuring for the first team <b>in</b> more than a year, Lukasz Fabianski produced a solid display in place of Szczesny, making some smart saves <b>in</b> the 2-0 win <b>over</b> Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.<br> His performance could well have done enough to retain his place for the <b>trip</b> to the Liberty Stadium.Vermaelen, meanwhile, was left <b>on</b> the <b>bench</b> as <b>Laurent</b> Koscielny – whose late header provided Arsenal's second goal on Wednesday night as they went out on away goals – partnered Per Mertesacker.Nacho<br> Monreal was cup-tied in midweek and is set to return at left-back as Kieran Gibbs will be rested after completing his first 90 minutes since his recovery from a thigh problem.<br> However, Wenger said team selection would always come <b>down</b> to individual form."They<br> [Vermaelen and Szczesny] are two outstanding players who are part of our squad.<br> They have played so many games until now.<br> Their position is very important in the squad," the manager said."But<br> every position is up for grabs. You have to face it like that, the last game decides the next one.<br> All the players are in the same position. Nobody is guaranteed places in the team."Everybody faces the same competition and the players who [have] come in have been on the bench for a long, long time. They all have the same problem, the job of being a top-level competitor <b>is</b> to deal with that."Wenger felt Vermaelen understood the decision to <b>leave</b> him out against Bayern. "Thomas has a fantastic attitude. He's a guy who is absolutely outstanding with his attitude and motivation.<br> He <b>has</b> played many <b>games</b> in <b>many</b> positions<br><img src=""><br> and is <b>a</b> very <b>important</b> player in our squad."They know there might be rotation with the three centre-backs – Vermaelen, Koscielny and Mertesacker."Arsenal head to Wales in search of the win needed to keep alive their hopes of making the top four again. Wenger said: "For us, every<br><img src=""><br> game is a cup final now. Swansea is always a difficult place to go and we will need to repeat the game<br><img src=""><br> we had at Bayern Munich, it is as simple as that – solidarity, fighting spirit and win at all costs."ArsenalSwansea<br> &copy; 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies.<br> All<br><img src=""><br> rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds Are there any studies on the long-term — 10-plus years — use of S.S.R.I.’s<br> to treat depression? Dr. Richard A.<br> Friedman responds to reader

October 9, 2013 11:30 PM

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School pupils in Belgium record <b>their</b> thoughts about energy as part of their sustainability studies&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; When the airplane seats <b>are</b> too narrow and the flight is too long, yoga can provide relief <b>for</b> <b>aching</b> backs and stiff hips.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;-- Today <b>is</b> Friday, March 11, the 70th day of 2011. There are 295 days left in the year.<br> The C.I.A. money, President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan told reporters, was “an easy source of petty cash,” and he suggested that some of it was used to pay <b>off</b> warlords and power brokers. Filed under: Cellular, SoftwareI guess citizens of Britain are having a cultural crisis over the ringtone <b>selections</b> on their <b>mobile</b> phones, as 4 <b>out</b> of 5 of those citizens fear criticism of their mobile ringtone.Isn't there anything <b>else</b> in the world to do but give<br><img src=""><br> a shout out (good or <b>bad)</b> about a mobile ringtone choice? Apparently, British mobile phone<br><img src=""><br> users are in a quandary about choosing their ringtone after new research <b>from</b> Dial-a-Phone indicates 97% of Brits judge personality based on ringtone choice.As if we didn't all have enough stupid things to judge others on.Read&nbsp;|&nbsp;Permalink&nbsp;|&nbsp;Email<br> this&nbsp;|&nbsp;Linking&nbsp;Blogs&nbsp;|&nbsp;Comments It's a no-brainer that a small baked potato is a better nutritional choice than a<br><img src=""><br> large order of greasy french fries.<br> But when it comes to comparing the<br><img src=""><br> nutritional attributes of many other foods, the possibilities can get pretty confusing.<br> The symposium was <b>sponsored</b> by MITEI’s Associate Members Cummins, Entergy, EDF and Hess.<br> Yoga teachers <b>are</b> responding to the growing number of longtime practitioners who are raising<br><img src=""><br> questions about the best way to continue a yoga practice into midlife and <b>beyond.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</b> SA+P’s <b>new</b> Center for Advanced <b>Urbanism</b> <b>(CAU)</b> is joining forces with <b>the</b> American Institute of Architects (AIA) in a new research collaboration<br><img src=""><br> focused<br><img src=""><br> on how design can help improve urban health.The research will support AIA’s efforts through the Clinton Global Initiative’s Decade of Design: <b>Global</b> Urban Solutions Challenge — a ten-year AIA pledge to promote urban design that addresses the interests of public health and the effective use of natural, economic and human resources.Through<br> that initiative, the AIA is working with organizations to effect meaningful change through  <a href = "">trade miner </a> participation, design frameworks and active implementation of innovative solutions.The<br> collaborative effort<br><img src=""><br> is based on the premise that massive urbanization can affect human and environmental health in uniquely negative ways, many of which can be addressed through the realm of design. Some of <b>the</b> great health challenges facing the world in the <b>next</b> century and beyond <b>—</b> including the prevalence of obesity, asthma, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and depression, among others — are increasing at an alarming rate and are frequently <b>linked</b> to physical design and urban environmental factors.Through joint research, prototypes <b>and</b> demonstration projects, CAU <b>and</b> AIA will develop guidelines and design solutions that support human and environmental health in and around cities.Read<br> more Authorities have identified the man shot and killed by Prince George's County police Monday after <b>he</b> was allegedly threatening residents with a handgun in a Landover neighborhood. <b>Watching</b> Philip Seymour Hoffman embody Truman Capote in "Capote," <b>you</b> want to <b>throw</b> every acting award there is at him and <b>maybe</b> a couple of <b>Olympic</b> medals, too. The Department of Homeland Security ordered changes after finding that Azamat Tazhayakov, a friend of the surviving suspect <b>in</b> the Boston <b>bombings,</b> used a visa that should have been canceled.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> Mr. Rich was the billionaire “King of Commodities,” a wheeler-dealer pardoned by another consummate dealmaker, Bill Clinton.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Beirut — A Shiite king ruled northern Syria more than <b>a</b> millennium ago from behind the towering walls of the citadel in the city of Aleppo. In later centuries, Arab armies repelled medieval crusaders from the hilltop fortress, Mongol invaders damaged it and Ottomans <b>used</b> it as a military barracks. Read full article &#62;&#62;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Oceans at MIT's Genevieve Wanucha sat down <b>with</b> Chiang C. Mei,  <b>Ford</b> Professor Emeritus of Engineering in MIT's Department of <b>Civil</b> and  Environmental <b>Engineering,</b> to <b>ask</b> for his perspective on the possibility  of storm surge barriers on the East Coast of the United States. He is well known for his  contributions in fluid mechanics with applications to coastal <b></b> engineering. Mei has<br><img src=""><br> worked on barrier systems since 1984, when  construction of MOSE in <b>Venice</b> began.<br> His knowledge of  <a href = "">natural vitiligo treatment review </a> challenges inherent to  <b>sea</b> barriers allows him to offer guidance to U.S.<br> engineers and some  concrete suggestions for protecting the New York area. Q.<br>  Hurricane  Sandy's devastating blow has left citizens and government officials <b></b> wondering <b>how</b> the area will fare in future <b>storms.<br></b> Climate scientists  predict that a warming planet will bring fewer but more intense  hurricanes with enough power to occasionally hit cities along the entire  Eastern <b>seaboard.<br></b> Given the predictions, do you think we can protect  East Coast cities? What would this technology look like and how much  would it cost?A.  From an engineering point of view, protecting New York and New Jersey  from storm surges is possible.<br> It's also desirable because damage to  New York will affect the <b>whole</b> country. There have <b>been</b> proposals for storm surge barriers in New York City  before. In 2009, engineers from Arcadis, a Dutch company, suggested  building a barrier half a <b>mile</b> north of Verrazano Narrows Bridge at a  cost of $6.5<br> billion.<br> Inspired by their experience in<br><img src=""><br> Holland, they <b></b> suggested gates that could swing open and closed; however, the bottom of <b></b> the New York Harbor is not flat and wide enough for this idea to work.<br> Specifically, I think it's worth considering having a large gate  going from Sandy Hook, N.J. to Rockaway, N.Y., like that proposed <b>in</b> 2009 by  Dennis<br><img src=""><br> Padron and Graeme <b>Forsythe</b> of the <b>Halcrow</b> <b>Group.</b> Placing it  there would be very effective for flood protection for the inner and  outer Harbor.<br> It would have prevented a lot of the damage to Hoboken.<br> It  is also possible to build sea walls on the <b>land</b> along the coast of  Rockaway like they do for tsunami protection in Japan.<br> <b>For</b> some perspective on cost, consider that when the 2-kilometer long  storm barrier for Venice Lagoon, Italy, was started in 1984, it was  estimated to cost 2 billion US dollars and now it's costing 4 billion  Euro, probably even more by the time <b>it's</b> finished.  <a href = "">google sniper 2.0 </a> the  greater depth, the longer barrier in New York and New Jersey would cost  much more and take ten years or longer. Q.<br> If we  commit to building, e.g.,<br> barriers or sea <b>walls,</b> do engineers already  have plans ready to implement? Or will the effort require extensive  research and time?  A.<br> If you build a gate, you have to consider the  consequences to the land, environment, fishing and navigation.<br> So, I  think coming up with the design<br><img src=""><br> will require a great deal of study  beforehand. Any future designs must fit New York harbor's geographical  conditions. This task requires comprehensive numerical modeling of the  flow accounting for the <b>bathymetry</b> and the climate conditions, such as  that being<br><img src=""><br> done at Stony Brook University's Storm Surge Research Group.  We also need to model how the barrier <b>would</b> change sediment transport  and coastal morphology over the long-term.<br> I think New York has to have  some sort of commission to gather experts from different fields to  confer.<br> And, a new design needs to come from a competition.<br><img src=""><br> Q.<br> Of  course, no project will be a win-win situation.<br> What are <b>the</b> possible  negative consequences of building barriers on the East Coast? Could they  increase flooding elsewhere or harm coastal ecosystems? A. Building any large structure across a river will disturb the natural  flow, so there will always be some environmental issue.<br> For instance,  the Eastern Scheldt storm surge barrier <b>has</b> protected the Netherlands  against many storm surges; however, even up to now, they are <b>confronting</b>  environmental issues nobody expected. One major reason for these issues is the <b>fact</b> that placing a barrier  at mouth of a <b>river</b> reduces the cross sectional area for tidal flows. In  the case of Eastern Scheldt, the tidal velocity  has <b>changed</b> quite a  bit because of the area reduction resulting in changes of the rate of  <b>sand</b> and mud <b>transport.<br></b> New erosion and deposition patterns appear in  the river upstream. <b>Tidal</b> phases are reduced,  <a href = "">fat burning furnace </a> is reduced.<br>  All these changes affect the birds, fish, mussels and oysters. At first  people in the Netherlands didn't anticipate these changes, but after  many years, they noticed them. Certainly, <b>environmental</b> impact studies must be <b>done</b> before <b>the</b> actual construction starts here. Pregnant and nursing women, as well <b>as</b> those who want to conceive, are advised in <b>the</b> United States to avoid certain types of seafood and to limit consumption of other varieties as a way to reduce potential ill effects from mercury and other contaminants. A career that was launched into orbit by a stunning goal against Argentina in <b>the</b> 1998 World Cup will end meekly <b>15</b> years later after Michael Owen announced <b>on</b> Tuesday he <b>will</b> hang<br><img src=""><br> up his boots at the end of the season. A Seoul native opens up her little black book to share her favorite things and places in the city.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; U.S. stocks rose last week, leaving the Dow Jones industrial average with its best two weeks since 2000, as companies beat profit estimates and an increase <b>in</b> home resales signaled an economic recovery may be underway. Lazio forward Miroslav Klose became the first player to score five goals in a Serie <b>A</b> match for 27 years in the 6-0 win over Bologna <b>on</b> Sunday, although it was not enough to stop him being substituted with 22 minutes left.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> The rules aren’t even in place yet but allegations of fraud are already flying.  The Securities and Exchange Commission is crafting rules to implement a new law that makes it easier for private firms <b>to</b> raise money from the general public.<br><br><img src=""><br> But it has been struggling over how to do <b>so</b> in a way that protects investors from fraud.  Read full article &#62;&#62;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A Brooklyn couple say their insurance company will pay $49,000 for home <b>repairs,</b> while an adjuster they hired put the figure needed at $200,000. For this Swiss photographer, taking pictures is better when the shades <b>are</b> drawn.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Dominique Morisseau’s “Detroit ’67,” at the Public Theater, sets <b>its</b> story of a fraying relationship between an adult brother and <b>sister</b> in a vividly specific

October 11, 2013 4:00 PM

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“House of <b>Cards”</b> has become the <b>new</b> D.C. social crutch, a pick-up line of sorts that guarantees ready-made conversation.<br><br><img src=""><br> ZAWIYA, Libya -<br><img src=""><br> The speed with which this city on Tripoli's doorstep fell to Libyans calling for Moammar Gadhafi's ouster raised hopes a rebellion in the east could spread.Facebook<br> boss Sheryl Sandberg argues that women lose out in the workplace because they don't negotiate for<br><img src=""><br> themselves and, if <b>they</b> do, are punished for itIn October 2011, Jocelyn Goldfein, one of the engineering&nbsp;directors at Facebook, held a meeting with our female engineers where she encouraged them <b>to</b> share the progress they had made on the products they were building. Silence.<br> No one wanted to toot her own horn. Who would want to speak up when self-promoting <b>women</b> are disliked?<br><img src=""><br> Jocelyn switched her approach. Instead of asking <b>the</b> women to talk about themselves, <b>she</b> asked them to tell one another's stories. The exercise became communal, which put everyone at ease.Owning<br> one's success is key to achieving more success.<br> Professional advancement depends upon people <b>believing</b> that an employee is contributing to good results.<br> Men can comfortably claim credit <b>for</b> what they do as long as they don't veer into arrogance. For women, taking credit <b>comes</b> at a real social and professional cost.<br> In fact, a woman who explains why she is <b>qualified</b> or mentions previous successes in a job interview can lower her chances of getting hired.As if this double bind were not enough to <b>navigate,</b> gendered stereotypes can also lead to women having to do additional work without additional reward.<br> When a man helps a colleague, the recipient feels indebted to him and is highly <b>likely</b> to return the favor.<br> But  <a href = "">directory of ezine </a> woman helps out, the feeling of indebtedness is weaker.<br> She's communal, right? She wants to help others. Columbia Business School professor Frank Flynn calls this the "gender discount" problem, and it means that women are paying a professional penalty for their presumed desire to be communal. On the other hand, when a man helps a coworker, it's considered <b>an</b> imposition and he is <b>compensated</b> with more favourable performance evaluations and rewards like salary increases and bonuses. Even more frustrating, when <b>a</b> woman declines to help a colleague, she often receives <b>less</b> favourable reviews and fewer rewards.<br> But a man who declines to help? He pays no penalty.Because of these unfair expectations, women find themselves in<br><img src=""><br> "damned if they do" and "doomed if <b>they</b> don't" situations. This is especially true when it comes to negotiations concerning<br><img src=""><br> compensation, benefits, titles, and other perks.<br> By and large, men negotiate more than women. A study that looked at the starting salaries of students graduating with a master's degree from Carnegie <b>Mellon</b> University found that 57% of <b>the</b> male students, but only 7% of the female students, tried to negotiate for a higher offer.<br> But instead of blaming women for not negotiating more, we need to recognise that women often have good cause to be reluctant to advocate for their own interests because doing so can easily backfire.There is little downside when men negotiate for themselves. People expect&nbsp;men <b>to</b> advocate on their own behalf, point out their contributions, and be recognised and rewarded for them. For men, there is truly no harm <b>in</b> asking.<br> But since women are expected <b>to</b> be concerned with others, when they advocate for themselves or point  <a href = "">forex growth bot </a> own value, both men and women react unfavourably.<br> Interestingly, women can negotiate as well or even more successfully than men when negotiating for others (such as their company or a colleague), because in these cases, their advocacy does not <b>make</b> them appear <b>self-serving.<br></b> However, when a <b>woman</b> negotiates on her <b>own</b> behalf, she <b>violates</b> the perceived gender norm. Both male and female colleagues often <b>resist</b> working with a woman who has negotiated for a higher salary because she's seen as more demanding than a woman who refrained from negotiating.<br><img src=""><br> Even when a woman negotiates successfully for <b>herself,</b> she can pay a longer-term cost<br><img src=""><br> in goodwill <b>and</b> future&nbsp;advancement.When I was negotiating with Facebook's founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg for my compensation, he made me an offer that I thought was fair.<br> We had been having dinner several&nbsp;nights a week for more than a month and a half, discussing Facebook's&nbsp;mission and his vision for the future.<br> I&nbsp;was ready to accept the job.<br> No, I &nbsp;was dying to accept the job. My husband, Dave, kept telling me to negotiate, but I&nbsp;was <b>afraid</b> of doing anything that might botch the deal. I&nbsp;could play hardball, but then maybe Mark <b>would</b> <b>not</b> want to work with me. Was it worth it when I knew that ultimately I was going to accept the offer? I concluded it was not. But right before I was about to say yes, my <b>exasperated</b> brother-in-law, Marc Bodnick, blurted out: "Damn it, Sheryl! Why are you going to make less than any man would make to do the same job?"My brother-in-law didn't know the details of my deal. His point was simply that no man at my level  <a href = "">natural vitiligo treatment </a> taking the first offer. This was motivating. I went back to Mark and said that<br><img src=""><br> I couldn't accept, but I prefaced it by telling him: "Of course, you realise that you're hiring me to <b>run</b> your deal teams, so you <b>want</b> me to be a good negotiator. This is <b>the</b> only time you and I will ever be on opposite sides of the table." Then I negotiated hard, followed by a nervous night wondering if I had blown it. But <b>Mark</b> <b>called</b> me the next day.<br> He resolved the gap by improving my offer, extending the terms of my <b>contract</b> from four to five years and allowing me to buy into the <b>company</b> as well. His creative solution not only closed the deal, but also set us <b>up</b> for a longer-term alignment of interests.Everyone<br> needs to get more comfortable with female leaders – including<br><img src=""><br> female leaders themselves. Since 1999, editor of Fortune magazine Pattie Sellers has overseen an annual conference that she calls the Most Powerful Women Summit. On my first night there in 2005, I was in the lounge with two close friends, Diana Farrell, then head of the McKinsey Global Institute, and Sue Decker, then CFO of Yahoo. We were talking about the name&nbsp;of <b>the</b> conference, and I mentioned that when I saw the title on Google's corporate calendar, I&nbsp;asked for the name to be changed to <b>Fortune</b> Women's Conference. Diana&nbsp;and Sue laughed and said&nbsp;that they had&nbsp;done <b>the</b> exact same thing.Later, Pattie explained that she and <b>her</b> colleagues chose this name<br><img src=""><br> on purpose to force women to confront their own power and feel more comfortable with that word. I still struggle with this. I  <a href = "">Pregnancy Miracle </a> applying the word "powerful" to other women <b>–</b> the more the better – but I still shake <b>my</b> head in denial when it <b>is</b> applied to me. The nagging voice in the back of my head reminds me, as <b>it</b> did in business school, "Don't flaunt your success, or even <b>let</b> people know about your success. If you do, people won't like you."Less<br> than six months after I started at Facebook, Mark and I sat down for my first formal review.<br> One of the things he told me<br><img src=""><br> was that my desire <b>to</b> be liked by everyone would hold me back. He said that when you want <b>to</b> change things, you can't please everyone.<br> If you do please everyone, you<br><img src=""><br> aren't making enough <b>progress.</b> Mark was right.FacebookEqualityWomenInternetSocial networkingGenderMark ZuckerbergSheryl<br> &copy; 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies.<br> All rights reserved.<br> | <b>Use</b> of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds Chaoming Song, a research assistant professor of physics at Northeastern University who studies human mobility and complex networks <b>in</b> a range of fields and who was not involved in this research project, agrees with González.“When<br> working at the large scale you assume that everything is random.<br> The motif <b>captures</b> the failure of that assumption, and for network scientists, <b>this</b> indicates a successful theory,” Song says. “González and [colleagues] have derived a simple formula, which indicates the study has achieved a very deep understanding of <b>the</b> phenomena and that it has predictive power.<br> But the real beauty of their model is that <b>it</b> connects two layers.<br> It tells how individuals behave, yet is simple enough to use at  <a href = "">vision-without glasses </a> population level.”Christian<br> Schneider, a postdoc who is first author on the paper, calls the model the “perturbation model.”<br> “Once a person does a single ‘flexible’ trip beyond the primary commute, they are 10 times more likely to make an additional flexible trip rather than going directly back <b>home.<br></b> So I say they’re in a perturbed state,” Schneider says. An example is if a person <b>goes</b> from work to a restaurant, they will then be more likely to go for dessert at another establishment than they would be if they had gone home for dinner.Another pattern emerged from the data: With the addition of<br><img src=""><br> each flexible <b>trip,</b> the number of possible trip sequence configurations increased exponentially, but the number of configurations actually used did not increase by much, if at <b>all.</b> So for a single flexible trip (three locations total), only three of five<br><img src=""><br> possible <b>trip</b> configurations are used.<br> Add a location and only four of the 83 possible configurations are used.<br> With five locations, people again use only four of the now 5,408 possible configurations. Six locations offer 1,046,991 possible configurations, only four of which <b>are</b> actually used.<br> In each of those cases, the three or four chosen configurations are used by 90 percent of commuters in both Paris and Chicago.“The motifs tell us that people seem to travel quite <b>efficiently,”</b> Schneider says.<br> If a person<br><img src=""><br> returned to the home location between trips, the total travel time and distance would be much larger. Additionally, people seem to plan ahead, thus they avoid revisiting a location.” The research team — which also included <b>Vitaly</b> Belik, a former CEE postdoc, who is now a postdoc at the Max  <a href = "">trademiner download </a> for Dynamics and Self-Organization in Göttingen, Germany; and Thomas Couronné and Zbigniew Smoreda, research faculty at France Telecom — used Paris cellphone data for 154 days and a Paris travel survey <b>covering</b> a single day.<br> The researchers used one day’s data taken from a Chicago travel survey. The research was funded by grants from the New England University Transportation Center, the NEC Corporation Fund, the Solomon Buchsbaum Research Fund and the Volkswagen Foundation. l Be prepared for sticker shock. The D.C. area is much more expensive than most military <b>towns.</b> You'll receive a larger housing allowance, but it may still be tough to afford what you want. “I haven’t received my admissions decisions yet,” writes Candice Childress, a student in Las Vegas, “but it’s <b>looking</b> sunny here in <b>the</b> heart of cactus country.”<br> <b>Snow-kiting,</b> ice climbing and biking on snow: just a few ways to pass the time in a state where the chill just adds to the thrill. A look at schools where <b>design</b> and teaching focus on energy and the environment. A relocation program by China that has moved an estimated 2.1<br> million Tibetans is faulted by a <b>human</b> rights group <b>for</b> cutting Tibetans from their normal sources of income.<br> When the temperature starts to climb, consider breaking out the crockpot.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> In fact, researchers at Toronto's Hospital for <b>Sick</b> Children say the children of couples <b>who</b> <b>operate</b> marijuana grow rooms are often extremely healthy, physically and emotionally.<br> And they rarely use illegal drugs.<br> “Iron Man <b>3”</b> is said to have taken in almost $21 million on its first day of release in <b>China.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</b> The compelling drama at the <b>heart</b> <b>of</b> Knox's account of her  <a href = "">tinnitusmiracle review </a> more than fodder for online obsessivesAmanda Knox<br><img src=""><br> was an aspiring writer when she arrived in Perugia in 2007, as shown by an early, stumbling <b>short</b> story about rape which was quickly seized on to show her violent tendencies when she was arrested for the murder of her roommate Meredith&nbsp;Kercher.Seven years on, after her dramatic acquittal on appeal, she has written a book about that murder, but this time her notoriety has bagged her a reported $4m (£2.6m) advance.Yet<br> Waiting to Be <b>Heard</b> is better than just required reading for the warring and <b>often</b> obsessive factions that continue to fight over her guilt or innocence in online forums and blogs.The<br> <b>student</b> from Seattle has had time to <b>buff</b> up her prose and the result is an intriguing and often compelling account of the trauma of spending the best years of one's life in an Italian provincial jail, <b>at</b> the whim of what she claims are bumbling, spiteful investigators.Parts of the story have quickly made tabloid headlines, such as the prison <b>official</b> who told her, "Don't worry.<br> <b>I'd</b> still have sex with you right now", after she was falsely diagnosed as HIV <b>positive,</b><br><img src=""><br> or how she pondered the neatest way to kill <b>herself</b> (bag over the head and a gas canister).But<br> Knox is also good on details, on how nutmeg <b>was</b> considered a narcotic if taken in large quantities and banned from the jail, and how stamps were torn off letters for fear <b>drugs</b> could be glued on their underside, <b>while</b> <b>her</b> deft descriptions of <b>her</b> cellmates are even better, from a<br><img src=""><br> bisexual cleanliness fanatic to the "kind and uneducated" sisters Pica and Falda."When I tried to explain  <a href = "">Shapeshifter Yoga </a> was on <b>the</b> other side of the globe, they didn't know what I was talking about. Finally, I realised they didn't know the Earth was round."Knox<br> learns to trust no one and assumes hidden microphones are <b>everywhere</b> after a transcript of a conversation she had with her mother during a visit turns up in a local paper.Her<br> stark account fills in the gaps behind the fleeting glimpses the world caught of her during her court appearances, when her stress-driven hair loss, fast-improving Italian and even her choice <b>of</b> T-shirt spawned countless articles.During my months in Perugia covering <b>the</b> case, local magistrate Giuliano Mignini – Knox's chief accuser – told me wistfully he <b>was</b> convinced he had come extremely close to squeezing a confession out <b>of</b> Knox during one tense interrogation session <b>in</b> jail, <b>only</b> for her lawyers<br><img src=""><br> to <b>jump</b> in <b>and</b> stop <b>the&nbsp;questioning.Now</b> Knox gives her <b>side</b> of the story, accusing the magistrate of bullying her into making one slip-up after hours of aggressive questioning while she was trying to convince him of her&nbsp;innocence."In Mignini's hands, everything was distorted and bent to seem like more evidence of my guilt, and I was devastated," she writes.Accused<br> by investigators <b>of</b> craving sexual kicks, Knox candidly <b>admits</b> she was "on a campaign to have casual sex" when she moved to Perugia, <b>but</b> just as quickly realising it left her <b>cold.Turning</b> to the famous footage of her kissing her then boyfriend and co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito as police inspected the crime scene, she claims, "Watching <b>a</b><br><img src=""><br> clip of it now, my stomach seizes. I'm gripped by the same awful <b>feelings</b> I had that afternoon.<br> I can only see myself as I  <a href = "">Fibroids Miracle download </a> and scared, in need of comfort."Older<br> and wiser, Knox now faces a retrial after Italy's supreme court overturned her acquittal in March, and Perugia's law enforcers <b>will</b> <b>no</b> doubt be licking their lips after seeing themselves described as vindictive liars.<br> But after reading her account, I cannot imagine Knox will willingly choose to return <b>to</b> Italy to face them again in court.Waiting<br> to Be Heard is published in America and available onlineAutobiography and memoirAmanda KnoxItalyUnited StatesTom &copy; 2013 Guardian News and Media <b>Limited</b> or its <b>affiliated</b> companies.<br> All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Washington has called for <b>the</b> release of Kenneth Bae, who was sentenced to 15 years for committing what North Korea called “hostile acts.” Dozens of chemotherapy treatments and one bone marrow transplant later, I wish <b>I</b> could say that I’ve mastered the art of not working.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; PS3, PS Vita, Mike Bithell, cert: 12, out nowDuring its opening moments, Thomas Was Alone feels a little familiar, taking the well-established form of an abstract puzzle-based platformer. Quickly, though, it becomes<br><img src=""><br> clear that this fascinating title, originally a cult release from the UK's indie games scene, is also blessed with sublime level design and <b>huge</b> imagination.<br> As the player guides a series <b>of</b> polygonal forms with <b>distinct</b> abilities through elegant geometric landscapes, both the mechanics and <b>game</b> concepts are reinvented and reworked.But level design, striking visuals and sumptuous <b>audio</b> are not its greatest assets. What sets <b>it</b> apart are the themes and the stories, all delivered in a well-written script brilliantly narrated by Danny Wallace.<br> As the game unfolds the polygons develop personalities,  <a href = "">ex girlfriend guru review </a> concepts such as self-image, individual purpose and acceptance of difference. It's a remarkable achievement.Puzzle gamesGamesWill<br> &copy; 2013 Guardian News <b>and</b> Media <b>Limited</b> or its affiliated companies.<br> All rights reserved.<br> | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; PRETORIA, South Africa - South Africa is helping ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide return to his homeland from <b>exile</b> in Pretoria, and any problems Washington has with that <b>should</b> be taken <b>up</b> with Haiti, the deputy <b>foreign</b> minister said Tuesday. Several hotels <b>that</b> weren’t always the ideal place to stay with young children are now going out of their way to accommodate them.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A scanning tunneling microscope (STM) can map the atom-by-atom  topography across a surface and also determine the electronic structure,  that is, the energy levels of electrons at a single location — a good  indicator <b>of</b> how chemically reactive <b>or</b> passive a material is. So a  single instrument can determine both the physical structure and the  chemical <b>reactivity</b> on a surface within an <b>extremely</b> localized region.<br> <b>A</b> Briton and his Dutch rowing partner will brave <b>piranhas,</b> bandits and disease in an attempt to be the <b>first</b> crew to row the length of the Amazon river in September.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> Iris Van Herpen's debut ready-to-wear collection and the latest version of Roger Vivier's Prismick collection. Studies link blood proteins to subset of disorder, suggest diagnostic test <b>Shawn</b> Marion is hoping his trade from the Heat to <b>the</b> Raptors will return him <b>to</b> the run-and-gun style he once played with the Phoenix Suns. Walk up the Royal <b>Mile,</b> browse portraits<br><img src=""><br> of famous <b>Scots</b> and pop in<br><img src=""><br> for a pint during a weekend in Scotland’s

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With Japan reeling from a massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami, a veteran government watchdog warned Thursday that the Federal Emergency Management <b>Agency</b> <b>"is</b> in a constant state of flux" and needs to do even more to coordinate with state and local officials. Two days after the worst fight in its <b>12-year</b> history, the WNBA <b>announced</b> suspensions and fines for Detroit Shock assistant coach Rick Mahorn and 10 of the players involved in the skirmish that came at the end of the Shock's game against Los <b>Angeles</b> on Tuesday night in Detroit.Albert <b>DeSalvo's</b> remains to be exhumed to compare with DNA from scene of strangler's final victim, Mary <b>SullivanInvestigators</b> <b>helped</b> by advances in DNA technology finally have forensic evidence linking longtime <b>suspect</b> Albert DeSalvo to the last of the 1960s killings attributed to <b>the</b> Boston Strangler, leading many involved in the case to hope it can finally be put to rest.DeSalvo's remains will be exhumed after authorities concluded that DNA from the scene of Mary Sullivan's rape and murder <b>produced</b> a "familial match" with him, <b>Suffolk</b> district attorney Daniel Conley said.<br> Conley said he expected investigators to find an exact match when the evidence is compared with DeSalvo's DNA.Sullivan, 19, was found strangled <b>in</b> her Boston apartment in January 1964. She had long been considered the strangler's last victim.The announcement represented the <b>most</b> definitive evidence yet linking DeSalvo to the case. Eleven Boston-area women between the ages of 19 and 85 were sexually assaulted and killed between 1962 and 1964, crimes that terrorised the region and made national headlines.DeSalvo,<br> an Army veteran, confessed to the 11 Boston Strangler murders, as well as <b>two</b> others.<br> But <b>he</b> was never convicted of them.<br> He had been sentenced to life in prison for a <b>series</b> of armed robberies and sexual assaults and was stabbed to death in prison in 1973. but <b>not</b> before he recanted <b>his</b> confession.Sullivan's nephew Casey Sherman has for years maintained that <b>DeSalvo</b> did  <a href = "">trademiner </a> his aunt and even wrote a book on the case pointing to other possible suspects.He<br> said he accepted the new findings after concluding that the DNA evidence against DeSalvo appeared to be overwhelming."I only <b>go</b> where the evidence leads," he said. He thanked police <b>and</b> praised them "for their <b>incredible</b> persistence".DeSalvo's family was outraged police secretly followed his<br><img src=""><br> nephew to collect DNA for new <b>tests.</b> Attorney Elaine Sharp said the family also believes there is still<br><img src=""><br> reasonable <b>doubt</b> he killed the Strangler's last supposed victim.Officials<br> <b>stressed</b> that the DNA <b>evidence</b> <b>links</b> DeSalvo only to Sullivan's killing and that no DNA evidence is believed to <b>exist</b> for the other Boston <b>Strangler</b> murders.But<br> the state attorney-general, Martha Coakley, said investigators hoped solving Sullivan's case might <b>put</b> to <b>rest</b> doubts about DeSalvo's guilt.Conley<br> <b>said</b> the <b>"familial</b> match" excluded 99.99% of suspects but was not enough to close the case.Attorney Lee Bailey, who helped to obtain the confession from DeSalvo,<br><img src=""><br> said the<br><img src=""><br> announcement woul probably help put to rest speculation over the Boston Strangler's identity.Bailey <b>had</b> been representing another inmate who informed him that DeSalvo knew details of the crimes.<br> Bailey would later represent DeSalvo.A<br> woman who answered the phone at the home of DeSalvo's brother Richard said the family had <b>no</b> comment.<br> She did not identify herself.US crimeMassachusettsForensic scienceUnited &copy; 2013 Guardian News and <b>Media</b> Limited or its <b>affiliated</b> companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; !function(d,s,id)var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id))js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); Development of the drug, aleglitazar, was <b>discontinued</b> after Roche cited concerns <b>about</b> safety and effectiveness.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> What the dueling judges of “American Idol”<br><img src=""><br> teach us about talent.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Scott Kazmir took a no-hitter into the seventh, and the Cleveland Indians scored two ninth-inning runs off Baltimore <b>Orioles</b> closer Jim Johnson to pull out a 4-3 victory <b>Wednesday</b> night.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The first national <b>youth</b> orchestra in the United States, whose players are 16 to 19, rehearsed this  <a href = "">h miracle </a> the conductor Valery <b>Gergiev.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</b> Some great documentaries <b>are</b><br><img src=""><br> ineligible for Oscars. 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He studied organ and piano at <b>the</b> Royal Academy of Music.<br> In 1947 he joined the London Bach Society and for many years assisted Paul Steinitz, its founder, as <b>rehearsal</b> pianist and assistant conductor.<br> He took a teaching post at Ealing grammar school, where his choirs became much in demand by the BBC Symphony Chorus and Orchestra; they performed music outside the normal scope of secondary schools with conductors such as Charles Mackerras, Antal Doráti, Colin Davis, Constantin <b>Silvestri</b> and Pierre Boulez.In his mid-30s he lost his left arm to cancer, but this did not <b>affect</b> his work at Ealing, where he steadfastly refused to see himself as disabled.For<br> 21 years<br><img src=""><br> he conducted the Ernest Read Music Association's Christmas concerts at <b>the</b> Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Festival Hall. As a music adviser in Hertfordshire he established the Hertfordshire County <b>Youth</b> Choir and Orpheus Youth Choir <b>and</b> in Hitchin he formed the North Herts Guild of Singers and the Orpheus Choir.<br> With fellow pianist, Kate Elmitt, he formed a professional three-handed piano partnership, giving recitals in London, Australia and Singapore.In<br> his last years in the West Country he taught at Dartington College of Arts, directed the Dartington Community Choir, taught <b>adult</b> <b>music</b> appreciation groups and worked with the East Cornwall Bach festival,  <a href = "">tinnitus miracle download </a> University Singers and the Exeter Chamber Choir.He founded and directed the Devon Guild of Singers and Players and was organist and choirmaster at St Andrew's Church, Ashburton. Of the many pieces he transcribed for one hand, the Bach violin Chaconne was his favourite.In 1959 he founded the Ealing Youth <b>Orchestra,</b> which has produced many professional musicians.<br> To mark his 80th birthday, and the 50th anniversary of the orchestra, he <b>conducted</b> two performances of the Verdi<br><img src=""><br> Requiem, giving <b>these</b> young musicians their first <b>opportunity</b> to accompany a major sacred choral work.He became a fellow of the Royal <b>Academy</b> of Music in 1968 and was appointed MBE in 2012.He married and divorced twice and had three sons with his first wife, Kathleen, and two sons and a daughter with his second wife, Elizabeth. They <b>all</b> survive him.Classical musicTeachingRoyal Academy<br><img src=",%2BSaturday%2B17th%2BMarch%2B2012"><br> of &copy; 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies.<br> All rights reserved. | Use of this content is <b>subject</b> to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds Mitt Romney made <b>a</b> wistful but triumphant return to the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday, receiving <b>standing</b> ovations from the audience as he expressed optimism about the Republican Party’s future and vowed to work with conservatives to achieve “larger victories” after failing to win last year’s presidential election.<br> Read full article &#62;&#62; A cleverly designed jewelry and lifestyle shop comes to the eastern end of <b>Long</b> Island for the summer.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In the mountainous towns of Oaxaca’s Sierra Norte, basketball courts are like colonial plazas: places to gather, play and experience life’s daily rituals. The <b>Internal</b> Revenue Service issued <b>more</b> than $11 billion in faulty <b>refunds</b> through its Earned Income Tax Credit last year, according to an inspector general’s report released this week. Treasury Department Deputy Inspector General Michael Mc­Kenney found that the IRS has failed for <b>the</b> past two years to comply with a federal law requiring agencies <b>to</b> reduce payment errors  <a href = "">aquaponics 4 you </a> rate of less than 10 percent. President Obama signed the statute in 2010.  Read full article &#62;&#62;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Five cylindrical buildings clad <b>in</b> colorful ceramic tile comprise the Children's Education and Innovation Center, <b>located</b> in the heart of the Technology Park of Paterna in Valencia, Spain.<br> Policymakers, university and private sector leaders, and entrepreneurs from seven regions around the world are coming together to accelerate their regions' entrepreneurial ecosystems, thanks to the pilot cohort <b>of</b> the MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program (MIT REAP).Now, MIT REAP has launched an online map to connect all individuals interested in joining forces with others <b>to</b> bolster their region's <b>capacity</b> for innovation and <b>entrepreneurship.<br></b> Individuals can describe their backgrounds, initiatives they are pursuing or planning, and areas of interest.<br> In doing so, they will be able to broadcast what they are doing, connect with others in their region, and begin to mobilize a team in order to formally participate in the next 2-year <b>MIT</b> REAP cohort. Such teams would express their interest through the MIT REAP application; regions are encouraged to apply now, as the 2014-16 cohort is expected to fill its eight <b>slots</b> by the end of June.<br> The MIT REAP Advantage The MIT REAP program helps regions accelerate economic growth and job creation by educating, engaging and <b>enabling</b> teams of public and private partners from key international regions in the development and execution of a well-designed acceleration strategy focused on innovation-driven entrepreneurial activity.<br> MIT's history of leadership in innovation-driven entrepreneurship uniquely positions MIT REAP to educate <b>and</b> engage groups to drive real action in their regions. In contrast to a consulting agreement, <b>in</b> which outside experts tell a region how it should operate, MIT REAP uses <b>frameworks</b> <b>built</b> upon MIT faculty research and practice to enable member regions to develop <b>and</b> implement strategies customized to their strengths and opportunities.<br><img src=""><br> "Our focus is on education, but education that drives action," says MIT REAP director Allison Munichiello.<br>  <a href = "">clickbank pirate pdf </a> is focused around four 2.5-day educational workshops over a two-year period, designed to share global best practices as well as to critique and iterate regional strategy and intervention design. All regions in a cohort attend all workshops together, where <b>they</b> have time to interact with faculty, work together as <b>a</b> team and collaborate with other regions. Two of the workshops take place on the MIT campus, and the other two workshops take place in member regions to showcase other ecosystems and have a central <b>action-learning-oriented</b> case study.<br> Teams are comprised of public and private partners, one from each: government or economic <b>development,</b> entrepreneurial community, risk capital, universities and large corporations.<br> This team diversity <b>enables</b> teams to fully represent the stakeholder groups <b>that</b> inform and influence a regional strategy to create programs and policy that bolster the innovation-driven entrepreneurial ecosystem. A region is defined as having between approximately three million and 10 million people, a university strong in innovation, and enough critical mass to build support and create meaningful impact with enough policymaker and influential leader representation<br><img src=""><br> to make things happen. <b>Some</b> regions are comprised of entire countries, while other regions <b>are</b> areas or cities <b>within</b> a country.<br> The core<br><img src=""><br> MIT REAP faculty are Scott Stern, the School <b>of</b> Management Distinguished Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management; Fiona Murray, the faculty<br><img src=""><br> director of the Martin Trust Center for <b>MIT</b> Entrepreneurship as well as the David Sarnoff Professor <b>of</b> Management of Technology and the Skolkovo Foundation Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship; Bill Aulet, the managing director <b>of</b> the Martin Trust Center and a senior lecturer at MIT Sloan; and Edward Roberts, the David Sarnoff Professor of Management of Technology and the chair and founder of the Martin Trust Center. Cohort Activities The first MIT REAP cohort just <b>held</b> its third workshop in New Zealand last month.<br> Participants from the seven regions in the 2012-2014 cohort — the Andalucía region of Spain; Finland;  <a href = "">ex girlfriend guru </a> of Hangzhou in China; the city of Istanbul in Turkey; New Zealand; Scotland; and the Veracruz region of Mexico — all traveled to New Zealand to learn from MIT faculty and their cohort peers' experiences. They also <b>presented</b> the work they have done so far on their regional strategy, programs they <b>proposed</b> earlier and have started to<br><img src=""><br> implement, and showed effective ways they are using MIT REAP as a <b>platform</b> for change, visibility and relationship-building across stakeholder <b>groups.<br></b><br><img src=""><br> A key aspect of these in-person meetings is being able to share what sorts of initiatives work well to accelerate entrepreneurship, information that helps further <b>refine</b> the MIT<br><img src=""><br> REAP framework. Teams report that they benefit greatly from an environment of intellectual honesty, where teams can share their successes <b>and</b> failures in a supportive and constructive setting.<br> "In that <b>sense,</b> MIT REAP leverages the <b>benefits</b> of an education-centric <b>collaborative</b> consortium model, allowing everyone involved to gain a deeper understanding of entrepreneurial ecosystems across the globe, and apply that learning <b>to</b> improve their own strategic efforts," Munichiello says.<br> <b>The</b> workshops also function as checkpoints for the assignments that teams have been given.<br> Broad assignments cover assessment, strategy development and implementation, while deep-dive assignments focus on specific topics, such as designing a prize to promote entrepreneurship, setting up the right kind of best-practice <b>accelerator</b> program or leveraging a region's diaspora network.<br> In between workshops, teams have virtual meetings with faculty to present their findings and receive feedback, enabling them to continue momentum over the two-year period. Apply to the Second Cohort The second MIT REAP cohort will begin with teams gathering locally in their <b>home</b> regions on October 2013 and the first <b>in-person</b> workshop at MIT in <b>February</b> 2014.<br> Slots have been filling up on a rolling application basis, and the program is anticipated to be fully <b>subscribed</b> by the end of June.<br> Applications are driven by a champion, often someone in a business-facing public policy,  <a href = "">forex megadroid pdf </a> economic development role with significant political and social capital to drive action and cross-stakeholder relationships.<br> Potential champions should both pin themselves to the map and fill out the REAP application.<br> Individuals and groups that are not yet ready to apply are still encouraged to pin themselves to<br><img src=""><br> the map, letting others in the region as well as the MIT REAP faculty and staff know of their interest in the program. <b>Adding</b> yourself to the map will help MIT REAP and other interested parties work to form teams in regions throughout the world.<br> “Seeking Asian Female” on PBS explores the mystique of Chinese women for some Western men.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The bride is a pro bono lawyer for an organization that helps impoverished <b>young</b> people; <b>the</b> groom is the chief executive of an outdoor advertising <b>company</b> and the founder of a foundation that supports charitable groups.<br> Gen. Stanley A.<br> McChrystal's belittling critique of some of the <b>Obama</b> administration's top officials left the president with a stark choice on Tuesday: overlook comments that border on insubordination, <b>or</b> fire his top commander <b>at</b> a critical moment in Afghanistan. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has chosen a new special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, after months of delay and disagreements between the White House and the State Department over the parameters of the job that became vacant with the December death of Richard <b>C.</b> Holbrooke, senior ... A <b>day</b> after a federal judge <b>struck</b> down the government's plan to overhaul the health-care system, Wisconsin Attorney General J.B.<br> Van Hollen issued a stern statement: "This means that, for Wisconsin, the federal health care law is dead," and that his state "was relieved of any obligations or duti... Patti Moreno’s book “Gardening by Cuisine” provides basics on growing food as well as recipes. At least seven people died and <b>several</b> dozen were injured <b>when</b> a regional train derailed en route from Paris to the central city of Limoges, officials

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He says he does not plan to have a full sex change, according to E!, as he says <b>he</b> is legally considered a man already.<br> Senate Democrats tentatively embrace a GOP plan to immediately cut $4 billion in federal spending.<br> When comparing two lizard species that seem to share traits <b>but</b> <b>that</b> may <b>have</b> evolved independently, sometimes you <b>have</b> to go to the video replay.<br> In the Capitals’ overtime <b>win,</b> Karl Alzner could have been called for a delay-of-game penalty, which would have <b>given</b> the Rangers <b>a</b> power play, but he was not.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> Taking the interdisciplinary path is not easy, but universities can boost interaction between <b>researchers</b> and departments through social spaces that foster collegiality, says Elizabeth DzengInterdisciplinarity is a buzzword in academic research and education, but few universities are able to pay more than lip service to <b>this</b> concept.<br> Indeed, the very nature of academia resists interdisciplinarity.<br> We are trained to become experts on the most minute <b>aspects</b> <b>of</b> <b>our</b> subject, and are chastised for being too broadly focused <b>or</b> having too many interests.As Simon Goldhill, director of the Cambridge Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) states, "we<br><img src=""><br> have people who know more and more about less and less. That's the definition of a <b>PhD,</b><br><img src=""><br> isn't it?" This <b>intense</b> specialisation prevents us from seeing the forest among the trees. So it is completely unsurprising that cross-disciplinary efforts and inter-departmental initiatives often fail and do not go <b>beyond</b> initial superficial connections.<br> I have heard gripes at more than one prestigious institution about the impenetrable silos that separate departments and communities within the university.A<br> common reminiscence about college concerns the spontaneous philosophical conversations <b>that</b> occur in <b>dorm</b> hallways at 3am.<br> It is unfortunate that in most institutions of higher learning, we stop talking to <b>each</b> other after undergraduate level. Instead, we compartmentalise ourselves off in our departments, talking to people who think the same <b>way</b> we do. We begin preaching to the choir and feel affirmed that our style of thought is the only right way.<br> The way in which we are trained and <b>specialise</b> shapes our identity and how we process the world beyond our academic disciplines.Not<br> only do we develop specialised knowledge, but we also <b>become</b> inculcated in a particular way of examining and talking about the world that breeds distrust against other approaches and <b>arrogance</b> that your methodology is the best.<br> I have felt, for example, <b>that</b> many academic physicians on the surface embrace the concept of applying social sciences to medicine, but <b>are</b> unable to <b>process</b> non-positivist <b>ways</b> of understanding the world and dismiss it as insufficiently rigorous.Joe Henrich, an anthropologist, used game theory rather <b>than</b> the more traditional ethnography<br><img src=""><br> to elucidate cross-cultural differences in gift giving and <b>human</b> behavior. Rather <b>than</b> embracing the capacity <b>for</b> other fields to enhance understanding, many anthropologists felt threatened by <b>this</b> methodological promiscuity, finding it "unethical," "heavy-handed and invasive".I<br> think a key aspect to achieving interdisciplinarity is through the design of physical and social spaces. Creating spaces where people continuously come into contact with people outside their discipline in natural, casual social settings over and over again, helps develop social networks that eventually become the source of intellectual inspiration and creativity.Stanford<br> has been a pioneer in designing physical spaces to foster mixing of ideas and philosophies. The Center for Clinical Sciences Research (CCSR) building has few walls. Instead of lab bench space being allocated by<br><img src=""><br> research group, where all members of a lab <b>are</b> grouped together, scientists are interspersed around  <a href = "">clickbank pirate review </a> building, promoting collegiality <b>and</b> discussion <b>among</b> members of different labs and disciplines.<br> Its intentions were clear from the start, "its design responds to emerging trends for interdisciplinary <b>biomedical</b> research, [where] interaction between disciplines and individuals is encouraged."Bio-X's<br> Clark Center is another example of interdisciplinary spaces, where "warehouse like lab spaces and shared facilities" foster collaboration between engineers, scientists, doctors and others to develop technologies and solutions to a <b>common</b> problem.At<br> Stanford, I <b>participated</b> in a programme called the <b>Biodesign</b> Innovation Program, which brought together <b>engineers,</b> business students, and medical students into <b>small</b> <b>teams</b> to come up with solutions to medical problems. My <b>team</b> invented a device, which we've since patented to<br><img src=""><br> cool the heart during a heart attack as uninvasively as possible. The experience emphasised the ability of different <b>perspectives</b> to develop <b>innovative</b> solutions to existing problems. The Stanford is the latest example of innovation in interdisciplinarity, where students from any department are able to take classes in applying design concepts to their specific areas of <b>research.It<br></b> would be amazing if new developments on campus grouped people in innovative ways, by problems to be solved or themes to explore, rather than by discipline. Programmes similar <b>to</b> Stanford's Biodesign Innovation Program would further bring together researchers, but more <b>importantly,</b> social spaces should be <b>created</b> that foster <b>collegiality,</b> trust and personal connections.Many medical school campuses, for example Johns Hopkins, are miles away from the main campus, preventing easy interactions between campuses. Obviously it would be difficult to change this, <b>but</b> future buildings could be strategically <b>located</b> in ways that foster cross-disciplinary <b>interactions.<br></b> The Hopkins Bio Park is currently under development. Why not introduce buildings that house academics in medicine, humanities and social science who work together and research together as equals the intersection <b>between</b> medicine and the social science?Princeton and Yale <b>have</b> collegiate systems modeled on those<br><img src=""><br> of Oxford and Cambridge colleges, where undergraduates live and socialise together in colleges. Neither graduate students nor faculty members are integrated into the college system. The colleges primarily provide residential and social support, rather than academic enrichment.I<br> believe that these institutions have missed out on a critical aspect of the "Oxbridge" college system.<br> Integrating the remainder of the university population into the college <b>structure</b> would<br><img src=""><br> enhance interdisciplinary interactions at the graduate and potentially faculty level. This is key because it is at graduate level where we start becoming specialised and indoctrinated into the academic mindset.Creating more opportunities that bring together scholars from <b>different</b> fields would hopefully inspire academics<br><img src=""><br> to look outwards beyond publication counts and grant writing to see how their research can be applied to solving real world problems.<br> <b>I</b> am leading a<br><img src=""><br> conference in <b>Cambridge</b> called the Global Scholars Symposium, which brings together students for three days of cross-disciplinary discussion.Yes, taking the interdisciplinary path in my own career has not been easy. My clinical residency would have been far easier if I wasn't always frustrated by the social and political problems which got my patients in the hospital in the first place, and hospital financing practice which <b>at</b> times seemed to prioritise the bottom line <b>over</b> patient care. I sometimes envied my colleagues who were singularly focused on becoming cardiologists so that they could <b>focus</b> on repairing valves.In my PhD research, I am constantly admonished for being too <b>unfocused,</b> and the desire <b>to</b> meld divergent <b>discourses</b> and epistemological stances has been fraught with challenges and <b>misunderstandings.</b> Hopefully in the end, I will be able to say that it was worth it and there will be a <b>role</b> for someone like me when I'm <b>done</b> with <b>this</b> chapter in my intellectual development.Elizabeth Dzeng is a postdoctoral fellow at the Johns Hopkins, Division of General Internal Medicine, University of <b>Cambridge</b> – follow it on <b>Twitter</b> @HopkinsMedNewsThis content is brought to you by Guardian Professional. To get more articles like this direct to your inbox, become a member of the Higher Education Network.AcademicsResearchInnovationProfessional developmentHigher<br> &copy; 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies.<br> All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds With her first solo album, Natalie Maines of the Dixie  <a href = "">ex girlfriend guru </a> a moody, rootsy rock sound.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> Moammar Gaddafi's troops enter <b>the</b> eastern rebel stronghold, forcing thousands to pack their cars and flee in the direction of the Egyptian <b>border.<br></b> Capping what he called a successful five-year partnership between the Italian energy company Eni <b>and</b> the MIT Energy Initiative, Eni CEO Paolo Scaroni this week enthusiastically renewed his company’s support of MITEI.After his ceremonial signing of the new agreement <b>with</b> MIT President L. Rafael Reif, Scaroni said, “When I started this whole thing, I did it, as we say in <b>Italian,</b> <b>‘to</b> save my soul.’”<br> When he signed the initial agreement of support for MITEI, Scaroni said, he was largely motivated by the desire to be able to answer questions from environmentalists and others who would ask him, “Why don’t you do something <b>for</b> the future<br><img src=""><br> of the world?”But over the years of the partnership, Scaroni said, he <b>has</b> come to realize that Eni’s support of MITEI is also good for business.<br> “The cooperation has been <b>so</b> successful,” he said. “Cooperation between MIT and Eni can give us phenomenal results.”While<br> one of the key elements of the partnership has been the creation of the Eni-MIT <b>Solar</b> <b>Frontiers</b> Center, the collaboration extends to other areas as well, Scaroni said, including research on such core technologies as reservoir management. Scaroni pointed out that on average, only about 33 percent of the fuel in the ground is actually recoverable. <b>But</b> suppose, he said, that through research on reservoir management, methods were developed to achieve 36 percent recovery.<br> “Three percent more would be so much money, so<br><img src=""><br> much more production, that we could pay back [the research costs] for the next 100 years, not just five years.<br> So the potential for improvement of our results through this cooperation with MIT is so huge that we certainly are very much convinced to go ahead.”While the exact funding level was not disclosed, <b>the</b> agreement between Eni and MIT “significantly exceeds” the $5 million annual commitment required for founding members of MITEI, according to a <b>press</b> release, making Eni the energy initiative’s largest <b>research</b> sponsor.<br> Eni has directly supported <b>100</b> energy researchers at MIT over the past <b>five</b> years, and 52 students have been supported as Eni-MIT Energy <b>Fellows.“This<br></b> is a very important day for MIT,” Reif said. “This collaboration has been extremely productive by incentivizing very new and novel ideas.<br> We celebrate this renewal, and hopefully we’ll find many more solutions.”In a public talk following the signing, Scaroni discussed the <b>future</b> of the global market for natural gas, which he said is subject to significant uncertainties.<br> He pointed out that natural gas prices vary<br><img src=""><br> today by an extraordinarily wide margin, from about $3 per thousand cubic feet<br><img src=""><br> in the United <b>States</b> to $18 in Asia.<br> “The prices in the United States do not make any sense,” Scaroni said, citing the wide <b>discrepancy</b> between gasoline and <b>natural</b> gas prices for an equivalent amount of energy.<br> Over time, he said, that discrepancy is unsustainable; he predicted that either U.S. gasoline prices will go way down or natural gas prices will go way up. In addition, he said, the discrepancies between oil prices in different regions of the world will gradually <b>even</b> out “as people find better, cheaper ways of moving gas from one part of the world to another.”Scaroni said that significant discoveries of <b>natural</b> gas continue around the world: He noted that Eni, one of the world’s largest diversified energy companies, has recently made a huge new find in Mozambique.<br> One of the largest natural-gas fields ever found, it <b>is</b> believed to contain 75 trillion cubic feet of gas — equivalent to “four years’ worth of total U.S. consumption, in one gas field,” he said.Because<br> of its location and <b>its</b> low <b>production</b> costs, this field should become a major new source of natural gas for rapidly growing Asian markets, Scaroni <b>said.</b> But<br><img src=""><br> he said there are major uncertainties in future Asian demand — especially in China, which now uses relatively little natural gas.<br> While current projections estimate that by 2020 China’s per-capita usage of natural gas will be only<br><img src=""><br> 10 percent that of the United States, others estimate  <a href = "">aquaponics 4 you review </a> figure could grow to as high as 25 percent, he said. The impact of <b>such</b> a difference on global natural gas markets could <b>be</b> significant, he said.While<br> the Mozambique discovery is one of the largest ever, <b>Scaroni</b> said, it is part of a long history of Eni involvement in developing oil and gas resources in <b>Africa.</b> Already, he said, the company has operations in 22 different African countries, and is the largest producer of hydrocarbons there.<br> And Eni, he said, makes sure that its operations on that continent provide direct benefits to the local people. “Wherever we go, <b>we</b> want the people who live in the region to feel the benefit of our presence,” Scaroni said.<br> One way <b>the</b> company <b>accomplishes</b> that, he said, is by using natural gas produced from oil wells — which most companies simply flare off — to fuel power plants that serve the <b>region.<br></b> For example, Eni-built plants now provide 20 percent of the electricity in <b>Nigeria,</b> Africa’s most populous <b>country,</b> <b>and</b> 70 percent of Congo’s electricity.While<br> operating such plants, which are subject to the vagaries of local regulations, is risky from a business <b>perspective,</b> Scaroni said, “We believe that <b>it</b> is so<br><img src=""><br> important to make our presence beneficial for the country that we are willing to take some risk." Islamist group ruling Gaza says governments including UK and France <b>trying</b> to establish open dialogue despite<br><img src=""><br> isolation policyEuropean governments <b>including</b> Britain have stepped up back-channel contacts with Hamas despite an official EU policy of political <b>isolation,</b> in an effort to<br><img src=""><br> understand and possibly<br><img src=""><br> <b>influence</b> debate in the Islamist group about its future direction, according <b>to</b> four senior <b>Hamas</b> officials.Meetings between Hamas and European government representatives and intermediaries have taken place <b>in</b> Gaza, Cairo and European capitals over recent months, the officials said.The EU banned contact between its member states and the Islamist organisation when the latter took over Gaza in 2007, and Hamas is classified as <b>a</b> terrorist organisation by Brussels.The<br> <b>Hamas</b> officials, who spoke to the Guardian over recent weeks, declined to give specific details of meetings. "These countries trust us not to disclose <b>information</b> about contacts," said Ahmed Yousef, a member of Hamas's decision-making body, the shura council, and a former deputy foreign minister."We<br> try to keep the contacts low-profile <b>because</b> it causes trouble. We prefer not to talk about it but<br><img src=""><br> I can guarantee that most European countries are<br><img src=""><br> interested in opening doors to Hamas."Britain was among the EU countries mentioned by the <b>four</b> Gaza officials as having recent contact with Hamas.<br> Others included Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, France, Italy and Spain.The UK, Netherlands and Sweden denied official government-level contact; spokesmen for the other countries did not respond to requests for comment.<br> Norway and Switzerland, neither of which are<br><img src=""><br> EU members, are open <b>about</b> their links with Hamas representatives."Some activities are not at official levels, but there are also some at official level, away from the media," said Basem Naim, who is in charge of foreign<br><img src=""><br> affairs in the <b>Hamas</b><br><img src=""><br> government in Gaza and a former health minister. "We have met some ambassadors and some government officials."Ghazi <b>Hamad,</b> the deputy foreign minister, said he had met European government representatives, including ambassadors and<br><img src=""><br> consuls, in recent weeks. Most of his interlocutors "believe the policy of<br><img src=""><br> isolation must end <b>and</b> dialogue must open", he said.Taher<br> al-Nounou, a spokesman for the Hamas government, said he had met officials and former officials in Europe, and further meetings were planned. "All countries refuse to declare these meetings because they tied their<br><img src=""><br> hands by putting Hamas on the EU terror list," he said.Hamas<br> stressed that the purpose of the meetings was not negotiations <b>but</b> to establish <b>links</b> and open dialogue."Hamas<br> is <b>a</b> fact on the ground, an active part of Palestinian politics," said Naim.<br> "This is well known to all players, <b>inside</b> and outside [Palestine], including those in Europe. Anyone who wants to influence the politics on the ground has to take this into consideration."Al-Nounou cited three main purposes to approaches from EU states. "Firstly, <b>they</b> want to know about our vision for the peace process, <b>and</b> whether Hamas's position is changing. <b>They</b> want to know if  <a href = "">tinnitus miracle </a> for political or military methods, <b>and</b> compare the positions of Hamas now and <b>in</b> the past," he said."Secondly, they believe Hamas is an important player in Palestine and in the region, and that they <b>need</b> to deal with us. Thirdly, they try to put pressure on us to accept the quartet demands."The<br> Middle <b>East</b> quartet – the US, EU, UN and <b>Russia</b> – has set three <b>principles</b> that Hamas must accept for its isolation to end: renouncing violence, recognising Israel and abiding by previous diplomatic agreements.But Hamas believes that many European governments now see the isolationist policy of the EU and US as a<br><img src=""><br> mistake, particularly in the <b>aftermath</b> of regional uprisings over the past two and a half years.Western countries have opened political dialogue with Islamist organisations which have taken power, yet continue to ban contact with Hamas.However, the <b>four</b> Hamas officials spoke to the Guardian before <b>the</b> recent military <b>takeover</b> in Egypt.<br> The removal of Mohamed Morsi as president and the <b>crackdown</b> on the Muslim Brotherhood may check any contacts.Meanwhile, the supposition that isolation would weaken Hamas <b>has</b> not been borne out.<br> Although Hamas by no means enjoys universal support in Gaza, it has become more entrenched over the past six years."After six years of total isolation, boycott, the policy has failed," <b>said</b> Naim. "You cannot close <b>your</b> eyes and put your head in the sand <b>and</b> say Hamas <b>is</b> not here. I have met <b>with</b> many Europeans at different levels and they all say the policy was a big mistake."According to Omar Shaban, the politically independent director of PalThink, a Gaza-based thinktank, European countries realise that "Hamas has to be <b>part</b> of the dialogue around the political future".<br> Not only do they need to understand <b>Hamas,</b> he said, <b>but</b> they are also asking if Hamas can be <b>influenced.</b> <b>"They've</b> realised they should not sit in Brussels and wait for <b>Hamas</b> to change. The international community needs to be proactive."Some European countries would like <b>to</b> see Hamas taken off the EU terror list, said the Hamas officials.<br><br><img src=""><br> "They see Hamas has a new face – <b>more</b> realistic, more pragmatic, more co-operative," <b>said</b> Hamad, one of the organisation's more moderate figures. "It's very clear to them that Hamas must be lifted from the terror list and dealt with as a partner and a main player in the region."Britain was <b>one</b> <b>of</b> the countries eager to meet Hamas, said Nounou, but was constrained by EU policy.<br> "They have tried to open some channels with <b>us,</b> not directly, but through unofficial organisations."Naim said <b>Hamas</b> <b>officials</b> had met interlocutors who intended to report <b>back</b> to the UK government. This was not<br><img src=""><br> clearly stated, he added, "but we have<br><img src=""><br> an understanding".A British<br><img src=""><br> government source denied "doing anything covert" but said<br><img src=""><br> it had got <b>"messages</b> and information to and from Hamas" through channels.<br> The <b>source</b> added: "We know some governments are in contact. Clearly at some stage, the likelihood of involving Hamas [in the political process] is high."<br> The question of whether the EU policy was tenable "comes up quite regularly for us to consider".A European diplomat said <b>he</b> would be surprised if any EU member <b>states</b> were engaged in direct contacts. "The risks are too high.<br> It's just about possible it's happening, but unlikely."The Hamas officials said they also have contact with the US but through third parties. All four spoke of meetings with former US<br><img src=""><br> officials and advisers, described by Naim as "back-channel talks with people close to the White <b>House".According<br></b> to Yousef, "the Obama administration is turning a blind <b>eye"</b> to unofficial contact, "not like it was before".Shaban<br> said he expected contact with the international community to increase over the coming months <b>and</b> years.<br> "The Europeans and Americans are pragmatic."Israel,<br> however, was committed to a "psychological blockade", he said.<br> "It's easier to say 'no <b>compromise'</b> than to compromise. Israel prefers the easy path."Israel<br> dismissed Hamas's claims to be in regular contact with European countries.<br> "The denials by Hamas's supposed partners <b>says</b> a lot," said Yigal Palmor of the foreign ministry.<br> "But by claiming this, Hamas looks palatable, <b>diplomatic,</b> <b>prestigious</b> and successful. It sends a good message to its own constituency:  <a href = "">trademiner </a> is not as isolated as people say."Until<br> Hamas met the quartet's conditions, <b>it</b> could not be considered an interlocutor, he added.<br> "Hamas is not willing to even consider meeting these <b>criteria."HamasPalestinian</b> territoriesGazaEuropean UnionEuropeMiddle East and North AfricaSwedenFranceDenmarkNetherlandsItalySpainHarriet<br> &copy; 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved.<br> | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions <b>|</b> More Feeds&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Laura Perna, <b>a</b> <b>professor</b> at <b>the</b> University of Pennsylvania and a <b>researcher</b> in college finance and affordability, is answering select reader questions about paying for college.<br> Kim Cattrall stars in a revival of “Sweet Bird of Youth”; the new <b>play</b> “Bracken Moor” offers good fun in an old-fashioned way.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> THE QUESTION Are cardiovascular problems more common in people who have migraines? 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Giant alien monsters known as Kaiju are making their way through an inter-dimensional portal deep in a Pacific ocean trench, and are coming ashore to reduce cities like San Francisco and Manila <b>to</b> rubble. The only thing that will stop them are giant robots, or Jaegers, piloted by two humans, one for each hemisphere of the brain, thus ensuring <b>that</b> the robots can tie their own shoelaces and guess how you are feeling.And if that sounds like a salad of just <b>about</b> every blockbuster of the last five years, then you'd be right.<br> What <b>can</b><br><img src=""><br> I say? Except Arthur Brooke and William Painter both had a <b>crack</b> of the Romeo and Juliet story before this Shakespeare kid<br><img src=""><br> showed up.Advance<br> word on Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim was that <b>it</b> was the "thinking man's Michael Bay movie," and while thoughtfulness is always nice, that's not, strictly speaking, accurate.<br> What distinguishes the two film-makers is love – a deep and abiding love of the genre, love <b>of</b> monsters down to <b>the</b> phosphorescent tips of their tentacles, love of robots down to their last rivet, love of the laws of mass and momentum, and all the unfakeable geekery that lifts and<br><img src=""><br> propels <b>every</b> frame of this film.How long does it take to tell the difference? I would say by the end of the opening credits. That's how long <b>it</b> takes for Raleigh Beckett <b>(Charlie</b> Hunnam), to lose his brother to one of the monsters,<br><img src=",%2BSaturday%2B17th%2BMarch%2B2012"><br> with one scoop of its paw.<br> When the two of them first <b>showed</b> up, two blond <b>hunks</b> strolling down the jet way, grins the size of the Mariana trench, rock'n'roll blasting on the soundtrack, you think: oh no, not another hymn to chiseled American manhood.  Actually, no.<br> His brother gone, Beckett must instead find his footing with a new team, opposite a <b>young</b> <b>Japanese</b> woman, Mako (Rinko Kikuchi), with a <b>face</b> as pale as lily and a Louise <b>Brooks</b> bob, who wants revenge against the Kaiju for reasons having to do with a small <b>red</b> child's shoe.<br> Del<br><img src=""><br> Toro's sense of characterisation is calligraphic, <b>sentimental</b> in the best sense, almost Cruikshankian: everyone is outlined with bold, fluid strokes that that lead them right back into <b>the</b> thick of the action.<br> There is commander Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba), who sounds ominously<br><img src=""><br> biblical and delivers lines like "I do not want your admiration and your <b>sympathy,</b> I want your compliance and your fighting skills," plus two squabbling scientists, <b>one</b> of whom believes that "numbers are the closest we can get to the handwriting of God," a line just good enough to give the impression of sincere belief.For<br> once the internationalism of the cast feels rooted in something other than  <a href = "">forex megadroid </a> sequence delving into Mako's backstory showing a little girl running terrified down ashen streets, manages to invoke both Hiroshima and 9/11, drawing juice from Japanese and American movie-making traditions.Maybe that's why the tracking is soft.<br> <b>Blockbusters</b> <b>– in</b> their modern iteration at <b>least</b> – <b>started</b> out as an American form, maybe even the <b>American</b> form, like jazz and musicals <b>and</b> ice cream, and the story they told was America's backstory: David versus Goliath.<br> "I don't ever want to think you could kill that shark," Spielberg told his actors in Jaws, a beta-male siding with the other beta-males against alpha-dog Quint, the <b>shark-hunter."Aren't</b> you a little short to be a storm-trooper," Princess Leia asks Luke when he first bursts into her cell on the Death Star in <b>Star</b> Wars, another film sized to the asymmetrical fight of the little guy against the big guy, because what brings the empire down, remember is it's size; the Death Star is too large to be adequately defended, leaving it open to a fighter craft the size of an x-wing.<br> Both these fights recalled the fight America <b>had</b> just lost – in Vietnam, where it was the 900lb gorilla brought down by a lighter, faster force – but re-slanted so that Americans could root for the little guy <b>again,</b> a salve for the national dysmorphia, which results when the world's sole superpower still imagines itself a scrappy underdog.No other form tracks this more explicitly than the summer blockbuster, for no form more explicitly sets those two forces – size and speed – against one another.<br> <b>Think</b> of Arnie versus the T-1000 in Terminator 2, a <b>"Porsche</b> to his Panzer tank," as Cameron put it, an uncannily predictive of the equally mercurial threat the country would one day face. Or the asymmetric warfare waged in Avatar, whose largest dragon, the Toruk, is vulnerable to attack from above precisely because of its size. How The Mighty fall: it's the Cameron theme from Aliens <b>to</b> Titanic, and one he picked up watching the Vietnam war on TV as a teenager in Canada, amazed to see this giant of a <b>next-door</b> neighbour fall. It's precisely what has given his fantasies such a virulent hold on the American imagination.And it's what makes so many modern-day blockbusters so slack: they <b>haven't</b> the imagination for <b>failure.<br></b> <b>They</b> are glinting, 24-carot dreams of success – quite literal power trips. The new Man <b>of</b> Steel has very little time for Clark Kent, <b>only</b> for Superman, Kal-el, this time <b>reimagined</b> as a demi-God. The Transformer movies are boring precisely to the extent that watching two equal, opposed forces <b>thrash</b> it out is boring: only narrative sleights of hand and deus ex machinas will tip the fight.<br> And why <b>Pacific</b> Rim is the most consistently thrilling bit of blockbuster sublimity<br><img src=""><br> since Avatar.I<br> mean that word literally: "whatever is fitted in any sort to excite the ideas of pain and <b>danger,"</b> said Edmund Burke in A Philosophical Inquiry into <b>the</b> Origin of Our Ideas of <b>the</b> Sublime and Beautiful (1757) "Whatever is in any <b>sort</b> terrible, or is conversant about terrible objects, or operates in a manner analogous to terror." The romantics found it in <b>the</b> seascapes of Turner, the Alps, the craggy vertiginousness of Milton's Paradise Lost, the caverns of Piranesi and Opium dreams.It's<br> not too hard to find traces of all of those in the awe-inspiring battles between robot and monster, most of them at night, some of them at sea, in del Toro's film.<br> For once, the fights seem <b>to</b> be observing known physical laws, absent the tell-tale whizz of CGI, but instead moving with the sluggish grandeur befitting their massive bulk – or as one of the scientists, appropriately named<br><img src=",%2BSaturday%2B17th%2BMarch%2B2012"><br> Newton, puts it, "that's 2,500 tons of awesome!" But what really wins the day is the way<br><img src=""><br> Del Toro has rescaled the action to allow human agency back into the picture. Best of all <b>is</b> Elba, who finds a declamatory pitch for his performance that could part the oceans themselves. "Today, at the edge of our hope, at the end of our time," he intones, like Olivier before the battle of Agincourt.<br> "We are cancelling the  <a href = "">h miracle </a> a power-chord, a bit of silly magnificence in a summer blockbuster, but it lifts you out of your seat, and reminds you <b>of</b> just how rousing these things can be when they have a director of del Toro's imagination at the helm. Pacific Rim is consistently thrilling, playful and – it's guilty secret – unfashionably fun for a <b>blockbuster,</b> these days, when most superhero movies <b>have</b> succumbed to a terminal gloom. If audiences don't go for it civilization really is doomed.Guillermo del ToroScience fiction and <b>fantasyIdris</b> <b>ElbaTom</b><br> &copy; 2013 <b>Guardian</b> News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies.<br> All rights <b>reserved.<br></b> | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions <b>|</b> More Feeds P'kolino Little One's Art Easel is available Aug.<br> 15, but can be preordered now, $80, at Experiment raises more questions than answers"There is a lot of literature on this subject which l've studied and I <b>don't</b> know of a single <b>human</b> fatality from the ingestion of cannabis.<br> This might <b>be</b> a new finding or it might be related to the metabolism of a mouse."<br> This was the cautiously sceptical reaction of Dr Peter Chapple, researcher at the National Addiction and Research Institute in London to the announcement by Professor William Paton <b>and</b> his team at Oxford that <b>ten</b> experimental mice had died after being <b>injected</b> with the active <b>active</b> constituent <b>of</b> cannabis — tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).Professor Paton had made the point that if cannabis were a new <b>drug</b> being introduced into medicine his findings would lead to its rejection by the pharmaceutical industry. Dr George Birdwood, London regional chairman of the Association for the Prevention of Addiction, agreed but observed<br><img src=""><br> that the same could be said of alcohol and tobacco."One<br> would like to know what it means, and whether it really matters.<br> It <b>is</b> like so much of this research: I think one has really got to <b>try</b> to interpret what it has<br><img src=""><br> revealed about the toxic effects of the drug in its social context."A<br> much sharper reaction came from Mr Don Aitken, who works for Release, the organisation which aims to help drug users. ''The publication of research results this way rather than publishing them in a learned journal is irresponsible in the extreme.<br> It is very difficult to assess anything which comes out in this form because it is not complete."In Mr Aitken's view the same results might have been obtained by injecting the animals with soy sauce, if they were given enough of it.A member of the Wootton Committee which <b>looked</b> at the effects of cannabis has already made some cutting observations about Professor Paton. In a recently published study Mr Michael Schofield, a sociologist, attacked a statistical survey the <b>professor</b> had done of cannabis offences and heroin addicts.All of which really <b>left</b> the debate about cannabis much where it was.<br> Last night, it was unclear whether mice shouldn't use cannabis or professors shouldn't use experimental mice.Anthony<br><br><img src=""><br> Tucker, our Science Correspondent adds:Cannabis produces behavioural effects at levels or around 2 to 5 microgrammes per gramme of body weight. The doses of cannabis which killed mice in the Oxford experiments – and which were injected, not absorbed gradually <b>through</b> the lungs – <b>were</b> in the range 1,000 to 5,000 microgrammes per gramme. Even by this absurd and irrelevant <b>injection</b> route, daily doses of 100 microgrammes per gramme a day (perhaps 50 times the amount required to produce the behavioural effects aimed at <b>in</b> social use) produced no lethal effects at all.For<br> alcohol the fatal range of concentration in the blood is only 2 or 3 <b>times</b> that attained by heavy drinkers.So<br> it seems fair to say that, in mice, the cannabis safety margin is very much greater than <b>is</b> the alcohol safety<br><img src=""><br> margin in man. <b>This</b> seems a very relevant and reassuring finding.CannabisDrugsAnimal researchHarold JacksonAnthony<br> &copy; 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of <b>this</b> content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds The company’s stock passed <b>$200</b> a share in <b>after-hours</b> trading for the <b>first</b> time since 2011 after it reported robust first-quarter earnings.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Japan's most famous mountain now has 4G

November 9, 2013 10:30 PM

roomviotroc said:

Can you choose the best meaning of “primogeniture” as it is used in the article?&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Pope Francis on Friday urged leaders of a Roman Catholic Church riven by scandal and crisis never to give in to discouragement, bitterness or pessimism but <b>to</b> keep focused on their mission.“The<br> Curious Case of the Dog in the Night-Time,” a play adapted from the novel about a boy who appears to have Asperger’s syndrome, has opened at the Apollo <b>Theater</b> in London. “You have to be <b>meticulous</b> if <b>you</b> are taking a creature’s life,” says Yoshikazu Kondo. “With fish, you must <b>always</b> take great care.” With most of <b>their</b> rivals mired  <a href = "">in financial</a> difficulties, Juventus had to do little <b>more</b> than repeat last year's recipe to retain the Serie A title.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> In a rare move, <b>Elizabeth</b> Bishop will perform one <b>role</b> Saturday <b>afternoon</b> and another that night.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> Learning to live with that unicorn <b>tattoo,</b> a Las <b>Vegas</b> Web site is <b>a</b> test for legal online gambling, the cost of cheap children’s clothes and <b>other</b> consumer-focused news from The New York Times.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> IN RAS JDIR, TUNISIA On the <b>dusty</b> road <b>out</b> <b>of</b> <b>Libya,</b> the flood of humanity has narrowed to a trickle, mostly carloads of Libyans doing cross-border trade or foreign laborers on foot, lugging cheap suitcases and overstuffed  <a href = " bags</a> toward a teeming tent camp. The iOSphere rumour machine for the iPad 5 is running on vapors, given that some were predicting as of last <b>week</b> that the Next iPad will be released "April-ish." Bucks readers discuss whether taxes are now <b>at</b> the top of their investing concerns, <b>or</b> whether taxes are a nonissue because their investments are all in their retirement accounts.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In their new space, like every other home Teman Evans and his identical twin, Teran, have shared, nothing is costly or permanent.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Do you think people under <b>the</b> age of 18 are mature enough to make life-or-death decisions on their own? Which  <a href = " these</a> things do you think constitute life-or-death decisions? Why?&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The European Commission said it had begun “market testing” <b>intended</b> to determine whether the proposed remedies address complaints that Google favors its own products in search results.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Five <b>months</b> after the United Nations General Assembly voted to upgrade Palestine’s status to a nonmember observer state, Google <b>has</b> followed suit.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> <b>Dan</b> Fagin’s new <b>book,</b> “Toms River,” is an edge-of-your-seat account of industry and illness in a New Jersey town, with plenty of side trips. Police officials in Moscow on Tuesday detained a dancer at the <b>Bolshoi</b> Ballet, Pavel Dmitrichenko, in connection with a January acid attack on the  <a href = "">company&€™s artistic</a> director. A single teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa powder contributes a hint of New World flavor to an Old World Hungarian goulash.<br> Don't be surprised if your family asks for this soup time and again.<br> When told she could take the No.<br> 1 spot in the world with a victory at Desert Ridge, Stacy Lewis plugged her ears and jokingly chanted, "La-la-la-la-la." <b>Jennifer</b> LaRue Huget explains how best <b>to</b> <b>incorporate</b> the new dietary guidelines on seafood into your diet. Six <b>months</b> ago, a traveler flying from Washington D.C.<br> to Mumbai would likely layover in London or Amsterdam on the way. But since Emirates Air launched nonstop  <a href = "">service from</a> D.C. in September, that same traveler can stop in Dubai before <b>flying</b> on to points east -- a small <b>change</b> that could actually speak to a bigger, <b>geographical</b> restructuring of international flight routes. Read full article &#62;&#62; A penthouse in St. Louis; a town <b>house</b> in Richmond; and a stone house in New Jersey.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The bride helps businesses recover from Hurricane Sandy and the <b>groom</b> works for a British <b>recruiting</b> company.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> Until recently, ads with ***, <b>gay,</b> bisexual and <b>transgender</b> themes were usually limited to media those consumers watched and read.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Multimillionaire who claimed he was held hostage for eight months <b>has</b> been arrested on  <a href = " of</a> wasting police timeHe was the helicopter-flying, Porsche-driving former multimillionaire who mysteriously <b>disappeared</b> last spring after his partner reported him missing from his luxury mansion.However, the Irish property developer Kevin McGeever mysteriously reappeared barefoot on a rural road <b>in</b> January, his emaciated body and long, unkempt beard made him resemble the tycoon <b>Howard</b> Hughes.<br> The word "Thief" was etched in ink on his forehead and when he was finally taken <b>to</b> a Garda <b>station</b> he asked for a bag of curry chips.The<br> 68-year-old's story gripped Ireland, especially as he claimed to know nothing about his months <b>in</b> captivity or the identity <b>of</b> his kidnappers.However, his silence  <a href = "">since a</a> couple spotted him wandering disoriented in County Leitrim has resulted in his arrest. The Garda Síochána confirmed they were questioning McGeever on Friday on suspicion of wasting <b>police</b> time.He was detained <b>under</b> section 4 <b>of</b> Ireland's <b>1984</b> Criminal Justice Act, which allows the Garda to hold him for 24 hours. McGeever is being held in Gort Garda station in County Galway.Although McGeever has given no face-to-face media <b>interviews</b> since he was found on 29 January, his brother, Brendan, has told the Irish broadcaster RTE the businessman had <b>been</b> locked in <b>a</b> dark room, suffered death threats and physically abused by his captors.Detectives had been exploring  <a href = "">the theory</a> that McGeever's captors were one-time Provisional IRA members now aligned to armed republican dissidents.Security sources in the republic suspected McGeever might have <b>been</b> freed by the gang <b>,after</b> members possibly panicked over the murder of police <b>officer</b> Adrian Donohoe near the Northern Irish border.Garda sources say McGeever's captors may have feared possible police raids targeting suspected sympathisers of <b>criminal</b> gangs and former republican paramilitaries <b>in</b> the days after Donohoe's death on 25 January.The<br> Irish police officer <b>was</b> shot in the head by raiders in Jenkinstown in County Louth during a botched bank robbery days before <b>McGeever</b> was found on a road between Swanlinbar and Ballinamore.Garda  <a href = "">had been</a> investigating <b>a</b> highly experienced group of former paramilitaries with links to dissident republican groups as possible suspects behind McGeever's <b>alleged</b> armed abduction from <b>the</b> <b>garden</b> of his €3m home in Craughwell, County Galway.There is no suggestion that the relatively small criminal gang that murdered Donohoe had any connection to the McGeever kidnap.The<br> entrepreneur <b>has</b> been reluctant to give a full statement to <b>Garda</b> detectives. All he has said is that three masked and <b>armed</b> men abducted him in his garden.<br> Yet because he is not a suspect in relation <b>to</b> his ordeal, under Irish law he cannot be made to speak further to <b>gardaí</b> about  <a href = "">the events</a> of the past eight months.McGeever used to be known as a chatty, gregarious character who, despite his enormous wealth, mixed with locals at Rafferty's bar in the County Galway village. He was <b>sometimes</b> seen roaring through the Irish <b>countryside</b> in his luxury Porsche and Hummer cars, or crisscrossing the country <b>in</b> a Eurocopter.So<br> far, however, he property tycoon has only relayed to Gardaí that his captors had demanded a ransom for his release and he <b>was</b> not sure if it had been paid.IrelandEuropeHenry<br><br> &copy; 2013 Guardian <b>News</b> and Media Limited <b>or</b> its affiliated companies.<br> All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More

November 12, 2013 8:01 AM

bucacol said:

The Giants keep <b>their</b> fan-favorite receiver Victor Cruz in the fold with a five-year contract extension worth $43 million.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Will we always remember where we <b>were</b> the first time we saw Gwyneth Paltrow's derriere?  Certain dresses have that effect on  <a href = "">the public</a> consciousness -- <b>and</b> let's face it, they're designed to.<br>      <b>Read</b> full article &#62;&#62;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;“Mary and Martha,” a film drama on Saturday night on HBO, enlists Hilary Swank <b>and</b> Brenda Blethyn to highlight the deadly menace  <a href = " by</a> malaria.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Forecasting fraud; a gumbo <b>conundrum.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</b> The clay-rich rock, which scientists named Esperance, is one of the oldest rocks that the rover Opportunity has looked at during its nine and a half years on Mars.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Congress has moved to  <a href = "">reassert its</a> role as a check on the nation's most sensitive spy programs after having been marginalized for years in the management of covert intelligence operations.<br> Kevin Streelman finally won on <b>the</b> PGA Tour by shooting a four-under-par 67 in the  <a href = "">final round</a> in the Tampa Bay Championship in Palm Harbor, Fla. Backyard weather stations have become more sophisticated, yet easier to set up and use.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Ben Brantley on Harold Pinter’s “Old Times” and an intimate revival of “Merrily We Roll Along.”  <a href = "">Laura Indolfi,</a> left, holds up a sample of a sponge-like scaffold <b>that</b> she and Elazer Edelman, right, used to show that implanted cells’ therapeutic properties depend on their shape.Photo:<br> Patrick Gillooly Veteran basketball player Jason Collins basked in support and declared  <a href = "">himself as</a> happy as he had ever been on Tuesday, but <b>not</b> everyone was <b>pleased</b> about his becoming the first openly gay player in North America's four major professional sports leagues.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Lewis Music Library will be transformed into what Tod  <a href = "">Machover, professor</a> of media arts and sciences, calls a "sonic bath" next week as graduate students from the Media <b>Laboratory</b> join him in a collaboration with Music Library staff to present "Library Music," a group of interactive music installations that explore  <a href = "">the relationships</a> among space, movement, touch and sound.<br>  Tempers flared as Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich drew 1-1 on Saturday in a Bundesliga match which was anything but a friendly warm-up for the Champions League final between the two sides  <a href = "">in three</a> weeks time.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Eike Batista confirmed on Tuesday that he was negotiating to sell part of his stake in MPX, his natural gas and electricity generation company, which <b>has</b> over $3 <b>billion</b> <b>in</b> debt. Coca-Cola India is working with Dhingana,  <a href = " music</a> streaming service, to promote songs from its “Crazy for <b>Happiness”</b> advertising campaign.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In what's being described as a "radical shift" in its <b>cloud</b> strategy, the CIA has signed a reported $600 million, 10-year deal with Amazon Web Services (AWS)  <a href = " build</a> a private cloud, according to a story in Federal Computer Week. Bryan Bickell and <b>Dave</b> Bolland scored 17 seconds apart in the third period to turn a 2-1 deficit into a <b>3-2</b> lead for the Blackhawks, who won their  <a href = "">second title</a> in four seasons.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> How could a Veterans Administration rule making it easier for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder to file disability claims be a bad thing? In a "Policy Review" <b>essay</b> called "PTSD's Diagnostic Trap," psychiatrist and <b>Yale</b> University  <a href = "">School of</a> Medicine lecturer Sally Satel argues that ful...<br> As gardeners, <b>we</b> are at the forefront of the new Green Revolution.<br> Zachary <b>Edward</b> Bell said he saw something more jaw-dropping than the Boston Marathon <b>tragedy</b> itself: people, many of them civilians,  <a href = "">running toward</a> the chaos.<br> U.S. National Science Foundation grant for $1.25<br> million would help backers build public-private partnership A J.D.<br> <b>Power</b> and Associates study finds that the largest banks have gotten better at making their customers happy.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The net earnings of  <a href = "">$6.5 billion</a> <b>at</b> JPMorgan Chase, which is typically looked to as a bellwether for the broader banking industry, handily exceeded Wall Street’s expectations.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> VMware <b>made</b> news this week, announcing <b>that</b> technology it acquired from virtual networking company Nicira last year will be integrated into the company's existing networking

November 12, 2013 8:55 AM

roomviotroc said:

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission stopped short of requiring filters on the vents, which resemble the ones that melted down in Japan two years ago. <b>PARIS</b> - Switzerland freezes plans to build new nuclear plants, Germany raises questions about its nuclear future, and opposition to atomic reactor construction mounts from <b>Turkey</b> to South Africa.A<br> look at new exhibitions of <b>works</b> by the California artists <b>Llyn</b> Foulkes, Ken Price and James Turrell.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> Brace yourselves for a shocker. Kids with special needs -- who struggle <b>with</b> medical, emotional or emotional issues -- tend <b>to</b> have more problems <b>in</b> school and are bullied more often than other kids.<br> <b>The</b> Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, which has been facing financial problems and considering possible mergers, said it would stay independent. No American flags or banners to greet President Obama in the West Bank, but some protests have begun; on most posters, Mr. Obama’s face has been painted over or torn off. Syrian state media mourned <b>the</b> death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Wednesday, saying he had taken an honorable stand against  <a href = " conspiracy</a> targeting Damascus. <b>In</b> Miami-Dade County, news of Hugo Chávez’s death elicited outpourings <b>of</b> raucous celebration and, to many, cautious optimism for the future. U.S. stocks rose <b>for</b> a fourth week, pushing the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index above 1000 for the <b>first</b> time since November, as better-than-estimated employment, manufacturing and home-sales data boosted confidence that the worst slump <b>since</b> the Great Depression is ending.  A 70-pound “cheetah” robot designed by MIT researchers may soon outpace its animal counterparts in running efficiency: In <b>treadmill</b> tests, the researchers have found that the robot <b>—</b> about the size and weight of an actual cheetah — wastes very little energy as it trots continuously for up to <b>an</b> hour and a half at 5 mph. The key to the robot’s streamlined stride: lightweight electric motors, set into <b>its</b> shoulders, that produce high torque with very little heat wasted.<br> The motors can be programmed to quickly adjust the robot’s leg stiffness and damping ratio <b>—</b> or cushioning — in response to outside forces such as a <b>push,</b> or a change in  <a href = " The</a> researchers will present the efficiency results and design principles for their electric motor <b>at</b> the International Conference on Robotics and Automation in May.<br> Sangbae Kim, the Esther and Harold <b>E.</b> Edgerton Assistant Professor in MIT’s Department <b>of</b> <b>Mechanical</b> Engineering, says achieving energy-efficiency in legged robots has proven extremely difficult.<br> Robots such as Boston Dynamic’s “Big Dog” carry heavy <b>gasoline</b> engines and hydraulic transmissions, while other electrically powered robots <b>require</b> large battery packs, gears, force <b>sensors</b> and springs to coordinate the joints in a robot’s leg. All this weighty machinery can add up to significant wasted energy, particularly when a robot’s legs need to make <b>frequent</b> <b>contact</b> with the ground in order to trot or gallop.  “In order to send a robot to find people or perform emergency tasks, like in the Fukushima disaster, <b>you</b> want it to be autonomous,” Kim says. “If it could run for more than two hours and search a large field, that would be useful. But one of the reasons why <b>people</b> think <b>it’s</b> impossible to make an electric robot that does this  <a href = "">is because</a> efficiencies have been pretty <b>bad.”<br></b> Kim adds that part of <b>the</b> challenge in powering running machines with electric motors is that such robots require a flexible response upon impact, and high power, torque and efficiency — characteristics that have historically been difficult <b>to</b> achieve with electric motors.<br> The <b>12-year-old</b> amateur Ye Wocheng, the youngest player to compete on the European Tour, missed the cut at the China Open in Tianjin.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> <b>Car-sharing</b> services that don’t require users to return a <b>vehicle</b> to a lot are <b>already</b> popular in <b>Berlin</b> and have now come to many cities in the United States.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> American Airlines canceled more than 1,000 flights yesterday, <b>stranding</b> tens of thousands of passengers as the carrier's mechanics scrambled to reinspect wire bundles on jets grounded as recently as two weeks ago for similar checks. • Benítez expresses <b>'surprise'</b> <b>at</b> decision for Basel goal• 'We can't be overconfident in the second leg'Rafael Benítez said Chelsea's sense of <b>injustice</b> at the award of Basel's late penalty spurred his team on to an eye-catching win, though the London club's interim  <a href = "">manager was</a> quick to guard his victorious players against complacency ahead of next week's return.The<br> European Cup <b>holders</b> carry a narrow advantage, and two away goals, into next Thursday's game at Stamford Bridge as they seek to become the first team to follow Champions League success by securing the Europa League. David Luiz's free-kick deep into stoppage time defeated Basel, with the only concern from the evening a caution for Ashley Cole that rules the England international out of the second leg."It's<br> true that we had this feeling that we didn't deserve to concede this goal, this penalty, which was an extra motivation," said Benítez, who was baffled by the Czech referee's decision <b>to</b> penalise César Azpilicueta for a <b>perceived</b> foul on Valentin Stocker despite no contact having been made. "It was <b>not</b> a penalty and we were surprised it was awarded.<br> To give one, it has to be very, very clear, and no one around me felt it was a foul. <b>I</b> was worried when that went against us.<br> But, in the end, though, everyone would say the  <a href = "">win was</a> fair."The feeling was <b>that</b> we deserved to score a second goal, and sometimes you have some good luck as a result.<br> It was a deserved win.<br> But we have the experience of what Basel did to Tottenham Hotspur [in the quarter-final], so we know they're a good team who can <b>score</b> goals home <b>and</b> away, so we have to be sure to concentrate next week. We can't be overconfident in <b>the</b> next game. We have to do our job, even if we know that, if we play well, we can beat anyone."Benítez bemoaned the yellow card for Cole for time-wasting as "too quick" <b>and</b> admitted his side would miss the England full-back in the return as <b>they</b> attempt to reach the final at the Amsterdam ArenA on 15 May, where they would meet Fenerbahce or Benfica, with the <b>Turkish</b> team 1-0 <b>up</b> after Thursday night's first leg.The<br> <b>interim</b> manager was less critical of the official for only booking David Luiz, employed <b>in</b> central midfield, for a <b>foul</b> on Philipp Degen which might have <b>warranted</b> a dismissal.<br> "They  <a href = "">were pressing</a> him a lot of time, and he <b>didn't</b> get the fouls," he said. "The foul for his yellow card was maybe right because he was a little bit late, but that's it."This<br> was a very intense game played at a high tempo and we had <b>to</b> do our job, but we did very well.<br> I hope this is a boost. We're working so hard, so if you can win this kind of games the mood is much better.<br> Sunday will be <b>a</b> different competition against Swansea but we have <b>to</b> take the positives and try to keep the momentum."Rafael<br> BenítezChelseaBaselEuropa LeagueDominic <b><br></b> &copy; 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies.<br> All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A rabbi who is the spiritual leader at Colby College marries the communications associate of Keshet, a <b>Boston-based</b> advocacy group for gay, ***, bisexual and <b>transgender</b> Jews.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Tiger Woods is sticking <b>to</b> his long break after the Masters, meaning <b>he</b> will miss the Wells Fargo Championship  <a href = "">next week.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</a> At some point after he won the 1986 Masters, Jack Nicklaus lost two major championships. He's just not sure when.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> Utilizing the Australian SkyMapper Telescope, Frebel will identify large numbers of 12 to 13 billion-year-old stars in the galactic halo, for which she will obtain high resolution spectroscopic <b>observation</b> using the Magellan <b>telescope</b> in <b>Chile.Professor<br></b> Frebel is a resident faculty member at the MIT <b>Kavli</b> Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research, and Assistant Professor of Physics in the Astrophysics Division.<br>  From the stars to the <b>seaWhen</b> Salazar arrived at the U.S. Naval Sea Command in Norco, Calif., as an intern last summer, her colleagues were in the <b>midst</b> of developing a new piece of equipment. When data would come in from various locations in the ocean, they would spend hours reading through long lists of information. Salazar programmed a simple but efficient solution: <b>a</b> visual display for the <b>data,</b> so that the researchers could see all <b>the</b> information at once.Salazar<br> didn’t know it at the time, but she was soon to spend many more hours thinking  <a href = "">about the</a> sea: Last fall for 2.009 (Product Engineering Processes), she and her teammates developed an <b>ocean</b> rescue device <b>that</b> <b>they</b> called SkyBeacon.A teardrop-shaped blimp adorned with an orange nautical distress flag, SkyBeacon is <b>intended</b> as a supplement to radio beacons and flare guns, Salazar says. After being inflated by an accompanying helium canister, the blimp would rise 50 feet above the sea’s surface. “It’s reflective and it <b>has</b> LEDs, so it’s visible during the day and at night,” Salazar says.<br> “The teardrop shape makes it so that air just passes around it, kind of like an airplane’s wing. At the tip, there are three fins for stability.”Now<br> <b>Salazar</b> is working with <b>mechanical</b> engineering professor Alexander <b>Slocum</b> on a warming blanket for infants between three and 12 months old.<br> At such a young age, infants are susceptible to hypothermia; the transparent electric blanket would keep them warm and allow doctors and nurses to observe them.The project brings Salazar back to her core dream, she says. “I’ve always been <b>interested</b> in medical issues, and I’ve always wanted to do something  <a href = " really</a> applies to someone,” she explains. Salazar plans to attend graduate school in the fall, studying the design of biomedical devices.Salazar always has her home in East L.A. in the back of her mind. She has returned throughout her time at MIT to visit and to tutor students. “I feel there’s a need for you to go back and help your community, the people who have gone through the same things as you,” <b>she</b> says.Salazar hopes one day to start a program to help students who are struggling academically.<br> “A <b>lot</b> of times they’re just afraid of going to college, because they think they don’t have potential or they think they can’t afford college,” she says. “But I’m here! It took a lot <b>of</b> work, but I got here. And you can, too.” The Department of Homeland Security celebrates its fifth birthday this week, and hopefully not with a bang. Venture to the Florida Panhandle to get a taste of this coastal town. Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, has a brand <b>new</b> life in London with Kate  <a href = "">Garvey, his</a> <b>third</b> wife, whom he often describes as “the most connected woman in London.”<br> Most employees at the Department of Homeland <b>Security</b> like their work, believe it is important and <b>cooperate</b> with others to get the job done. That, no doubt, is a great comfort to the department's senior leaders.<br> Najib Razak's governing coalition extends 56-year rule after winning election opinion polls suggested would be tightMalaysia's governing coalition has extended its 56-year rule, winning what opinion polls <b>suggested</b> would be <b>a</b> tight general election.As<br> counting went late into the night, the fractious multiracial opposition proved unable to unseat one of the world's longest-serving governments and pull off what would have been the <b>biggest</b> election upset in Malaysia's history.The<br> ruling Barisan Nasional (BN), or National Front, passed 112 mark, giving it a simple majority in the 222-seat national parliament.<br> The <b>opposition</b> alliance had 60 seats.With<br> more than two-thirds of seat <b>results</b> confirmed, it remained to be seen if the <b>incumbent</b> prime minister, Najib <b>Razak,</b> would receive a strong enough mandate to continue policies aimed at boosting investment and <b>easing</b>  <a href = "">authoritarian laws.He</a> is under pressure to improve on the coalition's worst-ever result, the 2008 election when it won 140 seats and lost its customary two-thirds majority.<br> A repeat could weaken his leadership, unnerving investors and raising uncertainty over policy in the multiethnic country of 28 million people."I<br> hope the opposition accepts the result with an open <b>heart</b> and will allow the democratic process to continue," Najib told a news conference.The<br> opposition retained economically important Penang state as its leader, Anwar Ibrahim, sought to build on 2008's gains, when it <b>took</b> over four state governments and deprived the BN of its two-thirds parliamentary majority.It also claimed to have retained the crucial industrial state of Selangor, which Najib had vowed to win back, <b>although</b> <b>that</b> could not be confirmed with election officials.The ruling coalition had been expected to win, but opinion polls <b>showed</b> a tightening race with Najib struggling to translate strong economic growth and welfare handouts into votes.The<br> possibility of a disputed result loomed large amid opposition claims of widespread election fraud. Before most votes were counted, Anwar declared victory  <a href = "">in a</a> surprise statement that appeared to <b>be</b> a tactic to whip up support."PR<br> has won," he tweeted, urging the ruling party and the country's election commission "not to attempt to hijack the results".Election officials said turnout was about 80%, a record high.During<br> the final days of campaigning Anwar accused the coalition of flying 40,000 "dubious" voters, including foreigners, <b>across</b> <b>the</b> country to vote in close <b>races.</b> The government says it was merely helping voters get to home towns.The 2008 result signalled a breakdown in traditional politics as minority ethnic Chinese and ethnic Indians, as well as many majority Malays, <b>rejected</b> the BN's brand of race-based patronage that has ensured stability <b>but</b> led to corruption and widening inequality.Partial results from Sunday's election suggested that <b>the</b> trend of ethnic Chinese deserting the BN had accelerated, with the opposition Chinese party chalking up significant seat gains in the BN stronghold <b>of</b> southern Johor state.MalaysiaAsia<br> &copy; 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. 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The bride is an assistant vice president of global human resources at Barclays; the groom is a fourth-year medical student.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The original, handmade batches of buttermilk dressing were made in the mid-1950s by Steve Henson at his Hidden Valley Ranch near Santa Barbara, Calif. Buttermilk is now the sixth ingredient in the Hidden Valley full-fat dressing, after soybean oil, water, egg yolk, sugar and salt; it's third on t...Boy made a belated New York City debut on Friday; its album, <b>“Mutual</b> Friends,” is newly <b>released</b> here but has been available in Europe since 2011. Since the 1970s, when early autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) were developed at MIT, Institute scientists have tackled various barriers to robots that can travel autonomously in the deep ocean. This <b>four-part</b> series examines current <b>MIT</b> efforts to refine AUVs’ artificial intelligence, navigation, stability <b>and</b> tenacity.Anyone who has steered a boat knows how much <b>effort</b> is needed to keep the boat on <b>course</b> when currents <b>are</b> pushing <b>it</b> in different directions. Now, MIT researchers have developed sensors that can measure the pressure of flows around an oceangoing vessel so that it can utilize rather than fight those flows, saving energy and improving maneuverability. Other work aims to go a step further: to change <b>flows</b> <b>from</b> patterns that impede progress to patterns that will help.Flows around autonomous underwater vehicles <b>(AUVs)</b> and other <b>vessels</b> — from ships to submarines — can significantly affect their performance.<br> For <b>example,</b> when a vessel going 20 <b>miles</b> per hour turns sharply, <b>it</b> pushes into the current on one side and creates swirling eddies on the other; as a result, its speed can drop suddenly to seven miles per hour. The behavior of control surfaces <b>such</b> as <b>rudders</b> and propellers can also be affected. A propeller operating in waves, for instance, can experience cavitation, <b>a</b> phenomenon in which vapor layers form around the blades, impeding <b>performance.</b> Preventing such phenomena could mean smoother, more <b>energy-efficient</b> operation. Indeed, oceangoing vessels are now <b>responsible</b> for 8.6 percent of the world’s total annual oil consumption, so even a small increase in efficiency <b>could</b> mean significant energy savings.Natural sea creatures do not experience such problems because they have special organs that enable them to sense their environment. In many <b>fish,</b> dark-colored  <a href = "">&€œlateral lines”</a> running down their sides and around their heads contain hundreds of tiny pressure and velocity sensors that perceive <b>every</b> minute change in the water flowing by, enabling the fish to turn or take other appropriate action. The effect can be astonishing. The Mexican cavefish, for example, lives in absolute darkness. As a result, it has no eyes and must navigate using only <b>its</b> lateral lines.<br> In an experimental setting, a cavefish can dart among obstacles, moving quickly along their edges and ducking through openings between them.“We want to design sensors for <b>our</b> vessels that can do exactly what the lateral lines do for fish,” <b>says</b> Michael Triantafyllou, the William I. Koch Professor of Marine Technology and professor of mechanical and ocean engineering.<br> “But while we get ideas from fish, we needn’t use exactly the same design that they do.” In <b>fish,</b> the lateral lines are <b>made</b> up of systems of fluid-filled canals containing tiny hairs that monitor flows and send messages directly to the fish’s <b>brain.“This<br></b> is an organ we don’t have, <b>so</b> we have no idea of how it really works, but it’s good because it’s simple and doesn’t require the intense computation that vision requires, for example,” Triantafyllou says.<br> The engineered version, he adds, should likewise generate “simple signals so that — without using a huge computer — we know immediately what’s going on and can take action.”To design and fabricate his pressure sensors, Triantafyllou turned to the MIT Microsystems Technology Laboratories <b>(MTL).<br></b> There, experts make various types of inexpensive, high-performance sensors based on microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) — the technology of small mechanical devices driven by electricity.<br> Led by Jeffrey Lang, a professor of electrical engineering, an <b>MTL</b> team designed arrays of pressure sensors, each of which is a two-millimeter-wide cavity covered by a 20-micron-thick silicon membrane that bends in response to pressure. A metal strain gauge on the surface of each membrane senses that deflection and generates a signal that indicates pressure. Electronic systems amplify and integrate the signals from all <b>the</b> sensors, producing pressure information that can <b>be</b> displayed continuously online.In<br> tests on <b>small</b> vessels and propellers, the sensor <b>arrays</b> proved robust and even more sensitive than expected. In one set of experiments, Triantafyllou and his  <a href = "">colleagues in</a> the Center for <b>Ocean</b> Engineering equipped a small vessel with sensors in locations that mimic where they are on fish. They <b>also</b> installed commercially available sensors that would generate reliable measurements for comparison and guidance. Then they performed experiments in the 108-foot-long <b>MIT</b> Towing Tank, a test facility equipped with a wave generator.In those experiments, they <b>simulated</b> a common situation: A vessel is traveling straight ahead, but the oncoming current is approaching at an angle, so the vessel must exert energy to offset that force.<br> A more energy-efficient approach would be to head straight into the current as <b>long</b> as possible and then turn, much <b>as</b> a sailboat tacks in the wind. <b>Pressure</b> measurements could guide the execution of such an energy-saving maneuver.To<br> replicate that situation, the researchers propel their vessel directly into oncoming flows from the wave generator and then at a <b>gradually</b> increasing angle. As the angle <b>increases,</b> pressure asymmetries <b>increase</b> dramatically.<br> The combination of low pressure on one side and high pressure on the other creates a drag force that must be overcome — a significant waste of energy. “The effect is very detectable,” Triantafyllou says.<br> “These sharp pressure signals <b>can</b> guide us <b>as</b> we develop techniques to navigate and maneuver more efficiently.”Other<br> work aims to detect eddies, swirling fluid structures that can also profoundly affect navigation. Again, <b>fish</b> use their lateral lines to identify eddies — and then take advantage of them. In one video, a trout swims in a tank as eddies come toward it, first from one side and then from the other. The trout senses the eddies and uses <b>their</b> suction force to stay in one place without swimming, thereby expending little energy.To test their ability to identify eddies, the researchers again used the MIT Towing Tank.<br> For these tests, they seeded the water with small particles and shone a laser beam from below so as to observe the patterns of flow without <b>disturbing</b> them. Four sensors measured pressure as hand-generated eddies swirled through the tank. Based on the pressure signals, a flow model <b>estimated</b> the position and strength of the eddies. The model accurately tracked the behavior of the eddies within the tank.Triantafyllou<br> and his team are now developing methods of controlling  <a href = " that</a> interfere with propulsion and maneuverability. In one project, they designed a torpedo-shaped submersible vehicle that has pressure sensors plus <b>two</b> small rotating cylinders running down <b>its</b> sides.<br> When the submersible heads at <b>an</b> angle into the oncoming flow, the pressure sensors detect the formation of eddies and start the small cylinders spinning.<br> The cylinders <b>spin</b> in opposite directions, creating suction that immediately prevents eddies from forming.The<br> team is also looking at another possible animal model: the whisker of a seal.<br> This organ has a remarkable ability to sense the velocities of flows. In experiments, a blindfolded harbor seal can detect the passage of a fish by using its whiskers to sense changes in flow velocity — even 30 seconds after its prey has passed by.The researchers recently acquired whiskers shed by seals at the New England Aquarium in Boston.<br> They have now developed large-scale models of these elaborate, undulating structures and are <b>developing</b> computer simulations of how they behave. “We’re trying <b>to</b> understand why these whiskers work so well,” Triantafyllou says. “Once again, we hope to emulate the ability of seagoing <b>creatures</b> to sense flows around them — a prerequisite to developing ways to make our vessels more energy efficient and maneuverable.”Next: MIT researchers design a “controllable adhesion system” for underwater robots. Joshua Richard, a PhD <b>student</b> in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering, has been awarded a first-place prize in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Awards competition. Richard’s award is in the open competition in the category of nuclear science and engineering for work performed while he was a master’s <b>degree</b> student at MIT.<br> His <b>award-winning</b> research paper, “A Survey of Alternative Once-Through Fast Reactor Core Designs,” was presented at the International Conference <b>on</b> <b>Advances</b> in Nuclear Power Plants (ICAPP) in June 2012.The academic community plays a vital role in helping to develop the advanced <b>nuclear</b> technologies that will help sustain and <b>further</b> expand nuclear power in the United States. The Innovations in <b>Fuel</b> Cycle Research Awards program supports academia and the <b>goal</b> of the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy to develop sustainable nuclear fuel cycle options by encouraging innovative research in fuel cycle related disciplines.The Innovations in Fuel Cycle  <a href = " Awards</a> program is designed to:  Discounts on midcentury furniture, wall graphics and more.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; As Americans live longer and the stigma of psychological help diminishes, more elderly people are trying therapy to alleviate problems they face late <b>in</b> life.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> The buyer, SpinMedia, recently bought Spin magazine and turned it into an <b>online-only</b> publication.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Last spring <b>two</b> weeks and 10 songs into the recording process for their new album Evil <b>Friends</b> Portu[...] • Striker's agent claims agreement reached <b>with</b> unnamed club• Speculation Pole <b>could</b> <b>join</b> team-mate Mario Götze at BayernBorussia Dortmund are facing up to the possibility of losing two key players this summer after <b>the</b> agent of Robert Lewandowski claimed a deal is being worked on for the Poland international to leave the Westfalenstadion.Lewandowski scored all four goals <b>as</b> Dortmund thrashed Real Madrid 4-1 in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final on Wednesday night but much of the post-match talk centred around his future. His contract expires at the end of next season, leaving Dortmund in the unenviable position of having to decide whether to cash in this <b>summer</b> or risk seeing the 24-year-old leave on a free in 2014.Reports<br> in Germany on Thursday suggested they <b>have</b> opted for the former with the player's agent, Maik Barthel, suggesting Dortmund have sanctioned his departure.<br> "We have reached an agreement with a club and intend [him] to move this summer," Barthel told Sport Bild."There is a <b>very</b> interesting offer for Robert which fulfils entirely the demands <b>set</b> by Dortmund and also the demands of Robert. Dortmund have assured us that Robert can move at the end of <b>the</b> season under these conditions.<br> We stick to agreements and now it's up to the clubs to sort things out."Barthel<br> stopped short of naming the <b>club</b> in question but speculation suggests it is Bayern <b>Munich,</b> who earlier this week agreed to activate the €37m release clause of the Dortmund playmaker Mario Götze.<br> Losing two of their best players to their <b>closest</b> domestic rivals would be a <b>major</b> setback for Dortmund, who are also likely to meet Bayern in the Champions League final after the Bavarians' 4-0 defeat of Barcelona on <b>Tuesday</b> night."We are getting 37 million for Götze which we don't even want," said  <a href = "">the coach,</a> Jürgen <b>Klopp,</b> echoing the words of the club's general manager, Hans-Joachim Watzke, who said <b>he</b> could "do without" a transfer fee for Lewandowski, as long as he stays for another year.Watzke<br> added on Sky television: "Our wish is explicit that he stays here. It all surprises me.<br> We <b>are</b> willing to do without a transfer fee for him [if he leaves as a free agent in 2014]. I have had plenty of wishes in my life which have come true."Götze<br> and Lewandowski combined for Dortmund's opening goal against Madrid on Wednesday night before the former Lech Poznan striker took centre stage, netting three more times to leave José Mourinho's side with an uphill <b>task</b> <b>at</b> the <b>Bernabéu</b> next week.His<br> performance was no surprise given his record <b>this</b> season.<br> He has scored 34 goals in 42 games and has netted in each of his past 12 Bundesliga appearances.Borussia DortmundEuropean club &copy; 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved.<br> | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | <b>More</b> Feeds&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 'Out of the Shadows is astonishingly impactful, one of the most memorable books <b>I</b> have ever read!'Out of the Shadows by Jason Wallace is astonishingly impactful, one of the most memorable books I have ever read! It gives you a real insight into how war-zones still destruct peoples lives, even though the violence has stopped. It taught me about how <b>the</b> racial conflict that has happened in the past, still affects families now.<br> This book creates a magical atmosphere that is sustained throughout the whole story, which I really loved. It worked with mature themes, but had a great fictional story-line, that really made me enjoy it.The<br> story is set in the hot, summer haze of Zimbabwe, 1980s. The president Robert Mugabe has promised and prophesied peace across the nation, <b>however</b> for some people the war isn't over. For Robert Jacklin, he is in a new continent, new country and <b>new</b> school, and has sworn to Nelson to look after each other "like brothers".<br> The saintly Nelson and Robert bond rapidly; however, the scheming, clever but angry Ivan takes a serious interest in <b>the</b> new boy.<br> Soon enough Robert has adapted  <a href = " Ivan's</a> evil <b>and</b> racial way of thinking, and he has deserted poor Nelson, who is vulnerable without him. Robert's confidence builds, unfortunately for the worse. Robert soon realizes he has turned into the unreasonable bully he used to despise; yet he struggles to escape Ivan's brutal web of in-equality.<br> He is bribed and tempted- but will he stand strong, and barricade Ivan's final master plan? Or will he avoid courage and let his arch-enemy ruin his life forever? I absolutely adored this book, and I think it deserves no <b>less</b> than 10/10!Want <b>to</b> tell the <b>world</b> <b>about</b> a book you've read? Join the site and send us your review!Children and teenagersTeen booksWar (children and teens) &copy; 2013 Guardian News and Media <b>Limited</b> or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; This word has appeared in five New York Times article in <b>the</b> past year.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> The move toward large bottles is part of what is being called the “wine-ification” of beer.<br> President Obama urged congressional Republicans on <b>Monday</b> to <b>drop</b> their opposition to a jobs bill that he said is desperately needed to spur hiring but has been blocked because of "pure partisan <b>politics."<br></b> President <b>Obama</b> rolled out a <b>$3.7</b> trillion budget blueprint Monday that would trim or terminate more <b>than</b> 200 federal programs next year and make key investments in education, transportation and research.<br> The plan is aimed at boosting the nation's economy while reducing record budget deficits. Reaction wheels are crucial in helping orient spacecraft like the <b>Kepler</b> telescope, which recently lost use of a second wheel, highlighting the challenges designers face.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> A late own goal from <b>Phil</b> Jones secured Chelsea a 1-0 victory at Manchester United on Sunday to leave the Londoners poised for a top-four finish and a Champions League place next season.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> Just like 10 years ago, <b>Ronaldo</b> scored at Old Trafford to advance Real Madrid in the Champions League and eliminate Manchester United. This new double-sided easel from P'kolino allows two children to create at the same time.<br> One side has a chalkboard, <b>the</b> other a whiteboard. Just add a paper roll when the lil' ones feel inspired to make their drawings  <a href = "">more permanent.</a> <b>A</b> federal judge temporarily barred Northwest Airlines flight attendants from going on strike last night, averting potential delays during the last days <b>of</b> the summer travel season. Post Home Section staffers Jura Koncius and Terri Sapienza take questions on your decorating dilemmas, and Jura shares what she learned about design trends for 2009 at the High Point Furniture Market. Maryland running back Wes Brown has been arrested on charges that he assaulted a police officer and secretly recorded their conversation.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and Toni Braxton are recording <b>an</b> album of duets together <b>It</b> will be rele[...] In some circles, the year 1979 might be best remembered for disco balls, loud polyester suits and other cultural detritus.<br> To Christian <b>Caryl,</b> 1979 means something else entirely: a foundational moment for our current geopolitical order.Indeed Caryl, a journalist and a senior fellow at MIT’s Center for International Studies, has now <b>written</b> a book illuminating the dramatic long-term changes spawned at the tail end of “The ‘Me’ Decade.” In “Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century,” published by Basic Books, Caryl takes an in-depth look at five consequential events that have had lasting effects: <b>both</b> the revolution in Iran and the armed rebellion in <b>Afghanistan,</b> which gave life to political Islam; Margaret Thatcher’s electoral triumph in Great Britain, which helped steer Western politics rightward; the election of Pope John Paul II (in late 1978), which spurred opposition to communism in Europe; <b>and</b> <b>the</b> accession to power of China’s Deng Xiaoping, which helped open communism, or one version of it, <b>to</b> <b>industrial</b> growth.  As Caryl readily acknowledges, “These events are very different, they’re distinct, and I don’t want to make it sound like I’m throwing them all in one basket.” But the common thread he finds is that all represented a rightward swing of the political and <b>social</b> pendulum, as part of a reaction against communism, secular modernization in the Middle East, or just left-leaning <b>democracy</b> in Europe. These events, and their supporters, were “counterrevolutionary,” Caryl says, adding that they <b>were</b> “trying in <b>their</b> own <b>ways</b> to respond to the <b>great</b> revolutions of the 20th century.<br> And I would say these <b>five</b> counterrevolutions together, that ushered in the end of communism  <a href = " celebrated</a> the virtues of markets and religion, very strongly shaped the world we live in today. Indeed, I’d go so far as to hazard that we live in a counterrevolutionary age.” <br> Why 1979?Caryl, a longtime foreign correspondent for Newsweek who now writes for The New York Review of Books, <b>among</b> other <b>publications,</b> began writing <b>the</b> book after covering the current wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and thinking <b>about</b> the convergence <b>of</b> late-1970s upheaval in the greater Middle East.   <br> In close detail, he recounts the events of Iran’s 1979 <b>religious</b> revolution, in which the U.S.-backed Shah of Iran was deposed and the Ayatollah Khomeni <b>eventually</b> emerged as a forceful and brutal leader. Today, with <b>the</b> same regime essentially intact, the existence of a fundamentalist government in Iran seems unremarkable. But as “Strange Rebels” underscores, Iranian society was in flux throughout 1979, at <b>least</b> until the <b>seizure</b> of American hostages at the U.S.<br> Embassy on Nov.<br> 4. That long standoff, lasting until <b>1981,</b> helped consolidate the Ayatollah’s rule by showing the <b>power</b> his form of religious extremism could wield. “I do think that chance and contingency play a huge role in history,” Caryl says, noting that events in Iran could have worked out differently. “I don’t think anything is preordained … [and] I’m not really <b>a</b> member of the ‘great person’ school of history.”That said, he does note the way basic economic realities served as a powerful force, making political convulsions possible.<br> “The end of <b>postwar</b> prosperity is a big part <b>of</b> the story,” Caryl says.<br> “You can see, all over the developed world, that after World War II [there] was an unprecedented period of <b>prosperity</b> and it lasted about 30 years.” Then, in the 1970s, economic uncertainty roiled politics in Great Britain, while the lack of growth under communism <b>undercut</b> the Soviet Union and its satellites, while leading China to adopt industrial policies. <br> The revival of religious fundamentalism in the Middle East may not have followed <b>this</b> same template, Caryl observes, but it also involved the waning of the postwar order; in this case, it reflected discontent with the secular, modernizing, authoritarian rulers who had taken power after colonial powers left the <b>region.<br></b> Whatever the material conditions of <b>the</b> time, Caryl thinks,  <a href = "">religion&€™s re-emergence</a> in <b>politics</b> demonstrates the power of “ideas … at very important moments of history.” “Strange Rebels” has been well-received by reviewers. A review in The New Republic stated that Caryl “uncovers new and vivid questions” about the era, while according to The Economist, “Anyone who wants to understand how this new world came into being needs to read Mr.<br> Caryl’s excellent book.” Future shocks?Caryl’s focus in the book may be on the past, but he remains intensely interested in what the future may hold in Iran, Afghanistan and elsewhere. For the moment, he fears, a kind of political stasis has set in.  “We’re in sort of a holding pattern,” Caryl says. “The theocracy in Iran has <b>pretty</b> thoroughly <b>discredited</b> <b>itself</b> at this point, and lost its hold on the minds of many young Iranians now. But I don’t think that necessarily portends political change any time soon.” Meanwhile, in Afghanistan, he believes that “the West missed a very important moment of opportunity there in 2002 and 2003 to help the Afghans build a stable order.”And<br> what of the shift in economic ideology the world has seen over the last three-plus decades, toward unfettered markets <b>and</b> a diminished role for the state? In this case, Caryl thinks the global economic struggles of <b>the</b> last few years may lead to a modest swing back of the pendulum, but he cannot quite envision dramatic changes in the offing. “I think we are seeing a <b>revision</b> of the free-market orthodoxy,” Caryl offers.<br> “This whole discussion about austerity I find indicative of that. We aren’t necessarily subscribing to <b>free-market</b> orthodoxy the way we did just a few years ago.” Still, as the joke goes: Predictions are hard, especially about <b>the</b> future. One lesson <b>gained</b> from studying 1979 is how difficult it would <b>have</b> been, at the outset of that year, to anticipate all the things that occurred over those 12 months. Recognizing that, Caryl says, “does tap <b>into</b> this sense that ideologies do change, <b>you</b> can never rely on the orthodoxy to stay in place, [or know] what form <b>political</b> or economic change is going to take <b>when</b> the orthodoxy seems to have exhausted itself.”<br> So who knows: Maybe even disco will return some

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Bebe Neuwirth has brought her brand of storytelling to 54 Below with songs by the likes of <b>Kurt</b> Weill, Kander and Ebb, and Tom Waits. The <b>Abdul</b> Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), a global research center, opened today its Southeast Asia office in Jakarta, Indonesia, with the mission to reduce <b>poverty</b> in the <b>region</b> by translating rigorous research <b>into</b> action. The Southeast Asia office is J-PAL’s <b>fifth</b> <b>regional</b> office, joining J-PAL’s offices at top universities in Chile, France, India and South Africa.<br> Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono offered the <b>keynote</b> address at the launch, which was attended by more than 300 international and local researchers, government officials and <b>bilateral</b> and multilateral agencies.<br> <b>“I</b> would certainly like to invite <b>J-PAL</b> to help <b>strengthen</b> our efforts <b>to</b> combat poverty, especially through rigorous studies and impact evaluations of our poverty eradication policies,” Yudhoyono said.<br> “I would like to obtain insights <b>from</b> J-PAL's findings in order to enhance and improve the ways of <b>how</b> to fight poverty in Indonesia.”The<br> launch event also featured speeches from Prof.<br> Dr.<br> <b>Ir.</b> Muhammad Anis, rector of the Universitas Indonesia, and J-PAL Director Abhijit V. Banerjee, who serves with <b>President</b> Yudhoyono on the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel of eminent persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.<br> J-PAL is an international network of researchers that specializes in determining which development programs work, which do not, and why.<br> Established in 2003 and headquartered at MIT, J-PAL is known for pioneering the use of randomized control <b>trials</b> to test the effectiveness of anti-poverty programs. J-PAL’s network of more than 80 affiliated professors has <b>produced</b> more than 350 <b>randomized</b> evaluations in 52 countries, and more than 63 <b>million</b> people have been reached by policies found to be effective by J-PAL studies.Since 2007, J-PAL has partnered with <b>the</b> government of Indonesia and local researchers to evaluate the effectiveness of and test innovative poverty reduction programs in the country.<br> “We are excited to expand our partnerships with policymakers in Southeast Asia to learn which development <b>programs</b> are  <a href = " effective</a> and use these findings to improve how we fight <b>poverty</b> in the region,” Banerjee said.J-PAL Southeast Asia is based at the Institute of Economic <b>and</b> Social Research (LPEM-FEUI) within the Universitas Indonesia’s Faculty of Economics. “I believe that the collaboration between J-PAL and LPEM-FEUI will enhance both research and action to combat poverty, especially in Indonesia,” Anis said. Australia, through AusAID, has <b>provided</b> $5.6<br> million over four years to J-PAL for establishment of the Southeast Asia office, which will support researchers to generate more evidence on a broader range of anti-poverty programs. J-PAL Southeast Asia will also build the capacity <b>of</b> local researchers and policymakers to evaluate the effectiveness their efforts to combat poverty. J-PAL is hosting a policy and research conference at Universitas Indonesia on June 26, in which academics, <b>donors</b> and researchers will set the <b>research</b> and policy <b>priorities</b> of the new office.Before attacks, civilians and rebels were frustrated by <b>international</b> community's lack of action. Patrick Sharp provided the big finish after Michael Frolik stepped up during a strong start. Corey Crawford was right there when the defense collapsed.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; If you have running water coming through the holes, try to wait for a dry spell to do the repair.<br> Some of these hydraulic repair cements will work if there is moving water, but it's not guaranteed.<br> There's some good news and some bad news about identity theft. Movies that seem cheesy in the States – where audiences hate arthouse films but <b>demand</b> novelty in the mainstream arena – <b>often</b> haven't passed their sell-by date abroadIt's not been the finest month for old-age powerhouses <b>at</b> the US box office.<br> Arnold <b>Schwarzenegger's</b> comeback film proper, The Last Stand, made a disastrous $12m.<br> His old sparring partner Sylvester Stallone might have looked in better shape after his successful <b>Rambo</b> <b>and</b> Rocky resurrections <b>of</b> recent years, but his revenge thriller Bullet to the Head did even worse: only $9m.<br> Bruce Willis took the safest course, sticking to a tested property for his A  <a href = "">Good Day</a> to Die Hard, and came out tidiest: $59m and counting. But that's still John McClane's worst performance on home turf (even before inflation-adjustment).The<br> results cast serious doubts about the future <b>viability</b> of the 1980s head-boy brigade – especially Schwarzenegger <b>and</b> Stallone, who are respectively eight and nine years older than Willis. It's the first clear sign that age might now be working against them – except in cases where they make a song and dance of it, like in meathead-carehome franchise The Expendables. Not only are the Hollywood trio battling their own bodies, their dimming star wattage, and perhaps the diminishing importance of star power itself, they also have <b>to</b> contend against a little commented-on feature <b>of</b> the American film market: a marked prejudice against anything <b>old.It's<br></b> <b>not</b> just action stars saggy of pec who are affected, but drooping concepts, too; sequels, especially.<br> If you examine the returns for repeat instalments, something quickly becomes apparent: franchises tend to run out of steam faster at the US box office, and hold up better internationally. Die Hard, to take an example at hand, follows the pattern, with a couple of unexpected swerves:1.<br> Die Hard, 1988 ($83m US domestic/$57m overseas)2. Die Hard 2: Die Harder, 1990 ($117m/$122m)3. Die Hard: With a Vengeance, 1995 ($100m/$266m)4. Live Free or Die Hard, 2007 ($134m/$249m)5.<br> A Good Day to Die Hard, 2013 ($59m/$161m)The US <b>domestic</b> gross drops away as the titles get more comical; apart from the store of good faith that buoyed up the first sequel in 1990, and a resurgence of interest after a 12-year-gap for the fourth film (which perhaps also explains the slight drop in overseas box office for Live Free – the franchise had to reintroduce itself to a vastly altered international landscape). The fifth film hasn't finished its global run yet, so it should finish nearer the fourth's <b>take.The</b> US domestic gross quickly levels off, or falls away as sequels pile up; growth is sustained longer abroad.<br> That's the rule here, and  <a href = " holds</a> true more often than not. It's correct for The Expendables followup, Spider-Man, Batman and Men in <b>Black.<br></b> Shrek and the Ice Age menagerie have seen the same trend. This <b>tendency</b> almost seems counterintuitive: the received idea is that US audiences, the same ones who run screaming from arthouse and subtitled films, are fundamentally risk-averse and conservative. Actually, in the mainstream <b>commercial</b> arena, they're the most discerning, driven <b>by</b> an appetite for fresh spectacle and novelty, more easily becoming impatient <b>with</b> shopworn formulae.The sequels rush <b>has</b> been fuelled by overseas markets: by the need to create franchises that insure against the risk of launching a film in culturally diverse territories.<br> One way of interpreting the international audience's greater appetite for sequels <b>is</b> that, at blockbuster level, most countries are passive consumers for what Hollywood puts out – rather than producing their own spectaculars. If you'll pardon a colossal generalisation, they are sometimes in an aspirational position vis-à-vis US culture; films and attitudes that might seem cheesy or <b>ripe</b> for iconic comment in the States – like John McClane's yippie-kay-ayisms – often haven't passed their sell-by date abroad, so the potential for repeat business is higher. The <b>noughties</b> fantasy and sci-fi films spritzed with eau de Matrix <b>(like</b> the Resident Evil series) <b>are</b> good examples.<br> They are strong international sellers, with a long box-office half-life for any sequels. Ditto the overseas march of the emptily stylised Hansel & <b>Gretel:</b> Witch <b>Hunters:</b> big hauls in Russia, Mexico and Brazil – three strongly capitalistic markets, <b>with</b> a low share for domestic films, that tend to drink Hollywood's Kool-Aid flavour of the month. If anyone is <b>huffing</b> and puffing for a Hansel & Gretel sequel, blame these territories.Such<br> are the hand-me-downs the US offers to the world. Mainstream America, though, always demands nothing less than the newfangled, the brightest and the best. It's hard to prove definitively that this disregard for used goods is what scuppered Schwarzenegger and co's latest round of films (their shaky quality  <a href = "">could have</a> been the clincher).<br> How the brawny triumvirate do with their films of the next couple of years should tell us whether they're at the mercy of wider cultural forces or not.If they are, then perhaps America simply can't bear to watch its former bristling star quarterbacks thick of waist and out of breath.<br> It might just say too much: that US culture is <b>hitting</b> superannuation point at the same time.<br> One of its biggest tricks of the last <b>decade</b> – in the name of ushering in the new expected by domestic audiences – has been returning to <b>the</b> old: the tidal wave of nostalgia-borne remakes, almost <b>as</b> if American culture wants to climb into its Hot Tub Time Machine and experience its own genesis, as if for the first time. The paradox put me in mind of a famous line, currently ringing out hoarsely from the end of Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby trailer: "Can't repeat the past? Why – of <b>course</b> you can."• Next week's After Hollywood will <b>look</b> at the gulf between arthouse and mainstream in Romania. What global cinematic stories would you like <b>to</b> see covered <b>in</b> the column? Let us know <b>in</b> the comments below.Bruce WillisSylvester StalloneAction and adventureArnold SchwarzeneggerFilm industryPhil<br> &copy; 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds Two years ago, the Big East conference dreamed of television riches. That was before its members began defecting.<br> As far back in time as astronomers have been able to see, the universe <b>has</b> had <b>some</b> trace of heavy elements, such as carbon and oxygen. These elements, originally churned from the explosion of massive stars, formed the building blocks for planetary bodies, and eventually for life on Earth. Now researchers at MIT, the California Institute of Technology, <b>and</b> the University of California at <b>San</b> Diego have peered far back in time, to the era of the first  <a href = "">stars and</a> galaxies, and found matter with no discernible trace of heavy elements.<br> To make this measurement, the team analyzed light from the most distant known quasar, a galactic nucleus more than 13 billion light-years from Earth. These quasar observations provide a snapshot of <b>our</b> universe during its infancy, a mere 750 million years after the initial explosion that created the universe. <b>Analysis</b> of the quasar’s light spectrum provided no evidence of heavy elements in the surrounding gaseous cloud — a finding that suggests the quasar dates to <b>an</b> era nearing that <b>of</b> the universe’s first stars.<br> “The first stars will form in different <b>spots</b> in the <b>universe</b> … it’s not like they flashed on at the same <b>time,”</b> says Robert Simcoe, an associate professor of physics at MIT. “But this is the time that it starts getting interesting.”Simcoe and his colleagues have <b>published</b> the results from their study this week in the journal Nature.Hitting the universal <b>wallBased</b> on numerous theoretical models, most scientists agree on a general sequence of events <b>during</b> the universe’s early development: Nearly 14 billion years ago, an immense explosion, now known as the Big Bang, threw off massive amounts of matter and <b>energy,</b> creating a rapidly expanding universe. In the minutes following the explosion, protons and neutrons collided in nuclear fusion reactions to form hydrogen and helium. Eventually, the universe cooled to a point where fusion stopped generating these basic elements, leaving hydrogen as the dominant constituent of the universe.<br> Heavier elements, such as carbon and <b>oxygen,</b> would not form until the first stars appeared. Astronomers <b>have</b> attempted to identify the point at which the first stars <b>were</b> born <b>by</b> analyzing light from more distant <b>bodies.<br></b> (The farther away an object is in space, the older it is.) Until now, scientists have only been <b>able</b> to observe <b>objects</b> that are less than about 11 billion years old. These objects all exhibit heavy elements, suggesting stars were already plentiful, or at least well established, at that point in the  <a href = "">universe&€™s history.</a> <b>“[The</b> astrophysics community] sort <b>of</b> hit this wall,” says Simcoe, an astrophysicist <b>at</b> MIT’s Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research.<br> “When this [quasar] was discovered, we could sort of leapfrog further back in time and make a measurement that was substantially earlier.”Looking for nothingThe quasar in question, discovered in August 2011, <b>is</b> <b>the</b> most distant of its kind. To study such distant objects, Simcoe and his colleagues built an infrared spectrometer, which they fitted onto the Magellan Telescope, a massive ground-based telescope in Chile. This past January, the team trained the telescope on the newly discovered quasar, and collected data from its light. The <b>spectrometer</b> split the incoming light into different wavelengths, which the team plotted on a graph.<br> Simcoe then looked for telltale dips in the data, correlating various wavelengths with the light given off <b>by</b> different chemicals. “Each chemical has its own fingerprint,” Simcoe says.<br> “Based on the pattern <b>of</b> what light is absorbed, it tells you the chemical composition.”Simcoe and his colleagues determined the quasar’s “intrinsic spectrum” — the amount of light naturally given off by such a body — and compared this with the observed data to search for the presence of heavy elements.<br> The group found evidence of hydrogen, <b>but</b> no oxygen, silicon, iron or magnesium in the light data. But <b>confirming</b> the absence of evidence for heavy elements was a challenging task.“It’s<br> always hard to establish the absence of something,” Simcoe says.<br> To do <b>so,</b> the researchers considered every other scenario that might explain the light patterns they observed, including newborn galaxies and other matter situated in front of the quasar. Their efforts ultimately confirmed that the <b>quasar’s</b> light spectrum indicated an absence <b>of</b> heavy elements <b>750</b> million years after the Big Bang.<br> “[The birth of the first stars] <b>is</b> one of these important <b>moments</b> in the history of the universe,” Simcoe says.<br> “It went from looking like the early universe, which was just gas and dark matter, to looking like it does today,  <a href = "">where there</a> are <b>stars</b> <b>and</b> galaxies … it’s the point when the universe started to resemble what it looks like today.<br> And it’s sort of amazing how early that happens. It didn’t take long.”John O’Meara, an associate professor of physics at St.<br> <b>Michael’s</b> College in Vermont, says while scientists will have to analyze many more distant quasars <b>to</b> confirm the absence of heavy elements, the MIT group’s discovery is an “impressive and important step in advancing our knowledge of the universe when it was very young.”“Prior<br> to this <b>result,</b> <b>we</b> have not <b>seen</b> regions of the <b>universe</b> this old and devoid of heavy elements, so there <b>was</b> a missing link in <b>our</b> understanding of how the elemental content of the universe has evolved with time,” O’Meara adds. “[This] discovery possibly provides such a rare environment where the <b>universe</b> had yet to form stars.”Going forward, Simcoe hopes to analyze other quasars from this early era to further confirm the <b>absence</b> of heavy elements. “If we can find things in this epoch, we can start to characterize them,” Simcoe says.<br> “There’s always something interesting at the edge.”<br> Landon Donovan has not played for the national team since last summer and was passed over by Coach Jurgen Klinsmann after Donovan took a sabbatical from soccer.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A Fairfax County developer is at odds with local officials and <b>residents</b> over plans to build a child-care center that they say would spoil the <b>serenity</b> of the community and cause traffic backups during rush hour. KIEV, Ukraine <b>--</b> As the 20th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster approached, Yuri Andreyev remembered his exams for a job at the nuclear power plant. Asked to propose a scenario of a reactor explosion, he says he offered three _ <b>and</b> was rebuked.<br> "Keep it in your mind, man _ Soviet reactors cannot...<br> From Olympic Park to the Taj Mahal, Warren Elsmore has used the classic Danish bricks to build architectural masterpieces – and written a definitive book about it, says Rowan MooreRowan Moore&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; With  <a href = " fewer</a> than 13 Tony nominations under their <b>belt</b> for 2003's Hairspray its no surprise that Rockwell Group has scored two more for their work on Kinky Boots and Lucky Guy. Elijah Wood stars in Franck Khalfoun's 80s slasher remake, which uses first-person perspective throughoutThe Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Halloween, Friday The 13th, A Nightmare On Elm Street, Piranha, The Hills Have Eyes, I Spit On Your Grave: that's a list of <b>some</b> of the classic horror movies of <b>the</b> 1970s and 1980s. <b>But</b> it's also a list <b>of</b> some <b>of</b> the worst horror movies of the noughties and 2010s, when you consider their remakes.They<br> say that no one sets out to produce a bad movie, <b>but</b> watch any low-energy, scare-free, missed-opportunity of a horror remake and you'll doubt the wisdom in that notion. Time and time again fans have been burned by remakes that fail to live up to even the most modest of expectations.<br> The question this begs is: why? Franck Khalfoun, a director who has <b>beaten</b> the odds with his surprisingly excellent remake of sleazy 1980 slasher movie Maniac, has a theory. "They fail to bring something new. That simple. Most films just repeat what's been done in every horror movie and end up being predictable, which, I <b>feel,</b> is the one thing you cannot do if your intention is to horrify audiences."The original Maniac is more notorious than famous. It details a murder spree by one Frank Zito, a disturbed misfit who scalps <b>his</b> victims to decorate crude mannequins, the only company that will tolerate him. Bizarrely, the film also provided the original inspiration for the song Maniac from the Flashdance soundtrack.<br> In the UK it was banned by the BBFC for both cinema and video, mostly due to the highly explicit scalping scenes devised by horror <b>makeup</b> FX guru Tom Savini. The film is still not available uncut here but – despite the gore – it's also a character piece, and the central idea is strong and still  <a href = "">unsettling."I love</a> and have the utmost respect for the original," explains Khalfoun.<br> "It shocked me, not  just with the gore, but by how <b>much</b> empathy I had for <b>Frank.<br></b> After everything he did, I felt bad for  him and not the victims. My job was to convey the essence of that film to a new generation."Khalfoun's<br> chosen method for updating the film was to bring us even closer to killer Frank.<br> It's harrowing enough to spend 90 minutes <b>in</b> his proximity but Khalfoun puts the viewer even closer: right inside his head. The film is shot entirely from Frank's point of view; it's the movie version of a first-person shooter. "I wanted the audience to share the experience of being trapped in a body that forces you to do horrible things with no escaping fate," says Khalfoun, "which is what I found expressed by most of the serial killers I read about."Shooting<br> first person is usually reserved for effective sequences, as in The Diving Bell And The Butterfly. It's rarely used for entire films, with 1947 noir thriller Lady In The Lake the only notable example. For Khalfoun, the considerable effort involved was <b>worth</b> it. "Perhaps there was a chance the audience would feel the empathy for a truly horrific experience," he says.'What<br> makes the gore effective is how the reality with which it's portrayed is in juxtaposition with a lush production, making <b>it</b> seem that much more intense' Franck KhalfounReading this on mobile? Click here to viewThe small digital cameras employed in film-making today made the task easier but still not simple. Aside from the technical difficulties involved, the film demanded a lead <b>actor</b> who'd not only be prepared to play a psychopathic killer but also to perform the role largely unseen; we only see Frank's face when it's reflected <b>in</b> mirrors or other shiny surfaces, as well as in <b>short</b> "out of body" moments (such as when he's in the throes of killing or experiencing a flashback).Elijah Wood proved  <a href = "">the unlikely</a> solution.<br> Even without the Baggins baggage Wood was an unusual choice for a psycho killer, but it works – he looks more victim than villain.<br> His slight frame and friendly face <b>make</b> him approachable and attractive (to his victims, too). At <b>the</b> same time, we get to see how he experiences the world, and in his mind it's a terrifying place full of paranoia, nausea and <b>pain.</b> "He [Wood] made me like actors <b>again,"</b> says Khalfoun, cryptically.Holding<br> it all together is the remarkable electronic <b>soundtrack</b> credited to, simply, Rob. Rather than just some bloke who'd popped in from the pub, Rob, it transpires, is Robin Coudert, keyboard player for Phoenix. The Maniac score ranges from woozy drones to mournful, emotive themes."The key was to stay as emotional as <b>possible,"</b> explains Rob, who's released two <b>albums</b> of his own experimental pop. "It was important to consider the story as a psychological drama, rather than a classic slasher." Electronic music used to be a cheap, effective way to score a low-budget movie. Today it's more of a stylistic choice. Rob's work recalls the more lavish scores of the 80s such as Tangerine Dream's Thief, Giorgio Moroder's Cat People and Midnight Express, as well as the work of John <b>Carpenter.</b> "It popped very fast <b>in</b> my mind that it would be interesting to create a music that would contrast with the rawness of the scenes, the idea of strong and sad melodies, very romantic and nostalgic," he says.<br> "They fit the Los Angeles landscapes very well; horrific scalps as well."Unlike<br> the <b>original,</b> the new Maniac is being released uncut in the UK. While the gore <b>is</b> explicit, Khalfoun <b>explains</b> that it's not the movie's main selling point: "Funny enough, the gore <b>in</b> this movie isn't as hard as you might find in other horror films. What makes <b>it</b> effective is how the reality with which it's <b>portrayed</b> is in juxtaposition with lush production design, elegant camera work and a hypnotic soundtrack, making it seem  <a href = "">that much</a> more intense."It's <b>this</b> careful mix that <b>makes</b> this film work. It's smarter than <b>your</b> average Maniac.Maniac<br> is in <b>cinemas</b> nowHorrorPhelim O' &copy; 2013 Guardian News <b>and</b> <b>Media</b> Limited or its affiliated companies.<br> All rights reserved. | Use of <b>this</b> content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds The mission of the Vet Hunters Project is to track down homeless veterans and offer aid. This week the Dining section is introducing Restaurant Takeaway, a new feature devoted to restaurant food you <b>can</b> make at <b>home.<br></b> Amid the new models at the auto show, fresh reasons to <b>fear</b> for the <b>health</b> of the long-suffering European market. New <b>research</b> at MIT could dramatically improve the efficiency of fuel cells, which are considered a promising alternative to batteries for powering everything from electronic devices to cars and homes.Fuel<br> cells make electricity by combining hydrogen, or hydrocarbon fuels, with oxygen. But the most efficient types, called solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC), have drawbacks that have limited their usefulness — including operating temperatures above 700 degrees Celsius (roughly <b>1300</b> degrees Fahrenheit). Now, MIT researchers have unraveled the properties of a promising alternative material structure <b>for</b> a key component of these devices.The new structure, a “superlattice” of two compounds interleaved at a tiny scale, could serve as one of the two <b>electrodes</b> in the <b>fuel</b> cell.<br> The complex material, discovered about six <b>years</b> ago and known as LSC113/214, is composed of two oxides of the elements lanthanum, <b>strontium</b> <b>and</b> cobalt. While one <b>of</b> the oxides was already known as an especially good material for such electrodes, the combination of the two is far more potent in promoting oxygen reduction than either oxide alone. The interfaces between these two oxides were thought to be the key. But until now, no one had been able to observe the LSC113/214 interface properties in operation, at sufficiently high resolution, to figure out why it worked so well.Oxygen<br> reduction is one of two main reactions in a fuel cell, and  <a href = " one</a> that has limited their overall performance — so finding improved materials for that reaction could be a key advance for fuel cells, the researchers say. The new findings are published in the journal Advanced Energy Materials in a paper co-authored by graduate student Yan Chen, professors Harry Tuller and Bilge Yildiz, and three other researchers at MIT.Yildiz, an associate professor of nuclear science and <b>engineering,</b> says LSC113/214 has been <b>“a</b> singular example” of a material <b>with</b> extremely high reactivity to oxygen reduction; the new results explaining why it works so well could lead to further optimization or the discovery of other materials that might perform even better.The<br> best of bothThe key to the material’s performance, she explains, is the marriage of complementary qualities from <b>its</b> two constituents. One <b>of</b> <b>the</b> oxides allows superior conduction and transfer of electrons, while the other excels at holding onto oxygen atoms; to perform well as a fuel cell’s <b>cathode</b> — one of its two electrodes — a material needs to have both <b>qualities.<br></b> The close proximity of the two materials in this superlattice causes them to <b>“borrow”</b> one another’s attributes, the MIT team found.<br> The result is a material whose reactivity exceeds that <b>of</b> the best <b>materials</b> currently used in fuel cells, Yildiz says: “It’s the best of <b>the</b> two worlds.”Now that the MIT team has analyzed LSC113/214, it may be possible to discover even better <b>materials</b> by conducting systematic searches, Yildiz says; the team <b>is</b> now working on that. “If we can crack this problem, then <b>we</b> can make great strides in improving the performance,” adds Tuller, a professor of ceramics and electronic materials in MIT’s Department of Materials <b>Science</b> and <b>Engineering.Unique<br></b> <b>tool</b> enables observationsThe finding was made possible by instrumentation developed in Yildiz’s laboratory at MIT for observation of electron-transfer properties on surfaces: The <b>instrument,</b> a modified <b>scanning</b> tunneling microscope (STM), can observe materials <b>at</b> high temperatures and in <b>an</b> oxygen-rich environment — “representative of the operating conditions of a fuel-cell cathode,” Yildiz  <a href = " This</a> high-temperature phenomenon would not have been detectable with conventional methods.Tuller describes the superlattice as a “layer cake” of the <b>two</b> different oxides. But these layers are vanishingly thin. To <b>overcome</b> this, the team “sliced” the layers on an extreme angle, exposing much wider surfaces of each.<br> “That magnifies the layers by a hundredfold,” Tuller says.That<br> slicing is done using a focused ion <b>beam,</b> Chen explains, to expose the interface in a way that the STM can observe more easily at high temperature.The researchers hope that with this new knowledge, it will be possible to make rapid progress in the search for better electrode materials, helping make fuel cells <b>practical</b> for a wide range of energy applications, from powering homes to powering mobile devices. John Kilner, <b>a</b> professor of energy materials at Imperial College, London, who was not <b>involved</b> in this project, calls this “a very elegant set of experiments that contributes a <b>great</b> deal toward our understanding of the very complex problem of oxygen surface exchange.”Kilner adds, “It waits to be seen if we can capitalize on this <b>knowledge</b> to aid in the construction of practical devices, but it opens up the <b>possibility</b> of engineering new structures with enhanced performance at low temperatures.”The<br> work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Basic Energy Sciences Program. A judge found evidence of negligence by the prison in the case of an Israeli <b>spy</b> known as Prisoner X, but the chief prosecutor said there would be <b>no</b> indictments. This word has appeared in six New <b>York</b> Times articles in the past year. Q: I have heard that mold can grow behind a bathtub liner. Is this possible? <b>--</b> Anna In a concession to business groups, the Homeland Security Department <b>will</b> significantly scale back its planned crackdown this winter on federal contractors that hire illegal immigrants. Hours after a <b>presidential</b> commission raised new questions about the safety of the cement mixture intended to temporarily seal BP's Macondo exploration well, <b>oil</b> field service giant Halliburton said <b>the</b> final version of the mixture did not undergo a foam-stability

November 12, 2013 10:49 PM

hymmoyge said:

Whether plants survived after Hurricane Sandy depended mostly on their salt tolerance, which is <b>often</b> higher <b>in</b> plants that evolved on or near a coast.<br> An Episcopal bishop, whose diocese is moving toward splitting from the national church, was ousted from ministry.After<br> the Boston Bruins failed to get Jarome Iginla at the trade deadline, they grabbed him in free agency.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Coca-Cola has said it is cooperating with Chinese authorities who are investigating whether its employees engaged in illegal mapping using GPS devices in Yunnan Province.<br> Betsy and Matt Cizek enjoyed living in their tidy brick <b>Cape</b> Cod in northern College <b>Park,</b> but their sky-watching hobby was stymied by smog and suburban lights. Mr. Asciu’s work appeared for decades in <b>publications</b> like The New York Times and The New Yorker. Net income dropped 85 percent, to $4.7<br> million, largely on costs attributable to buyouts, <b>severance</b> and <b>restructuring.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</b> <b>Improvements</b> in prison life for Amir Hekmati, incarcerated for nearly two years on spying accusations, strengthened his family’s hope that Iran’s <b>judiciary</b> would favorably <b>review</b> an appeal for his release.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga.<br> -- <b>The</b> Atlanta Falcons have signed general manager Thomas Dimitroff to a new contract, the team announced Wednesday. Industry veteran Bill Rubino has retired as president and CEO of Jofco, a role he's <b>held</b> at the office-furniture manufacturer for over 40 years. 'There's a surprise waiting for you at the very end...'Charlie is playing in the woods with her friend, Pip.<br> As it is winter, they could see some big sheets of concrete hiding in the bracken. Charlie and Pip walk over to it and spot a sign saying Cold Tarn Open-air School. Charlie starts playing on some stepping stones and slips... She found herself in a different time zone. Everyone thought <b>her</b> name was Joyce Ingham when it was Charlie Livingstone! <b>She</b> finally convinced one boy <b>to</b> call her  <a href = "">Charlie and</a> he believed <b>her</b> story. Every time they were allowed out they went to look for the stepping <b>stones</b> so Charlie could get home. One day they decided to run away...This is an amazing story full of mystery and fear, with a surprise waiting for you at the very end...Want<br> to tell the world about a book you've read? Join the site and send us your review!Children and teenagersChildren's <b>books:</b> 8-12 yearsHorror (children <b>and</b> teens) &copy; 2013 Guardian News and Media <b>Limited</b> or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use <b>of</b> <b>this</b> content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The State Department finds no significant environmental barriers to approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.<br> The Supreme Court just issued two landmark rulings on rights for same-sex couples in the United States. First, it struck down the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act that denied federal benefits to same-sex couples.<br> And, second, it declined to overrule <b>the</b> California state Supreme Court's earlier decision upholding the state's same-sex civil unions. Read full article &#62;&#62;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; "It's 99.9 percent air," <b>says</b> artist <b>Tomás</b> Saraceno of his latest <b>work,</b> "On Space Time Foam." On Space Time Foam is a <b>multi-layered</b> habitat of diaphanous membranes suspended 24 meters above the ground, its form continuously shaping and shaped by the actions of those who dare be enfolded within the billows and wrinkles of its inflated topography. <b>What</b> steel was to the cities of the 20th century, perhaps air will be to those of the new millennium. Water, air and gas — the most mercurial of substances — are the materials of the <b>artist,</b> whose visit is sponsored by the Center for Art, Science &amp; Technology (CAST) and the Department <b>of</b> Architecture. With these materials, he constructs feedback loops activated by the presence of visitors <b>within</b> them. Like <b>a</b> biosphere, where water  <a href = " around</a> through the processes of evaporation and condensation, "On Space Time Foam" is an ecosystem. It makes <b>tangible</b> the complex systems of interaction, both physical and social, between humans and their environment. Trained as an architect and inspired by <b>the</b> utopian ambitions of such visionaries as Buckminster Fuller, Saraceno <b>creates</b> installations that express an aerial vision of a more interconnected existence. "It's like Airship Earth," Saraceno says, alluding to Fuller's Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth. The dream of his ongoing series, "Cloud City," is not only to live among the clouds but also to create cities more like clouds — changeable, mobile and responsive to atmospheric shifts, on both the natural and cultural scale.<br> Saraceno's works "refuse to be subordinated to tectonics," remarked Nader Tehrani, professor and head of the Department of Architecture, who moderated Saraceno's public lecture on Nov. 15, "Moving Beyond Materiality," along with fellow Professor of Architecture Antón García-Abril. The forms of Saraceno's pneumatic structures often mimic the latticework of molecules, the crystalline designs of spider webs, soap bubbles and neural circuits.<br> In these forms, constituting the <b>most</b> basic patterns of existence, Saraceno searches <b>for</b> a <b>universal</b> language, the cosmic <b>shape</b> that unites life on earth.<br> He searches <b>for</b> the forms — from the tiniest spider web to the structure of <b>the</b> universe — that configure life <b>on</b> earth.<br> Most of his works are variations on a theme: transparent envelopes of air suspended high above the ground.<br> These envelopes may contain plant life, water, air or bodies; they are blueprints for incubating a world in the sky.<br> Feats of engineering, the installations possess a delicate yet nimble <b>strength</b> — and they are getting more elaborate.<br> <b>With</b> the help of <b>scientists</b> and engineers — including <b>those</b> at MIT — Saraceno is moving closer toward realizing this vision.<br> If earlier iterations were more symbolic statements — poetic  <a href = " for</a> all that could be — his more recent projects edge nearer to this airy utopia. In 2010, Saraceno collaborated with <b>arachnologists</b> to model in 3-D the intricacies of a Black Widow spider web, a form thought to mirror the structure of the universe. This kind of complex digital visualization had never before been achieved, and led to a plethora of new insights, both scientific and artistic.<br> <b>A</b> collaboration between different disciplines and <b>institutions,</b> the work resulted in a hand-knotted model 30 times the web's original size. While attending NASA's International Space University, Saraceno subsequently proposed to send the spiders up to <b>the</b> near weightlessness of NASA's space labs in order to study, with a team of scientists, the effects of microgravity <b>on</b> their webs.<br> At MIT, Saraceno had the opportunity to draw upon a vast array of expertise in departments across the <b>Institute:</b> aeronautics and astronautics; <b>biology;</b> physics; chemistry; electrical engineering and computer science; mechanical engineering; civil and environmental engineering; earth, atmospheric and <b>planetary</b> sciences; architecture; science, technology, and society; and media arts and sciences. Swinging between the practical and the speculative, Saraceno discussed everything from nanoengineered materials to solar energy to weather patterns to the origins of the universe.<br> He asked scholars <b>in</b> diverse disciplines to imagine with him what a different reality might look like. To defy gravity, after all, is part of Saraceno's ultimate goal in conceptualizing a more sustainable future. <b>In</b> his vision, inflatable pods would take off in flight, rising skyward to colonize the cloudscape.<br> Propelled by currents of wind, these self-sustaining modules would <b>always</b> be drifting and reshaping into <b>endlessly</b> malleable new formations, loosened from the constraints of geopolitical borders.<br> "It's a public <b>space</b> made up of very small spheres," he says, imagining a community defined by greater freedom and mobility, both physical and intellectual.<br> What the cloud city offers <b>is</b>  <a href = "">a new</a> paradigm for thinking about humanity's relationship to the natural world and to one another.<br> While conventional logic invests human beings <b>with</b> all the power to change the <b>environment,</b> Saraceno's installations model the dynamic interplay between human and non-human <b>agents</b> in a complex <b>network</b> of organisms, materials, and natural forces. They reflect an increasingly interconnected world — environmentally, politically and socially — in which the smallest of fluctuations (say, a dip in the market) has far-reaching global consequences.<br> This <b>butterfly</b> effect is physically manifested in "On Space Time Foam," which is currently on display at Milan's HangarBicocca and will later form the basis of a floating biosphere <b>in</b> the Maldives Islands made habitable <b>with</b> solar panels <b>and</b> desalinated water.<br> As visitors <b>slide</b> through these pressurized sacs of air, each layer with its own climate, their movement produces <b>a</b> reaction throughout the entire installation. When visitors <b>cluster</b> too close to one another, the force of their combined weight can lead to what Saraceno <b>calls</b> a "black hole of social interaction," referencing the cosmological theories of that informed the piece.<br> In his work, <b>everything</b> is connected. "I am trying to make people engage and tune with each other," Saraceno notes. To be <b>sure,</b> the artist is more of a composer than an urban planner. He calibrates densities — <b>whether</b> that of a bead of moisture in the air or the weight of a passing footstep — and, in doing <b>so,</b> <b>reminds</b> audiences of the world's overwhelming sensitivity and intricacy.<br> Sorting the children’s books for a move, and rediscovering old favorites.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> An owner <b>petition</b> prompts a Honda recall, why sore knees accompany middle age, younger generations lag in wealth building and other <b>consumer-focused</b> news from The New York Times.<br> <b>Hundreds</b> of Patriots fans lined up to exchange their Aaron Hernandez jerseys for jersey replicas featuring other players at the team’s store  <a href = " Foxborough,</a> Mass.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Campaigners call for action after eighth straight <b>rise</b> in serious injuries among cyclists, while overall road deaths fall 8%Road casualty figures dropped last year to the lowest overall level since records were first collected almost 90 years ago, according to government <b>statistics,</b> but deaths and injuries among <b>cyclists</b> bucked the trend by rising sharply.Cycling groups are <b>demanding</b> urgent government action to stem the casualty numbers, which are going up more quickly than the increase in riders on the road. Cyclist deaths rose 10% during 2012, with serious injuries up by 4%, the latter <b>increasing</b> for the eighth consecutive <b>year.It</b> is the only area where road casualties are rising, aside from a small increase in the number of seriously injured pedestrians, another vulnerable group.The Department for Transport (DfT) statistics show that the total number of road deaths fell 8% year-on-year to 1,754, the lowest since such <b>figures</b> were first collected in 1926. Serious injuries fell by 0.4%,<br> and remain 15% lower than the 2005-9 average.At 145,571, the number of recorded road accidents in which someone was injured was lower than in any years other than 1926 and 1927, despite <b>the</b> vastly greater number of vehicles in use now.This was reflected in reduced casualty numbers for just about every road user.<br> Among motorcyclists there was a 9% <b>drop</b> in deaths and 5% decline in serious injuries.In contrast, the number of cyclists killed on the roads rose from 107 in 2011 <b>to</b> 118 last year, with serious injuries rising to 3,222.The number of cyclists on the roads has increased in recent years, particularly in some cities, but campaign groups argue that the rise in the number of deaths <b>and</b> injuries has been <b>proportionately</b> greater.The DfT report also <b>notes</b> <b>that</b> 2012's unusually wet spring and summer – the April to June period was the second rainiest on record – <b>is</b>  <a href = "">likely to</a> have pushed down casualty figures for cyclists, pedestrians <b>and</b> motorcyclists, as people chose other transport options in the wet.British Cycling said the statistics were very disturbing. Its policy director, Martin Gibbs, said: "Although the number of people cycling is increasing, the <b>number</b> of casualties is increasing at an even faster rate.<br> If the government is serious about getting Britain cycling we need to ensure that cycling is built in to all new road developments and junctions."Jason Torrance, the policy director of Sustrans, said: "The 118 people who died riding a <b>bike</b> on our roads this year have died needlessly and must surely spur the government into immediate action <b>to</b> make our roads safer."It<br> is unacceptable <b>that</b> seriously injured cyclist casualties have increased eight years running.<br> The safety of cyclists must <b>be</b> included at the heart of the design of our roads as a requirement of all future schemes and a review of the safety of cyclists using existing roads must take place."The<br> increase in cycling casualties has baffled many campaigners, particularly given the <b>generally</b> observed "safety in numbers" effect in <b>which</b> more <b>cyclists</b> on the roads tends to make riding safer <b>overall.</b> Studies have shown <b>that</b> risky or illegal behaviour by cyclists is rarely the cause of serious accidents.In April an <b>all-party</b> group of MPs released a report on how to boost the number of Britons cycling, spelling out a series of specific recommendations on segregated lanes and other safety <b>infrastructure.<br></b> The <b>government</b> has not said whether it supports such moves.TransportRoad<br> safetyCyclingTransport <b>policyPeter</b> <b>&copy;</b> <b>2013</b> Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies.<br> All rights reserved.<br> | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Sunday's MLS championship will <b>give</b> New England Revolution midfielder Steve Ralston the U.S. record <b>for</b> first-division games played. Microsoft offered more details on Tuesday  <a href = "">about its</a> plans to integrate SharePoint and Yammer, saying it'll give Office 365 customers the option of replacing SharePoint Online's activity-stream component with Yammer's.<br> <b>Manufacturers</b> are gravitating toward wireless connections for Apple’s products, which is helping the market for competitors’ mobile devices.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> A judge found evidence of negligence by the prison <b>in</b> the case of an Israeli spy known as Prisoner X, but the chief prosecutor said there would <b>be</b> no indictments.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> Exactly a month after Greece closed the state broadcaster <b>ERT</b> in a cost-cutting move, a bare-bones version of the service is back on the <b>air.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br></b> Director Craig Zobel <b>talks</b> about Compliance, his new film based on a real-life hoax caller who preyed on fast-food chainsIt's a busy Friday night in a branch of the US fast-food chain <b>ChickWich.</b> A harassed, middle-aged manager takes a call from a police officer, who informs her that there is a thief on the premises: a female employee has stolen <b>money</b> from a customer's purse, and it is up to her to detain the teenage miscreant until the police <b>arrive.<br></b> As a law-abiding member of the public, the manager is eager to help. Eager to a fault, in fact. "I'll do everything you need," she says, as she prepares to carry out his first task: a strip-search of the employee.<br> There's just one problem. The voice belongs not to a policeman but to a hoax-caller determined to test the <b>limits</b> of human <b>subservience</b> to authority.Although this is the premise for the cringingly suspenseful new film Compliance, it also <b>actually</b> happened.<br> And not just once: over the course of 10 years starting in the <b>mid-1990s,</b> 70 such <b>cases</b> of prank callers tricking <b>staff</b> into performing humiliating acts on their workmates <b>were</b> reported across <b>30</b> US states. A suspect – David Stewart, a married father of <b>five</b> – was arrested and tried in relation  <a href = " one</a> of these prank calls, but was acquitted. McDonald's, Taco Bell and Wendy's were among those targeted but, as this is a fictional film rather than a documentary, the name of the chain – ChickWich – has been fabricated."When I first heard about the case, it <b>threw</b> up questions I didn't have the answers to," explains Craig Zobel, the <b>36-year-old</b> American writer and director <b>of</b> the film.<br> "I was thinking: 'Who is wrong in the situation and exactly how wrong are they?' What amount of blame can you place on the&nbsp;manager, for instance? Some, certainly, but how much? She was very&nbsp;skilfully manipulated."Many<br> audiences, he concedes, have been incredulous about the behaviour of characters in Compliance. It isn't only the <b>manager</b> who takes <b>leave</b> of her senses in the presence <b>of</b> this perceived authority figure. On her say-so, junior staff members <b>and</b> <b>even</b> her own fiance collude in the incremental abuse of this young woman, some by active participation and others through simply doing nothing.<br> Meanwhile, the victim clutches an apron to her naked <b>body</b> while the voice on the phone demands ever-more degrading punishments.Zobel's previous works include the award-winning 2007 comedy The Great World of <b>Sound,</b> about record <b>industry</b> talent scouts. <b>Real</b> people performed in its audition scenes without knowing it was actually a film shoot. Compliance reflects Zobel's belief that most of us have a tendency, however faint, to acquiesce to authority. "I've had <b>experience</b> of <b>that,</b> and not only with cops.<br> Sometimes, I'll <b>do</b> what a security guard tells me.<br> Then you think, 'Wait <b>–</b> I didn't have to obey you!' And yet we do. We trust that they are there to protect us and that they won't abuse that. It's a social contract. I hesitate to say the film is about one thing, but to my mind it deals with how people use authority, how  <a href = "">people respond</a> to it, and how it's baked into all the decisions we make."Compliance<br> has already <b>been</b> acclaimed by other directors including William Friedkin (who called it "brave, important and chilling"), Paul Schrader, Todd Solondz and John Waters (who chose it as one of his 2012 favourites). And it has all <b>the</b> makings <b>of</b> a provocative, must-see talking-point, along the lines of last year's The Imposter, a documentary about French conman Frédéric Bourdin. As unpleasant as it is to sit through, Compliance is expansive and illuminating; its metaphorical reach is so vast <b>it</b> takes only the smallest of mental <b>leaps</b> to get from the ChickWich store room to the horrors of Abu Ghraib, Guantánamo Bay, and even Nazi Germany. "I hope it generates discussion," says Zobel. <b>"That's</b> what it was made for. I didn't want to impose my perspective on the film.<br> It was more like, 'This happened and it seems outlandish and crazy to me – what about you?'"It also feels appropriate <b>that</b> the entire ghastly horror story should happen in a fast-food joint, the <b>sort</b> of place few <b>enter</b> without entering a zone of denial <b>about</b> what exactly they're consuming. "It's like Oz, isn't it?" says Zobel.<br> "'Don't look behind the curtain.<br> I&nbsp;don't want to know how many calories are in this!' I think the same story could have happened in, say, a financial institution, but the fast-food environment is one where authority <b>is</b> so <b>structured</b> that it seems to lend itself to this abuse.<br> And when you think about it, what's <b>the</b> first thing they say to you when you walk up to the counter?" He pauses. "'Can I take your order?'"Compliance is released on Friday.DramaRyan<br><br> &copy; 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or <b>its</b> affiliated <b>companies.<br></b> All rights reserved.<br> | Use <b>of</b> this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More

November 13, 2013 3:51 AM

stabokod said:

GEORGE GERSHWIN  By Larry Starr  Yale<br><img src=""><br> Univ.<br> 194 pp.<br> $45 <b>It</b> is a truth universally acknowledged that George Gershwin (1898-1937) <b>wrote</b> some irresistible melodies. After that, the debate begins.<br> Was Gershwin an inspired tunesmith, pure and simple, who nevertheless <b>remained</b> a rank amateur when he at... After seven years as dean for undergraduate<br><img src=""><br> education at MIT, Daniel Hastings will step down from the post, effective July 1. Chancellor Eric Grimson<br><img src=""><br> made <b>the</b> announcement today in an email to the MIT community. Hastings will take a “well-deserved” sabbatical, Grimson wrote, before returning to his role as a faculty member in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Engineering Systems Division. “Dan has provided great leadership for DUE,” Grimson <b>wrote,</b> “streamlining its operations, guiding it through the challenges of the budget crisis of 2008-2009, initiating and supporting educational experiments in teaching and learning, leading efforts <b>to</b> enhance mentoring and advising processes, establishing the [Global Education and Career Development] office and creating a <b>number</b> of global opportunities for students, <b>and</b> championing the diversity of our student community. I am confident that the next Dean will be able to build on Dan's successes in moving DUE forward.”The dean for undergraduate education reports to the chancellor, and works to support innovations in student learning — both inside and outside the classroom — <b>as</b> well as promote global educational opportunities and student diversity. The position oversees many offices at MIT, including the Admissions office, the Office of Minority Education, Student Financial Services, the Office of the Registrar, the Office of Faculty <b>Support,</b> and the Office of Educational Innovation and Technology. “Dean Hastings came to the job with a passionate commitment to enhancing MIT’s distinctive undergraduate experience,” MIT <b>President</b> L.<br> Rafael Reif said. “Since 2006, as he steered DUE through the wake of global financial upheaval and the start <b>of</b> the online learning revolution, his <b>thoughtful,</b> steady leadership helped us attract exceptionally talented students and present them with compelling new educational options, <b>on</b> campus and around the world. I am grateful for <b>his</b> service to our students and the Institute.”Looking back on his seven-year tenure, Hastings said the dean’s office has made significant progress in giving MIT students global opportunities. “I am most proud <b>of</b> the work we did <b>in</b> enabling more of our students to have global educational experiences; in moving us to online grading, registration and course evaluation; and in building a much better understanding of how to help all our students thrive,” Hastings told MIT News.<br> “We also made major improvements in our financial aid sustainability, and in thinking about teaching and learning for <b>faculty</b> and [teaching <b>assistants].”Hastings</b> says <b>that</b> a major challenge for his successor <b>will</b> be to determine how best to integrate online-learning platforms such as edX into the classroom.<br> “I hope our education will<br><img src=""><br> move to be more <b>modular</b> and flexible, with appropriate mixes of online and <b>residential</b> education that enable each<br><img src=""><br> student to have a more personalized, first-rate educational experience,” said Hastings, the Cecil and Ida Green Education Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and <b>Engineering</b> Systems.<br> “Online learning and how we use it has the potential to move us there.”Hastings said he looks <b>forward</b> to returning to both AeroAstro and the Engineering Systems Division, where he hopes to continue working to improve education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.<br> Hastings joined the <b>MIT</b> faculty in 1985 and became a full professor in 1993. <b>He</b> has taught seminars and courses in plasma physics, rocket propulsion, aerospace policy and space-systems engineering.<br> From 1997 to 1999, Hastings served as the U.S.<br> Air Force’s chief scientist, leading influential studies of Air Force investments in space and of preparations for a 21st-century science and technology workforce.He became director of the MIT Technology and Policy Program in 2000, director of the Engineering Systems Division in 2004, and dean for undergraduate education <b>in</b> 2006. “I feel strongly that the DUE offices are run by excellent people,” Hastings said. “They are a first-rate team, and I could not have done anything without them.”In <b>the</b> <b>coming</b> weeks, <b>Grimson</b> will assemble a search<br><img src=""><br> committee to find the next dean for undergraduate education. Grimson encouraged members of the MIT community to share <b>their</b> thoughts on the DUE and their expectations for the next dean by sending comments to‬.“I greatly appreciate Dan’s thoughtful leadership in guiding and integrating the many units of DUE,” Grimson wrote.<br> “I look forward to celebrating Dan’s<br><img src=""><br> achievements with him and his colleagues during the spring term, and we wish him good luck as he plans the next stage of his career.‬‬‬‬”In<br> “The Happy House,” a young urban couple take a vacation in the country, with the ensuing terrors becoming symbolic of everything that’s wrong between them.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Places <b>of</b> worship abound in Mumbai and New York. <b>The</b> Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), a global <b>research</b> center, opened today its Southeast<br><img src=""><br> Asia <b>office</b> in Jakarta, Indonesia, with the mission to reduce poverty in the region by translating rigorous research into action.<br> The Southeast Asia office is J-PAL’s fifth regional office, joining J-PAL’s <b>offices</b> at top universities in Chile, France, India and South Africa. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono offered the keynote address at the launch, which was attended by more than 300 international and local researchers, government officials and bilateral and multilateral agencies. “I would <b>certainly</b> like to invite J-PAL to help strengthen our efforts to combat poverty, <b>especially</b> through rigorous studies and impact evaluations of our poverty <b>eradication</b> policies,” Yudhoyono <b>said.<br></b> “I would like to obtain <b>insights</b> from J-PAL's findings in order to enhance and improve the ways of how to fight poverty in Indonesia.”The<br> launch event also featured speeches from Prof.<br> Dr. Ir.<br> Muhammad Anis, rector of the Universitas Indonesia, and J-PAL Director Abhijit V. Banerjee, who serves with President Yudhoyono on the United Nations <b>Secretary-General’s</b> High-Level Panel of eminent persons  <a href = "">trademiner </a> Post-2015 Development Agenda.<br> J-PAL is an international network of researchers that specializes in determining which development programs work, which do not, and why. Established in 2003 and headquartered at MIT, J-PAL is known for <b>pioneering</b> the use of randomized control trials to test <b>the</b> effectiveness of anti-poverty programs. <b>J-PAL’s</b> network of more than 80 affiliated professors has produced more than 350 randomized evaluations in 52 countries, and more than <b>63</b> million people have been reached by policies found to be effective by J-PAL studies.Since 2007, J-PAL has partnered with the government of Indonesia and local researchers to evaluate <b>the</b> effectiveness of and test innovative poverty reduction programs in the country. “We are excited to expand our partnerships with<br><img src="*0RMsNFnDVQyEQS1d3saH8JfSRh07HQ7esWLFNKh/Barney.jpg"><br> policymakers in Southeast Asia to learn which development programs are truly effective and use these findings to improve how we fight poverty in the region,” Banerjee said.J-PAL<br> Southeast Asia is based at the Institute of Economic and Social Research (LPEM-FEUI) within the Universitas Indonesia’s Faculty of Economics.<br> “I believe that the collaboration between J-PAL and LPEM-FEUI will enhance both research and action to combat poverty, especially in Indonesia,” Anis said.<br> Australia, through AusAID, has provided $5.6<br> million over four years to J-PAL for establishment of the Southeast Asia office, <b>which</b> will support researchers to generate more evidence on a broader range of anti-poverty programs.<br> J-PAL Southeast Asia will also build the capacity of local researchers and policymakers to evaluate the effectiveness their efforts to combat poverty. J-PAL is hosting a <b>policy</b> and research conference<br><img src=""><br> at Universitas Indonesia on June 26, in which academics, donors and researchers will set the research and policy<br><img src=""><br> priorities of the new office. Americans <b>are</b> divided over who would be <b>to</b> blame for a <b>potential</b> government shutdown, with large numbers saying Republicans and President Obama are playing politics with the <b>issue,</b> according to a new Washington Post poll. • Manx leader faces <b>challenge</b> from André Greipel• Chris Froome in contention for general classificationMark Cavendish was the early leader of the Tirreno-Adriatico coast-to-coast<br><img src=""><br> race as Omega Pharma-Quick <b>Step</b> won the opening stage in Italy.The<br> Belgium-based team navigated rainy conditions to finish the 16.9km<br> team time trial with a time of 19min and 24sec, with Cavendish taking the blue jersey for crossing the finish line first.With a time of<br><img src="***-funny-picture.jpg"><br> 19min 35sec, Movistar were 11 seconds behind the sprinting team of Cavendish, Tony Martin, Michal Kwiatkowski, Zdenek Stybar and <b>Niki</b> Terpstra.Cadel Evans, Thor Hushovd and Taylor Phinney were in the BMC Racing team that placed third with a time <b>of</b> 19min 40sec on a course running from San Vincenzo to Donoratico.After reaching the Tuscan coast, Cavendish said: "Two words, one name <b>–</b> Tony <b>Martin.</b> He did the majority [of the work] <b>today.</b> [It <b>was]</b> the planning they put into it but without putting too much pressure on it … We finished with five but <b>everybody</b> had a part to play."There are no real egos here, except maybe me, but it was <b>all</b> about getting eight <b>guys</b> from point A to point B as quickly as possible."The Manx sprinter will defend his lead against André Greipel of Lotto Belisol and the 2012 Tour de France green-jersey winner Peter Sagan over Thursday's 232km trek to Indicatore.Team Sky, meanwhile, were 25 seconds behind the winners but a seventh-placed finish leaves their team leader, Chris Froome, in contention for the general classification.Froome earned an early advantage over two of his biggest rivals as Team Sky gained four seconds on Alberto Contador's <b>Saxo-Tinkoff</b> and 19 seconds on Joaquim Rodriguez's Katusha.Meanwhile, the American cyclist Andrew Talansky held off six riders in a sprint finish to win the third stage of the Paris-Nice race and take the race leader's yellow jersey.The small breakaway group attacked <b>late</b> and the Garmin-Sharp rider finished a bike's length ahead of Davide Malacarne of France, with Gorka Izagirre of Spain in third. All three had the same time of 4hr 6min 15 seconds over the undulating 170.5km course from Châtel-Guyon to Brioude.The three<br><img src=""><br> moderate climbs proved too much for the Italian sprinter Elia Viviani as the overnight race leader dropped to 59th place in the standings, nearly three minutes behind Talansky, who leads Andriy Grivko of Ukraine by three seconds.Mark &copy; 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use <b>of</b> this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds Victor Zue, the Delta Electronics Professor <b>of</b> Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at <b>MIT</b> and the director of international relations for the MIT Computer Science<br><img src=""><br> and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL), has been <b>named</b> the 2012 recipient of the Okawa Prize.<br> Zue was honored for his "pioneering and outstanding contributions to speech science and conversational spoken-language systems." In the early part of his career, Zue conducted research in acoustic phonetics and phonology, codifying the acoustic manifestation of speech sounds and<br><img src=""><br> the phonological<br><img src=""><br> rules governing the realization of pronunciation in American English. Subsequently, his research interests shifted toward the development of spoken language interfaces to make human-computer interactions more natural.<br> Between 1989 and 2001, he led the Spoken Language Systems Group at the MIT Laboratory for Computer <b>Science,</b> which has pioneered the development of many systems that enable a user to interact with<br><img src=""><br> computers using spoken language.<br>  Zue's current research interests are in the area of applying human language technologies to enable easy access of structured and unstructured information from the Web, especially in application areas such as education and health care.<br> Zue is a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, and a <b>fellow</b> of the International Speech Communication Association.<br> He is also a<br><img src=""><br> <b>member</b> of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, and an Academician of the Academia Sinica. Presented annually by the Okawa Foundation for Information and Telecommunications, the Okawa Prize <b>is</b> intended to pay tribute to individuals who have  <a href = "">aquaponics-4-you </a> <b>contributions</b> to the research, technological development and business in the information and telecommunications fields. Past MIT winners of this award include Professor Tomaso Poggio.<br> The prize includes a certificate,<br><img src=""><br> <b>a</b> gold medal and a 10 million yen cash award. Authorities in <b>central</b> Mexico say at least nine people were killed and dozens injured when a pickup truck carrying fireworks caught fire and blew up during a religious celebration at a small <b>village.</b> Rob <b>Portman,</b> a rising star in his party, announced that he has a gay son and could no <b>longer</b> justify his opposition to same-sex marriage. A slide show of images from the festival.<br> Pepco has hired two prominent lawyers with extensive political experience to head what the company called "blue ribbon<br><img src=""><br> panels" to examine <b>the</b> utility's reliability problems in a series of public meetings in Prince George's County and the District.<br> BUCARAMANGA, COLOMBIA -- <b>Colombians</b> have long <b>known</b> Antanas Mockus for his antics, such as the time he mooned an auditorium full of rowdy students during his stint as a university president. And how he got married atop an elephant. India’s government faced accusations Wednesday that<br><img src=""><br> it will be incapable of bringing about much-needed reforms after the withdrawal of its biggest ally Tuesday night, a southern political party that protested the government’s stance on Sri Lanka’s alleged <b>war</b> crimes.<br> After dozens of studies and papers, Reinhart’s stock-in-trade has been building <b>sophisticated</b> models of the relationship between the kind of daylight a building receives and the energy consumption of the people who use <b>that</b> building, whether it <b>is</b> <b>a</b> commercial space or <b>a</b> residence.<br> Over the last decade, he has developed commercial tools such as the popular DAYSIM program, used by firms globally, and more recently one called DIVA-for-Rhino, which lets people study the dynamics of a building in minute detail.“There has been this longstanding habit of just treating people as passive sensors,” Reinhart says.<br> “We not only model a building, but how people behave in it, and what people do — how they create a feedback loop, and what <b>that</b> does to the overall energy being put into the<br><img src=""><br> building.”But<br> in recent years, Reinhart started looking for new intellectual challenges, and <b>thinks</b> he has found a good one <b>in</b> applying his work to larger urban areas.  “We understand individual<br><img src=""><br> buildings,” Reinhart explains.<br> “That <b>doesn’t</b> mean better buildings are always being built in the world, but we know how to build very efficient buildings. But as researchers … cities present a huge challenge for us.”A <b>data</b> point for every hour of the yearThe Cambridge Solar Map, as a way of meeting that challenge, incorporates immense amounts of data into a tool that can be used on a laptop computer. In his office, Reinhart is happy to preview the tool in advance of its formal unveiling, which occurred in early October.<br> Each building in Cambridge, viewed from above, consists of a grid of smaller squares, on which varying levels of <b>light</b> intensity are displayed with colors; in <b>turn,</b> each of the small squares is composed of 8,760 data points — one for each hour in the year.  Mervyn King says current situation 'nonsense' as he lays bare his disagreement with George Osborne over <b>RBS's</b> futureSir Mervyn King has blown open the debate about the future of Royal Bank of Scotland by describing the current situation as "nonsense" and calling for the bailed out bank to be broken up into <b>a</b> good and bad bank.Less<br> than a week after <b>the</b> Edinburgh-based bank insisted it could be ready for partial privatisation ahead of the May <b>2015</b> election, the Bank of England governor laid bare his disagreement with the chancellor, George Osborne, <b>over</b> the future of RBS, <b>saying</b> the <b>state-backed</b> bank could not be sold off until it acknowledges the <b>full</b> scale of its bad debts.Giving evidence to the banking standards commission, King<br><img src=""><br> said of RBS: "The whole idea of a bank being 82% owned by the taxpayer, run at arm's length<br><img src=""><br> from the government, is a nonsense.<br> It cannot make any sense".With three months left before he is replaced by Canadian Mark Carney, King said "nothing has been achieved" at <b>RBS,</b> apart from removing risk from its balance sheet, to return it to the private sector.In<br> an effort to get lending flowing to <b>businesses,</b> King said a "bad" bank could house all the <b>troublesome</b> loans. <b>The</b> taxpayer would <b>retain</b> that<br><img src=""><br> bank. <b>The</b> "good" bank that would be created could <b>then</b> lend to businesses and be rapidly privatised. King admitted this would require the government to take losses. "It is not beyond the wit of man to restructure RBS such that it could be sold back to the private sector relatively soon.<br> It should not take more than a year. But that <b>means</b> accepting the losses," he said."The lesson of history is that <b>we</b> should face up to it – <b>it's</b> worth less than we thought and <b>we</b> should <b>accept</b> <b>that</b> and get back to finding a way to create <b>a</b> <b>new</b> RBS that could be a major lender to the UK economy," he said.Lord<br> Lawson, a former Conservative chancellor and member of the commission, has <b>also</b> proposed nationalising RBS and then splitting it in two. When the commission tackled Osborne on the subject last week, the chancellor had stamped on any suggestion that <b>he</b> would<br><img src=""><br> use up to "£8bn or<br><img src=""><br> <b>£9bn"</b> of taxpayer funds to take control of the rest of RBS<br><img src=""><br> before breaking it up. The chancellor said there were "very considerable obstacles" to nationalising RBS.<br> <b>The</b> bailed-out banks, including Lloyds Banking Group, then insisted they were on course for privatisation.Lloyds<br> published a new potential sale price for the taxpayer stake of 61p – considerably lower than the 73p average price that taxpayers paid for the stake – and sparked speculation a sale was nearer. The RBS stake  <a href = "">tinnitus miracle </a> sold off at <b>407p,</b> lower <b>than</b> the 500p average price, on the same basis.Shares in RBS were on Wednesday trading at 309p and Lloyds at 51p. Andrew Tyrie, the Conservative MP who chairs the commission, said King was <b>setting</b> out the case for "radical action" to sort <b>out</b> the bailed-out banks.Labour created the current structure<br><img src=""><br> of UK Financial Investments overseeing the £45bn pumped into RBS and £20bn into Lloyds Banking Group <b>during</b> the 2008 banking crisis and it has been retained by the coalition. King referred to this "arm's length" arrangement, saying: "I know it was put there for a good reason. People didn't want politicians running banks.<br> But I<br><img src=""><br> think it would be a much better idea to accept that it should have been a temporary period of ownership only – to <b>restructure</b> the <b>bank</b> and put it back. The longer this has gone on the more difficult that's become"."The<br> <b>economic</b> reality is that we must accept the losses.<br> We should accept the reality that the state-owned banks are worth less than we thought."King<br> also told the commission that he was "surprised" at the access top bankers had to politicians. "I <b>was</b> surprised at the degree of access bank executives had to people at the very top, it <b>was</b> certainly easier access ...<br> than <b>the</b> regulators had," King said.King has become increasingly frustrated with banks and recently wrote <b>to</b> a small business owner Mike Benson, who had been refused for a loan by Bank of Scotland, part of Lloyds, to described banks as "maddening".<br> The governor suggested that<br><img src=""><br> Benson – who is one of four employees at Airware International which sells<br><img src=""><br> compressors – looks at newer entrants such as Sweden's Handelsbanken.Royal Bank of ScotlandBankingLloyds Banking GroupMervyn KingBank of <b>EnglandJill</b> TreanorPhillip &copy; 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited <b>or</b> its affiliated companies. <b>All</b> rights reserved.<br> | Use of this content is subject to <b>our</b> Terms & Conditions | More Feeds THE QUESTION Might a regular walking regimen protect against the memory loss that occurs when the brain shrinks in old <b>age?</b> Rod Perry won the PGA <b>Professional</b> National<br><img src=""><br> Championship <b>on</b> <b>Wednesday</b> <b>at</b> Sunriver Resort, shooting a 3-under 69 for a three-stroke victory.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Disorders such as schizophrenia can originate in certain <b>regions</b> of <b>the</b> brain and then spread out<br><img src=""><br> to affect connected areas.<br> Identifying these regions of the brain, and how they <b>affect</b> the other areas they communicate with, would allow drug companies to develop better treatments and could ultimately help <b>doctors</b> make a diagnosis. But interpreting the <b>vast</b> amounts of data produced by brain scans to identify these connecting regions has so far proved impossible.<br><br><img src=""><br> Now, researchers in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT have developed an algorithm that can analyze information from medical images to identify diseased areas of the<br><img src=""><br> brain and their connections with other regions. The MIT researchers will present the work <b>next</b> month at the International Conference on Medical <b>Image</b> Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention in Nice, France.The algorithm, developed by Polina Golland, an associate professor of computer science, and graduate student Archana Venkataraman, extracts information from two different types of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans.<br> The first, called diffusion MRI, <b>looks</b> at how water diffuses along the white-matter fibers in the brain, providing insight into how closely different areas <b>are</b> connected to one another.<br> The second, known as functional MRI, probes how different parts of the brain activate when they perform particular tasks, and so can reveal when two areas are active at the same time and are therefore connected.<br> These two scans alone can produce huge amounts of data on the network of connections in the brain, Golland says.<br> “It’s quite hard for a person looking at <b>all</b> of that data to <b>integrate</b> it into a model of what <b>is</b> going on, because we’re not good at processing lots of <b>numbers.”So</b> the algorithm first compares all the data from the brain scans of healthy people with those of patients with a particular disease, to identify differences <b>in</b> the connections between the two groups that indicate disruptions caused by <b>the</b> disorder. However, this<br><img src=""><br> <b>step</b> alone is not enough, since much<br><img src=""><br> of our understanding of what goes on in the brain concerns the individual regions themselves, rather than the connections between them, making it difficult to integrate this information <b>with</b> existing medical <b>knowledge.So<br></b> the algorithm then analyzes this network <b>of</b> connections to create a map of the <b>areas</b> of the brain most affected by the disease.<br> “It is based on the assumption that with any disease you get a small subset of regions that are affected, which then affect their neighbors <b>through</b> this connectivity change,” Golland says.<br> “So <b>our</b> methods extract <b>from</b> the data this set of regions that can explain the disruption of connectivity that <b>we</b> see.”It does this by hypothesizing, based on an overall map of the connections between each of the regions in the brain, what disruptions in signaling it would expect<br><img src=""><br> to see if<br><img src=""><br> a particular region were affected.<br> In <b>this</b> way, when the algorithm detects any <b>disruption</b> in connectivity in a particular scan, <b>it</b> knows which regions must have been affected by <b>the</b> <b>disease</b> to<br><img src=""><br> create such an impact. “It basically finds the subset of<br><img src=""><br> regions that best explains the observed changes in connectivity between the normal control scan and the <b>patient</b> scan,” Golland says. When the team used the algorithm to compare the brain scans of patients<br><img src=""><br> with schizophrenia to those of healthy people, they were able to identify three regions of the brain — the right posterior cingulate and the right and left superior temporal gyri — that are most affected by the disease.In<br> the long term, this could help drug<br><img src=""><br> companies develop more effective treatments for<br><img src=""><br> <b>the</b> disease that specifically target <b>these</b> regions of the brain, <b>Golland</b> says. In the meantime, by  <a href = "">forex-growth-bot </a> the different parts of the brain that are affected <b>by</b> a particular disorder, it can help doctors to make sense of how the disease evolves, and why it produces certain symptoms.Ultimately, the method could also be used to help doctors diagnose patients whose symptoms could represent <b>a</b> number of different disorders, Golland says.<br> By analyzing the patient’s brain scan to pinpoint which regions are affected, it could identify which disorder would create this particular disruption, she says.In<br> addition to schizophrenia, the researchers, who developed the algorithm alongside Marek Kubicki, associate director of the Psychiatry Neuroimaging Laboratory at Harvard Medical School, are also investigating the possibility of using the method to study Huntington’s disease. Gregory Brown, associate director of clinical neuroscience at the University of California at San Diego’s Center for Functional MRI, who was not involved in developing the model, plans <b>to</b> use it to study the effects of HIV and drug addiction.<br> “We<br><img src=""><br> will use the method to gain a clearer perspective on how HIV infection and methamphetamine dependence disrupts large-scale brain circuitry,” he says.The<br> method is a critical step away from studying the brain as a collection of localized regions toward a more realistic systems perspective, he says. This should assist the study of <b>disorders</b> such as <b>schizophrenia,</b> neurocognitive impairment and dementia<br><img src=""><br> associated with AIDS, and multiple sclerosis, which are best characterized as diseases of brain systems, he says. The staff members at youth sports concussion clinics are a valuable repository of information.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> The intention is likely to be helpful and ensure<br><img src=""><br> that you can see the text you’re typing or the options in the select element.<br> This is fine, of course.<br> What’s annoying is that the browser doesn’t zoom back out once you’re done with the control, so you have to pinch the screen and manually zoom out. Not showstopping, <b>but</b> rather annoying. <b>This</b> behaviour seems to be the same for all<br><img src="***-funny-picture.jpg"><br> browsers that use WebKit, which as far as I know means all iOS <b>browsers</b> except Opera Mini (which does not auto-zoom form controls). The sadistic Willy Wonka oversees a mega-factory run on slave labour and<br><img src=""><br> chooses the <b>boy</b> <b>least</b> likely to succeed as a businessmanWith <b>two</b> film versions, and now a West End musical, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is probably Roald Dahl's most popular kids' tales.<br> And the moral of that tale? Basically, don't complain about starving to death, <b>while</b> living in the shadow of<br><img src=""><br> a giant factory full of food (most of which presumably goes uneaten), <b>wait</b> around <b>in</b> your hovel until some sadistic fat cat <b>decides</b> to randomly award you a benevolent gift for being the most passive <b>kid</b> in the world.The<br> chocolate factory of the title is a mega-factory that relies on slave labour, with hastily whitewashed racist overtones. In its shadow lives noble Charlie.<br> His dad works shovelling snow <b>since</b> he lost his job and the whole <b>family</b> are starving. <b>No</b> wonder Saint Charlie wants to win the lottery, aka find a golden ticket. And if you'll excuse the spoiler, he totally does. So do four other kids. Unfortunately, these turn out to be the four worst kids in the world – simply by being four kids who aren't paragons of Victorian silent virtue.When these kids act like kids, eating the sweets that they are invited to eat and messing with stuff, they have violent, cruel accidents, which we're <b>meant</b> to applaud. Ha ha, they totally deserve it for being disgustingly fat. Or for chewing gum. (Hey, wait though, doesn't this factory make gum?) Or for watching <b>television.</b> In the theatrical spectacular, Mike Teavee's terrible vice has become video games, because, well, because yawn, frankly. And dammit, don't kids today know it's wrong to ask for a magical, glittery human-sized squirrel? But who among us isn't guilty of these things? I know I can raise<br><img src=""><br> my <b>hand</b> to all of them.<br> Especially the squirrel. Damn.But the fate of shy fatty <b>Augustus</b> Gloop touches my heart the most. What chance did he have? He's in a chocolate factory. He's in the "chocolate room". He's there because he won a ticket by eating chocolate, as part of a competition which was a marketing exercise to sell more chocolate.<br> But fat people don't <b>know</b> how to<br><img src=""><br> behave around food, do they? He dares to drink from a chocolate river and faster than you can say, back away from<br><img src=""><br> the doughnuts, fatty, he is sucked into a pipe to his possible death.<br> So c'mon kids let's all sing along with this fat-shaming song about how much the Oompah Loompas would like to kill the "great big greedy nincompoop".And<br><img src=""><br> Willy Wonka is<br><img src=""><br> so distracted by his <b>ironic</b> child punishments, he messes up. Because who would<br><img src=""><br> you actually bequeath a chocolate factory to? A quiet boy who really, really likes chocolate? A <b>girl</b> who is a world champion at consuming one of the products your <b>factory</b> makes? A boy who is well versed <b>in</b> the cultural field you're about to enter? Or a girl who may <b>be</b> a bit of a psychopath but would probably do very well in the world of business?Of course, we know, none of these children with actual personalities are chosen.<br> The factory goes to Charlie. A boy so nondescript we'd forget his name if it wasn't part of the alliterative title. He's never going to be <b>able</b> to run a factory. He barely speaks when other kids <b>are</b> almost killed in front of him.<br> Slugworth will be launching a hostile takeover within weeks and be all over that place with his evil health and safety compliance and vicious minimum wage.Yeah, I know none of the kids really die.<br> It's <b>fine</b> – they're just horribly injured and psychologically damaged.<br> I know the situations are heightened and cartoonish.<br> And <b>I</b> know<br><img src=""><br> it's a morality tale like Shockheaded Peter, but those children  <a href = "">natural vitiligo treatment review </a> <b>and</b> pyromaniacs, <b>not</b> shy fatties.<br> Chocolate manufacturers punishing fat kids. Magical.Roald DahlMusicalsTheatreLondonWest EndDavid GreigChildrenSam MendesMathilda &copy; 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies.<br> All rights reserved.<br> | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <b>Spending</b> a day <b>in</b> someone else’s shoes can help us to<br><img src=""><br> learn what makes them tick. Now the same approach is being used to develop a better understanding between humans and robots, <b>to</b> enable them to work together as a team.Robots are increasingly being used in the manufacturing industry to<br><img src=""><br> perform tasks that bring them into <b>closer</b> contact with humans.<br> But while a great deal of<br><img src=""><br> work is being done to ensure robots and humans can operate safely side-by-side, more effort is needed to make robots smart enough to work effectively with people, says Julie Shah, an assistant professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT and head of the Interactive Robotics Group in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL).“People aren’t robots, they don’t do things the same way every single time,” Shah says. “And so there is <b>a</b> mismatch between the way we program <b>robots</b> to perform tasks in exactly the same way each time and what we need them to do if they are going to work <b>in</b> concert with people.”Most existing research into making robots better team players is based on<br><img src=""><br> the concept of interactive reward, in which a human trainer gives a positive or negative response <b>each</b> time a robot performs a task.<br> However, human studies carried out by the military have shown that simply telling people they have done well or badly at a task is a very inefficient method of encouraging them to work well as a team. So Shah and PhD student Stefanos Nikolaidis began to investigate whether techniques that have been shown to work well in <b>training</b> people could also be applied to mixed teams of humans and robots. One such technique, known as cross-training, sees team <b>members</b> swap roles with each other on given days. “This <b>allows</b> people to form a <b>better</b> idea of <b>how</b> their role affects their partner and how their partner’s role affects them,” Shah says. In a paper to be presented at the International Conference <b>on</b> Human-Robot <b>Interaction</b> <b>in</b> Tokyo in March, <b>Shah</b> and Nikolaidis will present the results of experiments they carried <b>out</b><br><img src=""><br> with a mixed group of humans and robots, demonstrating that cross-training is an extremely effective team-building tool.To<br> allow robots to take part in the cross-training <b>experiments,</b> the pair first had to design a new algorithm to allow the devices to learn from their role-swapping experiences. So they modified existing reinforcement-learning algorithms <b>to</b> allow<br><img src="*0RMsNFnDVQyEQS1d3saH8JfSRh07HQ7esWLFNKh/Barney.jpg"><br> the robots to take in<br><img src=""><br> not only information from positive and negative rewards, but also information gained through demonstration. In this way, by watching their human counterparts switch roles to carry out their <b>work,</b> the robots were able to learn how the humans wanted them <b>to</b> perform the same task.Each human-robot team <b>then</b> carried out a simulated task in a virtual environment, with half of the teams using the conventional interactive reward approach, and half using the cross-training technique of <b>switching</b> roles halfway through the session. Once the <b>teams</b> had completed this virtual training session, they were asked to carry out the task in the real world, but this time sticking to their own designated <b>roles.<br></b> Shah and Nikolaidis found that the period in which human and robot were working at the same time <b>—</b> known as concurrent motion — increased by 71 percent in teams that had taken part in cross-training, compared to the interactive reward teams. They also found that the amount of time the humans spent doing nothing — while waiting for the <b>robot</b> to complete a stage of the task, for example — <b>decreased</b> by 41 percent.<br> What’s more, <b>when</b> the pair studied <b>the</b> robots themselves, they found that the learning algorithms recorded a much lower level of uncertainty about what their human teammate was likely to do next — a measure known as the entropy level — if they had been <b>through</b> cross-training.Finally,<br> when responding <b>to</b> a questionnaire after the experiment, human participants in cross-training were far more likely to say the robot had carried out the task according to their preferences than those<br><img src=""><br> in the reward-only group, and reported <b>greater</b> levels of trust in their robotic teammate. “This is the first evidence that human-robot teamwork is improved when a human and robot train together by switching roles, in a <b>manner</b> similar to effective human team training practices,” Nikolaidis says.Shah believes this improvement in team performance could be due to the <b>greater</b> involvement of both parties in the<br><img src=""><br> cross-training process. “When the person trains the robot <b>through</b> reward it is one-way: The person says ‘good robot’ or <b>the</b> person says ‘bad robot,’ and it’s a very one-way passage of information,” Shah says.<br> “But when you switch roles the person is <b>better</b> able to adapt to the robot’s capabilities and <b>learn</b> what it is likely to do, and so we think that it <b>is</b> adaptation on the person’s side that results<br><img src="***-funny-picture.jpg"><br> in a better <b>team</b> performance.”The work shows that strategies that are successful in improving interaction among <b>humans</b> can often do the same for humans and robots, says Kerstin Dautenhahn, a professor of artificial intelligence at the University of Hertfordshire in the U.K. “People <b>easily</b> attribute human characteristics to a robot and treat it socially, so it is not entirely surprising<br><img src=""><br> that this transfer from the <b>human-human</b> domain to the human-robot domain not only made the teamwork more efficient, but also enhanced the experience for the participants, in terms of <b>trusting</b> the robot,” Dautenhahn says. The “National Day of<br><img src=""><br> Struggle,” organized by labor unions and focusing on issues like wages and benefits, disrupted ports and blocked some highways essential to

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After entering Mercury’s orbit, the spacecraft began measuring the planet’s <b>surface</b> elevations via laser altimetry.<br> Through radio tracking, the probe estimated the planet’s gravity field. Throughout the one-year mission, the MESSENGER spacecraft battled tides from the sun, which tugged the probe out of its optimal orbit, <b>as</b> well as what Zuber calls “sunlight pressure” — photons or packets of light from the sun that exerted pressure on the spacecraft.<br> The team periodically adjusted <b>the</b> probe’s orbit and made precise corrections to its measurements to account for the sun’s effects, mapping out the gravity field as well as the elevation of the surface of Mercury’s northern hemisphere. <b>Inside</b> and <b>outThe</b> team’s measurements revealed surprising findings both in the planet’s interior and on its surface. From the probe’s gravity estimates, the <b>group</b> inferred that Mercury likely has a huge iron core comprising approximately 85 percent of the planet’s radius. (Earth’s core, by comparison, is about half <b>the</b> planet’s radius <b>in</b> size.)<br> This means that Mercury’s mantle and <b>crust</b> occupy <b>only</b> the outer 15 percent or so of the planet’s radius — about as <b>thin</b> as the peel <b>on</b> an orange, Zuber says.The researchers also reasoned, given <b>Mercury’s</b> gravity field, that just above the outer molten layer of the <b>planet’s</b> core may be a solid layer <b>of</b> iron <b>and</b> sulfur — a type of layered structure not known to exist on any other planet. “If the iron and sulfur model is correct, it would have implications for how the dynamo inside Mercury produces <b>the</b> planet's magnetic <b>field,”</b> says Gerald Schubert, professor of earth and space sciences at <b>the</b> University of California <b>at</b> Los Angeles, who did not participate in the research. “The dynamo generation process might <b>work</b> differently <b>in</b> Mercury compared with Earth.”Co-author<br> Dave Smith, a research scientist in MIT’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, says the scientific process that led to the team’s results <b>was</b> a journey in itself.<br> “We had an idea of the internal structure of Mercury, [but] the initial observations did not fit the theory so we doubted the observations,” Smith says. “We did more work and concluded the observations were correct, <b>and</b> then reworked the theory for the interior of Mercury that fit the observations. This is how <b>science</b> is supposed <b>to</b> work, and it’s a nice result.”Through laser measurements of the planet’s surface, researchers mapped out multiple geologic features in Mercury’s northern hemisphere, finding the range of elevations to <b>be</b> smaller than that of Mars or the moon. They also observed something unexpected in Mercury’s <b>Caloris</b> basin, <b>the</b> largest impact feature on Mercury: Portions of the floor of the crater actually stand higher than its rim, suggesting that forces within the <b>interior</b> pushed the crater up after the initial impact that created it. Zuber and her team also identified an area of lowlands approximately centered on Mercury’s north pole that could conceivably have migrated there over the course of the planet’s evolution. Zuber explains that <b>a</b> process called <b>polar</b> wander can cause geological features to shift around on a planet’s surface due <b>to</b> the redistribution of mass on or within a planet by geodynamical processes. One such process of transporting mass in a planet’s interior is convection within the mantle.<br> Viscous material within the  <a href = " circulates</a> and can push fragments of crust up and out, shifting <b>terrain</b> around the <b>globe.</b> Given Mercury’s <b>extremely</b> thin mantle, as revealed by MESSENGER, Zuber says it’s challenging to understand how convection operated to raise broad expanses of terrain to the elevations <b>observed.</b> “It’s interesting to think what might be causing the observed deformation,” Zuber says.<br> “It appears there are some very unusual dynamics going on inside Mercury.” Syrian troops backed by pro-government gunmen swept into a Sunni village in the mountains near the Mediterranean coast on Thursday, killing dozens of people, including women and children, and torching homes, activists said. Read full article &#62;&#62;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;This academic year, my husband and I are engaged in a trial run with downsizing and relocating.<br> What happened between <b>August</b> and November of 1609 that led to the Jamestown colonists’ starvation?&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, who has served in President Obama’s Cabinet since Day One of his administration, announced Friday that she would step down to become president of the University <b>of</b> California system.<br> Read full article &#62;&#62;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The brain adapts to the environment in part <b>by</b> persistently modifying and rearranging the diverse synaptic connections between neurons. These changes include strengthening or weakening existing links, as well as forming and eliminating synapses — long-term adjustments that are required for learning and memory.Since<br> excitatory synapses on excitatory neurons are localized to small protrusions called dendritic spines, earlier studies have used dendritic spine dynamics to monitor excitatory synaptic remodeling in vivo. However, the lack of a morphological surrogate for <b>inhibitory</b> synapses has <b>precluded</b> their observation, and although the interplay between excitatory and inhibitory transmission maintains a critical role in brain plasticity, the inability to monitor inhibitory synapse dynamics has prohibited examination of how they correspond with excitatory changes.Sensory input impacts synapse activityA new study co-authored by Elly Nedivi, Picower Institute for Learning and Memory, her students Jerry Chen and Katherine Villa from the Department of Biology, and colleagues Jae Won Cha and Peter So from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT, as well as collaborator Yoshiyuki Kubota from the National Institute for Physiological Sciences in Japan, characterizes the distribution of inhibitory synapses across the brain’s neurons and shows that they are divided into two populations, <b>one</b> on dendritic spines adjacent to an excitatory synapse, the other on the dendritic shaft. They then measured the remodeling kinetics of the two populations during normal and altered sensory experience.Researchers simultaneously monitored inhibitory synapses and dendritic spines across brain neurons using high-resolution <b>dual-color</b> two-photon microscopy. Their findings indicate that inhibitory spine <b>and</b> shaft <b>synapses</b> respond differently during normal and altered visual sensory experience, and when <b>the</b> inhibitory synapses and dendritic spines of cortical neurons are rearranged, they are locally clustered, <b>based</b> on sensory input.<br> This work is slated to appear in the April 26 issue of Neuron.To date, the distribution of inhibitory synapses on cell dendrites was estimated via volumetric density measurements.<br> The new MIT study, however, demonstrates uniform distribution of inhibitory shaft synapses — <b>versus</b> spine synapses, which are twice as abundant along distal apical dendrites — suggesting that the two types of synapses have <b>different</b> roles in shaping dendritic activity. The differential distribution of <b>inhibitory</b> spine and shaft synapses may reflect their influence on  <a href = "">the integration</a> of calcium input from various sources.Kinetic and clustering distinctions between synapse typesThe research team also discovered that both synapse types are dynamic, but inhibitory spine synapses are fourfold more dynamic than their shaft counterparts.<br> Monocular deprivation (MD), a visual paradigm for plasticity, resulted in a significant but transient loss of inhibitory spine synapses during the first two days of MD, while loss <b>of</b> shaft synapses persisted for at least four days. This demonstrates the impact <b>of</b> altered sensory experience and the kinetic distinction between the two synapse populations.Next,<br> the scientists looked for evidence of local clustering between excitatory and inhibitory synaptic changes during normal visual <b>experience</b> by performing analyses on dynamic and stable inhibitory synapses and spines.<br> They found that inhibitory synapse changes occur in closer proximity to dynamic <b>dendritic</b> spines as compared to stable spines, and dendritic <b>spine</b> changes occur in closer proximity to dynamic inhibitory synapses as compared to stable ones. Researchers also demonstrated that this clustering pattern between dynamic inhibitory synapses and <b>dendritic</b> spines was enhanced by MD.The researchers also <b>proved</b> that the percent of clustered dynamic spines and inhibitory synapses in response to <b>MD</b> is significantly <b>higher</b> than would be expected simply based on <b>an</b> increased presence of dynamic inhibitory synapses.<br> “This suggests that while MD does not change the overall rate of spine turnover on cortical neurons, it <b>leads</b> to a greater coordination of these events with dynamics of nearby inhibitory synapses,” Nedivi explains.New insights reveal potential impact on long-term memoryThe ability of the MIT researchers to distinguish inhibitory spine and shaft synapses provides new insight into inhibitory synapse dynamics in the adult <b>visual</b> cortex.<br> The inhibitory synapse losses that occur during altered visual experience, noted above, are consistent with findings that <b>visual</b> deprivation produces a period of disinhibition in the visual cortex.In<br> addition, the results of this MIT study provides <b>evidence</b> that experience-dependent plasticity in the brain is a highly orchestrated process, integrating changes in excitatory <b>connectivity</b> with the active elimination and formation of inhibitory synapses. This sheds new <b>light</b> on the importance of coordinating excitatory and inhibitory circuitry to help nurture long-term memory. The arrests come just <b>one</b> day after a referendum on a draft Constitution and follow months of harsh crackdowns on opposition politicians and civic groups ahead of a presidential election. The Boston Bruins were in a state of disbelief after giving up two late goals to concede the Stanley Cup to the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Nearly every year since 1916, over 100 of the most talented, most heroic, and most bat-***-insane drivers and riders descend on the base of Pikes Peak outside of Colorado Springs, Colorado.<br> The goal: make it <b>up</b> the 12.42-mile,<br> 4,720-foot ascent on either two wheels or four -- all without flying <b>off</b> one of the <b>156</b> gut-punishing turns.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Andrew Carmellini’s Lafayette is like a junior Eataly for Francophiles.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> Driverless vehicles should increase human productivity but will <b>also</b> <b>increase</b> the number of cars on the road.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; This week's edition is the audio version of a series of live-streamed video debates that <b>took</b> place on the Guardian Sustainable Business site in February 2013.This,<br> the final of three debates, explores the connection between water and energy.<br> Jo Confino speaks to Gerard Payen, president at Aquafed;  <a href = "">Usha Rao-Monari,</a> global head, water at International Finance Corporation; and Jens Berggren, director for the Stockholm Water Prize and Stockholm Industry Water Award.<br> The expert panel discuss the interconnections between energy and water, from treatment to transportation.Jo ConfinoJason Phipps Party will use female-only lists in choosing 52 parliamentary candidates – after men win 17 out of 18 <b>open</b> contestsMen dominate the list of newly selected Labour parliamentary candidates in the party's target winnable seats for the 2015 election, wherever the selection has been kept open to men and women.Since the last election, an astonishing 17 of the 18 nominations in open contests for target seats have been won by men, figures <b>given</b> to <b>the</b> party's national executive show.Overall, this trend has been countered <b>by</b> Labour's continued use of all-women shortlists in many constituencies.<br> Since the election, all-women shortlists have been drawn up <b>in</b> 22 target seats.<br> So, of the total of 40 target seats where candidates have been chosen so <b>far,</b> 23 have gone to women – but only thanks to the use of positive <b>discrimination.It<br></b> may be argued that constituencies that refused to run all-women shortlists were aware of the number of such lists in other seats and therefore <b>felt</b> free to select men – or that the most impressive women candidates were on the all-female lists. Either way, Labour has selected a man in almost every constituency where an all-women list has been blocked.With the election little more than two years away, the parties are rapidly getting <b>their</b> candidates in place. The Liberal Democrats are deciding <b>how</b> many candidates they will need, based on a strategy to campaign largely on their local record, meaning incumbency will be key.Labour<br> is the only party to use all-women shortlists to counteract the apparent continuing prejudice in politics in favour of selecting men. It <b>had</b> been hoped that their use over the past decade would lead to a natural willingness by constituency parties to select women in open contests, but if anything the tide is running in the opposite <b>direction.The<br></b> Labour List website points out that in 13 byelection selections (which are always open to both sexes), only four of the candidates have been women. Since May 2010, only three women – Lucy Powell, Seema Malhotra and Debbie <b>Abrahams</b> – have beaten male candidates in open selections. Coventry councillor Lynnette Kelly was selected for Warwick and Leamington, but she defeated another female candidate.Labour is aiming for half its selections to be from all-women lists. In most regions the party's national executive <b>has</b> already decided which constituency selections should be open and which should be closed to men.<br> The national executive is trying to do this on a regional basis, but has to take into account that Labour is more likely to win seats in some regions than others.In total, the NEC has agreed recommendations for 108 targeted parliamentary constituencies, with 52 all-women shortlists.A<br> separate process is under way for Labour-held seats in which the sitting Labour MP is standing down.In the current parliament, 31% of Labour MPs are women <b>–</b> a considerably better representation than the other parties (the Tories <b>have</b> 16% and the Lib Dems <b>12.5%).</b> However, as a result of losing seats in the 2010 election, the total number  <a href = " women</a> Labour MPs fell from 98 <b>to</b> 81.The Conservatives created a <b>priority</b> list of candidates known as the A list of whom 50% were women, leading to a doubling of Tory MPs to 48, short <b>of</b> <b>its</b> target of 60.The use of all-women lists has been controversial in the Labour party; in the 2005 election the Labour candidate in Blaenau Gwent was <b>defeated</b> and the local party accused headquarters of not listening, in choosing from an all-women list.David Cutts and Paul Widdop in the British Journal of Politics and International Research have reported there was no negative reaction from the electorate in the 2010 election when a candidate was selected from an <b>all-women</b> shortlist, even <b>after</b> taking into account incumbency status.In<br> 1996, Labour was found by an <b>industrial</b> tribunal <b>to</b> be in <b>breach</b> of the 1975 Sex Discrimination Act and was forced to cease the selection of candidates based on all-women lists. The law was subsequently changed.A<br> Labour spokesman said the shortlists were the only way <b>to</b> guarantee women made progress in politics, and added that less than <b>30%</b> of Tory candidates were women.Women<br> in politicsGenderWomenLabourPatrick <b><br></b> <b>&copy;</b> 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies.<br> All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our <b>Terms</b> & Conditions | More Feeds Mark Sanchez spoke for more than 20 minutes about the New York Jets' crowded quarterback situation, saying all the right things throughout.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> <b>New</b> generation of conservatives rethink party agenda <b>ahead</b> of 2016 elections with winning the Hispanic vote a focus of debateAmerica's conservative movement, licking <b>its</b> wounds following last year's defeat of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, gathered this week in an effort to find new leaders and <b>search</b> for a road back to power.At an annual conclave of grassroots activists <b>known</b> as CPAC, hosted <b>by</b> the <b>American</b> Conservative Union, the Republicans' core base engaged itself in a three-day mix of recrimination about Romney's loss and a debate about the party's future.The gathering, by far the biggest conservative event of the <b>Republican</b> political <b>year,</b> always attracts a beauty parade of future White House hopefuls and this year has been no <b>different.</b> Young party hotshots like Florida senator Marco Rubio, Kentucky senator and Tea Party <b>favourite</b> Rand Paul, Texas senator <b>Ted</b> Cruz and Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan all made the pilgrimage to a giant convention centre on <b>the</b> suburban outskirts of Washington to make <b>their</b> pitches.Ryan,<br> a hardcore fiscal conservative who <b>was</b> Romney's running mate last year, gave a speech on Friday <b>that</b> demanded smaller government and less spending as a way of tacking America's deficit.<br> "Our debt is a threat," he said. "We have to tackle this problem before it tackles us." He ended his speech urging the crowd: "Go get 'em!".The<br> self-styled new generation of leaders <b>was</b> joined <b>by</b> party stalwarts of the rightwing like Texas governor Rick Perry and John McCain's former running mate Sarah Palin, whose political power has waned even as she remains a major media force.In the landscape of US politics, CPAC has long exerted a strong grip on Republican ideology. But this year has been different. Many experts within and outside the party believe <b>it</b> desperately needs to broaden its appeal to young voters and minorities,  <a href = "">especially Hispanics,</a> and lessen its social conservatism on issues like gay marriage.As<br> a result some of the CPAC panels and speeches have seen some honest truth-telling.<br> "Well, we lost," said *** Morris, a former Bill Clinton adviser turned conservative pundit.<br> <b>Morris,</b> who urged the party to embrace immigration reform as way of attracting Hispanics, was <b>joined</b> by other senior members of the Washington political class. "Our losses in 2012 were devastating," said Matt Schlapp, a consultant with Cove Strategies.Attracting Hispanics has figured in several debates in the main convention hall and at dozens of fringe meetings held in conference rooms and local restaurants. Republican pollster <b>Whit</b> Ayres predicted that immigration reform and winning over Hispanics could win the 2016 election.<br> "We can do much, much better in the Hispanic community than we did in 2008 and 2012 and <b>if</b> we do we stand a very good <b>chance</b> of winning the 2016 election," he said.Much of the hope around breathing new life into the movement has rested on <b>the</b> relatively youthful shoulders of figures such as Rubio, whose Cuban <b>parentage</b> is seen as allowing the party to move away <b>from</b> its <b>image</b> as dominated by old, white men. Rubio gave a barnstorming speech where he kept close to conservative values but packaged them as the voice of a squeezed middle class.<br> "Every week Washington is creating some sort of manmade political crisis for them to worry about," he said. "They wonder who is fighting for them? Who is fighting for the hardworking <b>every</b> day people of this country?"But Rand Paul was also a hit, especially <b>after</b> his high profile criticisms of Barack Obama's drones programme.Paul,<br> who is trying to capture the same libertarian-leaning wing of <b>the</b> party that his father Ron Paul inspired, thundered against the Republican establishment. "The GOP of old <b>has</b> grown stale and moss-covered," he said.Such sentiments were popular among CPAC attendees. "You're seeing a changing <b>of</b> the guard to both Rand and Marco," said William Temple, 62, from Georgia.This wider identity crisis in conservative circles has hit CPAC, which faced a mini-scandal after it failed to invite any gay Republican groups or <b>the</b> popular but more moderate New Jersey governor Chris Christie, and yet gave a prime speaking slot to reality TV star Donald Trump, who has frequently questioned whether Obama was born in America.Trump<br> did little to dispel his eccentric reputation, delivering a rambling and boastful speech. "I am <b>continually</b> criticised by <b>the</b> lightweights. It's unbelievable," he <b>complained.Despite</b> the lack of an official invite, one <b>prominent</b> gay Republican was asked by a <b>sponsoring</b> group to speak at a panel.<br> Jimmy DaSilvia, director of <b>GOProud,</b> rousingly condemned the idea of anti-gay bigotry in the party.<br> "There are a few in our <b>movement</b> who just don't like gay people and in 2013 that is just not OK anymore," he told a packed gathering held away from CPAC's main speaking hall.But Rubio, whom is emerging as the leading light of the conservative right, showed no signs of backing away from his opposition to same sex marriage equality.<br> "Just because I believe states have <b>the</b> right to define marriage in a traditional <b>way</b> does not make me a bigot," he said.RepublicansUS politicsUnited <b>StatesRand</b> PaulPaul RyanMarco RubioRick PerrySarah PalinPaul  <a href = "">&copy; 2013</a> Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies.<br> All rights reserved.<br> | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions <b>|</b> More Feeds <b>SUDAN</b> Six months before a referendum that could split Sudan in two, the United States and other countries are doing too little to help prepare for the vote, according to <b>a</b> report issued Wednesday by advocacy groups.<br> • Striker's agent claims agreement reached with unnamed club• Speculation Pole could join team-mate Mario Götze at BayernBorussia Dortmund are facing up <b>to</b> the possibility of losing two key players this summer after the agent of Robert Lewandowski claimed a deal is <b>being</b> <b>worked</b> on for the Poland international to leave the Westfalenstadion.Lewandowski<br> scored all four goals as Dortmund thrashed Real Madrid 4-1 in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final on Wednesday night but much of the post-match talk centred around his future.<br> His contract expires at the end of next season, leaving Dortmund in the unenviable position of having to decide whether to cash in this summer or risk seeing the 24-year-old leave on a <b>free</b> in 2014.Reports in Germany on Thursday suggested <b>they</b> have opted for the former with the player's agent, Maik Barthel, suggesting Dortmund have sanctioned his departure.<br> "We <b>have</b> reached <b>an</b> agreement with a club and intend [him] to move this summer," Barthel told Sport Bild."There<br> is a very <b>interesting</b> offer for Robert which fulfils entirely the demands set by Dortmund and also the demands of Robert. Dortmund have assured us that Robert can move at the end of the season under these conditions. We stick to agreements and now it's up to the clubs to sort things out."Barthel<br> stopped short of naming the club in question but speculation suggests it is Bayern Munich, who earlier <b>this</b> week agreed <b>to</b> activate the €37m release clause of the Dortmund playmaker Mario Götze.<br> Losing two of their best players to their closest domestic rivals would be a major setback for Dortmund, who are also likely to meet Bayern in the Champions League final after the Bavarians' 4-0 defeat of Barcelona on Tuesday night."We<br> are getting 37 million for Götze which we don't even want," said the coach, Jürgen Klopp, echoing the words of the club's general manager, Hans-Joachim Watzke, who said he could <b>"do</b> without" a transfer fee for Lewandowski, as long as he stays for another year.Watzke<br> added on Sky television: "Our wish is explicit that he stays here. It all surprises <b>me.</b> We are willing to do without a transfer fee for him [if he leaves as a free agent in 2014]. I have had plenty of wishes in my life which have come true."Götze and Lewandowski combined for Dortmund's opening goal against Madrid on Wednesday night before the former Lech Poznan striker took centre stage, netting three more times to leave José Mourinho's side with an uphill task <b>at</b> the Bernabéu next week.His performance was no surprise given his record <b>this</b> season.<br> He has scored 34 goals in 42 games and has netted in each of his past 12 Bundesliga appearances.Borussia DortmundEuropean club &copy; 2013 Guardian <b>News</b> and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All <b>rights</b> reserved. | Use of this content is subject  <a href = "">to our</a> Terms & Conditions | More Feeds&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <b>The</b> cooked flesh of this creamy-yellow squash separates into spaghetti-like strands. Topped with a grilled-tomatoes and fresh basil, what better way to get acquainted with this variety <b>of</b> squash.<br> Quarterly revenue fell at Time Warner’s magazine and movie divisions, partly offsetting gains at Turner Broadcasting and HBO.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Ben Brantley on Harold Pinter’s “Old Times” <b>and</b> an intimate revival of “Merrily We Roll Along.”<br> The coffin of deceased Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez was brought out of a military hospital onto <b>the</b> streets of Caracas on Wednesday, where grieving multitudes gathered to honor him. This is an uncertain time for <b>small-business</b> owners.  Several issues <b>affecting</b> start-ups and small businesses — including federal spending cuts, a proposed minimum wage hike and reforms to <b>immigration</b> and <b>health</b> care — are still up in the air as policymakers in Washington hash out the specifics.<br> The economy has not exactly been friendly either, complicating the search for capital.  Read full article &#62;&#62; Many industrial plants depend on water vapor condensing on metal plates: In power plants, the resulting water is then returned to a boiler to be vaporized again; in desalination plants, <b>it</b> yields a <b>supply</b> of clean water. The efficiency of such plants depends crucially on how easily droplets of water can form on these metal plates, or condensers, and how <b>easily</b> they fall away, leaving room for more droplets to form. The key to improving the efficiency of such plants is to increase the condensers’ heat-transfer coefficient — a measure of how readily heat can be transferred away from <b>those</b> surfaces, explains Nenad Miljkovic, a doctoral student in mechanical engineering at MIT. As part of his thesis research, he and colleagues have done just that: designing, making and testing a coated surface with nanostructured patterns that greatly increase the heat-transfer coefficient.The results of that work have been published in the journal Nano Letters, in a paper co-authored by Miljkovic, mechanical engineering associate professor Evelyn Wang, and five other researchers from the <b>Device</b> Research Lab (DRL) in MIT’s mechanical engineering department.On<br> a typical, flat-plate condenser, water <b>vapor</b> condenses to form a liquid film on the surface, drastically reducing the condenser’s ability to collect more water until gravity drains the film. “It acts <b>as</b> <b>a</b> <b>barrier</b> to heat transfer,” Miljkovic says. He and other researchers have focused on ways of encouraging water to bead up <b>into</b> droplets that then fall away from the surface, allowing more rapid water removal.“The<br> way to remove the thermal barrier is <b>to</b> remove [the droplets] as quickly as possible,” he says.<br> Many researchers have studied ways of doing this by creating hydrophobic surfaces, <b>either</b> through chemical treatment or through surface patterning.<br> But Miljkovic and his colleagues have now taken this a step further by making scalable surfaces with nanoscale features that barely touch the droplets. The result: Droplets don’t just fall from the surface, but actually jump away from it, increasing the efficiency of the process. The <b>energy</b> released as tiny droplets merge to form larger ones is enough to propel the droplets upward from the surface, meaning the removal of droplets doesn’t depend solely on gravity.<br> Some things, like a now misshapen animal tattoo, <b>don’t</b> fade soon enough despite the passage of more than 30

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U.S.<br> stocks rose last week, producing the first three-month gain for the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index since 2007, as commodities posted the biggest monthly rally since 1974 on bets that an economic recovery will boost demand for fuel, metals and crops. The bride is a pro bono lawyer for an organization that helps impoverished young people; the groom is the chief executive of an outdoor advertising company and the founder of a foundation that supports charitable groups.A plan for peace in gangland.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> Jonathan Quick earned his first shutout of <b>the</b> season with 27 saves, <b>Tyler</b> Toffoli scored his first NHL goal on a power <b>play</b> in only his second game with Los Angeles and the Kings beat the Phoenix Coyotes 4-0 on Monday night. CIA Director Leon <b>Panetta</b> told Congress on <b>Wednesday</b> that if Osama bin Laden or his deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri <b>is</b> captured they will be held by the military and probably will be sent to Guantanamo Bay, the first time any senior administration official has <b>outlined</b> a detention <b>plan</b> <b>for</b> al-Qaeda's to... In most flood affected areas entire village economies were dependent on tourism.<br> Kobe Bryant will warm up Friday <b>night</b> before the Lakers make any decision about playing their injured star. Better mobile phone protection <b>promised</b> after FCA finds some poor <b>sales</b> practises and customers struggling to claimMillions of people should now receive better protection from their mobile phone insurance after an investigation by the main City regulator uncovered examples of <b>"unfair"</b> terms, poor product design and inadequate complaints handling.The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has ordered improvements to the cover that people receive, and revealed that one unnamed firm faces a sizeable fine next month <b>for</b> its poor complaints handling.More<br> than 10 million people have mobile phone<br><img src=""><br> insurance, and the UK market was valued at £620m in 2012.<br> However, the policies have long been controversial – in 2010, consumer organisation Which? ranked the insurance as number one in its top<br><img src=""><br> 10 "useless <b>financial</b> products that you don't need".<br> The cover can <b>cost</b> £150 a year or more for pricier smartphones, and is often <b>included</b> as a benefit with fee-paying "packaged" <b>current</b> accounts.The FCA reviewed the practices of nine unnamed firms that between them have a majority share of the market, following concern that some customers <b>were</b> struggling to make successful claims on their insurance.Real-life examples of companies not treating their customers fairly included one where a woman had her claim rejected because she left her phone in a <b>hotel</b> room, which was deemed to<br><img src=""><br> be a "public place" as soon as she  <a href = "">revie clickbank profit pirate </a> out and therefore was excluded from cover.The review found that:• Some terms and conditions were "unclear and unfair".<br> For example, terms stating that an individual would not be covered for loss or theft in "a public place", or "a place which is easily accessible by<br><img src="***-funny-picture.jpg"><br> people you do not <b>know",</b> were broad and open to interpretation.<br> "In practice, we saw these terms interpreted to include hotel rooms, taxis and workplaces," said the FCA.• Some sales practices were poor. Examples included in-store documents that were not clear, and the practice of automatically adding <b>on</b> insurance <b>when</b> selling phones online.• In some instances, claims handling was "slow and unfair".<br> In one firm, up to 70% of customers who appealed had their original decision overturned and ended up receiving a payout.<br> Another was declining 41% of all claims received <b>for</b> theft.•<br> Some firms were not following the official complaints handling rules.<br> For example, some companies only allowed customers to complain in <b>writing</b> about a decision to reject their claim, whereas the FCA's rules require firms to allow complaints "by any reasonable means"."Claiming should not be difficult, and terms and conditions should not be so unclear that it is virtually impossible, in some cases, to make a <b>successful</b> claim," said the regulator.The companies are now making improvements, said the FCA.<br> Firms have committed to review their terms <b>to</b> ensure they are clear <b>and</b> fair, for example, some have agreed to remove phrases such as "public place". The companies also told the FCA that they intend <b>to</b> provide cover where a customer accidentally leaves their phone somewhere.In<br> addition, the firms have made in-store documents clearer <b>and</b> have ensured that customers have to "opt in" to the insurance when buying a phone online.Improvements have also been made to claims and complaints handling processes.The<br> main sellers of the insurance include the major mobile phone <b>networks</b> such as Vodafone and O2. <b>In</b> the case of Vodafone policies start at £2.99 a month for basic cover, rising to £12.99 a month for comprehensive cover for the latest high-end smartphone, while O2's priciest policy is £12.50<br> a month for iPhone "Premier" cover.Responding<br> <b>to</b> the announcement, Which? executive director Richard Lloyd said: "This report from the Financial Conduct Authority exposes<br><img src=""><br> poor practice at every stage of the consumer journey … Mobile phone insurance could be a good idea for those with a valuable handset, but the industry needs to show real improvement before consumers can have full confidence in the product."Lloyd<br> said anyone who wanted cover should shop around as well as checking their home  <a href = "">trademiner </a> as it may offer the same cover at a lower price.Internet,<br> phones & broadbandConsumer rightsConsumer affairsMobile phonesTelecomsFinancial Conduct AuthorityRegulatorsRupert &copy; 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or<br><img src=""><br> its<br><img src=""><br> affiliated companies.<br> All rights reserved. | Use of this content <b>is</b> subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The bride and groom work in the entertainment industry in California.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <b>Outrage</b> erupted on social media after a female politician <b>suggested</b> that a room be set aside so <b>that</b> the record number of women in Parliament could freshen up.<br> The UK government is failing technology entrepreneurs and <b>does</b> <b>not</b> <b>have</b> a coherent strategy<br><img src=""><br> to support the commercialisation of technology innovation in the UK, MPs have warned. Q.<br> I have a mint-green bathtub that dates to the late 1950s. There is a sizable chip <b>in</b> <b>it</b> and I have been unable to find any kind of patching material that is close to the color. Can you help? -- J. Cozzi Pregnant and nursing women, as well <b>as</b> those who want to <b>conceive,</b> are advised in the <b>United</b> <b>States</b> to avoid certain<br><img src=""><br> types <b>of</b> <b>seafood</b> and to limit consumption of other varieties as a way to reduce potential ill effects from mercury and other contaminants. Despite a heel injury, Joakim Noah delivered on his promise of a Game 7 victory over the Nets by scoring 24 points, pulling in 14 rebounds and blocking 6 shots.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Many industrial plants depend on water vapor condensing on metal plates: In power <b>plants,</b> the resulting water is then returned to a boiler to be vaporized again; in desalination plants, it yields a supply of <b>clean</b> water.<br> The efficiency of such plants depends crucially on how easily droplets of water can form on these metal plates, or condensers, and how easily they fall away, leaving room for more droplets to form. The key to improving the efficiency <b>of</b> such plants is to increase the condensers’ heat-transfer coefficient — a measure of how readily heat can be transferred away from those surfaces, explains Nenad Miljkovic, a doctoral student in mechanical engineering at MIT.<br> As part <b>of</b> his thesis research, he and colleagues have done just that: designing, making and testing a coated surface with nanostructured patterns that greatly increase the heat-transfer coefficient.The<br> results of that work have been published <b>in</b> the journal Nano Letters, in a paper co-authored by Miljkovic, mechanical engineering associate professor Evelyn Wang, and five other researchers from the Device Research Lab <b>(DRL)</b> in MIT’s mechanical engineering department.On a typical, flat-plate condenser, water vapor condenses to form a liquid film  <a href = "">ezines directory profit </a> surface, drastically reducing the condenser’s ability to collect more water until gravity drains the film.<br> “It acts as a barrier to heat transfer,” Miljkovic says. He <b>and</b> other researchers have <b>focused</b> on ways of encouraging water to bead up into droplets that then fall away from the surface, allowing more <b>rapid</b> water removal.“The<br> way to remove the thermal barrier is to remove [the droplets] as quickly<br><img src=""><br> as possible,” he says.<br> Many researchers have <b>studied</b> ways of doing this by creating hydrophobic surfaces, either through chemical treatment or through surface patterning. But Miljkovic and his colleagues have now taken this <b>a</b> step further <b>by</b> <b>making</b> scalable surfaces with nanoscale features that barely touch the droplets. The result: Droplets don’t just fall from the surface, but actually jump away from it, increasing the efficiency of the process. The energy released as tiny droplets merge to form larger ones is enough to propel the droplets upward from the surface, meaning the removal of droplets doesn’t depend solely on gravity. FC Copenhagen secured a 10th Danish title on Sunday and a place in the qualifying rounds of next season's Champions League after a 0-0 draw away to <b>bitter</b> city rivals Brondby.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> The bride is a senior associate in a management consultancy firm; the groom works in the White House. COLUMBUS, Ohio — President Obama urged the graduating class of Ohio State University on Sunday to take an <b>active</b> role in guiding the future <b>of</b> democracy in the United States and to <b>fight</b> for the issues the new graduates care <b>about.</b> Read full article &#62;&#62;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; D.C. school officials decided they could not afford to hire a gifted and talented coordinator. It is no big loss.<br> Gifted programs don't help much in inner-city schools, as one of the nation's most successful big-city school principals reveals in a new book. Freddie Freeman homered and drove in three runs, Tim Hudson pitched into the eighth inning and <b>the</b> Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 9-4 on Sunday.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> Pavel Dmitrichenko and two other men <b>said</b> they had carried out the January <b>acid</b> attack on the ballet company’s artistic director, Sergei Filin, according to <b>the</b> police.<br> MBM report: Juan Mata's late goal moved Chelsea into third place while Rafael was sent <b>off</b> for a tepid Manchester United side Jacob Steinberg&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The dispute at the Flathead Reservation centers on a proposed bill that would specify who is entitled to the water, and how much they can take from the reservoirs and ditches.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; To celebrate <b>next</b> week's Baftas we've brought together the biggest stars from the small

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<b>to</b> determine the role of metal-poor stars as tracers of the accretion history of the Milky Way halo. THE DEPARTMENT <b>of</b> Homeland Security is an<br><img src=""><br> MBA's nightmare.<br> When Congress cobbled DHS together in 2002,  it took apart and reassembled elements from disparate federal agencies into an uneasy consolidation, too big and too <b>varied,</b> some say, for even the <b>department's</b> <b>tireless</b> head, Michael Chertoff, to adequately control. Instead of synergy, a <b>fair</b> measure of incompetence followed, including, The Post reported Wednesday, embarrassingly poor oversight of the billions of dollars the department has paid to private...State officials are urging that <b>licenses</b> be granted immediately, but other officials and legal experts say such a process could take a month.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> In some <b>countries,</b> children <b>are</b> regularly killed on the roads on their way to school, the international agency said.<br> Redundancy forced Dave Pearson from a job he loved in a PRU, but doing a part-time maths degree alongside supply work has injected new energy and purpose into his teachingI <b>qualified</b> as an engineer before I went into teaching, but a redundancy after my <b>first</b> year of work led me to a bit of a crossroads.<br> My mum was a primary school teacher<br><img src=""><br> and my dad a welding lecturer and they suggested I think about teaching. Design and technology (DT) was a relatively new subject in schools and so with my <b>engineering</b> background and interest in making things I thought this would work.I did a two year teaching degree in<br><img src=""><br> Wolverhampton as DT was a shortage subject. Unfortunately, I collapsed a disc <b>in</b> my back while I was <b>in</b> the middle of the degree and spent most of the last year wearing a whalebone corset, barely able to walk. Sometimes I even had to lay down on the floor in lectures to take notes and in my <b>first</b> teaching practice I was navigating my way around the classroom looking for <b>the</b> next desk to hold onto.<br> Luckily a spine operation just before my finals sorted <b>my</b> back out.After<br> my degree I had six job interviews but didn't get a job at first so went into supply teaching.<br> Interestingly, I did supply at schools where I'd gone for interviews and ended <b>up</b> being offered jobs <b>I</b> <b>hadn't</b> got at interview. So I'm convinced doing supply work is a great <b>route</b> to getting a job.I didn't really know I had found my vocation when I started teaching.<br> I was more giving it a shot as an avenue to explore.<br> My first job was <b>at</b> Archbishop Grimshaw school (now John Henry Newman Catholic College) in Chorley Wood and I was really pleased that they paid me two<br><img src=""><br> points above the starting scale because <b>of</b> my previous engineering experience and my age. That got me<br><img src=""><br> through my NQT year, but then I decided to do supply again.I<br> got an offer of some work at North Warwickshire Pupil Referral Unit (PRU).<br> I took it for the adventure and as another string to my bow.<br><br><img src=""><br> So I went into working with children with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties (BESD) and special educational needs (SEN) quite lightly.<br> I first walked into the PRU on Monday 8 January 1998, I remember the date because <b>it</b> was such an important turning point in my life.First<br> of<br><img src=""><br> all I sat on <b>groups</b> in the unit without being given a specific role, the same thing happened on Tuesday.<br> So I went to see the head of the centre to ask what I was actually doing here.<br> I found out <b>the</b> first couple of days were an initiation, as many teachers never came back after the first <b>day.</b> Then I found out about my first pupil, a young man in Nuneaton whose behaviour levels were so bad that no one had been able to engage with him in any way.<br> The centre head told me I could teach him anything I liked as long as you engage him.So<br> it was <b>a</b> very open brief, before the days when PRUs were monitored and regulated by Ofsted.<br> I went with a project of Roman history but as soon as I walked into the room with the boy and <b>his</b> little brother who had been excluded from primary school, I knew this wasn't going to <b>work</b> at any level. The next time I took my tool box and worked on a project manufacturing working models, and that did the trick.I<br> met lots of different <b>types</b> of families in the course of working for North Warwickshire PRU, some  <a href = "">review directory of ezines </a> desperate situations and by the time they saw us there were three generations of problems stacking up. I made it my mission to directly improve the quality of people's lives by <b>going</b> to their homes and put<br><img src=""><br> some good <b>into</b> their lives, and try and develop the ability.<br> I started with five tutees who I was supposed to spend one<br><img src=""><br> hour a day with. I was able to tailor <b>specific</b> programmes to meet my pupil's diverse needs and found they responded best when I taught them real life skills.Working with children with serious behavioural, emotional and developmental special needs is very challenging but I realised from the start <b>that</b> it was for <b>me.</b> I've never experienced camaraderie as in the PRU. I was offered a <b>contract</b> after a year and then made<br><img src=""><br> a permanent member of staff. <b>Our</b> aim was to start teaching children at<br><img src=""><br> home and then slowly bring them into the PRU in small groups and from there the idea was to go back into mainstream education, but this was very rare.<br> Teaching some children at home was infinitely better than bringing into the PRU in groups.<br> And if <b>you</b> brought them to the groups too early, it was mayhem. So we were really quite devastated when all <b>the</b> work we'd put<br><img src=""><br> in<br><img src=""><br> at the PRU<br><img src=""><br> wasn't recognised and was trashed by Ofsted who put us in special measures and then ultimately closed us down in 2011 as part of a move to replace PRUs with learning support units <b>within</b> mainstream schools. <b>I</b> was made redundant and it was an incredibly stressful period.But something happened to me while all this was happening which was a real light in my life and has led to what I'm doing now. I started teaching maths to some of the groups at the PRU and really enjoyed it.I only had my O-level in maths, so I did an A-level at evening classes at City College Coventry. I loved it.<br> My maths guru Saeed Vakilpour suggested I did an A-level in further maths before starting a degree and I was still finishing that when I got made redundant so it was a real light shining at a dark time for me.Doing well at my A-levels really increased my flagging self esteem and I decided to do <b>a</b> degree in maths with the Open University. I've just completed my first year and am loving it.At the same time I have been doing some really enjoyable supply work. I've had a number of assignments at Newbridge Short Stay School in Worcester which has a very <b>similar</b> function to a PRU and I'm mainly focusing on maths teaching. So it's all worked out for me. It just goes to show that <b>even</b> when terrible things happen in your <b>career,</b> you can pick yourself up and find another niche. My plan long term is to teach A-level maths, which I have already been doing privately. I've also picked up my design and technology teaching again at Newbridge which has a great DT workshop.I<br> love teaching maths. I think it's because it's a subject<br><img src=""><br> that I struggled with when I was at school. I'm not a mathematical <b>genius</b> but I stoically plod through my degree, unpicking it <b>completely</b> so I understand and <b>I</b> think<br><img src=""><br> that <b>really</b> helps with teaching it.<br> I love it seeing the light come on as it did with me.Dave <b>Pearson</b> is a maths teacher (and student) and BESD <b>specialist.This<br></b> content is brought to you by Guardian Professional. Looking <b>for</b> your next role? Take a look at Guardian <b>jobs</b> for schools for thousands of the latest teaching, leadership and support jobs.Career adviceSchoolsTeachingEmily &copy; 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or <b>its</b> affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The firm tried to trick elderly people <b>into</b> paying for medical alert <b>services</b> they didn’t order. We used to worry about catching a cold from an<br><img src=""><br> old house's drafts.<br> Now we worry about losing our shirts. HOUSTON, Nov. 2 -- Brian Ching <b>and</b> Brad Davis led Houston to the Western Conference final <b>on</b> Friday night, scoring in overtime after <b>the</b> Dynamo beat FC Dallas, 2-1, in regulation to tie <b>the</b> two-game, total-goals series.<br> Draft bill would establish new agency to oversee highly radioactive material Daft Punk <b>have</b> dropped their own remix for their Random Access Memories single "Get Lucky" and the 1[...] <b>Bombers</b> and gunmen attacked policemen and a wake  <a href = "">clickbank pirate </a> among other targets, killing at least 40 people across the country on Thursday.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>  Music to connect with the world The music, and ultimately <b>the</b> <b>documentary</b> film, were set in <b>motion</b> by conductor Harris' vision for engaging his MIT music students with the momentous events of the Arab Spring. To encourage his students to contemplate and understand the historical context for the <b>Arab</b> Spring, Harris proposed to Sharifi that he <b>compose</b> a piece that related to the movement sweeping Egypt and other Arab countries.Harris knew Sharifi to be uniquely qualified to<br><img src=""><br> undertake the project: born to an Iranian father and American mother, Sharifi had studied and taught at MIT, serving as director of the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble from 1985-1992. Reflecting on what the commission meant to him, Sharifi says, “For <b>those</b> of us with Persian heritage who watched the earlier political protests in Iran, initially with hope and then with bitter disappointment, the success of the civil movements in <b>Tunisia,</b> Egypt and Libya were especially gratifying. The labor of developing effective and responsive political systems in those three countries still remains. But something in the <b>Middle</b> East has undeniably changed. And <b>I</b> tried to honor that shift in this piece.”Inspiring<br> the future “'Awakening' is in three movements,” Sharifi explains.<br> “The <b>first,</b> 'Maghreb/Bouazizi/The Uprisings;' second, 'Reflection: Let Each One <b>Hear</b> Her Own Thoughts;' and third, 'Ahead: The Real Transformation<br><img src=""><br> Has Barely Begun.'<br> The first movement gives us a sense of place, utilizing maqam Hijaz (a mode often associated with the deep desert), and continues in a somewhat programmatic fashion, touching on the tragic event that ignited the protests, and continuing into the propagation of the revolutions.<br> The second movement is a <b>respite,</b> a chance to contemplate what has happened. And the <b>third</b> <b>hopes</b> to energize and inspire the work that is to come.”Collaboration Philip S.<br> Khoury, MIT associate provost and Ford International Professor of History, who gave a special lecture on the Arab Spring during Sharifi’s 2012 residency as a Visiting Artist in the MIT Music and Theater Arts section, describes the collaboration between the MIT Wind Ensemble and Sharifi as "stunning."<br> “It captures in musical form the great optimism and the great <b>uncertainty</b> unleashed by the Arab Spring, itself <b>the</b> most monumental series of political <b>upheavals</b> since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Eastern <b>Bloc</b> regimes more than two decades ago,” he says.   Ondrej Pavelec <b>made</b> 28 saves, and the Winnipeg Jets held on <b>to</b> beat the Rangers on<br><img src=""><br> Thursday night. What were the Troubles? What is “Game of Thrones”?&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A <b>Greek</b> brasserie <b>in</b> Astoria, Queens; Southern <b>with</b> <b>a</b> global outlook in Brooklyn; meatball heroes from DiFara.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The launching <b>achieves</b> South Korea’s ambition of joining an elite club of space technology leaders, and comes seven weeks after the successful launching of a satellite by rival North Korea.<br> How green can we get? Architects and their clients increasingly pursue "green" ratings as a measure of the environmental sustainability of their buildings. Naples mayor suspects<br><img src=""><br> City of Science blaze wasn't an accident Not quite three weeks <b>ago,</b> President Obama <b>won</b> the Nobel Peace Prize. On Wednesday afternoon, he put his signature on the largest military spending plan in the history of the world.<br> New musicals downtown, like “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812,” offer <b>audiences</b> intimacy with performers and high-end amenities, but at a great cost.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A man in India has been arrested after his newborn grandson was sold over Facebook for the equivalent of $15,000&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Los Angeles Galaxy star David Beckham has no intention of waving <b>farewell</b> to the English national team after reaching 100 appearances. Wadada Leo Smith’s “Ten Freedom Summers,” a monumental <b>jazz</b> work presented at Roulette in Brooklyn, conjures the spirit and struggles of the civil rights movement.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Prolific television and film director whose output included the internationally successful <b>1983</b> drama KennedyJim Goddard, who has died aged 77, was among the most prolific and distinguished television drama directors of his generation.<br> Bleak and violent atmosphere and vivid characterisation were the hallmarks of his more<br><img src=""><br> <b>than</b> 200 <b>distinctive</b> works over the course of&nbsp;four decades. His Kennedy (1983) was&nbsp;shown simultaneously on US network television, in <b>the</b> UK and Germany, and achieved the highest recorded viewing figures to that date for&nbsp;a televised drama.Goddard's work included the 13-part drama Fox (1980), Reilly: Ace of <b>Spies</b> (1983) and <b>The</b> Life and <b>Adventures</b> of <b>Nicholas</b> Nickleby <b>(1982),</b> the early Channel 4 version of the RSC production. The <b>power</b> and visual immediacy of his directorial  <a href = ""> trade miner pdf </a> as much to arthouse film as it did to his abilities as a painter.<br> <b>Indeed,</b> he never forsook painting, which he studied at the <b>Slade</b> <b>in</b> London, or his love of set design, which, after art school, he pursued briefly at the Royal Opera House, contributing to productions by Franco Zeffirelli and Luchino Visconti. He then joined the ABC TV design department and worked most notably on The Avengers (1961-63).He first achieved recognition as a <b>director</b> for his work on five <b>episodes</b> of ABC TV's Tempo (1965-67), an arts magazine show, <b>which</b> led to his <b>close</b> friendship with Trevor Preston and Mike&nbsp;Hodges. Both Preston and Hodges were influential in establishing Euston Films, a company that played an important <b>role</b> in the support of Goddard's burgeoning career.It enabled Goddard and<br><img src=""><br> Preston to create Out (1978), starring Tom Bell as Frank Ross, who prowled through mean&nbsp;and rotten London streets.<br> It&nbsp;was&nbsp;a brilliant combination of arthouse film techniques and pulp-fiction storytelling,&nbsp;somewhat reminiscent of the films of Sam Fuller.<br> Again working with Preston, Goddard made Fox, which established him as a major British director. Its <b>opening</b> panoramic sequence, a <b>sweep</b> across London, perhaps a homage to Alfred Hitchcock, was a device Goddard deployed to stunning effect.<br> In 1980, he directed Alan Bleasdale's The Black<br><img src=""><br> Stuff, the BBC <b>Play</b> for Today that turned&nbsp;into Boys from the Blackstuff.With<br> Kennedy, filmed entirely on location in the US, starring Martin Sheen as <b>President</b> John F Kennedy, <b>Goddard's</b> international reputation was secured. It&nbsp;was nominated for three Golden Globes in 1984. <b>It</b> won a Bafta in the same year, and Goddard was also presented with the Desmond Davis award. But,<br><img src=""><br> <b>at</b> the height of his career, disaster struck.In <b>1986,</b> he elected to direct Shanghai Surprise, starring Madonna and Sean Penn. Volcanoes of critical abuse erupted on both<br><img src=""><br> sides of the Atlantic: one critic dismissed it as "flop suey". It is perhaps marginally notable for the egregious cameo role as an unnamed nightclub singer by one of the film's producers, George Harrison.<br> It was <b>nominated</b> for six Golden Raspberry awards, winning one for Madonna as worst actress. It is still frequently held to be one of the most dreadful films ever made.Though his confidence was damaged, Goddard hid the wounds. That they healed may be <b>seen</b> in his direction of Steven Berkoff's adaptation of Kafka's Metamorphosis (1987).Paradoxically, Goddard's name remains unfamiliar to the viewing public and there are few, if any, serious studies <b>of</b> his work. He was a&nbsp;remarkably&nbsp;modest man, a physically large and powerful presence with <b>the</b> build of a bespectacled wrestler, sometimes wearing his hair in a ponytail&nbsp;and with a cockney growl of&nbsp;a voice. Yet he was highly sensitive, loyal and compassionate, and inspired lasting friendship among actors, artists&nbsp;and&nbsp;writers, particularly the composer Richard Hartley and the poet Roger McGough.Goddard<br> was born, raised and educated in Battersea, south London. Alf, his father, was a director of John Bolding & Sons and Thomas <b>Crapper</b> Ltd, sanitary engineers.<br> Goddard often said that<br><img src=""><br> if his day job failed he knew as well as anyone how to repair a lavatory.Actors <b>with</b> whom he had special empathy both respected and invariably&nbsp;loved him.<br> <b>"Show</b> me what you can do," he told them.<br> He had an encyclopedic knowledge of their abilities, mannerisms,<br><img src=""><br> gifts and faces, matched by an extraordinary facility to&nbsp;place regional<br><img src=""><br> accents, both British<br><img src=""><br> and American.Only<br> <b>once</b> did this desert him.<br> In New York City, in 1983, he took an hour off from filming Kennedy to visit Bloomingdale's <b>to</b> <b>buy</b> his girlfriend a handbag.<br> Dithering at the counter, <b>he</b> was viewed with<br><img src=""><br> sympathy by an elderly&nbsp;woman wearing a mackintosh, scarf and dark glasses. "Who," she asked him, "is the handbag for?" Jim explained. "My advice," the woman said with<br><img src=""><br> a smile, "is that only the most&nbsp;expensive will do."By<br> now the assistants had fallen silent and were watching in astonishment. "Here," the woman said. "Buy this one." She <b>walked</b> away.<br> Jim bought <b>the</b> handbag. "Jesus," said the sales assistant. "Do you know who that was?" Jim blinked. "I mean," said the assistant, "you don't know? That was Greta Garbo." Jim shrugged <b>his</b> massive bulk. "Strange birds," he said, "often sing to me."He is survived by a son, George, by his&nbsp;former partner the theatrical and film agent Maddie Burdett-Coutts; and his brother, Richard.•<br> James <b>Dudley</b> Goddard, television and film director, born 2 February 1936; died 17 June 2013DramaDramaReg<br> &copy; 2013 Guardian News and Media <b>Limited</b> or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved.<br> | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More

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A selected guide to walks, talks, exhibitions, events and neighborhood activities in New York.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> Laura Perna, a professor at the University of <b>Pennsylvania</b> and a researcher in college finance and affordability, is answering select reader questions about paying for college.Gasoline companies have been pushing engine-cleaning formulations lately. Setting aside the benefits for my car, are these additives good for the environment? Newly released data show that many commercial stocks depleted by overfishing <b>are</b> returning in abundance since a 1996 law that effectively ordered limits on catches.<br> Rookie Jake Allen earned <b>his</b> first NHL shutout, and Chris Stewart scored twice and added an assist to lead the St.<br> Louis Blues to a 3-0 win over the <b>Phoenix</b> Coyotes on Thursday night. Bank customers will <b>be</b> allowed to stop withdrawals for high-interest payday loans and close their accounts sooner. -- "It's hard to explain puns to kleptomaniacs because they always take things literally." -- "The myth of the red phone hotline, that the president could call the Kremlin whenever it suited him, came from a wide-range of pop culture sources." Read full article &#62;&#62;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; New York Times critics on “Ginger & Rosa,” “Spring Breakers” and “The Incredible Burt <b>Wonderstone.”</b> McLEAN, Va. -- Gannett, which publishes USA <b>Today</b> and other newspapers, says it has named David A. Payne as chief digital officer, replacing Christopher Saridakis, who left last <b>spring.</b> Shortly after <b>Arkansas</b> adopted the country’s most stringent abortion limits, North Dakota’s Legislature approved a bill blocking the procedure as early as six weeks into pregnancy.<br> Early one morning in 2007, Libby Casey was trying to do her laundry in a guesthouse in Reykjavik, Iceland. When she couldn't figure out how to <b>use</b> the washing machine, she opened up<br><img src=""><br> the instruction manual.  Worldwide steel production currently totals <b>about</b> 1.5 billion tons per year.<br> The prevailing process makes steel from iron ore — which is mostly iron oxide — by heating it with carbon; the process forms carbon dioxide as a byproduct. Production of a <b>ton</b> of steel generates almost two tons of CO2 <b>emissions,</b> according <b>to</b> steel industry figures, accounting for as much as 5 percent of the world’s total greenhouse-gas emissions.The industry has met little success in its search for carbon-free methods of manufacturing steel. The idea for the new method, Sadoway says, arose when he received a grant from <b>NASA</b> to look for ways of producing oxygen on <b>the</b> moon — a key step toward future lunar bases.Sadoway found that a <b>process</b> called <b>molten</b> oxide electrolysis could use iron oxide from the lunar soil to make oxygen in abundance, with no special chemistry. He tested the process using lunar-like soil from Meteor Crater in Arizona <b>—</b> which contains  <a href = "">panic away download </a> from an asteroid impact thousands of years ago — finding that it <b>produced</b> steel as a <b>byproduct.Sadoway’s<br></b> method used an iridium anode, but since iridium is expensive and supplies are limited, that’s not a viable approach for <b>bulk</b> steel production on Earth. But after more research and input from Allanore, the MIT team identified an inexpensive metal alloy <b>that</b> can replace the iridium anode in molten oxide electrolysis.It wasn’t an easy problem to solve, Sadoway<br><img src=""><br> explains, because a vat of molten iron oxide, <b>which</b> must be kept at about 1600 degrees Celsius, “is a really challenging environment.<br> The melt is extremely aggressive. Oxygen is quick to attack the metal.”Many researchers had tried <b>to</b> use ceramics, <b>but</b> these are brittle and can shatter easily.<br> “I had always eschewed that approach,” Sadoway says.<br> But Allanore adds, “There are only two classes of materials that can sustain these high temperatures — metals or ceramics.”<br> Only a few<br><img src=""><br> metals remain solid at <b>these</b> high temperatures, so “that narrows the number of candidates,” he says.Allanore, who worked in <b>the</b> steel industry before joining MIT, says progress <b>has</b> been slow both because experiments are difficult at these high temperatures, and also because the relevant expertise tends to be scattered across disciplines.<br> “Electrochemistry is a multidisciplinary problem, involving chemical, electrical and materials engineering,” he says.The<br> problem was solved using an alloy that naturally forms a thin film of metallic oxide on its surface: thick enough to prevent further attack by oxygen, but thin enough for electric current to flow freely through it. The answer turned out to be an alloy of chromium and iron <b>—</b> constituents that are “abundant and cheap,” Sadoway says.In addition to <b>producing</b> no emissions<br><img src=""><br> other than pure oxygen, the process lends itself to smaller-scale factories: Conventional steel plants are only <b>economical</b> if they can produce millions<br><img src=""><br> of tons of steel per year, but this new process <b>could</b> be viable for production of a few hundred thousand tons per year, he says.Apart<br> from eliminating the emissions, the process yields metal of exceptional purity, Sadoway says. <b>What’s</b> more, it could also be adapted to carbon-free production of metals and alloys including nickel, titanium and ferromanganese, with similar advantages.Ken<br> Mills, a visiting professor of materials at Imperial College, London, says the approach outlined in this paper “seems very sound to me,” but he cautions that unless legislation requires the industry to account for its greenhouse-gas production, it’s unclear whether the new technique would be cost-competitive. Nevertheless, he says, it “should be followed up, as the authors suggest, with experiments using a more industrial configuration.”Sadoway, Allanore and a former student <b>have</b> formed a company to develop the concept, which is still at  <a href = "">tinnitus miracle </a> scale, to a commercially viable prototype electrolysis cell.<br> <b>They</b> expect it could take about three years to design, build and test such a reactor.The<br> research was supported by the American Iron and Steel Institute and the <b>U.S.<br></b> Department of Energy. Real Madrid manager José Mourinho says some who voted for him as coach of the year claim their votes showed up as supporting other candidates instead The debate over Herbalife has been reduced to the level <b>of</b> a junior high school feud as it becomes about hedge fund billionaires trash-talking each other, with no actual investigation.<br> Ilya Kovalchuk stunned the league by announcing his retirement, walking away from the nearly $77 million left on his contract with the Devils.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Al Nour, a party of ultraconservative Islamists, has emerged as an unexpected political kingmaker, shaping the interim <b>government</b> after the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> SACRAMENTO, <b>Calif.<br></b> -- A <b>federal</b> jury on Tuesday convicted a 23-year-old man of supporting terrorists by attending <b>an</b> <b>al-Qaida</b> training camp in Pakistan three years ago. Pope Francis on Friday urged leaders of a Roman Catholic Church riven by scandal and crisis never to give in to discouragement and bitterness but to keep their eyes on their true mission. Nelson Mandela, who has now been hospitalized for more than a month in Pretoria, remains in critical condition. <b>South</b> African President Jacob <b>Zuma</b> visited the revered leader of the struggle against apartheid Wednesday evening: <b></b> Read full article &#62;&#62;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; MIT will receive up to $25 million in <b>funding</b> from the United States Agency <b>for</b> International<br><img src=""><br> Development (USAID) as part <b>of</b> a new five-year project intended to fight poverty by developing and <b>evaluating</b> useful technologies for communities around the <b>globe.“People</b> here really care about doing something for <b>the</b> world’s poor,” says Bish Sanyal, the Ford International Professor of Urban Development and Planning in MIT’s Department of Urban <b>Studies</b> and Planning (DUSP), who is one of the leaders of the Institute’s participation in the project.MIT’s role <b>in</b> the new program will involve two related but distinct enterprises: The Institute’s D-Lab will help lead a consortium of higher-education institutions in creating the International Development Innovation Network <b>(IDIN),</b> which aims to foster and <b>provide</b> structure for technological innovation in developing countries. The Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation (CITE) <b>—</b> which DUSP and<br><img src=""><br> six other groups within MIT will help develop — will assess technologies intended to alleviate poverty and determine which will have the most impact. “We were very excited when we heard about this grant,” says D-Lab founder Amy Smith, a senior <b>lecturer</b> in MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering.<br> The USAID backing, she adds, represents “an effort to promote local innovation and to increase the  <a href = "">coffee shop millionaire </a> creative capacities of communities around the world, so that people are solving problems [themselves] rather <b>than</b> relying on external sources.” MIT is <b>one</b> of six academic institutions involved in the project, along with six nongovernmental organizations.<br> The other <b>academic</b> partners<br><img src=""><br> in the IDIN are Colorado State University, <b>Franklin</b> Olin College of Engineering, <b>the</b> University of<br><img src=""><br> California at Davis, the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana and the University of <b>Sao</b> Paulo in Brazil. <b>As</b> part of the CITE program, MIT will work with the International Rescue Committee, Mercy <b>Corps,</b> Oxfam America, Partners in Health, UNICEF and the World Food Program.Building<br> innovation <b>networks</b> The IDIN portion of the program will involve, among other things, 12 international design summits to look at technologies helping local development, along with the building <b>of</b> <b>eight</b> Innovation Hubs globally to act as centers for technological development.<br> IDIN will work on innovations in a <b>wide</b> variety of areas, including agriculture, clean drinking water, improvement of power sources in rural areas and <b>health-care</b> projects.A<br> crucial part of the IDIN’s work is the linkage of technologists from around the world, <b>sometimes</b> through intensive, monthlong workshops that Smith has developed. “A lot of time people don’t have the resources or training to engage in these activities,” Smith says.<br> “One of the things that’s exciting about the IDIN grant is that it helps give us the capacity to build a network of innovators, and tap into that network to solve challenges.”<br> The CITE project, on the other hand, will involve the development of rigorous evaluation methods for new technologies — aiming to address the problem of promising innovations that do not necessarily take hold as intended in <b>developing</b> countries.<br> “Our problem is not simply the supply of technological solutions,” Sanyal says.<br> “The <b>problem</b> is that the solutions are not assessed.” As a result, he notes, <b>funding</b> for global development has not always been guided toward the most effective <b>solutions.<br></b>  ZAWIYA, Libya - The speed with <b>which</b> this city on Tripoli's doorstep fell to Libyans calling for Moammar Gadhafi's ouster raised hopes a rebellion <b>in</b> the <b>east</b> could <b>spread.</b> This vibrant, sprawling city of <b>contrasts</b> is becoming easier to navigate, but the main reason visitors return is the people. Creditors are trying to <b>block</b> former Arkansas <b>coach</b> John L.<br> Smith from liquidating $40.7<br> million in debt, saying he moved several properties and more than $2 million from his holdings prior to filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy <b>protection.<br></b> Critics say the Chemical Sector Committee at the Department of Homeland Security is overloaded with industry representatives,<br><img src=""><br> who account for more than half the group's membership. No environmental or public-safety groups are represented.<br> The members

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In another sign of the reverberations of Syria's bloody civil war, an explosion rocked southern Beirut on the first day of the Muslim holy month, Ramadan, injuring at least 53 people. A breakdown of the junk foods that<br><img src=""><br> readers said <b>they</b> have a love-hate relationship with.Piggyback on street tree effort A report presented to Malawian President Joyce Banda revealed that after the death of the former <b>president,</b> officials held secret meetings to prevent her from assuming power. Senator John McCain’s <b>once</b> easygoing if irreverent campaign presence — endearing to crowds, though often resulting in gaffes — has been put out to pasture. Does the stress of being, in effect, forced to exercise, perhaps because your doctor or worried spouse has ordered it, <b>cancel</b> out the otherwise sturdy emotional benefits of physical activity? <b>PORT-AU-PRINCE,</b> HAITI <b>-</b>  The streets of Haiti's capital <b>were</b> mostly quiet Monday, <b>as</b> the international observers <b>who</b> monitored Sunday's tumultuous<br><img src=""><br> elections called<br><img src=""><br> for the vote-counting to continue and results to be respected, saying they had witnessed irregularities but not the "massive fraud" a... Something to distract Sir Alex and the Reds - and it's also won a mathematics prizeWhile Manchester knuckles its brains over that red card last night, Salford has chipped in with <b>some</b> interesting football research.They're less concerned with<br><img src=""><br> high-flying footballers than with strangely-flying <b>footballs</b> – the much discussed <b>phenomenon</b> of unexpected twists and swerves in the air.A Salford study has just won the annual Catherine Richards prize for the best paper published in Mathematics Today, which <b>is</b> much more absorbing than some may feel – just like that excellent Radio 4 programme on numbers<br><img src=""><br> and statistics, More or Less.<br> Led by Dr Edmund Chadwick, a group of aeronautics researchers found that modern footballs can be spun in much the same way as cricket balls have been time out of mind.<br> As they put it:Aspiring Premier League stars can gain just <b>as</b> much from studying Wasim Akram as Gareth Bale, because cricket-style reverse swerve is an important factor in <b>how</b> modern footballs behave in the air.The<br> behaviour is a result – apparently unintended – of rough surfaces designed to make footballs go faster. The aerodynamics are uncannily similar to those of a cricket ball which has been used for 40 overs or more. <b>If</b> a skilful player puts a lot of spin on a football, similar to its forward velocity, a pressure difference leads to aerial bending and swerves. Older<br> footballs <b>could</b> not be used in this way because their seams and smooth surfaces led to a different flow of air. Simulations are the next <b>step,</b> to recreate <b>particularly</b> famous aberrations, and the group is hopeful that they may eventually exonerate Robert Green from his 'howler' against the USA in 2010.<br> Dr Chadwick says:There <b>was</b> a lot of talk about <b>altitude</b> and the ball being too round at the time of <b>the</b> 2010 World Cup, but we've seen with that ball and its successors the addition of rough surfaces to increase speed also makes the ball more unpredictable.Applying too much spin will cause movement that the player did <b>not</b> intend and, while this can be beneficial in fooling goalkeepers, it certainly reduces <b>accuracy</b> when striking the ball hard. Better players will need to adjust their games to these <b>new</b> balls.The research findings are novel but Chadwick's conclusion of how to both cope with <b>them</b> and use them to cunning effect echoes schoolteachers down the centuries.<br> He concludes:Like much else in sport that will ultimately come down to practice.The<br> paper, Reverse swerve - a new phenomenon in football by Edmund Chadwick, Thurai Rahulan and Yu Wang may be obtained from the university's school of computing, science and<br><img src=""><br> engineering.ManchesterGreater ManchesterSalfordUniversity of SalfordMathematicsMathematicsGareth BaleMartin &copy; 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies.<br> All rights reserved.<br> | Use of this content is subject to <b>our</b> Terms & Conditions | More Feeds To stand out, some real estate agents try to bond with clients through activities, like jogging or beer pong, normally reserved for actual friends.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> Many conservatives are upset with Wednesday's Supreme Court decision overturning the Defense<br><img src=""><br> of Marriage Act. For<br><img src=""><br> many, their anger has less to do with DOMA itself than with the fear that the decision will soon lead the Court to take <b>more</b> drastic action <b>--</b> declaring all state marriage bans unconstitutional.<br> Read full article &#62;&#62;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Scientists at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, say<br><img src=""><br> they need more data to understand how the particle works and what it means for the universe.<br> Among the suggestions from John Tanzella, a travel adviser, <b>is</b> to check whether a company respects the rights of its own gay employees.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; MIT professor <b>Angela</b> Belcher, one of the world’s leading nanotechnology experts, has been named the recipient of this year’s $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize, which honors an outstanding inventor dedicated to improving the world through technological invention.<br> “It feels fantastic,” says Belcher, the W.M. Keck Professor of Energy at MIT and a faculty member at the Koch Institute for Integrative <b>Cancer</b> Research. “There’s been so many great people who have won it in the past. I feel very fortunate.”Belcher, who heads up the Biomolecular Materials<br><img src=""><br> Group at MIT, draws her scientific inspiration from nature’s ability to create materials — such as a snail’s ability to grow <b>its</b> shell. In the lab, she combines organic and inorganic<br><img src=""><br> materials to create novel electronic materials for a variety of applications, such as solar cells, fuel, environmentally friendly batteries and medical diagnostics, among other things. “Angela Belcher is <b>an</b> extraordinary <b>inventor,”</b> says Joshua Schuler, executive director of<br><img src=""><br> the Lemelson-MIT Program. “She has taken a single idea and applied it to develop a remarkable portfolio of inventions that span <b>a</b> multitude of<br><img src=""><br> industries and will ultimately benefit business, society and the environment.”<br> “Most impressive,” he adds, “is that Angela never fails to remember the immense <b>value</b> of youth mentorship <b>and</b> its ability to inspire the next generation of inventors who, like Angela herself, will continue to improve the world <b>through</b> their discoveries.”Inspired<br> by natureInitially, Belcher <b>was</b> scientifically motivated by the shell of the abalone (a type of sea snail), which she encountered while spending time near the ocean as <b>an</b> undergraduate at <b>the</b> University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB).<br> (This particular snail would later become the focus of her PhD dissertation.)The<br> abalone shell is comprised of 98 percent calcium carbonate — <b>an</b> inorganic compound — <b>and</b> 2 percent organic protein, a combination that <b>makes</b> <b>the</b> shell exceptionally strong.<br> This principle — how marine life evolved to make such hard materials from its environment <b>—</b> led Belcher down her path of bio-inspired innovation. Today, her group focuses on coaxing biological materials to work with inorganic materials, such as electronics.  One of her recent inventions is a lithium-ion battery powered by engineered viruses. The batteries have the same energy capacity and power performance as state-of-the-art rechargeable batteries being considered <b>to</b> power plug-in hybrid cars, and they could also be used to power a range of personal electronic devices.Belcher has applied the same process to improve the efficiency of alternative solar cells <b>such</b> as dye-synthesized solar cells by genetically engineering viruses to more <b>efficiently</b> collect electrons in the solar-cell system, improving the energy production by 33 percent.<br> Belcher’s method adds just one simple step to standard manufacturing of this type <b>of</b> solar cell, making it possible to implement in existing facilities.Belcher’s<br> technology has given rise to two <b>companies.</b> In <b>2004,</b> she co-founded Cambrios Technologies, which develops electronic materials for transparent coatings used for touch screens, LCDs and other devices. In 2007, Belcher co-founded Siluria Technologies, which converts lower-value methane  <a href = "">panic away download </a> high-value liquid transportation fuel.<br> In "Liberty's Exiles," Maya Jasonoff tells the tale of the British Loyalists who opposed the American revolution.<br> The oldest player in Major League Soccer is relishing retirement, but before that he is schooling a new generation of players at Seattle Sounders, his first and, probably, last clubArsene Wenger was once asked what he did in his spare time. "I watch <b>football,"</b> the Arsenal manager replied. Ask Marcus Hahnemann what he does in his <b>spare</b> time and you'll get a longer, and much different, <b>answer."Being<br></b> a professional goalkeeper has <b>never</b> really defined me. It's always been other stuff.<br> I've got so many different hobbies.<br> I fly airplanes, I fly-fish, mountain bike all the time, I'm really <b>looking</b> forward to getting back <b>on</b> skis and snowboards," the Seattle Sounders player said."I've had so many other things that I've been interested <b>in.<br></b> <b>[Sounders</b> defender Leo Gonzalez,] he's always watching soccer. He'll grab his iPhone and he's watching games, and I'm like, 'you're nuts. What are you doing?' And he's <b>like,</b> 'I love soccer'. He loves it, he just wants to<br><img src=""><br> watch it. Different countries, anything, he watches it.<br> I walk in a <b>room,</b> I see soccer on the TV and OK, <b>I'm</b> out. I'm going somewhere else."Maybe I have played a long time <b>and</b> seen lots of game film <b>and</b> been <b>bored</b> out of my mind watching<br><img src=""><br> <b>stuff</b> and maybe you get a <b>little</b> bit cynical.<br> But I don't <b>particularly</b> want to go and watch games now. And then I have a day off and guess what's I'm doing? Going to my kids' games.<br> So I'm sitting in the hotel and<br><img src=""><br> I want to think about something completely different than soccer."The last time I met Hahnemann, in 2008, <b>he</b> was making dessert pies in a cooking contest and thinking about opening a <b>pizza</b> restaurant; a dream as yet unrealised."I have lots of ideas," <b>he</b> said. "I want to do a hard cider company as well. Think how popular it is in England. We don't have a lot <b>of</b> choices in America.<br> And then we have Washington <b>which</b> is <b>basically</b> the capital for apples in the US.<br> In Eastern Washington, I've got a cabin out <b>there.<br></b> And I'm thinking... Hmm, I don't know.<br> We keep talking to a couple of people about doing it."It is no great shock that his preferred post-game meal <b>is</b> not chicken and <b>pasta.<br></b> Asked <b>what</b> he misses about England, he said:<br><img src=""><br> "Indian food for sure.<br> <b>My</b> <b>king</b> prawn vindaloo post-match. Definitely."In the UK he sounded as distinctive <b>as</b> he looked, <b>with</b> his head hairless but for the arrow-shaped tuft pointing from his chin to his chest and his short-sleeved jerseys showing off arms as thick as barrels.The<br> sense that Hahnemann<br><img src=""><br> was a three-dimensional being amid cardboard <b>cut-outs</b> made him a popular interview for reporters in England, where interests that might seem typical in and around <b>his</b> native Seattle - hunting, mountain biking, a car collection, alternative rock, flying - <b>looked</b> exotic.It was almost an afterthought that, selected for two World Cup squads and with a<br><img src=""><br> dozen years in <b>England,</b> Hahnemann is one of the most successful American <b>players</b> since the birth of MLS in 1996.<br> You can't say "one of the most successful of his generation", since his career spans two: nineteen years and counting.He moved to England from the Colorado Rapids in 1999, made over 300 league appearances for Fulham, Reading and Wolves and was at Everton in <b>a</b> reserve role in 2011-12. He rejoined Seattle as a back-up to Michael <b>Gspurning</b> last September, 20 months after he was last spotted between the posts <b>in</b> England during an FA Cup game between Wolves and Stoke City.At<br> Reading he was one of <b>the</b> elements in a golden era <b>for</b> American goalkeepers. Some weekends during the <b>2007-08</b> season, there were four starting in the <b>Premier</b> League: Hahnemann, Tim Howard, Brad Friedel and<br><img src=""><br> Kasey Keller.Hahnemann was on the bench last Saturday as the Sounders began their 2013 MLS campaign with a <b>1-0</b> defeat by the Montreal <b>Impact.</b> He is<br><img src=""><br> also in the stands at CenturyLink Field in super-sized form as one of the <b>faces</b> on the "Decades of Dominance" tifo.He was a Sounder from 1994-96, long before the city joined MLS.<br> So the return of a local hero <b>emits</b> a <b>nostalgic</b> glow, but teams do not operate on sentiment and it was clear from Hahnemann's impressive performances in<br><img src=""><br> the pre-season Desert Diamond Cup tournament in Arizona, where we spoke, that he could be <b>a</b><br><img src=""><br> useful asset this season if Gspurning is injured. And even if the Austrian is fit.Hahnemann is developing his coaching skills.<br> "What's great with the Sounders is <b>that</b> I can go talk to outfield guys and <b>tell</b> them some things that I think would help them.<br> And they actually listen. Because my viewpoint <b>is</b> different than theirs," he said."And I'm seeing what I don't like them to do, so when they're bombing balls past me they're doing certain things and when I save stuff I'm like, 'if you would have done this I don't think I'd have had any chance'.<br> And they really take it <b>on</b> board. We've got a great group of young kids here, guys <b>who</b> really want to learn."MLS' oldest player will be 41 in June.<br> Until the Sounders called he was facing the end of his <b>career,</b> but found the prospect more intriguing than alarming.<br> He was unafraid to pop <b>the</b> bubble."I<br> was hoping to take a year off and do nothing. And to see kind of what happened. It seemed like <b>within</b> weeks I came back with the Sounders, which was great. But [my family] hadn't made any decisions on what we were doing," he said."The<br> only thing we decided was if we were going to live in our cabin with a town of 2,000 people which is a little bit difficult for schooling. And then the kids wanted to play soccer, that's all down the mountain.<br> And then you'd be driving back and forth every day no matter <b>how</b> <b>you</b> do it.<br> So we ended up, let's just move into our house.<br> We kicked <b>our</b> renters out and that all worked pretty well."We'd<br> already decided <b>we'd</b> <b>live</b> down in Bellevue [east of central Seattle] and then it was, do I want to fish every day, go skiing every day, or do I still want to<br><img src=""><br> play?"He<br><img src=""><br> sees hanging up his boots not as a disaster to be delayed as long as possible, but an opportunity. "You're not 'retiring', you've just kind of <b>stopped</b> doing what you're doing. What else are you going<br><img src=""><br> to do? What's the<br><img src=""><br> next phase of your life?" he said."Maybe when you get to that age of retirement people are always kind of freaking out, 'what am I going to do?' Obviously <b>there's</b> money issues, identity issues.<br> Who you are, what you are. But if you have other interests then you won't <b>be</b> bored, you've got tons of stuff to <b>do."Treating</b> the sport like a job, not a drug? Like a part of real life, not an escape from it? And still proving<br><img src=""><br> it is possible to play at an elite level? Hahnemann is an accidental iconoclast, the strangest regular guy in soccer.Seattle SoundersMLSUS sportsWolverhampton WanderersReadingTom <b>&copy;</b> 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies.<br> All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to <b>our</b> Terms & Conditions | More Feeds Soho charity the House of <b>St</b> Barnabas is creating a private members' club to help homeless people find lasting workThe House of&nbsp;St&nbsp;Barnabas&nbsp;has been a charity in the heart of Soho,  <a href = "">coffee shop millionaire pdf </a> 1846 and aims to help those affected by homelessness to find sustained employment.After many <b>years</b> operating as a residential hostel, in 2005 we found out that our accommodation no longer met the regulations necessary.<br> It <b>would</b> have cost us over £1.5m to make the necessary changes <b>and</b> our capacity would have been reduced from 40 beds to 15.This forced the charity to look back to its aims and then find the best way to move forward.We<br> decided to create an employment academy offering training schemes, which will be integrated into a not-for-profit <b>members'</b> club opening in autumn 2013. The club will provide opportunities for work experience in a dynamic environment and first-rate commercial hospitality training. The club, charity and employment academy will be part of the beautiful and historic building at 1 Greek Street, Soho, offering a new vision for members' clubs, one with the drive for social change <b>at</b> its heart.Building a<br><img src=""><br> new model has been challenging.<br> In 2006 we undertook a lot of research and took advice regarding the <b>shape</b> we needed to be in to support our clients.<br><img src=""><br> After many unsuccessful attempts at other models between 2006 and 2009, we eventually met a <b>potential</b> partner, Quintessentially.<br> It suggested hosting a 12-week not-for-profit pop-up events space and members' club within <b>the</b> house, with funds <b>raised</b> being split between its foundation and The House of&nbsp;St&nbsp;Barnabas.It took 26 months – and a lot of money – to get permission to change the building's use.Some hard decisions were made over that period, including reducing team members (including myself) to part-time <b>working</b> and making some redundancies.To <b>make</b> the club a success we realised that we needed a hospitality partner that would not only be excited about providing outstanding food and service but that would see our employment academy as an integral part of the <b>offer.We<br></b> set about looking for that partner by working with Nick <b>Lander</b> (author<br><img src=""><br> of The Art of the Restaurateur <b>and</b> former <b>owner</b> of L'Escargot) who introduced us to the best potential partners London had to <b>offer.In<br></b> the <b>end,</b> we formed a partnership with Benugo, which will&nbsp;create an<br><img src=""><br> elegant dining room with a supper club feel, and a selection of bars and lounge spaces. Clients will be <b>trained</b> in the academy on<br><img src=""><br> the top floor, before moving downstairs to the restaurant and bar <b>for</b> hands-on work experience and hospitality training.<br> Benugo has a great track record of creating bespoke dining spaces, and the collaboration will add to a <b>hugely</b> successful national portfolio of ventures within public spaces.We also needed to renovate the building because it did not meet 21st-century plumbing, electrics or <b>data</b> standards. We shut the doors of our house in January 2013, and renovation works are well underway. With a huge amount of care, we <b>are</b> restoring the house and making <b>it</b> fit for purpose, while retaining the amazing features and preserving the identity of the building.Throughout<br> the <b>process,</b> we have had <b>to</b> form and maintain relationships with our supporters. <b>In</b> 2006 the charity essentially went into stasis, so some of our support networks fell away as they worked with other charities. When I joined in 2009 one of the charity's main aims was <b>to</b> re-form relationships and forge new ones.By clarifying our vision we could engage with <b>those</b> who wanted to support it.<br> Without that <b>backing,</b> from Charity Bank, <b>the</b> Garfield Weston Foundation and the Linbury Trust among others, none of this would have been possible.First and foremost the club must be a successful business in its own <b>right.</b> The charity will be relying on the club for the <b>funds</b> necessary to run the employment academy and support its former students.<br> Our aim is for the charity to be self sustaining within five years of opening the <b>club.</b> Our revenue streams are membership fees, donations, venue hire, a share of F&B (food and beverage) turnover.<br> We are also in talks with some fantastic brands about how we can work together on the <b>project.</b> Virgin Media has already confirmed its support.We want the house to be a place where <b>we</b> train and support clients through their development, both personally and within the workplace.Most<br> of us have <b>networks</b> to rely on when we feel below par; someone at work who can give <b>us</b> a hug or a friend with a cheerful text. Most of <b>our</b> clients have lost these networks. The house offers them a chance to make connections beyond the world of homelessness, rather than leaving them prey to institutionalisation.&nbsp;People are asking: "who will your members be?" They will be the architects of social change, the interested and<br><img src=""><br> interesting and the incurably <b>curious.<br></b> What do <b>I</b> want all of these people to have in common? Having the ability <b>to</b> think across <b>multiple</b> disciplines and knowing how to drive their ideas into action.The stereotype of the private members' club is of moneyed patrons dangling empty glasses <b>at</b> their servers, awaiting refills and <b>attention.</b> The phrase "social enterprise" conjures up images of a worthy but <b>less</b> than luxury service. What if instead, a <b>members'</b> club could be just one part of a humanist ecosystem that offered members three things: a Grade I-listed sanctuary (with a secluded garden and private<br><img src=""><br> chapel) in the bustling heart of Soho, a connection to the rich history of the area and the city, and the chance to reintegrate those devastated by homelessness<br><img src=""><br> into<br><img src=""><br> sustained employment?This is the starting vision of the House of&nbsp;St&nbsp;Barnabas. <b>To</b> be <b>a</b> place where the pleasures and needs of one group facilitate the dreams of others.Sandra<br> Schembri is chief executive at the House of St BarnabasThis content is brought to you by Guardian Professional. To join the Guardian Social Enterprise <b>Network,</b> click here.Social enterprise blogStart up & scale upVoluntary sector network blogSocial enterprisesEthical businessPhilanthropyHomelessnessSocial exclusionHousingLondonEmployabilityUnemploymentFood & drinkFood & drink<br> <b>&copy;</b> <b>2013</b> Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies.<br> All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Ben Brantley on “Money the Game Show” and a revival of “Privates on Parade,” starring Simon Russell Beale.<br> Kenny Cooper scores in the 17th minute to lift FC Dallas to a <b>1-0</b> win over Chicago Sunday, ending FC Dallas' <b>three-game</b> losing streak.<br><img src=""><br> Senate Democrats tentatively embrace a <b>GOP</b> plan to immediately cut $4 billion <b>in</b> federal spending.<br> This article first appeared in the Autumn 2012 <b>issue</b> <b>of</b> Energy Futures, the magazine of <b>the</b> MIT Energy Initiative. Subscribe today.Michael<br> Liebreich launched Bloomberg New <b>Energy</b> Finance in 2004 to provide analysis and advice on emerging energy technologies and <b>related</b> sectors to utilities, oil, gas, and renewable companies, as well as governments. He sold it to financial information giant Bloomberg in 2009.<br> Liebreich discussed his take on new energy markets,<br><img src=""><br> which currently face major challenges, during a visit to the MIT Energy Initiative’s 2012 research conference.Q.<br> Your background includes a degree in thermodynamics from Cambridge <b>University,</b> an MBA from Harvard, experience as an entrepreneur and as a media executive. How did you arrive at new energy?A.<br> I got fairly badly burned by the <b>tech</b> boom-bust cycle <b>around</b> the turn of the millennium.<br> Rather than bounce back and try to <b>win</b> Web 2.0, I returned to my roots, <b>which</b> were in energy.<br> I happened to know about databases, modern control technology and the Internet, as well as nanotech and biotech, because I had been in venture capital for a while. I felt <b>we</b> were going to build the smart grid, not specifically because <b>it</b> helps with electric vehicles or energy efficiency, but because that’s just how you’ll monitor the condition of the electrical system <b>from</b> generator  <a href = "">tinnitus miracle </a> And <b>it</b> was just obvious that we would eventually switch to cleaner technologies as their costs come down. That’s where I <b>came</b> <b>from.Q.</b> How has the financing landscape for new energy technologies changed since you began monitoring the scene?A.<br> It’s<br><img src=""><br> gone through a number of phases.<br> When I started<br><img src=""><br> <b>in</b> 2004, there were only a <b>few</b> idealists wearing suits, some family offices, some visionaries, and an extraordinary level of ignorance about energy technology in <b>the</b> financial community.<br> By 2006, professional venture capitalists, bankers, infrastructure finance people, project financiers, were beginning to pay serious attention. And then in 2007, an enormous amount of money started pouring in. Every asset manager had to have a clean-tech fund, a clean energy fund, a climate fund.Valuations<br> went up by factors of four and five. It was irrational, it was ridiculous. And then it was hit hard by the crash.After <b>that</b> came the “green <b>stimulus”</b> years, 2009–2011. The sector was <b>on</b> a sort of artificial life support, so the amount of <b>investment</b> globally continued to rise. But those years have come to an <b>end,</b> and we’ve arrived <b>at</b> a cold, hard reality. It’s a tough time. What’s sustaining the industry now is the fact that its economics are finally coming <b>good.</b> Contrast 2005 to now: The cost of solar photovoltaics is down by a factor of nearly five.<br> We’re now in an environment where these technologies are within <b>spitting</b> distance of being competitive without subsidies.Q. Does it seem paradoxical that as these <b>technologies</b> <b>become</b> increasingly competitive, and global investment in them has increased from $50 billion <b>in</b> 2004 to $280 billion in 2011, we <b>are</b> also seeing new energy firms struggling to secure capital and even going <b>under?A.<br></b> All those asset managers who poured in during 2007–08, now they’re all pouring out, saying clean-tech and clean energy is over, selling everything they own.<br> The capital markets don’t differentiate between technology providers, where there is overcapacity, and technology buyers, getting the advantage of cheap equipment.<br> They are just punishing everyone indiscriminately.<br> Investors are herd animals.You<br> hear nonsense statistics in political <b>debates</b> on the failure of clean energy companies receiving loan guarantees. Sure, some of the <b>manufacturers</b> supported by the stimulus funds have gone bust.<br> But nobody on the asset build-out side has gone bust.<br> These projects, once they’re built, perform well, they become good assets.Ask Warren Buffet: <b>He</b> sold nearly $1 billion of bonds in his solar projects, and the offer was oversubscribed.<br> We <b>now</b> see more smart investors buying up projects. In Europe, pension funds are buying entire offshore wind farms.Q.<br> So what kind of setback does the current market represent?A. Go back to 1903. There were 500 car companies in the US. <b>By</b> <b>the</b> 1970s, there were essentially three.<br> Some went out of <b>business,</b> some were poorly run, some were acquired and <b>their</b> shareholders did OK. But the car itself was never a stupid idea, and <b>the</b> industry<br><img src=""><br> grew. Investors who overreact now should realize that <b>the</b> energy industry is capital intensive, heavily regulated, <b>and</b> it is a difficult space to go from naught to 100 miles per hour quickly. It will go through <b>cycles.<br></b> This is a tough stage in the cycle.A<br> lot of <b>things</b> are ugly at the moment, but if we look at them one by one, most will resolve in the next few years, particularly production overcapacity.<br> There will be some failed technologies.<br> People will shut down uncompetitive lines. With<br><img src=""><br> the expiry of the production tax credit, there will be more bankruptcies.<br> But the number of megawatts of wind and solar will increase.<br> Clean energy <b>is</b> not a shrinking industry, it is a consolidating industry.<br> It is not going away.Q. How does politics affect <b>the</b> situation?A. The European crisis has crushed the sector’s most important geographic market. How are you going to invest in European projects <b>when</b> there is a question mark over the survival of the Euro? The average commercial bank cannot fund a project in a high-risk country like Spain, Greece, <b>or</b> Portugal, the best countries in Europe for clean <b>energy.<br></b> But at some point this will resolve: There will be an end to the European pain.In<br> the US, pre-election uncertainty proved much more corrosive than any of the anti-clean energy statements heard during the presidential campaign.<br> At the end of the day, if clean energy economics are attractive, <b>whoever</b> wins the election will support the industry in some way: perhaps more funding for research, perhaps more for deployment. Or just leave it alone and not <b>create</b> uncertainty.Q. What’s next for new energy?A. Technologies continue becoming cost-competitive, whether on- or <b>offshore</b> wind, solar, LEDs or batteries.<br> The technologies needed to integrate clean energy into the grid also keep becoming cheaper. Engineers are really, really smart and have got the bit between their teeth. They will come up with solutions and drive costs down.But<br> in addition to R&amp;D breakthroughs, you need to get technologies out into<br><img src=""><br> the market,<br><img src=""><br> scale and build a supply chain, and then familiarize financiers with them. You need smart government policies to help break down barriers to market integration—almost more than you need any other sort of support.Q. What part will clean energy play in the economy?A.<br> We’re now in a world of perennially high resource and energy prices. Natural <b>gas</b> is currently very cheap in the US because the economy slowed just when shale gas came along. But <b>don’t</b> get too used to it—the price will soon be up to where it is no cheaper than onshore wind power.<br> America <b>must</b> create a resource-efficient economy.<br> Renewable energy, together with the smart grid, electric vehicles, and power storage, will be a big <b>part</b> of it, along with gas. If the US lags, it risks ending up buying these technologies from other countries, the way it <b>has</b> ended up dependent on imported oil.<br> Imagine if the revenue from Amazon, Google, and Facebook flowed to Japan and China <b>instead</b> of to the US economy.<br><img src=""><br> That’s the worry, that US companies won’t own <b>the</b> next generation of energy technologies. The <b>next</b> Exxon <b>could</b> be Chinese or Korean.Q. You privately serve in groups addressing <b>climate</b> change issues, and <b>you</b> executive-produced a short<br><img src=""><br> advocacy film, "First They Ignore You".<br> Is it difficult to balance your professional and personal interest in new energy?A.<br> <b>At</b> Bloomberg, we provide facts and data for utilities, governments, <b>and</b> corporations, giving them information on<br><img src=""><br> risks and options.<br> Grown-up decision-makers need investment-grade information.I don’t see the film I made as advocacy.<br> Cold, hard analysis shows <b>the</b> cost of clean energy coming down and the cost of conventional energy going up. The inevitable conclusion is that at some point there will be a phase change, and clean energy will be the norm, not the exception. The film was me experimenting with saying the same thing in images, rather than with a PowerPoint presentation.It<br> is pretty clear as a society we have a choice: We<br><img src=""><br> can either invest our money, time, brains and our brightest students in maintaining the existing energy system, <b>which</b> gets more and more expensive, or we can make the decision to invest in other approaches. I don’t feel like an advocate for trying to point this out. Discounts on rugs, floor samples, lighting and more. Accokeek, in southern Prince George's County, has a dual personality not readily visible from Route 210, a four-lane highway that bisects the <b>community.</b> Performing at 54 Below, Barbara Cook sings an earthy, direct mix of pop, jazz and blues that has the feel of a conversation.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Westboro<br><img src=""><br> <b>Baptist</b> Church on Wednesday. As Robert Barnes

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