(PhysOrg.com) — ASUS announced in May it would be producing two Eee Pad tablets, a 12-inch version running Windows 7 Home Premium and a 10-inch with the Windows Embedded Compact 7 operating system. It now seems likely the smaller tablet will use Google’s Linux-based mobile operating system Android instead. ASUS Eee Pad EP101TC This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Eee Pad: AsusTek unveils Windows 7 tablet computer © 2010 PhysOrg.com Android is growing in popularity for smartphones, and so it makes sense for ASUS to adopt an operating system for its tablet that will be familiar to users, and according to Netbook News, this is precisely what ASUS is planning.The version of Android that will be used on the tablet is unclear as yet. The prototype is running Android 2.2 (Froyo), but it seems likely ASUS will wait for version 3.0 (Gingerbread) for use on the production units, which are expected to be released next January at the earliest.The smaller ARM-based Eee Pad tablet, the Eee Pad EP101TC, was demonstrated in June year at Computex 2010 in Taipei, and at that time was running Windows Embedded Compact 7.ASUS has been a close partner of Microsoft for a long time, but in February announced its Android-based Nuvifone A50, developed in partnership with Garmin. Citation: Asus Eee Pad tablet to favor Android over Windows Embedded OS (2010, July 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-07-asus-eee-pad-tablet-favor.html Explore further Asus Eee Pad EP101TC Demo at Computex 2010. ASUS is not the only tablet maker dumping Windows. Lenovo has announced it will be running Android instead of a Microsoft operating system on its tablets, Dell has also opted for Android, and Cisco’s Cius tablet, which is aimed specifically at business users and is slated for release in the first quarter of 2011, will also use the Google OS. HP has chosen WebOS (dubbed Palm) for its own tablets.
Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Citation: Yeast ‘rewired’ to mate when starving (2010, December 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-12-yeast-rewired-starving.html (PhysOrg.com) — New research has found that the mating habits of the dairy yeast depends on the levels of nutrients available as well as the availability of cells of the opposite “sex.” Fungus found in humans shown to be nimble in mating game More information: Intercalation of a new tier of transcription regulation into an ancient circuit, Lauren N. Booth, et al., Nature 468, 959–963 (16 December 2010) doi:10.1038/nature09560 The researchers, led by Lauren N. Booth of the University of California, San Francisco, carried out a series of experiments on three species of yeast: the baker’s yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae), dairy yeast (Kluyveromyces lactis) and human pathogen yeast (Candida albicans). All three species have three cell types: the haploids a and α, both of which carry a single set of chromosomes, and the product of their mating, the diploid a/α. They also produce haploid spores which are formed when the diploid divides.The a and α “sexes” mate by fusing together and combining the two sets of chromosomes to form the diploid cell type, which is externally virtually identical to the haploids. In this condition all the mating genes are suppressed and it no longer secretes mating factors, which are secreted constantly in the haploid cells.Each of the cell types has specific genes controlled by specific proteins. In the a cells the genes express a factor “MATa1,” and the equivalent in the α cells is MATα2. In the diploid the factors combine to form a complex a1/α2 and this blocks the expression of the four genes involved in mating and the genes specific to the a and α cell types. The new research has discovered that the dairy yeast has evolved a different form of regulation.In S. cerevisiae diploids the genes specific to the a and α cell types are regulated by the a1/α2 complex, which binds to the DNA near the genes it shuts down. Among the proteins expressed by the genes is an intermediate regulatory protein called RME1. In C. albicans the process is the same but RME1 is not present. In K. lactis RME1 is present and is shut down by the a1/α2 complex, but in this yeast RME1 is the only gene regulated by the complex, and it is RME1 that regulates the expression of the other genes.The differences in regulation of gene expression might have little effect since regulation of the genes in each case depends on the presence of the a1/α2 complex. RME1 is not just regulated by the complex, however, and is also regulated in response to levels of nutrients and is activated in starvation conditions. This means that in all three yeast species the “decision” to mate depends on there being haploids of the opposite type present and secreting the a or α mating factors, but in K. lactis the nutrient levels also have an influence, so that in starvation conditions mating is more likely. Mating is a necessary step in the production of spores, which can ensure the yeast’s survival in hard times.The researchers said a reorganization in a relatively recent ancestor K. lactis produced the indirect suppression of the mating genes by RME1. The overall logic of haploid specific genes active in the a and α cells and off in the diploid is preserved, but the “rewiring” integrated nutritional signals into the mating decision.The paper is published in the journal Nature.
Schwassmann-Wachmann3 Comet: Fragment B photographed during its passing in 2006. We can observe up to 73 fragments. This photo is from APOD (Astronomy Picture of the Day) (Internet 3). Credit: NASA, ESA, H. Weaver (JHU/APL), M. Mutchler and Z. Levay (STScl) Binilla wrote down his observations at the time and took some photographs of what he saw, but never really tried to explain what the objects were. Three years later the French astronomy journal L’Astronomie published the photos but deemed them likely high flying birds or bugs on the camera lens.Now Manterola and his colleagues suggest that there is sufficient evidence to at least consider the possibility that the objects Bonilla saw were comet fragments. First of all they say, Bonilla wrote down everything about the sighting; where in the sky the objects appeared, how many fragments he counted (447) over the two days that he could see them, the type of camera he used and the photography techniques, etc. And perhaps most importantly, the time it took for a single fragment to cross the sun, because it’s that number that allowed the modern researchers to calculate their distance from Earth, which they suggest would have been somewhere near just 8000 kilometers. Also, because of Bonilla’s precision in recording the events, it seems doubtful that he would have overlooked bugs on his lens, or the possibility of the objects being birds, etc.The unfortunate thing in all this is that no one else reported seeing the objects that Bonilla saw, and there was no associated meteor shower as would be expected if a comet fell apart so close to Earth. Manterola and his team say that this could be because of the parallax effect, which happens when an object is so close, only those closest to it can see it. They also note that because of the apparent position of the objects, they would have been observable only from areas in roughly the same latitude, which would have included parts of Africa and Northern India and south-east Asia; places where no one was looking at the sun through a telescope.Others clearly are skeptical, for obvious reasons. But that may or may not matter because if the objects were in fact comet fragments, it appears we came pretty close to being wiped out. The researchers suggest that many of the fragments would have been on the order of the size of the one that struck Siberia back in 1908, destroying everything for miles around. If we’d been hit with hundreds or thousands of such fragments at the same time, it might have knocked the life out of our planet, literally. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. ESA’s New Camera Follows Disintegration of 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 Comet © 2011 PhysOrg.com Explore further More information: Interpretation of the observations made in 1883 in Zacatecas (Mexico): A fragmented Comet that nearly hits the Earth, arXiv:1110.2798v1 [astro-ph.EP] arxiv.org/abs/1110.2798AbstractIn 1883, on the 12th and 13th of August, Mexican astronomer Jose A. y Bonilla observed several objects passing in front of the solar disk. In 1886 in the L’Astronomie magazine, he reported his observations without providing a hypothesis explaining the registered phenomena. Our objective in this work is to interpret, with current knowledge, what he observed in Zacatecas. Our working hypothesis is that what Bonilla observed in 1883 was a highly fragmented comet, in an approach almost flush to the Earth’s surface. The fragmentation of the comet’s nucleus is a phenomenon known since the XIX century. Using the results reported by Bonilla, we can estimate the distance at which the objects approach to the Earth’s surface, their size, their mass and total mass of the comet before fragmentation. According to our calculations, the distance at which the objects passed over the Earth’s surface, was between 538 km and 8,062 km, the width of the objects was between 46 m and 795 m and its length between 68 m and 1,022 m, the object’s mass was between 5.58e8 kg and 2.5e12 kg. Finally, the mass of the original comet, before fragmentation, was between 1.83e12 and 8.19e15 kg, i.e., between 2e-3 and 8.19 times the mass of Halley Comet.via TechnologyReview, Discover Citation: Mexican astronomers suggest Bonilla sighting might have been a very close comet breaking up (2011, October 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-10-mexican-astronomers-bonilla-sighting-comet.html (PhysOrg.com) — Mexican astronomers Hector Javier Durand Manterola, Maria de la Paz Ramos Lara, and Guadalupe Cordero working out of National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City, have uploaded a paper onto the prepress server arXiv, suggesting that objects Mexican astronomer José Bonilla recorded in 1883 passing in front of the sun and surrounded by a hazy mist, were in fact fragments of a comet as it came apart very near the earth.
Explore further The spatula setae, showing oval shallow suckers and parallel channels, from male protarsi of the diving beetle Cybister rugosus. Credit: Ying Chen PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Citation: Researchers find suction-cup-shaped circular bristles give male diving beetles a mating advantage (2014, June 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-06-suction-cup-shaped-circular-bristles-male-beetles.html Dorsal view of the spatula setae, showing stalks, oval shallow suckers and parallel channels, from male protarsi of the diving beetle Cybister rugosus. Credit: Ying Chen Parallel channels on the spatula setae from male protarsi of the diving beetle Cybister rugosus. Credit: Ying Chen (Phys.org) —A team of researchers working in Taiwan has found that certain types of diving beetles have a mechanical advantage over other less evolved types of diving beetles. In their paper published in Journal of the Royal Society Interface, the team describes how they compared the suction-cup type bristle gripper mechanisms used by males of one type of beetle to latch onto females, with the less evolved spatula type gripper and found the former to be a much better approach than the latter. To mate, male diving beetles use specialized hairs or bristles on their bodies to latch onto a part of the forewing of the female. Latching on is important because the female moves around a lot, making copulation difficult. In this study, the research team looked to compare the latching abilities of four types of diving beetles—three that have what are described as suction-cup shaped bristles and a fourth which have what are believed to be older, less evolved spatula shaped bristles.Studying the gripping techniques of diving beetles helps researchers understand the complex mating behavior of the beetles—prior research has shown that the females appear to be evolving in a way that makes it more difficult for males to latch on, forcing the males to develop better mechanisms.To find out which type of mechanical mechanism is superior, the researchers clipped samples from both types of beetles and allowed both to latch onto glass cover slips in their lab. They then used a scale to measure vertical suction strength and sensors to measure shearing force. In so doing they found the two approaches yielded approximately the same suction force. When factoring for body size however, the suction-cup mechanism proved to be the superior gripper—it also proved to be better at resisting shearing forces, which likely is just as important, as the females tend to twist and turn at times during mating, possibly as a means of warding off weaker suitors. SEM image of the spatula setae, showing oval shallow suckers and parallel channels, from male protarsi of the diving beetle Cybister rugosus. Credit: Ying Chen Journal information: Journal of the Royal Society Interface The findings by the team suggest that the suction-cup type approach is an improvement over the older spatula type gripper and gives males an advantage during copulation. It also provides new ideas for engineers working on the development of underwater attachment devices. © 2014 Phys.org More information: Paper: rsif.royalsocietypublishing.or … .1098/rsif.2014.0273 Play Attachment-detachment process of a circular seta from male H. pacificus at a preload of 0.45 mN and pull-off velocity of 75 µm/s (~0.25 seta length per second, LST/s). This event was filmed laterally at 24 fps and played back at its original speed. Credit: © Ying Chen , Kai-Jung Chi Seed beetle ‘kicks’ sign of antagonistic coadaptation This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Whenever calamity strikes — be it natural or man-made — children are the first ones to suffer. But then again, it doesn’t take a calamity to make children traumatic, a broken family has just the same effect. Advocating children’s right to family is something Butterflies has been doing for ages now. For years, they have been campaigning against the need to eliminate unnecessary institutionalisation of vulnerable children. The family has been recognised as the natural setting for all children by the proposed National Policy for Children 2012, in spite of such legislations and policies we regularly come across institutions set up under the garb of hostels and educational institutions who offer their services to children from poor or low income groups, depriving them of a family life. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ This was the focus of the Gerry Pinto Memorial Lecture Series — First Call for Children. This year, the lectures (held at the India International Centre on Wednesday) dealt with the issue of a child’s right to family. The lecture was chaired by Vasanti Rama of FORCES; Rajni Palriwal, Department of Sociology, Delhi University; Bino Thomas, Head of department, Social work, Christ University, Benguluru and Rita Panicker, Director of Butterflies. Palriwal delivered the key note address. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix Panicker opened the lecture and spoke of a child’s right to a family and how the two key institutions — family and school — have undergone a change in the last three decades with poverty pushing children to work, forcing many to even migrate. The relationship between poverty and forced institutionalisation though is not very linear, researches conducted by Butterflies have shown children across socio-cultural backgrounds have considered families to be a safety net and prefer living with families. Thomas validated what Panicker said. He said that parenting is no longer just common sense and it was now becoming more of a science and art. Interactions with children in his pre-clinical practice he was told by the children that they want to be parent friendly and parents told him that they would not want to pass on the wounds of their childhood to their children. Children are found to be carriers of family dysfunction and most often behaviour changes are needed with parenting and not with the children. Lack of time, inability to prioritise, generation and communication gap along with a lot of other practical difficulties are some of the reasons he listed as some issues which eventually leads into problem families. Palriwala spoke of extremely dysfunctional families, families with abject poverty, families with illness, neglect, abusive. The state also does not give necessary support to children in this age group and does not figure in any rights, education or health discourse.
Raasrang Holi Utsav- the festival continues to enchant its eager audience by bringing to Delhi, Holi from different parts of India. This year the Raasrang Holi Utsav will bring together the Govt of Assam, Rajasthan and Bihar and celebrate the spirit of spring also popularly known as Basant and for the first time an international team from Bangladesh is also participating.In the previous six editions the festival was celebrated by prestigious ensembles showcasing Braj Ki Holi, Marwar ki Holi, Uttrakhand Ki Khadhi and Bhaithi Holi, Vrindavan ki Phoolan Ki Holi, Banares Ki Holi, Manipur Ki Yaoshang Holi among others. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The festival is in its seventh year now and will be marked by Rajasthan ki Holi which will celebrate the energy and colour of Braj ki lathmaar, phoolon ki Holi , Mayur dance and Raas-lila with an earthy desert flavor. Next in line is Barpeta ki Holi which features Devotional Holi geets expressing ecstatic devotion and the colourful beauty of nature accompanied by Dhulki (type of Drum) and taal (a cymbal).Bhojpuri Jhoomar combines melodious song and energetic dance to herald the festive season of Spring from Bihar and Basant Songs by Bangladeshi team- Nazrul geet, contemporary music and baul songs will be a part of this year celebrations. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixDETAILWhere: Dilli Haat, opposite INA, Sri Aurobindo MargWhen: 22 March – 24 MarchTiming: 5 pm onwardsTUCK IN AND CELEBRATE! Colour on your platter- On offer are some of the platters decked up in colours and named under the spirit of Holi. Food menu ranges for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians with platters like Desi Rangeen and Videshi Rangeen served along with a thandai.DETAILAt: Hinglish: The Colonial Cafe, Ground Floor, Pacific Mall, Subhash Nagar When: 22 March – 27 MarchTimings: 12 pm – 12 amPrice: Rs 750 (veg) and Rs 900 (non-veg)Naturally colourful- On offer would be a platter of colourful mini Idlis that are inspired by the colours of Holi such as orange (gunpowder), yellow (turmeric), green (coriander) and red (fiery guntur chilies). The colorful Idlis will be served with sambhar and chutney. All the ingredients add to the extra taste and will fit the wallet well.DETAILAt: All Vaango outletsWhen: 20 March- 27 MarchTimings: 11 am- 11 pmPrice: Rs 99 onwardsPARTY OUT LOUD AT RANG HOLI UTSAVRang 2013- Catch the best of electronic music experience this Holi and groove to both International and national tunes by multiple artists. To further enhance the experience, the festival offers extensive fun activities and attractions such as a rain dance, imaginative drinking games, mind blowing visuals and lots of color.From the International circuit artists like Dub FX, Ace Ventura, Liquid Soul and EMOK will play along with desi names like Reggae Rajahs, Audiogramme, S.O.N.R., Murti, V Society, Bass Pilots, Smash Nasty, Hamza, Arjun Gandhi who will mesmerise all with their music.DETAILWhere: Hotel Lilywhite, Chattapur When: 27 MarchTiming: 12pm -7 pm Price : Rs 2500 (all cover)
A three day long wedding extravaganza Wedding Asia 2013 at Hotel Ashok promises to get you prepared for the upcoming trends at weddings. It will be held between 19 to 21 July. Wedding Asia is not just a showcase exhibiting the finest from the world of the quintessential Indian wedding but also a platform to give impetus to the business of Fashion by addressing the fashion requirements of the fraternity to keep it at par with international standards. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’All the connoisseurs of luaury will get a chance to intermingle, network and buy the brands. It has evolved to be the most sought after destination for wedding planning among its patrons, where a couple would have access to all the trends for the coming season and an opportunity to experience and interact with the leading brands from the arena of weddings, fashion & lifestyle. All leading players from the arena of lifestyle and weddings would come together to provide complete wedding solutions.
Capturing the essence of minimalism and the poetic fluidity,of straight lined forms and ethereal shapes, potter Anju Kumar flagged off the festive season with the show Luminous Earth on 15 October. The focus is on sculptures which leave an impression on ones memory with their detailed cuts and folds. Vases, urns with detailed filigree and jaalis that look stunning as floor lamps are being displayed at the show. A series of Buddhas in various moods take the works to a realm where art and inspiration blur the boundaries of art. The collection also displays a series of tables, sculpted garden settes, pillars, mandirs and much more. Where: Studio Anmol, Gurgaon When: On till 21 October
Rebel Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Shatrughan Sinha, who has been at unease with the party leadership, on Tuesday virtually dared the party to take action against him.Reacting to reports that the party leadership was planning to take action against him after the Bihar assembly elections for his recent statements, seen as anti-party, the 69-year-old actor turned MP from Patna Sahib on Tuesday made a series of comments on the twitter.”After some unofficial news channel
A well-heeled living room symbolises its owner’s personality; giving everyone an insight into their interests and passions through their taste of décor. Monika Kamal, well-renowned interior designer and founder of Siddharth by MKC, luxury brand into furnishings shares a few tips on how to perk up your living room.Curtains to the rescueThings like curtains and carpets are highly noticeable and influential. Curtains are not just for privacy and cooling; they enliven your living room, set the ambience and convey the story behind your home. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfCurtains alone can make the décor styling or fusion. Paints, Wallpapers and panelling don’t match the finishing touch and elegance brought on by curtains. Rags to RugsRugs and carpets are very impactful when it comes to tying your floor space together. Ditch the centuries old wall-to-wall carpet style and go for the trending area floor coverings.Pair the colour of your carpet and curtains and use the two together in a secondary colour as a foolproof way to unite and stimulate your living room. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveScented surroundingAdding a home fragrance to your living room adds a whole new sensory dimension. Home fragrances are a lot more than a simple finishing touch, they add an invisible layer of ambience that connects and transforms the composition. Elegant AdditionsMatch the colour of your home accessories with other pieces in the room to create a living masterpiece.
Turning a conventional wisdom on its head, researchers have found that consuming red meat and white meat, like poultry, have equal effects on blood cholesterol levels. The study indicated that restricting consumption of meat altogether, whether red or white, is more advisable for lowering blood cholesterol levels than previously thought. The research showed that consumption of high amount of red meat or white poultry resulted in higher blood cholesterol levels than consuming a comparable amount of plant proteins. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”When we planned this study, we expected red meat to have more adverse effect on blood cholesterol levels than white meat. But we were surprised that this was not the case – their effects on cholesterol levels are identical when saturated fat levels are equivalent,” said the researchers. The study did not include grass-fed beef or processed products like bacon or sausage; nor did it include fish. Consumption of red meat has become unpopular during the last few decades over concerns about its association with increased heart disease. Government dietary guidelines have encouraged consumption of poultry as a healthier alternative to red meat. But there had been no comprehensive comparison of the effects of red meat, white meat and non-meat proteins on blood cholesterol until now. Non-meat proteins like vegetables, dairy, and legumes such as beans, show the best cholesterol benefit.
Coffee lovers, please take note. Drinking three or more servings of caffeinated beverages a day increases the risk of migraine. In a study, researchers evaluated the role of caffeinated beverages as a potential trigger of migraine. They found that, among patients who experience episodic migraine, one to two servings of caffeinated beverages were not associated with headaches on that day, but 3 or more servings of caffeinated beverages may be associated with higher odds of migraine headache occurrence on that day or the following day. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”While some potential triggers may only increase migraine risk, the role of caffeine is particularly complex, because it may trigger an attack but may also help control symptoms, caffeine’s impact depends both on dose and on frequency,” said researcher from Harvard University. During the study, 98 adults with frequent episodic migraine completed electronic diaries every morning and every evening for at least six weeks. Every day, participants reported the total servings of caffeinated coffee, tea, soda and energy drinks they consumed, as well as filled out twice daily headache reports detailing the onset, duration, intensity, and medications used for migraines since the previous diary entry. Participants also provided detailed information about other common migraine triggers. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”One serving of caffeine is typically defined as eight ounces or one cup of caffeinated coffee, six ounces of tea, a 12-ounce can of soda and a 2-ounce can of an energy drink. Those servings contain 25 to 150 milligrams of caffeine, so we cannot quantify the amount of caffeine that is associated with heightened risk of migraine. However, in this self-matched analysis over only six weeks, each participant’s choice and preparation of caffeinated beverages should be fairly consistent,” Mostofsky added.
After years of discovering next to nothing in her searches as an amateur archaeologist, a Danish dental assistant from Aarhus found more than 30 pieces of historically significant jewelry, including gold and pearls, in a muddy field on the island of Hjarnø. Mads Ravn, the research head at Vejle Museums, said the gold was believed to date to a time in the 6th century, just before the Viking period began.“Years can go by without amateur archaeologists finding gold, and some never do, so this is amazing,” the lucky woman, Terese Refsgaard, told DR. The gold included beads, pendants, a needle, and small pieces that were most likely used as currency.Photo by Vejle MuseumsHer discovery was made in 2017. Since then, professional archaeologists have worked the scene and secured more. Of 34 objects found, 27 of them are pure gold.The find suggests that people from Hjarnø had some contact with the Roman Empire.The island already had a rich history, with arrowheads found dating back many, many centuries, and artifacts washing up on the shore. On the southeast side of the island the ocean eats into the coast, leaving steep cliffs. On the southern part of the island are trails for hiking.Photo by Vejle MuseumsScientists are speculating that the Hjarnø gold treasure was an offering to please some “angry gods.”People connected to the Romans “probably took part in raids there, so our find is a small legacy from a turbulent time in world history in which gold speaks its own clear language,” Ravn told DR.The Roman connection comes into focus because of certain jewelry patterns and designs, the head of research said. “In terms of craft, they are completely unique, with gold markings that almost form spirals,” he said. “That is evidence of a high level of skill.”Stone ship from the wikinng age on Island of Hjarnø, Denmark Photo by Erik Christensen CC BY-SA 3.0One researcher who wrote on the find for Phys.org said, “We think that it was a typical offering made in the hope that the gods could help those who buried the treasure through a difficult time. And we know that it dates to the 6th century. Was it intended to appease angry gods and end the poor summers and dark skies following the El Salvador volcanic eruption?”“Or was it thanks to the ultimate collapse of the Western Roman Empire a few decades earlier, whereby the gold was brought to Denmark by returning ‘new rich’ aristocrats, who defined a new ritual practice and religion based on the Nordic Gods?” the researcher pondered. “We do not know.”The volcano in question erupted in El Salvador in 536 AD. The massive event could have instantly killed up to 100,000 people, displaced up to 400,000 more, and filled the skies with ash for over a year. Its effects were felt far beyond El Salvador, too.Photo by Vejle Museums“The sun gave forth its light without brightness,” wrote the Byzantine historian Procopius, “and it seemed exceedingly like the sun in eclipse, for the beams it shed were not clear.”There are questions about the next stage, but some scientists believe the eruption led to an extensive, though short-lived, climate change experienced across the northern hemisphere.In Denmark, there would have been poor summers and failed harvests.Numerous Roman sources describe the sun as dark during the day and, according to the 6th century Syriac Chronicle, there was “great despair among the people.”The Western empire was already disintegrating. The last Roman emperor, Flavius Romulus Augustus, ruled the Western empire for just one year, ending in 476 AD.Read another story from us: Early-Christian Basilica Found at the Bottom of a Lake could be Momentous SiteThe Viking age started in 793 and lasted until 1066. The Vikings come from Scandinavia, with Denmark considered its spiritual and historical home. On the island of Hjarnø, a preserved Viking ship is an attraction for visitors. The Kalvestenene is on the peninsula called Odden, believed to be a cremation burial site of the Vikings.The gold discovered on the island is now at The Vejle Museums.
RT SInow “This is the only way to stop Steph Curry pic.twitter.com/BtVYQrHIaN“— Dak (@dak2zeke) August 5, 2017h/t SI Steph Curry has been dominating the NBA offseason viral video highlights like Gronk does in the NFL. He’s playing in his first pro golf tournament this weekend, but this clip comes from an appearance he and his brother Seth made on a South Korean game show during their recent Asian basketball trip.In what appears to be the simulation of a bad acid trip, the Curry’s take on an inflatable giant and a bunch of other weird props, while their opponents have the advantage of shooting on a hoop that’s 5 times wider than a regulation bucket.This whole thing is just freakin’ weird. Maybe the Cavs could sign the creepy inflatable giant. He still probably couldn’t check KD.If anyone can explain to us what the hell is going on in this Steph Curry video it’d be much appreciated pic.twitter.com/mWgLimWRT8— 12up (@12upSport) August 5, 2017 Advertisement
Don Nelson has gone from the grind of life in the NBA for 5 decades to retiring off the grid to become a pot farmer – and smoker – in Hawaii. Nelly also likes playing poker, and shared a pretty macabre story about it with Bryant Gumble on HBO’s Real Sports.Nelson said on one occasion one of his longtime poker buds literally died during a game in his mancave, but instead of calling 911 to get the body out, the group decided to finish the game with the poor dude’s corpse still sitting at the table like Weekend at Bernie’s. That must be some killer ganja up there.
4 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » This story appears in the February 2013 issue of . Subscribe » In formation: The olloclip lens and Shapeways products.Photo© Ben AlsopA ball. A cup. A gear. Even an electric car. 3-D printers can’t print money, but they can produce prototypes for almost anything else. And as prices for the desktop devices drop, entrepreneurs are seeing them kick out something more: tangible business results.3-D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, uses technology born of paper printing. But rather than outputting two-dimensional renderings, it makes actual physical objects. There are a few methods. Fused deposition modeling printers push heated material through a tube (much like inkjets), “printing” objects in three dimensions, one layer at a time. Selective laser sintering (SLS) units, meanwhile, operate like laser printers, shining a high-powered beam of light onto a bed of powdered resin, turning it into a hardened material. And stereolithography works similarly to SLS, but with liquid resin.”There are a ton of companies, from one- and two-person organizations to sub-100-person organizations, that actually make themselves competitive with the 10,000-pound gorilla in their particular marketplace because of the advantages they get with 3-D printing,” says Bruce Bradshaw, marketing director of Objet, a 3-D printing provider based in Israel that was merging with Eden Prairie, Minn.-based Stratasys at press time. He says Objet’s annual revenue has grown 35 percent over the past three years, driven largely by small- and medium-size business customers. Meanwhile, the average cost of basic 3-D printers has fallen from $200,000 to $15,000.Huntington Beach, Calif.-based company olloclip has used 3-D printing to make a big name for itself with its little iPhone accessory. The snap-on camera lens has garnered rave reviews and is one of the few peripherals stocked in every Apple Store (not to mention Best Buy and Target). “I can’t imagine doing this without owning our own 3-D printer,” says CEO Patrick O’Neill.Olloclip has invested $50,000 in 3-D printing, not only to prototype its own products, but also to create mock-ups of rumored iPhones so that lenses can be designed quickly each time Apple releases a new version. “We can literally sketch an idea in the morning, model it in the afternoon, pop it in the printer and have a sample made that evening,” says olloclip design director Chong Pak. Fast turnaround is key for companies in this space; olloclip finished and validated an iPhone 5 version of its product within days of the handset’s announcement.But olloclip’s biggest challenge is in fending off counterfeiters in China. Poorly made fake olloclips flood Asian markets. Thanks to 3-D printing, olloclip can keep its computer-aided design files in-house and safe, rather than having samples produced through rapid prototyping service bureaus, which have been known to leak blueprints. “You hope that the people you send the files to are ethical, but you just don’t know,” O’Neill says. “If you keep it in-house, you don’t have to worry about that.”The efficiency of 3-D printing has transformed business for Houston-based ClearCorrect, a maker of invisible braces. Previously it used milling machines to make models of customers’ teeth that were thermoformed with a thin, clear plastic to make braces. Only one model could be made before resetting the expensive, high-powered machinery, which often broke down. With 3-D printing, CEO Jarrett Pumphrey discovered, they could run batches of 60 to 70 models at once, taking five minutes each, vs. 13 minutes with milling.The 130-person company expected a 30 percent sales gain for 2012 and is now using only 4,000 square feet of its facility and three to four people to produce models, rather than the 11,000 square feet and 10 to 15 people needed with the milling machines.Still, investing in 3-D printing isn’t for everyone. That’s where providers like New York City-based Shapeways come in. It offers 3-D printing in more than 30 materials–including plastic, glass, metal and ceramic–and an online marketplace where anyone can sell products. It offers 8,000 shop owners a low barrier to entry by charging only for materials used in production, plus a 3.5 percent transaction fee. Clients include designers of jewelry, tech gadgets and housewares; Shapeways enables them to produce and sell their creations in limited numbers but in a cost-effective way. “Our value proposition,” says director of marketing Carine Carmy, “is that we can offer the price and quality of what you can buy in a store, and have that still be custom.” March 14, 2013 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.
Listen Now Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The new iPad mini, which boasts a crisper visual display than its predecessors, became available for purchase on Apple’s website last night. And it may have surprised many shoppers, given that there was no announcement of its release.The price of the new tablet starts at $399 for the 16 GB Wi-Fi model and goes up from there, peaking at $829 for the 128 GB model that can connect to the internet using cellular networks.When Tim Cook announced the new iPad mini with retina display earlier this year, no firm release date was given. The world knew only that it would be available for purchase sometime in November.Apple is not a company known for flying under the radar. Steve Jobs, the company’s late founder and former chief executive, became famous for his showmanship at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference, where he debuted the original iPhone in 2007 and the iPad in 2010. Cook, the current CEO, has continued this practice.According to TechCrunch, shipping times for the new iPad mini vary widely. A limited supply may prevent some would-be buyers from receiving their device before the end of the year.Related: Apple Sells Record Number of iPhones, Shares Fall November 12, 2013 1 min read How Success Happens
Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In their book Ultimate Guide to Google AdWords, online advertising and Google AdWords experts Perry Marshall, Mike Rhodes and Bryan Todd offer information that will help you get more clicks from Google for less money, convert more visitors to buyers, and make your online business more effective than ever. In this edited excerpt, the authors explain how adding extensions to your Google ads can increase your clickthrough rate. Ad extensions boost clickthrough rates — these extra links and lines of copy make your ads more visible and more relevant at the same time. And when you improve your visibility and relevance, you increase your clickthrough rate (CTR).Here are six of the extensions available and how to make the best use of them:Ad Extension No. 1: Sitelinks. If your ad is showing in one of the top three premium spots, you can show sitelink extensions. These appear as additional links underneath your main ad. They don’t cost any extra, they offer more specific and relevant options for your prospect to click on, and they let you take visitors directly to the most relevant page.Best of all, they take up more space on the Google results page, pushing your competitors and the organic search listings further down and out of the way.Let’s say your website sells a particular brand of men’s shirts. You bid on the brand name as a keyword and write an ad that specifically offers a deal on long-sleeve crewnecks. With sitelinks, you can also add in three or four additional links in your ad that take visitors to offers for turtlenecks, short sleeve shirts or even hoodies, all from the same brand. Or you can highlight other information that may be of particular interest to the searcher, such as your “About Us” page, or your “Shipping and Returns Policy” page.Ad Extension No. 2: Call Extensions. In late 2013, Google adjusted their editorial guidelines so you can no longer include a phone number in the headline or text of your ad. That’s actually a good thing, because the phone number option is now available through the call extensions feature instead. Activate this, and the phone number of your choice will appear underneath your ad as an additional free line. That buys you extra space for ad copy and allows your ad to catch more eyeballs by taking up more space on the results page.Call extensions are especially powerful when they show on mobile phones: You can set it so users click on your phone number and connect to you directly from your ad. That’s particularly handy if you have a site that doesn’t display well on mobile devices; better still, if the primary call-to-action on your landing page is to call your phone number. Your contact number will show at the top of your ad in place of your headline, highlighted in blue to indicate that it’s clickable.Ad Extension No. 3: Location. This is similar to call extensions except that, instead of showing your contact phone number, Google will show your physical location. This is an excellent feature for local brick-and-mortar businesses that want to increase foot traffic to their location.Ad Extension No. 4: Images. If you want to increase the visibility of your ads, this is arguably the most effective of Google’s ad extensions. Plus, very few AdWords advertisers make use of image ads. That’s a huge advantage for you.When you activate this extension, three images appear above your ads, featuring your product or brand. This is a great opportunity to simultaneously improve your visibility, your branding and your CTR. But it’ll take some work to get this extension up and running. This only activates for ads in top position on the page, and you’ll have to talk to your AdWords account representative to organize the setup process.Ad Extension No. 5: Reviews. This specifically refers to reviews, not by individual buyers, but by reputable media outlets or blogs. This is another extension that’s tricky to set up. To qualify for this, you’ll need the URL of the webpage that contains your review, then either select a direct quote or write a paraphrased version of no more than 67 characters, including the source name. You then need to provide Google with the URL of the third-party site on which the review can be found. And you’ll need to post the same quote on your landing page.If you’re willing to do the dance, once you activate it, this extension will display the review quote as an extra line below your ad.Ad Extension No. 6: Annotations. Annotations are additional snippets of text or information that appear below your ad. They come in three types:1. Seller ratings. If your product or service is featured on renowned independent review sites (such as Yelp, Bazaarvoice, PriceGrabber, Shopzilla, etc.), Google will compile the results and show your average rating out of five stars. You need to have had at least 30 unique reviews during the previous 12 months and an average score of at least 3.5 out of 5. Be proactive with this, and ask your customers to leave reviews of your product.2. Social. If your AdWords account is linked to your Google+ page, this annotation will display your number of followers or fans. This will increase your visibility by making your ad stand out. Plus, if you have a significant number of followers, it will add social proof, which can in turn increase your CTR and your conversions. To qualify for this extension, you must have a verified URL from your Google+ page, the domain of your Google+ page must match the domain in your ads, and your Google+ page must have what Google calls “high-quality posts and a significant number of followers.” “Significant,” in this instance, generally means 100 or more.3. Previous visits. This feature is controlled entirely by Google. They’ll displays your prospect’s previous activity in connection with your website. For example, appearing as an extra line below your ad, it might say: “You visited xyz.com three times. Last visit: today.” October 28, 2014 6 min read Register Now »
July 31, 2015 3 min read Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Piss off, public urinators. You’re drunk. Go home.San Francisco’s Department of Public Works is combatting the disgusting problem of tinkling in public with a completely off-the-wall solution — walls that “pee” back on the jerks who pee on them.Seriously, officials in the City by the Bay are so fed up with unlawful public urinators that they’ve painted 10 walls in the SOMA and Mission districts with a special liquid-repellent paint that splashes offenders back upon impact, yep, with their own waste stream. Right back atcha, pal. That’ll teach you. We hope.Related: Imagine If Our Highways Were Paved in Plastic”The urine will bounce back on the guy’s pants and shoes,” DWP spokesperson Rachel Gordon told Reuters. “The idea is they will think twice next time about urinating in public.”Here’s an eyeful of one of the innovative specialized paint-coated walls in action — thankfully demonstrated with just water, not actual bladder matter.Testing out a new pee repellent that “pees back” to prevent public urination. pic.twitter.com/6eDJ4w9MWH— SF Public Works (@sfpublicworks) July 23, 2015Related: Scientists Freeze Molecule to Almost Absolute ZeroThat seven-second messy splash of reality comes to us via San Fran DWP’s Twitter feed, because of course it’s on Twitter. We’re talking San Francisco, after all, a place that historically favors cutting-edge tech solutions — and clearly no longer suffers public leak-takers lightly, neither man nor his best friend. And neither does the city of Hamburg, Germany, where the world’s first pee-proof walls and sidewalks debuted.The enhanced industrial paint used in both public urination-plagued cities is called Ultra-Ever Dry, the very same nanotech coating that made Nissan’s recent self-cleaning car prototype possible. Manufactured by Jacksonville, Fla.-based UltraTech International, it’s a remarkably superhydrophobic (water-repellent) and oleophobic (carbon-repellent) coating. When liquids, like tinkle, piddle, wee or whatever the heck you call it, smack into it, pointed and peaked geometric shapes in the paint repel the liquid. Cue the surprisingly forceful — and brilliantly vengeful — backsplash and you’re golden.Will the high-tech paint really curb offenders? Or will it only inspire inebriated punks to urinate on the special walls for shits and giggles? Forgive the lame pun here, but we’ll have to wait and pee.Related: 3D-Printed DNA ‘Bunnies’ Could Deliver Drugs Into Your Body