Bernier to postpone indefinitely publication of book critical of Tory leader

first_imgOTTAWA – Conservative MP Maxime Bernier announced Wednesday he has indefinitely postponed the publication of his new book in which he criticizes party leader Andrew Scheer.“After consideration, for the sake of maintaining harmony within our party, I have decided to postpone its publication indefinitely,” Bernier wrote on Twitter.The book contained a chapter in which Bernier says he lost the Tory leadership race last year because his rival, Scheer, recruited “fake Conservatives” to cast votes for him.The “fake” Conservatives Bernier referred to included farmers in Quebec who were upset with his policy to end Canada’s supply management system, which protects the domestic dairy, egg and poultry industries from foreign competition.Several Tory MPs told reporters they were happy Bernier decided to stay in the good graces of the party and not release the book.last_img read more

Targets 1Q profit rises 52 per cent as turnaround efforts start to

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Target reported a nearly 52 per cent increase in its first-quarter profit on strong sales of fashion and baby items, evidence that its efforts to turn around its business are paying off.The retailer, based in Minneapolis, also boosted the bottom end of its annual profit outlook.Target Corp. is aiming to reinvent itself as a more nimble and innovative company and trying to reclaim its reputation as a cheap chic retailer under CEO Brian Cornell, who took the top job last year.Under Cornell, the company ended its money-losing expansion into Canada — recently closing all 133 stores. It also has made other cost-cutting moves, including eliminating 1,700 positions in the United States.The company said Wednesday its discontinued operations, primarily Target Canada, had a $16-million loss during the first quarter compared with a $153 million loss during the comparable period last year.The company told investors in March that it plans to eliminate $2 billion in costs over the next two years and invest money into its online operations and other endeavours.Target is also doubling down on a handful of areas like fashion, children’s products and home furnishings. It’s also reimagining its grocery area and wants to focus on organic, natural, gluten-free and locally produced food.The moves come after Target lost its way during the Great Recession when it aggressively expanded into basic groceries. That helped drive traffic but diluted its cheap chic image. The company also was dragged down by its botched foray into Canada two years ago. And Target was behind other rivals in e-commerce services.The company’s first-quarter results show Target is seeing momentum.Target said it earned $635 million, or 98 cents per share in the quarter ended May 2. That compares with $418 million, or 66 cents per share in the year-ago period.The quarter including a three cent loss from discontinued operations, compared with a loss of 24 cents per share last year.Revenue rose nearly 3 per cent to $17.1 billion. Revenue at store opened at least year a year, marking the third consecutive period of gains.The results surpassed Wall Street estimates. The average estimate of 14 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.03 per share. Zacks had forecast revenue of $17.08 billion.The company said that it now expects earnings per share to be in the range of $4.50 to $4.65 for the fiscal year, up from the original forecast of $4.45 to $4.65 per share. Analysts were expecting $4.56 per share for the year, according to FactSet.Target’s stock rose a little more than 1 per cent, or $1.08, to $79 in premarket trading Wednesday.__________________Follow Anne D’Innocenzio at http://www.Twitter.com/adinnocenzio by The Associated Press Posted May 20, 2015 6:58 am MDT Last Updated May 20, 2015 at 1:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Dec. 19, 2013, file photo, a passer-by walks near an entrance to a Target retail store in Watertown, Mass. Target Corp. reports quarterly financial results before the market opens Wednesday, May 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File) Target’s 1Q profit rises 52 per cent as turnaround efforts start to pay off read more

Trustees Tiny rise in Social Security benefits next year

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew arrives for a news conference at the Treasury Department in Washington, Wednesday, June 22, 2016, on the annual Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees report. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar And Stephen OhlemacHer, The Associated Press Posted Jun 22, 2016 8:32 am MDT Last Updated Jun 22, 2016 at 3:22 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Trustees: Tiny rise in Social Security benefits next year WASHINGTON – Millions of Social Security beneficiaries would get a tiny increase in monthly payments next year — less than $2.50, about enough to buy a gallon of gas.Meanwhile, Medicare is expected to go bankrupt sooner than expected — 12 years from now. And some beneficiaries could face higher monthly premiums next year.The annual report from the trustees of the government’s two bedrock retirement programs warned that politically gridlocked Washington needs to act sooner, rather than later, to shore up finances and avoid upending the lives of millions of retirees and their families.Social Security’s trust funds are expected to be depleted in 2034, unchanged from the trustees’ projection a year ago. Medicare’s trust fund for inpatient care will be exhausted in 2028, two years earlier than previously projected.If Congress allows either fund to run dry, millions of Americans living on fixed incomes would face steep cuts in benefits.“Lawmakers should address these financial challenges as soon as possible,” said the trustees’ report. “Taking action sooner rather than later will permit consideration of a broader range of solutions and provide more time to phase in changes so that the public has adequate time to prepare.”The projected 0.2 per cent increase in Social Security payments would come a year after beneficiaries received no increase. By law, increases are based on a government measure of inflation, which has been low. The official 2017 cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, won’t be determined until the fall.Advocates complained that the government’s measure of inflation — the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers — doesn’t adequately reflect the prices that older Americans pay.“Seniors continue to see their modest Social Security benefits eaten away by growing health care costs,” said Max Richtman, who heads the National Committee to Protect Social Security and Medicare.More than 60 million retirees, disabled workers, spouses and surviving children receive Social Security benefits. The average monthly payment is about $1,232.After Social Security’s trust funds are depleted, the program would collect enough in payroll taxes to pay only 79 per cent of benefits.Medicare’s problem is more immediate, and more complicated, because health care costs can change in unpredictable ways.Medicare provides health insurance for more than 55 million people, including seniors and disabled people. After its inpatient care trust fund runs dry in 2028, Medicare would only be able to pay 87 per cent of projected costs.Medicare’s insolvency date has moved closer despite a recent stretch of slow growth in health care costs, with notable exceptions like prescription drugs. Experts who advise the trustees said the change of insolvency dates was mainly technical, due in part to lower-than-expected income from payroll taxes.In more worrisome news, the trustees said that some Medicare beneficiaries may face sharply higher “Part B” monthly premiums for outpatient care next year. By law, increases in premiums for most Medicare recipients cannot exceed their increase in Social Security payments. So about 70 per cent are “held harmless.”However, about 30 per cent of beneficiaries are not covered by that safeguard.Those who would feel the impact include new beneficiaries and people with higher incomes. The trustees project that the base monthly premium for this group will increase by about $27, to $149. Upper-income beneficiaries would pay considerably more.Officials cautioned that projections for next year’s premiums are highly uncertain. The final numbers will be released this fall.Notably, the report carried an appendix amounting to a disclaimer about Medicare estimates: “The actual future costs for Medicare may exceed the projections shown in this report, possibly by substantial amounts,” it said.That’s because some hospitals and nursing homes may not be able to make money under payment rates currently set for Medicare. If providers stop taking Medicare patients, Congress could be forced to raise payments.Despite the long-term financial problems of Social Security, the Obama administration is calling for increased benefits. So are Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said benefits can be expanded even as lawmakers overhaul finances. The two goals are “not at all inconsistent,” he said.In addition to Lew, the Social Security and Medicare trustees are Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and acting Social Security Commissioner Carolyn Colvin. Two public trustee positions are vacant. read more

UN chief following closely political developments in Comoros

“The Secretary-General reiterates his commitment to supporting the efforts of the Comorian authorities to create a climate of confidence, conducive to peaceful, inclusive and credible elections,” said a statement issued by his spokesperson. According to the statement, the UN will work together with the African Union in this regard. “The Secretary-General urges the Government and all the actors involved in the electoral process to respect the legislation and the established rules, in conformity with the protocole d’accord of 15 March 2016,” the statement concluded. The new polls are scheduled for 11 May.

Smooth Johnnie and Confused Alexa Why Robots Make Terrible Whisky Sommoliers

first_img We like to drink here at Geek.com. It’s not quantity that matters, but quality, and as such, we’ve held several fine whisky tastings in the lab over the years. Everything from rare and unique single malts to blended bar staples like Johnnie Walker Black. And the world-renowned scotch distillery tried to get artificial intelligence in on the sophisticated fun by putting out a whisky tasting skill for Amazon Alexa.Yes, if you really want to enjoy your scotch with the power of technology, you can simply install the skill on your Amazon Echo and say, “Alexa, open Johnnie Walker.” And the voice app will open and walk you through a primer to savoring fine whisky. At least, that’s the pitch, and Johnnie Walker sent us bottles of Red, Black, and Green Label to try it out.Jack Daniels might have Gentleman Jack, but Johnnie Walker is the true philosopher-king in my book. Note to other forward-thinking distilleries: It’s not too late to earn our respect, too. A nice 12- or 15-year and you can join the pantheon of virtuous whiskey makers that I just made up. This includes Mr. Daniels, Mr. Beam, and Yamazaki-san.Anyway, about Alexa and drinking. We tried it out twice on two separate evenings. And failed, twice, on two separate evenings. This wasn’t because we drank too much beforehand, but I have a feeling Alexa might have.Here’s the rundown: you say “Alexa, open Johnnie Walker” and the app opens. Alexa will then give a variety of voice prompts, including running a guided tasting. When you ask for a guided tasting, Alexa will then ask if you have any Johnnie Walker, and which label it is. This is where the whole process hit a brick wall.“Do you have a bottle of Johnnie Walker?’“Yes.”“Which label?”“Green.”“I’m sorry, I didn’t get that. Which label?”“Green.”“I’m sorry, I didn’t get that. Which label?”“Green!”“You have selected Johnnie Walker Red Label.” Like out of a sitcom. Yeah, Alexa was no help in our whisky tasting. The main reason is the simply, fundamental problem of using voice assistants like Alexa in a group: Alexa isn’t the best listener. When more than one person is talking at a time, Alexa tries to figure out what not just you’re saying, but what everyone is saying. Which means what you’ll be dealing with a failure to communicate.Of course, when I quieted the group enough to talk to Alexa, she still heard me say the wrong label. The brilliance of technology!But you know what? We’re studied gentlefolk with refined palettes at Geek.com, so the failure of our Amazon Echo and the confused voice inside it didn’t stop us from holding a whisky tasting. So let’s talk about Johnnie Walker as an after-work refreshment.Johnnie comes in varieties identified by different colored labels, which are arranged in a general hierarchy of price and quality. Johnnie Walker Red is the basic, entry-level scotch, a simple blended variety without a specific age. Johnnie Walker Black is the next step up, using only 12-year scotches in its blend. Johnnie Walker Green is a 15-year blend of specifically malted whiskies, giving it a different test from the other varieties. Johnnie Walker Blue is the finest of the “standard” blended whiskies, with Gold and Platinum labels also standing out as the more high-end, expensive, splurge-y varieties that Mr. Walker was not quiet cordial enough to provide us. No complaints here, since Red and Black are stalwarts who are always welcome on my desk.Let’s start with Johnnie Walker Red. It’s a perfectly serviceable scotch. It’s better than bottom-shelf blended scotches you’ve never heard of, but it doesn’t have the sort of body or complexity necessary to really warrant a tasting. Honestly, Red is best used as a mixer. It’s a scotch you serve with cola or ginger ale for an easy drink. Its flavor is a bit smoky and sharp, with a sweet, slightly citrus finish.Johnnie Walker Black is more refined, and really the start of a good scotch tasting. It’s readily available and affordable, but with a complex enough flavor to make it a satisfying drink on its own. If you want to guide your friends through a tasting, a glass of Black can help kick things off with a taste that’s worth taking a few minutes really delving into before you turn towards more expensive, nuanced scotches. It’s also fantastic with black coffee. It’s smokier, smoother, and a little sweeter than Red, with a deeper flavor that contains notes of caramel and oak.Johnnie Walker Green is… difficult. It’s a blend of 15-year scotches, but its flavor profile doesn’t have the depth and complexity that should come with that age. That’s because it’s a blend of only malt whiskies, and the result is a very, very sweet scotch. This is the sweetest whisky I’ve ever tasted outside of those cloyingly sweet honey-infused bourbons from Jack Daniels and Evan Williams (which are excellent in hot toddies, at least). Because it’s so sweet, it’s very smooth, which makes it a dangerously easy to drink whisky. I could imagine some good mixers that make use of it, but it doesn’t compare with Johnnie Walker Black as a “proper” scotch. It’s a unique, niche whisky, and you can look at it as a replacement for honey-infused bourbons if you want a very sweet whisky as a building block for certain cocktails.Putting technology unnecessarily into things is a staple of what we do and what we love, but it hasn’t mixed well with scotch quite yet. Sorry Alexa, but we’re going to have to cut you off. And hog that delicious scotch all to ourselves. Geek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your WallsGeek Pick: Amazon Echo Show 5 Is a Nightstand Alexa Display Stay on targetlast_img read more

CW Networks wins Wholesale Service Provider of The Year and Service Innovation

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMIAMI, FL – November 14, 2016 – C&W Networks, a division of C&W Communications (C&W), one of the largest full service communications and entertainment providers in the Caribbean and Latin America region, now part of Liberty Global (LiLAC Group), is excited to announce winning the Wholesale Service Provider of the Year Award (CALA) and Service Innovation of the Year Award (CALA) at the annual MEF Excellence Awards, 2016 Dinner.The event is part of the MEF16 global networking conference, held at the Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Maryland. C&W Networks was recognized for their leadership in the development and delivery of regional and wholesale Third Network/Carrier Ethernet services, as well as excellence in service innovation, service orchestration, marketing, and network modernization across the Caribbean and Latin America region.The MEF Excellence Awards program is the largest awards program in the world focused on advanced Carrier Ethernet services and emerging Third Network services powered by CE 2.0, LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration), NFV and SDN networking technologies. The judging panel for the MEF Excellence Awards was comprised of global and regional senior analysts from ATLANTIC-ACM, Current Analysis, Frost & Sullivan, IHS Markit, Metanoia, Ovum, SDxCentral, and Vertical Systems, in addition to independent judges.“MEF is pleased to congratulate C&W Networks for winning the Wholesale Service Provider and Service Innovation of the Year Awards in the Caribbean and Latin America region,” said Nan Chen, President of MEF.  “The company’s participation and submissions reflect excellence in advancing availability of high-performance CE 2.0 certified services. These services represent the industry’s gold standard for connectivity and are the foundation for future `Third Network’ service and application innovation.”“We are honored to receive the Wholesale Service Provider and Service Innovation of the Year CALA awards from MEF and extremely proud of this recognition as we continue our commitment and focus in maintaining our network leadership position across the Caribbean and Latin America region,” said Paul Scott, President of C&W Networks. “That commitment includes bringing innovation and network modernization to our markets, and more importantly delivering service excellence to help our customers succeed,” added Scott.last_img

Unable to clear debt Delhi man jumps off building with daughter

first_imgNew Delhi: Unable to pay his credit card bills, a 35-year-old man allegedly committed suicide by jumping off the terrace of a building in Shahdara’s Jagatpuri area, police said on Thursday. On Monday at around 3 am, Suresh Kumar took his four-year-old daughter and went to the terrace of the building. Holding his daughter in his arms, he jumped, police said. His wife was following him and when she saw it, she also jumped off the terrace. Also Read – INX Media case: P Chidambaram’s CBI custody extended for three days till September 2 Advertise With Us The police were informed by the family’s neighbours after they saw the trio lying on the road. While Kumar died, his wife Manjeet Kaur, 31, and daughter sustained injuries, police said. They were rushed to GTB hospital where Kumar was declared brought dead. The girl suffered fractures to both of her legs, police said. Kumar’s body was handed over to his family members after post-mortem, they said. Also Read – Pakistan ISI agents copy most hi-tech feature of Rs 2,000 notes Advertise With Us Kaur was not fit to record her statement until Wednesday. Now her condition, as well as that of her daughter, is stated to be stable, police said. Kaur has told police that her husband, who was working in a private company in Gurugram, had several credit cards of different banks and had a loan of Rs 8 lakh, they said. He was under stress as the banks kept calling and texting him every day to pay the amount. Advertise With Us When Kaur jumped from the terrace, she hit an electric wire which broke her momentum and due to which she received minor injuries, a senior police officer said. The family lived on the ground floor of the building. The house belongs to Kaur’s father, who lives in Punjab, they said. A case under IPC section 307 (attempt to murder) has been registered, police said.last_img read more

Economy and markets All you need to know to start your day

first_imgTraders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange January 15, 2016.Reuters fileAsian shares declined on Wednesday as the resignation of White House economic adviser Gary Cohn fanned global trade-war concerns.The exit of Cohn, seen as a key advocate for free trade within the Trump administration, said on Tuesday he was leaving.Soon after his resgination, the White House said it’s considering clamping down on Chinese investments in the U.S. and imposing tariffs on a broad range of its imports, Bloomberg reported.Republicans, including House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan and Representative Kevin Brady had urged Trump to reconsider the planned tarriffs on imported steel and aluminum.Mirroring the concerns, benchmarks declined in Japan and Australia and S&P 500 Index futures dropped over 1 percent.Back home, SGX Nifty, an early indicator of the Nifty 50’s trend in India, signals a weak start for the domestic markets after the benchmark Sensex declined 429 points or 1.27 percent to close at 33,317 on Tuesday.The partially convertible rupee closed at 64.96 on Tuesday, up 0.24 percent from its previous close of 65.11.So far this year, the rupee weakened 1.8 percent, while foreign investors have bought $173 million and $877 million in equity and debt markets, respectively.Policy decisions: European Central Bank monetary policy decision on Thursday followed by Bank of Japan policy decision and briefing on Friday.China GDP: China on Monday kept its 2018 economic growth target of around 6.5 percent. The outlook was released ahead of Premier Li Keqiang’s report to the National People’s Congress gathering in Beijing.Crude check: Brent crude declined 0.59 percent at $65.40 per barrel while the West Texas Intermediate crude lost 0.6 percent at $62.22 a barrel.last_img read more

Pentagon Says Its Searching Nationwide For Space For Adult Migrants

first_img Share Photo by Andy Dunaway/USAF via Getty Images/Via PBS NewsHourA 2003 aerial photo of the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.The Pentagon says it is searching nationwide for space on military installations that could be used to house adult migrants who have tried to cross the U.S. border illegally.In a brief statement, spokesman Lt. Col. Jamie Davis says this is part of “prudent planning” in case the Department of Homeland Security asks for the Pentagon’s help. He says there has not yet been any DHS request.Such planning is standard procedure for the Pentagon.On Thursday the Pentagon said it would support a request by the Department of Health and Human Services to find temporary shelter on military installations for up to 20,000 unaccompanied children who are detained for illegally crossing the border.last_img read more

Researchers build fully mechanical phonon laser

first_img Explore further More information: Phonon Lasing in an Electromechanical Resonator, Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 127202 (2013) DOI:10.1103/PhysRevLett.110.127202AbstractAn electromechanical resonator harboring an atomlike spectrum of discrete mechanical vibrations, namely, phonon modes, has been developed. A purely mechanical three-mode system becomes available in the electromechanical atom in which the energy difference of the two higher modes is resonant with a long-lived lower mode. Our measurements reveal that even an incoherent input into the higher mode results in coherent emission in the lower mode that exhibits all the hallmarks of phonon lasing in a process that is reminiscent of Brillouin lasing. Journal information: Physical Review Letters Citation: Researchers build fully mechanical phonon laser (2013, March 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-03-fully-mechanical-phonon-laser.html Quantum leap for phonon lasers The world has grown accustomed to lasers, they’re a part of modern life, from DVD players to cash registers at the grocery store—lasers are everywhere. One thing they all have in common, is that they are based on photon emissions. There are other kinds of similar devices, of course, such as masers, which are based on microwave radiation, but they are not as well known. More lately, research has focused on lasers based on sound, which would emit phonons (lattice vibrations) instead of photons, an idea that’s been thrown around for several years, but hasn’t gotten much traction because the uses for such a laser are still unclear.Back in 2010 a team of researchers succeeded in building a phonon laser (or phaser, as some have taken to calling it) but it relied on the use of an optical laser. In this new effort, the research team has built a phonon laser that is purely mechanical, which the team says, should make it easier to implement in other systems should a reason for doing so be found.Photon lasers work by exciting electrons in a crystal or gas, then allowing them to revert to a more relaxed state. When they do so, a certain wavelength of light is released which is focused using mirrors.To build their phonon laser, the team followed the same basic design—a mechanical oscillator excites some amount of phonons, which are then allowed to revert back to a relaxed state. But the energy is still in the system—it causes the device to vibrate at a desired frequency within a very narrow wavelength, making it a lasing device. The entire laser has been etched onto a single integrated circuit.While researchers still aren’t clear to what purpose such a laser might be put, especially in light of the fact that phonons require a transmission medium to work, that hasn’t stopped them from proceeding. When the photon laser was first developed, no one knew what to do with it either. The researchers suggest that phonon lasers might be used to build a tiny clock, or as part of ultrasound machines or even as a very highly accurate measuring device.center_img (Phys.org) —Researchers working at Japan’s NTT Basic Research Laboratories have successfully built an all mechanical phonon laser. In their paper published in Physical Review Letters, the team describes how they built a phonon laser without using any optical parts by basing it on a traditional optical laser design. (Left) Three-level scheme for a conventional optical laser. (Right) Three-level scheme of the phonon laser reported by Mahboob et al. Credit: APS/José Tito Mendonça; Image on homepage and inset: I. Mahboob/NTT Basic Research Laboratories © 2013 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Researchers attempt to uncover the origins of waters unusual properties

first_imgThe proposed pressure-temperature (P-T) phase diagram shows that, below a critical point, water is either in the high-density structure or in the low-density structure. However, above the critical point in a funnel-like region, water is constantly fluctuating between these two structures, and these structural fluctuations are what give rise to many of water’s anomalous properties. Credit: Nilsson and Pettersson. Nature Communications. More information: Anders Nilsson and Lars G.M. Pettersson. “The structural origin of anomalous properties of liquid water.” Nature Communications. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms9998 Explore further Outside of the funnel-like region, water stops behaving anomalously and begins behaving more like other liquids. In these regions, water’s structure is homogeneous, existing as only the low-density structure below the funnel-like region and only the high-density structure above the funnel-like region. While the new paper combines many years of data into one cohesive picture, many questions still remain. One unanswered question, for instance, is why does water’s anomalous region occur at the same temperatures and pressures that sustain life? It seems likely that water’s anomalous region served to place constraints on the conditions required for life to exist. A better understanding of this overlap could have implications for understanding life on a fundamental level.Many other questions also require further investigation. The researchers explain that their proposed interpretation is a very simple picture, and it does not tell the exact degree of heterogeneity in water in the anomalous region, nor does it describe the nature of the boundaries between the spatially separated fluctuating regions. Another area of investigation that has challenged researchers is the so-called “no-man’s land” region, which refers to the possibility of liquid water at temperatures below 232 K (-42 °C and -42 °F) but above 150 K (-123 °C, -189 °F). It’s extremely challenging to cool liquid water to these cold temperatures quickly enough so that it can be probed, even for a moment, before it turns to solid ice. In 2014, scientists successfully cooled liquid water to 5 K below no-man’s land and measured its structure using an X-ray laser—the Linac Coherent Light Source at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. Experiments like these are needed to answer the question of whether water can exist in a liquid state in this region, which would help complete the P-T phase diagram.In the future, the researchers plan to investigate how water’s structural fluctuations contribute to other intriguing phenomena.”We will focus on using X-ray lasers to probe the supercooled regime and search for the liquid-liquid transition and second critical point,” Nilsson said. “We are also developing probe dynamics using the femtosecond time resolution of the X-ray lasers, allowing eventually to probe the dynamics of these structural fluctuations. There might be some intricate coupling of time and space on various length and time scales that are still unknown. “We hope that others will also bring other techniques involving time resolved two-dimensional IR spectroscopy, NMR and neutron scattering to further investigate water along these lines. Also further refinement of theoretical approaches to both calculate experimental observables but also to simulate water.” Evidence for solid-liquid critical points of water in carbon nanotubes Journal information: Nature Communications (Phys.org)—In many ways, water behaves very differently than other liquids do, and with important consequences: It’s widely thought that water’s unusual properties were essential for the development of life on Earth. One prime example is the fact that ice floats. Unlike other substances, frozen water is less dense than liquid water, and this anomaly allows fish and other aquatic lifeforms to survive in the water under a frozen layer of protective ice during cold periods. Water also has a high heat capacity, meaning it can absorb and release a large amount of heat while undergoing very little change in temperature. This property helps many living organisms maintain a relatively stable body temperature, and it also provides a pleasant climate in Europe due to the warm Gulf Stream current. © 2016 Phys.org Citation: Researchers attempt to uncover the origins of water’s unusual properties (2016, January 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-01-uncover-unusual-properties.html It’s widely known that water’s anomalous properties are related to its hydrogen bonds, which cause liquid water to arrange itself in a highly ordered way because of the attraction between the hydrogen atoms in one water molecule and the oxygen atoms in adjacent molecules. However, researchers do not completely understand how water’s unique hydrogen-bonded structure leads to its anomalous properties. In a review paper published in Nature Communications, physicists Anders Nilsson and Lars G.M. Pettersson from Stockholm University have pulled together the results from dozens of papers published over the past several years that have investigated water’s molecular structure, often with the help of cutting-edge experimental tools and simulations. In their interpretation of the data, the researchers have proposed a picture of water in which its unique properties arise from its heterogeneous structure.The researchers propose that, in the pressure (P) and temperature (T) region where water exhibits its anomalous behaviors (the funnel-like region in the P-T phase diagram above), water coexists in two different types of structures: a highly ordered, low-density structure with strong hydrogen bonds, and a somewhat smashed, high-density structure with distorted hydrogen bonds. The origins of water’s anomalous properties arise because these two types of structures are constantly fluctuating between one another in this heterogeneous phase, resulting in many small spatially separated regions of different structures.”It is the fluctuations between high-density liquid and low-density liquid that give rise to the anomalous properties,” Nilsson told Phys.org.Take water’s large heat capacity, for instance. As Nilsson explained, heat capacity is related to entropy fluctuations, and entropy is in turn related to the number of possible ways the available energy can be distributed in the system. Fluctuations between the low- and high-density local structures increase the magnitude of the entropy fluctuations and, consequently, the heat capacity. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

What Entrepreneurs Can Learn from Borders Demise

first_imgOut of touch with trends. The world of books has changed radically in recent years. Shoppers aren’t just buying more online; they’re buying e-books, too. Yet Borders never developed a strong online presence. Like struggling Blockbuster, their industry shifted, but Borders didn’t. Lagging on technology. As books became digitized and were increasingly loaded onto e-readers, Borders did nothing. All the while, archrival Barnes & Noble was also struggling, but it at least attracted a buyout offer in large part by developing the Nook. min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Underutilization of assets. So they had these vast bookstores — but what happened in them? Borders could have made them a livelier place with book-group discussions, maybe issue-focused debates, or late-night bands playing in those coffee bars. Perhaps cooking demonstrations surrounding cookbook releases? They had all that room. But not enough was done to make Borders a must-visit destination that was entertaining rather than just a big cavern full of books. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global If you’re like me, you can remember when the first Borders bookstore opened in your town.I thought: what a big, luxurious-feeling bookstore…with a coffeehouse inside, too. By 2010, the company had more than 250 stores in the U.S., about 10,000 employees worldwide and sales had mushroomed to $2.3 billion.Independent bookstores feared the mega-bookstore chain. Wags said it was the beginning of the end of the independent bookstore. And Hollywood even made a movie out of it: Remember Meg Ryan’s Shop Around the Corner in the 1998 film You’ve Got Mail?My how the mighty have fallen.Now, Borders is history — its nearly 400 remaining stores are being liquidated. But the American Booksellers Association reports more than 1,200 independent bookstores are still open.How did it all go wrong for Borders? Here are four reasons why the once-colossal chain went bust:center_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Why do you think Borders went under? Leave a comment and let us know.   Big stores = big rents = high risk. Megastores can only survive on huge traffic volumes. So when customers took to the Web with greater frequency, the giant bookstore business model began to erode. Independent bookstores mostly have much smaller rents to pay, so they can better withstand this migration. Even Best Buy is now renting out store space to small businesses to pay its rent. July 21, 2011 Register Now »last_img read more

Turns Out Cities Cant Sue Oil Companies for Climate Change

first_imgYou can’t sue your way to a solution for global warming. So says the judge.On Thursday, Judge John Keenan of New York’s Southern District dismissed the City of New York’s lawsuit against the international oil and gas companies BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, and Royal Dutch Shell. Facing billions of dollars in climate change-related damage in the coming years, New York was hoping to extract some money from the transnational companies that extract the oil that people burn for energy—raising the planet’s temperature, exacerbating storms, melting polar ice and elevating sea levels, worsening wildfires, extending droughts, and allowing diseases to spread farther and faster.But no. The problem isn’t the science; it’s settled. The problem is the law. Even though attorneys for the city tried to argue that their complaint was covered by federal common law and the courts, Judge Keenan found otherwise—that in the end they were suing over emissions, and so the Clean Air Act took over. Which is to say, what New York wanted to do in a lawsuit is covered by the regulatory powers of the president and Congress. “Climate change is a fact of life, as is not contested by Defendants,” Keenan writes. “But the serious problems caused thereby are not for the judiciary to ameliorate. Global warming and solutions thereto must be addressed by the two other branches of government.”Cities around the country have been filing lawsuits, hoping to get money from oil companies to pay for things like seawalls and infrastructure improvements—part of a strategy that’s been developing for decades. Oil companies have continued to market and lobby for lighter regulation on a product that made life harder on the only planet anyone knows about with life on it, while the US government moved slowly, if at all, toward remaking the country’s energy production and carbon emissions. If regulation and the law won’t help, the theory goes, you turn to the courts. That’s not going well. Keenan’s decision comes not even a month after a similar defeat 3,000 miles away in June to a lawsuit filed by San Francisco and Oakland against the same oil companies. That case had the same outcome, this time from Judge William Alsup of the 9th Circuit: “Although the scope of plaintiffs’ claims is determined by federal law, there are sound reasons why regulation of the worldwide problem of global warming should be determined by our political branches, not by our judiciary,” he writes. “The problem deserves a solution on a more vast scale than can be supplied by a district judge or jury in a public nuisance case.” Lawyers hoped that things had changed since then. New attribution science helped put blame more squarely on specific emitters, cities were seeing new costs due to global warming, and the legal theory had evolved away from suing over emissions to suing for sales and marketing while knowing about potential climate damages—a template taken from lawsuits against tobacco and lead paint companies.“Both Judge Alsup and Judge Keenan adopted the core arguments that we were advancing, and that is that the Supreme Court’s decision in AEP and other federal court decisions had already addressed these very issues and rejected these sorts of claims,” says Theodore Boutrous, a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and attorney for Chevron. “This, I think, does sound the death knell for these sorts of lawsuits.”That doesn’t mean cities won’t keep going. They may well appeal the dismissals in New York and California. Other cases continue in Washington state and Colorado. And on Friday, the city of Baltimore filed suit against 26 oil and gas companies in Maryland state court.That battle was always uphill. Now the grade’s even steeper. Oil companies don’t deny global warming is a problem, but so far they don’t have to pay to fix it. It’s doable, but by one estimate it’ll cost $53 trillion. And the bill is coming due. The hell of it is, the lawyers who’ve been working on these cases saw this flavor of defeat as a possibility all along. Back at an unprecedented “climate science tutorial” Judge Alsup mounted in March, he expressed some of those same concerns. So did attorneys for the defense. “You hear them saying, ‘this is a matter for the president and the executive, it strikes at the heart of our national economy, if you do this we’re going to be exposed to billions and billions of dollars in lawsuits,’” Steve Berman, managing partner at Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro, the firm representing both the California cities and New York, told me in June. “The fear is that some judge will buy into that and say, who am I, in a lawsuit, here, to start the ball rolling on holding the companies liable for all this stuff? That’s an argument they may win on.”Indeed. And beyond that, two previous cases offered precedents unfavorable to the plaintiffs. The cities argued that global warming was damaging them, specifically and locally (and in fact in California they tried to file in state court but got bumped to federal). But the courts disagreed, framing carbon emissions as a “transboundary” global issue, of international scope. And American Electric Power v. Connecticut (usually referred to as “AEP”) and Native Village of Kivalina v. ExxonMobil both found that the Clean Air Act “displaced” federal common law when it comes to emissions. More Great WIRED StoriesSex, beer, and coding: Inside Facebook’s wild, early daysSci-fi invades Netflix—as they both invade your homeThe worst cybersecurity hacks of 2018 so farMicrosoft’s big bet on a tiny-computer futureHow Silicon Valley fuels an informal caste systemLooking for more? Sign up for our daily newsletter and never miss our latest and greatest storieslast_img read more

German prosecutors close Merkel cellphone spying probe

first_imgGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for the EU-CELAC summit in Brussels on Thursday, June 11, 2015. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will continue his diplomatic offensive on Thursday to try to convince European creditors to pay out the bailout loans the country needs to avoid default. (AP Photo/Francois Walschaerts) The issue has weighed on relations between Germany and the U.S.However, chief federal prosecutor Harald Range signaled in December already that the probe wasn’t going well, saying that he had found no actionable evidence.Range’s office said Friday it has been unable to get hold of an original document proving the alleged spying, and that a published transcript of an NSA document allows for various interpretations.“The documents published in the media so far that come from Edward Snowden also contain no evidence of surveillance of the cellphone used by the chancellor solid enough for a court,” it said in a statement.Prosecutors said they see no prospect of success in continuing to investigate. They noted that journalists involved in publishing Snowden’s documents are entitled to refuse testimony, and argued that public statements by Snowden give no indication that he has personal knowledge of the surveillance of Merkel’s phone.“The vague comments by U.S. officials about possible surveillance of the chancellor’s mobile telecommunication by a U.S. intelligence service — ‘not any more’ — are not enough to describe what happened,” they added. BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors on Friday closed their investigation into the alleged tapping of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone by the U.S. National Security Agency, saying they have been unable to find evidence that would stand up in court.Prosecutors last June opened an investigation into the alleged monitoring of a cellphone Merkel used for party business. German magazine Der Spiegel had broken the story in late 2013, citing documents provided by NSA leaker Edward Snowden. 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Sponsored Stories Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   “The comments, which were viewed in public as a general admission of guilt, do not discharge us from (fulfilling) the burden of proof according to the requirements of criminal procedure.”Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, declined to comment on the prosecutors’ decision, but said the chancellor had always stressed that her concern wasn’t restricted to the tapping of her own cellphone and extended to surveillance of Germans in general.Seibert said the government would continue to raise the issue of balancing security and privacy with partners, including the United States.___Frank Jordans contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helplast_img read more

North Qld welcomes Chinese NY tourism

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Cairns along with its tropical north Queensland neighbours are expecting to welcome up to 20,000 Chinese tourists this week who will be visiting the region to celebrate the Chinese New Year.Booking out restaurants and hotels to kick start the year of the Dragon, the local Government has predicted that the celebrating visitors will spend up to $2,000 per person during their entire stay, Couriermail reported. As well as organising their own party-plans, Cairns also held a Chinese New Year Festival for Chinese tourists yesterday while Brisbane’s Chinatown hosted the 2012 Valley Chinese New Year Festival which features 50 performances, 24 stalls as well as lion dancers and firecrackers.With the majority flying in on the extra 12 chartered flights from china to Cairns and one from Brisbane, Tourism North Queensland chief executive Rob Gaison said those flying in on Chartered services are likely to spend more. He explained that for the year ending September last year, Queensland had welcomed 17 percent more Chinese tourists than the prior twelve months and expects arrivals to grow to 429,000 by 2016.last_img read more

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