These bats use stealth sonar, likely to evade rivals

first_img 00:0000:0000:00 Hoary bats are habitual squawkers. Sporting frosted brown fur á la Guy Fieri, the water balloon–size bats bark high-pitched yips to navigate the dark night sky by echolocation. But a new study reveals that as they fly, those cries often drop to a whisper, or even silence, suggesting the bats may steer themselves through the darkness with some of the quietest sonar on record.To find out how hoary bats navigate, researchers used infrared cameras and ultrasonic microphones to record scores of them flying through a riverside corridor in California on five autumn nights. In about half of the nearly 80 flights, scientists captured a novel type of call. Shorter, faster, and quieter than their usual calls, the new “micro” calls use three orders of magnitude less sound energy than other bats’ yaps did, the researchers report today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. As bats approached objects, they would often quickly increase the volume of their calls. But in close to half the flights, researchers did not pick up any calls at all. Michael Durham/Minden Pictures/Newscom 00:0000:0000:00 Listen to a microcall here. Listen to a regular hoary bat call here. By Roni DenglerMay. 1, 2018 , 7:01 PM These bats use stealth sonar, likely to evade rivals This stealth flying mode may explain one sad fact of hoary bat life: They suffer more fatal run-ins with wind turbines than other bat species in North America. The microcalls are so quiet that they reduce the distance over which bats can detect large and small objects by more than three times. 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Making normal-intensity calls might attract unwanted aggression from potential rivals, say the researchers, who conducted their study during the bats’ mating season. Microcalls are much more discreet, slashing the distance that other bats can “eavesdrop” from about 92 meters to 12. So the stealth sonar might simply be part of a larger tactic to keep rival males out of earshot.last_img read more

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Folayang preparing for Nguyen’s speed

first_imgLyceum one win away from elims sweep, annihilates JRU Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Ev Ting is a natural lightweight. Mark is a natural featherweight. So I expect that he will be faster and quicker than Ev Ting. It will be a good match up,” said Folayang on Tuesday during their face off in Makati.The Baguio native said he was impressed with how Nguyen took down Marat Gafurov to earn his world title in Macao just last August months after he defeated Ting in a dominant performance via unanimous decision.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAgainst his upcoming Vietnamese-Australian foe, who is moving up weight for their cross-divisional fight, Folayang wants to prove that the lightweight is his territory.“I want to teach him that the lightweight division,” said Folayang, who was a high school teacher in Mountain Province before joining Team Lakay. “As a champion, I want my division to be respected so I will do my best to defend the title.” Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse chargescenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH View comments No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim The Makati skyline provides the perfect backdrop for Eduard Folayang and Martin Nguyen’s first face off. Photo by Celest Flores-ColinaFilipino ONE champion Eduard Folayang knows the caliber of opponent he’s up against.Folayang is anticipating a speedier fighter in Martin Nguyen, also the ONE featherweight champion, in his second title defense of his lightweight title on November 10 at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT He has already tweaked his training for his second bout this year, anticipating Nguyen’s quick attacks and counters.Nguyen, meanwhile, said that weight doesn’t pose any problems for him knowing he has bigger things worry about against Folayang.“Surprisingly, I’m still the weight I usually compete during fight camp. I don’t have problems when it comes to that,” said Nguyen.“I know Eduard is going to be strong. I still have my speed. But I know it’s going to be a chess game.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Lexus range in India: Everything you need to know

first_imgIt was way back in 2014, when we first reported that Toyota is looking to bring in the Lexus luxury brand in India. At present, Toyota sells the Lexus across all major markets, though US is the largest. It rejected the plan to bring Lexus to India in 2012, because of high import duty and a sluggish local auto market. But, come March 24, 2017, Toyota will finally reveal the luxury sub-brand makers in India with its eyes set for the top spot in the luxury cars segment.  Lexus, known for its luxurious vehicles will look to target the luxury segment in India, which is till now controlled by Mercedes-Benz. Lexus will initially open dealerships in Mumbai and Delhi. However, the Lexus vehicles will come with the CBU kit and hence will be expensive to the pocket. With time, Lexus will expand their network in India with another showroom in New Delhi and later in Bengaluru. Lexus has also commenced with the bookings for the cars with reports suggest that a few potential customers have already got a taste of the new products.We tell you everything there is to know about the new Lexus range and what cars the company is planning for India. Lexus RX450h hybridSince the model’s launch in 1998, the Lexus RX has proved immensely popular with those needing the flexibility of a sport-utility vehicle combined with the driving comfort of a luxury sedan, all wrapped in an attractive, elegant package. The all-new RX’s mix of sharp creases and curves represents a bold evolution in the model’s styling, sharing the same design DNA with other models in the Lexus line-up.advertisementLexus RX450h hybridDesign:The front view of the RX450h hybrid is characterized by an emboldened version of the Lexus brand’s signature spindle grille, featuring a chrome-plated border and triple L-shape-LED headlamps. The available L-shaped LED headlight is accompanied by 18 individual LEDs that surround the headlights and act as turn signal indicators. A compact Bi-LED headlight is standard.Lexus RX450h hybridAlso, Intelligent High Beam (IHB) is available as part of available Lexus Safety System along with Intelligent High Beam helps ensure optimal forward visibility during night time driving and automatically turns off the high beam headlamps when another vehicle is detected.Lexus RX450h hybridInterior:With an interior space optimized for five passengers, the RX450h hybrid’s lowered rear floor section helps provide seating position comparable to that of the rear-seat passengers in the flagship Lexus LS luxury sedan. The new RX features enhanced rear cargo space-larger than competing crossovers within the segment-with room enough to fit large items including up to four large suitcases or multiple golf bags. New for this model year is the available Touch-Free Power Rear Door, a Lexus first, which allows users to open the rear hatch by placing a hand near the Lexus emblem.Lexus RX450h hybridEngine:The Lexus RX450h hybrid gets a completely reengineered 3.5-litre direct-injected V6 hybrid engine which produces a combined system output of 308 hp and 334NM of torque at 4,600 rpm. The transmission includes a hybrid front transaxle with new features including a transmission oil cooler for motor cooling, a pre-loaded differential for performance and enhanced control. The rear transaxle (for models equipped with AWD), which combines an electric motor with a reduction drive, features a new three-shaft configuration and aluminum case and cover to reduce weight.Lexus RX450h hybridDrive function:Among other updates to the hybrid system are a design evolution of the Power Control Unit (PCU) and HV Engine Control Unit (ECU) that delivers enhanced energy efficiency. Also, the control functions of the E-Four rear drive electric motor (AWD models) have been enhanced for better response when accelerating during turns.Lexus RX450h hybridSafety Features:A plethora of safety features and technologies are included for all RX models including: SRS airbags consisting of dual-stage and dual-chamber driver’s and front passenger’s airbag, driver’s knee airbag, front side airbags, rear side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags for front and rear passengers; a tire pressure monitor system with available tire inflation display function; active front headrests; vehicle theft-deterrent; and engine immobilizer system.Lexus RX450h hybridBraking and traction control systems that include four-wheel ventilated power-assisted disc brakes, a four-sensor, four-channel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Traction Control (TRAC), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Hill-start Assist Control are also included. Additionally, Smart Stop Technology automatically reduces engine power when there is simultaneous application of the brake pedal and accelerator pedal under certain conditions.advertisementLexus RX450h hybridFeatures:The Lexus RX450h hybrid offers an optional eight-inch and 12.3-inch navigation system. The available eight-inch high-definition Thin Film Transistor (TFT) liquid crystal display enhances Lexus Multimedia with new-look graphics and the handy computer mouse-like Remote Touch Interface.Competition:In India, the Lexus RX450h hybrid will compete against the likes of Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC.Lexus RX450h hybridPrice:We expect the RX450h hybrid to come for a price of Rs 90 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi) – Rs 1 crore (ex showroom, New Delhi).Lexus ES300hAs its flagship  luxury sedan, the Lexus ES 300h is a supremely desirable hybrid luxury car. The Lexus ES 300h becomes more alluring for 2016 thanks to a design makeover that touches much of the exterior and interior. New safety, multimedia and connectivity technology uphold the brand’s penchant for catering to its customers’ lifestyles.Lexus ES300hDesign:The current-generation ES 300h was already wearing the Lexus spindle grille, the brand’s signature design feature, and for 2016 it gets an even bolder, one-piece version framed by elegant satin chrome trim. New standard LED headlights give the ES 300h a more distinctive face, day or night. A fully redesigned front fascia puts the fog lights at the corners to accentuate the wide stance.Lexus ES300hAt the rear, the ES 300h now shows a closer kinship to the flagship LS sedan with distinctive L-themed taillights. The freshened design extends to new and exclusive 17-inch alloy wheels and four new exterior colors. As before, the ES 300h conveys its hybrid identity through subtle cues, including a trunk lip spoiler, hidden exhaust pipe and blue hybrid badges.Engine:The system combines a 2.5-litre four-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine with an electric motor to generate 200 HP. It will run on electric motor or gas engine alone, or a combination of both, based on the driving situation. The Hybrid System Indicator shows use of energy and encourages efficient driving habits.Lexus ES300hDrive Modes:The driver can tailor that by choosing from among four modes: Normal, Sport, Eco and EV. Normal mode could be called “everyday mode.” Select it when you want an ideal blend of performance and efficiency for, well, everyday driving situations.Switching into Sport mode puts an edge on performance response that you not only feel, but also see: selecting Sport mode changes the gauge cluster lighting to a fiery red and replaces the Hybrid System Indicator with a tachometer. Eco mode favours fuel economy, and in EV mode, the ES 300h can be driven short distances at reduced speed on battery power alone.Lexus ES300hSafety Features:Starting with 10 standard airbags, the Lexus ES 300h offers the new optional Lexus Safety System+ Package combines the Pre-Collision System (PCS), Lane Departure Alert (LDA) with Steering Assist, Intelligent High Beam (IHB) and High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control works at speeds over 40kmph. It tracks the speed of the vehicle travelling ahead and can adjust the speed setting accordingly to help maintain a preset distance.advertisementLexus ES300hCompetition:The Lexus ES300h competes rivals the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Audi A7 and BMW 5 series in India.Lexus ES300hPrice:We expect the new Lexus ES300h to come for a price tag of Rs 75 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi)- Rs 85 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi).last_img read more

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Why A 13th Game Might Not Help The Big 12 At All

first_imgThe Big 12 has some problems. Well, either that, or its July. Or both.As you know, the league has already petitioned the NCAA to be able to host a conference championship game despite the fact that current rules state that you must have at least 12 teams to do so.This exemption the Big 12 is looking for, and will probably receive, will serve two purposes. The first, is that it will generate a lot of money. For a conference that is apparently swimming in cash, that would appear secondary to the second reason:Another potential notch in the belt of a College Football Playoff contender.Last year, the thinking goes, TCU or Baylor could have gotten into the Playoff if there’d been a conference title game to settle their “split Big 12 title.” This would have represented a 13th game for both squads.Shockingly, playing 13 games is considered better than playing 12. Or so says CFP committee chair Jeff Long:“What we heard is if we don’t go to a championship game we’re at a disadvantage,” Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said. “All things being equal, 13 games are better than 12 games. That’s what we heard. So that gives us clear enough direction that we’re coming in at least at a modest disadvantage. We need to do whatever we can to mitigate that.”This is nonsense, though, because all things are not equal.I disagree with what Berry Tramel wrote recently about a conference whose teams play 13 games having a definite advantage.There are two reasons why. The first is that playing fewer games means there are fewer opportunities to lose. Losing one game hurts you more than winning one helps you when you’re trying to get into the playoffs. As the Big 12 proved three different times when it had a playoff, that last one is often the toughest to put away.The second is something that’s unique to the Big 12 — and the Big 12 spent a lot of money to make sure it repeatedly beat into our collective psyche — everybody already plays each other.When Ohio State beat Wisconsin in December, the teams hadn’t played each other all year.[1. Note: This won’t always be the case.] That was a benefit to Ohio State. What if Baylor had beaten TCU again in a title game? What would that have proved? Baylor still wasn’t getting in. Baylor could have beat TCU 50 times and it wasn’t going to get in. And if TCU had won? That probably would have made things worse for the Big 12!Plus, as I pointed out last year and Tramel wrote about again over the weekend, the Big 12’s real problem is its big-name teams (Texas and OU) are lousy these days. I’m not sure anyone thinks a 11-1 Texas or OU would have been left out of the playoff. Those teams might have gotten in over Florida State!Thankfully, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby sees the pitfalls.Bob Bowlsby: Big 12 feels that 1 year of CFP data isn’t enough to change to championship game.— Jon Solomon (@JonSolomonAspen) May 5, 2015So no, the Big 12 should probably not expand its league and it definitely should not expand its schedule to include a conference title game if the reason for doing so is specifically to position itself for the College Football Playoff.As had been pointed out ad nauseam, the Big 12 was a Florida State loss (that almost happened five times) and Alabama or Ohio State upset from owning half of the College Football Playoff.That’s no reason to blow that up now.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Report: Honduras 0 Australia 0

first_imgHonduras 0 Australia 0: Socceroos miss chances to take control Dejan Kalinic Last updated 2 years ago 07:48 11/11/17 TomiJuric - Cropped Getty Images Tomi Juric missed Australia’s two best chances as the Socceroos drew 0-0 against Honduras in their World Cup play-off first leg. Australia missed a chance to take control of their World Cup play-off against Honduras, drawing 0-0 in the first leg in San Pedro Sula on Friday.The Socceroos may be left to rue their failure to score an away goal after a dominant performance at the Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano.The game’s two best chances fell to Tomi Juric, who squandered a one-on-one opportunity before being denied by Donis Escober in the second half. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Honduras had brief moments but rarely threatened in front of their fanatical home fans.The Socceroos’ display will give coach Ange Postecoglou, whose future is unclear, plenty of confidence that his team can reach Russia 2018 ahead of the second leg in Sydney on Wednesday.The equation is simple. Win on Wednesday night and we will go to the @FIFAWorldCup. #GoSocceroos #HONvAUS pic.twitter.com/xjiAjl41jz— Caltex Socceroos (@Socceroos) November 10, 2017For Jorge Luis Pinto and Honduras, veteran goalkeeper Escober was fit enough to start after some doubts due to a leg muscle injury.The Socceroos, without suspended pair Mathew Leckie and Mark Milligan and the injured Robbie Kruse, were boosted by the return of captain Mile Jedinak in midfield.The hosts created a great opportunity in just the fifth minute as Carlos Lanza got in behind, but Trent Sainsbury made an important sliding challenge in the area.As Australia adjusted to the poor-quality surface, they also tested Escober early, Massimo Luongo surging into the area before forcing a save from the shot-stopper.The Socceroos thought they had a penalty in the 20th minute after Escober collided with Bailey Wright, who had headed over the crossbar, but the referee decided not to award a foul following a consultation with his assistant.Postecoglou’s men looked the more likely throughout the first half and again went close in the 36th minute, Juric firing wide in a one-on-one with Escober after brilliantly losing marker Henry Figueroa with a flick.The visitors continued to threaten after the break and Juric had another great chance in the 54th minute, the Luzern striker’s header from a Josh Risdon cross tipped over by Escober.Both flanks appeared the most likely outlets for a Socceroos opener, but there were fewer openings in the final half-hour.Instead, Australia goalkeeper Mat Ryan needed to make a save, keeping out a powerful Carlo Costly effort as the tense clash finished goalless. read morelast_img read more

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ACP Demands Continuation of GUPC New Locks Project (USA)

first_img Print  Close PanCanal, February 7, 2014 zoom The ACP demanded recently that Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC), the consortium in charge of the construction of the third set of locks, resume work on the project as required by the contract. GUPC is formed by the companies Sacyr Vallehermoso, S.A (Spain), Impregilo, S.p.A. (Italy), Jan de Nul Group (Belgium) and Constructora Urbana, S.A. (CUSA) (Panama).After two weeks of negotiations, which saw production levels drop to 25%, almost all activity has ceased.The Canal Administrator, Jorge Quijano, stated that ACP continues to try to find a solution, but stressed that the contractor must resume normal activity which is especially crucial during the dry season in Panama.“ACP continues to keep the door open for a reasonable resolution within the contract,” Quijano reiterated. My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定last_img read more

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Refugee who lost fingers to frostbite pleads with MPs not to pass

first_imgOTTAWA — A man from Ghana who lost all his fingers to frostbite after crossing irregularly into Manitoba — and whose story focused attention on the border — is pleading with MPs not to pass new refugee rules in the government’s budget bill.Seidu Mohammed tells MPs on the finance committee that the rules, if passed, would not help asylum seekers and may put them in more danger.Mohammed crossed into Manitoba in December 2016 through a snow-covered field, avoiding official border checkpoints to make an ultimately successful refugee claim in Canada after being rejected for asylum in the United States.The Liberals have tabled changes to the refugee law to prevent asylum-seekers from making refugee claims in Canada if they have made similar claims in certain countries, including the United States.Mohammed says if these rules applied to him, he would have been sent back to the United States, where he would have been locked up.He says he would have likely been deported back to Ghana, likely to face torture or death if the proposed new refugee law were in place when he arrived in Canada. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Fresh clashes in Kyrgyzstan prompt call for restraint from UN chief

14 May 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has issued a call for calm and restraint as reports of violence and loss of life emerge from Kyrgyzstan, where clashes have broken out between supporters and opponents of the Provisional Government. One person was reportedly killed and at least 58 wounded in the seizures of Government buildings in Osh, Jalalabad and Batken in southern Kyrgyzstan. “The Secretary-General urges all concerned to show restraint and to resolve issues peacefully through dialogue,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson, Martin Nesirky, stated.“He underlines the need to respect the rule of law and appeals for calm.”The Provisional Government has been in place in the Central Asian nation since last month, after President Kurmanbek Bakiyev was ousted in a bloody uprising in which dozens of people died. An arrangement reached between the Provisional Government and the former leader enabled him to leave the country for neighbouring Kazakhstan. read more

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle given warm welcome on Edinburgh walkabout

first_imgWhile their reception ended with an energetic Prince Harry rounding younger guests onto a minibus to continue the party into the early hours, the calming  influence of Ms Markle may see a more sophisticated conclusion to the Prince’s own day.’All the stars were aligned’: How the couple metAfter announcing their engagement, the couple gave an insight into their 16-month romance in a BBC interview – and described how they met on a blind date set up by a mutual friend.Ms Markle told how she could not wait to say “yes” to the prince when Harry got down on one knee a few weeks ago as they cooked a roast chicken dinner at his home, Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace.Indicating the depths of his feeling for his bride-to-be, Prince Harry said: “The fact that I fell in love with Meghan so incredibly quickly was sort of confirmation to me that everything, all the stars were aligned, everything was just perfect.”It was this beautiful woman just sort of literally tripped and fell into my life, I fell into her life.” Full interview: Harry and Meghan reveal engagement joy Harry walked in rubbing his hands before agreeing with people from the cafe it was “freezing” outside. They spent time speaking with co-founders Josh Littlejohn and Alice Thompson, before getting ready to meet staff and customers. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive in Edinburgh on Tuesday afternoonCredit:Stephen Lock / i-Images  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Prince Harry and Ms Markle will round off their visit by attending a reception at the Palace of Holyroodhouse to celebrate youth achievements marking Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018, an initiative that aims to inspire Scotland through its young people.Harry and Meghan to greet well-wishers in Windsor after weddingAs they say their vows in front of the watching world, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will have a lifetime of Royal tours ahead of them as a married couple. They will waste no time getting started, it seems.  A view of the Quire in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will have their wedding service A few months into the relationship, Harry said he had to have “some pretty frank conversations” with Meghan about how her life may change when she entered the royal family. Also on the esplande was the Royal Marines Band Scotland, which was playing for Ms Markle, the former Suits actress, and the Prince who became Captain General of the Royal Marines in December 2017. Prince Harry during a walkabout on the esplanade at Edinburgh Castle She said: “Seeing the couple is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We don’t have these visits in Mexico or my hometown of Monterey.”They are also the hot couple of the moment because of their marriage coming up. I also think Meghan is a role model, she’s not just a pretty face. I think she’s going to change the face of the monarchy.”Cafe visit is latest in string of high-profile visitorsThe Royal couple are the latest in a string of high-profile visitors to Social Bite premises.Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio stopped for lunch at Social Bite venture Home in Edinburgh’s west end in November 2016, while the Duchess of Cornwall and George Clooney have been to Social Bite’s Rose Street branch.Video: Prince Harry and Meghan visit Social Bite Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Edinburgh Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Visit Edinburgh Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet Cruachan IV, a Shetland pony and mascot of the Royal Regiment of ScotlandCredit:Samir Hussein /WireImage Meghan Markle meets children during a walkabout in EdinburghCredit:Andrew Milligan /PA A view of St George's Hall, at Windsor Castle, where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will hold a reception after their wedding Friends Maggie Binnie, 29 and Alice McCourt, 23, both Scottish students, had staked a place on the esplanade against the crash barriers and waved Union flags featuring a picture of the prince and his fiancee.Ms Binnie said: “I really do admire Meghan, she’s got a good head on her shoulders and I also admire Harry for the mental health work he does and his work with military veterans.”Sarah Coronado, 28, a masters student from Mexico studying at Edinburgh University, was one of the first well-wishers to arrive at the castle’s esplanade. He added: “But I know that at the end of the day she chooses me, and I choose her, and therefore whatever we have to tackle together or individually we’ll always be us together as a team, so I think she’s capable… she’s capable of anything.” Inside the castle at the historic Edinburgh Garrison, which looks out across the city, the couple were due to watch as the One o’clock Gun was fired, a tradition started in 1861 to mark time for ships in the Firth of Forth.The couple then moved on to the New Town to visit Social Bite, a social enterprise cafe which distributes 100,000 items of food and hot drinks to homeless people across Scotland each year, as well as employing staff who have experienced homelessness themselves. Crowds gather ahead of a visit by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to Edinburgh Castle Prince Harry and fiancee Meghan Markle were given a warm welcome on a cold day when they arrived in the heart of Edinburgh for the start of their visit to Scotland.The city’s world famous castle, an iconic fortress for centuries, was chosen as the starting point of their first joint visit to the Scottish capital.Meghan and Harry wrapped up against the cold in winter coats were greeted by Frank Ross, Edinburgh’s Lord Lieutenant and Lord Provost, who represented the city.Crowds gathered on the castle’s esplanade where the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is staged each year to welcome the prince and his bride-to-be.Ms Markle, who is making her fourth joint visit with Prince Harry, wore a Burberry coat and trousers by Veronica Beard. Prince Harry during a walkabout on the esplanade at Edinburgh CastleCredit:Andrew Milligan /PA Meghan Markle wrapped up warm in a Burberry coat Credit:Karwai Tang /WireImage At 1pm, immediately after the service, Prince Harry and Ms Markle, who will receive new titles reflecting their married status on the day, will leave Windsor Castle by carriage, via Castle Hill, along the High Street and through Windsor Town before returning along the Long Walk for their reception. The trip to Scotland is the fourth public appearance Ms Markle and Harry have made together and follows successful visits to Nottingham, Brixton in south London and Cardiff in the months that followed their engagement announcement in November. With the centuries-old fortress as a backdrop the couple began shaking hands, saying hello and thanking the well-wishers for coming to see them.Later, they travelled to a sandwich shop that supports the homeless and has been visited by number of famous faces including Hollywood star George Clooney. While the final arrangements for the wedding are expected to reflect the personalities of the Prince and Ms Markle with some unique elements, the basic outline of celebrations, as announced by the palace, follows tradition.Other Royal couples, including the Earl and Countess of Wessex, have also undertaken a carriage procession after their Windsor weddings, with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge enjoying the same two-tier receptions following their 2011 nuptials. Crowds gather ahead of the visit by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to Edinburgh CastleCredit:Jane Barlow /PA Kensington Palace announced at the weekend that the newlyweds are to undertake a tour of Windsor as their first trip as a married couple, to greet well-wishers who are expected to turn out from all over the world to see them.Prince Harry and Ms Markle, who are planning their May 19 wedding themselves, released a series of updates about their day, and how they hope to “share their celebrations with the public”.Decisions include a carriage ride through Windsor, taking place straight after the St George’s Chapel ceremony and before their reception.The journey is designed to allow members of the public to see the couple in the flesh, while they are still dressed in their finery, in what is likely to be one of the most photographed occasions of the year.In a series of updates about the wedding, Kensington Palace also announced that the wedding service, at St George’s Chapel at midday, will be conducted by The Dean of Windsor, The Rt Revd David Conner.The Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Revd. and Rt Hon. Justin Welby, will, as expected, officiate as the couple make their marriage vows. Pony Major Mark Wilkinson introduced Meghan and Harry to Cruachan IV, a Shetland pony and mascot of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, at the end of their walkabout where they received flowers, posed for pictures and sympathised about the cold conditions.The nine-year-old pony famously tried to eat the Queen’s posy during the monarch’s visit to Stirling castle but was on his best behaviour for the couple.Pony Major Mark Wilkinson said: “They were asking about him, saying he’s a wee star, he knows he’s on parade and is showing off – they said it was lovely to meet him.” The timings should go some way to allaying the fears of those concerned about a clash with the FA Cup final, with the football match likely to kick off at 5.30pm. A spokesman for Kensington Palace said: “Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle are hugely grateful for the many good wishes they have received since announcing their engagement. “They are very much looking forward to the day and to being able to share their celebrations with the public.” A view of St George’s Hall, at Windsor Castle, where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will hold a reception after their weddingCredit:Dominic Lipinski – WPA Pool/Getty Images  A view of the Quire in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will have their wedding serviceCredit:Dominic Lipinski – WPA Pool/Getty Images The couple were welcomed with huge cheers from the crowd outside Social Bite. Many of those had been waiting and waving flags since about 10.30am. Crowds brave cold and wet weather to spot coupleDespite cold and wet weather, Royal fans braved the conditions to stake the best place to spot the couple on the castle’s esplanade.Ashley Torres, 25, a law student at Edinburgh University, had brought a bunch of tulips for the couple. She said: “It’s such a cute love story … being set up by mutual friends. And it will be nice to see an American part of the British monarchy.” Meghan Markle Meghan Markle wrapped up warm in a Burberry coat “They hope this short journey will provide an opportunity for more people to come together around Windsor and to enjoy the atmosphere of this special day,” a spokesman said.Guests from the congregation will await the happy couple in St George’s Hall, to celebrate with the first of two receptions.The second, for close friends and family, will be thrown in the evening by Prince Harry’s father, the Prince of Wales.last_img read more

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OCZ exits the DRAM business to focus on the next big thing

first_imgBuying more or faster RAM is one of the best bang-for-your-buck PC upgrades you can make, and it’s no wonder why: over the past few years, RAM prices have simply plummeted. To put how low prices of RAM have gotten in perspective, 7 years ago or so, I was told authoritatively by a friend that RAM was so cheap you could get another meg of it for just a dollar. Now, a meg of RAM costs about a penny.That’s great for consumers… but unfortunately, it’s a race to the bottom for RAM sellers. It’s sad, then, to hear that industry stalwart OCZ is getting out of the RAM game, basically because it’s just too hard to compete with the likes of Crucial.Believe it or not, this is actually a very smart move on OCZ’s part, because they’re now throwing all of their weight behind SSDs. Not only do SSD drives command higher margins, but consumers are clearly interested: a substantial portion of OCZ’s revenues is already made by selling SSD drives to consumers.It’s a forward thinking move, too: over the next few years, the price on SSDs is going to drop, and it’s going to be the next big bang-for-your-buck PC upgrade for everyone under the sun. OCZ’s profits might be down this year, but my guess is that this is a very smart positioning for a very bright future when RAM matters a lot less than it once did.Read more at OCZlast_img read more

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Des maths et des dents usées pour déterminer le régime alimentaire despèces

first_imgDes maths et des dents usées pour déterminer le régime alimentaire d’espèces fossilesIsraël – Le journal Biology Letters rapporte les travaux d’un ingénieur israélien et d’anthropologues américains concernant les traces laissées par les aliments sur des dents fossilisées. Une nouvelle méthode statistique qui pourrait aider à déterminer, notamment, le régime alimentaire de nos lointains ancêtres. Une équation permettant de calculer la force de la morsure d’un animal à partir de la taille des ébréchures sur l’émail de ses dents. Voilà l’outil statistique qui, avec l’épaisseur de l’émail et la taille des dents, devrait aider les scientifiques à déduire le régime alimentaire probable d’espèces fossiles. Pour établir ce modèle mathématique, Herzl Chai, de l’école d’ingénierie mécanique de l’université de Tel Aviv, a travaillé sur les dents fossiles de divers animaux, dont des Hominidés. Il s’est appuyé sur ses compétences en génie mécanique – notamment des études sur la formation des fissures dans les matériaux fragiles – et sur les connaissances des paléontologues. Nombre de ces derniers avaient déjà recours au microscope électronique pour examiner les microcassures et l’usure de dents fossilisées, indications précieuses du mode de nutrition. Ebréchures larges et nombreuses chez les consommateurs de noix ou de graines et chez les rongeurs d’os, ébréchures minces et rares chez les mangeurs de végétaux tendres… La nouvelle méthode viendra donc compléter et préciser ces indications.    Le 22 septembre 2010 à 19:26 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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See Your Favorite Fast Food Restaurants as Anime Hotties

first_imgStay on target <><> Finally, KFC Makes A Colonel Sanders Dating GameKFC Tests Plant-Based Beyond Fried Chicken in Atlanta You’ve probably got your favorite fast food chain, right? You head to McDonald’s for some tasty burgers and KFC for a delicious bucket of chicken. And you know the fast food chains’ mascots too? Colonel Sanders is a jolly old fellow who wants you to shop at KFC for all your chicken-fried needs. Ronald McDonald is a clown, of course, and you’ve got the rest of the restaurants either without a mascot or just using different kinds advertisement.What if some of your favorite fast food and restaurant chains took it upon themselves to create newer, younger mascots? They might look something like this. Yes, they’re anime-styled portraits of characters like Ronald McDonald, Colonel Sanders, Wendy from Wendy’s, the Hamburglar, and more.Honestly, some of them are pretty cringeworthy (the whole idea is, if you ask me) but there are some very talented artists on the case here. If for some reason a “hot” Hamburglar really does it for you, or the weird way people have transformed Wendy into a sneering ojou-sama, but hey — it’s still pretty entertaining anyway.You can see all the illustrations in the gallery below. Just don’t be surprised if you start seeing your favorite fast food stops when you’re getting some grub to eat in a totally different way. It could happen, you know. What’s next, a McDonald’s dating sim?Check out all of OzumiiWizard’s amazing art on Facebook! Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Overcooked is Fast Food With Frantic Friends

first_imgStay on target ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball FormSNES Games Officially Come to Nintendo Switch If you have a Nintendo Switch, chances are you also have The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The new Zelda is a massive, phenomenal game that you can and should play for dozens of hours. But eventually, you’re going to want to play something new on your Nintendo console/handheld hybrid. Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda is a new column highlighting cool, smaller Switch games to check out once you’ve saved Hyrule.During high school, I was too busy reviewing terrible iPhone games to get a menial fast food job like a real teenager. So I can’t relate to stories of desperately trying to put meals together as fast as possible with fellow chefs while customers waited impatiently, mentally reducing their tips. Or rather, I couldn’t until I played Overcooked, cooking co-op indie darling and fresh hot new Nintendo Switch Game That Isn’t Zelda.Overcooked has this whole insane story mode about time travel and onion knights and a food beast that may or may not be an homage to famous atheist deity the Flying Spaghetti Monster. But that’s all just absurd window dressing. The real meat of Overcooked are the dozens of levels that challenge you alone or you and your friends to make as many meals as possible in just a few minutes.Recipes get more complicated the later you get (although not as complicated or varied as I maybe would have liked) but each step remains relatively simple. Press a button to start chopping mushrooms. Let a burger sit for a few seconds on the pan. Boil the rice for your burrito and take it off the stove. Carry a dirty dish to the sink. Put out a fire. Even Cooking Mama has more elaborate simulations of the act of preparing food. But that’s a good thing.In Overcooked the goal is speed, not realism. These actions have to be simple because you have to constantly perform and coordinate them with your teammates over and over again before time runs out. You have to memorize steps and perform loops and check incoming orders for slight variations like no tomatoes or lettuce. One step out of line, one soup burned or carrot left unchopped, and you’ll be yelling at your friends like Gordon Ramsay. The meals never actually stop coming. You just need to make as many as you can. Sometimes it’s even smarter to just abandon a meal on the verge of expiring to get an early jump on a later one to earn a bigger tip.Overcooked is tough enough just in a standard kitchen, but to spice things up most new levels add some environmental gimmick you also have to consider. Trying cooking in a kitchen split between two moving trucks, or a kitchen infested with Ratatouille-esque vermin who steal food left unprepared for too long. The stage hazards really force you to consider positioning while planning your cooking routes. The dash button is key.Once you cook your way through the main campaign you can also enjoy two expansions included in this special Nintendo Switch edition. They add new levels, recipes, playable characters, and holiday cheer. But with or without this bonus material, Overcooked is just such a great fit for the platform. The time limit makes portable play easy, and the simple controls work scrumptiously on two sideways Joy-Con. Co-op is the real way to play the game so being able to easily access it is a killer feature. HD Rumble cues also let you instinctively know when it’s time to start or stop some actions like chopping or grilling.Unfortunately, while the cute art style doesn’t look like it should be too demanding, the Switch version does suffer from some frame rate issues, which can impact a game about speedy precision like this. But the developers at Ghost Town Games are working on a fix.Cooking was one of my favorite parts of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. But with Overcooked I can just cut out all the exploration fat. That chicken burrito my friends and I managed to finish at the last second may not buff my stamina, but we still had fun making it.Want to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.Buy it now!The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WindNintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesView as: One Page Slides1/51. Overcooked is a cooking co-op indie darling.2. Work together with friends to make as many meals as possible.3. Different kitchen gimmicks force you to come up with new cooking strategies.4. Each individual action is simple, but performing several of them nonstop while coordinating with others gets tough quick.5. The meals never stop coming. Just make as many as you can before time expires. And don’t get burned.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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SPOILERS WWE Smackdown Live TV taping results from Pittsburgh to air New

first_img Videos Articles Twitter Becky Lynch `WWE 24` Documentary Premier Date Announced Pinterest Facebook WWE Smackdown Live taping results for January 1, 2019:There is a cage hanging above the ring.The New Day announced they were entering the Royal Rumble.Samoa Joe defeated Jeff Hardy.Smackdown will be headlined by AJ Styles vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Samoa Joe vs. Randy Orton vs. Mustafa Ali with the winner getting a title bout against Daniel Bryan at the Royal Rumble.Rusev was celebrating his United States Championship win but was attacked by Shinsuke Nakamura.Sonya Deville defeated Naomi.  They are running an angle where Mandy Rose is sending Jimmy Uso sexy photos to try and steal him from Naomi.In a backstage segment, AJ Styles refuses to apologize for hitting Vince McMahon last week.  Shane McMahon is there too.John Cena came out for a promo but Becky Lynch came out and said she’s the man now and would be replacing him. Zelina and Andrade Almas came out and that set up a tag team bout.Becky Lynch and John Cena defeated Zelina and Andrade when Vega tapped to the Disarmher.  Lynch tossed Cena out of the ring.Miz wants Shane McMahon to dress as him when they team.Backstage, Carmella, Becky and Charlotte make their case for a title shot.  Triple H will make a decision as to who will challenge Asuka for the Smackdown Women’s title “later on.”AJ Styles defeated Rey Mysterio, Randy Orton, Mustafa Ali, Samoa Joe to earn a title shot at the Rumble, pinning Orton.Source: PWInsiderRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipBecky Lynch `WWE 24` Documentary Premier Date AnnouncedVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:39/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:36 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Google+ Now Playing Up Next WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabia Now Playing Up Next Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Becky Lynchcenter_img Now Playing Up Next WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Now Playing Up Next WWE Royal Rumble Card Update For 2019 Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Videos Articles John Cenalast_img
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State asks help in monitoring spread of elk hoof disease

first_imgOLYMPIA – State wildlife managers are seeking help from hunters and the public in monitoring the spread of hoof disease among elk in 10 counties of Southwest Washington.The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is asking that anyone who spots an elk with hoof deformities in the area that is limping or dead report their observations at wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/health/hoof_disease/. A map on that website shows the department’s primary focus of interest.Sandra Jonker, regional wildlife manager, said the department is particularly interested in receiving reports outside the primary area of infection around Cowlitz County, where the disease is already well documented.“Our focus now is on assessing the spread of the disease to other parts of the region,” Jonker said. “Gaining more information about the incidence and geographical distribution of the disease will help determine how best to manage it.”The website is designed to accept reports from the field using a mobile phone. Once filed, those reports will immediately appear on WDFW’s website.last_img read more

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Facebook posts could help doctors spot alcoholism diabetes or depression study says

first_img Facebook readies its own cryptocurrency, Google’s Pixel… Share your voice 0 Now playing: Watch this: Tags Is Facebook your new doctor? NurPhoto/Getty Images As time consuming as Facebook can be sometimes, a new study suggests what you post could offer a window into your health. The language used in Facebook posts could be helpful in predicting diseases and mental health disorders, according to research from Penn Medicine and Stony Brook University. The study, published Monday in the journal PLOS ONE, suggested that social media posts could be monitored like physical symptoms.Researchers found that the use of the words “drink” and “bottle” were predictive of alcohol abuse. While that one might seem obvious, the study also found that people who most often mentioned “God” and “pray” were 15 times more likely to have diabetes than those who used them less. For some medical conditions, predictions based on Facebook posts were “significantly more accurate” than those from demographics alone, the study found. However, Facebook and demographic information combined were more accurate at predicting conditions than just social media posts alone.”As social media posts are often about someone’s lifestyle choices and experiences or how they’re feeling, this information could provide additional information about disease management and exacerbation,” lead author Dr. Raina Merchant, the director of Penn Medicine’s Center for Digital Health and an associate professor of emergency medicine, told Science Daily. Merchant noted that the research is still early. The researchers used an automated data collection technique and analyzed the entire Facebook post history of nearly 1,000 patients who agreed to have their electronic medical record data linked to their profiles. The study analyzed the Facebook post language and demographics separately, then combined the two data sets.Merchant didn’t immediately respond to a request for further comment.center_img Post a comment 1:28 Mobile Software Internet Mobile Apps Wellness Facebooklast_img read more

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Alaska News Nightly Tuesday Dec 15 2015

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download Audio Shell asks for extension on offshore drill leasesRachel Waldholz, APRN – AnchorageDespite its decision to abandon offshore drilling in Alaska this fall, Shell still has its eye on the Arctic.NOAA report outlines impacts of warming ArcticJosh Edge, APRN – AnchorageThe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Tuesday released its annual Arctic Report Card, covering everything from rising temperatures on land and sea, to sea ice declines and its impact on Arctic ecosystems and the rest of the world.Alaska Air, co-plaintiffs doggedly push back on SeaTac min. wageAshley Gross, KPLU – SeattleAlaska Airlines and other plaintiffs are continuing their long legal battle over SeaTac’s $15 minimum wage law.IEP tests LNG tanker on Alaska roadsDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksA liquefied natural gas tanker truck is being tested for possible future use by the Interior energy project.Marijuana regs on track, despite remaining hurdlesLori Townsend, APRN – AnchorageThe chairman of the marijuana control board says the state is on track with its regulatory process work.Sitkans, police review tasing event in community ‘talking circle’Robert Woolsey, KCAW – SitkaWhile police issues continue to divide communities and make national headlines, the Sitka Police Department is trying to restore confidence locally, after disturbing video from the Sitka jail surfaced on social media this fall.At 71%, Alaska graduation rate among lowest in the countryAssociated PressData released by the U.S. Department of Education shows Alaska has one of the lowest graduation rates in the country.At $1.50/lb., lamprey harvest tops Yukon salmonTim Bodony, KIYU – GalenaThe commercial harvest of lamprey eels on the lower Yukon wrapped up over the weekend, with just under 37,000 pounds harvested and sold.  That’s 7,000 pounds less than a quota set by the Department of Fish and Game.With understanding comes forgiveness: Turning ‘Yuuyaraq’ into filmLisa Phu, KTOO – JuneauJuneau filmmaker Lisle Hebert is making a film based on Harold Napoleon’s essay “Yuuyaraq: The Way of the Human Being.” Napoleon gave Hebert his blessing to do the adaptation, but he says it’ll be a challenge to translate the message to film.last_img read more

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