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Belmond has announced the latest developments for

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first_imgBelmond has announced the latest developments for its properties, with some of the major updates including:Venice Simplon-Orient-ExpressIn 2016, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express will embark on a journey to Berlin, with the new route linking three European capital cities: London, Paris and Berlin.The inaugural departure will leave from London on 2 June 2016.Eagle Island reopens in November The Belmond Eagle Island Lodge in Botswana will reopen in November, with all lodges now featuring plunge pools and outdoor decks overlooking the delta. A new restaurant and camp fire area complete the renovation.Belmond Eagle Island Lodge can be coupled with the Belmond Khawi River Lodge in the Moremi Wildlife Reserve and Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge in Chobe National Park.Christmas journeys on board British Pullman and Belmond Northern BelleBelmond’s two luxury trains will this year be home to Christmas festivities with the British Pullman and Belmond Northern Belle hosting journeys to Christmas markets and cathedral cities in winter.Belmond Grand Hibernian launches grand tours of Ireland Guests can now book their place aboard the upcoming Belmond Grand Hibernian, the first luxury train to tour Ireland.A four night ‘Legends and Loughs’ journey travels to Cork, Killarney, Galway and Westport while the two night ‘Realms of Giants’ travels to Dublin, Belfast and Portrush.For more information visit www.belmond.com.last_img read more

LG Electronics is using the Consumer Electronics S

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first_imgLG Electronics is using the Consumer Electronics Show to debut UHD TV-capable LCD screens equipped with Nano Cell technology.According to LG, the technology, which will be incorporated in the third generation of LG’s Super UHD TV line, renders “highly nuanced” and accurate colours while maintaining picture quality at wider viewing angles.According to LG, Nano Cell LCD technology, which employs uniformly-sized particles approximately one nanometre in diameter, creates more accurate colours that can be viewed from wider angles than in possible with other LCD TVs.The technology absorbs surplus light wavelengths, enabling the displays to filter distinct colours with much greater precision, rendering each colour as it was intended by the original content creator, according to the company.LG says that Nano Cell technology dramatically reduces instances of colour fading, image instability and other colour degradation issues.LG has also said it will incorporate the Technicolor Expert Mode technology to its Super UHD screens.The TVs are HDR TV-enabled using Dolby Vision’s Active HDR technology, which supports the display of Dolby Vision’s own HDR system as well as HDR10 and Hybrid Log Gamma HDR systems. Active HDR is also “ready to support” Technicolor’s forthcoming Advanced HDR technology, according to LG.LG and Technicolor announced their collaboration on HDR at CES last year, when the pair teamed up to screen HDR content created by Hollywood director Francis Ford Coppola.In addition to UHD TV, the devices feature version 3.5 of LG’s webOS-based smart TV platform. This includes a new Magic Link feature to provide content recommendations and information about characters and actors on-screen, and Magic Zoom, which enables viewers to enlarge and record any part of the screen they wish to see close up. Phones and PCs can be connected to the TV via a USB cable to enable viewing of 360° virtual reality content.“Our 2017 Super UHD TV line-up with LG’s proprietary Nano Cell technology is a breakthrough in display technology that advances the LCD TV viewing experience by combining an expanded colour gamut with the ability to more accurately create those colours, resulting in superior picture quality regardless of viewing angle,” said Tim Alessi, head of product marketing at LG Electronics USA. “Nano Cell is another example of how LG is innovating and pushing the boundaries of display technology to meet the evolving needs of our customers.”last_img read more

In This Issue Spains bond auction a success…

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first_imgIn This Issue. * Spain’s bond auction a success… * ECB and BOE to meet today… * Traders test the SNB… * Official jobs numbers are questionable… And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! A successful bond auction in Spain has investors moving back into euros… Good day. We woke up to a winter wonderland this morning as we have a couple inches of snow on the ground and it is continuing to come down pretty hard. It is a really light snow and the winds are blowing it all around which is making driving a bit tricky. I passed several accidents on my way in, and I just heard the closed down one of the major highways. Chuck may have mistimed his escape from winter by a few hours as he was scheduled to fly down to Florida today. It sounds like the snow will be ending mid morning, so hopefully his flight won’t be delayed. Investors continued to escape the problems in Europe yesterday as the euro got sold throughout the trading day. Fears of another debt downgrade by Fitch and worries about inaction by the ECB were the main drivers of all of the selling. The euro weakened to a 16 month low of 1.2662 before starting to move a bit higher in late trading. The ECB will be meeting today and currency traders fear they won’t take any additional action to stimulate the European economy. As Chuck pointed out in yesterday’s Pfennig, the latest data doesn’t really suggest any additional help is needed but bond buyers want to see the ECB step up their purchases of debt in order to help support bond prices. The rating agencies also weighed on the euro yesterday was a rumor that France’s top credit rating would be cut and Fitch Ratings said Italy faces a ‘significant chance’ of a downgrade. The French Finance Minister Francois Baroin denied having been notified of such a move, and I couldn’t find any confirmations of a move by the ratings agencies on news wires this morning. The euro is actually rallying in early trading, up almost a full cent from yesterday’s low. The move higher was sparked by the successful bond auction in Spain. The Spanish were able to sell almost twice their maximum target of debt at an auction today, including a new three year benchmark. Spain sold just under 10 billion euros of notes vs. the target of 5 billion. And these bonds were sold at rates which were slightly lower than previous auctions, which was welcome news to EU leaders. The good demand for Spanish debt, combined with the better than expected data yesterday will definitely decrease the pressure on the ECB to step in and do something during their meeting later today. It is widely expected that the ECB will leave interest rates unchanged at 1% and the successful debt auctions which have been occurring over the last few weeks will definitely decrease the pressure for stepping up their bond purchases. It isn’t like the ECB has just been sitting on the sidelines watching the debt crisis. The ECB injected a record amount of liquidity into the markets back on December 20 when they awarded 489 billion euros of three year loans to European banks. In fact, the ECB has been a bit more active than our own Fed in pumping money into the markets, which is saying something! But desperate times need desperate actions, and the moves certainly seem to have stabilized things in the European debt markets. While we will continue to see volatility in the euro, I firmly believe the single currency will survive. The Bank of England will also be meeting today, and the pound sterling is being sold in early trading. Sterling touched a three month low vs. the US$ this morning as investors worry the UK economic recovery will stall out. A report showed UK manufacturing contracted for a second month in November, falling .2% which was in line with economic forecasts. This report follows another yesterday which showed the trade deficit widened more than economists forecast. These stories sparked worries that the economy isn’t on as solid a footing as previous reports indicated The BOE was one of the first to institute an aggressive program of bond purchases, but the current program is scheduled to end next month. Speculation is increasing that the program will now be extended with another round of purchases, with an announcement coming as soon as today’s meeting. While investors pushed the euro lower on thoughts the ECB wouldn’t be doing any additional purchases, the pound is being sold on the thought that the BOE will be increasing their debt purchases. It doesn’t make since to me either, but that is just how crazy these currency markets are right now! Investors are using the uncertainty created by the resignation of Swiss National Bank President Phillip Hildebrand to try and test the SNB’s self imposed floor of 1.20 CHF/EUR. The move lower by the euro yesterday gave currency investors a perfect opportunity to test the resolve of the remaining board members. The SNB has passed this test so far, and they were helped out by the euros move higher his morning. A strategy piece from Standard Bank in London early today suggested Hildebrand was ready to move the floor up to 1.25, but these plans will probably be delayed now. “Had Hildebrand remained at the helm of the SNB, he might have led the bank to raise the target to 1.25 or more, but now that prospect has been dimmed,” Steve Barrow of Standard Bank wrote today. Thomas Jordan, who was appointed the SNB interim chairman has reiterated he’s ready to defend the currency ceiling with the ‘utmost determination’ if needed. I’m sure the currency traders will continue to test the SNB as the Swiss government has indicated it will take as long as four months to appoint a permanent replacement for Hildebrand. With the euro selling off yesterday, most of the other currencies followed suit. But things have shifted this morning and the emerging market and high yielding currencies are moving higher. The Brazilian real was off a bit yesterday, snapping a 2 day gain, but it is the big winner this morning pushing almost 1% higher vs. the US$. The South African rand, Australian dollar, and Swiss franc round out the top performers vs. the US$ this morning. We have a lot of data out this morning in the US, with Retail Sales expected to show a slight increase and the weekly jobless claims expected to be unchanged (more on the jobs data in the closing paragraphs). We will also see the business inventories data for November which is expected to show a small increase as Christmas sales weren’t as strong as expected. Finally, the Monthly Budget Statement will probably show the US slipped $83.7 billion further into our debt hole in December. None of this data would seem to support a stronger dollar, so I think the moves we have seen in early trading will probably continue through the rest of the trading day. Then there was this. Both Chuck and Mike Meyer, knowing I was writing this morning, gave me some pfodder for the Pfennig. And both of them were thinking along the same line as their contributions were very similar (I guess great minds think alike!). Mike left me a stack of 4 different news stories which all seem to contradict the latest jobs data put out by our administration. Archer Daniels Midland Co. announced plans to cut 1,000 jobs or 3% of its workforce yesterday, MetLife Inc. said it will shut down its home mortgage origination operation costing close to 4,300 employees their jobs, an analyst on Bloomberg yesterday predicted banks and other financial firms would shed 150,000 workers by the middle of 2013, and finally, St. Anthony’s Medical Center here in St. Louis said they were laying off 85 workers. These were stories which Mike found on Bloomberg yesterday, and all would certainly indicate that the labor market here in the US isn’t going to improve too quickly. Chuck was also thinking about the job market, and sent me the following: Well… did you hear about this? Hostess Brands filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Wednesday, a move that marks the second significant court restructuring for the Twinkies and Wonder Bread baker in the past several years. The privately held Irving, Texas, company, which employs roughly 19,000 people and carries more than $860 million in debt, has been facing a cash squeeze amid high labor costs and rising prices for sugar, flour and other ingredients. Hmmm… how can they be experiencing rising costs for sugar, flour and other ingredients, when the Gov’t tells us there is no inflation? And The Fed Chairman tells us that the inflation we’re seeing is “temporary”… Hmmm… Hostess Cup Cakes, and an RC Cola, on my way home from baseball practice at the confectionary around the corner from my house, were a staple… Well… The Fed Beige Book was put out there for us all to view late yesterday afternoon… among the hootin’ and hollerin’ about how the Fed districts all showed stronger economic activity and consumer spending in the 4th QTR… there was this ditty… Overall inflationary pressures were noted to be “very limited” as the upward pressure from rising commodity and input prices eased substantially. Hmmm… again… tell that to the Hostess Cup Cakes and Twinkies people! Thanks to both Chuck and Mike for their contributions this morning. An election year always brings out the spin masters, and we will probably see a lot of data which just doesn’t seem to match up with reality. To recap. The euro was off yesterday as the ratings agencies and expected inaction by the ECB worried investors. But the euro moved higher this morning after a successful bond auction in Spain. The BOE will be meeting today, and some expect them to extend their latest round of QE. Currency traders tested the remaining members of the SNB, but the franc remained above its 1.20 floor vs. the euro. Data out today could lead to further dollar weakness, as the weekly jobs numbers are expected to disappoint. And both Chuck and Mike gave me stories which show the layoffs continue here in the US. Currencies today 1/12/12. American Style: A$ $1.0363, kiwi .7975, C$ .9845, euro 1.2756, sterling 1.5352, Swiss $1.0539. European Style: rand 8.0310, krone 6.0156, SEK 6.9335, forint 240.58, zloty 3.4740, koruna 20.0275, RUB 31.6275, yen 76.86, sing 1.2887, HKD 7.7684, INR 51.5837, China 6.3181, pesos 13.5432, BRL 1.7865, Dollar Index 81.064, Oil $102.13, 10-year 1.92%, Silver $29.66, and Gold. $1,630.80 That’s it for today. My son will be happy today, as I just received a call from his school telling me he has a snow day. No word from my daughter’s school, but I’m pretty sure from the look of the highway below that most schools in St. Louis will be cancelled today. Hard to believe after we had temps in the mid 50’s yesterday, but that is typical St. Louis weather! I hope Chuck’s plane will be able to make it down to Florida without too much of a delay, I know he is looking forward to getting some sand between his toes. Blues have a very big game tonight at home vs. the Canucks. I think I have a lot to do with how well the Blues are playing as I didn’t renew my tickets this year (after 20 years!) and I told everyone at the beginning of the season that this would be the year the Blues make it to the Stanley cup! But I’m still a huge fan so GO BLUES!!! Thanks for reading the Pfennig, and I hope everyone has a great Thursday. Chris Gaffney, CFA Vice President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837 www.everbank.comlast_img read more

Millionaire Working on Strange Subterranean Buildi

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first_img Millionaire Working on Strange Subterranean Building Video reveals this coming event that will shake the foundations of this country… See the full message here… The 2001–2010 Uranium Bull Market This bull market originated with the preceding 20-year bear market, where the uranium price decreased over 70%. It bottomed at $8 per pound in 2001. For many companies, the cost of producing uranium was higher than the spot price. Miners were producing uranium for around $18 per pound, but they could only sell it for about $9 per pound. So there was little incentive to increase or maintain production. Miners simply stopped producing. Production capacity plummeted. This sowed the seeds for another uranium bull market. The market didn’t just settle into equilibrium. The supply destruction and increasing demand were so great that, eventually, uranium overshot the price needed to balance the market. After bottoming at $8 per pound in 2001, it skyrocketed to $130 in 2007. That alone is impressive. But uranium stocks had an even greater meteoric rise. This is when Paladin Energy, the company Rick Rule was talking about, soared from one penny to $10. A nuclear catastrophe ushered in a new bear market, just as it had with previous uranium runs. In 2011, a tsunami caused a nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima power plant in Japan. It was the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. Afterward, Japan took all 52 of its nuclear power plants offline and switched to importing liquefied natural gas (LNG). A major source of demand in the global uranium market was gone. And a global supply glut followed. The uranium price crashed from around $85 to under $30. Then it continued sliding to around $18 per pound, where it sits today. Now, once again, the spot price of uranium is less than the cost of production. This is great news for us. The current uranium supply/demand imbalance has a lot in common with the last market cycle. It’s setting the stage for the next uranium boom. Now is the time to get positioned for the same kind of explosive returns we’ve seen in previous uranium bull markets. The Next Uranium Bull Run I can’t think of a commodity with more upside and less downside than uranium right now. While many commodities have bounced off their lows, uranium hasn’t. It’s still at or near the moment of maximum pessimism. The situation is screaming, “Bargain!” Psychology plays a big part here… People don’t like uranium. It’s yucky. It’s politically incorrect. Some hear “uranium” and think “cancer.” Many get emotional because of its association with Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, and of course Fukushima. Besides that, investors are terrified that uranium prices have fallen over 85% from previous highs. It’s hard to think of a market where the sentiment is worse. This is why we’re excited. Crises and extreme sentiment don’t scare us. They attract our interest. Editor’s note: Right now, Doug and Nick are closely watching another crisis opportunity…and it may end up being the biggest event in modern financial history. It will all go down on December 4. And you’ll want to take specific steps ahead of time to get ready—to protect your portfolio, your savings, and your retirement nest egg. Then, once you’ve got the protection angle covered, you can prepare to take historic profits… We’ll explain more about this event later this week in the Dispatch. Recommended Links Editor’s note: Today, we’re featuring Part 2 of Crisis Investing editor Nick Giambruno’s new essay. You can read Part 1 right here. Below, Nick discusses the hated commodity that is handing us a massive opportunity right now. As you’ll see, if history is any indication, this commodity is currently setting up for the next major boom… By Nick Giambruno, editor, Crisis Investing “It was the single most important financial event of my career.” That’s what my friend Rick Rule of Sprott Global recently told me of his experience in the uranium market. Rick was referring to Paladin Energy, a uranium company that leaped from one penny to $10 per share during uranium’s last bull market. That’s a 1,000-fold increase. In other words, a $10,000 investment could have exploded into $10 million. Even the worst-performing companies in the uranium sector delivered 20-to-1 returns. Uranium can deliver these almost unbelievable returns because of unique supply-and-demand quirks that create colossal bull and bear markets. 1950s Uranium Bull Market Uranium cycled through its first bull market in the 1950s. This bull was mainly driven by the nuclear arms race between the US and the Soviet Union. Back then, the only practical way an investor could get exposure was through uranium exploration companies trading on small regional stock exchanges, like the one in Salt Lake City (which closed in 1986). Those who did made a bundle. The Late 1970s Uranium Bull Market The uranium price increased more than tenfold during this bull market… from $3 to $43. Some uranium stocks shot up by a factor of 100. Greater nuclear power use was the main driver. It was a cheap alternative to high-priced oil. Disastrous power plant failures ended this bull market—first Three Mile Island and then Chernobyl, the final nail in the coffin. New production also came online and flooded the market just as demand was decreasing. The resulting bear market lasted for 20 years. – 87-Year-Old Legend’s Last Big Play Fortune Magazine named him “one of the four investment giants of the twentieth century”… Time Magazine listed him as one of the world’s 100 most powerful and influential people… He’s world-famous for his safe and steady investment approach… So when I discovered this $31m move his company made, I was pretty shocked, and intrigued… Click here for the full story. —last_img read more

In 2017 we reported on the impact of the photo of

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first_imgIn 2017, we reported on the impact of the photo of the drowned boy on the beach, which stirred up public concern for the Syrian refugee crisis. A memoir by the boy’s aunt details the family’s struggles in Syria — and their fatal attempt to cross from Turkey to Greece in a rubber boat. In September 2015, a photograph of a boy lying lifeless on a sandy shore powered a surge of public concern for the Syrian refugee crisis.The boy, along with his parents and older brother, were on a rubber boat carrying Syrians who had fled the country’s civil strife and hoping to find a new life in Europe. The vessel capsized on the way to the Greek island of Kos. Of the four family members, only the father, Abdullah Kurdi, survived.The image of that small corpse on the beach led to an outpouring of charitable donations to aid other refugees. We subsequently reported on a study that examined the impact of the photo.Now the toddler’s aunt, Tima Kurdi, has written a searing personal portrait of the impact of the Syrian civil war on her family.Her newly published memoir, The Boy on the Beach: My Family’s Escape from Syria and Our Hope for a New Home. describes the Damascus community where she and her siblings grew up in a comfortable home on a jasmine-scented street and contrasts that with the subsequent disintegration of the country and the plight of her family in the wake of the civil war.She herself immigrated to Vancouver, Canada, in 1992, where she resides today, but she had seen the start of the civil strife on a family visit home in 2011. Then as now, she remains in close touch with her family. We interviewed her via Skype from Turkey, where she was visiting her sisters. The interview has been edited for clarity and length.How do you feel about the tremendous exposure the photo received? People opened their hearts when they saw the suffering in that image. It made them think, what if this happens to you, if you lose everything, your home, your country, you have no safe place, no food, no money and what will you do? It has become a permanent reminder for people to help others, that we all need each other and that we are all one.But I need to correct the record. My nephew’s name is Alan [not Aylan, as media outlets, including NPR, reported.] And when he died, Alan’s age was 2 years and two months, not 3. His brother’s name was also misspelled. It is Ghalib, not Galip.You write about how close your family was. Where are your siblings and their families now? My family did not want to leave Syria, and at first they went to the north [to the city of Kobani] thinking the situation would get better and they would come back later. But it kept getting worse. One day, two of my nephews were playing soccer outside and suddenly a suicide bomber blew himself up. These children witnessed the body pieces falling all over the street. Fifteen relatives were massacred in the Ramadan attacks in June 2015. One by one my family started to flee.Today, my sisters Maha and Shireen are in Izmit, Turkey. My sister Hivron made it to Germany with her family. My brother Muhammad and his family are in Vancouver [the Canadian government finally accepted Tima’s sponsorship]. Abdullah was given asylum and lives in Erbil, Kurdistan [in Iraq]. My father is still in Syria.How difficult was it to write this book? Sharing my private family story with the world was not easy, but I go out and tell my story to inspire and remind people that the boy on the beach is one person only, and there are so many others who are suffering.It has been healing to write, but I cannot let go of the guilt I feel for paying for the smugglers [whose boat overturned in the waters between Turkey and Greece]. I will take that guilt to my grave. I gave the money to help Abdullah and his family, but I feel that maybe if I had not paid that $5,000, maybe they would still be alive.How is your brother Abdullah coping? He says, “I lost everything in my life.”But he is finding some healing through bringing aid to refugee children in displaced persons camps, through a small charity we have set up, the Kurdi Foundation. We focus on their education, because Abdullah says he wants to give these children what he couldn’t give his own.When we go to a refugee camp, the parents are so heartbreaking. They tell us “the world is talking about us but no one comes to talk to us.” The kids have to make their own toys … they will roll up a T-shirt and tape it in a round shape and that is their ball and they are happy.Why did you sprinkle Arabic phrases throughout the book, with chapter titles and other words appearing both in Arabic script and English transliteration? My family does not speak English, but when I showed them the book [on my visit to Turkey] they were very happy, saying, oh my God, the title is in Arabic! It is a touch that lets readers know that they are with my family, that we are all together. I am hoping that the book will be translated into Arabic. I would love that, and my family could read it.How are readers responding to the book?I feel I am helping change people’s minds. One man wrote me that he was very angry to see so many refugees come to his country and taking away jobs, but after reading the book he sees things differently. He said, “You reminded me that if something happened to me, I would be in that same situation. So from tomorrow morning on, I am going to have at least one hour to do something good, to volunteer and help [refugees].”Another man sent me a photo of a jasmine plant he has put on his balcony, like the jasmine I describe in the book. He wrote, “I bought that plant to remember your book and to push me to go out and go help others.”How would you summarize the book’s message?The point of view throughout the book is that of the refugees. I don’t take political sides, I focus on the people. They want to go home to rebuild their lives, but for so many of them there is no home to go back to. I want to be the voice of those who cannot be heard. There are many, many stories. If I could write all those people’s stories, I don’t know how many books I would have to write.Diane Cole writes for many publications, including The Wall Street Journal and The Jewish Week, and is book columnist for The Psychotherapy Networker. She is the author of the memoir After Great Pain: A New Life Emerges. Her website is dianejcole.com. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University are hoping

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first_imgResearchers at Johns Hopkins University are hoping to capitalize on the student-led gun safety movement by offering a free online course, which begins Monday, to teach the academic research and strategies they say are the best weapon to curb gun violence.Gun violence experts put the course together after hundreds of thousands of people — many of them students — participated in March For Our Lives last year, calling for tighter gun laws.”Following the shooting in Parkland and the youth advocacy that we saw, we noticed there was a gap in knowledge,” said Cassandra Crifasi, the deputy director of the Center for Gun Policy and Research and one of the core lecturers for the online course. It’s called Reducing Gun Violence in America: Evidence For Change.”There are different information sources,” she said, “but sometimes they conflict and we wanted to create one resource that would be freely available to anyone.”The course is aimed at high school and college-aged people, but it’s open to anyone. Coursera, the online platform hosting the course, says this is the first class related to gun violence that the company has offered.The hope is to get participants up to speed on “relevant legal issues and effectively use data” central to the nation’s policy debate on guns. Researchers want young activists to lean on decades of public health research when working with policymakers and candidates seeking elective office.”And sort of push back against some of the claims you hear like, ‘Oh, you know the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,’ ” Crifasi said, a nod to the mantra embraced by many gun rights groups, in particular the National Rifle Association.Crifasi says information in the course addresses “that myth.””Anti-gun pseudoscience” She expects blowback from gun rights groups about the course. One writer for the website Bearing Arms warned the course may “push the anti-gun position” onto students. “That means they’ll be facing indoctrination in anti-gun pseudoscience masquerading as unbiased research. That’s a problem,” they wrote.Crifasi hopes being a gun owner herself can help diffuse some of those knee-jerk reactions.”I’m a responsible gun owner and I don’t want people to take my guns away. … Let’s work together to come up with strategies that reduce gun violence but also are also respectful of the culture of gun ownership and the Second Amendment,” Crifasi said.When asked if anyone from gun rights organizations was invited to participate as faculty in the course, the response was blunt.”No, we did not. For a variety of reasons,” Crifasi said.She points to a stark statistic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that showed nearly 40,000 people were fatally shot in 2017.”We didn’t want to have to have this be a debate of whether there’s an issue or not, right?” Crifasi said. “We have a substantial burden in this country.”Ashley Courneya, a college freshman living in Rochester, Minn., began learning to shoot guns at age 7. She participated in competitive sports shooting in high school and was featured in NPR’s documentary Teens On Guns In America released earlier this year.She’s in the demographic Hopkins researchers is hoping to attract.But Courneya, who said politically she’s an independent, admits she’s less eager to sign up for the course because more conservative viewpoints on guns won’t be heard.”I think I’d still be interested in taking the course just to see what it’s about, even though it doesn’t have conservative aspects,” she said. “But I think when you’re doing something that’s meant to inform people, you need to account for both sides.”Hope to attract 20,000 registrants per yearThe free online course space is crowded, but the Hopkins course has the potential for “different measures of success,” said Gayle Christensen, associate vice provost for global affairs at the University of Washington. She’s not involved in the course but has researched massive open online courses.If students complete the more than 540 minutes of lectures and related course work, they receive a certificate. But even if they don’t finish the course, she says there’s a benefit to students sharing what they’ve learned in the course on social media.Christensen said so if you get a lot of posts saying: ” ‘You have to get on this! You have to watch, it’ll matter for you’ and that will then perhaps have other students or young people will engage with the material that wouldn’t have thought about engaging with it otherwise.”Previous massive open online courses offered by Hopkins have attracted millions of registrants, according the university. For this one, university officials hope to enroll 20,000 students per year. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

A Labour shadow minister is to travel the country

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first_imgA Labour shadow minister is to travel the country to ask disabled people for their help in designing a 21st-century social security system.Debbie Abrahams, the shadow minister for disabled people, launched her “disability equality roadshow” last week at a parliamentary event held to mark the international day of persons with disabilities.She said the roadshow would “allow disabled people across the UK to voice their opinions about how, as a society, we should be supporting them in the most effective and appropriate ways and to define what a social security system for disabled people, fit for the 21st century, should look like”.Abrahams said the government had treated disabled people “appallingly”, from “the £23.8 billion cuts in support to 3.7 million disabled people to the dehumanising and ineffective work capability assessments (WCA) for working-age disabled people”. She said the government had “refused to listen” to doctors, academics and disability organisations that have raised concerns about the adverse impact of the WCA on claimants’ mental health, but promised that Labour “will listen”.She said: “The views and experiences of disabled people have to be right at the heart of, not just the overhaul of the WCA, but other aspects of social security policy too. “Labour wants disabled people to be able to play a central role in both the development and monitoring of this.” Her roadshow announcement comes only 18 months after Labour gave a cool welcome to the report of its own disability and poverty taskforce.The taskforce, led by Sir Bert Massie (pictured), called for a greater contribution from the state towards the extra costs of disability.It also called on a future Labour government to replace the work capability assessment, introduce a personalised system of employment support, invest in accessible housing and transport, launch a major drive to improve the skills of disabled people, and ensure a new focus on the barriers to employment faced by disabled people.Sir Bert, former chair of the Disability Rights Commission, heard Abrahams speak at a seminar held at Leeds University on 4 December – the day after she launched the roadshow – in memory of the disability rights campaigner Caroline Gooding, who died last year.Sir Bert, who was chairing the seminar, said: “Debbie was terribly good telling us what the Tories were doing wrong, but she didn’t say anything about what she would do right.“I don’t know what her policies are, I really don’t. There was no commitment, no vision of where Labour would go.”He said a roadshow would be likely to produce “lots of good ideas” but not necessarily new policies.He said: “I wonder if you will get more new ideas from going on a roadshow than you will talking to people who actually know what they are doing, people who know the system inside out.”He added: “I cannot think of a public consultation of this type which has actually led anywhere. If it’s activity for the sake of activity, that would be my first question.“These consultation meetings are fine as far as they go, but at some point some serious people need to sit down and work out what is going to happen.“If you go round the meetings, what you will hear is how awful it is… it might help politicians understand the angst out there, the frustration, in some cases the desperation and the futility of some of the contacts you have with DWP.“That might all come out, but it doesn’t constitute a policy.“Going round to meetings is fine, but you end up with a pile of ideas. They have to be knocked into shape.”Sir Bert said he would like to see a new disability rights taskforce, following the one set up by the new Labour government, which reported in December 1999, but with a wider brief that would look at the whole range of disability policy, including social care and possibly even the right-to-die debate.He said: “All the support mechanisms built up from the 1970s are slowly being dismantled. We need another taskforce to really look at the whole of disability policy.”Bob Williams-Findlay, a former chair of the British Council of Disabled People, said he had been impressed by Abrahams at the seminar, and said that the roadshow “was not a bad idea”, but he warned that “the devil will be in the detail”.He said that a taskforce set up by Labour “would make sense with the right remit and personnel”, for example with co-chairs such as Professor Mike Oliver and Baroness [Jane] Campbell.Debbie Jolly, a co-founder of Disabled People Against Cuts, who also attended the seminar, said there was no need for a new taskforce, but she backed the idea of a roadshow.She said: “Top-down approaches are dated and untrusted – why we should need yet another set of well-paid disability elites and charities sitting around tables having exclusive closed meetings is unclear in 2015.“The proposed equality roadshow by Debbie Abrahams is a route that allows everyone to give their views and experiences on policy, on what’s working and what’s not working at the grassroots level – these are the types of things we need to ensure the many, not the few, feed-in to change from the perspective of their own day-to-day life experiences.“The test for Labour, of course, will be what they do with that information.”last_img read more

Chemists Develop SealHealing Material for Smartphone Screens

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first_img Next Article Even if you break the screen in half, it will stitch itself back together within a day. Apply Now » There’s a huge market for smartphone cases as we all strive to protect our expensive handsets. It would be much nicer to just slide them into a pocket unprotected, but the thought of scratches on the screen ultimately push many of us to hide them inside a case, or at the very least apply a screen protector.By the end of the decade, though, smartphone cases may be assigned to the history books. According to Business Insider, chemists at the University of California at Riverside have developed a self-healing material that’s suitable for use as a smartphone display — or any display, for that matter.The key to any self-healing material is molecules that attract each other, which in turn allows any breakage of the perfect bond to stitch itself back together. This new material the UC Riverside chemists, led by Chao Wang, developed is a combination of a stretchable polymer and ionic salt featuring “a special type of bond called an ion-dipole interaction.”That interaction is what forms a strong attraction between the molecules, meaning it can recover from any damage, including a complete break. Snap this material in half and it will stitch itself back together in less than a day. It can also be stretched up to 50 times its original size. The other important feature of the material is its ability to conduct electricity making it suitable for use as part of a touch screen.Wang believes his stretchable polymer will be used by smartphone manufacturers by 2020. It can be used for the display, but also the phone housing, meaning we could and should get smartphones that can self-heal any damage on their outer shell.Now we just have to hope a company such as Apple or Samsung doesn’t buy up the patents for this polymer and keep the self-healing material exclusively for their devices. –shares Matthew Humphries Image credit: via PC Mag This story originally appeared on PCMag Chemists Develop Seal-Healing Material for Smartphone Screenscenter_img April 5, 2017 2 min read Add to Queue Smartphones 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Senior Editorlast_img read more

The 10th Anniversary iPhone 8 Is Expected in October

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first_imgiPhone 2017 is a big year for Apple as it marks the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, a device that has generated the majority of Apple’s profits and made it the most cash-rich company in the world. To celebrate the smartphone we’re expecting a revolutionary 10th anniversary iPhone 8, and now we’re hearing that phone won’t suffer any delays and will arrive in October.In fact, we can expect three new iPhone models to be unveiled in September and sold in October. There will be the typical S refreshes for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, but also this anniversary iPhone 8. It may be called something else by Apple, but iPhone 8 seems to have stuck for now.As well as an anniversary celebration handset, this iPhone is expected to be radically different from what has come before. Apple will switch to using an edge-to-edge OLED screen with Samsung supplying the panels. There’s also a suggestion the display may be curved. The casing will be glass and the Touch ID sensor is thought to be integrated into the display. Wireless charging may also feature, which helps explain the all-glass casing and suggestion the Lightning Port is gone, too.Such big changes to the iPhone’s design raised concerns over managing to deliver the iPhone 8 on time and alongside the usual annual iPhone refresh. Integrating the Touch ID with the display panel was thought to be a particularly difficult challenge. However, according to MacRumors, all talk of delays in the supply chain have disappeared and production is preparing to ramp up.We should expect Apple to do its usual iPhone reveal event in September before all three new models go on sale in October. Interest is sure to be very high, but it is expected production can meet demand, even for the iPhone 8. If that’s the case, the biggest hurdle to purchasing an anniversary iPhone may end up being how many people can actually afford one. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. The 10th Anniversary iPhone 8 Is Expected in October This story originally appeared on PCMag Senior Editor Add to Queue Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now »center_img May 8, 2017 2 min read Next Article Any concerns the iPhone 8 would be delayed have apparently disappeared from the supply chain. –shares Image credit: Attila Fodemesi | Shutterstock.com Matthew Humphrieslast_img read more

Fandango Buys Rotten Tomatoes and Flixster

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first_img Apply Now » –shares This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Image credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez—Getty Images for CBS Films The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Fandango Buys Rotten Tomatoes and Flixster Next Article Online movie ticketing platform Fandango is adding a couple more names to its portfolio of cinematic sites.Fandango said Wednesday it is buying movie review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes and Flixster from Time Warner’s Warner Bros. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, though Warner Bros. will take a minority stake in Fandango as part of the transaction, according to the press release.As part of the deal, Fandango — itself owned by Comcast’s NBCUniversal — will have the ability to incorporate Rotten Tomatoes movie reviews, including the site’s Tomatometer rating tool, into its ticketing platform. Fandango will also add its ticketing service to the Flixster mobile app, which provides movie information along with reviews from Rotten Tomatoes.Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes together get 20 million unique visitors per month, and Fandango claims the acquisitions will increase its own traffic to 63 million unique visitors per month. Fandango attracted 1 billion visitors to its website in total last year, while U.S. ticketing increased by 81 percent.“Our new expanded network will offer unparalleled capabilities for all of our exhibition, studio, and promotional partners to reach a massive entertainment audience with innovative marketing and ticketing solutions that benefit from original content, home entertainment products, ‘super tickets,’ gifts with purchase, and other new promotional opportunities,” Fandango president Paul Yanover said in a statement.Wednesday’s announcement marks the latest acquisition for Fandango, which, last month, bought streaming video service M-Go in another sign that the brand’s digital network is expanding.center_img February 18, 2016 Tom Huddleston, Jr. 2 min read Websites 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Add to Queuelast_img read more

Google Fiber Now Offers Phone Service

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first_img Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business March 30, 2016 Google This story originally appeared on Reuters Add to Queue Reuters –shares Next Article center_img 1 min read Alphabet Inc.’s high-speed internet service, Google Fiber, is introducing a home phone service, Fiber Phone, the company said on its blog on Tuesday.The service is set to provide unlimited local and nationwide calls for $10 per month, while adopting the same international calls rates as Google Voice.The company said it would roll out the service to only a few areas initially.(Reporting by Alan John Koshy in Bengaluru; Editing by Don Sebastian) Google Fiber Now Offers Phone Service Image credit: Reuters | George Frey Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Register Now »last_img read more

Top Channel Chiefs Descend on Park City for ImpartnerCON19 Debate Channel Strategy

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first_imgTop Channel Chiefs Descend on Park City for ImpartnerCON19, Debate Channel Strategy for 2020 and the Decade Beyond PRNewswireApril 29, 2019, 5:59 pmApril 29, 2019 Fourth Annual Gathering Now Largest Vendor-Led Event for Channel Chiefs Worldwide, Mirrors Impartner’s 10x Growth in New Customer Logos in Same Time PeriodFor the fourth year in a row, channel leaders from the world’s top corporations are flocking to Utah for ImpartnerCON19, the global Partner Relationship Management (PRM) pure-play leader’s annual customer and channel management summit, May 1-3, in Park City, Utah. Speakers at the conference, which has quickly become a must-attend for channel chiefs worldwide, include keynotes from top analysts including Jay McBain, Forrester’s Principal Analyst covering Channel, Partnerships and Alliances, and customer presentations from leading corporations such as Autodesk, CommScope, Fortinet, JDA and Smartsheet.“The momentous growth of this conference absolutely tracks with the revolution in channel management driven by technologies like Impartner PRM, which companies must embrace at the risk of peril for their businesses and their careers,” said Joe Wang, Impartner CEO. “Today’s channel leaders must possess a robust, contemporary combination of technological prowess and business acumen that’s powerful enough to keep up with the pace of change and increasing complexity in today’s market. This conference is 100 percent focused on helping our customers tackle those challenges, be ready to conquer 2020 and the new decade beyond, and maximize the indirect sales opportunity.”Marketing Technology News: Vendasta adds MyCorporation to MarketplaceThis momentum in the market tracks with insights from Forrester’s McBain. “The third stage of sales and marketing transformation will be anchored around effective partner relationship management and through-channel marketing automation,” wrote McBain in a recent Forrester blog post. “With 75 percent of world trade flowing indirectly, brands are starting to invest in their indirect channels, partnerships, and alliances at the same level.”Informa Tech Editor T.C. Doyle has attended the conference since its inception and has observed the astounding growth firsthand. “Seeing yet another Utah company ascend in the market and so quickly create a conference that’s now drawing the kingpins of the channel to discuss channel strategy for the next decade is a testament to the value Impartner delivers to its customers.”Marketing Technology News: Conduent Launches Innovation Center to Drive Customers’ Digital TransformationsFourth-time attendee Sherman Tam, head of enterprise partner marketing for Data Center Systems at Western Digital, confirms the value of the conference. “If there’s one event I go to each year, it’s ImpartnerCON,” said Tam. “As a channel leader, I have access to attend a host of conferences throughout this year, and ImpartnerCON is the one I can’t miss because it’s not just attended by IT leaders. It brings together channel leaders from different industries and top analysts to exchange best practices. There is no other conference that provides direct access to such a broad range of channel professionals.”The conference comes as Impartner continues a growth streak that’s driven by an ever-increasing slate of customer wins from Fortune 100 corporations in multiple verticals from tech, to manufacturing  to oil and gas, to fintech. Global customer studies of the power of Impartner’s PRM channel management software show an average increase of 31 percent a year in channel revenue and a 23 percent decrease in administrative costs.Marketing Technology News: Broadvoice Receives 2019 INTERNET TELEPHONY Product of the Year Award channel management summitImpartnerCON19Joe WangMarketing TechnologyNewsPartner Relationship management Previous ArticleWpromote Announces Facebook Marketing Partners Ad Technology BadgeNext ArticleMuleSoft is the Only Company Named a Leader in Both the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) and the Magic Quadrant for Full Life Cycle API Managementlast_img read more

Team creates the worlds first formic acidbased fuel cell

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This is the aim of the HYFORM-PEMFC project carried out by GRT Group, a company that focuses on energy transition with energy-storage development solutions, and Professor Gabor Laurenczy’s research group at EPFL, who have developed a new, integrated formic acid-hydrogen fuel cell device.The HYFORM-PEMFC device uses formic acid to store hydrogen, and has domestic and industrial applications. Compared to devices that only use hydrogen, the HYFORM-PEMFC has been designed to ensure substantial benefits in terms of size (1 liter of formic acid carries 590 liters of hydrogen), ease of transportation, safety, and lower operating costs while being environmentally sustainable.The potential users of the HYFORM-PEMFC include those in areas with limited or no access to the power grid, and those who develop hydrogen transport systems. The unit can supply an alpine chalet with heat and electricity easily and with environmentally friendly refueling. The technology can be also be scaled up to meet the power needs of larger settings, such as industrial plants.”This is an important milestone in our strategic plan for the development of energy storage applications,” says GRT Group CEO Luca Dal Fabbro. “GRT Group wants to support the transition towards a fully renewable energy supply, and to thus address the global challenge of reducing CO2 emissions.”The next step for GRT Group is to develop a complete, integrated system for storing renewable energy, e.g. excess solar electricity produced during the summer, which can then be used to produce electricity and heat on demand in the winter, thus making buildings energetically autonomous. This project will prove the economic benefits of the concept and its real potential in an integrated energy storage system. Clean energy costs will be equal or less than fossil fuels by 2020, while renewable energy sources will meet 40 percent of global energy demand by 2040. But because renewable energy depends on the sun and wind, it is still largely unreliable. Therefore, the challenge is to develop new methods for storing renewable energy surplus in a way that allows it to be used when needed. Provided by Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne Professor Gabor Laurenczy (EPFL) posing with the HYFORM-PEMC and models of ants, which represent the production of formic acid. Credit: Alain Herzog/EPFL 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. Explore further Hydrogen is one of the most promising energy carriers among renewable energy storage solutions. Using hydrogen to produce heat or electricity produces no carbon or particle emissions, meaning that it has no negative environmental impact. The problem is that hydrogen has a very low energy content by volume. This makes it very difficult to store and transport in its natural form (gas), or requiring very high pressures, very low temperatures, and expensive infrastructures, all of which translates into safety and cost concerns. Citation: Team creates the world’s first formic acid-based fuel cell (2018, March 20) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-team-world-formic-acid-based-fuel.html The alternative solution is to use a hydrogen carrier such as formic acid, which is the simplest combination of hydrogen and CO2. Formic acid is liquid at normal conditions, easy to store, transport, and handle, and is produced from sustainable sources in hundreds of thousands of tons globally: it is already used widely in agriculture and industry.The challenge, then, is getting the stored hydrogen back out of the formic acid in an energy-efficient manner. This is where catalysts come in. These are compounds that facilitate the extraction of hydrogen from formic acid so that it can then be converted into electricity through a fuel cell.The device consists of two main parts, a hydrogen reformer (HYFORM) and a proton-exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC). The HYFORM reformer uses a ruthenium-based catalyst to extract hydrogen, although the scientists are currently developing catalysts based on even cheaper materials.The HYFORM-PEMFC unit can produce 7000 kWh yearly, and its nominal power is 800 Watts – roughly the equivalent of 200 smartphones being recharged simultaneously. Its electrical efficiency is currently up to 45 percent. As long as the formic acid used is produced sustainably, the fuel cell is completely environmentally friendly and allows long-term storage of renewable energy. It is quiet, emits clean gas, has zero carbon dioxide balance, and produces neither particles nor nitrogen oxides.At the same time, the HYFORM-PEMFC is low-maintenance, needing no sulfur treatment, and features stable and long-term catalyst performance. Its technology is scalable, so it can be used in both households and industrial settings. Since it only needs to be fueled with formic acid, the system does not require connection to power grids, which makes it ideal for remote or inaccessible areas.”The chemical transformation of CO2, a greenhouse gas, into useful products becomes increasingly important as its atmosphere levels continue to rise because of human activity,” says Gabor Laurenczy. “For this reason, producing formic acid in a sustainable way – using CO2 as a hydrogen-energy vector – is very important. Worldwide demand for formic acid is growing, especially in the context of renewable energy. Hydrogen carriers, and their production from CO2, either through hydrogenation or from bio-waste or biomass, are considerably more sustainable than existing routes.” Dutch student team to build the world’s first car powered by formic acid Infographic showing how the HYFORM-PEMC works. Credit: EPFL/GRT Group read more

MP 6 Gwalior Collectorate officials watch porn on duty get notice

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first_img Ravish Pal Singh BhopalJuly 17, 2019UPDATED: July 17, 2019 17:39 IST When a cyber team checked the computers’ IP addresses, it found Hotstar, YouTube and porn content from them. (Image used for representation)At least six Gwalior Collectorate officials were sent notices on Tuesday for watching porn during office hours.The incident came to light when the Gwalior collector sent a cyber team to the collectorate office to check the computers.The Gwalior collector, Anurag Chaudhary, had long been receiving complaints that the government officials had been overusing the computers during the office hours.When the cyber team checked the computers’ IP addresses, they found Hotstar, YouTube and porn content from them.In fact, the cyber team also found that the officials had even downloaded many porn movies. A total of six officials have been identified with the help of the team.All the accused have been sent notices by the Gwalior collector.All the other employees have been asked to not use the computers for any other purpose. Anurag Chaudhary has also said that all the other websites not related to work would be blocked.Also Read | Mumbai man stops woman, asks for phone to see Dongri building collapse news. Googles HD porn insteadAlso Read | Delhi Police Cyber Crime Cell arrests person trying to scam ministries by creating fake IDAlso Watch | India Today Expose: Jamtara emerges as the biggest den of digital crimeFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byChanchal Chauhan Next MP: 6 Gwalior Collectorate officials watch porn on duty, get noticeThe incident came to light when the Gwalior collector sent a cyber team to the collectorate office to check the computers.advertisementlast_img read more

12000 Years Ago a Boy Had His Skull Squashed into a Cone

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first_imgAncient people in China practiced human head-shaping about 12,000 years ago — meaning they bound some children’s maturing skulls, encouraging the heads to grow into elongated ovals — making them the oldest group on record to purposefully squash their skulls, a new study finds. While excavating a Neolithic site (the last period of the Stone Age) at Houtaomuga, Jilin province, in northeast China, the archaeologists found 11 elongated skulls — belonging to both males and females and ranging from toddlers to adults — that showed signs of deliberate skull reshaping, also known as intentional cranial modification (ICM). “This is the earliest discovery of signs of intentional head modification in Eurasia continent, perhaps in the world,” said study co-researcher Qian Wang, an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the Texas A&M University College of Dentistry. “If this practice began in East Asia, it likely spread westward to the Middle East, Russia and Europe through the steppes as well as eastward across the Bering land bridge to the Americas.” [In Images: An Ancient Long-headed Woman Reconstructed]Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65901-china-oldest-skull-shaping.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  The Houtaomuga site is a treasure trove, holding burials and artifacts from 12,000 to 5,000 years ago. During an excavation there between 2011 and 2015, archaeologists found the remains of 25 individuals, 19 of which were preserved enough to be studied for ICM. After putting these skulls in a CT scanner, which produced 3D digital images of each specimen, the researchers confirmed that 11 had indisputable signs of skull shaping, such as flattening and elongation of the frontal bone, or forehead. The oldest ICM skull belonged to an adult male, who lived between 12,027 and 11,747 years ago, according to radiocarbon dating. Back to the Stone Age: 17 Key Milestones in Paleolithic Life An excavation at the site during 2010. Credit: Lixin Wang Archaeologists have found reshaped human skulls all around the world, from every inhabited continent. But this particular finding, if confirmed, “will [be] the earliest evidence of the intentional head modification, which lasted for 7,000 years at the same site after its first emergence,” Wang told Live Science. The 11 ICM individuals died between ages 3 and 40, indicating that skull shaping began at a young age, when human skulls are still malleable, Wang said. It’s unclear why this particular culture practiced skull modification, but it’s possible that fertility, social status and beauty could be factors, Wang said. The people with ICM buried at Houtaomuga were likely from a privileged class, as these individuals tended to have grave goods and funeral decorations. “Apparently, these youth were treated with a decent funeral, which might suggest a high socioeconomic class,” Wang said. The 25 Most Mysterious Archaeological Finds on Earth 25 Grisly Archaeological Discoveries Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoKelley Blue Book2019 Lexus Vehicles Worth Buying for Their Resale ValueKelley Blue BookUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoNucificTop Dr. Reveals The 1 Nutrient Your Gut Must HaveNucificUndoLivestlyThe List Of Dog Breeds To Avoid At All CostsLivestlyUndo The M72 skull is between 6,300 and 5,500 years old. Credit: Qian Wang Even though the Houtaomuga man is the oldest known case of ICM in history, it’s a mystery whether other known instances of ICM spread from this group, or whether they rose independently of one another, Wang said. “It is still too early to claim intentional cranial modification first emerged in East Asia and spread elsewhere; it may have originated independently in different places,” Wang said. More ancient DNA research and skull examinations throughout the world may shed light on this practice’s spread, he said. The study was published online June 25 in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology.last_img read more