first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement It was with a dramatic haircut that Jennifer endeavoured to change her life. While she didn’t get the makeover she’d bargained for, it certainly changed things. (Submitted by Jennifer Warren) The night before my Grade 6 school photo was taken, I went to the Hairport.Yes, you read that right. The Hairport. The Hairport was a hair salon set up in an extra room of the house across the road. Advertisement Once upon a time, Jennifer’s hair was bright blond and soft, with gentle curls. It did not stay that way. (Submitted by Jennifer Warren) Facebookcenter_img Advertisement Twitter On the sign for the Hairport there was an airplane taking off, as if to suggest that any haircut one might get there would be a nonstop flight to a better, more glamorous you.At least, that’s what I was hoping for: a whole new me.My hairvolutionActually, it was more that I was hoping to get away from the whole new me that had developed, unbidden, in the last couple of years, when a combination of puberty and a really bad strep throat hit me like a Mack Truck.And my hair, which had been the kind of fine blond hair you could tie back with ribbons my whole childhood — transformed into a dirty-blonde mass of wiry frizz.Here’s me before the change: “It’s that damn high fever you managed to catch,” said our family doctor, Dr. Lynch, in his characteristic gruff way. “Changes the hair follicle.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Gunmen raid mining camp …escape with raw gold gun

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMurdered Brazilian dredge owner: One of the suspects a former employee- PoliceSeptember 28, 2017In “Crime”Cuyuni River robbery/murder: Police yet to receive break through – Crime ChiefApril 15, 2018In “Crime”Miner dies following robbery at Mining CampSeptember 22, 2014In “Crime” Four armed men carried out a daring robbery on a mining camp at Baboon Backdam, Cuyuni River, Region Seven escaping with a quantity of raw gold and other valuables including a licensed shot gun.Based on reports received, the bandits were armed with rifles and shotguns and were clad in dark cloured clothing. The men also spoke a foreign language.Initial investigations revealed that about 28 workers of the mining camp were in the mining camp at between 19:00h and 23:00h on Wednesday when the men held the camp hostage.The miners were ordered to hand over all the raw gold that was kept in the camp and other personal items including the shot gun. After committing the robbery, the men left. No one was injured during the ordeal.A team comprising members of the Joint Services have launched a probe into the robbery but up to late Friday evening, no arrests were made. read more

Adobe has been hacked source code and millions of customer records stolen

first_imgAdobe has discovered evidence of illegal activity occurring on its network “recently,” with the result being a lot of product and customer data having been stolen.In total, around 2.9 million customer records were accessed with the following information taken:Adobe customer IDEncrypted passwordsCustomer nameEncrypted credit card numbersEncrypted debit card numbersCard expiration datesThere’s also other customer information taken which Adobe hasn’t detailed yet, but what’s listed above is serious enough. Adobe claims that no decrypted credit or debit card numbers were accessed, but it’s worrying that any numbers are actually being stored in decrypted form in the first place.How do you know if your account was accessed? Adobe is taking the precaution of resetting account passwords, so if your account was accessed illegally, expect an email from Adobe asking you to change your password. However, be aware that whoever stole the information may attempt to contact you posing as Adobe, so please check the source of any correspondence you receive.Even though only encrypted credit card numbers were taken, Adobe will be contacting customers whose payment information was accessed separately. As a good will gesture Adobe will be offering a one year complimentary credit monitoring service membership as well as guidance on how to protect against card fraud.Away from customer data, source code for several of Adobe’s products was also taken. It may be some time before we see if that is used for anything malicious. It may be used to identify vulnerabilities in Adobe’s products in order to exploit them, or we could see hacked versions of the applications appearing for download, potentially with malware attached.Adobe intends to find out and prosecute whoever carried out the illegal server access and has contacted federal law enforcement for help.last_img read more

A child goes missing every day police says

first_imgA child disappears in Greece every day and 97 minors are currently missing, including 23 victims of abduction, according to statistics of the Greek Police made public during a joint press conference with the Hamogelo Tou Paidiou (Child’s Smile) charity in Athens this week. In the first four months of this year, 138 children disappeared, Antonis Papantonis, a spokesman for the force’s missing persons unit, told the press conference, adding that 90 of those children have since been found. More than double the number of reported cases of missing children relate to girls, Papantonis said. Hamogelo Tou Paidiou, which has worked closely with the police in recent years, said it received 41 requests to help with searches of missing children in the first four months of 2013. Of these, 80 percent involved teenagers running off and only 10 percent were “worrying disappearances of minors,” according to the charity.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Quels effets les émotions provoquentelles sur notre corps

first_imgQuels effets les émotions provoquent-elles sur notre corps ?Des scientifiques finlandais ont évalué l’augmentation ou la diminution d’activité des différentes zones du corps en fonction des émotions. Ils ont ainsi pu dresser une cartographie sur laquelle on observe quelles parties du corps réagissent selon le ressenti.Il n’est pas difficile de se rendre compte que toutes les émotions ne provoquent pas la même réaction dans notre corps. Par exemple, la honte a pour effet de faire rougir le visage de certains. La colère aussi, a tendance à faire monter le rouge au visage mais pas de la même façon. La peur et l’anxiété elles, se localisent plutôt dans la poitrine voire dans le ventre. L’amour lui se manifeste un peu partout sous la forme de chaleur. Pourtant, aucune étude ne s’était jusqu’ici jamais réellement penché sur ses réponses organiques. Pour combler ce vide, des scientifiques finlandais ont mené une nouvelle étude. Objectif : dresser pour la toute première fois une carte des zones corporelles activées en fonction de chaque émotion. Afin de créer cette carte, les chercheurs ont fait appels à 700 volontaires finlandais, suédois et taïwanais. Des couleurs pour chaque sensation Au cours de l’expérience, ils leur ont fait visionner des extraits de films associées à diverses émotions. Dans le même temps, ils leur ont demandé de colorier sur des silhouettes qui leur avaient été attribuées les parties du corps qui réagissaient le plus et celles qui réagissaient le moins en fonction des émotions. Le rouge et le jaune correspondaient alors à l’intensité et les variétés de bleu à la platitude et l’absence d’activité.14 émotions ont été suscitées : la colère, la peur, le dégoût, le bonheur, la tristesse, la surprise, la neutralité, l’anxiété, l’amour, la dépression, le contentement, la fierté, la honte et l’envie. Les résultats publiés dans la revue Proceedings of The National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) mettent en avant le fait que chaque type d’émotion active des zones corporelles bien spécifiques. Mais quelle que soit la culture de l’individu, le schéma de chaque émotion est le même.”Ces cartes constituent la description la plus précise disponible des sensations provoquées dans le corps par les émotions. Nos données mettent en évidence le fait que des motifs de sensations corporelles sont associés à chacune des six émotions basiques, et que ces sensations sont représentées d’une manière catégorique dans le corps”, écrivent les chercheurs de l’Aalto University cités par l’IBTimes. Des réponse distinctes Les silhouettes obtenues montre que la colère active principalement la poitrine, la partie inférieure du visage, les bras et surtout les mains. Le dégoût, lui, se localise essentiellement au niveau de la bouche et de la gorge. La fierté se concentre surtout au niveau du visage quand la peur est plus centrée dans la poitrine. Les chercheurs ont en revanche été surpris par l’importante réaction suscitée par le bonheur.Selon le modèle obtenu, cette émotion provoque une réaction globale de tout le corps, de la tête jusqu’au pied, avec une intensité plus forte au niveau du visage et de la poitrine. L’amour provoque également une réaction importante mais celle-ci ne va pas en-dessous du bas ventre. A côté de ces augmentations, les chercheurs ont aussi observé que certaines émotions sont liées à une baisse d’activité. Une piste pour détecter les troubles émotionnels À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Par exemple, la dépression provoque une baisse d’activité sensorielle dans les bras et les jambes. Même chose pour la tristesse qui s’accompagne toutefois d’une augmentation d’activité au niveau du thorax et des yeux. D’après les chercheurs, ces découvertes fournissent une avancée importante dans la compréhension du fonctionnement des émotions dans notre organisme.Elles pourraient ainsi permettre de mieux comprendre certains troubles émotionnels et développer des outils pour les diagnostiquer plus efficacement.  (crédits photo : Aalto University and Turku PET Centre) Le 5 janvier 2014 à 10:52 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Christian Slater is seeking specificity in the meta world of Mr Robot

first_img“Elliot and #MrRobot have a gray relationship, & I had some visceral reactions to what I now know.” –@ChristianSlater #MrRobotSDCC— Mr. Robot (@whoismrrobot) July 22, 2016He’s really excited to “Get back in there and have some good convos with my son.”.He also knows more than Elliot knows about certain events. Specifically, what happened the night before Elliot woke up in that parking lot.“Of course, I know. I did it!”, the glee in his eyes was really great as he went on, “I took over and he’ll know when I want him to know. If ever.”From there, the conversation dove deeper into that duality and another reporter asked who’s more in control. Slater described it as a tug of war and explained that the more restrictions and boundaries Elliot tries to put on his father, the more his father is going to rebel. He doesn’t want restrictions and he’s not about to allow them.It was that idea of the fight between the two of them and the mention of Mr. Robot being the one in control on “that night” that led me to ask Slater if Mr. Robot has become more of a split personality instead of an illusion within Elliot’s mind.“It’s in the process of developing.” He went on to say that, as things go deeper and deeper, the image Elliot has of his father has changed. Whether it’s Elliot’s vision of his father that’s changing or if Mr. Robot has become a full-blown second personality remains to be seen.Personally, I like the idea that Elliot created Mr. Robot as a means of comfort and, as things spiral, so does his creation.Hopefully, I can ask Slater about it again later this season. Where Rami Malek and Portia Doubleday are looking at the broader picture of Mr. Robot‘s story, Christian Slater is 100% focused on Mr. Robot’s relationship with Elliot.It’s not that he doesn’t find fan theories interesting when they get run by him, but he does find them interesting and tends to let it go at that. What he’s looking at and working on is who Mr. Robot is in relationship to Elliot and who he is within Elliot’s mind.When it comes to that focal point of interest, he’s looking for as much information as possible. Sam Esmail usually answers Slater’s questions with a question: “Do you really want to know?”. Slater always says yes. “I’m terrible. I need to know.”. That knowledge helped him build his character in season one with a level of depth he wouldn’t have had otherwise. Mr. Robot’s desire to take Elliot under his wing and be more protective was a direct result of knowing everything from the beginning.I was curious to know what character developments he’s enjoyed and been surprised by most. “Certainly after doing episode nine…I didn’t really know where we would go after that.” He was thrilled by the speech he got to give in Times Square and the writing, but he also found himself wondering how they were going to handle everything in season two. Totally understandable.He learned what was coming in an hour and a half call with Sam Esmail in which they discussed the next season and the overall arc of the story. It definitely left him feeling more than a few things.last_img read more

Pep defends Sterling after bizarre penalty incident

first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola has come to the defence of Raheem Sterling after the City winger was awarded a controversial penalty during their 6-0 drubbing of Shakhtar Donetsk.Guardiola says he knew “immediately” that his team had been wrongly awarded a penalty in Wednesday’s victory over Shakhtar, but defended Sterling for not pointing out the error.The former Liverpool player went down in the box in the 24th minute after kicking the turf as he shaped to shoot.But match referee Viktor Kassai awarded a penalty, believing Sterling had been tripped by Shakhtar’s Mykola Matvyenko.Guardiola was seen on the touchline he disagreeing with the decision and later confirmed, according to Goal:“We realised immediately it was not a penalty.”norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…However, when asked whether Sterling should have made the referee aware that he had not been touched by Matvyenko, the former Barcelona manager said:“He could do that [flag up the mistake], but last season Liverpool… Milner could say that the pass to the second goal in the 44th minute it was a legal goal.”“But [referee Antonio] Mateu Lahoz didn’t want to concede that goal, so that’s why it happened, but he could do that, yes.”“We don’t like to score a goal in that situation but [Sterling] didn’t realise. The referee at the end realised. The Spanish referee Mateu Lahoz, he realised, he didn’t want to concede.”“But in that situation [Sterling] didn’t realise because he wanted to chip, caught the grass, goes down, it’s not a penalty.”last_img read more

Audiobook deals Save up to 97

first_img Tags The Cheapskate Share your voice 1 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR.center_img Chirp offers considerable savings on audiobooks, no strings (or subscriptions) attached. Chirp Love audiobooks? Then you know they’re expensive, often selling for anywhere from $15-$30 apiece. There are ways to save money on audiobooks, of course, but get ready for one of the cheapest options yet: Chirp. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Check out ChirpChirp offers time-limited deals on curated audiobooks. For example, Marie Kondo’s seminal The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is currently just $1.99. Price at Audible: $21.95 (unless you have a membership, in which case it’s $14.95). The Weight of Ink, by Rachel Kadish, is just 99 cents at Chirp — and $29.99 at Amazon.The site adds new books almost daily, and each one is usually available for about a month. Right now, for example, there are some 190 titles across just about every major genre. (My advice: Start with the Editor’s Pick list.) Best of all, there’s no subscription requirement.However, while you will find a handful of well-known authors (including Joyce Carol Oates, Nora Roberts and P.G. Wodehouse), the majority of the actual books available here are lesser-known. I was hard-pressed to find more than a couple titles I actually recognized.Still, you can always check reviews elsewhere (Chirp proper has none) to see if any particular book is worth your time. And with most of them priced between $1-$5, it won’t cost you much to find out for yourself.To listen to your purchase, you’ll need a web browser or the Chirp app. The latter has nearly all the features you’d expect, including adjustable listening speeds and a sleep timer, though it could definitely use a car mode.If you can’t get enough audiobooks, you should definitely check out Chirp.Read more: 10 ways to download and read books for freeCNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Comment Mobile Digital Medialast_img read more

Accused son soninlaw held in Hyderabad woman kidnap case

first_imgFour days after the kidnap of the B Pharmacy student in Hayath Nagar, the police arrested the accused Ravi Sekhar’s son and son-in-law. The police said that the Ravi Sekhar headed towards Kurnool with the woman. Meanwhile, the Vijayawada and Karnataka police have also launched a hunt to nab the most-wanted criminal. Ravi Sekhar, a native of Vijaywada had involved in several crimes in the past. On Tuesday, he visited a hotel on ORR near Bonguluru gate and assured a job offer for the hotel owner’s daughter. He then took them in a car, which was stolen in Karnataka and roamed in the city. Later, he sent the woman’s father and brother to a shop to get xerox copies of the girl’s bio-data. When the two returned, the accused escaped with the woman.last_img read more

Sanjay Manjrekar deserves to be highly respected not criticised harshly

first_imgSanjay Manjerekar is among the best commentatorsTwitterRavindra Jadeja’s tweet attacking Sanjay Manjrekar gained a lot of popularity and support from netizens. For a long time, Manjrekar has been a popular target for Indian cricket fans who have repeatedly ridiculed, mocked and abused the former India batsman for his commentary. It is not entirely clear why they hate Manjrekar though, of late, their main problem has been his criticism of MS Dhoni and some other players.The tweet of Jadeja and various haters of Manjrekar have centred on his own modest success at the international level and the far greater record of cricketers whom he is questioning. However, if such be our attitude, then, hardly any commentator would qualify to analyse the game and criticise most cricketers, even if they are performing poorly. Taking it to a higher level, nobody would be qualified to criticise politicians except politicians, bureaucrats except bureaucrats and policemen except policemen. Surely, it won’t be a healthy condition for having frank discussions on diverse topics.Better batsman than given credit forWhat’s more, Manjrekar was a far better player than he is given credit for. He scored a brilliant hundred against West Indies at Barbados, the second most feared pacer-friendly wicket at that time, in 1989 against an attack that consisted Curtly Ambrose, Courtney Walsh, Ian Bishop and the greatest of them all, Malcolm Marshall. He also scored more than 500 runs against Pakistan during India’s tour of that country the same year including a double hundred against Imran Khan and co. and earned the nickname ‘The Wall’ much before it became the moniker of Rahul Dravid. There was also a match-saving innings of his against Zimbabwe in 1994 that allowed India to avoid the embarrassment of losing a match to that team in their very first Test. Jadeja put out a harsh tweet against ManjrekarJewel Samad/AFP/Getty ImagesYes, he couldn’t sustain his form and make full use of his talent but that can be said about many players. Besides, if anchors who haven’t played cricket at the international level at all can question players, and failed players can become top coaches, why shouldn’t Manjrekar have the right to be outspoken and forthright in his analysis? Besides, the surmise that Manjrekar is biased against Dhoni is utterly wrong. When Dhoni was leading the Indian team to disaster after disaster as Test captain, Manjrekar whole-heartedly supported him.Manjrekar’s journeyThe fact is, Manjrekar is one of the most intelligent, insightful and analytical commentators in the world. He has always studied the game more deeply than most others in his profession. He is also greatly respected by other people of note in cricket media of India.For a long time, Manjrekar was mainly working for Ten Sports. Since this channel had the rights for telecasting matches played in Sri Lanka and Pakistan, he covered a lot of cricket played in those countries, usually not featuring India. His analysis was brilliant and when he commented upon India’s matches, he gave much more valuable information about relevant matters of the game compared to other media outlets that focussed on unimportant and trivial issues. Sanjay Manjrekar’s views have often been controversialTwitter/Sanjay ManjrekarEventually, Manjrekar was brought on board by Star Sports. The result was his becoming a regular member of the commentary team for India’s home matches and IPL also. Now, he does, at times, proffer opinions which go against the conventional wisdom or the popular consensus. For instance, he is one of the few members of the Indian media who was supportive of Greg Chappell. But that should be celebrated and not criticised. We need contrarians in the media who can provide an alternative perspective rather than just parroting the same lines as everyone else. It enriches the debate.Among the bestLastly, Manjrekar is among the best commentators because of how deeply he analyses the game and how astute he is in observing things. Being the most prolific cricket commentator in India, he seems fully devoted to following the game and explaining the subtleties and nuances that have a bearing on future developments.If you are a true cricket fan who wants broadcasters to add to your understanding of the action rather than merely entertain with third-rate jokes and clever word-play, you would respect Manjrekar and his expertise. Alas, most Indian cricket fans seem too shallow in their understanding to appreciate the good work of the former Mumbai batsman. It seems the bombast of Ravi Shastri and the superfluous eloquence of Harsha Bhogle is more attractive than deep understanding of the game and intellectual honesty, traits of Sanjay.last_img read more

Quantum correlations without entanglement

first_img Explore further Copyright 2011 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of ( — Few people doubt the “quantumness” of entanglement. Quantifying the quantum correlation of entanglement is something that is relatively regular right now. However, things change a bit when it comes to quantum correlations other than entanglement. However, there is a growing interest in the use of non-entanglement quantum correlations in a number of possible future applications. Simplifying the process of detecting genuine multiparticle entanglement More information: R. Auccaise, J. Maziero, L.C. Céleri, D.O. Soares-Pinto, E.R. deAzevedo, T.J. Bonagamba, R.S. Sarthour, I.S. Oliviera, and R.M. Serra, “Experimentally Witnessing the Quantumness of Correlations,” Physical Review Letters (2011). Available online: Citation: Quantum correlations — without entanglement (2011, August 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from “A few years ago, scientists proposed quantum discord as a quantum correlation measure that goes beyond the entanglement paradigm,” Roberto Serra tells “Quantum discord may be present, even in separate, non-entangled states. However, some doubt was being shed on the quantum qualities of non-entangled states because of the difficulty in quantifying the correlations.”In order to remedy the difficulty in “seeing” the correlations in a laboratory setting, Serra, a scientist at the Federal University of ABC in São Paulo, Brazil, worked with a group to create a technique that makes it possible to recognize nonclassical correlations in quantum discord. Serra worked with a team from different Brazilian institutions of higher learning, including the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation’s and the Brazilian Center for Physics Research both in Rio de Janeiro, and the Physics Institute of São Carlos, in São Paulo State. The results of the work can be seen in Physical Review Letters: Experimentally Witnessing the Quantumness of Correlations.”“Nuclear Magnetic Resonance systems at room temperature were used to test principles of quantum computation with a good level of success,” Serra explains. “The quantum nature of these demonstrations was questioned because there is no entanglement in such a system. In our experiment we reveled directly the quantum nature of this system at room temperature. We used a sample of chloroform molecules, since it’s the simplest two-qubit system. We folded a qubit in the carbon nucleus and another one in the hydrogen nucleus.”Next the Brazilian scientists were able to manipulate the system. Even though they used hot quantum bits, the system actually works as a quantum mechanical one. “We displaced the system from the thermal equilibrium by a very tiny deviation, and the phase coherence present there could encode quantum correlations as the measured by the quantum discord,” Serra says.“Our methods can be applied to another system, such as an optical system. This can enable us to say if a given system is purely classical in nature, or if it has truly quantum correlations,” he continues. Serra thinks that using this test, which is relatively simple to perform in a laboratory setting, could help lay to rest the debate over whether or not these other types of correlations are truly quantum.“We test the quantumness of discord at room temperature, and this very robust quantumness can be used to get an advantage in quantum protocols,” Serra insists. He believes that this method can already be used for metrology. “We are involved now in a test of principles in quantum metrology using this type of system, and exploiting this very tiny nonclassical correlation. We are testing those right now, to see about advantages over classical protocols, and we hope to have new results in the next few months.”“We hope to develop future applications, and advance our comprehension about the rule played by this kind of quantumness in tasks as, for example, quantum communications,” Serra continues. “We are building collaborations between theoretical and experimental researchers, and we hope that we can do more to show the usefulness of other quantum correlations beyond entanglement.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Researchers use beams of polarized light to carve intricate patterns on disks

first_img © 2015 Citation: Researchers use beams of polarized light to carve intricate patterns on disks (2015, May 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from In this new effort, the researchers fired a linearly polarized beam (where the electric field oscillates in a single steady direction) through a special type of plate which resulted in a beam that could be radially polarized (where a beam forms a line from the center to the edge) or (by rotating the plate 90 degrees) azimuthally polarized (where an electric field is at right angles to radial beam lines and forms concentric circles.) But instead of choosing one or the other approach, the team set the plate at intermediate angles multiple times, which resulted in a composite of both types of beams during each run. The beam that came out, the researchers noted, could be described as a logarithmic spiral that could be changed by altering the degree of plate rotation, to more strongly reflect radial or azimuthal polarization.Next the team fired the altered beams at a series of shiny steel disks, which resulted in very small spiral grooves being carved (at right angles) into their surfaces—in similar fashion to the way old phonograph records were made—some also eerily resembled human fingerprints. The team notes that the spirals that resulted had a spacing that was comparable to a wavelength of light, and because of that, might be useful for encoding information or for optical tomography applications or even for imaging and data storage. They also suggest their process could be useful for studying light in new ways, such as in analyzing what happens when orbital angular momentum is added to the beam of light, adding that their experiments thus far have suggested the presence of spin angular momentum, which suggested further that some orbital angular momentum had been changed to angular momentum. Explore further (—A team of researchers working at the University of Liverpool in the U.K. has created some interesting looking disks using some of the unique and exciting properties of light. In their paper published in the journal Optics Express, the team describes the process they used to create the disks and why they believe their experiments will lead to a better understanding of the angular momentum of light. Journal information: Optics Expresscenter_img Experimental set up. The linearly polarized laser output is expanded x3, then passes through an attenuator (λ/2 plate and Glan-laser polarizer with transmission axis horizontal), reflected from the SLM then directed to the S-waveplate. A 4f system re-images the complex field after reflection from SLM to the Galvo input aperture for surface micro-structuring while the introduction of a flip mirror re-directs the focused beam instead to the polarization analyzer (45° B/S) and Spiricon camera. Credit: Optics Express Vol. 23, Issue 10, pp. 12562-12572 (2015) doi: 10.1364/OE.23.012562 More information: Tailored optical vector fields for ultrashort-pulse laser induced complex surface plasmon structuring, Optics Express Vol. 23, Issue 10, pp. 12562-12572 (2015) DOI: 10.1364/OE.23.012562AbstractPrecise tailoring of optical vector beams is demonstrated, shaping their focal electric fields and used to create complex laser micro-patterning on a metal surface. A Spatial Light Modulator (SLM) and a micro-structured S-waveplate were integrated with a picosecond laser system and employed to structure the vector fields into radial and azimuthal polarizations with and without a vortex phase wavefront as well as superposition states. Imprinting Laser Induced Periodic Surface Structures (LIPSS) elucidates the detailed vector fields around the focal region. In addition to clear azimuthal and radial plasmon surface structures, unique, variable logarithmic spiral micro-structures with a pitch Λ ∼1μm, not observed previously, were imprinted on the surface, confirming unambiguously the complex 2D focal electric fields. We show clearly also how the Orbital Angular Momentum(OAM) associated with a helical wavefront induces rotation of vector fields along the optic axis of a focusing lens and confirmed by the observed surface micro-structures.via Nanotechweb Light in a spin: Researchers demonstrate angular accelerating light This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Colin Baker Mayfield is already a star despite not starting a game

first_imgBaker Mayfield rocketed into the Top 10 in NFL jersey sales after his surprising debut win over the Jets, and even though Colin has been critical of Mayfield and didn’t think he should have been picked first overall, he thinks one thing is clear. Mayfield is a star.Colin isn’t saying Baker is one of the top QB’s in the league – he hasn’t started a game yet – but it’s undeniable he has whatever qualities move the needle. Some players are elite on the field, but don’t resonate with fans and aren’t marketable. Mayfield has already captivated NFL fans and he’s only played a little over a half of football.Love him or hate him, you still want to get to TV to watch him, and Colin can’t wait to see what he does against the Raiders, this week. Advertisementlast_img read more

Microsoft halts security updates for select AMD devices

first_imgMicrosoft halts security updates for select AMD devices by Martin Brinkmann on January 09, 2018 in Windows – 46 commentsMicrosoft released an out-of-band security update for Windows on January 4, 2018, to fix vulnerabilities known as Spectre and Meltdown.It turns out that the update caused a blue screen of Death on Windows 7 machines running specific AMD hardware. The PC would not boot anymore, and even SafeMode was not accessible. We published a workaround to regain access to affected devices (by removing the update using the repair console).Microsoft published KB4073707 today which confirms the issue. The company notes:Microsoft has reports of customers with some AMD devices getting into an unbootable state after installing recent Windows operating system security updates.The investigation revealed that affected AMD chipsets did not “conform to the documentation previously provided to Microsoft to develop the Windows operating system mitigations to protect against the chipset vulnerabilities known as Spectre and Meltdown”.Microsoft halted update delivery for affected AMD processors as a consequence to work with AMD on a patch for affected devices that resolves the issue without putting devices in the boot loop.Microsoft is working with AMD to resolve this issue and resume Windows OS security updates to the affected AMD devices via Windows Update and WSUS as soon as possible.The company added a new “known issue” to each of the patches that inform customers of this. The following Windows updates are blocked for affected AMD devices:KB4056897 (Security-only update)KB4056894 (Monthly Rollup)KB4056888 (OS Build 10586.1356)KB4056892 (OS Build 16299.192)KB4056891 (OS Build 15063.850)KB4056890 (OS Build 14393.2007)KB4056898 (Security-only update)KB4056893 (OS Build 10240.17735)KB4056895 (Monthly Rollup)The support article links to guides for Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10 to resolve blue screen errors on the systems. The guides are generic and don’t address the issue at hand specifically.It is interesting to note, however, that all supported versions of Windows are affected and not Windows 7 exclusively.Microsoft identified incompatibilities with a small number of antivirus programs as well. Incompatible products may cause blue screen errors on patched systems, and Microsoft paused update delivery for systems with incompatible antivirus solutions.Closing WordsWindows PCs with affected AMD processors will remain unpatched until Microsoft releases a working patch for these devices. It will be interesting to see how Microsoft handles today’s Patch Day considering that updates are cumulative in nature.Tip: You can find out if your PC is affected by Meltdown/SpectreSummaryArticle NameMicrosoft halts security updates for select AMD devicesDescriptionMicrosoft confirmed today that security updates that patch the Meltdown/Spectre vulnerabilities in Windows cause blue screen of death boot loops for select AMD devices.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Copy text from any Android app with Universal Copy

first_imgCopy text from any Android app with Universal Copy by Martin Brinkmann on April 24, 2018 in Google Android – Last Update: June 25, 2018 – 6 commentsUniversal Copy is a free application for Google’s Android operating system that you may use to copy any text that you encounter on devices running Android.While you can copy text from some Android applications you can’t do so in others. If you use the eBay app, you may notice for instance that you can’t copy auction titles even though the titles are displayed as text.The same is true for other popular applications that prevent the copying of text: Facebook’s Locale app does not support the copying of text, you can’t copy text displayed in the Airbnb app, and even Google Play prevents that you copy text.You could write down the text manually or create a screen capture instead if that is permitted, but both options may not be appropriate at times.Universal Copy for AndroidUniversal Copy is compatible with Android version 4.1 and newer. It installed fine on an Android Oreo device by Nokia but some users reported issues with certain devices in the comment section on Google Play.You need to add the application to the Accessibility services on the device before you may use it. Just click on the Universal Copy toggle in the application interface and follow the instructions to do so.Note that you give the app far-reaching control over what is displayed on the screen but that is necessary for it to work.Usage is simple and straightforward. Bring up the notification area on your device with the app that you want to copy text from open at that time. Tap on the Universal Copy notification that is displayed all the time by default and tap on “Activate Universal Copy Mode” to use it to copy text.This launches the Universal Copy interface “around” the open application. All you have to do then is to tap on the text that you want to copy.The selected text is displayed at the bottom afterward and you may either copy it to the Clipboard of the Android device or use the device’s share functionality to share it instead.Tip: you may hide the permanent notification that Universal Copy displays by default and switch to long-press activation instead.  You may map the long-tap to the following buttons: back, recent apps / menu, home, volume up or down.If you don’t copy text regularly, you may want to disable the extension and turn it on only when it is needed.Closing wordsUniversal Copy is a useful Android application if you want to copy text sometimes or regularly but can’t do so because applications do not permit it.Related articlesCopy Text From Images Using GttextCopy the text of all Windows error messagesHow to highlight and copy text on sites that block itTextify: copy text that cannot be copiedSummary12345 Author Rating4.5 based on 2 votes Software Name Universal CopyOperating System AndroidSoftware Category ProductivityLanding Page Advertisementlast_img read more

YouTubes biggest philanthropist outed as a massive homophobe

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Seven tweeters who really needed to delete their accounts in 2017Icons in LGBTI history and today share their pivotal stories in 29 portraitsThis homophobe owned himself by being a bad homophobeRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Known for pulling pranks and stunts for his millions of viewers, he has given a lot of money away to random people.He has donated more than $500,000 to everyone from Uber drivers, to waitresses, to random people in parking lots.But now his very recent homophobia has come to light.YouTube philanthropist’s homophobia exposed eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)center_img When he was approached by The Atlantic, Jimmy refused to apologize.‘Just a dumb kid’He said he was ‘just a dumb kid that makes YouTube videos’.‘I’m not offensive toward anyone,’ he added. ‘I’m not offensive in the slightest bit in anything I do. I’m just going to ignore it. I don’t think anyone cares about this stuff.’The YouTuber then cut the call short, hung up the phone, and then deleted all of his previous homophobic tweets.Some fans disagreed with Jimmy.‘Sorry dude but saying “STFU fag” is VERY offensive – WAY beyond “the slightest bit”,’ he said.‘You can erase it from your account but everything on the net lasts forever!’Others supported the YouTuber.‘If Mr Beast is a homophobe for literally saying the words gay and fag on twitter then I must really fuckin hate gays,’ one tweeted.Another said: ‘Hi, I am Bi… A lot of the people in the LGBT are tripping. Context matters! Say FAG as much as you want… As long as it’s not in a way of pushing hurt onto someone I don’t think anyone should care. PS Stay awesome man.’ In videos, he regularly uses gay as a derogative slur and hurls it as people or things he is attempting to attack.‘Windows is gay,’ he tweeted in December 2015.In 206, he responded to a tweet saying: ‘I don’t have a printer fag.’And in 2017, he replied to another person on Twitter ‘[Shut The Fuck Up] fag’. Fans have rushed to the defense of ‘YouTube’s biggest philanthropist’ after he was outed as a massive homophobe.Jimmy, a 20-year-old who goes y the alias MrBeast, has 4.9 million subscribers.last_img read more

Take an amazing Daycation in Durban and walk on the wild side

first_imgDurban has a windfall of destinations that offer adventurers the whole package – bright exotic and indigenous bird species, warm Indian Ocean waters teeming with striking fish of all sizes, lushly green reserves replete with a buzzing natural ecology, sun-kissed beaches hosting a truly astounding variety of maritime creatures, and so much more!So, in the spirit of all things #Daycation, the mad-about-Durban team at Dunlop have asked us to put together a short list of remarkable places that’ll undoubtedly make your day out with the family an absolute winner.A diamond in the rough – The Umgeni River Bird ParkWitness the artistry of nature at the Umgeni River Bird ParkThe bird park is a peerless haven of spectacular avian life. Situated on 3.5 hectares of emerald green sub-tropical landscape in an area that started life as a quarry, the Umgeni River Bird Park has been cultivated over 33 years to house a collection of more than 800 birds from over 200 species. Many of these aeronautical wonders can’t be found anywhere else on the African continent, and, as a cherry on top of everything else, the park presents an exciting free-flight show from Tuesday to Sunday every week.Discover the pearl of Westville – Palmiet Nature ReserveThe king of the skies – an African Fish EagleAt 90 hectares, the Palmiet Nature Reserve is, by South African standards, not at all large. But, quality always trumps size, and if you haven’t heard of the reserve before it’s because people keep the best things in life well hidden from others. On self-guided trails, you may hear the clear calls of majestic Fish Eagles or spot playful vervet monkeys, genets, duikers, bushbuck or even porcupines. The stage may be small, but the cast of characters will keep you thoroughly enthralled.Africa’s oldest surviving botanical gardensParadise on earth. Durban Botanic GardensFounded in 1849, the Durban Botanic Gardens has survived tough times, and is today a corner of natural bliss that has managed to keep the urban jungle at bay. With a myriad of indigenous and exotic plant species, and proud trees that are over a hundred years old, the Durban Botanic Gardens is ideally suited to those up for an enchanting stroll before sitting down to lunch in the city’s premier picnic spot.Durban’s one and only – Mitchell Park ZooA cotton-top tamarin and suricate at the Mitchell Park ZooZoos aren’t for everyone; animals in cages can be a difficult sight. But, the Mitchell Park Zoo is leaps ahead in this regard, and the animals are well kept. Spurning the tradition of keeping large animals in small enclosures, the park has instead opted for diminutive faunas like flamingos, cranes, wallabies, small buck, raccoons, suricates, and cotton-top tamarins. Not to be missed are the truly astonishing Aldabra Giant Tortoises.Be safe on your adventuresHave you made up your mind up about your ideal #Daycation in Durbs? Whatever you decide on, remember to be #SaferThanSafe on the roads these holidays and visit your nearest Dunlop Zone. Alternatively, check out Dunlop’s Red Hot Rubber Deal or Request a Quote Online easily and quickly. You may be glad you did!last_img read more

Jetstar mulling Japan

first_imgJetstar is reportedly undergoing negotiations with Japanese investors in a bid to enter the country’s challenging domestic market. A report from the Yomiuri newspaper said Jetstar will use funds from Japanese investors to fly domestic routes as part of the airline’s wish to expand in the growing Asian market. According to the newspaper, any potential expansion to Japan would be modelled on Jetstar’s current Asian subsidiary, Jetstar Asia, which flies to Japan from its hub in Singapore.e-Travel Blackboard contacted Jetstar on Thursday, but the airline was unavailable for comment at time of publishing. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: V.Vlast_img read more

Qatar Airways wins four awards

first_imgQatar Airways wins four awardsQatar Airways is thrilled to have won four prestigious prizes at this year’s 2019 Skytrax World Airline Awards, including the highest accolade of ‘World’s Best Airline’ – becoming the only airline in the competition’s history to win it five times (2011, 2012, 2015, 2017 and 2019).The airline has been named ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’ for a third successive year, while its ‘World’s Best Business Class’ accolade is the fourth year in succession that it has won that award. In retaining its ‘World’s Best Business Class Seat’ award for its patented Qsuite product, the airline beat strong competition from all over the world.Minister of Transport and Communications, His Excellency Mr. Jassim Saif Ahmed Al-Sulaiti, who attended the Skytrax Awards ceremony, said: “This is a great day for the state of Qatar, and I am delighted to have been here today to witness Qatar Airways being recognised as the ‘Best Airline of the Year’ for the fifth time”.Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, – who was accompanied by Chief Operating Officer of Hamad International Airport, Engr. Badr Al Meer, – said: “The Skytrax awards are widely recognised as the most prestigious in the airline industry, so to have won so many prizes at the 2019 ceremony is a truly memorable experience for Qatar Airways.“We are thrilled to be globally recognised by our customers by winning these four prestigious awards. Being the first airline to be named ‘Airline of the Year’ for the fifth time is a landmark achievement and, combined with three other major Skytrax awards, is testament to the tireless efforts of the entire Qatar Airways team. It is a proud moment for the airline as our constant innovation and service standards set the benchmark in our industry.”“The fact that the Skytrax awards are voted for by travellers makes them especially meaningful for all of us in the industry. Aviation is a competitive business, and to have received such recognition will spur us all at Qatar Airways to even greater heights and we look forward to delivering our world-class product to millions of passengers in the coming years.”Commenting on the awards, Skytrax Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Edward Plaisted, said: “To be named as the World’s Best Airline is a great recognition of Qatar Airways’ high standards, and recognises the hard work and dedication from every member of staff to satisfy customers. To achieve this accolade for a fifth time is a remarkable achievement, and we congratulate them for this unique success.”The Skytrax World Airline Awards are independent and impartial, introduced in 1999 to provide a customer satisfaction study that was truly global. Travellers across the world vote in the largest airline passenger satisfaction survey to decide the award winners. The awards are referred to by media around the world as “the Oscars of the aviation industry”.Skytrax pay all costs of the Survey and Awards event, and airlines do not pay any entry or registration fee. The awards event and award presentations are supplied by Skytrax at no charge. There are no fees or costs for airline use of the award logos and results. More than 100 customer nationalities participated in the survey with 21.65 million eligible entries counted in the results. Survey entries were screened by Skytrax to identify IP and user information, with duplicate, suspect or ineligible entries deleted. More than 300 airlines are featured.Qsuite, a patented Qatar Airways product, offers a First Class experience in the Business Class cabin. Qsuite features the industry’s first-ever double bed in Business Class, as well as privacy panels that stow away, allowing passengers in adjoining seats to create their own private room, a first of its kind in the industry. Qatar Airways proudly launched Qsuite at ITB Berlin in March 2017 to outstanding global acclaim, and has set a new standard for luxury travel with this innovative product. These awards demonstrate the quality of Qatar Airways’ unrivalled level of service, and prove that the airline continues to win the confidence of the travelling public.Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of more than 250 aircraft via its hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA) to more than 160 destinations worldwide. The airline will add a number of new destinations to its extensive route network in 2019, including Davao, Philippines; Lisbon, Portugal; Mogadishu, Somalia and Langkawi, Malaysia.Source = Qatar Airwayslast_img read more

Leading Economic Indicators Continue Upward Trend

first_img April 21, 2014 434 Views Leading Economic Indicators Continue Upward Trend Share The Conference Board’s Leading Economic Index (LEI) was updated Monday, rising for the third straight month. The LEI increased 0.8 percent in March to 100.9, outpacing increases of 0.2 percent in January and 0.5 percent in February.Ten factors are associated with the score, including average weekly hours, manufacturing, average weekly initial claims for unemployment insurance, building permits, new private housing units, and average consumer expectations for business conditions. The group provides composite averages based on the indicators to reveal turning point patterns in economic data rather than relying on volatile independent component data.“After a winter pause, the leading indicators are gaining momentum and economic growth is gaining traction. While the improvements were broad-based, labor market indicators and the interest rate spread largely drove the March increase, offsetting the negative contribution from building permits. And, for the first time in many months, the consumer outlook is much less negative,” said Ataman Ozyildirim, economist at the Conference Board.The outlook in the analytic system points more to a peak than a trough in coming months. “The March increase in the LEI suggests accelerated growth for the remainder of the spring and the summer,” added Ken Goldstein, economist at the Conference Board. “The economy is rebounding from widespread inclement weather and the strengthening in the labor market is beginning to have a positive impact on growth.“Overall, this is an optimistic report, but the focus will continue to be on whether improvements in the labor market can be sustained, fueling stronger economic performance over the next few months,” he continued.Another two indexes were also updated: the Conference Board Coincident Economic Index (CEI) for the U.S. increased 0.2 percent in March to 108.3 following a 0.4 percent increase in February and a 0.1 percent decline in January.Also, the Conference Board Lagging Economic Index (LAG) for the U.S. increased 0.6 percent in March to 123.0 following a 0.3 percent increase in February and a 0.6 percent increase in January.center_img 2014-04-21 Paul Salfen in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, Newslast_img read more