Marilyn Monroe statue stolen from popular tourist landmark in Hollywood

first_img Advertising Marilyn Monroe statue stolen from popular tourist landmark in Hollywood By PTI |Los Angeles | Published: June 19, 2019 2:20:31 pm Drama series on Marilyn Monroe’s final months in works Home where Marilyn Monroe died for sale at USD 6.9 million The gazebo, created in 1993 and dedicated to the late actor in 1994, celebrates women in films from different cultures who brought a change to the film industry.The statues of Dolores Del Rio, Dorothy Dandridge, Mae West, and Anna May Wong hold up the gazebo while a small statue of Marilyn Monroe is on top of it.Located at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and La Brea Avenue, the statue was reported to be stolen at around 3 am on Monday, according to The Los Angeles Times. Related News Advertising The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) had initially received a call from a citizen who reported seeing someone on top of the gazebo late Sunday night, but the statue was still there when the police had arrived to investigate. The statue was later discovered to be missing on Monday.The 25-year-old landmark, a popular tourist and photo attraction along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, has since been swarmed by detectives and forensics experts who are investigating the theft. Post Comment(s) Marilyn Monroe statue stolen from popular tourist landmark in Hollywood Located at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and La Brea Avenue, the statue was reported to be stolen at around 3 am on Monday, according to The Los Angeles Times.A small statue of Marilyn Monroe, in her iconic pose from her 1955 hit film “The Seven Year Itch”, has been stolen from the top of the Ladies of Hollywood Gazebo, a popular landmark at Hollywood Boulevard.last_img read more

Could HP and Dell Get Together Again

first_imgIf you wanted to distribute high-quality sound through your home easily and cheaply, there really was only one solution: Sonos. I moved to this platform years ago, but I’ve been using my Amazon Echo products more, of late, even though the quality of the sound is distinctly inferior.Still, I’m choosing them because voice control is considerably easier to use than an app on your phone or PC, particularly if you are cooking, working on a project, or just reading with music in the background.Well Sonos stepped up and partnered with Amazon and created the new Sonos One with Amazon Alexa. Technology companies tend to have very fickle relationships. For instance, Microsoft helped launch Apple, worked to kill the company, provided money to save it, and then got its butt kicked by it.Dell first partnered with EMC, then competed with it, then bought it (the CEOs remained friends throughout).Dell and HP have had a rather interesting relationship as well. Dell used to resell HP printers, but after HP bought Compaq, the firms went to war. However, with HP now split from HPE, growth now lies in very different areas. There is a potential synergy between Dell and HP, which makes me wonder how long it will take both to realize that they might once again make interesting partners.I’ll argue that point and then close with my product of the week: a fascinating Sonos offering that bridges whole home audio with Amazon Echo. Wrapping Up: Strange Bedfellows Priced at US$199, or just above Amazon’s own product, this offering has better sound. Because it integrates with other Sonos products, you easily can move the music you listen to around the house, with full Alexa voice control.I should point out that this relationship apparently went both ways, because you now can create groups of Echo products and use what was a unique feature in Sonos, party mode, to synchronize the sound all over your house, providing an experience identical to a far more expensive custom wired-in speaker system.Still, stereo is far harder to do with Echo products, and for integrating things like TV sound and surround sound, Sonos is the only good solution at the moment. Echo products just don’t have that capability yet.With all the new home assistant products from Amazon, Apple, Google, and Microsoft coming to market, my new favorite is the Sonos One with Alexa, and that’s why it is my product of the week. (Now if I could just get the company to build an outdoor speaker with Alexa.) Blending the Companies I also spoke to HP’s executive staff last week, and their company’s future is equally interesting, even though it is massively different. HP’s future is tied to 3D printing, which is poised to turn its massive print unit from what was viewed as a liability into a massive asset.This is not printing on paper, but HP is the only firm in its class creating and shipping 3D printers. The greenfield opportunity for industrial 3D printers is both massive and underrepresented by vendors in HP’s class.HP shortly will offer not only monochrome plastic, but also full color — and it is moving into metals. The goal is to put these printers on manufacturing floors and use them for just-in-time parts. However, it is likely that every home and every business eventually will have 3D printers, and the opportunity could, due to supplies, exceed that of smartphones.Firms with lines that deploy 3D printers will be more agile, more flexible, and far more able both to customize products being manufactured and shift between product types. If HP continues to execute, it could own much of the future for manufacturing — both commercially and in the home.However, 3D printers — particularly when deployed in a manufacturing line — are robots. In effect, HP is creating robots that make things, including parts for themselves. These robots are gaining capabilities. In addition to the recent announcements of full color in plastics, and the use of metals, there’s an expectation that blended materials are coming.Once it starts building one type of robot, building more types increasingly will look interesting to the firm. So, Dell’s strategic future is to blend things like robots into centralized, integrated solutions that automatically are managed by next-generation AI controllers, using a blend of deep learning, machine learning and inference. However, it won’t be making robots, which currently aren’t being made by a vendor of enterprise class.HP is on a path to build ever-more-capable 3D printers, which basically are complex robots that eventually will need to be integrated into the solutions that Dell Technologies is creating. Once HP starts down the path of building robots, it undoubtedly will move to adjacent robotic opportunities, and they are enterprise class.Both companies still make PCs and workstations — an area where they will continue to compete — but both companies also partner with Microsoft, which makes one of the fastest-growing lines of PCs in the market, the Surface offerings.So, both companies successfully have created strategic partnerships with firms that also were competitors. Put differently, while PCs once were very important to both firms, that importance has dropped for both, and their greatest growth opportunities now lie in areas where there is synergy between them — not conflict. A huge gap in Dell’s strategy is its lack of desire to build what likely will be the most prevalent end components of its strategy in manufacturing: robots. A huge gap in HP’s strategy is its lack of sufficient breadth to build comprehensive AI-driven connected solution critical to achieving its broad goal of placing 3D printers into manufacturing lines.To get where Dell is, HP would have to recreate the firm that existed before it was spun out of HPE, which seems very unlikely. To fill the robot gap, Dell would have to create a robotics division nearly from scratch. While less difficult, that still would create a huge distraction and push out final solutions for manufacturing, which then would be gated by the robotics building activity.Oh, and both Dion, HP’s current CEO, and Michael Dell are very well regarded and liked by many in the rank and file of both firms, unlike prior HP executives.The only question in my mind is how long it will take either of these men to realize they would benefit from the partnership, and then to pick up the phone and make it happen. We’ll see… I attended a Dell analyst event last week that highlighted the company’s fascinating play to own the future of digital convergence. Every technology expert I follow has concluded that in the future, technology in business — and I mean by 2030, so near term — will rely on highly connected, automated, intelligent systems. They will handle everything from employee provisioning on the fly to running the manufacturing floor, to managing healthcare, to — well, you name the vertical.By 2030, we’ll be up to our armpits in connected AI-driven automated systems that make decisions automatically about most everything we touch and do, including driving our cars for us.Dell’s impressive strategy is to pull all the elements of Dell Technologies together with a ton of partners like Intel and Microsoft to make this happen. If it is successful, it will rise to be a power that could exceed Google and Amazon combined, and come far closer to the power that IBM had when mainframes were the only computer system at scale.This in potentially in line with Microsoft’s effort to own the Internet following Bill Gates’ tidal wave memo. Microsoft went from a vendor of Windows and Office to the most powerful — and scary — company in tech for a while, and pretty much rolled over every competitor it then had.This is the potential of the Dell strategy, and it likely would be unachievable if Dell weren’t run by its founder Michael Dell; hadn’t merged with EMC, giving it massive scale; hadn’t gone private, allowing it to take the related risk; or didn’t have what arguably is the strongest Internet of Things team on the planet.This strategy largely would depend on robots, however, which Dell doesn’t make and has no plan to make. Dell Technology’s Strategic Future HP’s Strategic Future Sonos OneWith Amazon Alexa Rob Enderle has been an ECT News Network columnist since 2003. His areas of interest include AI, autonomous driving, drones, personal technology, emerging technology, regulation, litigation, M&E, and technology in politics. He has undergrad degrees in merchandising and manpower management, and an MBA in human resources, marketing and computer science. He is also a certified management accountant. Enderle currently is president and principal analyst of the Enderle Group. He formerly served as a senior research fellow at Giga Information Group and Forrester. Email Rob.last_img read more

Experimental drug can protect against Ebola in a single dose

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 9 2019There is a new medication that in one dose successfully protected nonhuman primates against a lethal infection of all strains of the deadly Ebola virus. The findings are now available in Cell Host & Microbe.Dr. Thomas Geisbert, a world-renowned Ebola researcher at The University of Texas Medical Branch, said that previous therapeutics typically were of the “one bug, one drug” variety. But because of the unpredictable nature and variety of the Ebola virus, scientists have been seeking a way to protect against different strains of the virus.”Our experimental drug can protect against all forms of Ebola known to harm people, suggesting that it will continue to protect people if the Ebola viruses evolve over time,” said Geisbert, who is a professor of microbiology and immunology at UTMB.Related StoriesExciting study shows how centrioles center the process of cell divisionNANOLIVE‘s novel CX-A defines a new standard for live cell imaging in 96 well plates for continuous organelle monitoring in cell populationsAlternate cell growth pathway could open door to new treatments for metastatic cancersThe team of scientists demonstrated that a two-antibody cocktail called MBP134 could fully protect nonhuman primates and ferrets against lethal Ebola virus infections of caused by the Bundibugyo and Sudan strain as well as the deadliest Zaire strain that caused the 2013-16 epidemic in West Africa and the current outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo.”We were able to protect the nonhuman primates against all the Ebola species plaguing people at a single low dose,” said Larry Zeitlin, president of Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc. “Further studies exploring even lower doses could open the door to treatment via auto-injectors like the kind used for allergic reactions. The ability to quickly and efficiently provide protection against all Ebola viruses in a single dose would reduce the burden on health care workers in the field during outbreaks, especially in regions that have a less-developed infrastructure.”Source: read more

Research suggests oxytocin as potential new obesity treatment

first_img Source: Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 25 2019The hormone oxytocin reduces the communication between different brain areas involved in the cognitive, sensory and emotional processing of food cues that people with obesity demonstrate when they look at high-calorie foods, according to research being presented Monday at ENDO 2019, the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting in New Orleans, La.The work may bring the synthetic nasal formulation of oxytocin a step closer to possible use as a new obesity treatment. Known more for its role in social bonding, childbirth and breastfeeding, oxytocin is a naturally occurring hormone in the body that is also important for controlling food intake and weight. Past research shows that oxytocin nasal spray, which is not yet approved in the United States, acts on brain pathways involved in eating behavior and decreases food consumption in men.”Knowing how the drug exerts its effects is a critical step toward establishing oxytocin as a drug treatment for overeating and obesity,” said the study’s lead investigator, Liya Kerem, M.D., M.Sc., a pediatric endocrinology fellow at MassGeneral Hospital for Children and a research fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Mass. “This study is exciting because it shows that oxytocin modulates the pathways in the brain specifically during their responses to highly palatable, rewarding foods.”The goal of the new study, according to Kerem, was to examine the network of reward brain regions that oxytocin affects. Building on their prior findings demonstrating that oxytocin reduces activation of the ventral tegmental area (VTA), a core region of the brain’s reward system, the investigators used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), a neuroimaging technique used in research that measures brain activity by detecting changes associated with blood flow, to investigate how oxytocin impacts the functional connectivity between the VTA and the rest of the brain.Related StoriesStudy provides new insight into longitudinal decline in brain network integrity associated with agingRush University Medical Center offers new FDA-approved treatment for brain aneurysmsUCR biomedical professor to investigate how body’s cannabis-like molecules influence obesityIn this study, 10 healthy but overweight or obese young men randomly received a different treatment during two visits to the research lab. At each visit, the men self-administered a single dose of either oxytocin nasal spray or a placebo dummy drug after fasting. All were unaware of which treatment they received. Oxytocin reportedly had no side effects in this study, which was funded by the Nutrition Obesity Research Center at Harvard, the Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center and the National Institutes of Health.An hour after drug administration, the men underwent fMRI while they viewed images of high-calorie foods as well as pictures of low-calorie foods and nonfood objects.”Individuals with obesity, compared to lean people, have abnormally hyperactivated brain reward areas when viewing high-calorie food images, even when they are full, suggesting an explanation for the observed behavior of overeating and a potential target for treatment with medications such as oxytocin,” Kerem said.Compared to placebo, oxytocin weakened the functional connectivity–the effective coordination between neural systems in response to a task–between the VTA and associated food motivation brain areas when participants viewed pictures of high-calorie food.last_img read more

Study offers new hope for patients with decompensated cirrhosis

first_img Source: Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Apr 4 2019Decompensated cirrhosis is a chronic disease linked to numerous complications in its final stage. Professor Jonel Trebicka from Goethe University was involved in carrying out a pilot study demonstrating that the long-term administration of albumin in high doses stabilizes the circulatory function of these patients and protects them from sepsis.”I was spending a research period at the clinic in Barcelona at the time the clinical study Pilot-PRECIOSA was underway and discussed the results in patients with severe sepsis with the researchers on site,” says Professor Jonel Trebicka, hepatologist at the Medical Clinic I at Goethe University.Related StoriesResearchers pinpoint treatment target for rare liver cancer in adolescents, young adultsScientists develop new way to detect and switch off ticking time bomb of liver diseaseComprehensive cell atlas of the human liverAlbumin is a protein that occurs in human blood where it fulfils numerous tasks. Cirrhosis of the liver reduces its levels, so that patients with decompensated cirrhosis, the stage at which serious complications occur, have been treated with albumin before, but only for short periods.In the Pilot-PRECIOSA study involving 22 European partners, two groups of patients with decompensated cirrhosis were treated with albumin for three months. One group received a low dose, the other a high dose. Patients who received the higher dose exhibited improved cardiac function and a reduction in the concentration of inflammation markers in their blood.This treatment is being tested on a larger group of patients in the current follow-up study PRECIOSA, in which Professor Trebicka and Assistant Professor Tanya Welzel from the Medical Clinic I are involved.”This result is enormously important for our work in the recently founded Micro-Predict Consortium, in which we investigate the importance of the intestinal microbiome in liver diseases: now we will look for microbiome markers that signal a responsiveness to albumin, so that we can apply the therapy more precisely in the future.”In the MICROB-PREDICT project, specialized doctors work together with leading experts in microbiome and medical technology, and the patient organizations ELPA and the Home of Hepatology (EASL). The supporting organization is the European Foundation for the Study of Chronic Liver Failure (EFCLIF), which also sponsored the Pilot-PRECIOSA study. EFCLIF is a foundation connecting a network of more than 100 university hospitals across Europe within EASL, including the University Hospital at Goethe Universitylast_img read more

Researchers develop simple blood test for detecting Alzheimers disease

first_imgThese are expensive methods that are only available in specialist healthcare. In research, we have therefore long been searching for simpler diagnostic tools.”Sebastian Palmqvist, associate professor at the unit for clinical memory research at Lund University, physician at Skåne University Hospital and lead author of the study Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jun 25 2019Researchers from Lund University, together with the Roche pharmaceutical company, have used a method to develop a new blood marker capable of detecting whether or not a person has Alzheimer’s disease. If the method is approved for clinical use, the researchers hope eventually to see it used as a diagnostic tool in primary healthcare. This autumn, they will start a trial in primary healthcare to test the technique.Currently, a major support in the diagnostics of Alzheimer’s disease is the identification of abnormal accumulation of the substance beta-amyloid, which can be detected either in a spinal fluid sample or through brain imaging using a PET scanner. In this study, which is a collaboration between several medical centers, the researchers investigated whether a simple blood test could identify people in whom beta-amyloid has started to accumulate in the brain, i.e. people with underlying Alzheimer’s disease. Using a simple and precise method that the researchers think is suitable for clinical diagnostics and screening in primary healthcare, the researchers were able to identify beta-amyloid in the blood with a high degree of accuracy.”Previous studies on methods using blood tests did not show particularly good results; it was only possible to see small differences between Alzheimer’s patients and healthy elderly people. Only a year or so ago, researchers found methods using blood sample analysis that showed greater accuracy in detecting the presence of Alzheimer’s disease. The difficulty so far is that they currently require advanced technology and are not available for use in today’s clinical procedures”, says Sebastian Palmqvist.Related StoriesNew blood test could potentially diagnose Alzheimers even before symptoms appearFinger-prick blood test could help prevent unnecessary antibiotic prescribing for patients with COPDBlood test can assess effectiveness of treatment in patients with skin cancerThe results are published in JAMA Neurology and based on studies of blood analyses collected from 842 people in Sweden (The Swedish BioFINDER study) and 237 people in Germany. The participants in the study are Alzheimer’s patients with dementia, healthy elderly people and people with mild cognitive impairment.The method studied by the researchers was developed by Roche and is a fully automated technique which measures beta-amyloid in the blood, with high accuracy in identifying the protein accumulation.”We have collaborated with Roche for a long time and it is only now that we are starting to approach a level of accuracy that is usable in routine clinical care around the world”, says Oskar Hansson, professor of neurology and head of the unit for clinical memory research at Lund University.The researchers believe that this new blood sample analysis could be an important complement for screening individuals for inclusion in clinical drug trials against Alzheimer’s disease or to improve the diagnostics in primary care which will allow more people to get the currently available symptomatic treatment against Alzheimer’s disease.”The next step to confirm this simple method to reveal beta-amyloid through blood sample analysis is to test it in a larger population where the presence of underlying Alzheimer’s is lower. We also need to test the technique in clinical settings, which we will do fairly soon in a major primary care study in Sweden. We hope that this will validate our results”, concludes Sebastian Palmqvist. Source:Lund UniversityJournal reference:Palmqvist, S. et al. (2019) Performance of Fully Automated Plasma Assays as Screening Tests for Alzheimer Disease–Related β-Amyloid Status. JAMA Neurology. read more

What is energy security and how has it changed

first_img Australia’s fuel stockpile is perilously low, and it may be too late for a refill The idea of energy security has been at the centre of much policy debate recently. The federal government defines energy security as the adequate supply of energy across the electricity, gas and liquid fuel sectors. Australia needs to think about the energy grid of the future. Credit: DAVID MARIUZ/AAP But this notion has become outdated, following the spate of electricity blackouts that have occurred in the past few years. The concept of energy security is now increasingly synonymous with resilience: responding to problems quickly and avoiding power outages. To be secure, the national energy market must ensure a sufficient supply of electricity at an affordable price and be able to respond to major disruptions. Being “energy secure” in this context now means having a backup plan. Unfortunately, Australia doesn’t.All about oilHistorically, energy security was purely about oil supply. It evolved as a policy response to the 1973 Arab oil embargo. At the time, the aim was to coordinate among the industrialised countries if supply was disrupted, to avoid future supply problems and to deter exporters from using resources as a strategic weapon. Four key developments emerged from the embargo:the International Energy Agency (IEA), whose members are the industrialised countries;strategic stockpiles of oil, including the US Strategic Petroleum Reserve;continued monitoring and analysis of energy markets and policies; andenergy conservation and coordinated emergency sharing of supplies in the event of a disruption.Australia is not ‘secure’When Australia joined the IEA in 1979, it was a net exporter of oil and was therefore exempt from the requirement to stockpile liquid fuel. Since this time, however, Australia’s oil production has peaked and is now in decline.Reasons for this are various but include the reduction in oil refining capacity and significant increases in reliance on imported oil products. 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. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.center_img In 2012 Australia became non-complaint with the IEA requirement that all members maintain oil stocks equivalent to at least 90 days of the previous year’s daily net oil imports. In contrast with many other IEA members, Australia does not have a public (or government-owned) stockpile of oil and has instead relied on commercially held stocks. Currently, Australia has an aggregated fuel reserve of roughly 48 days, including about 22 days’ supply of crude oil, 59 days of LPG, 20 days of petrol, 19 days of aviation fuel, and 21 days of diesel.This lack makes Australia very vulnerable in a crisis – 98% of our transportation relies on liquid fuel, as do all of our major defence platforms. An extended disruption means our economy, policy force and army could cease to function.While the federal government intends to return to compliance by 2026, our ongoing failure to understand and respond to a changing environment has resulted in us becoming, at least in the context of liquid fuel, energy “insecure”.Are we ready for a new approach?The modern energy landscape is complex, and energy security is a much broader and more dynamic concept than it was thirty years ago. Public expectations have also evolved. Australia must address a multitude of new challenges that include: climate change, integrating renewable energy, rising peak demand, rising domestic gas prices and a raft of new geopolitical rivalries. In many parts of the world, mechanical and analogue systems traditionally powered by oil-products, have been replaced with automated and networked systems that run on electricity. As a result, the number of digitally connected devices has grown from 400 million in 2001 to in excess of 25 billion in 2018. These changes make electricity and natural gas, in addition to oil, key supports of many facets of society. They ensure that the modern world is completely dependent on energy generation. Within this context, resilience is a critically important requirement. Future energy systems, responsive to this enlarged concept of energy security will therefore look very differently. Large fossil fuel and synchronous generators will be replaced by a clean electricity system composed of small-scale, clean asynchronous generators. It will mix large renewable projects (which will mean extending the physical transmission network) with distributed energy generation (for example, from rooftop solar), and the network will require new systems to ensure coordination and stability.Renewable energy is an important component of energy security but it works differently to fossil fuels. For example, inertia functions differently. Inertia is the capacity of a power system to respond to unexpected shocks, and its ability to react and stabilise the system’s balance. Inertia slows down the rate at which frequency changes after a disruption in the grid, such as the failure of a power plant or a transmission line. Inertia has traditionally been provided by fossil fuel generators. However, within a mixed energy framework, renewables will provide synthetic inertia. For example, modern wind turbines can use the kinetic energy stored in the generator and blades to be responsive during grid stress. This can provide an efficient injection of power into the grid where it is required, and the delivery can be flexibly controlled to suit regional grid conditions. New storage technologies will, however, need to be incorporated into networks early so their application in practice can be understood.These are all responses to a new understanding of energy security. Today, what is essential to the definition of energy security is not just an adequate supply of energy at an appropriate price but an adequate supply of sustainable, resilient energy at an appropriate price, which is responsive to the demands of a decarbonising economy.In light of this, energy security is perhaps even more crucial in our modern world than it was back in 1973. Understanding the evolving meaning of energy security means we are better equipped to comprehend the different ways in which our global interconnection can make us vulnerable. We need to minimise risk and reduce exposure. We need to imagine what a secure energy framework of the future looks like. We need energy policy that is more responsive to the social, economic and environmental demands of modern Australia. Explore further Provided by The Conversation Citation: What is energy security, and how has it changed? (2018, September 13) retrieved 17 July 2019 from read more

Amazon opens US store for Aussie shoppers again reports

first_imgGlobal online retail giant Amazon will allow users in Australia to shop in its US store again, reports said Thursday, reversing an earlier, unpopular move to block access over local tax laws. Citation: Amazon opens US store for Aussie shoppers again: reports (2018, November 22) retrieved 17 July 2019 from Explore further © 2018 AFP Amazon blocks Australia from global sites over taxcenter_img The decision to re-open access to Australia’s growing e-commerce market comes ahead of the annual “Black Friday” shopping bonanza, with online and brick-and-mortar retailers offering bargains pegged to the US Thanksgiving holiday.Amazon had barred Australian shoppers from ordering from its international websites in May because of new tax laws, under which web retailers are required to collect a 10 percent goods and services tax (GST) on everything bought from overseas sites.The decision was widely criticised by shoppers in Australia—one of the world’s biggest economies—because the number of products available on the local site were a fraction of what was on offer globally.”As a result of customer feedback, from 22 November Amazon customers will be able to ship eligible items from to Australian delivery addresses,” an Amazon representative told national broadcaster ABC.”Our teams have continued to focus their efforts on building the complex infrastructure needed to enable exports of low value goods to Australia and remain compliant with GST laws.”The new tax rules in Australia were imposed from July 1 after years of lobbying by struggling local retailers, which have to apply GST to all online and in-store sales.The government had said then that the move would “level the playing field for Australian businesses”.Amazon, one of the world’s biggest companies, launched in Australia just under a year ago with what it said was its biggest-ever opening day for orders.Online shopping accounts for a small percentage of total sales in Australia, leaving room for growth in a retail sector estimated to be worth more than Aus$300 billion (US$227 billion) annually. Amazon launched in Australia last year and is hoping to make inroads in a huge market for online retail 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

How suspicious parties can work together safely

first_img Provided by Leiden University Cryptographer Max Fillinger developed new methods to analyse a group of algorithms called commitments schemes. These schemes are building blocks for cryptographic protocols, which enable multiple parties that do not trust each other to work together safely. His Ph.D. Defence is on 19 March. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Credit: CC0 Public Domaincenter_img Keeping information safeFillinger is a Ph.D. candidate at the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) and the Mathematical Institute (MI) in Leiden, supervised by Serge Fehr. With his new analysis methods, Fillinger proved that a previous relativistic commitment scheme, proposed in 2015, has been massively underestimated. “It was previously thought that the information in this scheme was safe for only a few milliseconds, but in fact it remains safe for virtually unlimited time – or until the memory of the devices running it is full,” he says. This result shows the usefulness of his newly developed methods for analysing commitment schemes.What is a commitment scheme?Imagine the following situation: Alice has made a forecast of the stock market. She wants to convince Bob of her ability to predict, but she doesn’t want to give him free advice. Therefore, she wants to keep her prediction a secret at first. However, if she only revealed her prediction after it came true, Bob won’t believe she actually predicted the stock market rightfully. So she gives her prediction to Bob in a locked safe. Only after the prediction has come true, she gives him the key. In this way, Bob knows that the prediction was right, and Alice doesn’t have to give away free advice. Commitments schemes implement this functionality by means of digital communication and calculations, instead of a safe.Security guaranteedMost commitment schemes that are used in practice are computationally secure, such as in the cryptocurrency Zerocoin. This means that with current computers, it would take years or decades of computation to crack the code, in other words to cheat. But theoretically, there also is the notion of unconditional security, Fillinger says. “Here, the probability of undetected cheating should remain miniscule, no matter how much computational power the cheater has at his disposal.” That sounds ideal, but it has already been mathematically proven that unconditionally secure commitment schemes with one computer are impossible.Faster than light?However, there is good news: scientists found a different scheme which is unconditional. In 1988, a group of researchers proposed a commitment scheme where Alice (from the example in the box) would use two computers. “One computer creates Alice’s commitment, the other opens it,” says Fillinger. “If they cannot exchange information, it becomes impossible for Alice to cheat.” But if Bob does not trust Alice, how can he be sure that she won’t cheat by sending information from one computer to the other? “Because information cannot travel faster than light, there is a short window of time where it is physically impossible for the computers to exchange information,” says the cryptographer. “During this extremely short time window, the commitment is unconditionally secure!”The sum of its partsAdrian Kent expanded on this idea starting in 1999 and introduced the concept of relativistic commitment schemes: these schemes remain unconditionally secure for a longer time, but Bob’s computer must continually exchange messages with Alice’s computers at precise times. “Previously, relativistic commitment schemes were analysed as a whole. This makes for some hard-to-read proofs.” In his thesis, Fillinger offers a more modular approach by analysing parts of the scheme separately. “To simplify a bit: if the parts of a relativistic commitment scheme are secure when considered on their own, then the security of the whole follows mathematically. This makes it easier to analyse these schemes.” Citation: How suspicious parties can work together safely (2019, March 19) retrieved 17 July 2019 from Secure communication technology can conquer lack of trustlast_img read more

Apples news subscription service a mixed bag for publishers

first_imgMore than 30 of Meredith’s magazines, including Martha Stewart Living, People and Real Simple, will be in the app, with the same articles and ads as print subscribers get, said Meredith Magazines President Doug Olson. “We look at this as net new consumers,” Olson said.Other well-known magazines in the app include The Atlantic and big names from magazine powerhouses Conde Nast and Hearst, including Bon Appetit, Elle, Esquire, The New Yorker, O: The Oprah Magazine, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and Wired. Conde Nast did not respond to questions.Three newspapers were included in Apple’s presentation—The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times and Toronto Star. Notably absent were national powerhouses The New York Times and The Washington Post; large U.S. newspaper chains such as Gannett, the publisher of USA Today; and newswires such as The Associated Press.The Journal, famous for its business and industry coverage and commanding nearly $40 a month, will feature “specially curated” general-interest news available for Apple customers. Other stories will still be there, though, if perhaps difficult to find—Apple says users can search for other articles they want inside its app.The deal gets Journal stories into the hands of people who “most likely would never have a chance to take out a Wall Street Journal membership,” said Will Lewis, CEO of the Journal’s parent, Dow Jones. (Lewis is also an AP board member.) He is optimistic about Apple’s ability to grow the Journal’s readership despite many competitors being “down on” the new service. The Journal has also tried to chase new readers on other platforms, such as with stories formulated for young people-dominated Snapchat.Apple’s large cut of revenue and the loss of a direct relationship with readers and their data may not be appealing to many media companies, especially those that are successfully expanding their own digital readership.The New York Times, for example, in the fourth quarter added its largest number of digital subscriptions since the election of President Donald Trump. It wants to have a “direct relationship” with its readers and focus on bringing them to its own sites and apps, spokeswoman Eileen Murphy said in an emailed statement. The Times’ digital subscription starts at $15 a month.”Our focus is on growing our own subscription base,” said Washington Post spokeswoman Kris Coratti, noting that joining the new bundle doesn’t make sense “at this point.”The launch of Apple’s new service comes at a difficult time for magazines and newspapers, many of which have struggled to adapt to readers’ shift online and the surge of free articles the web made possible. Circulation has declined for three decades. Print advertising has collapsed, and gains on the digital side haven’t made up the shortfall as tech giants Google and Facebook suck up most ad dollars.Even digital media outlets such as HuffPost, BuzzFeed and Vice, all built for the internet, have recently laid off workers as they retrench, seek profitability or get bought. Newsroom employment fell by nearly a quarter between 2008 and 2017, according to Pew Research, and newspapers in more than 1,400 U.S. cities and towns have folded in the past 15 years. For Apple, pushing into services could help drum up money as sales of its marquee product, the iPhone, start to slow . It’s also developing an entertainment hub with original shows and movies and launching a new credit card.Readers get access to articles from over 300 magazines, a smattering of digital sites and some newspapers. Human editors will select stories for the app, which will tailor news feeds to a reader’s tastes. Apple pushed a privacy angle, saying advertisers won’t track what you’re reading the way Google and Facebook do across apps and websites.For publishers, the situation is complicated. Many big-name magazines are on board, hoping Apple brings them new paid readers. But many magazine articles are already available free online, even for magazines that are behind a paywall. The app, for now, lacks most major U.S. newspapers. They may feel like they can find readers better on their own, or be wary of the terms of the revenue split with Apple, said Rick Edmonds, a media analyst at the Poynter Institute.Earlier attempts to sell bundled newspaper and magazine subscriptions never took off in the U.S. It’s difficult to convince people to pay for yet another subscription, especially when so much material remains available online for free.Apple, however, is still Apple. Its Apple Music service has more than 50 million subscribers despite its late start in music streaming. Getting users to download a new app can be hard, and Apple doesn’t have to do that. Its existing News app, which brings together articles from around the web, already comes installed on its devices. The new service will be a paid section of that app.Publications that are just beginning to build a digital business could benefit from exposure to Apple’s nearly 1 billion iPhone users. “That’s a way to get a running start,” Edmonds said. Many of the media companies involved say they see it as a way to reach people who wouldn’t otherwise subscribe. Apple will reportedly split revenue 50-50 with the publishers. Payments to each publisher will vary and depend on how much time readers spend with each one. Citation: Apple’s news subscription service a mixed bag for publishers (2019, March 26) retrieved 17 July 2019 from Roger Rosner, Apple vice president of applications, speaks at the Steve Jobs Theater during an event to announce new products Monday, March 25, 2019, in Cupertino, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar) Explore further On Monday, Apple launched what some have called a “Netflix for news”—a $10-a-month subscription service that offers access to hundreds of magazines and a handful of newspapers. But most major U.S. news publishers aren’t participating. Apple includes 300 magazines in subscription news service © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This document is subject to copyright. 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Frontera named 5th fastest supercomputer in the world

first_img Explore further Phase one of the NSF grant funded the acquisition and deployment of Frontera—a leadership-class resource that offers the highest scale, throughput, and data analysis capabilities ever deployed at a university in the U.S. Phase two will support the design of a follow-up system in five years that will be 10 times more powerful.”Frontera will provide scientists across the country with access to unprecedented computational modeling, simulation, and data analytics capabilities,” said Jim Kurose, NSF Assistant Director for Computer and Information Science and Engineering. “Frontera represents the next step in NSF’s more than three decades of support for advanced computing capabilities that ensure the U.S. retains its global leadership in research frontiers.”Frontera is unique among the top systems in the world in its use of Intel Xeon processors to provide its primary computing power. Intel x86 architecture is the most widely used standard in computing, and requires fewer changes to scientific software codes to run.”Congratulations to the Texas Advanced Computing Center on the Top-5 ranking of the new Frontera supercomputer,” said Trish Damkroger, Vice President and General Manager of Intel’s Extreme Computing Organization. “The innovation and scientific discovery that TACC will be able to research using 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors will enable new insights and discoveries that will advance the industry.”Early users, who were awarded access to the system by NSF through a competitive process, are beginning to use Frontera now. The system enters full production in August, supporting hundreds of the nation’s most experienced computational scientists in areas ranging from high-energy physics to genomics to artificial intelligence.Frontera joins more than a dozen advanced computing systems currently deployed at TACC, including Stampede2, the 19th fastest system in the world and the second most powerful supercomputer at a U.S. university. Frontera is the fourth top-15 system TACC has built in the past 10 years (Ranger, Stampede1, Stampede2, Frontera), enabling breakthrough discoveries in fields ranging from astrophysics and materials science to the life sciences.Faculty at the Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences at UT Austin are leading the world-class science applications and technology team, with partners from the California Institute of Technology, Cornell University, Princeton University, Stanford University, the University of Chicago, the University of Utah, and the University of California, Davis.Frontera’s architecture, coupled with TACC’s unique expertise and services, will enable in-depth, sustained investigations of unprecedented complexity and sophistication into problems of global importance, from crop sustainability to fusion energy, while also supporting basic science across domains.Frontera will add a NVIDIA GPU subsystem later this summer, providing further performance enhancements. The combination of CPUs, GPUs, and high-speed memory will make Frontera a powerful resource for data science and machine learning applications.”TACC is proud to deploy this amazing NSF-funded resource, built to support the needs of the science and engineering community,” Stanzione said. “We look forward to the discoveries Frontera will enable.” The Frontera supercomputer at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) earned the #5 spot on the twice-annual Top 500 list , which ranks the world’s most powerful non-distributed computer systems. Located at The University of Texas at Austin, the National Science Foundation (NSF)-supported Frontera is the fastest university supercomputer in the world. Citation: Frontera named 5th fastest supercomputer in the world (2019, June 17) retrieved 17 July 2019 from Provided by University of Texas at Austin 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. Frontera achieved 23.5 PetaFLOPS on the high-performance LINPACK benchmark, a measure of the system’s floating point computing power. To match what Frontera can compute in just one second, a person would have to perform one calculation every second for about a billion years. The main system’s theoretical peak performance will be 38.7 PetaFLOPS.When Frontera goes into full operation later this summer, it will support dozens of research teams aiming to solve the most massive computational problems in their fields, including high-resolution climate simulations, molecular dynamics models with millions of atoms, and machine learning-enabled cancer studies.”Many of the frontiers of research today can only be advanced using computing,” said TACC Executive Director Dan Stanzione. “Frontera will be an important tool to solve grand challenges that will improve our nation’s health, well-being, competitiveness, and security.”Frontera combines Dell EMC PowerEdge servers with 2nd generation Intel Xeon processors and Mellanox InfiniBand interconnects, and incorporates innovative storage from DataDirect Networks and novel cooling systems from CoolIT, Cooltera, and Green Revolution Cooling.”Frontera demonstrates what is possible when TACC, Dell Technologies and our industry partners collaborate on innovation at its very essence,” said Thierry Pellegrino, vice president of Dell EMC High Performance Computing. “We take great pride in working with TACC to stand up this incredibly powerful system and look forward to aiding in new discoveries and advancements.””We are excited to see our HDR InfiniBand accelerating a world-leading supercomputer at TACC,” said Gilad Shainer, senior vice president of marketing at Mellanox Technologies. “We have a long history of great collaborations with TACC and are looking forward to continue working with TACC on future HPC and AI missions.”Supported by a $60 million award from NSF, Frontera will provide U.S. academic researchers, and international researchers through collaborations, with the most advanced capabilities for science and engineering. A view between two rows of Frontera servers in the Texas Advanced Computing Center data center in Austin, Texas. Credit: Jorge Salazar, TACC New Texas supercomputer to push the frontiers of sciencelast_img read more

When Vajpayee said Let hundred Bangalores bloom

first_imgFormer Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee’s connection to Bengaluru and Karnataka goes back to the days of Emergency. Vajpayee, a parliamentary committee member, had come to Bengaluru in June 1975 for an official meeting. It was here he was arrested along with LK Advani and other political leaders. However, he was shifted out of Bengaluru later. But he used to recall his arrest in the city. Later, he was a frequent visitor to Karnataka. The coastal region was his favourite. BJP State leaders late VS Acharya and late BB Shivappa would accompany him during the tours. As Prime Minister, Vajpayee had laid the foundation stone for many projects of importance such as ITPL, Bengaluru Metro and the suspension bridge at KR Puram. While dedicating International Tech Park Ltd (ITPL) building at Whitefield, he said,“IT is not Information Technology, but it is India Tomorrow. Let hundred Bangalores Bloom!” Again, while dedicating the suspension bridge at KR Puram, he said, “We have built bridges and roads in our Golden Quadrilateral project to unite all regions. We have established telephone networks even in the remotest of villages to unite all hearts. We are now planning to inter-link rivers not only to remove the thirst, but also to unite all the people of India.” CM’s condolenceKarnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, in his condolence message said, “He was a great orator and parliamentarian. His death has created a vacuum in the political landscape of the country.” Karnataka Opposition leader and BJP State president BS Yedurappa said, “Still the words of Vajpayee at Mumbai plenary session of BJP in 1980 when BJP got only two seats in the Lok Sabha ‘Andhera chatega, suraj niklega, kamal khilega’ (darkness goes, sun rises and lotus blooms) keeps reminding me of his vision and optimism in politics.” COMMENT politics Bengaluru COMMENTS August 16, 2018 deathcenter_img celebrity Published on SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE The Karnataka Chief Minster H D Kumaraswamy called on the former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee at his residence in New Delhi. Also seen Deputy Chief Minister B.S.Yediyurappa looks on. (File Photo)last_img read more

Centre starts contacttracing every AES case in Bihar

first_imgdisease SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on COMMENTS Bihar SHARE A deadly break out of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome in Bihar, which has left over a hundred children dead since beginning of June, has pressured the Centre to contact trace every case.The Union Health Ministry, in a press release on Thursday, said that the multi-disciplinary team will collect clinical, nutritional and epidemiological information from AES patients hospitalised since May 18.“Blood, urine and CSF samples will be collected from these patients to rule out a series of infections. The team will also conduct case-control study, by taking household and village controls to reconfirm the role of missing meals and litchi consumption including the quantity,” the press statement said.“It is premature to blame litchi consumption as a reason for this season’s outbreak. While we have not been able to ascertain the causes of deaths as of now, we should be able to get a better understanding of the causes in two to three days,” Chander Shekhar, Additional Director-General, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), told BusinessLine.Fact-finding reportMeanwhile a fact-finding report submitted to the State government by the Bihar chapter of Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (JSA) stated that the talk of establishing a virology lab has been going on for a decade. Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan reiterated on Thursday that “An ICMR team of experts has been deployed at the Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH) for making the virology lab operational at the earliest.”“The team is reviewing the case records of discharged and deceased AES patients at SKMCH using a standardised tool to know the reasons for mortality. A similar exercise will be undertaken at the Kejriwal Hospital,” Harsh Vardhan said.He further said that the State has been instructed to switch to daily surveillance and monitoring for detecting early warning signs of the disease. “The State government has started a social audit along with active case finding campaign through house to house survey and moving the prospective patients to the nearest Primary Health Centre (PHC) for early intervention. Surprise checks are also being conducted at the PHCs by the Senior Deputy Collectors (SDC). ““Additionally, the early morning inspection of Anganwadi Centres is also being undertaken by SDCs and Child development Project Officers (CDPOs). They are also distributing of ORS to each house in the affected villages,” he stated.center_img June 20, 2019 RELATED COMMENT Will revisit the issue of framing central law to protect doctors: Union health minister A doctor treats a child showing symptoms of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome at a hospital in Muzaffarpur (file photo)   –  PTIlast_img read more

Quick take CIMB shares down on proposed exchangeable bonds

first_imgPotential overhang well mitigated by adequate bond conversion maturity period. Corporate News Analyst Reports 08 Jul 2019 Minimal impact on Tenaga from retail market reforms {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Related News The exchangeable bond, which matures in 2024, can be converted into ordinary shares, the term sheet shows. Khazanah currently holds a 27% stake in CIMB. Proceeds from the sale will be used to refinance borrowings and meet working capital needs.The research house said the amount that Khazanah is seeking to raise could give rise to a 4% stake dilution (assuming a one for one conversion ratio). The bonds will only mature in 2024 which does ease concerns of any potential share price overhang arising from the conversion by bond holders. “We also note that by 2024, CIMB would be at the tail end of its current 5-year transformation and should start to reap the benefits of higher productivity and ROE from its on-going digital spend which is expected to be front loaded within the first five years of its transformation programme. “As such, impact of the overhang is likely to be well absorbed by the market as ROE trajectory starts to gain greater traction by 2024,” it said.“Potential earnings recovery from stronger loan growth from CIMB Niaga coupled with attractive valuations could help drive share price recovery in 2019. Share price has declined 13% over the past one year despite ROE remaining relatively stable at 9.6%. “As such, valuations have declined to a rather attractive 0.89x 2019F price-to-book and 9.7 times 2019F PE (-1SD below 10-year mean) while supported by a attractive dividend yield of 4.5%,” it said. Markets 10 Jul 2019 China shares fall as June producer prices fuel growth, deflation fears Tags / Keywords: Corporate News 08 Jul 2019 Quick take: Tenaga rebounds, minimal impact from retail reforms Related News KUALA LUMPUR: CIMB Group ‘s share price fell to a low of RM5.18 and weighed on the FBM KLCI on Friday after the proposed issuance of exchangeable bonds by Khazanah Nasional.At 11.45am, it was down 12 sen to RM5.22 with 26.25 million shares done.The FBM KLCI was down 5.64 points or 0.34% to 1,673.62. Turnover was 1.51 billion shares valued at RM965mil. There were 356 gainers, 329 losers and 379 counters unchanged.UOB Kay Hian Malaysia Research said  Khazanah plans to raise US$500mil by issuing exchangeable bonds in the country’s second largest bank by assets.last_img read more

Indonesia seizes 10 dowry elephant tusks smuggled in from Sabah

first_img Related News Indonesian officials showing the 10 elephant tusks seized from the suspect (centre). Related News World 09 Jul 2019 Mexico steps up raids on migrant-smuggling trucks, uses giant X-ray Nation 11 Jul 2019 Involvement of syndicates not ruled out in fish bombing activities in Sabah The suspect told officials he paid RM9,400 for the tusks.”The ivory is not for sale (or trafficking) but was mainly as dowry purposes in a marriage.”However, it is illegal under the law even if it is being used for customary purposes and not trafficking,” the office was quoted by the media as saying.The officials also arrested a 40-year-old travel agent who helped the suspect to bring in the elephant tusks. The agent was not being treated as a suspect but a witness in the case.Sabah Wildlife Department director Augustine Tuuga said they were in communication with Indonesian officials in Kalimantan but declined to comment further. Nation 10 Jul 2019 Sabah Bersih takes minister to task for attempting to silence civil society KOTA KINABALU: Indonesian Customs officials have seized 10 elephant tusks that were being smuggled by an estate worker into Kalimantan.The 54-year-old Indonesian labourer was arrested by the Indonesian authorities when they spotted the tusks inside a plastic barrel upon scanning it with an X-ray machine on Tuesday (July 9), according to a news report from Kalimantan.The report stated that the suspect, who had been working for the last 32 years in Sabah’s Lahad Datu district, was detained shortly upon arrival by ferry at Nunukan from Tawau.The news report, quoting a Nunukan official Subhan, said the suspect told them he was taking the tusks back to his home village in Nusa Tenggra Timur province to be used as dowry. {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more