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ScienceShot: ‘Love Hormone’ Helps Keep Spark Alive

first_imgA whiff of oxytocin may help love not fade away. Researchers asked 20 unmarried men in multiyear relationships to rank the attractiveness of pictures of their partner, acquaintances, and strangers. When the men received a nasal spray of oxytocin—which is released by the body during sexual arousal—they rated their partners more highly but not the other women. MRI scans show that after an oxytocin dose, areas of the brain associated with rewards, which also drive drug addiction, were more active when the men saw pictures of their partner, the researchers report online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The finding could help explain the biological roots of monogamy in humans: Being in a long-term relationship raises a person’s oxytocin levels, which in turn increase the psychological reward of spending more time with that person. The cycle, the team concluded, could literally lead to an addiction to one’s lover.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

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Nanar oil refinery row simmers again

first_imgThe row over a ₹3 lakh crore oil refinery to be built in coordination with Saudi Arabia’s Aramco on Maharashtra’s coastline seems to be far from over. A pro-refinery group will organise a rally in Ratnagiri town on Saturday demanding that the project be not shifted out of its original location at Nanar in Ratnagiri district, while the anti-refinery faction has decided to hold a counter protest on the same day at the same place.An organisation called Konkan Vikas Samiti (KVS) held a press conference in Mumbai on Monday to demand that the project be not shifted out of Ratnagiri. Claiming that it would bring employment and opportunities to the local people, Avinash Mahajan of the KVS said the refinery is capable of providing employment to over 1.5 lakh people, which will lead to the development of the region as the increase in the number of employees will bring with it more facilities. “People were initially ready for the project but pressure was created to force them to oppose the project,” he said.The July 20 rally to the Collector’s office is aimed at sharing knowledge with the local people about the benefits of the refineries and to correct any misunderstanding, he said.Opponents of the project see it as a concerted attempt to push it among the local people. “There seems to be an effort from the government to bring non-political groups to the fore to push the project in Ratnagiri. There have been systematic campaigns in schools, colleges and markets from this group to promote the project,” said Satyajit Chavan, convener, Konkan Vinashkari Prakalp Virodhi Samiti. Mr. Chavan also referred to the recent meeting between Union Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Minister of Steel Dharmendra Pradhan and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray. “If the pro-refinery group is going to organise the rally, we will take to the streets to oppose them on the same day,” he said.On April 11, 2018, three Indian public sector oil companies had signed the Memorandum of Understanding with Aramco to set up the refinery at Nanar. Following protests from local residents and the ruling coalition partner Shiv Sena lending support to them, the notification issued by the State Industries Department to acquire land was cancelled and it was decided to shift the project out of Nanar. In a written reply in the Assembly in the recently-held monsoon session, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had said the City and Industrial Development Corporation is developing an Integrated Industrial Cluster in 40 villages in Alibaug, Murud, Roha and Shrivardhan tehsils of Raigad over 13,409.52 hectares.Newly-elected MP from Raigad Sunil Tatkare also said on Sunday he would be studying the project in the event of its coming to his district, before deciding on whether to support it or oppose it. “I will be meeting the Chief Minister and Union minister to discuss the issue. We will decide our position only after going through its pros and cons,” he said.last_img read more

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Five Takeaways: OSU’s Offense Proves Unstoppable Against Pitt

first_img2. Justin Phillips has a nose for the footballFor the second straight week, linebacker Justin Phillips scored off an interception. And for the second straight week, it was a “lookie what I found in my hands” style pick-six.Nice play, @StoolPitt!! pic.twitter.com/i6sttBOGmV— Barstool OSU (@BarstoolOKST) September 16, 2017Phillips continues to be in the right place at the right time, and he’s been as impactful as any linebacker on the team this season. With an Edison-McGruder-less, Kevin Henry-less position group Saturday, he held it down like a grown man when they needed it most. Phillips finished with four tackles and a pass breakup on top of his score, and for the third consecutive week, the defense scored a touchdown. That has to make Glenn Spencer all types of warrior-poem happy.3. Justice Hill is All-American goodLike Porter noted in his 10 thoughts from the game, Hill’s performance against USA a week ago might be the head-scratcher of the season. He looked like he was trudging through quicksand in Mobile. But that was, uh, not the case Saturday. Jump cut city was alive and thriving and boy was it a thing of beauty.Look at this!OSU finished with 104 yards on the ground, which is far from the 332 mark it opened the season with. But Hill was an elite playmaker when he had the rock which QB1 attributed to an improvement in protection this week.“We were protecting our butts and making that block for Justice [Hill] today,” Rudolph said.  “That one-two punch with J.D. [King] was something serious and it’s cool to watch.”4. OSU’s weapons are plentifulIf your palms were sweating ahead of the game when you learned Tyron Johnson wouldn’t be a part of the offensive attack at Heinz Field, you weren’t alone. Missing a playmaker of his caliber isn’t typically a good omen unless you’re Florida, in which case it wouldn’t matter anyway.But as it turns out, his absence didn’t much matter in the grand scheme for OSU either. The receivers hauled in a ludicrous 572 yards on the day and four of them went for 100+. Here’s Dillon Stoner getting loose with his first career TD reception. A second-teamer!STONER WITH THE TD pic.twitter.com/8zMG3b3D5h— Barstool OSU (@BarstoolOKST) September 16, 2017McCleskey led the way with 162 yards and 3 TDs, followed closely by Washington (124), Ateman (109) and Stoner (100.) Johnson was surely licking his chops watching this one from Stillwater. It’s pretty incredible (and somewhat fortunate) that the offense didn’t seem to miss a beat without him.5. Mason Rudolph is gaining Heisman steamLast week we asked the question: Could Mason Rudolph’s Heisman campaign start any better?ANSWER: YES.It got a whole lot better after Saturday. Rudolph had just shy of 500 yards of offense, 5 TDs, and one Heisman-esque moment with this slip and sling TD to Marcell Ateman.Mason Rudolph ??? pic.twitter.com/7K1fFZxBcq— Barstool OSU (@BarstoolOKST) September 16, 2017“I think making that throw was something that worked out,” Rudolph said of his 69-yard dime. “I’ve always been one to get out of it. It’s about making it count. So that’s something I try to highlight in my offseason work, and then see it in those guys.”Big 12 play starts next Saturday inside Boone Pickens Stadium at 2:30 p.m. I think Oklahoma State is ready for the challenge.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Oklahoma State came out firing on all cylinders Saturday against Pitt and improved to 3-0 in non-conference play with a 59-21 win at Heinz Field.Mason Rudolph looked every bit the part of a Heisman contender, the OSU defense created more turnovers than a McDonald’s happy hour, and Justice Hill once again assumed his role as the lead back in a convincing win over the Panthers.“Obviously we had a good game today,” said Mike Gundy. “Our players were really focused and they did a really nice job in preparation. As a coach that’s so gratifying. To see guys get ready to play a game, prepare and execute.”Here are five key takeaways from OSU’s win to remain undefeated on the season.1. OSU’s offense was truly unstoppableMason Rudolph was trending nationally by the time OSU-Pitt reached the halfway mark because of his role in a record-breaking first half for the Cowboys. He tossed for 5 TDs and 423 yards in the opening 30 minutes — the most yards through the air in a half against an FBS opponent since 2013 when San Jose State’s Dave Fales passed for 451 vs. Fresno State.Rudolph found any receiver he wanted — Stoner, McCleskey, Washington, didn’t matter — as the team racked up a total 676 yards of offense.Through 7 first half drives, the offense was averaging 7 points per drive. Everything was so good high fives were being distributed like hot cakes in the press box.Lost in all this is that the high-flying offense has seen a very small sliver of Rudolph late in games. According to Mark Cooper of the Tulsa World, Rudolph has only played in 8.5 quarters of a possible 12 this season due to blowouts. But when he’s in the game …With the first-team offense on the field, #OKState scored 49 points on 50 plays.— Mark Cooper (@mark_cooperjr) September 16, 2017last_img read more

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14 days agoChelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante suffers injury setback

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante suffers injury setbackby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante suffered an injury in the warm-up before France edged a Euro 2020 qualifying victory over Iceland.Kante reportedly picked up a muscle injury and was replaced in the starting line-up by Tottenham’s Moussa Sissoko.Blues team-mate Olivier Giroud scored his 37th international goal for the world champions from the penalty spot in the second half.France stay second in Group H, but are six points ahead of Iceland in third. last_img

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All CARICOM States to Have Refusal Procedures in Place By August 1

first_imgStory Highlights By August 1, 2018, all member States of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are to have in place procedures on the refusal of entry of CARICOM nationals travelling across the region. By August 1, 2018, all member States of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are to have in place procedures on the refusal of entry of CARICOM nationals travelling across the region.The procedures, which will be applied at the border of each country, were adopted by CARICOM leaders during the just-concluded 39th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM, held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James from July 4 to 6.Prime Minister, and CARICOM Chairman, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, provided details on this and other decisions of the meeting during a press conference on Friday (July 6).Noting that the refusal of entry of CARICOM nationals “is a matter of great importance to many”, Mr. Holness said the procedures will guide border officials on how they should treat nationals who are refused entry.“This will safeguard the rights of all Community nationals moving across the region,” he emphasised.The CARICOM Heads also agreed that a harmonised form will be used by the country’s Immigration when refusing entry.In the meantime, Prime Minister Holness reported that the meeting was fruitful, having arrived at decisions on several long-awaited matters.“We have had very useful, energetic, spirited discussions, exchanges and interactions over the last two days. These have led to a successful, productive and decisive conference,” he said.The Conference of Heads of Government, which consists of the Heads of Government of the Member States, is the supreme organ of CARICOM and determines and provides its policy direction. Prime Minister, and CARICOM Chairman, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, provided details on this and other decisions of the meeting during a press conference on Friday (July 6). The procedures, which will be applied at the border of each country, were adopted by CARICOM leaders during the just-concluded 39th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM, held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James from July 4 to 6.last_img read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Up 40 cents, or 4.3 per cent, to $9.70 on 23.3 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APHA). Health care. Up $1.18, or 10.34 per cent, to $12.59 on 20 million shares.The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings. (TSX:TGOD). Health care. Up 11 cents, or 3.12 per cent, to $3.63 on 8.2 million shares.Cronos Group Inc. (TSX:CRON). Health care. Up $1.56, or 6.06 per cent, to $27.31 on 6.8 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Energy. Down five cents, or 0.55 per cent, to $8.97 on 5.1 million shares.Trican Well Service Ltd. (TSX:TCW). Energy. Unchanged at $1.33 on 4.7 million shares. Companies reporting:Imperial Oil Ltd. (TSX:IMO). Down $1.74 or 4.67 per cent to $35.54. Imperial Oil is cutting its crude-by-rail shipments from 168,000 barrels per day in December to “near zero” this month and its CEO is placing the blame squarely on the Alberta government’s oil production curtailment order. The collapse in discounts on western Canadian crude oil prices since the cuts were announced in early December has ruined the economic case for shipping oil by rail to customers in the United States, Rich Kruger told a conference call Friday.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Down two cents to $1.97. Metrolinx says it will impose financial penalties on Bombardier after the Quebec train maker delivered only half of a promised six vehicles for Toronto’s Eglinton Crosstown LRT by deadline. The company was supposed to supply the first six of 76 cars to the provincial transportation agency by Friday. A Metrolinx spokesman declined to specify the financial penalties applicable under a $392-million contract signed with the manufacturer in 2017.Restaurant Brands International (TSX:QSR). Down 44 cents to $81.92. Ron Joyce, who rose from a childhood marked by the Great Depression to co-found the Tim Hortons doughnut chain, has died at the age of 88. Joyce invested in the first Tim Hortons shop in Hamilton in 1964 and helped grow it into a successful chain, with the company opening its 1,000th store in 1995. He became sole owner after Horton died in a car accident in 1974 and sold the chain to Wendy’s International Inc. in 1996. It was later purchased by Burger King and the two brands became Restaurant Brands International in 2014.SNC-Lavalin Inc. (TSX:SNC). Down 21 cents to $36.36. Former SNC chief executive Pierre Duhaime pleaded guilty to a charge of helping a public servant commit breach of trust for his role in a bribe scandal around the construction of a $1.3-billion Montreal hospital. Duhaime was the last defendant in a major corruption and fraud case involving the McGill University Health Centre project. His trial had been scheduled to start next week. Duhaime, 64, received a 20-month suspended sentence that will be served under house arrest. He left SNC-Lavalin in March 2012 after an independent review found that he had approved $56-million in payments to undisclosed agents.The Canadian Press Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,506.31, down 34.29 points). read more

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China to help strengthen fruit value chain in Sri Lanka

Daniel Gustafson, Deputy Director-General (Programmes) of FAO, Niu Dun, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of China to FAO and K.D.S. Ruwanchandra, Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture of Sri Lanka, attended the ceremony and signed the agreements on behalf of the Organization and their Governments respectively. China is to help strengthen the fruit value chain in Sri Lanka and an agreement to that effect was signed at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.The signing ceremony of the FAO-China South-South Cooperation Tripartite Agreement between the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the People’s Republic of China, and the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka took place at FAO headquarters on 6 December 2018, the FAO office in Colombo said today. FAO’s South-South Cooperation initiatives help developing countries share and transfer agricultural knowledge and expertise among themselves, so that innovation and good practices that have been tested elsewhere in the global South can benefit other countries facing similar challenges. China has been an active participant, strong supporter and major contributor of FAO’s South-South Cooperation, granting USD 80 million to the FAO-China South-South Cooperation Programme in support of knowledge sharing and technology transfer among southern countries.Sri Lanka is the second country in Asia (after Mongolia) to be funded through the FAO-China South-South Cooperation Programme. The new project, valued over USD 1.1 million, will mainly focus on the increase of fruit production and trade in and out of the country, contributing to FAO’s Strategic Objectives and to the Country Programming Framework for Sri Lanka. The aim of this South-South Cooperation project is to help Sri Lanka boost the production and commercialization of fruit crops among the value chain actors in the country. Sri Lanka has had strong economic growth since the end of its 30-year civil war, but the challenges remain critical. Poor cultivation and high post-harvest losses lead to low yield and inadequate adherence to international food safety standards. The project will include practical field-based capacity building through various implementation approaches. During the two years of the project, eight experts and six technicians will be fielded to offer technical guidance to local communities, transfer practical and advanced technologies and organize training courses. Priority areas will also include rising up the value chain of target fruit crops and helping develop domestic and export market to increase farmers’ income.Widely regarded as a successful practice, South-South Cooperation between FAO, China and Sri Lanka will enable the effective exchange of expertise while boosting national food security and small-scale farmer livelihoods in South Asia.Gustafson highly commended the notable contribution of China to the success of global South-South Cooperation since 1996. He recognized the achievement of this collaboration now expanding to Sri Lanka under the umbrella of the FAO-China South-South Cooperation Programme. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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US retail sales post modest rise in May as consumers spend cautiously

by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jun 12, 2014 6:36 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US retail sales post modest rise in May as consumers spend cautiously WASHINGTON – U.S. retail sales rose modestly in May as consumers turned cautious in their spending. But the weaker-than-expected result is unlikely to derail overall economic growth in the second quarter.Retail sales rose 0.3 per cent in May, helped by a jump in demand for autos, the Commerce Department said Thursday. The result follows a 0.5 per cent climb in April, which was revised up from an initial estimate of 0.1 per cent. March sales surged 1.5 per cent — the biggest one-month gain in four years.Analysts said any disappointment in May was offset by the change in April’s figure.“May retail sales fell short of estimates, although upward revisions to April make it about a wash versus consensus forecasts,” said Jay Feldman, director of U.S. Economics Research at Credit Suisse.Retail sales had fallen sharply in January as winter storms cut into shopping and various other types of economic activity. Economic growth went into reverse in the first quarter, shrinking at an annual rate of 1 per cent. But the revival in consumer spending has led economists to predict a solid rebound to 3 per cent growth or better in the current April-June quarter.For May, auto sales increased 1.4 per cent. The rise in auto sales had been expected after dealers reported last week that sales in May jumped to a nine-year high, helped by brisk demand for SUVs and pickup trucks. But sectors outside of autos did not fare as well.Paul Dales, senior U.S. economist at Capital Economics, said that the declines at department stores and appliance stores were hard to understand, given the rapid rise in employment. Households are also feeling wealthier with the strong gains in the stock market and in home prices.“We expect it won’t be long before sales start rising more rapidly,” Dales said in a research note. “Overall, the fundamentals suggest that the U.S. economy remains healthy.”Sales at hardware stores and furniture stores increased, but department store sales fell 1.4 per cent. A broader category that includes department stores and big box stores such as Wal-Mart and Target saw sales fall 0.6 per cent.Sales were also down at specialty clothing stores and electronics stores but posted a solid gain of 0.6 per cent in the category that includes Internet shopping.Many economists are forecasting that overall economic growth will remain at a solid 3 per cent level in the second half of the year.Part of the optimism reflects expectations that employers will keep increasing their hiring, with the extra jobs boosting incomes and supporting stronger consumer spending.The economy added 217,000 jobs in May, the fourth straight month of a gain of more than 200,000. That hasn’t happened since 1999. The unemployment rate remained unchanged in May at 6.3 per cent, the lowest in more than five years. read more

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Week In Brussels – Week ending Friday 20 July 2012

DOWNLOAD1. Commission proposes to open negotiations for a Free Trade deal with Japan2. Commission publishes roadworthiness proposals3. European new car registrations down 2.8% in June 20124. Commission targets barriers to single market for research and innovation5. Commission rejects extensions for NO2 standards6. Week aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

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McGlynn Norton lead Drake past North Dakota State 9588

MINNEAPOLIS — Nick McGlynn scored 23 points and Nick Norton posted a triple double as Drake held off North Dakota State, 95-88 at the U.S. Bank Stadium Basketball Classic on Saturday night.The game is the third of four games scheduled over two days at U.S. Bank Stadium, the first basketball games the facility has hosted and is the site of this season’s Final Four.Drake (5-1) shot 69.2 per cent from the field in the second half, knocking down 18 of 26 attempts, including 7 of 12 from beyond the 3-point arc. Overall the Bulldogs were 32 of 57 from the floor (56.1 per cent), 12 of 23 from deep.McGlynn, the team’s lone returning starter, posted 23 points for the second straight game. Norton, a graduate transfer from UAB, equaled his season high with 18 points and added career highs with 13 rebounds and 17 assists.Vinnie Shahid scored 29 points on 10-of-19 shooting from the field, including 5 of 12 from distance for North Dakota State (2-6). Deng Geu added 21 points.The Associated Press read more

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Plastic car parts made from bananas and pineapples

first_imgBananas are a pretty powerful fruit and I don’t mean because they are high in potassium. Earlier this month, it was revealed in a report, featured in the American Chemical Society’s journal Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, that minced bananas can be used to purify water. Now, research presented at a meeting of the society shows that bananas, along with pineapples and possibly other plants, can also be used to build parts for automobiles.By using bananas, pineapples, or other delicate fruit fibers to reinforce plastics, researchers from Brazil found that petroleum and natural gas, which are traditionally used to make plastics, are not needed. In addition to being renewable, the new plastics are also three to four times stronger and 30% lighter which offers vehicles better fuel mileage due to the reduced weight of the car and better longevity due to their greater resistance to damage from heat, spilled gasoline, water, and oxygen. The nano-cellulose plant fibers used to reinforce the plastics are said to be super strong and almost as stiff as Kevlar, the material used in bullet-proof vests. Out of all the fruits, researchers found that pineapple leaves and stems offer the best nano-cellulose fibers.If there is a downside to the newly discovered technology it is that the process used to produce the renewable plastic is costly. The process consists of placing the plant fibers into a device equivalent to that of a pressure cooker. Over several cycles, chemicals are added to the plants while the mixture is heated. When completed, a fine material of nano-cellulose is produced that looks like talcum powder. The good news is that while the process is costly, it only takes one poind of nano-cellulose to produce 100 pounds of the new plastic material.Read more at the American Chemicals Society press release.last_img read more

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Apple to launch iOS 5 TVs this year

first_imgIn the entertainment business Apple is a key player by both providing the hardware to watch and listen to content as well as operating the most popular digital content distribution service in the world. But its reach may soon go beyond smartphones, tablets, and computers. According to one former Apple executive, the company is hoping your next TV purchase will carry an Apple logo too.The exectuive wishes to remain anonymous, but has stated that Apple is looking to release a range of TVs that run on iOS later this year. That means iOS 5 and access to the App Store and iTunes on the big screen from the comfort of your sofa.AdChoices广告In so doing, Apple would effectively bypass all other services targeting your TV screen such as Netflix, Xbox Live, and cable networks in general. By giving you a TV with access to its own digital store out the box, why would you need to go anywhere else for content?Rather than developing a line of TVs on its own Apple is expected to partner with an established TV manufacturer that already has the links into retail and the factories to make the sets. That way Apple could sell the TVs through its own stores and online while also seeing them appear at the more typical home electronics outlets. At the same time, the partner would benefit from a potentially lucrative manufacturing contract with Apple even though it is competing against it at retail with its own products.Although the ex-Apple exectuive believes we could see the TVs announced in September alongside the iPhone 5, it could be next year before they appear if development doesn’t go according to plan. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard suggestion of Apple building their own TV with talk of a “smart TV” in development earlier this year.Read more at DailyTechMatthew’s OpinionIf Apple released a line of TVs it would effectively just be integrating the AppleTV device directly into the set. I can see why they would consider doing this as it would mean you could get your TV from an Apple Store rather than going somewhere else after buying the plug-in device.I’m sure there is a market there for people who want an Apple TV, but I doubt Apple would be willing to compete on price with the likes of Samsung, Sony, and Toshiba to name but a few. Profit margins are tight on TVs, and Apple isn’t known for offering budget price points. TVs could be a tough sell to even the most loyal Apple fans.last_img read more

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La santé des Français mise à mal par leur travail

first_imgLa santé des Français mise à mal par leur travailFrance – Les accidents du travail ont entraîné la mort de 569 personnes en 2008, soit de plus d’une personne par jour selon les chiffres révélés mardi par le ministère du Travail.Le gouvernement souhaite axer son plan d’action sur la prévention des maux, notamment dans les PME. Par ce biais, il espère réduire de 25% le nombre d’accidents du travail d’ici à 2012. “Leur nombre stagne à un niveau trop élevé, soit 700.000 accidents du travail en 2008 ”, a indiqué Eric Woerth, le ministre du Travail. 45.000 maladies professionnelles ont également été recensées en 2008 (troubles musculo-squelettiques, affections de la colonne vertébrale, maladies liées aux risques chimiques…), un chiffre en constante augmentation. De plus, 13% de la population active est exposée quotidiennement au minimum à un agent cancérigène. Eric Woerth ambitionne dans ce projet d’associer aux médecins des “ergonomes, psychologues, toxicologues, infirmières…” ainsi que de permettre aux salariés d’accéder facilement aux services de santé. Le 12 mai 2010 à 11:09 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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SelfDriving Volvo Trucks Ready to Work the Mines

first_img Volvo Trucks inked its first-ever commercial autonomous vehicle deal with Norwegian mining firm Brønnøy Kalk AS.Six self-driving Volvo FH trucks will carry limestone along a three-mile route between an open pit mine and nearby port.Don’t be fooled by the short journey from mine to crusher: These high-tech lorries must navigate tunnels and outdoor environments without anyone behind the wheel.(via Volvo Trucks)“It is exciting to reach this point,” Sasko Cuklev, director of autonomous solutions at Volvo Trucks, said in a statement.“By working in a confined area on a predetermined route, we can find out how to get the best out of the solution and tailor it according to specific customer needs,” he continued. “This is all about collaborating to develop new solutions, providing greater flexibility and efficiency as well as increased productivity.”Initial testing has proved successful, and will continue through the year; the autonomous transportation system is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2019.“This is an important step for us,” Raymond Langfjord, managing director of the mine, said.“We are continuously looking to increase our efficiency and productivity long-term,” he continued. “Going autonomous will greatly increase our competitiveness in a tough global market.”(via Volvo Trucks)Rather than purchasing individual autonomous trucks, Brønnøy Kalk is “buying a transport solution”—specifically, the shipment of limestone between two hubs. The firm pays per ton delivered.“Global transport needs are continuously changing at a very high pace and the industry is demanding new and advanced solutions to stay ahead,” according to Volvo Trucks President Claes Nilsson. “Our aim is to be the leader of the development of products and services to respond to these demands.”More coverage on Geek.com:Fully Autonomous Car Still Not Ready for Prime TimeVolvo’s Cars and Semis Can Now Talk To Each OtherPeople Prefer Driverless Cars Hit Animals, the Elderly Stay on target Help NASA Develop Autonomous RoversU.S. Army To Test Remote-Controlled Combat Vehicles last_img read more

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BSE closes points 20238 down on November 26

first_imgNew Delhi, November 26 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 202.38 points down to stand at 20,402.70. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 56.25 points down to stand at 6,059.10. Torrent Power and Indian Hotels were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 19.97% and 5.82% along with ABB Ltd. and United Brew with an increase of 4.79% and 4.71% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Piramal Enterprises Ltd. and BPCL with a decrease of 9.98% and 6.49% along with Unitech and Adani Enterprises Ltd. with a decrease of 5.90% and 5.51% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 56.65 points at 12,141.23, while the banking sector is down 182.57 points at 12,462.52 and the realty sector is down 12.19 points at 1,327.63. The Indian currency is down 0.11% at Rs 62.43 per dollar.last_img read more

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Pakistans heaviest man shifted to hospital by special military helicopter

first_imgNoor Hassan had to be lifted using special military helicopters to get admitted to a hospital in Lahore.IANSPakistan’s heaviest man, weighing 330 kg, Noor Hassan was shifted to a Lahore hospital for treatment by a special military helicopter on Wednesday, June 19, according to authorities.Hassan, who is unable to move freely due to his weight and other health complications, was transferred by a group of civilian and army rescue team, reported Xinhua news agency.The rescue operation involved breaking the wall of Hassan’s house as his body is too big to pass through the main gate, said reports.Originally hailing from Sadiqabad district, Hassan had appealed to the military to help him shift to a hospital. Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa made special arrangements for the transfer after the General heard his request.He will be receiving laparoscopic surgery at a hospital Lahore.While the Pakistani media claimed Hassan as the country’s heaviest man, the statement has not been officially confirmed.In 2017, a man weighing 360 kg, called ‘most obese person’ in Pakistan underwent laparoscopic surgery and succeeded to decrease his weight below 200 kg, reported IANS news agency.The Pakistan Endocrine Society’s last year’s report state, around 51 per cent of the population in the country were identified as obese while 29 per cent of them were categorized as overweight, reported IANS.last_img read more

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Find Out if the Dog Dies Before You Watch a Movie

first_img Geek Pick: Fi Smart Dog Collar Sniffs Out Your PetMan Saves Dog Left Tied to Electrical Cord on Side of Interstate Overpass We all have that one friend who can’t bear to watch a movie where an animal dies (me, for example). And yeah, I get the real world is hard, and we shouldn’t shelter ourselves blah blah, but look. I’ve seen some shit and maybe when I chillax for the night, I don’t want to see cute stuff dying. Also, content warning for mentions of a lot of rough stuff. That’s the idea behind doesthedogdie.com. It’s essentially a website that logs lots of information about various movies and shows and crowdsources answers on basic triggers. Some people (also me) really can’t stomach seeing torture on-screen. Others hate nail-pulling or anything with teeth, or whatever. The idea here is that if you’re looking to sit down for a good movie, you can do a quick scan (obviously with loads of spoilers). But it will let you know if it’s going to be something you can snuggle up with, or one that might need to be consumed alongside two gallons of hot chocolate and a giant baggie of marshmallows. The top movies currently include Avengers: Infinity War (no, no dead dogs), The Meg (also no), and… uhhh…. John Wick. Which… yeah. We shouldn’t even mention that anymore lest alternate-reality Wick pops out of a screen and murders me six ways to Sunday for even thinking about his pooch.Unfortunately, as of yet the database is pretty fresh, so there isn’t too much data on each film/show/book/game, but that’s part of the jam. As it gets more coverage, more people use it and it becomes more useful. And given just how many people I know from all different walks of life really want to have some idea about specific shit in a movie like… well whether or not the dog dies, this is a pretty good resource to keep your eye on. But yeah. Trillions of spoilers. So… mega-warning there.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Hawaii has officially become 12th state to ban gay cure therapy

first_imgThe Hawaii State Senate passed on 10 April banning any attempt to alter the sexual orientation or gender identity of LGBTI youth.Hawaii officially passes ‘gay cure’ therapy banChair of the LGBT Caucus of the Democratic Party Michael Golojuch said: ‘This has been a priority of the caucus for years,’ according to Hawaii News Now.‘[It] ensures that LGBTQ youth will not be tortured by mental health professionals,’ he said.The full list of US states include: New Jersey, California, Oregon, Illinois, Vermont, New Mexico, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Nevada, Washington and Maryland.The law goes into effect in Hawaii on 1 July.‘Overwhelming scientific research has shown that “conversion therapy” is not effective and frequently has lasting, harmful psychological impacts on minors,’ Ige said.‘This practice is neither medically or ethically appropriate.’The Trevor Project, a national charity providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for LGBTI youth, applauded Hawaii. Hawaii has officially become the 12th state in the US to ban ‘gay cure’ therapy to minors.Signed by the Governor David Ige yesterday (25 May), the law is the latest in a wave of protecting LGBTI teens from abuse and torture. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) ‘We’re seeing significant momentum to protect LGBTQ youth from the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy, and The Trevor Project calls on even more states to join Hawaii in banning this barbaric practice,’ said Amit Paley, CEO and executive director of The Trevor Project.Gay cure therapy: A realityConversion therapy is a reality for some LGBTI people, especially youth.Every mainstream health and psychological group in the world condemns the harmful practice.‘By passing this legislation, Hawaiian legislators are clearly demonstrating a passion for action to care for LGBTQ youth,’ said Sam Briton, a non-binary survivor of conversion therapy who works as head of advocacy and government affairs for The Trevor Project.‘Conversion therapy is a dangerous and discredited practice that I and nearly 700,000 LGBTQ people have survived. We are so grateful to Hawaii for protecting our youth from its trauma,’ they continued.In a viral opinion piece by Gay Star News, we explore the harsh reality for people who are often forced into these situations.Doctors tortured and starved Raymond Buys and even forced him to eat his own feces. Severely malnourished, dehydrated, with wounds all over his body, he lay in intensive care for four weeks until he died.Reports out of Ecuador also reveal illegal gay cure therapies force feed, beat, electroshock and rape LGBTI patients.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…center_img GAYSTARNEWS- Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/hawaii-has-officially-become-12th-state-to-ban-gay-cure-therapy/last_img read more

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Contrast Media Injectors A 14 B Market by 2025

first_imgFeature | Contrast Media Injectors | March 07, 2018 | Grand View Research Inc. Contrast Media Injectors A $1.4 B Market by 2025 This article originally ran as the Contrast Media Injectors chart introduction in the March 2018 issue. The chart can be viewed here. The global contrast media injectors market is expected to reach $1.4 billion by 2025, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.8 percent, according to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc., a research firm based in San Francisco. Rising demand for minimally invasive surgical procedures is a major factor expected to boost the market during the forecast period. These devices assist surgeons in accurate insertion of contrast agents with reduced human errors, thus increasing the accuracy and efficiency of surgical procedures. They play a crucial role in intra-operative computed tomography (iCT), intra-operative magnetic resonance imaging (iMRI) and interventional cardiology. Availability of advanced injector systems for diagnosis and intra-operative imaging has boosted adoption of these systems.Technological advancements, such as automated contrast media injectors and double-head injectors, are also among major factors supporting the growth of the market. Automated contrast media injectors provide improved patient safety, accuracy and enhance image quality. Also, double-head injectors allow a large and rapid initial bolus of contrast, which is required in several imaging procedures.Minimally invasive surgical procedures provide various advantages, such as smaller incisions, rapid wound healing, shorter hospital stays, less pain and minor surgical wounds. Minimally invasive surgical procedures with contrast media injectors deliver high-quality real-time imaging of the surgical site, and ensure that surgeons are treating the appropriate area. Thus, adoption of these products for minimally invasive surgeries is rising gradually and expected to fuel growth.Increase in prevalence of several chronic diseases, such as cancer, as well as cardiac, neurological and orthopedic diseases is expected to boost the market. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), an estimated 1.7 million new cancer cases were diagnosed in 2017 in the U.S. The ACS also stated that 28.4 million adults were diagnosed with heart disease in 2015. Thus, there is growing demand for advanced products for diagnosis and treatment of chronic diseases, which is projected to drive growth. Type InsightsIn 2016, the single-head injectors segment accounted for the largest revenue share of the market because it is most widely used for angiography, CT and MRI. In addition, the low price of these products as compared to other systems is expected to drive demand in emerging economies, such as China, India and Brazil. The launch of new products is expected to boost this segment.The syringeless injectors segment is expected to grow with the highest CAGR during the forecast period owing to its advantages, such as user-friendliness, high efficiency and minimum wastage of contrast media. Several leading players are focusing on development and launching of syringeless injectors, which is projected to drive the growth of the segment.Availability of well-established healthcare infrastructure and high healthcare expenditure in developed countries, including the U.S., Japan, France, Germany and the U.K., is expected to boost the market. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. healthcare expenditure was around $3.2 trillion in 2015 and accounted for approximately 17.8 percent of the gross domestic product. These factors are expected to support market growth. Technology | Contrast Media | August 05, 2019 Bracco Receives FDA Approval for Varibar Thin Liquid for Oral Suspension Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Varibar Thin Liquid (barium… read more News | Radiology Business | April 24, 2019 ITN Wins Jesse H. Neal Award for Best Technical Content April 24, 2019 — Imaging Technology News (ITN) was recently named the 2019 Jesse H. read more GU12171120 Sponsored Content | Case Study | Contrast Media | January 30, 2019 Captisol-enabled Contrast Media with Reduced Renal Toxicity in Development The medical imaging market relies heavily on contrast media, injected into patients to increase the contrast of bodil read more CT Injector InsightsIn 2016, the CT injector systems segment was the largest revenue-generating segment of the market due to widespread application of these systems in cancer surgery, neurosurgery, cardiovascular surgery and spinal procedures. In addition, high adoption of minimally invasive surgeries is expected to boost the market.The rising prevalence of chronic diseases, including cancer, neurological disorders and arthritis, is expected to propel demand for this product segment. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cancer is the second largest cause of death, and around 14 million new cases of cancer were diagnosed worldwide in 2012.The MRI injector systems segment is expected to exhibit the highest growth over the study period owing to technological advancements such as 3-D isotropic imaging, high efficiency in tumor detection, higher quality visualization and exquisite quality imaging. Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more News | Neuro Imaging | March 18, 2019 Non-Contrast MRI Effective in Monitoring MS Patients Brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) without contrast agent is just as effective as the contrast-enhanced approach… read more center_img Application InsightsThe radiology segment held the largest share in the market because it is primarily for diagnosis of various diseases including heart conditions, breast cancer, colon cancer, broken bones, gastrointestinal conditions and blood clots. In addition, this segment is projected to grow at a lucrative rate owing to rise in demand for noninvasive medical imaging techniques.The U.S., Japan, Germany, U.K. and France are estimated to account for the maximum usage of contrast media injectors. Rise in the burden of several chronic diseases, growing investments by governments to improve healthcare infrastructure and availability of expert radiologists in these countries is projected to contribute toward growth.  Feature | Contrast Media Injectors | April 11, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis Using Artificial Intelligence to Reduce Gadolinium Contrast One of the most controversial issues in radiology in recent years has been the use of… read more Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more Example of full-dose, 10 percent low-dose and algorithm-enhanced low-dose. Image courtesy of Enhao Gong, Ph.D. Related Content Sponsored Content | Case Study | Contrast Media Injectors | April 02, 2019 The Power In Prefilled Syringes The continuing search for advantages to improve workflow has radiology departments constantly searching for new solut read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | March 07, 2019 Ultrasound Societies Urge FDA to Remove Black Box Warning on Contrast Agents National and international ultrasound societies are urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to remove the “black… read more Grand View Research is a U.S.-based market research and consulting company, registered in the State of California and headquartered in San Francisco. The company provides syndicated research reports, customized research reports and consulting services. Grand View Research database is used by the world’s renowned academic institutions and Fortune 500 companies to understand global and regional business environment. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

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