first_imgNEW YORK –  Peyton Manning had a little fun with little brother Eli’s sad face at the Super Bowl during an appearance on NBC’s “Tonight Show.”Peyton said he understood why Eli wasn’t elated like other relatives in the luxury suite at Levi’s Stadium who were jumping and celebrating after Denver’s late touchdown sealed the Broncos’ 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers.He said Eli had his game face on.“Eli and I have always supported each other. I think Eli was analyzing the game and kind of into the game like I would be as if he were playing it. And so he was just as happy,” Peyton told host Jimmy Fallon during the show that aired Wednesday night.Then, he and Fallon quickly pivoted to a bit where they spoke to a life-sized cutout of Eli, the New York Giants quarterback who won two Super Bowl rings himself.“It’s funny, when I saw that clip, Jimmy, I’ve seen that look before. I’ve recognized it. At other big moments in my life he kind of had that similar expression,” Peyton said.“I can remember 18 years ago, calling the night before the draft and said: ‘Eli, guess what? The Colts are going to draft me No. 1 in the NFL draft tomorrow.’”The camera showed cardboard Eli’s expressionless face.“Eli, I got us front-row tickets to see Adele!” Fallon chimed in as the audience roared.“I remember almost five years ago: ‘Eli, Ashley and I are expecting twins. You’re going to be an uncle,’” Peyton said.“And then like four years ago coming off this (series of neck fusion surgeries), I was like: ‘Eli, guess what, my neck has finally healed. I’m going to play football again.’”Fallon finished the bit by saying: “All those big moments in your life, he’s always there for you. That’s what a brother is for.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_img Continue Reading Previous congatec: new embedded edge server technologies for the energy sectorNext Portwell launches compact and robust IoT gateway PC “If you hate changing batteries, you’re going to like the technologies we’re developing to help eliminate that problem,” said John Hennessy, advisor to Atmosic and chairman of the board of Alphabet. “The Atmosic team is applying its extensive wireless and low-power expertise to bring innovative radio and energy-saving designs to market. Our mission is to redefine battery life.Many of the IoT end points powered by batteries make them truly “wire free” solutions. However the opportunity cost of replacing batteries frequently is significantly more than the cost of battery. Having battery-free or forever battery life solutions greatly eliminates the recurring operating and opportunity costs, said Srinivas Pattamatta, VP of Atmosic.Atmosic has developed three innovative technologies: Lowest Power Radio, On-demand Wake-up, and Controlled Energy Harvesting. The first is aimed at solving the energy and management challenges of IoT devices such as beacons and fitness trackers. Atmosic’s controlled energy harvesting brings a new level of battery performance.Figure 2: Atmosic Bluetooth 5 ultra-low power single chip [Source: Atmosic] The Bluetooth 5 standard was designed primarily to share information between devices within the confines of the home or a car and in a workplace. That said, the new version of Bluetooth has properties that should make it attractive for some Internet of things applications. Atmosic Technologies is focusing on low-power Bluetooth 5 wireless platforms to enable networks of IoT devices that are, as the company says,”Forever Connected, Anywhere.”The new Bluetooth 5 offers performance improvements over legacy Bluetooth of four times the range, twice the speed, and eight times the bandwidth. Bluetooth 5 extends the functions that were already provided by the previous versions and aims at greater flexibility and interaction between the network-connected devices.What might link Bluetooth 5 to the IoT at large is the presence of Bluetooth in smartphones and tablets. Many IoT applications require a long-range but minimal bandwidth capacity, transmitting data only intermittently. Bluetooth stands as an alternative for other IoT applications, offering mesh networking that can include a large number of nodes. Bluetooth 5 can guarantee a decentralized system of devices without having to resort to a single controller hub – a real peer-to-peer communication network in which the nodes are equivalent or, better, equal. Different products will be able to interact and work together.The Bluetooth 5 standard also gives special attention to connection security. This is mainly done to avoid interference with other wireless devices connected to the network and thus facilitate the use of IoT applications.By 2023, there will be over 30 billion Bluetooth-enabled devices worldwide, with a growing percentage destined for IoT applications.Atmosic, with its RF CMOS design, focuses on a vision of low-power IoT applications that might not even have batteries, thereby avoiding problems related to battery life.Dropping batteries will have a strong impact on costs and maintenance (Figure 1). The growth and evolution of Bluetooth systems is surely linked to the growth leading to the IoT industry in these years and in the coming years.Figure 1: improvement in battery life with Bluetooth 5 [Source: Atmosic] Figure 3: Atmosic technology [Source: Atmosic] By using their energy harvesting solution, the system can generate several tens of milliwatts with an efficiency of 30 to 40 percent, excluding the loss of the RF path.Various parameters must be evaluated, which can decide the performance of an RF energy harvesting project. Critical parameters such as efficiency, sensitivity, operating distance, and output power are defined as the standard for making relative comparisons. The Q factor is generally defined as a dimensionless value that describes how strong the resonance is. Each antenna has its optimal operating frequency, precisely known as the resonance frequency. The latter is determined by the capacitance and inductance characteristics of the antenna. The capacity and inductance of an antenna are functions of the frequency and physical size of the antenna itself. The larger the antenna size, the lower the resonance frequency. The bandwidth of an antenna is the frequency range in which the antenna can work efficiently. Narrowband antennas offer excellent conversion efficiencies but can only recover a limited amount of energy.Energy harvesting can use several environmental sources and provides an unlimited operational life for low power equipment, thus eliminating the need to replace batteries which is expensive and impractical in many IoT applications. The possibility of radiofrequency energy harvesting therefore offers space to the general concept of collecting RF energy from both internal and external environment, of any characteristic in the range of radio frequencies and in the energy range whose limits are set only by the natural threshold of thermal noise and the performance of the collection device.>> This article was originally published on our sister site, EE Times:”The Next Wave of IoT Bluetooth Devices Might Not Have Batteries.” The Atmosic M2 series solutions are compliant with the Bluetooth 5 standard and improved with low-power radio and Wake Up on-demand technologies to require 10 to 100 times less power. The M3 series Atmosic solutions have added controlled energy harvesting that allows operation without batteries, thus ensuring battery life or battery-free operation forever (Figure 2 and 3). Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: IoT, Wireless last_img read more

first_imgGremio 1 Lanus 0: Cicero gives Brazilians advantage in Libertadores final Sacha Pisani Last updated 1 year ago 09:46 11/23/17 Gremio-cropped Getty Images Cicero was the hero for Gremio, coming off the bench to score an 83rd-minute winner against Lanus on Wednesday. Gremio drew first blood in the Copa Libertadores final after claiming a late 1-0 victory over visiting Lanus in the opening leg.Substitute Cicero was the hero on Wednesday as he came off the bench to give two-time South American champions Gremio a slender advantage in the 83rd minute.The highly anticipated Libertadores showpiece seemed to be petering out to a draw with Argentine side Lanus frustrating the Brazilian hosts in Porto Alegre. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But Cicero, who replaced Jailson in the 72nd minute, stabbed the ball past Lanus goalkeeper Esteban Andrada with seven minutes remaining following Jael’s flick-on.It sparked wild celebrations in the stands as Gremio fans dream of their first Libertadores title since 1995.Lanus – featuring in the Libertadores final for the first time – will host the return leg on November 29.last_img read more

first_imgTransfers Figo: I hope Ronaldo stays at Real Madrid Sacha Pisani 10:49 6/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) CristianoRonaldo - Cropped Getty Images Transfers Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo Primera División Portugal World Cup The former Blancos star hopes that the club’s talisman decides to continue in the Spanish capital Former Real Madrid star Luis Figo is hopeful Cristiano Ronaldo will remain at the European champions.Ronaldo’s future has dominated headlines since the 33-year-old hinted at a shock exit following Madrid’s third successive Champions League triumph last month.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner – who later apologised for his post-final comments before appearing to offer hope over his future during Madrid’s trophy parade – has been linked with a return to former club Manchester United and French champions Paris Saint-Germain. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Asked about Ronaldo after Madrid’s legends team beat Arsenal at the Santiago Bernabeu, Figo said: “I hope that Cristiano stays like all Real Madrid fans.”One day he will stop playing and Real Madrid will continue to be one of the best clubs in the world.”Ronaldo is gearing up for the World Cup with Portugal, who will face Spain (June 15), Morocco (June 20) and Iran (June 25) in Group B.last_img read more

first_imgTario Fuller runs for Purdue against Ohio.WEST LAFAYETTE, IN – SEPTEMBER 08: Tario Fuller #25 of the Purdue Boilermakers runs the ball during a game against the Ohio Bobcats at Ross-Ade Stadium on September 8, 2017 in West Lafayette, Indiana. Purdue won 44-21. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Tario Fuller was the likely starter at running back for Purdue heading into fall. He’s dealt with injuries throughout his career, which began back in 2015, and another has apparently reared its ugly head.The fifth-year senior has 67 rushes through three seasons with Purdue. His 82 total touches for 458 yards and two touchdowns make him the most experienced option at the position for Jeff Brohm this fall.Unfortunately, he went down once again today, during the Boilermakers’ scrimmage. It is unclear the nature or extent of his injury, but Brohm called it “significant.”From the Journal & Courier:Coach Jeff Brohm said fifth-year running back Tario Fuller sustained a “significant” injury during the scrimmage, which began outside but was moved indoors because of threatening weather. Brohm said the injury happened during a special teams period.The loss of Fuller, who is battling with Zander Horvath for the No. 1 spot, would impact the offense and remove a player from the lineup who has shown explosiveness and big-play ability.“Tario got hurt today and we’ll see the extent of it. He may be out a while,” Brohm said. “It makes that position thinner and makes the young freshmen have to step in and play.”Horvath, a redshirt sophomore, got a bit of action for the first time last season. He carried the ball nine times for 42 yards and a touchdown, and caught four passes for 38 yards.The other options at the position are freshmen Da’Joun Hewitt and King Doerue, and walk-on Alfred Armour.Fuller has had surgeries on his ankle, to repair a torn labrum, and on a sports hernia between 2017 and 2018. He’s played in just 13 games in three years as an active member of Purdue’s program. Hopefully, this injury isn’t as serious as it seems, and he can get back this season.[Journal & Courier]last_img read more

first_img An Introduction to the Fine Sport of Bouldering Editors’ Recommendations Kick Back in Style with the Best Soccer Jerseys to Sport Right Now 11 Under-the-Radar Cities in Canada Worth Exploring Hector Vivas/Stringer/Getty ImagesThe World Cup is, hands down, one of the most popular sporting events on the planet. Every four years, countries come together in the spirit of sportsmanship to play on the pitch — and, in 2026, those teams will be meeting in the United States, Mexico, and Canada.FIFA approved the United Bid submitted by the three North American nations on June 13, one day before the 2018 World Cup kicks off (pun intended) in Russia.The decision by FIFA — aka the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, the governing body of the World Cup — is monumental for a variety of reasons. Not only is this first time that three countries have hosted a World Cup simultaneously (and the first time the event has come to North America in 32 years), but the format will be expanded from 32 teams to include 48 teams.“Hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup is a rare and important moment to demonstrate that we are all truly united through sport,” said Carlos Cordeiro, president of U.S. Soccer and co-chair of the United Bid, in a statement.“We are grateful for the chance to bring to life FIFA’s new vision for the future of football,” added Decio de Maria, president of Mexico Football Federation and fellow co-chair. “Together … we will use this platform to unite the world around football and help create a new and sustainable blueprint for the future of FIFA World Cups”The United Bid highlights 23 candidate cities and proposed stadiums to hold the matches, of which there will be 80. Most of the potential hosts are located in the United States, but Mexico and Canada pitched (pun also intended) three locations each: Mexico City, Monterrey, and Guadalajara and Montreal, Edmonton, and Toronto, respectively. Where exactly the games will be played has yet to be decided, but the American contenders include:Atlanta, Georgia (Mercedes-Benz Stadium)Baltimore, Maryland (M&T Bank Stadium)Boston, Massachusetts (Gillette Stadium)Cincinnati, Ohio (Paul Brown Stadium)Dallas, Texas (AT&T Stadium)Denver, Colorado (Sports Authority Field, aka Mile High Stadium)Houston, Texas (NRG Stadium)Kansas City, Missouri (Arrowhead Stadium)Los Angeles, California (Rose Bowl)Miami, Florida (Hard Rock Stadium)Nashville, Tennessee (Nissan Stadium)New York City, New York (MetLife Stadium)Orlando, Florida (Camping World Stadium)Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Lincoln Financial FieldSan Francisco, California (Levi’s Stadium)Seattle, Washington (CenturyLink Field)Washington, D.C. (FedExField)World Cup 2026 can’t come soon enough, but thankfully we’ve World Cup 2018 in Russia and World Cup 2022 in Qatar to hold us over until then. Who are you rooting for this year? Kicking It With Timber Joey of the Portland Timbers Soccer Team 10 Destination-Worthy Food Halls Throughout the U.S. last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The state government will remove the loose iron girders from the construction site of Vivekananda Road flyover, the first step towards its demolition.A tender to pull down the flyover will be floated soon. A committee set up under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary had recommended demolition of the structure. A 41-meter iron slab of the flyover fell on April 1, 2016 in which 26 people died and 11 were injured. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee visited the site and supervised the debris cleaning operation herself. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe construction of the flyover began in 2009 during the Left Front regime. Earlier, in 2008, funds under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). The estimated cost of the project was Rs 168 crore in 2008 when it was commissioned. Ashok Bhattacharya was the then Urban Development minister when Delhi had cleared the proposal. When a portion of the flyover collapsed in 2016, around 75 percent of the construction of the bridge was completed. The construction of the flyover was mooted to ease Howrah-bound traffic movement from East Kolkata. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaFrom the very first day after the construction began, there had been movement to stop the process because of its faulty design. Development Employees Joint Action Committee had opposed its construction. After the construction of the flyover, it was found that many residents could not open the windows of their flats as the boundary wall of the structure was just two feet away from their buildings. But the Left Front government refused to listen to their objection and finally went ahead with the project. As per the design of the flyover, the stretch on the road going towards Howrah from the Vivekananda Road side was wider than the one coming from Howrah. Many engineers had also pointed out the faulty design.last_img read more

first_imgINUVIK, N.W.T. — Climate change affects all parts of life in the North and any plan to deal with it must be just as wide-ranging, says a strategy document to be released today by Canada’s Inuit.“This is something that isn’t just a policy area for us,” said Natan Obed, head of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, which wrote the strategy. “It also is a life-and-death situation for people who are still inextricably linked to the environment.”The Arctic is warming twice as quickly as the rest of the planet and that means the Inuit need their own plan to deal with it, Obed said.Accompanied by federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna in Inuvik, N.W.T., Obed is to release a 48-page outline that says climate change can’t be tackled without addressing many of the other problems Inuit face.“We have often been seen as the canary in the coal mine, often brought forward to tell the world about how the Arctic is changing, but that’s usually where it ends,” Obed said in an interview. “Inuit have decided we are going to seek a partnership with the government of Canada and start to adapt any way we can through co-ordinated action.”McKenna, who promised an initial million-dollar contribution to implement the plan, agrees Inuit need their own approach.“You don’t want climate policy for Inuit being designed in Ottawa,” she said.The plan deals with much more than melting sea ice. It calls for renewed infrastructure — from civic buildings to airstrips to waste facilities — that is threatened by permafrost melt. It also recommends turning away from aging, carbon-intensive diesel generators that power northern communities.  It insists climate change amplifies social problems and can’t be considered apart from them.“The climate risks we face compound the social and economic inequities we have endured for generations,” the document says.  McKenna acknowledged that.“It is everything from health and well-being to food to infrastructure to energy. And that is a much smarter way of going to tackle a really challenging problem.”The plan includes specific recommendations to reform building codes and practices in the North to incorporate Inuit knowledge. It also calls for spending on air and marine transport and improved telecommunications.It asks for power utilities, designed and controlled by Inuit, that build on renewable energy such as hydro, solar and wind. It says more research is needed into sustainable energy practical for the Arctic and extra funding is needed for energy-efficient housing.Hunters should be supported to ease food insecurity and increase safety of those travelling on the changing landscape, the plan suggests.It would take at least a decade to follow through on all the plan’s recommendations, Obed said. But some items are more pressing.“The infrastructure needs and the (housing) retrofits are definitely going to be needed in the coming years. Those investments are going to cost a lot of money.”McKenna said the government is aware of the need, but she wouldn’t make any promises.“Clearly, there are broader needs in terms of infrastructure and getting communities off diesel,” she said. “We need to look at these investments and we need to look at the health and well-being of Inuit economic prosperity through a climate lens as well.”— By Bob Weber in Edmonton. Follow @row1960 on TwitterThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA — The skies will be filled with fireworks and military aircraft today as Canada Day celebrations are held across the country.From Nova Scotia westward to British Columbia the military will soar high above revellers celebrating Canada’s 152nd birthday, showcasing a range of aircraft both new and old including helicopters, Hercules transports, and fighter jets.The Snowbirds are also set for a flypast of the Parliament buildings in Ottawa as part of the festivities in the nation’s capital.Once the sun goes down Parliament Hill will also be the setting for the country’s premier fireworks display.In her recorded message marking the occasion Governor General Julie Payette says she hopes Canadians get out and about regardless of the weather to hike, to celebrate and to watch the fireworks.After all, she says, “we are a land of four solid seasons and it is not a little rain or a little snow that will stop us.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgVoli Light Vodkas is raising up to 500,000 minutes for Cellphones for Soldiers this holiday season. And Fergie is giving them a helping hand.Voli Light Vodkas are working with for an online auction for a VIP table at a very special charity event in LA hosted by Fergie.The auction will give you the chance to win:• VIP table at Voli December 6th Event at a major nightclub in West Hollywood, CA (location disclosed upon winning bid) • VIP entry for 6 guests • Voli Light Vodkas bottle service all night • Photo on Step and Repeat for all 6 guests • Gift bag for winner with Signed Pitbull and Melissa Gorga itemsCell Phones for Soldiers Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing cost-free communication services to active duty military members and veterans. Based in Norwell, Mass., Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded in 2004 by Robbie and Brittany Bergquist, then 12 and 13 years old. The organization has provided more than 168 million minutes of free talk time to deployed military members. Beginning in 2012, “Helping Heroes Home” will provide emergency funds for returning veterans to alleviate communication challenges as well as physical, emotional and assimilation hardships. For more information, click here.For more information about donating and this auction opportunity, click here.last_img read more

first_imgActress, devoted animal advocate and Georgia native Kim Basinger wants the world to know the truth about what happens behind closed doors to dogs acquired from a notorious dog dealer and used in unnecessary, harmful research at Georgia Regents University (GRU).As the narrator of a shocking new undercover video produced by The Humane Society of the United States, Kim helps call much needed attention to the facility’s relationship with a Class B dealer who has been, for years, under federal investigation for serious animal welfare violations and who was recently formally charged by the USDA with those violations.Filmed by The HSUS during a 3-month long undercover investigation at GRU, the video exposes the stark reality of life and death in an animal research facility, where dogs, like “Shy Guy” who is featured in the video, are subjected to painful procedures and then ultimately killed – all for the sake of cosmetic dentistry experiments.GRU and other laboratories have continued to buy dogs and cats from Class B dealers, who round up animals from “random sources” such as auctions and flea markets, despite knowing that such dealers frequently traffic in stolen family pets.A long-time critic of USDA licensed Class B random source dealers and their unscrupulous dealings, Basinger knows first-hand the trauma of having a pet stolen. In 2011, her niece’s dog was taken in a home robbery.Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS, said: “Dogs don’t need to die for frivolous dental experiments. It’s painful to watch these forlorn dogs sacrificed for these questionable purposes. And the situation is compounded by the university’s relationship with an unscrupulous animal dealer.”last_img read more

first_imgAPTN National News WINNIPEG–The child welfare system is continuing the work of the Indian residential school system by alienating Indigenous children from their culture, says the chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.TRC Chair Murray Sinclair spoke to chiefs at the Assembly of First Nations annual meeting held in Winnipeg Tuesday. AFN chiefs are meeting to elect a new national chief.Sinclair delivered an update on the work of the commission, which has been delving into the dark history of residential schools by collecting survivor testimony and historical documents that chronicle the more than century-long existence of the schools.Sinclair said he saw many similarities between residential schools and the child welfare system in how they have treated Indigenous children.“The issue of child welfare is an important topic,” said Sinclair. “If you think about it, residential schools were really not about education, they were about taking children away from their family…they were a huge child welfare system and we see the ongoing impact on that role in the child welfare system. The child welfare system is perpetuating the work for residential schools in many ways.”Sinclair said the commission’s final report, expected to be released by July 1, 2015, will include a section on the child welfare system.He also mentioned the work of Cindy Blackstock, who heads the First Nation Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, and her human rights complaint against Ottawa.In the complaint Blackstock alleges the federal government has grossly underfunded First Nation child welfare systems.Blackstock also spoke to the AFN chiefs.Sinclair said the TRC’s final report would include a section on genocide. He added that a large section of the report will deal with the issue of reconciliation.“We want everyone to understand that reconciliation is not just an Aboriginal program,” said Sinclair. “All of Canada needs to accept responsibility for the reconciliation path we are on.”Sinclair said the final report would discuss those students who were excluded from the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement, which gave birth to the TRC. Students who attended day schools or sanitariums were not included in the settlement.Sinclair said the final report would also be touching on the issues of poverty, the legacy of residential schools and murdered and missing Indigenous women. He said the first two volumes of the report would focus on the history of residential schools.The TRC plans to celebrate the end of its mandate next year from May 31 to June 3. Sinclair said a walk for reconciliation is planned for Ottawa on May 31.“We would like you all to be there,” said read more

“Gaza’s food security remains an issue of serious concern, the World Food Programme (WFP) says. Naval restrictions continue to block all boats from fishing off-shore, crippling the fishing industry,” UN spokesman Marie Okabe told reporters in New York.“Furthermore, Gaza’s agricultural markets continue to suffer from access restrictions. WFP is distributing food to 220,000 of the most vulnerable people among Gaza’s non-refugee population.”Also on the humanitarian front, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has delivered five water tankers to municipalities in Gaza with damaged water networks, and also stepped up support for vaccination services in the northern West Bank, she added.Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on Wednesday that following an agreement between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas on forming a unity Government, the diplomatic Quartet on the Middle East, which includes the UN, will meet next week to discuss these developments and possible ways to provide humanitarian assistance to the occupied territory.International donors have baulked at funding the Hamas-led Palestinian Government because it has yet to renounce violence and the continuing conflict with Israel has led to what Mr. Annan described as a “very desperate and serious situation” in the occupied territory.The diplomatic Quartet on the Middle East – comprising the UN, United States, European Union (EU) and the Russian Federation – are sponsoring the Road Map plan for a two-State solution, with Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace, however Mr. Annan has lamented its lack of progress.Over the past few months there have been several high-level UN meetings on the worsening plight of the Palestinians in the occupied territory and last week a UN conference of Civil Society in Support of the Palestinian People adopted a plan of action aimed at addressing their plight. read more

Baseball America released its annual list of Top 100 Prospects last month, tabbing Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton as the best emerging talent in baseball. But what can you expect out of the No. 1 prospect — or Nos. 2 through 100, for that matter?I gathered data on Baseball America’s historical Top 100 lists back to 1990 and tracked how many wins above replacement (WAR) each player generated over the seven seasons after each list was released. (A team has control of its players for the first six years of their careers, according to service time, but not every prospect’s clock starts ticking the same year he’s ranked by Baseball America.)For example, Baseball America’s No. 1 slot gets 46 WAR from 1995’s top prospect, Alex Rodriguez. But the top spot loses 1.9 WAR from Todd Van Poppel, one of the game’s all-time biggest busts. Among 18 players from 1990 to 2007, the average for Baseball America’s top spot was nearly 20 WAR.Do this for all 100 slots, and you arrive at an average, early-career WAR total for each ranking. It’s not a perfectly smooth drop-off from each spot to the next — for instance, the average at No. 10 (15.5 WAR) was quite a bit higher than the average at No. 5 (9.3) — but overall, the shape of the list’s average WAR resembles a logarithmic curve. In other words, a disproportionate amount of WAR is generated by the top handful of prospects.The expected future value of a guy like Buxton is about 17 WAR over the next seven seasons (that’s 2.5 WAR per year, which would be solid for a starter but something less than an All-Star on average). If that number seems low, it’s because Baseball America’s top prospects, from A-Rod to Van Poppel, have been all over the place. This underscores the difficulty Baseball America, or any scouting organization, faces when trying to project the future for 20-year-old prospects, as even the most promising talents have a history of flaming out. read more

first_imgFirefox is widely regarded as a very secure web browser, and that’s a reputation that Mozilla has worked tirelessly to build over the past eight years — blacklisting extensions, shutting down insecure plug-ins, revoking certificates, and patching holes as quickly as they appear. But even Firefox has some lingering security issues. One of those is the ease with which a third-party application can sneak unwanted (and potentially malicious) extensions into a user’s profile.Researchers at Zscaler have shared a demo that shows just how easy it can be. All an application has to do is to inject a few bits into the Firefox extensions.SQLite database. Normally Firefox checks to see if any extensions have been added from one launch to the next and users are shown an alert if a previously unknown extension is found. The injection neutralizes that check. By flipping the correct values, Firefox can be tricked into thinking that the extension has already been given the green light by a user.That enables a third-party software installer to sneak in something like a moneymaking toolbar or search extension. Those, of course, are comparatively benign examples. It would be just as easy to activate something more malicious — such as a keylogger or a password stealer — without a user ever being alerted.It’s also possible to append malicious code to an existing extension instead of adding a new one. That would keep the malware from showing up in the Add-ons Manager, so even users who are vigilant enough to manually inspect the list from time to time would be none the wiser.What’s the solution? Perhaps it would be a good idea to follow Google’s lead and draw a line in the sand. As of Chrome 25, silent extension installs will be disabled by default and the prompts have been set up in such a way that most users won’t re-enable the offenders.last_img read more

first_imgHépatite C : bientôt un nouveau type de médicaments en testUn nouveau type de médicaments antiviraux pourrait bientôt être testé dans le cadre de l’infection par le virus de l’hépatite C, et cela après la découverte du rôle important de deux enzymes dans la maladie.Dans le cadre d’une collaboration internationale, l’équipe de chercheurs de Thomas Baumer (Inserm/Université de Strasbourg, France) a clairement identifié deux nouveaux éléments ayant un rôle déterminant dans la possibilité donnée au virus de l’hépatite C d’intégrer les cellules du foie. Ainsi, deux enzymes ont clairement été identifiées pour leur rôle dans ce processus. Les chercheurs de Strasbourg se sont associés à des équipes allemandes, américaines et britanniques pour effectuer un criblage des cellules du foie, autrement appelées hépatocytes. À lire aussiAntihistaminique : qu’est-ce que c’est ? A quoi ça sert ?Ces hépatocytes produisent des enzymes kinases, dont 58 ont été identifiées dans le cadre de la recherche, explique l’AFP. Finalement, deux kinases ont été identifiées comme jouant un rôle important dans l’installation de l’hépatite C dans le foie humain, puisque l’EGFR et l’EphA2 semblent avoir pour rôle de faciliter l’assemblage des récepteurs du virus auprès des cellules de foie. Les chercheurs ont d’ores et déjà trouvé qu’en bloquant l’enzyme EGFR, ils pouvaient limiter l’entrée du virus dans le foie voire même réduire l’infection. Une découverte qui ouvre la voie à la mise au point d’un nouveau type de médicaments antiviraux qui devraient bientôt être testés et qui auront pour objectif d’inhiber le rôle des enzymes identifiées. L’hépatite C est une affection évoluant souvent en cancer ou cirrhose du foie, qui touche 170 millions de personnes dans le monde.Le 25 avril 2011 à 11:15 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgL’application Steam arrive sur smartphoneValve a développé une application en version bêta de Steam, plateforme de téléchargement très prisée des joueurs PC.Valve a rendu accessibles aux utilisateurs d’iOS et d’Android des applications dédiées à sa plateforme de jeux en ligne. Ces deux programmes sont proposées en version bêta, mais elles permettent tout de même d’accéder à plusieurs fonctions de Steam, plateforme de téléchargement très prisée des joueurs sur PC classique.Après installation, les applications nécessitent une connexion de la part de l’utilisateur, qui pourra accéder, après l’accord de Valve, à une partie de l’interface Steam. L’usager peut alors consulter l’actualité de la plateforme, la boutique en ligne, et discuter avec ses amis Steam. Cette version bêta peut être téléchargée à cette adresse.Le 27 janvier 2012 à 15:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgStay on target Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form After taking a year off, IndieCade East returned this year, showing off an eclectic assortment of independent video games along with illuminating panel discussions right here in New York City. This year, the event also marked the kick-off of an ongoing games exhibit at the nifty Museum of the Moving Image.On the top floor, patrons could sample smart, provocative indie games from throughout the years developed by folks like Anna Anthropy and Jason Rohrer. It was cool to see, especially considering this might be someone’s first introduction to games as art.Remembering how much fun we had at the very strange IndieCade East 2016 show, we decided to return. Here are the five coolest games we got to play at IndieCade East 2018 (after we toured the Muppets exhibit of course).The Myth MachineAt first glance The Myth Machine from Matthew Weise and Clara Fernandez-Vara may appear to be another dreaded indie “walking simulator” like Gone Home or Tacoma. But the demo hints at an experience far stranger, reminding us of Black Mirror, Metal Gear, Metroid Prime, and the recent Prey reboot. In a corporate futuristic dystopia where it costs money to open doors, the player explores an abandoned office building scanning potentially valuable loot like sub-woofers and arcade sticks for quests assigned by their handler on the phone. Seems simple enough. So then why was I transported into a vibrating beach to sign a contract for a booming backwards voice? I guess we’ll find out.Punch PlanetI wasn’t going to not play a game called Punch Planet. Fortunately, this 2D fighting game has more going for it than a great name. The fighting system is typical Street Fighter fare, with fireballs and dragon punches and a handful of universal move cancels. The developers described the game’s blend of obvious sci-fi pop culture imagery as a “non-satirical Rick and Morty.” There’s a tough Ellen Ripley-type lady and a hard-bitten Blade Runner-style detective. But the influences are all unified through a gorgeous, stylized, crisp neon 1980s look that lets polygonal characters move as if they were flat 2D animations. It’s like indie Dragon Ball FighterZ.CedeCede is arguably the biggest surprise for us at the show. It’s an awesome blend of action, strategy, and impressive visuals considering the size of a team. Players control an onscreen avatar using dual-stick shooting to take on waves of monsters. But fallen monsters then becomes vegetation that spreads throughout the map. Like the ink in Splatoon, the vegetation is a pretty visual shorthand for your own advancing position. Some monsters also become special flowers that act as turrets or health pickups when watered with your (weaker) alternate fire. Turrets can even be picked up and replanted elsewhere on the battlefield. The amount of strategic options at your disposal, along with the limited amount of time you have to make those decisions, turns Cede is something far more than a brainless action shooter.Imposter DrawsterImposter Drawster is the best social party game Jackbox never made. Like an exquisite corpse for artists, players take turns adding to a single drawing. The only problem is one person doesn’t know what the subject is supposed to be and just has to try and go along with it. It’s easy enough for a faker to see one wing and then draw another. But when I added a suspicious second head to a turkey the jig was pretty much up. The only thing that saved me was guessing the answer in sudden death hangman. There’s a lot of potential for ridiculous fun here, especially since it’s free on mobile.The Game: The GameAn anti-dating sim for the #MeToo era, The Game: The Game casts players a single woman navigating the tricky world of dating as well as the dangerous, predatory men who make it an actual hell. Six different pick-up artists, based on real-life scumbugs presented through sketchy realistic art, try to flirt with you at the bar, touching you inappropriately, ignoring your disinterest. You have multiple ways of dealing with them, from firm rejections to searching for your friend to humoring them for a bit. You can even choose to sleep with the men to exert your own sexual agency. But The Game, just like the world, puts women in situations they can’t win. Hopefully we can use empathy to learn and improve.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

first_img 2018 Nissan Leaf Nismo RC in one fast electric ride 0 Tags 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Nissan CES 2019 Nissan More From Roadshow Share your voicecenter_img 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Post a comment 20 Photos Electric Cars Future Cars Hatchbacks Nissan has a whole bunch of stuff in store for this year’s CES in Las Vegas, but one mystery debut has us wondering if it’s something that, according to reports, we should have seen already.Nissan this week offered up a hint at what’s to come from its CES booth. One thing it’s touting is a tech platform that will let people “See the Invisible.” It’s kind of vague for now, with Nissan saying only that it’s “creating an entirely new driving experience through connected worlds.” Will it be related to connected-car communications like V2X? That’s anybody’s guess, really.CES will also see the US debut of Nissan’s Leaf Nismo RC race car concept. Loosely based on the second-generation Leaf EV, the Leaf Nismo RC has an electric motor on each axle, providing a net 322 horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque. It’ll hit 62 mph in 3.4 seconds, owing that acceleration in part to the carbon fiber that keeps its chassis on the light side.The most intriguing thing on Nissan’s list of CES debuts is the mysterious “new vehicle introduction.” Nissan hasn’t confirmed anything yet, but in all likelihood it’s the longer-range variant of the Leaf. According to a Reuters report, Nissan nixed the debut of the long-range Leaf from its LA Auto Show schedule, reportedly due to former chairman Carlos Ghosn’s financial misdeeds. Nissan declined to comment to Roadshow.It’s believed that the long-range Leaf will tout a 60-kWh battery, in comparison to the second-gen Leaf’s current 40-kWh battery. While it’ll cost more, it should boost the EV’s range from an EPA-estimated 151 miles to somewhere in the 200-plus-mile range. We’ll find out for sure once CES kicks off in the second week of January. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything betterlast_img read more

first_imgEnlarge ImageStarman goes for a ride in Elon Musk’s space-Tesla. SpaceX One year ago, on Feb. 6, SpaceX blasted a Falcon Heavy rocket into space and sent Elon Musk’s personal Tesla roadster off on a journey through the cosmos to the tune of David Bowie’s Space Oddity, with a spacesuit-wearing Starman dummy at the wheel. Elon Musk shows off the shiny SpaceX Starship Sci-Tech Roadshow Will Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster crash into Earth or Venus? Elon Musk’s SpaceX Tesla stars in retro video game Roadster in space Share your voice Tags If the battery is miraculously still working against all odds, then Starman has listened to Space Oddity over 99,000 times. Talk about an earworm.  We’ll have to wait until 2091 for the car to make a predicted close encounter with Earth. Maybe SpaceX will send a Starship then to go pick up Roadster and bring it back home. Then we’ll get to see if Starman survived the harsh conditions of space, or if it turned into a sentient creature worthy of a Star Trek episode. There’s a lot about that last sentence that sounds insane, but it happened. whereisroadsterEnlarge ImageThe Where is Roadster? tracker shows the car on almost the opposite side of the sun from Earth as of Feb. 6, 2019. Where is Roadster screenshot by CNET Programmer Ben Pearson runs the Where is Roadster? website, dedicated to tracking the Tesla’s trip around the sun. Let’s check in to see the latest stats.According to Pearson’s calculations as of Wednesday morning, the electric car is 226,423,581 miles (364,393,544 km) from Earth and 163,525,522 miles (263,168,899 km) from Mars. Getting humans to the Red Planet is one of Musk’s goals for SpaceX’s under-development Starship spacecraft, but the Roadster won’t actually run into Mars.Good luck getting any repairs done on the Roadster. It’s exceeded its original 36,000-mile warranty more than 13,000 times over. center_img 16 Photos 6 Now playing: Watch this: 3:08 Comments SpaceX launched Falcon Heavy one year ago Elon Musk Space SpaceX Teslalast_img read more