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  • thearquiren
    on 2013/11/06, 10:29 AM

    The process would be easier with an inventory of items in a home. Some apps to help. The leading provider of clean needles to drug addicts in the District to help stem the spread of AIDS plans to shut its doors by the end of the month, officials said Wednesday, in the city that has the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in the country.Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday ratcheted up his condemnation of the fatal stabbing of five members of a family in a Jewish settlement on Friday, calling it a "despicable act" that was "inhuman and immoral." PLASTABLE is a data aggregation service targeted at the plastics industry, helping engineers and designers locate advanced material specifications for various polymers. The five-person team includes one MIT doctoral candidate from EECS and four MBA candidates from MIT Sloan. What would the composer Jerome Kern have made of Woodstock? That question was asked but not answered on Saturday evening at the 92nd Street Y.     Mokhtar Belmokhtar’s death was announced on state television in Chad, but the claim has not tinnitusmiracle      Empanadas have become more and more popular, and New Jersey chefs are experimenting with dozens of different varieties.     Asiana flight attendants have won wide praise for quickly getting passengers off the plane that crashed in San Francisco on Saturday.     The vehicles are the 2013 Nissan Altima, Leaf, Pathfinder, Sentra and Infiniti JX35. KABUL — Insurgents launched a bold assault on the presidential palace compound in Afghanistan’s capital Tuesday morning, threatening to derail a critical stage in the country’s fragile peace process. All the militants, who were disguised in foreign military uniforms and carried fake documents, were killed in the attack, the Taliban said in a statement, some when they detonated explosives and others in a gun battle with security forces. Three Afghan security guards also were killed, according to Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi. Read full article >>     Even Doc Rivers got weary of the two-week saga of his move to the Los Angeles Clippers. He thought the unusual deal was dead several times, and he insists he really didn't mind the prospect forex growth bot download to the Boston Celtics.     The British energy minister is expected to approve the country’s first new nuclear power plant in two decades, though it is already four years behind schedule. Corporate America has historically been slow to take up civil rights issues, but companies have rushed to show support for same-sex marriage. In a concession to business groups, the Homeland Security Department will significantly scale back its planned crackdown this winter on federal contractors that hire illegal immigrants. The White House and the Federal Communications Commission said consumers should be free to unlock their phones once contracts are satisfied. A slowdown in government travel and conferences has made the Washington area an exception in an otherwise rebounding hospitality market nationwide. The Washington region has continued to bear the brunt of federal government cutbacks, particularly in Bethesda, Pentagon City and Crystal City, even as hotels outside the region see gains in business and leisure travel. Read full article >>     Living aboard a 100-foot boat, exploring a mostly uninhabited region spread out over 250 miles in the Andaman directory of ezines review Etheridge plans to marry her girlfriend following yesterday's Supreme Court ruling[...] A federal judge in Florida on Monday became the first to strike down the entire law to overhaul the nation's health-care system, potentially complicating implementation of the statute in the 26 states that brought the suit. The Slow Money National Gathering in Boulder, Colo., brought together small and local food enterprises with financiers as an antidote to big agriculture.     One of the great challenges in the world of nuclear engineering is the behavior of materials under extraordinarily harsh conditions. Over time, the intense radiation, high temperatures and stresses, and corrosive environments in fission and fusion reactors alter material properties and behavior; understanding these changes is central to effective reactor design and operation.“Strategic planning in the nuclear science and engineering department is leading us to a greater emphasis on materials in extreme environments, in both education and research,” explains nuclear science and engineering (NSE) associate professor Bilge Yildiz, who has taught the department’s class on nuclear materials since 2008. “Experimentally and computationally, understanding and predicting how materials evolve Pregnancy Miracle age in nuclear environments is essential.”Close coupling of computer simulations with experiments is an important approach for developing new knowledge of nuclear materials. For this reason, undergraduates and graduate students who take the nuclear materials class must complete an end-of-term computation or experimental project on a subject of their choice, with input from guest lecturers.“It’s a great opportunity for our students,” Yildiz says. “Not just for nuclear materials, but for the whole range of nuclear work, where computational modeling and simulation is increasingly important.” This importance is exemplified by Professor Ju Li’s subject in Computational Nuclear Science and Engineering, which teaches programming, algorithms and modeling.On the experimental side, a number of NSE faculty are working to develop in-situ techniques for probing material behavior under functional conditions similar to those found in reactor chambers, both to validate simulations and gain new insights. “You can do a post-mortem, but it’s important to be able to see what’s going on in real time, the dynamic evolution of the materials, because mechanisms of structural evolution cannot be captured post-mortem,” Yildiz natural vitiligo treatment Dennis Whyte is using this approach to explore plasma-surface interactions, a central issue in fusion reactor design, while Li is developing better understanding of charge/discharge mechanisms in battery materials. Yildiz is probing structure-reactivity-stability relations on surfaces in fuel cells, and corrosion at elevated temperatures.Materials work at NSE is also increasingly engaged with the Institute’s materials science and engineering and mechanical engineering departments, developing interdisciplinary knowledge through several broad initiatives. These include the Department of Energy-sponsored Consortium for Advanced Modeling of Light-Water Reactors, which is focused primarily on nuclear fuel-related challenges, including fuel rod cladding — the slender tubes that hold fuel pellets while they are in use in fission reactors.Read the full article Protests called by Henrique Capriles blamed for nine deaths as US man detained, accused of trying to destabilise VenezuelaThe fallout from Venezuela's disputed presidential election continued to spread this week as the government of Nicolás Maduro threatened to jail the opposition candidate and arrested a American accused of working for US intelligence.While electoral officials prepared a wider audit of the narrow vote on Shapeshifter-Yoga opposition candidate Henrique Capriles added to the tension on Thursday by demanding scrutiny of registers containing voters' signatures and fingerprints.Capriles has refused to accept the declared result, according to which he was defeated by less than 2%. Alleging thousands of cases of vote-rigging and other electoral law violations, he called on his supporters to stage peaceful cacerolazo – a popular form of protest where people bang on pots and pans.The protests have been called off, but the government said the demonstrations last week led to nine deaths, 78 people injured and the burning down of clinics and party headquarters. This too is disputed, but the ruling United Socialist party of Venezuela initiated an investigation in the national assembly this week into whether Capriles should be held responsible."The deaths ordered by the fascist murderer Capriles cannot go unpunished," Diosdado Cabello, the head of the national assembly noted on Twitter on Thursday. "The investigations are going forward."The prison minister, Iris Valera, said she had a cell waiting for the opposition leader."Capriles is the intellectual author of these crimes vision without glasses not go unpunished," Varela said on state television. "The only good news for you is that the prison waiting for you, Capriles Radonski, is not like the ones we inherited from the previous governments."Capriles said he was ready to go to jail, rather than accept what he describes as a "stolen" election, but he denied instigating violence."If they want to bring me to trial, what's their reason?" Capriles said on Wednesday. "For asking that the vote boxes be opened? For asking people to bang pots and pans? If that's the cost, then do it fast. Don't keep threatening."Capriles spent 119 days in prison for his alleged involvement in a violent protest outside the Cuban embassy after a failed coup against former president Hugo Chávez in 2002.The ruling camp has promised to audit the vote, yet claimed the result is "irreversible". Capriles supporters say the audit will not be valid unless it includes detailed information from voting notebooks as well as checks on whether people voted more than once and whether votes were registered in the names trademiner people.The ruling party and its supporters believe the unrest is the latest attempt by the United States to delegitimise a hostile government that is sitting on the world's biggest oil resources. The US has been reluctant to recognise Maduro as president and called for a recount.Earlier on Thursday authorities detained a US citizen, Timothy Hallet Tracy, who they accuse of trying to destabilise the country on behalf of an unnamed US intelligence agency."We detected the presence of an American who began developing close relations with these [students]," said the interior minister, Miguel Rodriguez, in a press conference. "His actions clearly show training as an intelligence agent, there can be no doubt about it. He knows how to work in clandestine operations."Rodriguez said Tracy, 35, from Michigan, had received financing from a foreign non-profit organisation and had redirected those funds toward student organisations.The ultimate aim was to provoke "civil war", he said.Whether they arrest Capriles and risk creating a martyr remains to be seen, but the opposition leader is not the only focus of government efforts to i want my girlfriend back in the wake of a result that shocked many in the ruling camp, not least because Maduro lost many of the urban districts where his predecessor Hugo Chávez had been dominant.About 270 people were detained during the protests, including 195 students and juveniles. Opposition provocateurs have been accused of firebombing neighbourhood health clinics staffed by Cuban doctors, but several of the alleged arson attacks have susbsequently been disproved."We have no reports of burnt centres. We saw some aggression but no destruction. I think the government exaggerated this to create a mood or opinion that favoured them", said Maria Esperanza Hermida of Provea, a human rights watchdog.NGO monitoring groups also dispute the number of casualties from the violence, saying the government included several victims of apparently random street crime, while ignoring other political killing cases in which opposition supporters were the victims."The government is not doing this investigation with the thoroughness that it calls for … we find this is being handled politically and not with the transparency it requires," said Marcos Ponce of the Observatory of Fibroids-MiracleFibroids-Miracle a civil rights NGO.The opposition has claimed that state employees have been threatened, punished or fired for joining opposition protests or failing to show sufficient support for Maduro.The minister of labour, Maria Cristina Iglesia, said this was a lie in an interview with a state-run radio station."This could be part of a larger montage to cover the incidents of violence that took place in our country, and that were promoted by fascism: it is a way of covering up the events," Iglesias said. "It is a very small minority that has the venom of hate, of fascism and that wants to transmit it to others".VenezuelaNicolás MaduroAmericasProtestUnited StatesUS foreign policyVirginia LopezJonathan Wattsguardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds     The fact that Tahiti, a team made up almost exclusively of amateurs, is in the Confederations Cup is something of a miracle. The coach has modest objectives: “We are honest. Tahiti has not come to

  • thearquiren
    on 2013/11/06, 10:28 AM

    Darrelle Revis is moving closer to getting back on the football field. KARACHI, Pakistan — On the fearful advice of his father, 20-year-old Hussain Buksh recently fled this violent port city for Lahore, a calmer northern metropolis where Shiite Muslims like him are less likely to be assassinated for their beliefs. Last week, the soft-featured young man came back here to bury his father, one of at least 50 people killed when a truck packed with explosives detonated in the family’s mainly Shiite neighborhood. Read full article >>The Internet promises a seemingly frictionless way of connecting individuals from around the globe. But in reality, that’s not what happens online: Instead, we clump together with people similar to ourselves, and have those affinities reinforced by tools that guide us to other people or products that resemble those we already know.Perhaps we can change that, though, and better incorporate new, international perspectives and knowledge into our everyday lives. That, at least, is the thesis of “Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection,” a new book by MIT’s Ethan Zuckerman, published this month by W.W. Norton.  “There was this early promise on the Internet that no one cares if you’re coming from Japan or Jordan or Jamaica, as along as you have something to add to the conversation,” says Zuckerman, director of MIT’s Center for Civic Media and principal research scientist at the MIT Media Lab. “But tinnitusmiracle to me that we’ve been getting narrower and narrower views of the world [online]. I wasn’t even getting the perspective I’d get from a good newspaper.”As Zuckerman details in the book, this is not just his impression. Many studies have shown that social, political and cultural filtering occurs routinely on the Internet — not to mention filtering by gender and language.Zuckerman’s aim — in the book and in his research group at MIT — is to encourage researchers to build tools encouraging people to explore the world, engage others and move beyond their normal social circuits. “We’re still well below what a really level world would look like,” Zuckerman says.  “The good news is, we can still get it right. There is time to jump in and try to make it better.”Ghana, gone from the newsZuckerman’s interest in diversifying online culture arose, in part, from his experiences working at a nonprofit organization in Ghana about a dozen years ago. “Ghana had a remarkable election in 2000, free and fair,” Zuckerman says, referring to the country’s first-ever democratic transfer of power. “From the perspective of people following Africa, we thought this was amazing news, people should be celebrating. But no one really noticed in the U.S., [apart from] The New York Times. I got very interested in what we do, and don’t, pay attention to.” Among other efforts, Zuckerman co-founded the Global Voices project, forex growth bot download citizen-media site relaying news and information from around the world. “We’re not just filtering politically and culturally, we’re filtering on a national basis,” Zuckerman says. To be sure, one might ask: Why is having a global perspective desirable? Zuckerman offers a few answers, including basic civic engagement at a time of, for instance, globalized supply chains that undergird the products we buy.“If we’re going to depend on stuff built by people from all over the globe, there’s a point at which we might have to pay attention to the issues and politics,” Zuckerman says. “Suddenly people have a lot of questions about buying clothes [made] in Bangladesh. These are the sorts of issues that make you realize that if you don’t have more of a global perspective, you’re missing opportunities to improve things, you’re not anticipating dangers.”Another point Zuckerman emphasizes is that cognitive diversity is useful for both creativity and problem-solving — and that kind of diversity is more readily available to people who step outside their cognitive comfort zones. “Historically a great deal of creative thought has come from engagement with people in other cultures,” Zuckerman says; his book cites examples from music, politics and corporate life. The initial response to “Rewire” has been positive; a review in Bookforum called it a “patient and thoughtful” assessment of the Internet’s realities and potential. What is to be done?But if we’re missing an opportunity directory of ezines review better global citizens, how can we change that? The current approach of Zuckerman, and his graduate students, is to create online tools that nudge Internet users toward new perspectives. “Do you really want to use Facebook to help you track down every elementary school friend you ever had?” Zuckerman asks. “Or can we push you in new directions and introduce you to, say, people from other parts of the world who have things in common with you?”One tool Zuckerman’s group is working on does this with Twitter, by analyzing the composition of the feeds people follow, and then recommending more feeds — mostly ones only slightly similar to your own user profile.“A conventional recommendation system would say, ‘Let me find the people who recommend the same things, whatever they found that you didn’t find, you’re going to love,’” Zuckerman says. “What you probably want to do is build a recommendation system that’s about 30 degrees different. If you’re a secular liberal and you get links to a religious conservative, there’s a pretty good chance your response will be, ‘Why do I want to pay attention to this?’ But handing me links from a religious progressive might push me in an interesting direction.” Other tools, Zuckerman suggests, will help identify key links in social networks that might diversify one’s contacts. Many social networking sites presume that weak ties — people we don’t know particularly Pregnancy Miracle can be highly valuable in areas like job searches. But Zuckerman believes that certain people who constitute a set of unique connections for us — they represent “bridge” ties — are the most valuable of all.   Identifying and emphasizing these “bridge” people for all of us, Zuckerman thinks, could improve social networking sites. In this view, being a “digital cosmopolitan” is everyone’s responsibility — and software engineers, among others, should keep thinking about ways to encourage that practice. “I’m hoping the book will inspire other people to start building this stuff,” Zuckerman says. The Center for American Progress' new analysis of spending patterns and test scores in school systems nationwide found a surprising result: Manassas Park and Calvert County have the most efficient schools in the Washington area. The White House said United States intelligence agencies now assess, with “varying degrees of confidence,” that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons. This May, plenty of new restaurants opening in Kennedy Airport; Texas barbecue will find its way to Brooklyn; and more. This was slid under my door this morning… best neighbor ever? i love people again. Federal aviation safety inspectors told members of Congress yesterday that they repeatedly ran into roadblocks when trying to report oversight lapses that allowed Southwest Airlines last year to operate passenger flights with planes in need of key safety checks. They crave SpongeBob. I craved Asteroids. But we’re natural vitiligo treatment looking for the same thing.     The worsening nuclear crisis in Japan is triggering a near-collapse in that nation's financial markets and major losses in markets around the globe. Swede Daniel Alfredsson ended his 17-season career with the Ottawa Senators and signed for the Detroit Red Wings on Friday as National Hockey League's free agency opened with a flurry of player movement.     Outrage erupted on social media after a female politician suggested that a room be set aside so that the record number of women in Parliament could freshen up.     The Jerusalem Quartet played its first of four performances of the complete Shostakovich cycle at Lincoln Center on Sunday afternoon. Ryan Getzlaf scored in the third round of the shootout and Jonas Hiller made 33 saves to help lead the Anaheim Ducks to a 2-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Thursday. The comments from Yi Gang, a senior central bank official, emphasize the stability that Chinese policy makers want to ensure. Tiling your bathroom floor (if you dare), yoga after 50, the cellphone industry looks the other way as handset thefts grow and other consumer-focused news from The New York Times.     The New York Knicks believe a new home will help Andrea Bargnani regain his old form.     It may not be for everyone, but taking a year out can help you gain valuable experience – and even make you change courseWhen I applied Shapeshifter-Yoga I thought seriously about taking a gap year. After a year at college, I was utterly demoralised. I hated the early mornings, and felt that I wouldn't have the motivation to attend university. I felt the best course of action would be to defer my application and have a year of saving up, hopefully gaining more work experience – and maybe even fit in some travelling. I applied for two universities: one for a 2013 entry, and one for a 2014 entry, so that I could decide what to do at a later date.In the end, I decided against taking a gap year – I wanted to study English literature, and thought a year out would mean my essay practice would diminish. I also knew that I could still keep my job at my local newspaper and my part-time job while I was there.Weighing up all the options, a gap year no longer seemed relevant.The idea of spending a year away from home is something that appeals to nearly everyone. So why is taking a gap year still considered the wildcard?"We saw a presentation on taking gap years at college, and it is something I would have genuinely loved to do," says college student Holly Brooks. "But none of my friends fancied it, and I didn't want to go it alone, especially considering the expense over the course of a year."For a teenage vision without glasses prospect of providing for yourself, miles away from home, can be daunting. This is the primary reason many give for not ticking the deferred entry option box and booking the round-the-world plane ticket. But with an increasing number of gap year companies providing travel and trips abroad to suit any need, it is becoming easier to tailor a dream trip.The company i-to-i, for example, offers opportunities to teach English, work with wildlife, volunteer with children and building projects in locations such as Australia, Costa Rica, China and Cambodia. These schemes give you the chance to volunteer for a worthy cause, as well as to gain some valuable work experience.You can also find gap year companies, such as Real Gap Experience, that cover everything from internships abroad to paid work and volunteering – all in the same place. It offers ideas and inspiration to kickstart your travelling dream.But gap years don't have to be all about travel. You can have a beneficial year out of education and stay right where you are. Stephanie Wood wants to be a mental health nurse, but with allied health courses being some of the most exclusive and competitive around, she is taking a year off from education in order to gain an edge through work experience: "My plan is to get a job that directly relates to my course for the next few months, so I can really trademiner deeper understanding of the healthcare system. Working there over a stretch of time will both give me an impression and insight into the working world of nursing – knowledge to help me through university when I choose to go."Choosing to take a year out can help you gain valuable experience as well as give you the opportunity to save up some funds to help you with accommodation when you get to university, living costs, food – or even just extra cash for freshers week.Lead tutor at Thomas Rotherham College, Hilary Jaques, says students should take advantage of the support offered by their school or college: "The advice that I would give as a tutor would be to apply to university to try and secure a place for deferred entry. Then the student has something to aim for, and something to fall back on. They also get the benefit of all of the application support offered in college, and they won't have to do it themselves the following year. The student could always withdraw and reapply if their circumstances were to change."Jack Flight took the option of deferred entry, and ended up changing his course. "I went to Omaruru to work with the children in a village there, after taking sports at A-Level. I wanted a year out, but to do good at the same time, and the months I spent there inspired me i want my girlfriend back my career course and go down a social work path when I got back home."Gap years aren't for everyone. Readjusting to an academic timetable after spending time abroad can be a shock. You also need to consider the practicalities, from financing your gap year to surviving without home comforts.If you do discover that you want to see the world but still go back into education or work in September, you're in luck – this summer holiday is an extra long one for school leavers, so there's still plenty of time to book your ticket.StudentsGap year travelGap yearsHigher educationguardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds     T-Mobile USA's "radical" service plans promising no annual contracts aren't quite as radical as consumers might think, and the mobile operator will change its advertising and offer refunds in a settlement with the state of Washington. The bonds of the European Union are tested as wealthier nations come to the aid of smaller, struggling states. The youngest detainee at Guantanamo Bay pleaded guilty to war crimes, including murder, on Monday, part of an agreement with prosecutors that allows the Obama administration to avoid a trial that threatened to undermine its use of military commissions. We chart the success of the architect Peter Marino, who has been Fibroids-MiracleFibroids-Miracle since his work for Barneys New York twenty years ago. Every second, trillions of particles called neutrinos pass through your body. These particles have a mass so tiny it has never been measured, and they interact so weakly with other matter that it is nearly impossible to detect them, making it very difficult to study their behavior.Since arriving at MIT in 2005, Joseph Formaggio, an associate professor of physics, has sought new ways to measure the mass of neutrinos. Nailing down that value — and answering questions such as whether neutrinos are identical to antineutrinos — could help scientists refine the Standard Model of particle physics, which outlines the 16 types of subatomic particles (including the three neutrinos) that physicists have identified.Those discoveries could also shed light on why there is more matter than antimatter in the universe, even though they were formed in equal amounts during the Big Bang.“There are big questions that we still haven’t answered, all centered around this little particle. It’s not just measuring some numbers; it’s really about understanding the nature of the equation that explains particle physics. That’s really exciting,” Formaggio says. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Heather Sommerdyke spent $12,000 on two liposuction surgeries last spring. She was running eight to 10 miles, six days a week. She even switched to a starvation diet. It was all part of a last-ditch effort to trim her waistline to the 35.5-inch maximum for female airmen. She

  • thearquiren
    on 2013/11/06, 10:26 AM

    Kilnsey Park, North Yorkshire: Most impressive are the orchids: hundreds of thick, pink candles in the green swaddlingThe sun is hammering Wharfedale, the air is still and exertion is uncomfortable. Perhaps the fishermen clustered around the lakes, casually snaking flies across the water, have the right idea. Scoured clean by glaciers 10,000 years ago, the green mantle of the valley is still frayed, bald patches of ashen limestone show through on the slopes and shoulders. This is a big landscape, a broad expanse, not mountainous but rugged. Kilnsey Crag is reminiscent of the overhanging cliffs that edge limestone valleys in southern France.The grass on the valley floor provides good grazing, but despite its superficial attractiveness it has been "improved" and has lost its once stunning bounty of wild flowers. One fragment has escaped the fertilisers and herbicides. Among the springs and streams of Kilnsey Park is a gem of a site. Saved by the slopes, hillocks and boggy patches, the little meadow was too much trouble to "improve". The sward is rich with sedges, delicate grasses and an assortment of herbs and flowers. Most impressive are the orchids: hundreds of thick, pink candles projecting from the green swaddling. The common spotted orchids, predominantly white with little purple dots, abound alongside velvety purple northern marsh orchids, and shorter, pale orangey-pink early marsh orchids. Marsh helleborines are scattered in one area of the field; the loose, drooping sprays of green buds soon to provide the next splash of colour.Minute orchid seeds do not contain enough resources to start a new plant. Only by forming an alliance with a soil fungus willing to give the orchid a start in life can they germinate. It is thought that marsh helleborine shares its fungus partner with the lady's slipper orchid. Hence this fabled rarity has been introduced into the field in the hope that it will proliferate and provide a genetic reservoir should anything happen to the last remaining wild plant. So far so good: the introduced plants are flourishing, several flowered well this spring, and tinnitusmiracle waiting to see if they will reproduce.Rural affairsPlantsBiologyWild flowersMatt Shardlowguardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds     Acer is waiting for the next version of Windows RT, due in the second half of this year, before deciding whether to release a tablet that runs on that OS. "The plan for an RT tablet is ongoing," said Acer President Jim Wong in an interview Friday at a company event in New York.Dan Algrant, the director of “Greetings From Tim Buckley,” discusses his film.     Once health insurance exchanges begin under Obamacare, many companies may save money by dropping coverage and paying a penalty. But they may face another cost: employee dissatisfaction.     The China National Offshore Oil Corp. will pay Chesapeake Energy $2.2 billion for a one-third interest in a South Texas oil and natural gas shale project and will pay billions of dollars more for its share of development costs over the next several years. Roughly two million pieces of luggage disappear, arrive late, become damaged or experience theft every year. Here’s how to deal with the airlines if it happens to you. John Kerry made his first trip to an Arab capital as secretary of state on Saturday, hoping to prod Egyptian politicians to show a measure of political peace and a commitment to economic change. Fiona Murray of the MIT Sloan School of ManagementPhoto: David Sella, courtesy of the MIT Industrial Liaison Program PITTSBURGH -- Former Steelers safety and cornerback Carnell Lake has been hired as Pittsburgh's new defensive backs coach, the team announced on Monday. After two magnificent Champions League semi-finals, we've brought out the big guns for this edition of Football Weekly Extra, with James Richardson and Barry Glendenning joined by Michael Cox, Jonathan Wilson, Sid Lowe and Rafa Honigstein.After discussing at length Bayern's brushing aside of Barcelona and Dortmund's Robert Lewandowski-inspired masterclass against Real Madrid, we move on to more prosaic matters, such as forex growth bot download of Manchester United's latest league title, Luis Suárez's 10-match ban, and the rest of the key games in the Premier League this weekend.Friday brings you two videos in the shape of Jimbo's paper review and Football Weekly Very Extra – this week featuring, in all his piratical glory, James Horncastle – and on Monday we'll be joined by Philippe Auclair. Yes, we are spoiling you.James RichardsonBen GreenJonathan WilsonMichael CoxBarry GlendenningSid LoweRaphael Honigstein     The oil company told a federal appeals court that a claims administrator misinterpreted the terms of a multibillion-dollar settlement reached last year.     Pope Francis has attempted to dissuade Argentines from making costly trips to Rome for his inaugural Mass next week, suggesting they make a contribution to the poor instead, the Vatican said on Friday. Satellite images show 2,275 destroyed buildings in a Nigerian village, corroborating residents’ accounts that soldiers burned their homes, Human Rights Watch said.     Busy days ahead for movers in President Obama's West Wing. Wednesday is move-in day for the new White House chief of staff, Bill Daley, and his chief of staff, David Lane, who's been running Bono's One Campaign and before that was a senior official at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. PORT AU PRINCE - The difference between life and death in Haiti is now an ordinary bar of soap. NEW DELHI -- The controversial Hindu nationalist politician Narendra Modi attempted to do something rare in an interview with Reuters news service that was published Friday. Modi, the chief minister of the western state of Gujarat, usually gives media interviews only on the condition that there will be no questions about his role in the religious riots of 2002, in which more than 1,000 Muslims were killed in Gujarat by marauding Hindus. Human rights groups have reported that Modi -- who became chief minister in 2001 -- did not do enough to stop the killings and even looked the other way. Read full article >>     Blake Wheeler and Evander Kane scored 57 seconds apart in the third period and the directory of ezines review rallied to beat the Boston Bruins 3-1 on Tuesday. Amazon.com says its net income declined in the first three months of the year even though revenue increased 22 percent, as its expenses continued to grow.     Nearly 11 years since a bottle of a steroids precursor was spotted in Mark McGwire's locker and 14 months since the Mitchell report sought to provide steroids "closure," baseball remains unable to escape the taint of performance-enhancing drugs. Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor talk about their new film “Leviathan,” a documentary about commercial fishing without interviews, voice-over, narrative or a traditional point of view. Federal court overturns a ruling that favored USPS in a dispute with a decorated sergeant major, finding that he had not abandoned the post office for military service. A brazen series of computer intrusions into Google networks in China announced by the search engine company earlier this year were directed by the highest levels of the Chinese government, a "well-placed" Chinese source told U.S. Embassy officials in Beijing in January. The sixth annual MIT Clean Energy Prize (CEP) competition, held Monday night, awarded a total of $320,000 to five teams that have developed clean-energy startups and innovations. The contest, co-sponsored by Massachusetts utility NSTAR and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and open to teams from any American university, is the nation’s leading student-run energy business-plan competition. Past participants have gone on to raise a total of $130 million in funding. More than 50 teams entered this year’s contest; 15 semifinalists made it to Monday’s grand finale. One finalist was selected in each of three separate categories — renewable energy, energy efficiency, and infrastructure and resources — with each receiving $20,000. The winners of the Audience Choice Award earned $10,000.One team, Picasolar, took home both grand prizes: the DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Clean Energy Prize, worth $100,000, and the NSTAR MIT Clean Energy Prize, worth $150,000. Picasolar, a team from the University of Arkansas, developed technology that could improve the efficiency of solar panels and make them cheaper Pregnancy Miracle his opening remarks, CEP co-founder Bill Aulet, the managing director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, said the contest gives clean-energy entrepreneurs the support and platform to bring their technologies to market. He cited past MIT participants — such as FastCap Systems, Oscomp Systems, Levant Power and FinSix — that got their training and start in the CEP and have since grown into successful companies. Competitors have often emerged from CEP, Aulet added, with a clearer understanding of what it takes to run a business and commercialize products. “What we’re looking to do in this competition is not to [help entrepreneurs] catch a single fish — we’re trying to teach a whole bunch of people how to fish,” he said. The competition marked a culmination of the extensive clean-energy innovation and entrepreneurship events held at MIT over the course of the academic year.MIT power and designTwo MIT teams won in their respective categories: UPower in infrastructure and resources, and Sistine Solar in renewable energy. Additionally, UPower now becomes the finalist in the energy category in the MIT $100K Launch Business Plan Contest, whose winner will be selected on Wednesday, May 15. Another all-MIT team, SunHub, took home the Audience Choice Award.UPower, a startup co-founded by students and an alumna of MIT’s Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering (NSE), is developing a nuclear generator to be used in places off the power grid — such as a U.S. Army base in Afghanistan. Diesel generators are now generally used to supply electricity to such places. The team’s transportable, solid-state nuclear generator can generate up to 1.75 megawatts of power. It could, in theory, provide 12 years of energy without needing refueling, providing about a 50 percent energy savings over diesel, said UPower CEO and co-founder Jacob DeWitte, a PhD student in NSE. “We like to think of it as a nuclear battery,” he said, with the potential to “revolutionize energy.”  The startup was co-founded by Joseph Yurko, also a PhD student in NSE, and natural vitiligo treatment Caroline Cochran SM ’10. Sistine Solar, co-founded by two students at the MIT Sloan School of Management, hopes to promote clean energy by giving solar panels a facelift with modern designs. Co-founder Senthil Balasubramanian said the company aims to do for solar panels what “Apple did with cell phones” — essentially, spruce up the design to make the products desirable to the masses. Team members showed renderings of their designs on well-known local buildings, such as the Genzyme Center in Cambridge and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. With its designs, Balasubramanian said, the company — which he co-founded with Ido Salama — aims to help “usher in a new era of clean energy.”SunHub — the winner of last night’s Audience Choice Award — offers solar education to homeowners, helping them make better choices when buying solar-energy systems. SunHub team members are David Borrelli, a PhD student in chemical engineering at MIT, and Kevin Yates, an MBA student at MIT Sloan.The winning team in the energy-efficiency category, Aeolus Building Efficiency, includes MIT mechanical engineering alumnus Michael Gevelber PhD ’88. His company’s software measures airflow in a building’s ventilation and climate-control system, offering ways to reduce energy consumption by up to 20 percent.CEP’s other semifinalists this year were Agira, Inc.; Sodium Energy; PolymerGreen; OpenWater Power; Visolis; Hybrid Wind; Bit Harmonics; Takachar; Raja Systems; and Effortless Energy.State of clean-energy innovationCEP also attracted a panel of industry experts, moderated by Aulet, who discussed topics including business strategies, carbon taxes and the effect of cheap natural gas on energy policy and renewable-energy technologies.Panelist Christopher Knittel, the William Barton Rogers Professor of Energy Economics at MIT Sloan, discussed, among other things, how low natural-gas prices may be distracting national policymakers from implementing clean-energy policies. In the recent recession, he said, natural gas began replacing coal as fuel for electricity production, and greenhouse-gas levels dropped — possibly making policymakers complacent. “If you look over the past four years, you calculate the United States’ greenhouse gas emissions, it looks like we’re doing great,” said Knittel, Shapeshifter-Yoga also co-director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Research at MIT. “From that perspective, policymakers may look at the landscape and say, ‘Why do we need any additional policies?’” “So, we’re really at a fork in the road here,” Knittel continued, “where unless policymakers lead us down the right path, it could spell catastrophe for the climate.”Other panelists included Stanley Kowalski, chairman and founding CEO of FloDesign Wind Turbine; Frank van Mierlo, founder and CEO of 1366 Technologies; and Joel Moxley PhD ’07, founder and executive chairman of Foro Energy. In her remarks, Jennifer Garson of the DOE praised CEP, saying it helps her agency promote clean-energy technologies across the United States. “We find such great value in being involved in these competitions,” she said. “MIT has been really leading the way and has proven to be an excellent model in engaging young startups.” Each month, our craft enthusiast reviews the latest books, magazines, shops and supplies. This month: All Sewn Up, The Modern Girl's Guide to Hatmaking and the Eternal MakerGiven the number of craft books on the market, you'd think that we makers would be always challenging ourselves: improving our skills, trying out new techniques, making something different and interesting. Thanks to a combination of lack of time, cost of materials and laziness, however, I often find myself making variations on a theme. So this month I've had a stab at something new: my first attempt at quilting is a small cot quilt from Chloe Owens' book All Sewn Up, while my first ever hat comes from The Modern Girl's Guide to Hatmaking. Both are reviewed below, along with some thoughts on a couple of other titles that caught my eye this month.Book review oneAll Sewn Up by Chloe Owens, £11.99Chloe Owens begins her book with her likes and dislikes. Topping her favourites list comes colour and pattern – and it's immediately clear that we're going to get along. Owens, an illustrator and textile designer, has a very definite aesthetic: lots of brights, clashing prints and vision without glasses embellishment. If I say there's a lot of appliqué going on in these pages, that doesn't quite do it justice – at times there's too much, even for a lover of bonkers hue-and-print combos. That sense of jolly, cheery fun spills over into the design of the book, which comes with lots of lovely step-by-step illustrations, alongside project pictures and more general doodles.What did you make?All Sewn Up comes split into five chapters; essentially kitchen, bed, gifts, decorations and "cuddly companions". I made the 'raindrops and rainbows' mini quilt from the gifts section – an item that has proved near-impossible to photograph in a sensible way. Apologies. The instructions here were pretty good, although admittedly you are largely sewing strips of material together along straight lines. I made a couple of tweaks – Owens has you make your clouds by sewing fusible interfacing to your white fabric before slip-stitching, while I just satin-stitched the cloud straight on, and I also finished my quilt by stitching through all three layers to define my rainbow – but the writing is clear, and the diagrams are useful. I was, however, once more annoyed by templates that need enlarging. When you're paying £12 for a book, it really should come with full-size pattern pieces. I've lost count of weekend projects scuppered by my need to find a photocopier on a Sunday afternoon.Projects to add to the to-do listI like Owens' cat and bunny doorstops, and her kitchen stuff is lovely. (Although once more I find myself asking: why would you embroider and embellish a tea towel that is going to be used for drying up?) Her Scandi-inspired table runner, despite looking like it might take weeks to make, will make it to my list, as will the pompom slippers. I can't imagine lots of parents having time to make their child stuffed toys, but they're sweet if you do.Ones that miss the markQuite a few of these cross the line into fussy for me, with a handful of embellishments too many. The appliqué trademiner All Sewn Up different – and in the case of the portraits project, looks amazing – but it's not to all tastes. Projects such as the butterfly-catcher pillow, tote bag and book covers are a bit much. Sometimes the fabric needs a bit more space to breathe. I also found myself wondering: how do you clean some of these items?Number of apronsOne. It has two different fabrics, bias binding and bird appliqués, obviously.Best for …Colour and print lovers. You might not make everything but it's less twee than equivalent books, and things can always be dialed down a bit (or a lot). It also demands a certain level of ability with a sewing machine.Would you buy it?I did – prompted by the quilt, which was featured in Mollie Makes (issue nine).Book review twoThe Modern Girl's Guide to Hatmaking by Mary Jane Baxter, £15.19I have never made a hat before. And, truth be told, I haven't made one yet – this is really a large fascinator. But if you sew a bit, are amazed by the cost of headwear and fancy having a go yourself, this is a very good place to start. Split into three sections, Baxter provides projects for beginners – basic sewing skills, good with glue – through to more advanced makers – simple blocked hats and headpieces, and some fabric hats. Her instructions are clear, straightforward, and without an ounce of whimsy; this is a book that wants to teach rather than sell you a lifestyle. It also includes a very welcome bit on how to wear hats, and a great section on trims and how to make them. I'm a fan.What did you make?I made the Fast Feather Fascinator from the easy section of the book. Baxter makes hers with pheasant feathers, but I found them difficult to source so opted for an assortment of others. Otherwise I followed the instructions to the letter, and everything went together as predicted – while covering the hat base was fiddly, I imagine with practice it would become i want my girlfriend back The result is surprisingly decent, and cheaper to make than it would be to buy on the high street– something that cannot be said for many craft projects.Projects to add to the to-do listI'm really quite tempted to work my way through the book: while I'm unlikely to need to wear grand headpieces to work, they feel affordable enough to tackle in the pursuit of learning a new skill, rather than for specific occasions. The Glitzy Glam Headbands are sweet (and easy), and the Little Lace Half Hat is really beautiful – even if I can't think of anywhere I'd actually wear it. Ditto the Fabulous 50s Percher. But I might have to reconsider my clothing choices – there's a Button Hat I have my eye on, too.Ones that miss the markVery much a matter of taste here. It doesn't feel like there are projects added to fill the pages out, or things nobody would ever wear (save, oddly, the trimmed cloche on the cover).Best for …Probably beginners, rather than those with a serious approach to hat-making – although as I am in the former group, it's slightly difficult to be sure.Would you buy it?Definitely. It has even made me think about doing a millinery course.Other booksI can't vouch for the project quality here, I'm afraid, but also catching my eye this month were …Vintage Home by Sarah Moore, £14.39I'm not much of a fan of vintage "lifestyle" books, as they tend to be light on projects and heavy on styling. But Sarah Moore's guide to creating a vintage home has some decent, albeit it often simple, projects. The photography is charming and manages not to be too sickly sweet as we run through sections that include decoration – so painting furniture and using wallpaper in an interesting way – and kids and seasonal stuff. Some projects are done "four ways", so you can choose the one that fits your taste. It is more of a nice thing than an essential buy, but if you love to collect, it Fibroids-MiracleFibroids-Miracle Vintage by Jane Crowfoot, £11.99I really wish I had made up one of these gorgeous patterns to show you, but these are makes that demand more time and attention than I had available; beautiful things to create slowly and love for a long time. A mix of knitting and crochet patterns, this is a collection of mainly cushions and blankets that are organised according to style: folk, monochrome and a more blowsy, floral vintage. The tag line is "20 timeless knit and crochet projects", and that's pretty much what you get: there are few of these I wouldn't like to have somewhere in my house.The patterns are pretty challenging (and some are very yarn hungry!), but the folk designs in particular are so very, very covetable you'll be chomping at the bit to do them.Shop of the monthThe Eternal MakerFor the purchase of: Great fabrics and haberdashery. Independent patterns. Papercraft supplies. Most of the prints for my quilt came from here.The best bits: It's the selection here that makes The Eternal Maker so good: dressmaking patterns include Colette and Oliver + S; embroidery patterns include Penguin and Fish, Sublime Stitching and Gera!. The supplies are also top rate: great scrapbook papers, and a fabric selection that has all the usual suspects and then a few you weren't expecting. Jolly blog too.Room for improvement: Not the cheapest. But not the most expensive, either. My usual fat quarter/half-metre pricing grumble applies.Pick me!• This elephant cushion kit is adorable. Even better, you'll find the free pattern on the Eternal Maker blog.• I like this architextures range for Robert Kaufman.• This Button & Bees quilt pattern is completely charming.• Pretty sure I don't need any felted pots of jam. And yet …• These little embroidery kits are cute – my favourite is the jellyfish.• Not to jinx summer, but this double-gauze would make up into an interesting frock.CraftVicky Frostguardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More

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    Of all the spending cuts and budget battles the Pentagon is confronting, none is causing more angst than Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates's vow to start getting rid of generals and admirals. Uniqlo has asked the designer Michael Bastian to riff on the shirts; Walter Van Beirendonck’s first United States exhibition; and fashion figures are participating in Urban Greenwalk.    The view from Butler: After defeating Xavier to end the regular season, 24-7 Butler is seeded fifth in the Atlantic 10 tournament. Veterans groups and members of Congress are questioning whether management of Arlington National Cemetery should be transferred from the Army to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Robert F. Worth’s 2012 piece on the captives becoming captors in Libya.     Bucks readers discuss whether their credit scores have been hurt by medical bills.     Green Lantern: What's the greenest way to cook holiday foods? Fighting between the army and gunmen loyal to a radical Sunni cleric in Sidon reflected how deeply the war in Syria has undermined security in Lebanon.     Chile is investigating the death of thousands of prawns that have washed ashore, covering a beach in red. TOBRUK, Libya - Moammar Gadhafi's warplanes, artillery and mortar shells can control huge swaths of territory by day, including oil ports, tinnitusmiracle routes and even hostile towns. Rebels say anti-government forces can still return in darkness to take advantage of Gadhafi's own thin supply lines a Pan-Indian, homogenized visual imagery has overshadowed the diversity of illustrations of the epics that existed before Mr. Varma arrived on the landscape of Indian art.     These children were a more likely to be (wait for it, wait for it) bullied or feel socially isolated. These conclusions were further confirmed by everyone who has ever attended public school. A Curacao official says a prominent politician in the Caribbean island's coalition government has been fatally shot.     The new Knights Fellows were chosen by a committee comprised of Philip J. Hilts, director of Knight Science Journalism at MIT; Charles Petit, science writer and KSJ Tracker; Susan Moran, freelance journalist; Joyce Murdoch, a former Washington Post editor and reporter; and John Durant, director of the MIT Museum. What’s the point of college? Two books consider the question from different perspectives.     Facing the challenge of going eight to 12 weeks without their most physical defender in center Andrew Bynum, the Lakers are again trying to discover if Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom can form a fearsome front line. The stock market leapt to new highs forex growth bot download investors cheered remarks from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke that the central bank would continue its aggressive measures supporting the U.S. economy. Read full article >>     MIT announced today that Robert C. Armstrong will be the new director of the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI), as outgoing director Ernest Moniz leaves the Institute to head the U.S. Department of Energy. Moniz was confirmed as Secretary of Energy today by the U.S. Senate, 97-0. Moniz was nominated on March 4.Armstrong has served as the deputy director of MITEI since its founding six years ago. He was co-chair (with Moniz) of the Energy Research Council that laid the groundwork for MITEI and set its guiding principles. Armstrong has since played a leading role in the Initiative’s development, alongside Moniz. He is the Chevron Professor of Chemical Engineering, and has been a member of the MIT faculty since 1973. Armstrong was head of the Department of Chemical Engineering from 1996 to 2007.“Professor Armstrong has been a guiding force in the development and success of the MIT Energy Initiative,” MIT President L. Rafael Reif said. “He helped shape its transformation from a promising idea into a pioneering source of energy research, policy analysis and education.”Reif continued, “Under Professor directory of ezines review MITEI will continue its bold interdisciplinary approach to developing global energy solutions, and it will remain a vital force in MIT’s innovation ecosystem. Given Professor Armstrong’s superb technical grounding and his strong relationships with research partners in industry, government and philanthropy, we look forward to this new era at MITEI with the greatest confidence and optimism."Maria Zuber, MIT’s vice president for research, said, “Professor Armstrong’s broad and deep knowledge of energy, combined with his strong commitment to energy research and education, make him the ideal choice to take the reins at MITEI. I’m looking forward to continuing to work closely with him to further strengthen and spread energy research across the Institute.” In 2008, Armstrong was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for conducting outstanding research on non-Newtonian fluid mechanics, co-authoring landmark textbooks, and providing leadership in chemical engineering education. Armstrong has received the Warren K. Lewis Award and Professional Progress Award, both from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, for his outstanding and continuing contributions to chemical engineering education and the rheology and fluid mechanics of complex fluids. He also received the 2006 Bingham Medal from the Society of Rheology, which is devoted to the study of the science of deformation and Pregnancy Miracle matter.Armstrong played a vital role in shaping the design of MITEI to focus on linking science, innovation and policy to help transform global energy systems. During his service as deputy director, the Initiative has supported almost 800 research projects at the Institute and continues to engage a quarter of the MIT faculty in its projects and programs. Armstrong maintains strong relationships with MITEI’s coalition of industry, foundation, government and private partners. More than two-thirds of the projects supported through this coalition have been in no- or low-carbon research, including renewable energy, energy efficiency, carbon management, and enabling tools such as biotechnology, nanotechnology and advanced modeling. The largest single area of funded research is in solar energy, with more than 100 research projects in this area alone. Projects supported through MITEI have fostered the development of such innovative technologies as low-cost solar cells that can be printed directly onto paper or other flexible, inexpensive materials; utility-scale liquid batteries that could enable grid integration of intermittent energy sources; transparent solar cells that could be built into display screens or windows; and bioengineered batteries. Armstrong has also been heavily involved in MITEI’s seed fund program. More than 100 MITEI seed fund projects have served to attract many natural vitiligo treatment to energy-related research and to launch new research directions. Several MITEI-supported projects have led to the formation of startup companies, reflecting the Institute’s longstanding focus on commercializing technology solutions.In addition, Armstrong has been influential in stressing a major focus on education at MITEI. The Initiative has awarded 252 graduate fellowships in energy and 104 undergraduate research opportunities. Under the guidance of Armstrong and Moniz, the Initiative established an energy minor in 2009. It is already one of the Institute’s most popular minors. This experiment in interdisciplinary undergraduate education represents the first official academic program that brings together all five schools across MIT. Announcement to quit comes four years into role and just a few months into a new three-year contractMike Quigley will retire from corporate life after four years heading the introduction of the National Broadband Network.The announcement comes just a few months after Quigley signed a three-year contract to stay in the role as head of NBN Co, the company building and operating the national broadband network."My job was to lay the foundations for the NBN for the next 30 years. That job is largely complete," Quigley, who came out of retirement to take the position, said on Friday.Quigley's departure follows weeks of Shapeshifter-Yoga infighting within the company and speculation the board was looking to replace him. Pressure on Quigley increased as NBN rollout targets were not met.It was reported in May that NBN Co chair Siobhan McKenna had approached fellow board members to test support for Quigley.However, Quigley told Fairfax his relationship with McKenna is "a good one".''I started on this thing four years ago. I am not going to be here when it finishes in 2021. I will choose my retirement when I choose it," he said at the time.Federal broadband minister, Anthony Albanese conceded Quigly's time hadn't always been smooth sailing, but said it was absurd to suggest the government had anything to do with his leaving."No one does everything perfectly in terms of the creation of a major infrastructure project," he told media in Sydney.Albanese would not confirm when asked on Friday afternoon whether the NBN board would appoint a replacement before the election.Opposition spokesman for communication and broadband Malcolm Turnbull told ABC radio he would be "amazed" if a new CEO was appointed so near the election."That would be an act of hubris and recklessness... I would be astonished if they were going to do that," he said.A joint statement on Friday morning vision without glasses and the finance minister, Penny Wong, thanked NBN Co's "first employee" for his contribution and said Quigley was ''instrumental in negotiating the deal with Telstra which has paved the way for the NBN rollout".The statement added that Quigley was "eager to join the project because he understood the importance of nation-building infrastructure that is essential for our nation's economic future. Mr Quigley can be tremendously proud of what he has achieved."But Turnbull told media that Quigley's retirement was "a case of the company being utterly leaderless".McKenna "has been seeking to get rid of Quigley for some time", Turnbull said. "He has been pushed out the door."Quigley will continue in the position until a successor is appointed by the board, according to NBN Co's statement.McKenna said the company was "fortunate" to have had Quigley as chief executive and credited him with taking "NBN Co from a policy vision to a successful operating entity. The directors are proud of Mike's achievements and welcome his decision to remain in his post to ensure a smooth transition to his successor."AustraliaBroadbandTelecommunications industryHelen Davidsonguardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions trademiner Feeds     The different levels of silk’s structure, Buehler says, are analogous to the hierarchical elements that make up a musical composition — including pitch, range, dynamics and tempo. The team enlisted the help of composer John McDonald, a professor of music at Tufts, and MIT postdoc David Spivak, a mathematician who specializes in a field called category theory. Together, using analytical tools derived from category theory to describe the protein structures, the team figured out how to translate the details of the artificial silk’s structure into musical compositions.The differences were quite distinct: The strong but useless protein molecules translated into music that was aggressive and harsh, Buehler says, while the ones that formed usable fibers sound much softer and more fluid.Buehler hopes this can be taken a step further, using the musical compositions to predict how well new variations of the material might perform. “We’re looking for radically new ways of designing materials,” he says.Combining materials modeling with mathematical and musical tools, Buehler says, could provide a much faster way of designing new biosynthesized materials, replacing the trial-and-error approach that prevails today. Genetically engineering organisms to produce materials is a long, painstaking process, he says, but this work “has taught us a new approach, a fundamental lesson” in i want my girlfriend back theory and simulation to speed up the discovery process.Materials produced this way — which can be done under environmentally benign, room-temperature conditions — could lead to new building blocks for tissue engineering or other uses, Buehler says: scaffolds for replacement organs, skin, blood vessels, or even new materials for use in civil engineering.Elliott Schwartz, professor emeritus of music at Bowdoin College, says: “For centuries, mathematics, logic and science have provided important models for musical structures, processes, and our understanding of sonic materials. The present research may well lead to one more important chapter in this ongoing story of mutual interaction.”Jessica Garb, an assistant professor of biological sciences at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, says, "The approach these authors take to designing new biomaterials is completely novel [and] represents a bold approach to unite bioengineering and music." She says that the researchers' suggestion of attempting to reverse the process — starting with the music to design new versions of the protein structure — "could result in some exciting new materials. The practical impacts could be enormous."It may be that the complex structures of music can reveal the underlying complex structures of biomaterials found in nature, Buehler says. “There might be an underlying structural expression Fibroids-MiracleFibroids-Miracle that tells us more about the proteins that make up our bodies. After all, our organs — including the brain — are made from these building blocks, and humans’ expression of music may inadvertently include more information that we are aware of.”“Nobody has tapped into this,” he says, adding that with the breadth of his multidisciplinary team, “We could do this — making better bio-inspired materials by using music, and using music to better understand biology.” Defending champion Germany is too strong for North Korea, winning 3-0 in Wuhan, China, to reach the semifinals of the Women's World Cup. Alexander Semin had a goal and two assists, linemate Eric Staal added three assists and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 on Tuesday night. After a rift, members of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission have agreed on a plan to curb risky overseas trading. The agency and European regulators also announced a plan for how to jointly approach cross-border trades.     BEIJING — The leaders of China and South Korea called for North Korea to resume negotiations on its nuclear disarmament after a meeting Thursday in which they discussed ways to draw their isolated and erratic neighbor back into dialogue with the outside world. Read full article

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    A struggling Chinese solar power company is not something to be ignored – how investors react is vitally importantAnother day, another company defaulting on its debts – in this case, Suntech, one of China's biggest manufacturers of solar panel components – which announced this week it had failed to repay $541m due on bonds. But what sets apart Suntech from other business casualties is that it was the first time a major Chinese company had defaulted on its bonds.The future of Suntech is now uncertain – a government bailout, a merger or an agreement with creditors? Its problems are a stark warning of the upheavals happening in a core green tech industry.Just a few years ago, solar panels were an expensive luxury – so expensive that anyone installing them could expect to wait more than 15 years to see their investment paid back. Today, prices have plunged so far that the solar industry is close to its nirvana of "grid parity", where solar power is no dearer than fossil fuel energy.The falling prices are the result of a huge investment in solar component factories in China, where the government has made a strong push into renewable energy manufacturing. But while China's growth – it is now the biggest manufacturer of solar panels, the vast majority for export – has brought down prices, it tinnitusmiracle caused upheaval.Germany's solar manufacturers have suffered from the cut-price competition, with its once booming solar manufacturing sector now haemorrhaging jobs. In the UK, cheap Chinese competition has also halted the fledgling solar manufacturing sector. The EU and China are now in dispute, with Europe accusing China of dumping solar components into its market.Now China is also feeling the pain, as Suntech's woes show. The plummeting price of components has meant that the huge returns expected on investment in manufacturing facilities is no longer pouring in. The government is deciding how to act – whether to try to save the biggest companies, force consolidation in the sector, or let companies go to the wall.For solar investors, this has been a rollercoaster ride. The issue now is whether they will be scared off by the sector's troubles, or keep faith that falling prices will generate bigger markets for solar components and turn a vicious cycle into a virtuous one. If they desert the sector, it will not only be a business issue, but a disaster for the prospects of dealing with climate change.Solar powerRenewable energyEnergyClimate changeClimate changeChinaAsia PacificGlobal economyFiona Harveyguardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds NEW YORK -- Bank Pregnancy Miracle review a long-awaited gift from the U.S. Federal Reserve on Friday when the central bank cleared the way for major lenders to increase their dividends.With a clever bag and shoe combination, dressing for any destination can be shockingly simple. One of the earliest decisions a home shopper must make is where to look. A look at the Lois Dodd retrospective at the Portland Museum of Art in Maine. Joey Votto had three hits, Todd Frazier hit a two-run single and the Cincinnati Reds completed a three-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs with a 7-4 victory on Sunday.     Experts say 'endless lists of spellings, facts and rules' will not help develop children's ability to think or solve problemsA group of academics have warned that Michael Gove's national curriculum proposal will severely erode educational standards by "dumbing down" teaching and learning.In a letter published in the Telegraph and Independent on Wednesday, 100 experts say the education secretary's new curriculum consists of "endless lists of spellings, facts and rules" that will not help to develop children's ability to think or solve problems.Children, they say, will be forced to learn "mountains of detail" for English, maths and science without understanding it.The group, which includes professors from Nottingham Trent University, Leeds Metropolitan University, Oxford University and Bristol University, say the plans also betray a serious distrust of forex growth bot review says: "Much of [the proposed curriculum] demands too much too young. This will put pressure on teachers to rely on rote learning without understanding."Inappropriate demands will lead to failure and demoralisation."This curriculum betrays a serious distrust of teachers, in its amount of detailed instructions, and the education secretary has repeatedly ignored expert advice."The academics urge teachers and parents to respond to the consultation, due to end in April, calling for a fresh start.The new draft curriculum contains plans for pupils to memorise their times tables up to 12 by age nine, multiply and divide fractions by age 11 as well as learn topics such as geometry, long division and multiplication and decimals.In comes in the same week that two teaching unions announced a series of strikes starting this summer in a continuing row over pay, pensions and workload.Schools across the country are likely to be affected by the rolling programme of walkouts, along with a national strike before Christmas.The move, announced by England's two biggest teaching unions, the National Union of Teachers and the NASUWT, is an escalation of a continuing dispute with the government.Michael GoveCurriculumsSchoolsTeachingguardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds RACINE, WIS. -- President Obama launched natural vitiligo treatment review natural vitiligo treatment attack against Republican lawmakers on Wednesday, accusing them of being out of touch with ordinary Americans and sympathetic to oil interests as he sought to capitalize on recent remarks that many in the Democratic Party view as potentially costly... The Guardian exclusively unveils the first chapter – titled The Compleat Angler – of the new film from Lars Von TrierThis December sees the premiere of Lars Von Trier's new film. The story of a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac (played by Charlotte Gainsbourg) who recounts her erotic experiences to the man (Stellan SkarsgÃ¥rd) who saves her after an assault, its plot is divided into eight chapters. Starting today, extracts from these chapters will be published in the countdown to release; the Guardian is the newspaper publishing the opening chapter – it will also appear on the official film site tomorrow, along with a first clip from the film. Von Trier – who has refrained from public comment following the controversy at Cannes in the wake of his film, Melancholia – wants to introduce, through Nymphomaniac, a new film genre called digressionism.Below is chapter one; subsequent chapters will be called Jerome, Mrs H, Delirium, The Little Organ School, The Eastern and Western Church (The Silent Duck), The Mirror and, finally, The Gun. The film also features Shia LaBeouf, Willem Dafoe, Jamie Bell, Christian Slater and Uma Thurman. Let trademiner what you think of this opening extract in the comments below. CHAPTER ONEThe Compleat Angler How does an ordinary bag of chocolate sweets become a symbol of sexual victory? As Joe and her experienced friend B embark on a train trip, they bet on how many men they can seduce on the ride. The grand prize is a delicious bag of chocolate sweets, and it soon becomes clear to Joe that in order to win, she needs to lure the prey into biting the hook like a skilled fisherman. Lars von TrierPornographyShia LaBeoufCharlotte GainsbourgWorld cinemaStellan SkarsgardWillem Dafoeguardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds -- Delta Air Lines said on Tuesday that it will drop 25 percent of its departures from Memphis, Tenn., though it insisted that the airport will remain one of its hubs. Lawrence S. Bacow presented the annual Charles L. Miller Lecture on April 22 in the MIT Faculty Club. The lecture series, co-sponsored by MIT Engineering Systems Division and MIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is named for Charles L. Miller, who joined the Civil Engineering faculty in 1955, and served as head of the department from 1962-1969.Bacow, president emeritus i want my girlfriend back University and former MIT chancellor, delivered a talk entitled, “The Research University in the Digital Age.” Bacow described universities as “complex systems” and “a whole series of joint products.” The biggest challenge facing higher education, he argued, “is not access, but how to bend the cost curve” — noting that tuition costs have gone up faster than health care costs over the past 25 years.Bacow looked at why higher education costs keep going up and how this increase might affect institutions. “There is increased pressure to justify the value proposition for residential education,” he said.With a number of universities now exploring MOOCs and other digital learning possibilities, there are increased opportunities for those seeking higher education worldwide. Bacow noted, however, that while there is a business model for higher education, MOOC providers still have not determined a consistent revenue source. He also said that some of the things that happen specifically in a residential higher education experience, including the face-to-face, in-person, social interaction of students and faculty, might be difficult to replicate or replace online.“Lots of people are predicting the end of higher education as we know it,” Bacow said. “I actually happen to be skeptical.” Bill Laimbeer doesn't care how many people across the WNBA like him or his team. He only cares about winning championships. Kenya wants to be vision without glasses heart but its e-learning strategy ignores the need for more trained teachers and less inequalityKenya recently announced an ambitious plan to deliver 1.3m laptops to schoolchildren. The project will cost more than $600m (53bn Kenyan shillings/£400m) and implementation will begin this year.This is not simply a procurement issue or a small part of a larger educational strategy. It is the strategy. The budget, released this month, claims that the government "has prioritised transforming the educational system to e-teaching and e-learning". By contrast, the budget contained only 34.7bn shillings for healthcare, and 67bn for the police. In a country with extremely limited financial resources, this is a very bold move.In some ways, the strategy seems to reinforce the image of Kenya as Africa's digital heart. The country has embedded digital services in its national development plan, is building a technology park dubbed "silicon Savannah", is a pioneer in creating digital services and software (such as the M-Pesa mobile money transfer system and the Ushahidi crisis reporting platform), and has one of the highest internet penetration rates on the continent.But Kenya is characterised by deep economic inequalities. In the shadow of Nairobi's gleaming skyscrapers are millions of people who live in poverty. About half the country's 41 million people live below the national poverty line, and measures including the Gini coefficient show large Shapeshifter-Yoga rich and poor. More than 15 million Kenyans still don't have access to safe water or sanitation.Despite free primary education, more than 1 million Kenyan children of school age aren't attending classes. Having a well-educated population is without doubt a way for the country to help itself out of poverty. But is betting the farm on e-teaching and e-learning a sensible strategy? More importantly, is it an equitable or just development approach?Many of the project's specifics have yet to emerge, but there are still some important points to be made.First, laptops alone won't solve any of the structural and social issues – including a lack of trained teachers, intermittent power supplies and thousands of malnourished children – facing Kenya.Irrespective of how many stories we hear about the effectiveness of laptops being dropped off to villages in rural Africa – the approach adopted by One Laptop per Child's Nicholas Negroponte, for instance – technology alone cannot provide an education. Among other things, children still need functioning schools, electricity and, crucially, trained teachers – tens of thousands are required, according to the Kenya National Union of Teachers.Second, information and communication technologies are an amplifier of capabilities, skills, and social and economic positions. Supporters of education projects based on laptop distribution often point to their success in connecting the previously disconnected. But while information Fibroids-Miracle review the communication networks that link them are fantastic tools for people with the existing knowledge, skills and social networks to take advantage of them, they are less useful to those starting from a less privileged position. It is hard to see how the programme could do anything to address inequality without tackling its deeper roots.Third, there is a long history of people and states framing technology as a solution to economic, social, political and environmental problems. IT becomes intertwined with notions of modernity and progress. Naively, they are seen not just as a tool, but as a panacea for development. Kenya's laptop project shows us how powerful these visions can be. Why get involved in the messy business of hiring thousands of teachers, building functioning schools, creating a stable electricity supply, and ensuring that all children are well-nourished, when laptops and e-learning will thrust the country into the digital economy?Increased access to IT undoubtedly holds much promise for some of Kenya's youth. But the worry is that the resources invested in the project could have been better spent. Policymakers in other low-income countries will undoubtedly be watching closely; we need to ask who will ultimately benefit from the project and who may get left behind.Universal primary educationGovernanceKenyaAfricaMark Grahamguardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights directory of ezines Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds     The director Thomas Vinterberg discusses his film “The Hunt,” featuring Mads Mikkelsen.     Why do you think some parents might be concerned about making birth-control or morning-after pills available over the counter?     The top prospects for the 2013 NBA Draft spoke to the press on Wednesday in New York     BANGKOK -- Asian shares were mostly higher Tuesday, with stocks in Japan clawing back some of the losses inflicted after a massive earthquake struck the country's industrial northeast less than two weeks ago. At Cooper Union, students and activists plan to hold classes and a march to promote increased access to higher education. Bring your book shields!     Perhaps the most intriguing wine event in a month full of them was Rieslingfeier. What the dueling judges of “American Idol” teach us about talent.     Factbox on LeBron James, who was named on Sunday as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) for the 2012-13 National Basketball Association regular season.     Political news from today’s Times and a look at the latest happenings in Washington.     NBC Sports Group announced a 10-year contract extension to televise Notre Dame games, doubling the length of its previous agreement.     Bishwapriya Sanyal and Lawrence Vale with Christina Rosan, eds. Planning Ideas That Matter: Livability, Territoriality, Governance, and Reflective Practice (MIT

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    Read the full story at http://www.technologyreview.com/article/508381/the- natural-experimenter/ The key to a breakthrough among finance ministers is to bring down the size of any bailout package, estimated at about $22 billion.Mike Bartlett’s “Bull,” directed by Clare Lizzimore at 59E59 Theaters, depicts desperate rivalry in an office where jobs are imperiled.     Al Nour, a party of ultraconservative Islamists, has emerged as an unexpected political kingmaker, shaping the interim government after the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi.     Contrary to popular belief, mergers are usually really good for consumers. So what’s wrong with a little beer marriage? For more information, visit the MIT site for the project The gunmen surrounding the Foreign Ministry in Tripoli were demanding a law banning those who had worked for Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi from taking senior positions in the new administration.     The restaurant will be able to add more private dining rooms.     In the immediate aftermath of Venezuela's tightly contested presidential election on April 14, 2013, supporters of opposition leader Henrique Capriles demanded a recount after a slim electoral defeat to Nicolas Maduro. The Maryland General Assembly may soon make a really smart move toward achieving really smart growth: It could adopt proposed land-use legislation enabling "State Rail Station Overlay Districts." Joseph tinnitusmiracle pain from bad memories everywhere he looked and fed up with vandals tagging his neighborhood with graffiti, has turned the streets of Bushwick, Brooklyn, into an outdoor gallery.     From painted toes in the hot sand to the tickle of a silk scarf at your neck, simple pleasures make the best of summer.     The Oakland Athletics put Chris Young on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left quadriceps and recalled outfielder Michael Taylor from Class AAA Sacramento.     Join Jacob Steinberg for the latest, with Novak Djokovic in action under the roof while it rainsJacob Steinberg     Spring offers many opportunities for lectures, workshops, tours and other educational programs. Before you get busy in the garden, take advantage of one of the many sessions offered this month. Call to ascertain if pre-registration is required. If a fee is not shown, the event is free. The Stanley Cup is back in the city of big shoulders and short memories, delivered by a Chicago team that featured neither.     TOKYO -- Japan's major automakers are trying to find alternative parts suppliers to replace those knocked out of action by the colossal earthquake last week that has forced most of the country's car production to a halt. Pregnancy Miracle review funding bill passed the Senate overwhelmingly yesterday, but the 91 to 5 vote came after a fractured process that included objections from Republicans and Democrats alike, and required President Obama to intervene repeatedly to lobby members of his own party for his foreign policy vision. CBS has renewed, C.S.I is the biggest television hit of the past decade, for a 14th season. The General Services Administration has reopened its search for 1.1 million square feet of office space for the Department of Homeland Security. Rival groups split on the political direction of the protests, with claims two organisations back military ruleRival organisations behind Brazil's huge street demonstrations are struggling for control amid conflicting views about the political direction the movement should take.With further action planned for Wednesday evening, the leftwing groups who initiated the marches suspect opposition parties are trying to hijack the protests and use them as a platform to challenge president Dilma Rousseff's government before next year's presidential election.The protesters have proved a formidable political force, notching up victory after victory in the past week and forcing Rousseff's Workers' Party and regional leaders into a series of concessions. But the scale has ebbed in recent days. Although demonstrations continue forex growth bot review daily basis in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and dozens of other cities, they are on a smaller scale than last Thursday's march of more than a million.The vast majority of marches have been unified, but there have been a few shouting matches between rival groups competing to set the ideological direction of the protests. Some would like a stronger focus on inequality and improving conditions in favelas. Others are pushing for tax cuts and a crackdown on corrupt officials.In online chat rooms and microblogs, there is speculation that police are using agents provocateurs to stir up violence and pave the way for a coup. Evidence for that is scant, but differences have become more apparent. Groups such as Anonymous are calling for a period of reflection, and arranged workshops and public meetings in Rio this week to discuss where to go next.But several organisations that are closer to the right pressed ahead with smaller gatherings on Monday and urged more on Thursday. Two of them, Organisation Opposed to Corruption and Online Revolution, advocate the return of militarism, according to an article on the Estado de São Paulo website. This followed tension in São Paulo during last Thursday's march when some natural vitiligo treatment review natural vitiligo treatment the flags of the Workers Party."We live in a democracy and this reaction is a kind of nationalism taken to an extreme. I fear this may be hidden fascism," said Talita Saito, a 21-year-old law student at the protest.Such incidents have so far been on the fringes. More positive is the sign of a new political debate that has been stirred up by formerly apathetic multitudes who are turning out in vast numbers to peacefully back the protests.But those who initiated the protests in support of cheap public transport are uneasy that part of the movement has morphed towards a campaign for lower taxes.A major reason for the success of last week's marches was that the organisers rejected affiliation with political parties. The amorphous movement embraced frustrations felt across the political spectrum, many of them brought into relief by the Confederations Cup.About 50,000 people joined a demonstration on Wednesday outside a stadium in Belo Horizonte, where Brazil were playing Uruguay in a Confederations Cup semi-final. Police fired tear gas and protesters threw stones. In Brasilia, where the other semi-final was taking place, police shut down traffic in the city centre in expectation of unrest.After last Thursday's march, the huge range of trademiner evident in the hand-written placards pinned on to the walls – "Schools not Stadiums", "70bn in Corruption", "End Police Violence", "Stop PEC 37" (a bill that would weaken the power of the public minister to investigate official wrongdoing) and "No to the Gay Cure" (a reference to evangelical politician Marco Feliciano's call for Brazil's medical establishment to treat homosexuality as a disease.In recent days, Rousseff – a former student radical – has talked to organisers and responded to some of their concerns. On Monday, she promised a referendum on political reform, tighter penalties for corruption, a 50bn real (£15bn) programme for public transport and more support for healthcare and education. Another concession was won from legislators, who dropped the PEC 37 bill.The groups behind the protests say Rousseff's promises are too vague and fall short of demands they have regarding evictions of residents for mega-events, excessive police violence (seen on Tuesday in a raid on the Maré favela in Rio that left at least nine people dead) and wider issues of inequality and environmental destruction.A statement by the Passe Libre group said the government has to do more to rein in paramilitary police, who have shot protesters with rubber bullets and i want my girlfriend back indiscriminately. "There is an urgent need to demilitarise the police and put in place a national policy to regulate less lethal weapons, which are banned in many countries and condemned by international bodies," the group said.Alan Fragoso, one of the organisers of the Fórum de Lutas group that initiated the protests, said the demonstrations would continue. "Even if the protesters do not have full political consciousness we must seize the moment to promote the inclusion of political debate in the daily life of Brazilians," he said.In response to Rousseff's promises and concerns about the vandalism that followed clashes with police, the organisers plan to set new guidelines for the protests.One question will be how the movement can address inequality. Halting bus price rises alone will not achieve this if it means spending cuts in other areas of social spending, as the São Paulo mayor Fernando Haddad noted.So far most of the marchers have been middle class students, protesting in the city centres or near football stadiums. But on Tuesday came the first march in Rio from two favela communities – Rocinha and Vidigal – to the wealthy middle-class neighbourhood of Leblon, which is home to the state governor, Sérgio Cabral."This is vision without glasses left or right. We're fed up with our leaders. We can't rely on public hospitals or schools, yet they spend billions on stadiums," said Anderson Castro, who turned up to the lively, peaceful, but relatively small march with his young son Arthur on his shoulders.The coming days are likely to clarify where, how and whether the demonstrations will continue on a large scale, with the attention of many focused on Sunday's Confederations Cup final in Rio.Additional reporting from São Paulo by Helena AlvesBrazilAmericasProtestWorld Cup 2014World CupJonathan Wattsguardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds     When Roger Day's evening music show was lost to a network replacement, former BBC listeners followed him to UnCool RadioThere was much consternation and little consultation when the BBC decided to get rid of the standalone evening schedules of its local radio stations across England. As part of its Delivering Quality First initiative, designed to save 20% in costs following the freezing of the licence fee, the corporation replaced the regional evening shows across all 39 stations with one new national network programme. Many asked Shapeshifter-Yoga if the BBC can't provide local radio then who can? It turns out that the internet could be the answer.When the schedule merger took place at the end of 2012, one of the casualties was the much valued and respected Roger Day music show, broadcast across several southern regions. Instead of going quietly, the former Radio Caroline DJ has remained true to his pirate roots and is leading a revolution in internet radio.UnCool Radio is free to air but funded by voluntary subscription and the former BBC listeners, disillusioned by the replacement network show, are voting with their wallets as well as their ears. Day didn't just play oldies, it was an eclectic mix of the best new music as well, which is increasingly difficult to discover, especially new music produced by older artists. Sir Cliff Richard has lent his support, stating: "The only thing that's really 'cool' is success and I'm wishing lots of it."  Status Quo have also expressed their interest in the venture. Dennis Locorriere, formerly of Dr Hook, said he understood the basic concept of playing artists that are underexposed but had reservations about the station's title. A second DJ, Allen Fleckney, has joined UnCool and now Fibroids-Miracle review radio stations are considering buying its output. Day has stated: "Radio needs a shakeup and it might as well start here!"The axing of Day's BBC show was purely financial rather than editorial. The networked replacement for Day's programme and other BBC local radio evening output, presented by Mark Forrest, had a sticky start, with the Observer's radio critic Miranda Sawyer described it as a "bore-fest".UnCool, backed by subscription funding, could have acted as an independent producer offering the Roger Day show back to the BBC at reduced rates. When asked if the BBC had missed a PR and financial opportunity in not responding to such listener democracy in action, David Holdsworth, BBC English regions controller, replied: "From my point of view the problem at the moment is however alternatives might be funded or contracted we have made a decision, approved by the BBC Trust, to run an all local radio format on weekday evenings. We will be reviewing the new programme eventually but for the moment I am afraid there isn't any manoeuvring room."Tamsin Vincent, co-founder of listener feedback website BBC Radio Forum, said shortly after the change over: "Our argument was that even if it was absolutely brilliant, it was still directory of ezines be a national show on local radio. People are not happy about it, it is not igniting any local spirit for me at all."The web offers radio huge opportunities, both internationally and at local level where local communities could set up their own stations. With ever increasing listening platforms and technological advances, these stations are becoming progressively more viable.These could be funded by subscription, Lottery support or even a slice of the BBC's licence fee in the same way independent commercial stations tried to help underwrite their local news coverage. Meanwhile stations such as UnCool are likely to grow and gain in traction, becoming fully established in their own right and attracting worldwide audiences via the internet.Jon Streatfeild is a former TV event producer and documentary researcherRadio industryInternetBBCJon Streatfeildguardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds     The former troopers face charges of tampering with records because prosecutors say they covered license plates while riding in a high-speed caravan on the Garden State Parkway. 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    It took years for Zach Johnson to feel comfortable at his hometown tournament.     Wedding dress designers debuted their spring 2014 collections last weekend. Here, a selection of photos.    A leaping brown rat, an engaging urban fox and surfing seal are among the winning entries in the 2013 Mammal Society photographer of the year competition Graceful Rose has more than good looks going for it; the restaurant hired Massimo Fedozzi, a superstar, as its executive chef in late March.     Here are some events that builders and developers have scheduled for would-be home buyers in the coming weeks. All are free and open to the public. A year away from basketball has rejuvenated Larry Bird.     As the resort celebrates a milestone anniversary, see how skiing there has evolved. Judging from the tears in their eyes after the game, it would have been impossible to tell whether Liberty was 35-0 instead of one of the most surprising underdogs in NCAA tournament history. The launch of UCL Academy has not been without fire, says Michael Worton, but the chance to shape curriculum and collaborate with educational colleagues was too good to missToday sees the opening of the UCL Academy, the first school in England with a university as sole sponsor. It is early days, but I believe that the close relationship already enjoyed by school and university is bearing fruit. Yes, staff and students of our two institutions are benefiting from the links, but with time I think our respective sectors will also gain from the new approach to teaching and learning being pioneered.Why are we doing it? UCL has from its inception been committed to education both within our walls and beyond in the local community. For many years, we have been working with schools in London and with a significant outreach and widening participation programme. In 1999, we established a partnership for excellence with City and Islington College, an idea godfathered by Lord Adonis, later one of UCL Academy's most enthusiastic supporters as education minister.This activity continues, but we wanted to do more. The opportunity to shape the curriculum afforded by the academies programme was too good to turn down, despite the fact that we knew we would be dragged into the political fire surrounding the programme. For us, though, the choice was clear: either let this rare opportunity pass, or act to play a more active role in developing academic excellence beyond the traditional university environment.Our borough, Camden, badly needed a new school, and we were excited tinnitusmiracle chance to play a hands-on role and shape the debate around both the school and the university curriculum, and so to help redefine the relationship between our sectors.The process has been much longer and more torturous than we had imagined. The years leading up to today's opening have seen us involved in political wrangles at both local and national level, being subjected to judicial reviews, all while navigating the oceans of bureaucracy that come with a project as ambitious as this.And just as it seemed we were there, in 2010 the coalition government was formed and Michael Gove, secretary of state for education, decided to review everything. But we finally got the green light, and the first brick was laid on our site on Adelaide Road.It was not only the building, but also the curriculum that had to be designed from scratch. This enabled us to think through what is really meant by terms that are bandied around like 'child-centred' or 'self-directed learning'. These words are used all the time, but it is not simple to ensure that everyone, both teacher and pupil, takes responsibility for learning – and through learning establishes a responsible and useful role in the world.For us, the academy was to be much more than an extension of our outreach activities: we wanted it to be about changing radically the way in which education operates. The academy is young and UCL has 187 years of history, but just as all learning organisation should do, we are both learning from each other.As a sponsor, we set the ethos and the education vision, but the relationship between UCL and the UCL Academy is already one of partnership. One very obvious example for the visitors to the spectacular building is that students and teachers are not tied to one classroom. Each floor at the school has a 'superstudio', a long room with a central tiered amphitheatre-style learning space and an area on either side for various learning activities designed to enable classroom group learning, project-based and pair work or independent study as appropriate.I would also highlight the work on object-based learning, pioneered by UCL through our museums colleagues and now being applied in the Academy, where new ways of using it are emerging. UCL's own commitment to languages manifests itself in the fact that all academy teachers and pupils are learning Mandarin together.UCL and the academy have also come together to design an engineering science suite, which includes workshop spaces and labs Pregnancy Miracle review give students the experience of being engineers – a tangible response to the identified issue of the lack of qualified engineers in our society. In these and other ways, we work to understand each other's goals and objectives and to work out how we can work better on curriculum design, both in schools and in universities.At the university end, the flow of excitement about being so deeply involved with a school has revitalised our commitment to thinking creatively and radically about education. Working with the academy is helping our academics think more about learning and education and how we really go about enthusing young people.To me, a partnership between school and university seems a natural and obvious fit – how long will UCL be the only university to venture into this territory? We wholeheartedly encourage other institutions to follow our lead and engage directly with the young people in their communities by developing academies of their own. The challenges are huge, but I am already clear that the payback is massive and we will gladly offer our time and support to any institution that wishes to go down the same route.Professor Michael Worton is UCL vice-provost (international) – follow the university on Twitter @UCLnews and UCL Academy @UCL_AcademyThis content is brought to you by Guardian Professional. To get more articles like this direct to your inbox, become a member of the Higher Education Network.PartnershipsAcademicsHigher educationAcademiesUCL (University College London)Schoolsguardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds BEIRUT — The Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad warned Sunday that a series of powerful Israeli airstrikes near the Syrian capital opened the door to “all the options,” underscoring the possibility that Syria’s civil war could spill across regional borders. Read full article >>     A weekly capsule of events around the world curated by our writers and editors. Yes, the airline business is taking off in Somalia. Because have you seen the roads?     It was hard to tell who was happier when Joshua Phegley's sixth-inning grand slam cleared the fence — Phegley himself, or the pitcher who would benefit from those four runs.     Art, music, engineering and steel all form part of a new festival that includes the world's first windscreen wiper and invites the public to write letters to the Angel of the NorthThe idea for a Festival of the North East, celebrating all forex growth bot review with the region, has been around for some time; the question has been finding a suitable time to hold it.The return of the Lindisfarne Gospels to Durham this summer was seen by many as the ideal moment, so a month-long inaugural festival will take place throughout June in hundreds of venues from the Tweed to the Tees.At the launch this week, Anthony Sargent, who chairs the festival as well as being general director of the Sage Gateshead music centre, described the ethos behind the new festival:It's not just about arts and culture, as a lot of festivals are; it's science, it's technologies, it's inventions, it's discoveries, it's history, it's heritage – and to get all of that range of different versions of the story of the North East into one festival in 30 days is I think amazing.Spread throughout the region will be A History of the North East in 100 Objects, inspired by Neil MacGregor's 100 objects from the British Museum.Bill Griffiths of Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums is organising the project, and hopes it will encourage people to find some of the quirkier objects in less obvious places, as well as stimulate debate about the history of creativity in the region. He said:It's very much "a" history as we won't have everybody's favourite object. All the objects demonstrate creativity or innovation in the North East and are in public collections, although there are some surprising omissions – the Bowes Museum's silver swan, for example.Included in the collection are the world's first windscreen wiper, a miners' banner at the Woodhorn Museum, Joseph's Swan's first electric light bulbs, George Stephenson's miners' lamp, a painting by Oliver Kilbourn – one of the Ashington Group of "Pitmen Painters" - and Turbinia, once the fastest ship in the world. Griffiths is refusing to release the full list until nearer the festival, but hopes the public will nominate their own alternatives.Near Redcar, where tens of thousands of people used to work in the steel works, Newcastle's Theatre Royal is organising Salamander, a celebration of all things connected to the steel industry, featuring 500 participants, an audience of around 5,000, and music, dance, visual arts, poetry, storytelling and a male voice choir of steel workers.Artist Steve Tomlinson is creating a steel bird public sculpture for the event, which will be permanently sited at Dormanstown.Northumbrian piper and composer Kathyrn Tickell is a prime mover of the festival, and its artistic adviser. She is organising One Night in Gateshead natural vitiligo treatment review natural vitiligo treatment Sage on 14 June, which will include traditional North Eastern folk songs rearranged for the Northern Sinfonia, as well as North Eastern singers, writers, actors, dancers and musicians. Kathryn said:It's always been my vision to create a festival which celebrates the amazing creativity of North Eastern people and one with broad appeal that everybody can enjoy.In Dear Angel, artist Stevie Ronnie is encouraging people to write a letter to the Angel of the North as it celebrates its 15th birthday. The artist will collate the letters to create "a distinctive record of how we feel about this place we call home." The final artwork will be shown at Newcastle's Globe Gallery, in Durham and on Holy Island. Letters can be emailed to letters@dearangel.org or tweeted to @_dearangel.Other highlights include the requiem for the foghorn at Souter lighthouse, exhibitions and concerts commemorating the centenary of the death of suffragette Emily Davison, the Riveting Stuff project celebrating engineering achievements on Teesside, Walk On, an exhibition at Sunderland's NGCA looking at artists including Richard Long who make artworks based around walking, the reopening of the National Glass Centre at Sunderland University, and Tyne, a new play by Michael Chaplin to mark the 40th anniversary of Newcastle's Live Theatre.• A guide to the festival is here. The Lindisfarne Gospels will be the centrepiece of an exhibition at Palace Green, Durham, from 1 July to 30 September. Tickets can be ordered here.Alan Sykes Tweets hereFestivalsNewcastleSunderlandDurham UniversityAlan Sykesguardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds     Finding ways to feel full with fewer calories is a trick that can help you sidestep nutritional mischief and added pounds, especially during the tempting holiday season. Honda Q4 net jumps on one-off gains TOKYO (Reuters) - Honda Motor Co. on Wednesday posted a 133 percent jump in fourth-quarter net profit, helped by a softer yen, brisk overseas sales and accounting one-offs, but projected weaker-than-expected earnings for this year. January-March net profit at... The unemployment rate fell slightly in Maryland and Virginia in January but remained steady in the District, according to Labor Department data released Thursday. The data show strong job growth in D.C. and Virginia but losses in Maryland. The Department of Homeland Security yesterday slashed anti-terrorism money for Washington and New York, part of an immediately controversial decision to reduce grant funds for major urban areas in the Northeast trademiner more to mid-size cities from Jacksonville to Sacramento. One word: plastics. There are still kinks to be worked out, but 3-D printers may be the home appliance of the future. We don't know where in Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport "transit zone" Edward Snowden is hiding out or what exactly his plans are. But if he intends to stay in the airport for a while a former official with Russia's immigration service suggested that he could stick around "indefinitely" he'll join a short but prominent list of politicized activists and refugees who have found themselves stranded in legal limbo between the arrival gate and customs. Read full article >>     Quito, Ecuador, is not considered a global leader by most measures. But there is one way in which Quito is at the forefront of metropolises worldwide: in planning for climate change. For more than a decade, officials in Ecuador’s mountainous capital have been studying the effects of global warming on nearby melting glaciers, developing ways of dealing with potential water shortages and even organizing conferences on climate change for leaders of other Latin American cities.In so doing, Quito officials represent a global trend: The cities that are most active in preparing for climate change are not necessarily the biggest or wealthiest. Instead, they are often places buffeted by natural disasters and increasing changes in temperature or rainfall. In places where the climate seems to be a growing threat to human lives, resources and urban infrastructure, local officials have been working with scientists, conducting assessments and examining which new measures may best prepare them for the future. Indeed, as an MIT survey released today shows, 95 percent of major cities in Latin America are planning for climate change, compared to only 59 percent of such cities in the United States. Leadership on climate adaptation “can come from cities of many different sizes and ilks,” says JoAnn Carmin, an associate professor in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning and lead author of the survey’s report. While international climate policy measures — such as potential agreements limiting greenhouse gas emissions — require agreement among national governments, Carmin says, “cities are able to make some important strides in this area. There are numerous examples from around the world where there are no national policies or explicit support for adaptation, but where local governments are developing plans and taking action to address climate impacts.”The survey is the first to systematically investigate the efforts of cities around the globe to i want my girlfriend back climate change. Among 468 cities worldwide that participated in the survey, 79 percent have seen changes in temperature, rainfall, sea level or other phenomena attributable to climate change; 68 percent are pursuing plans for adapting to climate change; and 19 percent have completed a formal assessment of global warming’s impact.U.S. cities are lagging in this area, Carmin believes, because climate change, for various reasons, is a more politically contentious issue in this country than elsewhere. “Climate change discussion is off the table, quite frankly, more in the U.S. than anywhere else,” Carmin says. “We are caught up over the cause of climate change, and this has led all climate-related issues to become highly politicized, undermining our potential to focus on promoting long-term urban resilience. This is not the case in many other countries where they take climate change as a given and are able to move forward with adaptation alongside their efforts to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.”Same effects, but to a greater degree?The survey report — “Progress and Challenges in Urban Climate Adaptation” — was written by Carmin and MIT graduate students Nikhil Nadkarni and Christopher Rhie. The survey was conducted in partnership with ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, a membership organization of local governments from 70 countries. The survey was funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation. While many factors explain the willingness of some cities to pursue climate-adaptation planning, local governments moving ahead in this realm tend to integrate adaptation efforts into existing departmental responsibilities. Climate change may become a problem of unique magnitude, but some of its possible effects — such as the potential to create large storms and flooding, or deadly heat waves — are hazards local governments already grapple with. “We expect government departments will work mostly in the same ways they always do,” Carmin says. “Some cities have established task forces and commissions to jumpstart adaptation. However, it’s not like they’re going to set up some separate major department to try to implement everything. … If you’re working on stormwater management or public health provisions or emergency preparedness, you’re going to continue to work on those using the tools you have available, it’s just that now you account for projected climate changes in the context of your planning and implementation.”Some of Carmin’s own field research, apart from the new survey, explores this issue in depth. In a paper published this spring in the Journal of Planning Education and Research, “Urban Climate Adaptation in the vision without glasses Carmin and co-authors Isabelle Anguelovski and Debra Roberts analyzed the local politics of climate planning in Quito and Durban, South Africa, another leader in planning for the potential effects of climate change. Places such as these, the authors concluded in the paper, are “creatively linking new agendas to existing goals, plans and programs.” Durban, for instance, has suffered from extensive flooding in the past and is now addressing the matter as a climate-change policy issue.The extent of change in many cities throughout the developing world, through rapid growth or migration, should also give leaders in those places reason to consider how climate change could affect those areas, notes Karen Seto, an associate professor of the urban environment at Yale University. “A place that is rapidly developing needs to think about both climate change adaptation and mitigation,” Seto says. By contrast, she notes, “I’m not surprised that a smaller percentage of cities in the U.S. are thinking about adaptation. In the U.S. and in countries where income levels are relatively high, there is this false belief that we can buy ourselves out of it, that we can buy some technology to fix things, or that some other institution, whether it’s local, regional or national government, will come help save us.”As Carmin observes, climate change does present one new hurdle for urban planners in any part of the world: the need to start using scientific projections to understand the potentially novel impact of global warming. “Urban planning traditionally uses historical trends as a baseline,” Carmin says. “We also need to begin looking at the projections. If we want to protect human lives and urban assets over the long term, we need to be prepared for new impacts and for greater variability and magnitude in impacts than we have experienced in the past. That means looking at both historical data and climate projections and generating multiple scenarios of what a city might face in 50 or 100 years. It’s not perfect, but we need to plan based on a forward vision, instead of only looking backward.”National help neededTo be sure, some large U.S. urban areas, such as New York and Chicago, have also been leaders in planning for climate change. But as Carmin acknowledges, even the largest city can only do so much by itself; help from the national government, including financial support, is ultimately essential.  “Many cities feel that national governments don’t understand the challenges they face,” says Carmin, who readily notes that “there’s a Shapeshifter-Yoga what cities can accomplish without more federal support.Moreover, because global warming is a highly complex phenomenon, long-range climate models inevitably contain uncertainty. That means local governments in some cities may be reluctant to invest in physical infrastructure or specific programs based on these projections. “Cities are aware of the uncertainty,” Carmin says. “While many are not going to sit and wait for the science to be perfected, they are also not going to put all their resources in one basket.”As a result of the uncertainty and limited resources, she adds, much of what local governments are doing at the moment “is small-scale change, incremental planning and a lot of nonstructural measures, like planning and outreach to the public. In the long term, that will not be sufficient. For now, however, cities are being creative and taking action in ways that are feasible given the scientific, political and resource constraints they face.” In Washington, lobbyists who had long backed Republicans are also focusing on Democrats to build coalitions against a medical device tax. The C.E.O. of L.L. Bean has worked at the company for 30 years. “Every time I felt I was at the peak of the learning curve,” he says, “the company gave me more to do.”     Health campaigners warn decision to postpone law forcing tobacco firms to remove branding on packaging will cost livesHealth campaigners have accused the government of putting lives at risk after ministers confirmed on Friday that they were shelving plans to introduce legislation forcing cigarettes to be sold in plain packaging.Cancer Research UK said "lives will be lost" as a result of the decision, with Labour suggesting it was evidence of the Australian political consultant Lynton Crosby exerting undue influence on Downing Street.When Andrew Lansley was health secretary, he said there was clear evidence that branded packaging encouraged people to smoke when he launched a consultation on the topic. Anna Soubry, the public health minister, said as recently as April this year that she was personally persuaded of the case for a plain packaging law.But on Friday, Jeremy Hunt, Lansley's successor, told MPs in a written statement that the government had decided to postpone its plans to introduce plain packaging because it wants to study the impact the policy is having in Australia, the only country where it has so far been introduced. He would not say how long the government would wait, but ministers are not expected to revisit the idea until after the 2015 general election.The Fibroids-Miracle review with the revelation that the Home Office will make a statement next week confirming that the government would not be introducing a minimum price for alcohol, and that instead it will press ahead with less ambitious plans to stop alcohol being sold at below cost as a loss leader.In his statement, Hunt said the consultation on plain cigarette packaging had shown that views on the proposal were "highly polarised" – with 53% of those providing detailed feedback in favour and 43% against – and that as a result "the government has decided to wait until the emerging impact of the decision in Australia can be measured before we make a final decision".Downing Street is understood to be behind the decision to shelve plain packaging, which has been clearly heading for the Whitehall long grass ever since a bill on the topic was dropped from the Queen's speech. During the consultation there were claims that plain packaging legislation could cost jobs in manufacturing and in retail, encourage illegal tobacco trading and cost the exchequer up to £6bn, although on Friday the Department of Health would not say which of these arguments had proved persuasive.Harpal Kumar, Cancer Research UK's chief executive, accused the government of caving in to the tobacco industry and of ignoring the interests of young people who, he said, were particularly susceptible to the influence of tobacco branding."This decision is bitterly disappointing and lives will be lost as a result. What's shocking is that more than 200,000 children start smoking every year in the UK," he said."All companies use packaging as a form of marketing. The tobacco industry relies on packaging more than most, since other forms of advertising and promotion are closed to it. The government had a choice: protect children from an addiction that kills 100,000 people in the UK every year or protect tobacco industry profits. We believe it has made the wrong choice."The British Heart Foundation's chief executive, Simon Gillespie, said: "This was the chance for a real show of strength, courage and confidence but instead the government has capitulated in the face of industry pressure. Critical legislation that will help stop young people getting hooked on a lethal habit has now been left hanging in the balance."Sarah Wollaston, the Conservative MP and former GP, responded to the announcement by posting on Twitter: "R.I.P public health. A day of shame for this government; the only winners big tobacco, big alcohol and big undertakers."In a subsequent interview on the directory of ezines at One, she partly blamed the decision on Lynton Crosby, the Conservatives' general election co-ordinator credited with telling David Cameron to "scrap the barnacles off the boat" – meaning that the prime minister should focus on core issues such as immigration and not waste political capital on more marginal concerns."One of those barnacles is today being buried at sea and that seems to be public health. I think that's very worrying," Wollaston said.Labour also tried to pin some of blame on Crosby, focusing on his lobbying company, Crosby Textor, and the work it has done for the tobacco industry."The Tories used to say that they were in favour of this policy, that children should be protected. But now, not long after employing Lynton Crosby, David Cameron is backing down," said the shadow public health minister, Diane Abbott, who tabled an urgent question on the subject in the Commons."People will rightly wonder if the government is breaking its promise, despite the medical evidence and the wishes of British families, in order to please its friends in big business."Responding to Abbott in the Commons, Soubry said that talking about Crosby was "a complete red herring" and that health ministers had not discussed the matter with him.A No 10 spokesman said Crosby had no involvement in the decision. He also said that Cameron had never been lobbied by Crosby on cigarette packaging.The government's decision was welcomed by groups including the Tobacco Manufacturers Association, the pro-smoking group Forest and the Petrol Retailers Associations.In the Commons several Tory MPs warmly welcomed the government's move and Ian Paisley, the DUP MP, told Soubry: "You've protected 1,000 jobs directly in my constituency as a result of this and for that I am truly grateful."But Soubry, who told MPs that her father died from lung cancer after a lifetime of heavy smoking, said she would not agree to Paisley's request for a meeting with those who manufacture tobacco. "It is bad, it is horrible stuff, it kills people, it does great damage to people's health," she said.• This article was amended on 12 July 2013. It originally said the decision was welcomed by the pro-smoking group Ash. This group is anti-smoking; it was the pro-smoking group Forest that welcomed the decision. 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    Two Iranian citizens, whom officials accused of planning to attack Western targets inside Kenya, were found guilty on Thursday by a Kenyan court of terrorism-related charges.     The bodies were found, a government spokesman said, after firefighters put out a fire at the crash site in Kyrgyzstan.Software AG has picked up cloud PaaS (platform-as-a-service) vendor LongJump in a bid to give small and medium-sized companies a way to rapidly develop applications with less involvement from IT. Terms of the deal, which was announced Thursday, were not disclosed. LongJump's platform gives users a set of models and templates for trademiner with no need to code, according to Software AG's announcement. Applications can be deployed on public and private cloud services, as well as on premises and through mobile devices. Chelsea's Gary Cahill joined the expanding ranks of defenders unavailable to England football manager Roy Hodgson on Tuesday when he was ruled out of Friday's World Cup qualifier with San Marino. We're back - 'we' being AC Jimbo, Paul Doyle and James Horncastle - and on tonight's Confederations Cup Football Daily, we pick apart on Brazil's semi-impressive semi-final victory over Uruguay and look forward to Spain's vision without glasses review Italy tomorrow night. Who will face the Seleção in Sunday's final?Plus, we also discuss Carlos Tevez's move to Juventus and hear more stories about seeing footballers in mundane places.See you the morrow.James RichardsonBen GreenFernando DuartePaul Doyle     Relatives see possible signs that Iran eventually could release a man who has been held there for nearly two years on suspicions of spying.     There was a rare moment of candor on the House floor this week. Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Tex.), a committee chairman and the man who led House Republicans to their majority in 2010, was explaining directory of ezines and his colleagues decided to drop the food stamp program from the farm bill. Read full article >>     Market researchers are crisscrossing rural India as companies, domestic and foreign, compete for the country's next, big emerging market. Spring offers many opportunities for lectures, workshops, tours and other educational programs. Before you get busy in the garden, take advantage of one of the many sessions offered this month. Call to ascertain if pre-registration is required. If a fee is not shown, the event is free. President Obama acknowledged Friday that the fast-rising cost of gasoline i want my girlfriend back the effect of policies designed to stimulate economic growth, but warned that he is not yet prepared to unleash the nation's energy reserves to bring down the price of oil. High ozone levels were associated with an increased number of hospitalizations for appendicitis and were even more strongly associated with cases of burst appendix in a recent study.     The three co-founders of the Carlyle Group received $57.3 million each last year from dividends issued by the newly public company, according to regulatory filings released Thursday. Founders David M. Rubenstein, Daniel A. D’Aniello and William tinnitusmiracle Jr., also earned a $275,000 salary, according to regulatory filings. The trio declined bonuses last year, although they each received more than $3 million in bonuses in 2011. Read full article >> The papers of George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and Benjamin Franklin are now online in easily searchable digitized form.     Sometime in 2010, a senior official in the Chinese Communist Party named Zhao Xiyong arrived in Yunnan, a mountainous province that is one of the poorest in China. Zhao had a jet-black hair, a fancy title (head of the Fibroids-Miracle review Council Research Office), a big appetite and lots of empty nostrums about good governance. Officials in Yunnan doted over him for three years, toasting him at dinners and competing for his favor. Read full article >> Barnes & Noble is seeking a boost in the highly competitive tablet market after a disappointing holiday season for its Nook devices.     Still reeling after Dwight Howard's decision to leave Los Angeles for Houston last week, the Lakers were hastily installing backup plans on the eve of the National Basketball Association's free-agent signing period.     The magazine’s owner, Alpha Media forex growth bot it was exploring a sale now after transitioning from a magazine to a ”multichannel brand.” The Obama administration said Thursday that the Syrian government is likely to have used chemical weapons on a small scale against its own people, but it stopped short of threatening military action against President Bashar al-Assad. Read full article >>     Nearly 70 percent of Americans ages 18 to 64 said they had chatted on their phones while driving in the past 30 days, far more than drivers in seven European countries. What we’re reading from Anna Wintour’s “listening tour” to Pregnancy Miracle Guild’s new exhibition. A warm welcome for the Brood II cicadas, one of the longest living insects in the world, seen only once every 17 years along the East Coast.     Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering (NSE) doctoral student Yue Fan has been selected for the 2013 Aneesur Rahman Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Materials Sciences Division of Argonne National Laboratory. The Argonne National Laboratory Named Fellowships are awarded to candidates who display outstanding ability in scientific or engineering research and who show definite promise of leadership in the research they pursue.Fan’s PhD research with Associate natural vitiligo treatment Yildiz and Professor Emeritus Sidney Yip in NSE at MIT focuses on developing and applying innovative computational paradigms to better understand long-time-scale evolution in irradiated materials, which is an important consideration for advanced reactors that are being designed for longer life times while operating in more extreme conditions of temperature, chemical activity and irradiation. The interaction and migration of radiation-induced defects is a critical factor governing the microstructural evolution, which in turn determines the degradation of the structural material. Understanding how these defects evolve over long time scales (tens of years) is crucial for development Shapeshifter Yoga materials. The essence of Fan’s approach to this challenge is to explore the potential energy landscape and the corresponding atomic trajectories of the system while the material dynamically evolves during irradiation. This method has been successfully applied to a series of studies, including the interaction mechanism between dislocation and obstacle under various conditions, and the strain rate effect on the yield strength of structural materials. The bride is the Sierra Club’s political director; the groom is an information technology consultant.     Eddie Lacy of Alabama is the top rusher in this draft class, but if Marcus Lattimore were healthy, he’d get the

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    Drawing attention to the high number of counterfeits and knock-offs that have invaded the furnishings market, fair organizer Cosmit has introduced intellectual and industrial property regulations for all exhibitors at Salone Internazionale del Mobile, the furniture extravaganza that attracts 300,000 visitors. Now it is official: The most significant breach of U.S. military computers was caused by a flash drive inserted into a U.S. military laptop on a post in the Middle East in 2008.President Hugo Chávez left behind a nation in the grip of political turmoil that grew more acute as he languished for weeks. Punk lives at South by Southwest: across generations, genders, wardrobes and skill sets. Do the old rules of investing still apply? "Buy and hold" has proved a good method for cutting your wealth in half. Regularly rebalancing a portfolio has sent money straight to sectors, such as financial-company stocks, that plunged steeply. And, though it's said that no one can successfully time... David Lynn of Britain and PGA Tour rookie Derek Ernst finished tied in regulation and headed into a sudden-death playoff in the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, North Carolina on Sunday.     In state legislatures across the country, the battle over abortion rights is raging once again. But what neither side of the abortion debate seems to want to acknowledge is that there is a middle ground on the issue. The problem for both of them: The middle is where you can find the vast majority of Americans, who see the abortion issue not as a battle, but as a balance. Read full article >>     The Pentagon, not usually known for its frugality, is pleading with Congress to stop trademiner much money on the troops. O2 and BE customers will soon be transferred on to a Sky service, but past transfer fiascos loom largeHome phone and broadband customers of both O2 and BE, who have officially became customers of Sky, are facing a nervous wait to see what this means in the long term for the service they receive and how much they pay.Sky announced in March that it had bought O2's home phone and broadband business from the mobile operator's parent company Telefonica. The £200m deal affected 500,000 households, and included customers of BE broadband, acquired by O2 last year.Affected households will be hoping Sky can avoid a repeat of the botched TalkTalk takeovers of Tiscali and AOL that caused endless disputes, and eventually led to the regulator Ofcom levying heavy fines.The move means there is now less competition in the phone broadband market, which is dominated by four firms: BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin.Sky is keen to reassure customers of O2 and BE that there will not be a repeat of the Tiscali fiasco. It says it will be honouring the terms of all current O2 contracts, and that the migration, which will not start until August, will be phased in. It says when the switchover takes place customers will lose their connections for just a few minutes, and they will be given plenty of warning beforehand.Once all the old O2 contracts have expired Sky plans to have every phone/broadband customer paying the same, with customers coming off their existing O2 contract automatically being offered the equivalent Sky deal. Any customers who are out of contract, and who don't wish to join Sky, can vision without glasses review or at the end of their deal in the normal way."We'll start moving O2 and BE home broadband and phone customers over to our state-the-art network starting from autumn. We'll be in touch with customers at every step way and will work in partnership with O2 to ensure it's a smooth process," says a spokeswoman.According to our comparison of all three tariffs, customers should notice few changes when they are moved on to Sky's package. BE broadband-only customers will pay £15 a month if they don't take a calls package, and will have to move to direct debit payments to avoid a £4 a month credit card surcharge.However, Sky's Anytime calls package includes free calls to 0870 numbers but omits those to the 0845 numbers now used by lots of banks and insurers' call centres.Those who pay Sky for its TV package, but had used O2 for their phone and broadband, could see their total monthly bill fall by a few pounds.The big question for many is what this will do for service standards. When TalkTalk took over AOL and Tiscali it led to billing problems and number of disputes with customers over promises made by the previous company.Marie-Louise Abretti, telecoms expert at uSwitch.com, says customers will be concerned about how Sky handles the transition. "Following TalkTalk's takeover of Tiscali in 2009, Ofcom hit the providers with £3m in fines for wrongly billing customers, mainly caused by problems with integrating accounts. It's vital that Sky learns from this and ensures consumers don't lose out."She says Sky's "truly unlimited downloads with no traffic management" will have a big appeal to customers, but predicts that some O2 mobile directory of ezines start shopping around for a better deal."While some customers will be worried about the hassle of finding a new provider, it could be a great opportunity for them to ensure they're getting the best broadband – and mobile – deal for their needs. For Sky TV fans, in particular, this could be a great time to bundle products, which can be cheaper and more convenient."New customers don't have to worry that the company is underfunded. Sky this week reported pre-tax profits of £966m for the nine months to 31 March, up from £899m a year earlier.Internet, phones & broadbandConsumer affairsBroadbandInternetTelecommunications industryMiles Brignallguardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds     Ryan Getzlaf scored in the third round of the shootout and Jonas Hiller made 33 saves to help lead the Anaheim Ducks to a 2-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Thursday. Twenty pubs in four days. Prince William County supervisors want to pursue litigation against the Department of Homeland Security and are asking Congress to investigate how the agency has handled the illegal immigrants turned over by county law enforcement officials. Jeremy Underwood scored 19 points to lead North Carolina A&T past Liberty on Tuesday, advancing the Aggies to a meeting against Louisville on Thursday. A five-bedroom contemporary in Hewlett Harbor, L.I., and a Westchester, N.Y., home with a high-end kitchen renovation. -- --- Higher prices for food are about to get worse Since the 1970s, when early autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) were developed at MIT, Institute scientists have tackled various barriers i want my girlfriend back that can travel autonomously in the deep ocean. This four-part series examines current MIT efforts to refine AUVs’ artificial intelligence, navigation, stability and tenacity.Imagine dropping an underwater vehicle into the ocean and having it survey the ocean floor for debris from an accident or examine a ship’s hull for signs of damage. Without any outside guidance or prior knowledge, the vehicle would traverse the target area in a methodical fashion, never repeating itself or going astray, all the while generating a map that shows the surface of interest.An MIT team has developed advanced mathematical techniques that enable such a scenario to occur — even when the area being examined is large, complex and cluttered, and the information coming from the vehicle’s sensors is not always clear and accurate.“A big problem for an autonomous underwater vehicle is knowing where it’s been, where it is now and where it should go next — without any outside help,” says John J. Leonard, a professor of mechanical and ocean engineering and a member of the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Navigating underwater is tricky. Radio waves don’t propagate through seawater, so an AUV can’t use GPS as a guide. Optical methods don’t work well. Computer vision is difficult, even for terrestrial robots; water reflects and refracts light in complex ways, and visibility may be poor due to murkiness and turbidity.What’s left? Sound waves, which can be monitored by acoustic sensors. To help an underwater vehicle navigate, a deepwater energy company may drop a network of acoustic transponders onto the seafloor. The vehicle exchanges acoustic “pings” with the transponders, generating data with which it can calculate its tinnitusmiracle sometimes the signal bounces off extraneous objects, producing inaccurate data. Sometimes several robots share multiple transponders, leading to confusion. And sometimes deploying enough transponders to cover a sufficiently large area is prohibitively expensive.“So here’s the challenge. You want to place the AUV at an unknown location in an unknown environment and, using only data from its acoustic sensors, let it incrementally build a map while at the same time determining its location on the map,” Leonard says. Robot designers have studied the so-called mapping problem for decades, but it’s still not solved. As Leonard notes, it’s a chicken-and-egg problem: You need to know where you are to build the map, but you need the map to know where you are.To illustrate how robotic mapping works — and doesn’t work — Leonard considers the aftermath of a hypothetical accident. The seabed is covered with debris, and officials need to figure out where it all is. Ideally they’d send down an AUV and have it cruise back and forth in a lawnmower-type pattern, recording information about where it is and what it sees.One conventional way of accomplishing that task is using dead reckoning. The AUV starts out at a given position and simply keeps track of how fast and in what direction it’s going. Based on that information, it should know where it is located at any point in time. But the calculations to determine its position quickly become wrong, and over time, the error grows “without bounds.” Leonard likens it to mowing the lawn blindfolded. “If you just use dead reckoning, you’re going to get lost,” he says. Using expensive accelerometers, gyroscopes and other equipment will make Fibroids-Miracle review grow more slowly, but not eliminate it entirely.So how can an AUV use poor data from relatively inexpensive sensors to build a map? To tackle that problem, Leonard and his team have been using a technique called Simultaneous Localization and Mapping, or SLAM. With this approach, the AUV records information, builds a map and concurrently uses that map to navigate. To do so, it keeps track of objects it observes — in the accident example, say, a particular piece of debris on the seafloor. When the AUV detects the same object a second time — perhaps from a different vantage point — that new information creates a “constraint” on the current map. The computer program generating the map now adds that object and at the same time optimizes the map to make its layout consistent with this new constraint. The map adjusts, becoming more accurate.“So you can use that information to take out the error, or at least some of the error, that has accrued between the first time you saw that object and the next time you saw it,” Leonard says. Over time, the program continues to optimize the map, finding the version that best fits the growing set of observations of the vehicle’s environment.In some cases, the AUV may see the same object again just a few minutes later. Identifying it as the same object is easy. But sometimes — especially when surveying a large area — the AUV may see the same object early on and then again much later, possibly even at the end of its travels. The result is a “loop closing” constraint. “That’s a very powerful constraint because it lets forex growth bot reduce the error,” Leonard says. “That helps us get the best estimate of the trajectory of the vehicle and the structure of the map.”While SLAM has been in use for several decades, the Leonard group has made significant advances. For example, they’ve come up with new computational algorithms that can calculate the most likely map given a set of observations — and can do it at high speed and with unprecedented accuracy, even as new sensor information continues to arrive. Another algorithm can help determine whether a feature that the robot sees now is in fact the same one it saw in the past. Thus, even with ambiguous data, the algorithm can reject incorrect “feature matching” that would have made the map less rather than more accurate.Finally, their methods ensure that uncertainty is explicitly addressed. Leonard emphasizes that SLAM may not produce a perfect map. “It’s easy for a vehicle to get fooled by errors in the acoustic information,” he says. “So we don’t want to be overconfident. There’s a certain inherent uncertainty to the sensor data, and it’s important to get that uncertainty right. So we’re not only building the map but also including the right error bounds on it.”A problem of particular interest to Leonard is using AUVs to enable rapid response to accidents and other unforeseen events. For example, one challenge during the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill was determining whether there was a spreading plume of oil and if so, tracking where it was going. A network of AUVs working together could play a critical role in carrying out such tasks.To that end, Leonard and his team are developing techniques that Pregnancy Miracle AUVs to communicate with one another so they can navigate and collect information cooperatively. “If they can share information, they can accumulate data far more quickly than if they work alone,” he says. “Together, they’ll be able to sweep a large area and quickly produce the best possible map so that people can understand what’s going on and develop and implement an effective response.”Next: Biomimetic pressure sensors help guide oceangoing vessels. William A. Tisdale, the Charles and Hilda Roddey Career Development Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, is a recipient of the 2013 Early Career Award of the Office of Science of the Department of Energy.Across the Office of Basic Energy Sciences divisions, 61 awards were made out of about 770 proposals that went out for peer-review. The $750,000 award will support his work over five years to develop a novel ultrafast microscopy technique for visualizing electronic processes at interfaces in next-generation solar cells. The objective of Tisdale’s research is to explore a novel methodology for visualization of ultrafast electronic processes at interfaces. The method, which is based on optical stimulation, builds upon previous success using spontaneous surface nonlinear optical probes to track the temporal evolution of interfacial electric fields resulting from charge separation across an interface. One goal of the work is to speed signal acquisition by up to seven orders of magnitude so that laser scanning ultrafast microscopy becomes feasible. The ultimate aim is to generate movies of interfacial electronic phenomena occurring on femtosecond timescales and submicron length scales, thereby informing our understanding of disorder, heterogeneity and morphology, and how these factors affect ensemble behavior in photovoltaic, electrochemical and optoelectronic systems. Tisdale joined the MIT natural vitiligo treatment January 2012. He received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering (magna cum laude) from the University of Delaware in 2005. In July 2010, he completed his Ph.D. in chemical engineering at the University of Minnesota under the joint direction of professors Eray Aydil, David Norris, and Xiaoyang Zhu (Department of Chemistry). Before coming to Chemical Engineering, Tisdale was a postdoctoral associate with Professor Vladimir Bulović in the Research Laboratory of Electronics at MIT, where he studied exciton diffusion and energy transfer in nanostructured thin films.Other MIT faculty members to receive a 2013 Early Career Award are Alfredo Alexander-Katz of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and William Detmold, Liang Fu and Michael Williams from Physics. Scenes from the Paris Fashion Week photo diary of Kasia Bobula. As an undergraduate engineering student, Zach Hartwig was introduced to the methods, procedures and practices that form an engineer’s toolkit. But, he recalls, his real interest was in “the principles the tools were built on, the fundamental physics that lay behind them.” So he switched majors and became a physicist, spending the next few years working in particle physics before joining the MIT NSE doctoral program.Working at NSE’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC), Hartwig has led the development of a groundbreaking materials diagnostic system that will help advance nuclear fusion as a practical energy source. And in the process, he has cultivated his true passion — “a mixture of nuclear physics and materials science with a bit of engineering thrown in.”The work exemplifies NSE's increasing focus on interdisciplinary projects that support worldwide development of commercial fusion power plants utilizing tokamak reactors, like PSFC’s Alcator C-Mod. Tokamaks have made Shapeshifter Yoga in functionality, successfully using magnetic fields to confine plasmas where lighter elements fuse into heavier ones, as they do in the core of stars, at temperatures of up to 100 million degrees Celsius.One important area of inquiry is the interaction between the confined plasma and the materials inside the tokamak's high-vacuum chamber. “The plasma and the chamber walls are a coupled system,” Hartwig explains. “C-Mod’s wall tiles and other plasma-facing components are made from robust refractory metals, like molybdenum, but we’re pushing their material limits by exposing them to enormous heat, charged-particle, and neutron fluxes that can cause severe surface modifications.”Understanding how these components behave during ongoing reactor operation is intimately tied to several grand challenges still facing fusion — maintaining and controlling steady-state burning plasmas, mitigating deleterious effects of plasma-material interactions, and minimizing required maintenance. But until now, it has been effectively impossible to make routine, comprehensive measurements of plasma-facing materials in the hostile and inaccessible environment of a tokamak chamber.Read the full article KABUL - The Afghan government on Monday awarded a small but potentially path-breaking crude oil contract, marking the first phase of an effort that U.S. and Afghan officials say could bring the cash-strapped government significant revenue. Attempting to forecast the market’s behavior is still a fool’s game, explains Carl Richards.     Trade in elephant tusks continues to thrive in China, even as conservation groups call on Beijing to do more to crack down on the slaughter of African elephants. Rory McIlroy offered another apology, a straightforward explanation and a pledge Wednesday that he will never again quit in middle of a round. Participation in research is essential to continued medical progress, Davis

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    Two Iranian citizens, whom officials accused of planning to attack Western targets inside Kenya, were found guilty on Thursday by a Kenyan court of terrorism-related charges.     The bodies were found, a government spokesman said, after firefighters put out a fire at the crash site in Kyrgyzstan.Software AG has picked up cloud PaaS (platform-as-a-service) vendor LongJump in a bid to give small and medium-sized companies a way to rapidly develop applications with less involvement from IT. Terms of the deal, which was announced Thursday, were not disclosed. LongJump's platform gives users a set of models and templates for trademiner with no need to code, according to Software AG's announcement. Applications can be deployed on public and private cloud services, as well as on premises and through mobile devices. Chelsea's Gary Cahill joined the expanding ranks of defenders unavailable to England football manager Roy Hodgson on Tuesday when he was ruled out of Friday's World Cup qualifier with San Marino. We're back - 'we' being AC Jimbo, Paul Doyle and James Horncastle - and on tonight's Confederations Cup Football Daily, we pick apart on Brazil's semi-impressive semi-final victory over Uruguay and look forward to Spain's vision without glasses review Italy tomorrow night. Who will face the Seleção in Sunday's final?Plus, we also discuss Carlos Tevez's move to Juventus and hear more stories about seeing footballers in mundane places.See you the morrow.James RichardsonBen GreenFernando DuartePaul Doyle     Relatives see possible signs that Iran eventually could release a man who has been held there for nearly two years on suspicions of spying.     There was a rare moment of candor on the House floor this week. Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Tex.), a committee chairman and the man who led House Republicans to their majority in 2010, was explaining directory of ezines and his colleagues decided to drop the food stamp program from the farm bill. Read full article >>     Market researchers are crisscrossing rural India as companies, domestic and foreign, compete for the country's next, big emerging market. Spring offers many opportunities for lectures, workshops, tours and other educational programs. Before you get busy in the garden, take advantage of one of the many sessions offered this month. Call to ascertain if pre-registration is required. If a fee is not shown, the event is free. President Obama acknowledged Friday that the fast-rising cost of gasoline i want my girlfriend back the effect of policies designed to stimulate economic growth, but warned that he is not yet prepared to unleash the nation's energy reserves to bring down the price of oil. High ozone levels were associated with an increased number of hospitalizations for appendicitis and were even more strongly associated with cases of burst appendix in a recent study.     The three co-founders of the Carlyle Group received $57.3 million each last year from dividends issued by the newly public company, according to regulatory filings released Thursday. Founders David M. Rubenstein, Daniel A. D’Aniello and William tinnitusmiracle Jr., also earned a $275,000 salary, according to regulatory filings. The trio declined bonuses last year, although they each received more than $3 million in bonuses in 2011. Read full article >> The papers of George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and Benjamin Franklin are now online in easily searchable digitized form.     Sometime in 2010, a senior official in the Chinese Communist Party named Zhao Xiyong arrived in Yunnan, a mountainous province that is one of the poorest in China. Zhao had a jet-black hair, a fancy title (head of the Fibroids-Miracle review Council Research Office), a big appetite and lots of empty nostrums about good governance. Officials in Yunnan doted over him for three years, toasting him at dinners and competing for his favor. Read full article >> Barnes & Noble is seeking a boost in the highly competitive tablet market after a disappointing holiday season for its Nook devices.     Still reeling after Dwight Howard's decision to leave Los Angeles for Houston last week, the Lakers were hastily installing backup plans on the eve of the National Basketball Association's free-agent signing period.     The magazine’s owner, Alpha Media forex growth bot it was exploring a sale now after transitioning from a magazine to a ”multichannel brand.” The Obama administration said Thursday that the Syrian government is likely to have used chemical weapons on a small scale against its own people, but it stopped short of threatening military action against President Bashar al-Assad. Read full article >>     Nearly 70 percent of Americans ages 18 to 64 said they had chatted on their phones while driving in the past 30 days, far more than drivers in seven European countries. What we’re reading from Anna Wintour’s “listening tour” to Pregnancy Miracle Guild’s new exhibition. A warm welcome for the Brood II cicadas, one of the longest living insects in the world, seen only once every 17 years along the East Coast.     Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering (NSE) doctoral student Yue Fan has been selected for the 2013 Aneesur Rahman Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Materials Sciences Division of Argonne National Laboratory. The Argonne National Laboratory Named Fellowships are awarded to candidates who display outstanding ability in scientific or engineering research and who show definite promise of leadership in the research they pursue.Fan’s PhD research with Associate natural vitiligo treatment Yildiz and Professor Emeritus Sidney Yip in NSE at MIT focuses on developing and applying innovative computational paradigms to better understand long-time-scale evolution in irradiated materials, which is an important consideration for advanced reactors that are being designed for longer life times while operating in more extreme conditions of temperature, chemical activity and irradiation. The interaction and migration of radiation-induced defects is a critical factor governing the microstructural evolution, which in turn determines the degradation of the structural material. Understanding how these defects evolve over long time scales (tens of years) is crucial for development Shapeshifter Yoga materials. The essence of Fan’s approach to this challenge is to explore the potential energy landscape and the corresponding atomic trajectories of the system while the material dynamically evolves during irradiation. This method has been successfully applied to a series of studies, including the interaction mechanism between dislocation and obstacle under various conditions, and the strain rate effect on the yield strength of structural materials. The bride is the Sierra Club’s political director; the groom is an information technology consultant.     Eddie Lacy of Alabama is the top rusher in this draft class, but if Marcus Lattimore were healthy, he’d get the

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    The ruling Islamist Renaissance Party said that it had yielded control of the ministries of justice, interior and foreign affairs, bowing to a central demand of several opposition parties. Sunken treasure reveals how ancient sailors navigated the high seasSuedehead's name brings the song by Morrissey to mind but this band makes decidedly more cheerful tu[...] Here's how strange things have gotten in the world of housing finance. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, along with their regulator, are doing more to dismantle themselves than Congress can be bothered to do. Monday their regulator, Ed DeMarco of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, said that a new company will be formed that will do much of the back-office work of both firms, setting the stage for whatever Congress decides to do next to overhaul the mortgage sector. Read full article >> Gelatin sets by forming a solid matrix full of random, liquid-filled pores — much like a saturated sponge. It turns out that a similar process also happens in some metallic glasses, substances whose molecular behavior has now been clarified by new MIT research detailing the “setting” of these metal alloys.The research is published this week in the journal Physical Review Letters, in a paper co-authored by assistant professor of materials science and engineering Michael Demkowicz and graduate student Richard Baumer. It addresses one of the “grand challenges” in physics, Demkowicz says: understanding what happens during what is known as the “glass transition” in materials, when their molecular structure settles into a disordered, yet solid, state.“It was a serendipitous discovery,” Demkowicz says, after Baumer “started out working on something completely different, studying the radiation response of trademiner alloys.” But in the course of that research, while conducting simulations of the behavior of these alloys, Baumer found something unexpected: a series of brief events in which tiny pockets of the alloyed metals melted and then solidified again. Certain metallic alloys are known to form glasses — materials in which the atoms are distributed in a disordered way (unlike crystalline metals, which form perfectly regular arrays). While the alloy Baumer was studying was not of this type, its behavior provided hints that it might be capable of forming glasses.The alloy, a 50/50 blend of copper and niobium, is “unlike other glass-formers,” Demkowicz says: Normally its two constituents are like oil and water, and don’t mix. (Typically, alloys that form glasses are composites of materials with a strong affinity for one another.)But as the copper-niobium blend is quenched — that is, cooled quickly to below its melting point — a brief phase-separation occurs, then suddenly stops. But instead of separating out into adjacent, pure crystals of the two components, the alloy’s structure remains disordered. “There are regions enriched in copper, and regions enriched in niobium, and interfaces between them,” Demkowicz says. The regions themselves are too small to allow for the formation of a crystalline structure: “You can’t make a perfect repeating structure out of any of them.”The boundary between the copper-rich and niobium-rich zones turns out to be crucial. This zone is similar to the spongelike structure that gives gelatin its stiffness, even though gelatin is mostly liquid. In this case, the pockets between the boundary regions are initially also liquid, but gain strength from the framework around them.This “gelation” vision without glasses review says, “may be more common than people think.” As a result, this work could lead to reevaluation of a variety of metal alloys not previously considered good candidates for glass formation.While the work is so far theoretical, Demkowicz says that this better understanding of the formation process may improve the mechanical properties of glasses — such as by creating new glass materials whose brittleness is minimized. “This may be a new way of controlling the distribution of components” within glass, he says.Evan Ma, a professor of materials science and engineering at Johns Hopkins University who was not involved in this research, says, “Their findings in this metallic system are remarkably similar to gelation processes in polymeric and colloidal gels, and thus point to significant common features that bridge different kinds of amorphous materials and glasses.” Yunfeng Shi, an assistant professor of materials science and engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, adds that the work could lead to “understanding of the commonality in glass transition among all glass-formers.”The work was supported by the National Science Foundation. The Spanish rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona and the German giants Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund avoided each other when the matchups were drawn. Bloomberg Philanthropies, the charitable foundation of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, has announced it will give $15 million to underwrite the cost of providing mobile guides for museum patrons.     Conference tournaments are fun and exciting, but do they select the best N.C.A.A. tournament contestants? NEW YORK -- Whatever troubles Charles B. Rangel has in Washington, they haven't seemed to follow him to the streets of Harlem, where he is the only congressman many people directory of ezines voted for, and where on sidewalks and stoops his recent trials are sometimes chalked up to conspiracy and dismissed... A new study suggests a link between earthquakes near injection wells in Oklahoma, Texas and Colorado, and distant magnitude 8 or higher earthquakes.     Roy Halladay has discomfort in his right shoulder and the struggling Philadelphia Phillies pitcher is headed to Los Angeles for tests.     With most of their rivals mired in financial difficulties, Juventus had to do little more than repeat last year's recipe to retain the Serie A title.     Dilma Rousseff, a former Marxist guerrilla turned button-down technocrat with expertise in everything from energy to high finance, comfortably won Brazil's presidency Sunday in a contest that demonstrated voter loyalty to the man who handpicked her for the job, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Four months after the latest Gaza conflict, an argument has erupted over who is to blame for the suffering shown in a photograph of a Palestinian journalist cradling the dead body of his infant son. A light-filled floor-through condominium with a private elevator, wraparound terrace and direct views of the reservoir in Central Park. “On Approval,” Clive Brook’s sole directorial effort, offers a rare screen glimpse of Beatrice Lillie; Fritz Lang’s “Ministry of Fear” recalls his earlier movies. Bean salads are a great choice for summer picnics, and most recipes can easily be adapted to accommodate any vegans in the crowd.     How dangerous is measles, why did uptake of the vaccine drop, and why is it a problem now?1. The issue at a glance2. Why is it being talked about now?3. What is measles?4. How dangerous is i want my girlfriend back is MMR?6. What is the likelihood of a measles outbreak?7. Where did the idea of a link between the MMR vaccine and autism come from?8. What happened to this study?9. What is the evidence that MMR is not linked to autism?10. Measles and MMR in figures1. The issue at a glanceAfter doubts over the safety of the MMR vaccine in a now discredited scientific paper in 1998, vaccination rates fell as some parents lost confidence of the vaccine. This reduced the level of "herd immunity" in the population and has led to an increase in measles cases.• Back to the top2. Why is it being talked about now?There has been an increase in cases in south Wales and the north of England and vaccination rates are still low in some areas, especially among the cohort that were babies when the MMR controversy was at its height between 1998 and 2002. The government launched a £20m vaccination campaign on Thursday targeted at school-age children in England who have not been immunised against measles because of misplaced fears over the MMR jab. The intention is to reach 10 to 14-year-olds who either never received the vaccination or did not have the second booster shot. • Back to the top3. What is measles?Measles is a highly infectious illness caused by a virus. Anyone can contract the disease if they have not been vaccinated or had it before, although it is most common in children aged between one and four. Initial symptoms include fever, red eyes and sensitivity to light, greyish white spots in the mouth and throat and cold-like symptoms. The measles rash typically tinnitusmiracle two to four days.• Back to the top4. How dangerous is measles?The disease can be very debilitating and can last for up to 14 days. Most people recover fully, but it can have very serious complications including blindness and death. During pregnancy it can be particularly serious, leading to damage to foetus, miscarriage, premature labour and low birthweight. Death occurs in between one in 2,500 and one in 5,000 cases. One death in Swansea is being investigated as potentially caused by measles.• Back to the top5. What is MMR?It is a multiple vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella. It comes given at 13months with a booster at three and half years. The first installment gives 95% immunity.• Back to the top6. What is the likelihood of a measles outbreak?Vaccination levels for measles need to be at around 95% to achieve "herd immunity" to prevent outbreaks of the disease. Wherever vaccination rates are lower an outbreak is possible. The lower the vaccination rate, the more likely it is and the more serious it is likely to be. In most parts of the country, vaccination rates are below 90% and in some parts of London they are as low as 70%. Some vulnerable groups, such as people with a compromised immune system and pregnant women cannot be immunised.• Back to the top7. Where did the idea of a link between the MMR vaccine and autism come from?The link was proposed in a now discredited paper published in the medical journal the Lancet in February 1998 by a team of researchers led by Andrew Wakefield. In it the team looked at 12 children with Fibroids-Miracle review who had autism-like symptoms and reported that the onset of these symptoms was associated in eight cases by the kids' parents with the MMR vaccine. Wakefield was subsequently struck off the medical register for offences relating to dishonesty and failing to act in the best interests of vulnerable child patients.• Back to the top8. What happened to this study?The paper was subsequently retracted by the journal. The journal's editor, Richard Horton, told the Guardian: "It was utterly clear, without any ambiguity at all, that the statements in the paper were utterly false." Wakefield had received legal aid funding to carry out his study, through lawyers acting for children whose parents believed their autism was caused by the MMR jab and wanted to sue the manufacturers. It was alleged he did not reveal this financial conflict of interest to the journal.The GMC investigation into Wakefield centred around inadequate ethical approval for the study. He was charged with putting children through invasive and uncomfortable tests, including colonoscopies and brain scans, which they did not need, in order to try to prove his theory.• Back to the top9. What is the evidence that MMR is not linked to autism?The evidence of no link between MMR and autism is now extremely strong. In February 2012, the Cochrane Collaboration - which compiles gold-standard reviews of medical evidence - conducted a huge study into the safety of MMR. This mega-review brought together evidence from 54 difference scientific studies using a variety of methodologies and involving 14.7 million children from around the world. The study found "no association" between MMR and autism or a range of other conditions forex growth bot hay fever, type 1 diabetes, gait disturbance, Crohn's disease, demyelinating diseases, or bacterial or viral infections). A separate study published in 2005 looked at the withdrawal of the MMR vaccine in Japan between 1988 and 1992. It found that the increase in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in children aged up to seven continued to increase as MMR was withdrawn and afterwards. The researchers concluded that the MMR vaccine "cannot explain the rise over time" of ASD, and that withdrawing it "cannot be expected to lead to a reduction in the incidence of ASD".The World Health Organisation's Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety has examined the evidence on MMR safety and concluded that "no evidence exists of a causal association between MMR vaccine and autism or autistic disorders".After doubts over the safety of the MMR vaccine in a now discredited scientific paper in 1998, vaccination rates fell as some parents lost confidence in the vaccine. This reduced the level of "herd immunity" in the population and has led to an increase in measles cases.• Back to the top10. Measles and MMR in figuresMMRHealthVaccines and immunisationInfectious diseasesJames Randersonguardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds     Mr. Asciu’s work appeared for decades in publications like The New York Times and The New Yorker. In the past decade, the massive expansion of China’s production and export of silicon photovoltaic (PV) cells and panels has cratered the price of those items globally, creating tension between China and the United States, and, more recently, China Pregnancy Miracle European Union. In a new study (see PDF), MIT researchers explain why these tensions could harm the broader solar industry and have spiraling effects for China-U.S. trade relations. “China and the U.S., and China and the E.U., are in the midst of a blame game as the solar industry is on the brink of collapse — and the tensions could infect technology and commercial development globally,” says John Deutch, the lead author of the study and Institute Professor at MIT. “All the players should understand that the PV industry is globally linked, and jobs and profits are available for those who manufacture and for those who innovate. Given the complex but productive relationships, nations need to find a way to better work together rather than flirt with protectionist measures.” Over the last decade, manufacturing of PV cells and panels expanded in China, boosting supply globally. The flood of solar panels, combined with a slipping subsidized demand for solar energy (especially in Europe), lowered the global market price to unsustainable levels, the study shows. Between 2009 and 2012, the price of crystalline silicon panels decreased from more than $2.50 per watt to less than $1 per watt, as China supplied 30 to 50 percent of U.S. PV imports. The result? PV manufacturers globally haven’t been able to compete, Deutch and the study’s co-author, MIT professor of political science Edward Steinfeld, explain. In response, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission imposed substantial anti-dumping duties — tariffs imposed on low-priced foreign imports — on some Chinese manufacturers last November, following complaints from U.S. PV manufacturers who alleged that the Chinese natural vitiligo treatment their products below fair market value. Around the same time, Europe issued an anti-dumping inquiry; it has also threatened to announce tariffs by June 6. China has responded with its own allegations, also threatening to issue tariffs — this time, on the materials and technology imported to make the panels. Many of those imports come from the United States. China threatens these tariffs as its PV industry also faces trouble, according to the study: Net margins of panel suppliers in China fell to double-digit negative values in 2011 and remain there now, more than a year later. The study reports that Suntech Power Holdings — the largest PV-panel maker in the world — posted a loss of $495 million in 2012. (The company declared bankruptcy at the end of March.)Deutch and Steinfeld explain that the two nations — China and the United States — are interdependent and form a “potentially productive global ecosystem for innovation.” When one side declines — as is happening in China, with its PV manufacturers — so will the other side, as is happening in the United States, with its technology and manufacturing tools, the study says. The researchers explain that there are opportunities for the two nations to together accelerate the worldwide deployment of solar PV for electricity generation. “The two countries have different strengths and weaknesses,” Deutch says. “The U.S. is creating the technology and manufacturing tools and China is successfully, but not profitably, manufacturing devices based on today’s technology. If both countries look at the big picture, choose to focus on their strengths, and put aside the blame game, they have a real opportunity Shapeshifter Yoga global deployment of solar.” Arun Majumdar, the vice president for energy at Google and former director of the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, says, “Deutch and Steinfeld’s factual and data-driven analysis shows that in the interdependent global market and supply chain of the solar industry, policies of individual governments that foster and leverage their domestic strengths to openly and fairly compete in the global market are better off in the long term to reach national goals of economic growth.” Majumdar adds, “On the other hand, policies that distort the market via undue protectionism or disproportional investments to reach national goals could backfire and produce opposite outcomes.”The study will become part of a larger report on the “Future of Solar,” to be released by the MIT Energy Initiative at a later date. People who live in Taylorstown have made their choices: scenery over shopping, deer over drive-throughs. The writer Colm Toibin reflects on his first experience as a Broadway playwright with “The Testament of Mary,” which was nominated for a top award and announced its closing on the same day.     BOGOTA, COLOMBIA -- A retired police major who is in exile in Argentina was deposed Tuesday by the Colombian attorney general's office after he accused President Álvaro Uribe's brother of having led a right-wing paramilitary group in the early 1990s. Installing the piping for a central vac system in an average-size new house usually takes part of a day. The pipe glues together with regular PVC cement. You can cut the thin piping with a simple hacksaw, making sure you remove any burrs from the cut ends of the pipe. Burrs can grab onto hair

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    There’s been much discussion this week on Well about weight in the doctor’s office. As usual, our readers had a lot to say.     Related: Women Rally Around Widower to Breast-Feed Infant Son Read | Permalink | Email this | CommentsRepublicans should heed Robert Gates's latest efforts at reforming the Pentagon. Mavis Staples has a new album, “One True Vine,” and Andy Bey’s latest is “The World According to Andy Bey.”     Last week, Interior Design raised a glass to Stone Source, which celebrated the official opening of its new showroom and warehouse in New York. Allison M. Macfarlane, the chairwoman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said in a speech that nuclear safety was a moving target. Martin Schmidt, an MIT professor of electrical engineering and associate provost, will lead two offices that trademiner important connections between industry and the faculty and staff at MIT who conduct industry-sponsored research: the Technology Licensing Office (TLO) and the Office of Corporate Relations (OCR), which includes the Industrial Liaison Program. The change was announced to the MIT community today in an email from President L. Rafael Reif outlining this and other administrative changes.As associate provost, Schmidt manages the Institute’s space and its budgets for capital projects. He will maintain that responsibility as he takes on his new duties.The TLO, which manages the patenting, licensing, trademarking and copyrighting of intellectual property developed at MIT, currently reports to the vice president for research. The OCR, which currently reports to MIT’s Office of Resource Development, works to foster relationships between companies and MIT. In his email to the community, vision without glasses review Schmidt’s experience as “a manufacturing entrepreneur in his own right.” Schmidt consults with industry in the commercialization of technology and is a co-founder of a number of companies that are commercializing products enabled by microelectromechanical systems. Schmidt also recently served as the faculty lead in the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, a White House–led task force of government, industry and academic leaders charged with charting a path toward a renaissance in American manufacturing. “Professor Schmidt already serves as a point person for many MIT faculty who either conduct or are interested in conducting industry-sponsored research,” Provost Chris Kaiser said. “By making this change, we can give a wider part of MIT’s entrepreneurial ecosystem the benefit of Professor Schmidt’s talent for establishing relationships that move MIT-born innovation into the marketplace. I am directory of ezines he has accepted this responsibility.”Schmidt received his BS degree from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his SM and PhD degrees from MIT. Since 1988 he has been a faculty member in MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. From 1999 to 2006 he served as the director of the Microsystems Technology Laboratories. Schmidt is the co-author of more than 80 journal publications and 120 peer-reviewed conference proceedings. He is also an inventor on more than 30 U.S. patents. G.A. Campbell. Incentive Competitions as a Policy Tool for Technological Innovation. SM thesis, MIT Engineering Systems Division, Technology and Policy Program. 2011. After he spent more than 15 hours flying from his post on the other side of the world, it took less than 30 minutes Wednesday morning for Gen. i want my girlfriend back to find out what most in Washington assumed was coming: He was out. The deaths signal a shift in tactics by the radical Islamists who have been battling the Nigerian government for nearly four years in the country’s impoverished north. Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who has been on the ABC show “The View” for 10 years, will join “Fox & Friends” in September.     In most flood affected areas entire village economies were dependent on tourism. A 3-D reconstructed confocal fluorescence micrograph of a tissue scaffold.Image: Charles M. Lieber and Daniel S. Kohane. A BP drilling engineer involved in the planning of the Macondo well declined to testify before a federal investigative panel Friday, invoking through his lawyer his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. Ms. Feigel’s book recounts the impact of World tinnitusmiracle on five writers in London, including Graham Greene and Elizabeth Bowen.     Charges and countercharges flew over the veracity of allegations that Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey had patronized prostitutes in the Dominican Republic. National agency says number of users has dropped below 300,000, and drug treatment has prevented 5m crimesThe number of heroin and crack cocaine users in England has fallen below 300,000 for the first time, according to the new figures published by the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (NTA).The decline in the use of the most harmful drugs comes as the NTA claims that its drug treatment programme, which reaches 63% of heroin and crack cocaine users, has prevented an estimated 5m drug-related crimes a year, such as burglary, shoplifting and robbery.The treatment agency, which Fibroids-Miracle review be merged into the NHS's Public Health England next month, has also warned that this progress could slip backwards as drug treatment will face heavy competition for health money from other pressing issues such as alcohol abuse.The new estimates show that the number of heroin and crack users in England has fallen from a peak of 332,090 in 2005-06 to 298,752 in 2010-11, with numbers injecting drugs also down from 129,977 to 93,401 over the same period.The decline confirms that the status and popularity of heroin is clearly waning and is echoed by sharp annual falls in estimates of users under 25, down 5,000 to 41,508, and those in the 25-to-35 age group, down 8,000 to 113,466.Drug treatment in England grew rapidly after 2001, when only 100,000 were in forex growth bot become the largest in western Europe with 210,000 in treatment by 2008-09 as the government expanded funding as a major anti-crime measure.The recent reduction in the number of heroin and crack cocaine users has been mirrored by a fall in the numbers entering a new treatment programme from 64,288 in 2006-06 to 47,210. In all just under 165,000 people were in a treatment programme for heroin and/or crack in 2011-12 – about 63% of estimated users, which compares with 37% in the Netherlands.The NTA says the treatment system has "helped to shrink the pool of heroin and crack addicts" by getting increasing numbers into treatment and effectively taking them off the streets and breaking their habits of entrenched drug use. It acknowledges that the decline in heroin use has Pregnancy Miracle in areas where the heroin epidemics first took hold, such London and the north-west, but slower in north-east England.But the agency also warns that one effect is that the average age of those in treatment is getting older, with over-40s now making up almost a third of the entire population of heroin and crack users in treatment."It will become increasingly challenging to help these people get better, which in turn will make it more difficult to maintain the trend we have seen in recent years of rising numbers of people successfully leaving the treatment system," said the NTA. The figure for heroin users who have successfully completed their treatment and not since returned has gone up from 2,637 in 2005-06 to 13,589 in 2011-12.Paul Hayes, the departing NTA chief natural vitiligo treatment the investment in drug treatment, which has continued under the coalition government, had paid off.But he warned that funding had to be maintained if this progress was to be consolidated when local authorities take over responsibility for commissioning drug treatment services next month and the NTA is merged into Public Health England.Hayes said he feared drug treatment would find it more difficult to survive in competition for funding with the "big killers" of alcohol, tobacco and obesity: "In strict health terms you can't justify spending three times more money on drugs as you do on alcohol," said Hayes, adding that the wider impact on crime and unemployment would remain as important as ever.DrugsDrugs policyAlan Travisguardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. Shapeshifter Yoga of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds The books from the actor, written with a co-author, will be aimed at middle-grade students and published by Random House.     The bride works for an art gallery; the groom, an accounting firm.     A new book reminds us that accessible homes can also be beautiful. Google Chrome and other browsers can warn you if something does not seem right with a Web site’s security credentials. Mr. Koerner’s book recounts an epic 1972 hijacking and its aftermath.     The first generation to exercise is getting an unwanted message from its knees: slow down. The problem may be your genes. Jane Austen was a seminal thinker in the as-yet-unnamed science of game theory, the author Michael Chwe maintains in his new

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    Two Iranian citizens, whom officials accused of planning to attack Western targets inside Kenya, were found guilty on Thursday by a Kenyan court of terrorism-related charges.     The bodies were found, a government spokesman said, after firefighters put out a fire at the crash site in Kyrgyzstan.Software AG has picked up cloud PaaS (platform-as-a-service) vendor LongJump in a bid to give small and medium-sized companies a way to rapidly develop applications with less involvement from IT. Terms of the deal, which was announced Thursday, were not disclosed. LongJump's platform gives users a set of models and templates for trademiner with no need to code, according to Software AG's announcement. Applications can be deployed on public and private cloud services, as well as on premises and through mobile devices. 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High ozone levels were associated with an increased number of hospitalizations for appendicitis and were even more strongly associated with cases of burst appendix in a recent study.     The three co-founders of the Carlyle Group received $57.3 million each last year from dividends issued by the newly public company, according to regulatory filings released Thursday. Founders David M. Rubenstein, Daniel A. D’Aniello and William tinnitusmiracle Jr., also earned a $275,000 salary, according to regulatory filings. The trio declined bonuses last year, although they each received more than $3 million in bonuses in 2011. Read full article >> The papers of George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and Benjamin Franklin are now online in easily searchable digitized form.     Sometime in 2010, a senior official in the Chinese Communist Party named Zhao Xiyong arrived in Yunnan, a mountainous province that is one of the poorest in China. 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The Argonne National Laboratory Named Fellowships are awarded to candidates who display outstanding ability in scientific or engineering research and who show definite promise of leadership in the research they pursue.Fan’s PhD research with Associate natural vitiligo treatment Yildiz and Professor Emeritus Sidney Yip in NSE at MIT focuses on developing and applying innovative computational paradigms to better understand long-time-scale evolution in irradiated materials, which is an important consideration for advanced reactors that are being designed for longer life times while operating in more extreme conditions of temperature, chemical activity and irradiation. The interaction and migration of radiation-induced defects is a critical factor governing the microstructural evolution, which in turn determines the degradation of the structural material. Understanding how these defects evolve over long time scales (tens of years) is crucial for development Shapeshifter Yoga materials. The essence of Fan’s approach to this challenge is to explore the potential energy landscape and the corresponding atomic trajectories of the system while the material dynamically evolves during irradiation. This method has been successfully applied to a series of studies, including the interaction mechanism between dislocation and obstacle under various conditions, and the strain rate effect on the yield strength of structural materials. The bride is the Sierra Club’s political director; the groom is an information technology consultant.     Eddie Lacy of Alabama is the top rusher in this draft class, but if Marcus Lattimore were healthy, he’d get the

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