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Verizon joins rivals in NB-IoT battle

first_imgHome Verizon joins rivals in NB-IoT battle China Telecom claims NB-IoT milestone Previous ArticleApple loses fight to block App Store lawsuitNext ArticleTIM CTIO urges action on troubled Italian market AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 15 MAY 2019 NB-IoTVerizon Diana is Mobile World Live’s US Editor, reporting on infrastructure and spectrum rollouts, regulatory issues, and other carrier news from the US market. Diana came to GSMA from her former role as Editor of Wireless Week and CED Magazine, digital-only… Read more Amazon reels in MGM Verizon became the third US operator to launch an NB-IoT network, albeit some five months later than expected.Though the operator unveiled plans in February 2018 to launch the low-power wide-area (LPWA) network by the year-end, an announcement never materialised. T-Mobile US beat it to the punch in July 2018, while AT&T followed with its own launch last month.Verizon said the network it launched this week covers 92 per cent of the US population.All three operators opted to use guard band spectrum, meaning the NB-IoT networks don’t share spectrum with smartphone traffic.Guard bands are fallow gaps of spectrum left between radio frequencies to prevent interference.In a statement, Verizon VP of technology development and planning Bill Stone said the decision to use guard band airwaves was a “strategic” move to make the most efficient use of its spectrum assets.Verizon has had LTE-M service (another LPWA cellular technology) up and running since March 2017 and added voice service to that network in August 2018. But it said its new NB-IoT infrastructure is designed for a different class of IoT devices, for example stationary sensors, which have lower bandwidth needs.Developers will have access to equipment from Telit, SIM-COM and Quectel Wireless Solutions, which are currently in the final stages of testing modules for the network.An initial NB-IoT tariff will offer 50KB of data for $1 per month/device. The data allowance will be sharable with other devices on an account which use the same price plan. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Verizon shuffles executives Diana Goovaerts Related Tags Authorlast_img read more

Geneticist Wolf-Ekkehard Lönnig on Darwinism and Gregor Mendel’s “Sleeping Beauty”

first_img Evolution NewsEvolution News & Science Today (EN) provides original reporting and analysis about evolution, neuroscience, bioethics, intelligent design and other science-related issues, including breaking news about scientific research. It also covers the impact of science on culture and conflicts over free speech and academic freedom in science. Finally, it fact-checks and critiques media coverage of scientific issues. Share Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Evolution Geneticist Wolf-Ekkehard Lönnig on Darwinism and Gregor Mendel’s “Sleeping Beauty”Evolution News @DiscoveryCSCMarch 24, 2017, 12:19 PM Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Recommended Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide TagsCharles DarwinDarwininan theorygeneticsGregor MendelhistoryResearchSleeping Beauty,Trending Gregor Mendel is, of course, the father of the science of genetics. In a new peer-reviewed paper, “Mendel’s Paper on the Laws of Heredity (1866): Solving the Enigma of the Most Famous ‘Sleeping Beauty’ in Science,” geneticist Wolf-Ekkehard Lönnig asks why Mendel’s theory of heredity, developed in the 19th century, was initially rejected or ignored by many other scientists. Writing in the journal eLS, Dr. Lönnig concludes that it’s because at that time, the scientific community was completely enamored with Darwinian evolution and unwilling to consider ideas that did not fit with Darwin’s models of evolution and inheritance.Darwinism cast a shadow over the study of heredity. As Lönnig puts it:His [Mendel’s] analysis, discernment and exposition of the laws of heredity as well as his views on evolution diametrically defied and contradicted the ideas and convictions of Darwin and his followers.… [T]he basic reason for the neglect of the laws of heredity was essentially this: To imply something like a static definition of the species by constant hereditary elements right into a momentous process vigorously favouring the Darwinian revolution (continuous evolution by natural selection without any teleology intimately combined with the inheritance of acquired characteristics, to underscore the latter, often forgotten point once more) was met — although usually silently — with skepticism, deliberate ignorance and strong opposition.In other words, if you implied as Mendel did that species were static, you were doing that at a time when science “vigorously” favored Darwinism. That is why Mendel’s ideas met with skepticism and opposition. More:And there is no doubt concerning Darwin’s overwhelming victory in the battle for the scientific minds in the nineteenth century, so much so that Mendel’s performance before the Natural History Society of Brünn was even met with “scornful laughter”….Lönnig quotes Italian biologist Giuseppe Sermonti who concurs with this explanation: “What really happened was that Mendel ruled out almost all the forces that Darwin had invoked to explain evolution.”Mendel’s theory of inheritance produces “all-or-nothing traits.” Lönnig explains that this conflicted with Darwin’s ideas about gradual evolution:[P]erhaps even more important, Mendel’s discoveries cast doubt on another definitely decisive and essential part of Darwin’s theory: continuous evolution, for which Darwin had postulated “infinitesimally small inherited variations,” “steps not greater than those separating fine varieties” and “insensibly fine steps,” “for natural selection can act only by taking advantage of slight successive variations; she can never take a leap, but must advance by the shortest and slowest steps.”According to Lönnig, “[I]n Mendel’s view, endless evolution was neither probable for cultivated plants nor for species in the wild.”What does the phrase “sleeping beauty” refer to in Lönnig’s title? In a science context, it means an idea or publication that lies dormant for decades, “asleep,” until being rediscovered and winning deserved acclaim and acceptance. From an article on this fascinating subject:The most famous case of a “sleeping beauty” was that of Gregor Mendel’s seminal study on plant genetics that received widespread recognition 31 years after its publication. “Sleeping beauties” led to Nobel prizes (Herman Staudinger, Nobel in Chemistry 1953; Peyton Rous, Nobel in Chemistry 1966). They usually reflect premature discoveries that the scientific community was not ready to recognize when published. Some suppose that this has to do with most scientists’ tendency to adhere to their established paradigms.The paradigm in this case was Darwin’s theory. In impeding the emergence of genetics, Darwinian evolution was a science stopper, and not for the first time.Image: “Sleeping Beauty,” by Viktor Vasnetsov [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to Alllast_img read more

NEWS SCAN: AAP ear-infection guidance, novel coronavirus update, more fungal infections, mystery illness in Ghana

first_imgFeb 25, 2012New AAP guidelines offer stricter criteria for ear infectionsThe American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) today updated its guidance for acute otitis media (AOM) in children, urging more restricted diagnostic and treatment criteria to reduce unnecessary antibiotic use. The guidance, which was last updated in 2004, was published in Pediatrics. The new version is based on a comprehensive literature review in 2009 by a panel of experts from the AAP, the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Southern California Evidence-Based Practice Center. For otherwise healthy kids 6 months to 12 years old, the panel recommends diagnosing AOM when there is moderate to severe tympanic membrane (TM) swelling, or for mild TM swelling accompanied by ear pain, as well as for “intense” TM redness. The guidelines also say AOM should not be diagnosed if the child has no middle ear effusion. The panel said that antibiotics should be prescribed for AOM with moderate or severe ear pain, pain that lasts 48 hours or longer, or fever of 39°C (102.2°F) or higher, and also for nonsevere, bilateral AOM in kids younger than 2. The experts recommend amoxicillin as the antibiotic of first choice. Among other recommendations are the inclusion of pain management, reevaluation when symptoms worsen, exclusive breastfeeding for at least 6 months, pneumococcal vaccine, and annual flu vaccine.Feb 25 AAP updated guidelines2004 guidelinesNovel coronavirus infection ruled out in Hong Kong caseHong Kong authorities said over the weekend that they ruled out a novel coronavirus (NCoV) infection in a 40-year-old man who got sick after traveling in the Middle East. The man became ill with a fever, cough, muscle aches, and runny nose on Feb 20 and was hospitalized in Hong Kong, the city’s Centre for Health Protection (CHP) said in a Feb 23 statement. The patient tested negative for the novel virus but positive for influenza B. Officials learned that the man had visited Dubai with his family from Jan 24 to Feb 1 and was in Tehran from Feb 1 to 20 before returning home Feb 21. His family members who traveled with him have all stayed healthy, officials said. In other developments, the Saudi Gazette reported on Feb 22 that the 13th confirmed NCoV case involved an “old woman,” but the story did not list her age. In announcing the fatal case on Feb 21, the World Health Organization didn’t list the patient’s age or sex. Seven of the 13 confirmed NCoV cases have been fatal. So far all the case-patients have had links to the Arabian Peninsula by residence, visiting, or contact with others who had been in the region.Feb 23 Hong Kong CHP statementFeb 22 Saudi Gazette storyFeb 21 CIDRAP News story on 13th NCoV caseCDC: Fungal infection toll grows to 714, with 48 deathsThe US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today reported 7 more fungal infections over the past week linked to contaminated injectable steroids, pushing the nation’s total to 714, according to an update today. One more deaths was reported, raising that number to 48. So far 240 of the illnesses were meningitis only, 138 involved spinal or paraspinal infections with meningitis, 6 involved stroke without lumbar puncture, 296 were paraspinal or spinal infections only, 32 were peripheral joint infections only, and 2 involved a paraspinal or spinal infection along with a peripheral joint injection. The infections have been linked to three lots of methylprednisolone acetate injections from New England Compounding Center that were used to treat back pain and joint problems.Feb 25 CDC updated case countRespiratory symptoms at Ghana’s coastline spur investigationGhana’s health ministry is investigating reports of unusual respiratory symptoms in people along the coastline of the town of Aflao near the border with Togo, according to a recent notice from the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa. About 28 people reported acute onset of cough, sneezing, and chest pain that resolved with self-treatment or when they left the coastline area, according to the report. Unconfirmed reports said people along Togo’s coast, mostly fishermen, were also reporting symptoms. The first symptoms were reported on Feb 8, but no new cases have been reported since Feb 19. The WHO’s office in Ghana, as well as the regional office, are in close contact with the health ministry about the details of its investigation and follow-up. Health officials suspect that the source of the symptoms could be chemical waste dumped into the sea, according to the report. However, a post about Ghana’s outbreak on ProMED Mail, the online reporting system of the International Society for Infectious Diseases, noted that the symptoms sound similar to those caused by “red tide.” The phenomenon is caused by waterborne algae blooms, which can produce a toxin that can become airborne and cause itchy eyes, scratchy throats, and coughing.WHO African regional office statementFeb 23 ProMED Mail postlast_img read more

Two PTs on Order for NYK Stolt Shipholdings

first_imgNYK Stolt Shipholdings Inc. (NSSH), a joint venture company by NYK and Stolt Tankers B.V., the tanker division of Stolt-Nielsen Limited, a Norwegian business group, has ordered two 12,500 deadweight ton parcel tankers to Usuki Shipyard Co. Ltd.The contract for the vessels was signed on June 27.Parcel tankers are a versatile chemical tanker that can transport various types of cargoes at the same time, and these two new vessels are the ninth and tenth vessel ordered, following the eight that NSSH currently holds and operates.The two tankers, which will be delivered from shipyard in July 2016 and September 2016 respectively, will have the most advanced environmental technology with 18 stainless-steel cargo tanks.These parcel tankers will be chartered to Stolt NYK Asia Pacific Services Inc. (SNAPS), which is a joint venture company between NYK and Stolt Tankers B.V. for operating the vessels. The new tankers will be replaced by tonnage which is currently slated for retirement or redelivery.In addition to NSSH and SNAPS, NYK and Stolt Tankers B.V. have also developed a parcel tanker company within the deep-sea trade, and currently operate six parcel tankers size is whose around 22,000–39,000 deadweight tons under the name of NYK Stolt Tankers S.A.last_img read more

Savanna fires, a boon to grazers, cast rhinos into a ‘food desert’

first_img Article published by Shreya Dasgupta Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Animals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Endangered Species, Environment, Green, Mammals, Protected Areas, Research, Wildlife center_img Fire is a common tool used in conservation areas across Africa to help regenerate grass for grazers, reduce encroachment of bushes, and control ticks and diseases. But how fire affects rhinos and their food has remained unclear.Researchers have found that black rhinos in Serengeti National Park prefer to graze in spots that burn just once in 10 years, and actively avoid areas that are burned frequently. The park’s managers carry out controlled burns at least once a year.The study found that fires reduce the availability of the plants that the black rhinos prefer to eat.The researchers have called for an adaptable fire strategy that allows burning in some areas to benefit grazers such as wildebeest and zebra, and avoids fires in rhinos’ preferred habitats. When it comes to protecting the critically endangered black rhinoceros, the focus tends to be on preventing the animals from being poached. But insidious threats like fire could be affecting their long-term survival too, a new study warns.In African savannas, natural resource managers frequently use fire as a tool to manage wildlife habitats; fire can help regenerate grass for grazers, reduce encroachment of bushes, and control ticks and diseases. But how fire affects rhinos and their food has remained unclear until recently.T. Michael Anderson, an associate professor of biology at Wake Forest University, North Carolina, who has been working in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park for decades, was especially concerned when six critically endangered eastern black rhinos (Diceros bicornis michaeli) were reintroduced to the park as part of the Serengeti Rhino Repatriation Project in 2010. The project aimed to bolster the dangerously low population of black rhinos in the park by moving in 32 rhinos over time.“I had been doing research in Serengeti for nearly ten years at that point, so I was aware of the high frequency of fire in the national park,” Anderson told Mongabay. “It seemed that no one was talking about the potential costs or benefits of a high fire regime on the reintroduction effort of black rhinos.”Anderson saw the reintroduction as an opportunity to seek some answers. Unfortunately, poachers killed four of the six introduced rhinos in 2011, and the Serengeti Rhino Repatriation Project stalled. This meant that the remaining rhinos would no longer be moved to the Serengeti.So Anderson turned his attention to the only other black rhino population in the Serengeti, in the Moru region, south of the repatriation area. This population of about 40 rhinos has been relatively well-protected since the 1980s, Anderson said, and the area has a high fire frequency, making it an ideal place to study how fires affect rhinos. Moreover, the Tanzanian National Parks’ anti-poaching rangers follow the rhinos on a regular basis, taking detailed records of individual rhinos and activity patterns. These records represented a valuable source of data.In analyzing these data from 2014 to 2016, Anderson’s team found that the black rhinos preferred to graze in spots that burn infrequently, or once in 10 years. The animals avoided areas that were burned frequently, the researchers report in their study published in Oryx. Park managers carry out controlled burns at least once a year.“As a savanna ecologist, I was raised under the school of thought that fire improves forage quality for herbivores; in fact, several of my past scientific publications have demonstrated improved forage quality for grazers after fire,” Anderson said. “However, the spatial patterns of habitat use by the rhinos were clear: over several years they actively avoided areas of high fire frequency.”A black rhino in the Serengeti’s Moru range. Image by Ramadhani Likomwile.The team dug deeper and found that fires reduced the availability of the plant species that rhinos prefer to eat. Of the hundreds of plant species that grow in the Serengeti, the rhinos eat only nine, most of which are nitrogen-fixing woody plants or forbs, a group of flowering plants. Fires destroy the above-ground portions of these plants.The researchers suspect that for rhinos, which don’t typically forage on anything higher than 2 meters (6 feet), frequent fires can create “a ‘food desert’ in what on the surface looks like a savanna with abundant vegetation.”“This may be limiting their capacity to increase their population size,” Anderson said.Black rhino prefers woody plants and forbs. Image by Ramadhani Likomwile.How long the rhinos’ preferred plants take to regenerate after a fire still needs more research.“Not all savanna plants tolerate fire equally,” Anderson said. “The Acacias (now Vachellia) all re-sprout after fire, but for some of the other N-fixing legumes that were highly preferred by rhinos — we just don’t know. One plant that I am very curious about and needs further research is Achyranthes aspera [one of the rhinos’ favorites]. Some sources, mostly websites about invasive plants, claim that it spreads with fire, but I often see it growing in habitats that resist burning or would not carry a fire because they are highly disturbed.”What is clear, though, is that protected-area managers may need to rethink their fire management plans — employing a strategy that improves food availability and quality for both grazers like zebra and wildebeest, and browsers like rhinos. The researchers and Serengeti park authorities are now looking through data that the park rangers have collected over the past 20 years. These data can tell them how rhino habitats have changed over the long term in relation to fire.Anderson and the park authorities have also been discussing ways to adopt a different fire management plan for different parts of the park, possibly suppressing fire in some regions and actively burning in the others.“Implementing a diverse and adaptable management policy on the ground is incredibly challenging and takes time,” Anderson said. “Our collaboration is continuing, and the park authorities are very supportive of future research and data collection that will inform management about how to best increase black rhino habitat throughout the park.”Black rhinos usually forage at a height below 2 meters, or 6 feet. Image by Ramadhani Likomwile.Citation:Anderson, T. M., Ngoti, P. M., Nzunda, M. L., Griffith, D. M., Speed, J. D., Fossøy, F., … & Graae, B. J. The burning question: does fire affect habitat selection and forage preference of the black rhinoceros Diceros bicornis in East African savannahs?. Oryx, 1-10.last_img read more

How Accurate Was “Back to the Future” In Predicting Our Future? [Infographic]

first_imgIn 1989, we went to our local movie theater and saw our future life portrayed on the big screen (at least what Hollywood thought our future would be) with hoverboards, hologram billboards, and self-tying shoelaces in Back to the Future Part II.In the movie, Marty McFly travels to the future, October 21, 2015, to save his children. We smiled, laughed, and had fun conversations with our family and friends as we talked about the fantasy portrayed on screen. Tomorrow, October 21, 2015 marks that special day when Marty McFly and Doc Brown travel to the future in Doc’s special DeLorean time machine car. Many people will celebrate the day by watching the movie at their favorite local theater or at home. Again, they’ll laugh at the predicted technology changes and how we interacted with everyday items. But, how close did Hollywood predict our future life? In this infographic from HubSpot, you might be surprised to learn how closely some of Hollywood’s predictions came to our life today. While some predictions were way off target, others are very close to the technology we use daily. Take a look at the infographic, or if you prefer, read the text version. Long DescriptionSource: Back to the Future: How Accurate Were the Movie’s Predictions for 2015? [Infographic]How Accurate Was “Back to the Future” In Predicting Our Future?October 21, 2015 marks the date in the future that Marty McFly and Doc Brown visit the year 2015 using Doc’s time machine car in the 1989 film Back to the Future II.According to the film, life in 2015 is filled with flying cars, hoverboards, robot waiters, and self-tying shoes.In some cases, these predictions weren’t too far off. In other cases, they were way off the mark. (Ahem, fax machine?)How accurate were Back to the Future II‘s depiction of reality in 2015?The Definitive Ranking of the Movie’s Predictions for 2015Payments Without Cash/CardIn the movie: Buff uses his thumbprintIn 2015: We use payment apps like Apple Pay, Venmo, and the Starbucks appPost OfficesIn the movie: Post offices exist, but Doc says they aren’t very efficientIn 2015: Post offices are still around, but they aren’t exactly thriving. The U.S. Postal Service continues to lose billions of dollars each year.TV Video CallsIn the movie: Marty’s future self receives a video call from his boss directly on his TV setIn 2015:: We video chat using Skype, FaceTime, and other appsVoice-Activated TVIn the movie: Marty’s future self turns his TV on and changes channels by talking to itIn 2015: Companies like Samsung offer smart voice control for turning your TV on and off, changing channels and volume, and so on—although usage is not yet widespreadThumbprint AccessIn the movie: Marty unlocks the front door of his house, the police ID Jenny, and Biff pays for his taxi—all using thumbprintsIn 2015: We use thumbprints to unlock our iPhones and iPads. Some companies even require employees to use thumbprints to clock in and out of work.Drones for News CamerasIn the movie: Operator-less news cameras fly onto a scene to take flash photos for newspapers like USA TodayIn 2015: In 2015, news stations and civilians alike use drones for aerial photography and filmingNo More Paper GoodsIn the movie: Marty learns no paper books are sold in the future. He gets the Sports Almanac from a vintage shop.In 2015: Many readers are choosing to replace paper books with Kindle, audiobooks, and podcastsHologram BillboardsIn the movie: 3D hologram billboards are everywhere, including one advertising the movie Jaws 19In 2015: We don’t have 3D hologram billboards, but digital billboards are everywhere. Some American airports hae 2D visual assistants programmed to answer basic questions.Robot WaitersIn the movie: When Marty goes to a café, he’s waited on by a robot. (Although it looks more like a TV that rolls over to his table to take his order.)In 2015: In some restaurants, patrons can order and pay using Ziosk tablets, eliminating the need for a human waiterInstant FoodIn the movie: Marty’s Pepsi is delivered to his café table via pneumatic tube. Later, he cooks dinner by putting a mini frozen pizza into a “hydrator” that cooks it instantaneously.In 2015: We’ve come a little closer to instant food with food deliver services like Foodler, GrubHub, Blue Apron, and GrazeSelf-Tying ShoesIn the movie: Doc gives Marty the laceless shoes that are so popular in the futureIn 2015: Nike plans to release a new line of Nike MAGs, coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the original Back to the Future movieRobotic Gas StationsIn the movie: “Havcline” stations employ robots to fill people’s cars for themIn 2015: Filling your car with gas is still a manual process. But some entrepreneurs, like Tesla CEO Elon Musk, are inventing ways to make it automatic in the near future.HoverboardsIn the movie: Hoverboards, which look like skateboards but hover above the ground, are a popular way to get aroundIn 2015: Hoverboards haven’t hit the market, yet. But several companies, like Lexus and Hendo Hoverboards, claim to have models coming soon. Until then, electronic skateboards and water hoverboards it is.Blying CarsIn the movie: Flying cars are the normIn 2015: Flying cars still don’t exist (unfortunately), but there’s talk that they could be coming as early as 2017. Until then, self-driving cars are the next driving revolution.Lawyers AbolishedIn the movie: Lawyers have been completely abolished by 2015, and Doc tells Marty that the “justice system works swiftly.”In 2015: Lawyers are still an integral part of the justic system. (Whether the justice system works swiftly is up for debate.) But the Wall Street Journal reported the number of people applying to law school is down 8.5 percent in 2015. Inside-Out PantsIn the movie: Everyone wears their pants inside outIn 2015: We don’t wear our pants inside out…but we’ve come close with the saggy pants trend and Kriss Kross’ backward pants.As for fax machines and phone booths? … There’s still time for them to make a comeback. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedMichigan UXPA Launches July 10: The Emotional Life of Internet Things with Pam PavliscakThe Michigan chapter of the User Experience Professionals Association (Michigan UXPA) is launching their first event with special guest Pam Pavliscak, speaking about our emotional relationship with our Internet things. On July 10, 2017, Pavliscak will discuss our emotional interactions with technology, how our technology knows what we do, but…In “Technology”32 UX Tips: Keep the Conversations GoingWe had a great turnout today at Team Detroit for Rosenfeld Media’s 32 Awesomely Practical UX Tips virtual conference. Hosted by Detroit User Experience, close to 30 people attended, including many newcomers as well as our frequent attendees. Thank you to Team Detroit for hosting and supporting our event. (Personally,…In “Conference”Melinda Gates: Break Down the Barriers Keeping Women out of TechnologyWhen Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, kicked off the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference with her keynote today, she shared a fascinating story about her youth and her first love. She fell in love in high school. Hard. It was an all-consuming…In “Technology”last_img read more

Missouri Senate nears approval of bridge funding plan

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Tim Bommel, House CommunicationsDuring a Senate GOP press conference Thursday, Schatz says the bonds would only be issued if the state is awarded federal infrastructure grants later this year.“We’ve asked for $172 million. We don’t think we’ll get $172 million,” says Schatz. I think that would be great – it would be like a fantastic idea. We think something north of $60-70 million.”The bonds would include about $22.6 million in total interest to help fix 251 mostly rural bridges and the highly-traveled Rocheport bridge along I-70 in mid-Missouri.Majority Floor Leader Caleb Rowden, R-Columbia, has been working with House leaders and says he feels comfortable they will get the bill to the governor’s desk.“I’m not sure anybody loves it, from all sides of the spectrum. Some folks didn’t want a bond. Some people don’t want to use general revenue,” says Rowden. “Everybody knows there’s a problem, but it’s one of those things that it is progress and it accomplishes what we all see as a need.”The governor, a fellow Republican, responded to the Senate’s efforts.“I appreciate the collaborative efforts by the Senate and the House on this shared priority and am encouraged by the important step taken today to get an infrastructure plan on my desk this session,” Parson says in a press release. “While our preference would be for an approach that does not put the fate of long overdue bridge repairs in the hands of Washington D.C., we certainly understand that any proposed plan requires compromise to reach a workable solution.”Last week, members of the Missouri Senate Conservative Caucus delayed action on the governor’s proposed plan. Opponents of Parson’s proposal described it as putting the infrastructure costs on a credit card. (Missourinet) The Missouri Senate has reached a compromise on Governor Mike Parson’s bridge funding proposal. Thursday, the Senate sent the measure to a committee to review its projected cost. Senate President Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, expects his chamber to take a final vote Monday on the latest version calling for $301 million, paid back by the state in seven years at roughly $46 million annually.last_img read more

25 days agoDe Bruyne misses Man City training ahead of Dinamo Zagreb clash

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say De Bruyne misses Man City training ahead of Dinamo Zagreb clashby Freddie Taylor25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveKevin De Bruyne is in danger of missing Manchester City’s Champions League clash with Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday.The Belgian has been in emphatic form this season, having provided eight Premier League assists.But after limping off in Saturday’s win over Everton, De Bruyne was not present at training on Monday.He looks in doubt for Dinamo’s visit to the Etihad due a groin issue, according to reports.City will be looking to make it two from two in the competition after their opening game win over Shakhtar Donestk. last_img read more

AIDA Cruises Adds Bremerhaven to Its Port Calls

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: AIDA Cruises Cruise line AIDA Cruises is adding another German cruise port to its program along with Hamburg, Kiel and Warnemünde.The cruise ship AIDAcara has made a maiden call in Bremerhaven, thereby marking the addition of the port to the company’s program.The vessel arrived to the port on July 13, where the traditional plaque ceremony was held on board with guests from the city of Bremerhaven, port management and the tourist industry.In July and August, AIDAcara is departing from Bremerhaven on a three-week cruise to Iceland and Greenland.On September 14, 2019, the cruise ship is scheduled to leave Bremerhaven for this season for the Mediterranean.AIDAcara will spend the winter at the Canary Islands, the Azores, and the Cape Verde Islands.Next summer, AIDAcara will be visiting Bremerhaven four times. Between July and August, the cruise ship is setting sail on two 21-day cruises and one 22-day cruise to Iceland and Greenland. On September 12, 2020, AIDAcara is heading for the Mediterranean again.last_img read more

Vancouver Humane Society calls death of six horses at Calgary Stampede a

first_imgFricker adds the Stampede could learn a thing or two from what’s being done in the Fraser Valley. He says it would be “a major step forward if the Stampede adopted the same format as the Cloverdale Rodeo,” where there are no chuckwagon events.The Vancouver Humane Society also takes issue with some of the rodeo events at the Stampede, including steer wrestling and calf roping. The group is calling for those events to be banned.In a statement posted to its website, the Calgary Stampede says the deaths are “upsetting to us as it is to our community, and is challenging for us.“The Stampede’s commitment to the safety of animals and the conditions of their participation in our events is paramount to our values and brand integrity,” the statement reads. “We will continue to be open in our communication with our community.”-With files from Derek Craddock and the Canadian Press VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The deaths of multiple horses at the Calgary Stampede this year have prompted the Vancouver Humane Society to say “enough is enough!”Three horses competing during the chuckwagon races on Sunday had to be euthanized by a veterinary medical team, bringing the total number of horses to have died at the annual event to six this year alone.“This is an appalling situation,” Peter Fricker with the Vancouver Humane Society says. “More than 60 horses have died in the chuckwagon race since 1986.“We think it’s a national disgrace,” Fricker adds, saying virtually all animal welfare organizations across Canada are concerned with and opposed to “putting animals at undue risk of death and injury.”On Wednesday, a horse was euthanized after it broke a leg during a race, while another animal collapsed and died Monday due to what the Stampede called a medical condition.“We and others for a number of years have been calling on the Stampede to suspend the race and set up a panel of independent experts to look at whether the race can be made safer,” Fricker says.Stampede authorities have said there will be review of safety surrounding chuckwagon racing, but it’s not yet known what form it will take.From writing letters to calling organizers, Fricker is calling on people to do whatever it takes to let the Stampede know what’s happening is not okay.“I think the only thing that’s really going to bring change is when Canadians say ‘enough is enough’ and people actually contact the Calgary Stampede and express their concern about what’s happening,” he says.Related video: Chuckwagon race safety up for review after 6 horses die during Stampede eventlast_img read more