Castor Maritime Charters Out Panamax to Oldendorff Carriers

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: PxHere under CC0 Creative Commons license Cyprus-based dry bulk shipping company Castor Maritime has entered into a time charter contract with Germany’s Oldendorff Carriers for Magic P, a Panamax vessel. The charter commenced on March 12, 2019.The gross charter rate is USD 11,250 per day, for a period of a minimum of five up to a maximum of about eight months. For the first 30 days, the daily gross rate is USD 9,000, according to the company.Castor Maritime said the employment is anticipated to generate approximately USD 1.6 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter and could reach USD 2.6 million should employment be extended to its maximum period.Built in Japan in 2004, Magic P has a deadweight of 76,453 tons. Previously known as  Silver Freedom, Magic P has a market value of USD 9.4 million, VesselsValue’s data shows.Castor Maritime provides shipping transportation services through its ownership of the dry bulk vessel. The company’s vessel is employed primarily on medium-term charters and transports a range of dry bulk cargoes, including such commodities as coal, grain and other materials along worldwide shipping routes.last_img read more

Joseph Howes Legacy is Brought to Life

first_imgJoseph Howe, a powerful democrat, dedicated journalist, andstrong voice for Nova Scotia, is being remembered with a newexhibit that shares his greatest accomplishments with all NovaScotians and visitors from around the world. The exhibit, entitled For the Public Good, was unveiled today,March 1, at Province House. Today also marks the eve of the 170th anniversary of Mr. Howe’strial, which led to freedom of the press. “For the Public Good is a celebration of Joseph Howe’s majorachievements and I believe it’s important for the youngergeneration especially to be attentive to this vital part of NovaScotian history,” said Speaker of the House of Assembly MurrayScott. “We are pleased to keep Joseph Howe’s memory alive forNova Scotia and the world.” Preparations for the bilingual exhibit began following thecelebration of Mr. Howe’s 200th birthday in 2004. Discussionstook place with the Joseph Howe Initiative — a society formed tomark the anniversary of Mr. Howe’s birth and honour his legacy –and the theme for the exhibit was developed. Images, memorable quotes, and a sculpture of Joseph Howe are featured in the exhibit, which pays tribute to his mostsignificant accomplishments — the trial resulting in freedom ofthe press, his involvement in shaping responsible government andhis part in Confederation. A unique timeline of his life is also on display, accompanied bya global timeline that shows his impact on Nova Scotia inperspective with world events. Mr. Scott said the exhibit serves as a lasting legacy to JosephHowe and will reside at Province House on a permanent basis forall to enjoy. Following a tour of the exhibit, visitors are welcome to visitthe rest of Province House to see the areas where many of Mr.Howe’s greatest accomplishments took place. Sheila Stevenson and Stephen Archibald are the volunteerinterpreters for the exhibit. Graphic designer Grant Murray isresponsible for its design.last_img read more

Country Rising Concert To Support Hurricane Relief

first_imgCountry Music’s biggest stars have rallied to announce plans for COUNTRY RISING, a benefit concert to support those in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and additional Caribbean islands who have been impacted by the recent hurricanes.The star-studded lineup at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 12 will include performances by Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Sam Hunt, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Chris Stapleton, George Strait and Carrie Underwood. Tickets and VIP packages for the event go on Ticketmaster.com.In light of the horrific tragedy in Las Vegas this week, and out of respect for victims, event organisers have postponed the on-sale date originally scheduled for this Friday.Additional artists and more details will be announced over the coming weeks at CountryRising.org.The Nashville music community has also stepped on board to offer services to support, with AEG and Live Nation teaming up as the official show promoters alongside VIP experience experts CID Entertainment, Bridgestone Arena and the Nashville Predators. Country Rising will benefit The Country Rising Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, which was established to support charitable initiatives to help victims of the September 2017 hurricanes — Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria. In the course of rebuilding lives disrupted by these devastating storms, there are immediate needs and there also will be long-term needs. This fund will strategically support both as they emerge.last_img read more

FN Education Council AFNOttawa deal carries assimilating and paternalistic nature

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe proposed First Nation education bill partly unveiled this past Friday will still retain the “assimilating and paternalistic nature” of its previous incarnation, according to a Quebec First Nation education organization.The First Nations Education Council released an analysis Monday of the agreement between Ottawa and the Assembly of First Nations on education which was announced Friday. The deal would see the introduction of a proposed bill governing on-reserve education called the First Nation Control Over First Nation Education Act.The proposed bill, which is in its final draft, is expected to be tabled in the coming months.Ottawa is expected to negotiate with the AFN and First Nations leaders on the bill’s final content, according to the agreement.The council said available information is still limited about the proposed bill and it based its analysis what has already been released publicly. The council found that many of the elements of the previously named First Nations Education Act rejected by chiefs have not been scrubbed from its current incarnation.“The current agreement made between the AFN and the federal government has retained several disputed elements of the bill presented in October,” said the council. “The name of the draft bill was changed…to create an illusion of a major change, while the bill in its present form goes completely against the First Nation jurisdiction and control of First nation education.”The deal would see the 18 year-old two per cent a year funding cap on First Nation education lifted after the next federal election. Ottawa also promised to commit $1.252 billion over three years for core education funding along with a new yearly 4.5 per cent escalator. The agreement would also see the federal government invest $500 million for infrastructure over seven years beginning in 2015-2016.Yet the education council, which counts 22 Quebec First Nations as members, cast a skeptical eye on the promised cash, including concern over the wait reserve schools face before they see any changes and that the main chunk of many and funding changes would only take place after the 2015 election.“Is there an analysis that shows that this funding is based on needs? How is the funding calculated? Is it new money?” said the council. “Do we have the guarantee that the current programs will not be cut or recycled to meet the announced budget?”Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt’s office refused to provide a breakdown of the funding, saying that the announcement would be included in Tuesday’s federal budget. A Valcourt spokesperson also emailed Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s speech from Friday to APTN National News.The council also raised concerns that the AFN-Ottawa agreement was silent on funding for post-secondary education.“(There is) no mention of the need to implement a funding formula that takes the current reality in schools into consideration,” said the council.The council also questioned how the proposed legislation could both enable First Nations to implement cultural and language programs while also requiring adherence to provincial standards.“There are no provincial programs or standards for teaching languages and culture,” said the council.The council said the new proposed bill would also “increase the power of the government to determine the operation of on-reserve schools by legislating a requirement First Nation schools teach curriculums that meet provincial standards.First Nations already agree to meet those standards through their funding agreements with Ottawa.The council also said the bill would “impose’ a provincial model on communities through First Nation education authorities.“These school authorities, thus named by the federal government, will become federal agencies,” said the council.The council said any control First Nations would get under the bill would be purely “administrative” in nature“An agreement was made giving the minister the go ahead to introduce a bill in the House for which we do not have all the details that an act going completely against First Nations aspirations will be adopted,” said the council. “All it took was a promise of future and uncertain funding to accept the unacceptable-increased government control over our institutions and the obligation to fall in line with provincial standards and policies.”jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Residential school survivor in Labrador looking for recognition

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt’s a familiar story. Generations of children forced to leave home to get their education. Cut off from their family, language and culture.This practice has left a deep impact on the Inuit of Labrador.They were left out of the prime minister’s apology or any compensation from the federal government.As APTN’s Ossie Michelin tells us, one student is now talking about how her community was affected and what needs to happen next.last_img

TMX to launch cryptocurrency brokerage through Shorcan subsidiary

first_imgTORONTO – The TMX Group Ltd. says it’s launching a cryptocurrency brokerage service through the launch of its Shorcan Digital Currency Network subsidiary.The Toronto Stock Exchange owner says it’s partnering on the brokerage with Toronto-based Paycase Financial Corp., which specializes in decentralized financial services including a mobile-based remittance platform.TMX says the brokerage is designed to leverage Shorcan Brokers Ltd. background in providing brokerage services with Paycase’s cryptocurrency data aggregation platform and will focus on the Bitcoin and Ether cryptocurrencies.The partnership will also create cryptocurrency benchmarks based on consolidated data from the world’s leading crypto exchanges as well as over the counter brokered volume.TMX says the brokerage is a significant step in the execution of the company’s digital strategy as it looks to new ways to address client needs in both traditional and non-traditional markets.last_img read more

Economists Buyers face tougher housing market in 2019

first_imgAmericans’ path to homeownership is likely to get more expensive this year, even as a severe shortage of homes for sale shows signs of easing.Mortgage rates, which climbed through much of last year, will continue to rise in 2019, driving up homebuyers’ borrowing costs and shutting others out of the market entirely. The projected result: a cooling housing market and falling home sales nationally.“On the whole, it’s going to be more expensive for buyers next year, despite the fact that they’ll have more options,” said Danielle Hale, chief economist at Realtor.com.The U.S housing market stalled in 2018 after a long period during which price increases outpaced income growth. That had been offset by historically low mortgage rates, until rates began rising steadily a year ago.While still low by historical standards, the average rate on a 30-year home loan was 4.55 per cent last week, according to mortgage buyer Freddie Mac. That’s up from 3.99 per cent a year earlier.Realtor.com and Redfin forecast the rate on a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage will rise to 5.5 per cent by the end of 2019. Zillow expects rates will reach 5.8 per cent. That would be rates’ highest level since the last recession.A mere extra half percentage point can boost monthly payments and add tens of thousands of dollars in interest over the life of the typical 30-year loan.“Rising mortgage rates will take a bite out of affordability on top of an already supply- constrained and high-priced housing market,” Trulia senior economist Cheryl Young wrote in her forecast.As mortgage rates increase, so does the pressure on would-be buyers to lock in a rate and close a deal.Nate Vogel, a homebuyer in the Denver suburb of Lafayette, has felt some of that pressure after about a year looking for a home without success.Because of the limited number of homes for sale, especially under $500,000, the software engineering manager recently decided to look at homes at the top of his budget, $650,000. But that could be a problem if mortgage rates continue climbing.“If that interest rate goes up another per cent, that would make things much more uncomfortable,” said Vogel, 37. “At this point, no matter what house I buy, I’m sure the interest rate will probably be higher and the payment will be more.”Higher mortgage rates have already started dampening home sales. As of November, sales of previously occupied U.S. homes were down 7 per cent from a year earlier, the steepest decline since May 2011, when the housing market had yet to bounce back from the bust.Realtor.com predicts U.S. home sales will fall another 2 per cent in 2019.It’s not all bad news for would-be buyers, though. Economists project home prices will rise more slowly in 2019. Zillow’s forecast calls for prices to increase nationally by about 3.8 per cent. Realtor.com has them rising at just 2.2 per cent.Another plus for buyers: The number of homes on the market is expected to continue rising, albeit from historic low levels. The inventory of U.S. homes for sale was up 4.2 per cent as of November to 1.74 million units.Alex Veiga, The Associated Presslast_img read more

New restroom facility opens along Alaska Highway at Mile 202

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District has opened a new restroom facility at Mile 202 of the Alaska Highway.As part of the ‘Gotta Go’ pilot project, Electoral Area B Director Karen Goodings says this project is an important part of developing the Region’s transportation infrastructure, adding that this new restroom is a vital addition for those travelling through the area.“The ‘Gotta Go’ pilot project is an important part of developing our transportation infrastructure. Providing a rest area, increasing cell coverage, and providing information on our Alaska Highway will be a benefit to our important economic drivers, including tourism. Those of us who live and travel in our region know how vital the addition of this new rest area is and appreciate the cooperation of all involved to make it happen.” According to the District, more plans are underway to transform the area into a fully functioning rest stop, including picnic tables, a cellphone booster tower, and informational signage about the area and highway.The new facility was developed under the ‘Gotta Go’ pilot project in partnership with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, along with Northern B.C. Tourism and other various partners.last_img read more

Liberals dig up old anti samesex marriage video of Scheer

OTTAWA — Liberals went trolling Thursday for young, progressive-minded voters with 14-year-old video footage of Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer speaking out against same-sex marriage — a tactic that prompted Jagmeet Singh to vow that New Democrats won’t prop up a minority Conservative government.The “disgusting prejudice” against gay, lesbian and transgendered Canadians exhibited in the video is “exactly why, if Canadians deliver a minority government in October, I will not prop up Andrew Scheer and the Conservatives,” the NDP leader said in a statement.“We can’t trust Mr. Scheer or his caucus to champion the fundamental rights of Canadians.”Andrew Scheer’s disgusting prejudice against LGBTQI2S+ people and families is very painful for many Canadians. This is exactly why, if Canadians deliver a minority government in October, I will not prop up Andrew Scheer and the Conservatives. https://t.co/9WvvKLa8NI— Jagmeet Singh (@theJagmeetSingh) August 22, 2019Singh’s statement came several hours after Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale tweeted a short, edited video of an April 2005 speech Scheer gave in the House of Commons explaining his opposition to the Civil Marriage Act, which legalized same-sex marriage in Canada later that year.Along with the video came a challenge to march in Sunday’s Ottawa Pride parade, with Goodale noting that Scheer has never yet participated in any Pride parade.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.The parade has taken on some additional significance this year after Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson days ago came out as openly gay after decades in public life.“There is nothing more important to society than the raising of children, for its very survival requires it,” Scheer said in his speech, delivered about a year after he was elected as the Conservative MP for the Saskatchewan riding of Regina-Qu’Appelle for the first time.“Homosexual unions are by nature contradictory to this,” he said.To be a leader for all Canadians, the Conservative Party leader should now end his lifelong boycott of Pride events and explain whether he would still deny same-sex couples the right to marry, as he said in Parliament. pic.twitter.com/5WEyja6Ov5— Ralph Goodale (@RalphGoodale) August 22, 2019“There is no complementarity of the sexes. Two members of the same sex may use their God-given free will to engage in acts, to co-habit and to own property together. They may commit themselves to monogamy. They may pledge to remain in a loving relationship for life,” he said.“In that sense they have many of the collateral features of marriage, but they do not have its inherent feature, as they cannot commit to the natural procreation of children. They cannot therefore be married.”The majority of Conservative MPs voted against the bill, as did a number of Liberal MPs. Some remain in caucus.Brock Harrison, director of communications for Scheer, said the Conservative leader has no plans to change same-sex marriage laws.“Mr. Scheer supports same-sex marriage as defined in law and as prime minister will, of course, uphold it,” Harrison tweeted Thursday.“This is yet another desperation tactic from Trudeau on the eve of an election to distract from his record of failure and incompetence.”Scheer has softened his stance on same-sex marriage since the debates over the Civil Marriage Act.He supported a move to erase the traditional definition of marriage from the Conservative Party of Canada’s policy book at its 2016 convention, arguing Canadians already had their say in two elections where same-sex marriage was a major issue, and that it had been legal for more than a decade.Still, the Conservatives said earlier this year he would not take part in any Pride events, and he has dodged questions about his personal beliefs.“People have personal views on things,” he said in a 2016 interview with CBC.“I voted my conscience. I voted my constituents’ wishes. It’s not something that I’m looking to revisit or to reopen.”Goodale said Thursday that promising not to reverse legislation on same-sex marriage does not go far enough.“The unfortunate reality is that too many Canadians still face discrimination, hate and violence because of their sexual orientation,” Goodale said in a statement. “Canadians expect action, not words alone.”Goodale, who was not otherwise available for comment, voted in favour of legalizing same-sex marriage in 2005.But he did vote against a private member’s motion calling for the recognition of same-sex spouses in 1995.In 1999, Goodale voted in favour of a motion saying it was necessary to state that marriage should remain between one man and one woman, and that Parliament should do what it could to protect it.Jonathan Rose, an associate professor of Canadian politics at Queen’s University, said the video is setting the stage for the campaign to come.“All parties need to do is sow the seeds of doubt,” he said.“This won’t cause anyone to change their mind, probably, but over time, the slow, steady, drip, drip, drip of these kinds of allegations from now right to election day may have people change their minds,” he said. “It’s the first salvo in a long, ongoing war.” read more

UN chief denounces attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure in Syrias Aleppo

In a statement issued by his office today, Mr. Ban condemned the reported intense air assault over the last several days in eastern Aleppo city as well as indiscriminate shelling reported in areas of Aleppo governorate and the western parts of Aleppo city. Hospitals have been rendered nonfunctional and schools have been stuck in the attacks. “The Secretary-General reminded all parties to the conflict that targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure is a war crime [and] called on all sides to immediately cease any such attacks,” read the statement, adding: “Those responsible for these and other atrocities in Syria, whoever and wherever they are, must one day be brought to account.” Sustained, unconditional and unimpeded humanitarian access urgently neededFurthermore, in a statement yesterday, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria, Ali Al-Za’tari, and the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis, Kevin Kennedy, underlined that the UN stands ready to assist civilians in the war-torn country, as soon as access is granted by all parties. “[We have] shared with all parties to the conflict in Aleppo and Member States [of the UN] concerned, a detailed humanitarian plan to provide urgently needed assistance to the inhabitants of eastern Aleppo, and conduct medical evacuations for the ill and injured” said both Mr. Al-Za’tari and Mr. Kennedy. “It is imperative [that] all parties agree to the plan and allow us to secure immediate, safe and unimpeded access to provide relief to those most in need in eastern Aleppo, but equally in all other parts of Syria where there are people in need,” they asserted. Syrian civilians on all sides of the divide are at the receiving end of the escalating violence“Syrian civilians on all sides of the divide are at the receiving end of the escalating violence,” read the statement. Moreover, the besiegement of eastern Aleppo and the strong grip of non-state armed groups in that part of the city has resulted in a dire and urgent need of protection and humanitarian assistance, it added. Highlighting that international humanitarian and human rights laws obligate all parties to the conflict to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure from the effects of hostilities, the senior UN humanitarian officials called on them to ensure unconditional, unimpeded and sustained access to the millions of people in need, particularly those in besieged and hard-to-reach areas across Syria. read more

Ohio States womens soccer draws with Maryland

OSU then-freshman forward Nichelle Prince (7) looks for an open teammate during a game against Eastern Michigan Aug. 25, 2013. OSU won 2-1 in OT.Credit: Lantern file photoThe Ohio State women’s soccer team looked to gain momentum against Big Ten newcomer Maryland, but ended the contest with a double overtime draw.The majority of the first half on Saturday saw neither team gain an advantage, but things picked up late in the half when sophomore forward Nichelle Prince tracked down a pass from senior midfielder Ellyn Gruber to give the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead in the 43rd minute.OSU ended the half with a 6-3 advantage in shot and 3-1 in shots on goal. Gruber said Prince’s late goal helped build the team’s confidence for the second half.“It definitely gave us some momentum,” she said. “We’ve been struggling to score lately so it definitely brought our energy up and we were feeling really good going into the half.”Maryland responded in the 50th minute with a goal of its own after a cross from sophomore forward Natasha Ntone-Kouo deflected off an OSU defender and into the goal to make it a 1-1 game.Freshman midfielder Nikki Walts had a chance to give OSU the lead less than a minute later, but a diving save from junior goalkeeper Rachelle Beanlands kept the game tied. In the final minute of regulation, Maryland senior midfielder Cory Ryan hit a shot from the top of the box that redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Megan Geldernick deflected off the crossbar to send the game into overtime.Gruber almost ended the game in the 93rd minute, but her 15-yard shot sailed over the crossbar. Prince got another chance later, but her shot missed wide left, sending the game into double overtime.Neither team was able to get much going in the second extra period, and the contest ended in a 1-1 draw. The Buckeyes ended the game with a 13-9 lead in shots, 6-4 on goal.Prince said after the game that some of the challenges presented by the Terrapins were handled well by the Buckeyes.“They were playing a lot of quick long balls to the back but we were dealing with it pretty well with our press,” Prince said. “They were getting (the ball) behind us but our backline was very solid today.”This is the second straight draw for OSU. Coach Lori Walker said she was proud of the work the Buckeyes put in and sees opportunity to learn from how they played“We measure the effort that we put into the match and I thought that our effort was really strong,” Walker said. “Our confidence isn’t down right now, it’s actually continuing to build and we felt very good about how we played in the second half and overtime.”OSU moves to 5-7-2 overall and 2-4-2 in the Big Ten.The Buckeyes’ next game is scheduled to be against Michigan State on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in East Lansing, Mich. read more

Woakes ruled out of Champions Trophy

England allrounder Chris Woakes will take no further part in the Champions Trophy, after suffering aside strain in the tournament opener against Bangladesh on Thursday. Woakes was forced off the field after bowling just two overs, and did not return.England allrounder Chris Woakes (Sky Sports photo)He had scans later, which revealed the injury was serious enough to end his tournament. England are expected to name their replacement late on Saturday after England Lions complete their second one-day match against South Africa A.Woakes had gone into the Bangladesh match nursing a tight quad that led to his omission from the final two matches of England’s recent ODI series against South Africa, but he seemed back to his best when he opened the tournament with a maiden to Tamim Iqbal.Morgan said after the game that England had not rushed Woakes back from the quad niggle. “He was chomping at the bit to play,” he said. “If we rushed him, he might have played the last game of the [South Africa] one-day series but we didn’t want to rush him.”While the details of Woakes’ injury are not yet known, a typical recovery for a side strain can take between four and six weeks. Things get especially tricky if the injury involves damage to the intercostal muscles, because, even when fully recovered, fast bowlers in particular find it hard to hit the crease with their usual aggression for fear of suffering a relapse.In Woakes’ absence, England’s remaining bowlers did enough to limit Bangladesh to an obtainable 305 for 6. However, their seam attack remains a cause for concern. Jake Ball – included in place of the legspinner Adil Rashid – struggled for form, conceding 82 runs in his ten overs, while doubts still linger over Ben Stokes’ ability to bowl a full spell following a knee injury.The likeliest replacement is Middlesex’s Steven Finn, who was considered unlucky to have missed out on original selection for the squad, in spite of his occasionally erratic form in recent months. He signalled his readiness for a recall by claiming three wickets for England Lions against South Africa A on Thursday.Other candidates could be Toby Roland-Jones, the Middlesex seamer who made his debut against South Africa at Lord’s and offers batting ability, or Surrey’s Tom Curran who was called up to the tour of West Indies earlier this year.Given that England are now in the midst of a global tournament, another strong candidate could have been Stuart Broad, a proven international performer who has not been a regular member of the one-day set-up since the end of the 2015 World Cup, but was drafted into the tour of South Africa last winter. However, it is understood that he is not under consideration. (ESPNCricinfo) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUPDATE: Chris Gayle’s six-studded century sets England target of 361February 20, 2019In “latest news”Root takes comfort from hard slog to victoryMarch 6, 2017In “Sports”England recall Roland-Jones for West Indies deciderSeptember 6, 2017In “latest news” read more

Zambia copper output down – see IM article in July

first_imgAfrica’s largest copper producing nation saw output fall back over the first four months of 2011, compared with a year ago. Cobalt output and exports rose though. A complete article on the Zambian Copperbelt will be published in the July issue of International Mining. Copper output dropped to 242,284 t, from 266,373 t during the first four months of 2010, the Bank of Zambia (BoZ) said last Thursday.Copper exports also declined to 260,631 t between January and April 2011 from 268,541 tonnes last year, the BOZ said. Cobalt production in the first four months of 2011 rose to 3,186 t from 2,666 t last year and exports rose to 3,221 t this year from 2,639 t last year, it said.last_img

Australia amongst the top 10 happiest countries in the world

first_imgIn honour of the International Day of Happiness on Monday 20 March, the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UNSDSN) published the 2017 World Happiness Report, ranking Australia ninth amongst the ten happiest countries worldwide. Although happiness is a difficult thing to measure, the report, which is the fifth to be released since 2012 and which ranks 155 countries by their happiness levels, is considered a landmark survey and continues to gain global recognition as governments, organisations, and civil society increasingly use happiness indicators to shape their policy-making decisions.The report starts with global and regional charts showing the distribution of answers, from roughly 3000 respondents in each UN member state, to a question asking them to evaluate their current lives on a scale where zero represents the worst possible life and ten the best. The measure of happiness used by the UNSDSN’s independent researchers is life satisfaction. A typical question is: “Overall, how satisfied are you with your life these days?” measured on a scale from ‘extremely dissatisfied’ to ‘extremely satisfied’.The annual study examines the connections between happiness and development, while encouraging policymakers to place more of an emphasis on happiness, rather than the more easily quantifiable measures of development. Researchers correlate data from six areas: GDP per capita, life expectancy, social support, trust and corruption, perceived freedom to make life decisions, and generosity. Up from number four last year, Norway is, according to the report, the happiest country in the world while it also has the highest GDP per capita. But, as the UN shows in its Human Development yearly report, Norway has conquered the top spot for the 13th year in a row, which possibly also answers the question about what makes this country so liveable and its people so happy; development. The mix of a well-integrated government welfare system and a thriving economy built on responsible management of its natural resources means that very few are left behind and the feelings of social support, trust in government, and economic well-being that come from that all contribute to overall happiness. Slipping one spot down from the top of the list, Denmark did extremely well coming in at number two followed by Iceland, where 99 per cent of respondents claimed that they had a high level of social support and felt like they had a fellow citizen to count on if things got tough. Switzerland and Finland came fourth and fifth respectively.Scoring below Canada and New Zealand, Australia still managed to be in the top ten, coming in at number nine, leaving Sweden behind. “We like to think we were on to something when we called Australia our 2016 Destination of the Year. In addition to a healthy work-life balance and ‘no worries’ stress levels, Australians also have one of the highest life expectancies in the world (82.15 years). It helps that a strong emphasis on physical activity is baked into the education system from a young age,” Condé Nast Traveller contributor, Sebastian Modak, wrote after the results were announced. “I think the most crucial factor which puts Australia high on the list of the happiest countries in the world is the strong social foundations, and the trust that the residents have in their social and political institutions,” explains Greek Australian doctor Philipos Lisgos. “There is generally, for the entire population, a lack of inequality and lack of disparities in access to education, healthcare, and other social and government services and there is also a meritocratic system in place with very low levels of corruption. These features combined with a well-developed social welfare and support infrastructure, a relatively high domestic product and income per capita, provide for a happy population with regard to the socio-economic aspect.”Irrespective of the findings, Australia, the only nation to govern an entire continent and its outlying islands, is overall a stable, democratic, and culturally diverse nation with a highly skilled workforce and one of the strongest performing economies in the world. The quality of life is even better thanks to lower population density compared to most equivalent international cities, low pollution levels and a modern and efficient infrastructure. “There is also the diversity of lifestyles and the outdoors, which Australians have the opportunity to enjoy due to the multicultural makeup of the population and favourable climatic conditions. I feel there is also a great balance between leisure time and work time compared to many other developed countries,” Dr Lisgos explains. Australian society, especially its youngest generation, is well-travelled, multicultural, carefree and quite open-minded. If there’s one thing that’s certain, it would have to be the fact that Australia is a new country, and although it may not have the history of some countries, it surely has a bright future ahead. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

These Are the Games You Should Check Out in March 2019

first_imgStay on target Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form There was once a time when big game releases only happened during the summer. That era has long since past, as evidenced by March’s slew of killer titles. I’m sure most of you are still working your way through all of the great games released in January and February. However, you’re going to want to set some time aside for some of this month’s heavy hitters. You don’t want to be left out of the conversation, do you? If you don’t need to be up-to-date, then you’ll have a lot titles to pick up later on.The Division 2Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox OneRelease date: March 15In an era where battle royale games reign supreme, it’s interesting to see looter shooters still doing their thing. The Division 2 certainly has stiff competition from the likes of Fortnite, Apex Legends, and even fellow looter shooter, Anthem. What should help Ubisoft’s title standout is the sheer amount of content available on launch. Not only does it contain a full narrative-driven campaign, but there is a ton of online modes as well. The Division 2 has everything that made the original great, and then some. Hopefully, it’ll find its place in the current multiplayer landscape.Pre-order The Division 2 on AmazonDevil May Cry 5Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox OneRelease date: March 08Capcom has done a fantastic job of regaining its standing with gamers this generation. Resident Evil 7, Resident Evil 2, and all of the various collections have all been received well. The next franchise seeing a resurrection is Devil May Cry. With Devil May Cry 5, players can expect a highly challenging hack-n-slasher filled with over-the-top combos and equally outlandish cutscenes. Like Resident Evil 2, this title is both a throwback and a glimpse of the future. It’ll be interesting to see if DMC5 revitalizes the hack-n-slash genre the way the original did back in 2001.Pre-order Devil May Cry 5 on AmazonSekiro: Shadows Die TwicePlatforms: PC, PS4, Xbox OneRelease date: March 22While Devil May Cry 5 is a challenging game, it has nothing on Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. From the creators of the Dark Souls series, Sekiro is tailor-made for masochistic gamers who want to get punished every step of the way. Creator Hidetaka Miyazaki actually said Sekiro is much more difficult than any Souls game. Because of that, this is a title only for the hardest of hardcore gamers. However, we have to give titles like Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice respect for delivering a truly challenging experience for those who crave it.Pre-order Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice on AmazonDead or Alive 6Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox OneRelease date: March 01The fighting game genre has had a great resurgence this past generation so it’s no surprise to see Dead or Alive make a return. Like previous installments, players can expect Dead or Alive 6 to contain tight fighting mechanics with state-of-the art graphics. There will also be a deeper story this time around. Outlandish DLC prices aside, Dead or Alive 6 looks like a solid game for the FGC crowd. Expect to see it get a lot of airtime during fighting game tournaments this summer.Buy Dead or Alive 6 on AmazonLeft AlivePlatforms: PC, PS4Release date: March 05Let’s be honest, the main reason people are talking about Square-Enix’s Left Alive is because of its association with long-time Metal Gear Solid artist, Yoji Shinkawa. Due to that, and the game’s stealth-based gameplay, many see this as a spiritual successor to Metal Gear Solid. This assumption is interesting considering how Left Alive is in actuality a Front Mission spin-off. We’ll see whether or not Left Alive will deliver the goods. Either way, it’s sure to stir up some interesting conversations in the gaming community.Buy Left Alive on AmazonToejam & Earl: Back In The GroovePlatforms: Linux, MacOS, Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4, Xbox OneRelease date: March 01Though I’m an old-school Sega Genesis fan, I have to admit I’ve never understood the appeal of Toejam & Earl. I now know it’s roguelike-ish, but back in the day, I couldn’t make sense of it. Despite all of that, I’m glad to see the franchise return in the form of Toejam & Earl: Back in the Groove. It’s always nice when a crowdfunded game actually gets released. If you’re a fan of the originals, this one is worth checking out. Hell, I may give it a shot myself. Maybe I’ll actually like Toejam & Earl as an adult.Buy Toejam & Earl: Back In The Groove on SteamOne Piece: World SeekerPlatforms: PC, PS4, Xbox OneRelease date: March 15One Piece: World Seeker distinguishes itself from past One Piece titles by offering players a giant open-world to traverse. Considering the manga and anime’s emphasis on exploration and discovery, it’s surprising the games haven’t gone open-world until now. While there is plenty of combat, World Seeker also tosses in some stealth gameplay. If you’re not familiar with One Piece, this game is likely not for you. If you’re a fan, then you probably already have One Piece: World Seeker pre-ordered.Pre-order One Piece: World Seeker on AmazonYoshi’s Crafted WorldPlatform: Nintendo SwitchRelease date: March 29If you’re looking for the gaming equivalent of comfort food, Yoshi’s Crafted World is for you. This 2.5D game is all about collecting everything in each of the imaginatively designed worlds. The best part is that you can do so at your own pace without worrying about a timer. Like Yoshi’s Woolly World, this game is also extremely eye-pleasing. I’ve always meant to try out a Yoshi game and Yoshi’s Crafted World seems like a great place to start.Pre-order Yoshi’s Crafted World on AmazonMore on Geek.com:Most Exciting Video Games of 2019Final ‘Devil May Cry 5’ Trailer Spoils the Whole GamePlay These Nintendo Switch Games in 2019last_img read more

SJM the latest to introduce ecofriendly new energy bus service

first_img Load More RelatedPosts Chief Executive says current Macau gaming concessions won’t be extended beyond 2022 Sociedade de Jogos de Macau, S.A. (SJM) has become the latest Macau operator to introduce a new energy shuttle bus service.The buses will begin operations in May, with the number of new energy buses to be increased in phases. Analysts see long-term opportunity in undervalued Macau stock prices SJM and China Duty Free Group sign binding agreement for Grand Lisboa Palace store In its announcement, SJM said the introduction of the buses “demonstrates the support of SJM to the Secretariat for Transport and Public Works and the Transport Bureau of Macau SAR Government in achieving the target of gradually replacing the entire shuttle bus fleet of casino operators by new energy buses for the improvement of street-level air quality in Macau.”SJM will run its new energy shuttle bus service with electric buses and compressed natural gas (CNG) buses, some of which have provisions for standing passengers for extra capacity.The company said it will pay close attention to the operation of this new shuttle bus service and review its effects in close coordination with the Macau authorities. world-class green tourism city.There will be a total of seven SJM new energy buses in the first phase.last_img read more

BMWs nextgen adaptive cruise control stops at traffic lights

first_img The 2019 BMW 330i is a brilliant return to form for the… BMW Enlarge ImageThis 330i prototype houses BMW’s next-generation adaptive cruise control tech. Steven Ewing/Roadshow BMW is working on a next-generation adaptive cruise control system that adapts the technology for use in city environments. The company detailed and demonstrated this technology at an event Tuesday, and plans to roll it out in the near future.Called Urban Traffic Light Recognition, at least internally, this next step forward for adaptive cruise control will allow a car to slow and stop at a traffic light without the driver touching the brake pedal. BMW’s engineers say this tech will be able to work at stop signs, as well, though this was not demonstrated.On a short test route around Munich, Germany, a BMW test driver set the adaptive cruise control at 30 kilometers per hour — the speed limit — and approached a traffic light. As the light changed from green to yellow, the car’s cameras picked up the signal, and displayed a traffic light image on the digital gauge cluster of the BMW 330i test car. The car then slowed for the light without the driver needing to do anything. Share your voice Tags 6:56 BMW 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2 Now playing: Watch this:center_img 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Now, here’s the caveat: If you are the lead car at the stoplight, the system will not automatically restart once the light turns green. You either have to move the car forward with the gas pedal, or press the “resume” button on the steering wheel. If you aren’t the lead car, the system works like any other adaptive cruise control, where it restarts after a lead car begins to pull away.BMW says this technology is only programmed to work at speeds up to 80 kilometers per hour (50 miles per hour) right now, and is still very much in development. When it rolls out, vehicles fitted with the latest radar systems — like the 3 Series or X7, for example — should be able to add the tech via over-the-air updates. BMW hopes to roll this tech out across several countries, though it’s unclear if this technology will be legally approved for use in the US. 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 first drive: Now actually feels like a premium car More From Roadshow 57 Photos Comments Auto Tech The 2019 BMW 330i is once again a joy to drivelast_img read more

Vivek joins BJP

first_imgHyderabad: After a long lull and wait about his joining the saffron party, former Member of Parliament and Adviser to the TRS government G Vivekananda joined BJP in the national capital on Friday. Former Congress MP accompanied party state unit president Dr K Laxman for Delhi on Friday morning. He joined the BJP in the presence of party national general secretary Arun Singh at the party national headquarters. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us Earlier, Vivekanand met party national general secretary Ram Madhav, Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy and party working president J P Nadda. Later, the former MP also met party chief and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who welcomed him into the party fold. Giving reasons for his new innings in the saffron party, he said BJP is a democratic party and he was inspired by the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Also Read – Man tied up to a tree and thrashed in Nalgonda for harassing woman Advertise With Us Besides, BJP is not a family-run entity like TRS. He charged TRS chief and Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao steering the state as if it is his own family-run corporate company. MoS G Kishan Reddy said Vivekananda had played an active role in the fight for separate statehood and his joining would strengthen the party in Telangana.last_img read more

Of wrinkles and wires Capillarityinduced skin folding spontaneously forms aligned DNA nanowire

first_img , Nanotechnology Fig. 2. Capillarity-induced skin folding. (A) Optical microscope image of an array of wrinkles and folds around the boundary of a water droplet placed on a wrinkled surface (t = 20 min, ε ≈ −0.03). The blue arrow indicates a water filament. (B) Schematic illustrations of the wrinkle-to-fold transition of the skin due to surface tension forces of water. Representative AFM images and the line profiles are shown below the illustrations. (C) Schematic illustrations and optical microscope images showing the evolution of localized folds with increasing ε (t = 10 min). A water droplet was placed on the surface before compression; the blue arrow and red triangles indicate the formation of a water filament and localized folds, respectively. (D and E) The peak-to-peak distance of wrinkles (LW) and folds (LF) and the length (l) and spacing (s) of the folds as a function of t. (E, Inset) Schematic illustration showing the top view of an array of folds at the boundary. (F) LW and LF as a function of |ε| (t = 3 min). (F, Inset) Line profiles of the folds for |ε| ≈ 0.02, 0.08, and 0.17. (Scale bars: A, 10 μm; B, 5 μm; and C, 50 μm.). Credit: Nagashimaa S, Haa HD, Kima DH, Košmrljb A, Stone HA, Moon M-W (2017) Spontaneous formation of aligned DNA nanowires by capillarity-induced skin folding. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 114:24 6233-6237. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences “This phenomenon can be considered a lithography-free method that allows for ready fabrication of arrays of nanomaterials, where their size, length, and periodicity could robustly be tuned,” he continues. “Moreover, not only water but other liquids could be used to carry nanomaterials and to induce the wrinkle-to-fold transition.”Moon describes several examples of potential de novo fabrication and analysis techniques, including nanoscale lithography, nanoimprint, growth by chemical vapor deposition, and chemical reaction. “Our method can potentially be used for the fabrication of 1-dimensional nanowires or nanoarrays for application to DNA analysis with very dilute or small amounts of DNA; DNA templates as new metal or ceramic nanostructures; and DNA treatment devices for healing modified DNA. In addition, one can adopt this technique to handle protein, blood, or nanoparticles at nanoscale.”Košmrlj and Stone tell Phys.org that one area of planned research is focused on nonlinear analysis and modeling for improved quantitative understanding of the capillarity-induced wrinkle-to-fold transition. “Since our system is composed of the mechanical behavior of the fold transition triggered by liquid surface tension, the wrinkle-to-fold transition that we’ve found is associated with large deformations where conventional linear elasticity theory does not apply. While the basic mechanisms can be explained within the linear theory, quantitative comparison with experiments can only be achieved by taking into account geometrical and material nonlinearities. We are therefore performing numerical simulations by coupling liquid surface tension and solid deformation, as well as performing analysis with perturbation series, where nonlinearities of elastic structures can be studied systematically.””I also think that the challenges ahead are to find how to achieve larger areas for DNA pattern formation,” Moon says. “In fact, our latest results—obtained after this PNAS article was accepted—shows some impressive progress for the region with wrinkle-to-fold transition in larger areas, such as the entire area underneath a water droplet. Another area to be studied, Moon continues, concerns the fact that biological morphogenesis of skin–substrate systems are ubiquitous in organisms where water is a major constituent. “We’re trying to find situations where our findings are applicable. Active collaborations with experts in the field would be helpful.” The researchers might also investigate materials other than PDMS. “Yes. other polymers can work if they possess the basic factors to govern the fold transition, these being the thinness of the nano-skin and soft body materials, and surface hydrophilicity to ensure sufficient surface reaction with liquid,” Moon notes. Assistant Professor and lead author So Nagashima, Assistant Professor Andrej Košmrlj, Donald R. Dixon ’69 and Elizabeth W. Dixon Professor Howard A. Stone, and Principal Research Scientist Myoung-Woon Moon discussed the paper they and their co-authors published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “I think that the most challenging aspect of devising our method for utilizing a thin skin template that responds to water by dynamically changing its surface morphology was finding the conditions where the wrinkle-to-fold transition occurs,” Moon tells Phys.org. “The critical conditions as a function of the applied strain, initial wrinkle geometries, and thickness of the skin layer determined by oxygen plasma treatment duration were difficult to find.” Moon adds that the observation technique for the dynamic transition was limited to only optical microscopes whose highest optical resolution falls between 100 to 1000 nm in the width of nanowires, this being due to the dynamic transition taking place at the submicron scale.When inducing a template surface wrinkle-to-fold transition by exploiting the capillary forces of water containing DNA molecules, Stone points out, the observation that water changes the wrinkle-to-fold transition is new. “As far as we know, ours is the first study to show this effect, as is demonstrating one use of such folds for the alignment of DNA. Moreover, control of surface tension or resultant capillary forces and the area for fold formation is relatively hard—and by adding DNA molecules to water, it appears that the surface tension is changed, so the fold transition length was shorter.”Template preparation used an oxygen plasma treatment of prestretched polydimethylsiloxane (or PDMS, a polymeric organosilicon compound) substrates for varying durations. “In fact,” Moon explains, “the manipulation of PDMS with prestretching strain is a relatively well-developed method as is the oxygen plasma treatment: both have been discussed in the literature. We can make the samples with various sizes of a few millimeters to a few centimeters, which can be also made on much larger area.” Moon notes that the researchers can also vary polydimethylsiloxane’s mechanical properties—to make it more stretchable, soft or flexible—by changing the ratio of elastomer and cross-linker for PDMS preparation. Fig. 1. Spontaneous formation of aligned DNA nanowires. (A) Schematic illustrations of the spontaneous formation of an array of DNA nanowires by the skin folding induced by water filaments containing DNA molecules. (B) Sequential optical microscope images of a droplet of DNA solution spreading over wrinkles (t = 5 min, ε ≈ −0.03); the wrinkle-to-fold transition occurs at the boundary and propagates with the edge of the droplet. (C) AFM image of an array of DNA nanowires extending from the boundary (t = 2 min, ε ≈ −0.02). The line profiles for each region are shown next to the image. (Scale bars: B, 50 μm and C, 4 μm.). Credit: Nagashimaa S, Haa HD, Kima DH, Košmrljb A, Stone HA, Moon M-W (2017) Spontaneous formation of aligned DNA nanowires by capillarity-induced skin folding. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 114:24 6233-6237. Citation: Of wrinkles and wires: Capillarity-induced skin folding spontaneously forms aligned DNA nanowire (2017, June 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-06-wrinkles-wires-capillarity-induced-skin-spontaneously.html Other possible future research interests and additional innovations mentioned by the authors include:- theoretical analysis to elucidate the underlying physics related to the water-induced surface folding- exploit the underlying physics to develop a robust and mass fabrication method for inducing the wrinkle-to-fold transition- find and discuss morphological changes in nature where water is likely a key factor- apply the current study’s results to DNA analysis or DNA drug devices- 2-D/3-D sensors, diagnostic tools, and drug-release systems- templates for fabricating 1-dimensional nanomaterials- methods for local patterning”I believe that this work is beneficial to materials science for nanowire templates, mechanics for fluidic channels, and biology for quantitative analysis of DNA or other biomolecules,” Moon concludes. Explore further , Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnologycenter_img More information: Spontaneous formation of aligned DNA nanowires by capillarity-induced skin folding, PNAS (2017) 114:24 6233-6237, doi:10.1073/pnas.1700003114Related:1DNA nanowire fabrication, Nanotechnology (2006) 17:R14m https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/1559975.pdf2DNA-Templated Self-Assembly of Protein Arrays and Highly Conductive Nanowires, Science (2003) 301:5641 1882-1884, doi:10.1126/science.10893893Nanowire-Based Sensors for Biological and Medical Applications, IEEE Transactions on NanoBioscience (2016) 15:3 186-199, doi:10.1109/TNB.2016.25282584DNA-Based Applications in Nanobiotechnology, Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology (2010) Article ID 715295, doi:10.1155/2010/7152955Nanowire nanosensors, Materials Today (2005) 8:5, doi:10.1016/S1369-7021(05)00791-1 A key aspect of the study was confirming that the new method reliably manipulates DNA nanowire size, geometry, and alignment. “By adjusting the conditions for stretching strain, plasma treatment duration, and post-compression of the stretched PDMS, DNA nanowires can be a half cylinder, a perfect cylinder, or undulated wire shape,” Moon tells Phys.org. “By changing the wrinkle geometries such as the amplitude—which is governed by the strain—one can control the distance between wires in the fold channel.” Wider distances between wires, he continues, can be accomplished by compressing the PDMS less, while compressing the substrate more yields smaller distances.To address these challenges, the scientists discovered a transformation resulting from capillary forces that act at the edge of a water droplet that can, with only 1% compression, transform wrinkles into folds, which in the absence of a liquid drop form only at very high (~30%) compression. In addition, Moon adds, smaller substances such as biomolecules or nanoparticles can follow the water channel to form aligned 1-dimensional nanostructures. “Smaller is better. Less is more. We’ve found that the wrinkle-to-fold transition takes place more easily when the following factors become smaller: compression level, skin thickness, droplet volume, size of the sample surface, and static contact angles of droplets.”Based on their findings, the authors stated that their approach could lead to new ways of fabricating functional materials. “Our key finding is that one can change wrinkles into localized folds by simply exploiting the capillary forces of water on wrinkled surfaces under very small strain of about 1% in compression,” Nagashima tells Phys.org. “Recent studies reported in the literature have demonstrated that such wrinkle-to-fold transitions can help develop systems that dynamically change their properties according to the surface morphology. However, inducing the transition in the absence of water is difficult to achieve in practice because, in general, large compression needs to be applied to the skin-substrate system, which hinders wider applications. Our study reveals that even 1% of compression, which is the critical level for creating wrinkles in our case, is large enough to trigger the transition to folds locally when water is present.” Nagashima notes that while the compression level required to induce the transition might differ according to the skin-film system used, only a small compression level would be necessary in combination with water. Observation of the phase transition of liquid crystal defects for the first time Fig. 3. Tunable DNA nanowires. (A) Bright- and dark-field optical microscope images of DNA nanowires created by the capillarity-induced wrinkle-to-fold transition. After evaporation of the droplet, the strain was adjusted to see the structure inside the folds. (B) Confocal microscope images of an array of DNA nanowires extending from the boundary to the locations indicated by the yellow triangles. (C) AFM images of DNA nanowires obtained using wrinkles prepared with various ε (t = 10 min). After the folds were formed, the strain was adjusted to ε ≈ 0.00. The line profiles of the nanowires indicated by the green dotted lines are shown in the images. (D) Height of the nanowires as a function of t (ε ≈ −0.03). (E) Changes in shape of a DNA nanowire from straight to wrinkled with an increase in tensile strain. (F) The wavelength (black symbols) and amplitude (orange symbols) of the wrinkled DNA nanowires as a function of applied tensile strain. (G and H) The line profiles of the DNA nanowire and the skin surface before and after application of the tensile strain (i.e., ε ≈ −0.02 and 0.05, respectively). The color of the profiles corresponds to that of the dotted lines indicated in the AFM images shown in E. (Scale bars: A and B, 10 μm; C, 2 μm; and E, 1 μm.). Credit: Nagashimaa S, Haa HD, Kima DH, Košmrljb A, Stone HA, Moon M-W (2017) Spontaneous formation of aligned DNA nanowires by capillarity-induced skin folding. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 114:24 6233-6237. , Science (Phys.org)—Nanowires fashioned from DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid)—one of several type of molecular nanowires incorporating repeating molecular units—are exactly that: Geometrically wire-like DNA-based nanostructures defined variously as having a 1~10 nm (10−9 m) diameter or a length-to-diameter ratio >1000. While nanowires can be made from several organic and inorganic materials, DNA nanowires have been shown to provide a range of valuable applications in programmed self-assembly1,2 of functional materials—including metallic and semiconductor nanowires for use in electronic devices—as well as biological, medical, and genetic analysis applications3,4,5. That being said, DNA nanowire adoption has been limited due to historical limitations in the ability to control their structural parameters—specifically, size, geometry and alignment. Recently, however, scientists at Korea Institute of Science and Technology and Princeton University leveraged the capillary forces of water containing DNA molecules to demonstrate size-controllable straight or undulated aligned DNA nanowires that were spontaneously formed by water entering wrinkled channels of a compressed thin skin on a soft substrate, which subsequently induced a wrinkle-to-fold transition. © 2017 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Is Ariana Grandes Carpool Karaoke the most amazing yet

first_imgGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . She’s known for having one of the best voices in pop. Nevertheless, Ariana Grande still manages to defy expectation with her mind-blowing performance in the latest Carpool Karaoke with James Corden. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- The Problem singer is the latest guest on the The Late Late Show with James Corden skit.The star, whose new album Sweetener is out tomorrow, sings some of her best-known hits in the video.[embedded content]These include Dangerous Woman, Side to Side, No Tears Left To Cry and also her latest single God Is a Woman.She truly sounds amazing throughout – although, we’re not too sure about James’s overpowering attempts to harmonize with her…‘People really want me to be pregnant’Speaking about the strangest and weirdest thing she’s read about herself, Ariana tells James: ‘Tons of pregnancy stuff.’ Ariana Grande and James Corden | Photo: YouTube ‘People really want me to be pregnant,’ the Almost Is Never Enough singer furthermore added. ‘Every other week there’s a pregnancy thing.’Elsewhere in the clip, James carries the star to Starbucks so she can order a Grande soya latte, before the pair belt out Suddenly Seymour from the classic musical Little Shop of Horrors.Previous Carpool guests include Michelle Obama, Harry Styles, Jennifer Lopez, Madonna and of course Lady Gaga.Ariana has had nine singles crack the top 10 of the US Billboard Hot 100. She has also had two albums top the charts. Her last, Dangerous Woman, reached number two.This gay icon is the voice of god in Ariana Grande’s new video Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… This is how James Corden would tell his children about gay relationshipsWatch Ariana Grande’s inspiring tribute to Aretha FranklinTroye Sivan and Ariana Grande have recorded a duetRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/is-ariana-grandes-carpool-karaoke-the-most-amazing-yet/last_img read more