CU-Boulder Spider Payload on Space Station Becomes a Media Hit, Internet Music Video

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Nov. 24, 2008 A University of Colorado at Boulder payload of web-spinning spiders and wannabe butterflies delivered to the International Space Station by the space shuttle Endeavour Nov. 14 has generated a buzz among scientists, astronauts, the news media and has even spawned an Internet video set to the music of “The Itsy-Bitsy Spider.”The story began Nov. 14 when a payload containing two orb-weaving spiders and six butterfly larvae was launched to the space station by CU-Boulder’s BioServe Space Technologies. The project was designed to allow K-12 students to chart the behaviors of the creatures in the near-weightless environment of space and compare them with their earthbound counterparts.Colorado and Texas students have their own spiders and butterfly larvae in their classrooms and are playing along at home, so to speak, comparing the differences using video and images beamed from the space station back to Earth by NASA.The story literally “got some legs” following a news item in the Times of London Nov. 16 with a headline reading “NASA Loses Spider on the International Space Station.” The report wasn’t quite accurate — the astronauts knew both spiders were in the payload compartment — but could not see one of them because it was hidden from view.The spider activity grabbed the attention of the public, appearing in national wire stories, on the MSNBC news Web site and on the Web site headquartered in San Francisco with regional links to dozens of large U.S. cities. The Examiner site posted a video featuring “space” spiders spinning weightless webs as NASA scientists described the behaviors in low gravity and a child’s choir sings “The Itsy-Bitsy Spider.””Don’t forget about the butterflies,” said Stefanie Countryman, BioServe’s payload mission manager. The larvae — some anchored to the habitat, others free-floating — should enter the chrysalis, or pupa, stage by Thanksgiving, then emerge as full-fledged butterflies that hopefully will be flapping about in micro-gravity in about 10 days.For more information on the project go to To read the CU-Boulder news release on the effort, visit To watch the spider music video, go read more

German car consortium adds private equity clout in battle to acquire Nokia’s HERE

first_img Related Kavit Majithia Author Nokia scores Philippines 5G deal with Dito AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 21 MAY 2015 The battle to acquire HERE, Nokia’s digital mapping business, continues to hot up after the three leading German car manufacturers involved in the bidding process teamed up with private equity firm General Atlantic to raise the consortium’s hopes of clinching the deal.Reuters reports that Audi, BMW and Mercedes have partnered with General Atlantic to help finance their bid, with the private equity firm set to take a 30 per cent stake in the consortium.The carmakers reportedly made an indicative offer to Nokia earlier this month, committing to invest up to $780 million each to complete the acquisition, matching HERE’s value of approximately $2.2 billion.However, it quickly became clear that the companies would need some external financial help to fend off growing competition.Nokia has yet to respond to the consortium over its last bid, but all signs point to a revised offer given stiff competition from the likes of Uber in particular, which has already submitted a bid of as much as $3 billion to add HERE to its portfolio.Uber’s offer was followed by reports earlier this week indicating the taxi hailing company is to partner with Chinese search engine giant Baidu and private equity firm Apax Partners for the next round of bidding.Analysts believe it could take as much as €4 billion to prise HERE away from Nokia. The Finnish vendor has admitted it is mulling its options over the future of the business. It could use the proceeds from a sale to help fund its $16.6 billion acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent.The price of HERE could be pushed even higher if rumoured interested companies, including Apple, Facebook and Samsung, come to the fore.Audi, BMW and Mercedes are reportedly quietly confident that they hold the upper hand in the race, given that HERE is dependent on carmakers for over 50 per cent of its revenue. Tags Alianza sobre IA entre Nokia y Microsoftcenter_img Previous ArticlePinterest launches ‘cinematic pins’Next ArticleNew tools can enable enterprises to embrace disruption – WeDo Nokia makes AI move with Microsoft Español Home German car consortium adds private equity clout in battle to acquire Nokia’s HERE AudiBMWHEREMercedesNokiaUber Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more last_img read more

Turkcell receives boost in MTN bribery lawsuit

first_img Kavit Majithia Related An ongoing battle between MTN Group and Turkcell over the award of a mobile licence in Iran took a twist after South African police arrested a former ambassador to the country on corruption charges.Bloomberg reported Yusuf Saloojee, a former ambassador to Iran, was arrested by a South African anti-corruption police unit, Hawks, over his role in awarding a 49 per cent stake in Irancell to MTN in 2005. The stake effectively gave MTN a mobile licence in the country.Turkcell has contested the award for many years, arguing it was originally awarded the stake and MTN bribed South African and Iranian officials to get the decision overturned in its favour.MTN has always maintained its innocence over the matter.A statement released by Hawks seen by Bloomberg, said Saloojee aided the cancellation of Turkcell’s licence, which was then awarded to MTN by the Iranian government. He allegedly earned ZAR1.4 million ($99,358) for his role.In response, MTN said it has consistently denied “that there is any credible evidence that it promised Ambassador Saloojee any money or that Ambassador Saloojee accepted money from MTN”.The company added that the allegations linking MTN and Saloojee appear to be based on the evidence of Chris Kilowan, “a disgruntled former employee of MTN”.In its lawsuit against MTN, the latest of which was filed in 2017, Turkcell is seeking damages of $4.2 billion based on the profit it could have made if it secured the licence, plus interest. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 18 FEB 2019 Previous ArticleUK plays down Huawei 5G threatNext ArticleArris chief shifting to CommScope role Tags MTN eyes $6B valuation for money unit Author MTN expects fintech spin-off within a year Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more MTN committed to Syria exit Home Turkcell receives boost in MTN bribery lawsuit MTNTurkcelllast_img read more

Listen: Molecular Biologist Douglas Axe Explains the Protein Evolution Problem

first_imgEvolution Listen: Molecular Biologist Douglas Axe Explains the Protein Evolution ProblemEvolution News @DiscoveryCSCFebruary 4, 2020, 12:37 PM 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 On a new episode of ID the Future, host Jonathan Witt sits down with molecular biologist Douglas Axe at the recent Dallas Conference on Science & Faith. Dr. Axe, author of Undeniable: How Biology Confirms Our Intuition That Life Is Designed, had his research on protein folds published in the Journal of Molecular Biology, work showing that random mutations are not up to the task of building fundamentally new protein folds, a finding that poses a major challenge to modern evolutionary theory. Download the podcast or listen to it here.If evolution can’t build something as basic as a new protein fold, how could it build whole new organs and body plans in the history of life? But Witt presents Axe with an objection: Axe couldn’t possibly have tested more than the tiniest fraction of a fraction of all the possible amino acid combinations for the protein he studied, so how can we trust his findings? Tune in to hear Axe’s answer, and to learn about other lines of evidence confirming his research. This is one of the most lucid explanations of the protein evolution problem that you will hear.Photo: Douglas Axe speaking at the recent Dallas Conference on Science & Faith, by Chris Morgan. 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 All Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Recommended Tagsamino acid combinationsamino acidsBiola UniversityCambridge UniversityDallas Conference on Science & Faithdesign intuitionDouglas Axeevolutionary theoryID the FutureJonathan WittJournal of Molecular Biologymolecular biologypodcastprotein evolutionprotein foldsproteinsrandom mutationsUnbelievable,Trending Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tourlast_img read more

Kiwi teams respond following Covid-19 interruption

first_img The CEOs of the four New Zealand franchises who were set to play in the last round of Super Rugby Aotearoa this weekend have responded after one of the two games was called off.The match between the Blues and Crusaders, which was due to be played at Eden Park on Sunday, has officially been called off following the New Zealand government’s latest Covid-19 announcement that Auckland will remain at Level 3 for 12 days while the rest of the country will remain at Level 2 for the same period.Meanwhile, Saturday’s Highlanders-Hurricanes game at Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium will be played in front of no crowds and at an earlier time.ALSO READ: Blues-Crusaders clash called offIn a statement, Blues CEO Andrew Hore said while the news is disappointing, his franchise is thankful that they got to play for nine weeks before Covid-19 pandemic resurfaced in New Zealand.‘Ten weeks ago we never thought we’d even have a competition, let alone one with fans. But instead we got nine weeks of incredible rugby, with three amazing home games and massive crowds. While this news is disappointing, we need to take a step back and be grateful for what we got, what it meant to our players, our sponsors and, most importantly, to our fans.’On behalf of the Crusaders, CEO Colin Mansbridge said team’s loyal fans deserved one last match, but moved to thank them for their support throughout the season.‘Super Rugby Aotearoa has been a fantastic display of unity and togetherness for all New Zealanders. While it would have been fitting to finish our campaign in front of a full house at Eden Park, I think the rugby community can be incredibly proud of what we have collectively achieved over the last ten weeks, and will understand that this decision has been made in the best interests of New Zealanders.‘On behalf of the Crusaders, I want to thank all of our fans for their incredible support throughout the 2020 season.’On his part, Highlanders CEO Roger Clark said he is happy that their match against the Hurricanes will go on, but the mood within the camp has been dampened because the game will be played in an empty stadium.‘We are naturally disappointed that at Alert Level 2 none of our passionate supporters will be able to attend. They have played a massive part in making Investec Super Rugby Aotearoa such a fantastic competition and we know the players will certainly miss that support in the stands when they play on Saturday afternoon.’Avan Lee, CEO of the Hurricanes explained that they are just excited that the game will be allowed to be played.‘It’s great that the game will go ahead. We have prepared for a number of scenarios this week but health and safety for staff and players will continue to be our focus.’Photo: Hannah Peters/Getty Images Posted in News, Super Rugby, Top headlines Tagged Blues, crusaders, Highlanders, Hurricanes, New Zealand, New Zealand Rugby, NEWS, Super Rugby, Super Rugby Aotearoa ‘ Watch: Kolbe makes Test players look amateur – Ugo MonyeFormer England wing wing Ugo Monye says Springbok wing Cheslin Kolbe is one of the most devastating runners in the game ever.SA Rugby MagUndoLoans | Search AdsLooking for loan in Hong Kong? Find options hereLoans | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndoLife Exact BrazilGrace Jones Is Now 72 Years Old, This Is Her NowLife Exact Brazil|SponsoredSponsoredUndo熱門話題不要被酵素騙了!在萬寧賣的「這個」直接針對脂肪…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndoThe Family Breeze餐桌上嘅敵人: 十五種最致命嘅食物The Family Breeze|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCNAHow is life for Cambodian boy linguist after viral fame?CNA|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Kiwi teams respond following Covid-19 interruption ‘ Published on August 14, 2020 Post by SA Rugby magazine BuzzAura16 Cancer Causing Foods You Probably Eat Every DayBuzzAura|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Shop Bras Online | Search AdsBrilliant Bra and Panty Sets (take a look)Shop Bras Online | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndocenter_img The Crusaders Five one-cap Boks that could still represent South AfricaSA Rugby MagUndo ‘ ‘  119  10 ‘ GoGoPeak10 Most Beautiful Cities You Should Visit Once In Your LifetimeGoGoPeak|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘ 熱門話題對肚腩脂肪感到後悔!試了在萬寧賣的這個後…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndoFormer Bok captain: ‘SA Rugby operating a class system’SA Rugby MagUndoFrom the magazine: Jano Vermaak names his Perfect XVSA Rugby MagUndoAlphaCuteOprah’s New House Cost $90 Million, And This Is What It Looks LikeAlphaCute|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

Virtual training makes veterans with PTSD nine times more likely to nab a job

first_imgShare on Facebook Participants in the training practiced repeatedly with the virtual character, a human resources staff member named Molly Porter. They spoke their responses to Molly’s questions using voice recognition software. A job coach in the program gave them immediate on-screen feedback as to whether their responses helped or hurt their rapport with Molly. The interviews got tougher as they progressed.Vets with PTSD and individuals with severe mental illness who took the training were nine times more likely than non-trainees to get job offers in a six-month follow-up after training. The more training interviews participants completed, the greater the likelihood of receiving a job offer and in a shorter amount of time.“Veterans with PTSD and people with mental illness such as bipolar disorder, major depression and schizophrenia are prone to anxiety, which can escalate during stressful social encounters such as the job interview,” said Matthew J. Smith, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “The training was a big confidence builder for them.”The study will be published July 1 in the journal Psychiatric Services.The commercially available training from SIMmersion LLC is computer-based and can be accessed over the Internet at or installed from a DVD. It fills an important need, Smith said. Evidence-based employment services are not widely available to individuals with severe mental illness at a national level.Closed-door interviews may trigger feeling trappedThe job interview can be an emotional land mine for individuals with severe mental illness.Vets with PTSD may have trouble concentrating and following a conversation. A closed-door job interview may trigger a sense of being trapped. These former soldiers also may feel detached from others, which makes it hard for them to connect socially with the interviewer.Tricky conversations about time off for therapyThe vets and individuals with severe mental illness may need structured time off from work to attend their mental health services and need to know how to discuss this in an interview. These individuals may also have an extended period of unemployment, and the training gives them tools to discuss gaps in their work history. Practicing with the training program also helped participants become more comfortable in a job interview environment.The interviews with Molly Porter taught participants how to emphasize their strong work ethic and ability to work well with others. The program also showed them how to share their prior work experiences in a positive way (rather than complaining about past experiences), sound interested in the position and speak professionally.Trainees receive a score at the end of each interview with scores of 90 or better informing them that, “You’ve got the job!”When an individual accesses Molly, the program has certain features so a person can identify a disability. The program takes that into account when it asks questions in the job interview.Study participants included 70 individuals with severe mental illness (bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder) or U.S. military veterans who had a diagnosis of PTSD and a mood or psychotic disorder. Finding a job is difficult for veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and individuals with severe mental illness, who have high unemployment rates even though many want to work.The job interview — especially hard for those with mental illness — can be a major hurdle.A virtual human — based on software originally used to train FBI agents — helped vets with PTSD and individuals with severe mental illness build their job interview skills and snag significantly more job offers, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study. Email Pinterestcenter_img Share Share on Twitter LinkedInlast_img read more

Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance Hires Industry Veteran Mike Cole

first_imgThe Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance has hired industry veteran Mike Cole as director of product and marketing at Alliance Parts Warehouse.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementCole has extensive experience in the aftermarket, divided between the distribution and manufacturing sides of the business, and started in the automotive industry in vehicle service and repair. Most recently, he served as senior merchandise manager for Advance Auto Parts, with previous stints at Dana, CSK and Blue Magic, where he gained experience in sales, marketing and category management.“Alliance Parts Warehouse holds a strategic significance to the Alliance’s future,” said Dan Rader, vice president of product and category management. “When we started the search for this position, it was imperative that we find someone who had global sourcing and category management experience intertwined with a strong understanding of sales and marketing. We are fortunate to have found someone who possesses all those qualities and more. We are confident that Mike will hit the ground running at Alliance Parts Warehouse and start contributing immediately.”Headquartered in Little Rock, AR, Alliance Parts Warehouse is a multi-purpose enterprise that services all Alliance members. The Alliance Parts Warehouse consolidates and distributes products from over 80 manufacturers, including exclusive Alliance brands like Perfect Stop, Parts Master, and Autobody Master, for weekly shipments to Alliance shareholders in the US, Canada, and Mexico.last_img read more

Singers bring their Loverz Kwarrel to stage

first_imgZurayda and Zyboedien Abrahams, known as Thee A2, will be staging their show, Loverz Kwarrel, at the Joseph Stone Auditorium on Sunday December 29. Husband and wife duo, Zyboedien and Zurayda Abrahams, known as Thee A2, will be lighting up the stage with their show, Loverz Kwarrel, at the Joseph Stone Auditorium on Sunday December 29. The two have been singing together for 10 years, and although they have been supporting actsat other artists’ shows, this performance will be their first as the headline act. “The show has been coming on for a long time. Now is the right time,” Mr Abrahams said.Before they met, both were singers in their own right. Mr Abrahams performed with his father’s group, The A4, and Ms Abrahams did solo performances. Not long after they met, their shared passion for singing and performing, eventually led them to start singing together.Mr Abrahams’ musical journey started with The A4, but later he decided to offer music therapy at seniors’ homes. This, he said, was his great love. He still does music therapy at Cape Peninsula Organisation for the Aged (CPOA) homes in Bonteheuwel, Heideveld, Lotus Riverand Silvertown. This he doesconsistently, as he does not believe music therapy should be a once-off thing.“Many of our seniors have difficulty with walking, and cannot really go out, that is why we go to them. We do it every day, it’s not just a temporary thing. “We do it for the love of it. I would like to thank Hubert Paulse fromthe CPOA for giving me this opportunity,” Mr Abrahams said.Mr Abrahams is a builder by profession, and Ms Abrahams is a teacher.When she is not teaching or on stage, Ms Abrahams is also the choir master at Timour Hall Primary School in Plumstead, where she teaches.“Zyboedien works with recycled teenagers and I work with teenagers. We love music so much, and we just want to spread the love,” Ms Abrahams said.The couple are originally from Mitchell’s Plain, but now live in Plumstead. They don’t want to give away too much about what the show is about, only hinting that the title of the show might be a bit misleading. “The show will focus on how a couple can disagree, but not in an aggressive way. It’s about how todo things together, in a loving way, even if you disagree,” Ms Abrahams said.Other artists that will join them on the evening, include Zale Titus and Osman Abrahams, known as Mr A1, among others.Tickets to the show, Loverz Kwarrel, at the Joseph Stone Auditorium, on Sunday December 29, at 2.30pm, are R100 each. Call 076 592 1389 for tickets.last_img read more

Machine learning to customise journey planning

first_imgUK: The University of Surrey has been awarded £230 000 from the Department for Transport through Innovate UK to create an onward journey planning assistant which would learn a user’s needs to enable it to offer tailored real-time alternative routes in the event of a delay to a journey. The project is being supported by: CommuterHive, SnapOut, ManagePlaces and Govia Thameslink Railway.Users would be able to program the app to understand their requirements, such as the journey time, price or need for a seat. The app would then use data from customers and operators to suggest options, which might include taking an alternative rail or bus route or sharing a taxi with other passengers on the same train. ‘Individual rail passengers have different needs: some want to arrive exactly on time, some want a stress-free journey, and some are more cost-conscious than others’, said Dr Sotiris Moschoyiannis of the university’s Department of Computer Science. ‘Our research will bring this data together with real-time status of onward modes of transport and station facilities to offer a proactive concierge-like service’.last_img read more

GTTA to open season with Mash Cadet and Junior championships

first_imgTHE Guyana Table Tennis Association (GTTA) is set to kick–start its 2018 calendar of activities with the commencement of the National Sports Commission(NSC)-sponsored Mashramani Cadet and Junior Table Tennis championships.It will take place from the 16th-19th February 2018 at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.The tournament comes on board after a two-year hiatus and is based on discussions with the National Sports Commission through Director of Sports, Christopher Jones.Jones agreed and saw the need for the reintroduction of the championships, committing his organizations support to providing funding to the key event which formed part of the GTTA’s domestic calendarFifteen categories are expected to be in contention along with the Boys’ 18 Yrs and Under Singles; Girls 18 Yrs. and Under Singles; Boys’ 15 Yrs. and Under Singles; Girls’ 15 Yrs.and Under Singles; Boys’ 13 Yrs. and Under Singles; Girls’ 13 Yrs. and Under Singles; Boys’ 11 Yrs. and Under Singles; Girls’ 11 Yrs. and Under Singles; Boys’ 9 Yrs. and Under Singles; Girls’ 9 Yrs. and Under Singles; Novices Girls Singles and Novices Boys Singles.There will also be Doubles action in the boys, girls and mixed categories.Winners, runners-up and semifinalists will be awarded with gold, silver and bronze trophies. Awards will be presented to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in all events.Players interested in participating in the championships are asked to contact national coach and GTTA general Secretary, Mr. Linden Johnson on telephone number 621-7630 or email [email protected] or GTTA Hon Treasurer, Mrs Deirdre Edghill on telephone no. 650-4520 or email [email protected]last_img read more