Hyundai Kona Electric Compelling EV That US May Barely Get to Know

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Well, it wasn’t because of compromises. The Kona Electric didn’t have some of its cargo space intruded upon by a bulging battery, as some compliance EVs have had. Hat tip to Hyundai engineers for re-engineering the existing ICE platform of the Kona, and getting a 64 kWh battery in there without any visual compromises. They accomplished this by reinforcing the floorpan frame rails with an internal aluminum grid structure that provides more strength, allowing for a large battery pack to be located under the passenger compartment, like a true skateboard-designed EV.The Kona Electric interior received high grades. The seating is comfortable, the instrumentation is well positioned and outward visibility is good.As for the range, there’s nothing compliance about a 258-mile EPA rating. In fact, it’s the new electric range leader for all EVs not named Tesla. My time with the Kona definitely reinforced the range capabilities. The press drive was set up in two sections, because we were driving both the Kona Electric and the new Hyundai Nexo fuel cell. Two journalists would take a car (either the Kona or the Nexo) on a ~40-mile drive to where we met for lunch, and for the return trip they would take the other vehicle.My team took the Nexo on the first leg of the day, and the Kona on the return trip. The total miles driven for the day in our Kona was 85, and the remaining range was stated at 190; that well exceeds the EPA rating. With how hard we drove the vehicle for our time in it, I was surprised that we still showed a total range of 275 miles. The weather was warm and we had the air conditioning on the entire time. During our ride we drove the Kona hard, frequently mashing the accelerator all of the way to get a good feeling for the acceleration which is very good. Hyundai claims a 0-60 time of 7.6 seconds for the Kona Electric, and I’m pretty certain that independent testing will find it’s actually quicker than that.The Kona Electric has a 7.2 kW onboard charger and can (CCS) DC Fast charge up to 75 kW.All trim levels of the Kona Electric will come standard with DC Fast charging (CCS), capable of accepting 75 kW of power. This will allow it to recharge to 80% in 54 minutes, returning roughly 210 miles of range in under an hour. Again, better than any currently-offered EV that doesn’t come from Fremont. Another sign that this isn’t just another compliance car.The Kona Electric will be offered in three trim levels: SE, Limited and Ultimate. All have the same drive motor and range and include a list of high-tech safety features like Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Driver Attention Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Blind-Spot Collision Warning, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist.The base SE has cloth upholstery, a six-way power driver’s seat, heated front seats and a 7-inch touchscreen. The Limited adds leather seating, a sunroof, rain-sensing wipers, turn signals in the side mirrors, LED headlights with High Beam assist, wireless phone charging and the Infinity premium audio system. The top of the line Ultimate trim adds the 8-inch touchscreen with built-in nav, ventilated front seats (which I really liked), Park Distance Warning, and a Heads-Up display and stop-and-go functionality for the adaptive cruise control system.Hyundai has not yet announced pricing, but we were told it was coming very soon..embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }Video description: The Kona Electric Heads-Up display screen retracts with the push of a button.So if all of this is true then it can’t be a compliance car, right? Well, I’m not too sure about that. It’s true that the Kona Electric a really nice overall package. There aren’t any compromises in the design, it has excellent electric range and it’s DC-Fast charging capable. It’s also powerful yet pretty efficient, the 201 hp electric motor delivers 291 lb-ft of torque and still manages an MPGe rating of 120 combined highway and city with a consumption rating of 28 kWh per 100 miles.Now for the bad news. The 2019 Hyundai Kona EV will launch in California only, and at some point months later, become available in the other nine CARB ZEV states. (Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont). I was told by Hyundai representatives that there’s no guarantee they will offer the Kona EV outside of the ZEV states at any point, and that even if they do the dealers in those states likely won’t stock them. However, if a customer in a non-ZEV state wants one, they can special order it from a Hyundai dealer, but they’d need to do so without seeing or test driving it.Also, I was able to squeeze some exclusive news for InsideEVs from Hyundai senior Manager of eco and performance powertrains, Jerome Gregeois. Gregeois told me that the Hyundai Kona Electrics sent to North America WILL NOT have active battery heating, unlike the cars going to European countries. Instead, they will only have thermal management with active battery cooling, but not heating. That’s a pretty significant sign to me that Hyundai isn’t serious about selling the Kona electric in the Northern states or Canada, where battery pre-conditioning in the winter months is very important.So, there’s the initial launch in January 2019 in California only, followed at some unspecified point by the other CARB ZEV states, with no clear plan to expand sales beyond those states. With these distribution plans, Hyundai USA clearly isn’t expecting to get a lot of Kona Electrics from the mothership. Add to that the fact that Hyundai is eliminating active battery heating from the Kona Electric for North America, (to save money, I suppose) and I can’t help but get that compliance car feeling in my gut.And that’s too bad. I like the Kona Electric. Correction, I really like the Kona Electric. So much so that I previously cancelled my Tesla Model 3 reservation and had intended on getting one once they became available in New Jersey. Going on the press drive had two purposes for me. First, of course, to report back here on my initial impressions and secondly, to get a pre-launch test drive and confirm my interest in buying one.However, the apparent lack of availability, combined with the deletion of battery heating for the US market leaves me a little unsure if a Kona Electric will find its way onto our garage.Compliance EV? We’ll let you decide. Hyundai Kona Electric – Is This The Chevy Bolt EV Killer? Source: Electric Vehicle News 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric First Drive: The New Normal Hyundai Kona Electric: EPA Range Breakdown (City/Highway) Calling an EV a “compliance car” is largely considered an insult.It usually means the manufacturer didn’t really want to build and sell an EV but they had to in order to comply with the California Air Resources Board’s requirements for zero-emission vehicles.In such situations, the manufacturer slapped an electric powertrain into an ICE platform, and usually made the minimum required, selling them only in California, or in some cases expanding sales to the other ten “CARB states.” In most of these cases, the cars were full of compromises, had short ranges, rarely had DC Fast charge availability, and the OEMs had to subsidize the cost greatly, just to get them in consumers’ hands.  So why did I leave last week’s Hyundai Kona Electric press drive with that compliance car feeling in my gut?More Kona Electric Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on October 16, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News read more

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Tesla More Google Searches Than Any Other Automaker In USChina

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TESLA IS THE MOST ‘GOOGLED’ CAR BRAND IN THE US AND CHINA [INFOGRAPHIC]Online searches can say a lot about which car brands are attracting the most interest online. According to Car Buzz, “Car sales and research website Select Car Leasing has just published the results of… a year’s worth of Google search data to find out which car brands were the most queried.” And apparently, “Elon Musk’s tweets are winning the SEO war.”*This article comes to us courtesy of EVANNEX (which also makes aftermarket Tesla accessories). Authored by Matt Pressman. The opinions expressed in these articles are not necessarily our own at InsideEVs.Check Out These Stories: Above: In North America, Tesla is the #1 most searched automaker on Google in both the US and Canada over the past year (Source: Select Car Leasing)Google’s search results demonstrate that “Nowhere are the winds of change more evident than North America, where Tesla claims a huge chunk of searches, accounting for more than 2 million in the US and Canada alone. Even considering Tesla’s headline-grabbing chief Elon Musk, few could have predicted the traditional gas-guzzling and muscle car heartland of the world [would be] turning its attention to [Tesla] in such large numbers.”That’s right, Tesla received the most google searches in both the U.S. and Canada in the past year. In Europe, however, the old-guard German automakers still top the rankings. Nevertheless, Tesla did receive the most of Google searches (over any other automaker) in two European countries: both Austria and Norway. Source: Electric Vehicle News Tesla Still Fighting To Sell Its Cars In Several U.S. States Infographic – Tesla Awards & Accolades Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on October 19, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Above: Tesla is also the #1 most searched auto brand on Google in China (Source: Select Car Leasing)Even though the US and EU are key markets, the most hotly contested auto market is China. And, Tesla received the most google searches in the biggest automotive market in the world right now. But China isn’t the only market in Asia that’s infatuated with Tesla. Other countries including Singapore, Hong Kong, and Macau spent the majority of their online searches looking into Tesla over any other automaker.And in other regions, Tesla was also the top-searched auto brand in a few forward-looking countries. In Oceana, New Zealand searched Tesla more than any other car brand. And in the oil-rich Mideast, citizens of the United Arab Emirates were also searching Tesla more than any other automaker on Google — not surprising as Tesla introduced new stores, service centers, and superchargers in the region. Above: On Reddit, the Tesla subreddit has more fans subscribed than any other automaker fan subreddit (Reddit: suburella)And it’s not just google searches where Tesla shines, the electric carmaker is a popular brand on social media as well. On Twitter, Tesla’s Elon Musk has actually accumulated more followers than Ford, Chevy, and Chrysler combined and his followers keeping growing. That said, Musk backed away from Facebook (and Instagram) — possibly a reflection of his tiff with Mark Zuckerberg. In any event, according to Reddit user suburella, Tesla has the most subscribers of any fan-related auto brand subreddit.===Source: Car Buzz / Select Car Leasing Tesla Stores Attract Young, Successful, Upscale Consumers read more

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This Nissan LEAF Already Lost More Than Half Of Its Battery Capacity

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first_imgExtreme battery degradation: That is – down 1% every 2,000 km (1,240 miles)Bjørn Nyland recently found a 2011 Nissan LEAF (24 kWh) with severely decreased battery capacity and range. The origins of the car remains unknown as the current owners don’t know where it was used by the first owner. We guess it must come from one of the hotter climates and its battery simply couldn’t stand the heat.Battery degradation Over about eight years, the LEAF was driven just 108,341 km (67,000 miles). According to LEAF Spy app, only 24 DC fast charges were registered. The mileage and fast charging, however, are not the cause of 48.77% battery State of Health (SOH). More than half of the capacity has gone, leaving some six out of 12 bars of battery status on the instrument cluster.The one unusual thing to notice about this particular LEAF is 4,828 AC chargers, which translates to an average of just 22.4 (13.9 miles) between charges. If those were charges to 100% SOC (full charges), combined with high temperature, then perhaps that’s the reason.Additionally, there’s always some good news to report. The cars seems to work fine. Sadly, it just has a lower range than it did when it was new. If one doesn’t drive much, they still could be a happy EV owner with an older Nissan LEAF. Source: Electric Vehicle News This Chevrolet Bolt Battery Lost 8% Capacity At 70,000 Miles Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on January 17, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News 2018 Nissan LEAF Battery Health Tested After 12,000 Miles Bjørn Nyland’s Tesla Model X Battery Lost 6% Capacity At 46,600 Mileslast_img read more

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BMW iNEXT Prototype Tested On Snow In Sweden

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first_imgProduction is scheduled for 2021 at the Dingolfing plant in Germany.As we earlier saw photos of iX3 and i4 test mules, there is no doubt that the electrification program at BMW is moving at full speed. The iX3 will be launched in 2020. 4 photos Source: Electric Vehicle News BMW Sold 142,617 Plug-In Electric Cars In 2018 More BMW iX3 Spy Shots Pop Up One Year Before Launch Here are details about the winter tests of iNEXT from BMW:center_img BMW’s technology flagship promises to be an interesting SUVBMW iNEXT – one of three upcoming next-generation BEVs from BMW (besides iX3 and i4) – completes the first full vehicle tests for drive, chassis and suspension groups under extreme conditions in the Arjeplog winter testing center in Sweden.The German manufacturer presents several photos of the iNEXT prototype in camouflage and it seems it will not be as extraordinary as the concept (the grill stays though, unfortunately).BMW BEVs “The future of driving pleasure is approaching fast and the BMW iNEXT takes the next hurdle of its path to serial production maturity. The winter test centre of the BMW Group in Arjeplog, Sweden is the setting for the current complete vehicle tests, which serve to optimise, examine and harmonise all drive, chassis and suspension components under extreme climate and road conditions. With its purely electric drive, the BMW iNEXT meets individual mobility needs in an especially sustainable manner. It also combines the latest developments from the areas of automated driving and intelligent connectivity offering passengers completely new ways of enjoying their ride.The series production version of the BMW iNEXT will be manufactured in the BMW Plant in Dingolfing from 2021. The new technology flagship of the BMW Group integrates the key future topics of automated driving, connectivity, electrification and services (ACES) in the automobile as defined in the NUMBER ONE > NEXT company strategy. Its innovative technology focusses on people’s needs and requirements. The BMW iNEXT, in the shape of a modern Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) embodies the pioneering interpretation of brand typical driving pleasure – with purely electric drive, intelligent all-wheel-drive system and model-specific suspension technology. These components are currently being winter-tested together under real-world conditions at the polar circle for the first time. This intensive series of tests, which is equivalent to those used for conventionally powered models, illustrates the high degree of maturity of the purely electric drive technology developed by the BMW Group, which makes the BMW iNEXT the symbol for the move into a new era of driving pleasure.The test drives with the camouflaged BMW iNEXT are being conducted on snow-covered roads and ice-covered lakes, where low temperatures and minimal road friction dominate everyday testing. The cold poses a challenge, above all, for the electric motor, the high-voltage battery and the cooling system of the BMW iNEXT. The testing engineers also attach particular importance to the eDrive energy management system.  They analyse the way in which the extreme sub-zero temperatures affect how the energy storage system recharges, how electricity is transferred to the electric motor, how the electrical system is supplied with energy and how the heating and air condition systems respond. The power transmission and suspension regulation systems are also tested far beyond what is standard in day-to-day traffic conditions. On closed-off, ice-covered surfaces electronic regulation can already be provoked at low driving speeds. For the engineers this means that they can, for example, analyse the interaction of the all-wheel-drive system, which was especially developed for the electric drive, and DSC (Dynamic Stability Control). They can then continuously optimise the processes under exactly reproducible conditions.The steering and braking system are also fine-tuned under these conditions. Just like the deceleration performance of the brakes, the energy recuperation when coasting must be precisely adapted to each driving situation.  The tracks around Arjeplog also provide the ideal testing ground for these trials. The BMW iNEXT is confronted with the entire range of dynamic driving challenges when winter-testing on gravel tracks, dry asphalt and extremely slippery polished ice surfaces.” Electric BMW i4 Spied For First Time: Looks Ready To Roll Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on February 5, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

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Tesla is launching Model 3 RHD next week starting with the UK

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first_imgSource: Charge Forward Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that the automaker is going to launch the Model 3 right-hand drive (RHD) next week. They will start by opening orders in the UK and expand to other RHD markets from there. more…Subscribe to Electrek on YouTube for exclusive videos and subscribe to the podcast.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LVEtRE51hUThe post Tesla is launching Model 3 RHD next week, starting with the UK appeared first on Electrek.last_img

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Iraqi competitors barred from Beijing under IOC suspension for political interference by

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first_imgOlympics 2008 Topics Share on Facebook Share on Twitter International Olympic Committee … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share via Email Paul Kelso Since you’re here… Thu 24 Jul 2008 19.01 EDT Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Olympic Games Support The Guardian Olympics 2008 Share on Pinterest Reuse this content Share on Messenger Five Iraqi competitors have been barred from participating in Beijing next month after government interference led the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to suspend their nation from the movement.The IOC acted in May after the Iraqi sports minister, Jasem Muhammad Jaafar, took control of the country’s national Olympic committee (NOC) and replaced existing staff with government appointees, a clear breach of the Olympic charter which states committees must be free of political influence.”We are very disappointed that we have been unable to resolve this situation,” said an IOC spokeswoman. “We have provided a great deal of support to the [Iraq] NOC and the athletes in recent years, and it is sad that they should be punished by the actions of their own government.”Attempts to persuade the Iraqi government to reinstate the former committee failed, and this week the deadline for entries in several competitions passed, ending the competitors’ chances of going to Beijing. Iraq had hoped to send two rowers, a judoka, an archer and a weightlifter. There is a chance that two track and field athletes may still compete as their entry deadline has not yet passed, but it would depend on Iraqi changing its position.The chances of that seem slim. The Iraqi government has said the committee was illegitimate because it lacked a quorum and had failed to hold new elections. It claimed the decision to dissolve the Olympic committee was based on “solid evidence of blatant corruption, lack of legitimate transparent electoral processes and accountability and absence of ratified legislation”. Jaafar said: “There is no review of the government’s decision because it was taken in accordance with the law.”Hussein al-Amidi, general secretary of the Iraqi Olympic committee, said: “It [the suspension] is a blow to Iraq and its international reputation, its athletes and its youth. I swear those athletes who have been training … they phoned me today and they were crying and were very upset.” He added that there was no chance to appeal the IOC’s decision, though a statement from the body suggested the ban was not final. The IOC decision reflects a drawn-out internal feud in Iraq that many see as an extension of Shiite payback to Sunnis who once held a cosy niche in Saddam Hussein’s regime. There is also a potential sectarian rift. Iraq’s Youth and Sports Ministry is dominated by Shiites, while the NOC includes several holdovers from the Saddam-era Olympic committee, once run by his feared eldest son, Odey, who tortured athletes who failed. The Iraqi Olympic team was greeted with an ovation at the opening ceremony of the Athens Games in 2004, the country’s first Olympics after the fall of Saddam. Iraq’s soccer team became one of the feel-good stories of those Games when they reached the semi-finals. Share on Facebook Shares00 First published on Thu 24 Jul 2008 19.01 EDT Share on WhatsApp Iraqi competitors barred from Beijing under IOC suspension for ‘political interference’ by the state Share on Twitterlast_img read more

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This Week On FCPA Professor

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first_imgFCPA Professor has been described as “the Wall Street Journal concerning all things FCPA-related,” and “the most authoritative source for those seeking to understand and apply the FCPA.”Set forth below are the topics discussed this week on FCPA Professor.This post highlights how a Brazilian telecom company (Telefonica Brasil) hosted Brazilian government officials for soccer tournaments in Brazil and then five years later the U.S. government collects $4.1 million in an FCPA enforcement action.This post highlights yet another example of the SEC’s inconsistent enforcement of the FCPA’s books and records and internal controls provisions.This post uses a current spending spree in Africa among hotel companies to highlight FCPA enforcement actions concerning building buildings and the like.As highlighted here, given this typical dynamic in corporate FCPA enforcement actions, a recent judicial decision, while outside the FCPA context, is FCPA relevant in that the judge stated that she was “deeply troubled” by the DOJ’s outsourcing of investigations.As highlighted here, yet another FCPA-related securities fraud lawsuit was dismissed.Elevate your FCPA knowledge and practical skills at the FCPA Institute – Minneapolis on June 20-21. CLE credit is available. Can’t attend the live, in-person FCPA Institute? No problem, the FCPA Institute is also online and is the most comprehensive online FCPA training course available.last_img read more

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Women veterans treated for fibromyalgia exhibit high rates of childhood abuse

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first_imgAug 9 2018A new study has shown that women Veterans being treated for fibromyalgia exhibit high rates of childhood abuse.Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder characterized by widespread pain with associated fatigue, sleep and mood issues that has been linked to exposure to interpersonal trauma, such as childhood abuse. With female Veterans representing a growing segment of the VA population, standardized screening for military sexual trauma (MST) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are helpful in providing complete care to patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia. However, there is currently no standard screening practice for childhood abuse history in these patients.Researchers from the VA Boston Healthcare System and Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) examined a subset of women from a larger study of women Veterans’ fibromyalgia care experiences at the VA to evaluate the relationship between child abuse history and MST in this patient population.Related StoriesApplication of machine learning methods to healthcare outcomes researchStudy reveals long-term benefits of stress urinary incontinence surgeryNovel bed system with VR brainwave-control for sleep blissThey found that of the population of female Veterans with fibromyalgia included in the study, 90.9 percent reported experience of MST (of which 68.2 percent reported history of sexual assault). In addition, the average Child Trauma Questionnaire (CTQ) score for these patients indicated moderate to high exposure to abuse in childhood, with many experiencing sexual abuse and emotional neglect. Women Veterans with greater MST exposure reported higher degrees of both childhood abuse and PTSD severity. The researchers conclude that screening for childhood trauma in women Veterans being treated for fibromyalgia would yield important information that may enhance treatment.”Our fibromyalgia patients have often told us that their disease feels ‘invisible’ at times. We believe these preliminary study results may help female Veterans with fibromyalgia seek treatment for both their physical symptoms and trauma histories,” explained corresponding author Megan Gerber, MD, MPH, medical director of women’s health at VA Boston Healthcare System (VABHS) and associate professor of medicine at BUSM. “The VA is uniquely positioned to treat a complex condition like fibromyalgia and additional research is underway here to better understand interventions for this disabling chronic pain syndrome.”Source: https://www.bmc.org/last_img read more

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To avoid risk of misfire NASAs Juno probe will keep its distance

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first_img Email Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country NASA’s Juno spacecraft will remain in 53-day-long orbits around Jupiter, rather than attempting to shift closer to the planet and risk a misfire of its balky engine, the agency announced today. The longer orbits should not jeopardize the spacecraft’s scientific mission, which could now stretch until 2021, as long as its systems stay operational and funding remains.Juno arrived at Jupiter this past July, and the original plan for the $1.1 billion spacecraft had it passing through two longer orbits before firing its engine once again to end up in 14-day orbits for the majority of its mission. However, when preparing for the maneuver in October 2016, two helium valves in Juno’s propulsion system did not pressurize properly, prompting NASA to delay the October burn. Ultimately, engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, could not find a fix that would not risk Juno’s scientific goals.In its current, longer orbit, Juno approaches Jupiter as closely as it would have in the shorter, 14-day traverse, zipping 4100 kilometers above its clouds, allowing similar measurements. Indeed, “The science opportunities are truly better in the longer orbit,” says Scott Bolton, the project’s principal investigator and a planetary scientist at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado. In addition to its planned measures of Jupiter’s gravity, used to probe its cloud-shrouded interior structure, and gauging the planet’s water on its close approaches, Juno will take its extra time to measure the farther reaches of the planet’s magnetosphere—“bonus science,” the agency said. By Paul VoosenFeb. 17, 2017 , 2:00 PM The swirling atmosphere over Jupiter’s south pole, captured by Juno on 2 February. Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*)center_img To avoid risk of misfire, NASA’s Juno probe will keep its distance from Jupiter NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/John Landino Country * Afghanistan Aland Islands Albania Algeria Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia, Plurinational State of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Bouvet Island Brazil British Indian Ocean Territory Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Christmas Island Cocos (Keeling) Islands Colombia Comoros Congo Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Cook Islands Costa Rica Cote d’Ivoire Croatia Cuba Curaçao Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Faroe Islands Fiji Finland France French Guiana French Polynesia French Southern Territories Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Gibraltar Greece Greenland Grenada Guadeloupe Guatemala Guernsey Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Heard Island and McDonald Islands Holy See (Vatican City State) Honduras Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran, Islamic Republic of Iraq Ireland Isle of Man Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jersey Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Lao People’s Democratic Republic Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macao Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Martinique Mauritania Mauritius Mayotte Mexico Moldova, Republic of Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Montserrat Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands New Caledonia New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Niue Norfolk Island Norway Oman Pakistan Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Pitcairn Poland Portugal Qatar Reunion Romania Russian Federation Rwanda Saint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Martin (French part) Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Sint Maarten (Dutch part) Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands South Sudan Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Svalbard and Jan Mayen Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syrian Arab Republic Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania, United Republic of Thailand Timor-Leste Togo Tokelau Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Turks and Caicos Islands Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of Vietnam Virgin Islands, British Wallis and Futuna Western Sahara Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe “Juno is healthy, its science instruments are fully operational, and the data and images we’ve received are nothing short of amazing,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA’s associate administrator for science in Washington, D.C., in a release. “The decision to forego the burn is the right thing to do—preserving a valuable asset so that Juno can continue its exciting journey of discovery.”Under its previous plan, Juno was scheduled to finish its primary scientific mission of 37 orbits in early 2018 with a dive into the planet. Now, completing those same observations will require the spacecraft to operate until mid-2021. Unlike previous missions to Jupiter, Juno is powered by solar panels, not a decaying nuclear power source. Those panels, along with the limited time Juno will spend in the harshest stretches of Jupiter’s radiation belt, could help extend the spacecraft’s life.At the least, the longer orbits will mean slower publications and delayed careers for the many scientists who are part of Juno’s team. The spacecraft’s measurements of Jupiter’s gravity, which are weighted toward the second half of its mission, will be at particular risk should Juno malfunction or NASA decide not to extend the mission. Currently, Juno is funded until July 2018, when it will have made 12 science orbits. The extended orbits could sap resources from other planetary missions, and make it less likely that the spacecraft will surpass its planned science goals and collect more data, which many planetary scientists hoped to see.Still, the spacecraft has already taken spectacular photos of the planet, with its first scientific results expected in the next few months. Juno’s next flyby of Jupiter will occur on 27 March.last_img read more

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Worlds oldest baby snake found preserved in amber

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first_img World’s oldest baby snake found preserved in amber Ming Bai, Chinese Academy of Sciences By Frankie SchembriJul. 18, 2018 , 2:00 PMcenter_img Scientists have discovered the tiny remains of a 100-million-year-old baby snake (pictured) preserved inside of a piece of amber from Myanmar. The new species—dubbed Xiaophis myanmarensis—lived in the mid-Cretaceous period, before the Tyrannosaurus rex walked Earth, making this the oldest known baby snake fossil, and the first of its period to be discovered in a forested environment.The fossil, which was just 5 centimeters in length (about the diameter of a golf ball), was missing its skull, so the team used microscopes and x-ray scanning to analyze the size, shape, and orientation of the bones. The researchers compared the new fossil’s bone structure to an existing database of snake fossils to see where it might fit into the evolutionary record. This revealed that snakes may have moved to forested environments from underwater and coastal regions earlier on than was previously thought, and that the mechanism through which snakes develop their spinal bones has changed very little over millions of years, the researchers report today in Science Advances.Because the fossil is old and contains a young specimen, the researchers say it is valuable in studying how ancient snake embryos matured; particularly, the development of the joints linking their spinal columns and the closing of the tube that would become the spinal cord were among the last things to occur. Previous mid-Cretaceous snake fossils had only been found in or around water, but this new fossil suggests snakes also liked to hang out in forests, meaning they could have been part of a much greater number of prehistoric ecosystems.last_img read more

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This fungus has wiped out more species than any other disease

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first_imgThe extent of the losses wasn’t known, so 41 researchers pulled together official records and scientific papers, and they interviewed other experts around the world. Australia and the Americas have been hit hardest, the team found. The worst losses were in the 1980s, particularly among frogs. Larger amphibians and those with small ranges seem to have suffered the most. In addition to the presumed extinctions, populations of 124 species have been reduced by 90% or more. Only a quarter of species have started to bounce back—unfortunately not the mossy red-eyed frog (pictured). And 39% are still declining.The threat isn’t over. Bd could spread to the few places, such as Madagascar, that appear to have been spared so far. Other problems loom as well. Recently, a sister species of Bd emerged from Asia and is killing salamanders; although only one species in Europe has been hit so far, experiments have shown that many more are vulnerable if it spreads. The researchers call for regulation of the wildlife trade and tighter biosecurity at borders. The infectious disease that has devastated the most biodiversity is a fungal killer of amphibians, researchers report today in Science. Around the world, 90 species are thought to have gone extinct because of the fungus. And at least another 491 species have declined because of it.The culprit with this “unprecedented lethality” is Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), a kind of chytrid fungus, whose relatives are harmless fungi found in soil and water. The researchers caution that international trade—the pet trade in particular—has spread the pathogen widely and could continue to do so.The first signs of problems emerged from the rainforests of Central America and Australia in the late 1980s. Colorful harlequin toads and other species were disappearing, even though their habitat remained intact. Bd is highly infectious and deadly, destroying the skin and triggering heart attacks—adding to other biodiversity losses from habitat destruction. Subsequent work has shown that the chytrid fungus came from Asia and spread around the world over the past century, most likely via the wildlife trade. It seems impossible to eradicate the disease because some amphibian species tolerate it, acting as a natural reservoir, and keep spreading the pathogen. By Erik StokstadMar. 28, 2019 , 2:00 PM This fungus has wiped out more species than any other disease Click to view the privacy policy. 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Meghan McCain Says Migrant Children Dont Know Torture

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first_img A$AP Rocky Being In A Swedish Prison Will Not Stop Her From Going To The Country That Showed Her ‘So Much Love’ Meghan McCain Whines That She Can’t Attack llhan Omar Because Trump Is Too Racist US-SCHOOL-SHOOTING-PROTEST-POLITICS 95 Photos Of Black People Marching For Our Lives More By NewsOne Staff Joy Behar , Meghan McCain , The View center_img Joy Behar, who she just called a bitch on live television last week, tried to insert some logic but she continued, “Listen to me, excuse me!” she demanded. “When you have a facility whose specific purpose is to torture people, that is not what’s going on. Yes, it’s inhumane, but there’s a big difference between the Hanoi Hilton and what’s happening at the border right now.”The Hanoi Hilton is where her father was held from 1967 to 1973.Sunny Hostin managed to get a word in and said, “We should be less concerned about what we’re calling them and what goes on inside of them… I don’t think it matters what we’re calling them — kids are dying inside of them. We should care about the dead kids that have come out of them.”McCain then went back to her father, “Well, my father couldn’t lift me above his head as a child because of his torture wounds, so I do think that hyperbole is important.”The always on point Behar calmly added, “That was a war, and they were grownups.”Watch below: As of May 2019, seven migrant children have died in custody according to NBC News.The New York Times reported, “Children as young as 7 and 8, many of them wearing clothes caked with snot and tears, are caring for infants they’ve just met, the lawyers said. Toddlers without diapers are relieving themselves in their pants. Teenage mothers are wearing clothes stained with breast milk. Most of the young detainees have not been able to shower or wash their clothes since they arrived at the facility, those who visited said. They have no access to toothbrushes, toothpaste or soap.”How disgusting that McCain cares more about semantics than suffering and even dead children.SEE ALSO:Meet Jogger Joe, The Man Who Took Racist Cue From BBQ Becky In Tossing Homeless Man’s ClothesTrump-Supporting DA Calls ‘Ghetto’ Maxine Waters A ‘Bitch,’ Can’t Believe She Hasn’t Been ShotThis Colin Kaepernick Retweet Says Everything You Need To Know About The NFL Players’ Anthem Grievance Ice queen Meghan McCain exposed her empty heart again on “The View” today when she babbled about migration children dying in detention centers. She is angry that these detention centers — where soap and toothbrushes aren’t even included — are being called torture chambers. What makes her an expert? Her late father Sen. John McCain was a prison of war before she was born.See Also: Ilhan Omar Reacts To Meghan McCain’s White TearsMcCain ranted, “Calling these places torture facilities — I understand it’s a humanitarian crisis. It’s horrific to detain — like you said, people in jail get soap and people in jail get toothpaste — but I know what a torture facility looks like. I’ve been to one.” Gov. Cuomo Slams Mayor Bill De Blasio For The Eric Garner Case But He Also Failed The Familylast_img read more

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Apple Unveils Highly Secure HighPriced iPhones

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first_imgThe iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will start at US$699, with 64-GB and 256-GB models available online or at the Apple store.The new iPhone X, powered by an A11 bionic chip, breaks the bank in terms of new security features and price point, starting at a hefty $999. The jury is still out as to how much movement Apple may see from Tuesday’s presentation.’They lived up to the rumors,” said Jim McGregor, principal analyst at Tirias Research.The 8 and 8 Plus are simply an evolution of the current phones, and the X is now the most expensive in the world — but not the first with a full screen or OLED, he told TechNewsWorld.The only really new feature is the facial recognition technology, but that’s likely to be a feature of all the high-end phones next year, McGregor said.The biggest breakthrough for Apple is the facial recognition and neural network, said Todd Day, connected devices program manager at Frost & Sullivan.Beyond that, it’s just a rollout of more advanced hardware and software, he told TechNewsWorld.The facial recognition feature is a big gamble for Apple, noted Matt Schultz, senior industry analyst at CreditCards.com, noting that the stakes are high if the technology fails to live up to the promise.”This is a high-risk move for Apple, especially in the wake of the Equifax breach,” he told TechNewsWorld. “The debacle has put data security front and center in people’s minds.”If the facial recognition technology is not up to standard, Schultz suggested, it could damage Apple’s plans for expanding Apple Pay. With the new glass back design, the phones can be charged wirelessly using the Qi ecosystem, with charging mats from Belkin and mophie available for sale.When AirPower is released next year, it will allow users to charge up to three devices at the same time, including the 8 and X phones, the Apple Watch Series 3 and AirPods. With the release of WatchOS 4, Apple Music users will be able to stream more than 40 million songs directly to their devices.Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS) starts at $329, while Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) starts at $399. They will be available to order starting Friday and will be in stores on Sept. 22. Highest-Def Ever Beyond the Hoopla Apple on Tuesday made its long-awaited iPhone splash, accompanied by announcements of major upgrades to Apple Watch and Apple TV.The company launched two new generations of mobile phones — iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, and iPhone X — with enhancements in photography and device security in all models.The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are built for durability with a new glass back design and aerospace-grade aluminum bezel. They come in three colors: space gray, silver and gold.The phones feature a powerful new A11 bionic chip — the most powerful smartphone chip in the industry, and 70 percent faster than the previous A10 chip, according to Apple.Together, the camera functionality and the powerful chip are designed to provide a sophisticated augmented reality experience, with gyroscopes and accelerometers installed for accurate motion tracking.The 12-MP camera features a larger and faster sensor and high-quality video capture. The iPhone 8 Plus features dual 12-MP cameras and introduces portrait mode. More Watch Features The phone features an all-glass design on both sides, which provides a wider screen area for viewing, and a 5.8-inch Super Retina display.The phone uses a major new facial recognition authentication system, Face ID, which employes a TrueDepth camera system that projects 30,000 invisible infrared dots. The Apple TV 4K features the A10 Fusion chip, the same one found on the iPad Pro device.iTunes users will get automatic upgrades of HD titles to 4K HDR in their existing libraries, and customers will get access to 4K HDR on third-party video services like Amazon Prime Video, Netflix and others.Users of the TV App, which works with Siri, will be able to get automatic updates of live sports, along with on-screen notifications of their favorite teams’ activities and breaking news. The app will be available this month in the U.S, Canada and Australia before expanding to France, Germany, Norway, Sweden and the UK. Watch contains a minute SIM card, measuring less than 1/100th the size of a traditional card, and the display functions as the Watch antenna. The Watch uses the same number as the user’s mobile phone.The Watch uses a W2 custom wireless chip, which is 85 percent faster for WiFi and Bluetooth, and 50 percent more power efficient. It includes a barometric altimeter, and tracks outdoor workouts, climbing stairs and other activity.WatchOS 4 includes an upgraded app for measuring heart rate, and customers will be able to get notifications for elevated resting heart rates or irregular heart rhythms. In an effort to move the bar in the wearables category, Apple introduced Watch Series 3, which adds new functionality in the health and fitness category, while untethering users from the dual device requirement. Watch users no longer are limited to using it only in tandem with the iPhone.The latest Watch includes a full LTE and UMTS cellular radio, which allows users to make cellular calls directly from the Watch and even link it to AirPods for a full wireless experience. Describing it as an inflection point in the history of television, Apple CEO Tim Cook introduced Apple TV 4K, which brings cinematic quality to television. The new device supports both High Dynamic Range and 4K technology, which has four times the number of pixels as traditional HD video. Neural networks create a mathematical formula to authenticate the identity of the user, allowing only the legitimate owner to unlock the device. David Jones is a freelance writer based in Essex County, New Jersey. He has written for Reuters, Bloomberg, Crain’s New York Business and The New York Times.last_img read more

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Why Intel Is in Such Horrid Condition

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first_imgIntel released earnings last week, and it was ugly. Yes, the company beat expectations on the bottom line, but it missed big on the top line and the outlook was dismal. Looking under the covers, the company is a mess. The expected CEO announcement — it has been operating with an interim CEO — didn’t occur.AMD’s earnings are expected to be very strong. AMD just made some organizational changes that suggest an increase in its competitive attack in view of Intel’s weaknesses.I’ll walk you through what is wrong with Intel — why it missed, and why its outlook is so grim — and then close with my product of the week: one of the first flying taxis that is actually flying. It continues to amaze me how quickly autonomous flying vehicles are advancing. As I’ve consistently said, Intel’s problem starts with the board, which obviously has been negligent regarding preserving and protecting Intel’s future, in my opinion. Lack of a succession strategy, an inability to find a replacement CEO, incompetence in acquisitions, horrid competitive performance, and an excess focus on cost reduction and downsizing has left a firm that is a shadow of its once great self.Without fixing the board it is unlikely the next CEO will be successful, regardless of pedigree, and that means the outlook for the company is anything but positive in the long term. There are several things it could do to spike the stock again in the near term, but they likely would leave the company far weaker.Even Intel’s recent laudable move to create salary parity between men and women likely will reduce productivity, because Intel is focused on costs, which means it will have to lower the income for male employees to offset the income increases for female employees. This will adversely impact retention and productivity for the male employees, who remain massively dominant, without any real productivity benefit from the women.According to both Maslow and Hertzberg, money is a poor motivator when given, but an excellent demotivator when taken away (which, by the way, explains the low productivity of the poor federal employees who were forced to work for free — just criminal, in my opinion). The fact that Intel’s bottom line improved while its top line suffered suggests it has continued to focus excessively on costs, even after massive layoffs, which is the foundation of this opinion.I think Andy Grove would be very disappointed in what Intel has become. While it isn’t clear if this is the vehicle that Boeing is jointly developing with Uber, it is an amazing plane and, in this form, it is also electric.Fully autonomous, this could become the way many of us get to where we are going, particularly if we are going to the airport or to a building that has one of those unused heliports on the top.It is a working flying taxi, and I can’t think of a better reason to make the Boeing Flying Taxi my product of the week.The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ECT News Network. I am fascinated by the fact that while starting well behind the effort to create autonomous cars, the development of autonomous flying vehicles has been moving like lightning. The industry has been working on flying cars since the 1940s, with the result generally being vehicles that neither drive nor fly very well. One flying effort that cost something like US$250K back in the 1970s, which was a bad blend of Cessna Skymaster and Ford Pinto, literally killed all the executives in the company.Today there are a lot of interesting ideas, though. Most of the good ones don’t even try to be cars but instead focus on being great short-range fliers. (It is far easier to create autonomous planes than cars. Where the planes are hitting problems is electrical range and FAA regulations.)One of the best examples is the Boeing flying taxi, which completed its first successful flight last week. This is a VTOL (vertical take off and landing) vehicle with an operational range of 50 miles. That is well within a taxi travel envelope, particularly when you consider that it can fly in a straight line and avoid traffic or turns. It is a brilliant piece of engineering. Wrapping Up: Intel Is a Wet Mess Competitive Pressure Rob Enderle has been an ECT News Network columnist since 2003. His areas of interest include AI, autonomous driving, drones, personal technology, emerging technology, regulation, litigation, M&E, and technology in politics. He has an MBA in human resources, marketing and computer science. He is also a certified management accountant. Enderle currently is president and principal analyst of the Enderle Group, a consultancy that serves the technology industry. He formerly served as a senior research fellow at Giga Information Group and Forrester. Email Rob. During the time since Intel’s last CEO was fired for cause and the current financial reporting period, competition from both AMD and Qualcomm has increased sharply. AMD has made strong inroads in desktop, laptops and server markets, due both to strong execution and to Intel’s lack of focus on core markets. In addition, the joint Microsoft/Qualcomm effort for the always-connected PC has gained momentum. Unlike prior ARM efforts, the solution is surprisingly strong.As for autonomous cars, Intel’s strategy to lead with sensors (Mobileye) is wrong-headed, and that division dropped into decline during a time when the market has continued to advance. Nvidia’s AI approach has become the leading standard. I get that Mobileye was cheap, but it’s like buying a used, damaged Rolls Royce for F1 racing because you can’t afford an F1 race car and the Rolls Royce is cheap. It won’t end well.Now Intel is pushing hard on modems with Apple, and using litigation and Apple’s significant industry and brand power to do Qualcomm damage. However, its alleged theft of Qualcomm’s technology puts a massive cloud over that effort, and its obvious shift of manufacturing resources, from low-end desktop processors to modems, significantly helped AMD penetrate the desktop market — not to mention creating huge trust issues with the other OEMs.By any measure, that move appeared as a betrayal to vendors that view Apple as a competitor, and Apple’s lead competing platform, the iPad, uses ARM — not Intel — processors.Building on Apple by partnering with it to the disadvantage of other OEMs seems particularly foolish, given Apple’s reputation with vendors and Andy Grove’s near-legendary hate for that company (due to an earlier betrayal). This isn’t bad only in the near term — it likely will be catastrophic in the long term, because Apple clearly has been staffing up so that it no longer must use Intel for modems, and it clearly has set expectations to evolve to ARM from x86 for its PC line.Finally, Intel’s horrid company acquisition process — which leads with buying companies in distress, but shows no ability to either protect or turn around those troubled assets — suggests it is going to continue to struggle until someone who has a clue steps in.Right now, the smart money is on a guy named Johny Srouji out of Apple. He has a very strong pedigree, but I wonder if the board is smart enough to offer him the job or whether he is too smart to take it. Boeing ‘Flying Taxi’ Prototype Negligent Executive Leadership At the heart of Intel’s problems are two things: 1) Its last CEO lacked board oversight and crippled the company; and 2) Lack of focus — it is torn between initiatives and has overcut expenses and employees, resulting in a clear inability to execute.Interim CEOs, particularly those who are also CFOs, tend to be unable to set strategy or direction. Basically, their mission is to keep the lights on, and their CFO background, without a CEO offset, generally leads them to focus more on improving the bottom line than driving the top line.In the short term, this is fine, but in the long term, it can destroy the firm’s ability to execute. Typically, an interim CEO’s term is measured in weeks, because the board is missioned to have a succession plan. However, Intel’s prior CEO forced out any challengers, basically clearing the bench inside the company.Intel is famous for mistreating folks they eliminate, making it particularly hard to get them back (and clearly none have returned with some of the most powerful indicating they wouldn’t touch the firm with someone else’s 10-foot pole).The Intel board simply did not do its job. It failed to protect the firm from the egregious decisions of its CEO, who effectively stripped the company to the bone to spike stock value before his departure, which it appears he anticipated. It is a board’s job to protect the interests of the stockholders, and Intel’s board was negligent, in my opinion. That likely was due in part to the fact that the board is extremely unqualified to lead Intel. There is only one appropriate engineer on the board, and she is an academic.Without a critical mass of microprocessor engineers on the board the board, and with an interim CEO, Intel’s leadership lacks the skills needed to move the company forward or even to deal effectively with the problems its last CEO left.Part of the problem in getting a new CEO is that Intel looks like a messy train wreck, and odds are that the next CEO, unless the board is fixed, also will be fired. (This isn’t a difficult call, as every CEO since Andy Grove left prematurely, suggesting the firm has had a significant endemic board problem since the last founder left day-to-day operations.) last_img read more

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Nintendo Drops New Portable on Market as Switch Sales Take Hold

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first_imgNintendo last week introduced a new contender in the increasingly hot portable gaming competition. The New Nintendo 2DS XL will make its debut on July 28 at a mid-range price of US$149.99.It will slot in as the company’s third portable gaming system, right between its entry-level 2DS and more robust 3DS XL. A spate of rumors preceded Nintendo’s launch of the new device, but they were scant on specifics, and in many cases the speculation was wrong.Lewis Ward, research director for gaming and VR/AR at IDC, said he had forecast that Nintendo would put out a new model, but admitted that he missed the price point and the rationale.”I posited that it would have deep Switch crossover, and that would help it sell more,” he told TechNewsWorld. “I was wrong in that this wasn’t a variation on 3DS that had new or different integration points, but I was right that it was due out.Ted Pollak, senior analyst for the game industry at Jon Peddie Research, said that he had expected a new device, but had no idea what was in the works.The New Nintendo 2DS XL makes a lot of sense from a user experience perspective, he told TechNewsWorld.”Handheld devices with buttons blow away the experience of touch/tilt phone gaming, which drains your battery and ties up your social apps and communications,” Pollak noted.Although he prefers the 3D screen over the 2D, the advantages sometimes are lost if the software is not developed specifically for the 3D, he pointed out.The 2D is enough for many users, Pollak said. It has a large screen, is less expensive, and it provides a larger user base to third-party developers. David Jones is a freelance writer based in Essex County, New Jersey. He has written for Reuters, Bloomberg, Crain’s New York Business and The New York Times. Deep Cover Nintendo announced the new 2DS XL just hours after it released earnings for the fiscal year ended March 31, which included early returns and an outlook on sales of its Nintendo Switch console, which made its long-awaited global debut on March 3.Sales of the Nintendo Switch got off to a promising start, the company said, with 2.74 million units sold through the end of March. Sales of the related software, including The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and 1-2 Switch totaled 5.46 million units.Sales of Nintendo 3DS software grew strongly during the period, according to Nintendo, with Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon recording 15.44 million unit sales since their November release. Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS sold 2.34 million units, and Kirby: Planet Robobot sold 1.36 million units.Worldwide sales of 3DS hardware totaled 7.27 million units, an increase of 7 percent year-over-year, while sales of Nintendo 3DS software totaled 55.08 million units, an increase of 14 percent, year-over-year.For the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018, the company forecast sales of 10 million units of Nintendo Switch hardware, 35 million units of software, 6 million units of Nintendo 3DS hardware, 40 million units of 3DS software and 3 million units of Wii U software. The software forecasts do not include units bundled with hardware. The success of handheld gaming devices is due in part due to the drain gaming places on mobile devices, observed Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group.”Mobile is a big element, but playing games on your smartphone can draw down the battery, making it harder to receive calls,” he told TechNewsWorld. Gaming “drives smartphone replacements, which are expensive.” Portable vs. Phone Switch Success The 2DS XL has the same large screen as the 3DS XL and can play all the games made for the Nintendo 3DS, New Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS; however, it will display them in 2D. The device is smaller than the 3DS XL, but it has the same amount of power and provides built-in NFC support for amiibo cards as well as figures.”This new addition to Nintendo’s portable hardware line demonstrates our commitment to the handheld market,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America. “New Nintendo 2DS XL sports a beautiful clamshell design and offers a great balance between price and performance.”Two new games for the 3DS family — Hey! PIKMIN and Miitopia — are set to launch on the same day as the 2DS XL release, the company said. last_img read more

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Researchers reveal that some men turn to homophobia to reassert their masculinity

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first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jan 23 2019Before the feminist revolution in the late 1960s, men largely built their masculinity on traits that opposed those assigned to women. Since then, society has been moving more and more towards gender equality, and men can no longer rely on this anti-feminine norm. What are the effects of this shift on masculinity affirmation? Researchers at the University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland, have revealed that some men assert their manhood by stressing their heterosexuality, in order to compensate for this feminization of men. This move marks a clear rejection of homosexuality, seen as the personification of the feminine man. The UNIGE results, published in the journal Sex Roles, reflect the difficulties Western societies have in granting homosexuals the same rights as heterosexuals, with some men leaning on homophobia to help them find their place in an increasingly egalitarian society.Prior to May 1968, the social norms that male identity was built on were founded primarily on the male-female opposition. A woman, for example, had to be sensitive and attentive, and was obliged to prioritize the family at the expense of her career. A man, on the other hand, had to be self-assured, independent and strong – and, above all, he had to be not feminine. The masculinity constructed on this opposition was a more fragile concept than femininity: a man was meant to prove his manliness to society by regularly acting in a way that showed he was not a woman.Masculine construction: in need of guidanceWestern society has been moving in the direction of greater gender equality since the feminist revolution. As well as focusing on their careers, women can now be self-sufficient and strong. Meanwhile, men are allowed to show their emotions and take care of their families. The anti-feminine norm can no longer serve as a model for constructing male identity, and it is said that there is a “crisis of masculinity”. What are the implications on what it means to be a man today?A team led by Juan M. Falomir, Professor in the Psychology Section in UNIGE’s Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences (FPSE), has recently investigated the relationship between the decline of the anti-feminine norm and homophobia. “The homosexual stereotype includes the idea of someone who transgresses gender identity by embodying femininity in a man,” says the professor. “We wondered whether the feminization of men had a direct impact on the decrease or rise of homophobia.”Anti-femininity and heterosexuality: an interconnected systemThe UNIGE psychologists used a questionnaire to test the effects of the demise of the anti-femininity norm. It included items measuring agreement with the key features of masculinity: avoiding femininity, restricting emotions, self-confidence, aggression, domination, attraction to sexual activity and homophobia. Three groups of heterosexual men then had to state whether they agreed or disagreed with 50 or so items related to these norms. “The first group was a control group, meaning its members had to complete the questionnaire without any prior information. With the second group, we highlighted the masculinity and anti-femininity of men in society today through the presentation of various studies before filling in the questionnaire. Conversely, we told the third group that men today had never been so feminine,” explains professor Falomir. In a second study, the researchers only retained the last two groups, with participants answering another questionnaire that measured their attitudes towards homosexuals (their rights, sense of morality, the emotions they feel and their behavior) and the affirmation of their own heterosexuality. Contrary to all expectations, the results indicated in overall terms that homophobia and the reaffirmation of heterosexuality were much stronger for the last group – where men were presented as being increasingly feminine – than for the other groups.Related StoriesPenis enlargement surgery ineffective and potentially dangerousSmelling your favorite food or beverage could curb cigarette cravingsSleep could be the best medicine to fight off an infection”It’s an interconnected system”, explains professor Falomir. “In decreasing the significance of the anti-femininity norm, men compensate by emphasizing the importance of the heterosexuality norm. Homophobia is the alternative way of asserting their masculinity.” As the UNIGE psychologists continued their study, they noted that the rise in homophobia is not caused directly by a desire to reassert the male-female opposition (the gender dichotomy). Femininity is no longer considered to be a characteristic that is unique to women since men are becoming more sensitive and emotional. But this acceptance of the feminization of men seems to be happening at the expense of homosexuals, because masculinity is now affirmed more by heterosexuality. We should note, however, that this increase in homophobia is found mainly among more “traditional” men. So-called “modern” men, by contrast, react better to the feminization of men and have a better perception of homosexuals.The feminization of society is delaying the acceptance of gay rightsThese results reflect the fact that our Western societies, which are establishing gender equality as a fundamental principle, are still reluctant when it comes to the rights of homosexuals. “The more we even up the genders, the more difficult it becomes for ‘traditional men’ to manage this equality and continue to construct their masculinity. As they can’t differentiate themselves from women any more, they see homophobia as a way of restoring their manhood,” concludes professor Falomir. Source:https://www.unige.ch/last_img read more

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Women pay more for overthecounter facial moisturizing products MGH study finds

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first_img Source:https://www.massgeneral.org/about/pressrelease.aspx?id=2398 Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Apr 29 2019Over-the-counter facial moisturizers are a widely-used and commonly recommended skin care product, but a new study from dermatologists at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) finds that, when it comes to price, men’s and women’s products are not considered equal. Their paper, published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, reports finding significant, gender-based price discrepancies in a 2018 survey of 110 facial moisturizing products from three top online retailers – Amazon, Target, and Walmart.Related StoriesStudy analyzes high capacity of A. baumannii to persist on various surfacesTAU’s new Translational Medical Research Center acquires MILabs’ VECTor PET/SPECT/CTStudy: Two-thirds of pneumonia patients receive more antibiotics than they probably need”If skin is dehydrated, it can lead to serious problems like eczema and rosacea,” says the study’s lead author Maryanne Senna, MD, MGH Department of Dermatology. “Despite some recent government-led efforts to restrict gender-based pricing differences in the retail market, our study shows that discriminatory pricing persists and remains a real issue when it comes to dermatologic products.”Researchers used three marketing variables – language, container color or graphics, and container curvature or shape – in order to classify the products into two groups. Of the 54 facial moisturizers classified as for men, 47 (or 87 percent) contained the word men within the marketing language. In the 56 products targeted at women, only three were explicitly labeled “for women.” Still, the products marketed to women were, on average, $3.09 more per ounce than those marketed to men. The total number of fluid ounces per bottle was not significantly different between the groups.There also was no significant difference between the groups when it came to the number of facial moisturizers labeled as fragrance-free, offering sun protection or anti-aging properties, for sensitive skin, hypoallergenic, or dermatologist recommended. The authors recommend further study of gender-based differences in the pricing of over-the-counter skin care products.last_img read more

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UGA researchers create statistical method to better predict disease reemergence

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first_imgOur goal is to validate this on smaller scales so states and cities can potentially predict disease, which is practical in terms of how to make decisions about vaccines. This could be particularly useful in countries where measles is still a high cause of mortality.”Eamon O’Dea Source:University of Georgia We saw a need to improve the ways of measuring how well-controlled a disease is, which can be difficult to do in a very complex system, especially when we observe a small fraction of the true number of cases that occur.”Eamon O’Dea, a postdoctoral researcher in Drake’s laboratory who focuses on disease ecology The research team found that their predictions were consistent with well-known findings of British epidemiologists Roy Anderson and Robert May, who compared the duration of epidemic cycles in measles, rubella, mumps, smallpox, chickenpox, scarlet fever, diphtheria and pertussis from the 1880s to 1980s. For instance, Anderson and May found that measles in England and Wales slowed down after extensive immunization in 1968. Similarly, the model shows that infectious diseases slow as an immunization threshold is approached. Slight variations in infection levels could be useful early warning signals for disease reemergence that results from a decline in vaccine uptake, they wrote.center_img Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)May 22 2019Several University of Georgia researchers teamed up to create a statistical method that may allow public health and infectious disease forecasters to better predict disease reemergence, especially for preventable childhood infections such as measles and pertussis.As described in the journal PLOS Computational Biology, their five-year project resulted in a model that shows how subtle changes in the stream of reported cases of a disease may be predictive of both an approaching epidemic and of the final success of a disease eradication campaign.”We hope that in the near future, we will be available to monitor and track warning signals for emerging diseases identified by this model,” said John Drake, Distinguished Research Professor of Ecology and director for the Center for the Ecology of Infectious Diseases who researches the dynamics of biological epidemics. His current projects include studies of Ebola virus in West Africa and Middle East respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus in the horn of Africa.In recent years, the reemergence of measles, mumps, polio, whooping cough and other vaccine-preventable diseases has sparked a refocus on emergency preparedness.”Research has been done in ecology and climate science about tipping points in climate change,” he said. “We realized this is mathematically similar to disease dynamics.”Drake and colleagues focused on “critical slowing down,” or the loss of stability that occurs in a system as a tipping point is reached. This slowing down can result from pathogen evolution, changes in contact rates of infected individuals, and declines in vaccination. All these changes may affect the spread of a disease, but they often take place gradually and without much consequence until a tipping point is crossed.Most data analysis methods are designed to characterize disease spread after the tipping point has already been crossed. Related StoriesOlympus Europe and Cytosurge join hands to accelerate drug development, single cell researchNew shingles vaccine reduces outbreaks of painful rash among stem cell transplant patientsTAU’s new Translational Medical Research Center acquires MILabs’ VECTor PET/SPECT/CTTo illustrate how the infectious disease model behaves, the team created a visualization that looks like a series of bowls with balls rolling in them. In the model, vaccine coverage affects the shallowness of the bowl and the speed of the ball rolling in it.”Very often, the conceptual side of science is not emphasized as much as it should be, and we were pleased to find the right visuals to help others understand the science,” said Eric Marty, an ecology researcher who specializes in data visualization.As part of Project AERO, which stands for Anticipating Emerging and Re-emerging Outbreaks, Drake and colleagues are creating interactive tools based on critical slowing down for researchers and policymakers to use in the field and guide decisions. For instance, the team is developing an interactive dashboard that will help non-scientists plot and analyze data to understand the current trends for a certain infectious disease. They’re presenting a prototype to fellow researchers now and anticipating a public release within the next year.”If a computer model of a particular disease was sufficiently detailed and accurate, it would be possible to predict the course of an outbreak using simulation,” Marty said. “But if you don’t have a good model, as is often the case, then the statistics of critical slowing down might still give us early warning of an outbreak.”last_img read more

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