zoom Netherlands-based SBM Offshore and its US subsidiary have agreed to resolve criminal charges involving bribes in five countries and pay a criminal penalty of USD 238 million.According to the US Department of Justice, the penalty was set in connection with schemes involving the bribery of foreign officials in Brazil, Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Kazakhstan and Iraq in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). SBM USA pleaded guilty on November 29 in connection with the resolution.“This corrupt scheme involved some of the highest-level executives within the company, spanned five countries, and lasted for more than a decade,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.SBM entered into a deferred prosecution agreement in connection with a criminal information filed on November 29 in the Southern District of Texas charging the company with conspiracy to violate the anti-bribery provisions of the FCPA. In addition, SBM USA pleaded guilty and was sentenced on a one-count criminal information charging the company with conspiracy to violate the anti-bribery provisions of the FCPA.Pursuant to its agreement with the Department, SBM agreed to pay a total criminal penalty of USD 238 million to the United States, including a USD 500,000 criminal fine and USD 13.2 million in criminal forfeiture that SBM agreed to pay on behalf of SBM USA.According to the companies’ admissions and court documents, beginning by at least 1996 and continuing until at least 2012, SBM conspired to violate the FCPA by paying more than USD 180 million in commissions to intermediaries, knowing that a portion of those commissions would be used to bribe foreign officials in Brazil, Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Kazakhstan and Iraq.SBM made these payments in order to influence those officials, for the purpose of securing improper advantages and obtaining or retaining business with state-owned oil companies in the five named countries. SBM acknowledged that it gained at least USD 2.8 billion from projects it obtained from these state-owned oil companies.The Justice Department resolution follows guilty pleas by two former SBM executives. On November 9, Anthony Mace, the former CEO of SBM and a former member of the board of directors of SBM USA, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to violate the FCPA. On November 6, Robert Zubiate, a former SBM USA executive, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to violate the FCPA. Mace and Zubiate are awaiting sentencing.In 2014, SBM settled with the Dutch Public Prosecutor’s Office over related conduct and paid the Netherlands a total USD 200 million in disgorged profits and a USD 40 million fine. SBM has paid a combined worldwide total in criminal penalties in excess of USD 475 million.
New Delhi: “India cannot be the refugee capital of the world”, the Centre and the Assam government said in the Supreme Court Friday while seeking the extension its July 31 deadline to finalise the National Register of Citizens to verify wrongful inclusions and exclusions in the NRC.The top court agreed to hear the pleas of both the governments for deliberation on July 23 to conduct a sample re-verification process to quell a growing perception that many illegal immigrants may have infiltrated the NRC especially in districts bordering Bangladesh. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF DayA special bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice R F Nariman had fixed July 31 as the deadline for publication of the final list of the NRC and had reiterated that it will not be extended. Both the governments said that they are allowed to undertake verification of 20 per cent random samples of citizens for wrongful inclusions or exclusions in the NRC. The bench took note of the submissions of Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre and the state government, that several lakhs people have been wrongfully included in the NRC, especially in districts bordering Bangladesh due to the involvement of local officers in the massive exercise. Also Read – Don’t use ‘lynching’ to defame India: Bhagwat”Please extend the deadline for publication of final Assam NRC from July 31 to a future date. There is a growing perception that many exclusions and many more inclusions have been made wrongly,” the solicitor general said. “India cannot be the refugee capital of the world,” he said, adding there was a need to re-look the draft NRC list through sample verification. At the outset, the law officer said that although Assam NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela has done “excellent work”, it has been seen on the ground that wrongful exclusions and many inclusions have been reported in some districts. “Hajela’s report says while disposing of claims (of those who were excluded in draft NRC), 80 lakh names have been re-verified. So there is no need for a sample re-verification. If we are satisfied that verification has been done properly, then there is no need for a sample re-verification, is it,” the bench asked.
Grace Asirwatham has served as Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Nepal and The Netherlands and in other positions in Sri Lanka missions in Germany and Pakistan. Since October 2017 she has held the post of state secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (Colombo Gazette) Rodney Perera has been the Sri Lankan ambassador to Luxembourg, Belgium and the European Union since August 2014. He has previously served as ambassador to Italy and Norway. He is very familiar with the United States, having obtained a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Toledo, Ohio, and a master’s in international relations from the Columbia University, New York. The announcement of the nominations was made on 2 September, with Sri Lankan foreign ministry sources cited as saying that both appointments will come into effect from next month. Grace Asiriwatham is to take over as Sri Lanka’s envoy to the EU, reports said today.Asiriwatham will fill the post left vacant when incumbent Rodney Perera moves to be the next Sri Lankan Ambassador to the United States, the Delano website reported.
With child trafficking affecting more African countries than any other type of trafficking, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today called on governments, law enforcement officials, education authorities, local communities and the media to unite in fighting the scourge. “Trafficking is among the worst violations of child rights in the world,” UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said in a statement launching a new report issued by the agency’s Innocenti Research Centre, based in Florence, Italy. “If we are to put an end to this brazen trade, we need courageous government leaders who will criminalize the trafficking of children in all its forms. Failure to do so is an abuse of children.” Trafficking of human beings affects every country in Africa for which data is available, either as countries of origin or destination, according to the report, which assembles and analyzes data from across the continent. Although there are no reliable estimates on actual number of those trafficked, the number of countries reporting trafficking in children is twice that of those reporting trafficking in women, according to the report, launched in Cotonou in the West African country of Benin at a meeting of African Union ministers of labour and social affairs. “Children will only be free from trafficking when they live in a protective environment which shields them from this unconscionable violation of their rights,” Ms. Bellamy said in her statement from New York. A protective environment includes being in school, having strong laws punishing those who exploit children, a government truly committed to fighting the practice and a community aware of the risks children face, UNICEF said. It also means that media raise awareness, that law enforcement is free from corruption, and that strong monitoring systems are in place to identify communities at risk. The report looks at information from 53 African countries. Trafficking does not remain within Africa. In 34 per cent of African countries, the trade flows to Europe, and in 26 per cent to the Middle East and Arab states. Trafficking within national borders is very common, occurring in 8 out of every 10 African countries. Root causes, often differing from country to country, include the collapse of a child’s protective environment due to conflict, economic hardship and discrimination. Early marriage and lack of birth registration further increase the vulnerability of children and women exploitation. Poverty can create a desperate situation for many women and children, making them marks for manipulation.
Speaking to journalists on Wednesday at the end of the Geneva Conference on Afghanistan, Mr. Tadamichi Yamamoto, head of the UNAMA Assistance Mission and UN Special Representative in the country, confirmed that the issue of an end to extremist violence had been discussed in depth.“Perhaps this was the first ministerial meeting when the issue of peace has been taken up with so much weight in addition to the regular issues which are development, growth, social issues and reforms,” he said.It’s time for the Taliban now to come forward to see if they are serious about ending the conflict…and play a constructive role in Afghanistan society – National Security Adviser, Hamdullah Mohib“This also sends a message to various actors, of course to the Afghan people but also to the insurgents- the Taliban – that even when they join, or when they are part of the Government, that the international community will continue to assist Afghanistan.”Mr. Tadamichi’s comments follow the Afghan Government’s pledge earlier this year to hold unconditional talks with Taliban groups.Extremists have been held responsible for innumerable deadly attacks on civilians in the country, including one earlier on Wednesday in Kabul, reportedly targeting the premises of a private security company.Also in Geneva, Afghanistan’s National Security Advisor, Dr. Hamdullah Mohib, insisted that the people of Afghanistan were “ready for peace.”The Taliban were ready too, he suggested, owing to increased military pressure on them throughout Afghanistan and the fact that they had “lost their legitimacy” in the eyes of citizens.“We have put our step forward,” he said. “It’s time for the Taliban now to come forward to see if they are serious about ending the conflict and wanting to see and play a constructive role in the Afghanistan society.”Those comments came at the end of a high-level conference on Afghanistan at the UN in Geneva attended by 67 countries, 34 international organizations and representatives from civil society and the private sector.Its outcomes included the adoption of the Geneva Mutual Accountability Framework (GMAF), a list of commitments for the Government and international community to achieve by the end of next year.These include enhancing inclusive economic growth, reducing poverty, creating employment, fighting corruption, empowering women more, and improving governance, rule of law and human rights.Continuing with an ambitious reform programme is key to Afghanistan’s economic self-reliance, sustainable development and peace, Mohammad Qayoumi, Minister of Finance of Afghanistan, insisted. “I think in the past four years we have passed more than 390 legislations…I don’t think we have done that much in the prior 100 years.”He added: “As we look towards the next five years, our hope is how we can move from a donor-based economy to an environment where we will be self-reliant and the focus will be on private sector investment, because no country has been able to move from poverty to prosperity through granting aid.”Afghan millenials have ‘risen up’ to claim torch of leadershipEarlier in the day, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani acknowledged that his country had received considerable support from the global community, having been the focus of 11 similar meetings in recent years, from Tokyo to London.Since the turn of the century, much had changed for the better, he insisted, not least the fact that Afghan men and women had voted on 20 October in parliamentary elections, despite the actions of armed extremists intent on spoiling the poll.“There is no better demonstration of the emergence of the active citizen than the long line of voters we witnessed on October 20 who defied threats of violence and rocket attacks to cast their ballot in the Parliamentary elections,” he said.People were increasingly “embracing and appropriating the values of the Constitution,” President Ghani continued, before noting that young men and women – the “most educated and socially engaged generation ever,” were helping to secure Afghanistan’s peaceful future.“We are seeing both women and men of the millennium generation take their rightful place at the table of leadership and management and government, society and politics,” he said. “The torch is not so much being passed to them, but they have risen up and claimed it.”’Notable improvements’: UN pledges to continue peace, development partnershipEchoing those comments, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres reaffirmed the organization’s partnership with the Government and people of Afghanistan “for peace, inclusive growth and sustainable development.”In a message delivered to the Geneva conference by Under-Secretary-General Rosemary A. DiCarlo, Mr. Guterres noted how Afghanistan had “rebuilt” its political system, state institutions, infrastructure and economy since 2001.These changes had brought “notable improvements” for ordinary citizens too, he added.Considerable progress had also been made in women’s rights, the UN chief continued, not least in increased legal protection for them and their participation in politics and the economy.Such inclusion “is essential to helping Afghanistan reach self-reliance,” he said, before declaring that he was “heartened by the courage and determination shown by the millions of Afghan women and men who turned out to vote” in last month’s parliamentary elections.In 2016, donors pledged more than $15 billion to help Afghanistan achieve those objectives over four years, and the conference provided an opportunity to take stock of Government-led reform at local and national level, across all regions.Nonetheless, “serious challenges of insecurity, poverty and the rule of law persist” in Afghanistan, the UN Secretary-General said, adding that finding a political solution to the violence there “is more urgent than ever.”
WASHINGTON — Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul was out for Monday night’s game against the Washington Wizards with a sore left leg.It’s the second consecutive game Paul has missed. He sat out Saturday’s game in Cleveland after playing 37 minutes in an overtime win in Detroit the night before. The Rockets said he was being rested against the Cavaliers.“We’ve just got to make sure Chris is 100 per cent well from his strained hammy,” Houston coach Mike D’Antoni said.D’Antoni said Paul was day-to-day. Gerald Green was also out for the third straight game with a sore right ankle.Washington’s Dwight Howard was out for the fourth straight game with a sore glute.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press
Jerry Sandusky, the convicted child sex abuser sentenced to no less than 30 years, became a state prison inmate Tuesday with his transfer out of the Centre County jail, his home since he was convicted in June of child molestation.The 68-year-old former Penn State assistant coach arrived early in the morning at the State Correctional Institute at Camp Hill, just outside Harrisburg, a state prison system spokeswoman said.He faces testing and evaluation that will take a week or more before he can be assigned a security risk level and sent to one of the state facilities as his “home” prison. At Camp Hill, experts will assess his mental state, physical health and education level, and determine whether he needs treatment.Sandusky was sentenced this month to 30 to 60 years for sexual abuse of 10 boys over a 15-year period.There are about 6,800 sex offenders serving time in Pennsylvania’s prison system. The Corrections Department does not maintain special units for sex offenders, and there is no way to predict where he will be sent.Meanwhile, he maintains his innocence and had attorney file motions for a new trial.Sandusky’s lawyers made the filing at the courthouse in Bellefonte, where he was sentenced two weeks ago after being convicted of abusing 10 boys, some on Penn State’s campus in State College.“The defendant submits the court’s sentence was excessive and tantamount . . . to a life sentence, which the defendant submits is in violation of his rights,” they wrote.The 31-page set of motions, technically not appeals because they were filed with the trial judge, cover a wide range of assertions, including insufficient evidence, improper use of hearsay testimony and improper rulings from the bench.More than a third of the document explores ways Sandusky claims the rapid pace of the case violated his right to due process of law, as he went from arrest to trial in just over seven months. His lawyers said they were swamped by documents from prosecutors and lacked time to interview possible witnesses and an expert and two assistants were not available at trial.The document said Judge John Cleland ruled improperly concerning the use of a computer-generated drawing of an accuser and issued incorrect jury instructions. It also raised issues about prosecutors’ closing argument, the vagueness of the charges, sequestration of jurors and the amount of restitution ordered.
Christie Aschwanden’s new book, “Good to Go: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn from the Strange Science of Recovery,” is available this week. In it, she examines the latest recovery trends among athletes — including Tom Brady’s infrared pajamas, Sue Bird’s coffee naps and Michael Phelps’s “cupping” ritual. She also tests some of the most controversial methods herself, including cryochambers, float tanks and infrared saunas. Below, we’re publishing an excerpt of the book’s chapter on what science really tells us about what we should drink after we work out. Hydrate Till You DrownExercise scientist and physician Tim Noakes was a believer in the dangers of dehydration until two separate experiences left him questioning what he thought he knew.First, Noakes was involved in a study examining participants in a four-day canoe race. During a particularly rough day, one of the paddlers lost all of his drinking water when it washed overboard as he went through some breakers. Despite having canoed about 50 kilometers without drinking, the paddler’s body temperature hadn’t become elevated, as the dehydration theory would have predicted. “We weighed him, and he’d lost about eight or nine pounds, but his body temperature was normal and I thought, oh my gosh — body weight loss has nothing to do with body temperature,” Noakes says. This was a lightbulb moment, because conventional wisdom held that one of the reasons that dehydration was (supposedly) so dangerous was that it put people at risk for heatstroke, and this finding contradicted that assumption.The canoe study prompted Noakes to reconsider the idea that maintaining full hydration was essential to staving off heatstroke. Then, in 1981, a runner wrote to Noakes describing a strange experience she’d had at that year’s Comrades Marathon — a famous 90-kilometer ultramarathon in South Africa. It was the first time that the event had provided drink stations every mile of the 56-mile course, he says, and the runner wrote to say that she’d begun feeling really strange about three-quarters of the way through the race. Her husband pulled her off the course and delivered her to the medics. The first responders assumed she was dehydrated and gave her two liters of intravenous fluid, after which she lost consciousness. She had a seizure on the way to the emergency room.At the hospital, doctors discovered that her blood sodium concentration was dangerously low. The ultimate diagnosis was a medical condition called “water intoxication” or hyponatremia — too little sodium in the blood. Contrary to what the medical crew at the race had assumed, the runner wasn’t dehydrated— she was overhydrated. She’d drunk so much fluid that her blood sodium had become dangerously diluted. Low blood sodium causes cells in the body to swell, and when it happens in the brain, the results can be deadly.Noakes has built a reputation as a loud contrarian on a variety of issues. He is perhaps most famous for his theories about exercise fatigue and has made a career out of pushing against conventional scientific wisdom, some say to his own detriment.5In 2017, the Health Professions Council of South Africa cleared him of a charge of professional misconduct that had been brought by the Association for Dietetics in South Africa, which had complained about advice he’d given on Twitter telling a mother to feed her baby a low-carb, high-fat diet — an eating plan that’s the subject of his latest crusade. So it’s not surprising that he was one of the first and loudest voices on overhydration (the guy wrote a whole book about it).Yet Noakes is far from alone in worrying that the rush to prevent dehydration may have put exercisers at risk of the far more serious condition of water intoxication. In 1986, a research group published a paper in the Journal of the American Medical Association describing the experience of a medical student and a physician who’d become stuporous and disoriented during an ultramarathon. The men were diagnosed with hyponatremia, and they concluded that they’d developed the condition by drinking too much.There’s never been a case of a runner dying of dehydration on a marathon course, but since 1993, at least five marathoners have died from hyponatremia they developed during a race.6This 2005 Noakes paper describes four deaths, and since then, there’s been at least one more, at the London Marathon in 2007. At the 2002 Boston Marathon, researchers from Harvard Medical School took blood samples from 488 marathoners after the finish. The samples showed that 13 percent of the runners had diagnosable hyponatremia, and three had critical cases of the condition. German researchers similarly took blood samples from more than a thousand finishers of the Ironman European Championship over multiple years and found that 10.6 percent of them had hyponatremia. Most of the instances were mild, but nearly 2 percent of the finishers had severe or critical cases. Although the findings indicate that hyponatremia is still a rare condition, what makes them especially concerning is that the early symptoms of hyponatremia are very easily confused with those of dehydration — weakness, headache, nausea, dizziness and lightheadedness.The problem with this model of hydration is that it overlooks basic physiology.How did hyponatremia become an affliction of athletes? In retrospect, it may come down to an error of shifted priorities. In the wake of Gatorade’s massive success, sports drink makers turned to science to promote their products, and researchers focused on things that were easy to measure — body temperature and sweat losses. Based on an idea that dehydration must be a risk factor for heatstroke, attention moved to replenishing fluid loss.The problem with this model of hydration is that it overlooks basic physiology. It turns out, your body is highly adapted to cope with losing multiple liters of fluid, especially during exercise. When you exercise, you lose fluid and salts through sweat, and that translates into a small change in what’s called your “plasma osmolality” — the concentration of salts and other soluble compounds in your blood. You need enough fluid and electrolytes in your blood for your cells to function properly, and this balance is tightly regulated by a feedback loop, says Kelly Anne Hyndman, a professor of medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and leading expert on kidney physiology.When you sweat, your brain senses the corresponding rise in plasma osmolality and directs the release of antidiuretic hormone (ADH), which prods the kidneys to activate aquaporins, which are like tiny straws that poke into the kidneys to draw water back into the blood. “It’s a pathway to conserve water,” Hyndman says. As your body reabsorbs water, your plasma osmolality returns to normal, your brain senses the change, and it shuts down ADH. This feedback loop is finely tuned to keep plasma osmolality in a safe range. Even a tiny drop in electrolytes will activate this system to keep your fluid balance in check. “People always worry they’re going to be dehydrated when the reality is, it’s much easier to over- hydrate because our bodies are so good at conserving water,” Hyndman says. “Being a little dehydrated is not a bad thing. Our bodies can handle it.”Athletes who develop hyponatremia during exercise usually get there by drinking too much because they’ve been conditioned to think they need to drink beyond thirst, says Tamara Hew- Butler, a professor of exercise science at Oakland University and the lead author of several papers on hyponatremia. Even if you don’t drink anything (which she does not recommend), your blood sodium levels will rise in response to sweat losses, and as a result, your body will shift fluid into the blood to maintain your fluid balance, Hew-Butler says.The same feedback loop that calls in the aquaporins also activates your thirst. “You don’t have to drink above thirst — you’ll be fine!” she says. Just as sleepiness is your body’s way of telling you that it’s time to sleep, thirst is how your body ensures that you seek fluids when you need them. No one tells you to sleep before you’re tired, and unless you’re in a situation where you can’t drink for a prolonged period, there’s no sense in drinking before you feel thirsty either. Your body is a finely tuned machine that that is capable of adapting to changing conditions, and it’s not usually necessary to try to outsmart it.You can also forget those pee charts that look like paint swatches for urine, and ignore anyone who says that yellow pee is a sign that you need to drink more water. If you think about hydration from the standpoint of what’s going on inside your body, it’s easy to see why urine hue isn’t helpful. The color of your pee is essentially just a measure of how concentrated your urine is. If it contains more waste than water, it looks dark, and if it’s mostly water, it’s light or almost clear. But that’s not what’s important. What you really want to know is what’s going on in your blood, and your urine can’t tell you that. Dark pee might mean that you’re running low on fluid, but it could also mean that your kidneys are keeping your plasma osmolality in check by conserving water. Very light or clear urine just means that you’ve drunk more water than your body needs, and that’s not necessarily a good thing, especially right before an athletic event.Because of the way the body adapts to fluid loss, the common advice to drink a lot in advance of a big event like a marathon may actually backfire. If you drink a bunch of excess water leading up to a competition, you prime your body to become less adept at holding on to precious fluids, says Mark Knepper, chief of the Epithelial Systems Biology Laboratory at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. When you’re very hydrated, your body doesn’t need to activate many aquaporins, and over time, it reduces the number in reserve, meaning that you’ll have fewer of these water straws at the ready when you need them.Yet everywhere I look, it seems that people are telling me to drink more water. In his best- selling 2017 book, “The TB12 Method,” New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady presents his magic hydration formula — drink at least one-half of your body weight in ounces of water every day. “At 225 pounds, that means I should be drinking 112 ounces a day, minimum,” he writes. (Brady also contends that “the more hydrated I am, the less likely I am to get sunburned,” a claim disputed by scientists.) If our bodies are so good at adapting to moderate fluid loss and letting us know when we need to drink, why are there still so many messages out there urging us to drink before we feel thirsty?An obvious explanation for this is that most of what we hear about hydration comes from companies and researchers with a vested interest in making it all seem complex and highly scientific. The current guidelines from the ACSM and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association have been updated to warn about hyponatremia, but they still promote the ideas that thirst is a poor indicator of hydration and that more than a 2 percent body weight loss should be avoided. The ACSM, NSCA and NATA all receive funding from sports drink makers, as do some of their members. If staying hydrated were as simple as just drinking to thirst, you wouldn’t need expert advice or scientifically formulated products like Gatorade.From a biological perspective, it’s hard to imagine that the human body is so delicate that it can’t function properly without scientists (or football stars) swooping in with calculators to tell us how to keep it running properly. “You have to trust your body,” Knepper says. Humans have evolved to survive exercising without chugging water or sports drink on some rigid schedule. “You get clues about what you need if you listen to your own body,” he says. “You don’t have to know chemistry to survive.”After examining the science, I can’t help thinking we’ve made hydration unduly complicated. I take my dog running with me most of the time, and I’ve never measured the color of her pee or forced her to drink (as if I could). I make sure she has regular access to water, but she doesn’t always take it. At times, she won’t drink at all during a long run, and on those occasions, she always goes straight to her water dish when we get home and slurps until she’s satisfied. I’ve never had to give her an emergency IV for low fluid levels. If drinking to thirst is good enough for her, it’s probably good enough for me too. CLARA KIRKPATRICK The Limited Science Behind Hydration AdviceSports doctors were also urging athletes to drink. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), a professional organization of sports science experts (which receives financial support from Gatorade), put out a consensus statement in 1996 recommending that “during exercise, athletes should start drinking early and at regular intervals in an attempt to consume fluids at a rate sufficient to replace all the water lost through sweating (i.e., body weight loss), or consume the maximal amount that can be tolerated.” The message coming from experts was that athletes needed to replace the fluids they lost during exercise lest their performance and health suffer.In the wake of all this promotion, sports drinks have become a multimillion-dollar business. But when a team of medical researchers trained in the evaluation of scientific findings had a look at the research underpinning the boom in sports drinks, they reached a startling conclusion. “As it turns out, if you apply evidence-based methods, 40 years of sports drinks research does not seemingly add up to much,” Carl Heneghan and his colleagues at the University of Oxford’s Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine wrote in a 2012 analysis published in the British medical journal BMJ. When Heneghan’s team gathered and examined all of the available evidence on sports drinks (it even consulted sports drink manufacturers to ask them for their supporting studies, though not all complied), they found what amounted to a bunch of preliminary or inconclusive evidence packaged as more definitive proof.The first, almost universal, problem among these studies was that they were too small to produce meaningful results. “Small studies are known to be systematically biased toward the effectiveness of the interventions they are testing,” Heneghan and his colleagues wrote. Out of the 106 studies they analyzed, only one had more than 100 subjects, and the second-largest study used only 53 people. The median sample size? Nine.“Worryingly, most performance tests used to assess sports drinks have never been validated.”Another common shortcoming was that the studies were often designed in a way that almost assured that they’d find a benefit from sports drinks. Deborah Cohen, an investigations editor at the BMJ who was involved in the project and wrote a summary of the findings, recalls a study in which volunteers who fasted overnight were divided into two groups, one whose members were given a sports drink containing water, salts and sugar and another whose members received water. “People who were given the sports drink fared better,” she says. “Well, no shit.” If you haven’t had any food in 12 hours and then you get a bit of sugar, of course you’ll perform better than the people still running on empty. But to say that this means the sports drink is superior to whatever a normal person would consume leading up to or during exercise just isn’t generalizable, she says. “Who starves themselves overnight and then goes to perform some exercise?” And yet the BMJ investigation found that this type of study design is surprisingly common among tests of nutritional products.Some of the dazzling powers that sports drinks display in the studies touted by their makers may be nothing more than the placebo effect. When people volunteer for a study to test a new sports drink, they come to it with an expectation that the product will have some performance benefit. Studies use a placebo group to factor out such effects, but a placebo only controls for these expectations when it’s indistinguishable from the real deal. So it’s telling, Cohen says, that studies using plain water for the control group found that the sports drink had positive effects, while the ones that used taste-matched placebos didn’t.The BMJ analysis also concluded that many of the measures made in these studies may not matter for real-world performance. “Worryingly, most performance tests used to assess sports drinks have never been validated,” Heneghan and his colleagues write, and some of them are known to produce highly variable results that may not be reproducible.Heneghan and his team concluded that claims about sports drinks rely on small studies with comparison groups that favor the products being studied, a lack of rigorous blinding so that participants were likely nudged to perform better while taking in the sports drinks, and measurements of effectiveness that might not be meaningful in real life. Add to that statistical sleights of hand that inflate the benefits of the drinks (for instance, one study increased the benefit of carbohydrate drinks from 3 percent to 33 percent by excluding a segment of the test from the analysis), and sports drinks don’t come out looking so impressive.When Heneghan’s and Cohen’s reports came out, some sports science experts blasted it as unnecessarily rigid, because they set their standards based on the conventions of clinical medicine rather than sports science, where, for instance, small sample sizes are common. Which standards and methods should be used for assessing evidence is an important debate that is gaining attention within the sports science community. In the meantime, the emphasis on hydration has created another problem to address. In the early 1990s, Gatorade ran a television commercial featuring Michael Jordan called “Be Like Mike.” It featured slam dunks by Jordan interspersed with footage of kids shooting hoops and, of course, Jordan and other happy people drinking Gatorade.Stuart Phillips remembers that ad campaign well. As an aspiring athlete, he, too, wanted to be like Mike. “Michael Jordan drank Gatorade, so I drank Gatorade,” Phillips says. Despite guzzling the sports drink, Phillips never did make it to the pros, but instead grew up to become the director of the Centre for Nutrition, Exercise, and Health Research at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. The Jordan ad taught him a lesson about the power of marketing, though: “If you can get an endorsement from an athlete that everybody recognizes, then who needs science?”Scientific facts don’t sell products; stories do. Jordan was already a basketball superstar by the time Gatorade came calling, and the public was eager to experience something of his greatness. Enter Gatorade — Michael Jordan drank it, and young Stuart Phillips could too. To drink Gatorade wasn’t just to mimic a sports hero, it was to imagine a causal relationship — Jordan drank Gatorade and then made all those slam dunks, so the one must have had something to do with the other.Psychologists call such thinking the “illusion of causality,” and it’s so powerful that it has spawned an entire genre of advertising — the celebrity endorsement. No one would care that a pro athlete uses a particular product if it didn’t somehow appear that the item played some role in that star’s success. The Irish have a saying, “An umbrella accompanies the rain but rarely causes it.” The same could be said of product endorsements and athletic greatness. Still, our minds are quick to connect the dots in the wrong direction.The age of the athlete-endorsed sports drink began on a Florida football field in the mid-1960s. Back then, most coaches and athletes didn’t give much thought to fluid replacement during practice or competition. In some instances, athletes were even counseled to avoid drinking close to a workout lest they upset their stomach. But in 1965, a University of Florida football coach came to Dr. Robert Cade and his team of university doctors1There are conflicting accounts of exactly what question sparked the research that led to Gatorade and who it was that asked. An official history published on the Cade Museum for Creativity & Invention’s website says that “Gatorade was the result of an offhand question posed in 1965 by former University of Florida linebacker Dwayne Douglas to Dr. J Robert Cade, a professor of renal medicine. ‘Why don’t football players ever urinate during a game?’” According to a history of Gatorade published on the company’s website in 2017, “In early summer of 1965, a University of Florida assistant coach sat down with a team of university physicians and asked them to determine why so many of his players were being affected by heat and heat related illnesses.” Both sources say that the researchers involved in developing the drink were Dr. Robert Cade, Dr. Dana Shires, Dr. H. James Free and Dr. Alejandro de Quesada. complaining that his players were “wilting” in the heat. (He also wondered why his players never urinated during games.) After some investigation, Cade and his colleagues concluded that two factors were causing the players to fall victim to the heat — they weren’t replenishing the fluids and salts they were sweating out, nor were they restoring the carbohydrates their bodies were burning for fuel.In a stroke of genius, Gatorade turned the drink’s sodium, phosphorus and potassium into “electrolytes,” which is simply the scientific term for molecules that produce ions when dissolved in water.Cade figured that he could solve the problem by helping players replace those lost resources, so he stirred together some sodium, sugar and monopotassium phosphate with water to create a drink soon dubbed Gatorade, after the University of Florida’s nickname: the Gators. Legend has it, the drink turned the struggling Gators football team around. It finished the season with a winning record, and in 1967, the team won the Orange Bowl for the first time in school history. Other teams took notice of the newfangled beverage, and in 1967, Cade and the University of Florida signed an agreement with canned goods company Stokely-Van Camp to produce Gatorade commercially.2This history is outlined in Darren Rovell’s book, “First in Thirst: How Gatorade Turned the Science of Sweat into a Cultural Phenomenon.” Orders for the drink poured in.What followed was a national campaign to sell the public on the idea that exercise caused dehydration, the cure was Gatorade’s specially developed drink, and this tonic was critical for sports performance — it was created by a doctor and tested in studies, after all. One of the brand’s early print advertisements boasted that Gatorade was absorbed 12 times faster than water (a claim walked back in 1970,3According to Darren Rovell’s book, “First in Thirst: How Gatorade Turned the Science of Sweat into a Cultural Phenomenon.”. after Ohio State team doctor Robert J. Murphy challenged it at a meeting of the American Medical Association).In a stroke of genius, Gatorade turned the drink’s sodium, phosphorus and potassium into a special selling point by rebranding these ordinary salts with their scientific name — “electrolytes,” which is simply the scientific term for molecules that produce ions when dissolved in water. Your body maintains some reserves of these vital ions that it can tap into as needed to keep your body’s fluid and salt balance in check. We do lose electrolytes through sweat, but even when you exercise continuously for many hours, you will simply correct any losses via your normal appetite and hunger mechanisms. (You’ve already experienced this if you’ve ever had a hankering for a salty snack.) One small study of cyclists and triathletes found that it didn’t really matter whether they drank plain water, a sports drink or a milk-based beverage after an hour of hard exercise. As long as they drank some liquids along with a meal, they restored their fluid levels just fine.Gatorade may not have been the first to use this term, but they’re the ones that landed electrolytes in the public lexicon. In 1985, the Gatorade Sports Science Institute was founded to promote the study of hydration and nutrition for athletes, research that also happened to make for great marketing. Conveniently, the studies that came from the GSSI could be used to support the product’s claims. A 1990 magazine ad read: “We test Gatorade in laboratories. We test it at major universities, with sports science experts, on sophisticated scientific equipment with names that are longer than this sentence. What does it prove? Gatorade works.”4According to Darren Rovell’s book, “First in Thirst: How Gatorade Turned the Science of Sweat into a Cultural Phenomenon.”Rovell’s book.Early advertisements presented thirst as the problem that Gatorade was designed to solve, but as the GSSI’s research program progressed, the emphasis moved to a more clinical concept of hydration and the notion that thirst was not a good indicator of whether an exerciser was drinking enough. “Unfortunately, there is no clear physiological signal that dehydration is occurring, and most athletes are oblivious to the subtle effects of dehydration (thirst, growing fatigue, irritability, inability to mentally focus, hyperthermia),” wrote GSSI co-founder Bob Murray in one report. Instead, athletes were advised to drink according to scientific formulas. A Gatorade ad that ran in Northwest Runner in 2001 depicted the glistening torso of a runner with the race number 40 pinned to her shorts and the words, “Research shows your body needs at least 40 oz. of fluid every hour or your performance could suffer.” That’s the equivalent of five 8-ounce glasses of liquid, which means that a runner finishing a marathon in a fast three hours would need to drink 15 glasses of fluid along the way. Gulp.Gatorade wasn’t alone in promoting the benefits of drinking before, during and after exercise. Other sports drink manufacturers, such as the drug company GlaxoSmithKline (Lucozade Sport), also pointed to science when marketing its products. Lucozade, for example, established a “sports science academy” to promote its drink. Together, these campaigns fostered the idea that exercise depletes your fluids and electrolytes (which, remember, is just a fancy name for salts) and that special measures are required to make things right again.It was no longer sufficient to simply drink some water and eat a meal after exercising. The idea these marketing campaigns fostered was that physical activity created extraordinary nutritional needs and that these specially formulated beverages were the best way to meet them. This was science speaking. Reprinted from “GOOD TO GO: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn from the Strange Science of Recovery” by Christie Aschwanden. Copyright © 2019 by Christie Aschwanden. With permission of the publisher, W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. All rights reserved.
UPDATE: TV Guide Slashes Jobs Following Merger ApprovalGemstar-TV Guide announced today that its stockholders have approved the company’s proposed merger with Macrovision Corporation, the Santa Clara, California-based digital software solutions firm that agreed last December to acquire Gemstar for $2.8 billion in cash and stock. The merger is expected to take effect May 2. The transaction had been pending shareholder approval since December when Gemstar’s board unanimously approved the transaction and Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., which owns 41 percent of Gemstar, also agreed to the deal.In January, there was serious speculation that some stockholders would vote against the deal. On Monday, shares of Gemstar-TV Guide hit a 13-month-low of $4.04 per share.What’s Next?For Macrovision, the question now becomes what to do with TV Guide’s publishing business, including its 3.2 million circulation flagship magazine. During a conference call the morning of the sale announcement, Macrovision CEO Fred Amoroso said he would need time to study that part of the company before disclosing his plans for the magazine. “I don’t have a deep background in that area,” Amoroso said.The indication now is that Macrovision intends to find a buyer for the publishing business, including TV Guide, and its cable assets. It’s unclear, however, whether TV Guide’s online arm, including TVGuide.com and jumptheshark.com, would be included in any deal.
There has been a lot written on the history of video games. Countless books have appeared usually full of illustrations and meant for coffee table status. This University video project is different, though.A group of students from Munich created the video you see above entitled “Game Design”. It’s shot mostly in a single-shot, but they did have a few breaks (and 45 takes). It aims to sum up the history of gaming in just four minutes by selecting choice games from 1958 through 2010.The group admit it isn’t perfect, but I doubt you could please everyone regardless of which, and how many games you chose to feature. Still, it’s not bad for a first attempt and the length is short enough for even those with no attention span to sit through.Here’s the games and versions that feature in the video:Tennis for Two, Oscilloscope, 1958Pacman, Arcade, 1980Donkey Kong, NES, 1986Sonic the Hedgehog, Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, 1991Street Fighter II. SNES, 1991Super Mario 64, Nintendo 64, 1996Final Fantasy VII, Sony PlayStation, 1997Need for Speed: Hot Pursiut 2, Sony PlayStation 2, 2002Ecco the Dolphin, Sega Dreamcast, 2000Super Smash Bros. Melee, Nintendo Game Cube, 2001Wii Sports Golf, Nintendo Wii, 2006God of War III, Sony PlayStation 3, 2010Rock Band, XBox 360, 2008In the video description it is pointed out that Halo was meant to feature on the original Xbox. It didn’t because the friend who was meant to supply it couldn’t find their copy. Ecco the Dolphin was included to “show a flop in game history” which won’t sit well with Ecco fans.Read more at Florian Smolka’s Vimeo page, via Pocket-lint
Stay on target Introducing a new TV series to the masses is always hard, especially when the premise involves anything complicated like time travel. You have to introduce all new characters, explain the premise of the show in a way that gets everyone watching on board, and tell a compelling story that lays out a blueprint for episodes to come. With all those plates in the air, it’s not surprising that one of them drops sometimes.After watching the pilot episode of NBC’s new time travel drama, Timeless, I don’t yet feel like I really know who these characters are. We’re told about their pasts. Delta Force Master Sergeant Wyatt Logan (Matt Lanter) is depressed over the loss of his wife. History professor Lucy Preston (Abigail Spencer) has dedicated her life to her department out of obligation to her dying mother. Rufus Carlin (Malcolm Barrett) is… well we don’t know that much. He’s a nerdy coder who has serious (understandable) misgivings about traveling back in time as a Black man. And that his boss, the inventor of the time machine, Connor Mason (Paterson Joseph) has asked him to spy on his co-travelers.TIMELESS — “Pilot” — Pictured: (l-r) Matt Lanter as Wyatt Logan, Malcolm Barrett as Rufus Carlin, Abigail Spencer as Lucy Preston — (Photo by: Joe Lederer/NBC)We don’t really know much about their personalities just yet, and in the pilot, they all come off as one-dimensional. Wyatt and Lucy are no-nonsense and focused on getting the mission done. What brief fun there is in Lucy being awestruck at suddenly being in the 1930s is quickly forgotten after Wyatt brings her attention to the task at hand. When she returns to the present to find out how things have changed, the only things we know for sure is that she’s happy her mother was now never sick, but distraught that her sister never existed. Reactions literally any human would have. The other news, that she has a fiance in this timeline, is glossed over. We have no idea how she feels about that or if she even wanted one in the first place.Wyatt meets a woman who looks a lot like his wife and learns she’s destined to die in the Hindenburg accident, and predictably tries to save her. (Hey Timeless writers, I too enjoyed “The City on the Edge of Forever.”) While that’s an interesting dilemma, it doesn’t tell us much about his character or what we can expect from him. Unless he’s going to meet a woman that looks like his wife in every time period, they travel to.Rufus ends up being the most interesting, partly because the funny nerd of the group will always stand out among flat characters, but mostly because he’s actually given something to push against. He steps out into 1937 and is immediately treated like a second-class citizen. He isn’t allowed to go into the same places as the other two. When the group is arrested, he is placed in a different cell and almost beaten. The stakes in this world are higher for him, and if future episodes focus more on his character, the show will be better for it.TIMELESS — “Pilot” — Pictured: (l-r) Malcolm Barrett as Rufus Carlin, Paterson Joseph as Connor Mason — (Photo by: Joe Lederer/NBC)All that said, despite the lack of character development, the pilot episode of Timeless gave us a fun, exciting time-travel adventure. The world of 1937 is recreated perfectly, and there is enjoyment to be had in guessing how everything the characters do is going to affect the present. The story itself is also intriguing. Goran Visinjic plays Garcia Flynn, a criminal who has stolen a time machine to unmake the United States by changing certain historic events. While our three heroes can track him to a specific time, they have no way of knowing his location.In the pilot, Lucy, Rufus, and Wyatt are sent to the day of the Hindenburg explosion, thinking he intends to kill someone in the explosion who was meant to survive. They are surprised to learn that he actually prevents the explosion. When Rufus discovers one of Flynn’s henchmen’s walkie-talkie has been converted into a detonator, they figure out that Flynn actually meant to postpone the explosion until the next day—when some very important historical figures would be on board.TIMELESS — “Pilot” — Pictured: Goran Visnjic as Garcia Flynn — (Photo by: Joe Lederer/NBC)The show also sets up an intriguing mystery to tease us into coming back next week. Flynn has a diary that Lucy will write in the Future and directs her to ask why she was really brought in on this mission. We’d all probably guessed there would be some bigger conspiracy going on. Nearly every new show has at least one. But that doesn’t mean I’m not at least interested to find out what it is.It’s possible I’m just easily won over by time travel stories, but Timeless delivers a genuinely interesting premise, with fun anachronistic one-liners, which helps overcome its weaker elements. The promise of seeing exactly how much each mission changes the present alone is enough to keep me coming back. New Buck Rogers movie happening if a court decides the name is public do…
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Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement A Saudi-led coalition began targeting the Houthis and their allies on March 26. The U.N. estimates that at least 1,037 civilians, including 130 women and 234 children, have been killed between March 26 and May 20 in the fighting.Hadi’s government in exile has declared several provinces of Yemen disaster zones, including Dhale, where all basic services have collapsed. Due to the violence and a Saudi-led sea-and-air blockade, most Yemenis face severe shortages of fuel, water, medicine and food.In a new report, international humanitarian group Oxfam warned that some 16 million people in Yemen don’t have access to clean water.“This is equivalent to the populations of Berlin, London, Paris and Rome combined, all rotting under heaps of garbage in the streets, broken sewage pipes and without clean water for the seventh-consecutive week,” said Grace Ommer of Oxfam.Also Tuesday, the Saudi-led coalition carried out airstrikes in at least five Yemeni cities, including the capital, Sanaa, and the southern port city of Aden.Meanwhile, a statement by the Saudi Interior Ministry said fighting along the kingdom’s border with Yemen near Asir killed one Saudi soldier and wounded three late Monday. As fighting continues, hopes are dwindling for a political resolution to end the war.Peace efforts also received a major blow this week after U.N.-sponsored negotiations due to take place in Geneva were indefinitely postponed.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon ordered the postponement following a request from Yemen’s government and other parties for more time to prepare, spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Tuesday, adding that Ban “is actively working to convene the talks at the earliest possible time.”The organization still hopes the warring sides could convene without preconditions, he said.In a limited Cabinet reshuffle, Hadi on Tuesday appointed a former lawmaker, Brig. Gen. Abdu al-Houzifi, as the new interior minister to replace the one who sided with the Houthis.The Houthis, who control large swaths of territory, later said in a statement that they were appointing new governors in six provinces — Sanaa, Rayma, Marib, Bayda, Jawf and Ibb.___Associated Press writers Edith Lederer and Cara Anna contributed to this report from the United Nations.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Fighters backing Yemen’s exiled government captured a key city on the road to the port city of Aden, officials said Tuesday, the pro-government forces’ first significant victory since a Saudi-led coalition began targeting Shiite rebels in airstrikes.The fighters took Dhale, home to the command center of the 33rd Armored Brigade, the country’s largest army unit that had been loyal to former Yemeni leader Ali Abdullah Saleh. Saleh has backed the rebels, known as Houthis, in their power grab across Yemen that began last September. How men can have a healthy 2019 Top Stories Sponsored Stories 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Comments Share New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Government-allied fighters seized tanks, rocket launchers and ammunition caches from the base at Dhale, some 120 kilometers (75 miles) from Aden, said the officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to reporters.Footage from Dhale aired on the Saudi-funded Al-Arabiya satellite news network showed fighters in one armored vehicle flying the flag of once-independent South Yemen. The fighters, though allied with exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, also want an independent southern state in the country, which was only unified in 1990.Dozens of fighters on both sides have been killed in intense clashes around Dhale in the past two weeks. Fighting between them still raged Tuesday on the city’s outskirts, officials said.The officials also said that in the city of Taiz, three civilians were killed and over 20 wounded when a mortar shell hit a passenger bus in the city center. Combatants on each side accused the other of firing the errant shell, which happened during intense fighting involving heavy weapons.Just north of Aden, fighting between forces loyal to Hadi and those of Saleh killed three civilians and wounded five, they added.
10 Comments Share Things haven’t started the way anybody would want for the 2018 Arizona Cardinals, so as a bit of therapy, we thought we’d remember some happier (or at least more productive) times.Through three games, the Cardinals’ leading receiver (in terms of yards) is rookie Christian Kirk with 121. That’s an average of just over 40 yards per game, or, in layman’s terms, not good.So, in order to wash that unfortunate fact out of your brains, your Trivia Tuesday challenge this week is to name the 28 players in Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals history to have recorded at least one 100-yard receiving game. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires We’ve given you the position of the player, the years he wore Cardinal red, the number of times each accomplished the feat and eight minutes on the clock — what more could you want?Good luck!
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of ideas from Arizona State University Knowledge Enterprise In 2007 the Australian performance artist Stelarc started growing an extra ear on his left arm through a series of operations that are still ongoing The ear is actually made up of his own stem cells woven into a biodegradable frame Eventually a Bluetooth device will be inserted and Stelarc will be able to hear and communicate through it Stelarcs work focuses on body enhancement exploring the radical changes our bodies will undergo in the 21st century He also created "Exoskeleton" a 1300-pound prosthetic machine with six legs driven by 18 pneumatic actuators Stelarc climbs into the middle of this huge device and pilots it with arm gestures It is a harbinger of how technology and humans will increasingly mergea future in which cyborgs (or robotic machines) will be operated by our brains while the rest of our bodies will become obsolete In these experiments Stelarc creates a brand new art form using science and technology in ways that are artistically pleasing or aesthetic Our notions of science and aesthetics are two concepts that have been undergoing redefinition for centuries Ive studied the connections between art and science for 30 years a passion first sparked while I was growing up in New York City as a kid interested in science in a city with some of the greatest art museums in the world A few years after earning a doctorate in physics I decided to focus on a question I was constantly asking myself: "What is the nature of creativity in science" In studying the original German-language papers in relativity and quantum theory by Niels Bohr Albert Einstein Werner Heisenberg and others I was struck by the importance of visual imagery and aesthetics in scientists creativity In the early 1500s Leonardo da Vinci made no distinction between art and science The imaginative submarines and helicopters he designed and drew were as much art to him as the "Mona Lisa" A century later in 1687 Isaac Newtons magisterial laws of motion led to the "Age of Reason" in which the search for truth resided in science and art was relegated to mere ornamentation It was not for another 300 years that art and science began to move closer again The rise of industries fueled by spectacular developments in science and technologythe electrical dynamo photography and cinematographyplus scientific discoveries such as x-rays radioactivity and mathematicians explorations of multi-dimensional spaces inspired scientists and artists to new heights of abstraction Einstein was inspired to discover special relativity in 1905 by his desire to remove the asymmetries in nature implied by how scientists interpreted equations in the physics of that era He found these asymmetries "unbearable" because he believed passionately in a pristine beauty in nature that he thought ought to be reflected in the mathematics of a scientific theory In fact Einstein introduced beauty simplicity in explanations a sense of proportion in equations as a guideline in scientific research Developments in technology science and mathematics were also of central importance to artists Pablo Picassos breakthrough 1907 painting "Les Demoiselles dAvignon" contained the seeds of Cubism Picasso interpreted X-rays discovered in 1895 as revealing that what you see is not necessarily what you get a keynote of Cubism in which forms are reduced to geometry Picassos Cubism led to Futurism and then to Surrealism Yet these art movements used only the ideas of science and technology not the media like actual X-rays or actual cinematography All this changed in the second half of the 20th century when electronics became readily available But artists could not use this material without help from scientists which led to collaboration The first major collaboration took place in 1966 when the scientist Billy Klver brought together 30 colleagues from Bell Labs and 10 artists from the East Village among them Robert Rauschenberg and John Cage This combustible mixture exploded in a series of performances called "9 Evenings: Theater and Engineering" Rauschenbergs performance started with a tennis match in which the lights automatically dimmed when each player hit the ball while Cage filled the auditorium with a cacophony of sounds collected from various sources such as hotel kitchens and police and marine radio bands piped in from around the city through telephone lines Today artists can express emotions and depict nature by using tools that go beyond paintbrush and chisel They can use data from airplane flights across the US or insert a fluorescent jellyfish gene into a rabbit I call the new art movement "artsci" In writing my new book Colliding Worlds: How Cutting-Edge Science is Redefining Contemporary Art I conducted more than 80 interviews with prominent artists and scientists working in the new art form Through these conversations I came to the conclusion that 21st century art science and technology are fusing into a third culturea new avant-garde Eventually this fusion "artsci"will be known simply as art This is a highly controversial conclusion because most artists and scientists believe that art is simply art and science is simply science and thats it Right now even artists who recognize the importance of science and technology in their work consider themselves to be merely producing scientific illustrations rather than work that could lead to scientific discoveries But the art created in conjunction with science can sometimes even benefit science The British dance/science/engineering group "danceroom Spectroscopy" which I discovered after I finished my book choreographs beautiful pieces around themes like molecular dynamics David Glowacki a theoretical chemist at Bristol University in England and his team came up with a dance performance called "Hidden Fields" in which interactive digital art and physics transform dancers movements into what the group calls "energy fields" that create disturbances in computer simulations of molecular dynamics projected onto a background screen The super-fast algorithms cooked up for bringing together the dancers movements with the simulations of molecular motion have ended up helping scientists manipulate chains of protein molecules They want to understand how proteins try to cooperate or bond together because mishaps in the process can lead to diabetes cystic fibrosis and Parkinsons Using these algorithms is sometimes 10000 times faster than simply asking a computer to try different chains of protein molecules until it hits upon an appropriate structure This is the future of art in our age of computers and algorithms Painting with oils and other traditional art forms will persist but I think they too will soon merge with science and technology in new and imaginative ways For a taste of this future check out an electronic art fair like Ars Electronica held in Linz Austria every September Ars Electronica shows works generated by science and technology with new sorts of images and sounds that would be impossible without computers and algorithms There are no paintingsin fact theyre sometimes derisively referred to as "flat art" by proponents of artsci Appreciating the new art on display at the fair requires knowledge of science and technology computers and algorithms At Ars Electronica in 2012 visitors to Seiko Mikamis installation "Desire of Codes" became actors in a work of art in which ambiguity reigns The installation is made of six ceiling-mounted surveillance cameras on robotic arms and 90 wall-mounted sensors These data are mixed with pre-recorded images and sounds from actual surveillance cameras to create images on screens in which the exhibition visitors see themselves walking through cities such as Berlin or in the countryside as if in a dream or an alternate reality In this new artsci there is no one unique "Mona Lisa" This is an art that does not stand still Arthur I Miller is the author of the recently published Colliding 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