Tottenham eyeing shock swoop for former Chelsea and Liverpool midfielder

first_imgTottenham are weighing up a move for former Chelsea and Liverpool midfielder Raul Meireles.The 32-year-old has been linked with a move away from Fenerbahce this summer and several clubs have made enquiries.Sides in Portugal are interested, while the former Porto man is also said to have offers from teams in Serie A.But now, according to Sky Italia, Tottenham have expressed an interest in bringing Meireles to White Hart Lane.Spurs have already sold central midfielders Paulinho and Benjamin Stambouli this summer and they are now searching for replacements.Meireles is reportedly high on Mauricio Pochettino’s list of targets and the club could now make a move for him. 1 Raul Meireles last_img read more

Bears’ Khalil Mack takes aim at the Raiders

first_imgKhalil Mack isn’t going to spend a lot of time this week putting up bulletin board material. That’s never been his style, not in the four years he played for the Raiders or in his second season with the Chicago Bears.But Mack did divulge to Deion Sanders during an NFL Network interview that he’s eager to face the team that traded him to the Bears before the 2018 season for a pair of first-round draft picks (with the Bears getting a second from the Raiders).“That’s the one I’m looking …last_img read more

Brain Synapse Machinery Is Finely Tuned

first_imgThe New York Times published a brief article on brain facts that is astonishing, when you think about all that goes on in thinking.  Nicholas Wade reported on a new inventory of the proteins involved in the synapses, the key junctions between neurons.  The research team, led by Seth Grant of the Sanger Institute near Cambridge, England, compiled the first exact inventory of all the protein components of the synaptic information-processing machinery.  No fewer than 1,461 proteins are involved in this biological machinery, they report in the current issue of Nature Neuroscience….    Each neuron in the human brain makes an average 1,000 or so connections with other neurons.  There are 100 billion neurons, so the brain probably contains 100 trillion synapses, its most critical working part.    At the side of a synapse that belongs to the transmitting neuron, an electrical signal arrives and releases packets of chemicals.  The chemicals diffuse quickly across the minute gap between the neurons and dock with receptors on the surface of the receiving neuron.    These receptors feed the signals they receive to a delicate complex of protein-based machines that process and store the information.    The 1,461 genes that specify these synaptic proteins constitute more than 7 percent of the human genome’s 20,000 protein-coding genes, an indication of the synapse’s complexity and importance.    Dr. Grant believes that the proteins are probably linked together to form several biological machines that process the information and change the physical properties of the neuron as a way of laying down a memory.Lest one think there is a lot of leeway in the system for evolution, the article went on to describe what mutations do.  Single mutations in 169 genes, the Sanger team found, cause 269 different human diseases.  “The tolerances of these machines seem to be very fine because almost any mutation in the underlying genes leads to a misshapen protein and, consequently, to disease,” the article said.  Science Daily reported that a single gene deletion leads to the most common form of adult brain cancer.    See also the 11/19/2010 entry on brain-boggling facts.Are you thinking that Darwin doesn’t have a prayer explaining this?  Look: machines made of other machines, information processing, fantastic complexity, very fine tolerance.  If you are thinking rightly, you will be thanking the Maker of your designed brain.    This is the 700th “Amazing Facts” entry in Creation-Evolution Headlines brought to you in over 10 years of reporting.  Putting all of them together would make a sizeable book.  If you appreciate this amazing information made available here for free, consider supporting our site with a year-end donation.  Click the Donate button on the right-hand column.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Sliding Insulation Between Rafters From Above

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in It’s harder to weatherize an old Cape Cod house than it is to weatherize other types of houses. The second floor of a Cape Cod house has sloped ceilings, typically interrupted by 4-foot-high kneewalls. In most cases, a Cape also includes a horizontal ceiling in the center of the second floor, with a cramped third-floor attic above the horizontal ceiling.If you live in an old, uninsulated Cape, you know how hard it is to come up with a good way to insulate your home’s sloped ceilings. Among several possible methods, these approaches are typically recommended:These approaches work, but they are expensive and potentially disruptive. What about a third approach — namely, trying to slide ventilation baffles and insulation into the rafter bays from the third-floor attic? Is that even possible?The answer is “maybe.”Before we provide tips on how it may be possible to slide insulation down the rafter bays from the attic above, let’s list the factors that may make this work difficult or impossible:Before you attempt this approach to insulating a sloped ceiling, you have to decide on what type of ventilation baffle to use, and what type of insulation to use.Ideally, your insulation baffle will be long enough to reach from the top of the sloped ceiling section to the bottom, so that you don’t have to try to insert two or three baffles in each rafter bay. (It would be hard to insert the bottom-most baffle in place if it wasn’t long enough to reach all the way to the upper attic.)If you decide to use a commercially available baffle like SmartBaffle or AccuVent  or Provent, first determine whether the products are long enough. (SmartBaffle is 37 inches long, and Accuvent baffles can be ordered in… This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more

Why Swarm Won’t Save Foursquare

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#ambient location#ambient location apps#applications#Foursquare#location apps#Location Services#Swarm A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Swarm was Foursquare’s way of ripping the check-in from its flagship app. The new social app uses your phone’s GPS function to broadcast where you are at all times, and view others’ locations, too. Named after the Foursquare “Swarm Badge” that signifies a busy location, Swarm is the latest “ambient location” app to launch this year. “Ambient location” apps rely on mobile phones’ location services to display your general area to your friends in a passive way, without the need to check into any specific location. That’s how Swarm works. If you decide you want to share your exact location with friends, Swarm’s check-in feature is basically the same, but now you can also share your future plans with friends and invite them to join in. Ambient location sharing can be turned off, but it’s on by default.See Also: Why Foursquare Is Breaking Up With The Check-InI’m skeptical of location sharing in general. I rarely check into places until I’m ready to leave, and even then, I don’t see the benefit. And with Swarm, my general location is visible to anyone at any time. There are only a handful of people I’d be okay with knowing that information, and it’s not anyone on the friends list I’d amassed since joining Foursquare four years ago. I’m probably not alone here. Ambient location apps haven’t taken off, and even Facebook’s attempt to get friends to share their general locations has fallen flat. Most people don’t mind telling their friends where they are, as long as they’re okay with those friends joining them. I bet most people don’t have 100 or more friends they’d enjoy meeting up with randomly on the street. Foursquare doesn’t disclose monthly active user numbers, but the company boasts over 50 million app downloads. Still, one would imagine users stay in contact with friends over Twitter and Facebook more often than they do with Foursquare, and moving check-ins to Swarm may not help Foursquare in that regard. Reserve Your Tickets Now: Join ReadWrite And Foursquare’s Dennis Crowley To Talk About The Future Of AppsFoursquare is simply not as popular as Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, even though the company is technically in the same category as those companies. In 2010, Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley was even dubbed “The New King Of Social Media”—but four years later, Foursquare may be doing more rebuilding than refining.Swarm, Foursquare’s new social arm, will more or less need to build its community from the ground up; Crowley says the company is building tools to make it easier to bounce between Foursquare’s apps, but I doubt users like me, who primarily use Foursquare as a recommendation tool, will find Swarm appealing. A New Direction For FoursquareAs Swarm tries to popularize proximity apps, Foursquare will have its own hurdles to jump.The new Foursquare app to be released later this year will offer suggestions on where to go and what to order, based on users’ unique location histories. On the plus side, Foursquare’s directory of places consists of over six billion check-ins, which is more than any other service—arguably enviable by Google or Yelp. See Also: Foursquare CEO: How We’ll Tell You Where To Eat And What To OrderFoursquare will learn your behavior based on your previous check-ins and ambient location data—such as where you like to eat, or when you like to go to the movies—and tailor suggestions for where you should go next. The Foursquare app will eventually deliver push notifications when you are at a new location, and serve up suggestions for what to do there. Many places have “tips,” or small reviews written by Foursquare after they check in. Unlike Yelp, these Foursquare reviews tend to be short and concise. As Foursquare moves away from the check-in, these reviews will be the focal point of the new application.The only way for Foursquare to collect your location data once check-ins are removed is to use location services running in the background to track where you’ve been, which is concerning for privacy-conscious folks. In order to receive tailored push notifications, you’ll have to let Foursquare track you.Foursquare’s collection of places is likely robust enough on its own to succeed as a competitor to Yelp. But will users be comfortable giving up their location information to both Foursquare and casual contacts on a regular basis? I’m not convinced. Lead image via John Fischer on Flickr The first thing I did after downloading Foursquare’s new Swarm app was drastically cull my friends list on Foursquare from over 100 people down to just 19. When I joined Foursquare a few years ago, I was living in Arizona, still in college—a completely different lifestyle. As the years went by, things changed but my friends list kept growing. I stopped using Foursquare for checking in, and started using it as a location recommendation service, similar to Yelp. In my mind, it wasn’t really a social network anymore—in fact, I started keeping it among the travel apps on my iPhone.This is the concept Foursquare wants to build: to move beyond the check-in. The company’s recent unbundling of its services yielded two separate entities—Swarm, the social network; and Foursquare, the app you’ll use when trying to figure out what to do next.Foursquare isn’t the first social network to experiment with splitting up its services. Facebook, most notably, has been trying to unbundle itself for years, sometimes failing along the way. Its latest move—forcing Facebook users into Messenger if they want to chat on mobile devices—was largely criticized, for example.Foursquare is also taking a risk by dividing its efforts for two distinctly different services seemingly working in opposite directions. Yes, Foursquare’s location discovery application will use your check-in data from Swarm, but Swarm also wants to create a different social experience entirely.Swarm—Creepy Or Convenient?  The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos selena larson Related Posts last_img read more

Terrorist in the machine: U.S. DOJ fears IoT security threat

first_imgFollow the Puck The huge wave of Internet of Things (IoT) enabled devices has the U.S. government worried that the technology harbors lurking security threats.According to a Defense One article, the U.S. Department of Justice has joined other agencies in evaluating IoT technology for national security risksAnd with up to 50 billion connected devices coming online by 2020, the government is scrambling to assess threats from the fast evolving technology.See also: Can ISIS hack the Internet of things? (Uh, no.)U.S. Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin said his division has a group dedicated to assessing IoT technology threats. He said it is critical to fully assess this new technology to properly combat next-generation terrorism tactics.“Look at the terrorist attack in Nice,” said Carlin. “If our trucks are running in an automated fashion — great efficiencies, great safety, on the one hand — but if we don’t think about how terrorists could exploit that on the front end, and not after they take a truck and run it through a crowd of civilians, we’ll regret it.”He says that the government moved overly fast in connecting its data store houses which left it vulnerable to state and non-state actors who have stolen valuable information for illicit use.“We made that mistake once when we moved all of our data, when we digitally connected it, and didn’t focus on how … terrorists and spies could exploit it,” said Carlin. “We can’t do that again when it comes to the Internet of Things, actual missiles, trucks and cars.”IoT security a theme around the capitalThe Justice Department joins several other federal agencies which are delving into the potential risks presented by IoT.The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) launched a program in 2012 that to fix vulnerabilities threatening IoT devices.In 2014 the Central Intelligence Agency admitted their IoT concerns. CIA Deputy Director Dawn Meyerriecks revealed that “smart refrigerators have been used in distributed denial of service attacks,” and discussed smart fluorescent LEDs that “are communicating that they need to be replaced but are also being hijacked for other things.”The National Security Agency also has its sights set on IoT, which it has said both presents a security threat and a signals intelligence bonanza. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#cybersecurity#cyberterrorism#DARPA#DOJ#IoT#nsa#Washington Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Related Posts How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Donal Powerlast_img read more

Man commits suicide at Delhis Tagore Garden metro station

first_imgNew Delhi: A man committed suicide by jumping before a speeding train at Delhi’s Tagore Garden Metro station, police said on Saturday. According to the police, around 11 p.m. on Friday night, the Raja Garden Metro police station received a call informing them about a body lying between the tracks and the platform at Tagore Garden Metro Station. “A team rushed to the spot and found the body of a person identified as Rahul, a resident of Najafgarh, lying between the lines. CCTV footage revealed that he had committed suicide by jumping before the metro train. We have sent the body to the Deen Dayal Upadhyay mortuary for post-mortem,” said a senior police officer. The police have also initiated proceedings under Section 174 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPc).last_img read more

Cost of bringing First Nations water systems up to snuff could total

first_imgOTTAWA – Jane Philpott says the federal government will spend as much money as it takes to end long-term, boil-water advisories in First Nations communities by March 2021.The Indigenous services minister made that vow Thursday after Parliament’s budget watchdog warned that the federal government hasn’t devoted anywhere near enough money to fulfil Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s promise to end boil-water advisories within five years.It will cost at least $3.2 billion in capital investment to bring First Nations drinking water and wastewater systems up to standards comparable to non-Indigenous communities by 2020, according to a report released by the parliamentary budget office.That includes $1.8 billion to upgrade drinking water systems and another $1.4 billion to upgrade wastewater treatment, along with $361 million in maintenance costs.The Trudeau government’s first budget in 2016 allocated $1.8 billion over five years for improving First Nations water and wastewater systems.But the PBO report says that falls far short of what’s needed to deliver on Trudeau’s 2015 campaign promise to end all long-term boil-water advisories in First Nations communities within five years.The planned spending, combined with the money that’s been devoted to improving water systems since 2011, will cover only 54 to 70 per cent — depending on population growth — of the total investments needed, the report says.Moreover, the report notes that the Trudeau government’s commitment applies only to water systems that are financially supported by the federal government — which covers most, but not all, systems on reserve.“As such, even if the federal commitment is fulfilled, there may remain inadequate infrastructure,” it says.Philpott said the report “highlights the tremendous amount of work that has to be done” but vowed that it will get done — and on schedule.“Our commitment is firm and Canadians need to understand that we are absolutely steadfast in our commitment to make sure that all long-term boil-water advisories in public systems on reserve will be lifted by March of 2021,” she said.“We will make sure we have the resources to do so and we have a very specific plan in place to get there.”She added that the government will study the PBO report’s conclusion that more money — at least $2.35 billion more, by the NDP’s estimate — will be needed.However, Philpott also argued that the number of boil-water advisories the government is promising to fix is not as high as the numbers used by the PBO or by the NDP. The government numbers include only long-term advisories issued on public water systems for which the federal government is responsible.By Philpott’s count, there are currently 67 such boil-water advisories in effect. Since the Liberals took office in November 2015, she said 29 such advisories have been lifted, although she acknowledged that some new ones have been issued over the same period.Her department’s website showed slightly different numbers: 69 advisories still in effect, 27 lifted and 19 new ones issued — for a total reduction of eight since the Liberals took the helm.The PBO cited Health Canada in reporting that there were 100 long-term advisories and 37 short-term advisories in effect as of last March, while the NDP put the current number at 147 — the same number arrived at by adding the boil-water and do-not-consume water advisories posted on Health Canada’s website as of Thursday.But Philpott said those higher numbers include short-term boil-water advisories, which may be in effect for only a day or two while a sewage system is repaired, for instance. They also include water systems for private entities on reserve, like a gas station, for which the government is not responsible, she said.Charlie Angus, the NDP’s Indigenous affairs critic, said the report shows the Liberal government hasn’t invested enough money to meet Trudeau’s promise.“Access to clean water is a fundamental right,” Angus said. “It is time the government got serious about this.”last_img read more