With sole possession of the top record in the NFC

first_img With sole possession of the top record in the NFC, the Arizona Cardinals are getting well-deserved attention from the national media.ESPN NFL analyst Mark Schlereth told Bickley and Marotta on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Friday he enjoys watching the Cardinals play.“I think Bruce Arians would be the first to tell you, ‘Hey, we’re not the most talented team all the time,’ but I guarantee you one thing: They’re not going to back down from anybody,” Schlereth said. “It’s like an Old West deal. I just love watching them play. There’s something that’s special that you can’t put your finger on.”Schlereth called the 6-1 team’s play “not pretty, but it’s pretty aggressive.” The Cardinals rank third in the NFL in rushing yards allowed per game and fifth in points allowed per contest. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories LISTEN: Mark Schlereth- ESPN NFL analyst Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments   Share   Your browser does not support the audio element.last_img read more

Ahead of its planned acquisition of SFR French ca

first_imgAhead of its planned acquisition of SFR, French cable operator Numericable has struck a local-loop unbundling deal with the larger telco that will enable it to extend its broadband reach significantly.The move will enable Numericable to extend its existing ADSL offering to SFR’s exchanges. According to website Ariase, based on its own calculations Numericable will be able to sell its unbundled ADSL offerings in over 4,875 local exchange points, including 800 equipped with a DSLAM belonging to Numericable subsidiary Completel, with the remainder belonging to SFR.The deal means that Numericable will overtake Free as the country’s second largest unbundled provider, according to reports. The company will be able to reach a large number of areas where networks have been put in place by SFR in partnership with local municipal authorities, according to Ariase. It will also enable Numericable to avoid paying transport fees to Orange to reach customers.last_img read more

The BBC has extended the catchup window for its o

first_imgThe BBC has extended the catch-up window for its on-demand iPlayer service from seven to 30 days. The move, which applies to BBC TV and radio programmes, was introduced over the weekend and follows approval from the BBC’s governing body, the BBC Trust, in April.Viewers accessing the iPlayer from computers, tablets and mobile devices will all now get the 30-day programme availability. The BBC is also working with connected TV partners – including Virgin Media TiVo, YouView and BT Vision – which will be able to offer 30-day catch-up from their set-top boxes once they upgrade to the latest version of the iPlayer. Sky has already made the switch to this version.“BBC iPlayer pioneered online viewing. It is recognised as not just the first, but the best service of its type in the world. It offers amazing value. But we want to go further. That’s why we began reinventing iPlayer earlier this year with a brand new redesign and features,” said BBC director-general, Tony Hall.“Extending the catch up window to 30 days now makes the best value on-demand service even better. We have a fantastic autumn schedule and the public will now have more opportunities to watch the shows they love.”The BBC said that while 30 days will now be the default availability period for catch-up content, there will be some exceptions.A “minority “ of programmes will still be available for less than 30 days due to “legal and contractual reasons – such as Crimewatch, news bulletins, and football highlights show Match of the Day, according to head of iPlayer, Dan Taylor-Watt.However, some programmes, such as BBC Four collections, will be available for longer then 30 days, with some current affairs programmes like Panorama and Question Time to be on iPlayer for a full year.At launch, the 30-day catch-up window only applies to streamed content, but the BBC has pledged to also extend the window to iPlayer downloads, giving viewers an extra 23 days to watch content offline before the rights expire.“There is a huge demand to make programmes available for longer on BBC iPlayer – as we continue to see people search for their favourite programmes after the seven day catch-up window. Whether it’s on the bus on their mobile – or on their tablet in bed at night, I’m really pleased that we’re able to give our audiences longer to watch and listen than ever before,” said BBC director of future media, Ralph Rivera.last_img read more

4700 years before Stonehenge

first_img 4,700 years before Stonehenge. So, what gives? Stalin hated capitalism but strongly supported industry. What’s the difference? The difference lies is the exercise of will: Commerce—capitalism of the mom-and-pop variety—involves individuals choosing to perform productive actions, such as growing food and making shoes. 3,000 years before the Sumerians (depending on how you pick their start date). It’s almost useless to use the word capitalism these days. Its meaning has been so distorted, so polarized, so manipulated, that almost every time I pull it out, I have to stop and define it first. And even then, knee-jerk reactions continue. So, I’m generally abandoning the word. In its place, I’m using commerce. But that raises yet another issue: It’s entirely wrong to describe a mom-and-pop store with the same word we use for General Motors. Did Stalin Support Capitalism? No, of course not; Stalin was a Marxist. But at the same time, he was a major supporter of industry. For example, check out this very typical poster of his era: Industry—capitalism of the corporate variety—involves the domination of individual will. Sure, the corporate suite and their government partners get to exercise will, but mere corporate employees are forbidden from exercising theirs. So, 1%-2% get to use their wills to some effective extent, and 98%-99% are restricted. Stalin killed people of the first type and rewarded people of the second type. I think that also helps to clarify the distinction. What About Now? So, what about our current situation? Are mom and pop being rewarded, or at least left alone? No, they’re not; they’re being ground into the dust. No matter how much governments and their sycophants swear that regulation is good for business, every small businessman, myself among them, knows the truth. People are getting out of businesses in droves and telling their children to find something else to do. As one small businessman I know says, “It’s just not fun anymore.” Did you know that fewer small businesses are being created than destroyed? And there’s a one-word reason for it: regulation. Stripped of the self-righteous lies that surround it, regulation is simply a restriction of will. It involves the biggest bosses telling everyone else what they can or cannot do. And here’s the rub: Big corporations can get regulations written as they like; small businesses can’t. The result is this: Corporate numbers are up because their small competitors have been squeezed out. Mom and pop’s cash flow has been transferred to the corporation. Stalin would thrive in this environment. He’d find a prominent place in the corporate takeover of America. On the other hand, Stalin could never survive in a world where mom-and-pop capitalism was the order of the day. He’d be a rank hoodlum, and eventually some shopkeeper would shoot him. But Wait, We Need Regulation! Some of the sadder news stories I see are those involving small business alliances sucking up to the big imposers of will, saying things like, “We recognize the necessity of some regulation, but…” Yes, I know that they mean well (and Lord knows I’ve had my own share of “meant well” mistakes), but commerce is contrary to regulation by its very nature. Commerce (and I’m tempted to christen it natural commerce) is a liberated-will strategy. Cuddling up to people who impose controlled-will strategies is not helpful. I covered this entire subject in much more detail in my newsletter (issue #29), but I would like to make one point on the “necessity” of regulation here. Please take a look at this map: 6,200 years before Homer and the beginnings of Greek civilization. You get the point. So, all those history-book passages about “necessary organization and administration” and “an appropriate bureaucratic infrastructure” were simply false. From time immemorial, humans exercised will and solved problems to make commerce work. They didn’t need pompous parasites telling them what to do and what not to do. So… So, commerce—natural commerce; mom and pop commerce—is, by its very nature, born free. It evades regulations and controls, because it serves its own will, not the wills of rulers. For this reason, Joe Stalin killed its practitioners. For the same reason, he rewarded industrial operations. On Main Street, Joe Stalin would knife mom and pop. In the corporate tower, he would thrive. That’s something to think about. A Free-Man’s Take is written by lifestyle capitalist, author, and freedom advocate Paul Rosenberg. You can get much more from Paul in his unique monthly newsletter, Free-Man’s Perspective. What you’re looking at are the Near East trade routes of 7000 BC. Let me put that into some perspective for you: This is a record of self-motivated individuals, traveling hundreds of miles to trade with foreigners. (And there is much more to be discovered.) And when were these people doing this? 4,500 years before the pyramids of Egypt.last_img read more

An audience gathers around the transparent 14foot

first_imgAn audience gathers around the transparent 14-foot-long “culinary instrument” in a restaurant called Creator in San Francisco’s SoMa neighborhood.Brioche buns are sliced, buttered and toasted by paddles moving like waves in the ocean. They land in specially designed, compostable hamburger boxes. The buns are topped with fresh produce, sourced from local farms, which is sliced on the spot. Cheese is shredded from blocks and added. The in-machine meat grinder has been calibrated to vertically align the meat with diner’s incisors. The 4.5-ounce beef patties are ground from brisket and cooked using the induction method, both sides at once, then slid into the boxes.And the fumes from cooking? They are cleaned inside the machine.The sleek hamburger-producing machine, featuring organic curves and copper detail, fits in perfectly with Creator’s airy 2,200 square-foot space, white walls and high ceiling. It attracted a waitlist this summer for its bi-weekly lunches, and will open full time in September. It fits with the city as well — the restaurant is just two miles away from where the Elon Musk-founded OpenAI lab recently tested a robot hand named Dactyl.Creator’s parent company is a culinary robotics firm founded by 33-year-old Alex Vardakostas, who grew up in the burger business in Southern California. “I really got going on the griddle when I was like 14, 15,” says Vardakostas, whose family owns the two Orange County A’s Burgers locations.The inspiration struck Vardakostas while he was a junior at the University of California, Santa Barbara, studying physics. He woke up at 4 a.m. with the idea for a robot-made burger. “A lot of people don’t talk about this or realize it, but it is incredibly unhealthy — inhaling grease-laden vapors and soot all day. So that was this really exciting idea for me, where I could just have this beautiful instrument and I could take control of it,” says Vardakostas. (The World Health Organization has identified a number of hazardous compounds released into the air by cooking, and while many oven hoods in commercial and residential kitchens filter some of the bad stuff out, some do a better job than others.)Since then, Vardakostas has focused on creating a healthier work environment and developing a better way to make high-quality food at a reasonable price. Four years after he had his bot-burger vision, he built his first hamburger-making robot in his childhood garage. “I would drive up to Menlo Park and get machine parts at TechShop and drive all the way back down to Orange County and hope they fit together and try to make it work,” he says.A move to San Francisco and a collaboration with 32-year-old Steve Frehn, now Creator’s co-founder and COO, led to the second rendition of the burger machine. Now on version four, the machine, comprised of food-safe plastic tubes and over 350 sensors run by software and 20 computers, is fully operational. It is stocked with carefully sourced produce, bread and meat.David Bordow, 32, culinary lead and experience designer, emphasizes the importance of quality and carefully chosen seasonal ingredients. “The philosophy is, ‘Let’s find the best stuff that is available,’ ” he says. The beef is antibiotic- and hormone-free, sourced from Country Natural Beef, a family ranch owned co-op.At Creator, there’s more to the staff than just a robot. All burger sides are human-made. The obligatory fries are on the menu, along with seasonal salads and vegetables.There are currently four kinds of burgers, including the Tumami, created by Top Chef’s Tu David Phu, which features an oyster aioli and shiitake mushroom sauce.Eventually, customers will get to control how much sauce and seasonings they want the robot to add. “The nice thing about using a machine is that it’s very precise, so if someone has a sodium limit, or something like that, we can track that sort of thing and provide a little customization,” says Frehn.In a city of pricy boba drinks and marked up avocado toast, Vardakostas says Creator’s mission is to improve food quality and make it accessible. Burgers are $6. “We want everyone to be able to partake,” he says.Word is spreading. Los Angeles-based high school student Moses Rosales heard about Creator on YouTube and convinced his mom and aunt to dine there during a two-day trip to the Bay Area. “It was amazing to see how a robot made a burger,” Rosales says. “I didn’t know how far you could go with it. Now I’m seeing it’s a really high-end burger.”For now, Creator is the only home to two burger-making robotic machines, although Frehn says they hope to expand.On the ground floor of the San Francisco building that’s also home to offices for Microsoft and Riverbed, approximately 10 Creator staffers worked the soft-launch lunch shift this summer. Employees, who start at $16 an hour, are allowed to spend 5 percent of their time on the clock reading or learning a new skill. Bookstore-style “staff picks” fill the three bookshelves, with titles including Alice Waters’ The Art of Simple Food and Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma.Creator is focused on the service and culinary side of the business, too. “We’ve been pretty firm about not having an automated ordering process, with kiosks or something like that,” says Vardakostas. “So we have people, and that costs us money. But at the end of the day, that makes for a better guest experience and it’s a more human-centered restaurant.”Creator is not the only restaurant to feature a food-making robot while also making an effort to retain its humanity. Cafe X has three San Francisco locations. Each features a robotic coffee-making arm that can produce drinks in 30 to 40 seconds. Customers retrieve their beverages by punching in a texted code sent to their phone.Opal Franklin, a recent college grad working at the Market Street Cafe X location, walks the small space on a Friday afternoon. She offers customers and curiosity-seekers oat milk samples before explaining, “Often times people say that we take away barista jobs, but we in a sense shift the job. The robot is very precise and it’s very practical, so we have a product specialist on site to answer questions and help people out and make it more humanistic.”While still in their early days, culinary robots are starting to pop up beyond San Francisco. In nearby Silicon Valley, Zume Pizza delivers pies pressed by a “Doughbot” in nine seconds. Across the pond in Paris, startup Ekim has created a three-armed robot that makes pizzas from start to finish. On the East Coast, four MIT grads opened Spyce in Boston in May, which features robotic tumbling woks that create customized bowls, under the culinary direction of renowned French chef and restaurateur Daniel Boulud.While the culinary robotics show at Creator wows, this isn’t a novelty to the team. “We put a lot of care and effort into making sure this would have a positive effect on consumers,” says Frehn. “And we worked to create a better retail job as well.”Anna Mantzaris is a San Francisco-based writer. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

The bus industry is facing fresh legal action over

first_imgThe bus industry is facing fresh legal action over its failure to ensure disabled people have access to the designated wheelchair spaces on buses, six months after a Supreme Court judgment that campaigners hoped would finally settle the issue.The Supreme Court ruled unanimously in January that wheelchair-users have a right to priority access over the wheelchair space on a bus, and that a driver must do more than just ask a non-disabled passenger to move if they are occupying the space and it is needed by someone using a wheelchair.But accessible transport campaigners said this week that, although there had been an initial improvement following the judgment, standards “were starting to slip again”.London’s user-led accessible transport charity, Transport for All (TfA), met last week to mark six months since the Supreme Court judgment.The meeting heard from one wheelchair-user and activist who said she had decided to take action over the repeated failure of a bus company to enforce the wheelchair space.She had earlier written in her blog that she had been refused access to a bus because of an occupied wheelchair space “numerous” times since the judgment, but that drivers frequently allow parents with buggies to board a bus when she is already occupying the space.She said: “It seems like there is a massively uneven system at work, and, by forcing a bus company to address this in court, I hope to further the rights of wheelchair users on buses and public transport.”She said she was “doing this for the wheelchair users I know who are too scared to take buses on their own because they don’t feel that the bus drivers, companies, nor the other passengers have their backs”.She was not available this week to discuss her case, but Alan Benson, TfA’s chair, said he was “not at all surprised” by her decision to take legal action, and he said that he suspected she would be “the first of a number” to do so.He told Disability News Service: “I think there were certain individuals in the room who would and hopefully will in the future consider taking legal action.”Many of those who attended the meeting had had recent problems securing access to the wheelchair space on a bus when it was being occupied by a pushchair, although some people said they had had positive experiences on buses since January.Transport for London (TfL) sent out new instructions to drivers after the Supreme Court judgment, but Benson said that “the actions of the drivers have changed very little”.He said: “What that means on the ground is we don’t get to go on buses sometimes, quite frequently.“I was on a bus on Sunday and the driver flat refused to ask the buggy to move from the wheelchair space.“I asked him to ask her and he just flat refused. That was a very common message on the day.”TfA wants buses to have larger wheelchair spaces, and separate spaces for buggies, to ensure that disabled people can travel with confidence.Although TfL has updated training and introduced new iBus voice announcements on buses since the court judgment, TfA wants it to go further and introduce a policy where bus drivers refuse to move the bus for a certain period of time unless the wheelchair priority space is cleared.Benson said: “If the bus sits there and waits, then the pressure shifts from the disabled person who is holding the bus up to the buggy-owner who is holding the bus up, and that changes the dynamic.”One of the disabled campaigners who attended the TfA meeting was Doug Paulley, who took the legal case that resulted in the Supreme Court judgment.He said after the meeting that the spaces were still “routinely abused”, and not just in London, despite his successful court case.He said: “It didn’t sort the problem. It raised the profile of the problem but it’s clear that bus companies and bus drivers and the public are still not necessarily doing what is needed.“We have to keep banging the drum. I don’t think we are going to achieve mass change in attitudes by one big court case.“It is a case of continuing to press for a change of culture both from the public and the public transport providers, which isn’t easy to do.”He added: “Many bus companies are still treating disabled and older people with contempt and denying them their fundamental right to travel; 25 years after disabled people chained themselves to buses to fight for the wheelchair space, it is still frequently abused by others.“It’s disgraceful, illegal and has got to stop.”Paulley, who was presented with an award by TfA for his campaign success, said he was “not surprised” to hear that another activist was taking a legal case because “it happens all the time”.He said: “I see videos of drivers refusing to ask people to move. I am glad she’s doing it and I support her 100 per cent.”TfL said that all of its bus drivers had been “comprehensively briefed” following the Supreme Court ruling and had completed “bespoke accessibility training”.Claire Mann, TfL’s director of bus service delivery and operations, said: “It is essential wheelchair-users are given priority over buggies and that the Supreme Court ruling is complied with.“We continue to work closely with Transport for All and implement their suggestions where possible.”Since the Supreme Court ruling, steps taken by TfL include: issuing drivers with a summary of the judgment and what it means for them; putting up posters in garages; issuing fresh guidance to bus operators and drivers; and producing new recorded iBus announcements about the wheelchair space that are played on buses.It has also delivered an accessibility awareness training programme to all its 24,500 bus drivers, which was developed in partnership with disabled and older bus passengers, TfA and Age UK London.TfL said that it receives “many commendations from wheelchair users who compliment bus staff for the help they have received” but in the “small number of instances when a wheelchair user hasn’t been properly supported, drivers are retrained or disciplinary action taken if appropriate”.On the size of wheelchair spaces, TfL says its current standard space is larger than those provided by many other bus operators, and where older buses have the UK standard spaces, they are increased when the buses are refurbished.But TfL added: “Where we can make spaces larger we do so. But significantly increasing the size of the wheelchair bay would result in rows of seats, often priority seats, being removed which would significantly disadvantage other customers with accessibility needs.”After the Supreme Court hearing, the junior transport minister Andrew Jones set up a working group to listen to advice on how to enforce the Paulley ruling.Responsibility for accessibility in public transport has now passed to the disabled Department for Transport (DfT) minister Paul Maynard.A DfT spokesman: “We are determined to improve access to all forms of public transport for people with disabilities, and we will shortly be launching a new accessibility action plan.“Our working group has now met several times to discuss how bus services can be improved and they will be making recommendations to us shortly.“In England, 94 per cent of buses have a designated wheelchair space and other features enabling disabled passengers to board, alight and travel safely and in comfort.”The action plan will include measures to ensure bus drivers know their obligations on access.Pictured: Doug Paulley (left) and his solicitor Chris Fry in front of the Supreme Court after the ruling, surrounded by supporters from Transport for Alllast_img read more

iPhone Thief Outsmarted at Coachella Music Festival

first_img iPhone Thief Outsmarted at Coachella Music Festival Reporter The tech-savvy music lovers fired up the Find My iPhone app and chased the alleged thief around the Indio, Calif., venue until security workers could nab him. April 18, 2017 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Add to Queue Image credit: via PC Mag Next Article Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.center_img This story originally appeared on PCMag 2 min read Angela Moscaritolo iPhone –shares Music festivals are all about good times, but there’s one thing that can instantly kill your vibe: having your smartphone stolen.A bunch of Coachella-goers found themselves in this less-than-ideal scenario over the weekend, but instead of pouting about not being able to Snapchat or text their friends, they got smart. According to a report from the Los Angeles Times, the tech-savvy music lovers fired up the Find My iPhone app and chased the alleged thief — Reinaldo De Jesus Henao, 36, of New York — around the Indio, Calif., venue until security workers could nab him. “Enough people pinpointed it to this person, they notified security, they looked around, they saw a person with a backpack, they detained him and then they called us,” Indio Police Department public information officer Sergeant Dan Marshall told LAist. “When we got there, we discovered these hundred-plus cellphones in his backpack.”Henao was arrested on suspicion of grand theft and possession of stolen property. Around 20 of the stolen phones were returned to their rightful owners; the rest were left at lost and found.The incident is a good reminder of how helpful Find My iPhone can be; if you use an Apple smartphone, it would be wise to take a second and make sure it’s set up on your device.Over the years, Find My iPhone has gotten lots of people out of bad situations. In 2014, a California woman who drove her car into a 500-foot ravine was rescued after her family and one clever police officer were able to determine her location via Find My iPhone. Register Now »last_img read more

Ness Digital Engineering Acquires Sovereign CRM

first_imgNess Digital Engineering, a portfolio company of The Rohatyn Group (TRG), has completed an acquisition of Sovereign CRM, a rapidly-growing Salesforce consultancy that specializes in the architecture, implementation, customization and integration of a broad suite of Salesforce products. Sovereign CRM will further expand the capabilities of Ness’s Cloud & Platform Engineering Practice to capitalize on rapidly increasing demand for Salesforce expertise globally.“Many companies rely on Salesforce as their platform for launching highly complex, digital applications to drive their businesses, and Sovereign CRM has already distinguished itself as an innovator in this area,” said Paul Lombardo, Ness Digital Engineering CEO. “We’ll immediately bring this value-added expertise to existing clients while positioning ourselves to capitalize on new growth opportunities globally.”Marketing Technology News: Xactly Redefines ICM Industry with First Unified Sales Performance Management Platform to Accelerate Revenue GrowthSovereign CRM is a leader in architecture and design for leveraging Salesforce products, including building new solution accelerators that help customers quickly move into production with Salesforce solutions. The company is a Salesforce consulting partner that has earned more than 70 Salesforce certifications. Sovereign CRM provides consulting services around CPQ, Sales Cloud, Community Cloud, Service Cloud, Field Service Lightning, partner relationship management, Mulesoft, and Pardot.“Our offering is highly differentiated and in demand, and with Ness’s global footprint and complementary software engineering capabilities, we can quickly seize upon this opportunity,” said Eric Borthwick, founder and lead evangelist at Sovereign CRM. “Together, we’ll help businesses turn Salesforce momentum into broader digital capabilities that provide real competitive advantage.”Marketing Technology News: VidMob Closes $25 Million In Series B Financing To Fuel Global Expansion Of Creative Technology Platform, Agile Creative StudioSovereign CRM will keep its name and join Linium as a “Ness Digital Engineering Company.” Eric Borthwick will continue to lead expansion of Ness’s expertise in Salesforce solutions and manage its relationship with Salesforce.Salesforce, CPQ, Sales Cloud, Community Cloud, Service Cloud, Pardot and others are among the trademarks of salesforce.com, Inc.Marketing Technology News: Idaptive Named a Leader in Identity-as-a-Service for Enterprise by Independent Research Firm AcquisitioncrmMarketing Technology NewsNess Digital EngineeringNewsSalesforceSovereign CRMThe Rohatyn Group Previous ArticleTeamViewer Expands Partnership with Zoho through Zoho CRM’s Meeting Integration PlatformNext ArticleLimeTray, a Full-Stack Restaurant Management Company Starts its Operations in the US Ness Digital Engineering Acquires Sovereign CRM Globe NewswireJune 14, 2019, 1:36 pmJune 14, 2019 last_img read more

New opioid accelerates recovery and prevents relapse to chronic pain

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)May 22 2019Morphine and other opioid-based painkillers are very effective at treating pain initially, but studies have shown that the drugs can make patients more pain-sensitive, prolonging their discomfort and increasing their risks of developing chronic pain.A new type of opioid developed by researchers at Tulane University and the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System doesn’t have this side effect and accelerates recovery time from pain compared to morphine, according to a new study published in the Journal of Neuroinflammation.Previous pre-clinical studies at Tulane have shown that the drug is as strong as morphine but isn’t addictive and causes fewer side effects. Scientists tested a novel opioid called ZH853 using rat models of inflammatory pain and pain after surgery. The drug is an engineered variant of the neurochemical endomorphin, which is found naturally in the body.Researchers treated rats with ZH853, morphine or a placebo. Rats treated with morphine for a few days recovered more slowly than those given a placebo. This was true whether the morphine was given before or after the injury, indicating that prior use — or abuse –of opioids could aggravate subsequent recovery from injury.”Morphine provoked central nervous system glia to produce pro-inflammatory compounds that increased pain,” Zadina said. “ZH853 did not have this effect.”When tested in the same inflammatory and postoperative pain conditions as morphine, the new drug unexpectedly accelerated recovery from the pain — in some cases slashing recovery time in half compared to both morphine and a placebo. In one group, pain lasted 32 days with no treatment, 46 days after morphine and only 11 days after ZH853.”ZH853 diminished the amount of time in pain versus morphine in all tests,” said study first author Amy Feehan, PhD, a Tulane neuroscience graduate student. “This was an unexpected and unprecedented finding considering that opioids are known to increase and prolong many types of pain.”Related StoriesHow a simple MRI scan can help patients with angina‘Promising’ results for beating heart patch that repairs heart cells after cardiac arrestVitamin D supplementation may not reduce the risk of heart diseaseResearchers also ran tests for a form of pain sensitivity that can be masked by changes in the body’s endorphin system after an injury. When an injury causes pain, the body’s endogenous opioid system engages to counteract it. If the opioid system is blocked — either by stress or an antagonist — the underlying pain can return even after the injury has healed and contribute to chronic pain.Unlike morphine, the new drug prevented this.”With ZH853, the underlying pain was eliminated rather than simply masked,” Zadina said. “ZH853 attenuated or blocked two separate processes that contribute to the transition from acute to chronic pain, neuroinflammation and latent sensitization.”Researchers hope to begin human clinical trials of the new drug within the next two years.”I believe it’s vitally important to treat chronic pain as a disease of the nervous system and treat the underlying pathology of chronic pain rather than just treating the symptoms as they arise,” Feehan said. “Current opioid treatments are effective in the short term for pain symptoms, but the downside is that pain ultimately can become worse because chronic opioid use can aggravate the immune system. ZH853 quiets the pain symptoms as well as morphine does, but it also diminishes inflammation, reducing recovery time and preventing relapse to pain later.”Source:Tulane UniversityJournal reference:Feehan, A.K. & Zadina, J.E. (2019) Morphine immunomodulation prolongs inflammatory and postoperative pain while the novel analgesic ZH853 accelerates recovery and protects against latent sensitization. Journal of Neuroinflammation. doi.org/10.1186/s12974-019-1480-x. A drug that prevents the transition from acute to chronic relapsing pain would represent a true breakthrough in drug development for pain management. Not only have the mechanisms behind the shift from acute to chronic pain been elusive, but efforts to thwart this transition have had little success.”Senior Study Author James Zadina, Professor of Medicine, Pharmacology and Neuroscience at Tulane University School of Medicine and Director of the Neuroscience Laboratory at the VAlast_img read more

Fitness app revealed data on military intelligence personnel

first_img Explore further The revelation on the application from Finnish-based app Polar Flow comes months after another health app, Strava, was found to have showed potentially sensitive information about US and allied forces around the world.Security researchers in the Netherlands said Sunday they were able to find data on some 6,000 individuals including military personnel from dozens of countries and employees of the FBI and National Security Agency.The disclosure illustrates the potential security risks of using fitness apps which can track a person’s location, and which may be “scraped” for espionage.”With only a few clicks, a high-ranking officer of an airbase known to host nuclear weapons can be found jogging across the compound in the morning,” security researcher Foeke Postma said in a blog post Sunday after an investigation with the Dutch news organization De Correspondent.”We can find Western military personnel in Afghanistan through the Polar site. Cross-checking one name and profile picture with social media confirmed one soldier or officer’s identity.”The investigation found detailed personal information, including home addresses, of military personnel, persons serving on submarines, Americans in the Green Zone in Baghdad and Russian soldiers in Crimea, the researchers said.Polar said in a statement it was suspending the app’s feature that allowed users to share data, while noting that any data made public was the result of users who opted in to location tracking.”It is important to understand that Polar has not leaked any data, and there has been no breach of private data,” the statement said.It said the location tracking feature “is used by thousands of athletes daily all over the world to share and celebrate amazing training sessions.”According to De Correspondent, only about two percent of Polar users chose to share their data, but that nonetheless allowed anyone to discover potentially sensitive data from military or civilian personnel.”We found the names and addresses of personnel at military bases including Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, Arbil in Iraq, Gao in Mali, and bases in Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Chad, and South Korea,” the report said.In January, the Pentagon said it was reviewing its policies on military personnel use of fitness application after Strava’s map showed a series of military bases in Iraq as well as sites in Afghanistan. © 2018 AFP Finnish-based Polar has become the latest firm whose fitness app has leaked sensitive data on military personnel around the world, raising concerns about location tracking by health devices Citation: Fitness app revealed data on military, intelligence personnel (2018, July 9) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-app-revealed-military-intelligence-personnel.htmlcenter_img Aussie military says tracking app doesn’t breach security Mobile fitness app Polar has suspended its location tracking feature after security researchers found it had revealed sensitive data on military and intelligence personnel from 69 countries. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

London show explores hidden world of facial recognition

first_imgThe United States installation “Face Values”, by designers Zachary Lieberman, sat back left, and R. Luke DuBois, sat back second left, which explores the role of facial detection technology in society is displayed during a media preview for the London Design Biennale at Somerset House in London, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. The event runs from September 4 to 23. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) Don’t judge by appearances. It’s an age-old piece of advice that is being roundly ignored by corporations, governments and law-enforcement agencies around the globe. British police use facial-recognition technology to scan crowds for suspects. Owners of the latest iPhones can unlock their phones with face ID. Whole Foods and other retailers are testing facial recognition as a way of eliminating check-out tills in stores.Modern technology means your face is both your identity and a commodity—but as an exhibition going on display in London shows, that technology is far from perfect.”Face Values,” the U.S. entry at the multinational London Design Biennale, explores how computers’ ability to read faces is changing the world, with implications for privacy and individuality that we still don’t fully understand.”We are on camera 50 times a day and there are all these software companies that are deriving information from us,” said R. Luke DuBois, one of the exhibition’s designers.Curated by New York’s Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum , “Face Values” includes two interactive pieces that explore the scope and limits of what technology can learn about you from your face.Artist and computer programmer Zachary Lieberman invites visitors to sit in front of a screen as a computer maps their expressions, compares them to others’ and produces an analysis of the sitter’s emotion. The United States installation “Face Values”, by designers Zachary Lieberman, sat demonstrating in the chair, and R. Luke DuBois, not pictured, which explores the role of facial detection technology in society is displayed during a media preview for the London Design Biennale at Somerset House in London, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. The event runs from September 4 to 23. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) “It’s a kind of fingerprint of your facial expression,” said Lieberman, who has helped design an eye-tracking system for people with paralysis.”This project involved a lot of trying to understand, how do you quantify expression?” he said at a preview of the exhibition on Monday. “How do you turn expression into numbers,” in order to compare one expression to another.The limits of such technology become clearer in the accompanying piece by DuBois, director of the Brooklyn Experimental Media Center at New York University’s engineering school.Visitors sit in front of a screen and are asked to display a specific emotion. Using technology similar to that deployed by some police forces, the system calculates the individual’s age, gender, race and emotional state. The results are both intrusive and sometimes inaccurate. One visitor, attempting to project calmness, registered as afraid. Another, asked to look disgusted, was told she appeared happy. The rules governing the use of such technology vary widely around the world. In China, facial recognition is being used with few restrictions for everything from advertising to law-enforcement. In the European Union, data-protection rules mean personal information can’t be collected without the subject’s consent. The U.S. has no such limits, although California recently passed a similar law.DuBois says he wants to increase awareness about this powerful and fast-developing technology.”In an older era—like 10 years ago—we should have been paying a lot more attention to what kind of data Facebook was taking from us,” he said. “And now it’s a little too late.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Part of the Germany installation “Pure Gold – Upcycling and its Emotional Touch”, by 28 different designers is displayed during a preview for the London Design Biennale at Somerset House in London, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. The event runs from September 4 to 23. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) The Switzerland installation “Body of Us”, a large petri dish holding bacteria from the room and people who have visited it, is displayed during a preview for the London Design Biennale at Somerset House in London, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. The event runs from September 4 to 23. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) Face recognition nabs fake passport user at US airport Part of the Italy exhibit “L’Architettura Degli Alberi”, The Architecture Of Trees, is displayed during a preview for the London Design Biennale at Somerset House in London, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. The event runs from September 4 to 23. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) Explore further Visitors look at the Australia installation “Full Spectrum”, by designer Flynn Talbot, which was inspired by Australia becoming the 25th country to legalise same-sex marriage in 2017, during a preview for the London Design Biennale at Somerset House in London, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. The event runs from September 4 to 23. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) A staff member poses for photographs inside the Netherlands installation “Power Plant”, a futuristic greenhouse that uses sunlight to generate both food and electricity during a preview for the London Design Biennale at Somerset House in London, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. The event runs from September 4 to 23. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Chinese tourists pose for their own photographs with the Greek exhibit “Disobedience”, by designer Nassia Inglessis, a 17 metre-long wall constructed from a steel spring skeleton built up with recycled plastic which flexes, is displayed during a preview for the London Design Biennale at Somerset House in London, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. The event runs from September 4 to 23. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) Citation: London show explores hidden world of facial recognition (2018, September 3) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-london-explores-hidden-world-facial.html Visitors look at the Australia installation “Full Spectrum”, by designer Flynn Talbot, which was inspired by Australia becoming the 25th country to legalise same-sex marriage in 2017, during a preview for the London Design Biennale at Somerset House in London, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. The event runs from September 4 to 23. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) The Greek exhibit “Disobedience”, with designer Nassia Inglessis posing for photographs, a 17 metre-long wall constructed from a steel spring skeleton built up with recycled plastic which flexes, is displayed during a preview for the London Design Biennale at Somerset House in London, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. The event runs from September 4 to 23. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) A staff member poses for photographs inside the Netherlands installation “Power Plant”, a futuristic greenhouse that uses sunlight to generate both food and electricity during a preview for the London Design Biennale at Somerset House in London, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. The event runs from September 4 to 23. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) Part of the Germany installation “Pure Gold – Upcycling and its Emotional Touch”, by 28 different designers is displayed during a preview for the London Design Biennale at Somerset House in London, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. The event runs from September 4 to 23. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) Cooper Hewitt hopes to take its exhibit to the United States after its run in London.The Design Biennale, which runs Tuesday to Sept. 23 at London’s Somerset House, includes exhibits from 40 countries, cities and territories under the loose theme “Emotional States.” They include Latvia’s birch- and pine-scented room, where visitors can write on a green wall of condensation; Australia’s rainbow-colored installation celebrating same-sex marriage; and Hong Kong’s room plastered with scratch-and-sniff wallpaper scented like roast duck, egg tarts, incense and opium. DuBois said the technology is only as good as the data that goes into it—and the sets of images that companies and organizations use to compare emotions are often inadequate.last_img read more