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first_img Citation: New uses for exhausted electric vehicle batteries proposed (2011, April 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-04-exhausted-electric-vehicle-batteries.html (PhysOrg.com) — In a move with far and wide consequences for the automobile industry, many groups are banding together to study the two-pronged problem of high initial costs for lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries for electric vehicles, and then what to do with those batteries once they lose their ability to hold a strong enough charge to keep motorists moving. Most proposed solutions center around reusing the batteries in applications that don’t require a battery to be fully chargeable, such as battery backups for an electrical grid; thus allowing the initial cost of the batteries to be spread out over a much longer lifespan. Currently, customers who are looking to buy an electric car are told that they can expect the battery pack in their new car to last eight to ten years; at which time, they’ll have to replace it at a significant cost to them; no plan has yet been put in place however, regarding what to do with the removed battery packs from the millions of cars that will likely someday be traversing the roads of the world.Governments, public companies and private environmental groups have all jumped into the fray, each with a different agenda it seems. Governments seek to find alternatives to burning gasoline to relieve their constituents from the vagaries of relying on foreign oil, public companies (particularly those who make cars) want to sell cars (or batteries) at prices customers can afford, and environmental groups want gasoline cars off the road, but at the same time shudder at the thought of mountains of dead batteries littering the landscape.To deal with this issue, General Motors has forged an agreement with ABB, an energy technology company while Nissan has joined forces with 4R Energy; both hope to find solutions to both problems.Also the U.S. Department of Energy’s, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), is teaming up with various academic groups (one of which is the California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE)) to find so-called “second life” opportunities for not yet dead batteries. Current possibilities include using them to provide backup support for an electrical grid, or to use them as accessories in capturing power from alternative energy sources such as wind or solar arrays. In such a scenario, it’s suggested that consumers could perhaps lease the batteries in their cars from the manufacture’s, which would mean they’d only have to pay for the useful time they had then; the manufacturer’s could then sell the batteries to utility companies once they’ve been removed from such automobiles, all of which should, in theory, reduce costs for both parties.Of course in all this, there does exist the possibility that a new battery could be developed; one that might last much longer and would be much cheaper; or another technology, such as hydrogen fuel cells could emerge which would make the whole exercise moot. Regardless of how the current type of batteries are used, however, there will still come a time when they will eventually become useless to anyone, which will mean tearing them apart to recycle the viable pieces for recycling purposes; yet another piece of the puzzle that will need to be worked out as the numbers of dead batteries begins to climb. © 2010 PhysOrg.com 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. More information: www.nrel.gov/vehiclesandfuels/ … ge/publications.html Image credit: Jeremy Neubauer Explore further Lithium-air batteries’ high energy density could extend range of electric vehicleslast_img read more


first_imgCorvus brachyrhynchos or Corvus caurinus. Image: Wikipedia. Explore further (Phys.org)—The more scientists study animals and their intellectual abilities, the more it appears that many of them have heretofore unknown abilities that can match some of our own. One such animal is the New Caledonian crow which has been found to not only make and use tools, but to fashion them depending on which bird “culture” it happens to live in. The unusually big brained bird has also been found to live in nuclear families and some observers have suggested they even have some degree of affection for one another. For these reasons, a team of researchers from several countries got together to study their inferential skills, and as they describe in their paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, they found the birds had an ability that until now was thought limited exclusively to us humans. More information: New Caledonian crows reason about hidden causal agents, PNAS, Published online before print September 17, 2012, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1208724109AbstractThe ability to make inferences about hidden causal mechanisms underpins scientific and religious thought. It also facilitates the understanding of social interactions and the production of sophisticated tool-using behaviors. However, although animals can reason about the outcomes of accidental interventions, only humans have been shown to make inferences about hidden causal mechanisms. Here, we show that tool-making New Caledonian crows react differently to an observable event when it is caused by a hidden causal agent. Eight crows watched two series of events in which a stick moved. In the first set of events, the crows observed a human enter a hide, a stick move, and the human then leave the hide. In the second, the stick moved without a human entering or exiting the hide. The crows inspected the hide and abandoned probing with a tool for food more often after the second, unexplained series of events. This difference shows that the crows can reason about a hidden causal agent. Comparative studies with the methodology outlined here could aid in elucidating the selective pressures that led to the evolution of this cognitive ability. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences © 2012 Phys.orgcenter_img Researchers find Grey parrots able to use inferential reasoning To find out if the birds are able to infer that actions taken behind a screen are the result of some known agent; an inferential skill, the team set up an experiment where the birds first used a stick to get at some food in a box; an exercise that has been demonstrated many times before with New Caledonians. Next however, they threw in something new, a blue sheet of plastic that the birds could not see through. The researches put it near the side of the cage that held one bird at a time, near to where the food box sat. They then stationed a person behind the sheet who pushed a stick through a small slit in the plastic, disrupting and upsetting the bird, preventing it from eating. That set the stage.To find out if the birds could understand that it was a person manipulating the stick, without actually showing them, they let them see a person first walk behind the screen, observe the stick suddenly poking through at them then stop and then the person reemerging from behind the screen. Turns out, they could. They found this out by adding new twists to the test, such as letting them watch a person simply walk behind the screen to see how they’d react, or by not letting them see the person go behind the screen before wiggling the stick. The crows demonstrated they understood what was going on by avoiding the food box if the stick wiggled in any scenario, until they saw the person get out from behind the screen and walk away, indicating that it was safe to proceed. This the researchers say, proves that the birds truly understood that it was a person behind that screen wiggling that stick even though they never actually saw them do it. They had to infer that information, and that is something, the team reports, that has never before been observed in any other animal, besides people. Citation: Study shows crows able to infer actions of hidden agent (2012, September 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-09-crows-infer-actions-hidden-agent.html 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


first_img 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. Scientists overcome key CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing hurdle CRISPR/Cas9 has been in the news a lot of late, as it has been used to edit genes in ways that were never possible before, allowing for a whole host of new research opportunities. The development of the technique has taken a long and winding road as is the case with most modern inventions, with many people from around the world making small contributions to the science of gene editing which eventually led to some researchers having what was needed to develop the new technique. At least two teams of them filed for a patent on the product in the U.S. The first was a team with the University of California, led by Jennifer Doudna, they filed for a patent in late 2013. The second was a team affiliated with MIT and the Broad Institute, headed by Feng Zhang—they filed in early 2014, but, realizing they had something pretty special, they asked for and were granted an expedited process which meant that their patent was granted before the one submitted by the UofC team was completed, leaving the UoC team out in the cold.This past April, attorneys for UoC requested an interference on the case, claiming they should have been granted the patent because they filed first—the request by the MIT team should have been recognized as an interfering party, they claim, because their application interfered with the original.The judge on the case, Deborah Katz, designated the UoC team as the “senior party” which essentially means that the USPTO is starting the hearings with the assumption that the UoC team should hold the patent, leaving the MIT team to prove that it invented the procedure first, regardless of who filed first.There is one minor detail in the case that could turn things in MIT’s favor—when filing for the patent, the UoC team did not include words describing the technique as something to be used on mammalian cells—including humans. They were more general, whereas the MIT team was much more specific regarding how the technique could be used.It is not likely there will be quick resolution to the dispute, both sides will likely be given time to find and compile pertinent evidence and then to present it, and others might be allowed to chime in as well. All in all it could take months, but the effort should be more than worth it as there are millions to be made in licensing fees. Crystal structure of S pyogenes Cas9 in complex with sgRNA and its target DNA at 2.5 A ˚ resolution. Credit: Nishimasu, et al. 2014. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2014.02.001 Genome Editing with CRISPR-Cas9 (Phys.org)—The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) officially agreed this past Monday to move forward with interference hearings regarding the case of the true inventor of the CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing technique. This sets the stage for a major battle between two groups of scientists, their affiliated institutions and supporters backing one or the other who hope to reap large financial rewards from its use. © 2016 Phys.org Citation: Patent office agrees to move forward with interference hearings on CRISPR/Cas9 inventor case (2016, January 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-01-patent-office-crisprcas9-inventor-case.html Explore furtherlast_img read more


first_img 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. A large panel of scientists has published a Public Forum piece in the journal Science calling for the scientific community to provide better access to public genomic datasets. They suggest the current system allows restrictions by researchers to slow or prevent access to such data, hindering research by others. Credit: CC0 Public Domain Citation: Panel calls for more timely access to public genomic datasets (2019, January 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-panel-access-genomic-datasets.html Explore further Wide-Open accelerates release of scientific data by identifying overdue datasetscenter_img When a research team receives funds from a given entity to conduct genomic research, there often are stipulations regarding use of the data that results. When the entity is a public source such as a university or governmental agency, there is usually a requirement that the data that is generated be made public. This is because public funds paid for the research. But the timing of release or the method in which it is done can be problematic for other researchers who wish to use that data if the original research team withholds data. The reason a team might do so is to prevent being scooped by other researchers—they keep the data private until they have published their own results. In their paper, the authors call for an end to such practices, noting that timeliness of such data is often a factor in determining its value.The authors call for rules that force research teams to make genomic datasets available as stipulated by the funding entity—even if it is immediately after they are generated. They argue that such data should be freely available to anyone who wishes to access it, even if the researchers who generated the data have not published the results of their efforts. They contend that the rights of public access outweigh the wishes of research teams.The authors also call for a system that governs the creation and access of public genomic datasets. One part of such a system, they suggest, would be journals refusing to publish results of research or clinical trials unless the researchers release the data in a timely fashion. They further call for a reward system. As one example, published papers regarding research by teams who used data generated by others would be required to list the source of the data. They also note that universities could institute policies to reward researchers who promptly release data as an incentive. © 2019 Science X Network More information: Rudolf I. Amann et al. Toward unrestricted use of public genomic data:, Science (2019). DOI: 10.1126/science.aaw1280 Journal information: Sciencelast_img read more


first_imgKOLKATA: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday visited the state-run SSKM Hospital to see a patient who has been undergoing treatment in the hospital after suffering a cerebral attack.During her visit, Banerjee asked the hospital authorities to strengthen the security measures inside the hospital campus. While entering the Outpatient department, she found that it was crowd. She enquired as to why so many people had assembled there and asked the on-duty police officers for answers. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsShe also visited the casualty block of the hospital. She entered the hospital at around 12 pm and stayed there for around 20 minutes. Banerjee enquired about the health condition of Sambhunath Jana who has been undergoing treatment in the hospital after suffering cerebral attack.It was learnt from the sources that during the administrative meeting at Nabanna later in the day, the Chief Minister wanted to know why people in large numbers had assembled outside the OPD of SSKM Hospital. She directed the senior health officials at Nabanna to ensure better quality treatment in SSKM and other referral hospitals. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedBanerjee instructed the hospital authorities to ensure that there is no water crisis at the hiospital especially during scorching summers. Chief Minister also instructed the officials of the hospital to increase the number of the water tankers so that there is no scarcity of water.During her visit, she also wanted to know from the patients if they were facing any problems in the hospital. It may be mentioned here that it is Banerjee, who started paying surprise visits to various state-run hospitals to take a stock of available infrastructure, after becoming the Chief Minister. Following the Chief Minister’s instruction, major infrastructural revamps were carried out at the hospitals.last_img read more


first_imgKolkata: The city has witnessed two green corridors within a gap of six days through which organs were transported from one hospital to the other in less than 15 minutes for urgent transplantations.On the wee hours of Thursday, one of the kidneys and the liver obtained from a patient, who was declared brain dead by the doctors at Apollo Gleneagles Hospital on EM Bypass, were taken to SSKM Hospital for transplants on two patients.A similar incident had taken place on August 18 when the liver of a brain dead patient was transported to Apollo Gleneagles Hospital from SSKM for transplant, while her two kidneys were taken also out for transplants on two patients, who were undergoing renal treatment at SSKM Hospital. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAditi Sinha (59), a resident of Chitpur, was declared brain dead on Wednesday night at Apollo Gleneagles Hospital.The hospital authorities urged the family members of the deceased to donate her organs, thereby keeping her memories alive in the lives of others. After counselling, the family members agreed to donate her organs.All the necessary procedures were completed in minimum possible time, including clearance from the state Health department. The doctors later obtained her kidneys, liver and corneas. A green corridor facilitated by Kolkata police ensured that the donated liver reached SSKM Hospital on time from Apollo Gleneagles Hospital. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedOne of two kidneys and the liver were packed in a temperature-controlled box and sent in an ambulance to SSKM early on Thursday morning. The other kidney was transplanted on another patient at the private hospital itself.According to the sources at SSKM, the liver was transplanted on a 53-year-old patient, Chandicharan Ghosh, a resident of Nadia who was suffering for two years, while the kidney was given to another patient who was undergoing renal treatment at the hospital. The other kidney of the donor has been transplanted on Uma Parekh, a resident of Tangra, who was suffering for a while.These two separate incidents of organ transplants, within a gap of 6 days in the city, have opened up a new avenue, encouraging others to donate their organs.It may also be mentioned that the government’s continuous efforts to promote organ donation has once again proved fruitful. The incidents of organ donation have increased due to proactive efforts by the state Health department.It may be mentioned that family members of one Mira Dey, a middle-aged woman, who was declared dead at Apollo Gleneagles donated her organs but the hospital authority could not use them as they were in bad shape.last_img read more


first_imgKolkata: E-commerce giant Flipkart will set up a logistics hub at Haringhata Industrial Park in Nadia that will generate 18,310 direct job opportunities.The in-principal approval to allot land to Instakart Private Limited, which is a subsidiary of Flipkart, has been given in Wednesday’s board meeting of the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation (WBIDC).Amit Mitra, the state Industry minister, said: “This is good news for the people of Bengal ahead of Durga Puja, as setting up of the logistics hub will generate 18,370 direct jobs.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe project will be set up on 100 acres of land in the 358-acre Haringhata Industrial Park, which will be the biggest in the country.There will be an investment of Rs 991 crore to set up the logistics hub.Mitra said: “Flipkart will be an anchor investor in Haringhata Industrial Park. With setting up its logistics hub, more industries will be coming up in the remaining part of the industrial park.”He further said that he had discussed the matter with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday. “After the in-principal approval given in this connection in the board meeting of WBIDC, it will be sent to the Standing Committee of the Cabinet on Industry, Infrastructure and Employment, where it will be formalised.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHe further said that the discussion over setting up of the logistic hub had been going on for the past seven to eight months. Finally, Flipkart has decided to use the land at Haringhata Industrial Park that is close to National Highway 34, with a frontage area of around 912 metres. It will ensure a smooth operation of vehicles in the logistics hub. Mitra said the logistics hub would be set to serve the North East, Bhutan and even Bangladesh. The land will cost Rs 63.49 lakh per acre. The process of giving the land will be completed as early as possible and the work to set up the logistics hub is expected to start in the next six months.In connection with setting up of the second unit of the Purified Terephthalic Acid (PTA) manufacturing plant of The Chatterjee Group at Haldia, Mitra said the expansion would ensure the creation of jobs downstream, as there will be the possibility of setting up units for continuous polymerisation and fibre will be produced. It will help in setting up spinning mills.last_img read more


first_imgScholars from India and abroad held a wide ranging discussion on the ‘codification and Oral Practices” of the monumental work ‘Sangitaratnakara’ of renowned scholar Sarangadeva at a seminar under the aegis of Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan in the Capital.Speaking on the contribution of Sarangadeva – a scholar from Kashmir who settled in the Deccan region in Southern India – Prof Krishna Bisht, noted Khayal vocalist of Delhi Gharana , focussed on the application of anibaddha gana of Sarangadeva in Hindustani Khayal genre while Prof Ritwik Sanyal , veteran Dhrupad exponent from Varanasi, through an exhilarating performance established the links with the oral tradition of Dhrupad . Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDr Indrani Chakravarti, from Prashanti Nilayam, Andhra Pradesh, through her association with the tribe – the ‘Kinnara Jogis’ in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, gave an interesting account of its current existing practise while explaining the swara scales from vedic period to Sarangadeva. Prof Najma Perveen Ahmad,whose research has been on Persian texts on Indian music, focussed mainly on the two important texts ‘Lahjat-e-Sikandar Shahi’ and ‘Ghunyat-ul-Munya’ which have elaborately dealt with Sarangadeva. Dr Richard Widdess , Prof of Musicology from SOAS, UK gave an interesting analytical view point on the alapa and alapti as expounded by Sarangadeva. Dr Arati Rao from Bangalore, explained the seven salaga suda prabandhas of SR through a well-conceived demonstration of verses set to the different talas.Bhawan’s Director, Ashok Pradhan focussed on the importance of knowledge of Sanskrit in understanding the worth of monumental works like the Sangita Ratnakara that bridged the theory and practise of performing arts of the ancient medieval times and their importance in the practising scenario of the present times. Eminent scholar and art historian Kapila Vatsyayan appreciated the work being done by Bhawan.last_img read more


first_imgEating a high-carb breakfast, which includes bread, cheese and milk, may help you make good decisions throughout the day, say scientists who found that people who consume a lean meal in the morning tend to accept unfair financial offers. Researchers said that people’s decision-making was often influenced by the amount of carbohydrates and protein contained in their breakfast.The study participants were more likely to reject an unfair financial offer if they had filled up on carbs that morning. However, if they had eaten a lower-carb, higher-protein breakfast, they were more apt to accept such offers. According to Soyoung Park from the University of Luebeck, in Germany, after a high-carb breakfast people tended to have lower levels of an amino acid called tyrosine. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfTyrosine is important in producing brain chemicals like dopamine – which is part of the brain’s “reward system.” Changes in tyrosine correlated with changes in people’s decision-making, Park said. In the first, Park’s team had 87 college students play an online version of the Ultimatum Game. The game gives players the opportunity to either accept or reject a clearly unfair financial offer from an opponent. The catch is, if the offer is rejected, no one gets any money. So when a player makes that choice, it’s seen as a form of “social punishment” for the opponent. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAfter playing the game, the students told the researchers what they had eaten that morning. It turned out that 53 per cent of people who had eaten a high-carb breakfast rejected unfair offers, compared with only a quarter of students who had eaten a lower-carb breakfast. The second phase included 24 men who came to the lab for a controlled breakfast before playing the Ultimatum Game. They also had blood samples drawn over several hours.On one day, the breakfast was 80 per cent carbs, 10 per cent protein: Bread with jam and cream cheese; milk and apple juice; and an apple and banana. On another day, the breakfast was 50 per cent carbs and 25 per cent protein: There was bread and jam again, but also ham, yogurt, milk and a bigger slab of cream cheese.The results were similar. The men were more likely to reject unfair offers after the high-carb breakfast. The test included only men, Park said, because there are gender differences in metabolism that might have interfered with the results. Even in the all-male group, people varied in their responses. Some still accepted unfair offers after having a high-carb breakfast, for instance.last_img read more


first_imgBalurghat: A group of women ransacked a country liquor shop at Ichamoti Bazar in Mohona Panchayat in Kumarganj police limits around 6 pm on Monday. They took the law into their hands as they were fed up of the rising menace of illegal liquor vendors. A ruckus broke out in the locality following the incident.A source said the raw material used in producing liquor was also destroyed by these women. Residents of the town Suniti Sarkar, Shyamali Barman and Pratima Roy said the shop was built in their locality despite their objection. There are banks, schools, colleges and health-centres in the area. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseA local resident said they could not allow the shop to function because children and young people go to schools and colleges in the same locality. “With no other solution, we had to take the law in our own hands and teach the country liquor vendors a good lesson. We would continue doing so in future if such shops come up in our area,” said the local resident. Officers of Kumarganj police station rushed to the spot to avoid any tension. “Frequent raid would be conducted in the village against illegal liquor vendors and gambling,” said a police officer.last_img read more


first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Youth Congress president Abhishek Banerjee on Sunday dared the BJP to hold polls using ballot paper instead of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and reiterated that Trinamool Congress will win more than 250 seats in Bengal in the 2021 Assembly polls.”We have seen that wherever there has been voting in ballot, BJP has ended up on the losing side (jekhane jekhane ballot e vote hoyeche BJP vokatta hoyeche). But in places where voting has been conducted in EVMs, BJP has managed to win,” Banerjee said, addressing the Martyr’s Day rally at Esplanade. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataHis statement assumes significance in the wake of the results of elections in Karnataka and Rajasthan. In the Karnataka Lok Sabha polls, BJP had won 26 out of 28 seats. But in the municipal polls, when elections were held in ballot, the saffron party had lost. The results have been similar in Rajasthan as well. Banerjee asserted that Trinamool will sweep the Assembly elections in 2021 with more than 250 seats and Mamata Banerjee will assume the Chief Minister’s chair for the third time with a clear mandate. “The people of Bengal will prove that there is no alternative to Mamata Banerjee,” he added. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateHe cautioned the saffron party that their divisive politics to create disturbance in the state will yield no fruit. “Your politics is based upon creating rift among people in the name of religion, but our politics is to provide food and clothing to every single person in the state,” he said. Meanwhile, senior Trinamool Congress leader Suvendu Adhikari appealed to the party workers to launch movement against BJP which is oblivious of the culture and tradition of Bengal. “The BJP is in the dark about the culture of Bengal and are bent upon portraying its rich cultural heritage in poor light. It is evident from their act of vandalism of the bust of social reformer Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar. So, we have to unite to thwart such acts and for democracy our call will be to press for ballots and shun EVMs,” he said. Trinamool Congress leader Firhad Hakim also came down heavily upon the BJP, holding them responsible for pushing the country towards financial trouble. “The Centre has surrendered to foreign power and the Prime Minister’s call of Acche Din is a far cry from the truth,” he asserted. Trinamool state president Subrata Bakshi reminded the party workers of the significance of Martyrs’ Day. In 1993, 13 workers were killed when Mamata Banerjee, then Youth Congress president, had launched a march to the secretariat, with demand of ‘No Card No Vote.’ “We were able to set precedence through our movement in 1993 and we are hopeful that our demand of ballot in voting and shunning of EVMs will also prove successful,” he maintained.last_img read more


first_imgSir Richard Branson, the British billionaire entrepreneur, is best known as the founder of Virgin Group ― a corporate conglomerate which owns more than 400 different business ventures including an airline, a cable TV and internet operator, and a large entertainment retail chain. Branson is also well-known for the way he amassed his fortune by starting a record label ― Virgin Records ― in the 1970s and attracting crowds of customers by selling discounted and import records. His Virgin stores became a favorite hangout for the alternative and hippie crowd, who embraced the opportunity to explore new music that wasn’t available in other high-street outlets.Branson at Chatham House in March 2015. Photo by Chatham House CC BY 2.0Besides being affordable, he offered music by new and exciting artists like Mike Oldfield, obscure foreign bands like krautrock pioneers Kraftwerk and Faust, and a variety of music acts belonging to an emerging genre which had by the mid-1970s polarized the audience – punk.While Branson himself wasn’t really keen on the punk music style, he recognized that this fresh and provocative subculture offered a certain appeal to young people, who were all eager to spend money at his record store ― the iconic Virgin Records on Oxford Street, London.Virgin Megastore. Photo by M.Minderhoud CC BY-SA 3.0Back then, however, Richard Branson was neither a Sir nor a billionaire.In the late 1960s, he was an editor of Student Magazine ― a publication which early on became popular among the youth for its uncompromising attitude towards the prude mainstream culture, dictated by a conservative Britain.The magazine included interviews with some high-profile celebrities, the most notable of them being Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones.Mick Jagger – The Rolling Stones live at San Siro Stadium, Milan, Italy – June 10, 2003. Photo by Kronos CC BY-SA 3.0His transition to the record business couldn’t have come in a better time ― people yearned for cheap, mail-ordered records and even bootlegs, all of which Branson and his partner, Nick Powell, were happy to provide.By the time Virgin Records started signing artists, they were already a well-established name among the hippie counterculture in Britain. Their record label was independent, and thus less reluctant to sign acts that might be considered commercially risky. They thrived on discovering the unknown.The Sex Pistols perform in Paradiso, Amsterdam. Photo by Koen Suyk CC BY-SA 3.0 nlSo when a certain act called the Sex Pistols lost their contract with A&M Records, partly due to their controversial single “God Save the Queen,” Branson stepped in and signed what was very soon to become one of the most popular British bands in history.But first the controversy had to be exploited. After failing to reach the No. 1 position on the official charts, despite the single being hugely popular, in 1977, Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren organized a boat trip on the River Thames as a parody of the river procession for Queen Elizabeth’s II silver jubilee, marking the 25th year of her reign.Punk icon and agent provocateur Malcolm McLaren goes off on his own learning journey. Photo by Steve Wheeler CC BY-SA 2.0The riverboat named Queen Elizabeth was a deliberately provocative promotion for the Sex Pistols upcoming album, Never Mind the Bollocks. Aboard the boat on the evening of June 7, 1977, was a selection of artists, writers, and a film crew. Also along for the ride was the band’s new publisher, Richard Branson.It set out from Charing Cross pier and the passengers danced and partied as the boat rocked towards the Houses of Parliament to make its statement. As they approached their target, the boat attracted a river police escort.Branson with Alberto Hazan in June 2007 helping launch Virgin Radio Italia. Photo by Daniela Zoppi CC BY-SA 3.0Accompanied by the shrieks of feedback from a poor sound set-up, the band took the stage as they passed the Houses of Parliament, belting out “Anarchy in the UK.” The police boats closed in as the Sex Pistols continued their rowdy concert with “God Save the Queen.”When the boat reached the dock, they found a welcoming committee of police waiting there. The power was off, and the owner wanted them to leave. Branson stubbornly waved a piece of paper which confirmed that the boat was rented until midnight that night and that he had no plans of leaving before his contract expired. Fired up by the thrill of their actions, the revelers attempted to stand their ground and carry on partying.However, the police were here to shut them down. Scuffles broke out and the situation turned violent. Several of the boats passengers were arrested, including McLaren, shouting obscenities at the police.The Sex Pistols (Sid Vicious left, Steve Jones centre, and Johnny Rotten right) performing in Trondheim, Norway, July 1977.According to Tony Parsons, a British journalist and author present at the scene:“There was a lot of violence that evening. It was our Altamont. Something beautiful that turned into something incredibly ugly.”Others, including Branson and the band, quietly retreated into the night.The Manor Studio, Richard Branson’s recording studio in a manor house at the village of Shipton-on-Cherwell in Oxfordshire. Photo by JacoTen CC BY-SA 3.0This event marked the start of an era which extended throughout the 1970s and 1980s, with Virgin Records becoming a powerhouse behind some of the most popular bands of the New Wave movement — such as Magazine, XTC, The Human League, Public Image Limited — directly influencing the development of pop music in the U.K. and abroad.Later on, in 1992, Richard Branson sold Virgin Records to EMI, but it wasn’t without regret. He agreed to sell the company to keep his airline, Virgin Atlantic, in business, in face of fierce competition from British Airways.Read another story from us: Alternative Ink: What did Kurt Cobain’s Single Tattoo Mean?The Virgin EMI Records label lives to this day, as part of Universal Music Group, making it still one of the largest labels in the industry.Nikola Budanovic is a freelance journalist who has worked for various media outlets such as Vice, War History Online, The Vintage News, and Taste of Cinema. His main areas of interest are history, particularly military history, literature and film.last_img read more


first_imgThe Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, a prequel series to Jim Henson’s 1982 cult classic, will premiere on Netflix on August 30, 2019. Keeping in the Henson tradition, the characters will be puppets, not CGI. “The 10-episode fantasy adventure series is a prequel to the groundbreaking 1982 fan favorite The Dark Crystal, and takes place many years before the events of the film,” Netflix announced. “The series will be shot in the U.K., and will star an ensemble of fantastical, state-of-the-art creatures created by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™ and Brian Froud, the original feature’s conceptual designer.”In the new series, when three Gelfling discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis’ power, they set out on an epic journey to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world.An original Skeksis used in The Dark Crystal. Puppetry Arts Center, Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Heather Kennedy CC by 2.0Directed by Louis Leterrier (The Incredible Hulk), the series will feature Taron Egerton (Rocketman), Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch), and Nathalie Emmanuel (Game of Thrones) in the main voice roles, with the secondary cast including Mark Hamill, Helena Bonham Carter, and Keegan-Michael Key.Jim Henson with one of his most popular characters Kermit the Frog. Photo by Nancy Moran/Sygma via Getty ImagesLeterrier released a statement saying, “As a filmmaker, one of my earliest influences was Jim Henson’s masterpiece The Dark Crystal, a movie that brought to life a universe rich in detail and teeming with incredible characters. The creativity in the film was limitless and groundbreaking for that time, restricted only by the special effects tools of its day. As I envision Age of Resistance, I am most excited about joining today’s film techniques with the practical visual effects that are such an integral part of The Dark Crystal – the artistry, the craftsmanship, the performances, and of course the puppets!”The original film, directed by both Jim Henson and Frank Oz, received mixed reviews as many were unprepared for the film’s tone, darker than Henson’s previous work. But over the years it has gained many admirers.Original Mystic puppet from The Dark Crystal From an exhibit of Jim Henson’s puppets in the American History Museum. Photo by Andrew Kuchling CC by 2.0Henson’s plan in the 1980s was to get back to the darkness of the original Brothers Grimm fairy tales. He felt that children liked the idea of being scared and that working through this emotion could be healthy. But the film made slightly over $40 million, from a $15 million budget. Many parents reportedly felt the film was too scary for their children and preferred films like E.T.Skeksis from Dark Crystal. Cosplay at Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo 2015. Photo by GabboT CC by SA-2.0At the time it was made, it was hailed as the only live action film in which a human character makes no appearance and the animatronics used in the film were considered groundbreaking. In the plot of the original, taking place 1000 years ago, the mysterious Dark Crystal was damaged by one of the Urskeks and an age of chaos began. The race of grotesque birdlike lizards the Skeksis were gnomish dragons who ruled their fantastic planet. Meanwhile the orphan Jen, a young elf-like Gelfling, who was raised in solitude by a race of the peace-loving wizards called the Mystics, embarked on a quest to find the missing shard of the Dark Crystal which gave the Skeksis their power.The prequel mini-series will take place on Thra several hundred years before Jen embarked on the quest to find the missing crystal shard. Check out the amazing trailer for the new series here:In even more Dark Crystal fandom news Boom! Studios has announced that it is creating a 12-issue comic book called Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance which will be a prequel that explores the world of Thra even before the events of the story in the Netflix series. A prequel to a prequel!Related Article: Major TV Series set in Middle Earth of Lord of the Rings on its WayJim Henson passed away in 1990 and is also the creator of the popular worlds of The Muppets, Fraggle Rock and Sesame Street. However he has said that his work on The Dark Crystal was the most challenging yet also most rewarding, as well as being the pinnacle of his and his team’s talents and is the work he’s most proud of.last_img read more


first_imgMarch 7, 2016 A Yelp for people — a review site for your neighbors, coaches, co-workers, even dates — sounds like a recipe for disaster, right?That’s exactly the reaction folks first had when news of Peeple, a people-rating mobile app, came out in October. But starting today, following a number of tweaks, the app is available for free on Apple devices, according to CBS News.Related: ‘Yelp For People’ Co-Founder: Your Hate Only Fuels My Resolve to Launch PeepleWhile initially, Peeple sounded like a free for all, the app won’t let users rate or review others without their permission and reviews can only be published only after their approval. Users also have the ability to hide any negative posts — which can be personal, professional or romantic. For accountability reasons, Peeple also requires all users operate under their real names.Still, an update scheduled for April will allow users to buy a “Truth License,” which unlocks all reviews, positive or negative.”If a mom wants to look up a coach for her kids, she can see all the amazing things on that person’s profile, but maybe there’s some areas of improvement for that person,” co-creator Julia Cordray told CBS. “So, when the mom upgrades to the truth license, she’ll be able to see all the recommendations on the back-end that the coach never published in their profile.”The update will most likely generate just as much backlash as the app’s initial announcement.In an age where both truth and gossip on the Internet can literally ruin lives, this #peeple app is horrible AND scary #yelpforhumans???— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) October 1, 2015Still, Peeple makes it clear on its website that bullying and harassment is not the goal.Related: Following Death Threats, Peeple Founder Says She Was Wrong to Position App as ‘Yelp for People'”We do not tolerate profanity, bullying … name calling, degrading comments, abuse, derogatory comments, sexual references, racism, legal references, hateful content, sexism, and other parameters,” the website says. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 2 min read Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more


first_imgJune 23, 2017 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global This story originally appeared on PCMag Google Glass, an experimental and extremely expensive wearable that took the tech world by storm a few years ago, resurfaced again this week when it received its first software update in nearly three years.The update, released on Tuesday, isn’t terribly exciting: in addition to bug fixes and performance improvements, the only new feature is Bluetooth support, which means Glass can now be paired with input devices like keyboards. As TechCrunch notes, the last Glass software update was in September 2014, so this week’s update might be reassuring to Glass owners who thought Google abandoned them. Still, adding Bluetooth and a few unnamed enhancements is not that reassuring, and everything else about the Glass seems to indicate that it’s headed for extinction: the support website is pretty bare bones, and the Google Glass homepage simply reads “Thanks for exploring with us. The journey doesn’t end here.”Google didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on whether we’ll see more Glass updates in the future.The $1,500 wearable debuted in 2012, and outside of extremely limited public sales windows, it was mostly only available to software developers and enthusiasts willing to join a waitlist. People who did manage to buy a pair, however, were treated to a futuristic heads-up display that could show Google search results, images and more. Glass also earned curious and often envious glances from passers-by.But innovation seems to have passed Glass by: wearables and augmented reality have come a long way since 2012, and Google itself has moved on to other efforts, including its Tango AR platform for smartphones and its Daydream View VR headset. So adding Bluetooth support to Glass is likely a swan song, rather than a sign of a Glass resurgence. 2 min read Register Now »last_img read more


first_imgGet comprehensive research providing detailed regional analysis and growth outlook of the Global Antibody Services Market in the latest research report added by Big Market Research.The report is an exhaustive analysis of this market across the world. It offers an overview of the market including its definition, applications, key drivers, key market players, key segments, and manufacturing technology. In addition, the study presents statistical data on the status of the market and hence is a valuable source of guidance for companies and individuals interested in the industry. Additionally, detailed insights on the company profile, product specifications, capacity, production value, and market shares for key vendors are presented in the report.Request for a sample copy of this report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/3238662?utm_source=SHASHI-HTNThe total market is further segmented based on company, country, and application/type for competitive landscape analysis. On the contrary, information on industry chain structure, emerging applications, and technological developments in the market makes the report a must-read document.The report reveals detailed information about the global key players as well as some small players of the Antibody Services sector.The information for each competitor includes:Company ProfileMain Business InformationSWOT AnalysisSales, Revenue, Price and Gross MarginMarket ShareThese insights help determe the strength of competition and take the necessary steps to obtain a leading position in the Antibody Services industry.Additionally, the research provides a detailed analysis of the key segments of the market with the help of charts and tables. An overview of each market segment such as type, application, and region are also provided in the report. These insights help in understanding the global trends in the Antibody Services industry and form strategies to be implemented in the future.The market across various regions is analyzed in the report, including North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA. The report manifests the growth trends and future opportunities in every region. Additionally, the research provides a list of leading market players active in the Antibody Services industry.Get 10% Discount on Enterprise User License@ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/3238662?utm_source=SHASHI-HTNThe key players explored in the industry include: GenScript, Abcam, MBS, ROCKLAND, ProSci, BiocompareThe study clearly reveals that the Antibody Services industry has attained remarkable growth since 2024. This research report is prepared based on an in-depth analysis of the market by experts. As a final point, stakeholders, investors, product managers, marketing executives, and other professionals seeking unbiased data on supply, demand, and future forecasts would find the report valuable.Table of Contents  Chapter 1 Executive SummaryChapter 2 Abbreviation and AcronymsChapter 3 Preface3.1 Research Scope3.2 Research Methodology3.2.1 Primary Sources3.2.2 Secondary Sources3.2.3 AssumptionsChapter 4 Market Landscape4.1 Market Overview4.2 Classification/Types4.3 Application/End UsersChapter 5 Market Trend Analysis5.1 Introduction5.2 Drivers5.3 Restraints5.4 Opportunities5.5 ThreatsChapter 6 Industry Chain Analysis6.1 Upstream/Suppliers Analysis6.2 Antibody Services Analysis6.2.1 Technology Analysis6.2.2 Cost Analysis6.2.3 Market Channel Analysis6.3 Downstream Buyers/End UsersAccess Full Summery @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/report/3238662/global-antibody-services-market-report-2019?utm_source=SHASHIAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.We are instrumental in providing quantitative and qualitative insights on your area of interest by bringing reports from various publishers at one place to save your time and money. A lot of organizations across the world are gaining profits and great benefits from information gained through reports sourced by us.Contact us: Mr. Abhishek Paliwal5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452Email help@bigmarketresearch.com Antibody Services Marketlast_img read more


first_imgAppCheck Anti-Ransomware review by Martin Brinkmann on June 02, 2018 in Software – Last Update: August 15, 2019 – 19 commentsAppCheck Anti-Ransomware by Checkmal is a complementary security solution for devices running Windows designed specifically to protect the device it is running on against ransomware attacks and exploits.Ransomware attacks come in many different forms but the bulk of them holds files on the local system ransom by encrypting them. Affected users are asked to pay a specific sum, usually in Bitcoin, to purchase the encryption password that allows them to decrypt the data.While you may get the encryption key when you pay, there is no guarantee that this is indeed the case.Users and administrators can protect data in several ways; regular external backups are a must, as is the use of common sense to avoid the bulk of attacks. Anti-Ransomware software runs side by side with other security solutions, usually.You can check out our overview of anti-ransomware software for Windows, or check out solutions such as Acronis Ransomware Protection, SBGuard Anti-Ransomware, or Bitdefender Anti-Ransomware.AppCheck Anti-RansomwareAppCheck Anti-Ransomware by Korean developer Checkmal is another program that you can run on your Windows systems to protect it against forms of ransomware and exploits. The program is fully compatible with all recent 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the operating system, and available as a free and pro version.The free version is good for home use, the pro version may be used in corporate environments as well. Good news is: the core features, that is ransomware protection and exploit protection, are supported by both versions.Program installation is straightforward; you get to select the installation directory but that is about it as no other options are provided. You can run the program right after installation to launch the control interface.AppCheck Anti-Ransomware works automatically after installation but you may want to check out the interface and settings on first start to make sure everything is configured correctly.The main interface displays toggles to turn protective features on or off. Three protections are enabled in the free version, real-time protection, exploit protection, and MBR protection are enabled but network drive protection is not. The latter is one of the Pro version features that the free version lacks.The optionsA click on the cogwheel icon in the interface opens the program options. The options are divided into tabs for easier access. Here is a quick overview of the preferences of the program:General: disable anonymous submission of files for analysis and auto-update.Ransom Guard:  change ransomware protection and detection functionality, e.g. for how long important files are kept in the “Ransom Shelter”, a safe space to protect files.Exploit Guard: toggle the feature and select which applications it should protect (web browsers, plugins, media players)Cleaner: customize the built-in cleaner functionalityAuto Backup: is a Pro feature. May be used to create automatic backups of selected folders.Whitelist: exclude files so that they may be run on the system.ProtectionThe developer states that AppCheck Anti-Ransomware protects against more than 900 different types of ransomware using the built-in behavior engine.The program monitors the system while running and reacts to threats it identifies immediately.YouTube user Cruelsister ran some tests in April 2017 and AppCheck Anti-Ransomware did well in the test. While the program did not protect 100% against any ransomware thrown at the system it was running on, it did protect against many.The user’s result was that AppCheck offered good but not perfect protection against the tested ransomware threats.A user on the Tweakbytes forum ran tests as well against different types of ransomware and concluded that he considered AppCheck Anti-Ransomware to be a “must have” as it protected against the bulk of threats.For me, AppCheck Anti-Ransomware is a must have, even in the free version, which is available for personal use, paying not even a penny. It will dramatically improve your level of security, against the ever-evolving amount of ransomware being brought up every day.I ran custom tests on a test machine using RanSim and other ransomware files, and results were quite good even in the free version. The free version lacks several features that improve protection further.Pro users get access to network drive, SMB server, and removable drive protection features, Office exploit protection, and automatic remediation and backup features.The program uses a surprisingly low amount of memory while it is running on the system. While it does use multiple processes, all of the application’s processes use less than 10 Megabytes of memory while it runs in the background.Update: We took another look at the program in 2019. The developer improved it since our initial review in 2018. Protection has improved with additional signatures added to the detection database. The program works just like before for the most part though.Closing WordsAppCheck Anti-Ransomware is a powerful yet lightweight program designed to protect Windows devices against ransomware attacks and exploits. While not perfect, it does a good job at protecting the system against threats; the developers push out new versions of the program frequently to add safeguards against new ransomware threats and exploits.Now You: Do you use anti-ransomware software?Related articlesCyberSight RansomStopper anti-ransomware for WindowsNo More Ransom: Anti-Ransomware Help SiteRansomFree: protect your PC against ransomwareTrendMicro Ransom Buster: Windows ransomware protectionSummary12345 Author Rating3.5 based on 4 votes Software Name AppCheck Anti-RansomwareOperating System WindowsSoftware Category SecurityLanding Page https://www.checkmal.com/ Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgGoogle launches VirusTotal Monitor by Martin Brinkmann on June 20, 2018 in Security – 10 commentsGoogle announced the new paid VirusTotal service VirusTotal Monitor today designed to provide customers with daily reports for files uploaded to the service.One of the core goals of VirusTotal Monitor is the mitigation of false positives. The detection of false positives, the incorrect detection of malicious code in files, is a huge problem for software and security companies, and end users.Software may not reach distribution levels that it should have reached without the detection of false positives, and it may in extreme cases even be removed from user systems. Software companies lose business and reputation because of that.Similarly, the detection of false positives may have reputation damaging effects on antivirus companies. End users on the other hand may not be able to run software that they should be able to.In short, false positives are bad for anyone involved. Google tried to limit false positives in 2015 with the introduction of the Trusted Source project.VirusTotal MonitorVirusTotal Monitor is an attempt to address the issue. Basically, what it unlocks is the ability to upload files to VirusTotal for monitoring. Software companies can upload their library of programs to VirusTotal to have them checked automatically on a regular basis.VirusTotal creates reports and notifies companies if any of the supported antivirus engines detect malware, sypware, potentially unwanted software or other issues in the uploaded files.Companies and developers can react more quickly to the issue to resolve it before it hits the entire userbase.VirusTotal Monitor is a new service that allows software developers to upload their creations to a private cloud store in VirusTotal. Files in this private bucket are scanned with all 70+ antivirus vendors in VirusTotal on a daily basis, using the latest detection signature sets.VirusTotal Monitor shares files with antivirus vendors that flagged a file and notifies them about the issue so that it can be addressed if it is indeed a false positive.Files also remain absolutely private, not shared with third-parties. It is only in the event of a detection that the file will be shared with the antivirus vendor producing the alert. As soon as the file is detected, both the software developer and the antivirus vendor are notified, the antivirus vendor then has access to the file and its metadata (company behind the file, software developer contact information, etc.) so that it can act on the detection and remediate it if it is indeed considered a false positive. The entire process is automatic.The key word that describes the main advantage of VirusTotal Monitor is automation. Files are scanned automatically, and both vendors and antivirus companies are notified automatically when hits are detected.Developers can use the online dashboard to check the status of files and scans there as well but they may also use the provided REST API and email notifications.Closing WordsVirusTotal Monitor is a paid service but it is unclear at this point in time how much it will cost. It appears that Google wants to start building the service with large companies and invite smaller developers later to the party.While it is certainly possible to test any file in real-time on VirusTotal, the main advantage that VirusTotal Monitor offers is that it will run constant checks on uploaded files. While you can do the same on a day-by-day basis (and you should), automation makes this a lot easier. The more a library grows the more comfortable it gets.Anything that drops the number of false positives is a good thing in my opinion. Lets hope that Google will set reasonable prices for smaller developers and developers of freeware.Now You: How do you handle false positives? (via Bleeping Computer)SummaryArticle NameGoogle launches VirusTotal MonitorDescriptionGoogle announced the new paid VirusTotal service VirusTotal Monitor today designed to provide customers with daily reports for files uploaded to the service. Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more