Raspberry Pi Foundation starts selling products in its first physical store

Written by admin on July 22, 2019

first_imgThe Raspberry Pi is a small, inexpensive computer used in a variety of DIY projects. The organization sells many models and components, including the Raspberry Pi Model A+ and Model B+, the incredibly cheap Raspberry Pi Zero, and everything in between. Customers can also buy a variety of accessories, including cases for the boards, a TV receiver, camera modules, and more.Called the Raspberry Pi Store, the destination offers the various hardware, as well as a starter kit with everything users need to get started. According to the Foundation, customers will also get a chance to “experience” the offerings, indicating there are products on display.In addition to the hardware, the company is offering unspecified exclusive products in the store, as well as books and related accessories — images of the destination reveal t-shirts, for example. Customers should keep in mind that this is a cash-free shop, meaning you can only pay with cards.The store will accept returned items within 35 days of purchase, assuming the customer has a receipt. The exception is for Raspberry Pi products purchased elsewhere, in which case the customer will need to contact the retailer it was purchased from. The store is open every day of the week, though hours vary for half of those days, so be sure to check on them before heading over. The Raspberry Pi Foundation has started selling products in its first physical store, making it possible for customers to pop in and grab whatever they need without waiting for shipment…assuming they’re in England, that is. The destination is located in Cambridge, UK, at the Grand Arcade shopping center, where it is open every day of the week. Story TimelineCool things you can make with a Raspberry PiRaspberry Pi Model 3 A+ is even more affordableNow you can turn Raspberry Pi into a Steam Linklast_img read more

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BMW iX3 allelectric SUV teased

Written by admin on July 22, 2019

first_imgLike any other automakers, BMW is pushing hard on the electrification front and has several new EVs coming to market. One of those EVs will be the BMW iX3 SUV, a vehicle we have heard about before. We don’t know much about the iX3 right now other than it will be an SUV and based on the X3 SUV presumably. BMW is teasing the small electric SUV with a new video that has surfaced showing the front end of the iX3 in several colors. The video hails the tease as the world premiere of the iX3 and promises more details coming at Auto China Beijing 2018.Not only are different colors shown in the teaser video, but the cars also have different grills. One looks more like a traditional SUV grille while the second appears a bit sportier. While hard details are scant right now, the iX3 is expected to be a long-range electric SUV. Something exciting is coming. Stay tuned for the Auto China Beijing 2018!#BMWBeijing @BMWi #BMWi pic.twitter.com/JxNX4KFIDc— BMW Group (@BMWGroup) April 20, 2018center_img The vehicle is to be a mid-size offering like the X3 it is based on. It will fight the Jaguar I-Pace and the Audi E-Tron Quattro as the first all-electric EVs on the mid-size SUV segment. The official unveiling is expected next week and the iX3 is tipped to hit showrooms in 2020.AdChoices广告BMW executive Harald Krüger has stated in the past that 2020 is when BMW will be positioned to electrify all its models. More recently BMW confirmed the M2 Competition landing with the same turbo engine that the M3 and M4 have underhood.SOURCE: Electreklast_img read more

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WhatsApp and Telegram hack Heres whats possible

Written by admin on July 22, 2019

first_imgThat’s pretty alarming, and according to Symantec’s report, this “Media File Jacking” is possible because of the way both WhatsApp and Telegram store media files that are shared through the app. Android apps ultimately have two options when it comes to storing files and data: they can store them internally or externally. If an Android app is storing files internally, then those files are only accessible by the app itself, not by other apps. Conversely, files stores externally can be accessed by other apps or users.Symantec says that many Android apps store data externally through the Write-to-External permission, finding that “nearly 50% of a given device’s apps have this permission.” Both WhatsApp and Telegram store media files shared through the apps externally, and Symantec has discovered that in the period of time between when a shared file is written to the device and when it’s loaded for end-users in the apps themselves, malware has a window of opportunity to replace those files with malicious files of its own. “Think of it like a race between the attacker and the app loading the files. If the attacker gets to the files first – this can happen almost in real time if the malware monitors the public directories for changes – recipients will see the manipulated files before ever seeing the originals,” Symantec VP & CTO of modern OS security Yair Amit and software engineer Alon Gat wrote today. “Moreover, the thumbnail that appears in the notification that users see will also show the manipulated image or file, so recipients will have no indication that files were changed.”AdChoices广告Beyond all of that, Symantec also says that the attack can be launched from either the sender or the recipient’s device, so even if you’re sure you don’t have any malicious apps installed on your device, that doesn’t guarantee protection from this exploit. Symantec goes on to detail the number of ways this can be used, from image manipulation to more serious attacks like payment manipulation and audio message spoofing (which are detailed in the videos embedded in this article). The company then details the ways app developers can protect against malicious attacks that take advantage of the fact that media is often stored in public directories, whether that’s validating the integrity of files before they’re loaded by the app or simply using internal storage for media files. Users can prevent this as well; in WhatsApp go into Settings, then Chats, and turn off “Media Visibility.” In Telegram, the process is mostly the same, as you’ll go into Settings, then Chat Settings, and turn off “Save to Gallery.”Symantec’s full report is definitely worrying, and it’s worth a read through if you’ve got a few minutes to spare today. It shows that even apps which boast about their security features can still have flaws, with Symantec reminding us that “no code is immune to security vulnerabilities.” Story TimelineSymantec security report reveals attacks up and spam downGoogle Glass vulnerable to malicious wireless networks, says SymantecSymantec discovers highly sophisticated Regin spyware Most users of apps like WhatsApp and Telegram expect their communications to be encrypted and therefore protected, but that doesn’t mean all communications shared through those apps are safe from intrusion. Symantec today published a report in which it details vulnerabilities present in both apps on Android that could potentially allow malicious actors to hijack shared media files and replace them before recipients realize what’s going on.last_img read more

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Windows 10 will let Amazon Alexa and others work on lock screens

Written by admin on July 22, 2019

first_imgMicrosoft has been dancing around with supporting some AI assistants on the same level as its own Cortana. At the moment, those “some AI assistants” is pretty much equates to Amazon Alexa only for now. Unsurprising considering the two aren’t in direct competition with each other anyway.A new preview build for Windows Insiders rolled out with a very short list of changes. At the end and almost like an afterthought, it says that Build 18362.10005 will allow third-party digital assistants to voice activate above the lock screen. In theory, this would allow the likes of Alexa an almost seamless functionality across the entire Windows 10 desktop.That could, of course, also open a security can of worms. That same Cortana ability to activate on top of lock screens has been reported to give some hackers access to users’ otherwise locked computers. The risk with third-party assistants may be even bigger considering Microsoft may have little control over them.AdChoices广告This ability, however, could encourage those third-parties to develop Windows 10 apps for their smart assistants. At the moment, Amazon Alexa is the prime example and Google Assistant remains unavailable. Microsoft has shifted its strategy away from forcing its operating systems on users, including mobile, to a more “services-oriented” tactic that offers apps and platforms for others to build on or use on its competitors’ platforms. That seems to be the case even when it has competing products like smart assistants. In fact, in the next Windows 10 update later this year, it will be giving those assistants more control even when the PC is still on its lock screen.last_img read more

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Apple removes Zoombased software from Macs via a silent update

Written by admin on July 22, 2019

first_imgApple is known for running a tight ship on iOS but things aren’t that clear-cut on macOS. While the company does scrutinize the apps that go through its App Store, it has less control over those that are sourced elsewhere and some do get through the restrictions it places on macOS. One of the most recent high-profile cases involves the popular Zoom video conferencing software. Now Apple itself is taking action by silently removing other software that makes use of the same flawed Zoom technologies on Mac. Zoom’s intentions may be understandable but, as they say, good intentions are not enough. For the sake of user convenience, which ultimately means more users for its platform, Zoom has put those users at risk from miscreants. It turns out that Zoom resorted to installing an insecure web server on Macs that could allow a hacker access to users’ cameras just by placing a call.Zoom initially refused to remove the webserver and then relented but couldn’t remove the offending software from those who already uninstalled the Zoom app. Apple had to step in and issue an update to do that for those affected users and now it’s expanding its operations.Zoom’s technology is also being used by the likes of RingCentral and Zhumu and, therefore, expose their users to the same vulnerability. Now Apple is pushing out a silent security update that removes the web server installed by that software.Zoom’s tactic to introduce some convenience for users was probably doomed from the start. It was, after all, designed to circumvent Apple’s security restrictions that required user consent when using third-party plugins on Safari. Apple will most likely tighten the noose on third-party apps in response to Zoom’s actions which, ironically, could make life more inconvenient, but safer, for other developers and users.last_img read more

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Subtle 2020 Volvo XC90 refresh hides huge electrification change

Written by admin on July 22, 2019

first_img The New Volvo XC90 Inscription T8 Twin Engine seat configuration Volvo then proceeded to apply that recipe for success across its subsequent cars, SUVs, and crossovers. The XC90 was joined by the S90 luxury sedan and V90 wagon, together with the V90 Cross Country crossover. At the same time, the 60 Series was rebooted, with XC60, S60, V60, and – most recently – 2020 V60 Cross Country variants. The 40 Series, most notably the XC40 crossover, helped the automaker debut Care by Volvo, its subscription-based driving package.Until now, Volvo has offered two different electrified drivetrains. The T6 Twin Engine Plug-in Hybrid and T8 Twin Engine Plug-in Hybrid pair gasoline engines with a battery pack and electric motors. Each delivers an all-electric range, or can combine both power sources for maximum range and performance. Electrification across the boardVolvo’s ambitions for electrification have escalated, however. The automaker had already confirmed that all of its models will eventually be electrified by the middle of the next decade; now, it’s giving another example of how it’ll do that. That’s the Volvo B-badged powertrains. They’re mild-hybrids, effectively using smaller batteries and electric generator-motors that can recuperate energy generated while the vehicles are braking. That power can then be used to offset the internal combustion engine during acceleration. The B-badged Volvos aren’t expected to have any electric-only range, but Volvo says that it could still reduce fuel consumption by up to 15-percent, along with cutting emissions. Volvo will offer B-badged versions of both its gas and Diesel engines, kicking off with the XC90 and XC60 SUVs. A new brake-by-wire system will balance the regenerative power system and the traditional mechanical brakes. First off, there’ll be an XC90 B5 mild hybrid, in diesel or gas form, and an XC90 B6 gas mild hybrid. The XC60 will have a B5 mild hybrid in gas or diesel form, a B6 gas mild hybrid, or a B4 diesel mild hybrid; the B5 in gasoline form will be available in both front wheel drive or all-wheel drive configurations. 2020 Volvo XC90With the changes under the hood, the surface alterations to the 2020 XC90 refresh are minor. Even Volvo admits they’re subtle: then again, even five years after its debut, the second-generation SUV still looked relatively clean. New wheels and exterior colors have been added for the 2020 model year, along with a new grille. Inside, there’s now a choice of seating configurations. Joining the seven-seat option and the four-seat Excellence luxury version is a new six-seat configuration. That has three rows of two seats each. New wool blend materials see the 2020 XC90 follow the rest of the Volvo range in offering non-leather options. 2020 Volvo XC90 Gallery The New Volvo XC90 Inscription T8 Twin Engine seat configuration The refreshed Volvo XC90 Inscription T8 Twin Engine Interior Detail – Orrefors Gearshift The Volvo Sensus infotainment system now gets integrated Spotify support, and Android Auto has been added to the Apple CarPlay support. However this isn’t Volvo’s all-new, next-generation Sensus which will be based on Android. On the safety front, there’s now steering assistance in City Safety and the Blind Spot Information System, while Oncoming Lane Mitigation is also now an option. Cross Traffic Alert can autobrake now, too. Volvo says that the 2020 XC90 will go into production in May, at its Torslanda plant in Sweden. It’s available to order now.There’s one big mild hybrid downside – for nowUnfortunately, wander down to your nearest Volvo dealership and there’ll be a configuration that’s conspicuous by its absence. Volvo says that, while its mild hybrids are available to order now in the 2020 XC90, that’s not the case for the US. Indeed there’s no word on when the 2020 XC90 B6 or XC90 B5 might launch in the US. center_img Volvo has revealed its refreshed 2020 XC90 SUV, but more important than the gently-massaged design is the new mild hybrid system that the automaker says will spread throughout its range. The second-generation XC90 was the first of Volvo’s reinvention vehicles, launching a new design language, new range of engines, and a more luxurious – and distinctly Swedish – experience inside back in 2014. Story TimelineVolvo to phase out Diesel engines in favor of gas and hybrid techVolvo promises self-driving tech you can snooze while using in 2021Volvo’s road-plane vision is beguilingly disruptive The New Volvo XC90 Inscription T8 Twin Engine seat configuration The refreshed Volvo XC90 Inscription T8 Twin Engine interiorlast_img read more

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Peugeot 208 comes in EV gas or diesel flavors

Written by admin on July 22, 2019

first_imgThe Peugeot 208 has three gas 3-cylinder engine options and a single four-cylinder diesel offering. Among the safety tech available is an adaptive cruise, automatic emergency braking, full park assist, and lane keeping assistance. The car can also recommend speed limits signs and recommend speeds. Peugeot’s 208 rides on the PSA Group’s latest vehicle platform called CMP, or Common Modular Platform. The platform will fit into the B and C segments. The platform is adaptable in dimension and powertrain. The CMP platform is 30kg lighter than the outgoing F1 platform.The car has better aerodynamics for a quieter ride and better economy, featuring a leveled floor-pan and electronically controlled air inlets. Peugeot decreased rolling resistant with new tires and reduced suspension friction. The cars also feature start-stop technology. Peugeot also notes that the CMP platform is more comfortable with less vibration and a quieter interior, but is also safer with a bunch of new safety items.The Peugeot e-208 e-motion has a 136 bhp, 260 Nm of torque electric motor. It has dual braking modes with battery regeneration. The car has a heat pump inside and automatic temperature control. A 50 kWh battery inside can go 340 km per charge. Peugeot has pulled the covers off an all-new car that slots into the European B segment. The car is the Peugeot 208, and it comes in three different versions at launch. The 208 can be had in electric, gas, or diesel versions. The car ships with the new Peugeot i-Cockpit with a 3D heads-up display and multiple driver aids normally reserved for higher-end segments.last_img read more

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First Edition June 18 2012

Written by admin on July 22, 2019

first_imgFirst Edition: June 18, 2012 This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Today’s headlines include reports on the upcoming Supreme Court health law decision and the politics of health policy. Kaiser Health News: Uninsured And Unaware Of Supreme Court Case Against Health LawReporting for Kaiser Health News, and working in collaboration with The Tennessean and The New Republic, Alec MacGillis writes: “As Robin Layman, a mother of two who has major health troubles but no insurance, arrived at a free clinic here, she had a big personal stake in the Supreme Court’s imminent decision on the new national health care law. Not that she realized that. ‘What new law?’ she said. ‘I’ve not heard anything about that'” (MacGillis, 6/17). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: Uncertainty Over Law Casts Shadow Over Health Care InnovationsKaiser Health News staff writer Jordan Rau, working in collaboration with The Washington Post, reports: “The health care law placed the force and money of the federal government behind a decade’s worth of ideas on how to improve patient care and change the ways doctors and hospitals function. While this part of the health care law is at the periphery of the Supreme Court challenge, these changes could be halted if the court throws out the entire law, and some experts say they might be hobbled even if the justices excise just parts of the Affordable Care Act” (Rau, 6/17). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: California Bullish On Health Exchange – No Matter WhatCapital Public Radio’s Pauline Bartolone, working in partnership with Kaiser Health News and NPR, reports: “Many states have done nothing to implement the health overhaul law, saying they’ll wait and see how the Supreme Court rules. Not California. The country’s most populous state got out in front first on implementing the law, and it hasn’t slowed down in recent weeks as the rest of the country waits to hear from the High Court” (Bartolone, 6/15). Read the story.Kaiser Health News: Different Takes: A Status Check On State-Based ExchangesKaiser Health News recently checked in with three states actively pursuing a state-based exchange. Commentaries follow from Rhode Island, Utah and Maryland. A common theme emerged: No matter how the court rules, change is not going to stop. Read commentaries from Christopher F. Koller, Rhode Island’s health insurance commissioner; Patty Conner, Utah’s exchange director; and Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown.Kaiser Health News also tracked weekend health policy headlines, including reports about the partisan rhetoric and SCOTUS speculation (6/17); Ginsburg’s hint about what’s been happening at the Supreme Court (6/17); Catholic hospitals’ rejection of the administration’s contraception compromise (6/16); how the court’s decision could impact state Medicaid programs (6/16); and the announced departure of Steve Larson from the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (6/15).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Republicans Have No Plans To Seek Quick Replacement Of Health Care Law After Court RulingCongressional Republicans intend to seek quick repeal of any parts of the health care law that survive a widely anticipated Supreme Court ruling, but don’t plan to push replacement measures until after the fall elections or perhaps 2013. Instead, GOP lawmakers cite recent announcements that some insurance companies will retain a few of the law’s higher-profile provisions as evidence that quick legislative action is not essential. Those are steps that officials say Republicans quietly urged in private conversations with the industry (6/18).The Associated Press/Chicago Tribune: Q &A: Supreme Court’s Decision On Obama’s Health Care Law Unlikely To Be The Last WordSome are already anticipating the Supreme Court’s ruling on President Barack Obama’s health care law as the “decision of the century.” But the justices are unlikely to have the last word on America’s tangled efforts to address health care woes. The problems of high medical costs, widespread waste, and tens of millions of people without insurance will require Congress and the president to keep looking for answers, whether or not the Affordable Care Act passes the test of constitutionality (Sherman and Alonso-Zaldivar, 6/16).Politico: Media Preps For Health Care RulingIf you thought the Supreme Court’s recent hearings on President Barack Obama’s health care plan drew a lot of media coverage, just wait for the ruling. With the high court set to hand down its opinion on the Affordable Care Act some time before the end of the month, the major television networks and news outlets are standing by on call, ready to dispatch teams of reporters, analysts, and cameras to the courthouse to air special reports on what could be a landmark decision with major implications for the presidential contest (Byers, 6/18).Politico: Bloggers Fret Over SCOTUS, KennedyMany anxious conservative activists gathered at the annual RightOnline bloggers conference this weekend expressed fear that the Supreme Court is going to uphold President Barack Obama’s health care plan – and some worried that Justice Anthony Kennedy will provide the swing vote to do so (Mak, 6/17).The Wall Street Journal: Romney Embraces Hill GOPThe moves by Mr. Romney defy fears among some conservatives that he would tack to the center after clinching enough delegates for the Republican presidential nomination. Instead, Mr. Romney is identifying himself with Mr. Ryan’s plans to rein in the size and scope of government—and he appears to be shrugging off the political risks of embracing its measures to curb the growth of Medicare and other safety-net programs (Hook, 6/17).The Washington Post’s Fact Checker: Does Romney’s Assessment Of The Economic Impact Of Obama’s Health-Care Law Hold Up?FactCheck.org then weighed in when Romney had tweaked the language somewhat, but it also found it wanting, saying it was “a pure partisan fantasy” and “patently false and misleading.” With such harsh reviews, one would think that Romney might drop the assertion from his speeches. But now, a new iteration has appeared, so we will examine it (Kessler, 6/16).Politico: HHS Insurance Official Exits Over Personal IssueFrom the outside, the timing of the announcement that Department of Health and Human Services’ top insurance regulator is leaving for a job with UnitedHealthcare couldn’t have looked any worse. But health care experts from both parties who know the department’s inner workings are convinced that concerns about education, not health care, prompted the departure of Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight Director Steve Larsen (Feder, 6/17).Chicago Tribune: AMA Wants Higher Medicare PaymentsDays before the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on the constitutionality of the biggest overhaul of federal health care law in five decades, the nation’s most powerful group of physicians said Saturday it may push for major changes — should the reforms land again in the hands of Congress (Frost, 6/17).The Associated Press/Washington Post: What’s Behind Easing Health Care Costs? Some Say Economic Woes; Others See Long-Term ChangeHealth care spending has eased up recently, a welcome respite for government and corporate budgets. But why has it? And will relief last or are medical costs on a roller coaster, like gas prices? One explanation for the slowdown says it’s a temporary consequence of the recession and an economy that can’t seem to hit its stride. A more hopeful view says American medicine is moving from disjointed solo practice to teamwork models aimed at keeping patients healthier, and that’s a permanent change (6/18).Chicago Tribune: Contraceptive Mandate Stirs Local CatholicsThe Archdiocese of Chicago has not yet joined 43 other Roman Catholic institutions in suing the federal government over a mandate to pay for birth control, but local Catholic leaders are urging parishioners to speak out against what they view as a threat to religious freedom (Brachear, 6/17).Los Angeles Times: Ex-Consultant To California Mental Hospitals Criticized ElsewhereA consultant who led the troubled effort to overhaul California’s public psychiatric hospitals has played a lead role in federal reforms in at least five other states, where critics have raised similar concerns about cronyism and the quality of his work (Romney and Hoeffel, 6/17).The New York Times: Deal In Albany On Policing Abuse Of DisabledGov. Andrew M. Cuomo and legislative leaders reached a deal Sunday night to create a new state agency to police abuse and neglect of more than one million New Yorkers with developmental disabilities, mental illnesses and other conditions that put them at risk, state officials said Sunday (Hakim, 6/17).Los Angeles Times: Specifics Of California’s Budget CutsSpending on welfare, child care and home care for the elderly and disabled would be reduced but not by as much as Brown wanted. CalWORKs, the state welfare program, is facing the biggest hit at $428 million. … Cuts to state-supported child care would total $240 million. In-Home Supportive Services, which allow some elderly residents to avoid being moved into nursing homes, would be reduced by about $90 million. The cut means 3.6% fewer hours of care for beneficiaries (6/16).Los Angeles Times: Idaho Woman’s Case Marks A Key Abortion ChallengeThe case also marks the most significant constitutional legal challenge so far to so-called “fetal pain” statutes, adopted by Idaho and at least five other states. Such laws significantly shorten the window of time in which a woman can legally abort a fetus — in the case of Idaho, to 19 weeks (Murphy, 6/16).Check out all of Kaiser Health News’ e-mail options including First Edition and Breaking News alerts on our Subscriptions page. last_img read more

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Persona 5s Joker hits Super Smash Bros Ultimate today alongside a massive

Written by admin on July 22, 2019

first_img We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy. Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time. Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links.Tell us what you think – email the Editor This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Nintendo has announced that a new character is coming to Super Smash Bros Ultimate in the form of Joker from Persona 5. In fact, he’s available today as downloadable content for the beloved fighter, coming as part of first Fighters Pass Challenger Pack. Aside from Joker himself, who wields a sword and gun combo, he also comes packaged with an all-new stage and plenty of customisation options. The Mementos stage looks incredible, coming with different aesthetic choices that boast music from a trio of Persona games. So many bangers. Update 3.0 isn’t just a big deal for Joker, it also adds a bunch of welcome new features to Super Smash Bros Ultimate such as a dedicated stage builder. You can find a bunch of more extensive details in the video below, which goes to an exhaustive length to inform players on all the big changes: SuperSmash Bros Ultimate is a brilliant fighter, including a huge number of fighters, levels and fanservice for hardcore Nintendo fans. With Persona 5 crossing the threshold of playable characters, it’s genuinely hard to see where it will go next. Here’s hoping for something truly unexpected. Are you ready to play as Joker in Super Smash Bros Ultimate? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter @trustedreviews.last_img read more

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City of Baltimore sues Stronach Group in bid to keep Preakness at

Written by admin on July 21, 2019

first_img Geoff Zochodne A spokesperson for the Stronach Group said it “believes these actions are premature and unfounded” and added that it would not be commenting further at this time.The Preakness is known as the “middle” or “second” jewel of horseracing’s Triple Crown, a series that includes the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes. The 144th running of the race will be held on May 18.The Baltimore Sun has reported that Stronach Group officials previously vowed that the Preakness will remain at Pimlico through 2020.Frank Stronach, former CEO of Magna International. Email Sponsored By: Featured Stories City of Baltimore sues Stronach Group in bid to keep Preakness at storied track City is accusing the Stronach Group and the other entities of having “systematically underinvested” in the Pimlico track since around 2011 “There is no ‘Triple Crown’ without the Preakness Stakes and the Preakness Stakes belongs in Baltimore City at Pimlico,” said a statement from Baltimore City Solicitor Andre M. Davis. “And that is true by virtue of its long history and tradition as well as by state law.”The Stronach Group owns several racetracks in the U.S., including Pimlico, which it acquired full control of in 2011. The group’s website says its operations enables it “to be the most dominant player in the Thoroughbred horse racing industry in the United States, with business relations around the globe.”Baltimore’s legal action against the business also comes in the wake of a lawsuit launched last year by Stronach Group founder Frank Stronach against his daughter, Stronach Group chairman and president Belinda Stronach, and others. A statement of claim alleged there had been a “complete break-down” in the relationship between the two.Frank Stronach founded Magna International Inc., and according to a statement of claim, it was under his leadership that the auto-parts giant got into the horse-racing business as well. Those interests were spun off and formerly Magna-owned racing and gaming assets now make up one of the Stronach Group’s core businesses, the suit claimed.The full list of defendants in Baltimore’s lawsuit also includes the Maryland Economic Development Corporation. The city is seeking a declaration that says MEDCO cannot issue bonds “for the purpose of disinvesting from the Pimlico Race Course,” as well as from an area of urban renewal in Baltimore, to spur economic growth in Laurel and another area by moving the Preakness there.• Email: gzochodne@nationalpost.com | Twitter: The City of Baltimore has filed a lawsuit seeking to seize control of one of the Stronach Group’s signature horse-racing tracks, alleging that the Canadian firm has underinvested in the facility and may be trying to move its most prestigious event to another venue.The complaint filed in Baltimore Circuit Court on Tuesday by a group including Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh and the city council is attempting to block the Aurora, Ont.-based Stronach Group and other related entities from moving the Preakness Stakes — a nearly 150-year-old “Triple Crown” horse race — from its current home at the Stronach-owned Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.Under Maryland law, the race (also owned by Stronach Group) must stay at Pimlico unless a disaster or emergency arises that would force it to move to another track in the state, the lawsuit charges.“Racing Defendants are openly planning to violate Maryland law by moving the Preakness to a different racetrack despite the absence of any disaster or emergency, except for the disaster that they are in the process of creating,” alleges the suit, whose claims have not been proven in court.  Belinda Stronach countersues father Frank as family legal feud continues Billionaire Stronach family feud heats up as court filing alleges Frank’s ‘passion projects’ lost $380 million A Stronach Family Feud: How things fell apart between the patriarch and his heir apparent Baltimore is accusing the Stronach Group and the other entities of having “systematically underinvested” in the Pimlico track since around 2011. They have instead invested in a track located near Laurel, Md., the lawsuit claims, which is being eyed as the site of a future “super track.”Citing a 2018 study from the Maryland Stadium Authority, the lawsuit says the Preakness generated US$34.4 million in direct spending and supports 620 jobs, but that the last major renovation at Pimlico was done in 1983. A study by the authority recommended a “major capital investment” to fix up Pimlico, the lawsuit said.Baltimore is now asking the court to grant it, “by condemnation,” ownership of both Pimlico and the Preakness.“No disaster or emergency requires transfer of the Preakness from Pimlico to Laurel, but systemic underinvestment in Pimlico, if allowed to continue and accelerate as the Racing Defendants have done, and as all Defendants plan to do, would endanger Pimlico’s ability to continue its historic role as the venue for the Preakness, and as major economic and jobs generator for the City,” alleges the lawsuit.“Through the systemic divestment of Pimlico, Defendants could indeed manufacture an ’emergency or disaster’ to justify transfer of the Preakness to Laurel, as undermaintained infrastructure begins to fail and crowds attending Pimlico races and the horses racing there are endangered.”Racing Defendants are openly planning to violate Maryland law by moving the Preakness to a different racetrack despite the absence of any disaster or emergency, except for the disaster that they are in the process of creatingCity of Baltimore lawsuit More March 21, 20198:19 AM EDT Filed under News Facebook Share this storyCity of Baltimore sues Stronach Group in bid to keep Preakness at storied track Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn center_img Recommended For You’This keeps us in the game’: GM throws Oshawa plant a lifeline with $170M investment that will save 300 jobsTrans Mountain construction work can go ahead as National Energy Board re-validates permitsDavid Rosenberg: Deflation is still the No. 1 threat to global economic stability — and central banks know itBank of Canada drops mortgage stress test rate for first time since 2016The storm is coming and investors need a financial ark to see them through Join the conversation → What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation Twitter 0 Comments Comment Reddit advertisement ← Previous Next → American Pharoah, ridden by Victor Espinoza, wins the 140th Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course, Saturday, May 16, 2015, in Baltimore.AP Photo/Mike Stewart last_img read more

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Tesla makes Supercharging free for owners affected by California wildfires

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first_imgSource: Charge Forward Tesla sent out an in-car notice to some owners in California to let them know that they are giving them free Supercharging to facilitate their travel if they need to escape the California wildfires. more…The post Tesla makes Supercharging free for owners affected by California wildfires appeared first on Electrek.last_img

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Does This Tesla Model S 70D Improve Over Time

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first_img Check Out This Used Tesla Model S With A Brand New Battery Source: Electric Vehicle News What To Buy? New Tesla Model 3 Versus Used Model S Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on November 15, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News 3,000 Miles In A Tesla Model 3 Performance: Video Hmm … let’s check out how a 2015 Tesla Model S 70D may or may not have improved over the long haul.Redline Reviews points out that the Tesla Model S marked a turning point for EVs. It was the first mainstream electric car to boast over 200 miles of real-world, EPA-rated range. Sadly, many people that want to make the transition to an electric vehicle simply can’t afford Tesla’s products. This is even still true of the company’s least expensive offering, the Model 3. While it’s cheaper than the Silicon Valley automaker’s flagship sedan and crossover, it’s still not an affordable car in any of its current configurations. So, should you buy a used Model S?Other Tesla-Related Content: This rather lengthy review looks at a 2015 Tesla Model S 70D and asks, does it actually improve over time and should you look into purchasing one? Interestingly, the YouTuber has this car since his Tesla Model 3 Performance is in the shop. It’s a loaner car, which offers a fantastic opportunity for an impromptu review.At InsideEVs, we think that a used Tesla is something that surely deserves consideration. To be honest, we continue to assert that any used EV may be at least worthy of a look. These cars come at a huge discount and may be a great way to move into an electric car without breaking the bank.At any rate, enjoy the video and then let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below. Do you believe that people should be considering a used EV? Is an older Tesla something that should be on the list? Most of all, have you purchased a used electric car? If so, please share your experience with us in order to help new adopters in the segment.Video Description via Redline Reviews on YouTube:2015 Tesla Model S 70D – Has It Gotten Better With Age?last_img read more

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Riding a bicycle or ebike to work could soon get you a

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first_imgA new bill being proposed in congress could soon benefit commuters who ride bikes or e-bikes. The bill would allow riders to take a tax deduction similar to the ones that drivers can already take. more…The post Riding a bicycle or e-bike to work could soon get you a tax break appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forwardlast_img

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News Tesla Model Y Unveiled by Musk

Written by admin on July 21, 2019

first_imgSource: Electric, Hybrid, Clean Diesel & High-MPG Vehicles Tesla Completes Its SEXY* QuartetAppearing at times light-hearted, at other times nostalgic and sometimes weary, Tesla CEO Elon Musk tonight presented his company’s next car—the compact crossover Model Y. As expected, since it shares three-fourths of its hardware with the Model 3, it’s more a slight departure in style than a shift of substance. The taller roofline allows for a seven-passenger configuration, but it could pass for a sedan in most driveways. Musk promised safety and performance to match the Model 3.Tesla teases its Model Y, a crossover version of the successful Model 3, due next yearWhen the Tesla Model Y arrives, it will follow the cadence established by the Model 3—more expensive models first (fall of 2020 in this case) followed by the entry-level model in spring 2021. The four models, in descending order of price and bragging rights, are the:Performance (AWD) Model Y – 280-mile range, 0-60 in 3.5 seconds, $60,000Dual Motor (AWD) Model Y – 280-mile range, 0-60 in 4.8 seconds, $57,000Long Range (RWD) Model Y – 300-mile range, $47,000Short Range (RWD) Model Y – 230-mile range, $39,000Of course, $2,500 configuration orders are being accepted tonight, which should boost the cash flow in the House of Elon. Musk mused that the sales of the Model Y could top the combined sales of the Model 3 and Model X combined.Another now-typical Tesla feature, in addition to the least expensive model not being available at launch, is that those base prices don’t get you the full-featured car you might expect. Even the $60,000 Performance model charges extra any exterior paint color or interior color other than black, and the seven-seat configuration is also an upgrade, along with the driver assistance package Autopilot or the promised full self-driving system. Load it all up and your $60,000 compact crossover will cost you $74,500. And some of those features, such as seven-passenger seating, won’t be available until 2021.On the other end of the spectrum, sometime in 2021 the base $39,000 five-passenger version will come to market in black exterior and interior with 18-inch Model 3-clone wheels and no advanced software—unless you want to start adding to the bottom line.  Things Said, Not SaidWhile Musk spent most of his presentation talking about Tesla’s history of struggling, but achieving feats thought impossible by many. He took credit for changing the direction of the auto industry. “Our goal was to get the rest of the auto industry to go electric,” the CEO said to cheers from the overflow crowd. I’m not really sure how this works as a business strategy since competition may end up diluting Tesla sales, but there is some truth to to his claim of pushing automakers down a road they had been reluctant to go.The Model Y presents an almost sedan-like profileMusk did not say where Tesla planned to build the Model Y, other than the under-construction China Gigafactory. That factory will  start building the Model 3 this year (assuming it gets finished as planned), with most product going to the domestic China market. Given the long-standing issues getting the Model 3 up to volume production, the Model Y will likely present another round of challenges for a company Musk admitted is still struggling with mass production.“The difficultly of mass production is underrated,” Musk said early in the evening. He said compared with designing a car, designing production is “100 times harder.” Of course, the world’s experienced automakers are probably chuckling at the comment, even while trying to gauge how to respond to this upstart car company that has pushed its larger and more experienced competition to accelerate competitive products.Tesla History & FutureIt turns out the Model Y reveal may not have just been driven by Tesla’s desire to scrape up another round of customer cash that it can hold for a year or two to fund ongoing projects. Musk began the evening reminiscing that “eleven years ago today Tesla had made one car—serial number one of the Roadster.” It took them three months to build a second unit.High-end performance models will be the first off the lineMusk contrasted that with a prediction that by the end of 2019 the company will have produced a cumulative million vehicles. He was also quite forthright about the struggles of the past year, which ended up producing two cash-flow positive quarters and more than 100,000 Model 3s, catapulting that car into limelight as the best-selling electric car.With his year of “production hell” and “delivery hell” behind him, Musk predicted 2019 would be the year of the long-promised solar roof and Powerwall—Tesla’s solar power and battery energy storage products.Of course part of looking back is looking ahead, so Musk asked rhetorically, “Where will we be in 10 years?” The crowd suggested and Musk repeated—“Oh yeah, we’ll be driving a Tesla on Mars.”*Footnote: SEXY was one of Musk’s ongoing jokes of the past 10 years, repeated numerous times during the evening. The original product plan for Tesla called for a Model S (for sedan), Model E (who knows, economy?), Model X (crossover) and Model Y to complete the “bad boy” acronym. Model E became Model 3 when Ford threatened to sue over its trademark of the name.Make sure to opt-in to the Clean Fleet Report newsletter (top right of page) to be notified of all new stories and vehicle reviews.The Clean Fleet Report History of TeslaNews: The $35,000 Tesla Model 3 Finally Goes on SaleNews: Tesla Model 3 the Biggest Story of the YearNews: Top 5 Tesla Model 3 Trade-insNews: Tesla Hits 200,000 Sales MarkNews: Tesla Hits Production Milestone with Model 3News: Consumer Reports Flips Tesla Model 3 RatingFlash Drive: Tesla Model 3 Long RangeNews: Tesla Semi & Roadster SurprisePersonal: The Tesla Shopping ExperienceFirst Drive: Tesla Model X P100DNews: Tesla Tops Another Top 10 Green Car Listlast_img read more

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Jones Day Partner Elected EBA President

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first_imgNot a subscriber? Sign up for The Texas Lawbook. Lost your password? Password © 2014 The Texas Lawbook.By Brooks IgoStaff Writer for The Texas Lawbook(April 15) – Jones Day Houston partner Jason Leif has been elected president of the Energy Bar Association (EBA), the firm announced last week. The EBA is a 2,600-member organization with seven regional chapters across the U.S.Leif focuses his practice on issues related to pipeline and liquefied natural gas permitting and construction, rates and tariffs, asset acquisitions and divestitures, energy-related contracting matters and . . .You must be a subscriber to The Texas Lawbook to access this content.center_img Remember me Usernamelast_img

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Study examines relationship between grandparent and grandchild abdominal obesity

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first_imgMay 11 2018Obesity is known to cluster in families, but most studies to date are limited to two generations. A new Pediatric Obesity study is the first to prospectively examine the relationship between grandparent and grandchild abdominal obesity.The study found a consistent relationship between waist circumference in maternal grandmother and grandchild, with no relationship seen in other lineages. The association was seen at both time points analyzed: when children were 5 years old and 9 years old. Data came from participants in the Lifeways Cross-Generation Cohort Study, which was initiated in 2001 in Ireland.The results may suggest an intrauterine or environmental effect, with potential public health and clinical implications.”These findings may have practical implications for family interventions at a time of global challenge in combating obesity,” said senior author Dr. Cecily Kelleher, of University College Dublin, in Ireland. “But they also emphasize the need to understand in scientific terms cross-generation transmission of non-communicable disease risk.” Source:http://newsroom.wiley.com/press-release/study-reveals-obesity-link-between-grandmothers-and-grandchildrenlast_img read more

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RaySearch releases new RayStation 8A to expand support for TomoTherapy platform

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first_imgJun 21 2018RaySearch has announced the release of RayStation® 8A, the latest version of its innovative radiation therapy treatment planning system. The new release brings a broad range of advances, including full planning capabilities for the TomoTherapy® and Radixact systems from Accuray, and supports the TomoDirectTM delivery mode in addition to TomoHelicalTM. Other advances in RayStation 8A include support for TomoTherapy in Plan Explorer, improvements for proton and carbon ion therapy and further integration with RayCare®, the next-generation oncology information system.  The release of RayStation 8A is one more step towards RaySearch’s goal of unifying treatment planning for as many treatment delivery systems as possible, eliminating the complications and additional steps that arise from using multiple software systems. All TomoTherapy and Radixact users now have access to advanced RayStation features, including multi-criteria optimization (MCO), adaptive planning and Plan Explorer.Related StoriesIBA and RaySearch to display first online adaptive proton therapy workflow at ESTRORaySearch, Heidelberg University Hospital to pioneer RayCare oncology information systemKobe Proton Center starts clinical application of RayStation 7With the addition of Plan Explorer functionality, TomoTherapy and Radixact clinics can now automatically generate a large number of treatment plans for defined clinical goals and combinations of treatment techniques and machines, optimizing the use of treatment machines and increasing treatment planning efficiency.Improvements for proton and carbon ion therapy include automatic selection of range shifter for PBS machines and DICOM export of magnets in the lateral spreading device sequence for all ion treatment machines. Ion beam commissioning tools have also been refined for easier use, and carbon ion treatment machines are now supported in RayStation’s physics module.RayStation 8A strengthens integration with RayCare. Other general improvements include the possibility to choose independent isocenters and/or independent directions for robust optimization, the ability to view DVHs in absolute volume and an improved user interface for DICOM import.Johan Löf, CEO of RaySearch, said: This latest RayStation release is an important step forward. We are very pleased to expand our support for the TomoTherapy platform, giving all users access to innovative RayStation features. We have also included some significant additional features for particle therapy, which is an important focus area for RaySearch. Many more exciting developments are in the pipeline for upcoming releases, and we will announce these in the near future. Source:https://www.raysearchlabs.com/media/press/?year=2018&cisionid=2964250last_img read more

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Psychologist to assess how the brain maintains precise shortterm and longterm memories

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first_img Source:https://ucrtoday.ucr.edu/54933 Aug 17 2018A person’s general intelligence and ability to understand language are reliant on the brain’s ability to maintain precise information acquired over a short period of time.To understand how these types of natural vision and cognitive functions are achieved in both healthy populations and individuals at high risk for psychosis, Weiwei Zhang, an assistant professor of psychology at UC Riverside, will assess how the brain’s hippocampus, a deep structure believed to be an exclusive hub for long-term memory, supports encoding, maintaining, and accessing precise short-term and long-term memories.An expert on visual attention, working memory, and cognitive modeling, Zhang has received a five-year, $1.4 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health, a division of the National Institutes of Health, to conduct the research.”We will use functional neuroimaging to investigate whether the hippocampus in human participants shows an increase in neural activities when we try to remember ongoing events as accurately and precisely as possible,” said Zhang, the grant’s principal investigator. “This project will provide a clearer understanding of the functional limitations in working memory and establish the basic science backbone for future practice designed to understand and treat cognitive dysfunction in schizophrenia spectrum disorders and foggy memory in aging and other clinical populations.”Zhang said the brain’s maintenance of information over a short period of time in working memory is pivotal for observers’ efficient interaction with exceedingly rich environmental content for both lower-level perception, such as maintaining relevant information across eye movements, and higher-level cognitive functions, including general intelligence and decision making.Research in the past several decades on working memory and its deficits in various clinical populations has emphasized the quantitative aspect of working memory — how much information can be retained — and the corresponding neural mechanisms, he added.Related StoriesMercy Medical Center adds O-arm imaging system to improve spinal surgery resultsAn active brain and body associated with reduced risk of dementiaWearing a hearing aid may mitigate dementia risk”But only until recently has research begun to establish the theoretical and translational significance of the qualitative aspect of information maintained in working memory — that is, how precise is our memory,” he said. “We will investigate the process and circuitry that support representing and retaining precise information in working memory.”His lab will use a combination of novel behavioral paradigms, individual differences, noninvasive brain stimulation, and functional magnetic resonance imaging to conduct the research.In this field of research, memory has traditionally been partitioned into distinctive subsystems, including working memory and long-term memory. As such, the hippocampus and surrounding medial temporal lobe structures have been thought to jointly provide a hub exclusively for long-term memory, making them irrelevant for working memory.”Our hypothesis postulates, however, that the hippocampus is essential for representing and retaining precise memories, regardless of whether they are in working memory or long-term memory,” Zhang said. “Our preliminary data have linked the hippocampus to memory precision, providing some support for our hypothesis.”The grant, which began this month, will support a graduate student and a postdoctoral scholar. UC Irvine’s Michael A. Yassa, a professor of neurobiology and behavior, is a co-investigator on the grant. UCR’s Xiaoping Hu, a professor of bioengineering, Dr. Gerald Maguire, a professor of psychiatry and neuroscience, and Florida Atlantic University’s Edward Ester, an assistant professor of psychology, will serve as consultants.”Most memory research conceptualizes memory as a storehouse for mental representations of past events,” Zhang said. “But as Steve Jobs put it once, ‘Quality is more important than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles.’ Memory researchers such as myself also care about memory quality.”last_img read more

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There are only four types of cities

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first_imgAny globetrotting tourist will tell you that all cities are unique. The challenge is to figure out what they have in common. Fortunately, there’s at least one thing that is nakedly apparent for every single city: the contours of its streets as seen from outer space. A team of researchers has now taken those street maps and analyzed them as mathematical networks. It turns out that all cities can be boiled down to just four different types based on the “fingerprint” of their street networks, the team reports online today in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface: a grid of medium-sized blocks that are mostly square or regular rectangles, a dominant fraction of small blocks with a diverse array of shapes, mostly medium-sized blocks with diverse shapes, or a mosaic of patches of mostly small squares or rectangles. For example, those who say that American and European cities tend to be “laid out differently” now have mathematical evidence. Boston’s famously confusing street map—which produces small and diversely shaped city blocks—is more like a European city’s than that of the typical gridlike U.S. city. And some of the largest cities are revealed to be a hodgepodge of different parts. The five boroughs of New York City (above) are closer matches to different cities around the world than they are to each other. Manhattan has the gridlike street layout of Brazilian cities like Campo Grande and Curitiba, while the Bronx’s streets look like those of Porto, Portugal. Brooklyn is strikingly similar to Detroit, Michigan, at least in layout. And Staten Island? It’s like walking the streets of As-Suwayda, Syria.last_img read more

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Comet may have struck Earth just 10 million years after dinosaur extinction

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first_imgDENVER—Some 56 million years ago, carbon surged into Earth’s atmosphere, raising temperatures by 5°C to 8°C and causing huge wildlife migrations—a scenario that might mirror the world’s future, thanks to global warming. But what triggered this so-called Paleocene-Eocene thermal maximum (PETM) has remained a mystery.Now, in new work presented on 27 September at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America and published this week in Science, a group of scientists bolsters its claim that a small comet impact kicked off the PETM, stirring up the carbon just 10 million years after a similar event decimated the dinosaurs. The group announced the discovery of glassy, dark beads, set in eight sediment cores tied to the PETM’s start—spheres that are often associated with extraterrestrial strikes.The critical evidence was hardly the result of a targeted campaign, according to Morgan Schaller, a geochemist at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, who presented the team’s work. The spheres were hiding in plain sight—in sediments off the coast of New Jersey. Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! 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Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) For a summer project, Schaller and Megan Fung, his graduate student and co-author, combed through the cores, looking for the fossils of microscopic organisms called foraminifera, often used as a dating tool. But instead of “forams,” they discovered a series of dark, glassy spheres. The spheres looked like microtektites, the debris created and tossed aside when comets or asteroids strike Earth at high speeds. This was a surprise to the team: These sediments had been studied many times before. The spheres may have blended against the background of the black trays that are commonly used to hunt for light-colored forams, as visible as a full moon in the night.The team is convinced the glassy spherules weren’t erupted from a volcano—another way they could have been made. Their water content is less than 0.03%, much lower than volcanic spheres, and they contain inclusions of the fused quartz glass that is characteristic of a hot impact. Their chemistry is different from microtektites from other known impacts. But the spheres will still face a high bar before being accepted as the real thing by other geologists.Separate work by Fung clinches the case for an impact, the team noted at the geology meeting. Three of the cores she examined had large spikes in charcoal immediately above (and, therefore, just after) the layers with the spheres. The charcoal, which contains signs of charred plants, points to widespread wildfires sparked by the impact, they said. PETM-associated sediments elsewhere in the world bear signs of similar charcoal events.The story may appear to be all wrapped up, but the group’s interpretation is misguided, says Jerry Dickens, an oceanographer at Rice University in Houston, Texas, who attended the talks. “They have completely misinterpreted the data and missed the correct, and more cool, story.” Dickens does not doubt that the spheres originated in an impact, or that the charcoal stemmed from forest fires. But both the spheres and charcoal were likely present throughout the PETM-associated clays, not just in small layers at the start. As the PETM got going, and erosion rates sped up in the warming world, sediments rich in carbon and oxygen accrued at faster rates at the New Jersey sites. This abundance of oxygen and carbon would have fueled microbes to degrade the charcoal and spheres, eliminating evidence for them higher up in a way that they couldn’t at the core’s base. This vanished evidence, he said, results “in a strange thing where they imagine a boundary horizon where it looks very important, but it’s not.”Others at the session were more convinced. “It is a really amazing discovery,” says Birger Schmitz, a geologist at Lund University in Sweden who also attended the talks. “The data look sound.” He says the evidence points to a small impact event of an asteroid or comet, maybe a body a couple kilometers across. However, similar objects hit Earth without triggering a global disturbance, he notes. “I have no idea of how a small asteroid could have triggered all the things that happened during the PETM.” To spark such a large carbon influx, the strike must have hit an unusual carbon-filled place like an oil reservoir, he says.News of the spherules has bounced around the community of PETM researchers for months, says Ellen Thomas, a geologist at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. Thomas “absolutely” believes Schaller has found microtektites. But she is perplexed because she has since re-examined several different PETM cores from New Jersey and has not found any spherules; similarly, she has never seen them in global samples. If the team successfully dates the spherules to the start of the PETM, she will consider it real evidence of an impact. “If they have not dated them,” she says, “I think they may well be contamination.” The New Jersey cores were dug with rotary drills, and there’s abundant contamination in the samples, along with many spherules dating to impacts from different eras.If accepted, and that’s a big if, the strike could join a list of events associated with the PETM’s carbon injection. Many scientists believe the spike could have come from a chain reaction of events, starting with ocean volcanism cooking organic carbon out of rocks and into the atmosphere. Rising temperatures may have then released seafloor methane or thawed permafrost, driving up temperatures further.The scientists are cautious about how a small impact might fit in that chain of climate events—not all extraterrestrial strikes are the same. The PETM strike may have been a world-changing event like the dinosaur killer just 10 million years earlier. Or, it could have been like the object that struck and excavated the Chesapeake Bay 35 million years ago: locally devastating, but globally survivable.*Correction, 29 September 2016, 6:30 p.m.: This article has been updated to give Morgan Schaller credit in the discovery of the spheres. The original article incorrectly stated that Megan Fung was the discoverer. Furthermore, a statement about the spherules’ chemistry has been clarified to show that they are different from microtektites from other impacts.*Update, 13 October, 2:55 p.m.: This article was originally published on 28 September. It has been updated with a link to the study posted online today in Science.last_img read more

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