Mens basketball The only change after Ohio States win over Wisconsin confidence

Ohio State junior forward Jae’Sean Tate converts a layup as he was fouled in the first half against Wisconsin on Feb. 23 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 83-73. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Assistant Sports DirectorThe will or drive of a team is rooted in self belief. Without a belief or a vision, a team cannot achieve its goals.For a while, the Ohio State men’s basketball team didn’t have a vision, it didn’t have a moment that could spring a successful run as the season grows nye. Well, now OSU has both.The Buckeyes handily defeated the 16th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers at home Thursday night, 83-73, in their most complete game this season. Four players were in double figures, the bench scored 32 points and as a team, OSU outrebounded the Badgers by 13 and shot 63 percent (10-for-16) from 3-point range.All of that happened against the fourth best defense in the country.The players — sophomore guard C.J. Jackson in particular, who had a career-high 18 points Thursday — had been saying throughout a mentally taxing conference season that they believed there run of consecutive wins was just around the corner. Wisconsin might be the start of that, but that doesn’t necessarily mean OSU’s predicament has changed. The Buckeyes will likely still need to win the Big Ten tournament to make the NCAA Tournament, but at the very least, OSU finally has proof it can win games against top competition.“I feel like everybody was on the same page (on Thursday). We played hard. It seemed like we couldn’t miss,” junior forward Jae’Sean Tate said. “If we play like this the rest of the time and in the Big Ten tournament, I feel like we can win.”That type of language hadn’t been heard since the beginning of the season when winning the conference was seen as an attainable goal. Yes, the Buckeyes said things like, “There’s still a long way to go,” and “Anything can happen” after losses, but maybe what OSU needed was the reality of winning a game that many didn’t believe it had a prayer in.So it begs the question, why can’t OSU always play like this?“I wish we could (always play like this) and for now on I hope we can,” Tate said. “We just got to build from it.”The game was equally important for OSU coach Thad Matta, who has been dealt an unprecedented amount of criticism this year. The 13-year OSU coach was already the most winningest coach in school history and became the most tenured coach in school history on Thursday night.He has not been one to ever focus, or truly care, about what outsiders say, but there’s no denying that critics will think twice about scolding the 13-year OSU coach after the Wisconsin win.“I’m sure there’s a lot of people that wouldn’t be pissed off if I didn’t come back (tomorrow),” Matta said. “But I say that from a standpoint of I guess that’s a tremendous feat, but I kind of like the most wins more than the most games to be honest with you.”While nothing on the winning side has come naturally to the Buckeyes this season, they had the answers on Thursday night. Each answer paved the path to success. There remains a long way to go for them, but the Buckeyes saw what their best looks like and that could be a motivator with two games remaining before the conference tournament.“We haven’t seen it a whole lot,” Matta said. “Everybody sort of did there part. When you’re making shots, it probably helps your cause … I hope these guys got a good taste of what it feels like to win a game.” read more

Ohio fans accustomed to disappointment mediocrity

I grew up watching great high school football in Cleveland: St. Ignatius, St. Edward, Glenville, and even the big Cincinnati schools like St. Xavier and Elder. All these teams were excellent, but I was an Edward’s girl through and through. I love seeing players that I watched in high school play first for top-notch college teams and occasionally the NFL. I knew the kind of talent drinking Lake Erie water can get you. But, when St. Ed’s started to decline after my senior year, I wasn’t surprised. Why? Because I’m an Ohio fan.Being an Ohio fan means getting used to disappointment. As a Clevelander, I’ve had teams that were this close to making history. The Cavs’ trip to the semifinals last season or the Indians’ bids for the World Series in the mid ‘90s were the most poignant disappointments in my memory. Though I was heartbroken when these teams inevitably lost, I was secretly expecting to be disappointed. Why? Because I’m an Ohio fan — and every year is a rebuilding year for us. There is always a “next year” for the Ohio fan.This “next year” attitude encourages mediocrity in both the fans and the players. Look at our own Ohio State football team, it seems to me that they only play as well as their opponent. Against the University of Spoiled Children, our Buckeyes truly rose to the occasion, and almost won, too. But against teams like Toledo and Illinois I felt like we held back, even though our starters stayed in for most of the game. The Bucks don’t play every game like it’s the big game; if they did, it would lead us to winning seasons, to national championships and could even elevate Tressel to the hallowed level of Woody Hayes.Mediocrity is not limited to the Buckeyes, but is an epidemic in the NFL, too. Look at the Browns vs. Bengals game this weekend. Aside from some excellent running by Josh Cribbs and some good interceptions and throws by Cinci, it was a choke-off. It almost ended in a tie for crying out loud — a tie in professional football! Did you know that could happen? I didn’t, and neither did some of the players. If the Bengals’ kicker had missed the field goal, it would have happened. The two pro-football teams in Ohio would have tied each other in yet another demonstration of our state’s mediocrity.Yes, I’m bashing Ohio teams with all the rage of a scorned lover. That’s the key word, though: lover. I will never stop rooting for my Browns, my Indians, my Cavaliers and most of all my Buckeyes, even when I inevitably leave Ohio. I want them to be amazing, to startle the pundits who talk endlessly about Tim Tebow and Brett Favre (who really aren’t that good. Just saying). I want us to win national championships and Super Bowls. Heck,I’d just like for us to have good seasons. I’m a true Ohio fan, in good times and bad, but I’d like an end to year after year of bad and a lot more good. read more

Five questions to ask about Ohio State – Minnesota

1. What is the state of the Minnesota football program? It’s rare for college football coaches to be fired mid-season. But Minnesota bucked that trend earlier this month. On Oct. 17, Minnesota fired coach Tim Brewster after the Golden Gophers’ 1-6 start. In a little more than three-and-a-half seasons as coach, Brewster went 15-30, including 6-21 in the Big Ten. Offensive coordinator Jeff Horton is now interim head coach. 2. Does Adam Weber pose problems for a banged-up Buckeye secondary? Last week, Weber joined the company of former Big Ten greats in the 10,000 career-passing-yards club. In recent weeks, the Golden Gophers have been throwing the ball extensively. Weber has averaged 47 passing attempts in the last two games. In three career games against Ohio State, Weber has averaged 177 passing yards a game while throwing two touchdowns and four interceptions. Despite those average numbers, OSU coach Jim Tressel holds Weber in high regard. “We had him in youth camp. I thought he was outstanding then, and 10,000 yards later I think he’s still outstanding,” Tressel said. “He’s a competitor.” 3. Has Ross Homan’s injury opened the door for the next star Buckeye linebacker? Remember back in 2005 when senior standout linebacker Bobby Carpenter broke his leg against Michigan and true freshman James Laurinaitis stepped in for him and didn’t miss a beat? Andrew Sweat is delivering a repeat performance in 2010 while Ross Homan is mending a foot injury. In the last two games, Sweat had 16 tackles, two tackles for loss, an interception, a forced fumble and a pass break-up. 4. Is Terrelle Pryor out of the Heisman race? The smart money says that with Auburn’s Cam Newton and Oregon’s LaMichael James putting up impressive numbers week after week, along with Boise State’s Kellen Moore’s sustained excellence throughout the season, Pryor’s Heisman campaign might be postponed until 2011. Although he’s not completely out of the race yet (Pryor ranks in the top 12 in the nation in touchdown passes and quarterback rating), he will need monster efforts in each of the final four regular season games to put himself back into the discussion. 5. After struggling at Illinois and losing at Wisconsin, will OSU’s road struggles continue against Minnesota? The Golden Gophers are hardly intimidating at 1-7 overall and 0-4 in the Big Ten. They are 7-42 in program history against OSU, their worst record against any Big Ten opponent. But consider this: No current Buckeye has played at TCF Bank Stadium, which opened Sept. 12, 2009. OSU always gets every Big Ten opponent’s best shot and the Golden Gophers will be amped to play under the lights Saturday night. Tressel said he hasn’t been disappointed by his team’s play on the road so far, but agreed that his squad’s two previous performances away from Ohio Stadium have left room for improvement. “I haven’t looked at our two trips and said, ‘I don’t think they were focused’ or ‘I don’t think they understood’ or ‘they let the crowd get to them,’” Tressel said. “But do we need to play better on the road? Absolutely.” read more

Successful switch Former tight end Reid Fragel settles in at right tackle

Reid Fragel was a tight end in his first three seasons with the Ohio State football team, so it should come as no surprise that his transition to right tackle in his senior season has been a challenge.Fragel said he finally felt comfortable, however, in the Buckeyes’ fourth game of the season, a 29-15 victory against the University of Alabama-Birmingham Saturday.“I think so far that’s the best I’ve played at tackle,” Fragel said.This week, however, Fragel prepares for what could be a much greater challenge, as the Buckeyes travel to East Lansing, Mich., to play the No. 20 Michigan State Spartans in their Big Ten opener at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Against the Spartans, Fragel will be lining up primarily against Spartans defensive end William Gholston, who was an All-Big Ten second-team selection in 2011.“He’s got length,” Fragel said of Gholston. “I think that’s his main weapon, he likes to use his hands a lot and uses his reach. He’s quick off the ball, he’s got size, too, so it’ll be a good challenge for us.”The MSU game will be a homecoming for Fragel as well. For the first time in his OSU career, Fragel will have the opportunity to play in East Lansing, Mich., which is located less than 100 miles from Fragel’s home town of Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.“That’s a game I’ve been looking forward to for a while,” Fragel said. “Obviously that’s my home state, so (I’ve) got some friends and family up there that will be at the game.”Fragel caught 14 passes over the course of three years playing tight end, but he became a starter for the first time after converting to right tackle and winning a position battle over freshman Taylor Decker in fall camp.Coach Urban Meyer listed Fragel as one of the offensive players who graded out as “champions” for his performance against UAB, and gave him praise during Monday’s press conference.“(Fragel) played his best game as a Buckeye,” Meyer said. “Best game of the year, really best game of his career.”Two of Fragel’s fellow starters on the OSU offense echoed Meyer’s sentiments.“We’ve seen a lot of guys step up,” said senior fullback Zach Boren. “Reid Fragel played the best game I’ve ever seen him play since he’s been here this past year.”Redshirt junior Corey Linsley said he felt similarly.“It was an awesome showing for Reid,” Linsley said. “It was great because everybody knows on the team Reid has so much talent. He’s huge, and he’s got athleticism, more athleticism than anybody, and it was great to see him finally use all of his potential.”Linsley said it was clear before Saturday’s game even started that Fragel came into the game with more energy than usual.“Even before the game, I knew it was going to be his best game,” Linsley said.Fragel said he “tried to be a little bit more energetic” on Saturday.“I knew we had to come out a lot harder and play with a little more tempo,” Fragel said. “I kind of just tried to help out I guess, and provide some energy.”Linsley said Fragel’s performance stood out during the highlight film that Meyer showed the entire team on Sunday.“They showed that film yesterday of the offense cutting through the defense and it was basically just a Reid Fragel highlight show,” Linsley said. “He was smiling all day yesterday, and high-fiving everybody, it was great to see him finally do that.”Fragel said it was a “good feeling” to be acknowledged for his positive plays in the UAB game, but also recognized that he has to continue to improve for the team’s upcoming game against the Spartans.“I know there was some things that I watched aside from that film that I need to correct, get better and improve for Michigan State,” Fragel said. “Not to downplay UAB at all, but the athletes that Michigan State have, we’re going to need to execute a lot better.”Linsley said playing against Gholston will be a great opportunity for Fragel to shine.“I think that’s even a better opportunity to take what he learned from this game, and to just put it in action against a really good player,” Linsley said. read more

Rep Duncan D Hunter urges Trump to block potential Qualcomm sale

first_img Posted: February 23, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCongressmember Duncan D. Hunter joined Good Morning San Diego for a two-part interview to discuss important national and local issues. Qualcomm is a huge economic driver for the San Diego economy and “has a chip in almost every smartphone in the world,” said Hunter.In a letter to President Trump, Hunter strongly justified his position against allowing Broadcom to successfully purchase Qualcomm, saying “the potential impacts on U.S. security in critical situations are numerous.”Friday afternoon, Representative Duncan D. Hunter tweeted out his letter to President Trump justifying his request to order a National Security review. Mike McKinnon III, Mike McKinnon III February 23, 2018 Rep. Duncan D. Hunter urges Trump to block potential Qualcomm sale Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Duncan Hunter FacebookTwitter Need to watch Broadcom Ltd proposed takeover of Qualcomm. Ifallowed to occur, this would create a significant national security problem andcould mean the loss of thousands of jobs here in SD. Read my letter toPresident Trump urging him to order a national security review:— Rep. Duncan Hunter (@Rep_Hunter) February 23, 2018 Updated: 3:07 PMlast_img read more

UAEs first Hindu temple will be open to all religions All you

first_imgUAE’s Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed and Indian Prime Minister Narendra ModiTwitterThe United Arab Emirates will receive its first Hindu temple after the foundation stone for the Hindu holy place was laid in Abu Mureikha, on the outskirts of the Middle Eastern city on the UAE – Abu Dhabi highway.”Just as it’s important to have your parents present, it will be invaluable to get the blessings of our gods and deities when you get married. We will have the opportunity to do this in the country we consider home. For us having the temple here is like marrying of the two cultures because our ceremonies can take place here,” Sonali Patel, a resident of Dubai was quoted as saying by The National.A devotee joins in a ‘mahapuja’ or prayer service along with Hindu priests @BAPS and thousands of others at the ‘shilanyas’ or foundation stone laying ceremony for the UAE’s first traditional Hindu temple on Saturday @TheNationalUAE— Ramola Talwar Badam (@ramolatalwar) April 20, 2019The stone laying ceremony or the ‘Shilanyas Vidhi’ took place on April 20, Saturday, on the land where the temple will be built on. This land was gifted to the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha by Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi. He is also Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.’Shilanyas Vidhi’ will be conducted by Mahant Swami Maharaj, the leader of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha. The BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha will oversee the construction of the temple.It will a four-hour ceremony. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Sheikh Nahyan Mubarak Al Nahyan, the Minister of Tolerance are some of the members of the UAE royal family who will be in attendance. Along with them, many worshippers also will be present for the function.The Swami Maharaj and his entourage flew into UAE from India on Thursday. They were received by the Sheikh Nahyan. The pink sandstones which will make the temple structure will be flown into the kingdom from Rajasthan. According to a report by The National, over 2000 craftsmen in India will be employed to design the structure and ship to the UAE. The report also claims that the concerned authorities will make sure that the material chosen will be able to handle the Middle Eastern summer since the mercury will rise to almost 50 degrees Celsius.Marketed as a centre for all faiths, anyone can visit the temple which will be ready by 2020. “The significance is tremendous as it will provide a community home to Hindus and Non-Hindus alike,” Swami Brahmavihari was quoted as saying in the report.The temple can also serve as a tourist hotspot and have multiple features such as an exhibition, prayer rooms, learning areas, play areas for children, a restaurant which will serve vegetarian food as well as a gift shop.last_img read more

Jessore journos throat slashed

first_imgA journalist sustained severe injuries as a group of miscreants slashed his throat in Jessore’s Sadar upazila on Thursday, reports UNB.The victim is Ananda Das, 55, the assignment editor of local daily ‘The Dainik Protidiner Kotha’. Son of Shibpada Das, he was residing at Shashthitala of the district town.Quoting the victim, officer-in-charge of Kotwali police station AKM Azmal Huda said three unidentified young men took him to Chanchra Harinar Beel from terminal area in the afternoon. However, he could not recall what had happened later.On the other hand, Anup Basu, a relative of Ananda, said he came to know around 6:00pm that miscreants left the journalist in the Chanchra Harinar Beel area.Later, he with the help of locals rescued Ananda and took him to the Jessore 250-bed General Hospital.Farazi Ahmed Sayeed Bulbul, acting editor of the local daily, said a group of hoodlums tried to kill Ananda.However, it was still not clear why the miscreants carried out the attack on the journalist, said Bulbul.last_img read more

Highlevel USN Korea nuclear talks get underway

first_imgUS Secretary of State Mike Pompeo departs after meeting with North Korean envoy Kim Yong Chol in New York, US, on 30 May 2018. Photo: ReutersHigh-ranking officials of the United States and North Korea met in New York late on Wednesday in the first of two days of talks about the future of Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons programme and a possible summit between US president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jung Un.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Kim Yong Chol, a close aide of North Korean leader Kim Jung Un, met for about 90 minutes over dinner and exited without providing any detailed remarks to reporters waiting outside.Pompeo would only say that the dinner “was great” and that the two men dined on “American beef.”It was not yet known whether the two men made any progress toward narrowing long-standing differences between Washington and Pyongyang that could end decades of hostile relations.Earlier in the day, the White House left open the possibility of a Trump-Kim summit on 12 June in Singapore, despite Trump’s cancellation of the meeting just days ago.As the dinner was underway inside an apartment on New York’s East Side, just south of the United Nations, a senior State Department official separately briefed reporters on the high-level talks that were underway.Pompeo and Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of the ruling Workers’ Party’s Central Committee, “are trying to get to know each other” following their two initial meetings this year in North Korea, said the US official who asked not to be identified.The official added that before any summit between the two leaders can occur, Pyongyang is “going to have to make clear what they are willing to do” amid demands from Washington that North Korea permanently end its nuclear weapons program.Trump, the official said, “can make a fly or no-fly decision anytime he wants,” referring to the possible unprecedented Singapore summit.If not enough progress is made to lead to a productive meeting between Trump and Kim Jung Un, the official said, “We will ramp up the pressure on them and we’ll be ready for the day that hopefully they are ready.”Shortly before Wednesday’s dinner, Pompeo repeated the Trump administration’s bottom-line demand:“Looking forward to meeting with Kim Yong Chol in New York to discuss @Potus potential summit with Chairman Kim. We are committed to the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula @StateDept,” Pompeo said in a Twitter post.Trump last week called off the summit after North Korea expressed anger at comments by senior US officials. But Trump later said he was reconsidering his position and US, North Korean and South Korean officials have gone ahead with summit preparations.The White House said on Wednesday that negotiations at the demilitarised zone along the border between North and South Korea for the summit were going well.Separately on Wednesday at Pearl Harbour in Hawaii, Admiral Harry Harris, the outgoing head of US Pacific Command who is Trump’s pick to be the ambassador to South Korea, said North Korea remained the United States’ most imminent threat. “And a nuclear-capable North Korea with missiles that can reach the United States is unacceptable,” Harris said.Earlier, a US official said negotiations about the summit’s agenda have so far been slow going, and the two fundamental issues, the definition of North Korean denuclearisation and whether both sides would take actions at the same time or separately, remained unsettled.‘Denuclearisation’Trump has sworn not to allow North Korea to develop nuclear missiles that could hit the United States and wants North Korea to “denuclearise,” or get rid of its nuclear arms.But the leadership in Pyongyang is believed to regard nuclear weapons as crucial to its survival and has rejected unilaterally disarming.The Trump administration, according to US officials, has left open the possibility of North Korea eventually getting US aid and investments if Pyongyang agrees to complete denuclearisation.North Korea’s position going into the meetings with Pompeo was that a pledge of denuclearisation alone should open the way to economic relief, said the official who briefed reporters earlier on Wednesday and spoke on condition of anonymity.South Korea’s Yonhap news agency quoted Seoul’s Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon as saying in a speech on Wednesday that the differences between North Korea and the United States on the denuclearisation issue remained “quite significant” and it would not be easy to narrow the gap.However, Cho added that the engagement of the leaders of the two countries meant “chances are high that common ground can be found.”Kim Yong Chol is the most senior North Korean official to meet top officials for talks in the United States since Jo Myong Rok, a vice marshal, met then-president Bill Clinton at the White House in 2000.A former military spy chief, he has played a central role in the thaw in relations over the past six months between North Korea and South Korea, as well as the United States.North Korea defends its nuclear and missile programs as a deterrent against what it sees as US ambitions to overthrow its leadership and unite the Korean Peninsula. The United States stations 28,500 troops in South Korea, a legacy of the 1950-1953 Korean War.last_img read more

Sony TVs show highend color via quantum dot tech

first_img Citation: Sony TVs show high-end color via quantum dot tech (2013, January 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from “By integrating QD Vision’s “Color IQ” optical component with Sony’s unique display technologies, our Bravia television sets achieve significantly wider color gamut, that provides a far more natural and vivid viewing experience,” said Masashi Imamura, President, Home Entertainment and Sound Business Group, of Sony, in a press statement. QD Vision’s technology works with major LCD applications, including LCD TVs, LCD monitors and mobile displays. The technology harnesses the unique light-emitting properties of quantum dots, which is a class of nanomaterials. The approach used by QD Vision increases the range of colors that an LCD television can display by about 50 percent, allowing for purer colors. QD Vision describes itself as a nanomaterials product company delivering advanced display and lighting solutions, and it has been working to commercialize the technology advances it made at MIT some years ago. Its edge is as, in its words, “the only quantum dot company solely focused on displays and lighting.” The co-founders have worked on their technology along with scientific advisors, MIT professors Vladimir Bulovic and Moungi Bawendi, who the company said ” is considered the father of quantum dot technology.” Bawendi’s work has been focused on uses for quantum dots as alternatives to fluorescent organic dyes and proteins for labeling, imaging, and monitoring biological systems and for better understanding and battling cancer.Technology Review, explaining how QD Vision technology translates into a Sony TV viewing experience, noted how in LCD televisions, each pixel is illuminated from behind by a white backlight, and different colors are created by changing the amount of light allowed to pass through three different filters. QD Vision’s technology eliminates the white backlight and uses quantum dots to enhance the backlight. It starts with a conventional blue LED, which produces pure blue light. The blue light stimulates two kinds of quantum dots that emit pure green and pure red. 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. Quantum-dot LED screens may soon rival OLEDs and LCDs (—Sony’s Bravia LCD TVs, in selected models, have incorporated quantum dot technology to boost sales of these high-end televisions by featuring exceptionally high-end color. The technology is from the Massachusetts-based company, QD Vision, and that technology involves nanoscale particles known as quantum dots. They are to significantly improve color viewing for the new Sony TVs.center_img Explore further © 2013 Color IQ promo last_img read more

Original Apple Computer Could Fetch 600000 at Upcoming Auction

first_img A fully operational Apple computer that company co-founder Steve Jobs sold out of his parents’ garage in 1976 for $600 will hit the auction block in December, where it is expected to fetch more than half a million dollars, Christie’s said on Monday.The so-called Ricketts Apple-1 Personal Computer, named after its original owner Charles Ricketts and being sold on Dec. 11, is the only known surviving Apple-1 documented as having been sold directly by Jobs, then just 21, to an individual from the Los Altos, California family home, Christie’s said.”It all started with the Apple-1 and with this particular machine,” said Andrew McVinish, Christie’s director of decorative arts.”When you see a child playing with an iPad or iPhone, not too many people know that it all started with the Apple-1,” he added. “So to be able to own a machine that started the digital revolution is a very powerful attraction.”The computer is being sold by Robert Luther, a Virginia collector who bought it in 2004 at a police auction of storage locker goods without knowing all the details of its history.”I knew it had been sold from the garage of Steve Jobs in July of 1976, because I had the buyer’s canceled check,” Luther wrote on a kickstarter page soliciting funding for a book on the machine’s history.”My computer had been purchased directly from Jobs, and based on the buyers address on the check, he lived four miles from Jobs.”In 1999, the Ricketts Apple-1 was acquired by Bruce Waldack, an entrepreneur who had just sold his company, DigitalNation. Waldack eventually lost his fortune, left the country and died in 2007. The Ricketts Apple-1 was auctioned at a self-storage facility in Virginia, where Luther purchased it.An Apple-1 expert serviced and started the computer, running the standard original software program, Microsoft BASIC, and an original Apple-1 Star Trek game to test it out, Christie’s said.The computer will be sold with the canceled check from the original garage purchase on July 27, 1976 made out to Apple Computer by Charles Ricketts for $600, which Ricketts later labeled as “Purchased July 1976 from Steve Jobs in his parents’ garage in Los Altos”.A second canceled check for $193 from Aug. 5, 1976 is labeled “Software NA Programmed by Steve Jobs August 1976.” The checks were used as evidence for the city of Los Altos to designate the Jobs family home on Crist Drive for eligibility for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.Last month, the Henry Ford organization paid $905,000 at auction for one of the few remaining Apple-1 computers, which was more than twice the pre-sale estimate.Fewer than 50 original Apple-1s are believed to be in existence of the few hundred originally produced.(Editing by Patricia Reaney, Bernard Orr) 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 Reuters 3 min read November 3, 2014 Register Now »last_img read more

Are SelfDriving Cars Finally Ready for Consumers What Entrepreneurs Need to Know

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global January 12, 2017 5 min read Yes, I know. We’ve been waiting for the self-driving car revolution for what seems like forever. Google seemed on top of things in the years after 2009, when the company first started its self-driving car project. But now it’s 2017, and we still aren’t surrounded by fleets of autonomous vehicles. What gives?Related: Google, Automakers Object to California Rules for Self-Driving CarsWell, if recent developments are any indication, 2017 could be the year that self-driving cars finally start to go mainstream. And as a business owner, you need to be prepared for the ramifications of this quickly approaching massive technological and cultural shift.What entrepreneurs need to watch forSo, how might the emergence of autonomous vehicles affect your business?Consumer needs. For starters, consumers who have access to fully autonomous vehicles are going to have new needs that, as an entrepreneur, you’ll have to accommodate. Any products designed for drivers may have to be completely reimagined, and people will have more free time to fill if they’re able to move and focus on tasks during their hour (or longer) total commute time every day. Think ahead and prepare for that change.Cost of goods. Self-driving trucks will function more cheaply and efficiently than their manually driven counterparts, which means the cost and ease of transporting your goods are going to decrease. Prepare your logistics division to transition early and take advantage of these changes before your competitors do, so you can lower your prices accordingly.Space. With less need for roads and other transportation institutions, there’s going to be far more space for residential and business constructions. Depending on the nature of your business, this could be a major opportunity for expansion.Employee commutes. If you encourage your employees to opt for self-driving cars, or even have autonomous company cars that enable easy carpooling, your employees will suddenly have far more time every day to do their work. They’ll be simultaneously more productive and less stressed, which means your business stands to thrive.Related: Ford Doubling Silicon Valley Workforce in Push Toward Self-Driving CarsWhere we standSo, where exactly are we with self-driving cars? Is 2017 a realistic possibility?Google’s self-driving car project is now called Waymo, and is looking to partner with auto manufacturers to get a fleet of cars on the street shuttling consumers by 2020. We may start seeing early versions, or not yet-fully autonomous cars hitting the streets before then.Google isn’t the only company on the verge of a breakthrough, however. Self-driving taxi service nuTonomy is fully active in Singapore, though ride availability is limited, and there have been some complications already with the service. Uber isn’t far behind, with its goal to convert its fleet of drivers into a fleet of autonomous vehicles as soon as possible.Uber is now testing in multiple states, with those tests supervised by engineers, so it may be a little ambitious to expect its effort to expand nationwide in 2017. In any case, both companies stand to make significant progress this year, and are only a few rounds of testing away from the next stage.The big obstaclesSo far, there have been only a handful of collisions involving self-driving cars, most of which were the fault of a human driver, and only one of them was fatal. So, what’s stopping autonomous cars from rolling out?Snow and weather. Most self-driving car tests have been in California, Arizona, Florida and other areas with predictable, calm states of weather. In the American Northeast, where snow, hail and other complicated weather conditions are commonplace, autonomous cars still have many problems to solve. It’s much harder to make predictions and judgments about the environment there.Ethical dilemmas. Driving choices won’t always be black and white; for example, should an autonomous car kill its own driver if that action saves multiple other lives? Engineers have contemplated, but not come close to, solving these ethical dilemmas. In fact, they’re hypothetically unsolvable. What we really need to solve is how self-driving cars should approach these problems, should they come up.Legality. Legal concerns have always been a main stopping point for autonomous driving technology, but recently, companies like Uber have escalated the intensity. Uber has been involved in a vicious legal battle with the state of California since its autonomous test vehicles were caught running red lights, but the complexity of new laws poses a problem everywhere. Currently, even the testing of self-driving vehicles is legal only in California, Michigan, Florida, Nevada, Arizona, North Dakota, Tennessee and the District of Columbia.Certainty. No amount of PR in the world could salvage the reputation of a company whose self-driving cars cost innocent human lives. For tech companies, being 99.9 percent certain about the success of their software isn’t enough — they need to be as close to 100 percent as possible, and that means testing far beyond what any of us feel is “enough.”Related: Google Makes Progress on Self-Driving Cars as it Hits the 2 Million Mile MarkI think it’s a bit ambitious to say that 2017 will be the year self-driving cars take over, but it’s reasonable to expect massive progress throughout the year. If I had to put a date on it, I’d project that we’ll see self-driving cars transforming our economy by 2020, and that means you need to start thinking now about how your business is going to adapt.last_img read more

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We get the jobs numbers at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time this morning…and it’s always interesting to see how the precious metals react.It was nice to see gold finally break above the $1,780 spot price mark, even if it was only by a bit over ten bucks.  Looking at the Kitco gold chart from yesterday, it’s easy to see that the gold price ran into stiff resistance at every significant rally attempt…the London open, the Comex open…and the Comex close.  Without a willing seller present at these key times, gold would have finished the day substantially higher.As it turned out, gold finished the Thursday trading session at $1,790.30 spot…up $11.30 on the day.  Not surprisingly, volume…172,000 contracts…was significantly higher [by 40,000 contracts] than Wednesday’s volume, as the technical funds and small traders poured in on the long side…and JPMorgan et al went short against all comers.Of course the most egregious…and equally obvious…price management target of the day, was silver.  Every attempt to break through the $35 spot price ceiling was bludgeoned to death once again…especially the break out at the 8:20 a.m. Eastern time Comex open.Silver’s high tick of the day…$35.23 spot…occurred less than ten minutes after the Comex open…and was immediately followed by silver’s low price tick in New York…$34.57 spot less than twenty minutes later.  If you can explain to me why any for-profit seller would sell into a NASA space-launch rally like this…and drive the price down about 50 cents at the same time…I’d LOVE to hear from you, and why you would trade like this yourself.Silver was carefully closed at $34.97 spot, just below the $35 mark…up 33 cents on the day…but would have been up many dollars if left to its own devices.Here’s the New York Spot Silver [Bid] chart on its own.  It highlights all the New York shenanigans more closely.Gold finished up 0.64%…silver finished up 0.95%…platinum was up 1.84%…and palladium was the star, up 2.91%.The dollar index opened at 79.89 on Thursday morning in early Far East trading…just after making what looked like its final two attempts to break above the 80.00 level in late afternoon trading on Wednesday afternoon in New York.It was all down hill from there…and the decline picked up speed shortly after 12 o’clock noon in London…and the bottom came at precisely 2:00 p.m. in New York, where it looked like someone caught a falling knife.From there, the index traded sideways, closing at 79.36…down 53 basis points on the day…and was down over 60 basis points at one point.It should be obvious that gold and silver wanted to really fly on this dollar index price decline, but there were willing not-for-profit sellers in the market ensuring that the obvious didn’t happen.The gold stocks gapped up about a percent at the open…and continued to work their way higher from there…right up until shortly after the 1:30 p.m. Eastern Comex close.  From there they traded sideways…and the HUI finished up a respectable 2.67%.For the most part, the silver stocks did exceptionally well…and Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index closed up 3.49%.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 192 gold and 16 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Monday.  The only two short/issuers were Merrill and ABN Amro, with 150 and 42 contracts respectively.  Two of the ‘usual suspects’ were the long/stoppers…JPMorgan with 145 contracts and the Bank of Nova Scotia with 47.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here.I was somewhat taken aback by the report from GLD yesterday, as an authorized participant[s] added 290,802 troy ounces of gold.  In the first four business days of October, GLD has added 407,126 ounces of the stuff…even though the gold price has hardly moved.SLV did not have a report yesterday…but since the beginning of October, the amount of silver in SLV has declined by 174,134 troy ounces…and silver’s price has hardly moved, either.After three days with no sales report, the U.S. Mint decided to come clean on its October activity to date.  They reported selling 7,000 ounces of gold eagles…2,500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and a chunky 1,233,000 silver eagles…almost 38% of all the silver eagles reported sold in the entire month of September.  As I keep pounding away in this space…I hope, dear reader, that you are getting your share!The Comex-approved depositories only took in one good delivery bar on Wednesday.  It tipped the scales at 999.130 troy ounces.  But they shipped 848,266 troy ounces out the door.  The link to that activity is here.I have the usual number of stories today and, as always, the final edit is up to you.The effect of QE3 is nothing more than pushing up the stock market…the market is being pushed up to record levels with limited trading. We have a very low volume and the market goes up, which is manipulation. – Sam Zell, CEO of Equity Group Investments on CNBC on October 3, 2012It was just another day of blatant price management in the precious metals…with gold and silver getting it in the neck once again from JPMorgan et al.One thing is for sure, is that the total open interest and the Commercial net short position are getting larger by the day, as it was obvious that the “usual LBMA suspects” were going short against all and sundry on both sides of the Atlantic again yesterday.Today’s Commitment of Traders Report certainly won’t show what happened on Wednesday and Thursday…and in some ways this COT report is already “yesterday’s news” when you consider the price activity since the cut-off on Tuesday afternoon.  I suspect that “da boyz” will continue to short this market until they break its back.But, there’s still the chance that JPMorgan et al will get over run.  However, there’s certainly no sign of that happening at the moment.  If this happy event does occur, I’m sure that Jamie Dimon et al won’t be advertising that fact in advance.We get the jobs numbers at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time this morning…and it’s always interesting to see how the precious metals react…or are allowed to react.  I await this event with the usual amount of interest.Gold and silver rose and fell during the Far East trading session on their Friday…and were about unchanged as I hit the ‘send’ button at 5:19 a.m. Eastern time.  Volumes were very light, so I wouldn’t read a thing into what little price movements we’ve had in either metal up to that point in time. The dollar index is comatose.With gold and silver shares continuing to move higher with some conviction now, there’s still an opportunity to either readjust your portfolio, or get fully invested in the continuing major up-leg of this bull market in both silver and gold…and I respectfully suggest that you take out a trial subscription to either Casey Research‘s International Speculator [junior gold and silver exploration companies], or BIG GOLD [large producers], with all our best [and current] recommendations…as well as the archives. Don’t forget that our 90-day guarantee of satisfaction is in effect for both publications.I’m done for the day.  See you here tomorrow.last_img read more

MDMA has been shown to improve PTSD symptoms but how

first_imgThis suggests that we’ve reopened a critical period in mice, giving them the ability to learn social reward behaviors at a time when they are less inclined to engage in these behaviors.” These findings have important implications for understanding the pathogenesis of neurodevelopmental diseases that are characterized by social impairments and of disorders that respond to social influence or are the result of social injury.” The effect was also only observed in mice that had been given the drug while they were with other mice and not in mice who received it while they were alone. The scientists say this suggests that the effectiveness of MDMA at reopening the critical period may depend on whether the mice are in a social setting when it is administered.Dölen says that opening the critical period for social reward learning may have implications for the treatment of psychiatric conditions Source:Oxytocin-dependent reopening of a social reward learning critical period with MDMA. Nature. 2019. By Sally Robertson, B.Sc.Apr 8 2019Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Scientists at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine have found that the drug MDMA (ecstasy) can induce a neural response referred to as a “critical period,” where the brain is sensitive to learning the reward value of social behaviors. Hans Verburg | ShutterstockPrevious studies have shown that the use of MDMA in combination with psychotherapy can help people with post-traumatic stress disorder. The current findings, which were generated using a mouse model, may help to explain how this occurs; by strengthening the patient-therapist bond.Other research has demonstrated that critical periods streamline the development of language, vision and touch. Neuroscientist Gül Dölen and colleagues wanted to find out whether a critical period also exists for learning the reward value of social behaviors and whether or not it can be “re-opened” using MDMA.As reported in the journal Nature, mice were placed together for 24 hours in an enclosure containing one type of bedding and then placed by themselves for 24 hours in enclosures that contained a different type of bedding.The animals began to associate the different beddings with either isolation or companionship. The team then let the mice move freely between the enclosures and monitored how much time they spent in the different types. The more time spent in enclosures associated with companionship was taken as an indicator of more social reward learning.Dölen likens the phenomenon to people gathering around the water cooler and being conditioned to see the cooler as a place to interact with companions.During their experiments, the researchers found that the critical period for this type of learning occurs during puberty and wanes once the animal becomes a mature adult.To test whether the critical period could be reopened in mature mice, they administered a single dose of MDMA and waited 48 hours for the animals to clear the drug from their systems. They then observed how the animals explored the enclosures and interacted with other mice.After receiving MDMA, the majority of mice exhibited the same social behaviors as younger mice and formed positive associations between social interaction and the bedding – an effect that lasted for two weeks and was not seen in control mice who received saline injections.last_img read more

Scientists create a functioning 3D printed heart

first_imgConcept schematic. An omentum tissue is extracted from the patient and while the cells are separated from the matrix, the latter is processed into a personalized thermoresponsive hydrogel. The cells are reprogrammed to become pluripotent and are then differentiated to cardiomyocytes and endothelial cells, followed by encapsulation within the hydrogel to generate the bioinks used for printing. The bioinks are then printed to engineer vascularized patches and complex cellularized structures. The resulting autologous engineered tissue can be transplanted back into the patient, to repair or replace injured/diseased organs with low risk of rejection. Image Credit: Nadav Noor Assaf Shapira Reuven Edri Idan Gal Lior Wertheim Tal Dvir Researchers explain that till date scientists have been able to print simple tissues using the 3D printing technology. These simple tissues were devoid of blood vessels and thus could not be used for much vascular tissues and organs such as the heart. Millions of people around the world suffer from heart ailments that may require heart transplants. This has been near impossible due to the shortage of donor hearts and also due to fear of mismatch of tissues of the donor and the recipient. This mismatch often leads to rejection of the donated heart by the recipient and thus can lead to failure of the transplant. This new study shows that if 3D printed hearts could be created from the patient’s own cells and transplanted, there may be a better chance of transplant success. Prof. Tal Dvir, lead researcher of the study from of TAU’s School of Molecular Cell Biology and Biotechnology, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and Sagol Center for Regenerative Biotechnology said in a statement, “This is the first time anyone anywhere has successfully engineered and printed an entire heart replete with cells, blood vessels, ventricles and chambers.” “This heart is made from human cells and patient-specific biological materials. In our process these materials serve as the bioinks, substances made of sugars and proteins that can be used for 3D printing of complex tissue models. People have managed to 3D-print the structure of a heart in the past, but not with cells or with blood vessels. Our results demonstrate the potential of our approach for engineering personalized tissue and organ replacement in the future,” he explained. Printing thick vascularized tissues. a) A top view of a lumen entrance (CD31; green) in a thick cardiac tissue (actinin; pink). b) A model of a tripod blood vessel within a thick engineered cardiac tissue (coordinates in mm), and c) the corresponding lumens in each indicated section of the printed structure. d) Tissue perfusion visualized from dual viewpoints. e–k) A printed small‐scaled, cellularized, human heart. e) The human heart CAD model. f,g) A printed heart within a support bath. h) After extraction, the left and right ventricles were injected with red and blue dyes, respectively, in order to demonstrate hollow chambers and the septum in‐between them. i) 3D confocal image of the printed heart (CMs in pink, ECs in orange). j,k) Cross‐sections of the heart immunostained against sarcomeric actinin (green). Scale bars: (a,c,h, i,j) = 1 mm, (g) = 0.5 cm, (k) = 50 µm. Related StoriesWeightlifting is better for the heart than cardioRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaImplanted device uses microcurrent to exercise heart muscle in cardiomyopathy patientsCo-authors of the study were Dr. Assaf Shapira of TAU’s Faculty of Life Sciences and Nadav Moor, a doctoral student. Professor Dvir said, “At this stage, our 3D heart is small, the size of a rabbit’s heart. But larger human hearts require the same technology.”The team took fatty tissue from the patient for their study. Then they separated the cellular from the acellular tissues. The cells were now made into pluripotent stem cells. This means they could now be moulded into becoming any cell of the body. Now a three-dimensional network of extracellular macromolecules called the extracellular matrix (ECM) was created using collagen and glycoproteins. There was also a personalized hydrogel printing “ink”, explain the researchers. After mixing with the hydrogel, the cells could now be separated into cardiac or heart cells and endothelial or blood vessel cells. This helped create patches of heart complete with blood vessels. Using the same method whole of the heart was created with blood vessels. Prof. Dvir explained that the technique used native patient tissues and materials and this was crucial to the study.Prof. Dvir said, “The biocompatibility of engineered materials is crucial to eliminating the risk of implant rejection, which jeopardizes the success of such treatments. Ideally, the biomaterial should possess the same biochemical, mechanical and topographical properties of the patient’s own tissues. Here, we can report a simple approach to 3D-printed thick, vascularized and perfusable cardiac tissues that completely match the immunological, cellular, biochemical and anatomical properties of the patient.” As a next step they have make the 3D printed heart to actually behave like the heart for a successful transplant.Professor Dvir concluded, “We need to develop the printed heart further. The cells need to form a pumping ability; they can currently contract, but we need them to work together. Our hope is that we will succeed and prove our method’s efficacy and usefulness. Maybe, in ten years, there will be organ printers in the finest hospitals around the world, and these procedures will be conducted routinely.”Israel’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said on Twitter, in reaction, “This is a major breakthrough and great news for world medicine.”Tel Aviv University Scientists Print First 3D Heart Using Patient’s Own Cells. For the first time ever Israeli scientists have created a vascularized human heart that fully matches the properties of a human patient.This is a major breakthrough and great news for world medicine 🇮🇱— Emmanuel Nahshon (@EmmanuelNahshon) April 15, 2019 By Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDApr 15 2019Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Researchers from Tel Aviv University have engineered the world’s first perfectly functioning, immunologically, cellular, biochemically and anatomically matched 3D printed heart. The heart is vascularised and supplied by the blood vessels of the patient and is created from the patient’s own cells. The results of this medical breakthrough study titled, “3D Printing of Personalized Thick and Perfusable Cardiac Patches and Hearts,” were published in the latest issue of the journal Advanced Science this week. Imaging of the heart and patch modeling. CT image of a) a human heart and b) left ventricle coronary arteries. c) A model of oxygen concentration profile in an engineered patch. d) Replanning of the model showed better oxygen diffusion, sufficient to support cell viability.last_img read more

Study backs use of physician assistants nurse practitioners for treating VA patients

first_imgOur study found that there were not clinically important differences in intermediate diabetes outcomes for patients with physicians, NPs, or PAs in both the usual and supplemental provider roles, providing additional evidence for the role of NPs and PAs as primary care providers.”Dr. George Jackson, senior author on the paper Source:Veterans Affairs Research Communications Jackson is a research health scientist with the Center of Innovation to Accelerate Discovery and Practice Transformation (ADAPT) at the Durham VA Medical Center in North Carolina. He is also an associate professor at Duke University.Several years ago, VA instituted Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACTs) primary care model. PACTs involve a team of care providers working together with veterans to focus on wellness and disease prevention in addition to treatment.Each PACT is led by either a physician, NP, or PA, and any one of those disciplines can also serve as a supplemental provider, supporting the main provider in the PACT. Within VA, about one-third of primary care visits are with PAs or NPs, rather than with physicians. While care teams led by PAs or NPs are becoming more and more common, questions remain about whether patients do as well with non-physicians leading their care.The researchers turned to a large patient population within VA who often have complex health care needs those with diabetes. The researchers looked at the electronic health records of more than 600,000 veterans with diabetes.Related StoriesDiet and physical exercise do not reduce risk of gestational diabetesNew biomaterial could encapsulate and protect implanted insulin-producing cellsStudy: Antidepressants reduce mortality by 35% in patients with diabetesA physician was the usual provider for 77% of these patients. The researchers did not find any statistically significant difference in quality of care based on the discipline of either the usual care provider or supplemental care providers. Patients whose usual care provider was a physician had similar health outcomes to those who mostly saw a PA or NP.Whether supplemental primary care providers were physicians or other providers also did not result in clinically important differences in patient outcomes.For example, compared to physician-only care, patients who saw only PAs in primary care had a 0.03% decrease in HbA1c (a measure of blood sugar, with lower numbers meaning better diabetes control). Patients who saw NPs only in primary care had a 0.06% decrease in HbA1c compared to those who saw physicians only. The differences were not large enough to be considered significant, meaning the results across those groups of patients were about equal.While the researchers acknowledge that some patients may still prefer that their care be overseen by a physician, other studies have shown that patients are generally satisfied with care from NPs or PAs. VA has been guided in part by such past findings in expanding the use of PAs and NPs as team leaders.The fact that PAs and NPs had similar results for quality of care without sharing care with a physician suggests that using these providers in primary care may improve the efficiency of health care, say the researchers.center_img Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 10 2019Veterans Affairs patients with diabetes have similar health outcomes regardless of whether their primary provider is a physician, nurse practitioner (NP), or physician assistant (PA), according to a Durham VA Health Care System study.The results appear in the June 2019 edition of the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.last_img read more

Team breaks exaop barrier with deep learning application

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. Improved Scalability and CommunicationOn the software side, in addition to providing the climate dataset, the Berkeley Lab team developed pattern-recognition algorithms for training the DeepLabv3+ neural network to extract pixel-level classifications of extreme weather patterns, which could aid in the prediction of how extreme weather events are changing as the climate warms. According to Thorsten Kurth, an application performance specialist at NERSC who led this project, the team made modifications to DeepLabv3+ that improved the network’s scalability and communications capabilities and made the exaops achievement possible. This included tweaking the network to train it to extract pixel-level features and per-pixel classification and improve node-to-node communication.”What is impressive about this effort is that we could scale a high-productivity framework like TensorFlow, which is technically designed for rapid prototyping on small to medium scales, to 4,560 nodes on Summit,” he said. “With a number of performance enhancements, we were able to get the framework to run on nearly the entire supercomputer and achieve exaop-level performance, which to my knowledge is the best achieved so far in a tightly coupled application.”Other innovations included high-speed parallel data staging, an optimized data ingestion pipeline and multi-channel segmentation. Traditional image segmentation tasks work on three-channel red/blue/green images. But scientific datasets often comprise many channels; in climate, for example, these can include temperature, wind speeds, pressure values and humidity. By running the optimized neural network on Summit, the additional computational capabilities allowed the use of all 16 available channels, which dramatically improved the accuracy of the models.”We have shown that we can apply deep-learning methods for pixel-level segmentation on climate data, and potentially on other scientific domains,” said Prabhat. “More generally, our project has laid the groundwork for exascale deep learning for science, as well as commercial applications.” A team of computational scientists from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and engineers from NVIDIA has, for the first time, demonstrated an exascale-class deep learning application that has broken the exaop barrier. High-quality segmentation results produced by deep learning on climate datasets. Credit: Berkeley Lab Explore further Using a climate dataset from Berkeley Lab on ORNL’s Summit system at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), they trained a deep neural network to identify extreme weather patterns from high-resolution climate simulations. Summit is an IBM Power Systems AC922 supercomputer powered by more than 9,000 IBM POWER9 CPUs and 27,000 NVIDIA Tesla V100 Tensor Core GPUs. By tapping into the specialized NVIDIA Tensor Cores built into the GPUs at scale, the researchers achieved a peak performance of 1.13 exaops and a sustained performance of 0.999—the fastest deep learning algorithm reported to date and an achievement that earned them a spot on this year’s list of finalists for the Gordon Bell Prize.”This collaboration has produced a number of unique accomplishments,” said Prabhat, who leads the Data & Analytics Services team at Berkeley Lab’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center and is a co-author on the Gordon Bell submission. “It is the first example of deep learning architecture that has been able to solve segmentation problems in climate science, and in the field of deep learning, it is the first example of a real application that has broken the exascale barrier.”These achievements were made possible through an innovative blend of hardware and software capabilities. On the hardware side, Summit has been designed to deliver 200 petaflops of high-precision computing performance and was recently named the fastest computer in the world, capable of performing more than three exaops (3 billion billion calculations) per second. The system features a hybrid architecture; each of its 4,608 compute nodes contains two IBM POWER9 CPUs and six NVIDIA Volta Tensor Core GPUs, all connected via the NVIDIA NVLink high-speed interconnect.The NVIDIA GPUs are a key factor in Summit’s performance, enabling up to 12 times higher peak teraflops for training and 6 times higher peak teraflops for inference in deep learning applications compared to its predecessor, the Tesla P100.”Our partnering with Berkeley Lab and Oak Ridge National Laboratory showed the true potential of NVIDIA Tensor Core GPUs for AI and HPC applications,” said Michael Houston, senior distinguished engineer of deep learning at NVIDIA. “To make exascale a reality, our team tapped into the multi-precision capabilities packed into the thousands of NVIDIA Volta Tensor Core GPUs on Summit to achieve peak performance in training and inference in deep learning applications.” Researchers use Titan to accelerate design, training of deep learning networks Citation: Team breaks exaop barrier with deep learning application (2018, October 9) retrieved 17 July 2019 from Provided by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratorylast_img read more

Coimbatore will be our landing ground in Tamil Nadu BJP leader

first_imgTamil Nadu The BJP plans to actively engage itself in Tamil Nadu politics, said P Muralidhar Rao, the party’s National General Secretary.Speaking at the Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry here, Rao said no development was possible without politics. Furthermore, one could not visualise development by remaining politics-neutral, he said.Rao conceded that Tamil Nadu was a “weakspot” for the BJP, adding that “Coimbatore is the “hotspot” for the party.The party, therefore, looked to Coimbatore as its roll-out space in the State, a district from where it could gain a foothold. “Conquering Everest was considered a difficult task, but with many climbers making it there, it should not be difficult for the BJP to conquer TN,” he said.Rao urged industrialists in the city to bring infrastructure-related issues to the notice of the party within the next fortnight so that it could be taken up with the respective Central ministries. “We want to ensure that something can be worked out: be it road projects and rail/ air connectivity for TN,” he added. SHARE July 04, 2018 1 COMMENTcenter_img COMMENTS SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on state politicslast_img read more

UP announces procedure for SGST relief to multiplexes

first_imgSHARE COMMENT Published on cinema industry December 06, 2018 GSTcenter_img Shishir SinhaMultiplexes such as PVR, INOX and GGN can heave a sigh of relief as the Uttar Pradesh Government has announced detailed procedures for refund mechanism under Goods and Services Tax (GST) for multiplexes in the State. It is the second State after Rajasthan to announce such a mechanism. There are over 8,700 screens (both multiplexes and single screen) in India, out of which nearly 500 are in Uttar Pradesh alone.The basic principle of GST does not promote exemption, but prescribes for deposit of taxes due. However, both the Centre and States can prescribe refund mechanism in lieu of exemption to continue promoting industrial activities in their respective region. Accordingly, beneficiaries will first have to deposit the tax and then they will be given refund. The UP Government, in its Cabinet meeting on November 20, decided to have such a mechanism for the multiplexes/cinema theatre and has come out with details about “the limits and procedures of grant-in-aid given as an incentive to multiplexes/cinema theatres after the GST regime.” This will be applicable to both running and under-construction entities.The need for such a policy arose after the entertainment tax was subsumed in the GST. Prior to introduction of GST, the State Government offered incentive in the form of five-year tax exemption to multiplexes. As part of the scheme of exemption, multiplex companies were allowed to retain 100 per cent of the entertainment tax charged in the first year, 75 per cent in the second and third years, and 50 per cent charged in fourth and fifth year of operations, respectively. There was question mark on continuation of such incentive post GST which forced many multiplexes to seek legal recourse for the continuation of the scheme. The Yogi Government then came out with the detailed procedure. Abhishek A Rastogi, partner at Khaitan & Co, who is the arguing counsel for various petitioners, termed this a big step forward towards the promises made to businesses and said that UP has lived up to the expectations. “It is to be seen whether the Central Government also offers similar benefit. However, the quantum of benefit granted is not the same as that promised in the past and hence the dispute to that extent may remain before the courts in case of few multiplexes. The State may consider extension of time to meet the deficit,” he said.How reimbursement worksAccording to circular dated December 3, the licence holders for the multiplexes/cinema theatres need to deposit the SGST (State Goods and Services Tax) collected from the viewers in State treasury. Within a month, by the pre-determined procedure and as per the allocated budgeted, the equivalent amount of the SGST collected from the viewers will be transferred in the account of the concerned multiplexes/cinema theatres. For all such units covered under incentives schemes before the application of GST regime and have incentive in the form of grants-in-aid, the amount of SGST deposited by them will be reimbursed as permissible on annual percentage basis.Various multiplex have different dates for the beginning of such incentives which will continue for five years. A senior State Government official said under the new mechanism, effort is to ensure commitment for the period as promised during the pre- GST regime. Earlier, the Rajasthan Government, in its new policy, decided to refund 50 per cent of the State GST collected on tickets to multiplex owners, who were promised exemptions. Uttar Pradesh SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTSlast_img read more

Govt mulls incentives for SMIs to adopt robotic tech

first_imgAzmin said the government would further improve Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) modules to cater to the needs of the industry in view of the advent of technological development.”For Malaysia to attain the status of a developed nation, we need to prepare the workforce with skills and talents catering to the evolving technology.”We need to expand the pool of skilled and talented young workforce in the field of technology to reduce dependence on foreigners,” he said.The Aspire 2919 fair offers opportunities for graduates to find jobs apart from learning about the corporate world.The topic of this year’s Aspire 500 conference is “Cashing in on e-wallet”. KUALA LUMPUR: The government is looking into providing special incentives to encourage small and medium industries (SMIs) to adopt robotic technology to boost productivity.Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali said it was high time that SMIs kept abreast of the latest technology to enhance competitiveness.However, since it would be costly to invest in automation and robotics, the government was looking at a more holistic approach that would assist industry players, he added.”Miti (International Trade and Industry Ministry) is looking into this,” he said after opening the Aspire Graduate Career Fair at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on Saturday (July 13). Corporate News 09 Jul 2019 Cabinet yet to decide on Gamuda Related News Azmin , robotics , SMIs , competitive , automation , incentives , Economic Affairs Ministry {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}center_img Education 07 Jul 2019 Pushing hard for holistic vocational education Tags / Keywords: Nation 09 Jul 2019 Dr M urges major industry players to support TVET Related Newslast_img read more