NEW DELHI: IP University has started online admission process for the new academic session 2019–20 for more than 33,000 seats for 11 University Schools and 120 affiliated colleges. At present, the University has notified 58 combined academic programmes in the Admission Brochure unloaded on the University website www.ipu.ac.in. Also, two new courses, MSc (Yoga) and BSc (Nursing) post basic are being started from this academic session. Out of it, admission in the 40 programmes will be done on the basis of Common Entrance Tests (CETs) conducted by the University. There is no CET for six programmes –MBA(Weekend), LLM (Weekend), MBA (Disaster Management), M.Tech (ECE) Weekend, M Tech (CSE) Weekend and M Tech (Bio Technology). Admission in these programmes will be done on the basis of marks in the last qualifying examinations, work experiences and the performance in the interview. Admission to M Tech (Bio – Technology) will be given on the basis of GATE score.read more
Local media earlier reported that her summons was based on allegations of financial mismanagement during her tenure as chief justice and abuse of power.Bandaranayke had also pointed out that several members of the commission were biased against her and insisted that she would not be given a fair hearing. The United Nations, Commonwealth and International Committee of Jurists (ICJ) were among the key critics of the move, which they claimed weakened judicial independence in Sri Lanka. (Xinhua) However, Bandaranayake refused to comment to the media and proceeded into the building. However, Bandaranayke’s lawyers have agreed to present preliminary objections to the charges against her on April 1.Earlier, Bandaranayke hit the front page of local newspapers after she refused to enter the commission office through a backdoor — a request that was made by the commission to avoid media scrutiny.Bandaranayake was controversially removed on Jan. 15 after a short two month impeachment process that global rights activists have condemned as”deeply flawed.” Sources told Xinhua that the former chief justice had refused to make a statement before the commission as it had not notified her formally of the charges. The commission had then given a summary of the allegations against her. Sri Lanka’s controversially impeached chief justice made her first public appearance since she was ousted in January to appear before the Bribery and Corruption Commission on Monday to answer charges of financial fraud.Former Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayke arrived at the Bribery and Corruption Commission to be greeted by frenzied media and supporters holding placards claiming she was the”legal” chief justice.read more
GDPR, Year One Gary Audin May 24, 2019 Telemarketing, promotional emails, and video surveillance are among the most common complaints, the European Commission has found. Identifiers — these include names, aliases, addresses, and IP addressesCharacteristics of protected classifications — as specified under California or federal lawCommercial information — records of personal property, products or services purchased, or consuming histories or tendencies fall in this categoryBiometric informationInternet or other electronic network activity information, including browsing historyGeolocation dataAudio, electronic, visual, thermal, olfactory, or similar informationProfessional or employment-related informationEducation informationAny inferences drawn from any of the information identified to create a consumer’s profile Five years ago, students, most of whom are mid-career, were apoplectic about Snowden, quick to call him a traitor among other unkind words. With time, however, this has changed. This past Spring term, students, while perhaps still disturbed by Snowden’s release of classified information, acknowledged, almost to a person, that what he did by revealing the extent of government surveillance opened our eyes to the extent to which our private information isn’t really private. Further, students also recognized that he took this action, which has changed the way we view information that we thought was private and clearly wasn’t, at great personal cost. Privacy Matters: Enterprises at an Inflection Point Dave Michels July 29, 2019 Our digital breadcrumbs are all over enterprise communications and collaboration apps. What will become of all this data? California Leading the Way… HereIn the U.S., unlike in the European Union, privacy isn’t a guaranteed right. The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) of 2018 is the closest we’ve come on this side of the pond to the EU’s Global Data Protection Regulation, enacted more than a year ago to secure individual privacy rights. The act specifies that PI includes, but isn’t limited to: GDPR: A Boring but Important Update Martha Buyer July 25, 2019 As the highest EU court reviews whether certain data export/import strictures are adequate, U.S. companies should be on high alert. GDPR 101: What’s a Data Protection Representative? Gary Audin June 28, 2019 If you collect, process, or control EU citizen data, you need a data protection representative. Like all laws, the CCPA has exceptions, but there’s not room here to address them (click here for more information). The law applies to information collected by brick-and-mortar businesses as well as by electronic or Internet-based operations — and while California is the first state to take such action, other states will follow. Although privacy watchers expect that any new pieces of legislation will look very much like California’s, each will be slightly different, making state privacy regulation a management a looming nightmare for enterprises. The CCPA, which will take effect this coming January, will apply to consumers who are California residents (including households and individuals), and to three types of businesses: those that operate in the state with gross revenues in excess of $25 million; those that buy, receive, or otherwise obtain the PI of 50,000 or more consumers, households, or devices for commercial purposes; or those that derive 50% or more of their annual revenues from selling consumers’ personal information. Although there’s enough here for an entire new column, the CCPA broadly defines PI to mean “information that identifies, relates to, describes, is capable of being associated with, or could reasonably be linked, directly or indirectly, with a particular consumer or household.” To that latter point, if you need access to government services or support, you must disclose private information in order to receive assistance. Health and medical information? Financial information? Address information? Social Security numbers? Granted, no reputable bank is going to lend money to a borrower without first obtaining some personal and otherwise confidential information, but it’s clear that the more socially and personally vulnerable an individual may be, the more likely it is that their private information will be “out there.” As a direct consequence of their vulnerabilities, the personal information (PI) of these individuals that could be expected to be private, isn’t. See All in Privacy & Compliance » Log in or register to post comments The big takeaway is this: Those who are most vulnerable for any number of reasons (economic, social, education, age, race, gender) are at greater risk of victimization when data breaches occur because they tend to have been required to share more personal information to receive any number of services they might require. The more personal data that’s out there, the greater the opportunity for hackers and miners to access, share, and abuse, and the greater the risk to those who have shared information, wittingly or not. State regulation is a positive step, but with each state crafting its own nuanced legislation, privacy management for enterprises will become… um, challenging. The answer lies in federal regulation, but with lots of constituencies arguing for their own points of view don’t expect that to happen anytime soon.Tags:News & Viewsprivacy lawCCPAPrivacy & ComplianceNews & ViewsRegulationSecurity Articles You Might Like GDPR 102: Implementing the DPR Role Gary Audin July 05, 2019 Sorting out the complexity involved with employing a data protection representative Striking a BalanceAs states hash out their privacy laws, the balance between privacy and security will remain a topic of discussion in business, government, academia, and certainly the military. It’s a delicate balance (think “head of pin”) to be sure, and opinions change with the wind. I’ve seen this firsthand, among students of a graduate-level class in IT ethics I’ve taught for the past five years. Students from across the world, many of whom have military experience and strong opinions on the topic, attend this class. Near the end of the term, we discuss the balance of privacy and security, and invariably end up talking about Edward Snowden, the CIA employee who blew the whistle on the National Security Agency back in 2013. Early this month, I had the opportunity to participate in continuing legal education on the future of privacy and privacy law. As I prepared to listen and learn, I wasn’t expecting to be jarred by an issue that, in all honesty (and said with a bit of guilt), had never crossed my mind. That is: Privacy isn’t a right in the U.S., and your position in society says a great deal about how much actual privacy you have. privacy-policy.jpgread more
While competition has already been underway for several days, the 2015 Pan Am Games officially kick off tonight with an opening ceremony at Rogers Centre – called the “Pan Am Ceremonies Venue” for the duration of the games.Besides the lighting of the Pan Am cauldron, the night will feature a special performance by Cirque du Soleil.There was a bit of Pan Am connected panic last night as smoke was spotted spewing from the CN Tower’s observation deck just after 8 pm.Social media lit up with people wondering what was happening, but it turns out it was fireworks being set off from the tower as part of a dress rehearsal for tonight’s opening ceremony.Over the next two and a half weeks, athletes from 41 countries are participating in 36 Pan Am sports, with events scattered around the Golden Horseshoe from Oshawa to Welland, including the Pan Am Soccer Stadium in Hamilton.Canada last hosted the Pan Am Games in Winnipeg in 1999. Photo courtesy Twitter / @Ashton_Lawrenceread more
“In line with the objectives of the intercultural “Slave Route” project, the day provides us with an occasion for common reflection, not only on the historical causes, the implications and the modes of operation of this tragedy, but also on the lasting consequences in Europe, the Americas, the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean – and indeed the whole world,” Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, Cultural and Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said in a statement. He said the slave trade, slavery and abolition also open up questions about the future and prompt us to reflect on the construction of new forms of citizenship heedful of our increasingly multi-ethnic and multicultural societies.They also reveal how, despite the persistence of the most radical stereotypes and application of the most brutal discriminatory policies, an unexpected step towards inter-cultural communication has been taken that offer a fresh chance for dialogue.The Slave Route Project, initially launched in 1994, was designed to foster a historical study of the causes and dynamics of the transatlantic slave trade, to clarify its consequences and to make a contribution to the establishment of a culture of tolerance and peaceful coexistence.UNESCO and the General Assembly chose this date as the international day of remembrance to commemorate the insurrection on the night of 22-23 August 1791 in Saint-Domingue (today Haiti and Dominican Republic), which was to play a pivotal role in the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade and the emancipation of the peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean.read more
“Freedom of expression cannot be ensured without respect to privacy in communications,” said Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, Frank La Rue, presenting to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council his report on the implications of State surveillance on human rights.“Concerns about national security and criminal activity may justify the exceptional use of communications surveillance,” he said. “Nevertheless, national laws regulating what constitutes the necessary, legitimate and proportional State involvement in communications surveillance are often inadequate or simply do not exist.”According to the report, States possess multiple instruments to breach communication privacy today. Access to the content of an individual’s email and message can be obtained through Internet companies and service providers, movement of people can be tracked via their mobile phones, and calls and text messages can be intercepted.“By placing taps on the fibre-optic cables, through which the majority of digital communication information flows, and applying word, voice and speech recognition, States can achieve almost complete control of tele- and online communications,” Mr. La Rue said, underlining that technological advances enable massive surveillance and censorship of web activities.“Just recently, these technologies were utilized by Governments confronted with the Arab Spring, for example,” he said, referring to a series of uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa over the past two years, some of which have toppled long-standing regimes.Noting that surveillance of human rights defenders and journalists in many countries has been well documented, he urged States to review national laws regulating surveillance and raise public awareness of the increasing threats to privacy posed by new communication technologies.“Private actors also have a responsibility,” he added. “Measures must be taken to prevent the commercialization of surveillance technologies across the globe and the protection of communication data.”Without the protection of privacy, security and anonymity of communications, it will not be possible to make sure that private communications are not under scrutiny of the State, he said.read more
“The threat to the country is otherwise significant,” warned the expert group, which is mandated by the UN Human Rights Council to study and identify emerging issues and trends regarding mercenaries, in a news release.“The number of Belgian foreign fighters is reportedly the highest in Europe per capita among those travelling to join conflicts abroad such as in Syria and Iraq,” said human rights expert Elzbieta Karska, who currently heads the group. “The need to tackle this problem through robust collective efforts which engages all sectors of Belgian society is critical in finding solutions to this phenomenon,” she added. Ms. Karska and fellow expert Patricia Arias were in Belgium from 12 to 16 October to gather information on the activities of foreign fighters going from the country to conflict zones abroad, as part of a comprehensive study on foreign fighters and their impact on human rights, including on possible links to ‘mercenarism.’ During their visit, the experts received information that there are some 207 Belgians in Syria, 77 casualties, 128 returnees, and 62 persons who failed to get to Iraq or have been brought back. Of these, 46 foreign fighters have been prosecuted, all associated with the group Sharia4Belgium. Recruitment is reportedly through extensive informal networks of friends and family, and through social media, with contacts in Syria paid on the basis of the number of persons they recruit and whether the recruits subsequently marry. This follows previous waves in 2010, related to Sharia4Belgium, and in 2012, through peer recruitment.“The profiles of foreign fighters are varied, with an average age around 23 years and decreasing,” Ms. Karska noted. “Women are also increasingly leaving.”“Motivational factors are diverse, and, to some degree, individualized,” she explained. Among the motivations identified are religious convictions, humanitarian reasons, the need for a sense of belonging and acceptance, the search for a livelihood, escaping a criminal background, and adventure.“Clear profiles of foreign fighters are thus not possible to identify,” the expert stressed. The Working Group’s delegation also welcomed a number of initiatives that have been undertaken to deal with issues relating to the foreign fighter phenomenon.“These initiatives are timely and imperative in ensuring that this problem is at the forefront of its national priorities and that the discourse resonates throughout Belgian society,” Ms. Karska said. “This same, very elaborate, system must also serve to bring together all the actors in a more collaborative, effective way for a sustained solution.”The Working Group recommended strengthening the national vision and strategic plan, to be fully integrated, with the broadest possible participation, and informed by multi-disciplinary in-depth research and analysis. Roles must be clear and programmes fully resourced, with a focus on preventive over punitive measures. The experts also urged the Government of Belgium to adopt a human rights based approach, with particular attention paid to the inclusion of especially affected communities. During the visit, the delegation met with stakeholders from the government, academics and representatives of civil society organizations including families of persons who have travelled to join conflicts abroad. The expert group will present their first report on the issue of foreign fighters to the UN General Assembly on 2 November, which will include facts gathered during country visits, and the information shared by UN Member States and other actors.The Working Group will also present a comprehensive report on its visit to Belgium to the Human Rights Council in 2016. Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.read more
Nearly all of the overweight babies were bottle-fed, leading experts to warn too much formula milk is fuelling soaring obesity rates.The scans revealed fat children had enlargement and thickening in the left part of the heart – the key pumping chamber.Scientists said the early damage could see babies doomed to early heart failure, caused by poor diets and a lack of exercise.The findings, presented at the European Society of Cardiology congress in Barcelona, prompted calls for urgent action to tackle spiralling rates of global obesity.In Britain, more than one third of children are overweight or obese by the time they leave primary school, along with six in ten adults. The research involved 455 children who were seen in cardiology clinics in Romania.The country has the lowest obesity rates in the EU, with just 9.4 per cent of adults classed as obese, compared to a figure of 24.8 per cent in England.British experts said the findings should cause alarm in the UK, given its far worse record, and trigger urgent action to tackle obesity among the young.Tam Fry, from the National Obesity Forum, said: “When obesity exacerbates their heart health in toddlerhood, alarm bells should be ringing.”And he said the failure to properly track the weight of children before they started school meant Britain was allowing problems to store up.“We don’t know what the full extent might be since we have no idea of how many obese preschoolers we have here,” he warned.“These Romanian children may well die before their parents as well as suffering life long illness: ours will be no different,” he said. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Obese toddlers are showing early signs of heart damage caused by obesity, a study has found.A study of more than 400 children found changes in the structure of the heart in obese infants – including those below the age of one.British experts said “alarm bells should be ringing” after scientists found significant changes in the hearts of the babies.The study found obese children had 30 per cent thicker heart muscle compared to those of a healthy weight. Suffering from an abnormally enlarged organ is an early marker of heart disease. When obesity exacerbates their heart health in toddlerhood, alarm bells should be ringingTam Fry, National Obesity Forum Lead researcher Dr Delia Mercea, from Constantin Opris hospital in Baia Mare said: “It’s a huge problem because obesity and overweight affects children and it’s possible that this [thickening] could lead to heart failure in time.”The study included 54 babies below the age of 1 and 125 toddlers. All had been bottle fed, which is linked to higher rates of obesity.Britain has one of the lowest rates of breastfeeding rates in the world with just one in three babies breastfed until six months, in line with NHS advice.Dr Mercea said doctors should intervene to warn parents that their children’s diets could prove lethal.“The end stage is heart failure,” she warned. Drastic lifestyle changes were needed in lifestyles across the world, she said.“We should encourage healthy food and physical exercise. Doctors should tell parents what kind of food to give to children – not fast food, not sweets, proper food at home and natural food like fruit and vegetables.”Lack of exercise was exacerbating the problem, she said.“Children tend to sit more in front of the TV, computer, notepad, from very early age instead of playing in the back yard or beginning a sport,” she added.read more
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. In a letter to the bishop, he wrote: “It seems clear that Dickenson’s confession of guilt to the Diocese has been either wilfully or neglectfully ignored for at least ten years during which you have been bishop.“I call upon you to resign with immediate effect.”Chester Crown Court had earlier heard how Dickenson’s crimes had left his victim filled with shame and ultimately drove him into alcoholism. His ordeal only came to light when police stumbled across the case in 2017 while investigating a previous Bishop of Chester, Victor Whitsey, who had also been accused of abuse.In a statement, the Diocese of Chester said it would conduct a review into its handling of the case and offered an “unreserved apology to the survivor”.“Information brought to light to the Diocese in 2009, if acted upon then, may have led to the police bringing a prosecution against Gordon Dickenson much sooner. The Diocese apologises for not acting on this information in 2009.”Bishop Forster said: “I welcome the opportunity to contribute to a review into the handling of the case by the Diocese in 2009, and will do so to the appropriate authority in due course.” The longest-serving bishop in the Church of England is facing calls to resign after it emerged he knew about a paedophile priest in his diocese and did nothing.The Bishop of Chester, Rt Rev Peter Forster, found out Rev Gordon Dickenson had become embroiled in a child abuse scandal decades earlier when the retired vicar wrote a letter about the affair in 2009.Dickenson was convicted earlier this month of eight counts of sexual assault after pleading guilty to abusing a boy during the 1970s inside a church hall and even his vicarage.But ten years ago, Dickenson had written to the Diocese of Chester which was conducting a review of past abuse cases admitting he been accused of the abuse during the 1970s and had promised the then Bishop of Chester he would “never do it again”.Despite this admission, Bishop Forster failed to pass on the letter to the police or order an internal church inquiry.Instead, Dickenson was given permission to continue acting as a retired priest for another five years, which allowed him to continue holding services in churches with the diocese’s blessing.Andrew Graystone, a leading advocate for survivors of clerical abuse and a personal friend of Bishop Forster, has now demanded the bishop stand down.read more
Share4 Tweet Email 1 Comment 9,005 Views Jun 29th 2018, 7:58 AM Image: shutterstock Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL http://jrnl.ie/4098477 Friday 29 Jun 2018, 8:45 AM The 9 at 9: Friday Here’s all the news you need to know this morning. By Adam Daly Image: shutterstock EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you all the news you need to know as you start the day.1. #MARYLAND The suspected gunman in the Maryland newspaper shooting has been identified by The Baltimore Sun – which owns the Capital Gazette – as Jarrod Ramos, who, according to the paper, had a long-running dispute with the newspaper over a 2011 story “that covered a criminal harassment case against him”.2. #MIGRANT DEAL EU leaders have clinched a crucial migration deal during all-night talks. Italy’s hardline new premier said it meant his country was “no longer alone” in shouldering the responsibility for migrants.3. #FEELIN’ HOT HOT HOT The HSE has advised people to stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm, as parts of the country will have temperatures over 30 degrees with coastal areas reaching as high as 28 degrees.4. #CLONDALKIN A developer who was denied permission to build 48 apartments at a location in west Dublin and then went ahead and built them anyway has advertised those apartments online for rental within recent weeks.5. #GAELTACHT Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan and Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone are heading to Irish college this summer to brush up on their Gaeilge.6. #SECURITY The Israeli Embassy has stated that a planned redevelopment of Carrisbrook House in Dublin 4 “could be a significant threat to the security and privacy” of its operation.7. #TEETH Dentists will stop using metal fillings that have been used in teeth for 150 years, due to environmental reasons.8. #INDONESIA Thousands of tourists have been stranded in Bali following a volcanic eruption on the Indonesian resort island.9. #RACIST Two hosts on US Spanish-language network Telemundo have been suspended after making racist gestures on set while celebrating South Korea’s win over Germany. The two presenters were seen pulling their eyes to look slanted during a celebratory dance, the BBC reports.read more
Stay on target Geek Pick: Fi Smart Dog Collar Sniffs Out Your PetThis $1,800 Smart Cat Treadmill Will Give Your Overweight Pet a Workout Every pet parent believes their furry friend is the smartest animal ever. But everyone can’t be right—just the dog owners, it turns out.A new study, led by Vanderbilt University professor Suzana Herculano-Houzel, suggests canines possess “significantly” more neurons in their cerebral cortex than cats.You’d think the brains of carnivores would have more cortical neurons than the herbivores they prey on. After all, hunting is pretty demanding, cognitively speaking.But, Herculano-Houzel and her team have debunked that theory, claiming the ratio of neurons to brain size in small-to-medium meat eaters is about the same as vegetarians.Seems size really doesn’t matter: Researchers found the brain of a golden retriever has more neurons than a hyena, lion, or brown bear. The latter, in fact, with a brain 10 times larger than a cat’s, but boasting about as many neurons.“Meat eating is largely considered a problem-solver in terms of energy, but, in retrospect, it is clear that carnivory must impose a delicate balance between how much brain and body a species can afford,” Herculano-Houzel said.The study, which analyzed specimens from eight carnivoran species—ferret, mongoose, raccoon, cat, dog, hyena, lion, and brown bear—also challenges the popular view that domesticated animals have smaller brains than their wild cousins.In terms of household smarts, though, humans take the cake. People have about 160 billion cortical neurons, compared to dogs’ 530 million, and cats’ measly 250 million.“I believe the absolute number of neurons an animal has, especially in the cerebral cortex, determines the richness of their internal mental state and their ability to predict what is about to happen in their environment based on past experience,” according to self-described “dog person” Herculano-Houzel.“But, with that disclaimer, our findings mean to me that dogs have the biological capability of doing much more complex and flexible things with their lives than cats can,” she continued. “At the least, we now have some biology that people can factor into their decisions about who’s smarter, cats or dogs.”For this study, Herculano-Houzel collaborated with graduate students Débora Messeder and Fernanda Pestana from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro in Brazil; professor Kelly Lambert of University of Richmond; associate professor Stephen Noctor of the University of California, Davis School of Medicine; professors Abdulaziz Alagaili and Osama Mohammad from King Saud University in Saudi Arabia; and research professor Paul Manger at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.The results are described in a paper published this week by the journal Frontiers in Neuroanatomy. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.read more
A fire broke out in Mosharaf Composit Ltd, a cotton storehouse in Baniarchala area in Gazipur. Photo: Prothom AloA fire broke out at a cotton storehouse of a readymade garments factory in Baniarchala area in Gazipur early Thursday.The fire originated at the storehouse of Mosharaf Composite Limited in the area, said Joydebpur fire service station officer Md Jakir Hossain. On information, six units of fire service from the areas of Joydebpur, Sreepur and Valuka rushed in to put out the fire and are still on work.The reason of the fire is yet to be identified.
However, snakes do have an inner ear and a cochlea, and scientists have observed the animals react to auditory stimuli. But exactly how snakes hear without external ears is still unclear. In a new study, physicists Paul Friedel and J. Leo van Hemmen from the Technische Universitat Munchen in Germany and biologist Bruce Young from Washburn University in Kansas have presented a model of how the horned desert viper Cerastes cerastes hears – with its jaws.While the jaw-hearing method is widely known, the new research uses naval engineering techniques to explain how vibrations from the jaw travel through the head and give rise to sounds in the animal’s brain. The scientists also explain one of the more intriguing parts of jaw-hearing, which is that the snake’s left and right sides of its jaw can move independently in order to localize a sound’s source, such as the location of a mouse’s footsteps.“Up to now, no one has ever pondered the fact that snakes could use jaw-hearing in stereo,” Friedel told PhysOrg.com. “This is, however, crucial, since stereo hearing is essential for locating a sound source. We have thus explained how jaw-hearing can actually be very informative for the snake, and not simply a system signifying that ‘something is there.’”As a mouse skitters across the desert sand, its footsteps create surface waves (specifically, Raleigh waves) with a wavelength of about 15 centimeters and amplitude of the order of 1 micrometer. These surface waves are similar to water waves, in the sense that the sand particles (modeled as a continuous medium) carry out an elliptic motion. The wave velocity of the ripples is about 45 meters per second. The frequency of the waves peaks between 200 and 1000 Hz – which falls squarely into the snake’s optimal sensitivity for frequencies of around 300 Hz. When the horned desert viper has its jaw resting on the sand, the vibrations from the mouse footsteps pass underneath both sides of the jaw. The vibrations travel through the snake’s head through two bones – the quadrate and stapes – and then stimulate the cochlea. The snake’s auditory system can sense jaw movement down to angstrom-sized motions (on the order of a single atom). The scientists determined that the lower jaw amplitude is about half that of the 1-micrometer incoming surface wave – plenty large enough for the snake ear to detect with efficiency. Explore further 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. Bats evolved diverse skull shapes due to echolocation, diet Just a few decades ago, some scientists doubted that snakes could hear at all. Snakes lack an outer ear and external ear openings, making it difficult to understand how the reptiles receive acoustic vibrations. Citation: Desert Snake Hears Mouse Footsteps with its Jaw (2008, February 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-02-snake-mouse-footsteps-jaw.html The horned desert viper rests its head on the sand to listen for prey. A sand surface wave moves the left and right sides of the jaw independently, and the vibrations travel to the quadrate, stapes and inner ear. Image source: Friedel, et al. From the cochlea, the auditory signals are relayed along axonal delay lines to a set of topographically organized map neurons in the brain. The researchers modeled this neuronal network, where every map neuron is tuned with microsecond accuracy to a specific “interaural time difference,” or the time difference between signals received from the left and right sides of the jaw. When a map neuron fires, it corresponds to a specific input direction, enabling the snake to localize its prey with stereo precision.The hearing model gives strong support to snakes’ unusual way of hearing, showing that the technique is not only possible, but is also a highly efficient survival mechanism. As Friedel explains, the jaw-hearing method offers some advantages compared with the conventional hearing method using outer ears.“This has to do with the so-called impedance matching problem,” he said. “If air-born sound arrives at a tissue surface, most of the energy will be reflected. This is because the acoustic impedance (which is a measure of how ‘easily a sound wave can be generated’) of air is much smaller than that of tissue (or the inner ear). To solve this problem, the mammalian middle ear possesses three hearing ossicles that transfer the sound from the tympanic membrane through the inner ear. The snake does not have a middle ear with three ossicles, but by using the jaw-quadrate-stapes pathway, the problem of impedance matching is avoided.”More information: Friedel, Paul, Young, Bruce A., and van Hemmen, J. Leo. “Auditory Localization of Ground-Borne Vibrations in Snakes.” Physical Review Letters, 100, 048701 (2008). Copyright 2008 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com.read more
Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. February 2, 2017 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals No business, small or large, can afford to ignore cyber security. According to a recent Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, 60 percent of cyber-attacks target SMBs, largely because they are easier targets.Related: 4 Reasons You Need Developers With Cybersecurity Skills in All Tech TeamsBut you don’t have to be passive. Here are five tools and services which small and medium business can use to protect themselves.1. Get secure office hardware.”In the scramble to secure the cloud, hardware is often overlooked,” says Christoph Schell, president, Americas, HP Inc. “The truth is, if you have 500 employees, it is easier to have one secure cloud structure than it is to secure 500 laptops. Reduce your risk through security-centered device management and proactive practices and policies to engage each employee in the security process.”In addition to creating a secure network, small businesses must select secure hardware and adopt secure protocols to really protect themselves. HP Inc., has developed security software Touchpoint Manager to help companies streamline their protection policy, minimize security vulnerabilities and monitor protected systems.2. Keep spies out of your email.Marketers, lawyers and sales people are widely using email tracking solutions to improve sales and better engage with prospects and current clients. Those solutions are popular in CRM systems as well. But cybercriminals are also using these tools to track the date and time emails are opened, where they are opened, where they are forwarded and so forth.MailControl allows companies to block spymail from hitting their inbox. It is an especially effective tool in preventing targeted phishing attacks from reaching your business.3. Stop ransomware.The most prevalent cyber security risk to small businesses today is ransomware. The FBI estimates that over 4,000 U.S. businesses are infected by ransomware every day. Ransomware takes control of the files on small business networks by encrypting them and holding them for ransom. The existing tools, like anti-virus, are not effective against the rapidly changing variants.WatchPoint has an easy to use tool, called CryptoStopper, which small businesses can download and install to protect their network. CryptoStopper deploys bait files throughout a network. When these bait files are encrypted, the infected user is isolated, and the ransomware is stopped before doing damage. This is a new and unique approach to stopping ransomware.Related: 6 Reasons Smart Small Business Owners Invest In Security4. Train your employees.One of the most common, and preventable, attacks on small businesses is a social-engineering attack triggered by phishing attempts, improper web use or incoming phone calls. The most current training systems on the market are designed for large enterprises, but some companies set up our solution to help any size business, from those with just a few employees to those with thousands.Security Awareness Training — Security Mentor: Employees aren’t always ready to combat a cyberattack or know when they are being baited into one. Security Mentor has created 10-minute lessons with its Security Awareness Training program. Small businesses will be able to train employees to be aware and alert, while making the right choices in a potential cyber crisis through these brief, online lessons.5. Get SLL for your website.Traditionally, companies have used SSL/TLS certificates (displayed as “https”) only on shopping carts or login pages. This can help, as it encrypts the data being sent between the customer’s computer and the SMB’s web server. Also, if companies use an Extended Validation (EV) certificate, the web browser will display a green padlock and website-address bar, as well as the company’s name next to the website address.Today, though, companies are encouraged to follow what’s known as Always on SSL. This means that the entire website is protected by https, instead of just a couple of pages. This helps protect against modern attacks that seek to steal information when a site visitor browses between secure and not-secure pages.Finally, Dan Hubbard, product CTO of Cloud Security, Cisco Systems, shared some advice. “There are a few things small businesses can do,” he said. First, make sure you have security solutions in place that are proven to detect and stop the majority of malware — and make sure they are deployed at critical points within the company.”Second, in terms of ransomware: Back up your data. If you have a copy of your information that the attackers can’t get to, you are not at their mercy.”Related: 7 Cybersecurity Layers Every Entrepreneur Needs to UnderstandIn sum, you don’t need to do everything, but do something. Attacks happen and small businesses need to pay close attention to cybersecurity because they are increasingly becoming a point of focus for attackers. 5 min readread more
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News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more April 28, 2016 — Physicians at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center (Cleveland) have started a clinical trial using a new form of stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) to deliver radiation to a specific area of a cancerous prostate instead of the entire gland.The study, the first of its kind in the world, aims to determine if treating a targeted cancer region within the prostate in early-stage prostate cancer can increase treatment options and reduce the side effects of radiation. If successful, the trial could have a significant impact on the standard of care for men diagnosed with low or intermediate risk prostate cancer.The trial’s first patient was enrolled and underwent therapy earlier this month without any side effects reported to date. The procedure was performed jointly by his urologist, Lee Ponsky, M.D., of the UH Urology Institute and a study co-investigator, and his radiation oncologist Rodney Ellis, M.D.“Our hypothesis is that this method may offer a viable treatment option for men with early-stage prostate cancer before their cancer advances, while also minimizing or even eliminating life-changing side effects of treatment,” said Ellis, vice chairman, clinical affairs, radiation oncology, and UH Seidman Cancer Center, a co-investigator on the study. “We want to know if response and cure rates using focal radiotherapy within the prostate can achieve two goals: the first, to successfully eliminate localized malignancies when the disease is in extremely early stages, and second, to reduce the treatment’s impact on a patient’s quality of life.”According to the National Cancer Institute, approximately 80 percent of prostate cancer is identified in the early stages of development, when the lesions are localized within the prostate. Men diagnosed at this stage have two primary treatment options: active surveillance, where the patient simply undergoes regular monitoring, or whole gland therapy, with either surgery or targeted radiation therapy applied to the whole prostate. Due to the prostate’s close proximity to the bladder and the rectum, whole prostate radiotherapy, at the levels needed to eradicate malignancies, has a significant risk of causing side effects for men, including rectal bleeding and erectile dysfunction.For men who have a single lesion amenable to focal therapy, the trial offers a minimally invasive treatment completed in three sessions over a week using SBRT. The trial is designed to validate the patented methodology used in the study to select the target volume for partial prostate treatment. The investigators hope to limit side effects for surrounding tissue.“Prostate cancer remains the sole malignancy where treatment is always delivered to the whole organ in routine practice,” said Mitchell Machtay, M.D., chairman of the Department of Radiation Oncology at UH Case Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and principal investigator of the new study. “It is time to investigate new and better options for low-risk prostate cancer patients. Radiology advancements in ultrasound, CT [computed tomography] and MRI [magnetic resonance imaging] enable us to accurately identify, measure and target malignancies more precisely than ever before.”The study will enroll 12 patients who will be selected using a patented methodology, owned by University Hospitals and developed in part by Ellis, who is also associate professor of radiation oncology at the School of Medicine.Philips Medical Systems has licensed this technology and is supporting the study along with Elekta and Invivo.For more information: www.uhhospitals.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RADread more
The traveliko team (left to right): Martijn Dekker, Natalie Glebova, Yann Gouriou, and Bjorn HarvoldReshaping the sharing economy for conscious travellersA disruptive new online travel portal named traveliko announced its imminent launch today during a press conference at Radisson Blu Plaza Bangkok. The specially developed web portal was designed from scratch to promote fair, ethical, value-added travel while helping its users make the world a better place.traveliko has been tested and developed over three years to make sure it serves today’s savvy, socially conscious travelers. The model was conceived by a group of hospitality professionals who saw hotel profits squeezed due to the high commissions paid to the dominant global OTAs, which ultimately had a negative impact on the quality of services provided to guests. They wanted to give power back to the hotels so that they, in turn, could increase the overall satisfaction of their customers.“traveliko is a socially conscious hotel booking platform, an independent alternative to the giant online corporations that have transformed the industry landscape in recent years. It is designed to give more freedom to hotels and to offer travelers a much more empowering experience,” says Yann Gouriou, the company’s co-founder and Chief Operations Officer.In order to reshape the relationship between customers, agencies and hotels, the traveliko team works directly with hotel partners and makes sure the website always offers guests the best available rate. The agency takes a flat 10% commission from the hotel, which is up to 50% less than most OTAs currently dominating the market. It also donates 20% of the net commission earned on each booking to project-oriented charities selected by users in the countries they plan to visit. The system tracks these contributions to charity, awarding Karma Points to users every time they book and donate. Karma Points are also earned through referrals, reviews and other online engagement.“When you book through traveliko, you can allocate a donation to the type of charity you feel most strongly about – Animals, People or the Planet. We partner with organizations such as Socialgiver in Thailand, as well as global charities including UNICEF and WWF to help fund projects we can commit to and report back on to our customers,” explains Martijn Dekker, co-founder and Chief Financial Officer.In many ways traveliko is a natural evolution for the hotel industry as it takes a similar approach to other major consumer sectors such as food, health and banking, which have diversified beyond mass production and standardized product and service distribution. As is the case with other disruptors in these parallel industries, travelikomoves away from a white label approach to travel in order to offer a range of new features and bespoke opportunities to its partners and customers. The engine is optimised for a wide range of hospitality services beyond room bookings to give travelers more choice and flexibility, as well as more independence.“Surprisingly few customers are aware that the hotels they see on the first page of a search when using one of the big OTAs, are not necessarily the hotels that would fit them best. They are simply hotels that are commercially more interesting and more profitable to the OTA. traveliko breaks that paradigm by providing a non-partial map display with all the hotels equally visible and categorised by filters that the user controls. It’s mobile friendly, easy to use and offers a truly tailored booking experience,” says Bjorn Harvold, Chief Technical Officer.Supporting this customer-centric approach, the business is based on a partnership model that aims to save hotels money on commission so they can focus on giving their customers a better experience. has already signed agreements with a number of international hospitality companies, including Absolute Hotel Services, Centara Hotels and Resorts, Dusit International and Red Planet Hotels, as well a number of smaller chains and independent hotels in Thailand, Sri Lanka and the Maldives.Natalie Glebova, traveliko’s brand ambassador and a former Miss Universe says, “If all the existing online travel agents gave back 20% of their commissions to worthy causes, the travel industry could make an enormous difference in terms of helping the world’s underprivileged people, protecting endangered animals and preserving the natural environment. With traveliko you can Travel with your Heart.” travelikohotels can join hereSource = travelikoread more
Home Prices Home Sales RealtyTrac 2014-09-25 Tory Barringer August Home Sales Slow; Price Growth Mixed September 25, 2014 457 Views Home sales in August retreated annually for the fourth straight month as home prices ticked up to a six-year high, RealtyTrac revealed Thursday in its latest sales report.According to the company’s data, U.S. residential properties, including single-family homes, condos, and townhomes, sold at an estimated annual rate of 4.5 million last month, down half a percent from July and 16 percent from August 2013.The median price of homes sold in August was $195,000, an increase of 3 percent month-over-month and 15 percent year-over-year. As of the most recent report, RealtyTrac says the national median home price was at its highest since August 2008.”Higher-end properties are taking up a bigger share of a smaller home sales pie, boosting the median home price nationwide higher even as home price appreciation slows to single digits in many of last year’s red-hot local housing markets,” said Daren Blomquist, VP at RealtyTrac.According to the firm’s report, the share of home sales in the $200,000 and below price range was down 9 percent from a year ago, while the share of sales above $200,000 jumped 10 percent, with the $500,000–$1 million range and the $1 million and higher ranges both seeing increases in transaction share.That shift in sales share helped mask a slowdown in home price growth. According to RealtyTrac, appreciation in August slowed compared to a year ago in 63 percent of all major markets and in 18 of the 20 largest markets.Out of the major markets seeing the greatest deceleration in home price increases, San Francisco and Los Angeles topped the list, posting 9 percent and 7 percent annual appreciation, respectively, compared to 37 percent and 27 percent a year ago.”We continue to see the traditional housing cycle this year with most of the price appreciation happening in the spring and early summer months,” said Chris Pollinger, SVP of sales at First Team Real Estate, which covers Southern California. “Inventory in the Southern California coastal markets has become far more balanced, giving buyers a good level of choice and a moderate amount of negotiating room.”On the other hand, a number of less investor-heavy markets posted double-digit gains, most notably Cincinnati, which experienced 22 percent annual appreciation compared to a 4 percent decline last year.Also reporting significant gains in August were Cleveland (23 percent) and Miami (20 percent).In all, out of the 197 major markets surveyed, 11 percent hit new price peaks, including Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Columbus, Charlotte, and Austin. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News Shareread more
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