Stay on target Spotify’s experimental listening app Stations is now available in the US.Introduced in Australia earlier this year, the Pandora knock-off is free to download for iOS and Android.“With the world’s music at your fingertips, finding the right thing to play can feel like a challenge,” according to an app-store description. “Stations gets you to music instantly—no searching or typing needed.”Like the long-running Internet radio service it apes, Spotify Stations relies on user feedback—in the form of a thumbs up or thumbs down—to create personalized playlists.Easily tune your stations by adding or removing artists.Since moving to the UK and losing access to my curated Pandora channels, I’ve learned to lean on Spotify’s pre-generated playlists and artist radio stations for effortless listening.But there is only so far “similar to Elton John” can take you.Spotify’s stand-alone radio app is now available in the US (via Spotify Stations)Open Stations for instantaneous tunes—occasionally disrupted by advertisements for free users; premium subscribers can enjoy an ad-free experience, while skipping an unlimited number of tracks, Billboard revealed.The platform, which requires a Spotify account, also incorporates popular features like Discover Weekly, Release Radar, and Favorites.“At Spotify, we routinely conduct a number of experiments to create better listening experiences for our users,” a company spokesperson told Geek in an email.“Some of those tests end up paving the way for our broader user experience and others serve only as an important [lesson],” the statement continued. “Spotify Stations is one of those tests.”Another experiment, reported this week by The Verge, involves the creation of podcast playlists (another Pandora dupe): Citing a source close to the company, the tech blog tipped curated episode suggestions around specific genres.Five playlists themed around comedy, true crime, “geek culture,” “walking (motivational),” and mindfulness are rolling out to a handful of users in North America, South America, the UK, and Spotify HQ Sweden.“It’s unclear how the curators are choosing the episodes,” The Verge said, wondering if they’re working from network deals or picking personal recommendations.“This test aims to make it easier for users to discover new podcasts while giving creators another mechanism to connect with new fans,” according to Spotify. “We have no further information to share at this time.”More on Geek.com:This Device Lets You Play Your Spotify Music Without a PhoneSpotify Is Testing a New Feature That Will Let You Block Music ArtistsBuild Spotify Playlists With Friends in MessengerEditor’s note: This article was updated at 7:05 a.m. ET with comment from Spotify. Spotify’s Rise to Power Dramatized in TV Mini-SeriesDisney Soundtracks Now Live in Special Spotify Hub
A physical education teacher at Ellsworth Elementary School, who is accused of molesting a now-former student at the school, was formally charged Friday in Clark County Superior Court.Jerry M. Miller, 60, of Vancouver entered not-guilty pleas to two counts of first-degree child molestation, attempted first-degree child molestation and fourth-degree assault with sexual motivation. His trial is set for Nov. 4.Miller has worked for Evergreen Public Schools since 1986, district spokeswoman Gail Spolar previously told The Columbian.“Evergreen Public Schools is continuing to work with law enforcement and have placed Jerry Miller on administrative leave,” Spolar said in an email Friday. “Mr. Miller will not be back in the classroom when school begins on Tuesday, Aug. 27.”A Vancouver police detective received a report June 11 from Child Protective Services stating Miller had inappropriately touched a female student multiple times at the school, according to an affidavit of probable cause.The girl, now 13 and no longer a student at the school, told investigators that at least one incident occurred when she was in fifth grade. She reported Miller came up behind her and grabbed her “chest area” while she was practicing on a pogo stick before class in the gym. She described feeling “uncomfortable” and “confused,” the affidavit says.
A Vancouver man was arrested Wednesday night following numerous reports of shots fired in different parts of the city from a moving pickup. Police are still investigating the incident.The driver, Richard Reed, 24, was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence, Vancouver Police Department spokeswoman Kim Kapp said in an email. He was not listed on the Clark County Jail roster Thursday afternoon.People have been hotly debating on social media about what happened. “The investigation is continuing, and it has not been determined yet if there were any shots fired or if the vehicle was backfiring,” Kapp said.Emergency dispatchers fielded a flood of calls between 8:30 and 9 p.m. The source of the potential shots was narrowed to a white pickup, Vancouver police Sgt. Kevin Barton said.Around 9 p.m., an officer relayed that he was passed by the truck. Soon after, police stopped it and held three people at gunpoint at the intersection of Minnehaha and Northeast St. Johns Road, according to emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian. Several streets around the intersection were blocked.
At the start of Tuesday’s bench trial for a former local youth football coach, a prosecutor said what could have been a typical child pornography case veered when detectives realized some of the seized images showed the defendant committing child sexual abuse.“Pandora’s box was opened and the case turned into something much larger,” Deputy Prosecutor Caitlin Cushing said.Nicolas A. Clark, 41, is facing one count of first-degree rape of a child, three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, two counts of first-degree child molestation and six counts of possession of depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.Clark waived his right to have a jury hear the case. Instead, Clark County Superior Court Judge John Fairgrieve will decide his fate.An additional charge was added on the eve of Clark’s trial. Cushing told Fairgrieve that Clark engaged in witness tampering when he communicated to his wife that she was not obligated to testify. The prosecution said it learned about the communication Sunday.Cushing’s opening statement focused largely on the allegations laid out in court documents filed in October and December.Clark was arrested in October after authorities received word over the summer about a user on Tumblr, a blogging and social media networking site, who was sharing child pornography, according to court records. Police traced account data to Clark’s home in Camas and his cellphone.Cushing said 90 to 95 percent of the child pornography discovered by police in the course of their investigation was found on Clark’s cellphone, which was secured to his waist when he was taken into custody on his doorstep.
Juventus legend and vice-president Pavel Nedved has said that the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo has taken Juventus forward among Europe’s elite.Pavel Nedved has been full of praise for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.Ronaldo left European champions Real Madrid to sign for Juventus in a €112million deal and the superstar wasted no time to score his first goal for the Serie A champions on Sunday.The Portuguese netted in the traditional friendly match between Juve’s senior side and youth team.Nedved told Juventus TV: “Juventus’ step forward among the big clubs in Europe has been confirmed further.”??? words from the ?? Vice President.Pavel previews the new season ➡️ https://t.co/rPTSuYZCm5 #FinoAllaFine #ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/PKSwLDJ8FH— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) August 13, 2018Maurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“That we managed to bring Ronaldo to Juventus is something exceptional.“It’ll give us a bit more for the future, as well as for all of Italian football.”Nedved also spoke about Juve Germany international midfielder Can who was signed as a free agent from Liverpool“There’s been very little talk about Emre Can but this was an important move,” Nedved added.“He was wanted across Europe by many big clubs but we managed to sign him. He’s a player with a lot of substance to his game both tactically and technically.”“He is a typical German player who knows how to distribute very well. You’ll see that he will be very important to the team.”
Scientists are watching for how a warmer North Pacific Ocean could affect weather and climate this year. There could also be significant impacts to marine life, including species that form the basis for Alaska’s commercial fisheries.Download Audio:Map showing position of sea surface temperature (SST) anomaly, aka The Blob, in the northeast Pacific Ocean in March 2014. (Image provided by the NOAA/ESRL Physical Sciences Division at Boulder, Colorado)A conference at California’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography earlier this month featured scientists in fields ranging from avian biology to Arctic climatology. They tried to determine the potential impacts of a giant mass of warm, ocean water that currently stretches from the Gulf of Alaska down to Baja California.Map showing how the sea surface temperature (SST) anomaly had moved and spread along the West Coast by March 2015. (Image provided by the NOAA/ESRL Physical Sciences Division at Boulder, Colorado)Temperatures have increased more than two degrees Celsius since the fall of 2013.“I know. It doesn’t seem like very much,” says Molly McCammon of the Alaska Ocean Observing System, an observing and data gathering organization based in Anchorage. “But for species that live in the ocean, it’s a big deal. One degree C is a big deal. So, yes, it can have a big impact.”McCammon helped organize the Alaska contingent that participated in theCalifornia conference on the warm water anomaly that’s been nicknamed “The Blob”. The mass of warm ocean water may be a factor in Alaska’s recent mild winters, dry conditions along the West Coast, and extreme cold conditions in the Great Lakes region last winter. It’s not the same as El Niño which has its origins in the equatorial ocean, and it’s not clear if The Blob is related to Pacific Decadal Oscillation, a longer-term cycle of ocean climate variability. The Blob’s formation may have been generated by a lingering high pressure system over the Northeast Pacific that diverted winds and passing storm systems. As a result, the ocean surface did not have the chance to cool off as usual.“I think the consensus was that, yes, this is an unusual warming event. It’s above and beyond just the warming that’s happening as a result of global warming,” McCammon says. “There also seems to be an El Niño forming right now as well. They think that’s separate, but it could be merging, exacerbating this warming event. So, there‘s a lot of unknowns.”The relationship between the ocean and atmosphere is complex, and interactions are rarely linear or sequential. Ocean surface temperature, surface and subsurface currents, atmospheric pressure, winds, temperature, precipitation, and geography may all be linked in some way. How each condition influences another could vary significantly.“That’s actually what we’re trying to figure out at the moment: What or how (are) things might be linked to The Blob,” says Peter Bieniek, a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ International Arctic Research Center. He was one of the Alaska scientists invited to attend the SIO conference.“Normally, there are linkages to what goes on in the North Pacific, and especially the equatorial Pacific,” Bieniek says. “Sea surface temperatures, like if there’s an El Niño going on in the equatorial Pacific, then we’ll tend to get, for instance, warmer-than-normal winters in Alaska.”Bieniek expects the higher ocean temperatures will persist for the rest of the year. The longer view, however, is difficult to predict.Scientists believe the layer of warm surface water extends to a depth of a hundred meters. The boundary acts as a barrier and can hinder up-and-down movement of phytoplankton through the water column. The tiny, light-sensitive marine organisms form the base of the ocean food chain.Jamal Moss, fisheries research biologist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Auke Bay, says the prognosis is good so far for juvenile Alaska salmon now heading out to the open ocean. This year’s juvenile pinks, for example, are the biggest ever and have the largest lipid or fat reserves.“So, big fish that have lots of energy tend to survive better,” Moss says. “Right now, all signs are point to good conditions for at least the Alaska stocks.”Moss, another Alaska scientist to attend the conference, specializes in juvenile salmon and juvenile marine fish ecology.“This might be a boon for fish,” Moss says. “It might actually help them.”“At least in the short term because it appears that the zooplankton that juvenile fish are eating is abundant, as well as high in energy and fat,” Moss says. “Even though there are a whole new suite of predators – host of predators – that are in these waters potentially preying upon them as well, it seems like they’re going to do well.”Unusual marine sightings in high latitudes include blue and thresher sharks, pomfret, and sunfish. Those are species that usually congregate in warmer waters.Moss says scientists have also detected an increase in juvenile sablefish or black cod offshore of Alaska. But they don’t know yet whether it’s related to the warm water event or if it’s a coincidence.As for the West Coast, Moss says it may be a mixed-bag of conditions for those species already in warmer water.McCammon says scientists are already planning summer research to find out how and why the warm water mass stretched out along the West Coast and determine any potential impacts on species. A follow-up conference to compare notes is tentatively planned for late fall.
-Almost every Rohingya refugee that Arab News met in Kutupalang camp on Monday suffered from some type of skin disease. Facing torrential rain, many lack shelter. Children are malnourished.Zaed Alam, 45 — formerly a rich farmer in Kumarkhali village in Rakhine state, Myanmar — reached Kutupalang Monday morning empty-handed.His journey across the border into Bangladesh involved hiding in caves by day with 13 of his family members, and traveling by night, without food or water. They had walked more than 175 km in 10 days, with nothing to eat but tree leaves, says the Arab News.Sayed Nur, 22, lived in Shaheb Bazar village in Rakhine. A poor farmer who used to cultivate his neighbors’ land, he arrived in Kutupalang with a bullet injury on his left arm, sustained while fleeing his village with four of his family members, according to the English-language daily newspaper published in Saudi Arabia.-Four fellow villagers were killed by the Myanmar Army. “I’m very fortunate. By the grace of Almighty Allah, I was able to save my life,” he told Arab News.It took him six days to reach the refugee camp, arriving five days ago. He also had to hide in caves by day from the Myanmar Army.During those six days in hiding, the four-member family only had 2 kg of rice. On Sunday, fellow Rohingya who have been in the camp for longer gave the family a small quantity of cooked rice.Nur and his family arrived with nothing. When asked what he will do, he replied: “I don’t know. Only Allah Almighty can help us.”-Meanwhile, two blasts rocked an area on Myanmar’s side of the border with Bangladesh on Monday, accompanied by the sound of gunfire and thick black smoke, as violence that has sent nearly 90,000 Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh showed no sign of easing.Border Guards Bangladesh said a woman lost a leg from a blast about 50 meters inside Myanmar, and was carried into Bangladesh for treatment. Reuters reporters heard explosions and saw black smoke rising near a village in Myanmar.A Rohingya refugee who went to the blast site — on a footpath near where civilians fleeing violence are huddled in no man’s land on the border — filmed what appeared to be a mine: A metal disc about 10 cm in diameter partially buried in the mud. He said he believed there were two more such devices buried in the ground.-Border Guards Bangladesh said they believed the injured woman stepped on an anti-personnel mine, although that was not confirmed. Two refugees told Reuters they saw members of the Myanmar Army around the site just before the blasts.Separately, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he was pressing world leaders to do more to help the Rohingya, who face what he has described as genocide.“You watched the situation that Myanmar and Muslims are in. You saw how villages have been burned… Humanity remained silent to the massacre in Myanmar,” he said.“There are some leaders we can achieve results with and some that we cannot. Not everyone has the same sensitivity. We will do our duty,” Erdogan said, adding that Turkey is continuing to deliver aid to the region.In another development, Khawaja Mohammed Asif, Pakistan’s foreign minister, said he “expressed deep anguish at the ongoing violence against the Rohingya Muslims.”He added, “The plight of the Rohingya Muslims was a challenge to the conscience of the international community.”
A 54-year-old police constable in Sadar upazila was withdrawn on Monday for throwing a teenage girl out of his house through the ventilator allegedly after raping her.Muktar Hossain, 54, was working as a constable at Madaripur.Kamrul Hossain, officer-in-charge of Madaripur Sadar police station, said the constable has been residing with his wife in a rented accommodation in TB Clinic area of the town for a long time.He called the 16-year-old girl in absence of his wife and raped her at 8:00pm on Sunday, the OC added.Hearing her screaming, locals arrived and confined the constable in his own house. At one stage, he threw the girl out of his house through the ventilator.Later, the constable was withdrawn and attached to the nearest police lines as the news spread.Besides, a probe body headed by Badrul Alam Mollah, additional superintendent of police, Madaripur Sadar Circle has been formed to look into the matter.
Share Courtesy of the Willey family via APThis undated photo provided by the Willey family shows Jaelynn Willey.A teenage girl who was shot when a classmate opened fire inside their Maryland high school has died, authorities said Friday.The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office said Jaelynn Willey died at 11:34 p.m. Thursday. Earlier that night, her family said she would be taken off life support at the University of Maryland Prince George’s Hospital Center. Melissa Willey told news reporters Thursday night that her daughter was brain dead and had “no life left in her.”The mother, holding a young baby, said, “On Tuesday … our lives changed completely and totally forever. My daughter was hurt by a boy who shot her in the head and took everything from our lives.”The teen was shot Tuesday by 17-year-old Austin Rollins at Great Mills High School in St. Mary’s County.Rollins died after shooting Willey. A school resource officer got there within a minute and fired a shot at Rollins, but it’s not yet clear whether Rollins was killed by the officer’s bullet or took his own life.The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday that Rollins and the girl had been in a relationship that recently ended.“All indications suggest the shooting was not a random act of violence,” police said in a statement.Willey had been in critical condition at the hospital. A fundraising page to help her family has raised more than $77,000.Jaelynn was one of nine siblings, her mother said, and a member of the swim team.The shooting broke out just before classes were to begin Tuesday, according to the sheriff’s office.A 14-year-old boy who was shot in the thigh during the encounter was released Wednesday from a hospital.In an email Thursday to The Associated Press, his mother, Kimberly Dennis, said her family is “eternally grateful” that her son, Desmond Barnes, is “alive, doing well and in good spirits.”She expressed sympathy for Willey and her family and added, “We are also praying for the entire Great Mills High School family and young people around this country. As a community and nation, we must continue to work and fight for a world that is safe for our children.”Great Mills High School has about 1,600 students and is near the Patuxent River Naval Air Station, about 65 miles (104 kilometers) southeast of Washington.Sheriff Tim Cameron credited Deputy First Class Blaine Gaskill with preventing any more loss of life.Cameron said Gaskill, a six-year veteran with SWAT team training, responded within a minute and fired his weapon simultaneously with a final shot fired by Rollins. The officer was unharmed.On Wednesday, authorities said the Glock handgun used in the shooting was legally owned by Rollins’ father. In Maryland it is illegal for anyone under age 21 to possess a handgun unless it is required for their employment.
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Twitter jumped sharply on Tuesday after the social media company easily topped earnings and revenue expectations.The firm posted earnings of 2 cents a share, ex-items, compared to a loss of 12 cents a share, ex-items, in the year-ago period. The company also reported a revenue of $312 million, an increase of 124 percent year-over-year. Shares popped following the earnings report. Monthly average users grew 24 percent year-over-year to 271 million, as of June 30, 2014, the firm said in a release.Ad revenue increased 129 percent year-over-year, to a total of $277 million, of which 81 percent came from mobile advertising.Other social media companies such as Facebook and LinkedIn edged higher following the report. Chinese microblog Weibo jumped 4 percent.The company added that it expects to post sales of between $ 1.31 billion and $1.33 billion in its fiscal full year, beating Wall Street expectations.”The differential you’re seeing in the raised guidance is due to the success that we’ve had over the course of the beginning of the year and our view of how that success will translate into the back half of the year,” said Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter, on CNBC’s Closing Bell.Analysts had expected Twitter to report a loss of 1 cent per share on $283 million in revenue, according to a consensus estimate from Thomson Reuters.Read More: I don’t see bubble in social media stocks: CubanSince going public in November, Twitter shares have been volatile, peaking around $74 at the end of last year. Twitter faced some pressure on this quarter’s earnings announcement after social media rival Facebook posted huge numbers last week, seeing its stock jump 20 percent as a result.User growth remains one of the key issues for Twitter—its monthly average growth slowed to 25 percent last quarter, and some analysts expect that trend to continue. Read More: Twitter CEO, the Internet has questions for you”We have a very clear set of goals that we are looking to achieve and they are all base on the core characteristics that make Twitter the world’s real time information network—that we’re public, that we’re real-time that we’re conversational, that we’re widely distributed,” Costolo said. “Our goal is to have the largest total audience in the world and reach every person on the planet. That’s our goal. Nothing less than that.” 3 min read Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals July 29, 2014 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. This story originally appeared on CNBC
Scientists embed specks of rock in a disc of epoxy so that they can aim X-rays at them to study their chemical structure.Marilyn Chung/Lawrence Berkeley National LaboratoryThese new minerals occur in tiny quantities, but they are more than just collectibles. They’re clues to the extreme geologic processes that form volcanoes and ore deposits. “Nataliyamalikite may not be the most important mineral in the world, but it tells us something really strange is going on at that volcano,” says Brugger. That volcano emits fumes with a thallium concentration at least ten times higher than any other volcanic vapors ever studied. Brugger thinks that long ago, thallium dissolved and concentrated near the sea floor off the coast of Kamchatka. This deep sea thallium would have then fallen into the mantle in the nearby subduction zone, where the boundary of one tectonic plate slips under another. After several million years, the volcano then spewed the thallium out, which crystallized in the form of nataliyamalikite. Using both chemistry experiments and computer simulations, Brugger’s team is trying to figure out if this model of thallium enrichment is consistent with the geology of the rest of the peninsula.Don’t expect the discovery boom to end anytime soon. “There are, gosh, nearly an uncountable number of possible combinations of elements, in a variety of different structures,” says Barton. “We’ve barely scratched the surface at this point.” You never know what you might find in the tiniest speck of dust.More Great WIRED StoriesInstagram is sweet and sort of boring—but the ads!Change your life: bestride the bidetJigsaw bought a Russian troll campaign as an experimentEverything you want—and need—to know about aliensA very fast spin through the hills in a hybrid Porsche 911💻 Upgrade your work game with our Gear team’s favorite laptops, keyboards, typing alternatives, and noise-canceling headphones📩 Want more? Sign up for our daily newsletter and never miss our latest and greatest stories The landscape of Kamchatka Peninsula steams with sulfurous vapor, its 29 active volcanoes forming a hazy backdrop for the region’s herds of reindeer and rivers of salmon. One of the most geologically active places in the world, Kamchatka juts out from the eastern coast of Russia to resemble a larger version of Florida. A process almost like alchemy occurs here: Like a set of roiling cauldrons, Kamchatka’s volcanoes mix unusual combinations of atomic elements to forge minerals that are unlike anything anywhere else in the world.And in the last few years, researchers have discovered several new minerals on Kamchatka. “They pop up by accident,” says Joël Brugger, a geologist at Monash University in Australia, who helped discover a new mineral on the peninsula called nataliyamalikite in 2017. “You just have to keep your eyes open.” Researchers don’t set out to make these discoveries, usually. Instead, they stumble upon new minerals during their studies of broader geologic processes that might, for example cause rare metals to collect in unusually large concentrations in a specific volcano.These finds are part of a current boom in mineral discoveries across the planet. On average, geologists and mineral collectors have reported more than 100 new minerals per year since 2009, according to a database affiliated with the International Mineralogical Association. “Given the level of exploration over the last hundred years, you might think that we were running out of minerals to describe,” says Brugger, who has participated in the discovery of 23 new minerals himself. “But the number of discoveries is increasing.” To qualify as new minerals, these materials must be never-before-seen natural combinations of one or more elements in solid form, arranged in a repeating structure. Mined diamond and quartz are both minerals, whereas opal, which does not have a repeating crystal structure, and synthetic gemstones, which aren’t natural, are not. Of the 5,477 known minerals, more than 1,000 were discovered in just the last ten years.Researchers usually make these discoveries in geologically extreme regions; hence, volcanoes. A handful of new minerals are also found in meteorites every year. But the most bountiful sources of new minerals—two-thirds of the discoveries over the last century—are mines, quarries, and other sites of resource exploration, says geologist Isabel Barton of the University of Arizona. That’s because people tend to want to dig and drill in places with unusual geological makeups in the first place. For example, mines are situated on ore deposits, where rare elements such as gold, silver, or uranium occur in concentrations thousands of times higher than most places in Earth’s crust. “[This creates] the opportunity to form compounds with elements that you usually wouldn’t find,” says Barton. These new compounds can then crystallize into rare minerals. In order to claim a mineral discovery, you have to find out what atoms make up your specimen, and in what ratios. But perhaps more importantly, you must determine that those atoms are stacked in a unique structure. This step is crucial because sometimes the same atom combinations can form different crystal structures. Calcium carbonate, for example, which consists of one part calcium, one part carbon, and three parts oxygen, can assemble into several different minerals, including calcite and aragonite.Brugger credits the increase in discoveries to advances in technology that allow geologists to examine increasingly smaller specimens. A century ago, they needed a chunk of relatively pure mineral at least the size of a grain of rice to confirm a discovery. Now, they can easily do it using pieces a thirtieth that size.The discovery of nataliyamalikite, for one, was made based on a very small sample. First, Brugger’s collaborators in Russia landed a helicopter on Kamchatka’s Avacha Volcano, where they stuck a quartz tube down one of its hot fuming vents to collect some of the sulfurous vapor. The substance that condensed inside the tube, upon analysis, contained an abnormally large amount of thallium. Suspecting that the surroundings might contain unusual thallium compounds, the researchers collected samples of rock near the vent and gave them to Brugger. In Australia, Brugger’s team used a microscope to examine the samples for flecks of potential new minerals. Then, using a tightly focused beam of ions, they cut the candidate grains, smaller than the width of a human hair, out of the rock. It was a delicate process. “If you are a bit too brutal with it, it explodes,” says Brugger. “We ruined a few of the nicer pieces.”They confirmed the mineral’s structure and makeup using a grain just five microns wide, smaller than a red blood cell. Nataliyamalikite consists of a nearly cubic arrangement of equal parts thallium and iodine atoms, to form thallium iodide crystals. Chemists have actually synthesized thallium iodide for decades, and it’s used in some radiation detectors, says Brugger. But no one had ever seen it in this form in nature. Scientists use a scanning electron microscope to magnify tiny grains of rock by thousands of times. The largest grains in this sample is only a fraction of a millimeter in size.Joël BruggerThe mineral is named after a 38-year-old researcher, Natalja Malik, who collected the first volcanic vapor from the site where they discovered the mineral. But conspicuously, Malik is not an author on the paper describing the discovery. This is because the community follows a tradition in which you do not author a paper about the discovery of a mineral that bears your name. The piece of mineral they analyzed is now stored in the collections of the Museum Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, where it is too imperceptibly small to be on display.Advances in X-ray technology give researchers a better view of smaller mineral grains, as well. Researchers beam X-rays at their sample and measure how the X-rays bounce off the atoms in the mineral in order to understand the mineral’s structure. To get a 3-D image, they typically have to cut the mineral out of a rock and then X-ray it from multiple directions. But physicist Nobumichi Tamura of Lawrence Berkeley National Lab has helped develop a technique known as X-ray Laue microdiffraction that basically lets scientists see the entire mineral’s structure even if the X-rays are only beaming at it from one side. This means they don’t need to cut the mineral out to study its other angles, which lets them study small grains in meteorites that they don’t want to destroy, says Tamura. In May, he and his colleagues reported the discovery of a mineral called ognitite, originally found in Siberia, by using this method. Their sample, at about 50 microns wide, is still barely visible to the human eye.
Yesterday, Mozilla announced the first preview of a redesigned version of Firefox for Android, called Firefox Preview. It is powered by the GeckoView rendering engine and will eventually replace the current Firefox app for Android. Why Mozilla is introducing a new Firefox for Android Back in 2016, Mozilla introduced Firefox Focus, a privacy-focused mobile browser for Android and iOS users. It was initially launched as a tracker-blocking application and then was developed into a minimalistic browser app. The team has been putting their efforts into improving the Firefox Focus app. However, the demand for a full-fledged private and secure mobile browsing experience has increased in recent years. The team realized this could be best addressed by launching a new browser app that is similar to Focus, but provides all the “ease and amenities of a full-featured mobile browser.” Sharing the idea behind the new browser, Firefox Mobile Team said, “With Firefox Preview, we’re combining the best of what our lightweight Focus application and our current mobile browsers have to offer to create a best in class mobile experience.” What features does Firefox Preview come with Unlike some of the major browsers that use the Blink rendering engine, Firefox Preview is backed by GeckoView. This gives Firefox and its users the independence of making decisions for what they want in the browser instead of enforcing whatever Google decides. GeckoView also accounts for “greater flexibility in terms of the types of privacy and security features” Mozilla can offer its mobile users.” Following are some of the features Firefox Preview offers: Up to two times faster: It is up to two times faster as compared to the previous versions of Firefox for Android. Minimalistic design: It comes with a minimalist start screen and bottom navigation bar to enable you get things done faster on the go. Includes Collections, a new take on bookmarks: Its Collections feature allows you to save, organize, and share collections of sites. Tracking Protection on by default: It comes with Tracking Protection on by default giving you freedom from advertising trackers and other bad actors. As a side effect, this also gives a faster browsing experience. This is an early version of the experimental browser for Android users based on GeckoView, which means there are many features like support for ad blocking extensions, Reader Mode is not yet available. You can try it out and provide feedback for improvements to the team via email or on Github. Check out the official announcement by Mozilla to know more. Read Next Mozilla introduces Track THIS, a new tool that will create fake browsing history and fool advertisers Mozilla releases Firefox 67.0.3 and Firefox ESR 60.7.1 to fix a zero-day vulnerability, being abused in the wild Mozilla to bring a premium subscription service to Firefox with features like VPN and cloud storage
Share Travelweek Group TORONTO — Monday morning Torontonians woke up to the first significant snowfall of the season, causing some delays at Pearson and Billy Bishop airports. Similarly, while in Chicago over the weekend, thousands of flights were cancelled due to a strong winter storm that continues to impact service this morning.As of 10:00 AM EST, flightaware.com was showing 25 cancelled flights at Toronto’s Pearson airport, plus another 55 flights delayed.Billy Bishop Airport in downtown Toronto said on Twitter “weather may result in delays and cancellations. Please check with your airline for flight status and updates.” The airport has called in the snowplows to get the runways cleared quickly.In Chicago, thousands of flights were cancelled after two days of heavy winter snow at both major international airports. Flightaware.com is showing 24 cancellations and 37 delays continuing into Monday morning at O’Hare.Snowy conditions are expected to affect the Canadian Maritime provinces today.Winter is here! The @BBishopAirport sweepers are in action, keeping runways clear of snow. pic.twitter.com/NOHiPj6A3R— Billy Bishop Airport (@BBishopAirport) December 11, 2016 Monday, December 12, 2016 Posted by Tags: Chicago, Toronto, Travel Alert Wintery weather disrupts flights in Toronto, Chicago << Previous PostNext Post >>
Bank of America will continuing outsourcing origination services through PHH Corp., to its Merrill Lynch clients.According to a press release, the renewed agreement between PHH and Bank of America will outsource Merrill Lynch mortgages to PHH.The current agreement between the two companies will end on December 31, 2015. The new deal will be effective January 1, 2016.“We are extremely pleased to continue our relationship with our largest private label client, a trusted and well-respected firm,” said Glen A. Messina, President and CEO of PHH Corp.She added, “We thank the Bank of America and Merrill Lynch teams for working with us to achieve our mutual objectives and are committed to fulfill our obligations and commitments under our new agreement.”A Bank of America spokesperson was not immediately available to comment at the time of publication.PHH Corp., third quarter 2015 financial results took a large hit of $50 million or $0.84 per share. In addition, the results showed that PHH’s mortgage production segment took a loss of $10 million, compared to the $3 million gain recorded in the second quarter and the $28 million in last year’s third quarter.”We are resolute in our commitment to executing a capital deployment framework to achieve our long-term return objectives,” Messina said. “The current dynamics in the mortgage industry reinforce the need to meaningfully increase scale in both our production and servicing segments to achieve sustained profitability. We are making the necessary investments in our business that we believe will generate shareholder value, and we look forward to continuing to respond to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for our business.”On the other hand, Bank of America posted strong financial results, with a third quarter net income of $4.5 billion, or $0.37 per share, the bank’s earnings statement showed.Bank of America’s year-to-date net income totals $13.2 billion or $1.09 per share. Revenue declined $521 million to $20.9 billion from last year, mostly driven by higher negative market-related adjustments on their debt securities portfolio sue to lower long-term interest rates.The company originated $13.7 billion in first-lien residential mortgage loans and $3.1 billion in home equity loans in the third quarter of 2015, compared to $11.7 billion and $3.2 billion, respectively, in the year-ago quarter.Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan explained that the “solid results” in the third quarter reflected the execution of their “long-term strategy.””The key drivers of our business–deposit taking and lending to both our consumer and corporate clients–moved in the right direction this quarter and our trading results on behalf of clients remained fairly stable in challenging capital markets conditions. Our balanced approach to serving customers and clients is on track as the economy continues to move forward,””Our results this quarter reflect our ongoing efforts to improve operating leverage while continuing to invest in our business,” said Paul Donofrio, CFO at Bank of America. “We built capital and liquidity to record levels and grew total loans for the second consecutive quarter while continuing to operate within our risk framework.” December 18, 2015 625 Views Bank of America and PHH Renew Mortgage Agreement Bank of America Mortgage Agreement PHH Corp. 2015-12-18 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination, Servicing Share
Gary Patterson followed Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby at Big 12 Media Day.See all the noteworthy updates from Patterson’s presser below.TCU head coach Gary Patterson: AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix TCU’s Gary Patterson on getting into the playoffs without a conference champ game: “After last year, I don’t have confidence in anything”— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) July 20, 2015 Gary Patterson: “What’s up?” Reporter: “Not much.” Patterson: “That’s what my wife says when she’s talking to me.”— Mike Finger (@mikefinger) July 20, 2015 Gary Patterson quote on going 4-8 in ’13 and 12-1 in ’14: “If I stay even keel then it reverberates down through my entire team.” #Big12— Collin Wieder (@CWIEDS10) July 20, 2015 Gary Patterson says Trevone Boykin turned down the opportunity to work with QB gurus this summer. Wanted to be with his WRs.— Matt Mosley (@mattmosley) July 20, 2015 TCU Gary Patterson talking Frog Ball pic.twitter.com/3hG0DdHaPE— Lee Barfknecht (@leebeeowh) July 20, 2015 Says Gary Patterson on competition in the Big 12: “Only difference between us and Custer is we know what’s on the other side of the hill.”— John Henry (@John_F_Henry) July 20, 2015 Our key is to control our own destiny, try to win them all. -Gary Patterson #TCU— Sam Gannon (@SamGannon87) July 20, 2015 On limiting contact, I asked Gary Patterson about it. His teams = physical. He says they’re only in pads one day and have been so for years.— Jenni Carlson (@JenniCarlson_OK) July 20, 2015
If this were a real MVP vote conducted at the end of the season, the award would most likely go to — as most MVP votes do — the player whose team makes the playoffs.If Johnson can match or increase his stats from a year ago while helping the Cardinals to the playoffs, there’s a good chance he would be the division MVP and possibly be mentioned as an NFL MVP candidate. 3 Comments Share Here, Cardinals reporter Josh Weinfuss makes his case for Johnson: Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has said multiple times this offseason that he wants Johnson to get 30 touches a game in a mix of runs and catches. There’s the obvious benefit: If Johnson can continue on the torrid pace he set last year, he’ll be the centerpiece of the offense and produce the type of yards and touchdowns that can help the Cardinals get back to the playoffs. . . However, it won’t be surprising if his production slows as defenses home in on him. By the end of the season, however, Johnson will affirm himself as the division’s MVP. His pass catching, pass protection and vision will improve this season, making him maybe the toughest back in the NFL to stop.Seahawks reporter Sheil Kapadia made the argument for Wilson as MVP.Wilson. There’s no mystery as to why the Seahawks’ offense struggled last year. Wilson suffered three injuries that reduced his mobility and caused him to get heavier than he would have liked. The 2016 season was a great example of how much Wilson means to Seattle — both in the running game and the passing game. When healthy, he can make up for deficiencies on the offensive line, and without his legs, the running game is mediocre at best. With Doug Baldwin, Jimmy Graham, Tyler Lockett and C.J. Prosise, this could end up being the best group of pass-catching weapons that Wilson has ever had. Assuming his health holds, look for him to get back to his 2015 form.If Arians gets his wish by increasing Johnson’s workload to 30 touches be game, the former third-round pick could become the third player ever to notch 1,000 rushing and 1,000 receiving yards in a season, a mark he missed last year by just 121 receiving yards. Top Stories Seattle Seahawks’ Ahtyba Rubin, left, and Bobby Wagner tackle Arizona Cardinals’ David Johnson on a carry by Johnson in the second half of an NFL football game, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo After putting up an NFL-leading 2,118 yards from scrimmage and 20 touchdowns, it’s hard to imagine that anyone in the NFC West was better than David Johnson last season.But for the MVP of the division, the nod may have gone to the best player on a playoff team, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. Along with the playoff berth, Wilson threw for 21 touchdowns and a career-high 4,219 yards.With both players acting as the main catalyst for their respective teams in 2016, it’s no surprise that ESPN’s NFC West reporters split their 2017 division MVP votes between Johnson and Wilson. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
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AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix — Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) August 22, 2017 Dabo Swinney got some extra work in with walk on punter Will Spiers earlier this week to get him a few extra simulated long snaps.Swinney had a little surprise up his sleeve though, and after rushing Will with his whistle blowing after a snap, he flipped the ball over to reveal a note on the ball revealing that he’d won a scholarship.Watching from the sideline was Will’s father, Bill, a former Clemson player himself, which made the moment even more special.Former Tiger Bill Spiers watches his son Will get a few post practice snaps—The last one had a note on it: “Congrats on the scholly!!” pic.twitter.com/GPNMmcMSdG
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