Researchers create Frankenstein malware made up of common gadgets

first_imgHigh-level architecture of Frankenstein. Image: Kevin W. Hamlen More information: Kevin W. Hamlen’s page: release (—In the ever ongoing struggle between good and evil, or in this case, the battle between those that create malware and those that seek to detect and destroy it, the good guys appear to have mimicked the bad by creating a computer virus that can evade detection by building itself from pieces of code that normally reside harmlessly on people’s computers. The result, the team of Vishwath Mohan and Kevin Hamlen of the University of Texas, say, is a cyber version of Frankenstein’s monster. © 2012 Citation: Researchers create ‘Frankenstein’ malware made up of common gadgets (2012, August 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Bitdefender researchers find evidence of viruses infecting worms creating new form of malware Explore further The research, which was partly funded by the US Air Force, was described to attendees at this year’s USENIX Workshop on Offensive Technologies. There the team said their aim in creating the malware was to see if it might be possible to create a virus that is made up of nothing but gadgets, snippets of code used by such commonly installed programs as Internet Explorer or Notepad. Theoretical research over the past several years suggested it could be done. The overall purpose of such a project would be to see if using the technique could result in the creation of a virus that could not be detected by conventional anti-virus programs. And it seems the answer is yes, though the malware the team created isn’t a virus in the technical sense because it doesn’t cause any harm, it’s merely a proof of concept. Their code resulted in the creation of new code made from gadgets that ran two harmless algorithms. But, of course, those algorithms could just as easily been very, very harmful. One of the more clever aspects of the code the team created was the part where the original kernel, the part that infects the computer, was itself modified and caused to look like part of a normal gadget, thus, leaving no trace of itself to be found. The point, of course, in creating new kinds of malware is to help people on the right side of the law stay one step ahead of those that hide in the dark toiling in earnest to conceive and construct ever more malevolent software that once unleashed might prey on others and do their bidding. Getting there first allows researchers time to build ways to circumvent such malware before the bad guys figure out how to do it themselves. In this case, some have suggested the best way to detect the new so-called undetectable malware is by creating security software that is able to detect objectionable behavior by code, rather than scanning it for identifying markers, which is how virtually all anti-virus software currently find infections on computer systems. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Society of Automotive Engineers adopts J1772 combo plug as standard for electric

first_img Citation: Society of Automotive Engineers adopts J1772 combo plug as standard for electric vehicles (2012, October 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Single-inlet electric vehicle charging to showcase in LA SAE J1772 plug. Credit: Michael Hicks/Wikipedia Explore further © 2012 Phys.orgcenter_img (—The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) has voted to adopt the J1772 Revision B combo plug as the standard plug for use in electric and hybrid vehicles sold worldwide. The design allows for both AC and DC charging and its adoption means all car manufacturers except Tesla and several Japanese companies including Nissan and Mitsubishi, will begin using the new standard on all new vehicles. The acceptance of the new standard will be a first for North America and could provide the push needed for commercial and public groups to begin building charging stations. The standard allows for charging at home using either a 120 or 224 AC line – the first is what is normally found in home wall outlets; the second for dryers or ovens. But it will also allow for DC charging which is where the industry is headed as it allows for far faster charging times – minutes versus hours for AC. It’s the DC option that provides the basis for creating quick charging stations and perhaps the long anticipated widespread adoption of electric vehicles.The Japanese holdouts will continue to use the CHAdeMO standard, which is already widely supported in Japan and is based on quick charging using DC current. Tesla has created two of its own standards for each of its two models of vehicles and hasn’t yet responded to the news of the adoption of the new standard. Nissan on the other hand has released a statement expressing disappoint with the decision made by the group and with it an implied critique regarding the timing of the adoption, coming after so many vehicles on the road are already configured for using the CHAdeMO standard.For consumers the adoption will mean they will continue to be able to charge their vehicle at home, though they may have to purchase a charging station as well depending on which vehicle they buy. It will likely also mean future charging stations they visit will offer several plug options, meaning drivers will have to know which standard their car has so they will know which to use. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Model shows how surge in wealth inequality may be reversed

first_img Journal information: PLoS ONE (—For many Americans, the single biggest problem facing the country is the growing wealth inequality. Based on income tax data, wealth inequality in the US has steadily increased since the mid-1980s, with the top 10% of the population currently owning about 73% of the country’s wealth. In a new paper published in PLOS ONE, researchers have quantitatively analyzed several of the major factors that affect wealth inequality dynamics, and found that the most crucial factor associated with the recent surge in wealth inequality since the ’80s has been the dramatic decrease in personal savings, followed closely by a large increase in the dominance of capital income over labor income. 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. More information: Yonatan Berman, et al. “Modeling the Origin and Possible Control of the Wealth Inequality Surge.” PLOS ONE. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0130181 Wealth inequality doubles among US householdscenter_img © 2015 Taking these findings a step further, the researchers showed in their model that reversing these two trends can prevent and even reverse a further increase in wealth inequality in the future. The researchers hope that the findings will lead to policies that reproduce these results in the real world. But progress in this area may not even have to rely solely on policy changes, as the researchers note that the 2008 financial crisis has caused Americans to save more money, potentially bringing an opportunity to restrain some of the growth in wealth inequality.The research was led by Eshel Ben-Jacob, who was Professor at the School of Physics & Astronomy at Tel-Aviv University, but passed away unexpectedly before the paper was published. Ben-Jacob was perhaps best known for his work on bacterial self-organization and its applications in complex systems. The other coauthors of the paper are Yonatan Berman, a PhD student, and Yoash Shapira, an adjunct researcher, both at Tel-Aviv University.Overall, the researchers’ model closely reproduces the wealth inequality dynamics in the US from 1930 to 2010, as measured by the share of wealth owned by the top 10% of the population. As the researchers explain in their paper, the usefulness of the new model arises from its ability to quantify the contributions of various factors affecting wealth inequality dynamics, and consequently to serve as a test-bed for predicting the outcomes of future policies.”The greatest significance of the work is that we succeeded in quantifying the relative effects of different factors contributing to wealth inequality,” Berman told “The inequality surge is not due to a single factor. Therefore, in order to understand it better, such a quantification is important. I also think that a very interesting finding is how important personal savings are. Though other elements may be equally important in general, the dramatic decrease in personal savings is probably the single most important ingredient contributing to the increase in wealth inequality in the past 30 years.”Shapira added that, while the dominance of capital income is a very complicated matter that involves the technological change of the past few decades, dealing with the savings issue is relatively easier.Among the other main results, the researchers’ model reveals the complex implications of economic mobility—that is, how easily individuals can change their economic status. On one hand, mobility plays an essential role in restraining wealth inequality, and becomes even more important when the economy becomes dominated by capital income, as is the current trend; when the researchers did not include economic mobility in their model, the model-market correlation dropped dramatically. On the other hand, the researchers also found that further increasing mobility above its current value is likely to have little effect on wealth inequality, suggesting that policies that target improving economic mobility may not be as effective as those that promote increasing personal savings and reducing the dominance of capital income over labor income. In the future, the researchers plan to investigate how such policies may affect other aspects of the economy besides wealth inequality. For example, an increased savings rate may have the unintended consequence of reducing GDP growth, which tends to increase wealth inequality. Future work will require optimization between these two outcomes.Other areas of future work will involve investigating the effects of various tax strategies and other additional factors that contribute to wealth inequality dynamics, as well as applying the model to the economies of different countries. Citation: Model shows how surge in wealth inequality may be reversed (2015, July 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from For economic data up to 2010, the model (red line) closely matches the actual wealth inequality (blue line), which is measured by the share of wealth owned by the top 10% of the population. After 2010, possible scenarios are those described in the graph above (where α represents an increase in the dominance of capital income over labor income), as well as a simple linear extrapolation of the wealth inequality during 2000-2010 (dashed blue line) and predictions based on the model (dashed red line). The results suggest that, by increasing private savings to 10% in 2030 (squares), wealth inequality can be reversed. Credit: Berman, et al.last_img read more

Experiments show Neolithic Thames beater could be used to kill a person

first_img The Thames Beater (top) and the replica club used for experimentation (bottom) with the blade, barrel and pommel labelled . Credit: Meaghan Dyer Some time ago, archaeologists pulled a wooden club from a waterlogged part of the north bank of the River Thames—after dating it back to approximately 3530-3340 B.C., they subsequently dubbed it the “Thames Beater” because it had clearly been used by one person to beat another person during the Neolithic period. In this new effort, the researchers sought to learn more about the damage the weapon could cause.Because they did not have access to an original club (only one real one has been found), and because they could not bash actual humans, the team fashioned their own clubs modeled after the original Thames Beater. To replicate the human head, they used a model that had been designed for military ballistic testing. Skulls were made of polyurethane which were filled with gelatin and wrapped with a rubber skin. The researchers then enlisted the assistance of a 30-year-old male volunteer to serve as a combatant wielding a Thames beater. He bashed the head of the model as hard as if he were fighting for his life. Upon examining the results, the researchers found that the Thames beater was, indeed, a weapon that could be used to crack the skull of a human being and kill them.The researchers than compared the fractured fake skulls with real ones that had been dug up from Neolithic graveyards and found at least one that looked very similar, suggesting that the person who had done the damage was likely using a Thames beater. Taken together, the evidence suggests the club was more lethal than has been thought. It also creates a better picture of what Neolithic violence was like, the researchers add, noting that the club would likely have been used only in scenarios in which one person was very clearly bent on killing another. Journal information: Antiquity Explore further (—A team of researchers with the University of Edinburgh has found evidence that the “Thames Beater” was a weapon that could be used to kill another person—perhaps at times, with a single blow to the head. In their paper published in the journal Antiquity, the group describes experiments they conducted to learn more about the lethality of the weapon. Rare seahorses spotted in Thames Citation: Experiments show Neolithic Thames beater could be used to kill a person (2017, December 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from The hand positions used to administer the two types of blow: left) the pommel strike; right) the double-handed strike. Arrows indicate direction of swing . Credit: Meaghan Dyer © 2017 More information: Meaghan Dyer et al. Understanding blunt force trauma and violence in Neolithic Europe: the first experiments using a skin-skull-brain model and the Thames Beater, Antiquity (2017). DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2017.189AbstractThe difficulty in identifying acts of intentional injury in the past has limited the extent to which archaeologists have been able to discuss the nature of interpersonal violence in prehistory. Experimental replication of cranial trauma has proved particularly problematic due to the lack of test analogues that are sufficiently comparable to the human skull. A new material now overcomes this issue, and for the first time allows accurate insight into the effects of different weapons and different blows in inflicting cranial injury; in this case, blunt force trauma caused using a replica of the ‘Thames Beater’ Neolithic wooden club. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Maha Cong membership drive gets lukewarm response Party leaders

first_imgMaharashtra Congress’ ongoing membership drive has so far failed to evoke an enthusiastic response from the state cadre of the party, which is still reeling under the defeats faced in Lok Sabha as well as assembly polls this year.The membership drive ends on December 31 following which the organisational elections will be held.A senior Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) functionary told a news agency that the lukewarm response from the cadre was due to the past experience where despite getting sizeable number of members, the genuine grassroot workers were overlooked for appointments as  Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIdistrict unit chief or office- bearers.“They complain no matter how hard they work, they will not be rewarded. Last time, people close to the local MP and leaders were made district unit chiefs or block presidents, who had no role in the membership drive,” another Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee functionary complained.So far, 90,000 membership books have been taken by workers from the party office. One book is for 25 members. The target is minimum 25 members in each booth, party office-bearers said. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: Kovind“If all the books are utilised, it would be 22.50 lakh members. In Mumbai, 31,000 membership books have been distributed. If all the books are utilised, it would mean enrolment of 7.5 lakh members,” they said.In one block or ward, 50 per cent of the booths need to be completed for conduct of organisational elections, party officials said. Mumbai Congress general secretary Dharmesh Vyas said the submission of the membership books will start after December 31.“Collection has been normal. Let’s see the exact numbers after submissions, after which we will come to know if the response was lukewarm,” Vyas said.last_img read more

Of talent big and little hands

first_imgCarrying forward its philosophy to promote upcoming talent, Art Life Gallery in has now decided to literally catch them young. One of the largest galleries in Delhi and NCR area, is now holding The Colour of Mistletoe – an exhibition of artworks by ?26 ??children.Pratibha Agarwal, copromoter of Art Life Gallery, says, “We continue to be a strong patron of arts and it is in continuation of this philosophy that we’ve conducted the group show by children.” She says the intent is to explore the vivid imagination of little children. “Besides livening up the gallery walls with their beautiful and colourful works, we are giving them an opportunity to express their creativity through paintings, drawings and collages.” Agarwal says the emphasis is on displaying completed artworks, which distinguishes Art Life Gallery from most other children’s art programmes.“Here, young people participate fully in selecting, mounting, organizing and hanging art,” says Agarwal.  There’s a variety of works ranging from canvas to murals to paper collages under the guidance of their mentors Shivani Sharma and Amrit Kapoor, which is definitely a treat to the eyes. Says Shivani Sharma, “All the children have toggled with various mediums like oil pastels, acrylics, poster paints, dry pastels, charcoal etc.” There are 23 kids participating in the exhibition, Dhritika, Tiya, Anoushka, Ashnee, Kashvi, Yash, Veer, Natalia, Garv, Tiana, Sarah, Kavya, Aanya, Rimjhim, Joy, Riya, Mehak, Nadia, Somuya, Sanjana, Gauri and Elina.last_img read more

Korean Air heiress treated crew like feudal slave may be jailed

first_imgThey stem from the incident in December when she allegedly forced the chief purser to leave a New York-Seoul flight before it took off, compelling the taxiing plane to return to the gate so he could disembark.The 40-year-old, who was a KAL vice president at the time, took exception to being served macadamia nuts for which she had not asked — and in a bag, not a bowl. The incident sparked public outrage in South Korea. Cho could also face another five years in jail on charges of coercing staff to give false testimony and interfering in the execution of their duty. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashChief purser Park Chang-Jin accused Cho of treating flight attendants like “feudal slaves” and urged her to reflect sincerely on her “irrational and senseless” conduct. “I think Cho did not show an ounce of conscience, treating powerless people like myself as feudal slaves and forcing us to sacrifice unilaterally,” he said in a tearful voice.“Like a beast that found its prey gritting its teeth, she yelled and became violent, never listening to what I said,” he said. Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian touristsPark has said Cho made him kneel and beg for forgiveness while jabbing him with a service manual.Cho, the eldest daughter of Korean Air chief Cho Yang-Ho, has been in custody since December 30. KAL chief Cho Yang-Ho has said no crew members would lose their jobs over the incident or subsequent investigations. But Park, who returned to work on Sunday, expressed concern about possible damage to his career — saying he had been treated like an “expendable”. The incident was seen as emblematic of a generation of spoilt and arrogant offspring of owners of the giant family-run conglomerates, or “chaebols,” that dominate the economy.The story hit international headlines and was seen as something of a national embarrassment, with South Korean media commentators suggesting Cho had shamed the country. A company executive has also been indicted for evidence-tampering and a transport ministry official is accused of leaking details of a government probe into the case. The transport ministry plans to sanction KAL with a limited flight route ban that could last for up to a month, or fines of up to $2 million.last_img read more

Centre accepts Finance Commission report ups states tax share to 42

first_imgIn a bonanza, the 14th Finance Commission has recommended a record 10 percentage point increase in the states’ share of Union taxes to 42 per cent, which has been accepted by the Centre and will give the states an additional Rs 1.78 lakh crore in 2015-16.The report of the Commission, headed by former RBI Governor Y V Reddy, also recommended a grants-in-aid of Rs 48,906 crore for 11 revenue deficit states, including Andhra Pradesh post division, West Bengal and Jammu and Kashmir, for 2015-16. For the period up to 2020, it will be over Rs 1.94 Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashlakh crore.The total devolution to the states in 2015-16 will be Rs 5.26 lakh crore, as against Rs 3.48 lakh crore in 2014-15, representing an increase of Rs 1.78 lakh crore. The total devolution to states during the five year period up to 2019-20 will be Rs 39.48 lakh crore. Addressing a press conference, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the Centre has accepted the recommendations of the Finance Commission and it shows NDA government’s commitment to cooperative federalism. Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian touristsIn a letter to all Chief Ministers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the increased money with states will give them the required freedom to tailor make development schemes to suit their needs. Besides raising the share of states in the divisible pool of central taxes from 32 per cent previously to 42 per cent, the Finance Commission also provided for Rs 2.87 lakh crore for five year period for Panchayats and Municipalities.“The higher tax devolution will allow states greater autonomy in financing and designing of schemes as per their needs and requirements,” the report said. Jaitley said 42 per cent increase in states’ share is “the largest ever change in percentage of devolution. In the past, when Finance Commissions have recommended an increase, it has been in the range of 1-2 per cent.” He further said that as compared to the devolutions in 2014-15, the total outgo towards the states in 2015-16 will see an increase of over 45 per cent. The Commission suggested a fiscal deficit target of 3.6 per cent for 2015-16 and 3 per cent in subsequent years. Abhijit Sen, one of the four members of the Finance Commission, has submitted a dissent note suggesting that devolution to the states should be pegged at 38 per cent in the first year and should be maintained at that level unless there is an agreement to deal with the fiscal problems.With regards to Goods and Services Tax (GST), the report said: “We expect that the final GST design would have all the characteristics of a good tax system such as broad base, low rate, minimum rate differentiation, low compliance cost and reduced distortions to the economy”.It suggested that 100 per cent compensation be paid to the states in the first, second and third years, 75 per cent compensation in the fourth year and 50 per cent compensation in the fifth and final year after GST roll out. “We recommend the creation of an autonomous and independent GST Compensation Fund through legislative actions in a manner that it gives reasonable comfort to States, while limiting the period of operation appropriately,” it added.last_img read more

More rain in next 3 days weather likely to improve before Puja

first_imgKolkata: Various South Bengal districts and 3 North Bengal districts will receive heavy rainfall in the next three days, the Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore said on Wednesday. The only silver lining for the Puja revellers in the state, however, is that the condition will improve from October 14, as predicted by the weather office.A senior official at the Alipore Met office said the cyclonic storm ‘Titli’, which is currently situated 240 km South-South East of Gopalpur, will hit Gopalpur in Odisha and Kalingapattam in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday morning at a speed of around 140 km per hour. The storm will then move towards the Gangetic plain of Bengal and it will be weaker after entering Bengal. Odisha government has also taken necessary arrangements to combat the situation. Alerts have been issued to the coastal districts of Odisha. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe district administrations of East Midnapore and South 24-Parganas have already taken adequate measures to combat the situation. Visitors were not allowed to go to the sea in Digha on Wednesday as the sea had been swelling and the waves were continuously rising above the normal level.The police administration in Digha put up barricades at various places along the beach which normally see huge footfall. Police conducted awareness campaigns by using microphones at Digha, Mandarmani and other beach towns, alerting the visitors not to bathe in the rough sea. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAccording to the East Midnapore district administration, out of around 2,000 fishing trawlers which had set sail a few days ago, as many as 1,800 have already returned, while the rest are currently 150-200 nautical miles away from the sea shore. It is presumed that the fishing trawlers which are out in the sea will return within Thursday. It may be mentioned here that the state government had already issued an alert to the coastal districts, asking the fishermen not to voyage into the sea between October 10-14 as the sea will remain turbulent during this period. The depression that has formed over Bay-of-Bengal will intensify further, resulting in heavy rain in some districts in the next three days. According to the prediction of the weather office, East Midnapore, West Midnapore, North 24-Parganas and South 24-Parganas will receive heavy to very heavy rainfall in the next three days.Other South Bengal districts like Murshidabad, Nadia, Hooghly, Howrah and Kolkata will witness moderate to heavyrain during the period. Some of the North Bengal districts like Malda, North Dinajpur and South Dinajpur may also see heavy rainfall.”As per the available information, it is expected that there will be no rain in the city from October 15-19. There might be sunny weather during the Puja days. The condition will improve from 14 October,” a senior weather official said.It started raining in various districts of South Bengal, including the city, from Wednesday afternoon. The traffic movement in various parts remained slow on Wednesday, following the rain. A strong wind measuring around 60-80 km per hour may sweep through the South Bengal districts on late Wednesday night.last_img read more

11th Delhi International Arts Festival opens with a bang

first_imgDelhi International Arts Festival, India’s Signature Festival, has placed the country on an International cultural map. The 11th edition of the festival, opened at the magnificent Purana Qila on November 11 and will continue till November 25. It is recognized as the ‘India Festival’ and a platform for cultural diplomacy and cultural tourism.The program was started with lamp lighting and many dignitaries like Sujata Prasad, Additional Secretary, Chung–Kwang tien from Taiwan and Deputy chief of mission cultural from Russia were present at the ocassion. Around 26 Countries and 1500 artists from around the world are participating in this festival this year. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfCelebrations started with spellbound performance of Vande Mataram; a multi-style dance performance that combines the concept of meditation, yoga, music and dance in one seamless production that pays homage to our motherland – Bharat. The act was choreographed by Prathibha Prahlad. It was followed by ‘Who Dinks There?’ – a contemporary dance By TAI Body Theatre from Taiwan, ‘Dance to Fly’ – a fusion dance from USA and Taiwan, Bolshoi, ‘Laugh to Cry’ – a contemporary fusion dance directed by Felix Mikhailov from Russia and lastly, ‘AL Menya’ – a folk and Dervish performance from Egypt also enthralled the audience. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveOne of the major highlights of Delhi International Arts Festival 2017 will be the celebration of silver jubilee of ASEAN-INDIA Partnership at Qutub Minar at the closing ceremony which will feature artistic border guards group from Vietnam, a traditional dance and music performance from Bangladesh, Sumatera Dance Troupe from Indonesia and Baihana Trio from Philippines.In addition to all of these exciting performances are “Balinese Wayang” – puppet dance by Indonesia and “Wayang Kulit Dalang”– a shadow play by Malaysia and many other performances by UK, Norway, Thailand, Portugal, France, Egypt, Argentina, Hungary and Ireland. Artists will be visiting almost 18 schools during the day to address and harness young minds about the beauty of arts. National Museum and National Archives will see the visit of hundreds of children so as to familiarise them with the world of heritage, legacy and culture. Film festivals, children’s events, high energy performances with rich diversity will mark the 11th edition of DIAF. The festival is organised in collaboration with the Ministries of Culture, Indian Council for Cultural relations and the Govt. of NCT of Delhi.Delhi International Arts Festival is unique in itself as it includes all genres of music, dance, theatre, puppetry, poetry, literature, visual arts, films and exhibitions from the most traditional to the most contemporary expressions. Several embassies, foreign governments, cultural centers, international cultural managers, and artists from all around the world constitute the Delhi International Arts Festival every year. This 15-day celebration of art and culture, is hosted by Forum for Art beyond Borders and Prasiddha Foundation. The coming week will see persian and vietnamese film screenings, giving an ode to women through traditional dance performances, Pt. Krishna Ram Choudhary on Shehnai and much more.last_img read more

Dim light escalates breast cancers spread to bones

first_imgExposure to dim light at night may contribute to spreading of breast cancer to bones, researchers have shown in an animal study. When breast cancer spreads it often affects bones, cause severe pain and make them fragile. “To date no one has reported that exposure to dim light at night induces circadian disruption, which increases spread of bone metastatic breast cancer,” said Muralidharan Anbalagan, Assistant Professor, at Tulane University in New Orleans. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe findings were presented at ENDO 2019, the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting in New Orleans. For the preliminary study, the team created a mouse model of bone metastatic breast cancer. They injected oestrogen receptor-positive human breast cancer cells, which have a low propensity to grow in bones, into the tibia (shinbone) of female mice. Like humans, mice produced a strong night-time circadian melatonin signal, shown to produce strong anti-cancer actions and for promoting sleep. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWhile one group of mice was kept in the light for 12 hours each day, the other group of three mice in the dark for 12 hours. Another group spent 12 hours in light, followed by 12 hours in dim light at night. X-ray images showed that mice exposed to a light or dim light cycle had much larger tumours and increased bone damage compared with mice kept in a standard light/dark cycle, he noted. “Our research identified the importance of an intact nocturnal circadian melatonin anti-cancer signal in suppressing bone-metastatic breast tumour growth,” Anbalagan said.last_img read more

FFACE unveils top fifteen finalists of FFACE Anokhi

first_imgFFACE, one of the prominent talent management brands of Eastern India unveiled the top fifteen finalists who would compete to win the crown of ‘FFACE Anokhi’. This pageant is digitally powered by Facebook. The India auditions happened at The Park, Kolkata recently.The unveiling took place on July 29, in the presence of the star cast of the upcoming Bengali movie Parineeta – glamorous actress Subhasree Ganguly, popular model turned actor Falaque Rashid Roy, well known actor Adrit Roy and renowned director Raj Chakraborty along with Neil Roy, Founder-Director of FFACE; Paromita Ghosh, Strategic Consultant-Director of FFACE; and Indroneel Mukherjee, Fashion Director of FFACE. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf The beauty pageant has taken place across Bangladesh and Eastern India. ‘Every woman is beautiful’, and to add on to this notion over 100 participants from Eastern India appeared before judges. This was indeed a matter of tough choice and the jury had a hard time judging and picking the best fifteen. The judges panel included renowned director Satrajit Sen, acclaimed DJ Akash Rohira, eminent RJ Jimmy Tangree along with Indroneel Mukherjee and Paromita Ghosh. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive Initially after auditions in Bangladesh and India, 15 participants will be selected from each country. Out of 15 women the top 10 participants of each country will be selected for the final round, who will compete for the crown of FFACE Anokhi. The finale will be held at Thailand in September 2019. Speaking on this occasion Neil Roy, Founder-Director of FFACE said, “Anokhi is a platform where we believe that every shape and size of woman is beautiful. Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. Size doesn’t matter in beauty. Today we are going to announce the top 15 contestants of the FFACE Anokhi India and we are very excited about it”. Paromita Ghosh, Strategic Consultant-Director of FFACE said, “Beauty comes in every shape and size. Every woman is beautiful in her own way. No matter what shape or size you are, you should feel confident in your own skin. We want to promote the message about body positivity through our platform Anokhi as we firmly believe that every girl is special in her own way irrespective of her size and shape. Indroneel Mukherjee, Fashion Director of FFACE added “Loving oneself isn’t hard, when you understand who you exactly are. It has nothing to do with the shape of your face, the size of your eyes, the length of your hair or the quality of your clothes. It’s so beyond all of those things and it’s what gives life to everything about you. We hardly see any plus size model in the fashion industry. Why should shape and size be a barrier, It doesn’t matter what weight, shape or form your body is, you should be proud of it.” The FFace Anokhi India finalists include, Lopamudra Chakraborty, Poonam Mahendra, Meenakshi Sudan, Swagata Paul, Pooja Pathak, Bilkes Parveen, Bandana Basu, Rajnandini Mukherjee, Asha Saha, Rakhi Shah, Rinky Saha, Tanzim Tankhir, among others.last_img read more

Eric Mangini on Spygate and Belichick Its disappointing and it is a

first_img Advertisement Mangini confessed that he regrets that his disclosure snowballed into the national Spygate scandal and soured relationships that he valued.“The thing with Bill is, I owe him a lot. He taught me football. He read at my wedding. Luke, my middle son, has William as his middle name. We were close. So to have something like this, which wasn’t what it was supposed to be affect the relationship. It’s disappointing, and it is a regret that I have.”Apparently, forgiving and forgetting isn’t “The Patriot Way.”“It is a regret that I have.” — Former Jets head coach Eric Mangini on spygate negatively affecting his relationship with Bill Belichick— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) September 28, 2016 Bill Belichick spoke at Eric Mangini’s wedding. Mangini’s son’s middle name is William, after Belichick. A once close professional and personal relationship has been rendered non-existent from the hard feelings resulting from the Spygate scandal from his time as head coach of the Jets.Mangini was in-studio in The Herd today, and opened up about the fallout from Spygate and how it affected his relationship with Belichick.He told Colin that his intentions for reporting the Patriots wasn’t to bury Belichick and the organization, but to protect his team from being at a competitive disadvantage.“The practice itself i didn’t think had very much value. But as the head coach of the New York Jets, my responsibility was to, whatever competitive advantage, no matter how small, my job was to make sure that my team had that. And that my team was protected. So I wanted to shut it down if it came to our stadium.”last_img read more

Facebook Lets Users Determine the Ads They Want to See

first_imgJune 12, 2014 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »center_img 2 min read If you’ve ever been a bit creeped out by the synchronicity of your search history and the ads you see on Facebook, the company is now giving users a way to better customize what advertisements pop up on their profile.Currently, much of the ads users see come from the interaction with brand pages but soon things will change. Facebook is looking to make ads even more personalized by mining mobile data and websites with Facebook plugins to make the ads all the more focused.  To opt out, customers can go to this site, and change their phone settings accordingly. Related: Don’t Make These Social-Media Blunders That Businesses Keep RepeatingIn a video posted on Facebook’s newsroom blog, product manager Jake Brill explained how the company works with businesses to connect them with the demographics whose attention they most want to grab.  With the changes, Brill said “the number of ads you see won’t change but because we’ll know more about what you like, they’ll be more relevant.”And this is good for Facebook’s business model. The social-media giant will now be able to gather even more precious data about users, which could help drive up the ad prices businesses are willing to pay for a more precise targeted demographic.Related: 6 Reasons to Delete Your Facebook Account Right NowAs for the steps users can take to learn more about the ads they’re seeing, they can manage their preferences by clicking on the right corner of the ad in question and choosing the “Why am I seeing this?” option.  Users can also add or change any of the “interests” that Facebook has ascribed to them.      Perhaps it’s not surprising about this additional stab at clarity, when with the recent EU ruling about Google and the “right to be forgotten,” the digital footprints we leave behind continues to be a going concern.  Related: Facebook Rolls Out Site-Wide ‘Privacy Checkup,’ Revamps Default User Settingslast_img read more

How to Make Your First Ecommerce Sale Infographic

first_img 1 min read Successfully selling products online isn’t a set-it-and-forget-it sprint. It’s more like a marathon.Setting up a competitive, lasting ecommerce business is typically a lengthy, multi-step process. Plenty of patience, planning and training are required. To see your hard work pay off (literally), you’ll need to master marketing your products online and off.   Related: Twitter Unveils New Ecommerce FeatureTo give you a leg up on everything from winning SEO strategies to Pinterest pinning your products like a pro, the helpful Shopify infographic below offers a step-by-step guide to launching your first online sales business. Good luck!Click to Enlarge+Related: 4 Ecommerce Basics to Put the Jingle Into Your Holiday Sales Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global December 13, 2014center_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

Heres Why Apple Is Beefing Up Its AI Game

first_img This story originally appeared on Reuters 7 min read September 8, 2015 Apple has ramped up its hiring of artificial intelligence experts, recruiting from PhD programs, posting dozens of job listings and greatly increasing the size of its AI staff, a review of hiring sites suggests and numerous sources confirm.The goal is to challenge Google in an area the Internet search giant has long dominated: smartphone features that give users what they want before they ask.As part of its push, the company is currently trying to hire at least 86 more employees with expertise in the branch of artificial intelligence known as machine learning, according to a recent analysis of Apple job postings. The company has also stepped up its courtship of machine-learning PhD’s, joining Google, Amazon, Facebook and others in a fierce contest, leading academics say.But some experts say the iPhone maker’s strict stance on privacy is likely to undermine its ability to compete in the rapidly progressing field.Machine learning, which helps devices infer from experience what users are likely to want next, relies on crunching vast troves of data to provide unprompted services, such as the scores for a favorite sports team or reminders of when to leave for an appointment based on traffic.The larger the universe of users providing data about their habits, the better predictions can be about what an individual might want. But Apple analyzes its users’ behavior under self-imposed constraints to better protect their data from outsiders.That means Apple largely relies on analyzing the data on each user’s iPhone rather than sending it to the cloud, where it can be studied alongside information from millions of others.”They want to make a phone that responds to you very quickly without knowledge of the rest of the world,” said Joseph Gonzalez, co-founder of Dato, a machine learning startup. “It’s harder to do that.”BEYOND SIRIThe Cupertino-based tech titan’s strategy will come into clearer focus on Sept. 9, when it is expected to reveal its new iPhones and latest mobile operating system, iOS 9. Apple has promised the release will include a variety of intelligent reminders, which analysts expect will rival the offerings from Google’s Android.While Apple helped pioneer mobile intelligence -it’s Siri introduced the concept of a digital assistant to consumers in 2011 – the company has since lost ground to Google andMicrosoft, whose digital assistants have become more adept at learning about users and helping them with their daily routines.As users increasingly demand phones that understand them and tailor services accordingly, Apple cannot afford to let the gap persist, experts say. The iPhone generated almost two-thirds of Apple’s revenue in the most recent quarter, so even a small advantage for Android poses a threat.”What seemed like science fiction only four years ago has become an expectation,” said venture capitalist Gary Morgenthaler, who was one of the original investors in Siri before it was acquired by Apple in 2010.PLAYING CATCH-UPWhile Apple got off to a slow start on hiring for machine learning jobs, it is closing in on its competitors, said Oren Etzioni, who is CEO of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence and a professor at the University of Washington.”In the past, Apple has not been at the vanguard of machine learning and cutting edge artificial intelligence work, but that is rapidly changing,” he said. “They are after the best and the brightest, just like everybody else.”Acquisitions of startups such as podcasting app Swell, social media analytics firm Topsy and personal assistant app Cue have also expanded Apple’s pool of experts in the field.Apple does not reveal the number of people working on its machine learning efforts.But one former Apple employee in the area, who asked not to be named to protect professional relationships, estimated the number of machine learning experts had tripled or quadrupled in the past few years.Many of the currently posted positions are slated for software efforts, from building on Siri’s smarts to the burgeoning search features in iOS. The company is also hiring machine learning experts for divisions such as product marketing and retail, suggesting a broad-based effort to capitalize on data.Apple’s hiring mirrors a larger hunt in Silicon Valley for people who can help companies make sense of their huge stashes of data, said Ali Behnam, managing partner of Riviera Partners, an executive search firm. Data scientists are the most sought-after experts in the market, he noted.Asked for comment about Apple’s strategy, a company spokeswoman pointed to statements from Craig Federighi, senior vice president of Software Engineering, who described the release at a developers’ conference in June as “adding intelligence throughout the user experience in a way that enhances how you use your device but without compromising your privacy, things like improving the apps that you use most.”But Google and others have an edge in spotting larger trends, meaning Apple’s predictions may not be as good, said Gonzalez, echoing a commonly held view among machine learning experts.What’s more, there are some features for which Apple has yet to find an answer, such as Now on Tap, which Google will release this fall. When users press the home button,Google will scan their screens to deliver helpful information – a user reading about an upcoming movie, for example, might receive reviews or a list of showtimes. It would be difficult to deliver such services without sending data to the cloud, experts say.ACCESS TO DATASome techniques Apple and Google are investing in – such as deep learning, a hot field of machine learning that roughly simulates the human brain so that computers can spot patterns and classify information – require massive amounts of data that typically cannot be crunched on the device alone.For machine learning experts at Apple, access to data complicates the work at every turn, former employees said. Siri enjoys some of Apple’s most liberal privacy policies, holding onto user information for up to six months. Other services, such as Apple Maps, retain information for as little as 15 minutes, the former employee said.Machine learning experts who want unfettered access to data tend to shy away from jobs at Apple, former employees say.But Apple is strengthening ties to academia to find the talent it will need, attending more industry conferences and discussing its use of tools emerging from university labs, academics say.”They are gradually engaging a little more openly,” said Michael Franklin, who directs UC Berkeley’s Algorithms, Machines and People Lab, which Apple sponsors.And some machine learning experts might be enticed by the challenge of matching Google’s smarts amid privacy constraints, suggested John Duchi, an assistant professor at Stanford University.”New flavors of problems are exciting,” he said.If Apple succeeds without compromising privacy, its Mountain View rival may face questions about its approach to analyzing users’ data.”People might start to ask Google for more privacy,” Gonzalez said.(Reporting by Julia Love; Editing by Steve Trousdale and Sue Horton) Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more

Global Rheumatoid Arthritis DrugsTherapeutics Market – Development Status and Forecast from

first_imgGlobal Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs/Therapeutics Market comprehensive research offering detailed regional analysis and growth outlook in a new research report which is a professional and in-depth study on the current market.Global Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs/Therapeutics Market valued approximately USD 22.14 billion in 2018 is anticipated to grow with a healthy growth rate of more than 4.50% over the forecast period 2019-2026.Request the Sample Copy of this Report @ Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs/Therapeutics Market is continuously growing in the global scenario at significant pace. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the most common type of autoimmune chronic disease that causes joint pain, swelling and stiffness in joint and even loss of joint function. To overcome this diseases various medications are introduced such as disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs), biological response modifiers (a type of DMARD), glucocorticoids, analgesics (painkillers) and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs). DMARDs have significantly enhanced the quality of life for numerous people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. Rising geriatric population worldwide, increasing prevalence of rheumatoid and structured reimbursement & regulatory framework are the substantial driving factors of the market during the forecast period. Additionally, increasing awareness regarding diseases remittances therapies and growing healthcare expenditure are another factor that impelling the demand of rheumatoid arthritis drugs across the globe. Moreover, rise in need of Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs/Therapeutics due to increasing prevalence of disease is the factors that likely to create numerous opportunity in the near future. However, patient expiration of many leading drugs is one of the major factors that limiting the growth of the market during the forecast period.The regional analysis of Global Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs/Therapeutics Market is considered for the key regions such as Asia Pacific, North America, Europe, Latin America and Rest of the World. North America is the leading/significant region across the world in terms of market share due to rising awareness associated with the disease, growing healthcare expenditure and high adoption of biopharmaceuticals for the treatment in the region. Europe is estimated to grow at stable growth rate in the global Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs/Therapeutics market over the upcoming years. Further, Asia-Pacific is anticipated to exhibit higher growth rate / CAGR over the forecast period 2019-2026 due to increasing adoption of rheumatoid arthritis drugs in the region.The major market player included in this report are:Abb VieAmgen Inc.Boehringer Ingelheim GmbHBristol-Myers SquibbHoffmann-La Roche AGJohnson & JohnsonNovartis International AGPfizer Inc.Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc.UCB S.A.The objective of the study is to define market sizes of different segments & countries in recent years and to forecast the values to the coming eight years. The report is designed to incorporate both qualitative and quantitative aspects of the industry within each of the regions and countries involved in the study. Furthermore, the report also caters the detailed information about the crucial aspects such as driving factors & challenges which will define the future growth of the market. Additionally, the report shall also incorporate available opportunities in micro markets for stakeholders to invest along with the detailed analysis of competitive landscape and product offerings of key players. The detailed segments and sub-segment of the market are explained below:By Molecule Type:BiopharmaceuticalsPharmaceuticalsBy Sales Channel:PrescriptionOver the Counter (OTC)By Regions:North AmericaUSCanada EuropeUKGermany Latin AmericaBrazilMexico Rest of the WorldTarget Audience of the Global Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs/Therapeutics Market in Market Study:Key Consulting Companies & AdvisorsLarge, medium-sized, and small enterprisesVenture capitalistsValue-Added Resellers (VARs)Third-party knowledge providersInvestment bankersInvestorsAvail the Discount on this Report @, years considered for the study are as follows:Historical year – 2016, 2017Base year – 2018Forecast period – 2019 to 2026center_img Asia PacificChinaIndiaJapan About Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various domains across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

Is Console games coming to PC a good thing or bad

first_imgIs Console games coming to PC a good thing, or bad? by Martin Brinkmann on August 24, 2016 in Games – 19 commentsBack in the good old days of console gaming, say the 16-bit era, there was a clear distinction between what was available on consoles and what elsewhere.Sure, there were multi-platform titles available for consoles and home computer systems or the PC, but most of the time you had to own multiple platforms to play all the games you were interested in.Multi-platform pushed to the mainstream eventually which meant that more and more games were released for multiple systems. If you look at the PS3 and Xbox 360 era for instance, you will notice that most blockbusters were released for PC as well.There were still exclusives though that were released for a single platform only. Many were created by in-house studios or through publishing deals.If you look at the current generation of console gaming, you will notice that two of the three companies are recognizing the PC as a platform.Microsoft started to migrate the Xbox platform and PCs to Windows 10 for instance. With the move came the announcement that the majority of exclusives for Xbox One that Microsoft gaming studios create would also come to Windows 10 PCs.Sony announced yesterday that it would bring its PlayStation Now service to Windows PCs as well. PlayStation Now is a streaming service that was available to PlayStation 4 owners only up until now. Starting this year, PC gamers on Windows may subscribe to PlayStation Now to access a library of over 400 games including many exclusives such as The Last of Us, Uncharted or God of War.The company will launch the DualShock 4 USB Wireless Adaptor in early September that PC and Mac users may use to connect their DualShock 4 controller to the computer.PlayStation Now will be available on Windows 7 SP1 and newer devices. This is different from Microsoft’s offering which requires Windows 10.The core difference between the offerings of both companies is clear. Microsoft offers Xbox One exclusives on Windows 10 as well, for the full price of the game. Sony makes the subscription service Playstation Now available which features PS3 games only currently.Microsoft’s games play locally on the PC for the most part, while Sony’s PS Now offering streams games to PCs instead.Good or badPC gamers benefit from the new strategy. While some may not like that Xbox One games are Windows Store exclusives for now, Microsoft announced already that this is going to change in the future.PC gamers who never owned a Playstation console, or owned one but don’t anymore, may play games they missed or loved on PC.The situation is different for console gamers. One of the main benefits of being a console gamer was that exclusive games were available on those platforms that one could not play on PC.With that barrier removed or at least moving, that argument for owning a console becomes weaker and weaker.There will still be exclusives for Xbox One, and Sony has yet to make PS4 games available via PlayStation Now though.Are Microsoft and Sony already preparing to exit the console market and provide their services on PCs or via streaming?Now You: What’s your take on the development?SummaryArticle NameIs Console games coming to PC a good thing, or bad?DescriptionBack in the good old days of console gaming, say the 16-bit era, there was a clear distinction between what was available on consoles and what elsewhere.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Where is Netflix downloading shows to on Windows 10

first_imgWhere is Netflix downloading shows to on Windows 10? by Martin Brinkmann on April 05, 2017 in Music and Video – Last Update: July 05, 2017 – 19 commentsNetflix enabled the downloading of — some — TV show episodes and movies in the company’s application for Windows 10 recently.It allows you to download these shows and movies to the local device, and watch them at a later point in time. Ideal for adding some to your laptop before you spend the next ten hours or so flying to Japan, or spending the vacation with your kids in a place with bad or no Internet reception at all.The downloading itself works just fine. You click on the download icon next to the episode or movie, and the Netflix app starts the download immediately afterwards. It downloads not only the video, but also subtitles and audio tracks, so that you may watch the video in a different language or with subtitles.Where is Netflix downloading shows to on Windows 10?What’s not answered at all however is the following: where are the movies and TV show episodes that you download from Netflix stored?This may not be a question that you are interested in if you have plenty of disk space on your c: drive, but if storage on that drive is limited, you may not be able to use it to the fullest.If you have downloaded a couple of Netflix videos already, you may have noticed that free space on your device’s main hard drive shrunk already. Netflix does not seem to limit the downloads that you can make, so it is easy enough to fill a drive as shows may 300 and more Megabytes of space locally.The guys over on Into Windows found out where downloaded Netflix shows and movies are stored in. It is C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Local\Packages\4DF9E0F8.Netflix_mcm4njqhnhss8\LocalState\offlineInfo\downloadsMake sure you change the username part of the path before you paste it in the Explorer address field.Videos are not listed with a descriptive name, but with a nine digit identifier that won’t tell you anything about the video. While you may be able to draw conclusions by looking at the date and time of files, or the size, it is not really helpful as it is when it comes to identification.As you may have guessed already, the downloaded videos won’t play in anything but the Netflix application. This is caused by digital rights management, and there is nothing that you can do about it.Also, it is not advised to rename the files, as the Netflix application won’t be able to pick them up anymore when you do. Note that you cannot drag and drop the files into the Netflix application to play them either.So what can you do about the downloads filling up your hard drive space? Not an awful lot unfortunately. The Netflix application has no preference to set a different download directory on the computer.The only option you find there is to change the video quality of downloads, and the disk usage that all downloaded Netflix videos occupy.The default quality level is set to high. You can change that to standard to decrease the time it takes to download shows, and the space they need on the computer’s hard drive.The only option you have is to move some videos out of the folder to another one, and copy them back when you want to watch them.Now You: Do you download shows or movies to your devices, or stream them only?SummaryArticle NameWhere is Netflix downloading shows to on Windows 10?DescriptionThe guide answers where Netflix stores downloaded videos on a Windows 10 device, and what options you have to reduce the storage used by those videos.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Selfdriving scooters and bikes Ubers working on it

first_imgBy Morgan Sung2019-01-21 18:58:15 UTC Your electric scooter could one day be autonomous. Uber is working on self-driving scooters and bikes, according to 3DRobotics CEO Chris Anderson. The company announced plans to explore electric scooters and bikes that can drive themselves to charging stations and riders. In a tweet on Saturday, Anderson revealed that the ride-hailing app is hiring engineers for “Micromobility Robotics” — a division under JUMP, Uber’s on-demand rideshare for bikes and scooters. Its main group, Uber Advance Technologies Group, will continue its work on self-driving cars.Although there are few public details about the initiative, TechCrunch found a Google Form for career opportunities that says: “The New Mobilities team at Uber is exploring ways to improve safety, rider experience, and operational efficiency of our shared electric scooters and bicycles through the application of sensing and robotics technologies.”The news comes less than a year after one of Uber’s self-driving cars struck and killed a woman outside of Phoenix, Arizona. With self-driving bikes and scooters, Uber could more efficiently replace vehicles with low batteries with freshly charged alternatives. Combined with removable batteries, which Uber revealed in December, the company aims to guarantee a more reliable, accessible fleet of bikes and scooters.last_img read more