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first_imgUsing the Hubble Space Telescope viewing a distant galaxy cluster as a gravitational lens, astronomers detected a new record-holder: a galaxy bright with stars almost as old as the big bang.  The story on Science Daily called this a galaxy, with redshift 7.6, a “strong contender for the galaxy distance record.”    According to theory, stars did not form till the end of the “dark ages” about 400,000 years after the big bang.  Young galaxies emerging from the fog of particles might have had enough energy to evaporate the fog and bring the first stars to light, the article says.  Still, to see a galaxy so soon after the dark ages was unexpected.  An astronomer from UC Santa Cruz said, “We certainly were surprised to find such a bright young galaxy 13 billion years in the past.”  The current age estimate for the universe is 13.7 billion years.    The report was also posted on PhysOrg.  See this other PhysOrg article for a gallery of Hubble gravitational-lens images.The measurements are indirect and highly theory-laden.  The light astronomers measure exists in the present: here at our retinas on earth.  Where it came from, and how long it took to get here, depends on theories and models that cannot be tested directly.  How are you going to recreate a big bang and watch stars form?  Are you going to wait 400,000 years to see if it happens according to your theory?    As with fossils in evolution, spectra from space are data points that mean nothing till inserted into a paradigm.  Despite the confidence with which the theory was explained in the article, this discovery produces as many problems as it answers.  Astronomers need to explain how diffuse fog became clumpy, and condensed into a hierarchy of unlikely objects: galaxies and stars.  Astronomers appear to have the same problem as the biologists: a kind of cosmic Cambrian explosion.    The ability to tell stories (fability, 01/16/2007 commentary) about how this all worked out somehow is not the same as knowledge.  The theory might be correct, but how would they know?  A survey of the history of scientific pronouncements that were later overturned is not encouraging.  The most significant data point in the article may, in fact, be the surprised look on their faces.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


first_img“It is critical that we also ensure that on the road, as people move from one point to another, we provide services in that regard,” he said. Plans to deploy medical response personnel on frequently used routes during the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ are well under way, says South Africa’s 2010 Organising Committee. Organising Committee chief medical officer Victor Ramathesele told journalists in Sun City last week that they were working with the government to ensure that incidents needing medical intervention were effectively attended to during the month-long tournament, which starts in June. The 2010 Medical Volunteer Programme was also established to recruit volunteers with specialised skills in the medical fraternity to bolster the number of World Cup deployments. 1 March 2010 Source: BuaNews Fifa health guarantee The Communicable Disease Control workgroup has developed a comprehensive plan, including factors such as national and international disease surveillance, public awareness information, outbreak indicators and strengthening existing disease outbreak policies and systems, he said. “It’s important to ensure that people do not bring diseases into the country during this critical time. We also have to ensure that we can manage communicable diseases, particularly seasonal flu and of course H1N1 [Swine Flu] as well,” he said. Medical volunteers These include emergency medical services, hospital services, port health, environmental health, communicable diseases control, health promotion, forensic medical services, clinical medico-legal and pathology services. Communicable diseases Meanwhile, Fifa said they were confident that South African health systems would be able to cope with the demand during the tournament. “We have to provide services to the teams, but beyond that we also have to make sure that we can provide services to the spectators and everybody else,” Ramathesele said. “We will provide support during the matches and in the public viewing areas. The health department’s commitments include ensuring the availability of 24-hour comprehensive health and medical response and disaster management services for the duration of the tournament in different areas. Special measures will be put in place to ensure that all international ports of entry, whether they are land, sea or air, are properly monitored in terms of health related issues. South Africa’s state of readiness was tested during the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup. Ramathesele added that they would be providing more than basic health services at World Cup stadiums, routes and fans parks. The Department of Health signed a Fifa guarantee promising that the infrastructure of the South African health system – and, specifically, a comprehensive medical and disaster-management service – would be available in the host cities for the World Cup.last_img read more


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Cold air is in over the state again this morning while a few lake snows linger in northern parts of Ohio. The best and longest lasting snows this morning will be limited to NE Ohio, but the little wave that is triggering the snow is passing by north of the lake. Everything should be winding down by late morning. The rest of the state stays dry through midday with sun trying to poke through. Generally speaking, our forecast is nearly unchanged this morning.Our next clipper system arrives this evening and goes through the day tomorrow. Snow totals still do not look all that impressive in most areas. We are leaving our totals at a coating to 2”, but most of the state will be at an inch or less. The 1-2 inch snows will be in southwest and south central Ohio, mostly south and east of Dayton. Coverage of snow overnight tonight and tomorrow will be 80% of the state. Strong north winds rush in behind the system and will bring the next push of very cold air. These winds will also kick up some lake effect snows in NE OH and along the lake shore to finish the weekend. We have a concern that those snows hang around into midweek next week in far northeast counties, even though the strength of the winds diminish after Sunday. So, these lake snows can bring an additional 1 to 6 inches over the coming days. The rest of the state will see the strong winds create nasty wind chills for the weekend and for New Year’s Day. will keep lake snows in the forecast over NE Ohio through Saturday evening and potentially on into midweek next week. This can bring additional inches to far NE Ohio, and as we mentioned yesterday, the areas that seem to be most in the crosshairs are Ashtabula, Lake, Geauga and Trumbull counties, although anywhere along the south lake shore we can see lake snows, at least to finish the weekend.January brings a new month, but not new air. We are stuck with the cold for the entire week. Temperatures will be potentially in the teens, single digits and below zero all the way through the end of the week. We have two clipper systems moving quickly through for the week. The first hits Wednesday bringing a coating to an inch with 60% coverage, and then another clipper with a coating to 2” for late Thursday night (4th) through Friday (5th).  Generally, though, snow is not the headline for next week….cold air is.In the extended window, we could be looking at another major winter storm arriving around the 7th-8th of January as a strong front sweeps in and moisture comes up the front from the south. It is followed quickly by a similar surge for the 9th-10th. If these two come through in rapid succession as is currently being projected, we could be looking at significant snows as we move through the first part of January. Strong winds would be expected with any such frontal passage. Temperatures are expected to moderate ahead of those systems slightly, coming off the bitter cold levels we see next week, but we expect below normal temps right on into mid-January, which would mean that snow would be the primary precipitation type.last_img read more


first_imgCISPA, the controversial cybersecurity bill passed by the House last week, appears to be dead in the Senate. It’s deja vu all over again for the measure, which would authorize private companies to share your email, texts and other personal information with federal agencies without a warrant or other privacy protections. Last year, CISPA also cleared the House but foundered in the Senate. Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#CISPA#cybersecurity#now#privacy Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… readwritelast_img read more


first_imgView comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim The Indians got back to work without a hitch, taking a 1-0 lead in the second inning before Kansas City’s Alex Gordon homered in the top of the third to make it 1-1.Cleveland sent seven batters to the plate in the bottom of the third, and two of them scored. After the Royals pulled back a run in the top of the fourth, the Indians piled on four runs in the bottom of the frame to take control.The Indians led 7-4 when Encarnacion led off the seventh inning with a homer against Royals relief pitcher Kevin McCarthy.With the victory, and the Minnesota Twins’ loss to the Toronto Blue Jays later Saturday, the Indians clinched their second straight American League Central division title.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side CLEVELAND, OH – SEPTEMBER 16: Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians scores past Drew Butera #9 of the Kansas City Royals on a single by Austin Jackson #26 during the sixth inning at Progressive Field on September 16, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. Ron Schwane/Getty Images/AFPCleveland’s historic winning streak may have ended at 22 games, but shortstop Francisco Lindor’s streak was still going strong after the Indians bounced back Saturday with an 8-4 win over the Kansas City Royals.Lindor hit a run-scoring double in the sixth inning, his 10th straight game with an extra-base hit. That’s a club record, and left him four shy of the major league record of 14.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIEScenter_img Lindor had three hits on the night and Edwin Encarnacion homered as the Indians rebounded briskly from their 4-3 loss to the Royals on Friday night.That was the Indians’ first defeat since August 23. Their 22 straight wins established an American League record and surpassed the 21-game streak put together by the National League’s Chicago Cubs in 1935, but came up short of the Major League record 26-game winning streak of the 1916 New York Giants.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“We had good energy. I was happy about that. It’s nice to see them go right back out there and try to be as good a team as we can be,” Indians manager Terry Francona said.“They outplayed us yesterday, but that’s in the past. Today was another day,” Lindor added. MOST READ Alvarez, Golovkin fight to a brutal draw; rematch to come ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more


first_imgzoom Port of Antwerp International (PAI) has been appointed by the Council of Ministers of the West African country of Benin to manage and modernize the Port of Cotonou.The agreement between PAI, a consultancy and investment subsidiary of Antwerp Port Authority, and the authorities in Cotonou is expected to be signed in early January 2018.The Port of Cotonou, which handles an annual freight volume of around 12 million tons, wants to grow further, but both the infrastructure and the organization are outdated. Therefore, the country’s government decided to temporarily outsource the management of the port, as explained by Antwerp Port Authority.“Our main task will be to modernise the port authority in organisational terms, renovate the obsolescent facilities and prepare for and guide the expansion of the port,” Kristof Waterschoot, Managing Director of PAI, commented.In the short term, PAI plans to take over some key functions within the port authority, in order to study the processes from the inside.PAI already carried out consultancy tasks in the Port of Cotonou in 2017.The port has a strategic importance in the region as it is also one of the main gateway ports for the sub-region, in particular, the countries of Burkina Faso, Niger and Mali. With the government’s recent move, the reformed port would be able to compete with the surrounding ports, Antwerp Port Authority said in a statement.last_img read more


first_imgMore than 700 Arthritis Foundation supporters gathered at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California on November 18 to honor Deen Castronovo of the legendary rock band Journey and his fiancée, Deidra; Samuel S. Lee, Chairman and CEO of Prospect Medical Holdings, Inc.; and rheumatologist E. Robert Harris, MD and his wife, Delly Harris, RN, with the Jane Wyman Humanitarian Award at the 29th annual Commitment to a Cure Awards Gala.Jonathan Cain and Deen Castronovo attend 2014 Commitment To A Cure Awards GalaCredit/Copyright: Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Arthritis Foundation – Pacific RegionThe red carpet event raised more than $750,000 to support research for a cure for arthritis, the nation’s leading cause of disability.Entertainer Wayne Brady delighted the audience as emcee of the evening’s program. Guests enjoyed presentations of the Jane Wyman Humanitarian Award, a live auction featuring one-of-a-kind packages including tickets to the premiere of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and a special musical performance featuring Deen Castronovo on vocals, accompanied by Jonathan Cain, Journey keyboardist, songwriter and vocalist. Hundreds of donors also raised bid paddles to pledge their support for research grants and medically supervised camps for children with juvenile arthritis.Peter Mainstain, CPA, chair of the Arthritis Foundation, Pacific Region Board of Directors said, “The Jane Wyman Humanitarian Award is the Arthritis Foundation’s highest honor and recognizes individuals and organizations for their leadership and dedication to humanitarian causes. We congratulate our outstanding honorees and extend our heartfelt thanks to Gala Leadership Committee Co-Chairs Diana Bianchini and Susan Steen, their esteemed committee members, and our sponsors and guests for making a difference in the lives of nearly 53 million adults and 300,000 children with arthritis.”Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more


first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Manufacturing Supply Chain Manager at Janis Research CompanyFull-Time Buffer at Janis Research CompanyFull-Time Security Officer at Charles River LabsFull-Time Carpet Cleaning Technician at New England Carpet MasterFull-Time Lead Technician at New England Carpet MasterFull-Time District Sales Manager at NAPA Auto PartsFull-Time Assistant Controller at Ametek, Inc.Full-Time Sales District Leader Designate at Pepsi Co.Full-Time Supply Chain Data Analyst at CutisPharmaPart-Time Sales Associate at GNC(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of July 14, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more


first_img Share your voice Computers Roadshow Tags Tesla Model S Long Range pulls further ahead of the EV… Tesla pulls the wraps off its Model Y crossover SUV 8:35 It’s a major effort to design a processor chip. The magnitude of the work is reflected in the gargantuan number of transistors — 6 billion — that make up the processing circuitry on each of Tesla’s chips. But Tesla’s in-house expertise, spanning everything from processors and software to battery manufacturing and charging stations, gives it a major advantage over conventional automakers.”Other car manufacturers can’t compete,” said New Street analyst Pierre Ferragu in an August report on Tesla. “Their business model doesn’t allow them to fit all cars with this expensive hardware, and they run vastly behind on technology, depending too much on their suppliers and unable to tightly integrate hardware, software, and operations. As a result, Tesla is setting the standard for mass-market autopilot.”Two brains for self-driving safetyEach Tesla computer has two AI chips, a redundant design for better safety, Venkataramanan said. There’s redundancy in the chips’ power supplies and data input feeds, too. Even the car’s cameras are on two separate power supplies to guard against failures.”There are a lot of redundancy features, which makes sure … nothing untoward happens to the system” if a sensor, component, camera or power supply fails, Venkataramanan said.Each chip makes its own assessment of what the car should do next. The computer compares the two assessments, and if the chips agree, the car takes the action. If the chips disagree, the car just throws away that frame of video data and tries again, Venkataramanan said. That’s one of the reasons Tesla wanted powerful AI chips that could handle such a high frame rate for video.Highly optimizedEach Tesla AI chip runs at 2GHz and performs 36 trillion operations per second. That performance is possible because Tesla optimized the chips for self-driving cars and dropped anything more general purpose, said Debjit Das Sarma, another Tesla chip designer and former AMD engineer.For example, the chip handles data recorded as 8-bit integers instead of the 16-bit floating-point numbers more common in AI tasks but that require more power to process. For another, it’s got an extremely limited set of instructions it can process. And it’s got a gargantuan 32 megabytes of high-speed SRAM memory on the chip, which means it doesn’t have to wait around while fetching data from much slower conventional DRAM memory.”Rather than spending all the power on these profligate things, we wanted to spend most of the energy on what really matters for us,” Das Sarma said. Although Tesla designed the core AI elements of the processor, it relied on off-the-shelf elements for things like graphics processing.The AI chip took 14 months to design, and now Samsung is manufacturing the processor. It’s shipping in newer Tesla cars now, and older models can be upgraded. 9 Photos Comments Now playing: Watch this: 38 Two big, square AI processors power Tesla’s third-generation full self-driving car computer. Tesla showed the computer at the Hot Chips conference. Stephen Shankland/CNET Designing your own chips is hard. But Tesla, one of the most aggressive developers of autonomous vehicle technology, thinks it’s worth it. The company shared details Tuesday about how it fine-tuned the design of its AI chips so two of them are smart enough to power its cars’ upcoming “full self-driving” abilities.Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk and his colleagues revealed the company’s third-generation computing hardware in April. But at the Hot Chips conference Tuesday, chip designers showed how heavy optimizations in Tesla’s custom AI chips dramatically boosted performance — a factor of 21 compared to the earlier Nvidia chips. As a bonus, they’re only 80% the cost, too.The company needed better hardware to achieve its 2019 full self-driving goal, in which cars navigate not only freeways as today but also local streets with stop signs and traffic lights. “It was clear to us, in order to meet our performance levels at the power constraints and the form factor constraints we had, we had to design something of our own,” said Ganesh Venkataramanan, one of the chip designers and a former AMD processor engineer. Processors Elon Musk Samsung Teslalast_img read more


first_imgSILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Police are investigating the death of a man whom officers had shocked with a stun gun two days earlier.Montgomery County Police say 40-year-old Dajuan Graham of Burtonsville died Tuesday at a local hospital, where he had been taken Sunday after police encountered him in Silver Spring.Investigators say officers received a report of a man, whom police identified as Graham, acting erratically.Detectives say two officers saw Graham standing in the road after a woman reported that Graham had punched her.Authorities say Graham refused officers’ demands to take his hands out of his pockets. One officer deployed his Taser, police say, and Graham dropped to the ground.Investigators say Graham was taken to the hospital, where he became combative. Police say he died in the hospital on Tuesday.last_img read more