August 12 2009 This is the fourth installment in

first_imgAugust 12, 2009 This is the fourth installment in a series of reports with the most recent 3D renderings of “SOLARE The Lean Linear City”. Excerpts from BEYOND GRIDLOCK Paolo Soleri’s Lean Linear City by Tomiaki Tamura, Cosanti Foundation, August 2009. [Waste Management] SOLARE’s urban structures certainly make waste material collection more efficient. The linear transportation system also provides easier access to processing and recycling locations, and to waste disposal sites. [3D rendering: YoungSoo Kim & text: Tomiaki Tamura] The biologically processed (composting) materials fill the landscaping and garden soil enrichment needs. The energy recovery system in forms of solid, liquid and gaseous materials can also be adopted. [3D rendering: YoungSoo Kim & text: Tomiaki Tamura] Perhaps the largest contribution to waste management in SOLARE is the reduction in the absolute amount of material consumption; redefining the “quality of life” by giving its residents pedestrian access to many amenities, so that each resident does not have to own everything (but can share), therefore creating an environment in which less materials are needed. [3D rendering: YoungSoo Kim & text: Tomiaki Tamura] [Agriculture/Greenhouse] Sustainable agriculture may be a somewhat elusive concept, especially with the complexity of varied and shifting environmental conditions, and socio-economic needs of the communities that produce and consume the goods involved in the process. [3D rendering: YoungSoo Kim & text: Tomiaki Tamura] However, humanity’s attempt to reduce the ecological footprint that supports our lifestyle necessitates bringing agricultural activities much closer to the habitat where the consumption occurs. SOLARE explores urban agriculture in the adjacent open field (close proximity to the human habitat) and vertical farm built into the structure where applicable. Another unique feature of SOLARE is the terraced greenhouse unit (Energy Apron) intended to extend the growing season and provide diversified horticulture and floriculture practices within its stratified micro-climatic conditions. This glazed productive environment substantially reduces the amount of water usage, while diverting excess heat to upper structures for space heating when needed. This report continues on 8/14/2009. [3D rendering: YoungSoo Kim & text: Tomiaki Tamura]last_img read more

Nordic telco Telia has launched its new Media Box

first_imgNordic telco Telia has launched its new Media Box set-top that will also provide access to Netflix to customers in Sweden and Finland for the first time.Netflix subscribers will be able to access the Netflix app on the box via the main menu, EPG and the app store. New customers can sign up via the app on TV.Netflix drama The Crown will be available to Telia customers from November 4.Telia said it would roll out the Media Box in other territories through 2017, bringing Netflix to its customers in the Baltic States.Johanna Berlinde, head of global TV and media at Telia, said that the partnership would give customers the ability to easily switch between TV and streaming services offered by Telia, and Netflix.Separately, Latvian telco Lattelecom, which is part-owned by Telia, said that revenues from its TV services grew by 6% in the dthird quarter, contributing first nine months revenue growth of 3% to €142.6 million. Lattelecom highlighted its launch of multiscreen TV service Shortcut in July as contributing to the success of its TV offering.last_img read more

Silvers early morning rally in the Far East ran i

first_img Silver’s early morning rally in the Far East ran into a major seller of last resort, as volume was north of 12,000 contracts by 11 a.m. in Tokyo. Silver was up almost 70 cents by that time, and from there it got sold down in fits and starts to its London low around $20.80 spot, which occurred about 12:15 p.m. BST in London, a slightly late silver fix, perhaps?  After that, the silver price pretty much followed the gold price up until 9:20 a.m. EDT in New York.  But, unlike gold, silver didn’t get sold down, it continued to creep higher in price, with the high tick [$21.59 spot] coming in electronic trading after the Comex close.  The silver price got sold down a bit going into the 5:15 close. Silver finished the day at $21.42, up 87 cents from Friday’s close.  Of course it, like gold, would have finished phenomenally higher if it had been allowed to do so, which it obviously wasn’t.  Net volume was around 51,500 contracts, with about 12, 000 or so contracts traded by 10 a.m. Hong Kong time.  The volume after that was slightly elevated, but nothing special. For the day, gold was up 1.72%, silver closed up 4.23%, platinum was down 0.40%, and palladium was down 0.54%. The dollar index closed on Friday at 81.12, and traded pretty flat until 2 p.m. in Hong Kong yesterday afternoon local time.  From there it rallied to its 81.50 high, which occurred at 8:20 a.m. EDT, right at the Comex open.  By noon it was back down to 81.30, before rallying into the close.  The index finished the Monday trading session at 81.48, up 36 basis points from Friday’s close. Not surprisingly, the silver stocks did even better, as Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index finished the day up 6.11%.  A lot of the smaller junior producers/exploration companies finished up double digits.  However, at these depressed share prices, that’s not hard to do, but nice to see, anyway. (Click on image to enlarge) The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 58 gold and zero silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories tomorrow.  The short/issuer of all 58 contracts was JPMorgan Chase out of its client account, and the only long/stopper of note was JPMorgan Chase in its proprietary [in-house] account.  It was ever thus!  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. The CME’s preliminary volume report for Monday’s trading shows that there are still around 1,300 gold contracts still open in August.  It will be interesting to see not only how many of these contract holders actually stand for delivery, but who the issuers and stoppers might be. I was rather surprised to see that there were no additions to either GLD or SLV yesterday.  But maybe I’m being impatient.  Let’s see what today brings.  I’m particularly interested in seeing what, if anything, is deposited in SLV in response to Monday’s [and last Thursday’s] move in the silver price. Joshua Gibbons, the Guru of the SLV Bar List finally updated his website with last week’s data.  Here, in part, is what he had to say about SLV’s bar list as of the close of business on Wednesday, August 7th, “Analysis of the 07 August bar list, and comparison to the previous week’s list showed that 717,065.6 oz. were removed (0.5M oz. from Via Mat, 0.2M oz. from Brinks London), and no bars were added or had a serial number change.  The bars removed were from: JSC (0.3M oz.), Korea Zinc (0.2M oz.), Shui Kou (0.1M oz.), and 4 others.”  The link to his website is here. The U.S. Mint had a sales report.  Once again, gold sales were very poor.  They sold only 500 ounces of gold eagles, 1,500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes, and 746,000 silver eagles. Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Friday, they reported shipping out 164,500 troy ounces of silver, and didn’t report receiving any.  None of the reported movements involved JPMorgan Chase.  The link to that activity is here. In gold, they reported receiving 73,146 troy ounces, and shipped 100,467 ounces out the door.  But a cursory glance at the numbers shows that a large percentage of it involved transfers within the Comex-approved depositories, Scotiabank to HSBC USA, and HSBC USA to JPMorgan Chase, the ‘Big 3’ shorts in silver, and two of the three biggest short holders in gold.  In other words, it was “all the usual suspects”.  The link to that action is here. Considering this is a Tuesday column, I don’t have all that many stories, and most of the ones I do have are precious metal related.  I hope you have time to read them all. The reduction in the SLV short position by deposits of physical metal, and not by plain-vanilla share buying to cover short sales, points to tightness in the wholesale physical silver market. How so? Because it strongly suggests that SLV shares were originally sold short precisely because there was not sufficient metal available to deposit into the trust at that time. Only after the physical metal could be procured did the deposits take place. This is not the first time this has occurred and this is certainly not the only sign of wholesale tightness in the wholesale silver market. After a while, when it looks like, quacks like, and walks like a duck, chances are it is a duck (or genuine silver wholesale tightness). – Silver analyst Ted Butler, 10 August 2013 I was certainly happy to see the nice moves in both gold and silver yesterday, and it should come as no surprise to you, dear reader, that silver vastly outperformed gold.  That should continue. But I wasn’t overly amused by the fact that there was obvious opposition by a not-for-profit seller in the Far East on their Monday morning, as the volume was enormous for that time of day.  We’ll have to wait until Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report to see how much damage was done, not only yesterday, but for the entire reporting week, which has seen a big jump in price in both metals.  Today, at the close of Comex trading, is the cut-off for that report. It’s also obvious that the 50-day moving averages in both silver and gold got totally obliterated yesterday.  Here are their respective 6-month charts. It should come as no surprise to you, dear reader, that silver vastly outperformed gold. Gold rallied right from the open in New York on Sunday night.  The buying ended, or the rally got capped, about forty-five minutes later.  Volume by 11 a.m. in Tokyo was just north of 25,000 contracts, so these rallies did not go unopposed. The gold price traded sideways in a tight range either side of $1,330 spot until about  half an hour after the 8 a.m. London open, and developed a negative bias going into the noon BST London silver fix.  It began to rally from there, but it was the two [short covering?] rallies between 9 and 9:30 a.m. in New York that added another fifteen bucks to the price in very short order.  The high tick came around 9:20 a.m. EDT, which Kitco recorded as $1,345.60 spot. After that, gold got sold down ten bucks going into the 1:30 p.m. Comex close, and didn’t do much from there. Gold finished the Monday trading session at $1,337.30, up $22.60 on the day, but well off its high.  Volume, net of August and September, was around 151,000, but a big chunk of that traded in the first hour in Tokyo on their Monday morning, as it appeared that a fair amount of firepower was used to kill that rally. (Click on image to enlarge) The gold stocks gapped up a bit over four percent at the open yesterday, and were up almost seven percent at their highest, which was shortly before 1 p.m. EDT.  After that they faded a bit for the rest of the day.  The HUI turned a respectable performance nonetheless, closing up 5.51%. Sponsor Advertisement (Click on image to enlarge) Needless to say, I’m looking forward to what the technical funds do with their massive short positions now that this key moving average has been penetrated with a vengeance.  And even more important, will JPMorgan Chase be there on the sell side when these funds begin to cover?  I’m sure that Ted Butler’s raptors will be taking profits as the price climbs, but JPMorgan Chase is still running this show, and now have a long-side corner on the market.  It remains to be seen how they use it, and I suspect that we won’t have long to wait to get the answer to that question. I took a quick peek at the preliminary volume numbers for Monday’s trading day, and even though I don’t wish to read too much into them, as they can change quite a bit when the final numbers get posted later this morning EDT, I was surprised to see that gold’s open interest was only up 3,000 contracts, which isn’t a lot.  However, silver’s open interest blew out by 6,700 contracts, and that’s a huge amount.  Hopefully the final numbers will show improvements, especially in silver. The price action in Far East trading on their Tuesday was choppy, and volumes reasonably light, and mostly of the high-frequency trading variety, so I’m not going to read a thing into these markets.  However, at 2 p.m. Hong Kong time, all four precious metals began to move higher in unison, but all got capped the moment that London opened for trading an hour later.  And as I hit the ‘send’ button on this morning’s column at 5:18 a.m. EDT, gold is back below Monday’s close by a few bucks, platinum is up a bit over a percent, and palladium is up a few bucks.  But silver is struggling higher, as it appears that the sellers of last resort are throwing everything they can at the price.  It was up over 40 cents at one point, but is now up only about 22 cents. Volumes have really blow out.  Gold volume has now doubled since London opened, and is now a bit north of 36,000 contracts.  The same can be said for silver, as the volume is now a whopping 18,000 contracts.  I can tell by looking at the numbers on the CME’s website, that it’s almost all of the high-frequency trading variety, so it’s obvious that these rallies are destined to go nowhere for the moment. I will be more than interested in seeing what the price action is like once New York starts to trade but, for the moment,  JPMorgan’s high-frequency traders are in complete control. See you tomorrow. Platinum and palladium were dancing to their own music yesterday, as they usually do, and here are their charts. Rub Elbows with Dr. Ron Paul, Doug Casey, and 24 Other Renowned Economic and Investment Experts We all know the value of networking when it comes to our careers. But it can be even more valuable to your portfolio. You can see for yourself at the Casey Research 3 Days With Casey Summit, to be held October 4-6 in beautiful Tucson, Arizona. Attend and you might run in to Dr. Ron Paul, who’s delivering the keynote address. Like many of the speakers, he plans to stick around for the entire three days (the Summit is that important). Or perhaps you’ll want to rub elbows with legendary contrarian investor Doug Casey… natural resource speculator extraordinaire Rick Rule… Solari Report Publisher Catherine Austin Fitts… Obamacare expert Dr. Elizabeth Vliet… or any of the other 21 financial and investment experts at the 3 Days With Casey Summit speakers. Click now for a comprehensive speakers list. Please don’t miss this rare opportunity meet and talk with some of the world’s foremost economic and investment experts. Seats are selling fast, so you need to reserve your spot now.last_img read more

Abolish the Federal Reserve

first_img Abolish the Federal Reserve. The United States of America is not what it used to be. Unsustainable mountains of debt, continuous meddling by the government and Fed to “stimulate the economy,” and the US dollar’s dwindling status as the world’s reserve currency are very real threats to Americans’ standard of living. Here are some opinions from the recently concluded Casey Research Fall Summit on the state of the state and how to fix it. Marc Victor, a criminal defense attorney from Arizona and a staunch liberty advocate, says there’s really no such thing as “the state”—“it’s just some people bossing other people around.” Not everyone wants to fix things, he says; the bosses like the status quo. For example, aside from drug lords, DEA agents are the ones benefiting most from the “War on Drugs.” Victor believes that democracy and freedom are incompatible, since “democracy is majority rule, and freedom is self-rule.” If you want to bring true freedom to America, he says, winning hearts and minds is the only way to reboot this country and create a free society. Paul Rosenberg, adventure capitalist, Casey Research contributor, and editor of “A Free Man’s Take,” views America’s future similarly. He thinks the United States is in a state of entropy. The bad news, says Rosenberg, is that there will be no revolution. The good news is that the peak of citizens’ obedience to the state is behind us, and people are getting fed up with the government’s shenanigans. Real change is slow, he says, so we must work persistently to create a better world. Stephen Moore, chief economist at the Heritage Foundation, says the problem is liberal economic policy: Red states in the US, he says, have blown away blue states in job creation since 1990. Texas alone accounts for the entire net growth of the US economy over the past five years. As another proof point in favor of a free-market economy, Moore emphasizes that both Obama and Reagan took office during terrible economic times. While Obama has raised taxes and instituted Obamacare, Reagan cut taxes and regulation. As a result, the Reagan economic recovery was almost twice as robust as the Obama “recovery.” One of the US’s biggest problems, says Moore, is that companies can’t reinvest profits because dividend, capital gains, and income taxes all have increased under Obama. Corporate taxes in the rest of the world have dramatically declined in the last 25 years, but in the US, they haven’t budged. The average corporate tax rate around the world is 24%—in the US, it’s 38%. Overall, though, Moore is bullish on the US economy. American companies, he says, are the best-run in the world, if only the US government would adopt less economically destructive policies. Doug Casey, chairman of Casey Research, legendary speculator, and best-selling financial author, isn’t so optimistic. First of all, he says, we’re in the Greater Depression right now, which began in 2008. He fears it’s too late to repair America, but says if anyone would attempt to do so, the following seven-step program would help: Allow the collapse of “zombie companies” (companies that are only being held up by government handouts and other cash infusions). Abolish all regulatory agencies. Cut the size of the military by at least 90%. Eliminate the income tax. Sell all US government assets. Default on the national debt. Of course, says Casey, that’s not going to happen, so individual investors shouldn’t hope for a political solution or waste their time and money trying to stop the inevitable collapse of the US economy. The only way to save yourself and your assets is to internationalize. He recommends owning significant assets outside your home country: for example, by buying foreign real estate. You should also buy and store gold, “the only financial asset that’s not simultaneously someone else’s liability.” Casey’s suggestions include going short bubbles that are about to burst (like Japanese bonds denominated in yen), selling expensive assets like collectible cars and expensive real estate in major cities, as well as looking toward places like Africa as contrarian investment opportunities. Nick Giambruno, senior editor of International Man, agrees that internationalizing your wealth—and yourself—is the most prudent way to go for today’s high-net-worth investors. It ensures that “no single government can control your destiny,” and that you put your money, business, and yourself where they are treated best. You should internationalize each of these six aspects of your life, says Giambruno: our assets; your citizenship; your income/business; your legal residency; your lifestyle residency; and your digital presence. Regarding your assets, you can find better capitalized, more liquid banks abroad, and using international brokerage accounts can provide you access to new investment markets. To hear all of Nick Giambruno’s detailed tips on how to go global, as well as every single presentation of the Summit, order your 26+-hour Summit Audio Collection now. It’s available in CD and/or MP3 format. Learn more here.last_img read more

California Paves the Way for Cars With Empty Drivers Seats

first_img Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Officials in California proposed new rules on Friday that would let companies test autonomous cars on public roads with no human driver present.The proposal is a significant update to the state’s self-driving car regulations adopted in 2014, which allow testing on public roads only if a driver is inside the vehicle. With the new rules, companies that want to test cars without human drivers will have to apply for a special permit and meet federal standards defined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.To be approved for the permit, companies will also have to obtain written support from the jurisdiction that they want to test in, which suggests that local governments could object to testing on their streets.According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, 21 companies are currently testing autonomous vehicles in the state. Among them are tech companies such as Waymo, which took over Google’s self-driving project last year, as well as traditional automakers such as Toyota and BMW.”California has more manufacturers testing autonomous vehicles than any other state and today’s rules continue our leadership with this emerging technology,” California Transportation Agency Secretary Brian Kelly said in a statement. The state’s updated regulations will now enter a 45-day public comment period before they are adopted.Although California is a hotbed of autonomous vehicle research, it is not the only state that is working on regulations to govern the industry. In December, Michigan adopted new laws that establish comprehensive self-driving car regulations and made it the first state to allow completely autonomous ride-sharing fleets.   Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Cars 56shares Next Article Image credit: Mark Wilson | Getty Images California Paves the Way for Cars With Empty Driver’s Seats Add to Queuecenter_img Proposed regulations would let companies test self-driving cars on public roads without a human driver present. News reporter This story originally appeared on PCMag 2 min read March 13, 2017 Tom Brant Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Can Marijuana Replace Lost Steel Jobs Pennsylvania Town Has High Hopes

first_imgCannabis Free Green Entrepreneur App Download Our Free Android App Guest Writer –shares Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. Can Marijuana Replace Lost Steel Jobs? Pennsylvania Town Has High Hopes. A region of the Keystone State impoverished by industrial decline and ravaged by opioid addiction sees a future in medical cannabis. Next Article Add to Queue March 28, 2017 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The promise of big profits and job creation continues to draw communities to the legal marijuana industry, particularly in places where the economy has long suffered.Nowhere is this more apparent than in southwestern Pennsylvania. City leaders in Braddock, located east of Pittsburgh, have submitted an application with the state in hopes to land a license that will allow for a new cannabis cultivation facility. The goal is for legal medical marijuana to bring back jobs lost over the past decades by the decline in the steel industry.They have partnered with a company that includes a Pennsylvania legend among its top executives: Hall of Fame running back Franco Harris, who played for the Pittsburg Steelers. The company has a goal of his own: finding out if marijuana can become an effective pain management medicine that replaces opioids.Related: 5 Routes the Cannabis Industry Could Take to Get Around Federal Banking RestrictionsTough TimesIn many places, such as in California and Colorado, businesses and communities vie against each other to win potentially lucrative licenses from the state for creating and operating marijuana cultivation centers and retail outlets. However, in a place such as Braddock, leaders see it as a means of survival.Braddock has been decimated by the jobs lost with cutbacks in the steel industry since the late 1980s. The city’s economic state landed it on the Pennsylvania Act 47 roll of financially distressed cities. Braddock has been on the list since 1988.In numerous media appearances, Mayor John Fetterman thinks a large medical marijuana cultivation center can change the town’s fortunes. As many as 70 new jobs would be created at the outset, and the city would reap the tax benefits of having the facility in town.“It’s a great story to have with a community that’s been kind of left behind by an industry in decline like steel to be resurrected financially from a brand new industry that didn’t even exist in Pennsylvania six months ago,” Fetterman said in a Facebook Live interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.State lawmakers and Gov. Tom Wolf approved medical marijuana in Pennsylvania in 2016.Braddock already faces competition for the license from nearby McKeesport, which also plans to submit an application. The state has said it will only allow a limited number of facilities within six different regions of the state.Related: Colorado Takes Aim at the Marijuana Black MarketLaurel Green MedicalHarris is chairman of Laurel Green Medical, which would run the facility in Braddock if the project wins the state permit.On its website, the company said its cultivation center “will use sustainable growing techniques to facilitate the best species of the plant. We will oversee the production of our medicine from seed to sale; this allows us to offer more affordable prices to our patients across-the-board.”Harris became interested in medical marijuana through fellow former and current NFL players who told him that using opioids to manage pain sometimes led to addiction to the drug, according to the Post-Gazette. He also noted that Pennsylvania has been one of the states hit hardest by the opioid addiction crisis.Related: How Do We Measure the Statistical Significance of Legal Cannabis?Research into the uses of medical marijuana is “something that’s very much need,” Harris said.Permit applications were sent to the state in March. The state is expected to grant permits within the next several months, with the businesses beginning operation by mid-2017.Follow dispensaries.com on Instagram to stay up to date on the latest cannabis news.  Image credit: Oliver Contreras | The Washington Post | Getty Images dispensaries.com Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community.last_img read more

Malaysia open to proposals to revive MH370 hunt

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Leader of failed MH370 wreckage hunt hopes to search again The Malaysia Airlines jet vanished in March 2014 with 239 people—mostly from China—on board, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.No sign of it was found in a 120,000-square kilometre (46,000-square mile) Indian Ocean search zone and the Australian-led hunt, the largest in aviation history, was suspended in January 2017.US exploration firm Ocean Infinity mounted a fresh hunt on a “no find, no fee basis” last year for several months, using hi-tech drones to scour the seabed, but did not locate the plane. Hundreds of people, including some of the relatives of those onboard, gathered at a Kuala Lumpur shopping mall Sunday to mark the anniversary of the jet’s disappearance. Only a few fragments of MH370 have been found, all of them on western Indian Ocean shores. Two of those pieces were put on display Sunday for the first time at the memorial. There is no new search planned, but Transport Minister Anthony Loke said at the event that the government was open to hearing proposals to resume the hunt.”If there are any credible leads and any specific proposals, especially from Ocean Infinity, we are more than willing to look at it,” he said. Jacquita Gonzales, whose husband Patrick Gomes was a crew member on the flight, said there was “no closure until the plane is found, until we exactly know what happened to the aircraft and our loved ones on board.”It gets tougher every year, because we are all expecting some answers.”In a long-awaited final report into the tragedy released in July last year, the official investigation team pointed to failings by air traffic control and said the course of the plane was changed manually. But they failed to come up with any firm conclusions, leaving families of those onboard angry and disappointed. Explore further Grace Subathirai Nathan, daughter of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 passenger Anne Daisy, shows debris believed to be from the ill-fated flight at a November 2018 press conference in Putrajayacenter_img Malaysia is open to restarting the hunt for Flight MH370 if firms come forward with credible leads and concrete proposals, the transport minister said Sunday, five years on from the plane’s disappearance. © 2019 AFP Citation: Malaysia open to proposals to revive MH370 hunt (2019, March 3) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-malaysia-revive-mh370.html Hundreds of people, including some of the relatives of those onboard, gathered at a Kuala Lumpur shopping mall Sunday to mark the anniversary of the jet’s disappearancelast_img read more

Tiny Fighting Worms Make One of the Loudest Sounds in the Ocean

first_img The 10 Strangest Animal Discoveries Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Better Bug Sprays?01:33 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65945-tiny-worms-emit-loud-noise.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35Your Recommended Playlist01:33Better Bug Sprays?04:24Sperm Whale Befriends Underwater Robot00:29Robot Jumps Like a Grasshopper, Rolls Like a Ball01:08Why Do French Fries Taste So Bad When They’re Cold?02:31Surgical Robotics00:29Video – Giggly Robot关闭 Tiny, feisty worms that live off the coast of Japan fight by headbutting each other — and they aren’t quiet about it. During these feuds, the worms emit one of the loudest sounds in the ocean, according to a new study. The source of the underwater hullabaloo is a nearly transparent segmented worm called the Leocratides kimuraorum, which lives inside sponges 279 to 554 feet (85 to 169 meters) deep off the coast of Japan. [The 12 Weirdest Animal Discoveries] These wigglies are just a tad more than an inch (29 millimeters) long and have lengthy tentacles and a big mouth (literally). These seemingly quiet creatures revealed their true nature under the spotlight in the lab. A group of researchers used an instrument called a hydrophone to record 15 pops that were emitted from three kimuraorums as they were fighting. In a marine feud researchers dub “mouth-fighting,” the worms approached each other headfirst with their mouths open. During such encounters, the worms’ pharynx muscles expand rapidly, creating a cavitation bubble that collapses and produces a loud “pop” while the worms launch into each other. The researchers found that these pops can reach 157 decibels in the water (which is a different measurement than decibels in the air). From right next to the water tank, the pops sounded like humans snapping their fingers, lead author Goto Ryutaro, an assitant professor at Kyoto University told Live Science. “Though they probably sound louder if you hear them in the water.” The worms are as loud as snapping shrimps, which are one of the biggest noisemakers in the ocean, the authors wrote. What’s more, they found that these worms did not make any noise when simply disturbed, they only did so when they were fighting. They “may use mouth-fighting to defend territory or living chambers from other worms,” the authors wrote July 8 in the journal Current Biology. “A loud pop may be a byproduct of the rapid mouth attack, but it may also aid intraspecific communication.” A loud noise could somehow determine the victor of the fight or even reveal the whereabouts of nearby worms, they wrote. Strange Love: 10 Animals with Truly Weird Courtship Rituals Originally published on Live Science. 13 Extremely Weird Animal Feetlast_img read more

Woman Dies After Being Impaled by Reusable Metal Straw

first_img Top 10 Craziest Environmental Ideas In Photos: World’s 10 Most Polluted Places Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedVikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoDr. Marty Nature's Feast Freeze-Dried RAW Cat FoodOne Meat That Could Be Harming Your CatDr. Marty Nature’s Feast Freeze-Dried RAW Cat FoodUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoGundry MD SupplementsTop Cardiologist: This One Thing Will Properly Flush Out Your BowelsGundry MD SupplementsUndoCity BeautyHow To: Lift Sagging Skin And Jowls (Do This)City BeautyUndo A woman in England died after falling onto a reusable metal straw, which pierced her head, and the tragic accident has renewed debate over bans on plastic straws, according to news reports. The woman, 60-year-old Elena Struthers-Gardner, was carrying a glass with a 10-inch-long stainless-steel straw when she fell and the straw impaled her eye, causing fatal brain injuries, according to the Daily Echo, a British newspaper. Struthers-Gardner had scoliosis, or a sideways curvature of the spine, which made her prone to falls. Struthers-Gardner died in November, and a coroner’s report on her death was released this week, according to The New York Times. The report called her death an accident.Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65925-metal-straw-death.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  Several U.S. cities and states have already banned plastic straws to reduce the plastic entering the environment, and a similar ban is set to take effect in England in April 2020, the Times reported. But the bans have sparked concern among people with disabilities and their advocates, who say the bans make straws unavailable for those with disabilities who rely on straws to drink, according to NPR. In addition, the rigidity of reusable metal straws may pose safety risks. “I just feel that in the hands of mobility-challenged people like Elena [Struthers-Gardner], or children, or even able-bodied people losing their footing, these [straws] are so long and very strong,” Mandy Struthers-Gardner, Elena’s wife, said in a statement, the Daily Echo reported. “Even if they don’t end a life, they can be very dangerous.” In 2016, Starbucks recalled 2.5 million stainless-steel straws due to reports of young children who experienced mouth lacerations from using the straws, according to U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Brendan Allen, the assistant coroner involved in Struthers-Gardner’s case, also warned about the potential dangers of metal straws. “Clearly, great care should be taken when using these metal straws. There is no give in them at all,” Allen said. He added that in this case, the metal straw may have been particularly hazardous because it was used with a lid that prevented the straw from moving. “It seems to me these metal straws should not be used with any form of lid that holds them in place,” Allen said. “It seems the main problem here is if the lid hadn’t been in place the straw would have moved away.” In Images: The Great Pacific Garbage Patchlast_img read more

Congress AAP alliance Delhi Congress leaves decision to Rahul Gandhi

first_imgPublished on SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT No alliance with Congress in Delhi: AAP SHARE RELATED VALUE FOR MONEYIs the Opposition shooting itself in the foot? Congress still mulling alliance with AAP March 25, 2019 political developmentcenter_img Elections 2019 alliances and coalition Stitching up alliances, a challenge for Congress File photo of Rahul Gandhi, President of Congress party   –  REUTERS Delhi Congress President Sheila Dikshit and other leaders of the unit on Monday discussed the possibility of an alliance with the AAP for the Lok Sabha elections in the city in a meeting with party chief Rahul Gandhi.The opinion remained divided on the issue and everyone in the meeting was unanimous that Gandhi should take a final call on it in the larger interest of the party, said a participant of the meeting.Sources said four former Delhi Congress presidents — Ajay Maken, Subhash Chopra, Tajdar Babar and Arvinder Singh Lovely — favoured an alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi.“AICC in-charge of Delhi Congress PC Chacko also handed over signed letters of 12 district Congress presidents, leaders of the party and councillors in three municipal corporation, in favour of the alliance to Gandhi,” they said.“Delhi Congress president Sheila Dikshit and three working presidents Devender Yadav, Rajesh Lilothia, and Haroon Yusuf maintained their stand against the alliance,” sources said.The AAP has been seeking an alliance with the Congress in Delhi but the grand old party has not made its stand clear on the possible tie-up. However, after getting no clear response from the Congress, the AAP declared its last candidate in Delhi for the Lok Sabha polls, with a senior leader saying the announcement was made seeing the Congress’ “irresponsible and indecisive” attitude towards the alliance.Delhi Chief Minister and AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal had also said internal surveys have indicated that the AAP is capable of winning all seven seats in Delhi on its own and it does not require an alliance with the Congress in Delhi. However, the Congress and the AAP last Tuesday made fresh efforts with the help of NCP chief Sharad Pawar to forge an alliance in Delhi for the polls.Sources said last week AAP made a fresh bid to forge an alliance with the Congress in Punjab, Haryana and Delhi, with the former demanding five seats in the national capital. However, shortly after the meeting Kejriwal said that the Congress has refused to form an alliance with the AAP in Delhi and the two parties are not in talks with each other. New Delhi COMMENTS AAP, Congress to resume dialogue on alliance?last_img read more