Top court declines to hear Quebec maple syrup case system allowed to

first_imgOTTAWA – The Supreme Court has refused to hear two appeals from opponents of Quebec’s maple syrup rules and allowed the system which controls production in the province to continue.Angele Grenier, a maple producer in Sainte-Clotilde-de-Beauce, says she has a “heavy heart” after hearing the high court’s decision.The defeat is bitter for the farmer, who has been fighting for years in court to sell her maple syrup to anyone she wants.She has accused Quebec’s maple syrup federation of being a “monopoly” that could result in Quebec losing its 70 per cent market share to Ontario, New Brunswick and the U.S.Paul Rouillard, acting director of the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers, says it will now push to have the critics work within the system.He says it is democratic institution that represents 7,300 maple syrup companies who vote on collective marketing decisions.last_img read more

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CIBC reports Q2 profit up from a year ago, provisions for credit losses up

The Canadian Press TORONTO — Canadian Imperial Bank Of Commerce has reported a second-quarter profit of $1.35 billion, up from $1.32 billion in the same quarter last year.The increase came as a decline in profit at the Toronto-based lender’s Canadian personal and small business banking business was offset by gains in other parts of the bank.CIBC says its overall profit amounted to $2.95 per diluted share for the quarter ended April 30, up from $2.89 per diluted share a year ago.Provision for credit losses was $255 million, up $43 million from the second quarter a year ago.On an adjusted basis, CIBC says it earned $2.97 per diluted share for the quarter, up from an adjusted profit of $2.95 per diluted share.Analysts had expected a profit of $2.99 per share for the quarter, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon. Companies in this story: (TSX:CM) read more

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Opposition says MRs army security fully withdrawn despite concerns

The former Minister said that some foreign Governments are taking revenge on Rajapaksa with the support of the current Sri Lankan Government and the withdrawal of the army security earlier given to Rajapaksa is the first step in that direction.Rambukwella also said that the Government is betraying the military by allowing UN officials to inspect military camps in the country. He said that protests were staged even overseas against the former President in an attempt to stop the defeat of the LTTE. Rambukwella said that the refused by Rajapaksa to agree to the wishes of the international community was seen as Sri Lanka making enemies with the West. The opposition says the army security of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been fully withdrawn despite concerns raised over the decision.Joint opposition member of Parliament Keheliya Rambukwella told reporters today that Rajapaksa was the only person who refused to give-in to pressure to stop the war against the LTTE. He said the decision to allow a UN team to visit the Navy base in Trincomalee recently was unacceptable.Rambukwella said that Rajapaksa is now gathering more and more support as a result of some of the actions of the Government and so his army security has been withdrawn. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Federal government should invest 33B into health care for seniors report

Federal government should invest $3.3B into health care for seniors: report by Nicole Thompson, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 20, 2015 10:11 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 21, 2015 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – A new report has put a price tag on aging in Canada.The Conference Board of Canada study, commissioned by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), says that it would cost the federal government $3.3 billion in the next year to implement three strategies to cope with the wave of aging baby boomers.In the next five years, the price would jump to $17.5 billion as boomers put an ever-increasing strain on the Canadian health-care system.“The reality (is) that it costs more to look after people who are aging,” said Dr. Cindy Forbes, president of the CMA. “There are at least three items that are doable and will make a difference to Canadians in the next budget cycle.”The first strategy recommends giving provinces and territories additional money for health care based on the age of their populations.That would require the federal government to boost funding to the Canada Health Transfer (CHT), the country’s largest handover of cash from the federal government to provinces and territories. Money sent through the CHT must be used for publicly provided health care.The money is currently provided solely based on population, which the report calls uncommon and impractical, because an elderly population has higher health-care costs.According to a recent study in the journal PLOS One, the average cost for care in a patient’s last year of life is $54,000.The Conference Board report says countries like Belgium, Germany and Switzerland all top up their health-care transfers based on age.Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said he’d renegotiate the terms of the CHT when it expires in 2017 so that increases would be tied to population and economic growth.Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said if elected, he’d negotiate the terms of an adjusted CHT with the provinces come 2017. Tom Mulcair, leader of the federal New Democrats, has said an NDP government would reverse Conservative cuts to provincial health transfers.The second potential reform laid out in the report is coverage of the entire cost of medications for all households that are currently spending at least $1,500 per year, or three per cent of their annual income on drugs.A July study by Angus Reid showed that 14 per cent of Canadians have neglected to fill a prescription due to cost.Mulcair recently suggested a similar strategy that would see the creation of a universal pharmacare program. He said that if elected, he’d contribute $2.6 billion to the project over the next four years.Forbes said she’s heartened to see pharmacare being discussed on the campaign trail.However, the Conference Board report says funding a national pharmacare plan would cost $8.4 billion over the next five years. In 2016 alone, it would cost $1.5 billion, more than half of Mulcair’s proposed four-year budget.The report also lays out the costs of making two key caregiver tax credits refundable.According to Statistics Canada, there are currently eight million “informal caregivers” in Canada — people who look after aging or ill loved ones without financial compensation.Those caregivers may be eligible for the non-refundable Canada Caregiver Tax Credit (CCTC) or Family Caregiver Tax Credit (FCTC), which offer a tax return on expenses incurred during the course of caring for a dependant.A refundable tax credit could reduce a tax bill to below zero, essentially refunding some of the money spent on caregiving. It would cost $90.8 million in 2016 to make the credits refundable.While the report doesn’t detail the cost of making the credits refundable past next year, the Conference Board’s Matthew Stewart said the price tag is only expected to grow by about one per cent each year, bringing the total cost to $500 million by 2020.Stewart, the associate director of national forecasting at the board, said it’s up to politicians to decide whether they’re willing to invest the money in these three strategies to cope with ballooning health-care costs as Canada’s population ages.“To me, the most interesting thing in this report is the cost of aging,” he said. “Rarely have we actually put that into dollar amounts.”— Follow @ColeyT on Twitter. read more

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John Deere and Hitachi celebrate 30 years as joint venture partners

first_imgJohn Deere and Hitachi Construction Machinery are proud to celebrate more than three decades of their longstanding joint venture, the Deere-Hitachi Construction Machinery Corporation. “Utilising united manufacturing facilities and integrated marketing and parts distribution, John Deere and Hitachi are providing more value to customers by producing high-quality products backed by a robust dealer network. Since the start of operations as a joint venture in 1988, Deere-Hitachi has manufactured over 55,000 hydraulic excavators for the North, Central and South American markets.”Since 2002, Hitachi sales, marketing and many product-support activities in the Americas, including for mining excavators and trucks, have been managed by the Construction & Forestry Division of John Deere. “Together we use common parts distribution, information systems and training and support programs, ultimately providing you with more value.”“The 30-year Deere-Hitachi partnership is unlike any other joint venture in the industry, and is a testament to the longstanding mutual respect and dedication of our teams,” said Jon Chase, President of Deere-Hitachi. “Combining the strength of Hitachi’s world-leading hydraulic excavator technology with the resources and might of the 180-year-old John Deere brand, the alliance produces excavators for the world’s best customers.”As a result of a relationship dating back to the 1960s, Hitachi Construction Machinery and Deere & Company collaborated to reach an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) supply agreement in 1983 for the manufacturing of construction excavators. Since then, three joint venture companies with respective manufacturing facilities were established: Deere-Hitachi Construction Machinery Corporation in Kernersville, NC in 1988; Deere-Hitachi Specialty Products (DHSP) in Langley, British Columbia, Canada in 1998; and Deere-Hitachi Máquinas de Construção do Brasil SA (DHB) in Indaiatuba, São Paulo, Brazil in 2011.The 1 million square foot Deere-Hitachi manufacturing facility in Kernersville, NC brings together the latest in technological innovation and a skilled workforce of over 800 employees to produce best-in-class 13 to 47 t excavator models. The state-of-the-art facility uses high quality materials, advanced welding robotics, CNC machining centers, plasma plate-cutting machines and cranes capable of transporting as much as 25 t. A lean manufacturing system combined with a thorough quality assurance process enables the facility to produce made-to-order machines with a quick time to market. Elsewhere in the Americas, the Canada and Brazil facilities specialise in producing equipment that meets regional customer needs.John Deere and Hitachi integrated marketing operations in 2002 in the Americas to streamline decision making and improve customer service, supporting construction and forestry equipment, as well as Hitachi’s mining equipment. To improve parts fill and respond to urgent customer needs, John Deere and Hitachi use a comprehensive parts distribution system via a network of regional parts depots. To better serve Latin American countries, John Deere and Hitachi recently opened a new 115,000 square foot regional parts distribution centre in Miami.John Deere and Hitachi are commemorating the anniversary on May 19, 2018 with an employee and parent company celebration day. Over 1,500 attendees including employees, family members and guests will participate in the event. As part of the celebration, the recently restored, first production excavator will be unveiled to the employees and guests.last_img read more

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Marée noire BP a fait disparaître le pétrole de la surface de

first_imgMarée noire : BP a fait disparaître le pétrole de la surface de l’eauGolfe du Mexique – Deux mois après le colmatage du puits de pétrole à l’origine de la marée noire, on constate qu’il n’y a plus aucune trace visible à la surface de l’eau ni sur les côtes. Des dispersants utilisés par la société britannique auraient fait couler le pétrole brut au fond de l’océan.Au large des côtes américaines, la marée noire semble à présent inexistante. Pourtant, selon une étude scientifique indépendante, pas moins de 800 millions de litres de pétrole se sont déversés dans l’océan entre avril et juillet 2010, après que la plateforme pétrolière BP ne sombre.”Où se trouve donc le pétrole ?” C’est la question que se sont posés Arnaud Muller et Thierry Vivier, auteurs d’un documentaire diffusé hier soir sur France 2. Au cours de leur enquête, les deux journalistes ont découvert que BP avait utilisé 7 millions de litres de dispersants dans l’océan pour empêcher le pétrole d’atteindre les côtes. La mauvaise publicité qu’a provoqué la diffusion des photos d’oiseaux mazoutés dans les médias aurait également poussé la compagnie à faire disparaître le pétrole de la surface. Il y a un véritable souci de “dissimuler l’image de pélicans à l’agonie” et de rendre la catastrophe invisible aux yeux du grand public.Dans les faits, des chercheurs américains indiquent que le produit a créé un nuage de pétrole de 300 kilomètres de long à 1 200 mètres de profondeur environ, localisé grâce à des sondes. Une véritable marée noire sous-marine. Pour se justifier, BP explique avoir agi dans l’urgence étant “dans l’inconnu”. À lire aussiMarée noire : un oléoduc déverse des litres de pétrole dans une rivière d’AmazonieCes dispersants étaient apparemment utilisés pour la première fois. Jamais testés auparavant, leurs conséquences, encore inconnues, sont redoutées sur le long terme par plusieurs scientifiques. Le produit, qui ressemble à du liquide vaisselle, pourrait provoquer une irritation de la peau et des yeux pour l’homme. On craint également les effets sur la faune sous-marine. Des analyses sont en cours sur les poissons. Malgré les risques, certains habitants ont quand même décidé de reprendre la pêche par nécessité sans attendre les premiers résultats.Le 22 octobre 2010 à 15:54 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Twitter Might Allow You to Edit Your Tweets in 2017

first_img How many times have you written out what you thought was a brilliant tweet, only to be forced to delete and repost it because you made a typo? It’s happened to me more times than I can count during the nine years I’ve been using the social media service, and I’ve never understood why there wasn’t an “edit” button, at least a temporary one, to keep me from making these embarrassing mistakes. Sure, I could just proofread better, but mistakes can and do happen.That’s why it’s such great news that Twitter, namely CEO Jack Dorsey, is interested in ways the company can improve the service or create new options for it in 2017. It seems many were concerned with bookmarks and safety and reporting options according to Recode, but the overwhelming replies came in the form of requests for an edit button.Dorsey claims that Twitter is considering all of those things, but asked a follow-up question to users who made it very clear that an edit button was at the top of their wish lists: “Is it more important to edit for spelling/corrections? 5-minute window to edit mistakes or do you need to be able to edit anytime?”The company is “thinking a lot about it,” including improved conversational threading, multiple timelines, and various other implements that will hopefully become a reality in the new year. An edit option takes the cake, since you can put limits on it if you don’t want users going back and changing what they said (though this shouldn’t matter since you can always delete the whole thing). It should have been available all along, and maybe finally we’ll have a crack at self-editing rather than having to mess up the entire flow of our tweets to fix a misspelled word. Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterTwitter Tests Subscribe-to-Replies Feature Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Simeone on MorataAtletico move I cant confirm or deny

first_imgAtletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone refused to confirm whether or not he’s interested in making a move for Alvaro MorataThe Spanish striker is being strongly linked with a return to La Liga in this month’s transfer window with Sevilla director of football Joaquin Caparros confirming their interest this week.Reports in Spain have suggested that Atletico have entered the race for Morata’s services, but Simeone refused to give anything away.“The only thing I’m thinking about is the upcoming match against Levante,” said Simeone, according to Fox Sports.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“I don’t speak about players that aren’t with us, only those that are.“I can’t confirm or deny anything because coaches wait to see what the club can do.“Some players want more minutes, some could be sold by the club, some could arrive. We need to wait until January 31.”Atletico drew 1-1 against Girona in the first leg of their Copa del Rey last-16 tie after Alexander Lozano cancelled out Antoine Griezmann’s early opener.last_img read more

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Hughton praises Manchester United under Solskjaer

first_imgAccording to the Brighton and Hove Albion manager, the Norwegian has had a very positive impact in the Red Devils this season.After sacking Jose Mourinho, Manchester United hired Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for the job.And the former Norwegian footballer has won six out of six matches played so far in different competitions.Now they will face Brighton and Hove Albion at Old Trafford on Saturday, and the Seagulls’ manager has praised his colleague.“I think the results speak for themselves. They have been able to win games and look like scoring and playing really well,” Brighton coach Chris Hughton told Sky Sports.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“Any manager coming in after Mourinho, I don’t think they could have expected any more from anybody that would have come in.”“The results and the performances indicate that,” he added.“I have watched their most recent games, and I was there at Tottenham [a 1-0 victory at Wembley] last weekend when I thought they were very good first half.”“They are playing a way that allows for the quality in their team, the speed in their side, they look like they can score goals,” he commented.“They are aggressive in the way they are pressing, so at this moment they are in a really good form which of course makes it a more difficult task for us.”last_img read more

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Target stores nationwide experience temporary system failures

first_img KUSI Newsroom Posted: June 15, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Customers had to wait in long lines at Target today after systems temporarily went down prohibiting people from making purchases the day before Father’s Day.The chain temporarily closed some of its stores as it worked to fix the problem and later took to twitter to confirm that its systems were up and running again in all the stores.After experiencing a data heist in 2013 that resulted in the breach of millions of customers’ accounts, the chain confirmed that the issue was an “internal technology issue” and not “a data breach or security-related issue.” Target stores nationwide experience temporary system failures KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter June 15, 2019last_img read more

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ENSTAR Warns Of Recent Phone Scam

first_imgAccording to ENSTAR, this is not in any way associated with ENSTAR Natural Gas. If you have questions about your account, you can call them directly at any of the numbers below: Hobson: “Our employees drive ENSTAR vehicles, they wear vests or clothing that have the ENSTAR logo. You can also ask somebody for their ENSTAR I.D. and certainly you can call our offices to confirm the employee’s identity.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享ENSTAR Natural Gas has received several reports of customers receiving a call from 907-334-7818. Caller ID indicates this is an ENSTAR number but the caller is selling insurance or senior benefits. You can call Customer Service at 907-277-5551 to confirm authenticity of anyone representing to be an ENSTAR employee.center_img Enstar’s Lindsay Hobson says the company never contacts customers this way: “If there is an issue with your account we will contact you either by mail or by hanging a door hanger on your door.” ANCHORAGE: 907-277-5551MAT-SU VALLEY: 907-376-7979KENAI PENINSULA: 907-262-9334TOLL FREE: 1-877-907-9767last_img read more

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Deepika Padukones bulging belly at Met Gala 2019 sparks pregnancy rumours Photo

first_imgEarlier last month too some rumours had made the rounds suggesting the Padmaavat actress was pregnant. She had then not only denied the buzz but also had expressed discontent at such speculations being made soon after an actress gets married.”It will happen when it has to happen. Motherhood trumps being married. That’s what I hear from people who have had children. Of course, it will happen at some point but no, I think it is unfair to put women through that, to put a couple through that. I guess the day we stop asking the questions is when we will bring about change,” she had told a publication.Meanwhile, Deepika impressed all with her quirky avatar at Met Gala 2019 red carpet. However, it was Priyanka who hogged maximum limelight with her extremely unusual appearance. She got both positive words for her look as well as trolling comments. Is Deepika Padukone pregnant?Priyanka Chopra Instagram screengrabPriyanka Chopra posted a picture on Instagram from Met Gala 2019 night party where Deepika Padukone can also be seen posing with others. While fans got excited to see the two actresses together, it is Deepika’s slightly bulging stomach that made many wonder if she is pregnant.The concerned photo shows Priyanka, her husband Nick Jonas and Deepika Padukone posing with some other ladies. She captioned it as,”Charlie and the Indian angels end the night… #metgala2019 [sic]”.The glamorous photo received scores of comments, where fans expressed excitement to see the two contemporary actresses gelling well. However, a lot of them noticed a little bulge in Deepika’s tummy, which appeared to them as “baby bump”.While a few of them just expressed curiosity to know if Deepika is expecting a child, some others seem to be convinced that the actress is pregnant. Well, only time will tell if the fans’ guess is correct or Deepika just gulped a little extra dose of food. Priyanka Chopra Instagram screengrablast_img read more

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Police Danish Inventor Admits To Dismembering Journalist Kim Wall

first_img Share Danish inventor Peter Madsen has admitted to dismembering journalist Kim Wall but denies killing her, according to police.Danish police say that inventor Peter Madsen has admitted to dismembering Swedish journalist Kim Wall, who was researching a story in August on board a submarine he built. He denies killing her and maintains that her death was an accident, authorities say.Madsen was alone when he was rescued from the sinking UC3 Nautilus, which police believe he sunk deliberately. As NPR’s Colin Dwyer has reported, he initially claimed that he dropped Wall off safely the same day they set out — then he changed his story, saying he “buried her at sea” after a heavy hatch fell on her head.Divers later found Wall’s severed head in Denmark’s Køge Bay. As NPR’s Amy Held reported, police said there were “no signs of fracture or blunt force trauma to the skull,” casting doubt on Madsen’s claims. The head was in a bag weighted down with metal, authorities said.Now, according to a Copenhagen police statement, Madsen has changed his story once again. He says that Wall died from carbon monoxide poisoning inside the submarine while he was sitting on the submarine’s deck.During an interrogation on Oct. 14, police say, Madsen said that after Wall died, he dismembered her body and threw the remains in the bay.“This explanation (by Madsen) naturally will lead the police into gathering additional statements from the coroner and the armed forces’ submarine experts,” Copenhagen police investigator Jens Møller Jensen said, according to an Associated Press translation.As The Two-Way has reported, “Madsen has been charged with manslaughter, the legal equivalent of murder in Denmark.” Police say they have added an additional charge — sexual assault without intercourse — in light of some 14 stab wounds in and around Wall’s genitals. Madsen denies the accusations.A headless female torso washed ashore on Aug. 21, police say, and was identified as Wall two days later using DNA evidence.At a previous hearing, prosecutors presented evidence of a hard drive with images of tortured and murdered women that they said was found in Madsen’s laboratory.Police said Monday that Madsen has voluntarily agreed to remain in custody through Nov. 15, which means there is no need to conduct a hearing tomorrow, as originally scheduled.Wall, who was 30 when she died, wrote prolifically from all over the world in publications such as The New York Times, Harper’s Magazine and The Atlantic.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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Telescoping nanotubes offer new option for nonvolatile memory

first_img Brewer Science, Nantero to commercialize carbon nanotube solution for nonvolatile memory As Kang and Jiang emphasize, getting the core nanotube to stay in contact with an electrode, even after removal of the electrical field, is vital for performance. This “bistability” requires balancing all the forces that act upon the sliding core nanotube, in an effort to obtain the correct collision time at a high speed. With platinum electrodes, the scientists’ simulation achieved switching times of around 10-11 seconds, and data erasing times of around 10-12 seconds—very competitive with top designs.“The demonstrated bi-stability, stable at two different telescoped positions, of this nanotube unit makes it feasible for the unit to behave as a switch, i.e., switching from one stable position to the other, and thus to serve as a non-volatile memory,” Jiang explained. Kang and Jiang’s research shows optimism for telescoping nanotubes, although the application is still in its early stages. For example, the scientists performed their simulations at the very low temperature of 1K, meaning further research must investigate the dynamics at room temperature.Overall, predictions vary widely in the field of next-generation nonvolatile memory technologies, especially regarding how long it will take for a fully mature and commercially viable type to accommodate a wide range of devices, and—in a more competitive spirit—exactly which technology(ies) that will be.“The prospects for the perceived revolutionary advancements have led to active research and development programs in many major corporations, such as Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Lucent, Motorola, Siemens, and Hitachi, etc.,” said Jiang. “It is likely that a functioning prototype of a molecular processor will be demonstrated in the next two to three years, but commercialization will face many challenges, such as the lack of infrastructure for mass production.”For more information on telescoping nanotubes, see Jiang’s Webpage: www.engr.ucr.edu/~qjiang/ . Citation: Kang, Jeong Won, and Jiang, Qing. “Electrostatically telescoping nanotube nonvolatile memory device.” Nanotechnology 18 (2007) 095705 (8pp).By Lisa Zyga, Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Although nonvolatile memories are common today—from cell phone cards to CDs to hard drives and flash disks—scientists envision a nonvolatile memory whose high speed and power would take the place of Random Access Memory (RAM). RAM’s high-speed currently makes it responsible for displaying applications and data while the computer is on, but it is a volatile memory, meaning all data is lost when the power is turned off. A next-generation nonvolatile memory would combine the speed of RAM and nonvolatility—enabling computers to boot up as fast as you can turn on the TV, as well as eliminating the need for secondary storage devices (such as external hard drives).“Research and development on molecular-scale memory and electronics, including data storage and computing devices, are extremely vibrant in the worldwide research communities,” scientist Qing Jiang told PhysOrg.com. “One of the widely perceived advantages is revolutionary advancements in density and speed, compared to the current silicon technology.”During the past few years, scientists have investigated the telescoping motion of nanotubes for nano applications, opening up the possibility for data storage. Now, Jiang and Jeong Won Kang have designed a device that could provide both nonvolatile RAM and terabit solid-state storage based on these telescoping nanotubes. The scientists also analyzed their design’s dynamic characteristics using molecular dynamics simulations to narrow down the best possible design.In the set-up, the movable core nanotube can slide inside a stationary nanotube by varying the electrostatic forces. This “telescope” lies between two electrodes, which are neutral when at rest. But by negatively charging one of the electrodes and positively charging the core nanotube, the nanotube can overcome the van der Waals force keeping the inner and outer nanotubes together, and move toward the oppositely charged electrode. Alternatively, by positively charging the other electrode and negatively charging the core nanotube, the nanotube would slide the other way. High damping would send the core nanotube back in the center.The contact between the core nanotube and an electrode creates a conduction pathway, and can be determined by measuring the resistance in this area, which marks a junction. With three possible positions (right electrode contact, left electrode contact, and no contact), the device could occupy three states, and therefore write one of three bits. In the midst of a widespread and potentially highly lucrative search for next-generation nonvolatile memory, scientists from the University of California have put to use an interesting characteristic of carbon nanotubes. When one hollow nanotube is inserted into a second (slightly larger) nanotube, scientists can achieve a rapid telescoping motion that can be applied to binary or triple digit memory for future molecular-scale computers. 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.center_img Citation: Telescoping nanotubes offer new option for nonvolatile memory (2007, February 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-02-telescoping-nanotubes-option-nonvolatile-memory.html Design of the telescoping carbon nanotube in three positions: (a) equilibrium, (b) inner nanotube in contact with right electrode, and (c) inner nanotube in contact with left electrode. An applied electrostatic force pulls the inner nanotube to the desired position. Credit: Jeong Won Kang, et al. Explore furtherlast_img read more

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CRESST team finds new evidence of dark matter

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — In the never ending search for proof that dark matter really exists, new findings have emerged from a team working under a big mountain in Italy. The group, from the Max Planck Institute in Germany, have pre-published a paper on arXiv, and have also given a talk at the Topics in Astroparticle and Underground Physics conference in Munich where they describe how their CRESST II detector has recorded 67 events which they say cannot be explained by anything other than Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPS), a type of dark matter. Dark matter is of course, at least theoretically, the stuff that holds everything in the universe together. WIMPS are thought to be a kind of dark matter that doesn’t interact much with normal matter such as the stuff that we call the Earth and everything on it. Thus, such WIMPS wouldn’t have any trouble passing through the mountain above the detector, which is comprised of bunches of tungsten held very near absolute zero. The idea being that if a WIMP were to strike the tungsten, a tiny bit of light would be given off that could be observed and recorded. Of course regular old run of the mill cosmic rays can pass through mountains as well and collide with tungsten too. But those kinds of strikes are easily discernable and thus can be discounted; hence the excitement of team and their findings.The team using the CRESST II detector isn’t the only game in town, and the problem is, some of them aren’t able to obtain the same results. Other’s looking to discredit the whole notion of dark matter such as the CoGeNT project going on in Minnesota, wound up finding evidence of the opposite, as did the DAMA/LIBRA team, which has been running experiments for the past 12 years. Unfortunately, other teams such as XENON and CDMS II haven’t been able to find any evidence of dark matter at all.In addition to recording the strikes on their tungsten detector, the team also recorded the amount of energy released when such collisions occur, which can be used to calculate the mass of the particle that did the striking. In this case, the team found that they weighed somewhere between 10 and 20 gigaelectronvolts, which is lighter than researchers have expected. This new bit of evidence helps boost the idea that dark matter really does exist, though it doesn’t go far enough to prove it. As is the usual case, more science will have to be done before anything definitive can be declared. Explore further Minnesota researcher’s findings on dark matter jibe with Italy’s DAMA/LIBRA claims 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: Results from 730 kg days of the CRESST-II Dark Matter Search, by G. Angloher et al., arXiv:1109.0702v1 [astro-ph.CO] arxiv.org/abs/1109.0702AbstractThe CRESST-II cryogenic Dark Matter search, aiming at detection of WIMPs via elastic scattering off nuclei in CaWO$_4$ crystals, completed 730 kg days of data taking in 2011. We present the data collected with eight detector modules, each with a two-channel readout; one for a phonon signal and the other for coincidently produced scintillation light. The former provides a precise measure of the energy deposited by an interaction, and the ratio of scintillation light to deposited energy can be used to discriminate different types of interacting particles and thus to distinguish possible signal events from the dominant backgrounds. Sixty-seven events are found in the acceptance region where a WIMP signal in the form of low energy nuclear recoils would be expected. We estimate background contributions to this observation from four sources: 1) “leakage” from the e/gamma-band 2) “leakage” from the alpha-particle band 3) neutrons and 4) Pb-206 recoils from Po-210 decay. Using a maximum likelihood analysis, we find, at a high statistical significance, that these sources alone are not sufficient to explain the data. The addition of a signal due to scattering of relatively light WIMPs could account for this discrepancy, and we determine the associated WIMP parameters.CRESST website: www.cresst.de/cresst.php One of the CRESST detector modules. When illuminated with ultraviolet light, the scintillating inner shield glows brightly. Image: CRESST Citation: CRESST team finds new ‘evidence’ of dark matter (2011, September 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-cresst-team-evidence-dark.html © 2011 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

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Two Good Friday quakes rock Costa Rica

first_img@zkdyer @TheTicoTimes I’m in the Caribbean side and the trembler was very soft. A lot of people don’t even felt it. pic.twitter.com/RdioFJsoLT— Manfred Arias (@arias_manfred) April 3, 2015 A series of earthquakes rocked the southern Costa Rican city of Pérez Zeledón and could be felt in the capital, San José, starting at 12:32 p.m., reported the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica, OVSICORI.The first quake had a magnitude of 4.8 with an epicenter some 10 kilometers from Pérez Zeledón. A magnitude-5.2 aftershock at 12:42 p.m. was followed by a magnitude-2.3 temblor at 12:50 p.m., according to initial reports from OVSICORI.The temblor was strong enough to drive some families out of their homes in Pérez Zeledón and crack the walls of homes in the beach town of Uvita, according to reports received by The Tico Times.Some beachgoers on the Caribbean even felt the quake. Related posts:String of 25 quakes rattles San José, Central Valley Strong magnitude-6.8 earthquake rocks Costa Rica’s southwest Magnitude 4.4-earthquake shakes Siquirres, Costa Rica Chile tsunami alert following massive quake likely won’t affect Costa Ricacenter_img The temblors shook the country as many Ticos hit the Pacific Coast’s beaches for the Holy Week vacation.This is a breaking story. Follow updates at ticotimes.net. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Approved Air NZ Virgin Blue alliance

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has authorized the alliance between Air New Zealand and Virgin Blue. Air New Zealand chief executive Rob Fyfe was happy about the newly established partnership. “I’m pleased that formal approval has been given recognising the benefits this will bring to our customers,” he said. Initial concerns regarding capacity growth were diminished after both airlines were able to meet the ACCC’s determination demands. “I would like to thank the ACCC for its thorough consideration of the issues and coming to a determination that favours customers and will see the Tasman market continue to grow,” Mr Fyfe said.Air New Zealand is still awaiting the final approval decision regarding its proposed alliance from the New Zealand Minister of Transport, expected in the next few days.last_img read more

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Obama adds NT to his Aussie experience

first_imgFirst Oprah and now President Obama is making his way to Australia’s Northern Territory for an overnight visit next month.Confirming his trip late last week, the White House told the Northern Territory Chief Minister Paul Henderson that the NT would be added to his itinerary down under.Mr Henderson stressed that the visit to Darwin was purely optional, unlike his expected visit to Canberra.“On behalf of all Territorians we welcome the news President Obama has added the Territory to his trip to Australia – ensuring he really will get an opportunity to see the real Australia,” Mr Henderson said.  “This is an historic visit and will be the first time any President of the US has made a visit to the Territory.“I look forward to announcing further details closer to the trip.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments   Share   – / 25 Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Overshadowed by the signing of first-round pick Jonathan Cooper, the Arizona Cardinals made another roster move Sunday that puts the team at the league maximum of 90 players.Looking for added insurance at tight end, the Cardinals claimed Mickey Shuler off waivers from the Buffalo Bills. Shuler, a seventh-round pick out Penn State in 2010, played six combined games his rookie season with the Minnesota Vikings, Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals. He recorded two catches for 44 yards. He spent 11 weeks on the Oakland Raiders practice squad in 2012 before being claimed by the Bills back in May. “Mickey is a talented guy,” said Cardinals general manager Steve Keim, who grew up in the same town as Shuler. “You all remember his dad Mickey Shuler from the Jets. He’s a guy who played at Penn State and is someone Director of Player Personnel Jason [Licht] and I evaluated years ago.“We’ve had concerns with the depth at that position and thought it would the right thing to do to claim him once he hit waivers.”Shuler joins a tight end corps that features Rob Housler, Jeff King, Jim Dray, 2013 seventh-round pick D.C. Jefferson and Kory Sperry.last_img read more

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