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  • Most actively traded companies on the TSX

    Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,576.10, down 10.42 points).Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Down 44 cents, or 15.07 per cent, to $2.48 on 75.8 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Energy. Down 23 cents, or 2.26 per cent, to $9.93 on 6.9 million shares.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Energy. Unchanged at $51.05 on 6.2 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financials. Up seven cents, or 0.29 per cent, to $24.45 on 5.5 million shares.Crescent Point Energy Corp. (TSX:CPG). Energy. Down eight cents, or 1.44 per cent, to $5.48 on 4.9 million shares.Stornoway Diamond Corp. (TSX:SWY). Materials. Down one cent, or 14.29 per cent, to six cents on 4.8 million shares.Companies reporting:Bombardier Inc. — Bombardier Inc. cut its revenue and profit forecast for 2019, citing production problems at its train-making unit, triggering a plunge in the company’s shares Thursday morning as analysts questioned the company’s credibility. The company, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, said it now expects full-year revenues to be approximately US$17 billion, roughly $1 billion lower than originally anticipated. Most of the shortfall stems from the transportation unit, where revenue is expected to be about $750 million — or 11 per cent — lower due to “slower production ramp-up on certain large projects” as well as unfavourable currency impact, Bombardier said.Cogeco Communications Inc. (TSX:CCA). Down $1.15 to $88.04. Cogeco Communications says the head of its main U.S. subsidiary, Atlantic Broadband, is leaving after a brief transition to pursue unspecified personal interests. Richard Shea has held senior positions at Atlantic Broadband since its creation in 2003 and has been its president and chief executive officer since 2015. Atlantic Broadband was acquired by Cogeco in 2012 as the Montreal-based cable, internet and communications company’s entry into the United States.Air Canada (TSX:AC). Up 61 cents or 1.9 per cent to $32.06. Air Canada says it is removing its grounded Boeing 737 Max jets from service until at least Aug. 1 in order to provide more certainty for passengers with summer travel plans. Canada’s largest airline, which had previously scrubbed the planes from schedules until July 1, says it has taken several steps to adjust since Transport Canada banned the 737 Max from Canadian airspace as part of an international response to the fatal March 10 crash of an Ethiopian Airlines plane. Chief commercial officer Lucie Guillemette says the company has “protected 96 per cent of planned flying” through measures that include consolidating flights on larger planes and extending leases on aircraft planned to exit the fleet.The Canadian Press read more

  • Melbourne books its place in UN cultural network of cities

    29 August 2008Melbourne has been declared a City of Literature by the United Nations cultural agency, joining a global network of cities set up to promote their cultural, social and economic development in fields ranging from gastronomy to music to folk art. The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced today that Melbourne had been selected as the twelfth member of the Creative Cities Network, which was founded in 2004, in recognition of its rich literary culture and history and its pool of creative talent.The announcement coincides with the staging of the current edition of the annual Melbourne Writers Festival, which finishes on Sunday.“Melbourne demonstrates the important role literature plays in the overall development of the city, through various multilingual editorial initiatives, the active development of related industries and the quality of educational programmes and public events reaching out to different audiences, reflecting the cultural diversity of local communities,” UNESCO said in its evaluation of the city’s bid to join the network.The Creative Cities Network aims to give member cities a platform to present their cultural assets an opportunity to exchange and explore the know-how, information and experience of other cities, especially in maintaining and preserving cultural heritage. It encourages public-private partnerships to foster cultural development.UNESCO said Melbourne is home to Australia’s publishing sector and to a third of all of the country’s writers, noting that the Booker Prize-winning author Peter Carey had also given his support to the city’s bid.Melbourne is now the second City of Literature in the Creative Cities Network, following Edinburgh’s earlier selection. Berlin, Buenos Aires and Montreal have been designated as Cities of Design and Bologna, Seville and Glasgow as Cities of Music. The Colombian city of Popayán was selected for its gastronomy, Lyon for its digital media and the United States city of Santa Fé and Egypt’s Aswan for their crafts and folk art. read more

  • Top UN official in Kosovo and Yugoslav President agree on further cooperation

    Hans Haekkerup, head of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), and President Vojislav Kostunica both said the talks, which lasted for one hour, had been constructive. According to UNMIK, President Kostunica agreed to urge the Kosovo Serbs to participate in finalizing the legal framework for provisional self-government for Kosovo, and to take part in elections to be held later this year. Legal experts from Belgrade would assist Kosovo Serbs in finalizing the framework.Mr. Haekkerup said he had agreed to use his best efforts to determine the fate of 3,000 missing persons in Kosovo, 1,300 of whom were Serbs. As part of that task, he raised the possibility of doing DNA testing on the approximately 600 still-unidentified remains.On the question of the divided city of Mitrovica, it was agreed that UNMIK would work with the Yugoslav Committee for Cooperation to ensure improved security for the area’s Serbs.Discussions also touched on the subject of Serb returns. UNMIK said that while such returns were possible, “it would still be a matter of enclaves rather than free and open return and resettlement.” read more

  • Research In Motion shares fall despite better than expected earnings report

    Research In Motion shares fall despite better than expected earnings report by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 21, 2012 4:30 pm MDT TORONTO – Shares in Research In Motion plunged more than 20 per cent Friday as analysts raised concerns about less revenue from the lucrative service fees charged by the company to use its secure network.BMO Capital Markets analyst Tim Long said changes to the company’s service revenue model — outlined Thursday — add more risk for RIM, which is preparing for the launch of its next generation of smartphones and operating system next month.“We have long viewed the recurring service revenues as the key value driver for the stock,” Long wrote in a note to clients.“With subscribers declining, and the potential for a faster drop in average revenue per user, service revenues could fall even faster. That said, the stock will be most dependent on the launch on new BB10 devices, and we believe it is too early to make a call on — success or failure.”The stock closed down $3.09 or 22 per cent at $10.86 Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange on very heavy volume of more than 15.5 million shares, making it easily the most active issue on the TSX.The drop in the stock came despite better than expected financial results by the company in its report after the close of markets on Thursday.However, it was the plan for the service fees that attracted the most attention.RIM (TSX:RIM) wants to launch an a la carte menu of services under which both enterprise customers and casual smartphone users can pick their packages.“The company had previously alluded to potential changes, but the issue is moving more to the forefront now,” Long wrote in his report.“We found the details lacking for such a significant announcement. We believe the service model for the consumer segment is more at risk than for enterprise.”RIM reported Thursday a third-quarter profit of $9 million, or two cents per share on $2.73 billion in revenue, compared with a profit of $265 million or 51 cents per share on $5.17 billion in revenue a year ago.On an adjusted basis for the quarter, RIM said it lost $114 million or 22 cents per diluted share, coming in notably better than analyst expectations of a quarterly loss of 32 cents per adjusted share on revenue of $2.6 billion.However, despite the concerns about the service revenue, CIBC analyst Todd Coupland recommended investors continue to buy RIM shares ahead of the launch of BlackBerry 10 on Jan. 30.“RIM is prepped, cashed up and ready for its Jan. 30 launch with over 150 carriers testing BB10 for final certification,” he said.“We restate our thesis that it remains unclear whether BB10 will help RIM win back material share from Android and iOS. Regardless of market share upside, it is our view RIM is now in a good position to successfully stabilize its base.”During the quarter, the company shipped 6.9 million BlackBerry smartphones and 255,000 BlackBerry PlayBook tablets, however the company’s subscriber base slipped by 1 million to 79 million from the previous quarter.In its outlook, RIM said it expected continued pressure on operating results in its fourth quarter and warned the timing of the BlackBerry 10 release could hurt sales of its current models as customers wait for the new devices.RIM also said it expected to significantly increase its marketing spending in the fourth quarter and report an operating loss.The results came as Nokia Corp. said Friday that it has signed a new license agreement with RIM that will end all existing patent litigation between the two struggling companies.Terms of the deal were confidential, but Nokia said the agreement includes a “one-time payment and on-going payments, all from RIM to Nokia.”The Finnish company sued the Blackberry maker last month for breach of contract in Britain, the United States and Canada over cellular patents they agreed on in 2003.In recent weeks, RIM shares have traded higher since hitting their lowest level in about a decade in September.The launch of BlackBerry 10 is widely seen as RIM’s chance to regain at least some of its mojo in a sector that it pioneered and once dominated.However, the company has an uphill battle as it has already seen its market share in North America get gobbled up by alternatives including the latest version of the iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy S3. read more

  • Syria UN envoy urges action to avert mass hunger in eastern Aleppo

    UN Senior Advisor, Jan Egeland. UN Photo/Luca Solari “None of the four elements are conditional on the others,” he said.“Having heard back from the [humanitarian] taskforce today, we are hopeful that both sides will, since the situation is so horrendous as it is, grant us the opportunity to both come with supplies into east Aleppo, and evacuate wounded and others out of east Aleppo,” he said.The International Syria Support Group (ISSG) has established the respective taskforces on humanitarian aid delivery and a wider ceasefire. They have been meeting separately since early this year on a way forward in the crisis. Russia and the United States are the co-chairs of the taskforces and the ISSG, which also comprises the UN, the Arab League, the European Union and 16 other countries.“I do not think anybody wants a quarter of a million people to be starving in east Aleppo,” he said. “I do believe we will be able to avert mass hunger this winter.” There are also hardships in western Aleppo, which can still be reached with aid, he said, warning that civilians there are dying every single week from the continued fighting. Mr. Egeland also noted that the situation has not gotten better in the other besieged areas.As for Madaya, Zabadani, Foah and Kafraya under the ‘Four Towns Agreement,’ all relief into these areas and medical evacuations out have been paralyzed because of the “conditioning” between Iran and Ahrar al-Sham.“I have not seen a place where there has been so much politicization, manipulation of aid, as we have seen in Syria in recent months. It has to stop,” he said. “The fifth war winter is starting in Syria. There is no doubt it will be the worst in this cruel war, and I fear it will be a real killer in too many places,” Jan Egeland, Special Advisor to the UN Special Envoy for Syria, told reporters in Geneva.“Some of the areas are freezing cold, horrible conditions, and people will be in need of digging themselves down in the ground in extreme cases,” he said, explaining that humanitarian convoys are being blocked physically or administratively from reaching them, or they cannot depart because of crossfire or insecurity.He said that the last time eastern Aleppo was reached with significant humanitarian supplies was the beginning of July and reports imply that the last food rations are being distributed now. “There will not be more to distribute next week,” he said.Mr. Egeland said that the UN put forward a humanitarian initiative last week, which has been translated into Arabic and presented to the negotiating parties, including Russia, the Syrian Government and the armed opposition groups.He said that the initiative calls for four actions to save the people in eastern Aleppo: distribution of medical supplies to the medical facilities; medical evacuations for the estimated 300 or so patients, together with their families; delivery of food and other urgent humanitarian relief supplies; and dispatch of more personnel to provide medical relief. read more

  • Super Mario 64 hack adds 130 new stars to collect

    first_img Super Mario 64 may be 20 years old but that doesn’t mean that this classic can’t get a new lease on life. An ambitious new mod called Super Mario 64: Last Impact has just been released that contains so much additional content that it practically makes Mario 64 an entirely new game. We’ve seen our fair share of user-created mods over the years but this one is easily one of the very best out there.What modder Kaz Emanuar has created is nothing short of inspired. He has added 130 new stars, 12 power-ups, areas, enemies, and bosses to the original Mario 64. As you can see from the trailer, Mario uses abilities and power-ups from a variety of other games in the series. In some ways, this can be seen as a Super Mario Bros. greatest hits. Despite all of these disparate elements, the game doesn’t feel like it was haphazardly put together. It is clear to see that everything in this mod is deliberate.The attention to detail in Super Mario 64: Last Impact is downright astounding. This project took over 4,000 hours to complete and Kaze has been uploading videos on his progress for the last year. It is possible that he has been working on Last Impact for longer than that, however. To be fair, Nintendo does a great job of releasing new high-quality Super Mario games so there hasn’t exactly been an outcry by fans for the series to return to its roots. This project was created more as an act of love rather than to fulfill a need that the original developer has failed to deliver.If you want to try out Super Mario 64: Last Impact for yourself, you can do so by following this link. There is even a handy tutorial for the game that you can watch in the video below. Stay on target Super Mario 64 First Person Mod is a Thing of Pure HorrorSuper Mario 64 is Now Playable Online Thanks to Modders last_img read more

  • Lakewood man struck killed on Interstate 5 near Ridgefield

    first_imgA Lakewood man was killed early Monday on Interstate 5 near Ridgefield when he ran into the path of a semitractor-trailer, according to the Washington State Patrol.Brian N. Wambaa, 25, was pronounced dead at the scene following the 1:45 a.m. collision in the northbound lanes of I-5 near Milepost 10, according to a WSP bulletin.The bulletin said Michelle A. Straight, 46, of Sandy, Ore., was driving a 2006 Freightliner pulling a single trailer north on the freeway when a man ran from the east shoulder into her path.Straight took evasive action but couldn’t avoid hitting the man, the bulletin said.last_img read more

  • Smalling is proud of Uniteds FA Cup history

    first_imgManchester United is the second most successful team in the FA Cup, having won the tournament 12 times, just one less than Arsenal.In FA Cup history, Manchester United are the second-most-successful team of the tournament.They have lifted the trophy in 12 occasions, one less than Arsenal who have 13.And for Red Devils footballer Chris Smalling, this is something to be proud of.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“We won it [the FA Cup] back in 2016 and reached the final last year – and of course we won the Europa League and the Carabao Cup as well, so that’s at least one cup final in each of the last three seasons,” said Smalling to the club’s official website.“I think, in general, we stand ourselves in very good positions when we go up against teams over 90 minutes in cup ties.”“I think that experience we’ve had over the last few years in all of the cup competitions is very useful and tees us up nicely for another crack at the FA Cup this year,” he commented.“I think it just brings pure excitement for you. No matter what happened the previous year – whether you won the cup or whether it brought you disappointment – it’s like a fresh start all over again and you’ve no idea who you’re going to get in the draw. That’s what makes it so exciting.”last_img read more

  • Jorginho and his mothers role

    first_imgThe Chelsea midfielder had the chance to go to Manchester City in the summer, but his mother helped him decideBrazilian midfielder Jorginho played with Napoli from 2014 to the summer of last year.And before leaving the Italian Lega Serie A club, the player had the chance to sign for either Chelsea or Manchester City in the English Premier League.But at the end, he decided for Chelsea, thanks to his mother.“A lot of things happen and then, of course, it comes down to preferences,” he was quoted by The Independent.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“I’m really happy with my choice to be here at Chelsea…what’s happened has happened and I’m happy to be there now.”“My mum was a big influence in me coming here. Every decision, I speak to my mum and this one was the same. My mum has always been by my side for every decision I take,” he added.“I think it is easier for me because I know how he works and I know what he wants from me on the pitch. It has made me coming here easier.”“I think he has already changed a lot. You can see that on the pitch, we’ve improved but there is still room for improvement. We need to keep going, keep improving but keep our feet on the ground and who knows, hopefully, we’ll be able to win something.”last_img read more

  • Clark County YMCA ready to grow

    first_imgConstruction will begin this spring on the Clark County Family YMCA’s remodel, which was partially paid for by a state economic stimulus plan, the organization’s executive director said Monday.A new six-lane swimming pool, an elevated indoor track, children’s locker rooms, a teen center and more space for child supervision services are just some of the new features the facility will boast after construction concludes next year. The remodel is expected to boost employment equal to adding 25 full-time construction jobs; once the remodel is complete, the YMCA can hire the equivalent of 7.5 full-time employees.When the original building was constructed in 2000, facility officials didn’t include all they wanted to because of funding constraints. It had a kidney-shaped pool, but it did not have a pool designed specifically for lap swimming.“When we were originally built, we wanted to have a lap pool,” said Eddie White, executive director of the Clark County Family YMCA. He added that the remodel will “fill in some of the gaps that we have in service right now.”Construction on a new back patio will begin in April, construction on the new pool will follow one to two months later, and the gym remodel and indoor track construction will start in July, White said.last_img read more

  • Dry June gives fire season a jump

    first_imgA drier-than-usual June has helped give wildfire season a fast start in Washington, according to regional fire officials.In the Columbia River Gorge alone, the U.S. Forest Service has tallied 13 wildfires so far, said Loretta Duke, assistant fire management officer for the forest service. The first of those was reported May 26 — less than a month ago.“Our numbers are up this time of year,” Duke said.Most of the fires were relatively small, contained within a few days. One of those, the Dog Falls fire, burned slightly more than 5 acres and temporarily closed two popular trails about 50 miles east of Vancouver earlier this month.But there’s potential for more, with the season about a month ahead of normal on the east side of the Gorge, Duke said. In other words, fire conditions there look like they typically would in late July.The west side, however, looks closer to average, Duke said.The month of June plays a big role in setting the tone for any fire season, said Albert Kassel, a resource protection manager for the state Department of Natural Resources. Rainfall early in the season can help stave off extreme conditions in July and August, which typically bring very little precipitation to the Northwest.So far this month, DNR has already responded to a couple of fires in Western Washington that were large for this time of year, Kassel said.last_img read more

  • Student arrested after edibles found in her possession at Miami school

    first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A student faced a judge on Tuesday after she was arrested for having edibles in her backpack at a Miami school.According to officials, 18-year-old Kimberly Mitchell had cereal bars with THC oil in her possession at Miami Edison Senior High School, located at Northwest 62nd Street and Sixth Avenue.The cereal bars tested positive in a reagent kit and Mitchell was taken into custody.A Miami-Dade County Public School official released a statement that said, “According to the principal, the student who was arrested is a good kid who hasn’t been in trouble in the past. As far as we know, transactions didn’t happen on campus, but nevertheless, the student will be disciplined according to the code of student conduct.”She was originally held on a $7,500 bond but was then ordered to house arrest but can still attend school.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

  • Sun Pharmas Dilip Sanghvi to Invest 290 Mn in Tulsi Tantis Suzlon

    first_imgDilip Sanghvi is picking up a 23% stake in wind turbine manufacturer Suzlon Energy Ltd for about $290 million. A sum of ₹1,800 crore would be channelled into debt ridden Suzlon, through Dilip Sanghvi Family and Associates (DSA) with 1 billion new shares of Suzlon being issued by way of preferential allotment, reported PTI A view of power generating wind turbines at Suzlon wind farm in Surajbari village, about 275 km (171 miles) west of the western Indian city of AhmedabadReutersSuzlon and Sanghvi’s investment firm will co-develop a 450 megawatt wind farm, said the company statement.Suzlon’s TroublesSuzlon, led by Tulsi Tanti has been saddled with severe debt as its plans and investments ran aground in the face of the 2007-09 global recession, which saw investments in alternative energy fall, leading to a depressed wind turbine market.Suzlon had to restructure its outstanding debt of $1.8 billion, after defaulting on $200 million convertible bond redemption in 2012.Suzlon has seen its liquidity dry up, which the current investment would revive. The Tanti-led company has said it would use the funds to tap into business opportunities in India and in other major global markets.In January, Suzlon sold its German unit Senvion SE to Centerbridge Partners, a buyout firm, for a sum of $1 billion in an all-cash deal, as it tries to pare its Rupee debts.Dilip SanghviSanghvi is India’s second richest firm, who’s Sun Pharma recently acquired Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited in an all-stock deal worth $3.2 billion. The combined entity is currently the largest pharmaceutical organisation in India.Suzlon shares have risen by 15% on the back of media reports indicating Sanghvi’s interest in the company, though at a personal capacity. Suzlon shares closed Friday at 19.10, down by 0.10 or 0.52%.Indian Alternative Energy MarketWith the renewed focus on India gaining a significant part of its energy through renewable sources, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ programme, Tanti’s wind energy would find more takers, as the business climate improves and the cost of funds go down.Sanghvi could also use the wind power generated to run his plants on a captive basis.last_img read more

  • Patanjali food park to come up in Nagpur may create 10000 jobs

    first_imgThe FMCG company Patanjali Mega food and Herbal Park will be establishing a food park in Mihan Nagpur, Maharashtra.The foundation stone for the FMCG company Park in Mihan (Nagpur) was laid by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devandra Fadnavis and Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Saturday. The production units of the company will provide employment to over 10,000 youths.Farmers in the surrounding areas will be given soft loans for producing various agricultural products, Press Trust of Indiareported.The food park, which will house the production units of the company, is spread across 230 acres, and will bring prosperity to farmers of the region, Baba Ramdev’s associate, Acharya Balkrishna told PTI.The FMCG company is founded by yoga guru Baba Ramdev.In his speech, the transport minister had said that all the products of the Patanjali group will be provided an international market —due to the connectivity that Nagpur offers. According to the Maharashtra CM, Patanjali had emerged as the sole entity when global bids were invited for setting up the food park. Patanjali has acquired the land for a price of Rs. 25 lakh per acre. The Maharashtra Airport Development Company (MADC) had reportedly floated two global tenders in May and July this year, but it failed to get any bidder.In the third round, the company received the bid from Patanjali.last_img read more

  • Farzana Islam made JU VC again

    first_imgProfessor Farzana IslamProfessor Farzana Islam has been reappointed for the second time as the vice chancellor of Jahangirnagar University (JU) for four years, reports UNB.The education ministry issued a gazette on Sunday in this regard.It said that the chancellor of the university, president Abdul Hamid appointed her for four years according to Jahangirnagar University 1973 act under the section 11(1).JU VC Farzana Islam told UNB that president Abdul Hamid also the chancellor of JU and education minister Nurul Islam Nahid congratulated her over phone.On 2 March 2014, professor Farzana was made the first female vice chancellor of the country, and now she is reappointed 17 days prior to the expiry of her tenure.Farzana was born in Bhedorganj upazila of Shariatpur district in 1957, did her post-graduation in sociology from Dhaka University in 1980 and joined Chittagong University as a lecturer of the sociology department in 1982.In 1986, she joined the anthropology department of Jahangirnagar University.last_img read more

  • Researchers find a way to stabilize the magnetic moment of a single

    first_img © 2013 More information: Stabilizing the magnetic moment of single holmium atoms by symmetry, Nature 503, 242–246 (14 November 2013) DOI: 10.1038/nature12759AbstractSingle magnetic atoms, and assemblies of such atoms, on non-magnetic surfaces have recently attracted attention owing to their potential use in high-density magnetic data storage and as a platform for quantum computing. A fundamental problem resulting from their quantum mechanical nature is that the localized magnetic moments of these atoms are easily destabilized by interactions with electrons, nuclear spins and lattice vibrations of the substrate. Even when large magnetic fields are applied to stabilize the magnetic moment, the observed lifetimes remain rather short (less than a microsecond). Several routes for stabilizing the magnetic moment against fluctuations have been suggested, such as using thin insulating layers between the magnetic atom and the substrate to suppress the interactions with the substrate’s conduction electrons, or coupling several magnetic moments together to reduce their quantum mechanical fluctuations7, 8. Here we show that the magnetic moments of single holmium atoms on a highly conductive metallic substrate can reach lifetimes of the order of minutes. The necessary decoupling from the thermal bath of electrons, nuclear spins and lattice vibrations is achieved by a remarkable combination of several symmetries intrinsic to the system: time reversal symmetry, the internal symmetries of the total angular momentum and the point symmetry of the local environment of the magnetic atom. Two teams use cold atoms and lasers to create a system that should exhibit Hofstadter’s butterfly Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. ( —A team of physicists working at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany, has developed a way to cause the magnetic moments of individual holmium atoms placed on a conductive metallic base to survive for several minutes. The team describes their procedure in their paper published in the journal Nature.center_img Scientists have been studying single magnetic atoms and groups of them (when placed on non-magnetic surfaces) to learn whether they might be used for very high density storage devices or perhaps even as a part of a quantum computer. In order to use them in such ways, though, scientists must first figure out a way to prevent the destabilization that results from interactions with stray photons or electrons. In this new effort, the team in Germany has found a way to get a group of one type of magnetic atom to remain stabilized for up to several minutes—several orders of magnitude longer than previous results by other researchers. To obtain that result, the researchers isolated single holmium atoms in a near absolute zero environment and then placed them on a platinum substrate.Scientists believe magnetic atoms may provide the benefits they seek due to their quantum nature. It should be possible, theory suggests, to store information using the spin magnetic moment of an atom. By adjusting the spin state (as either down or up) a single bit of information can be stored, so long as it can be held in that state long enough for processing. Thus far, attempts to create a system that does so have been thwarted by destabilizations that occur when photons or stray electrons enter the system causing a change to the spin, and nullifying the information that was held. Improvements have been found by reducing the temperature to near absolute zero, but until now, researchers have only been able to hold the spin state steady for a few milliseconds—not nearly long enough for processing purposes.To get the system to hold steady longer, the team in Germany came up with a specific symmetrical way to arrange the atoms as they were placed on the substrate which caused the holmium atoms to be invisible to stray electrons. That reduced the destabilization enough to allow the spin state to be held steady for approximately 10 minutes—more than enough time to perform processing tasks. Journal information: Nature Three-dimensional topographic STM image of single Ho atoms adsorbed on Pt(111) at 4.4 K. Credit: Nature 503, 242–246 (14 November 2013) doi:10.1038/nature12759 Citation: Researchers find a way to stabilize the magnetic moment of a single holmium atom (2013, November 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more

  • New evidence suggests Scottish crannogs thousands of years older than thought

    first_imgCredit: Antiquity (2019). DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2019.41 A pair of archaeologists, one with the University of Reading, the other the University of Southampton, has found evidence that suggests some crannogs in Scotland were built during the Neolithic period, several thousand years ago. The researchers, Duncan Garrow and Fraser Sturt, have written a paper about their findings published in Antiquity. © 2019 Science X Network Citation: New evidence suggests Scottish crannogs thousands of years older than thought (2019, June 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further Crannogs are very small artificial islands built in rivers, lakes and streams in Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Most are no bigger than 10 to 30 meters in diameter. Researchers believe they were used as dwellings of some sort, likely accessible by footbridges. No one knows their purpose, though theories abound. Some of the crannogs have even been restored to what is believed to be their original architecture, with thatched roof coverings. Until recently, researchers believed that most, if not all of the Scottish crannogs were built during the Iron Age, though there had been little study of their origin. In this new effort, the researchers report finding evidence that suggests that at least some of the crannogs in Scotland are much older than has been thought—thousands of years older.Garrow and Sturt report that back in 2011, Chris Murray, a former Royal Navy diver, was exploring the water around a crannog on Scotland’s Outer Hebrides. He came across some ceramic on the water bed that appeared interesting. He brought samples to the local conservation officer at a nearby museum. Together, the two of them explored underwater areas near several other local crannogs and found more of the ceramic pieces. Eventually, the findings by the two amateur sleuths made their way to Garrow and Sturt, who undertook a formal study of both the crannogs and the ceramic pieces that the divers had found. They carried out radiocarbon dating on material found on the ceramic pieces and on wood pieces that were assumed to have been used on the crannog near them. They report that dating showed the crannogs to have been in use from 3640 to 3360 BC, placing their construction in the Neolithic period. More information: Duncan Garrow et al. Neolithic crannogs: rethinking settlement, monumentality and deposition in the Outer Hebrides and beyond, Antiquity (2019). DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2019.41 Journal information: Antiquity 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. New study of Avebury monument suggests it started out as a single-family home Aerial photographic comparison of the six islet sites known to have produced Neolithic material (all shown at the same scale): 1) Arnish; 2) Bhorgastail; 3) Eilean Domhnuill; 4) Lochan Duna (Ranish); 5) Loch an Dunain (Carloway); 6) Langabhat (images © of Getmapping PLC). Credit: Antiquity (2019). DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2019.41last_img read more

  • Lost Native American Metropolis Discovered in Kansas

    first_imgIn 1601, a conquistador by the name of Juan de Oñate was leading an expedition of 200 soldiers into uncharted territories of what is today the state of Kansas. Along with the soldiers and canons, the group was accompanied by a number of priests as well as adventurers who were attracted by the expedition’s final goal ― the legendary city of Quivira, whose streets were allegedly paved with gold.Before Oñate chose to venture into the Great Plains, two other conquistadors ― Antonio Gutiérrez de Humana and Francisco Leyva de Bonilla ― already lost their lives there in 1594, while embarking on a similar quest.Juan de Oñate, first Governor of New Spain. Photo by A d v a n c e d Source P r o d u c t i o n s CC BY 2.0But Oñate’s thirst for fame and riches, as well as an appetite for terror, led him and his posse deep into the unknown where he indeed discovered a large settlement, but it wasn’t exactly what he expected.More than 400 years later, archaeologists from the Wichita State University flocked around a site which they believe was the place where Oñate found his Quivira, or Etzanoa, as it was known to the Native Americans.Oñate’s 1605 “signature graffiti” on Inscription Rock, in El Morro National Monument.Located in southern Kansas, at the confluence of the Walnut and the Arkansas rivers, it has been known for decades as a place of historical findings. Since 1959, both archaeologists and locals have discovered various artifacts belonging to the Wichita people.Literally tons of objects belonging to an ancient civilization were collected after a road construction in 1994. Many of the objects are kept in private property, as it became common to find shards of pottery or pieces of arrowheads.Trade beads found at a Wichita village site, c. 1740, collection of the Oklahoma History Center. Photo by Uyvsdi CC BY-SA 3.0However, never before was the connection made between these traces of settlement with the almost mythical city of Etzanoa ― discovered by Oñate’s expedition in 1601.The research was conducted under the supervision of Donald Blakeslee, a veteran archaeologist who became intrigued with finding the lost city in 2013, after new translations of various accounts of Spanish colonialists serving under Oñate during the Etzanoa expedition were made by scholars from UC Berkeley.Protohistoric Wichita points found at Etzanoa. Photo by Donald BlakesleeTogether with the National Park Service, Blakeslee scanned the area with a magnetometer, enabling him to determine the variations in the earth’s magnetic field and locate remains of houses, cellars, and fireplaces belonging to a once vibrant settlement.Not far from the settlement’s location, in what is today a suburb of Arkansas City, traces of battle were also found, including three Spanish cannonballs, a horseshoe, and a number of other objects.Protohistoric Wichita stone knives were recovered from the site by the Kansas State Historical Society. Photo by Donald BlakesleeLet’s head back to the year 1601 and the fate of Juan de Oñate’s expedition, to further unravel the story which led to this amazing discovery.After his vanguard came with reports that a large settlement lay ahead of them, the conquistador must have rubbed his hands in delight ― it was the chance to amass gold, and to convert the natives into Christianity, gaining favor from the Spanish Crown in return.According to his scouts’ reports the city seemed as though it stretched for miles. Large beehive-shaped houses with thatched roofs and fields of corn, squash, and beans overtook the horizon. Their estimate was that there must have been more than 20,000 people living there.A sketch of a Wichita Indian village in the 19th century. The beehive shaped grass-thatched houses surrounded by corn fields are characteristic and appear similar to those described by Coronado in 1541.After they were approached by a friendly delegation bringing offerings, the Spanish took the welcoming committee as hostages, as they needed leverage while possibly facing with an entire city in battle.As a response, Wichita warriors, who were calling for a fight with the invaders, put on their battle paint. Spanish soldiers named them Rayados ― due to tattoos and paint they wore on their faces and bodies.Esadowa (or Isadowa) was chief of the Wichita village adjacent to the Comanche camp attacked by Van Dorn in 1858. In 1861, Esadowa led his people north to Kansas, then in 1865 brought them back to Indian Territory.Even though at one moment it looked as though they were going to face an army eager to fight, only a handful of people were found in the city as the conquistadors marched into it. The inhabitants of Etzanoa, perhaps familiar with the stories of vicious invaders and their firepower, decided it was safer to just evacuate the entire city for a while than to battle the treacherous Spaniards.So when the conquistadors entered the city, it was already empty. They wandered the city for several days in their search for gold, counting more than 2,000 houses, all of which were big enough for 10 people.Adam Ziegler holds an iron ball that he found with a metal detector. The ball, which was part of a cartridge load for a cannon, was the first piece of evidence that suggested the archaeologist had located the battlefield where the Spanish fought the Native Americans. Photo by Donald BlakesleeOnce they decided to leave, however, they were met with a horde of 1,500 warriors belonging to the Escanxaques tribe, which rivaled the Wichita. Apparently they were on a warpath, but instead of fighting their historical enemies, they ended up battling a small detachment of Spaniards who attempted to break through using cannons and muskets.By sheer luck alone, the conquistadors managed to withdraw from the battlefield, suffering heavy casualties.Afterward, the accounts of their mishaps have often been discarded as exaggerated ramblings of adventurers who sought glory or support from the Spanish Crown. Modern historians dismissed the notion of a settlement of such scale, in part because of yet another expedition, this time under French leadership, that ventured into the same area around 100 years later, only to find what looked to them like untouched nature.Strange Ancient Places Around the worldIt is most likely that the settlement was abandoned and left to waste due to some sort of disease epidemic, which was the most common reason for the extinction of many other Native American cultures.Thanks to Blakeslee and his team, a real breakthrough is happening, as Etzanoa is estimated to be the second-largest ancient settlement in the United States, the first one being Cahokia in Illinois.Researchers conducting a surface survey mark the locations of stone flakes, points, and tools with brightly colored flags. Photo by Donald BlakesleeThe discovery is also reshaping the way that the history of Great Plains tribes is perceived. It was mostly believed that the tribes inhabiting North America lived in rural settlements or as nomads, as opposed to the vast cities of the Mayans and Incas in the south. However, the unearthing of Etzanoa goes to show that large urban areas existed and thrived as trade centers of civilizations long gone.According to Jay Warren, an Arkansas City council member, plans are already put in motion to turn the site into a tourist attraction. In an interview he gave to the Kansas City Star in 2017, Warren said:Read another story from us: Investors pay over $1 million for California ghost town with a dark past“We’re not talking about putting together a one-day wonder. We’re looking at creating something that could be great for the region, and for 50 years and more down the road. We’re talking with (Unified School District) 470 about how it could enhance education. And we think the site could also be a hands-on field training facility for archaeologists from all over the world.”Nikola Budanovic is a freelance journalist who has worked for various media outlets such as Vice, War History Online, The Vintage News, and Taste of Cinema. His main areas of interest are history, particularly military history, literature and film.last_img read more

  • Kubtec Launches New Website For Digital Imaging and Irradiation Products

    first_img Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 20, 2017 Kubtec Launches New Website For Digital Imaging and Irradiation Products Website designed to simplify the search process for customers Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Related Content News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more July 20, 2017 — Kubtec announced the launch a new website focused on the applications of digital X-ray imaging and irradiation for research, industrial testing and forensic is a one-stop location for the company’s digital imaging, analysis and irradiator product lines that provide solutions for its customers across multiple scientific sectors. In addition the company offers analysis packages for bone mineral density and is the only provider of 3-D tomosynthesis for individual specimens, according to Kubtec.Kubtec CEO Vikram Butani said the company created the website to simplify the search process for its customers.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 25, 2019 Samsung Announces New iQuia Premium Digital Radiography Platform Samsung has announced iQuia, a new digital radiography (DR) platform of premium products and technologies that improves… read more last_img read more