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Geology: Another Catastrophic Rethink


first_imgAmphitheater-shaped canyons are common throughout the West – and even on Mars.  Geologists had them pretty well figured out.  Water seeps out the bottom of a wall, weakening the face of a cliff.  Gradually, material collapses and leaves a large alcove that continues to recede headward.  That idea is now questioned by a new theory that says catastrophic flooding produces these canyons suddenly.    Space.com has a summary of a paper published in Science this week that re-evaluated a classic case, Box Canyon in Idaho.  The new theory is that sudden flooding, perhaps from melting ice sheets to the north, released a torrent of water that cut the canyon at one time.  The article estimated the complete canyon, cut into solid basalt, was eroded in 35 to 160 days at most.  The flood theory explains unusual features, like scour marks on the walls and large boulders sitting out in the middle of nowhere, that were difficult to explain with the old theory.    An idea of the size of this “megaflood” was given in the article.  Michael Lamb, geomorphologist at UC Berkeley, said, “Imagine forcing a quarter of the flow in the Mississippi through a chute 32 times as narrow and 1,000 times as steep as the Mississippi River channel.”  800 to 2,800 metric tons of water could have blasted through the channel at 22 miles per hour.    Space.com reported this article because of its implications for Mars research.  If megafloods also formed the amphitheater-shaped canyons on the red planet, perhaps calm water did not exist for long periods – a blow for those hoping life would have time to exist.Another old-age paradigm has had to shift under new investigation.  These kinds of canyons are very common in the arid southwest, like in the Grand Canyon.  Where did the water come from in the desert?  In the aftermath of a worldwide flood, such phenomena would be expected, but not in a place where geologists feel huge seas of Sahara-like sand ruled for millions of years.    Access Research Network also reported on this paradigm-shifting theory.(Visited 26 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


Google Glass: 5 Industries It Will Change Forever


first_imgRelated Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…  Lead image by ReadWrite. Other images courtesy Google. joe levycenter_img Tags:#Google Glass#Wearable Computing Guest author Joe Levy is CEO of clearCi, which helps companies collect, analyze manage and share intelligence.What was once only science fiction is now becoming a reality. Robots, touch screens and iPads could become passé as Google’s latest invention, Google Glass, begins to change the world forever.Google’s wearable technology – already available for developers and due out for consumers in 2014 – has a built-in camera, a specialized navigation system, message notifications, voice commands and much more. But most alarming to the business community is the introduction of new Glass applications designed to project visuals in the user’s line of sight. Putting new information directly in front of users as they go about their daily tasks is sure to disrupt a wide variety of industries in both obvious and subtle ways.(See also Google Glass: What Do You Want To Know About Google’s Internet Eyewear?)This is not the first time Google has changed the way companies do business. Google has already replaced the Yellow Pages, stand-alone GPS systems and traditional email applications, not to mention laptop computers as we know them.Although Google’s products often improve the way people live and work, they also pose threats to companies stuck in the status quo. Google Glass will be no different. Some industries will benefit from the device, while others will replaced and forgotten. So how will wearable technology like Google Glass affect your industry?1. YouTube EducationWhether it’s cooking, auto mechanics or beauty tips, Google Glass will make distance learning more fun, interactive and accessible. Anyone can be a teacher – just by recording what they do. Glass lessons could video stream how to braid hair, perform an oil change or bake an exotic cupcake. YouTube already has videos like this, and they’ve only increased since the introduction of camera phones. Step-by-step videos and tutorials created using Google Glass promise to dominate YouTube with point-of-view How-To videos on virtually everything under the sun.2. AviationImagine pilots using Google Glass to receive turn-by-turn directions to their destination or nearest airport. With Glass as the ultimate heads-up display, coordinates and descriptions of nearby landmarks would be visible at all times, without having to look down at the control panel. Pilots could also get weather information on their Glass screen instead of having to call for updates. Glass could combine screen displays with voice commands to share detailed instructions from air traffic controllers.3. HealthcareExperts believe augmented reality will have many uses in the medical field, especially during complicated surgery. Imagine if doctors and nurses could prepare for incoming patients as they get ready for emergency surgery by receiving live video streams with instructions from paramedics heading to the ER. They could also get additional information on screen without looking away from what they’re doing.In addition, healthcare professionals could instantly locate and read patients’ medical records or test results with Google Glass. The device may even improve the way medicine is taught by allowing instructors to stream and share live procedures to residents and students from anywhere around the world.4. Law Enforcement/Armed ForcesGoogle Glass could make law enforcement professionals feel like they’re in a futuristic thriller. Officers could document suspicious or criminal activity in progress and potentially use the video footage as evidence – not only on suspects, but to monitor potential police misconduct. Calling for additional back-up would be seamless, potentially speeding response times and saving lives.Police and military academies could use Google Glass to demonstrate dangerous procedures, such as disarming a bomb. Streaming Glass video could help bomb disposal technicians get expert help in real time when facing unfamiliar threats. A company called Golden-I has already created a similar headset for police officers that handles facial recognition, scans license plates and monitors vital signs.5. Competitive IntelligenceCompetitive intelligence practices could also become more insightful and ubiquitous. With Google Glass, professionals can record videos about everything they see and experience in a competitor’s store – including products, promotions and customer service practices – without attracting special attention. Google Glass could be used to obtain primary intelligence about focus groups, tradeshow booths and even secret investigations.Similarly, consumers could record and share videos on social media about what they consume, what products and brands they choose and their real-world shopping experiences. This is first-hand customer intelligence – free of charge to everyone.(See also How Retailers Fight Back Against Shoppers Who Use Them As Showrooms.)There’s no doubt Google Glass will give consumers and professionals unprecedented new power in many fields, and if it catches on, the implications will spread far and wide. Companies in its path will have to adapt or find themselves at grave risk.Will Google Glass or other wearable technology affect your company? Share your thoughts in the comments.See also:Why Google Glass Is Far More Important Than Any Smartwatch5 Socially Unacceptable Things You’re Going To Do With Google Glass10 Compelling Ways People Plan To Use Google Glass Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more


Nova Scotia election roundup


first_imgHALIFAX – (Liberals-Health)Nova Scotia’s Liberal Party is promising to ensure Nova Scotians have better access to highly trained medical specialists.The party’s candidate for Sydney-Whitney Pier says a Liberal government would invest in recruiting and retaining specialists to reduce surgical wait times.Derek Mombourquette says the Liberals will invest $13.5 million over three years to expand the specialist residency program.He says the Liberals would also add 15 new positions to Dalhousie Medical School, with five positions located in Cape Breton.(The Canadian Press)—(NDP-Health)An NDP candidate in the Sydney area says the Liberal election campaign platform offers nothing for Cape Breton.Sydney-Whitney Pier candidate Madonna Doucette says the Liberal platform fails to invest in what matters most to families, seniors and children in Cape Breton.She says many people in the area don’t have a family doctor due to a lack of spending on primary health care.Doucette says an NDP government would invest at least $17 million in the doctor shortage in Cape Breton.(The Canadian Press)—(Tories-Carbon)Nova Scotia’s Progressive Conservatives are calling on the Liberals and NDP to explain their plans for a provincial carbon tax.The Tories say a cap-and-trade system would burden Nova Scotia families and businesses by making the price of everything from gasoline to home heating fuel more expensive.They say voters should know the plan of each party before heading to the polls on May 30.The Tories say they would not impose a carbon tax in any form on the province.(The Canadian Press)—(NSElxn-Debate)An accountant, a United Church minister and a former Annapolis Valley businessman will square off tonight in a televised leaders debate less than two weeks before Nova Scotians head to the polls.The leaders of Nova Scotia’s top political parties will have 90 minutes to make their pitch on the province’s future.Liberal Premier Stephen McNeil, Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie and NDP Leader Gary Burrill will dole out stump speeches and trade barbs on issues including labour relations, education, health and the economy.The CBC debate could be decisive in determining the province’s next premier.(The Canadian Press)—(N.S. Election Roundup by The Canadian Press)last_img read more


Petition tries to push NWT government to reopen Elders residence


first_imgCharlotte Morritt-JacobsAPTN NewsSharon Lafferty watched both of her elderly parents leave their home to access medical support services.Neither wanted to go, but with the closure of the Elder’s facility in Denı́nu Kų́ę́ – Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, remaining in the isolated community became unmanageable.“I think if we cared for them in our community they would not get lonesome. They would have more of their traditional foods, visitors, support from their own caregivers as oppose to having to meet everyone and make new friends,” Lafferty said.When Lafferty’s mother suffered a stroke she was medevaced to Stanton Territorial Hospital in Yellowknife, where she received care for over a year.Her husband was left behind.“At that age separating her from my Dad affected his health. He was a diabetic and he stopped caring for his health. He was so lonesome caring for my mum,” Lafferty said.Her 87-year-old father also moved to the next community over in Hay River, but it wasn’t smooth sailing.“When he was at medical appointments, they (health practitioners) were wondering why he wasn’t talking. He has to have a boogie board where he writes things down to talk to him and then he will verbally talk back, but they didn’t know he was deaf.“There was no communication between facilities,” she said.The Elder’s Facility closed a decade ago due to funding cuts from the Territorial government.It sits partially occupied by government offices.Across the road, Mavis Klause, Sharon’s cousin packs up her house.Medical travel has become unbearable for the 71-year-old.“I have never seen the same doctor twice in five years. You don’t go see a doctor because you want to. The nurse will tell you when to see the doctor,” Klause said.(Sharon Lafferty, middle, sitting with her cousins. On the right is Mavis Klause)She said she has waited over two years to see a foot specialist for her diabetes.More accessible healthcare was not the only reason in her decision to move.Klause also cited fear of crime as another motivator and said that her doors must be locked because of a nearby bootlegger.Two doors down Howard Beaulieu has a similar story.Lafferty introduced us to him and acted as an interpreter.Beaulieu lives alone and has limited mobility after suffering a stroke some years ago.“When Howard wanted to raise his concerns over the crime around his house. I went over and told the personal support workers. I was told he would have to call housing and then they would have to call the RCMP.,” Lafferty said.Howard expressed his frustration over having to contact different agencies over the phone with his limited speech.“If something were to happen how could he communicate this to the RCMP going through a Yellowknife detachment and them not being able to understand his English because of his paralysis. You have to know him for a while to understand his English,” Lafferty said.In the old Elder’s facility residents were able to press a button to access either a secretary or security.When Beaulieu hit his head two weeks ago, he said there was no one to call over the weekend.“Ten days later he says his head is still sore. I am wondering when they brought him to the nursing station, did the nurse tell his personal support worker to follow up if he had soreness or dizziness,” Lafferty said.In the fall of 2018, a petition prompted by the Band Office circulated in the community.It called on the NWT Health Minister to reopen the Elder’s Facility and received over 100 signatures.The local MLA read the petition in the Legislative Assembly, but there has been no public discussion since.APTN News, contacted the NWT’s Health and Social Services Authority but were unable to receive an interview in time for this article.Lafferty, Klause and Bealieu all signed the petition, but whether or not any of them will live in the community long enough to see a positive change remains unknown.cmorrittjacobs@aptn.ca@aptncharlottelast_img read more


People on the Move 012508


first_imgThe Atlantic’s Justin Smith has been promoted to president of Atlantic Media. Previously, Smith served as president of the company’s consumer media division. He will now also oversee the National Journal and Government Executive groups.Randy Siegel was named president of local digital strategy for Conde Nast parent Advance Publications. Previously, Siegel served as president of Parade Publications, publisher of Parade magazine.The McGraw-Hill Companies appointed Terri D. Austin vice president of diversity and inclusion, to be responsible for implementing a company-wide diversity strategy. Most recently, Austin served as chief diversity officer for AIG. Time Inc.’s Fortune named Robert Festino design director. Previously, Festino served as art director at Bon Appétit and art director at ESPN the Magazine.Sacramento, California-based e.Republic promoted Marina Leight to the newly-created position of vice president for strategic initiatives, working closely with recently acquired Governing magazine. Previously, Leight served as vice president of education for e.Republic’s Converge platform and the Center for Digital Education.New York Magazine named Claude Brodesser-Anker West Coast editor of NYMag.com’s Vulture blog. Brodesser-Anker has written about media and entertainment for Variety, Wired and TMZ. Kristen Schultz Dollard was named digital director for Conde Nast’s Self.com. Most recently, Dollard served as digital editorial director for Rodale International.Hearst named Kassie Means associate publisher of Country Living magazine. Most recently, Means served as vice president and associate publisher at Cooking Light. Her appointment is effective February 1.Philadelphia Inquirer executive online editor Chris Krewson was named editor of Variety.com. Krewson replaces Dana Harris, who will serve as editor of Variety’s paid information product, the company said.The Reader’s Digest Association appointed Piper Goodspeed Eastern account manager at Taste of Home. Most recently, Goodspeed served as executive director of food and beverage at Self magazine.Time Inc. named Jennifer Mirsky was named managing editor of realsimple.com. Mirsky recently served as editor-in-chief of women’s lifestyle at Meredith Interactive.Former Time Inc. and Conde Nast regional director Andrew Davis was named executive vice president of sales and marketing at b-to-b media company NetWorld Alliance. Davis also served as the founding publisher of Modern Luxury’s The Atlantan and Atlantan Brides.last_img read more


Google looks to outside experts to guide work on controversial AI issues


first_img Read Google Home Hub review Share your voice 0 Sarah Tew/CNET Chris Monroe/CNET Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Read the AirPods review $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $520 at HP Google,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) See at Turo Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Comments $155 at Google Express Getty Images Google on Tuesday said it’s established an external advisory council to guide its development of artificial intelligence. The Advanced Technology External Advisory Council (ATEAC) will advise the company on topics like facial recognition and fairness in machine learning. Last year in a blog post, Google CEO Sundar Pichai shared Google’s AI Principles, a series of ethical guidelines on the development and use of AI. The ATEAC is designed to “complement the internal governance structure and processes that help us implement the principles,” Kent Walker, Google’s senior vice president of global affairs, said in a post. He also discussed the council’s establishment at MIT Technology Review’s EmTech Digital conference in San Francisco.Members of the inaugural council include Alessandro Acquisti, a behavioral economist and privacy researcher; De Kai, a natural language processing researcher; and Dyan Gibbens, CEO of Trumbull, a startup that works in automation.Those members will serve on the council through 2019, and will hold four meetings beginning next month. Google plans to publish a report summarizing those conversations. “We hope this effort will inform both our own work and the broader technology sector,” Walker wrote. “In addition to consulting with the experts on ATEAC, we’ll continue to exchange ideas and gather feedback from partners and organizations around the world.” Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Tags Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Read DJI Osmo Action preview Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $210 at Best Buy Amazon JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Post a comment Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Apple iPhone XS HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $60 at Best Buy Sprint Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Angela Lang/CNET Tech Industry Boost Mobilecenter_img Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Best Buy Share your voice 7 Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Sarah Tew/CNET TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $299 at Amazon See at Amazon $59 at eBay The Cheapskate $999 $999 DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. See It See It $999 See it Rylo Sarah Tew/CNET $6 at Tidal Read the Rylo camera preview What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Sarah Tew/CNET Turo Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Tags I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. $999 Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. See Itlast_img read more


Supportive spouses boost wellbeing


first_imgPeople with supportive spouses may experience more personal growth, happiness, psychological well-being, and better relationships, a study suggests. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in the US found that people with supportive spouses were more likely to take on potentially rewarding challenges. “We found support for the idea that the choices people make at these specific decision points — such as pursuing a work opportunity or seeking out new friends — matter a lot for their long-term well-being,” said Brooke Feeney, lead author of the study published in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe researchers brought 163 married couples into the lab and gave one member of each couple a choice: either solve a simple puzzle, or they were given an opportunity to compete for a prize by giving a speech. They then recorded the couples’ interactions as they decided whether to take on the challenge.Participants with more encouraging partners were substantially more likely to decide to compete for the prize, while those with partners who discouraged them or expressed a lack of confidence more often chose the simple puzzle.last_img read more


Tracing the changing face of Indian contemporary art


first_imgFusing together some of the finest works from well established artists, the art exhibition at All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society aims to serve the audience a visual bonanza. Titled Genesis-18, the art show will be held from June 1-7. Genesis-18 is an exposition by 34 artists in a manner that traces a timeline of developments in style, themes and schools of what has emerged today as Indian contemporary art.The striking feature of the works of the participating artists is the manner in which they straddle diverse cultures whilst still voicing the present context of Indian social, cultural and political life. The canvases provide an introspective and sometimes uneasy glimpse into modern India, yet are collectively global in their presentation. This exhibition is a recognition of and respect for the influential antecedents of this genre of art. Clearly, the map has changed as these works demonstrate figurative and abstract, impatient yet unhurried, ancient spirituality fused with modern culture.It is amazing to discern the similarity in the direction of thoughts of all artists, coming from diverse milieus and diverse backgrounds.last_img read more