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Raiders activate DT Justin Ellis from injured reserve list

ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Oakland Raiders have activated defensive tackle Justin Ellis off the injured reserve list.The Raiders waived offensive lineman Denver Kirkland on Saturday to make room on the roster. Oakland hosts Kansas City on Sunday.Ellis injured his foot in the season opener against the Rams. He has played 60 games in his career with 134 tackles.The Raiders also downgraded receiver Martavis Bryant from questionable to doubtful for Sunday’s game because of a knee injury.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLThe Associated Press read more

Gold dealers will now need permit from EPA before being certified

-Gold Board temporarily halts purchase of sponge goldGeneral Manager of the Guyana Gold Board, Eondrene Thompson, showing Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman, the new burning room“We said to the gold dealers that they will now be required to have an environmental permit issued by the EPA [Environmental Protection Agency] on a yearly basis if they are going to be licenced by the gold board to be dealers.”Those were the words of Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman on Friday as he visited the Guyana Gold Board’s (GGB) new facility located at Crown Street.Moreover, the GGB has announced it will not be purchasing sponge gold until it completes testing of new mercury control equipment.General Manager, Eondrene Thompson, told Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman the GGB had published this decision in the media.“We’re only purchasing smelted gold because the system is not fully tested and they are still working on that,” Thompson explained. The Gold Board has procured a new mercury control equipment that will break down mercury emission during the burning process.The equipment, which is valued in excess of $18M, is being installed by ACTLABS. General Manager, Kevin Gomez, explained the equipment has a three-tiered system that breaks down mercury emission.The mercury will first pass through a condensation unit, then scrubbed through another system before being cooled and passed through an activated carbon checkpoint. It will finally be released into the atmosphere, Gomez explained.He assured, any mercury that is released after processing would be way below the admissible level of 50,000 nanograms. The new facility has met approval by a Pan American Health Organisation / World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO) team which had assessed the Brickdam complex.In April, the GGB had to cease burning gold at the Brickdam complex following health and safety concerns.Minister Trotman said his ministry will continue to work with miners who use mercury in their operations. The government is also exploring issuing permits to dealers burning gold.According to a DPI release, the government is working to reduce the dependence on mercury in gold mining. The Ministry of Natural Resources in celebration with Conservation International Guyana, World Wildlife Fund and the United Nations are working with miners to find a more viable alternative to mercury.Gold Board Chairman Gabriel Lall, said the Board will overcompensate to ensure burning practices are safe and healthy for the surrounding environment and those using the facility. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGov’t to “review and assess number of licensed gold dealers”December 1, 2015In “Business”Govt hikes processing fee for gold declarationsJuly 18, 2017In “Mining”653,754 ounces of gold declared in 2017January 23, 2018In “latest news” read more

NASA extends life on International Space Station for another four years

first_imgThe International Space Station, backdropped by the Earth [Image: Nasa]THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE Station will operate for an additional four years, or until 2024, the US space agency confirmed today.“I think this is a tremendous announcement for us here in the space station world,” said William Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate.Further details about the decision are expected from the White House and NASA administrator Charles Bolden later today.The orbiting outpost has been operational for 15 years, and was expected to remain open to global collaborators until 2020.A total of 16 countries participate in the space station.It maintains a rotating crew of six astronauts from the United States, Russia, Europe and Japan.The ongoing mission of the space station was thrust back into the public consciousness last year as a result of Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield’s entertaining Tweets and stunning photos from on board the vessel.Hadfield also became the first person to shoot a music video in space — recording his own version of David Bowie’s seminal ‘Space Oddity’ with new lyrics.(Youtube: Chris Hadfield)- © AFP, 2014Additional reporting, Daragh BrophyRead Did you see the fireball that broke up over Ireland last Friday evening?Read Here are the crazy military robots Google bought this weeklast_img read more

Through their eyes

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Through Their Eyes is a photographic journey by seven third generation Greek Australian children ranging from 7 to 15 years old, that will be launched next Sunday at the Sturt Street Community Gallery in Adelaide. The Vrynian community was formed by post-war Greek migrants to South Australia, from the town of Vryna in Elias, Peloponnese. Giving a camera to these seven young photographers resulted in 41 photographs of naïve yet intrinsic beauty. The photos show a love of nature, water and life itself from the novice photographers who love freedom of expression. Through Their Eyes will launch Sunday 10 November at 1.00 pm at the Sturt Street Community Gallery.last_img read more

Best N64 Games

first_imgStar Fox 64Star Fox made its debut on the Super Nintendo and was one of the few (if only) games on the system to use polygonal graphics. As great as the game was, the Nintendo 64 provided a platform for the series to reach its true potential as one of the best N64 games. Star Fox 64 was primarily a space-based shooter but it also had some levels where players drove vehicles or piloted submarines. Some see this as the pinnacle of on-rail shooters. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of TimeWhat is there left to be said? When Nintendo took The Legend of Zelda into the third dimension they not only created one of the best N64 games but one of the best games of all. Games are still studying this master class in how to construct an epic action adventure. Paper MarioThe second Mario game to be given the RPG treatment was a pure delight when it was released. Paper Mario made use of its 2D aesthetics like few others and utilized the art style well for gameplay. Some have considered this title to be easy, but it can also be seen as a great introduction to RPGs. Though very different from a typical SMB game, Paper Mario is one of the best N64 games and still retains the charm that the main franchise is known for. Conker’s Bad Fur DayAnyone who bought this thinking it would be another cute Nintendo mascot game was in for quite a shock. Though Conker’s Bad Fur Day is an excellent platforming game at its core, it became infamous for being one of the most depraved and outlandish games of its time. Few games would dare feature a boss made out of feces, but Conker’s wasn’t afraid to go there. The fact that the game is still offensive today secures its spot on this list of best N64 games. Doom 64Like most Nintendo consoles, the best N64 games largely catered to a younger demographic. There were a few mature titles on the system though, and one of the standouts was Doom 64. Back then, this was the most graphically impressive version of Doom on the market, featuring bigger and more detailed sprites, a crisper soundtrack, and actual 3D graphics. It even introduced more of a horror-vibe to the series. Something that Doom 3 would fully embrace years later on PC. GoldenEye 007Forget Halo. If you want to talk about which game made the FPS genre popular on consoles, then you have to pick GoldenEye 007. Though it had a single player campaign that was loosely related to the plot of the film, the real heart of this title came from its multiplayer mode. GoldenEye didn’t invent couch co-op, but it popularized it like few titles before it. Many FPS games have tried but failed to capture the magic that is this gem of a title, one of the absolute best N64 games. Though it feels like less time has passed, it has been 20 years since the launch of the Nintendo 64. This revolutionary system, along with the Sony PlayStation and Sega Saturn, helped usher in the era of 3D polygonal games. Besides being a technical marvel, the N64 had some of the greatest games of its generation and helped shaped the gaming landscape we know today. To celebrate this important anniversary, we’re taking a look at the best N64 games.Banjo-KazooieIn some ways, Banjo Kazooie was a better version of Mario 64. It featured larger, more detailed environments, as well as more complex gameplay mechanics. Though the story was silly and somewhat nonsensical, the endearing cast of characters more than made up for it. Let’s not forget how Banjo-Kazooie actually made searching for collectibles fun and an essential part of the game. Rare’s heyday was during the N64 era and the first Banjo game was among the best N64 games in their library. Super Mario Bros. 64For many, Super Mario 64 was their introduction to 3D gaming. Previous Mario games gave players a lot to explore, but not in the way that Mario 64 did. It is no understatement to say that all 3D platformers and open world games owe much to this title. While the actual game itself is extremely satisfying and one of the best Mario experiences ever created, its historical significance has gone beyond the core game, arguably the very best N64 game. F-Zero XF-Zero X wasn’t the prettiest looking game on the N64, but its fast-paced gameplay and enjoyable gameplay modes make it a favorite among fans and one of the best N64 games. One of the most impressive things about the game was how it was able to have 30 cars on screen while running at a consistent 60 frames per second. Multiplayer mode, where players had to to eliminate each other until one emerged victorious, make this a standout title as well. Stay on target Donkey Kong 64Like a lot of games on this list, Donkey Kong 64 was basically a 3D version of what came before. That doesn’t take away from it being one of the best N64 games, though. The most notable thing about DK64 was how it was one of three games on the N64 that required the Expansion Pak. The extra 4MB of space allowed for a much larger and more detailed world for players to explore. Let’s not forget to mention the DK Rap, which is probably the greatest feature of this game. Star Wars: Shadows of EmpireStar Wars media wasn’t as abundant in the mid 90’s as it is now, so you can imagine how Shadows of the Empire — a game that took place between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi — was received by fans. Many who only experienced the universe through the original trilogy of movies were blown away when they played a game that let them be an active participant in the Star Wars universe. Before the prequel trilogy came around to ruin the franchise, Shadows of the Empire was the best thing going for Star Wars and one of the best N64 games. Turok: Dinosaur HunterOne of the better comic book-based video games of the 90’s was Turok: Dinosaur Hunter. At the time, FPS games were still coming into their own, and Turok stood out since its primary enemies were dinosaurs (there were robots too… because video games). Given how popular dinosaurs were at the time thanks to Jurassic Park — not to mention Turok’s comic book fan base — this one was an instant hit and one of the best N64 games. Perfect DarkThis was the spiritual follow up to GoldenEye 007. In some ways, it is superior to it. While GoldenEye is mostly lauded for its addictive multiplayer, both the single player and multiplayer modes of Perfect Dark are equally strong. It also featured some of the best sound design on the N64, in addition to impressive enemy AI and dynamic level design. This was one of the best N64 games and remains a high point for console FPS. Mario Kart 64The original Super Mario Kart on SNES was already a great game, but turning it into a 3D racer took it to the next level. While still the same game at its core, the move over to 3D made it that much more immersive and fun. This was one of the best N64 games to play with your friends (drunk or otherwise), but was also a game that could get you into a lot of trouble with the police called by angry neighbors. Good times! Super Smash Bros.Nintendo’s infamous brawler franchise shook things up when it made its debut  as one of the best N64 games. Unlike traditional fighting franchises such as Street Fighter and Virtua Fighter, Super Smash Bros. was more concerned with letting players have a good time and not memorizing complicated combos. Say what you will about this franchise, but there is no denying its popularity — and it all started on the N64. This list covers the best N64 games, but we know that there are many other games like Pokémon Stadium, Bomberman 64, Diddy Kong Racing, Kirby 64, and Mario Party that are worth mentioning as well. What are some other great N64 games you remember? For more on the N64 check out this N64-turned-Nintendo Switch Dock and possible news on a Nintendo 64 Classic.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Banjo-Kazooie1/15In some ways, Banjo Kazooie was a better version of Mario 64. It featured larger, more detailed environments, as well as more complex gameplay mechanics. Though the story was silly and somewhat nonsensical, the endearing cast of characters more than made up for it. Let’s not forget how Banjo-Kazooie actually made searching for collectibles fun and an essential part of the game. Rare’s heyday was during the N64 era and the first Banjo game was among the best in their library.<><>last_img read more

Alligators Spotted ‘Swimming’ in Road, Climbing Fences in Florida

first_img“I was wondering why people were out video taping in the pouring rain and people backing up in the right turn lane that the gator was in,” Roger Light, Jr. shared on Facebook. “One minute I’m just looking around waiting for traffic light to turn green, and than next thing I knew I see this gator coming towards me on my passenger side.”Light posted a photo and video to his Facebook page. The alligator, which measured around 8 feet long, was pulled from the roadway’s lanes before it was trapped, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said.On Saturday, another alligator in Jacksonville was filmed climbing the fence at the Naval Air Station in the city. Who knew the reptiles could climb fences? Maybe he was preparing for the Storm Area 51 event. Local news outlet News4Jax shared the video of the graceful alligator on its Facebook page.We have to give props to the alligator for that fascinating floppy landing.Earlier this month, an alligator was caught on camera crossing the road in Parkland, Florida, as a gang of vultures followed close by — perhaps waiting for the gator to share some of the food he had in its mouth? In May, an enormous, 11-footer broke into a Clearwater home in the middle of the night.More on Geek.com:12-Foot Alligator Captured After ‘Chasing’ Swimmers in FloridaAlabaster, Albino Alligator at SC Aquarium, Dies After Battling InfectionAlligators Seen ‘Dragging Body’ Into Florida Lake Stay on target Watch: Here’s How Florida’s Gatorland Is Preparing for Hurri…Sneaky Alligator Tries to Blend in With Homeowner’s Patio Furniture By now, we know that alligators can get into the most unusual situations in Florida. But as heavy rain fell in parts of Florida last week, the alligators seemed to be more “extra.”Videos captured last week show one alligator “swimming” in the middle of an intersection — and another was spotted climbing a fence.In St. Petersburg, a motorist stopped at a traffic light during a downpour on Thursday spotted an alligator swimming through the traffic.last_img read more

Wildfire Crews Headed To The Lower 48 To Assist With Firefighting Efforts

first_imgAlaska’s wildfire season has been a largely uneventful one thus far. A cool and prolonged spring made for a slow start to the season and combined with the lack of any extended period of hot, dry weather, has kept fire activity relatively quiet around much of the state for most of the season. While the Division of Forestry has released several crews and support personnel for fire assignments in the Lower 48, the state is retaining adequate resources to respond to any wildfires that may arise in Alaska. Thirty large, uncontained fires are currently burning in 12 western states and more than 15,600 personnel have been deployed to combat them. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享With rain dampening wildfire activity in much of the state, the Alaska Division of Forestry has begun sending personnel to the Lower 48 to assist with firefighting efforts in several western states. Last year, Alaska sent approximately 400 personnel to western states to assist with wildfire suppression. As of Tuesday morning, 288 wildfires had burned an estimated 272,000 acres across Alaska. In an average season, Alaska has approximately 500 fires that burn roughly 1.2 million acres. Five initial attack crews will board a National Interagency Coordination Center jet in Anchorage this morning to fly to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho. From there, crews will be assigned to different fires around the western U.S.last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT 25 Students Named To Deans List At Merrimack College

first_imgNORTH ANDOVER, MA — Merrimack College recognizes local students who have achieved Dean’s List for Spring 2018:Michael AmatoJessica ArbeelyEmily BurkeStephen CardarelliMatt CroninJulie DiCarloScott EdwardsKatelyn FisherRyan FloodKatherine FurrierKevin GoncalvesThomas GormanJenissa LequinJohn LynchSamantha McCuneBrianna MoranJulia O’BrienTaylor PerellaAlexandra PolcariMelanie ReaganSamuel RebinskasNicole RegoJoseph TavaneseEmma TkachukDaniel ValerioAbout Merrimack CollegeOne of only two Catholic Augustinian colleges in the U.S., Merrimack College is a coeducational institution with more than 4,000 undergraduate, continuing education and graduate students from 34 states and 36 countries, comprising schools of liberal arts, science and engineering, health sciences, education and social policy, and business. The college’s 220-acre campus is approximately 25 miles north of Boston in North Andover and Andover, Mass. Merrimack is a Master’s Colleges & Universities/Medium Programs institution in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.(NOTE: The above announcement from Merrimack College via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 3 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Regis CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 20 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Merrimack CollegeIn “Education”21 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Merrimack CollegeIn “Education”last_img read more

Elon Musk Wants AI Regulations And He Wants Them Now

first_imgStay on target Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterTesla EV Catches Fire After Colliding With Tow Truck in Moscow Elon Musk isn’t scared of anything—except perhaps bankruptcy and artificial intelligence.The tech billionaire, who peddles luxury electric vehicles designed to drive autonomously, has once again expounded on the evils of AI.“I have exposure to the most cutting-edge AI. And I think people should be really concerned about it,” Musk said during the weekend’s National Governors Association (NGA) Summer Meeting.In conversation with Gov. Brian Sandoval of Nevada, home to the Tesla Gigafactory, Musk suggested proactive regulation to help stave off a robot apocalypse.“AI [is] a rare case where I think we need to be proactive in regulation instead of reactive,” he said. “By the time we’re reactive … it’s too late.”Supervisory agencies like the Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, and Food and Drug Administration are typically created in response to “a whole bunch of bad things” happening, Musk explained, adding that the process usually “takes forever.”“That, in the past, has been bad, but not something which represented a fundamental risk to the existence of civilization,” he continued. “AI is a fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization.”In a way, that car accidents, plane crashes, faulty drugs, and bad food were not when their corresponding bureaus were established.Skittish about machine learning, Musk once compared the tech he both fears and profits from to “summoning the demon.”But as artificial intelligence advances, jokes about sentient androids and a Westworld-like takeover become less funny and more terrifying.“I keep sounding the alarm bell, but until people see robots going down the street killing people, they don’t know how to react, because it seems to ethereal,” Musk said on Saturday.According to a recent report, major technology companies (mostly Google, Facebook, and Baidu) invested $26 to $49 billion in AI research in 2016. And that number is expected to rise as more companies replace human workers with automated employees.“There’ll certainly be a lot of job disruption,” according to Musk. “Because what’s going to happen is that robots will be able to do everything better than us.” Himself included.“I’m not sure exactly what to do about this,” he admitted. “This is really like the scariest problem to me. … AI is a fundamental, existential risk for human civilization. And I don’t think people fully appreciate that.”Watch the video above for Musk’s full interview; he steps on about 26 minutes in, and starts chatting AI at the 48-minute mark.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Light meet matter Singlephoton quantum memory in diamond optical phonons at room

first_img © 2015 Phys.org Experimental concept, energy level diagram, and setup. (a) The memory protocol. A horizontally (H) polarized single photon (green, 723 nm) is written into the quantum memory with a vertically (V) polarized write pulse (red, 800 nm). After a delay τ, an H-polarized read pulse recalls a V-polarized photon. (b) Energy levels in the memory. The ground state j0i and the storage state |1>correspond to the crystal ground state and an optical phonon, respectively. The signal photon and the read-write pulses are in two-photon resonance with the optical phonon (40 THz) and are far detuned from the conduction band j2i. (c) The experimental setup. The laser output is split to pump the photon source and to produce the orthogonally polarized read and write beams. The photons are produced in pairs with one (signal) at 723 nm and the other (herald) at 895 nm. The signal photon is stored in, and recalled from, the quantum memory. The herald and signal photons are detected using APDs and correlations between them are measured using a coincidence logic unit. Credit: D. G. England, K. A. G. Fisher, J-P. W. MacLean, P. J. Bustard, R. Lausten, K. J. Resch, and B. J. Sussman, Storage and Retrieval of THz-Bandwidth Single Photons Using a Room-Temperature Diamond Quantum Memory, Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 053602 (2015). Recently, scientists at National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa and Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo demonstrated storage and retrieval of terahertz-bandwidth single photons via a quantum memory in the optical phonons modes of a room-temperature bulk diamond. The researchers report that the quantum memory is low noise, high speed and broadly tunable, and therefore promises to be a versatile light-matter interface for local quantum processing applications. Moreover, unlike existing approaches, the novel device does not require cooling or optical preparation before storage, and is a few millimeters in size. The scientists conclude that diamond is a robust, convenient, and high-speed system extremely well-suited to evaluating operational memory parameters, studying the effects of noise, and developing quantum protocols.Prof. Benjamin J. Sussman discussed the paper that he, Prof. Kevin Resch, Dr. Duncan G. England, and their colleagues published in Physical Review Letters. “The possibility of using single photons in quantum technologies offers a host of new opportunities in measurement and communications,” Sussman tells Phys.org. “However, it’s challenging to do so because the light we typically use – that is, from the sun, light bulbs, or lasers – contains tremendous numbers of photons.” Therefore, much of the technology for manipulating and measuring light (including naturally-evolved light-detecting biological organs, such as our eye) have been designed to deal with larger numbers of photons – and in addition, background noise from the faintest light source can mask these single photons.”Creating a single photon is also a formidable problem,” Sussman continues, adding that to generate single photons the scientists employ a low probability stochastic quantum optics process called spontaneous parametric down-conversion (SPDC). The method of generation is very effective, but the challenge is that – being a probabilistic process – a photon is generated not on demand, but unpredictably. “We have to wait for success and then perform an experiment, which means most of the time the experiment fails,” Sussman explains. “However, quantum memories are very interesting because they act as photon buffers, and can convert a probabilistic process into a deterministic one. This effectively turns a repeat-until-success single-photon source into an on-demand source.” , Science Explore further Citation: Light, meet matter: Single-photon quantum memory in diamond optical phonons at room temperature (2015, March 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-03-single-photon-quantum-memory-diamond-optical.html 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. (Phys.org)—Photonic quantum technologies – including cryptography, enhanced measurement and information processing – face a conundrum: They require single photons, but these are difficult to create, manipulate and measure. At the same time, quantum memories enable these technologies by acting as a photonic buffer. Therefore, an ideal part of the solution would be a single-photon on-demand read/write quantum memory. To date, however, development of a practical single-photon quantum memory has been stymied by (1) the need for high efficiency, (2) the read/write lasers used introducing noise that contaminates the quantum state, and (3) decoherence of the information stored in the memory.center_img The heralded second-order correlation function of the memory output as a function of storage time. Values below the classical limit of g(2)out = 1 demonstrate the quantum characteristics of the output field. Nonclassical statistics are observed for storage times up to ∼3 ps. Error bars are from Poissonian counting statistics. D. G. England, K. A. G. Fisher, J-P. W. MacLean, P. J. Bustard, R. Lausten, K. J. Resch, and B. J. Sussman, Storage and Retrieval of THz-Bandwidth Single Photons Using a Room-Temperature Diamond Quantum Memory, Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 053602 (2015). Sussman notes that ultrafast lasers were developed to study picosecond and femtosecond dynamics in molecular and bulk phonon vibrations. “It’s therefore not surprising that we’d employ these vibration or similar systems as substrates to operate at ultrafast speeds for quantum processing – and Dr. England was able to leverage his expertise in these two areas to bridge the National Research Council and Institute for Quantum Computing teams and make the project a success.”The paper states that because the quantum memory is low noise, high speed and broadly tunable, it promises to be a versatile light-matter interface for local quantum processing applications. Sussman explains that the interface between light and matter is an important frontier for quantum information science, in that it combines the advantages of photonic qubits (which move fast and have long decoherence times) with those of matter qubits (stationary and with strong interactions). “The diamond memory is an important innovation because it provides a robust and convenient platform on which to investigate this interface,” which he adds are due to its key advantages:• the memory is broadly tunable, and so can be used for many different photon sources• the high speed of the memory allows millions of experiments per second, which is important for synchronous detection of multiple spontaneous quantum events – that is, it is critical for experiments with a low probability of success and where many repeat efforts are required• the memory is low noise – even at room temperature – making it a simple test bed system which does not require any bulky and expensive cryogenic or vacuum apparatusThe system described in the paper has some advantages over previous efforts to implement optical quantum memories, including single atoms in a cavity, ultracold atoms, atomic vapors, molecular gases, and rare-earth doped crystals, and other platforms. “Our system has two interesting features: low noise and high bandwidth. “The noise floor of the memory is principally a measurement of the background introduced by parasitic processes driven the strong read/write pulses,” Sussman explains. “This noise degrades the integrity of the quantum state stored by the memory. Practically speaking, the noise floor is measured by blocking the input photon and measuring what comes out of the memory if nothing is put in. As the intention is to store and retrieve single photons, it’s critical that the noise floor remains a fraction of the single-photon, or the quantum, level.”One important feature of diamond is that optical phase matching requirements suppress parasitic processes. Another factor is that in many systems, it is often necessary to employ cryogenic or laser cooling to isolate a quantum system from environmental noise – but due to the large energy of the diamond optical phonon, the Boltzmann inversion at room temperature is sufficient such that there is no need to cool the diamond. The memory therefore operates with quantum-level noise at room temperature. In addition, he continues, their previous work with Walmsley’s group at Oxford looked at creating entanglement between two different diamonds1. “We continue to build on this diamond platform and have now shown that it is possible to store single photons. The entanglement experiments suggest that it should be possible to store entangled states of light in diamond, which is encouraging for some future research directions.”While, as mentioned, significant work has been put into developing ultrafast spontaneous parametric down-conversion sources compatible with a specific quantum memories, Sussman says that their system takes the opposite approach. “We have a memory with bandwidth larger than that of the photon source. The bandwidth of a stored pulse here is ultimately only limited by the large 40 THz energy of the phonon,” although he acknowledges that in this investigation that it was experimentally limited by their longer duration 2 THz write pulse.Interestingly, when Phys.org asked how advanced acoustic metamaterials such as synthetic phononic crystals might relate to their research, Sussman agreed that modifying the phonon band structure and density of states would be very useful for customizing the memory energy levels and controlling decoherence.In terms of research plans, Sussman says that much research has gone into long coherence time quantum memories for use as a component in long-distance quantum communications. “In a complementary way, there are a number of interesting opportunities where coherence times are shorter but bandwidths are higher. Because the diamond quantum memory can utilize short pulses, a significant number of operational time bins can be performed before the system decoheres. Our next steps will involve storage and generation of more elaborate single-, multi-, and entangled photon states, as well as looking at very interesting opportunities for sensing and color conversion.”Sussman adds that, broadly speaking, the researchers work in three areas: developing optical methods of controlling quantum systems; developing novel quantum systems; and combining these to then develop quantum technology applications. “The state-of-art in laser technology now allows quantum systems to be manipulated with extreme precision, and the implications are that it will be increasingly easy to build quantum technologies that are capable of performing in ways not possible with traditional methods. I think some of the next big steps will be in extending the technologies built for quantum communications to sensing.”For Sussman and his colleagues, the future is ripe with possibility. “The current areas of research where quantum memories are of considerable interest are quantum information processing and communications – but in the future the individual components needed to build these systems will surely find applications beyond these areas. As examples, sensing and imaging will surely be affected by the development of robust quantum components including sources, memories, gates, frequency converters, and detectors that can be combined in new ways. It’s not hard to envision that this will ultimately have impacts in range of important additional applications, including those as varied as astronomy, chemical sensing and medical imaging.” Improved interface for a quantum internet More information: Storage and Retrieval of THz-Bandwidth Single Photons Using a Room-Temperature Diamond Quantum Memory, Physical Review Letters (2015) 114: 053602, doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.114.053602Related: 1Entangling Macroscopic Diamonds at Room Temperature, Science (2011) 334(6060): 1253-1256, doi:10.1126/science.1211914 Sussman notes that the most difficult technical obstacle was verifying the non-classical photon statistics of the memory output. To determine whether single photons were actually retrieved from quantum memory, the scientists performed a so-called g(2) measurement (the degree of coherence between two fields) in which the output photon was coupled into a 50:50 beam splitter, and detectors placed at both output ports. “Because single photons are indivisible, one would never expect to measure coincident detection in both arms – and this is what we were able to confirm. Nevertheless, experiments aren’t perfect – and where the single photon is even slightly contaminated by background noise, we very occasionally make a coincidence measurement. As a result, measuring enough of these coincidences in order to collect significant statistics required over 150 hours of continuous data acquisition.” He adds that graduate students Kent Fisher and JP MacLean worked tirelessly to perform the experiment.”A quantum memory is a conversion between quantum states of light and matter,” Sussman tells Phys.org. “However, decoherence is constantly destroying the crucial quantum nature of the matter system, and thus the advantages of quantum technologies. Typically the narrow linewidths of the quantum levels involved limit the bandwidth of such memories to the gigahertz range or below. Our challenge was therefore to work with very short pulses of light to beat decoherence – that is, to perform our operations before the system decays. Again, ultrafast Spontaneous Parametric Down-conversion is the most popular source of high purity single photons – but with femtosecond oscillators it produces THz-bandwidth photons that can’t fully be utilized in lower bandwidth systems. We were able to bridge this three orders of magnitude gap between light and matter by building an ultrafast capable quantum memory.”Since all quantum systems suffer from decoherence effects when they interact with an external environment, isolating the quantum system from its environment is a universal problem in quantum technology. “The key insight behind our experiment was that ultrafast lasers can avoid decoherence. Rather than try to isolate our memory from the environment, we address it on timescales that are fast compared to decoherence by using ultrafast laser pulses of ~200 femtoseconds duration.” Journal information: Physical Review Letterslast_img read more

Kids develop selfesteem even before age five

first_imgChildren may develop a sense of self-esteem even before they begin kindergarten, reveals an interesting research. “We found that by as young as five years of age, self-esteem is established strongly enough to be measured using sensitive techniques,” said lead study author Dario Cvencek, research scientist at University of Washington.The study conducted in January 2016 used a newly developed test to assess implicit self-esteem in more than 200 children up to five-year-old. “Some scientists consider preschoolers too young to have developed a positive or negative sense about themselves,” study co-author Andrew Meltzoff from University of Washington noted. Until now, no measurement tool has been able to detect self-esteem in preschool-aged children as the existing self-esteem tests require the cognitive or verbal talk. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Researchers created a Preschool Implicit Association Test (PSIAT), to measure how strongly children feel positively about themselves.To make the task appropriate for preschoolers, a mix of 234 boys and girls of five-year-old from the Seattle area, replaced words related to the self with objects. They used small unfamiliar flags, and where told about “yours” and “not yours”. Using buttons on a computer, children responded to a series of “me” and “not me” flags, using words and pressing the buttons. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe results showed that the five-year-old associated themselves more with “good” than with “bad”, and this was equally pronounced in both girls and boys.A gender identity task assessed the children’s sense of whether they are a boy or a girl, called a “gender in-group preference”. Children with high self-esteem and strong sense of gender identity showed preferences for members of their own gender. The study was published in the journal Experimental Social Psychology.last_img read more

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first_img The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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But they will not be easy. read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more Feature | May 04, 2015 | Dave Fornell New Advances in PET/CT Technology This article appeared as an introduction to a Comparison Chart on PET/CT Systems in the May 2015 issue. Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough discusses bridging diversity gaps in medical physicsPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:05Loaded: 2.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Graphic courtesy of Pixabay There have been several technology advances in PET/CT (positron emission tomography/computed tomography) systems recently introduced by vendors. On the show floors of the 2014 Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) meeting and the 2014 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting, Philips, Toshiba and GE Healthcare introduced new PET/CT systems. You can view the PET/CT Systems comparison chart here.Philips Vereos First to Offer Digital DetectorsThe Philips Vereos is the first PET/CT on the market to offer digital PET detectors, allowing improved image clarity over traditional analog photomultipliers.  The system was first unveiled at RSNA 2013. It uses Philips’ digital photon counting technology in its digital silicon detectors. Philips said this results in a step change in performance that approximately doubles sensitivity gain, volumetric resolution and quantitative accuracy compared to analog systems. These radical improvements can ultimately be translated into high image quality, increased diagnostic confidence, improved treatment planning and faster workflows.Toshiba’s CelesteionToshiba showed its first entry into the molecular imaging market when it unveiled its Celesteion PET/CT. The company hopes to attract buyers with what it describes as the industry’s largest bore, widest field-of-view, dose reduction technology and fast imaging. The bore is 90 cm for CT, 88 cm for PET. Field-of-view is 70 cm for both CT and PET, with an 85 cm CT extended FOV. Dose is minimized through Toshiba’s adaptive iterative dose reduction and Celesteion’s compliance with the Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance’s XR-29 Smart Dose Standard. The new PET/CT offers time-of-flight resolution and 0.5 sec CT rotation with 0.5 mm slices across a 32-slice detector.Discover IQIn addition, GE Healthcare introduced its Discovery IQ PET/CT system, which became U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared in September. It enables both high image quality and intelligent quantitation. GE said it delivers the highest NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturers Association) sensitivity (up to 22 cps/kBq) and the largest axial field-of-view (up to 26 cm) compared to other PET/CT equipment. GE’s new Q.Clear image reconstruction software is a big component of Discovery IQ, eliminating trade-offs between image quality and quantitative SUV measurements. By providing two times improvement in both quantitative accuracy (SUV mean) and image quality (SNR) in PET/CT imaging, this new tool provides benefits to physicians across the cancer care continuum from diagnosis and staging to treatment planning and assessment.  Over the last decade, PET image reconstruction technology has been designed to provide better image quality, reduced acquisition time and lower injected dose. Current PET iterative reconstruction technologies, such as time of flight (TOF) and ordered-subsets expectation maximization (OSEM), force a compromise between image quality and quantitation, GE said.  The Discovery IQ uses GE’s new LightBurst detector technology, allowing for whole organ imaging via fast scans at low dose. It also uses fast electronics and a dual acquisition channel that enables high quantitative accuracy for all clinically relevant tracers.The Discover IQ includes the CortexID software, which aids physicians in the evaluation of patient pathologies via assessment and quantification of PET brain scans. It enables automated analysis through quantification of tracer uptake and comparison with the corresponding tracer uptake in normal subjects. The resulting quantification is presented using volumes of interest, voxel-based or 3-D stereotactic surface projection maps of the brain. The package allows the user to generate information regarding relative changes in PET-FDG glucose metabolism and in PET brain amyloid load between a subject’s images and a normal database, which may be the result of brain neurodegeneration.Siemens Continuous Motion BedIn 2013, Siemens Healthcare introduced the Biograph mCT Flow PET/CT system that overcomes the limitations of conventional bed-based PET/CT. It uses Siemens’ FlowMotion technology that moves the patient smoothly through the system’s gantry while continuously acquiring PET data. FlowMotion expands quantification in all dimensions for precise disease characterization in therapy monitoring, while enabling physicians to offer as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA) dose to every patient. The scanner uses a 78 cm bore with five-minute scanning and a continuous sense of progress throughout the scan provides the patient with a more comfortable exam experience.Conventional PET/CT suffers from intrinsic sensitivity degradation from the center to the edge of the axial FOV. Overlapping sequential bed positions are used to compensate for this constraint, but this approach can lead to axially varying noise sensitivity.  This noise can distort the quantitative values of a detected lesion, which may prompt a physician to mischaracterize the severity of a tumor. By continuously moving the patient through the detection system, FlowMotion technology eliminates overlapping bed acquisitions and maintains uniform noise sensitivity across the entire scan range. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more Related Content Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more Body language expert Traci Brown spoke at the AHRA 2019 meeting on how to identify when a person is not being honest by their body language. She said medical imaging department administrators can use this knowledge to help in hiring decisions and managing staff.  Feature | Radiology Business | July 23, 2019 | Greg Freiherr Liars in Radiology Beware! 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Linux 51 out with Iouring IO interface persistent memory new patching improvements

first_imgYesterday, Linus Torvalds, the principal developer of the Linux kernel announced the release of Linux 5.1 in a mailing list announcement. This release provides users with an open source operating system with lots of great additions, as well as improvements to existing features. The previous version, Linux 5.0 was released two months ago. “On the whole, 5.1 looks very normal with just over 13k commits (plus another 1k+ if you count merges). Which is pretty much our normal size these days. No way to boil that down to a sane shortlog, with work all over.”, said Linus Torvalds in the official announcement. What’s new in Linux 5.1? Io_uring: New Linux IO interface Linux 5.1 introduces a new high-performance interface called io_uring. It’s easy to use and hard to misuse user/application interface. Io_uring has an efficient buffered asynchronous I/O support, the ability to do I/O without even performing a system call via polled I/O, and other efficiency enhancements. This will help deliver fast and efficient I/O for Linux. Io_uring permits safe signal delivery in the presence of PID reuse which will improve power management without affecting power consumption. Liburing is used as the user-space library which will make the usage simpler. Axboe’s FIO benchmark has also been adapted already to support io_uring. Security In Linux 5.1, the SafeSetID LSM module has been added which will provide administrators with security and policy controls. It will restrict UID/GID transitions from a given UID/GID to only those approved by system-wide acceptable lists. This will also help in stopping to receive the auxiliary privileges associated with CAP_SET{U/G}ID, which will allow the user to set up user namespace UID mappings. Storage Along with physical RAM, users can now use persistent memory as RAM (system memory), allowing them to boot the system to a device-mapper device without using initramfs, as well as support for cumulative patches for the live kernel patching feature. This persistent memory can also be used as a cost-effective RAM replacement. Live patching improvements With Linux 5.1 a new capability is being added to live patching, it’s called Atomic Replace. It includes all wanted changes from all older live patches and can completely replace them in one transition. Live patching enables a running system to be patched without the need for a full system reboot. This will allow new drivers compatible with new hardware. Users are quite happy with this update. A user on Reddit commented, “Finally! I think this one fixes problems with Elantech’s touchpads spamming the dmesg log. Can’t wait to install it!” Another user added, “Thank you and congratulations for the developers!” To download the Linux kernel 5.1 sources, head over to kernel.org. To know more about the release, check out the official mailing announcement. Read Next Ubuntu 19.04 Disco Dingo Beta releases with support for Linux 5.0 and GNOME 3.32 Announcing Linux 5.0! Bodhi Linux 5.0.0 released with updated Ubuntu core 18.04 and a modern looklast_img read more

Hyatt Ziva Cancun debuts adultsonly Turquoize

first_imgHyatt Ziva Cancun debuts adults-only Turquoize Share Wednesday, July 20, 2016 Posted by Travelweek Group center_img CANCUN — Adults are in for a real treat now that Hyatt Ziva Cancun’s adults-only experience is officially open.Turquoize, the oceanfront resort’s new and exclusive ‘resort within a resort’, features 700 square-foot beachfront suites with oversized balconies complete with private hot tubs, and Turquoize Sky Swim-Up Oceanfront Master Suites that include a private pool.Guests also enjoy 270-degree ocean views, professional butlers to cater to every whim, private airport transfers and VIP check-in and reception area, lavish bath accommodations with rainfall showers, exclusive access to the rooftop infinity pool, preferred seating at Tradewinds restaurant, private elevator access to Zen Spa and complimentary hydrotherapy circuit, and full privileges at nearby adults-only Hyatt Zilara Cancun.Addressing one of the main challenges associated with multigenerational travel, Turquoize provides adult guests with secluded, adults-only facilities within a premier all-ages resort. Similarly, couples marrying at any of Hyatt Ziva Cancun’s stunning wedding venues can offer their attendees the choice of traveling with or without children and the option of a more tranquil, elevated stay at Turquoize.More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise Collection“With Turquoize, we wanted to create an experience unlike any other in the area, with the knowledge that a little privacy—and a lot of access—can be the biggest luxury for travelers,” said Playa Hotels & Resorts Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Kevin Froemming. “Here, guests can enjoy the luxuries and comfort of a five-star resort and the private, personalized feel of a boutique, adults-only property,” Froemming added.For a limited time, Hyatt Ziva Cancun is offering Turquoize guests 50% off nightly rates plus the 5th night free. This special offer is only available through August 15, 2016.To book, call your travel agent, or visit AllInclusive.Hyatt.com. Tags: Cancun, Hyatt << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Jordans king dissolves parliament elections next

first_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The palace statement Thursday did not say when the parliamentary elections would take place.Abdullah said recently a new parliament will elect a prime minister early next year, in response to popular demands. Up to now the king has appointed the premier.Under the constitution, the Cabinet must resign within a week of the parliament’s dissolution.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories center_img AMMAN, Jordan (AP) – Jordan’s royal palace says the king has dissolved his parliament, setting the stage for elections.Jordan’s government has claimed that the elections emerge from reforms that spared Jordan the Arab Spring uprisings that have toppled four Mideast rulers so far.Critics charge that the electoral reforms to do not go far enough in neutralizing distortions that ensure parliamentary strength for the supporters of King Abdullah II or curtail his absolute powers. 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

Medical travel trends for Aussie women

first_imgPHOTO SOURCE: Treatmentsaver.com Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Some travel for the sites, some travel for the culture and apparently 32 percent of Australian women would consider travelling for the medical procedures.A Travel Trend Survey conducted by travel.com.au earlier this year found a growing trend amongst Australian women eager to travel for medical procedures.Travel.com.au General Manager Lisa Ferrari said Australian women are attracted to the shorter lists, cheaper procedures and exotic location for recovery.“Thailand, India, Malaysia, Philippines and South Africa are popular destinations of choice for Australian’s seeking a medical procedure,” Ms Ferrari said.Women from the Northern Territory came up most daring with 80 percent willing to travel for a medical procedure, Queensland came in second with 37 percent, followed by New South Wales with 34 percent while ACT came in last with zero percent willing to travel for medical operations.Ms Ferrari said people can expect the trend to continue growing over the coming years, particularly with more and more countries “promoting themselves as medical tourism destinations”.   I have considered traveling to Iran for a nose job… Where are you willing to travel for what procedure?last_img read more

Mortgage Rates Head Back Up After Four Weeks of Lows

first_img Fixed Mortgage Rates Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey 2015-08-13 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Government, News Mortgage Rates Head Back Up After Four Weeks of Lows Fixed mortgage rates stopped their downward fall and headed back up for the first time in four weeks.According to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS) released Thursday, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.94 percent with an average 0.6 point for the week ending August 13, 2015.This is an increase from last week’s rate of 3.91 percent, but lower than a year ago at this time when the 30-year FRM averaged 4.12 percent.Freddie Mac also reported that the 15-year FRM this week averaged 3.17 percent with an average 0.6 point, up from last week when it averaged 3.13 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 3.24 percent.”The jobs report for July showed that the economy added 215,000 jobs, in line with expectations,” said Sean Becketti, chief economist at Freddie Mac. “Wage growth remains modest at 2.1 percent compared to the same time last year, and another solid if not stellar employment report leaves a potential Fed rate hike on the table for September. However, this year’s theme of overseas economic turbulence continues with the focus shifting east to China. Over the past few days the Chinese Yuan has fallen sharply. In the midst of these mixed data mortgage rates inched up, increasing 3 basis points to 3.94 percent.”In addition, the 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 2.93 percent this week with an average 0.5 point, down from last week when it averaged 2.95 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 2.97 percent.The 1-year Treasury-indexed ARM averaged 2.62 percent this week with an average 0.3 point, up from last week when it averaged 2.54 percent. At this time last year, the 1-year ARM averaged 2.36 percent, Freddie Mac reported.”Headed into the fall, we’ll likely see continued interest rate tension, with dollar appreciation weighing against possible Fed rate hikes leaving the rate outlook clouded,” Becketti said.center_img Share August 13, 2015 486 Views last_img read more