Looking a bit like a dolphin, but with a long slim snout filled with pointy teeth, one species of ichthyosaur was practically invisible in the murky depths of Jurassic seas, thanks to dark pigmentation that covered its entire body. That’s one conclusion of a new study that provides an unprecedented peek at the coloration of sea creatures alive during or soon after the dinosaur era.The new findings “are marvelous, so cool,” says Anne Schulp, a vertebrate paleontologist at the Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden, the Netherlands, who wasn’t involved in the research. “This is paleontology well beyond the bones, and [the team’s] arguments make perfect sense.”Soft tissues aren’t often preserved in the fossil record. As a result, figuring out what ancient creatures looked like—and particularly what colors they might have been—was by necessity speculative. But in recent years, scientists have developed high-tech methods to map the chemical traces of soft tissues in the rocks surrounding fossils, which in turn have helped them visualize the remains of pigments—almost literally bringing prehistoric colors back to life. Most previous efforts have focused on fossil birds and preserved remnants of their feathers, says Johan Lindgren, a vertebrate paleontologist at Lund University in Sweden. 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(The ancestors of each of these creatures had once lived on land, so all three were air-breathers.) In all three fossils, outlines of soft tissue were preserved in the surrounding rock as dull black material. Paleontologists have long presumed such films to merely be carbon-rich remnants of tissues, Lindgren says. But a look at those materials with a scanning electron microscope revealed dense layers of tiny, rugby ball–shaped structures ranging between 0.5 and 0.8 micrometers long. These tiny bits are the same size and shape as the pigment-bearing structures (called melanosomes) found in the skin and scales of modern-day lizards and in the feathers of birds. Their ovoid shape suggests the pigments were black; melanosomes that lend a red or yellow color are typically spherical, Lindgren notes.When the team bombarded the fossils with charged particles and then analyzed the particles that were knocked from the surface (a technique called time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry), they chemically identified the remnants of eumelanin, a pigment that typically lends a black or brown color to skin or feathers. The rocks surrounding the preserved tissues didn’t contain the carbon-rich compounds, further suggesting the chemical remnants stem from preserved soft tissues and not ancient sediments, the team reports online today in Nature. Considering the concentrations of melanosomes the researchers found, even if the animals had other pigments that weren’t ultimately preserved, the pigment-bearing areas would likely have been dark gray or black.The overall pigment patterns in the fossils are very similar to those of modern-day sea creatures, the researchers note. In the leatherback turtle and the mosasaur, the pigments were concentrated on the upper surfaces of the animals’ bodies. Studies suggest that this dark-above-and-light-below color scheme, known as countershading, helps provide camouflage, Lindgren says. When lit from above (as it would be when the animal was swimming in a normal posture) and seen from the side, the lighter underside would be in shadow, helping the creature blend into the background, he notes. Because these creatures are air-breathers, they would have spent a substantial amount of time at the surface or in the shallow, well-lit portions of the seas.But the ichthyosaur appears to have had dark pigments all over its body. That’s unusual but not unknown among modern sea creatures, Lindgren says. The sperm whale is also dark all over—a color scheme that may help the fearsome predator hide in the gloomy depths where it typically forages.The pigments may have served other purposes as well. Dark upper surfaces, in particular, help modern-day marine reptiles such as leatherback turtles absorb sunlight while they bask at the surface. That boosts the creatures’ body temperatures, allowing them to grow faster and to forage for longer periods in cold waters.The team’s research “is very interesting, and it’s not trivial,” says Mike Benton, a vertebrate paleontologist at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom. “Several years ago, people would have said we’d never be able to tell what colors ancient creatures were,” he notes. “But here we are.”
Veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has undergone a bio-mechanics bowling test in England and will know in two weeks time whether he can continue to bowl in international cricket or faces another ban.The 37-year-old Pakistan spinner was reported again for a suspect bowling action during the recent one-day series with Sri Lanka in the UAE.It is the third time in his international career that his bowling action has been reported to the ICC by match officials. The former Pakistan captain, in fact, had only resumed bowling again last December after completing a 12-month ban and getting his action cleared in Brisbane.The ICC had banned Hafeez for a year from bowling in July, 2015 and before that also in December, 2014.”Hafeez has undergone his latest bowling test at the Loughborough University biomechanics lab under the supervision of experts. He will know the results of the test in two weeks time. Until that time he can’t bowl now,” a board official said.Hafeez told the Pakistani media that he had worked extensively on his bowling action after his ban in 2015.”I am confident of clearing this test as it went well and I bowled four overs. I am sure I will be cleared to bowl again in international cricket. I myself want to contribute as an allrounder to the Pakistan team,” Hafeez said.He insisted that since modifying his bowling action he had made it a point to not try any new deliveries or change his action.
Spartak Moskva v Sevilla Dzeko, Pjanic or David Luiz? Vote for the UEFA Champions League Goal of the Week, presented by Nissan! Goal Last updated 1 year ago 17:32 10/19/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Getty Images Spartak Moskva v Sevilla CSKA Moskva v Basel Chelsea v Roma Juventus v Sporting CP Spartak Moskva CSKA Moskva Sevilla Basel Roma Chelsea Sporting CP Juventus UEFA Champions League Edin Džeko David Luiz Matchday 3 brought another glut of magnificent strikes in Europe’s leading club competition, but which was best? Edin Dzeko’s stunning volley versus Cheslea has been nominated for the UEFA Champions League Goal of the Week, presented by Nissan!The Roma man’s superb finish arrived during his side’s thrilling 3-3 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, in a game that also saw David Luiz earn a nod for matchday three’s prize for his flashed curling finish.Dzeko and Luiz will also have to beat out competition from Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic, who once again proved himself one of the best free-kick takers on the continent as he lifted his shot effortlessly over the wall in his side’s 2-1 defeat of Sporting. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Spartak Moscow’s Denis Glushakov is also up for the gong, thanks to a splendidly controlled volley during his side’s 5-1 demolition of Sevilla.Basel’s Taulant Xhaka rounds out the nominations with a fine run and smart finish that helped secure the Swiss side a comfortable victory at CSKA Moscow.Click here to watch the contenders and vote for the UEFA Champions League Goal of the Week, presented by Nissan!
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp insists Keita close to top formby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists it wont be long until Naby Keita hits his full stride.The Guinea international put in an impressive cameo in last Sunday’s draw with Manchester United and is expected to start against Genk on Wednesday.Asked when fans can expect to see the 24-year-old’s best form, the manager replied: “Soon.”I don’t know when he will start but Naby is one-and-a-half or two weeks in full training roundabout. And he looks good in training, really good.”They all look good in training, that’s why we made the changes that we made [at Old Trafford] because we really knew they can have an impact in that game. I was really happy.That was the best news of the whole day – not the result, not the goal we scored, which was nice – but that these three guys, very important players for us, in a moment when it’s not easy to have rhythm or get rhythm when you don’t play that much, can perform like this in a game.”In training I see it a lot, so that was the best news. It will not be long anymore.”
INDIANAPOLIS – APRIL 03: Head coach Mike Krzyzewski of the Duke Blue Devils gestures as he coaches in the first half against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the National Semifinal game of the 2010 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 3, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)No. 4 Duke defeated Georgia Tech 72-66 at home last night. The victory gave Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski his 423rd career ACC victory, surpassing Dean Smith for the most all-time. After the game, Krzyzewski addressed the crowd as part of a ceremony honoring his 1,000th-career win, which came against St. John’s on Jan. 25. As part of the tribute, the Duke players all wore “Coach 1K” shirts, with the number 1 embedded as part of the letter K. Krzyzewski touched on both milestones during his time on the mic, and thanked the Cameron crowd for its support. There might not be any more coach in American more synonymous with his program than Krzyzewski is with Duke basketball. Pretty cool moment.
Wayne Rooney to join Derby County as player-coach on 18-month dealWayne Rooney was a big fan of Dutch manager Louis van Gaal’s coaching methods when he was at Manchester United and has been convinced that Derby boss Cocu has a similar approach.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiAugust 6, 2019UPDATED: August 6, 2019 19:51 IST Wayne Rooney has two years left on his contract with MLS club DC United. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSWayne Rooney has signed an 18-month deal with Derby CountyRooney’s former England teammate Frank Lampard was appointed as manager of Derby County last seasonFormer England captain will join the coaching staff of Derby’s Dutch manager Phillip CocuWayne Rooney has signed an 18-month deal with Derby County and will join them in January 2020, the Championship club have confirmed.Rooney, who had previously spoken of his desire to go into management, will be joining the club as player-coach. Former England captain will join the coaching staff of Derby’s Dutch manager Phillip Cocu.Rooney’s former England teammate Frank Lampard was appointed as manager of Derby County last season and he took them to the playoff final, before joining his former club Chelsea.Derby County x @WayneRooney. #WR32Derby County (@dcfcofficial) August 6, 2019Rooney has two years left on his contract with MLS club DC United, where he had moved in June 2018. The BBC reported that Derby owner Mel Morris believes Rooney could help to get the club back into the Premier League.Rooney moved to the United States in June 2018 following a single season back at boyhood club Everton, whom he originally left for United over a decade earlier.Rooney was a big fan of Dutch manager Louis van Gaal’s coaching methods when he was at Manchester United and has been convinced that Derby boss Cocu has a similar approach.Rooney sees the role as a chance to get coaching experience and return home to be nearer his relatives.Wayne Rooney is Manchester United’s all-time leading goalscorer as he netted 253 goals during his 13 seasons at the club and eclipsed the record held previously by Sir Bobby Charlton.England’s most-capped outfield player boasts 23 goals in MLS, including 11 from 22 starts this term.advertisementAlso Read | Wayne Rooney in talks over Derby player-coach role: ReportsAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Wayne RooneyFollow Manchester UnitedFollow DC UnitedFollow Derby County Next
The Toronto-born model has spent 33 years in the fashion world, but many of us first heard of him when hundreds of shoppers scrambled to snap selfies with him during last year’s holiday season.These days, you may have also read headlines about Yorkdale’s new Fashion Santa: Adam Martin. Yes, Mason has been replaced for the 2016 campaign, and now he’s battling with the mall for legal rights to the character.There’s been an outcry on social media about Mason’s situation, with supporters using the hashtag #RealFashionSanta.Unfortunately, Martin wasn’t available for an interview – we asked for the new Fashion Santa a number of times – and Yorkdale wasn’t able to get a statement to 24 Hours before deadline, although a spokesperson said that there wasn’t much new to say. In past weeks, Yorkdale reps have mentioned that the mall is open to working with Mason again in the future, and that they weren’t able to reach him to organize the 2016 campaign – something that he disputes.Thankfully, Mason has a number of other things coming up, including a big international trip, a possible book deal and a promo for a well-known U.S. TV show. Here’s the rest of what he had to say during our recent chat.Where did the Fashion Santa idea come from?It came from a sad place. I had a 30-year career as a model without the beard, and did quite well over in Europe, and spent 14 of those years in New York City. And then my mom passed away (in 2013). And when you’re grieving, you’re kind of depressed, and you don’t feel like cleaning up. By the time the beard started growing, I was like, ‘You know what, I’ve been doing this 30 years, and I kind of like this look.’ And that’s when I was thinking along the lines of Fashion Santa, because I’ve been in the business that long, and I did look somewhat like Santa Claus For Santas everywhere, it’s a pretty intense time.Paul Mason, the 52-year-old bearded model who rose to viral fame as Yorkdale Shopping Centre’s Fashion Santa last Christmas, is currently running around to various modelling and charity-related events, capitalizing on his resemblance to a chic St. Nick.“It’s pretty intense at the moment,” he admits during a recent phone interview with 24 Hours. Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter
NEW YORK, N.Y. – During advertising’s biggest showcase, tame humour and messages about social causes ruled the day. Slapstick humour, sexual innuendo and chest thumping patriotic messages were, for the most part, nowhere in sight. After a divisive year, advertisers during the Big Game worked overtime to win over audiences with messages that entertained and strove not to offend.Here’s a look at the winners and losers during the biggest advertising showcase of the year.WINNERSAmazonAn Amazon ad showcased different celebrities including actress Rebel Wilson, actor Anthony Hopkins, singer Cardi B and chef Gordon Ramsay subbing in as the voice of Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant.BudweiserBudweiser , as always the largest advertiser during the game, eschewed the usual puppies and Clydesdales to showcase employees that send water to places in need.NFLThe NFL scored with a charmer that showed New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. performing the choreography from the movie “Dirty Dancing” — complete with their version of Patrick Swayze’s iconic lift of Jennifer Grey.PepsiCoPepsico’s brands Mountain Dew Ice and Doritos Blaze staged an epic rap lip sync battle between actors Morgan Freeman and Peter Dinklage, who respectively synced to Missy Elliott and Busta Rhymes.Rocket Mortgage by Quicken LoansComedian Keegan Michael-Key cut through complex jargon to put things plainly in a humorous ad for Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans. When a restaurant patron is confused by a “beef-protein gluten-free pate,” Michael-Key explains: “It’s a burrito, filled with plants pretending to be meat.”TideTide took a novel approach with “Stranger Things” actor David Harbor in ads that poked fun at typical Super Bowl commercials. Harbour popped up in familiar-looking ads that appeared to be about different products: a car, an insurance company, jewelry and Old Spice (another P&G product). The twist? They’re really all Tide ads, because there are no stains on anyone’s clothing.LOSERSCoca-ColaDiet Coke attempted to be quirky by showcasing a woman awkwardly dancing to a rap song, but it garnered a lot of negative comments on social media when the approach came off more weird than quirky.“It has no clear message and it’s not really interesting,” said Kimberly Whitler, a marketing professor at the University of Virginia.Fiat Chrysler’s Ram TrucksRam trucks used a speech by Martin Luther King, Jr., to illustrate its motto, “Built to Serve.” The ad, timed to the 50th anniversary of the speech, showed people doing good deeds. But some thought the connection to the civil rights hero was too tenuous.“Ram is being heavily criticized for its spot,” said Tim Calkins, marketing professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern. “The use of MLK to promote Ram trucks strikes many people are crass and inappropriate.”TurboTaxThe tax preparer used a monster under the bed to allude to people’s fears about doing their taxes. But some thought that the ad was too scary during a game that a lot of children were watching.“The goal may be to introduce a new trade character that can build awareness, as in the Mucinex Man. However, this ad was a complete disaster,” Villanova University marketing professor Charles Taylor said.___Eds: An earlier version of this story mistakenly referred to the brand Ram trucks, which is no longer affiliated with the Dodge brand.
By Shaquile GoffRabat – The Africities summit is currently taking place in Marrakech. The Africities summit convened communities and local authorities from African countries.AUI, which is among participants in the event, announced it would now offer a new collaborative master’s course in city management to African students. The course will focus on development, local administration skills, and studying administrative decentralization patterns in Africa. AUI announced they are appealing to both professors from Moroccan and international professors from the US, Europe, and other African countries to add their knowledge and experience to the course.Read Also: Al Akhawayn University Ranks 1st in Morocco, 44th in Arab WorldThe curriculum will consist of interactive and practical assignments, as well as cross-country exchange opportunities. After 12 months of study, students will earn a city management master’s degree from Al Akhawayn.King Hassan II founded AUI in 1995 by royal decree. Money given by King Fahd of Saudi Arabia to clean up an oil spill off of Morocco’s coast was used to establish the university. Ever since, AUI has become a top-tier institution with degrees in humanities, social sciences, engineering, and business administration. The university also formed educational partnerships with foreign countries, and on a recent ranking of Arab universities, AUI ranked first in Morocco.AUI hopes to prepare current and future city officials to tackle development and growth challenges facing the African continent. Africa is the poorest continent on earth, containing 18 of the poorest countries based on per capita GDP, according to Business Insider. However, experts predict Africa’s population to grow exponentially in the 21st century, and countries hope to have a team of trained officials ready. Africities will close on November 24.
15 May 2008The deepening credit crisis in affluent countries triggered by the continuing housing slump, the declining value of the United States dollar, persisting global imbalances and soaring oil and commodity prices pose major threats to economic growth around the world, according to a report released today by United Nations economists. The economists add that the unfolding global food crisis is not only a grave humanitarian issue but also a threat to political and social stability in some developing countries and may reverse some of the progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Today’s report, issued by the UN’s Department of Social and Economic Affairs (DESA), predicts that world economic growth will fall steeply to 1.8 per cent this year and 2.1 per cent next year, down from 3.8 per cent in 2007. The report says that much depends on developments in the US, which remains the prime driver of the global economy, and where a crashing housing market and finance and credit weaknesses set off the global downturn. A worst-case scenario would see the “world economy come to a virtual standstill” if recent financial measures in the US fail to turn the economy around, and house prices continue to fall, blending with a severe tightening on credit. To boost the global economy, the report calls for an internationally coordinated economic stimulus package to support US efforts, centred on the expansion of domestic demand in countries with savings surpluses – especially in Europe, the Arabian Gulf and East Asia. To counteract inflation in food prices, the economists recommend improving supply and productivity through investment in irrigation techniques, infrastructure, improved seeds and fertilizer, and agricultural research and development. This would also help shore up rural economies where most of the world’s extreme poverty is located. In addition to removing supply constraints on vital commodities, such as food, and to stimulating global demand, the report also says that deep reforms are needed in the mechanisms of international financial regulation and supervision if new problems are to be avoided.The mid-year report is entitled “World Economic Situation and Prospects 2008.”
Brigadier Vijendra Gunatilake has been appointed the new army intelligence Director, the army media unit said.
The United Nations today announced the launch of the first comprehensive web site to deal with the problems facing three vulnerable groups of developing countries – least developed, landlocked and small island States.Offering extensive background information on international efforts and commitments relating to these nations and their hundreds of millions of inhabitants, the site provides regular updates on UN work in this area. It also contains links to major documents on the subject and to information on the countries themselves. The site was launched by the Office of the UN High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, Anwarul Karim Chowdhury. Comprehensive background information on the High Representative as well as the texts of his speeches are available on the site.Established by the General Assembly in 2001, the Office of the High Representative aims to enhance the mobilization of international support for the implementation of international commitments, agreements and texts relating to the countries in question.
Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has revealed he’s keen to overtake Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the race for the Premier League golden boot award.The England international, who won the Premier League Golden Boot prize in 2016 and 2017 before also finishing first in the race for the Golden boot at the World Cupid Russia, said, according to ESPN: “Since I’ve been in the Premier League it’s had some of the best strikers in the world.”“Aubameyang is at the top end at the moment. There’s quite a few on eight or nine goals so it’s important for me to carry on doing what I’m doing.”“When you’ve done it on the biggest stage of them all, the World Cup, you can look back and gain confidence from that. If you’re going through a spell where you’re not scoring, a couple of games here and there, you know you can do it at the highest level.”Report: Kanu makes bold claim about Pepe George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Former Arsenal superstar Kanu claims the Premier League teams fear Nicolas Pepe.The Ivory Coast international Pepe, made an 80 million Euro move to Arsenal…Spurs victory over Southampton was a welcome relief after Sunday’s 4-2 defeat to Arsenal, and Kane is pleased that the North London side will get another crack at the Unai Emery’s men when they return to the Emirates for the Carabao Cup quarterfinal in two weeks’ time.“It was a derby game and you never want to lose those kinds of games,” he said.“Credit to them, they were probably the better team on the day but it was important for us to dust it off and get back to winning ways.”“Revenge is a strong word but we’ll be motivated [in the quarterfinal]. It was a heated derby. It’s what you want a derby to be like.”“It’s an opportunity for us to get one back if we can. That’s still a couple of weeks away but I’m sure the fans will be looking forward to it, and we will be as well.”
OFF KEY WEST, Fla. (WSVN) – Crews have removed several abandoned boats to restore the shore off Key West.Thirty-one deteriorating boats were removed from a group of islands in time for the beginning of bird nesting season.Many of the vessels left behind contained hazardous material that were damaging the habitats of rare birds and turtles.This $60,000 project was a 20-day operation, which was completed last Friday.Crews used a crane with a large claw to pick up the vessels from the ocean floor.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Anderson .Paak, Skepta, Vince Staples, The Internet, Kali Uchis also among artists announced for the July festival in LondonNate HertweckGRAMMYs Feb 13, 2018 – 5:36 pm Lookout London, here comes the Lovebox 2018 lineup — and it’s stacked! Hot off GRAMMY performances, SZA and Childish Gambino lead the way, with the likes of Anderson .Paak, N.E.R.D. and Kali Uchis not far behind. Childish Gambino, SZA To Headline Lovebox Fest childish-gambino-sza-nerd-headline-uks-lovebox-festival https://twitter.com/LoveboxFestival/status/963446976636489729 Facebook Childish Gambino, SZA, N.E.R.D. To Headline U.K.’s Lovebox Festival For Gambino, this marks the first festival appearance announcement since he revealed his plans to retire the moniker.Developing out of a conversation in a pub in 2002 between Groove Armada’s Andy Cato and Tom Findlay with fellow U.K. DJ Jools Butterfield, the festival started out in a various clubs before moving up to London’s Victoria Park where it stayed for 12 years straight. For the first time, this year’s festival will be held at Gunnersbury Park in West London. News Twitter Oh hiya, first wave of #Lovebox18 artists…👋😍Tickets are on sale right now: https://t.co/y0LKKalTJI RT to be in with a chance of winning a pair of 2 day tickets. pic.twitter.com/g5T0lqR8J8— Lovebox Festival (@LoveboxFestival) February 13, 2018 Email Additional artists set to take the stage in London include Diplo, Vince Staples, the Internet, Big Boi, Jacob Banks, Loco Dice, and many more.Lovebox 2018 will take place July 13-14 in London. Tickets are available via the festival’s website, or try your hand at winning a pair of tickets on the Lovebox festival’s twitter page.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”
2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value More From Roadshow Post a comment 50 Photos 2020 Cadillac CT5 brings a new look for the brand’s sedans to New York 0 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better More about 2019 Cadillac Escalade Platinum Auto Tech Future Cars Enlarge ImageIt’s more complicated than simply adding a few wires and hard drives here and there. General Motors Having a bunch of tech is no good if it doesn’t receive the juice it needs to operate alongside the myriad other systems, all of which have their own demands. That’s why GM has a new electronic architecture in the works.General Motors on Monday unveiled its latest electronic platform. “Platform” in this case doesn’t refer to the metal structure hiding beneath the car’s body panels. Rather, it covers the electronic underpinnings of the car, focused entirely on the wiring and components that provide the car with modern connectivity. It’ll give GM’s future cars the bandwidth they’ll need to pack all the latest in-car tech.The platform is capable of handling up to 4.5 terabytes of data processing per hour, which GM says is five times more than its current electronic architecture can handle. That should provide a boost to GM’s Super Cruise system, which needs to crunch a whole bunch of data to do its job. At the same time, various components inside the car should be able to talk with each other — and with systems outside the vehicle — even faster, because the new platform supports Ethernet connections up to 10 Gbps.So what will all this extra bandwidth permit? Well, GM didn’t speak too much to specifics, but it did promise more capacity for over-the-air updates, eliminating frustrating trips to the dealer and allowing for more content to show up after the fact. It should also give a boost to Super Cruise, which GM said will evolve, but it didn’t say how exactly. The automaker also made mention of improved cybersecurity, but it only said that there will be “additional protective features at the hardware and software levels.”It won’t be long before we get to experience this upgrade. GM’s new electronic platform will enter production later this year, and it’ll make its first appearance on the upcoming Cadillac CT5 sedan. GM hopes that it will be introduced on “most vehicles within GM’s global lineup” by 2023. Cadillac Tags 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Share your voice Review • 2019 Cadillac Escalade review: Large, luxurious and long in the tooth General Motors
The High-Frequency Active Auroral Research Program or HAARP facility in Gakona was the target of a planned attack by two Georgia men. The Douglas Enterprise reported that 30-year-old Michael Mancil, and 21-year-old James Kenneth Dryden, both of Douglas, GA were arrested Thursday night after loading weapons, including assault rifles, thousands of rounds of ammunition, bullet proof vests, radio communications equipment and $5,000 cash into a vehicle.Listen Now HAARP antenna array in Gakona, AK (Photo courtesy of U.S. Air Force)Mancil, the mastermind behind the plot, told police the plan was to travel to Alaska, hijack guards at HAARP and blow up a machine there that was quote “trapping human souls”. Coffee County Sherriff Doyle Wooten told the Douglas Enterprise that Mancil, was already being investigated for drug dealing. Wooten said Mancil appeared to radicalize in recent weeks, after watching on line videos about HAARP.The HAARP facility consists of a powerful radio transmitter and a field of large antennas. Built by the military for ionospheric research, it has long been the subject of conspiracy theories ranging from weather manipulation to mind control. The $300 million facility was transferred from the Air Force to the University of Alaska Fairbanks last year, and UAF Geophysical Institute public information officer Sue Mitchell says the school was notified about the threat on Monday.”And we’ve talked to them and we are investigating the whole situation,” Mitchell said. “We have security in place at HAARP and have had so we don’t think that these guys would’ve been able to make it through the Canadian border with the weapons that they had, but of course we’re paying a lot of attention and we’re concerned.”Mitchell says UAF is trying to dispel HAARP conspiracy theories that have proliferated since the 1990’s, when the Navy and then Air Force first constructed the facility.”Try to explain to people what is is actually capable of which is some very interesting science. Studying the Aurora and studying ways that the ionosphere affects communication satellites and other things. So we plan to we plan to use the facility for real, good basic science.”UAF held an open house at HAARP in August that was attended by 350 people. Mitchell said the university is negotiating with three potential contractors for grant-funded research at the HAARP facility that could begin as soon as February.The Georgia men involved in the plot could face federal charges.
Mahika SharmaTwitterActress Mahika Sharma, known for tv shows like Ramayana and FIR,opened up about receiving vulgar messages on Holi for working with adult film star Danny D.Mahika said that sheis paying the price of working with adult star Danny D in the upcoming Bollywood movie “The Modern Culture”.Mahika spoke about an incident she faced on Holi this year. While talking she shared, “Social media is platform I feel which needs more safety. One should be asked for government identity before creating an account. So we can be more secured. I usually get messages from strangers asking me my rates for night. Not only me, I find such stupid comments on many actresses or models too. But this time I faced a real bad experience. Someone messaged me “Danny D ki pichkari se khelogi.. Indian k b try karo..”Mahika has also urged people to be sure about women safety during Holi. She said, “Boys will touch but don’t allow it in that way! You will have people touching you. It’s a given. Although I cannot deny that it can and has been unsafe for women with boys thinking it’s a free for all in the name of Holi, you have to remember that you are in power here. If you don’t want to be touched or it crosses your boundaries – tell them to back off!”Mahika Sharma had also earned the tittle of Miss Teen Northeast, India.
Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:08 X Al OrtizHouston Mayor Sylvester Turner is tentatively reversing course on his plans for the City’s revenue cap and now says it is not likely that a proposition to repeal the cap will be included on the November ballot.Sylvester Turner is tentatively reversing course on his plans for the City’s revenue cap and now says it is not likely that a proposition to repeal the cap will be included on the November ballot, as he intended.The November ballot will already include a proposition on the City’s pension obligation bonds, which amount to $1 billion.The approval of that proposition, which was included in the final version of the bill that the Texas Legislature approved this year regarding the Mayor’s pension reform plan, is the last step for the pension reform to become a reality.“Do I want to run the risk of losing the reforms that we’ve made to our pension system that have been hurting this city for seventeen years? No,” Turner said during the customary press conference held after the City Council’s meeting.The November ballot will also include bonds for general improvements in Houston which would be in the hundreds of millions.Bob Stein, a Political Science professor at Rice University, says Turner’s change of mind is wise because “…you put that in front of voters and they’re gonna have a hard time swallowing it and, if you added to that the revenue cap repeal, I think you would get people voting against all three.”Houstonians approved the revenue cap in 2005 and eliminating it could mean a property tax increase.Turner has supported repealing the cap, or at least changing it, since he was campaigning for Mayor back in 2015 because he contends it holds down the City’s budget and limits the ability to provide services. Share