Irish designer selected to display work at David Bowie exhibition

first_imgAiden Grenelle stands beside his design and the image of David Bowie which inspired him. Photo: Image Now.IRISH GRAPHIC DESIGNER Aiden Grenelle has been selected to display his work at the upcoming retrospective on the life and work of David Bowie at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A).The ‘David Bowie Is’ exhibition is the V&A’s fastest-selling showcase in history – with nearly 48,000 visitors having already booked tickets. Meanwhile, David Bowie has scored his first UK number one album in 20 years with the release of The Next Day, which is also the fastest-selling album of the year so far.The exhibition, running from 23 March to 11 August, will feature more than 300 objects – include handwritten lyrics, original costumes, fashion, photography, film, music videos, set designs and Bowie’s own instruments.Grenelle of Image Now is among 100 international artists and designers who have contributed to a typographic screen-print commissioned by the V&A for the show, which will open on Saturday, March 23.“David Bowie was my first pin-up, musical hero so to be invited to contribute to this exhibition is an incredible honour,” Grenelle. “My contribution celebrates Ziggy Stardust, the character that had the most impact on me as a teen. The Ziggy Stardust bodysuits from 1972, designed by Freddie Burretti, will also be on display as part of the exhibition.”“Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars was the soundtrack of my art college years in Dundee during the mid-80s. And he’s the artist I’ve returned to the most for pleasure and for inspiration. He is pop’s greatest innovator without a doubt.”The selection marks the second major success for Image Now this year; the studio’s subsidiary Image Now Films was also behind the recent Sundance Festival award-winning documentary The Summit, directed by Nick Ryan.Darrell Kavanagh, MD of Image Now said: “This is great news for Aiden and a truly-deserved honour for him.”More than 100 leading international designers and artists were approached by Blam (aka Mark Blamire) of Print Process to produce a typographic mark or logotype for the word ‘Bowie’. Grennelle’s contribution was chosen as part of the final print.The result, a 500mm x 500mm print, entitled ‘The Changing Face of Bowie’, is available exclusively from the V&A.last_img read more

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Smithsonian looks to 3D printing to share collection

first_imgThe Smithsonian has over 137 million models and scientific replicas available, but at any given time only 2 percent of those items are shown. However, with advancements in 3D printing technology, the museum would be able to not only expand its reach across the country by creating replicas, but maintain a digital archive of historical pieces available to museums and schools across the country.Pictured above is a piece representing this effort, a bust of Thomas Jefferson, that was recently installed at the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s exhibit “Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty.” Traditionally, the Smithsonian would have to use rubber molding and casting to bring replicas to other museums. But they were able to generate a detailed 3D model using a laser scanner (estimated to cost around $100,000) by Minolta, which is able to capture detail down to the micron (one thousandth of a millimeter), and the help of a design studio, Studio EIS. After which the model was turned into the replica you see above from a RedEye on Demand 3D printer. The process has since become a little more streamlined by using the aforementioned scanner, digital cameras, and digitization software.“If we could leverage the power of 3D to bring a portion of that collection to the world that would be incredibly powerful, and definitely worth the expense,” Adam Metallo said to CNET, a coordinator on the 3D digitization at the Smithsonian.However, a 3D printer can cost as much as $30,000 — an expense most schools can’t afford to justify. Of course 3D printers aren’t exactly what one would call a “mainstream market,” yet. Also, while the data will be available to anyone via a personal computer, the Smithsonian will have to make sure the software they utilize to digitally archive these models won’t become limited or obsolete in the future. In the end, it’s good to see that the Smithsonian has the foresight to consider using up-and-coming technology to create resources more widely accessible to the public.via CNETlast_img read more

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PS Plus launches for Vita on November 19 with six free games

first_imgPlayStation Plus‘ instant game collection on PS3 has been a huge success. Since it launched in June, members have had access to around 24 games for free. Now, Sony is bringing the same service to the PS Vita, just in time for Christmas.Sony wants to make this holiday season the ideal time to buy a Vita. So next week on November 19, the PS Plus service will launch for the handheld, and when the store updates on the 20th there will be 6 free games made available.The free games are:Uncharted: Golden AbyssGravity RushWipeout 2048Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the LionsTales from space: Mutant Blobs Attack!Jet Set Radio HDThe Vita will also get all the extra features available on the PS3 with PS Plus, including 1GB of cloud storage, automatic updates, and automatic trophy syncing. Best of all, the PS Plus service on Vita is included as part of your PS Plus subscription on PS3, so if you’re already a member you don’t need to fork out any more money.That’s not all that’s coming to the Vita on the 19th, though. The system software update, version 2.00, will add an email app, improvements to the browser, 1080p video viewing, and the ability to wirelessly transfer files from your PC to your Vita and vice versa.If you don’t already have PS Plus this offer certainly makes it look more attractive. It costs $49.99 for a year, or $17.99 for three months, and now you get 18 free games which will be regularly updated.via PlayStation Bloglast_img read more

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Media gets debriefing today on Premiers Sales Investment Blitz

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 27 May 2015 – This morning the Hotel, Tourism, Aviation, Business, Government, Media and Real Estate team which represented the Turks and Caicos during the second Premier’s North American Sales & Investment Blitz will debrief on the experience which took the delegation of nearly 30 to six US cities over six days. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:Premier’s Sales & Investment Blitzlast_img

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Appeals court revives Alaska suit on roadless rule

first_imgWASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Friday revived a lawsuit by the state of Alaska challenging the national roadless rule, which prohibits road construction and timber harvesting on millions of acres of forest lands, including vast swaths of national forest in Alaska.In a 3-0 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reversed a federal judge’s ruling that Alaska waited too long to file its complaint.The appeals court said Alaska’s lawsuit, filed in 2011, was within a six-year time limit.The U.S. Forest Service argued that the clock on Alaska’s suit began running in 2001 when the roadless rule was issued. The three-judge appeals panel disagreed, saying the rule was repealed in 2005 by the Forest Service and reinstated in 2006 by a federal judge.“The Forest Service says that this case is different because the rule was reinstated in 2006 as a result of a court order,” wrote appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh.The appeals court said it does not matter whether the 2006 rule was issued by the agency acting on its own or as a result of a court order.“Either way, when the rule was reinstated in 2006 after its repeal in 2005,” a new six-year time limit began, Kavanaugh wrote.last_img read more

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Japanese organisation creates app to tell staff when nearby toilets are free

first_imgSomething for the weekend: All employers want staff to make productive use of their time throughout the working day, avoiding distractions that may keep employees away from completing set tasks. Japanese telecommunications organisation KDDI has come up with an innovative solution to cut unnecessary queuing time at office toilets through the development of a new app.The Internet of Things (IoT) cloud-based service allows employees to view the vacancy status of the nearest toilet in real time, on either their smartphone or PC, saving employees the time spent waiting for a cubicle to become available.The app is linked to a magnetic sensor attached to the toilet door, which detects when it is opened and closed, feeding the information back to the app. This information can also be used by office and facility managers looking to plan an efficient cleaning rota or to check how often certain facilities are utilised.The toilet vacancy management system can even sound an alarm to the administrator 30 minutes after the toilet door has closed, to help prevent accidents or issues.Here at Employee Benefits, we can see how useful this app could be, especially for the traditional out-the-door queue often found in the ladies toilets! Now if only KDDI could devise an app that notifies when the toilet paper needs to be replaced…last_img read more

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Enter the Employee Benefits Awards 2018 to showcase successful benefits strategies

first_imgThe Employee Benefits Awards 2018, which are returning for their 16th year in 2018, are now open for entries for employers to showcase their exceptional work.The Employee Benefits Awards are an opportunity for employers to demonstrate and celebrate the outstanding work they have carried out on their reward and benefits strategies, and the difference this has made to their organisations.The annual event recognises best-practice approaches to a range of benefits, and includes categories for best defined contribution (DC) pensions strategy, best mental health strategy, best flexible benefits plan, best benefits to support diversity and inclusion, and best benefits to support working carers, among many other.Winners will be announced at the Employee Benefits Awards and Summer Party, which will be held on 8 June 2018 at The Pavilion at The Tower of London. The lunchtime awards ceremony is a must-attend event, giving the industry the opportunity to come together to network and celebrate employers’ achievements.The deadline for awards entries is Monday 8 January 2018, so do not miss this opportunity to share your success with your peers.For more information and to enter.last_img read more

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Ewan McGregor makes directorial debut in American Pastoral

first_img(WSVN) – “American Pastoral” is a haunting drama set in the 1960s. The film is based on Philip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. It’s also actor Ewan McGregor’s directorial debut. So, we had to know, did Ewan do a good job? Here’s what the cast told us.A man’s seemingly perfect family falls apart when his daughter becomes radicalized.TV News presenter: “Police have widened their search for the missing teenager Meredith Levov for the bombing of a post office.”Dakota Fanning is an activist who disappears after violently protesting the Vietnam War.Dakota Fanning: “She’s grown up in a very comfortable home, and we see her at 16, and she’s become very angry with her surroundings and her parents.”While her dad, played by Ewan McGregor, begins a lifelong search for his missing daughter, her mom, played by Jennifer Connelly, completely breaks down.Jennifer Connelly: “I think she was so devastated by the loss of her daughter and what happened with her daughter, and that violence that came from her daughter, so stunned by it. It completely dismantled her.” Observing the family’s grief is a loyal employee of the family’s business, played by Uzo Aduba.Uzo Aduba: “It’s a film where all of the players are trying to hold on to, or in some cases with the new generation, let go of that American dream.”Telling the story fell upon the shoulders of Ewan McGregor. The actor decided to make this film his directorial debut.Ewan McGregor: “I was cast as the actor in ‘American Pastoral’ first, and eventually, it sort of ended up being director-less, and at that point I realized that I wanted to direct for years and years, and I realized this could be the one.”And it’s a good thing he did. The star-studded cast says Ewan was the perfect man for the job.Uzo Aduba: “Fantastic, I loved working with him.”Jennifer Connelly: “He was very collaborative. He was very enthusiastic, very passionate about the story.” Dakota Fanning: “He’s always a such a talented actor, and that doesn’t change in this film, but I think he’s a really fine director.”“American Pastoral” opens in South Florida theaters on Friday, Oct. 21.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Miami boat owners secure vessels ahead of Dorian

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Some Miami residents spent their Friday bringing in their boats to protect them days before Hurricane Dorian is expected to have an effect on Florida.Owners are worried about the rough surf and storm surge that the storm, a Category 4 system as of Friday night, is expected to bring.Earlier in the day, boat owners at Pelican Harbor Marina hauled the vessels home with them. Others took their boats to dry dock.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Deltaarea Birders Spot Species New to Interior During Christmas Bird Count

first_imgDelta-area bird-count coordinator Steve DuBois photographed this Eurasian collared dove in the Delta Junction area in September. (Credit Steve DuBois)Delta Junction-area birders participating in the annual Christmas Bird Count spotted a rare species not normally seen this far north in the winter.Download AudioSteve DuBois and other birders in the Delta Junction area are all aflutter that two of the four Eurasian collared doves have been hanging around the area since last summer were spotted again in last week’s bird count.“We were anxious to see if the doves would still be present for the Christmas bird count. And sure enough, they were,” DuBois said.That’s significant, especially this late into winter, says Gail Mayo. She heads up Fairbanks’s Arctic Audubon Society chapter.“Oh yeah, it would be noteworthy. And it would definitely be a first for the Delta count,” Mayo said. “It would definitely be a first if we were to see one in Fairbanks.”DuBois is a retired state Fish and Game Department wildlife biologist who coordinates the Delta-area bird count. He says even a summer sighting would be unusual for a bird species that was first spotted in the Western Hemisphere less than four decades ago.“They got into the Bahamas and then into (the) United States back in the 1970s,” he said, “and have been expanding their range north and west since then.”DuBois says the doves were first spotted in Alaska around Ketchikan, in the summer of 2006. He says there was a few sightings around the Interior in recent years, before four showed up at a bird-feeder in Delta last summer and took up residence.“Of course, the big question was, y’know, these were doves that were not native – could they survive the winter?”He suspects they probably wouldn’t have lived this long in a typical winter. And that, if it ever gets really cold this winter, they probably wouldn’t make it.“My guess is that they probably will not establish themselves year-round, through the winter,” he saidBut DuBois says he believes the appearance of the Eurasian collared dove this time of year is part of a trend of bird species ranging farther north as the Earth’s climate continues to warm.“Well, the birds are definitely expanding north and west, and have been since the ’70s,” he said. “And now they’ve made it up into southern and coastal Alaska, where they seem to be established. And I would guess that’s probably due to climate change.”Maybe so, says Mayo, with the Fairbanks Audubon chapter.“Well it certainly could be a factor,” she said, but added that more data is needed. Mayo says that’s why the Christmas Bird Count is so important, especially in northern locales like here in the Interior.“National Audubon has started doing some huge studies of Christmas bird count data as one of their main sources to see if they are looking at trends. And they definitely have some examples of birds (that) seem to be responding to climate change,” she said.To find out more about the Christmas Bird Count and other birding projects around the Interior, go online to arcticaudubon.org.last_img read more

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Some of Southeasts recycling is headed to the landfill

first_imgSitka’s recycling center has separate bins for different reusable materials. But its mixed paper containers are gone, due to new restrictions tied to import rules in China. (Photo by Robert Woolsey/KCAW)Much of the cardboard, plastic bottles and other items recycled in Alaska end up in China. The East Asia country is about to impose new rules limiting what it will accept.Here’s how that affects our part of the world.Locals sort through tubs and boxes of empty bottles and cans on a recent afternoon at Juneau’s recycling center.They toss aluminum in one bin and plastics numbered 1 and 2 in another. Cardboard has its own place, as does mixed paper. Nearby containers hold glass and tin cans.Those recycling generally like the idea of reusing items and keeping them out of the nearby landfill.But soon, that’s going to be a little harder to pull off.A substantial amount of Alaska’s recycling is shipped to China, where it’s shredded or melted down or both before being turned into new products at that nation’s numerous factories.“China takes so much of the U.S. materials they have a lot of market power,” Mary Fisher, executive director of Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling, said.Fisher said China will start limiting what it takes at the beginning of next year.Plastics No. 1 and 2, such as soda bottles and milk jugs, will continue to be accepted.The same is true for aluminum cans and corrugated cardboard.But the higher-number plastics, numbers 3 through 7, — including some takeout food containers, plastic cups and shower curtains — will not.Neither will mixed paper, such as mail, magazines and newspapers.“Most communities in Alaska are not accepting mixed plastics like that. So I don’t see that as being a major impact up here. And the mixed paper, a little bit more problematic as China uses a lot of mixed paper,” Fisher said.A number of Southeast Alaska communities barge their recycling – as well as their garbage – south.Republic Services has the contract to barge recycling from Ketchikan, Sitka and Petersburg. It recently informed those communities it stopped recycling plastics numbers 3 through 7 earlier this month.Sandra Woods is a municipal landfill specialist for the state.“What they’ve told everybody is they’re going to accept everything like they have been. But it’s important that the communities know that plastics 3-7 and the mixed paper is going to be landfilled after China no longer accepts it,” Woods said.China also is cracking down on what’s called contamination, or too many unrecyclable items, mixed in.Juneau’s municipal solid waste coordinator Jim Penor blames curbside recycle, which also is done in Juneau, as well as Petersburg.“When you think of the single-stream recyclable collection program at the curbside, and everybody can just throw in everything all in one bin,” Penor said. “That, I believe, has created the problem that has increased the percentage of contaminates going to China.”The new import rules don’t kick in until January.But Penor said it’s already had an impact on recycling revenue, which helps fund local collection and shipping efforts.“I was getting approximately $130 a ton for cardboard up until October,” Penor said. “In October, it went to $40. I was getting $85 to $100 a ton for my plastics. That went to $10.”Penor said contamination can only improve at the home or business level – or with expensive sorting.It is possible China will roll back some of its restrictions before they take effect. Or, they may be short-term.Penor said it gives large recyclers that take Alaska’s material motivation to look for other customers.“They’re looking at world markets. Where else can we ship our stuff? We’re shipping it to China. Can we get Vietnam excited about making some manufacturing plants using recycled material from the United States? The Netherlands, Australia, different places,” Penor said.Some recyclables haven’t been shipped south to find new uses for a while.Glass, for example, mostly stays here, due to low prices and high shipping costs. But some places crush it and use it for sand or gravel.last_img read more

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Rick and Morty is Anime Now Sorry

first_img It’s been long overdue, but praise the heads in the sky because we’re now knee-deep in Rick and Morty season three. We have so many new jokes to reference. Szechuan sauce! Pickle Rick! Noob noob! However, like all things, eventually this euphoria will pass. After a painfully short number of weeks with new Rick and Morty episodes, we’ll once again be stuck in a one or two-year hell without new Rick and Morty.We’ve been through this before, though. Like Morty himself, Rick and Morty’s fandom has gotten used to standing in the shadow of a brilliant yet terrifying thing that drags us on incredible soul-crushing adventures before abandoning us. It’s no big deal. You just have to learn to cope and enjoy Rick and Morty content wherever you can find it, whether it’s in virtual reality or commentary tracks or a giant bus shaped like Rick.Recently I’ve struck a rich vein of supplemental Rick and Morty material you may want to keep handy during the lean times between seasons. Enjoy clips of old episodes in a fantastic new way by watching the Rick and Morty Japanese dub on Netflix. It’s basically anime, and it’s great.Even if he’s more convincing as a teenage boy than an old man, no one can replicate the sheer amount of varied voice acting series co-creator Justin Roiland does for the show. So it’s unsurprising that Roiland-voiced characters like Rick, Morty, Mr. Meeseeks, and more seem to have separate voice actors in this dub. Still, it’s fascinating to hear these performers attempt to translate Roiland’s… distinct belching and cursing and stammering vocal tics into a new language. Part of the joy of Rick and Morty is how the show itself seems barely committed to its semi-improved nonsense, and much of that comes from Roiland, but that spirit lives on in this dub. To watch these full episodes of Japanese Rick and Morty, you’ll probably need a VPN to access Japanese Netflix. But honestly, with a passing familiarity of the show these context-free clips are even funnier. Watching them makes me feel like Rick momentarily hopping into these confounding infinite universes and realizing that nothing matters. Just watch classic bits like “100 Years of Rick and Morty.com” or the first appearance of Mr. Poopybutthole or the terror of King Jellybean as if they were shady VHS tapes you’d get in Chinatown in 1997. Witness sequences that were maybe secretly anime all along, even in the English version, like the tranquil “Goodbye Moonmen” song or Summer’s dreamy odyssey across Never Past Bedtime Land with Tinkles and other memory parasites. I’ve loved what I’ve seen of Rick and Morty season three so far, but in the back of my mind I now can’t wait to also see its inevitable Japanese reinterpretation. Japanese Pickle Rick vs. Jaguar is going to be the greatest anime battle of all time. Put it on Crunchyroll!Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Stay on target Hear character names and phrases like Bird Person or Rick’s classic catchphrase “Wubba Lubba Dub Dub” like they were plot points in a new Dragon Ball arc. Toy Tuesday: The Schwiftiest ‘Rick & Morty’ ToysTop Movie and TV Trailers to Watch From SDCC 2019 last_img read more

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Footage surfaces from canceled Batman The Dark Knight game

first_imgI don’t know about you guys, but I always found it odd that The Dark Knight film never got a movie tie-in game. Not only did Batman Begins get a video game, but the second installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman saga was released during the heyday of movie tie-in games. It turns out that there was in fact a game in development, but was cancelled due to a myriad of problems.Our friends over at Unsee64 have brought the cancelled Batman game into the light. The title was being developed by the now defunct Pandemic Studios. Development on the title was difficult from the start due to the game breaking down whenever characters were inserted into the open world environment. Things allegedly became even more difficult when Pandemic was acquired by Electronic Arts. Because of these problems, the studio was unable to stick to schedule and missed releasing the game along with the film. A new date was set to coincide with the home video version.No matter how hard they tried, the studio was unable to eliminate all of the bugs and technical issues that plagued the game. The game was officially canceled in October and Pandemic’s Brisbane office, which was the main team in charge of the game, was closed down by EA on Christmas of that year. Apparently, this left EA with a bill of $100 million for the cancelled title.That was the end of that game, but Batman would return with the popular Arkham series by Rocksteady Studios from Warner Bros. Interactive.last_img read more

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Huge population fluctuations could have preceded passenger pigeon extinction

first_imgJuvenile (left), male (center), female (right), by Louis Agassiz Fuertes. Credit: Public Domain Citation: Huge population fluctuations could have preceded passenger pigeon extinction (2014, June 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-06-huge-population-fluctuations-passenger-pigeon.html © 2014 Phys.org In the 1800s, observers reported flocks of passenger pigeons blanketing the sky. James Audubon, the artist and ornithologist, once described a flock of passenger pigeons blocking the sun for three consecutive days. Population estimates for the beginning and middle of the 19th century ranged from three to five billion. Within a human lifespan, the species was extinct. What caused the birds to disappear so suddenly? Previous researchers blamed human hunting and deforestation. However, Li and his team thought changes in the environment, independent of human activity, could have caused the population to fluctuate.To determine past population sizes, the researchers mapped the passenger pigeon genome, using DNA from three museum specimens collected across the birds’ feeding range, and compared it with the genome of the modern domestic pigeon. They found that the passenger pigeon’s effective population size, the number of individuals needed to produce the amount of genetic variation found in the species, was only about 330,000. This showed the population had not always been in the billions. Instead, it fluctuated, rising rapidly during population outbreaks and then declining again.When the researchers reconstructed the birds’ genetic history, they found that population changes corresponded with the Earth’s climate history. The population shrunk during the last Ice Age and rebounded after the glaciers retreated.The team also looked at the availability of acorns, the birds’ main food, over the past 21,000 years. A study of fossil pollen records showed that oak cover has been decreasing since about 9,000 years ago. The decline in oak cover would have caused a corresponding decline in the pigeon population.Li’s team think European immigrants to North America could have reversed the downward trend temporarily, causing the population surge that resulted in flocks of passenger pigeons blotting out the sun. Agricultural crops would have provided the birds with more food, compensating for the loss of oak cover. By driving out Native Americans, the Europeans could have contributed to the pigeon population explosion; Native Americans were active passenger pigeon hunters. Ther researchers believe that by the late 1800s, the downward trend had reasserted itself. This, combined with human exploitation, resulted in rapid extinction. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Phys.org) —In the 19th century, billions of passenger pigeons crowded the skies of North America. By 1914, the birds had become extinct. Previously, ecologists thought human activity was responsible for the passenger pigeon’s sudden, rapid demise. Now, Shou-Hsien Li of National Taiwan Normal University and colleagues have found that changes in environmental conditions may have caused passenger pigeon populations to fluctuate dramatically. A natural decline in population, combined with human activity, may have resulted in extinction. The research appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.center_img Explore further Long-extinct passenger pigeon finds a place in the family tree This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Drastic population fluctuations explain the rapid extinction of the passenger pigeon, Chih-Ming Hung, PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1401526111AbstractTo assess the role of human disturbances in species’ extinction requires an understanding of the species population history before human impact. The passenger pigeon was once the most abundant bird in the world, with a population size estimated at 3–5 billion in the 1800s; its abrupt extinction in 1914 raises the question of how such an abundant bird could have been driven to extinction in mere decades. Although human exploitation is often blamed, the role of natural population dynamics in the passenger pigeon’s extinction remains unexplored. Applying high-throughput sequencing technologies to obtain sequences from most of the genome, we calculated that the passenger pigeon’s effective population size throughout the last million years was persistently about 1/10,000 of the 1800’s estimated number of individuals, a ratio 1,000-times lower than typically found. This result suggests that the passenger pigeon was not always super abundant but experienced dramatic population fluctuations, resembling those of an “outbreak” species. Ecological niche models supported inference of drastic changes in the extent of its breeding range over the last glacial–interglacial cycle. An estimate of acorn-based carrying capacity during the past 21,000 y showed great year-to-year variations. Based on our results, we hypothesize that ecological conditions that dramatically reduced population size under natural conditions could have interacted with human exploitation in causing the passenger pigeon’s rapid demise. Our study illustrates that even species as abundant as the passenger pigeon can be vulnerable to human threats if they are subject to dramatic population fluctuations, and provides a new perspective on the greatest human-caused extinction in recorded history.last_img read more

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SepPDF Split PDF documents on Windows

first_imgSepPDF: Split PDF documents on Windows by Martin Brinkmann on August 28, 2017 in Software – 6 commentsSepPDF is a free portable program for Microsoft Windows devices that you may use to split PDF documents in multiple ways to create new documents out of a single file.You may sometimes want to or need to extract pages from a PDF document. Maybe you are in possession of a huge PDF file but need only part of it, or because you want to distribute part of the document, for instance to make it available online.While you may use dedicated PDF Editors for that, a program like SepPDF may be sufficient most of the time. This is the case especially when you are only interested in extracting pages but don’t need to edit the document in any other form, for instance by adding content to it or removing content.SepPDF: split PDF documentsSepPDF is compatible with all recent versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system. In fact, it supports all client versions of Windows starting with Windows XP.The developer has kept download links for older versions of the application that are compatible with even older versions of Windows starting with Windows 95.You can run SepPDF right after you have downloaded the tiny file from the developer website and extracted it to the local system.The application uses a compact design. You load the PDF document that you want to split with a click on the Ref button, or by dragging and dropping the file onto the window.You may then select split (all) to save each page of the document individually as a PDF document, or use the  split (page etc input) button to customize the splitting.If you select the former, the source file is processed and you end up with multiple PDF files in the same directory. Basically, what happens is that SepPDF saves each page of the PDF individually to the directory.A new window opens when you activate the second button. It lists an option at the top to select a page range that you want split, and two optional preferences below to select the destination folder and adjust the time stamp.The freeware warns you if too many new PDF documents are created by split operations. The default value is set to 50, and you may change it in the program settings or disable it if you don’t require it.Tip: We have reviewed other PDF splitting programs in the past. Here is a small selection:PDF ShaperSplit and merge PDF documents with Adolix Split & Merge.PDF Split and Merge (requires Java)Closing WordsSepPDF is a lightweight simply but very effective program for Windows to split PDF files.Summary12345 Author Rating5 based on 2 votes Software Name SepPDFOperating System WindowsSoftware Category OfficeLanding Page http://www.ne.jp/asahi/foresth/home/indexe.htm#spdf Advertisementlast_img read more

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New Study Wants To Find Whether iPhone And Apple Watch Data Can

first_img ENDS IN ENDS IN Close The Apple watch has a lot of features that can truly make users’ days easier and their tasks more convenient. But can data gathered from it also help find the first signs of dementia?  ( Apple, Inc. ) Researchers of a new study are looking at Apple Watch and iPhone data to determine whether the devices can help detect early signs of dementia. Apple is teaming up with health-tech startup Evidation and pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly to find ways of using popular gadgets to detect cognitive impairments.Gadget Data On Cognitive DeclineFor the 12-week study conducted by researchers from Apple, Eli Lilly, and Evidation, all the participants were given three gadgets: an Apple Watch, an iPhone, and a Beddit sleep Tracker. Eighty-two of the participants were in the healthy control group while 31 were in varying stages of dementia and cognitive decline, and they were all tasked to avoid taking medications that could possibly impact the results.Interestingly, researchers found that the participants with signs of cognitive decline typed less regularly, slower, and also sent fewer text messages compared to the participants in the healthy control group. What’s more, they were also found to be less inclined to participate in surveys and were more reliant on support apps. Ads by Amazon Laxcido 3G WiFi Phone Call GPS Smart Watch, Real-time Tr… ENDS IN $30.00$30.00 Bestseller AllVideo On Demand: Rent or BuyClothing & AccessoriesMajor AppliancesArts, Crafts & SewingAutomotiveBaby & NurseryBeauty & GroomingBooks & TextbooksCollectible CoinsCamera & PhotoCell Phones & AccessoriesClassical MusicComputers, Tablets & ComponentsBlu-Ray & DVDElectronic Components & Home AudioEntertainment CollectiblesVideo GamesOther Gift Card BrandsGrocery & Gourmet FoodPatio, Lawn & GardenHealth & HouseholdBusiness & Industrial SuppliesJewelryKindle StoreKitchen & DiningMagazinesMiscellaneousDigital MusicCDs & VinylMusical InstrumentsOffice & School SuppliesPet Food & SuppliesPatio, Lawn & GardenShoes, Handbags, Wallets, SunglassesSoftwareSports CollectiblesSports & FitnessHome ImprovementToys & GamesVHSVideo GamesWatches $97.98$159.99 Ads by Amazon Bestseller Bestseller All DEAL OF THE DAY (286) ⓒ 2018 TECHTIMES.com All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission. Wow facts 3Share this videoCopyPausePlay00:00% Buffered0PreviousPausePlayNextLive00:00 / 00:00UnmuteMuteExit fullscreenFullscreenCopy video urlPlay / PauseMute / UnmuteReport a problemLanguageBackMox PlayerDefaultEnglishEspañolУкраїнськаРусскийadvertisementThat said, researchers did not reach long-term conclusions, and more analysis is needed.Apple On HealthThis is so far Apple’s first time to be linked with Eli Lilly, but it is only one of the company’s latest moves on adding health features on their products. In fact, the latest version of the Apple Watch has features that can help diagnose health problems, as well as ResearchKit which helps researchers collect data for research on cognitive decline and Parkinson’s disease. What’s more, the company has also been working on software that can help detect falls among seniors.So far, however, Apple has yet to roll out any features or apps specifically for dementia, but the new study shows that the company is intent on adding more useful health features for their consumer gadgets.The study is scheduled to be presented at the 25th SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining in Anchorage, Alaska. TAG Apple Watch, iPhone, Dementia (4359) Tile Slim – Phone Finder. Wallet Finder. Anything Finder – 1 Pack Related Products DEAL OF THE DAY $52.99$52.99 DEAL OF THE DAY (1955) DEAL OF THE DAY $63.95$63.95 TOPCHANCES Elderly Kids Smart Watch with Dual Way Call SOS Anti-Lost GPS Pedometer WiFi Tracking Remote Moni… Whistle 3 / GPS Pet Tracker & Activity Monitor / Grey Bestseller ENDS IN last_img read more

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first_img Sponsored Content | Case Study | Enterprise Imaging | July 02, 2019 Reducing Complexity and Cost at CarolinaEast Health System — A Transformative Approach Quality care matters deeply to CarolinaEast Health Syst… read more CarolinaEast Health System Related Content Videos | Enterprise Imaging | July 09, 2019 VIDEO: Building the Right Team for Enterprise Imaging Success — Part 2 ITN Associate Editor Jeff Zagoudis speaks with Don Dennison read more Case Study | October 06, 2011 Small-Hospital Enterprise IT Strategy Waldo County General Hospital shares its experiences in successfully going digital Although it is a small hospital, Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast, Maine, was an early PACS adopter, implementing its first system in 2003.Waldo County General Hospital (WCGH) is a small, critical access hospital located in Belfast, Maine. The picturesque seaport town has a long history with boat building, fishing and tourism as its economic backbone. WCGH has been serving the area’s healthcare needs since 1901.As with most critical access hospitals, its remote location and small size — only 25 patient beds — not only has meant limited budgets, but also increased its need to keep pace with technological advancement. It often transfers patients to specialists at another facility and needs to share data outside of its network.  The most severe, acute-care cases are transported to tertiary care facilities in Portland and Bangor, Maine. The remote location also has made it difficult to attract physicians, and falling below current technology standards could exacerbate the problem.With the need to transport images and make imaging studies readily available to referring physicians, WCGH got into the picture archiving and communications system (PACS) game relatively early, implementing its first system in 2003. When it contacted Infinitt North America (then SmartPACS) at that time, no one knew it would be the start of a technology partnership that would support them into the next decade or that its PACS would become the hub of its clinical IT platform.Today, the hospital and its five rural health centers service more than 1,500 admissions and 118,000 outpatient visits each year. All 47 physicians on staff have login access to the PACS and are using the system to view their patients’ images immediately and radiology reports within hours of the exam.The ChallengeWCGH implemented its first PACS with a “big bang” approach, implementing a third-party radiology information system (RIS) and a speech recognition system all at the same time. The challenge was to take the radiology department digital and enable clinicians to transfer image and patient data easily when transporting and referring patients.  According to David Felton, WCGH’s Director of Information Technology and Information Services, it was easy to do with the Infinitt PACS.Infinitt helped them integrate the PACS with WCGH’s hospital information system (HIS) and third-party RIS for ordering, film tracking, scheduling, etc. The PACS also was integrated with a Dolbey system so that radiologists could dictate reports while using the PACS viewer. Wide area connections with regional health systems reduced their need to copy images and reports to CD by 75%. Then, towards the end of 2007, Infinitt introduced a major upgrade: The Infinitt G3 PACS is a true Web-based system, and it incorporates RIS functionality on a common database with the PACS.Before upgrading with Infinitt, WCGH did a comprehensive analysis of PACS offerings from several vendors. They knew they wanted a Web-based system, so that narrowed the field of vendors in consideration. They also felt very good about their partnership with Infinitt and liked the fact that Infinitt was now offering a single database RIS/PACS, which meant working with a single vendor.  They had confidence in Infinitt’s R&D capabilities and knew they could work collaboratively with Infinitt developers to extend the system to meet unique local needs.When the pricing analysis also fell in Infinitt’s favor, WCGH decided to move ahead with the Infinitt upgrade.The SolutionIn Q2 of 2008, the Imaging Department at WCGH upgraded the hospital’s PACS and administrative systems to Infinitt’s single-database RIS/PACS. This seamlessly-integrated image and information management solution included:• State-of-the-art servers, network switches, workstations, film printers and a film digitizer;• two new, high-end Konica computed radiography (CR) units;• migration of seven years of historical patient and order data from the legacy RIS to Infinitt’s integrated RIS/PACS database;• implementation of HL7 interfaces for enterprise-wide message handling; and• development and deployment of a feature-rich Mammography Management module that simplified patient letter production and drove productive and accurate recordkeeping.“Consolidating the RIS and PACS made implementation much easier, and ongoing management and maintenance requirements were reduced greatly,” remarked Felton.   “Infinitt developed the Mammo Tracking Module in the RIS to our specifications and solved an issue with the hospital’s order entry system, which required the RIS to interface an unusual order type that could not be handled by most integration engines.”With radiology, orthopedics and digital mammography images in a single data store, the Infinitt system had already expanded beyond radiology. So when the Infinitt Cardiology PACS module was introduced in 2009, it made sense to continue adding capabilities onto Infinitt’s single-database platform. By this time, Felton had numerous HL7 integrations under his belt and was confident they could integrate data from multiple departments with the help of Infinitt’s project management team.ResultsThe system began as a stand-alone radiology system and evolved into a multi-departmental system. In 2008, Ann Hooper, manager of radiology services said, “With the help of our in-house development team, the system lives and evolves to meet the Imaging Department’s changing needs.”But as infrastructure and compliance issues surfaced, Infinitt took on a broader role, acting as a consulting arm to WCGH’s IT department. The Infinitt RIS/PACS /Cardiology PACS became a clinical hub that improved IT productivity and enhanced business performance.Now, David Felton says the system functions well across departments, and he believes it would function well across multiple sites if that were a consideration. He also sees the consolidated platform easing the transition to the Electronic Health Record (EHR). “In retrospect, I can say that Infinitt’s integration strengths have been an important factor in the success of our IT strategy. They have been strongly supportive of our integration goals.”Case study supplied by Infinitt North America. 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Saudi King Salman to miss Gulf nation summit in US

first_imgRIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will not attend a Camp David summit of U.S. and allied Arab leaders, his foreign minister, Adel al-Jubeir, said Sunday.In a statement, al-Jubeir said the summit Thursday coincides with a humanitarian cease-fire in the conflict in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition is fighting Shiite rebels known as Houthis. He said Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, who is also interior minister, would lead the Saudi delegation and the king’s son, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is defense minister, will also attend. Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Top holiday drink recipes Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 0 Comments   Share   center_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober How men can have a healthy 2019 President Barack Obama had planned to meet Salman one-on-one a day before the gathering of leaders at the presidential retreat but the White House did not take his decision to skip the summit as a sign of any substantial disagreement with the U.S.The king, who took power in January after his brother King Abdullah died, has not traveled abroad since his ascension to the throne.At the summit, leaders of Gulf nations will be looking for assurance that Obama has their support when the region feels under siege from Islamic extremists and Syria, Iraq and Yemen are in various states of chaos. Arab allies also feel threatened by Iran’s rising influence and worry the nuclear pact taking shape with the U.S., Iran and other nations may embolden Tehran to intrude more aggressively in countries of the region.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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first_imgEight Travel Associates agents – Julie Bailey, Lolo Trendell, Merita Geer, Anna Fox, Michelle Lovegrove, Melissa Gray, Lisa McKinley, Brandi O’Brien – enjoyed a trip to California from 7 November to 12 November, experiencing both the desert delights in Greater Palm Springs, and SoCal’s famous Huntington Beach. Hosted by Alexandra Sparr from Greater Palm Springs CVB and Jamie Swan from Delta Air Lines, the group had a jam-packed itinerary in both locales, staying at the Miramonte Resort & Spa in Greater Palm Spring and Paséa Hotel and Spa in Huntington Beach.From the thrills of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to track thrills at the BMW Performance Center, where a former NASCAR driver taught the agents how to drive a sports car, Greater Palm Springs was all action.In Huntington Beach, it was all chill as the group wined and dined on Prince Charles sunset yacht charter, and Pro surfer Rocky McKinnon dropped in on the agents’ paddleboarding session on Huntington Harbor. CaliforniafamilGreater Palm Springslast_img read more

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