Waking Up Tired? Blame Electricity

first_imgOur internal clocks are drifting out of sync, and indoor lighting may be to blame. A new study suggests that just a few days in the great outdoors puts us back in tune with the solar cycle, and reconnecting with the sun could make us less drowsy.Electricity has given us the freedom to choose our bedtimes; staying up after dark is as easy as flipping a light switch. But we pay a price for this luxury, says integrative physiologist Kenneth Wright of the University of Colorado, Boulder, who led the new study. People with later bedtimes and wake times are exposed to more artificial light and less sunlight, he says, which means their bodies aren’t getting the natural cues humans once relied on.To understand how falling out of sync with the sun changes our body’s internal clock—or circadian rhythm—sleep researchers look to the timekeeping mechanisms in the brain, particularly how we regulate the hormone melatonin. Released about 2 hours before sleep, melatonin makes us feel drowsy as we wind down for rest, Wright says. It then decreases as we become alert in the morning. The mechanisms driving our clock are complex and hard to measure, but the daily spike and drop in melatonin are like its chimes. “Melatonin tells us what time it is in the body,” Wright says.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)And when we keep strange schedules, our melatonin goes haywire. Turning lights on at night can delay melatonin release and shift the timing of our internal clock, says sleep physiologist Derk-Jan Dijk of the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom, who was not involved in the work. But it wasn’t clear just what would happen in modern, electricity-adapted humans if all artificial light were suddenly taken away. “This is the first time that somebody has done the obvious but important experiment,” he says.Wright and his colleagues outfitted eight subjects with activity-tracking watches that carry light intensity detectors and motion sensors to keep tabs on sleep and wake times. For the first week, the participants went about their lives, spent mostly in artificially lit buildings. They then spent 24 hours in a lab, where the researchers periodically tested the melatonin levels in their saliva. In the second week, the group went camping in the Colorado Rockies, where they could sleep and wake up whenever they wanted but had no access to TV, cell phones, or even flashlights. Their world was illuminated only by sunlight and campfires. The group returned from their excursion for another stint of saliva sampling.Data from the watches showed that subjects got about the same amount of sleep in the two settings. But the shift from artificial to natural light, which nearly quadrupled their total light exposure, also tinkered with their internal clocks. After camping, the subject’s biological cycles had shifted to align with the sun. Their bodies released melatonin right at sunset—2 hours earlier than under artificial light conditions—and shut it off again just after sunrise, the team reports online today in Current Biology.“When we expose ourselves to only natural light, we are in sync with that light-dark cycle quite strongly,” Wright says. The natural night owls in the group saw an especially dramatic shift in their melatonin cycle and became more similar to the early birds. The team suggests that artificial light had been exerting a particularly strong influence on the internal clocks of the night owls. The subjects weren’t asked to report whether they felt less drowsy after the change in lighting.Observing changes in human rhythms in a natural environment represents a “breakthrough,” says Marie Dumont, a chronobiologist at the University of Montreal in Canada. “I think we forget most of the time that the knowledge that we have comes from laboratory and artificial conditions,” she says. Dumont cautions, however, that few conclusions can be drawn from this small group of individuals. Changes in physical activity during the camping trip and the social interaction subjects had also likely influenced the retiming of their internal clocks, she says.But the work may offer clues about the tiredness that plagues many night owls. Other studies have shown that our low point in alertness, when melatonin production is shutting off in the morning, tends to occur about 2 hours after awakening. “We wake up, but then our clock still promotes sleepiness, and we don’t feel well,” explains Dijk, whose research group first described this unfortunate paradox. After the week of camping, participants’ melatonin shutoff occurred before they awoke instead of after. Wright says that the discrepancy between our melatonin cycle and our sleep-wake cycle could account for our morning sleepiness—an explanation Dijk calls “an interesting suggestion” that needs more thorough study.Because we’re not going to abandon our electrified existence anytime soon, Wright says that certain habits can counteract our estrangement from the sun. He recommends letting plenty of light into your room in the morning, exposing yourself to more natural light throughout the day, and dimming the lighting in your home a couple hours before bed. Now have a good night.last_img read more

Journalist unions concerned over ‘anti-NRC’ dossier

first_imgThe Indian Journalists’ Union (IJU) and its affiliate Journalists’ Union of Assam (JUA) have expressed concern over the “propaganda” under the “NRC authority logo to malign journalists from across the country as anti-nationals” for their critical reports on the ongoing National Register of Citizens exercise in Assam.A dossier listing “anti-NRC” journalists and human rights activists has been doing the rounds on social media for about a week now. The office of State NRC Coordinator Prateek Hajela issued a statement saying it has nothing to do with the creation and circulation of the dossier.“The IJU views this as a hate campaign and crass intolerance against opinions and reports by professional journalists,” the union’s president and Press Council of India member Amar Devulapalli said in a statement on Wednesday. ‘Hate campaign’He termed the “hate campaign” as an attack on the right to free speech and expression.JUA president Geetartha Pathak, also the IJU vice-president, said the dossier was a mischievous attempt to intimidate journalists and discourage them from reporting on and analysing the ground reality in Assam.The IJU and JUA also asked the NRC authority to investigate the origin of the dossier since it has been prepared in their names.last_img read more

Not quitting Grand Alliance: Manjhi

first_imgHindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) national president Jitan Ram Manjhi on Sunday asserted that he never said his party would pull out of the five-party Grand Alliance in Bihar. The former Bihar Chief Minister, however, said that a coordination committee should be formed for taking decisions regarding the Grand Alliance and for better coordination among its partners: the RJD, the Congress, the RLSP, the HAM(S) and the Vikassheel Insan Party (VIP). Speaking to reporters after the HAM(S) youth wing meeting convened at his residence here, Mr.Manjhi said, “I never said my party will come out of the Grand Alliance… i will remain in it… though, I firmly spoke about the formation of a coordination committee for taking decisions of the alliance.” Mr. Manjhi had on November 7 announced at the national executive meeting of HAM(S) that his party would go it alone in the upcoming Jharkhand Assembly elections, where it has not contested any poll so far. He also announced that his party will field candidates in all the 243 Assembly segments of Bihar during Vidhan Sabha elections next year, giving rise to speculations that the Dalit leader may quit the Grand Alliance.‘Panel to take decisions’ “I had joined the Grand Alliance on the condition that there will be a coordination committee and every decision of alliance will be taken through the committee alone,” he told reporters on Sunday. When pointed out that RJD heir apparent Tejashwi Prasad Yadav had said that Mr. Manjhi had made up his mind to quit the alliance, the HAM(S) supremo refused to comment on it.last_img read more

Revenge not on my mind: Nemanja Matic on facing Chelsea

first_imgManchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic says his success at former club Chelsea demonstrates that he has nothing to prove in Sunday’s Premier League clash between the two sides.Matic joined champions Chelsea in 2014 under former manager Jose Mourinho and helped them win two league titles and a League Cup in three seasons.The Serbian was reunited with Mourinho at United in July and has been instrumental in the Manchester club’s strong start this season as they sit second in the league standings and top of their Champions League group.”I feel when I played there, I showed them my quality. We won the title twice and also two cups, so I don’t have to prove to them anything. I just have to prove something to my new club,” Matic is quoted as saying by The Guardian.The 29-year-old said he was not concerned about his reception at Stamford Bridge but is wary of losing to the champions as it would give rivals the opportunity to insert themselves into the title race.”We know we must respect them,” Matic added. “They are a good team, they’re champions and it’s going to be a hard game for us, but we also have our own qualities.”The Premier League is difficult… You lose two games and the other teams are there, so it’s important not to lose points, of course, but there’s a long way to go.”Former Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata was part of the United team that lost 4-0 to Antonio Conte’s side last season but the Spaniard believes the side’s focus is fully on the coming fixture.advertisement”There’s not revenge on my mind. (They are) totally different games, what happened last season, happened last season and now we have to think in the present,” Mata said.”It’s always a difficult game playing Chelsea away but we will try our best.”There is a lot of pressure around the game but obviously we will try to play our best football and come back to Manchester with three points.”United trail leaders Manchester City by five points and last beat fourth-placed Chelsea in an away league game in 2012.last_img read more

Arizona Gives Greinke $206.5M

first_imgThe Arizona Diamondbacks unveiled their snazzy new uniforms one day, then landed a new ace to wear them the next.Surprise! Zack Greinke is coming to the desert.The D-backs beat out the division rival Dodgers and Giants to unexpectedly win the Greinke sweepstakes Dec. 4, acquiring the free agent ace they hope will get the franchise contending again — and fast. He reached an agreement on a $206.5 million, six-year contract, sources told The Associated Press.The major league ERA leader and runner-up for the NL Cy Young Award helped lead the Dodgers to their third straight division title this season.Then, the 32-year-old righty opted out of his contract, leaving $71.5 million on the table — and wound up with the richest deal, by yearly average, in baseball history.The sources spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because there hadn’t been an official announcement. Fox Sports first reported an agreement.Greinke was the second former AL Cy Young winner to get a mega-contract this week. David Price joined the Boston Red Sox for $217 million over seven years. The moves came as teams prepared to head this weekend to the winter meetings in Nashville, Tennessee.Greinke’s new deal contains deferred money. The $34.4 million average will be the sport’s highest, topping Price’s $31 million.Earlier this offseason, pitcher Johnny Cueto turned down a $120 million offer from the Diamondbacks after he helped Kansas City win the World Series and became a free agent.Instead, the Diamondbacks reeled in an even bigger prize. They had money to spend — last February, they signed a TV deal with Fox Sports Arizona for more than $1.5 billion over 20 years.Greinke’s contract gave him the flexibility to find a new home. He was in prime position, too, after setting a career high for wins by going 19-3 and posting a 1.66 ERA that was the best in the majors in 20 years.In December 2012, Greinke signed a $147 million, six-year deal with the Dodgers that included an opt-out clause. He exercised it and walked away from a whopping amount over the next three years.“We made a very strong offer to retain Zack but clearly he found a deal that fit better for him and his family,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said in a statement. “We are now hard at work on our alternatives.”Out of the playoffs since 2011, the Diamondbacks finished 79-83 last season, 13 games behind the West champion Dodgers and also trailing the Giants, who have won three of the last six World Series.Arizona scored the second-most runs in the NL last season, but was thin in the pitching department — Diamondbacks starters threw the second-fewest innings in the league.The Diamondbacks tried this season to clear salary. In June, they traded pitcher Bronson Arroyo to Atlanta to further reduce their payroll.“It is more of what we are trying to do. The money is definitely important,” Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart said at the time. “We said that we are going to try to do what we can to promote our young pitchers but also give ourselves a chance to make some savings so that we can have an opportunity to do things at a later date.”On Friday night, they did a really big thing. After revealing futuristic uniforms for 2016 a day earlier, Arizona found its new big star to wear one.Greinke’s ERA was the lowest in the majors since Greg Maddux had a 1.63 ERA in 1995. Greinke had a scoreless streak of 45 2-3 innings this summer.He was durable, too, pitching 222 2-3 innings. A Gold Glove winner who also likes to hit, he teamed with lefty Clayton Kershaw to give the Dodgers a formidable 1-2 combo at the top of the rotation.The Dodgers had hoped Greinke and Kershaw, plus a roster that added up to the highest payroll in baseball, could lead them to their first World Series crown since 1988. Instead, LA lost in the division round to the New York Mets in October.Greinke went 51-15 during his three years with the Dodgers.Arizona will lose its first-round draft pick, No. 13 overall. The Dodgers gain a compensatory pick, likely No. 41.Greinke’s departure leaves the Dodgers with an unstable rotation beyond Kershaw. Brett Anderson returns after his first healthy season since 2009 and young Alex Wood is also back, but Hyun-Jin Ryu is coming off shoulder surgery that cost him all of last season and Brandon McCarthy is out until midseason after Tommy John surgery.In October, the Dodgers parted ways with now-Marlins manager Don Mattingly and later hired former major leaguer Dave Roberts as his replacement.A top priority of the Giants this offseason was to build up their rotation behind 2014 World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner. Matt Cain was slowed by further elbow issues after undergoing surgery late in the 2014 season, while right-hander Tim Hudson retired and Mike Leake and Ryan Vogelsong are free agents.___By Janie McCauley, AP Baseball Writer. AP Baseball Writer Ronald Blum and AP Sports Writer Bob Baum in Phoenix contributed TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy S10 render suggests dual rear cameras, in-display fingerprint sensor

first_imgSamsung is widely expected to launch three models of the Galaxy S10 in February, 2019. There has been a lot of interesting reports regarding the design that Samsung is going for – from display cutout to four rear cameras. Earlier this week, the Galaxy S10+ was rendered as having four cameras on the back like the Galaxy A9 (2018). Now, we have a render of the regular Galaxy S10 (or perhaps the S10 Lite) with dual rear cameras.The render posted by tipster Ice Universe shows the back of the Galaxy S10 with a horizontal arrangement of cameras. Two sensors can be seen clearly along with an LED flash. This seems to suggest that we are looking at a “Lite” model of the Galaxy S10. This is because the regular Galaxy S10 has been rumoured to come with a triple camera system and recently this was spotted on some live images shared on Weibo. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S10+ model is said to come with four rear cameras horizontally arranged. Galaxy S10+ render with four rear camerasThe render of the Galaxy S10 and S10+ as well as the alleged live images spotted this week all seem to suggest that the upcoming flagship phones from Samsung will not sport a physical fingerprint sensor on the back. Instead, these phones will be equipped with an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor, as per past reports. Alleged live image of Galaxy S10 with triple rear camerasAs for the display, all three models are expected to come with punch hole-style Infinity-O displays. The Lite and regular models will sport a tiny display cutout to house a single front cameras, while the Galaxy S10+ is rumoured to come with a pill-shaped cutout to house dual front cameras. So it seems the Galaxy S10+ will offer a total of six cameras (four on the back and two up front). Additionally, the Galaxy S10 Lite is said to come with a flat Infinity-O display while the other two models will offer curved screens.advertisementGalaxy S10+ benchmarked with Snapdragon 855 chipsetQualcomm announced its next-gen mobile flagship chipset this week, the Snapdragon 855. This will power most flagship phones in 2019 and naturally the Galaxy S10 will be one of them. This week, the Galaxy S10+ was benchmarked on AnTuTu with a SD855 chip. The results showed the Qualcomm chipset edging past the Exynos 9820 and Kirin 980 in CPU, GPU and AI performance.Of course, this does not indicate real-world performance and we can only know how the new SD855 chipset performs after a hands-on look. Consumers in India will most likely get the Exynos 9820 version of the Galaxy S10 next year.last_img read more

Richa’s prior kabaddi experience comes in handy for ‘Panga’

first_imgMumbai, Dec 14 (IANS) Actress Richa Chadha, who has been training in kabaddi for Ashwini Iyer Tiwari’s “Panga”, says she used to play the sport during her school days and that is coming in handy now.”It has been amazing to work with professional players. We are working with a senior player and a senior coach sir too. They have been training us extensively in the sport. I have had a some practice of kabaddi back in school which has come in handy, it was something I enjoyed back then too in schools,” Richa said in a statement.She finds the sport intensive and not easy, but the practice, she feels is worth it because of the impact it will create on the film.”Ashwiny is very thorough. That makes the process even more fun, makes us want to put in that extra effort to look and be as authentic as we can to real life kabaddi players,” Richa added.The actress recently wrapped up the first schedule of the film in Bhopal and is all geared up for shooting the next schedule which will happen in February as both she and Kangana Ranaut need to prepare for the role.–IANSrb/sedlast_img read more

Why FIFA could become a subscription service

first_imgGaming Why FIFA series could follow lead of Netflix & Spotify by becoming a subscription service Goal 00:42 16/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Cristiano Ronaldo FIFA 18 EA Sports Gaming eSports Primera División Ligue 1 Serie A Bundesliga Premier League MLS The popular video game is exploring the possibility of offering users a cheaper alternative to consoles by moving into the world of streaming Millions of gamers around the world are eagerly awaiting the release of FIFA 18.Once the popular simulation hits the shelves on September 29, those with a relevant console will be able to make their way to the shops and invest in the latest offering from EA Sports.Such a situation could, however, soon become a thing of the past, with plans being put in place to help consumers cut costs by following the lead of subscription services such as Netflix and Spotify by moving into the world of streaming. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 COULD FIFA BECOME A SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE?FIFA 18 RonaldoIt would appear so. However it remains unclear when exactly that might happen.Chris Evenden, EA publisher’s VP of investor relations, told the Deutsche Bank Technology Conference: “We’ve been building an infrastructure both from a product and a marketing perspective so we can move our slate across to new platforms, and we can move with our games across to new platforms as well.”So all of these things, we’ve been working on for five or more years now, actually.“But I think it’s inevitable that the gaming entertainment world will move in much the same way that the music and video entertainment worlds have already moved, in the sense that people have moved from an ownership model to an access model.”And you’ll see that in gaming, just as you’ve seen it with Spotify and Netflix in other media businesses.”HOW MUCH WOULD IT COST TO STREAM FIFA? Ajax FIFA 17Right now, it’s anyone’s guess, but Evenden has suggested that it could cost in the region of $9.99 a month, which is just over £7.He said: “That infrastructure barrier is still there, but it’s shrinking very rapidly.”And we think in the next couple of years, you’ll see some major technological announcements that will prove to be commercially significant in the next three to five years.”Right now if you want to play FIFA in the United States, it will cost you $460.”You have to buy the game; you have to buy the console. In a streaming world, it could be $9.99 a month.“The commercial details have to be worked out, but whatever number it ends up at is very much less than $460. So that extends your market, because all you need locally is literally a smart TV.”EA SPORTS is revealing all players’ ratings ahead of the release of FIFA 18 on September 29. To pre-order your copy, head to: https://www.easports.com/uk/fifa/buy/united-kingdomlast_img read more

A Book About Men of Style: Artist/Rebel/Dandy

first_img Russell Wilson’s Good Man Brand is Now Available on Amazon The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now Reyka Vodka May Have the Coolest Distiller on the Planet Editors’ Recommendations According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a dandy is “a man who gives exaggerated attention to personal appearance.” Artist/Rebel/Dandy: Men of Fashion, an exhibition at the RISD Museum in Providence, Rhode Island, celebrates the dandy in all forms, from the likes of Beau Brummell, who revolutionized menswear in the early 19th century, to the dandies of present day, like Waris Ahluwalia, Thom Browne and Rick Owens. Unfortunately, we know not everybody will be able to get out to Providence to check out this exciting exhibition by the time it wraps up in August, but luckily, there’s also an in-depth book of the same name to coincide with the show published by Yale University Press.The book, Artist/Rebel/Dandy: Men of Fashion, is 208 pages of men’s style, with photographs dating back 200 years up until now. “The dandy is often interpreted incorrectly as a fussy and flamboyant fellow,” writes Browne in the book’s preface. “But when we look back at the original dandy — the early-nineteenth-century figure of Beau Brummell—we find a silhouette that is pared down, fitted, and uniform-like. This is precisely what I relate to as a menswear designer — clothing that is no less and no more than suits the role.” The book indeed dismisses notions that a dandy is a man with theatrical sense of fashion. Instead the dandy is defined as a man with good taste who appreciates style.In the book we see an 1805 painting of Brummell — who the book says, “basically invented the modern suit” — clad in a wool broadcloth with brass buttons, a ruffled shirt, and a top hat and cane. From there are images of notable dandies throughout history — a 1922 portrait of Tsuguharu Fujita dressed in round-framed glasses, a bow tie, plaid shirt and jacket by Man Ray; a 1974 black-and-white photograph by Oliviero Toscani for L’Uomo Vogue of Andy Warhol in a button-up shirt and bathrobe carrying a Polaroid camera; and a 2008 image of André “André 3000” Benjamin in a dashing white tuxedo and straw Trilby from the Met Gala that year. In addition are numerous texts — an essay by Patti Smith on Charles Baudelaire, a look back at Oscar Wilde by his grandson Merlin Holland and former member of Warhol’s Factory, Daniela Morera, reminiscing about the legendary artist’s style.Anyone curious about men’s fashion and its history should read this book, which offers one of the most thorough and whimsical accounts of the evolution of male style.Artist/Rebel/Dandy: Men of Fashion, $50 at yalepress.yale.edu. You Can Rent Jimmy Chin’s Personal Camper Van How to Netflix and Chill: Mastering the Invite, Finding the Best Shows, and Morelast_img read more

Holy Catch Phrase, Batman! The Original Batmobile Is for Sale

first_imgIs there any vehicle on Earth cooler than the Batmobile? We submit there is not. Over the years, Batman’s high-tech steed has undergone numerous makeovers — the latest of which can be seen in next year’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. However, it all started with the original Batmobile #1, which was featured prominently in the original 1960s Batman film and TV series starring Adam West as the titular hero.If you want to be technical about it, the first Batmobile was actually featured in the poorly received — and frankly, racist — Batman film serial of the 1940s. But Batmobile #1 is the one everyone remembers, and it’s available for sale right now from Barrett-Jackson, the world’s leading collector car auction company. Related: BAM! POW! A History Lesson In Comic Book HeroesThe Batmobile #1 began life as a 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car assembled in Turin, Italy. The vehicle debuted at the 1955 Chicago Auto Show, and went on to appear in the 1959 film It Started with a Kiss starring Debbie Reynolds.The Batmobile — before she was the BatmobileThe concept car eventually found its way to the shop of auto customizer George Barris. In 1965, Batman producer William Dozier hired Barris to transform the concept vehicle into the legendary Batmobile for the upcoming film. Barris was only given three weeks, but he knocked it outta the goddamn park.   After the 1966 film and short-lived series, the Batmobile #1 and her replicas appeared in parades, auto shows, and comic book conventions. In 2013, the legendary vehicle was sold at auction for $4.6 million, tying James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger as the most expensive vehicle in film history.    Now, the automatic 3-speed V8 Batmobile can be yours, albeit without the high-tech gadgets. Interested parties are invited to inquire for price — but no matter how sharp your bargaining skills, you’ll probably need a few million dollars to bring this puppy into your bat cave. Holy Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Batman! Visit Barret-Jackson’s website to learn more about the Batmobile #1 Editors’ Recommendations Give Your Hypercar the Garage It Deserves with a Custom Aston Martin Lair Ride Out the Apocalypse With the 1,000-Horsepower Rezvani Tank X SUV This Black Boathouse Is a Luxurious Retreat on a Small Island in Norway World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movielast_img read more

Climate change is making animals smaller

first_imgClimate change is shrinking the body size of animals, according to the evidence collected by researchers over a 23-year-period between 1976 and 1999. Researchers studied changes in the weight of mountain wagtails, a type of bird, along the Palmiet River in Westville, South Africa. Climate change is having profound effects on Earth and its ecosystems, and during the past 100 years, global temperatures have increased by close to one degree Celsius. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainFrom the fossil record, it is known that during past periods of global warming, both marine and land-based animals have become smaller. Scientists have proposed that contemporary warming could lead to smaller animals, but so far, evidence supporting this has been scarce. “All else being equal, larger animals can tolerate cold conditions better than smaller animals, so one could expect that a warming climate is relatively more advantageous for smaller animals,” said Professor Res Altwegg from UCT. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”A lot of other factors also affect body size, though, so we weren’t expecting to find clear temperature effects over a quarter of a century. “Yet, the results clearly supported the idea that climate change was the reason why these birds became smaller over time,” he added. Body size is an important indicator of an animal’s fertility, lifespan and ability to survive times of stress, such as food shortages or drought, researchers said. Body size also affects how much food an animal needs, how vulnerable it is to predators and what type of food it can eat, they said. Mountain wagtails are slender black, gray and white birds so named because of the up-and-down pumping motion they do with their tails. They live near small fast-flowing rivers across sub-Saharan Africa. Based on data from a local weather station near the Palmiet River, the researchers knew that temperatures in the area had increased by 0.18 degrees Celsius. Their results, published in the journal Oecologia, showed that as temperature increased along the Palmiet River, the mountain wagtails living there had become lighter. Specifically, they found lighter individuals were replacing heavier ones in the population and that they survived better under high temperatures. This indicated that an evolutionary pressure was acting on the birds to become lighter. “But, they generally didn’t have the detailed data to show that temperature actually affected the animals directly by changing their ability to survive,” he said. The results support the idea that shrinking body size is a response to climate change, researchers said. Scientists have already shown that climate change is affecting where animals live, how they interact and their seasonal behaviour.last_img read more

Montreal bagel boss says his new plan will make neighbours breathe easy

first_imgMONTREAL – Robert Morena, co-owner of one of Montreal’s most-famous bagel shops, asked his neighbours to be patient on Monday, saying they’ll soon be able to breathe easier.A new filter “from Europe” will soon be making its way across the Atlantic and when it’s installed, the fine particles emanating from his wood-burning oven will be within legal limits, assured the St-Viateur Bagel proprietor.Montreal’s Mile End neighbourhood and surrounding area is known for its cafes, bagel stores and the historic haunts of its legendary denizens such as Mordecai Richler and Leonard Cohen.But for those living around the internationally celebrated bagel shops, smoky winds and soot-laden laundry hanging from clotheslines is also part of the experience.Sarah Gilbert said she and other neighbours would be at City Hall Monday night to ask the mayor to force all the city’s bagel stores to stop using wood-burning ovens “until they can do it right.”“If you open your window you get a blast of smoky air,” she said. “You get soot on the laundry you hang out and on the patio and you have to hose it down.”Most problematic, she said, is that the city knows the bagel stores are releasing more fine particles than legally allowed.“None of the measures the bakeries have taken have proven effective,” she said. “So why are they allowed to continue?”Using other baking methods “doesn’t change the taste,” she added. “They say it’s tradition. But I would say that they are burning wood not just for tradition, but for marketing purposes.”Montreal recently passed strict new laws on residential wood-burning fireplaces and stoves, but exempted businesses.The city’s website says wood-burning releases more than 100 “toxic compounds” including fine particles, carbon monoxide and irritants.Spokeswoman Gabrielle Fontaine-Giroux said in an email the city of Montreal is regularly conducting air-quality tests outside companies with wood-burning stoves and is trying to come up with the best approach and technologies to deal with the problem.She added that one of Morena’s competitors has been fined twice in 2017 over its emissions.“The fines were not paid and the matter is before the courts,” she said.Morena said he has a “city-approved plan.”“The (new) filter should be in by the end of the year,” he said. “We’re ordering a whole new chimney. It has to be built. We sent the city (all the information) before we ordered it.”Morena wouldn’t say what kind of filter he bought or where it came from, only saying it came from “Europe.”St-Viateur bagel will releasing the legal limit of fine particles as soon as the new technology is installed, he assured.“We have a guarantee from the manufacturer,” he said about the emission standards. “We have a guarantee from the experts.”Morena said his bagel store will not stop using a wood-burning oven.“The Montreal bagel — predicated on hand-rolled, wood-fired — that’s been our tradition for the last 60 years.”last_img read more

The Canadian Trump cartoon that shook a continent

first_imgIn today’s Big Story podcast, you’ve seen Michael de Adder’s viral cartoon by now. It features Donald Trump callously playing golf past the bodies of Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his daughter Valeria—the migrant and his daughter who drowned trying to reach America. The drawing caught fire everywhere it was seen, whipped social media into a frenzy and allegedly cost de Adder a freelance gig at an East Coast publishing house.Why do editorial cartoons still feel so vital in the age of memes? If they are, why are the numbers of employed editorial cartoonists dwindling? What makes a cartoon like de Adder’s so wrenching and ruthless? And how do massive media conglomerates with delicate political sensibilities weigh them when considering what to publish…and what to hold back?GUEST: Sue Dewar, editorial cartoonist, PostmediaAudio Playerhttps://media.blubrry.com/thebigstory/s/rogers-aod.leanstream.co/rogers/thebigstory_dai/tbs_07052019_dai.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google and SpotifyYou can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.last_img read more


first_img Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Toronto, ON– CBC Radio One today announced that guest speaker Roberta Jamieson, Indigenous education advocate, will deliver a talk on Tuesday, May 23 at Ryerson University in Toronto. The talk, entitled “Canada’s Original Promise – Still Waiting to be Realized,” is the final in a series of five international lectures recorded for CBC Radio IDEAS that will air this June: “Us and Them: Diversity, Division, and A World of Difference.”Ideas host Paul Kennedy has so far visited four nations — South Africa, Germany, Israel, and India — each with a complex history of difference and diversity, race and religion, migrants and the mainstream, to record a series of talks that explore various issues around diversity and difference.  This final talk in Toronto brings the series home to Canada.The talks will be broadcast as follows.Monday June 26th – In Johannesburg, journalist Sisonke Msimang calls for a South Africa that moves beyond the old stories of race — pre- and post-Apartheid — and is instead built around a truer sense of belonging for all.Tuesday June 27th – Galia Sabar, in Ruppin, reflects on pluralism and a new tribe of Israel — non-Jewish labour migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees.Wednesday June 28th – From Mumbai, political scientist Neera Chandhoke on the life-and-death stakes of religious toleration and secular coexistence in India.Thursday June 29th – Sociologist Aladin El-Mafaalani in Berlin, on how conflicts within a diverse society like Germany’s can actually be a sign of successful integration of new groups.Friday 30th June – Roberta Jamieson in Toronto, Canada. At the Toronto event, Indigenous thinker Roberta Jamieson will give her view of our collective opportunity and challenge: to honour the possibilities in the wake of the 2016 Truth and Reconciliation Report’s “calls to action.”  As Canada prepares to celebrate the country’s 150th birthday on July 1, many Indigenous Peoples see a different history.  In a time of potential optimism and expectation for Indigenous Peoples, will Canada actually use this momentum to find a way forward? Event tickets are free to the public, but must be reserved in advance.  Audiences can go to the cbc.ca/Ideas for the link to reserve tickets..ABOUT ROBERTA JAMIESONRoberta Jamieson is the President and CEO of the Indigenous youth education charity Indspire. Her past achievements include being the first First Nation woman in Canada to earn a law degree; the first female Ombudsman of Ontario; and the first woman elected Chief of the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, where she continues to reside with her family.Her honours include the YWCA’s President’s Award and Women’s Executive Network’s “Canada’s Most Powerful Women” Hall of Fame, as well as 25 honorary degrees. In 2015, Ms. Jamieson was recognized by the Public Policy Forum for the outstanding contributions she has made to the quality of public policy and good governance.  She is an Officer of the Order of Canada..About CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective. In 2017, CBC/Radio-Canada will be at the heart of the celebrations and conversations with special 2017-themed multiplatform programming and events across Canada. Twitterlast_img read more

Smith Broman lead Winthrop past Campbell 9086 in Big South

first_imgBUIES CREEK, N.C. — Nych Smith and Bjorn Broman, who sat out the previous game with injuries, combined for a clutch five points in the last 19 seconds and Winthrop fended off Campbell 90-86 on Thursday.Smith, Winthrop’s top scorer at 16.0 ppg., scored a career-high 27 in his return, hitting a dagger of a 3 with 19 seconds left that pushed the Eagles (10-5, 2-0 Big South Conference) ahead by five, 88-83. Campbell (8-8, 1-1) answered with a 3 of its own but Broman sealed the win with a pair of free throws a five seconds left.Chris Clemons, who leads the nation in scoring with 29.3 ppg., scored 34 against the Eagles. He threw down a dunk with 44 seconds left that cut the gap to 85-83, fed Jordan Whitfield for a 3-pointer with nine seconds remaining that made it 88-86. His attempt at a game-winning 3-pointer was blocked by Adam Pickett as time ran out.Clemons was 10-for-28 shooting and 4-for-14 from deep. His six assists were a season high.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Rwanda UN tribunal proposes investigation into charges witnesses mistreated

A letter sent earlier this month by a senior official of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) to the Minister of Justice and Institutional Relations proposes that a committee comprising two persons appointed by the Government and two others appointed by the Tribunal look into the allegations, which were echoed recently by certain non-governmental organizations and Rwandan authorities in public statements.The proposal by ICTR Registrar Adama Dieng said it was absolutely vital to work together to verify the validity of the allegations openly and fairly in view of the nature of the claims and the need for the Tribunal to ensure the welfare of witnesses called to testify in Arusha, Tanzania, where the court is based.According to the proposal, the Committee will be asked to draw up a plan to verify the charges; examine the content and truth of each allegation; and go where necessary or hear any witness whose statement will have been submitted to the authorities of the Rwandan Ministry of Justice. The panel will also gather all material or other evidence relating to the allegations; and produce a detailed report, which will be made public within one month of its submission.Mr. Dieng’s letter, dated 4 March, said that the allegations a priori discredit and cast doubt on the impartial efforts made by the relevant sections of the Tribunal to adequately look after the witnesses so that they are neither denied their rights nor subjected to any physical harm, and to create a propitious atmosphere to ensure that their presence in Arusha to testify does not occasion further trauma.If agreed to, the Committee will begin meeting from 1 April and have two weeks to submit its report to the Minister of Justice, Jean de Dieu Mucyo, and the Tribunal Registrar. The Committee may sit for one week in Kigali and four days in Arusha. read more

TSX little changed traders look to stimulus hints further slate of bank

by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted May 26, 2014 7:41 am MDT TSX little changed, traders look to stimulus hints, further slate of bank earns TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed little changed Monday amid hints about further stimulus measures for Europe and hopes for another strong run of bank earnings in Canada.The S&P/TSX composite index rose 7.59 points to 14,715.69 with volume light because New York markets were closed for the U.S. Memorial Day holiday.There was also major news on the merger and acquisition front as Pfizer said it does not intend to make a takeover offer for British drugmaker AstraZeneca. The announcement Monday came a week after AstraZeneca’s board rejected a proposed US$119-billion buyout offer from Pfizer, the world’s second-biggest drugmaker by revenue. Pfizer had been waiting for AstraZeneca to engage in merger talks by a Monday deadline.The Canadian dollar rose 0.08 of a cent to 92.08 cents US.European Central Bank president Mario Draghi said the bank could engage in large-scale bond purchases to combat the negative spiral of low inflation if need be. Draghi’s remarks held out the prospect for action to stimulate the weak eurozone recovery at the ECB’s next governing council meeting June 5.The meeting will take place against the background of a slow recovery in the 18 countries that share the euro currency and concern that Europe may fall into a crippling downward price spiral.“His tone has certainly shifted over the past few months or so; the comments like the one we saw overnight certainly reinforced that thesis,” said Jean-Francois Dion, portfolio adviser at RBC Wealth Management.“Most economists think we will see some outright quantitative easing next month.”The base metals sector led TSX advancers, up 0.76 per cent. Commodity markets were closed in New York, but July copper gained two cents to US$3.19 a pound in electronic trading.The financials sector was also supportive, up 0.2 per cent as traders look to take in earnings from National Bank (TSX:NA) and Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) on Tuesday, Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) on Wednesday and CIBC (TSX:CM) on Thursday.Hopes are high for another string of solid reports after Royal Bank (TSX:RY) and TD Bank (TSX:TD) posted earnings last week that blew past expectations, with strong contributions from major divisions and lower loan loss provisions.“Overall, good numbers and expectations have certainly shifted higher following the numbers from TD and Royal,” added Dion.“Sentiment towards the banks has certainly improved quite a bit here over the past few months or so. Initially there was quite a bit of concern around the Canadian housing market potential for a hard landing. That seems to have been sort of washed out to some extent . . . and that has certainly helped rerate some of the banking stocks.”The energy sector was flat as July crude moved down 17 cents to US$104.18 a barrel.The gold sector was the major decliner, down 0.25 per cent even as June bullion gained 90 cents to US$1,292.6 an ounce.In other corporate developments, Canadian Tire (TSX:CTC.A) shares jumped $1.76 to $105.20 as the retailer signed a multi-year deal with TSN that will see the sports broadcaster develop and produce content for the retailer’s traditional and digital marketing channels, including traditional and digital flyers, social media and online advertising and in-store advertising. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Iraq UN envoy welcomes relocation of dozens of Iranian exiles to Albania

“A total of 71 men and women now have safely arrived in Albania and have benefited from the Government of Albania’s offer to accept 210 of the Camp’s residents,” said the UN Special Representative for the Secretary-General and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), Martin Kobler. Some 3,000 residents, most of them members of a group known as the People’s Mojahedeen of Iran, are temporarily housed in a transit facility called Camp Liberty – also know as Camp Hurriya – while the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) carries out a process to determine their refugee status.Mr. Kobler said in addition to Albania, Germany has offered to relocate some 100 residents. The departure of the group from Iraq is in accordance with the memorandum of understanding of 25 December 2011, which foresees the relocation of the residents to third countries.“I once again thank both countries’ governments for their generosity and call on other Member States to receive residents as well,” the UN envoy said.The relocation comes just days after two people were reportedly killed and dozens injured in a mortar attack to the camp. “Last week’s tragic events have once again shown how important it is to relocate the residents to third countries as quickly as possible,” Mr. Kobler noted. The camp had previously been attacked in February while most of the residents were sleeping. The attack resulted in six deaths and various injuries. read more

Rush to turn schools into academies risks shutting children out of local

The rush to turn schools into academies risks shutting children out of their local schools, the Public Accounts Committee has warned.The ability of local authorities to provide school places for all the children in their area has become hampered by the academy roll-out, MPs said.A new report by the PAC said that local authorities’ ability to fulfil their statutory responsibilities, including their duty to provide school places, is “undermined” in areas where a high proportion of schools have become academies.In parts of the country where schools are oversubscribed and parents struggle to get a place for their child, local authorities now have less power to ameliorate the situation since they have no control over academies.  –– ADVERTISEMENT ––“Regardless of the extent of academisation, local authorities still retain important statutory responsibilities, including a duty to ensure there are enough school places for local children,” the report said.“However, they have no control over the number of places in academy schools. There can be particular challenges in finding appropriate places for looked-after children.”  The report also criticised the Department for Education’s (DfE) failure to prevent a “succession of high-profile academy failures”, which have been both costly to the taxpayer and damaging to children’s education.    Meg Hillier, the Labour chair of the PAC, warned that “increasingly incoherent” school systems are putting the interests of pupils at risk.“Government’s haste in pushing ahead with academisation has come at a cost, with high-profile failures indicating significant weaknesses in its assessment regime,” she said.   “Costs associated with conversion can reduce funding available to local authorities to support remaining maintained schools. Academisation can also undermine councils’ ability to provide school places.”A DfE spokesperson said: “Academies are raising standards, with almost 516,000 children studying in good or outstanding sponsored academies that were typically previously underperforming schools.“Converting to become an academy is a positive choice made by hundreds of schools every year to give great leaders the freedom to focus on what is best for pupils – any suggestion that the majority are forced to convert is misleading.”The spokesperson added that the DfE “always act quickly to tackle underperformance” and only a “tiny fraction” of academies fail to meet the right standard. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more