Record 7 Indianorigin students 1 American win US National Spelling Bee

first_img P Rajagopal, Saravana Bhavan founder sentenced to life for murder, dies “We do have plenty of words remaining on our list, but we’ll soon run out of words that can possibly challenge you, the most phenomenal assemblage of super spellers in the history of this competition,” Bailly said.The final words spelled correctly by the co-champions include auslaut by Gandhasri, erysipelas by Howard, bougainvillea by Sundar, aiguillette by Padhy, pendeloque by Sukhatankar, palama by Kodali, cernuous by Serrao and odylic by Raja, ESPN reported.The majority of the spellers had personal coaches, and 13 of the 16 used word lists and study materials compiled by ex-spellers Shobha Dasari and her younger brother, Shourav, it said.The National Bee is a high-profile, high-pressure endurance test as much as a nerd spelling match and spellers spend months preparing for it. Ayodhya dispute: Mediation to continue till July 31, SC hearing likely from August 2 1 Comment(s) Record 7 Indian-origin students, 1 American win US National Spelling Bee Each will receive the full winner’s prize of ,000 in cash. (Source: twitter/@ScrippsBee)A record seven Indian-origin students and one American have won the prestigious 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee, taking home more than USD 50,000 in cash and prizes, after defeating over 550 other contestants in an unprecedented competition. P Rajagopal, Saravana Bhavan founder sentenced to life for murder, dies Advertising The six boys and two girls combined to spell the final 47 words correctly over five consecutive perfect rounds in the most extraordinary ending of the competition.The competition, broadcast nationally on ESPN, took place at the Gaylord National Resort in National Harbor, Maryland.It kicked off Tuesday with its biggest field ever. The 565 contestants ranged in age from 7 to 14 and came from across the US and several other countries, including Canada, Ghana and Jamaica.“Champion spellers, we are in uncharted territory,” official pronouncer Jacques Bailly said. It is the first time in the 94-year history of the contest that more than two co-champions have been named.Rishik Gandhasri, 13, of California; Saketh Sundar, 13, of Maryland; Shruthika Padhy, 13, of New Jersey; Sohum Sukhatankar, 13, of Texas; Abhijay Kodali, 12, of Texas; Rohan Raja, 13, of Texas; Christopher Serrao, 13, of New Jersey and Erin Howard, 14, of Alabama were named as co-champions.Each will receive the full winner’s prize of $50,000 in cash. Advertising Best Of Express Chandrayaan-2 gets new launch date days after being called off More Explained By PTI |Washington | Published: May 31, 2019 2:26:20 pm Taking stock of monsoon rain Last year, 14-year-old Indian-American Karthik Nemmani won the National Spelling Bee, taking home more than USD 42,000 in cash and prizes. He correctly spelt “koinonia” to become the 14th Indian-American champion in 11 consecutive years.In 2017 also, an Indian-American girl, Ananya Vinay, won the title. From 2014-2016, the bee ended with co-champions. Top News Ayodhya dispute: Mediation to continue till July 31, SC hearing likely from August 2 Chandrayaan-2 gets new launch date days after being called off last_img read more

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Iran says it has breached 2015 nuclear deals stockpile limit IAEA confirms

first_img Taking stock of monsoon rain UK says seized Iranian oil tanker could be released Advertising Karnataka trust vote today: Speaker’s call on resignations, says SC, but gives rebel MLAs a shield The International Atomic Energy agency (IAEA) said that its inspectors were verifying whether Iran had accumulated more enriched uranium than allowed.“Our inspectors are on the ground and they will report to headquarters as soon as the LEU (low-enriched uranium) stockpile has been verified, a spokesman for the UN agency said.ALSO READ | Israel will be destroyed in half an hour if America attacks Iran: senior Iranian MP The deal between Iran and six world powers lifted most international sanctions against Iran in return for restrictions on its nuclear work aimed at extending the time Iran would need to produce a nuclear bomb, if it chose to, from roughly 2-3 months to a year.ISRAEL WORRIEDIran says its nuclear program is solely for peaceful purposes, including generating power. Its regional adversary Israel, which Iran does not recognise, says the program presents it with an existential threat.Joseph Cohen, head of the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad, urged the international community to stop Iran from “stepping up enrichment”.“Just imagine what will happen if the material stockpiled by the Iranians becomes fissionable, at military enrichment grade, and then an actual bomb,” he told the Herzliya security conference befiore Zarif’s announcement. More Explained Hassan Rouhani says Iran ready to talk to US if sanctions lifted Best Of Express Enriching uranium to a low level of 3.6% fissile material is the first step in a process that could eventually allow Iran to amass enough highly-enriched uranium to build a nuclear warhead.Last Wednesday, the IAEA verified that Iran had roughly 200 kg of low-enriched uranium, just below the deal’s 202.8 kg limit, three diplomats who follow the agency’s work told Reuters. A quantity of 300 kg of UF6 (uranium hexafluoride) corresponds to 202.8 kg of LEU.After talks on Friday in Vienna, Iran said European countries had offered too little in the way of trade assistance to persuade it to back off from its plan to breach the limit, a riposte to US President Donald Trump’s decision last year to quit the deal and reimpose economic sanctions.Iran says it has breached 2015 nuclear deal's stockpile limit Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif confirmed that Iran had exceeded the relevant limit of 300 kg of uranium hexafluoride (UF6), but Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said Iran’s steps to decrease its commitments to the nuclear deal were “reversible”. (Photo:  Reuters)Mousavi urged them on Monday to step up their efforts. “Time is running out for them to save the deal,” state TV quoted him Mousavi as saying. With Iran deal teetering on brink, Europeans assess next steps Cabinet asks finance panel to consider securing funds for defence Iran says it has breached 2015 nuclear deal's stockpile limit Washington has dispatched extra forces to the Middle East, and US fighter jets came within minutes of conducting air strikes on Iran last month after Tehran downed an unmanned American drone. (AP Photo)Iran has breached the limit of its enriched uranium stockpile set in a 2015 deal with major powers, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday, according to the ISNA news agency, defying a warning by European co-signatories to stick to the deal despite US sanctions. Zarif confirmed that Iran had exceeded the relevant limit of 300 kg of uranium hexafluoride (UF6), but Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said Iran’s steps to decrease its commitments to the nuclear deal were “reversible”. 6 Comment(s) Advertising After Masood Azhar blacklisting, more isolation for Pakistan Related News Advertising iran sanctions, US Iran sanctions, Iran nuclear agreement, Iran US agreement withdrawal, Iran nuclear weapons Iranian President Hassan Rouhani“The Middle East, and then the entire world, will be a different place. Therefore, the world must not allow this to happen.”In May, Washington piled pressure on Tehran by ordering all countries to halt imports of Iranian oil, and tensions have been growing in the Gulf ever since.Washington has dispatched extra forces to the Middle East, and U.S. fighter jets came within minutes of conducting air strikes on Iran last month after Tehran downed an unmanned American drone.In a speech on Monday broadcast on state TV, Iranian Zarif said: “Iran will never yield to pressure from the United States … If they want to talk to Iran, they should show respect …“Never threaten an Iranian … Iran has always resisted pressure, and has responded with respect when respected.”Trump has called for negotiations with Iran with “no preconditions”, but Tehran has ruled out talks until the United States returns to the nuclear pact and drops its sanctions.Iran’s stock of enriched uranium exceeds nuclear deal’s limit, IAEA says IAEA confirms Iran’s claim to be trueIran has followed through on its threat to breach a central limit of its nuclear deal with major powers, accumulating more enriched uranium than allowed under the accord, the International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed on Monday. “We can confirm that IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano has informed the Board of Governors that the Agency verified on 1 July that Iran’s total enriched uranium stockpile exceeded (the deal’s limit),” an IAEA spokesman said in a statement. An IAEA report sent to member states and obtained by Reuters put Iran’s stock at 205 kg, above the deal’s limit of 202.8 kg. By Reuters |Dubai, Vienna | Updated: July 1, 2019 8:49:24 pmlast_img read more

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From mouse to mammoth foot posture may explain why some mammals got

first_imgAnup Shah/Minden Pictures From mouse to mammoth, foot posture may explain why some mammals got so massive Email Country * Afghanistan Aland Islands Albania Algeria Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia, Plurinational State of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Bouvet Island Brazil British Indian Ocean Territory Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Christmas Island Cocos (Keeling) Islands Colombia Comoros Congo Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Cook Islands Costa Rica Cote d’Ivoire Croatia Cuba Curaçao Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Faroe Islands Fiji Finland France French Guiana French Polynesia French Southern Territories Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Gibraltar Greece Greenland Grenada Guadeloupe Guatemala Guernsey Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Heard Island and McDonald Islands Holy See (Vatican City State) Honduras Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran, Islamic Republic of Iraq Ireland Isle of Man Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jersey Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Lao People’s Democratic Republic Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macao Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Martinique Mauritania Mauritius Mayotte Mexico Moldova, Republic of Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Montserrat Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands New Caledonia New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Niue Norfolk Island Norway Oman Pakistan Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Pitcairn Poland Portugal Qatar Reunion Romania Russian Federation Rwanda Saint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Martin (French part) Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Sint Maarten (Dutch part) Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands South Sudan Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Svalbard and Jan Mayen Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syrian Arab Republic Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania, United Republic of Thailand Timor-Leste Togo Tokelau Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Turks and Caicos Islands Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of Vietnam Virgin Islands, British Wallis and Futuna Western Sahara Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe Our very earliest, rodentlike ancestors likely trod the earth some 200 million years ago on tiny, flat feet. As the posture of those feet evolved, so, too, did the size of mammals, according to a new study, giving rise to everything from the tip-toed African lion to the relatively flat-footed human.“It’s an excellent paper,” says Christofer Clemente, an expert on the evolution of locomotion at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia, who wasn’t involved in the work. “It’s a really clever idea to link these things.”To conduct the study, Manabu Sakamoto, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom; Tai Kubo, a paleontologist at the University of Tokyo; and colleagues assembled a data set of 880 living mammal species and their foot posture. The team divided the postures into three major categories: plantigrade (flat-footed), digitigrade (tiptoed), or unguligrade (hooved). Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country By Michael PriceJan. 28, 2019 , 3:00 PM Most animals were relatively easy to place: Humans and mice are flat-footed, dogs and cats are tiptoed, horses and bison are hooved. Others presented challenges. Elephants and rhinoceroses, for example, have hooves, but don’t distribute their weight like horses do. Elephants bear their great weight on their heels, earning them a place in the flat-footed category, whereas rhinos actually walk on the balls of their feet, putting them in the tiptoed category.Next, the researchers plotted these species on a family tree that traces the branching evolutionary history of all known mammalian life. They filled in the likely foot postures of extinct animals based on their relationships with the living species from their data set. Their model suggests the earliest ancestral mammal was probably flat-footed, they report today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.But size was the biggest surprise: On average, tiptoed mammals tend to be about twice as massive as flat-footed mammals, and hooved animals are typically even bigger—a whopping 57 times more massive than tiptoed ones.There are of course outliers: Flat-footed elephants are the most massive terrestrial mammals on Earth, for example, and tiptoed dogs and cats are smaller than flat-footed humans. But the overall trend held. When the scientists mapped these changes to branch points on their phylogenetic tree—say, when the ancestor that gave rise to warthogs, elk, and giraffes evolved to walk on hooves instead of tiptoes—they found there was virtually always a rapid increase in body size.“Throughout evolution, increases in body size tend to come in bursts at these transition points,” Sakamoto says. “It’s not a gradual thing.”That suggests one of two possibilities: Foot posture allowed mammals to move into and flourish in new ecological niches in which being big was an advantage. Or foot posture evolved as a result of animals becoming more massive in the first place. Which came first—the hoof or the heft—remains an open question, Sakamoto says. He believes adding fossil mammals to their model in future studies could help clear up the direction of the evolutionary arrow.“These conclusions all fit together for me, and make a lot of sense overall,” says John Hutchinson, who studies biomechanics at the Royal Veterinary College in London.The answer could shed light on other evolutionary mysteries, Clemente adds. “If we can better understand the link between body size and posture we can go back in time … and answer questions like, ‘How did the dinosaurs get so big?’ which would be really exciting.”last_img read more

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Man whose family died in Boeing 737 Max crash Scrap the jet

first_img Boeing in talks for more 737 MAX orders after International Airlines Group Related News Five months after that crash, Njoroge’s wife and three young children were killed when another 737 Max went down near Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.On Wednesday, Njoroge will be the first relative of any of the 346 passengers who died in those crashes to testify before Congress. His prepared testimony to a House subcommittee is tough. His tone in an interview is even more blunt.Njoroge says if Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration had done their jobs properly, the planes would have been grounded last year and his family would be alive to enjoy the summer. Advertising By AP |Ottawa | Published: July 16, 2019 2:15:06 pm Boeing chief admits ‘mistake’ in handling 737 Max jets’ warning-system problem Airlines and regulators meet to discuss Boeing 737 MAX un-grounding efforts Man whose family died in Boeing 737 Max crash: Scrap the jet Paul Njoroge, who lost his wife and three young children in the March 10 crash of an Ethiopian Airlines’ Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, speaks at a news conference in Chicago.Paul Njoroge believes Boeing should scrap the 737 Max, and he wants the company’s top executives to resign and face criminal charges for not grounding the plane after a deadly accident last October. Post Comment(s)last_img read more

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The Strange Tech Wars of 2019

first_imgThe tech market is defined by its battles: Microsoft vs. IBM; Apple vs. Microsoft; Netscape vs. Microsoft; Google vs. Microsoft. If Microsoft were a person, it likely would have PTSD. Then there was Apple vs. Google, and now the big one is Apple vs. Qualcomm.The screwy thing for me is that Huawei represents a far greater threat to both companies than they represent to each other. In fact, I’m really starting to wonder if Qualcomm isn’t a proxy for Google in this fight, with Apple changing dramatically what its own real goal is.I’ll focus on this battle royal this week, because Apple, which is in a jury trial in San Diego to determine damages to Qualcomm, apparently just attempted to influence the jury (tamper with?) and I just don’t think that is going to end well. Judges aren’t known for being stupid. Plus, I think Apple should be more worried about Huawei than Qualcomm right now anyway.I’ll close with my product of the week: the first flying motorcycle you now can order. Apple’s sales have been under pressure, and Apple has stopped reporting sales volume in an apparent attempt to conceal that volume sales are declining and revenue growth is mostly coming from price increases.This is problematic, because there is undoubtedly a high limit to how much Apple can charge for its smartphones and related services. In other words, it can’t increase prices indefinitely, particularly as lower-cost vendors like Huawei continue to underprice it.At some point, Apple’s customers will start to hold on to their phones longer, which appears to be the case now, and eventually jump to another vendor to avoid being on an ever-increasing and noncompetitive price cycle.On top of that, the aggressive hostile actions against Qualcomm have cost the company millions, both in terms of legal costs and in lost iPhone sales, and the firm has been partially blocked from selling phones in China and Germany. As I write this, those blocks likely will be increased.In addition, Huawei, thanks largely to the U.S.’s incessant attacks on the company, has become a hero to the Chinese people, and Apple effectively has been blacklisted in China.If this trend continues, Apple could be locked out of China, the fastest-growing and biggest potential future market, , regardless of what Qualcomm does. That would crater Apple’s valuation and likely force an involuntary CEO change. In fact, I expect that if something doesn’t change, Tim Cook will be gone within 18 months.Apple appears to be getting more and more desperate. The obvious attempt to influence the San Diego jury, which really has an incredibly high risk associated with it, is a case in point. Apple also appears to be behind the FTC challenge against Qualcomm. The FTC eventually will figure out it has been acting against the interests of the nation, particularly given that it has been approached by both the U.S. Defense Department and the Department of Energy on that topic.Granted, the U.S. government does often seem to be at war against itself, but this seems unprecedented. Having Apple on the wrong side of the U.S. Defense Department is, in and of itself, problematic for the company. Huawei’s Success OK, we are clearly in the world of science fiction, because last week Jetpack Aviation opened up preorders for its diesel/kerosene-powered flying motorcycle, the Speeder.With a ceiling of 15,000 feet and a top speed of 150 mph and four turbojet engines, this thing is wicked cool. It only has 20 minutes of flying time, suggesting that if you are at 15,000 feet and a quarter tank you better like pancakes, because you are about to be one. It is computer-operated, which means little or no training will be needed. (To me, that suggests you want to be watching one of these from a distance.) It even looks good — not like most flying vehicles in development, which are butt ugly.It doesn’t look like the most comfortable thing you could fly, but given the entire 20 minutes largely would be taken up with you saying to yourself “don’t crash, don’t crash, don’t crash, OMG I’m almost out of gas,” I don’t think that will be a huge problem. In fact, the lack of comfort might keep your mind off that whole pancake outcome thing.There is even a commercial-like video of the thing. Granted, it is rendered, which suggests actually getting the product is a couple of years out, but it looks like it also will have the ability to fly autonomously.At just under US$400K, this likely won’t have you trading in your Jet Ski or regular motorcycle anytime soon, but imagine pulling up to a party, campsite or event in this puppy. You’d be an instant celebrity, and $400K is pretty cheap for instant celebrity status.While I think I’ll hold off personally on putting my name on the list to buy one of these, it pretty much floats to the top of my lust list, making the Jetpack Aviation Speeder my product of the week. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ECT News Network. What is very strange about Apple’s obvious attempts to put Qualcomm out of business is its rationale. Qualcomm isn’t a direct competitor. It provides much of the core technology that makes smartphones work — particularly high-end smartphones like the iPhone.What if Qualcomm is a proxy for Google? Google is massively powerful, and Apple’s attempts to carry out Steve Jobs’ wish that Google be punished for violating his trust largely have failed.However, the offending platform, Android, which Apple feels was stolen from it, depends on hardware technology — and the company that provides most of it is Qualcomm. Critical to this is that Qualcomm uses its revenue from licensing to do R&D, and that R&D is mostly carrying the high-end part of the Android platform.If you could cripple that, you likely could reduce the competition for iPhones dramatically. Given that much of that competition is lower-priced, it would take a ton of price pressure off Apple while creating an opportunity — a strong opportunity — for Apple’s expansion.Yet Huawei, as I noted above, doesn’t really need Qualcomm, and Huawei is a bigger threat to Apple than Samsung is, thanks to its position in China, which is the fastest-growing and arguably biggest potential market for smartphones.Qualcomm could be a better defense against Huawei, since its technology significantly exceeds what Apple currently has. Apple is depending on Intel in the short term, and Intel has been running around a year behind Qualcomm. Intel doesn’t have the industry power, and it’s likely that Apple accidentally crippled Intel when it allegedly gave Intel Qualcomm’s technology so Intel could close the 4G/5G technology gap.Qualcomm found out about it, and if Intel is found guilty, it may be knocked out of the cellular modem market. This is the danger when you steal technology; the downside to getting caught is that it can be catastrophic for the thief.All of this benefits Huawei, which has Apple in its sites. Currently Huawei is executing far better than Apple is. I say this because it passed Apple in market share, and its market continues to expand, while Apple’s apparently has started to contract. Currently Apple, which once dominated the smartphone market, is lagging behind both Samsung and Huawei.Huawei’s success is largely because it builds a very competitive phone that provides more value than Apple’s iPhone does. Huawei also has developed more strategically, in that it builds both the phones and the switches that enable them, and it prices those switches very competitively.This means that once it gets to critical mass in a market about switches and phones, it could enable unique features that neither its switch nor its phone competitors can match.While both Apple and Huawei have been implementing lock-in strategies (where you capture the customers and keep them away from competitors), Apple focused on end users while Huawei focused on carriers. Since the carriers own their customers in most markets, this could make Huawei unbeatable, were it not for its one huge exposure.That exposure is the Chinese government, which owns a significant part of the company and creates the fear that it eventually will take control and turn it into a spying tool. Although I have seen no evidence that this has happened, the company’s ownership structure implies it could, and that has led the U.S. government to blacklist the firm, not only in the U.S. but across the Western world.However, law enforcement in most Western countries, and particularly in the U.S., isn’t based on whether someone could, or eventually will, break the law, but on whether they have broken it — and it doesn’t look as though Huawei has.We don’t live in a Minority Report world, where you can hold people accountable for what they might do in the future. Huawei has been significantly hampered, but with proper legal help, it should be able to get off the blacklist. That would be a problem both for Apple and Qualcomm. Huawei has its own 5G technology and doesn’t need Qualcomm’s, and the company it is trying to take out appears to be Apple. Wrapping Up Huawei represents a massive threat to U.S. technology dominance. Efforts to brand the company as a bad actor clearly have had an impact, but Huawei has plowed right through them, indicating that if it could get the U.S. to stop, it likely would be unbeatable.Huawei appears to have a strong case for the U.S. to stop, and China could make leaving Huawei alone part of its deal to end the tariff war, which is going really badly for both countries at the moment (and could cost Trump the Presidency).Given that Apple is the aggressor, it really should rethink its battle with Qualcomm/Google and focus on the bigger long-term threats: its inability to increase prices indefinitely; and Huawei/China, which together massively outresource Apple.If something doesn’t change, tech market dominance likely will transition from the U.S. to China, with the Huawei/Apple battle being the harbinger of that change. Hopefully the next CEO at Apple will be able to intervene in time, but I doubt it. Apple (Is Qualcomm a Proxy for Google?) Jetpack Aviation’s Speeder Rob Enderle has been an ECT News Network columnist since 2003. His areas of interest include AI, autonomous driving, drones, personal technology, emerging technology, regulation, litigation, M&E, and technology in politics. He has an MBA in human resources, marketing and computer science. He is also a certified management accountant. Enderle currently is president and principal analyst of the Enderle Group, a consultancy that serves the technology industry. He formerly served as a senior research fellow at Giga Information Group and Forrester. Email Rob. Unintended Consequences last_img read more

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Synedgen announces market launch of Moisyn Rinse for treatment of dry mouth

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Oct 10 2018Synedgen, a company leveraging its proprietary glycomics technology platform to develop glycopolymer-based therapeutics for infectious and inflammatory conditions, today announced the market launch of Moisyn™ Rinse for the treatment of the symptoms of xerostomia, or dry mouth. Moisyn Rinse is being distributed by Prisyna, the oral care division of Synedgen.The Moisyn product line is the first glycomics targeted therapy that has been shown in a clinical study to reduce pain and increase comfort for patients living with dry mouth1. Moisyn products, including Moisyn Mist, the convenient spray formulation, provide advanced relief from the symptoms of dry mouth while moisturizing and lubricating the oral cavity.Related StoriesHigh sleep variability and short sleep duration predict blunted weight lossPink noise enhances deep sleep for people with mild cognitive impairmentStudy estimates health care costs of uncontrolled asthma in the U.S. over next 20 years”The introduction of Moisyn Rinse is part of Synedgen’s commitment to improving oral health based on the benefits of our glycomics technology,” said Shenda Baker, Ph.D., President and Chief Operating Officer of Synedgen. “The Synedent® and Moisyn family of products demonstrate the value that glycomics can bring to addressing important unmet patient needs. We are bringing that same commitment to addressing other inflammatory and infectious diseases associated with the mucosal interface utilizing the promise of glycomics to improve human health.””The commercial launch of Moisyn Rinse is another milestone for Prisyna and our dedicated team,” said Leo Pranitis, General Manager of Prisyna. “Moisyn provides relief for the symptoms of dry mouth, a condition which is associated with tooth decay, disturbed sleep, oral infections and a range of other oral health problems. The glycomics technology that differentiates both our Moisyn and Synedent family of products is unique, truly innovative and most importantly, addresses a need that is not currently being fully met by the product offerings on the market.” Source:https://www.synedgen.com/synedgen-announces-the-launch-of-moisyn-rinse-to-treat-dry-mouth/last_img read more

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Cases of Acute Flaccid Myelitis on the rise across US

first_imgMs Messonnier said, “CDC has tested every stool specimen from the AFM patients, and none of the specimens have tested positive for the poliovirus.”There have been no cases of polio induced paralysis in the US since 1979. She added that long term consequences of this disease are not known. Only clear factor noted is the fact that one in a million person is afflicted with this illness annually. No specific treatment being available physicians are providing supportive treatment to the patients allowing them to recover spontaneously in the hospital set up. The main agenda is to provide adequate support medically and prevent complications in these patients. By Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDOct 18 2018According to the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), cases of dangerous and rare Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM) are being noted across United States. This disease manifests similar to acute flaccid paralysis caused by polio virus say the experts. There is at present no treatment for this condition that primarily affects children and leads to paralysis of the limbs.The health officials are at their wits end trying to control and understand AFM. The disease till date has been noted to have a spontaneous recovery in most children but it killed one child last year, according to sources. The researchers have noted that this disease primarily affects the spinal cord and the nervous system.The CDC reports that since 2014 there have been 386 cases of AFM and most of these patients have been under the age of 18 years. The average age of this affliction has been found to be four. The confirmed cases have been recorded from 22 of the 50 states in the US.According to Nancy Messonnier director of the CDC’s Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, the cause of the illness is yet to be identified. She added that there have been 62 confirmed cases of this infection this year. There are several more that are under investigation and the season of this affliction has not yet finished she warned. “AFM can be caused by other viruses, such as enterovirus and west nile virus, environmental toxins and a condition where the body’s immune system attacks and destroys body tissue that it mistakes for foreign material. While we know that these can cause AFM, we have not been able to find a cause for the majority of these AFM cases,” she said.Related StoriesDaily intake for phosphates in infants, children can exceed health guidance valuesNew network for children and youth with special health care needs seeks to improve systems of careNew curriculum to improve soft skills in schools boosts children’s health and behaviorThe disease usually starts with a mild fever and cold and there is intense weakness and paralysis of the limbs. According to Messonnier the course of the illness is “dramatic”. There is a “sudden onset” of weakness and the patients need to seek help from paediatricians and neurologists.Among causes, experts add, could be viral infections, toxins and genetic predispositions. In some patients rhinoviruses and enteroviruses have been isolated but since not all patients harbour these viruses, the cause cannot be pinpointed to these viruses alone. Source:https://www.cdc.gov/acute-flaccid-myelitis/afm-surveillance.htmllast_img read more

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Are Chronic Pain Relief Drugs for Children Effective

first_imgOverall, there is no high-quality evidence to help us understand the efficacy or safety of the common drugs used to help children with chronic pain. The lack of data means that we are uncertain about how to optimally manage pain. Doctors, children and their families all deserve better,”Study leader Christopher Eccleston, Director of the Centre for Pain Research at the University of Bath. Shutterstock | narikanThe research, which forms part of a collection of reviews in the Cochrane Library and has recently been summarised in the journal PAIN, concludes that much more research in this area is needed to improve the standard of the evidence available so far.The study, which is a summary of all available reviews of research into this area, was conducted in collaboration with an international team of 23 leading researchers from around the world. It was supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), Versus Arthritis and Bath’s Center for Pain Services.In adults, chronic pain that lasts for at least three months is known to have serious adverse effects, but a lesser known fact is that one-fifth of children also suffer with chronic pain, which can cause significant distress for both children and parents.The main forms of chronic pain among children are abdominal pain, headaches, migraines and musculoskeletal pain. Suffering with the pain can mean children start to miss school, feel isolated and develop depression and anxiety. Usually, the first approach to treatment is to prescribe medication.“Living with chronic pain can have a profound physical, emotional and psychological impact, particularly in children,” says Director of Involvement and Services at Versus Arthritis, Stewart Long.“It can stop them joining in things other young people do and affect development of friendships. This can lead to isolation, making children more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression and affect their ability to fulfil their potential and maintain their future aspirations.”The new study has revealed a significant contrast between the evidence available about drugs for adults in chronic pain, compared with what is available for children. Among adults, 300,000 patients have been studied in hundreds of randomised trials, whereas among children, the figure is only 393 and the number of trials is six.The authors describe this disparity between adults and children, which is a ratio of around 1000:1 as “unacceptable” and say that the evidence emerging from trials of adults cannot “simply be applied to children,” who have bodily systems that work differently.Study author Emma Fisher, from the Center for Pain Research at the University of Bath, points out: “Children are not just small adults so we cannot simply extrapolate evidence acquired from adults and use it in children.”Fisher and team emphasise that the lack of evidence does not necessarily mean evidence of no effect. However, they argue that very little investment has been made into researching which treatments are best for children and that this need addressing urgently. By Sally Robertson, B.Sc.Jun 27 2019A study led by researchers at the University of Bath has revealed that research into the drugs used to treat chronic pain in children is lacking and insufficient to base treatment decisions on.center_img Related StoriesResearchers identify gene mutations linked to leukemia in children with Down’s syndromeRevolutionary gene replacement surgery restores vision in patients with retinal degenerationGuidelines to help children develop healthy habits early in lifeThe researchers acknowledge that practical and ethical barriers exist to conducting randomised control trials on children, but they point out that these are no different to those existing in other areas of paediatric pharmacological research.Eccleston is now calling for healthcare policymakers to tackle the problem and break down these barriers.Fisher estimates that at the current rate of clinical trial reporting, which is only one every 3.5 years, it would take more than 1,000 years to produce an evidence base that could reliably inform treatment decisions: “This lack of knowledge requires new funding and urgent attention.”Similarly, Long says “we urgently need chronic pain to be prioritised in policy, funding and research so that the millions of people living in pain today, regardless of their age, are better supported.”Lead medical consultant at the national Bath Centre for Pain Services, Jacqui Clinch, says she sees and treats children and adolescents from across the UK who have often suffered with pain for years. As well as experiencing overwhelming pain, these young people often develop sleep problems, memory problems, difficulty concentrating, muscle weakness, nausea, numbness and many other associated difficulties: “They transform from physically and socially active individuals to missing school, physically inactive and housebound. In short, their lives, and those of their loved ones, fall apart.”“As part of the international pain community, we strive to optimise research into both further understanding pain pathways in young people and exploring new interventions to alleviate suffering in this vulnerable population and their families.”Alternative approaches to drug therapies are available for children with chronic pain including psychological therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy, but again the evidence base for these needs improving.The team suggests funding and incentives are now made available that will help to drive evidence-based research into this area that doctors can rely on to inform their treatment decisions. Source:https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-06/uob-rrl062519.phplast_img read more

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Australian seagulls carry superbugs

first_imgA Silver Gull (Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae). Image Credit: Kate Haskova / Shutterstock Seagulls are migratory birds, traveling long distances of up to 1,600 kilometers from their nests. They feed on leftovers discarded by humans as well as on animal and human waste, and sewage. They become infected with bacteria of the species Escherichia coli (E. coli) by contact with human feces. This contact is probably occurring through used diapers at garbage dumps, or through sewage.To prove this was happening, 562 samples were taken from the birds from different places around Australia and tested for different bacteria. The species selected for the study was the silver gull, the most common type in Australia, because the scientists suspected that drug resistance could be partly due to animal-human interaction, especially when the animals are commonly found in human environments.The scientists were shocked to find high levels of antibiotic-resistant E. coli in the seagull samples. Researcher Mark O’Dea said, “Seagulls could be acquiring this pathogen through their opportunistic feeding habits where they scavenge from leftover human waste and may then be subsequently spreading these resistant bacteria over vast distances.”Moreover, many of these bacteria were actually clones of those found in humans in health care facilities. This confirmed that they had not been transferred from seagull to seagull, but through contact with human waste.O’Dea said there was a negligible risk of passing on the infection to human beings, but admitted it could still happen. In most healthy people, the bacteria would not cause infection even following their ingestion. However, people with weakened immune systems, for instance, would be at risk. Moreover, as the gulls fly around the country, they will be able to disseminate the antibiotic-resistant infection over long distances. In addition, gulls make use of the same environment as humans, thus increasing the chances of spreading these superbugs to humans. For instance, at beaches or in parks, fresh seagull droppings could be touched by people.Related StoriesAI-enabled device detects if targeted chemotherapy is workingRaw meat can act as reservoir for bacteria associated with hospital infectionsAntibiotic combination effective against drug-resistant PseudomonasE. coli typically causes human urinary tract infections, sepsis and in a few patients, meningitis. However, some of the bacteria found in the seagulls were not susceptible to cephalosporin or fluoroquinolone, two commonly used antibiotics. Even more serious, one bacterial sample failed to show growth inhibition even when exposed to carbapenem, which is among the last-reserve drugs, used only to treat severe infections or those which put the patient at high risk.Lead researcher Dr Sam Abraham described this as a wake-up call to all government and other agencies to manage waste properly.The World Health Organization has already issued warnings that superbugs are on the rise, and has brought attention to the urgent need to bring out new antibiotics capable of dealing with these. It said: “Antimicrobial resistance (AMR)– the ability of bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi to resist these medicines — threatens to send us back to a time when we were unable to easily treat infections such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, gonorrhea, and salmonellosis. The inability to prevent infections could seriously compromise surgery and procedures such as chemotherapy.”The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control reported that there were 33 000 deaths in 2015 directly linked to infection with antibiotic-resistant bacteria. In fact, the rise in antimicrobial resistance is widely regarded by medical experts as among the biggest dangers looming ahead for human health.The Australian study is not isolated in its findings, nor is it the earliest warning of its kind. In 2017, a French study found the same superbug to be carried in yellow-legged gulls in southern France. The authors called it “alarming”, and called urgent tracing of the source of contamination. A German study has also shown the presence of antimicrobial-resistant Salmonella in wild birds.The WHO has identified factors responsible for the spread of antibiotic resistance, including poor sanitary standards for food handling, lack of hygiene in the environment, low sanitary conditions and lack of adequate infection control measures. The Australian scientists recommend that people take the simple precaution of washing their hands or using a hand sanitizer after coming in contact with gull droppings, to minimize the chances of infection. Journal reference:Shewli Mukerji, Marc Stegger, Alec Vincent Truswell, Tanya Laird, David Jordan, Rebecca Jane Abraham, Ali Harb, Mary Barton, Mark O’Dea, Sam Abraham, ‘Resistance to critically important antimicrobials in Australian silver gulls (Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae) and evidence of anthropogenic origins’, Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, , dkz242, https://doi.org/10.1093/jac/dkz242 By Dr. Liji Thomas, MDJul 11 2019They say it’s good luck for a seagull to poo on you. Now, in a surprising observation, a team of Australian scientists found that one in five silver gulls in Australia harbored antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which could cause a wave of serious human infections. This comes against a background of increasing alarm over the emergence of antibiotic resistance in many common bacterial species.These findings come from a study by researchers at Perth’s Murdoch University, who were looking at antimicrobial resistance in humans and animals. The report was published on July 10, 2019, in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. last_img read more

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Australia court paves way for Google underworld defamation case

first_img Australian wins $208k from Google for defamation © 2018 AFP A court cleared the way for a rare defamation action against Google on Wednesday after a man claimed the global internet giant published material linking him to Australia’s criminal underworld. Citation: Australia court paves way for Google ‘underworld’ defamation case (2018, June 13) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-australia-court-paves-google-underworld.html Entertainment promoter Milorad Trkulja was shot in the back at a Melbourne restaurant in a 2004 crime that was never solved.In 2012, Google was ordered to pay Aus$200,000 (US$150,000) in damages to Trkulja, who claimed he was defamed by material that implied he was a major crime figure and had been the target of a professional hit.Trkulja then launched further proceedings against the online behemoth relating to images and text that he said continued to link him to underworld figures, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.A Victorian state court ruled in favour of Google, but Australia’s High Court has now upheld an appeal by Trkulja, paving the way for his defamation action.At least some search results for Trkulja “had the capacity to convey… that the appellant was somehow associated with the Melbourne criminal underworld”, the court said.Google has denied the claims, saying it had innocently disseminated material published by others.In the 2012 decision, a jury ruled Google had failed to act when Trkulja’s lawyers wrote to them demanding action over the “grossly defamatory” content.The judge at the time likened the internet giant to a library or newsagent which has at times been considered a publisher in defamation cases.Trkulja argued his reputation was critical to his work as a promoter and had been seriously damaged by the defamatory material.There has been legal debate in Australia about whether search engines like Google can be considered “publishers” under Australian defamation law, even if they did not create the content.Previous court rulings have given conflicting views.center_img Entertainment promoter Milorad Trkulja claims Google has continued to disseminate content unfairly linking him to the Melbourne criminal underworld Explore further 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.last_img read more

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Google to invest 550 million in China ecommerce giant JDcom

first_img Explore further The announcement comes as US giant is pushing Google Shopping, a platform allowing customers to compare prices between different sellers, which poses a challenge to Amazon.The firms will marry JD’s supply chain and logistics experience with Google technology to create “next generation” personalised retail in regions including Southeast Asia, the US and Europe, the joint statement said.”This partnership with Google opens up a broad range of possibilities to offer a superior retail experience to consumers throughout the world,” JD.com’s chief strategy officer Jianwen Liao said. Google will put $550 million in cash into JD.com and in return, the California-based company will receive 27.1 million newly issued JD.com Class A ordinary shares.The shares are equivalent to a nearly one percent stake in the company, according to a JD.com spokesman.Google chief business officer Philipp Schindler said the move will give customers “the power to shop wherever and however they want.” However, the partnership is unlikely to affect Google’s status in mainland China, where Gmail, Google Search and Google Maps are all blocked in China.”The announcement isn’t focused on China,” JD.com spokesman Josh Gartner confirmed to AFP.Chinese internet users face fines or even jail for unfavourable social media posts. Authorities have further tightened internet controls in recent months, shutting down celebrity gossip blogs and probing platforms for “obscenity”.In China, JD.com competes aggressively with e-commerce leader Alibaba, which runs the popular Taobao and Tmall shopping platforms. Google will invest more than half a billion dollars in China’s second-largest e-commerce company JD.com as part of a move to expand retail services around the world, the companies said Monday. Citation: Google to invest $550 million in China e-commerce giant JD.com (2018, June 18) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-google-invest-million-alibaba-rival.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img © 2018 AFP Google will receive an almost one percent stake in China’s JD.com Alibaba acquisition values meal-deliverer Ele.me at $9.5 bnlast_img read more

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Before Trump the long history of fake news

first_imgDonald Trump may have popularised “fake news”, but the concept has been around for centuries Explore further Fake Facebook account reveals how we fall for fake news For the US president the term refers to what he claims are lies masquerading as news in the mainstream “Fake News Media”.Generally, it means “false news released in the media with full knowledge of the facts,” says French communications expert Pascal Froissart, from University of Paris 8.This existed long before Trump became the 45th president of the United States in 2017 and way ahead of the emergence of social media.Here are some examples through history.Dubious Byzantine ‘anecdota’Early versions of fake news are found in the sixth-century “Anecdota” of prominent Byzantine scholar and writer Procopius, says Harvard University historian Robert Darnton.Known as “Secret History” in English, these texts contain “dubious information” on the purported behind-the-scenes scandals of the reign of Emperor Justinian, Darnton says.They were kept secret until Procopius’s death and contrasted with his official writings about the ruler.Pharaonic fibsFrench researcher Francois-Bernard Huyghe finds traces of fake news even further back in time, during the period of the Egyptian pharaohs before the birth of Christ.For example, Ramses II’s claimed victory over the Hittite people at the battle of Kadesh towards 1274 BC, which is celebrated in bas-reliefs and Egyptian texts, was in reality a “semi-defeat”, he says.The real success was “that of propaganda, of the sculptors and scribes,” Huyghe says.Half-true ‘libelles’In 18th century France “libelles” were short satirical or controversial texts that mixed truth and fiction in an “early form of fake news,” historian Robert Zaretsky, from the University of Houston, told AFP.One item published in London in 1771, concerning scandals in the French court, even warned readers that some of the content is “at the very most plausible” and some an “obvious falsity”.Rags, fabricationsSold in the streets of France during the same period, “canards” were popular newssheets that often carried made-up news, for example, reporting around 1780 the capture of an imaginary monster in Chile.The word has moved into the English language to mean an unfounded rumour or story.Elaborate hoaxes designed to sell newspapers emerged in the US press in the 19th century. The New York Herald, for example, gave in 1874 an account of a bloody escape of wild animals from the Central Park Zoo but wrapped up with: “Of course the entire story given above is a pure fabrication.”It is around this time the term “fake news” seems to have appeared, says US journalist Robert Love in the Columbia Journalism Review.It was a period “when a rush of emerging technologies intersected with newsgathering practices during a boom time for newspapers,” he says.Operation INFEKTIONDuring the Cold War a calculated Soviet tactic was the “deliberate spreading of false information to influence opinion and weaken an enemy”, in this case the West, according to Huyghe.An emblematic case was the KGB’s Operation INFEKTION, aimed at making people believe that HIV/AIDS was a biological weapon created in US army laboratories. It started with the publication in an obscure Indian newspaper in 1983 of an anonymous letter making such claims, which were eventually spread more widely. Media hoaxedIn late 1989, as the communist regime of Nicolae Ceausescu tottered in Romania, images were published of mutilated bodies dug from mass graves near the town of Timisoara. They were said to be victims of the regime’s security forces. The pictures went around the world, galvanising public opinion against Ceausescu who was executed by the end of the year.But the corpses turned out to be of people who had died from illness or accidents before the unfolding revolution. The repetition of false reports by other media was what Huyghe called an “autointoxication” in his 2016 book on disinformation, “La Desinformation: Les Armes du Faux”. Citation: Before Trump, the long history of fake news (2018, July 12) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-trump-history-fake-news.htmlcenter_img 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. © 2018 AFP In capital letters and with an exclamation mark, “FAKE NEWS!” may have been popularised by Donald Trump in hundreds of his tweets but the concept has existed for centuries.last_img read more

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Artificial intelligence must know when to ask for human help

first_img This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. No matter how the difference arises, the result is that algorithms can be biased by being more accurate on one group than on another.Keeping a human eye on AIFor high-stakes situations, the algorithm’s confidence in its own result – its estimation of how likely it is that the system came up with the right answer – is just as important as the result itself. The people who receive the output from algorithms need to know how seriously to take the results, rather than assuming that it’s correct because it involved a computer.Only recently have researchers begun to develop ways to identify, much less attempt to fix, inequalities in algorithms and data. Algorithms can be programmed to recognize their own shortcomings – and follow that recognition with a request for a person to assist with the task.Many types of AI algorithms already calculate an internal confidence level – a prediction of how well it did at analyzing a particular piece of input. In facial analysis, many AI algorithms have lower confidence on darker faces and female faces than for white male faces. It’s unclear how much this has been taken into account by law enforcement for high-stakes uses of these algorithms.The goal is for the AI itself to locate the areas where it is not reaching the same accuracy for different groups. On these inputs, the AI can defer its decision to a human moderator. This technique is especially well-suited for context-heavy tasks like content moderation. Human content moderators cannot keep up with the flood of images being posted on social media sites. But AI content moderation is famous for failing to take into account the context behind a post – misidentifying discussions of sexual orientation as explicit content, or identifying the Declaration of Independence as hate speech. This can end up inaccurately censoring one demographic or political group over another.To get the best of both worlds, our research suggests scoring all content in an automated fashion, using the same AI methods already common today. Then our approach uses newly proposed techniques to automatically locate potential inequalities in the accuracy of the algorithm on different protected groups of people, and to hand over the decisions about certain individuals to a human. As a result, the algorithm can be completely unbiased about those people on which it actually decides. And humans decide on those individuals where algorithmic decision would have inevitably created bias. This approach does not eliminate bias: It just “concentrates” the potential for bias on a smaller set of decisions, which are then handled by people, using human common sense. The AI can still perform the bulk of the decision-making work. This is a demonstration of a situation where an AI algorithm working together with a human can reap the benefits and efficiency of the AI’s good decisions, without being locked into its bad ones. Humans will then have more time to work on the fuzzy, difficult decisions that are critical to ensuring fairness and equity. An AI that ‘de-biases’ algorithms It’s important to remember, though, that AI can cement misconceptions in how a task is addressed, or magnify existing inequalities. This can happen even when no one told the algorithm explicitly to treat anyone differently.For instance, many companies have algorithms that try to determine features about a person by their face – say to guess their gender. The systems developed by U.S. companies tend to do significantly better at categorizing white men than they do women and darker-skinned people; they do worst at dark-skinned women. Systems developed in China, however, tend to do worse on white faces. The difference is not because one group has faces that are easier to classify than others. Rather, both algorithms are typically trained on a large collection of data that’s not as diverse as the overall human population. If the data set is dominated by a particular type of face – white men in the U.S., and Chinese faces in China – then the algorithm will probably do better at analyzing those faces than others. Citation: Artificial intelligence must know when to ask for human help (2019, March 7) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-artificial-intelligence-human.html Explore further Artificial intelligence systems are powerful tools for businesses and governments to process data and respond to changing situations, whether on the stock market or on a battlefield. But there are still some things AI isn’t ready for.center_img Biased training data can make systems better, or worse, at recognizing certain kinds of faces. Credit: Andrey_Popov/Shutterstock.com Provided by The Conversation Sometimes the questions become too much for artificial intelligence systems. Credit: sdecoret/Shutterstock.com We are scholars of computer science working to understand and improve the ways in which algorithms interact with society. AI systems perform best when the goal is clear and there is high-quality data, like when they are asked to distinguish between different faces after learning from many pictures of correctly identified people.Sometimes AI systems do so well that users and observers are surprised at how perceptive the technology is. However, sometimes success is difficult to measure or defined incorrectly, or the training data does not match the task at hand. In these cases, AI algorithms tend to fail in unpredictable and spectacular ways, though it’s not always immediately obvious that something has even gone wrong. As a result, it’s important to be wary of the hype and excitement about what AI can do, and not assume the solution it finds is always correct.When algorithms are at work, there should be a human safety net to prevent harming people. Our research demonstrated that in some situations algorithms can recognize problems in how they’re operating, and ask for human help. Specifically, we show, asking for human help can help alleviate algorithmic bias in some settings. How sure is the algorithm?Artificial intelligence systems are being used in criminal sentencing, facial-based personality profiling, resume screening, health care enrollment and other difficult tasks where people’s lives and well-being are at stake. U.S. government agencies are beginning to ramp up their exploration and use of AI systems, in response to a recent executive order from President Donald Trump. 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.last_img read more

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Tammineni Sitaram gets elected as AP Assembly SpeakerTammineni Sitaram gets elected as

first_img COMMENT Tammineni Sitaram Tammineni Sitaram was unanimously elected Speaker of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly on Thursday, with the opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) members and the lone Janasena member supporting his candidature.Pro-tem Speaker Sambangi Venkata China Appala Naidu declared the election of Sitaram in the Assembly session.Thanking the members for electing him unanimously, Sitaram said that Andhra Pradesh should emerge as a trendsetter in implementing anti-defection law. He said that meaningful discussions should take place in the House and sought the cooperation of both the ruling and opposition parties. Chief Minister Y.S Jaganmohan Reddy said the YSR Congress Party had selected Tammineni Sitaram in recognition of his long experience as legislator and Minister. Sitaram was elected as MLA for the sixth term. He served as minister thrice in the past.Recollecting his experiences in the Assembly in the past, the Chief Minister said the Telugu Desam party resorted to horse-trading by illegally encouraging defection of 23 YSR Congress MLAS from the elected 67 MLAs without asking for their resignation and the then Speaker failed to disqualify them. The TDP government had made four of the defectors as ministers in the previous cabinet.Jaganmohan Reddy said that since the TDP had encouraged defection of 23 MLAs, it was now left with only 23 MLAs. “God and people have punished the TDP for its misdeeds,” he remarked.Congratulating the newly-elected Speaker, Opposition leader N Chandrababu Naidu said that Tamineni Sitaram is the fourth one to get elected as Speaker from Srikakulam district. Earlier, K Lakshminarasimham Dora, T Satyanarayana and Pratibha Bharati from Srikakulam district served as Speakers of AP Assembly. Andhra Pradesh SHARE SHARE EMAIL state politicscenter_img SHARE Published on June 13, 2019 COMMENTSlast_img read more

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No tiffin for Mumbaikars for 2 days as Dabbawalas take part in

first_imgNo tiffin for Mumbaikars for 2 days as Dabbawalas take part in Pandharpur pilgrimageLord Vitthal’s puja commences in Pandharpur town every year with lakhs of devotees from different states taking part. advertisement Asian News International MumbaiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 12:51 IST Mumbaikars will not receive their lunchboxes on Friday and Saturday as the city’s beloved Dabbawalas will be off duties to take part in the annual pilgrimage to Pandharpur on the occasion of ‘Ashadhi Ekadashi’.The tiffin services will resume from Sunday.”The Tiffin services will be halted on July 12 and July 13, ” said President of Mumbai Dabbawala Association, Subhash Talekar.The Dabbawalas will also offer prayers to saint Gyaneshwar later in the day and will then proceed to Pandharpur.Besides Dabbawalas, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis also offered prayers at Vitthal Temple in Pandharpur in the early hours of Friday.Lord Vitthal’s puja commences in Pandharpur town every year with lakhs of devotees from different states taking part.Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday tweeted about Pandharpur and its connection with Ashadhi Ekadashi. “The beautiful town of Pandharpur in Maharashtra has a special link with Ashadhi Ekadashi. Know more in this video,” he wrote alongside a video featuring hoards of pilgrimage and the majestic puja of Lord Vitthal.The occasion of Ashadhi Ekadashi is dedicated to the worship of Lord Vishnu across many states in India. Some also observe fast to seek prosperity and attain moksha later in life.Also read: Air India may ban pilots from bringing own food after fight over washing lunchboxALSO WATCH| Gold tiffin, diamond-studded teacup stolen from Hyderabad’s Nizam MuseumFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byIram Ara Ibrahim Nextlast_img read more

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Tamil Nadu govt school denies admission to HIVpositive boy

first_img Press Trust of India Tiruchirappalli (Tamil Nadu)July 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 13:35 IST There was allegedly a quarrel between the headmaster and the boy’s relatives over denial of admission “due to poor academic performance of the student”. (File Photo)An HIV-positive boy was allegedly denied admission to a government high school in Perambulur district, prompting the Tamil Nadu Education Department to order an inquiry.School Education Director S Kannappan has sought a report from the chief educational officer of the district regarding the denial of admission to the boy, sources said.The boy had been asked to come for admission to the school in Kolakkanatham in neighbouring Perambalur district about a week ago, but was turned away on Wednesday.The sources Friday said the director of school education wanted to know why the boy was denied admission and what transpired during a meeting between the parents and the school headmaster, K Kamaraj.There was allegedly a quarrel between the headmaster and the boy’s relatives over denial of admission “due to poor academic performance of the student”.The headmaster, however, said he did not deny admission to the boy nor did he have the power to do so.The headmaster and the Perambalur chief educational officer, Arul Rangan, said the boy would be given admission if he approached them.ALSO READ | HIV patients denied treatment in city hospitals in ShillongALSO WATCH | Kolkata Couple thrashed & evicted by landlords for being HIV+For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySnigdha Choudhury Tamil Nadu govt school denies admission to HIV-positive boyThe boy had been asked to come for admission to the school in Kolakkanatham in neighbouring Perambalur district about a week ago, but was turned away on Wednesday.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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Government to set up 1023 fast track courts to clear pending rape

first_img Milan Sharma New DelhiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 11:48 IST Government to set up 1023 fast track courts to clear pending rape, POCSO cases (Representative image)HIGHLIGHTSGovernment to set up 1023 fast track courts for rape, POCSO casesCurrently, there are only 664 fast track courts operational in the countryThere are over 90,000 pending cases of sexual crimes against childrenThe government is planning to set up 1023 fast track courts for sexual offences against women and children. The move comes six years after the implementation of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act in November 2012, which mandates establishment of one such court in each district.Currently, there are only 664 fast track courts operational in the country.The Law Ministry had moved a note in December 2018 and had sought an annual funding of Rs 767.25 crore to set up the additional courts for two years.Nirbhaya Fund empowered committee, set up under the Criminal Law amendments Act 2018, has approved the budget allocation. The central government’s share would be Rs 474 crore and rest would have to be borne by the states. An estimated Rs 75 lakh per annum would be spent on each fast track court in a state.Section 28 (1) of the POCSO Act 2012 stipulates that every district should have an exclusive court to deal with sexual offences against children. However, the states have so far displayed a lack of seriousness in the matter, resulting in accumulation of pending cases filed under the act.As per a Women and Child Development Ministry spokesperson, so far, only 18 states have come on board for the proposal. These include Maharashtra, Tripura, West Bengal, Meghalaya, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Manipur, Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Mizoram, Chattisgarh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu, Assam and Haryana.As per the latest National Crime Records Bureau data, there were 1.33 lakh rape cases and 90,205 POCSO cases pending trial at the end of 2016. The conviction rate in cases which went to trial stood at 25.5 per cent and 29.6 per cent, respectively.The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Ministry of Law and Justice and Woman and Child Development Ministry (WCD) have worked on the recommendations which have now been sent to the finance committee.The implementation of the fast track special courts would be monitored by the MHA. The Ministry of Law and Justice would submit quarterly reports to oversee progress in these cases. The Law Ministry would need to take a decision on the issue of permanency of fast track courts, the government spokesperson said.Read | Madhya Pradesh: 13-year-old boy lures toddler with toffee, rapes herRead | Five-year-old gang-raped by minor boys in DelhiWatch | Death penalty for child rapist: Deterrent or knee-jerk reaction?For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byArshi Aggarwal Next Government to set up 1023 fast track courts to clear pending rape, POCSO casesAccording to government data, at least 90,000 cases related to sexual offences against children were pending trial till 2016. The fast track court aims to clear the back log.advertisementlast_img read more

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