A world without clouds Hardly clear climate scientists say

first_img Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country Could the sheets of gray clouds that hang low over the ocean disappear suddenly in a warming world? Yes, if you believe a study published yesterday in Nature Geoscience—and the amplifying media coverage of it. If atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) levels triple—an unlikely, but not implausible scenario given past rates of human emissions—these stratocumulus clouds could vanish in a frightening feedback loop. Fewer of the cooling clouds would mean a warmer Earth, which in turn would mean fewer clouds, leading to an 8°C jump in warming—a staggering, world-altering change.But many climate scientists who research clouds are pushing back against the study, arguing that its analysis of one small patch of atmosphere does not apply to the entire globe. It’s a “simple model [that] essentially has a knob with two settings,” says Joel Norris, a cloud scientist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, California. “But it is very likely that the Earth has more knobs than that.”As sophisticated as they are, climate models have a hard time dealing with clouds. Condensing moisture and turbulent air form clouds at scales smaller than models can directly simulate, so instead they use approximations for this behavior. To understand clouds better, scientists have instead developed high-resolution eddy simulations, which re-create the life of small parcels of the atmosphere, including key physics of cloud formation that climate models can’t handle directly. Stocktrek Images, Inc./Alamy Stock Photo Several years ago, a project comparing six leading eddy simulations looked at how just a 2°C temperature rise influenced low ocean clouds. Two dynamics emerged that caused the clouds to thin, exacerbating warming. First, higher temperatures allowed more dry air to penetrate thin clouds from above, preventing them from thickening and reflecting more of the sun’s energy. Second, increased CO2 levels trapped heat near the cloud tops, preventing their cooling. Because such cooling drives the turbulence that forms clouds, the effect could impede cloud formation, fueling further warming. If emissions continued, it seemed plausible that these low clouds would melt away.The frustration with how poorly global models handle clouds was a primary reason that Tapio Schneider, a climate dynamicist at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena and the new study’s lead author, began construction of a new climate model last year. Dubbed the Climate Machine, it would use artificial intelligence to learn from eddy simulations and satellite observations to improve its rendering of clouds. Doing so first meant building, with his team, their own eddy simulation, one that could dynamically interact, or couple, with the ocean, allowing the simulated clouds to spur warming and vice versa.The new study, using an earlier eddy simulation built before the Climate Machine, shows the same feedbacks that others had previously identified. But Schneider ran it for much higher CO2 concentrations than most had done. As levels reached 1200 parts per million—three times what they are today, and a number that could be reached next century if no effort is made to stop climate change—the low cloud decks rapidly withered away.The model results themselves look solid, if not particularly novel. Several cloud scientists, however, object to the next step Schneider took: extrapolating the results of his eddy simulation, which represents only one spot that seems prone to cloud loss, to every area with similar stratocumulus cloud decks. Doing so resulted in all of these clouds disappearing nearly at once, allowing much more of the sun’s energy to suddenly be absorbed by the dark ocean. It’s a stretch to think the clouds and ocean would link together in such a simple way, says Bjorn Stevens, a climate scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg, Germany. “This coupling is done in a manner which does not give one confidence in the result.”There’s no doubt these feedbacks will be in play. Past work has shown it, says Chris Bretherton, a cloud scientist at the University of Washington in Seattle. “But they’d all happen at different times in different concentrations of CO2 in different places. That would smooth it all out.” There wouldn’t be a sudden tipping point where all the clouds disappeared. It would happen gradually, subject to the complex response of the ocean and atmosphere. “That’s where I take issue with this,” Bretherton says. “I think the tipping point is not right.”Indeed, the new model is so simple, lacking things such as the noise of weather, that it can only simulate rapid transitions, adds Stephen Klein, an atmospheric scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. “Because of those simplifications, I don’t find the ‘tipping point’ nature of their work to be believable.”Schneider stands by his interpretation. “I looked for all possible reasons to be wrong but ran out of them,” he says. The main implication, he adds, is that climate models need to be better equipped to handle clouds. “We shouldn’t be complacent about trusting models to predict the future into the 22nd century. There could be other things that models don’t quite capture.”Bretherton says more cloud-resolving models are on their way. “Within the next few years, we will have global models that will do what [Schneider’s] does in a more defensible way.” Bretherton is the midst of developing such a model himself, which also relies on eddy simulations to power its simulations. To his surprise, he added, initial runs seemed to suppress the warming feedbacks for these clouds more than expected.The Caltech climate model, meanwhile, will take another few years to come together. But it’s no coincidence that Schneider began to push to develop the model once, 2 years ago, he witnessed his eddy simulation eliminating clouds.It will be an interesting test to see whether that tendency extends to the Climate Machine he’s developing, adds Matthew Huber, a paleoclimatologist at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. The global model might catch this type of dynamic—or it could show that the climate system overall somehow buffers such “tippiness” at smaller scales out of its system. “That is indeed the only reason to develop this new model,” he says, “to predict climate surprises.”*Correction, 5 March, 10:10 a.m.: An earlier version of this story stated that the Climate Machine will be powered by the eddy simulation used in this study. The model will instead use a new, purpose-built eddy code. A world without clouds? Hardly clear, climate scientists say Click to view the privacy policy. 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The Amazing Survival of the Oldest HumanPlanted Tree in the World

first_imgThe oldest human-planted tree in the world has been around for over 2,000 years. Amazing if you think about it. As you walk around city streets, parks, and other locations and see all the different trees towering around you, have you ever wondered how old they truly are? How long have they been standing? When were they first planted? Well, we have evidence to show that trees can live for thousands of years, far outlasting the lifespan of any animal on Earth. According to Live Science, the oldest tree known to man is over 5,000 years old and located in the White Mountains of California, but the oldest human-planted tree can also be classed as relatively ancient, dating all the way back to 288 BC. The tree’s name is the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi. It’s located in the Mahamenwa Gardens of Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka.Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi in 1891Not only is the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi an ancient tree with historical significance, it’s also seen as a very important spiritual symbol for many people too.It is believed that this sacred fig tree was grown from the iconic Sri Maha Bodhi tree in India. The Sri Maha Bodhi is the tree under which Lord Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment, over two thousand years ago.Sacred Bodhi before c.1913 and in recent past. Photo by MediaJet CC BY 2.0Naturally, this spiritual significance means that the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi has a very special place in the heart of the world’s Buddhists, particularly those in Sri Lanka. It’s seen as one of the most important ancient relics of the Buddhist faith, with Buddhists from all over the world coming to visit and pay their respects each and every year.Related Video:The story goes that back in the 3rd century BC, the tree was brought all the way to Sri Lanka from India by Sangamitte Theri, daughter of Emperor Asoka. Sangmitta founded her own order of Buddhist nuns at her home in Sri Lanka. The tree was then officially planted by King Devanampiya Tissa. It was given pride of place in Mahamevnawa Park.Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, a sacred fig tree, the oldest living human-planted tree in the world with a known planting date, in the Mahamewna Gardens, Anuradhapura, Sri LankaAs time went by, other kings and rulers visited the site of the tree and made their own contributions. King Vasabha, for example, in who ruled into the first century BC, placed several statues of Buddha around the tree. King Voharika Tissa, who ruled in the 3rd century AD, provided new metallic statues.King Mahanaga, who had a very short reign from 569 to 571 AD, made a water canal all around the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, while King Sena II of the 9th century helped with renovation and restoration of the various statues and relics left by his predecessors.Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka – February 7, 2015: Dirt field and south compound steps lead to sacred Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi or Bodhiya fig tree in AnuradhapuraA large wall was also erected around the tree to keep it safe from wild elephants back in the 18th century, and a golden fence was also put up in the 20th century.Buddhists can be seen visiting the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi all through the year. Many make pilgrimages to the tree, traveling great distances to see it with their own eyes, and many people choose to leave special spiritual offerings. A lot of Buddhists also state that by leaving offerings at the tree, they later experience positive things in their own lives.Mahabodhi Vihara in AnuradhapuraAnother traditional custom is to visit the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi when expecting a baby. Buddhists ask the tree for their babies to be born happy and healthy, and some also visit to wish for cures to their illnesses and ailments. Local farmers bring a sample of their first rice harvest to the tree in the hopes that their crops will be kept safe from the elements and animals.Read another story from us: Buddha’s Head Hiding Inside a Tree in Thailand Continues to AmazeIn spite of the wall and fences around it, as well as the constant protection and surveillance of Buddhists and the tree’s year-round caretaker, the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi has suffered a little damage over the years. It lost a couple of branches in the early 20th century due to storms, but is mostly intact and will surely keep standing for many, many more years to come as a powerful symbol of both spirituality and nature.last_img read more

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UWP Petite Savanne candidate pledges to work with constituents to bring real

first_imgShareTweetSharePinRosana EmmanuelThe United Workers Party (UWP) has presented former employee of the Ross University School of Medicine, Rosana Emmanuel, as the party’s new candidate for the Petite Savanne Constituency.She was introduced to the public at a recently held meeting of the UWP at Bellevue Chopin. “I have also listened to the pleas and cries of those who were less optimistic and seen the plight of my people. However your dreams, passion and desires came shining through which motivates me as a member of Team Dominica,” Emmanuel said.According to her, the constituents will work for the kind of real change that Team Dominica will bring about.“Therefore, I stand before you as a voice for the voiceless, a voice for the poor and the oppressed, a hope for the hopeless, a light for those in the dark and fearless for those who live in fear,” she stated.She said she will be forever grateful to those who allowed her into their homes and lives during the past eight (8) weeks discussing their concerns and disappointments, their joys and sorrows.Emmanuel presented a four-pillar development plan for the Petite Savanne Constituency which she said, is anchored within the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and is consistent with the United Workers– Team Dominica’s overall development plan for Dominica. The plan will focus on Agriculture, Infrastructure, Empowerment and Social Protection.“This is not my platform, this is our platform and together we can and move our constituency forward,” she told Petite Savanne constituents.“Every election we have a decision to make and, what makes this election different, is that the decision is very simple,” Emmanuel told her audience. “You can choose more of the same: a government that has failed on its performance and promises for nineteen years, more families living in poverty, rampant unemployment, lack of social services, housing issues, and an administration that has shown us that  they have no clue how to move this country forward. Or you can vote for the party that has real plans to change all of this.”She described her party as a team that will restore livelihoods through restoration of  road networks, development of  technical skills, the  conduct of a needs assessment for the elderly, and the creation of an agro processing plant which she said, will result in restoration of respect and dignity for the people.“I ask of you that you give Team Dominica a chance to make the real change that is needed to move our country forward,” Emmanuel exhorted the people of Petite Savanne.A section of the crowd at Emmanuel’s declarationlast_img read more

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Five victims of Mexico surgeries and aftercare to file class action lawsuit

first_imgFive victims of Mexico surgeries and aftercare to file class action lawsuit October 17, 2017 Part 3 By Linda Kor Five people have taken steps toward filing a class action lawsuit related to surgical referrals to Mexico and the post-surgical treatment received locally that they claim has led to injuriesSubscribe or log in to read the rest of this content. Bottom Adlast_img

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US now seeks social media details from all visa applicants

first_imgSocial media, email and phone number histories had only been sought in the past from applicants who were identified for extra scrutiny, such as people who’d traveled to areas controlled by terrorist organizations. An estimated 65,000 applicants per year had fallen into that category.The department says collecting the additional information from more applicants “will strengthen our process for vetting these applicants and confirming their identity.”The new rules apply to virtually all applicants for immigrant and nonimmigrant visas. When it filed its initial notice to make the change, the department estimated it would affect 710,000 immigrant visa applicants and 14 million nonimmigrant visa applicants, including those who want to come to the U.S. for business or education.The new visa application forms list a number of social media platforms and require the applicant to provide any account names they may have had on them over the previous five years. They also give applicants the option to volunteer information about social media accounts on platforms not listed on the form. Eight lakh Indians drive US immigrant growth US reduces visa duration for some Pakistanis, hikes visa application fee In addition to their social media histories, visa applicants are now asked for five years of previously used telephone numbers, email addresses, international travel and deportation status, as well as whether any family members have been involved in terrorist activities.Only applicants for certain diplomatic and official visa types are exempted from the requirements. Advertising US visa, us visa social media, social media details for visa, us visa form, facebook details for us visa, trump immigration laws, how to get us visa The change, which was proposed in March 2018, is expected to affect about 15 million foreigners who apply for visas to enter the United States each year.The State Department is now requiring nearly all applicants for U.S. visas to submit their social media usernames, previous email addresses and phone numbers. It’s a vast expansion of the Trump administration’s enhanced screening of potential immigrants and visitors. 4 Comment(s) In a move that’s just taken effect after approval of the revised application forms, the department says it has updated its immigrant and nonimmigrant visa forms to request the additional information, including “social media identifiers,” from almost all U.S. applicants.The change, which was proposed in March 2018, is expected to affect about 15 million foreigners who apply for visas to enter the United States each year.“National security is our top priority when adjudicating visa applications, and every prospective traveler and immigrant to the United States undergoes extensive security screening,” the department said. “We are constantly working to find mechanisms to improve our screening processes to protect U.S. citizens, while supporting legitimate travel to the United States.” Related News center_img Best Of Express Ayodhya dispute: Mediation to continue till July 31, SC hearing likely from August 2 P Rajagopal, Saravana Bhavan founder sentenced to life for murder, dies ‘US visa rules to hit profits, margins of IT firms in FY20’ Advertising Chandrayaan-2 gets new launch date days after being called off By AP |Washington | Updated: June 2, 2019 10:04:01 amlast_img read more

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Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt New British PM to be announced on

first_img Explained: 1.6 lakh Conservative Party members vote to decide next British PM Former UK PM Major vows legal action to block suspension of parliament Related News A candidate achieving more than 50 per cent of the vote among party members will be declared Leader of the Party.Despite a series of scandals in the past and negative publicity around a domestic row with his girlfriend, Johnson has dominated the race since May announced a month ago that she would step down after failing to get her Brexit deal ratified by parliament.Johnson has pledged to leave the European Union on October 31 with or without a deal. The EU has said it will not renegotiate the divorce deal that May agreed last year and the British parliament has indicated it will block a no-deal exit.(With PTI inputs) By Express Web Desk |New Delhi | Updated: June 25, 2019 8:11:29 pm Boris Johnson, Boris Johnson UK, UK Boris Johson, Jeremy Hunt, Jeremy Hunt uk, Jeremy Hunt UK pm, Borish Johnson UK PM, UK PM, UK pm race, UK prime minister race, Brexit, UK elections, indian express news Jeremy Hunt, left, and Boris Johnson, right, pictured outside 10 Downing Street. (File)The ruling Conservative Party said on Tuesday the successor to former prime minister Theresa May would be announced on July 23. Advertising Advertising Post Comment(s) Brexit campaigner and former foreign secretary Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt are in the race to take charge at 10 Downing Street. Hunt, once an opponent of leaving the European Union who has now promised to exit with a deal, replaced Johnson as foreign minister in July after serving six years as health minister.“The announcement of the next leader of the Conservative Party will be made on Tuesday 23 July. This process has been agreed with both candidates,” the Conservative Party said in a statement.The two candidates were chosen from a field of 10 by the Conservative party’s 313 MPs. Postal ballots are set to be issued to an estimated 166,000 Tory party members between July 6 and 8, with polls set to close by 5 pm on July 22. The results will be declared the next day. Boris Johnson pledges ‘new and improved’ trade ties with India as UK PM last_img read more

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WPA2 Flaw Could Blow WiFi Systems Wide Open

first_imgA security flaw in WPA2, the security protocol for most modern WiFi systems, could allow an attacker to steal sensitive data including emails, credit card numbers and passwords, Researchers at Belgian university KU Leuven reported Monday.Depending on the network configuration, the flaw also could allow an attacker to inject or manipulate information in the system — for example, inject ransomware or other malware into websites being used.The weakness is in the WiFi standard itself, not in any particular products or implementations, so this impacts just about any correct implementation of WPA2, explained Mathy VanHoef, a postdoc researcher in the university’s imec-DistriNet Research Group, who together with Frank Piessens, a DistriNet professor, discovered the flaw. A series of vulnerabilities were found in Android, Linux, Apple, Windows, OpenBSD, MediaTek, Linksys and other systems, the researchers said. In order to fix the problem, users need to update affected products as soon as patches become available.The research will be presented at the ACM Conference on Computer and Communication Security, which will take place Oct. 30 to Nov. 3 in Dallas, and at the Black Hat Europe conference in December.Microsoft released security updates a week ago, and customers who have Windows Update enabled or otherwise have applied the updates are protected, the company said in a statement provided to TechNewsWorld by spokesperson Rachel Martinez.The company withheld disclosure of the flaw to allow other vendors time to develop and release updates, it said.As a proof of concept, the DistriNet researchers executed a key reinstallation attack (KRACK) against an Android smartphone, noting that Linux and Android 6.0 or higher were particularly vulnerable. Both operating systems can be tricked into reinstalling an all-zero encryption key.The main attack is against the four-way handshake of the WPA2 protocol, the researchers said. The handshake takes place when a user wants to join a protected WiFi network and the protocol is used to confirm that the client and access point have the correct credentials.The attacker manipulates and replays the cryptographic handshake message. When the victim reinstalls the key, the incremental transmit packet number and the receive packet number are reset to their initial values.”How it works is technically complex,” said William Malik, vice president for infrastructure strategies at Trend Micro.”The easy answer is the attacker gets the access point to rebroadcast part of the initial handshake, analyzes that information, and then the attacker can intercept the rest of the conversation,” he told TechNewsWorld.During the handshake, the device and access point set up and agree on an initial encryption key, Malik said. Threat Responses Users should install recommended updates from end device and network equipment manufacturers, Kevin Robinson, vice president of marketing at the Wi-Fi Alliance, told TechNewsworld.The alliance has taken immediate steps to address the issue, and it now requires testing for the vulnerabilities within its global certification lab network. The alliance has provided a vulnerability detection tool for its members’ use.The vulnerabilities can be lumped into two categories, according to the International Consortium for the Advancement of Cybersecurity on the Internet. In one, attacks would affect wireless endpoints as “supplicants.” In the other, attacks would affect wireless infrastructure devices as “authenticators.”Depending on the device configuration, exploiting these vulnerabilities could allow unauthenticated attackers to perform packet relay, decrypt wireless packets, and potentially forge or inject packets into a wireless network, ICASI said.Members including A10 Networks, Amazon, Cisco Systems, IBM, Intel Corp., Juniper Networks, Microsoft, Oracle and VMWare were notified.Fundamental flaws that impact all Web users, like KRACK, are “incredibly rare” but not unprecedented, said Rich Campagna, CEO of security firm Bitglass.The Heartbleed vulnerability, which surfaced in 2014, is another example of a flaw that had widespread impact across the spectrum, he told TechNewsWorld.An attack exploiting the WPA2 flaw would require an adversary to be close to the target, noted Gaurav Banga, CEO of Balbix.”Remember that many public networks are wide open anyway, and enterprises expect TLS (HTTPS) and VPNs to provide the real protection, even if WiFi is open wide,” he told TechNewsWorld. “Perhaps this is why the vulnerability disclosure was not taken very seriously until this week.”center_img David Jones is a freelance writer based in Essex County, New Jersey. He has written for Reuters, Bloomberg, Crain’s New York Business and The New York Times. Widespread Impactlast_img read more

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Global health innovation system fails to deliver affordable treatments to patients says

first_imgProfessor Mariana Mazzucato said: “The diagnosis looks bleak for the health innovation system; it’s expensive and unproductive and requires a complete transformation. We have a situation now where the NHS is a huge buyer of drugs and the UK government is a significant investor in the development of new treatments, yet big pharmaceutical companies are calling the shots.”In the year of the 70th anniversary of the NHS, this is an ideal time to take stock and rethink the system with a move towards a model that prioritizes long-term public value above short-term corporate profits.”As an immediate policy action, the report calls on governments to pursue their legal right to procure affordable generic versions of patented medicines if companies refuse to drop their prices to levels affordable to national health systems such as the NHS. These legal rights are known as Flexibilities within the World Trade Organisation’s TRIPS rules (Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights). This could mean huge savings for the NHS. For example, evidence shows that the prices the UK pays for some cancer medicines could be reduced by between 75% and 99.6% if they could be procured as generics.Related StoriesAlcohol reduction associated with improved viral suppression in women living with HIVResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairSugary drinks linked to cancer finds studyIntellectual property rules should also be reformed to make vital medicines more affordable and open to innovation, with patents only issued to truly innovative technology.Long-term recommendations include: Research and development priorities are not determined by public health needs. The system ignores diseases – such as tuberculosis – that are most prevalent in developing countries. Meanwhile, more than half of approved medicines in recent years offered no additional health benefits. The number of new drugs approved against research and development (R & D) spend has declined from around 40 drugs per $1bn of R & D in the 1950s to less than 0.65 drugs per $1bn spend this century, representing a huge drop in innovation and productivity. Pharmaceutical companies are increasingly focused on maximizing short-term financial returns to shareholders, rather than funding health advances in the public interest. The 19 pharmaceutical companies included in the S&P 500 Index in January 2017 (and listed 2006-15) spent $297bn on repurchasing their own shares between 2007-16–61% of their combined R&D expenditures in this period. Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 15 2018NHS patients are being let down by a global health innovation system which fails to deliver the treatments they need at prices that government can afford, according to a new report led by Professor Mariana Mazzucato, Director of the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP), in collaboration with STOPAIDS, Global Justice Now and Just Treatment.The report, The People’s Prescription: Re-imagining health innovation to deliver public value, warns that health innovation is being hampered by a drive for profit and calls for a major overhaul of the system to ensure that more drugs and treatments are developed for critical health needs. Crucially it addresses both the rate and the direction of innovation.Although innovation in health is vital for the development of drugs used by the NHS and healthcare systems around the world, the report finds that the current system for developing drugs incentivizes high prices and delivers short-term returns to shareholders, rather than focusing on riskier, longer-term research which leads to critically needed therapeutic advances.The authors warn that the high prices of medicines are causing severe patient access problems worldwide with damaging consequences for health and wellbeing. The solution is not as simple as demanding lower prices but to understand how the characteristics of the system must be overhauled, from the dynamics of patents which are hurting transparency and collaboration to the ways in which corporate governance hurt innovation.With the system ‘fundamentally broken’, the report maps out fault lines and recommends new concrete policy actions to deliver public value for the greatest health need.Last year, NHS England spent £1bn on medicines that had received public investment, while spending on drugs is rising at five times the rate its budget is rising.Key points include: Conditionality would also prevent the public from paying twice for medicines. A treatment for prostate cancer – Abiraterone – was discovered by the Institute for Cancer Research (ICR), which receives 38 per cent of its funding from charities and the UK Medical Research Council, and 14 per cent from other government funding. The NHS then spent £172 million on the drug between 2014 and 2016, following five years of negotiations when the price was set just below NICE’s upper limit of acceptable costs. By the end of 2017, Johnson & Johnson had made around £1.9 billion in sales and the ICR had earned just £137 million.Mission-oriented research and innovation involves strategic decision making in both governments and business through purpose-led missions. This approach focuses on problem-specific challenges, which many different sectors interact to solve. The focus on problems, and new types of collaborations between public and private actors to solve them, creates the potential for greater spillovers than a sectoral approach. It was this approach that put a man on the moon, and lay behind the creation of the internet and entire new sectors like biotechnology.Heidi Chow, Senior Campaigns Manager, Global Justice Now, said: “A pharmaceutical industry that makes billions in profits without providing the affordable medicines that people need is one of the scandals of our time. It’s easy to feel that there is no alternative, but in fact there are a whole host of alternatives that are already working in a number of countries. It is time to scale up what’s working, and drop what’s not so that people here in the UK and around the world can access the effective treatments they need.”Saoirse Fitzpatrick, Senior Advocacy Adviser, STOPAIDS, added: “We have to face the reality that our current system for developing medicines is not matching people’s health needs. If we carry on with business as usual then we are going to end up bankrupting patients and health services with high priced drugs and wasting precious financial resources on copycat medicines which do nothing but add to the pharmaceutical industry’s profits.”We know there are other models out there, we need governments to work from this evidence base and build an alternative system for health innovation that gives us the medicines people need at prices we can all afford.”Diarmaid McDonald, Lead Organiser, Just Treatment, said: “NHS patients, like those who lead Just Treatment, have had their access to vital medicines delayed or denied because of the unaffordable prices charged by the industry. Sadly these high prices are not going away – they lie at the heart of our current medical innovation system. Until governments follow the recommendations in this report and set about creating a pharmaceutical system that puts patients and public health at its core, our health and our health systems will continue to suffer as pharmaceutical profits continue to soar.”center_img Source:https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ A mission-oriented approach to improving health outcomes, where governments can set the direction of health innovation by focusing the energy of state, civil society and the private sector on clearly articulated public health goals. Changing how corporate governance works; rethinking the role of the public sector and improving the structure of the private sector. Better deals through conditionality; governments should be able to negotiate better deals as the main investors in new treatments, instead of rewards being disproportionately shared with the private sector.last_img read more

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Hospitals block surprise billing measure in California

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jul 11 2019Citing fierce pushback from hospitals, California lawmakers sidelined a bill Wednesday that would have protected some patients from surprise medical bills by limiting how much hospitals could charge them for emergency care.The legislation, which contributed to the intense national conversation about surprise medical billing, was scheduled to be debated Wednesday in the state Senate Health Committee.Instead, the bill’s author pulled it from consideration, vowing to bring it back next year.”We are going after a practice that has generated billions of dollars for hospitals, so this is high-level,” said Assemblyman David Chiu (D-San Francisco). “This certainly does not mean we’re done.”Chiu said he and his team would keep working on amendments to the bill that address the concerns of hospitals while maintaining protections for patients.Hospitals focused their opposition on a provision of the bill that would have limited what they can charge insurers for out-of-network emergency services, criticizing it as an unnecessary form of rate setting.”Balance billing,” better known as surprise billing, occurs when a patient receives care from a doctor or hospital — or another provider — outside of her insurance plan’s network, and then the doctor or hospital bills the patient for the amount insurance didn’t cover. These bills can soar into the tens of thousands of dollars.In the absence of federal laws, many states have tried to formulate solutions to balance billing, but health policy experts suggest this issue would be best addressed by the federal government.Congress is discussing different approaches but not without facing fierce opposition and lobbying from two influential groups: health insurers and providers, including doctors and hospitals.Last week, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee passed the Lower Health Care Costs Act, which would require insurers to pay providers no more than the median in-network rate in a geographic region for emergency and nonemergency care. But the American Hospital Association deemed the payment arrangement unworkable.Getting buy-in from hospitals and other providers will not be easy.”The system exists in a way that allows a subset of providers to stay out-of-network and charge very high rates,” said Christen Linke Young, a fellow at the USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy. “They’re basically exploiting the system.”Chiu’s bill would have prohibited out-of-network hospitals from sending surprise bills to privately insured emergency patients. Instead, hospitals would have to work directly with health plans on billing, leaving the patients responsible only for their in-network copayments, coinsurance and deductibles.The bill also would have limited the amount hospitals could charge insurers for each service, and the amounts would have varied by region.That’s the part hospitals opposed.”We’ve said from the beginning that we are supportive of protecting patients. Unfortunately, the proponents of the bill inserted a completely unrelated provision regarding rate setting,” said Jan Emerson-Shea, a spokeswoman for the California Hospital Association.Related StoriesHow to get a cheaper prescription before leaving the doctor’s officeStudy analyzes high capacity of A. baumannii to persist on various surfaces’Traffic light’ food labels associated with reduction in calories purchased by hospital employeesEmerson-Shea said that if the state sets prices, health plans would have little incentive to negotiate contracts with hospitals. If this provision were removed, the hospital association would support Chiu’s bill, she said.”That provision doesn’t need to be in the bill if the bill is really about protecting patients,” she said.Chiu disagrees. Protecting patients from high costs and capping what insurers pay hospitals are “inextricably related,” Chiu said.If this provision were removed, patients might still face high costs in the form of rising insurance premiums as insurers try to recoup their costs, Chiu said.”It is useless to protect patients from receiving a bill on the front end if hospitals can turn around and price gouge consumers on the back end. It’s like closing your front door and leaving the back door wide open,” he said.In California, a 2009 state Supreme Court ruling protects some patients against surprise billing for emergency care, and a state law that took effect in 2017 protects some who receive nonemergency care.But millions remain vulnerable to surprise bills, largely because California’s protections don’t cover all insurance plans.Chiu’s bill was designed to close some of the loopholes. “It is disappointing it couldn’t get done this year” because more Californians will get hit with exorbitant balance bills in the meantime, he said.The measure was prompted by the peculiar billing practices at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, located in his district.Unlike most large hospitals, San Francisco General does not contract with private insurers. An investigation by Vox found that the hospital considered patients with private insurance out-of-network for emergency care and was slapping many of them with whopping bills. The hospital has since announced it has stopped balance billing patients.This KHN story first published on California Healthline, a service of the California Health Care Foundation. This article was reprinted from khn.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.last_img read more

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EU car sales top 15mn barrier in 2017 data

Explore further New car registrations rose for the fourth consecutive year, growing by 3.4 percent to 15.1 million units last year, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) said in a statement. The last time the number had exceeded that was in 2007 when a total 15.9 million new cars were registered. In the wake of the global economic crisis of 2008, new car sales skidded to as low as 11.8 million in 2013, but have been on the rebound in recent years. The strongest increases in sales last year were seen in Italy and Spain, where new registrations were up by 7.9 percent and 7.7 percent respectively. Sales were up by 4.7 percent in France and by 2.7 percent in Germany, ACEA calculated.By contrast, new cars sales slumped by 5.7 percent in Britain, the first decline in six years, as the country grapples with its decision to quit the EU. In December alone, however, new car registrations were down by 4.9 percent across the EU as a whole, largely because there was one working day less than in December 2016. Sales were down in almost all European markets in December, apart from Spain where new registrations were up 6.2 percent.British car sales plummeted by 14.4 percent in December, ACEA calculated. German giant Volkswagen remains Europe’s biggest carmaker, commanding a market share of 23.6 percent, the data showed.French group PSA, which makes Peugeot, Citroen and DS brands, saw its market share balloon to 15 percent from 8.9 percent after it recently acquired the German and British automakers Opel and Vauxhall from General Motors.French rival Renault ranked third with a market share of 12.7 percent, the ACEA data showed. New car registrations in Europe rose for the fourth consecutive year, growing by 3.4 percent to 15.1 million units last year Citation: EU car sales top 15-mn barrier in 2017: data (2018, January 17) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-eu-car-sales-mn-barrier.html French carmaker PSA says global sales up 15% in 2017 © 2018 AFP 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. The number of new cars sold in Europe topped the 15-million mark for the first time in a decade in 2017, the bloc’s industry body calculated in new data published Wednesday. read more

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Elon Musk says LAarea test tunnel almost complete Update

Explore further Elon Musk posts video of ‘electric sled’ for tunnel travel 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 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Elon Musk, Tesla Factory, Fremont (CA, USA) in 2011. Credit: CC BY 2.0 Musk tweeted Thursday that, pending regulatory approvals, free rides will be offered to the public in a few months. He also posted an Instagram video of the interior of the tunnel.Last year, the Hawthorne City Council approved an approximately 2-mile (3.2-kilometer) test tunnel from Musk’s SpaceX rocket plant to a point east of Los Angeles International Airport.Musk has described a system in which vehicles would descend via elevators into tunnels and move on electrically powered platforms called skates. He envisions multiple levels of tunnels to escape congestion that plagues surface traffic systems.”As mentioned in prior posts, once fully operational (demo system rides will be free), the system will always give priority to pods for pedestrians & cyclists for less than the cost of a bus ticket,” Musk tweeted.Musk’s tunneling operation, called The Boring Co., is currently seeking approval to push into the city of Los Angeles, which requires separate authorization. So far, a committee of the City Council has agreed that the project should be exempt from environmental review.Musk suddenly added tunneling ideas to his SpaceX rocketry and Tesla electric car endeavors more than a year ago.A few weeks after tweeting “Traffic is driving me nuts” and “am going to build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging,” he said in January 2017 that tunnel was about to get underway. He acquired a tunnel-boring machine that had been used in a San Francisco Bay Area project and put it down a shaft in a parking lot at the SpaceX facility in Hawthorne.He has also tweeted about a vision for a tunnel that would stretch along the Interstate 405 corridor from LAX to U.S. Highway 101 in the San Fernando Valley, a span of about 17 miles (27 kilometers). It’s among the most notorious examples of what Musk has called “soul-destroying” Los Angeles traffic.Musk has also advocated another transportation concept called the “hyperloop,” a network of nearly airless tubes that would speed special capsules over long distances at up to 750 mph (1,200) kph), using a thin cushion of air, magnetism and solar power.On Friday, SpaceX successfully launched Bangladesh’s first satellite into orbit from Cape Canaveral, Florida, using an upgraded Falcon 9 rocket designed for dozens of repeat flights including back-to-back, same-day launches. The rocket’s first stage was successfully recovered, landing upright on a platform floating in the Atlantic Ocean. Citation: Elon Musk says LA-area test tunnel almost complete (Update) (2018, May 12) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-elon-musk-la-area-tunnel.html Billionaire Elon Musk says he’s almost completed a tunnel under a Los Angeles suburb to test a novel transportation system that would scoot commuters underground on electric sleds called skates. read more

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Berkeley Lab Intel Cray harness power of deep learning to study the

first_img“Our goal was to demonstrate that TensorFlow can run at scale on multiple nodes efficiently,” said Deborah Bard, a big data architect at NERSC and a co-author of the technical paper. “As far as we are aware, this is the largest ever deployment of TensorFlow on CPUs, and we think it is the largest attempt to run TensorFlow on the largest number of CPU nodes.”Early on, the CosmoFlow team laid out three primary goals for this project: science, single-node optimization and scaling. The science goal was to demonstrate that deep learning can be used on 3-D volumes to learn the physics of the universe. The team also wanted to ensure that TensorFlow ran efficiently and effectively on a single Intel Xeon Phi processor node with 3-D volumes, which are common in science but not so much in industry, where most deep learning applications deal with 2-D image data sets. And finally, ensure high efficiency and performance when scaled across 1000’s of nodes on the Cori supercomputer system.As Joe Curley, Sr. Director of the Code Modernization Organization in Intel’s Data Center Group, noted, “The Big Data Center collaboration has produced amazing results in computer science through the combination of Intel technology and dedicated software optimization efforts. During the CosmoFlow project, we identified framework, kernel and communication optimization that led to more than 750x performance increase for a single node. Equally as impressive, the team solved problems that limited scaling of deep learning techniques to 128 to 256 nodes—to now allow the CosmoFlow application to scale efficiently to the 8,192 nodes of the Cori supercomputer at NERSC.””We’re excited by the results and the breakthroughs in artificial intelligence applications from this collaborative project with NERSC and Intel,” said Per Nyberg, vice president of market development, artificial intelligence and cloud at Cray. “It is exciting to see the CosmoFlow team take advantage of unique Cray technology and leverage the power of the a Cray supercomputer to effectively scale deep learning models. It is a great example of what many of our customers are striving for in converging traditional modeling and simulation with new deep learning and analytics algorithms, all on a single, scalable platform.”Prabhat, Group Leader of Data & Analytics Services at NERSC, added, “From my perspective, CosmoFlow is an exemplar project for the Big Data Center collaboration. We’ve truly leveraged competencies from various institutions to solve a hard scientific problem and enhance our production stack, which can benefit the broader NERSC user community.”In addition to Bard and Prabhat, co-authors on the SC18 paper include Amrita Mathuriya, Lawrence Meadows, Lei Shao, Tuomas Karna, John Pennycook, Jason Sewall, Nalini Kumar and Victor Lee from Intel; Peter Mendygral, Diana Moise, Kristyn Maschhoff and Michael Ringenburg from Cray; Siyu He and Shirley Ho from the Flatiron Institute; and James Arnemann from UC Berkeley. A Big Data Center collaboration between computational scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s (Berkeley Lab) National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) and engineers at Intel and Cray has yielded another first in the quest to apply deep learning to data-intensive science: CosmoFlow, the first large-scale science application to use the TensorFlow framework on a CPU-based high performance computing platform with synchronous training. It is also the first to process three-dimensional (3-D) spatial data volumes at this scale, giving scientists an entirely new platform for gaining a deeper understanding of the universe. Cosmological ”big data” problems go beyond the simple volume of data stored on disk. Observations of the universe are necessarily finite, and the challenge that researchers face is how to extract the most information from the observations and simulations available. Compounding the issue is that cosmologists typically characterize the distribution of matter in the universe using statistical measures of the structure of matter in the form of two- or three-point functions or other reduced statistics. Methods such as deep learning that can capture all features in the distribution of matter would provide greater insight into the nature of dark energy. First to realize that deep learning could be applied to this problem were Siamak Ravanbakhsh and his colleagues, as referenced in proceedings of The 33rd International Conference on Machine Learning. However, computational bottlenecks when scaling up the network and dataset limited the scope of the problem that could be tackled.Motivated to address these challenges, CosmoFlow was designed to be highly scalable; to process large, 3-D cosmology datasets; and to improve deep learning training performance on modern HPC supercomputers such as the Intel processor-based Cray XC40 Cori supercomputer at NERSC. CosmoFlow is built on top of the popular TensorFlow machine learning framework and uses Python as the front end. The application leverages the Cray PE Machine Learning Plugin to achieve unprecedented scaling of the TensorFlow Deep Learning framework to more than 8,000 nodes. It also benefits from Cray’s DataWarp I/O accelerator technology, which provides the I/O throughput required to reach this level of scalability.In a technical paper to be presented at SC18 in November, the CosmoFlow team describes the application and initial experiments using dark matter N-body simulations produced using the MUSIC and pycola packages on the Cori supercomputer at NERSC. In a series of single-node and multi-node scaling experiments, the team was able to demonstrate fully synchronous data-parallel training on 8,192 of Cori with 77% parallel efficiency and 3.5 Pflop/s sustained performance. Citation: Berkeley Lab, Intel, Cray harness power of deep learning to study the universe (2018, September 5) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-berkeley-lab-intel-cray-harness.html Example simulation of dark matter in the universe, used as input to the CosmoFlow network. CosmoFlow is the first large-scale science application to use the TensorFlow framework on a CPU-based high performance computing platform with synchronous training. Credit: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Deep learning stretches up to scientific supercomputers Provided by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory 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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Artificial enzymes convert solar energy into hydrogen gas

first_img More information: Adam Wegelius et al. Generation of a functional, semisynthetic [FeFe]-hydrogenase in a photosynthetic microorganism, Energy & Environmental Science (2018). DOI: 10.1039/C8EE01975D In a new scientific article, researchers at Uppsala University describe how, using a completely new method, they have synthesised an artificial enzyme that functions in the metabolism of living cells. These enzymes can utilize the cell’s own energy, and thereby enable hydrogen gas to be produced from solar energy. Scientists pioneer a new way to turn sunlight into fuel Provided by Uppsala University Hydrogen gas has long been noted as a promising energy carrier, but its production is still dependent on fossil raw materials. Renewable hydrogen gas can be extracted from water, but as yet the systems for doing so have limitations.In the new article, published in the journal Energy and Environmental Science, an interdisciplinary European research group led by Uppsala University scientists describe how artificial enzymes convert solar energy into hydrogen gas. This entirely new method has been developed at the University in the past few years. The technique is based on photosynthetic microorganisms with genetically inserted enzymes that are combined with synthetic compounds produced in the laboratory. Synthetic biology has been combined with synthetic chemistry to design and create custom artificial enzymes inside living organisms.”We’ve now been able to use the method we developed to produce enzymes that use the cell’s own energy to produce hydrogen gas,” says Adam Wegelius, a Ph.D. student at the Department of Chemistry – Ångström Laboratory, Uppsala University.Senior Lecturer Gustav Berggren and Professor Peter Lindblad of the same department have been jointly leading the research.”Evolution has already developed and refined a tool for capturing sunlight through photosynthesis. And by introducing our artificial enzyme into photosynthetic cyanobacteria we can directly benefit from this efficient process, thus producing hydrogen gas from solar energy. We’ve developed a completely new method, which allows us to go beyond the solutions offered by evolution and nature, in our development of artificial enzymes” Berggren says.The article, “Generation of a functional, semisynthetic [FeFe]-hydrogenase in a photosynthetic microorganism”, was published in Energy and Environmental Science. 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. , Energy & Environmental Science Credit: CC0 Public Domain Journal information: Energy and Environmental Science Citation: Artificial enzymes convert solar energy into hydrogen gas (2018, October 4) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-artificial-enzymes-solar-energy-hydrogen.html Explore furtherlast_img read more

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Can we produce enough green hydrogen to save the world

first_imgUsing a proton exchange membrane electrolyser to produce hydrogen from renewable electricity and water can help industry slash emissions. Credit: Siemens This is Germany’s largest refinery, consuming about 180,000 tonnes of hydrogen a year. The new electrolyser will provide a modest amount of hydrogen towards this total – about 1,300 tonnes a year. But if the trial is successful, then the technology could be expanded.Aside from producing hydrogen, REFHYNE has another purpose that helps make a business case for its use. The electrolyser can be turned on or off very quickly, meaning it can provide a grid balancing service to cope with periods of high or low demand in the electrical grid.’The utility (companies) need to balance intermittent renewables with base plants,’ said Dr Frithjof Kublik, senior consultant for business development at the Rhineland refinery. ‘The electrolyser has the advantage that it can turn on or off very fast, in a few seconds, and from that point of view you can offer a grid balancing service.’Grid balancing services benefit from flexibility, which ‘the utility company is willing to pay a price for,’ said Kublik.It’s also something being investigated in Denmark, where a project called HyBalance has developed a demonstration plant in Hobro that produces hydrogen from water electrolysis when the amount of electricity being produced by renewables exceeds that needed by the grid.’The project is really to test how we can use the renewable energy from the grid and transform it into hydrogen, that can be used either in industry or for energy applications,’ said Caroline Le Mer, Hydrogen Energy Europe Director at Air Liquide, which coordinates the project.SpikesThe plant opened in September 2018 and will run for 15 years, using the same electrolysing process as H2FUTURE and REFHYNE to produce hydrogen, which is known as proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolysis. More traditional electrolysers rely on alkaline electrolysis, but PEM is advantageous as it can deal with spikes in supply, such as from renewable energies like wind and solar.That’s particularly useful in Denmark, where wind power is abundant – in 2015, 42% of its electricity was produced by wind power. At the HyBalance demonstration plant, this is used to produce hydrogen when electricity levels are low, such as at night, or when wind levels are high.The gas is either sold to industry or used for powering hydrogen cars, with the overall goal being to show that hydrogen can be produced in large enough quantities via renewable energy to be useful to industries.At a later stage, the hydrogen could be kept in salt caves for future use – a low cost way to store large quantities. 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. Around a fifth of all greenhouse gas emissions are produced by industries such as steel and cement so if we’re going to work towards an emission-free society then this is a good place to start. And one promising technology may have a key role to play. Provided by Horizon: The EU Research & Innovation Magazine Credit: Horizon It is admittedly a small test – the electrolyser will reduce just a fraction of carbon emissions at the plant. But this is only a pilot project, with designs on scaling this up for bigger hydrogen production in future, using an electrolyser running at a capacity of 100 megawatts.Near Cologne in Germany, meanwhile, under a project called REFHYNE, ITM Power is developing a ten-megawatt electrolyser which will begin operations in 2020. It is being installed on the Rhineland refinery, operated by Shell Deutschland Oils, which currently relies on steam reforming to produce hydrogen. ‘Hydrogen and fuels derived (from it) is capable of reducing the carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels in the very, very long term, down to zero,’ said Klaus Scheffer, project manager at Siemens. ‘You don’t need fossil energies in a future world. I hope my kids will see that.’The technology is green hydrogen – using an electric current to convert water into oxygen and hydrogen – and if this is powered with renewable energy then it produces no carbon emissions. If this is, in turn, used to provide a clean source of fuel for industry or to balance the electricity grid, it could help alter the future of the planet.The main problem so far has been how to make hydrogen in large quantities cleanly. Currently, about 96 percent of global hydrogen is produced by reforming methane, which produces carbon dioxide as a waste product. Green hydrogen produced with this electrolysis method, however, is a much cleaner alternative.Scheffer is helping to create a source of green hydrogen for use at a steel plant in Linz, Austria, as part of a project called H2FUTURE. The goal of this project is not just to produce green hydrogen from renewable energy, but to see if it can in turn be used to produce steel with a lower carbon footprint, dubbed green steel.’Steel production is one of the industries which are dominating the carbon dioxide emissions in the world,’ said Scheffer. ‘The steel production process applied in Linz uses loads of coal for steel production, (so there are) a lot of carbon dioxide emissions.’ViableThe first step of this project is to test if the technology is viable for commercial use – the electrolyser is set to begin full operations in spring 2019. Running at a capacity of six megawatts, the plant will produce about 1,200 cubic metres of green hydrogen an hour when it is fully operational. Citation: Can we produce enough green hydrogen to save the world? (2018, November 15) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-green-hydrogen-world.html Emissions-free hydrogen production edges closer with new pilot site in Denmark Explore furtherlast_img read more

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Google CEO to appear before US House panel December 5

first_imgSundar Pichai, CEO, Google, will testify at a congressional hearing weeks after lawmakers left an empty seat for the key internet executive Citation: Google CEO to appear before US House panel December 5 (2018, November 28) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-google-ceo-house-panel-december.html The House Judiciary Committee hearing follows complaints by President Donald Trump and some lawmakers of “bias” by internet firms and unsubstantiated claims of suppression of conservative voices.Pichai declined to appear at a Senate hearing in September on online foreign influence campaigns, prompting lawmakers to leave a “Google” sign in an empty seat reserved for the company.The House panel said in a statement that next week’s hearing “will examine potential bias and the need for greater transparency regarding the filtering practices” of Google.Committee chair Bob Goodlatte, a Virginia Republican, said the hearing would look at how internet firms may “suppress particular viewpoints and manipulate public opinion.””Americans put their trust in big tech companies to honor freedom of speech and champion open dialogue, and it is Congress’ responsibility to the American people to make sure these tech giants are transparent and accountable in their practices,” Goodlatte said in a statement.House majority leader Kevin McCarthy repeated claims that Google, which accounts for nearly 90 percent of worldwide search traffic, may be biased in how it presents search results.”Recent reports suggest Google might not be wielding its vast power impartially,” McCarthy said in the statement announcing the hearing.”Its business practices may have been affected by political bias. Additionally, reports claim the company is compromising its core principles by complying with repressive censorship mandates from China.”Google and other internet firms have long faced complaints about search results, which are based on algorithms that can take into account user browsing history, location and other factors.But technology and media analysts say there is little evidence to suggest Google skews results for political reasons. And if they did, the government would have little recourse under the constitution’s free speech protections.Google has also faced pressure—including a petition signed by hundreds of its employees—to shut down its efforts to create a search engine that could be acceptable to Chinese filtering, a project the company says is in very early stages. Explore further Google CEO to meet with US lawmakers after previous snubcenter_img © 2018 AFP Google chief executive Sundar Pichai will testify at a congressional hearing next week where he will be questioned on “transparency” and “filtering practices” used by the internet search giant, lawmakers said Wednesday. 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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5 new MSME parks coming up in Vizag

first_imgCOMMENTS June 13, 2018 SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT Published on SHARE Demonetisation and the GST regime – twin blows coming up in quick succession – have adversely affected the performance of even the bigger industrial units during the past two years. The plight of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) has been worse. Hence, the State Government has taken a decision to set up at least one MSME park in each Assembly constituency – the total number of constituencies in the State being 175. It has set up the MSME Development Corporation for the purpose, with a target of setting up 200 such parks by 2023. The projected investment in 30,000 MSMEs in these parks is roughly Rs 45,000 crore and 3 lakh new jobs will be created. In Visakhapatnam district, there are 13 Assembly constituencies and the authorities are taking steps to set up at least five parks in the first phase – one each at Narsipatnam, Gurrampalem, P. Anantavaram, Nakkapalli and Atchyuthapuram. According to A Ramalingeswara Raju, General Manager of the district industries centre, finding land for the MSME parks has become a major problem in the district. “We are first making use of Government land wherever available to develop the infrastructure and set up the parks. We have earmarked some land in the existing SEZs as at Atchyuthapuram and Nakkapalli for the MSME parks,” he said.On the future of these parks, he said that they were being set up with a long-term vision, even though the present scenario may not be very congenial. “The existing MSMEs are gradually recovering from the impact of demonetisation and GST regime, and we are confident that the new units will overcome the teething troubles,” he added.During the past four years, after the TDP Government assumed charge, 2,400 new MSMEs have come up in the district in addition to the existing 13,000 units.last_img read more

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Overall 66 votes polled in phaseII

first_imgSHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTS SHARE Restoring secrecy of ballot national elections April 18, 2019 Lok Sabha COMMENT In the second phase of Lok Sabha elections in 12 States and one Union Territory passed off peacefully barring sporadic incidents. There was an overall interim voter turnout of 66 per cent as compared with 69.24 per cent in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the Election Commission said on Thursday.In the second phase, 10 seats in Maharashtra, five each in Assam and Odisha, three in Chhattisgarh and two in Jammu and Kashmir went to the polls.West Bengal reported the highest interim voter turnout of 76.07 per cent while Jammu and Kashmir reported the lowest at 43.3 per cent.In Tamil Nadu it was 72 per cent as against 73.5 per cent recorded during the 2014 polls. The State saw simultaneous polls for 38 of the 39 Lok Sabha seats and by-elections to 18 Assembly constituencies.Neighbouring Karnataka reported 61.84 per cent voting for 14 Parliamentary seats which went to the polls in the second phase. Puducherry reported 78 per cent (82.1 per cent) for its lone Parliamentary constituency.Read: Low voter turnout in BengaluruManipur reported an interim voter turnout of 74.3 per cent (75.16 per cent in 2014). In Bihar, for the seats that went to the polls in the second phase, 62.52 per cent (61.93 per cent) was recorded and in Maharashtra it was 62 per cent (62.64 per cent).The Election Commission said that it had added 1.16 crore voters to the voting list in the recent past.Total seizuresTotal seizures till 6 pm on Thursday stood at ₹2,632.73 crore, including cash worth ₹697 crore, drugs and narcotics worth ₹1,151 crore and precious metals worth ₹512 crore.Ministers in frayFormer Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda and Union Ministers, including Pon Radhakrishnan, Minister of State for Finance; Jitendra Singh, Minister of State, Prime Ministers Office; and the former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Farooq Abdullah were in the fray in the second phase of the elections. High voter turnout for TN by-polls raises spectre of anti-incumbency What do voters want? Better job opportunities tops the list RELATED Published onlast_img read more

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