The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Then, of course, with almost any interview Peterson had, he was asked to rank his top three corners in the NFL. Peterson was quick to say he dislikes the question, and then when he gave his three, they were all jokingly himself.Later on, this transitioned into a ranking of the top three quarterbacks in the league. Peterson stuck to his mantra, naming himself first, but then having his teammate Carson Palmer second. Nolan, desperate for the third name to be Brady, got a sarcastic “maybe” from Peterson before saying he’s an “all-time great.”Nolan looked for some fantasy football intel and asked Peterson about his teammate David Johnson as a potential first-round pick. Peterson praised Johnson and said he will probably take him with his own pick this year.Nolan then asked Peterson who he had as his quarterback in the team he runs with his wife, and was disappointed to hear Aaron Rodgers instead of Brady. Peterson was quick to reply, however, that Brady was already off the board. Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactcenter_img The weekly show “Garbage Time” on FS1, hosted by the delightful Katie Nolan, had Patrick Peterson on and as expected, many laughs were had.Nolan began by noting that she’s a New England Patriots fan and made sure to let Peterson know he’s going to lose Week 1.Peterson went along with Nolan, who followed by asking how much Peterson was rooting for Jimmy Garoppolo to start instead of Tom Brady, who is suspended for the first four games of the season. Peterson shook it off, saying it really doesn’t matter, as Nolan noted that yes, it actually does. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories last_img read more

The European Commission has expressed concerns abo

first_imgThe European Commission has expressed concerns about French pay TV operator Canal Plus’ proposed acquisition of a stake in rival Orange’s Orange Cinéma Séries channels, according to various reports.Canal Plus and Orange struck a deal in July a deal whereby the former would acquire 33.3% of Orange Cinéma Séries. However, French press have reported that European competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia’s department has expressed a number of concerns about the future role of Canal Plus relating to the programming of the channels.Specifically, the Commission has concerns about the agreement’s limiting of the amount the Orange channels can spend on programme acquisitions annually of €65 million, compared with the €85 million it spent in 2010. This would limit Orange Cinéma Séries’ bidding power in negotiations with the studios, meaning, for example, that it could not effectively compete with Canal Plus’s own channels.While Canal Plus and Orange have maintained that their agreement does not raise any issues of concentration in the market, the European competition authorities believe that the terms of the deal could amount to ‘co-control’ by Canal Plus, meaning that it would be subject to formal approval by Brussels and could be subject to multiple obligations.last_img read more

Sky is set to launch Sky News on Xbox 360 games co

first_imgSky is set to launch Sky News on Xbox 360 games consoles in the UK and US, extending the channel’s reach in the states and giving domestic customers a new way of accessing the station.From tomorrow, Xbox Live customers on Xbox 360 will see the Sky News icon on the TV section of their homepage, giving them access to the network’s live feed and a range of continually updated on-demand stories.Sky News is already available on Apple TV and Roku boxes in the US and Sky said it is building on its growth in this market by also tailoring its channel feed for the US, incorporating editorial segments produced specifically for this audience.“Sky News is consistently exploring opportunities to expand our global reach. Making Sky News available on Xbox was an ideal way to achieve this. With a growing US footprint of a million users and a US news team, we’re thrilled that our coverage will be showcased to millions of Xbox customers,” said head of Sky News Digital, Andrew Hawken.The Sky News Xbox app was developed by Sky in partnership with 1 Mainstream, which specialises in distributing video services across TV, games console, tablet and streaming devices. Sky has worked with 1 Mainstream since 2013 and also invested in the Silicon Valley-based start-up.last_img read more

Netflix series Narcos NBC has revealed what it cl

first_imgNetflix series, NarcosNBC has revealed what it claims to be ratings for key Netflix series.The US broadcast net hosted a press lunch at the Television Critics Association tour that it dubbed a ‘reality check’ of the current TV landscape.Using data from tech firm Symphony Advanced Media, which in turn used a 15,000 sample of 18-to-49s, NBC said Netflix’s Jessica Jones was viewed 4.8 million times over a 35-day period.NBC’s president of research and media told reporters at the lunch about further Symphony findings.Aziz Ansari’s Master of None, which is produced by NBCUniveral, had 3.9 million views, drug kingpin drama Narcos had 3.2 million views, while comedy drama Orange is the New Black registered just 644,000.Symphony also tracked engagement with Amazon Prime Instant Video drama, reporting 2.1 million views for its big-budget original Man in the High Castle.Netflix is notoriously shy of breaking out any viewing data, reportedly even withholding information from the producers and talent working on its original series.Netflix, which has always said it measures success in subscriber numbers and the number of hours people watch (both of which are broken out), told DTVE‘s sister title TBI that it had no comment on the Symphony data.Meanwhile, Netflix’s share price tumbled in trading yesterday amid wider market uncertainty and a further analyst projections of weak US subscriber growth.It has been a tumultuous period for Netflix stock, with a sharp decline last week and then recovery as the streaming service announced a huge global rollout.Yesterday, however, Netflix share were down over 10% on the day, ending at US$106.56.ITG Research said it expects 1.13 million new Netflix subs in this quarter. That is below Netflix’s own guidance of 1.3 million and the wider Wall St expectation of 1.37 million.last_img read more

Video service quality and customer experience comp

first_imgVideo service quality and customer experience company, Agama Technologies, has introduced artificial intelligence-powered anomaly detection.The AI and machine learning-based offering is an extension to the Agama solution that is designed to provide anomaly alarms with “unprecedented precision”.“Separating actual anomalies from normal variations in KPIs is an excellent example of how AI and machine learning can be applied to video service assurance in a way that addresses real-world needs,” said Johan Görsjö, director of product management at Agama Technologies.last_img

Were now into Year 2 AS After Snowden and many

first_imgWe’re now into Year 2 AS (After Snowden), and many Americans remain concerned about the security of their cellphone calls. They should be, especially considering a phenomenon that’s hit the news in the past few months. Fake cell towers. With most phones, you have no way of knowing whether someone might be listening in. You may believe that you’re safe because your calls are encrypted. Trouble is, you may not be. If you’d like to be informed when your call is being intercepted, one company that can put the proper tech in your hands is ESD America. It manufactures the CryptoPhone 500, which has a Samsung Galaxy SIII body, but with the standard Android OS hardened by the removal of 468 vulnerabilities. The CryptoPhone will set you back $3,500. When it detects that your call has been compromised, it lights up and displays a warning message: “Caution: The mobile network’s standard encryption has been turned off, possibly by a rogue base station (‘IMSI Catcher’). Unencrypted calls not recommended.” (IMSI stands for “international mobile subscriber identity” and is a unique identification number used by all cellular networks. It’s generally 15 digits in length, allotting the first three digits to country code and the next three to the mobile network code, with the remainder comprising the mobile subscription identification number within the network’s customer base.) IMSI catchers are portable devices also known as “interceptors” or “stingrays.” They are not themselves actual towers, but they mimic the real thing and trick your mobile device into connecting to them even if you aren’t on a call. Once locked on to you, stingrays can be used for real-time location tracking, with the ability to pinpoint where you are within two meters. But they can also eavesdrop on and capture the contents of your communications. Stingrays are not cheap—upwards of $150,000 each—but they’re portable. They can be hand carried or mounted on a vehicle or drone. While the abilities of these interceptors vary, the full-featured versions available to government agencies have a broad range of powers. For example, the VME Dominator can not only capture calls and texts, it can even take control of the intercepted phone. Yes, it can turn on your powered-down phone and essentially use it as a bug. But didn’t the Supreme Court recently instruct police that they must obtain a warrant before they can search your phone? Not really. The ruling was more limited, stating that police must get a warrant “before searching a cell phone seized incident to an arrest.” The 11th Circuit Court has also ruled that warrantless cellphone location tracking is unconstitutional. But that conflicts with an earlier judgment by the 5th Circuit, which stated that people have no expectation of privacy over location data collected by cell towers because they are nothing more than a business record. The Supreme Court has not yet resolved that one. Stingrays, however, can basically serve as wiretapping devices. Shouldn’t a warrant be required for cellphone intercepts, as it would be if law enforcement wanted to tap your home phone or place a bug behind the painting in your office? Technically, yes. The Wiretap Act of 1968 requires the police to get a court order whenever they want to intercept any oral, electronic communication, or wire communications. It’s also been established that that protection extends to cellphones that have been turned on remotely for eavesdropping purposes. To what extent are authorities honoring that requirement? Decide for yourself after reading this excerpt from a recent Newsweek article: In January, Tallahassee, Florida, police used [a stingray] to track a stolen cell phone to a suspect’s apartment. The police then entered the home without permission, conducted a search, and arrested the suspect in his home. Not only did the police not have a warrant, but they did not disclose to a judge that they were in possession of a stingray because the department had received it on loan from the manufacturer on condition of secrecy. Only after a judge granted a motion filed by the ACLU to unseal the transcripts of the case (the federal government had previously demanded the proceedings be sealed, going so far as to try to invoke the Homeland Security Act as the reason) was it was revealed that between 2007 and 2010 the department used stingrays without getting warrants around 200 times. One ACLU spokesperson put it like this: “They are essentially searching the homes of innocent Americans to find one phone used by one person … It’s like they’re kicking down the doors of 50 homes and searching 50 homes because they don’t know where the bad guy is.” Even though data is obviously hard to come by, the ACLU has been able to determine that stingrays are in use in at least 18 states—by local police, state police, or both. They’re also widely employed by the federal government, so you might want to remember that if you’re using your phone in the vicinity of a government facility, particularly a military base. And if you’re encrypting messages, don’t count on that to save you. A stingray can force your 4G service down to a 2G level to thwart encryption, and the best of them will do it so that you’re not even aware it’s happening. Support for 2G is going away—AT&T is phasing it out by 2017 and Verizon by 2020—but manufacturers of stingrays are hard at work on the next generation of product, which will feature the ability to crack 4G. Mass surveillance of law-abiding citizens is just one aspect of the global cyberwar that’s red hot yet all but invisible to most of us. Casey Research has prepared an in-depth look at the subject in its white paper, Cyberwar: Threats to Your Money and Freedom, and How to Protect Yourself. We urge you to download a copy today.last_img read more

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Person Yo

first_imgPart 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Person You Become.About Janine Shepherd’s TED TalkJanine “the machine” Shepherd was a cross-country skier bound for Olympic greatness, when an accident left her paralyzed. She describes her struggle to redefine her identity beyond being an athlete.About Janine Shepherd Janine Shepherd is a public speaker and author of several books including Defiant: A Memoir.Shepherd had been an aspiring Olympic cross-country skier. She was nearly killed when she was hit by a truck during a training bike ride. Paralyzed and immobile for six months, she was given a grim picture for recovery.Not only did she teach herself to walk again — she learned to fly — becoming an aerobatics pilot. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

A key initiative of the Affordable Care Act was a

first_imgA key initiative of the Affordable Care Act was a program designed to help control soaring Medicare costs by encouraging doctors and hospitals to work together to coordinate patients’ care. This led to the formation of what are known as accountable care organizations or ACOs. The program was expected to save the government nearly $5 billion by 2019, according to the Congressional Budget Office. It hasn’t come anywhere close. On Thursday, the Trump administration proposed an overhaul to the program. The move could dramatically scale back the number of participating health providers. Trump administration officials say ACOs have led to higher Medicare spending.The announcement was just the latest in a steady drumbeat of moves by Trump administration officials to unwind health policies set in place by the Obama administration. Medicare ACOs began in 2012 and today enroll more than 10 million beneficiaries. ACOs are part of push across government and private sector health programs to pay doctors and hospitals for the value of care they provide rather than just provide a fee for each patient they treat. If ACOs provide care for less than certain cost targets — while meeting quality of care standards —then they get to share in any of the savings. Commercial insurers and Medicaid have also adopted ACOs in the past decade.About 82 percent of the 561 Medicare ACOs are set up so that they are not at risk of losing money from Medicare. They can share in any savings they achieve. The remaining 18 percent can gain a higher share of savings, but also risk paying back money to Medicare if they do not meet their savings targets. Those ACOs have been more successful in saving money, Medicare officials said.The Trump Administration said it would phase out its no-risk model beginning in 2020. A recent industry-sponsored survey showed 70 percent of ACOs would rather quit than assume such financial risk.Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, said it’s wrong to have ACOs that can only make profits but not risk any losses. “We want to put the accountability back into accountable care organizations,” she said during a briefing with reporters.Existing ACOs will have one year to switch to a model accepting financial risk. New ACOs will have two years.Under existing rules, ACOs would have had up to six years to shift to a model where they share in financial risk.These and other proposed changes would save Medicare $2.2 billion over the next decade, Verma said.The proposal drew rare praise from a former Obama administration official. Andy Slavitt, who headed CMS, tweeted: “CMS is proposing changes to Medicare … At first look, they look positive to me.”CMS estimated that its new policy would lead to a net drop of about 100 ACOs by 2027.Industry observers say that prediction seems modest at best.”That does not seem too realistic,” says Ross White, manager of the Center for Health Care Regulatory Insight at KPMG, a large consulting firm. “This is going to come as quite a shock to a lot of current participants although the Administration has been sending these signals for several months … It definitely seems like they are trying to ratchet down and squeeze the dollar savings out and not have participants in it for the wrong reasons.”Clif Gaus, the CEO of the National Association of ACOs, says the proposal will “upend the ACO movement” and introduces “many untested and troubling policies.””CMS discusses creating stability for ACOs by moving to five-year agreements, but they are pulling the rug out from ACOs by redoing the program in a short timeframe,” he says. He said the “likely outcome will be that many ACOs quit the program, divest their care coordination resources and return to payment models that emphasize volume over value.” CMS also wants to require doctors in ACOs to inform their patients that they are in an ACO. That has not occurred previously, because unlike HMOs, ACOs do not restrict which providers they can see.Tom Nickels, executive vice president of the American Hospital Association, also criticized the new ACO rules. “The proposed rule fails to account for the fact that building a successful ACO, let alone one that is able to take on financial risk, is no small task,” he says. “It requires significant investments of time, effort and finances.”Verma, who has repeatedly said unleashing the free market principles will help control health care costs and improve quality, says ACOs are driving more hospitals and doctors into mergers, which leads to higher costs.”We want to work with ACOs that are serious about delivering value. We can no longer run a program that is losing money for taxpayers,” she told reporters.This story was produced through collaboration between NPR and Kaiser Health News (KHN), an editorially independent news service and a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy organization that isn’t affiliated with Kaiser Permanente. Copyright 2018 Kaiser Health News. To see more, visit Kaiser Health News.last_img read more

The proportion of disabled people living in povert

first_imgThe proportion of disabled people living in poverty rose sharply in the fourth year of the coalition government, according to official figures.Disabled campaigners say the rise was an inevitable consequence of a string of cuts to disabled people’s support under the coalition government.It is one of the first pieces of evidence to suggest the overall impact of the government’s reforms and cuts to disability benefits and services.The figures show that – after housing costs are taken into account – the percentage of people living in households where at least one member was disabled who were in “absolute poverty” rose from 27 per cent in 2012-13 to 30 per cent in 2013-14 an increase of about 10 per cent in just one year.And they show that the number of people in “disabled households” who were living in absolute poverty rose by 300, 000 in that one year.Once income received through disability living allowance, attendance allowance and personal independence payment is excluded – as income from these benefits is supposed to meet some of the extra costs of disability – the number of disabled people living in poverty will have risen even further.The figures – taken from the annual Family Resources Survey, which is funded by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) – show that absolute poverty among households that did not include any disabled people fell over the same period.Absolute poverty describes income that is so low that someone cannot meet their basic needs, even before their disability-related costs are taken into account.Just days after the figures were published, the BBC reported that the government was considering introducing measures that would see a fresh attack on disabled people’s income and standard of living.The BBC said DWP had been looking at plans to scrap part of the main out-of-work disability benefit, employment and support allowance (ESA), a step that would be certain to increase disability poverty.The BBC says that a leaked DWP document describes ESA as a “passive” benefit which does not “incentivise” people to find a job, and suggests scrapping the ESA work-related activity group (WRAG).This would mean that disabled ESA claimants expected to move eventually into work – but not yet “fit for work” – would see their weekly payments fall from £102.15 to £73.10, the same amount as those claiming jobseeker’s allowance.The Family Resources survey results also show that the proportion of disabled people living in relative poverty – those who are poor in comparison with the general population – increased in 2013-14 by two percentage points (about 300,000 people), while relative poverty among non-disabled people stayed roughly at the same level.Crucially, the percentage rises in relative and absolute poverty are both statistically significant, which means that the increases are highly unlikely to be purely due to chance, and suggest that the poverty gap between non-disabled and disabled people widened under the coalition during its fourth year.The DWP press release on the poverty statistics fails to mention these post-housing costs increases in disability poverty.The before-housing costs figures also show a slight increase in relative poverty among disabled people, with the proportion of those in absolute poverty staying roughly the same, at a time when both relative and absolute poverty among non-disabled people was falling, although none of these results were statistically significant.It is the first time that it has been possible to calculate annual changes in disability poverty since 2013, because last year DWP changed the way the figures were drawn up.Michelle Maher, from the WOWcampaign, said it was “no surprise” that the number of disabled people in poverty had risen so sharply, following policies such as cuts to ESA, rises in council tax, the introduction of the bedroom tax, cuts to disability living allowance (DLA), disabled people paying for their care from their DLA or personal independence payment, and the restrictions and freezing of the annual uprating of benefits.She said: “The eighth of July [the budget] now hangs over our heads like the Sword of Damocles and the Tory party have no intention of doing a cumulative impact assessment (CIA) of all the cuts to disabled people.“They have ignored a recent call from the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the work and pensions select committee, who requested a CIA before more cuts are implemented, but sadly as we all know they wouldn’t want the figure in the public domain, as they chase their ideological-driven agenda.”Maher said the fact that the media and government had ignored the rise in poverty among disabled people suggested that the cuts to come at this week’s budget would again hit disabled people.She said: “The Tory party’s favourite new word is ‘scaremongering’ by disabled people, but the only ones who are doing the scaring are the Tory ministers who have refused for months to deny further cuts to carers and disabled people.”DWP refused to comment on the increase in disability poverty.last_img read more

New nano building block takes a bow

first_imgShare3NEWS RELEASEEditor’s note: Links to high-resolution images for download appear at the end of this release.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduNew nano building block takes a bowRice University researchers enhance boron nitride nanotubes for next-gen compositesHOUSTON – (May 21, 2018) – Boron nitride nanotubes are primed to become effective building blocks for next-generation composite and polymer materials based on a new discovery at Rice University – and a previous one. http://news.rice.edu/files/2018/05/0521_BORON-1-WEB-1962ef4.jpgRice University researchers have discovered a way to “decorate” electrically insulating boron nitride nanotubes with functional groups, making them more suitable for use with polymers and composite materials. (Credit: Martí Research Group/Rice University) Transmission electron microscope images show a pristine boron nitride nanotube at left and functionalized nanotube at right. Rice University scientists have developed a method to make insulating boron nitride nanotubes better able to use in composite materials. (Credit: Martí Research Group/Rice University) Transmission electron microscope images show a pristine boron nitride nanotube at left and functionalized nanotube at right. Rice University scientists have developed a method to make insulating boron nitride nanotubes better able to use in composite materials. (Credit: Martí Research Group/Rice University) Return to article. Long DescriptionRice researchers have discovered a way to “decorate” electrically insulating boron nitride nanotubes with functional groups, making them more suitable for use with polymers and composite materials. Courtesy of the Martí Research GroupScientists at known-for-nano Rice have found a way to enhance a unique class of nanotubes using a chemical process pioneered at the university. The Rice lab of chemist Angel Martí took advantage of the Billups-Birch reaction process to enhance boron nitride nanotubes.The work is described in the American Chemical Society journal ACS Applied Nano Materials.Boron nitride nanotubes, like their carbon cousins, are rolled sheets of hexagonal arrays. Unlike carbon nanotubes, they’re electrically insulating hybrids made of alternating boron and nitrogen atoms.Insulating nanotubes that can be functionalized will be a valuable building block for nanoengineering projects, Martí said. “Carbon nanotubes have outstanding properties, but you can only get them in semiconducting or metallic conducting types,” he said. “Boron nitride nanotubes are complementary materials that can fill that gap.”Until now, these nanotubes have steadfastly resisted functionalization, the “decorating” of structures with chemical additives that allows them to be customized for applications. The very properties that give boron nitride nanotubes strength and stability, especially at high temperatures, also make them hard to modify for their use in the production of advanced materials.But the Billups-Birch reaction developed by Rice Professor Emeritus of Chemistry Edward Billups, which frees electrons to bind with other atoms, allowed Martí and lead author Carlos de los Reyes to give the electrically inert boron nitride nanotubes a negative charge.That, in turn, opened them up to functionalization with other small molecules, including aliphatic carbon chains.“Functionalizing the nanotubes modifies or tunes their properties,” Martí said. “When they’re pristine they are dispersible in water, but once we attach these alkyl chains, they are extremely hydrophobic (water-avoiding). Then, if you put them in very hydrophobic solvents like those with long-chain hydrocarbons, they are more dispersible than their pristine form. http://news.rice.edu/files/2018/05/0521_BORON-3-WEB-1ig59dm.jpgRice University research assistant Kendahl Walz Mitra and graduate student Carlos de los Reyes work with a sample of boron nitride nanotubes. They are authors of a new paper that shows how to functionalize the intrinsically insulating nanotubes for use in composites. (Credit: Martí Research Group/Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,970 undergraduates and 2,934 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for happiest students by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview. Rice University research assistant Kendahl Walz Mitra and graduate student Carlos de los Reyes work with a sample of boron nitride nanotubes. They are authors of a new paper that shows how to functionalize the intrinsically insulating nanotubes for use in composites. (Credit: Martí Research Group/Rice University) Return to article. Long Description Return to article. Long DescriptionTransmission electron microscope images show a pristine boron nitride nanotube at left and functionalized nanotube at right. Courtesy of the Martí Research Group“This allows us to tune the properties of the nanotubes and will make it easier to take the next step toward composites,” he said. “For that, the materials need to be compatible.”After he discovered the phenomenon, de los Reyes spent months trying to reproduce it reliably. “There was a period where I had to do a reaction every day to achieve reproducibility,” he said. But that turned out to be an advantage, as the process only required about a day from start to finish. “That’s the advantage over other processes to functionalize carbon nanotubes. There are some that are very effective, but they may take a few days.”The process begins with adding pure ammonia gas to the nanotubes and cooling it to -70 degrees Celsius (-94 degrees Fahrenheit). “When it combines with sodium, lithium or potassium — we use lithium — it creates a sea of electrons,” Martí said. “When the lithium dissolves in the ammonia, it expels the electrons.”The freed electrons quickly bind with the nanotubes and provide hooks for other molecules. De los Reyes enhanced Billups-Birch when he found that adding the alkyl chains slowly, rather than all at once, improved their ability to bind. Rice University researchers have discovered a way to “decorate” electrically insulating boron nitride nanotubes with functional groups, making them more suitable for use with polymers and composite materials. (Credit: Martí Research Group Return to article. Long DescriptionRice research assistant Kendahl Walz Mitra and graduate student Carlos de los Reyes work with a sample of boron nitride nanotubes. They are authors of a new paper that shows how to functionalize the intrinsically insulating nanotubes for use in composites. Courtesy of the Martí Research GroupThe researchers also discovered the process is reversible. Unlike carbon nanotubes that burn away, boron nitride nanotubes can stand the heat. Placing functionalized boron nitride tubes into a furnace at 600 degrees Celsius (1,112 degrees Fahrenheit) stripped them of the added molecules and returned them to their nearly pristine state.“We call it defunctionalization,” Martí said. “You can functionalize them for an application and then remove the chemical groups to regain the pristine material. That’s something else the material brings that is a little different.”Co-authors of the paper are research assistant Kendahl Walz Mitra, graduate students Ashleigh Smith and Axel Loredo, postdoctoral researcher Sadegh Yazdi and undergraduate student Frank Frankovsky; Emilie Ringe, an assistant professor of materials science and nanoengineering and of chemistry, and Matteo Pasquali, chair of the Department of Chemistry and a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering, all of Rice. Martí is an associate professor of chemistry, of bioengineering and of material science and nanoengineering.The National Science Foundation, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the Welch Foundation supported the research.-30-Read the abstract at https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acsanm.8b00633.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:A Convenient Route to Functionalized Carbon Nanotubes: https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/nl049428cMartí Research Group: http://martigroup.rice.eduDepartment of Chemistry: http://chemistry.rice.eduWiess School of Natural Sciences: https://naturalsciences.rice.eduImages for download: Return to article. Long Description http://news.rice.edu/files/2018/05/0521_BORON-2-WEB-1oa9b79.jpgTransmission electron microscope images show a pristine boron nitride nanotube at left and functionalized nanotube at right. Rice University scientists have developed a method to make insulating boron nitride nanotubes better able to use in composite materials. (Credit: Martí Research Group/Rice University)Long Description Rice University researchers have discovered a way to “decorate” electrically insulating boron nitride nanotubes with functional groups, making them more suitable for use with polymers and composite materials. (Credit: Martí Research Group AddThislast_img read more

Tesla Voluntarily Recalls 53000 Cars

first_img 2 min read Automakers A small gear in the electric parking brakes can fail, meaning cars get stuck in park. Next Article Matthew Humphries Image credit: via PC Mag 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List 54shares Senior Editorcenter_img The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. This story originally appeared on PCMag April 21, 2017 Add to Queue Tesla Voluntarily Recalls 53,000 Cars If you’re going to have a recall, the best type to have is a voluntary one as it means the issue with your product isn’t super serious, just serious enough to need a quick fix. And so, Tesla is issuing a voluntary recall for 53,000 cars spread between the Model S and Model X crossover.The reason for the recall is a fault with the electric parking brakes, which Tesla sourced from a third-party supplier for use in the cars. These brakes ensure the car does not move once placed in park, however, the affected models contain a small gear in the brakes that is prone to fracturing.The broken gear can’t cause any harm to the driver or passengers (hence the voluntary recall), but if it happens then the car will not be drivable. It’s stuck in park, which I’m sure you can imagine would be very frustrating for the owner.According to CNET’s Road Show, the fix takes about 45 minutes once Tesla starts working on a car, as all it requires is both electric parking brakes be replaced with new units. Tesla believes only 2 percent of the cars being recalled contain the faulty gear as it occurred due to a manufacturing fault.The Model S and X crossovers containing the faulty brakes were built between February and October 2016, with 31,000 of the 53,000 total being sold in the US. If your Tesla is on the list, expect an email in the next few days and then mail asking you to bring the car in for the fix. Apply Now »last_img read more

What Is 5G Everything You Need to Know

first_img5g What Is 5G? Everything You Need to Know. AT&T, Verizon Wireless and other carriers will start to launch 5G networks this year. But what exactly is 5G? Here’s what we know so far. May 1, 2017 Image credit: via PC Mag Lead Mobile Analyst Add to Queue Sascha Segan Next Article center_img This story originally appeared on PCMag 7 min read Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Register Now » 5G is coming this year. Or maybe not. In the race to 5G, or fifth generation wireless, companies are starting to promise the impossible, which will result in a lot of confusion over the next few years.Because there isn’t any official definition of 5G yet, all the players in the wireless world, from chipset makers to carriers, are jockeying to define 5G and establish themselves as 5G leaders. So head with me down the rabbit hole that is 5G as I try to explain what the heck is going on.1G, 2G, 3G, 4G, 5GThe G in 5G means it’s a generation of wireless technology. While most generations have technically been defined by their data transmission speeds, each has also been marked by a break in encoding methods, or “air interfaces,” which make it incompatible with the previous generation.1G was analog cellular. 2G technologies, such as CDMA, GSM and TDMA, were the first generation of digital cellular technologies. 3G technologies, such as EVDO, HSPA and UMTS, brought speeds from 200kbps to a few megabits per second. 4G technologies, such as WiMAX and LTE, were the next incompatible leap forward, and they are now scaling up to hundreds of megabits and even gigabit-level speeds.AT&T’s ‘5G Evolution’ Is Not 5GAT&T recently announced its “5G Evolution” network, which isn’t 5G. It’s AT&T’s brand for gigabit LTE, the latest incremental advance in 4G LTE, which all major U.S. carriers plan to roll out this year.Gigabit LTE is backwards-compatible with existing phones and runs on existing spectrum. It uses more advanced versions of LTE’s existing encoding, along with more antennas and more efficiently consolidated spectrum, to deliver better speeds.But AT&T’s 5G lie also highlights that LTE isn’t going away any time soon. 5G, by and large, will operate on very high frequencies, requiring towers or antennas that are relatively close together. It will rely on 4G for broader overall coverage, especially in rural areas.4G will continue to improve with time, as well. Qualcomm has already announced a 4G modem, the X20, capable of 1.2 gigabit speeds. The real advantages of 5G will come in massive capacity and low latency, beyond the levels 4G technologies can achieve.AT&T and Verizon Launching Pre-5GAT&T and Verizon have both pledged to launch 5G home internet systems this year. At Mobile World Congress in February, Samsung and Verizon showed off the antennas and routers Verizon’s 5G service will use.The technologies used in 5G for the home will be closely related to millimeter wave fixed wireless ISPs such as Starry in Boston and Monkeybrains in San Francisco, but with bigger players such as Verizon and AT&T in the mix, they’ll be much more widely available. AT&T, for instance, has talked to me about potentially using 5G to replace its old DSL offerings, letting the company deliver a “quad play” of DirecTV TV service, 5G home internet, wireless phone and home phone.This isn’t quite 5G, because the 5G standard won’t be set until 2018. But Verizon intends to converge its 5G service with the actual standard, and it’s trying to use as many elements of upcoming 5G systems as possible.5G home internet shows one major advantage over 4G: huge capacity. Carriers can’t offer competitively priced 4G home internet because there just isn’t enough capacity on 4G cell sites for the 190GB of monthly usage most homes now expect. This could really increase home internet competition in the U.S., where, according to a 2016 FCC report, 51 percent of Americans only have one option for 25Mbps or higher home internet service.5G home internet is also much easier for carriers to roll out than house-by-house fiber optic lines. Rather than digging up every street, carriers just have to install fiber optics to a cell site every few blocks and then give customers wireless modems.Okay, So What’s ‘Real’ 5G?5G is a new network system that has much higher speeds and capacity, and much lower latency, than existing cellular systems. The technologies to be used in 5G are still being defined, but there are many details on which everyone agrees.5G networks will use a type of encoding called OFDM, which is similar to the encoding that LTE uses. The air interface will be designed for much lower latency and greater flexibility than LTE, though.The new networks will predominantly use very high frequencies that can transmit huge amounts of data, but only a few blocks at a time. The standard will work all the way from low frequencies to high, but it gets the most benefit over 4G at higher frequencies. 5G may also transmit data over the unlicensed frequencies currently used for Wi-Fi, without conflicting with existing Wi-Fi networks. That’s similar to a technology T-Mobile is launching this year called LTE-U.5G networks are much more likely to be networks of small cells, even down to the size of home routers, than to be huge towers radiating great distances. Some of that is because of the nature of the frequencies used, but a lot of that is to expand network capacity.So 5G networks need to be much smarter than previous systems, as they’re juggling many more, smaller cells that can change size and shape. But even with existing macro cells, Qualcomm says 5G will be able to boost capacity by four times over current systems by leveraging wider bandwidths and advanced antenna technologies.The goal is to have far higher speeds available, and far higher capacity per sector, at far lower latency than 4G. The standards bodies involved are aiming at 20Gbps speeds and 1ms latency, at which point very interesting things begin to happen.Is 5G for Phones, Cars or Homes?Driverless cars may need 5G to really kick into action. The first generation of driverless cars will be self-contained, but future generations will interact with other cars and smart roads to improve safety and manage traffic. Basically, everything on the road will be talkingTo do this, you need extremely low latencies. While the cars are all exchanging very small packets of information, they need to do so almost instantly. That’s where 5G’s sub-1 millisecond latency comes into play, when a packet of data shoots directly between two cars, or bounces from a car to a small cell on a lamppost to another car. (One light-millisecond is about 186 miles, so most of that 1ms latency is still processing time.)Another aspect of 5G is that it will connect many more devices. Right now, 4G modules are expensive, power-consuming and demand complicated service plans, so much of the Internet of Things has stuck with either Wi-Fi and other home technologies for consumers, or 2G for businesses. 5G networks will accept small, inexpensive, low-power devices, so they’ll connect a lot of smaller objects and different kinds of ambient sensors to the internet.So what about phones? The biggest change 5G may bring is in virtual and augmented reality. As phones transform into devices meant to be used with VR headsets, the very low latency and consistent speeds of 5G will give you an internet-augmented world, if and when you want it. The small cell aspects of 5G may also help with in-building coverage, as 5G encourages every home router to become a cell site.When Is 5G Happening?AT&T and Verizon’s pre-5G is coming this year, but the first official 5G launches will come in 2018, with broad deployment in 2019. The schedule was previously set for 2019-2020, but carriers and equipment manufacturers figured out an accelerated schedule earlier this year.This is in line with Qualcomm’s 5G modem family announcements. The big chipmaker said that its Snapdragon mobile platform will support 5G in 2019. Snapdragon chips are the most popular platform for U.S. smartphones, so you’re likely to see 5G, VR-capable smartphones in 2019. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business –shareslast_img read more

Mac or PC

first_img Magazine Contributor December 18, 2008 Mac on the job:Addiction, maybe, but Macs have been essential to the 30-person company–only four employees aren’t Mac users; Luttmann’s CFO is reluctant to switch. Because the company is based in New York City and Sao Paulo, Brazil, with reps spanning the globe, staff stay in touch via iChat. On the creative side, Leblon’s designing, advertising and marketing are done internally using Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop. The team also uses iMovie, Final Cut and ProTools. “I’m a true believer that [the Mac] is what allows us our creative delivery,” says Luttmann, pointing to extensive visuals, layouts and video on liveloveleblon.com as an example. “That speaks to the power of Macs.” –shares Lindsay Holloway Next Article Steve LuttmannLeblon CachaçaI’ve had my Mac since:2003, when a friend first introduced him; “I bought one immediately,” says Luttmann, 43, founder and CEO of Brazilian spirit company Leblon Cachaça. Mac or PC? Why I love my Mac:”On the functional side, I can do very cool things quickly and efficiently,” says Luttmann, who saw 2008 sales of $5 million. “On the emotional side, I feel cooler, cutting-edge. [Apple Inc.] makes you feel special, like part of this creative, extroverted, ‘zigs while everyone zags’ crowd.”Justin HamelMastaMinds Inc.I’ve had my PC since:1986; “I’m an ’80s baby and was born on a PC,” says Hamel, 28, founder and CEO of specialty e-tailer MastaMinds Inc. (mastaminds.com). “I started playing around with a Commodore 64 and have been hooked ever since.”Tool of choice:Though Hamel, who founded the company in 2001, has been through 11 PCs in the past two years, he’s currently using a Hewlett-Packard laptop and a customized, high-powered desktop with five 27-inch monitors.PC on the job:Hamel’s extensive desktop setup lets him easily manage his 50-plus specialty web stores that sell rare and high-end products, such as after-market performance car parts and home theater seats. He and his 32 employees–who all use PCs–work on various projects using WordPress, build stores with open source software via OSCommerce and upload content to their platforms online with FlashFXP. Hamel, who saw 2008 sales of $12 million for the Howell, Michigan-based business, says he’s on his PC “up to 16 hours a day using up to 16 different software programs: I use it for checking on virtual employees, e-mailing, research, social networking and uploading marketing materials and products to the database.”Why I love my PC:Even though Hamel admits Macs are “sweet,” he’d never make the switch. “A PC is very flexible and easy to customize for my business and personal needs,” he says. “Windows XP and Firefox do everything and more for my business. The only Mac [for me] is in my diet: a Big Mac.”Are you a PC user who wants to make the switch? Check out Jason Rich’s new book, Mac Migration: The Small Business Guide to Switching to the Mac, now available at entrepreneurpress.com and all major booksellers. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Add to Queue This story appears in the January 2009 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » 3 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Tool of choice:At the moment, Luttmann, who founded his company in 2005, uses the Power Mac G4 and MacBook Air. Oh, and then there’s his MacBook Pro, iMac at home and new iPhone. He admits, “I have an addiction to practically anything Steve Jobs puts out.” Luttmann syncs all his calendars, e-mail, files and more using .mac and .me. Technology Register Now »last_img read more

Why Events are Going Virtual

first_img June 11, 2009 App of the Month As companies continue to costs, trade shows are becoming an expendable expense. Magazine Contributor –shares As companies continue to cut costs, tradeshows are becoming expendable. The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry found that nearly 70 percent of show organizers surveyed expected a more than 10 percent decrease in sales. Even Las Vegas’ popular Consumer Electronics Show had vacant floor space this year. Next Article Lindsay Holloway Ever attend a tradeshow and wish you could stream footage to your team back in the office, or sit in on a presentation that you thought your partner should see? For these reasons and more, the creators of Qik sought to be the go-to application on mobile phones for people who want to capture those moments and stream them live online with near-zero latency. Just download the application and start recording. Viewers can chat live, and the video is automatically archived on Qik.com. The application can also be embedded in profiles on social networks such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. -L.H. 2 min read Virtual platforms, however, are fast becoming the way to host, exhibit at and attend a tradeshow. Sony held its first virtual tradeshow in January with much success–and savings. “It’s a cost-effective way to build brand awareness or establish yourself as a small business without having to put your schedule on hold, hop a cross-country flight or create and ship materials,” says Scott Steinberg, publisher of DigitalTrends.com and a veteran of the digital media space.So if you’re considering giving tradeshows the axe, here are five reasons you may be better off going virtual. You’ll save money. Not only will you save significantly on flights, hotels and setup, but registration tends to be cheaper, too.It’s better for the environment. Virtual tradeshow host Unisfair has saved its clients more than 161,833 tons of carbon-dioxide emissions.You won’t lose as much employee productivity. Employees can be in the office and at a virtual tradeshow.Virtual tradeshows have everything a standard show does–and more: panel discussions, speeches, demos, real-time networking, and so on. Most hosts provide attendee metrics, too.There’s no tedious setup or breakdown. “Assemble” a virtual booth in less than an hour and save it for the next show. Growth Strategies App: Qik Price: Free Why Events are Going Virtual Add to Queue This story appears in the July 2009 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Compatible with: 108 mobile deviceslast_img read more

Researchers identify link between obese teens sleep health and insulin sensitivity

first_img Source:https://www.childrenscolorado.org/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Dec 4 2018Researchers at Children’s Hospital Colorado (Children’s Colorado) have identified a connection between overweight and obese teens’ sleep health and their insulin sensitivity. In what is believed to be the first study to use an objective measurement of circadian rhythm – salivary melatonin – to examine associations of sleep health with insulin sensitivity in adolescents, researchers found that shorter sleep duration, later weekday bedtimes and later circadian timing of sleep were associated with reduced insulin sensitivity in a cohort of adolescents with overweight/obesity during the school year. The related article was recently published in The Journal of Pediatrics.”More than 33 percent of adolescents in the U.S. are obese and at risk for health conditions such as type 2 diabetes,” said Stacey L. Simon, PhD, pediatric sleep psychologist in the Breathing Institute at Children’s Colorado and lead author of the study. “Insulin resistance is a significant risk factor for type 2 diabetes, and while insulin sensitivity decreases by approximately 50 percent in all adolescents during puberty, over half of teens with overweight/obesity demonstrate an even greater degree of insulin resistance. This puts them at particular risk for developing type 2 diabetes and related health conditions.””Knowing that traditional weight management interventions in general tend to be less effective for adolescents, we sought to look at alternative prevention and intervention measures, including how sleep health might play a role,” continued Simon. “Though a connection between short and delayed sleep and insulin resistance has been demonstrated in adults, it had not been studied extensively in adolescents.”Related StoriesRevolutionary gene replacement surgery restores vision in patients with retinal degenerationI’m a CPAP dropout: Why many lose sleep over apnea treatmentNew network for children and youth with special health care needs seeks to improve systems of careThirty-one adolescents between the ages of 14 and 19 with a body mass index (BMI) in the 90th percentile or higher for their age/sex were recruited for the study from Children’s Colorado’s weight management and other specialty clinics. Participants wore an actigraphy monitor, a watch-like device worn on the wrist that measures sleep duration and timing, for one week. After seven days, fasting labs and a three-hour oral glucose tolerance test were used to measure participants’ insulin sensitivity. They also stayed overnight at Children’s Colorado’s Clinical and Translational Research Center and provided saliva samples regularly to measure melatonin levels, a marker of circadian rhythm. Participants were in dim light throughout the visit to avoid the impact of light exposure on melatonin.Study results showed that, when comparing participants who slept less than 6.6 hours per night with those who slept at least 6.6 hours per night, the participants with more sleep had better insulin sensitivity. When analyzing melatonin and insulin sensitivity, better alignment between measures of circadian rhythms and actual bedtimes and waketimes was also associated with better insulin sensitivity.Although further research is needed to better understand the physiology underlying these observations, the study indicates potential for sleep and circadian interventions or delayed school day start times as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics as a possible means for improving metabolic health for this population.last_img read more

Synthetic brainy skin with sense of touch gets £15m funding

first_imgProfessor Dahiya said: “Human skin is an incredibly complex system capable of detecting pressure, temperature and texture through an array of neural sensors that carry signals from the skin to the brain.”Inspired by real skin, this project will harness the technological advances in electronic engineering to mimic some features of human skin, such as softness, bendability and now, also sense of touch. This skin will not just mimic the morphology of the skin but also its functionality.”Brainy Skin is critical for the autonomy of robots and for a safe human-robot interaction to meet emerging societal needs such as helping the elderly.”This latest advance means tactile data is gathered over large areas by the synthetic skin’s computing system rather than sent to the brain for interpretation.With additional EPSRC funding, which extends Professor Dahiya’s fellowship by another three years, he plans to introduce tactile skin with neuron-like processing. This breakthrough in the tactile sensing research will lead to the first neuromorphic tactile skin, or ‘brainy skin.’To achieve this, Professor Dahiya will add a new neural layer to the e-skin that he has already developed using printing silicon nanowires.Professor Dahiya added: “By adding a neural layer underneath the current tactile skin, neuPRINTSKIN will add significant new perspective to the e-skin research, and trigger transformations in several areas such as robotics, prosthetics, artificial intelligence, wearable systems, next-generation computing, and flexible and printed electronics.” A robotic hand covered in ‘brainy skin’ that mimics the human sense of touch is being developed by scientists.  Provided by University of Glasgow University of Glasgow’s Professor Ravinder Dahiya has plans to develop ultra-flexible, synthetic Brainy Skin that ‘thinks for itself’.The super-flexible, hypersensitive skin may one day be used to make more responsive prosthetics for amputees, or to build robots with a sense of touch.Brainy Skin reacts like human skin, which has its own neurons that respond immediately to touch rather than having to relay the whole message to the brain.This electronic ‘thinking skin’ is made from silicon based printed neural transistors and graphene – an ultra-thin form of carbon that is only an atom thick, but stronger than steel.The new version is more powerful, less cumbersome and would work better than earlier prototypes, also developed by Professor Dahiya and his Bendable Electronics and Sensing Technologies (BEST) team at the University’s School of Engineering.His futuristic research, called neuPRINTSKIN (Neuromorphic Printed Tactile Skin), has just received another £1.5m funding from the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC). 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. Explore furthercenter_img The touchy-feely robot coming soon Credit: University of Glasgow Citation: Synthetic ‘brainy skin’ with sense of touch gets £1.5m funding (2018, July 3) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-robotic-brainy-skin-mimics-human.html Credit: University of Glasgowlast_img read more

UK warns over online trading scams

first_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. Reported cases of the bogus online investment surged to more than 1,800 in 2018/2019.That contrasted sharply with just 530 reported cases in the previous 2017/2018 financial year.The total amount stolen meanwhile hit £27 million ($34 million, 31 million euros), with an average loss per victim of £14,600.The data was collated by the Financial Conduct Authority regulator and Action Fraud UK, which is Britain’s national centre for reporting fraud and cybercrime.The two organisations have joined together to raise awareness.Criminals promote “get rich quick” schemes on social media, urging people to invest cash on fraudulent online trading platforms. “These figures are startling and provide a stark warning that people need to be wary of fake investments on online trading platforms,” said Action Fraud director Pauline Smith.”It’s vital that people carry out the necessary checks to ensure that an investment they’re considering is legitimate.” © 2019 AFP Explore further The number of cryptocurrency and foreign exchange-based “get rich quick” scams is booming in Britain, authorities warned on Tuesday.center_img How cryptocurrency scams work Citation: UK warns over online trading scams (2019, May 21) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-uk-online-scams.html “It’s vital that people carry out the necessary checks to ensure that an investment they’re considering is legitimate,” Pauline Smith, director of Action Fraud, Britain’s national centre for reporting fraud and cybercrime, said of cryptocurrencieslast_img read more

UK house prices pick up a bit more speed Halifax

first_imgFILE PHOTO – A residential street is seen in Notting Hill in central London October 8, 2013. REUTERS/Toby Melville LONDON (Reuters) – British house prices rose at the fastest annual rate since early 2017 in the three months to the end of June, mortgage lender Halifax said on Friday, adding to other signs that the housing market has stabilized after weakening on Brexit worries. House prices were up by 5.7% in the three months to June compared with the same period a year ago after rising by 5.2% in the three months to May, Halifax said on Friday. A Reuters poll of economists had pointed to a 5.9% rise. Halifax cautioned that the annual increase was flattered by weak price growth in the corresponding period in 2018. In monthly terms, prices fell by 0.3% after a rise of 0.4% in May. But Russell Galley, Halifax’s managing director, said the housing market was “displaying a reasonable degree of resilience in the face of political and economic uncertainty”. Other measures of house prices have shown smaller increases than Halifax recently — with prices in London falling — but have also suggested a bottoming out in the market after a slowdown linked to worries about Brexit. Halifax’s measure of annual house price growth had been growing by nearly 10% a year at the time of the 2016 referendum. Britain secured an extension to the deadline for its departure from the European Union until Oct. 31 but many investors remain worried about the possibility of a no-deal Brexit, something the two contenders to become prime minister say they are prepared to do if necessary. “If the UK ultimately leaves the EU without a deal – be it on Oct. 31 or some other time – we believe house prices could quickly drop around 5% amid heightened uncertainty and weakened economic activity,” Howard Archer, an economist with EY Item Club, a forecasting group, said. Writing by William Schomberg; editing by Michael HoldenOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.last_img read more

Europe on his mind 100yearold uncle gets passport renewed in Kolkata

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 10:43 IST Diogo Fernandez was anxious after his passport expired in December last year. (Photo: Facebook/Aldona Matters)HIGHLIGHTSFernandez, 100, visited the Kolkata office on Friday for passport renewalOfficials say passport will reach Fernandez’s home in seven daysIt is Fernandez’s resilience and spirit that impressed us: officialAge ain’t nothing but a number’ perfectly fits the story of 100-year-old Diogo Piedade Jose Simplicio Fernandez of Goa who recently got his passport renewed to take a trip to Europe at least once.Bitten by the travel bug, Fernandez visited the Kolkata regional passport office on Friday for the first renewal, around three months after he celebrated a century of life on March 2, The Times Of India reported.Originally a resident of Goa, Fernandez who moved to Kolkata for work in his early 20s, was accompanied by his wife Mary (89) and daughter Beverly, the daily said.As the 100-year-old arrived at the scheduled appointment time, the otherwise mechanical’ office came to life with employees rushing to Fernandez with a wheelchair.On why Fernandez decided to renew his passport, Beverly said her father was anxious after the passport expired in December and had been insisting for a renewal.”But I was worried that he might not be able to wait in queue for an hour or so and wrote to the RPO chief. I am relieved with the ease with which things happened, Beverly was quoted as saying by ToI.RPO chief Bibhuti Bhushan Kumar told the daily the “grand old man’s resilience and spirit” was impressive. “It is great that he has kept his dream of travelling abroad alive at this age. I offered to help and make things easy the moment I came across the mail. I was really impressed,” Bhushan Kumar said.Kumar added that Fernandez told him that he had travelled abroad just once — to visit his son in Bahrain. And so when he expressed his wish to visit Europe at least once, Kumar explained to him that he could travel anywhere except Israel, the daily reported.Meanwhile, officials said the passport should reach Fernandez’s Macleod Street home by next week and added that the police verification will be done later.Before he left, Fernandez shared the secret of his happy, long life with the officials. A peg of good liquor after dinner and long walks,” he told them.READ | 5 off-beat career options to break the monotony of 9 to 5 jobsWATCH | How does social media influence travel trends?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 bySumeda Tags :Follow Kolkata Europe on his mind, 100-year-old uncle gets passport renewed in KolkataDiogo Piedade Fernandez, 100, renewed his passport to take a trip to Europe at least once.advertisement Nextlast_img read more