Royal Caribbean Orders Sixth OasisClass Ship

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Royal Caribbean Miami-based Royal Caribbean Cruises has entered into an agreement with French shipbuilder Chantiers de l’Atlantique to order a sixth Oasis-class ship for delivery in the fall of 2023.The order is contingent upon financing, which is expected to be completed in the second or third quarter of this year, according to the company.“This order is a reflection of the exceptional performance of this vessel class and the extraordinary partnership between Chantiers de l’Atlantique and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd,” Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises, said.“This is the twenty-third cruise ship that RCL will be building at our shipyard, and we are especially proud of it,” Laurent Castaing, General Manager, Chantiers de l’Atlantique, added.Royal Caribbean Cruises’ fifth Oasis-class ship, ordered from the French shipyard in May 2016, is scheduled to join the owner in the spring of 2021.last_img read more

Indigenous films under the lights at Toronto film fest

first_imgAPTN National NewsSince 1976 the Toronto International Film Festival has been highlighting cinematic creativity and diversity.It is also giving Aboriginal filmmakers the platform to showcase their work.APTN National News reporter Delaney Windigo tells us what can expect at this year’s festival.last_img

Disneyland raising prices ahead of summer expansion opening

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Prices for daily tickets, parking and annual passes have been raised up to 25 per cent at Disneyland Resort ahead of the scheduled opening of a Star Wars-themed expansion.Less than a year ago, the resort increased prices by up to 18 per cent. Now, the cheapest daily ticket will cost more than $100.The Los Angeles Times reports price increases in recent years have not thinned the throngs at Disneyland and nearby California Adventure Park.More visitors are expected for this summer’s opening of the expansion called “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.”Spokeswoman Liz Jaeger says the resort offers a variety of tickets while helping manage demand and spread visitation.Disney representatives said more days would be blocked out for most annual passes compared to last year but didn’t provide more specifics.The Associated Presslast_img read more

UN rights experts express concern for failing health of jailed Iranian journalist

In a joint statement issued by the Geneva-based Office for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the experts expressed their “profound concern” at the alleged continued refusal by the authorities at Iran’s Evin Prison to provide Mr. Ganji with appropriate medical attention. The experts say that the prison’s medical centre is reportedly not equipped to treat his severe respiratory ailment.The drafters of the statement were Commission Special Rapporteurs Paul Hunt, dealing with the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health; Ambeyi Ligabo, dealing with the right to freedom of opinion and expression; and Manfred Nowak, dealing with torture, as well as Hina Jilani, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative on human rights defenders, and Leila Zerrougui, Chairperson and Rapporteur of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.Mr. Ganji was sentenced to six years jail in 2000 after returning from a human rights conference in Berlin where he reportedly expressed views critical of Iranian authorities and the country’s Supreme Leader, the statement said. He was charged with “harming national security” and “spreading propaganda against the regime.”In May, Mr. Ganji was temporarily released from prison for medical care, ending a 43-day hunger strike. When he was re-arrested and returned to jail in early June, he was immediately placed in solitary confinement. Mr. Ganji resumed his hunger strike. Since then, his health has been failing and he has lost more than 20 kilos, according to the statement.The statement pronounces Mr. Ganji’s imprisonment in violation of international human rights norms and standards concerning the right to freedom of opinion and expression and relevant international covenants safeguarding recognized, civil liberties and fundamental freedoms.The experts appealed to the Iranian authorities to take all necessary measures to provide Mr. Ganji with adequate conditions of detention, including necessary medical attention required by his condition. The also appealed to the Government to guarantee his right not to be arbitrarily deprived of liberty and to fair proceedings before an independent and impartial tribunal. read more

New Ford GT supercar to be built in Canada by Ontarios Multimatic

TORONTO – The Ford GT, the automaker’s hot new high-performance supercar, will be built in Ontario in a partnership with Multimatic Inc.Ford Canada president and chief executive Dianne Craig says the automaker has 30 years of experience working with Markham, Ont.,-based Multimatic.Craig made the announcement at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto but did not provide any details about how many of sleek sports cars Ford expects to make in Canada or if any new jobs would be created.Production of the new car is not expected to start until the end of 2016.Multimatic produces parts and components for automakers. It also has a motorsports division that provides engineering and race program management.Ford unveiled the new GT at the Detroit auto show last month.It has a twin-turbocharged 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6 engine that produces more than 600 horsepower, advanced aerodynamics and a deployable rear spoiler. by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 12, 2015 8:53 am MDT New Ford GT supercar to be built in Canada by Ontario’s Multimatic AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

UN partners seek 2 billion to help millions of people across Africas

“I am gravely concerned by the crisis in the Sahel. Families are extremely vulnerable to changes in the climate and many are affected by insecurity and the precarious economic situation in many countries,” said UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos. “We need the support of the international community and sustained government leadership to ensure that we do not forget the people of the Sahel,” she added, referring to a region that stretches across the southern fringe of the Sahara desert and is one of the harshest environments in the world.Some 145 million people in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Gambia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal live in a region that is constantly challenged by chronic food and malnutrition crises, and is vulnerable to climate change, droughts and unpredictable rainfall.The Sahel humanitarian appeal for 2015, launched today in New York and totalling $1.96 billion, is part of a regional multi-year strategy to respond better to the chronic challenges in the region by emphasizing early intervention and forging closer partnerships with governments and development actors.Over 20 million people in the region are short of food, 2.6 million of whom need life-saving food assistance now; and nearly six million children under the age of five are expected to suffer from acute malnutrition in 2015. Violent conflict and insecurity have worsened over the last 12 months in many of the countries. As a result, 2.8 million people have been uprooted from their homes, over one million more than this time last year.“Violence in north-east Nigeria, the volatile situation in Mali, and the crisis in the Central African Republic are creating more suffering for communities that are already amongst the poorest in the world,” said Robert Piper, the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel. In an interview with the UN News Centre, Mr. Piper noted that number of people in need is vast. “With that $2 billion we aim to provide food assistance to almost 10 million people; to treat 3.2 million acutely malnourished children; to protect up to 10 million people from epidemics; and to get at least 2 million children into schooling that are in emergency conditions. “These are very big numbers but you can imagine behind these numbers is a huge amount of suffering in terms of households, in terms of uncertainty for the future. So the stakes are extremely high.” read more

UN conference spotlights role of tourism in fighting poverty and building peace

“Tourism is one of the most dynamic economic sectors, with significant global reach, and as such can make an important contribution to the achievement of the [Sustainable Development Goals] SDGs, particularly in the areas of job creation, sustainable consumption and production and the preservation of natural resources, as stated in Goal 8, Goal 12 and Goal 14 of the SDGs,” said Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in a press release. The First World Conference on Tourism for Development – which has gathered more than 1,000 participants – is being held from 18 to 21 May under the theme of “Tourism for Peace and Development.” In a message delivered to the conference by the UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Wu Hongbo, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said: “When tourism is well-managed, it has tremendous capacity to create decent jobs, provide opportunities for inclusion and education, and contribute to preserving cultural heritage and the environment.” As part of the conference, a high-level segment on “Sustainable Development through Tourism” analysed how to advance the contribution of tourism to the 17 SDGs, including the sector’s ability to create jobs, promote local culture and be an agent of change towards more sustainable consumption and production practices, UNWTO said. During this session, participants called for an integrated approach to tourism development that can contribute effectively to the SDGs. Issues discussed included effective resource management, the role of the private sector and the need for the SDGs to be understood by all – citizens, policy makers, and the business community, UNWTO said. Participants in the ‘Tourism for Poverty Reduction’ high-level session discussed how Governments, the international community, the private sector and academia can collaborate to enhance tourism’s contribution to poverty reduction, as well as how to better integrate marginalized and disadvantaged groups, particularly youth and women, into the global tourism value chain. Another high-level session, on ‘Tourism for Peace,’ focused on the links between tourism and the building blocks of peace, including social justice, human rights, economic equity, sustainable development, democracy and non-violence. That session also explored how to make the sector more peace-sensitive, and outlined opportunities and the way forward in that regard. The conference was jointly organized by UNWTO and the Government of China. read more

October delivers mixed messages on new CV registrations

– CV registrations distorted by Euro 4 and atypical seasonal trends– October registrations up 0.6% to 29,792, year to date up 0.7%– All CVs rolling year total down 0.6% to 388,215 units‘October was a mixed bag for the UK’s new commercial vehicle registrations,’ said Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive.’The change from Euro 3 to Euro 4 emission standards and the end of the Reduced Pollution Certificate scheme dramatically distorted the heavy truck market. Elsewhere, medium and heavy vans saw the best October total in the past 10 years, a sign of the sustained strength of these new van markets and perhaps the approaching January 2007 deadline for new vans to meet Euro 4 emissions laws.’DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Historic photos from Brock collection part of AGO and ROM exhibits

The photographs are simple. And yet the stories behind the subjects in them are incredibly complex.A collection of photographs from Brock University’s Special Collections and Archives are being featured in a pair of high-profile exhibits at the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Royal Ontario Museum.The photographs are part of a remarkable collection donated to Brock University by Rick Bell in 2010. It features more than 300 photos and various papers spanning more than a century that document the Bell and Sloman families, who descended from former slaves in the American south.David Sharron, Head of Special Collections and Archives for Brock University, looks over photographs from Brock Library’s Rick Bell Family Collection. Several pieces of the collection featuring a Niagara family that descended from slavery are being included in exhibits at the Royal Ontario Museum and the Art Gallery of Ontario.Julie Crooks, the AGO’s Assistant Curator of Photography, found the collection on Brock’s Digital Repository.“As a photography historian I was thrilled to discover Rick Bell’s archives in the Brock Collection,” she said. “The collection reflects Canadian history, Black-Canadian history and a history of photography. I think both the AGO and ROM exhibitions are deeply enhanced with the inclusion of the rich images from the Brock Collection.”David Sharron, Brock’s Head of Special Collections and Archives, was happy to work with Crooks on the project.“It’s always a thrill to see people using our collections in new and innovative ways,” he said. “When we got this collection in 2010 we knew it was really significant. It shows a little bit of the black community in St. Catharines from about the 1870s all the way up into the 1980s. So it’s a really fantastic view of a family over time.”The AGO exhibit entitled Free Black North, which opens Saturday, April 29 and runs until Aug. 20, shows how historic Black Canadian communities used photography as a tool to explain their complex histories.Crooks is also one of the curators on The Family Camera, an exhibit running at the ROM from May 6 to Oct. 29. It uses family photographs as a way to tell the story of migration — not just with families escaping the American south, but of those moving to new locations around the world.A digitized photograph of Richard and Iris Bell is part of the Family Camera’s online slide show while some of the originals will be on display at the museum.“These were just family photos, but they also show photography as art and as history that wasn’t quite written down,” Sharron said of the Richard Bell Family Collection. “It shows what was important to them and what their families were like.”In addition to the AGO and ROM displays, an additional photo from the collection is being used by the Black Creek Pioneer Village as part of an exhibit on Canada’s 150th anniversary. read more

Microsoft is counting the days until Windows XP dies

first_imgEven though it was only last week that news came out that Windows 7 has finally eclipsed Windows XP in market share, there are still a lot of people out there running Windows XP. That hasn’t stopped Microsoft from setting up a doomsday clock for those users, letting them know that Windows XP will no longer be supported after 2014: or according to the countdown clock, 1081 days from today.The most entertaining thing about the countdown clock is that it’s in a Microsoft Gadget, which means that you have to have Windows Vista or Windows 7 in order to install and see it. This means that if you’re sitting pretty and running Windows 7 or Windows Vista at your office or at home, the gadget doesn’t really mean too much to you aside from being a healthy reminder that any other computers you have need to be upgraded if you want support for them.AdChoices广告Even so, Microsoft is making no secret about the fact that they want people to dump XP altogether, preferably for Windows 7. Internet Explorer 9 won’t run on anything less than Windows Vista, and Microsoft has teased that their upcoming Internet Explorer 10 will require Windows 7. The company is quickly trying to leave Windows XP behind, and wants its customers to leave it behind as well.The countdown gadget is only the latest weapon in Microsoft’s quest to kill off Windows XP. They initially attempted to end support for Windows XP on its normal schedule back in 2009, but faced such stiff opposition that they pledged to continue support through 2014. Since Windows 7 was released, they’ve gone on the offensive, putting together extensive tutorials and documentation on how to upgrade from Windows XP, and including Windows XP Mode with Windows 7 to offer support for XP-only applications.The tactic appears to be working, albeit slowly. Windows XP is slowly losing market share as users upgrade their systems, or more often buy newer computers that have Windows 7 pre-installed. Even so, it’s ironic that the Windows XP countdown clock doesn’t even work with Windows XP. Users will never know it’s time to upgrade until they’ve already done it.Read more at I Programmerlast_img read more

Augmented Reality TARDIS appears bigger on the inside

first_imgDoctor Who fans around the world are slowly gathering near their television sets as the Christmas Special relieves them of the dry spell following the early end of the last season. While you wait, fellow Whovians, take a look at this custom built TARDIS that appears to truly be bigger on the inside.Augmented Reality is one of those things that really seems to captivate everyone when it pops up. We’ve seen it on pizza boxes and slowly being adopted into video games, but there’s always the same question that pops up when something cool like this appears. It’s not entirely clear how the average user can put together something great using Augmented Reality. Greg Kumparak offers some details in his assembly of the TARDIS model that is bigger on the inside, and the truth is that building AR for yourself is getting easier every day.For this project, Greg took his previous knowledge with the Unity game engine and Qualcomm’s Vuforia API to place the 3D render of the inside on your smartphone or tablet. Like all other forms of AR, the software needs to detect a marker on a flat surface to activate the image that is suppose to lay over the marker. In this case, the inside of the TARDIS served as the marker so when you remove the door your camera would fill the inside with the image. As a result, as long as you pan your phone around and keep in sight of the marker, you can look around inside this little TARDIS. After that, you just tweak the image location until you get the desired result.This incredibly cool project requires a fair bit of 3D modeling skill and a little programming know-how, but it is clear that Augmented Reality as a fun weekend project is becoming increasingly feasible. While the AR tech used here is pretty impressive, it is also worth mentioning that Greg built the actual TARDIS from scratch, using some soft wood, paint, and more Doctor Who episodes than he’s likely willing to admit.Read More on Greg Kumparak’s bloglast_img read more

Bellerin happy with win

first_imgArsenal defender Hector Bellerin admitted his disappointment with the away goal conceded, but was nevertheless happy with their commanding 4-1 win over CSKA MoscowBraces from both Alexandre Lacazette and Aaron Ramsey secured the Gunners a 4-1 win in the first leg against the Russian Premier League side at the Emirates.Although they did concede a free-kick, which Aleksandr Golovin scored from with a sublime effort to briefly return the score level between the sides. Before Lacazette restored Arsenal’s advantage with a penalty.Ramsey then added a brilliant third goal, before Lacazette completed his brace after being picked out by the outstanding Mesut Ozil.Afterwards, Bellerin admitted that it was disappointing to have conceded an away goal, but believes that Arsenal can head into the second leg of their quarter-final tie against CSKA in a “positive mindset”.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“It was really good. We gave away the free kick and they got the away goal and we knew that could complicate things, but we reacted to that goal and we are really happy with the score. We wish we could have kept a clean sheet but now we can go to Russia with a positive mindset and knowing that if we don’t make any mistakes, we are in the next round.” said Bellerin, according to arsenal.comThe Spaniard assisted Ramsay for the opening goal of the match and revealed that the combination worked due to countless efforts on the training field.“I spoke to Aaron and he always tells me about ‘cutbacks, cutbacks, cutbacks’ and finally we got one. I am happy that what works in training, works in a game.” revealed the right-back.While conceding that they should have scored even more on the night, Bellerin feels that they should count themselves fortunate that the score ended as 4-1 in their favour.“We are happy. we knew that Moscow had to go on the attack [in the second half] and we should have scored a few more goals I believe. In the second half we had loads of chances but we are lucky that it is 4-1 because if the score was a bit tighter then we would have regretted missing those chances. But with a three-goal lead going to Russia, we are happy.” said 23 year-old.last_img read more

Weather Eye Heres hoping for a fine autumn interlude this week

first_imgI thought I’d take a trip over the long holiday weekend and ended up on Whidbey Island, an old haunt of mine for getting away from it all. The weather on the drive up Friday from Vancouver was interesting, to say the least.I didn’t think we would get any rain after Thursday, but alas, it followed the weatherman. Leaving Vancouver it was just plain old overcast — no rain. But we had on again, off again drizzle or light showers up I-5. I thought to myself, “If it is going to be raining anywhere it would be in Chehalis.” Yep, it was close to a frog strangler. Doesn’t it always seem to be raining there when you travel through?Yet, a few miles up the road at the factory outlets in Centralia, it was partly sunny (OK, maybe partly cloudy). It was pleasant in Tacoma but rained all the way through Seattle.On the ferry it was overcast, but the sun came out once we hit the island. You can run, but you cannot hide — but maybe I lost the weather gods crossing the Sound.Along the way the leaves were brilliant and further into fall the farther north I traveled. I probably say this every year, but the fall foliage seems more colorful this year. I saw flocks of geese migrating south from Puget Sound.last_img read more

5280 Gets Fairey to Design DNC Obama Cover

first_imgSEE ALSO: Brogan’s Blog Post for FOLIO:Denver, Colorado is gearing up for the Democratic Convention later this month, and 5280, the city’s well-regarded regional magazine, scored a bit of coup by landing Shepard Fairey, the renowned street artist, to design its August cover.“I honestly think it’s the best issue we’ve ever done,” Daniel Brogan, 5280’s editor and publisher, wrote in an e-mail to FOLIO:.Fairey, who gained notoriety in the late 1990s for his viral “Obey” designs, featuring an iconic image of Andre the Giant, received similar critical acclaim for a Barack Obama poster he designed earlier this year. “Anytime you put a politician on the cover of a magazine, you’re bound to make people mad. And in a swing state like Colorado, a political cover means you’re probably going to offend a whole bunch of people,” Brogan wrote in his editor’s note. “So when we sat down to choose an image that would kick off this month’s issue of 5280, we spent weeks looking for a way to avoid anything that might be construed as partisan.”But when they settled on an Obama cover, Brogan fired off a blind e-mail to Fairey. “His people got back to me within a few hours,” Brogan wrote. “He was very open to our ideas and didn’t complain a bit about the usual concessions you have to make for things like logos, headlines, and UPC codes.”While Brogan declined to reveal what he paid Fairey for the cover design, he hinted 5280’s wide distribution in Denver led the artist to give the magazine a discounted rate. The magazine has a circulation of 92,000.“Let’s just say that Shepard was very accommodating,” Brogan wrote. “He really understood both the importance of the occasion, and the fact that it’ll be seen by a lot of key people.” In addition to its newsstand presence, 5280 is placed nearly all of the area’s top hotels, so the delegates, media and VIPs attending the convention will see Fairey’s image, Brogan wrote.“People seem pretty surprised that Shepard would do a cover for a local magazine, so it’s been a real coup for us.”Annual revenue for 5280 is approximately $8 million, up from $5 million in 2004.last_img read more

Bangladeshi US scientist not deported but freed

first_imgSyed A Jamal, a Bangladeshi-origin US chemist embraces his children. A screen-gran taken from a video on kansascity.Syed A Jamal, a Bangladeshi-origin US chemist studying and working in Kansas for 30 years, has been freed from jail, according to kansascity.com.The 55-year-old chemist was arrested by ICE in his front yard on 24 January for overstaying his visa and he was about to be deported to Bangladesh, reports say.Jamal walked out of Platte County jail Tuesday, so suddenly and quickly that no family was there, wrote kansascity.com. He was reportedly greeted instead by waiting reporters. His family joined him later.Jamal’s release came hours after it was ordered by a US District Court judge in Kansas City, pending the outcome of his deportation case with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said the report.”It’s a tough situation,” he acknowledged, though he appeared relaxed and confident.The judge took into account more than 110 days Jamal has served in jail since 2012.Referring to Jamal’s three US-born children, she said, “I made a promise to those kids to bring their dad home.”His latest permit extended to October 2018, but that allowance was rescinded by ICE when agents arrested Jamal outside his home on the way to taking his daughter to school, said the report.Jamal’s story went viral after friends and family launched an online petition for a stay of his deportation, the report recalled.The Change.org site had reportedly garnered 108,000 as of Monday. Since 2 February, a GoFundMe campaign has raised nearly $75,000 for the family, for whom Jamal is the sole breadwinner.last_img read more

Prosecutors Say Cosby Paid 34 Million Civil Settlement To Accuser

first_imgCorey Perrine/APBill Cosby leaves his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse, on Monday, April 9, 2018, in Norristown, Pa.Attorneys for Bill Cosby were expected Tuesday to portray a $3.4 million civil settlement with the comedian’s accuser, Andrea Constand, as evidence of her greed.On the first day of the retrial on Monday in Norristown, Pa., prosecutors revealed the previously secret settlement that Cosby, now 80, paid in 2006, two years after Constand alleges he drugged and sexually assaulted her at his home near Philadelphia. Cosby has denied the charges.A previous trial last spring ended in a deadlocked jury.The Associated Press writes: “Cosby lawyer Tom Mesereau has signaled he intends to use the settlement to argue that Andrea Constand falsely accused the man once revered as ‘America’s Dad’ in hopes of landing a big payoff.”Mesereau has said the jury will learn “just how greedy” Constand was, according to the AP.Constand is a former Temple University employee who was working for the women’s basketball team there when she met Cosby. She now works as a massage therapist in Ontario, Canada.Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele, told the courtroom that Cosby and Constand had become friends and that he gave her career advice.“I talk about trust that was built over time, that was built by the defendant,” said Steele, as quotes from a 2005 deposition Cosby gave flashed on a large screen in front of the jury, writes Laura Benshoff of member station WHYY. According to Benshoff:“In one statement, Cosby said he developed a romantic interest in Constand ‘probably the first time I saw her.’Steele said that proves that when Cosby befriended Constand and gave her career advice, he had an ulterior motive.”She adds:” … a topless protester who ran in front of a bank of cameras towards Cosby was arrested and charged with a summary offense.The protester, 38-year-old Nicolle Rochelle, is an actress and performance artist who had a guest role on The Cosby Show as a preteen. Police tackled her into a hedge and took her away in handcuffs.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

The Flash Shades Shade in Favor of Alchemy

first_img The Flash tosses it’s minor villains to the side for now and gives us a little more information about Alchemy. Specifically, who he’s working with. In the beginning, we get a brief glimpse of Wally as Kid Flash, before realizing that Wally is telling his dad about a dream he’s been having the past couple nights. Joe is concerned because dreams appear to be how Dr. Alchemy gives people their powers from Flashpoint. Those powers haven’t worked out so well for the other people who’ve gotten them. At the police department, Barry is trying to be friends with Julian, who still doesn’t completely trust him. Joe arrives and tells Barry about Wally’s dreams. Barry agrees that it’s probably bad, but says they’ll figure it out.At S.T.A.R. labs, H.R. is trying to justify his continued stay in this universe. He tells Cisco and Caitlin that if they keep working in an ostensibly defunct lab, people will figure out that they’re working with The Flash. He proposes reopening the labs as a museum with him as the face of it. Cisco points out that the problem with this plan is that Harrison Wells in this universe is known to be a murderer. He leaves to work on this new problem, and Caitlin keeps trying to figure out her new powers.Barry tries to discourage Wally from pursuing his powers by telling him everything about his Flashpoint life, including its painful end. Wally says that version of Kid Flash was different. He’s angry that his dad won’t give him the same leeway that he gives Barry. He tells Joe to admit he doesn’t trust him. When Joe doesn’t have an answer for him, Wally storms out. Joe finds him the next day at the police station and convinces him to come to S.T.A.R. labs and see what’s going on. As they walk out of the station, Wally hears Alchemy’s voice and collapses on the ground.This week’s villain is Shade. For a few seconds, anyway. (Photo: Screenshot via CW)Meanwhile, an investment banker is walking through the streets at night when a shadow comes alive and attacks him. Julian and Barry arrive on the scene to inspect the body to find his larynx crushed, but no laceration marks anywhere. Barry keeps trying to reach out to Julian who brushes him off yet again. Barry heads to S.T.A.R. Labs to figure out what happened. After H.R. comes back a device that lets him change his face, the team checks the security cameras to see what happens. H.R. explains that it’s a metahuman named Shade, who can vibrate fast enough to appear as a shadow. Once they’re alone, Caitlin shows her powers to Cisco and asks him to look into her future to make sure she doesn’t become Killer Frost. He looks and sees himself as Vibe fighting her as Killer Frost. He tells her he doesn’t see anything.Wally and Joe arrive at the lab. Caitlin checks him out, and he seems to be fine. Wally stays in a cell, with Iris and Barry nearby to make sure everything is OK, while the rest of the group accompanies Joe on a date to a movie in the park. Caitlin notices that Cisco is acting weird and asks him what he really saw. He tells her and says they have to tell the others and figure out what to do. Caitlin says it’s too late and nobody needs to know. As the movie starts, Shade comes out of the screen and attacks the crowd.Barry leaves the lab to deal with Shade, just as Wally hears Alchemy’s voice again. He falls to the ground and begins having visions of being defeated by The Rival. He gets up and sees the word, “Alchemy” scratched into his cell window. Alchemy tells Wally to find him and Wally demands that Iris open the door. As he falls to the ground in pain, she opens the door. Wally tells her to stay out of his way. He throws a punch at her, which she ducks and knocks him out.Wally can see the writing, but Iris (Candice Patton) can’t. (Photo: Screenshot via CW)At the park, the team floods the park with light, weakening shade to the point where he collapses. Caitlin takes off the cuffs she’s been using to suppress her powers and tosses them to Barry. With Shade captured and under control, they return to the lab and Cisco tells everyone about Caitlin’s powers. She gets angry and storms out of the room. Barry follows her and apologizes, telling her this wouldn’t have happened if not for Flashpoint.Wally wakes up and asks to confront Alchemy. When the rest of the group doesn’t let him, he has another seizure. Joe decides the only way to stop it is to use Wally to locate Alchemy. He brings along The Flash and the SWAT team to help. Wally leads them into an abandoned subway tunnel where Alchemy greets him. Alchemy offers Wally the life that was taken from him. Wally says he wants all of them gone.The Flash chains all of Alchemy’s henchmen to the wall, but Alchemy blasts him with an energy beam. While Alchemy is focused on fighting The Flash, Joe stuns him. The SWAT team circles Alchemy to arrest him, but they all get taken down by a speedster that looks like blue lightning. Wally grabs Alchemy’s jewel to try and get his powers but is encased in a giant pillar. The blue lightning pins Barry against a wall and reveals himself to be Savitar, the god of speed.After a few weeks of focusing on minor villains, it was about time we had an episode that moved the Alchemy storyline along more. While Shade ultimately turned out to be a dud, seeing The Flash fight Alchemy for the first time was more than enough to redeem this episode. We also seem to have a new main villain for this season. While the whole evil speedster thing is getting a little old, this one taking the form of a god is an interesting twist. In the comics, Savitar only thinks his speed makes him a god. The show, at least for now, seems to be going a different direction. We’ll have to wait for next week to know for sure, as this one ended on a cliffhanger. Stay on target Top Movies and TV Panels to Keep on Your Radar for SDCC 2019’The Flash’ Season 5 Finale Recap: 2 Big Bads and 1 Pre-Crisis last_img read more

Hasbros New Star Wars Paint Technology is Upsettingly Realistic

first_img Mattel Unveils Fashionable ‘Star Wars’ x Barbie Dolls‘Star Wars: Resistance’ Finale Sets Up ‘The Rise of Sk… Get ready for the mildest of Star Wars: The Last Jedi spoilers, because I have a name and a face for you. The name is DJ, though it could be a code name because that’s literally the least Star Wars-sounding name imaginable next to “Mike Johnson.” The face is Benicio del Toro’s. And the Hasbro action figure is unsettlingly realistic, thanks to technology.I met with Hasbro at New York Comic-Con, where they showed off new Star Wars and Marvel action figures planned for the holiday season and 2018. On the Star Wars side we’ve already seen some of the bigger items from the Force Friday reveal, but this was the first close look we got at the 6-inch Black Series DJ action figure.This is one of the first 6-inch figures made using a new printing process to produce realistic faces. And when it comes to Benny del T, it’s upsettingly realistic. I love it.According to the Hasbro representatives I talked to, 6-inch action figures were previously painted used a stamping system. The new process uses a printer-like inkjet system to produce much finer facial details. The result is a DJ who looks like he just came out of a crossover between Sicario and Small Soldiers.I really, really want to see a 6-inch version of The Collector now. Ooh, or a short-packed Grandmaster from Thor: Ragnarok (though that doesn’t seem to be in the cards). Basically, any weird character actor I want to see using this new tech. Make Vincent D’Onofrio Kingpin, Hasbro!Okay, the new tech extends beyond weirdos. The new Rey figure for The Last Jedi looks impressively like Daisy Ridley, and is much more realistic than the Black Series figure for The Force Awakens. I didn’t see Luke Skywalker or Poe Dameron figures using the new process, but I expect they’re coming next year. Collectors will want realistic Mark Hamill and Oscar Isaac in 6-inch format.On the Marvel side, the MCU’s favorite woobie Tom Hiddleston looks absurdly charming with the new paint process, and even though half of her face is painted like a juggalo, Cate Blanchett’s Hela looks great, too.Currently the new facial painting system will only be on 6-inch Star Wars Black Series and Marvel Legends figures; the 3 3/4-inch format is too small for the technology, and the 12-inch Marvel Legends figures get their own treatment. The new figures will be released alongside their respective movies, or in Q1 or next year.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

High levels of black carbon found at remote site in Siberia

first_img Explore further Credit: CC0 Public Domain The Arctic is especially sensitive to black carbon emissions from within the region (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with members from Sweden, the U.S., Russia, Norway and Austria has found higher than expected levels of black carbon at a remote test site in Siberia. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes the amount of black carbon they found and its sources. Citation: High levels of black carbon found at remote site in Siberia (2017, January 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-01-high-black-carbon-remote-site.html More information: Patrik Winiger et al. Siberian Arctic black carbon sources constrained by model and observation, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2017). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1613401114AbstractBlack carbon (BC) in haze and deposited on snow and ice can have strong effects on the radiative balance of the Arctic. There is a geographic bias in Arctic BC studies toward the Atlantic sector, with lack of observational constraints for the extensive Russian Siberian Arctic, spanning nearly half of the circum-Arctic. Here, 2 y of observations at Tiksi (East Siberian Arctic) establish a strong seasonality in both BC concentrations (8 ng⋅m−3 to 302 ng⋅m−3) and dual-isotope–constrained sources (19 to 73% contribution from biomass burning). Comparisons between observations and a dispersion model, coupled to an anthropogenic emissions inventory and a fire emissions inventory, give mixed results. In the European Arctic, this model has proven to simulate BC concentrations and source contributions well. However, the model is less successful in reproducing BC concentrations and sources for the Russian Arctic. Using a Bayesian approach, we show that, in contrast to earlier studies, contributions from gas flaring (6%), power plants (9%), and open fires (12%) are relatively small, with the major sources instead being domestic (35%) and transport (38%). The observation-based evaluation of reported emissions identifies errors in spatial allocation of BC sources in the inventory and highlights the importance of improving emission distribution and source attribution, to develop reliable mitigation strategies for efficient reduction of BC impact on the Russian Arctic, one of the fastest-warming regions on Earth.center_img © 2017 Phys.org Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Black carbon consists of carbon particles that are small enough to become airborne. One such example is soot sent into the air from burning coal. It is not a greenhouse gas, but does contribute to global warming via another means. It lands on top of snow, and because it is black, absorbs heat from the sun, which causes two problems—one is that some of that in the northern latitudes, which would normally be reflected back into the atmosphere, remains on the ground. The other is that it contributes to higher than normal snow melt. In this new effort, the research team ventured into a remote part of Siberia to gather statistics on black carbon levels, because it is one of the few northern places left on Earth where data regarding its presence is not regularly collected.The team set up a research station just outside of the town of Tiksi and immediately began monitoring the amount of black carbon that landed on its sensors. They report that they found more than was expected and that it was coming from an unexpected source. The biggest source, they found, was automobile exhaust, which was surprising because there is very little automobile traffic in Siberia. They suggest it likely traveled from more populous places in Europe, Russia and China. Before arriving at the site, the researchers had suspected that the biggest source would be gas flares caused by the oil industry, which are common in Siberia.The researchers were able to identify the source of the black carbon by looking at its isotopic fingerprint—different sources produce different isotopes. Regular black soot, for example, has very little carbon 14. Such testing revealed that coal burning was the second largest source of black carbon in the region, though they noted things changed by season—during the summer, burning biomass was the biggest source.The researchers suggest that it is important that all sources of climate change be accounted for if accurate predictions and models are to be made—a critical factor for figuring out how to reverse what is occurring. 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

3D printing electrically assisted nacreinspired structures with selfsensing capabilities

first_img , Advanced Healthcare Materials Materials theory combines strength, stiffness and toughness of composites into a single design map Citation: 3-D printing electrically assisted, nacre-inspired structures with self-sensing capabilities (2019, April 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-d-electrically-nacre-inspired-self-sensing-capabilities.html Proof-of-principle self-sensing capability of 3D printed, nacre-inspired helmet on a mini Lego bicycle rider. 3-D printed helmet with 2 wt% aGN (aligned graphene nanoplatelets), LED light is ON. Brightness decreases with crack deflection during compressive tests and resistance increases (RC circuit). When resistance increases due to crack propagation the LED turns off. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aau9490 , Science © 2019 Science X Network The 3D-printing process. (A) Nacre model by SolidWorks (from Dassault Systèmes), sliced using the DMD-based stereolithography software to generate projection patterns. (B) rGNs are aligned by the electric field (blue dotted arrow shows the direction) to form aGNs during the 3D-printing process, the aligned composites solidify after light exposure (yellow part), the alignment of GNs is kept in the composites, after the layer is complete the building plate is peeled to print additional layers with aGNs. (C) Compression of natural nacre and SEM images of the fracture surface, showing crack deflection (yellow arrowheads) and crack branching (red arrowheads) in (D) and crack deflection between layers in (E). (F) 3D-printed nacre with 2 wt % aGNs under loading with crack deflection and branching in (G). (H) SEM image showing deflection between layers (yellow arrowheads). Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aau9490. To align the GNs in the composite during layer-based 3-D printing, Yang et al. used an electric field (433 V/cm) to build nacre-inspired MJ/GN composite structures. The scientists applied DC voltages, followed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) collection, optical imaging and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images to characterize (i.e. test) the newly developed composites. The resulting parallel and closely packed GN sample layers were structurally separated by the polymer matrix in between as mortar to impart the critical structural features for mechanical performance in the 3-D synthetic nacre. The scientists saw similarities between the synthetic vs. natural nacre structure at the macro- and microscale. Prior to 3-D printing, Yang et al. created the nacre model using SolidWorks software first, and then sliced it with in-house developed digital micromirror device (DMD)-based stereolithography software to generate surface patterns. They projected masked images of the computed patterns on the resin surface to construct layers in which the electrically assisted 3-D printing process aligned and selectively polymerized the programmed parts for specific reinforcement orientation, layer upon each layer of the MJ/GN composites to create the structure of interest. The scientists formed the desired gap between the GN alignment in the MJ resin, prior to photocuration using the DMD light projection system (3.16 mW/cm2) available in the setup. LEFT: Mechanical property and microstructure study of 3D-printed nacre. (A) Comparison of compression properties of the 3D-printed nacre with different loadings and alignments. (B) Crack propagation in MJ/rGNs nacre with the breaking of rGNs. (C and F) Simulations of stress distribution of MJ/rGNs and MJ/aGNs by COMSOL Multiphysics, respectively. (D) Comparison of maximum compression load for the 3D-printed nacre with different mass ratios of GNs. (E) Crack deflection of MJ/aGNs nacre and bridging and interlocking of aGNs. RIGHT: Comparison of fracture toughness by three-point bending test. (A to C) Compression force versus resistance change for pure MJ, MJ/2 wt % rGNs, and MJ/2 wt % aGNs, respectively (with inset SEM images showing the related fracture surfaces). (D) Comparison of fracture toughness for crack initiation (KIC) and stable crack propagation (KJC) of the 3D-printed nacre with the natural nacre. (E) Comparison of specific toughness and specific strength of the 3D-printed nacre with others’ work (inset shows the specific strength with density for various nacre-inspired composites). R-curves of the 3D-printed nacre (F) and the natural nacre (G). Simulations of stress distribution by COMSOL Multiphysics for the 3D-printed nacre with rGNs (H) and aGNs (I). Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aau9490. Explore further Journal information: Science Advances They then compared the stress-strain behavior of the 3-D printed nacre with rGNs (random) and aGNs (aligned) for different ratios. Compared to natural nacre, the synthetic version showed typical brittle fractures with crack propagation at first. Yang et al. used structural simulation using COMSOL Multiphysics to show the site of stress concentration and the importance of accurate GN alignment for crack deflection and energy dissipation in the synthetic nacres. When they conducted structural simulations of optimized aGN sheets with 2 percent weight in the study (2 wt %), they showed the formation of bridges that lead to stress distribution at the joint area between the aGNs and polymer matrix to carry loads instead of promoting macroscopic crack advancement. The structures contained covalent bonding, hydrogen bonding and π-π interaction to synergistically bridge the aGNs for enhanced biomechanical properties. To test the mechanical properties, the scientists conducted three-point bending tests to measure the toughness of 3-D printed composites with rGNs, aGNs and a reference pure polymer sample. After adequate GN alignment they obtained stable crack arrest and deflection comparable to natural nacre, by toughening the brick-like platelets. The results indicated resistance to fracture during crack growth for aGNs. The nacre-inspired aGN composites showed bridging and interlocking that translated to an increase in dissipated energy and toughening, contributing to the outstanding crack arrest performance of the composite. The synthetic 3-D nacre was more lightweight than natural nacre, with lower density compared to the previous synthetic composites. The 3-D synthetic version showed significantly improved electrical conductivity contrary to natural nacre, which Yang et al. tested using piezoresistive responses useful for self-sensing military and sports applications. As a proof-of-principle, the scientists designed a wearable 3-D helmet for a Lego bicycle rider using the technique to study its self-sensing capability. The helmet composed of aGNs showed improved impact and compression resistance compared with rGNs, verified with impact tests where the rGN helmets broke while the aGN helmets retained their shapes. Yang et al. showed that a helmet composed with aGNs (0.36 g) connected to an LED light was able to sustain the impact of an iron ball 305 times its weight (110 g), where the brightness of the LED light only decreased slightly after the impact due to crack formation, energy dissipation and increased resistance. center_img 3D-printed smart helmet with anisotropic electrical property. (A) Anisotropic electrical property of the 3D-printed nacre. (B) Changes of electrical resistance with different GNs loadings and alignments. (C) Schematic diagram showing the layered polymer/GNs structure with anisotropic electrical resistance. (D) 3D-printing process of a self-sensing smart helmet. Demonstration of the wearable sensor on a Lego bicycle rider showing different self-sensing properties for the 3D-printed helmets with rGNs (E) and aGNs (F). (G) Circuit design for the tests. Compression force of the 3D-printed helmets with related compression displacements and resistance changes for rGNs (H) and aGNs (I), respectively. (Photo credit: Yang Yang, Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Southern California.). Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aau9490. Schematic diagram of the electrically assisted 3D-printing platform for the construction of nacre-inspired structures. (A) Diagram of the electrically assisted 3D-printing device. (B) Illustration of the bottom-up projection-based stereolithography process. (C and D) Schematic diagrams show the alignment of GNs under the electric field and alignment mechanisms, respectively. (E) 3D-printed nacre with aGNs and SEM images showing surface and cross-section morphology: DMD, digital micromirror device; PDMS, polydimethylsiloxane. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aau9490 More information: Yang Yang et al. Electrically assisted 3-D printing of nacre-inspired structures with self-sensing capability, Science Advances (2019). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aau9490 L. J. Bonderer et al. Bioinspired Design and Assembly of Platelet Reinforced Polymer Films, Science (2008). DOI: 10.1126/science.1148726 Shanshan Yao et al. Nanomaterial-Enabled Wearable Sensors for Healthcare, Advanced Healthcare Materials (2017). DOI: 10.1002/adhm.201700889 K. J. Koester et al. The true toughness of human cortical bone measured with realistically short cracks, Nature Materials (2008). DOI: 10.1038/nmat2221 The scientists constructed a resistor-capacitor (RC) circuit to measure the changing resistance during the impact and during compression tests. In the rGN helmet the LED was always off due to the larger resistance, comparatively the smaller resistance of the aGN helmet left the LED light turned on. In this way, Yang et al. showed how the nano-laminated architecture provided extrinsic toughening and enhanced electrical conductivity due to bioinspired, aligned GNs in the nanocomposites. They propose to enable mass customization, assisted with 3-D printing capabilities to translate the lightweight smart materials ingrained with excellent mechanical and electrical properties for commercially viable applications in widespread industries. Nacre, also known as mother of pearl is a composite, organic-inorganic material produced in nature in the inner shell layer of molluscs and the outer coating of pearls. The material is resilient and iridescent with high strength and toughness, resulting from its brick-and-mortar-like architecture. Lightweight and strong materials are of interest in materials science due to their potential in multidisciplinary applications in sports, aerospace, transportation and biomedicine. In a recent study, now published in Science Advances, Yang Yang and co-workers at the interdisciplinary departments of Systems Engineering, Chemical, Biomedical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Southern California, developed a route to build nacre-inspired hierarchical structures with complex 3-D shapes via electrically assisted 3-D printing. The scientists propose to develop a smart helmet with inbuilt protective, self-sensing capabilities using the electrically assisted 3-D printing process. The bioinspired brick and mortar (BM) architecture can enhance mechanical strength and electrical conduction by aligning graphene nanoplatelets in each layer for maximum performance via crack deflection under loading. In total, Yang et al. aim to engineer multifunctional, lightweight yet strong and electrically self-sensing 3-D structures from the lab to industry. To replicate the challenging hierarchical, micro-/nano-scale architecture of natural nacre, the scientists used aGNs in a photocurable polymer, grafted with 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (3-APTES) to strengthen the interface and load transfer at the sandwich-like polymer matrix. For the photocurable resin, they used G+ resin from Maker Juice Labs, notated MJ, containing high tensile epoxy diacrylate, glycol diacrylate and a photoinitiator with excellent mechanical properties and low viscosity. , Nature Materials In the present work, Yang et al. presented an electrically assisted 3-D printing method using aligned graphene nanoplatelets (GNs) in photocurable resin to build the nacre-inspired hierarchical architectures. The proposed technique took advantage of the nanoscale-to-microscale assembly induced by the electric field and microscale-to-macroscale assembly via 3-D printing. The 3-D architectures with aligned GNs (aGNs) showed reinforced mechanical properties compared to random GNs (rGNs). The 3-D printed artificial nacre displayed specific toughness and strength comparable to natural nacre, with additional anisotropic electric properties unlike the natural nacre. To create a brick-and-mortar-like structure in the work, they aligned graphene nanoplatelets (GNs) as bricks in the electric field (433 V/cm) during 3-D printing and included the polymer matrix as a mortar. The bioinspired 3-D printed nacre with aligned GNs (2 percent weight) were lightweight (1.06 g/cm3), albeit with specific toughness and strength similar to the natural nacre counterpart. The 3-D printed lightweight, smart armor aligned GNs could sense surface damage to exert resistance change during electrical applications. The study highlighted interesting possibilities for bioinspired nanomaterials with hierarchical architecture tested in a proof-of-principle, mini smart helmet. Projected applications include integrated mechanical reinforcement, electrical self-sensing capabilities in biomedicine, aerospace engineering as well as military and sports appliances. Lightweight and strong structural materials such as multifunctional wearable sensors have attracted increasing attention in health monitoring, but most piezoelectric sensors are soft and cannot protect the surface of interest. A protective, multifunctional wearable sensor is currently in demand for military and sports applications therefore. The hierarchical structure of nacre in nature provides superior mechanical performance, notwithstanding its relatively weak constituents to protect the soft body in molluscs. The secret to its protective capability is inherent to its brick and mortar (BM) architecture that ranges from the nano- and micro- to macroscale. This outstanding materials property formed the basis to design light and strong armor for microstructural interfaces in materials science. Although traditional, bottom-up assembly processes such as vacuum filtration, spray coating, ice templating and self-assembly were previously studied intensively to build nacre-inspired architectures, the methods only focused on two-dimensional (2-D) thin-film formation or simple bulk structures. Since it is challenging to use these techniques to develop 3-D architectures – 3-D printing (additive manufacture) is a powerful alternative. Recent studies in materials science and bioengineering have used 3-D printing with shear forces, magnetic and acoustic fields to form reinforced composites with aligned fibers. 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