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Cam Newton Leads Panthers to Playoffs For 1st Time

Photo by nola.comAll the talk of Cam Newton’s status as a top-flight NFL quarterback can cease. All that was left for him to quiet critics was to lead his team into the playoffs. Sunday, he did just that, and in dramatic, heroic fashion, too.Needing a touchdown to defeat the New Orleans Saints, the Panthers got the ball at their 35 yard line with just 55 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, with no timeouts. Throw in that Newton had a bad ankle and Carolina’s top receiver, Steve Smith, was out with a knee injury.Still, Newton was unfazed. He told his teammates in the huddle before the drive: “Let’s get it done.”With calm and talent, Newton did just that. He had passed for just 116 yards to the point, but completed a 37-yard pass to Ted Ginn Jr. Then he fired to Greg Olsen for 14 yards. Newton spiked the ball to stop the clock. Then he threw the game-winning 14-yard touchdown pass to seldom-used Dominik Hixon, who made a diving catch that produced a 16-10 win and the Panthers’ first playoff berth since 2008.The building rocked.“We just kept fighting, kept pounding, kept getting after it,” Newton said. “We really knew we were one drive away. We were one play away.”That play will be etched in minds of Panther fans for a long time, for its significance and how close it was to not being a catch. Newton fired a laser where only Hixon could get to it. He extended himself, got his hands under the ball and maintained possession as he rolled over. The play was reviewed. . . and confirmed.”I was 99 percent sure it was a catch,” Hixon said with a grin.Ultimately, the win was about Newton.”Cam was very resilient,” coach Ron Rivera said. ”He struggled all day and he knows that. But he came through when we needed him.” read more

Bahamas third 31 medals

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Photo Credit: Gertrude Saunders TCI secures three medals at Flow Carifta Games Related Items:#Bahamasget31medalsatCariftaGames, #FlowCariftaGames2017, #magneticmedianews TCI secures three medals at Flow Carifta Games Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppCuracao, April 18th, 2017 – Willemstad – The Bahamas had a terrific sports weekend at the Carifta Games – Swimming and Athletics.  In Curacao, on the track there were 31 medals including six gold, 15 silver and 10 bronze for the 242.#MagneticMediaNews#Bahamasget31medalsatCariftaGames#FlowCariftaGames2017last_img read more

Man who fatally injured a toddler sentenced to life term

first_img EL CAJON (KUSI) – A Navy corpsman who inflicted fatal injuries on his girlfriend’s toddler son at their home in Alpine was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years to life in state prison.Brett Brown, 32, was convicted in September of murder and assault on a child causing death.Deputy District Attorney Chantal de Mauregne told jurors that Brown lied to his girlfriend, Renee Fournier, and first responders as to how 20-month- old Lucas Orlando was hurt.About 1:45 p.m. on Jan. 11, 2016, deputies responding to an emergency at Fournier’s apartment on Arnold Way found her son gravely injured, said sheriff’s Lt. Kenneth Nelson.Brown told deputies that Lucas had been hurt in a fall. Fournier was at work at the time, Nelson said.Brown had been watching Lucas that day along with Fournier’s other child and two of his own from a prior relationship, the lieutenant said.Paramedics took Lucas to Rady Children’s Hospital, where he died two days later.Detectives investigating the death determined that the trauma the boy suffered was too severe to have occurred the way Brown described it, according to Nelson.Brown — who was on leave from the Navy at the time — was arrested on Jan. 14, 2016.The child suffered severe eye, brain and neck hemorrhages, skull fractures and a broken leg, according to de Mauregne.Doctors testified that the child’s injuries had to have been caused by violent shaking and by deliberately striking the child’s head against a hard surface.Brown testified that he was carrying the boy and a plate of food when he slipped and fell on top of the toddler.Fournier, 31, pleaded guilty to felony child endangerment and agreed to testify against Brown. A judge in October reduced that conviction to a misdemeanor and she was sentenced to probation and ordered to complete a yearlong child abuse class. December 5, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Man who fatally injured a toddler sentenced to life term Posted: December 5, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: KUSI, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Cygnus Puts Ag Group on the Block

first_imgCygnus Business Media is putting its agriculture group up for sale, Folio: has learned. The group includes five tradeshows and two publications.Corporate Solutions, an acquisition advisory firm, has been retained to help secure a buyer.Cygnus CEO John French says in a statement that the sale will “provide us with an opportunity to improve our overall balance sheet and provide a substantial return to our ownership group.” The assets, he says, are profitable and the group is a “discrete business.” A sale would not adversely impact the other affinity groups within the company. The remainder of the company is not on the market.One obvious, but not confirmed, bidder would be Penton, which just spent $80 million on Farm Progress Companies last November.  UPDATE: According to French, Cygnus’s balance sheet is in good shape, but after increasing interest from other parties in buying the group, and a well-performing agriculture market, the time became right to sell.About 12 employees work in the group. “We’re still owned by banks and by that definition at some point we’ll have to sell the company,” he says. “My job has been to come in and take the company out of bankruptcy and improve value. And the ag group is the first manifestation of that value increase. I’ve had more calls about the ag group than any other in the company.”The decision to put it up for sale, says French, was all the easier in that the ag group is not core to the company’s affinity group structure. “We don’t have anything else around it,” he says.French declined to reveal pricing or revenue details, but said they’re seeking a very competitive bid or they’re not going to sell. “We’re going for a good market price, and if we don’t get it, then we’re not selling and it’s business as usual,” he says.last_img read more

Congressional Tide Has Turned on BRAC Smith Says

first_imgCongressional opposition to approving a new round of base closures is loosening, even as this year’s Congress has resisted the Obama administration’s request for a BRAC in 2017, the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee said Thursday.“The hostility, the notion that this was completely unacceptable, which existed about a year ago is not there anymore amongst my fellow members is the way I would put it,” Rep. Adam Smith (Wash.), the most prominent advocate in Congress for a BRAC round, told reporters.Smith dismissed all of the standard arguments, saying they had run their course, reported CQ Roll Call.“I think this whole notion that BRACs are stupid because they cost money is getting increasingly difficult to justify as an argument, as is the notion that somehow we can just do it with overseas bases,” he said.Smith also cited ADC members’ preference for the certainty of a BRAC “because this death of a thousand cuts is worse.” Smith was a keynote speaker at last month’s Defense Communities National Summit.While he believes lawmakers have started to understand why a BRAC round is needed for the long-term health of national security, it’s still not clear how soon Congress will come around. He included House Armed Services Chair Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) as one of the members who understands the importance of BRAC.“He doesn’t quite share it enough yet to say that it’s still a good idea and it’s something that we want to do, but I think there is an acknowledgment that at some point we need to get there,” Smith said. “How exactly it is that he envisions getting there, much less when, I couldn’t say.”————-IMAGE SOURCE Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Dave Chappelle John Mayer Announce LA New Years Eve Show

first_imgFind out where the performers will bring their new “Controlled Danger” concept show to the big stage this New Year’s EveBrian HaackGRAMMYs Sep 27, 2017 – 12:35 pm Fans of comedy and music alike will be able to come together on New Year’s Eve this year for a special event hosted by legendary comedian Dave Chappelle and seven-time GRAMMY winning guitarist John Mayer. Dave Chappelle, John Mayer: “Controlled Danger” dave-chappelle-john-mayer-announce-la-new-years-eve-show Twitter Email NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 14, 2015 – 5:39 pm John Mayer Wins Best Male Pop Vocal Performance News Dubbed “Controlled Danger,” the special holiday event will include solo sets by each performer, capped off by a collaborative session of “songs, stories, improvised dancing, and more,” as reported by Billboard .This will be far from the first time the pair has worked together, as Mayer first joined a classic sketch on an episode of “Chappelle’s Show” in 2004. More recently, Chappelle joined Mayer onstage for a surprise appearance at the guitarist’s Apr. 12, 2017, show in Columbus, Ohio, where the pair performed a touching improvised tribute to fellow “Chappelle’s Show” collaborator Charlie Murphy, who had passed away earlier that day following a protracted bout with leukemia.Since that live performance, Chappelle and Mayer have performed several editions of the “Controlled Danger” show concept at clubs and small venues around the country, but this New Year’s Eve event will mark the first time the show will be presented on a large stage in a major venue.”Controlled Danger” will take place on Dec. 31 at The Forum, in Inglewood, Calif. Tickets go on sale this Friday, Sept. 29.Universal Hip-Hop Museum To Open In New York City Facebook Dave Chappelle, John Mayer Announce L.A. New Year’s Eve Show last_img read more

Cisco GRAMMY Museum Announce Music Education Grant Winners

first_img Enterprise Award Grants Going To 20 Music Programs cisco-grammy-museum-announce-music-education-grant-winners News Facebook 2017 GRAMMY Signature Schools Enterprise Award to empower 20 music programs with $5,000 apiecePhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Nov 29, 2017 – 4:15 pm Cisco, the GRAMMY Museum, and the OneRepublic Good Life Foundation have teamed to distribute the 2017 GRAMMY Signature Schools Enterprise Award, 20 monetary grants of $5,000 to public school music programs, and to enable more connected classroom experiences by donating the Cisco Spark collaboration platform to recipients of the award. “We have seen the incredible benefits of our GRAMMY Signature Schools program at work in classrooms across the country, and we couldn’t be more grateful to Cisco and OneRepublic’s Good Life Foundation for their generous donation,” said Scott Goldman, GRAMMY Museum Executive Director.Music at its core is a collaborative process, and Cisco Spark will foster innovative collaboration opportunities for students and positively impact the way they work and learn. The company’s leading work with online networks has already enriched 500,000 concert attendees at dozens of Live Nation venues with WiFi, and it is committed to driving digital transformation in the music industry as well as music classrooms. “We are committed to not only supporting but also rewarding the outstanding work of the students, teachers and administrators at these schools, and hope this donation continues to make music education a reality for students across America,” said Maria Dincel, Managing Director, Olympics, Global Sponsorships and Product Placement at Cisco.Since its inception in 1998, the GRAMMY Signature Schools Program has donated more than $2.4 million in financial assistance to school music programs nationally.2017 GRAMMY Signature Schools Enterprise Award RecipientsAntioch High School, Antioch, TNBroad Ripple Magnet High School, Indianapolis, INCamden High School, Camden, NJCamelback High School, Phoenix, AZCharlestown High School, Boston, MACleveland NJROTC Academy, St. Louis, MOEastern Senior High School, Washington, DCFranklin Learning Center, Philadelphia, PAJames Hillhouse High School, New Haven, CTJohn Hancock Preparatory High School, Chicago, ILLincoln High School, , Yonkers, NYOakland Technical High School, Oakland, CAPatrick Henry High School, Roanoke, VARainier Senior High School, Rainier, WASouthwest Magnet High School and Law Academy, Macon, GAStephen F. Austin High School, Houston, TXStranahan High School, Fort Lauderdale, FLThomas Jefferson International Newcomer’s Academy, Cleveland, OHThomasville High School, Thomasville, NCWashington High School, Freemont, CAGRAMMY Music Education Coalition Brings Music To Public SchoolsRead more Twitter Email Cisco, GRAMMY Museum Announce Music Education Grant Winners last_img read more

Yo MTV Raps Reunion To Celebrate 30th Anniversary In Brooklyn

first_img Facebook 30-Year Reunion Coming For “Yo! MTV Raps” yo-mtv-raps-reunion-celebrate-30th-anniversary-brooklyn News “Yo! MTV Raps” Reunion To Celebrate 30th Anniversary In Brooklyn https://twitter.com/YoExperience/status/986658269212086273 “Yo! MTV Raps … actually put hip-hop on the map around the globe,” Doctor Dré said. “From southeast Asia … to Peru, Argentina. Antarctica even used to watch ‘Yo! MTV Raps.’ I used to get mail from many different African nations — including Wakanda.”Tickets go on sale on April 20.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Ed Lover and Doctor Dré are back and plotting an epic night on June 1 at Brooklyn’s Barclay CenterPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Apr 18, 2018 – 5:32 pm In the year 1988, “Yo! MTV Raps” first appeared on upstart cable network MTV. Hosted by Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Run-DMC, the pilot episode explored the nascent music genre while examining the works of emerging artists DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince and Eric B. & Rakim.Now 30 years after the seminal show helped make hip-hop a global phenomenon, “Yo! MTV Raps: 30th Anniversary Experience” is bringing an epic reunion back to Brooklyn’s Barclay Center on June 1.Looking back on 1988, just one year later at the 31st GRAMMY Awards saw the debut of the Best Rap Performance category, won by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince for their hit “Parents Just Don’t Understand.” Introducing the award, Kool Moe Dee said, “I think it’s time that the whole world knows rap is here to stay.”The upcoming June 1 extravaganza was initiated by former hosts Ed Lover and Doctor Dré (not to be confused with Dr. Dre), according to Rolling Stone. Fab 5 Freddy and DJ Skribble, from the hosting side, will be there at the event along with GRAMMY winners Big Daddy Kane and Melle Mel, GRAMMY nominee Flavor Fav, Eric B. & Rakim, Doug E. Fresh, Kid Capri, KRS-One and Boogie Down Productions, the Pharcyde, and more. Twitter Email last_img read more

Bees on Notre Dame rooftop survive this weeks devastating fire

first_img“I got a call from the spokesman for Notre Dame who said there were bees flying in and out of the hives which means they are still alive,” Geant told CNN on Friday. “Right after the fire I looked at the drone pictures and saw the hives weren’t burnt but there was no way of knowing if the bees had survived,” Geant added. “Now I know there’s activity, it’s a huge relief.”On Wednesday, Geant posted photos on his Instagram taken by drones that show the hives intact. A visual history of Notre-Dame de Paris Post a comment The bees of Notre Dame seem to have their patron saint Ambrose looking out for them.  Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET The devastating fire that destroyed part of Paris’ historic Notre Dame Cathedral on Monday appears to have spared the bees living on its rooftop.Since 2013, as part of a city initiative to support biodiversity in Paris, Notre Dame has been home to three beehives on a roof beneath the rose window. Because the hives are located about 30 meters (98 feet) below the main roof, the fire didn’t get close enough to do any damage. Considering each hive is home to 60,000 bees, Notre Dame beekeeper Nicolas Geant was beyond relieved to learn the fire didn’t hurt the insects. Share your voice Another photo posted on his Instagram shows the bees alive and well on one of the Notre Dame gargoyles. The structures  double as functional rain spouts.Perhaps St. Ambrose, the patron saint of bees and beekeepers, was keeping an eye out for the beloved insects of Notre Dame.center_img 0 36 Photos Tags Sci-Tech Culturelast_img read more

Garment workers in Savar protest for due salaries

first_imgSavarWorkers of a readymade garment factory in Savar demonstrated on Thursday morning in front of their factory demanding due salaries.The workers said they are not getting salaries for the last three months.Several hundreds workers of Abbas Apparel gathered at their factories from the morning and demonstrated. Workers said that about 600 workers are not getting salary for the last three months. Authorities have told them that they would be given due payment by Thursday.However, no officials did come to the factory on the day and workers found the main gate locked in the morning, which made them angry.Law enforcement members were seen deployed in front of the factory.last_img read more

30 hurt as students villagers clash

first_imgScience and Technology University logoAt least 30 people were injured in a clash among the students of Bangabandu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science and Technology University (BSMRSTU) and villagers over a trifling matter at Gobra village in Sadar upazila of Gopalganj on Wednesday, reports UNB.Quoting local people, police said a football match was arranged between the university students and a group of youths of Gobra village in Sadar upazila on Wednesday.An altercation ensued among the boys after the match over taking bath in a pond, said Manirul Islam, officer-in-charge of Sadar police station.When the students went to take bath in the pond, a group of youths beat some of them around 7:00pm.As soon as the news spread, BSMRSTU students became angry and broke into a clash with the villagers that left 30 people from both sides injured.Of the injured, 15 were taken to Sadar Hospital. The students also vandalised several shops and two motorcycles and set those on fire during the clash that took places from 7:00pm to 10:00pm.On information, a firefighting unit rushed in and doused the flame.Being informed, police went to the spot brought the situation under control. Additional police have been deployed to avert further trouble, said the OC.last_img read more

Myanmar social media anger after Pope uses Rohingya word

first_imgPope Francis gestures during a news conference on board of a plane on 2 December, 2017, during a flight back from a seven-day trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh. Photo: AFPPope Francis’s embrace of the Rohingya during a trip to Bangladesh has sparked some angry comment on social media in Myanmar, where just days earlier he chose not to publicly air their plight.On Friday the head of the Catholic church met a group of refugees from Myanmar’s stateless Muslim minority in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka.He referred to them as “Rohingya” — a term unacceptable to many in Myanmar where they are reviled as alleged “Bengali” illegal immigrants rather than as a distinct ethnic group.During his public addresses on the previous leg of his trip in mainly Buddhist Myanmar, Francis did not refer to the group by name or directly allude to the crisis in Rakhine state, from where over 620,000 Rohingya have fled since August.His caution initially won applause from Myanmar’s tiny Catholic minority — who feared a nationalist blowback — as well as from Buddhist hardliners, who are on the defensive after a global outcry about the treatment of the group.A deadly attack by Rohingya militants on police posts in late August sparked a ferocious crackdown in Rakhine by the Myanmar military, which the US and UN describe as ethnic cleansing.As he arrived back at the Vatican, the pontiff said he had taken up the Rohingya cause in private in Myanmar, also describing how he wept after meeting the group of refugees.”I wept: I tried to do it in a way that it couldn’t be seen,” he told reporters. “They wept too.”The comments sparked a flurry of online anger in Myanmar, a country locked off from modern communications for five decades but which now has an active social media.”He is like a lizard whose colour has changed because of weather,” said Facebook user Aung Soe Lin of the pope’s strikingly different stances on the crisis.”He should be a salesman or broker for using different words even though he is a religious leader,” said another Facebook user called Soe Soe.Myanmar’s Catholic church had advised Francis not to stray into the incendiary issue of the status of the Rohingya in Myanmar, in case he worsened tensions and endangered Christians.In his public addresses he treaded softly on the topic, urging unity, compassion and respect for all ethnic groups — but not naming the Rohingya.”The Pope is a holy person… but he said something here (in Myanmar) and he said different in other country,” another Facebook user Ye Linn Maung posted.”He should say the same things if he loves the truth.”Others were more sanguine about Francis’ choice of language once he had left Myanmar soil.Maung Thway Chun, chairman of an unofficial party of nationalists called the 135 Patriots Party, applauded the pope’s decision not to name the them in Myanmar despite pressure from rights groups.”It means he respects Myanmar people,” he said. “He even did not use the word many times in Bangladesh… I think he said it once, just to comfort human rights organisations.”last_img read more

Flood Control Weather Service Review Work During Harvey

first_imgHarris County Flood Control DistrictHarris County bayous.Harris County Flood Control and the National Weather Service are reviewing their effectiveness in providing information during Hurricane Harvey. Meeting with local media and meteorologist, they’re looking for ways that they can improve communication with the public during a storm.Overall, the agencies feel like they did a good job of keeping the public informed during the historic hurricane. According to Harris County meteorologist Jeff Lindner, ensuring the media is providing accurate information is also very important. “The most important thing with all this, is that we’re all saying the same thing at the same time. You don’t want people getting mixed messages,” he said.With 22 different watersheds in Harris County, Lindner said it’s also important that people understand what causes flooding in your neighborhood.“Know where your water is coming from. If you live at your house right here, what’s upstream of you? If it rains up here, if it rains ten or fifteen miles in some direction does that water come to you or not? And so this is some education responsibility of the local residents,” said Lindner.If there’s one area of need of improvement in the communication between the media, the weather services and the public, Lindner thinks it’s the focus of some information.He thinks too much focus was placed on the release of water at the Barker and Addick’s reservoirs, and the San Jacinto River. Focus he believes should have been on the neighboring flood gauges.“For example on the west fork of the San Jacinto River, Lake Conroe water, the 80-thousand c-f-s that was released out of the lake at the peak was only about 40% of the total water coming down the river. And so it’s really important for the citizens and residents in this particular area of Kingwood and Humble to focus on that river gauge at US 59. Because that’s telling you the whole story.”With 154 gauges in Harris County, Lindner thinks they are a more accurate indicator of possible flooding near your home.Both the National Weather Service and County Flood Control believe that Harvey is far from the last flooding incident Houston will deal with. Sharelast_img read more

More Spectacle Than Sport Remembering The Battle of the Sexes At The

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listen Getty ImagesThe “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs at the Astrodome.center_img The Battle of the Sexes took place at the Astrodome 45 years ago today, Sept. 20, 1973.The infamous tennis match pitted 55-year-old aging pro Bobby Riggs and against 29-year-old rising star Billie Jean King. The winner would take home $100,000, which King claimed in three sets.It was a huge moment for women’s equality, women in sport, women’s tennis, and for tennis in general. Millions watched it on ABC at a time when tennis matches weren’t televised very often.At the time, Dan Lovett was a sportscaster for KTRK Channel 13 here in Houston, and he was sent to cover the match. He was stationed on press row, right next to Frank Gifford and Howard Cosell, who were broadcasting the game nationally.These days, Lovett is retired and living in Cypress. He shared a few of his memories of the event with Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty in 2017.Lovett said the match at times seemed like more of a television spectacle than a real sporting event.APBillie Jean King and Bobby Riggs smile during a news conference in New York to publicize their upcoming “Battle of the Sexes” match at the Houston Astrodome. 00:00 /05:51 Sharelast_img read more

EEG helmet is being developed as interrogation device

first_imgTonic firing pattern of single neuron showing rhythmic spiking activity. Image: Wikipedia. (Phys.org) — Veritas Scientific is working on an EEG helmet that carries a slideshow of images that could, they hope, reliably identify an enemy. The device is shaped like a motorcycle-helmet with metal brush sensors that will read brain activity as images flash quickly across the inside of the visor. Electroencephalography (EEG) is the science of measuring brainwave patterns produced by the brain in response to internal or external stimuli. Familiar images prompt spikes of electrical brain activity that indicate recognition, say scientists. Explore further More information: www.veritasscientific.com/ Citation: EEG helmet is being developed as interrogation device (2012, July 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-07-eeg-helmet-interrogation-device.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Fitted tightly to the head without being painful, the helmet is designed to be soundproofed against the outside world. The visor’s images are displayed centimeters from the eyes. The metal brush sensors, still in development, are being designed to go easily through hair and conduct brain signals without the conductive gel used in hospitals. This would be an advantage as traditionally attempts by researchers to use EEG head gear on subjects have drawn uneasy participant experience, as electrodes were glued, pasted or taped to the participant’s scalp, Many researchers in the EEG field seek to liberate EEG testing activity out of the lab and into more mobile environments.Interestingly, the company places its helmet work in the realm of “interrogation technology.” Veritas Scientific sees its device of use to the U.S. military to help them pick friend from enemy among people they capture. The technology is also suggested as useful for law enforcement. EEG experiments on mock terrorism plots have been conducted in laboratories; Veritas wants to put its helmets on real suspected terrorists. The company’s CEO, Eric Elbot, has described his work as pioneering in the use of brainwaves for interrogation deception detection for the intelligence community. Elbot hopes to have a prototype ready for the U.S. military’s war games months from now and is pursuing a military contract. Veritas draws on the work of J. Peter Rosenfeld, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Northwestern University. Rosenfeld develops EEG tests that weed out lies. In a past experiment using P300 brain-wave testing in a mock terrorism scenario in which make-believe persons of interest were planning a crime, Northwestern University researchers were able to detect guilty knowledge with 100 percent accuracy with no false positives. “Even when the researchers had no advance details about mock terrorism plans, the technology was still accurate in identifying ten out of 12 terrorists and 20 out of 30 crime-related details,” Rosenfeld said. “The test was 83 percent accurate in predicting concealed knowledge, suggesting that our complex protocol could identify future terrorist activity.” With electrodes attached to their scalps, connected to an EEG machine, they looked at a computer display monitor that presented names of stimuli. The names of Boston, Houston, New York, Chicago and Phoenix were shuffled and presented at random. The city that study participants chose for the major terrorist attack evoked the largest “P300” brainwave responses. As for worries about the use of an “interrogation technology” being wrong when a person’s life is as stake, the company notes that its helmet is still being tested. In a report in IEEE Spectrum, Veritas Scientific emphasized its devotion to “extremely high” accuracy.Also, said a Veritas Scientific source, the device is intended to be one of other factors used and decisions would be left to humans, not machines. Peter Lauro, head of Veritas’s neuroscience h, said that the company continues to examine the right combination of ERPs (event-related potentials), questions, and image patterns for a reliable deception test. As work continues, they plan to add functional near-infrared imaging (fNIRs) to the helmet. This is a brain imaging technology that measures blood flow. © 2012 Phys.org Reading terrorists minds about imminent attack: P300 brain waves correlated to guilty knowledgelast_img read more

Dorian Will Hit Florida As A Major Hurricane

first_img by NPR News Bill Chappell 8.28.19 12:06pm Updated at 11:30 a.m. ETTropical Storm Dorian is poised to become a hurricane as it bears down on Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, bringing heavy rain and sustained winds up to 70 mph. Forecasters are now warning the storm will strengthen into a dangerous Category 3 hurricane as it nears the U.S. mainland.Puerto Rico, Vieques and the U.S. Virgin Islands are now under alert, with hurricane conditions expected as the storm passes through that area later Wednesday. Dorian is currently some 25 miles southeast of St. Croix, the National Hurricane Center says in its 11 a.m. ET update on the storm.Dorian will likely strengthen somewhat as it approaches Puerto Rico. And while it could lose some intensity by passing over that land mass, the storm is then expected to gain power. Within four days, its winds could top 115 mph, the National Hurricane Center says.”All indications are that by this Labor Day weekend, a powerful hurricane will be near the Florida or southeastern coast of the United States,” the NHC says.The center’s current predictions show Dorian hitting Florida’s coast late Sunday or early Monday. It’s expected to become a major hurricane (Category 3 and above) as it moves north of the Bahamas.While the center initially predicted the storm would weaken somewhat into a Category 2 — with winds of 100 mph — as it drew close to Florida’s coast, it quickly issued a correction to its 11 a.m. update, clarifying that the storm will likely arrive as a major hurricane.As meteorologist Philip Klotzbach notes, “The average date for the 1st Atlantic major hurricane is September 3.”The center’s forecasts currently predict the storm will make landfall near an area that’s level with Orlando. But that potential location is subject to change drastically, as the storm develops.Forecasters are warning of the potential for life-threatening flash floods in the storm’s path. Southern and eastern portions of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands could see 4-6 inches of rainfall, with 10 inches possible in isolated areas. When the storm reaches Florida, it’s expected to drop 4-8 inches of rain, with 10 inches in some spots.Noting the potential landfall estimate of 8 a.m. ET Monday, Graham NHC Director Ken Graham cautioned, “the impacts could come a lot earlier than that,” saying intense rain, tropical-storm winds and a storm surge could begin to affect the coast far ahead of the storm’s center.Acknowledging that considerable uncertainty remains over the path Dorian will take as it nears the southeastern U.S., Graham also said anyone on the coast from Florida up through Georgia and South Carolina should watch for potential hazards.Citing data collected from Air Force Hurricane Hunters and other sources, the NHC says, “Dorian remains a compact and asymmetric tropical storm.” But that could change; the center says some projection models show Dorian “increasing in size by the time it nears the southeast U.S.”While Dorian’s wind speeds have only grown by 10 mph since Monday, it’s now projecting tropical storm-force winds outward up to 80 miles from the center — up from 45 miles on Monday and Tuesday.By 9:30 a.m. ET, Dorian’s outer bands were beginning to move over eastern Puerto Rico, according to the National Weather Service office in San Juan. To prepare for rough conditions at sea, the Coast Guard captain in San Juan set “Port Condition ZULU” Wednesday for all ports in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, shutting down all commercial traffic until the storm has passed and the facilities have been assessed.Late Tuesday, President Trump declared an emergency in the commonwealth of Puerto Rico, ordering the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide “equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency.”Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced thanked Trump for approving the declaration, saying it would “allow federal aid to arrive more quickly” after the tropical storm passes.As it announced an increased threat of hurricane conditions on Florida’s east coast, the hurricane center noted early Wednesday that its forecasts are “on the lower end of the guidance envelope” — meaning it could raise more dire warnings as the storm continues to develop.The fifth named storm of the 2019 Atlantic season formed late Tuesday, as Tropical Storm Erin’s winds reached 40 mph. The storm is out in the Atlantic, several hundred miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C. The storm was downgraded to a tropical depression on Wednesday. Erin is expected to remain on a north-northeastern track, likely arriving at Canada’s coast late this week.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR. Dorian Will Hit Florida As A Major Hurricane, New Forecast… last_img read more