April 3, 2004It rained all night and continues through the day, a rare occasion here at Arcosanti. [Photo: Yuki & Text: sa] The Civil Engineering students from Osaka go over their drawings, to wait out the rain to continue their surveying. [Photo & Text: sa] For rainy day activity the work-shoppers help in the foundry. [Photo & Text: sa] For rainy day activity the work-shoppers help in the foundry. [Photo & Text: sa]It rained all night and continues through the day, a rare occasion here at Arcosanti. [Photo: Yuki & Text: sa] The parched desert breathes an almost audible sigh of relief. [Photo & Text: sa]
KPN will not proceed with its planned acquisition of cable service provider Caiway.The Dutch telco said the country’s competition authority, NMa, has too many objections against the transaction.Caiway provides television, broadband and telephony services in several municipalities in the Netherlands through the cable and fibre infrastructures of CIF and a number of regional cable operators. The acquisition was first announced last May, with KPN set to acquire Caiway’s activities and network lease contracts but leaving the passive infrastructure assets. KPN planned to provide open access to other operators and service providers.The completion of the acquisition was subject to approval by the NMa, which has expressed concern that KPN would get a dominant position in the areas that Caiway operates in.
Facebook is focusing its video efforts by trialling a new section designed to help people discover, watch and share videos on the service.The dedicated video destination marks Facebook’s latest attempt to take on the likes of YouTube and will let viewers watch videos from friends, pages they follow and other video publishers on Facebook.The new section will also give access to ‘saved videos’ – another new feature that Facebook is testing that lets users click a save button to watch videos later.Facebook said it is initially testing the feature with “a small number of people” and that it will be accessible via a ‘Videos’ icon at the bottom of the Facebook app on iPhone or in the ‘Favorites’ section on the left-hand side of News Feed on the web.The introduction of a video section on Facebook follows a recent suggested video trial for iPhone users, designed to make it easy for users to discover multiple related videos in a row after tapping a video from the News Feed.“While we’re still in the early days of testing, we’re pleased with initial results, which show that people who have suggested videos are discovering and watching more new videos,” said Facebook vice-president of product management, Will Cathcart.“We’ve now rolled out suggested videos to most people on iPhone globally, and are starting to test ads within the experience. We are also starting to test this on the web, and plan to test on Android phones in the coming months.”In an update about new video experiences on Facebook, the social network said it has also been working on a number of features to help publishers to better manage and control their videos on the site.“We recently began testing new video matching technology with a set of partners, with the long-term goal of providing a comprehensive video management system for creators,” said Cathcart.“We’ve also rolled out new video tools for Pages — like updates to Page Insights and video upload improvements — to help video publishers grow their businesses on Facebook.”Other recent video developments at Facebook include the rollout of 360-degree immersive video support in September. A month earlier, the company announced that public figures on the site can share live video with their fans on the site – a feature that has been used by celebrities like actor Vin Diesel and tennis player Serena Williams.In September 2014 Facebook said that for months it had been averaging more than 1 billion video views on the service each day. Cathcart said that since then video “has continued to grow on Facebook” and has become “an integral part of how people around the world discover, watch and share videos they care about every day”.This summer, a report by research firm Ampere Analysis said that Facebook is making a “serious play” for content owners and looks poised to take on YouTube’s dominance in video. It said that video views are “rocketing” and trials with content owners like NFL and Fox Sports “suggest it’s primed to become a plausible alternative to YouTube.”
Although these results are very promising for the future of some cancer treatments, this is very early research and has not yet been tested in humans. Patients should not self-prescribe mannose as there is a real risk of negative side effects that haven’t been tested for yet. It’s important to consult with a doctor before drastically changing your diet or taking new supplements.” Mannose is sometimes used for short periods to treat urinary tract infections, but its long-term effects have not been investigated. It’s important that more research is conducted before mannose can be used in cancer patients.Martin Ledwick, Cancer Research UK’s head nurse, said: Our next step is investigating why treatment only works in some cells, so that we can work out which patients might benefit the most from this approach. We hope to start clinical trials with mannose in people as soon as possible to determine its true potential as a new cancer therapy.” Tumors need a lot of glucose to grow, so limiting the amount they can use should slow cancer progression. The problem is that normal tissues need glucose as well, so we can’t completely remove it from the body. In our study, we found a dosage of mannose that could block enough glucose to slow tumor growth in mice, but not so much that normal tissues were affected. This is early research, but it is hoped that finding this perfect balance means that, in the future, mannose could be given to cancer patients to enhance chemotherapy without damaging their overall health.” Source:https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/ The researchers first examined how mice with pancreatic, lung or skin cancer responded when mannose was added to their drinking water and given as an oral treatment. They found that adding the supplement significantly slowed the growth of tumors and did not cause any obvious side effects.To test how mannose could also affect cancer treatment, mice were treated with cisplatin and doxorubicin – two of the most widely used chemotherapy drugs. They found that mannose enhanced the effects of chemotherapy, slowing tumor growth, reducing the size of tumors and even increasing the lifespan of some mice.Related StoriesStudy reveals link between inflammatory diet and colorectal cancer riskSugary drinks linked to cancer finds studyLiving with advanced breast cancerSeveral other cancer types, including leukemia, osteosarcoma, ovarian and bowel cancer, were also investigated. Researchers grew cancer cells in the lab and then treated them with mannose to see whether their growth was affected.Some cells responded well to the treatment, while others did not. It was also found that the presence of an enzyme that breaks down mannose in cells was a good indicator of how effective treatment was.Professor Kevin Ryan added: Nov 21 2018Mannose sugar, a nutritional supplement, can both slow tumor growth and enhance the effects of chemotherapy in mice with multiple types of cancer.This lab study is a step towards understanding how mannose could be used to help treat cancer.The results of the study, which was funded by Cancer Research UK and Worldwide Cancer Research, are published in Nature, today (Wednesday).Tumors use more glucose than normal, healthy tissues. However, it is very hard to control the amount of glucose in your body through diet alone. In this study, the researchers found that mannose can interfere with glucose to reduce how much sugar cancer cells can use.Professor Kevin Ryan, lead author from the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute, said:
Higher costs for oil, industrial metals and other materials have emerged as a headwind during US earnings season, amplifying inflation worries at the same time the labor market is tightening. “Ultimately, these companies that are calling out rising input costs have a choice: They can either eat those costs at the expense of their profit margins or they can choose to pass those costs onto their customers,” O’Hare said.”If they pass them along, then their customers choose to pass them along to their customers and so on, and so you get more generalized price inflation.”Raw material price increases are trending well above expectations at the industrial conglomerate 3M, especially for oil-linked materials and transportation and logistics. But the company expects those trends to be more than offset by strong demand across its markets, including in consumer goods and home care, allowing it to raise prices.”For the year, we’re still expecting our stronger price growth to more than offset the raw materials,” said chief financial officer Nicholas Gangestad.More inflation ahead?But companies are also monitoring commodity prices to see if prices continue to rise. A report last month from the World Bank concluded that commodity prices were set to grow “more than expected” in 2018, pointing to increases across oil, metals and grains.In a May 1 investor note, Goldman Sachs also highlighted commodities as being in a “bull tilt” in part because of low inventories after a long period of under-investment. But the report also noted that many investors were “skeptical” of the outlook, in part out of fear of buying at the top of the commodity cycle.Parker of American Airlines said the company’s response would partly depend on what happened in the oil market, saying the carrier would lift ticket prices if it concludes high fuel prices are here to stay.”As the cost of production goes up, the cost of the product generally follows,” Parker said. If fuel prices stay high, “I would expect you would see higher fares to consumers over time.”Ford has estimated that materials costs will be $1.5 billion over last year’s, which had already seen a jump.”It will be two years of pretty sharp increases,” said Chief Financial Officer Bob Shanks, adding that the estimate did not include tariffs on metals announced by the Trump administration in March.Ford believes the risk of tariffs “has essentially already been priced in by the market,” Shanks said. Companies from across the US economy cited the drag from supply costs in conference calls, in some cases reporting lower first-quarter profits or cutting their outlook.Arconic, a spin-off from Alcoa that focuses on aviation and auto clients, slashed its outlook due to a “steep increase” in aluminum prices, said chief financial officer Ken Giacobbe.Prices of the metal have risen further after US announcements of tariffs on imported aluminum and sanctions on Russian aluminum company Rusal.American Airlines Chief Executive Doug Parker rued that oil prices had risen “very quickly” and the company cut its forecast range for full-year profits. Executives at Kraft Heinz also reported cost pressures for freight, packaging and oil, although the elevated prices have not affected forecasts, while Mondelez International, another food giant, also confirmed its profit outlook despite higher cocoa costs.’Risk is building’Worries about inflation have been a preoccupation of policymakers and money managers all year because of the fear a sudden jump in prices would prompt the Federal Reserve to accelerate interest rate increases, potentially shocking the global economy.The Federal Reserve this week acknowledged that inflation had moved closer to its target of two percent. The statement, while not expressing alarm at pricing trends, kept the central bank on track to keep lifting interest rates this year.Jim Corridore, an analyst at CFRA Research who covers industrial companies, said inflation was “not something we’re overly concerned about.” Companies managed to turn in solid profits due to higher overall sales and the lift from US tax cuts.”At this point it’s not any more concerning than we expected it to be but it’s certainly something you have to keep an eye on,” Corridore added.Briefing.com analyst Patrick O’Hare said “the risk of a pickup in inflation pressures is building,” in part because of rising labor costs.On Friday, the US Labor Department reported that wages increased only modestly in April even as unemployment hit a 17-year low of 3.9 percent. Still economists believe wage inflation could soon pick up, perhaps by a lot. American Airlines 1Q profits hit by higher fuel costs Citation: US companies weigh price hikes as material costs rise (2018, May 6) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-companies-price-hikes-material.html Explore further © 2018 AFP Prices of aluminum have risen further after US announcements of tariffs on imported aluminum 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.
Citation: Insider Q&A: Mozilla exec says to demand better internet (2018, May 28) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-insider-qa-mozilla-exec-demand.html Firefox Reality beckons our browser future © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Q: What data does Mozilla have?A: For many years we tried to collect absolutely nothing, thinking that was the best way to ensure privacy and security. We shifted in the last few years. But the spirit of the (EU) law, Mozilla’s always been trying to meet. The data we do have is mostly about our own product. We don’t sell it. We’re not monetizing against it.Q: How is Firefox doing?A: There’s no question that for a few years, (Google) Chrome has beaten us. They had the newest generation of technology, and it showed. Once you’ve got a product out, it’s hard to change something so deep in the guts. But we found a way to do it.As of November, with our Firefox Quantum release, we have the technical crown again. It’s not easy to reach consumers about it because you get used to the browsers you’re using, but we do have some reaction.Q: What’s Mozilla’s approach to virtual reality and augmented reality?A: Our vision is that thing we used to call the web. Send a link, and anyone can click on that. That seems obvious. But that’s not how AR and VR are today, where you have to pick (a system). If I want to see that content, I have to move to the next closed system. We’re trying to make it interoperable so developers really have a chance to do something new and consumers like us can find and see what we want. The manifesto Mitchell Baker wrote for the free software community Mozilla declared the internet to be a global public resource and privacy a fundamental right that “must not be treated as optional.” Explore further In this May 14, 2018, file photo, Mitchell Baker attends the 22nd Annual Webby Awards at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. The manifesto Baker wrote for the free software community Mozilla declared the internet to be a global public resource and privacy a fundamental right that “must not be treated as optional.” Twenty years later Baker says she’s on a mission to reassert those principles and update them for an era when online privacy, rational discourse and verifiable information seem elusive. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File) 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. In this May 14, 2018, file photo, Mitchell Baker attends the 22nd Annual Webby Awards at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. The manifesto Baker wrote for the free software community Mozilla declared the internet to be a global public resource and privacy a fundamental right that “must not be treated as optional.” Twenty years later Baker says she’s on a mission to reassert those principles and update them for an era when online privacy, rational discourse and verifiable information seem elusive. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File) Twenty years later, as executive chairwoman and “chief lizard wrangler” of the Mozilla Foundation, Baker says she’s on a mission to reassert those principles and update them for an era when online privacy, rational discourse and verifiable information seem elusive. She’s also working to refresh interest in Mozilla’s flagship product, the Firefox browser.Baker spoke with The Associated Press on the sidelines of MIT’s Solve conference. Questions and comments have been edited for length and clarity.Q: How did you come up with “Demand better of the internet” as your five-word acceptance speech for the Webby Awards’ Lifetime Achievement Award?A: I thought of one that was wildly aspirational—”global, safe, trustworthy, open internet”— but felt that didn’t capture some of what’s in the air right now—how the internet can amplify good things but also anti-social behavior. I thought it would be good to acknowledge that.Q: What do you think of Europe’s new, stricter data rules?A: As a signal that some set of societies will take action, they’re extremely helpful. The options are to do nothing and hope that things resolve themselves. Or take action, as the European Union has, knowing that some things will work and others won’t, but that we must take a stand as a society that the current path of commercial enterprise is unacceptable.
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. Britain’s information watchdog has fined a firm that offers advice on pregnancy and child care 140,000 pounds ($180,000) for illegally collecting and selling personal information that ended up being used in a database for the Labour Party. Citation: UK watchdog fines child care company for selling data (2018, August 9) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-uk-watchdog-fines-child-company.html The Information Commissioner’s Office said Lifecycle Marketing (Mother and Baby) Ltd, also known as Emma’s Diary, sold the information on 1 million people to Experian Marketing Services. Experian created a database to help the Labour Party profile new mothers before Britain’s 2017 general election.The case is part of ongoing investigations into the use of data for political purposes.”Even though this company was not directly involved in political campaigning, the democratic process must be transparent,” Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said in a statement. “All organizations involved in political campaigning must use personal information in ways that are transparent, lawful and understood by the UK public.”The Information Commissioner’s Office said the company’s privacy policies didn’t disclose that the data would be used for political marketing or by political parties. Lifecycle Marketing said it “never previously provided data to a political party” and would “never do so again.””We are sorry that on this isolated occasion our interpretation of the Data Protection Act has not been in line with the ICO’s,” the company said. UK regulator investigating Facebook over political campaigning © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Explore further
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. When a hurricane, flood or earthquake affects your area, you may want to get of town as quickly as possible.Google is launching a new navigation warning system as part of Google Maps to keep you informed and safe during such a crisis.Google is not in the weather business, per se; it is tapping into such sources as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Japan Meteorological Agency (for hurricanes) and the United States Geological Survey (for earthquakes).Here’s how the company breaks down the coming features:HurricanesLeading up the storm, Google will display a crisis notification card if you are in or near an impacted area. You’ll see a hurricane forecast cone that shows the predicted trajectory of the storm, accompanied by information of when it is likely to hit.EarthquakesIf an earthquake strikes, you can tap on an information card to summon a color-coded “shakemap,” which helps you visualize the epicenter and magnitude of the quake in surrounding areas.Google says the hurricane forecast cones and earthquake shakemaps will begin rolling out on iOS, Android, desktop computers and the mobile web during the coming weeks.FloodingFlood forecast visualizations are also coming soon, but initially only in India, where Google says more than 20% of global flood-related fatalities occur. Such forecasts start in Patna, then expand to the Ganges and Brahmaputra regions on Android, desktop, and on the mobile web.Google Maps product manager Hannah Stulberg says the river-level data used in the flooding forecasts comes from the Central Water Commission where it is then fed into Google’s own machine learning models.During such chaos, you can share your location with family and friends and within Google Maps turn on a traffic layer to visualize suspected road closures. You can also report such closures to others and through a crisis information card, tap on a share button to keep loved ones informed and to direct them in turn to Google Maps where they, too, can view a summary, get emergency contact information, and so on.During an actual or impending storm, people seek information from a variety of sources, including national and local news, and any number of weather apps. “What we heard from users, Stulberg says, “is they want to be able to see the best and most reliable information in that map context.”A person in the midst of a weather crisis will obviously need connectivity to keep abreast of the situation via Google Maps. ©2019 USA Today Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Google updates Maps, Search and Assistant so you can order food without app Credit: CC0 Public Domain Explore further Citation: Earthquake, flood, hurricane: Google Maps adds tools to help you navigate a crisis (2019, June 6) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-earthquake-hurricane-google-tools-crisis.html Google is adding tools to Google Maps and search to help you survive a natural disaster.