Antique store searches for family of WWI veteran after 102yearold letter found

first_imgSTEINBACH, Man. — The owner of an antique store in Manitoba is looking for the family of a First World War veteran after finding a letter in a box of papers.Amanda Kehler, owner of Prairie Pickers Café in Steinbach, bought a box of old papers for $1 while searching for antiques a few days ago.Inside, amongst old newspapers and certificates, she found a letter dated May 1917.It was sent from a Canadian soldier in a hospital in England to a woman in Selkirk, Man., explaining how her brother was killed at Vimy Ridge.The letter, from a man named Earl Sorel, explains how the woman’s brother, Gordon, saved him after he was shot and died a hero.Kehler says reading the letter gave her chills because it was a special glimpse into an important part of history.She has posted a photo of the letter online and, despite people offering to buy it, she says she wants to return it to the writer’s family.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

In Pictures Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech

Taroudant – Jardin Majorelle, is one of the most beautiful tourist attractions in Marrakech, one of the world’s best tourist destination.Created by the French painter Jacques Majorelle (1886-1962), the Majorelle Garden is a twelve-acre botanical garden and an art’s landscape in Marrakech.For tourists or inhabitants of the city looking to escape the crowded old medina and Jamaa Elfna, the peaceful atmosphere of Jardin Majorelle offers a moment of rest and refreshment in the shadows of its exotic plants. The garden, a little heaven, is an ideal place for those who love nature and colors. Painted with dark blue with bright yellow vases in every corner, the garden is a masterpiece combining Moorish and Berber-style.Visitors enjoy walking through the clean pathways under the shade of the trees and plants that draw artistic shapes on the ground, or sit on a colorful bench listening to the tweeting of birds.The ticket price of MAD 70 is somehow expensive compared to other public sites in Marrakech, but the money goes to promote the Berber culture and organize events and exhibitions. read more

Saad Eddine Othmani Submits List of Ministers to Royal Cabinet

Rabat – Morocco’s newly appointed Head of Government, Saad Eddine Othmani, has submitted the list of incoming ministers to the Royal Cabinet in Casablanca. Othmani was reportedly seen Saturday morning entering Casablanca’s royal palace. He submitted the list of ministers and he is still waiting the official announcement of the upcoming government by the royal cabinet on Monday.The coalition government was formed by Othmani last week to include six parties. Since then, he has reportedly been putting the finishing touches on structure it. The government will consist of 25-27 ministers and 5-7 Secretaries of State.The government will also see the regrouping of some departments under one ministry, such as the Ministry of Communication will be amalgamated with the Ministry of Culture. By the same token, the Ministry of National Education will be integrated into Higher Education, Scientific Research and Training.The Ministry of Justice and Freedoms will be extended to include the Department of Human Rights. The Ministry of Transport, Equipment and Logistics will now include the Water department and the Ministry of Energy will incorporate the Sustainable Development Department.The Justice and Development Party (PJD) is reportedly seeking to take charge of the Ministries that its members had led in the former government, including the Ministry of Justice, Freedom and Human Rights Equipment, Transport, Logistics and Water Culture and Communication. The PJD is also seeking ministerial portfolios in the field of finance and economy. read more

UN calls for messages of support to mark Day of the Seafarer

The UN agency called on the public to use social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, post videos on YouTube, discuss seafarer issues on LinkedIn, or even write blogs about life at sea.Last year, the Diplomatic Conference which met in Manila, Philippines, to adopt revisions to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers – the so-called STCW Convention – and its associated Code, also agreed that the unique contribution of seafarers to international seaborne trade and the world economy should be marked annually with a Day of the Seafarer.The amendments were formally adopted last year on 25 June, which was then declared the International Day of the Seafarer.The social media campaign forms the centrepiece of efforts to mark the Day and pay tribute to the world’s 1.5 million seafarers – men and women from all over the globe – for their unique, and often overlooked, contribution to humanity.The campaign, which emphasizes the fact that shipping is the engine of global commerce, responsible for the carriage of more than 90 per cent of world trade, and that seafarers ensure the engine runs smoothly, delivering the essential commodities on which our lives depend, has already garnered support from industry partners and seafarers’ groups. 25 June 2011The United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) is encouraging people today to voice their support for seafarers through social media as the world marks the first International Day of the Seafarer in honour of sailors’ contribution to global commerce. read more

Ban voices optimism on Colombia peace as talks scheduled to resume

In a statement issued by his spokesperson in New York, Mr. Ban said the year had “begun with optimism” about the prospects for reaching a Colombian peace agreement in 2015 and reiterated the United Nations’ full support to the process. Additionally, he welcomed “the importance attached by both parties to de-escalating the military confrontation.” According to Government estimates, some 600,000 people have died since the conflict between the country’s authorities and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP) began in the 1960s.The two sides are working to end the long-running conflict through full implementation of the General Agreement for the End of the Conflict and Building a Stable and Lasting Peace, signed two years ago.Last year, the parties reached an accord on dealing with illicit drugs in the country. This followed a deal reached in 2013 on political participation and enhancing the role of women, which the Secretary-General also welcomed at the time. “He is pleased to learn that the unilateral cease-fire initiated by the FARC-EP on 20 December 2014 has held and expresses the hope that this important gesture can be maintained,” today’s statement continued. “He commends the decision by President Juan Manuel Santos to begin discussions that could lead to a bilateral cease-fire. Both parties are encouraged to persist in their talks on the possible implementation of humanitarian measures to diminish the intensity of the conflict.” read more

WORLD HANDBALL PLAYMAKER 2015

 Loading …Here are the nominations for the MIZUNO WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2015 per position (CLICK AND VOTE):WORLD BEST LEFT WING 2015WORLD BEST LEFT BACK 2015WORLD BEST PLAYMAKER 2015WORLD BEST RIGHT BACK 2015WORLD BEST RIGHT WING 2015WORLD BEST LINE-PLAYER 2015WORLD BEST GOALKEEPER 2015WORLD BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER 2015 ← Previous Story WORLD HANDBALL LEFT BACK 2015? Next Story → WORLD HANDBALL RIGHT BACK 2015? WORLD BEST PLAYMAKER 2015? Dean Bombač (PICK Szeged – Slovenia) Joan Canellas (THW Kiel – Spain) Nikola Karabatić (PSG HANDBALL – France) Domagoj Duvnjak (THW Kiel – Croatia)View Results read more

Flying Lego drone built out of quadcopter remains

first_imgQuadcopters are getting cheap, and they’re being built through less conventional means. C++ programmer Ed Scott and his sons Nicholas and Joshua went with those two trends and built a quadcopter frame entirely out of Lego. The team built the entire body out of the toy bricks, then added an ArduCopter board — an open source, unmanned aerial vehicle platform — to help the drone achieve autonomous flight.The quadcopter is fitted with a Go Pro camera so it can record its surrounding environment, as well as a first-person view camera and transmitter so it can beam live images of the flight back to its pilot. Using GPS, the vehicle is also able to navigate waypoints.Ed was inspired to build the unit because his GAUI 330x crashed one day and one of the arms broke off. He went home that night and saw his son playing around in Lego Digital Designer — something of Lego CAD software that allows one to plan Lego builds. From that, Ed realized he could build a Lego frame and use the motors from the now-broken GAUI. Ed notes that after the concept was designed, his sons built the frame entirely, then the team glued everything together.The team has reportedly put the unit through some heavy testing, including hard landings and some flips while flying, but the Lego quadcopter has remained strong. Ed says he plans to upgrade the build by using standard 2×2 bricks for the legs, rather than current window frame bricks.If you’re up for building one of your own, check out Lego Digital Designer, and then study up on the ArduCopter board.via sUAS Newslast_img read more

Signorini wishes Messi wouldve played for Spain

first_imgFormer Argentina physical therapist Fernando Signorini, came out to defend both Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi after their public confrontation.More than a confrontation between Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi, this has been more of a persecution against the Barcelona star and Fernando Signorini is having none of it.You all know what the current Sinaloa Dorados manager said about Lionel last Friday, a statement that sparked all kinds of different reactions and gave us a good idea of who is on which side back in Argentina.But for a person like the former physical therapist for the national team, Fernando Signorini who loves both stars, dealing with all this has been really difficult for him due to the ripple effect it caused.To those who don’t know, Signorini is the same man who made public when Messi learned how to improve his free-kicks directly from Maradona during the time El Pelusa coached the national team.That same man is the one who recently spoke to Radio Villa Trinidad and was quoted by TyC Sports from Argentina about the whole issue, he came out to defend Maradona out of pity due to his addiction problem and made an unexpected statement about Lionel Messi’s choice to play for Argentina.Signorini: “In 2010, Maradona was with Messi as that little kid that had a special toy and did not want to let him go. He was very paternal and treated him with a great deal of affection and respect because he saw a great deal of him reflected in Leo.” https://t.co/PhEJ37jNnU— Juan G. Arango 🇨🇴 🇮🇹 (@JuanG_Arango) October 17, 2018“We all know that Diego has been a victim of a brutal disease such as addiction for a very long time, and we have to do an analysis starting from that,” said Fernando.“We can’t simply speak the brutal truth and that ferociously about Diego once you know this very important fact. The truth is that we don’t know what Argentine football would be without him in the last 30 years.”“Messi doesn’t need to be a soldier because he already won absolutely everything. Messi is already a soldier when he wants the ball inside the pitch and he does what he is capable of doing. He doesn’t even worry about being that soldier. Messi shouldn’t go back to the National Team and even less to Newell’s.”“Unfortunately for everyone who admires him, Leo can’t keep paying the high price of ruthless criticism against him that say he doesn’t have the guts to play for Argentina, when they say he doesn’t sing the anthem or that he doesn’t feel that passion for his country.”“Since the nation never really gave anything to Messi, why wouldn’t they feel entitled to always demand everything from him?”David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Fernando Signorini, ex preparador físico de Diego Maradona, defendió a Lionel Messi y criticó al entrenador https://t.co/Sb9nVlHecK pic.twitter.com/eyBVJYIAYe— Diarios Argentinos (@diariosargapp) October 17, 2018After his first defense to Lionel, Signorini flat out said that Lío should’ve picked Spain instead of Argentina and he would have at least a couple of World Cups by now.“I think the whole football environment inside the country doesn’t deserve Messi. I wish he opted to get the Spanish citizenship, that way he would already have a World Cup in his trophy room, but people here would still call him unpatriotic because he chose to not play for Argentina,” added Signorini.“People need to realize that Messi already gave up so many privileges. The people who criticize him are miserable and those are exactly the kind of individuals who are the loudest because they are the ones who have already transformed our society.”Considering how much this might affect the relationship between Messi and Maradona, there is no doubt that addiction has played against the former footballer once again and it also proved one theory that I’ve talked about in the past.The people from Argentina don’t really care about Diego Maradona’s off-the-field antics because they don’t have a hard time separating the art from the artist, whereas some people do have a very difficult time when they see Diego behaving in this deplorable manner.Yes, we should look at Maradona from a place of sympathy, but that doesn’t justify him lashing out against one of his biggest fans who also happens to be Lionel Messi.Signorini habló de Maradona: “Diego es víctima de una enfermedad brutal” https://t.co/8qwOtgDYQz pic.twitter.com/c9Q1DwEhzi— SC en el Mundo (@SantaCruzMundo) October 16, 2018How many trophies would Lionel Messi have won if he had chosen to play for Spain instead of Argentina? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Passenger of car being chased in El Cajon breaks into apartment

first_imgPassenger of car being chased in El Cajon breaks into apartment Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Posted: August 22, 2019 EL CAJON (KUSI) – A man was arrested early Thursday morning after he hopped out of a car that was being pursued in El Cajon, then broke into an apartment before being taken into custody, authorities said.Deputies attempted to pull over a car for having a faulty license plate around 1:30 a.m. on westbound Interstate 8 near state Route 67, San Diego County Sheriff’s Lt. Michelle Craig said.The Mitsubishi Eclipse sedan eventually made a quick stop near Parkway Plaza, where a male passenger got out of the car and ran into a drainage canal, 10News reported.The man continued fleeing and broke into an apartment in the 300 block of Compton Street before he was confronted by a resident and thrown out of the home, the news station reported.Deputies arrived at the scene and took the man, whose name and age were not immediately available, into custody around 2:05 a.m., Craig said.Patrol cars continued pursuing the Mitsubishi on westbound I-8, but the pursuit was eventually called off for safety reasons, the lieutenant said. KUSI Newsroom August 22, 2019last_img read more

2 arrested after carjacking at Sawgrass Mills Mall

first_imgSUNRISE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have arrested two people in connection to a carjacking at Sawgrass Mills Mall.Officials said both subjects confessed to Sunrise Police detectives that they stole a 2014 Nissan from the shopping center’s parking lot, last week.Investigators said the duo crashed the vehicle in Fort Lauderdale the next day.The victim was able to identify the robbers.The stolen Nissan has been recovered.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Man arrested in case of elderly man found dead in Miami Beach

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Authorities have arrested a man accused of murdering an elderly Miami Beach resident inside the victim’s apartment.Thirty-two-year-old Nicholas Brent Gibson was taken into custody in New York City after Miami Beach Police detectives were able to locate him with the help of the U.S. Marshals Service, Friday.New York Police officers made the arrest.Detectives learned Gibson was also wanted by U.S. Marshals for a probation violation and failing to register as a sex offender.Miami Beach Police officers responded to reports of a foul odor at the victim’s apartment unit, located in the area of 15th Street and Michigan Avenue, Tuesday.Once officers arrived, they discovered the victim’s decomposing body.The victim was later identified as 77-year-old Erik Stocker. 7News sources said a samurai sword was somehow involved in the gruesome crime, but police have not released the exact cause of death. New from @MiamiBeachPD: Erik Stocker, 77, killed in his condo by Nicholas Gibson who was captured in #NYC at least 10 days after the murder, which sources say included at least 1 samurai sword. Gibson was already wanted by feds for not registering as sex offender. @wsvn #7News pic.twitter.com/HsbPSuWfu5— Sheldon Fox-7 News (@fox_sheldon) May 6, 2019Gibson will be extradited to Miami by U.S. Marshals to stand trial. He also faces charges in New York for allegedly assaulting officers during his arrest.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

This startup stuffed 16GB of Wikipedia into DNA storage

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Originally published on June 29.Update on July 2: Clarifies founders background. 7 7:06 42 Photos New Seagate and LaCie storage drives DNA data storage could solve a big problem Share your voice Tags Chief Executive Hyunjun Park and Chief Technology Innovation Officer Nathaniel Roquet founded Catalog in 2016. At the time, Park was an MIT postdoc and Roquet was a Harvard graduate student.Catalog uses an addressing system that means customers can use large data sets. And even though DNA stores data in long sequences, Catalog can read information stored anywhere using molecular probes. In other words, it’s a form of random-access memory like a hard drive, not sequential access like the spools of magnetic tape you might remember from the heyday of mainframe computers a half century ago.Although DNA data can be disrupted by cosmic rays, Catalog argues that it’s a more stable medium than the alternatives. After all, we’ve got DNA from animals that went extinct thousands of years ago. How much do you want to bet that USB thumb drive in your desk drawer will be still useful even 25 years from now? Comments Startup Catalog has stored all 16GB of English-language Wikipedia on DNA contained in this vial. Catalog Computer storage technology has moved from wires with magnets to hard disks to 3D stacks of memory chips. But the next storage technology might use an approach as old as life on earth: DNA. Startup Catalog announced Friday it’s crammed all of the text of Wikipedia’s English-language version onto the same genetic molecules our own bodies use.It accomplished the feat with its first DNA writer, a machine that would fit easily in your house if you first got rid of your refrigerator, oven and some counter space. And although it’s not likely to push aside your phone’s flash memory chips anytime soon, the company believes it’s useful already to some customers who need to archive data.DNA strands are tiny and tricky to manage, but the biological molecules can store other data than the genes that govern how a cell becomes a pea plant or chimpanzee. Catalog uses prefabricated synthetic DNA strands that are shorter than human DNA, but uses a lot more of them so it can store much more data.Relying on DNA instead of the latest high-tech miniaturization might sound like a step backward. But DNA is compact, chemically stable — and given that it’s the foundation of the Earth’s biology, it’s arguably not as likely to become as obsolete as the spinning magnetized platters of hard drives or CDs that are disappearing today the way floppy drives already vanished.Who’s in the market for this kind of storage? Catalog has one partner to announce, the Arch Mission Foundation that’s trying to store human knowledge not just on Earth but even elsewhere in the solar system — like on Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster that SpaceX launched into orbit. Beyond that, Catalog isn’t ready to say who other customers might be or if it’ll charge for its DNA writing service.Catalog's DNA writing machine can write data at a rate of 4 megabits per second, but the company hopes to make it at least a thousand times faster.Catalog’s DNA writing machine can write data at a rate of 4 megabits per second, but the company hopes to make it at least a thousand times faster. Catalog “We have discussions underway with government agencies, major international science projects that generate huge amounts of test data, major firms in oil and gas, media and entertainment, finance, and other industries,” the company said in a statement.Catalog, based in Boston, has its own device to write data that can record 4 megabits per second right in DNA. Optimizations should triple that rate, letting people record 125 gigabytes in a single day — about as much as a higher-end phone can store.Conventional DNA sequencing products already for sale in the biotechnology market read the DNA data. “We think this whole new use case for sequencing technology will help [drive] down cost quite a bit,” Catalog said, arguing that computing business is a potentially much larger market. Computers Sci-Techlast_img read more

Tanana Youths Speak Out Against Sexual Assault Marijuana Legalization

first_imgThe Tanana 4-H club returned to the Elders and Youth Conference Tuesday, following up on their emotional presentation at last year’s conference. The group’s message is still the same: they don’t always feel safe or cared for and they want that to change, but now they’re also taking a stand against marijuana legalization. Download AudioDuring last year’s presentation, each 4-H member told the audience that they’d been molested, abused, or neglected and that they were tired of it. The youth shocked the unsuspecting audience. An encore presentation during the Alaska Federation of Natives convention a few days later brought overwhelming support and praise for the group and thousands of dollars in donations. Those donations brought the group back this year. This time, First Alaskans Institute, which hosts the conference, was more prepared for the intense feelings that the 4-H presentation might stir. A volunteer counselor in the audience was available to anyone who needed to talk.One 4-H member, 17-year-old Ashely, identified herself as a victim of sexual abuse. She listed off statistics about Alaska’s high rate of sexual abuse and domestic violence and she chided adults for not doing more to protect children from it. “If you experience sexual abuse you need to report it, but what difference does that make?” she said. “They still send abusers back to villages to prey on us. They don’t change; they’re still a sick, twisted person. This is our time to come out and speak. I challenge every one of you to stop keeping this a secret and protect our children to save our future.”The youths talked about how their families have been affected by things like rape, domestic violence and substance abuse. A few of the youths took the opportunity to speak out against ballot measure 2, which would legalize the use and sale of marijuana.“Hi my name is Linda, I’m 15 and I’m against legalizing marijuana. I may be young but I’m already sick of the negative effects the marijuana has (had on) my community. It has destroyed my village, we have crime and outstanding teen usage.”As the legalization initiative is written, if voters approve legal pot there is nothing stopping people from bringing it into villages. When it comes to alcohol, communities can choose to allow importation but ban sales or they can completely ban it altogether. With marijuana, only incorporated municipalities have local control over retail sales, villages have none. The law will allow for legal possession of up to one ounce of marijuana and up to six plants.The kids also spoke a lot about spice, synthetic marijuana that can cause hallucinations, seizures and psychosis. They said that they’ve been terrified when they were around family members who were using it. The legislature outlawed spice earlier this year. Group leader Cynthia Erickson said that a few months after the kids returned from last year’s conference, she asked them if they thought anything had changed in their village of Tanana. They said nothing had. A few months later in May, a Tanana man shot and killed State Troopers Sgt. Patrick Johnson and Gabe Rich. The kids looked up to the troopers and were devastated. “But I said all of you are changing, don’t get discouraged. It took 50 years to get this dysfunctional,” she said. “Seven kids can’t walk on stage and expect a change overnight. But you are changing. You won’t drink and do drugs with a baby in you. You won’t molest. You won’t rape. You are the change; we are the ones we have been waiting for. By one child changing it changes a whole village. One healthy child does make a difference.”After the presentation Erickson said that the 4-H kids were starting to get a sense of how they impact other youth around the state. Some got to travel to Bethel and Ruby to meet and talk with other youths going through the same struggles. Erickson wondered if kids outside of Tanana might also benefit from getting some weight off their chests. “I asked the kids how many of you would sign up today to go and take the stage with us at AFN,” Erickson said. “We have seven of you that will come and blast your village’s ass out of the water, they stand up and clap, ‘where do we sign up?’”The Tanana 4-H club will again take the stage this year at the AFN convention. The group is scheduled to present Thursday after the Elders and Youth Conference report is delivered.last_img read more

Rahul Gandhi condoles Sushma Swarajs death

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 7: Outgoing Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday condoled the death of former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj saying she was an extraordinary political leader and great orator with friendship across party lines. “I’m shocked to hear about the demise of Sushma Swaraj ji, an extraordinary political leader, a gifted orator & an exceptional parliamentarian, with friendships across party lines. My condolences to her family in this hour of grief. May her soul rest in peace. Om Shanti,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted. Also Read – NRC in Assam to be released : list to finalize if a person is Indian or Foreigner Advertise With Us Party General Secretary Motilal Vora also condoled her death, saying the country has lost a great orator. Congress General Secretary K.C. Venugopal also took to twitter and said, “I am shocked to hear about the sudden demise of Smt. Sushma Swaraj ji. Respected across party lines, Sushma ji was an extremely kind, one of a kind leader, a great orator and a tall parliamentarian. Condolences to her family. May her soul rest in peace.” Also Read – Subramanian Swamy cross-examined in National Herald case Advertise With Us Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor also condoled her death and said she was people’s person. “Shocked and saddened by this news. I last saw Sushmaji at Prime Minister’s swearing-in two months ago. She was a brilliant speaker in Hindi, a genuine “people’s person” in Government & I was proud of our excellent relationship when I chaired the External Affairs Committee. Om Shanti.” Advertise With Us Sushma Swaraj passed away on Tuesday night at All India Institute of Medical Sciences. She was admitted in the hospital after she suffered a cardiac arrest. She was 67.I’m shocked to hear about the demise of Sushma Swaraj Ji, an extraordinary political leader, a gifted orator & an exceptional Parliamentarian, with friendships across party lines. My condolences to her family in this hour of grief. May her soul rest in peace. Om Shanti 🙏— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 6, 2019last_img read more

Solving the zeolite conundrum Researchers make unfeasible zeolites

first_img Journal information: Nature Chemistry Synthesis of ‘unfeasible’ zeolites. The ADOR process involves the selective disassembly of a germanosilicate with, in this particular case, the UTL structure to form a layered material (called IPC-1P) (i) followed by the use of the choline cation (shown as a blue circle with a positive charge) as the SDA to shift the layers with respect to each other (IPC-9P) (ii). The layers can then be reassembled in two ways, by calcination to form IPC-9 (iii) and by calcination after intercalation of diethoxydimethylsilane to form IPC-10 (iv). Blue, tetrahedrally coordinated silicon or germanium atoms; red, oxygen atoms. Credit: (c) 2015 Nature Chemistry (2015). DOI: 10.1038/nchem.2374 New research demonstrates that “unfeasible” zeolites architectures are synthetically possible by using a different strategy than traditional sol-gel hydrothermal methods. Michal Mazur, Paul S. Wheatley, Marta Navarro, Wieslaw J. Roth, Miroslav Položij, Alvaro Mayoral, Pavla Eliášová, Petr Nachtigall, Jiří Čejka, and Russell E. Morris from the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, the University of St. Andrews, the Charles University in Prague, and the University of Zaragoza have demonstrated the synthesis and characterization of two unfeasible silica-based zeolites, IPC-9 and IPC-10, using an assembly-disassembly-organization-reassembly synthetic mechanism. Their work appears in the recent issue of Nature Chemistry.”At a stroke, this discovery fundamentally changes the number of potentially accessible zeolite frameworks by an order of magnitude,” said Dr. Russell Morris, one of the authors of the study. “This means that new topologies with new properties are, for the first time, available for scientists to realistically target.”Because all known zeolites tend to be within a certain region in the energy density plot (range of feasible zeolites), the authors assumed that the limiting factor in making unfeasible zeolites was the traditional solvothermal method. This synthesis typically involves heating silica in a basic solution for several days. Because it is a reversible process, the zeolites outside the feasible zeolite range cannot be isolated. Mazur, et al. employed an assembly-disassembly-organization-reassembly mechanism that they had previously reported as an alternative method for making zeolites. This synthesis involved first constructing a known zeolite, breaking the zeolite along the structural layers, and then re-building it by inserting “connectors” between layers that were slightly off-set from their low energy conformation. This allows the formation zeolites with large pore sizes and more structural strain than previously isolated ones, giving zeolites with higher energies than would be expected for their density. To make this high-energy configuration, the authors used choline cations as their structure-directing agent. The cation intercalates between the zeolite layers, holding them in place until the calcination step in which the choline is removed and the layers reassemble. Layers with an oxygen bridge form IPC-9. If additional silicon is added, then layers with a silicon bridge form IPC-10.X-ray diffraction and TEM studies confirmed the computationally-directed structure of IPC-9 and IPC-10 and showed that both contained a 2D channel system. Importantly, when placed on an energy-density plot of all known zeolites, IPC-9 lies on the outer edge of the region of known (feasible) zeolites and IPC-10 is well outside of this region, with higher framework energy than any known zeolites of comparative framework density. The authors note that both IPC-9 and IPC-10 fail at least one of local interatomic distance criteria would have previously been viewed as “unfeasible” zeolites. This mechanism allows for predictable and controlled formation of high-energy “unfeasible” zeolites and sheds light on the zeolite conundrum. Because the traditional way to make zeolites involves a reversible reaction, only low-energy zeolites have been feasible synthetic targets. The procedure presented here allows for the construction of zeolites that were once thought unfeasible. According to Dr. Morris, the next step in this research is “to discover how their unique properties can be utilized in catalysis, gas separation and other applications.” Citation: Solving the zeolite conundrum: Researchers make ‘unfeasible’ zeolites (2015, November 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-11-zeolite-conundrum-unfeasible-zeolites.html 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.center_img Cut-and-paste zeolites: New, faster method for developing custom microporous materials © 2015 Phys.org (Phys.org)—Zeolites, silica-based compounds known for their high surface area, have many commercial applications as absorbents and in catalysis. Since the function of the zeolite is related to its architecture, new zeolites mean the possibility of new applications. Theoretical calculations predict millions of possible zeolites, yet only about two hundred zeolites have been isolated. This oddity has been dubbed the “zeolite conundrum,” and assumes that certain criteria must be met in order for a theoretical zeolite to be synthetically feasible. More information: Michal Mazur et al. Synthesis of ‘unfeasible’ zeolites, Nature Chemistry (2015). DOI: 10.1038/nchem.2374AbstractZeolites are porous aluminosilicate materials that have found applications in many different technologies. However, although simulations suggest that there are millions of possible zeolite topologies, only a little over 200 zeolite frameworks of all compositions are currently known, of which about 50 are pure silica materials. This is known as the zeolite conundrum—why have so few of all the possible structures been made? Several criteria have been formulated to explain why most zeolites are unfeasible synthesis targets. Here we demonstrate the synthesis of two such ‘unfeasible’ zeolites, IPC-9 and IPC-10, through the assembly–disassembly–organization–reassembly mechanism. These new high-silica zeolites have rare characteristics, such as windows that comprise odd-membered rings. Their synthesis opens up the possibility of preparing other zeolites that have not been accessible by traditional solvothermal synthetic methods. We envisage that these findings may lead to a step change in the number and types of zeolites available for future applications.last_img read more

British historian Eric Hobsbawm dies at 95

first_img How do cataracts affect your vision? Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Ed Miliband, leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party, said Hobsbawm’s work “brought hundreds of years of British history to hundreds of thousands of people.”“He brought history out of the ivory tower and into people’s lives,” Miliband said.The late British historian A.J.P. Taylor said Hobsbawm’s work was distinguished by precise explanations of what happened and his interest in ordinary people.“Most historians, by a sort of occupational disease, are interested only in the upper classes and assume that they themselves would have been numbered among the privileged if they had lived a century or two ago _ a most unlikely assumption,” Taylor wrote. “Mr. Hobsbawm places his loyalty firmly on the other side of the barricades.”Eric John Ernest Hobsbawm was born June 9, 1917, in Alexandria, Egypt. His father was British, descended from artisans from Poland and Russia, and his mother’s family was cultured, middle-class Viennese.The family moved to Vienna when he was two. Following the deaths of his father and then his mother, he moved to Berlin in 1931 to live with relatives, and joined the Socialist Schoolboys. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Sponsored Stories Top Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Associated PressLONDON (AP) – Eric Hobsbawm, who has died aged 95, was honored as one of Britain’s most distinguished historians, despite retaining an allegiance to the Communist Party that lasted long after many supporters had left in disgust.He was read by generations of students and revered for his ability to make history come alive, using his socialist perspective to tell stories from the peoples’ point of view. In 1998, he was made a Companion of Honor, a rare award for a historian, placing him in the ranks of luminaries Stephen Hawking, Doris Lessing and Sir Ian McKellan. It is limited to 65 living people at any one time.Hobsbawm was first married to Muriel Seaman in 1943; they divorced in 1951. In 1962 he married Marlene Schwarz.He is survived by Marlene, two sons, a daughter, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.___Associated Press writer Raphael Satter contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)center_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Daughter Julia Hobsbawm said her father died early Monday at a London hospital. He had been suffering from pneumonia.“He’d been quietly fighting leukemia for a number of years without fuss or fanfare,” she said. “Right up until the end he was keeping up what he did best, he was keeping up with current affairs. There was a stack of newspapers by his bed.”Hobsbawm’s reading of Karl Marx and his experience living in Germany in the 1930s formed his views. He joined the Communist Party in England in 1936 and stayed a member long after Soviet military force crushed the Hungarian uprising in 1956 and the liberal reforms of the Prague Spring in 1968, although he publicly opposed both interventions.Hobsbawm is best known for three volumes, spanning the period from 1789 to 1914: “The Age of Revolution” (1962), “The Age of Capital” (1975) and “The Age of Empire” (1987). A later volume, “Age of Extremes,” took the story forward from 1914 to 1991.His last book, “How to Change the World,” published in 2011, was not a revolutionary tract but a collection of essays dating back to the 1960s on Marx and Marxism. Comments   Share   ErrorOK ErrorOK During World War II, Hobsbawm was assigned to an engineering unit which introduced him, for the first time, to the working class.“I didn’t know much about the British working class, in spite of being a communist. But actually to live and work among them, I thought they were good eggs,” he said in a BBC radio interview in 1995.He approved of their “solidarity, a very strong feeling of class, a very strong feeling of being together, a very strong feeling of not wanting anybody to put them down.“But alas, they were not democrats. They did not believe they were as good as the next man,” he said.Hobsbawm’s first book, “Social Bandits and Primitive Rebels,” published in 1959, was a study of what he called “pre-political social agitators,” including Sicilian peasant leagues, city mobs and bandits, an early example of his interest in the structural history of working-class organizations.The same year he published “The Jazz Scene,” using the pseudonym Francis Newton, and writing about jazz continued to be an outlet.“He defined the term `intellectual polymath,’” Julia Hobsbawm said, adding that she’d asked him last week what advice he would give his grandchildren. “He said he would like them to be curious. Curiosity was the biggest asset anybody could have.”He also recommended three books: Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s “Crime and Punishment,” the poetry of W.H. Auden, and the “Communist Manifesto,” a final recommendation she said he delivered “with a twinkle in his eye.”Hobsbawm defended his allegiance to the Communist Party as born of hope, of ignorance and a fear that leaving the party might be seen as an attempt to secure some advantage.“I belonged to the generation tied by an unbreakable umbilical cord to hope of the world revolution and of its original home, the October Revolution, however skeptical or critical of the” Soviet Union, he wrote.But in an interview on the BBC’s “Desert Island Discs” in 1995, Hobsbawm said he had been disillusioned by a visit to the Soviet Union shortly after the death of Josef Stalin in 1953.“I still believed in the movement, but I had stopped being a militant for a very long time. As it were, from about 1956 I carefully recycled myself as a sympathizer rather than a militant,” he told the BBC.Hobsbawm was appointed a lecturer at Birkbeck College in London, spending his entire career on the faculty and eventually being appointed president. 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center “In Germany there wasn’t any alternative left,” he said in an interview with Maya Jaggi published in The Guardian newspaper in 2002.“Liberalism was failing. If I’d been German and not a Jew, I could see I might have become a Nazi, a German nationalist. I could see how they’d become passionate about saving the nation. It was a time when you didn’t believe there was a future unless the world was fundamentally transformed.”He once said he was “lucky _ yes, lucky enough _ to live in Berlin before Hitler came to power.”“And if you don’t feel that you are part of world history at that time, you never will.”As a student in Berlin, Hobsbawm informed his schoolmaster that he was a communist and that a revolution was needed.“He asked me a few questions and said, `You clearly have no idea what you’re talking about. Kindly go to the school library and see what you can find,’” Hobsbawm said in an interview broadcast by the BBC in 2012. “And then I discovered The Communist Manifesto, and that was it.”In 1933, he moved to London, where he found life boring.Britons “didn’t grasp this extraordinary end of the world atmosphere, but in Berlin you had it, and you thought you had to do something about it,” Hobsbawm said.last_img

Go back to the enewsletter Qatar Airways will incr

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterQatar Airways will increase the number of weekly flights on its popular routes from Doha to South Africa from July 2019.Weekly flight frequencies to Johannesburg will increase from 14 to 18 from July, rising to 19 in August. A further two flights will be added to the airline’s winter schedule, taking the total number of weekly frequencies to 21 by the end of October 2019.In addition, the oneworld member carrier will introduce three extra flights on the Cape Town route, taking the total from seven to 10, from 27 October 2019.“The latest additional services to both Johannesburg and Cape Town reflect the growing demand for travel to and from these popular South African destinations,” says Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker.“As the largest city in South Africa, Johannesburg has emerged as one of our key regional destinations for both leisure and business travellers alike since its introduction in 2005. With its mix of nature, culture and wildlife, Cape Town is another hugely popular regional destination, offering a unique and memorable experience for our passengers. We are pleased to be increasing our frequencies to these fantastic cities, and once again confirm our commitment to providing Qatar Airways’ passengers with an even greater choice of travel options to key global destinations.”Additional Flight Schedules:Doha to Johannesburg Additional Flights:Doha (DOH) to Johannesburg (JNB) QR1365 departs: 20:40 arrives: 04:35+1Johannesburg (JNB) to Doha (DOH) QR1366 departs: 08:00 arrives: 17:50Doha to Cape Town Additional Flights:Doha (DOH) to Cape Town (CPT) QR1371 departs: 07:50 arrives: 17:10Cape Town (CPT) to Doha (DOH) QR1372 departs: 18:40 arrives: 05:55+1Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

NEW YORK NY – Already cowriting a political th

first_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Already co-writing a political thriller with former President Bill Clinton, James Patterson is now set for a collaboration with the managers of Albert Einstein’s archives.The bestselling and prolific novelist is developing a series for middle schoolers inspired by Einstein’s scientific discoveries. In a licensing deal with the Einstein archive, Little Brown will publish the first of three planned books, currently untitled, next fall. The release will come through the author’s own JIMMY Patterson children’s imprint.“I love the idea of introducing Einstein and the ideas of science to millions of kids around the world,” says Patterson, sounding childlike himself as he speaks of “taking this so freaking seriously.”Patterson, admittedly still learning when it comes to science, has worked in an innovation of his own. The series’ young protagonist, Max Einstein, is a girl.“Women are definitely underrated in science and I wanted to address that,” he told The Associated Press during a recent telephone interview. Little, Brown describes Max as “inventive, irreverent, highly imaginative,” one who “loves to solve problems in fun, unconventional ways, much like Einstein himself.”“The high-stakes adventure series follows Max and the world’s brightest kids as they travel the globe to solve humanity’s biggest problems with the power of science,” the publisher announced.Financial terms for the books were not disclosed. According to Little Brown, Einstein archivists will assist Patterson with research and also have input in the manuscripts and artwork. Proceeds will be divided among the archive, the publisher and Patterson.Einstein has inspired fiction before, such as Alan Lightman’s critically praised “Einstein’s Dreams.” He also was the subject of a bestselling biography by Walter Isaacson and of numerous biographies for children.Officials for the Einstein archives, which are based at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, cite Patterson’s enormous popularity and see the new series as an ideal way to expand Einstein’s appeal among young people. Dr. Roni Grosz, curator of the archives, praised Patterson’s ability to keep readers interested.“You don’t want readers just putting the books down because they’re not interesting enough,” he told the AP. “There’s tremendous interest in Einstein, but it’s not easy to convey his lessons and his knowledge. These books are one way to package this rather complex information and present it to young readers.” by Hillel Italie, The Associated Press Posted Dec 5, 2017 5:06 am PDT Last Updated Dec 5, 2017 at 5:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email James Patterson and Einstein archivists creating new serieslast_img read more

The Latest Chamber leader weighs in on smashed Tr

first_imgThe Latest: Chamber leader weighs in on smashed Trump star by The Associated Press Posted Jul 25, 2018 11:09 am PDT Last Updated Jul 25, 2018 at 11:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email . The star placed on Hollywood Boulevard near Highland Avenue in 2007 recognizes Trump for his work on the reality show “The Apprentice.” (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) center_img LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The Latest on vandalism to President Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (all times local):10:40 a.m.The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is weighing in on the vandalism to President Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.Chamber President Leron Gubler says Wednesday that people should “project their anger in more positive ways than to vandalize a California state landmark.”Los Angeles police say the star was destroyed with a pickax around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, and a 24-year-old man, Austin Clay, is being held for investigation of felony vandalism. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer.The star will be covered for several days as the Hollywood Historic Trust repairs it.The star went into place in 2007 and recognizes Trump for his work on the TV reality show “The Apprentice.”The star was previously vandalized by a man swinging a sledgehammer and pickax days before the November 2016 election.___6:45 a.m.A vandal has destroyed President Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.Los Angeles police Officer Ray Brown says the vandalism was reported around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday and someone was subsequently taken into custody. Brown did not have any further information about the person.Brown says a pickax was used in the vandalism.The star placed on Hollywood Boulevard near Highland Avenue in 2007 recognizes Trump for his work on the reality show “The Apprentice.”Trump’s star was previously vandalized by a man swinging a sledgehammer and pickax days before the November 2016 election.___Information from: KABC-TV, http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/last_img read more

Nicosia taking part in Mays European cycling challenge

first_imgThe Nicosia municipality on Friday announced its participation in the European Cycling Challenge (ECC) 2017, a competition for European cities, which takes place every year between May 1-31 but has a way to go to catch up, coming in 38th out of 52 cities last year.The ECC is the biggest cycling event across Europe. The idea is to encourage people to use their bikes as much as possible. It’s about everyday cycling for everyone. All cycling is permitted with the exception of sporting and training events.According to the municipality’s announcement, the Cycling Challenge recommends a new approach to mobility, and promotes the reduction in car use.The winning city will be the one which will travel the most kilometres (City Leaderboard), while a special award will be given to the first three cities that will travel the most distance, in relation with their population (Best Cycling City).It is noted that the use of bicycle for sporting won’t win any marks for the city. Any route will be countable only if the average speed is less than 30 km/h and the maximum speed does not exceed 45 km/h.Last year, 52 cities joined the Challenge. Over 46,000 people cycled four million kilometres (4,000,000 km) during the month of May.  Nicosia collaborated with the Cyprus Cycling Federation and Cycling Clubs of the city and achieved 38th place in the final City Leaderboard rankings, among 52 cities that participated. The first in both categories was the city of Gdansk (Poland).To sign up for the challenge, visit cyclingchallenge.eu and choose “Nicosia City Region”, then download the official app, Naviki. On the app (or webpage), go to Leaderboards (cup icon) and choose any other group information (e.g. individual College or Workplace). Record your journeys throughout the month of May. You can also use data from Strava or other route trackers or, trips can also be manually logged. You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more