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UPPER RECEIVER: Mil-Spec 7075 T-6 aluminum with Type III, Class II anodizing finish. T-marks on top rail. Dry film lube interior finish

LOWER RECEIVER:
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BCG: Insurgent Tactical AR15/M16 Carrier manufactured from 8620 steel and bolt from 9310 Vac-Arc Carburizing Steel for increased hardness and fatigue strength. 4340 steel cam pin. 4140 steel gas key. Tool steel extractor. Nitride finish. Shot Peened. Magnetic Particle Inspected (MPI). High Pressure Tested (HPT). Properly staked gas key to Mil-Spec standards. Grade 8 hardened fasteners. Extractor insert with upgraded Crane O-ring. Power spring kit.

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Rifles comes packaged in our durable, hard-plastic case which features: pre-cut Mil-Spec high density 2.2lb polyethylene foam, two layers of HDPE foam in the bottom of the case with thick "egg foam" in the lid, six holes placed around the case for multiple options for attaching locks, cut-outs in the foam can accommodate the rifle with optic, 4-6 magazines, suppressor, and several accessory slots. One Magpul PMAG is also provided.

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Insurgent Tactical 16" barrel made from 4150 Chrome Moly Vanadium (CMV) steel with QPQ Nitride finish and a mid-length gas system. Barrel is chambered in 5.56 NATO and features a 1:7 twist with M4 feed ramps. Sub-MOA accuracy guarantee with match grade ammunition.

GAS BLOCK: 4140 gun quality steel with a QPQ Nitride finish. Installed with knurled tip set screws.

GAS TUBE: Stainless steel mid-length gas tube and features a Melonite finish for increased heat and corrosion resistance along with a subdued appearance

RAIL: Insurgent Tactical's slim, free float rail machined from 6061-T6 billet aluminum with a Mil-Spec Type III hard coat anodizing finish. Full length 12 o'clock rail with machined rails at the 3-6-9 o'clock positions on the front of rail. T-marks are provided on all rail sections. Designed with both anti-slip and anti-rotation features. Magpul M-Lok attachment system throughout the rail for mounting accessories. 4x QD sockets throughout the rail.

UPPER RECEIVER: Mil-Spec 7075 T-6 aluminum with Type III, Class II anodizing finish. T-marks on top rail. Dry film lube interior finish

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Mil-Spec 7075-T6 aluminum with Type III, Class II anodizing finish, beveled magwell

BCG: Insurgent Tactical AR15/M16 Carrier manufactured from 8620 steel and bolt from 9310 Vac-Arc Carburizing Steel for increased hardness and fatigue strength. 4340 steel cam pin. 4140 steel gas key. Tool steel extractor. Nitride finish. Shot Peened. Magnetic Particle Inspected (MPI). High Pressure Tested (HPT). Properly staked gas key to Mil-Spec standards. Grade 8 hardened fasteners. Extractor insert with upgraded Crane O-ring. Power spring kit.

TRIGGER: ALG Defense QMS. The ALG Defense QMS trigger pull is significantly smoother than a stock trigger. This is accomplished by honing the sear surfaces smooth while not removing metal below the valleys of the stock surface finish. The majority of the associated grittiness of the stock trigger pull has been removed while the well known reliability of a stock trigger remains. The pull weight is not lower than the M4/M16 minimum weight specification of 5.5 lbs.

BUFFER/BUFFER SPRING:
Carbine buffer (3 oz) with chrome silicon spring which is heat treated and stress-relieved providing increased resistance to heat and high-stress cyclic rates. Chrome silicon spring is rated to provide approximately 750,000+ cycles while eliminating that noticeable "twang" associated with standard Mil-Spec buffer springs.

FURNITURE/HARDWARE: Magpul MOE carbine stock; Magpul MOE+ rubberized pistol grip; Primary Weapon System (PWS) ratchet lock QD sling mount end plate and castle nut; ambidextrous safety; 7075 billet aluminum, oversized trigger guard with Mil-Spec hard coat anodizing; A2 flash hider

Rifles comes packaged in our durable, hard-plastic case which features: pre-cut Mil-Spec high density 2.2lb polyethylene foam, two layers of HDPE foam in the bottom of the case with thick "egg foam" in the lid, six holes placed around the case for multiple options for attaching locks, cut-outs in the foam can accommodate the rifle with optic, 4-6 magazines, suppressor, and several accessory slots. One Magpul PMAG is also provided.

Rifle weight: 6 LB 7 OZ.

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          4 Hidden Dangers of Pork   
Pork is the most commonly consumed meat in the world, but may also be one of the most dangerous.

Among foods that inspire a cult-like following, pork often leads the pack, as evidenced by the 65% of Americans eager to name bacon the country’s national food.

Unfortunately, that popularity comes at a cost. Along with being the most commonly consumed meat in the world, pork may also be one of the most dangerous, carrying some important and under-discussed risks that any consumer should be aware of (1).

1. Hepatitis E

Thanks to the revival of nose-to-tail eating, offal has redeemed itself among health enthusiasts, especially liver, which is prized for its vitamin A content and massive mineral lineup.

But when it comes to pork, liver might be risky business.

In developed nations, pork liver is the top food-based transmitter of hepatitis E, a virus that infects 20 million people each year and can lead to acute illness (fever, fatigue, jaundice, vomiting, joint pain and stomach pain), enlarged liver and sometimes liver failure and death (23).

Most hepatitis E cases are stealthily symptom-free, but pregnant women can experience violent reactions to the virus, including fulminant hepatitis (rapid-onset liver failure) and a high risk of both maternal and fetal mortality (4). In fact, mothers who get infected during their third trimester face a death rate of up to 25% (5).

In rare cases, hepatitis E infection can lead to myocarditis (an inflammatory heart disease), acute pancreatitis (painful inflammation of the pancreas), neurological problems (including Guillain-Barré syndrome and neuralgic amyotrophy), blood disorders and musculoskeletal problems, such as elevated creatine phosphokinase, indicating muscle damage, and multi-joint pain (in the form of polyarthralgia) (678).

People with compromised immune systems, including organ transplant recipients on immunosuppressive therapy and people with HIV, are more likely to suffer from these severe hepatitis E complications (9).

So, just how alarming are pork’s contamination stats? In America, about 1 out of every 10 store-bought pig livers tests positive for hepatitis E, which is slightly higher than the 1 in 15 rate in the Netherlands and 1 in 20 rate in the Czech Republic (1011). One study in Germany found that about 1 in 5 pork sausages were contaminated (12).

France’s traditional figatellu, a pig liver sausage that’s often consumed raw, is a confirmed hepatitis E carrier (13). In fact, in regions of France where raw or rare pork is a common delicacy, over half the local population shows evidence of hepatitis E infection (14).

Japan, too, is facing rising hepatitis E concerns as pork gains popularity (15). And in the UK? Hepatitis E shows up in pork sausages, in pork liver and at pork slaughterhouses, indicating the potential for widespread exposure among pork consumers (16).

It might be tempting to blame the hepatitis E epidemic on commercial farming practices, but in the case of the pig, wilder doesn’t mean safer. Hunted boars, too, are frequent hepatitis E carriers, capable of passing on the virus to game-eating humans (1718).

Apart from total pork abstinence, the best way to slash hepatitis E risk is in the kitchen. This stubborn virus can survive the temperatures of rare-cooked meat, making high heat the best weapon against infection (19). For virus deactivation, cooking pork products for at least 20 minutes to an internal temperature of 71°C (160°F) seems to do the trick (20).

However, fat can protect hepatitis viruses from heat destruction, so fattier cuts of pork might need extra time or toastier temperatures (21).

Summary: Pork products, particularly liver, frequently carry hepatitis E, which can cause severe complications and even death in vulnerable populations. Thorough cooking is necessary to deactivate the virus.

2. Multiple Sclerosis

One of the most surprising risks associated with pork — one that’s received remarkably little airtime — is multiple sclerosis (MS), a devastating autoimmune condition involving the central nervous system.

The robust link between pork and MS has been known at least since the 1980s, when researchers analyzed the relationship between per capita pork consumption and MS across dozens of countries (22).

While pork-averse nations like Israel and India were nearly spared from MS’s degenerative grips, more liberal consumers, such as West Germany and Denmark, faced sky-high rates.

In fact, when all countries were considered, pork intake and MS showed a whopping correlation of 0.87 (p<0.001), which is much higher and more significant than the relationship between MS and fat intake (0.63, p<0.01), MS and total meat intake (0.61, p<0.01) and MS and beef consumption (no significant relationship).

For perspective, a similar study of diabetes and per capita sugar intake found a correlation of just under 0.60 (p<0.001) when analyzing 165 countries (23).

As with all epidemiological findings, the correlation between pork consumption and MS can’t prove that one causes the other (or even that, within MS-stricken countries, the most enthusiastic pork consumers were the most diseased). But as it turns out, the evidence vault goes much deeper.

Earlier, a study of inhabitants of the Orkney and Shetland Islands of Scotland, a region teeming with unusual delicacies, including seabird eggs, raw milk and undercooked meat, found only one dietary association with MS — consumption of “potted head,” a dish made from boiled pig’s brain (24).

Among Shetland residents, a significantly higher proportion of MS patients had consumed potted head in their youth, compared to healthy, age and sex-matched controls (25).

This is particularly relevant because — per other research — MS that strikes in adulthood might stem from environmental exposures during adolescence (26).

The potential for pig brain to trigger nerve-related autoimmunity isn’t just an observational hunch, either. Between 2007 and 2009, a cluster of 24 pork plant workers mysteriously fell ill with progressive inflammatory neuropathy, which is characterized by MS-like symptoms such as fatigue, numbness, tingling and pain (2728).

The source of the outbreak? So-called “pig brain mist” — tiny particles of brain tissue blasted into the air during carcass processing (29).

When workers inhaled these tissue particles, their immune systems, per standard protocol, formed antibodies against the foreign porcine antigens.

But those antigens happened to bear an uncanny resemblance to certain neural proteins in humans. And the result was a biological calamity: confused about who to fight, the workers’ immune systems launched a guns-blazing attack on their own nerve tissue (3031).

Although the resulting autoimmunity wasn’t identical to multiple sclerosis, that same process of molecular mimicry, where foreign antigens and self-antigens are similar enough to trigger an autoimmune response, has been implicated in the pathogenesis of MS (3233).

Of course, unlike pig brain mist, hot dogs and ham aren’t literally inhaled (teenage boys notwithstanding). Could pork still transmit problematic substances through ingestion?

The answer is a speculative yes. For one, certain bacteria, particularly Acinetobacter, are involved in molecular mimicry with myelin, the nerve-sheathing substance that becomes damaged in MS (3435).

Although the role of pigs as Acinetobacter carriers hasn’t been exhaustively studied, the bacteria has been found in pig feces, on pig farms and in bacon, pork salami and ham, where it serves as a spoilage organism (36373839). If pork acts as a vehicle for Acinetobacter transmission (or in any way increases the risk of human infection), a link with MS would make sense.

Two, pigs may be silent and under-studied carriers of prions, misfolded proteins that drive neurodegenerative disorders like Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (the human version of mad cow) and Kuru (found among cannibal societies) (40).

Some researchers suggest MS itself could be a prion disease, one that targets oligodendrocytes, the cells that produce myelin (41). And since prions — and their associated diseases— are transmitted by consuming infected nerve tissue, it’s possible that prion-harboring pork products could be one link in the MS chain (42).

Summary: A causative role of pork in MS is far from a closed case, but the unusually strong epidemiological patterns, biological plausibility and documented experiences make further research imperative.

3. Liver Cancer and Cirrhosis

Liver problems tend to trail closely on the heels of some predictable risk factors, namely hepatitis B and C infection, exposure to aflatoxin (a carcinogen produced by mold) and excessive alcohol intake (434445).

But buried in the scientific literature is another potential scourge of liver health — pork.

For decades, pork consumption has faithfully echoed liver cancer and cirrhosis rates around the world. In multi-country analyses, the correlation between pork and cirrhosis mortality clocked in at 0.40 (p<0.05) using 1965 data, 0.89 (p<0.01) using mid-1970s data, 0.68 (p=0.003) using 1996 data and 0.83 (p=0.000) using 2003 data (4647).

In those same analyses, among the 10 Canadian provinces, pork bore a correlation of 0.60 (p<0.01) with death from liver cirrhosis, while alcohol, perhaps due to an overall low intake, showed no significant link.

And in statistical models incorporating known perils for the liver (alcohol consumption, hepatitis B infection and hepatitis C infection), pork remained independently associated with liver disease, suggesting the association isn’t just due to pork piggybacking, as the case may be, on a different causative agent (48).

Beef, by contrast, remained liver-neutral or protective in these studies.

Liver cancer, too, tends to follow in the hoof steps of the pig. A 1985 analysis showed that pork intake correlated with hepatocellular carcinoma deaths as strongly as alcohol did (0.40, p<0.05 for both) (49). (Considering liver cirrhosis is often a prelude to cancer, this connection shouldn’t be surprising (50).)

So, what’s behind these eerie associations?

At first glance, the most likely explanations don’t pan out. Although pork-transmitted hepatitis E can lead to liver cirrhosis, this happens almost exclusively in immunosuppressed people, a subset of the population that’s too small to account for the global correlation (51).

Relative to other meat, pork tends to be high in omega-6 fatty acids, including linoleic acid and arachidonic acid, which may play a role in liver disease (525354). But vegetable oils, whose polyunsaturated fatty acid content blows pork out of the water, don’t dance the same liver disease tango that pork does, calling into question whether fat is really to blame (5556).

Heterocyclic amines, a class of carcinogens formed by cooking meat (including pork) at high temperatures, contribute to liver cancer in a variety of animals (57). But these compounds are also readily formed in beef, according to the same studies that indicated pork has no positive relationship with liver disease (5859).

With all that in mind, it’d be easy to dismiss the pork-liver disease link as an epidemiological fluke. However, some plausible mechanisms do exist.

The most likely contender involves nitrosamines, which are carcinogenic compounds created when nitrites and nitrates react with certain amines (from protein), particularly in high heat (60). These compounds have been linked to damage and cancer in a variety of organs, including the liver (61).

One of the biggest dietary sources of nitrosamines is processed pork, which, along with being a frequent visitor to the frying pan, typically contains nitrites and nitrates as curing agents. (Vegetables are also rich in naturally occurring nitrates, but their antioxidant content and dearth of protein help thwart the process of N-nitrosation, preventing them from becoming cancer-causing agents (62).)

Significant levels of nitrosamines have been found in pork liver pâté, bacon, sausage, ham and other cured meats (636465). The fatty portion of pork products, in particular, tends to accumulate much higher levels of nitrosamines than the lean bits, making bacon a particularly abundant source (66).

The presence of fat can also turn vitamin C into a nitrosamine promoter instead of a nitrosamine inhibitor, so pairing pork with veggies might not confer much protection (67).

Although much of the nitrosamine-liver cancer research has focused on rodents, where certain nitrosamines produce liver injury with remarkable ease, the effect appears in humans as well (6869). In fact, some researchers suggest humans may be even more sensitive to nitrosamines than mice and rats (70).

In Thailand, for instance, nitrosamines have been strongly linked to liver cancer in areas where other risk factors are low (71). A 2010 analysis of the NIH-AARP cohort found red meat (including pork), processed meat (including processed pork), nitrates and nitrites to be positively associated with chronic liver disease. Rubber workers, occupationally exposed to nitrosamines, have faced extremely high rates of non-alcohol-related liver disease and cancer (72).

Do nitrosamines prove a chain of causation between pork, liver-harming compounds and liver disease? The evidence is currently too patchy to make that claim, but the risk is plausible enough to justify limiting nitrosamine-containing (or nitrosamine-producing) pork products, including bacon, ham, hot dogs and sausages made with sodium nitrite or potassium nitrate.

Summary: Strong epidemiological links exist between pork consumption and liver disease. If these links reflect cause and effect, one culprit might be N-nitroso compounds, which are found abundantly in processed pork products cooked at high temperatures.

4. Yersinia

For years, pork’s precautionary motto was “well-done or bust,” a consequence of fears about trichinosis, a type of roundworm infection that ravaged pork consumers throughout much of the 20th century (73).

Thanks to changes in feeding practices, farm hygiene and quality control, pig-borne trichinosis has dropped off the radar, inviting pink pork back onto the menu.

But pork’s relaxed heat rules may have opened the doors for a different type of infection — yersiniosis, which is caused by Yersinia bacteria. In the US alone, Yersiniacauses 35 deaths and almost 117,000 cases of food poisoning each year (74). Its chief entry route for humans? Undercooked pork.

Yersiniosis’s acute symptoms are rough enough — fever, pain, bloody diarrhea — but its long-term consequences are what should really ring alarm bells. Victims of Yersiniapoisoning face a 47-times higher risk of reactive arthritis, a type of inflammatory joint disease triggered by infection (75).

Even children become post-Yersinia arthritis targets, sometimes requiring chemical synovectomy (the injection of osmic acid into a troubled joint) to relieve persistent pain (7677).

And in the less-common instances where Yersinia doesn’t bring the typical feverish, diarrheic unpleasantries? Reactive arthritis can develop even when the original infection was asymptomatic, leaving some victims unaware that their arthritis is a consequence of food-borne illness (78).

Although reactive arthritis usually subsides on its own over time, Yersinia victims remain at higher risk of chronic joint problems, including ankylosing spondylitis, sacroiliitis, tenosynovitis and rheumatoid arthritis, for years on end (798081).

Some evidence suggests that Yersinia can lead to neurological complications (82). Infected individuals with iron overload may be at higher risk of multiple liver abscesses, potentially leading to death (838485). And among people who are genetically susceptible, anterior uveitis, inflammation of the eye’s iris, is also more likely following a bout of Yersinia (8687).

Lastly, via molecular mimicry, Yersinia infection could also raise the risk of Graves’ disease, an autoimmune condition characterized by excessive thyroid hormone production (8889).

The solution? Bring on the heat. The majority of pork products (69% of tested samples, according to a Consumer Reports analysis) are contaminated with Yersiniabacteria, and the only way to safeguard against infection is through proper cooking. An internal temperature of at least 145°F for whole pork and 160°F for ground pork is necessary to decimate any lingering pathogen.

Summary: Undercooked pork can transmit Yersinia bacteria, causing short-term illness and raising the risk of reactive arthritis, chronic joint conditions, Graves’ disease and other complications.

In Conclusion

So, should health-savvy omnivores scrap pork from the menu?

The jury’s still out. For two of pork’s problems — hepatitis E and Yersinia — aggressive cooking and safe handling are enough to minimize the risk. And due to a shortage of controlled, pork-centric research capable of establishing causation, pork’s other red flags spring from epidemiology — a field rife with confounders and unjustified confidence.

Worse, many diet-and-disease studies lump pork together with other types of red meat, diluting whatever associations might exist with pork alone.

These issues make it hard to isolate the health effects of pig-derived products and determine the safety of their consumption.

That being said, caution is probably warranted. The sheer magnitude, consistency and mechanistic plausibility of pork’s connection with several serious diseases make the chances of a true risk more likely.

Until further research is available, you might want to think twice about going hog-wild on pork.

This article was originally published by Authority Nutrition.

 

 

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  • 30:00    Lights Out in Asia - Attempt no landings there
  • 36:00    Amon Tobin - Encounter On Io
  • 38:08    Harold Budd & Clive Wright - Procession of Moons
  • 39:40    Boc Scadet - Ganymede
  • 42:10    Wally Jericho - Callisto 1.0
  • 44:45    Sufjan Stevens, James McAlister, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly - Tides
  • 45:30    Saul Stokes - Cloud Shaping
  • 49:45    Lunar Testing Lab - Ocean of Storms
  • 51:10    Unknown - The Great Red Spot
  • 51:55    David Wenngren & Christopher Bissonnette - Burn Like a Meteor and Leave No Dust
  • 53:36    Echolab - Secrets of Jupiter
  • 54:15    John Murphy - The Last Message
  • 55:47    end





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Will buy AI only if profitable for us: IndiGo president
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Ice-free areas of Antarctica to increase by 2100: Study
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          Gwiezdne Wojny na moich ustach, czyli recenzja Rimmel APOCALIPS. Star Wars on my Lips - Rimmel APOCALIPS Review.    




Dzisiaj zapraszam na recenzję kosmetyku nie z tej Ziemi, czyli lakieru do ust Rimmel APOCALIPS. Jest to połączenie intensywnego koloru szminki, połysku błyszczyka i długotrwałej formuły, zamknięte w małym czarnym opakowaniu o intrygującym kształcie.

Today's post is a review of a make up item that's out of this world, i.e. APOCALIPS lip lacquer by Rimmel. It combines the intense colour of a lipstick, the shine of a lipgloss and the long-lasting formula of a lipstain, all contained in a little black strangely-shaped container.

Po raz pierwszy natrafiłam na APOCALIPS kilka tygodni temu i od razu wywarł na mnie niesamowite wrażenie. Po nałożeniu testera na rękę byłam zachwycona intensywną barwą lakieru. Później okazało się, że tak samo pięknie wygląda na ustach, pokrywając je gładką, połyskliwą warstwą koloru. Mam w swojej kolekcji pięć spośród siedmiu dostępnych odcieni:
  • Apocaliptic - intensywna fuksja, głęboki chłodny róż, mój ulubiony;
  • Out of this World - indyjska róża z drobinkami brokatu;
  • Stellar - klasyczna krwista czerwień;
  • Phenomenon - lekko różowy nude w stylu J. Lo;
  • Nude Eclipse - beżowy nude.
I came across APOCALIPS a couple of weeks ago and it immediately made a huge impression on me. Just by swatching it on my hand, I was amazed with the intense colour of the lacquer. Afterwards it turned out that it looks as beautiful on my lips as on my hand, covering them with a smooth shining layer. I have five out of seven available shades in my collection:
  • Apocaliptic - intense fuchsia, deep pink with cold undertones, definitely my favourite;
  • Out of this World - Indian rose with tiny shiny particles;
  • Stellar - classic red;
  • Phenomenon - pinkish nude, very J.Lo;
  • Nude Eclipse - beige nude.


Od lewej/From left: Nude Eclipse, Phenomenon, Out of this World, Apocaliptic, Stellar

Out of this World

Od lewej/From left: Nude Eclipse, Phenomenon, Out of this World, Apocaliptic, Stellar


Kosmetyk ma przyjemną, nieklejącą się konsystencję i delikatny zapach. Aplikator ze specjalnym zbiorniczkiem pozwala na łatwe i precyzyjne nakładanie lakieru. Nie wysusza ust, czego obawiałam się na początku. Lakiery są wyjątkowo trwałe i długo utrzymują się na ustach, co sprawdziłam w ekstremalnych warunkach dziennych i nocnych ;-) Aby uzyskać najlepszy efekt, polecam najpierw nawilżyć usta pomadką, potem nałożyć pierwszą warstwę koloru, następnie usunąć nadmiar "przygryzając" chusteczkę higieniczną i dopiero nałożyć ostatecznie kosmetyk.
Dodatkową zaletę stanowi cena, udało mi się kupić APOCALIPS za ok. 23 zł. 
Jedynym zastrzeżeniem może być wydajność, gdyż płynna konsystencja sprawia, że opakowanie 5.5 ml może nie wystarczać na zbyt długo, ale będę mogła to stwierdzić dopiero za jakiś czas.

The laqcuer has pleasent non-sticky texture and delicate scent. The shape of the applicator makes it easy to use with high precision. The cosmetic does not make the lips dry which I was afraid of in the beginning. The lacquers are very long-lasting which has been proved in extreme day and night conditions ;-) To achive the best effect I suggest moisturising your lips with a balm first, after that apply the first layer, remove the excess with a paper tissue and finally apply the second layer of colour. 
Another plus is the price of the product. I bought it for about 5 Euro.
The only objection I may have is the amount of product in a 5.5 ml container. I am afraid that it may not last too long because of its liquid consistency but I will only be able to tell that after using it for some time.

Podsumowując, lakier do ust Rimmel APOCALIPS ma piękne i intensywne kolory, połysk błyszczyka oraz lekką, długotrwałą konsystencję. Świetna jakość w bardzo przystępnej cenie. Zdecydowanie polecam :-) 

To sum up, the APOCALIPS lip lacquer by Rimmel comes in beautiful intense colours, it has the shine of a lipgloss and light long-lasting formula. Great quality for a very affordable price. I definitely recommend this product :-)




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          Zakupy w Sephorze. Sephora Haul.   

Od lewej do prawej: woda toaletowa Signorina (Salvatore Ferragamo), róż/bronzer Sugarbomb (Benefit), kredka do oczu EyeBRIGHT (Benefit), cienie do powiek Dior Trianon. From left to right: eau de toilette Signorina (Salvatore Ferragamo), blush/bronzer Sugarbomb (Benefit), eyepencil EyeBRIGHT (Benefit), eyeshadow palette Dior Trianon.


Jak obiecałam, choć z niewielkim opóźnieniem, napiszę dzisiaj kilka słów o kosmetykach do makijażu, które kupiłam ostatnio w Sephora i podzielę się moimi pierwszymi wrażeniami na ich temat. O paletce cieni do powiek Dior z kolekcji Trianon wspomniałam już poprzednio, teraz napiszę o trzech innych nowościach.

As promised, although with a little delay, I am writing today about make up items I have bought recently in Sephora. I would also like to share my first impressions on these products. I mentioned the Dior eyeshadow palette from the Trianon collection in the last post, so now I would like to write about three new products.


EyeBRIGHT (Benefit)


Pierwsza z nich to rozświetlająca kredka do oczu EyeBRIGHT (Benefit). Ma ona jasnoróżowy kolor i zawiera lśniące drobinki, które dają bardzo subtelny blask. Nakładam ją na wewnętrzne kąciki oczu i delikatnie rozcieram pędzelkiem, aby uzyskać efekt wypoczętego spojrzenia. Kredka ma przyjemną, miękką konsystencję i łatwo się nakłada. Użyłam jej już kilka razy i jestem zadowolona, od dawna szukałam jasnej kredki do oczu, która jednak nie byłaby zupełnie biała i myślę, że się udało.

Firstly, I picked up EyeBRIGHT brightening eyepencil by Benefit. It has a pale pink colour and contains tiny shimmering particles which give it very subtle glow. I apply it to the inner corners of my eyes and blend it with a brush to obtain this wide-awake look. The pencil has very nice soft texture that makes it easy to apply. I have used it several times already and I am really satisfied. I had been looking for a light eyepencil which would not be completely white for a while and I think I found the perfect one.  

Sugarbomb (Benefit)


Sugarbomb (Benefit)


Kolejny produkt to róż/bronzer do policzków Sugarbomb (Benefit), należący do słynnej już serii różów i bronzerów w kwadratowych tekturowych pudełeczkach. "Cukrowa bomba" zachwyciła mnie cudownym kolorem, a właściwie mieszaniną ciemnego i jasnego brązu, beżu i terakoty. Odbijające światło drobinki dają bardzo delikatny efekt rozświetlenia i będą cudownie podkreślały opaleniznę. Pudełeczko zawiera także małe lusterko i pędzelek, które mogą być przydatne w podróży. Muszę wspomnieć, że wszystkie kosmetyki firmy Benefit mają bardzo ładne opakowania i przystępne (w porównaniu do innych produktów, dostępnych w Sephora) ceny.

Another product is Sugarbomb blush/bronzer, also by Benefit, which belongs to the famous line of blushes and bronzers in square cardboard boxes. Sugarbomb amazed me with its gorgeous colour, a mix of light and dark brown, terracotta and beige. Light reflecting particles give a subtle glow which I think will look beautifully on tanned skin. The box also contains a mirror and a little brush, very useful for travelling. I must mention that all Benefit products come in really lovely packages and have affordable (compared to the other brands found in Sephora) prices.

Wchodząc do perfumerii, lubię spryskać nadgarstki wybranymi zapachami, aby zobaczyć jak komponują się z moją skórą i ewentualnie podjąć decyzję na koniec wizyty w sklepie. Tym razem jednak wodę toaletową Signorina (Salvatore Ferragamo) chwyciłam dosłownie w ostatniej chwili i jestem bardzo zadowolona z mojego wyboru. Jest to różano-owocowy zapach, świeży i bardzo kobiecy. Będę go używać zarówno na codzień, jak i na większe wyjścia.

Right after entering the shop, I like to spritz my wrists with chosen perfumes to see how they smell on my skin in case I want to buy them at the end of the shopping trip. This time, however, I grabbed Signorina eau de toilette by Salvatore Ferragamo in the last moment and I am very pleased with my choice. It smells of roses and fruits, and has a very fresh and feminine scent. I will wear this fragrance both day and night.

To już wszystkie produkty w mojej czarno-białej torebeczce z czerwoną rączką. A wy, jakie kosmetyczne nowości odkryłyście ostatnio? :-)

These are all the products in my black-and-white shopping bag with a red handle. And you, what new make up and beauty products have you discovered lately? :-)


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          Nowości w mojej kosmetyczce. Pielęgnacja twarzy i ciała NUXE. New In: NUXE Face and Body Care Haul.   
Dzisiaj krótki post o kilku nowych produktach do pielęgnacji twarzy i ciała firmy Nuxe, które kupiłam ostatnio. Są pośród nich zarówno sprawdzone kosmetyki, już wcześniej używane przeze mnie, jak i nowości do wypróbowania.

Olejek Huile Prodigieuse Or to kwintesencja luksusu zamknięta w eleganckiej buteleczce. Drobinki złota nadają skórze blasku i podkreślają pięknie opaleniznę, a aksamitna konsystencja sprawia, że samo nakładanie preparatu to czysta przyjemność. Olejek wchłania się szybko, nie pozostawiając tłustej warstwy, więc od razu po użyciu mogę zakładać ubranie. Dodatkową zaletą jest delikatny zapach. To już trzecia kupiona przeze mnie buteleczka i na pewno nie ostatnia.

Kolejny raz kupiłam także maseczkę oczyszczającą Masque Purifiant Doux i wodę micelarną Eau Demaquillante Micellaire. Obydwa produkty należą do serii kosmetyków z płatkami róży, mają subtelny kwiatowy zapach i skuteczne formuły. Maseczka usuwa zanieczyszczenia, sprawia, że skóra staje się świeża i rozświetlona. Naturalne składniki, biała glinka i puder ryżowy, odtykają i zwężają pory. Natomiast woda micelarna usuwa makijaż, nie podrażniając wrażliwej skóry, gdyż nie zawiera alkoholu. Pozostawia uczucie czystej, miękkiej skóry.

Pozostałe cztery produkty to dla mnie nowości: żel do mycia twarzy z płatkami róży Gel Damquillant Fondant, żel pod prysznic Gel Douche Fondant, a także serum modelujące sylwetkę i zwalczające cellulit tłuszczowy oraz całodobowo nawilżające mleczko do ciała z serii Nuxe Body. Recenzje tych kosmetyków na pewno pojawią się na moim blogu, a już teraz mogę polecić naturalne produkty Nuxe wszystkim kobietom, które lubią rozpieszczać swoje ciało :-)

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In today's post I would like to present some new Nuxe beauty products which I picked up recently. They include both some favourites of mine that I tend to repurchase from time to time as well as some new ones I want to try out.

I would describe the Huile Prodigieuse Or oil as the essence of luxury contained in a fancy bottle. Gold particles give my skin that lovely tanned glow whereas its silky texture makes the application pure pleasure. The oil is rapidly absorped and it does not leave a sticky layer on the skin so that I can just put on my clothes right after using it. I also like the delicate scent of the product. This is the third bottle of Huile Prodigieuse Or I have purchased and definitely not the last one.

It is also not the first time that I bought Masque Purifiant Doux purifying mask and Eau Demaquillante Micellaire micellar water. Both products belong to the line of cosmetics containing rose petals. They have subtle floral scent and reliable formulas. The masque removes impurities and makes the skin fresh and radiant. Natural ingredients, white clay and rice powder, unclog the skin pores efficiently. The micellar water, on the other hand, removes make up without irritating sensitive skin and leaves a fresh and clean feeling. It does not contain alcohol.

Four remaining products are new to me: Gel Damquillant Fondant face cleansing gel and Gel Douche Fondant shower gel as well as body contouring serum for embedded cellulite and 24 hour moisturising body lotion form the Nuxe Body line. Reviews of these products will soon be up on my blog but I can already recommend Nuxe natural cosmetics to all women who love to pamper their bodies :-)

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          Moje żelazne zasady pielęgnacji urody. Beauty Rules I Always Respect.   
Idealna skóra to marzenie każdej z nas, ale jak to z każdym marzeniem, trzeba włożyć sporo pracy, żeby się spełniło. Po pierwsze, systematyczność. Najważniejsze to ustalić własny rytuał urodowy i powtarzać go codziennie. Oto lista prostych zasad, stanowiących podstawę mojej kosmetycznej rutyny. Wszystkie produkty, których używam, kupuję w aptece, gdyż dermokosmetyki to sprawdzone, przebadane naukowo formuły, stosowane przez dermatolożki – wiem, że mogę na nich polegać :-)

Perfect skin is a dream of many of us but as with every dream, one needs to put a lot of effort for it to come true. First of all, regularity. Having your own beauty ritual that you repeat every day is most important. This is a list of easy rules essential in my beauty routine. All products I use are from a drugstore (which in my country is more similar to French apothecary) since these are reliable formulas, scientifically tested and used by dermatologists – I know I can count on them :-)


1.Oczyszczanie. Codziennie wieczorem (bez wyjątków!) zmywam makijaż płynem micelarnym Sensibio H2O Biodermy. Mogą go stosować nawet osoby o wrażliwej skórze, na twarz i oczy, nie ma zapachu. Następnie lubię umyć twarz wodą i żelem do mycia. Raz w tygodniu stosuję oczyszczającą maseczkę Cleanance Avené, aby złuszczyć martwy naskórek.

Cleansing. Every evening (no exceptions!) I remove my make up using micellar water Sensibio H2O by BIODERMA. It can be used even on sensitive skin, both face and eyes. It has no fragrance. After that I like to wash my face with water and a cleansing gel. I use Cleanance mask by Avené once a week in order to exfoliate dead skin.

2. Krem pod oczy. Bardzo dbam o delikatną skórę wokół oczu, dlatego nakładam na nią żel Aqualia Thermal Vichy, który ma opakowanie w postaci bardzo wygodnego roll-on, lub Sensibio Eye Biodermy. Kosmetyk wklepuję palcami, aby lepiej się wchłonął.

Eye cream. I take good care of the delicate skin around the eyes therefore I apply eye gel Aqualia Thermal by Vichy, which has a very handy roll on applicator, or Sensibio Eye by Bioderma. I pat it in with my fingers for better absorption.

3. Nawilżanie. Rano pod makijaż nakładam krem nawilżający Aqua PRĒCIS Uriage z filtrem SPF 20, gdyż ochrona przed słońcem to podstawa prewencji fotostarzenia skóry. Natomiast na wieczór lubię ostatnio serum Idealia Vichy z unikalnym kompleksem idealizującym LR2412+LHA . Zawiera ono opalizujące drobinki, które rozświetlają cerę, nadając jej zdrowy wygląd. Innym sprawdzonym przeze mnie zestawem jest serum i krem Hydrabio Biodermy do bardzo wysuszonej wrażliwej skóry. Raz w tygodniu obowiązkowo maseczka nawilżająca Masque Confort Lierac.

Moisturising. In the morning I apply Aqua PRĒCIS moisturising cream by Uriage with SPF 20 because sun protection is crucial in the prevention of photoaging of the skin, whereas in the evening I use Idealia Serum by Vichy which contains a unique LR2412+LHA molecule. It also contains opalescent particles which give the skin healthy glowing look. Another favourites of mine are Hydrabio Cream and Serum by Bioderma. Moisturising face mask Masque Confort by Lierac is compulsory once a week.

4. Zwalczanie niedoskonałości. Nie mam problemów z trądzikiem, a na okazjonalnie pojawiające się grudki (bo tak się je nazywa w dermatologicznym żargonie) nakładam punktowo koncentrat z linii Lierac Prescription z kwasem azelainowym. Składnik ten ma działanie keratolityczne, tzn. usuwa nadmierną warstwę zrogowaciałą, oraz bakteriobójcze, a ponadto hamuje melanogenezę, czyli zapobiega powstawaniu przebarwień.

Fighting imperfections. I don't have acne problems but whenever I do get an occasional papule (this is the dermatological term for a pimple) I apply a concentrate from Lierac Prescription line. This product contains azelaic acid which has keratolitic properties (it means it removes excessive dead skin layer), kills bacteria and also reduces melanogenesis which prevents hyperpigmentation.

1. Idealia Serum Vichy 2. Masque Confort Lierac 3.Hydrabio Serum Bioderma 4. Maseczka Cleanance Avene

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          Interactive Magnetic Catheter Steering With 3-D Real-Time Feedback Using Multi-Color Magnetic Particle Imaging   
Magnetic particle imaging (MPI) is an emerging tomographic method that enables sensitive and fast imaging. It does not require ionizing radiation and thus may be a safe alternative for tracking of devices in the catheterization laboratory. The 3-D real-time imaging capabilities of MPI have been demonstrated in vivo and recent improvements in fast online image reconstruction enable almost real-time data reconstruction and visualization. Moreover, based on the use of different magnetic particle types for catheter visualization and blood pool imaging, multi-color MPI enables reconstruction of separate images for the catheter and the vessels from simultaneously measured data. While these are important assets for interventional imaging, MPI field generators can furthermore apply strong forces on a magnetic catheter tip. It is the aim of this paper to give a first demonstration of the combination of real-time multi-color MPI with online reconstruction and interactive field control for the application of forces on a magnetic catheter model in a phantom experiment.
          Detection and Compensation of Periodic Motion in Magnetic Particle Imaging   
The temporal resolution of the tomographic imaging method magnetic particle imaging (MPI) is remarkably high. The spatial resolution is degraded for measured voltage signal with low signal-to-noise ratio, because the regularization in the image reconstruction step needs to be increased for system-matrix approaches and for deconvolution steps in $x$ -space approaches. To improve the signal-to-noise ratio, blockwise averaging of the signal over time can be advantageous. However, since block-wise averaging decreases the temporal resolution, it prevents resolving the motion. In this paper, a framework for averaging motion-corrupted MPI raw data is proposed. The motion is considered to be periodic as it is the case for respiration and/or the heartbeat. The same state of motion is thus reached repeatedly in a time series exceeding the repetition time of the motion and can be used for averaging. As the motion process and the acquisition process are, in general, not synchronized, averaging of the captured MPI raw data corresponding to the same state of motion requires to shift the starting point of the individual frames. For high-frequency motion, a higher frame rate is potentially required. To address this issue, a binning method for using only parts of complete frames from a motion cycle is proposed that further reduces the motion artifacts in the final images. The frequency of motion is derived directly from the MPI raw data signal without the need to capture an additional navigator signal. Using a motion phantom, it is shown that the proposed method is capable of averaging experimental data with reduced motion artifacts. The methods are further validated on in-vivo data from mouse experiments to compensate the heartbeat.
          Engineering of combination particles for improved therapeutic efficacy   
Dhillon, A. S., 2010. Engineering of combination particles for improved therapeutic efficacy. Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)). University of Bath.
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           Cold model study of raceway under mixed particle conditions    
Sastry, GSSRK and Gupta, GS and Lahiri, AK (2003) Cold model study of raceway under mixed particle conditions. In: Ironmaking & Steelmaking, 30 (1). pp. 61-65.
           The effect of particle size distribution on TG    
Lahiri, AK (1980) The effect of particle size distribution on TG. In: Thermochimica Acta, 40 (2). pp. 289-295.
          Plant-based Injectable Nanoparticles Can be Effective for Cancer Treatment   
Injectable plant-based nanoparticles can help to delay tumor progression in cancer treatment, finds a new study.
          Supercomputers Design and Test New Tools for Cancer Detection   
Cancer detection can be made more precise using new tools designed with supercomputers, finds a new study.
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          Top 10 discoveries about waves    

Gravitational radiation reminds science of its debts to the physics of waves

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CATCH A WAVE Physicists are the surfers of science, with a long history of fascination with waves.

Physics fans are a lot like surfers. Both think waves are really fun.

For surfers, it’s all about having a good time. For physicists, it’s about understanding some of nature’s most important physical phenomena. Yet another detection of gravitational waves, announced June 1, further reinvigorates the world’s science fans’ excitement over waves.

Waves have naturally always been a topic of scientific and mathematical interest. They play a part in an enormous range of physical processes, from heat and light to radio and TV, sonograms and music, earthquakes and holograms. (Waves used to even be a common sight in baseball stadiums, but fans got tired of standing up and down and it was really annoying anyway.)

Many of science’s greatest achievements have been discoveries of new kinds of waves or new insights into wave motion. Identifying just the Top 10 such discoveries (or ideas) is therefore difficult and bound to elicit critical comments from cult members of particular secret wave societies. So remember, if your favorite wave isn’t on this list, it would have been No. 11.

10.  Thomas Young: Light is a wave.

In the opening years of the 19th century, the English physician Young tackled a long-running controversy about the nature of light. A century earlier, Isaac Newton had argued forcibly for the view that light consisted of (very small) particles. Newton’s contemporary Christiaan Huygens strongly disagreed, insisting that light traveled through space as a wave.

Through a series of clever experiments, Young demonstrated strong evidence for waves. Poking two tiny holes in a thick sheet of paper, Young saw that light passing through created alternating bands of light and darkness on a surface placed on the other side of the paper. That was just as expected if light passing through the two holes interfered just as water waves do, canceling out when crest met trough or enhancing when crests met “in phase.” Young did not work out his wave theory with mathematical rigor and so Newton’s defenders resisted, attempting to explain away Young’s results.

But soon Augustin Jean Fresnel in France worked out the math of light waves in detail. And in 1850, when Jean-Bernard-Léon Foucault showed that light travels faster in air than water, the staunchest Newton fans had to capitulate. Newton himself would have acknowledged that light must therefore consist of waves. (Much later, though, Einstein found a way that light could in fact consist of particles, which came to be called photons.)

9. Michelson and Morley: Light waves don’t vibrate anything.

Waves are vibrations, implying the need for something to vibrate. Sound vibrated molecules in the air, for instance, and ocean waves vibrated molecules of water. Light, supposedly, vibrated an invisible substance called the ether.

In 1887, Albert A. Michelson and his collaborator Edward Morley devised an experiment to detect that ether. Earth’s motion through the ether should have meant that light’s velocity would depend on its direction. (Traveling with the Earth’s motion, light’s speed wouldn’t be the same as traveling at right angles to the direction of motion.) Michelson and Morley figured they could detect that difference by exploiting the interference phenomena discovered by Young. But their apparatus failed to find any ether effect. They thought their experiment was flawed. But later Einstein figured out there actually wasn’t any ether.

8. James Clerk Maxwell: Light is an electromagnetic wave.

Maxwell died in 1879, the year Einstein was born, and so did not know there wasn’t an ether. He did figure out, though, that both electricity and magnetism could be explained by stresses in some such medium.

Electric and magnetic charges in the ether ought to generate disturbances in the form of waves, Maxwell realized. Based on the strengths of those forces he calculated that the waves would travel at the fantastic speed of 310 million meters per second, suspiciously close to the best recent measurements of the speed of light (those measurements ranged from 298 million to 315 million meters per second). So Maxwell, without the benefit of ever having watched NCIS on TV, then invoked Gibbs’ Rule 39 (there’s no such thing as a coincidence) and concluded that light was an example of an electromagnetic wave.

“It seems we have strong reason to conclude that light itself (including radiant heat, and other radiations if any) is an electromagnetic disturbance in the form of waves propagated through the electromagnetic field,” he wrote in 1864. His “other radiations, if any” turned out to be an entire spectrum of all sorts of cool waves, from gamma radiation to radio signals.

7. Heinrich Hertz: Radio waves.

Not very many people took Maxwell seriously at first. A few, though, known as the Maxwellians, promoted his ideas. One physicist who had faith in Maxwell, or at least in his equations, was Hertz, who performed experiments in his lab in Karlsruhe, Germany, that successfully produced and detected radio waves, eventually to be exploited by propagandists to spread a lot of illogical nonsense on talk radio.

His success inspired much more respect for the equations in Maxwell’s theory, which Hertz found almost magical: “It is impossible to study this wonderful theory without feeling as if the mathematical equations had an independent life and an intelligence of their own, as if they were wiser than ourselves,” Hertz said. His prime experimental success came in 1887, the same year that Michelson and Morley failed to detect the ether. Hertz died in 1894, long before his discovery was put to widespread use.

6. John Michell: Seismic waves.

Michell, an English geologist and astronomer, was motivated by the great Lisbon earthquake of 1755 to investigate the cause of earthquakes. In 1760 he concluded that “subterraneous fires” should be blamed, noting that volcanoes — “burning mountains” — commonly occur in the same neighborhood as frequent earthquakes.

Michell noted that “the motion of the earth in earthquakes is … partly propagated by waves, which succeed one another sometimes at larger and sometimes at smaller distances.” He cited witness accounts of quakes in which the ground rose “like the sea in a wave.” Much later seismologists developed a more precise understanding of the seismic waves that shake the Earth, using them as probes to infer the planet’s inner structure.

5. Wilhelm Röntgen: X-rays.

Roentgen's first x-ray of his wife's handWhen Hertz discovered radio waves, he knew he was looking for the long-wavelength radiation foreshadowed in Maxwell’s equations. But a few years later, in 1895, Röntgen found the radio wave counterpart of the opposite end of the electromagnetic spectrum — by accident.

Mysterious short-wavelength rays of an unknown type (therefore designated X) emerged when Röntgen shot cathode rays (beams of electrons) through a glass tube. Röntgen suspected that his creation might be a new kind of wave among the many Maxwell had anticipated: “There seems to exist some kind of relationship between the new rays and light rays; at least this is indicated by the formation of shadows,” Röntgen wrote. Those shadows, of course, became the basis for a revolutionary medical technology.

Besides providing a major new tool for observing shattered bones and other structures inside the body, X-rays eventually became essential tools for scientific investigation in astronomy, biology and other fields. And they shattered the late 19th century complacency of physicists who thought they’d basically figured everything out about nature. Weirdly, though, X-rays later turned out to be particles sometimes, validating Einstein’s ideas that light had an alter ego particle identity. (By the way, it turned out that X-rays aren’t the electromagnetic waves with the shortest wavelengths — gamma rays can be even shorter. Maybe they would be No. 11.)

4. Epicurus: The swerve.

Not exactly a wave in the ordinary sense, the swerve was a deviation from straight line motion postulated by the Greek philosopher Epicurus around 300 B.C. Unlike Aristotle, Epicurus believed in atoms, and argued that reality was built entirely from the random collisions of an infinite number of those tiny particles. Supposedly, he thought, atoms would all just fall straight down to the center of the universe unless some unpredictable “swerve” occasionally caused them to deviate from their paths so they would bounce off each other and congregate into complex structures.

It has not escaped the attention of modern philosophers that the Epicurean unpredictable swerve is a bit like the uncertainty in particle motions introduced by quantum mechanics. Which has its own waves. 

3. Louis de Broglie: Matter waves.

In the early 1920s, de Broglie noticed a peculiar connection between relativity and quantum physics. Max Planck’s famous quantum formula related energy to frequency of a wave motion. Einstein’s special relativity related energy to the mass of a particle. De Broglie thought it would make a fine doctoral dissertation to work out the implications of two seemingly separate things both related to energy. If energy equals mass (times the speed of light squared) and energy equals frequency (time Planck’s constant), then voilà, mass equals frequency (times some combination of the constants). Therefore, de Broglie reasoned, particles (of mass) ought to also exist as waves (with a frequency).

That might have seemed wacky, but Einstein read de Broglie’s thesis and thought it made sense. Soon Walter Elsasser in Germany reported experiments that supported de Broglie, and in America Clinton Davisson and coworkers demonstrated conclusively that electrons did in fact exhibit wave properties.

De Broglie won the physics Nobel Prize in 1929; Davisson shared the 1937 Nobel with George Thomson, who had conducted similar experiments showing electrons are waves. Which was ironic, because George’s father, J.J. Thomson, won the 1906 Nobel for the work that revealed the existence of the electron as a particle. Eight decades later Ernst Ruska won a Nobel for his design of a powerful microscope that exploited the electron’s wave behavior.

2. Max Born: Probability waves.

De Broglie’s idea ignited a flurry of activity among physicists trying to figure out how waves fit into quantum theory. Niels Bohr, for instance, spent considerable effort attempting to reconcile the dual wave-particle nature of both electrons and light. Erwin Schrödinger, meanwhile, developed a full-fledged “wave mechanics” to describe the behavior of electrons in atoms solely from the wave perspective. Schrödinger’s math incorporated a “wave function” that was great for calculating the expected results of experiments, even though some experiments clearly showed electrons to be particles.

Born, a German physicist and good friend of Einstein’s, deduced the key to clarifying the wave function: It was an indicator of the probability of finding the particle in a given location. Combined with Werner Heisenberg’s brand-new uncertainty principle, Born’s realization led to the modern view that an electron is wavelike in the sense that it does not possess a definite location until it is observed. That approach works fine for all practical purposes, but physicists and philosophers still engage in vigorous debates today about the true physical status of the wave function.

1. LIGO: Gravitational waves.

graph of gravitational wave detectionSoon after he completed his general theory of relativity, Einstein realized that it implied the possibility of gravitational radiation — vibrations of spacetime itself.  He had no idea, though, that by spending a billion dollars, physicists a century later could actually detect those spacetime ripples. But thanks to lasers (which maybe would have been No. 11), the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory — two huge labs in Louisiana and Washington state — captured the spacetime shudders emitted from a pair of colliding black holes in September 2015.

That detection is certainly one of the most phenomenal experimental achievements in the history of science. It signaled a new era in astronomy, providing astronomers a tool for probing the depths of the universe that are obscured from view with Maxwell’s “other radiations, if any.” For astronomy, gravitational radiation is the wave of the future. 

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          The first Cassini to explore Saturn was a person    

Space probe preparing to crash into ringed planet was named for an astronomical pioneer

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TWO CASSINIS  The Cassini spacecraft has become famous for its stunning views of Saturn, including this image of the unlit side of the rings taken in 2012. But what do we know about the man Cassini was named for?

As the Cassini spacecraft plunges toward its death on Saturn, the world’s knowledge of the famous ringed planet continues to accumulate. Thanks to years of observations by the versatile probe, astronomers now know Saturn as intimately as macaroni knows cheese. But still hardly anyone outside the world of astronomy knows anything about Cassini — and I don’t mean the spacecraft, but the guy it was named for.

Gian Domenico Cassini was an Italian astronomer, born in Perinaldo in 1625, around the time that Galileo was battling the church over Copernicus’ revelation that the Earth orbits the sun. Cassini was attracted to poetry but was also good at math. He got his start in science via astrology, which back then was not considered quite as completely idiotic as it is today. In fact, astronomy itself was often supported by wealthy people in order to get better astrological forecasts. One such wealthy Italian, an amateur astronomer, was impressed with a pamphlet on astrology that Cassini had written; it earned him an invitation to work at the amateur’s observatory, near Bologna.

From the leading scientists at Bologna, Cassini learned the importance of using high-quality instruments to make the most precise measurements possible. His talents were soon recognized; by 1650 Cassini’s accomplishments and reputation earned him the chair in astronomy at the university in Bologna. He continued his research during the 1650s, taking a particular interest in comets.

Cassini was an old-school conservative kind of scientist, not even inclined to take Galileo’s side on the Earth-orbiting-the-sun issue. Cassini preferred Tycho Brahe’s position that the other planets orbited the sun, but the sun then orbited the Earth. (Later Cassini accepted the Copernican sun-centered solar system, but only half-heartedly.) Cassini also was no fan of Newton’s law of gravity.

Cassini’s work as an eminent Italian scientist was not limited to astronomy. Called on to referee a political dispute over the course of a river, he mastered hydraulics. Later he spent some time studying insects and experimenting on blood transfusions. None of that was as fun as astronomy, though, so he returned to the stars often. In addition to comets, he specialized in the sun and especially solar eclipses. Some of his best work resulted from the use of a meridian — a large sundial-like device for recording solar movements — that he designed and had installed on the top of a church steeple.

Cassini was also clever enough to know the value of cultivating useful friendships. In particular, he was on good terms with some skillful Roman lens makers who provided him with especially powerful telescopes. With such instruments Cassini was able to calculate the rotation rates of Jupiter and Mars accurately. (He gave Venus a shot, but it was harder.)

Even more impressively, Cassini accomplished a goal that had eluded Galileo by accurately describing the motions of the moons of Jupiter. It was Cassini’s work on Jupiter’s moons that allowed the Danish astronomer Olaus Rømer to measure the speed of light, establishing that light did not transit space instantaneously, as many (including Cassini) had believed.

Even before Rømer’s results, Cassini’s accomplishments made him famous enough to get offered a job in Paris. That job was actually a prime position with the new French Academy of Sciences, whose founders recruited savants from all over Europe to enhance the new academy’s prestige. So in 1669 Cassini moved to Paris. He didn’t fit in all that well; his French was sketchy and his authoritarian approach to things in general ticked some people off. But he eventually managed to develop a world-class astronomical observation program. He became a French citizen in 1673 and married the daughter of a French official wealthy enough to offer as part of the dowry a nice castle for a summer home. Cassini then forgot about his original plan to return to Italy and spent the rest of his life in France.

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Had his astronomical achievements ended with his departure from Italy, Cassini would have been an odd choice for the name of a spacecraft sent to study Saturn. But besides his administrative role at the French academy’s observatory, Cassini continued his own studies. And, having mastered Jupiter, he naturally moved on to Saturn. In 1671 he discovered Saturn’s moon Iapetus and found another, Rhea, the next year. Much later he detected the moons Tethys and Dione. He also thoroughly examined the disk around Saturn and discerned that it was not just one ring. He identified two prominent rings separated by a small gap — the thin black band between the two is now known as Cassini’s division. Cassini even guessed, more or less correctly, that the rings are made of small particles all orbiting Saturn in concert.

And so Cassini knew Saturn as intimately as anyone from his era, establishing sufficient Saturnian credentials to earn the honor of having a space probe named for him. Cassini the probe has now seen Saturn much more clearly than Cassini the man. But soon Cassini the probe will die and go blind; Cassini the man first went blind, two years before he died, in 1712.

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          Top 10 science anniversaries of 2017    

It’s time to celebrate pulsars, planets, Einstein, more Einstein and the laws of robotics

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This year marks the semicentennial of the discovery of pulsars, first observed by Jocelyn Bell Burnell, shown here in 1968 at the Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory in Cambridge, England.

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Every year science offers a diverse menu of anniversaries to celebrate. Births (or deaths) of famous scientists, landmark discoveries or scientific papers — significant events of all sorts qualify for celebratory consideration, as long as the number of years gone by is some worthy number, like 25, 50, 75 or 100. Or simple multiples thereof with polysyllabic names.

2017 has more than enough such anniversaries for a Top 10 list, so some worthwhile events don’t even make the cut, such as the births of Stephen Hawking (1942) and Arthur C. Clarke (1917). The sesquicentennial of Michael Faraday’s death (1867) almost made the list, but was bumped at the last minute by a book. Namely:

10. On Growth and Form, centennial (1917)

A true magnum opus, by the Scottish biologist D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson, On Growth and Form has inspired many biologists with its mathematical analysis of physical and structural forces underlying the diversity of shapes and forms in the biological world. Nobel laureate biologist Sir Peter Medawar praised Thompson’s book as “beyond comparison the finest work of literature in all the annals of science that have been recorded in the English tongue.”

9. Birth of Abraham de Moivre, semiseptcentennial (1667).

Born in France on May 26, 1667, de Moivre moved as a young man to London where he did his best work, earning election to the Royal Society. Despite exceptional mathematical skill, though, he attained no academic position and earned a meager living as a tutor. He is most famous for his book The Doctrine of Chances, which was in essence an 18th century version of Gambling for Dummies. It contained major advances in probability theory and in later editions introduced the concept of the famous bell curve. Isaac Newton was impressed; the legend goes that when anyone asked him about probability, Newton said to go talk to de Moivre.

8. Exoplanets, quadranscentennial (1992)

It seems like exoplanets have been around almost forever (and probably actually were), but the first confirmed by Earthbound astronomers were reported just a quarter century ago. Three planets showed up orbiting not an ordinary star, but a pulsar, a rapidly spinning neutron star left behind by a supernova.

Astrophysicists Aleksander Wolszczan and Dale Frail found a sign of the planets, first detected with the Arecibo radio telescope, in irregularities in the radio pulses from the millisecond pulsar PSR1257+12. Some luck was involved. In 1990, the Arecibo telescope was being repaired and couldn’t pivot to point at a specific target; instead it constantly watched just one region of the sky. PSR1257+12 just happened to float by.

7. Birth of Marie Curie, sesquicentennial (1867)

No doubt the most famous Polish-born scientist since Copernicus, Curie was born in Warsaw on November 7, 1867, as Maria Sklodowska. Challenged by poverty, family tragedies and poor health, she nevertheless excelled as a high school student. But she then worked as a governess, while continuing as much science education as possible, until her married sister invited her to Paris. There she completed her physics education with honors and met and married another young physicist, Pierre Curie.

Together they tackled the mystery of the newly discovered radioactivity, winning the physics Nobel in 1903 along with radioactivity’s discoverer, Henri Becquerel. Marie continued the work after her husband’s tragic death in 1906; she became the first person to win a second Nobel, awarded in chemistry in 1911 for her discovery of the new radioactive elements polonium and radium.

6. Laws of Robotics, semisesquicentennial (1942)

One of science fiction’s greatest contributions to modern technological philosophy was Isaac Asimov’s Laws of Robotics, which first appeared in a short story in the March 1942 issue of Astounding Science Fiction. Later, those laws formed the motif of his many robot novels and appeared in his famous Foundation Trilogy (and subsequent sequels and prequels). They were:

  1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  2. A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

Much later Asimov added a “zeroth law,” requiring robots to protect all of humankind even if that meant violating the other three laws. Artificial intelligence researchers all know about Asimov’s laws, but somehow have not managed to enforce them on social media. Incidentally, this year is also the quadranscentennial of Asimov’s death in 1992.

5. First sustained nuclear fission chain reaction, semisesquicentennial (1942)

Enrico Fermi, the Italian Nobel laureate, escaped fascist Italy to come to the United States shortly after nuclear fission’s discovery in Germany. Fermi directed construction of the “atomic pile,” or nuclear reactor, on a squash court under the stands of the University of Chicago’s football stadium. Fermi and his collaborators showed that neutrons emitted from fissioning uranium nuclei could induce more fission, creating a chain reaction capable of releasing enormous amounts of energy. Which it later did.

4. Discovery of pulsars, semicentennial (1967)

Science’s awareness of the existence of pulsars turns 50 this year, thanks to the diligence of Irish astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell Burnell. She spent many late-night hours examining the data recordings from the radio telescope she helped to build that first spotted a signal from a pulsar. She recognized that the signal was something special even though others thought it was just a glitch in the apparatus. But she was a graduate student so her supervisor got the Nobel Prize instead of her

3. Einstein’s theory of lasers, centennial (1917)

Albert Einstein did not actually invent the laser, but he developed the mathematical understanding that made lasers possible. By 1917, physicists knew that quantum physics played a part in the working of atoms, but the details were fuzzy. Niels Bohr had shown in 1913 that an atom’s electrons occupy different energy levels, and that falling from a high energy level to a lower one emits radiation.

Einstein worked out the math describing this process when many atoms have electrons in high-energy states and emit radiation. His analysis of matter-radiation interaction indicated that it would be possible to prepare many atoms in the same high-energy state and then stimulate them to emit radiation all at once. Properly done, all the atoms would emit radiation of identical wavelength with the waves in phase. A few decades later other physicists figured out how to build such a device for use as a powerful weapon or to read bar codes at grocery stores.

2. Qubits, quadranscentennial (1992)

An even better quantum anniversary than lasers is the presentation to the world of the concept of quantum bits of information. Physicist Ben Schumacher of Kenyon College in Ohio unveiled the idea at a conference in Dallas in 1992 (I was there). A “quantum bit” of information, or qubit, represents the information contained in a quantum particle, which can exist in multiple states at once. A photon, for instance, might simultaneously be in a state of horizontal or vertical polarization. Or an electron’s spin could be up and down at the same time.

Such states differ from classical bits of information in a computer, recorded as either a 0 or 1; a quantum bit is both 0 and 1 at the same time. It becomes one or the other only when observed, much like a flipped coin is nether heads nor tails until somebody catches it, or it lands on the 50 yard line. Schumacher’s idea did not get a lot of attention at first, but it eventually became the foundational idea for quantum information theory, a field now booming with efforts to construct a quantum computer based on the manipulation of qubits.

1. Birth of modern cosmology, centennial (1917)

It might seem unfair that Einstein gets two Top 10 anniversaries in 2017, but 1917 was a good year for him. Before publishing his laser paper, Einstein tweaked the equations of his brand-new general theory of relativity in order to better explain the universe (details in Part 1). Weirdly, Einstein didn’t understand the universe, and he later thought the term he added to his equations was a mistake. But it turns out that today’s understanding of the universe’s behavior — expanding at an accelerating rate — seems to require the term that Einstein thought he had added erroneously. But you can’t expect Einstein to have foreseen everything. He probably had no idea that lasers would revolutionize grocery shopping either.

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          Why quantum mechanics might need an overhaul   

Nobel laureate Steven Weinberg says current debates suggest need for new approach to comprehend reality

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Nobel laureate Steven Weinberg, a physicist at the University of Texas at Austin, was once happy with quantum mechanics. But now he thinks that some more general theory may be needed to resolve long-standing disputes about the meaning of quantum mechanical math.

SAN ANTONIO — Quantum mechanics is science’s equivalent of political polarization.

Voters either take sides and argue with each other endlessly, or stay home and accept politics as it is. Physicists either just accept quantum mechanics and do their calculations, or take sides in the never-ending debate over what quantum mechanics is actually saying about reality.

Steven Weinberg used to be happy with quantum mechanics as it is and didn’t worry about the debates. But as he has thought about it over the years, the 83-year-old Nobel laureate has reassessed.

“Now I’m not so sure,” he declared October 30 in San Antonio at a session for science writers organized by the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. (Disclosure: I am a member of the CASW board.) “I’m not as happy about quantum mechanics as I used to be, and not as dismissive of its critics.”

One reason Weinberg thinks there’s a need for a new chapter in the quantum story is that those who think everything is fine with quantum mechanics take different sides in the debates about it.

“It’s a bad sign in particular that those physicists who are happy about quantum mechanics, and see nothing wrong with it, don’t agree with each other about what it means,” Weinberg says.

Quantum mechanics stirred up consternation from its beginnings. More than a century ago, physicists such as Max Planck, Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr showed that standard 19th century physics was inadequate for explaining various features of heat, light and atoms. By the 1920s, other physicists, including Werner Heisenberg, Erwin Schrödinger, Paul Dirac and Max Born, developed those early realizations into the full-fledged quantum mechanical math that today lies at the foundation of physical understanding of just about everything. Quantum mechanics, Weinberg noted, is the “basis of our understanding of not only atoms, but also atomic nuclei, electrical conduction, magnetism, electromagnetic radiation, semiconductors, superconductors, white dwarf stars, neutron stars, nuclear forces and elementary particles.”

But quantum theory’s explanatory power has come at a substantial price: the need to accept counterintuitive weirdness about reality that many physicists, including such pioneers as Einstein and Schrödinger, refused to accept.

One such objectionable aspect was the quantum rejection of Newtonian determinism, the belief that all events are fully determined by preceding circumstances. You can calculate exactly where a baseball will land, for instance, if you know its velocity and direction when it gets hit by a bat. Quantum mechanics, to the contrary, imposes a probabilistic element into the description of natural processes. When an electron bounces off an atom, no one can predict exactly which direction the electron will go; quantum mechanics just permits you to calculate the odds that it will go one direction or another. A mathematical formula called the wave function provides the instructions for calculating where an electron is likely to be — when you make a measurement of the electron, you are most likely to find it where its probability wave is most intense. Repeated measurements would find a range of results corresponding to the probabilities that the quantum math specifies.

Einstein objected, saying God does not play dice. He further objected to another weird aspect of quantum mechanics, involving its description of pairs of particles separated at birth. Two photons emerging from a single atom, for instance, could fly very far apart yet share a single quantum description; making a measurement on one can reveal something about the other, no matter how far away it is.

Attempts to explain these conundrums fall into two broad categories, Weinberg said: “instrumentalist” and “realist.” Instrumentalists contend that the wave function is merely a tool for calculating the results of experiments — there’s no way to know anything more about reality. Devotees of the realist approach contend that the wave function is a real thing out in the world, evolving over time, and at a fundamental level it is responsible for what’s really happening.

Weinberg finds the instrumentalist view unattractive. It’s “so ugly to imagine that we have no knowledge of anything out there — we can only say what happens when we make a measurement,” he says. “The instrumentalist approach takes the attitude that we just don’t know what’s going on out there.”

On the other hand, the realist view does say what’s going on “out there,” but at the cost of enormous complexity, in the form of a countless number of independent streams of reality. “What’s going on out there is a wave function that is progressing with time in a perfectly deterministic but incredibly complicated way,” Weinberg says. In this view, all possible outcomes of quantum processes (that is, everything) come to pass in one stream or another (even though nobody is aware of any of the other streams, or “histories”).

Weinberg would prefer a reality with one history. But apart from that preference, the realist approach does not explain why measurement results observe the rules of quantum probabilities. If everything actually does happen in the various histories, there seems to be no reason why the quantum rules for probability would apply inside any one stream.

So Weinberg thinks there might be something beyond quantum mechanics, a deeper theory that introduces probabilities at a fundamental level, rather than requiring a human to make measurements to get the probabilities to show up. And there is a line of research attempting to generalize quantum mechanics along those lines. But so far a compelling theory that succeeds in generalizing quantum mechanics does not exist.

Perhaps a replacement for today’s quantum theory will come together any time now. Or perhaps not. “Maybe it’s just the way we express the theory is bad,” Weinberg says, “and the theory itself is right.”

Or possibly a surprise is in store.

“There’s always a third possibility,” Weinberg said, “that’s there’s something else entirely, that we’re going to have a revolution in science which is as much of a break with the past as quantum mechanics is a break from classical physics. That’s a possibility. It may be that a paper from a graduate student tomorrow morning will lay it out. By definition I don’t know what that would be.”

In any case, Weinberg observed, there’s a danger in evaluating any theory in terms of contemporary philosophical prejudices. Newtonian gravity, Weinberg noted, was itself regarded as unacceptable by many scientists of his era.

“Newton’s theory … seemed unpalatable to his contemporaries,” Weinberg said. Newtonian gravity was action at a distance, with no tangible pushing or pulling guiding the planets in their orbits. That “seemed like the introduction of an occult element into science, and was rejected for that reason by the followers of Descartes,” Weinberg said. Furthermore, “the force of gravitation was something that couldn’t be deduced from fundamental philosophical considerations and was rejected in part for that reason by the followers of Leibniz.” And Newton also did away with the dreams of Kepler and others to deduce the size of planetary orbits from fundamental principles.

Yet over time, Newton’s theory compiled an impressive list of successes (much like quantum mechanics has).

“By the end of the 18th century, it was perfectly clear to everyone that Newton’s theory was correct, or at least a spectacularly successful approximation,” Weinberg said. “We can take the lesson that it’s not really a good idea to hold new physical theories too strictly up to some preexisting philosophical standard. We have to go with it and see where it takes us — and see whether or not perhaps we have to change our philosophical standards.”

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          Visits to Proxima Centauri’s planet are probably millennia away    

Even alpha particle propulsion is too slow for trip to new world

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Proxima Centauri, the nearest member of the Alpha Centauri triple star system, is just a little more than 4 light-years away from the sun. With a proposed propulsion scheme using alpha particle decay, travel time to the star's newly discovered planet would be no shorter than 4,000 years.

If you’d like to vacation at the newly found planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, you might want to reconsider. It’s nearby astronomically — a mere 4.2 light-years away — but still too far away for any plausible transportation technology to reach within the current millennium.

In fact, it’s a pretty safe bet the Chicago Cubs will win the World Series before any human steps foot on Earth’s nearest exoplanetary neighbor (known as Proxima b). Unless P. Centaurian aliens arrive soon with a “To Serve Man” cookbook, your chances of visiting Proxima b before you die are about the same as sainthood for Ted Bundy. By the time anybody from here goes there, years will have five digits.   

It took NASA’s New Horizons probe — the fastest spacecraft humans have ever launched — over nine years just to get to Pluto. At its top speed of 16 kilometers per second, New Horizons would need almost 80,000 years to get to Proxima Centauri.

Solar sail propulsion — in which lightweight craft could be accelerated by pressure from sunlight — would be a little be faster, but not by much, taking (by one estimate) 66,000 years to make the Proxima Centauri run.

Novel propulsion schemes have been proposed that could reduce that time substantially. A sail driven by alpha particle recoil, for instance, provides some serious advantages over solar sails, as Wenwu Zhang and colleagues point out in the August issue of Applied Radiation and Isotopes.

Ordinary rocket speed is limited by how fast the combusted fuel can eject exhaust; NASA has investigated a plasma engine design that can attain exhaust speeds of 50 km/s. But that approach requires huge energy input and high voltage, Zhang and colleagues point out (and so would be prohibitively expensive). Alpha particles emitted by radioactive substances, on the other hand, can speed away about 300 times faster. Therefore, Zhang and coauthors assert, “alpha decay particles … may be a potential solution for long-time acceleration in space.”

Usually, of course, a chunk of radioactive matter would emit alpha particles in all directions. So your craft would need a shield on one side to absorb the particles before they got very far. The rest would stream away in the opposite direction, pushing the craft forward (by virtue of the law of conservation of momentum). True, alpha particles are tiny and the effect of their recoil would be small. But it would add up. Shot into space with standard technology (thereby achieving a 16 km/s start-up speed), an alpha recoil spacecraft could eventually reach a speed in the range of 200–300 km/s or so.

It helps to choose the right alpha-emitting material. Uranium-232 would be ideal. It has a long enough half-life (almost 70 years) to last for an extended voyage, but it also decays into daughter nuclei that emit alpha particles more frequently, boosting the recoil effect. (You won’t find any U-232 in uranium mines, though — it would need to be produced in nuclear transmutation factories.)

Assuming a suitably light and thin absorption material, Zhang and colleagues envision an alpha-powered interstellar sail about 24 meters across. They calculate a travel time to Proxima Centauri between about 4,000 and 9,000 years (depending on the ratio of fuel mass to total spacecraft mass). That would easily win the race against a solar sail, but would far exceed most people’s available vacation time. “Interstellar travel definitely asks for even better propulsion technologies,” Zhang and colleagues understate. And surely within 4,000 years somebody will invent a faster technology that could pass the alpha-decay craft and get to Proxima b first.  

Other people already have ideas, as Science News astronomy writer Christopher Crockett noted in his story on the discovery of Proxima b. Philanthropist Yuri Milner recently announced a research project to explore the prospects of sending numerous nanocraft to Proxima Centauri’s neighborhood — the Alpha Centauri triple star system. (Proxima is the third star, presumably in orbit around Alpha Centauri A and B.) That plan envisions wafers weighing about a gram or so carried along by similar-mass light sails propelled by a powerful laser beam. If current technological dreams come true, tiny cameras and lasers on the wafer could capture and transmit information about Proxima b back to Earth.

Supposedly such nanocraft could reach 20 percent of the speed of light, allowing them to reach Proxima Centauri by maybe 20 years after launch. So there’s an outside chance of getting a message back from Proxima b before the Cubs win a World Series. But there’s no hope of hitching a ride on such a wafer, unless, perhaps, you’re a tardigrade.

Even if some futuristic technology permitted building a real ship, say the size of the space shuttle, that could fly 20 percent of the speed of light, it might not be a good idea. Such a ship could, in the wrong hands, become the most devastating weapon ever imagined. Flying 20 percent of light speed, a space shuttle would possess a kinetic energy roughly the equivalent of 1,000 hydrogen bombs (or millions of Hiroshima-sized bombs). Of course, it would be an expensive ship and probably nobody would want to crash it. Unless the people who took it to Proxima Centauri got really mad at the people back on Earth.

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          A new ‘Einstein’ equation suggests wormholes hold key to quantum gravity   

ER=EPR summarizes new clues to understanding entanglement and spacetime

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Wormholes, tunnels through the fabric of spacetime that connect widely separated locations, are predicted by Einstein’s general theory of relativity. Some physicists think that wormholes could connect black holes in space, possibly providing a clue to the mysteries of quantum entanglement and how to merge general relativity with quantum mechanics.

There’s a new equation floating around the world of physics these days that would make Einstein proud.

It’s pretty easy to remember: ER=EPR.

You might suspect that to make this equation work, P must be equal to 1. But the symbols in this equation stand not for numbers, but for names. E, you probably guessed, stands for Einstein. R and P are initials — for collaborators on two of Einstein’s most intriguing papers. Combined in this equation, these letters express a possible path to reconciling Einstein’s general relativity with quantum mechanics.

Quantum mechanics and general relativity are both spectacularly successful theories. Both predict bizarre phenomena that defy traditional conceptions of reality. Yet when put to the test, nature always complies with each theory’s requirements. Since both theories describe nature so well, it’s hard to explain why they’ve resisted all efforts to mathematically merge them. Somehow, everybody believes, they must fit together in the end. But so far nature has kept the form of their connection a secret.

ER=EPR, however, suggests that the key to their connection can be found in the spacetime tunnels known as wormholes. These tunnels, implied by Einstein’s general relativity, would be like subspace shortcuts physically linking distant locations. It seems that such tunnels may be the alter ego of the mysterious link between subatomic particles known as quantum entanglement.

For the last 90 years or so, physicists have pursued two main quantum issues separately: one, how to interpret the quantum math to make sense of its weirdness (such as entanglement), and two, how to marry quantum mechanics to gravity. It turns out, if ER=EPR is right, that both questions have the same answer: Quantum weirdness can be understood only if you understand its connection to gravity. Wormholes may forge that link.

Wormholes are technically known as Einstein-Rosen bridges (the “ER” part of the equation). Nathan Rosen collaborated with Einstein on a paper describing them in 1935. EPR refers to another paper Einstein published with Rosen in 1935, along with Boris Podolsky. That one articulated quantum entanglement’s paradoxical puzzles about the nature of reality. For decades nobody seriously considered the possibility that the two papers had anything to do with one another. But in 2013, physicists Juan Maldacena and Leonard Susskind proposed that in some sense, wormholes and entanglement describe the same thing.

In a recent paper, Susskind has spelled out some of the implications of this realization. Among them: understanding the wormhole-entanglement equality could be the key to merging quantum mechanics and general relativity, that details of the merger would explain the mystery of entanglement, that spacetime itself could emerge from quantum entanglement, and that the controversies over how to interpret quantum mechanics could be resolved in the process.

“ER=EPR tells us that the immensely complicated network of entangled subsystems that comprises the universe is also an immensely complicated (and technically complex) network of Einstein-Rosen bridges,” Susskind writes. “To me it seems obvious that if ER=EPR is true it is a very big deal, and it must affect the foundations and interpretation of quantum mechanics.”

Entanglement poses one of the biggest impediments to understanding quantum physics. It happens, for instance, when two particles are emitted from a common source. A quantum description of such a particle pair tells you the odds that a measurement of one of the particles (say, its spin) will give a particular result (say, counterclockwise). But once one member of the pair has been measured, you instantly know what the result will be when you make the same measurement on the other, no matter how far away it is. Einstein balked at this realization, insisting that a measurement at one place could not affect a distant experiment (invoking his famous condemnation of “spooky action at a distance”). But many actual experiments have confirmed entanglement’s power to defy Einstein’s preference. Even though (as Einstein insisted) no information can be sent instantaneously from one particle to another, one of them nevertheless seems to “know” what happened to its entangled partner.

Ordinarily, physicists speak of entanglement between two particles. But that’s just the simplest example. Susskind points out that quantum fields — the stuff that particles are made from — can also be entangled. “In the vacuum of a quantum field theory the quantum fields in disjoint regions of space are entangled,” he writes. It has to do with the well-known (if bizarre) appearance of “virtual” particles that constantly pop in and out of existence in the vacuum. These particles appear in pairs literally out of nowhere; their common origin ensures that they are entangled. In their brief lifetimes they sometimes collide with real particles, which then become entangled themselves.

Now suppose Alice and Bob, universally acknowledged to be the most capable quantum experimenters ever imagined, start collecting these real entangled particles in the vacuum. Alice takes one member of each pair and Bob takes the other. They fly away separately to distant realms of space and then each smushes their particles so densely that they become a black hole. Because of the entanglement these particles started with, Alice and Bob have now created two entangled black holes. If ER=EPR is right, a wormhole will link those black holes; entanglement, therefore, can be described using the geometry of wormholes. “This is a remarkable claim whose impact has yet to be appreciated,” Susskind writes.

Even more remarkable, he suggests, is the possibility that two entangled subatomic particles alone are themselves somehow connected by a sort of quantum wormhole. Since wormholes are contortions of spacetime geometry — described by Einstein’s gravitational equations — identifying them with quantum entanglement would forge a link between gravity and quantum mechanics.

In any event, these developments certainly emphasize the importance of entanglement for understanding reality. In particular, ER=EPR illuminates the contentious debates about how quantum mechanics should be interpreted. Standard quantum wisdom (the Copenhagen interpretation) emphasizes the role of an observer, who when making a measurement “collapses” multiple quantum possibilities into one definite result. But the competing Everett (or “many worlds”) interpretation says that the multiple possibilities all occur — any observer just happens to experience only one consistent branching chain of the multiple possible events.

In the Everett picture, collapse of the cloud of possibilities (the wave function) never happens. Interactions (that is, measurements) just cause the interacting entities to become entangled. Reality, then, becomes “a complicated network of entanglements.” In principle, all those entangling events could be reversed, so nothing ever actually collapses — or at least it would be misleading to say that the collapse is irreversible. Still, the standard view of irreversible collapse works pretty well in practice. It’s never feasible to undo the multitude of complex interactions that occur in real life. In other words, Susskind says, ER=EPR suggests that the two views of quantum reality are “complementary.”

Susskind goes on to explore in technical detail how entanglement functions with multiple participants and describes the implications for considering entanglement to be equivalent to a wormhole. It remains certain, for instance, that wormholes cannot be used to send a signal through space faster than light. Alice and Bob cannot, for instance, send messages to each other through the wormhole connecting their black holes. If they really want to talk, though, they could each jump into their black hole and meet in the middle of the wormhole. Such a meeting would provide strong confirmation for the ER=EPR idea, although Alice and Bob would have trouble getting their paper about it published.

In the meantime, a great many papers are appearing about ER=EPR and other work relating gravity — the geometry of spacetime — to quantum entanglement. In one recent paper, Caltech physicists ChunJun Cao, Sean M. Carroll and Spyridon Michalakis attempt to show how spacetime can be “built” from the vast network of quantum entanglement in the vacuum. “In this paper we take steps toward deriving the existence and properties of space itself from an intrinsically quantum description using entanglement,” they write. They show how changes in “quantum states” — the purely quantum descriptions of reality — can be linked to changes in spacetime geometry. “In this sense,” they say, “gravity appears to arise from quantum mechanics in a natural way.”

Cao, Carroll and Michalakis acknowledge that their approach remains incomplete, containing assumptions that will need to be verified later. “What we’ve done here is extremely preliminary and conjectural,” Carroll writes in a recent blog post. “We don’t have a full theory of anything, and even what we do have involves a great deal of speculating and not yet enough rigorous calculating.”

Nevertheless there is a clear sense among many physicists that a path to unifying quantum mechanics and gravity has apparently opened. If it’s the right path, Carroll notes, then it turns out not at all to be hard to get gravity from quantum mechanics — it’s “automatic.” And Susskind believes that the path to quantum gravity — through the wormhole — demonstrates that the unity of the two theories is deeper than scientists suspected. The implication of ER=EPR, he says, is that “quantum mechanics and gravity are far more tightly related than we (or at least I) had ever imagined.”

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          Can faster-than-light particles explain dark matter, dark energy, and the Big Bang?   
A new theory proposes that faster-than-light particles known as tachyons could answer a lot of questions about the universe, writes Robyn Arianrhod.
          Three Body Problem   
Three Body ProblemA Three body problem (3BP) considers three mutually interacting particles. It is a problem that is surprisingly difficult to solve. This simple Maplet application simulates the 3BP numerically. Users can set paramters and see how the particles behave. Some examples are included in the application such as a line solution, triangle solution and figure 8 solution. 1. Select a particular example from the pull down menu and the simulation starts automatically. 2. You can also set parameters, mass, position, velocity of three particles. After setting the parameters, press the Start button to start the simulation.
          Irradiation Apparatus Market | Competitive Dynamics & Global Outlook 2023   
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          Did You Know Space Weather Influences Human Health & Behaviour?   
Solar energy and cosmic radiation have electrical influences over a multitude of human activities including human health.

Mainstream science has begun to accept these effects, and to investigate the topic in a serious way, but the science itself is by no means ‘new’.

At the December 1926 annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society, Russian Professor Alexander Tchijevsky (also spelt Chizhevsky) presented the paper “Physical Factors of the Historical Process.”

The paper examined the cyclical variations in the sunspot number of the Solar Cycle in order to create a mass index of human excitability throughout history.

Did You Know Space Weather Influences Human Health & Behaviour?
He found that revolutions and periods of intense fighting seemed to occur during Solar Maxima – the period of greatest activity in the 11-year solar cycle of the Sun – while cultural flourishing and social cohesion tended to occur during Solar Minima.

It was in this paper that Tchijevsky wrote:

The Sun is an enormous generator of electric energy and emits it in the form of radiation and induction.

The Sun is surrounded by an electromagnetic field, the limits of which reach beyond the farthermost planet Neptune, and therefore the Earth with its electromagnetic field is in the Sun’s field of tremendous power.1

Tchijevsky and other observers at this time noticed that during the period of maximum solar activity, all of the Sun’s phenomena would acquire tremendous size and strength, and that:

“The Sun ejects streams of anode and cathode rays which ionize the Earth’s atmosphere (Birke, Arrhenius, Nordmann, Paulsen, Villards) and create certain effects.”

Based on previous research, Tchijevsky postulated that:

The influence of the Sun on the human organism results in chemical changes in the pigment of the skin, in the chaining of the heart-beat, in the alterations in the chemical composition of the blood and the latter results in changes in the general condition of the organism and its nervous tonicity (Lenkei, Behring, Hasselback, Nogler, Aimes, Rollier, Revillet, Marques, d’Oelsnitz, Robin, Moleshott, Loeb, I. Newton, Professor Bechtereff, Lombroso).

Given that the varying amount of the Sun’s energy received by the different climatic zones has such a great influence on humanity, Tchijevsky posed the question: do the periodical changes of the Sun’s activity resulting in the amount of the emitted innumerable streams of electrical particles and electromagnetic waves also have an influence upon humanity?

It wasn’t until 1942 that Soviet leader Joseph Stalin became aware of this paper and Tchijevsky’s research.

Tchijevsky was subsequently asked to retract his ideas and writings on the influence of Solar Cycles on human behaviour, “which contradicted Soviet theories of the reasons for the Russian revolutions of 1905 and 1917. He refused, was arrested and spent eight years in a forced labour gulag in the Ural mountains.”2

Nonetheless, his ideas were central to the budding field of Space Weather research.

In a paper from 2007, “Solar Activity, revolutions and cultural prime in the history of mankind,” Prof. Miroslav Mikulecký’s research is in agreement with Tchijevsky’s hypothesis that “revolutions culminated near to solar maxima while cultural flourishing usually distinctly near to solar minima.

This conclusion is based on the level of statistical significance alpha=0.05” (Mikulecký, 2007).3


Space Weather

When we talk about ‘Space Weather’ we’re discussing the conditions on the Sun and in the solar wind, which contains charged plasma that is emanating away from the Solar surface and stretching all the way out past Pluto.

In this space, charged ions are all flowing along electromagnetic currents, tethers that are connecting each planet to the Sun.

Known as the Interplanetary Magnetic Field, this dynamo of sphere magnets (planets) revolving around one central, powerful sphere magnet (the Sun) makes up the protective shell of our Solar System known as the Heliosphere.

The Earth has its own protective interface from the various effects of Space Weather, called the Magnetosphere.

According to the European Space Agency, there are concerns the “force that protects our planet is weakening and may even be on the verge of reversing polarity. Over the last 150 years, the magnetic field has lost about 15% of its strength.”4

But that’s not all. This decline in Magnetospheric strength on Earth has also been accompanied by a weakening in Solar Magnetics,5 as a Sunspot Grand Minima is quite possibly knocking at our door.

Recent research into the modes of Solar Activity have revealed there is, on average, a 400 year Sunspot Grand Minima Cycle,6 with the last one occurring about 400 years ago during what’s commonly referred to as the Maunder Minimum:

During the Maunder Minimum (MM) period extremely few auroras were recorded (Chapman, 1967) suggesting that atmospheric/magnetospheric processes were significantly affected.

Reduced solar irradiance such as during the MM and Dalton Minimum, is correlated with the negative shift of the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) index leading to enhance north easterly wind which results into cooling of Europe, whereas enhanced solar irradiance is correlated with positive NAO index (Singh et al. 2011).7

Whether or not a Global Warming or a Global Cooling scenario will play-out is still very much ‘up in the air’ (see our article ‘Global Warming or Global Cooling?’ in New Dawn 144), and the proposed, often exaggerated claims of warming proponents attempt to ignore the natural factors and cyclical variations that are taking place, untamed by any of the anthropogenic ‘climate forcing’ factors.

The 11-year Solar Cycle and 22-year Magnetic Cycle will continue to unfold, unhindered, into the foreseeable future; this periodicity was first discovered by H. von Schwabe in 1851.

The Heliosphere and Magnetosphere both protect the Earth from the harsh effects of Galactic Cosmic Rays, which are high-speed energetic particles capable of stripping away the Earth’s Ozone and atmosphere.

Cosmic Rays are thought to induce cloud formation in the lower atmosphere8 and charge-up lightning strikes, thereby impacting regional temperatures.

Both the Heliosphere and Earth’s Magnetosphere are stronger during Solar Maximum (offering more protection from Galactic Cosmic Rays) and weaker during Solar Minimum (offering less protection from the harmful effects of Cosmic Rays).

This inverse relationship between Solar Activity (SA) and Cosmic Ray Activity (CRA) has been well-established in scientific literature.

What this means is that whenever SA is high, CRA will be low, and vice versa, whenever SA is low, CRA will be high.

A coronal mass ejection (CME) is a massive burst of solar wind and magnetic fields rising above the Sun’s corona or being released into space.

A danger arises when these are directed towards Earth, and the term geoeffectiveness is used when determining a CME’s ability to generate geomagnetic storms on Earth.

An important aspect of geoeffective CMEs is how large of a Forbush decrease (drop in galactic cosmic radiation) they produce.

In the 2005 NASA article ‘Who’s Afraid of a Solar Flare?’, Dr. Tony Phillips wrote that

Magnetic fields deflect charged particles, so when a CME sweeps past Earth, it also sweeps away many of the electrically-charged cosmic rays that would otherwise strike our planet. This is the ‘Forbush decrease’.9

Large CMEs that become geoeffective often spark geomagnetic storms, which are marked by the appearance of the Aurora Borealis throughout the Auroral Ovals, which circle both of Earth’s polar regions and expand towards the equator during intense magnetic storms.

A geomagnetic storm induced blackout was the case in 1989, after a large Earth-directed solar flare occurred on Friday, 10 March, which reached the Earth on Monday, 13 March 1989.

The most significant damage occurred to Canada’s Hydro-Québec power utility grid, which crashed “when safety systems sensed a power overload caused by the currents pulsing through the ground.”10

These ‘ground induced currents’ knocked out electricity for nine hours to as many as six million people in northeastern Canada.

We know for a fact that extreme geomagnetic storms can induce ground currents that will affect all of sorts of sensitive electronics.



Effects on the Human Body

There are a wide variety of effects that Space Weather exerts on the electricity of the brain, heart and central nervous system inside of our own bodies.

Recent research suggests the solar wind actually modulates lightning intensity here on Earth, and that an, “increase in Galactic Cosmic Ray flux may directly trigger lightning through ‘runaway breakdown’ of electrons, leading to breakdown (Roussel-Dupré et al 2008)” (Scott et al. 2014).11

This is important given that, according to NASA, at any moment “2,000 thunderstorms roll over Earth, producing some 50 flashes of lightning every second.

Each lightning burst creates electromagnetic waves that begin to circle around Earth captured between Earth’s surface and a boundary about 60 miles up…”12 and lightning is associated with local emission of photons.

The Schumann Resonances (SR) are a set of frequencies ranging from 3 Hz to 60 Hz, increasing in 6.5 Hz intervals, with the ‘fundamental’ frequency of the Schumann Resonance standing at 7.83 Hz.

The Schumann Resonances are easily detectable on any planet on which lightning takes place, and so far the SR signals have been detected on Venus, Mars, Titan, Jupiter and Saturn.

In the paper “Schumann Resonance Frequencies Found Within Quantitative Electroencephalographic Activity: Implications for Earth-Brain Interactions,” Dr. Michael Persinger discusses the “bulk velocity of action potentials within the cerebral cortices, the approximate standing wave or resonance for a 60 cm circumference skull would be ~7.5 Hz.

This bulk velocity would require ~20 to 25 milliseconds to traverse the cerebral length and is equivalent to about 40 to 45 Hz” (Persinger 2014).13 This 40 to 45 Hz band is the classic frequency associated with ‘consciousness’, as well as other complex biological functions.

It is apparent that disruptions in the Schumann Resonances via external factors, such as natural variations in Space Weather intensity, can have a profound impact on the physiological and psychological health of an organism.

The brain is a “massive source of extremely-low-frequency (ELF) signals that get transmitted throughout the body via the nervous system, which is sensitive to magnetic fields. Brainwaves and natural biorhythms can be affected by external factors” (Babayev & Allahverdiyeva 2007).14



The late Dr. Neil Cherry wrote:

The first five Schumann Resonances coincide with the frequency range of the first four EEG bands.

The primary EEG bands are: Delta 0.5 to 4 Hz, Theta 4-8 Hz, Alpha 8-13 Hz and Beta 13 to 30 Hz (Malmivuo & Plonsey 1995). Hence resonant absorption and reaction is biophysically plausible…” (Cherry 2001).15

Dr. Cherry had collected and conducted research showing that the effects to human health via solar and geomagnetic activity (S-GMA) are biophysically possible through changes in Schumann Resonance intensity. The effects include,

altered blood pressure and melatonin, increased cancer, reproductive, cardiac and neurological disease and death.

Many occupational studies have found that exposure to ELF fields between 16.7 Hz and 50/60 Hz significantly reduces melatonin levels (Cherry 2001).

Melatonin is a potent anti-oxidant with receptors in every major organ, and it is released from the pineal gland when the natural boundary of light is missing.16

Melatonin production peaks at night, around 4 am when the temperature is at its lowest and the melatonin level is at its highest.

The variable changes in Space Weather and solar wind parameters lead to perturbations in the environmental electromagnetic fields, certain frequencies of which can “significantly alter the cellular calcium ion fluxes and Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) waves in brain tissue” (Cherry 2001).17

The collected evidence reveals that the effects can go from environmental ULF/ELF signals to directly altering our cellular calcium ion homeostasis, which is capable of altering primate and human EEG waves, thereby affecting cell-to-cell communication and impacting reaction times.

There is evidence that “at days with high neutron activity (CRA) there were more medical emergencies and more deaths… A strong trend of Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD) (mostly of fatal cardiac arrhythmia, fibrillation) occurred more often on days of high CRA (neutron activity)” (Stoupel et al. 2014).

During periods of low Solar Activity and ‘zero’ geomagnetic activity, data showed that those at risk were more likely to die of SCD; this illustrates the inverse correlation between Solar Activity and Cosmic Ray Activity.

On the other hand, in the scientific paper “Geomagnetic Storms Can Trigger Stroke,” the authors purpose was to present evidence for the impact of geomagnetic activity on stroke occurrence, which has been “limited and controversial.”

They conclude that, “Geomagnetic storms are associated with increased risk of stroke and should be considered along with other established risk factors” (Feigin et al. 2014).18

Perhaps it is the balance, the middle ground, which is most prevalent compared to high Solar Activity and CRA, which are short-term events and less prevalent than active conditions.

Previous research shows that geomagnetic variations of a solar origin have been correlated with enhanced anxiety, sleep disturbances, altered moods, and greater incidences of psychiatric admissions (Persinger, 1987).19

Babayev and Allahverdiyeva’s findings indicate, “there were an indisposition, weakness and presence of indistinct localised headaches during the days with severe Geomagnetic Storms in experiment participants.”

They concluded that “geomagnetic disturbances affect mainly the emotional and vegetative sphere of human beings… changes in geomagnetic conditions mostly affect the activity of the regulating systems of the right hemisphere and the ability to adapt to changes in a physical environment.”

There have been numerous papers that explore even more connections between human health and energy from space.

Infant mortality, suicide, traffic accidents, crime rates, and numerous other significant events and human conditions have been statistically matched with fluxes in solar and cosmic energy.

Although this field of study is by no means new, it is just now becoming accepted, understood, and investigated in a serious manner.

For more information on the work of Ben Davidson and David Hyde, go to www.Suspicious0bservers.org & www.youtube.com/user/Suspicious0bservers


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          Weather prediction   
Sometimes I mourn the loss of our awareness of the world around us.  One thing our ancestors did that never ceases to amaze me is to notice and theorize about the changes in the environment and what that meant.  We have become quite cut off from nature and it's changes, and I often feel that this creates in us much more of a sense of chaos about how things happen.

While general astrological observation is endlessly fascinating to me, I also find weather lore to be really nifty.  There are patterns all around us, and the lore and sayings that have been passed down over the years often are the result of generations of observation and interpretation.

Today, we mostly rely upon weather reports and other digital indications of what the weather will be, but there are a few remaining pieces of weather lore that maintain a place of prevalence in our lives.  For Americans, the one that probably springs right to mind is that of Groundhog Day. 

When I was looking into the connections between the Sabbats and other holidays (especially modern secular holidays), this is one that definitely surprised me.  I consider Imbolc to be the start of spring, and Groundhog day is based on weather lore that indicates whether or not winter will linger or spring will start.

While it is most famously known as Groundhog day, it isn't actually always a groundhog that is used to predict the weather.  In America, there is also famous tortoise and nutria that have festivals surrounding them looking for their shadow, and in Alaska it is the marmot that is looked to for weather advice.  Outside of the USA, both the bear and mouse are thought to be portents.

The basic idea of Groundhog day is that when an animal emerges from their den, they will either see their shadow and be frightened by it and return to their den or they won't.  Which really has more to do with whether or not the sun is out and shining on that day. 

There is another story that I love about this time of year.   This is the tale of Cailleach, a Gaelic Goddess of Winter.  The story goes that on Imbolc (or Brigid's Day), the Cailleach gathers her wood for the rest of winter.  If she intends to make it a long winter, she will make that day bright and sunny so that she has plenty of time to gather lots of wood.  If the day is overcast or rainy, then she will not have enough wood to make winter last.

In England, there is Saint Swithun's day (which is July 15), and his legend says that the weather on his feast day will last for 40 days.

Statistically speaking, the accuracy of Groundhog Day predictions isn't good.  However there is some scientific backing to Saint Swithun's weather lore (that the weather in the middle of July is part of a larger weather pattern, so would hold reasonably steady for the coming month).  I wonder if much of the Groundhog Day lore operates on a similar basis, so perhaps it isn't the weather on Imbolc specifically but rather the general time period that predicts the coming months.

I also read an interesting theory that Groundhog Day was created as a sort of tie breaker between the conflicting opinions of the start of spring.  Some traditions feel it starts on Imbolc, while others tie it into the equinox.  So instead of continuing to argue about which way was right, the Groundhog was called upon to make the decision every year.  In years where he saw his shadow, spring would start at the equinox, but on years he didn't it would start at Imbolc.

There is also a fair amount of weather lore that is tied into sailors, which stands to reason as knowing what the weather was going to be like would have a huge impact on a ship that was out to sea.  One phrase that many people are familiar with is "Red sky at night, sailor's delight, Red sky in the morning, sailor's warning."  This saying is based on a phenomenon where particles in the air change the color of the light that is seen.  Along with the typical movements of weather systems, when this redness in the air is seen will indicate a change in the weather depending on whether it is seen at the start or end of a day.

A similar saying involves the moon and sun, "When halo rings the moon or sun, rain's approaching on the run."  The halo, or ring, around the heavenly bodies is caused by light refracting off ice crystals high in the sky.  This high up moisture is often followed by lower moisture, which means a higher chance of precipitation.  An interesting related phenomenon are known as sun dogs, which are bright spots to the left and right of the sun, and they indicate a change in weather is coming.

Looking into this kind of lore can be a fascinating subject.  There are tons of sayings and beliefs about what different things mean, some of which have (equally fascinating) scientific roots while others have been disproved and remain as interesting stories.  I am a firm believer that the more I know about a thing, the more I can use that knowledge to my own advantage.

When it comes to weather lore, the obvious benefit is being able to predict what the future weather might be.  This may help you plan for events (knowing what to bring/wear) or even decide when you want to do things (if the weather is looking like it will be bad tomorrow, you might choose to get your errands run today instead of putting them off).  But it can also let you tap into the energies that are present around you.

You may wish to charge special crystals under the light of a ringed moon, to harness that ice energy or the potential of the storm to come.  If they sky is clear on Imboc, you might spend more time working with that winter energy, or laying in preparations against lean times.  A red dawn might prompt you to do a working that will promote change internally.

If you want to uncover your own weather lore, add significant weather indicators to your magical journal.  If you see something special:  unusual shaped clouds, odd wind behavior, animals doing something different, note it down.  And then start paying attention to what happens in the next few days (or longer!)  It is by paying attention to what is going on and then looking back and seeing what patterns you start to notice, that you develop your own body of lore.  Remember, you will want to see the same cause and effect several times before it starts to form a pattern!  Less than that may still be significant, but not useful for predicting what is to come.
          Architectural Effects of Organic Nanoparticles on Block Copolymer Orientation   

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          Particle Measurement in CFD   

ANSYS Fluent can track the motion of particles through a fluid using the Discrete Phase Model (DPM).  In the most basic approach to implementing particles in a CFD analysis the user specifies:  injection location, speed, mass flow rate, particle size & material. Particles can interact with boundary walls with options: reflection, escape, trapping, sliding, or forming […]

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          $1.5 million to Alfred State for biorefinery prototype   
Posted Date: Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 11:30

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) recently awarded $1.5 million to Alfred State for the Biorefinery Development and Commercialization Center (BDCC). The prototype facility will help private and public partners leverage wood resources to create sustainable businesses using advanced manufacturing processes. The new grant increases the total funding raised to date for the research facility to $4.5 million. 

“This is great news for Alfred State and the entire Southern Tier. This federal investment will help bring 15 new businesses and 125 good paying pay jobs to the Southern Tier and push this region’s economy into the future,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. “The work done at BDCC will help create a ‘New Forest Economy’ by working with local partners and using the region’s abundant natural resources to spur long-term economic development. I will fight tooth and nail to make sure Alfred State continues to have the resources it needs to leverage the region’s workforce and grow private enterprise.” 

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Lumber from the Southern Tier will help fuel Alfred State’s Biorefinery Development
and Commercialization Center.

“This award is a blueprint for new jobs, fresh opportunities, and a robust economic future for New York’s Southern Tier,” said ARC Federal Co-Chairman Earl F. Gohl.  “It is part of a strategy to bring added capital into the region, and help the region prepare to globally compete in manufacturing, technology, construction, and a variety of other industry sectors.” 

“Alfred State knows the ARC funding for the BDCC project will have a high impact by supporting equipment, training, and developing a network across the ARC region. Developing the proven Hot Water Extraction process in the BDCC will allow Alfred State to lead in biorefinery development and training in the region through the partners in the network,” said Craig R. Clark, vice president for economic development at Alfred State and executive director of the Allegany County Industrial Development Agency. 

The BDCC is a prototype that will develop and commercialize the Hot Water Extraction (HWE) process that produces valuable chemical assets from wood, energy crops, and agricultural residuals. Through this technology, approximately 25 percent of the biomass is converted into value-added products such as advanced fuels and bio-based chemicals for plastics. The remaining 75 percent produces modified wood chips that have improved qualities for paper products, fuel pellets, and particleboard used in furnishings and construction. 

Alfred State’s 18,000-square-foot biorefinery center is intended to spur additional investment, including business start-ups and full-scale biorefineries. Alfred State, the State University of New York (SUNY), universities from other ARC states, and private-sector bioenergy and biochemical companies will benefit from the research facility. 

“This project has been in the works for about five years, but recent advances in funding have spurred our progress,” stated Clark. “We are conducting engineering studies right now regarding process and project costs related to implementation of the center.” 

Through the BDCC, Alfred State will also provide training and technical services to both start-up companies and companies impacted by economic changes as they seek to enter new markets, diversify their manufacturing base, and adapt their workforce. The research facility is a collaboration between Alfred State and Syracuse-based Applied Biorefinery Sciences. 

According to Clark, “The BDCC prototype facility is the first step to launch full-sized commercial plants that can cost about $200 million to build. The effect on a local economy like ours will be tremendous.” 

The award to Alfred State was made through ARC’s POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization) Initiative. This congressionally funded multi-agency strategy brings federal resources directly to help communities and regions affected by job losses in coal mining, coal power plant operations, and coal-related supply chain industries due to the changing economics of America’s energy production.



          Tiny bubbles provide tremendous propulsion in new microparticles research-Ben-Gurion U   
Beer-Sheva, Israel (SPX) Jun 28, 2017
An innovative technique using light and tiny bubbles to propel microparticles at forces many times greater than previously achieved has been developed by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev researchers. The new technique could have significant implications in the development of micromotors and optical devices for use in solar cell optics. "What we ultimately hope to achieve is a highly accu
          New study reveals new drug target for gout and other inflammatory diseases   
(Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology) Particle-driven diseases sound exotic and include things like silicosis and asbestos, but actually also include much more common diseases like Alzheimer's, gout and even atherosclerosis. A new report published online in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology suggests a potential drug target for particle-driven diseases like these and many others.
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          Tiny 'motors' are driven by light   
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) MIT researchers have simulated the first system in which particles can be manipulated by a beam of ordinary light. The advance brings us closer to real-world interactions between light and matter at atomic scales.
          How to Manage Pet Allergies as the Seasons Change   

For Those Of Us who Suffer From Pet Allergies, There’s Hope

As the seasons change, and the warm weather approaches, your pets will shed until the cows come home. Pet dander will litter your home and clothes, but that doesn’t mean you have to suffer through pet allergies. Just look at these quick tips to help survive allergy season.

You Shall Not Pass!
For starters, make your bedroom a pet-free zone. Keep dander away from where you get your beauty rest!
Buy a HEPA Filter
HEPA (high-efficiency particulate arresting) filters possess fine sieves and catch small allergens, removing unwanted particles and allergens from the air.
Break out the Vacuum and Duster
Allergens build up quick, especially in the spring/summer months. Vacuuming frequently, dusting tables, shelves and doorways is a surefire way to reduce your suffering.
Over-The-Counter
If you’re finding that, despite your best efforts, nothing seems to be working, perhaps medication or an allergy shot is the best bet. Over-the-counter allergy medications, such as antihistamines, relieve mild allergy symptoms: nasal congestion and itchy eyes. Of course, always consult your primary care physician before considering over-the-counter medications.

Vaccinate Me, Doc
Allergy shots, or allergy vaccines, will help your body develop protective antibodies so you won’t have an allergic reaction when exposed to allergens. The only issue? There’s a good deal of time needed before you see dramatic results. It can take upwards of 5 years’ worth of injections before you’re completely allergy-free.




          10g kalibrálás króm mérleg súly - Jelenlegi ára: 226 Ft   
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A szállítási idő: az összeg átutalása után 9-12 munkanap, de a postától függően előfordulhat a 25-35 munkanap is! A posta szállítási idejéért cégünk nem tud felelősséget vállalni, az említett szállítási idő tájékoztató jellegű!
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          Researchers detect possible signal from dark matter   
Could there finally be tangible evidence for the existence of dark matter in the Universe? After sifting through reams of X-ray data, scientists in EPFL's Laboratory of Particle Physics and Cosmology (LPPC) and Leiden University believe they could have identified the signal of a particle of dark matter. (2014-12-12)
          Detection of the cosmic gamma ray horizon: Measures all the light in the universe since the Big Bang   
How much light has been emitted by all galaxies since the cosmos began? After all, every photon (particle of light) from ultraviolet to far infrared wavelengths ever radiated by all galaxies that ever existed throughout cosmic history is still speeding through the Universe today. (2013-05-24)
          Photos: Exclusive: Olivia Colman and Olivia Williams in rehearsals for Mosquitoes   

Lucy Kirkwood's play is about a CERN particle scientist and her sister
          NASA created glowing, artificial auroras that looked a whole lot like UFOs   

NASA created glowing, artificial auroras that looked a whole lot like UFOsAfter many delays that disappointed space fans around the U.S., NASA finally managed to launch its mission early Thursday to, for the first time, create ephemeral, glowing clouds.  In other words, NASA created human-caused auroras, of sorts. The suborbital sounding rocket took flight at 4:25 a.m. ET Thursday from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia and released its payload — which consisted of 10 vapor-filled canisters — shortly afterwards.  SEE ALSO: Here's why NASA keeps postponing its really cool mission to make glowing clouds Once at altitude, those canisters produced green-blue and red artificial clouds that should allow scientists to learn more about how particles move through space. The wait is over! The Terrier-Improved Malemute launched this morning, June 29, at 4:25 a.m. An early Independence Day fireworks display!! pic.twitter.com/Y5x6Oz2hu8 — NASA Wallops (@NASA_Wallops) June 29, 2017 The artificial auroras were seen by skywatchers up and down the East Coast of the United States.  "Wallops received nearly 2,000 reports and photos of the cloud sightings from areas as far north as New York, south to North Carolina, and inland throughout Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and points in-between," NASA said in a statement.   If you were out for an early morning stroll and happened to look up as the artificial clouds were created, you could probably be forgiven for thinking that you actually spotted a UFO.  The bright clouds created by this mission look somewhat eerie in video footage. The blinking auroras started off as a bright blue-green color and then fade to a deeper hue of blue in the sky. It took NASA 11 launch attempts to get this mission off the ground, in part because of strict weather requirements. Mission controllers needed totally clear skies for this launch in order to be assured that they would see the colorful vapor when it was released from the canisters.  And luckily, they got it on Thursday. Finally. WATCH: NASA just made a very important step toward getting humans to Mars



          Solar energy revolution hits barrier: Air pollution   
Solar energy is running into a pesky problem: air pollution worldwide. Researchers from Duke University found that air pollution — specifically airborne particles, which accumulate on solar cells — is cutting solar energy output by more than 25 percent in certain areas of the world, causing billions of dollars of losses. The research was published this week in the journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters.
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#JParticle #Trending : Electric Daisy Carnival Promoter Insomniac Responds to Festival-Goer's Death . Electric Daisy Carnival yang diselengarakan oleh Insomniac Events, telah merilis sebuah pernyataan resmi mengenai kematian Michael Morse yang berusia 34 tahun, peserta EDC Las Vegas 2017. Rincian kematian Morse masih belum diketahui karena Clark County Coroner sedang melakukan otopsi. Menurut pihak berwenang, 1.000 orang mencari perawatan medis selama festival tiga hari tersebut. 1 Mati, 1.000 Mencari Perawatan Medis di Karnaval Daisy Electric Las Vegas berikut adalah pernyatan dari Insomniac Events. . Baca selengkapnya di www.dancesignal.com/newsroom . #javaarticle #Javaparty #dancesignal #Event #party #edm #jakarta #nightlife #indonesia #happy #clubbing #duniamalam #events #hype #clubjakarta #partygoers #clubber #dj #jakartanightlife #letsgethype #partylife #dancemusic #girls #article #EDC #Insomniac #FestivalGoersDeath
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#JParticle #News : JORN VAN DEYNHOVEN AND TEMPO GIUSTO . Tempo Giusto adalah DJ berkebangsaan Finlandia dan dijuluki sebagai ‘The New King of Tech Trance’ di tahun 2015 oleh EDMSauce. DJ kebanggaan Finlandia yang juga seorang pengajar untuk Point Blank Academy ini, punya record label bernama Echelon yang membawahi nama besar seperti Mark Sherry, Mike Koglin dan juga Genix. Sedangkan Jorn Van deynhoven adalah DJ berbendera Belanda yang meraih prestasi seperti me-remix track milik nama besar Armin Van Buuren dan Dash Berlin. Nama DJ yang akrab dengan Trance music ini, semakin sering terdengar di banyak acara berskala internasional dari mulai Transmission, Luminosity, Emporium, Armada dan Godskitchen. Bagi penikmat musik Trance dan Tech Trance, bakalan dimanjakan dengan playlist yang akan mereka perdengarkan di acara Trancenation di X2 club pada tanggal 14 Juli 2017. . Baca selengkapnya di link yang tertera di bio. . #javaarticle #Javaparty #dancesignal #Event #party #edm #jakarta #nightlife #indonesia #happy #clubbing #duniamalam #events #hype #clubjakarta #partygoers #clubber #dj #jakartanightlife #letsgethype #partylife #dancemusic #girls #article #CalvinHarris #BigSean
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#JParticle #ArtistSpot : WHISNU SANTIKA Salah satu DJ yang sebelumnya sudah terasah skillnya dengan berada di tengah dance scene terlebih dulu. Bermula dari hanya sekedar jadi pengunjung, lalu bergabung dengan sebuah event organizer bernama Clique Production yang sukses menggelar acara di berbagai club seperti Domain, Umbra, Fable dan club lainnya. Tahun 2012 adalah dimulainya karir Whisnu Santika sebagai seorang DJ dan bermodalkan Electro Music dan jebolan sekolah DJ LaMusica, keahliannya terus berkembang dengan jangka waktu yang tidak lama. Tidak hanya itu saja, karena Whisnu semakin mengembangkan keahliannya dengan meramu track hasil buatan sendiri dan saat ini dia bergabung dengan Splendid Asia. . . Baca selengkapnya di link yang tertera di bio. . #javaarticle #Javaparty #dancesignal #Event #party #edm #jakarta #nightlife #indonesia #happy #clubbing #duniamalam #events #hype #clubjakarta #partygoers #clubber #dj #jakartanightlife #letsgethype #partylife #dancemusic #girls #article #WhisnuSantika #SplendidAsia #Electro #LaMusica
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#JParticle #Trending : Ultra Bali Drop Their Mammoth First 2017 Line-up . Tahun lalu, Ultra Bali membawa Deadmau5, Afrojack dan Martin Garrix ke pesta di Kincu Pantai Head Bakery yang indah. Mereka bersiap untuk melakukannya lagi pada bulan September ini. Hitsmaker Zedd, produser asal Belanda Hardwell dan superstar Norwegia Kygo telah terkunci sebagai headliner di line-up Fase Satu. Mereka akan bergabung dengan Getter, Slushi, dan bintang techno asal Kanada Rezz. Festival ini akan berlangsung selama dua hari penuh pada tanggal 14 dan 15 September. Jika Anda tidak bisa sampai ke Bali, ada banyak tujuan lain di mana Anda bisa mengikuti festival raksasa. Ultra Jepang berlangsung 16-18 September di jantung kota Tokyo, dengan line-up seperti @alesso , @pendulum @carlcoxofficial , dan @tiesto . Tiket mulai dijual sekarang. . . #javaarticle #Javaparty #dancesignal #Event #party #edm #jakarta #nightlife #indonesia #happy #clubbing #duniamalam #events #hype #clubjakarta #partygoers #clubber #dj #jakartanightlife #letsgethype #partylife #dancemusic #girls #article #UltraBali #Alesso #Tiesto
          Weekend Reading: “Content – The Atomic Particle of Marketing” by Rebecca Lieb   
For the 129th episode of The Marketing Book Podcast, I interviewed Rebecca Lieb, author of Content – The Atomic Particle of Marketing: The Definitive Guide to Content Marketing Strategy. Rebecca Lieb explains that content, in all its forms, is the single most critical element of any marketing campaign. The trick is finding a successful and […]

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          The Walk   

The Walk (2014)
The guy's taking a walk and disintegrates.
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          Central Exclusive Production at LHCb   
The LHCb detector, with its excellent momentum resolution and flexible trigger strategy, is ideally suited for measuring particles produced exclusively. In addition, a new system of forward shower counters has been installed upstream and downstream of the detector, and has been used to facilitate studies of Central Exclusive Production. Such measurements of integrated and differential cross-section in both Run 1 and Run 2 of the LHC, are summarised here.
          Measurement of charged pion, kaon, and proton production in proton-proton collisions at $\sqrt{s} = $ 13 TeV   
Transverse momentum spectra of charged pions, kaons, and protons are measured in proton-proton collisions at $\sqrt{s} = $ 13 TeV with the CMS detector at the LHC. The particles, identified via their energy loss in the silicon tracker, are measured in the transverse momentum range of $p_{\mathrm{T}} \approx $ 0.1-1.7 GeV/$c$ and rapidities $| y | < $ 1. The $ p_{\mathrm{T}} $ spectra and integrated yields are compared to previous results at smaller $\sqrt{s}$ and to predictions of Monte Carlo event generators. The average $ p_{\mathrm{T}} $ increases with particle mass and charged particle multiplicity of the event. Comparisons with previous CMS results at $\sqrt{s} = $ 0.9, 2.76, and 7 TeV show that the average $ p_{\mathrm{T}} $ and the ratios of hadron yields feature very similar dependences on the particle multiplicity in the event, independently of the center-of-mass energy of the pp collision.
          The CMS High-Granularity Calorimeter (HGCAL) for Operation at the High-Luminosity LHC   
The High Luminosity LHC (HL-LHC) will integrate 10 times more luminosity than the LHC, posing significant challenges for radiation tolerance and event pileup on detectors, especially for forward calorimetry, and hallmarks the issue for future colliders. As part of its HL-LHC upgrade program, the CMS collaboration is designing a High Granularity Calorimeter to replace the existing endcap calorimeters. It features unprecedented transverse and longitudinal segmentation for both electromagnetic (ECAL) and hadronic (HCAL) compartments. This will facilitate particle-flow calorimetry, where the fine structure of showers can be measured and used to enhance pileup rejection and particle identification, whilst still achieving good energy resolution. The ECAL and a large fraction of HCAL will be based on hexagonal silicon sensors of 0.5 - 1 cm^2 cell size, with the remainder of the HCAL based on highly-segmented scintillators with SiPM readout. The intrinsic high-precision timing capabilities of the silicon sensors will add an extra dimension to event reconstruction, especially in terms of pileup rejection. An overview of the HGCAL project is presented, covering motivation, engineering design, readout and trigger concepts, and expected performance.
          The Effect of Temporary Cement Cleaning Methods on the Retention of Crowns   

Abstract

Purpose

To evaluate the effect of temporary cement cleaning methods on the retention of cemented crowns using zinc phosphate cement and resin-modified glass ionomer cement.

Materials and Methods

Forty titanium specimens were fabricated to simulate prepared molars with minimally retentive taper. The Ni-Cr cast crowns were fabricated, temporarily cemented, and separated. The specimens were divided into four groups according to the temporary cement cleaning method (n = 10) as follows: control group (no temporary cementation), orange solvent group, ultrasonic cleaning group, and air-abrasion group. After the cleaning procedures, the specimens were cemented with definitive cements (zinc phosphate cement and resin-modified glass ionomer, RMGI, cement) and subjected to thermocycling (5000 cycles, 5-55°C, dwell time, 10 seconds). The tensile bond strength of each specimen was measured using a universal testing machine, and the results were analyzed using the Kruskal-Wallis and Mann-Whitney U test (α = 0.05).

Results

When cemented with zinc phosphate cement, the statistical analysis showed that the value of the air-abrasion group was significantly higher than those of the other groups (p < 0.01). There was no statistically significant difference among the other groups. When cemented with RMGI cement, the air-abrasion group showed the lowest value, and the control group showed the highest value (p < 0.01). The difference between the ultrasonic cleaning group and the orange solvent group was not statistically significant.

Conclusion

The use of temporary cement did not have a significant influence on retention of permanently cemented crowns when zinc phosphate cement was used for permanent cementation. Airborne-particle abrasion after provisional cementation improved retention of crowns cemented with zinc phosphate cement; however, the use of temporary cement significantly decreased retention of permanently cemented crowns when RMGI cement was used regardless of the temporary cement cleaning method.

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           Mineral ballast and particle settling rates in the coastal upwelling system off NW Africa and the South Atlantic    
Article Fischer, G. , Karakas, G. , Blaas, M. , Ratmeyer, V. , Nowald, N. , Schlitzer, R. , Helmke, P. , Davenport, R. , Donner, B. , Neuer, S. and Wefer, G. (2007) Mineral ballast and particle settling rates in the coastal upwelling system off NW Africa and the South Atlantic , International Journal of Earth Sciences. . doi:10.1007/s00531-007-0234-7 , hdl:10013/epic.28482
          UNC researchers utilize ‘sticky’ nanoparticles in new cancer defense strategy   
After radiation treatment, dying cancer cells spit out mutated proteins into the body. Scientists now know that the immune system can detect these proteins and kill cancer in other parts of the body using these protein markers as a guide - a phenomenon...
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          Study finds Neste renewable diesel significantly reduces PM emissions ...   

A study led by researchers at Tampere University of Technology in Finland found that the use of neat Neste MY Renewable Diesel in working machines - a Wille 355B compact utility machine and Wille 855C multi-purpose wheel-loader - efficiently reduces particulate matter emissions compared to EN590 diesel with 7% biodiesel. With renewable diesel, both the number of particles as well as particulate mass were reduced in nearly all of the operating cycles of the working machines.


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We have previously published articles by the Australian AIDS-and-biology researcher Cal Crilly, and here is yet another installment. Cal is someone who digs into scientific studies. He does biological detective work and finds gems that hide in plain view, things we don't normally understand and that even the experts do not see as they are not trained to put discordant facts together and question basic assumptions. What this new article tells us is that retroviruses - the same kind that are thought to cause immune deficiency or AIDS - are useful and necessary for our immune system to function correctly. That of course tends to leave the hypothesis of a viral causation of AIDS in grave trouble. I say 'hypothesis' because no one has proven, or even come close to a coherent explanation for, the mechanism of AIDS causation by HIV. How does a retrovirus that is by nature a benign particle, cause devastation of the immune system? Here we have several scientific studies published in the world's finest journals, which attest to the fact that retroviruses are part and parcel of the human organism, that they are needed to provide certain defensive capabilities against invaders, and that they are not pathogenic. So we might ask ourselves why HIV tests (thought to indicate the presence of a retrovirus) are still performed, and why doctors are still recommending the use of toxic anti-retroviral drugs to kill what, rather than a foreign invader, appears to be part of normal human metabolic processes. Cal Crilly lays it out for you, citing and linking the sources......
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It is hard to make sense of the numerous contradictions in the official explanation of what causes Aids and how to best fight the scourge. But then - the confusion may be fully intentional. Aids as a strategy and cover for de-population would make perfect sense. It is race specific, its victims are the poor and socially deviant, and if we believe the press, the whole population of the African continent is at grave risk. A high percentage of those treated eventually do die. What they die of is the hard question that must be asked. Aids testing, prevention and treatment are promoted by the medical/pharmaceutical world and by the mainstream press as essential counter-measures. Yet both Aids testing and treatment target certain racial and social groups and the populations of developing countries, especially if they are located on the African continent. The interpretation of test results is largely arbitrary. Prevention consists of giving both mother and child a highly toxic shot of medicine, and treatment - more often than not - seals the fate of the victim. Treatment leads to a more or less certain death. All that is promised is that the death will be slowed by "life extending" drugs. What makes me think of a deliberate strategy with regards to Aids and the confusion that surrounds it, is the point-blank refusal of the reigning pharmaceutical/medical establishment to even address those contradictions, to discuss in an open way with those who point out that something's not right. Perhaps I am too suspicious, but it seems to me that so much bungling cannot be the result of mere inadequacy. Contradictions, Contradictions Some of the most egregious contradictions I have found over the years are: Tests identify people who "have Aids" but they do not find a virus, merely some specific proteins that could be (and apparently are) associated with a host of non-Aids conditions. The interpretation of tests is different for people with different life stories. Likelihood of a positive test result is increased by being gay or promiscuous, by being of African descent or just by living in a poor part of town, yet "universal testing" is being advocated. In Africa, the definition of Aids does not rely on a test. It is sufficient if you have the symptoms of several of the diseases that are rampant there, diseases brought on by poor hygiene and by bad nutrition. Instead of helping Africans overcome the endemic diseases of their continent with better sanitation and freshly grown produce, we send them toxic Aids drugs and industrially produced, often genetically modified grains. Prevention and treatment of Aids are always highly toxic. More Aids victims die of iatrogenic liver disease brought on by the doctor-prescribed pharmaceutical drugs than of the "opportunistic" diseases that a failing immune system is said to bring on. People who refuse treatment often do not get ill - especially if they adopt a healthy lifestyle - some have been documented to stay healthy for decades. Most people who take Aids drugs suffer horrible "side effects", among them immune deficiency brought on by the drugs. They also die early. Yet no studies have been done to compare a natural, healthy regimen of nutrition and good life with the recommended antiretroviral drug treatment. The isolation of the viral entity that is said to cause Aids has never been published in a peer-review journal. The virus cannot be isolated from sick individuals. No one has shown how the viral entity actually CAUSES immune deficiency. Yet a Nobel prize has recently been awarded to Luc Montagnier and a collaborator for the discovery of HIV. That rabbit hole is very deep. The more you dig, the more absolutely incomprehensible facts and contradictions emerge. One of the most articulate critics of the Aids orthodoxy is Dr Andrew Maniotis, a Professor of Pathology and Program Director in the University of Chicago's Department of Pathology, Anatomy, Cell Biology and Bioengineering. In the following piece, Dr Maniotis highlights the failures of the paradigm that says Aids is caused by an infective agent called HIV and it must be treated with anti-retroviral drugs. In the second part of this post, Dr Maniotis comments on an article in the New Statesman that comments on the controversy around Aids. Perhaps I should be clear that Dr Maniotis, while pointing at the various inconsistencies, does not advocate any conspiratorial view of Aids. If I imply such a conspiratorial (de-population) connection, that view is mine alone. The failures of the HIV/Aids hypothesis According to former NIH director, and Nobel Laureate, Harold Varmus who formed the committee that named “HIV” “HIV,” retrovirus-derived DNA sequences (genes that come from viruses whose genes are made out of RNA instead of DNA), may be ancient molecular “parasites” in their associations with other organisms. As such, they may not be recognizable as foreign molecules to the human immune system (which explains the STEP trial and 60 other "HIV" vaccine disasters, perfectly). Thus, “retroviruses” or their components are not immunogenic (capable of being seen as foreign by the human immune system), because “HIV’'s” molecules, and those of other “retroviruses” are not seen as foreign or non-self,” because they are, and always have been, part of the incredible repertory of the combinatorial complexity of the normal human genome. Supposedly, if we are around on this planet millions of years from now, the human immunoglobulin cassette (that part of the T-cell genome that immunologists claim can be instantaneously rearranged to respond to foreign antigens) new immuonglobulins will continuously be produced to counter any “foreign” molecular challenge, which are not yet present on this earth yet. Therefore, we have NOT sequenced the total human genome, because some of it’s sequences don’t yet exist. And they may not exist in persons said to have “AIDS,” hepatitis B or C or D, as a response to a foreign virus, but these signatures may instead represent the breakdown products of autoimmune diseases that cause cells to spit out “virus-like particles.” As molecular parasites, and as response of our own cellular reactions to common diseases, foreign proteins or metabolic and even psychological stressors such as an AIDS or cancer death sentence, “retroviruses,” their genes, and their molecules, may be simply a byproduct of our stressed cells, because they always have been, are, and always will be, made by our own cells. The amazing thing is that: some antiretroviral drug regimens in some people (almost half of them it appears) can stop the cells from producing these stress responses and their consequent virus-like particles as shown in the German drug addiction clinics by Heinrich Kremer and Juliana Sacher. But these doctors warn, when taken long-term, HAART will cause damage to the bone marrow and others systems, as literally dozens of mainstream clinical trials have demonstrated. It isn’'t only the 60 vaccine failures that raise issue with the “HIV=AIDS” hypothesis. And it isn’'t that cures for cancer or “HIV-disease” have been foiled in every case by “mutation.” Other failures of the “HIV=AIDS” hypothesis include: The failure to really isolate “HIV,” from all other objects in the Universe, or to explain what its confusing presence in healthy drug-naïve persons means; The failure to appreciate, that the association of a molecular marker with any disease state, does not prove, disprove, or even suggest causality; The failure of the Nobel committee to appreciate, in the case of Montagnier’'s and Barre-Sinoussi’'s recent award of the Nobel Prize, that their Patient One’'s “viral” isolate,” was derived from a fellow with swollen lymph nodes, a history of syphilis and syphilis treatment the year before, a history of gonorrhea, a history of cytomegalovirus infection, a history of herpes I and II infection, a history of Epstein-Barr virus infection, and God knows what else; The failure to appreciate, in the case of Robert Gallo'’s so-called amplification of “HIV” markers in stimulated tumor-cell cultures not killed by “HIV,” that “HIV markers” are detectable in less than half to a third of of 72 healthy persons, and not persons now considered to be AIDS patients. And as shocking as it is, a failure to appreciate that there still is no rational or acceptable cell culture model or method to grow HIV” in Petri dishes; The failure of the Nobel committee to appreciate that, a) “HPV” (human papilloma viruses) molecular sequences that are sometimes associated with cervical cancers are just that: they are molecular sequences, not Human papilloma viruses. HPV virus particles, to date have not been shown to induce cervical cells or any other kind of cells to become cancerous, and b) the failure of the Nobel Committee to acknowledge and heed the widely publicized warnings in the Journal “College of American Pathologists (CAP),” and also by senior investigators at the National Cancer Institute, and the company Digene who make “HPV” molecular tests, that HPV-sequences” have not been validated against the clinical occurrence of clinical cervical cancer. In this context, the Nobel committee also failed to appreciate the shameful carnage currently being perpetrated by the so-called first cancer vaccine GARDASIL (made by the same company Merck, who 20 years ago claimed that their hepatitis B vaccine was the first “anti-cancer” vaccine, before France filed a class action suit to stop the hepatitis B vaccine mandate for its young citizens, because it harmed so many); The failure to sequence the “HIV” genome as a consistent pattern or sequence, or to identify specific proteins that are not also found in normal, “non-infected” contexts; The failure to inform the public (and most scientists) that reverse transcriptase is not specific to viruses, nor are the gag, pol, env, p24, and other so-called “HIV-specific” genes and their products, which all can be detected in normal, “non-infected” contexts, and which are published on Medline; The failure a) to block transmission of “HIV” or AIDS in mother to child transmission studies (MTCT) as shown by the Cochran Meta-analysis and other peer-reviewed reports, which showed increased “HIV mutation rates” after black box label drugs such as nevirapine were discontinued in the U.S., and ashamedly administered to more than eight hundred seventy five thousand African mother-infant pairs by Max Essex of Harvard, and others and b) the failure to acknowledge or appreciate that safety officers of the NIH, such as Dr. Fishbein, who monitored such trials as a safety officer, were fired, while those individuals such as Edmond Tremont who directed the nevaripine trial(s) were not even reprimanded after he had changed the data in safety reports that Dr. Fishbein and others had uncovered, in order to push forward George Bush’s PEPFAR pogrom and the eugenics pogram on Africans; The failure to understand why ARV’s (anti-retrovirals) in some individuals, can prevent "AIDS syndromes," because their toxicity to normal immune cells can not only can block these cells from expressing HIV-specific” molecules as a normal response to a physiological stress, or as evidence of a rare genetic polymorphism, but because these drugs are so toxic, that like antibiotics, they suppress both fungal and bacterial growth, but cannot prevent theoretical virus proliferation, because if the HIV” paradigm is correct, these genomes of “HIV” are rapidly integrated into the DNA of the “infected,” and will never be sensitive to drugs designed against their “molecules.” The failure of microbicides, condom campaigns, and circumcision, that more often than not, have increased the rate of detecting “HIV’s” molecular markers, instead of decreasing them among African human “lab rats;” The failure to a) appreciate the disaster and infant mortality caused by breast feeding dissuasion campaigns, designed to decrease infant mortality from “HIV-infection,” but which increased infant mortality 20 times in formula fed infants, compared to mother-infant pairs that didn'’t listen to their doctors, and who weren'’t dissuaded from breast feeding, and b) the failure to appreciate the corresponding terrorism that has been waged against new mothers to promote formula dumping on 3rd World nations, and perhaps because of a hatred of the human female’s breast and the disgusting nature of breast feeding; The failure to acknowledge how projected and WHO-manufactured “HIV” and AIDS”...
          Attention dust bunnies: You’re safe from BPA   
A common definition of the word dust refers to fine, dry particles of matter. From dust storms on earth to cosmic dust, just about everywhere that any form of matter is present, dust will also be present. That includes the ubiquitous household dust that seems to magically appear in our homes on every surface and […]
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          How do impurities move in tungsten?   
(National Institutes of Natural Sciences) The National Institute for Fusion Science (NIFS) has developed a method for investigating at high-speed utilizing a supercomputer the migration paths of plasma particles (impurity atoms) that immerged inside the fusion reactor materials. Here, we take out numerous small domains covering the entire volume of the material and apply molecular dynamics1) to the domains. This method is applicable to general purposes for materials development relating to the migration of impurity atoms or additive atoms.
          Fractional Vortices and Lumps   
Eto, Minoru and Fujimori, Toshiaki and Gudnason, Sven Bjarke and Konishi, Kenichi and Nagashima, Takayuki and Nitta, Muneto and Ohashi, Keisuke and Vinci, Walter (2009) Fractional Vortices and Lumps. Physical review. D, Particles, fields, gravitation, and cosmology, 80 . 045018. ISSN 1550-7998
          The order of the Roberge-Weiss endpoint (finite size transition) in QCD   
D'Elia, Massimo and Sanfilippo, Francesco (2009) The order of the Roberge-Weiss endpoint (finite size transition) in QCD. Physical review. D, Particles, fields, gravitation, and cosmology, 80 . p. 111501. ISSN 1550-7998
          Thermodynamics of two flavor QCD from imaginary chemical potentials   
D'Elia, Massimo and Sanfilippo, Francesco (2009) Thermodynamics of two flavor QCD from imaginary chemical potentials. Physical review. D, Particles, fields, gravitation, and cosmology, 80 . 014502. ISSN 1550-7998
          Analytic continuation of the critical line: suggestions for QCD   
Cea, Paolo and Cosmai, Leonardo and D'Elia, Massimo and Manneschi, Chiara and Papa, Alessandro (2009) Analytic continuation of the critical line: suggestions for QCD. Physical review. D, Particles, fields, gravitation, and cosmology, 80 . 034501. ISSN 1550-7998
          Comment on Happy New Year From Your Friends at Vested Business Brokers by Donnacox   
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          Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds Are They for You   

Stop Those Sniffles with a Hypoallergenic


Hypoallergenic dog breeds are ones that shed less, have less dander, and possibly have less of a chance to bother people with mild allergies. However, it is impossible to generalize as each person is different, so their reactions to dog breeds are different.



If you decide to buy a hypoallergenic dog, there are ways to care for them which you will need to observe that may require a little more work than for non-hypoallergenic breeds. Hypoallergenic dogs are sold mostly by breeders, but you can also find them in pet stores and sometimes in animal shelters.



the Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds are Shown in this Video with a Series of Slides







Hypoallergenic dogs are out there in a number of guises and different breeds, and they do make the best of pets. Hypoallergenic dogs are a great solution for would-be dog owners that have allergies. Many dog lovers that thought they would never be able to own a dog because of the uncontrollable symptoms to pet dander, may not have considered a hypoallergenic dog. However, with careful selection there is a dog for many people that suffer this allergy type.



These dogs are specific breeds that shed less hair and dander than other dogs, and produce fewer allergens in their saliva and urine. You should keep in mind, however, the fact that all breeds carry a certain amount of allergen burden. So called hypoallergenic dogs just carry less.



Hypoallergenic dogs are usually the smaller breeds, even though greyhounds come in a variety of sizes. Deciding on the breed of dog will depend on your lifestyle and what you expect from a pet.



While reading up on this subject while researching this article I did find a web page which said that hypoallergenic dogs are a myth. They said that hypoallergenic dogs are not allergen-free. They just produce less irritating allergens than other dogs. I think to say they are a myth is I think a little extreme, however, all readers must please note that we cannot guarantee for one minute that a dog which apparently does not trigger an allergy in one sufferer may cause it in another.



Allergic people react to different breeds of dogs differently. Each person has a unique allergic threshold. Allergies can be triggered by multiple factors, not just hair, so there's just no guarantee that any particular breed can be "safe". You can also have varying degrees of reaction to individual animals, regardless of breed, and your body can also develop some immunity after you're exposed for a certain amount of time too.



Allergy tests can be used however like any other thing they are susceptible to human error. Here is a story out of New Zealand where a parent took their child to two different allergy tests and received two different results, so the allergy sufferer will be unable to gain a 100% guarantee that they will not suffer even after a positive test suggests so.



Breeds such as the Poodle, Labradoodle and Bishon Frise are the best known smaller hypoallergenic dogs. They only need to be bathed about once a month.



Breeders do not usually offer a return policy, so choose the dog that meets your needs best, and choose carefully.



We have referred to Dander earlier, but what is it? Dander is a collection of skin cells, dust, and other particles found in the air. As a dog sheds, these particles float around in the air and cause people to have allergy attacks. Dander includes shed fur, but also flakes of dried skin. It is similar to dandruff in people.



Portuguese Water Dogs are said to be low allergenic and need to be groomed every two months or so. There are two patterns that most groomers follow, the retriever cut and the lion cut. Portuguese Water Dogs are also intelligent dogs which love to spend time with their owners (they might even just follow you around the house!). Of course, you will want to spend time with a dog to figure out its individual personality, but on the whole, there are many hypoallergenic dog breeds that have affectionate, good temperaments.



Grooming is an essential part of your dog’s general health care and hygiene routine. It includes brushing, combing, nail-clipping, ear and dental care, bathing and scissoring, stripping or clipping of hair coats. Grooming does not take much work, and is SO important to those that might otherwise suffer an allergy. The lowest allergenic reaction will be confirmed by the tests which will be done. West Highland Terriers are reportedly a great idea for allergy sufferers. The hair on their coat is extremely short and it rarely gets that musty doggy smell most dogs get.



Pets can get allergies themselves, but they rarely sneeze and cough; their allergy symptoms usually appear as skin problems. Quick writes, "When I am told that a dog is constantly chewing at their feet, often to the point of damaging the skin, the allergy flag begins to wave.



We hope that for those seeking a hypoallergenic dog they do consider the West Highland Terrier, which is an excellent guard dog and she doesn’t shed either! Finally, if there is anyone out there looking for a large dog breed that jives with their senses look at the Bouvier! (French).



Your author for this great article is fascinated by the dog world and the diversity of the top Dog Breeds Worldwide. He also runs the Dog Breeds Compendium. See his great page on non-shedding hypoallergenic dog breeds.
          Some studies of the theory and application of continuous groups in atomic spectroscopy   
Some studies of the theory and application of continuous groups in atomic spectroscopy Cunningham, M.J. This thesis is concerned with the representation theory of continuous groups both compact and non-compact and its application to atomic spectroscopy. In Chapter I some atomic wavefunctions for equivalent electrons in the group scheme SU2 x (U2l+1 R2l+1 R3) are constructed in terms of electron fermion creation and annihilation operators. The concept of semiconjugacy is defined and shown to reduce the number of states that must be explicitly calculated. The states of the d shell are calculated and tabulated. In Chapter II it is shown how to extract n-body cfp's associated with arbitrary auxiliary quantum numbers from the n-body generalisation of Redmond's formula. The method is applied to give explicit formulae for the squares of one body cfp's of the atomic d-shell. Group theory is applied in Chapter III to extend the quasiparticle formalism developed by Armstrong and Judd to expose the complete group structure of the eigenfunctions of the equivalent electron l shell. A simple method for relating quasiparticle states to determinantal states and for calculating quasiparticle matrix elements is developed. The need for fractional parentage coefficients in calculating these matrix elements is eliminated. In Chapter IV the technique and formalism is extended to describe general mixed configurations. The hydrogen atom is factorised according to the scheme 0(4,2) 0(2,1) x 0(3) in Chapter V and the radial group 0(2,1) studied. It is shown that rkD n/(n+q) , where Da is a dilatation operator, is proportional to a tensor operator in this scheme, allowing a group theoretical study of the radial matrix element rk, including an explanation of the Pasternack and Sternheimer selection rule. The technique is extended in Chapter VI to solve a differential equation directly related to the generalised Kepler equation of Infeld and Hull in an 0(2,1) x 0(3) group scheme. This equation contains as special cases the Schrodinger, Klein-Gordan, and Dirac (two forms) hydrogen atoms. A generalised Pasternack and Sternheimer selection rule exists and some matrix elements can be evaluated group theoretically.
          ANTIBACTERIAL EVALUATION OF AFANG LEAF EXTRACT AND IT'S SYNTHESIZED SILVER NANOPARTICLES   

    CHAPTER ONE INTRODUCTION AND LITERATURE REVIEW 1.0 INTRODUCTION Nanoscience has been the subject of substantial research in recent years. It has been explored by researchers in various fields of science and technology (Kholoud et al. 2010). The novel properties of NPs have been exploited in a ...read more
          Babybay Co-Sleeping Cot Maxi Large Size   

MAXI Babybay® is great for parents with TWINS. This co-sleeping cot is designed for twins and solves the problem of how to bond with 2 babies simultaneously as well as making it easier for mum to get a good noghts sleep. With ordinary cots parents would have no choice but to let twin babies sleep from mums bed and frequently in a separate room. MAXI Babybay removes the requirement to get out of bed to tend to the twins when they wake up in the middle of the night. 

Babybay Maxi bedside cot is a unique solution to this problem that allows baby to sleep right next to you, in full view and within close reach, without disturbing your normal sleeping habits and of course there is no risk of parent rolling over and squashing baby during the night. It is attached to the side of your own bed using metal fasteners and adjusts to any height, allowing an optimal co-sleeping arrangement without discomfort to either you or baby.

Babybay Maxi bedside cot is also unique in its extreme versatility; with a minimum of effort it can be converted into a bassinet (i.e. traditional four-sided cot), playpen, highchair, travel cot, chair, bench, table, desk, or even handy shelving. 

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    Maxi Babybay is easily height-adjustable and can be attached to any bed effortlessly and without the need for tools
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    BabyBay is made entirely from indigenous, solid beech – not cheap particle board. The robust construction guarantees long-lasting durability and the bars are strong enough to withstand significant loads – it couldn't be more secure
  • Easy to assemble
    babybay is handily packaged for easy, environmentally-friendly transport, and the simple instructions and included tools mean that assembly is child’s play – in less than five minutes your babybay is ready for use
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    As soon as your child is out of babyhood, the basic model can, with the help of various accessories, be easily transformed into nifty bedroom furniture – whether playpen, high chair, table, bench or desk, the choice is yours
  • Natural and environmentally friendly
    With the careful choice of sustainable materials, solid construction and real lacquered beech finishes, the babybay is completely natural and responsibly produced – a new tree is re-planted for every one cut down

Do not forget that the BabyBay Maxi has many other functions including bench, doll changing table, travel cot and playpen (with other accessories).

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Measures 94 x 79 x 51 cm and weighs 14 kg.

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          To paint, or not to paint, that is the question. (With every apology possible to William Shakespeare).   
Interesting.  I'm learning about myself.

I'm very close to being finished and I really just need to paint it and screw the fittings back on. A handful of hours, relatively speaking, and I am avoiding the boat. 

From Hamlet III i 64 (adapted):

To paint be, or not to paint be- that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The dust flecks slings and brush marks arrows of my work outrageous fortune
Or to take endless sanding arms against a sea of imperfection troubles,

'nuff.

About a month ago I finally got to the point where the outside was looking good enough to paint. The inside was not so nice but passable. This was like the last boat. I had been intending to do a better job but either I do not have the knack, or the patience, or both for the interior. Inside the transom and bulkheads were good. Maybe better than good. Parts of the sides were good and only good. I've been watching other blogs. I feel "Peel-Ply" is in my future for the next one. The edges of the tapes at every fillet are still slightly visible and it bugs me.

On my trailer and ready for clean up.

The first order of business was to clean up the last of the blush, flecks, and what-not from the surface of the hull. This is not so bad a task. The sanding sponges and water work great. The sponges conform to the surface and even rough up the surface imperfections in the tiny hollows. The water removes the amine blush and a wet vac deals with the residue before it becomes dust. I liked the part where I got help. There's a lot of boat to help with for a seven year old. More help than there is attention span but after a few sessions we were done. I like the part where the inside gets done by someone else shorter than I: perhaps someone that won't end up with a dented noggin from the boat overhead. (Boy that brass keel band it hard!).

Our junior boat builder lent a hand with wet-sanding.

Dust and paint are part of the love-hate relationship of finishing. The wet sanding makes it tolerable and now we are back into the dry Alberta winter season, the humidity from the water makes is A-OK.  


I chose Interlux's Epoxy Primekote for the base inside and out, except where the non-slip floor would go. According to Interlux, it "can be used over clear epoxies as a sanding surfacer and to eliminate the effects of amine blush". And I could use a brush or roller. 

However given the price I was very careful not to waste it. The two coats covered the exterior above the waterline and the inside except the bottom and compartment interiors. It did provide good coverage but still took two quarts/litres (at $51 per plus sales tax). These two coats of Primekote still went on with that dreaded sanding in-between. There just is no avoiding it.


Halfway through coat number one.










I am reporting that I do like the Primekote product. The primer is somewhat self levelling. I had zero, that's right, zero runs in the paint. I could use a roller without tipping-off. But be warned: It does have a powerful solvent stink. I used a respirator with organic vapour cartridges in a ventilated space. Even so, the odour lingers for a long time. I do not think, even in small amounts, it is usable without a mask. I worked with ½ quart/litre batches with 20% 2333 brushing solvent. Anything I was wearing at the time had to be laundered as soon as I was done for the day.

After two coats of Primekote. Now ready for top coats!


One thing that went very well was the thin poly curtain I hung around the painting area. Not only did I not get dust falling on the wet paint from overhead but I noticed that the plastic seems to "magnetically" pull dust particles out the air. The wonders for static electricity are put to good use here and the film gets coating of dust inside and out. I just had to be careful not to touch it. I'm not sure what its total dust-carrying capacity is but it seems to hold a lot.

The poly dust magnet.


While that was going on, I got after the seats with varnish. I used 4 coats of Petit Z-Spar, wet-sanded in between costs. Emotionally this is a different experience. Just wood, no epoxy, and just varnish. The area was small. The results were uplifting with each sanding and re-coat. I liked the shine and I really liked the richness of the colour.


Seats.


My varnish brushes alternated between soaking in the solvent can and being used (or ready for use). The X-Large Ziplock freezer bag (the one with the double seal) stopped solvent losses seemingly all together. The Tim Horton's coffee can lid is slit and the old clothspeg holds the brush above the bottom.
Now I'm ready for top coats.





          Enthusiasm builds: Sanding the hull!   

Now that feels better. There are few things quite as rewarding as the shaping of wood, even plain ol' marine plywood. The result of sanding of the transom had filled my tank with enthusiasm.  The outside of the hull now needed the same treatment and I had to curb the same enthusiasm to allow a few things to take place first.

These items were the bonding of the futtocks to the hull and the filling of the inner seams.  As the sanding of the outer hull would, or could, reduce the strength of the tabs, I thought that these would be a minimum requirement before I would allow my enthusiasm to create problems for me.

I started with the bulkhead and futtock bonding. Sam had suggested that I clamp the outwales to the shear to remove any scallops from the plywood as it came around the bulkheads. I did not have the intended material on hand but heard his caution. What I did have was some 3/4" square white oak in 10' lengths to apply to the task. It took two pieces per side and a few clamps to end up with a nice curve to the shear-line.

3/4" Square oak took the scallop out of the wales.

I inserted wedges at the bulkheads to create some space between them and the hull panels.  Into these gaps, I forced 105/206/406/wood-flour and then removed the wedges. Each futtock was glued in turn until all was done. The scraper cleaned up the squish-out. I didn't fuss that too much as there was plenty of time once the hull was flipped to do real clean-up.  Besides the space under the boat was tight and I was not too happy to be under there.

Wedges were cut to fill in the gap between BH1 and the hull panels where they still sat away by about an inch (but symmetrical!) at the shear to intermediate panel joint.  These were tacked in a few places - just enough to glue the panels in place but again I was focused on not being under the boat and more interested in getting to the outer hull sanding.

At this point, I decided to apply the inside fillet to the stem where the panels joined.  This area takes quite a lot of force over the boat life and further the exterior bond is cut away for the application of the outside stem.  This joint was filled with 105/206/406/wood-flour and given a overlay of 17 ounce biaxial cloth tape with three coats of 105/207.

I used a multi curved spreader from Boatcraft in Edmonton to apply the fillet to the inner stem. As an aside, Don runs a pretty great show at Boatcraft and has been in business since 1955 (Boatcraft is also the maker of Waters Dancing kayak kits).  Boatcraft provides specialized service for us Canadian prairie boat builders with all sorts of epoxy supplies. Best pricing anywhere on Marine stainless hardware and gives discounts on all sorts once you got a big enough order. He's got my recommendation.

Filleting tool from Boatcraft


The outer seam filling and the filling of the wire holes meant that inside seams were not smooth enough to get an easy fill on the gap.  Too many rough areas for the scraper.  These needed sanding first. I used my DeWalt 5" Random Orbital Sander to smooth these out. I was complaining before about not appreciating the space under the boat, now I was really unexcited about being under there.

I looked at the space repeatedly.  This was turning into procrastination.  Just how can boat-building turn into procrastination?  I'm not sure but it did.  

At least for a little while.

After an hour or maybe two, I ran out of shop benches to tidy, shavings to sweep and other general time wasting activities to do, so I masked up. I stuffed my 5" dust remover hose for air circulation, a portable light, an extension cord and the sander under the boat and joined them all for 20 minutes of sanding.  So two hours of procrastination and twenty minutes of sanding. Seems a bit out-of-ratio. Not to mention dusty, noisy and sweaty.

After the dust had settled and the myriad of tools were removed, under again I ventured to fill the inner seams with 105/206/406/wood-flour. Again this took less time than I had spent procrastinating. But the next session would bring outside sanding and that was worth an ounce of celebration.

It ended up being two days before the sanding could begin, but it did happen on a nice sunny afternoon with temperatures above freezing. The 9227 worked away and I finally got the real feel for the machine, which is just as well as it took a good two and a half hours of slow determined work to produce the result I was looking for. Pounds of dust ensued, but the Chinook winds blew the airborne particles well away and what it didn't, the dust removers got. A few blasts with the air hose ensured that anything that did build up went away. 

This was fantastic.  The shape of the hull was liberated from the detracting tabs. The irregular sections were smoothed. The bow area turned into the classic Devlin stem form. Then came the real therapy: long sanding boards. Once machine work was done the silence of the hand sanders was a welcome respite. A hour of sanding by hand left me tired and fulfilled. The power of good long boards with gritty paper on them to not only smooth the hull but to smooth the day out always amazes me. But it does - try it sometime.

Gotta love that Sam Devlin stem form.
At this point, I realized that I had suffered too much buoyancy to have taken pictures along the way.  And thus I was left with only the physical and mental results.

Results


          NSA Air Cleaner Purifier Warehouse Clearance   

Nscessity Air Cleaner Purifier Improve the air we breathe indoors with NSA Air Cleaner. It has a true HEPA filter which removes 99.97% of airborne particles including pollen, dust, house dust mite waste and pet dander upto 0.3 microns.

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          BabyBay Co-Sleeping Cot Aerial in Natural   

Ns Associates babybay® Extra Aerial model includes an ingenious slatted bed base to introduce fresh cool air ventilation around the mattress. The unique design of the slatted base allows your baby to sleep calmly without getting to hot during the night disrupting his or her sleep and ultimatly yours.

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babybay bedside cot is a unique solution to this problem that allows baby to sleep right next to you, in full view and within close reach, without disturbing your normal sleeping habits and of course there is no risk of parent rolling over and squashing baby during the night. It is attached to the side of your own bed using metal fasteners and adjusts to any height, allowing an optimal co-sleeping arrangement without discomfort to either you or baby.

babybay bedside cot is also unique in its extreme versatility; with a minimum of effort it can be converted into a bassinet (i.e. traditional four-sided cot), playpen, highchair, travel cot, chair, bench, table, desk, or even handy shelving.

Advantages of the babybay include:

  • Perfectly adaptable to any bed
    babybay is easily height-adjustable and can be attached to any bed effortlessly and without the need for tools
  • Stable, durable and easy to clean
    babybay is made entirely from indigenous, solid beech – not cheap particle board. The robust construction guarantees long-lasting durability and the bars are strong enough to withstand significant loads – it couldn't be more secure
  • Easy to assemble
    babybay is handily packaged for easy, environmentally-friendly transport, and the simple instructions and included tools mean that assembly is child’s play – in less than five minutes your babybay is ready for use
  • Adaptable to a variety of uses
    As soon as your child is out of babyhood, the basic model can, with the help of various accessories, be easily transformed into nifty bedroom furniture – whether playpen, high chair, table, bench or desk, the choice is yours
  • Natural and environmentally friendly
    With the careful choice of sustainable materials, solid construction and real lacquered beech finishes, the babybay is completely natural and responsibly produced – a new tree is re-planted for every one cut down

Measures 86 x 79 x 46 cm and weighs 11 kg.

NOTE

The height is 79 cm plus 5 cm for the roller casters = maximum height is 84 cm

To use safely the maximum height of the lying plate (base) can be 58 cm

To use safely there must be enough space to use the wooden bars (height 26 cm)

 

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          The Organic Surrealism of Hundertwasser   

Darmstadt may have earned the title for being the City of Arts and Sciences. The former for having being once been the centre of the German Jugendstil movement, and the latter for its particle accelerator and being home to a division of the European Space Agency. However, this smallish town located between Frankfurt and Heidelberg is off the tourist track and often forgotten about. Darmstadt is not only home to an interesting Jugendstil artist’s quarter, but also home to an amazing example of modern, avant-garde architecture. Besides a few apartment blocks, a car park and an Aldi, Friedensreich Hundertwasser’s Waldspirale curls from the ground up in a collection of multi-coloured tiers, golden

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          Amid global threats — and infighting at the Capitol — Minnesota's cybersecurity operation struggles to keep up   

On the third floor of an office building in St. Paul, a conference room has been turned into a makeshift command center, with cubicles and computer monitors looking toward a giant pull-down screen.

On a recent Tuesday, the room is dark except for the glow of computer monitors lighting a half dozen faces, all glued to their screens. One of the employees, Dave, who always wears a bowtie on Tuesdays, is sitting by his blue lava lamp and a unopened Obi Wan Kenobi figurine and trying to find any traces of “Petya.”

Petya is a new version of ransomware that happened to be ravaging systems in the Ukraine and Russia. It’s called ransomware because it infects computer systems and shuts them down until a ransom is paid. Next to two giant computer monitors, Dave has a small laptop not connected to the system that he’s using to browse hacker forums.

There was some dispute as to whether the ransomware was actually Petya, but “it’s walking like that duck and it’s quacking like that duck,” Dave said. “Some financial institutions in the Ukraine and Russia are down. An oil company in Russia is down.”

This makeshift office is Minnesota’s Security Operations Center, where nine people working in staggered shifts form the front line of the state government's cybersecurity defense, protecting the data of more than five million citizens from hackers around the world. On a given day, the state’s systems are scanned several million times for potential vulnerabilities. These nine staffers are part of a total team of 61 people who work in cybersecurity for the entire state. To put that number into perspective, a corporation like U.S. Bancorp has more than 500 people working on the issue. 

To many in the state, cybersecurity may seem like an abstract problem — data sitting “in the cloud” or on servers unseen. Yet a breach of that security could have far-reaching and devastating real-life consequences. State governments hold on to all sorts of personal data, from Social Security numbers, tax records and license information to marriage, birth and death records. 

And yet, as states make more government information and services available online, thwarting cyberattacks becomes ever more difficult. This month, a hacker upset that the police officer charged with killing Philando Castile was found not guilty found a weakness in the state’s databases, stealing emails and passwords.

“If there are people who hack into those systems, critical government systems will not work that society depends on,” said Christopher Buse, the Chief Information Security Officer for the state. “If we lose health care data on systems, you can’t just pay somebody money to get the genie back in the bottle. Their health records are out there, or the name of undercover police officers, you can’t make them safe again once that’s out in the wild.” 

A bigger issue than staffing, say IT officials, is the state’s decades-old computer systems, which are scattered at more than two dozen locations across Minnesota and are not able to be secured by any modern technology. And while fixing those problems was part of a heated debate at the Capitol during the 2017 legislative session, the issue ultimately wasn’t resolved, even if everyone agrees it’s not going away. “It’s not if we’re going to be attacked,” said Sen. Paul Anderson, R-Plymouth. “It’s how you respond when we do.”

'Flooded’ with old technology

Buse used to be the one trying to poke holes in Minnesota’s cybersecurity defenses. He spent 19 years in the Office of the Legislative Auditor, most of that time doing audits of state government IT systems. “I made my living throwing darts at IT professionals,” Buse said. “Now I’m on the other side. I’m the dart board.”

Back then, much of state business was still done on paper, with the computerized data it did have stored on large mainframe systems. One of the last audits Buse worked on in 2001 found major weaknesses with the Department of Public Safety’s online vehicle registration renewal system, which left citizen data vulnerable to disclosure and fraud. The audit’s recommendation: shut it down.

The move was controversial. “Citizens liked the fact that they could sit in their living room and do their vehicle tabs,” Buse said. “That was … when our Legislature really started to look at IT.”

In 2011, lawmakers created Minnesota IT, or MNIT, an entire state agency run by the state’s Chief Information Officer. The idea behind it was to consolidate the IT being done by more than 78 state agencies, boards and commissions into one agency, which would make it more efficient — and more secure. 

But those efforts are expensive. This session, the department and Gov. Mark Dayton requested $125 million to make the state government’s systems more secure. Part of the money was to go toward updating some of the state’s decades old computer systems, which are so old they have their own special coding, and are incompatible with any modern operating systems or security functions. Another $74 million would have gone into various IT security improvements, including adding more cybersecurity staff, as well as new software that blocks hackers. 

“Government is literally flooded with old technology,” Buse said. “When you look at [$125] million, it seems staggering, but when you look at the number of agencies and the age of these systems and what systems cost these days, the numbers add up pretty quickly.” 

Lawmakers had a $1.65 billion surplus to spend during the last legislative session. But the funding was competing with tax cuts, transportation funding and plenty of other priorities. Rep. Sarah Anderson, the Republican chair of the House State Government Policy and Finance Committee, said she wasn’t inclined to put funding into cybersecurity until every state agency was on board with consolidating their IT functions and becoming more secure. 

“One of the key pieces you need is consolidation, because that limits the entry points for securing our data in government. When these agencies refuse to participate in the consolidation, that’s a problem,” she said. 

Then, during the Legislature’s special session, cybersecurity funding got caught up in bargaining between the governor and Republican legislative leaders. Republicans said they offered about $22 million in cybersecurity funding to the governor. But instead of using it for that purpose, he used the money to maintain current staffing levels for state agencies. “They used it to fund agencies across the board,” said Anderson.  

Democrats say Republicans forced the administration's to choose between cuts to state agencies or funding for cybersecurity. 

Data centers in ‘closets’

In Minnesota, “the cloud” is in an actual place: a secret location filled with stacks of humming servers.

This so-called “data center” is where state data is physically held. To get to this facility, someone must first give you the address, which isn’t publicly listed. The entrance is not visible from any street, and the building is mostly underground to protect it from natural disasters. Once there, entrance into the building requires several clearance points and fingerprint identification. Inside, backup generators keep the facility running at all times — even if power to the city where the facility is located were completely cutoff. 

Christopher Buse
Christopher Buse

The servers hold petabytes of data, things like unemployment records, tax information and private health data from MNsure, the state’s health insurance exchange. Monitors look at what data is going in and out of the servers, and a complicated cooling system keeps them from overheating. Particle sensors and can tell if anything changes in the physical space.

For MNIT, this is the future. Since forming in 2011, the agency has consolidated 49 different data centers in the state into 27 centers. But not all data centers are created equally. Older centers were sometimes the size of a closet, without any of the highly-controlled physical and technological features in the secure facility.

“Think of it as anywhere from the closet in your apartment or home to this,” Thomas Schaeffer, the Chief Operating Officer for MNIT, said from the secure facility. “They vary that wildly. The ones we closed early were the closets. Those were low hanging fruit, the 20 or so left are the more complex ones.”

Ultimately, the department wants to have only six data centers, with three of them being highly-secure facilities like this one. That would cost about $14 million, which was included in the governor’s request last session.

“The cloud is just like your computer at home, at scale. This is just a large scale computer processing unit that has all of those controls built into it,” Schaeffer said. “To secure all the state’s data the way it is currently configured is very difficult.” 

Threats are everywhere

Paul Anderson is serving his first term in the state Senate, but he used to work on technology and IT issues in former Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s office, and he spent a few years working with a tech startup in the private sector. 

He authored a bill, along with Rep. Jim Nash, R-Waconia, that would have created a Legislative Commission on Cybersecurity. The bill passed unanimously in the state Senate, but it never made it to a vote in the House.

The idea was to create a space where legislators can actually dig into the issues, instead of discussing it sporadically or when security breaches occur. At least 13 states have recently created some kind of statewide cybersecurity task force, commission or advisory council.

The state has yet to face a major breach of its data, but the threats are everywhere, Anderson said. “It drives me crazy that we can’t get more of a focus on this issue,” he said, adding that he plans to bring the issue up next session, which convenes in February 2018.

“The amount of work that MNIT has to do with the limited resources they have is not adequate for the enterprise they have to run,” he said. “I believe we have to put more attention to this. It’s making sure we have the resources to manage the attacks that are inevitably going to happen.”


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          Outcomes of Sex Reassignment Surgery   
My recent consideration of the book Galileo's Middle Finger and my previous interview with Helen Boyd have prompted me to think again about the science of sex and gender. As I have mentioned many times before, there isn't a lot of hard, reliable science out there.

You might consider that science isn't the best tool with which to view transgenderism. To me, that's a little like saying that counting isn't the best tool with which to view how much money you have.

Opposed: Prof Paul McHugh
Since the study of transgenderism is such a huge field, let's narrow it down to one, relatively well-delineated question: should genetic males be offered sex reassignment surgery? You might already have an answer to this question, one way or the other, but let's look a bit more closely.

Detransitioning is the process whereby someone post sex reassignment surgery, living as the opposite sex, regrets their decision, and returns to their original sex. We know it happens, and that means that sex reassignment surgery isn't for everyone.

Paul McHugh, an eminent psychiatrist, and University Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, went so far as to discontinue sex reassignment surgery at Johns Hopkins in 1979, after studying the outcomes. He wrote:
McHugh: We saw the results as demonstrating that just as these men enjoyed cross-dressing as women before the operation so they enjoyed cross-living after it. But they were no better in their psychological integration or any easier to live with. With these facts in hand I concluded that Hopkins was fundamentally cooperating with a mental illness. We psychiatrists, I thought, would do better to concentrate on trying to fix their minds and not their genitalia.
You can read his whole 2004 article here. I can see how some of his terminology could be inflammatory, but he comes across as someone who believes what he is doing is right. Before you dismiss him completely, read the whole article. In particular, his review (in the same article) of the previously-misguided surgical treatment of intersex children is very balanced and enlightened, and I find it very difficult to disagree with any of it.

Benefits and harms

Suppose you have heart disease. Your doctor suggests you take aspirin, because there is good evidence that aspirin prevents heart attacks. You take aspirin, confident that you will not have a heart attack, because you are doing the right thing.

But it isn't as simple as that. Not everyone with heart disease will suffer a heart attack, so not everybody needs to take aspirin. And some people who take aspirin will still suffer a heart attack, meaning that aspirin is incompletely successful at preventing heart attacks.

Balanced; benefits and harms
All we can say is that aspirin reduces the risk of heart attack. The actual reduction of risk per person is unexpectedly low. It's only when this small benefit is multiplied by thousands of people across a population that it becomes demonstrable. Multiplied across tens, or hundreds of thousands, aspirin can be shown to prevent hundreds of heart attacks.

But aspirin isn't harmless. As well as its benefits, aspirin causes harms. Again, per individual, these harms are tiny, but multiplied across a population, aspirin can be shown to cause an increased risk of bleeding events. We tend to think of these as risks, but to me (and others) this is an unhelpful word, as it implies that risks are avoidable, where in this case they are not: they are inevitable. It creates the irony that some people will take aspirin and experience only the harms (even though most people expect only the benefits!).

There is therefore a bargain to be struck, between the benefits and the harms of any treatment. In the case of aspirin, we can see that the benefits strongly outweigh the harms, and therefore it makes rational sense to take aspirin. For some treatments, the balance of benefit versus harm is not so clear-cut.

There are also people who are already at risk of having a bleeding event. Those people have a different balance of harm versus benefit. For some of them, it may still make sense to take aspirin; for others, it may make sense not to.

So aspirin is a simple example (there is an excellent discussion of aspirin in this context here on Alvin Lin's blog). This article is about the benefits and harms of sex reassignment surgery.

More complicated than aspirin

Once again, we are faced with a population: people born male who request sex reassignment surgery. It's clear that, if we provide that for all of our population, some will receive benefits, and some will receive harms. Some will receive a mixture of both benefits and harms.

Confusing: statistics
As ethical, and rational people, what we want to do is to maximise the benefits and minimise the harms. Our best efforts may mean that more people have benefit than harm, or more correctly that the total sum of benefit outweighs the total sum of harm. (But it may be hard to judge between a hundred people feeling better, but one person losing their life: which is the greater sum?) If we decide that the balance favours performing the surgery, that's an argument for offering the surgery. If, however, we decide that that the balance favours not performing the surgery, then that's an argument for not performing it.

This is the argument put forward by Paul McHugh, but he is missing one important point: that even if the balance of harm and benefit favours not performing the surgery, this applies to a population, and not individuals, and there may therefore be individuals for whom the benefit is greater. In other words, even if, on the whole, surgery is more harmful than beneficial, there will still be some individuals for whom surgery would be the right thing.

The corollary of all this is that, even if surgery is shown to be more beneficial than harmful, there will still be some people for whom surgery would not be the right thing; in other words, surgery still wouldn't be for everyone!

I'm sorry if I am making your head spin. What's the answer to this conundrum? Science, and plenty of it.

Counting your blessings: estimating benefits and harms

The first question is this: taken as a population seeking sex reassignment surgery, how does the sum of benefit compare to the sum of harm?

You might think that's easy: just find a load of post-op transsexuals and ask them if they are happier since they transitioned. Most of them will say yes. So there's your answer, surely? But a sceptic like me would say: hang on. You might not be counting everyone. Some people might have detransitioned. Some people might have taken their own lives (this number is non-trivial where gender dysphoria is concerned, as this study reminds us). Some people might be so miserable that they declined to answer the survey. This is sampling bias, just one of the many biases potentially associated with research.

I came across this useful paper here at the Bournemouth and Poole Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) page. It seems to cover the whole UK, and it has a lot to recommend it: it's short; it contains excellent information including great statistics, and it seems to have a very good idea about the priorities in the care of transgender people. On the other hand, it doesn't say who its authors are; it gives no date, and no sources for its figures. I would really like to know if this is some sort of annual report, and if so, where it comes from.

What it says (in brief) is that sex-reassignment surgery is becoming a lot commoner in the UK, but that trans people face a lot of difficulties in schools, in the workplace, and in their personal and emotional lives. So does sex reassignment surgery result in a greater quality of life?

It's difficult to estimate quality of life. You can't measure it directly; you can only ask people to report it. As a result, it is very prone to error and bias, and people telling the researchers what they think they want to hear, or telling them what they wish were true.

Thankfully for us, Una over at Transas City has done the homework for us, and presents a magnificent, detailed meta-analysis of 34 studies from the literature, together with a very detailed discussion of the strengths and limitations of each study. To save you going through it, the bottom line is this: transsexual treatment (not just surgery) is usually (but not always) associated with a better quality of life afterward, though some problems (such as social integration, difficulties finding employment, and so on) persist. I can't praise Una's article highly enough; she has really put in a lot of hard work to bring this data together.

Meanwhile, Elizabeth Hungerford over at Sex Matters presents four different studies, which suggest increased risk of mortality (including suicide) in transsexuals, increased criminal behaviour, and a disconnect between the subjective reporting of outcomes (most people reported improvement) and the objective reporting of outcomes (a lot of complications were reported). She writes:
Hungerford: As this brief review of long term studies illustrates, positive patient satisfaction should be separated from objectively measurably negative outcomes in order to fully understand the efficacy and “success” of “sex reassignment” procedures. We must be skeptical and refuse to accept emotionally motivated claims of “necessity” that are not supported by long term evidence. We must subject these studies to rigorous, unflinching analysis.
And I really think she has a point. Sometimes, giving people what they want isn't the same as giving them what they need. What should a good doctor, using the principles of medical ethics to guide them, offer the person who asks for sex reassignment treatment?

So where does that leave us?

Cumbersome: scientific research
The ideal scientific study will never happen. In it, a large cohort of gender-dysphoric individuals will present for treatment. They will be subjected to an intense battery of psychological testing, designed to demonstrate every facet of psychological function, and every hint of psychiatric illness. They will then be randomised into at least two arms (preferably three). In one arm, they get full treatment: hormones, surgery, the works. In the second arm, they get the next best treatment: counselling, cognitive-behavioural therapy, maybe antidepressants. In the third arm, they get no treatment at all, but get observed to see what happens if you have no treatment at all. The three groups get followed up for a long period (e.g. a decade) to see what the outcomes are. We decide, based on the result, what the best possible treatment for gender dysphoria is.

The reason this study will never happen falls into several areas. First, to enrol patients in a study, you need to fully inform them of what might happen. Tell someone seeking sex reassignment surgery that they may be randomised to a group which doesn't receive it, and they will instantly withdraw from your study. Second, you need a large cohort of people to get robust results, and it's very difficult and expensive to conduct large studies on large groups of people. Third, the longitudinal followup required means that many researchers cannot devote the time required. A PhD, for example, would normally require all the research to be done in a few years. But unless we wait for a lot longer, we might only observe a "honeymoon period" where everything seems rosy (or potentially the opposite: a period of turmoil and unhappiness while settling into a new life which is ultimately more satisfying). Finally, as described here, nobody really wants to touch this sort of research any more.

One solution: real informed consent

By what means can we identify people, in advance, who will ultimately benefit from sex reassignment surgery? Or who won't? The answer is: we cannot. Nobody can tell the future. Doctors are no more able to tell the future than anyone else. And there are a lot of surgical procedures where the outcome is far from certain in advance. Coronary artery bypass grafting, for example, improves lives for many thousands, but opening someone's chest with a saw and plumbing their major blood vessels into a pump (in order to carry out the surgery) is risky, difficult, and expensive.

Informed: consent
Nonetheless, there is a solution, and it is the same as for any type of surgery. We fully inform the individual of the very best information we have, and let them make the choice. We make the assumption that the adult acting with capacity is the best judge of their own best interests. Note that Paul McHugh has already made up his mind--doctor knows best--and he is happy to make the decision that he knows better than his patients what is best for them. Having decided that transgenderism is a mental illness, he may possibly be more comfortable with the notion that transgender people lack capacity to judge their own best interests. This sort of medical paternalism is (thankfully) well on the wane.

Informed consent for surgery might look something like this:
Sex reassignment surgery is likely to be painful and leave you subject to several complications, including incontinence, scarring, bleeding, infection, wound breakdown, blood clots, and even your own death, though this is very rare. The surgery will be permanent and cannot be reversed. You may not have full sexual function afterward, and you may never be able to experience orgasm. Afterward, you are likely to feel better in yourself, but your risk of suicide will remain high, and you may still experience difficulty integrating into society. If you still want the surgery, sign here.
In my experience, most surgical consent forms tend to stress the negative. They need to be seen to make it clear to the patient that while everyone hopes the surgery will go well, and tries to bring about a great result, that might not actually happen.

But making people clearly aware that surgery might go wrong, and even if it goes right, it won't solve all their problems, is a big step forward from saying "no, you can't have surgery". People should be given this information early and often during the consent process for sex reassignment surgery, so that they can really weigh the decision.

I haven't had sex reassignment surgery, so I don't know what the consent process is like. Those of you who have, please post your experiences and comments below.

Meanwhile, we can only hope that particles of good science continue to be done, and that meta-analysis of those particles can clarify the picture for everyone.
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Many of the electronic devices we use in our daily life rely on liquid crystal display (LCD) technologies. LCDs get their name from the special liquid crystal solution that is contained between two thin glass plates inside the display. An electric field applied across the liquid crystal layer changes optical properties of the liquid crystals thus enabling their use in displays. A new paper reports several interesting size effects including monotonous and non-monotonous dependence of the total concentration of mobile ions in liquid crystals on the thickness of the cell and/or on the concentration of nanoparticles.


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Self-assembly of block copolymers is well-known to form polymeric particles with various morphologies, for example, spherical, cylindrical and vesicular morphologies. This month we focus on three research articles published in Polymer Chemistry involving polymer self-assembly. Polymer self-assembly is driven by the respective solubilities of the blocks of the copolymer in the solvent media present. For example, when […]
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Extruded polymeric HVDC cables have drawn great attention in modern power systems. This paper reviews the history and development of the polymeric HVDC cables and summarizes the key technical problems in extruded HVDC cables. It is pointed out that two key issues should be solved. One is the electric field inversion within HVDC cable insulation which is caused by the temperature and electric field dependent DC volume resistivity of the polymeric insulation materials. The other is the space charge behavior under multi-fields coupling, including charge injection, transportation, accumulation and dissipation characteristics. The following aspects need to be particularly concerned in the future: the interaction between temperature, electric field, space charge and DC volume resistivity under multi-fields coupling; mechanisms of nanoparticles doping on enhancing the properties of polymeric insulation material; the long-term operation characteristics of nanodielectrics; collaborative optimal regulation methods and theories on the properties of polymeric insulation material; and recyclable insulation materials for future HVDC cables.
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High temperature vulcanized (HTV) silicone rubber (SiR) is widely used as HVDC cable accessory insulation considering its outstanding electrical properties along with elasticity and thermal resistance. However surface charge caused by corona would accumulate on SiR surface and distort the local field which in consequence led to accessory premature discharge and insulation failure. This paper focused on the behavior of surface charge of SiR composites and managed to modify it by incorporating silicon carbide (SiC) particles into SiR matrix. The content of SiC varied from 0 to 100 % and its effects on the field-dependent conductivity and surface charge behaviors were discussed. The outcomes of experiments showed that the SiR/SiC composites performed a nonlinear conductivity as a function of electric field when the content of SiC exceeded 30 %. It was also noticed that this field-dependent conductivity became more obvious when the content of SiC increased. Meanwhile, the decay rate of surface charge was observed to rise with the increase of SiC content and voltage. It was confirmed that the SiR/SiC composites could accelerate the decay of surface charge and increase the dc conductivity under high voltage, resulting from the modification of the trap level distribution.
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Voltage polarity reversal is a special condition in HVDC transmission system. In this study, low density polyethylene (LDPE) and nano-CB/LDPE composites films were manufactured, and the space charge distribution was measured under DC voltage with and without the polarity reversal respectively by pulsed electro-acoustic (PEA) method to reveal the doping effect of nano-CB on the space charge distribution. According to the experimental results of LDPE, before the polarity reversal, homo-charges are injected and accumulate around the electrodes, and these space charges cannot dissipate completely after the voltage polarity being reversed which resulting in more serious electric field distortion. According to the test results of CB/LDPE after voltage polarity reversal, the density of shallow trapped charges decreases whereas the density of deep trapped charges increases, and the average charge density is reduced. The LDPE with 0.03wt% of CB nanoparticles shows sound performance on inhibiting the space charge accumulation after the voltage polarity reversal.
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In the recent decades, the phenomena of space charge accumulation in the high voltage direct current (HVDC) insulation have been attracted more attention. In this paper, the novel sandwich-structured low-density polyethylene (LDPE) nanocomposites filled with nano-sized Al2O3 particles were prepared by layer-by-layer hot pressing method. For comparison, the homo-dispersed LDPE composites with nano-Al2O3 were also prepared. Morphology, breakdown strength, space charge distribution and electrical conductivity of the specimens were investigated. Morphologies of the composites were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and their space charge profiles were measured by pulsed electro-acoustic (PEA) method. SEM images showed that there are no obvious interfaces between the adjacent layers. The breakdown strength of the sandwich-structured LDPE nanocomposites is higher than that of the homo-dispersed ones. Besides, the charge profiles indicated that space charge suppression of the sandwich-structured LDPE composites was better than that of homo-dispersed ones. Under the electrical field of 50 kV/mm at 70 °C, the conductivity of homo-dispersed nanocomposite almost approaches to 1.0 ×10−11 S/m, which is almost four-fold over that of 1%N/LDPE/1%N (i.e, 2.5 ×10−12 S/m). It was concluded that the excellent electrical insulating properties of the sandwich-structured nanocomposites were attributed to the traps existing on the interfaces, which could effectively inhibit the charge injection.
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Polypropylene (PP) has shown great potential as recyclable HVDC cable insulation material. This paper aims to investigate the effect of different nanoparticles on tuning the electrical properties of PP. Surface modified MgO, TiO2, ZnO and Al2O3 nanoparticles with various contents were melt blended with PP. The microstructural morphology, dielectric properties, DC volume resistivity, space charge behavior and DC breakdown strength of the nanocomposites were investigated. It was found that the dielectric permittivity all increases with the increase of nanoparticle content, only the dielectric loss of TiO2/PP nanocomposites increases. For MgO and TiO2 nanocomposites, the DC volume resistivity increases with the increase of nanoparticle content and then decreases, while it continues to increase for Al2O3 nanocomposite. TiO2/PP nanocomposite with 5 phr nano-TiO2 shows lower volume resistivity than PP. Space charge suppression and DC electric breakdown strength show similar variation trend, both increase with the increase of nanoparticle content and then decrease. MgO and TiO2 nanocomposites show the most obvious space charge suppression and TiO2 nanocomposites exhibit the highest DC breakdown strength, which is 43% higher than that of pure PP. Considering the electrical properties investigated, the optimal content for MgO, TiO2, ZnO and Al2O3 nanoparticles is about 3, 1, 1 and 1 phr, respectively. Among these four kinds of nanoparticles, MgO and TiO2 nanoparticles are more capable than ZnO and Al2O3 nanoparticles to modify the electrical properties of PP and more potential to be used as recyclable HVDC cable insulation material.
          Direct current electrical characteristics of nano-CB/LDPE composite   
Electric field distortion caused by the space charge accumulation in the insulation is considered to be one of the obstacles for the operation of high voltage DC cables. In this paper, nano-CB/LDPE composites were fabricated by using the melt blending method. Space charge characteristics and field distortions of nanocomposite films were measured under direct current (DC) field by pulsed electro-acoustic (PEA) method. Dielectric properties and DC breakdown strength were also investigated. Experimental results indicate that, by adding appropriate doping content of CB nanoparticles, the space charge injection threshold of the films was increased, which suppressed homo-polarity space charge injection and ameliorated the field distribution. Breakdown strength of nanocomposite decreased whereas the dielectric permittivity and dielectric loss tangent increased slightly. However, too much CB nanoparticles mixed in LDPE could weaken the suppression effect on charge injection and field distortion, and the LDPE with 0.03wt% of CB nano-particle showed a relative better ability of inhibiting field distortion.
          Influence of nanoparticle surface coating on electrical conductivity of LDPE/Al2O3 nanocomposites for HVDC cable insulations   
LDPE/metal oxide nanocomposites are promising materials for future high-voltage DC cable insulation. This paper presents data on the influence of the structure of the nanoparticle coating on the electrical conductivity of LDPE/Al2O3 nanocomposites. Al2O3 nanoparticles, 50 nm in size, were coated with a series of silanes with terminal alkyl groups of different lengths (methyl, w-octyl and n-octadecyl groups). The density of the coatings in vacuum was between 200 and 515 kg m−3, indicating substantial porosity in the coating. The dispersion of the nanoparticles in the LDPE matrix was assessed based on statistics for the nearest-neighbor particle distance. The electrical conductivity of the nanocomposites was determined at both 40 and 60 °C. The results show that an appropriate surface coating on the nanoparticles allowed uniform particle dispersion up to a filler loading of 10 wt.%, with a maximum reduction in the electrical conductivity by a factor of 35. The composites based on the most porous octyl-coated nanoparticles showed the greatest reduction in electrical conductivity and the lowest temperature coefficient of electrical conductivity of the composites studied.
          Thermoplastic isotactic polypropylene/ethylene-octene polyolefin copolymer nanocomposite for recyclable HVDC cable insulation   
Thermoplastic materials represent the future trend of high voltage direct current (HVDC) cable insulation because of their recyclability and the absence of cross-linking by-products. The current work reports the advances of using inorganic nanoparticles to enhance the thermal, mechanical and DC electrical properties of thermoplastic HVDC insulation, which is composed of isotactic polypropylene (iPP) and ethylene-octene polyolefin copolymer (POE). SiO2 nanoparticles with four types of surface chemistry were selected to prepare iPP/POE nanocomposites with different loading. The effect of SiO2 nanoparticles on the morphology, supramolecular structure, crystallization and melting behavior, dynamic mechanical properties, tensile strength, elongation at break, space charge behavior, adsorption currents and breakdown strength were investigated. It demonstrates that the nanoparticle surface chemistry show significant influence on the spherulite size, crystallization temperatures, ductility, space charge behavior and breakdown strength of the nanocomposites. This comprehensive work suggests that tailoring the surface chemistry of nanoparticles is important to achieve desirable properties in the dielectric polymer nanocomposites.
          Electrical characterization of extruded DC cable insulation — The challenge of scaling   
HVDC cable technology with extruded insulation systems have been growing rapidly in the recent years. Different insulation concepts including crosslinked or thermoplastic polymers with or without particle fillers have been studied intensively. The DC conduction in the insulation systems is one of the most important mechanism in dielectric physics; therefore reliable and representative methods are needed to characterize it. In the development process of HVDC cables from small scale plaque sample experiments to full scale cable testing, high field DC conductivity measurement and space charge measurement with the pulsed electro-acoustic (PEA) method are common. These two methods provide two different views into the conduction physics in the insulation and provide different types of information. But both of these methods have their own drawbacks and limitations which are important to keep in mind when choosing measurement methods in different stages of the development process. Another important aspect is the inherent differences between the different types of test samples. Thin pressed plaque samples are easy to produce and require less complicated testing equipment than experimental cables but there are major differences which should not be ignored. In this paper, the principles, advantages and limitations of DC conductivity and PEA measurements on samples of different scales are described and their relevance to the evaluation process is discussed. Some of the less discussed challenges of these measurement methods on different objects are discussed in more details and recommendations are made for obtaining more useful results.
          Effects of ZnO particles on space charge of EVA copolymer for HVDC cable accessory insulation   
The performance of cable accessories, as an essential part of the HVDC networks, is a great concern to the reliability of the system. Cable accessories made of ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer (EVA) by incorporation of specific fillers have to face the problem of space charge accumulation and become more unpredictable considering the complex conditions. The effects of doping contents on the space charge behaviors of EVA/ZnO composite are not completely clear, which need further investigation. In this paper, EVA composites were prepared by incorporating ZnO nanoparticles into EVA matrix with fraction of 0, 1, 5 and 10 wt% respectively, with which 5 wt% nano-sized plus 5 wt% micro-sized ZnO doped samples were chosen for comparison. The dependence of dielectric properties and conduction current on the doping contents was measured. PEA method was applied to research the space charge behaviors of EVA composites under −25 kV/mm. Obtained results show that the particles in EVA composite are in homodisperse. The permittivity is increased by ZnO doping and the dissipation factor of EVA composites with 1 and 5 wt% nanoparticles is lower at the lower frequencies. The homocharges injection occurs in cathode instead of anode when ZnO nanoparticles are introduced and 5 wt% nanoparticles doping performs well in suppressing space charge injection. The electric field of the 5 wt% nanoparticles doped EVA distributes more uniformly under the high electric stress than that of others. During the depolarization procedure, the total remnants charges of 10 wt% doped samples are the least in the final. The above results are well explained by the DC conduction, apparent mobility and trap distribution characteristics. The micro-sized ZnO particles may break the chains and produce new defects, which will act as local deep traps.
          Nonlinear conductivity and interface charge behaviors between LDPE and EPDM/SiC composite for HVDC cable accessory   
Interface charges are easy to accumulate between two different dielectrics with various characteristics, which may cause accelerated degradation of insulation systems. Ethylene-propylene-diene terpolymer (EPDM) is used mainly for HVDC cable joint, which is the most vulnerable part of the cable system because of the interface. Particles with nonlinear conductivity can be doped into the polymer matrix to modify the interface charge behaviors through altering the conductivity under combined stresses. In this paper, silicon carbide (SiC) particles were dispersed into EPDM with 0, 10, 30 and 50 wt% respectively. The space charge behaviors at the interface between LDPE and EPDM filled with SiC particles was measured under 15 and 30 kV/mm. Besides, dielectric constant, dc conduction and trap distribution were introduced to elaborate the suppression mechanism with SiC doping. The SEM results show that the particles are well distributed in the EPDM. The permittivity increases with the fillgrade and the dc conductivity shows an obvious nonlinear trend under various electrical fields. SiC doping can effectively suppress the interface charge accumulation under different stresses. The suppression mechanism is attributed to the nonlinear conductivity and more shallow traps of EPDM/SiC composite. As a consequence, the approximate SiC doped EPDM can availably suppress the interface charge accumulation and offers a possible method for the improvement of cable accessory performance.
          Breakdown fields in synthetic air, CO2, a CO2 / O2 mixture, and CF4 in the pressure range 0.5–10 MPa   
The breakdown electric field strength in synthetic air, CO2, a mixture of CO2 and O2, and CF4 was investigated under conditions relevant for high voltage insulation systems, specifically, in nearly uniform fields and using electrodes with technical surfaces. The results show a saturation of the breakdown electric field strength above 2 MPa; this effect can be explained by streamer inception calculations. The lowest saturation breakdown electric field strengths are similar for the different gases and are in the range of 200 to 300 kV/cm. There is no change in the breakdown electric field strength if the gas becomes supercritical. This indicates that particle number density and the surface structure is the main controlling parameter for the breakdown in the investigated parameter range.
          Influence of trace O2 on SF6 decomposition characteristics under partial discharge based on oxygen isotope tracer   
As an excellent electrical insulation and arc-interruption medium, sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) has been widely used in gas-insulated switchgear (GIS). Insulation failures in GIS are usually evolved from the partial discharges which are induced by hidden defects, such as metal protrusions, free conducting particles, floating components. In the presence of discharges, SF6 decomposes into various by-products. Accordingly, these decomposition by-products are often used to detect and identify partial discharges in GIS based on SF6 decomposition characteristics. Oxygen (O2) as an impurity plays an important role in the formation of SF6 decomposition by-products. In this paper, the influence of O2 on SF6 decomposition characteristics under partial discharge has been investigated based on oxygen isotope tracer 18O2 and 16O2. In our experiments, SF6 isotopic decomposition by-products were induced, as severity degree of partial discharge or ratio of 18O2 to 16O2 varied. The isotopic decomposition by-products were measured by gas chromatograph mass spectrometer. Based on the results, the sequences of reactions that lead to SO2F2 and SO2 were described. It is shown that the formation of SO2F2 depends not only on O2 but also H2O, whereas the formation of SO2 has little dependence on O2.
          Structural, dynamic mechanical and dielectric properties of mesoporous silica/epoxy resin nanocomposites   
Research of mesoporous silica/polymer composite indicated that the mechanical property and thermal stability of the composite were remarkably enhanced due to the effective utilization of nanopore specific surface area. Furthermore, the performance of the mesoporous silica/polymer under a high electric field was promising. In this work, an organic-inorganic hybrid structure composed of mesoporous silica (SBA-15) and epoxy resin was prepared. The silane coupling agent, KH550, was used to enhance the interaction between the particles and the epoxy molecules, and the particles were more evenly dispersed in the polymer matrix. Nitrogen adsorption-desorption and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy experiments showed that the KH550 molecules spread into the nanopores, and reacted with the hydroxyl group of the SBA-15 particles. The transmission electron microscopy analysis for the composites showed that the epoxy was inserted into the nanopores of SBA-15, and an organic-inorganic hybrid structure composite was formed. The dynamic mechanical and dielectric properties of the composite were studied. The storage modulus at 120 °C, glass transition temperature, and AC breakdown strength for 0.3 wt% SBA-15-KH550/epoxy composite were 1784 MPa, 148.2 °C, and 56.2 kV/mm, increased 1241%, 14%, and 73% compared to those of pure epoxy, respectively. Moreover, the permittivity for the 0.3 wt% SBA-15-KH550/epoxy composite decreased from 3.10 (pure epoxy) to 2.73 due to the voids provided by the unfilled nanopores and the improved interfacial interaction between the SBA-15 and the epoxy.
          On the effect of functionalizer chain length and water content in polyethylene/silica nanocomposites: Part I — Dielectric properties and breakdown strength   
A series of nanoparticles was prepared by functionalizing a commercial nanosilica with alkylsilanes of varying alkyl tail length, from propyl to octadecyl. By using a constant molar concentration of silane, the density of alkyl groups attached to each system should be comparable. The effect of chain length on the structure of the resulting nanosilica/polyethylene nanocomposites was examined and comparison with an unfilled reference system revealed that, other than through a weak nucleating effect, the inclusion of the nanosilica does not affect the matrix structure. Since water interacts strongly with applied electric fields, water was used as a dielectric probe in conjunction with dielectric spectroscopy to examine the effect of the nanofiller and its surface chemistry on the system. Sets of samples were prepared through equilibrating under ambient conditions, vacuum drying and water immersion. While the water content of the unfilled polymer was not greatly affected, the water content of the nanocomposites varied over a wide range as a result of water accumulation, in a range of states, at nanoparticle interfaces. The effect of water content on breakdown behavior was also explored and, in the unfilled polymer, the breakdown strength was found to depend little on exposure to water (∼13% reduction). In all the nanocomposites, the increased propensity for these systems to absorb water meant that the breakdown strength was dramatically affected (>66% reduction).
          Effect of dielectrophoretic forces on nanoparticles   
We have investigated the long term stability of nanofluids exposed to strong divergent fields. The nanofluids were made of conductive nanoparticles (magnetite) dissolved in a base transformer mineral oil. The results show that, due to dielectrophoretic forces, nanoparticles aggregation takes place under DC fields with modalities associated with the polarity of the applied voltage. Under AC fields, aggregation is still possible, but the fields needed are above streamer inception voltage. Comsol simulations and simplified analytical models are provided to investigate the nanoparticle concentration dynamics. The models confirm the role of dielectrophoretic forces as a driver for nanoparticle aggregation.
          Epoxy-hBN nanocomposites: A study on space charge behavior and effects upon material   
The emergence of nano dielectrics for specialized high voltage applications sparked off a variety of research activities, which proved that nano-fillers are capable of improving the electrical, thermal and mechanical properties of polymers. This paper primarily investigates the effect of addition of hBN (hexagonal boron nitride) nanoparticles into an epoxy polymer base by increasing fill-grade, from 0.2 to 5 % by volume, from two different standpoints: (a) characterizing the electrical space charge (S.C.) accumulation threshold under DC electrical fields, and, (b) demonstrating the alterations in material properties of the modified polymeric materials, from the unfilled polymer. Objective (a) is experimentally investigated by the pulsed electro-acoustic (PEA) technique, well known for determining spatial charge distribution in dielectrics. Objective (b) is investigated by determining the ultrasonic velocity response of the modified composites and unfilled polymer. The obtained results suggest a relation between electrical threshold fields for S.C. accumulation & fill-grades, as well as the fact that incorporating stiff filler materials into brittle polymer bases leads to a tougher composite (capable of withstanding greater breaking stress levels), but with reduced ductility.
          Comparison of oil-impregnated papers with SiO2 and ZnO nanoparticles or high lignin content, for the effect of superimposed impulse voltage on AC surface PD   
Surface discharge behavior of modified oil-impregnated paper (OIP) with nanoparticles (NPs), has been investigated under AC voltage with superimposed impulses. Surface Partial Discharges (PD) can develop at an oil-paper interface and lead to its degradation. Modified paper, made from fibers with adsorbed nanoparticles, can affect the partial discharge behavior of a paper in combination with oil at the interface between oil and fibers. Papers with two different concentrations (2 wt% and 6 wt%) of silica (SiO2), and paper with silanized zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles (1 wt%) have been studied. Papers with SiO2 NPs showed lower impulse-induced surface PD activity. However, thorough purification during the production of SiO2 filled papers was necessary to achieve a good performance. With less purification, paper with 2 wt% of SiO2 did not show such significant improvements. Paper with 6 wt% of SiO2 NPs showed a large number of AC surface PDs, but low influence of impulse voltage on subsequent PD. Papers containing 1 wt% of silanized ZnO showed reduced relative permittivity, but no significant difference in surface PD behavior. The effect of high lignin content in Kraft paper has also been studied. Paper with higher lignin content showed better surface PD characteristics under the impulse. Paper with low concentrations of pure SiO2 NPs, and paper with high lignin content thus appear good candidates for further studies to improve the surface PD behavior of OIP.
          Effect of nano-fillers distribution on the nonlinear conductivity and space charge behavior in SiC/PDMS composites   
Flexible polymer based materials with excellent breakdown strength and weak space charge behavior have been widely used in the field of cable insulation and cable termination. The silicon carbide (SiC) is beneficial to homogenize the electric field distributions, suppress the space charge injection and enhance the dissipation in the polymer composite. In this work, the polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) based composites filled with β-SiC nanoparticles were prepared by solution mixing and mechanical blending, respectively. Compared with the pure PDMS, the SiC/PDMS composites possess not only the increased nonlinear conductivity coefficient but also the largely enhanced capability of dissipation of space charge. Especially under high electric field environment, the impact caused by uneven distribution of the SiC fillers was significant. The results of the space charges measurement under high electric field revealed that the SiC nanoparticles could largely enhance the dissipation and accelerate the movement of space charge, which was due to less trap sites leading to the better dispersion of SiC nanoparticles.
          Partition and recognition of partial discharge development stages in oil-pressboard insulation with needle-plate electrodes under combined AC-DC voltage stress   
Partition and Recognition of the partial discharge (PD) development stages in oil-pressboard insulation under AC-DC combined voltage stress are the bases for analysis of the insulation faults in converter transformers. In this paper, behavior of different characteristic parameters of the PD activity recorded in the oil-pressboard insulation with needle-plate electrodes is investigated. Beside the known characteristic parameters like amplitude of apparent charge in pC, frequency of occurrence of PD pulse, PD pattern (PRPD-pattern), additional parameters were defined to describe the PD development processes under AC-DC combined voltage stress. Additional parameters are: pulse equivalent time, pulse equivalent frequency and equivalent time-frequency pattern (ETF-pattern). According to the time-variation trends of these characteristic parameters the PD development process can be divided into five stages: initial stage (IS), transition stage (TS), developing stage (DS), steady stage (SS), and pre-breakdown stage (PS). In these five stages the PRPD pattern and ETF pattern have different shapes and characteristics. For the analysis of PRPD pattern and ETF pattern the wavelet moment invariants are extracted. Based on these new features the PD development stages can be recognized using the least square support vector machine (LS-SVM) with the particle swarm optimization (PSO). The recognition rate is about 94%. Finally the possible physical effects of the identified PD development stages in the oil pressboards insulation under AC-DC combined voltage stress are also discussed in this paper.
          Partial discharge decomposition characteristics of typical defects in the gas chamber of SF6 insulated ring network cabinet   
The decomposition products of SF6 partial discharge (PD) were experimented to detect PD fault in the gas chamber of SF6 gas insulated ring network cabinet. The SF6 decomposition products and the decomposition characteristics of typical defects (i.e., metal protrusion and metal particle) were investigated. Two models of typical defects were constructed in the simulated gas chamber. Various discharge intensities were generated by applying different voltages, and the samples were collected and detected by gas chromatography mass spectrometry. Experimental results showed that the stable SF6 decomposition components under PD were CO2, SO2F2, SOF2, and SO2. The concentration of the four components increased with time and were saturated. In addition, the increase in discharge intensity significantly affected the decomposition process. Decomposition characteristics under different defects were analyzed according to the different electric field characteristics. Research showed that CO2 formation rate in the two kinds of defects under similar discharge intensity exhibited minimal difference. Furthermore, sulfide formation rate under metal protrusion defects was higher than that of metal particle defects. The same experiment was carried out in the ring network cabinet chamber, and the results were consistent with that in the simulation chamber.
          Polypropylene-nanoclay composites under electron irradiation in SEM: Structure, charge trapping and electron emission properties   
In this work, polypropylene (PP) and its polymer nanocomposites (PNCs) films containing very low contents (2–6 wt %) of Cloisite 20A natural montmorillonite clay platelets were investigated. In a first, they were characterized by means of several analytical techniques such as X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) and UV-visible spectroscopy. Secondly, the nanocomposites are submitted to an electron beam in a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and the induced currents are measured using a time-resolved current method. These currents are used to determine the trapped charge and the electron emission yield. The aim is to contribute to the understanding of the effect of different concentrations of nanoclay platelets on the studied properties by correlating the results obtained by both techniques. The analytical characterization showed that upon the increase of nanoclays concentration an intercalated structure and an increase of crystallinity are induced. On the other hand, the optical band gap energy is modified because the increasing of the density of localized states in the forbidden energy band. As regards the measurement of the trapped charge, it was found, surprisingly, that not only the leakage current increases as a function of clay loading level but also the trapped charge (or the surface potential). This could be related to the increase of conductivity in one hand and to proliferation of interfaces between nanoparticles and neighboring materials on the other hand.
          Fractal-based electric field enhancement modeling of vacuum gap electrodes   
The objective of this paper is to study the characteristics of the microscopic electric field enhancement at the micro-projections on the contact surface based on the fractal modeling of the micro-projections in vacuum interrupters. In this paper, the distortions of the microscopic electric field caused by the micro-projections were studied in the case of the applied voltage 60 kV and the contact gap 2 mm. Moreover, the microscopic enhancement factor βm for the various micro-projections with the height-radius ratio being less than or equal to 50 were investigated. First, the basic Weirstrass-Mandelbrot (W-M) fractal function was introduced and simplified into the modeling of the various micro-projections with the height-radius ratio 0.2, 0.4, 1, 2, 10 and 50 respectively. Then, the electric field distributions were analyzed based on these micro-projection fractal models. The simulation results showed that the micro-projections would cause a distortion of the microscopic electric field at the micro-projections on the contact surface, especially in the case of the higher height-radius ratio. In this paper, with the height-radius ratio of the micro-projections increasing from 0.2 to 50, the microscopic enhancement factor βm based on the fractal models would increase from 16 to 3667. In comparison with the idealized ellipsoid model, to the same height-radius ratio of the micro-projection, the microscopic enhancement factor βm based on the fractal models was about four times higher than that based on the ellipsoid models. Furthermore, the microscopic electric field at the micro-projections would have a significant influence on the micro-particles impact phenomena and other microscopic physical phenomena which could give rise to the vacuum breakdown. The results could provide some useful information to understand the physical mechanism to trigger the vacuum breakdown.
          Positive-Charge Functionalized Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles as Nanocarriers for Controlled 2,4-Dichlorophenoxy Acetic Acid Sodium Salt Release   

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          Both/And   
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105 years ago, Albert Einstein wrote a scientific paper that changed the world of physics. Among other things, Einstein proclaimed that light was both a particle and a wave. This notion was so radical that it took 20 years to really be acknowledged and even longer to be adequately validated by research to become part of a scholarly consensus.

Einstein's work was at the forefront of what we now call Quantum Physics. As physicists dove under the layers of the visible world to explore subatomic particles, they found in their mathematic equations an interconnectedness that surprised and sometimes frightened them.

The problem with light had been described in either-or terms. Light was either disconnected particles or an interconnected wave. But Einstein theorized and others proved that light is both particle and wave. Neither particle theory nor wave theory can describe light. This understanding of light has now become scientific dogma. In fact, this discovery has been part of the push in Quantum Physics to understand the interconnectedness of all things.

In the Quantum universe, relationships are more important to study than the particles themselves. We once saw the world as filled with more than 90% dark matter, or the absence of stuff. But now scientists can find and show connections between particles where no matter connects the two. There is an essential connectedness among all things.

I write this as tomorrow is Trinity Sunday, the only day of the church year devoted to a doctrone of the church. The readings for tomorrow from the New Testament are ones in which references to Father, Son and Holy Spirit are named in one passage. The word Trinity itself does not appear in scripture, but the idea of the one God being Father, Son and Holy Spirit does. And so I look to scientific understandings which show both/and as possible as I prepare to speak of God as both three and one.

These understandings from Quantum physics would not surprise St. Patrick, or early Christians for that matter, who understood God to be both three persons and one God. Neither the idea that God is three, nor the idea that God is one, could work alone to describe the attributes of God. God is three persons so completely interconnected as to be one. And we, who are made in the image of God, long to be part of that interconnectedness, that koinonia (the New Testament Greek word for communion). This is why St. Augustine wrote, that our hearts are restless until they find rest in God. We who are created in the image of God’s communion long for communion with God and with others.

We act out this Christian belief in koinonia each time we celebrate a communion service. Each of us comes as an individual (particle). We bring our own uniqueness. Through the words and actions of the service we are drawn together (wave). We say the same words, in order to commune with God. Through that communion with God, we realize that as children of God, we are brothers and sisters to all the other people on earth. Our connection to God allows for a deeper connection to other people. This is how we in our imperfect ways participate in the very life of the Trinity.

peace,
Frank+
The Rev. Frank Logue, Pastor
          Bob Down on Zhuan Falun (Turning The Law Wheel)   

Hi all,

I've come across a fascinating book that talks about high level spiritual things from a scientific perspective. This book is intriguing as it talks about many similar things to what people in mystical states mention such as seeing into parallel dimensions and interacting with beings from other worlds etc.

This book is called Zhuan Falun and it is from the Buddha Law School of Cultivation however it is not Buddhism the religion or Daoism the religion, it's something more profound. It seems to me to be more of a spiritual science as many of the terms and concepts in the book are talked about in a scientific down to earth manner instead of flowery mystical prose which I found very refreshing.

Now here is where it gets interesting, this book talks about the following things:

 

● Other Dimensions - Levels Of Dimensions spanning into the microcosm and also outwards into the macrocosm

● The Soul - It talks about people having a Master soul and a subordinate soul which is hidden from you but is at a more advanced level then you, it states some people have more then one Subordinate soul and some are of not of the same sex as you i.e males having a female subordinate soul etc.

● Microcosmic worlds - This concept was very far out but it talks about there being worlds within you, countless worlds. Similar to our world with life , water, animals etc. An analogy is zooming an an atom within one of your cells and realizing at that level of magnification it is just like our solar system. Then zooming into a single particle in that world and finding out it too is a vast world, apparently the level it can go onwards like this is beyond imagination.

● Supernatural Abilities - In the book they mention that everyone has them it is just that they have atrophied. It goes into depth about this topic. Some abilities that are mentioned are precognition, retrocognition and remote vision.

● The 3rd Eye - Talks about how at the front part of our pineal gland there is a complete structure of an eye there. Modern science calls it a vestigial eye but in the cultivation world they say this eye just naturally exists like that and it can be activated allowing one to pierce through this dimension and see other dimensions. It talks about how there are many levels to this 3rd eye and it goes into great depth about it.

● Thoughts - This part was amazing. It talks about how a human brain is just a processing plant. How the real you is actually your soul, it's like your whole body and brain is just a vehicle and that the true commands are issued by your master soul, but this master soul is very tiny and it can switch positions while inside you and it can also expand and shrink. It can move from your brain to your heart and to other parts of your body and it is 'he' who calls the shots. Your brain is just the factory which your master soul sends his cosmic commands to which then create the forms of expression and communication we use such as speech, gestures, etc.

 

These are just a few things that are covered but there are many many other things which blew my mind when I read it because of how it resonated with some of the mystical experiences people sometimes have, especially the multidimensional nature of reality and how all of them are hidden in our day to day perceptions of the world.

 

If this sounds interesting to anyone you can grab a copy of the book here:

http://en.falundafa.org/eng/pd.....FL2014.pdf


          How to Handle Hard Drive Failure   
Hard drive failure is one thing that a computer owner or user will have to face. Because of its mechanical nature, it's bound to just stop working one day, and it's just a matter of when. No matter how long your hard drive has been in use, you can never rule out the possibility that it can one day just quit on you. To prolong the life of your hard drive, it's important to know what causes the failure, recognize the symptoms of a failing drive, and what you can do to help prevent it.

A hard drive that's been making ticking and grinding noises for a few days now is a likely candidate for failure. When you add strange noises to that mechanical clicking, you can be sure trouble is quite near your digital paradise. If you haven't done any backup of the data stored in your computer yet, there's no time to waste. Backup your files immediately. And if your OS is also located in that drive, it would be a good idea to transfer it to another location to prevent it from crashing as well.

However, do not even think about fixing the problem yourself. Some computer users think that they may be able to correct whatever is wrong with the system if they open the drive. This is true for old hard drives and even new ones which you may think would be easy to "fix." Not so. Opening a hard drive without the proper tools and facilities would only worsen the situation. Hard drives are assembled in clean rooms and are therefore susceptible to damage even by the smallest microscopic particle. If you open the case by yourself, you are making the repair more difficult.

If you have been backing up your data regularly, then you may not have a big issue. Many people use online backup services, like MozyHome backup, to keep their data safe. You simply need to replace the drive and put the data back on. But if you don't have backups of the data, you don't need to panic. There are specialists who may be able to recover what is on the drive. Be aware that this is not a cheap process, nor can it happen overnight. It requires a clean room, specialized tools and a very knowledgeable person. And even they may not be able to recover everything you had on the drive.

If you are ever tempted to try the home remedies that are said to work with damaged hard drives, stop. For one, don't freeze your hard drive. That "solution" has no basis whatsoever and can only exacerbate the problem. The same can be said about troubleshooting it yourself. If your hard drive suddenly stops, your best course of action is to send it off to a technician that specializes on data retrieval. Typically, these hard drives will no longer be functional again. But purchasing a new hard drive is actually a minor problem than the thought of losing one's important files, personal documents, music collection, family recipes, and treasured photos altogether. Make sure this never happens to you by backing up your computer data.
          Data Recovery From Hard Drive Units That Have Failed -- It's Possible!   
For those who experience computer crashes from a failed hard disk, it may seem that data recovery from hard drive is a far off possibility. It's frustrating to even think about this because such an event would mean the loss of hundreds of files and documents, whether personal or work-related. The truth is, it's really not the end of the world because there are still ways to retrieve your data; the lesser the damage to your drive, the greater the chances of recovery. Still, there are things that you should avoid doing when this happens to you.

First, never try fixing the drive on your own. The sealed casing of the hard drive should remain closed because once the parts are exposed to the dust particles, the damage could worsen. Even if you are able to identify the problem and repair it yourself, the exposure to air particulates could cause another problem altogether. Keeping the hard drive sealed but attempting home remedies wouldn't work either. For instance, freezing your hard drive wouldn't make things any better. What you should do instead is keep your calm and consider the right steps to take.

One of the first steps you should make is to see if your computer can still recognize the drive. Once you establish that the drive still works, you can then consider the other possible causes of the hard drive crash. It may have been brought about by a faulty program or software, or a virus. Running a virus scan will allow you to check if your files may be corrupted. There is also a possibility that your files are extremely fragmented, and the strain on your hard drive caused it to crash. You can correct this problem by doing defragmentation regularly.

And then of course, there is always the probability that a mechanical failure caused the failure. This is evidenced by the strange sounds emanating from your drive, or if the drive refuses to work at all. In this case, it's best to leave the process of data recovery from hard drive to the experts. Such recovery is only possible with the use of a clean room, suitable tools, and the skill and knowledge of an experienced computer technician. The cost could run up to a considerable amount but it should be worth every dime you spend if you are able to salvage your important files and data.

You will probably have to experience the woes of a hard drive crash before you decide to start backing up data. But it is worth the relatively small amount of money you will spend to ensure the security of your data. If you choose to use an online backup service now, before you ever have to deal with a hard drive crash, you won’t have to spend time, effort and potentially thousands of dollars to recover your important data later on.
          Stay Cool    

Summer officially started this week. Has anyone checked with Mother Nature? Are we sure she got the memo? Seriously, sometimes I can’t tell where we are with the weather. I don’t really mind the hot weather at all, as long as I can do things like jump in a river, or ride my bike. The warmer days had me thinking about an interesting topic that spans a bit more than just electricity and magnetism, but I thought it might be interesting anyway. How do we cool things down?

I’ve always been fascinated by this actually. Even as a child, I could understand, heating things up was easy. Fire is easy. Warming myself up in winter with a heavier jacket was easy. Cooling things down is always trickier, and there are several ways to do it. To get a better understanding of how we cool things down, we have to start at the very basics. What is temperature? Actually, what we call temperature is a measure of motion, specifically of atoms and particles. They’re not moving from A to B, but rather, vibrating in place, or in the case of gases, moving around haphazardly. The faster they move, the higher the temperature of the substance. When all motion stops, the substance if brutally cold. So cold, in fact, that it has a special name: absolute zero. Absolute zero is approximately -273.15 Celsius or -459.67 Fahrenheit. We even have a temperature scale that starts at absolute zero, called the Kelvin scale. 0 Kelvin is absolute zero. The motion of the atoms or particles also gives off something called black body radiation. This is simply thermal-spectrum electromagnetic radiation. As such, it’s part of the electromagnetic spectrum I wrote about some time ago. This is how infrared cameras work as well as any thermal imaging camera.

With that background in place, it’ll make more sense when I explain certain cooling methods we commonly use. One of the most efficient and effective cooling methods is gas decompression. This is how nearly all refrigerators, air conditioners and heat pumps work. In any gas, the molecules comprising the gas are spaced pretty far apart. When you compress them into a tinier volume of space, the gas will increase in temperature. Is this because the particles are now hitting each other more often and creating more frictional heating? It would be nice if that’s how it worked, but it’s actually a bit more complicated than that. The simplest way to understand heating of compressed gas is to understand conservation of energy. Energy cannot be created or destroyed. Compressing a gas requires some amount of energy, and that energy has to go somewhere. It ends up going into the gas causing the particles to move faster, which we observe as heat. From a physical standpoint, the gas particles are interacting with the boundaries of their space more frequently as the space containing them shrinks. The most scientifically accurate explanation of the temperature increase is that by reducing the available volume of space, you’re increasing your theoretical knowledge of where each particle is. Instead of being somewhere in a huge volume of space, each particle is now in some much smaller volume. You’re decreasing the entropy of the gas. That knowledge doesn’t come free though. The particles essentially say, “ok, we’ll let you know more about where we are, but in turn we’re going to let you know less about our speeds, because we’re going to move faster.”

Whew…all of that. Are you still with me? Hadley, you haven’t mentioned a single thing about cooling yet! Just heating! Yes, but now all the pieces are available. When we compress a gas, it heats up for the reasons stated above, but we can do something with that heat. We don’t have to let the gas just stay hot. This is what refrigerators do. Once they compress a gas, they pass it through some type of heat sink. This is a device that allows the heat of the gas/fluid inside to dissipate as quickly as possible to the ambient environment. Once this happens, we have a roughly room temperature compressed gas. If we allow the gas to decompress, its temperature will fall…to below room temperature. The particles are now saying, “ok, you’re increasing our volume, and this means you’ll know less about where we are. So to compensate, we’ll slow down a bit so you can at least know how fast we’re going.” Obviously the trick in any of these refrigeration systems is being able to compress the gas a lot as well as being able to efficiently remove the heat from the compressed gas.

This process will work for any gas, including air. In fact, I encounter this phenomenon every time I air down the tires on my bike. The tires are filled with ordinary air, compressed to between 90 and 110 PSI. When initially pressurized, they do heat up, but over time, they cool to ambient temperature. When I rapidly release the pressure, the valve becomes noticeably cold to the touch. In most refrigeration, we don’t use air, we use some kind of refrigerant, like Freon. Freon is the trademark name for any number of different gasses used as refrigerants known as halocarbons. You’ve probably heard of at least some of these by their scientific name, chlorofluorocarbons (abbreviated CFCs). These are the same CFCs that scientists discovered were causing ozone depletion in the 1980s and 1990s, so they aren’t in widespread use anymore. All refrigerants are just special types of gas that have properties that are beneficial to what we’ll be doing with them.

The important thing to remember is that if you’re unable to remove the heat from the compressed gas, and you let it decompress, all it will do is decrease back to roughly room temperature where it started. So it won’t be cool the way we want it. If you want the gas to be very cold, you have to make its starting temperature less. There is actually no limit to this (beyond absolute zero) and this is how we create extremely cold substances like liquid nitrogen. In fact, you can sometimes create bits of dry ice (frozen carbon dioxide) by releasing a fire extinguisher into a burlap sack. The CO2 in the fire extinguisher is compressed, and if it’s been sitting long enough, it’s also at room temperature. Releasing the pressure causes a large decrease in temperature. So large that the gas actually solidifies into its solid state.

Hopefully this was an interesting slight deviation from my usual topics of electromagentism.


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          Sending information without transmitting a signal   
Joshua Roebke writes: We connect to each other through particles. Calls and texts ride flecks of light, Web sites and photographs load on electrons. All communication is, essentially, physical. Information is recorded and broadcast on actual objects, even those we cannot see. Physicists also connect to the world when they communicate with it. They dispatch […]
          NYAFF ’17: Double Life   
Philosophy isn’t even a scientistic pseudo-social science like psychology or sociology. Yet, Tama Shiraishi’s dissertation advisor assigns her some field work anyway. Based on his suggestion, she will follow a random stranger with whom she has no prior connection, to learn about their daily routines and closely held secrets. That in turn should help shed light on what gives life meaning. At least that is the theory. Whether it pans out or not, Shiraishi will experience considerably more than she bargained for in Yoshiyuki Kishi’s Double Life (trailer here), which screens during this year’s New York Asian Film Festival.

Shinohara is the dread terror of the philosophy department, but he seems to have a soft spot for Shiraishi. Regardless, he has a keen interest in the results of her dissertation concept. Initially, Shiraishi was reluctant, but fate presents her neighbor Ishizaka as a perfect subject. He is a senior editor at a publishing house, who comes from family money. Outward appearances suggest he is a model family man with a pretty wife and a cute daughter. However, Shiraishi soon discovers Ishizaka has a somewhat jealous mistress on the side.

While Shiraishi is tailing the book editor, she witnesses a rather awkward argument between the secret lovers, even more awkward confrontation with his wife, and the downright ugly aftermath. Finally noticing his silent shadow, Ishizaka blames her for all his woes, which really doesn’t seem fair, but maybe there is a grain of truth to it. Yes, he should really look in the mirror first, but perhaps there is an element of Heisenberg’s Uncertainty at play here: particles act differently when they are observed.

In this case, French photographer Sophie Calle’s “following strangers” work is more of a touchstone than Heisenberg, Gödel, or any postmodernist theorists. Yet, ironically, viewers will never feel like they know Mr. Ishizaka very well, nor will they particularly care to. Instead, his case study becomes a mirror that reflects the loneliness and disappointments of other characters, particularly Shiraishi and Shinohara.

In fact, Shinohara emerges as one of the most significant, emotionally wrenching figures in the story, thanks to Lily Franky’s performance. It is a wonderfully subtle turn that gracefully evolves over the course of the picture. He also develops some acutely poignant chemistry with Aoba Kawai, as his romantic partner.

Yet, Mugi Kadowaki matches him step for step and then some (given her considerably greater screen time) as Shiraishi. It is a quiet but painful revealing performance. Frankly, she will leave viewers feel exhausted, but not bereft or deflated.

In some ways, Double Life is the polar opposite of The Circle, obviously starting with its vastly superior quality. Thematically, Kishi’s adaptation of Mariko Koike’s novel takes issue with the crudely moralistic notion we act better when we know other people are watching—or rather we need our grubby little secrets and betrayals to keep us human. It is a gently provocative, wonderfully mature and assured film. Very highly recommended, Double Life screens this coming Monday (7/3) at the Walter Reade, as part of the 2017 NYAFF.
          Primordial Quantum Cosmology and Effective Spacetimes   

by: Dapor, Andrea
Abstract:
In this thesis, we propose a quantization of cosmological perturbations on quantum cosmological background. For this, we introduce a new classical framework for cosmological perturbation theory. The main difference from the standard framework (not acceptable from a quantum gravity point of view, since it relies on a classical background) is that the homogeneous isotropic degrees of freedom and the (scalar and tensor) perturbations are dynamical, and their evolution is determined by a (non-vanishing) physical Hamiltonian. We apply this construction to the physically important case of a scalar field (i.e., the inflaton) minimally coupled to gravity. The model is then quantized, based on the so-called “test field approximation": this consists in the assumption that the “heavy" degrees of freedom representing the homogeneous quantum geometry are disentangled from the “light" degrees of freedom representing the perturbations. We show that, under this approximation, we can trace away the geometric part, and obtain a Schroedingerlike equation for the wavefunction of perturbations. The quantum Hamiltonian in this equation is a collection of non-interacting harmonic oscillators (one per every Fourier mode), whose frequencies depend on expectation values of certain time-dependent geometric operators. This realizes what we call “quantum field theory on quantum spacetime". This theory can then be compared with an effective one, which describes the dynamics of the same field on a classical background. We show that, if the original inflaton field has no potential, then this comparison leads to a specific effective spacetime, whose effective metric is given in terms of expectation values of geometric operators on the state of quantum geometry. We generalize this result to the massive case, and show that this leads to a mode-dependent effective spacetime: each mode of the field probes the underlying quantum geometry in a slightly different way, “interpreting" it in terms of its own effective metric. While this might seem an exotic behavior, it is exactly what happens to photons propagating in crystals: photons of different energy interact differently with the quantum structure of the medium, and consequently their path is deviated in different ways; at the effective level, we can think of such photons as moving in an energy-dependent metric, so that the path followed by each particle coincides with a geodesic in the particle’s own metric. We then study the modification to the dispersion relation for this mode-dependent metric, and show that it is controlled by a single parameter (which can be thought of as the “refractive index" of the quantum state of geometry). This parameter is sensitive to quantum fluctuations of the geometry, and it vanishes if the state is semi-classical. While this explains why today we do not see any Lorentz-violation, it is expected that in the far past the state of the Universe was far from semiclassical: we thus investigate primordial effects and present the most recent bounds (based on Cerenkov radiation of photons into gravitons). We also estimate the parameter in Loop Quantum Cosmology and confirm agreement with observations. We finally consider another effect of this effective metric, which amounts to a correction to the CMB power spectra in the large-angle temperature correlation function, which could in principle be observed in the near future.
          Quantum chaos in an electron-phonon bad metal   
arXiv:1705.07895

by: Werman, Yochai
Abstract:
We calculate the scrambling rate $\lambda_L$ and the butterfly velocity $v_B$ associated with the growth of quantum chaos for a solvable large-$N$ electron-phonon system. We study a temperature regime in which the electrical resistivity of this system exceeds the Mott-Ioffe-Regel limit and increases linearly with temperature - a sign that there are no long-lived charged quasiparticles - although the phonons remain well-defined quasiparticles. The long-lived phonons determine $\lambda_L$, rendering it parametrically smaller than the theoretical upper-bound $\lambda_L \ll \lambda_{max}=2\pi T/\hbar$. Significantly, the chaos properties seem to be intrinsic - $\lambda_L$ and $v_B$ are the same for electronic and phononic operators. We consider two models - one in which the phonons are dispersive, and one in which they are dispersionless. In either case, we find that $\lambda_L$ is proportional to the inverse phonon lifetime, and $v_B$ is proportional to the effective phonon velocity. The thermal and chaos diffusion constants, $D_E$ and $D_L\equiv v_B^2/\lambda_L$, are always comparable, $D_E \sim D_L$. In the dispersive phonon case, the charge diffusion constant $D_C$ satisfies $D_L\gg D_C$, while in the dispersionless case $D_L \ll D_C$.
          Bremsstrahlung of particles having a superspin magnetic moment   
AEC-tr-630
Zh.Eksp.Teor.Fiz. 20 979-986

by: Kolesnikov, N.N. (MIIT, Moscow) et al.

Abstract:
[Guide Russ.Sci.Period.Lit.4:5(1951)135]: A calculation is made for the relativstic case of electromagnetic radiation arising on nuclear collision of a particle with spin 1/2 containing a superspin magnetic moment. Original Russian abstract [Zh.Eksp.Teor.Fiz. 20(1950)979]: Рассчитано в релятивистском случае электромагнитное излучение, возникающее при столкновении с ядром со спином 1/2, обладающей сверхспиновым магнитным моментом.
          Lagrangian for massless gravitational field in de Sitter space   
Eur.Phys.J.Plus 132 (2017) 291

by: Parsamehr, S.
Abstract:
Local or gauge symmetries are fundamental in elementary-particle physics to describes electroweak and strong interactions in the standard model. The gauge symmetry underlies the dynamics and is employed to describe the interaction between fields. For obtaining a gauge-invariant Lagrangian, the gauge-covariant derivative is defined such that any gauge fields are associated with the generators of the local symmetry group. In this paper, we obtain the gauge-covariant derivative and the gauge-invariant Lagrangian density in de Sitter ambient space formalism.
          Blue Haze of Pluto   


Image: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

Smog getting you down? Consider this: even Pluto has got that!

Scientists stitched together images from the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft when it was about 120,000 miles (200,000 kilometers) away from Pluto. The resulting image of Pluto's receding crescent shows a spectacular blue "haze" in the dwarf planet's atmosphere:

Scientists believe the haze is a photochemical smog resulting from the action of sunlight on methane and other molecules in Pluto's atmosphere, producing a complex mixture of hydrocarbons such as acetylene and ethylene. These hydrocarbons accumulate into small haze particles, a fraction of a micrometer in size, which preferentially scatter blue sunlight – the same process that can make haze appear bluish on Earth.

As they settle down through the atmosphere, the haze particles form numerous intricate, horizontal layers, some extending for hundreds of miles around large portions of the limb of Pluto. The haze layers extend to altitudes of over 120 miles (200 kilometers). Pluto's circumference is 4,667 miles (7,466 kilometers).


          Chemist   
Check various products for particle levels(make sure they are acceptable).
Prepare samples for metals analysis by Inductively Couple Plasma (ICP).
Run Samples on the ICP.
Support manufacturing quality of incoming feed and outgoing product to customers.
          Concord Medical To Install Proton Therapy System at Guangzhou Concord Cancer Hospital   

BEIJING, June 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited ("Concord Medical" or the "Company") (NYSE: CCM), a leading specialty hospital management solution provider and operator of the largest network of radiotherapy and diagnostic imaging centers in China, is pleased to announce that on June 29, 2017 its subsidiary, Guangzhou Concord Cancer Hospital Ltd., entered into an agreement with Varian Medical Systems Particle Therapy, GmbH, a subsidiary of Varian Medical Systems, Inc., for the purchase of a proton therapy system, and, on the same day, entered into an agreement with Varian Medical Systems Trading (Beijing) Co., Ltd. for the operation and maintenance of the proton therapy system.

Guangzhou Concord Cancer Hospital is Concord Medical's key high-end, "Level III" comprehensive cancer hospital project. Currently under construction, it is among Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City's first batch of high-tech ancillary medical service projects. The hospital's phase I construction started in February 2017. The hospital will install multi-room ProBeam® proton therapy system manufactured by Varian with four 360° gantries.

Proton therapy, a form of radiation treatment that uses proton beam to target tumors with high precision, is well recognized as the most advanced form of radiation therapy available today. It has expanded its advantages in the clinical setting in terms of improving tumor control, significantly minimizing irradiation and damage for surrounding tissues and organs, and therefore reducing acute and late side effects as well as risks of secondary cancer, as well as shortening course of treatment with higher radiation doses per fraction. Nowadays, proton therapy is widely used in the treatment of various types of cancer.

Dr. Jianyu Yang, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Concord Medical, commented, "After the Guangzhou Concord Cancer Hospital is established, it will provide patients throughout China, especially for those in southern China, high-quality and humane radiation therapy services through the most advanced proton therapy equipment. In addition, through cooperation with the Sun Yat-Sen University Cancer Center, a well-known hospital in Guangzhou, in terms of the equipment, knowledge, treatment, management and medical experience, we aim to achieve interconnection, medical personnel exchange and scientific research sharing with the Sun Yat-Sen University Cancer Center. When the Guangzhou Concord Cancer Hospital is completed, it will be committed to passing the MD Anderson certification assessment and will aim to become one of the MD Anderson's cancer network associate members."

About Concord Medical

Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited is a leading specialty hospital management solution provider and operator of the largest network of radiotherapy and diagnostic imaging centers in China. As of June 30, 2016, the Company operated a network of 123 centers with 73 hospital partners that spanned 52 cities and 25 provinces and administrative regions in China. Under long-term arrangements with top-tier hospitals in China, the Company provides radiotherapy and diagnostic imaging equipment and manages the daily operations of these centers, which are located on the premises of its hospital partners. The Company also provides ongoing training to doctors and other medical professionals in its network of centers to ensure a high level of clinical care for patients. As part of its high-end cancer hospital development strategy and oversea business extension, the Company acquired Concord Cancer Hospital, a private hospital in Singapore in April, 2015. For more information, please see http://ir.concordmedical.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

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For more information, please contact:

Concord Medical Services
Ms. Carol TIAN (Chinese and English)
+86 10 5903 6688 (ext. 608)
yuan.tian@ccm.cn

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          Space Weather Forecast Discussion   
:Product: Forecast Discussion
:Issued: 2017 Jun 30 1230 UTC
# Prepared by the DOC, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center
#
Solar Activity

.24 hr Summary...
Solar activity was at very low levels. Region 2664 (N18W52, Hsx/alpha)
continued its decaying trend and produced no flare activity over the
past 24 hours.


.Forecast...
Solar activity is expected to continue at very low levels with a slight
chance for C-class flares all three days (30 Jun-02 Jul).

Energetic Particle

.24 hr Summary...
The greater than 2 MeV electron flux continued at normal to moderate
levels and the greater than 10 MeV proton flux remained at background
values.

.Forecast...
The greater than 2 MeV electron flux is expected to continue at normal
to moderate levels all three days (30 Jun-02 Jul) and the greater than
10 MeV proton flux is expected to remain at background levels.

Solar Wind

.24 hr Summary...
Solar wind parameters indicated nominal conditions. Total magnetic field
strength ranged from 3-6 nT and the Bz component reached a maximum
southward deflection of -5 nT. Solar wind speeds steadily declined from
450 km/s to near 340 km/s by the periods end. Phi angle was
predominantly oriented in the positive sector.

.Forecast...
Solar wind parameters are expected to remain at near-background levels
on days one and two (30 Jun - 01 Jul). An enhancement is anticipated
late on day three (02 Jul) due to the arrival of the 28 June CME.

Geospace

.24 hr Summary...
The geomagnetic field was quiet.

.Forecast...
The geomagnetic field is expected to be mostly quiet over days one and
two (30 Jun-01 Jul). Unsettled to active conditions are expected late on
day three (02 Jul) due to the anticipated arrival of the 28 June CME.
          Space Weather Forecast Discussion   
:Product: Forecast Discussion
:Issued: 2017 Jun 29 1230 UTC
# Prepared by the DOC, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center
#
Solar Activity

.24 hr Summary...
Solar activity was at very low levels. Region 2664 (N18W39, Cso/beta)
underwent decay and produced a long duration B1 flare with an associated
partial halo CME. Coronal dimming was observed in AIA/193 imagery around
Region 2664. Further forecaster analysis and WSA/Enlil modeling are
needed to determine whether the CME is Earth-directed and if so, the
timing of the event.

.Forecast...
Solar activity is expected to continue at very low levels with a slight
chance for C-class flares all three days (29 Jun-1 Jul).


Energetic Particle

.24 hr Summary...
The greater than 2 MeV electron flux continued at normal to moderate
levels and the greater than 10 MeV proton flux remained at background
values.

.Forecast...
The greater than 2 MeV electron flux is expected to continue at normal
to moderate levels all three days (29 Jun-1 Jul) and the greater than 10
MeV proton flux is expected to remain at background levels.


Solar Wind

.24 hr Summary...
Solar wind parameters were indicative nominal conditions. Total field
strength ranged primarily from 3 to 5 nT and the Bz component
underwent only weak deviations. Solar wind speed was between 400 and 450
km/s. The phi angle was mostly positive.

.Forecast...
A small, isolated positive polarity CH HSS is anticipated to rotate into
a weak Earth connected position on day one (29 Jun), causing a minor
increase in solar wind speed. This weak enhancement is likely to
decrease as the CH rotates away from a geoeffective position, but waning
effects from the CH HSS may cause a slightly disturbed IMF to continue
into day two (30 Jun). A return to more ambient, background like
conditions is expected by day three (1 Jul).


Geospace

.24 hr Summary...
The geomagnetic field was quiet.

.Forecast...
The geomagnetic field is expected to be quiet, with a few isolated
unsettled periods on days one and two (29-30 Jun) due to responses
associated with the disturbed solar wind environment. The overall
planetary response is expected to be quiet on day three (1 Jul).
          Dealing with Crystallized Honey   
After storing your honey for several months it now appears cloudy. Do not be alarmed, your honey has crystallized. Crystallization is not an indication of your honey worsening or deteriorating. Crystallized honey is not harmful or expired. Crystallization is the natural process of honey when it leaves the hive. Honey can even crystallize in the hive if your colony is unable to sustain hive temperature in honey super.

You will find that some honeys will crystallize faster than others. Honey is a highly concentrated sugar solution with more than 70% sugar and less than 20% water. Fructose and glucose are the two primary sugars found in honey. Glucose will crystallize faster due to its low water solubility. The ratio of these two sugars will determine how quickly your honey will crystallize. This is why some honeys will last months or years without crystallizing while others will crystallize within weeks of extraction. 

Other factors which affect how quickly honey crystallizes include:

  • Temperature. Storage temperature has a huge influence on the crystallization process. Storage temperatures between 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit are ideal temperatures for crystallization. Temperatures below 50 degrees will slow down the crystallization process as the honey becomes thicker. Honey will resist crystallization at higher temperatures above 70 degrees. Crystals will dissolve when temperatures exceed 104 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Particles. During extraction particles of debris are caught by the honey. Pieces of beeswax or pollen grains will act as a base for the glucose crystals. Unfiltered honey contains a higher number of particles; therefore, it will crystalize faster than finely filtered honey. Also consider the particles in air and be sure to allow your honey to settle before bottling to allow air bubbles to be released.

Honey can be returned to its lucid form if it becomes crystallized. Gently warm the honey by placing the bottle into a water bath or, depending on size of container, a sunny window. Do not heat honey beyond 104 degrees or it will destroy enzymes, begin to caramelize the sugars and alter the flavor. Heat the water bath slowly and bring the temperature of honey up to 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Heating must be done with care if the honey is to retain its nutritional value. If you have left your honey in pails, use a melt belt to bring the honey temperature up to a safe range or use a honey bottler & liquefier as a double boiler.

Some honey enthusiasts enjoy honey in its crystalized state. It is easier to use in cooking and will spread better on toast. See what your customers prefer.

          Human activities worsen air quality in Dunhuang, a desert basin in China   
(Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences) Due to the increasing contribution of human activities, air quality has become worse in the most recent decade over the Dunhuang area, and the main reason is a shift to a mixture of coarse and fine particles, having previously been due to dust aerosol alone.
          Optical nanomotors   
Researchers demonstrate nanoscale particles that ordinary light sources can set spinning.


          Mussel-inspired property of dopamin introduced to nanoparticles for tumor targetting   
A group of researchers has synthesized an amphiphilic hyaluronic acid-ceramide-dopamine (HACE-d) conjugate and introduced the mussel-inspired properties of dopamine into the nanoparticles for tumor-specific delivery of phloretin and in vivo visualization of cancer.


          New avenue for the large-scale synthesis of Janus particles   
Researchers have developed an emulsion interfacial polymerization method to fabricate Janus particles exhibiting chemical and topological anisotropy.


          Developing tailor-made nanoparticles to fight cancer   
Researchers have developed a method to produce size-tailored particles of zinc peroxide. This allows targeted modification of their properties, such as the destruction of cancer cells.


          MagForce AG Publishes Financial Results for the Year 2016 and Operative Highlights   

- Continued Expansion of Commercialization of NanoTherm Therapy for the Treatment of Brain Tumors in Europe; Obtaining Domestic Reimbursement Ahead and Streamlined Implementation of Cross-Border Process
- Second Clinical Treatment Site for the Treatment of Intermediate Prostate Cancer in the US Established at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital - Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas; IDE Approval Process with the FDA Progressing
- Successful Capital Increase with Renowned UK-Based M&G International Investments with Gross Proceeds of EUR 5.0 Million Mainly to Accelerate the On-Going International Expansion (After Period-End)

BERLIN, GERMANY and NEVADA / ACCESSWIRE / June 30, 2017 / MagForce AG (FRA: MF6, Scale: MF6, XETRA: MF6, ISIN: DE000A0HGQF5), a leading medical device company in the field of nanomedicine focused on oncology, published today its financial results as of and for the year ended December 31, 2016 as well as operative highlights.

Operative Highlights:

Treatment of Brain Cancer in Europe:

MagForce AG is continuing to expand the commercialization of its innovative NanoTherm therapy for the treatment of brain cancer in Europe. In their quest to improve patient care, the neurosurgeons applying NanoTherm therapy for the treatment of brain tumors continue to find additional medical benefits when NanoTherm therapy is incorporated into their primary treatment regimen.

MagForce presented at many renowned conferences and congresses, which increases the awareness of its unique therapy within the main target groups, such as the medical community, patient advocacy groups, patients, their relatives, and caregivers. The Company is also increasingly receiving positive feedback from patients regarding their experiences with the NanoTherm therapy.

During 2016, MagForce has streamlined the implementation of the cross-border reimbursement process, however, due to the aggressiveness of glioblastoma, there is a limited time interval to achieve treatment. In order to give patients the benefit from the NanoTherm treatment, the Company continues to increase the medical awareness of the value of NanoTherm therapy to encourage patients and neurosurgeons to consider NanoTherm therapy earlier following the diagnosis of their tumor status.

The current roll-out plan sees MagForce placing its NanoActivator devices in a number of European countries and thus enabling patients to be treated in their home countries. Facilitating treatment of patients in their home countries will also simplify reimbursement in those countries where MagForce already has the CE mark approval for the treatment of brain tumors. Amongst others, MagForce's commercial and medical teams have identified Poland, Italy, Switzerland, and Spain as suitable countries for NanoTherm treatment centers.

At the same time, MagForce is in the process of obtaining domestic reimbursement for NanoTherm therapy in Germany.

Treatment of Intermediate Risk Prostate Cancer in the USA:

MagForce USA, Inc. had filed an Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) with the USA Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for NanoTherm therapy to treat Intermediate Risk Prostate Cancer. During 2016, MagForce USA repeated and updated the pre-clinical studies (originally conducted in Germany about 10 years ago) with its clinical NanoActivator installed at University of Washington 2015.

The results of these pre-clinical studies and the proposed clinical trial protocol were submitted to the FDA in late fourth quarter, 2016. An in-person follow-up meeting with FDA representatives was held in early January 2017 to discuss MagForce's submissions and identify required clarification. This meeting was again very productive and MagForce believes it can successfully address their questions.

MagForce plans another in-person meeting with the FDA in the near future to determine if its proposed approach to address their requests is accepted.

The key to achieving the Company's goals is to continue to establish clinical treatment sites and obtain the necessary administrative approvals. MagForce has completed the installation of the NanoActivator at a second site located at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital - Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.

While MagForce is now approximately six months behind schedule, the Management is still confident and will make every effort to achieve its original targets in terms of market entry and commercialization of NanoTherm therapy in the USA - which is projected for 2018.

Results of Operations, Net Assets, and Financial Position

Non-GAAP financial measures are used by MagForce's management to make operating decisions because they facilitate internal comparisons of MagForce's performance to historical results. The Non GAAP measures are presented in the year-end financial publication as MagForce's management believes that they will provide investors with means of evaluating, and an understanding of how MagForce's management evaluates, MagForce's performance and results on a comparable basis that is not otherwise apparent on a German GAAP basis, since many non-recurring, infrequent or non-cash items that MagForce's management believes are not indicative of the core performance of the business may not be excluded when preparing financial measures under German GAAP.

These Non-GAAP measures should not be considered in isolation from, as substitutes for, or superior to financial measures prepared in accordance with German GAAP.

Net Loss for the business year was EUR 7,231 thousand (prior year: EUR 1,547 thousand). Non-GAAP net loss remained almost stable at EUR 5,107 thousand (prior year: EUR 5,050 thousand).

Compared to the prior year period personnel expenses increased by EUR 262 thousand to EUR 3,252 thousand (prior year: EUR 2,990 thousand) due to an increased average number of employees in 2016 (29; prior year: 23).

Revenue and Other Operating Income amounted to EUR 1,581 thousand (prior year: EUR 7,702), while Non-GAAP revenue and other operating income increased by EUR 136 thousand to EUR 1,581 thousand (prior year: EUR 1,445 thousand). The Non-GAAP increase chiefly stems from higher recharges to subsidiaries. Revenue and other operating income were adjusted to arrive at Non-GAAP figures by the prior-year amounts resulting from the extension of the distribution and development rights for the countries Canada and Mexico in January 2015 (EUR 3,033 thousand), the sale of four NanoActivator devices to MagForce USA, Inc. (EUR 2,421 thousand) and by the write-up of the loans of MT MedTech GmbH (EUR 803 thousand).

Other operating expenses increased to EUR 4,309 thousand (prior year: EUR 3,173 thousand), while Non-GAAP operating expenses remained almost stable at EUR 6,918 thousand (prior year: EUR 6,824 thousand). Other operating expenses were adjusted for the impairment of the loans to MT MedTech GmbH in the amount of EUR 1,218 thousand (prior year: nil) to arrive at Non-GAAP.

Cash outflows from operating activities amounted to EUR -6,575 thousand (prior year: EUR -5,185 thousand).

Cash inflows from investing activities amounted to EUR 3,073 thousand (prior year: Cash outflow of EUR -2,575 thousand). Cash inflows for the year 2016 are largely due to repayments of short-term loans in the amount of EUR 3,000 thousand. Cash flows from financing activities amounted to EUR 2,723 (prior year: EUR nil).

Cash and cash equivalents as of December 31, 2016 amounted to EUR 614 thousand (prior year: EUR 1,393 thousand).

Capital Market Transactions and Funding of the Company After the End of Period

To improve liquidity and to ensure the development of new products beyond 2017 the Company issued a EUR 5.0 million convertible loan on March 2, 2017, with a maturity of 3 years, an interest rate of 5% p.a., and a conversion price at EUR 5.00 per share. Furthermore, Lipps & Associates LLC continues providing lines of funds to support expansion plans as a means of non-dilutive funding.

In addition on June 28, 2017, MagForce AG resolved and successfully implemented a capital increase from authorized capital. The Company's share capital will, therefore, be increased from EUR 25,622,711.00 to EUR 26,343,172.00 by issuing 720,461 new no-par-value shares at a price of EUR 6,94 per share by partially utilizing existing authorized capital against cash contributions. All new shares were subscribed by UK-based M&G International Investments Ltd. in a private placement. Gross proceeds for MagForce AG amount to EUR 5.0 million. The additional capital will be mainly used to accelerate the on-going international expansion of MagForce, in particular in Europe.

Outlook and Financial Prognosis 2017 and Beyond

In 2017, MagForce will focus on establishing an expansion strategy in Europe for the treatment of brain tumors, initiating a study to ensure refund of treatment expenses in selected European countries, starting the clinical study for marketing authorization for the treatment of prostate cancer in the US and initiating the production of related ambulatory NanoActivator devices.

The Company expects an extension of its business activity due to the planned expansion strategy in Europe. This is accompanied by a study to ensure reimbursement of treatment expenses in participating countries. As a result from the increased activity, MagForce expects higher commercial expenses and in 2018 an increased net loss.

For the years 2017 and 2018, the Company plans to intensify cooperation with local and international patient organizations to further establish NanoTherm therapy and to increase the number of patient inquiries. Furthermore, new ways for reimbursement in Germany and selected countries will be established to make NanoTherm therapy available to as many patients as possible. Also, the Company plans to enhance its presence at appropriate events and with foreign patient organizations. MagForce's management has executed the necessary measures and set up a plan to finance the Company's expansion targets for Europe in 2017 and 2018.

About MagForce AG and MagForce USA, Inc.

MagForce AG, listed in the Scale segment of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (MF6, ISIN: DE000A0HGQF5), together with its subsidiary MagForce USA, Inc. is a leading medical device company in the field of nanomedicine focused on oncology. The Group's proprietary NanoTherm(R) therapy enables the targeted treatment of solid tumors through the intratumoral generation of heat via activation of superparamagnetic nanoparticles.

NanoTherm(R), NanoPlan(R), and NanoActivator(R) are components of the therapy and have received EU-wide regulatory approval as medical devices for the treatment of brain tumors. MagForce, NanoTherm, NanoPlan, and NanoActivator are trademarks of MagForce AG in selected countries.

For more information, please visit: www.magforce.com.

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This release may contain forward-looking statements and information which may be identified by formulations using terms such as "expects," "aims," "anticipates," "intends," "plans," "believes," "seeks," "estimates," or "will." Such forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations and certain assumptions, which may be subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties. The results actually achieved by MagForce AG may substantially differ from these forward-looking statements. MagForce AG assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements or to correct them in the case of developments, which differ from those, anticipated.

Contact:

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Communications & Investor Relations
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E-Mail: bfrankenberg@magforce.com

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          Wind Tunnel -- for iPhone   
Category: Education
Latest version: 1.3
Size: 2.13 MB

Turn your iPad/iPhone into a wind tunnel simulator !

Draw obstacles and watch the fluid flow around. Experiment with different sizes, shapes, aerodynamic profiles and see what happens !

Wind Tunnel -- for iPhone is the extended version of the Wind Tunnel Free app. It adds visualization modes (turbulence, fluid direction), vga output, ability to load and save scenes, share scenes by email, rotate obstacles, adjust friction and viscosity and many more features.

Full feature list include :

• 4 actions : interact with the fluid, draw obstacles, draw smoke sources, use eraser tool.
• visualization modes : particles (streamlines, streaklines and random), colored smoke (predefined stripes, streamlines and custom), pressure field, speed norm visualization, curl (visualize turbulences), velocity field (visualize speed direction) combined with speed norm or curl.
• Load/save scenes, share scenes by email, import obstacles shapes as png files.
• Rotate/move obstacles, pause simulation with gestures.
• Adjust physical parameters : fluid viscosity, obstacle friction, wind tunnel input speed.
• Predefined scenes : airfoil, cars, rocks, Kármán vortex street…


The Wind Tunnel app lets you create beautiful wind tunnel scenes, play with the fluid and understand physics effects.
Fluid motion is computed by solving Navier-Stokes equations, at high definition (50000 grid cells) thanks to optimized code taking the most out of CPU performance.

This version does not work on iPad. For iPad buy Wind Tunnel -- for iPad.

          Pacira Ends Production of DepoCyt   
Pacira Pharmaceuticals has disclosed that it will end production of its lymphoma treatment DepoCyt ® (cytarabine liposome injection) due to undisclosed manufacturing problems. Pacira cited “persistent technical issues specific to the DepoCyt(e) manufacturing process” in a regulatory filing yesterday. The company said its decision did not affect any treatments that had already been distributed to customers or administered to patients. As a result of its decision, Pacira said, it will incur a $5 million charge against second-quarter earnings related to the end of DepoCyt production. Half of the charge relates to writing off assets, $2 million to lease costs less estimated potential sublease income, and the remaining $0.5 million, to employee severance and other exit costs. DepoCyt is a sustained-release liposomal formulation of the chemotherapeutic agent cytarabine that uses the company’s DepoFoam drug delivery technology. DepoFoam consists of microscopic spherical particles composed of a honeycomb-like structure ...
          Ball Mills Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2016 - 2024   
Ball Mills Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2016 - 2024 Ball Mills Market: Overview A ball mill is typically a grinder which is used for grinding (or mixing) materials into extremely fine particle or powder. It is used in paints, ceramics, mineral dressing processes, laser sintering, and pyrotechnics. A ball mill

          What Is An Algorithm?   
*In the modern world, algorithms do much of the digital heavy lifting.* Algorithms control the inner-workings of everything from particle accelerators to stock markets. They determine the news you see, what search results you get, how computers learn, and what gets recommended to you ...
          6月29日(木)のつぶやき その6   

羽田空港内美術館で五輪・パラ「レガシー展」第5期 「東京2020の追加競技」紹介 airportnews.jp/headline/1711/ 羽田空港国内線第2ターミナル3階の「ディスカバリーミュージアム」(東京都大田区)で7月7日、企画展「~1964年から2020年東京オリンピック・パラ…

— museumnews jp (@museumnews_jp) 2017年6月29日 - 11:03

Thursday, we light up the skies, creating artificial clouds to track particle motions in space from 4:25 & 4:48am E… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

— NASA (@NASA) 2017年6月29日 - 11:31

ライトシーター(右席)のわたしは、直接的に宇宙船の操縦には携わりません。そもそも右席に操作パネルがありません。

次々起こる不具合にてんてこ舞いの船長とレフトシーターを見守り、抜けがないか・忘れた処置がないか確認します。
いわばベ… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

— 金井 宣茂 Astro_Nemo (@Astro_Kanai) 2017年6月29日 - 11:37

奈良・高松塚古墳 解体10年 保存策探る 壁画ほぼ修復 現地復帰めど立たず mainichi.jp/articles/20170… 奈良県明日香村の高松塚古墳(7世紀末~8世紀初頭)で、石室の壁に描かれた「飛鳥美人」などの壁画(国宝)をカビなどから守るために石室が解体され、壁画部分の取…

— museumnews jp (@museumnews_jp) 2017年6月29日 - 11:46

【電子版】JAXA、日本人宇宙飛行士で月面探査へ | 科学技術・大学 ニュース | 日刊工業新聞 電子版 nikkan.co.jp/articles/view/…

— Soichi Noguchi 野口 聡- (@Astro_Soichi) 2017年6月29日 - 12:01

【JAXA 日本人宇宙飛行士を月に送る計画提案】JAXA=宇宙航空研究開発機構は、日本の宇宙探査の方向性を議論する国の委員会に対し、2025年以降、日本人宇宙飛行士を月面に送る計画を提案しました。www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/2017…

— NHK科学文化部 (@nhk_kabun) 2017年6月28日 - 22:19

#米空軍太平洋音楽隊 の隊長、モアウルティア中佐が沖縄の中学校で楽団の指揮をしました。日本語が話せない隊長ですが、生徒の皆さんは隊長が指揮を通じて何を伝えようとしているのかを正確に理解していました。
音楽はまさしく、国際言語ですね… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

— 在日米軍司令部(USFJ) (@USFJ_J) 2017年6月28日 - 14:32

6月23日、第7艦隊音楽隊ブロードサイド・ブラスバンドは、地域奉仕イベントの一環として横須賀市にある小学校を訪れ、子供たちに演奏を披露しました。
dvidshub.net/image/3517422/… pic.twitter.com/tqZcOgpEXE

— 在日米軍司令部(USFJ) (@USFJ_J) 2017年6月28日 - 15:13

6月26日、米海兵隊岩国基地のF35BライトニングIIが、沖縄の嘉手納基地に初めて飛来しました。F35Bは海兵隊のAV8ハリアーとFA18ホーネットの後継機として導入されています。(在日米海兵隊 公式HPより)… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

— 在日米軍司令部(USFJ) (@USFJ_J) 2017年6月29日 - 11:02

6月26日、米海軍三沢航空施設の海軍兵たちが、三沢市のアフタースクールプログラムで子供たちの英語の勉強のお手伝いをしました。大袈裟なリアクションが見事ですね。(Naval Air Facility Misawa 公式FBより)… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

— 在日米軍司令部(USFJ) (@USFJ_J) 2017年6月29日 - 11:22

出版不況なのに、『コロコロコミック』が80万部も売れているヒミツ (1/6) - ITmedia ビジネスオンライン buff.ly/2tW43S3

— スマートニュース (@smartnews_ja) 2017年6月28日 - 13:45

新宿-多摩、小田急と京王のどっちが便利か 長年優位の京王を小田急が追い上げ | 通勤電車 - 東洋経済オンライン buff.ly/2tVNtSx @Toyokeizaiさんから

— スマートニュース (@smartnews_ja) 2017年6月28日 - 16:31

清原和博、1年半後の告白。「ひと気のない深夜の甲子園で」 buff.ly/2tX8nke #numberweb #プロ野球 @numberwebさんから

— スマートニュース (@smartnews_ja) 2017年6月28日 - 19:12

大好物のあんかけスパゲッティ、ようやく(^^;;赤ウィンナーの誘惑には勝てない…。目玉焼きのせ(^^) pic.twitter.com/pJO76NIgrF

— スモートフォン (@azechiazechi) 2017年6月28日 - 15:13

慰安婦を売春婦と言ったのはアメリカ軍のビルマでの尋問調書です。米国で批判されたらこの報告書のコピーを配布し、これを言ったのは日本の総領事ではなく、あなたたちアメリカ人だ、と反論する絶好の機会です。アメリカ日本のすべてのメインストリ… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

— Yoshi Maruyama (@ym0531) 2017年6月28日 - 13:15

入りにくい、、、 pic.twitter.com/wdFOSU5Cva

— Sotto Voce (@clematis2010) 2017年6月27日 - 07:57

自転車の無灯火が正面からきて、ぶつかりそうになったとき、
「ライトくらいつけな」
と優しく諭すも
「点けなくても前見えるから」
と回答される。

お前が見えるかどうかじゃねぇ

対向する人から見えるかどうかが重要なんだよ! pic.twitter.com/DaLzw2pvqM

— とも@Decent (@Tomota_1988) 2017年6月28日 - 09:00

稲田防衛相の発言でまた野党が罷免だとか騒いでいる。言葉は間違って出てしまうこともあるのだからいいじゃないかそのくらいという感じだ。それにしてもどういう日本をつくりたいのかもわからない野党がもう少しましな政策で与党を責めたらどうか。無理ですか。

— 田母神俊雄 (@toshio_tamogami) 2017年6月28日 - 12:09

マック滅ぼす気でしょ pic.twitter.com/7823vlyqKB

— イの人(きくうし歌奈さん) (@753__IXA) 2017年6月28日 - 09:48

都民ファースト、平けいしょうさんの上申書がネットに出てますわ(笑)

これは超ヤバいですな(笑)

キッチリお金パクってますわ pic.twitter.com/nkhACNVxo3

— ゴマ天 (@saburouyoshi) 2017年6月29日 - 17:09

【ニュース特設:緊迫 #北朝鮮情勢】CNNテレビは28日、複数のアメリカ軍当局者の話として、アメリカ軍が北朝鮮に対する軍事オプションを改訂し、大統領に提示する準備を整えたと伝えました。
www3.nhk.or.jp/news/special/n… pic.twitter.com/RjW5Gdk1KT

— NHKニュース (@nhk_news) 2017年6月29日 - 19:18

野党のカスはどうでもいい。いま最大のリスクは石破だろう。こいつが総理大臣になったら日本経済が終わる。asahi.com/articles/ASK6X…

— tadataru (@tadataru) 2017年6月28日 - 21:43

昭和40年代 渋谷駅前 「こどもカラー図鑑」より pic.twitter.com/OXvUouWqD0

— 昭和スポット巡り (@showaspotmegri) 2017年6月29日 - 19:19

藤井厳喜氏「北朝鮮はもともとソ連が作った国。ロシアと北は繋がっている。習近平は北を制御できない。ロシアは日米に対して『チャイナばかり見るな。俺の声も聞け』と名乗り出てきた。北は金を含む豊富な鉱産物や覚醒剤も輸出しているので、日本人… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

— take4 (@sumerokiiyasaka) 2017年6月29日 - 19:44

河添恵子氏「中国のミッションは王健林・ワンダ・グループ会長の動きを観れば分かる。彼の(ハリウッド含む)文化工作により、世界の器を支配しようとするのが習近平の膨大な妄想。元駐中国大使ゲイリー・ロック氏や日本の高官(橋龍は有名ですが)… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

— take4 (@sumerokiiyasaka) 2017年6月29日 - 19:20

お疲れ様でした🐾
あと1日…頑張るにゃ! pic.twitter.com/41M8MiQtRB

— そら (@mosacya) 2017年6月29日 - 19:46

大正時代 過渡期の交通 「日本世相百年史」より pic.twitter.com/77VdRCTujz

— 昭和スポット巡り (@showaspotmegri) 2017年6月29日 - 18:50

昭和38年 スラックス pic.twitter.com/xM6puSWPSz

— 昭和スポット巡り (@showaspotmegri) 2017年6月29日 - 16:52

昭和30年代 広島 (絵葉書) pic.twitter.com/CXnx6b1OgI

— 昭和スポット巡り (@showaspotmegri) 2017年6月29日 - 15:44

@JX4fKVH74rC6nvs @ikutayoshikatsu だから今、生田さんをはじめ「自民党を」支持してるんですよね
オリンピックは楽しみたいですが、都ファができると思います?
はっきりいいますが無理だと思いますよ

懸… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

— 鳥太郎 (@tttwiiiittteeer) 2017年6月29日 - 20:40
          Sterling Opal cabochons 1 and 5 are sold. Heart (4) is still available. by Untwistedsister   

22.50 USD

Sterling Opal is a true synthetic opal as classified by the GIA. If you wish to see a video of these stones, so you can see how they change colors and sparkles as light hits them in different ways, please visit my instagram. www.instagram.com/UntwistedSister These are very special stones that will set your jewelry apart.

The first photo shows the opals under light and the second shows them without any additional light.

purchase by stone number
1) 15 x22.5 x 3.8mm $26. - pastels with glowing orange, lavender and black streaks SOLD
4) 16.6 x 19.2 x 3.3 $22.50 -bright green heart with lavender and black streaks
5) 14.5 x 16.5 x 4.0 $25.00 -pastel lavender and orange with blue streak SOLD

See something you like that's sold?? ask me! I may be able to make you similar.

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I cut all my sterling opals with a flat top and back and a slight bevel for setting.
cut and polished by me in my little home studio.
not dyed... made from nano particles of silica dioxide and water (same as natural occuring opal) which are hardened with resin and then cut and shaped on diamond polishing wheels by hand.

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Ready for your creativity
Comes in a gift box for protection
ships USPS first class mail with tracking to USA and most locations
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          What is asbestos?   
Asbestos is a group of minerals that occur naturally as bundles of fibers. These fibers are found naturally in soil and rocks in many parts of the world. They are made mainly of silicon and oxygen, but also contain other elements. There are 2 main types of asbestos:

Chrysotile asbestos, also known as white asbestos, is the most common type of asbestos in industrial applications. When looked at under the microscope, chrysotile asbestos fibers wrap around themselves as a spiral, that is why this form of asbestos has also been called curly or serpentine asbestos.
Amphibole asbestos fibers are needle-like and straight. There are several types of amphibole fibers, including amosite (brown asbestos), crocidolite (blue asbestos), anthophyllite, actinolite, and tremolite.

Both types of asbestos cause cancer. Amphibole asbestos does seem to be more potent in causing a rare type of cancer called mesothelioma

Asbestos fibers are strong, resistant to heat and to many chemicals, and do not conduct electricity. As a result, asbestos has been used as an insulating material since ancient times. Since the industrial revolution, asbestos has been used to insulate factories, homes, schools, and ships, and to make automobile brake and clutch parts, roofing shingles, ceiling and floor tiles, cement, textiles, and hundreds of other products.

During the first half of the 1900s, growing evidence showed that breathing in asbestos caused scarring of the lungs. In the early 1900s, exposure to asbestos dust in the workplace was not controlled. Beginning in England in the 1930s, steps were taken to protect workers in the asbestos industry by installing ventilation and exhaust systems. In the huge shipbuilding effort during World War II, large numbers of workers were exposed to high levels of asbestos.

As asbestos-related cancers became better recognized in the second half of the 20th century, measures were taken to reduce exposure, including establishing exposure standards and laws that banned the use of asbestos in construction materials. There has been a dramatic decrease in importing and using asbestos since the mid-1970s, and alternative insulating materials have been developed. As a result, asbestos exposure has dropped dramatically in the United States. It is still used in some products, and it is still possible to be exposed to asbestos in older buildings, water pipes, and other settings. Asbestos has been banned in the European Union for several years, although the ban did not require removal of asbestos that was already in place. Still, heavy asbestos use continues in certain countries.
How are people exposed to asbestos?

People are exposed to asbestos mainly by inhaling fibers in the air they breathe. In any of these situations, asbestos fibers tend to create a dust composed of tiny particles that can float in the air.

In addition, asbestos fibers can be swallowed. This may happen when people consume contaminated food or liquids (such as water that flows through asbestos cement pipes). It may also occur when people cough up asbestos they have inhaled, and then swallow their saliva.

Many people are exposed to very low levels of naturally occurring asbestos in outdoor air as a result of erosion of asbestos-bearing rocks. The potential for such exposure is higher in areas where rocks have higher asbestos content. In some areas, asbestos may be detected in the water supply as well as in the air. It may be released into the water through several sources, such as erosion or natural deposits, corrosion from asbestos cement pipes, and the breakdown of roofing materials containing asbestos that are then transported into sewers.

However, the people with the heaviest exposure are those who worked in asbestos industries, such as shipbuilding and insulation. Many of these people recall working in thick clouds of asbestos dust, day after day.

Family members of asbestos workers can also be exposed to higher levels of asbestos because the fibers can be carried home on the workers' clothing, and can then be inhaled by others in the household.

Asbestos exposure is also a concern in older buildings. If building materials like insulation and ceiling and floor tiles begin to decompose over time, asbestos fibers can be found in indoor air and may pose a health threat. There is no health risk if the asbestos is bonded into intact finished products, such as walls and tiles. As long as the material is not damaged or disturbed (for example, by drilling or remodeling), the fibers are not released into the air. Maintenance workers who sweep up and dispose of the asbestos dust or handle damaged asbestos-containing materials are often exposed to higher levels than other occupants of these buildings. Removing asbestos from homes and other buildings can also cause some exposure, although modern asbestos abatement workers are trained to use appropriate protective equipment to minimize exposure.

Although use of asbestos has declined in the United States, people are still exposed to asbestos in the workplace. In 2008, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration estimated that over a million employees in construction and general industries face significant asbestos exposure on the job.

The mining and use of asbestos is also still a health hazard in some other parts of the world. Mining in the Russian Federation, China, Kazakhstan, Brazil, Canada, and Zimbabwe accounted for almost all of the world production of asbestos in 2006. Much of what is produced is used in the Russian Federation (and other countries in the former Soviet Union) and Asia, and its use is on the rise in some areas. In 2005, the World Health Organization estimated that 125 million people worldwide were exposed to asbestos at work, despite the known links to cancer and other lung diseases for more than 60 years.
For more information on asbestos :
          POLICE CADET - City of Peoria, IL - Peoria, IL   
Possess a valid Illinois driver's license, with a &quot;Class D' qualification; May work in extreme cold and outdoor weather conditions, fumes or airborne particles,... $960 a month
From City of Peoria, IL - Wed, 21 Jun 2017 21:16:39 GMT - View all Peoria, IL jobs
          (USA-AZ-Bagdad) Infrastructure Technician I - Bagdad, AZ   
Freeport-McMoRan is a premier U.S.- based natural resource company with headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona. We operate large, long-lived, geographically diverse assets with significant proven and probable reserves of copper, gold, molybdenum, cobalt, oil and gas. The Company has a dynamic portfolio of operating, expansion and growth projects in the copper industry and is the world’s largest producer of molybdenum and a significant gold, oil and gas producer. We have a long and successful history of conducting our business in a safe, highly efficient and socially responsible manner. We have the assets, the talent, the drive and the financial strength to provide attractive and rewarding careers for our employees. We encourage you to take some time to explore your career opportunities at Freeport-McMoRan. Under close supervision, install, maintain and optimize the distributed computing-communication environment, including desktop, network infrastructure, voice and data communication systems. Provide field technical support to the end-users and operational systems. * Set-up, deliver and install personal computers, telephones, networking and peripheral equipment using established and defined procedures and processes * Perform preventative maintenance on voice and data communication systems and associated hardware maintaining accurate documentation * Actively participate in Safety and Environmental programs, ensure MIS policy compliance and site operational goals * Perform voice, network, and PC and basic wireless troubleshooting to isolate and diagnose infrastructure problems * Perform other duties as required *Minimum Qualifications* * Two (2) years of experience in computer/electronic systems hardware/software troubleshooting, maintenance and repair * Demonstrated technical expertise in the installation, repair and maintenance of PC hardware, software, printers, fax machines and telephone handsets * Ability to effectively analyze, troubleshoot and diagnose issues with computers, peripherals, cellular and voice systems * Basic understanding of networking concepts, protocols and technology including wireless networking equipment * Basic knowledge of voice systems (PBX/VoIP) * Skill in effective communication, both verbal and written * Ability to work weekends, holidays, rotating shifts and both scheduled and unscheduled overtime as business dictates * Must be customer service-oriented and possess good organizational skills * Ability to develop and maintain awareness of occupational hazards and safety precautions * Skilled in following safety practices and recognizing hazards *Preferred* * High School diploma or GED * Knowledge of RF 2-WAY Radio Technology (Motorola) * Knowledge working with a mine fleet management systems (Dispatch or similar) * Knowledge Cisco MESH network (or similar) * Knowledge of Networking devices (Cisco) * Solid Desktop support experience * Able to create and modify technical documentation *Criteria/Conditions* * Ability to understand and apply verbal and written work and safety-related instructions and procedures given in English * Ability to communicate in English with respect to job assignments, job procedures, and applicable safety standards * Must be able to work in a potentially stressful environment * Work is performed in a mine or manufacturing plant setting, which may include exposure to extremes in temperature and humidity, moving mechanical parts, risk of electrical shock, toxic chemicals, explosives, fumes or airborne particles * May be required to work a non-standard schedule which may include shift work (other than day shift) in a 24/7/365 operation * While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, sit, demonstrate manual dexterity, climb stairs, talk, hear and see * Occasionally may be required to lift moderately heavy objects up to fifty (50) pounds during the course of the workday * Personal protective equipment is required when performing work in a mine, outdoor, manufacturing or plant environment, including hard hat, hearing protection, safety glasses, safety footwear, and as needed, respirator, rubber steel-toe boots, protective clothing, gloves and any other protective equipment as required * Freeport-McMoRan promotes a drug/alcohol free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment drug testing and on-going random drug testing as per applicable State Laws Freeport-McMoRan has reviewed the jobs at its various office and operating sites and determined that many of these jobs require employees to perform essential job functions that pose a direct threat to the safety or health of the employees performing these tasks or others. Accordingly, the Company has designated the following positions as safety-sensitive: * Site-based positions, or positions which require unescorted access to site-based operational areas, which are held by employees who are required to receive MSHA, OSHA, DOT, HAZWOPER and/or Hazard Recognition Training; or * Positions which are held by employees who operate equipment, machinery or motor vehicles in furtherance of performing the essential functions of their job duties, including operating motor vehicles while on Company business or travel (for this purpose “motor vehicles” includes Company owned or leased motor vehicles and personal motor vehicles used by employees in furtherance of Company business or while on Company travel); or * Positions which Freeport-McMoRan has designated as safety sensitive positions in the applicable job or position description and which upon further review continue to be designated as safety-sensitive based on an individualized assessment of the actual duties performed by a specifically identified employee. /Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veteran/Disability/ **Job:** **Information Systems* **Title:** *Infrastructure Technician I - Bagdad, AZ* **Location:** *AZ-Bagdad* **Requisition ID:** *1702131*
          (USA-GA-Warner Robins) Network Engineer-RPASOC-CPTS   
CHENEGA PROFESSIONAL & TECHNICAL SERVICES **Company Job Title:** Network Engineer-RPASOC-CPTS **Chenega Job Title:** Engineer III, Network **Clearance:** Top Secret with SCI eligibility **Location:** Warner Robins, GA **Reports To:** Program Manager **FLSA Status:** Exempt, Full Time, Regular **Prepared Date:** 06-30-2017 **Approved Date:** 06-30-2017 **Summary:** TheNetwork Engineer will support the government’s program management activities in acquisition, design/installation, modification, integration, and sustainment of the Air National Guard’s (ANG) Remotely Piloted Aircraft – Squadron Operations Centers (RPA SOCs) program. Specifically, support will be provided to both AFLCMC/WII Systems Program Office (SPO) and at the 402nd Program Management Office (PMO). **Essential Duties and Responsibilities:**(Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position) · Design, configure, install, and maintain networks and systems, routers, switches, firewalls, and other equipment and devices. · Analyze and evaluate networking requirements; design and development of network topologies to include hardware selection, heating/cooling requirement determination, power requirement determination, disaster backup/recovery planning. · Provide guidance, information, and recommendations regarding network configurations and installations; Perform systems design analysis, provide supporting documentation. · Conduct reviews of new technologies, methodologies, and processes to ensure the network infrastructure meets current and future needs. · Review and redline network infrastructure diagrams; work with server structure and design, configuration design, design of server room and floor layout, interconnection layout and drawing, rack and aisle layout and drawings. **Travel:** Travel may be required to attend testing facilities, conventions, and meetings at various locations in the continental U.S. (CONUS). **Non-Essential Duties:** · Other duties as assigned. **Supervisory Responsibilities:** · Some supervisory duties. **Minimum Qualifications:**(To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.) · Bachelor’s Degree in applicable field required. · Three or more years of engineering experience with reconnaissance/ intelligence/ surveillance weapon systems or other weapon systems preferred. · TS/SCI Security Clearance required. · CompTIA Security Certification. **Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:** · Experienced in supporting Windows, UNIX platforms. · Knowledgeable with systems design, server configuration, Requirements Analysis. · Ability to work independently and part of a team. · Excellent oral and written communication skills. · Willingness and ability to travel (CONUS). **Diversity:** · Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; Educates others on the value of diversity; Promotes a harassment-free environment; Builds a diverse workforce. **Ethics:** · Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values. **Physical Demands:** · The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. · While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision. **Work Environment:** · The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. · The employee will normally work in a temperature-controlled office environment, with frequent exposure to electronic office equipment. · During visits to areas of operations, may be exposed to extreme cold or hot weather conditions. Is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and loud noise. Chenega Corporation and family of companies is an EOE. Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity Native preference under PL 93-638. We participate in the E-Verify Employment Verification Program. M# **Minimum Qualifications:**(To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.) ·Bachelor’s Degree in applicable field required. ·Three or more years of engineering experience with reconnaissance/ intelligence/ surveillance weapon systems or other weapon systems preferred. ·TS/SCI Security Clearance required. ·CompTIA Security Certification. **Job:** *Network Engineering* **Organization:** *Chenega Professional & Technical Services* **Title:** *Network Engineer-RPASOC-CPTS* **Location:** *Georgia-Warner Robins* **Requisition ID:** *1700001893*
          (USA-TX-Sheppard, AFB) ESL Instructor   
Kapsuun Group **Company Job Title:** ESL Instructor **Clearance:** Background Check **Location:** Sheppard AFB, TX **Reports To:** ESL Supervisor **FLSA Status:** Non-Exempt, Full Time, SCA Executive Order 13495, The Non Displacement of Qualified Workers Under Service Contracts provide first right of refusal to incumbents on contracts. If the position is accepted by the incumbent on the job, other application/resume of non-incumbents will not be reviewed. **Summary:**The ESL Instructoris responsible for providing full life cycle ESL Instruction support functions, as directed by the Head of ESL Instruction,in connection with the 82ndTraining Wing Royal Saudi Air Force English Language Training Instructor at Sheppard Air Force Base. **Essential Duties and Responsibilities:**(Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position) · Under direct supervision, provides operational instruction of a multifaceted program/project typically consisting of a set of closely related subprograms or associated activities. · Provides the operational, administrative, and human resources management of the program; seeks and develops outside instructional sources, serves as primary point of representation and liaison with external constituencies on technical and operational matters. · Assists with the supervision, overall administration, and coordination of the required services. · Assign schedules and reviews work discrepancies. · Communicate policies, procedures and goals for the project. **Non-Essential Duties:**Other duties as assigned **Supervisory Responsibilities:**None **Minimum Qualifications:**(To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.) **Candidate should have ONE of the following:** · A 4-year degree that included or was supplemented by a major study in English as a Second Language (ESL), English as a Foreign Language (EFL), Linguistics, Foreign Languages, or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). OR · A combination of education and experience with courses equivalent to a major in English as a Second Language (ESL), English as a Foreign Language (EFL), Linguistics, Foreign Languages, or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL); plus, appropriate experience or additional course work that provided knowledge comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of the 4-year course of study described in paragraph above. In addition to the academic requirements above, the candidate must have one of the following: · At least one year of specialized experience in English language or foreign language instruction. Specialized experience includes: providing instruction to a diverse student body using the principles, practices and techniques of English as a Second Language (ESL) and English as a Foreign Language (EFL); teaching ESL/EFL to adults from basic elementary to advanced English; planning, preparing and coordinating instructional activities for adult students; creating and managing student assessment techniques and objectives to include test and measurement principles; assisting in the development and improvement of curriculum design, training materials, instructional delivery, and student administration; preparing lesson plans by selecting and adapting instructor texts and guides, or developing a plan of instruction for class-specific exercises. OR · Completed 3 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in one of following disciplines: English as a Second Language (ESL), English as a Foreign Language (EFL), Linguistics, Foreign Languages, or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). **Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:** · Must be well organized, an effective communicator at multiple levels and able to grasp system concepts and communicate their applications. · Must be capable of managing multiple projects with time related constraints in a fast paced contract manufacturing environment. · Must be able to speak effectively before groups of internal and/or external customers or employees. **Diversity:** · Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; Educates others on the value of diversity; Promotes a harassment-free environment; Builds a diverse workforce. **Ethics:** · Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values. **Physical Demands:** · The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. · While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision. **Work Environment:** · The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. · The employee will normally work in a temperature-controlled office environment, with frequent exposure to electronic office equipment. · During visits to areas of operations, may be exposed to extreme cold or hot weather conditions. Is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and loud noise. Chenega Corporation and family of companies is an EOE. Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity Native preference under PL 93-638. We participate in the E-Verify Employment Verification Program. **Minimum Qualifications:**(To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.) **Candidate should have ONE of the following:** ·A 4-year degree that included or was supplemented by a major study in English as a Second Language (ESL), English as a Foreign Language (EFL), Linguistics, Foreign Languages, or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). OR ·A combination of education and experience with courses equivalent to a major in English as a Second Language (ESL), English as a Foreign Language (EFL), Linguistics, Foreign Languages, or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL); plus, appropriate experience or additional course work that provided knowledge comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of the 4-year course of study described in paragraph above. In addition to the academic requirements above, the candidate must have one of the following: ·At least one year of specialized experience in English language or foreign language instruction. Specialized experience includes: providing instruction to a diverse student body using the principles, practices and techniques of English as a Second Language (ESL) and English as a Foreign Language (EFL); teaching ESL/EFL to adults from basic elementary to advanced English; planning, preparing and coordinating instructional activities for adult students; creating and managing student assessment techniques and objectives to include test and measurement principles; assisting in the development and improvement of curriculum design, training materials, instructional delivery, and student administration; preparing lesson plans by selecting and adapting instructor texts and guides, or developing a plan of instruction for class-specific exercises. OR ·Completed 3 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in one of following disciplines: English as a Second Language (ESL), English as a Foreign Language (EFL), Linguistics, Foreign Languages, or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). **Job:** *Instruction and Training* **Organization:** *Kapsuun Group, LLC* **Title:** *ESL Instructor* **Location:** *Texas-Sheppard, AFB* **Requisition ID:** *1700001892*
          (USA-MA-Natick) Computer System Analyst II   
Chenega Technical Innovations, LLC **Company Job Title:** Computer Systems Analyst II **Clearance:** Secret **Location:** Natick, MA **Reports To:** Program Manager **FLSA Status:** Non-Exempt, Temporary, Full Time, SCA Executive Order 13495, The Non Displacement of Qualified Workers Under Service Contracts provide first right of refusal to incumbents on contracts. If the position is accepted by the incumbent on the job, other application/resume of non-incumbents will not be reviewed. **Summary:**TheComputer Systems Analyst II will provide end user desktop support services for approved desktop applications and Host Based Security System Services for Natick Soldier Systems Center. **Essential Duties and Responsibilities:**(Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position) · Receive customer trouble tickets and service requests for desktop support. · Respond to service requests, enter them into the ticketing system and acknowledge the request to the customer. · Troubleshoot and resolve the service requests. If the request cannot be resolved, escalate the ticket to the appropriate Task Lead. · Coordinate with other Desktop Support teams for support with any baseline applications and services, as well as all system imaging. · Work with System Administrators and Database Administrators to install, configure, troubleshoot and support applications configured with a server side License Manager or Relational Database Management System (RDBMS). · Ensure no system changes are implemented without an approved change request from the Configuration Control Board (CCB). · Support and provide HBSS services as required. · Coordinate with Information Assurance functional leads in support of HBSS services. · Provide oversight / training of junior staff as required. **Non-Essential Duties:**Other duties as assigned **Supervisory Responsibilities:**NONE **Minimum Qualifications:**(To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.) · A Bachelor’s Degree is required. · 4 years of relevant experience, or a combination of experience and training, may be used in lieu of a degree. · CompTIA Security Certification required. · Secret Clearance required **Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:** · Ability to obtain Windows 7 Certification (Current Windows Desktop or Server) within 3 months of hire. · Must be adept at reading installation guides and implementing new software products. · Must be proficient with Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows 8, and have solid troubleshooting skills. · Ability to work independently without direct supervision or guidance. · Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with customers served and associated support personnel. · Ability to work independently without direct supervision or guidance. · Ability to work occasionally after hours and on-call support. **Diversity:** · Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; Educates others on the value of diversity; Promotes a harassment-free environment; Builds a diverse workforce. **Ethics:** · Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values. **Physical Demands:** · The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. · While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision. **Work Environment:** · The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. · The employee will normally work in a temperature-controlled office environment, with frequent exposure to electronic office equipment. · During visits to areas of operations, may be exposed to extreme cold or hot weather conditions. Is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and loud noise. Chenega Corporation and family of companies is an EOE. Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity Native preference under PL 93-638. We participate in the E-Verify Employment Verification Program. **Minimum Qualifications:**(To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.) ·A Bachelor’s Degree is required. ·4 years of relevant experience, or a combination of experience and training, may be used in lieu of a degree. ·CompTIA Security Certification required. ·Secret Clearance required **Job:** *Systems Administration* **Organization:** *Chenega Technical Innovations* **Title:** *Computer System Analyst II* **Location:** *Massachusetts-Natick* **Requisition ID:** *1700001894*
          (USA-MO) Security SME   
NJVC **Company Job Title:** Security SME **Clearance:** TS/SCI **Location:** Missouri **Reports To:** Program Manager **FLSA Status:** Non-Exempt, Part Time, on Call **Summary:** TheSecurity SMEwill serve as a subject matter expert (SME) supporting the IT/IS Program Management Office (PMO). TheSecurity SMEwill provide expertise and historical knowledge related to the IT/IS Program and perform D&D related to the end of the program contract. **Essential Duties and Responsibilities:**(Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position) · Perform system and/or facility decommissioning and disposal (D&D) activities as needed related to the end of the IT/IS contract · Review IT/IS transition plans to ensure any D&D activities are executed in accordance with customer and industry requirements · Provide historical knowledge for any potential changes to NJVC’s primary SCIF related to the end of the IT/IS contract · Provide advice on (D&D) activities as needed related to the end of the IT/IS contract. **Non-Essential Duties:** · Other duties as assigned as related to the end of the IT/IS contract. **Supervisory Responsibilities:** · NONE **Minimum Qualifications:**(To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.) · 8 yearsrelated security experience in government and/or contractor SCIF o Experience to include accreditation policies and processes for SCIF environment o TS/SCI Level Security Clearance **Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:** · Strong understanding and working knowledge of National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM); DOD personnel and information security regulations; Information systems security program requirements; Joint Personnel Adjudication System (JPAS) and Scattered Castles databases; · Strong understanding and working knowledge of Accreditation policies and procedures for SCI facilities. · Microsoft Office Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Excel · Effective written and oral communications skills to support interaction with all levels of personnel. · Must have the ability to travel as required · Must have the ability to work nights, weekends and Holidays as needed. **Diversity:** · Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; Educates others on the value of diversity; Promotes a harassment-free environment; Builds a diverse workforce. **Ethics:** · Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values. **Physical Demands:** · The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. · While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision. **Work Environment:** · The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. · The employee will normally work in a temperature-controlled office environment, with frequent exposure to electronic office equipment. · During visits to areas of operations, may be exposed to extreme cold or hot weather conditions. Is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and loud noise. Chenega Corporation and family of companies is an EOE. Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity Native preference under PL 93-638. We participate in the E-Verify Employment Verification Program. **Minimum Qualifications:**(To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.) · 8 yearsrelated security experience in government and/or contractor SCIF o Experience to include accreditation policies and processes for SCIF environment o TS/SCI Level Security Clearance **Job:** *Guard Services* **Organization:** *NJVC* **Title:** *Security SME* **Location:** *Missouri* **Requisition ID:** *1700001891*
          (USA-VA-Dulles) Tier 2 MS Exchange System Administrator   
NJVC **Company Job Title:** Tier 2 MS Exchange System Administrator **Clearance:** TS/SCI with CI Poly **Location:** Dulles, VA **Reports To:** O&S Support Manager **FLSA Status:** Exempt, Full Time, Regular **Summary:**The Tier 2 MS Exchange System Administrator will support all operation aspects of the MS Exchange in the enterprise to include event management, system upgrades, incident management, and day-to-day Operations and Sustainment of the enterprise virtual environment. **Essential Duties and Responsibilities:**(Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position) * Assist in the development of patches and executing the implementation of those patches into the production environment * Tier II-III O&S responsibility of the Production MS Exchange Environment including establishing and maintaining configuration, and recovery documentation for designated systems * Provide leadership, expertise, and strategic guidance on critical operations that span multiple systems and groups * Serve as the escalation point for all Microsoft Exchange issues related to the Desktop Initiative Solution * Work with the Test, Engineer, and Transition teams on the development of patches that will be applied to the Production System * Monitor, evaluate and remediate any health concerns of the Microsoft Exchange within the environment * Install, maintain, and troubleshoot complex high availability systems * Optimize performance and availability standards through implementing appropriate technical solutions through continual service improvement * Advise management on situations that may require additional support or escalation including managing the process for internal/external communications for critical incidents and emergency activities * Manage vendor relationships as it depends on daily operational needs * Review survey feedback to improve services, tools and support experience * Create, document, and implement department process, and procedures associated with administration of the Exchange * Ensure compliance with policies and procedures including DoD STIG requirements * Ensure problems and error conditions are promptly and appropriately addressed * Engage with Engineering daily to ensure Exchange solution is operating optimally **Non-Essential Duties:**Other duties as assigned **Supervisory Responsibilities:**Provide On-the-Job training, as needed **Minimum Qualifications:**(To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.) * Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience. * 12 years’ work experience to include; * Virtual server/desktop O&S experience * Microsoft Server (2012 R2 preferred) * Microsoft Exchange * Microsoft Active Directory * PowerShell scripting * Experience in the update, maintenance, and management of Microsoft Exchange hosts in support of VDI (virtualized desktop infrastructure) solutions * Experience managing enterprise mailboxes, certificate and signature interfaces, CMT, and records management as it pertains to MS Exchange * Experience managing and securing Microsoft Exchange including Microsoft Group Policy in a VDI environment and using PowerShell scripting to manage services * Experience with Virtualization and/or Cloud technologies (VMware ESXi, Hyper-V, Azure, etc.) * Desired: * Experience in a large, geographically dispersed environment * 8570 Compliant * Citrix XenDesktop 7 * Possess one of the following certifications * Windows Server 2003, Messaging and Collaboration * Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator: Messaging on Windows * Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer: Messaging on Windows Server * MCITP: Enterprise Messaging Administrator on Exchange * MCITP: Enterprise Administrator on Windows Server 2008 * MCITP: Virtualization Administrator on Windows Server 2008 R2 * MCTS: Microsoft Exchange Server * MCSM: Messaging * MCM: Exchange Server 2010 * Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) * TS/SCI with CI Poly required **Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:** * Knowledge of related technologies and interfaces to exchange including but not limited to: * Citrix Services * Windows Failover Clustering SQL AlwaysOn Strong analytical skills Proficient troubleshooting skills for heterogeneous computing environments Effective communication skills * Understanding of the Windows user logon process and managing roaming profiles Ability to work independently with a self-starting attitude Ability to make decisions with minimal guidance Ability to work flexible hours to include after normal work hours, nights and on call **Diversity:** * Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; Educates others on the value of diversity; Promotes a harassment-free environment; Builds a diverse workforce. **Ethics:** * Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values. **Physical Demands:** * The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. * While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision. **Work Environment :** * The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. * The employee will normally work in a temperature-controlled office environment, with frequent exposure to electronic office equipment. * During visits to areas of operations, may be exposed to extreme cold or hot weather conditions. Is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and loud noise. Chenega Corporation and family of companies is an EOE. Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity Native preference under PL 93-638. We participate in the E-Verify Employment Verification Program. **Minimum Qualifications:**(To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.) * Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience. * 12 years’ work experience to include; * Virtual server/desktop O&S experience * Microsoft Server (2012 R2 preferred) * Microsoft Exchange * Microsoft Active Directory * PowerShell scripting * Experience in the update, maintenance, and management of Microsoft Exchange hosts in support of VDI (virtualized desktop infrastructure) solutions * Experience managing enterprise mailboxes, certificate and signature interfaces, CMT, and records management as it pertains to MS Exchange * Experience managing and securing Microsoft Exchange including Microsoft Group Policy in a VDI environment and using PowerShell scripting to manage services * Experience with Virtualization and/or Cloud technologies (VMware ESXi, Hyper-V, Azure, etc.) * Desired: * Experience in a large, geographically dispersed environment * 8570 Compliant * Citrix XenDesktop 7 * Possess one of the following certifications * Windows Server 2003, Messaging and Collaboration * Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator: Messaging on Windows * Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer: Messaging on Windows Server * MCITP: Enterprise Messaging Administrator on Exchange * MCITP: Enterprise Administrator on Windows Server 2008 * MCITP: Virtualization Administrator on Windows Server 2008 R2 * MCTS: Microsoft Exchange Server * MCSM: Messaging * MCM: Exchange Server 2010 * Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) * TS/SCI with CI Poly required **Job:** *Systems Administration* **Organization:** *NJVC* **Title:** *Tier 2 MS Exchange System Administrator* **Location:** *Virginia-Dulles* **Requisition ID:** *1700001889*
          (USA-GA-Warner Robins) Info Assurance SME-RPASOC-CPTS   
CHENEGA PROFESSIONAL & TECHNICAL SERVICES **Company Job Title:** Information Assurance SME-RPASOC-CPTS **Chenega Job Title:** Subj Matter Spec VII, Advisor **Clearance:** Top Secret with SCI eligibility **Location:** Warner Robins, GA **Reports To:** Program Manager **FLSA Status:** Exempt, Full Time, Regular **Prepared Date:** 07-01-2017 **Approved Date:** 07-01-2017 **Summary:** TheInformation AssuranceSubject Matter Expert will support the government’s program management activities in acquisition, design/installation, modification, integration, and sustainment of the Air National Guard’s (ANG) Remotely Piloted Aircraft – Squadron Operations Centers (RPA SOCs) program. Specifically, support will be provided to both AFLCMC/WII Systems Program Office (SPO) and at the 402nd Program Management Office (PMO). Specifically, this individual will provide expertise in Air Force Domain and coordinate with Air Force ISR Agency (AFISRA) security team on security accreditation of the RPA SOC sites. **Essential Duties and Responsibilities:**(Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position) * Provides system security advice, guidance, and assistance in support of the security accreditation of all RPA SOC systems. * Serves on accreditation team efforts to provide evidence, artifacts, and required documentation to obtain Interim Authority to Test (IATT), Interim Authority to Operate (IATO), Authority to Operate (ATO), and Certificates of Networthiness (CONS) for RPA SOC systems. * Develops security accreditation schedules and plans and provides insight for integration of new hardware or software capabilities being integrated into the RPA SOC baseline * Serves as the primary liaison between the RPA SOC government program manager and AFISRA security team for IA related information, guidance, and data conventions. * Applies knowledge of computer science principles, information management principles, Automated Data Processing (ADP) functions, hardware and software systems' structures and operation, and computer programming languages and techniques to ensure RPA-SOC architectures are in accordance with established security controls; assist in formulating RPA-SOC architectural design, functional specifications, interfaces and documentation of hardware or software systems; use detailed specifications and adapt standardized techniques, methods, criteria and precedents to develop or modify portions of a system or program; and responsible for segments or phases of broader, more complex projects. * Assists the customer in their function as the Unit Information Assurance Officer (IAO). **Travel:** Travel may be required to attend testing facilities, conventions, and meetings at various locations in the continental U.S. (CONUS). **Non-Essential Duties:** · Other duties as assigned. **Supervisory Responsibilities:** · Some supervisory duties. **Minimum Qualifications:**(To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.) · Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology or a related field (or equivalent years of experience). · Minimum of 5 years of IA experience and IAM CAP Level II or higher. Must maintain certification status. · IA experience with reconnaissance/intelligence/surveillance weapon systems or other weapon systems preferred. · TS/SCI Security Clearance required. **Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:** · Ability to work independently and part of a team. · Excellent oral and written communication skills. · Knowledgeable of the configuration and maintenance of RPA-SOC system of systems to include data flows and information protection configurations related to the specific hardware and software of the systems. · Ability to provide simultaneous support to multiple personnel, as well as fully support personnel located at multiple locations. · Experience with providing technical and feasibility analysis for modifications or upgrades to the RPA-SOC systems. · Familiar with ICD-503 Risk Management Framework and the utilization of it within the RPA-SOC enterprise and systems. · Familiar with Compliance Self-Test (CST) and ST&E practices. · Familiarity with XACTA and ACAS tools · Experience with creation and vetting of Security Impact Analysis (SIA) documents relative to the RPA-SOC enterprise and shall support creation and vetting of SIAs · Willingness and ability to travel (CONUS). **Diversity:** · Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; Educates others on the value of diversity; Promotes a harassment-free environment; Builds a diverse workforce. **Ethics:** · Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values. **Physical Demands:** · The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. · While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision. **Work Environment:** · The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. · The employee will normally work in a temperature-controlled office environment, with frequent exposure to electronic office equipment. · During visits to areas of operations, may be exposed to extreme cold or hot weather conditions. Is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and loud noise. Chenega Corporation and family of companies is an EOE. Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity Native preference under PL 93-638. We participate in the E-Verify Employment Verification Program. **Minimum Qualifications:**(To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.) ·Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology or a related field (or equivalent years of experience). ·Minimum of 5 years of IA experience and IAM CAP Level II or higher. Must maintain certification status. ·IA experience with reconnaissance/intelligence/surveillance weapon systems or other weapon systems preferred. ·TS/SCI Security Clearance required. **Job:** *Technology Specialist Advisory* **Organization:** *Chenega Professional & Technical Services* **Title:** *Info Assurance SME-RPASOC-CPTS* **Location:** *Georgia-Warner Robins* **Requisition ID:** *1700001886*
          (USA-VA-Dulles) Tier 2 Virtual Desktop Systems Administrator   
NJVC **Company Job Title:** Tier 2 Virtual Desktop Systems Administrator **Clearance:** TS/SCI with CI Poly **Location:** Dulles, VA **Reports To:** O&S Support Manager **FLSA Status:** Exempt, Full Time, Regular **Summary:**The Tier 2 Virtual Desktop Systems Administrator will support all operation aspects of the Hypervisor in the enterprise including event management, system upgrades, incident management, and day-to-day Operations & Sustainment of the enterprise virtual environment. **Essential Duties and Responsibilities:**(Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position) * Assist in the deployment of patches into the production environment * Tier II-III O&S responsibility of the Production VDI (virtualized desktop infrastructure) Environment including establishing and maintaining configuration, and recovery documentation for designated systems * Serve as the initial Service Desk escalation point for all Hypervisor issues related to the Desktop Initiative Solution * Support the update, maintenance, and management of hypervisor hosts in support of VDI (virtualized desktop infrastructure) solutions * Support management of the Citrix XenApp and Microsoft Remote Desktop Services * Maintain and support Citrix Services, Windows Failover Clustering, and SQL AlwaysOn administration * Manage and secure Microsoft Windows Server including Microsoft Group Policy in a VDI environment and using PowerShell scripting to manage Windows Servers and Citrix applications * Support the Windows user logon process and manage roaming profiles * Implement and support load balancing for XenApp/XenDesktop services * Monitor, evaluate, and remediate system health concerns of the Hypervisor within the environment * Maintain, document, and implement department processes and procedures associated with administration of the VDI * Support compliance with policies and procedures including DoD STIG requirements * Resolve problem and error conditions promptly and appropriately **Non-Essential Duties:**Other duties as assigned **Supervisory Responsibilities:**NONE **Minimum Qualifications:**(To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.) * Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience * 4 years’ of work experience to include: * Citrix XenDesktop * Citrix XenApp * Citrix Provisioning Services * Hypervisor * Citrix XenServer * VMWare vSphere * Microsoft Server (2012 R2 preferred) * Microsoft Windows 7 & 10 * SQL Server 2012 & 2014 (2014 experience preferred) * Desired: * MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure * PowerShell Scripting * VDI (virtualized desktop infrastructure) Environment * Citrix XenDesktop 7 * VMware Certified Professional 6 – Desktop and Mobility (VCP6-DTM) * TS/SCI with CI Poly required **Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:** * Technical documentation skills * Effective communication skills * Ability to work flexible hours to include after normal work hours, nights and on call **Diversity:** * Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; Educates others on the value of diversity; Promotes a harassment-free environment; Builds a diverse workforce. **Ethics:** * Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values. **Physical Demands:** * The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. * While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision. **Work Environment :** * The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. * The employee will normally work in a temperature-controlled office environment, with frequent exposure to electronic office equipment. * During visits to areas of operations, may be exposed to extreme cold or hot weather conditions. Is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and loud noise. Chenega Corporation and family of companies is an EOE. Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity Native preference under PL 93-638. We participate in the E-Verify Employment Verification Program. **Minimum Qualifications:**(To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.) * Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience * 4 years’ of work experience to include: * Citrix XenDesktop * Citrix XenApp * Citrix Provisioning Services * Hypervisor * Citrix XenServer * VMWare vSphere * Microsoft Server (2012 R2 preferred) * Microsoft Windows 7 & 10 * SQL Server 2012 & 2014 (2014 experience preferred) * Desired: * MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure * PowerShell Scripting * VDI (virtualized desktop infrastructure) Environment * Citrix XenDesktop 7 * VMware Certified Professional 6 – Desktop and Mobility (VCP6-DTM) * TS/SCI with CI Poly required **Job:** *Systems Administration* **Organization:** *NJVC* **Title:** *Tier 2 Virtual Desktop Systems Administrator* **Location:** *Virginia-Dulles* **Requisition ID:** *1700001890*
          (USA-VA-Dulles) Tier 2 Firewall Network Administrator   
NJVC **Company Job Title:** Tier 2 Firewall Network Administrator **Clearance:** TS/SCI with CI Poly **Location:** Dulles, VA **Reports To:** O&S Support Manager **FLSA Status:** Exempt, Full Time, Regular **Summary:**The Tier 2 Firewall Network Administrator will support all operational aspects of the firewalls within the production environment including event management, system upgrades, incident management, and day-to-day operations and sustainment of the enterprise. **Essential Duties and Responsibilities:**(Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position) * Assist in the development of patches and executing the implementation of those patches into the Production Environment * Tier II-III O&S responsibility of the firewalls in the Production Environment including recovery documentation for designated systems, and the establishment and maintenance of firewall configurations * Provide leadership, expertise, and strategic guidance on critical operations that span multiple systems and groups * Serve as the escalation point for all firewall issues related to the Desktop Initiative Solution * Work with the Test, Engineer, and Transition teams on the development of patches that will be applied to the Production system * Provide expertise in the update/maintenance of the firewall and supporting networks and servers * Monitor, evaluate and remediate any health concerns of firewalls within the production environment * Creates, documents, and implements department process and procedures associated with administration of the firewall solution * Ensure compliance with policies and procedures including DoD STIG requirements * Ensure problems and error conditions are promptly and appropriately addressed **Non-Essential Duties:**Other duties as assigned **Supervisory Responsibilities:**Provide On-the-job training to staff, as needed **Minimum Qualifications:**(To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.) * Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience * 10 years’ work experience to include: * OSI Layer 2/3 * SonicWALL, PIX, ASA, or Firewall Services Modules (FWSM) * Reverse-Proxy Firewalls * Virtual Private Networks (VPN) * Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) * Microsoft Server (2012 R2 experience preferred) * Virtual/Cloud Servers and Services * Experience configuring and troubleshooting firewalls * IPsec and SSL VPN protocol knowledge and implementation * MPLS and BGP experience * 8570 compliant Certification within 90 days of hire * TS/SCI with CI Poly required **Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:** * Technical documentation skills * In-depth knowledge of LAN/WAN design, installation and networking (load balancing, TCP/IP, DHCP, DNS) * Desired knowledge and skills to include * CCNP/CCIE * PowerShell scripting * VDI (virtualized desktop infrastructure) Environment * Knowledge of Dell networking appliances * Experience in a large, geographically dispersed environment * Ability to work flexible hours to include after normal work hours, nights and on call **Diversity:** * Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; Educates others on the value of diversity; Promotes a harassment-free environment; Builds a diverse workforce. **Ethics:** * Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values. **Physical Demands:** * The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. * While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision. **Work Environment :** * The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. * The employee will normally work in a temperature-controlled office environment, with frequent exposure to electronic office equipment. * During visits to areas of operations, may be exposed to extreme cold or hot weather conditions. Is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and loud noise. Chenega Corporation and family of companies is an EOE. Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity Native preference under PL 93-638. We participate in the E-Verify Employment Verification Program. **Minimum Qualifications:**(To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.) * Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience * 10 years’ work experience to include: * OSI Layer 2/3 * SonicWALL, PIX, ASA, or Firewall Services Modules (FWSM) * Reverse-Proxy Firewalls * Virtual Private Networks (VPN) * Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) * Microsoft Server (2012 R2 experience preferred) * Virtual/Cloud Servers and Services * Experience configuring and troubleshooting firewalls * IPsec and SSL VPN protocol knowledge and implementation * MPLS and BGP experience * 8570 compliant Certification within 90 days of hire * TS/SCI with CI Poly required **Job:** *Network Technology* **Organization:** *NJVC* **Title:** *Tier 2 Firewall Network Administrator* **Location:** *Virginia-Dulles* **Requisition ID:** *1700001888*
          (USA-MO-Ft. Leonard Wood) Quality Control/Safety Manager   
CHENEGA FACILITIES MANAGEMENT, LLC **Company Job Title:** Quality Control/ Safety Manager **Clearance:** Background Check **Location:** Fort Leonard Wood, MO **Reports To:** Project Manager **FLSA Status:** Exempt, Full Time, Regular **Prepared Date:** 06/27/2017 **Approved Date:** 06/27/2017 **Summary:** TheQuality Control/ Safety Managerwill be responsible for all aspects of the ISO compliance and the establishment of internal processes/controls and environmental programs, and for all supply operations within the SSA, SSMO, and Linen areas. **Essential Duties and Responsibilities:**(Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position) · Evaluates and verifies employee performance through the review of completed work assignments and work techniques. · Maintains records, prepares reports, and composes correspondence relative to the work. · Analyzes the nature and cause of errors to identify areas needing improvement in the department’s processes and systems. · Reviews, analyzes, and resolves contested case reports. · Serves as a liaison with staff and management concerning error trends and problem areas. · Train departmental quality personnel **Non-Essential Duties:** · Other duties as assigned **Supervisory Responsibilities:** · Assigned personnel **Minimum Qualifications:**(To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.) · BA or BS degree or four plus years directly related work experience required. · Minimum of seven (7) years supervisory experience and a comprehensive knowledge of governing regulations, policies, and procedures. · Must have a minimum of seven (7) years’ experience performing quality control in an industrial environment. · Minimum three (3) years’ experience in administrative, professional, analytical or other work related to International Organization for Standard (ISO) 9001 program or operations and similar experience in managing Environmental programs is also required. **Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:** · Must possess knowledge to maintain a quality management and environmental system in accordance with the applicable industry and ISO Standards as applicable. · Must have broad knowledge of Army logistical functions and applicable environmental policies, programs and laws. · Must also have the ability to analyze, develop, evaluate, advise or promote improvements in logistical programs. · Must have the ability to establish program objectives or performance goals and assess progress. · Intricate knowledge of analytical techniques and causative research skills to identify areas of needed emphasis to recommend improvements. · Must possess operational skill and knowledge of the automated supply systems utilized. · Knowledge of the installation’s supply and equipment management processes, related regulations and is required to ensure effective accountability of all assigned property. · Must possess the appropriate verbal and written communications skills to conduct meetings, execute plans, prepare reports, plans, and working instructions. · Excellent written and verbal communication skills · Experience working with DelTek and CostPoint is a plus · Experience managing SCA contract employees, desirable · Experience with providing client and stakeholder support in a fast-paced environment · Advanced computer skills in MS Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, Deltek. **Diversity:** · Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; Educates others on the value of diversity; Promotes a harassment-free environment; Builds a diverse workforce. **Ethics:** · Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values. **Physical Demands:** · The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. · While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision. **Work Environment:** · The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. · The employee will normally work in a temperature-controlled office environment, with frequent exposure to electronic office equipment. · During visits to areas of operations, may be exposed to extreme cold or hot weather conditions. Is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and loud noise. Chenega Corporation and family of companies is an EOE. Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity Native preference under PL 93-638. We participate in the E-Verify Employment Verification Program. **Minimum Qualifications:**(To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.) ·BA or BS degree or four plus years directly related work experience required. ·Minimum of seven (7) years supervisory experience and a comprehensive knowledge of governing regulations, policies, and procedures. ·Must have a minimum of seven (7) years’ experience performing quality control in an industrial environment. ·Minimum three (3) years’ experience in administrative, professional, analytical or other work related to International Organization for Standard (ISO) 9001 program or operations and similar experience in managing Environmental programs is also required. **Job:** *Project Management* **Organization:** *Chenega Facilities Management* **Title:** *Quality Control/Safety Manager* **Location:** *Missouri-Ft. Leonard Wood* **Requisition ID:** *1700001906*
          (USA-GA-Atlanta) Executive Assistant   
TIME SOLUTIONS, LLC **Company Job Title:** Executive Assistant **Chenega Job Title:** Executive Assistant **Clearance:** Background check **Location:** Atlanta, GA **Reports To:** Program Manager **FLSA Status:** Regular, Full-time, Salary, Exempt **Prepared Date:** 06-30-2017 **Approved Date:** 06-30-2017 *****THIS POSITION IS CONTINGENT UPON CONTRACT AWARD***** **Summary:** The Executive Assistant will support CDC CSELS OD (Office of the Director). This individual will provide operational administrative support to the CSELS/OD staff. **Essential Duties and Responsibilities:**(Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position) * Maintain the highest level of professionalism and be expected to interface (by phone, in person, and via email) with top-level management staff and clients preserving private and confidential information. * Manage and maintain the Leadership and conference room calendars; * Answer telephones, take messages and triage phone calls; * Analyze data and compilation into Excel spreadsheets/reports; * Develop presentations and assist with the preparation of briefings, testimony, and educational presentations for the Office; * Review incoming correspondence for format and grammatical accuracy prior to presenting for Executive signature; * Develop and maintain a tracking system for monitoring correspondence incoming and outgoing; * Provide assistance with local meetings or on-site meetings; * Facilitate all logistical arrangements for travel by preparing travel requests and itineraries according to government travel regulations, and reconciling travel vouchers, including coordinating and facilitating logistical arrangements for conference attendance; * Prepare correspondence, narrative reports, summaries of meetings and a variety of other related materials; * Assist with the preparation and editing of technical correspondence, policies, procedures, and other documents; * Maintain and order office supplies; * Coordinate maintenance of conference room equipment and furniture upgrades; * Maintain and update office files and filing systems; * Initiate, plan and coordinate communication among staff; * Prepare a briefing folder daily with a concise outline of the anticipated events, agendas, corresponding reference documents, and notations on special issues; * Coordinate, prepare, and communicate a bi-weekly Management Officer Update; * Manage CSELS Distribution Lists. **Non-Essential Duties:** * Other duties as assigned **Supervisory Responsibilities:** * NONE **Minimum Qualifications:**(To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.) * High School Diploma and minimum five years of work experience in executive administrative support positions. Federal experience, especially CDC experience is desired. **Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:** * Knowledge and competency in Microsoft software such as Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, OneNote and Excel is required. Knowledge and competency in Adobe Pro is also required. Experience with ICE, Concur, MACCS1350 and other CDC systems are a plus. * Must have strong attention to detail and accuracy. * Ability to prioritize assignment and meet deadlines. * Demonstrated strong interpersonal, collaboration, and organizational skills. * Ability to work as part of a team as well as independently. **Diversity:** * Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; Educates others on the value of diversity; Promotes a harassment-free environment; Builds a diverse workforce. **Ethics:** * Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values. **Physical Demands:** * The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. * While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision. **Work Environment:** * The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. * The employee will normally work in a temperature-controlled office environment, with frequent exposure to electronic office equipment. * During visits to areas of operations, may be exposed to extreme cold or hot weather conditions. Is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and loud noise. Chenega Corporation and family of companies is an EOE. Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity Native preference under PL 93-638. We participate in the E-Verify Employment Verification Program. M# **Minimum Qualifications:**(To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.) * High School Diploma and minimum five years of work experience in executive administrative support positions. Federal experience, especially CDC experience is desired. M# **Job:** *Business Administration* **Organization:** *Time Solutions* **Title:** *Executive Assistant* **Location:** *Georgia-Atlanta* **Requisition ID:** *1700001910*
          (USA-GA-Warner Robins) Draftsman-RPASOC-ChESS   
CHENEGA ENTERPRISE SYSTEMS AND SOLUTIONS, LLC **Company Job Title:** Draftsman-RPASOC-ChESS **Chenega Job Title:** Drafter/CAD Operator III **Clearance:** Top Secret with SCI eligibility **Location:** Warner Robins, GA **Reports To:** Program Manager **FLSA Status:** Exempt, Full Time, Regular **Prepared Date:** 06-30-2017 **Approved Date:** 06-30-2017 **Summary:** TheDraftsman will support the Air National Guard’s (ANG) Remotely Piloted Aircraft – Squadron Operations Centers (RPA SOCs) program. Specifically, support will be provided to both AFLCMC/WII Systems Program Office (SPO) and at the 402nd Program Management Office (PMO). **Essential Duties and Responsibilities:**(Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position) · Evaluate feasibility of technical and production plans, processes, and controls and provide inputs. · Review engineering-created drawings for accuracy and utilize these drawings in the creation and support of installation ready drawings. · Establish in coordination with the engineering team, drawing standards, standard labeling schemas and processes in relation to review and updating of the system drawings. · Provide support in relation to quality assurance of conformance to the established engineering standards and system drawings to include technical reviews and inspections; provide support to FCA/PCA events for validation and inspection relative to the system drawings and specifications. · Provide advisory and draft documentation support to the customer in relation to maintenance of enterprise as well as site specific drawings and specification deltas and shall maintain a change log to track all drawing changes and installation or engineering change requests. · Support creation of various level of engineering level drawings to include OV, SV, and others as determined by the engineering team. · Provide advisory and draft documentation support in relation to tasks including quality and product assurance, computer-aided drafting, and information technology support. · Support the review of layouts, engineering, and production drawings, specifications, and test reports; identify potential issues and make recommendations for Government consideration. **Travel:** Travel may be required to attend testing facilities, conventions, and meetings at various locations in the continental U.S. (CONUS). **Non-Essential Duties:** · Other duties as assigned. **Supervisory Responsibilities:** · None. **Minimum Qualifications:**(To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.) · Bachelor’s degree and minimum of 2 years of experience utilizing computer-aided drafting systems to include Visio with a minimum of 1 year of IT systems experience. · Active TS/SCI Security Clearance required. **Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:** · Ability to work independently and part of a team. · Excellent oral and written communication skills. · Expert knowledge of MS Visio and publishing tools such as MS Office, Adobe Acrobat and screen capture software; knowledge of Microsoft and UNIX platforms; understanding of computer architectures, distributed systems and network storage architecture, telecommunications/network communications, hardware configuration design, and the software development process. · Willingness and ability to travel (CONUS). **Diversity:** · Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; Educates others on the value of diversity; Promotes a harassment-free environment; Builds a diverse workforce. **Ethics:** · Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values. **Physical Demands:** · The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. · While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision. **Work Environment:** · The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. · The employee will normally work in a temperature-controlled office environment, with frequent exposure to electronic office equipment. · During visits to areas of operations, may be exposed to extreme cold or hot weather conditions. Is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and loud noise. Chenega Corporation and family of companies is an EOE. Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity Native preference under PL 93-638. We participate in the E-Verify Employment Verification Program. M# **Minimum Qualifications:**(To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.) ·Bachelor’s degree and minimum of 2 years of experience utilizing computer-aided drafting systems to include Visio with a minimum of 1 year of IT systems experience. ·Active TS/SCI Security Clearance required. **Job:** *General Engineering* **Organization:** *Chenega Enterprise Systems & Solutions* **Title:** *Draftsman-RPASOC-ChESS* **Location:** *Georgia-Warner Robins* **Requisition ID:** *1700001903*
          (USA-MO-Ft. Leonard Wood) Transportation Supervisor   
CHENEGA FACILITIES MANAGEMENT, LLC **Company Job Title:** Transportation Supervisor **Clearance:** NACI **Location:** Fort Leonard Wood, MO **Reports To:** Project Manager **FLSA Status:** Exempt, Full Time, Regular **Prepared Date:** 06/27/2017 **Approved Date:** 06/27/2017 **Summary:**TheTransportation Supervisorisdirectly responsible for the day to day operations of the transportation effort. **Essential Duties and Responsibilities:**(Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position) · Governing regulations, policies, procedures and instructions in Army ground transportation and dispatching; driver selection, training, testing, and licensing. · Army vehicle accident reporting. · SAMS (Standard Army Maintenance System) and or GCSS-Army (Global Combat Support System) applications required to support dispatching, driver training and licensing · Provide information and reports, resolve issues and recommend actions to improve delivery of services to the customers · Conduct meetings, evaluate plans, prepare reports, plans, and working instructions. · Plans and directs personnel and required resources for day to day mission support. **Non-Essential Duties:** · Other duties as assigned **Supervisory Responsibilities:** · Assigned personnel **Minimum Qualifications:**(To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.) · Bachelor's degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university or four (4) plus years directly related work experience. · Minimum of five (5) years of documented supervisory experience. · Minimum of two (2) years transportation experience. · Must have a valid state Driver’s license. **Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:** · General knowledge of the logistics information systems that pertain to the areas within the scope of work,and specific knowledge of the AR 750-8 (The Army Maintenance Management System). · Comprehensive knowledge of governing regulations, policies, procedures and instructions in Army ground transportation and dispatching, driver selection, training, testing, and licensing. · Knowledge in Army vehicle accident reporting; to include general knowledge of the applicable automated SAMS applications required to support dispatching and driver training and licensing. · Ability to provide information and reports, resolve issues and recommend actions to improve delivery of services to the customers. · Must possess the appropriate verbal and written communications skills to conduct meetings, execute plans, prepare reports, plans, and working instructions. · Excellent interpersonal and communication skills · Must be proficient with Microsoft Office products. · Must be knowledgeable in DOT (Department of Transportation) rules and regulations. **Diversity:** · Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; Educates others on the value of diversity; Promotes a harassment-free environment; Builds a diverse workforce. **Ethics:** · Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values. **Physical Demands:** · The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. · While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision. **Work Environment:** · The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. · The employee will normally work in a temperature-controlled office environment, with frequent exposure to electronic office equipment. · During visits to areas of operations, may be exposed to extreme cold or hot weather conditions. Is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and loud noise. Chenega Corporation and family of companies is an EOE. Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity Native preference under PL 93-638. We participate in the E-Verify Employment Verification Program. **Minimum Qualifications:** (To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.) ·Bachelor's degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university or four (4) plus years directly related work experience. ·Minimum of five (5) years of documented supervisory experience. ·Minimum of two (2) years transportation experience. ·Must have a valid state Driver’s license. **Job:** *Program Management* **Organization:** *Chenega Facilities Management* **Title:** *Transportation Supervisor* **Location:** *Missouri-Ft. Leonard Wood* **Requisition ID:** *1700001907*
          (USA-MO-Ft. Leonard Wood) Project Manager-CFM   
CHENEGA FACILIITES MANAGEMENT, LLC **Company Job Title:** Project Manager **Chenega Job Title:** Project Manager III **Clearance:** Background Check/NACI **Location:** Fort Leonard Wood, MO **Reports To:** General Manager **FLSA Status:** Exempt, Full Time, Regular **Prepared Date:** 06-28-2017 **Approved Date:** 06-28-2017 **Summary:** · TheProject Managerisdirectly responsible for all aspects of the effort and shall have the autonomy from the corporate headquarters to execute the effort unimpeded by corporate management.Will direct and supervise all divisions of labor and the overall contract management. Has responsibility for the profit and loss of the project under their control and interacts with the customer to ensure continual compliance with the performance work statement. **Essential Duties and Responsibilities:**(Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position) · Provides overall management coordination and day-to-day project supervision. · Hires, fires, and disciplines project employees. · Responsible for support staff coordination and ensuring required supervision of contractor personnel is present during normal and other-than-normal duty hours. · Responsible for project correspondence and project deliverables. · Responsible for the successful performance of contract and ensuring project safety and quality control. · Primary liaison with the Government customer. · Develop and maintain proactive working relationships with your team members, vendors, management and other departments · Monitors and reports program execution status with CFM leadership and Chenega corporate office. · Evaluate program labor hour execution against contractual performance criteria then analyze, recommend, and report findings on a regular basis. · Establish and monitor detailed workflows and resourcing plans, set deadlines, assign responsibilities, resolve conflicts, and manage progress with confidence. · Foresee a project's obstacles, risks, and constraints and effectively plan around them · Provide weekly status reports that inspire as well as capture progress and issues · Required to follow all company personnel and safety policies, and perform all assigned duties in a safe work manner. · May be required to work other than normal duty hours, which may include evenings, weekends, and/or holidays. **Non-Essential Duties:** · Other duties as assigned **Supervisory Responsibilities:** · Fort Leonard Wood personnel **Minimum Qualifications:**(To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.) · Bachelor's degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university, preferred. In lieu of a Bachelor’s degree four (4) years of documented management experience at Army battalion level or higher in the areas of Army transportation and supply may be substituted. · Minimum two years (2) comprehensive knowledge of a variety of Army regulations related to the daily operations of an Army installation transportation motor pool and supply support operation. · Minimum two years’ experience with task management responsibilities. **Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:** · General knowledge of Supply Chain/ Operations Management, Warehouse/ Inventory Management, Logistics Management Policies/ Procedures, Fleet Management, and transportation that pertain to the areas with in the PWS,and specific knowledge of the Standard Army Maintenance System (SAMS). · Excellent interpersonal and communication skills · Ability to follow oral and written directions. · Must be proficient with Microsoft Office products. · Experience with managing the work of others · Must have complete command of the English language both oral and written · Must be proficient with Microsoft Office products. · Ability to read and interpret documents and comprehend instructions. · Ability to effectively present information to management, employees, and government personnel. · Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written or oral form. · Ability to define problems, collection information and establish facts. · Valid Driver’s License **Diversity:** · Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; Educates others on the value of diversity; Promotes a harassment-free environment; Builds a diverse workforce. **Ethics:** · Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values. **Physical Demands:** · The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. · While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision. **Work Environment:** · The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. · The employee will normally work in a temperature-controlled office environment, with frequent exposure to electronic office equipment. · During visits to areas of operations, may be exposed to extreme cold or hot weather conditions. Is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and loud noise. Chenega Corporation and family of companies is an EOE. Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity Native preference under PL 93-638. We participate in the E-Verify Employment Verification Program. **Minimum Qualifications:**(To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.) ·Bachelor's degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university, preferred.In lieu of a Bachelor’s degree four (4) years of documented management experience at Army battalion level or higher in the areas of Army transportation and supply may be substituted. ·Minimum two years (2) comprehensive knowledge of a variety of Army regulations related to the daily operations of an Army installation transportation motor pool and supply support operation. ·Minimum two years’ experience with task management responsibilities. **Job:** *Project Management* **Organization:** *Chenega Facilities Management* **Title:** *Project Manager-CFM* **Location:** *Missouri-Ft. Leonard Wood* **Requisition ID:** *1700001897*
          (USA-FL-Jacksonville) Supply Technician   
CHENEGA APPPLIED SOLUTIONS LLC. **Company Job Title:** Supply Technician **Clearance:** Background Check **Location:** Jacksonville, FL **Reports To:** Project Manager/Site Lead **FLSA Status:** Non-Exempt, Full Time, Regular Executive Order 13495, The Non-Displacement of Qualified Workers Under Service Contracts, provides first right of refusal to incumbents on contracts. If the position is accepted by the incumbent on the job, other applications/resumes of non-incumbents will not be reviewed. **Summary:**The Supply Technician uses established methods and approved procedures to perform technical supply services in support of the Navy FRCSE. **Essential Duties and Responsibilities:**(Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position) * Perform tracking of material and requests, establishing, prioritizing and upkeep of material records, establishing material requirements, delivery and storage of material received, data entry and maintenance of historical files. * Collect date to resolve procurement issues. * Process and track Depot Level Repairables (DLR), Commercial “Core Return” items and coordinate delivery of material received for equipment under repaired, rework and reassembly. * Track and coordinate material based on usage data. * Coordinate and manage Hazardous Material waste containers. * Interface with supply centers, store rooms and vendors. **Non-Essential Duties:**Other duties as assigned **Supervisory Responsibilities:**NONE **Minimum Qualifications:**(To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.) * High School graduate or equivalent. * 2 years of relevant work experience. **Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:** * Effective and efficient customer service skills. * Must posess a working knowledge of current governing supply systems, programs, policies, procedures, work methods, manuals and other established guidelines. * Good working knowledge of the inventory being supported. * Analytical ability to work with minimal supervision using the defined methods and receognize the range and scope of supply problems related to supporting commercial, organic and IMRL equipment. **Diversity:** * Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; Educates others on the value of diversity; Promotes a harassment-free environment; Builds a diverse workforce. **Ethics:** * Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values. **Physical Demands:** * The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. * While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision. **Work Environment :** * The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. * The employee will normally work in a temperature-controlled office environment, with frequent exposure to electronic office equipment. * During visits to areas of operations, may be exposed to extreme cold or hot weather conditions. Is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and loud noise. Chenega Corporation and family of companies is an EOE. Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity Native preference under PL 93-638. We participate in the E-Verify Employment Verification Program. **Minimum Qualifications:**(To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.) * High School graduate or equivalent. * 2 years of relevant work experience. **Job:** *Supply Operations* **Organization:** *Chenega Applied Solutions* **Title:** *Supply Technician* **Location:** *Florida-Jacksonville* **Requisition ID:** *1700001898*
          (USA-MO-Ft. Leonard Wood) Supply Supervisor   
CHENEGA FACILITES MANAGEMENT, LLC **Company Job Title:** Supply Supervisor **Clearance:** Background Check **Location:** Fort Leonard Wood, MO **Reports To:** Project Manager **FLSA Status:** Exempt, Full Time, Regular **Prepared Date:** 06-29-2017 **Approved Date:** 06-29-2017 **Summary:**TheSupply Supervisorwill oversee the Supply Support Activity (SSA) with responsibility for all storage and warehouse operations under this effort. **Essential Duties and Responsibilities:**(Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position) · Provides oversight and guidance for both the Clothing Initial Issue Point and Central Issue Facility operations. · Oversee functional areas of the warehouse to include stock control, receiving, issue, turn-in, shipping, storage, material management, stock readiness, central receiving point. · Collaborate with Project Manager with all warehouse related issues, or issues that may impact customer support. · Plans and directs personnel and required resources for day to day mission support. · Performs analysis of warehouse performance standards to measure warehouse effectiveness and determine methods to increase overall warehouse management efficiencies. **Non-Essential Duties:** · Other duties as assigned **Supervisory Responsibilities:** · Assigned personnel **Minimum Qualifications:**(To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.) · Bachelor’s degree in related field or a minimum of four (4) years’ experience in lieu of education. · Minimum seven (7) years of documented supervisory experience. **Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:** · Comprehensive knowledge of governing regulations, policies, and procedures. · Must have a comprehensive knowledge of the installation’s supply and equipment management processes, related regulations and is required to ensure effective accountability of all assigned property. · Knowledge of analytical techniques and causative research skills to identify areas of needed emphasis to recommend improvements. · Must possess operational skill and knowledge of the automated supply systems utilized. · Must possess the appropriate verbal and written communications skills to conduct meetings, execute plans, prepare reports, plans, and working instructions. · Comprehensive knowledge of governing regulations, policies, procedures and instructions in supply management. · Must possess operational skill and knowledge of the automated supply systems utilized. · Comprehensive knowledge on DA Form 3708 (Personal Clothing Record). · Must have knowledge with Radio- Frequency Identification (RFID) tagging system. · Comprehensive knowledge of AR 710-2 (Supply Policy Below National Level. · Have 92A or 92Y experience preferred.(92A/92A are Army jobs. 92A is Automatic Logistics Specialist, 92Y is Unit Supply). **Diversity:** · Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; Educates others on the value of diversity; Promotes a harassment-free environment; Builds a diverse workforce. **Ethics:** · Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values. **Physical Demands:** · The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. · While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision. **Work Environment:** · The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. · The employee will normally work in a temperature-controlled office environment, with frequent exposure to electronic office equipment. · During visits to areas of operations, may be exposed to extreme cold or hot weather conditions. Is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and loud noise. Chenega Corporation and family of companies is an EOE. Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity Native preference under PL 93-638. We participate in the E-Verify Employment Verification Program. **Minimum Qualifications:**(To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.) ·Bachelor’s degree in related field or a minimum of four (4) years’ experience in lieu of education. ·Minimum seven (7) years of documented supervisory experience. **Job:** *Project Management* **Organization:** *Chenega Facilities Management* **Title:** *Supply Supervisor* **Location:** *Missouri-Ft. Leonard Wood* **Requisition ID:** *1700001908*
          (USA-MO-Ft. Leonard Wood) Ammunition Supply Supervisor   
CHENEGA FACILITES MANAGEMENT, LLC **Company Job Title:** Ammunition Supply Supervisor **Clearance:** Background Check **Location:** Fort Leonard Wood, MO **Reports To:** Project Manager **FLSA Status:** Exempt, Full Time, Regular **Prepared Date:** 06-29-2017 **Approved Date:** 06-29-2017 **Summary:** TheAmmunitionSupply Supervisorwillbe responsible for all Ammunition Supply Point (ASP) operations under this effort. **Essential Duties and Responsibilities:**(Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position) · Performs receipt, storage, and issue functions for ammunition, ammunition components, and ammunition related materiel, and the associated functions to include but not limited to safety, inspections, stock accounting, requisitioning, stock control, warehousing, salvage, inventory, customer turn-in, packaging and shipment, blocking and bracing, policing and securing magazines, fire mitigation and fire prevention, routine maintenance of real property, demilitarization (DEMIL) of selected ammunition residue, components, and inert and dummy ammunition items. · Oversee functional areas of the warehouse to include stock control, receiving, issue, turn-in, shipping, storage, material management, stock readiness, central receiving point. · Will brief Project Manager of all warehouse related issues and or issues that may impact customer support. · Sets work priorities and resolves problems associated with operations. · Instructs subordinates in safety matters; ensures that safe work practices are followed, and regular inspections are performed. · Interfaces with the Government appointed Contracting Officer Representative (COR). · Performs analysis of warehouse performance standards to measure warehouse effectiveness and determine methods to increase overall warehouse management efficiencies. **Non-Essential Duties:** · Other duties as assigned **Supervisory Responsibilities:** · Assigned personnel **Minimum Qualifications:**(To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.) · Bachelor’s degree in related field or a minimum of four (4) years’ experience in lieu of education. · Minimum seven (7) years of documented supervisory experience. · 89B Ammunition specialist or 92Y Unit Supply preferred **Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:** · Comprehensive knowledge of governing regulations, policies, procedures and instructions in supply/ASP management. · Must have a comprehensive knowledge of the applicable supply and equipment management processes, related regulations and is required to ensure effective accountability of all assigned property. · Thorough knowledge of analytical techniques and causative research skills to identify areas of needed emphasis to recommend improvements. · Must possess operational skill and knowledge of the automated systems utilized. **Diversity:** · Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; Educates others on the value of diversity; Promotes a harassment-free environment; Builds a diverse workforce. **Ethics:** · Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values. **Physical Demands:** · The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. · While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision. **Work Environment:** · The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. · The employee will normally work in a temperature-controlled office environment, with frequent exposure to electronic office equipment. · During visits to areas of operations, may be exposed to extreme cold or hot weather conditions. Is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and loud noise. Chenega Corporation and family of companies is an EOE. Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity Native preference under PL 93-638. We participate in the E-Verify Employment Verification Program. **Minimum Qualifications:**(To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.) ·Bachelor’s degree in related field or a minimum of four (4) years’ experience in lieu of education. ·Minimum seven (7) years of documented supervisory experience. ·89B Ammunition specialist or 92Y Unit Supply preferred **Job:** *Project Management* **Organization:** *Chenega Facilities Management* **Title:** *Ammunition Supply Supervisor* **Location:** *Missouri-Ft. Leonard Wood* **Requisition ID:** *1700001909*
          (USA-GA-Atlanta) Maintenance Mechanic   
Requisition Number 17-0241 Post Date 6/30/2017 Title Maintenance Mechanic City Atlanta State GA Description GGP has an immediate need for a Maintenance Mechanic at Cumberland Mall in Atlanta, GA. GGP has been in the shopping center business for more than 50 years blending innovation, tradition and reputation to create some of the country’s top shopping centers. As employees we are collaborative, creative, self starters who aim to positively impact the shopping experience for our customer everyday. A career with GGP is your chance to embark on a rewarding journey into the retail real estate industry! Position Summary: Under the direction of Management the employee will perform a wide variety of maintenance functions required to maintain the physical plant of the shopping center. Responsibilities include the following: + Installing, troubleshooting, repairing and maintaining various building systems + Operates walk behind and ride on scrubbers + Operating hi-lifts, trash compactors, freight lift and trucks + Repairing, modifying and moving retail merchandising units + Assisting with the removal of snow and ice by vehicle and/or by hand + Performing minor roof, floor and plumbing repairs + Repairing minor concrete and blacktop repairs + Drywall installation, finishing, painting and repairs + Assisting with maintaining inventory records + Any other work that may be requested of the maintenance department including maintenance of HVAC equipment + Some shift work and shared on-call emergency response is required + Other duties as assigned Requirements Qualifications include the following: + High School degree + 3 Years in related field + 2 years Tech School Grad. or Certificate + Valid Driver’s License, if applicable + The employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts, high precarious places, fumes or airborne particles, toxic chemicals, and outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. + The employee is occasionally required to sit, bend, climb, balance, smell and walk. The employee must regularly move up to 25lbs, frequently lift and or move up to 50lbs, and occasionally lift and or move 100lbs. GGP is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Please view Equal Employment Opportunity Posters provided by OFCCP here.
          Lipid transfers to HDL are diminished in long-term bedridden patients: association with low HDL-cholesterol and increased inflammatory markers.   
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Lipid transfers to HDL are diminished in long-term bedridden patients: association with low HDL-cholesterol and increased inflammatory markers.

Lipids. 2017 Jun 28;:

Authors: de Oliveira WPC, Tavoni TM, Freitas FR, Silva BMO, Maranhão RC

Abstract
Plasma lipids have been extensively studied in sedentary and in subjects practicing exercise training, but not in extreme inactivity as occurs in bedridden patients. This is important for the care of bedridden patients and understanding the overall plasma lipid regulation. Here, we investigated plasma lipids, lipid transfers to HDL and inflammatory markers in bedridden patients. Fasting blood samples were collected from 23 clinically stable bedridden patients under long-term care (>90 days) and 26 normolipidemic sedentary subjects, paired for age and gender. In vitro transfer of four lipids to HDL was performed by incubating plasma with donor nanoparticles containing radioactive lipids. Total (193 ± 36 vs 160 ± 43, p = 0.005), LDL (124 ± 3 vs 96 ± 33 p = 0.003) and HDL-cholesterol (45 ± 10 vs 36 ± 13, p = 0.008), apolipoprotein A-I (134 ± 20 vs 111 ± 24, p = 0.001) and oxidized LDL (53 ± 13 vs 43 ± 12, p = 0.011) were lower in bedridden patients, whereas triglycerides, apolipoprotein B, CETP and LCAT were equal in both groups. Transfers of all lipids, namely unesterified cholesterol, cholesterol esters, triglycerides and phospholipids, to HDL were lower in bedridden patients, probably due to their lower HDL-cholesterol levels. Concentrations of IL-1β, IL-6, IL-8, HGF and NGF were higher in bedridden patients compared to sedentary subjects. In conclusion, inactivity had great impact on HDL, by lowering HDL-cholesterol, apolipoprotein A-I and thereby cholesterol transfers to the lipoprotein, which suggests that inactivity may deteriorate HDL protection beyond the ordinary sedentary condition.

PMID: 28660528 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]


          6mm Small Paper Fuel Filter   
6mm Small Paper Fuel Filter

Paper filters trap the finest particles.  Best to run a in line filter on all moped, scooters, motorcycles, atv's, quads, etc.  Catch debris from entering your carburetor and save yourself from a bad day.


Height:55mm
Fuel Barb:5mm
Price: $2.50


          Today’s Apps Gone Free: Super Happy Fun Block, Uzu, Mars Information and More   

Help Ball save what’s left of humanity, play with particles, and learn about the Red Planet with today’s collection of apps and games.

All app prices are subject to change at any time and without notice regardless of stated free duration. Price changes are solely under the control of the developers.

Universal:

Uzu – A Generative Design Playground ($1.99 → Free, 6.9 MB): Play with particles in Uzu. Anyone in need of a way to wind down.

Uzu is the generative art app that started it all. Particles swirl freely around the screen. You’re able to manipulate them with a variety of gestures. Each finger placed on the screen causes the particles to do something unique, so just experiment and enjoy. The app includes 21 animation modes, 55 presets, and the ability to create and save your own presets.

Uzu – A Generative Design Playground is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4-star rating with a total of 3508 ratings.

Cribbage HD ($3.99 → Free, 85.5 MB): A digital version of Cribbage from the same team that brought you Hearts Tournament, Spite and Malice, and Gin Rummy. Those who want to play Cribbage anytime, anywhere.

New to Cribbage? No problem. Cribbage HD helps you every single step of the way. You’re able to use hints to develop your skills and learn new strategies. If you’re unsure how a hand is scored, simply tap the “Explain” button for a breakdown. When you’ve mastered the basics you can take your skills online, compete locally against a friend, or challenge the AI. The game also includes voice chat, and the ability to personalize the cards.

Cribbage HD is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4.5-star rating with a total of 5228 ratings.

Mars Information: the Red Planet atlas ($2.99 → Free, 28.5 MB): Explore the Red Planet with Mars Information. Anyone interested in space.

Mars Information allows you to explore the Red Planet however you like. It includes five map types to choose from: Viking Orbiter MDIM 2.1, GMM-3 MOLA Topography, GMM-3 Free-Air Mars Gravity, GMM-3 Bouguer Mars Gravity, and GMM-3 Crustal Mars Thickness. From there you can freely rotate, tilt, and zoom in on the globe. The app includes 80 pinpoints that will help you identify volcanoes, craters, mountains, and spacecraft.

Mars Information: the Red Planet atlas is available for free for a limited time. It has a 5-star rating with a total of 8 ratings.

Norton WiFi Privacy VPN ($1.99 → Free, 44.6 MB): Keep your information safe from hackers and other evildoers with Norton WiFi Privacy VPN. Anyone not on a secure connection.

Norton WiFi Privacy VPN ensures that when you’re online in public, everything is kept private. It offers bank-grade Wi-Fi security encryption, so even if you’re on a public hotspot or an unsecured connection, you will be safe checking your email or paying your bills. Norton WiFi Privacy VPN also keeps your browsing history anonymous and automatically blocks ad trackers. You can even tap into VPN servers located in your home country in order to surf the web without any restrictions when traveling abroad.

Norton WiFi Privacy VPN is available for free today only (06/30). It has a 2-star rating with a total of 570 ratings.

Super Happy Fun Block ($0.99 → Free, 83.0 MB): Help Ball save what remains of humanity in Super Happy Fun Block. Gamers who enjoy puzzle-platformers.

Super Happy Fun Block makes the end of the world rather entertaining. Ball’s world was turned upside down when vibrant alien blocks fell from the sky. Help him save what’s left by maneuvering obstacles, uncovering secrets, and outsmarting the alien blocks. The precise controls allow you to run and jump with ease. You’ll also have to drag blocks around in order to reach new places, and change the color of the world to clear whatever hurdles remain.

Super Happy Fun Block is available for free for a limited time. It has a 5-star rating with a total of 36 ratings.

Neon Poly – Shape Puzzle Game ($1.99 → Free, 83.6 MB): Create and clear lines of shapes in Neon Poly. Fans of puzzle games.

Neon Poly is easy to learn but difficult to master. You’re able to choose from three types of game boards: Square, Hexagon, and Triangle. Each board includes three sizes to choose from. The board starts off as your blank canvas, and you must drag and drop shapes onto it in order to create completed rows and columns. The shapes can be rotated, but once they’re put in their place, they can not be moved unless they’re cleared. Power-ups are available in case things get chaotic.

Neon Poly – Shape Puzzle Game is available for free for a limited time. It has a 5-star rating with a total of 9 ratings.

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          Formation of Au Nanoparticles at the Counter Electrode During the Oscillatory Oxidation of Methionine on a Gold Electrode   

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The Journal of Physical Chemistry C
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b04666

          IrO2–ZnO Hybrid Nanoparticles as Highly Efficient Trifunctional Electrocatalysts   

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The Journal of Physical Chemistry C
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b03844

          3 considerations while selecting modern outdoor furniture   
Everyone in the world loves to be in the presence of nature. What makes the experience even greater is outdoor furniture. There is nothing better than laying in the shade on a comfy outdoor couch enjoying the breeze. When you are shopping for modern outdoor furniture, you have to do so with care.   There are only 3 essential factors that you will need to keep in mind while selecting your modern outdoor furniture:   1.                  Quality - When looking for quality modern outdoor furniture, the aesthetics as well as the fabric are very important. You want outdoor furniture that will fit and complement your backyard. Outdoor furniture can be made out of three separate forms; teak, wicker or metal. Teak delivers a traditional British garden look.   2.                  Comfort - Comfort is the real reason why you are getting outdoor furniture. If you are getting some form of dining arrangement, this is how the arrangement should look:   The chairs must match the table height wise.   Make sure there is leg space under the table.   The cushions need to fit the chairs properly.   3.                  Maintenance - If you don't select the right material, the maintenance can get quite time-consuming. Because of this, you will need to keep limitation of time in your mind. Here is a basis of how you would clean each form of material:   Aluminum pieces will be washed in lukewarm soap water. You can wash modern wicker outdoor furniture with water to remove airborne dust particles. Soap must be applied very infrequently. Teak must be sanded and applied teak oil (once a year) in order to preserve the golden-brown color. Unfinished teak can weather away to a silver-gray shade even though it cannot be harmed by rain. In order to prevent rusting, steel and wrought iron must be painted. To prevent the furniture from being drenched in the rain or morning mist, you can simply cover the furniture when not in use.
          Approach to Fabricating a Compact Gold Nanoparticle Film with the Assistance of a Surfactant   

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Langmuir
DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.7b00255

          The Tearoom as a record of risky business   


WARNING: This post spoils what happens in The Tearoom. If you care about that, you should probably play the game before reading any further.

The Tearoom is a historical public bathroom simulator about anxiety, police surveillance, and sucking off other dudes' guns. In it, you basically cruise other willing strangers for sex, and try to have some fun without getting caught by undercover police. It's heavily inspired by Laud Humphreys' epic Tearoom Trade (1970), a meticulous 180 page sociological study of men who have quick anonymous sex with men in public bathrooms ("tearooms" in US, "cottages" in UK), along with interviews, diagrams, and derived "rules" for participating in the tearoom trade.

My game is set in a small roadside public bathroom in Ohio in 1962. Much of the game sequences and gameplay are based on Humphreys' notes (in his book, Humphreys even calls it a "game" himself) and the layout of the bathroom is based partly on diagrams from his observation reports. And while I wanted the game to be about gay history, I also wanted it to speak to how video games think of sex and violence.

This is also the most complicated sex game I've ever made. It took me ~8-9 months of on-and-off work to finish it, it has several different systems going on, so it's going to take a while to unpack the history and my intent. Buckle up!...


Few video games feature peeing or pooping, but still frequently feature bathrooms for the sake of completeness. To make the bathroom "useful", level designers often stash powerups or ventilation ducts or forgotten keycards in them, but those are all secondary to the bathroom's ultimate function in a video game: to signal expense and production value. In immersive sims like Deus Ex Human Revolution or Prey (2017), the player can turn on showers and flush toilets, and each fixture sports a complex effects setup with swirling particles and refracting water shaders. This "wasteful" use of draw calls and texture memory helps assure you of the game's high budget and huge production team. (For more on the expense of video game water, see Pippin Barr's water museum "v r 3".)

In The Tearoom, I replicate the logic of the pointless expensive video game bathroom. I gratuitously cover every surface with high resolution physically-based materials, apply layers of dirt and grunge decals, lightmap the room at a high luxel density, and incorporate unique period details like vintage light switches and old faucets. I also hand-modeled the Cadillac of urinals, a luxurious drop-floor "Hinsdale", scaled to the original patent drawings... I even do one better than most AAA video games, and allow the player to freely urinate as much as they like. (However, the urine does pool rather unrealistically, to exaggerate the complexity of my flushing simulation.)

Just as video game bathrooms don't serve any crucial gameplay purpose, my urination system serves no real gameplay purpose. This pointlessness evokes the logic of cruising the tearoom for sex: you aren't there to pee, but rather you're there to pretend to pee. The bathroom and the pee are a pretext to provide plausible deniability, and "immerse" tearoom players together.


In his research, Humphreys talks about "interaction membranes" -- in game design, we have a similar concept called "the magic circle". Whatever you call it, it's some sort of loose boundary between players and non-players; players are inside the circle or membrane, while non-players are outside of it. This space of consent is crucial for play. Chasing a fellow player inside a game of tag is expected, while chasing a random bystander outside on the street could be harassment.

Inside the magic membrane of the tearoom, there were big risks to propositioning the wrong guy for sex, whether he's totally unwitting or actively hostile. It was very important to figure out who thought it was just a bathroom vs. who knew it was a tearoom. To help players see each other, tearooms evolved a complex ritual / "handshake" of certain stances and eye contact and "showing hard" over time, allowing players to wordlessly "seal the contract" (sexual consent) quickly and effectively.

In my game, I mimic this same look-based ritual for the first phase of every encounter. To establish shared sexual interest, the player and NPC must repeatedly make eye contact. If the player is slow, the NPC coughs to try to get the player's attention; if the player never reciprocates the gaze, then the NPC eventually leaves. Some NPCs are totally oblivious bystanders who will leave right after they pee, while some timid NPCs scare easily from forceful eye contact.

This segment was hard to design because decades of male heterosexual hegemony have trained gamers into thinking of "looking" as a "free" action, with few consequences or results. After several mildly disastrous playtests, I noticed players still weren't understanding that looking has power to it, so in the end I had to implement some really obvious iconography and prompting. I literally had to add flashing "eye" icons everywhere to try to get the idea of "gaze" across. Some players still don't get it, but I think I want to stop short of a big flashing text bubble "LOOK AT HIS FUCKING DICK OK??"

Then finally, when shared sexual consent is established though repeated eye contact, gestures, and pregnant pauses, the NPC will walk over and the player will automatically get down on their knees to orally service the NPC.


This is the part of the game when you suck-off a gun as quickly as possible, which, um, departs a bit from Humphreys' 1970 sociological study. My design emerged from a difficult problem: how do you give first person fellatio in a game? As an experienced real-life practitioner, it is my opinion that video games can't do this justice because a blurry appendage thrusting toward you, clipping through the camera, is not erotic, and such a literal approach would've been inscrutable and disappointing. Instead, I wanted a bit more of the fantasy, to show the excitement and pleasure and why these men would seek each other out in a public bathroom.

So in this game, you service a fellow gun owner's "gun" from the side, thus maintaining a clear readable silhouette. If the gun is flaccid, you're clearly not doing enough, but if it's twitching upward then you know it likes it. The basic licking mechanic is pretty simple: you point your tongue at a randomly selected "sweet spot" on the gun, then rapidly click / wiggle your mouse to satisfy that sweet spot. You must repeat it anywhere from 6 rounds (M1879 Reichsrevolver) to 50 rounds (M249 "SAW" LMG). As you fill it with ammunition, the gun surface gradually transitions from a fleshy biomechanical "Cronenberg" texture to a "sexy" gunmetal finish. Then upon climax, the gun empties its blanks into the air, unavoidably bathing your face with milky gun oil.

"What if this gun is my penis" is a pretty obvious metaphor, but it helped me ensure a variety of shapes to orally service. You could say gun culture is somewhat body-positive -- there is relatively little size-shaming around unique pistol designs (e.g. a Mauser C96) or unique concepts (e.g. the trendy "Obrez"), a gun can be "cool" for a myriad of reasons. Take that, size queens! More importantly, guns also help me escalate my resistance against Twitch's draconian game-banning policies because guns are clearly not penises. Therefore, there is no basis for Twitch to ban my game, like it banned the rest of my games -- however, if they still ban my game, then it will be the first time in history that the game industry regulates and bans a game about guns.


As usual, I'm interested mostly in the political implications. The game industry is a huge driver of gun culture, pushing specific gun brands and gunmetal shader aesthetics. I want to compare these gun politics of visibility to bathroom politics of visibility. There is a breathtaking disconnect between advocates of "open carry", who insist they're not intimidating the public when they brandish AR-15 type rifles in playgrounds -- and their same support for anti-trans bathroom laws like HB2, which operate by a more hypothetical line of sight, where a hypothetical woman might faint from catching a brief glimpse of a penis through the slits of a bathroom stall. If only trans people could fire a hundred bullets per second with their genitals -- then maybe they could finally enjoy the same freedoms that guns do?

But what is the LGBTQ community's relationship to violence? Historically, cops have been perhaps the #1 most dangerous enemy of gay / trans / queer people for decades, and continue to target gay people today: in 2016, the Toronto Police started "Project Marie" to target gay men who cruised parks late at night; and since at least 2004 and continuing today, the NYPD have been targeting men at the Port Authority who "seem gay", spying on them through slits in bathroom stalls and charging them with "public indecency." (Isn't going to the Port Authority already punishment enough?)

However, my game specifically cites one notorious 1962 police entrapment operation in Mansfield, Ohio: in July and August of 1962, the Mansfield police installed a two-way mirror in a public men's bathroom, and did a two month stake-out to record everyone in the bathroom. At the end of the summer, they convicted 38 men on charges of sodomy with a mandatory minimum one year prison sentence. William E. Jones' haunting "found documentary" Tearoom (2007) consists of the original 1962 police surveillance footage, minimally edited, so you can see just how fucked-up these cops were: watch two scared dudes barely manage to rub themselves out -- and as the camera repeatedly pans down to their crotches, you can practically hear the cop behind the camera salivating over how he's going to ruin their lives.



If you watch Jones' film, you may notice the men are surprisingly diverse -- poor, middle-class, white, black, young, old -- but the one thing that is the same is their behavior. They are always nervously watching the door, worried that someone might see them. The instant they hear someone else outside, they must be ready to zip-up and pretend nothing was happening.

This is also why the Mansfield Police Dept's morality crusade against tearoom trade made no sense. Supposedly these "sexual deviates" were degrading the town's fine moral fiber -- but how, who, where, and when? There were no damages and the tearoom players stopped whatever they were doing if anyone walked in; children and teenagers were specifically despised and shunned as "chicken." Humphreys argued convincingly that there was also little threat to abstaining straight men here: if you don't want sex and don't reciprocate signals, then no one will bother you. So where exactly is the crime here, other than some clandestine scratch and sniff?

Is a public bathroom a 100% totally public space? If you're being honest, then no, it's not exactly like a public plaza or a sidewalk. Bathrooms also have enclosures and stalls and an expectation of privacy, they are a sort of public-private space. But what kind of public, and whose privates?

The Mansfield police had to figure out how to jail people for having "public sex" that wasn't actually in public view. If a tree falls in the woods and no one's there to hear it, then can you prosecute the tree for sodomy? To make this invisible subtext visible, the Mansfield police secretly recorded the public bathroom for 2 months and basically made one of the first full-color gay porn films in history. The ending sequence of this game, triggered by either acquiring all 8 guns or getting arrested 8 times, reveals a similar cop surveillance setup with a two-way mirror.

Thankfully, no other US police department went to such creepy lengths to prosecute men for having consensual sex with men, but many departments did deploy undercover plain-clothes officers to actively solicit and entrap men. (Most famously, in the case of singer George Michael in 1998.)

Thus, each NPC in this game has a 23% chance of being an undercover cop. As in my previous game Stick Shift, I specifically used a relevant statistic from a 2015 study of anti-LGBT violence: of LGBT people who've survived abuse or violence from a stranger, police officers were 23% of the perpetrators. I like the gesture of imbuing politics within the game code itself, and I like how it plays out in the game balance: 23% chance sometimes feels a bit too frequent in the game... as it should.


When the game code spawns a cop, that guy's personality is set to 100% horniness. He will quickly enter sex with you with minimal eye contact or ritual. He wants to trap you. My hope is that some players notice that cops are always horny, and begin to grow suspicious of horny non-cops as well. Should you be worried if someone seems too friendly, too eager? Will they report you, are they a cop? This is how surveillance destroys trust between people.

Cops also have other "tells": they are never nervous and they will never look behind their backs. Also, outside the window, a shadowy cop car will slowly roll-up and watch you. If you manage to notice these cues early on, then you should probably ignore the cop until he leaves. But if you don't catch any of those tells, and obliviously complete the eye contact stage only to realize everything too late, then your only choice is to quit the game.

I'm fascinated by meta-mechanics like save scumming, a strategy where players reload their save-game if they get bad results. Get a bad dice roll? Reload the game and roll again! If it's allowed by the game, then isn't it part of the game? And if the game saves automatically, then maybe you can quit without saving by pressing Alt-F4 in time, or set your save file as read-only, and get a second chance anyway. (This is also similar to how we consume porn around parents or employers, desperately closing a browser tab to avoid detection... But don't kid yourself, your mom knows everything.)

I like the idea that quitting the game is part of the game. Instead of rage quit, maybe this is like a fear quit? I also try to encourage game-quitting by adding a literal exit door inside the game world. But after some playtests, it was clear that some (innocent, honorable) players still didn't realize they could quit the game to avoid getting caught, so in the end, I had to add a straightforward tutorial message: "if you see the cops, then leave the game."

However if you don't manage to escape in time, then you get arrested, either before or after you begin servicing the undercover cop. Upon arrest, sirens blare and a uniformed officer spawns to stand in the doorway to block any escape -- and the cops delete all your game progress. (For example, if you managed to fellate 5 of 8 possible guns, then you lose your gun collection, and have to start over from 0.)


Given the possibility of losing everything in an instant, I hope my players feel anxious about cops -- to evoke a shred of the same stakes that the real-life tearoom players lived with, and the stakes that many people still live with today. And in 2017, if you make a game with cops in it, then you probably have to address race somehow.

In the game, the random percentage chance of encountering a black man is based on 1960 US census data. According to page 1-44 of "General Demographic Trends for Metropolitan Areas, 1960-1970", Mansfield was about 5.82% black (6853 / 117761) and so, I have hardcoded that exact probability into the game. That relatively rarity means that some players may play through 5-10 encounters before meeting a black man, and when they do, I imagine white players may feel surprised -- and then maybe feel bad for feeling surprised -- and then wonder whether he's secretly a cop -- but then were there any black cops in Ohio in 1962? etc.

And if we're talking about historical bathroom politics, then we also have to acknowledge racial segregation. In Ohio and many other US states, racial segregation was still legal as late as 1959, and of course likely continued informally afterward. This history bleeds into Humphreys' 1970 study when he quotes a white police officer, who warns Humphreys (who is white) against cruising a certain bathroom because of "trouble with the [n*ggers]" there, implying there would be a heavier police presence and response at that bathroom.

Race and sexuality and bathrooms still converge today. In one case from 2007, white Republican politician Bob Allen was arrested and convicted for soliciting sex from an undercover police officer in a public bathroom in a park. Allen offered to pay $20 to let him give the undercover cop a blowjob -- but in court, he claimed he did it only because he was afraid the cop (who was black) intended to rob him. In her amazing book "Not Gay - Sex Between Straight White Men" (2015), scholar Jane Ward understands Allen within a long history of straight white dudes routinely having sex with each other, and that Allen's supposed crime was not in soliciting a man for sex, but rather in soliciting a black man for sex. When Allen crossed some sort of weird imagined racial-sex line to desire a black man, it signaled that he was so deeply gay that it overwhelmed his sense of racism, breaking the ranks of "white solidarity". (Again, recall the white cop warning Humphreys to stay away from a black tearoom.)

If Allen had solicited a white guy, maybe he still could've argued he was straight, as many tearoom players did. Humphreys wrote about this surprisingly high proportion of straight men, even (controversially) following some men home from the tearoom, and interviewing them about their lives to confirm that they actually lived a "straight life". Turns out they weren't closet-case gay men in denial, they were just straight men who liked having sex with men (MSM) and tearooms were convenient for them. (Today, maybe some of these men would identify as bisexual or queer?)


In her book, Ward also wants us to consider why some straight men seem to co-opt gay sex as "experiments", "hazing rituals", "jokes", and "bromances." When the Hells Angels makeout or heterosexual soldiers anally penetrate each other for shits and giggles, they present their straightness as totally unassailable, and trivialize gay sex as non-sexual or amusingly humiliating. They argue that having sex with men is "not gay" because only straight sex is "real sex", so therefore gay sex is basically masturbation or a prank. Personally, this attitude disturbs me, because it comes off as a homophobic performance of homoeroticism, which is a tone that some asshole YouTubers regularly perform when they play and profit off my games.

And that is also why the dicks in this game can be guns: many of these men don't think tearoom sex qualifies as real sex. These penises might as well be guns for all they care, they're just appreciating each others' equipment and masculinity, and helping each other out with their "not gay" urges -- and sometimes even while hating gay people?

The imagined end point of this theory is a catastrophic gay sex apocalypse, a fateful day when straight men will have completely co-opted gay sex acts to enrich their own heteromasculinity. Meanwhile, gay men will be stuck with boring straight male stuff like government-sanctioned marriage and cargo shorts. Cargo shorts!!!

I mean, ok, honestly, I haven't met all these millions of straight men who love gay sex, and I'm trusting all these researchers' words. I think I definitely agree with Ward's larger political point -- gay sex, especially in quasi-public or semi-private places, helps reify and build gay culture. The point of the tearoom comes down to this: when and where are gay people allowed to do our gay shit?!

If the police are going to raid and shutdown all our gay bathhouses or gay bars or gay theaters, fine, then maybe gay people should just do gay shit everywhere, all the time! Because without gay places and a gay geography, there can be no gay community. So maybe one answer is to project our gayness everywhere, and remap the entire city to our needs. Why stop at just one gay bar, when the entire city could be like a gay bar? (If you want to know more about this, I highly recommend reading Samuel Delany's "Times Square Red, Times Square Blue")

The tearoom represents an exciting and radical reclamation of public space, for members of the public who usually aren't allowed any space of their own. Humphreys used the phrase "patterns of collective action" to refer to these dudes bonking each other, but to me that phrase also has a political tinge that reminds us how the tearoom is / was also a collective of white and black men, working class and middle class men, and straight and gay men... uh, bonking each other.

But if there's any simple moral to be gleaned from this game, I just hope you never look at a bathroom, or park, or office, or shopping mall, etc. the same way ever again. Above all, the tearoom is about transforming the world around you by seeing (creative, erotic) potential in every corner and crevice. Even if you're not a sex-with-men-haver, how can you remap your world to strengthen your community? All you need is some willing players.

Maybe the tearoom is just the beginning.


This post is already way too long, so I'm just going to stick some loose ends down here:

BLADDERS / URINE: because of all the different combinations and modularity (4 different NPC types, with 8 different guns, and 1 player) the urine system has a strange structure -- every urinal is in charge of peeing into itself. A urinal does not care who is telling it to pee into itself, it could be the player or an NPC, using any kind of gun. I know some of my fans will no doubt be disappointed that this isn't a piss / water sports game, but I feel like the only place I could never set such a game is precisely in a bathroom.

MUSIC: four tracks by The Lonesome Billies. In general, I had trouble finding a country band that wanted to be associated with my weird gay sex games (which felt annoying and borderline homophobic to me, but whatever) so I'm thankful that this band was OK with my use of their music. I feel that country music is pretty underrepresented in video games, and I thought they were a good fit because they evoke a sort of Merle Haggard / Johnny Cash "outlaw country" 1970s honky tonk sound that has some rural working class roots (unlike 2015-era "bro country") while also feeling a little pop and punk. I guess it gives this a vaguely "Brokeback" vibe or something.

STALLS: I originally had a mechanic where you could run into a stall and hide whenever you wanted, or dudes would walk in while you were still sitting in the stall. It generated really cool moments where you could look though the gaps in the stall partitions and see a guy walking in. Unfortunately, it confused a lot of playtesters, who either didn't understand that the stall was a sort of "trophy room" where you see your gun collection, or they expected too much and hoped the guy would come into the stall with them. Because I'm only one developer and this project was already taking way too long, I had to limit my gameplay to just fellatio in front of the urinal, but I prefer that focus and vulnerability.

ANACHRONISM: while I like stressing how historical this game is, there's also some places where I really just didn't care about historical consistency... the 2000s-era modern police car, the eclectic choice of guns (I didn't even know they made AK-12s!), the modern surveillance camera revealed at the end. If I had to discern some meaning from it, I'd say I wanted to emphasize how a lot of the forces of control and violence from 1962 are still at work, and now they're maybe even stronger in 2017.

VIRTUAL REALITY: I didn't have time to design, implement, and test VR functionality in this first release. Motion controls and the lack of camera control mean I will have to re-design many of my interfaces and gameplay cues. I definitely want to do it, but maybe I'll just have to do it later, hopefully in a Radiator 3 release at the end of this year.

Thanks for reading. Again, you can download and play the game over here. It's an Itch.io timed exclusive!
          Sortase-Mediated Ligation as a Modular Approach for the Covalent Attachment of Proteins to the Exterior of the Bacteriophage P22 Virus-like Particle   

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Bioconjugate Chemistry
DOI: 10.1021/acs.bioconjchem.7b00296

          Comment on 14 Productivity & Happiness Blogs to Read This Year by RichardBut   
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          A High Resolution Study of Dynamic Changes of Ce2O3 and CeO2 Nanoparticles in Complex Environmental Media   

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Environmental Science & Technology
DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.7b01130

          And YHWH Remembered Hannah: Reflections on 1 Samuel   
MY CONTEXT
A preacher does not usually give a sermon from 1 Samuel. This is common in much of evangelicalism, and it is certainly an experience I share. The Old Testament is generally set aside in favor of the New Testament, in the same way that one trades in a jalopy for a modern sports car. However, the most gripping element of this text is the reference to a “nazarite” in v11; my mind immediately returned to the story of Samson and the concept of being set apart. Because of this, I feel like I have always missed the centrality of Hannah who, in some sense, is the one who is set apart from the beginning and she is the one who sets Samuel apart. Because of the centrality of Samuel’s mother Hannah to this chapter (and the beginning narrative as a whole), I feel that the chapter is far more sensitive towards women than I previously imagined when I first read it.

CO-TEXT
My former film professor would always stress to use that the first ten minutes of the film were always the most important. It has to hook the audience in and give sufficient reason to justify the remainder of the film. I sense that this integrates quite well with 1 Samuel 1. For instance, we sense that Hannah is the underdog, beloved by her husband, but barren and at the mercy of her husband’s other wife. The themes of promise and fulfillment are present, as Hannah makes a pledge to God for a son, and God remembers her and fulfills her promise.
A larger theme is Divine Remembrance, as God remembered Noah (8:1), Abraham (19:29), Rachel (30:22), and many other patriarchs and matriarchs. Another potential theme is that Hannah seems to be consistently misunderstood, by both her husband Elkanah (v8, “am I not more to you than ten sons?”) and the priest Eli who chastises her as a drunk (v.14). The trajectory of the narrative pushes us toward Samuel, but through the witness of his mother. We, of course, sense the parallel with Samson who was a Narazite (Number 6; Judges 13:5-7), though we are uncertain about the future of the potential son of Hannah, for Samson’s tale ultimately ended in violence and death. Will Samuel share in Samson’s fate? However, for the purpose of this chapter, both Hannah and God are at center stage among many participants, co-texts, and players.

TEXT AND OBSERVATIONS
1Sam. 1:1 There was a certain man of Ramathaim, a Zuphite from the hill country of Ephraim, whose name was Elkanah son of Jeroham son of Elihu son of Tohu son of Zuph, an Ephraimite. 2 He had two wives; the name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children.

Culturally, Elkanah’s having two wives does not seem to warrant special attention from an ethical standpoint. What is interesting, however, is the instruction found in Deuteronomy 21. Elkanah was apparently not dissatisfied with Hannah not being able to conceive, for the Torah stated that if he were unsatisfied, he could release her (though he could not sell her or treat her as a slave, v14). The lineage is interesting, as Jeroham is a name mentioned all throughout 1 Chronicles. What is most fascinating is Deuteronomy 21:15-16’s brief instruction to a man with two wives, and how there is no preference to be shown to the children, even if the man preferred one wife over the other. Yet in the 1 Samuel narrative, Peninnah’s children are not mentioned by name. One wonders if this is incidental or not, and has implications for Samuel perhaps being the preferred child from Elkanah’s preferred bride. Hannah’s not having children (אֵ֥ין) is the same particle used of Sarai in Gen. 11:30, suggesting a possible narrative continuity.

1Sam. 1:3 Now this man used to go up year by year from his town to worship and to sacrifice to the LORD of hosts at Shiloh, where the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were priests of the LORD.

Why is it that Elkanah goes alone? Are women not permitted or encouraged to worship and sacrifice to God at Shiloh? I confess to finding this odd. An interesting note is my Hebrew interlinear places two Hebrew nouns side by side and translates them as “yearly yearly.” One wonders if this is intentional, or is Elkanah is representing them all implicitly.

1Sam. 1:4 On the day when Elkanah sacrificed, he would give portions to his wife Peninnah and to all her sons and daughters; 5 but to Hannah he gave a double portion, because he loved her, though the LORD had closed her womb.

It is fascinating to consider Elkanah’s preference for Hannah in this section. In an ancient context, it seems that he’s going above and beyond many husbands. The fact that Deuteronomy 21 and elsewhere had to present rules about how husbands may or may not treat their wives indicates that mistreatment abounded. Indeed, the mentioning of “sons” here possibly foreshadows that possible preferential treatment of Samuel would be forthcoming. It seems that מָנָ֥ה includes a semantic range involving “distribution” and “choice selection.”

What an interesting final part of a verse. God closed her womb. A similar scenario is presented in Genesis 29:31 regarding Leah and Rachel. In some sense this may be intended to provoke a response from Hannah (which will happen later), but it could also be a reference to a tragic state of affairs involving Hannah’s age (as the reference to “year by year” in v.3 may indicate some significant passage of time). Either way, God has a hand in this and it is certainly ambiguous.

1Sam. 1:6 Her rival used to provoke her severely, to irritate her, because the LORD had closed her womb. 7 So it went on year by year; as often as she went up to the house of the LORD, she used to provoke her. Therefore Hannah wept and would not eat. 8 Her husband Elkanah said to her, “Hannah, why do you weep? Why do you not eat? Why is your heart sad? Am I not more to you than ten sons?”

A repeated reference to God’s activity on Hannah’s body, but we now have external pressure placed upon Hannah, and this adds up “year” upon “year” (c.f. v.3). I imagine this was an awkward and troubling dinner setting for Hannah, especially as the years have passed by with her rival wife provoking her. It is somewhat humorous in a dark way, as Elkanah seems to attempt to understand Hannah, but completely misses the issue. In some ways, he answers his own question with “why are you sad” when he ends with the comment about “ten sons.” I wonder if Hannah felt incredibly burdened due to the cultural expectation placed on wives to bear children, and that she was somehow a failure as a wife by not being also a mother. Elkanah is certainly not lacking in empathy, and this makes him a nuanced and compelling supporting character.

1Sam. 1:9 After they had eaten and drunk at Shiloh, Hannah rose and presented herself before the LORD. Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat beside the doorpost of the temple of the LORD. 10 She was deeply distressed and prayed to the LORD, and wept bitterly. 11 She made this vow: “O LORD of hosts, if only you will look on the misery of your servant, and remember me, and not forget your servant, but will give to your servant a male child, then I will set him before you as a nazirite until the day of his death. He shall drink neither wine nor intoxicants, and no razor shall touch his head.”

Aside from the uncomfortable dinner, Hannah’s distress seems to climax here as she prays. She acts of her own volition to promise her son, seemingly against a cultural expectation that the (potential) father would have control over this matter. Given Elkanah’s previous tenderness towards her, one can assume that she did so of her own freedom and knowing he would not challenge a pledge to God. Her prayer is especially powerful: “do not forget your servant.” This is deeply haunting, especially in light of the tale of the oppressed in all lands who are not remembered. Will God remember her, is the essential question. Psalm 10:12 seems to sum this up nicely with “Rise up, O Lord; O God, lift up your hand; do not forget [my emphasis] the oppressed.” תִשְׁכַּ֣ח seems to sometimes be used in the context of imploring God not to forget the one in distress (Ps. 44:24; 74:19; Proverbs 4:5) and its an apt verb for Hannah to use here.

As it happened in Judges where Israel went astray into violence and depravity, the reader here may be curious about how this new nazirite will behave under God’s command. She assumes sovereignty over Samuel’s destiny, declaring for him to be a nazirite and the ethical restrictions on the life of a nazarite are similar to the one’s prescribed in Numbers 6 and the reference is clearly parallel to Samson’s hair in Judges 13:5, “for no razor shall touch his head.”

1Sam. 1:12 As she continued praying before the LORD, Eli observed her mouth. 13 Hannah was praying silently; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard; therefore Eli thought she was drunk. 14 So Eli said to her, “How long will you make a drunken spectacle of yourself? Put away your wine.” 15 But Hannah answered, “No, my lord, I am a woman deeply troubled; I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I have been pouring out my soul before the LORD. 16 Do not regard your servant as a worthless woman, for I have been speaking out of my great anxiety and vexation all this time.”

Eli is surprisingly harsh for a priest. For it says that Hannah was not making any noise. In some sense, one wonders to what extent Eli is comparable to a jaded pastor who thinks they have seen it all already. Perhaps it is a sexist attitude, a presumption that Eli offers in bitterness. If this is not the first time Hannah has arrived to the house of the Lord, is there a chance she has come in drunk before, and Eli is referring to the past where she did so? Or does grief simply overwhelm her and it is a visible equivalent to being intoxicated? Given also that she is known as someone who cannot bear children (presumably), his condescension reveals a deeply embedded cultural prejudice towards the role and worth of a woman. Hannah’s response, however, is gracious and straightforward. She may placate him with self-depreciation (c.f. the “worthless woman” comment) and makes it about her deep personal grief, hoping to strike a chord with Eli.

1Sam. 1:17 Then Eli answered, “Go in peace; the God of Israel grant the petition you have made to him.” 18 And she said, “Let your servant find favor in your sight.” Then the woman went to her quarters, ate and drank with her husband, and her countenance was sad no longer. 19 They rose early in the morning and worshiped before the LORD; then they went back to their house at Ramah. Elkanah knew his wife Hannah, and the LORD remembered her.

Eli seems to relent from some of his condescension, and blesses her. Hannah returns to the table to eat and fellowship with Peninnah and Elkanah. The significance of a return to fellowship and a meal cannot be underestimated. Throughout the Old Testament it seems that to eat and drink with another person is to be in communion with them (Ex. 24:11), or in some cases be seen in excess (Judges 19). That Hannah returns to fellowship with her husband seems to indicate that she is relieved and at peace. The emphasis on they both going together in the morning to worship suggests a repair in the relationship, whereas Elkanah is the only one mentioned at the beginning to who goes and worships (c.f. v.2-3). Maybe this was the first time Hannah knew that God has heard, and to be heard is to be affirmed in a truly human sense: to be known by God is a wonderful Old Testament theme (Psalm 44:21).

The reference to “knew his wife” is a fairly word (וַיֵּ֤דַע) found throughout the Old Testament referring to sexual intercourse (Adam and Eve in Gen. 4:25), though it is not limited to sexual intercourse in some circumstances. In other instances the word seems to refer to mental knowledge (2 Chron. 33:13); the implied writer of this story seems to use the word in a fuller sense. Elkanah knew and knew his wife.

1Sam. 1:20 In due time Hannah conceived and bore a son. She named him Samuel, for she said, “I have asked him of the LORD.”

I’ve heard that Samuel does not precisely mean, “I have asked him of the LORD.” Instead, a friend who knows Hebrew said it is something like “heard of [or from] God.” This makes good sense, as it seems to place the activity of God’s hearing (or remembering) to the forefront as the one who “heard” and “acted.” This all happened in due time, which may intimate that Hannah becoming with child was the point all along. I’m reminded of St. Paul’s doxological proclamation in Romans 11:33: “O the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!” What is most powerful is that this episode occurs after Hannah and Elkanah (if they were ever at odds) seem to have reconciled fully with one another. The birth of Samuel is thus a consequence of a restored marriage, with implications possibly towards a restored Israel, though this remains to be seen.

1Sam. 1:21 The man Elkanah and all his household went up to offer to the LORD the yearly sacrifice, and to pay his vow. 22But Hannah did not go up, for she said to her husband, “As soon as the child is weaned, I will bring him, that he may appear in the presence of the LORD, and remain there forever; I will offer him as a nazirite for all time.” 23 Her husband Elkanah said to her, “Do what seems best to you, wait until you have weaned him; only—may the LORD establish his word.” So the woman remained and nursed her son, until she weaned him.

This time, perhaps because of the previously restored relationship, Elkanah’s entire household comes with him, unless we were meant to believe that Elkanah was representing his entire household as a type of figurehead. It is interesting that Hannah has the freedom to refuse to go up to the house of the Lord, telling her husband (presumably for the first time) that she has made a vow, which Elkanah takes with the utmost seriousness as vows are highly esteemed in Israel. Numbers 30:2-3 mentions both men and women making vows, so Hannah is certainly with Torah to make an independent vow to God provided Elkanah does not disagree. He does not, a seemingly more sensitive man. This is, after all, his son too.

The question lingers, however, about why Hannah did not immediately take Samuel to Eli. Perhaps she wanted to be more involved in his upbringing, and I cannot fathom the pain of giving up your only child. Maybe she is staving off the inevitable, but I suspect it is because she knows she has freedom to take her own initiative.

1Sam. 1:24 When she had weaned him, she took him up with her, along with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour, and a skin of wine. She brought him to the house of the LORD at Shiloh; and the child was young. 25 Then they slaughtered the bull, and they brought the child to Eli. 26 And she said, “Oh, my lord! As you live, my lord, I am the woman who was standing here in your presence, praying to the LORD. 27 For this child I prayed; and the LORD has granted me the petition that I made to him. 28 Therefore I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he lives, he is given to the LORD.”

She left him there for the LORD.
 
For me, the most interesting part of this text is the paragraph break in the NRSV. The emphasis is surely upon the final sentence, as Hannah’s final word to Samuel is “he is given to the LORD.” In cinematic terms, it is the final lingering shot that the camera holds, watching Hannah turn and leave Samuel there. It is powerful that Hannah is grateful to God for Samuel and says that she has “lent” (הִשְׁאִלְתִּ֙הוּ֙) him to God. It looks like this is the only time that specific word appears in the Old Testament, so this usage is especially significant to the implied writer’s narrative. Does Hannah harbor some optimism for Samuel to be returned to her someday, hope against all hope? According to the rest of the Samuel character arc, this does not happen. The story suggests otherwise, and one suspects that Hannah, based on her interaction with God and the fulfillment of his promise, that there may yet be mercy. It does not make her story a tragedy, but reveals the humanness of finite human beings. In the end, we hope for Hannah and Samuel’s reunion—this side or the next.

FINAL INTERPRETATION

The author is intent on setting up a grand story, but takes an entire chapter to establish the bleakness of the human condition as seen through the eyes of a barren wife. This prologue forces us to consider Samuel’s unique upbringing and his future through the lens of a broken society that has yet to be fully healed, and the importance of this is to establish, ultimately, the working of God in human history. The original audience likely saw Samuel as a mighty man, a man conceived from a strong woman through the power and promise of God, with the intent to restore Israel. The beginning of Samuel is filled with pain and loss, but also fulfillment and hope. God in his mercy has not forgotten us and God in his love did not forget them.

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          06/29 Links Pt1: The UN is colluding with terror supporters; Sexism and Disorder at Al Quds Day rally    
From Ian:

PMW: PA libel: Israel uses drugs in war against Palestinians
Discussing the war on drugs in Jerusalem, a Palestinian Authority TV host stated that Israel is deliberately targeting young Palestinians with drugs. The Palestinian coordinator of a UNDP-sponsored campaign against drugs, Isaam Jweihan, endorsed this PA libel, stating that Israel uses drugs as "an unconventional weapon" to "empty Jerusalem of Arabs:"
PA TV host: “Jerusalem is probably the Palestinian district that suffers the most from drugs, [because] the occupation mainly targets young age groups in Jerusalem...”
Coordinator of the Project of the War on Drugs in Jerusalem, Issam Jweihan: “A war is being waged [by Israel] against Jerusalem. This is an unconventional war in which unconventional weapons are being used. The goal of the war is clear - to Judaize the city and empty it of its [Arab] residents. They are using unconventional weapons. The weapon that brings the best results for the Israelis is drugs.”
[Official PA TV, Palestine This Morning, June 21, 2017]
Palestinian Media Watch has documented this drug libel numerous times, and it is even being voiced by close associates of PA Chairman Abbas. Imad Hamato, who Abbas recently appointed to head a system of Islamic schools and who is also the host of a weekly PA TV program teaching Islam, has similarly taught that “Israel’s... war against the Arabs and Muslims is through sex mania... drugs... to destroy... our children’s values”:
PA TV spreads libel accusing Israel of spreading drugs among young Palestinians


IsraellyCool: WATCH: Arab-Palestinian Leader Anwar Nusseibeh: Palestine Was Really Just Part of Syria
Arab-Palestinian Leader Anwar Nusseibeh was no friend of Israel, but in the documentary Pillar of Fire (which I posted about yesterday here), he admitted that right after World War I, there was no separate “palestinian” identity – they were just part of Syria.
Arab-Palestinian Leader Anwar Nusseibeh: Palestine Was Really Just Part of Syria





UK Government Coalition Partner Urges Parliamentary Vote to Congratulate Israel on 1967 War Victory
The parliamentary partner of Britain’s ruling Conservative Party has submitted a resolution to the House of Commons congratulating Israel on the 50th anniversary of its victory in the 1967 war.
Members of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) submitted an “Early Day Motion” — a device which rarely leads to a parliamentary debate, but allows members of parliament to highlight their support for a particular cause — encouraging British legislators to celebrate Israel’s victory.
“This House commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the Six Day War when Israel stood against unprovoked attacks and won a stunning victory in just six days; congratulates the Israeli Defence Force and its ability to defeat its enemies and to safeguard peace; and urges all to keep the peace in the Middle East,” the motion reads.
A Month of Islam and Multiculturalism in Britain: May 2017
"The whole system failed and that is what has been happening for the last 30 years. And it is PC. People are just too, too afraid to, you know, just too, too afraid to speak the truth." — Mohan Singh, founder of the Sikh Awareness Society.
MI5, Britain's domestic security agency, revealed that it has identified 23,000 jihadist extremists living in the country.
Manchester bomber Salman Abedi used taxpayer-funded student loans and benefits to bankroll the terror plot, according to the Telegraph. Abedi is believed to have received thousands of pounds in state funding in the run-up to the attack even while he was overseas receiving bomb-making training. It also emerged that the chief imam of Abedi's mosque fought with militants in Libya. The mosque was also reported to have hosted hate preachers who called for British soldiers to be killed and non-believers to be stoned to death.
"It is no secret that Saudi Arabia in particular provides funding to hundreds of mosques in the UK, espousing a very hardline Wahhabist interpretation of Islam. It is often in these institutions that British extremism takes root." — Tom Brake, Lib Dem foreign affairs spokesman.
What Might be Missing in the Muslim World?
Recently, Chinese, Japanese and other educators have found that rote learning and endless drills produce high achievers without creativity, originality, or the ability to think for themselves. Western academic standards of rationality and objectivity have been behind most of the West's achievements.
"The campus has three mosques with a fourth one planned, but no bookstore. No Pakistani university, including QAU, allowed Abdus Salam to set foot on its campus, although he had received the Nobel Prize in 1979 for his role in formulating the standard model of particle physics." — Pervez Amirali Hoodbhoy, commenting on Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad, Pakistan, the second-best university among the 57 Muslim states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
The very thought that "Islamic science" has to be different from "Western science" suggests the need for a radically different way of thinking. Scientific method is scientific method and rationality is rationality, regardless of the religion practiced by individual scientists.
Sexism and Disorder at Al Quds Day rally
Last weekend, the anti-Israel Al Quds Day rallies were held across the world. I attended one in Toronto so I could learn more about the terrorist sympathizers who attend these anti-semitic demonstrations.
What I saw wasn't surprising at all:
Women and girls were segregated from the rest of the protesters, while ignorant white leftists promoting terrorist organizations like Hamas and Hezbollah.


‘Israel has legal right to freeze Palestinian taxes that go to terrorists’
Israel can legally withhold tax fees from the Palestinian Authority to offset the money that it pays to Palestinian terrorists and their families, legal experts from the Justice and Defense Ministry told the Knesset.
“We don’t see any legal impediment,” Justice Ministry attorney Anat Assif told the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee which on Wednesday debated a bill that would prohibit the passage of such fees.
The legislation authored by MK Elazar Stern (Yesh Atid) is in the preparatory stage for its second and third reading, after which it would be passed into law.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has spoken about the importance of halting such funding and the security cabinet last summer agreed to halt such payments, but in practice, Stern’s office said, the money is still being transferred.
It’s official: Israelis love Trump
Israelis have never hidden their love and admiration for President Trump, but now it's official — or at least proved scientifically.
An international survey carried out over the past few months by the Pew Research Center found that regard for the United States, its new leader and its policies has tumbled drastically around the world since Barack Obama left the presidency five months ago, except in two countries: Russia and Israel.
In Israel, there was little surprise at the poll’s results.
Trump, his family and his senior advisers visited here a month ago as part of his first international trip. During his 28-hour stay, he received a five-star welcome from Israeli leaders. And images of him; his wife, Melania; daughter Ivanka; and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, at the Western Wall, one of Judaism’s holiest sites, warmed Israeli and Jewish hearts.
There are other areas, too, where the Israelis seemed to view Trump favorably, according to Pew’s research.
When it comes to world affairs and some of his more prominent policy proposals, such as building a wall between the United States and Mexico and withdrawing from trade and climate agreements, more than half of Israelis (56 percent) said they had confidence in Trump to do the right thing.
His suggestion that the United States could withdraw from the Iranian nuclear agreement reached under Obama was welcomed by a majority of the public (67 percent) in Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other government officials consistently opposed the deal Obama signed with Iran, seeing it as a betrayal of the Jewish state.
Under Trump, Israeli Victims of Terror at Least Get Genuine Condolences
Although US President Donald Trump made a host of widely-publicized pledges to strengthen the US-Israeli relationship during his presidential campaign, his five-month old administration has shown few tangible signs of movement on any of them. It has passed on opportunities to move the US embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv and to scrap the Iran nuclear deal. And it certainly doesn’t appear to be undertaking a major rethink about how to bring about Israeli-Palestinian peace.
But credit the White House with making one critically important, lower-profile change, evident in the reaction of Trump’s peace envoy to the June 16 killing of Border Police officer Hadas Malka by Palestinian terrorists outside of Jerusalem’s Old City.
“The United States stands with our ally Israel and condemns the savage terrorist attack in Jerusalem,” tweeted Trump’s lead international negotiator Jason Greenblatt as he was leaving on a trip to Israel. After visiting the family of the deceased on June 19, he released a prepared statement saying “[St.-] Sgt. Major [Hadas] Malka was murdered by terrorists,” with a bit at the end about Trump’s vision for a Middle East free from “threats of terrorism and extremism.”
If all that seems pretty typical of how an American envoy would react to a deadly terrorist attack against a longstanding US ally, that’s precisely the point. Under previous administrations, it had become standard practice in reacting to terrorist attacks against Israelis to urge Israel (or both sides) to “exercise restraint,” “not escalate tensions any further,” “avoid any kind of innocent civilian casualties,” “avoid... making provocative statements that can further inflame tensions,” and various other equivalents.
Haley on Trump’s Warning to Syria: It Saved Many Innocent Lives
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Wednesday that she believes President Donald Trump's warning to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad two days earlier not to use chemical weapons saved many innocent lives.
Haley was testifying before the House Foreign Affairs Committee when Rep. Ed Royce (R., Calif.), the committee's chairman, asked if there has been any reaction to Trump's warning. Haley told Royce that the Trump administration has not observed an incident yet but said the president's statement was still necessary because the U.S. had seen similar preparations to what occurred before the Assad regime used chemical weapons on civilians on April 4.
After the April 4 chemical weapons attack, which killed dozens of people including children, the U.S. military launched cruise missiles at a Syrian government airfield.
Haley said Trump's message was also a warning to Iran and Russia, both of which support Assad in the Syrian conflcit, "that this was something we were not going to put up with."
"So I would like to think that the president saved many innocent men, women, and children," Haley said.
UN HEADQUARTERS TO HOLD 2-DAY CONFERENCE TO JUSTIFY KILLING ISRAELIS
On June 29 and 30, 2017, a U.N. committee will hold a "Forum to Mark Fifty Years of Occupation" aimed at demonizing Israel, encouraging violence and the hatred of Jews, and rewriting history. The forum has been organized by the U.N. "Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People" (CEIRPP), which was created on the same day as the infamous "Zionism is racism" resolution in 1975. Although the resolution was ultimately rescinded in 1991, the committee created to implement its antisemitic message was left in place and continues to operate.
Among the invited speakers are a host individuals hand-picked by the U.N. Committee because of their known support for Palestinian terrorism, involvement in incitement to violence, and promotion of antisemitism. They include:
Saeb Erekat (Secretary-General of the Palestine Liberation Organization): "We are protecting ourselves with the bodies of our sons and daughters, because Israel does not protect itself, but rather its crimes, occupation and settlement... Whoever wants to fight ISIS and terror in the region, must understand that this can't be done without drying up the quagmire of Israeli occupation in the region.'"
Mouin Rabbani (Institute for Palestine Studies): "...Netanyahu is the heir to that faction of the pre-state Zionist movement eventually known as revisionism, which was in fact inspired by fascism, albeit an Italian variant led by Mussolini. Um, and during World War II, in 1941, one faction of that movement, which was eventually led by Yitzhak Shamir, made an approach to Nazi Germany, during the Holocaust I should add, proposing an alliance with Berlin against the British, who then ruled Palestine. So, there's a long history here. Netanyahu today is the heir and the leader of that wing of the Zionist movement."
'The UN is colluding with terror supporters'
An anti-Israel event scheduled to be held at the United Nations this week will feature organizations allied with the Hamas and Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terror groups.
The United Nations Forum to Mark Fifty Years of Occupation, which is set to be held at the UN’s headquarters in New York this Thursday and Friday, is being organized by the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People and is unapologetic in its anti-Israel bent, with the first day being dedicated to talks under the headline of “Ending the Occupation: The Path to Independence, Justice, and Peace for Palestine”.
Earlier this month, it was revealed that a representative of the radical left-wing NGO B’Tselem was invited to address the event. The group’s participation in the event drew criticism from Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon.
“It's a complete disgrace that an Israeli group is helping the Palestinians harm Israel at the podium of the UN,” said Danon.
“B’Tselem is continuing its obsessive attempts to defame Israel in front of the world, and are taking advantage of their status as an Israeli organization in order to legitimize incitement against us.”
UN chief distances himself from Palestinian summit on 50 years of occupation
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres indicated that a summit organized by a pro-Palestinian UN group to mark five decades of Israeli control of the West Bank did not have the blessing of his office.
Israel’s envoy to the UN Danny Danon had earlier protested to Guterres against the “United Nations Forum to Mark Fifty Years of Occupation” because, he said, some of the billed participants were from organizations with ties to Palestinian terror groups Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
The two-day meeting, beginning Thursday at UN headquarters in New York, was organized by the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.
Answering questions about the forum, Stephane Dujarric, the spokesman for Guterres, said Wednesday that his office was “aware of the position of the Israeli Government.”
“They’ve communicated with the Secretary‑General’s Office,” he said. “This is a meeting that is being organized by a committee of the membership. It is not something that is being sponsored by the Secretariat. I think any questions as to the invitees and the way the meeting is organized should be directed to the members of the committee.”
Israel seeks secret ballot on Hebron inscription on World Heritage List
Israel hopes to sway the World Heritage Committee to vote by secret ballot when it decides on July 7 whether to inscribe Hebron’s Old City and the Tomb of the Patriarchs on the List of World Heritage in Danger under the “State of Palestine.”
“There is no doubt that if there is a public ballot, we will lose,” Ambassador to UNESCO in Paris Carmel Shama-Hacohen told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday.
With only 10 days left until the committee’s 21 member states cast their votes, Israel is seeking every edge possible to ensure that the necessary twothirds majority of those present oppose the move.
It’s so close, Shama-Hacohen said, that one vote could make the difference.
Israel and India: A new strategic partnership
It seems as though not a single week goes by without some head of state visiting us. The past several years have seen a sharp increase in the number of visits made by high-ranking foreign dignitaries to Israel, to the point that they are no longer considered special.
Having said that, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit next week is special, because it underscores the 180-degree turn the bilateral ties have undergone. For many decades, India was led by a staunchly anti-Israel socialist party that supported every diplomatic effort to attack the Jewish state. This was based on an ideological platform dating back to the founders of independent India, who saw the Zionist movement as an organ of Western colonialism. This twisted worldview had India stand by the Arabs as the victims of colonialism who experienced an ordeal similar to that of Indians.
India also thought it could reap benefits from its alliance with the Arabs and be able to tap the economic potential of Islamic states. India further hoped this affinity would give it prestige on the world stage and prevent unrest among its large Muslim minority. But these years of hostility are over. The old guard in India is no longer in power, and the ideological blindness is gone too. Modi and his party don't consider Zionism an imperialist power but as a positive national movement representing a people living in their homeland.
Terror-Tied Qatari Think Tank Has Anti-Israel, Pro-BDS Stance
Earlier this month, major Arab nations — led by Saudi Arabia — severed diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing the country of financing and sheltering terrorists and maintaining cordial relations with Iran. Yet Doha’s pro-terror policies have not just made the Middle East more unstable; they also directly threaten Israel’s security.
For the past decade, Qatar has provided financial and diplomatic support to the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, by hosting its leaders and pledging millions of dollars to the Hamas-run Gaza Strip. Qatar has also sponsored the global boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, which is aimed at economically isolating Israel to end its alleged “oppression” of the Palestinians.
A new Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) investigation has found that senior academics tied to a Doha-based think tank believed to be financed by the Qatari government — and its Washington, DC, affiliate — routinely engage in anti-Israel rhetoric and are strong BDS supporters.
Osama Abu-Irshaid, a non-resident scholar at the Doha-based Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies (ACRPS) was a featured speaker at a three-day international conference in Tunis in August, which was hosted by ACRPS to discuss using boycotts to combat “Israeli occupation.”
Shin Bet Chief: Israel Has Thwarted 2,000 Terror Attacks Since 2016 Due to Cyber Efforts
The head of Israel’s Shin Bet security agency revealed on Tuesday the Jewish state has prevented about 2,000 terror attacks since the beginning of 2016 due to cybersecurity efforts.
“The Shin Bet is dealing with considerable threats, from terrorist organizations to individual hackers,” Shin Bet Director Nadav Argaman said at the 2017 Cyber Week conference in Tel Aviv. “In order to foil these threats, we have carried out dozens of sophisticated and successful operations. With the help of high-quality intelligence received through our cyber network, many terrorist attacks have been thwarted.”
“The Shin Bet, alongside its partners, has succeeded — through technological, intelligence and operational adjustments — in locating more than 2,000 potential lone terrorists since the beginning of 2016,” he continued.
According to Argaman, Israel has prevented these attacks thanks to coordination among the country’s top agencies, in what he described as a “cyber coalition.”
“In cyber, the name of the game is ‘jointness’ and it is the only way to go,” he said. “We counter our adversaries through a ‘cyber coalition’ that includes cooperation with the IDF, the Mossad, the Cyber Bureau, the Defense Ministry…as well as with intelligence organizations around the world.”
Palestinian gunman opens fire on Israeli troops in Hebron, is shot dead
A Palestinian gunman opened fired on Israeli troops during a raid to uncover an arms cache in the West Bank town of Hebron on Wednesday night, the Israeli military said.
In response to the immediate threat, the forces fired towards the suspect resulting in his death, the military stated.
The IDF released a photo of a makeshift automatic weapon lying on the ground that it said belonged to the gunman.
The Palestinian health ministry confirmed the death of the man but did not immediately release details of his identity.
There were no casualties to the IDF soldiers.
Errant shell from Syria lands in Golan Heights as Netanyahu tours area
A shell from fighting in Syria landed in the Golan Heights on Wednesday as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was touring the strategic plateau. There were no injuries or damage caused and the PM was not in any danger.
The IDF immediately struck a Syrian military position from which the mortar shell was fired, fulfilling Netanyahu’s vow that Israel “will not accept stray fire” from the Syrian civil war landing in its territory.
The incident came as Netanyahu spoke at an event marking the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the city of Katzrin, some 17 kilometers (10 miles) from the Quneitra area where the mortar struck.
“We are here celebrating the fortieth anniversary of Katzrin, the capital of the Golan Heights,” Netanyahu said. “I said that we will not tolerate spillover and that we will respond to every firing. During my speech shells from the Syrian side landed in our territory and the IDF has already struck back. Whoever attacks us – we will attack him. This is our policy and we will continue with it.”
Earlier, in the speech, Netanyahu referred to the uptick in incidents over the past week of stray fire from fighting in Syria landing in Israel, saying that Israel would “respond with decisiveness and strength” to any spillover from the civil war.
UN PEACEKEEPERS ARE COVERING UP HEZBOLLAH ACTIVITY NEAR ISRAELI BORDER
"More and more voices in Israel are saying that the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) has become a burden and its mission is no longer needed.
'UNIFIL was supposed to be the enforcement apparatus for Security Council Resolution 1701,' a high-placed Israeli military source said on condition of anonymity. 'But in actual fact, it has become only a fig leaf for that resolution. UNIFIL whitewashes Hezbollah activity on the 'Blue Line' [border], and serves as an excuse for Hezbollah and the Lebanese government to violate the UN resolution and ratchet up tensions along the border. We no longer need this force here any longer. Better to remain with only the coordination and liaison units, and that's all,' he added...
The confrontation between Israel and UNIFIL erupted at the beginning of the month, in the course of the June 7-9 visit of US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley to Israel. Haley, who enjoys tremendous popularity in Israel, was taken for a patrol of the northern border line between Israel and Lebanon...
Security Council Resolution 1701 ... states that Hezbollah militants are not to be south of the Litani River. Then Haley was given intelligence information that Israel had collected in the recent year. In addition, via the special observation instruments brought there, Haley was able to discern observation points erected by Hezbollah along the length of the Lebanese border, camouflaged as a green environmental organization for nature protection. At exactly this stage, the UNIFIL commander, Irish Maj. Gen. Michael Beary, arrived. Haley asked the general for his response to the information she received, and explained to him that she saw with her own eyes how Hezbollah militants are clearly present south of the Litani - areas where the Security Council resolution forbids them to have a presence. And UNIFIL is the body that is supposed to enforce this resolution. The general denied the information...
Israel freezes visits to Hamas prisoners amid talks over troops’ remains
Hamas on Thursday said that Israel had stopped allowing Gazan members of the terror group serving time in Israeli prisons to receive visits from family members, in a move intended to ramp up pressure amid negotiations for the return of three Israeli civilians and the bodies of two soldiers being held in the Strip.
Hamas leaders condemned the move as “the beginning of a war against the prisoners.”
“We will not allow this decision to stand, whatever the price may be,” they said in a statement.
An Israeli prison official refused to confirm the policy change.
Israel is holding some 150 Hamas security prisoners from Gaza. In the past, families of Palestinian inmates have been granted permits to cross from the Gaza Strip into Israel to visit them.
The families of Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul, two soldiers killed in Gaza during fighting in 2014, have urged Israel to disallow the visits as a means of pressuring Hamas to return the troops’ bodies and praised the reported move.
Hamas' Catch-22
The voices rising from Gaza are not of war and certainly not of triumph, but of distress. It has been 10 years since its people took Gaza by force, and Hamas is not only looking at a dead end, but a Catch-22. Even as Qatar, its primary benefactor, is under a diplomatic barrage from its neighbors; the cries of despair are still emanating from Gaza, where residents are paying the price for Hamas' isolation in the Arab world.
These are no longer the days of Muslim Brotherhood rule in Egypt, when Turkey and Qatar did as they pleased across the Arab world, and when Hamas leaders freely globe-trotted from capital to capital. Now, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh is caged in; forced to wait until his Egyptian guard feels like letting him out.
Cairo has its own grudge against Hamas. It wants to see action first and foremost, such as the buffer zone being built along Gaza's border with Egypt, intended to prevent terrorists from Islamic State's Sinai branch from finding shelter inside Gaza under Hamas' blind eye.
Thus, bereft of outside support and facing boiling distress at home, the Strip is convulsing from one crisis to the next. With so many people struggling to keep their heads barely above water (in the dark no less), Hamas is now even willing to consider waiving a white flag and handing over the keys to Mohammed Dahlan -- Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' detested political rival -- who could very well be the only one capable of turning things around in Gaza.
Hamas leader stuck in Gaza after Qatar slams doors shut
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, who in early May was elected to replace Khaled Mashaal as the terrorist organization's political chief, is stuck in Gaza. Israel Hayom has learned that officials from Hamas' political bureau, and mainly Haniyeh himself, cannot find a single Arab country to host them.
The role of political chief requires a great deal of travel. In the past, Hamas' political bureau was based in Syria. However, with the outbreak of the civil war there in 2011, Hamas sided with the rebels, and Syrian President Bashar Assad banished Mashaal from the country.
After being expelled from Syria, the Hamas political bureau relocated to Qatar, with Mashaal operating from Doha.
When Haniyeh was chosen to succeed Mashaal and head the political bureau, Hamas began making preparations for his transfer from Gaza to Qatar, where he would have enjoyed an exclusive lifestyle and the ability to travel freely, as his position requires. But in a stroke of bad luck for Haniyeh, a few days before his relocation, the Qatari government told senior Hamas officials to leave the country immediately.
The Qatari decision came on the heels of an emerging diplomatic crisis with Saudi Arabia, other Persian Gulf states, and Egypt over Qatar's support of Islamic terrorist groups and its warm relations with Iran. Now, the Hamas leadership is worried that Haniyeh will be targeted for assassination.
Hamas begins work on buffer zone with Egypt to improve ties
Hamas on Wednesday said they had begun constructing a security buffer zone between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, as it attempts to improve ties with Cairo.
The new area will be a closed-off military zone, and will stretch 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) along the southern border of the coastal Strip with the Sinai Peninsula, and will reach 100 meters (330 feet) into Gaza, the Hamas-run interior ministry said. It will include observation towers, cameras and lighting.
Tawfiq Abu Naim, a security chief of the Gaza-based terror group, said the new security zone was being constructed as part of a recent agreement between Cairo and Hamas.
“These continuing measures are for the sake of achieving control of the southern border and to completely prevent infiltration and smuggling,” Abu Naim said in the statement.
He added that the construction of the buffer zone “is a reassuring message directed at the Egyptian side that the national security of Egypt is the national security of Gaza.”
How Trita Parsi and NIAC Used the White House to Advance Iran’s Agenda
Yet contrary to NIAC’s claims, the Iranian regime has intensified its holocaust-denying and anti-Jewish hatred. In January 2016, as the world marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Khamenei published a video titled “Are the Dark Ages Over” on his official website which included one of his speeches from two years ago in which he questions the reality of the Holocaust. In May 2016, Iran held another Holocaust cartoon festival inviting the usual despicable cast of characters from Europe and around the world with the supreme leader sending a message to the organizers of the event thanking and congratulating them.
Regarding NIAC’s claim that the nuclear deal and the lifting of sanctions would moderate Iranian foreign policy, there is some consensus that Iran feels emboldened to pursue its radical and hegemonic policies in the region. As CENTCOM Commander General Joseph L. Votel testified before the House Armed Service Committee in March 2017, “We have not seen any improvement in Iran’s behavior since the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), addressing Iran’s nuclear program, was finalized in July 2015. Iran aspires to be a regional hegemon and its forces and proxies oppose U.S. interests in Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon, Gaza, and Syria, and seek to hinder achievement of U.S. objectives in Afghanistan and some Central Asian States.”
What is unquestionable here is that NIAC’s activities since 2002 and particularly during the Obama administration eased pressure on the Iranian regime and helped Tehran to advance its strategic goals.
One woman fights Iran's modesty police with a hashtag
Before she begins her Wednesday morning, Iranian activist Masih Alinejad spends hours sifting through scores of videos and photos sent to her of women in Iran wearing white headscarves or white clothing as part of a growing online protest.
To campaign against the Iran's obligatory headscarf (hijab) policy for women, Alinejad last month encouraged women to take videos or photos of themselves wearing white and upload them on social media with the hashtag #whitewednesdays.
"My goal is just empowering women and giving them a voice. If the government and the rest of the world hear the voice of these brave women then they have to recognize them," Alinejad told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone.
Under Iran's Islamic law, imposed after the 1979 revolution, women are obliged to cover their hair and wear long, loose-fitting clothes for the sake of modesty. Violators are publicly admonished, fined or arrested.
Although no official records have been collected, a report by campaign group Justice for Iran in 2014 found over 10 years nearly half a million women were cautioned and more than 30,000 women arrested in cities across Iran over the hijab law.
MEMRI: Syrian Opposition Website: Assad Visited New Long-Range Missile Facility Near Baniyas
The Syrian opposition website zamanalwsl.net reported on June 28, 2017 that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad recently visited a new facility for developing and manufacturing long-range missiles that is under direct Iranian supervision, and met there with Iranian and Syrian experts. According to the report, the construction of the facility, which is located in Wadi Jahannam near the coastal city of Baniyas, began about a year ago, and it will begin operating at the end of this year. The report was accompanied by an aerial photograph of the area (see below).
It should be mentioned that, since the report appeared in an opposition website, its authenticity is uncertain.
The following are excerpts from it:
"Reliable sources knowledgeable about the regime's 'scientific research' activities reveal that Assad's open and documented visit to the homes of some of his supporters in the Hama area was merely a cover for a secret visit to one of the most sensitive military facilities of the regime and its ally Iran. According to the sources [he] visited a new secret research facility whose construction began last year in a fortified area east of Baniyas, in a rugged valley called Wadi Jahannam. This deep valley is in the Tartous governorate, close to several villages belonging to the Baniyas administrative district: Al-Annaza, Nahl, Al-Alayqa and Al-Ghansala.
Video Games ‘Resident Evil’ and ‘Call of Duty’ Spread Islamophobia, Says Turkey’s Government
Video games like Call of Duty and Guitar Hero provide entertainment to millions around the world.
But Turkey’s Youth and Sports Ministry says that many popular foreign-made games are responsible for intentionally spreading fear and hatred of Islam and Muslims—or Islamophobia—and desecrating Islamic symbols.
The head of the ministry’s Education, Culture and Research Commission, Huzeyfe Yilmaz, told the Turkish parliament that some 25 million people play videogames for a total of 39 million hours per day in the country, Turkish paper Hurriyet Daily News reported on Monday.
But Yilmaz said that many games included “harmful material”—such as explicit sexual content or violence—as well as Islamophobic themes and suggested there should be tougher restrictions on selling them in Turkey.
“The goal [of many games] is to give people a negative perception about Islam. Digital games are used as a tool to spread Islamophobia,” said Yilmaz, according to Hurriyet. “Often the player is put in the role of a soldier and they gain points by killing Muslims, who are shown to them as terrorists. The main goal is creating enmity towards Islam.”
On the government-run website, 19 games are already listed as containing content that is potentially Islamophobic. Several games in the Call of Duty franchise—which have sold over 250 million copies in total, making it one of the most popular franchises of all time—are blacklisted by the ministry.



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          India's PM Modi Takes Leap with Biggest-Ever Tax Overhaul   
After Killing Currency, Modi Takes a Leap With India’s Biggest-Ever Tax Overhaul

By GEETA ANAND
JUNE 30, 2017



Textile traders protested in Bangalore, India, on Friday against the new goods and services tax. | Credit: Atul Loke for The New York Times

MUMBAI, India — For the second time in less than a year, the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is putting India through a revolution in the way the country does business.

In the fall, the government imposed one of the most radical monetary experiments ever, abruptly banning most of the country’s currency notes in an effort to stem corruption.

Now, it is instituting the country’s biggest tax overhaul since independence. On Saturday, a nationwide sales tax replaces the current hodgepodge of business taxes that vary from state to state and are seen as an impediment to growth. It is expected to unify in a single market 1.3 billion people spread over 29 states and seven union territories in India’s $2 trillion economy.

India, long one of the fastest growing economies in the world, has begun to lag in recent years. Mr. Modi came to office in 2014 with a promise to recharge the economy with the same business-friendly policies he introduced so successfully as the leader of Gujarat State. But he has been increasingly criticized for falling short, taking half-measures and shying away from the tough issues of overhauls to labor and land.

Even the prime minister’s ban on India’s largest currency notes, while a daring step, has come under criticism as growth has slowed to 6.1 percent in the first quarter of this year, down from 7.9 percent a year earlier.

With the introduction of the new goods and services tax, the government is hoping not just to streamline the myriad levies on businesses but to quiet the critics who say Mr. Modi has failed to deliver on his policy promises.

“This would be almost a test for Modi himself,” Harsh Pant, a fellow at the Observer Research Foundation, a New Delhi think tank, said of the new sales tax. “If it goes really badly, he’ll be in for trouble” in national elections in 2019.

Mr. Modi survived the chaos caused by his currency move last year by convincing the poor that cash shortages and lost wages were worth enduring in the fight against India’s endemic corruption. He also argued that the rich were hit the hardest as holders of most of the illicit cash, known as “black money,” that his currency ban aimed to render worthless.

Now, with the new tax system about to take effect, some are questioning whether it will live up to its billing as a radical simplifier of business taxes that will spur growth, or whether it will turn out to be just as complex as the one it is supposed to be simplifying.

In a possible sign of Modi government concern about how the public will accept the new tax rules, a Bollywood superstar, Amitabh Bachchan, has been enlisted for promotional videos in which he appears with the colors of the Indian flag on his face and proclaims, “One nation, one tax, one market.”

India has been discussing the idea of substituting a broad sales tax for the jumble of federal and state levies for much of the past decade. The previous, Congress Party-led government supported the idea, and Mr. Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party made the new sales tax part of its manifesto.



Textile traders at Mangaldas Market in Mumbai kept their shops closed in protest leading up to the introduction of the new tax. | Credit: Atul Loke for The New York Times

In many ways, the idea makes perfect sense. Facing an array of taxes from the central government and states, Indian businesses have a hard time building a nationwide business. Almost everyone seemed to agree that these taxes — excise, value added, sales and service levies, among others — should be replaced with a single sales tax.

Experts estimated that moving to a single tax would add a hefty two percentage points to India’s growth rate.

But in practice, getting the goods and services tax adopted proved a dizzying challenge. It required not only a constitutional amendment in Parliament but also approvals from India’s 29 states and seven union territories, many ruled by political parties with widely divergent interests.

To win approval, the central government assured the states that it would make up any deficit in tax revenue they experienced for the next five years. The government also pledged to keep new tax rates as close as possible to existing rates, but that seemingly simple objective presented a host of obstacles.

So instead of a single flat rate, in the new system, laid out in meticulous detail in a 213-page guide, there are rates of 5, 12, 18 and 28 percent. There are also many exceptions.

Take wood, for instance. In its various manifestations, wood finds its way into every tax bracket. There is a 5 percent tax on wood chips and particles, for example, while the rate is 18 percent on sawed lumber.

Tax rates can also vary depending upon the wholesale price. For example, the kurta shirts at Rizwan Siddique’s air-conditioned store in Crawford Market in Mumbai are to be taxed at 5 percent if their price is under 1,000 rupees, or $16, and 12 percent if they are priced higher.

Add to that a requirement that businesses make 37 online filings a year, and it is not hard to see why some businesses are complaining.

Santosh Dalvi, a partner at KPMG India, an accounting firm, said confusion was widespread. “Things have become very unmanageable, everywhere,” he said, adding: “There are a lot of open areas, a lot of gray areas. From a business perspective, people need to take a decision. It’s becoming quite challenging.”

Others say that in a country as complex as India, it is unrealistic to expect a simple tax system.

“If we came out with one flat tax on everything, there would have been protests in the streets,” said Archit Gupta, founder and chief executive of ClearTax, one of India’s biggest companies selling software to file tax returns online. “We’re such a complex country.”

Given the stark inequality in India, taxes on items used by the poor need to be lower than luxury items, Mr. Dalvi said. So carbonated drinks that only the middle and upper classes can afford are taxed at 28 percent under the new system, with an additional 12 percent levy. Tea and coffee, consumed by rich and poor alike, are taxed at 5 percent.

The new tax code applies to businesses with annual revenue above 2 million rupees, or about $31,000. And in a country legendary for tax avoidance, the system encourages compliance by reducing taxes for businesses if they can show taxes were paid earlier in the production or selling chain.



The ClearTax office staff in Bangalore. The goods and services tax is being introduced on Saturday. | Credit: Atul Loke for The New York Times

“I have strong incentive to buy from G.S.T.-compliant companies,” Mr. Gupta said, referring to the goods and services tax. Companies that do so can pay less money in taxes by claiming credit for taxes paid along the production process, he said.

In the short term, at least, most agree that the new system will impose a hardship on small businesses, many of whose owners have never operated a computer and will have trouble complying with the requirement to file 37 times a year online.

In Chandni Chowk, one of the biggest markets in New Delhi, traders held three days of protests this week over the new system.

“G.S.T. is like a mountain of sorrows for us,” said Mukesh Sachdeva, 61, the third generation in his family in the fabric business.

“There are not many educated people in this trade,” Mr. Sachdeva said. “In our shops, we don’t have space to keep a computer and computer operator.”

At Crawford Market, one of Mumbai’s largest, Subash Jain, 62, was similarly concerned.

“I’m fully convinced that I’ll be facing difficulties in billing, sales and paperwork,” he said, chatting in a friend’s store a few doors down from his shop, previously run by his father, which sells fabric for suits and shirts.

“I have to hire an accountant plus a tax advocate and a computer,” Mr. Jain said. “I have to hire a computer operator who will take a salary.”

There is one business that is booming, and that is India’s online tax filing companies. ClearTax, for one, has developed software for filing the new sales tax paperwork and is holding 11 training sessions daily that are attended by roughly 2,000 people, Mr. Gupta said.

Many attendees are accountants who are desperately trying to understand the new code.

All of the change is likely to slow down business and add to costs, at least in the short run, many experts say. But they say that if it all goes well, businesses, and India, stand to grow in the medium and long term.

Nobody has more riding on this than Mr. Modi. Small-business owners, who formed his political base in the last election, are already upset by the hit their largely cash-based businesses took during the currency ban last year.

The government, said Mr. Pant, the Observer Research Foundation fellow, may be relying too heavily “on the prime minister’s popularity.”

“I’m quite confident it’s not going to be seamless,” he said.

Source: NY Times

          "Are You Ready for Liberation?" - Archangel Michael via Ronna Herman for July 2017   


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MESSAGES FROM ARCHANGEL MICHAEL * LM-7-2017

TRANSMITTED THROUGH RONNA / SACRED SCRIBE

ARE YOU READY FOR LIBERATION?


Remember, my brave ones, you are living in the midst of Eternity. The messages of cosmic wisdom we bring you are not to set more rules or create new dogma. Our intention is to set your hearts afire with love, and to give you a glimpse of the glorious future before you. As more and more of the masses are feeling a discontent initiated by their Soul Self, it is vital that the Wisdom Teachings of Ascension are studied and shared with those around you. You, the awakened STAR SEED, are the ones who will now spread the emerging WISDOM TEACHINGS of the future.

Once again, allow us to give you an example of what is occurring as you traverse the path of en-Lighten-ment. You have heard that there are many mansions in heaven, which in truth, are the many Dimensional and sub-Dimensional realms of manifested Creation. During the era that has now come to a completion, much of humanity’s reality has been composed of a combination of Third- and Fourth-Dimensional frequency patterns made up of his/her individual past and present beliefs, actions, and deeds. Residing within each person’s mansion of existence are all those people who are attuned to, and who are compatible with, that particular level of existence. They share many beliefs and function under many of the same limiting concepts: scarcity, guilt, fear of the future, and they are usually controlled by racial, cultural, religious, as well as traditional rules and standards.

In that reality, usually, the normal ego-driven personality has a self-centered sense of entitlement or a martyr, self-sacrificing complex with many variations and extremes. Those who function within this frequency level of existence interact with each other, choosing those who mirror to them that which they are lacking (usually in a distorted, exaggerated way). They usually are not comfortable with those who resonate at a higher frequency level, and even though they are dissatisfied, they have difficulty in breaking free and moving out of their dysfunctional life patterns – their perceived comfort zone.

As you eliminate old habits, beliefs and actions, you gradually return to harmony within the accepted spectrum of polarity/duality. With each higher frequency level you attain, you leave behind those situations, people and things that no longer are compatible with your new level of awareness and resonance. It often seems as if you have stepped through a new Dimensional doorway and a portion of the past is fading away. That is why many of you are experiencing the loss of friends and/or family members, and why you are changing jobs or beginning a new career. Many of you are also moving to new places, sometimes not really understanding why you have been guided to a certain area, but there is a deep inner-knowing that it was meant to be. Many of you are finding that the work you do, your recreational pursuits, hobbies and many things that interested you in the past are less satisfying, for they do not fit into your ever-expanding, evolving reality.

The multidimensional doorways of the past are closing, and the doorways of the future are opening at a faster and faster pace as the process of Ascension accelerates. The fear of change has been a major controlling factor within your conscious awareness for a very long time. In the beginning of your journey into density, you sought a great variety of self-expression and change, and you delighted in each new creation. It has only been during your earthly experiences that you have forgotten that you were a cocreator endowed with a full measure of creative abilities, and that you have a direct link to the Power Source of Creation, which has been named the River of Life/Light.

You, the StarSeed vanguard, who have diligently labored to refine the resonance of your physical vessel, and upgrade your emotional and mental nature in order to return to an accepted level of duality, are now in the process of clearing the residual, imbalanced frequencies within the three lower sub-planes – the astral planes – of the Fourth Dimension. You have refined your column of Light so that you now exist in a world of your own making, which consists of the four higher sub-planes of the Fourth Dimension. Most of you who have faithfully followed our teachings have tapped into a stream of frequencies composed of a variety of Fifth-Dimensional frequencies, as well as a small trickle-down stream of Light from the Sixth Dimension. You might say this is a new formula of Light/Life you are creating.

Within the ancient esoteric teachings was this puzzling concept: “When an initiate on the path reaches a certain stage in the Ascension process, there appears what is called The Dweller on the Threshold and the Angel of Presence. The Dweller on the Threshold is the one who stands before the gate of God and the portal of initiation. The Angel of Presence stands on the other side of the portal.”

Since so many of you on the Path are in the process of clearing the residual, imbalanced frequency patterns from the higher Third and lower Fourth Dimensions, the time has come for us to explain this important Facet of the initiation process. The Dweller on the Threshold is a Memory Seed Atom in which, over time, the remaining, residual, negative thought patterns within the emotional and mental bodies have been encapsulated. When you have reached a certain level of en-Lighten-ment, with your Higher Self as the director, the Dweller on the Threshold slowly releases these challenging thought forms into your conscious awareness, and then out into your world of form so they may be transmuted into harmonious frequencies of Light. The Angel at the Portal is a Facet of your Higher Self who stands ready to assist you through these intense periods of testing. The Threshold is within your Diamond Core God cell; it is the innermost portal that leads to your Sacred Heart Core where the White Fire Seed Atom of our Father/Mother God resides. Once you gain entrance to the Golden Sun chamber of the Sacred Heart, you will be forever changed, for you will have experienced the bliss of communion with your God parents.

It has become very apparent that humanity and the Earth are in the midst of an accelerated evolutionary process. That is the miracle of these times, beloveds. The Supreme Creator is radiating throughout the Omniverse the full spectrum of Divine Light. This powerful, pure Light is filtering through each Great Central Sun, the mansion world of the Father/Mother God of each universe − out into every level of Creation − so that gradually every Spark and fragment of Creation will have access to an appropriate level of Creator-consciousness. The Light of Creation or Adamantine Particles is being made available to every Soul that has ever been created; however, there are some rules that apply to this “Light Redemption” process: each Soul must prepare their vessel by lifting their vibrational patterns to a certain level of harmonious frequencies in order to receive these particles of God Light. And, you must remember: after receiving these particles of Light, they must be activated by your loving intention. Love is the power source, the generator of these precious particles from the Source of All.

Ascension is about lifting, balancing and harmonizing your vibrational patterns so that the many Facets of your Divine Self can descend and take dominion within your Sacred Heart core. As you delve more deeply into the wisdom of the cosmos, it is of vital importance that you maintain a state of mindful awareness. Humanity is emerging from a state of amnesia, or what could be called a limited awareness of Self, and of the complex vastness of Creation.

We have explained in the past; however, it is time to refresh your memory about what is taking place as you traverse the many levels and sub-levels of consciousness. As you clear the distortions within your auric field, there is also an internal process taking place. Your entire physical structure is undergoing complex changes, which are triggered by the higher frequency patterns you are integrating from the Creator Source via the great Cities of Light. Your DNA, your chakra centers, and your Sacred Heart/Mind contain your Divine Blueprint. As you integrate more and more Adamantine Particles of God consciousness, all the distortions/imperfections that you have created from the concepts you have accepted as your truth are slowly being rectified. Many of these distorted concepts are being filtered into your conscious awareness to be healed or eliminated. We understand that this can be an uncomfortable, disconcerting process.

You have a SACRED CENTER OF EXISTENCE within your Sacred Heart, which we have named your DIAMOND CORE GOD CELL for this sub-Universal experience. You have around you an etheric Third- / Fourth-Dimensional GRAND TRIANGLE OF EXISTENCE, which contains your Pillar of Light, and the Cross of Matter that you have created down through the ages. You exist in a GOLDEN OVOID (egg-shaped sphere), which expands and radiates more and more Divine Love-Light as you resonate with higher and higher frequencies of consciousness. The Adamantine Particles of Divine Light contain Living energy, which has been programmed for a specific Divine Blueprint. When you access that Living Light, you must activate it with your loving intention, and program it with the desires of the Soul, which are always in harmony with your Divine Blueprint.

On the material planes of existence, the Creator Light must be encoded with your Essence as a cocreator before it is ready to be radiated out into the world of form. It takes great courage and tenacity to become SELF-AWARE and SOUL-CONSCIOUS. A constant attitude of gratitude and thanks-giving is sustenance for the Soul.

You are becoming very proficient at analyzing new concepts, and the plethora of information that is now available via the empowering gift of discernment. Now that you are more attuned to Spirit and the voice within, you have the ability to quickly ascertain if a concept is in alignment with your inner truth. If it is not, it behooves you to discard it without malice or judgment. Or, if you are not sure, put it aside and ask your Higher Self to validate it for you in some unmistakable way. We are aware that you are being bombarded with many new concepts, some of which are stretching the limits of your conceptual understanding. Please be aware, beloveds, that what you are experiencing is all part of the reunification and ascension process.

Many of you are experiencing miraculous events in your lives, and we ask you to be bold enough to share these wonders with your family and friends. Do not fear ridicule or criticism; you will find approval more often than disapproval, and interest more often than disdain. The religious community, partially out of fear of losing their following, is beginning to incorporate some of the more moderate cosmic teachings. While it matters not how or why, it is all for the benefit of humanity, and it will assist in speeding up the transformation process of Earth and its inhabitants.

Examine your feelings of abundance and scarcity, beloved ones. If even one-quarter of the population of the world would believe, envision, invoke, and then work towards prosperity and abundance for all, you would see a dramatic turn of events as those who hoard the wealth of the world, and those who prey on the meek and poor begin to lose their stranglehold on the world’s economy.

Are you fearfully holding on tightly to and hoarding your riches? Beware, dear ones that your hoard does not melt into thin air. It is only a form of energy, you know. Energy is meant to be circulated, recycled − used, reformed, expanded and refined. That which you hold onto too tightly will dissolve before your eyes. A part of the Initiation process is to surrender all that you hold dear, all that you possess to your Divine Self, to the highest good of all. This does not mean that you will lose what you surrender; it means you are willing to allow the Divine plan to work through you, which is always for your highest good, even though it may not seem so at the time.

Do not be dismayed if your past is becoming only a hazy memory, especially the painful memories you experienced during this lifetime. It is time to heal and release the past, brave hearts. It no longer serves you to delve into past lifetimes in order to heal yourself or to try to understand why you are acting or reacting a certain way in the present. That is the old way. The distortions of consciousness you created in the past cannot exist when you fill yourselves to overflowing with Adamantine Particles through the processes we have taught you. These magical particles contain the pure / perfect Essence of the Creator, and will gradually transform / transmute any distortions in your auric field and your physical vessel. Slowly, but surely, the imperfections you have created both in your inner and outer worlds are being rectified. Remember, a slow steady pace forward on the Path leads to Self-mastery. It is the ego personality that desires more information and dramatic validation; it forever seeks excitement, drama and sensationalism. It has taken a very long time for the Earth and humanity to reach the present state of imperfection that is now so prevalent. The level of transformational progress that has been made by you, the earthly Legions of Light, in such a short time is truly miraculous.

We understand that these are times of great challenge, and many of you are wondering what you are doing to deserve such painful and trying tests when you have so faithfully stayed the course. We tell you “Do not falter now, for as you face these latest tests with love and compassion, you will find that the Angel at the Portal will assist you to clear the way. With every challenge faced head-on, there will be miracles and blessings to encourage you to clear the remaining obstacles on the Path before you.”

This is a critical step in the Ascension process, for when you have succeeded in firmly establishing your Soul Song resonance within the higher Fourth Dimension, you will be ready to incorporate a larger measure of Fifth-Dimensional vibrational patterns. Before taking this leap in consciousness, it is vital that you have gained the discipline to stay centered within the required parameters of duality. Your abilities to manifest in the world of form will increase dramatically, and if you are not well-disciplined mentally and emotionally, you will create more chaos, which will, most likely, draw you back into a denser frequency pattern.

Brave bearers of Light, are you ready and willing to be a Pathfinder, to open the doors to the many heavenly mansions/Dimensions of Creation? Each Dimensional level will offer new opportunities, and will give you access to many new abilities and expanded wisdom. However, each higher level will also challenge you in many ways, and will require that you release those things which no longer serve your greatest good. You left many Facets of your greater Self along the way as you traversed the descending pathway into the lower Dimensions − you must also be willing to release to the past those people, ways of being, and things which do not fit into your present and future reality as you make your return journey into the higher Dimensions.

Beloveds, we are assisting you in every way possible within the limits of Universal Law. We are waiting patiently for you to join us in the various Pyramids of Light stationed throughout this sub-Universe. We have told you that you are not only creating your new earthly reality, but you are also creating your mansions in the Heavenly Dimensions. We convey to you all the radiance of Love/Light that you can contain. You are loved beyond measure. I AM Archangel Michael.

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          Comment on Review: ‘Star Trek: Department Of Temporal Investigations: Shield Of The Gods’ e-Novella by Phil   
We'll probably have to agree to disagree at some point, and I'm happy you enjoy them. Since the Guardian was discovered, we've learned in the Trek universe you can time travel by slingshoting around a star, building time portals, tweaking power signatures through transporter enhancers, the previously mentioned chronometric particles, and by flying through an apparently badly guarded natural portal, the Nexus. Seems to me there aren't nearly enough DTI agents to investigate temporal travel, when it seems just about everyone has access to it.
          Particle methods in Statistics   

Hi there, In this post, just in time for the summer, I propose a reading list for people interested in discovering the fascinating world of particle methods, aka sequential Monte Carlo methods, and their use in statistics. I also take the opportunity to advertise the SMC workshop in Uppsala (30 Aug – 1 Sept), which […]

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          "God does not play dice" :   
"God does not play dice": The mathematical-probabilistic model of quantum mechanics and the microscopic physical phenomenon DINO GRUPPUSO·WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 20163 Reads In the experiment of double slit the states of the particles coming from the two slits are and remain in state of overlapping up to the time when something does not disturb this situation. The wave function is a model of this phenomenon based on probability but the phenomenon that the model is meant to represent can not be probabilistic. Chances are abstract objects, a mental construction, that can never interact with the physical world. If physical objects and abstract objects could interact with, then you should have, for example, a number that can interact with a solid body causing a collision. The particles instead are objects of the physical world and interacting with other physical objects such as the screen, generating stains, and between them, generating interference. When you run the experiment "a particle at a time" can't be that the wave of probability direct the particles because an abstract object, as the probability wave is, can't interact with the particles physical objects. it is inconceivable to continue those interpretations that are between the magical and metaphysical "consciousness cause of the collapse" or the "human eye" effect or other similar assumptions. Consciousness can cause the collapse of abstract objects indeterminacy, as probabilities are, but it can't interact with physical objects. The only thing that can change the path of the particles up to build the interference pattern, must be a physical object, identifiable because it has to interact with other physical objects. I believe Quantum Mechanics has, from its beginnings, made the mistake of confusing the indeterminacy of abstract objects as the probabilities are with the alleged uncertainty of the particles that are physical objects. Schroedinger's cat experiment is, in my view, a demonstration of the confusion that has taken place, in the quantum world, between the abstract logical problems related to isolated systems and the alleged metaphysical behavior of quantum objects. When the behavior of a particle in the "double slit" regime deviates from the behavior "single slit" this can only be caused by a "physical object" able to interact with other physical objects. That this "physical object" could be a field, a space-time distortion, or any other physical object but remains the fact that the requirement of being a physical object is final. The Schroedinger equation does not explain what generates the particle's behavior and as it does not just explain what happens. Each physical particle isn't a "possible" particle but is a physical one, to make his "trajectory" deviates from that expected one there must be a physical object as well, there must be something like a force and energy and more but nothing that comes from the mind or from the pen of the observer.
          Pinwheel 'living' crystals and the origin of life   
Simply making nanoparticles spin coaxes them to arrange themselves into what University of Michigan researchers call 'living rotating crystals' that could serve as a nanopump. They may also, incidentally, shed light on the origin of life itself. (2014-02-25)
          Science week.   
People excited about the Higgs-Boson particle should enjoy this: Hat tip. That’s Mitt ‘The individual mandate wasn’t a tax when I did it but it is a tax when Obama does it” Romney. All possible configurations are available in a nanosecond. -hw
          Forty-year anniversary: bottom quark discovery announcement   

On June 30, 1977, scientist Steve Herb gave the official announcement at a seminar of the findings of E288, namely, the discovery of the upsilon particle.

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          Professor Higgs’ particle   

If it wasn’t for this particle, you wouldn’t exist.

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          Awards will fund quantum sensor technology for dark matter searches   

Scientists at Fermilab and the University of Chicago are planning to search for hypothesized invisible particles using cutting-edge quantum sensor technology.

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          Gold nanoparticles used to catalyze biofuel waste and create a useful additive   
This work is the result of an international collaboration including Russia (from a May 23, 2017 news item on Nanowerk), Gold nanoparticles serve as catalysts for obtaining valuable chemical products based on glycerol. Scientists from Tomsk Polytechnic University and their international colleagues are developing gold catalysts to recycle one of the main byproducts of biofuel […]
          (USA-OR-Wilsonville) Transportation Supervisor   
More information about this job: OVERVIEW: At Sysco, we offer our associates the opportunity to grow personally and professionally, to contribute to the success of a dynamic organization, and to serve others in a manner that exceeds their expectations. We are looking for talented, hard-working individuals to join our team. Come grow with us and let us show you why good things really do come from Sysco. POSITION SUMMARY: This is an Operations position responsible for supervising the activities associated with Delivery. Responsibilities include but are not limited to, management and direction to delivery staff, compliance with government regulations and safety and security of the delivery department. RESPONSIBILITIES: + Supervises the daily work and safety of Delivery Associates, including adherence to standard operating procedures, adherence to planned routes, and providing safe and efficient customer service. + Ensures Delivery Associate compliance with local, state and federal regulatory agencies (i.e. DOT, OSHA, etc.) and ensures that electronic logs are kept current and accurate. + Supervises labor hours and consumable supplies within budget. Prepares work schedules including extra work days and shifts as needed. + Supervises the proper selection utilization of Company assets in support of the Delivery department. Coordinates required repairs with proper departments as necessary. + Reviews delivery functions and productivity reporting. Suggests efficiency ideas, cost reduction measures and assist with implementation of delivery changes. + Interprets trains and consistently enforces company policies, protocols and procedures including but not limited to food safety, DOT, record keeping, etc. + Communicates with Sales Management and Marketing Associates to collaboratively resolve any customer or delivery opportunities or issues. Visits customer locations and meets with customers to address issues and assess delivery difficulty. + Maintains associate relations through regular department or pre- shift meetings; maintains on-going interaction; keeps open communication channels with associates by answering questions and explaining policies and procedures; monitors associate morale; and submits and respond to ideas to improve associate engagement and enablement. + Interprets trains and consistently enforces Company policies and procedures. + Coordinates efforts with Safety department to aid in training, conducting associate observations, up-dating preferred work methods, conducting accident investigations to determine root causes, and routine safety inspections. Makes recommendations for disciplinary action and/or behavior modification where required. + Performs management functions of staff selection, development, discipline, performance reviews and/or terminations. + Performs the duties of associates supervised and other related duties as needed (and as qualified). Education and / or Experience: + High school diploma or general education degree (GED); or one to three years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and related experience. + Two or Four year college degree in Business Management, Supply Chain Management or similar major preferred. Professional Skills: + Ability to successfully engage and lead individual and team discussions and meetings. + Capable of working with peers and associates from other departments, operating companies and Corporate in a proactive and constructive manner. + Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. + Working knowledge of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. + Ability to apply all relevant policies in a consistent, timely and objective manner. + Ability to work in a disciplined manner and capable of following established procedures, practices and comply with local, state and federal regulations. + Ability to manage the pressures and stress associated with a deadline-oriented atmosphere and customer service issues. Demonstrates skill in making independent decisions in support of company policies and procedures in a timely manner. + Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public. + Demonstrate knowledge of Spreadsheet software and Word Processing software, and ability to learn Sysco technology software and programs. Must have excellent computer skills. + Ability to read, comprehends, write and speak English. + Ability to add, subtracts, multiply, and divides in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Certificates, Licenses and Registrations: + Complete a Sysco approved defensive driving program. + HazMat Certifcation preferred. Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an associate to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the associate is regularly required to talk or hear. The associate is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and climb or balance. The associate is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The associate must occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds, push/pull up to 350 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Working Conditions: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an associate encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. While performing the duties of this job, the associate is occasionally exposed to wet, hot, extreme cold and/or humid conditions; and moving mechanical parts and may be required to work in confined spaces. The associate works non-traditional business hours including evenings, nights, weekends, holidays and on-call. The associate may occasionally be required to travel to other Operating Companies or the Corporate office as business needs dictate (i.e. training, business continuation, etc.). The associate is occasionally exposed to high, precarious places. The associate is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. NOTICE: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature of the environment and level of work being performed by this job. This job description in no way states or implies that the duties and responsibilities listed are the only tasks to be performed by the associate in this job. The associate will be required to follow any other instructions and to perform any other job related duties requested by his or her supervisor. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This job description supersedes prior job descriptions. When duties and responsibilities change and develop, the job description will be reviewed and is subject to changes of business necessity. EEO/AA Employer Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States. Sysco is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer, and considers qualified applicants without regard to race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected factor under federal, state or local law. This opportunity is available through Sysco Corporation, its subsidiaries and affiliates.
          Is the iPad a Real Computer? Do its Users Deserve it?   

Those who like to argue about whether the iPad is a full-fledged computer are wasting their time, and no one cares.

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          Biological Contamination of Nanoparticles and Its Manifestation in Optical Absorbance Measurements   

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Analytical Chemistry
DOI: 10.1021/acs.analchem.7b01766

          [BfR]ナノ粒子:その運命とは、どのように変化するのか?   
Nanoparticles: What is their fate and how do they change? 22/2017, 07.06.2017 http://www.bfr.bund.de/en/press_information/2017/22/nanoparticles__what_is_their_fate_and_how_do_they_change_-201021.html 産業生産されたナノ粒子(NM)の利用が増加し続けているにもかかわらず、空中に放出され吸入して体内に取り込ま ...
          Material of Sanitary Pads in the market   
DO YOU KNOW ?

Discarded paper, cancer causing agent- bleaching agent, fluorescence etc. are common ram materials for disposable sanitary pad production. Discarded paper such as recycled paper, card board and wood pulp are full of unnoticeable microorganisms, pathogens and other harmful particles. After the softening and chlorine bleaching process of the wood pulp, a poisonous by-product, DIOXIN is formed. The final products of these processes are sanitary pad, pantiliner, pampers, etc.
Discarded paper with fungus and bacteria
Before and after wood pulp going through bleaching process

DIOXIN is highly poisonous. It is 130 times more poisonous than Cyanide and 900 times more poisonous than Arsenic. It is also named as The Most Poisonous Man Made Chemical. International Cancer Research Centre has labeled it as first class cancer causing agent to human. According medical researches, low quantity of dioxin may also cause breast cancer, intestines cancer, endometriosis, uterus cancer, ovarian cancer, infertility, miscarriage and other gynopathy.



The average woman may have as many as 400 periods in their lifetime, and can use up to 15,000 sanitary pads during this time. This is a very large number, and it is important to consider the health implications involved in the products that women use to capture the blood during their periods. It is also interesting to note that the testing for the safety of these products is usually conducted by their manufacturer and not by an independent body. The vast majority of women will opt to use either sanitary pads or tampons, or a combination of both methods. In other words, there are 15,000 time of risk to be exposed to DIOXIN.
          Comment on NASA sounding rocket releases artificial clouds above mid-Atlantic by NASA Rocket Forms Dazzling Red And Blue-Green Clouds In The Sky – Tech Times | Everyday News Update   
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          Comment on NASA sounding rocket releases artificial clouds above mid-Atlantic by NASA Rocket Forms Dazzling Red And Blue-Green Clouds In The Sky : SCIENCE : Tech Times - BirmMack   
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          ALCF’s Mira Offers Clues to Particle Acceleration   
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          How to recycle grey water around your home   

By now you may be well aware that certain municipalities have placed strict limits on water consumption as dam levels have shrunk to alarming percentages over the last couple of months. And, with parts of South Africa still caught in the grip of drought, water conservation should be a top priority for all citizens. Even if you live in a region where water is slightly more abundant, your household is urged to reduce its water footprint.

Not only will water conservation help lower your utility bill so you don't have to turn to a Personal Loan to make ends meet, but grey water recycling can also help prevent water pollution in local dams and lakes. In this article, written in collaboration with Hippo.co.za, we present ways how you can put grey water to good use. These tips are adapted from Hippo.co.za's original post How to Save Water and Recycle Grey Water in Your Home.

What is grey water?

Grey water is usually meant to go down the drain after you are done showering, bathing, doing the dishes or the laundry. It is waste water that contains relatively small amounts of chemicals from soaps, shampoos, and washing powders, which can be safely reused to keep your car shiny or your grass looking great.

How to harvest grey water manually

Usable waste water can be captured with minimal manual input through a grey water system; however, these can cost a pretty penny. Fortunately, extracting grey water can be done without special equipment if you’re willing to put in the effort.

  • After washing the dishes, use a dish pan to scoop water out of the basin and into a bucket.
  • If you're washing your hands or rinsing vegetables, place a bucket under the tap to collect the water.
  • When showering, place a bucket in the shower with you.
  • Connect the drain hose of your washing machine to the sealed laundry sink where you can collect the water. If possible, point the drain hose directly to nearby plants if the water can flow into that direction without creating a mess.
  • Unused water from your pet's bowl can be emptied directly into pot plants.

Grey water systems

You can opt to have a grey water system do all the work for you. When installing a grey water device, you can consider either a diversion system or a greywater treatment system. Diversion systems distribute grey water without using biological processes to convert the water into a purer form. This system normally transports grey water directly to the garden or toilet; however, they can also be equipped with a surge tank to help leverage the pressure of water flow as well as filters to remove particles such as hair from the pipes.

A greywater treatment system goes the extra mile by disinfecting and removing all chemicals from the grey water, which can be used for laundry or your irrigation system. This option is more viable if you need to use the water for a vegetable garden or if your area is severely affected by water shortages when you can put purified grey water to other uses besides the garden or your car. Water is a valuable resource which is why it's vital for everyone to do their bit in making sure each drop counts. For additional water saving tips, read the full article on Hippo.co.za's blog.

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          Kitware Energizes $1.15 Million Effort to Accelerate Multiphysics   
Effort seeks to aid scientists who develop particle accelerators. Kitware has embarked on Phase II of a Department of Energy (DOE) Small Business Innovation Research project to help scientists study ... Read More
          A NASA rocket blasted colorful clouds into space — here's what they looked like   

NASA clouds tracer vapor wallops

  • NASA launched a rocket that created colorful clouds in space on June 29.
  • Such clouds are being used to probe two big holes in Earth's magnetic shield, called cusps.
  • NASA Wallops Flight Facility released a time-lapse video of the vapor puffs.

For the last month, NASA had been waiting for the right moment to launch clouds of red and blue-green vapor out into space.

On June 29, that moment finally came. A NASA sounding rocket launched at 4:25 a.m. EST from the agency’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, and shot out 10 canisters about the size of a soda can, according to the agency.

The cans deployed blue-green and red vapor, which brightly colored puffs of "tracer vapors" that were seen from New York to North Carolina. These clouds allow scientists on the ground to visually track how and where particles move in space.

Here's what the clouds looked like:  

The rocket was originally supposed to launch on May 31, but poor visibility and bad weather conditions delayed the mission a number of times. These space clouds weren't merely for show, however.

The experiment was one of many missions in an international "Grand Challenge" initiative aimed at helping scientists probe two gaping holes in Earth's protective magnetic shield, called cusps.

The two holes in our invisible shield leak nearly 100 tons of air per day, according to Astronomy Now.

Probing Earth's leaky atmosphere

The magnetic bubble that surrounds our planet is vital to life, since it deflects the sun's constant wind of high-energy particles — and protects against the occasional solar storm. Without this invisible force field, Earth may have gone the way of Mars, which lost its magnetic dynamo billions of years ago. That allowed the sun to blow most of the Martian atmosphere into deep space, turning a once wet and potentially habitable world into a dry and nearly airless global desert.

sounding rocket terrier improved malmute nasaWe won't run out of air anytime soon (thankfully, our planet has quadrillions of tons left), but scientists are still struggling to understand how the cusps work. In particular, they want to make them visible — which is where the colored clouds came into play.

Launching tracer vapors such as barium (green), cupric-oxide (blue-green), and strontium (red) into the Earth's ionosphere — where charged air particles and the solar wind interact — helps scientists see how particles move that the region. This data could then help verify and update computer models of the fringes of Earth's atmosphere.

Those models, in turn, may help researchers better understand all sorts of high-altitude phenomena, including auroras, geomagnetic storms — and why a planet like Mars lost all its air while ours has held on to its atmosphere.

Launching space clouds

Keith Koehler, a NASA Wallops spokesperson, said that nearly all past tracer-vapor missions, except for a few recent test launches, have spewed the vapors directly out of the rocket body. But that has limited the data that scientists can collect from the ground, since the colored clouds wound up close together and were often hard to distinguish.

The new launch used new method: The rocket shot lightweight aluminum canisters, called ampules, out of its sides. The canisters traveled 6 to 12 miles before they started releasing vapor, which made the constellation of colored clouds easier to distinguish and follow.

ampules tracer vapor space clouds sounding rocket experiment nasa

The chemical tracer clouds are designed to react to sunlight. The launch therefore happened when it was still dark on the ground but the sun was visible from space to maximize their visibility. 

"These launches have to occur just after sunset or right before sunrise. You need sunlight to hit the vapors and activate them as they're released," Koehler said, adding that these vapors should not be confused with the Aurora Borealis that's typically seen in far northern regions of the world.

"Auroras dance across the sky, and this is not that," he said.

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Researchers convert heat to electricity using organic molecules:  "Arun Majumdar, UC Berkeley professor of mechanical engineering was principal investigator of the study..  [His team] successfully generated electricity from heat by trapping organic molecules between metal nanoparticles, an achievement that could pave the way toward the development of a new source for energy."  While it's a long way from marketable form, it would have implications for energy, nanomaterials, and sensors (which need small amounts of energy to function).

          Monitoring plasmon coupling and SERS enhancement through in situ nanoparticle spacing modulation   
Faraday Discuss., 2017, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7FD00162B, Paper
Leonora Velleman, Leonardo Scarabelli, Debabrata Sikdar, Alexei A Kornyshev, Luis M. Liz-Marzan, Joshua Edel
Self-assembled nanoparticle (NP) arrays at liquid interfaces provide a unique optical response which has opened the door to new tuneable metamaterials and for sensing and optical applications. NPs can spontaneously...
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          On the thermodynamic limit of form factor expansions of dynamical correlation functions in the massless regime of the XXZ spin $1/2$ chain. (arXiv:1706.09459v1 [math-ph])   

Authors: K. K. Kozlowski

This work constructs a well-defined and operational form factor expansion in a model having a massless spectrum of excitations. More precisely, the dynamic two-point functions in the massless regime of the XXZ spin-1/2 chain are expressed in terms of properly regularised series of multiple integrals. These series are obtained by taking, in an appropriate way, the thermodynamic limit of the finite volume form factor expansions. The series are structured in way allowing one to identify directly the contributions to the correlator stemming from the conformal-type excitations on the Fermi surface and those issuing from the massive excitations (deep holes, particles and bound states). The obtained form factor series opens up the possibility of a systematic and exact study of asymptotic regimes of dynamical correlation functions in the massless regime of the XXZ spin $1/2$ chain. Furthermore, the assumptions on the microscopic structure of the model's Hilbert space that are necessary so as to write down the series appear to be compatible with any model -not necessarily integrable- belonging to the Luttinger liquid universality class. Thus, the present analysis provides also the phenomenological structure of form factor expansions in massless models belonging to this universality class.


          Extension and Applications of a Variational Approach with Deformed Derivatives. (arXiv:1706.09504v1 [math-ph])   

Authors: J. Weberszpil, J. A. Helayël-Neto

We have recently presented an extension of the standard variational calculus to include the presence of deformed derivatives in the Lagrangian of a system of particles and in the Lagrangian density of field-theoretic models. Classical Euler-Lagrange equations and the Hamiltonian formalism have been re-assessed in this approach. Whenever applied to a number of physical systems, the resulting dynamical equations come out to be the correct ones found in the literature, specially with mass-dependent and with non-linear equations for classical and quantum-mechanical systems. In the present contribution, we extend the variational approach with the intervalar form of deformed derivatives to study higher-order dissipative systems, with application to concrete situations, such as an accelerated point charge - this is the problem of the Abraham-Lorentz-Dirac force - to stochastic dynamics like the Langevin, the advection-convection-reaction and Fokker-Planck equations, Korteweg-de Vries equation, Landau-Lifshits-Gilbert equation and the Caldirola-Kanai Hamiltonian. By considering these different applications, we show that the formulation investigated in this paper may be a simple and promising path for dealing with dissipative, non-linear and stochastic systems through the variational approach.


          Quantitative estimate of propagation of chaos for stochastic systems with $W^{-1, \infty}$ kernels. (arXiv:1706.09564v1 [math.AP])   

Authors: Pierre-Emmanuel Jabin, Zhenfu Wang

We derive quantitative estimates proving the propagation of chaos for large stochastic systems of interacting particles. We obtain explicit bounds on the relative entropy between the joint law of the particles and the tensorized law at the limit. We have to develop for this new laws of large numbers at the exponential scale. But our result only requires very weak regularity on the interaction kernel in the negative Sobolev space $\dot W^{-1,\infty}$, thus including the Biot-Savart law and the point vortices dynamics for the 2d incompressible Navier-Stokes.


          Fast Reconstruction of High-qubit Quantum States via Low Rate Measurements. (arXiv:1701.03695v6 [cs.IT] UPDATED)   

Authors: K. Li, J. Zhang, S. Cong

Due to the exponential complexity of the resources required by quantum state tomography (QST), people are interested in approaches towards identifying quantum states which require less effort and time. In this paper, we provide a tailored and efficient method for reconstructing mixed quantum states up to $12$ (or even more) qubits from an incomplete set of observables subject to noises. Our method is applicable to any pure or nearly pure state $\rho$, and can be extended to many states of interest in quantum information processing, such as multi-particle entangled $W$ state, GHZ state and cluster states that are matrix product operators of low dimensions. The method applies the quantum density matrix constraints to a quantum compressive sensing optimization problem, and exploits a modified Quantum Alternating Direction Multiplier Method (Quantum-ADMM) to accelerate the convergence. Our algorithm takes $8,35$ and $226$ seconds respectively to reconstruct superposition state density matrices of $10,11,12$ qubits with acceptable fidelity, using less than $1 \%$ of measurements of expectation. To our knowledge it is the fastest realization that people can achieve using a normal desktop. We further discuss applications of this method using experimental data of mixed states obtained in an ion trap experiment of up to $8$ qubits.


          Density and current profiles in $U_q(A^{(1)}_2)$ zero range process. (arXiv:1705.10979v2 [math-ph] UPDATED)   

Authors: Atsuo Kuniba, Vladimir V. Mangazeev

The stochastic $R$ matrix for $U_q(A^{(1)}_n)$ introduced recently gives rise to an integrable zero range process of $n$ classes of particles in one dimension. For $n=2$ we investigate how finitely many first class particles fixed as defects influence the grand canonical ensemble of the second class particles. By using the matrix product stationary probabilities involving infinite products of $q$-bosons, exact formulas are derived for the local density and current of the second class particles in the large volume limit.


          Anxiety Overtakes Depression as No. 1 Mental Health Problem   

By Dr. Mercola

Anxiety is the new depression, with more than half of all American college students reporting anxiety.1 Recent research2 shows anxiety — characterized by constant and overwhelming worry and fear — is now 800 percent more prevalent than all forms of cancer.

A 2016 report3 by the Center for Collegiate Mental Health at Penn State confirmed the trend, finding anxiety and depression are the most common concerns among college students who seek counseling.4 Data from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) suggests the prevalence of anxiety disorders in the U.S. may be as high as 40 million, or about 18 percent of the population over the age of 18, making it the most common mental illness in the nation.5,6

Fortunately, there are many treatment options available, and some of the most effective treatments are also among the safest and least expensive, and don't involve drugs.

Anxiety — A Medical Condition Driven by Sociological Conditions?

Commenting on the featured video, Huffington Post writes:7

"A person with high functioning anxiety can look calm on the surface, but underneath that practiced veneer, their thoughts are churning. That's the message behind a new video from 'The Mighty,' in which a young woman describes the experience of living with the condition, which is characterized by persistent negative thoughts, restlessness and even physical symptoms like muscle tension …"

But what is at the heart of all this anxiety? What's causing all these persistent negative thoughts? Why the chronic restlessness? The New York Times addressed the rising prevalence of anxiety in a recent article, noting:8

"While to epidemiologists the disorder is a medical condition, anxiety is starting to seem like a sociological condition, too: a shared cultural experience that feeds on alarmist CNN graphics and metastasizes through social media …

'If you're a human being living in 2017 and you're not anxious,' [Sarah Fader, who has generalized anxiety disorder] said on the telephone, 'there's something wrong with you' … [I]t seems we have entered a new Age of Anxiety. Monitoring our heart rates. Swiping ceaselessly at our iPhones …

Consider the fidget spinner: endlessly whirring between the fingertips of 'Generation Alpha,' annoying teachers, baffling parents … According to data from the National Institute of Mental Health, some 38 percent of girls ages 13 through 17, and 26 percent of boys, have an anxiety disorder …  Meanwhile, the number of web searches involving the term has nearly doubled over the last five years …"

United States of Anxiety

Kai Wright, host of the political podcast "The United States of Anxiety," attributes the current trend to the fact that we've been at war for over a decade and a half, have faced two recessions in that same time frame, and have had to adjust to a swiftly changing digital landscape, which in turn has changed how we work and interact.9

"Everything we consider to be normal has changed. And nobody seems to trust the people in charge to tell them where they fit into the future," he says.10 Andrea Petersen, author of "On Edge: A Journey Through Anxiety," interviewed students at University of Michigan for her book, some of whom revealed the internal pressure cooker was turned on far earlier than you might expect. In his Times article, Alex Williams writes:11

"One student, who has ADHD, anxiety and depression, said the pressure began building in middle school when she realized she had to be at the top of her class to get into high school honors classes, which she needed to get into Advanced Placement classes, which she needed to get into college. 'In sixth grade,' she said, 'kids were freaking out.' This was not the stereotypical experience of Generation X …

'In addition to the normal chaos of being a human being, there is what almost feels like weaponized uncertainty thrown at us on a daily basis,' said Kat Kinsman, the 'Hi, Anxiety' author. 'It's coming so quickly and messily, some of it straight from the president's own fingers.'

Indeed, Mr. Trump is the first politician in world history whose preferred mode of communication is the 3 a.m. tweet … 'We live in a country where we can't even agree on a basic set of facts,' said Dan Harris, an ABC news correspondent and 'Nightline' anchor …"

Beware of Microwave Exposure

We have had nearly an exponential increase in electromagnetic field (EMF) exposure from devices like our cellphones and cordless phones, Wi-Fi routers, baby monitors, smart meters and cellphone towers, which may turn out to be a primary driver for this increase in anxiety and depression. How you say?

Good question. Due to the pioneering work of Dr. Martin Pall, we know that voltage gated calcium channels are over 7 million times more sensitive to microwave radiation than the charged particles inside and outside our cells. This means that the safety standards for this exposure are off by a factor of 7 million.

When the EMF from the above listed devices hit your voltage gated calcium channels, nearly 1 million calcium ions per second are released into the cell, which then causes the cell to release excessive nitric oxide that then combines with superoxide to form peroxynitrate, which then forms the dangerous hydroxyl free radical that causes massive mitochondrial dysfunction.

Guess which tissues have the greatest density of voltage gated calcium channels? Your nerves and tissues, like the pacemaker in your heart and, of course, your brain. When the channels in the brain are activated, it causes a major disruption in neurotransmitter and hormonal balance that can radically increase the risk for not only anxiety and depression but arrhythmias, autism and Alzheimer's.

I am going to be massively expanding on this in future articles and interviews but in the meantime, please watch or rewatch my video below to help start you on the process of protecting you from microwaves.

Do Fidget Spinners Work?

In his article, Williams touches on the popularity of so-called fidget spinners, originally devised as a focusing aid primarily for autistic children and kids with attention deficit or sensory sensitivity disorders. The toy is now being used by all sorts of people of varying ages. But do they really help reduce anxiety? According to psychiatrist Pilar Trelles at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, the spinners can be quite helpful.

Health Magazine quotes her as saying, "When someone is hypersensitive to the environment they might bite their nails, pull out their cuticles or pinch their skin. Fidget spinners offer a less harmful way to expend that nervous energy."12 The fidget spinner falls under a stress management category called rapid stress management technique, recommended for use in conjunction with other forms of therapy.

That said, some schools have banned use of fidget spinners, on account that they distract teachers and other students. Medicine Net has also issued a warning that fidget spinners pose a choking hazard,13 as the round metal bearings could come dislodged. A 10-year-old girl had to have a bearing surgically removed from her esophagus after she accidentally swallowed it.

Other Common Causes of Anxiety

While genetics, brain chemistry, personality and life events play a role in the development of anxiety disorders, stress is a common trigger. Anxiety is a normal response to stress, but in some people the anxiety becomes overwhelming and difficult to cope with, to the point that it affects their day-to-day living. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) explains how your brain reacts to stress, and how the anxiety response is triggered:14

"Several parts of the brain are key actors in the production of fear and anxiety … scientists have discovered that the amygdala and the hippocampus play significant roles in most anxiety disorders.

The amygdala … is believed to be a communications hub between the parts of the brain that process incoming sensory signals and the parts that interpret these signals. It can alert the rest of the brain that a threat is present and trigger a fear or anxiety response.

The emotional memories stored in the central part of the amygdala may play a role in anxiety disorders involving very distinct fears, such as fears of dogs, spiders or flying. The hippocampus is the part of the brain that encodes threatening events into memories."

A number of other situations and underlying issues can also contribute to the problem. This includes but is not limited to the following, and addressing these issues may be what's needed to resolve your anxiety disorder. For more information about each, please follow the links provided:

Exposure to microwave radiation from devices like cellphones, Wi-Fi routers, portable phones, smart meters, baby monitors and cellphone towers

Food additives, food dyes, GMOs and glyphosate.

Food dyes of particular concern include Blue #1 and #2 food coloring; Green #3; Orange B; Red #3 and #40; Yellow #5 and #6; and the preservative sodium benzoate

Gut dysfunction caused by imbalanced microflora

Lack of magnesium, vitamin D15 and/or animal-based omega-3.

(Research has shown a 20 percent reduction in anxiety among medical students taking omega-3s16)

Use of artificial sweeteners

Excessive consumption of sugar and junk food

Improper breathing

Exposure to toxic mold

Breathing Has a Direct Influence on Anxiety

The way you breathe is intricately connected to your mental state. I've previously published interviews with Patrick McKeown, a leading expert on the Buteyko Breathing Method, where he explains how breathing affects your mind, body and health. Here, I've chosen a video featuring Robert Litman, where he specifically addresses the relationship between breathing and anxiety.

According to Buteyko, the founder of the method, anxiety is triggered by an imbalance between gases in your body, specifically the ratio between carbon dioxide (CO2) and oxygen. In this video, Litman explains how your breathing affects the ratio of these gases, and demonstrates how you can literally breathe your way into a calmer state of mind.

A Buteyko breathing exercise that can help quell anxiety is summarized below. This sequence helps retain and gently accumulate CO2, leading to calmer breathing and reduced anxiety. In other words, the urge to breathe will decline as you go into a more relaxed state.

  • Take a small breath into your nose, a small breath out; hold your nose for five seconds in order to hold your breath, and then release to resume breathing.
  • Breathe normally for 10 seconds.
  • Repeat the sequence several more times: small breath in through your nose, small breath out; hold your breath for five seconds, then let go and breathe normally for 10 seconds.

McKeown has also written a book specifically aimed at the treatment of anxiety through optimal breathing, called "Anxiety Free: Stop Worrying and Quieten Your Mind — Featuring the Buteyko Breathing Method and Mindfulness," which can be found on Amazon.com.17 In addition to the book, ButeykoClinic.com also offers a one-hour online course and an audio version of the book, along with several free chapters18 and accompanying videos.19

Belisa Vranich, a clinical psychologist, has also written an excellent book called "Breathe." In it, she details a program that can help improve your physical and mental health. You can learn more about her breathing program in this recent interview.

Nature Sounds Calm the Mind and Quell Anxiety

In addition to addressing your breathing, consider spending more time in natural environments. Researchers at Brighton and Sussex Medical School found that nature sounds have a distinct and powerful effect on your brain, lowering fight-or-flight instincts and activating your rest-and-digest autonomic nervous system.20,21,22

Nature sounds produce brain activity associated with outward-directed focus, whereas artificial sounds create brain activity associated with inward-directed focus. The latter, which can express itself as worry and rumination about things related to your own self, is a trait associated with anxiety and depression. Nature sounds also produce higher rest-digest nervous system activity, which occurs when your body is in a relaxed state.

Previous research has also demonstrated that listening to nature sounds help you recover faster after a stressful event. So, seek out parks, or create a natural sanctuary on your balcony, or indoors using plants and an environmental sound machine. YouTube also has a number of very long videos of natural sounds, such as the one featured above. You could simply turn it on and leave it on while you're indoors.

EFT — A Potent Non-Drug Treatment Alternative

Another potent treatment alternative that does not involve drugs is the Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), one of the most well-established forms of energy psychology. It's akin to acupuncture, which is based on the concept that a vital energy flows through your body along invisible pathways known as meridians. EFT stimulates specific energy meridian points in your body by tapping them with your fingertips, while simultaneously using custom-made verbal affirmations.

This can be done alone or under the supervision of a qualified therapist. By doing this, you reprogram the way your body responds to emotional stressors, effectively "short-circuiting" the event chain that leads to an anxiety or panic attack. Research confirms EFT can be a powerful intervention for stress and anxiety,23,24,25 in part because it specifically targets your amygdala and hippocampus, which are the parts of your brain that help you decide whether or not something is a threat.26

If you recall the NIMH's explanation above about how your amygdala and hippocampus are involved in anxiety disorders, you can see why tapping is such a powerful tool. In the video above, EFT therapist Julie Schiffman demonstrates how to tap for panic attacks and anxiety relief.

For serious or complex issues, you may need a qualified EFT therapist to guide you through the process. That said, the more you tap, the more skilled you'll become. You can also try acupuncture,27 which like EFT bridges the gap between your mind and body.

Other Treatment Options for Anxiety

Considering the risks of psychiatric drugs, I would urge you to view them as a last resort rather than a first-line of treatment. In addition to the breathing exercises, nature sound therapy and EFT already mentioned, other far safer strategies to explore include:

Regular exercise and daily movement

Mindfulness training and/or a spiritual practice. Research suggests psilocybin, also known as magic mushrooms, may be a game changer in the treatment for severe depression and anxiety, and the spiritual intensity of the experience appears to be a key component of the healing.

Magic mushrooms are not legal, so this is not a viable treatment as of yet, but it highlights the importance and relationship between having a spiritual foundation that can provide hope and meaning to your life

Optimizing your gut microbiome. Gastrointestinal abnormalities have been linked to a variety of psychological problems, including anxiety and depression. It is now well established that the vagus nerve is the primary route your gut bacteria use to transmit information to your brain,28 which helps explain why mental health can be so intricately connected to your gut microbiome.29

For example, fermented foods have been shown to curb social anxiety disorder in young adults.30,31 To learn more about this, please see "Poor Diet, Lack of Sunshine and Spiritual Anemia — Three Potent Contributors to Depression and Anxiety."

Lowering your sugar and processed food intake. Research shows your diet can have a profound effect on your mental health.32,33 Pay particular attention to nutritional imbalances known to contribute to mental health problems, such as lack of magnesium, vitamin D, B vitamins and animal-based omega-3

Getting plenty of restorative sleep

Being mindful of your exposure to EMFs and use of wireless technologies. At bare minimum, avoid keeping any of these gadgets next to you while sleeping

Evaluating your toxic exposures. A common symptom of toxic mold exposure is anxiety, so ask yourself if there's any kind of pattern; do your symptoms improve when you spend time away from your home or office, for example?

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). They even offer CBT for young children these days.34 A number of universities offer Tao Connect35 to their students, but even if you're not a student, there are free online programs available that you can use. Some examples include MoodGYM,36 e-couch,37 Learn to Live38 and CBT Online39

Anxiety can significantly reduce your quality of life, so it's well worth it to keep going until you find a proper long-term solution. Last but not least, don't underestimate the value of social interactions — face-to-face, that is, not via social media. Lack of social interaction has become so widespread, some establishments have taken to turning off their Wi-Fi in an effort to encourage human interaction.

Jimson Bienenstock, president of HotBlack Coffee in Toronto, explained his decision to turn the café into a cellphone-free zone to The New York Times, saying,40 "It's about creating a social vibe. We're a vehicle for human interaction, otherwise it's just a commodity." Indeed, like mindfulness and spiritual pursuits, social interaction helps foster meaning and purpose in life, thereby protecting and improving your mental health.


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          Soccer at Any Level Is a Game of Maybe   

Nagbe autocorrects to maybe, which is somehow encouraging. Maybe this is insignificant. Maybe I shouldn’t be looking for meaning in an encouraging autocorrect. But soccer at any level is a game of maybe.

The 2016 USMNT fan is not distracting himself with lucky charm octopi or witch doctors, but he might want to be. He might want to see that there are comforts in such absurdity, when the limits of control are obvious.

This game of 22-plus people and one ball can sprout cruel and fantastic connections between the heart and the mind of a fan/coach/player/nation. The fan/coach