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Soldotna Looks At Banning Cellphones While Driving On School Property

first_imgIn June 2017, the City adopted an ordinance limiting the use of electronic screen devices while driving on public roads in the City limits, and setting a fine amount as a minor offense. Jordan Chilson, Council Member: “Based on my discussions with local school administrators, there have been ongoing safety issues with parents distracted by cell phones in their parking lots during student pick up and drop off times. I believe the safety of our local students is paramount and this ordinance will serve as a reasonable tool we can provide to help address these issues.” If passed this would not however apply to hands free device usage or parked vehicles not in operation. This fall the Alaska State Legislature passed House Bill 333 which grants authority to municipalities to regulate use of cell phones while operating a motor vehicle in active school zones as well as on school property. The bill was introduced to reduce the use of cell phones while driving in active school zones or on school property.center_img The Soldotna City Council will introduce Ordinance 2018-039 at their meeting on Wednesday, December 12. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The City of Soldotna will introduce an ordinance at their meeting on Wednesday that would prohibit the use of handheld electronic devices while driving in school zones and on school property.last_img read more

MPA Redesigns Relaunches Web Site

first_imgTraffic to the site, which averages about 200,000 unique visitor sessions per month, varies according to what’s happening in the industry, says Martin. Though the resource-intensive sections, such as Advertising and PIB, tend to be perennial traffic drivers. “Currently, the fastest growing section of our site in terms of visitors is the Digital section. The digital newsstand, digital initiatives and the member blogroll are updated throughout the day,” says Martin. More social networking functionality is in the works, Martin says. As the AMC show draws near, a blog related to that show will be added. And within the next few months, a more robust community section will debut and will include a member discussion forum and expanded social networking features. Not to be outdone by b-to-b publishing’s American Business Media’s site relaunch in early 2008, the consumer magazine industry association Magazine Publishers of America relaunched its site Tuesday. Most prominent in the redesign is a new navigational format. Social media functionality is scarce for the time being. “We redesigned [the site] not only to increase online engagement with our various constituents but to also better take advantage of technological advances in the digital space,” said Nina Link, MPA’s president and CEO, in a statement. The comment reflects what Link has typically said when noting various examples of magazine publisher Web sites at MPA events. The site has ditched its top-of-page, mouse-over scheme for a left-margin navigation format. Additionally, the site now offers RSS functionality and a “community” page, which lists links to MPA groups and content on Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube. “The redesigned site displays the content in a smarter way to meet the needs of the users,” said Debbie Martin, director of information services, in an email. “When we surveyed members and non-members during the development stage we discovered that most people visit magazine.org for research and news. So we’ve highlighted news and research. Also, the new Flip Book feature allows users to quickly see what’s topical and relevant.” last_img read more

ImageTagging Company Stipple Raises 3 Million

first_imgPublishers and marketers are using it to provide mouse-over callouts to social share tags and e-commerce capabilities as well. Whether an image is used as entertainment or as a marketing or commerce prompt, Stipple remains neutral, but its revenue is generated from the marketing and commerce-oriented initiatives. Image content is monetized in two ways, through affiliate deals where clicks on a “shop” tag are paid out, or through straight advertising campaigns that marketers initiate through enticing viewers to like a brand tagged in the image or click through to a video. Revenue shares are split 50/50, says Flemings.So far, Flemings says Stipple has 100 million tagged product images in its database. The company claims it’s tagging 1 million photos per day, with brands such as Nike, L’Oreal, Zappos and Nordstrom using the service. When a publisher uses those images on its website, the affiliate payments begin as visitors engage with the photos. And since the introduction of Twitter Cards, which allow publishers to embed rich media “cards” in their tweets, including a tweet-sized photo card, Flemings says publishers can tweet a photo instead of a static link, and Stipple’s API carries over the embedded callouts in that photo. “Photos can contain teasers, be shoppable and so on, and now all of those can be used in Twitter.” Further, Flemings notes engagement rates with Stipple-tagged images far surpass standard display ads. “The advertising model today is based on interruption,” he says. “Publishers provide their content for free and users tolerate being interrupted by an ad as part of the service. And the engagement rates with those ads continue to plummet, which is forcing marketers to be even more interruptive.”Stipple-tagged photos, Flemings counters, average 78 mouse-overs and 35 clicks per thousand—rates that translate to 7.8 percent and 3.5 percent, respectively. “Our business model is very simple,” he says. “We don’t spam people and we put accurate information in photos. We protect the social contract with people, which has allowed us to get these engagement rates.”Stipple’s latest financing came from Sands Capital. The company previously raised $5 million in the first part of its series A round and $2 million in seed capital in 2010. Other backers include Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Floodgate, Relevance Capital and Justin Timberlake. Images are one of the most sharable formats across the web, but the data associated with those images gets lost each time they’re shared from one platform to another. Stipple, which just received $3 million in the second part of a series A round, plans to expand its service, which allows publishers, marketers and users to tag images not just with author attributions, but social and e-commerce calls to action.To get a sense of what Stipple does for images, founder Rey Flemings offers this scenario: “You pull out your cell phone and take a picture. At that moment, your phone knows where you are, the time and location and saves this information to the file. You upload the image to Facebook and does that information stay with the photograph? No.”Flemings cautions that Stipple is not a DRM solution—”We’re not a photo cop company”—but the service does do more than simply provide sticky attribution tags. last_img read more

Cardi B Cancels Summer Tour Dates Due To Pregnancy

first_imgNews Email Cardi B Cancels Summer Tour Dates Due To Pregnancy This weekend’s appearance at Broccoli City Festival in Washington, D.C., will be her last until SeptemberNate HertweckGRAMMYs Apr 26, 2018 – 7:19 am Earlier this month, Cardi B made her debut appearance as musical guest on “Saturday Night Live” extra memorable when she revealed that she is expecting. Now the GRAMMY-nominated rapper has announced the cancellation of some of her upcoming tour dates due to her pregnancy.With Cardi reportedly due this July, she’s canceled shows in Texas, Florida, Norway, Ireland, and New York’s Panorama Festival. But fans won’t have to wait too long as Cardi is planning on returning in September to support Bruno Mars on the 24K Magic Tour.Cardi’s debut album, Invasion Of Privacy, dropped earlier this month, landing at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. She also delivered electrifying performances on back-to-back weekends at Coachella and is expected to go big for her set this weekend at Broccoli City.For a full list of where you can catch Cardi with Mars on the 24K Magic tour dates starting in September, visit LiveNation’s website.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs” Twitter Facebook Cardi B Cancels Tour Dates Due To Pregnancy cardi-b-cancels-summer-tour-dates-due-pregnancylast_img read more

NOW HIRING Town Is Hiring Custodian For Middle School

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Town of Wilmington is hiring a Custodial Worker. The job listing is below and can be found HERE.Position: Custodial WorkerUnit: AFSCME IReporting To: Superintendent of Public Buildings or designeeWages: $842.55/wkLocation: Middle School. Location subject to change 2:30PM – 10:30PM.Hours: Depending on shift assignment. Shifts are currently 6:00AM – 2:30PM, 9:30AM – 6:00PM, 10:00AM to 6:30PM, 2:30PM to 10:30PM, and 3:00PM to 11:00PM. School Vacation & Summer Schedule is 7:00AM to 3:30PM for all school assignments. Hours are subject to change.Application Deadline: March 29, 2019Definition:A semi-skilled custodial worker that has knowledge of the routine, preventative, and overall care and maintenance of public buildings.Essential FunctionsWorking under the supervision of the Superintendent of Public Buildings or designee:Sweeps floors, dusts, vacuums rugs, washes floors, cleans restrooms, polishes and waxes furniture and floors, empties wastebaskets in offices and common areas.Washes windows, paints various surfaces, changes light bulbs, shovels snow, clears ice covered surfaces, collects and disposes of rubbish.Moves and sets up furniture.Replaces light bulbs, performs minor repairs to furniture, buildings, and equipment, maintains and operates heating and cooling systems in buildings.Accepts and unload deliveries.Performs other similar tasks or related work as assigned.Minimum QualificationsGeneral knowledge of cleaning materials and methods.Ability to perform heavy manual labor.Ability to understand instructions, read labels and gauges, and follow directions and/or instructions.Valid driver’s license.Job EnvironmentWork is performed both inside and outside. May be subjected to loud noise and exposure to extremes of heat and cold temperatures and inclement weather. Required to traverse uneven terrain, may be required to bend or stoop and is subject to one or more hazards such as those associated with working near equipment, mechanical and electrical systems. Work environment will be moderately noisy and at times very loud due to students, visitors and staff traveling through corridors, as well as work areas such as boiler rooms.Physical RequirementsThe work is mutually mental and physical. While performing the functions of this job, the employee is required to stand, walk, sit, talk and hear for extended periods. Frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reaches with hands and arms, crawls and climbs. Specific vision abilities required include close and medium distance vision and the ability to adjust focus. Must be able to read labels, gauges and instructions on cleaning supplies, building and custodial equipment. Must be able to hear normal sounds, distinguish sound as voice and communicate through human speech. Required to lift and carry equipment and supplies weighing up to 50 pounds.To Apply:Submit resume, cover letter and completed application to:Town Manager’s OfficeAttn: Assistant Town Manager/Director of Human Resources 121 Glen RoadWilmington, MA 01887or via email at: jobs@wilmingtonma.govIf submitting by email please use “Position: Custodial Worker” in the subject line. Resume and cover letter, or application may be attached to the email.EOELike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: Town Of Wilmington Seeks Custodial Worker For Wilmington HighIn “Business”NOW HIRING: Public Buildings Department Seeks Custodial WorkerIn “Business”NOW HIRING: Town Seeking Custodial WorkerIn “Government”last_img read more

VW Type 20 electric concept is a slick batteryelectric microbus

first_img Share your voice Concept Cars Electric Cars Classic Cars Vans 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Tags 3:28 VW’s adorable I.D. Buzz charms us on the California coast 10 Photos 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Comments More From Roadshow Enlarge ImageIt might be a little too SEMA-y for some people’s tastes, but those weird orange bits are made using some unique methods. Volkswagen VW’s undergoing a bit of rebranding, taking its Electronics Research Laboratory in Silicon Valley and turning it into the Innovation and Engineering Center California, which will be its largest R&D facility outside Germany. To commemorate the occasion, it’s rolled out a wicked new concept that mixes both new and old.Volkswagen on Tuesday unveiled the Type 20 concept. Starting with a 1962 Type 2 11-window microbus, the automaker ripped out its guts and replaced it with something just a little more up to date. It sports a 10-kilowatt-hour battery, a 2,500-watt onboard charger and an electric motor that makes 120 horsepower and 173 pound-feet of torque. There’s more than just a new powertrain in there. A clever pneumatic suspension, developed with Porsche, allows the Type 20 to change its ride height through software, rising as the driver approaches. Using a 720p wide-angle camera in the driver’s second window, the concept uses facial recognition to allow the driver entry to the vehicle.It keeps getting weirder, too. There are direction microphones in three locations — outside in the front, by the driver and in the back where the passengers are. These feed into a voice assistant that is capable of understanding more natural language commands than what VW currently offers in its passenger cars. If a command is given from the exterior, the vehicle “responds” with LED-light feedback through the headlights and the VW badge on the front end, but it can respond to certain questions like, “Are you ready to go?” Facial recognition technology means that the Type 20 will greet you by name as you approach and unlock the door for you. A quick look at the pictures below shows some weird, wild structures both inside and outside the Type 20 concept. These were created with the help of Autodesk, using something VW calls “generative design,” which creates some very organic shapes for the wheels, steering wheel, side mirror stanchions and the supports for the rear seats. Volkswagen determined a set of physical parameters and let a computer design around them. Designers then drilled down further until they had look that you see here. Weird, but still really cool. There’s also a holographic display in the dashboard that doesn’t require special glasses, likely an extension of the GTI concept VW created for this year’s Wörthersee show.Volkswagen will bring the Type 20 to Monterey Car Week later this summer, but its permanent home will be at the new Innovation and Engineering Center California to show visitors and employees alike what is possible using off-the-beaten-path ideas. Other historic and prototype cars will be on display alongside it, as well. 2 VW Type 20 concept takes what’s old and makes it new again Volkswagen Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Volkswagenlast_img read more

Team Rocket brings Shadow Pokemon chaos to Pokemon Go

first_imgNiantic added a bunch of new Shadow Pokemon last week: you can now catch Poliwag, Grimer, Muk, Drowzee, Hypno, Cubone, Scyther, Magikarp (which you can evolve into Gyarados), Houndour and Houndoom after beating Team Rocket grunts. Ralts, who just had its own Community Day, will be joining that list soon.Lucky players might get a shiny Ekans and Koffing in the wild, in raids or from an egg. Preview • The ultimate guide to everything Pokemon Go How To • Harry Potter: Wizards Unite best Pokemon Go every way but one News • Pokemon Sleep is Pokemon Go but for bedtime It also replaces the Frustration charged attack with Return, a move exclusive to purified Pokemon. You’ll be able to spot the Shadow and purified ones in your storage because of the dark and bright icons next to them. You also can’t trade Shadow Pokemon with your friends.”Purified Pokemon have been found to be stronger than their normal counterparts due to the gratitude they feel toward the Trainer who saved them,” an in-game announcement said. 13 Photos 5:26 The update also brings Team Rocket-themed “A Troubling Situation” Special Research, which rewards you for completing various tasks. It seems pretty straightforward: Most of the objectives involve beating Rocket Grunts, then catching and purifying the Shadow Pokemon. Completing them nets you XP, Stardust and some rare items.First published July 23 at 3:14 p.m. PT.Updated Aug. 5 at 3:40 a.m. PT: Adds new Shadow Pokemon. Gotta eat ’em all at the Pokemon Cafe Nintendo unveils sleep tracker, Pokemon Go Plus Plus Now playing: Watch this: 0 Post a comment Pokemon Go Pokemon Go Share your voice Pokemon Go finally adds Team Rocket and Shadow Pokemon Pokemon Go-One Piece crossover now live Pokemon Go battles are a whole lot better now Team Rocket brought a bunch of new Shadow Pokemon into battle. Pokemon Go Pokemon Go brought Team Rocket trouble in its latest update, and you can take them on in battle. By defeating them, players catch newly added Shadow Pokemon in the augmented reality (AR) mobile app game. You can battle grunts at some PokeStops, which will appear on your map as black and warped instead of light blue.Shadow Pokemon also have a dark aura, use the attack Frustration and look pretty darn cool. Once you beat a Team Rocket grunt — using the cool, new trainer battle mechanics — and capture the abandoned Pokemon, you can use Stardust and Candy to purify it, which brings it back from the dark side and raises its stats.  Tags Mobile Mobile Apps Gaming Video Games Pokemon Golast_img read more

Shah Rukh Khan takes a dig at himself Still a rising superstar

first_imgPRThe Indian Film Festival of Melbourne kick-started their tenth year celebrations with a grand opening press conference that took place on August 8, 2019, at Melbourne’s Central Business District. The award-winning film festival, considered amongst the largest Indian festivals in the world in the presence of Bollywood’s who’s who, amidst much frenzy and fanfare.Taking charge of the event, Mitu Bhowmick Lange, director of the festival introduced the programs of the festival. Given that the list includes names like Shah Rukh Khan, Karan Johar and Tabu, none of who require introduction, the excitement in the air was palpable.  Martin Foley, Minister for Creative Industries for the Victorian Legislative Assembly, was present at the do.Khan, the guest of honour at the festival was received with great love by the audience. The superstar, who has earlier shot Chak De India (one of his career’s most memorable film) eloquently spoke about how much the city means to him. In his trademark charm, he quipped, “Many years ago in 2006-07, I came here when I was a rising superstar giving hit films after hit films. And now I am back here again, still a rising superstar not making as many hit films (chuckles), as much as I would want to do so. I thank everyone for the opportunity to speak here. When I was shooting for Chak De in the city, I used to play Trivial (a game) with crew members on set. Because of being an Indian film actor, we often feel localised. It’s thus heartening that because of the Indian diaspora – the second generation of Indians here (people like Mitu) Indian cinema is getting noticed. It’s extremely gratifying and makes every Indian proud. I speak for everyone on the dais today, that we are happy to be here.”Witty and sharp as always Khan’s energy was matched by long-time collaborator and dear friend KJo. As their wise cracks entertained audiences, they also spoke about the overarching theme of courage. Karan said, “I have to start by thanking Mitu who has been such a strong force right through the festival. It’s not the films but the people behind the festival who make it what it is. When I see this fantastic panel and we say the theme is courage, I say the panel is reflective of the glorious courage of our films and changing face of Indian cinema. It represents three feature films that have changed the way we look at Indian cinema and how it has travelled across the globe and will continue to do so. There is Super Deluxe, Andhadhun and Gully Boy. All of these have appealed not only to the diaspora but to international audiences across the globe, making Indian cinema so proud. And what to say about Shah Rukh Khan, he fully represents super stardom. I firmly believe, in the era we belonged to, the term is understood because of him. It’s not just about his large heart but his tremendous presence and aura. The fact that he is an outstanding actor is hugest icing on the cake. I look forward to my time here and all the selection of movies is on point and resonant with the theme of courage.”Also in attendance were Zoya Akhtar, Rima Das, Thiagarajan Kumararaja, Vijay Sethupathi, Arjun Kapoor, Tabu, Gayathrie Shankar and filmmaker Sriram Raghavan.Mitu says, “It’s been 10 wonderful years of the festival. I’m so grateful for all the guests who have come here year on year and been part of the festival. I’m extremely humbled and excited to have Shah Rukh Khan here as our chief guest and to have the friend of our festival and one of the best film directors of India, Karan Johar. And the esteemed panel of guests. We take immense pride in the diversity and inclusion we represent at the festival and this year we’re celebrating courage and who better to display courage than these amazing filmmakers like Zoya, Thiagarajan, Sriram, Rima.”The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne will go on from the 8th of August to the 15th of August in Melbourne, Australia. The festival will screen over 60 films from all across India and the subcontinent in over 22 languages. Film aficionados will get the opportunity to interact with their favourite artistes and filmmakers at the festival in event, pose questions at Panel Discussions and Q&A sessions post each screening.last_img read more

Quack beats cancer patient to death

first_imgMap of CumillaA cancer patient has died as he was beaten for refusing to take more after gulping 60 bottles of rose water in the name of spiritual treatment by a quack, locally known as kabiraj, at Chhatadda village of Chandina upazia in Cumilla, reports UNB.The deceased is Shamim Khan, a resident of the village.Locals said Shamim had been suffering from cancer for long.He went to Abul Kalam, who was locally known as master of spirits (Jiner Badshah), for the treatment of his cancer spiritually while Kalam asked him to collect 107 bottles of rose water and eight towels for the treatment.Kalam told Shamim to drink all the 107 bottles of rose water at once, while Shamim managed to drink a total of 60 bottles on Monday night.As Shamim was unable to drink more rose water, Kalam started to beat him brutally and at one stage, Shamim collapsed on the ground and died.After Shamim’s death, his father filed a case with Chandina police station and police arrested the quack, said officer-in-charge of Chandina police station Shamsul Islam.last_img read more

I45 Feeder Between Scott And Wayside Awarded 56 Million For Reconstruction

first_img X 00:00 /00:48 Listen Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: The Texas Transportation Commission has given green light to a project that will improve the condition of a feeder road located close to the University of Houston’s main campus.The commission has awarded $5.6 million for reconstructing the section of Interstate 45 feeder roads that run between Scott and Wayside.The reconstruction will be done both on the northbound and southbound feeder roads.“We are looking at a July 2016 start date. The project will take about 9 months to complete with an estimated completion date of April 2017,” explained Deidrea George, a public information officer with the Houston District of the Texas Department of Transportation.George added the reconstruction will enhance safety and smooth out the roads for the public.She also said it can help alleviate flooding on the feeder roads, although “in situations where you have a lot of water coming in a short period of time flooding can occur.” last_img read more

Cardinals Release 2019 Lacrosse Schedule

first_imgThe Cards return to Louisville on March 9 for their ACC home opener against Duke. Louisville will then break from ACC action for a game against Duquesne on March 11 in Pittsburgh followed by a game at home against Cincinnati on March 13. The Cards conclude their busy week when they host their third 2018 NCAA Tournament opponent Syracuse on March 17. Postseason play begins on April 24 in Boston, Mass. at the ACC Tournament. The opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament are slated to begin on May 10-12 with the Final Four occurring in Baltimore. First up in the Cards’ three-game home stint is Delaware on March 31. Louisville will then have a week to prepare for 2018 NCAA Tournament semifinalist North Carolina on April 6. Fans will have one final opportunity to see the Cardinals in action at UofL Lacrosse Stadium when they take on Ohio State on April 9. On March 2, the Cardinals kick off ACC play with a trip to South Bend, Ind. to take on Notre Dame. In a quick turnaround, Louisville remains in Indiana for a mid-week tilt against Butler on March 5. For the latest information on Louisville lacrosse, visit GoCards.com, or follow the team’s Twitter account at @LouisvilleLax or on Facebook at facebook.com/UofLLacrosse. Print Friendly Version After a week of preparation, the Cards welcome Mercer for their home opener on Feb. 24. The month wraps up when Louisville hosts Vanderbilt at UofL Lacrosse Stadium on Feb. 27. The regular season caps off with a pair of conference road games against two 2018 NCAA Tournament foes. First, Louisville squares off against Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. on April 13 before meeting the national runner-up Boston College on April 20. On March 23, the Cardinals travel to Blacksburg, Va. to face Virginia Tech, their second straight 2018 NCAA Tournament squad, before returning to Louisville for their final three home games of the season.center_img LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville lacrosse head coach Scott Teeter announced the 2019 schedule, which features games against seven 2018 NCAA Tournament teams and eight contests at UofL Lacrosse Stadium. The Cardinals’ roster is filled with underclassmen, featuring just one senior in attacker Tessa Chad. Chad saw action in all 17 games a year ago, ranking second on the team with 42 goals and 49 points. “We are very excited about the upcoming season and the opportunity to play such a challenging schedule,” said Teeter. “We will have a young team, but we’re encouraged by the way they have developed and are anxious to get the season started.” The Cardinals open their season on Feb. 8 in Evanston, Ill. with a matchup against 2018 NCAA quarterfinalist Northwestern. Two days later on Feb. 10, the Cards head to Milwaukee, Wis. to take on Marquette before concluding the three-game stretch of road games to open the season at 2018 NCAA Tournament qualifier Denver on Feb. 16. Story Links The leading returnee is sophomore midfielder Caroline Blalock. Blalock was named Second Team All-ACC a year ago after leading the team with 43 goals, 55 points and 24 caused turnovers.last_img read more

A Perfect Female Companion Project Aiko

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. She has the ability to identify objects placed before her. She is equipped with a sensor which allows her to signal pain or annoyance. If you squeeze her cheeks or other parts of her anatomy she will tell you, “That hurts or stop touching me.”Video: Aiko at Ontario Science Center: November 22-23, 2008Aiko has the ability to talk and interact with humans with 13,000 sentence at her disposal. She has can be programmed to recognize intruders and immediately switch to a defense mode. If it is raining outdoors, she will bring you an umbrella. Aiko is a dream girl, but her inventor Le Trung envisions a day when Aiko clones can be used as security in airports and other public places, assistants for house-bound disabled people, the elderly and as office assistants. Aside from Aiko’s lovely appearance, Le Trung’s biggest claim to fame is the technology. He combined his innovative ‘Brain’ technology by programming in C# and Basic which constantly updates. The ‘Brain’ software controls speech, reading, math, vision, colors, hearing, automation and sensors. She is a work in progress with the best yet to come. Video: Aiko’s Smaller Hand: August 25, 2008Additionally, the software can control Robot kits like Kondo KHR2 through voice activation, automation and basic recognition. Uniquely, the ‘Brain’ software is designed to interact with Aiko’s environment, process the data, and record it in the internal memory. When the internal memory reaches full capacity, the synthesized data can be transferred into the server data base. The result is an evolving data base that can be shared and used by future Aiko clones. Le Trung has maxed out his personal funding and credit lines to create Aiko. Project Aiko has made the rounds with the press and public trade shows. The latest interview with a CNN reporter demonstrated the lighter side of Aiko. Aiko demonstrated her sight recognition features by recognizing the difference between a coca cola product and water and distinguishing food. While the public events thus far have been geared to attract public attention, the genius behind the ‘Brain’ technology and its future is astounding.The human applications for incorporating Aiko clones to assist sight-impaired and multi-modal impaired humans is almost limitless. Le Trung estimates Aiko clones can be mass-produced for $15,000 to $17,000 USD. At first blush, this amount may seem pricey, until you factor in the cost of a 24/7 human caregiver or security assistant. For more information about Project Aiko, See: Project Aiko© 2008 PhysOrg.com Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — Aiko is a humanoid robot with a built in Biometric Artificial Intelligence Neural System (Brain) designed by Le Trung in Canada. Aiko is slightly less than 5-feet high with 32.24-inch bust, 22.44-inch waist and 33.07-inch waist. Aiko which means “love child” is the perfect companion. In fact, lovely Aiko speaks Japanese and English and can respond to annoyances and questions. Citation: A Perfect Female Companion: Project Aiko (2008, December 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-12-female-companion-aiko.html Aiko – Credit: Project Aiko Important results for brain machine interfaceslast_img read more

Coral reefs are better at coping with rising sea temperatures than we

first_imgClose up of polyps are arrayed on a coral, waving their tentacles. There can be thousands of polyps on a single coral branch. Credit: Wikipedia Marine rainforests Known as the “rainforests of the sea,” coral reefs form some of the most diverse ecosystems on earth. Despite only covering 0.1 percent of the ocean’s surface, they provide a home for 25 percent of all maritime species, including fish, mollusks, and sponges. Coral reefs are actually deposits of calcium carbonate, the substance found in sea shells. The makeup of any coral reef is complex and consists of microscopic organisms called corals that live together in small colonies known as polyps. Polyps that contain “reef building” coral species are responsible for laying down the calcium carbonate that form the reefs. Corals live together with algae, and this relationship helps coral reefs survive. But when coral reefs experience stress, such as an increase in sea temperature, they sometimes expel the algae, which results in coral bleaching, a phenomenon in which the coral loses all its color, appearing completely white. This can result in the death of the reef. For example, in 2005, the US lost half of its coral reefs in the Caribbean to a massive bleaching event.It is already known that some corals are better than others at coping with stress. So Professor Stephen Palumbi and his colleagues at Stanford University in California set out to assess whether coral species have the ability to acclimate to warmer temperatures by increasing their thermal tolerance levels. Palumbi and his team completed their fieldwork on coral reefs in the U.S. National Park of American Samoa on Ofu Island. They concentrated on an important reef-building coral species. The corals were contained in two adjacent pools. In the first pool, water temperatures were more varied, reaching temperatures as high as 35°C. This was known as the highly variable pool. The second pool, known as the moderately variable pool, rarely experienced water temperatures of above 32°C. Coral transplant First, the researchers tested the photosynthesis rates of corals from both pools to compare how well they coped with high temperatures. They then transplanted coral colonies from the moderately variable pool to the highly variable pool to see if the coral would adapt to higher water temperatures. The transplanted corals were left to acclimate over the course of about two years, and were regularly tested for thermal tolerance over this time. The researchers conducted genetic analysis to see if there was any change in gene expression during this period that would result in higher thermal tolerance.It was found that corals in the highly variable pool were more tolerant of higher temperatures when compared to the corals in the moderately variable pool. But the most interesting finding involved the ability of the coral to acclimate to higher water temperatures. Dr Daniel Barshis, part of the team that completed the research, said: “The most important finding was that corals are capable of increasing their thermal tolerance limits substantially in just 12 to 18 months. This acclimation in upper tolerance limits correlates with changes in gene expression as well.” Real-world applications Barshis went on to say that this new knowledge should be integrated into models that predict the effects of global warming on coral reefs to help us understand how they will respond to rising sea temperatures in the future, he said: “This research provides some glimmer of hope that corals may have the ability to survive more than we’ve given them credit for, but only if we reduce the amount of current and future stresses.”This research also has many real-world applications that could help protect coral reefs from future climate change. Palumbi said, “It should be possible to use climate-resistant corals in transplant/restoration efforts in order to replant reefs with greater future resilience. This is one of the things we are doing this summer in a set of pilot projects in Samoa.” Citation: Coral reefs are better at coping with rising sea temperatures than we thought (2014, May 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-05-coral-reefs-coping-sea-temperatures.html Journal information: Science More information: Mechanisms of reef coral resistance to future climate change, Science 23 May 2014: Vol. 344 no. 6186 pp. 895-898. DOI: 10.1126/science.1251336ABSTRACTReef corals are highly sensitive to heat, yet populations resistant to climate change have recently been identified. To determine the mechanisms of temperature tolerance, we reciprocally transplanted corals between reef sites experiencing distinct temperature regimes and tested subsequent physiological and gene expression profiles. Local acclimatization and fixed effects, such as adaptation, contributed about equally to heat tolerance and are reflected in patterns of gene expression. In less than 2 years, acclimatization achieves the same heat tolerance that we would expect from strong natural selection over many generations for these long-lived organisms. Our results show both short-term acclimatory and longer-term adaptive acquisition of climate resistance. Adding these adaptive abilities to ecosystem models is likely to slow predictions of demise for coral reef ecosystems. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img (Phys.org) —Coral reefs are under threat from rising sea temperatures caused by global warming. But in a recent paper, published in Science, it was found that certain types of coral are able to adapt to tolerate higher sea temperatures by changing the genes they express. Scientists think this new discovery could be used to devise new ways of protecting coral reefs, as well as improving our predictions of how they will cope with climate change in the future. © 2014 Phys.org Explore further Some corals adjusting to rising ocean temperatures, research sayslast_img read more

From rags to riches

first_imgHailing from Kalarabanka village, a rural hinterland in the state of Odisha, Samanta had no family income to support his early education. But it was his determination and stubborn attitude towards difficulties that changed his life for the better. Well known as the founder of KIIT, Bhubaneshwar, Dr Achyuta Samanta has recently been elected to Rajya Sabha. His love for education was backed by a teacher who helped him get enrolled in a government primary school in his village. Despite poverty, Samanta completed his Masters in Chemistry from Utkal University in Odisha and went on to establish the KIIT Group of institutions. He started his journey as an educational entrepreneur in a small rented room with an initial capital of 5000 rupees. Gradually, KIIT expanded its horizons from ITI courses to becoming one of the pioneers in private technical education in the state. In Back in 1997, private engineering colleges were still elusive to Odisha when KIIT started nurturing young engineering graduates from the state. A decade and a half later KIIT University propounded and exemplified a world-class university with infrastructure and courses that only a few contemporary institutions offered. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfLater he founded Kalinga Institution of Social Sciences (KISS) in 1993. The man’s whose own childhood was full of misery made it his mission to educate tribals and convert these social liabilities into assets for the nation. KISS which provides free education, boarding, food, medical facilities and all the other necessities to over 50,000 tribal children, in a nutshell, offers them a new life. Students of KISS have not only shown their potential but have also started spreading the importance of education and knowledge in their villages. KISS offers a case study for various administrators to connect policies and people. It is the only institution to have the sex ratio amongst students favorable towards girls, where numerous tribes are first taught in their mother languages and then shifted to Odia. Students won the Under-14 Rugby world cup in 2007 and now are members of the various sports team of Odisha and India. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAt KISS, a mechanized kitchen cooks the meal for 1,00,000 students every day. Also, a bio-degradable waste recycling plant converts tonnes of vegetable waste to energy. An RO bottling unit provides drinking water and solar panel provides electricity for the entire campus. KISS has now been granted a special consultative status by the United Nations ECOSOC. This trajectory looks baffling for just a fifty-year-old man. His individual achievements range from being the youngest chancellor to being the General President of Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA). These contributions to the society have also accredited him with several international awards like the Gusi Peace Prize, the highest civilian award from Bahrain and 38 Honoris Causa Doctorate awards from different Universities across the globe. This achievement not only is rare but only a few fellow parliamentarians in the history of Indian Parliament can actually claim such recognition.last_img read more

BJP trying to negatively influence Bengals rich culture Mamata

first_imgAgarpara: Rebutting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s tall claims that BJP alone will get 300 seats in the Lok Sabha, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee said it is certain that the saffron party is not coming to power in Delhi. She also added that the saffron party was trying to destroy Bengal’s rich cultural heritage.While addressing a mammoth rally at Agarpara in North 24-Parganas on Wednesday afternoon, she said: “From where will they get so many seats? In Uttar Pradesh, BJP will not get more than 13 to 17 seats, while in Maharashtra and Rajasthan the number of seats will be equally less. In Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Odisha they will not get seats and in Bengal, they will get a big zero. So, from where will the seats come Modi babu.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIt may be recalled that while addressing a rally at Taki, the Prime Minister had said: “BJP alone will get 300 seats and the NDA partners will increase their seats.” Banerjee said in a few days, the general elections will come to an end, but Modi has not uttered a single word on note ban, the suicide of farmers or why he has failed to give jobs to the people. “In 2014, he had said he would bring back black money deposited in banks outside India and deposit Rs 15 lakh in the bank account of everyone. It is a big hoax. He had announced that two crore people will get jobs which amount to 10 crore people in five years. Not only has that not happened, but around 12,000 farmers have committed suicide in the past five years. He has not said a word on his failure and has come in Bengal to incite one religion against the other,” she said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe Trinamool supremo also alleged that BJP is trying to negatively impact Bengal’s great tradition and culture. “BJP is trying to force us to forget Rabindranath. This is their game plan,” she said, adding that CPI(M) had tried this many years ago. “They imported Marx and Lenin and dropped ‘Sahaj Path’ of Tagore from the syllabus,” Banerjee added. She had earlier garlanded a portrait of Pandit Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar kept on the dais. Coming down heavily on Amit Shah, she said: “In Delhi, Shah had alleged that Trinamool supporters had planned to malign him. Who is he? Why would Trinamool try to malign him? They have destroyed the statue of Vidyasagar and are so shameless that they are now putting the blame on us.” Alleging that BJP supporters had vandalised the half-bust of Vidyasagar at Vidyasagar College on Tuesday, Banerjee said: “They have brought goons from Rajasthan, Jharkhand and different districts in Bengal. They have been put up in different hotels and lodges in and around the city.” Urging people to vote for party candidate Saugata Roy, she said: “Saugata da is a veteran Parliamentarian. He raises all important issues on the floor of the House.”last_img read more

•  Switching gears a nuclear deal with Iran could

first_img •  Switching gears, a nuclear deal with Iran could send oil prices lower… Iran and six world powers (the US, the UK, Germany, China, France, and Russia) are trying to resolve a 12-year dispute over Iran’s nuclear program. The deal on the table would allow Iran to enrich uranium for power generation only. The US and its allies don’t want Iran to build a nuclear bomb. The two sides have been negotiating for almost two years. They were hoping to reach a deal by today, but now the BBC reports that negotiations will likely continue over the weekend. Reuters says a deal “could be the biggest milestone in decades towards easing hostility between Iran and the United States.” A deal could also cause oil prices to drop… Right now, Iran is under strict sanctions. The United Nations won’t let countries sell weapons to Iran. And the European Union won’t buy oil or natural gas from Iran. As a result, Iran’s oil exports have fallen from 2.2 million barrels per day (bpd) in 2011 to just 1.2 million bpd today. In January 2013, Iran’s oil minister said oil sanctions were costing his country between $4 and $8 billion per month. Iranian officials say oil exports could nearly double, to 2.3 million bpd, if the two sides agree on a nuclear deal and the US and its allies lift the sanctions. Iran is the sixth-biggest producer of oil in the world, and it has the fourth-largest oil reserves. If it doubles its exports, it will add over 1 million bpd to an already oversupplied market. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), a cartel of 12 oil-producing countries that includes Iran, is already producing 31.28 million bpd. That’s its highest rate of production since August 2012. The price of oil is down 49% since June 2014 and 12% in just the last month. •  Back in the US, a huge company is raising prices… Starbucks (SBUX), the largest coffee chain in the US, just announced it will raise prices on most of its drinks by 5 to 20 cents. Starbucks isn’t raising prices because coffee is getting more expensive. The price of coffee beans has dropped 44% since last October. Instead, it’s increasing prices to pay for rising wages and rent prices. And it’s not the only big company dealing with rising costs… Walmart, the world’s largest private employer, announced in February that it would give raises to 500,000 of its lowest-paid employees. T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, and Gap are also planning similar wage hikes. For now, rising wages aren’t causing prices to rise much. The Consumer Price Index (CPI), a government measure of inflation, showed a 0% inflation rate in May. But we prefer to use data from the Billion Prices Project (BPP) to measure inflation. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management created the BPP. It collects the prices of 5 million items sold by hundreds of retailers in order to estimate inflation. Right now, the BPP also says inflation is low. This chart compares the CPI to the PriceStats Inflation Gauge, an inflation index calculated using data from the BPP: Are US ATMs Next to Fail? It’s more likely than you think. Economist reveals stunning evidence… Read more At 11:32 a.m. ET on Wednesday, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) broke. The NYSE is the largest stock exchange in the world. Investors couldn’t buy or sell stocks on the NYSE for nearly four hours. Trading resumed at 3:10 p.m. The NYSE’s management blamed a technical glitch. It assured investors that the outage wasn’t due to a cyberattack on NYSE computers. It was the worst malfunction of a major stock exchange since the “Flash Freeze” of 2013, when stocks stopped trading on the Nasdaq for over three hours. •  The NYSE outage added to a crazy week… Earlier this week, we told you that the Shanghai stock market had plummeted 28% since June 12. It was the worst crash in Chinese stocks in two decades. We also showed you how Chinese stocks are extremely volatile. They go through huge booms and huge busts. On Thursday, Chinese stocks switched from bust to boom. After dropping a stunning 19% in one week, the Shanghai soared 11% on Thursday and Friday… its biggest two-day rally since September 2008 during the global financial crisis. We’re not impressed. We pointed out yesterday that the Chinese government has halted trading on 51% of all mainland Chinese stocks. A rally in a market where investors can’t sell 51% of stocks is totally meaningless. – According to both the CPI and BPP, prices only rose by about 0.2% from May 2014 to May 2015. When we do get meaningful inflation, it’ll likely show up in the BPP before it does in the CPI. We’ll be watching both… and we’ll tell you when we start to see inflation.center_img This could wipe out MILLIONS of Americans If you hold any of your savings in the U.S. dollar or you own any assets priced in our currency (like stocks or bonds), then you absolutely must see this urgent warning now. Recommended Links —last_img read more

A disabled access expert has questioned why 10 Dow

first_imgA disabled access expert has questioned why 10 Downing Street – which has one of the most iconically-inaccessible front doors on the planet – has been presented with a high-profile access award.Images of the front entrance to the prime minister’s home and offices – with its two steps to the front door – are shown every day all over the world.But despite staff needing to bring out a portable ramp if a wheelchair-user wants to enter the grade I listed building through the front entrance, 10 Downing Street was presented with an award at last month’s Blue Badge Style Awards.The awards recognise venues that have “made an effort to attract guests with disabilities”, and those nominated are rated on their style, facilities and accessibility, with other winners including the Ritz Carlton in Wolfsburg, Germany, the Beaumont Hotel in Mayfair, and the Dandelyan cocktail bar on London’s South Bank.The citation for the “above and beyond” award said that 10 Downing Street had “pulled out all the stops” on access.Historic England – the government-sponsored public body responsible for “championing England’s heritage” – told Disability News Service this week that it had advised the Cabinet Office on recent access improvements to the building, including a new internal lift, but that so far there had had been no discussions about the steps at the front entrance.Tracey Proudlock, founder of the leading access consultancy Proudlock Associates, and a former government adviser on disability equality, questioned why 10 Downing Street had been handed an award.She said the need to use a ramp at the front door showed that 10 Downing Street had not gone “above and beyond” on access, and she contrasted it with the “great thinking” that had gone into the “creative” access work at Canterbury Cathedral.Proudlock said that front doors are often symbolically important on access.She said: “In terms of Number 10, it is where you deliver your petition or go in to get your new ministerial job.“I think the entrance to Number 10 is really symbolic.“At any front door, disabled people don’t want to be treated differently and that is still happening here.“No matter how quick they are at deploying a temporary ramp, it’s still not an inclusive provision.“Getting out a portable ramp isn’t really a modern approach to providing inclusion.”Proudlock said that just because a building had grade I listed building status, that did not mean that features such as steps to a front door could not be removed.She added: “When big decisions on access are taken, they have to involve disabled people, and at the moment often they do not.”Earlier this year, she wrote in her blog how the Bank of England had come up with an ingenious solution to provide level access at its historic front entrance.She wrote: “If front entrance access can be achieved at the Bank of England – built in 1734, when most disabled people would have been in the workhouse or infirmary – it can be done in a lot more places…“Everyone blames everyone else for why it ‘can’t be done’ or ‘isn’t worth doing’.“Important public buildings, however historic, are no less important to members of the public who happen to be disabled.”A Number 10 spokeswoman said: “Downing Street is committed to accessibility and we have undertaken a programme of works over recent years to make sure this historic building is accessible to all who visit.”This includes improved accessible toilets, “increased ramping”, and a new lift providing access to the state rooms.She said: “We’re proud to have these efforts recognised by the Blue Badge Style Awards.”She said the front door was “manned by a custodian constantly, meaning that it is accessible 24/7 to those who require the use of a ramp”.But she had failed to say by noon today (Thursday) whether there had been any discussions about removing the steps at the front entrance.Historic England confirmed that the Cabinet Office was “rolling out a programme of improvements to the grade I listed complex to proactively address disabled access”.She said: “Historic England advised on the recent installation of the award-winning lift [inside] Downing Street and regularly discusses listed building alterations with Cabinet Office.”Another spokeswoman added later: “There have not yet been any formal discussions with Cabinet Office about alterations specifically to the front steps of Number 10.“The accessibility audit is still being worked through and we will continue to advise as necessary.”Fiona Jarvis (pictured, outside 10 Downing Street), founder of Blue Badge Style and a wheelchair-user herself, said the award recognised the effort made by 10 Downing Street in recent refurbishments.She said in a statement: “They now have stylish toilets for people with disabilities on every floor and stairs that turn into a lift, allowing people with disabilities to get from the main building to the rest of the rooms more easily.“Immediately you arrive they come out with a portable ramp, which means you can negotiate the iconic front steps which are tied by a grade I listing. “More than anything it’s their attitude to doing their best for people with disabilities that won them the award.”Asked why the award had been given when the front entrance was so clearly inaccessible to wheelchair-users, a spokeswoman said that Jarvis “recognises the issue with the steps, but her experience was that [because] they got the ramp out so quickly, there wasn’t a problem getting in to the building”.last_img read more

Acclaimed trumpet pedagogues to join Shepherd School in 2013

first_imgAddThis ShareAmy Hodges713-348-6777amy.hodges@rice.eduHOUSTON – (July 16, 2012) – Acclaimed trumpet pedagogues Barbara Butler and Charles Geyer will join Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music in July 2013.“With the appointments of Charlie Geyer and Barbara Butler in trumpet, the Shepherd School engages two of our country’s pre-eminent performers and teachers,” said Robert Yekovich, dean of the Shepherd School. “Our brass department enters a new and exciting era, building upon the standards of excellence established by Marie Speziale, who is retiring as chair of brass and professor of trumpet.”Butler and Geyer have been professors of trumpet at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music since 1998 and held the same positions for 18 years with the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music.Butler and Geyer have performed as members or guests of some of North America’s top orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Houston Symphony, Grant Park Symphony, St. Louis Symphony and Lyric Opera Orchestra of Chicago. They are currently members and soloists with Music of the Baroque, Chicago Chamber Musicians, Grand Teton Music Festival, Ars Viva Symphony and Chicago Philharmonic. They have performed solos, recitals and master classes throughout the world.In addition to numerous chamber and orchestral recordings, Butler and Geyer have released three duo recordings, including “With Clarion Voice” on D’Note, “Music for Two Trumpets and Organ” on Gasparo and their most recent, “Carmen Fantasia,” on Warner Bros.“We are so fortunate to attract Charlie Geyer and Barbara Butler to our school,” said Larry Rachleff, the Walter Kris Hubert Professor of Orchestral Conducting. “After the excellence and great success of Marie Speziale, their appointment speaks for itself. They have been and continue to be towering forces in the trumpet and brass field.”Butler’s and Geyer’s students fill many of the world’s top orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, St. Louis Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Houston Symphony, San Francisco Symphony and the “President’s Own” Marine band. Additionally, they hold teaching positions at top schools and universities and have won many national and solo competitions, including the National Trumpet Competition and the International Trumpet Guild Solo and Orchestral Excerpts Competitions.“We are excited to join the prestigious faculty of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University,” the husband-and-wife team of 33 years said. “Continuing to develop the finest trumpet studio in the world and to make a difference in the lives of musicians and their audiences is our passion and mission. Rice offers unique opportunities for intensive and nurturing work, and we can’t wait to share this with past, present and future students.”For more information on the Shepherd School of Music, visit http://music.rice.edu.-30-This news release can be found online at XXXXX.Related materials: Shepherd School of Music: http://music.rice.eduLocated on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is known for its “unconventional wisdom.” With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 4 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to www.rice.edu/nationalmedia/Rice.pdf.If you do not wish to receive news releases from Rice University, reply to this email and write “unsubscribe” in the subject line.Office of News and Media Relations – MS 300, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005last_img read more

Baker Institute among top 5 universityaffiliated think tanks in world

first_imgAddThis ShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduBaker Institute among top 5 university-affiliated think tanks in worldHOUSTON – (Feb. 1, 2016) – Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy is now ranked among the top five university-affiliated think tanks in the world, according to an annual index of global think tanks. The Baker Institute rose to No. 4 in 2015 — up from No. 9 in 2014.Photo courtesy of Rice University’s Baker InstituteThe Baker Institute’s Center for Energy Studies (CES) was ranked No. 2 among the world’s energy- and resource-policy think tanks — up from No. 4 in 2014 – according to the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program’s 2015 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report.The institute ranks No. 18 among the top think tanks in the United States.The top four university-affiliated think tanks in the world are, in ranked order, Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard’s Center for International Development, the London School of Economics’ IDEAS/Public Policy Group and Rice’s Baker Institute. The top-ranked global energy think tank is the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan, followed by the Baker Institute’s Center for Energy Studies.“These rankings reflect our commitment to excellence and to delivering research, programs and policy recommendations to decision-makers in the public and private sectors,” said Baker Institute Director Edward Djerejian. “Our fellows, scholars and staff are to be commended for their dedication and work. We will continue to grow in meaningful ways in the years ahead.”Rice President David Leebron cited Djerejian’s strategic and effective leadership in elevating the Baker Institute to among the top globally recognized think tanks. “Under Ambassador Djerejian’s leadership, the important policy work and influence of the Baker Institute has both deepened and broadened. Its extraordinary success in a relatively brief time would not have been possible without the vision and leadership of Ed Djerejian, and the guiding influence and steadfast support of Secretary James A. Baker, III. The Baker Institute has played a critical role in advancing and engaging Rice University both locally and globally.”“We have an outstanding group of fellows, scholars and graduate students across multiple academic departments who contribute to our work on many different topics in the energy-environment arena,” said Kenneth Medlock, CES senior director and the James A. Baker III and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics. “This interdisciplinary model will continue to drive our approach to providing unbiased analysis of factors that shape the energy future with the goal of engaging policymakers, corporate leaders and the general public.”Founded in 1993, the Baker Institute has fellows and scholars who conduct research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. Core fields of study include energy, the Middle East, Mexico, health care, taxes and public finance, entrepreneurship, international economics, science and technology, China, space policy and drug policy.The University of Pennsylvania Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program’s Global Go To Think Tank Index has become the gold standard for think tanks around the world and is widely cited by governments, donors, journalists and policymakers as the foremost guide to the performance of thousands of domestic and international public-policy centers.The program’s report is compiled with assistance from 2,000 peer institutions and experts from the print and electronic media, academia, public and private donor institutions, and governments in the U.S. and around the globe.-30-Related materials:2015 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report: http://repository.upenn.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1009&context=think_tanksFollow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInstitute.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top five university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at http://www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog.last_img read more