Among incidents officially recognised as calamities in Odisha, snake bites lead lightning strikes and drowning in causing fatalities. In the State, snake bites kill close to 500 people every year. Since the 2015 announcement by the Odisha government categorising snake bite as a state-specific calamity, deaths recorded due to snake bites increased from 411 in 2015-16 to 486 in 2016-17. Since April this year, as many as 34 lives have already been lost in Odisha due to snake bite. Nationally, the State leads in snake bite deaths recorded in government-run hospitals. The surge in snake-bite death data may well be due to just better recording. “Ever since Odisha added snake bite as a State-specific calamity and announced that ex-gratia for loss of life would be paid from the disaster relief fund, snake bite deaths have registered a sharp jump,” Prabhat Ranjan Mohapatra, Deputy Special Relief Commissioner, told The Hindu. Better recording“There is no scientific evidence to say that snake bite deaths are on a rising trend. We also cannot attribute habitat loss to snake bite deaths. Many snakes reside near human habitations because they get easy prey. Cobra and common krait bites are higher in numbers and the two venomous species are found near human habitations. Russell’s vipers are found in fields,” said Pratyush Mohapatra, a scientist with the Zoological Survey of India.One of the positive aspects of the inclusion of snake bite in the calamity list is that people are rushed to hospitals immediately after snake bite. The process for getting ex-gratia is easier if the death occurs in hospital. The next-of-kin of snake bite victims are paid Rs. 4 lakh from the disaster relief fund. There is also increased awareness among people that they must get treatment in hospitals for snake bites rather than go to black magic practitioners and snake charmers.“There has also been marked improvement in the availability of anti-venom drugs in government-run hospitals in recent years. But we lack ventilators,” said Mr. Mohapatra.
A two-and-a-half-year-old girl was allegedly raped and killed in Pune, a police official said on Wednesday.The girl, the daughter of a labourer, was abducted from a shanty at a construction site in Pimple Saudagar area on the city’s outskirts while her family members were asleep, he said.When the girl’s family members were unable to trace her, they lodged a missing complaint with Sangavi police.“Her body was found in the same area on Tuesday. The autopsy report revealed she was sexually assaulted before being killed,” the official said.Some people from the area have been detained and are being questioned, police said.
Argentine superstar Lionel Messi arrived in the wee hours of Wednesday, but more than 1500 frenzied die-hard supporters and hordes of mediamen who stayed awake throughout the night were left heartbroken without getting a glimpse of the Argentine superstar who made a hush-hush exit from the VIP gate amid high security without anybody’s notice.The football-mad city however did not witness the same turn-out when Diego Maradona visited about three years back as the Kolkatans then had lined up on the streets while state government officials had come to welcome him at the airport.But the euphoria was exactly the same as the fans with many wearing the Albiceleste colours painted the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport in Dum Dum in white and sky blue.Holding Argentina flags and lifesize Messi cutouts, the fans poured in since 2 am, more than one hour in advance of the Argentine star’s arrival. There were also few Tricolours seen flying high among the white and sky blue colours.The football-crazy fans danced and cried deliriously, shouting “three cheers for Messi, three cheers for Argentina,” as near stampede like scenes were witnessed outside the airport.”It’s an achievement for Kolkata. I don’t know what will happen to me when I see the God of football. Perhaps, I will faint,” ardent Messi fans Arindam Ghosh and Uttam Saha who were part of a 50-member team of Bidrohi Club in Baghajatin stated.With the airport exit witnessing delirous scenes, the security seemed to be a concern to bring Messi out of the terminal to the team vehicles parked outside.advertisementThe cheers and the jubilant scenes just got louder as the clock struck 3. 10 am, the scheduled time of the Qatar Airways flight from Doha.There were few spells of rain when Messi landed around 3:15 am but that did not dampen the spirits. But soon the wait took the shape of high confusion among the anxious fans who seemed clueless about Messi’s exit path as passengers from the same flight started coming out. With no signs of Messi, the fans frantically kept on asking the passengers about the Argentine’s whearabouts.But the Messi’s fellow passengers were equally cluelss.Mad rush to the other exit ways were witnessed as there was no glimpse of Messi. The photojournalists were equally frustrated.Meanwhile after more than 30 minutes of confusion, the organisers came out to declare that Messi has come and was taken out safely to the team hotel along with four others.”Yes, Messi has arrived along with Mascherano and three from Venezuela. Nobody had an idea through which gate he would be taken out,” Bhaswar Goswami, executive director of CMG, told media persons.Accompanied by Mascherano, Messi was sporting a white T-shirt and grey shorts as he completed the formalities with the immigration department before being whisked away from Gate No 5.More than 30 members of the Argentine delegation including coach Alejandro Sabella have alreay checked in. Venezuela team members too have come in batches for their match on Friday.
Rohit Sharma showered praises on his bowlers following Mumbai Indians’ 14-run victory over Delhi Daredevils at the Wankhede stadium in Mmmbai on Saturday night.Chasing 143 for a win, Delhi’s innings never took and they were reduced to 24 for six in 6.3 overs thanks to Mitchell McClenaghan’s standout bowling performance. MI vs DD HighlightsHowever, Chris Morris (52*) and Kagiso Rabada (44) fought back hard with their 91-run stand for the seventh wicket to keep the visitors in the hunt but Jasprit Bumrah’s outstanding death bowling sealed the deal for Mumbai.”We were outstanding with the ball. We knew that we could defend any total out here, we’ve done it in the past and have the bowlers to do the job for us,” Rohit said at the post match presentation ceremony.McClenaghan finished with three for 24 and was named Man of the Match. Bumrah picked up two for 21 and Hardik Pandya took one for 23.The Mumbai Indians skipper also defended his side’s batting collapse.”It was one of those games where we couldn’t kick on with the bat but I do not want to blame them for we’ve done very well in the past,” he said.Rohit also thanked the Mumbai crowd for all their support and termed them the “12th man”.”The crowd support has been amazing, they’ve rightly been the 12th man for us. I hope they’ll keep coming back in large numbers in the next few games as well,” Rohit said.Mumbai sit four points clear at the top with their sixth consecutive win in seven matches so far.advertisement
Indian team management will take a final call on Ravichandran Ashwin on the morning of the Test after the off-spinner was named in the 13-man squad for the Sydney Test against Australia, starting January 3. It was reported early on Wednesday that Ashwin could not recover in time and will miss out on the fourth and final Test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).An Indian team spokesperson had announced on the eve of the match that Ashwin was unfit to play. However, it looks like the Indian team are willing to give Ashwin the chance to prove his fitness till the last moment.Ashwin, who performed admirably in the first Test against Australia at Adelaide by taking 6 for 149, has been unable to be a part of the series ever since.Ashwin was forced to miss the second and third Test in Perth and Melbourne, respectively, with a side strain. He is attempting to get fit for the SCG, which is expected to assist spinners, but could not pass the test.”R Ashwin is not 100 percent fit and won’t be available for selection,” the spokesman told reporters.Batsman Rohit Sharma is already out of reckoning as he return home a couple of days ago to be with his wife Ritika Sajdeh after their first child was born on India.India are now tossing up between Ashwin and bringing KL Rahul back in at the opener’s slot and put Hanuma Vihari back at No.6.Ashwin was the only one who turned up for practice on New Year’s day while the rest of the Indian team players took a day off. The Tamil Nadu off-spinner had team physio Patrick Farhart and another support staff member for company.advertisementAshwin attempted to be ready in time to feature for India in the final Test but it could not happen as he failed the fitness test.India, who have also named Kuldeep Yadav in the squad might do well to give him a look alongside Jadeja.A major change has also been that Ishant Sharma was replaced by Umesh Yadav in the squad for the Test.Ishant, one of the disciplined pace trio that have done so much to put India in such a strong position, was left out because of what the team said was “rib cage discomfort”.Having sealed a 2-1 lead after beating Australia by 137 runs in Melbourne earlier this week, Kohli’s men will be bidding to become the first Indian team to beat the hosts in a Test series at their own backyard.\India’s 13-man squad: Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane (VC), KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav.Also Read | India vs Australia: Virat Kohli says his men not motivated by history ahead of SCG TestSee Photos | Virat Kohli charms fans with selfies, autographs at training in SydneyAlso Read | India vs Australia: 7 Australian players turn up for practice at SCG on New Year’s DayAlso Watch | Dog agrees with Virat Kohli as India captain says: No pressure in SydneyAlso Watch | I have been able to manage my injuries due to effort I have put in: Virat Kohli
ohio state terry mclaurin spring gameOhio State’s young wide receivers are having a day during the program’s spring game. First, it was Noah Brown corralling a pass one-handed over the middle. Now, Terry McLaurin has his own catch to add to the highlight reel.Right before halftime, McLaurin went up over the top of Buckeye cornerback Damon Webb and hauled in a touchdown from quarterback Stephen Collier. It was a pretty play on both ends. The record-breaking crowd at The Horseshoe today are certainly being treated to some entertaining action.
Glenfiddich Grand Cru Makes a French Connection with 23-Year-Old Scotch World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider What’s Amphora Wine? A Primer on One of the Oldest Ways to Make Wine Editors’ Recommendations America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene For fans of both vino and scuba diving, it’s time to update the bucket list. In a seemingly bizarre move that seems to fulfill a request that no one made, Croatia has opened its first underwater winery. Given the country’s love of imbibing (it’s among the world’s top five countries for per capita wine consumption) and its stunning location on the Adriatic Sea, it’s actually surprising no one thought to do it before.Edivo Vina on the Pelješac Peninsula is located at the bottom of Mali Ston Bay and requires guided assistance from professional divemasters to access. Owners Edi Bajurin and Ivo and Anto Šegović note their process starts on dry land where the wine is aged for three months. It’s then transferred to purpose-built clay jugs (with a narrow neck and two handles) called amphorae which impart a unique pinewood aroma into the wine. The terracotta jugs are then corked and encased in a dual layer of thick, impermeable rubber to prevent leakage. The last step involves submerging the amphorae 25 meters down aboard a sunken boat where they’re stored for up to two years in locked cages. Once the process is complete, the amphorae emerge with a beautiful, natural coating of shells, coral, and sea flora.While it may seem like a novelty, there is some scientific rationale behind the process. Edivo’s underwater “cellar” maintains a constant year-round temperature of 15-17 celsius — an ideal environment for the maturation process. Surprisingly, Edivo is not the first to see the value in their underwater endeavor. Indeed, the Greeks are believed to have pioneered the process. Charleston’s Mira Winery offers Aquaoir that uses a similar aging methodology. The company notes that numerous historical shipwrecks have been salvaged with sealed wine bottles aboard that had been submerged for centuries. “The quality of the wine found in these and many other ‘discoveries’ suggest the wine was actually enhanced by the underwater elements.”Mira took their process a step further to scientifically compare their wine creation and maturation processes on both land and sea. Their ocean aging “laboratory” has and continues to examine a wide range of varietals including Prosecco, Champagne, and their own red wines. So far, they’ve found that underwater aging produces a more consistent, better quality product.
Image Courtesy: Ballast Water CentreAs the entrance into force of the Ballast Water Management Convention (BWMC) approaches, the industry’s sentiment on retrofitting ships with BWM systems seems to shift more to the negative side, based on several industry bodies World Maritime News spoke with.Speaking on the preparedness of shipowners to comply with the new requirements, Yildiz Williams, Senior Marine Consultant, Marine & Offshore, Lloyd’s Register, says that the majority of shipowners are ready in terms of paperwork preparedness – they either already have or are in the process of getting their ballast water management plans ready and approved and getting their internal ballast water management certificates issued.However, in terms of getting ready for the D-2 standard there is generally a lower level of preparedness, but this is because it’s not an immediate requirement after entry into force, following IMO’s decision at MEPC 71 to delay dates for the D-2 standard compliance.Based on LR’s prediction there are about 30,000 vessels that will need to retrofit.“There is a growing number of owners that have fitted systems onboard their vessels and are actively operating their ballast water treatments systems (BWTS) to ensure reliability and crew familiarity,” Thomas Kirk, Director, Environmental Performance, Global Marine, ABS, commented.On the other hand, according to Williams, the biggest concern that the shipowners have is the lack of trust in the technical capability of the ballast water management systems available.This is among the key reasons behind owners’ unwillingness to invest in retrofits, as explained by Williams: “because shipowners don’t see this as a benefit to them.”“However they have to invest to comply with the requirements. If they cannot comply then they cannot operate.”“They want to ensure that the system can operate in different conditions and that it can operate without breaking down. Owners probably do not want to scrap their vessels early so they are willing to invest in retrofits because they want to be compliant,” she added.Speaking from an engineering perspective Kirk says that the engineering involved in retrofitting a BWM system is far from trivial.“Space is a major constraint as are available power and hydraulics. This means that the team must first identify what space and how much power is available, which must be done before determining which systems will be suitable and provide the requisite flow rates. The configuration of ballast tanks is an important factor, especially with respect to the ability to perform treatment or neutralization during discharge.“Owners must consider the impact of treatment during ballasting. Similarly, many systems place constraints on vessels for additional treatment or neutralization during de-ballasting. Owners should also carefully consider the trade and ballast profile of their vessel when determining the best fit from the available technology.”With regard to space-related constraints, Williams said that there are companies that deal with fitting these systems.“But still we encourage our clients to speak to manufacturers and the installation companies early on to understand whether a system is suitable for their technical and operational profile. It is a challenge but it’s not impossible and it can certainly be done and the impact can be reduced if it is well planned in advance. Of course, the ship’s operability will be affected to a certain extent. We also encourage them to speak to us very early on as there are particular class requirements that need to be met as well. LR offers a range of services to the industry on how to select a suitable system and fit it with the least impact,” she added.One of the key issues to be tackled is the training of personnel on how to operate the new equipment, once the BWM systems are installed. “Proper training forms an essential element of a well-implemented ballast water management plan. Some companies have indicated that they are sending their shoreside management as well as their senior officers to vendor-specific training. Others are looking at computer-based and/or video training. Some owners are already in the initial phases of establishing criteria to verify the competency of those trained,” Kirk noted.“As part of a BWM plan all owners and operators must have a training plan in place, this is a mandatory requirement. They have to ensure personnel are trained and that a ballast water management officer is on board – this is not necessarily a person as it is a rank, so if one person leaves then there is a continuity of the BWM officer. It is their responsibility to ensure that the crew onboard are familiar with the requirements of the Convention and if they have a system on board, that they understand how to operate it. LR encourages our clients to speak to the manufacturers early if they are fitting a system so that they are well trained to use it,” Williams cautioned.World Maritime News Staff
APTN National NewsGJOA HAVEN, Nunavut – A Canadian Ranger died Sunday in a snowmobile accident patroling about 24 kilometres outside of Gjoa Haven.Donald Anguyoak was taking part in the Exercise Polar Passage that monitors snow and ice conditions along the Northwest Passage.Anguyoak was a member of the Gjoa Haven Ranger patrol. He was acting as lead scout at the time of his death.“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Corporal Donald Anguyoak at this difficult time,” said Lieutenant-General Peter Devlin of the Canadian Army in a statement. “We remember Donald for his passion about passing his knowledge and skills to the youth of Gjoa Haven through the Junior Canadian Ranger program.”Prime Minister Stephen Harper also said he was saddened to learn of the death.“On behalf of all Canadians, Laureen and I offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Corporal Donald Anguyoak, who lost his life in a snowmobile accident during Exercise Polar Passage, part of the Canadian Ranger Ocean Watch program monitoring snow and ice conditions along the Northwest Passage,” said Harper.Harper said the death is a reminder of the “real dangers” the Rangers face.“Corporal Anguyoak’s sacrifice in the name of defending his country will be honoured and remembered,” he said.An investigation will be conducted to determine what happened.The Rangers, also known as Acrtic Rangers, are a mainly made up of Aboriginal people that monitor the sovereignty of the Arctic as part of the Canadian Armed Forces Reserve.
CALGARY — TransAlta Corp. says it’s cutting its workforce in its Canadian coal generating unit by 20 per cent as it works towards trimming annual costs by about $12 million.The Calgary-based power producer started the cost-saving initiative in January and it says a “large part” of the savings are already begin captured.It incurred about $7 million in restructuring costs during the first three months of 2015.TransAlta’s first-quarter net income fell nearly 45 per cent to $26 million, from $47 million a year earlier.Revenue for the quarter was $593 million, down 18 per cent from $775 million during the same period in 2014.TransAlta Renewables signs $1.78-billion Australian investment deal with TransAlta CorpTransAlta to build US$536M power station in Australia
BlackBerry announces updated software platform for vehicle security TORONTO – BlackBerry’s automotive division has created an updated software platform to help keep the connected and autonomous vehicles of the future secure.The QNX hypervisor 2.0 allows multiple operating systems to run at the same time on one hardware platform and allows breaches in one part to be isolated without impacting the rest of the car’s software.BlackBerry QNX head John Wall said multiple automakers are using the product already and provided feedback to help create the product.BlackBerry (TSX:BB) says Qualcomm Technologies Inc. has adopted the product as part of certain digital cockpit solutions.The former smartphone-maker ditched its hardware business last year in favour of its growing software business, with chief operating officer Marty Beard saying this past March that the shift was “100 per cent complete.”BlackBerry’s shares have been on the rise following research reports suggesting the company’s shares could see big gains over the next several years, and one report suggesting the company could be a target for an acquisition.The company’s shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange rose nearly one per cent in early trading to $15.14. by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 7, 2017 8:58 am MDT Last Updated Jun 7, 2017 at 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Junior wide receiver Parris Campbell (21) stands on the field during the 2017 season opener vs Indiana. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorExamining the box score after the Ohio State-Indiana football game, it is clear there are a lot of statistics that could have significant implications for the rest of the season. Certain trends to notice, problems to address or strengths the team might have will inevitably appear after the first game of the season. Here are a couple of stats worth delving into.12 – Number of pass plays allowed by Ohio State defense that went for 15-plus yards. Having lost safety Malik Hooker and cornerbacks Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley to the draft, Ohio State has just one returning starter in safety Damon Webb and the third man of last season’s rotation of cornerbacks, Denzel Ward to lead a fresh-faced secondary. The inexperience showed Thursday as Indiana quarterback Richard Lagow systematically picked apart the Ohio State secondary, totalling 410 passing yards and three touchdowns through the air. His primary wide receiver, the 6-foot-4 Simmie Cobbs, towered over all cornerbacks that covered him and bullied the defense on his way to 149 receiving yards on just 11 catches.One of the reasons Ohio State reached the College Football Playoff last season was because its secondary was among the NCAA’s elite when it came to defending the pass. The Buckeyes allowed an average of just 164.5 passing yards on 5.4 passing yards per attempt each game. It could be tough to replicate last season’s success, but the secondary will have to fare better than allowing 420 passing yards in a single game. 17 – Total Indiana rushing yards. Yes, that number is correct. The Indiana offense found plenty of success through the air, but that was the only success it had moving the ball. As expected, Ohio State’s stout defensive line looked intimidating against the Hoosiers and ensured the team found no success on the ground. Indiana failed to tally a single rushing play that went for more than 9 rushing yards. No one on its team reached even 25 net rushing yards. At the end of the game, the team averaged just 0.6 rushing yards per attempt. With defensive ends Tyquan Lewis, Jalyn Holmes, Nick Bosa and Sam Hubbard, as well as defensive tackles Tracy Sprinkle and Dre’Mont Jones returning to Ohio State’s formidable defensive line, Ohio State’s coaching staff expects opposing rushing attacks to struggle against the Buckeyes. The unit is one of the best in the nation and had a chance to flex its muscles for the first time all season in a dominant performance against the Hoosiers. Heading into the game against Oklahoma, a team that lost its two top running backs, Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine, to the draft and had no player tally more than 60 yards on the ground against the University of Texas-El Paso Saturday, expect to see the Buckeyes defensive line dominate the run game once again.0 – The number of successful deep ball passes. Heading into the season, questions persisted around the Ohio State offense about whether or not co-offensive coordinators Kevin Wilson and Ryan Day would be able to return the deep ball to Columbus. After Thursday night, those questions have still not been answered.There were instances when quarterback J.T. Barrett did everything in his power to make the deep ball work. He dropped a dime from 41 yards away into the hands of H-back Parris Campbell in the end zone, but Campbell let if fall through his arms. Then there were other times Barrett overshot his man, like when he aired out a 33-yard pass over tight end Marcus Baugh in the end zone. The Buckeyes managed to win this game in spite of no successful deep balls, but if another goose egg is found in the box score against Oklahoma on Saturday, Ohio State might not have such a favorable result at the end.67 – Ohio State red zone touchdown percentage. The Buckeyes might not have had that much success from a distance, but they were effective when close to the end zone. Against the Hoosiers, Ohio State was able to convert four of six trips into the red zone for touchdowns — three on the ground and one through the air. The only two times the Buckeyes didn’t score a touchdown inside the 20-yard line was in the first half when they settled for a pair of field goals. If Ohio State is not going to make the most of the deep ball, it has to be able to convert on nearly every opportunity to score it has once they are in the red zone. The inability to pick up yards in bulk will limit the speed that the offense can move, and in order to score at a higher rate, it will need to make the most of every opportunity. Last season, the team scored a touchdown on only 65 percent of red zone appearances and ranked 40th overall among Division I teams in red zone efficiency (87.1 percent). The results against Indiana were overall favorable, but Ohio State will need to prove they can score at a high rate once they reach the red zone if its offense is going to carry it to another title.45.3 – Average distance on punts from Drue Chrisman. Punters are not often the position fans think of when they think of team’s top talents, but Ohio State certainly had a star punter in Cameron Johnston before he graduated after last season. Replacing the Ray Guy finalist certainly was going to be a daunting task, but Ohio State almost certainly received a boost in confidence after watching Chrisman perform Thursday.The redshirt freshman averaged just 1.4 yards short of Johnston’s season average a year ago, booted two punts farther than 50 yards and placed three of six punts within the 20-yard line. For comparison’s sake, Johnston finished last season with 19 50-plus yard punts and 26 inside the 20-yard line. It still remains to be seen whether Chrisman can keep up this level of performance for the rest of the season, but if early results are any indicator, Ohio State might have found a suitable replacement at a key position.
Andrew Wesson (24) attempts to score during a game against Fairleigh Dickinson University. Credit: Mason Swires | Former Assistant Photo EditorAfter spending missing all of the summer and the first few weeks of fall practice with an injury, sophomore forward Andre Wesson has been cleared to participate in team practices, men’s basketball coach Chris Holtmann said during halftime of Ohio State’s football game against Oklahoma.It had been reported earlier that Ohio State was optimistic Wesson would be able to play this season, but revealed neither the injury nor the severity.“He’s been cleared medically,” Holtmann said. “First and foremost, we were making sure he was in good health. He needs to get in shape, but that will happen.”Holtmann added that Wesson participated in the team workout today and did a skill workout Friday. It is still yet to be determined when he will be ready to play, and Holtmann said it will depend more on how quickly he can get back into shape.Wesson played 29 games, averaging 11.6 minutes and 2.3 points per game as a freshman.
Malware production is a lucrative industry for both the malware writers who sell their work and security companies who sell us, the end users, protection. In order for the malware writers to get paid they need to develop malware that evades detection by the security companies, and in order to do that they’ve come up with some clever, yet quite simple techniques.Security vendors have to analyze and detect millions of potential threats every year. In so doing they can regularly update the anti-malware software running on our machines and provide up-to-date protection. However, you can’t analyze all potential threats by hand, so automated threat analysis systems are employed. These typically look at suspicious files in a virtual machine and test each one quickly to see if it poses a threat.The malware developers know such systems exist and have therefore employed countermeasures to try and avoid detection. These measures center around detecting whether they are being run in a virtual environment by checking registry entries, drivers, system services, which ports are available, and what processes are being run. If anything points to a virtual environment being present the malware shuts down and effectively hides from the automated system.In the never ending cat and mouse game these two parties play, the security vendors can also try and hide the fact code is being run in a virtual environment, which in turn leads malware writers to develop new ways of detecting one. The latest of these quite simply uses the mouse or goes to sleep before kicking into action.Symantec has discovered that some malware won’t start running unless it detects activity from the mouse. Why would malware writers do this? Mouse activity is done by a user, and in an automated threat analysis system a user isn’t present and therefore no mouse activity is required.Malware checking for mouse activity (upper code segment) and deciding to sleep and then wait to execute (lower code segment)Some malware has also been found to go to sleep for several minutes and then wait several more minutes once active before infiltrating a system. The reason for this is a typical automated threat analysis system looks at individual files very quickly, so waiting to execute helps ensure the malware is on a real system and not a virtual test environment.The checks are clever because they are so simple. That simplicity also makes them relatively easy to fool. All Symantec needs do is add some simulated mouse movement to their testing system to fool the mouse check. As for the malware that waits before exectuing, it may just be a case of tweaking the system time in order to jolt any sleeping malware into action so it can be detected.More at Symantec, via The H Security
Le rhume aussi dangereux que l’alcool au volant Selon une récente étude menée par un société d’assurances, conduire avec un rhume ou une bonne grippe présenterait autant de risques que prendre le volant en ayant bu quatre double whiskies…A l’heure où les autorités tente de renforcer la sécurité routière, cette étude dévoile un nouveau risque que le conducteur peut prendre sans même s’en rendre compte : prendre le volant avec un gros rhume ou une bonne grippe. En effet, selon une étude conduite par la société d’assurances Young Marmalade, conduire avec de telles maladies présenterait autant de risques que conduire en état d’ivresse. À lire aussiMal des transports : pourquoi est-on malade en voiture et comment l’éviter ?D’après les résultats de l’étude relayés par l’AP, un rhume aurait ainsi la capacité de réduire de moitié l’aptitude à conduire d’un usager de la route, soit un effet comparable à celui de… quatre double whiskies. L’un des participants à l’étude qui avait auparavant une excellente aptitude à conduire (95%) a ainsi vu son taux chuté à 60% alors qu’il souffrait d’un rhume. “Un gros rhume peut affecter l’humeur, la concentration et le jugement d’un conducteur”, commente Nigel Lacy de Young Marmalade. Un danger confirmé par l’officier de police Steeve Rounds qui ajoute : “Eternuer peut être très violent, particulièrement en cas de gros rhume et cela entraine le malade à fermer ses yeux temporairement”. Au vu des résultats, Nigel Lacy conclut ainsi : “Si vous ne vous sentez pas bien, ne conduisez pas”.Le 6 janvier 2012 à 18:39 • Maxime Lambert
Stay on target The International Space Station—one of the coolest* places in the universe—is about to get a whole lot cooler.The Cold Atom Laboratory (CAL), a suitcase-sized device aboard the ISS, will chill atoms to just above absolute zero, allowing scientists to study molecules at ultra-low temperatures.In such meager conditions (much colder than the average temps of deep space), atoms have almost no motion. Instead, they clump together to form a Bose-Einstein condensate.“As you cool atoms colder and colder, they become more quantum,” Robert Thompson, a CAL project scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, told NBC News.A multi-user facility designed and built by JPL, the Cold Atom Laboratory was launched into space last month. The multi-user facility enables researchers to conduct experiments remotely—no astronauts needed—for up to 6.5 hours a day.Physicist Nathan Lundblad of Bates College in Maine plans to use CAL to scrutinize BECs in ways that are basically impossible on Earth, where the pull of gravity makes them hard to study.In space, though, scientists have up to 10 seconds to examine the condensates before they return to their regularly scheduled activities (i.e., milling about to create elements and ions and bonds).CAL has been a long time coming: When experts discovered Bose-Einstein condensates in 1995, the idea of space-based experimentation was “frankly crazy,” Thompson said in a statement to Wired.Limited to “huge labs full of equipment,” analysts had to find a way to make smaller, more stable freezers capable of withstanding a trip to the cosmos.Which is exactly what a German-led group of physicists did early this year.In January, the University of Hannover’s Ernst Rasel launched a custom-made freezer about 90 miles past the atmosphere, then watched it fall back to Earth 17 minutes later.In that short time, Rasel & Co. managed to create cloud-like blobs of Bose-Einstein condensates, as detailed in a paper released last week.“They’ve essentially laid the groundwork to show that you can actually do this, and it’s not totally insane,” Lundblad told Wired.These global experiments could further quantum computing efforts, and help researchers develop more precise scientific instruments, like atomic clocks.* As in excellent, swell, hunky-dory, nifty Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendHubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring System
An expedition exploring the deep-sea habitats of the southeastern United States has spotted some fascinating, rarely-seen sights, including a wreckfish swallowing a shark whole, and an interesting ravioli-like starfish.Recently, it also recorded a deep-sea crab plucking fish eggs from a pile — and eating them.#Okeanos dinner bell has rung and we have completed the final dive of the Windows to the Deep 2019 expedition. Relive July 5th as you watch a Chaceon crab plucking possible sculpin eggs from a pile and eating them. Learn more @ https://t.co/rfbMVBOo1X pic.twitter.com/IErojlNlGw— NOAA Ocean Explorer (@oceanexplorer) July 11, 2019On the 13th dive of the NOAA Windows to the Deep 2019 expedition, which explored a minor canyon off of Roanoke, North Carolina, scientists observed Chaceon crabs (either or both golden deep-sea crab Chaceon fenneri or Atlantic deepsea red crab Chaceon quinquedens) and several pallid sculpin (Cottunculus thomsonii), a fish in the family known as Fatheads (Psychrolutidae), which are commonly observed resting on the seafloor.At a depth of 3,018 feet depth, the camera-equipped ROV used by the expedition came upon a Chaceon crab perched above a white patch on the seafloor. A closer look revealed the patch to be a cluster of hundreds of eggs believed to have been deposited on the rock by a pallid sculpin, according to an expedition blog post written by Scott C. France of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.The ROV ‘Deep Discoverer’ came across a red crab (Chaceon sp.) eating the eggs of a pallid sculpin. (Photo Credit: NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Windows to the Deep 2019)The camera then captured footage of the crab plucking eggs from the pile with its major chelipeds (clawed legs) and eating them.As a bonus, the video also show dozens of amphipods (distant crustacean relatives of the crab) clinging to and crawling over the crab’s mouthparts. “Many amphipods are scavengers, and, like ants at a picnic, they were presumably taking advantage of the sloppy feeding of the crab,” France wrote.A sculpin with eggs resting on the seafloor. (Photo Credit: A sculpin with eggs rests on the seafloor. Image courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Windows to the Deep 2019)The hungry crab plucked a bundle of more than a dozen eggs bonded together and moved away from the patch when a larger Neolithodes king crab marched through the area (it did not appear to be interested in the eggs).Chaceon crabs are opportunistic feeders, meaning they will eat what they encounter as available, including “a variety of benthic infauna and epifauna, including mollusks and polychaete worms,” said crustacean expert Dr. Martha Nizinski. But this new footage seem to show that the deep-sea crabs are into fish eggs, as well.More on Geek.com:Scientists Discover ‘Strangest Crab That Ever Lived’Scientists Capture Rare Footage of Giant Squid in Gulf of MexicoWatch: Scientists Spot Bizarre ‘Ravioli’ Starfish in Atlantic Ocean Stay on target Watch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’Watch: Deep-Sea Squid Filmed Alive for First Time Ever
Information provided by the National Biodiesel Board (NBB)Nearly 100 biodiesel industry leaders are converging on Capitol Hill Tuesday to call for strong clean-fuels policy as a new study found that the industry is supporting nearly 48,000 jobs nationwide.The study, which conducted by LMC International, found that the 2.1 billion gallons of biodiesel and renewable diesel used by Americans last year supported $8.4 billion in economic impact across a wide variety of economic sectors along with 47,400 jobs and $1.9 billion in wages paid.The report also highlighted how growing biodiesel imports are eating into the domestic industry’s production and economic impact. It found that the industry would have supported 21,200 additional jobs last year if all the biodiesel and renewable diesel had been produced domestically. Instead, almost a third came from overseas.Anne Steckel, vice president of federal affairs at the National Biodiesel Board (NBB), said the study underscores the benefits of strong policy that encourages further development of the domestic industry.“Ending our dependence on oil is an opportunity, not just for the environment and our national security, but for the economy and for American workers,” Steckel said. “This industry is supporting tens of thousands of jobs from coast to coast, and we’re just getting started.”Biodiesel – made from a diverse mix of resources such as recycled cooking oil, soybean oil and animal fats – is the first and only EPA-designated Advanced Biofuel to reach commercial-scale production nationwide. According to the EPA, biodiesel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 57 percent to 86 percent compared with petroleum diesel.Biodiesel producers, feedstock suppliers and other stakeholders were heading to Capitol Hill Tuesday afternoon to highlight the benefits of strong biodiesel policy. They are calling for higher Biomass-Based Diesel and Advanced Biofuel requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) than EPA recently proposed along with extension and reform of the biodiesel tax incentive slated to expire at the end of the year. The reform would change the $1-per-gallon incentive to a domestic producer’s tax credit. Under the current blender’s credit, biodiesel imported to the U.S. qualifies for the incentive.The LMC study, which was commissioned by NBB, found that biodiesel production has a significant positive impact across a variety of economic sectors, including processing and manufacturing, agriculture, transportation, and animal processing.NBB believes EPA should set stronger volumes of Biomass-Based Diesel under the RFS, calling for at least a 2.5-billion-gallon requirement in 2018. LMC found, with 2.5 billion gallons of production, the industry would support 81,600 jobs and $14.7 billion in total economic impact if all production were domestic. The impact is 55,000 jobs and $9.8 billion in total impact under a split of two-thirds domestic production and one-third imports.NBB is the U.S. trade association representing the biodiesel and renewable diesel industries, including producers, feedstock suppliers, and fuel distributors.To read the LMC study click here.
If you’re looking for an affordable smartphone with a low-cost service plan, take a look at today’s deal from FreedomPop. Not only can you get a certified pre-owned Kyocera Hydro Icon on the cheap, but it also comes with free talk, text, and data for the life of the device.Free talk, text, and data from FreedomPop with a certified pre-owned Kyocera Hydro Icon LTE smartphone for $29.99 So, what kind of specs are we looking at here? The Hydro Icon has a quad-core Snapdragon CPU, 8GB of internal storage, a memory card slot (supports up to 32GB of additional storage), an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, a 2 megapixel front-facing camera, a 4.5-inch touchscreen (with a qHD resolution of 960×540), and WiFi support. And since it ships with Android 4.4 KitKat, you’ll have access to innumerable top-notch apps and games in the Google Play store.Better yet, the Kyocera Hydro Icon has built-in protection against exposure to blowing rain, and it can even be submerged in 3.28 feet of water for up to 30 minutes. So if you’re nervous about shorting out your phone, you can rest easy knowing that occasional exposure to water won’t damage this model. Factor in the impact-resistant screen, and it’s clear that this tough little device truly can hold up under day-to-day use.This low-cost smartphone is a good deal, but the most intriguing thing here is FreedomPop’s service. With your purchase, you’ll get freee shipping, 500MB of bonus data, a one-month free trial of the premium plus service, and a trial of the $19.99 service package with unlimited talk, unlimited texts, and 1GB of data. If you’d prefer to use the free service, you’ll simply need to cancel the trials. FreedomPop’s free plan offers 200 voice minutes, 500 texts, and 500MB of data for no additional cost. And since there are no long-term contracts, you can change your plan as your needs change, or cancel anytime. Regardless of your budget, there’s something here for you.Keep in mind, some restrictions do apply. A fair use policy and acceptable use policy are in place, and the automatic top-up feature will automatically bill for extra data if you come within 100MB of your monthly data allotment. Just keep an eye on your usage, and you’ll be fine. Our commerce group sources the best deals and products for the Geek Deals posts. We operate independently of Editorial and Advertising and may earn a percentage of the sale, if you buy something via a link on the post. If you are interested in promoting your deals, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.For more great deals head over to TechBargains.
Kolkata: Sodepur station in North 24-Parganas on Wednesday turned into a battlefield after an irate mob carried out a rampage, ransacking a portion of the railway station due to wrong announcement of a train.The incident led to the disruption of train services in Sealdah main section on Wednesday morning for more than two hours, resulting in the cancelling of 15 pairs of EMU local trains. Around 21 EMU locals and three Mail trains were detained en-route for 50 minutes each. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsMany of the commuters put up a block on the railway track. Some local people hurled stones at the booking office, during which some passengers received injuries. It has been learnt that a problem in the public addressing system had triggered the incident.There was an announcement at Sodepur station at around 9:53 am, saying that a local train will arrive on platform number 2. Within few minutes, a Down Gede local came on the track but it did not stop at the platform. Instead, the train passed through the track in a slow pace like a galloping train. Some of the passengers tried boarding the running train. They eventually failed as the train picked up speed. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedFollowing the incident, the passengers became infuriated and they started ransacking a portion of the platform, ticket counter and cabins of railway employees. Some also put up a block on the railway track. A huge contingent of police from Barrackpore commissionerate rushed to the spot along with the railway police. They had resorted to lathi charge to disperse the mob.At least 12 local trains were cancelled after the incident. Normal train services were resumed at around 11:58 am on Wednesday.Many local trains were stranded in various stations. Passengers blamed the railway authorities for the incident. Railway authorities said that an error in the interlocking system at Halisahar had led to the incident.A railway spokesperson also said that people were informed on the interlocking works at Halisahar and its possible impact on train movement through newspapers.