Stay on target Researchers discovered an impact crater bigger than Paris buried beneath an ice sheet in northern Greenland.Measuring more than 31 kilometers (19 miles) in diameter, the cavity was formed when an iron meteorite smashed into the area, which has since been hidden under nearly a kilometer of ice.“The crater is exceptionally well-preserved, and that is surprising, because glacier ice is an incredibly efficient erosive agent that would have quickly removed traces of the impact,” Kurt Kjær, a professor at the Natural History Museum of Denmark, said in a statement. “But that means the crater must be rather young from a geological perspective.”While scientists have no yet been able to date the crater directly, its condition suggests it formed after ice began to cover Greenland.“So, younger than 3 million years,” Kjær said, “and possibly as recent as 12,000 years ago—toward the end of the last ice age.”Close-up of the northwestern ice-sheet margin in Inglefield Land (via Natural History Museum of Denmark)In July 2015, during inspection of a new topographical map of Greenland’s ice sheet, researchers spotted what they called an “enormous,” but previously undetected, circular depression under Hiawatha Glacier.“We immediately knew this was something special, but at the same time it became clear that it would be difficult to confirm the origin of the depression,” Kjær explained.In the courtyard of the Geological Museum in Copenhagen, just outside the windows of the Center for GeoGenetics, sits a 22-ton iron meteorite, found in North Greenland, not far from the Hiawatha Glacier.“It was therefore not such a leap to infer that the depression could be a previously undescribed meteorite crater,” Aarhus University associate professor Nicolaj Larsen said. “But initially we lacked the evidence.”Map of the bedrock topography beneath the ice sheet and the ice-free land surrounding the Hiawatha impact crater (via Natural History Museum of Denmark)Their suspicion was confirmed when the team personally visited the Hiawatha Glacier, mapping the area with a powerful ice radar.“A distinctly circular rim, central uplift, disturbed and undisturbed ice layering, and basal debris. It’s all there,” according to Joseph MacGregor, a NASA glaciologist who participated in the study.The unnamed pit—among the planet’s 25 largest impact craters—is described further in a study published by the journal Science Advances.This marks the first time a crater of any size has been found under one of Earth’s continental ice sheets.“The next step in the investigation will be to confidently date the impact,” Kjær said. “This will be a challenge, because it will probably require recovering material that melted during the impact from the bottom of the structure, but this is crucial if we are to understand how the Hiawatha impact affected life on Earth.”More coverage on Geek.com:Ancient Meteorites Shed Light on Early Solar System470-Million-Year-Old Meteorite Crater Confirmed in IowaFormer Barn Doorstop Actually $100,000 Meteorite Scientists Uncover New Evidence of Asteroid That Killed DinosaursWWII Bomb Explodes in German Barley Field, Creates Giant Crater
A crowd gathers to see damage caused by a lightning strike to two trees across Mill Plain Boulevard from Hudson’s Bay High School on Friday evening. David Santos glanced heavenward with a sense of disbelief Friday night at the sad remains of a vanquished Douglas fir tree standing before him off East Mill Plain Boulevard. Under his left arm, Santos held “his trophy”, a 5-feet-high chunk of tree, nearly as tall as him.“Wow!” Santos, 25, exclaimed to no one in particular. “It’s unbelievable.”Dozens of onlookers joined Santos to stare at the damage Mother Nature wrought and grab mementos of a once mighty tree blown to smithereens when a lightning strike hit it shortly after 7:30 p.m. The lightning strike’s impact was so powerful that it scattered debris from the tree at least a hundred yards away onto a nearby soccer field and broke two windows at the nearby Marshall House, fire authorities said. Onlookers described the strike as sounding like a bomb exploding.The lightning strike that slayed the tree and topped another Douglas fir nearby resulted from a series of thunderstorms that delivered heavy rain and hail across Clark County Friday night, causing at least one house fire and power outages for more than 1,500 homes in Vancouver. A low-pressure system sweeping through the Pacific Northwest was responsible for the nasty weather, said Tiffani Brown, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Portland. Thunderstorms during the late spring and early summer usually are relegated to the Cascades, Brown said. However, on Friday night, Southwest Washington was on the back edge of a low-pressure system, making it more susceptible than usual.The storms, moving from the north-northeast, began sweeping into the area about 6:30 p.m. Lightning and hail associated with the storm were heaviest in Battle Ground, Brown reported. “It wasn’t necessarily strong, but it was prolonged,” she said, noting the National Weather Service had not received reports of strong, gusting winds or large hail. The storm, she added, was not strong enough to require a thunderstorm warning.
Here’s something fun to chew on over the long holiday weekend:The human resources department at Cygnus might have stumbled upon the as-yet undiscovered key to increasing the bottom line: Wearing jeans … on Tuesdays.According to an e-mail sent to staffers this week from HR vice president Judy Heidebrecht, employees will be permitted to wear “nice” jeans to work next Tuesday, May 27—as long as they are “even more productive.”So, trade in your suit pants and skirts, folks. Jeans = productivity! Here’s the e-mail:From: “Judy Heidebrecht” Date: May 22, 2008 7:08:47 PM EDTSubject: Blue Jean TuesdayAt the request of a few people who said they would be even more productive if they could wear blue jeans more often . . . we’ve agreed to test that theory!Next Tuesday, May 27, will be a casual day, so feel free to wear nice jeans, just like you would on Friday. Now, here’s the deal. If the folks who were preaching productivity-in-denims are correct – we could have more casual-wear-days more often. Let your co-workers and supervisors know what you think!Mike, Dave, Judy
Mon Laferte Talks First Coachella Performance mon-laferte-talks-first-coachella-performance-norma-more Email News Facebook Twitter The Latin GRAMMY-winning singer-songwriter touches on her first-ever Coachella performance, her diverse range of influences, and why storytelling is the most important part of her artistryAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Apr 13, 2019 – 9:30 am Chilean Latin GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter Mon Laferte’s music is hard to categorize, but that’s precisely what makes it so enjoyable. Her latest album, 2018’s Norma, explores lots of an eclectic mix of sounds, textures and moods, all of which she brought to her Friday set at Coachella.Performing songs like “Tormento,” “Mi buen amor,” and “Amárrame,” Mon Laferte—born Norma Monserrat Bustamante Laferte—also did a cover of Dua Lipa’s “New Rules” during her set.The Recording Academy caught up with the singer after her performance, where she revealed what it felt like to play the renowned Indio fest for the very first time. What did it feel like to share your music for the first time at Coachella?I was very nervous at the beginning. It’s my first time at Coachella. But once I got onstage, I felt relaxed, I felt happy, and it was like, “Wow! I’m at Coachella!” A lot of people were really excited to see a more diverse lineup at Coachella this year, especially in Latin music. How does it feel to be a part of that?It’s very excting, it’s a moment where you feel that locally we’re much more open to different genres, and to be part of that moment, when there’s something better and more exciting coming.What’s been your favorite part of the festival so far? Have you seen any fellow performers?I haven’t seen many artists because since I’ve gotten offstage I’ve been doing promo and interviews back-to-back. But I do want to catch a couple of performances, and so far the experience has just been very beautiful. It’s a beautiful festival, the backstage, the ambiance. What you breathe and what you feel—it’s amazing. Lots of flowers. Can you tell us more about your most recent album—your sixth album!—Norma?So, Norma is an album created conceptually as the storytelling of 10 chapters of a relationship—in songs. [I wanted to bring in] my roots, not only where I come from, but more Pan-regional sounds—so you have mambo, you have salsa, you have many other genres. Who are your musical influences?I have a very diverse range of influences that goes all the way from singers like Janis Joplin, but it also goes to other genres. I was very influenced by salsa and very strong female [performers], like Billie Holiday.What’s the message you want to share with your music, both at home in Chile, in the U.S., and in the world at large?So essentially, I am a storyteller. And I like to tell stories. Music and the beat are very important, but more important is telling that story. Through my music, I open different spaces, spaces that, especially in festivals like this one, you open the window to experiencing a lot of other genres. Not only what’s trending—maybe urban, maybe reggaeton—but also many other things that are happening within the Latin world. Festivals are now revisiting both their genre diversity and gender diversity in their lineups. As a woman in music, what are some ways you feel women can best support each other in the industry and in the community?So in my case, it’s a lot of creating awareness and visibility and bringing this awareness and visibility towards parity. Towards being able to balance out the amount of females that are working both onstage and offstage within the industry and making sure that people have that consciousness. Maybe in festivals like Coachella you see a lot more balance, but in Latin America, we’re still far away from that. Just with the possibility of being able just, you know, to be here, performing on the main stage you’re already creating that space for many other women to come and do the same thing. The Woman. Collective Wants Music Festivals To Be A Safe Space For “Every One”Read more Mon Laferte Talks First Coachella Performance, ‘Norma’ & More
Robert Rodman, owner of Percy’s Liquor Store, shows how an e-cigarette works. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)The Juneau Assembly is considering a ban on e-cigarette vapors in nearly all indoor public spaces.The local chapter of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence led the push at an Assembly Committee meeting Monday. Kristin Cox, a naturopathic doctor and the council’s tobacco prevention program coordinator, argued that the new tobacco alternative is being marketed to youths and misrepresented as harmless.Download Audio“So e-cigarettes: They’re new, they’re blue, but will they still kill you?” Cox asked.She didn’t exactly say yes – the research world is playing catch-up with the products as more parties enter the marketplace and innovate – but Cox did warn that the widespread claims that e-cigarette vapors are harmless and an effective way to help someone quit smoking are both scientifically unproven, and may be entirely wrong.Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, recently published a review of 84 e-cigarette studies in a peer-reviewed journal of the American Heart Association. They found a chaotic marketplace filled with a range of unsubstantiated claims and quality control issues with the products themselves.Results of trials comparing the toxicity of various e-cigarette vapors to traditional tobacco smoke varied wildly. For example, one study of a particular brand discovered toxic metals at levels higher than in regular cigarette smoke, likely coming from the e-cigarette’s metal heating elements. Other studies bore out claims that e-cigarette vapors were less harmful than tobacco smoke, but not harmless.“You know, middle school kids think they’re harmless. They’re using these devices, they think they’re really harmless. There’s harmless water vapor is what their inhaling. And that’s not the case.”Cox says big tobacco companies have been pumping a lot of money into buying e-cigarette companies and beefing up their advertising campaigns with youths in mind. E-cigarette juice, vaping liquid or e-liquid, is being made in candy and fruit flavors.Cox says it’s an initiation tool to introduce youths to nicotine addiction and tobacco use.“This is a really, really serious issue. It’s re-normalizing cigarette smoking in public. Little kids can’t distinguish between what’s a traditional cigarette and what’s an e-cigarette,” she said.Under the ordinance the Assembly is considering, the vapors would be treated the same as tobacco smoke, which Juneau banned from virtually all indoor public spaces in 2008.If the Assembly adopts the ordinance, Cox said, “It’s going to signal to people that these are dangerous, they’re not harmless.”A few blocks away from City Hall, Robert Rodman has sold e-cigarette products for about a year in his store, Percy’s Liquor.He’s more or less indifferent about the possible ban.“I don’t think it’s a huge issue one way or the other,” he said.Rodman keeps an e-cigarette for himself in the shop to demonstrate how it’s used. His looks like a fat pen. One end houses a battery and heating element. The other end has a vial with the e-liquid in it. The liquid he uses has no nicotine.“Yeah, I’m not a smoker. I have no interest in nicotine,” Rodman said.Then, Rodman used one of the lines Cox was worried about.“It’s just flavored water, basically,” Rodman said. “You know, in that case, you know, there’s no harm.”In fact, the base in most e-liquids is a common food additive the Food and Drug Administration says is safe to eat, though researchers warn drawing it into your lungs as an aerosol isn’t the same and can cause respiratory problems.Rodman pushed a button and breathed in. A moment later, he puffed out wisps of a white, scented vapor that hung in the air a few moments before dissipating.“You’re not really inhaling it. So, I dunno, it’s just a pleasurable sensation,” Rodman said. “You know, you get a little bit of mouth feel with it, you know, in your throat. And with the flavors, you know, you get some taste. I mean, this is coffee. You know, it’s kind of a cool thing.”The Assembly will hold a public hearing on the e-cigarette vapor ordinance at its next meeting, June 30.
Silver, the lone dog left with Brent Sass in Eureka.CREDIT BRENT SASS / WILD AND FREE MUSHINGThe Sockeye Fire caused evacuation of hundreds of sled dogs from Willow area kennels earlier this month, and now new fires have forced movement of huskies from a remote kennel north of Fairbanks.Download AudioYukon Quest champion Brent Sass remains at his wildfire-threatened compound in Eureka, but his dogs are safe in Fairbanks. The Baker and North Fork wildfires are burning in the Eureka area, west of the Elliot Highway between mileposts 131 and 137. Dog handler Tim Muto says Sass was away working Tuesday as flames began advancing, and he had to scramble to get dog boxes on trucks and move the animals.Muto says the group of dogs trucked to a property Sass has in the Goldstream Valley includes several young puppies.Muto says he’s impressed with how all the dogs handled the hectic trip.Muto says the dogs have settled in well in Fairbanks. He says he has no phone connection with Sass in Eureka, but suspects he’s working to fire prep the property, Muto says the Eureka property has a creek and pond on site that can aid in firefighting. He adds that as of yesterday, neighbors and fellow mushers Rick and Kelly Swenson planned to stay put in Eureka with about 20 dogs.
Photo by Liz RuskinIn all, five candidates are on the ballot challenging U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski. If one of them wins, the victor would get her Senate seat, but not her chairmanship of the Energy Committee. So what does that matter to you?Listen Now As chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Murkowski has brokered water disputes in the arid West, and she’s been in the middle of other rather non-Alaskan issues, too: The Puerto Rican debt crisis, advances in nuclear power, and auto manufacturing.Murkowski says she takes seriously her role in helping to create energy and resource policy for the nation.“If you take a very, very strictly parochial view of energy and say ‘the only energy sources that matter are what we have in Alaska,’ it’s a pretty short-sighted vision,” she said.But let’s say you are a strictly parochial Alaskan. What does her chairmanship bring YOU? Well, the energy bill that she got through the Senate is peppered with items she’s hoping will benefit Alaska, like a pipeline right of way, authority for hydropower projects and promotion of electric microgrids of the type pioneered in rural Alaska.Sen. Lisa Murkowski invited Aleutians East Borough Mayor Stanley Mack to the U.S. Capitol in April to highlight the needs of King Cove. Photo: Liz Ruskin/APRNA House-Senate conference committee is still working on that bill, but it could become law. The senator has also made a top priority of a land trade bill that would allow the Mental Health Land Trust to harvest Tongass timber and avoid unpopular logging near Southeast Alaska cities. Aside from legislation, Murkowski says the chairmanship lets her decide what matters deserve hearings.“These are opportunities for very specific Alaska-related issues to come front and center,” she said.Since assuming the chairmanship in 2015, she’s held hearings on Arctic oil development and on the forestry challenges in the Tongass. Her committee has heard a lot about an Alaska community that would like to build a road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. A good number of United States senators are now well aware of tiny King Cove and its limited access to emergency medical care. Still, there is no road. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is still blocking it.It takes seniority to become a chairman. Murkowski was in office 12 years before she got her gavel. Independent challenger Margaret Stock, said on APRN’s “Talk of Alaska” recently that Murkowski still hasn’t been able to get much done for Alaska.“I’m a much harder worker and I think I can get things done without seniority that Sen. Murkowski’s not been able to accomplish,” she said.Libertarian Joe Miller says Murkowski has been unable to achieve big resources development goals – like opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, because she, like her predecessors in Congress, is too focused on getting money out of the federal government.Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, is the ranking minority member on Sen. Murkowski’s committee. 2015 file photo: Liz Ruskin“I mean, we have got to have somebody who is out there focusing their efforts, their political seniority and their leverage on opening the resource base, rather than going the direction of the last several decades, which is a shrinking federal purse,” Miller said.That’s one theory: If you spend political capital to get federal money, you have less to achieve development goals.Drue Pearce, on the other hand, says Murkowski uses her chairmanship to build up more political capital. Pearce is an energy lobbyist who used to be president of the state Senate, and she’s contributed to Murkowski’s re-election campaign. She says Murkowski accomplishes a lot by setting a cooperative tone. Unlike other Republican chairmen, Murkowski includes a lot of Democratic priorities in her bills. In the arithmetic of Capitol Hill, Pearce says that opens more opportunities for Murkowski to press home-state issues.“So that’s very important for us, because it helps her take the things that are Alaskan specific and have them poised and ready to go into bills as she’s making deals with minority,” she said.Also, Pearce says, as chairman, Murkowski has more aides to work on Alaska issues. Murkowski has 22 committee staffers, and many of them have Alaska roots.Another prerogative of the chairman is to publicly confront administration officials. At budget time, Murkowski typically gets two shots at the same top official, because she also chairs the Appropriations subcommittee that funds the Interior Department, the Forest Service and the EPA. Murkowski often uses these confrontations to argue that Alaska has special circumstances and shouldn’t face the same regulations as other states.“We find ourselves often talking about the uniqueness of Alaska,” said EPA administrator Gina McCarthy at one of Murkowski’s hearings last year, defending the administration’s Clean Power Plan. McCarthy later announced Alaska, unlike other states, does not have to comply with mandates to lower greenhouse-gas emissions from power plants, due to its unique conditions.Polls show the Democrats could win control of the U.S. Senate in this election. If that happens, Murkowski won’t be chairman of any committee. She won’t enjoy the staff or prerogatives assigned to the top-ranking minority member on the energy committee, either, due to Republican limits on the terms of ranking members. But if Republicans retain the majority, or whenever they regain it, she can serve four more years as Energy Committee chair, and her chairmanship of the appropriations subcommittee has no time limit.-
Chahatt KhannainstagramIn a shocking incident, TV actress Chahatt Khanna, who is best known for her role as Ayesha in Bade Achhe Lagte Hain, was attacked by 14 drunk men on the road while she was travelling in her car with her two minor children.The incident took place on Friday, March 22, at Malad, Mumbai. Narrating the horrific ordeal, the actress told SpotboyE, “Last evening around 7 pm, I was travelling in my car with my kids, maid and staff and suddenly, a car banged my car from behind. It happened at S V Road, Malad. My driver braked and we were all thrown forward. I looked behind and saw 6 burly men getting down from the car. 4 bikes carrying 8 more men were right with the car, one on either side. So, 14 men in all.She further said: “And those 14 had within no time, surrounded my car. They recognised me and aggravated their aggression. They started banging the door, abusing us no end. Soon, 25-50 people had gathered a few metres away from this hooliganism. And mind you, most of them were seeing the tamasha as mere spectators. My driver got sh** scared. Why I am saying most of them is because then I saw few Muslim uncles coming forward and telling me to go away from there ASAP and they were braving it out in front of those hooligans. But my driver had started shi**ing bricks by now, He just froze, he couldn’t dodge and veer the car forward.”Chahatt revealed that her kids were crying throughout when the men forced her driver to get down the car and started beating him. Not just that the hooligans also smashed the back glass of her car. The drunk men got so wild that they started dancing and singing on the car’s bonnet. She continued: “I yelled at my driver to show some courage and he just about managed to take it out from that mess. But the ordeal was not over, A few metres down the road, I realised those 14 men had started following us. And they surrounded the car, once again- and started banging the door. At this point, it was great to see that the Muslim uncles had also followed us. This time though the miscreants had surrounded equally strongly- and I told my driver to yet take it ahead, even if it amounts to the car hitting one of them. Self-defence toh karna hi tha, There was no other option. And yes, I saw the Muslim uncles giving them an earful.”If these were not enough, Chahatt said that four of the men got physical but before things got worse, the police arrived and arrested the miscreants. However, the actress chose to reach home safely with her her kids rather than filing a complaint. “I dialled 100 but hardly had I gone ahead a few buildings, the hooligans returned to repeat the heinous act again. At this point I decided to get down and confront them. I knew it could lead to anything but again, I had no other option. I knew they were not going to stop. They were all sloshed with bhaang. Why are no checks possible to detect bhaang? Anyway, I took my chappals and threatened them. Worse still, 4 of them started getting physical with me. I decided to call the local MLA, but at this very juncture the cops arrived. Had they come 5 minutes later, I don’t know if I would have been alive. Hats off to the police and the present BJP government for this under which we have such an efficient system,” she said.
Police arrested four people, including the principal and an assistant teacher of a madrasa, on Thursday for sexually harassing a Class-V girl in Sharsha upazila.The arrestees are Mohsin Ali, 45, principal of Bagachra Satmail Alim Mahila Madrasa, its assistant teacher Shariful Islam, 35, office assistant Jamal Uddin, 45, and managing committee member Nurul Islam, 40.M Mashiur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Sharsha police station, said assistant teacher Shariful harassed the girl sexually in the classroom on 27 April.The victim’s mother lodged a complaint with the managing committee president in this regard after the girl disclosed the matter to her, he said.However, the arrestees tried to hush up the matter, the OC said, adding that a case was filed with his police station on Thursday and police arrested the four.
Given all of the big games released this fall, you might have forgotten all about Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite. The game is still going strong, and is about to get a significant upgrade soon. Today, Capcom revealed three new characters that should make folks pay attention.On December 5, Marvel’s Winter Soldier, Black Widow, and Venom will join the fray. Venom has appeared in previous Marvel vs Capcom games, while Black Widow and Winter Soldier are newcomers. Winter Soldier has some ground-based attacks that send opponents flying across the screen. He can even use his metallic arm to shield himself against super moves. Black Widow dominates the ground and air with her unique weapons. She is perfect for players who love to rack up high combos. Venom plays similarly to how he did in past installments. His shape-shifting abilities are useful for delivering devastating combos and confusing opponents.This newly released trailer shows what the new characters are all about.AdChoices广告These upcoming characters are available to everyone who purchased the season pass. They join other post-release characters like Monster Hunter, Sigma, and Black Panther. Each DLC character is also available to purchase individually.In other Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite news, Capcom is hosting a free demo weekend from November 24 at 8:00 am PST to November 27 at 8:00 am PST. During this time, all 30 characters are available to all users. This presents a good opportunity to see which of the DLC characters are worth purchasing. This free demo is only available to players on PlayStation 4.I’m one of the folks who had to stop playing Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite due to the flood of games, but I’m ready to return. I know what to expect from Venom, but I’m eager to test out Winter Soldier and Black Widow. In fact, I think they’d make a great team in the game. Nice job including these two, Capcom. Kudos. Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Disney Might Buy Fox Because the Mouse Must Rule AllMarvel vs Capcom: Infinite’s Accessibility Doesn’t Take Away…
The scientists account for this “superactivation” property by explaining that quantum channels have two different kinds of capacity. “Private capacity” is the rate at which a channel can send secure classical data. “Assisted capacity” is the transmission rate in which multiple symmetric channels can assist a given channel in sending quantum data. As the physicists demonstrated, a channel’s assisted capacity is always at least half as large as its private capacity. As an example of superactivation, the scientists showed that combining a private “Horodecki” channel and a symmetric channel (each with zero capacity) can give a quantum capacity of more than 0.01 qubits per channel. It’s as if each channel has the potential to activate the other, canceling the other’s reason for having zero capacity.“The effect has something to do with the existence of something called ‘private Horodecki channels,’” Smith said. “These channels have the weird property that, even though they’re too noisy to allow quantum communication, somehow they still allow you to send classical messages that are completely private. Roughly speaking, we figured out that there’s this second kind of channel – a symmetric channel – that also can’t send any quantum messages on its own, but can be used to transform the private classical communication of the Horodecki channel into noiseless quantum communication.”Superactivation raises some interesting questions about the nature of communication. For instance, you would think that the question “can this communication link transmit any information?” would have a straightforward answer. However, with quantum data, the answer may be that it depends on the context. If identifying a quantum channel’s capacity is not as straightforward as previously thought, then new ideas will be needed for designing error-correction techniques in quantum channels.These results lead to other questions, such as what the effect of combing three channels might be. The overall complexity of quantum channel capacity will keep the researchers investigating the fundamental characteristics of communication in the physical world.“First, I’d like to understand the role of privacy in this whole thing, and whether it’s necessary to achieve a superactivation,” Smith said. “In the longer term, I’d like to see if we can turn the improved understanding of quantum error correction that comes out of this into some practical ways to reduce noise in prototypes for quantum computers.”More information: Smith, Graeme and Yard, Jon. “Quantum Communication with Zero-Capacity Channels.” Science, 26 September 2008, Vol. 321. 10.1126/science.1164382.Copyright 2008 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. (PhysOrg.com) — Physicists have discovered a strange characteristic of quantum communication channels. If two quantum channels each have a transmission capacity of zero, they may still have a nonzero capacity when used together. This effect, which has no classical counterpart, reveals a new complexity in the fundamental nature of quantum communication. Citation: In quantum channels, zero plus zero can equal non-zero (2008, October 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-10-quantum-channels-equal-non-zero.html Explore further Physicists propose a second level of quantization for quantum Shannon theory The coauthors of the study, Graeme Smith of the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York, and Jon Yard of Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico, have published their research in a recent issue of Science.Smith and Yard explain that one of the most important challenges in designing communication networks of any kind is taking steps to correct for noise. By decreasing noise levels in communication channels, developers can increase channel capacity, which is defined as the number of bits (or qubits, in quantum channels) that one channel can transmit. For a channel with zero capacity, no bits are transmitted.For several decades, scientists have used a well-known formula developed by Claude Shannon in 1948 for developing error-correction techniques in classical communication channels. This formula guides the design of modern communication schemes used in cell phones, the Internet, and deep-space communication. In this classical formula, capacity is additive: when two channels are used simultaneously to transmit data, the capacities of the channels are added to obtain the total capacity.But even today, physicists don’t understand quantum communication nearly as well as the classical kind. In the current study, Smith and Yard show that some pairs of zero-capacity channels can have a positive quantum capacity when used together. As the physicists explain, that would be like two cut telephone cables being able to transmit data when used together. Their finding shows two things: that quantum capacity is not additive like classical capacity, and that the quantum capacity of a single channel does not completely specify its capability for transmitting quantum information.“To me, the strange thing is that you have these two things that you would have thought were useless – I mean, you’d usually think that a zero-capacity channel was good for nothing – and when you put them together, somehow there’s a kind of synergy and they develop a very quantifiable value,” Smith told PhysOrg.com. “This doesn’t happen when you work with classical channels, and since my intuition was based on that case, I was really surprised when it happened here.” Two quantum channels that have zero capacity when used individually (orange and yellow figures) can enable communication when used together (green figure). 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Tico Times photographer Alberto Font contributed to this story. Facebook Comments Related posts:Good Samaritan in Costa Rica brutally stabbed after posting viral video of sex aggressor Citizen groups want street harassment criminalized in Costa Rica Costa Rica protesters march against street harassment Video shows suspected killers of Gerardo Cruz, who confronted man filming up skirt University students and other groups on Thursday tacked poster board on a wall outside Calderón Guardia Hospital, in downtown San José, and asked people to write messages of support for Gerardo Cruz Barquero, who wasbrutally stabbed Wednesday night just days after a video he took of a man apparently trying to shoot video up a woman’s skirt went viral on social media.Pedestrians soon filled the wall with messages such as “Hang in there Gerardo,” “Stop Macho Violence,” and “Thank you Gerardo!” Other messages urge harsher punishments for perpetrators of sexual harassment.Cruz, 22, made headlines worldwide earlier this week after he posted a video on his Facebook page confronting another man who he caught recording video with his cellphone up a woman’s skirt.Cruz’s mother Ana Patricia Barquero said Thursday afternoon that her son was stabbed on his way to a relative’s house where he was supposed to give an interview to Channel 6 Noticias Repretel.He received several wounds to his chest and has already undergone two surgeries. Calderón Guardia’s medical officials reported Cruz’s current condition as “still critical.”Cruz has one child and his wife Carolina Zúñiga is five months pregnant. He is currently in the hospital’s intensive care unit, while various relatives remain outside the medical center awaiting updates.Groups of protesters remained in front of the hospital Thursday afternoon and called the population through social media to attend at least two public demonstrations and vigils in downtown San José on Thursday and over the weekend.Police say they can’t confirm whether the attack on Cruz was related to the filming incident. They have no suspects yet.
South Australia shaping the direction of tourism into the futureTourism has been recognised as one of the key economic drivers and growth industries for South Australia and the forces that will shape its future will impact on our State’s success in such a competitive environment.Delegates attending the South Australian Tourism Industry Council’s 8th annual Tourism Conference in June will be given insights into the challenges, opportunities and changes affecting the tourism industry and learn how they can tackle them head on.More than 26 presenters will introduce ideas around connected customers, digital storytelling, increasing profitability, leveraging our strengths, capitalising on technology and embracing new markets.Google’s Strategy & Insights Manager, Matthew Evans will reveal how to win tomorrow’s traveller by taking delegates on a futuristic journey of advanced computing, machine learning and artificial intelligence.Economics Commentator, Michael Pascoe will present on the economic challenges and opportunities for the tourism industry and spreading the growth of our “two speed” economy.Tourism Australia’s Managing Director, John O’Sullivan will offer innovative strategies for converting the appetite for Australia’s tourism experiences to grow visitation, and counter the challenges of an increasingly cluttered and competitive global travel market.SA Tourism Industry Council General Manager, Shaun de Bruyn says the conference is a must attend event for tourism education, networking and professional development.“By holding an annual conference, we are facilitating the development of a dynamic, innovative and highly competitive tourism industry,” Mr de Bruyn says.“The 2017 Conference aims to equip delegates with the knowledge, skills and strategies to sustain business growth now and into the future, in turn supporting the State’s visitor economy and building on the momentum of an industry which is a key economic driver for the State.”Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell said a strong tourism sector was vital to the economic future of South Australia.“Co-operation between our public and private sector is stimulating visitor demand, attracting more events, tourists and business travellers – who are spending a record $6.3 billion a year,” Minister Bignell says.“The State Government has invested an additional $70 million into the tourism portfolio and along with record spending in our visitor economy – this has resulted in the creation of 4000 extra jobs in the sector.“Our operators and our natural environment offer some of the best visitor experiences in Australia and the annual tourism conference is a fantastic opportunity for experts and industry leaders to come together and share their success stories and gain further insight into how to facilitate economic growth.”Principal Sponsor and SA Tourism Commission Chief Executive Rodney Harrex says the South Australian visitor economy has entered a period of record expansion.“It is important for tourism operators to understand the recent drivers of this growth and what is in store for the visitor economy through to 2020 and beyond,” Mr Harrex says.The Conference will wrap-up with an Industry Dinner, featuring City Collective’s David Cooke, who will share his radical urban development plan to use the Commonwealth Games as a catalyst to increase Adelaide’s city centre population, vibrancy and urban quality.The Conference will be held at the Stamford Grand Adelaide on 6 & 7 June, offering more than 26 speakers, 8 plenary sessions, 4 masterclasses and 15 practical workshops to choose from. South Australian Tourism Industry CouncilSource = South Australian Tourism Industry Council
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From £119.99 on AmazonTaiwanese luggage manufacturer Eminent claims their suitcase ‘was designed for the most demanding user, and is recognised worldwide for long lasting durability’. If you’re after carry-on suitcase reviews – read our article on the best hand luggage bags on the market. From £27.99 on AmazonUK manufacturer Karabar offers this low-priced suitcase described as ‘smart, durable and innovative.’ British AirwaysQantasThomson Airways Tough Test 5/5This is one tough Taiwanese cookie! Made from the new Makrolon® polycarbonate and according to Eminent, ‘extremely break resistant’, this case was one of just three to survive having a car dropped on them! In fact, after pushing out the dents, the case was in such surprisingly good condition, that we used it to carry our film gear back to base. Redefining ‘made in Taiwan’, we definitely rate the robustness of this case. Test 3: The Stomp 10 items you should definitely leave behind when you go on holiday – especially if you’re travelling hand-luggage only. Suitcases can take a battering during transit, so we got Skyscanner’s very own ‘Polish Viking’ to go to work on each one with a 10-pound sledgehammer. We created a four phase ‘tough test’ to see how much punishment each piece of luggage could handle before cracking. We thought that having a car dropped onto them would finish even the hardest suitcase off, but to our surprise, three of the eight cases survived even that! Here are the four tests we conducted: Confessions of an airport baggage handler We’ve put popular suitcases (hold luggage) through the ultimate ‘Suitcase Must Die: Tough Test’. From the Sledgehammer Attack, to having a whole car dropped on them, watch our videos below to find out which ones suffered from split zips and shattered promises, and which were ‘hard’ suitcases in every sense of the word. Karabar K-Bar-310 Medium OK – so the chances of a car just falling out of the sky on to your suitcase during your everyday travels are slim (hopefully!) but we couldn’t resist the chance for a bit of case carnage. Despite being hard shell suitcases, none of us thought any of them would survive this, but we were wrong! There truly are some tough pieces of luggage out there. Functionality 3/5The interior of this trolley suitcase is fully lined with luggage straps and a zipped divider with several compartments. It is closed with a zip that comes with a built-in locking mechanism and a padlock.Tough Test 2/5According to the manufacturer this suitcase is made from ‘durable lightweight ABS hard plastic’. However, its four spinner wheels don’t seem particularly durable, nor does its retractable handle. In our Tough Test, it took a hammering at stage 2 (Sledgehammer Test), cracked in the Stomp Test, and by the end of the Car Drop Test, the casing was completely split, rendering it useless.Value for Money 4/5This piece of luggage is no tough guy, but for little over £20, we wouldn’t expect it to be. If you’re after a small, light suitcase for a quick weekend getaway, then this cheap and cheerful spinner will do the trick. If you’re a global jetsetter looking for luggage to last you a lifetime, this isn’t the case for you.The Survivors Functionality 5/5This Samsonsite suitcase comes with four multi-directional spinner wheels, a lightweight but sturdy monotube pull-handle with push buttons, a top carry handle and a side carry handle, a TSA combination lock and protected zippers. Inside, it has an interior divider pad made of zipped mesh and functional elastic cross ribbons to secure packed items and reduce wrinkling.Tough Test 4/5Samsonite claims that Curv® is ‘one of the strongest, lightest and most scratch-resistant materials available’, and indeed the company are known for producing high quality luggage. In our tough test, the Cosmolite did well, making it to the final test unscathed, but it didn’t fully survive the car drop test, and was left with a small hole in the side.Value for Money 3/5It was the most expensive in our test, (by some margin) which is perhaps to be expected from such a well-known suitcase brand. There’s no doubting this is a tough, quality piece of kit, but you’ll have to pay a premium for it. However, fans of Samsonite’s trademark sleek silver designs are often happy to do just that.Roncato FlexiFrom £101.99 on AmazonItalian luggage manufacturer Roncato delivers a cool, classy suitcase in the Flexi. This is a weighty piece of luggage with two very sturdy wheels and a guarantee of 10 years.Capacity: 85 litresDimensions: 68 x 30 x 50 cmWeight: 5.5 kg 10 things not to pack on holiday Suitcase Must Die: The Skyscanner Tough Test Functionality 4/5The Eminent suitcase has a five-year guarantee, four sturdy double-spinner wheels, a combination TSA lock, a plastic telescopic handle and handles on both top and side. Inside it’s lined and has a zipped internal pocket and restraining straps. Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. Related10 ways to deal with lost luggageIt can happen to anyone, even airline bosses. So following the admission by Alaska Airlines CEO, Brad Tilden, that his own airline failed to get his luggage to the same airport as him, Skyscanner offers 10 top airline luggage tips.The best suitcases for long haul flightsSo, you reckon you can survive a long haul flight, but is your luggage up to the test? These suitcases have been proven strong by Amazon’s wanderlusting reviewers, and are more than up to the task. So without further ado, here are the best luggage options for taking on long…What’s the best hand luggage bag?With more and more airlines charging for checked bags, it’s worth travelling light to save money. We’ve got tips from all the frequent flyers at Skyscanner, as well as globe-trotting travel bloggers, so escape baggage fees and go hand luggage only with these top cabin bags. Functionality 5/5It has a combination lock (not TSA) on the side and the top and below security clasps can be locked with a key. The telescopic handle feels very resistant and is made of metal and it also has tough handles on top and side. Inside it features elastic straps and a mesh dividing compartment with a pocket for toiletries, as well as another detachable pouch.Tough Test 3/5This suitcase is made from hard Polypropylene. Of all our cases this material seemed the toughest, as it was rigid and heavy, but that rigidity and weight was also its weakness. In our very first test (the Sparta Kick) it broke open at the zip. Without the flex that other cases had, the ironically named ‘Flexi’ didn’t flex much, and in fact our car drop test almost completely obliterated it, shattering the case into several pieces.Value for Money 4/5This is a well-priced and functional case. It was the most rigid, (but heaviest), which is a potential weakness, but it comes with plenty of Italian style.Borderline Trolley Case£23* from AmazonThis was the cheapest case in our test, and we could tell. Compared to the other cases, it feels weak and the spinner wheels are not very stable. However, it is only £23!Capacity: 62 litresDimensions: 61 x 45 x 23cmWeight: 2.8kg Test 2: Hammer Attack Lost luggage? The Secret Baggage Handler reveals the truth about what really happens to your suitcase. Capacity: 69 litresDimensions: 67 x 44 x 27 cmWeight: 3.3 kg How to beat airline luggage charges Functionality 5/5The Helium comes with a 10-year guarantee, 4 single spinner wheels, a combination TSA lock, a telescopic handle and handles on top and side. Inside it is lined and has a zipped compartment, a zip pocket, and elasticated restrainer straps.Tough Test 5/5Delsey claim the Helium possesses ‘extreme resistance’ and they are right. It was apt that this case had a sticker depicting its hammer-proof properties, as it did indeed withstand the full force of a sledgehammer blow from our Polish Viking. In fact, the suitcase is harder than a French Legionnaire, being one of only three cases that survived our climatic ‘Car Drop’ test. And if it can survive that, then a bit of rough treatment by over-zealous baggage handlers will be no problem.Value for Money 4/5It’s not the cheapest suitcase out there, but you are paying for quality, style and some great functionality. And it’s one tough mother.Luggage X 77From £79.99 on AmazonLuggage X’s main selling point is that this case is ‘virtually indestructible’. It is certainly quite sturdy, the shell feels tough and at 127 litres, was the largest suitcase in our test.Capacity: 127 litresDimensions: 77 x 56 x 36 cmWeight: 4.9 kg Functionality 4/5It has four single spinner wheels, a combination TSA lock, a telescopic handle and handles on top and side. Plus it comes with a three-year guarantee.Tough Test 3/5The makers state it is manufactured from the highest specification materials and are subject to strict quality controls. It did make it past our Sparta Kick Test (being booted off of a 1.5m high platform onto the ground) but the case cracked during our Stomp Test.Value for Money 5/5It’s not the toughest kid on the block but for the price (the second cheapest case in our test) this Karabar suitcase is excellent value, offering a good, functional piece of luggage, at a very affordable price.Delsey HeliumFrom £86.99 on AmazonFrench luggage manufacturer Delsey promises that their sky-blue Helium suitcase is ‘the most secure ZIP ever’ and the ‘perfect equation between lightness and resistance’.Capacity: 101 litresDimensions: 69 x 47 x 31 cmWeight: 3.2 kg Functionality 5/5Its four easy-glide wheels spin 360 degrees, it has two tough handles on top and side of the case, central locking trolley system and telescopic handle that seems quite resistant and is supplied with a TSA padlock for better security. The beautiful interior is fully lined and includes a very practical inside mesh pocket.Tough Test 3/5Made of PC/ABS emboss structure ‘to give strength and durability’, it survived Stage 3 (The Stomp Test), although it was starting to show signs of stress, but our car drop test left it cracked and crumpled.Value for Money 4/5This is a stylish, functional case which is very well priced. As long as you’re not planning to drop a car on it, this case should serve you well and stand up to normal travel wear and tear just fine.Samsonite CosmoliteFrom £319 on AmazonUS brand Samsonsite are renowned for their quality cases and the Cosmolite claims to be their ‘strongest and lightest case ever’ due to their ‘revolutionary Curv technology’, and comes with a 10-year warranty.Capacity: 88 litresDimensions: 51.5 x 31 x 74 cmWeight: 3.4 kg *Prices and availability accurate at time of writing, and subject to change. Beat baggage stress: compare cabin luggage sizes and weight allowances on short-haul flights. Test 1: Sparta Kick Test 4: The Car Drop Guide: Cabin luggage sizes So how did the suitcases survive? Functionality 4/5It has a one-year guarantee, four multidirectional wheels that can spin 360 degrees for optimum manoeuvrability, a retracting towing handle with three different locking positions, two spring-back carry handles, and a zip closure with a TSA Combination Lock. The suitcase’s inside is fully lined with satin and has two main compartments with a zipped dividing wall, and also an additional zipped inner bag for toiletries.Tough Test 5/5When we saw Luggage X’s claim of being ‘virtually indestructible’ we thought – we’ll see about that! But the case was true to its claim. Made with ultra-lightweight Polypropylene, a ‘high impact resistant material’, we put this case through our punishing Tough Test, and it was one of just three to make it back to the Skyscanner office – bruised, but not broken. Any suitcase that can survive having a car dropped on it gets our respect.Value for Money 5/5For the price, this case is a real winner. It’s tough, functional and great value. We hadn’t heard of Luggage X before, but this case has proved itself against a set of better known suitcase brands.Antler Talara(Note: the Talara was not available to buy at the moment we updated this post, but we have left this review here for comparison. The closest equivalent we could find is the Antler Juno, slightly smaller at 68 x 47 x 25 (cm) and 61 litres.)The Antler suitcase is probably the most stylish in our test. With Great British design, it claims to be ‘light and durable to withstand rough treatment’ and it comes with a 10 year warranty.Capacity: 63 litresDimensions: 69 x 45 x 28 cmWeight: 3.6kg We got our hands on four different wearable luggage jackets and put them to the test. Dreaming of your next adventure? Fly away with some of our most popular airlines: Capacity: 66 litresDimensions: 68 x 43 x 24 cmWeight: 3.1 kg To simulate a fall (or a baggage handler’s throw!) from an aircraft luggage-hold onto tarmac, we kicked each suitcase from a height of about 1.5 metres onto the ground. Looking for more luggage and packing advice? You might also enjoy these articles: Value for Money 4/5A light, functional and very tough case, the Move Air was built to last and is a great choice for the frequent flyer. Eminent Move Air Information correct as of 5th February 2016, obtained from https://www.amazon.co.uk/. Please always check the latest guidance before booking a trip Get even more travel goodness straight to your inbox.Sign up In their travelling lives, suitcases take a lot of rough treatment, like getting kicked and trodden on, so we got our Polish Viking, (who, at 150 kilograms, weighs the same as a juvenile polar bear), to take a walk over a carpet of cases. We selected eight different hard cases, ranging from a cheap and cheerful £23.99, right up to premium Samsonsite luggage costing £335. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
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Wellington "It’s not a kind country it’s not an easy country I slept in my car 20 days last year I worked 30 hours a week" That sentiment is something the country’s popular Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern would like to reverse Last Thursday across town from the Sisters of Compassion Soup Kitchen her Labour-led government unveiled its first budget with an ambitious plan to build social infrastructure The government has allocated NZ$38 billion ($262 billion)of new capital spending over a five-year period This includes an extra NZ$634 million for housing on top of the NZ$21 billion previously announced to fund Kiwibuild a government building program to increase affordable housing supply ‘LONG WAY DOWN THE HOLE’ Much is expected of the charismatic 37-year-old prime minister after her party put fixing the housing crisis at the heart of its successful election campaign in September Arden’s challenge is to not allow her spending plan blow a hole in the strong finances her government inherited "We are proud of her" said Sister Josefa who is on staff at the soup kitchen "There is a lot of hope maybe a lot of expectation too" But experts say the government’s first budget underwhelms on the radical reforms the wider public wanted "They’re a long way down a hole that was created by somebody else and they haven’t really got a great or easy solution" said John Tookey professor of construction management at Auckland University of Technology He said the government’s much-vaunted Kiwibuild could come unstuck because there weren’t enough skilled workers to deliver on its ambitious target to build 100000 homes in the next decade Even the budget’s extra social housing spend was unlikely to alleviate the signs of families living in cars caravans and garages that Salvation Army policy analyst Alan Johnson sees around his South Auckland neighbourhood "The Minister of Finance suggested it was transformational and I think it’s a long way short of that" Johnson said FALLING THROUGH THE CRACKS New Zealand is on a six-year economic winning streak underpinned by a strong dairy sector booming tourism and migration That golden run is expected to continue with Treasury expecting economic growth to hit a peak of 38 percent in 2019 – well above the 2 percent growth the International Monetary Fund forecasts developed economies to achieve But infrastructure in New Zealand has not kept pace A housing crunch traffic jams and hospital staff shortages led to an abrupt shift in public sentiment away from the seemingly unbeatable centre-right National Party at the 2017 election Some of course enjoyed the fruits of the boom particularly in the past decade Others were squeezed Maoris the indigenous people of New Zealand account for a third of the homeless though they make up only 15 percent of the population A Yale study of OECD data found that New Zealand had the highest rate of homelessness among member nations with almost 1 percent of its population living without a permanent shelter in 2015 The situation has likely deteriorated since the study analysts said with the number of people eligible for government housing support doubling since 2015 And wage growth has significantly lagged house price growth of over 60 percent in the past decade highlighting how even those with a roof over their heads are getting squeezed SHELTERS ARE FULL Homelessness is at its worst in New Zealand’s most populated city Auckland which has also experienced the most severe housing crunch with prices jumping 90 percent in the past decade according to property researcher Quotable Value Several people living on the streets interviewed by Reuters said they had left Auckland for Wellington But the pressure has spread far and wide Even in Wellington a city known for pricey craft beer bars and artisan coffee shops where workers enjoy the biggest pay packets in the country many are falling into the boom town cracks Kirsty Buggins director at the Wellington Night Shelter said the centre was almost 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