Nintendo Switch Online App Launches

first_img It’s available now in the Android and iOS app stores, but don’t expect it to do anything useful just yet. We need Splatoon 2 to launch for that to happen. The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Matthew Humphries Nintendo is taking its time rolling out a full online service for the Switch. What we have now is a free, but limited service, with the promise of the paid-subscription version appearing in 2018. There’s also the Nintendo Switch Online App, which Nintendo quietly rolled out a few days early this week.It’s available for both iOS and Android devices and promises to, “help enhance your online gameplay experience on Nintendo Switch.” More specifically, Nintendo intends to offer features in the app on a per-game basis, but also promises to offer the ability to invite friends to play with you or to have voice chats.For now, anyone downloading the app is likely only going to see a maintenance page. However, we can look forward and see what’s coming with the first game to fully support it being Nintendo’s own Splatoon 2.Splatoon 2 will be supported at launch through the app using SplatNet 2. It allows you to view your stats for past online matches, as well as your single-player records and overall ranking. There’s also the ability to order special Splatoon 2 gear in the shop and see which online multiplayer stages will be available and when.Nintendo will allow you to send play invitations and chat with friends as promised, but also share all of your stats by linking the app and SplatNet 2 into your social media accounts. So expect a lot of Splatoon 2 auto-generated Facebook posts and tweets appearing after the game launches on July 21. Apply Now » Image credit: Nintendo via PC Mag Add to Queue 2 min read July 19, 2017center_img Nintendo 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List This story originally appeared on PCMag –shares Senior Editor Next Article Nintendo Switch Online App Launcheslast_img read more

Pancakes Check Out These Deals and Freebies for National Pancake Day 2016

first_imgFood This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Next Article –shares 3 min read Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Add to Queue Pancakes! Check Out These Deals and Freebies for National Pancake Day 2016. Chris Morris America may be fractured on a number of issues these days, but there’s one thing we can all stand behind: Pancakes are delicious.On March 8, we celebrate this fine breakfast food (that sometimes works just as well for other meals) on National Pancake Day. It’s a day that’s largely identified with IHOP, though other restaurants have gotten in on the action as well.GoBankingRates has a complete list of restaurants offering deals, but here’s a list of some of the best bargains you can expect:IHOPThis is ground central for free pancakes. The chain hands out a complimentary short stack of buttermilk pancakes to anyone who wants one from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. It’s also the company’s biggest philanthropic effort of the year. Guests are encouraged to donate what they would have spent for that meal to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. If they make a donation of $5 or more, they’ll get a coupon good for $5 off their next visit. That’s basically two meals for free for a token charitable donation.And in Chamblee, Ga., IHOP patrons could have their pancakes made by Miss America.Waffle HouseWaffles may be considered the arch-rival of pancakes, but Waffle House isn’t letting the day go by unnoticed. Guests who visit March 8 can use this coupon for a free order of hash browns. (You’ll have to pay extra to get ’em scattered, smothered, and covered, though.)Denny’sDenny’s doesn’t formally recognize National Pancake Day, but it’s not going to cede the day’s breakfast business to IHOP. The chain is offering 20 percent off a party’s entire check with this downloadable coupon.Peet’s Coffee & TeaOnce again, you’ll need to print a coupon, but the chain that predates Starbuck’s is offering half off of any beverage between noon and 5 p.m. now through March 9. And there’s not much that goes better with pancakes than a piping hot cup of coffee.Noah’s New York Bagels/Einstein Bros. BagelsPrefer your breakfast starches a bit more portable? These two bagel chains (which are owned by the same parent company) are making it a little cheaper. Both have coupons offering 20 percent off of your purchase. The Noah’s coupon expires on March 8, while Einstein Bros. gives you until the 16th to get a schmear. Enroll Now for $5 Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. March 8, 2016last_img read more

More Than 130000 People Have Already PreOrdered Teslas 35000Model 3

first_imgTesla 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List –shares Reuters Next Article April 1, 2016 Image credit: Reuters | Tesla Motors Handout via Reuters Tesla 3 min read More Than 130,000 People Have Already Pre-Ordered Tesla’s $35,000-Model 3 This story originally appeared on Reuters Tesla Motors gave a sneak preview Thursday of its Model 3 sedan, saying more than 130,000 people had ordered the car, even though it is more than a year away from production.Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk unveiled a prototype of the Model 3 in Hawthorne, Calif., outside Los Angeles to hundreds of Tesla owners and the media, saying the vehicle will go into production in 2017 at a starting price of $35,000.The Model 3 is critical to the Silicon Valley automaker’s growth plans and to sustaining its lofty stock price. Tesla shares have jumped in recent days in anticipation of the Model 3 launch.The Model 3 will enter a crowded field of luxury and electric cars that includes gasoline-fueled models such as the Audi A4 and BMW 3-Series, and electric models such as the forthcoming Chevrolet Bolt EV from General Motors Co.”Do you want to see the car?” teased Musk, to screams from the audience in the hangar-sized facility inside a Tesla design center. “We don’t have it for you tonight — just kidding!”Three Model 3s were driven onstage. The compact sleek four-door car with no grille features a roof that is a panoramic pane of glass from front to back.Musk said that 115,000 pre-orders had already been taken on Thursday alone for the car. Within a half hour, that number reached 137,600 in a rolling scroll projected onto a screen.Fans had camped out overnight, queueing outside Tesla stores across California to put down deposits on the car in scenes reminiscent of the launch of Apple Inc. products.The Model 3 is crucial for Tesla to reach its goal of selling 500,000 cars per year by 2020. The success of Tesla’s Gigafactory, its battery factory near completion in Nevada, is also contingent on the Model 3.Tesla says scale from the massive facility will cut the cost of its battery pack by 30 percent to enable the lower-priced vehicle.High expectations ahead of the unveiling have restored Tesla’s shares to around the $230-mark, recovering from a year low of $141.05 in February after analysts cut price targets and revenue expectations.”It is important to the industry because it will signal whether or not Tesla Motors is a major threat to the status quo or just another wannabe car company with a fleeting chance for long-term success,” said Kelley Blue Book’s Jack Nerad.GM is on track to beat Tesla to the market with its Chevrolet Bolt electric car, which GM says will launch late this year, offering about 200 miles of electric driving range and a starting price of around $35,000.A new generation of Nissan Motor Co’s Leaf electric car is also expected to offer more driving range at a similar price.The Model 3 and others in the new generation of electric vehicles face challenges from low gasoline prices, high battery costs and uncertain investment in recharging infrastructure.Through the first two months of this year, sales of all-electric and hybrid vehicles are down nearly 9 percent to 60,384 vehicles, data from trade group the Electric Drive Transportation Association shows.That’s fewer hybrid and battery electric vehicles sold in two months than Ford sold of its F-series large pickup trucks in February alone.Several short-term concerns, such as that Model 3 production will be delayed, and the slow ramp of the Model X will continue, go hand-in-hand with skeptics’ longer-term worries that the unprofitable company will continue to bleed cash.In February, Tesla said it would start generating positive cash flow this month.(Reporting by Alexandria Sage and Joe White; Editing by Clarence Fernandez) The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Add to Queue Apply Now »last_img read more

China Bans Autonomous Car Testing for Now

first_img –shares Don Reisinger Self-Driving Cars This story originally appeared on PCMag Contributing Writer July 21, 2016 Image credit: PC Mag Next Article China is putting the brakes on self-driving car testing.The country’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology drafted new regulations on self-driving car testing in the country, but until they’re approved, the government has warned companies not to try it out, according to Bloomberg, which obtained a copy of the draft.Self-driving cars are quickly becoming a hot commodity in the auto world as companies from Google to Mercedes-Benz try out the technology in the US, Europe and elsewhere. There’s no timeline on when China might approve its rules, Bloomberg says, but as auto makers eye autonomous car rollouts in the next decade, time is of the essence if China wants to keep up.Major car makers like BMW have already made plans to test self-driving cars in China. In April, Volvo said it would begin negotiations with Chinese cities that want to test Volvo’s autonomous cars using local drivers. The company wanted to use up to 100 cars to see how they work in everyday road conditions.In December, China’s Baidu also announced that its self-driving car — a modified BMW 3 Series — successfully completed testing on mixed roads under various environmental conditions. The 19-mile test drive route began at Baidu’s Beijing headquarters and covered the G7 highway, Fifth Ring Road and Olympic Park, before looping back to the starting point.In the US, semi-autonomous car technology has come under fire following the fatal accident of a Tesla Model S in Autopilot mode. Tesla has denied any wrongdoing, reiterating that Autopilot is semi- and not fully autonomous and promising an upgrade soon, but regulators are investigating. 2 min read China Bans Autonomous Car Testing (for Now) The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Add to Queue Apply Now »last_img read more

Acquia Unveils New Compliance Security Capabilities for Acquia Cloud

first_img“These new capabilities for Acquia Cloud empower our customers with insightful governance by providing foundational security principles directly to our customers,” said Joseph Janik, chief information security officer at Acquia. “Built on AWS’ platform, these innovations provide deeper insights into hosted applications along with a comprehensive set of security capabilities.”“In today’s world, cybersecurity is more important than ever. That’s why Mobomo is working closely with leading-edge government agencies to tackle their cloud-first initiatives through FedRAMP cloud platform-as-a-service offerings,” said Ken Fang, president of Mobomo. “Acquia’s new security capabilities ensure that our customers stay up-to-date on the latest security requirements through better integration into hybrid cloud environments and increased flexibility in both configuration and control. In addition, continual updates to the security features of the platform enables Mobomo to provide seamless integration and up-to-date security solutions to our customers in a cost-effective and efficient manner. These capabilities give Mobomo and their customers comfort knowing their information is safe, while allowing us to focus on what really matters — delivering more features and functionality to our end users.”Marketing Technology News: Fishbowl, Inc. Names New Chief Revenue OfficerAcquia Cloud enhancements include the following:SSO: An upgraded SSO service seamlessly unifies management of internal and external user authentication, protecting sensitive information and offering improved governance across IT managed systems.Log Forwarding and SIEM integration: Customers can easily configure Acquia Cloud to share logs securely with their Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) systems, thereby providing more visibility to improve incident detection and response. Acquia Cloud supports forwarding logs to popular SIEMs including Splunk and SumoLogic.Access and Governance: Acquia Cloud Shield, a private, isolated cloud for sites that require heightened levels of secure access, now offers optional VPC peering so companies may connect their AWS-hosted VPCs. Additionally, customers may use a self-service UI to manage access for greater administrative flexibility.FIPS 140-2: Acquia offers support for the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2, a U.S. government standard that defines cryptographic module security requirements and is critical for federal customers.Marketing Technology News: Where’s Our Data? IDC Executive Brief – Data Control is Crucial for Success in Digital Transformation AcquiaAcquia CloudDigital Experience PlatformsFederal Risk AuthorizationMarketing TechnologyNewsSecurity Information Previous ArticleQuality Data Equals Truth Sets, and Nothing LessNext Article60% of Users Will Disable Ad Blockers for Certain Domains, Indicating an Opportunity for Advertisers Provides Broadest Set of Compliance & Security Services Available for Enterprise Drupal Deployments Acquia Unveils New Compliance, Security Capabilities for Acquia Cloud PRNewswireApril 25, 2019, 7:37 pmApril 25, 2019 Acquia announced new capabilities for Acquia Cloud, extending the company’s strengths in security innovation and compliance for digital experience platforms. Additions include new tools to manage risk and updated compliance for a pair of key US federal standards, providing the security and compliance that companies require. These updates expand upon the broadest set of compliance and security services available anywhere on a single cloud platform for Drupal deployments.Acquia Cloud provides a secure, resilient and broadly supported cloud platform. The cloud-native platform enables customers to build and manage Drupal-based digital experiences, freeing staff to innovate on every channel, engage customers, and grow their brands.As global brands expand the breadth of digital offerings, they need to ensure that customer data is secure at every touchpoint. These new capabilities give enterprises the ability to provide protection without taxing the resources of security and operations teams. New security capabilities include upgraded single sign-on (SSO) integrations, greater support for SIEM log forwarding, and upgraded controls for access and governance. Acquia customers can also increase their levels of assurance with Acquia’s adherence to new facets of the Federal Risk Authorization and Management Program (FedRAMP) and Federal Education Records Privacy Act (FERPA) compliance standards.Marketing Technology News: BSI Reports Top Supply Chain Themes for 2019last_img read more

Peanut allergy tolerance treatment may increase the risk of anaphylaxis

first_imgBy Sally Robertson, B.Sc.Apr 26 2019Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Treating children who have a peanut allergy by gradually exposing them to increasing levels of peanut extract may actually increase their risk of allergic attacks, instead of inducing tolerance, warn researchers from McMaster University.The team found that efforts to desensitize children with peanut oral immunotherapy resulted in three times as many allergic reactions in the “real- world,” compared with peanut avoidance.Children who tried the desensitization method also had more severe reactions, including potentially fatal anaphylactic reactions that required administration of life-saving adrenaline.More than six million people are affected by food allergies across Europe and North America, most of whom are children. While children often grow out of the more common egg or milk allergies by the age of ten, a peanut allergy can persist into adulthood and be a lifelong problem.What is oral immunotherapy?Previous research has suggested that oral immunotherapy, where allergic children are gradually exposed to increasing levels of peanut extract, can desensitize a child to peanuts, reducing their risk of anaphylaxis.Researchers say that despite an increased risk of reactions during the initial exposure phase, the ultimate benefits could last a lifetime. Findings from a study last year provided the most convincing evidence to date that the exposure method can stop peanut ingestion triggering a fatal reaction.However, studies assessing the effectiveness of oral immunotherapy measure the treatment’s success by whether a person can pass a supervised food challenge. Dr. Derek Chu (McMaster University) and colleagues point out that this cannot serve as a predictive measure of a person’s future risk in the real world.The treatment may not work in the ‘real-world’Through the analysis of findings from 12 trials, Chu and team questioned whether the results of desensitization studies can be replicated in the real world and have raised concerns about the safety of such approaches. The research was published in The Lancet. Oral immunotherapy is an emerging experimental treatment for peanut allergy, but its benefits and harms are unclear. We systematically reviewed the efficacy and safety of oral immunotherapy versus allergen avoidance or placebo (no oral immunotherapy) for peanut allergy.”Dr. Derek Chu Safer peanut allergy treatment approaches and rigorous randomised controlled trials that evaluate patient-important outcomes are needed.”center_img The team pooled data available for more than 1,000 children (aged an average of nine years) who had participated in oral immunotherapy trials and whose progress had been followed for one year.“Our study synthesizes all randomized clinical trials comparing peanut oral immunotherapy to no immunotherapy in order to generate the highest quality evidence to inform decision-making,” says Chu.The analysis found that 22.2% of children who underwent oral immunotherapy therapy experienced anaphylactic reactions, compared with 7% who avoided exposure to peanuts.Serious allergic reactions that led to vomiting, hives, abdominal pain, wheezing and asthma were all increased, including potentially fatal attacks where life-saving adrenaline needed to be given.The findings favor avoidance of overall current forms of oral immunotherapy and suggest that children who avoid peanuts altogether have fewer attacks overall.‘More allergic and adverse reactions’Chu adds that although the exposure method can achieve the aim of desensitization, “this outcome does not translate into achieving the clinical and patient-desired aim of less allergic reactions and anaphylaxis over time.”Instead, the outcome is the opposite, he says, with “more allergic and adverse reactions with oral immunotherapy compared with avoidance or placebo.”Chu emphasizes that the study does not denounce current research into oral immunotherapy, but that the method should be more carefully considered, with improvements in safety made and measures of success being aligned with patients’ wishes.last_img read more

Study highlights disparity in providing mental health services across EU countries

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Apr 29 2019Access to inpatient care for young people with mental health issues varies significantly across Europe, with mental health services providing up to fifty times more beds depending upon the country you live in.The UK is 18thout of 28 countries in Europe for the number of inpatient beds available per 100,000 young people, despite having the largest number of services dedicated to child and adolescent mental health.Research led by Professor Swaran Singh of Warwick Medical School has highlighted the disparity in mental health service provision across the twenty-eight EU countries. Researchers are calling for better national policies from EU countries that standardize services and improve access to mental health services for children and adolescents experiencing mental illness.The figures are among findings to be presented at an event on 29 April to mark the completion of the five-year MILESTONE project led by the University of Warwick and involving research teams in 7 other countries, which aims to improve transitions for young people from child (CAMHS) to adult mental health services across Europe.It is the first comprehensive evaluation of children’s mental health services in Europe and examines young people’s experiences in transitioning to adult mental health services for the first time.As part of the project, which received 6 million euro in funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme, researchers conducted a survey of CAMHS provision in all twenty-eight countries in the EU. The survey highlighted that the number of pediatric beds available, a measure of the capacity of those services, varied significantly country to country. While Sweden had the least with 1.2 beds per 100,000 young people, Germany had the most with 64 beds per 100,000 young people – over fifty times as many.It has highlighted the lack of consistency in the management of children and young people with mental health issues across Europe with significant variations in how services are delivered. For example, the UK has a relatively low 9.4 beds per 100,000 young people, but has by far the largest number of public CAMHS (939).Mental health issues are on the rise in young people.One in ten 5 to 16 year-olds are affected by a mental health issue and 50% of mental health problems are established by the age of 14.For most young people, reaching the milestone birthday that marks the start of adulthood is a celebratory affair. However, for those relying on the support of CAMHS it can mean uncertainty and possibly the loss of the support that has helped them so far. In the majority of European countries, when service users reach a certain age – 18 in the UK, for example – they are no longer eligible to use children’s services and are instead moved to adult services.Related StoriesInternational study aims to more accurately describe mental health disordersState lawmakers eye federal dollars to boost mental health counseling by peersOnline training program helps managers to support employees’ mental health needsThis transition has little clarity. The findings indicate that while a number of young people move on to adult mental health services with minimal disruption, a large proportion are discharged without guidance on how to continue their support, have to take on the burden of convincing adult services to accept them, experiencing long waiting times for appointments and having to repeatedly explain their problems to different services.Warwick Medical School’s Professor Swaran Singh, Project Coordinator for the MILESTONE project, said: “The MILESTONE project is a genuine milestone in youth mental health research since for the first time it shows the nature and magnitude of the problem of transition from child to adult mental health services, something that has been often discussed but never quantified and understood in such a detailed and nuanced manner. We tried one way of bridging the transition divide through our managed transition trial. There may be other ways and perhaps the best way forward is to try a few models and test them for long term outcomes in young people with emerging mental health problems.”With around a tenth of young people likely to experience mental health issues, it’s a matter of concern that the approach to child mental health varies so dramatically across Europe. Our youth deserve better mental health care than they currently receive.”Findings from the MILESTONE project will be presented at a public dissemination event on 29 April at Church House, Westminster. Attendees will get to hear from young people and sector-leading UK and international speakers, gain a better understanding of wider issues linked with transition and discuss the next steps in shaping policy, service provision and research. It will also feature the premiere of a new short film ‘I am the Loneliness of 4am’, which captures how young people feel when they face problems accessing care at the transition boundary.Source: https://warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/inpatient_care_forlast_img read more

Germany wants automakers to pay up as more diesel bans loom

first_imgIn this Oct. 9, 2018 file photo exhaust pipes of a car are pictured in Berlin, Germany. The German government is putting pressure on the country’s automakers to fix diesel cars with excessive emissions, in a bid to placate drivers angered by the prospect of driving bans in major cities. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file) The German government is putting pressure on the country’s automakers to fix their diesel cars that have excessive emissions, in a bid to placate drivers angered by the prospect of diesel driving bans in major cities. The newly announced measures by Merkel’s Cabinet will apply to 15 German cities that significantly exceed the European Union’s limit of 40 micrograms of NOx per cubic meter. Another 50 cities in the country are just above the EU threshold.Merkel’s party and her coalition allies, the Social Democrats, are projected to face steep losses in the Hesse state election on Sunday, while the environmentalist Green party has seen a surge in opinion polls in recent weeks.Ferdinand Dudenhoeffer, one of Germany’s best-known auto industry analysts, called the government’s new measures “a transparent election campaign maneuver for the Hesse vote.”He told the daily Rheinische Post that Merkel had known about the problem of excessively high NOx emissions since 2010, but refrained from doing anything about it.The government announced its measures on the same day a court in Stuttgart, Germany, ruled Volkswagen’s parent company, Porsche SE, must pay investors 47 million euros for not making timely disclosure of its 2015 diesel emissions scandal, in which Volkswagen rigged cars to cheat on diesel emissions tests.Porsche SE said it would appeal and that the claims were “without merit.”The Volkswagen scandal led to closer scrutiny of diesels in general, which were found to often emit more pollutants in regular driving than in testing because automakers exploited loopholes allowing them to turn off emissions controls to avoid engine damage in certain circumstances. Testing procedures were tightened as of Sept. 1 to more closely reflect real-life emissions. German Chancellor Angela Merkel sits between Vice-chancellor and Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, left, Head of Chancellery and Minister for Special Tasks Helge Braun, right, as she leads the weekly cabinet meeting of the German government at the chancellery in Berlin, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber) © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Porsche first German carmaker to abandon diesel enginescenter_img Citation: Germany wants automakers to pay up as more diesel bans loom (2018, October 24) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-germany-automakers-diesel-loom.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Cabinet agreed upon a series of measures Wednesday that includes upgrades for older vehicles affected by the diesel scandal , preventing them from being subjected to diesel driving bans in cities such as Hamburg, Berlin, Stuttgart and Frankfurt.”It’s not acceptable that that the auto industry is paying a lot of money in America , but makes a huge fuss over a few hundred euros (dollars) here,” Merkel said at an election rally in the state of Hesse late Tuesday, calling on car makers to stop penny-pinching when it comes to fixing the cars they sold to consumers with misleading emissions claims.The German transport ministry has said it believes about 2.2 million vehicles need upgrades.Merkel’s unusually harsh words toward Germany’s powerful auto industry came the day before a court in nearby Mainz considered whether a ban on diesel-powered cars is permissible to prevent air pollution in the city.Diesel vehicles are a significant source of nitrogen oxides, or NOx, which can be harmful to human health. The Mainz administrative court decided Wednesday that the city would have to prepare to implement a ban on older diesel vehicles by Sept. 1, 2019, if NOx levels cannot be reduced by then.last_img read more

Tiny Fighting Worms Make One of the Loudest Sounds in the Ocean

first_img 13 Extremely Weird Animal Feet The 10 Strangest Animal Discoveries Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Better Bug Sprays?01:33 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65945-tiny-worms-emit-loud-noise.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35Your Recommended Playlist01:33Better Bug Sprays?04:24Sperm Whale Befriends Underwater Robot00:29Robot Jumps Like a Grasshopper, Rolls Like a Ball01:08Why Do French Fries Taste So Bad When They’re Cold?01:09Robots to the Rescue02:27Robotic Arms关闭 Tiny, feisty worms that live off the coast of Japan fight by headbutting each other — and they aren’t quiet about it. During these feuds, the worms emit one of the loudest sounds in the ocean, according to a new study. The source of the underwater hullabaloo is a nearly transparent segmented worm called the Leocratides kimuraorum, which lives inside sponges 279 to 554 feet (85 to 169 meters) deep off the coast of Japan. [The 12 Weirdest Animal Discoveries]Advertisement These wigglies are just a tad more than an inch (29 millimeters) long and have lengthy tentacles and a big mouth (literally). These seemingly quiet creatures revealed their true nature under the spotlight in the lab. A group of researchers used an instrument called a hydrophone to record 15 pops that were emitted from three kimuraorums as they were fighting. In a marine feud researchers dub “mouth-fighting,” the worms approached each other headfirst with their mouths open. During such encounters, the worms’ pharynx muscles expand rapidly, creating a cavitation bubble that collapses and produces a loud “pop” while the worms launch into each other. The researchers found that these pops can reach 157 decibels in the water (which is a different measurement than decibels in the air). From right next to the water tank, the pops sounded like humans snapping their fingers, lead author Goto Ryutaro, an assitant professor at Kyoto University told Live Science. “Though they probably sound louder if you hear them in the water.” The worms are as loud as snapping shrimps, which are one of the biggest noisemakers in the ocean, the authors wrote. What’s more, they found that these worms did not make any noise when simply disturbed, they only did so when they were fighting. They “may use mouth-fighting to defend territory or living chambers from other worms,” the authors wrote July 8 in the journal Current Biology. “A loud pop may be a byproduct of the rapid mouth attack, but it may also aid intraspecific communication.” A loud noise could somehow determine the victor of the fight or even reveal the whereabouts of nearby worms, they wrote. Originally published on Live Science. Strange Love: 10 Animals with Truly Weird Courtship Ritualslast_img read more

AP High Court CJ judges sworn in HC starts functioning in VijayawadaAP

first_imgjudiciary (system of justice) SHARE AP gets separate HC from January 1 RELATED COMMENTS courts and legal January 01, 2019 Vijayawada Andhra Pradesh got a separate High Court on New Year’s Day and the court is being temporarily housed in the Chief Minister’s camp office here.Chief Justice Praveen Kumar and other judges of the AP High Court were administered the Oath of Office at the Indira Gandhi municipal stadium on Tuesday by AP and Telangana Governor ESL Narasimhan. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu attended the swearing-in ceremony. The AP High Court staff arrived at Amaravati from Hyderabad in three private buses.CompletionAccording to Municipal Administration Minister P Narayana, the construction of the city civil courts building is underway at Nelapadu and will be completed by the end of the month after which the High Court would shift there. He said 16 court halls, 12 on the first floor, would be ready by the end of the month. He said the temporary court complex would have 2.70 lakh sq ft built-up area and was being built at a cost of ₹150 crore. COMMENT Published on SHARE SHARE EMAIL Governor ESL Narasimhan greets Chief Justice Praveen Kumar after swearing-in ceremony in Vijayawada on Tuesday. AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is also seen   –  V Rajulast_img read more