first_imgUnicorns exist – in the north sea.  Not horses, these are marine mammals, called narwhals, a kind of whale that sports a unique spiraling tooth that gives them the appearance of a unicorn.  Scientists have puzzled for centuries over what these tusks are for.  Leading theories were that males used them for joisting to defend territory, or they were artifacts of sexual selection.  Now, scientists from Harvard School of Dental Medicine under Martin Nweeia think they have solved the mystery.  The tusk is lined with ten million tiny nerve connections that give this unusual tooth an extremely sensitive probe into the temperature, salinity and pressure of the icy water in which they live.  With the proteinaceous membrane on the outer surface connected to the nerves inside, it acts as an antenna of sorts, guiding the animals to their prey in the deep water or sensing the environment at the surface.    The tooth on males can be up to nine feet long, yet is resistant to breakage.  It grows in a spiral pattern straight out without curving, as with elephant tusks.  No other mammal has a tooth anything like it; the press release states, “there is no comparison in nature and certainly none more unique in tooth form, expression, and functional adaptation.”  Tooth scientists are interested in learning how the narwhal tooth remains both strong and flexible (it can bend a foot without breaking), for possible applications in restorative dental materials.  See also the reports on LiveScience, National Geographic News, and Science Daily.  Narwhals have also been seeing rubbing one another’s tusks for perhaps some pleasurable or social purpose humans cannot imagine.No missing links.  Functionally useful.  Optimally designed.  The truth about the tooth required discounting evolutionary stories and going into the Arctic to study these animals and their structures up close, to determine their design.  Chalk up another study that assumed there was a purpose beyond the just-so stories, and did good scientific work to uncover it.  Now we can all be amazed a little more.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Too often we forget how important our little trailers are to our farms.Jason DamronA lot of us don’t think about our little trailers that we use a lot to haul our four-wheeler or a skid loader.  We just generally hook it onto the truck and go. Nobody thinks to look at it until something goes wrong. Our bigger trailers — the semi truck trailers — we tend to look at more, but we don’t think about the maintenance for our little trailers until it is too late.For example, you don’t ever think about checking the wheel bearings until you throw your four-wheeler on the trailer to go visit a buddy in Indiana and you get halfway there and a wheel blows off on the interstate. Then you are stuck. On the little trailers we really try to look at the wheel bearings and seals once a year.If you have an older trailer you have to take it apart to inspect the bearing and seals and re-pack them with grease. Some of the newer trailers have a grease fitting built on the hub to grease the wheel bearings and that is fine, but you don’t want to over grease it. If you over grease it, the grease will push passed the seal and get on the brakes and then you have the hassle of trying to clean or replace the brakes or replace the seal. So make sure to use caution if you have that style of hub.Other things to look at on our winter little trailer checklist include:• The lights: check once a year to make sure they are working.• I generally look at the suspension components: the leaf springs, the shackles, the u- bolts on the axles. Check for wear and make sure they are not loose. Some of us maybe aren’t as nice to our trailers as we should be and we put too much weight on them because we’re in a hurry, so you might want to inspect those things.• You should also lube the jack once a year and check the hitch.• Make sure lug nuts are tight.• Check tire pressure.• Inspect ramps and mounting hardware.• Electric brakes: if your trailer has electric brakes on it, a lot of the newer trailers have a breakaway kit that consists of a 12-volt battery and a plunger with a cable on it. If it comes unhooked from the truck, it pulls that plunger and puts the brakes on. A lot of people don’t think about those batteries, but on most trailers the battery is not tied into anything to charge it back up. You need to check that battery to make sure it is charged up or replace it.  A lot of the newer ones have a nice little panel on them. You just push a button on it and it has a light on it that tells you if it is dead, needs charged or it’s good.• Brake shoes: most brake shoes don’t have automatic adjusters so you have to manually adjust those.• Surge brakes: they are not very common any more, but if the trailer has surge brakes on them you need to check the hydraulic brake system. Just like the brakes on your car, it uses the same fluid. You want to check the hydraulic fluid in them. Grease rollers and the plunger.• If you do have surge brakes and you do a lot of backing it can be difficult because if you are trying to back up a hill, it is trying to put the brakes on the trailer. There is a little solenoid that can be put in the brake line to lock the brakes off when you put the truck in reverse, so you can back up a hill without it trying to put the brakes on.last_img read more


first_imgThe study works with stats on a large scale, comparing click through rates with education rates for entire states. The blog quotes Daniel Ruby, research director for Chitika, as saying that this should be taken as an opportunity.“Obviously, if you’re targeting a more educated demographic, you need to do a better job of making your ad worthwhile,” says Ruby. “This, like everything, is an opportunity to push the industry towards the idea of content first, sales pitch second, even among advertisements.”We fear that far too often, things like this work in the other direction and content follows the money, not vice versa. Disclosure: ReadWriteWeb is supported by advetisers who have realized this and are targetting our unusualy educated audience & influential audience. 73% of respondents to our recent readers’ poll have an advanced or undergraduate degree, over 46% have significant or final authority over IT purchasing decisions, and our advertisers target their ads accordingly. We believe that our readers are also unusually attractive and smell extra sweet, but we have only anecdotal evidence of that. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market mike melanson Tags:#advertising#e-commerce#news#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… If the latest numbers from online ad network Chitika are anything to go by, then we may well be on our way to the world of Idiocracy. According to the study, which compared click through rates to college education, the less educated your audience, the more likely they are to click through on an advertisement.While this may be good news for some, it certainly seems to spell doom for supporting intelligent content through advertising.The two states with the lowest click rate were Massachusetts and Washington, while the state with the highest click-through rate was West Virginia. These correlate very strongly, according to Chitika’s blog post, with the education rates in those states. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more


first_imgTags:#AR#Augmented Reality#Internet of Things#IoT#Ultrahaptics#virtual reality#VR Fei Zhao Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… With the rapid development of VR and AR technologies, we have experienced fascinating virtual environments, but in terms of haptic feedbacks and vivid feelings, the market still lacks practical and mature solutions. Ultrahaptics, which was founded in 2013 based on technology originally developed at the University of Bristol, has developed technology that uses ultrasound to virtually create 3D objects and real-life sensations so that users can get feedback from touchless buttons by seemingly gesturing in midair. Its technology will enhance user experience so that VR and AR-related products look just like what we have seen in sci-fi movies for years.Truly unique technologyUltrahaptics launched a development kit called UHDK5 TOUCH last year, which included a complete hardware and software package that can be used in product designs and test results. According to TechCrunch writer Lucas Matney, who tried the kit a couple months ago, despite Ultrahaptics still being “in the early stages of finding use cases for its tech,” the technology it’s offering is “definitely an interesting solution to some tired problems.”With such unique and sci-fi-like technology, Ultrahaptics draws attention from many investors in related fields, and on May 4, Ultrahaptics announced on its official blog that it had raised $23 million in just its B round of funding. Dolby Family Ventures and Cornes both participated in this round, along with Woodford Investment Management and IP Group, who already invested in Ultrahaptics in its $15.6 million A round of funding. This recent funding marks not only a large milestone for the firm, but also for the landscape of user input relating to haptics. According to the data provided by VB Profiles in their “User Input – Haptics” market, Ultrahaptics’ B round makes up almost a fourth of all investments — $101 million — in this market. In fact, the money raised by Ultrahaptics in all its funding rounds makes up 41% of all funding in User Input – Haptics with the heavy majority of the remaining funding being raised by Immersion. Immersion, a publicly traded company, is one of Ultrahaptics’ strongest competitors in the User Input – Haptics market; it has raised the most money in the market thus far — over $50 million. However, Immersion has had nearly no headcount growth in the last two years, while Ultrahaptics has experienced nearly 300% growth according to LinkedIn data.Shifting to smart vehiclesBecause of its gains in virtual technology, funding from investors and rapid extension, Ultrahaptics is now shifting its focus more to smart vehicles, hoping it can implement its ultrawave technology and midair gesture feedback system in drivers’ dashboards. With this technology, drivers can release their hands from controlling infotainment and audio systems, all while paying more attention to the road.During the CES in Las Vegas early this year, it was revealed that the firm’s solution was used in BMW’s new virtual touchscreen system, HoloActive Touch. In February, Harman, which was acquired last year by the Samsung Group, partnered with Ultrahaptics to develop a better midair haptic feedback system and to enhance the driving experience with smart cars.The positive effects from Ultrahaptics’ new funding will drive its developing process more smoothly, and as a result, we should expect more practical and useful solutions for VR and AR related fields in the near future.center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Puck Related Posts last_img read more


first_imgDeputy National Security Adviser R.N. Ravi is scheduled to hold a meeting with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Nagaland on February 26, to update them on the progress of the peace process with Naga extremist groups.Hopes for a solution to the “Indo-Naga political issue”, under discussion since 1997, before the Lok Sabha election, has dimmed in Nagaland, with the Congress criticising the BJP for eyeing a settlement after the elections.“We have no expectation from Mr. Ravi’s visit, which is meaningless,” said Chuba Ozukum, president, Naga Hoho, the apex organisation of Naga tribes. ‘Solution before election’ has been the credo of the Naga Hoho.Centre flayed“The Centre had promised a solution after the Nagaland Assembly election [in February 2018]. Now, the BJP is promising a solution after the parliamentary election. They have made a mockery of the issue,” Mr. Ozukum said.A statement by the Isak-Muivah faction of the extremist National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM) said Mr. Ravi would meet Naga lawmakers, civil society and tribal organisations during his visit for consultations on the progress of the peace process. The meetings are scheduled in Dimapur, Nagaland’s commercial hub, and Kohima, the State capital.The Deputy NSA, a former intelligence head, was appointed as the emissary for the Naga talks in 2014. He is credited for bringing seven other extremist groups in Nagaland to the talks table.Only the Khaplang faction of the NSCN, or the NSCN-K, is outside the purview of the peace process. The outfit had walked out of a 14-year-old ceasefire in March 2015 and has been fighting the armed forces in India and in Myanmar, where it is based.last_img read more


first_imgMOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Tim Cone impressed with Ginebra hopeful Teytey Teodoro: ‘He reminds me of Willie Miller’ The league suddenly tapped the crowd darlings to be on opening night since the season opener would be held at the 55,000-capacity Philippine Arena and Ginebra has the fan base to more than fill the seats.“I told the guys that’s the curse and blessing of being a member of Ginebra,” said Ginebra head coach Tim Cone after his team’s practice Friday at Upper Deck.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion“You’re going to do things because of your popularity, you have a huge fan base and you will be asked do things that teams aren’t being asked to.”Ginebra already showed its tremendous power in filling up Philippine Arena in Games 5 to 7 of the 2017 Governors’ Cup finals against Meralco, and that’ the drawing power PBA wanted from the Gin Kings for the season opener. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? FILE – A PBA game day at Philippine Arena on Christmas Day. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Barangay Ginebra is literally on a race against time.The Gin Kings are in a pinch less than two weeks before the start of the 2019 PBA season after they were told that they would play in the opening day on January 13 from the initial schedule of January 19.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img “The idea of being a member of this group and that fan base overrules any inconveniences that we may have, we’ll come out.”Cone knows that he doesn’t have that much time in his hands to prepare the Gin Kings for the 13th so he had to resort to two-a-day practices.And these are the kinds of sessions that Cone used during the 1990s when he coached Alaska.“These guys are experiencing what it’s like to play when I was a young coach—when I wanted to kill people,” joked Cone.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View commentslast_img read more


first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Zidane tells Man Utd: Don’t call meby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has no interest in talks with Manchester United.Zidane is among the favourites for the United post after yesterday’s dismissal of Jose Mourinho.However, Sport says Zidane has no interest in the job – particularly in midseason. The Frenchman is enjoying his time out of the game as he tours the world for sponsors.Interestingly, it’s suggested Zidane hasn’t ruled out returning to Real in the future.Meanwhile, Molde coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to be confirmed United caretaker manager today. last_img


first_imgRank 1.37 million 2 Program THE WALKING DEAD (AMC) 2.13 million 5 THE BIG BANG THEORY (CTV) 1 A18-49 (CTV has 6/10) 276,000 10 Facebook 2.82 million 3 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment 8 478,000 3 614,000 1 5 1.91 million THE BIG BANG THEORY (CTV) Data from Numeris also confirms that:YOUNG SHELDON:YOUNG SHELDON marks the biggest debut for a new comedy series in at least 10 years.YOUNG SHELDON is the first new comedy series in at least 15 years to debut in the Top 5 in the fall.For the first time since 2012, two comedy series have landed in the Top 2 spots (THE BIG BANG THEORY and YOUNG SHELDON), each averaging over 1 million viewers (A25-54).THE GOOD DOCTOR:THE GOOD DOCTOR, starring Golden Globe nominee Freddie Highmore as Dr. Shaun Murphy, is the #1 new drama in Canada with P2+, A18-34, A18-49, and A25-54After a strong series debut (the second biggest debut of Fall 2017 with P2+), THE GOOD DOCTOR on CTV marks the first time in at least five years that a top new program has seen consistent weekly growth over its debut episodes, with four weeks of consecutive audience growth at the beginning of the season (P2+).THE GOOD DOCTOR is also up double digits vs. debut episodes with all key demos in its last three episodes this season, which averaged more than 1 million viewers (A25-54) each.On Nov. 20, THE GOOD DOCTOR peaked at 3 million total viewers and 1.2 million A25-54 viewers.Additionally, CTV’s latest original event series THE INDIAN DETECTIVE starring Russell Peters, is the #1 new Canadian series this fall and marks the biggest debut episode for a Canadian scripted series since 2011.Canada’s Top Programs – Fall 2017 Season:Total Viewers (CTV has 7/10) Advertisement 3.14 million 10 YOUNG SHELDON (CTV) 1 250,000 GREY’S ANATOMY (CTV) 1.04 million HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA (CBC) 1.541 million 3 BLUE BLOODS (CTV) 1.45 million 8 6 Program 395,000 2 THE WALKING DEAD (AMC) THE BIG BANG THEORY (CTV) 9 WILL & GRACE (Global) THE GOOD DOCTOR (CTV) Rank 1.16 million 4 GREY’S ANATOMY (CTV) GREY’S ANATOMY (CTV) 10 Advertisement 391,000 9 5 5 P2+ Advertisement 1.86 million 961,000 1.89 million 7 Program 1.24 million THIS IS US (CTV) DESIGNATED SURVIVOR (CTV) 1.537 million 9 255,000 Rank TORONTO – With the Fall 2017 television season coming to a close, Numeris data confirms another incredible performance for CTV, as the network’s Fall strategy delivered a primetime lineup of heart and soul, family-friendly, co-viewing programming to its viewers. CTV has landed – for the first time on record in the fall – the Top 3 most-watched programs for total viewers (P2+) and all key demos (A18-34, A18-49, and A25-54), including THE BIG BANG THEORY, YOUNG SHELDON, and THE GOOD DOCTOR.The achievement comes with CTV also delivering Canada’s Top 3 new programs with total viewers: YOUNG SHELDON, THE GOOD DOCTOR, and THE INDIAN DETECTIVE. Overall, CTV delivered more Top 10 programs this fall than any other network, with 40% more viewers than its closest competitor in primetime among A25-54.CTV is home to the most-watched series and comedy (THE BIG BANG THEORY), the most-watched new series (YOUNG SHELDON), the most-watched drama (THE GOOD DOCTOR/GREY’S ANATOMY), the most-watched Canadian series (THE INDIAN DETECTIVE), and with all key demos THIS IS US is the most-watched sophomore series this fall.center_img Program .SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter:@CTV_TelevisionFacebook:Facebook.com/CTVInstagram:CTV_TelevisionAbout CTVCTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 16 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at CTV.ca.Source: Numeris, Fall 2017 (Sep 25 – Dec 17, 2017). Includes playback up to December 18, 2017. Primetime Monday-Sunday 7-11 p.m.CTV electronic audience databases and Top 20 records incorporate data beginning in 1994 and 2004, respectively. Audiences prior to August 31, 2009 based on BBM Nielsen Media Research Mark II meters. 993,000 2 THE GOOD DOCTOR (CTV) 10 YOUNG SHELDON (CTV) A25-54 (CTV has 5/10) SURVIVOR (Global) 7 928,000 WILL & GRACE (Global) SURVIVOR (Global) THE BIG BANG THEORY (CTV) THE GOOD DOCTOR (CTV) GREY’S ANATOMY (CTV) 796,000 574,000 9 A Fall of Firsts and Frontrunners: CTV Delivers the Top 3 Most-Watched Programs This Fall ### CTV’s Humanity, Humour, and Heart Fall Strategy Pays Off with Viewers. Source: Numeris, Fall 2017 (Sep 25 – Dec 17, 2017). Includes playback up to December 18, 2017. Primetime Monday-Sunday 7-11 p.m. CTV electronic audience databases and Top 20 records incorporate data beginning in 1994 and 2004, respectively. Audiences prior to August 31, 2009 based on BBM Nielsen Media Research Mark II meters. (CNW Group/CTV) A18-49 YOUNG SHELDON (CTV) A25-54 567,000 NCIS (Global) THE WALKING DEAD (AMC) HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA (CBC) STAR TREK: DISCOVERY (Space) THE FLASH (CTV) 579,000 THE FLASH (CTV) 6 607,000 Rank A18-34 8 247,000 354,000 7 2 YOUNG SHELDON (CTV) A18-34 (CTV has 6/10) 3 4 808,000 THIS IS US (CTV) 856,000 560,000 4 HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA (CBC) 6 6 523,000 STAR TREK: DISCOVERY (Space) 7 621,000 636,000 THE GOOD DOCTOR (CTV) BULL (Global) SURVIVOR (Global) 291,000 2.76 million 597,000 SURVIVOR (Global) 641,000 8 1 THIS IS US (CTV) 4 Login/Register With: THE INDIAN DETECTIVE (CTV) Twitterlast_img read more


first_imgLast month, the City received an application for “Starbuds,” a Non-Medical Cannabis Retail Store Licence, that will be located in the Dawson Mall.Anyone wishing to voice their concerns is asked to write to:Cindy Fisher, Deputy Corporate OfficerCity of Dawson CreekP.O. Box 150, 10105 12A StreetDawson Creek, BC V1G 4G4 DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The City of Dawson Creek has received an application for a non-medical cannabis retail store.In a release, the City says a store under the proposed establishment name of “Northern Cannabis” has made an application for a Non-Medical Cannabis Retail Store Licence. The location of the proposed store is at 10112 10th Street, in Dawson Creek.The City says anyone who feels that they may be affected by this application is asked to submit their written comments no later than 4:30 p.m. on December 7, 2018.last_img read more


first_imgOne of India’s most-read authors, Ruskin Bond has said that he tries to strike a positive note when writing for children and feels a certain responsibility as an author. The Landour-based writer, when asked what he felt about his vast readership, said that since he writes so much for young readers, he tries to strike a positive chord. “For adults, it doesn’t matter, you can strike a negative note, because by the time they’ve grown up, they lose their innocence,” the 84-year-old Padma Bhushan recipient said at an event. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainSharing nuggets from his own childhood, the author of ‘The Blue Umbrella’ (also cinematically adapted by the same name), said that he shares a deep connection with the hills. “I belong to the hills. Surroundings change, the place changes a bit, but my relationship remains more or less the same, my feelings for the hills and for the people of the hills,” the author said. “It goes back 50 years or more. I don’t like to see too much change, in the sense that I don’t like too much building, but it’s inevitable,” he further added. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardNow, in an upcoming compilation of 14 holiday stories for children – ‘The Puffin Book Of Holiday Stories’ – Bond’s young readers will be treated to one of his another literary gems. His latest children’s story is published in the just-launched fun anthology of adventure, humour, ghosts, mysteries, friends, mangoes, family dramas and little boys and girls. If the list of authors is nothing short of illustrious – Rabindranath Tagore, Sudha Murty, Paro Anand, Khyrunnisa A, Subhadra Sen Gupta, Nandini Nayar, Prashant Pinge, Himanjali Sankar, Nayanika Mahtani, Shabnam Minwalla, Manjula Padmanbhan – the children’s book comes with an introduction by Bond. “In India, not enough importance is given to writing for children. And what could be more important than the enrichment of young minds with great literature? “This is when we discover ourselves, our own potential, and, more often than not, we’ll do it through what we read and write,” reads his short introduction to the paperback. Advising his young friends to take a bag full of books wherever they go, he said: “Holidays can become tedious without something to read.”last_img read more