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News Article | February 28, 2017
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Exelerence Holdings Inc., une société d'investissement axée sur l'industrie de l'infrastructure Internet en plein essor, est heureuse d'annoncer la nomination de M. Pierre Blouin à son conseil d'administration. Exelerence possède et exploite METRO OPTIC, un fournisseur de réseaux de fibre optique à haute vitesse et I.C.E CENTRES DE DONNÉES, un fournisseur neutre et indépendant de centres de données « réseaux-centrés » situés au Canada. M. Blouin a œuvré pendant 30 ans dans l'industrie nord-américaine des télécommunications et de la technologie et a récemment pris sa retraite à titre de chef de la direction de Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. et de MTS Allstream. Auparavant, il a occupé divers postes de cadre supérieur au sein du groupe de sociétés de BCE, dont Président et Chef de la direction de Bell Mobilité Inc., Chef de la direction de BCE Emergis Inc. et Président du groupe Marchés consommateurs de Bell Canada. M. Blouin est également toujours actif comme directeur d'entreprise et siège actuellement au conseil d'administration de Fortis Inc., de la Banque Nationale du Canada et de la Fondation de l'Institut de Cardiologie de Montréal. « Nous sommes ravis et honorés que M. Blouin ait accepté de se joindre à notre conseil d'administration, » a déclaré Michael Bucheit, chef de la direction de Exelerence Holdings Inc. « Sa vaste expérience en leadership dans l'industrie des télécommunications en évolution rapide nous fournira des conseils stratégiques précieux et nous aidera dans l'accélération de notre croissance axée sur les clients dans les réseaux à hautes vitesses et les centres de données "réseaux-centrés." » « Je suis heureux de me joindre au conseil d'administration d'une entreprise aussi dynamique qui possède des réseaux solides et uniques et une forte expertise en centres de données. Sa main-d'œuvre qualifiée et dévouée est bien positionnée pour répondre aux demandes des clients dans un marché en pleine expansion l’infonuagique. Je suis impatient de travailler avec la direction et les membres du conseil d'administration pour soutenir la croissance rapide de l'entreprise, » dit Pierre Blouin. À propos de Metro Optic (http://www.metrooptic.com/fr) : METRO OPTIC est une entreprise indépendante et neutre de solutions de fibre à haute vitesse. Depuis sa création, Metro Optic offre des services de télécommunication et des solutions aux moyennes et aux grandes entreprises, aux transporteurs de télécommunications, aux opérateurs d’infonuagique, ainsi qu’aux opérateurs de centres de données. Son centre de données neutre situé au 875 Saint-Antoine offre la plus grande concentration d’interconnexion de Montréal. À propos d’ I.C.E Centres de Données (http://www.icedatacenters.com/fr): I.C.E CENTRES DE DONNÉES (L’Interconnexion & la Colocation pour l’Enterprise) exploite plusieurs centres de données et centres d'interconnexion au Canada. Il s'agit notamment de sites d'interconnexion de premier plan au centre-ville de Montréal ainsi qu’à Markham (Toronto). I.C.E Centres de Données allie une solide expertise des centres de données aux entreprises mondiales et aux opérateurs d’infonuagique aux États-Unis et au Canada avec un vaste savoir-faire dans le domaine de l'exploitation de réseaux de fibre optique à haute vitesse.


News Article | February 15, 2017
Site: phys.org

For evolutionary biologists, islands are often intriguing, geographically isolated pockets with unique populations that can be ripe for exploration. Now, in a new study appearing in the advanced online edition of Molecular Biology and Evolution an international team led by geneticist Anna Olivieri from the University of Pavia tackles a highly interesting question: what were the origins of the Sardinian population in the context of European prehistory and ancient human migrations? The authors analyzed 3,491 modern, whole mitochondrial DNA genomes from Sardinia (which are only passed down maternally). These were compared with 21 samples of ancient mitogenomes from the island, a large panel of non-Sardinian mitogenomes —-and even Ötzi (the nickname of Europe's oldest natural mummy, the 3,300 BCE-year old "Tyrolean Iceman") —-to better understand their origins. Their findings show Sardinia as an outlier in the general European genetic landscape. Almost 80 percent of modern Sardinian mitogenomes belong to branches that cannot be found anywhere else outside the island. Thus, they were defined as Sardinian-Specific Haplogroups (SSHs) that most likely arose in the island after its initial occupation. Almost all SSHs coalesce in the post-Nuragic, Nuragic and Neolithic-Copper Age periods. However, some rare SSHs display age estimates older than 7,800 years ago, the postulated archeologically-based starting time of the Neolithic in Sardinia. "Our analyses raise the possibility that several SSHs may have already been present on the island prior to the Neolithic," said prof. Francesco Cucca, from the Institute of Genetic and Biomedical Research (IRGB), at the CNR in Cagliari (Sardinia). The most plausible candidates would include haplogroups K1a2d and U5b1i1, which together comprise almost 3 percent of modern Sardinians, and possibly others. Such a scenario would not only support archaeological evidence of a Mesolithic occupation of Sardinia, but could also suggest a dual ancestral origin of its first inhabitants. K1a2d is of Late Paleolithic Near Eastern ancestry, whereas U5b1i1 harbours deep ancestral roots in Paleolithic Western Europe. This work provides evidence that contemporary Sardinians harbour a unique genetic heritage, as a result of their distinct history and relative isolation from the demographic upheavals of continental Europe. Anna Olivieri stresses: "It now seems plausible that human mobility, inter-communication and gene flow around the Mediterranean from Late Glacial times onwards may well have left signatures that survive to this day. Some of these signals are still retained in modern Sardinians." "Although in the past the stress has often been on the spread of the Neolithic, genetic studies too are beginning to emphasize the complexity and mosaic nature of human ancestry in the Mediterranean, and indeed in Europe more widely," concludes prof. Antonio Torroni, from the University of Pavia. "Future work on ancient DNA should be able to test directly to what extent this more complex model is supported by genetic evidence, and whether our predictions of Mesolithic ancestry in contemporary Sardinians can be sustained." Explore further: Hair from mummy's clothes provides insights into red deer lineage More information: Anna Olivieri,† et al, Mitogenome Diversity in Sardinians: a Genetic Window onto an Island's Past, Molecular Biology and Evolution (2017). DOI: 10.1093/molbev/msx082


News Article | February 16, 2017
Site: www.marketwired.com

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 16, 2017) - Dividend 15 Split Corp. declares its 155th consecutive monthly distribution of $0.10000 for each Class A share ($1.20 annually) and $0.04375 for each Preferred share ($0.525 annually). Distributions are payable March 10, 2017 to shareholders on record as at February 28, 2017. Since inception Class A shareholders have received a total of $19.00 per share and Preferred shareholders have received a total of $6.80 per share inclusive of this distribution, for a combined total of $25.80. Dividend 15 invests in a high quality portfolio of leading Canadian dividend-yielding stocks as follows: Bank of Montreal, Bank of Nova Scotia, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto-Dominion Bank, National Bank of Canada, CI Financial Corp., BCE Inc., Manulife Financial, Enbridge, Sun Life Financial, TELUS Corporation, Thomson Reuters Corporation, TransAlta Corporation, TransCanada Corporation.


News Article | February 28, 2017
Site: www.marketwired.com

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Feb. 28, 2017) - Eurasian Minerals Inc. (the "Company" or "EMX") (TSX VENTURE:EMX) (NYSE MKT:EMX) is pleased to announce the execution of an Option Agreement (the "Agreement"), through its wholly owned subsidiary Bronco Creek Exploration, Inc. ("BCE"), for the Copper Springs porphyry copper project (the "Project") with Anglo American Exploration (USA), Inc. ("Anglo American"). The Project is located approximately 120 kilometers east of Phoenix, Arizona within the Globe-Miami Mining District and represents one of three porphyry copper projects acquired in the district through EMX's generative efforts. The Copper Springs Project covers the majority of a newly recognized, southern porphyry copper trend. Please see attached map and www.eurasianminerals.com for more information. Commercial Terms. (Note: all dollar amounts in USD) Pursuant to the Agreement, Anglo American can earn a 100% interest in the Project by (a) reimbursing BCE's 2016 holding and permitting costs and making annual option payments, together totaling $447,000, and (b) completing $5,000,000 in exploration expenditures before the fifth anniversary of the Agreement. Upon exercise of the option, Anglo American will pay EMX an additional $110,000 and EMX will retain a 2% NSR royalty on the Project. The royalty is not capped or purchasable, except over two parcels of Arizona State Land where Anglo American can buy a 0.5% NSR royalty from EMX for $2,000,000. After exercise of the option, annual advance minimum payments ("AM Payments") of $100,000 are due, commencing on the first anniversary of the exercise of the option. The AM Payments will increase to $200,000 upon completion of a Scoping Study or Preliminary Economic Assessment ("PEA"). Anglo American may make a one-time payment of $3,500,000 to extinguish the obligation to make any post-Scoping Study AM payments. All AM Payments cease upon commencement of production from the Project. In addition, Anglo American will make milestone payments consisting of: Anglo American will manage and operate the Project. Project Overview. The Copper Springs Project is located in the southern part of the Globe-Miami Mining District and is comprised of 262 unpatented federal mining claims and two State of Arizona Exploration Permits totaling ~6,182 acres. Porphyry copper deposits within the district have been structurally dismembered and rotated by younger, post-mineral faulting. EMX geologists identified the Project's porphyry copper potential from their regional generative work, and acquired the Project through staking and obtaining state exploration leases. New geologic interpretations led to the recognition that the west side of the district is characterized by deep, porphyry root zone-styles of alteration and mineralization (Madera-Copper Springs/Lonesome Pine prospects) while the east side is characterized by shallow, porphyry-related vein and replacement mineralization (Old Dominion Mine & Copper Hills). Between the two zones lie highly prospective, but largely untested down-dropped blocks covered by younger basin fill. These targets represent a previously unrecognized porphyry trend, within the EMX land position. To date, EMX has completed geologic mapping, structural reinterpretation, and a gravity survey to aid in drill targeting and has begun permitting for an initial drill program. Previous partner funded work included two drill holes which ended in conglomeratic basin fill. The deepest hole included intervals containing native copper, ended at 670 meters, and was subsequently cased to 512 meters for possible future re-entry. EMX and Anglo American are in the process of finalizing exploration plans. The Copper Springs Agreement is another example of EMX executing the prospect and royalty generation business model to advance its portfolio with quality partners. EMX is enthusiastic to work with Anglo American at Copper Springs and now has three of its six projects in the Globe-Miami and Superior Districts partnered and advancing with major mining companies (see EMX news releases dated May 4, 2015 and October 19, 2016). Note: The nearby and adjacent mines and deposits in the region provide a geologic context for EMX's Project, but this is not necessarily indicative that the Project hosts mineralization with similar grades or tonnages. Mr. Michael P. Sheehan, CPG, a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and employee of the Company, has reviewed, verified and approved disclosure of the technical information contained in this news release. About EMX. Eurasian Minerals leverages asset ownership and exploration insight into partnerships that advance our mineral properties, with EMX retaining royalty interests. EMX complements its generative business with strategic investment and third party royalty acquisition. Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. This news release may contain "forward looking statements" that reflect the Company's current expectations and projections about its future results. These forward-looking statements may include statements regarding perceived merit of properties, exploration results and budgets, mineral reserves and resource estimates, work programs, capital expenditures, timelines, strategic plans, market prices for precious and base metal, or other statements that are not statements of fact. When used in this news release, words such as "estimate," "intend," "expect," "anticipate," "will", "believe", "potential" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, which, by their very nature, are not guarantees of the Company's future operational or financial performance, and are subject to risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause Eurasian's actual results, performance, prospects or opportunities to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these forward-looking statements. These risks, uncertainties and factors may include, but are not limited to: unavailability of financing, failure to identify commercially viable mineral reserves, fluctuations in the market valuation for commodities, difficulties in obtaining required approvals for the development of a mineral project, increased regulatory compliance costs, expectations of project funding by joint venture partners and other factors. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this news release or as of the date otherwise specifically indicated herein. Due to risks and uncertainties, including the risks and uncertainties identified in this news release, and other risk factors and forward-looking statements listed in the Company's MD&A for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2016 (the "MD&A"), and the most recently filed Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2015, actual events may differ materially from current expectations. More information about the Company, including the MD&A, the 20-F and financial statements of the Company, is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on the SEC's EDGAR website at www.sec.gov. To view the map associated with this release, please visit the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/1087144map.pdf


News Article | February 15, 2017
Site: www.eurekalert.org

Albert Einstein considered the origin of the Earth's magnetic field one of the five most important unsolved problems in physics. The weakening of the geomagnetic field, which extends from the planet's core into outer space and was first recorded 180 years ago, has raised concern by some for the welfare of the biosphere. But a new study published in PNAS from Tel Aviv University, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and University of California San Diego researchers finds there is no reason for alarm: The Earth's geomagnetic field has been undulating for thousands of years. Data obtained from the analysis of well-dated Judean jar handles provide information on changes in the strength of the geomagnetic field between the 8th and 2nd centuries BCE, indicating a fluctuating field that peaked during the 8th century BCE. "The field strength of the 8th century BCE corroborates previous observations of our group, first published in 2009, of an unusually strong field in the early Iron Age. We call it the 'Iron Age Spike,' and it is the strongest field recorded in the last 100,000 years," says Dr. Erez Ben-Yosef of TAU's Institute of Archaeology, the study's lead investigator. "This new finding puts the recent decline in the field's strength into context. Apparently, this is not a unique phenomenon -- the field has often weakened and recovered over the last millennia." Additional researchers included Prof. Oded Lipschits and Michael Millman of TAU, Dr. Ron Shaar of Hebrew University, and Prof. Lisa Tauxe of UC San Diego. "We can gain a clearer picture of the planet and its inner structure by better understanding proxies like the magnetic field, which reaches more than 1,800 miles deep into the liquid part of the Earth's outer core," Dr. Ben-Yosef observes. The new research is based on a set of 67 ancient, heat-impacted Judean ceramic storage jar handles, which bear royal stamp impressions from the 8th to 2nd century BCE, providing accurate age estimates. "The period spanned by the jars allowed us to procure data on the Earth's magnetic field during that time -- the Iron Age through the Hellenistic Period in Judea," says Dr. Ben-Yosef. "The typology of the stamp impressions, which correspond to changes in the political entities ruling this area, provides excellent age estimates for the firing of these artifacts." To accurately measure the geomagnetic intensity, the researchers conducted experiments at the Paleomagnetic Laboratory of Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), University of California San Diego, using laboratory-built paleomagnetic ovens and a superconducting magnetometer. "Ceramics, baked clay, burned mud bricks, copper slag -- almost anything that was heated and then cooled can become a recorder of the components of the magnetic field at the time of the event," said Dr. Ben-Yosef. "Ceramics have tiny minerals -- magnetic 'recorders' -- that save information about the magnetic field of the time the clay was in the kiln. The behavior of the magnetic field in the past can be studied by examining archaeological artifacts or geological material that were heated then cooled, such as lava." Observed changes in the geomagnetic field can, in turn, be used as an advanced dating method complementary to the radiocarbon dating, according to Dr. Ben-Yosef. "The improved Levantine archaeomagnetic record can be used to date pottery and other heat-impacted archaeological materials whose date is unknown. "Both archaeologists and Earth scientists benefit from this. The new data can improve geophysical models -- core-mantle interactions, cosmogenic processes and more -- as well as provide an excellent, accurate dating reference for archaeological artefacts," says Dr. Ben-Yosef. The researchers are currently working on enhancing the archaeomagnetic database for the Levant, one of the most archaeologically-rich regions on the planet, to better understand the geomagnetic field and establish a robust dating reference. Tel Aviv University (TAU) is inherently linked to the cultural, scientific and entrepreneurial mecca it represents. It is one of the world's most dynamic research centers and Israel's most distinguished learning environment. Its unique-in-Israel multidisciplinary environment is highly coveted by young researchers and scholars returning to Israel from post-docs and junior faculty positions in the US. American Friends of Tel Aviv University (AFTAU) enthusiastically and industriously pursues the advancement of TAU in the US, raising money, awareness and influence through international alliances that are vital to the future of this already impressive institution.


News Article | February 15, 2017
Site: www.marketwired.com

TELUS devrait ajouter environ un quart des abonnés aux services sans fils postpayés de MTS au réseau TELUS VANCOUVER, COLOMBIE-BRITANNIQUE--(Marketwired - 15 fév. 2017) - (TSX:T)(NYSE:TU) - Suite à l'annonce de l'obtention des autorisations réglementaires pour l'acquisition de MTS par BCE, TELUS et Bell passent à l'offensive dans le cadre de leur accord consistant à assigner près d'un quart des abonnés aux services sans fil postpayés de MTS à TELUS et à faire assumer par TELUS l'exploitation de 13 points de vente pour environ 300 millions de dollars, sous réserve des conditions de clôture habituelles et des ajustements finaux. Même si la clôture de la transaction est prévue pour le 1er avril 2017 ou aux alentours de cette date, les abonnés seront activement transférés de façon conviviale sur plusieurs mois. À la suite d'un accord de partage de réseau plus large conclu entre TELUS et Bell, les clients des deux sociétés profiteront d'une couverture fiable et de haute qualité dans les toutes les régions rurales du Manitoba. Par ailleurs, TELUS investira dans la technologie et l'infrastructure mobile dans la grande région de Winnipeg et de Brandon afin améliorer encore davantage la fiabilité, la vitesse, la fonctionnalité et la portée de son réseau 4G LTE déjà parmi les premiers au monde. TELUS (TSX:T)(NYSE:TU) est la société de télécommunication nationale connaissant la croissance la plus rapide au Canada, grâce à des produits d'exploitation annuels de 12,8 milliards de dollars et à plus de 12,7 millions de connexions clients, dont 8,6 millions d'abonnés des services sans fil, 1,7 million d'abonnés des services Internet haute vitesse, 1,4 million de lignes d'accès au réseau résidentiel et plus de 1 million d'abonnés des services TELUS TV. TELUS offre une gamme complète de produits et de services de communication, notamment des services mobiles, des services de transmission de données et de la voix, des services IP, des services de télévision, de vidéo et de divertissement en plus d'être le fournisseur informatique du domaine des soins de santé le plus important au Canada. Fidèles à leur philosophie communautaire « Nous donnons où nous vivons », TELUS et les membres de son équipe, actuels et retraités, ont versé plus de 482 millions de dollars à des organismes caritatifs et sans but lucratif, et offert plus d'un million de journées de de bénévolat au service des communautés locales depuis 2000. Créés en 2005 par Darren Entwistle, président et chef de la direction de TELUS, les douze comités d'investissement communautaire de TELUS au Canada et ses cinq comités à l'étranger dirigent les actions de soutien aux organismes de bienfaisance locaux. Ils ont remis au-delà de 60 millions de dollars en appui à 5 595 projets locaux contribuant à enrichir la vie de plus de 2 millions d'enfants et de jeunes chaque année. TELUS a eu l'insigne honneur d'être désignée l'entreprise philanthropique la plus remarquable au monde en 2010 par l'Association of Fundraising Professionals, devenant ainsi la première entreprise canadienne à recevoir cette prestigieuse marque de reconnaissance internationale. Le présent communiqué de presse contient des énoncés concernant des événements futurs et des projets d'avenir chez TELUS (la « Société ») de nature prospective. Par leur nature même, ces énoncés prospectifs exigent de la Société qu'elle génère des hypothèses et formule des prévisions, et sont assujettis à des risques et à des incertitudes. Il existe un risque important que les énoncés prospectifs se révèlent inexacts. Les énoncés prospectifs contenus dans le présent communiqué de presse font état des prévisions de la Société à la date du présent communiqué et, de ce fait, pourraient subir des modifications après cette date. Les lecteurs sont priés de ne pas se fier indûment à ces énoncés prospectifs, car il existe un certain nombre de facteurs qui pourraient faire en sorte que les résultats réels soient sensiblement différents des prévisions et hypothèses exprimées dans les énoncés prospectifs. Par conséquent, le présent communiqué de presse est assujetti à la limitation de responsabilité et est donné sous réserve des hypothèses, des qualifications et des facteurs de risque mentionnés dans l'analyse par la direction des activités opérationnelles de 2016, ainsi que dans les autres documents d'information publiés par TELUS et les documents déposés auprès des commissions des valeurs mobilières du Canada (sur SEDAR à sedar.com) et des États-Unis (sur EDGAR à sec.gov). Sauf exigence légale, TELUS décline toute intention ou obligation de mettre à jour ou de réviser les énoncés prospectifs.


News Article | February 16, 2017
Site: www.gizmag.com

As if we didn't have enough to worry about, one doomsday scenario making the rounds is that the Earth's magnetic field will one day reverse and cause mass extinctions of the sort not seen since the dinosaurs bit the dust. But a team of researchers from Tel Aviv University, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the University of California San Diego have reached a different conclusion. By studying ancient pottery handles, the scientists have determined that the Earth's magnetic field isn't in imminent danger of reversing, but has fluctuated over the millennia with the field spiking in the 8th century BCE. One of the Earth's peculiar qualities is its powerful magnetic field. This not only allows people to use compasses for navigation, but it also protects the planet from a number of threats from outer space. Thanks to the field, deadly cosmic rays are trapped in the Van Allen belts high above the Earth, where they do no harm to Earthlings and produce the auroras. In addition, the field deflects the solar winds, which have stripped away the atmospheres of other planets, such as Mars and Mercury. The problem is that, even after centuries of study, very little is known for certain about the dynamics of the magnetic field and how it's generated beyond that it has something to do with the movements of Earth's molten iron core acts like an immense dynamo. One property of the field is that it's not constant. Not only do compasses point to magnetic north rather than true north, but the pole shifts by about 300 mi (483 km) per century and the intensity of the field varies over time. Also, every 200,000 to 300,000 years the poles flip 180 degrees as north becomes south and south becomes north. The latter is particularly worrying in some circles with speculation that not only could the magnetic field flip at any time, but with catastrophic results. The fear is that the field is weakening and will vanish entirely during the reversal, resulting in the radiation trapped in the Van Allen Belts raining down on the Earth and the solar winds tearing away the upper layers of the atmosphere. The result is feared to be mass extinctions on a scale never seen in human history. Scientists, including those at NASA, say that the evidence from the geological and fossil records don't support the magnetic apocalypse scenarios. The field has reversed many times since the days of the dinosaurs, but none of these correspond to mass die offs. The space agency says that the main effect of a reversal would be a boom market for compass makers. Normally, the field of palaeomagnetism, or the study of the history of the magnetic field, relies on geological samples, including cores taken in the vicinity of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. We don't think of rocks like basalt and granite as being magnetic, but these and other minerals contain iron oxide compounds that act like tiny magnets and align themselves with the magnetic lines of force when they form. This is because magnetic substances lose their magnetic properties when they heat above a certain temperature called the Curie point. When the molten magma flows out of the underwater volcanoes of the Mid-Atlantic ridge as Europe and North America move away from one another, it cools into solid rock. As it does so, it is influenced by the magnetic field and this lays down a series of bands showing the timeline of the magnetic field's direction and intensity like sequences on a gigantic reel of magnetic tape. In the ancient world, ceramics were as common as plastics are today. They were used extensively for storage and it was a regular practice to stamp pottery and other ceramics with maker's marks, content symbols, and the year of the current monarch's reign. Think of it as an Iron Age bar code and you get the idea. In addition, firing clay in a kiln resets the magnetic field of the pottery the same as melting rock does, so ceramics can give an accurate record of the magnetic field's intensity and when it was measured all in one package. For the study, the researchers looked at 67 ancient Judean storage jar handles, which bore royal stamps from the 8th to the 2nd century BCE or from the Iron Age through the Hellenic period. By studying the stamps and their typology, they could be dated with accuracy and precision. These handles were taken to the Paleomagnetic Laboratory of Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), University of California San Diego, where they were examined using paleomagnetic ovens and a superconducting magnetometer, which measured the magnetic fields of the handles with great accuracy. They were then heated in an oven until their fields were erased, before being subjected to a field of known intensity and remeasured. By comparing the two measurements mathematically, the scientists were able to precisely calculate the field at the time of firing. After comparing the field measurements, the team found that rather than being stable or showing a predictable downward progression leading to a reversal, the Earth's magnetic field has been fluctuating for centuries, with a peak in the 8th century BCE called the "Iron Age Spike" that was the strongest in 100,000 years. Evidence of this spike was first observed by the team in 2009, but they say that the current study both corroborates this and places it in context. The upshot is that the Earth isn't facing a sudden reversal.


News Article | February 15, 2017
Site: www.eurekalert.org

Sardinia sits at a crossroads in the Mediterranean Sea, the second largest island next to Sicily. Surrounded by sparkling turquoise waters, this Mediterranean jewel lies northwest of the toe of the Italian peninsula boot, about 350 kilometers due west of Rome. For evolutionary biologists, islands are often intriguing, geographically isolated pockets with unique populations that can be ripe for exploration. Now, in a new study appearing in the advanced online edition of Molecular Biology and Evolution an international team led by geneticist Anna Olivieri from the University of Pavia tackles a highly interesting question: what were the origins of the Sardinian population in the context of European prehistory and ancient human migrations? The authors analyzed 3,491 modern, whole mitochondrial DNA genomes from Sardinia (which are only passed down maternally). These were compared with 21 samples of ancient mitogenomes from the island, a large panel of non-Sardinian mitogenomes ---and even Ötzi (the nickname of Europe's oldest natural mummy, the 3,300 BCE-year old "Tyrolean Iceman") ---to better understand their origins. Their findings show Sardinia as an outlier in the general European genetic landscape. Almost 80 percent of modern Sardinian mitogenomes belong to branches that cannot be found anywhere else outside the island. Thus, they were defined as Sardinian-Specific Haplogroups (SSHs) that most likely arose in the island after its initial occupation. Almost all SSHs coalesce in the post-Nuragic, Nuragic and Neolithic-Copper Age periods. However, some rare SSHs display age estimates older than 7,800 years ago, the postulated archeologically-based starting time of the Neolithic in Sardinia. "Our analyses raise the possibility that several SSHs may have already been present on the island prior to the Neolithic," said prof. Francesco Cucca, from the Institute of Genetic and Biomedical Research (IRGB), at the CNR in Cagliari (Sardinia). The most plausible candidates would include haplogroups K1a2d and U5b1i1, which together comprise almost 3 percent of modern Sardinians, and possibly others. Such a scenario would not only support archaeological evidence of a Mesolithic occupation of Sardinia, but could also suggest a dual ancestral origin of its first inhabitants. K1a2d is of Late Paleolithic Near Eastern ancestry, whereas U5b1i1 harbours deep ancestral roots in Paleolithic Western Europe. This work provides evidence that contemporary Sardinians harbour a unique genetic heritage, as a result of their distinct history and relative isolation from the demographic upheavals of continental Europe. Anna Olivieri stresses: "It now seems plausible that human mobility, inter-communication and gene flow around the Mediterranean from Late Glacial times onwards may well have left signatures that survive to this day. Some of these signals are still retained in modern Sardinians." "Although in the past the stress has often been on the spread of the Neolithic, genetic studies too are beginning to emphasize the complexity and mosaic nature of human ancestry in the Mediterranean, and indeed in Europe more widely," concludes prof. Antonio Torroni, from the University of Pavia. "Future work on ancient DNA should be able to test directly to what extent this more complex model is supported by genetic evidence, and whether our predictions of Mesolithic ancestry in contemporary Sardinians can be sustained."


News Article | February 28, 2017
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Exelerence Holdings Inc., an investment company focused on the rapidly growing internet infrastructure industry is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Pierre Blouin to its Board of Directors. Exelerence owns and operates METRO OPTIC, a provider of high-speed fiber optic networks and I.C.E DATACENTERS, a carrier-neutral provider of network-centric datacenters in Canada. Mr. Blouin spent 30 years in the North American telecom and technology industry and recently retired as Chief Executive Officer of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. and MTS Allstream. Previously, he occupied various senior executive positions within the BCE group of companies including President and Chief Executive Officer of Bell Mobility Inc., Chief Executive Officer of BCE Emergis Inc. and Group President, Consumer Markets for Bell Canada. Mr. Blouin is also an active corporate director and currently sits on the Board of Fortis Inc., the National Bank of Canada and the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation. “We are delighted and honoured that Mr. Blouin has accepted to join our Board of Directors,” said Michael Bucheit, CEO of Exelerence Holdings Inc. “His extensive leadership experience in the rapidly evolving telecommunications industry will provide us with valuable strategic guidance and assist us in accelerating our client-driven growth in high-speed networks and network-centric datacenters.” “I am pleased to join the board of such a dynamic company that owns solid and unique network assets and strong datacenter expertise. Its skilled and dedicated workforce is well positioned to meet customer demands in the fast-growing cloud market. I am looking forward to work with management and board members to support the company in rapid growth,” commented Pierre Blouin. About Metro Optic (http://www.metrooptic.com): METRO OPTIC is an independent provider of datacenter-neutral high-speed fiber network solutions. Since its inception, Metro Optic offers specialized telecommunications services and solutions to medium and large sized businesses, telecom carriers, cloud operators, wholesalers and datacenter operators. Its carrier-neutral datacenter at 875 Saint-Antoine is the fiber-densest interconnection center in Montreal. About I.C.E Datacenters (http://www.icedatacenters.com): I.C.E Datacenters (Interconnection and Colocation for the Enterprise) operates multiple datacenter sites and interconnection hubs in Canada. These include leading interconnection sites in downtown Montreal and in Markham (Toronto). I.C.E Datacenters combines deep datacenter expertise serving global enterprises and cloud operators in the U.S. and Canada with extensive know-how in operating high-speed fiber networks.


Exelerence Holdings Inc., an investment company focused on the rapidly growing internet infrastructure industry is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Pierre Blouin to its Board of Directors. Exelerence owns and operates METRO OPTIC, a provider of high-speed fiber optic networks and I.C.E DATACENTERS, a carrier-neutral provider of network-centric datacenters in Canada. Mr. Blouin spent 30 years in the North American telecom and technology industry and recently retired as Chief Executive Officer of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. and MTS Allstream. Previously, he occupied various senior executive positions within the BCE group of companies including President and Chief Executive Officer of Bell Mobility Inc., Chief Executive Officer of BCE Emergis Inc. and Group President, Consumer Markets for Bell Canada. Mr. Blouin is also an active corporate director and currently sits on the Board of Fortis Inc., the National Bank of Canada and the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation. “We are delighted and honoured that Mr. Blouin has accepted to join our Board of Directors,” said Michael Bucheit, CEO of Exelerence Holdings Inc. “His extensive leadership experience in the rapidly evolving telecommunications industry will provide us with valuable strategic guidance and assist us in accelerating our client-driven growth in high-speed networks and network-centric datacenters.” “I am pleased to join the board of such a dynamic company that owns solid and unique network assets and strong datacenter expertise. Its skilled and dedicated workforce is well positioned to meet customer demands in the fast-growing cloud market. I am looking forward to work with management and board members to support the company in rapid growth,” commented Pierre Blouin. About Metro Optic (http://www.metrooptic.com): METRO OPTIC is an independent provider of datacenter-neutral high-speed fiber network solutions. Since its inception, Metro Optic offers specialized telecommunications services and solutions to medium and large sized businesses, telecom carriers, cloud operators, wholesalers and datacenter operators. Its carrier-neutral datacenter at 875 Saint-Antoine is the fiber-densest interconnection center in Montreal. About I.C.E Datacenters (http://www.icedatacenters.com): I.C.E DATACENTERS (Interconnection and Colocation for the Enterprise) operates multiple datacenter sites and interconnection hubs in Canada. These include leading interconnection sites in downtown Montreal and in Markham (Toronto). I.C.E Datacenters combines deep datacenter expertise serving global enterprises and cloud operators in the U.S. and Canada with extensive know-how in operating high-speed fiber networks.

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