News Article | April 17, 2017
Expanding on the success of the BIS V RFID platform, Balluff recently began fulfilling orders in North America and Europe on the highly anticipated BIS VU-320 UHF reader. The BIS V multichannel processor can now accept readers in the Low(LF), High(HF), and Ultrahigh(UHF) Frequencies. In addition, all three frequencies can operate simultaneously. In a case where there may be a mixed environment of tag frequencies, the BIS V system simplifies the RFID architecture. "A driving force behind the development of the VU-320 reader was the need to read tags at 1 to 3 feet away" said Wolfgang Kratzenberg, Marketing Manager for Industrial Identification at Balluff. "Typical read range of LF and HF readers is just a few inches and with UHF readers the read range can extend out to 20 feet or more making it virtually impossible to single out one tag on a production line. This reader is going to be perfect for those flexible manufacturing applications where the read range will vary based on the size of the product being manufactured." Like all other Balluff RFID readers, the VU-320, is built to withstand tough manufacturing environments with its IP67 rating. Four highly-visible LEDs simplify the trouble shooting process, eliminating the need to access a webserver or PLC to determine if a tag is being read or if the antenna is sending a signal. Because the VU-320 is a part of the BIS V portfolio, it can communicate via Profibus, Profinet, Ethernet IP, CC-Link or Ethercat. A full line of mounting accessories and cables is available, as well.
News Article | February 21, 2017
CENTENNIAL, Colo. & OSLO, Norway--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Evolution Digital and Conax, a leading global provider of content protection for digital video and entertainment, today announced that Conax will be providing its multi-DRM solution for Evolution Digital’s eVUE-TV™ platform, available on the National Cable Television Cooperative’s (NCTC) VU-IT! Platform. Evolution Digital’s eVUE-TV delivers IP Video on Demand content, as well as IP linear channels, network DVR and catch-up TV functionalities as a managed-service offering for Tier 2 and Tier 3 cable operators in the United States. Conax’ holistic approach to content security provides the U.S. market with a broad range of advanced technologies which include market-leading multi-DRM technologies using PlayReady, Widevine, FairPlay and NAGRA PRM, and the next generation Conax Connected Access security client that combines CA/IPTV/DRM functionality in one. The flexible Conax Contego unified security back-end is integrated with the eVUE-TV platform in both operating models: hosted and on premise. In addition, with streaming services for premium content on the rise, Conax provides an end-to-end secure watermarking architecture combining NexGuard forensic watermarking technology and anti-piracy services. The state-of-the-art solution enables operators to meet the comprehensive MovieLabs Enhanced Content protection requirements for 4K/UHD. “We have partnered with Conax to offer a best of breed comprehensive content security solution to our NCTC members with eVUE-TV,” said Brent Smith, president and chief technology officer Evolution Digital. “As cable operators move to IP distribution and begin offering a wide-range of content that can be viewed anywhere, Evolution Digital is committed to delivering content securely and providing operators with a low cost and hassle-free solution that eliminates complexities of technology integration.” eVUE-TV on the VU-IT! Platform provides NCTC members a complete, pre-integrated and high-security solution that enables smooth IP migration for operators. Cable providers still offering legacy equipment and QAM video are able to transition to a new generation of IP video technology with eVUE-TV. “A key focus for Conax is guiding operators in finding the best ways to ensure device reach and making it easier for consumers to access premium content, securely,” said Rohit Mehra, senior vice president of Americas at Conax. “Conax is uniquely positioned as a holistic content security specialist for operators in the U.S. market, tapping extensive experience in the global market and benefits from technology collaboration and R&D initiatives of the complementary companies within the Kudelski Group.” To learn more about Evolution Digital’s eVUE-TV platform, visit https://evolutiondigital.com/evue-tv/. Evolution Digital L.L.C. is a leading provider of integrated IP Hybrid devices and IP Video solutions for the global cable industry. Evolution Digital takes an aggressive approach to product innovation to embrace the way viewers are consuming video. It has quickly become an innovator in the era of OTT content and multi-stream households. Through its 2015 acquisition of i-Velozity, Evolution Digital’s eVUE-TV platform enables cable operators to cost-effectively deploy IP Video services including IP VOD, IP Linear, mobile and nDVR. Evolution Digital provides integrated and managed content delivery across all mobile devices in the home, including smart phones and tablets, subject to the operator’s licensing agreements. Evolution Digital was recently named as one of Colorado’s fastest growing private companies by ColoradoBiz Magazine. Visit www.evolutiondigital.com. Follow Evolution Digital on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/EvolutionDig and visit our blog. A part of the Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD:S), Conax is a leading global specialist in total service protection for digital TV and entertainment services via broadcast, broadband and connected devices. The Conax Contego unified security hub provides telcos, cable, satellite, IP, mobile, terrestrial and broadband operations with an innovative portfolio of flexible and cost-efficient solutions to deliver premium content securely. Conax’ future-ready technology offers modular, fast-time-to-market solutions that enable easy entry into a world of secure multiscreen, multi-DRM content delivery and secures rights for premium content delivery to a range of devices over new hybrid network combinations. Conax spotlight technology includes our Contego-as-a-Service cloud-based platform, award-winning Conax GO Live and benchmark Conax multi DRM OTT solutions, and includes Conax Connected Access connected IPTV security client managing both Conditional Access and DRM in a single security client. Headquartered in Oslo, Norway, ISO 9001 & 27001 certified Conax technology enables secure content revenues for 425 operators in 85 countries globally. 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Vu and Vistadeltek LLC | Date: 2017-02-22
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News Article | March 7, 2016
When Max Born addressed the South Indian Science Association in November 1935, it was a time of great uncertainty in his life. The Nazi Party had already suspended the renowned quantum mechanics physicist's position at the University of Gottingen in 1933. He had been invited to teach at Cambridge, but it was temporary. Then, the Party terminated his tenure at Gottingen in the summer of 1935. Born took up an offer to work with C. V. Raman and his students for six months at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore. While there, he found that his family had lost its German citizenship rights. He was stateless and without a permanent home. And then, there was this uncertainty about two numbers. The scientific world had been coming to terms with two numbers that had emerged after a series of discoveries and theories in the previous four decades. They were unchanging and they had no units. One, the fine structure constant, defined the strength of interactions between fundamental particles and light. It is expressed as 1/137. The other, mu, related the mass of a proton to an electron. Born was after a unifying theory to relate all the fundamental forces of nature. He also wanted a theory that would explain where these constants came from. Something, he said, to “explain the existence of the heavy, and light elementary particles and their definite mass quotient 1840." It might seem a little bizarre that Born worried about a couple of constants. The sciences are full of constants—one defines the speed of light, another quantifies the pull of gravity, and so on. We routinely use these numbers, flipping to dog-eared tables in reference books, and coding them into our software without much thought because, well, they are constants. But the weird thing about such constants is that there is no theory to explain their existence. They are universal and they appear to be unchanging. So is the case with the masses of protons and electrons. But time and time again, they are validated through observation and experiment, not theory. What Born and so many others were after was a unifying theory that would demonstrate that there could only be one unchanging value for a constant. Without this theory, scientists resort to testing limits of a constant. Measuring the constant is a good way to verify that theories using them make sense, that science stands on firm ground. Error from the measurements can be a huge concern. So, instead of validating the masses of protons and electrons, it's useful to measure the ratio of their masses, a number that is free of the burden of units. The search for a unifying theory continued. Two years after Born's lecture, his Cambridge colleague, Paul Dirac, wondered in a Nature paper whether the constants were indeed constant if one were to look at the entire history of the cosmos. Measurements on earth are useful but it is a tiny blue dot in the vast universe. What Dirac asked decades ago is what physicists continue to ask today. Is it a constant everywhere in the universe? Why is it a constant? How constant? The question lingered even as the decades rolled on. “The most exact value at present for the ratio of proton to electron mass is 1836.12 +/-0.05,” wrote Friedrich Lenz in a 1951 Physical Review Letters paper. “It may be of interest to note that this number coincides with 6pi^5=1836.12.” That was the entire paper. Questioning the constant is really not that far fetched an idea: the existing theories don't prevent the constants from having a different value. The universe went through three broad phases – the initial radiation dominated phase soon after the Big Bang, a long matter dominated phase, and then a very long dark energy dominated phase that began six billion years ago. One hypothesis is that the mass ratio might have varied only in transitions between the phases. The actual value of the mass ratio (1836.15267389) is not of as much a concern as the uncertainty around its stature as a constant. And scientists have made incredible progress at tackling this uncertainty number. Later this year, researchers from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam along with collaborators from the University of Amsterdam and the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne will publish an overview of their findings in the quarterly journal, Review of Modern Physics (the paper is available on arXiv). The mass ratio, they write, varies less than 0.0005 percent, not enough to call it a change. This is based on telescope observations going as far as 12.4 billion years back in time when the universe was only 10 percent of its current age. The conclusion is both mundane and astonishing. Change is so omnipresent that we don't think twice about how much it is part of our fabric. A human cell might endure a million DNA mutations within a day. Summer's green leaves become fall's orange before crackling as winter's brown under our feet, all within a year. Gases coalesced and gravitated around each other over millions of years, packing into rocks like our water-drenched earth that orbits the sun. But underneath all that change lies one number that connects them all and a number that has remain unchanged as far as we can see in the cosmos. And we don't know why. The mu is like scientific gospel that wills the universe into existence. The history of the cosmos is a good sandbox for measuring drifts in the constant. Since light from the early universe continues to reach earth, radio telescopes are effective tools to study the mass ratio. Ancient light interacts with gases in faraway galaxies and stars before reaching earth. The light arrives at earth with a fingerprint of these gases, which absorb certain frequencies of light. It shows up as absences in the spectrum when reviewing the telescope data. By comparing this fingerprint with lab measurements on the same gas, scientists can deduce the mass ratio variations. The Vrije Universiteit group is one of a handful of teams in the world that has been on the case of the proton-electron mass ratio for over a decade. They have collaborated with scientists from Australia, France, Russia, Switzerland, the U.S., the U.K., India and the Phillipines. They have probed tiny bits of hydrogen, ammonia and methanol hovering billions of years away in space. They have compared signals from the Very Large Telescope in the cold, dry desert of north Chile, from a 100-meter radio telescope in a historic spa town in Germany, and from a 30-meter radio telescope in the Spanish Sierra Nevada. They have even used the Hubble Space Telescope to look at white dwarf stars to see if environments with 10,000 times more gravity than earth would alter the mass ratio. And...nada. 'Null result' is one of the most common phrases in their papers. Which is good. Even a small change of a few percent in the value of the ratio would mean a different universe. A smaller mass ratio could mean a wimpier proton, and possibly a weaker pull for the electrons orbiting the nucleus, leading to different kind of matter. While the world isn't very kind to research that doesn't have anything new to offer, a null result doesn't mean the matter can be put to rest. Therein lies the quandry which makes the VU team's research feel like it is equal parts futile and important. No theory in physics can explain the constant mass ratio, the steadfast shepherd of science. It just is, *shrug*. Of course, the VU team is not alone in the search. As early as 1996, another team at the Ioffe Physical Technical Research Institute in Russia analyzed spectral lines from outer space to gauge variations in the mass ratio. Scientists at Cambridge and at the Swinburne University of Technology have looked for drifts in the fine structure constant. But it is the VU group that has perhaps been occupied with the mass ratio the most. Over more than a decade, this preoccupation has produced one of the most comprehensive and intriguing bodies of work. Year after year, across generations of graduate students and post-docs, they have published a paper that gently picks away at the question from different angles – a more distant spot in the universe, a different gravitational environment, a new tool to measure an old problem. The aim for future searches is to hunt further back in time and in different environments. Larger telescopes like the European Extremely Large Telescope will help in gathering fainter signals from the universe. And despite the vast measurements, many are in a very narrow slice of the sky. By broadening the field of view, scientists can probe data from other parts of the universe. The experimental search for a varying constant will likely continue as long as there is no theory to back its existence. A string of null results and small changes to the constant variability helps plug loopholes. As the authors of the Reviews of Modern Physics paper wrote, “Even incremental improvements setting boundaries on drifting fundamental constants are worthwhile to pursue, given the importance of this endeavor into the nature of physical law: Is it constant or not?” Each piece of cosmic doubt is up for scrutiny, to either be nullified in a future experiment or surface as evidence for the next investigator.
News Article | December 1, 2016
AIDSmonument in Amsterdam Counts Down Till the end of AIDS Elsevier/ RELX Group on behalf of the NAMES Project Netherlands From December 1st 2016, World Aids Day, onwards the Netherlands have their own HIV/AIDSmonument, officially unveiled by the mayor of Amsterdam, Eberhard van der Laan, together with the artist Jean-Michel Othoniel and Louise van Deth, managing director of AIDS Fonds (AIDS Foundation) the Netherlands. It is located on the south bank of the river IJ on a permanent location between Central Station and the concert hall Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ. The monument "Living by Numbers" was created by the French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel. The striking features of the landmark are the great scarlet beads made of hand-blown glass; the monument has the shape of a giant abacus, which counts down till the end of AIDS. Development of the monument is an initiative of the NAMES Project Netherlands Foundation, and could be realized thanks to the support of main sponsors: Aids Fonds (Aids Foundation), OLVG hospital of Amsterdam, RELX Group and ViiV Healthcare. Other contributing sponsors include among others, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, The Art of Impact, Zabawas, and the Centrum district of Amsterdam; funding was also raised through a crowdfunding campaign. The monument is a beacon of hope and support to anyone living with HIV. At the same time it is a tribute to all buddies, supporters, medical employees, activists and scientists. Moreover it is also a memorial, dedicated to all loved ones who have died of AIDS. The initiators of developing the monument chose Amsterdam because this city has been and is a sanctuary for many people with HIV who were not welcome in their own countries. "Othoniel demonstrates with his design that an AIDSmonument does not necessarily have to be somber. He combines very delicately a heavy subject with elegance and beauty. The wonderful light at the bank of the river IJ will be freely reflected in the shining beads, made of hand-blown glass. The monument will match its surroundings perfectly. The AIDSmonument will enrich Amsterdam with a significant work of art," the appointed art committee had said upon selecting the design of the monument. See for more information: http://www.hiv-aidsmonument.nl - and further details provided in appendix below. Twitter hashtags: #Aidsmonument #WorldAIDSDay What is the significance of the HIV/AIDSmonument? The aim of this monument is to keep the attention for AIDS and HIV alive and kicking. At this moment there are approximately 22,100 people in the Netherlands with AIDS and HIV. Every week there are still 19 people in this country who are getting the diagnosis that they have HIV. Moreover a quarter of people with HIV don't even know that he or she is carrying the HIV virus. Therefore HIV and AIDS deserve all our attention, and was the AIDSmonument unveiled December 1st 2016 - Worlds Aids Day - in the footsteps of other cities such as New York, San Francisco and Vancouver. The AIDSmonument was designed in the form of an abacus; an instrument to teach people to count. The abacus is significant, because it symbolizes the countdown to the moment that AIDS will have disappeared from this world for good. The beads in the abacus are made of hand blown glass and therefore all slightly different. They catch the light of the river IJ, reflecting the light in bright colors. It puts a spell on the eyes of anyone passing by. Every year the number of beads will be adjusted and this will be clarified during an event. The beads will, for example, show how many people have been cured of HIV. In that way the AIDSmonument will reflect not only loss, but will also emphasize that there is hope for the future. The monument is an initiative of the foundation NAMENproject Nederland, an organization that works with volunteers who want to keep the attention for HIV and AIDS alive and kicking. In search of a suitable design the foundation was advised by an independent commission of arts. Moreover there was a web-election among the public. This resulted in a longlist of forty artists. Eventually the foundation chose a work of art by the internationally well-known French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel. The river IJ seems a perfect site for the AIDSmonument due to its history. This river symbolizes trade overseas. Sailors did not only exchange goods; they also exchanged diseases. Such as syphilis in the fifteenth century and plague in the seventeenth century. In that way the river IJ reflects almost tangibly the international dimension of AIDS. But there is more: only a few decades ago the De Ruyterkade was the place for hookers and junkies, with just around the corner social workers and the bus that was providing methadone. For gay men the eastern side of the quay was a popular car-cruising-area and Café West-Indië - no longer existing - at De Ruyterkade 110 was the meeting point of Motor Sportclub Amsterdam, a motorclub for gay people. Nowadays the 'back of Amsterdam' shows the dynamics of the capital of the Netherlands. The site, where the AIDSmonument is located, is now a beautiful spot at the river IJ, among exceptional architecture and international splendor. Nowadays the south bank of the river IJ offers a 'coming and going' of many people due to the Central Station, the river-ferries, rivercruise-ships and the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam (PTA), which is the harbor for international cruise-ships. Every year hundreds of thousands residents and visitors will see the AIDSmonument: from the street, from passing busses, trams and trains, from bigger and smaller ships and boats. The AIDSmonument will also be seen by pedestrians and by people driving their cars and riding their bikes. Amongst them there will be many, many tourists. The AIDSmonument will not only be a place for official ceremonies, but also for intimate memorials by individuals. Therefore Othoniel has designed a bench right underneath the abacus with a beautiful view of the river. Underneath the huge abacus people will be able to daydream and reflect, while they look at the horizon, pondering on the future. In this way the AIDSmonument is to give people the courage to go on. How is the artist involved? Jean-Michel Othoniel (Saint-Étienne, 1964) was eighteen, when a mysterious disease got a name: AIDS. Since the eighties AIDS plays an important part in Othoniel's work. The absence of bodies is a significant recurrent theme. For this Living by Numbers Othoniel was inspired by figures: the number of people with HIV and AIDS. Counting is a recurrent theme in this design: the number of victims, the number of people who live with HIV, the number of CD4-cells. All this led to the idea of the abacus; a calculation tool from the past. The hand blown beads symbolize hope, especially our hope that one day people will be able to stop counting. Colored balls have been the principal material that Jean-Michel Othoniel has been using in his work since the late 1990's. Therefore his work looks like monumental jewels. Othoniel says: "Beauty in art seems kind of taboo in the Western world, whereas beauty, compassion and hope are absolutely necessary in our world." The foundation NAMENproject Nederland could only realize the HIV/AIDSmonument thanks to many companies and organisations that supported this monument ever since 2014. The main sponsors are the Aids Fonds (Aids Foundation), the Amsterdam hospital OLVG, RELX Group (formerly Reed Elsevier) and ViiV Healthcare. Founding sponsors are DoubleTree by Hilton and Gilead. Many individuals donated money due to crowdfundation through http://www.voordekunst.nl And there was support by major (art)foundations: the Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst (Amsterdam Foundation for the Arts), Art of Impact and Zabawas. Other sponsors are the hospital Academisch Medisch Centrum (AMC), het Amsterdamsche Fonds, Amsterdam Lowlanders Rugby Club, Michael Bakish & Peter M. Hirsch, Canal Company, COC Nederland, Cordaan, dance4life, Drugspastoraat Amsterdam, Eelco & Frank, Elsevier Women's Network & Elsevier Pride, Les Enfants Terribles, Firma Netjes, Stichting GALA, Gebr. Silvestri, GGD Amsterdam, hello gorgeous, Stichting HIV Monitoring, Hiv Vereniging Nederland, i.m. Kees Rümke, Stichting Homomonument, IHLIA LGBT Heritage, Joep Lange Institute, Lloyd Hotel & Culturele Ambassade, Mr. B, De Nederlandsche Bank, Nederlandse Vereniging van Hemofilie Patiënten (NVHP), Nederlandse Vereniging van HIV Behandelaren (NVHB), Nieuwezijds Gay Sauna, Pascal van den Noort, Mark Noyons & Partners, PlanetRomeo Foundation, De Regenboog Groep, RutgersWPF, Sanquin Bloedvoorziening, Thalys, Thermos Sauna, Tijgertje, TrutFonds, VU Medisch Centrum and Zorggroep Amsterdam Oost (Flevohuis | De Open Hof). Other supporters were the Municipality of Amsterdam and the central district of Amsterdam. The Netherlands have always been a runner-up in the international battle against AIDS. Scientists and experts from our country have been important in the development of the combination therapy. Due to this therapy of HIV-inhibitors dying of AIDS became living with HIV. This meant a huge breakthrough, but meanwhile the danger remains that HIV has become invisible. People tend to forget that even this year and even in The Netherlands there are still people dying of AIDS. See for more information: http://www.hiv-aidsmonument.nl
Journal of Consciousness Studies | Year: 2017
In this paper, I analyse how neuroscientists come to the conclusion that the brain ‘decides’ what we will do. I do so by focusing on a recent study on free won’t, from which it is concluded that the decision to veto is not free. First, I argue that assumptions about voluntariness and freedom that underlie this and other Libet-style experiments are more stringent than assumed by other critics (Mele, 2009; Schlosser, 2014). Second, I claim that these assumptions lead to an experimental setting in which the conclusion that the brain ‘decides’ is almost unavoidable. This is because the only decisions subjects are allowed to make in these experiments are spontaneous decisions that are not based on reasons. Even if the subjects acted for reasons or deliberated about what to do it would not be interpreted as such. Because of this, alternative definitions of voluntariness and freedom are necessary for neuroscientific experiments to provide a valuable contribution to the debate on free will. © Imprint Academic 2016.
News Article | September 19, 2016
“The heat made people crazy. They woke from their damp bed sheets and went in search of a glass of water, surprised to find that when their vision cleared, they were holding instead the gun they kept hidden in the bookcase.’’ This passage, from Summer Island, a romance novel by Kristin Hannah, is how researchers introduce a potentially important new study they believe could alter peoples’ attitudes about the impact of unrelenting heat on violence, and why some parts of the world experience strikingly higher rates of violence than others. It’s not what people think. The new research goes beyond existing ideas about how hot summer nights cause tempers to flare and prompt sporadic acts of violence. Their model explores long-term cultural changes resulting from persistently high temperatures and a lack of seasonal variability, among them a loss of self-control and future-oriented goals. This combination can lead to more aggression and violence, they say. “People think about weather when they think about global warming, but don’t realize that climate change can increase aggression and violence, ’’ says Brad Bushman, professor of communication and psychology at The Ohio State University and one of the study’s authors. “But climate change affects how we relate to other people.’’ Moreover, he predicts that unmitigated global warming could increase violence levels in the United States, something he believes deserves immediate attention. Bushman, with colleagues Paul Van Lange, professor of psychology at Vrije University in Amsterdam (VU) and research assistant Maria Rinderu, also of VU, say their model, which they call CLASH (for CLimate Aggression and Self-Control in Humans), recently published in the journal Behavioral and Brain Sciences, could explain why violence is greater in countries closer to the Equator and in the Southern regions of the United States, and less so in the American North and in areas farther away from the Equator. People living in such climates are more tuned into the present — the here and now — and are less likely to plan for the future, they theorize. They are less strict about time, less stringent about birth control, and have children earlier and more often, Bushman says. “If you live farther away from the Equator, you have to exercise more self-control,’’ Bushman says. “You can’t just eat all your crops, because you then won’t have anything left to eat in the winter. But if you live closer to the Equator, those mango trees will grow mangoes year-round.’’ This scenario encourages a state of mind and lack of self-control that affects how people treat each other, according to Bushman. “Climate shapes how people live, and affects the culture in ways that we don’t think about in our daily lives.’’ Such a faster life strategy “can lead people to react more quickly with aggression and sometimes violence,’’ Bushman adds. Until recently only two models helped explain why violence and aggression are higher in hotter climates. The first, the General Aggression Model — which Bushman helped develop — holds that hot temperatures make people feel uncomfortable and irritated, causing them to become more aggressive. The second, known as the Routine Activity Theory, suggests that people go outside and interact with each other more when the weather is warm, thus providing more opportunities for conflict. But that doesn’t explain why there is more violence when the temperature is 95 degrees F (35 degrees C) than when it is 75 degrees F (24 degrees C), even though people are more likely to go outside under both conditions. To be sure, “our ability to cope with irritation and frustration may be less strong on hot days,’’ says Van Lange, the study’s lead author. “But this would be only part of the story. We thought it is not only average temperature that might matter, but also seasonal variation in temperature. The latter is predictable and may lead cultures that are facing seasonal variation to develop stronger norms and habits, and adopt longer-time planning and self-control — that is, to forgo immediate benefit for longer-term benefit.’’ These two factors, average temperature and predictable seasonal variation, may help experts better understand aggression, as “the psych literature has revealed that self-control is one of the strongest predictors of aggression and violence,’’ Van Lange adds. It also may explain why crime is higher in the American South, Bushman says. “Violent crime rates have always been higher in the South,’’ he says. “You see different life strategies in the North and the South. People seem to plan more for the future in the North. But we predict that if climate change continues, with less seasonal variability in the North, you will see violent crime rates increase there, too.’’ What about climate’s influence on war? “War is usually less impulsive, less the result of lack of self-control, and more planned and premeditated,’’ Bushman says. “However, the model could be applicable to a leader inclined to respond impulsively,’’ he says. The scientists have called for more research, and note that they are not suggesting people in hotter climates can’t help themselves when it comes to violence. However, they stress that it is important to recognize that culture is strongly affected by climate. “Climate doesn’t make a person, but it is one part of what influences each of us,’’ Van Lange says. Buy a cool T-shirt or mug in the CleanTechnica store! 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News Article | March 27, 2016
We compiled a list to show you what further purchases will make your flagship acquisition shine at its maximum potential. Among the nifty capabilities of Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge sit wireless charging and fast charging, and you can use both of them at the same time. By using the Fast Charge Wireless Charging Stand, you can place your device in a vertical position and watch it refilling its battery, wirelessly. The charger is Qi-certified by the WPC and is perfect for desks or bedside tables. You can purchase it from Samsung for $70. Those who find themselves often on the road can look into the TYLT VU Wireless Charging Car Mount. The gadget lets you put S7's wireless charging abilities at work while you're driving. Simply stick the mount to the car's dashboard, put your phone in the dock, and let it charge. Two devices can be charged simultaneously via the mount's USB port. One area where Samsung's flagships excel is battery life, yet busy entrepreneurs might find that they need more juice than the average user. The RAVPower 16,750mAh battery pack comes to the rescue. The dimensions of the device give it a sleek look and the ability to keep your S7 charged after many hours of continuous use. Just like in the case of the wireless car mount, two devices can be charged at once thanks to the two USB ports. You also get a built-in flashlight for those dark nights in the woods. Amazon makes an offer few can refuse by selling the gadget for $30. The latest Samsung devices play nice with the virtual reality headset manufactured by the company, Gear VR. If you visit the Oculus Store you get access to an exclusive library of Gear VR titles that are up for grabs. In spite of looking a bit lumpy in images, the headset weighs little, increasing comfort for the wearer. Amazon asks $100 for the Gear VR. Albeit there are newer and fancier headphones on the market, we recommend the Audio-Technica ATH-M70x as one of the best deals. The headset features great quality in both music quality and visual sleekness, and its price tag dropped consistently since it first rolled out. Should you be a music aficionado, check out the $222 headphones on Amazon. Another nice touch that Samsung brought back into its latest S7 series is the memory expansion capability. You can get a solid 200 Gb of storage for only $130 on Amazon by buying the SanDisk Ultra 200 GB Micro SD. Should you be interested in a smaller upgrade, try out the SanDisk Ultra 32GB MicroSDHC, which sells for $13. There a numerous cases that can improve the look and durability of your Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, and we already covered them in our story. We get it, not everyone loves peel-and-stick screen protectors. Luckily, there is an alternative in form of a wet install screen protector. It is much easier to install them, and air bubbles are no longer an issue. The IQ Shield LIQuidSkin kit costs no more than $8 on Amazon.
News Article | November 4, 2016
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Nov. 3, 2016) - Pretium Resources Inc. (TSX:PVG) (NYSE:PVG) ("Pretivm" or the "Company") is pleased to report the following highlights from the third quarter of 2016 and updates for its high-grade gold Brucejack Project in northern British Columbia. Construction and development continued on schedule during the third quarter of 2016 with multiple key components being advanced or completed. The standing of the mill building structural steel and the installation of roof decking and wall cladding is complete. Construction of internal structural steel and decking is ongoing in preparation for delivery and installation of mechanical equipment. The surge bin has been installed and enclosed, the mill substation transformers have been positioned, the installation of the process and fire water tanks has advanced, foundation for the concentrate stock tank has been poured and assembly of the tailings thickener is progressing. Most of the major components including the SAG and ball mills are at site and initial mobilization of the remaining mechanical equipment has begun. In addition, all major contracts have now been awarded. The kitchen facility and all three dorms that make up the 330-person camp are in operation and occupied. The roofing of the core section which includes offices, recreation and the mine dry is now complete. Structural interconnection work, electrical installation, communication wiring, and water and sewer piping has also been completed and work on the final interior finishes will be finalized shortly. Collaring of the main portal access for the Valley of the Kings and the portal building foundations have been completed. The portal will serve as the primary access point to convey the gold ore from the underground crusher to the mill. Underground development remains on schedule and crews are advancing at an average rate of over 30 meters a day. Underground work is focused on the headings for infrastructure with the truck dump, crusher area and the conveyor ramp excavated. The last remaining round in the conveyor decline will break through to surface when the portal building is covered. Underground infrastructure work has commenced with the transfer tower footings poured and underground crusher footings to commence. Transmission line construction is also reaching completion with all towers now in place. Construction of the Brucejack transmission switchyard has been completed and the Knipple substation is being commissioned. The line has been strung from interconnection with the grid near Stewart, British Columbia to the Knipple substation. Stringing of the final 15 kilometers of the 57 kilometer long powerline is underway with completion of stringing the first of three phases of that section. The connection of the transmission line to the BC Hydro power grid remains on schedule and is expected in the fourth quarter. With the US$540 million construction financing, available cash on hand and the proceeds from the first quarter equity offering of US$146.2 million, the development costs and the first three months of working capital for the Brucejack Project are fully funded. During the quarter, the Valley of the Kings Mineral Resource estimate was updated (see news release dated July 21, 2016). Measured Mineral Resources in the Valley of the Kings increased by 58% to 1.9 million ounces (3.5 million tonnes grading 17.0 grams per tonne gold) and Measured and Indicated Mineral Resources in the Valley of the Kings now total 9.1 million ounces of gold (16.4 million tonnes grading 17.2 grams per tonne gold). The Mineral Resource estimate is based on the results of the underground infill drill program designed to target stope areas in years 1 through 3 of the current mine plan (1320-meter level to 1200-meter level). A total of 63,444 meters was drilled, at 7.5 to 10 meter centers, in 364 drillholes and returned 49 intersections grading greater than 1,000 grams of gold per tonne. This included a bonanza grade intercept in hole VU-722 which encountered 37,117 grams of gold per tonne uncut over 0.5 meters. In summary, the updated Mineral Resource estimate has confirmed the geological model for the Valley of the Kings, and combined Measured and Indicated Resources have not materially changed. The Valley of the Kings remains open to the east and west along strike, and at depth. The Valley of the Kings Mineral Resource estimate was prepared by Pretivm under the guidance and supervision of Ivor W.O. Jones, M.Sc., FAusIMM, CPgeo who is the independent Qualified Person responsible for the Mineral Resource for the Brucejack Project. Pretivm employed the same approach and methodology as was used for the December 2013 Valley of the Kings Mineral Resource estimate. For details see Brucejack Project Mineral Resources Update Technical Report effective date 19 December 2013. With the completion of the updated Mineral Resource estimate for the Valley of the Kings and success in increasing confidence in the estimate in the areas to be mined in the first three years, the Valley of the Kings mine plan will be updated before year-end in preparation for production development. The 2016 grass-roots exploration program which concluded in October was conducted to evaluate the broader regional exploration potential of the Brucejack property outside the area of known mineralization. The Bowser Regional Project area, approximately 20 kilometers south-east of the Valley of the Kings deposit, comprises approximately 800 square kilometers. The 2015 program included airborne magnetic, radiometric and EM surveys over two-thirds of the project area. The 2016 program covered the remaining areas with airborne magnetic and radiometric surveys as well as a hyperspectral survey, regional ground MT surveys, property scale mapping and prospecting over the entire area. A limited drill program was also completed to enhance geological interpretation. Results from this year's program are currently being analyzed for follow up in the future. Lyle Morgenthaler, B.A.Sc., P.Eng., Chief Mining Engineering, Pretium Resources Inc. is the Qualified Person ("QP") responsible for Brucejack Project development. Kenneth C. McNaughton, M.A.Sc., P.Eng., Chief Exploration Officer, Pretium Resources Inc. is the QP responsible for the Brucejack Project exploration program. Our unaudited condensed consolidated Financial Statements and Management Discussion and Analysis for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 are filed on SEDAR and available on our website at www.pretivm.com. Pretivm is constructing a high-grade underground gold mine at its Brucejack Project in northern British Columbia with commercial production targeted for 2017. This News Release contains "forward-looking information" and "forward looking statements" within the meaning of applicable Canadian and United States securities legislation. Statements contained herein that are not based on historical or current fact, including without limitation statements containing the words "anticipates," "believes," "may," "continues," "estimates," "expects," and "will" and words of similar import, constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking information may include, but is not limited to, information with respect to our planned exploration and development activities, the adequacy of Pretivm's financial resources, the estimation of mineral reserves and resources including the 2016 Valley of the Kings Mineral Resource estimate and the Brucejack Mineral Reserve estimate, realization of mineral reserve and resource estimates and timing of development of Pretivm's Brucejack Project, costs and timing of future exploration, results of future exploration and drilling, production and processing estimates, capital and operating cost estimates, timelines and similar statements relating to the economic viability of the Brucejack Project, timing and receipt of approvals, consents and permits under applicable legislation, Pretivm's executive compensation approach and practice, and adequacy of financial resources. Wherever possible, words such as "plans", "expects", "projects", "assumes", "budget", "strategy", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "anticipates", "believes", "intends", "targets" and similar expressions or statements that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved, or the negative forms of any of these terms and similar expressions, have been used to identify forward-looking statements and information. Statements concerning mineral reserve and resource estimates may also be deemed to constitute forward-looking information to the extent that they involve estimates of the mineralization that will be encountered if the property is developed. Any statements that express or involve discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions or future events or performance are not statements of historical fact and may be forward-looking information. Forward-looking information is subject to a variety of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking information, including, without limitation, those risks identified in Pretivm's Annual Information Form dated March 28, 2016 filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and in the United States on Form 40-F through EDGAR at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. Forward-looking information is based on the expectations and opinions of Pretivm's management on the date the statements are made. The assumptions used in the preparation of such statements, although considered reasonable at the time of preparation, may prove to be imprecise. We do not assume any obligation to update forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, other than as required by applicable law. For the reasons set forth above, prospective investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. Neither the TSX nor the NYSE has approved or disapproved of the information contained herein.
Vu | Date: 2013-04-17
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