The Recipe.com brand also includes a quarterly magazine with initial distribution of 350,000 and cover price of $5.99; a mobile web feature offering recipe and meal-planning content; branded television segments on Meredith’s daily syndicated program “Better;” and quarterly onsert promotions featuring custom content and coupons polybagged with Meredith’s monthly magazines. Marketing content partners at launch include Betty Crocker, Campbell’s and Pepperidge Farm. Focusing on Core Strengths?The acquisition of EatingWell and the launch of Recipes.com will enhance Meredith’s top advertising category, according to Meredith chairman and CEO Steve Lacy. While Meredith National Media Group endured the recession fairly well, it has shown some softness recently, with advertising revenue falling 11 percent and ad pages dropping 13 percent in the third fiscal quarter. Revenue fell 4 percent and pages dropped 8 percent (average net per page grew in the mid-single digits on a percentage basis) in the first nine months of the fiscal year, while circulation revenue fell 7 percent in the first nine months of fiscal 2011. Earlier this month, Meredith folded ReadyMade Magazine, eliminating approximately 75 positions worldwide. According to MagazineRadar, Meredith posted the largest drop in ad pages among six major publishers in the first three months of 2011. Meredith Corp. has purchased multichannel brand EatingWell Media Group. As part of the acquisition, Meredith takes over 350,000 bi-monthly EatingWell Magazine (with plans to bump circulation to 500,000 next year); EatingWell.com; a content licensing and custom marketing group serving more than 75 clients including consumer portals, healthcare, food and supermarket retail partners; a Health-in-a-Hurry mobile recipe app; and a series of food and nutrition related cookbooks. More than 60 percent of EatingWell’s overall revenue comes from digital sources, licensing and custom content. Meredith says it plans to substantially enhance the EatingWell website with the Meredith Women’s Network, which reaches 25 million unique monthly visitors. EatingWell CEO Thomas Witschi joins Meredith National Media Group as EVP and president. Meanwhile, Meredith is also launching Recipe.com, which includes a site with more than 20,000 recipes and in-store and manufacturer coupons, videos and an online shopping list and recipe box that lets users see local store savings on specific recipes.
BTSPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Who Will Voters Pick For Best Rap Performance? 2019 GRAMMY Awards Red Carpet Who Is Eligible For The Best New Artist GRAMMY? Twitter John BillingsPhoto: Jesse Grant/WireImage/Getty Images 2019 GRAMMY Awards Telecast | Photo Gallery Cardi B, Post Malone Among 2019 GRAMMYs Performers H.E.R.Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage Who Will Voters Pick For Best Rap Performance? Poll: Who Will Voters Choose For Best Rap Album? Lady GagaPhoto: Christopher Polk/Getty Images Invasion Of Privacy – Cardi BWith the success of her breakout single, “Bodak Yellow,” which earned two GRAMMY nominations for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance at the 60th GRAMMY Awards last year, Cardi B set the stage for one of the most anticipated debut rap albums in recent memory. Invasion Of Privacy arrived on April 5, 2018, and showed the Bronx-born and raised rapper had a lot more to show.In June, “I Like It” with J Balvin and Bad Bunny made it to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, making Cardi the first ever female rapper to earn two No. 1 hits. “I Like It” is also nominated for Record Of The Year, “Be Careful” received a nod for Best Rap Performance and Invasion Of Privacy is up for Best Rap Album this year. Tack on Cardi’s nomination alongside Maroon 5 for “Girls Like You” for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance bring her total nominations this year to five.By The Way, I Forgive You – Brandi CarlileSince exploding from the folk music scene into the mainstream in 2007 with her the title track from her sophomore album, The Story, Brandi Carlile has released a string of quality folk/roots albums. Her latest, By The Way, I Forgive You, shows Carlile and longtime writing/singing partners, twins Tim and Phil Hanseroth, in top form. The album’s lead single, “The Joke,” encapsulates the spirit and power of love and forgiveness, two main themes of the album.”I wrote ‘The Joke’ about a reckoning and a revolution and a time that’s coming when we’ll realize that love has already conquered the world and pick it back up,” Carlile told us in July. The album, Carlile’s sixth, yielded the same number of GRAMMY nominations—an impressive six—for the 61st GRAMMY Awards, including Best Americana Album as well as Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best American Roots Song and Best American Roots Performance for “The Joke.”Scorpion – DrakeFrom the very beginning of 2018, chart titan Drake saw a groundswell of buzz for his fifth album, Scorpion. When it finally dropped in late June, the album already had three successful singles: “God’s Plan,” “Nice For What” and “I’m Upset.” Shortly after the album’s release, the album’s fifth single, “In My Feelings,” would climb to put Drake at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the third time of year. Simply put, the Canadian rapper spent the better part of the year shattering streaming and chart records, and the ambitious and hit-laden double-disc album Scorpion was well worth the wait for fans. The project was a hit for voters as well, as Drake clocked in with an impressive seven nominations for the 61st GRAMMY Awards.H.E.R. – H.E.R.With her soulful songs and jaw-dropping musicianship only further fueling the mystique of her persona, H.E.R. stepped into the light this year, releasing her widely acclaimed self-titled debut. Apropos of her moniker’s meaning (Having Everything Revealed), H.E.R. showed the world her gift, with a breakthrough performance of “Focus” and “Best Part,” both from her debut LP, at the BET Awards this summer alongside Daniel Caesar. After a string of successful EPs, H.E.R. gave her fans a new, more complete idea of H.E.R.’s musical ability and remarkable potential. In addition to the coveted Album Of The Year nomination, she’s also up for Best New Artist.Beerbongs & Bentleys – Post MaloneNot to be outdone online, Post Malone broke streaming records this year as well by earning the most streams in one week when Beerbongs & Bentleys arrived on April 27. Real name Austin Richard Post, the singer/rapper entered a new stratosphere of popularity with his sophomore album—and he brought many of this friends along for the joyride, as the album includes cameos by the likes of 21 Savage, Ty Dolla Sign, Nicki Minaj, G-Eazy and YG. Post Malone is nominated in a total of four categories at the 61st GRAMMY Awards.Dirty Computer – Janelle MonáeAt the 60th GRAMMY Awards, Janelle Monáe delivered one of the most poignant and powerful speeches in recent memory, calling attention to the #TimesUp movement. Three months later, she made an equally powerful statement with her third studio album, Dirty Computer. With the catchy and bold singles “Make Me Feel,” “Django Jane” and “Pynk” leading the way, Monáe set a new precedent for what it means to make infectious music with a message in 2018.“[Creatives] have the power to create the culture and shape it to what we want it to be,” she told us earlier this year. “And we also have the power to undo the culture if it does not serve us well.”Golden Hour – Kacey MusgravesCountry music might be the platform Kacey Musgraves has chosen for her music, but it certainly is not a constriction for the singer/songwriter. On Golden Hour, Musgraves takes her signature stir-up of crafty lyric turns, progressive social themes and authentic twang to a new level, all while opening herself up more candidly than she has in the past.”This album feels very special and different to me because it feels like my most personal.” Musgraves told us back in July. “I don’t feel like I’ve really let people in on this scale previously.”Black Panther: The Album, Music From And Inspired By – Various ArtistsMusic has always played a key integral role in film, but for this year’s transcendent blockbuster “Black Panther,” the soundtrack took on a life of its own. Led by the Kendrick Lamar and SZA hit “All The Stars,” which earned four nominations of its own including Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best Rap/Sung Performance, Black Panther: The Album, Music From And Inspired By looks to make history as just the third ever movie soundtrack to win Album Of The Year, joining the soundtracks for Saturday Night Fever at the 21st GRAMMY Awards, The Bodyguard at the 36th GRAMMY Awards and, most recently, O Brother, Where Art Thou? at the 44th GRAMMY Awards. TLC Photo: Alison Buck/Getty Images 61st GRAMMY Awards: Full Nominees & Winners List Who’s Nominated For Song Of The Year? https://twitter.com/RecordingAcad/status/1071034971920457728 BTSPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. To Play The 61st GRAMMYs Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images 2019 GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony Who Will Voters Pick For Best Latin Pop Album? 2019 GRAMMY Awards Red Carpet Amy Winehouse Best New Artist winner for 2007 | Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Email Who Is Eligible For The Best New Artist GRAMMY? TLC Photo: Alison Buck/Getty Images Albums by Cardi B, Brandi Carlile, Drake, H.E.R., Post Malone, Janelle Monáe, Kacey Musgraves, and music from and inspired by ‘Black Panther’ receive nominations.Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Dec 7, 2018 – 5:33 am The 2019 GRAMMYs are just around the corner, and now the nominations are in for the coveted honor of Album Of The Year. While we’ll have to wait until the 61st GRAMMY Awards air on CBS on Feb. 10 to find out who will win, let’s take a look at which albums have been nominated for one of the most anticipated GRAMMY Awards each year. 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$179 Mentioned Above Apple TV 4K (32GB) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 1:49 $169 Comments See It Best Buy If you have a bootleg streaming device, chances are it’s filled with malware, researchers found. Sarah Tew/CNET It seems there’s no such thing as a free show.Security researchers from the Digital Citizens Alliance (DCA) and Dark Wolfe Consulting looked into six streaming devices that offered free shows through pirated apps and found nearly half of them were packed with malware. While you may have bought a bona fide Apple TV or Roku to watch shows on Netflix or Hulu, there’s an entire market online for jailbroken and modified devices that are tuned to watch this same content for free. They come at a much cheaper price and offer free, unlimited access to shows that you’d normally have to pay a subscription fee for. These devices work just like a Roku or a Fire TV Stick — you plug it into your TV and connect it to your Wi-Fi network. In some cases, they’re loaded with apps. 7 Now playing: Watch this: The DCA and Dark Wolfe found that there were 12 million active users in the US with these devices, meaning that millions of people are exposed to malware packed with these free shows, according to a report DCA published Thursday. “You have a choice, you can either have free movies, or your bank account,” said Tom Galvin, the DCA’s executive director. “When you bring one of these into your home, you’ve escorted a hacker past your security.” One app for pirated movies and live sports, called Mobdro, immediately forwarded his Wi-Fi network name and password to servers in Indonesia, he said. Other apps would collect data on the user, including photos and videos on the network, and upload them to the server. In one case, an app collected more than a terabyte of data after getting connected to Wolfe’s network. These apps offered streams on movies that were still in theaters during the study time, like Aquaman and Green Book, as well as access to pay-per-views like UFC fights. One app, called “Free Netflix,” used a network of stolen Netflix accounts that would constantly rotate so that hacked users would not become suspicious, Wolfe said.In the background, these apps were scanning victims’ networks, looking for open ports to infect other devices, he said. “Once you start using these rogue apps, nothing is free, there’s always some angle to them,” Wolfe said. In one case, when the DCA arranged to buy one of the devices off Craigslist, the seller came out of the Department of Labor building in Washington, DC, to hand off the goods. On hacker forums, the researchers found that criminals online were discussing ways to exploit this malware. “Streaming is where consumers go to for their home entertainment, which means hackers and criminals are now targeting streaming as a place to exploit consumers,” Galvin said. $179 Apple See it See It Crutchfield Tags If the hardware isn’t laced with malware, the apps are, Timber Wolfe, a principal at Dark Wolfe Consulting, found in his research. He said 40% of apps for these devices were infected with malware that can take over a camera or microphone on the network within the first hour.As viewers move to streaming devices to watch shows, like Apple TVs, Rokus, Chromecasts and Fire TVs, black market sellers have capitalized on cordcutters by offering pirated alternatives. Cybercriminals have taken notice, by targeting these bootleg boxes with malware, researchers found. On April 8, the FCC issued an enforcement advisory warning that they were fining up to $19,639 per day for people selling these illegal streaming boxes, as well as people using them. While they aren’t in stores, you can still find them in popular sites like eBay, Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace. They’re also often sold at flea markets and malls for about $75 to $100. People are enticed to buy them because they promise free streams on sports, live shows and new movies. Once you start using these rogue apps, nothing is free, there’s always some angle to them. Timber Wolfe, Dark Wolfe Consulting Those bootleg streaming devices have malware preinstalled Review • Apple TV 4K review: The best TV streamer keeps getting better Malware Share your voice See It $179 Apple TV 4K TV and Movies Security Preview • Apple TV 4K: New $179 Apple streamer adds HDR, better gaming
Kings XI Punjab has been shunted out of the tournament, Chennai Super Kings are currently number 1 on the points table and hence, when they take on each other in Mohali, the match is as dead as a dead rubber can possibly be. However, for CSK, a win here would consolidate their position at the top of the points table, and for KXIP, a win here could give them something to cheer about after a rather dismal second half of the tournament.Predicted XI of both sides: Chris Gayle and KL RahulIANSKings XI Punjab: KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Nicholas Pooran(w), Sam Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Murugan Ashwin, Ankit Rajpoot, Arshdeep Singh, Andrew TyeChennai Super Kings: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Dhruv Shorey, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Imran TahirFantasy tips and celebrations: File photo of India off-spinner Harbhajan SinghMAL FAIRCLOUGH/AFP/Getty ImagesWicket-keeper: Nicholas Pooran has been a welcome addition to the KXIP outfit and his counter-attacking approach in the middle overs has been brilliant. He could also be promoted to number 3 if an early wicket falls.Batsmen: KL Rahul and Chris Gayle have been brilliant for KXIP at the top of the order, but have not been as consistent as they would have liked as a pair. They would now want to finish with a final flourish and leave an impression at home.For CSK, Shane Watson, who will enjoy the conditions in Mohali, holds the key and he, along with Faf du Plessis will be the two picks to bat deep into the innings.All-rounders: Ravindra Jadeja has been frugal with the ball, and CSK could bump him up the order to extract the best possible use out of him as a batsman. Also, for KXIP, Sam Curran keeps performing in crunch situations and hence, will be a good pick as the second all-rounder in the side.Spinners: On a true Mohali pitch, it will be a toss-up between Harbhajan Singh and R Ashwin and the CSK skipper gets the nod as he has enjoyed himself against Chris Gayle.Also, there is Imran Tahir who also always finds ways and means to pick up wickets in the middle overs and control proceedings. Hence, both these CSK spinners should be on the fantasy side.Seamers: Deepak Chahar will find assistance with the new ball and should be one of the seamers in the side. Andrew Tye, who has not found his groove this season, should be the other pick as against this CSK batting order, his variations in the middle and death overs should be the key.
[Representational Image]TwitterThe Kerala Police are investigating a missing woman case after receiving a complaint about the disappearance of a German citizen from the state capital, Thiruvananthapuram.Lisa Weise came to Kerala three months ago in March and went missing soon after her arrival. The Thiruvananthapuram police registered a case after the complaint was forwarded to Kerala Police chief Loknath Behra by the German consulate.The complaint filed by Lisa’s family stated that she left for Kerala on March 5 and arrived on March 7. It is reported that she was travelling with a UK citizen named Muhammed Ali. Both of them were headed to the Amritapuri Ashramam in Kollam district but no one has heard from Lisa while Muhammed Ali went back on March 15.The police are collecting information from Muhammed. Her travel documents state Amritapuri as her destination, but the Ashram officials said that she did not report there. They said that the details of all the people entering the Ashram are recorded by them.While Lisa’s visa was supposed to expire on May 5, the police are yet to ascertain if she left the country from any other transit points. Her grandmother claimed that she has not heard from Lisa since her departure from Germany, reports The Hindu.The Valiyuthura police have formed a special team and are investigating over the matter. The team headed by Assistant Commissioner R Ilango is checking travel documents all around the country to get a lead on the missing woman.
Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,LONDON (RNS) — The Church of England’s most senior leaders are expected to rebuke Britain’s political leaders over their handling of Brexit at the church’s General Synod this week.In a special motion at synod, just weeks before the Brexit deadline, the archbishops of Canterbury and York will urge politicians to do more to heal divisions in society.The motion, put forward by Justin Welby, archbishop of Canterbury, and John Sentamu, archbishop of York, says that “social divisions feel more entrenched and intractable than for many years.” It also refers to “the divisions within the major political parties which are stifling the emergence of a hopeful and viable visions for the common good in our communities.”Although the motion does not explicitly mention Brexit, it says that “the nation’s leaders must work together for the common good at this time of division” and that the Christian commitment “to putting the voices of the poor and marginalized at the heart of the nation’s concerns” must be reaffirmed.The archbishops call on every diocese and parish to pray regularly for Parliament members and the government, seeking God’s strength and wisdom for the responsibilities they bear.Justin Welby, archbishop of Canterbury, addresses the General Synod at Church House on Feb. 20, 2019, in London. Video screengrab via Church of EnglandThe synod debate comes in the same week that Prime Minister Theresa May has written to all 317 Tory MPs, urging them to unite behind a Brexit deal while warning them “history will judge us all” over the process. But three of her Conservative MPs quit their party. Anna Soubry, Sarah Wollaston and Heidi Allen wrote a joint letter to May saying that the government’s “disastrous handling” of Brexit was the final straw. Meanwhile, May was striving yet again this week to persuade the European Union to agree to changes to the “backstop” plan to prevent the return of customs checks on the Irish border.The U.K. remains on course to leave the European Union on March 29, even as May has been unable so far to convince a majority of MPs to back the withdrawal terms she struck with the EU last year.The country also remains deeply divided over Brexit, with growing anxiety about the impact on jobs and investment when Britain quits the EU, especially if a new relationship with Europe is not in place by the time of Britain’s withdrawal.Church of England Synod officials have cleared almost two hours in the agenda on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 23) to enable the assembly of representatives of clergy, bishops and lay members of the church to debate the motion on the state of the nation.This is at least the third time Welby has voiced his concern in the Brexit debate. Two years ago, in his presidential address to General Synod, he said the Church of England must take part in reshaping post-Brexit Britain or risk seeing the country ruined by its current problems.“This could be a time of liberation, of seizing and defining the future, or it could be one in which the present problems seize our national future and define us,” he said.Attendees take a break to meet one another at the Church of England’s General Synod at Church House on Feb. 20, 2019, in London. Video screengrab via Church of EnglandIn January, speaking in the House of Lords, Welby warned that if Parliament fails in the task entrusted to it of sorting out a Brexit deal, a second referendum might be necessary. “This is about more than Brexit, and Parliament must not show itself unfit for the job,” he said.Just before Christmas, Church of England bishops also said they were praying for “courage, integrity and clarity for our politicians” at a time of turmoil over Brexit, while Welby and Sentamu called on churches to pray for politicians, “praying for wisdom, courage, integrity and compassion for our political leaders and all MPs; for reconciliation; and for fresh and uniting vision for all in our country.”Their comments were also endorsed by the Rt. Rev. Susan Brown, moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, along with the Most Rev. John Davies, archbishop of Wales.With time running out, the U.K.’s Anglican churches aren’t the only ones praying for Britain. The umbrella organization Churches Together in Britain and Ireland has issued a request that all its member churches and associated bodies join together “in a time of dedicated prayer for the political situation in the United Kingdom.”The moderator of CTBI, Angaelos, Coptic archbishop of London, asked for help from abroad as well, saying, “We hope and pray that every person of faith will join us in prayer across our nation, and beyond.” Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts News • Photos of the Week Share This! By: Catherine Pepinster Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Catherine Pepinster,Load Comments,Pope demands ‘concrete’ response to abuse crisis at Vatican summit By: Catherine Pepinster Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Share This! Catholicism By: Catherine Pepinster Share This! Share This! 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Two members of Baltimore’s “Up da Hill” (UDH) gang, based in the city’s Cherry Hill neighborhood, were sentenced to long jail stints Friday for their roles in the gang’s activities.Steven “Cutty” Jackson, 25, and Alonzo “Zo” Clea, 26 were sentenced to 25 years and 10 years in prison, respectively, after pleading guilty to conspiring to participate in a racketeering enterprise.In his plea agreement, Jackson admitted to the 2006 shooting of a rival gang member, a 2007 armed robbery and, along with another man, the 2011 shooting death of a member of the rival “Little Spelman” gang. Clea admitted to possessing a firearm on three different occasions between 2008 and 2014.“Many shootings and murders in Baltimore City involve disputes between rival gangs,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein, who announced the sentences along with other law enforcement officials. “Police and prosecutors are saving lives by holding accountable the criminals who turned Cherry Hill into a war zone.”Jackson and Clea’s sentences bring to 35 the number of gang members from the Cherry Hill neighborhood who have pleaded guilty to being involved in racketeering conspiracies, Rosenstein said.
Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — Robotics is a serious science, but like all of the most serious things in this world it does have a fun side too. Sometimes a robot, with all of its advanced equipment and the intense hours of programming involved, comes along and it does something that is so silly and so darn entertaining that you just have to sit back, watch the video and laugh. When a robot begins making you Micky Mouse shaped pancakes you can begin to suspect that you are experiencing one of those moments. When that robot is made of Lego’s then you can be sure that you are in one of those situations. A more stealthy robot may be hearing you soon This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Of course, this bot can do more than just the icon of a children’s toy corporation, it can make any shape that you can programming it to, provided that it fits onto the griddle. The pancake cooking bot is in reality a 3-axis CNC-made robot, designed by Mexican Viking. The machine uses the Z coordinate to control where the batter is released. The robot was originally coded in Python NXT but had to be changed due to unnamed complications with the use of the language in this application. Mexican Viking changed it to the LEGO Mindstorms programming language. This programming language then creates the image using a text files with three coordinates that tell the machine where to move and when to dump the batter. The machine cannot be bought commercially and it is not going to be on sale in the near future. If you want to make one of your own you can use the directions on Mexican Viking’s website to create one for yourself. Citation: A Lego robot that can make you Micky Mouse shaped pancakes (w/ video) (2011, July 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-07-robot-micky-mouse-pancakes-video.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org) —The OpenWorm project has reached a significant milestone, team members report—muscular contraction that is able to drive the simulated worm forward in a stream of simulated water. The next step for project members is to connect simulated brain cells with muscle cells allowing the worm to control its own movements. The team also hopes to create a virtual version of the worm to allow for porting to an interactive web application for use by the general public. Citation: OpenWorm project reaches new milestone—muscle simulation (2013, December 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-12-openworm-milestonemuscle-simulation.html Building a digital life form: OpenWorm, Open Source The goal of the OpenWorm project is simple and straightforward—building the first (others have tried and met with limited success) digital life form—getting there of course, is anything but. The idea is to replicate how it is that living organisms do what they do. In the case of the nematode, that means, among other things, swimming through water in a way reminiscent of an eel.The project is an international open source collaboration and as such is open to anyone who wishes to participate. Of course those who choose to do so will find a certain degree of expertise in computer programming or biology will be needed. The team reports that the nematode was chosen as the first simulated life form because of its simplicity—the real worm has just 959 total cells—almost half of which are muscle cells or neurons.Building a simulated life form is challenging—it would be a simple matter to simply draw a nematode and then animate it—Hollywood has been doing that for over half a century. What’s difficult is to use computer code to create and simulate the underlying basic elements that make up a nematode and then have them perform the way they do with the real organism, resulting in virtually identical behavior. That means creating code that describes such things as how its cell muscle cells work and then how they work together in order to cause the entire organism to move in a way that suggests forward progress. In this instance, that’s a lot of code and number crunching—it took three full days of rendering to produce less than a fraction of a second of action. This is significant progress—the OpenWorm project only just started this past May. The first simulation involved causing muscle cells to do nothing more than twitch. Explore further © 2013 Phys.org
October 20, 2016 This story originally appeared on Reuters Chief Executive Elon Musk said on Wednesday all new Tesla Motors Inc. models will come with hardware to enable them to be fully self-driving, as the Silicon Valley electric car company bids to be the first among many rivals to get autonomous vehicles on the road.The company said that its Model S and Model X electric cars are already being produced with the new hardware, which includes eight cameras, 12 updated sensors and radar with faster processing.The new hardware package will cost $8,000, Musk told reporters on a conference call. The software to enable fully autonomous operation is still being tested, he said.Musk said he expects that by the end of 2017 a Tesla would be able to drive in full autonomous mode from Los Angeles to New York “without the need for a single touch” on the wheel.He has set ambitious deadlines for Tesla many times, only to see timetables slip. Rival automakers have said they expect to be able to field autonomous driving capability by 2019 or 2021.Meanwhile, older Tesla vehicles without the additional cameras, sensors and upgraded processors will not be able to drive autonomously, although their Autopilot software would continue to be improved, Musk said.For a time, cars with the new hardware will have less capability to assist drivers with steering or braking than older cars running Tesla’s Autopilot, Musk said. By December, he said, he expects the newer models to reach parity with the older vehicles.Musk said the software system is being built in-house and will run on an Nvidia Corp. Titan chip.Vanity purchase?It is unclear how Tesla’s future autonomous driving system will be greeted by regulators. Musk said it will be twice as safe as a human driver. However, federal and state regulators in the United States are proposing new, more rigorous standards to control the development and deployment of such systems.Edmunds Inc. analyst Jessica Caldwell questioned the value of purchasing a self-driving car before regulations catch up, calling it a “vanity purchase” that cannot be used in the real world.In the meantime, rival carmakers could introduce better solutions, Caldwell said, potentially making Tesla’s hardware “obsolete almost as soon as it’s activated for prime time.”Most notably, Tesla has chosen not to include Lidar laser-based sensors, a tool most other car makers believe is necessary for full autonomy.Tesla’s self-driving announcement is the latest in a series of efforts over the last few months by Musk to maintain investor interest in Tesla as its stock price has fallen. The company is expected to raise more cash from capital markets within the next 12 months.Shares of the company, which closed on Wednesday at $203.56, have fallen 23 percent since an April high, as the company has suffered a difficult few months.The death in May of a Tesla driver using the company’s Autopilot system, which prompted an investigation by safety regulators, and the decision to acquire money-losing rooftop solar developer SolarCity Corp., have increased scrutiny on Tesla’s financial and regulatory challenges.(Reporting By Alexandria Sage; Editing by Bill Rigby) Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 3 min read Register Now »