NUEST And Tomorrow X Together To Perform At KCON In New York

first_imgThe much-anticipated announcement was made live via Facebook and Instagram. Tomorrow X Together, known as TXT, released their debut EP The Dream Chapter: STAR in March and debuted at No. 1 On the Emerging Artists chart. They were announced first. NU’EST, who was a part of the first-ever KCON in Irvine, Calif. in 2012 and will release their latest album in late April, was announced second. The convention, which brings panels, workshops and other events on K-pop, K-beauty, k-food, k-drama and all other things hallyu or Korean culture, will also come the Los Angeles Convention and Staples Center Oct. 15–18. No lineup details on the L.A. event have been announced yet. KCON happens in other countries around the world, including Japan and Thailand. For more information on KCON in the U.S., visit their website. Exclusive: ATEEZ Are Here To Win The Hearts Of K-Pop FansRead more Email Facebook Twitter NU’EST And Tomorrow X Together To Perform At KCON nuest-and-tomorrow-x-together-perform-kcon-new-york The convention, which brings panels, workshops and other events on K-pop, K-beauty, k-food, k-drama and all other things hallyu or Korean culture, will also come the Los Angeles Convention and Staples Center Oct. 15–18Jennifer VelezGRAMMYs Apr 19, 2019 – 11:31 am KCON, the annual Korean entertainment and culture convention, has announced one veteran and one newcomer group of K-pop as the music artists for its 2019 New York event. Veterans NU’EST and rising stars Tomorrow X Together will perform at the convention, which is taking place July 6–7 at New York’s Madison Square Garden and Javits Center. While no other details have been revealed, KCON says that more lineup information around its fifth annual NY convention will be coming soon. News https://twitter.com/kconusa/status/1119035383348637696 NU’EST And Tomorrow X Together To Perform At KCON In New York last_img read more

POLICE LOG for April 9 Ongoing Dispute Between Neighbors Vandalism At Yentile Farm

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Tuesday, April 9, 2019:During a check of Yentile Farm, police noted the card swipe unit on the concession room was ripped off the wall. (12:38am)Animal Control Officer located an injured turkey under a porch on Barbara Avenue. Turkey was transported to Tufts Veterinary Hospital. (8:53am)A Pouliot Place caller reported his neighbor posted a sign on her lawn stating that the caller harms dogs. Incident was part of an ongoing neighbor dispute. (3:12pm)Police received report of erratic operator on Route 62 “all over the road,” heading towards Burlington. Police pulled vehicle over. Operator admitted to using phone while driving. (5:41pm)A walk-in party reported extra patrols due to criminal charges against daughter’s boyfriend. (6:27pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 9: Man Peeing In The Woods?; Neighbor DisputeIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 14: Missing Teen Located; Trash Left Behind At Yentile FarmIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 31: Woburn Man Arrested For OUI; Bad Highway Crash Required MedflightIn “Police Log”last_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Anonymous Internet Troll Is Misusing My Familys Name

first_imgDear Editor,As an Everett, I was irate to learn that my family’s name was used in an attempt to smear a political candidate.  The Everetts were long time residents of Wilmington.  My mother ran a successful dancing school and donated proceeds to help build the Health Center.  My father volunteered for years in Little League, Pony League and Pop Warner.  He helped to build the Little League field by the Police Station and a skating rink behind the South School.  I grew up in Wilmington and taught for 30+ years as Miss Everett, Mrs. Mosca, or Mrs. Farrar.The name Jack Everett comes from the Urban Dictionary. As copied from the Urban Dictionary:“Jack Everett – a strong leader that sticks up for other people and he will always put others first. lovely eyes and hair. good at sports, he isn’t arrogant, girls drop even when he is standing. he will fight to protect his friends and family”Perhaps, the person who hid behind a cartoon character and our name sees this as themselves.  However, I question their integrity.  Our family will fight to protect our friends and family, which is why I am writing this.   We do not want to be attached to negative campaigns.For 63 of my years, I have lived and/or worked in Wilmington.  I am invested in Wilmington.  I am angry that our family name has been used in this way and to have been called on this by another hurts all the more.I hope that the people of Wilmington will vote on Election Day and will vote wisely.Sincerely,Sheryl Everett FarrarLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Selectman Mike McCoy Defends Himself From Attacks From Tewksbury Selectman CandidateIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Now I Know Why Residents Don’t Attend Board Of Selectmen’s MeetingsIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Bendel & Caira Are Serving For The Right Reasons, Care About ALL ResidentsIn “Letter To The Editor”last_img read more

Forget joining The Kapil Sharma Show Sunil Grover says he doesnt even

first_imgSunil Grover and Kapil SharmaTwitterIt was reported that Salman Khan had been trying to mend a broken friendship between Kapil Sharma and Sunil Grover and suggested his Bharat co-star to join The Kapil Sharma Show. Even Kapil had said in his earlier interviews that the show’s doors are always open for Sunil whenever he wishes to come back but it looks like Sunil is still holding a grudge against Kapil.During his recent interaction with the media, Sunil said that he doesn’t even watch The Kapil Sharma Show adding that he does not watch shows which he does not feature in. He also said that Salman had indeed spoke to him about joining the show but stressed that it was just a suggestion and the Dabangg star never forced him to take a step towards it.The ugly war between friends-turned-foes – Kapil Sharma and Sunil Grover – is no secret to anyone. The two comedians fell apart after their infamous mid-air brawl in 2017 and they decided to go separate ways.However, reports have been doing the rounds that Salman is likely to bring Sunil along with him on The Kapil Sharma Show to promote their upcoming film Bharat in June.Earlier, Kapil had spoken about Sunil’s return to The Kapil Sharma Show and said that he had met him and had discussed the concept of the show with him. He also said that as soon as Sunil gets away with his commitments, he will join the show.It now remains to be seen how Kapil and Sunil will react when they will be brought face-to-face with one another on the show.last_img read more

Fakhrul wants AL govt resign

first_imgmirza fakhrul islam alamgirThe opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Thursday said the Awami League government has failed to address the ongoing students’ demonstration.He asked the government to step down, given the failure to deal with the student protests. following deaths of two students and alleged mis-governance in the transport sector.The BNP leader made the demand while speaking at a press conference at the party’s central Naya Paltan office.”This illegal regime has failed to contain many incidents including road crashes. We are asking the people to join us in the anti-government protest. We demand the government resign,” he said.Mirza Fakhrul told a qustioner that the opposition party has extended its moral support to the students’ demonstration with a “logical cause”.The BNP leader pointed out that the Awami League general secretary and road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader cannot deny his responsibility as well.“Who has given the licence and responsibility to the drivers? Why is there no management? There are no rules in Dhaka’s traffic system and this is because the government has no accountability,” he said.Fakhrul alleged that after failing to control the students’ ‘logical movement’, prime minister Sheikh Hasina is resorting to lies about Ziaur Rahman, late president and founder of the BNP.“We too can come up with allegation — Ziaur Rahman was killed only 17 days after Sheikh Hasina returned home,” he said, in an oblique reference to prime minister’s Sheikh Hasina’s latest allegation that Ziaur Rahman had complicity with the coup that killed Bangabandhu Sheikh Mijibur Rahman and his family members on 15 August 1975.Fakhrul insisted that Ziaur Rahman, who was killed on 30 May 1981 in another coup, was not involved in any killing.BNP standing committee members Mirza Abbas, Nazrul Islam Khan, and Goyeshor Chandra Ray, and senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi were present at the press briefing.last_img read more

Explosive materials seized

first_imgMembers of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) recovered six kilogramme explosive making materials worth Tk 328,000 from Yusufpur Padmarchar in Charghat, Rajshahi on Wednesday, reports UNB.Tipped off, a team of BGB-1 conducted a drive in the area and recovered the explosive substance kept in a packet in an abandoned condition, said BGB-1 commanding officer Mohammad Tajul Islam.However, none was arrested in this connection as the smugglers managed to flee the scene.last_img

Galveston County Holds First Ever Transportation Conference

first_img X 00:00 /01:18 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Gail DelaughterCongressman Randy Weber (R-Friendswood) speaks at the Galveston County Transportation Conference about the importance of long-term federal transportation funding.The U.S. Census Bureau says Galveston County’s population grew by close to 11-percent between 2010 and 2015.And while the county is happy to add to its tax base, local officials say there’s still worried: How do you evacuate all those people before a major hurricane?That was one of the big topics at the first-ever Galveston County Transportation Summit.Precinct 2 Commissioner Joe Giusti says it’s extremely important for Galveston to evacuate first. Because history shows that it will be very difficult for residents to leave the coast.“Then I have a situation like we did during Hurricane Rita when Galveston County’s at the back of a stack when Harris County and everybody else is leaving early,” Giusti says. “And we have people dying in traffic, that’s my biggest fear.” But officials say some new road projects should help more people evacuate faster.In 2019, TxDOT hopes to start the process of widening I-45 from FM 1764 to the Galveston Causeway.  It will go from six lanes to eight.Precinct 4 Commissioner Ken Clark believes it will help “If we can get people to leave in a staged fashion, it should really make an evacuation not only efficient but very smooth also,” Clark says.State Highway 146 is also being widened in Seabrook and that includes a new bridge near the Kemah Boardwalk.http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3038372-Galveston-Transportation-Conference.html Listen Sharelast_img read more

Witnesses Display Injustices to Councilmembers Regarding the Police

first_imgHoward University Business School in Northwest D.C. was where complaints were presented to District council members Oct. 8. In the school’s auditorium, many citizens vented their views regarding negative incidents with police while others listened to their stories.Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6).Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6), chair of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, organized the public oversight hearing to hear complaints entitled “The Metropolitan Police Department: Stop and Contact Policies and Procedures.”“Before the Council broke for recess, I committed to an oversight hearing to review Metropolitan Police Department practices, specifically the methods law enforcement uses to stop and detain people in D.C.,”Wells said in a statement. “All residents should be able to expect and trust that law enforcement will protect and treat us all equally, safely, and fairly.”Hearing topics included stop and frisk, jump outs, traffic stops, and use of SWAT-like teams.Councilmembers Anita Bonds, David Grosso (At-Large members) and Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward5) shared the panel with Wells. The NAACP, the Urban League, the American Civil Liberties Union and District citizens, gave testimonies.Kymone Freeman, a black male, demanded council members have a legitimate citizens’ review board to oversee complaints regarding police conduct. require a significant number of police live in the communities they watch, and have any officer who shoots an unarmed person indicted, arrested, and convicted.Freeman said he was tired of “dead bodies over and over again,” then candidly shared his experiences with the police.Jamal Mohammad of We Act Radio said social media displayed what has been happening for decades. “We have different realities from the world (speaking of Black men in particular) with different consequences,” Mohammad said.The topic of the 1974 Stop and Frisk Law was raised but no indication was given as to what it was based on or if it was a District law for police.“The 1974 laws do not work today in modern society,” Bonds said.  She read data from the police department and concluded it may be different for citizens. Bonds later remarked when the hearing was over, “Some of the things my son has said to me, I was horrified.” She was open to suggestions on how to improve the relationship between citizens and the police.“We need more transparency,” McDuffie added. “People may be used to what’s going on and it becomes a way of life.” He encouraged citizens to file a complaint and gave a negative experience he encountered with police.Another hearing on the police department will convene 11:30 am. Oct. 27 at the John A. Wilson Building with Police Chief Cathy Lanier.last_img read more

The Latest 2 African American Women Advance in a Runoff For Chicago

first_imgBy The Associated PressCHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the Chicago mayoral election (all times local):10:20 p.m.Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will face former federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot in a runoff to become Chicago’s next mayor.The race will guarantee the nation’s third-largest city will be led the next four years by an African-American woman.In this Dec. 9. 2018 file photo, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle speaks during a news conference at the Chicago Teachers Union headquarters in Chicago. Reform has long been a dirty word among Chicago politicians, who have well-known reputations for throwing contracts to favored businesses and dealing in patronage. But after the 2014 murder of a black teenager by a police officer and corruption charges filed against a powerful alderman, the word is now on the lips of the 14 candidates running for mayor. (Colin Boyle/Chicago Sun-Times via AP, File)Preckwinkle was the second highest vote-getter in Tuesday’s field of 14 and advances to an April 2 runoff with top vote-getter Lightfoot. Preckwinkle made a campaign issue out of black teenager Laquan McDonald’s 2014 fatal shooting by a white police officer.She is trying to succeed Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who did not seek re-election.She previously served 19 years on the City Council and was a Chicago Public Schools teacher.___9:45 p.m.Lori Lightfoot, a former federal prosecutor in northern Illinois with no experience running for political office, has come out on top in Chicago’s crowded mayoral race and advances to a runoff.Lightfoot, who could become the first African-American woman to lead the nation’s third-largest city, was the top vote-getter in a field of 14 Tuesday. She advances to a runoff election on April 2 against the candidate with the second-highest vote.In this May 9, 2018 file photo, former Chicago Police Board President Lori Lightfoot announces her bid for mayor of Chicago at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Reform has long been a dirty word among Chicago politicians, who have well-known reputations for throwing contracts to favored businesses and dealing in patronage. But after the 2014 murder of a black teenager by a police officer and corruption charges filed against a powerful alderman, the word is now on the lips of the 14 candidates running for mayor. (Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune via AP, File)Lightfoot was an appointee of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s to two separate policing boards before announcing plans to run against him. He later announced he wouldn’t run for re-election.Lightfoot, the first openly gay female to run for Chicago mayor, has been critical of efforts to reform the Chicago Police Department in the wake of the 2014 fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald by a white police officer.___7:10 p.m.The polls have closed in Chicago, where voters are choosing the next mayor from a field of 14 candidates promising to steer the city in a new direction.Chicago election officials say turnout for Tuesday’s election has been low despite the record number of candidates seeking to succeed Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who decided against running for a third term.Chicago Board of Election spokesman Jim Allen says the low turnout is surprising considering the race is a hotly contested one, with polls showing at least three candidates with nearly equal support among voters.If none receives more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters will face off April 2.___4:30 p.m.Chicago election officials say they are seeing an uptick in the number of people casting ballots in the city’s mayoral race after earlier expressing fears of a record low turnout.Chicago Board of Election spokesman Jim Allen says that while turnout will be low, it may surpass the 33.8 percent turnout during the 2007 election.Allen says turnout reached 26.9 percent of the city’s approximately 1.6 million registered voters by late Tuesday afternoon. He noted the turnout is surprising considering the race is a hotly contested one, with polls showing at least three candidates with near equal support among voters.Fourteen candidates are running to replace Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who isn’t seeking a third term. If none receives more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters will face off April 2.___1:30 p.m.Election board officials say Chicago is headed toward possible historic low turnout for its mayoral election unless voting picks up in the final hours.Chicago Board of Election spokesman Jim Allen said Tuesday afternoon that if the current pace keeps up the city is “not even going to hit 30 percent.” He says the previous low for a February mayoral election was 33.8 percent in 2007.Fourteen candidates are running to replace Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who isn’t seeking a second term. If none receives more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters will face off April 2.Allen says he thinks many voters are undecided and want to hold off “until they know who’s in the runoff, assuming there is a runoff.” He urged people to vote and said, “they don’t want to wake up tomorrow and find out their candidate barely missed making the run off.”___12:05 p.m.Campaign finance records show that the 14 candidates for Chicago mayor raised a total of $28.9 million as of Monday.The Chicago Tribune reports that the top three fundraisers in Tuesday’s election were Bill Daley, Toni Preckwinkle and Gery Chico.Daley by far had the most money with $8.3 million and $2 million of that coming from Citadel Investments CEO Ken Griffin. Preckwinkle, who is the Cook County Board president, raised $4.6 million. Her top donor was the Service Employees International Union with $2.2 million.Attorney Gery Chico came in third with $3.3 million. He was his own top donor, giving $190,000 to his campaign.The candidates are competing to replace Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who is not seeking re-election.It’s likely Tuesday’s vote will lead to a runoff. If none of the candidates receives more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters will face off April 2.___10 a.m.Chicago residents are facing a lot of choices as they head to the polls to cast ballots for the city’s next mayor.Voters are choosing from a field of 14 candidates who are all promising to steer the city in a new direction if they’re elected to succeed retiring Mayor Rahm Emanuel.The candidates include community activists, businessmen, former prosecutors and veteran politicians, including two whose fathers also held elective office.Polls opened across the city early Tuesday and will close at 7 p.m. Polling sites include a beauty salon, DePaul University’s Athletic Training Center and park district facilities.Voter Diana Sandoval tells the Chicago Tribune that she lined up before 6:45 a.m. to “make sure my voice counts, hopefully.”If none of the candidates receives more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters will face off April 2.___11:20 p.m.Voters are getting a chance to pick Chicago’s next mayor from a field of 14 candidates promising to steer the city in a new direction.Those looking to succeed retiring Mayor Rahm Emanuel include veteran politicians — a couple whose fathers also held elective office — businessmen, former prosecutors and community activists.It’s likely Tuesday’s vote will lead to a runoff. If none of the candidates receives more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters will face off April 2.The variety of candidates reflects the many issues facing Chicago’s next mayor: poor neighborhoods in need of investment, overwhelming pension debt, low-performing public schools and a crime rate that is often pointed to as among the nation’s worst.Although a nonpartisan election, most of the candidates have links to the Democratic Party. The Republican Party has virtually disappeared from the city.last_img read more

Study Shows Time Traveling May Not Increase Computational Power

first_img How Time-Traveling Could Affect Quantum Computing Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — For more than 50 years, physicists have been intrigued by the concept of closed time-like curves (CTCs). Because a CTC returns to its starting point, it raises the possibility of traveling backward in time. More recently, physicists have theorized that CTC-assisted computers could enable ideal quantum state discrimination, and even make classical computers (with CTCs) equally as powerful as quantum computers. However, a new study argues that CTCs, if they exist, might actually provide much less computational benefit than previously thought. Citation: Study Shows Time Traveling May Not Increase Computational Power (2009, October 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-10-power.html As the scientists note, one of the motivating factors for their investigation is the previous finding that CTCs can distinguish between two nonorthogonal pure states, which is impossible in standard quantum mechanics. Further, the previous results seemed to imply that CTCs could be used to distinguish between two identical states, which should be impossible no matter how you look at it. To investigate this problem, the scientists considered what would happen if they prepared and evolved quantum states according to a specific physical process. They found that two output states can be distinguished even without using a CTC, eliminating any advantage the CTC may have offered. In addition to quantum state discrimination, the physicists also investigated the alleged computational power of CTCs, where they found that the output is often not correlated with the input. The scientists argue that the root of the problem seems to lie in the definition of the CTC-assisted computational class, which is not physically or computationally meaningful, and does not produce correctly correlated mixtures of input-output pairs. The scientists proposed an alternate CTC-assisted computational class that allows them to correctly evaluate the system’s abilities, but it also shows that CTC-assisted systems do not seem to increase computational power.Not all scientists agree with the new results. Scott Aaronson of MIT, who has also investigated the possible computation benefits of CTCs, said that he has been aware of the issues of nonlinearity, but does not consider it as important as the scientists do in the current study. Further, he explains that, even in the new model, CTCs would still increase the power of quantum computers.“The underlying reason for the disagreement is this: in the actual universe, CTCs almost certainly don’t exist,” Aaronson said. “So, in asking what the right model of computation ‘would be’ if they did exist, one is inherently asking a strange and somewhat ill-defined question.”Aaronson agreed with the new study that requiring the input to be a pure state (as he and coauthor John Watrous do in a previous study) is a problem. But, he said, the new model requires the input to be nothing, which is an even bigger problem.“As it turns out, every answer to the question that people have come up with has had conceptual problems,” he said. “But in (essentially) prohibiting any input whatsoever to the CTC register, it seems to me that Bennett et al. make the conceptual problems worse, not better, than they are in my and Watrous’s model. This is a matter of honest disagreement.”In spite of the new study’s conclusions, Smith also thinks that CTCs are still worth investigating, as they may be useful in ways that are currently unknown.“I think it’s still interesting,” he said. “Our work just highlights some of the subtleties involved that can lead you to inaccurate conclusions. I should point out that we haven’t proven CTCs are no good for computation, we’ve only shown that the existing algorithms that have been proposed don’t work. So, there might be something more out there (though I wouldn’t bet on it).”More information: Charles H. Bennett, Debbie Leung, Graeme Smith, and John A. Smolin. “Can closed timelike curves or nonlinear quantum mechanics improve quantum state discrimination or help solve hard problems?” Physical Review Letters. To be published. arXiv:0908.3023v1 Copyright 2009 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. A team of scientists consisting of Charles Bennett, Graeme Smith, and John Smolin from IBM, along with Debbie Leung from the University of Waterloo, argues that previous analyses of CTCs have fallen into the so-called “linearity trap,” and have been based on physically irrelevant definitions that have led to incorrect conclusions about CTCs. The new study will be published in an upcoming issue of Physical Review Letters.As the physicists explain, CTCs are difficult to think about because they make quantum evolution nonlinear, whereas standard quantum mechanics systems evolve linearly. (In linear systems, the evolution of a mixture of states is equal to the mixture of the evolutions of individual states; this is not the case in nonlinear systems.) It seems that much of the apparent power of CTCs has come from analyzing the evolution of pure quantum states, and extending these results linearly to find the evolution of mixed states. The physicists call this situation the “linearity trap,” which occurs when nonlinear theories are extended linearly. In the case of CTC computations, Bennett and coauthors found that this problem was causing the output to be uncorrelated with the input, which isn’t a very useful computation.“The trouble with the earlier work is that it didn’t take into account the physical processes by which the inputs to a computation are selected,” Smith told PhysOrg.com. “In a nonlinear theory, the output of a computation depends not only on the input, but also on how it was selected. This is the strange thing about nonlinear theories, and easy to miss.” To overcome these problems, the scientists proposed that the inputs to the system should be selected by an independent referee at the start of the computation, rather than being built deterministically into the structure of the computer. In order to ensure that the proper input is selected, the physicists proposed the “Principle of Universal Inclusion.” The principle states that the evolution of a nonlinearly evolving system may depend on parts of the universe with which it does not interact, ensuring that scientists do not ignore the parts of the universe that need to be used to select the inputs. The physicists hope that these criteria will lead to choosing the correct input, and then to generating the correct corresponding output, rather than simply evolving the system linearly based on incorrect inputs. This document is subject to copyright. 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Human fear of spiders draws scientific focus

first_img 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. Female comb-footed spider (family Theridiidae), Enoplognatha ovata. Photographed in the wild at DuPage County, Illinois, USA. Size = 15mm. Credit: Bruce Marlin/Wikipedia/CC BY 3.0 , Cognition Some dangerous spider species may have been common during our evolutionary history. A number of species with potent venoms populated Africa before hominoids and have co-existed there for tens of millions of years. A black widow spider bite in the ancestral world even if not fatal could leave one incapacitated for days or weeks.Joshua New, Department of Psychology, Barnard College and colleague Tamsin German, wrote “Spiders at the cocktail party: an ancestral threat that surmounts inattentional blindness,” which has been published in Evolution and Human Behavior. The paper stated that the human visual system may retain ancestral mechanisms uniquely dedicated to the rapid detection of immediate and specific threats, such as spiders and snakes, which persistently recurred throughout evolutionary time. The authors concluded that “Spiders may be one of a very few evolutionarily-persistent threats that are inherently specified for visual detection and uniquely ‘prepared’ to capture attention and awareness irrespective of any foreknowledge, personal importance, or task-relevance.”New and German asked their participants to look at abstract shapes and data on computer screens. Among those images were needles and flies. Results, as reported in the Daily Sun: “Of the 252 people reviewed in the study, most recognized the spiders much quicker than other images known to induce fear, such as flies and needles.” Spider images got more attention; the viewers spotted them and knew what they were. The authors reported that, “Despite their highly marginalized presentation, iconic spiders were nonetheless detected, localized, and identified by a very large proportion of observers.” Their test, said the authors, made use of the “inattentional blindness paradigm” in which an unexpected, peripheral stimulus is presented coincidentally with a central task-relevant display. Last year, Inside Science turned to the spider study which had been published online. Inside Science described how the study was designed: “To see if there is something special about spiders, the researchers showed people a cross shape that flashed in the middle of a screen for an eighth of a second. The participants’ task, as far as they knew, was to judge which of the two bars on the cross was longer. During the first three trials, only the cross appeared. On the fourth trial, another image appeared at the same time. The possible images included a spider, a hypodermic needle, a housefly, and abstract shapes made by rearranging the lines of the spider.” People were asked if they saw anything other than just the cross and, if so, in which part of the screen. They also tried to identify the image by selecting it from a lineup.New’s study reflects a question that scientists have posed before about human reactions to spiders: In 2008, the study “Do infants possess an evolved spider-detection mechanism?” appeared in Cognition. Babies looked at spiders longer than they looked at other images. Authors David Rakison and Jaime Derringer talked about “an evolved predator recognition mechanism that specifies the appearance of recurring threats.”The results, they said, supported the hypothesis that humans “may possess a cognitive mechanism for detecting specific animals that were potentially harmful throughout evolutionary history.”Rakison said in Inside Science that “At least with children, there’s very little conflicting evidence that spiders and snakes have some kind of privileged nature in human visual processing.” More information: Spiders at the cocktail party: an ancestral threat that surmounts inattentional blindness, Evolution and Human Behavior, dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2014.08.004 A fear of spiders, arachnophobia, is in our DNA. You don’t learn to freeze at the site of these creatures; you’re born with the fear. Even the sight of hypodermic needles and houseflies does not trigger a similar response. Scientists pin that fear on survival instinct. The theory goes like this: Humans evolved in Africa where being able to spot a spider was of necessity. Spiders found able to custom build webs to trap best food source Explore further Journal information: Evolution and Human Behavior © 2015 Phys.org Citation: Human fear of spiders draws scientific focus (2015, April 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-04-human-spiders-scientific-focus.htmllast_img read more

House mental health task force to host next meeting in Kent County

first_img             The Michigan House mental health task force will hold its next meeting on Thursday, Aug. 17 at Hope Network in Grand Rapids, announced state Reps. Klint Kesto and Hank Vaupel, the task force co-chairs.            The bipartisan House C.A.R.E.S. task force is comprised of seven Republicans and seven Democrats seeking to explore ways to enable Michigan residents facing mental health challenges to live happier, healthier and independent lives. This comprehensive approach seeks to address the hurdles people face each day, including veterans with post-traumatic stress injury, victims whose lives are altered by traumatic crimes or prisoners who struggle with underlying mental health disorders.            Information gathered will help legislators develop reforms that result in more consistency in mental health services statewide, better support for veterans, attention to substance abuse, enhanced training for law enforcement and more.Hope Network offers a variety of services for those suffering from mental illnesses. Since 1960, Hope Network has helped more than 26,000 people overcome their disabilities through their programs.            “What the Hope Network has done for over 20,000 people is incredible,” said Rep. Vaupel, of Fowlerville. “There are top-tier mental health outreach organizations in Grand Rapids and I look forward to learning from them in order to develop better mental health services statewide.”            State Rep. Kesto, of Commerce Township said: “Grand Rapids is becoming a national leader in mental health services. We made sure Grand Rapids was one of our visits. After hearing about the services Hope Network provides, we are truly excited to be able to learn from them to make Michigan’s mental health services better than ever before.”            The public is invited to attend the meeting, scheduled for 10 a.m. at Hope Network, located at 775 36th St. SE in Grand Rapids. The public can submit written suggestions regarding mental health care in Michigan at www.house.mi.gov/CARES.### Categories: Kesto News 02Aug House mental health task force to host next meeting in Kent Countylast_img read more

Reuters is due to launch its multiplatform onde

first_imgReuters is due to launch its multi-platform, on-demand, video news service Reuters TV early next year. Launching a holding site for the service ahead of its full launch in 2015, Reuters said it would offer “your news when you want it, straight from the source and made to fit your day.”Reuters TV will offer programmes ranging from five to 30 minutes in length, along with “images and insights” from more than 2,500 journalists.Users will also be able to customise the service so that they can watch a news show tailored to their interests and location and interact using the social web.last_img