Just 12 days after having surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace is expected to return to the starting lineup Tuesday night when the Lakers take on the New Orleans Hornets.World Peace, who was supposed to be sidelined for at least six weeks, participated in a three-on-three scrimmage at practice Monday and appeared to be healthy.“We’ve got a chance to make a push for this championship,” World Peace told reporters after practice. “We all need it. All the guys under contract, injured or not injured, we need each other to make a run at this thing.”With just five games left to secure the final playoff spot, the Lakers (40-37) trail the Utah Jazz (41-37) for the eighth postseason spot in the Western Conference. Every game is important for the Lakers to win as the Jazz hold the tie breaker.“He’s good,” Lakers coach Mike D’ Antoni said. “It’s probably a game time decision, but he looks good. He’s raring to go. The medical staff will make a decision tomorrow. It’s unbelievable. He’s different. … I’ve never seen this before.”World Peace began his rehabilitation last week, running and shooting with the team Saturday and before Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers. He said he was ready to play last Tuesday against the Dallas Mavericks, but he was not cleared by team doctors.World Peace injured his knee in the first half of the Lakers’ 109-103 loss to the Golden State Warriors on March 25. This is the first ever knee injury for the Lakers defensive stopper, who tweeted that his recovery time would take a week and half.“Right after the surgery, they were amazed how the swelling didn’t even exist off of meniscus surgery,” World Peace said. “You can play, but the swelling is what keeps you from playing, so when I didn’t have any swelling that’s why I was pushing to play. I wanted to play three games ago. It was good teamwork with doctors and training staff.”With the return of World Peace to the Lakers lineup, the team will still be without point guard Steve Nash. Nash will miss his fourth consecutive game because of a hip injury, but is expected to return to the lineup on Friday when the Lakers play the Warriors.
Consumer Reports has launched CR Mobile, a new mobile Web site that allows users to access the magazine’s database of product reviews, ratings, buying advice and reliability studies.The data provided by CR Mobile is accessible through any mobile device with Web access. Users of iPhone and Android phones will also be able to access video in addition to the standard data. The service is free for current subscribers of ConsumerReports.org. Non-subscribers can access the site for 24-hour or 30-day periods for $0.99 and $4.99 respectively.Poll results, user reviews and blog posts are also available on CR Mobile. Users can also sign up to receive product safety and recall alerts via SMS by texting the word SAFE to 76666. The site also has a “compare” feature that allows side-by-side comparison of up to three competing products for performance and price, a function that is currently unavailable on ConsumerReports.org, but will be added later this year. According to Jerry Steinbrink, vice president of publishing at Consumer Reports, CR Mobile was created to serve an audience that the magazine had a hard time attracting in the past. “[CR Mobile] is for those that are already out at the stores shopping,” he tells FOLIO: sister publication Audience Development. “It’s a great way to get information into the hands of the consumers and help them make better decisions between one product or the other. It’s a good way to serve our readers at that critical point.”The data on CR Mobile is segmented by categories, including Appliances, Electronics, Home & Garden and Babies & Kids. The only category of products that is not currently available on CR Mobile is Cars, which will be added in July. “It’s a bit more complicated for us to get the specs of each car on a mobile phone, so that’s taking a little longer,” Steinbrink says.
© 2012 Phys.org (Phys.org)—Researchers studying the cosmos have been stumped by an observation first made by Monique and François Spite of the Paris Observatory some thirty years ago; they noted that in studying the halos of older stars, that there should be more lithium 7 than there appeared to be in the universe. Since that time many studies have been conducted in trying to explain this apparent anomaly, but thus far no one has been able to come up with a reasonable explanation. And now, new research has deepened the mystery further by finding that the amount of lithium 7 in the path between us and a very young star aligns with would have been expected shortly after the Big Bang, but doesn’t take into account the creation of new amounts since that time. In their paper published in the journal Nature, Christopher Howk and colleagues suggest the discrepancy is troubling because it can’t be explained with normal astrophysics models. Journal information: Nature 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. New ideas add further mystery to why there is less lithium-7 in the universe than expected Estimates of the lithium abundance in the SMC interstellar medium and in other environments. Credit: Nature, 489, 121–123. More information: Observation of interstellar lithium in the low-metallicity Small Magellanic Cloud, Nature, 489, 121–123 (06 September 2012) doi:10.1038/nature11407AbstractThe primordial abundances of light elements produced in the standard theory of Big Bang nucleosynthesis (BBN) depend only on the cosmic ratio of baryons to photons, a quantity inferred from observations of the microwave background. The predicted primordial 7Li abundance is four times that measured in the atmospheres of Galactic halo stars. This discrepancy could be caused by modification of surface lithium abundances during the stars’ lifetimes or by physics beyond the Standard Model that affects early nucleosynthesis. The lithium abundance of low-metallicity gas provides an alternative constraint on the primordial abundance and cosmic evolution of lithium that is not susceptible to the in situ modifications that may affect stellar atmospheres. Here we report observations of interstellar 7Li in the low-metallicity gas of the Small Magellanic Cloud, a nearby galaxy with a quarter the Sun’s metallicity. The present-day 7Li abundance of the Small Magellanic Cloud is nearly equal to the BBN predictions, severely constraining the amount of possible subsequent enrichment of the gas by stellar and cosmic-ray nucleosynthesis. Our measurements can be reconciled with standard BBN with an extremely fine-tuned depletion of stellar Li with metallicity. They are also consistent with non-standard BBN.Press release What’s really bothering all the scientists working on the lithium problem is the fact that it’s the only element that doesn’t fit with models of how things should have come to exist right after the Big Bang. All known elements occur in amounts predicted, except for lithium 7; there’s just a third as much as theorists think there should be. In trying to understand why, researchers have looked at old stars that surround the Milky Way galaxy, low mass bosons called axions, and more recently binary stars that are believed to harbor black holes. Unfortunately, such studies have only made the problem worse by suggesting that even more lithium 7 ought to be hanging around somewhere than was predicted earlier.In this new research the team looked at one single huge young star in the Small Magellanic Cloud, or more precisely, at the spectrum measured of gas and dust through which light must travel to get from there to here, and found that the amount of lithium 7 is consistent with theories that suggest how much of the element there should have been shortly after the Big Bang, which is unsettling because scientists know that more of it should have been created between then and now. Thus, these new results only add to the mystery of where all the rest of it is, or worse, why it wasn’t created in the first place as models suggest. Citation: Mystery over apparent dearth of lithium 7 in universe deepens (2012, September 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-09-mystery-apparent-dearth-lithium-universe.html Explore further
In the keynote, at the ongoing WWDC 2018, Apple has shared their latest version of Augmented reality toolkit, ARKit 2.0. The primary focus of Apple this year is primarily on improving the user experience and making the Apple devices perform better with improved functionalities. ARKit 2 features realistic rendering, multiplayer experiences, a new file format, and more. Shared Augmented reality With ARKit 2.0, you can now collaborate with multiple other users in a virtual environment. Apple says “Shared experiences with ARKit 2 make AR, even more, engaging on iPhone and iPad, allowing multiple users to play a game or collaborate on projects like home renovations.” There is also a new spectator mode, if you are keen on watching the game, instead of playing it. With this mode, you will see and experience what the players see and observe. AR that stays the same Persistent AR, as Apple likes to call it, is also another fabulous feature in ARKit 2.0. You can now leave virtual objects in the living world and then return back to them later in time. Interacting with AR becomes more life-like as you can now start a puzzle on a table and come back to it later in the same state. Image detection and tracking also get an update with ARKit 2.0. It can now detect 3D objects like toys or sculptures, and can also apply reflections of the real world onto AR objects. A new file format Apple has introduced a new open file format, usdz, in collaboration with Pixar. This file format is optimized for sharing in apps like Messages, Safari, Mail, Files, and News while retaining powerful graphics and animation features. The format enables the new Quicklook for AR feature, which allows users to place 3D objects into the real world. usdz is a part of the developer preview of iOS 12. It will be available this fall as part of a free software update for iPhone and iPad 2018 models. The Measure app Apple also unveiled its very own AR measuring app. The new iOS 12 app automatically provides the dimensions of objects like picture frames, posters, and signs, and can also show diagonal measurements, and compute area. Users can either take a photo or share these dimensions from their iPhone or iPad. You can tune into Apple’s WWDC event website to watch the keynote and read about other exciting releases. Read Next WWDC 2018 Preview: 5 Things to expect from Apple’s Developer Conference.Apple releases iOS 11.4 update with features including AirPlay 2, and HomePod among others.Apple steals AI chief from Google.
Travelweek Group TravelBrands rolls out rebrand of its wholesale brands Posted by Tags: TravelBrands Share MISSISSAUGA — TravelBrands has unveiled an updated rebrand across all subsidiaries as a way to streamline its market presence.The rebrand focuses on its products and services available through Access, TravelBrands’ one-stop shop platform, and reflects the company’s vision and strategy to “reduce its brands and focus on stronger market presence while keeping the vast product lines intact”.The new branding has already begun to roll out, with a complete transition by next week.Some notable examples of the updated branding include:TravelBrands Flights, by IntairTravelBrands Cruises, by Encore CruisesTravelBrands Packages, by SunquestTravelBrands Luxury Villas, by LujureTravelBrands Dynamic Packages, by TravelGenieTravelBrands Specialty, by Exotik JourneysAccording to Frank DeMarinis, President & CEO of TravelBrands, the updated branding of its wholesale brands will ultimately assist agents in working smarter, not harder.“We believe that this updated branding will better reflect who TravelBrands is as a leading travel organization,” he said. “By unifying our branding, we are able to simplify and streamline our communications across all channels, bringing TravelBrands to the forefront with our Access platform. I am confident the Canadian travel industry will respond well to our changes.”More news: Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJTo learn more go to travelbrandsaccess.com. Wednesday, April 11, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >>
Disney Cruise Line to sail more ships from Galveston << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Disney Cruise Line, Galveston, New Sailings GALVESTON — Galveston can expect to see double the number of Disney cruises sailing from the city on the Gulf of Mexico over the next five years, according to port officials.The Port of Galveston announced Thursday that Disney cruise Line will expand the numbers of trips it offers from the city to 26 cruises a year by 2023, the Galveston County Daily News reported. The agreement guarantees the company will operate out of Galveston for the next 10 years.The deal comes a month after the port announced plans to develop a new $85 million cruise terminal with Miami-based Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.Disney cruises will get some of the open slots when the new terminal is completed in 2021, said Rodger Rees, the port’s director.“They wanted to be first in line to get the options for the space we have,” Rees said.Last year, Disney Cruise Line sailed 12 cruises from Galveston to destinations such as the Cayman Islands, Mexico, Jamaica and Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Rees said. The company’s five-year contract with the port was set to expire this year, he said.More news: Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at sea“As we plan to expand our fleet and introduce new experiences and entertainment aboard our ships, we couldn’t be more excited to extend our commitment with the Port of Galveston,” said Jeff Vahle, president of Disney Signature Experiences.Rees said the port’s new terminal could lead to a similar deal being made with another cruise line in the near future.“As soon as that deal was announced, it put Galveston on the map as far as the cruise lines are concerned,” Rees said. “We’ve had a lot more interest now that they’ve seen Royal is getting ready to invest a lot more money in this community.” Monday, January 21, 2019 By: The Associated Press Share