Kontron: hybrid, scalable approach to IoT scenarios enables Industry 4.0

first_imgKontron and its sister company S&T Technologies announce the availability of SUSiEtec in the US market. With the flexible SUSiEtec platform, S&T Technologies offers an end-to-end IoT solution that enables customers to build scalable edge computing solutions with Microsoft Azure IoT Edge Services. Early field trial phases have taken place with customers. Kontron has chosen Microsoft Azure as its preferred cloud platform for IoT solutions.In IoT scenarios, SUSiEtec acts as a flexible IoT middleware in between devices and the cloud, translating protocols, filtering data, and processing them on premises. The platform takes care of the analysis and processing of data incurred. SUSiEtec lifts the traditional boundaries between data acquisition, data processing, and data provisioning, enabling the integration of IT and OT. SUSiEtec comes fully integrated with Kontron’s gateway-, fog computing-, and server products, many of which are already Azure Certified for IoT.With a shortage of skilled employees for hybrid IoT environments, there is great demand for flexible solutions that allow integrating existing applications into the cloud. SUSiEtec addresses this demand by providing an end-to-end application-ready IoT platform.Some S&T Group customers are already using SUSiEtec, where SUSiEtec provides a number of tangible benefits:Predictive maintenance, reducing downtime throughout the entire processReal-time monitoring using the right resource at the right timeAsset tracking, providing more accurate TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) System optimization through hybrid approach enabling mix of on-premises, private cloud and third-party services with orchestration between platformsSelf-service BI tools for various departments from sales to solution designersSmarter products and services through machine learning and data science supportAccelerated response times by using Azure IoT EdgeShare this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Express Logic: cloud support to include AWS GreengrassNext Manhattan Skyline releases AMOLED displayslast_img read more

Ranveer Singh on copying Kapil Dev’s mannerisms in 83: I have changed my body mechanics for it

first_imgRanveer Singh is all set to play former captain Kapil Dev in Kabir Khan’s 83, which tells the story of the Indian cricket team’s victory in the World Cup in 1983. The cricketer was known for his signature run-up, which ended with a majestic jump, followed by an outswinger.On the sidelines of India Today’s Salaam Cricket 2019 in London, Ranveer told us that it is “very tough to emulate” Kapil’s signature move. “Mushkil hai. There’s a lot of neck and back in it. His body mechanics are very unique to him. Only his body, the way it is genetically structured, can execute that action. It is very tough to emulate. But I have been at it. I have changed my own body mechanics around to be able to do it,” he said.The actor added that the cricket portions will be shot in August, so he still has time to get the move right. “Sandhu (Balvinder Singh Sandhu) sir is training us and he is saying I am progressing with the bowling. Batting ki report card, I have got a thumbs up. My technique is really good, apparently. Whoever I have shown those videos to, have said, ‘Yeh toh theek hai. You must have played,'” he revealed about his training.While Ranveer has played cricket in school, playing in Lord’s is an altogether different experience. “This is the Mecca of cricket. Lords mein aana matlab yeh hoti hai life. Aap subah utho, Lords aao aur 3-4 ghante batting, bowling aur fielding karo, legends ko milo… Overall, this entire experience has been so rewarding and joyous,” he said.advertisementRanveer said that he was drawn to the “incredible” story of 83. “The kind of underdogs that these guys were, koi believe nahi karta tha ki yeh ladke kuch karenge. And they went and achieved the ultimate glory, beating back-to-back World Cup champions! West Indies was almost invincible then,” he said, adding that the event “changed sports in India forever”.Talking about living with Kapil to prep for 83, Ranveer said, “Main unke ghar gaya Delhi mein. 10 days unke saath raha. Achche se rakha unhone mujhe, he was so warm and welcoming. It was very generous and large-hearted of him to help me in this process.””He coached me in cricket, we would play golf together, have meals together, chat endlessly. Unki videos nikaalta tha main aur phir baad mein unko dekhta tha to try to absorb a little bit of his mannerisms and idiosyncrasies,” he added.83, which also features Saqib Saleem, Harrdy Sandhu and Chirag Patil in pivotal roles, is set to hit the screens on April 10, 2020.ALSO READ | Ranveer Singh takes his 83 team to London as India gears up for ICC World Cup 2019ALSO READ | Ranveer Singh’s 83 will now release in April 2020ALSO WATCH | Ranveer Singh makes Delhi dance to Gully Boy at India Today Conclave 2019last_img read more

Raheem Sterling hits hat-trick in England demolition of Czech Republic

first_img CZE ENG England Substitutes After that England swarmed all over their opponents, playing with the confidence that is now expected of Southgate’s teams and perhaps best epitomised by the goal they created just after the midway point of the first half. Every member of their attacking trio was involved and, in the process, Kane’s contribution was an exquisitely delivered reminder that there is nothing in football quite so beautiful as the perfect through-ball. The killer pass is usually the one for the goal. In this case it came one before, aimed inside the left-back, Filip Novak, and weighted to such perfection that it opened up the entire defence. Sancho’s delivery across the six-yard area was relatively straightforward in comparison. Sterling had sprinted to make himself available at the far post, as he does so often, and managed to get his outstretched boot to the ball.The most notable statistic was that the goal was the culmination of a 25-pass move in which 10 different players were involved. England’s confidence was flowing. At one stage Sancho could be seen slipping the ball through Novak’s legs. Just to prove the nutmeg was no fluke, Sancho immediately did the same again – this time with a little drag-back – to make his next opponent look silly, too. The crowd loved it and it was no surprise when England’s supremacy led to them doubling the lead with the final kick of the first half.Sterling’s driving runs into the penalty area were a prominent feature throughout the evening. Alli’s back-heel was trusting his colleague to get there first and, as Sterling tried to dart through a cluster of defenders, he was crunched between Pavel Kaderabek and Tomas Kalas. Jiri Pavlenka, diving to his right, did get a glove to Kane’s penalty but the ball had been struck powerfully enough to get past the Czech goalkeeper. (s 82′) 9 Kane 14 Rose Substitutes 10 Frydek 8 Darida Share on Twitter 12 Trippier After scoring his second goal against the Czech Republic, Raheem Sterling revealed a T-shirt tribute to Damary Dawkins, a 13-year-old from Dagenham who died last weekend from acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Sterling had visited Dawkins – a member of Crystal Palace’s elite development squad – in Great Ormond Street hospital and tweeted about the youngster’s search for a blood stem cell donor. Despite finding a match and undergoing a transplant early this year, Dawkins died on Sunday. Sterling’s shirt read: “Damary Dawkins 8/2/06 – 17/3/19. May your soul rest in peace.” 3 Celustka (s 67′) Share via Email To be pernickety, there was a sizeable portion of good fortune attached to Sterling’s second-half goals, in particular the one for his hat-trick when he tried his luck with a curler from 25 yards and the ball deflected off Ondrej Celustka to change the trajectory of the shot and wrongfoot the goalkeeper.There was also a lucky ricochet in the build-up to Sterling’s middle goal but when the ball arrived at his feet it was a lovely piece of skill to swivel away from his marker, taking his shot with his left foot and steering it into the far corner.Hudson-Odoi replaced Sterling for the final exchanges and fitted in seamlessly, playing as though immune to nerves. It culminated in a tragicomedy of an own-goal from Kalas, getting his feet tangled up and inadvertently scuffing in the rebound after Pavlenka had saved a shot from the Chelsea player. England had five and Sterling left the scene with the match-ball as his souvenir. (s 70′) Possession Quick guide Sterling’s touching tribute 36 64 CZE36ENG64% The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. 9 Dockal 5 Coufal 13 Heaton Lineups 13 Kral Czech Republic Reuse this content Read more Facebook 5 Keane Share on Messenger For that one perhaps Southgate will feel emboldened enough to put in Rice and Hudson-Odoi from the start. Rice should certainly feel better for this experience – and not just because of his time on the pitch. As Southgate had predicted, the crowd made it clear that Rice’s now-infamous Instagram post about the IRA, posted when the player was 16, would not be held against him. It all felt very grown-up and, for Rice, no doubt a relief, too.The only downside for Southgate was the injury to Eric Dier after being clobbered by a bad challenge inside the opening quarter of an hour. Dier had to go off and, funnily enough, it was Southgate’s decision to bring on a more attack-minded player, namely Ross Barkley, and change the formation that led to a dramatic improvement. What began as a 4-2-3-1 system morphed into a more adventurous formation with Jordan Henderson as the only holding midfielder and Barkley and Dele Alli operating just behind a front three, from right to left, of Sancho, Kane and Sterling. 10 Alli 19 Schick 8 Henderson 2 England Off target 4 Czech Republic 8 England On target 3 Czech Republic 1 Kolar 11 Sterling Goal attempts Fouls Pinterest Share on Pinterest 11 Pavelka 20 Vydra (s 63′) 17 Ward-Prowsecenter_img Share on LinkedIn England Twitter (s 46′) Hide 15 Soucek Euro 2020 Thank you for your feedback. 22 Novak match reports (s 17′) 19 Wilson 16 Rice 15 Tarkowski 4 Gebre Selassie 6 Kalas 14 Jankto 23 Pavlenka Harry Kane scores England’s second goal of the night. Photograph: Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Getty Images 7 Sancho Czech Republic 7 Zmrhal Topics 1 Pickford Share on Facebook 21 Butland 8 11 17 Suchy Corners 3 Chilwell 20 Hudson-Odoi If the aim, ultimately, is for Gareth Southgate and his players to see whether their Euro 2020 adventure can finish in this stadium – 12 July, 2020, to be precise – this will certainly count as a decent way to begin that process. Five goals, a clean sheet and, perhaps most encouragingly of all, hard evidence that Raheem Sterling is transferring his Manchester City form on to the international stage.OK, this is still too early to start imagining the possibilities that might open up in a tournament in which the semi-finals and final are all played at the stadium England call home. These are the kind of performances, however, that allow England’s followers to think positively, in particular when the team is suddenly filled with so much attacking variety.Sterling’s hat-trick means he has now scored five times for England in his last three games. Before that, he had not managed a single goal in his previous 27 appearances and, though it can seem like a trick of the imagination, there was even a debate during the World Cup about whether he should keep his place. His latest performance was just another reminder why Southgate believes it is between Sterling or Virgil van Dijk to win the individual awards as the Premier League’s outstanding player this season.Not that Sterling was the only player in England’s colours to excel.England finished the night with Jadon Sancho and Callum Hudson-Odoi, making his debut as a second-half substitute, menacing their opponents from the wings. Harry Kane had a splendid night, including a penalty for the second goal. Declan Rice also made his debut in the second half and when the Mexican wave started it was not one of those occasions when it felt as if the crowd were trying to make their own entertainment. A spectacular own-goal added to the fun and on this evidence England will want more of the same in Montenegro on Monday. 2 Kaderabek 16 Koubek 4 Dier 18 Kudela England 5-0 Czech Republic: Euro 2020 qualifier – as it happened 12 Masopust Was this helpful? 3 2 Match stats 6 Maguire 18 Barkley Show Share on WhatsApp 2 Walker 21 Skodalast_img read more

Toronto police officers shoot and kill bear in eastend residential area

first_imgTORONTO – Toronto police shot and killed a bear as it roamed through a residential area of the city late Friday night.A police spokesperson said Emergency Task Force members were deployed to a neighbourhood in northeastern Toronto after multiple bear sightings were reported.The police official said the animal, which according to unconfirmed eyewitness reports was an adult black bear, was rummaging through backyards, and at one point banged on the door of a residence.He said officers shot the bear (in the Middlefield and McCowan Road area) after animal control officials advised police that they were not equipped to deal with the potentially dangerous situation.There were no reports of any people or pets being injured.Police had no immediate information about where the bear came from, its gender, or whether a post-mortem examination would be performed to try to determine if it was suffering from any abnormalities.last_img read more

Passenger trains cancelled after freight train derailment in Ontario

first_imgSTRATHROY, Ont. – Via Rail says train service between Toronto and the city of Sarnia, Ont., near the U.S. border, has been cancelled for two days due to a freight train derailment early Wednesday morning.Thirteen cars from a CN freight train derailed in the centre of the community of Strathroy, Ont., — about 230 kilometres west of Toronto — just before 4:30 a.m., said Joanne Vanderheyden, mayor of Strathroy-Caradoc.No one was injured in the incident, she said.The cars that derailed were not carrying any dangerous material when they went off the tracks, said Vanderheyden, who explained that an east-west railway line used by CN and Via Rail effectively divides the town.“Most of the cars were either empty, or had paper in them, or soybeans,” she said. “So, nothing to be too worried about.”One of the cars had residual traces of petroleum, Vanderheyden said, but it wasn’t carrying a load of it when the derailment happened.“That was not a concern, either,” she said.Via Rail said the derailment had led to the cancellation of daily trains between Sarnia and Toronto on Wednesday and Thursday, as well as an early morning train from Sarnia to London, Ont., on Friday. It said trains would still be operating between Toronto and London, Ont.The Transportation Safety Board said it was sending a team of investigators to the site of the derailment.“The TSB will gather information and assess the occurrence,” it said in a statement.Some Strathroy residents said the derailment was the talk of the town on Wednesday.Stu Solomon, a local business owner, said the crash happened near the community’s downtown core.“There’s a lot of walking traffic going by to look,” he said. “That’s what most of the commotion is.”James Poag, a jewellery shop owner in the town’s core said the emergency response to the derailment was “impressive for the size of the town.”“The emergency response to keep everyone informed as to which crossings were opened was so well put together this morning,’ said Poag, who said that none of his employees had trouble getting to work this morning.“It’s really caused less of an angry response than they might have gotten.”The municipality had closed most of the railroad crossings linking north and south Strathroy shortly after the derailment occurred, but most crossings have since re-opened, Vanderheyden said.last_img read more

Norman Wilners Top 10 movies of 2016

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitter 2. Paterson (D: Jim Jarmusch)If not for the stunning Moonlight, this would have easily topped my list. Jarmusch’s latest is a deadpan, down-to-earth character study about a week in the life of a quiet New Jersey bus driver (Adam Driver) who’s also a poet who views his modest environs with a sense of wonder and actively folds his life into his work. The pace may be sleepy, but Paterson is alive to every interaction, every possibility. I can’t think of another recent movie that plays quite like it, mixing gentle humanity and absurd comedy with profundity and even awe. (Opens February 3.) Login/Register With: 1. Moonlight (D: Barry Jenkins)Jenkins’s long-overdue follow-up to 2008’s Medicine For Melancholy traces a decade and a half in the life of an African-American kid in Florida in three distinct movements. Moonlight shows us how small moments of kindness or cruelty can profoundly affect the human heart, how people are always more complex than you think they are and how cinema is unmatched at communicating ideas and feeling. In a year marked by contempt and rage, Moonlight dares to hope empathy will save us. Advertisementcenter_img Mary Cybulski Advertisement Advertisement 3. cameraperson (D: Kirsten Johnson)The best documentary of the year is an essay film constructed from footage shot by documentary cinematographer Johnson over the decade and a half she worked on movies like The Invisible War, Citizenfour, Fahrenheit 9/11 and Trapped. Interweaving outtakes from those films with her own home videos … Don’t miss Paterson, starring Adam Driver and Golshifteh Farahani, when it’s released in early February.last_img read more


first_imgLittle Dog might be called a comedy of redemption. Its first season started with Tommy “Little Dog” Ross trying to put his life back together after walking out of a boxing match and spending the next five years drinking a lot and living in a trailer. But when he finally decides to pick himself back up, it seems like events and the people around him are trying to keep him in his place. Both the comedy and the pathos of Little Dog come from the struggle for self-respect in a world that can make us feel small. I sat down with Joel Thomas Hynes, the creator and star of the program, and asked him about the kinds of things that tend to belittle people, and what he does to fight them.What are some of the things that you think make people feel small? LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement For men, there are a lot of twisted expectations of what it is to be a man, and not living up to those expectations can be belittling. Men are expected to fight and be violent and, whatever the situation, to pull up your socks and just get on with it. You’re not supposed to feel anything or express it or hang on to the past.We deal with that in Little Dog a lot. Tommy is a boxer and a sensitive soul and he’s accomplished a lot. But there’s very little sympathy for that from his family who totally diminish and downplay his contributions to the family and some of those scenes are fairly close to home for me.Why would people close to us ever want to knock us down?I think a lot of times success can be taken as a threat. This can be true either in a family or, for example, in different arts communities. I’ve been involved in a lot of them, wherein your success is somebody else’s lack of success. And sometimes when you rise up, you try to accomplish something, it threatens people who are either not there yet or won’t get there. People like to make sure that you don’t get too big for your britches. Twittercenter_img Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Joel Thomas Hynes (Credit: CBC)last_img read more

I have an ache in my heart for my son that will

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe family members of a five year-old boy who was shot dead in an Alberta reserve while he slept say they cannot forgive Ethan Yellowbird’s killers.The family attended the court date for the three youths charged with killing Yellowbird.APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto has this story.last_img

Lawsuit Poor information about pipeline led to fatal blast

ATLANTA — A federal lawsuit accuses a pipeline company of failing to tell work crews where a major U.S. pipeline was underground before they ruptured the line, touching off a deadly explosion.The workers were trying to make repairs after the pipeline leaked gasoline in Alabama and was shut down in 2016, threatening U.S. gasoline supplies.The estate of Anthony Willingham, an Alabama worker who died in the blast, this week filed a federal lawsuit against Georgia-based Colonial Pipeline Co. and a partner company.The lawsuit says Willingham and others weren’t given adequate information about the depth and location of the pipeline before they dug into the ground to make repairs. It also says Colonial’s project inspector failed to appear at the site.Colonial didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment Friday.The Associated Press read more

Puerto Ricos morgue is overflowing with unclaimed dead bodies after a storm

first_img 39,559 Views Short URL Monday 11 Jun 2018, 10:42 PM The damage from Hurricane Maria. Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Image: SIPA USA/PA Images PUERTO RICO’S MORGUE is overflowing with unclaimed bodies, the result of budget cutbacks in the US territory since last year’s devastating Hurricane Maria.The bodies of 307 people are now being kept in the morgue and in four refrigerated containers in a nearby lot, the authorities said.“The situation in light of the high volume of pending cases, lack of space and specialized personnel requires immediate attention,” legislator Juan Oscar Morales Rodriguez said on Twitter after inspecting the morgue.The head of Puerto Rico’s office of forensic sciences Monica Menendez acknowledged that the mortuary has run out of room and that 52 unclaimed bodies have had to be stored in refrigerated containers.She confirmed that because of budget cuts her office has lacked the specialised personnel to handle the caseload since the hurricane.“We’ve never been in this kind of situation before and we don’t want to reach this point,” she said.The official death count from the hurricane is 64, even though a recent study by Harvard University and Puerto Rico’s Carlos Albizu University estimates that there were as many as 4,645 hurricane-related deaths, many of them attributable to the collapse of the electric power grid.Hurricane Maria struck the island 20 September as a devastating Category Four storm.- © AFP, 2018 http://jrnl.ie/4065825 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img Jun 11th 2018, 10:43 PM Puerto Rico’s morgue is overflowing with unclaimed dead bodies after a storm nine months ago Hurricane Maria struck the island 20 September. The damage from Hurricane Maria. Share11857 Tweet Email By AFP 10 Comments last_img read more

Zorba director dies age 89

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Cyprus born filmmaker and director Michael Cacoyannis has died age 89. He passed away in an Athens hospital of complications from a heart attack. Cacoyannis directed the classic 1964 Academy Award winning movie Zorba the Greek that starred Anthony Quinn. He also directed the broadway revival of the movie in 1983.As a director he has won mutliple awards, including Golden Globes and Cannes Film Festival awards and has worked with stars such as Katharine Hepburn, Melina Mercouri, Irene Papas and Tom Courtenay.last_img read more

Are ancient Greeks behind Chinas terracotta soldiers

first_imgIt is one of the most iconic symbols of Chinese craft and artistry: the 8,000 terracotta statues of soldiers that form the clay army that escorted China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang to his tomb. Unearthed by peasants in 1974, the life-sized human statues remained a mystery, as there was no tradition of such statues in China before the tomb was created. The first Emperor of the Qin dynasty died in 210BC; prior to that time, statues were simple figurines about 20cm in height.Archaeologists were trying for years to decipher how this shift in art was made possible and now they seem to agree on a new theory: that the Terracotta Warriors were inspired by the art of ancient Greece and that, more significantly, that ancient Greek artisans could have been training locals there in the Third Century BC.“We now have evidence that close contact existed between the First Emperor’s China and the West before the formal opening of the Silk Road”, said Senior Archaeologist Li Xiuzhen, from the Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s Mausoleum Site Museum, in an interview aired at a BBC special program. “This is far earlier than we formerly thought”. Professor Lukas Nickel from the University of Vienna supports this theory, stating that the Greek influence is clear. “I imagine that a Greek sculptor may have been at the site to train the locals,” he told the BBC, suggesting Greek statues must have arrived in Central Asia after Alexander the Great died in 323 B.C.A separate study shows European-specific mitochondrial DNA has been found at sites in China’s western-most Xinjiang Province, suggesting that Westerners may have settled, lived and died there before and during the time of the First Emperor.That is more than 1,500 years before European explorer Marco Polo arrived in China, in A.D. 1275. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Imperial Beach sexual assault suspect in custody

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Imperial Beach sexual assault suspect in custody Posted: September 12, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A suspect wanted for breaking into an apartment in Imperial Beach and allegedly sexually assaulting a woman while she slept was in custody Thursday evening.Alfred Ruiz-Sandoval, 24, is accused of sneaking in through a window to fondle a woman in her home early the morning of Sept. 3 in the 1300 block of Hemlock Avenue, near Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge, according to Lt. Chad Boudreau of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.The victim called 911 about 5 a.m. to report the invasion and sexual battery and told investigators the suspect ran from her home when she awoke. Officials believe the perpetrator got into the home by removing a screen from her open bedroom window.Currently, Ruiz-Sandoval is in federal custody on unrelated charges, and sheriff’s detectives have obtained a separate arrest warrant, Boudreau said. KUSI Newsroom September 12, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Northwest Pipe again fails to comply with Nasdaq rules

first_imgNorthwest Pipe Co. again faces being removed from the Nasdaq stock exchange if it doesn’t produce an updated plan to comply with exchange listing rules, the company said Thursday.In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Vancouver-based manufacturer of steel pipe said it received a letter from Nasdaq officials saying the company is no longer in compliance with listing rules because it failed to file its 2011 annual financial report in a timely manner.That’s on top of the company’s failure to file its third-quarter financial report for 2011. For that infraction, the company said it received a letter from Nasdaq saying it needed to submit a plan to comply with the exchange’s listing rules.The company said it submitted a plan to Nasdaq on Jan. 17, and that Nasdaq subsequently gave the company until April 16 to file the late third-quarter financial data.The company said Thursday Nasdaq is now requiring it to update its plan to regain compliance no later than April 2. Any additional time Nasdaq grants the company to achieve compliance will be limited to a maximum of 180 days from its initial failure to file last year’s third-quarter report — or until May 14, the company said in its SEC filing.last_img read more

Kiwanis Club Marlins Foundation distribute school supplies

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Two South Florida foundations hosted a back to school giveaway.The Kiwanis Club of Little Havana and the Marlins Foundation come together for the distribution.The week-long event ended Monday at Lenora B. Smith Elementary and provided new school supplies to hundreds of kids.“The students come, and the students receive school supplies,” said school principal Shawntai Dalton. “They receive a book bag, and it’s a great welcome to us and a great asset to our school.”The president of Kiwanis Club of Little Havana, Jerry Fernandez understands how important the supplies are for the students. “These are kids, all these kids from these areas have difficulties,” he said. “Their parents make ends meet. It’s something that we can help them out with, make their old school supplies go away. They get great school supplies to start the new year fresh with good supplies.”This annual program aims to excite and prepare students for the new school year.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Steve Morris

first_imgOne of the few publishers to buck the trend and launch print this year—48-page Optometry Times in March of 2009—EVP Steve Morris is quick to downplay the role of print.“The reality is that we aren’t really excited about opening more print publications in this environment. Our strategy has clearly moved to digital with the launch of [online hub] modernmedicine.com.” The decision to launch was mostly due to its anticipated profitable gains “in print alone” and an “acceleration of event and online investments from our clients.”Morris and his team have done what so many have not in the current climate; taken a step back and listened to the market demands of its niche audience. After joining Advanstar in 2004 as a vice president of market development, he successfully reorganized this group into a more customer-focused and efficient sales organization, which led to expanded growth opportunities and increased revenue before moving to his current group in 2005.In the ophthalmology market, Advanstar sees 50 percent of its revenue from print and 50 percent from digital and events. Due to the similarity of its eye markets, Optometry Times called on the readership of Ophthalmology Times for a 33,000-controlled circ magazine. Since joining the company in 2004, Morris’ team has spearheaded major initiatives including the launch of modernmedicine.com, a portal and source for physicians, as well as provide a central content structure.An $8 million-plus franchise in 2008, Morris recognizes the importance of appealing to this total “eye” category through its preferred medium. “It was easy to make the decision to tap into optometry in print, the same as we are doing in events and digital. The optometry market is 33 percent larger in print than ophthalmology,” he says. “We are looking to grow that [$8 million] total over 15 percent this year in the face of a challenging market with this launch as a critical element of differentiation.”VITAL STATS: Advanstar is looking to grow its $8 million eye franchise over 15 percent in 2009.last_img read more

Mueller report update What the special counsel said and how to read

first_imgIt’s been over a month since special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election became available to the public, with a fair number of redactions. But today marks the first time Mueller spoke out on the report in a 10-minute public statement to explain why he won’t further testify to Congress on the report’s contents.”The report is my testimony,” said Mueller, a former FBI director. “I would not provide information beyond that which is already public in any appearance before Congress.”Mueller also announced his resignation from the Department of Justice and said the special counsel’s office is closing now that its investigative work is done.The 448-page report, available as a PDF for download from the Justice Department’s website, is the culmination of a high-profile, nearly two-year investigation that captured the attention of Americans and interested onlookers abroad. Beyond posing questions about the relationship between Russia and President Donald Trump’s campaign and whether they worked together to secure his victory, it also shined a light on how the US election system was vulnerable to manipulation from outside forces. The investigation came to an end on March 22 when special counsel Mueller delivered his report to US Attorney General William Barr.The bottom line: There’s no question Russia interfered with the 2016 presidential election and that its attacks on the US “deserves the attention of every American,” Mueller said Wednesday.Two days after receiving the report in late March, Barr sent a four-page summary to Congress with his conclusion the Trump campaign didn’t conspire with Russia on the interference and that Trump didn’t obstruct justice. On April 18, the Justice Department livestreamed a press conference — about an hour before the release of the redacted report — in which Barr stated that no conspiracy was found between the Russians trying to undermine the election and any Americans, including members of the Trump campaign.  But Barr’s summary and press conference has set off its own controversy, with Democrats and other critics of saying Barr misrepresented the findings and left the public confused.  More on the Mueller report Justice Department indicts 12 Russian cyberspies suspected… Now playing: Watch this: In the past two months, lawmakers have weighed in, with Democrats saying Barr showed bias toward Trump and Republicans saying the public release of the redacted report was a positive thing. Critics note details in the report paint Trump in a negative light. Although Mueller’s investigation didn’t establish conspiracy on the part of the president, it made no definitive determination on obstruction of justice. Barr’s March 24 letter quotes the Mueller report as saying that “while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him” on the matter of obstruction. Barr has opted not pursue an investigation into the questions surrounding obstruction.The law doesn’t require the DOJ to release a report on a special counsel investigation. But the president indicated on March 20 he wanted the report released and said, “Let people see it.” Politicians from both major parties continue to insist that the full report, with a minimum of redactions, be released.What we know about the redactionsAt his April 18 press conference about the release of the Mueller report, Barr said there are “limited redactions” in the version of the report released to Congress and the public and that they are “clearly labeled.” He went on to explain that there are four categories of redactions in the report:Grand jury materialInformation that would disclose sensitive sourcesInformation that would impair other casesInformation that would implicate the privacy or reputation of third partiesHe also said that no redactions or recommendations for redactions were made by people outside the Justice Department and no redactions were made based on the president’s executive privilege. Top Democrats in Congress have called for the release of the Mueller report in its entirety. In a joint statement on March 24, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer said Barr isn’t a neutral observer and that his letter “raises as many questions as it answers.”On May 1, Barr appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee to answer questions about the Mueller report, and he defended his March 24 summary and his overall assessment of the investigation. The day before the hearing, it was revealed that Mueller had written a letter to Barr saying, in part, that the attorney general’s summary “did not fully capture the context, nature and substance of this Office’s work and conclusions.”In the meantime, what Mueller found during his 675-day investigation could lead to a widening of the partisan divide in the US, with Trump supporters likely to view the final results of the Mueller probe as exonerating the president, while his detractors see the report’s contents and existing indictments as ample proof of wrongdoing.How to read the Mueller Report for freeYou can access Mueller’s report at the Department of Justice website. Since it’s in PDF format, you can download the file to your device for offline viewing or transfer it to another device like a phone, tablet or e-reader.You can also read the 448-page report directly here: Meanwhile, six Trump associates have been accused of crimes that include financial malfeasance and lying to investigators, and five of them have already been convicted or pleaded guilty. The most prominent are Paul Manafort, former chairman of the Trump 2016 campaign; Michael Cohen, a former Trump lawyer; and Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser. Mueller also has indicted longtime Trump political adviser Roger Stone over his alleged ties to WikiLeaks during the 2016 campaign. Why Trump is unlikely to be impeached With Trump himself unlikely to be indicted or subpoenaed and the Senate controlled by Republications, making it unlikely they would uphold a vote to impeach, impeachment had been deemed unlikely. Even before Barr’s summary to Congress, that option became even more unlikely when Pelosi stated in early March that she doesn’t support impeachment, saying that unless there’s overwhelming evidence, impeachment would become too partisan and divisive to make it worth dominating the agenda of Congress. But after Mueller’s May 29 press briefing, more than three dozen Democrats — and one Republican — have called for impeachment proceedings in the House of Representatives to begin.  Congressional investigations will continue Even without an impeachment effort, we will see more investigations. The House Intelligence Committee announced in February it was widening its probe into Russian interference in the 2016 US election. As CBS News reported, the committee’s chairman, Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, pointed out that a new addition to the five lines of inquiry would be “[w]hether any foreign actor has sought to compromise or holds leverage, financial or otherwise, over Donald Trump, his family, his business, or his associates.” Separately, the House Judiciary Committee has launched an investigation into whether Trump obstructed justice by firing former FBI Director James Comey.Schiff has also pushed for Mueller to appear before the House Intelligence Committee to testify about the investigation: What’s the backstory here?Mueller’s investigation has led to indictments of six of Trump’s advisers, along with 26 Russian nationals, including some on charges of hacking. Indictments against 12 of the Russians were tied to malware that infected the servers of the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 election campaign. The compromised servers enabled the theft of thousands of emails that were subsequently published by WikiLeaks. No new indictments were expected, according to CBS News. And long-running Justice Department policy means that it’s unlikely a sitting president would be indicted. In fact, Mueller specifically cited the department’s policy as the reason his office couldn’t even consider charging Trump with a crime.  The president wasted no time responding to Barr’s initial summary on March 24, tweeting: “No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION.” He has repeated that statement multiple times since then, though Mueller’s remarks on May 29 call into question the president’s summation of the report since Mueller’s team opted not to exonerate the president on possible obstruction charges. Said Mueller, “If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so.”  In response, Trump criticized Mueller this week as a “never Trumper.” Originally published March 24. Updates, March 27: Adds Amazon listings; March 29: Adds information on when the report will go to Congress; April 9: Adds Barr’s statement on when he’ll send the report to Congress; April 15: Adds that DOJ will release the report on April 18; April 17: Adds information on the Attorney General’s press conference; April 18: Adds official link to the report and information about the redactions. April 19: Adds background information. May 1: Adds reference to Barr’s appearance at a Senate hearing. May 28: Adds news of Robert Mueller’s first public statement about the report. May 30: Adds additional comments from Mueller’s public statement and details around new calls for impeachment proceedings. Now playing: Watch this: No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION. KEEP AMERICA GREAT!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 24, 2019center_img AG Barr: Trump campaign did not work with Russia in election… 1:45 1:59 The House Intelligence Committee has formally invited Special Counsel Mueller to testify on the counterintelligence investigation.After a two year investigation, the public deserves the facts, not Attorney General Barr’s political spin. pic.twitter.com/PWIXvl7MLv— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) April 18, 2019 Tags The facts on the Trump-Russia case How to read the Mueller report for free AG says no evidence of Trump collusion in report Findings will be delivered to Congress on CD, says report Memes all about being redacted for your amusement Security Why the Mueller report was released to the public In addition to the president, other top Democratic and Republican lawmakers have said they want the full report released. They include Pelosi, the Democratic leader of the House of Representatives, and Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida.The Justice Department worked with Mueller’s team to redact certain information from the public version of the report. During his Senate confirmation hearings in January, Barr told senators he wanted to release as much of the report as possible, “consistent with the law,” as reported by CBS News. Barr said he would be clear about the redactions, according to The New York Times. Who’s been indicted so far As detailed by The New York Times, 32 people have been charged with crimes by Mueller, including 26 Russian nationals who are unlikely to stand trial. Those indictments include charges against 12 Russian hackers alleged to have been behind cyberattacks in 2016 against the Democratic National Committee and against 13 Russians for spreading disinformation on social media, as well as the propaganda efforts’ chief accountant. last_img read more

Top Gun Maverick trailer shows Tom Cruise still feels need for speed

first_img Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). $299 at Amazon Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Tags $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Turo Tags $999 Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $999 Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. 0 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $999 Sarah Tew/CNET Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) 2:12 $210 at Best Buy Comments Share your voice Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Comic-Con Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Read Google Home Hub review The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See It Angela Lang/CNET Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Sarah Tew/CNET TV and Movies,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Post a comment Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $155 at Google Express Read the AirPods review Paramount Pictures dropped a trailer for Top Gun: Maverick at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday. The film is a sequel to the 1986 smash Top Gun, starring Tom Cruise as a crack fighter pilot with a need for speed. Tom Cruise is back in Top Gun: Maverick. Paramount Pictures In the trailer, a Cruise weathered by more than three decades of service, is confronted by the fact that he can’t get a promotion and refuses to retire. “You should be at least a two-star admiral by now. Yet here you are, captain,” a uniformed and authoritative-looking Ed Harris tells him. “Why is that?”We see a series of shots of Cruise flying through terrain from snowy mountains to barren land to open water as dramatic music plays. Apparently he still likes the danger zone. Top Gun: Maverick is slated for a summer 2020 release and also stars Val Kilmer, Danny Ramirez, Jennifer Connelly and Jon Hamm. Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski is directing the sequel.  Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Apple iPhone XS What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Chris Monroe/CNET $6 at Tidal JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. See at Amazon Sprint $59 at eBay Best Buy Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $999 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Share your voice $60 at Best Buy Amazon See at Turo $520 at HP Boost Mobile See It Top Gun: Maverick trailer debuts at Comic-Con 2019 Rylo Sarah Tew/CNET Read DJI Osmo Action preview See it See It Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Now playing: Watch this: Read the Rylo camera preview The Cheapskate Sarah Tew/CNET 7last_img read more

Watch the 2020 Chevy Corvettes trick GPS frontlift tech in action

first_img Sports Cars Coupes Hatchbacks Auto Tech Chevrolet This sounds like simple, smart bundling of two existing technologies — GPS and nose lift — to ultimately create a much more user-friendly product. Improbably enough, it’s safe to say this front lift tech is yet another reason why we’re incredibly eager to drive this new mid-engined C8 Corvette. We just hope the feature isn’t terribly expensive, or annoyingly bundled into expensive option packages on higher trims. 2020 Chevrolet Corvette blends the new and the familiar Will it scrape? Not by the high-tech hairs of its chinny chin chin. Chevrolet Of all the high-performance features on supercars and sports cars, nose-lift mechanisms are among our very favorite, and the new 2020 Chevrolet Corvette is promising a game-changing one. Admittedly, that may sound like a strange thing to get excited about in a high-powered sports car. However, this traditionally simple technology, which temporarily raises the front end of low-riding vehicles to clear objects like speed bumps and driveway aprons, can be a lifesaver (or at least the savior of front splitters, oil pans and embarrassing scraping noises). Simply put, a nose-lift feature makes living with a low-slung sports car like this sub-$60,000 Corvette much easier on a daily basis.In the mid-engined 2020 C8 Corvette Stingray’s case, the hydraulic front-lift feature is activated by pushing a switch on the center console adjacent to the gearshift buttons.So what makes the new C8 Corvette’s nose lift so different? In a word, GPS. The Corvette’s optional new front-lift mechanism, which raises the pointy end of the Vette by 1.6 inches in under 3 seconds, can be programmed to remember the GPS locations of up to 1,000 different obstacles, so it can automatically stand the chassis up on its tip-toes when approaching them. screen-shot-2019-07-19-at-10-03-51-amThe C8 will offer a hydraulics-based front-end suspension lift. Chevrolet Once an obstacle is programmed in, all you as the driver have to do is slow down as you approach them — the system works at speeds of up to 24 mph. That means if you live in a subdivision that’s littered with speed bumps or your driveway is a ski slope (like mine!), this Corvette has you covered. Of course, the nose lift feature can still be manually raised and lowered whether you max out those 1,000 GPS locations or not, but assuming this feature works well, the convenience factor could be off the charts. Check out this tech in action in the General Motors’ video below (that voiceover sounds suspiciously like Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter, by the way). 55 Photos Tags 2020 Chevy Corvette Stingray: C8 means mid-engined reinvention 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette: 11 key facts about the mid-engine Stingray 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Stingray vs. C7, Ford GT and Porsche 911 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette may get hybrid or electric variants, report says 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S: The complete package 2020 BMW 330e first drive: A plug-in 3 Series without compromise Share your voice 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: First hybrid minivan wins on fuel economy Chevrolet READ MORE ABOUT THE MID-ENGINE 2020 CHEVY CORVETTE 0 Post a comment More From Roadshowlast_img read more

Dozens of new variable stars found in a dense globular cluster

first_imgMessier 54 as imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope. Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA Citation: Dozens of new variable stars found in a dense globular cluster (2016, June 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-06-dozens-variable-stars-dense-globular.html Astronomers discover two new stars in a distant open cluster Journal information: arXiv More information: Many new variable stars discovered in the core of the globular cluster NGC 6715 (M54) with EMCCD observations arXiv:1605.06141 [astro-ph.SR] arxiv.org/abs/1605.06141AbstractWe show the benefits of using Electron-Multiplying CCDs and the shift-and-add technique as a tool to minimise the effects of the atmospheric turbulence such as blending between stars in crowded fields and to avoid saturated stars in the fields observed. We intend to complete, or improve, the census of the variable star population in globular cluster NGC~6715. Our aim is to obtain high-precision time-series photometry of the very crowded central region of this stellar system via the collection of better angular resolution images than has been previously achieved with conventional CCDs on ground-based telescopes. Observations were carried out using the Danish 1.54-m Telescope at the ESO La Silla observatory in Chile. The telescope is equipped with an Electron-Multiplying CCD that allowed to obtain short-exposure-time images (ten images per second) that were stacked using the shift-and-add technique to produce the normal-exposure-time images (minutes). The high precision photometry was performed via difference image analysis employing the DanDIA pipeline. We attempted automatic detection of variable stars in the field. We statistically analysed the light curves of 1405 stars in the crowded central region of NGC~6715 to automatically identify the variable stars present in this cluster. We found light curves for 17 previously known variable stars near the edges of our reference image (16 RR Lyrae and 1 semi-regular) and we discovered 67 new variables (30 RR Lyrae, 21 long-period irregular, 3 semi-regular, 1 W Virginis, 1 eclipsing binary, and 11 unclassified). Photometric measurements for these stars are available in electronic form through the Strasbourg Astronomical Data Centre. (Phys.org)—Located some 87,000 light years away, a dense globular cluster named Messier 54 (also known as NGC 6715) is a real gold mine for astronomers. Recently, an international team has discovered dozens of new variable stars in this cluster, improving the stellar census of Messier 54. The findings were presented in a paper published online on May 23 on the arXiv pre-print server.center_img The team, led by Roberto Figuera Jaimes of the European Southern Observatory (ESO), made use of the Danish 1.54 meter Telescope at ESO’s La Silla observatory in Chile in order to obtain high-precision photometry of the very crowded central region of Messier 54. They have analyzed the light curves of 1,405 stars in this stellar system. Their observations were highly successful, resulting in the discovery 67 new variable stars.”A total of 1,405 stars in the field covered by the reference image were statistically studied for variable star detection. (…) We discovered 67 new variable stars, which consist of 30 RR Lyrae, 21 long-period irregular, three semi-regular, one W Virginis, one eclipsing binary, and 11 unclassified stars,” the researchers wrote in the paper.RR Lyrae variables are pulsating horizontal branch stars of spectral class A or F, with a mass of around 0.5 solar masses. They are used as standard candles to measure extragalactic distances. Among the group of 30 newly detected stars of this class, the team was able to discern that 17 of them are pulsating in the fundamental mode, eight are pulsating in the first overtone, one is a double-mode pulsator and four remain with an uncertain subtype. The periods of the newly found stars in the RR Lyrae group range from 0.28 to 0.76 days with amplitudes between 0.06 and 1.69 mag.However, according to Jaimes and his colleagues, the most intriguing addition to the stellar catalog of Messier 54 is the W Virginis variable. The scientists noted that this star’s variation does not follow the pattern found for the other variable stars studied and classified in their work. They found a very well phased light curve with a period of about 14.8 days and an amplitude of 0.71 mag.”This is the only bright variable star on the blue side of the color-magnitude diagram far away from the red giant branch,” the paper reads.The scientists revealed that the amplitudes of 21 long-period irregular variables range from 0.05 to 0.46 mag, however they found no clear periods for these stars. According to the research, the amplitudes of the three semi-regular stars range from 0.04 to 0.45 mag and their periods span between 20 and 150 days. The eclipsing binary’s period was found to be approximately 0.2 days, while the amplitude of the deeper eclipse is of the order of 0.8 mag and the amplitude of the secondary eclipse equals 0.5 mag.The researchers concluded that their findings, especially regarding detecting new RR Lyrae variables, confirm that Messier 54 is of intermediate Oosterhoff type. The so-called ‘Oosterhoff groups’ are two populations of globular clusters, nearly as old as the universe itself, that have weak lines of metallic elements, though they differ in their metal abundances. 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. © 2016 Phys.org Explore furtherlast_img read more