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Today, the Nobel Prize committee announced that three scientist from the U.S. have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. The recipients were Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel. Karplus is a professor at the Universite ...
Today, the Nobel Prize committee announced that three scientist from the U.S. have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. The recipients were Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel. Karplus is a professor at the Universite de Strasbourg in France, and Harvard University. Levitt is a professor in cancer research at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Warshel is a distinguished professor at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. The three researchers have pioneered innovation in chemistry through the technological feats of cyberspace. More specifically, they were awarded the prize for their work in the creation of computer models that displayed complicated chemical processes. The processes that they have been able to simulate would otherwise go unseen due to the speed at which chemical reactions occur. A press release from the Nobel Foundation stated, “The work of Karplus, Levitt and Warshel is groundbreaking in that they managed to make Newton’s classical physics work side-by-side with the fundamentally different quantum physics. Previously chemists had to choose to use either or.” In the release, the foundation also said, “Previously, classical physics and quantum chemistry belonged to rivaling worlds. The Nobel Laureates in Chemistry 2013 have opened a gate between those worlds and have brought about a flourishing collaboration.” The three scientists began their work in the 1970s and have since made great gains which led to their awarding of this top honor. Since creating the computer models that made it possible to view these chemical processes, their work has been used in many academic institutions and laboratories to further studies. Their computer models have also made it possible to predict and understand how chemical reactions occur with an extremely high degree of accuracy. Their research in this field has also led to the design of new drugs. According to the New York Times, the scientists were all born abroad but have since become naturalized American citizens. “Dr. Karplus, born in Austria, is also an Austrian citizen. Dr. Levitt, who was born in South Africa, also holds British and Israeli citizenships; and Dr. Warshel, born in Israel, is also an Israeli citizen.” Not only does this award come with the infinite recognition of their contributions to science, it also highlights their contributions to mankind. Karplus, Levitt and Warshel will also receive a monetary reward of SEK 8 million (1.2 million U.S. dollars) shared between the three of them. Images courtesy of Nobel Media AB and Wikimedia Commons.
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In the latest Google Webmaster Help video, Matt Cutts responds to a question about geo-location: Using geo-detection techniques is against Google, I am offering the useful information (price, USPs) to the users based on the geo-location...
In the latest Google Webmaster Help video, Matt Cutts responds to a question about geo-location: Using geo-detection techniques is against Google, I am offering the useful information (price, USPs) to the users based on the geo-location. Will Google consider this as spam? i.e. showing X content to search engines and Y content to users. “Geo-location is not spam,” he says. “As long as you’re showing, ‘Oh, someone’s coming from a French IP address, let’s redirect them to the French version of my page or the French domain for my business,’ that’s totally fine. Someone comes in from a German IP address, I’ll redirect them over to the German version of my page – that’s totally fine. The thing that I would do is make sure that you don’t treat search engines any differently than a regular user. So if Googlebot comes in, you check the IP address, imagine that we’re coming from the United States, just redirect Googlebot to the United States version of your page or the .com, – whatever it is that you would serve to regular United States users. So geo-location is not spam. Google does it.” “Whenever users come in, we send them to what we think is the most appropriate page based on a lot of different signals, but usually the IP address of the actual user,” he adds. The last part of the question (the X content to search engines and Y content to users part), he says, is cloaking, and is something he would be “very careful about.” The point is, just treat Googlebot like every other user, and you should be fine.
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The state of California announced Tuesday that 28,699 residents completed the eligibility determination process via its online insurance exchange, Covered California. “We’ve started strong,” exchange director Peter Lee said of the ...
The state of California announced Tuesday that 28,699 residents completed the eligibility determination process via its online insurance exchange, Covered California. “We’ve started strong,” exchange director Peter Lee said of the first week’s numbers in a press release. “With almost three months to enroll for coverage effective Jan. 1, the fact that thousands of Californians and hundreds of our small businesses are stepping forward in our first week is a testament to the need for the Affordable Care Act.” Covered California also received 987,440 unique visitors during the first week of the enrollment period. “Looking back at this one week, the response has been nothing short of phenomenal,” Lee said. “We anticipated we’d have very low enrollment in the first week.” Lee estimated that between 500,000 and 700,000 Californians would purchase health insurance policies with the help of a federal tax subsidy by the enrollment period ends on March 31. In total, about 5.3 million state residents will have access to the marketplace’s policies by next year, with about half that number eligible for financial assistance. Plus, approximately 1.4 million people will be newly eligible for Medicaid. Covered California’s numbers exceeded expectations and proved that the concept of online exchanges can be a success at a technical level. With the glitches that marred the opening week of the cornerstone provision of the Affordable Care Act, California’s example is an important success to record, even if it says little about the long-term viability of the individual mandate. Through that mandate, every American who can afford to buy health care insurance is required to do so or pay a penalty of $95 or 1 percent of income — whichever amount is greater. But 44 million Americans are expected to remain uninsured next year, according to the Congressional Budget Office, and those who hold out longer are more likely to be the individuals needed to ensure the success of the individual mandate: the young, healthy, and cheap to insure. To function as intended, the marketplaces need a broad, healthy risk pool to keep staggering rate increases from occurring. The premiums of healthy, cheap-to-insure people cover the big bills for the relatively small number of sick people. So if the exchanges don’t enroll enough young, healthy people, insurers will have to raise everyone’s premiums. What Covered California’s numbers do not show is how many policies have been purchased and who has enrolled thus far. Before October 1, the day the exchanges opened, health policy experts predicted that the first to enroll would likely be those with pre-existing conditions, people who tend to use their benefits more often. Being that California is the most populous state in the country — with more uninsured individuals than any other state, amounting to 7 million, or 15 percent, of the United States’s total — the long-term success of its exchange will be a vital indication of the viability of health care reform as a whole. But due to the fact that California has so many uninsured residents and a quarter of its population lives below the poverty line, the fact that enrollment numbers show higher-than-expected demand may just be a sign that those who would most benefit from the reform are already taking advantage of the new marketplaces, which fits into the framework set out by health policy experts: The majority of early enrollees to the exchanges will likely be proportionally older and sicker, as well as more likely to have been without insurance for some time. Still, the small number of glitches is a good sign. The Healthcare.gov Web portal, which links customers to the online marketplaces for the 36 states with federally facilitated exchanges, was riddled with glitches since the first day enrollment was open. The hours of waiting, backlog of potential enrollees, problems calculating subsidies, and numerous error messages that characterized
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Regis Corporation (RGS) recently delivered its fourth straight earnings miss, driven by a -3.1% decline in same-store service sales and falling profit margins.Analysts revised their estimates significantly lower for Regis after the lates...
Regis Corporation (RGS) recently delivered its fourth straight earnings miss, driven by a -3.1% decline in same-store service sales and falling profit margins.Analysts revised their estimates significantly lower for Regis after the latest miss, sending the stock to a Zacks Rank No. 5 (Strong Sell). Despite the negative earnings momentum, the valuation picture does not look attractive for Regis at this point. Investors should consider avoiding this stock until it can turn things around.Regis Corporation is focused primarily on hair salons. It owns, franchises or holds ownership interests in approximately 10,000 locations across the globe under the brands Supercuts, Sassoon Salon, Regis Salons, MasterCuts and Cost Cutters, among others. Fourth-Quarter Results Regis Corporation reported disappointing results for the fourth quarter of its fiscal 2013 on August 27. Sales fell -5% to $502.3 million, which was below the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $514.0 million. This was
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When ABC news asked Valerie Harper why she wanted to do the physically challenging reality show “Dancing With the Stars” after her terminal brain cancer diagnosis, the TV star, responded, “Don’t die until you̵...
When ABC news asked Valerie Harper why she wanted to do the physically challenging reality show “Dancing With the Stars” after her terminal brain cancer diagnosis, the TV star, responded, “Don’t die until you’re dead!” Here’s a look at her most recent performance: We bid farewell to the courageous Harper, who was voted off of the reality show after a less than stellar try at a Viennese Waltz. The 74-year-old was the third contestant to be eliminated from the show, but Harper, has no regrets. She told “The Dancing With the Stars” audience after her elimination, “It has been absolutely wonderful. Completely unique, nothing else like in the world that you would ever do. And it was an opportunity for me to carry a message to folks, not just with cancer, but with whatever challenge. Carry on, carry on.” Harper is no stranger to dancing. She began her career as a dancer at Radio City Music Hall. She also danced as a chorus girl on Broadway. The stage and screen star transitioned into acting and cut her comedic teeth with the famous Second City Comedy Troupe in Chicago. She got her big career break in 1970 when she was cast as Rhoda Morgenstern on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” Harper went on to win four Emmy Awards playing opposite Moore’s girl-next-store type. Rhoda was Moore’s best friend and tell-it-like-it-is sidekick. The character became so iconic that Harper was given her own spinoff, simply titled, “Rhoda.” Harper was initially told by doctors that she had just three to six months to live following her diagnosis of Leptomeningeal Carcinomatosis, a rare cancer that affects the brain and spinal cord. But the survivor is eight months out and Harper has stated that the cancer may be close to remission. The Twitter World showed Harper some love after her elimination: @CherylBurke @Life_and_Style @ValerieHarper @snooki @ElizBerkley Classy,courageous and just a all around sweet soul ??? — Kathy Smith (@kraftykatrockin) October 9, 2013 @CherylBurke @Life_and_Style @ValerieHarper Watched Valerie years ago and she always made me smile and laugh on her shows! Love her! — Lori Gordon (@asdipfla) October 9, 2013 #DWTS @ValerieHarper You r an example of what life should be/courageous, loving. So sad 2 c u go. Been a joy 2 have u on @DancingABC. — Linda Dano (@LindaDano) October 8, 2013 Image via Facebook
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Google announced today that it is adding directions for multiple destinations to the new Google Maps preview, which has been available for the past three months. The feature is rolling out today. Apparently this has been one of the most...
Google announced today that it is adding directions for multiple destinations to the new Google Maps preview, which has been available for the past three months. The feature is rolling out today. Apparently this has been one of the most requested features since Google launched the preview, when the previously available feature went away. “Whether you’re running weekend errands or planning a cross-country tour, you can plot multiple destinations for your trip with ease – now available for driving, walking and biking directions,” says product manager Florian Goerisch. “Once you’ve chosen a starting point, click ‘+’ and add stops to your route by typing in the search box or clicking on the map.” Google is also adding the ability to see flight, hotel and restaurant reservations to Google Maps, as well as upcoming events. “Similar to Google Search, find your flight, hotel, and restaurant reservations faster right in Maps,” says Goerisch. “Just search for your departing airport or dining destination, and we’ll instantly show your upcoming plans. Having all your stuff in one place makes it easier to manage your appointment details and plan your commute. This info is available when you’re signed into Google, and only you can see it.” This is available on Android and iPhone, and is currently rolling out. And now when you search for venues in Google Maps, you’ll see lists of upcoming events, like so: This is currently live. Images: Google
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Brands like Dessy, Urban Outfitters, Rebecca Minkoff, and Under Armour have been creating a buzz by using real people's social pics on their marketing sites. By using platforms like Fanreel, from Curalate and Olapic, …
Brands like Dessy, Urban Outfitters, Rebecca Minkoff, and Under Armour have been creating a buzz by using real people's social pics on their marketing sites. By using platforms like Fanreel, from Curalate and Olapic, …
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For investors looking for a growing small-cap company that has attractive valuations and is focused on creating shareholder value, Trinidad Drilling LTD (TDGCF.PK) is a growth oriented, dividend paying oil and gas service company based o...
For investors looking for a growing small-cap company that has attractive valuations and is focused on creating shareholder value, Trinidad Drilling LTD (TDGCF.PK) is a growth oriented, dividend paying oil and gas service company based out of Calgary, Alberta worth consideration.Trinidad Drilling LTD provides modern, reliable, expertly designed oil and gas drilling equipment operated by well-trained personnel. The company's drilling fleet is one of the most adaptable, technologically advanced and competitive in the industry.Over the past couple of years, the Oil and Gas equipment service industry has evolved rapidly. With the introduction of new fracking techniques, horizontal drilling, increased safety regulations and domestic demands showing no signs of slowing down, energy service companies with the financial leverage to make quick adaptations and possess technologically advanced deep drilling rigs that are cost efficient with improved safety features are the companies that will do well in this
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What Megaphone? Tell Us How High Will We Go! Yesterday Art Cashin remarked that (we are paraphrasing): "Everybody is asking me how big a rebound we'll get once the budget impasse is over."Nothing illustrates the current stock market psyc...
What Megaphone? Tell Us How High Will We Go! Yesterday Art Cashin remarked that (we are paraphrasing): "Everybody is asking me how big a rebound we'll get once the budget impasse is over."Nothing illustrates the current stock market psychology better. People are not at all afraid of a big decline because the budget talks may continue to falter - all they are interested in is 'how high will we jump once the rally resumes,' as though a resumption of the rally were a birthright.The reality is though that from a long-term perspective, the market continues to be in a very precarious position. Our friend B.A. has mailed us an updated chart of the SPX megaphone formation we have previously discussed in these pages. We have added an alternative interpretation of the wave count in black brackets to the proposed A-B-C-D(?)-E(?) wave count shown in the chart
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Back in May, NASA announced that it was working with Systems & Materials Research on a 3D printer that could make food. The idea was that astronauts on long trips could print their food instead of having to eat from a tube. The init...
Back in May, NASA announced that it was working with Systems & Materials Research on a 3D printer that could make food. The idea was that astronauts on long trips could print their food instead of having to eat from a tube. The initial goal was to have the 3D printer make a pizza, and now we know it has achieved that goal. KXAN, a local NBC affiliate in Austin, Texas, made a trip to the local SXSW Eco conference to see the future of sustainability. What they found was Systems & Materials Research showing off their 3D food printer that makes little pizzas using nothing but powdered ingredients and water. So, wait, how does this all work? The news report doesn’t go into detail, but previous reports from the makers have shown us that it combines water and oil with the powdered ingredients before sending what could be classified as “food goop” onto a heated tray. The tray then heats the dough, sauce and cheese substances to create a miniature cheese pizza. As the report notes, Systems & Materials Research have yet to receive FDA clearance for their 3D printed pizzas. Until then, it can’t serve the food to the general public. When it does, however, expect the first review to not be very flattering. [h/t: 3ders] [Image: kxan/YouTube]
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