Yesterday a thread on Reddit released details of the new Hero 4 and now the PetaPixel Blog has confirmed virtually everything. From what we’re hearing, the new camera could be announced as early as Sept 30 or Oct 8th, with availability starting Oct 15.The new Hero 4 is said to be capable of shooting 4k at 30 FPS, 2.7k at 60 FPS, 12 MP pictures, have Bluetooth & GPS capabilities, and image stabilization of some sort. It’s also said to have a built in touchscreen.Head to PetaPixel for the full story.
Bonk Breaker, which was recently named the official energy bar for all US Ironman events, has created an energy bar ‘bursting with gooey fig’. Bonk Breaker Fig is designed to help athletes go the distance and fuel anyone in search of a nourishing treat made from all-natural ingredients free from dairy, gluten and soy.Fig is the ninth flavour introduced by Bonk Breaker, which was named ‘Best Nutrition Product’ of 2011 by Road Bike Action magazine. Rich in fibre, figs are naturally fat-free, sodium-free and cholesterol-free. Adding power to Bonk Breaker Fig is chia seed, a ‘superfood’ regarded as one of the richest sources of Omega-3 fatty acids as well as an excellent source of calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, niacin, fibre and antioxidants.“Every Bonk Breaker flavour that we introduce has to be something special and unique,” explained Bonk Breaker founder Jason Winn. “For Bonk Breaker Fig, we’ve incorporated the flavour we all love into a great tasting gluten-free, dairy-free energy bar. Because of the incredible response we received when we launched the Bonk Breaker Apple Pie energy bar last fall, we’ve once again added super food chia seed to our ingredients for Bonk Breaker Fig.”“Fig has been a classic in the endurance sports world for as long as we can remember and even evokes childhood memories,” added Bonk Breaker co-owner Chris Frank. “With that as our inspiration, we spent the last nine months developing Bonk Breaker Fig. It’s a flavour we’ve all been eating since we were kids, and we think we’ve created the perfect balance between great taste and nutrition.”New Team Bonk Breaker sponsorshipsBonk Breaker sponsors professional and amateur athletes, and teams throughout the sporting world. The athletes use Bonk Breaker bars in competition and while training, and provide feedback that helps with new product creation and innovation.Joining the Team Bonk Breaker sponsorship roster are professional triathletes Mac Brown and Lesley Paterson. A four-time USA Triathlon All-American and a two-time Inside Triathlon All-American, Brown finished a career best third at Ironman Wisconsin last year. Competing all over the globe on the British and national Scottish triathlon teams since the age of 14, Paterson left the roads in search of fresh challenges by competing in XTERRA off-road triathlon. She won five races last year on and off the road, but none larger than her victory at the XTERRA World Championships.Paterson said, “Bonk Breaker is the premiere energy bar on the market without a shadow of a doubt. Who would have thought that a totally natural, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free bar could taste so good?”“We’re excited about adding Mac and Lesley to Team Bonk Breaker,” added company co-owner Chris Frank. “They are long-time Bonk Breaker fans and advocates, and both are sensational competitors and wonderful people.”www.bonkbreaker.com Related
Minnesota only boasted one title winner on last year’s squad, but for senior Tyler Schmidt all it takes is one person to have a strong performance to give the Gophers a chance.“If you were talking to us before the last day of the meet last year, we had a very slim chance of winning, but it’s one of those things where it’s contagious,” Schmidt said. “Once one person starts swimming well then everybody gets pumped up.”Last year it was Woodson who stepped up and rallied the team with his second place finish in the finals, just behind the Wolverines’ Patton.The potential rematch between Woodson and Patton provides just one of the many intriguing matchups that may take place over the course of the championship.Plummer and the Hoosiers’ Ben Hesen share the conference’s best time in the 100 backstroke this season. Hesen currently holds the Big Ten title in the 100 backstroke and Plummer looks to earn his first conference title of his career this year. Last year, Hesen finished third while Plummer finished fourth in the 200 backstroke.Indiana ranks No. 8 nationally and figures to make a run at the title as they won the championship in 2006.For Plummer and Minnesota, the meet will come down to relays as usual.“Relays are very important this year. We have a good chance to be first and second in every relay we swim,” Plummer said. “We have to make sure to take advantage of that.”The Gophers have finished first or second at the conference championship for 18 consecutive years, and Dale expects nothing less this year.“We expect to go in and do battle and hopefully have a Big Ten meet we can be proud of,” Dale said. “Can we win it? It’s an uphill battle for us to win it. Can we get second? I think we can get second.” Minnesota hoping for a top two finish as it heads to Ann Arbor, Michigan for Big TensFebruary 28, 2008Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintMinnesota’s men’s swimming and diving team has a way of frustrating the Big Ten when the conference crown is on the line.The Gophers won the 2005 title by edging out Indiana by three points on the last leg of the last event, on the last day.Minnesota entered the final event, the 400-yard freestyle relay, trailing the Hoosiers by five points. Northwestern led the relay until Gopher Igor Cerensek hit the water and made up a body length lead to win the event and title for Minnesota.Last year Minnesota beat Michigan in the same fashion, but this time extended their win by a point. The Gophers trailed the Wolverines by six points heading into the final event, once again the 400 freestyle relay and prevailed for the fourth straight year in the event for the conference title.This year Minnesota heads to Ann Arbor, Mich., to defend its 2007 championship against top conference foes such as Indiana and Michigan this weekend.While No. 9 Minnesota has no problem with a dramatic finish, keeping up with the Wolverines presents a problem.“There’s no question Michigan is heavily favored,” head coach Dennis Dale said. “Not only have they been the top-ranked Big Ten team all year, but they’re hosting the meet in their pool.”Michigan, ranked No. 4, returns a talented squad that did not lose a single point scorer from last year’s team.The Wolverines feature three swimmers with more than one individual Big Ten title. Matt Patton and Alex Vanderkaay both hold three individual crowns and Bobby Savulich holds two of his own.The Gophers’ roster does not have an individual title winner, but do have return seniors Mike Woodson, who finished second in the 1,650 freestyle event last year, and David Plummer, who finished fourth in the 200 backstroke last season.
The Washington Post:On Monday, “Breaking Bad” actor Bryan Cranston called Donald Trump a “supreme narcissist.”On Tuesday, Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank referred to Trump’s convention appearances as “the triumph of narcissism.”And by Wednesday, Tony Schwartz, ghostwriter of Trump’s bestselling book, “The Art of the Deal,” had made sure he’d told everyone from Jane Mayer at the New Yorker to TV’s Bill Maher that Trump’s narcissistic self-absorption had made him a “sociopath.”…Ultimately, he said, regarding highly successful people, narcissism works — until it doesn’t. Usually those who suffer most are not the narcissists, Freed says, but those around them, the people who have to cope with the “mood swings, walking on egg shells, the demand to be sycophantic.”“Right now Trump is not having a hard time” he said. “The hard time will come if he loses.”A study published in the journal Psychological Science measured how 42 presidents rank on a “grandiose narcissism” scale. Can you identify the top five?Read the whole story: The Washington Post
Share on Facebook LinkedIn Share Pinterest Share on Twitter Email Repeated exposure to anesthesia early in life causes alterations in emotional behavior that may persist long-term, according to a study from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in collaboration with the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, and published in the Online First edition of Anesthesiology, the official medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists®.Each year, approximately one million children under the age of four undergo surgery with general anesthesia, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Retrospective birth-cohort studies of children have found an association between learning problems and multiple exposures to anesthesia early in life, and research in animal models, mainly rodents, has shown that early anesthesia exposure causes cell death in the brain and cognitive impairments later in life.Nevertheless, uncertainty remains about the extent to which anesthesia specifically may be a risk factor in humans, when compared to other factors and co-morbidities associated with anesthesia and surgery. Additionally, the applicability of rodent studies to humans has been questioned on a number of grounds, including a lack of correspondence of developmental stages between the species. The Mount Sinai/Yerkes study is the first to address the question of whether repeated postnatal anesthesia exposure, in and of itself, caused long-term behavioral changes in a highly translationally relevant rhesus monkey model. The stage of neurodevelopment of rhesus monkeys at birth is more similar to that of human infants compared to neonatal rodents; with respect to brain growth, a six-week-old rhesus monkey corresponds to a human in the second half of his or her first year of life. Because these kinds of controlled studies cannot be carried out in humans, it is essential to use a comparable animal model to discover if anesthesia may be affecting the brain. Unlike previous research, the study was conducted in the absence of a surgical procedure, co-morbidities that may necessitate surgical intervention or the psychological stress associated with illness.“The major strength of this study is its ability to separate anesthesia exposure from surgical procedures, which is a potential complication in the studies conducted in children,” says Mark Baxter, PhD, professor in the Departments of Neuroscience and Anesthesiology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “Our results confirm that multiple anesthesia exposures alone result in emotional behavior changes in a highly translational animal model. This raises concerns about whether similar phenomena are occurring during clinical anesthesia exposure in children.”Specifically, the study team exposed 10 nonhuman primates (rhesus monkeys) to a common pediatric anesthetic called sevoflurane for a comparable length of time required for a significant surgical procedure in humans (four hours). They were exposed to the anesthetic at postnatal day seven and then again two and four weeks later, because human data indicate that repeated anesthesia results in a greater risk of learning disabilities relative to a single anesthetic exposure.Researchers evaluated the socioemotional behavior of exposed subjects compared with that of healthy controls at six months of age using a mild social stressor (an unfamiliar human). They found the anesthesia-exposed infants expressed significantly more anxious behaviors overall compared with controls.“The task we used is designed to be similar to the task used for assessing dispositional anxiety and behavioral inhibition in children, thus increasing the study’s applicability to humans,” says first author Jessica Raper, PhD, research associate in the Division of Developmental and Cognitive Neuroscience at Yerkes National Primate Research Center at Emory University, where the testing was conducted. The study results also demonstrate that alterations in emotional behavior persist at least five months after anesthesia exposure, suggesting long-term effects.Co-investigator Maria Alvarado, PhD, also of the Yerkes Research Center adds, “Events that impact the developing brain have the potential to affect a wide range of later-developing behaviors.”These findings are part of a larger longitudinal study, and researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the Yerkes National Primate Research Center will continue to follow these study subjects behaviorally to fully characterize the length of time that these emotional changes persist and whether they resolve over time.Considering that most pediatric surgeries are non-elective, future studies can use this primate model to develop a new anesthetic agent or prophylactic treatment to counteract the impact of anesthesia on behavior in children. The findings also suggest that additional work is required to identify the mechanisms by which anesthetics may cause long-term changes in central nervous system function that impact behavior.
Share on Facebook Share Share on Twitter Email New research provides more evidence that hormonal birth control pills can negatively impact women’s cognitive performance. The study, published in the journal Hormones and Behavior, found that women taking contraceptive pills tend to have reduced perseverance when completing both simple and complex cognitive tasks.“My colleagues and I first became interested in this topic after learning that women taking hormonal contraceptives don’t experience a spike in cortisol that is typically found after one encounters a stressor. While people usually talk about cortisol as a bad thing, this cortisol spike allows people to adequately meet challenges in their environment,” explained Hannah K. Bradshaw (@HKBradshaw), a PhD candidate in Experimental Psychology at Texas Christian University and corresponding author of the study.“After we started looking through the literature, we also found that, compared to non-users, women taking hormonal contraceptives exhibit decrements in brain areas that play an important role in learning, attention, and memory.” LinkedIn Pinterest “For instance, compared to non-users, women taking hormonal contraceptives have decreased hippocampal volume. This led us to wonder whether hormonal contraceptive use is associated with differences in perseverance and performance on simple and challenging cognitive tasks that one might encounter in their day-to-day lives.”In two studies, 324 female undergraduates completed various cognitive tests as the researchers timed them. Roughly half of the participants had been on hormonal birth control for at least two months, while the remainder had not used hormonal birth control for at least three months.In the first study, participants completed a simple spot-the-difference task in which they were shown two similar images and asked to find 10 subtle differences. In the second study, participants completed more complex mathematical problems and word scramble problems from the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) test.The researchers found that women on hormonal birth control tended to spend less time on the problems, which in turn was associated with their relatively worse performance on all of the cognitive tasks.“Our data suggest that hormonal contraceptive use is associated with decreased perseverance on both simple and challenging cognitive tasks. These differences in perseverance drove decrements in performance. That is, women taking hormonal contraceptives performed worse on these tasks than non-users because they spent less time on the tasks,” Bradshaw told PsyPost.“The major takeaway here is that hormonal contraceptive use carries a myriad of consequences beyond mere pregnancy prevention; additional research is desperately needed to more fully understand what these consequences may be.”The study — like all research — includes some limitations.Randomized experiments are the gold standard in scientific research, but there are obvious problems with trying to randomly assign women to receive hormonal birth control. “We didn’t randomly assign women to the hormonal contraceptives (vs. non-user) group, so it’s possible that our effects may, in part, be due to previously existing differences between women,” Bradshaw explained.“Secondly, hormonal contraceptives can include different hormones and various ratios of these hormones. We didn’t collect information about this, so it’s impossible to know what specific hormones or hormonal ratios are responsible for our results. Future research is needed to address these limitations.”The findings may have important implications for women, but the real-world impact of decreased perseverance is unclear. Future research is needed to help “understand how hormonal contraceptive use might influence women’s perseverance in their education, careers, and relationships,” Bradshaw said.“My colleagues and I don’t have an anti-birth control agenda. By enabling women to take control of their fertility, hormonal contraceptives have helped women meet their educational and career goals,” she added.“However, it’s important that we understand the unintended consequences associated with hormonal contraceptive use. Millions of women worldwide take hormonal contraceptives. While several women complain about negative emotional and mental side effects, their concerns are largely written off. We need to be less cavalier with women’s health and women’s hormones.”The study, “Hormonal contraceptive use predicts decreased perseverance and therefore performance on some simple and challenging cognitive tasks“, was authored by Hannah K. Bradshaw, Summer Mengelkoch, and Sarah E. Hill.
Would you like to read more?Register for free to finish this article.Sign up now for the following benefits:Four FREE articles of your choice per monthBreaking news, comment and analysis from industry experts as it happensChoose from our portfolio of email newsletters To access this article REGISTER NOWWould you like print copies, app and digital replica access too? SUBSCRIBE for as little as £5 per week.
[mappress]Press Release, February 9, 2014 Italdraghe, the long-standing Italian dredger builder, will be showcasing some of its latest innovative dredgers and dredging equipment at the International Maritime Conference and Exhibition to be held in Istanbul on 26-27th February.Turkey is proving to be a very attractive and dynamic market, hence Italdraghe is to participate in the third edition of this successful event which is being hosted at prestigious the Five Star Green Park Pendik Hotel and Convention Centre.
Leading financial market intelligence provider S&P (Standard & Poor’s) has confirmed the mutual’s ‘A’ rating with an outlook of ‘stable’. At the same time full-service credit rating organisation A M Best also assessed Shipowners as ‘A’ rated.In welcoming the news Shipowners’ Club chief executive Charles Hume, said: “We are sure that our members and their brokers will be pleased to note that the overall strength of the Club has been recognised by these ratings.”www.shipownersclub.com
Palm Beach Titans defeat Southshore by 49 runs via the Duckworth Lewis Stern method, while St. Bess and Tropics United get by Lauderhill Jammers and St. Lucie by 32 and 25 runs respectively in the South Florida Cricket Alliance T20 last Sunday.In Port St. Lucie at Girl Scout Friendship Park, St. Lucie vs. Tropics United.Tropics batting first, made 143 for 6 from their allotted 20 overs. Philerm Davis topscored with 62, Ernie joseph 26, St Christopher Brown 13 and Bert Davis 12. Bowling for St. Lucie, Charles Reid and Glen Scott each taking a wicket for 13 and 22 respectively, while three wickets went via run out.Replying, St. Lucie could only manage to make 118 for 6 from their 20 overs. Charles Reid got 45 Not Out, Neil Greene 21 and Richard Louis and Glen Scott 17 each. The main wicket takers for Tropics United are Marcel Graham 3 for 33 and Mohammed Siddique 2 for 12. Tropics won by 25 runs.Lauderhill Jammers vs. St. Bess at the Lauderhill Sports Park.St Bess 192 for 6; Ricky Nayar and O’Brian Jones 42 each, Antonio Scott 27 and Atul Iyer 23. The wicket takers for Lauderhill Jammers were, David Brathwaite 2 for 22 and Aadam Khan 2 for 29.In Reply, Lauderhill Jammers made 160 for 4 from 20 overs, Mark Johnson topscored 44 Not Out, Sheldon Irvin and Elvis Watson 24 each, while Timmy Surujbally chipped in with 21. Bowling for St. Bess, Kemar Blake got 2 for 35, giving St. Bess victory by 32 runs.At John Prince Park, Palm Beach Titans vs. Southshore.Palm Beach Titans 182 for 1, Sachith Kongahakotiwi 108 Not out (10sixes, 3fours) and Andres Fraser 48. Byron Bowes took the lone wicket to fall for 25 runs.Southshore was 27 for 4 when rain intervened, giving Palm Beach Titan victory by 49 runs via the Duckworth Lewis Stern Method. The leading wicket taker for Palm beach was Leju Gevarghese with 3 for 14 from 3.5 overs.