$210 at Best Buy $999 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Tags Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Read Google Home Hub review CES 2019 Sarah Tew/CNET See at Amazon $155 at Google Express Tags Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) 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. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) 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. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $60 at Best Buy The Cheapskate Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Sprint 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. Boost Mobile $999 JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Sarah Tew/CNET $299 at Amazon Chris Monroe/CNET Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) 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). 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. $59 at eBay 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. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) 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. Mr. Whiskers has secrets. Carlos G. Lopez / Getty Images If you’ve ever wondered what exactly your cat is (aside from a fluffy agent of chaos), Basepaws wants to give you genetic insight on your feline buddy. The company is bringing its at-home DNA test for cats to CES 2019. The kit reportedly gives owners breed information and details about potential diseases and nutritional needs, the company said Thursday.”DNA research has revealed a vast amount of useful, often life-saving information for humans. We want to facilitate those same kind of breakthroughs for cats,” said Basepaws CEO and founder Anna Skaya in a statement. All you have to do is send in some hair (the cat’s, not yours), and a swab from the cat’s cheek. Just make sure Mr. Whiskers doesn’t chomp your fingers while you’re trying to ascertain whether he’s got a little Siamese somewhere in there. 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. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) See It $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Rylo DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) See at Turo Read DJI Osmo Action preview See It $520 at HP Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) 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. Sarah Tew/CNET Amazon See It Turo Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Read the Rylo camera preview See it $999 Sci-Tech,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. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $6 at Tidal Post a comment 7 Best Buy 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. 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. $999 0 Read the AirPods review Apple iPhone XS 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. Share your voice Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Share your voice Comments 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. 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Tags Share your voice Bill Gates Post a comment Bill Gates curated the MIT Technology Review’s 2019 10 Breakthrough Technologies list. Getty Images Cancer vaccines and smooth-talking AI assistants are all on Bill Gates’ list of technologies to watch for. The MIT Technology Review on Wednesday released its 2019 10 Breakthrough Technologies list, which was curated by Gates. It was the publication’s first time having a guest editor choose what would land on list. “Bill’s list reflects his belief that we’re approaching a tipping point in humanity’s technological development — from technologies that mostly make life longer to those that mostly make it better,” said Gideon Lichfield, editor-in-chief of the Review, in a release. “His choices highlight some of what he considers the most important challenges and opportunities of our time.” Here are the 10 technologies, ranging from climate change to health care to artificial intelligence:Robot dexterity: robot hands that can manipulate unfamiliar objects on their own.New-wave nuclear power: both fission and fusion reactor designs that can bring down carbon emissions.Predicting preemies: a blood test that can warn of a preterm birth.Gut probe in a pill: a swallowable device that can show the digestive tract and perform biopsies.Custom cancer vaccines: a treatment that helps the body’s own immune system to target only tumor cells.The cow-free burger: plant-based and lab-grown meat alternatives that could cut emissions from the food industry.Carbon dioxide catcher: techniques for absorbing CO2 from the air and locking it away.An ECG on your wrist: smartwatch’s ability to monitor someone’s heart health and get early warnings of problems.Sanitation without sewers: a self-contained toilet that can tackle disease and unpleasant living conditions.Smooth-talking AI assistants: advances in natural language processing that make digital assistants capable of more natural conversations.You can read more about the technologies in the MIT Technology Review. Gates earlier this week answered questions from Redditors during his Ask Me Anything session, including his thoughts on taxes, climate change, terrorism and other lighter topics. Tech Industry Sci-Tech 0
Yemeni pro-government forces stand next to a pickup truck carrying anti-aircraft guns along they way to al-Durayhimi district, about nine kilometres south of Hodeidah international airport on 13 June 2018. Photo: AFPYemeni forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition launched an offensive Wednesday to retake the rebel-held port city of Hodeida, a key aid hub, sparking calls from the international community for restraint.Pro-government troops began the assault despite mounting international fears about the humanitarian fallout, pressing toward Hodeida airport south of the city after receiving a “green light” from the coalition.By Wednesday night, the offensive remained on the outskirts of the rebel-held airport.The Red Sea port, controlled by the Iran-backed Huthi rebels who hail from northern Yemen, serves as the entry point for 70 per cent of the impoverished country’s imports as it teeters on the brink of famine.The official United Arab Emirates news agency WAM confirmed that the operation was ongoing “with the participation and the support, through land and sea and air, of the Emirati armed forces”.It added that the attacking forces managed to “liberate areas… in the surroundings of the airport” and captured and killed “dozens of Huthi” rebels.The UN Security Council will meet on Thursday for urgent talks on the offensive, diplomats said, after a request from Britain. The closed-door meeting will be the second this week on the Yemen crisis.The request came after the UN envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, said he was still holding negotiations on keeping the key port open to aid deliveries.”We are in constant contact with all the parties involved to negotiate arrangements for Hodeida that would address political, humanitarian, security concerns of all concerned parties,” he said.The European Union’s foreign policy chief warned of the “devastating” impact the assault would have.”The latest developments will only lead to further escalation and instability in Yemen,” Federica Mogherini said in a statement.The coalition insisted its humanitarian aid response would go in parallel with military operations.- Huthis fan out -Two Saudi and UAE aid ships were in the waters off Hodeida, coalition spokesman Turki al-Maliki told Saudi state media.The two countries also said they would operate a dedicated shipping lane to Hodeida from Abu Dhabi and the southern Saudi city of Jizan to deliver food and medical supplies.In Hodeida, people waited anxiously for the fighting to reach their neighbourhoods. Those contacted by AFP said Huthi fighters had fanned out across the city.Coalition sources said the alliance carried out 18 air strikes on Huthi positions on the outskirts of Hodeida on Wednesday.According to medical sources in the province, 22 Huthi fighters were killed by coalition raids, while three pro-government fighters were killed in a rebel ambush south of Hodeida.A bulldozer clears the way for a column of Yemeni pro-government forces arriving in al-Durayhimi district, about nine kilometres south of Hodeidah international airport on 13 June 2018. Photo: AFPThe UAE armed forces said on Wednesday night that four Emirati soldiers were killed in Yemen, without specifying when and where.The city of Hodeida, home to 600,000 people, was captured by the insurgents in 2014 along with the capital Sanaa.Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and a bloc of other countries intervened in Yemen the following year with the goal of restoring the government to power.The coalition accuses the Huthis of using the port to secure Iranian arms, notably ballistic missiles the militants have increasingly fired into Saudi territory.Yemen’s government said Tuesday that negotiations had failed to force the rebels from Hodeida, and that a grace period for UN-led peace efforts was over.- Children in the crossfire -Emirati diplomats have insisted that similar large-scale offensives had improved the lives of Yemenis elsewhere.Hassan Taher, the official Hodeida governor based outside the city, said Wednesday that Yemen’s government would ensure aid deliveries throughout the offensive.”We want a rapid war, but it won’t be finished in two days,” Taher told AFP.The International Committee of the Red Cross said any battle for Hodeida would exacerbate the suffering of the population.”Life-saving items cannot be given to those in need while fighting is ongoing,” ICRC Middle East director Robert Mardini said in a statement.The UN children’s fund, UNICEF, has raised alarm over the plight of Hodeida’s 300,000 children and the risk that drinking water supplies will be disrupted.”UNICEF has pre-prepositioned supplies in Hodeida: over 20,000 basic hygiene kits… We hope we don’t need to use them,” its Yemen representative Meritxell Relano said on Twitter.The Huthi leadership on Tuesday called on the international community to “pressure a halt to the escalation”, warning an assault on Hodeida would put Red Sea navigation at risk.On Wednesday, the Huthis said they targeted a coalition warship off the coast of Hodeida with two missiles, with rebel outlet Al-Masirah claiming a direct hit.As the offensive got under way, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Yemen was defiant.”Hodeida will be liberated, and the Yemeni people will gain back a major artery of life,” he tweeted.
By The Associated PressPolice in Louisiana say the founder of an African-American history museum has been found dead in the trunk of a car.Baton Rouge police Sgt. L’Jean McKneely said July 13 that investigators are waiting for a coroner to determine a cause of death for 75-year-old Sadie Roberts-Joseph. He said her body was found Friday afternoon.In this April 20, 2004 file photo, Rep. Carla Blanchard Dartez, D-Morgan City, center covers Gov. Kathleen Blanco, left, as a few drops of rain fall while talking with Sadie Roberts-Joseph, right, before the start of the Stand Up for Children 2004 Rally for Children on the steps of the State Capitol in Baton Rouge, La. Sadie Roberts-Joseph, who founded an African American history museum was discovered dead in the trunk of a car, and police said Saturday, July 13, 2019 that investigators were working diligently to find those responsible.(Arthur D. Lauck/The Advocate via AP, File)Roberts-Joseph was the founder and curator of the Baton Rouge African American Museum, which started in 2001.The website of the city’s visitor bureau says the museum features African art, exhibits on growing cotton and black inventors as well as a 1953 bus from the period of civil rights boycotts in Baton Rouge.
© 2010 PhysOrg.com Citation: Predator-prey role reversal as bug eats turtle (2011, May 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-predator-prey-role-reversal-bug-turtle.html Image credit: Shin-ya OHBA In a recent journal published in Entomological Science, Dr. Shin-ya Ohba shares the unusual behavior and role reversal of a giant water bug becoming the predator and eating a juvenile turtle in a ditch in central Japan. While this Kirkaldyia deyrolli, or giant water bug, from the Lethocerinae family has been seen preying on small vertebrates such as frogs and fish, Ohba has captured images of the bug eating small turtles and snakes. The K. Deyrolli is a native bug from Japan and is listed by the Japanese Environment Agency as an endangered species. They live primarily in the rice fields throughout Japan and feed on small frogs and fish. These bugs can grow up to 15cm long and inflict a venomous bite. They have been known to occasionally bite humans, causing a burning pain that lasts for several hours.Ohba was conducting a night sampling in the central Japan region of western Hyogo when he recorded images of the giant water bug feeding on a small Reeve’s pond turtle. The insect used its front legs to hold on to the turtle while it inserted its rostrum into the prey in order to feed. While the bugs are known for only attacking moving prey, Ohba assumes that the bug caught and killed the turtle before he stumbled upon it. More information: Field observation of predation on a turtle by a giant water bug, Entomological Science, DOI: 10.1111/j.1479-8298.2011.00450.xAbstractThe giant water bug, subfamily Lethocerinae, which has the largest body size among Belostomatidae, is known to be a vertebrate specialist that preys upon fish, amphibians and snakes. However, there have been no reports concerning predation on a turtle by Lethocerinae. Here, I report that a male giant water bug Kirkaldyia (Lethocerus) deyrolli (Heteroptera: Belostomatidae) (58.09 mm in total length) was catching hold of a turtle Chinemys reevesii (34.14 mm in carapace length) in a ditch adjoining a paddy rice field. This is a first report of K. deyrolli eating a turtle.via BBC Explore further Month of ActiveX Bugs (MoAxB) 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.
Kolkata: The West Bengal BJP today organised a sit-in demonstration here in protest against the continuing violence over filing of nomination for the panchayat polls.The party also demanded adequate deployment of central paramilitary forces for free and fair panchayat polls.Senior BJP leader Mukul Roy and BJP national secretary Rahul Sinha along with other party leaders organised the sit in demonstration in front of Mahatma Gandhi’s statue at Mayo Road area in the city. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”The Trinamool Congress has turned the panchayat elections into a farce in the state. The TMC is not allowing others to file nominations,” Roy said.The entire state is bleeding and both the State Election Commission (SEC) and the police administration are mute spectators. The police is acting like cadres of the TMC, Roy said.During the demonstration, BJP activists were carrying placards against the state government condemning the violence.Roy urged the workers of the opposition CPI(M) and the Congress to leave their party and join the BJP if they are serious about fighting against the alleged misrule of the TMC. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”Both the Congress and the CPI(M) are spent forces in Bengal. They don’t have the strength to fight against the TMC’s misrule. The workers of BJP and CPI(M) should join the BJP if they are serious about fighting TMC,” Roy said.While addressing the agitation programme, Rahul Sinha said the BJP won’t leave a single inch to the TMC without putting up a fight.The protest comes in the backdrop of widespread violence across the state over filing of nominations. There have been several incidents of clashes between the BJP and the TMC supporters in various parts of the state. A state BJP delegation will today meet the SEC to complain about the ongoing violence in the state, party sources said.TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee dubbed the allegations as baseless.”The BJP is trying to disturb the peace and stability of the state by flaring up communal violence and bringing in outsiders to create trouble during the panchayat polls,” Chatterjee said.Panchayat polls will be held in the state in the first week of May.
All essential oils are highly concentrated, volatile, aromatic liquids that are purely extracted from the fruits, seeds, flowers, barks, stems, roots, leaves or other parts of a plant. However, there are specific ways to use them, say experts. Here are some popular essential oils and the ways to use them:Lavender essential oil: Well-known for its soothing, calming properties, lavender is wonderful for accelerating healing time for burns, cuts, stings, and other wounds. Its specific properties include being an analgesic, antifungal, antiseptic, sleep inducing and disinfectant. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfPut a few drops on your pillow just before going to bed for a clam and sound sleep.Mix 1 or 2 drops with coconut oil to soothe occasional skin irritations. Add 2-3 drops with olive oil for nail care.Rosemary essential oil: This oil is colourless to pale yellow oil with a herby aroma. Astringent properties of this oil cleanse, hydrate and rejuvenate skin, making it firm and gorgeous. It helps with wrinkles and under-eye bags as well as conditions damaged skin and lighten scars. Its anti-inflammatory properties are useful in reducing swelling and puffiness of skin as well as in healing burns. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveMix rosemary essential oil with any carrier oil before applying on hair and skin and massage gently.For hair growth, add 4-5 drops of the oil in 1 tsp of coconut oil. Mix this until it reaches a smooth consistency and evenly apply onto your hair and scalp. Leave it overnight. Wash off with lukewarm water and pat dry your hair.Ylang Ylang: Known for its unique floral aroma, ylang ylang essential oil was used as a natural hair growth remedy in Victorian England and has continued to be used to treat fine and limp hair. Add 2-3 drops of the oil to coconut oil for a deep hair conditioner.Put it into an Epsom Salts bath for relaxation.Tea tree: Antibiotic, anti-fungal, antiseptic, expectorant and antiviral, its often used to inhibit viral and bacterial infections. It can even be used to kill insects, protect a wound and expedite the healing of a scar.Mix it with any carrier oil before applying on hair and skin. Massage gently. Do not apply directly on hair or skin.Add 2-3 drops to olive oil for lip care or diffuse to get clean and refreshed surrounding aromatically.For acne, mix a few drops of the essential oil and 2 teaspoons of aloe vera gel. Apply to the affected area. Leave for 3 to 4 hours or overnight for better result. Rinse with water and pat dry. Repeat regularly for effective results.Eucalyptus: This oil helps to improve respiratory issues such as sinusitis, bronchitis and allergies. It has the ability to reduce congestion and improve mental clarity as well. Eucalyptus contains a number of important properties and serves as a decongestant.Mix it with any carrier oil before applying on hair and skin. Massage gently. Do not apply directly on hair or skin. You can add a few drops to a hot bath. The steam and the aroma will relax the mind and body. As eucalyptus oil isn’t water soluble, mix it with half teaspoon bath salt of choice before adding it to water.Peppermint: The invigorating and fresh mint aroma of the peppermint essential oil works to stimulates the mind and clear the sinuses.Use a drop of it with lemon in water for a healthy, refreshing mouth rinse.Rub one drop of the oil on the temples, forehead, over the sinuses and on the back of the neck to relieve head pressure.Mix it with any carrier oil before applying on hair and skin. Massage gently. Diffuse to get energised and increase alertness.For clear skin add 4-5 drops of peppermint oil in two tablespoons of grated cucumber and two tablespoons of green clay. Whisk the ingredients and apply the paste as a face mask. Let it dry and wash with lukewarm water. Rose: This oil can be used to achieve young, healthy and moisturised skin. The delicate aroma of the oil is useful for relieving anxiety and stress.For glowing skin, add to any skin cream/lotion to enhance its effect by increasing its absorption by the skin.To treat acne, add 4-5 drops in 1 tsp coconut oil and apply thrice a day.
New Orleans breaks tourism record set before Katrina Tags: America, New Orleans, Trend Watch The Canadian Press Tuesday, March 28, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Share NEW ORLEANS — A new study says New Orleans has broken a tourism record set before Hurricane Katrina, with nearly 10.5 million visitors in 2016. The record had stood at 10.1 million since 2004, the year before the hurricane struck.University of New Orleans’ Hospitality Research Center says last year’s visitors spent $7.41 billion dollars. That’s 51% more than the amount spent in 2004, and 5.1% above the spending record set in 2015.The study, made for the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau and the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corp., was released Thursday.Mayor Mitch Landrieu says in a news release that he’s looking forward to 2017 being even bigger.Related: Beyond Bourbon St: Seven things to do in New Orleans when you’re not collecting beads