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South African Couple Breaks Record Sailing from Morocco to New York

Toronto – Just before 2 p.m. on Friday, South African couple, Riaan Manser and Vasti Geldenhuys, crossed the finish line in Manhattan, New York, ending a six-month long journey that began last December.New Jersey airplane mechanic, Peter Morales, was just looking for a few hours of escape Wednesday afternoon, when he set out in his boat for a spot of fishing and some Coors Light. Then he spotted an unusual sight. It wasn’t the couple who took him by surprise, it was the kayak they were rowing, named “The Spirit of Madiba,” after Nelson Mandela.“It completely took me off my feet,” said Mr. Morales. In fact, the custom-built 23-foot long kayak had been specially designed for Riaan Manser and his fiancée, Vasti Geldenhuys, for their once-in-a-lifetime journey from the coast of Morocco to New York’s Manhattan. Anyone looking at it would call the design space-age. The couple manning the oars looked tired and thirsty so Morales offered them each a beer and some water and ice from his supply, which they accepted gratefully. They handed him a business card identifying themselves as citizens of South Africa and invited him to join them at the 79th Street Boat Basin on Friday to watch them cross the finish line.The South African couple’s record-breaking journey began December 30th on the Atlantic coast of Morocco. Manser is no stranger to adventure, having cycled the entire perimeter of the Africa continent and circumnavigated Madagascar by kayak.He is usually a lone adventurer but decided to invite his fiancée, Geldenhuys, with him on this occasion. In total, the couple spent 133 days on the water. 74 of those days were passed with no land visible in ay direction. After 1.8 million oar strokes, the couple piloted their kayak safely into Manhattan where throngs of press greeted them. True to his word, Peter Morales was also there.“We’ve done a journey that no human beings have done,” Manser told The Times. “Our behinds are very, very sore,” he added. Equally exhausted, Geldenhuys announced “Yes, we’ve had enough of the ocean.” They weren’t too excited to celebrate, however, sharing well-earned embraces.Asked about the overall experience and how it measured up to their pre-launch impressions, Maser said, “We were naïve. We thought the Atlantic would be this calm little pond that you just row across. By the fifth day, we were saying to each other, what is going on? Goodness gracious. It should be a lot calmer. The sea was very, very, very angry.”Despite their self-described naivety, however, there was reason to be proud. “We went one step further than Christopher Columbus,” declared Manser. “That guy stopped in San Salvador and we went all the way to New York!” read more

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More than half of Vancouver Airbnb hosts use income to pay rent

VANCOUVER – The home-sharing service Airbnb is pushing back against growing concerns that it’s having a negative impact on rental vacancies in Vancouver.A new report released by the company Thursday says more than half of people who rent out their homes do so to afford their skyrocketing cost of living.“It shows the majority of people in Vancouver are doing this on occasion and doing this as supplemental income,” said Max Pomeranc, Airbnb’s regional head of public policy.Vancouver is studying the impact of Airbnb and similar websites on rental housing, as the vacancy rate sits at 0.6 per cent. Staff will report to council in September with suggestions on how to regulate the service.There are over 4,200 active Airbnb hosts in Vancouver with some 6,400 units listed in 2015. Seventy per cent of those were entire homes, while the rest were private or shared rooms.The report says the average host makes about $6,500 annually by occasionally renting out space and uses at least half of this income on their rent or mortgage, or household items like groceries.Airbnb says the statistics signal that people aren’t keeping properties vacant to profit on sharing but rather are listing their space when they’re away.The company prepared the report, based on 2015 survey and bookings data, in response to questions from the city.Vancouver bylaws prohibit rentals of less than 30 days outside of licensed bed and breakfasts or hotels.Airbnb is locked in legal battles with San Francisco and New York over their short-term rental laws, but Pomeranc said Chicago and Philadelphia have crafted regulations supported by the company.“The reason for this conversation is to make sure … we all get together and figure out the type of home sharing that is best for Vancouver.”The report says more than 80 per cent of all listings were shared for less than 180 days, with only three per cent of listings shared for more than 300 days.But a local researcher said 180 days is an extremely high cutoff.Iain Marjoribanks recently released a report that found Airbnb’s top earners in Vancouver are commercial hosts who list multiple units and don’t live in them. He used methodology developed by San Francisco, with cutoffs of 59 days for full homes and 89 days for rooms.He said Airbnb’s report shows 47 per cent of listings are booked more than 60 days, consistent with his finding that 53 per cent of hosts are commercial users.“I don’t know anybody who goes on a two-month vacation,” said Marjoribanks, a student at the University of British Columbia’s school of community and regional planning.A significant number of commercial hosts list units on several home-sharing platforms, including HomeAway and VRBO, he added.Coun. Geoff Meggs said in an interview this week, before the report was published, that he has little patience for the argument that Airbnb is a good way to supplement income.“If they’re tenants in a building, they’re undermining tenants like themselves by driving down vacancy rates and forcing up rents. If they’re members of a strata council, they’re doing things that are potentially harmful to members of the community they decided to buy into,” he said.“I’m more interested in protecting the rental stock for people with medium and low incomes than I am worrying about those who try to maximize their benefits at the expense of others.”The city has received 24 complaints about short-term rentals this year.It recently received a complaint about a rental building with multiple units listed on Airbnb. The city said it will issue an order to the owner to comply with the minimum 30-day rental requirement or face further enforcement action.— Follow @ellekane and @givetash on Twitter. by Laura Kane and Linda Givetash, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 7, 2016 11:22 am MDT Last Updated Jul 8, 2016 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email More than half of Vancouver Airbnb hosts use income to pay rent, mortgage: study Iain Marjoribanks, a university student researcher who has determined that more than half of recent Vancouver Airbnb listings were being run by commercial hosts, stands for a photograph in front of a 29-unit apartment building that reportedly has 17 Airbnb listings, in Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday July 6, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck read more

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Monument Valley Passes Lady Pirates

ETV News stock photo by Stephanie OlsenGreen River welcomed Monument Valley into town on Friday. The Lady Pirates could not keep up with Monument Valley and lost the game, 66-44.Up next, Green River (3-13, 1-6 Region 19) hosts a game verse Monticello (5-12, 2-4 Region 19) on Thursday. Then, the Lady Pirates will travel to Tabiona the following day to take on the Tigers (5-14, 1-3 Region 22) in a non-region matchup.

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VIDEO Students thank donors for support of Brock University

National Philanthropy Day is being marked in countries around the world on Sunday, Nov. 15. At Brock University, we want to take the opportunity to thank and celebrate everyone who has supported the University through their giving, charitable engagement and volunteerism.Because of their donations, Brock is able to offer a vibrant and creative learning experience that breaks the boundaries of academic convention. We offer students the unique opportunity to develop both sides of their brain — personally and academically — by encouraging a heart for community and a passion for innovation.From all of us to the community that supports Brock University, Thank You.If the video below shows an error message, click here to watch it on YouTube. read more

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Commentary NBC Sports Network big upgrade over Fox Soccer

Last week was the start of something new for American fans of the English Premier League; it was also the start of something great. For years now, Fox Soccer Channel has dictated how we watched a sport loved across the world, but after the debut of NBC Sports Group coverage of the EPL on Aug. 17, I believe we can now breathe a sigh of relief.Back in October 2012, NBC Sports Network bought the rights to show EPL matches when it outbid Fox and ESPN, although Fox will still carry the UEFA Champions League and ESPN, the Fifa World Cup, who had been airing the matches together for nearly two decades, with a bid of roughly $250 million. I never had anything against the way Fox broadcasted the matches at the time, but after experiencing NBCSN, I can tell you without a doubt in my mind that I don’t want it to go back to the way it was.When Fox Soccer aired the matches, you were required to have a Fox Soccer 2 Go subscription if you wanted to watch any matches that were not aired live on TV. This subscription could be purchased in two separate ways. A monthly subscription would have cost you $19.99 per month, or you could opt to pay for the subscription annually, paying $169.99, saving you roughly $70 a year. With this subscription, you gained access to watch thousands of matches from the EPL to the Champions League on your computer and mobile devices, but it cost you a pretty penny.This brings me to the best part of NBCSN coverage of the EPL. Not only will NBCSN air all 380 EPL matches, but they also offer both Premier League Extra Time and NBC Sports Live Extra at no extra cost to everyone who has NBC Sports. Premier League Extra Time is a collection of extra channels that air any match not shown on an NBCUniversal designated channel and NBC Sports Live Extra offers EPL viewers the capability to stream every match live using a desktop or a mobile device for no extra charge. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is supported by both Apple iOS and Android.This may sound too good to be true for EPL fans, but currently the only downside to NBCSN airing the matches is that not every cable provider is currently carrying NBCSN. However, NBCSN claims on its website that it is working hard on adding other providers to a list that already contains WOW!, AT&T U-Verse, DISH and DirecTV.NBCSN is receiving positive feedback from fans too, as last weekend’s EPL debut earned an average of 792,000 viewers and the best rating for an EPL opening weekend in the U.S. with a 0.8. These numbers show a 43 percent increase from last year when the matches were still shown on Fox Soccer. This significant increase is due partly to the sport gaining more fans across the U.S. but also because of the coverage offered by NBCSN. read more

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Des cartes micro SD plus rapides annoncées par Adata

first_imgDes cartes micro SD plus rapides annoncées par AdataLes cartes SD accueillent un nouveau petit : une micro SD UHS-1, ce qui signifie “Ultra High Speed-1”. Sa force réside donc dans un débit de lecture à 20 Mo/s, bien au-delà des autres microSD. Cela reste toutefois en deçà des cartes SD qui, bien plus grosses physiquement, permettent de monter jusqu’à 104 Mo/s.Les SD sont devenus le standard pour les mémoires portables grâce à leur résistance aux chocs et leur faible consommation électrique. Récemment, la norme SD 3.0 permet l’UHS-1 et ses vitesses plus élevées. Mais les fabricants ne l’avait jusque-là utilisée que pour des cartes SD normales (32*24mm). Pour des petits appareils comme des smartphones, des microSD (15*11mm) sont indispensables. À lire aussiFaceApp : l’application qui vous vieillit garde probablement vos données personnellesLa carte est promise par A-Data en 4, 8, 16, 32 et même 64 GB. La lecture et l’écriture aléatoires sont également mises en avant comme plus rapides, ce qui est important en situation réelle, lorsque les données sont sans cesse effacées et réécrites. Il faudra tout de même faire attention à ce que nos appareils soient compatibles avec cette nouvelle technologie, ce qui ne sera pas le cas des anciens ! Par ailleurs la norme UHS-1 permet en théorie jusqu’à 104 Mo/s, et certaines SD UHS-1 y arrivent presque. Il y aura donc une bonne marge de progression pour ces micro-SD. Avec à la clef, des applications comme de la vidéo HD dans les smartphones, sans délai de sauvegarde.Le 30 octobre 2011 à 19:03 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Stephen Hawking Commemorated With Black HoleInspired Coin

first_img You Could Own Stephen Hawking’s Thesis, WheelchairStephen Hawking’s Voice to Reach Black Hole in 3,500 Years Stay on target Stephen Hawking is being celebrated on a UK coin for the first time.As part of its new Innovation In Science series, the Royal Mint commemorated the famous physicist in a 50 pence ($0.65) silver.Hawking, who passed away last year at the age of 76, joins an elite group of scientists having appeared on coins—including Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin.Diagnosed with motor neurone disease at age 21, doctors gave Hawking only a few years to live. But the cosmologist and author, famed for his work with black holes and relativity, beat the odds.A wheelchair and synthesized voice never dampened his spirit; his intellect and sense of humor made him an icon in academia and pop culture.“I wanted to fit a big black hole on the tiny coin and wish he was still here chortling at the thought,” coin designer Edwina Ellis said in a statement.Coming up to the one-year anniversary of his death, Professor Hawking’s children Lucy and Tim visited the Royal Mint, where they struck their own coins to honor their father’s “outstanding contribution to science,” the government agency tweeted this week.“It’s such a beautiful piece of coinage,” Lucy said in a video, describing the “2D surface that seems to have a 3D image on it.”It’s as though you could fall into the black hole,” she added.The illusion, according to Ellis, was inspired by a lecture Hawking gave in Chile a decade ago.“At his playful best, [he] invites the audience to contemplate peering into a black hole before diving in,” she explained. “You feel he cared about all of us understanding.”Hawking explained black holes in his best-selling book “A Brief History of Time.”“He would have been thrilled to know that there’s a coin commemorating him and his work,” Tim Hawking said. “I have a very clear sense of him with one of his huge, wide smiles.”Uncirculated copies of the coin are available for purchase for £10 ($13.15) on the Royal Mint’s website.More on Could Own Stephen Hawking’s Thesis, WheelchairStephen Hawking’s Voice to Reach Black Hole in 3,500 YearsStephen Hawking’s Big Bang: Final Theory Published Posthumouslylast_img read more

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Bike coalition holds informational ride on the new protected bikewyas

first_img Updated: 8:42 PM August 1, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img Posted: August 1, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – With some “confusion” over all the new markings, the San Diego County bike coalition held what it called an informational ride Thursday. KUSI’s Ed Lenderman has the story, from Little Italy to the East Village. Bike coalition holds “informational” ride on the new protected bikewyaslast_img read more

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR Tewksbury Selectmen Chair Jay Kelly Endorses Mark Kratman

first_imgDear Editor,There are many worthy candidates running for State Representative for the 19th Middlesex District.  Each candidate brings something to the table – different backgrounds, levels of experience, and areas of expertise.  I always say, Democracy = multiple viewpoints.  That said, I do believe that one candidate, Mr. Mark Kratman, has both the State and local experience coupled with far-ranging community outreach that will benefit two great communities, Wilmington and Tewksbury, as the State Representative for the 19th Middlesex District.Why the support and confidence in Mark Kratman?  I have worked side by side with Mark Kratman for the past 15 months as an elected official in Tewksbury.  I can honestly say that Mark has never pulled any punches. Mark is approachable and works in a very cooperative fashion.  Mark does not play games – ask him a question…he will give you an answer.  Like any two people, we may not always agree, but Mark will provide his thought process as to why and how he has come to a conclusion or decision.“Experience” is paramount.  Mark has 30 plus years working with towns and city across Massachusetts through his position at Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). Mark has been a Tewksbury Selectmen for the past three years and running.  It is this [working] experience at the State-level and local-level, which will enable Mark to hit the ground running on Beacon Hill.As a State Representative, community outreach is an important aspect of the job. From a community perspective, one can say that Mark is incredibly involved.  Mark is out & about in the community seven days a week – rarely missing an opportunity to connect regardless of the venue.Lastly, with the current disheveled landscape of the “D’s” vs. the “R’s”, I have seen Mark tackle issues with the thought process of…the “people first”, the “party second”.  The “people first”, the “party second” was the standard that our beloved Representative, Jim Miceli, shared with me on a number of occasions.For all the reasons mentioned above is why I am endorsing Mr. Mark Kratman for State Representative for the 19th Middlesex District.Jay KellyTewksburyLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Mark Kratman Receives Endorsement Of Tewksbury State Senator Barbara L’ItalienIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Committee To Elect David Robertson Issues Statement On Mark Kratman’s Voting HistoryIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Judy O’Connell Addresses Allegations Of Federal Tax Liens On Her HomeIn “Government”last_img read more

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Ketchikan responders train for terrorism

first_imgAbout 33 law enforcement officers and first responders from 10 different federal, state and local agencies in Ketchikan recently came together for a two-day anti-terrorism training event. They learned how to be more aware of potential terrorist plots and, just as important, built inter-agency relationships.Download AudioA cruise ship is docked at Ketchikan’s downtown Berth 2. Such ships brought about 1 million passengers to Southeast in 2015. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)KRBD’s Leila Kheiry talked with two of the local participants – City of Ketchikan Fire Chief Abner Hoage and Alaska State Troopers Capt. Michael Duxbury.I’m going to guess what you’re thinking: “Terrorism? In Ketchikan? Get real.”Because terrorists like to make a big splash, and won’t attack some little town on an island in Alaska, right? Well, Capt. Duxbury — who worked as a Trooper with the FBI on the joint terrorism task force and previously led the state’s Criminal Intelligence Unit — said it’s not as unlikely for Alaska as many might believe.“Alaska is within approximately 9.5 hours of the world’s major hubs for transportation of goods in the airports, and we have a population that 63 percent comes from somewhere else,” he said. “So, we have an exchange here – an ability to exchange with the rest of the world — that’s almost unprecedented for how small a population we have.”So, that’s the state. But what about small towns like Ketchikan?  Hoage, who is Ketchikan’s emergency manager, said one thing they learned in the training is that a lot of terrorism plots start in smaller communities, “and then they move the materials to where the attack takes place. Because they don’t want to be noticed until they’re ready to be noticed.”So, it’s possible in small-town Alaska. But what can be done about it? The training, they said, focused on increasing awareness. They learned what to watch out for as first responders, and they encourage local residents to also be vigilant.But, both Hoage and Duxbury stressed, terrorism isn’t confined to any one group.“We don’t want people to focus on religion or national origin, or any of that,” Hoage said. “Focus on the behaviors. You know what’s going on in your community; you know what’s normal and what’s not. If you see something that’s not normal: Report it.”But, what counts as “not normal?” – I mean, this is Alaska, after all.Even in Alaska, though, it’s a little strange for someone who doesn’t own a specific kind of business to start buying large quantities of certain chemicals, for example.“Maybe acetone (and) you’re not in the painting business,” Duxbury said.“Some sort of chemical – industrial grade products when you don’t have an industrial type business that you’re operating,” Hoage added.Or, you notice that a business has lots of people coming and going at odd hours, and some of them appear to be living in the business. Or a group of neighbors all suddenly experience a rash of thefts from their shops or garages.And, Duxbury said it’s important to note that telling law enforcement when you see something strange doesn’t necessarily mean you’re getting a neighbor in trouble. Law enforcement still needs to go through a process to determine whether that “something” is something that needs further investigation.“Professionalism doesn’t dictate that you give me a piece of information and I go running to that person and say, ‘hey, he told me – what are you doing?’ and shake someone,” he said. “No (that’s) violating people’s rights, and civil rights are important to all of us. That’s why we live in Alaska, most of us, because we have a pretty strong Constitution.”Getting back to the question of “can it happen here?” Terrorism is not only a violent means of expressing an extreme religious ideology; Hoage said it can be anyone using violence to promote an agenda.There are some issues specific to Alaska, especially Southeast Alaska, that generate a lot of passion in people, such as environmental protection versus resource extraction.“And when you think about it in that sense, there are things going on in the State of Alaska and even here locally, that someone could try to influence policy, whether it be state or federal policy, at a local level,” he said.One area in Ketchikan that many local residents might consider a likely target for terrorists is the downtown cruise dock. Duxbury said that is a potential target, because terrorism is about symbolism and making a symbolic statement.“We have 940,000 people (a year), and they came from all over the world,” he said. “We wouldn’t even have to harm anybody – but scare a bunch of people – and we’d have an impact all over the world.”And the best way to counter that kind of impact is through awareness and cooperation.last_img read more

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UP chairman shot dead

first_img.A Jatiya Party-backed union parishad chairman was gunned down by miscreants in Krishnanagar Bazar area of Kaliganj upazila in Satkhira district on Saturday night.The deceased is Mosharraf Hossain, 52, from Krishnanagar union parishad of the upazila, reports UNB.Witnesses said six miscreants came by three motorcycles in the market and shot the chairman when he was sitting in front of Jubo League office, leaving him critically injured.Jubo League is the youth wing of ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL).He died on the way to a local hospital, the witnesses added.Assistant superintendent of Satkhira police Yeasin Ali said a group of miscreants fired several rounds of bullet aiming Mosharraf Hossain, leaving him dead on the spot.last_img read more

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Big Wii U news Nintendo announces new Zelda Fire EmblemShin Megami cr

first_imgIn today’s Nintendo Direct, the company made some big announcements, outlining prominent future Wii U releases, as well as attempting to reassure us that the Wii U will evolve, announcing some planned big features on the horizon.Perhaps one of the few reasons certain gamers might have continued purchasing Nintendo consoles over the years, a new Zelda for  the Wii U is in development, though the release date has been rumored to be far away. There aren’t any details at the moment, but Nintendo said they would be incoming. I think it’s a safe bet to say that the game will feature locating some amount of MacGuffins protected by large bosses that adhere to some sort of repeating pattern. Along with the Wii U Zelda, Nintendo also announced that their new console would be getting a Wind Waker HD remake, which will most likely look absolutely gorgeous, considering the SD version was pretty breathtaking to begin with.At this year’s E3, Nintendo is planning to have playable builds of a new 3D action Mario title and a new Mario Kart. The Kirby’s Epic Yarn team will be setting its sights on Yoshi, transforming the little guy into a yarn-based dinosaur. A new Wii Party will be releasing this summer, and the Xenoblade team is working on a new game for the Wii U. Nintendo also noted that details for Bayonetta 2 and the next installment of the Super Smash Bros. franchise are eventually on the way.Perhaps the only piece of surprising news is that Nintendo is working with Atlus and Intelligent Systems to bring a Fire Emblem and Shin Megami Tensei crossover to the Wii U. Reports around the internet suggest that the art style seems to be more in line with the Shin Megami series rather than the Fire Emblem series, so that might mean that the game will be based in the Shin Megami universe. However, based on the teaser (below), even as an avid Fire Emblem fan I don’t notice a difference in the FE character visuals.Iwata also noted that Nintendo is working on other crossovers, but didn’t reveal any further details.Nintendo will be adding the Virtual Console to the Wii U in a spring update, and it will initially include NES and SNES games, with GBA games coming somewhere down the line. The games will be priced as they were on the Wii. If you bought a Virtual Console game on the Wii and transfered it to the Wii U, you can repurchase the “enhanced” Wii U version for $1 per NES game, and $1.50 per SNES game.Also coming this spring, Nintendo will make the Miiverse available to view through a browser on smartphones, with plans to make an app in the future.So, in summary, Nintendo will be releasing a new Zelda, Mario, Mario Kart, Yoshi game, Super Smash Bros., and a mini-game collection sometime in the future. Didn’t see that coming! The Fire Emblem and Shin Megami Tensei mashup is certainly intriguing, though, and this FE fan will be keeping a cautious, watchful eye.last_img read more

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Researchers engineer molecular magnets to act as longlived qubits

first_img( — Some physicists today are investigating the possibility of using molecular magnets as information storage units in future quantum computers. Molecular magnets are molecules whose magnetic moments prefer to lie along a particular axis with respect to the molecular structure. They have electron spin structures that can be magnetically tuned to more than one state and, at low temperatures, can retain this state even in the absence of a magnetic field, potentially allowing them to store information. More information: C.J. Wedge, et al. “Chemical Engineering of Molecular Qubits.” PRL 108, 107204 (2012). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.108.107204 Chemical structure of a molecular magnet. Image credit: C.J. Wedge, et al. ©2012 American Physical Society Copyright 2012 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of Citation: Researchers engineer molecular magnets to act as long-lived qubits (2012, March 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further 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. Breakthrough in quantum computing: Resisting ‘quantum bug’ Now a team of researchers from the UK have demonstrated that the phase of quantum mechanical superpositions between the magnetic states can last for more than 15 microseconds, allowing their spin states to be repeatedly switched before they lose their information through decoherence. This finding adds to the evidence that molecular magnets may be useful as qubits, the components of a quantum computer.The researchers, C.J. Wedge, et al., from the University of Oxford and the University of Manchester, have published their study on how to chemically engineer molecular qubits to increase their phase memory times in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters. Previously, the researchers achieved a phase memory time of 3.8 microseconds, and studies of other molecular magnet systems have yielded times on the 1 microsecond time scale.  “Phase memory time and coherence time are very similar concepts,” coauthor Arzhang Ardavan of the University of Oxford told “[Long phase memory time] means that it is possible to manipulate the qubit many times before the quantum information is lost. That is the greatest significance, but we were also pleased that it was possible to control the molecular structures precisely so as to determine the various decoherence mechanisms and to reduce them as far as we were able.”In their study, the researchers focused on Cr7Ni molecular magnets, which they had previously shown to have  coherence times that greatly exceed the 10 nanoseconds needed for single-qubit manipulations. Here, they have taken the next steps and investigated the specific sources of the molecular magnet’s decoherence (nuclear spin diffusion and spectral diffusion), as well as how to optimize the structures to delay decoherence as long as possible.To do this, the researchers compared different Cr7Ni structures by changing two key components, certain cations and ligands. They specifically investigated how well the different structures retained their spin states at low temperatures, as measured by the structures’ phase-coherence relaxation time. The researchers found that optimally engineered Cr7Ni molecular magnets can have phase memory times exceeding 15 microseconds, which is several orders of magnitude higher than the time required for single-qubit manipulations, and significantly longer than previous demonstrations.The researchers predict that the results will lead to the ability to manipulate quantum states within molecular magnet clusters. They plan to further investigate ways to manipulate molecular magnets in the future.“We will examine various possibilities,” Ardavan said. “Our collaborators who work on the chemistry of these molecules are able to synthesize structures incorporating several coupled molecular magnets. We will work on simple multi-qubit algorithms using these kinds of molecules. “Recently, it was proposed theoretically that electric fields could be used to manipulate the magnetic states of molecular magnets,” he added. “We are examining these possibilities experimentally.”last_img read more

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Visa Europe Paves the Way to Bring Apple Pay Across the Pond

first_img 2 min read February 24, 2015 Apple Pay aficionados may soon be able to tap, tap on their smartphones and pay in Europe.Visa Europe announced today that it is unveiling a new payment technology that allows credit card payments to be processed by a retailer without disclosing specific credit card data. The “tokenisation” service uses a series of numbers, not credit card numbers, to verify a payment, according to a statement released by the London-based payment processing company today.The introduction of this mobile payment technology to Europe paves the way for Apple to bring its popular, touch Apple Pay system across the Atlantic. Thus far, ApplePay has only been available in the U.S.Apple did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment on its plans to expand Apple Pay.Related: Samsung Buys Mobile Payments Startup to Take on Apple PayVisa Europe said the launch of tokisation technology was indeed a catalyst for mobile payment technology becoming more mainstream in Europe. “This is an exciting time to be in the payment industry. We believe that 2015 will be the year that mobile payments will be in the hands of consumers across Europe,” said Sandra Alzetta, an executive director of products for Visa Europe, in the statement.Visa Europe is partnered with the U.S. credit card megaloth Visa, but it operates independently.Related: How Apple Pay Is Poised to Transform the Trillion-Dollar Service IndustryThe benefit of a mobile payment system like Apple Pay or one of its rivals, beyond the convenience of not having to fumble for a your wallet and credit card in your handbag or pocket, is safety. With the tokenisation technology, a consumer’s credit card information is never shared with the merchant during a payment.With Apple Pay specifically, a Device Account Number is generated for each customer and encrypted and stored on a chip in your mobile device. The credit card numbers, therefore, are not ever even stored on the Apple servers.Related: Apple Opens its App Store to 4.5 Billion Chinese Credit Cards Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globalcenter_img Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

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Qantas carries home Olympic heroes

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W A special Qantas charter plane painted with the famous boxing kangaroo has returned Australia’s Olympic athletes home, touching down in Sydney just after 7am this morning. The athletes were given a hero’s welcome home by family and friends, Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, London Games chef de mission Nicholas Green and Qantas CEO Alan Joyce. Thanking them for their efforts and sacrifices, the Prime Minister told the hundreds of athletes they did great things in London, and will do greater things in Rio in four years times. Medal winning athletes proudly displayed them around their necks and the buzz from the crowd grew while mixing with the stars of the show. Proudly wearing her gold and bronze medals, cyclist Anna Meares said her medals were not just precious to her, but her family and coaches whose support and hard work was unbelievable. Australia ended the London 2012 Olympic Games with 35 medals, including seven gold, 16 silver and 12 bronze, leaving the country 10th overall on the medal tally.last_img read more

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Larnaca sets up designated points for feeding stray cats

first_imgLarnaca municipality has designated certain points for the feeding of stray cats it announced on Wednesday, citing public health issues.In a written statement, the municipality said the authorities understood the interest by the public in the well-being of stray cats but at the same time they urge people to respect the municipality’s obligation to safeguard public health.The cats should be fed only in clean containers and at the designated feeding points which need to be kept clean. Members of the public who find that places where cats are fed are dirty are asked to notify the municipality or animal welfare organisations.“A stray cat feeding point has been established next to the Makenzie beach and others will be set up elsewhere in the city,” the municipality said.At the same time, the town has allocated funds for the sterilisation of stray cats, and more money will be used for the purpose from the municipality’s annual budget.This year, as they did last year, the municipality will also participate actively in the cat sterilisation programme under the auspices of the regional animal welfare committee and the veterinary services.Animal welfare group Cat Paws estimates that there are between 1.5 million and 2 million cats in Cyprus, most of them strays who have to fend for themselves.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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