first_img Twitter Advertisement Massoud was one of more than 2,000 hopefuls who auditioned for the title role. (Credit Philip Cheung for The New York Times) Advertisement The little-known actor talks casting controversies, questions of representation and how he held his own with Will Smith.When Mena Massoud, the star of the new “Aladdin” live-action remake, got the first callback for the title role, he decided not to revisit the beloved 1992 animated original. Instead he wanted to draw inspiration from the underlying theme: a “journey of personal identity.”The cartoon does carry a well-intentioned, universal message of being true to yourself. But it has also been criticized for promoting the stereotype of “barbaric” Arabs. And though it’s set in a fictional port city in Arabia, its characters were voiced by a majority white cast. Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Born in Cairo and raised in Toronto, Massoud, 27, has a rosier view of the earlier movie. “My parents knew about the story of Aladdin far before the animation film. It’s a folk tale that is very prevalent in Egypt,” he said, adding that the movie is a “very positive depiction of where we came from.”Still, Disney needed to update the revival for woke audiences. After an open, worldwide casting call, it wound up with a diverse cast that includes the British actress Naomi Scott, who plays Jasmine and is of Indian descent, and actors with Iranian and Tunisian roots. Massoud, who had a recurring role in “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan,” won out over more than 2,000 hopefuls who auditioned for his role.The film has received decidedly mixed reviews from critics, though in his New York Times review, A.O Scott called the casting “admirable.”In a recent phone interview, Massoud explained why he thought it was “counterproductive” to critique the story and casting process and shared his thoughts on Will Smith’s blue genie. These are edited excerpts from the conversation. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With:last_img read more

More must be done to take a bite out of organized crime

While many countries in the region have a centuries-long experience with organized crime, others have only recently come into contact with such groups as well as illicit goods and services, according to the report launched today in Bangkok, Thailand.“The history of organised crime in the Asia-Pacific also demonstrates that no single country, no single strategy, no policy, no law, no law enforcement measure, and no penalty — however harsh — has been successful in eliminating and eradicating the problem of organised crime,” it noted.Profits generated by smuggling and trafficking, with a price tag of billions of dollars, exceeds the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of many of the region’s economies, the UNODC study said, adding that organized crime could potentially undermine governance, commerce and human rights.“New ideas are needed to prevent and suppress organised crime more effectively,” the report, entitled “Palermo on the Pacific Rim: Organized Crime Offences in the Asia Pacific Region,” underscored.“Palermo” refers to the 2000 UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, known as the Palermo Protocol, which has been ratified by nearly 150 nations so far.But the new publication pointed out that few countries in the Asia-Pacific region has implemented the obligations contained in the pact.“Whether or not the Asia-Pacific region succeeds over organised crime — or surrenders to it — is the collective responsibility of the whole region,” it said. “In the end, it is the combined political will of all governments and civil societies in the region that will determine the future of the response to organised crime in the Asia-Pacific.“Whether or not there will be a Palermo on the Pacific Rim is ultimately up to us.” 31 August 2009Greater efforts are needed to win the battle against organized crime in East Asia and the Pacific, according to a new study by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), which calls for a fresh approach to tackle the scourge. read more

IPO values screensharing app maker Teamviewer at 578B

BERLIN — Teamviewer, the maker of the eponymous screen sharing and conferencing software, has made the biggest initial public offering for a German tech company since the dot-com boom.Shares in Goeppingen-based Teamviewer began trading at 26.25 euros ($28.88) on the Frankfurt exchange Wednesday, valuing the company at 5.25 billion euros ($5.78 billion).Up to 42% of Teamviewer’s stock, or 84 million shares, are being offered publicly.Teamviewer’s owner, Britain-based investment firm Permira, bought the company for 870 million euros in 2014 and will retain a stake of at least 58%.The company provides a free version of its software and a premium version with about 368,000 subscribers.Teamviewer has about 800 employees, about half of which work at its offices in Goeppingen, outside the southwestern city of Stuttgart.The Associated Press read more

US foreign policy expert named as senior aide to SecretaryGeneral

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today announced the appointment of Robert Orr, a veteran United States expert in foreign affairs, as the new United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Strategic Planning.Mr. Orr, who succeeds Michael Doyle, also from the United States, was most recently Executive Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Before that, he served as Director of the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington.From 1996 to 2001, he held senior posts in the US Government, including Deputy to the US Ambassador to the UN Richard Holbrooke and Director of Global and Multilateral Affairs at the National Security Council, where he was responsible for peacekeeping and humanitarian affairs.Prior to government service he worked for the International Peace Academy in New York and with non-governmental organizations in Nairobi, Kenya.Mr. Orr, who speaks Mandarin Chinese and Spanish, received a doctorate of philosophy from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. read more

Burger Kings profit climbs on strength overseas Satisfries help North American sales

by Candice Choi And Mae Anderson, The Associated Press Posted Feb 13, 2014 5:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Burger King’s profit climbs on strength overseas; Satisfries help North American sales FILE – In this Thursday, April 25, 2013, file photo, a car stops at the drive-thru at a Burger King restaurant near downtown Los Angeles. Burger King reports their quarterly earnings on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Nick Ut) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Burger King’s new lower-calorie french fries didn’t spark a stampede to restaurants, but the company says they helped push up sales slightly amid heightened competition.The Miami-based chain on Thursday reported a higher quarterly profit on growth overseas, with particularly strong results Asia. In North America, it said new menu items like Satisfries french fries and the Big King burger, which mimics McDonald’s Big Mac, helped lift sales 0.2 per cent at established locations.Alex Macedo, Burger King’s president of North American operations, said the rollout of Satisfries boosted fry orders overall.“It’s not a mainstream product, it doesn’t have the broadest appeal, but it is a premium product and has had success,” Macedo said. “People who were coming in and not ordering fries are now ordering fries.”Burger King Worldwide Inc. and other fast-food chains are fighting to attract diners constrained by the economy and a storm-filled winter, along with tough competition from higher-priced quick-service restaurants like Chipotle. In response, Burger King has introduced a string of new menu items and pushed deals.The unveiling of Satisfries in particular came with great fanfare, with the company hosting a preview of the fries for media in a New York City penthouse this past September. The fries have about 20 per cent fewer calories than the chain’s regular fries as a result of a batter that blocks out some of the oil during frying.They cost extra, with a small order priced at $1.89, 30 cents more than regular fries.Macedo said the fries also show Burger King’s commitment to developing new products. The chain has been undergoing significant structural, menu and marketing changes since it was purchased and taken private by 3G Capital, a Brazilian private investment firm. In 2012, 3G unveiled a revamped menu before announcing a deal to take the chain public again.For the quarter ended Dec. 31, Burger King says it earned $66.8 million, or 19 cents per share. That compares with $48.6 million, or 14 cents per share, a year ago.Not including one-time items, it said it earned 24 cents per share, above the 23 cents per share Wall Street expected.The sale of company-owned restaurants to franchisees led to lower revenue of $265.2 million, which was below the $268.2 million analysts expected. Such refranchising reduces corporate revenue because the company records only the fees the franchisee pays rather than the total restaurant sales.Burger King had 13,667 restaurants last year.____Follow Candice Choi at www.twitter.com/candicechoi read more

UK car manufacturing achieves alltime record exports in 2012

UK car manufacturing broke all-time export records in 2012, with volumes sent overseas exceeding 1.2 million, up 8% on last year. Total vehicle output increased 8% last year to 1.58 million units, the highest level since 2008.Car output rose 9% in 2012 to 1.46 million units, ending the year with a 6% rise in December.Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive said, “2012 was a very good year for UK car production with record levels of exports and volumes at their highest since 2008.“The outlook for 2013 remains positive with demand in many faster growing global markets offsetting the continued weakness in European economies. The £6 billion of investment committed to UK facilities, new model programmes and R&D signals a bright future and many new opportunities for companies in the supply chain.  These remain extremely challenging times and it is essential industry and government continue to work together to secure long-term industrial growth.”UK automotive manufacturing dataBusiness Secretary Vince Cable said, “News that UK car production increased by 9% in 2012 and exports are at record levels is a great tribute to our manufacturing strengths, particularly in the face of challenging trading conditions in Europe and strong international competition.“The UK is achieving success by making products that are in demand across the world. We have a diverse and innovative automotive sector with some of the most productive plants in the world and a flexible, skilled and committed workforce.“The government is creating a highly supportive business environment to ensure that UK manufacturers continue to flourish as well as encouraging further investment in the UK automotive sector, including the supply chain.“There is no room for complacency and to build on this competitive advantage we are working jointly with the auto sector on a long term industrial strategy.”CV and Engine manufacturing factsCV output fell 6.8% in the year and was down 18.9% in December.UK engine production remained stable, down just 0.3% in 2012, with December dipping 0.8%.CV and engine manufacturing output last year reflects weak demand in European economies as instability in the eurozone and fresh austerity measures impact on consumer confidence.The outlook for UK automotive manufacturing is good with global demand remaining strong and UK facilities building on the significant investment committed to them in recent years.Click through to download the full UK automotive manufacturing news release for December 2012 (full year data).If you use these figures in online editorial, please reference www.smmt.co.uk/vehicle-data/ as the source.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Nautilus Minerals back on track with PNG agreement on Solwara 1 project

first_imgNautilus Minerals and Papua New Guinea have signed an agreement enabling the Solwara 1 project  to move forward toward production with the full support of the PNG state. Under the agreement, PNG will take an initial 15% interest in the project. The state has the option to take up to a further 15% interest within 12 months of the agreement becoming unconditional and has paid Nautilus a non-refundable deposit for its initial 15% interest of $7 million.The agreement is conditional upon the state, (through a subsidiary of Petromin PNG Holdings), securing by July 31 2014, funding for its 15% share of the capital required to complete the development phase of the project up to first production, being $113 million (excluding the deposit). These funds will be placed in escrow until Nautilus satisfies the conditions for their release. The funds will be released to Nautilus, and an unincorporated joint venture between the parties for the ongoing operation of the project will be formed, if within six months of the funds being transferred, Nautilus secures the charter of a Production Support Vessel and secures for the PNG state certain intellectual property rights. After first production, Petromin’s subsidiary will contribute funds in proportion to its interest.If the conditions of the agreement are satisfied and the state completes the purchase of its 15% interest in the project, then the arbitration concerning Nautilus’ claim for damages related to the termination of the State Equity Option Agreement from 2011 will be dismissed. If the PNG state does not complete the purchase, then the position the parties were in prior to signing the agreement will be reinstated.Nautilus’ CEO, Mike Johnston, said the company was pleased to have achieved an amicable resolution of its issues with PNG. “This step represents a major vote of confidence in Nautilus Minerals and the Solwara 1 project. Through this joint venture, the state will provide a significant capital investment and will retain a direct interest in the long term success of the project. We look forward to working closely with the state and Petromin on Solwara 1, which will generate significant economic activity within the state and the province of New Ireland,” he said. The company is now focusing its attention on securing a suitable vessel arrangement and is continuing its discussions with potential vessel partners while also undertaking a tender process with shipyards experienced in building offshore construction vessels. Nautilus intends to have a vessel solution in place before the end of the year.Also recently announced by Nautilus is the completion of the assembly of the Bulk Cutter (BC), the first of the Seafloor Production Tools (SPTs). Subsea vehicle designer and manufacturer, Soil Machine Dynamics (SMD) of Newcastle upon Tyne in the UK, is the company responsible for building the SPTs for Nautilus. SMD are experts in the “marinisation” of mechanical, hydraulic, electric and electronic equipment for use in a subsea environment (water and pressure immersion). SMD uses this skill set as the basis of much of its existing product line in remotely operated vehicles and subsea trenchers. The BC is the heaviest of the three SPTs, weighing 310 t when fully assembled. It is designed to be the high productivity machine responsible for the bulk of production.last_img read more

We all support HC Sporta Hlohovec…

Slovakian second best team HC Sporta Hlohovec prepare for the matches of the EHF Cup Round 3 against Norwegian side – Arendal. Management of Slovakian team have found the interesting way to get attention before the second leg, which will be held on December 1, when official calendar for 2014 will be presented to their fans. Snapshot speaks a 1000 words… ← Previous Story SHOCK IN SKOPJE: Rastvortsev five months out! Next Story → No interest for Lars Walther in Aalborg – Henriksen to take charge? hc sporta hlohovec read more

LinkedIn pour la première fois bénéficiaire

first_imgLinkedIn pour la première fois bénéficiaireLe réseau social professionnel a réalisé des bénéfices pour la première fois de son histoire en 2010, d’un montant de 1,85 million de dollars. De bon augure avant son introduction en bourse…Ça ne pouvait pas mieux tomber pour LinkedIn, le réseau social professionnel. Alors que la société californienne a déposé auprès des autorités boursières américaines son projet d’introduction en Bourse, elle a réalisé ses premiers bénéfices depuis sa création en 2003. Le réseau, qui se targue de posséder 90 millions de membres, a remis à la Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) de Wall Street un document préalable à une introduction en bourse, qui pourrait lui permettre de lever 175 millions de dollars supplémentaires. Le document précise que ses fonds pourraient être utilisés “pour l’acquisition d’activités, technologies ou actifs complémentaires”, relaye L’Expansion. Il y est précisé que le chiffre d’affaires de l’exercice 2010 s’élève à 161,4 millions de dollars, soit le double de 2009, dégageant un bénéfice net de 1,85 million de dollars, contre une perte de 3,38 millions un an plus tôt. Les premiers bénéfices de son histoire, durant laquelle LinkedIn avait toujours perdu de l’argent, sauf pour l’exercice 2007 où il avait atteint l’équilibre.  Le 28 janvier 2011 à 17:16 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

WTF Wednesday Stay Merry With These Ugly Christmas Sweaters

first_img It’s the “most wonderful time of the year,” yet the holidays might be killing your mood. If you’re about to call it quits on your next dinner, party, or gift exchange, hear us out: an ugly Christmas sweater might get you in the spirit.While everyone else will show up in normal winter attire, your hideous outfit will generate lots of laughs. Whether you’re all about snowy robots or light-up lampshades, there’s an ugly sweater that’s the perfect match for you.In honor of National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day, which takes place on Dec. 21, we’ve rounded up the ugliest, most bizarre Christmas sweaters for your holiday festivities.Rick and Morty Holiday SweaterPhoto Credit: ThinkGeekBest way to “sleigh” your next office holiday party? Say, “I turned myself into a Rick and Morty Christmas sweater.”Buy it HereNeon Space Ship Ugly Christmas SweaterPhoto Credit: AmazonSeason’s greetings from outer space: This neon space ship ugly Christmas sweater is an intergalactic rainbow.Buy it HereA Christmas Story Leg Lamp SweaterPhoto Credit: AmazonYou’re squad will be “jealous of plastic” when you wear this A Christmas Story fragile leg lamp sweater.Buy it HereWrapping Paper SweaterPhoto Credit: AmazonWhat’s the best Christmas gift of all? You, in this wrapping paper sweater, of course.Buy it Here Super Mario Bros. Holiday SweaterPhoto Credit: ThinkGeekStay warm in the Mushroom Kingdom with this Super Mario Bros. holiday sweater.Buy it HereCoyote Cactus Ugly Christmas SweaterPhoto Credit: AmazonMove over, Fraser firs: Cacti are the new Christmas trees. Channel all the Western vibes with this ugly coyote sweater.Buy it HereGalaxy Cats Ugly Christmas SweaterPhoto Credit: AmazonThis galaxy cats ugly Christmas sweater is the purr-fect outfit for your next winter celebration.Buy it HereSanta Unicorn Christmas SweaterPhoto Credit: AmazonSanta riding a unicorn, Saturn, and shining stars make this ugly Christmas sweater a ridiculous pick.Buy it HereSanta Gains Ugly Christmas SweaterPhoto Credit: AmazonWatch St. Nick get ripped and crush all the #fitnessgoals with this Santa gains ugly Christmas sweater.Buy it HereR2-D2 Holiday SweaterPhoto Credit: AmazonCelebrate Christmas with your favorite bot: R2-D2 looks super cute in this winter wonderland holiday sweater.Buy it HereMore on Geek.com:WTF? Wednesday: Feast Your Eyes on the World’s Largest Gingerbread VillageWTF? Wednesday: Deck the Halls With These Wacky Holiday DecorationsWTF? Wednesday: ‘Yuck’ Becomes ‘Yum’ at the Disgusting Food Museum PewDiePie Pulls $50,000 Pledge to Anti-Hate Group After Fan BacklashPolice Arrest Dutch YouTubers for Trespassing Area 51 Site Stay on targetlast_img read more

Two suspects arrested after highspeed pursuit

first_imgAfter a citizen called in a couple of suspicious men trying to prowl or steal a vehicle in Longview, WA, Cowlitz County Sheriff’s deputies arrested two men.Around 2:20pm, a call came in to Cowlitz 911 of two men trying to get into a parked vehicle. When a citizen asked them if the vehicle belonged to them, they jumped into a Green Subaru Legacy Stationwagon and sped away. The citizen provided a license number to dispatch which returned to a vehicle stolen out of Vancouver.Longview Police spotted the vehicle but lost it a short time later. A Cowlitz County Sheriff’s deputy then spotted the vehicle running a red light at Industrial Way and California Way. The deputy pursued the vehicle at 100+ mph east on Tennant Way to Old 99 where the vehicle headed south. The vehicle went through the school zone at Carrolls School in excess of 70 mph.The vehicle continued to I-5 southbound towards Woodland where the responding deputies lost sight of it in the heavy rain and road mist.Searching the area where it was last seen headed towards, a deputy was contacted by some citizens who pointed out two men in a parking lot near another car. The Subaru was parked next to it. The deputy exited his vehicle and ordered the suspects out of the vehicle at gunpoint. The men ignored the deputy, drove the newly stolen car into a ditch and were stuck. Jumping back into the Subaru they drove off, striking another vehicle while leaving.Another short pursuit ensued when the Subaru struck a vehicle head-on at the intersection of Goerig and Atlantic, disabling the stolen car and seriously injuring the driver of the victim vehicle. She was transported to an area hospital with neck injuries and a possible broken arm.last_img read more

Press Talk Debt 101 class in session

first_imgGood morning, class. I’m Professor Brancaccio and welcome to the Debt 101 class.So let’s get started. Pursuant to the name of the class, how did the debt get out of control and how is that beating down the average taxpayer? Yes, Jimmy?“Well it’s those fat cat CEOs who make too much money. They need to be taxed more.”No question that some CEOs are making obscene amounts of money, especially when you compare it to their workers. But let’s say we grab everyone that’s making a million bucks a year or more and double or even triple their taxes, what would that do to our $15 trillion debt? Jake, thoughts?“Squat.”Excuse me? What do you mean, “squat?”“That wouldn’t come close to putting a dent in our debt.”Well, class, Jake has a point. It would be great for those who could afford to pay more, to pay more. But that wouldn’t solve the problem. So, what might? Hannah?“Maybe we should get all those folks in Congress to quit amassing wealth?”Anyone know anything about how wealthy Congress is? Noodles?“Well I just read a story saying the average American’s net worth has dropped 8 percent during the past six years, while members of Congress got, on average, 15 percent richer. The median net worth of members of Congress is about $913,000, compared with about $100,000 for the country.”Danni, comment?“What the … ???”But class, there’s nothing wrong with people amassing wealth, as long as they do it fairly. Still it’s unbecoming for us working stiffs to see this. Jake?last_img read more

Slow Fairbanks snowmelt slows Canada Geese migration

first_imgCanada Goose on the Colville River Delta. (Photo by Ryan Askren, USGS.)Sunshine is abundant this time of year, but cooler temperatures this week have slowed the melting of a well above normal snowpack in Fairbanks. That’s affecting migratory bird’s arrival at a local refuge.Listen nowThe first few Canada Geese were spotted at Creamers Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge in Fairbanks back on April 4th. That’s among the earlier first arrival dates on record, but longtime Alaska Department of Fish and Game wildlife biologist Mark Ross said that can be deceiving “because it’ll always be certain individuals of the species that are pushing the envelope to get to their breeding sites as quick as possible.” Ross said the larger migration has been slow to build, something he attributes to this spring’s late lasting snow cover.”We’ve had a big snow year as everyone knows. It’s above average,” Ross said. “And there’s still a lot on the ground.”Ross said during his 21 years running education programs at the refuge, migration has typically peaked at about one thousand geese between April 22nd and 24th.”I’m hoping we’re on track for that ’cause that’s when we’ve got about 600 schoolkids scheduled to come out to witness this great migration,” Ross said. “And this is the 50th anniversary of the community rallying to help purchase the field so there’s wildlife habitat. And it’s the 50th anniversary of the bird watch for fifth graders.”Ross noted that the peak abundance date is in line with the first arrival dates of fifty years ago. He cautions making assumption about why, noting that grain has been scattered for the birds at Creamers since the 1940s.”These waterfowl are very long-lived,” Ross said. “And they’ve got a memory of this feed on the field.”Ross says Canada Geese, which can live 15 years or more, pass that experience on to successive generations.last_img read more

Big trade deficit with China not sustainable in long run Commerce ministry

first_imgNew Delhi, Sept 24 (ANI): Commerce Ministry said that the widening trade deficit with China is a matter of concern and not sustainable in the long run, as representatives from both countries met to explore greater business opportunities between the countries. India-China Business Matchmaking Symposium in New Delhi was organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Trade Development Bureau (TDB) of China, in the backdrop of exponential growth in the trade sector between the two countries in the last few years. The Chinese business delegation headed by Vice Director General of Chinese Trade Development Bureau (TDB) Jia Guoyong consisted of delegates from various sectors of business and trade.last_img read more

An Update On Investigations At The Arkema Chemical Plant

first_imgKHOU.comFire at the Arkema chemical company in Crosby, Texas (Sept. 1, 2017).It has been nearly three weeks since the chemical fires at the Arkema plant in Crosby, Texas in the middle of rising floodwaters from Harvey.The fires have since burned out, but questions still linger about how the company will move forward from that incident and the ensuing controversy.To get the latest on the situation, we talk with Travis Bubenik, who covers energy and the environment for News 88.7.He says investigations are underway by two agencies: the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB). TCEQ is investigating air pollution impacts from the fires. The CSB will focus on the plant’s chemical process — how chemicals were stored and used at the site. Sharelast_img read more

Scientists identify quantum differences between light and heavy water

first_imgScientists know that light water (H2O) and heavy water (D2O) have similar but not identical structures. Using quantum mechanics, researchers have recently identified several differences between the two water isotopes that previous research had not predicted. Alan Soper from the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire, UK, and Chris Benmore from Argonne National Laboratory in Argonne, Illinois, have published their results in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.Chemically speaking, D2O is an isotope of normal H2O, with each of the deuterium atoms having one neutron while the normal hydrogen atoms have no neutrons. The extra neutrons make heavy water about 10% denser than H2O, which can be seen when heavy water ice cubes sink in a glass of normal water. Biologically, this difference means that large amounts of heavy water can have harmful effects on animals, although it would take about two weeks of consuming only D2O and no H2O to kill a human.In their study, Soper and Benmore investigated the differences between light and heavy water on the quantum level. They used a combination of techniques – x-ray diffraction, neutron diffraction, and computer simulation – to discover the underlying mechanisms for why heavy water is more structured than light water, as previous research has indicated.“The task of understanding the structure and properties of any material is immense, and, in the case of water, is doubly difficult because of (a) the very keen interest in its properties, which are actually rather amazing and complicated compared to many common liquids, and (b) the difficulty of getting really reliable data on its properties,” Soper told PhysOrg.com. “The significance of our results is that they will challenge the theoreticians to come up with better models for water, something that has often eluded them and which even today is a subject of much study and endeavor.”Soper explained that some of their results could be controversial, since they contrast with predictions. First, the scientists found that H2O has a longer intramolecular OH bond than D2O’s corresponding OD bond length. Specifically, the OH bond is longer by about 0.03 angstroms, or 3%. Second, the intermolecular hydrogen bond (which connects two separate molecules) is shorter in H2O than in D2O. Here, the difference is about 0.07 angstroms, or 4%. Neither of these differences in bond length had been predicted in previous studies. Mussels are inspiring new technology that could help purify water and clean up oil spills A molecule of water: the red atom is oxygen, and the gray atoms are either hydrogen (light water) or deuterium (heavy water). Physicists have investigated the underlying mechanisms for why heavy water is more structured than light water. Citation: Scientists identify quantum differences between light and heavy water (2008, August 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-08-scientists-quantum-differences-heavy.htmlcenter_img Further, because the OH/OD bond length difference and the hydrogen bond length difference are not equivalent (3% and 4%), there also exist geometrical differences between the structures of light and heavy water. While previous research had predicted an overall broadening of the H2O structure compared to the D2O structure, Soper and Benmore have pinpointed three specific differences, some of which are in opposition to earlier predictions.For one thing, the intermolecular OH peak is more asymmetric in H2O than D2O. Also, the distance between the hydrogen atoms on neighboring molecules is about 2% larger for H2O than in D2O. Finally, the number of hydrogen bonds per water molecule is less in H2O than in D2O (3.62 vs. 3.76). Together, these structural differences give light water a broader structure, and heavy water a narrower, more tetrahedral shape.Soper said that some of these unexpected results (such as the large degree of asymmetry in the hydrogen bond in H2O compared to D2O and the OH/OD bond length difference) may be contested by computer simulators. He also explained that the hydrogen bond length is caused by small electron movements that impact the proton (in hydrogen) or deuteron positions. Since the proton has a smaller mass than the deuteron, it sits higher in the quantum potential well (that holds the hydrogen atom) compared with the deuteron’s lower position in its potential well. “If that potential well is now perturbed by an approaching water molecule forming a hydrogen bond, then because the proton is higher in the well, it is more likely to be influenced by the approaching water molecule, drawing it away from the parent oxygen, more so than the deuteron, which is deeper in the well, and therefore less sensitive to perturbations from neighboring water molecules,” Soper said. This effect may play a role in the difference between the OH and OD bond lengths.The researchers also explained that understanding the structures of light and heavy water might not have any immediate applications, but could help researchers in a variety of fields down the road.“There is no obvious immediate impact from understanding these structures, apart from the obvious point that it will no doubt spur theoreticians to greater efforts to see if they can understand our findings,” Soper said. “Water is arguably the most important material in the human environment. Though there are lots of other materials we can and do study, somehow water captures major interest because of its fundamental importance to us. “Ultimately, if we understand water better, we will become better at predicting its properties, such as its ability to form crystals and water droplets in the atmosphere which in turn can cause immensely damaging storms as a consequence, its ability to act as the medium in which life has evolved, as the medium in which proteins will fold to their native structures, as the material used by our industry to both heat and cool, as the material used as a solvent and as a cleaner. The list is rather endless!”More information: Soper, A.K. and Benmore, C.J. “Quantum Differences between Heavy and Light Water.” Physical Review Letters 101 065502 (2008).Copyright 2008 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. 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PM asks IAS trainees to research governance issues

first_imgMussoorie: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday held an interaction with IAS officer trainees here and asked them to research governance issues in depth, so that they could understand those well.He held the interaction with over 360 officer trainees of the 92nd Foundation Course at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), a day ahead of his address to them.During the four-hour interaction in four groups, a variety of subjects such as administration, governance, technology and policy-making came up, according to a PMO statement. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Officers shared their own experiences, which were very constructive,” Modi tweeted.The prime minister urged the officer trainees to express their ideas and thoughts to him frankly and without fear, the PMO statement said.He also stressed on the need for them to develop a national vision, the PMO said.The discussions were marked by a large degree of experience-sharing.The prime minister also interacted with faculty members of the academy, who gave him an overview of the work being done there, to train India’s civil servants, the statement said. He also visited the state-of-the-art Gandhi Smriti Library at LBSNAA and attended a short cultural programme by the officer trainees.last_img read more

Reminder Fill up your petrol tank before midnight tonight as the petrol

first_imgThe price of fuel is set to shoot up at midnight tonight (June 6), reaching a record high.Motorists will definitely feel the pinch.93 ULP and LRP will go up by 82 cents per litre.95 ULP and LRP is also going up by 82 cents per litre.Diesel 0.05% sulphur is increasing by 85 cents a litre.Also read: Petrol price set to increase at the end of AprilAlso read: Update: Petrol price to increase this coming WednesdayDiesel 0.005% sulphur is going up by 87 cents a litre.Illuminating paraffin (wholesale) will go up by 82 cents and LP Gas by 138 cents. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The prices are as follows from midnight: 95 petrol at R15.79 per litre, 93 petrol at R15.54 and 0.05% diesel at R14,19 per litre. So fill up your tank before petrol is over the R15 mark!Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

Get The Best Discount On Xiaomi Mi Notebook Ruby Mi Notebook Pro

first_img Share Tweet Submit If you’re in the market looking for the best laptop for a given price, be sure to check out our list of notebooks available at a hefty discount for a limited time. Our list includes the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Ruby, Mi Notebook Pro, Mi Notebook Air and much more. So do check it out.Get The Best Discounts On Xiaomi Mi Notebook Ruby, Mi Notebook Pro, Mi Notebook Air And MoreBefore we move on to the list, do take note that the discount is only available for a limited time and would revert back to its original price if not availed on time. Now, let’s see the discount and how you can avail it.Chuwi Lapbook SEThe Chuwi Lapbook SE features a display size of 13.1-inch and runs Windows 10. It features Intel Gemini processor and 128GB of onboard storage. If you’re up for it, you can get the Chuwi Lapbook SE at a 29 percent discount, making the price come down to just $268.99. Use our code GB&TACWlapbookse to avail the discount. Head over to this link to get it.Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro Core-i5The Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro is a powerful machine coming in with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage capacity. It features Intel’s Core-i5 processor which means it is powerful enough to carry any task you throw at it. If you’re up for it, you can get the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro at a 42 percent discount, dropping the price to just $759.99. Head over to this link to get it.Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro Core-i7If you’re willing to get a beefed-up version o the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro featuring 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage and Intel Core-i7 processor, it is available at a 30 percent discount, making the price come down to just $929.99. Head over to this link to get it.Xiaomi Mi Notebook AirThe Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air is a one of a kind portable machine with powerful internals to handle your everyday tasks. It comes with 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD storage and a fingerprint scanner for enhanced security. It runs on Windows 10 with Intel Core-i5 processor and also includes NVIDIA GeForce MX150 Graphics card.If you’re up for it, you can have the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air at a 29 percent discount, coming in at just $739.99. Head over to this link to get it.Xiaomi Mi Notebook RubyThis particular laptop is one of our favorite on the list, offering a lot more than it is priced at.  It features a 15.6-inch display running Windows 10. In addition to this, it also features 4GB of RAM and 128GB SSD along with 1TB if HDD. It also houses NVIDIA GeForce MX1110 for enhanced graphics.If you’re up for it, you can get it at a massive discount of 55 percent, making the price come down to just $619.99. Head over to this link to get it.This is all for our list fo best laptops available at a hefty discount. Be sure to order yours before the offer expires. Apart from this, if you’re looking for a surprise, be sure to check out massive discount and deals. For one, you can Pay $9.99 for Any 3 Items. Choose the products that you see fit and take advantage of the limited time holiday discount. Other than this, you can also opt for the Lucky Bag Avalanche for a surprise. For more product list, discount and deals, head over to Gearbest 11.11 Sale.There will be more to the story, so be sure to stay tuned in for more deatils on the matter. What are your thoughts on the discount? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more