Tycho has revealed dates for an extensive summer tour in support of their recent album release, Awake. Surrounding performances at a number of major festivals, including Coachella, Lightning in a Bottle, Bonnaroo, Firefly, Ottawa Blues Fest and more, the group will hit a number of spots in Florida, North Carolina and Virginia, and will play some major cities in Canada as well.For full ticketing information and more, head to the band’s official website. The schedule can be seen below:Tycho Tour Dates:April 17 Berkeley, CA—Greek Theater April 18 Indio, CA—Coachella May 21 Bradley, CA—Lightning in a Bottle June 3 Cuahutemoc, MEX—Sala June 6 Houston, TX—Free Press Summer Festival June 9 Tampa, FL—The Ritz Ybor June 10 Miami, FL—Grand Central June 11 Jacksonville, FL—Free Bird Live June 13 Manchester, TN—Bonnaroo June 15 Wilmington, NC—Ziggy’s by the Sea June 16 Norfolk, VA—The Norva June 17 Richmond, VA—The National June 18 Dover, DE—Firefly Music Festival June 19 Baltimore, MD—Rams Head Live! July 8 Ottawa, CAN—Ottawa Blues Festival July 9 Quebec City, CAN—Quebec City Summer Festival July 10 Montreal, CAN—Parc Jean Drapeau July 11 Toronto, CAN—Echo Beach July 14 Headingley, CAN—Adrenaline Adventures July 15 Saskatoon, CAN—Diefenbaker Park July 17 Calgary, CAN—Prairie Winds Park July 19 Pemberton, CAN—Pemberton Music Festival August 6 Darrington, WA—Summer Meltdown
Sierra Leone, Guinea report 10 more Ebola casesSierra Leone has reported three more lab-confirmed Ebola infections in two different districts, while a case detection push in Guinea’s Forecariah district—a disease hot spot over the past several weeks—has turned up seven more cases, the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) reported today.The cases in Sierra Leone are new ones reported since the last World Health Organization weekly epidemiologic update on May 20, reflecting cases reported to the country’s National Ebola Response Centre between May 19 and May 21. Two infections are in Western Area Urban district, and the other is in Port Loko. One of the Western Urban Area cases prompted the quarantine of six households near Freetown.Meanwhile, the cases in Guinea were reported between May 16 and May 19, the first 4 days of a case-finding and sensitization campaign targeting Forecariah district.The cases lift the overall outbreak total to 26,971 confirmed, probable, and suspected cases in the three main outbreak countries. The number of deaths has reached 11,122, according to UNMEER.May 22 UNMEER update Qatar reports another MERS infectionFor the second day in a row, Qatar’s Supreme Council of Health (SCH) reported a new MERS-CoV case, the country’s fourth this year.The patient is a 73-year-old Qatari citizen who is hospitalized with severe pneumonia, according to a translated SCH statement flagged and posted by Avian Flu Diary, an infectious disease news blog. Yesterday the SCH announced a MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) infection in a 29-year-old foreigner who works at a camel farm.According to a case list kept by FluTrackers, an infectious disease news message board, the latest case lifts Qatar’s total from the virus to 15, which includes 6 deaths.Elsewhere, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health (MOH) today reported two deaths in previously announced case-patients. They include a 30-year-old Saudi woman from Hofuf and a 36-year-old Saudi man from Khamis Mushait. The country’s number of infections remained at 1,002, with the newly reported deaths lifting the fatality total from the disease to 436. The MOH added that 558 people have recovered from MERS, while 7 are still in treatment and 1 is in home isolation.May 22 Avian Flu Diary post May 22 Saudi MOH statement Salmonella outbreak linked to raw tuna grows to 53 casesA Salmonella outbreak apparently associated with raw tuna in sushi has increased to 53 cases in nine states, with most cases in California, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported yesterday. The new number is up by two cases from a day earlier.The source of contamination has not been conclusively determined, but 34 of 36 sick people who were interviewed said they had eaten sushi containing raw tuna in the week before their symptoms began, the CDC said.California has reported 31 of the 53 cases. Other states and their numbers are Arizona, 10; New Mexico, 6, and 1 each in Illinois, Mississippi, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.Illness-onset dates ranged from Mar 5 to May 3, the CDC said. Among 46 people with available information, 10 were hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported.The outbreak involves Salmonella Paratyphi B variant L(+) tartrate(+), an unusual strain. It typically causes diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever starting 12 to 72 hours after exposure, the CDC said, but it doesn’t cause paratyphoid fever, enteric fever, or typhoid fever.No common brand or supplier of raw tuna linked to illnesses has been identified so far, and hence there are no specific preventive steps for restaurants, retailers, or consumers to take, the agency said.But the CDC repeated its warning that those at increased risk for complications of foodborne illness—children under age 5, seniors, pregnant women, and the immunocompromised—should not eat any raw fish or raw shellfish.May 21 CDC statement Related May 19 CIDRAP News item
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Air safety investigators probing a fiery Emirates crash a year ago say they have found no evidence of problems with the aircraft’s systems or engines.The Boeing 777-300 was landing at Dubai International Airport after a flight from Trivandrum International Airport in India on August 3, 2016, when it crashed trying to perform a go-around.The new interim report by the United Arab Emirates General Civil Aviation Authority boosted the number of reported injuries among passengers and crew from 24 to 30.It said 21 passengers, one pilot, and four cabin crew sustained minor injuries while four cabin crew were seriously injured.A firefighter also died from injuries sustained in a fireball when the centre wing fuel tank exploded.The aircraft landed too far down the runway as a headwind turned into a gradually increasing tailwind and the rear wheels touched down as the crew unsuccessfully attempted the rejected landing.As the aircraft reached an altitude of 85ft, it began to sink back towards the runway.Full thrust was applied three seconds before the crash but by the time the engines responded, one second before impact, it was too late.The rear of the aircraft hit the runway at 125 knots with the nose pitched up and one of the engines was ripped off the wing as the aircraft burst into flames.The interim statement said that a large number of aircraft systems had been tested with the help of manufacturers.An analysis of the data downloaded “indicates that there were no aircraft systems or engine abnormalities up to the time of the accident’’.“Regarding the operation of the flight the investigation is working to determine and analyse the human performance factors that influenced flight crew actions during the landing and attempted go-around,’’ the report said.“In addition, the Investigation has reviewed and has identified safety enhancements related to the validity of weather information that was passed to the flight crew, and communication between air traffic control and the flight crew.’’
Computer Scientists at Princeton University have shown some very easy and creative methods to hackcryptographic key material with physical access to an encryptedmachine. Watch the video embedded below to find out how existingtechnology is really vulnerable against Cold Boot Attacks on Encryption Keys. All you need is a Duster spray can, if that, to cool the DRAM and extract the keys. The paper publishedalong with the video clearly outlines techniques for finding keysresiding in memory.The really cool part is that this technique doesn’treally hack into the encryption directly. Rather, it depends onscanning the encryption keys by accessing the contents of the RAM andthen extracting the data either by directly tampering with the RAM orby simply booting the computer from a USB drive. You can also read theindustry response and more details on these findings in the news.com article.It is not all bad news … Intel is planning on releasing atechnology code named “Danbury” which drastically reduces exposure tothe Cold boot attacks. Please note that Danbury technology will be part of the Intel vPro processor technology to be released later this year. Danbury uses dedicated platform hardware toprovide full disk encryption and the actual data encryption keys arenot kept in the DRAM. Although, Intermediate, or ‘wrapping’, keys usedto unlock data encryption keys are stored in DRAM temporarily,when the user is physically present or while remote IT operation hascontrol of the platform. These keys are subsequently deleted once nolonger needed, thus reducing the exposure significantly.I am also very happy to announce that Danbury SDK that can leveragedby software vendors to enhance encryption software will be made on the manageability developer communitylater this year. If you are interested to find out more about thistechnology or are interested in developing encryption software usingthis technology then feel free to leave a comment on this post.
It’s a primitive turtle, but it looks nothing like today’s dome-shelled reptiles. Resembling a broad-bodied, short-snouted lizard, the 240-million-year-old creature—dubbed Pappochelys rosinae—appears to be a missing link between prototurtles and their modern relatives, according to a new study. If so, the find could fill in a number of pieces about turtle evolution.The findings are “a very important contribution in addressing who turtles are related to, as well as the evolutionary origin of the turtle shell,” says Tyler Lyson, a vertebrate paleontologist at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science who was not involved with the study. “These have been two vexing questions for evolutionary biologists for the last 200 years.”About two dozen or so fossils of the creature have been recovered, all of them from 240-million-year-old rocks deposited as sediment on the floor of a shallow, 5-kilometer-long lake in what is now southern Germany. Most of the remains include only bits of bone and are from individuals of various sizes, says Hans-Dieter Sues, a vertebrate paleontologist at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. But between the two most complete specimens yet found, he and Rainer Schoch, a paleontologist at the State Museum of Natural History Stuttgart in Germany, have put together a full skeleton and most of a skull.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)P. rosinae adults likely measured about 20 centimeters long, with half of that being a long, whiplike tail. (The species name is a combination of the Greek words for “grandfather turtle” and the person who helped clean rock from the fossils to prepare them for analysis.) Its peglike teeth suggest the animal fed on worms and other soft-bodied prey, Sues says. Yet skeletal anatomy reveals Pappochelys was no run-of-the-mill lizard, Sues and Schoch report online today in Nature. Unlike lizards, but much like the earliest known relative of turtles (Eunotosaurus, which lived in what is now South Africa about 20 million years earlier), Pappochelys’s ribs are broad, dense, and have a T-shaped cross section. In later, full-shelled species of turtles, those ribs are even wider and have fused with each other and certain bones in the shoulder girdle to form a carapace, or upper shell. But unlike the earlier Eunotosaurus, Pappochelys has gastralia, or belly ribs. These free-floating bones developed within the tissue of the underbelly, Sues says; in more evolved species of turtles, these gastralia broaden and fuse to form a plastron, or lower shell.Because the fossils were originally entombed in lake floor sediments, the researchers suggest that Pappochelys spent a lot of its time in the water and around the lakeshore—a lifestyle similar to that of today’s marine iguanas, Sues says. So having broad, dense bones and gastralia would have acted like a diver’s weight belt, helping Pappochelys fight buoyancy and forage on the lake’s bottom. But these bones would also have had a beneficial side effect: They would have offered some degree of protection from predators, such as large amphibians or fish living in the lake, by deflecting or blunting their bites.“In the water, predators can get you from all angles,” Sues notes. Over millions of years, evolution sculpted the bones to create the full set of body armor seen in modern-day turtles. The first full-shelled turtles show up in the fossil record about 205 million years ago.The two distinctive holes on the side of the head behind each eye of Pappochelys provide vital clues to the evolutionary heritage of turtles, says Torsten Scheyer, a vertebrate paleontologist at the University of Zurich in Switzerland who was not involved in the work. Those holes mark the species as a member of the diapsid (“two arches”) group of reptiles. That diapsid group includes crocodiles, lizards, snakes, dinosaurs, and their surviving kin, birds. But because modern turtle skulls lack these holes, some scientists have proposed that turtles were the last surviving members of an anapsid (“no arches”) lineage of reptiles. But now, he adds, these fossils of turtle progenitors firmly back up the results of genetic analyses of living reptiles: Turtles belong on the diapsid branch of the reptilian family tree.Scheyer says fossils that are even more complete, or ones that have the bones preserved in more lifelike arrangements, would provide better information about the species. “I’m really looking forward to see more research done on these outstanding fossils.”
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The loan, which is the third by the Bank since its support strategy for Jamaica commenced in 2013, forms part of an overall J$34.9 billion (US$270 million) provided over the period. The Government’s economic reform agenda will be further boosted with the provision of another World Bank Development Policy Loan (DPL) in the sum of approximately J$9.05 billion (US$70 million). Story Highlights The Government’s economic reform agenda will be further boosted with the provision of another World Bank Development Policy Loan (DPL) in the sum of approximately J$9.05 billion (US$70 million).This provision will further underpin the Administration’s ongoing policy implementation, aimed at spurring growth and development while enhancing Jamaica’s global competitiveness.The loan, which is the third by the Bank since its support strategy for Jamaica commenced in 2013, forms part of an overall J$34.9 billion (US$270 million) provided over the period.An agreement formalising the loan is to be signed by representatives of the Government and World Bank in Kingston on June 28.This was disclosed during a media briefing at the multilateral institution’s Jamaica Country Office in New Kingston,on June 21.Lead Economist, Philip Schuler, who spoke via video link from the Bank’s headquarters in Washington, DC, said the DPL series for Jamaica has been supporting a wide cross section of reforms, legislation, regulations and procedures being embarked on by the Government targeting key areas.These, he said, include prudent fiscal management and responsibility; energy diversification from oil to more affordable and cleaner options, such as natural gas and renewables; and modernisation of the economic zone framework to attract new foreign direct investments.Also included are modernising the building code, which will result in the construction of more energy-efficient and disaster-resilient structures; reducing international trade costs through automation of the Jamaica Customs Agency’s operations; rationalisation and consolidation of systems for public investment projects; and development of the public service pension scheme.Mr. Schuler pointed out that these engagements have been supported by investment project financing, resulting in the development of fiscal and regulatory policies over the last several years.“We expect to see, over the next couple of years, if those can be translated into greater growth,” he said.Meanwhile, the Bank’s Country Manager for Jamaica, Galina Sotirova, said the new plan, coupled with the Strategy’s proposed two-year extension to 2019, represented the institution’s acknowledgement of the country’s “commendable” economic progress over the last four years.“Those (loan and strategy extension) are evidence of our continued commitment to be a partner of Jamaica in this very ambitious and necessary programme for growth and development in Jamaica,” Mrs. Sotirova added.