Chess World Rattled As Someone Nearly Wins Game

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Magnus Carlsen of Norway, the world’s No. 1 chess player, fended off a vicious siege at the hands of U.S. grandmaster Fabiano Caruana, the world No. 2, in London Friday. It was the sixth frame of the World Chess Championship, and one that for hours appeared likely to give the American a critical lead. But Carlsen escaped, and the match remains level, 3-3. Each of the six games so far have been a draw.“It’s a miracle save,” said Robert Hess, an American grandmaster commentating on the match for catch you up: Carlsen is seeking his fourth world title while his challenger Caruana is trying for the first American world championship since Bobby Fischer in 1972. Their horns are locked in the middle of a best-of-12-game match for the game’s most important title.The two began Friday’s Game 6 in one of Caruana’s favorite openings: the Petroff. (Specific lines of this opening were featured in the deleted video that scandalized the match days ago.) Game 6’s first three moves appear in 12,289 other games in the ChessBase database. In 11,802 — or 96 percent — of those, white moves its knight to f3 on its fourth move. In 17 of those — or 0.1 percent — white moves its knight to d3.Carlsen moved his knight to d3. We’ll keep the draw-filled chart below updated throughout the match. And perhaps we’ll be able to add a decisive result to it at some point. Or perhaps not. And that could be exciting, too.1While the chart below shows a big advantage for Caruana throughout most of the end of Friday’s game, the computer engine is not always perfectly reliable when it comes to numerically assessing complex, fortressed-based endgames. 87654321abcdefgh A dozen moves later, Caruana had captured three of Carlsen’s pawns, including those aspiring to become queens, and still had one of his own. That left him in a victorious position — if only he could see it. On the 68th move, a supercomputer analyzing the game found a guaranteed checkmate a distant 30 moves down the road — down a lengthy bridle path, say. Chess players are second only to maybe biological taxonomists in their proclivity to elaborately name things, and sure enough even this rare position has its own proper name: the Karklins-Martinovsky Variation. But neither player was troubled by Karklins-Martinovsky, they said after the game. Its theory is well known to these elite players.And so they played on. The powerful queens came off the board by move 8, but this loss took no edge off the fight. For a while, the game looked less like a battle and more like a dressage competition, as 66 percent or more of each player’s first 12 moves were knight moves.Many moves later, as the game cantered through its middlegame, winning chances emerged and swelled for Caruana’s black pieces, according to both the computer engine and human grandmaster commentators. (Surprisingly, black, which is usually at a disadvantage, has often had an advantage over white in this match.) While there was no single blunder for Carlsen, there was an accumulation of … what to call them? “Mistakes” seems too serious. “Slip-ups” make them sound like pratfalls. Let’s go with “inaccuracies.” Carlen admitted after the game that he’d made a number of imperfect moves. By move 34, knights and bishops were the only firepower left on the board, and they threatened salvo after salvo in a crucial struggle over the pawns.By the 47th move, Carlsen was down a knight but up three pawns, which gave him a few slim hopes. Two had open routes to the end of the board, where they could become queens. Much delicate, asymmetrical and impossibly complex maneuvering commenced, as Caruana tried to prevent the pawns’ promotion. 87654321abcdefgh Caruana is an unbelievably strong player — though not that strong. As play continued, the silicon’s guarantee quickly went away. If only Carlsen could eliminate the pawns, he’d survive: a bishop and a knight versus a bishop is a theoretically guaranteed draw.Finally, through many feats, Carlsen was able to spirit away his king to a fortress on black’s side of the board. 87654321abcdefgh read more

University girl jumps off moving bus to escape rape attempt

first_img.A female student of a university escaped rape attempt by jumping off a moving bus at Dampara Wasa More in Chittagong city on Saturday, according to UNB.The bus driver and two of his assistants attempted to sexually assault the girl, a first year student of the city’s Premier University, after all the passengers of the bus got down at the place around 1:00pm, witnesses said.At one stage of their scuffle, the girl managed to jump off the bus pushing back one of the assaulters to escape the wicked bid and shouted seeking help.Hearing the screams of the girl, locals rescued her and nabbed the driver and one of the associates.Later they were handed over to police after giving them a good beating, said sub-inspector Abu Saleh of Chakbazar police station.The culprits were identified as bus driver Rasel, 34, and helper Hanif, 26.”We are looking into the matter,” said the police officer.last_img read more

Uber Is Piloting an OnDemand Helicopter Service

first_imgJanuary 18, 2016 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 2 min read Airbus Group has partnered with Uber to offer an on-demand helicopter service.The European airplane manufacturer will be providing Uber with Airbus H125 and H130 helicopters. The new collaboration is being tested at the Sundance Film Festival this week in Utah, according to the Wall Street Journal. “It’s a pilot project,” Airbus chief executive Tom Enders told the publication in an interview, “We’ll see where it goes—but it’s pretty exciting.”Uber has been expanding to incorporate forms of transportation aside from its regular car service, including rickshaws and boats in some countries, and this won’t be the first time the company experiments with helicopters.At the Sundance Film Festival.Airbus Group  airbus-group-n-v  has partnered with Uber  UBER 0.00%  to offer an on-demand helicopter service.The European airplane manufacturer will be providing Uber with Airbus H125 and H130 helicopters. The new collaboration is being tested at the Sundance Film Festival this week in Utah, according to the Wall Street Journal. “It’s a pilot project,” Airbus chief executive Tom Enders told the publication in an interview, “We’ll see where it goes—but it’s pretty exciting.”Uber has been expanding to incorporate forms of transportation aside from its regular car service, including rickshaws and boats in some countries, and this won’t be the first time the company experiments with helicopters.UberChopper, as the new on-demand service is being called, was first tested three years ago in New York, flying customers between Manhattan and the Hamptons. It tested again this past summer at the Cannes Film Festival and the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. Though Enders didn’t divulge any financial details, the rides have previously cost between hundred of dollars and thousands of dollars.  This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »last_img read more

SpaceX Rocket Launches Satellite Then Lands on Ship at Sea

first_img Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. 2 min read An unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Florida on Friday to put a communications satellite into orbit, then made a swift return landing on an ocean platform, a live webcast showed.It was the second successful landing at sea for entrepreneur Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, which intends to offer cut-rate launch services by re-using its rockets.”Woohoo!!” Musk wrote on social media website Twitter after the landing. “May need to increase size of rocket storage hangar.”SpaceX successfully landed a rocket on a floating landing pad in April after four failed attempts. Another Falcon rocket had touched down on a ground-based landing pad at Cape Canaveral in December.Before Friday’s launch SpaceX had downplayed expectations for the rocket’s successful return.The rocket flying on Friday was traveling twice as fast as the one that landed last month so it could deliver a hefty television broadcast satellite into an orbit more than 20,000 miles beyond that of the International Space Station, which is about 250 miles above Earth.The 23-story tall rocket lifted off from a seaside launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 1:21 a.m. EDT.Perched atop the booster was the JCSAT-14 satellite, owned by the Tokyo-based telecommunications company, SKY Perfect JSAT Corp, a new customer for SpaceX.About two and a half minutes after launch the rocket’s first stage shut down, separated, flipped around and headed toward a so-called drone ship stationed more than 400 miles off Florida’s east coast in the Atlantic Ocean.The rocket’s second stage continued flying to deliver the 10,300-pound JCSAT-14 satellite into orbit.The satellite, built by Space Systems Loral in Palo Alto, Calif., a subsidiary of MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates is designed to provide television, data and mobile communications services to customers across Asia, Russia and Oceania and the Pacific Islands.Friday’s launch was the fourth of more than a dozen flights planned this year by SpaceX, which has a backlog of more than $10 billion worth of launch orders from customers including NASA.Last week SpaceX won its first contract to launch a U.S. military satellite, breaking a 10-year-old monopoly held by United Launch Alliance, a partnership of Lockheed Martin Corp. and Boeing Co.(By Irene Klotz; Editing by Clarence Fernandez, Greg Mahlich) This story originally appeared on Reuters How Success Happens May 6, 2016 Listen Nowlast_img read more

Rep Rendon bill setting prison sentences guidelines for female mutilation signed into

first_img Categories: News,Rendon News 12Jul Rep. Rendon bill setting prison sentences guidelines for female mutilation signed into law State Rep. Daire Rendon’s legislation which sends anyone convicted of performing a female genital mutilation procedure to prison for up to 15 years has been signed into law.Female genital mutilation (FGM) is any procedure performed on girls intended to remove or damage the external genitalia. Gov. Rick Snyder signed eight bills addressing FGM today,  also prohibiting the procedure, improving educational programs for health and law enforcement officials, and extending the civil and criminal statute of limitations for victims.“Fifteen years incarceration – which is higher than the current federal standard – should be a significant deterrent for anyone considering disfiguring a child,” said Rendon, of Lake City. “This legislation as a whole is not about putting more people in prison, but about protecting girls who may be subject to such a barbaric procedure without any form of consent. Anyone doing so faces a broad ranges of repercussions, even beyond time in prison.The legislation follows a February incident where two young girls from Minnesota were subjected to the procedure at a southeast Michigan clinic. A Livonia couple was arrested on federal charges in April after allowing and performing the procedure after hours at their medical clinic, while a third individual has been fired from their emergency room doctor position for performing the procedure at the same Livonia clinic.House Bill 4638 is now Public Act 74 of 2017 and is Rendon’s first law since taking office in January.#####last_img read more

Soumya Sriraman BritBox the forthcoming US subscr

first_imgSoumya SriramanBritBox, the forthcoming US subscription VOD service from BBC Worldwide and ITV, has appointed Soumya Sriraman as president, North America.Sriraman, who was most recently executive vice-president of franchise and digital enterprises at BBC Worldwide North America, takes up her new role effective immediately.She will be responsible for the overall strategy and operation of BritBox, which is due to launch later this quarter, and will focus on bringing “the best British content to the service” through acquisitions, licensing, co-productions, and partnerships.“Soumya has an outstanding historical knowledge and familiarity with British content. This, coupled with her creativity and excellent business acumen makes her the ideal executive to fill this role,” said Ann Sarnoff, president, BBC Worldwide North America.”“I am confident that Soumya is going to make this service a success, as she has done in all her endeavors for the last five years at BBC Worldwide North America.”Sriraman brings more than 20 years of entertainment experience to the role. Prior to working at the BBC’s commercial arm she was CEO of Anglo-American film distribution company, Palisades Tartan. She has also held senior executive positions at Universal, Warner, and Vivendi.Simon Pitts, ITV managing director of online, pay TV and interactive said: “BritBox is a very exciting development for fans of British TV and a natural next step in ITV’s growth as a global production and distribution business. I’m delighted that we have someone with Soumya’s knowledge, experience, and passion for British content spearheading the service as we prepare for the US launch.”BBC Worldwide and ITV announced their BritBox venture in December. The commercial arm of the UK public caster, and UK commercial broadcaster ITV will share a majority stake in the new venture, which they plan to roll out to other international markets after the US.BBC Worldwide North America is the main commercial arm of the BBC operating in the US and Canada. It also owns a 50.1% share in cable channel BBC America through a joint venture with AMC Networks.last_img read more

It will mean businesses in the area will have the

first_img“It will mean businesses in the area will have the opportunity to embrace the Halloween theme and enjoy the benefit of passing trade.“We are delighted to see even more community involvement this year with groups from the Fountain, Bishop Street and the Bogside joining in the celebrations. “Halloween in Derry has always been about the local community so we invite as much participation as possible, and love to see groups getting involved and making it their own. “The new route will also accommodate easier movement around the Walls and Streets Within, opening the experience up to more people.“We would like to advise visitors to take note of the closures and diversions in place in advance of coming to the event, and we appreciate your cooperation in ensuring it’s a fantastic experience for everyone.”In order to facilitate this year’s Awakening the Walls, temporary restrictions will be in place in the following streets: Magazine Street, Butcher Street, Bishop Street Within, Society Street, London Street, Pump Street, Artillery Street on 28th, 29th & 30th October, between the hours of 5 pm and 10 pm.Regular users of Bishop Street Carpark should note that a partial carpark closure will be in place, however during the Awakening the Walls, from 5.30 pm to 10 pm, exiting the carpark will be restricted and controlled by a dedicated steward. Exiting will be via the top end of the carpark. Society Street Carpark will only be available for accessible parking during Awakening the Walls, from 28th – 30th October. Users must be in place by 5.30pm and cannot leave until 9pm or when it is suitable to do so.Route maps for the event are available online at, and from the information point located in Waterloo Place.The official build-up to the Halloween festivities begins on October 26th and this year up to 100,000 people are expected to attend events taking place over the extended Halloween programme, which runs until November 3rd. The programme features a whole host of activities for all ages, including dynamic drumming sensations Spark, the return of the Samhain Sessions, the Jack-O-Lantern Festival, Monster Funfair, Little Horrors, Shape Shifter costume and make up workshops as well as the haunted Harvest Market.For grown up ghosts and ghouls, the Samhain Sessions are the perfect way to mark this ancient celebration, with some magical performances from top Irish artists including Lisa Hannigan, David Kitt, and Colm Mac Con Iomaire taking place over three nights, Oct 28-30, under the Museum of the Moon in the Guildhall. Or why not ascend the Dark Tower on October 26 – an adult only after dark celebration with live music, ghost tours and plenty of Halloween fun in the Tower Museum.Check out the full programme which is organised and funded by Derry City and Strabane District Council with support from the Tourism N. Ireland International Fund, on www.strabanehalloween.comNew extended Awakening the Walls trail unveiled was last modified: October 20th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: The move will allow for even greater community involvement in the magical illuminated trail, and will provide more opportunities for local businesses to be part of the celebrations. A number of streets in and around the Cathedral Quarter of the city will be closed for the duration of the event, creating a haunted Halloween hub which visitors can explore on their journey around the trail.Festivals and Events Officer with Derry City and Strabane District Council, Liz Cunningham, said the extended trail would enhance the experience for all those taking part. “Awakening the Walls draws huge crowds and this year we wanted to offer an even better experience taking in more of the of the city’s historic Cathedral Quarter and the communities that live within vicinity of the walls,” she explained. WITH less than two weeks to go until the city is transformed into Scary Derry, organisers are working around the clock to put the final preparations in place for what is expected to be the biggest celebration to date.This year’s annual Halloween celebrations have been extended over nine days, with a packed programme of family friendly events for all ages at a range of venues across the city. One of the biggest highlights of the programme is the atmospheric Awakening the Walls event which takes place over three evenings from October 28th – 30th. Always a huge draw, this year the event has been extended to include an even wider area, taking in not just Derry’s historic Walls, but also the surrounding streets and sites. ShareTweet Bishop Street carparkDerry and Strabane CouncilFestival and Events OfficehalloweenLIZ CUNNINGHAMNew extended Awakening the Walls trail unveiledlast_img read more


first_imgShareTweet “We are out of sync with health services in places such as Scotland with people locally having to go private if they need more than one cycle at a cost of thousands of pounds per cycle.“Sinn Féin support the case for equal access to 3 cycles in line with NICE guidelines and a review of emotional support as recently outlined in our policy document ‘A Vision for Women’s Healthcare’.“I want to commend the Fairness in Fertility campaign, for raising these very important issues and for facilitating the difficult conversations to highlight the plight of many people who are struggling to access fertility services,” she added.Mullan commends Fairness in Fertility campaign was last modified: October 31st, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: Fairness in FertilityFOYLE MLAKAREN MULLANMullan commends Fairness in Fertility campaignSinn Feinstormontcenter_img SINN Féin MLA Karen Mullan has commended the Fairness in Fertility campaign who presented senior health officials with 10,000 petition signatures calling for equal access to 3 cycles. Speaking after hosting the group at Stormont, the Foyle MLA said: “Many people face a very difficult and often hidden journey to access fertility services. “Today is another step forward on that journey through the presenting of 10,000 petition signatures to the Permanent Secretary in the Department of Health. last_img read more

Scientists use hairthin fiber endoscope to gain insights into hardlyaccessible brain structures

first_img Source: Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 28 2018It is the first time, scientists are able to achieve high-resolution observations of neuronal structures inside deep brain areas of living mice – by the use of the most minimally invasive endoscopic probe reported thus far. Using a hair-thin optical fiber, the researchers can look into deep brain areas of a living mouse as if through a keyhole. Recently introduced methods for holographic control of light propagation in complex media enable the use of a multimode fiber as an imaging tool. Based on this new approach, the scientists designed a compact system for fluorescence imaging at the tip of a fiber, offering a much smaller footprint as well as enhanced resolution compared to conventional endoscopes based on fiber bundles or graded-index lenses.”We are very excited to see our technology making its first steps towards practical applications in neuroscience,” says Dr Sergey Turtaev from Leibniz-IPHT, lead author of the paper. “For the first time, we have shown that it is possible to examine deep brain regions of a living animal model in a minimally invasive way and to achieve high-resolution images at the same time,” adds IPHT scientist Dr Ivo T. Leite. Sergey and Ivo work in the research group for Holographic Endoscopy led by IPHT scientist Prof. Tomáš Čižmár, who developed the holographic method for imaging through a single fiber. Using this approach, the research team succeeded in obtaining images of brain cells and neuronal processes in the visual cortex and hippocampus of living mice with resolution approaching one micrometer (i.e. one thousand times smaller than a millimeter). Detailed observations within these areas are crucial for research into sensory perception, memory formation, and severe neuronal diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Current investigation methods are strongly invasive, such that it is not possible to observe neuronal networks in these inner regions at work without massive destruction of the surrounding tissue – usual endoscopes comprised of hundreds of optical fibers are too large to penetrate such sensitive brain regions, while the neuronal structures are too tiny to be visualized by non-invasive imaging methods such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).Related StoriesRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaNeural pathways explain the relationship between imagination and willingness to helpWearing a hearing aid may mitigate dementia risk“This minimally invasive approach will enable neuroscientists to investigate functions of neurons in deep structures of the brain of behaving animals: without perturbing the neuronal circuits in action, it will be possible to reveal the activity of these neuronal circuits while the animal is exploring an environment or learning a new task,” explains project partner Dr Nathalie Rochefort from the University of Edinburgh.Building up on this work, the research team now wants to address the current challenges of neuroscience, which will entail the delivery of advanced microscopy techniques through single fibre endoscopes. “Under the “Photonics for Life” flag of the Leibniz-IPHT and in the scope of the European Research Council funded project LIFEGATE, we will strive hard to prepare more significant advancements on this result, essentially funneling the most advanced methods of modern microscopy deep inside the tissues of living and functioning organisms,” concludes Prof. Tomáš Čižmár.last_img read more

Childrens air pollution exposure at school could be linked to higher overweight

first_img Source: Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 31 2019Exposure to air pollution, particularly at school, could be associated with a higher risk of overweight and obesity during childhood. This is the conclusion of a study by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), an institution supported by “la Caixa”, performed with 2,660 children between 7 and 10 years of age from 39 schools in Barcelona.A few studies have associated exposure to air pollution with a higher risk of child obesity and overweight. However, these studies focused mainly on exposure at home, without considering the school environment.The study, published in Environment International and performed under the BREATHE project, assessed for the first time the relation between obesity and overweight risk and air pollution levels at school and home, the two microenvironments where schoolchildren spend most of their time.Related StoriesRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaWhy Mattresses Could be a Health Threat to Sleeping ChildrenResearchers identify gene mutations linked to leukemia in children with Down’s syndromeOn one hand, the research team collected data on the children’s weight and height and calculated their body mass index and obesity and overweight status. On the other hand, they used sensors in the schoolyard to measure the levels of outdoor pollution – nitrogen dioxide (NO2), elemental carbon (EC), particle matter (PM2.5) and ultrafine particles -during one week in summer and another week in winter. They also estimated exposure levels to NO2, NOx, PM2.5, PM10 and PMcoarse at the home address.”We observed that children exposed to medium or high levels of air pollution at school -ultrafine particles, NO2, PM2.5 and EC- had a higher risk of obesity and overweight as compared to those exposed to lower levels”, concludes first author Jeroen de Bont, researcher at ISGlobal and IDIAP Jordi Gol. Exposure to high levels of PM10 at home was also associated with higher risk of obesity or overweight during childhood, although in this case the analysis was done with estimates of exposure levels.”The study has however some limitations, which means that the results are to be cautiously interpreted”, says Martine Vrijheid, ISGlobal researcher and study coordinator. “Being a cross-sectional study, we only have data at one time-point, and we do not have enough data to establish the nature of the association. To draw more solid conclusions, we need new longitudinal studies that follow the study participants over time”, she adds.Regarding the mechanisms linking air pollution and overweight, some animal studies suggest that pollution can induce oxidative stress, insulin resistance and systemic inflammation, factors that are known to contribute to obesity”, explains de Bont.Most children were exposed to air pollution levels above those recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO), both at school and home. Specifically, over 75% were exposed to PM2.5 levels above those recommended (10μg/m3) and more than 50% breathed NO2 levels above those considered as safe (40μg/m3).last_img read more