BW Catcher FPSO Produces First Oil

first_imgzoom The first oil from the BW Catcher floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) unit was produced on December 23, 2017, operator of FPSO units BW Offshore informed.The initial hydrocarbon volumes were produced following a hook-up and commissioning period.The FPSO arrived at the Premier Oil-operated Catcher field, offshore UK, on October 18, after it departed Keppel Shipyard in Singapore in late August and made a brief stopover at Nigg.“The Catcher development project is nearing completion on time… We are very pleased with the effective hook-up and commissioning, which reflects extensive preparations through-out the construction phase and a well-planned offshore installation program,” Carl K. Arnet, the CEO of BW Offshore, commented.BW Catcher is owned and operated by BW Offshore and will commence a seven-year fixed term contract, with extension options of up to 18 years. The Catcher field partnership is made up of Premier Oil (50%), Cairn Energy (20%), MOL Group (20%) and Dyas (10%).The unit has an oil storage capacity of 650,000 barrels and a processing capacity of up to 60,000 barrels per day. The FPSO has a design life of 20 years of uninterrupted operations.last_img read more

Oppal says he wont resign from inquiry

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe man picked to chair a public inquiry into how police investigated the Robert Pickton case is responding to calls for his resignation.Wally Oppal was a former attorney general for British Columbia.Critics say he’s too close to the provincial government to be considered impartial and should resign.They say Oppal has previously rejected having an inquiry and often defended the actions of police.last_img

First hundred days for National City Mayor

first_img KUSI Newsroom Posted: June 4, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, First hundred days for National City Mayor June 4, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter 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) – Mayor Sotelo-Solis stopped by KUSI News to talk about all things National City.According to Sotelo-Solis, she was first being elected in 2008, ten years later Alejandra become the first Latina Mayor of National City.Regionally, she serves on the SANDAG, Sweetwater Authority and MTS Board. last_img read more

Ode To Reverb 8 Examples Of Delightful Decay

first_img Ode To Reverb: 8 Examples Of Delightful Decay Email Ode To Reverb: 8 Classic Examples ode-reverb-8-examples-delightful-decay Facebook Twitter News A look at some of the finest uses of one of music’s most powerful studio effects: reverb Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Oct 19, 2017 – 5:12 pm Reverb on a song is a lot like salt on a meal: The right amount can make it exponentially better, but add too much and it’s ruined. So which songs offer the best examples of the perfect pinch of reverb? The LANDR Journal recently rounded up their list of eight songs that belong in the “reverb hall of fame.”The selections cover a wide range of eras and genres, but in each instance, the mixing engineer struck the right balance of utility and style. For the former, reverb gives each sound a certain sonic space and can help organize disparate elements by placing certain instruments closer up or farther back in the mix. For the latter, style, reverb can be heavily manipulated and experimented with to create a signature sound.Such is the case with perhaps the most famous example on LANDR’s list, Led Zeppelin’s 1971 classic “When The Levee Breaks” from Led Zeppelin IV. John Bonham’s drums for this song were famously recorded in the hallway of a three-story staircase with microphones placed all the way at the top of the stairwell, giving the drums a massive sound that engineers have referenced (and tried to duplicate) ever since.Other notables on the list include Phil Collins’ signature use of gated reverb in his 1981 hit “In The Air Tonight,” and more recent examples like Grimes’ ethereally angelic vocal sound on 2010’s “Venus In Fleurs” and inventive artist/producer Blake Mills’ convincing and tasteful room sounds on his 2014 instrumental “Shed Your Head.”The next time you’re working on a song and need to choose a tracking room or reach for your favorite DAW plug-in, Lexicon 480L or EMT-250, remember to use reverb responsibly but don’t be afraid to experiment.Read More: Kanye West To The Beatles: 5 Expensive Albums By GRAMMY WinnersRead morelast_img read more

OBITUARY Robert M Ford 91

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Robert M. Ford, “Bob”, age 91, of Wilmington, formerly a long-time resident of Newton, passed away peacefully on February 21, 2019.Bob was born on December 30, 1927 in Newton, MA; he was the dear son of the late Patrick and Hannah Ford. Bob was raised and educated in Newton and was a graduate of Newton High School. Bob went on to further his education at Boston University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism.Bob married his beloved wife Alyce in 1950; the couple resided in Newton where they raised four wonderful children. Bob was a very devoted and loving husband and father; he and Alyce along with their family had many great times together before her passing in 1988.Bob was very ambitious, he was the Co-founder and editor of the Watertown Press weekly newspaper for over 37 years; retiring in 1993. Following his retirement, Bob, continued to write a weekly column for the paper for 10 more years.Bob loved politics and was very active in the political world; he was a life-long Democrat and proud of it. Bob was an elected member for 12 years for Ward 7 Democratic Committee in Newton and Vice-Chair for 4 years. He was the Co-Chair in Ward 7 for Rev. Robert F. Drinan in his elections to Congress and work diligently in the State Representative campaigns of Mayor David Cohen of Newton.Bob was also very involved in the Watertown Community for many years; he was a former member of the Board of Directors at the Watertown Boys and Girls Clubs, former member of the Watertown Rotary Club and former member of the Board of Directors for the Watertown Chamber of Commerce.Bob started dating his wife Eunice in 1992; he moved to Wilmington in 1995 and Bob quickly became involved in the community as well as its politics. For several years, Bob was a delegate from Wilmington to address Democratic Party issues at several political conventions throughout the years. He was also very active at the Wilmington Senior Citizen’s Center where he made many friends.Bob will be remembered as a “great guy” who was “well read” and up on all current events. He was very knowledgeable in Politics and enjoyed a “friendly” debate. Bob loved people and would go his way to help others. He was certainly “one of a kind” who will be greatly missed by his family and friends.Robert was the husband of Eunice Case of Wilmington and the late Alyce Ford, beloved father of Donna Murphy & husband Paul of Arlington, Kathleen Ford & husband Stephen Bashford of Reigate, England, Michael Ford & wife Pat of Knoxville, TN and Christopher Ford & wife Helen Tapping of Seattle, WA. Loving Grandfather of Alicia Murphy, Logan Bashford and Johnathan Ford. Cherished son of the late Patrick and Hannah (O’Leary) Ford, dear brother of Catherine Garoian of Natick and the late Margaret McCarthy of Newton.Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA on Tuesday, March 5th from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon followed by a Service at 12:00 noon.In lieu of flowers, donations in Robert’s memory may be made to Doctors Without Borders USA, P. O. Box 5030, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5030.Robert M. Ford(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like 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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: James Thayer Hastings, 84In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Paul L. D’Eon, 83In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: John “Kevin” Murphy, 77In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Toyotas 2019 Super Bowl ad makes us wish we were as tough

first_img See All RAV4 EV sounds unlikely as Toyota doubles down on Hybrid Checking the tech in the 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Feb 28 • Last chance to get 3 months of Mint Mobile service for $20 2 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid: A tougher looking electrified crossover • Super Bowl 2019 Toyota More on the Toyota Rav4 Car Industry Hybrids SUVs Crossovers Car Culture 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous What do the 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid and the world’s first woman to get a full-ride college football scholarship as a nonspecialist for defense have in common? Before now, nothing, but Toyota wants to show us with its 2019 Super Bowl ad that it dropped on Monday that making assumptions about things isn’t always the right thing.Antoinette “Toni” Harris is a 22-year-old native Detroiter who became the first woman to be offered a college football scholarship to play on a regular defensive team. She is attending school at East Los Angeles College but has just signed a contract to play for Bethany College in Kansas. Comments 2:06 Super Bowl 2019 “I am thrilled to partner with Toyota on our like-minded quest to defy expectations, lead the charge without compromise and overcome adversity,” Harris said in a statement Tuesday. “I hope this will inspire others who are experiencing a similar journey.” The recently redesigned Toyota RAV4 is maybe less of an underdog than Harris, given that it is the world’s best-selling SUV, but Toyota is out to show that its hybrid models can be about more than just efficiency. In fact, the hybrid RAV4 has always been the most energetic of the bunch, and the new one keeps that tradition alive.The 2019 RAV4 Hybrid makes more power and torque than any of the other models, and along with all the myriad improvements that Toyota made to the RAV4 when it rebooted it for the 2019 model year, it is even more of a force to be reckoned with than before, just like Harris. Share your voice Tags 62 Photos Feb 7 • Every Avengers: Endgame character flash at the start of that Super Bowl trailer 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better More From Roadshow Aug 14 • Raising the entry-level bar Now playing: Watch this: May 7 • 2020 Toyota Supra first drive review: More reset than reboot reading • Toyota’s 2019 Super Bowl ad makes us wish we were as tough as Toni and the RAV4 Hybrid Toyotalast_img read more

MercedesAMGs nextgeneration sports cars will be quieter report says

first_img 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro first drive: Extreme yet surprisingly approachable 8:42 Review • 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT53 4-Door review: Defying expectations 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT first drive: A refresh that polishes an already good car Post a comment Mercedes-Benz 2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA45 packs one hell of a four-cylinder engine Now playing: Watch this: More From Roadshow Share your voice Enlarge ImageYour neighbors will probably appreciate the shift to interior sound synthesizers, even if you won’t. Mercedes-Benz Automakers have been on a tear lately with their exhausts. Whether it’s the muted crackles and pops of AMG’s straight-six mild hybrid setup or the all-out insanity of the Jaguar F-Type R, OEMs have upped their noise game in a big way over the last several years. But, apparently, it’s all about to come crashing down.Mercedes-AMG is warning that its upcoming new line of sporty vehicles will be a fair bit quieter than in generations past, Motoring.com.au reports, citing statements that Mercedes-AMG product planner Bastian Bogenschutz made during a press drive for the A45 S. The timing couldn’t be worse, because these cars pack the M139, otherwise known as the most powerful production four-cylinder engine ever. That deserves some noise.The aforementioned hot hatch and its sedan-ish sibling, the CLA45 S, are AMG’s first cars coming out under new European regulations concerning exhaust loudness. In case you’re wondering why automakers can’t just hide the sound away in a specific mode, it’s because the regulations measure the loudest exhaust system the car has on offer. preview-928x522Enlarge ImagePeople have been cutting out catalytic converters and replacing exhausts for decades. This isn’t a problem the aftermarket can’t solve. Mercedes-AMG Even worse, Europe’s regulations are about the flip the bird (or the V, depending on your country of origin) to the rest of the world. Borgenschutz told Motoring that the company could design different exhausts for markets outside Europe, but cited complexities and cost for reasons why the company won’t do that.I hope you like synthetic sound, because that’s what automakers plan to use in order to provide some sort of aural symphony in lieu of the cannons out back. Heck, a number of ’em already have these systems in place, whether that involves physical tubes channeling intake noise to the cabin or electronic systems that pump sound through the speakers. Major noise fans can always upgrade to an aftermarket exhaust, as there are many companies building exhausts out there, each with their own unique note. Those third-party bits can get mighty expensive, though.While that’s a big old bummer, it’s unclear just how many automakers will follow in Mercedes-AMG’s footsteps and make things quieter across the board. Jalopnik’s David Tracy pointed out that, during a recent drive of the Alpina B7, BMW’s representatives told him the European-spec car had a quieter exhaust than the car destined for the US. Then again, the B7 starts at $142,800, so maybe Alpina can pony up the dough for a second exhaust system. Worse comes to worse, it’s nothing a reciprocating saw can’t solve. 2019 McLaren 600LT: Balanced and bonkers Auto Tech Sports Cars Performance Cars Tags More about 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT53 4-Door 0 31 Photos 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT53 4-door: A fancy-pants muscle car Mercedes-Benzlast_img read more

Army detain 7 DB men with ransom money

first_imgA team of Bangladesh Army has detained seven members of Detective Branch of police, accused of collecting ransom after kidnapping a businessman in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar.The army detained the detectives with Tk 1.7 million cash on Wednesday morning.Major Nazim Ahmed of Sabrang Relief Centre at Teknaf led the army team that detained the DB men.Major Nazim said the DB team abducted businessman Abdul Gafur from Cox’s Bazar on Tuesday and demanded Tk 5 million as ransom.His family members in the end agreed to pay Tk 1.7 million for his release. After receiving the money, the detectives freed him in Marine Drive area of Cox’s Bazar.Informed by the victim’s family, the army team halted a DB police’s vehicle at an army check-post in Lambari area of the Cox’s Bazar Marine Drive.Maj Nazim said a sub-inspector managed to flee the scene, but others were caught red-handed.The detectives were taken to Sabrang army camp in the early hours of Wednesday.He said, later, the Cox’s Bazar district police superintendent and the additional police superintendent took the detainees from the army camp.The police supers said the authorities would take departmental action against the accused, he added.Officials at the police headquarters in Dhaka said the detained members of the DB are now in police custody.Afruzul Haque, the additional superintendent of police in Cox’s Bazar, could not be reached after repeated attempts for a comment on the issue.Later in the day, the authorities suspended the seven members of DB policeAdditional superintendent of Cox’s Bazar police Afruzul Haq Tutul told Prothom Alo that departmental action will be taken against the suspended detectives.last_img read more

Home minister shirks responsibility to DMP

first_imgAsaduzzaman KhanHome minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Tuesday said the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) would decide whether BNP will get permission for holding its planned rally at Suhrawardy Udyan in the city on 29 March, reports UNB. “If our [DMP] police commissioner thinks there’s no apprehension of anything bad on 29 March, he’ll grant permission for the rally. This is his duty,” he said while briefing reporters at the secretariat after a meeting with a BNP delegation.A three-member BNP team, led by its standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan, met the minister to seek his assistance regarding permission for their rally.Read more: BNP hopes to get 29 March rally permissionThe minister said the BNP delegation urged him to consider the matter. “I’ll surely discuss it with the authorities concerned. I’ll ask them whether there’s any problem in granting the permission,” he said.Responding to a query, Asaduzzaman said BNP got permission to hold a rally last year. “But they haven’t got permission yet for the rally this year. There might be intelligence information that there’s security concern.”Mentioning that the DMP commissioner has some responsibilities to ensure so that BNP can hold its rally properly and safely, he said that’s why he asked for changing the rally venue.He said DMP may permit BNP to hold its rally if it changes the schedule and venue. “It’s our duty to ensure security of the people so that no untoward situation is created.”Over the BNP allegation that its female leaders are being harassed and arrested, the minister denied the allegation, saying no one is held arbitrarily. “Only those who face specific charges are being arrested.”He, however, said he will talk to the authorities concerned so that no female BNP leader is arrested without any specific charge.Asaduzzaman said BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia is enjoying all the facilities as per the jail code and the BNP leaders have no allegation in this regard.last_img read more

UNICEF says over 200 children killed in Yemen

first_imgYemenis gather at the site of a Saudi-led air strike on the outskirts of the northwestern city of Saad. Photo: AFPA top United Nations official in Yemen said on Monday that a total of 201 children have been killed in the Yemeni ongoing civil war since the beginning of 2017.“In 2017, 201 children have been killed in Yemen: 152 boys and 49 girls,” UNICEF resident representative in Yemen Meritxell Relano said in her twitter account on Monday, Xinhua reported.Relano’s remarks came three days after an airstrike by a Saudi-led coalition hit a family’s home in Mahdha area in the Yemeni northern province of Saada, killing six children and three women.Commenting on Friday’s airstrike, Relano condemned the attack but did not accuse any party behind it.Relano also said that “377 boys have been recruited and used in the conflict since the start of 2017. We know there are many more…unfortunately.”Relano did not provide further details about which cities the children were recruited from nor parties behind the recruitment.According to UN agencies, more than 10,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed during more than two years of war in Yemen that also displaced over 3 million.In March 2017, UNICEF put the death toll of children from the war at 1,546, and other 2,450 injured. The country has also been hit by a deadly cholera outbreak and is on the edge of famine.The war started in March 2015, after Saudi-led coalition intervened in the Yemeni conflict by launching a large-scale air campaign to back internationally recognized government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, who invaded the capital Sanaa militarily and seized most of the northern Yemeni provinces.last_img read more

Study reveals how choleras two chromosomes communicate to coordinate replication

first_imgScanning electron microscope image of V. cholerae. Credit: public domain Journal information: Science Advances © 2016 Phys.org PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Citation: Study reveals how cholera’s two chromosomes communicate to coordinate replication (2016, April 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-04-reveals-cholera-chromosomes-replication.html Explore further More information: M.-E. Val et al. A checkpoint control orchestrates the replication of the two chromosomes of Vibrio cholerae, Science Advances (2016). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1501914AbstractBacteria with multiple chromosomes represent up to 10% of all bacterial species. Unlike eukaryotes, these bacteria use chromosome-specific initiators for their replication. In all cases investigated, the machineries for secondary chromosome replication initiation are of plasmid origin. One of the important differences between plasmids and chromosomes is that the latter replicate during a defined period of the cell cycle, ensuring a single round of replication per cell. Vibrio cholerae carries two circular chromosomes, Chr1 and Chr2, which are replicated in a well-orchestrated manner with the cell cycle and coordinated in such a way that replication termination occurs at the same time. However, the mechanism coordinating this synchrony remains speculative. We investigated this mechanism and revealed that initiation of Chr2 replication is triggered by the replication of a 150-bp locus positioned on Chr1, called crtS. This crtS replication–mediated Chr2 replication initiation mechanism explains how the two chromosomes communicate to coordinate their replication. Our study reveals a new checkpoint control mechanism in bacteria, and highlights possible functional interactions mediated by contacts between two chromosomes, an unprecedented observation in bacteria.center_img V. cholera has been studied extensively for some time as part of an ongoing process to either eliminate it as a threat to people, or to treat infections. As part of that effort, scientists have found that each bacterium has two chromosomes, both of which need to split prior to the cell splitting as part of its life cycle. Prior research has shown that the chromosomes split at the same time, which has suggested a means of communications between the two. In this new effort, the researchers have identified that means of communication and the parts of the chromosomes that are involved in the process.The two chromosomes in each cell are called chr1 and chr2. Chr1 is a lot longer than chr2 and is the chromosome that initiates the entire division process, the team found, when a DnaA molecule binds to a part of the chromosome called ori2 leading to the replication process in chr1, along a circular path. When that path crosses a point the researchers have called crtS, a molecule called RctB is activated which makes its way to chr2 causing it to begins its replication process. The two processes then finish at very nearly the same time—just prior to the complete cell dividing—due to the physical proximity of the two chromosomes and the location of the crtS on chr1.The team then deleted the crtS region in some of the bacteria and found that doing so caused problems with growth and DNA damage. They also allowed one group of the mutant bacteria to multiply over 200 generations to learn more about how the bacteria might compensate for the loss of crtS and discovered that that the mutations led only to mutations in RctB, which the team claims, shows that activation by RctB is a crucial part of the process. (Phys.org)—A team of researchers from France and Denmark, working at Institut Pasteur, in Paris has found the mechanism that is involved that allows dual chromosomes in Vibrio cholerae cells to split at the same time as part of replication. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the team describes how they closely studied cell replication in V. cholerae, the bacteria that cause cholera, and then verified their understanding of how chromosome division was occurring by disabling different parts involved in the process. Researchers discover novel role of TBK1 protein in cell division Play An animation presenting the model for replication checkpoint control in Vibrio cholerae. Credit: Val Marie-Eve 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.last_img read more

Increase in wildfires causing bad air days in US Northwest to get

first_img © 2018 Medical Xpress More information: Crystal D. McClure et al. US particulate matter air quality improves except in wildfire-prone areas, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2018). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1804353115AbstractUsing data from rural monitoring sites across the contiguous United States, we evaluated fine particulate matter (PM2.5) trends for 1988–2016. We calculate trends in the policy-relevant 98th quantile of PM2.5 using Quantile Regression. We use Kriging and Gaussian Geostatistical Simulations to interpolate trends between observed data points. Overall, we found positive trends in 98th quantile PM2.5 at sites within the Northwest United States (average 0.21 ± 0.12 µg·m−3·y−1; ±95% confidence interval). This was in contrast with sites throughout the rest of country, which showed a negative trend in 98th quantile PM2.5, likely due to reductions in anthropogenic emissions (average −0.66 ± 0.10 µg·m−3·y−1). The positive trend in 98th quantile PM2.5 is due to wildfire activity and was supported by positive trends in total carbon and no trend in sulfate across the Northwest. We also evaluated daily moderate resolution imaging spectroradiometer (MODIS) aerosol optical depth (AOD) for 2002–2017 throughout the United States to compare with ground-based trends. For both Interagency Monitoring of Protected Visual Environments (IMPROVE) PM2.5 and MODIS AOD datasets, we found positive 98th quantile trends in the Northwest (1.77 ± 0.68% and 2.12 ± 0.81% per year, respectively) through 2016. The trend in Northwest AOD is even greater if data for the high-fire year of 2017 are included. These results indicate a decrease in PM2.5 over most of the country but a positive trend in the 98th quantile PM2.5 across the Northwest due to wildfires. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Citation: Increase in wildfires causing bad air days in US Northwest to get worse over the past 28 years (2018, July 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-wildfires-bad-air-days-northwest.html Over the past quarter-century, wildfires (unplanned fires burning in forests or other areas) in many parts of the western United States have become larger and longer-lasting than they were in earlier years. Many environmental scientists have suggested this is due to global warming. Prior research has shown that such fires carry fine particulate matter into the air, and that many people can be harmed by breathing such particles. Those with lung conditions such as COPD or asthma, for example, can suffer problems when exposed to such particles, as can senior citizens and children. In this new effort, McClure and Jaffe looked into the possible impacts of bigger and longer-burning wildfires on people living in impacted areas.They obtained data from 100 rural air quality monitoring sites from across the country and sifted through the data, collecting information only on particles that were smaller than 2.5 micrometers. They entered the data into a mapping application that displayed levels of such particulates across the continental U.S. Next, they set filters to show changes in levels of the fine particulates over the years 1988 to 2016 for only the worst air quality days. Doing so showed that the northwest part of the country has experienced more bad days over the past 28 years, and those bad days have been worsening. In sharp contrast, they found that the rest of the United States experienced better air quality over the same time period. The researchers note that even people who are not normally at risk from wildfire particulates can be harmed if they are exposed to them on a regular basis. And sometimes, levels can be extreme, such as when a fire burns for a long time near a community. 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.center_img Credit: CC0 Public Domain Smoke from wildfires can tip air quality to unhealthy levels Explore further A pair of researchers with the University of Washington has found that an increase in wildfire size and duration over the past 28 years has led to worsening bad air days in the U.S. Northwest. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Crystal McClure and Daniel Jaffe describe their study and what their results mean for people living in affected areas.last_img read more

Amazon has signed a multiyear video licensing dea

first_imgAmazon has signed a multi-year video licensing deal with Viacom, giving Amazon Prime Instant and LoveFilm viewers access to TV shows from MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and Nick Jr.The expanded multi-national agreement applies to Amazon Prime Instant Video subscribers in the US, with some of the content to also be made available to LoveFilm later this summer.Content covered by the deal includes kids programming such as Bubble Guppies and future episodes of Dora the Explorer and SpongeBob SquarePants, as well as MTV and Comedy Central shows like Awkward, Tosh.0 and Workaholics.last_img read more