Research model shows monsoon change in India may be result of manmade

first_img © 2011 Hot dust and moisture collide to fuel Asian summer rainy season More information: Anthropogenic Aerosols and the Weakening of the South Asian Summer Monsoon, Science, Published Online September 29 2011, DOI: 10.1126/science.1204994ABSTRACTObservations show that South Asia underwent a widespread summertime drying during the second half of the 20th century, but it is unclear whether this trend was due to natural variations or human activities. We used a series of climate model experiments to investigate the South Asian monsoon response to natural and anthropogenic forcings. We find that the observed precipitation decrease can be attributed mainly to human-influenced aerosol emissions. The drying is a robust outcome of a slowdown of the tropical meridional overturning circulation, which compensates for the aerosol-induced energy imbalance between the northern and southern hemispheres. These results provide compelling evidence of the prominent role of aerosols in shaping regional climate change over South Asia. In their paper, the team says that prior to human interference, the monsoon season came about as warm most air gathered over the Indian and Arabian seas (due to more sunlight in the summer months), then traveled northeasterly (because air moves naturally from high pressure systems to low) where it was pushed higher up into the atmosphere due to the heat from the ground below. As it moved higher, it cooled, causing the creation of clouds and eventually the formation of raindrops which began to fall, resulting in massive amounts of rain in the north central regions.In the latter half of the last century however, things changed due to the rapid increase in the amount of aerosols being pumped into the atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels and from cook fires. Such activities, the researchers say, effectively created a sort of umbrella over India that reflected back some of the heat from the sun, cooling the surface, which meant that not as much moist air was pulled up from the ocean, resulting in less rain falling in the more northern regions and more rain falling in the south and in the ocean. Their model also accounts for the increase in rainfall in neighboring Pakistan where flooding due to excess rain has been in the news of late.The model was developed in hopes of explaining the real world measured changes in rainfall in the area. Records indicate that rainfall in north central India has fallen by as much as 10% during the time period 1950 to 1999, which for India is serious business as up to 80% of the rain the country gets occurs during the monsoon season.On a positive note, Ming points out that aerosols, unlike greenhouse gas emissions, don’t linger in the atmosphere for very long, thus, if changes are made in particle emissions, its likely rain patterns would soon return to normal. Explore furthercenter_img ( — A research team from Princeton has developed a model that they say shows that manmade aerosols in the atmosphere are in part responsible for the decrease in rainfall in India’s north central regions and for an increase in the south during the annual monsoon season. Massimo A. Bollasina, Yi Ming and V. Ramaswam write in their paper published in the journal Science, that aerosols created by burning fossil fuels has changed the weather dynamic in southeast Asia. Citation: Research model shows monsoon change in India may be result of manmade aerosols (2011, September 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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

Mysterious glowworm found in Peruvian rainforest

first_img Researchers find first instance of fish larvae making sounds ( —Wildlife photographer Jeff Cremer has discovered what appears to be a new type of bioluminescent larvae. He told members of the press recently that he was walking near a camp in the Peruvian rainforest at night a few years ago, when he came upon a side of exposed earth upon which there were many little green glowing dots. Taking a closer look, he found that each dot was in fact the glowing head of a worm of some sort. He posted pictures of what he’d found on Reddit which were eventually spotted by entomologist Aaron Pomerantz, with the Tambopata Research Center. After contacting Cremer, Pomerantz made a pilgrimage to see the worms, gathered some samples and set to work studying them. Shortly thereafter, he determined that the worms were the larvae of an unknown type of beetle, likely a type of click beetle. Credit: Jeff Cremer © 2014 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. More information: … tery-at-refugio.htmlcenter_img Citation: Mysterious glowworm found in Peruvian rainforest (2014, November 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Further study of the half inch long larvae revealed that the photoluminescence served just a single purpose, attracting prey. They would sit waiting with their jaws spread wide open. When the light they were emitting attracted something, typically ants or termites, the jaws would snap shut capturing the bug thus providing a meal. Pomerantz collected several samples of the larvae and took them back to a lab where they were tested—he and his colleagues found the larvae would snap shut on just about any bug that touched its jaws. He compared them to the giant worms in the 90’s sci-fi comedy, Tremors—only these were much smaller of course.In the wild the larvae live in the ground—they push just their heads out, keeping their bodies hidden, revealing just their glowing heads—bugs, like moths to a light on the porch in summer, are attracted to the light and get eaten. The team members still don’t know what kind of beetle the larvae would grow into, but are determined to find out—they aren’t even sure if they are from known species. There are a lot of different kinds of click beetles, approximately 10,000 species, about 200 of which are known to be bioluminescent. The entomologists believe the larvae get their luminescence from a molecule called Luciferin, which is also found in the compound used by fireflies to light up the night sky. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Genetic study suggests there are variants that can increase chances of success

first_img More information: Daniel W. Belsky et al. Genetic analysis of social-class mobility in five longitudinal studies, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2018). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1801238115AbstractA summary genetic measure, called a “polygenic score,” derived from a genome-wide association study (GWAS) of education can modestly predict a person’s educational and economic success. This prediction could signal a biological mechanism: Education-linked genetics could encode characteristics that help people get ahead in life. Alternatively, prediction could reflect social history: People from well-off families might stay well-off for social reasons, and these families might also look alike genetically. A key test to distinguish biological mechanism from social history is if people with higher education polygenic scores tend to climb the social ladder beyond their parents’ position. Upward mobility would indicate education-linked genetics encodes characteristics that foster success. We tested if education-linked polygenic scores predicted social mobility in >20,000 individuals in five longitudinal studies in the United States, Britain, and New Zealand. Participants with higher polygenic scores achieved more education and career success and accumulated more wealth. However, they also tended to come from better-off families. In the key test, participants with higher polygenic scores tended to be upwardly mobile compared with their parents. Moreover, in sibling-difference analysis, the sibling with the higher polygenic score was more upwardly mobile. Thus, education GWAS discoveries are not mere correlates of privilege; they influence social mobility within a life. Additional analyses revealed that a mother’s polygenic score predicted her child’s attainment over and above the child’s own polygenic score, suggesting parents’ genetics can also affect their children’s attainment through environmental pathways. Education GWAS discoveries affect socioeconomic attainment through influence on individuals’ family-of-origin environments and their social mobility. Credit: CC0 Public Domain Scientists predict reading ability from DNA alone Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Citation: Genetic study suggests there are variants that can increase chances of success in life (2018, July 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from A team of researchers from the U.S., the U.K. and New Zealand has found genetic variants that appear to confer success in life. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes their study and what they found.center_img Explore further Genetics plays a role in how well people do in life—some seem more naturally endowed with traits for success than others. In this new effort, the researchers report finding some of the genetic variants that appear to account for such differences.To learn more about the role genetics plays in offering a propensity for success, the researchers undertook a genome-wide association study. They used data from five population-based longitude studies conducted in the U.S., the U.K. and New Zealand. Analysis of the data allowed the group to derive polygenic scores for over 20,000 people. These scores, the researchers explain, were used as a yardstick of sorts to measure and compare the individuals against one another regarding success factors. The team used school and career achievement along with income as benchmarks for success.The researchers report finding that polygenic scores served as a useful benchmark—those with higher scores, they note, tended to do better in life. Using such an approach allowed the researchers to remove social status as a factor. Those with high polygenic scores tended to do better than their parents or siblings regardless of the social class in which they were raised. They also found that when comparing siblings, those with the higher polygenic scores generally became more successful.The researchers suggest their findings show that just a few genetic variants can account for providing people with a leg-up in life. Those who have them tend to read earlier, succeed in school at an early age and then go on to have successful careers. But, they also note, such variants are no guarantee—they point out that having such variants is still just a small part of the puzzle. They estimate the variants account for just four percent of differences in social mobility. © 2018 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

Coupling qubits to sound in a multimode cavity

first_imgThe device in its copper cavity. Credit: Sletten et al. In their paper, published in Physical Review X, the researchers outline how they coupled a qubit to surface acoustic waves and successfully engineered a sharp frequency dependence in the qubit-phonon interaction. The interference resulting from this process generated a high-contrast frequency structure in the qubit-phonon interaction.”Inspired by the successful use of qubits to control quantum states of light, we wanted to explore what we can achieve by coupling qubits to sound,” Lucas Sletten, one of the researchers who carried out the study, told “We asked ourselves: Is it possible to resolve that sound in a solid is, in fact, quantized? Can sound be used to store and process quantum information? Can these particle-like quanta of sound, termed phonons, be counted without destroying them? If so, could you play this trick with more than one mode at a time? And more generally, what is possible with sound that can’t be done with light?”Sletten and his colleagues used a device made up of a superconducting qubit that interacts strongly with phonons trapped in an acoustic cavity. The device was placed inside a microwave resonator that serves as a sensitive probe of the qubit. This allowed the researchers to measure and control the qubit, while observing its interaction with phonons. “The phonons live in an acoustic resonator that functions like a musical instrument, but at frequencies 20 octaves above the highest note on a piano,” Sletten said. “Just like an instrument, there are different notes, or modes, that can live within our resonator. The electrical analog of such a multi-mode resonator would be many meters long and a nightmare to implement on chip.”A mode within the resonator corresponds to an integer number of ripples fitting exactly into the box, or cavity, that confines the sound waves. To sense the motion of the trapped phonons, Sletten and his colleagues connected the qubit to the acoustic resonator using a transducer that transforms motion into electrical current. When sound is excited in their resonator, therefore, the qubit sees a current that alters its energy. Double-slit qubit concept and device. Credit: Sletten et al. Explore further “Another insight from our work is that the slowness of sound can be a valuable resource in engineering quantum systems,” Sletten said. “The long time it takes for a phonon to bounce back and forth between the mirrors is what allows the cavity to support multiple modes. Additionally, we leverage a long delay inserted in the middle of our transducer to precisely control how the qubit interacts with each mode, a crucial ability in counting phonons in a multi-mode cavity.” In the future, the research conducted by Sletten and his colleagues could pave the way towards the development of effective techniques to control acoustic quantum states. Meanwhile, the researchers plan to continue exploring the use of phonons in quantum science.For instance, they would like to investigate whether it is possible to entangle several different phonon modes (‘notes’) based on their shared interaction with a qubit. If confirmed experimentally, this would prove the huge potential of phonons for quantum information processing applications. “Acoustic systems are also a promising interface between different quantum platforms, such as superconducting qubits, quantum dots, and optical photons, and may also prove powerful tools for investigating the types of surface physics that may be limiting some cutting edge quantum technologies,” Sletten added. More information: L. R. Sletten et al. Resolving Phonon Fock States in a Multimode Cavity with a Double-Slit Qubit, Physical Review X (2019). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevX.9.021056 Credit: Sletten et al. Phonon-mediated quantum state transfer and remote qubit entanglement Citation: Coupling qubits to sound in a multimode cavity (2019, July 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from “We engineered a system sensitive enough that even the quietest sound allowable by quantum mechanics, a particle-like single phonon, shifts our qubit’s energy enough for us to notice,” Sletten said. “Moreover, this detection does not destroy the phonons we measure. We can count phonons not only for one mode of the cavity but for several, demonstrating we can take full advantage of our multi-mode cavity.” The findings gathered by Sletten and his colleagues show that superconducting qubits can interact with sound waves strongly enough to reveal the quantum nature of sound, without a direct exchange of energy taking place. By attaining sensitivities high enough to break a sound wave into quantized parts, the researchers have moved one step closer to achieving excellent quantum control of acoustic systems. Journal information: Physical Review X In a recent study, researchers at the University of Colorado have resolved phonon Fock states in the spectrum of a superconducting qubit coupled to a multimode acoustic cavity. Fock states (or number states) are quantum states with a clearly defined number of particles. These states play a crucial part in the second quantization formulation of quantum mechanics. © 2019 Science X Network 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

Between the worlds of romance and dreams

first_imgThe works of artist Suhas Roy, in his exhibition titled, Simply Suhas will be on display from 18 December.All the elements in his works ensure that his richly romantic subjects do not touch extreme syrupy and stereotypical portrayals. Instead, their very patent beauty veers towards melancholic grace and elegance. This graceful portrayal of his subjects has much to do with his choice of materials – crayons, charcoal and brush. Art works are usually inspired by life around him, but his themes are as much influenced by the everyday world as they are rooted in fantasy. The vast and complex texture of life is seen as mystical and dark in his work. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The mystical flavour of his works arose from his interpretations of the ‘unknown’. Revealing his philosophy, the artist said ‘I want to prove that the business of art is simple’. Roy has proved that it is not necessary to fret and fume or deliver profound sermons. Success can come from delicate little strokes, small but honest commitments and simple joys. A fine blend of beauty and simplicity remain the hallmark of Suhas Roy’s work. His subjects are romanticised, inhabiting the dreamlike world between sensuality and innocence. This show will bring to the viewer, a rare combination of lasting beauty and nuanced depth-never compromising one for the other.When: 18th December, 10 am onwardsWhere: Open Palm Court Gallery, India Habitat Centrelast_img read more

Food connects

first_imgIn an endeavor to bring the SAARC nations together to jointly address the issue of employment and enhance regional integration, Sasian – South Asian Festival is being organised in the Capital At Hotel Ashok. The event will be a launch-pad for sustainable, cross cultural collaborations of South Asians across the globe.South Asian Festival will also host Lotus Bazaar which is a 4-day-long festival and will include a series of trans-disciplinary workshops, events, performances, symposia, exhibitions and fests. The Bazaar will offer space for direct retail to a selected few artists, artisans and cultural enterprises from all 9 South Asian countries attempting to connect the above to the global market. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Lotus Bazaar will also host South Asia’s first food festival named Sanjha Chulha, curated by Pushpesh Pant to promote the incredible variety of local and regional cuisines of South Asia showcasing the diversity of culinary art.The aim of the festival is to reverse de-skilling of artisans and revive the rich traditions of South Asia and to provide the traditional artisan with dignified options.When: March 28 – 31 Where: Hotel Ashokalast_img read more

Transfat weakens memory in young men

first_imgConsumption of higher amount of dietary transfatty acids, commonly used in processed foods to improve taste, texture and durability, may lead to poorer memory in young men, new research has found.On average, men aged 45 and younger recalled 86 words; however, for each additional gram of dietary trans fatty acids (dTFA) consumed daily, performance dropped by 0.76 words.This translates to an expected 12 fewer words recalled by young men with dTFA intake levels matching the highest observed in the study, compared to otherwise similar men consuming no trans fats. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Trans fats were most strongly linked to worse memory in men during their high productivity years,” said lead author Beatrice Golomb, professor of medicine at University of California San Diego School of Medicine in the US.“Trans fat consumption has previously shown adverse associations to behaviour and mood — other pillars of brain function. However, to our knowledge a relation to memory or cognition had not been shown.”After adjusting for age, exercise, education, ethnicity and mood, the link between higher dTFA and poorer memory was maintained in men 45 and younger. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAn association of dTFA to word memory was not observed in older populations.The research was primarily focussed on number of men and women in the same age group, which was too small to draw conclusions about whether the link held true for them as well.“As I tell patients, while trans fats increase the shelf life of foods, they reduce the shelf life of people,” Golomb said.last_img read more

12 lakh tonnes of pulses seized states asked to continue raids

first_imgAsking different states to continue raids to check hoarders, the union government on Thursday said over 1.2 lakh tonnes of pulses had been seized across the country so far.”The state governments have continued operations to check hoarding of pulses. So far 9,304 raids have been conducted and 1,20,907.90 tonnes of pulses seized,” union ministry of consumer affairs, food and public distribution said in a statement.The ministry advised the state governments to continue the drive against hoarders under the Essential Commodities Act.The seized pulses would be released in retail markets across the country to tame skyrocketing prices, that touched Rs.200 per kg for arhar.Earlier, state-run Metals and Minerals Trading Corporation of India (MMTC) had floated a tender to import 18,000 tonnes of pulses (both tur and urad).last_img read more

Cong NCP boycott CMs tea party on eve of Maha winter session

first_imgThe Congress and NCP on Sunday boycotted a customary tea party hosted by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis here on the eve of winter session of the state Legislature and accused the BJP-Shiv Sena government of failing on all fronts.The opposition leaders also reiterated that a scam of Rs 4000 crore has taken place in distribution of pulses in the state.In a joint press conference, leaders of the NCP and the Congress accused the BJP-led NDA government of failing to rein in suicides by farmers. Also Read – Punjab on alert after release of excess water from Bhakra dam“…There is a shortfall in revenue collection; malnutrition deaths are on rise, the crime rate is also on rise in state, particularly in Nagpur,” said the Leader of Opposition in Assembly, Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil of Congress.He was echoed by other leaders including the Leader of Opposition in Council, Dhananjay Munde and former deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar (both NCP).“The combined opposition has boycotted the customary tea party with Chief Minister (in protest against) the BJP-Shiv Sena government’s failure on every front,” said Vikhe Patil. Also Read – Union Min doubts ‘vote count’ in Bareilly, seeks probeHe said the saffron alliance of BJP and Sena had accused the Congress-NCP combine of “misrule” of 15 years when they came to power last year.“However, within a span of one year this government has undermined 15 years of our work,” the Congress leader told reporters after emerging from a combined meeting of the opposition parties.Vikhe Patil said the government stood “fully exposed” in the pulses scam and “we have already demanded resignation of Food and Civil Supplies Minister (Girish Bapat)”.last_img read more

Kuchipudi dance recital to enthrall the audiences

first_imgTo give a visual treat to her audience, Divyangana, a young and dynamic Kuchipudi dancer will be performing at Kamani auditorium on December 26. The dance recital will commence with ‘Ganesh Stuthi’, a customary prayer to the Gods for a successful show.This will be followed by ‘Tarana’, a Hindustani musical item and a composition of Bharat Ratna Pandit Ravi Shankar in Raag Bhairavi and Taal Eka. In this specific dance form, dancers are depicted as sculptures that come to life and dance happily in the temple’s celebration but freezes back into sculptures towards the end. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfNext in line is ‘Bhamakalapam’, which is a Sringara Kavya – practical exposition of Natya, Sangeeta, and Tala Shastras, altogether composed by Siddhendra Yogi. Even today, it is the most popular dance number and invariably the dream of every Kuchipudi artist to dance in the role of Satyabhama once in their lifetime. The dance number starts with Satyabhama entering the stage with a song that introduces her as the daughter of King Satrajeet, claiming to be the most beautiful amongst all women and the beloved of her lord. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThis will be followed by ‘Sason Ki Mala’ – a popular Meera Bhajan. Post that, one can witness ‘Tarangam’ based on Raag Mohana and Taal Adi. ‘Tarangam’ marks the climax of a traditional Kuchipudi recital which depicts the famous stories of Krishna’s childhood. This item ends with a display of exquisite virtuosity as the dancers execute intricate footwork patterns by dancing on the rim of a brass plate while coordinating with complicated rhythmic patterns.Divyangna Ahuja is one of the most promising disciples of Padmabhushan and Padmashree Dr Raja Radha And Kaushalya Reddy. She has been trained at the institution named Natya Tarangini and emphazises on the perfection of techniques, foot work and body movement with a fine balance of ‘Abhinaya’.last_img read more

Scientists uncover hidden details in Picassos painting

first_imgWashington: An international team of scientists has used multiple modes of light to uncover details hidden beneath the visible surface of Spanish painter Pablo Picasso’s masterpiece ‘La Misereuse accroupie’ or ‘The Crouching Woman.’ Researchers released their findings on a press conference at the ongoing four-day annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science held in Austin, Texas, Xinhua reported.The 1902 oil painting, owned by Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) in Canada, depicts a crouching and cloaked woman, painted in white, blues, grays and greens.Researchers used non-invasive portable imaging techniques, including infrared reflectance hyperspectral imaging and then an X-ray fluorescence imaging instrument to detail those buried images. It shows that Picasso painted over another painter’s work after rotating it 90 degrees to the right, using some of the landscape forms in his own final composition. For example, Picasso incorporated the lines of the cliff edges into the woman’s back.Picasso also made a major compositional change, the study showed. The artist initially painted the woman with a right arm and hand holding a disk but then covered them with her cloak in the final work. Marc Walton, a research professor of materials science and engineering at Northwestern University said, “Picasso had no qualms about changing things during the painting process.”The imaging techniques allowed art collectors to better understand Picasso’s style, influences and process.”When we saw the rendering of the lead elemental map, it became clear to me that the arm hidden under the visible surface of ‘La Misereuse accroupie’ is the same as the proper right arm of a crouching woman in a Picasso watercolour recently sold at auction,” said Kenneth Brummel, the AGO’s assistant curator of modern art. The watercolour is titled ‘Femme assise’ (1902).”We now are able to develop a chronology within the painting structure to tell a story about the artist’s developing style and possible influences,” said Sandra Webster-Cook, AGO’s senior conservator of paintings.last_img read more

Immortalising the spirit of Tagores work

first_imgTo celebrate the 158th Birth Anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, (NGMA) in association with National School of Drama has organised Children Theatre Festival. The event was officially inaugurated on June 21, 2019.Plays developed and performed by children will enthrall the audience at The Auditorium, National Gallery of Modern Art, Jaipur House, New Delhi. All the performances are based on Rabindranath Tagore’s work and have proved to be a crucial tool in giving insight into the great life of the artist. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe National School of Drama and NGMA have been collaborating in organising such workshops for children every now and then. In the past month, participants have been coming every single day to rehearse and understand their respective plays along with instructors. The whole campus has almost been given a new life because of the energy and enthusiasm of the children. Speaking at the inaugural function, Adwaita Charan Garanayak, Director General, NGMA stated, “The children have found a unique way of immortalising the spirit of Tagore’s work through their creative practices. The dedication of the participants and the organisers was evident as they came every day and put in their hard work throughout the infamous dry heat of Delhi summers.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveRitu Sharam, Director, NGMA stated, “I am pleased to say that the workshop has been a great way of initiating the process of making NGMA more accessible to the public. Interaction with all sections of the society while interpreting NGMA’s role in the 21st century and making it a cultural hub is an area that concerns me the most. NGMA with its repository is focusing on the diverse modules of increasing interaction with all of society as one to form stronger relationships. This workshop was an integral step in our endeavour to allow people and especially children to familiarise themselves with great artists like Tagore and the museum at large.” The workshops are divided into three age groups – 8 to 11-year-old, 11 to 13-year-old and 13 to 16-year-old.last_img read more

NBA GM Colin accepts or rejects the 7 biggest potential NBA trade

first_img3. Carmelo Anthony to the Clippers. REJECTED. – The Clippers have lost 9-straight games to the Warriors, and it seems clear that they don’t have a prayer to beat them as currently constituted. A lot of people like this trade. Colin has gone back and forth.In the end, Anthony doesn’t solve the Clippers math problem against the Warriors. He’s a two-point jump shooter, and that doesn’t cut it while Golden State is knocking down threes. If the end objective is to beat the Warriors, Anthony isn’t the answer. Pass. 5. Jimmy Butler to the Celtics. ACCEPTED. – Alright, now we’re talking. This rumor has been gaining steam in the NBA rumor mill thanks to an eyeball emoji tweet from Celtics’ point guard Isaiah Thomas last night. If Danny Ainge can get this done, it’s a no-brainer. Butler is a legit, franchise player for a team that has roster of mostly B- guys.The Celtics tried, and failed, to make significant moves with a stack of draft picks last year, and still have plenty of assets. This move may not beat the Cavs this year, but it instantly makes them the second-best team in the East. It gives them two A players in Thomas and Butler, a B player in Horford, and an A coach in Brad Stevens. Get it done, Danny.The Celtics should do whatever it takes to trade for Jimmy ButlerRT if you agree with @ColinCowherd— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) February 21, 2017 7. Carmelo Anthony to the Cavs. REJECTED. – Colin has said this trade was a bad idea from the time it first became a thing. The Cavs giving up Kevin Love for Anthony makes no sense and doesn’t do anything to help them win another title.Love and Anthony are both defensive liabilities, but Love gives the Cavs three—point shooting and rebounding. Anthony doesn’t do either. Even when Love was struggling in the Finals, he still managed to pull down 14 rebounds in Game 7. Enough with this dumb banana boat fantasy. It shouldn’t happen. It’s not happening. Cavs GM David Griffin should run away from this trade like he just rear-ended a Pinto. 4. Blake Griffin to the Celtics. REJECTED. – Colin has never questioned Blake Griffin’s talent, but he hasn’t seen convincing evidence that he makes his teams better. When Griffin was out last year with a host of injuries, the Clippers went on a winning streak.Colin thinks Griffin is already past his physical peak, which is bad news when his game is based almost exclusively on athleticism and attacking the rim. The Celtics have the most trade capital of any team at the trade deadline, but this is not the move to make. Advertisement 2. Derrick Rose to the Timberwolves. ACCEPTED. – The word on the street is that the Timberwolves want to unload Ricky Rubio’s contract, and that Tom Thibodeau likes Kris Dunn’s long-term prospects. Multiple reports Thibs may be interested in reuniting with Derrick Rose in Minnesota.It’s no secret that Colin isn’t a fan oft-injured, ball-centric Rose, but he’s playing on a one-year deal and Rubio’s contract runs until the end of the 2018 season. Also, Rose is capable of running Minnesota, which gives Kris Dunn more time to develop and hopefully take over next year. Sign the paperwork. The trade deadline is rapidly approaching. Some teams are trying to make that one move to put them over the top, while others are looking to unload salary and bad contracts. GM Colin showed up for work today, and put his stamp of approval – or denial – on the 7 biggest proposed trades floating out there in the NBA rumor mill.No Woj Bombs here, just straight Colitov Cocktails.Here’s Colin’s yay or nay on 7 potential trade deadline deals:Carmelo Anthony to the Lakers. REJECTED. – This deal has popped up on the radar over the last several days, and according to New York Post, Anthony would be comfortable relocating to the L.A. This trade makes no sense for the Lakers. Carmelo doesn’t play any defense and would be a bad fit for a Lakers roster loaded with young core players. 6. Lou Williams to the Wizards. ACCEPTED. – This move isn’t a sexy as Butler to Boston, but it’s a solid move for a young team trying to rise in the hierarchy of the Eastern Conference. Williams is a steady scorer who can run back-up point in the sixth man role. He’ll also add depth in the playoffs for a team that aspires to reach the Eastern Conference Finals.The Lakers are already working on a protected lottery pick from another train wreck season, and Williams isn’t a part of their long-term plans. If they can get another pick from Washington for Williams, they should pull the trigger. Why would they trade for another star on the downside of his prime, after just getting out from under the albatross of Kobe’s massive contract? None of this makes any sense.last_img read more

Stop making excuses for Russell Westbrook

first_imgStop making excuses for Russell Westbrook Russell Westbrook got bounced in the first round of the playoffs last night by the Rockets, and Colin wasn’t shocked. During another fourth quarter where Westbrook ran out of gas, the announcers noted that he had played 40 minutes and was carrying the burden of the team, as an excuse for his performance.Colin thinks it’s ridiculous to make excuses for Westbrook when he doesn’t have it in the fourth quarter of a first-round playoff game, but murder LeBron for cramping up after playing 40-plus minutes through to the Finals. Allen Iverson never got the same benefit of the doubt as Westbrook, either. He was significantly smaller than Westbrook, a better defender, and got routinely hammered in a more physical NBA.It’s the responsibility of a true superstar to conserve energy at points in the game, so they can close it out in the fourth. Michael did it, LeBron does it. Westbrook doesn’t get it. That’s his problem. Stop making excuses.“This is what’s happened in Russell Westbrook’s world. Excuse after excuse after excuse.”The NFL Draft is all about productionThe NFL Draft kicks off tomorrow night and NFL teams are furiously evaluating talent down to the last minute. Draft night-eve is the time when teams abandon carefully constructed draft strategy when the bullets are flying and make emotional decisions.For months, the general consensus has been that this year’s quarterback class is subpar, but Colin thinks once the draft kicks off, however, teams will have no problem talking themselves into drafting quarterbacks in the first round. Draft “experts” say one quarterback might go, Colin thinks the number will be more like 4 or 5. The panic is already in the air, it is every year.“My prediction is we will have three quarterbacks picked in the first round, maybe four.”Guests:Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA Insider is in-studio to discuss Westbrook’s first round exit from the playoffs; if he needs to change his style of play to have a chance to win in the playoffs; and why Chris Paul’s legacy will be hurt by his lack of playoff success.Greg Cosell – Senior producer for NFL Matchup and NFL Films joins the show to talk NFL Draft; what the film says about the running backs; why he doesn’t agree that Myles Garrett is “lazy”; and his scouting report on Mitchell Trubisky.Cris Carter – FS1 host and Pro Football Hall of Famer is in-studio to discuss Jabrill Peppers diluted drug test; the Gareon Conley rape allegations; and his take on pre-draft red flags.Lance Zierlein – NFL Draft analyst is in-studio to talk NFL Draft; his sure things; potential busts; and why he’s not sold on Deshaun Watson or Myles Garrett; and why he doesn’t think Trubisky is an AlphaGlen “Big Baby” Davis –  NBA Champion with the Celtics is in-studio to talk about the Clippers struggles; why it’s time to blow it up; and what makes Rajon Rondo a leader.last_img read more

For Entrepreneurs Looking to Disrupt the Internet of Things Industry Here is

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Q: For entrepreneurs going into the Internet of Things, what do they need to worry about? How do they keep their product safe? A: One of the biggest security challenges we will face over the next five years is how to secure the 50 billion devices coming online. Between the exponential growth of connected devices and the introduction of hyper-connectivity with 5G, the bad actors will have an unprecedented ability to leverage an extraordinarily large attack surface at previously unrealized speeds.In the middle of 2014, HP published research that basically suggested that most IoT device manufacturers were foregoing any meaningful security and instead solving for time to market and convenience. In the report, they looked at the top 10 devices deployed in consumers’ homes and found that they had on average 25 vulnerabilities each. Most of those vulnerabilities were things that any security practitioner would address before taking the device to market such as not using encrypted communications, not requiring a password reset and not requiring a complex password, to name a few. I recall being on a panel at IoT conference last year where one of the panelists talked about a connected lightbulb that was broadcasting WiFi passwords in clear text so anyone who detected the lightbulb would be able to easily tunnel into any device connected to the WiFi. Related: What Small Businesses Need to Know About the Future of Cybersecurity and HackersTo build trust with the businesses and consumers who will be purchasing your IoT devices, I suggest you consider the following:Build security in from the beginning.Hire a cybersecurity expert or seek consultation to ensure you are building products that are secure before you take them to market. Your worst nightmare would be waking up one morning to find your IoT devices were shown to be easily hacked or have a serious exploitable vulnerability.Take privacy seriously.Don’t bury the privacy statement deep in a EULA and be sure to use simple language that clearly reflects what information you will collecting and what you will be doing with the data.  Related: Going Beyond Passwords: 4 Ways to Keep Your Company’s Information SafeBe transparent.Only collect the data you need what you say you’re going to collect and only do with it what you say in your privacy statement.Plan for the worst.Even if you have built a secure IoT device and are adhering to your privacy statement, you still may find your device and company being the victim of an attack. You should build and practice a crisis communications plan should your company’s IoT device be a negative media headline.  Stay informed.Security practices, architectures and solutions are constantly evolving especially as they relate to IoT. Stay informed of what’s going on the space and use the latest, best known methods and techniques.   Research was recently published saying that 45 percent of those surveyed said concerns over online privacy and security stopped them from using the Internet in very practical ways. I believe for the full potential of the Internet and IoT devices to be realized, we must demonstrate both can be properly secured and that we can protect the privacy of those who use them. Related: Digital Pickpockets Are Now Targeting Your Smartphone 3 min read May 25, 2016 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »last_img read more