A New York City Bar Will Literally Kick Out Anyone Misusing the

first_img A New York City Bar Will Literally Kick Out Anyone Misusing the Word ‘Literally’ Add to Queue The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Next Article Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. January 25, 2018 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List –shares Nina Zipkincenter_img News and Trends Entrepreneur Staff 2 min read Image credit: ekash | Getty Images Is there a word that you would want to banish from your workplace? We all have our pet peeves, especially in an office setting. Someone brings something pungent for lunch, incessantly clicks their pen or insists on turning the thermostat too high or too low. But then there are the smaller annoyances that manifest in the form of often misused words and phrases — but come up all the time.Your “for all intensive purposes” that’s actually “for all intents and purposes.” Your corporate speak such as “let’s circle back” or “best practices.” “Irregardless” in lieu of “regardless” is another example, although the fine folks at Dictionary.com do confirm that “irregardless” is a word, “irregardless” of how much you might hate it.But now, one establishment in New York City has decided to take back control on at least one repeatedly misused word. A bar called the Continental has declared war on the word “literally.” Literally. Sort of.Related: 10 Reasons Why Good Customer Service Is Your Most Important MetricEast Village bar the Continental expounds on their (tongue-in-cheek) ban on the word literally. Their stated goal now is to stop “Kardashianism.” cc: @edenbrower pic.twitter.com/iI0N41qCgt— evgrieve (@evgrieve) January 24, 2018In an interview with New York Magazine, owner Trigger Smith had this to say of the reasoning behind the new signage and the swift dismissal of anyone who says “literally” inside the walls of the beloved neighborhood dive, which is soon to be closed in a few months due to a 2015 bankruptcy filing.“It’s not just millennials. Now you hear newscasters using ‘literally’ every three minutes on the Sunday news shows,” Smith said. “What’s annoying is people aren’t even aware they’re saying it. How could you be so unaware of your words that it’s coming out every couple minutes?”Even though the Contintental is not long for this world, clearly Smith was compelled to draw a line in the sand. Hopefully his mission only makes people drop the word from their vocabulary rather making the bar lose too much business.Is there a word that makes you cringe? Let us know in the comments. Apply Now »last_img read more

Hilton Unit to Pay 250500 for Unsolicited Sales Calls

first_img –shares Image credit: Reuters | Brendan McDermid A timeshare unit of Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. agreed to pay $250,500 and improve its business practices to settle charges it made hundreds of unsolicited telemarketing sales calls to New Yorkers who had signed up for the National Do Not Call Registry.Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who announced the settlement on Monday, said Hilton Grand Vacations Co. violated the state’s “Do Not Call” law by making 334 unsolicited calls to 133 people who had registered not to receive them.The accord will help “ensure that residents who opt out of receiving promotional calls are not forced to deal with these harassing messages,” Cuomo said.As part of the settlement, Hilton Grand Vacations agreed to limit future calls but can place some calls to people with whom Hilton already does business, Cuomo said. The unit did not admit wrongdoing and cooperated with the state probe.Hilton Grand Vacations did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Its parent operates hotels under brands such as Hilton, DoubleTree, Embassy Suites and Waldorf Astoria.On Feb. 26, Hilton said it planned to spin off Hilton Grand Vacations into a new public company that would manage nearly 50 resorts in the United States and Europe.(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Dan Grebler) Next Article Hilton Unit to Pay $250,500 for Unsolicited Sales Calls Enroll Now for $5 2 min read March 7, 2016center_img This story originally appeared on Reuters Reuters Court Cases Add to Queue Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brandlast_img read more

15 Fast Facts You Should Know About Trumps VP Pick Mike Pence

first_imgPolitics The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. 2 min read 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Entrepreneur Staff Add to Queue On Friday, Donald Trump issued the following tweet, confirming who many believed would be his pick for the Vice President candidate on his ticket:I am pleased to announce that I have chosen Governor Mike Pence as my Vice Presidential running mate. News conference tomorrow at 11:00 A.M.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 15, 2016Here are some fast facts about Mr. Pence:1. Governor of Indiana2. 57 years old, married with 3 children3. Endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz over Trump before Indiana primary 4. House member for 12 years, elected governor in 20125. Former conservative talk radio and TV host6. According to CNN analysts, has ties to the Koch brothers and other influential donors who have not yet supported Trump7. Was among first Republicans to embrace the Tea Party8. Signed into law a controversial “religious freedom” that detractors saw as anti-LGBTRelated: Indiana Governor Signs Religious Freedom Law, Sparking Debates …9. Has supported increased border security and stricter enforcement of laws prohibiting illegal immigrants from working in the United States10. In March, approved a bill outlawing abortions based on a fetus’s “race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, or diagnosis or potential diagnosis of the fetus having Down syndrome or any other disability.”11. Has called for increases in military spending 12. Has an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association, tweeted that he “will always be a strong proponent of the Second Amendment”Related: Donald Trump’s Top Speaking Tips for Entrepreneurs13. Repealed Indiana’s inheritance tax and lowered taxes on corporate income and business property14. Supports free trade15. Supports school choice and locally-set learning standards Apply Now » 15 Fast Facts You Should Know About Trump’s VP Pick Mike Pence Next Article Entrepreneur Staff –shares July 15, 2016last_img read more

Comcast Business Earns Seven 2019 American Business Awards Including Recognition as Most

first_imgComcast Business Earns Seven 2019 American Business Awards Including Recognition as Most Innovative Company of the Year PRNewswireJune 10, 2019, 1:14 pmJune 10, 2019 ActiveCoreAmerican Business AwardsBusiness VoiceEdge solutionComcast BusinessGold Stevie AwardMarketing Technology NewsNews Previous ArticleSocketLabs Names New Chief Revenue Officer to Drive Next Wave of Growth in Email Delivery MarketNext ArticleSeismic Strengthens its Relationship with Microsoft at Upcoming Microsoft Events Awards for ActiveCore and Business VoiceEedge Solution Further Demonstrate the Company’s Ability to Deliver Innovative Solutions for BusinessesComcast Business announced that it has been recognized as a winner across seven categories in the 17th Annual American Business Awards, including a Gold Stevie Award in the Most Innovative Company of the Year – 2,500 or More Employees category. Additional recognitions span Comcast Business’ innovative products, including its ActiveCore and Business VoiceEdge solution.“We’re honored to be recognized by The American Business Awards with several awards across multiple categories”“We’re honored to be recognized by The American Business Awards with several awards across multiple categories,” said Kevin O’Toole, Senior Vice President Product Management, Comcast Business. “Comcast Business is committed to developing innovative solutions designed to help companies across the country go beyond the expected. We are proud that the United States’ premier business awards program has recognized our organization’s achievements and solutions. As we continue to introduce new innovations to the market, we look forward to having new and exciting business solutions to submit in next year’s awards.”Marketing Technology News: Tellius Named by Gartner as a 2019 Cool Vendor in AnalyticsMore than 3,800 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories. Specifically, Comcast Business was recognized with the following:Gold Stevie Awards:Most Innovative Company of the Year – 2,500 or more employeesIT Service Management Solution – ActiveCoreTelecommunications Service – Business VoiceEdgeIntegration Solution – ActiveCoreSilver Stevie Award:Cloud Platform – ActiveCoreBronze Stevie Award:Business Service Innovation of the Year – ActiveCore Voice CommandsMost Innovative Tech Company of the Year – 2,500 or more employeesMarketing Technology News: BabbleLabs Raises $14 million Series A Financing from Dell Technologies Capital and Intel Capital to Accelerate Speech Technology“Comcast showed that it’s moving with today’s fast tech world by introducing products and solutions that combine technologies and ultimately streamline our digital world,” commented one judge in regards to Comcast Business as the Most Innovative Company of the Year.“The nominations submitted to The 2019 American Business Awards were outstanding. They illustrate the continued vibrancy of innovation and high level of achievement across the American economic landscape,” said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards.Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word meaning “crowned,” the awards will be presented to winners at a gala ceremony at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York on Tuesday, June 11.Marketing Technology News: L.A. Lakers Partner Wish Jumps to No. 1 in Earned Social Media Value Among NBA Jersey Patch Sponsorslast_img read more

Cancer drugs reprogram genes in breast tumors to prevent endocrine resistance finds

first_img Source:https://news.illinois.edu/view/6367/777533 Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 24 2019Treating breast tumors with two cancer drugs simultaneously may prevent endocrine resistance by attacking the disease along two separate gene pathways, scientists at the University of Illinois found in a new study.The two drugs used in the study, selinexor and 4-OHT, caused the cancer cells to die and tumors to regress for prolonged periods, said food science and human nutrition professor Zeynep Madak-Erdogan, the principal investigator on the study.The study, published recently in the journal Cancers, involved human breast cancer cells that were implanted in mice and analyses of the genes expressed by endocrine-resistant breast tumors.While endocrine therapy currently is the most effective form of treatment for hormone-responsive breast cancer, some patients will either not respond or will develop resistance to the drugs over time.This condition, called endocrine resistance, causes metastases and is responsible for a majority of women’s deaths from hormone-responsive breast cancer.Based upon the team’s prior research, the researchers hypothesized that two elements might work together to cause endocrine resistance – the hormone receptor ERa, which is responsive to estrogen and is expressed in 70 percent of all breast cancers, and the nuclear transport gene XPO1, which removes foreign materials from cells’ nuclei.Combining the drugs selinexor, which prevents XPO1 anti-cancer proteins from functioning, and 4-OHT, which inhibits estrogen receptors from responding to the hormone, might be more effective than either drug alone, the researchers hypothesized.In a 2016 study published in Molecular Endocrinology, Madak-Erdogan’s team found that women who expressed higher levels of XPO1 and a “signature” of other nuclear transport genes were more likely to be endocrine resistant.That paper was co-written by epidemiology professor Rebecca Smith, then-graduate student Karen Chen, research assistant Kinga Wrobel and graduate student Eylem Kulkoyluoglu-Cotul, who was the first author of the current study.Related StoriesCannabis users could be more tolerant to anesthesia agentsNew computational framework reveals impact of arthritis drugs on gene expressionArtificial DNA can help release active ingredients from drugs in sequenceIn the current study, the team treated endocrine-resistant tumor cells with 4-OHT or selinexor alone, or with a combination of both drugs to determine how each of these treatment protocols affected the tumors’ survival and functioning. The drug combination was more effective at reducing the tumor cells’ viability than either drug was by itself, they found.When they tested the three treatments on human breast tumor cells implanted in mice, they found that the combination of 4-OHT and selinexor caused the tumors to regress faster and more completely than either drug alone – effects that continued for several weeks after treatment ended, according to the study.In analyzing genetic activity in human endocrine-resistant breast tumors, they found that the drug combination increased the expression of more than 100 genes and decreased the expression of 132 other genes that were not affected by either drug alone.The drug combination appeared to promote sustained tumor regression by decreasing the activity of genes that were associated with endocrine resistance and metastasis. Among these were sets of genes regulated by the protein Akt that control cells’ survival, proliferation and migration.However, in endocrine-resistant tumors, XPO1 helped the cells mutate by modulating Akt’s activity, “rewiring breast cancer cells’ metabolism to provide them with new survival or escape routes,” she said. “By decreasing the expression of certain genes, the 4-OHT and selinexor combination prevented tumor cells from activating these survival pathways, which were prominent when the tumors were treated with either drug alone.”last_img read more

Researchers investigate whether hypertension poses health risk to older kidney donors

first_imgFortunately, the number of kidney failure events in this population is small. Albeit a rather small risk, practice guidelines for live kidney donor evaluation need to be revisited. While controlled hypertension in otherwise eligible older individuals may not be viewed as an absolute contraindication for kidney donation, these findings may inform conversations between the provider and the older individuals with hypertension when they consider donating a kidney.”Fawaz Al Ammary, MD, PhD (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine) Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 26 2019In an analysis of clinical information on older living kidney donors, hypertension was linked with a higher risk of developing kidney failure. The study, which is published in an upcoming issue of CJASN, provides new information that may help inform discussions with older individuals when they consider donating a kidney.Receiving a kidney from a living donor is the best treatment for patients with kidney failure, but it is important to ensure that individuals who wish to donate an organ are able to safely do so. Older age is not a barrier for kidney donation; however, for many older individuals hypertension is common. It is unclear whether hypertension elevates the risk of kidney failure or early death among older donors .To investigate, Fawaz Al Ammary, MD, PhD (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine) and his colleagues analyzed national registry data on 24,533 older kidney donors from 1999 to 2016, including 2,265 who had hypertension at the time of donation. This information was linked to data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Social Security Death Master File to determine which donors developed kidney failure or died. The study is the largest to examine what risks older donors with hypertension may face in the long term.Donors were observed for a median follow-up time of 7.1 years after kidney donation (and up to a maximum of 18 years). During the study period, 24 donors developed kidney failure and 252 died. Hypertension at the time of donation was linked with higher risk of kidney failure, but not mortality. The 15-year risk of kidney failure was 0.8% for older donors with hypertension vs. 0.2% for older donors without hypertension. The risk of kidney failure was 3.1-times higher for donors with hypertension compared with those without hypertension who had otherwise similar clinical characteristics.When the researchers restricted their analysis to include only donors from the 2004-2016 period (because documentation of antihypertensive therapy was unavailable before this time), they observed a stronger association-;a 6.2-fold higher risk for kidney failure among donors with hypertension. There was no significant association between donor hypertension and 15-year mortality. Related StoriesBordeaux University Hospital uses 3D printing to improve kidney tumor removal surgeryDiabetes drug reduces cardiovascular events and kidney problems, study findsOne-fifth of U.S. surgeons still ‘overusing’ riskier method to create kidney dialysis access, study findsThe investigators plan to conduct additional studies in this area to advance the field of organ transplantation in light of the growing number of older individuals who may offer an important source of organs for living donation.In an accompanying editorial, Kenneth Newell, MD, PhD (Emory University School of Medicine) and Richard Formica, Jr., MD (Yale University School of Medicine) noted that the findings “should not be used to ‘allow’ or ‘exclude’ individuals from proceeding with living kidney donation but rather should be incorporated into a comprehensive educational program to better inform donors about the long-term consequences of their decision to be a living kidney donor. In addition these findings identify a cohort of medically complex living kidney donors who should be offered the opportunity to enroll in specialized programs to provide lifetime surveillance for and treatment of conditions associated with an increased risk of end stage kidney disease.” Source:American Society of NephrologyJournal reference:Al Ammary, A. et al. (2019) Risk of ESKD in Older Live Kidney Donors with Hypertension. CJASN. doi.org/10.2215/CJN.14031118.last_img read more

Uber used tech tool to shield data from police outside US

This Wednesday, June 21, 2017, file photo shows the building that houses the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. A published report says Uber used technology during police raids outside the U.S. to keep company information from law enforcement. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File) Citation: Uber used tech tool to shield data from police outside US (2018, January 11) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-uber-tech-tool-shield-police.html Uber spokeswoman Melanie Ensign said this tool—no longer in use—could lock computers and smartphones and change passwords remotely from the company’s headquarters in San Francisco.Bloomberg reported Thursday that Uber used the tool, known as Ripley, from spring 2015 until late 2016 in several cities, including Paris, Hong Kong, Brussels, Amsterdam and Montreal.Bloomberg said some Uber employees felt the system hindered legitimate investigations, while some people believed its use was justified when police didn’t come with warrants or specific-enough data requests.The use of this tool raises questions for Uber because the company has in the past used a phony version of its app to thwart authorities. The “Greyball” software identified regulators who were trying to hail a ride in an attempt to collect evidence of local law-breaking. Those rides would be canceled or never arrive. It has also been reported that the Justice Department was investigating whether Uber illegally used software to track drivers of its rival Lyft.Bloomberg reported that authorities in Montreal were seeking evidence in May 2015 that Uber had violated tax laws. Uber’s use of Ripley meant they didn’t get any information, but Uber cooperated with a second search warrant and agreed to collect provincial taxes for each ride, Bloomberg said.Ensign said the company shut down Ripley in 2016 because it didn’t work well.She said Uber now has a tool called ULocker that can remotely lock and encrypt devices. Ensign could not immediately say if Uber has used that to protect data from law enforcement as well. But she said Uber’s guidance to employees bars use of the tool where it isn’t legal.In a statement, Uber said this security tool is similar to those used by other companies and gives Uber a way to block access to data when an employee loses a device. The company said its policy is to cooperate with “all valid searches and requests for data.”The ride-hailing service had a scandal-ridden 2017 that included lawsuits, government probes, the revelation of a significant sexual-harassment problem and the disclosure of a cover-up of a hack that stole personal information of 57 million passengers and 600,000 drivers. The company’s hard-charging CEO, Travis Kalanick, resigned in June and was replaced in August by the former CEO of Expedia, Dara Khosrowshahi. Explore further The ride-sharing company Uber confirmed Thursday that it had technology to shield company data when law enforcement raided its offices outside the U.S. Uber taps Barney Harford as COO 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. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. read more

US Japan and Australia challenge Huawei in Papua New Guinea

first_img © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Explore further Citation: US, Japan and Australia challenge Huawei in Papua New Guinea (2018, September 28) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-japan-australia-huawei-papua-guinea.html The United States, Japan and Australia are cooperating on a domestic internet cable proposal for Papua New Guinea as an alternative to an offer by Huawei, the Chinese telecommunications giant that the United States regards as a cybersecurity threat, a U.S. diplomat said Friday. The Australian government blocked Huawei in August from rolling out Australia’s 5G network due to security issues and has concerns about the company’s involvement in the telecommunication infrastructure of its nearest neighbor, Papua New Guinea.The U.S. charge d’affaires to Australia, James Carouso, said the three Pacific defense allies were negotiating with the impoverished South Pacific island nation of 8 million people, mostly subsistence farmers, on its internet contract.”We’re working on a counter offer,” Carouso told Australian Broadcasting Corp. “These are negotiations that are going on. Absolutely up to the PNG government at the end of the day.”Papua New Guinea minister Justin Tkatchenko said his government was willing to work with Australia on the internet network if it offered a better deal than Huawei, The Australian newspaper reported Friday.”I know Australia is against Huawei in many situations, thinking they are going to spy on everybody and take all their information,” Tkatchenko told the newspaper. “But we will work with Australia, with China, with Huawei, in that regard to get the best possible outcome for our people and for communications domestically as well.”Tkatchenko could not be contacted on Friday for comment.Australia proposed the funding for the 5,457-kilometer (3,391-mile) internet network that will provide undersea cabling to connect 14 provincial centers as the first investment of a new trilateral infrastructure fund established this year to counter growing Chinese influence in the Indo-Pacific region, the newspaper said.The Huawei option would involve a $198 million loan from China’s Eximbank, the newspaper said.Australia agreed in June to pay most of the $101 million price tag for an undersea internet cable from a Sydney broadband hub to Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. The new Papua New Guinea domestic network would link into that cable.Australia stepped into that project after the Solomons’ government signed a contract with Huawei in 2017 to build the cable. The Solomons consequently scrapped the Huawei deal.Several governments have been scrutinizing Huawei over its links to the Chinese government. The private Chinese company started by a former People’s Liberation Army major in 1987 suffered a setback in the U.S. market in 2012 when a congressional report said it was a security risk and warned phone companies not to buy its equipment.Shenzhen-based Huawei, the world’s largest telecommunications equipment supplier, had also been banned from bidding for contracts for Australia’s broadband network in 2011.The U.S. House Intelligence Committee previously found that Huawei was tied to the Chinese government and had failed to provide responsive and detailed answers about that relationship and about its U.S. operations.Huawei denied being financed to undertake research and development for the Chinese military, but the committee said it had received internal Huawei documents showing the company provided special network services to an entity alleged to be an elite cyber-warfare unit within the People’s Liberation Army. China’s Huawei, ZTE blocked from Australia’s 5G 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

Study scrutinizes hidden marketing relationships on social media

first_img Provided by Princeton University Citation: Study scrutinizes hidden marketing relationships on social media (2018, December 13) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-12-scrutinizes-hidden-relationships-social-media.html The study focused on affiliate marketing, in which companies pay a commission to social media figures for driving sales. Content creators who produce videos, photos and commentary are rewarded when their followers purchase products after clicking on affiliate marketing links included in their social media posts.Researchers in Princeton’s Department of Computer Science extracted affiliate marketing links from randomly drawn samples of about 500,000 YouTube videos and 2.1 million Pinterest pins. They found 3,472 YouTube videos and 18,237 Pinterest pins with affiliate links from 33 marketing companies—the first publicly available list of this size. The researchers found the links by identifying characteristic patterns in the URLs that marketers use to track readers’ clicks.The researchers then used natural language processing techniques to search for disclosures of affiliate marketing relationships within the videos’ and pins’ descriptions. Disclosures were present in around 10 percent and 7 percent of affiliate marketing content on YouTube and Pinterest, respectively. These disclosures fell into one of three categories:”affiliate link” disclosures, which use wording such as “Disclosure: These are affiliate links”;”explanation” disclosures, e.g., “I am an affiliate with Amazon, which means I get a small commission when you buy through my links”; and”channel support” disclosures, such as “Shop using these links to support the channel.”The first type—”affiliate link” disclosures—were the most common, “and these are exactly the kinds of disclosures the Federal Trade Commission says people shouldn’t be using” because their meaning is not always clear to users, explained computer science graduate student Arunesh Mathur, the study’s lead author. “That was a very surprising finding.”The researchers also conducted a user study of nearly 1,800 participants that revealed the relative effectiveness of different types of disclosures. Only half of the participants correctly interpreted the meaning of “affiliate link” disclosures on Pinterest, while 65 percent understood these disclosures when paired with YouTube videos. When presented with “explanation” disclosures, nearly 95 percent of users on both platforms were able to explain that the content creator would be paid when a product was purchased through an affiliate link. “Channel support” disclosures, which only appeared on YouTube, were correctly interpreted by 85 percent of participants.While the FTC has issued warnings about marketing disclosures to some top social media influencers, the researchers said it has not fully exercised its authority to prosecute violations. The researchers propose that regulators take broader legal action against affiliate marketing companies for failures to disclose, and recommend that social media platforms make it easier for content creators to disclose marketing relationships in a standardized way.Mathur and his colleagues are also developing a web browser extension that would automatically flag some types of paid content. In addition, they are working on computational methods to detect other types of hidden advertising on social media, including sponsored content and product giveaways, which are less straightforward to identify than affiliate marketing. Federal regulators require social media personalities to alert their viewers to promotional payments for products and gadgets shown on their channels, but an analysis by Princeton University researchers shows that such disclosures are rare. Content creators who produce videos, photos and commentary are rewarded when their followers purchase products after clicking on affiliate marketing links included in their social media posts. Credit: Beatrice Trinidad Explore further A new app pays you for product recommendations More information: Arunesh Mathur et al, Endorsements on Social Media, Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction (2018). DOI: 10.1145/3274388 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

Lenders see stable mortgage demand after secondquarter pickup BoE

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Hot air balloons fly over Canary Wharf during the Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta, in London, Britain June 9, 2019. REUTERS/Simon Dawson/File PhotoLONDON (Reuters) – Lenders in Britain said demand for mortgages rose significantly in the second quarter and is expected to hold steady in the third quarter, a Bank of England survey showed, adding to other signs that a housing market slowdown might be bottoming out. Britain’s housing market has slowed since the June 2016 Brexit referendum. The BoE survey published on Thursday also showed demand for unsecured lending fell in the second quarter, pushed down by credit card lending. Credit card lending was expected to pick up in the third quarter, it showed. Writing by William Schomberg; editing by Kate HoltonOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.last_img read more

Were the Vikings Smoking Pot While Exploring Newfoundland

first_img Editor’s note: This article was updated to fix a statement about the interpretation of the cannabis pollen. Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoArticles VallyDad Cuts Daughter’s Hair Off For Getting Birthday Highlights, Then Mom Does The UnthinkableArticles VallyUndoDermalMedixDoctor’s New Discovery Makes Foot Calluses “Vanish”DermalMedixUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoBeach Raider24 Photos Of Shelter Dogs The Moment They Realize They’re Being AdoptedBeach RaiderUndo The discovery of cannabis pollen near a Viking settlement in Newfoundland raises the question of whether the Vikings were smoking or eating pot while exploring North America. The researchers also found evidence the Vikings occupied this outpost for more than a century, way longer than previously believed. Located in northern Newfoundland, the site of L’Anse aux Meadows was founded by Vikings around A.D. 1000. Until now, archaeologists believed that the site was occupied for only a brief period. The new research, published today (July 15) in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests that the Vikings lived there possibly into the 12th or even the 13th century. [In Photos: Viking Outposts Possibly Found in Canada]Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65940-were-vikings-smoking-pot-in-newfoundland.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35 Bog finds In August 2018, an archaeological team excavated a peat bog located nearly 100 feet (30 meters) east of the Viking settlement at L’Anse aux Meadows. They found a layer of “ecofacts” — environmental remains that may have been brought to the site by humans — that were radiocarbon dated to the 12th or 13th century. These ecofacts include remains of two beetles not native to Newfoundland — Simplocaria metallica, from Greenland, and Acidota quadrata, from the Arctic. The layer also held pollen from Juglans (walnuts) and from Humulus (cannabis), two species that don’t naturally grow at L’Anse aux Meadows; rather, the Vikings could have picked up all of these plant and animal species when they sailed south. [Photos: 10th-Century Viking Tomb Unearthed in Denmark] They also found the remains of dung from grazing caribou, as well as remains of wood and charcoal. The layer from the peat bog is similar to other “cultural layers from across the Norse North Atlantic,” the archaeological team wrote in the journal article. More evidence Additionally, the archaeologists performed Bayesian analysis — a type of statistical analysis — on radiocarbon dates from artifacts previously excavated at L’Anse aux Meadows. That analysis also suggested Viking occupation for up to 200 years. “This does not imply a continuous occupation,” the researchers wrote, noting that the Vikings could have abandoned and reoccupied L’Anse aux Meadows when it suited them. Did the Vikings use pot in Newfoundland? The finding of cannabis pollen raises the question of whether the Vikings used cannabis for making clothes or for medicinal-recreational purposes while they explored North America. Paul Ledger, the lead author of the paper and a postdoctoral fellow at Memorial University of Newfoundland urged caution on the interpretation of the findings, noting that pollen can easily be carried by the wind. Ledger urged caution on the interpretation of the findings, noting that pollen can easily be carried by the wind. It’s also possible that some of the other “ecofacts” were brought to the peat bog by indigenous peoples who lived in Newfoundland, and not by the Vikings. [Fierce Fighters: 7 Secrets of Viking Seamen] Ultimately, “the results presented here [in the journal article] pose more questions than answers,” the archaeological team wrote. Reaction from other Viking researchers Viking researchers not affiliated with the research team urged caution about the results. “I think it is too early to draw any conclusions,” said Birgitta Wallace, a senior archaeologist emerita with Parks Canada who has done extensive research on the Vikings in North America. Wallace told Live Science that she isn’t convinced that the Vikings left behind these ecofacts. “I think it is highly unlikely that the Norse [another word for Vikings] would have returned in the 12th and 13th centuries, as there are no structures on the site from that period that could be Norse,” Wallace said. “We do know that there were indigenous people, ancestors of the Beothuk, on the site at that time.” Patricia Sutherland, a visiting scientist at the Canadian Museum of Nature who has also done extensive research on the Vikings in North America, said that while the Vikings could have been in Newfoundland during the 12th or 13th centuries, it is too early to say for sure. “It seems premature to suggest such a scenario on the basis of the ‘ecofacts’ listed in the paper,” Sutherland said. It’s possible that some of the beetles and plant pollen found in the layer were brought to L’Anse aux Meadows by the Vikings around A.D. 1000, and they continued to flourish after the Vikings left, Sutherland said. The research team plans to continue their work at L’Anse aux Meadows in August, Ledger said. The 25 Most Mysterious Archaeological Finds on Earth 30 of the World’s Most Valuable Treasures That Are Still Missing Photos: Viking Warrior Is Actually a Womanlast_img read more