The NOOK Newsstand for Barnes & Noble’s e-reader offering NOOK has added more titles from Meredith and Time Inc. to its periodical roster. NOOK is also updating its newsstand to 1.3 software, increasing capability for the platform. Interactive options now include video, audio podcasts, animations and photo galleries, according to a Barnes & Noble press statement.Time Inc. releases FORTUNE, PEOPLE, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED and TIME magazines for the NOOK; the publisher says all 21 of its titles will be available for the NOOK by year’s end. Current print subscribers can download these digital editions for free.Meredith Corp. brings Parents, Ladies’ Home Journal, Eating Well, Midwest Living, Siempre Mujer, Traditional Home and Fitness magazines to the digital newsstand, with Better Homes and Gardens being added this fall. Meredith plans to have almost two dozen titles on the NOOK by 2012. Subscriptions and single copy sales are available for Meredith users, with a free 14-day trial for digital subscription purchase. In April, the NOOK Color refreshed its offerings by including web options, built-in email and new additions to Shop on NOOK Color. This increased functionality brings the e-reader NOOK (once viewed solely as a platform for digital versions of PDFs) in direct competition with tablet competitors like the iPad and the Motorola Xoom.Time Inc. is making it entire magazine portfolio available on several platforms, with all 21 of its titles to be available for download on the iPad by January 2012.
WOBURN, MA – The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Insurance Fraud Bureau of Massachusetts, in coordination with the Commissioner of Insurance, to fund investigations and prosecutions of automobile insurance fraud, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan announced today.The grant was presented to District Attorney Ryan by Daniel Johnston, Executive Director of the Insurance Fraud Bureau of Massachusetts. The $50,000 grant is funded by Arbella Mutual Insurance Company, as part of a program in coordination with the Commissioner of Insurance and the Insurance Fraud Bureau which has been used to fund insurance fraud investigations across the state since 2003.The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office Special Investigations Unit investigates cases of fraud, embezzlement, drug trafficking, white collar crimes and related illegal activity. The Unit includes a team of Assistant District Attorneys, Financial Analysts, Forensic Examiners, Paralegals and State Police detectives.The grant money received yesterday will pay for continued investigations by prosecutors in the Special Investigations Unit of the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.Middlesex District Attorney’s Office(NOTE: The above press release is from the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.)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 email@example.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedState Police Ask For The Public’s Help Identifying Vehicle In Fatal Motorcycle Crash In WoburnIn “Police Log”Wilmington Man Injured In Fatal Car Crash In WoburnIn “Police Log”Middlesex DA Marian Ryan and State AG Healey Launch Recertification Course For Online Mandated Reporter TrainingIn “Government”
The African Student Association at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) is scheduled to host an African Independence Day Awareness event on Sept. 29 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 4200 Connecticut Ave., NW. The event is free and will involve games, fun facts, and refreshments will be served. The African Student Association’s mission is to promote African culture both on and off campus. For more information, visit eventbrite.com.
The team says engineers could use these findings when designing devices that tune color, trap light or steer light beams. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences When the researchers examined the wings that had changed color, they discovered that the thickness of some of the scales had changed. This altered the wavelengths of light the wings reflected. They studied the wings of B. sambulos and B. medontias, which naturally have wings that reflect violet light, and found that some of their wing scales were similar in thickness to those that had changed in the purple-winged B. anynana. However, the types of scales that reflected violet light in B. sambulos and B. medontias were different from the type of scale that had changed in B. anynana.Monteiro’s team believe their experiment shows that butterfly wing colors can evolve very quickly and that natural selection could play an important role in the development of wing color. For example, butterflies could use wing color to identify other butterflies of the same species or to influence mate choice. Explore further (Phys.org) —Scientists have used selective breeding to create purple wings on the normally brown-winged butterfly Bicyclus anynana. Antonia Monteiro and her colleagues selected butterflies with wing scales that reflected light closest to the wavelengths that produce the color violet and bred them. After six generation of breeding, the researchers produced butterflies with wings that had changed structurally to reflect violet light. The research appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Deciphering butterflies’ designer colors: Findings could inspire new hue-changing materials Bicyclus anynana before (left) and after (right) artificial selection efforts to produce butterflies with violet wing scales. After selective breeding, the butterflies displayed more violet color in the ground scales of their wings. Credit: Antónia Monteiro Citation: Scientists create purple-winged butterflies in six generations (2014, August 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-08-scientists-purple-winged-butterflies.html The butterfly Bicyclus anynana before artificial selection to alter wing color. Credit: William Piel. After six generations of artificial selection, Bicyclus anynana developed violet ground scales in its wings while the cover scales remained brown. Credit: Antónia Monteiro More information: Artificial selection for structural color on butterfly wings and comparison with natural evolution, PNAS, Bethany R. Wasik, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1402770111AbstractBrilliant animal colors often are produced from light interacting with intricate nano-morphologies present in biological materials such as butterfly wing scales. Surveys across widely divergent butterfly species have identified multiple mechanisms of structural color production; however, little is known about how these colors evolved. Here, we examine how closely related species and populations of Bicyclus butterflies have evolved violet structural color from brown-pigmented ancestors with UV structural color. We used artificial selection on a laboratory model butterfly, B. anynana, to evolve violet scales from UV brown scales and compared the mechanism of violet color production with that of two other Bicyclus species, Bicyclus sambulos and Bicyclus medontias, which have evolved violet/blue scales independently via natural selection. The UV reflectance peak of B. anynana brown scales shifted to violet over six generations of artificial selection (i.e., in less than 1 y) as the result of an increase in the thickness of the lower lamina in ground scales. Similar scale structures and the same mechanism for producing violet/blue structural colors were found in the other Bicyclus species. This work shows that populations harbor large amounts of standing genetic variation that can lead to rapid evolution of scales’ structural color via slight modifications to the scales’ physical dimensions. The butterfly Bicyclus medontias displays violet-colored wing scales that evolved through natural selection. Credit: Antónia Monteiro Living things can produce color chemically or structurally. Those that produce chemical color create pigments that absorb certain wavelengths of light and reflect others. Organisms that produce structural color experience changes in their bodies, at the nanoscale level, that enhance the reflection of particular wavelengths.Butterfly wings have structural color. To understand how this color evolves, Monteiro and her team selectively bred B. anynana, a butterfly that normally has brown wings, in an attempt to create purple wings. Two close relatives of this butterfly, B. sambulos and B. medontias, have purple scales on the backs of their front wings. However, until now, no one has ever reported seeing any purple-winged B. anynana.To create purple wings, the team measured the wavelengths of light reflected from the wings of B. anynana specimens. They then selected and bred those butterflies whose wings reflected light closest to the violet spectrum. They performed this process six times in eight consecutive generations. As the breeding process continued, reflected wavelengths moved further toward the violet spectrum. By the sixth time, the butterflies had purple wings. © 2014 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. 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Kolkata: The Bengal government is trying to develop a single mobile app platform, integrating over 200 services of the state government. The task of developing the app will be supervised by the state Department of Information Technology & Electronics. Ernst & Young has already started work for developing the mobile app platform.”We will start with integration of 50 services offered by the state government and gradually proceed towards our target of over 200 such services. We hope to launch this app with 50 services in this ongoing financial year,” a senior official of state IT&E department said, on the sidelines of a Knowledge Workshop on Mobile Governance & Mobile Manufacturing at Biswa Bangla Convention Centre on Thursday. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”There are as many as 100 services available under the e-district programme of the state government. But it is not integrated in the manner it should be. Services like birth certificates, land records and many other essential services that the Bengal government is offering will come under this app,” said Ramesh Mishra, Director Advisory Services, Ernst & Young. Mishra said that the company is developing a similar app titled E-Pragati in Andhra Pradesh. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe state IT department has already began interacting with the other state departments to have a concise idea of the services that they offer. However, the participation of the state departments in the app will be voluntary. “We have Tathya Mitra Kendras in different parts of the state, where people can seek information about the various services offered by the government. But through this integrated app, people can access the information at the touch of a button,” the IT department official added. The official reiterated that this app will be similar but much better than the Umang app of the Central government, as the security features in this app will be foolproof. “Data privacy is of utmost importance and all measures will be taken in this regard,” the official said. It may be mentioned that some other states like Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Telangana have already integrated or started integrating their government services into a single platform.
Tags: Australia, Travel Alert Posted by Wednesday, August 3, 2016 SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA — International air passengers are being warned of potential disruption and delays when union members in Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection go on strike for 24 hours on Aug. 12.Staff including Border Force officers will walk off the job from midnight on Aug. 12 at international airports, ports and other sites around the country. Additionally, quarantine and biosecurity staff at airports will also strike for a one-hour stop-work meeting on that day.Departing and arriving passengers on international flights are advised to allow for extra time and be prepared for possible delays during the industrial action.A release from the Community & Public Sector Union states:“We have written to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull seeking an urgent meeting to resolve his Government’s public sector bargaining mess. We’re also preparing to take action in the Fair Work Commission around the Government’s lack of good faith in bargaining and resume our successful community campaigning to hold MPs and Senators to account.”More news: Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?“Prime Minister Turnbull can avert future strike action, including the prospect of broader industrial action across the Commonwealth public sector, by working with us to fix this mess. All these workers want is to hang onto their existing workplace rights, particularly family-friendly conditions and a fair wage outcome given their wages have been frozen for the past three years.” Travelweek Group Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Australian airport strikes expected next week
Another swipe at the GDS channel with Lufthansa’s latest fee Posted by TORONTO — Starting June 13 passengers flying Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines and Swiss will pay a higher fee for their first bag, plus that fee will also be subject to a surcharge if booked through the GDS via Sabre, Amadeus or Travelport (Worldspan/Galileo).According to industry reports first bag fees will increase from £12 (Cdn$21) up to £21 (Cdn$37). For first bags paid for through GDSs, Lufthansa is levying an additional £4 charge, for a total of £25 (Cdn$44).So far the extra fee applies to Economy Light fares, a fare class typically booked for the airline group’s flights within Europe.Lufthansa says the move is a “further step towards a personalized and differentiated offer within airline distribution”.The Lufthansa Group implemented a 16 euro surcharge on GDS bookings in 2015, a move that was widely criticized by travel agent groups. Two months after Lufthansa’s surcharge came into effect, some 42% of business travel agencies said they had cut back on booking the Lufthansa Group.More news: Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesIn the intervening months Lufthansa has hammered out direct booking arrangements with industry players including major travel agency chains.Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr has said he would be “very surprised” if other airlines don’t bring in GDS surcharges of their own. Last month British Airways parent IAG announced that British Airways and Iberia bookings made through indirect channels including GDSs would be hit with a £8 (Cdn$14) surcharge effective Nov. 1. Share Thursday, June 8, 2017 Tags: GDS, Lufthansa Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>