Royals vs Orioles Tops Our List Of Comeback Clashes In League Championship

8. 1989 NLCS: San Francisco Giants (86.3) vs. Chicago Cubs (83.0); harmonic mean 84.6. The Cubs have appeared in the NLCS three times — in 1984, 1989 and 2003 — and all three of those cases appear on this list. However, the 1970s and 1980s, what gets factored into their 1989 WALT score, weren’t quite as bad as some other eras for the franchise. The Giants had reached the NLCS in 1987, but that had come after awful play in the early 1980s. 4. 1969 NLCS: New York Mets (104.5) vs. Atlanta Braves (75.1); harmonic mean 87.4. Before 1969, the Braves hadn’t made the postseason since 1958, when they did so in Milwaukee. But they had been a winning team for most of the 1960s — the high rank of this series is despite them rather than because of them. Instead it was the “miracle” Mets, who had averaged a record of 56-105 between their inaugural year in 1962 and 1968, who went on to win the NLCS and the World Series. The Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals meet Friday night in Baltimore for Game 1 of the American League Championship Series, and they’re no strangers to the ALCS. The Orioles will be making their 10th ALCS appearance — only the New York Yankees (15 appearances) and the Oakland A’s (11) have made it more often. Kansas City will be appearing for the seventh time.But both franchises’ glory days came long ago. The Orioles last made the ALCS in 1997 and averaged a 73-89 record between 1998 and last season. The Royals last made the ALCS in 1985 and were respectable for the next few years, but Kansas City had an average record of 68-94 from 1996 to 2013.How unusual is it for two such moribund franchises to get their act together and meet in the League Championship Series?In baseball, there’s a precedent for pretty much everything — so there are some other examples like this, such as the Seattle Mariners and Cleveland Indians in 1995. Still, the Orioles-Royals series qualifies as being as underdog-y as any other since the ALCS and NLCS began in 1969.To identify cases in which two franchises with long losing track records met in the LCS, I took a weighted average of each team’s loss totals for the 20 seasons prior to the year it appeared in the championship series. We can call this figure WALT, for Weighted Average Loss Total. In calculating WALT, the most recent prior season is given a weight of 20, while a season from 20 years ago is given a weight of one. (Loss totals are prorated to a 162-game schedule.)Then I took the harmonic mean of the WALT score for the two teams to appear together in each LCS. The harmonic mean places more emphasis on the lower of the two values. What this means is that a series will rank higher if both teams have been bad, as in the case of the Orioles and Royals, rather than if one has been awful while the other has been OK.Here are the 10 most underdog-y championship series as rated by this measure:10. 2007 NLCS: Colorado Rockies (87.8 WALT) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (81.8 WALT); harmonic mean 84.4. The 2007 NLCS featured the novelty of two 1990s expansion teams facing each other. But the Diamondbacks had gotten off to a quick start, winning the World Series in 2001. The Rockies had struggled more, having reached the playoffs just once before 2007. 7. 2002 ALCS: Minnesota Twins (86.7) vs. Anaheim Angels (83.7); harmonic mean 85.2. The Twins won the World Series in 1987 and 1991, but they were terrible for most of the intervening seasons before making the playoffs again in 2002. The Angels had been following their usual Atlanta Hawks-esque pattern of being slightly below .500 and never making an impact in the playoffs. In fact, 2002 was their first postseason appearance since their classic series against the Red Sox in 1986. 2. 1984 NLCS: San Diego Padres (91.7) vs. Chicago Cubs (87.2); harmonic mean 89.4. This has been a painful list for Cubs fans. The ball that went through Leon Durham’s legs in the decisive fifth game of the 1984 NLCS is not remembered as well as a similar play by Bill Buckner in the 1986 World Series (or the Steve Bartman incident in 2003). But it was every bit as consequential; the error improved the Padres’ probability of winning the series by 20 percent — about as much as Buckner’s play did given that the Mets and Red Sox still had a seventh game to play. However, the Padres rank as the slightly worse team by WALT: 1984 was their first playoff appearance and just the second time they finished with a winning record.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuOauPWip_8?t=1h51m30s1. 2014 ALCS: Kansas City Royals (92.1) vs. Baltimore Orioles (87.7); harmonic mean 89.8. It’s almost certainly just a coincidence, but the other series on this list have given us more than their fair share of extraordinary moments. Here’s hoping the Orioles and Royals will give us a few more. 9. 1982 ALCS: California Angels (85.1) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (83.7); harmonic mean 84.4. The Angels had been mediocre rather than awful for most of the 1960s and 1970s; they’d reached the ALCS only once before (in 1979) but also never lost more than 95 games in a season. The Brewers were terrible from 1969 (when they began as the Seattle Pilots) to 1977 but were due for a breakthrough by 1982, having posted winning records in each year from 1978 to 1981. 6. 1991 NLCS: Atlanta Braves (91.0) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (81.0); harmonic mean 85.7. Atlanta and Pittsburgh would meet in the NLCS again in 1992, which is remembered for Francisco Cabrera’s walk-off single. But their 1991 series also went to seven games and featured four games decided by one run. It ranks slightly higher according to WALT since the Braves made the playoffs for just the second time since 1969 — and after having averaged 96 losses per season from 1985 through 1990. 5. 2003 NLCS: Florida Marlins (88.1) vs. Chicago Cubs (85.6); harmonic mean 86.8. Between 1909 and 2002, the Marlins and Cubs won only one World Series between them, and that went, in 1997, to Florida, who had come into existence as an expansion franchise only four years earlier. But the Marlins blew up their roster a year later and had a losing record for the next five seasons before winning the World Series again in 2003. The Cubs, meanwhile, missed their moment in 2003 in about the most painful way imaginable. But don’t worry, bleacher bums: Your team is going to win the World Series in 2015, according to “Back To the Future Part II.” 3. 1995 ALCS: Seattle Mariners (90.0) vs. Cleveland Indians (87.2); harmonic mean 88.6. If I were ranking the series subjectively instead of by a formula, this one would stand out along with Royals-Orioles. The 1995 ALCS fits the template of two notoriously terrible franchises hitting their stride at the same time. The Indians had a winning record just once from 1982 to 1993, and 1995 was their first postseason appearance since 1954. The Mariners had posted a winning record just twice in franchise history and had never made the playoffs before. read more

Philadelphia Eagles Riley Cooper Apologizes for Racial Slur

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper has been caught on video tape using a racial slur.The footage of the football player at a country music singer Kenny Chesney concert surfaced yesterday. It the short clip, Cooper pledged, “I will jump that fence and fight every n***r here,” at the July show in Philadelphia.“I want to apologize. I have been offensive. I have apologized to my coach, to [chairman] Jeffrey Lurie, to [general manager] Howie Roseman and to my teammates,” Cooper said in a statement released by the team. “I owe an apology to the fans and to this community. I am so ashamed, but there are no excuses. What I did was wrong and I will accept the consequences.”.Cooper, 25, is currently in his fourth season in the NFL. The wide-out has 46 catches for 679 yards and five touchdowns thus far in his career. read more

Dwyane Wades Life to be Captured in Television Sitcom

Photo by Ebony magazine.Dwyane Wade has gone Hollywood.Fox has purchased the rights to a television sitcom based on his life as an NBA star and single father of two boys. “Three The Hard Way” will feature a character named Daryl Wade. The show is described as Wade and “his entourage of eccentric friends, find themselves parenting by committee, when he gets full custody of his two young sons. It’s a recipe made for disaster, but no matter how misinformed, misguided, or unfit Team Wade may be, they have a trump card that can’t lose. It’s called love.”The plot closely follows Wade’s life and is based on the book he released last year called “A Father First.” Wade has had sole custody of his two sons, Zaire and Zion, since 2010.“Who’s going to play me? I haven’t figured that out yet, but I’m sure it’s going to be somebody handsome,” Wade said. “I just want somebody who’s good.“I will be involved, very involved … to the point where it has enough of what I would like to see from my story. Obviously it’s a comedy, but there will be some things you want to let loose.”Wade said the show would be inspired by some themes of “The Cosby Show.”“I think they’ll be able to pull the comedy out of the dark moments,” Wade said. “That was one thing I kept saying before I sold my story. I want to be able to bring some light into the dark times. I always take off from “The Cosby Show” kind of thing. They always told a lesson at the end of the day. There’s always a story, and comedy in it as well.” read more

Holiday Message from the LOO Hon Charles Washington Misick

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 28, 2016 –  “It is with profound pleasure that I bring holiday greetings to the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands on behalf of the Office of the Leader of the Opposition, and the Progressive National Party during this advent season and as we look forward to the New Year.” “This annual season gives us an opportunity like no other time to reflect and introspect.  Reflect on the events of the last twelve months and how it has shaped the lives of us all.  In that regard we have much to be thankful for as our beloved Turks and Caicos continues to prosper, and be peaceful albeit new concerns about increased crime. Introspective as we look-back over our own behavior and actions to discover consistencies and contradictions regarding our calling to ‘Love mercy and do justly’ and to walk in humility before our God. ““In the words of the great philosophers – ‘the unexamined life is not worth living’. As we examine our own lives let us extend charity in words and in deed and repent of the motives for the way we have judged others so that the spirit of goodwill to all men ushered in by the saviour will prevail.”“As we face a new year we will continue to experience triumphs and despair at the personal and national level for so goes the course of life.  Let us resolve to summon the courage to face these girded in the faith of our fathers pledging our commitment first to God and our loyalty to country above self and all others.”  “As some of you look forward to the promise of change I find the words of Shakespeare appropriate.” “This above all: to thine own self be trueAnd it must follow, as the night the dayThou canst not then be false to any man.”“May God’s blessings continue to be with us all during this season.” ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Related Items:#magneticmedianewscenter_img Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting #MagneticMediaNews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

Turks and Caicos leads with Women in Parliament

first_img Related Items:#CommonwealthParliamentaryAssociationseminar, #magneticmedianews, #TCIleadswithwomeninparliament, #TCIwomeninParliament Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 8, 2017 – Grand Turk – At the Opening of a two day Commonwealth Parliamentary Association seminar in Grand Turk, special guest from London and Secretary General of the CPA, Akbar Khan commended the Turks and Caicos for the recent General Election and for its showing of women in Parliament.    Mr. Khan called the feat for the TCI, which this past polling season elected for the first time a woman to serve as Premier in the person of Hon Sharlene Robinson, inspirational.  With 40% of its parliamentarians being women, the Turks and Caicos is a stand out democracy and the Secretary General highlighted that wider gender equality often equates to more efficient strides.  The Turks and Caicos, with 81% voter turn-out at the December 16 polls, has doubled the average of CPA parliaments female make up and contributes to the 9,000 female parliamentarians globally among Commonwealth countries.  Presenters at the Post Election Seminar, being held at the House of Assembly include House Speakers and Clerk from Monsterrat, Trinidad and Tobago and Canada.  It is hosted by our own Speaker of the House of Assembly, Hon Dwayne Taylor, who is also president of the Turks and Caicos branch of the CPA.  #MagneticMediaNews#TCIwomeninParliament#TCIleadswithwomeninparliament #CommonwealthParliamentaryAssociationseminarlast_img read more

Townsend reveals the best goal of his career

first_imgCrystal Palace winger Andros Townsend says his goal during their shock 3-2 victory at Manchester City is the best goal of his career.Champions Manchester City lost their 100 percent home record this season after suffering a shock 3-2 defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday.Townsend put the visitors’ ahead after Jeffrey Schlupp had equalized Ilkay Gundogan’s 27th-minute opener.The 27-year-old midfielder hit a fantastic volley that flew into the top right corner in the 35th minute and has labeled it the “best goal” of his career.“I knew I had to take it first time because the way Manchester City press, if you take a touch it would have probably ended in a counter-attack and I hit it clean so as soon as it left my foot I knew it had a very good chance of going in,” Townsend told the club’s website.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“It was a big moment in the game and gave us a big lift when playing such a good side. Having watched it back it was definitely the best goal of my career, given the circumstances and the opposition I think it is probably the best side I have played in my career, you couldn’t get near them at times so to score against these, away from home, is certainly the best for me.“We knew we had to ride our luck at times but to come here and score three goals and get maximum points is an incredible achievement for us,”last_img read more

Paul Merson slams Arsenals defence

first_imgSky Sports pundit Paul Merson says the Gunners have “one of the worst” defences in the league and believes they won’t go far with their current backline.Despite the summer arrival of Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Stephan Lichtsteiner, Arsenal have been shaky at the back and Merson has urged his former club to strengthen at the back or risk achieving nothing this season.Arsenal have conceded the same amount of goals as West Ham and Watford, having shipped in 32 goals in 22 Premier League matches.“Defensively they are one of the worst sides I’ve ever seen in the top six of the Premier League,” he told Sky Sports.“Even when they were on that unbeaten run, I wasn’t convinced and now they are showing their true colors.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Until they sort out the defence, they won’t be able to achieve anything. Aaron Ramsey was Arsenal’s best player last weekend – he’s leaving on a free. I don’t know where the club is going.“Unai Emery will need a few windows to sort it out but the players they’ve purchased haven’t been great.”last_img read more

Facebook hit with housing discrimination charge by US government

first_img Facebook said it has been trying to work with HUD to prevent discrimination.”While we were eager to find a solution, HUD insisted on access to sensitive information — like user data — without adequate safeguards. We’re disappointed by today’s developments, but we’ll continue working with civil rights experts on these issues,” a company spokesperson said in an emailed statement.The social media giant also said that it had reached “historic agreements” with the National Fair Housing Alliance, the ACLU and other advocacy groups on changes to its advertising system. The charge marks the latest incident that calls into question how Facebook conducts its business. It’s been under fire over how it collects user data for the past year.Here is HUD’s filing: Tags 13 1:31 “Facebook is discriminating against people based upon who they are and where they live,” HUD Secretary Ben Carson says. Omar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images The US Department of Housing and Urban Development charged Facebook on Thursday with allegedly violating the Fair Housing Act through targeted ads.The charge follows an August 2018 complaint that alleged the social network lets landlords and home sellers engage in housing discrimination through advertising that can exclude people based on race, national origin, religion, gender or disability.”Facebook is discriminating against people based upon who they are and where they live,” HUD Secretary Ben Carson said in a statement. “Using a computer to limit a person’s housing choices can be just as discriminatory as slamming a door in someone’s face.”The initial complaint came after a ProPublica investigation in 2016 showed that housing advertisements could be targeted at and away from specific groups. ProPublica followed up a year later, showing that the targeting hadn’t stopped.According to HUD’s lawsuit, Facebook allowed advertisers to exclude people who were born outside the US, non-Christians, interested in accessibility issues or interested in Latino culture. HUD also accuses Facebook of allowing advertisers to exclude people based on their neighborhoods or whether they have children.”Even as we confront new technologies, the fair housing laws enacted over half a century ago remain clear — discrimination in housing-related advertising is against the law,” HUD general counsel Paul Compton said in a statement. “Just because a process to deliver advertising is opaque and complex doesn’t mean that it exempts Facebook and others from our scrutiny and the law of the land.” Now playing: Watch this: Share your voicecenter_img See how much time you’re wasting on Facebook Comments First published at 5:11 a.m. PT.Updates, 6:16 a.m. and 7:45 a.m.: Adds more details, Facebook’s comment and HUD’s filing. Internet Services Politics Facebooklast_img read more

Universities to be held responsible for students activities Edu minister

first_imgeducation minister Nurul Islam NahidUrging the private university vice-chancellors (VCs) to keep their students away from any kind of movement, education minister Nurul Islam Nahid on Wednesday said they should be held accountable for the activities of the students, reports UNB.He made the call while addressing an emergency views exchange meeting with the VCs and pro-vice-chancellors of all private universities at the International Mother Language Institute in the capital.Claiming that the government has already accepted all the nine demands of the students which will be met gradually, Nahid expressed his wonder as to why the private university students staged demonstrations on Monday.”After my meeting with the heads of all educational institutions on Sunday (5 August), students went back to classes. It’s a wonder why students of some private universities staged demonstrations on Monday (6 August). I can’t understand the reason behind their grievances,” he said.The education minister expressed doubt whether the students demonstrated after being instigated by some evil forces.As per the demand of the students, he said, prime minister Sheikh Hasina would soon open work on constructing underpasses in front educational institutions in crowded areas in the city. “Their other demands will also be fulfilled gradually.”Nahid urged the heads of the private universities to make the students understand not to pay heed to any rumour.As the VCs demand unconditional release of students arrested during Monday’s demonstrations, he said actions will be taken as per law against those committed crimes.The education minister, however, said no innocent student will be punished.University Grants Commission (UGC) chairman professor Abdul Mannan chaired the programme jointly organised by the education ministry and UGC.last_img read more

Iran terms Trumps prediction of talks as PR stunts

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 28 April 2018, Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is pictured during a meeting with his Russian counterpart in Moscow. Photo: AFPIran waved away US president Donald Trump’s claims that talks with the country’s leaders were imminent, saying “threats, sanctions and PR stunts won’t work”.With Washington pulling out of the landmark 2015 nuclear deal and set to reimpose full sanctions on Iran from 6 August, Tehran has responded coolly to Trump’s offer on Monday to talk “any time” without preconditions.“Threats, sanctions & PR stunts won’t work. Try respect: for Iranians & for (international) commitments,” tweeted foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.The Revolutionary Guards also made their opposition to talks clear.“The Iranian people do not authorise officials to meet the Great Satan… Mr Trump, Iran is not North Korea,” said General Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander of the Guards, in an open letter published in local media.Trump told a rally in Tampa, Florida earlier on Tuesday: “I have a feeling they’ll be talking to us pretty soon… And maybe not, and that’s OK too.”He used the occasion to again blast the “horrible, one-sided” 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers which he abandoned in May.“It’s a horror show,” Trump said.“I hope it works out well with Iran. They are having a lot of difficulty right now.”There was not yet an official response from the top leadership, but supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said a fortnight ago that talks with Trump would be “useless.”Scepticism is indeed rife in Tehran over Trump’s latest tactic, with one high-profile lawmaker saying negotiations would be a “humiliation.”- ‘People are worried’ -Despite the rejection, many Iranians are deeply concerned that sanctions could tip the country into a major crisis.Tehran’s Grand Bazaar was packed on Wednesday lunchtime as customers rushed to snap up goods for fear of what might happen when full sanctions return on Monday.“It’s been really busy these last few days. People are worried that if they don’t buy things today, they won’t be available tomorrow,” said Ali, who runs a kitchen store in the bazaar.“They are right-if I sell these knives, I won’t be able to get any more.”He said the reason was that wholesalers and importers were refusing to provide new stock, preferring to sit on their inventory until the extent of the economic crisis is better understood-a claim backed by other shopkeepers.The biggest sign of the crisis so far has been the collapse of the currency, which has lost two-thirds of its value since the start of the year, including a near-20-per cent drop on Sunday and Monday alone.The rial rallied slightly after Trump’s offer of talks, but still stood at 109,000 to the dollar on Wednesday morning-a figure that would have seemed incredible even a few months ago.Several Iranian public figures said it was impossible to imagine negotiations with Washington after all the hostility of recent months.“Iran & US had 2 yrs of talks. With U/E3+Russia+China, we produced a unique multilateral accord-the JCPOA (nuclear deal). It’s been working. US can only blame itself for pulling out & leaving the table,” Zarif wrote on Twitter.Ali Motahari, the high-profile deputy speaker of parliament, said: “With the contemptuous statements (Trump) addressed to Iran, the idea of negotiating is inconceivable. It would be a humiliation.”Only last week, Trump fired off an all-caps tirade at his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani on Twitter, warning of untold “suffering” if Iran continued to threaten the United States.“We cannot negotiate with someone who violates international commitments, threatens to destroy countries, and constantly changes his position,” said analyst Mohammad Marandi, of the University of Tehran, who was part of the nuclear negotiating team.Some officials remained more receptive.“Negotiations with the United States must not be a taboo,” said Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh, head of parliament’s foreign affairs commission, in an interview with the semi-official ISNA news agency.Motahari added that hardliners, who have long opposed any rapprochement with the US, share the blame for the collapse of the nuclear deal.“If the whole Iranian system had worked to implement this agreement, today we would be witnessing the presence of European companies in Iran and their investments, and even Trump would not be able to withdraw so easily from the deal,” he said.“But from the start one part of the system did not want the agreement to work.”The Trump administration says its “maximum pressure campaign” is designed to force Iran into a new deal that goes beyond limiting its nuclear program and includes curbs to its regional behaviour and missile program.last_img read more

Boston Dynamics Atlas shows balance WildCat sprints untethered w Video

first_img © 2013 Phys.org DARPA’s ATLAS robot unveiled (w/ Video) The feat is a tribute to the company’s control system for the robot. The demo shows how Atlas can stay upright using kinematic and load data from its sensors. Commenting on his reaction to seeing Atlas stay balanced despite being hit by the ball, Noel Sharkey, professor of artificial intelligence and robotics at the University of Sheffield, told the BBC it was “an astonishing achievement” and “remarkable feat.” Next on the engineering agenda is to give Atlas an articulated head with stereo cameras and a laser range finder, along with sensate hands capable of using tools. More information: www.bostondynamics.com/index.html Legged Squad Support System (LS3) is a four-legged robot designed to travel 20 miles on rough terrain carrying 400 lbs of load. The video shows field testing at Twentynine Palms, CA. Testing includes rough-terrain mobility, endurance, visually guided following, GPS guided maneuver, and overall reliability. LS3 is being developed by Boston Dynamics with funding from DARPA and the US Marine Corps. The company’s history dates back to when it was a spinoff from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where Marc Raibert and colleagues developed animal-inspired robots. They founded the company in 1992. 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. Explore further Atlas is part of the DARPA Robotics Challenge Program. The robot is tethered, powered from an off-board, electric power supply. Atlas’ reason for being is to serve as a humanoid robot that will be capable enough to move in outdoor, rough terrain. The limbs need to perform well, to be able to lift, carry and manipulate in rough environments. Atlas was unveiled in July at the company, as a robot that can respond to dangerous emergencies.The video shows the Atlas robot now on rough terrain walking with bent knees and arms stretched, on rubble and rocks, maintaining its balance as it moves along. In another scene, a ball is trying to knock it over as Atlas stands on one foot, maintaining its balance even while standing on one leg and being hit by the ball from the side. WildCat is a four-legged robot being developed to run fast on all types of terrain. So far WildCat has run at about 16 mph on flat terrain using bounding and galloping gaits. The video shows WildCat’s best performance so far. This month, Boston Dynamics also posted a video of its WildCat robot, funded by DARPA and developed for emergency response and aid scenarios, in a public outing beyond and free from indoor treadmills. The big news about WildCat is that, unlike its robotic cousin Cheetah, this quadruped is untethered. Cheetah drew attention for its speed; the robot could run at 28 miles per hour but that was on a treadmill indoors tethered to a power supply. WildCat can sprint and gallop unrestrained at 16 miles per hour outside of the lab. The video shows its capabilities. (Phys.org) —Boston Dynamics, the Waltham, Massachusetts robotics company that receives funds from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), is making more video news. Whether the company turns out videos of intros and updates of robots such as BigDog, or Petman, or Cheetah, its animal- and human-inspired robots promptly make the rounds of dozens of news sites and blogs. The company has made these robots interesting works in progress, as we see them, from development phase to phase, advancing in balance, agility, speed and strength. This month’s video hits from Boston Dynamics show the company’s two tests, for its bipedal Atlas and its quadruped WildCat. Citation: Boston Dynamics: Atlas shows balance; WildCat sprints untethered (w/ Video) (2013, October 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-10-boston-dynamics-atlas-wildcat-sprints.htmllast_img read more

MIT professor creates reality TV series of his daily life

first_img Major cities must unite against climate change: Paris mayor © 2017 Phys.org Citation: MIT professor creates reality TV series of his daily life (2017, March 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-03-mit-professor-reality-tv-series.html Shot from In My Shoes. Credit: Cesar Hidalgo (Phys.org)—”What if the Kardashians were physicists?” asks César Hidalgo, an associate professor at MIT and director of the Collective Learning group at the MIT Media Lab.center_img 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. Fortunately they’re not, but that odd-sounding blend might be the best way to imagine Hidalgo’s new project: a video series called “In My Shoes” that documents his professional life as a researcher and his personal life as a husband and father of a young daughter. The final product—eight episodes ranging in length from 10 to 20 minutes—can be viewed at https://www.inmyshoes.info. “The goal of the series is to help show younger people considering an academic career what the day-to-day of the life of a scholar is like,” he said. “Personally, I think that this would have been very useful to me 20 years ago, when I was considering an academic career but had no role models in Chile.”Hidalgo self-recorded his life over the course of three months in 2016. During that time, he traveled extensively—from Boston to Washington, D.C.; Saudi Arabia; Switzerland; Portland; Monterrey; and Paris. One of the major projects that Hidalgo was working on at the time was DataUSA, a website that presents all kinds of data (economic, demographic, health, education, housing, etc.) in a visual, rapidly digestible way. It’s intended to provide information for policymakers, business owners, students, and job-seekers.The video series, however, is not intended to inform us of the technical details of such projects. Instead we get an inside look at what’s it like to actually be the person developing and sharing these projects, complete with all of the thoughts and concerns that any ordinary person would have. Hidalgo’s narration is thoughtful, entertaining, modest, and—when it comes to what jet lag feels like after 24 hours of travel—painfully sincere. It’s a unique and personal perspective of the academic life that breaks down the traditional stereotypes—especially as we learn that even MIT professors find it challenging to dress a two-year-old in the morning. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Recipient Moumita dies of infection

first_imgKolkata: Organ recipient Moumita Chakraborty died at SSKM hospital in the wee hours of Monday, three days after a kidney transplant. According to hospital sources, Chakraborty, a resident of Khardah, died at around 2.45 am after her body developed ‘transplant rejection’, a spokesperson from the state Health department said.The woman was kept in ventilation since August 17 after the kidney transplant and her condition gradually deteriorated. It may be mentioned that Chakraborty was one of the recipients of the organs donated by 15-year-old Mallika Majumder, who was declared brain-dead by the SSKM Hospital authorities on August 17. Majumder’s two kidneys and the liver were transplanted on three recipients. Among the three, Chakraborty had undergone a kidney transplant and was admitted to the hospital for her renal problems since the first week of August. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe second kidney and her liver were transplanted on two other patients on August 17-18. Sanjib Das of Sodepur in North 24-Parganas received the second kidney. He is presently normal but has been kept under observation. Though he has caught cold, necessary measures have been taken in this regard.”Ajay Nayek from Hyderabad, who has undergone a liver transplant at Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals, is stable now,” the spokesperson maintained.Besides the three organs, Majumder’s cornea was implanted on a blind patient, while her skin was grafted and is being preserved at SSKM’s skin bank. Her heart was found to be clinically unfit for transplantation. Majumder was diagnosed with a space-occupying lesion in the brain after being admitted to the hospital on July 23 and slipped into a coma on August 14. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedState Tourism minister Goutam Deb visited Majumder’s residence to pay last respects and meet her family members. “This is indeed asad moment but she will be remembered by all for her heroic deed. I am here on behalf of our Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to pay our last respects. We will always be there for her family and are proud of her,” stated Deb.Mallika’s father Manik, a driver at a courier service company, believes his daughter will continue to live in those who received her organs.last_img read more

Babies exposed to stimulation get brain boost

first_imgEarly stimulation helps give a boost to the brains of babies, according to a new study which contradicts the belief that children’s development is determined by their genes and could not be influenced.Researchers from Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Norway used advanced electroencephalogram (EEG) technology for many years to study the brain activity of hundreds of babies.The results show that the neurons in the brains of young children quickly increase in both number and specialisation as the baby learns new skills and becomes more mobile. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfNeurons in very young children form up to a thousand new connections per second. The research also shows that the development of our brain, sensory perception and motor skills happen in sync and that even the smallest babies must be challenged and stimulated at their level from birth onward.Babies need to engage their entire body and senses by exploring their world and different materials, both indoors and out and in all types of weather.The researchers emphasise that the experiences must be self-produced; it is not enough for children merely to be carried or pushed in a stroller. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive“Many people believe that children up to three years old only need cuddles and nappy changes, but studies show that rats raised in cages have less dendritic branching in the brain than rats raised in an environment with climbing and hiding places and tunnels,” said Audrey van der Meer, professor at NTNU.“Research also shows that children born into cultures where early stimulation is considered important, develop earlier than Western children do,” said van der Meer. She said that the brains of young children are very malleable and can therefore adapt to what is happening around them.If the new synapses that are formed in the brain are not being used, they disappear as the child grows up and the brain loses some of its plasticity.Van der Meer mentions the fact why Chinese babies hear a difference between the R and L sounds when they are four months old, but not when they get older.Since Chinese children do not need to distinguish between these sounds to learn their mother tongue, the brain synapses that carry this knowledge disappear when they are not used.Babies actually manage to distinguish between the sounds of any language in the world when they are four months old, but by the time they are eight months old they have lost this ability, according to van der Meer.Since a lot is happening in the brain during the first years of life, van der Meer says that it is easier to promote learning and prevent problems when children are very young.last_img read more

Its Not About Just the Experience Its the Journey With Analytics

first_imgAugust 31, 2017 Today’s businesses want to create exceptional customer experiences. They mine  big data to get a good sense of direction. Yet while this effort produces plenty of statistics, it doesn’t provide much context.Related: How to Boost Customer Loyalty Using Analytics and Actionable InsightsEnter “journey analytics” and the need for the incredibly powerful platform that’s been developed by ClickFox and its partners, Zoomdata and Cloudera. The platform and accompanying applications help connect the qualitative dots to give you a clearer picture.The picture created gives you strategic information, identifying what stops customers took along the way with their purchase journey, where they changed direction and what the predictive analysis is in terms of what they might do in the future.What is journey analytics?Journey analytics is potentially the next stage in the evolution of analytics science. McKinsey & Company notes that the science of journey analytics “combines big data technology, advanced analytics, and functional expertise to help companies perfect their customer journeys.”A customer journey has many angles. For example, if a consumer is thinking about purchasing a mobile phone, he or she may go to a mobile company’s website, then a store, and subsequently have a phone conversation before returning to the store or the website to make the actual purchase.What’s more, consumers may change their journey or even abandon it completely. Only by looking at the entire journey can a company truly understand how each interaction and data-set within that journey impacted every other.  Related: Tracking Customers Beyond Google AnalyticsHow companies can benefit from journey analyticsMcKinsey & Company noted some specific benefits that come from leveraging this new analytics approach:15 percent reduction in cost-to-serve20 percent growth in customer conversion20 percent reduction in churn20 percent decrease in complaintsBy putting this data from the “journeys” into predictive models, companies can make changes that will positively impact their customer’s entire journey. This approach can also assist all departments within a company to understand how what they do impacts the entire experience.  How ClickFox helps businessesClickFox is delivering a way to truly undertake the digital transformation that so many organizations are still struggling with. The challenge is to cover every possible channel and tactic that a customer may want rather than just hoping the organization picked one that will satisfy the customer.Importantly, there is no one route customers choose to follow each time they purchase a product or service. While they may go to a website, call an agent and then visit a store to buy one time, that doesn’t mean that their next journey for that product will be the same. Therefore, companies need to undergo a complete digital transformation to track all paths.Thanks to the multiple algorithms ClickFox developed, the company can automatically and continually collect data to cover any change or alteration the customer makes. Also, the company can be immediately seen in the big data visualization picture painted by the platform.The algorithms go well beyond just seeing how many people went retail/agent/web — or — web/agent/retail on their path. A company can also see where those potential buyers may have dropped out of the path altogether, and where they went. This enables a company to determine how to make the necessary changes to positively impact the experience their customers have along their purchase journey.Strategically partnering with Zoomdata and Cloudera has helped ClickFox do even more for its customers while also creating mutually beneficial relationships.For example, ClickFox embedded Zoomdata to provide big-data visualization and distribution capabilities without having to build it themselves. Working with so much data meant that ClickFox had to find a way where the data could be understood in a visual way across an organization. Not only did Zoomdata bring that to the partnership, but it also integrated well into the ClickFox ecosystem due to its existing integrations with many of the same data platform and metadata sources.The future of journey analyticsWith journey analytics just starting to develop, there is significant potential for what it will be able to do for analytics and companies. In the near future, ClickFox will be launching its next-generation journey platform, called Fox. This replaces its existing platform and delivers a new user interface and additional tools for the user to understand various types of journeys.Additionally, the Trace journey app can provide all possible paths and combinations of paths for all types of journeys, including purchases, complaints and more. It will offer your company an impact score for its customer journeys as they stand now, and prioritize the paths that will increase or decrease the likelihood of what the company wants to happen for that customer on the journey.From there, the next level will be ecommendations on the top paths and what changes are necessary to create that intended impact.Enhanced customer journeysThe result will be enhanced customer journeys. At the same time, these data connections will show companies where they can make improvements to their cost efficiency across the organization. In the next three to five years, those working in the analytics industry will see the value it can yield for specific segments, particularly health care. Other industries, including financial services, retail, hospitality and manufacturing, can begin to leverage journey analytics to change their own customer journeys for the better. With so much potential for so many industries, niches, journeys and customers, analytics has proved that it can deliver so much to clarify companies’ understanding of their customers.Related: Beyond Web Analytics: 5 Types of Online Data You Should Be TrackingIn this context, entrepreneurs are on their own exploratory journey to a destination full of opportunity. Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min readlast_img read more