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Scientists find binary star system with "weird and wild" planet-forming discs

Scientists have found "weird and wild" planet-forming discs around two young stars approximately 450 light-years from Earth, obtaining their clearest-ever picture of protoplanetary discs in a binary star system, the European Southern Observatory said. In the press release, the ESO said the result goes a long way in explaining why many exoplanets - planets located outside our Solar System - have strange, eccentric or inclined orbits. Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, or ALMA, observatory in Chile's Atacama desert, the astronomers found planet-forming gas discs orbiting two stars in the binary system HK Tauri - in the constellation of Taurus (The Bull) - that are "out of alignment with each other by at least 60 degrees," the ESO said. In a single-star system, such as our Solar System, flattened protoplanetary discs swirl around a growing central protostar. But the complexity is greater in the case of HK Tauri and other binary star systems, the most common star-formation pattern, the release said, noting that "when the orbits of the stars and the protoplanetary discs are in different planes, any planets that may be forming can end up in highly eccentric and tilted orbits." "Although there have been earlier observations indicating that this type of misaligned system existed, the new ALMA observations of HK Tauri show much more clearly what is really going on in one of these systems," Rachel Akeson of the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute at the Califo...  

Canon Invents: Digital Cameras, Video Editing, Medical Imaging

Canon corprate offices in Jamesburg, New Jersey.A worldwide leader in the development of camcorders, cameras, photocopiers and other imaging and printing devices, Canon Inc. of Tokyo, Japan, is one of the most active developers of new intellectual properties in the world. Although this article published by Tom’s Guide erroneously reports it as patented, Canon has developed and filed a patent application recently for camera imaging technologies which can better recreate human skin tones in captured images. Canon also owns a great share of the worldwide document imaging market, and it has created a stir with a recently released office document scanner with applications in the real estate, financial, legal, healthcare, insurance and other industries. Canon has recently been making waves in the patent world, teaming up in an alliance with Google, called the License on Transfer Network, which aims to protect alliance members against what they consider to be baseless patent lawsuits. The corporation has also successfully completed a patent infringement suit of its own which prevents Nectron International from making, importing and selling certain toner cartridges and other components of Canon and Hewlett-Packard laser beam printers. Canon’s immense amount of activity in the world of U.S. patents makes them a great business to feature in our Companies We Follow series here on IPWatchdog. As always, we scan the recent publications of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Offic...  

Velocio Sports announces crowdfunding campaign

By Spencer PowlisonPublished 46 mins ago Specialized-lululemon won two consecutive world team time trial championships, in 2012 and 2013. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.comSpecialized-lululemon, currently the fifth-ranked women’s team in the world, announced last week that it will seek additional funding by starting a club membership program for 2015. Velocio Sports — the team’s management company — is seeking to expand its fan base and diversify its funding, given that the team’s contracts with Specialized and lululemon are scheduled to end in December. “We’re switching tactics in our search for team sponsorship and funding,” said team owner Kristy Scrymgeour. “We want to get the cycling community involved in an attempt to build a bridge between the ever-increasing number of recreational cyclists and pro cycling as a sport. We have corporate interest for part of our budget and we’ve decided to add to that by trying something a little different.” The team launched a crowdfunding campaign last Friday that it is calling Project X. “It’s a way for us to invite people to be a part of the team and vote for women’s cycling at the same time,” Scrymgeour said. “It starts with supporting our team, but if we can create a buzz around this campaign, it will reach the eyes of potential sponsors for both the team and other aspects of our sport. “Women’s cycl...  

'Blood Bowl' for iPad Finally Hits the App Store

As predicted in last night's new game roundup, there were a couple high profile stragglers that hit the App Store outside of the normal release window. Blood Bowl [$4.99 (HD)] is one of those games. It's basically a $17 game, as it's priced at $4.99 to keep the initial price point low with four additional races in game which can be unlocked for $2.99 a pop. It's kind of like how Warhammer Quest [$4.99] gets you in the door, then has a bunch of different classes you can buy if you end up enjoying the game. Anyway, backing things up a bit, Blood Bowl is a Warhammer themed strategic football game. Originally released in 1986, the game went through several physical editions before attempting to make the jump to the video game world in 1990… Only to have the studio working on the game go bankrupt. A MS-DOS version was finally released in 1995, then in 2004 Cyanide Studios got involved with a game that was weirdly similar. A court battle ensued, and somehow ended with them getting the licensing rights from Games Workshop to bring a new version of Blood Bowl to all sorts of platforms including iOS via publisher Focus Home Interactive. The coolest thing about the game has got to be the cross platform multiplayer, as it's always great when you can play with people outside of the iOS ecosystem, like Space Hulk [$9.99 (HD)]. The thread in our forums is filled with great info from forum members, particularly this post by Parkingtigers who points out a lot of minor rule...  

Dermendzhiev succeeds Stoev as Ludogorets coach

Stoicho Stoev has been dismissed as PFC Ludogorets Razgrad coach and replaced on a permanent basis by the club's academy director, Georgi Dermendzhiev.Stoev, appointed 12 months ago, has paid the price for the Bulgarian side's sluggish start to the season. Ludogorets have won just once – a 4-0 defeat of Luxembourg's F91 Dudelange − in five games in all competitions and did not score in taking one point from their opening two A PFG matches.On Wednesday, Ludogorets drew 0-0 at home to FK Partizan in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League third qualifying round tie. Having succeeded Ivaylo Petev last July, Stoev guided the Eagles to the domestic double and into the last 16 of the UEFA Europa League, a run that featured notable victories against GNK Dinamo Zagreb, PSV Eindhoven and SS Lazio.Dermenzhiev, who made his name as a player at PFC Slavia Sofia in the late 1970s, began working for Ludogorets in 2011. He was assistant coach until this summer, when he took over the running of the academy. "Georgi Dermenzhiev has been an important part of the club in recent years," said Ludogorets owner Kiril Domuschiev. "He knows the club and the setup here. He has our trust." ...  

Seven ways to boost your hearts health

Cardiovascular disease is still the biggest killer in the UK, but you might be surprised by some of the things that can help to keep your heart healthy... Although mortality rates are falling, cardiovascular disease (CVD) is still the UK’s biggest killer. In 2010, almost 180,000 died from CVD, with around 80,000 of these deaths being from coronary heart disease and 49,000 from strokes. Eating five or more servings of fruit and vegetables each day, taking regular exercise and stopping smoking with all help to improve heart health. Of course, we all know that this can be easier said than done. But fortunately, there’s plenty we can do to reduce our risk without having to give up all the things we enjoy. Research suggests that making just a few simple tweaks to your daily routine really can make a difference. And these are; Snack on a handful of nuts ‘Walnuts are a rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids, which can help decrease inflammation in the arteries and protect the heart,’ explains British Association spokesperson Gaynor Bussell. ‘Nuts in general can help to lower cholesterol levels and they will also help to fill you up. But don’t have more than a handful as they are high in calories.’ Meet up with friends According to social psychologist John Cacioppo from the University of Chicago, loneliness is linked to hardening of the arteries, which leads to high blood pressure and an increased risk of heart disease. He claims tha...  

Best New Feuds in Sports

Best New Feuds in Sports from Bleacher Report Sports Traditions That Got Out of Control from Cracked.com Best and Worst Athlete Alter Egos from Bleacher Report HR Lands Perfectly in Fans Beer, Destroys It from Bleacher Report Oregon's CFB Tickets Are Scratch and Sniff from CollegeSpun.com Most Unstoppable Madden Players Ever from Bleacher Report Jump to the Bleacher Report homepage ...  

Luke Song: Hat's Entertainment!

i i Courtesy of Luke Song Millinery seems like a brilliant career choice, right? Everybody's got a head. But for Luke Song, the owner of Mr. Song Millinery outside Detroit, it happened by accident. "I wanted to be an artist, but I went the route of biochemistry. A typical route," he told Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg. He quit overnight and went to art school, but still never considered hat design, the chosen profession of his South Korean immigrant parents. "I needed to make money, so I went to my mom's boutique and I made some hats the only way I knew how." They flew off the shelves, and in six months he had paid off his student loans. Song had discovered his niche. And then, in 2009, with one famous hat at one big moment in history, his became a household name. "I went from zero to sixty in like, two days," said Song. Since he clearly knows his way around hats, an Ask Me Another Challenge tasked Song with trying to get a fellow contestant to guess real and fictional characters based on a description of their signature chapeaux. ...  

How To Get Your Business Noticed By Venture Capital

For every successful start-up, umpteen entrepreneurs will fail – despite having brilliant ideas. Many of these failures will be down to one major problem that faces new businesses anywhere in the world: finding finance. One solution, with added potency in a time of reduced bank lending, is Venture Capital (VC) – finance provided to early-stage companies, usually through dedicated management funds in return for an equity stake in the business. But securing VC funding is not as simple as turning up and asking for a blank cheque. Funds have no end of potential suitors. For example, Mercia Fund Management, a multi-million UK-based VC fund, estimates that it receives 50 full business plans and as many as 200 website enquiries each month but only does 10-15 major investments each year. The most important part of getting noticed is doing the initial research. There are many funds out there specialising in different sectors or geographical areas and it is a matter of finding the best fit for a business rather than attempting to blanket the market with proposals and applications. Mercia, for example, is mostly interested in UK-based businesses involved in sectors such as medical research, disruptive technology, financial technology and e-commerce. Mercia is particularly interested in businesses that do not require a significant capital investment before producing revenue, says Mark Payton, managing director of Mercia Fund Management. For insta...  

China says pro-government imam murdered in NW

BEIJING -- China said Thursday that a leading pro-government Muslim cleric in the volatile northwestern territory of Xinjiang was murdered, and police killed two suspects and captured another.The state media report late Thursday was the first official confirmation of the murder of Jume Tahir at dawn Wednesday, the latest in a string of increasingly violent and brazen acts targeting government supporters and institutions.Tahir had led the Id Kah mosque in the city of Kashgar and was a strong supporter of government policy on Islam that critics say imposes harsh restrictions on Muslims. Violence has sharply increased over recent months in Xinjiang, where radicals among the native Turkic Muslim Uighur minority have pursued a violent campaign to overthrow Chinese rule.On Monday, the government said militants armed with knives and axes killed or injured dozens of people in Shache county near Kashgar.Official reports said police killed dozens of the assailants, who reportedly first attacked police and government offices before turning on civilians. More details haven't been released and the precise death toll remains unknown, although China called the incident a "premeditated terror attack."If dozens were indeed killed, it would be the bloodiest single instance of violence since ethnic riots in Urumqi in 2009 left nearly 200 dead, according to the government.Neither Tahir's murder nor Monday's violence could be independently verified. Officials reached by phone refused to comment ...  


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