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Dengue fever spreading near Arizona border

This undated photo released by National Institute of Infectious Diseases via Kyodo News, shows a tiger mosquito. Japanese health authorities have reported the first locally transmitted case of dengue fever in the country in more than 60 years. The ministry said Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 the case occurred in Saitama, a prefecture adjacent to Tokyo. Local media reports said the patient was a teen-aged girl who has since recovered. (AP Photo/National Institute of Infectious Diseases via Kyodo News) Dengue fever continues to spread across Mexico and it's reached the southern border. "We've had five confirmed cases in the border region, bordering Yuma County," said Jessica Rigler with Arizona Department of Health Services. It's a situation ADHS continues to monitor, the confirmed cases are located in San Luis, Rio Col., Sonora, which is approximately thirty miles from Yuma, Arizona. According to the Centers for Disease Control, "The virus is a leading cause of illness and death in the tropics and subtropics. As many as 400 million people are infected yearly." Dengue is also referred to as "breakbone fever" because of the severe joint and muscle pain associated with the illness. Other symptoms include severe pain behind the eyes, fever, vomiting and rash. One percent of the people infected develop Dengue hemorrhagic fever, which can be deadly. ...  

Sweet Release! Bayonetta 2, Civilization Beyond Earth, Fantasy Life, Samurai ...

By Jared Cornelius Welcome back gentle reader, it’s time for another roundup of those video game disks that all the kids like so much.  While last week re-packaging and last generation consoles were all the rage this week is skewing a bit more towards the strange.  The overarching theme this time seems to be cult favorites, from cheesecake anime ladies, hardcore strategy, and Kinect games.  One developer was super busy with two games on this week’s calendar, so let’s lead off with a title that by all right shouldn’t exist. Honestly, it might actually be a Doctor Who styled time paradox. Bayonetta 2 is the insane 3rd person combat game from the equally insane Platinum Games.  The studio comprised of former Capcom cast offs made a name for themselves in the early 2000′s under the banner of Clover Studio with games like Viewtiful Joe, Godhand, and Okami.  Platinum was one of the only Japanese developers actively reaching out to an American audience last generation with games like Vanquish and ultimately came up with a cult hit for Sega in their Bayonetta franchise.  The utterly bizarre story revolves around the titular Bayonetta, a witch with guns in her shoes and magic hair that composes her skintight cat suit. The game features fast paced over the top 3r...  

Baseball's hardest throwers on grand stage

USA TODAY Sports' Ted Berg breaks down the key players in the World Series between the Giants and Royals. Yordano Ventura is one of baseball's hardest throwers.(Photo: John Rieger, USA TODAY Sports)KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Yordano Ventura, just 23 years old and blessed with one of baseball's most potent arms, admits he sneaks a peek at radar gun readings after unleashing one of his devastating fastballs.And he acknowledges the rush he feels when the scoreboard lets him know he's reached triple digits."Of course!" Ventura tells USA TODAY Sports through an interpreter. "I work hard to see my fastball reach 100. I love it. I look at it and I know when I'm throwing 100, 99 and I have it, it's going to be a long day for who's hitting."USA TODAYWorld Series: Breaking down Giants vs. RoyalsThe Los Angeles Angels and Baltimore Orioles can attest to that. Ventura dominated the Angels in an American League Division Series start, and then beat the Orioles in the AL Championship Series, helping the Kansas City Royals reach the World Series against the San Francisco Giants.And for those who love the hiss of a blazing fastball, this matchup is for you.Five of the game's 15 hardest throwers in 2014 pitch for the Royals and Giants, according to average fastball velocities compiled by FanGraphs. Wednesday night, Ventura will start Game 2 for the Royals, hoping to build upon a rookie year in which he won 14 games and followed that with a seven-inning, five-hit masterpiece against the Angels....  

Science Gets a Front Door on Comm Ave

This story was originally published on the BU Research website. For decades, some of the most exciting research at Boston University has been unfolding in a row of buildings hidden on Cummington Mall, designed originally for making carriages instead of studying the life sciences. Now University President Robert A. Brown is giving science a more prominent address on the University’s main thoroughfare. In late May or early summer 2015, at what is now a parking lot at 610 Commonwealth Avenue, BU will break ground for its new Center for Integrated Life Sciences & Engineering (CILSE), a $140 million, state-of-the-art, nine-story research facility that will bring together life scientists, engineers, and physicians from the Medical and Charles River Campuses. The building will be dedicated to systems neuroscience, cognitive neuroimaging, and biological design. With shared, flexible lab spaces, meeting rooms, and other common areas, it is being designed to encourage the kind of collaborative, interdisciplinary research that will be the hallmark of 21st-century science. “Today, many of the outstanding challenges in science lie at the boundaries between traditional disciplines or the unchartered spaces between them,” says Brown. These unchartered spaces will be explored at CILSE, a place he sayswill foster “major interdisciplinary research efforts led by faculty from many departments and schools, but with common i...  

Bauxite Resources new alumina refinery at Toodyay to take advantage of global ...

Updated October 22, 2014 15:12:44 Global demand for bauxite seems to be on the rise again according to the head of a West Australian exploration company.Bauxite Resources executive director and CEO Peter Canterbury said global demand for aluminium is a positive for the mining sector in the south west of the state, despite a recent lull in demand due to oversupply. Aluminium is made from alumina, which is a product of the mineral bauxite prevalent in deposits along the Darling Ranges.Mr Canterbury said Bauxite Resources is entering into a joint-venture with Chinese company Yankuang Resources to establish an alumina refinery at Toodyay to export bauxite mined from its nearby Fortuna project. WA's most significant alumina refineries are BHP Billiton's Worsley refinery and Alcoa's Wagerup refinery.Alcoa's Huntly mine near Dwellingup is the largest bauxite mine in the world.Mr Canterbury said global bauxite demand is being fuelled by China's construction industry and a projected increase in aluminium used by US car makers."We're recently seeing that there are re-tooling efforts by the likes of Ford and potentially General Motors to use a higher level of aluminium in cars," he said.Alcoa noted an increase in 'aluminium-intensive vehicles' in its third quarter report for 2014.Alcoa's report also pointed to a projected seven per cent growth demand forecast for the bauxite this year.BHP Billiton's 2014 annual report noted a six per cent increase in alumina production. Topics: minin...  

Why Americans don't make televisions anymore

There is no question that the past few decades have brought a decline in American manufacturing. Though the automobile industry may be the most commonly referenced example, some forget that in the past our nation manufactured a variety of products, including consumer electronics. One of the most expensive and most popular American purchases is the television.Television manufacturing is beginning to reemerge in the U.S., but manufacturers are being stifled. Abusive licensing patent pools threaten to slow innovation and economic growth charging consumers for technology they may never use.Zenith was the last well-known American made television brand, until it sold off shares to LG, a Korean company in 1995. LG owned 100 percent of Zenith by 1999, eventually putting 1,200 workers at Zenith’s Melrose Park facility out of a job.Back in 2012, Element Electronics, a Minnesota-headquartered company, began to assemble televisions in Detroit in a facility employing 100 people.Though a majority of the parts are from China, where many of Element Electronics’ competitor’s televisions are manufactured, the televisions are assembled in the United States. In 2013, Element announced plans to build a second assembly facility in South Carolina that will employ 500 more people over the next 5 years.Whether the television is built in Michigan, South Carolina, China, or Taiwan, the manufacturers all share a common hurdle that ultimately falls on the shoulders of the American co...  

Pittsburgh Technology Council announces 2014 Tech 50 winners

October 22, 2014 12:00 AM By Deborah M. Todd / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The Pittsburgh Technology Council announced the winners of the 18th annual Tech 50 awards during a gala ceremony at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh, Downtown, Tuesday night. Winners were chosen from an independent panel of Tech Council judges with reviews by member organization and event sponsors. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is an event sponsor. “After almost 20 years, Tech 50 continues to be the only night in Pittsburgh dedicated to our fast-growing, technology sector,” said Audrey Russo, president and CEO of the council in a news release. “Our regional tech titans represent transformative technology centers of excellence and this year the bar was raised on innovation. We look forward to seeing what the next 20 years brings.” The 2014 Tech 50 winners were: Advanced Manufacturer of the Year: Universal Electric Corp. CEO of the Year: Kraig McEwen, Aesynt Ed Tech Company of the Year: Panther Learning Systems, Inc. Interactive and Application Developer of the Year: Schell Games Innovator of the Year: Rhiza Life Sciences Company of the Year: Aesynt Start-Up of the Year: NoWait Solution Provider of the Year: First Insight, Inc. ...  

Security turnover: Turkey fails to make the cut at the United Nations

October 22, 2014 12:00 AM The 193-member United Nations General Assembly votes every year to elect five new participants on the 15-seat Security Council. The result last Thursday brought some pain to the United States. Venezuela, a chronic sharp critic of Washington, was elected to the council with a big 181 votes. Turkey, a key player in the Middle East maelstrom that some felt would win a slot, was not chosen. The council’s permanent members are China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. The membership in that elite, veto-bearing group is an anachronism, dating from the end of World War II. France and the United Kingdom, European countries, should not both be members. There could be, instead, one European Union member and one from the so-called BRICS countries — apart from China and Russia, the others are Brazil, India and South Africa. But Security Council reform is a political minefield that no one wants to walk through during U.N. sessions. Meanwhile, the United States takes its privileged role to prevent critical actions against Israel, and China and Russia use their vetoes to protect Syria and other proteges. The nonpermanent members nonetheless play an important role during a two-year term beginning Jan. 1 in setting the Security Council agenda and topics for debate. This round’s new members are Angola, Malaysia, New Zealand, Spain and Venezuela. Although Turkey ...  

How Music Can Boost a High-Intensity Workout

Intense, highly demanding exercise has many health benefits and one signal drawback. It can be physically unpleasant, which deters many people from beginning or sticking with an intense exercise program. An encouraging new study, however, suggests that listening to music makes strenuous workouts feel easier and may nudge people into pushing themselves harder than they had thought possible. Strenuous exercise, especially in the form of high-intensity interval training, has interested many scientists and exercisers in recent years. High-intensity intervals are brief bouts of hard, draining exercise interspersed with rest periods. Past studies have shown that 15- or 20-minute sessions of interval training improve people’s fitness and reduce their risk for many chronic diseases as effectively as much longer bouts of moderate, continuous endurance training. In other words, high-intensity interval training promises a hefty fitness bang from a small time investment. But as those of us who have experimented with this type of exercise quickly learn, that time, short as it may be, is punishing. Many people find the experience “aversive,” said Matthew Stork, a graduate student at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, who led the new study, published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. Mr. Stork and his colleagues at McMaster, who have conducted many studies of high-intensity interval training, wondered if it would be possible to find ways to mod...  

Warren-based Purpose Driven Arts helped promote Malanga Farms Art Festival ...

Warren plays a big part in Purpose Driven Art, not only because founder Monica Giglio is a resident of the township, but because her ministry was inspired by “A Purpose Driven Life,” a best-selling book by popular California-based Pastor Rick Warren.The ministry’s mission is to promote art and creativity as spiritual pursuits through exhibits, lessons, workshops and the development of young artists.“Art, like all talents and gifts, is bestowed to every individual by God,” Giglio said. “You operate at your best when you are operating in your areas of giftedness.”Purpose Driven Art recently gave back to the community by helping to organize and promote the Malanga Farms Arts Festival with the farm’s Renee DeLong, Carolann Garafola of Ralph Garafola Studios, April DeVito of Beacon Financial Group, and the township’s Chamber of Commerce. The Sept. 28 event featured works by 20 artists, potters, jewelry makers, basket weavers, candle makers and other artisans.Three musical acts donated their talents: Charlie Macarone, Bonnie & Alan Kaufman, and Ralphael & Aly Giglio, the co-organizer’s brother and sister-in-law and worship leaders at Zarephath Christian Church in Franklin. The culinary arts also were represented with several crockpots filled with farm-style food, as well as a variety of Polish desserts donated by Marzena Socha of Victoria Limosuine.For more information about Purpose Driven Arts, visit htt...  


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