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Earth-like planets are more likely to orbit Sun-like stars than lower-mass stars

Water mass fractions versus orbital distances of Earth-mass planets 90Myr after entering the pre-main sequence. a-c, Results from simulations of stars with 0.3 (top), 0.5 (middle) and 1 (bottom) solar masses without considering the pre-main sequence stellar luminosity evolution and water loss. d-f, Results considering the stellar luminosity evolution and water loss. The habitable zones of the stars in the main sequence phase are marked by blue shaded areas. Stellar masses are marked in the panels. Simulations by researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology and Tsinghua University indicate that Earth-like planets are more likely to be found orbiting Sun-like stars rather than lower-mass stars that are currently targeted, in terms of water contents of planets. The search for habitable planets currently focuses on so-called M dwarfs - stars with less than half the mass of the Sun. These stars are thought to have more habitable orbiting planets that are easier to find compared with G dwarfs - stars that have a similar mass to the Sun. However, according to recent simulations by a collaborative research team composed of Shigeru Ida at Tokyo Tech and Feng Tian at Tsinghua University, M dwarf systems may not be the best places to look. For planets to be habitable, they must orbit stars within the 'habitable zone' where it is not too hot or too cold. In addition, recent studies on habitability of planets suggest that ...  

Sources: Arsenal fear Cech miss

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho would not reveal whether the club have given permission for Petr Cech to speak to other teams, but says he hopes the Czech international stays at Stamford Bridge beyond the summer. Arsenal fear Chelsea will try to engineer a move to Paris Saint-Germain for Petr Cech rather than sell him to their Premier League rivals, sources have told ESPN FC. Cech is expected to leave Chelsea this season after finding himself displaced as No. 1 goalkeeper by Thibaut Courtois after 10 years as first-choice at Stamford Bridge. The 33-year-old started just six Premier League games this season and the keeper is ready to move on in search of regular first-team football. The player's agent revealed earlier this month he had been given permission by the club to talk to interested parties about a move for Cech, who would be interested in joining Arsenal, Manchester United or PSG. However, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has previously admitted he would prefer not to see the Czech go to another Premier League club if he ended up leaving Stamford Bridge. Mourinho is refusing to give up hope of persuading Cech to stay next season feeling he needs the experienced shot-stopper and Courtois so that Chelsea can compete for all honours on offer next season. "He's a legend of this club but he's a legend at 32 years old which is a very young legend ...  

'Not an easy journey': Doctors, family rally around newborn with hypoplastic ...

Tarlie David a sonographer at UAB measures JJ in the womb for the last time estimating his weight at birth to be about 9 pounds. (Frank Couch\fcouch@al.com) Crystal Burford wanted a big baby. Jeremiah, her third, was scheduled to be born in just two weeks. This would be one of the final uneventful checkups for the unborn baby, who would be born fighting for his life. Doctors diagnosed Jeremiah with hypoplastic left heart syndrome during an anatomy scan about halfway through the pregnancy. The severe congenital heart defect occurs when the left side of the heart doesn't properly develop. That prevents the circulation of oxygenated blood throughout the body, and would have been a death sentence 35 years ago. But now there was hope. Surgeons could perform a series of three surgeries before Jeremiah turned 4. Babies diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome now have a 75 percent chance of surviving until age 1, and many now live decades longer than that. Doctors told Crystal big babies fare better than smaller newborns. After birth, Jeremiah would need extensive medical intervention, followed by open-heart surgery in his first week of life. His prognosis would largely depend on the outcome of the first operation, a risky and difficult surgery called the Norwood procedure. Surgeons would open Jeremiah's chest, bypass his heart and lungs, and painstakingly rebuild his tiny heart so the right ventricle can pump blood to the rest of the body. These lifesaving modi...  

Android Auto: The First Great In-Car Infotainment System

Alex: Find me banh mi. Car: No results for “bon me.” Alex: Find me Vietnamese sandwiches. Car: Here’s the nearest Vietnamese sandwich shop. Alex (ten minutes later, pork banh mi and root beer in hand): Take me to Ocean Beach. Car: Navigating to Ocean Beach. And that’s how Android Auto, Google’s infotainment interface that can be installed in just about any new car, led me to the western edge of San Francisco, where I ate my sandwich, drank my soda, and watched the waves. Today, Hyundai became the first automaker to put cars with Android Auto on dealer lots, starting with the 2015 Sonata sedan. The Korean brand is offering the system free of charge to anyone who opts for the navigation system, part of a $4,100 “tech package.” (The Sonata starts at $23,275.) I just spent a long weekend with the Sonata, putting Android Auto in charge of taking me around San Francisco and handling my texts and phone calls. Minus a few hiccups, it did an excellent job. What’s impressive about Google’s system isn’t that it looked up nearby sandwich shops and found a geographic landmark—those aren’t heavy lifts. What matters is that it handled them so much more easily than any automaker-provided system I’ve tested. It is remarkable for its simplicity and flexibility. It’s easy to use. It works. That’s more than I can say about the vast majority of infotainment systems, made by car companies, ...  

Getting to the Bottom of a Bite

Brown recluse bite sites can develop into open wounds with tissue loss and secondary infection. Photo: Courtesy Julie Rys Toxic reactions to bites are uncommon in horses, but when they do occur the consequences can be serious. Let’s jump right in and meet Venus, a 12-year-old Thoroughbred mare. Put on your veterinary detective hat, and see what type of bite you think is responsible for her clinical signs. Venus’ owner found her one morning standing head-down, breathing heavily, unwilling to move, and with a severely swollen hind leg. She had seemed normal the previous evening. The veterinarian’s initial physical exam revealed the mare had an elevated heart rate (80 beats per minute, normally 40), respiratory rate (24 breaths per minute, normally 12), and temperature (104.5°F, normally 99-101°F). Venus was exquisitely painful; her breathing was shallow and panting, and when forced to move she hopped on her left hind leg. The right hind was three times its normal size from the pastern to the stifle. The swelling was warm and very painful to the touch. After careful examination of the leg, the veterinarian discovered a tiny red spot on the lateral aspect of her metatarsus (outside of the cannon bone). The skin immediately surrounding this spot was weeping a clear yellow fluid. Initial rule outs when faced with a limb with acute swelling and severe lameness should be abscess, infection/inflammation, and frac...  

Riotous onstage road trip 'Mama Won't Fly' fuels up at Theatre in the Grove

In the whirlwind road trip comedy "Mama Won't Fly," opening Friday, May 29 at Theatre in the Grove in Forest Grove, the plot conflict is apparent in the title. With air travel out of the question, Savannah is forced to drive her feisty mother from Alabama to California in just four days to make her brother's wedding. Along for the ride is an overzealous bride-to-be, Hayley, who's delighted to meet her future in-laws for the first time. Every conceivable - and inconceivable - mishap that can occur does, including a near-fatal encounter at an underwear museum, a mad dash across the desert in a hijacked 18-wheeler, and an unsavory detour to Las Vegas that ends in a brawl with an ordained showgirl/minister. Eventually the race to the chapel takes its toll, and the overwhelmed bride calls off the wedding. Rising above their age-old issues, Savannah and her mother work together to get the nuptials back on track. "Really, it comes down to family, what you're willing to do for your family," said Jeanna Van Dyke, who's co-directing the show with Susan Dieter-Robinson. Van Dyke said the seven-actor cast plays a total of 24 characters, including the three leading women. Two other women and two men make split-second character changes to round out the ensemble. "The amount of wigs backstage is unbelievable," Van Dyke said. The approximately two-hour show takes place on a mostly empty stage, leaving the sets largely up to the actors' and audience's imaginations. But ...  

A new mobile browser is Google's worst nightmare

Google's worst nightmare is coming true: A mobile browser that blocks the ads it generates revenue from. Eyeo GmbH, the German company that developed the popular Adblock Plus extension for major web browsers, recently released the beta version of Adblock Browser, a Firefox-based Android web browser that removes mobile ads. That's bad news for Google, since a recent survey by PageFair found that 28% of online Americans already use Eyeo's Adblock Plus extension on PCs. Does Eyeo's new browser present a serious threat to Google, or will it fail to dent the company's massive advertising network? What mobile ads mean to Google To understand how Eyeo could hurt Google, we should first discuss Google's mobile strategies. Google monetizes Android, a free and open-source OS, through search revenue, mobile ads, and purchases on Google Play. Google also tracks users if they browse the web with Chrome or use ecosystem apps like YouTube, Gmail, or Drive. However, mobile users often use companies' native apps instead of visiting their mobile sites with Chrome. This causes Google to lose potential revenue from mobile ads. In response, Google is discouraging the development of native apps by allowing mobile sites to deliver app-like push notifications through Chrome. Google could also soon launch "Buy" buttons on mobile ads to encourage shoppers to use its mobile search engine for product searches. The business of holding ads hostage The use of Adblock Plus on PCs cost Google $887 million in...  

Freshwater swimming pond opens in London's King Cross

A new attraction in London, UK, gives visitors a place to swim, relax and experience nature. The King's Cross Pond Club is said to be the UK's first ever public swimming pond. It is a natural, chemical-free pool with green landscaping dropped into the urban area of King's Cross. London appears to be undergoing somewhat of a spike in interest in natural and open-air swimming facilities. Only recently, a project seeking to open swimming pools in the River Thames hit Kickstarter and has since exceeded its crowdfunding goal. Like the Thames Baths Project concept, the King's Cross Pond Club brings together nature and leisure. Designed by Ooze Architects and artist Marjetica Potrč, the new addition to the Lewis Cubitt Park and Square area of King's Cross is actually an installation as part of the King’s Cross Arts Programme. Entitled "Of Soil and Water: King's Cross Pond Club," it's aimed at enhancing the local area through community engagement. "The project is an attempt to capture the dynamicity conveyed by the changes within the area, a moment in time where new possibilities and possible futures arise," explains Eva Pfannes of Ooze Architects. "In this particular project, the juxtaposition of something so natural in an urban environment was a very important idea for us. It is meant to look unpolished and to evolve as the seasons change." The pond itself measures 40 x 10 m (131 x 33 ft) and is surrounded by landscaping that includes pioneer plants, wild flowers gr...  

Photos: an Instagram chef is turning Indonesian street food into haute-cuisine

In Indonesia, a warteg is a casual, down-to-earth street food joint, where you can get an array of dishes doused in brightly-colored sauces, intensely flavorful and scooped from a shop-window array of stainless steel dishes. Dumped unceremoniously over rice, a dish at the local warteg is dependably delicious, but hardly atmospheric: the only way to eat is usually to scarf it down while standing, or else perched on a roadside plastic chair as vehicles chug by with puffs of smog and dust. But one Instagram-savvy chef hopes to give warteg cuisine a makeover. Meet Dade Akbar of Warteg Gourmet. “Warteg, short for Warung Tegal, is well known as an all-time favorite, out-of-home home-cooking street-side eatery for commoners,” describes Akbar. “Warung basically means kiosk, and Tegal is an area in Java where people from this area started this phenomenon.” “Their key characteristics are their humble and communal layout, with a vast choice of dishes available, big servings and very accessible pricing,” Akbar says. While they may have a devoted following, wartegs—like many establishments optimizing on cost or efficiency—have a reputation for also being unhealthy. “The food is mostly fried, and the amount of white rice that goes with it contributes to a lot of sugar in our diet,” Akbar explains. “Wartegs have become a staple in our community, especially for the less financially fortunate. However, eating at a warteg is always considered to be di...  

Hong Kong, Shanghai lead Asia stocks

Investors look at computer screens showing stock information at a brokerage house in Shanghai on Tuesday. (Reuters photo) HONG KONG/LONDON — Major Asian markets mostly rose Tuesday, with Hong Kong and Shanghai leading the way, while Tokyo marked an eighth straight gain to a 15-year high. Hong Kong added 0.92%, or 257.03 points, to 28,249.86 -- its highest close since December 2007 -- and Shanghai jumped 2.02%, or 97.10 points, to 4,910.90 -- the highest since January 2008. The indexes were boosted by hopes for fresh Chinese measures to boost the economy as well as Beijing's decision Friday to relax rules on access to mainland financial markets. Manila closed 0.43%, or 33.03 points, lower at 7,728.50 but Jakarta ended up 0.62%, or 32.54 points, at 5,320.90. Singapore fell 0.03%, or 0.87 points, to close at 3,459.98 and Kuala Lumpur fell 3.31 points, or 0.19%, to close at 1,764.07. Taipei rose 0.25%, or 24.24 points, to 9,669.41 and Tokyo ended up 0.12%, or 23.71 points, at 20,437.48 helped by a weaker yen, hopes for corporate earnings and the Bank of Japan's ultra-loose monetary policy. Sydney gained 0.91%, or 51.9 points, to close at 5,773.4. But Seoul slipped 0.12%, or 2.60 points, to 2,143.50. In Europe, stock markets firmed at the start of trading, as many markets including London and Frankfurt reopened after a long holiday weekend. London's benchmark FTSE 100 index added 0.01% to 7,032.54 points and Frankfurt's DAX 30 won 0.22% to 11,841.48...  


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