Wasp virus turns ladybugs into zombie babysitters

first_imgThe green-eyed wasp Dinocampus coccinellae turns ladybugs into zombie babysitters. Three weeks after a wasp lays its egg inside the hapless beetle, a wasp larva bursts from her belly and weaves itself a cocoon between her legs. The ladybug doesn’t die, but becomes paralyzed, involuntarily twitching her spotted red carapace to ward off predators until the adult wasp emerges a week later. How D. coccinellae enslaves its host at just the right time had been a mystery, but now researchers believe the insect has an accomplice: a newly identified virus that attacks the beetle’s brain. The findings raise questions about whether other parasites also use viruses as neurological weapons.“This is one of the more interesting papers I’ve read in a long time,” says insect virologist Kelli Hoover of Pennsylvania State University, University Park. “It was very elegant.”Many parasites use mind control to manipulate their hosts. The Ophiocordyceps fungus turns tropical ants into zombie spore dispensers, for example, and the single-celled protozoan Toxoplasma gondii eliminates a rodent’s fear of cats so it can get back into the feline digestive system. In contrast, parasitoid wasps like D. coccinellae don’t always kill their hosts. The wasps need them for child support. A ladybug goes about her business for weeks as the D. coccinellae larva grows within her, feasting on her internal organs. Even after the larva emerges and turns her into a zombie bodyguard, a quarter of ladybugs eventually recover. 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The ladybug doesn’t turn into a zombie until weeks after the wasp has laid its egg, so what causes the paralysis? “Honestly, we had no idea how it worked,” she says.Dheilly and colleagues wondered if wasp larvae or parasitized ladybugs make some toxic protein that builds up over time to eventually trigger paralysis. They began to search for suspicious gene activity that could produce such a molecule by sequencing RNA gene transcripts in beetles and their larval passengers. To their surprise, the researchers discovered that the brains of the beetles were full of unfamiliar viral RNA not present in healthy beetles. “I ran around the lab saying, ‘I’ve got a virus! There’s a virus in the head of the lady beetle!’ ” Dheilly recalls. On further inspection, the researchers classified the stowaway as a new species of Iflavirus, a type of RNA virus related to the polio virus. They dubbed it D. coccinellae paralysis virus (DCPV).DCPV seems to be exquisitely tuned to help D. coccinellae control its victims, the team reports online today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The adult wasp carries the virus and injects it into the ladybug along with its egg. The virus replicates rapidly but for unknown reasons doesn’t spread to the beetle’s brain until just before the larva emerges from her belly. At first the virus seems to build up harmlessly in brain cells, but as soon as the larva breaks out, these cells burst open, unleashing destruction all around them.The researchers suggest that the beetle’s own immune system may be responsible for this damage. They discovered that crucial immune genes are suppressed while the larva lives within the ladybug, but then reactivate after the larva emerges. The researchers speculate that the beetle’s revived immune system discovers and attacks DCPV-infected cells. The self-inflicted brain damage could temporarily paralyze the beetle just when the newly vulnerable wasp larva needs protection.The new findings are exciting, but the team has not yet proven that DCPV is responsible for turning ladybugs into bodyguards, cautions Shelley Adamo, an insect neurobiologist at Dalhousie University, Halifax, in Canada. “It’s many different lines of circumstantial evidence, which makes it compelling, but it does miss that final causal link,” she says.Dheilly, who is now at Stony Brook University in New York, acknowledges that there’s more work to be done. But if the research team’s hypothesis holds, she says, it illustrates the importance of studying parasites, hosts, and all of their microbes together. “Whatever species you look at, there might be another, smaller organism that is within it and participating in its evolution and ecology.”last_img read more

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Dussehra train tragedy: victims’ kin take out candlelight march

first_imgTrain tragedy: Sidhu’s wife cleared Amritsar train mishap victims’ kin seek government jobs A large number of people, led by members of the victims’ families and SAD leaders Bikram Singh Majithia, Harmeet Dhillon, Virsa Singh Valtoha and Veer Singh Lopoke held placards, demanding justice. They demanded that the responsibility for the tragedy be fixed and the guilty be punished. They also raised slogans against the Mr. Sidhu and his wife and asked why the former minister had “gone back” on his promise of providing jobs and pension to the victims of the train tragedy. Talking to the media, Bikram Majithia said three inquiries had been held into the case but no action was taken in this regard. He said the inquiry conducted by the Jalandhar Divisional Commissioner was only aimed at saving the Congressmen who were directly responsible for the tragic incident. Also Read “The commissioner was not expected to take action against the then cabinet minister and his wife and this is exactly what happened. Even the close aide of the Sidhu couple — Mithu Madan — was shielded by making the inquiry a cover-up operation,” he said. Demanding justice, the SAD leader said “We have come here only to express solidarity with families of the victims. Everyone knows that an unauthorised programme was held only at the intervention of former Local Bodies Minister Sidhu.” “The Congress government could have acted in 24 hours if it wanted. Even now we only want that the guilty should be punished and appropriate compensation besides jobs be given to the kin of the victims,” he added. The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) here on Monday took out a candlelight march along with the kin of the victims who died in the train tragedy on Dussehra on October 19, 2018.At least 61 people were killed and over 70 sustained injuries in the tragic incident near Joda Phatak in Amritsar.The march was carried out from Ramtalai to the Dhobhi Ghat near Joda Phatak, where a train mowed down people witnessing a Ravana effigy going up in flames. The function was organised by a close aide of former Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu and his wife Dr. Navjot Kaur. Also Readlast_img read more

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Rich haul in a day’s work

first_imgHowever much you abuse the Indian sporting system, it’s no secret that we have an abundance of shooting talent. And they are the ones who gain the most from the government support.On Tuesday, unsung and unknown Rahi Sarnobat from Kolhapur came out with her pistol smoking as she teamed up with seasoned Anisa Sayyed to secure India their second gold medal from shooting.Rahi’s individual score of 296 out of 300 was by any standard world class, and she has been lucky to learn the nuances of ‘sports pistol’ from former international shooter Sheela Kanungo. This was Rahi’s first big medal, though she had served notice of her talent earlier this year when she made it a World Cup final in Australia.Rahi started off as an air pistol shooter and graduated to sports pistol over two years ago. Old timers rave about her as the one for the future, as on Tuesday, she was comfortable with both precision and duelling.And however much we complain about the Commonwealth Games, Rahi’s success began at the Pune Youth Commonwealth Games in 2008.On a day when the country’s two top rifle shooters – Abhinav Bindra and Gagan Narang — shot a golden gold for India, this also set the tone for an exciting individual final on Wednesday.It’s going to be a nerve-jangling affair as they have scores to settle, though they will never admit it. Gagan had told me before the Games he wants to win six gold medals. May be too early to get carried away, but surely not beyond the realms of reality.advertisementThat apart, the rich haul from the wrestling arena was simply out of the world. Agreed, Ravinder Singh and Sanjay were tipped favourites, but the way Anil grappled was breathtaking against an ugly Aussie opponent answering to the name of Hassene Fkiri.Hassene had the height and build advantage but when it came to using the brain, Anil showed everyone how cool he is and used his brain well.Despite rough play from Hassene, Anil did not get flustered. All the same, when the technical panel decided to suspend Hassene, it was a clear signal that in modern day sport, there is no scope for unprofessional conduct.The Aussies always take great pride in representing their country and Hassene shamed them on Tuesday. To head-butt, still lose and not even shake hands with Anil after losing the gold was simply ugly.last_img read more

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Will Smith, Jada Pinkett cuddle up after denying split rumours

first_imgLos Angeles, Sep 15 (PTI) Actor Will Smith and wife Jada Pinkett indulged in some PDA a month after denying the reports of their split. The couple was on a family outing in New York, when they were pictured cuddling up outside a restaurant, reported Aceshowbiz. Jada, 43, who wore a white long-sleeved shirt, gave a hug to her 46-year-old husband, who smiled at her. The two were enjoying lunch with some friends. The “Focus” actor took to Facebook last month slamming the rumours of trouble in their marriage. “So, in the interest of redundant, repetitious, over & over-again-ness… Jada and I are… NOT GETTING A DIVORCE!!!!!” he wrote. The couple, who tied the knot in 1997, have two children, son Jaden and daughter Willow. PTI SHD PSHlast_img

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India Today Conclave- Here’s what was trending and why!

first_imgIMPACT FEATURE india today digital March 26, 2019UPDATED: March 27, 2019 11:52 IST Intense discussions, animated debates, thought-provoking insights- the India Today Conclave, ever since its inception in 2002, has been a trailblazer of an event that has seen renowned names from around the world. From President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam to Senator Hillary Clinton, Bollywood stalwarts Shahrukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan, to human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, and this year, the honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Conclave has seen all and much more. The recently concluded 18th edition of the India Today Conclave, which also had Aditya Birla Group as the Twitter Mirror Sponsor, was spread over two days- the 1st and 2nd of March and was held at the Taj in New Delhi. This year’s event also had some memorable moments that trended on social media and kept readers engaged and interested. Here are some of them. #Throwback’Priceless Picture’#KanganaRanaut met Prime Minister @narendramodi at #LetsConclave19 | @AdityaBirlaGrp pic.twitter.com/Z1mE2it317India Today (@IndiaToday) March 4, 2019When two people, both known for their fiery speeches and bold statements meet, the result is power play, of course. And this priceless picture’ (indeed!) is testimony to the fact. National Award winning Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut shared a moment backstage with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. We can only wonder what they spoke about!Great minds from the world of sports & politics come together at #LetsConclave19 | @BoriaMajumdar @JM_Scindia @AdityaBirlaGrp pic.twitter.com/h7RNtHrWFTIndia Today (@IndiaToday) March 1, 2019Sports and politics have always been two separate entities and hardly ever meet. However, at the Conclave, everything is possible. At this year’s event, cameras captured one of the top sports journalists of India, Boria Majumdar, in conversation with the young, dynamic Congress MP from the royal family of Madhya Pradesh, Jyotiraditya Scindia behind the scenes, hobnobbing between sessions.advertisementUpcoming session on South politics!@ysjagan in conversation with @rahulkanwal.#LetsConclave19 | @AdityaBirlaGrp pic.twitter.com/1DQ24w0pWRIndia Today (@IndiaToday) March 2, 2019Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, the founder and leader of YSR Congress Party and the leader of the opposition in the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly is predicted to be one of the kingmakers if the upcoming general elections lead to a hung assembly. In conversation with India Today’s Managing editor, Rahul Kanwal, Reddy was all fire while demanding a special category status for Andhra Pradesh. No wonder, this tweet trended on the India Today Twitter page.When Cricket met Boxing :D@MangteC & @M_Raj03 | #LetsConclave19@AdityaBirlaGrp pic.twitter.com/xqft8R8IN9India Today (@IndiaToday) March 1, 2019This tweet caught the attention of our readers for obvious reasons. When two sheroes, both breaking stereotypes and redefining their respective sport meet, it makes for an iconic image. At the India Today Conclave, boxing champion Mary Kom and the captain of the Indian Women’s Cricket team, Mithali Raj shared the stage for the first time. What followed was, of course, a master session in women power dynamics.The ultimate showman @RanveerOfficial, backstage, after a blazing session at #LetsConclave19 | @AdityaBirlaGrp pic.twitter.com/d2GaWxhvhVIndia Today (@IndiaToday) March 1, 2019Peppy raps, crazy jokes, bold outfits, and a lot of exclusive reveals- a session with Ranveer Singh can never be anything short of interesting. When he was not gushing about Deepika Padukone, Ranveer talked about how their relationship blossomed. And the juicy part? He also expressed his interest in collaborating with his wife’s ex Ranbir Kapoor on a project. We can’t wait to see it if it happens!If this was anything to go by, we can’t wait for the next year’s conclave and all the super exciting sessions it will bring!Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySania Ahmad Next India Today Conclave- Here’s what was trending and why!The recently concluded 18th edition of the India Today Conclave had many memorable moments on social media. Here are some.advertisementlast_img read more

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Wildfires force more people out of their homes in northern Alberta

first_imgMore people are being forced from their homes as several wildfires rage out-of-control in northern Alberta and blanket areas to the south in an acrid haze.The Alberta government issued an emergency alert early Thursday morning for Chipewyan Lake Village, about 450 kilometres north of Edmonton.People were being asked to leave immediately because a rapidly moving wildfire was threatening to cut off access to the area.Different fires forced evacuations from the hamlet of Wabasca, the Bigstone Cree Nation and Northern Lights County.In the High Level area, about 5,000 people have been out of their homes for more than a week because of a raging fire that won’t stop growing. It stood at 1,500 square kilometres on Wednesday, but crews have managed to keep the flames out of the town.  High Level Mayor Crystal McAteer, Reeve Josh Knelsen of Mackenzie County and Dene Tha’ First Nation Chief James Ahnassay issued a joint statement on Facebook.“We know that many of you are very anxious to hear about what is happening with the wildfire and the situation in our communities. Many of you have been out of your homes and away from your work for a long time.” they wrote.The leaders urged patience.“On Wednesday, the wildfire threatening our communities grew significantly and exhibited extreme and volatile fire behaviour. We simply don’t know for sure what this fire will do next.“The danger to High Level remains, and the danger to communities in Mackenzie County and the Dene Tha’ First Nation has increased. Four more areas were evacuated … More than 600 of our neighbours had to leave their homes.”The goal is to get residents of High Level home by the weekend, the post said.“But with this wildfire we can’t promise anything. For other communities, we know it will be later. Please be patient with us. The situation is constantly changing and there are no firm timelines.”People in Edmonton awoke Thursday to a thick, smoky haze that turned otherwise blue skies an eerie grey-orange.Environment Canada issued a special air-quality statement for the Alberta capital, warning that people might experience coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath. Children, seniors, and those with heart and lung disease were said to be at special risk.Hot, dry conditions and gusty winds on Wednesday had Alberta fire- watchers warning that various blazes burning in the north could explode in size.It triggered what’s known as a red-flag warning, which warns firefighters that there’s potential for fires to blow up in some areas.“It’s a bit of an alert for our operations staff,” said Derek Gagnon, a provincial information officer.“It’s something to pass along to them that says, ‘Hey, this is something to look out for, because the fire danger conditions are going to be extreme. If you are going to be putting firefighters on the ground, keep in mind that these fires can grow very quickly and spread very quickly and it can put them into danger.’” The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Spanish Police Arrest Moroccan Man Venezuelan Girlfriend for Murder Live Burial

Rabat- A unit of the Spanish Guardia Civil, military police has arrested a Moroccan man and his Venezuelan girlfriend for murdering and burying alive a man after beating him and stealing his car.The body of the victim was found on a farm in the vicinity of Zaragoza, northeastern Spain, according to Spanish news reports.Spanish outlet ABC detailed on October 3 that the two suspects, believed to have prior criminal records, seduced their victim on Badoo, a famed dating site in Spain. They then assaulted him, stripped him of his possessions, including his car, and buried him alive. Spanish investigators believe that the victim, “after being assaulted and beaten, was buried alive,” the Spanish outlet reported.Reports also suggest the two suspects have engaged in similar acts in the past months.Two men are said to have reported having been victims of “violent robberies” after being seduced by a woman on the internet.It is understood that the couple’s “modus operandi” consisted in having the “South American woman” bait the victims on social media and seduce them into going to a secluded location. The couple would then assault, beat the victim and take his belongings.Preliminary investigations in the murder of the couple’s last victim, a computer engineer, suggest that the initial plan was not to kill him: They were apparently more interested in stripping him of his car. “Investigators believe they killed him because he resisted the theft of his car,” ABC explained.The Moroccan man and his “South American partner” have been placed into police custody amid ongoing investigations, pending legal procedure in the case.“The first examinations of the body indicate that he was buried alive, because the forensic examination found soil in his lungs,” the news report noted. read more

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UN to dispatch expert factfinding mission to damaged Japanese nuclear plant

17 May 2011The United Nations atomic agency announced today that it will send a team of international experts on a fact-finding mission to Japan to assess nuclear safety in the wake of the damage caused by March’s devastating earthquake and tsunami. The United Nations atomic agency announced today that it will send a team of international experts on a fact-finding mission to Japan to assess nuclear safety in the wake of the damage caused by March’s devastating earthquake and tsunami. The mission – which will visit Japan from 24 May to 2 June – will comprise nearly 20 experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency and the wider international community, the IAEA said in a statement issued from its headquarters in Vienna. Mike Weightman, the chief inspector of nuclear installations in the United Kingdom, will chair the mission, which will report to the IAEA-organized Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety that is slated to begin in Vienna on 20 June. While in Japan the expert team will visit the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, which sustained major damage in the wake of the disaster on 11 March, and other unspecified locations. The experts are tasked with making a preliminary assessment of safety issues linked to the accident at Fukushima Daiichi, and identifying areas that need further exploration or assessment based on the IAEA’s safety standards. The IAEA said the experts will also share their expertise with their Japanese counterparts and hear of the lessons learned as a result of the accident. Earlier this month a senior IAEA official said the situation at Fukushima Daiichi, which has been spewing radioactive contamination into the environment, “remains very serious.” read more

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Video Business report with Mike Eppel

by News Staff Posted Sep 26, 2013 7:14 am MDT Internet access could be coming to vehicles in 2014, senior business report MIke Eppel explains. Video: Business report with Mike Eppel AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email business report|internet access in vehicles|mike eppel

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Minings role in powering modern Australian life confirmed by new report

first_imgTania Constable, Chief Executive Officer, Minerals Council of Australia (MCA, reports that the Resources 2030 Taskforce report handed to the Australian Government today confirms that Australia’s worldclass mining industry is a huge contributor to the Australian economy which boosts the living standards of all Australians – particularly those in regional areas.“Australia’s substantial and diverse mineral resources have made it a key supplier of the minerals that are essential to modern life including iron ore, gold and lithium.“But these resources alone do not guarantee success. As noted in the Taskforce report: ‘Business and policy frameworks fundamentally affect the cost of doing business in Australia and, hence, the country’s commercial attractiveness.’“In particular, the confirmation by Taskforce Chair Andrew Cripps that ‘unnecessary duplication is one of the most significant inhibitors of the sector’s progress’ reinforces the MCA’s long-standing advocacy to reduce red and green tape which is holding back mineral development, investment and jobs in Australia.“Australia’s resources sector is proud of our role in developing regional communities and creating more than 220,000 high-skill, high-wage jobs – 65% of those in regional Australia. It’s time for Australia to do more to support regional communities and jobs by backing its worldclass minerals industry.“We must meet rising international competition for mining investment if we are to remain a world leader in mining and make the most of growing world demand for mineral and energy resources. In particular, ensuring our minerals industry continues to lead Australian industry and the world in innovation and the adoption of new technology is vital. Securing and sustaining the future minerals workforce with the skills to make the most of new technology is another area which requires urgent attention.“The MCA and our members have been leading the discussion on workforce and skills issues since 2016 and are developing a strong framework to advance a considered, collaborative and consistent approach to securing the future minerals workforce.“The Taskforce’s recommendations provide a good foundation for policy development in many areas which must now be transformed into rapid and decisive action by the government. The MCA welcomes this report and looks forward to working with governments and other stakeholders – regional communities, our workforce, Indigenous communities and many others – to further develop policies that will deliver a productive mining industry in the future.“A growing and sustainable mining industry is good for Australia and all Australians.”The picture shows Fortescue Metals Group’s Integrated Operations Centre, Perthlast_img read more

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Valve thought to be developing Source 2 game engine

first_imgValve has been very active lately announcing a number of new projects including Source Filmmaker, licensing its engine to movie studios, and porting Steam and Source engine games over to Linux.But the game most gamers want Valve to release remains illusive. That game being Half-Life 3. However, the launch of Source Filmmaker has brought to light a major reason Half-Life 3 may not have appeared yet: it could be the first game Valve releases using a brand new game engine.Since 2004 Valve has been using and developing its Source engine. It’s the game engine that powers everything from Counter-Strike: Source through Half-Life 2, both Portal games and both Left 4 Dead titles. But eventually the tech needs a major overhaul from the ground up, and there’s now plenty of evidence a new engine, called Source 2, is actively being developed.Searching through the files supplied with Source Filmmaker has revealed 60+ references to “Source 2” as a target. It seems Valve is trying to keep the same asset pipeline in place, but allowing content to target either engine. By doing so it should allow an easy transition to the new engine for existing developers, modders, the tools they use, and possibly even existing Source games.As well as references to the names, a bunch of icons thought to be for Source 2 tools have been discovered:A new engine means Valve can better take advantage of existing hardware features, be that PC graphics cards or consoles. It also means new games, like Half-Life 3 will have that next-gen sheen and should be able to simultaneously release across multiple platforms (Windows, Linux, Mac, PS3, Xbox 360, and whatever hardware appears in the near future).Valve has yet to officially comment, but with the Source engine now in its 8th year, I don’t think many people would be surprised to see it replaced soon. And I’m sure we all hope the Source 2 launch game has a “3” at the end of the title.Read more at Valvetimelast_img read more

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Hasbros Trypticon is a Huge Rad Dinosaur Transformer

first_imgTrypticon is a triple-changer just like Metroplex and FortMax. And, just like Metroplex and FortMax, his non-robot transformations are kind of lame. He becomes a “city” by opening up his limbs and flipping down ramps for the same tenuous city design as the other Titan class Transformers. He also becomes a vague vehicle by flipping out tiny wings and turning his legs into a kind of hovering base. They aren’t bad, just not remotely as fun as the big rad robot dinosaur form. Huge. Rad. Dinosaur.View as: One Page Slides1/61. Trypticon is one huge rad dinosaur Transformer.2. Here’s how he compares with other Titan-Class ‘bots. 3. Trypticon comes with two other Transformers: the Deluxe class Full-Tilt and the Titan Master Necro.4. This toy eats other toys, just like Orson Welles.5. Trypticon’s other forms are okay, but they aren’t huge rad dinosaurs.6. This is not a huge rad dinosaur.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Let’s talk about Titan-Class Transformers. First there was Metroplex, a big robot dude who became a city/vehicle thing. Then there was Fortress Maximus, a big robot dude who became a city/vehicle thing. Now there’s Trypticon, a big robot dinosaur. He becomes a city/vehicle thing too, but who cares? He’s a big robot dinosaur.We first saw Trypticon earlier this year at ToyFair, and it’s been a long wait since then. Trypticon finally comes out this month, and Hasbro sent us one to review. Hence the video, and my desire to use the words “huge,” “rad,” “robot,” and “dinosaur” as much as possible.Trypticon is a huge rad robot dinosaur. Specifically, he’s a big robot T-rex Decepticon. The Decepticons saw how sick Metroplex was and decided they wanted their own transforming city, only theirs should be a T-rex.Yes, Grimlock is a T-rex too. But Trypticon is cooler, because he’s bigger. And more purple.Anyway, the Transformer. Titan-Class Trypticon is squatter and slightly shorter than Metroplex and FortMax, but that’s fine because 1. he’s much easier to stand up stably and 2. he’s a huge rad robot dinosaur. Big stompy feet, big tail (which helps stabilize him), tiny little T-rex arms, and shoulder-mounted cannons. And teeth! Also, there’s a laser blaster in his mouth.He doesn’t have a light-up sound gimmick either, but in lieu of that he can eat smaller Transformers. Well, really smaller Transformers. Titan Masters, the tiny Headmasters Transformers Hasbro has been including for the last few years with some larger toys. Titan Masters become the heads of certain other Transformers, and Trypticon can gobble them up. A chute in his throat lets them fall into a containment cell in his chest.Trypticon comes with two other Transformers: the Deluxe class Full-Tilt and the Titan Master Necro. Full-Tilt is a pretty plain, purple car that mounts on Trypticon’s chest, and Necro becomes Full-Tilt’s head or driver. They’re fine, but not very special, especially when compared with FortMax’s Emissary and Cerebro Transformers, which became FortMax’s own head (yes, that’s three layers of nesting Transformers heads). Stay on targetcenter_img Hasbro’s Unicron SDCC Transformer Toy Almost as Big as Orson WellesWhy ‘Transformers’ Still Resonates, 35 Years Later last_img read more

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53 WWE Results St Johns New Brunswick RollinsReigns

first_img Natalya Opens Up About Her Reaction To Roman Reigns’ Cancer Battle WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Roman Reigns Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Roman Reigns Is Back, But Not Fighting For Belts Now Playing Up Next 5/3 WWE Results: St. John’s, New Brunswick1. The Lucha Dragons & Fandango def. Los Matadores & Adam Rose2. R-Truth def. Stardust3. Emma & Natalya def. WWE Divas Champion Nikki Bella & Summer Rae4. Dolph Ziggler def. Sheamus in a No DQ Match.5. Zack Ryder def. Curtis Axel6. Kane def. Jack Swagger7. WWE World Champion Seth Rollins def. Roman Reigns after Kane interfered. Kane chokeslammed Rollins afterwards.Source: PWInsider.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipRoman Reigns Is Back After Absence For LeukemiaVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:45/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 34.98%0:05Remaining Time -0:40 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WWE star gets engaged, Toni Storm announced for Stardom shows in May Videos Articles Rusev Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Twitter Now Playing Up Next WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down Now Playing Up Next Google+ SPOILERS: 5/3 and 5/4 Impact TV taping results from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Now Playing Up Next Leon “Vader” White’s autobiography “Vader Time: The Story of a Modern Day Gladiator” is out now Roman Reigns Is Back After Absence For Leukemialast_img read more

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Camas teen answers call on hearing research

first_imgIn the fifth grade, a routine test revealed hearing loss in Tsering Shola’s right ear. Little did Tsering or her parents know, that diagnosis would set Shola up for success as a Camas High School sophomore.This weekend, Tsering is heading to Los Angeles to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair — the largest precollege scientific research event in the world. The trip will cap a string of successes the 16-year-old has had at state science fairs where she presented a project that made “a great contribution” to an Oregon Health & Science University lab.“She deserves the accolades coming her way,” said Peter Steyger, a researcher and professor of otolaryngology at OHSU. Steyger has been mentoring Tsering for about a year and a half.Validating workAs an elementary school student, Tsering was diagnosed with sensorineural hearing loss — the most common type of hearing loss. The deficit was great enough that Tsering needed a hearing aid, but it also sparked a career interest.“I thought it would be cool to be an audiologist,” she said.As an eighth-grader, Tsering decided to act on that interest and reached out to local professors, one of whom connected the middle schooler to Steyger.last_img read more

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Benton selection fuels anger among public

first_imgClark County Commissioners Tom Mielke, from left, David Madore and Steve Stuart To write: Board of Clark County Commissioners, Clark County Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St., Vancouver, WA 98665To call: 360-397-2232Email: A form is at http://www.clark.wa.gov/bocc/emailform.asp, or you can email david.madore@clark.wa.gov, tom.mielke@clark.wa.gov and steve.stuart@clark.wa.gov.To speak during public comments: The next meeting is 6 p.m. Tuesday in the sixth-floor hearing room at the Clark County Public Service Center. While commissioners meet in the evening on the first Tuesday of every month, on other Tuesdays they meet at 10 a.m. If there’s a fifth Tuesday in a month, they do not meet.Wednesday evening, Vancouver resident Elizabeth Pfenning did something she’d never done in 28 years as a registered voter.She contacted her county commissioners, writing in an email that she was “outraged” Republican commissioners Tom Mielke and David Madore “would so blatantly disregard the hiring process” in naming state Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, as the county’s director of environmental services.“If there is urgency to the hiring for this position, then streamline the process for one time only,” she wrote in part. “Interview candidates and let their qualifications stand for themselves. Don’t rewrite the job description to tailor it to a person who is clearly unqualified for the position as defined. That exemplifies political cronyism, and our county deserves better than that.”Pfenning, a teacher/librarian at Hearthwood Elementary School, said Thursday she sent the email after complaining about the commissioners’ decision to her 19-year-old son. Her son asked her what she was going to do, and she answered she didn’t know what she could do.last_img read more

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Republican Chairmen Take Aim at Defense Budget

Republican Chairmen Take Aim at Defense Budget

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The chairmen of the House and Senate Armed Services committees on Tuesday decried the Pentagon’s fiscal 2017 budget request for shortchanging national security amid a litany of growing threats.“I am disappointed that this request does not adhere to the budget agreement made just last fall,” Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said in a statement. “Last year, Congress passed the Bipartisan Budget Act, which establishes a minimum level of funding for our military. I hoped such an agreement would provide some budget stability and begin to rebuild our military. Unfortunately, this administration continues to play budgetary games with our country’s security and diminishes what credibility it had left,” Thornberry stated.Last week, Thornberry, along with 33 other GOP members on his panel, urged House Budget Chairman Tom Price (R-Ga.) to increase defense spending by as much as $23 billion beyond the Obama administration’s request through an increase in the department’s overseas contingency operations (OCO) account, reported Defense News.Thornberry and other GOP defense hawks argue that the two-year bipartisan budget agreement reached last October set a floor for the OCO account, allowing funds in the account to be raised above $59 billion. The administration and congressional Democrats view the deal as setting a ceiling, however, setting up a fight for the second straight year over the use of DOD’s war fund to sidestep the statutory spending caps.Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) told reporters Tuesday he would “raise hell” to increase DOD’s budget and invoked the Islamic State-inspired attack on San Bernardino, Calif., according to the story.“I just think the numbers are wrong,” McCain said. “It’s $17 billion short of last year, and in the intervening time, we’ve had attacks on the United States. When will these people wake up? There will be more attacks on the United States of America; this is not the time to be cutting defense spending.”last_img read more

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FCC bans China Mobile from US reviews other Chinese carriers

first_img FCC Donald Trump 2 Comments Share your voice Tags From left to right: Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, Commissioner Michael O’Rielly, Chairman Ajit Pai, Commissioner Brendan Carr and Commissioner Geoffrey Starks FCC The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to block China Mobile from providing service in the US and said it’s reviewing the status of other Chinese providers due to national security concerns. In a unanimous 5-0 vote, FCC commissioners rejected a 2011 application from China Mobile USA to provide services for phone calls between the US and other countries. Multiple federal intelligence agencies had urged the agency to reject the request amid concerns that the Chinese-controlled provider would use its access to US communications networks to threaten national security.”China Mobile ultimately is owned and controlled by the Chinese government,” FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican, said in a statement ahead of the vote. “There is a significant risk that the Chinese government would use China Mobile to conduct activities that would seriously jeopardize the national security, law enforcement, and economic interests of the United States.Republican FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr also called for an investigation into other Chinese service providers that were previously given approval to do business in the US. Carr said the US should take “additional action” and investigate whether to revoke approvals for China Unicom and China Telecom.”Much, if not all, of the reasoning behind today’s decision appears to apply with equal or greater force to those legacy authorizations,” Carr said. “Let’s ensure that our decisions from decades past don’t inadvertently endanger American interests.” Pai said at a press conference following the meeting that the agency is already “looking at” authorizations granted earlier to these carriers. But he declined to say anything more about that process. The denial of China Mobile’s application and the increased scrutiny into the other Chinese-owned carriers represents a significant escalation in a simmering conflict between the US and China over whether to allow American companies to buy Chinese telecommunications gear. It also comes as talks heat up between the White House and Chinese officials this week over tariffs the US has imposed against goods imported from China. President Donald Trump has repeatedly accused China of not playing fair on trade and hurting American companies. The US is expected on Friday to raise tariffs on Chinese imports from 10% to 25%. The Chinese government is expected to retaliate. The Trump administration has already blocked Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei from selling its gear to American wireless providers, citing security concerns. But US officials have gone further, pressuring other countries around the world to do the same.Security isn’t the only thing troubling US officials when it comes to these Chinese companies. There’s also significant fear around China’s efforts to leap-frog the US technologically. China is seen as a major threat to the US in the race to develop 5G wireless technology, which promises faster speeds and more responsive networks. It’s expected to be the foundation of a slew of advanced technologies like VR and autonomous vehicles. The US was a leader in the development and deployment of 4G LTE technology, and it’s reaped the benefits of that leadership. China is already seen as a leader in developing 5G technology. Neither China Mobile, China Telecom nor China Unicom responded to a request for comment.  Mobilelast_img read more

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