Alicia Silverstone Backs Californian Resolution And CrueltyFree Cosmetics‏

first_imgAlicia stated: “I stand with California and Cruelty Free International in calling for an end to animal testing for cosmetics.”With SRJ 22 California has sent a strong message to Congress and the President that it is time to modernize US cosmetics industry regulation to match consumer expectation and international progress for safe and humane cosmetics.Cruelty Free International, CEO, Michelle Thew, said: “We are thrilled to have Alicia Silverstone supporting our US campaign. She is a wonderful compassionate role model and her support will no doubt assist in getting the topic of animal testing at the forefront of the political agenda.”Alicia joins Mayim Bialik, Norman Reedus, Peter Dinklage, Ricky Gervais, Kunal Nayyar, Vanessa Marano, Lori Singer, and Ashley Bell in joining Cruelty Free International’s campaign to end all animal testing for cosmetics in the United States.Countless animals suffer each year in unnecessary outdated and cruel tests for the cosmetics we use. Visit www.crueltyfreeinternational.org to see what you can do to help animals. Animal loving actress, Alicia Silverstone, backs Cruelty Free International in backing Californian resolution and cruelty-free cosmetics.Alicia Silverstone backs Cruelty Free InternationalAlicia, long renowned for being a vegan and compassionate advocate for animals, has teamed up with Cruelty Free International to campaign for cruelty free cosmetics in the United States.Despite the fact that modern alternatives to animal testing are increasingly less expensive, faster, and more accurate at predicting human reactions than the antiquated animal tests they replace, there is no national law in place to limit animal testing for cosmetics in the United States. H.R. 4148, the Humane Cosmetics Act introduced by Representative Jim Moran, D-VA now has several co-sponsors. The phase out of the testing and sale of animal-tested cosmetics in the United States, will match progress made in other countries including the European Union, Norway, Israel, and India.The introduction of this ground-breaking bill is a reflection of the growing global concern and interest in this issue. Likewise the recent passage of SJR 22 the Cruelty Free Cosmetics resolution in California introduced by state Senator Marty Block (D-San Diego) reflects the interests of US consumers who, multiple polls show, support ending cosmetic testing on animals.The resolution passed the California legislature in June with tremendous bipartisan support in both the Assembly and Senate. The measure calls on the United States Congress to mandate alternative methods to animal testing, whenever scientifically satisfactory methods are available, and to establish reasonable deadlines for the prohibition of the testing and marketing of cosmetic products which have been tested on animals.last_img read more

Three Aboriginal Senators named in Auditor Generals report

first_imgJulien Gignac APTN National NewsOTTAWA — Three Aboriginal senators’ claims were included in a highly anticipated audit of Senate expenses released Tuesday by Auditor General Michael Ferguson.Retired Senator Gerry St. Germain who represented British Columbia is one of four senators whose case could be forwarded to the RCMP for further investigation.Germain’s expense claims equated to $55,588 in travel costs, according to the report. Spotty documentation has caused at least $12,000 to be ill-accounted for.Each Senator named in the report was able to respond to the findings.Germain stated in the report that he disagrees with the findings, saying that the “presentation and tone of your general observations insinuate that I misappropriated my office resources in a nefarious manner. I find these apparent accusations to be a defamatory affront to my personal integrity.”Northwest Territories Senator Nick Sibbeston racked up $50,102, the bulk of which was used for travel, too, states the report. Nine instances of extended stopovers were recorded, along with frequent trips to western Canada and independent trips made by his spouse.One night stopovers are considered to be a “reasonable practice,” says the report.Sibbeston’s comments allude to the “casual” and sometimes “spontaneous” nature of business meetings in the territory and that northern travel is expensive at best. He goes on to state, “perhaps I could have been better at keeping records.”New Brunswick Maliseet Senator Sandra Nicholas-Lovelace bill totaled $75,227, the majority of which was used for travel-related purposes incuding trips where she stayed in Fredericton for longer than one night.“These extended stays, some as long as nine nights, is a matter of convenience for individuals travelling to Fredericton to meet with her,” Nicholas-Lovelace stated in the report.Nicholas Lovelace has filed for arbitration.The report recommends creating an oversight body that is independent from the senate, stating that it should have complete access and power to conduct internal or external audits. The inner-workings of this body should be open to the public, its findings published on its website.Whether the Senate accepts the Auditor General’s recommendations is yet to be determined.Senate Speaker Leo Housakos addressing the media Tuesday. Photo Julien Gignac/APTN“Our intent is to render the Senate of Canada an accountable, responsive, transparent legislature,” said Senate Speaker Leo Housakos during a press conference after the report was released. “A body that our citizens of our great country will and can respect.”30 sitting and former senators exercised expenditures Auditor General Michael Ferguson “determined were not in accordance with the applicable senate rules, policies, or guidelines,” states the report.The Senate develops its own system of self-governance and determine what will be disclosed to the public.“In our current audit,” the report states, “we found that in many cases, Senators did not maintain records to document the parliamentary business that they conducted while spending public funds.”Senators must keep track of what they spend, “including hospitality events, attendees of those events a recipients of gifts with a value that exceeds $50,” according to the report.Close to $1-million in public funds were used to accommodate the spending habits of the Senate.Beginning on April 1, 2011 and ending March 31, 2013, the audit examined 116 current and former senators. There are 105 current Canadian senators.Two other Aboriginal Senators, Lillian Dyck of Saskatchewan and Charlie Watt of Quebec are not named in the report.jgignac@aptn.calast_img read more

Turn iPhone Pixel or Galaxy phone displays into 3D with this screen

first_img CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Now playing: Watch this: Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Share your voice See It Jun 29 • Galaxy S10 5G, OnePlus 7 Pro LG V50 ThinQ 5G: Why you shouldn’t rush to buy a 5G phone 2:07 Apple iPhone XS Mobile World Congress 2019 Holoscreen can turn your iPhone’s display, or any phone for that matter, into 3D. Angela Lang/CNET In a corner conference room, Han Jin, the CEO of Lucid, places an old iPhone 7 Plus on the table. He swipes through pages of apps, showing me what looks on all counts to be a normal iPhone with a screen protector on it. Then, he opens the Lucid app and plays a clip from Avatar in 3D. I look at him astonished, realizing he just made the iPhone 3D.This isn’t some magic trick, but rather a screen protector that can make the iPhone’s display, or pretty much any phone for that matter, show 3D. It works by using a special lenticular screen protector called the Holoscreen along with Lucid’s app. See It $999 Best Buy • 28 Photos See All Jun 1 • The Nubia Alpha looks like either a house arrest bracelet or Batman’s phone Mobile World Congress 2019 Boost Mobile Mobile Accessories Phonescenter_img $999 Originally published Feb. 26, 12:01 a.m. PT.Updated, 10.30 a.m. PT. $999 May 13 • Galaxy S10E vs. iPhone XR: Every spec compared 4 reading • Turn iPhone, Pixel or Galaxy phone displays into 3D with this screen protector See it Comments MWC 2019: All the phones and gadgets we cared about Holoscreen is a screen protector that makes any phone… The screen looks normal when not using Lucid’s app. Email and texts are sharp and crisp. But with the app, I can view photos and videos in 3D, and the effect looks very smooth. I didn’t see the banding or ghosting that you see from some 3D screens such as those on the Nintendo 3DS.I can even take my own 3D photos and videos and share them using the app, too. The one caveat here is you need a phone with two rear cameras like the iPhone 7 Plus to do so.The two companies behind the Holoscreen are Holitech and Lucid. Holitech makes and supplies displays for midrange phones and Lucid makes AI-based 3D and depth capture software for phones. Notably Lucid partnered with Red on the 3D camera functionality on its Hydrogen One phone.lucid-3d-screen-protector-2The Holoscreen looks like a regular old screen protector and works as one. But when used with Lucid’s app, it turns your phone display into 3D. Angela Lang/CNET What’s remarkable is that really the only other phone with anything like this 3D-wise is the Red Hydrogen One, which sells for $1,295. One of the criticisms I had about the Red Hydrogen One was that you could only share 3D videos and photos with people who had their own Hydrogen One.The Holoscreen’s price is much less and will be around $30 to $40 — not much more than a normal screen protector. This affordable price should allow many people to try 3D out on a phone for the first time. The Holoscreen aims to be to 3D content what Google Cardboard is to VR.I don’t think the Holoscreen will transform anyone’s deep-seated beliefs or hatred for 3D. But for many people who are curious about 3D, this seems to be an affordable way to test the waters. And if you don’t like the 3D effect or stop watching content over time, the Holoscreen still works as a screen protector.The Holoscreen protector will go on sale this summer. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Tags $999 Jul 9 • Killer cameras and battery life might meet their match in the Note 10 Sprint See Itlast_img read more

Realtime motion planning for robots made faster and efficient with RapidPlan processor

first_imgYesterday, Realtime Robotics announced in a guest post in the IEEE spectrum that they have developed a new processor called ‘RapidPlan’ which tackles the bottleneck faced in a robot’s motion planning. Motion planning determines how to move a robot, or autonomous vehicle, from its current position to a desired goal configuration. Although the concept sounds simple, it is far from the same. Not only does the robot have to reach the goal state, but it also has to avoid any obstacles while doing so. According to a study, this process of collision detection- determining which edges in the roadmap (i.e., motions) cannot be used because they will result in a collision-  consumed 99 percent of a motion planner’s computing time. Traditionally, motion planning has been implemented in software running on high-performance commodity hardware. The software implementation, however, causes a multiple second delay, making it impossible to deploy robots in dynamic environments or environments with humans. Such robots can only be used in controlled environments with just a few degrees of freedom. The post suggests that motion planning can be sped up using more hardware resources and software optimizations. However, the vast computational resources of GPUs and sophisticated software maximize performance and consume a large amount of power. They cannot compute more than a few plans per second. Changes in a robot’s task or scenario often require re-tuning the software. How does RapidPlan work? A robot moving from one configuration to another configuration sweeps a volume in 3D space. Collision detection determines if that swept volume collides with any obstacle (or with the robot itself). The surfaces of the swept volume and the obstacles are represented with meshes of polygons. Collision detection comprises of computations to determine whether these polygons intersect. The challenge is titime-consumings each test to determine if two polygons intersect involves cross products, dot products, division, and other computations, and there can be millions of polygons intersection tests to perform. RapidPlan overcomes the above mentioned bottleneck and achieves general-purpose, real-time motion planning, to achieve sub-millisecond motion plans. These processors convert the computational geometry task into a much faster lookup task. At the design time itself, the processors can precompute data that records what part of 3D space these motions collide with, for a large number of motions between configurations. This precomputation— which is offline and based on simulating the motions to determine their swept volumes— is loaded onto the processor to be accessed at runtime. At runtime, the processor receives sensory input that describes what part of the robot’s environment is occupied with obstacles. The processor then uses its precomputed data to eliminate the motions that would collide with these obstacles. Realtime Robotics RapidPlan processor This processor, was developed as part of a research project at Duke University, where researchers found a way to speed up motion planning by three orders of magnitude using one-twentieth the power. Their processor checks for all potential collisions across the robot’s entire range of motion with unprecedented efficiency. RapidPlan, is retargetable, updatable on-the-fly, and has the capacity for tens of millions of edges. Inheriting many of the design principles of the original processor at Duke, the processor has a reconfigurable and more scalable design for the hardware for computing whether a roadmap edge’s motion collides with an obstacle. It has the capacity for extremely large roadmaps and can partition that capacity into several smaller roadmaps in order to switch between them at runtime with negligible delay. Additional roadmaps can also be transferred from off-processor memory on-the-fly allowing the user to, for example, have different roadmaps that correspond to different states of the end effector or for different task types. Robots with fast reaction times can operate safely in an environment with humans. A robot that can plan quickly can be deployed in relatively unstructured factories and adjust to imprecise object locations and orientations. Industries like logistics, manufacturing, health care, agriculture, domestic assistants and the autonomous vehicle industry can benefit from this processor. You can head over to IEEE Spectrum for more insights on this news. Read Next MIPS open sourced under ‘MIPS Open Program’, makes the semiconductor space and SoC, ones to watch for in 2019 Arm releases free Cortex-M processor cores for FPGAs, includes measures to combat FOSSi threat Microsoft Azure reportedly chooses Xilinx chips over Intel Altera for AI co-processors, says Bloomberg reportlast_img read more

Its snowing in Las Vegas and people are losing their minds

first_imgIt’s snowing in Las Vegas and people are losing their minds LAS VEGAS — After the record snowfalls that much of Canada has seen this winter, a measly inch of powder seems almost laughable.But many people in Las Vegas don’t appear to be laughing as the city was hit by its second snowfall in just one week.Yes, you read that right. Snow is falling in Sin City.According to NBC, Henderson, Nevada, located just southeast of Las Vegas, saw a record-setting inch of snow Wednesday night, with temperatures hovering around the freezing mark.The city first saw snow this year on Feb. 10, and again on Monday of this week. This, of course, is extremely rare for a city that has seen only three snowfall days twice before since 1937 (the last time was in 1949). The last time Vegas saw any measurable snow was on Dec. 17, 2008, when 3.6 inches of white stuff fell from the sky.This year’s weather phenomenon, reports NBC, is all thanks to snow levels dropping to 2,000 feet.More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agencySay what you will about the cold temps and the slushy commute, but you can’t argue that the snow makes for some captivating (and hilarious) images. Check out some of our favourites:Jackpot on The Strip! The first measurable #snow in #LasVegas since 2008! Officially 0.5″ on Wednesday night making for a rare photo op at the iconic sign. Snow has now fallen on 3 of the past 4 days.#LasVegassnowVideo via IG/thehoodrichcollection pic.twitter.com/8m8SZ18Spo— Mike Seidel (@mikeseidel) February 21, 2019 Well it’s snowing in Las Vegas now! Supposed to snow until 4 AMpic.twitter.com/w9hqc9dr5I— Daily Hourly (@dailyhourly) February 18, 2019 Friday, February 22, 2019 Palm trees and snow in Las Vegas!! Who would have thought? @CityOfLasVegas pic.twitter.com/9kW2kTNjKP— Linds (@Lindsie_Ellis) February 21, 2019 This is the first time I’ve actually seen snow stick on the ground in Las Vegas pic.twitter.com/yLY0GbyZFJ— Jeremy Le (@JeremyyyLe) February 18, 2019 WHAT!! This doesn’t look like Las Vegas. Check out this video @Wetnwildlv shared of SNOW covering its water slides! →https://t.co/TNbFI1GHiz pic.twitter.com/gQ60aMOKAX— Las Vegas RJ (@reviewjournal) February 18, 2019center_img Yes it’s #snow but people forget it’s #LasVegas and we’re in the freaking #desert pic.twitter.com/l8y6Qf5hNl— Christopher Gamboa (@sigamboa) February 18, 2019 Travelweek Group Posted by Tags: Las Vegas, Snow, Weather << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more