Which Electric Cars Are The Cheapest To Lease

first_img4. FIAT 500EAvailable only in California and Oregon, the Fiat 500e is fun to drive and is as stylish as an Italian suit, though its range is lacking at 84 miles. The 500e is leasing for an affordable $229 a month for 36 months with $2,349 due at signing.3. KIA SOUL EVDue to undergo a major redesign for the 2020 model year with freshened styling and an operating range well over 200 miles, the current Kia Soul EV with its 111-mile limit is leasing for $219 a month for 36 months with $1,999 due at signing. It’s sold in only a handful of states, including California and Oregon.2. HONDA CLARITY ELECTRICWith sales limited to California and Oregon, and an operating range of just 89 miles, the Honda Clarity Electric is leasing for $199 a month for 36 months with $1,799 due at signing.1. SMART EQ FORTWOThe tiny Smart EQ ForTwo may be hobbled by its two-seat cabin and feeble 58-mile range on a full charge, but it’s one of cheapest cars of any kind to lease. The coupe is going for $139 a month for 36 months with just $1,433 due at signing. Meanwhile the Cabrio, which is the only open-air EV on the market, gets a $199 monthly payment with $1,693 down. For starters, driving an EV for a two- or three- year term helps ensure you’ll keep up with the latest technology, particularly with regard to battery range. Three years ago most EVs could barely break the 100-mile mark, while for 2019 there are no fewer than eight models that can run for well over 200 miles, with the Tesla Model 3 and Model S able to run for more than 300 miles on a full charge. You’ll also be spared the hassle of trying to sell a model that may be hampered by a degraded battery five or more years down the road.What’s more, the leasing entity (as the de facto “owner”) usually claims the $7,500 federal tax credit and applies it directly to the transaction price to reduce a lessee’s monthly payments. This can be a better deal than buying an EV outright and having to wait until the following year to claim the credit on your income tax return (and you’ll lose part of it if you wind up owing less than $7,500 in taxes).LEASING COSTSA car lease’s monthly payments are based on the difference between its transaction price (this is called the “capitalized cost” in the contract) and what the vehicle is expected to be worth when the contract expires (its “residual value”), financed at the going rate of interest (referred to as either a “lease rate,” “lease charge” or “money factor”).Upfront costs typically consist of the first month’s installment and the down payment (called a “capitalized cost reduction”), which can run as much as several thousand dollars. Beyond that, the lessee typically pays for the sales tax and vehicle registration fees, sometimes along with a nominal “acquisition fee,” all of which are usually wrapped into the monthly payment.Generally, less expensive models are cheaper per month to lease than costlier ones, though this is not always the case. Automakers often apply leasing “bonus cash” to reduce the capitalized cost or down payment, or will subsidize a lower interest rate help move the metal. Plus, the deal can be manipulated by juggling the numbers, with a higher down payment resulting in a lower monthly expenditure, and vice versa. Also, you’ll pay more to obtain a higher annual mileage limit. That could be worth the extra bucks per month, as overage penalties can run anywhere from 15 to 35 cents per mile.CHECKING THE DEALSWe’re featuring the seven most-affordable electric-vehicle lease deals in effect through the end of April in the above slideshow. All come with monthly payments under $250. The least expensive of the bunch comes out to actually be cheaper than a daily visit to Starbucks. On the other hand, you’ll need much healthier finances if you’re looking to lease either a Tesla Model S or Model X.According to the Tesla Motors website, a Model S 100D with a sticker price of $94,000 is going for $1,454 for 36 months with a whopping $14,566 due at signing (this includes estimated sales tax and registration fees). The Model X is being offered this month with a $1,491 payment and $14,719 down. The company currently does not have a leasing program in place for the Model 3.Perhaps because General Motors’ federal EV tax credits were recently slashed to $3,750 (as has been the case with Teslas since January 1) it costs more than one might think to lease a Chevrolet Bolt EV. Chevy is offering the Bolt through the end of April for $429 a month with a stiff $6,109 due at signing (if you’re a current GM lessee, the down payment is modestly reduced to $5,609).All prices are quoted in the slideshow are for base models and do not include the cost of options, fees, or taxes. Since new-vehicle incentive programs often vary from one part of the country to another based on local supply and demand issues, be sure to check an automaker’s website under a “local offers” or “special deals” tab to see what’s being offered where you live.As always, if the cost of a brand-new EV is too rich for your budget, consider instead any of the money-saving pre-owned models listed here on MyEV.com. And if you’re looking to sell an EV, keep in mind that our listings are 100 percent free, and we’ll even guide you through the posting process.6. NISSAN LEAFThe popular Nissan Leaf is adding a higher-range Plus variant later this year that promises a 226=mile range, but in the meantime the standard model makes do with a decent 150 miles on a charge. It’s leasing for $249 a month for 36 months with $2,929 due at signing.5. HYUNDAI IONIQ ELECTRICThough at 124 miles on a charge the Hyundai Ioniq Electric offers only around half the range of the new Kona Electric, it’s leasing for considerably less money. The electrified Ioniq is going for $239 a month for 36 months with $2,500 due at signing. 2018 Nissan LEAF Lease Deal – $229 Per Month, Nearly $4,000 Down Tesla Announces New 2-Year Lease Deal For Model S 60 From $593/Month* Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on April 8, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle Newscenter_img Want an EV for less per day than a fast food hamburger?While new-vehicle leasing currently accounts for around 30 percent of all transactions, that rate is much higher among electric cars. According to published reports, close to 80 percent of all EVs are leased.In addition to the usual benefits of leasing, which include lower down payments and monthly outlays, leasing an electrified ride has additional advantages.Other Leasing Info Tesla Model 3 Employee Leasing Coming Soon, General Public Later Source: Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more

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24 governors — covering over half the US population — call on

first_imgSource: Charge Forward As the Trump administration prepares to unveil its finalized fuel economy rollback, more states than ever are seeking an end to the proposal, as 24 governors have signed a pledge asking the federal government not to weaken fuel standards. more…Subscribe to Electrek on YouTube for exclusive videos and subscribe to the podcast.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1zk7Eb8r-s&list=PL_Qf0A10763mA7Byw9ncZqxjke6Gjz0MtThe post 24 governors — covering over half the US population — call on Trump admin to halt fuel economy rollback appeared first on Electrek.last_img read more

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Compliance Professionals Should Take The Corruption Perceptions Index With A Grain Of

first_imgAt its core, FCPA risk is the function of specific business actors (employees and agents) coming into contact with specific foreign officials, in the context of specific foreign business conditions. None of these factors are adequately captured by the CPI. Indeed, one can easily imagine a scenario where because of the industry, because of the product or service, and because of the go-to-market strategy, Denmark presents more of a risk than Somalia. Connect Is the company subject to other unique forms of government regulation in the country?  What other points of contact does the company have with foreign government in the country (such as tax and immigration authorities)? The CPI is country specific, not province or region specific. We all recognize that certain states in the U.S., indeed certain cities within those states, have higher levels of actual or perceived corruption and the same is true in foreign countries. However, the CPI score is only on a country basis and is not province or region specific. In short, bribery and corruption is often localized and thus the CPI can both induce complacency (i.e. the business is fine because the country’s overall score is fine, even though a specific region in which the company operates may have higher levels of actual or perceived corruption) as well as result in needless worry (i.e. while the country overall has higher levels of actual or perceived corruption, the specific region in which the company operates may have substantially less). The CPI is merely a survey, and a survey of perceptions at that. This is not a dig on the CPI itself, after all how does measure an issue like bribery and corruption (particularly since there is no universal definition of these terms). To its credit, TI itself recognizes the limitations of the CPI. As stated by TI, “there is no meaningful way to assess absolute levels of corruption in countries or territories on the basis of hard empirical data.” Moreover, TI rightly acknowledges that the CPI does not tell the full story of corruption in a country because it “is limited in scope, capturing perceptions of the extent of corruption in the public sector from the perspective of business people and country experts.” For starters, what is the utility of comparing the occurrence of something happening (or in the CPI’s case the perception that something is happening) in countries with less than 10 million people (for instance Denmark or Finland) compared to countries with more than 100 million, 200 million or 300 million people? In short, I enjoy maps and thus each time this year look at the CPI map, I don’t think it is a very useful tool for business organizations when adopting policies and procedures designed to minimize FCPA risk.FCPA risk is best minimized through a risk assessment unique to a business organization in which the following questions provide a good starting point.Who are the company’s customers or potential customers in each country?  Is the customer a government (whether federal, state, or local) department, agency or instrumentality?  Does a government department, agency, or instrumentality, or individual associated with such units, have an ownership or equity interest in the customer? The CPI perpetuates stereotypes. No surprise that New Zealand is, as it always has been, near the top of the CPI list and that Libya is, as it always has been, near the bottom of the list. Yet to state the obvious, there are millions of hard-working, honest and ethical people in Libya. On the flip side, there are some dishonest and unethical people in New Zealand.center_img How does the company do business and/or interact with customers or potential customers in the country?  Does the company use third parties in the foreign countries? In an annual non-event, yesterday Transparency International (TI) released its so-called Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) (see here).  As stated in the TI release, the “CPI measures public sector corruption in 180 countries and territories, drawing on 13 expert assessments and surveys of business executives to give each country a score from zero (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean).”The CPI generates a lot of media coverage and is a popular tool for business organizations in ranking risk (and thus prioritizing compliance). However, for the reasons highlighted in this post compliance professionals should take the CPI with a grain of salt.For starters, just because compliance professionals should take the CPI with a grain of salt, does not mean that the CPI (or other similar rankings) should be ignored.Indeed, in a rare appellate court decision in the FCPA space, the Second Circuit in the Bourke case listed circumstances which provided “ample evidence” to support Bourke’s trial conviction on a conscious avoidance theory under the FCPA’s third-party payment provisions and specifically stated that “Bourke was aware of how pervasive corruption was in Azerbaijan generally.”Nevertheless, query whether the CPI is a reliable or meaningful measure of the specific risks specific business organizations face when competing in the global marketplace for the following reasons. How does the company’s product enter and exit the country? Does the company use the services of a customs broker or freight forwarder? The CPI is composed of distinctions without differences. Each country in the CPI is assigned a numerical score between 100 (the best score) and 0 (the worst score). Sure there is a meaningful distinction between Denmark (88) and Somalia (10), but you probably did not need the CPI to inform you of this (see here). However, as a practical matter is there a meaningful distinction between a score of 39 (Serbia) and 31 (Nepal)? Hardly, but these scores result in a substantial difference in the CPI rankings (Serbia – 87th and Nepal – 124th). Save Money With FCPA Connect Keep it simple. Not all FCPA issues warrant a team of lawyers or other professional advisers. Achieve client and business objectives in a more efficient manner through FCPA Connect. Candid, Comprehensive, and Cost-Effective. What licenses, permits, or certifications does the company need to do business in the country?  As to each license, permit or certification, how does the company obtain such approvals?last_img read more

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Updated Locke Lord VE and DLA Piper Advise in 565M Permian Basin

first_img Username Not a subscriber? Sign up for The Texas Lawbook. Lost your password? Houston-based Targa Resources Corp. said Monday that its subsidiary, Targa Resources Partners, will acquire assets in the Delaware and Midland regions of the Permian Basin for $565 million in cash. Lawyers from Locke Lord and Vinson & Elkins advised on the deal, which entails Targa acquiring 100 percent of the membership interests of Outrigger Delaware Operating, Outrigger Southern Delaware Operating and Outrigger Midland Operating from Denver-based Outrigger Energy . . .You must be a subscriber to The Texas Lawbook to access this content.center_img Remember me Passwordlast_img read more

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Digital Longevity Innovation—or Isolation

first_imgby, Jessica Stonefield, Guest BloggerTweet21Share72Share4Email97 SharesWith the help of Aging 2.0 in recent years, both investors and tech giants alike have increased their focus on bringing relevant technology to those in our aging community. Thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT), today’s gadgets can do everything from remind our people to take their medication to monitor their heart rate or insulin levels from afar. Especially in the field of mobile healthcare, this seems like a tremendous gain. But it could also be argued that today’s technology has an incredibly dangerous side effect: increased loneliness.It’s no surprise that many of us feel a sense of loneliness as we get older. After all, we lose spouses, friends, careers, and sometimes even our independence. But some may not realize what a prevalent issue it really is. A recent study from University of California in San Francisco showed 43 percent of people over age 65 felt lonely, even if they lived with other people. What’s worse: the study also showed those 60+ who said they were lonely had a 45 percent higher risk of death.The negative health effects of loneliness have been well documented. Studies show it can lead to dementia, depression, malnutrition, and other health issues. According to AARP Foundation’s Connect2Affect program, chronic loneliness has the same impact as smoking 15 cigarettes a day—or even being obese. This begs the question: what can be done about this aging health epidemic?Some point to the latest tech advancements as a way for people to connect, even if they are home bound or live alone. Indeed, online shopping allows a way to order needed products for easy home delivery, and mobile healthcare offers the opportunity to see your doctor without ever walking to the car. But doesn’t that also increase the isolation our aging community is already experiencing? After all, numerous studies today show more time on social media leads to higher likelihood of social isolation and mental health issues in many individuals—young and old alike. By offering so many mobile solutions, “digital longevity” may actually be forcing people to lose valuable human contact, rather than gain it.The answer, as with most issues in the age of digital transformation, is to find the right balance of innovation and human support. The following are just a few things to keep in mind as you explore—or invest in—today’s growing list of digital longevity solutions.Understand the True Meaning of LonelinessThe true opposite of loneliness is not social media or internet access, but social integration. Although some online social groups may offer a level of social integration, it can’t replace the feeling of volunteering, joining a hobby group, tutoring a child, or feeling a warm hug. Feeling part of something bigger than oneself is a necessary part of human existence. It’s also something technology alone can’t provide.Think Beyond the InternetAs recently as this past May, Aging 2.0’s Chief Elder Care officer expressed her frustration with today’s investors and entrepreneurs, saying they out of touch with what today’s older consumer really want and need. New technology developers need to think in ways consumers think, creating ways to connect beyond simply going online. For instance, one inventor created a tea kettle that lit up each time a designated family member or friend was making tea at their own homes. The warm light helped the customer feel closer through family tradition and memories.Think Quality over QuantitySpending four hours on social media or online shopping sites might be fun, but it won’t necessarily fill a hole in one’s heart if they desire meaningful human contact. Rather than focus on the basics of making your family member more “accessible,” focus on the level of fulfillment they can gain from that accessibility. It’s possible that taking an online course or donating one’s services on a cross-generational skill sharing site like linkAges could be far more meaningful. One participant in a class created by Selfhelp Virtual Senior Center said the courses helped him move from waiting to die—to feeling reborn again. That’s the kind of impact true innovation should have.Focus on Inter-generational Living Spaces—Not Segregated HousingYes, younger people should be invited into assisted living communities to help older adults learn to use new technologies. But the value comes not just in the learning, but in the heart-to-heart connections created during those periods of teaching. The country as a whole needs to put more emphasis not just on creating segregated housing—but on inter-generational housing that helps create meaningful relationships for all ages.  Know the Limits of TechnologyEmail does not release oxytocin. Neither does Facebook. So while email and Facetime are better than nothing, they are not everything—and should never be considered so. As one researcher observed, “Even when internet use helps create or maintain relationships, the effects may not fully replicate what has been lost.”Take ResponsibilityThe feeling of loneliness and isolation people are facing is not simply due to aging—it’s due to our society’s lack of value for older adults. Today’s families are so focused on their phones, sports, school, and work stresses that it’s hard to make time for aging loved ones. At times, they can be seen as a stress or nuisance, rather than a wealth of wisdom and love. Some countries, such as Japan and the United Kingdom, have already introduced “care-bots” to care for the aging population—a move some have called “emotionally dangerous.” As a society, we need to remember there is no miracle technology that can change this loneliness issue. It’s a cultural shift that we as a country need to start working toward.The majority of the current Baby Boomer generation will not age into senior housing until 2035. By then, most will have spent a large part of their lives using technology—and also feeling the pains of it. The excitement of finding a new way of connecting with family or friends will have long worn off, potentially leaving them even more lonely in the process. Therefore, as we continue to develop new technologies to help improve our longevity, we must consider that true longevity cannot be built by digital methods alone. There is no substitute for human contact—and we can only hope there never will be. Related PostsIsolation, Loneliness and Solitude in Old AgeLast week, on a post titled Youthiness in Old Age, Monica Devine, who blogs at Between Two Rivers, left this comment: “Speaking of contrarian, I’ve always wondered about this: I’m sure it’s true that socializing with family and friends prolongs…Study: Bill Thomas is AgingIs it possible to grow old – with chronic disease, loneliness, isolation, – and still be happy? Well, is it?New UCSF Study Declares Loneliness Lethal for EldersLast week, the Archives of Internal Medicine published the results of a study involving 1,600 Elders, confirming what the Eden Alternative Philosophy has upheld for many years. Medical experts found that Elders suffering from loneliness were at significant risk for declining health over short periods of time. In 2002, participating…Tweet21Share72Share4Email97 SharesTags: Innovation Intergenerational loneliness technologylast_img read more

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Study reaffirms success of conditional release programs for criminally insane individuals

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Sep 6 2018After being found not guilty by reason of insanity, it’s not typically a crime – rather declining mental health or breaking rules of conditional release like not drinking alcohol – that puts people back in a psychiatric hospital or even jail, researchers say.And, the violence risk-assessment tool most commonly used in making a release decision, called HCR-20, isn’t good at predicting who will end up reincarcerated, says Dr. Michael J. Vitacco, forensic psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University.”While recidivism rates for these individuals are fortunately low, we want to be able to better determine who needs more services before they are released. If we can do that, we might be able to take that rate down even lower,” says Vitacco.The study reaffirms the success of conditional release programs, as well as the need to regularly monitor dynamic risk factors – factors that can change quickly like employment status and drug use – associated with violent or other illegal behavior, which provide both red flags and points for intervention, the researchers write.Next steps should include evaluating other risk-assessment tools’ proficiency at both evaluating readiness for release and predicting outcome, Vitacco, corresponding author, and his colleagues report.The study in the journal Law and Human Behavior looked at 238 individuals – 201 males and 37 females a mean age of 40 at the time of their conditional release – in Oregon between Jan. 1, 2007 and Dec. 31, 2011.Sixty-six percent maintained their conditional release throughout the four- to nine-year period they were followed for the study, and 33.6 percent had their release revoked. Out of the 81 individuals who had their conditional release revoked, one committed a new, nonviolent criminal offense.”That means that once you treat the mental illness and take care of some other factors, these people are relatively safe,” Vitacco says. In fact, people with mental illness are the minority of violent offenders or other crime committers, he says. Revenge, greed, anger and alcohol are more likely drivers.”There are some real consistencies here,” Vitacco said of the low recidivism rates for insanity acquittees the researchers have now found in Oregon as well as Georgia, Virginia, Wisconsin and Maryland. By comparison, the National Institute of Justice reports 67.8 percent of people convicted of committing a crime are rearrested three years after getting out of prison and 75 percent after five years. An Oregon study found about half of those on felony probation are rearrested within three years.”When it is due to mental illness, they are much more treatable and much less likely to do it again,” Vitacco says, adding that it’s important to counteract myths that most violence is committed by the mentally ill.However, when treatment and conditional release don’t work out well, there can be bad consequences, which is one of the many reasons Vitacco and his colleagues are working to find even better ways to assess who will and won’t do well on release.The 20-item HCR-20, or Historical, Clinical, Risk-20, is the most widely used tool to help assess violence risk. It helps mental health professionals – all psychologists in the case of the Oregon study – assess things like past behavior and current dynamics emperically linked to violence.It’s been suggested that HCR-20 is good at predicting violence among forensic psychiatric patients undergoing assessment for conditional release. But, prior to Vitacco’s study, there were already inconsistent findings about that ability. However, his findings and others’ do not negate HCR-20’s value in assessing overall violence risk and treatment needs, Vitacco notes.Related StoriesUTHealth researchers investigate how to reduce stress-driven alcohol useRecreational cannabis legalization could impact alcohol industry, research shows’Traffic light’ food labels associated with reduction in calories purchased by hospital employeesFor the study, the researchers also looked at demographic and criminal history data on the 238 individuals, like their clinical diagnosis, length of hospitalization and age when they committed crimes.Sex, race and age at the time of the offense or release did not appear to be a factor in their success, neither did the number of charges or whether they involved violence. About 56 percent had committed a violent crime. More than half had committed a single offense, 12 percent had four charges against them and a small percentage were tried on as many as 18 charges.Individuals in the Oregon study had diagnoses of psychosis, mood disorders, intellectual disabilities, substance abuse, cognitive disorders and anxiety. One individual had dissociative disorder, which is often associated with trauma. The majority of the individuals were diagnosed with two disorders and the second one was often substance abuse; 64 had a secondary diagnosis of personality disorder, which interferes with personal and societal relationships.Psychosis, a thought disorder that interferes with the ability to engage in rational thinking, is a top diagnosis for individuals found not guilty by reason of insanity, Vitacco says, but adds that most people who are psychotic do not commit crimes.Vitacco notes another issue that needs exploration is whether the type of crime – killing someone as opposed to stealing a car – is predictive of conditional release revocation. “Both individuals broke the rules, but should they be handled differently? That is an important question,” he says.Balancing community safety and individual rights underscores the importance of accurately assessing whether an individual is at risk for a violent crime once they are released, Vitacco says.Not guilty by reason of insanity by definition means the individual cannot be held responsible for a crime, even a violent one. “Their mental illness interferes with their ability to differentiate between right and wrong,” Vitacco says.Most people found not guilty by reason of insanity are committed to a psychiatric hospital, some of which exclusively treat prisoners, for further evaluation and treatment.If/when they are determined to not be a danger to themselves or others and otherwise ready to return to general society, they typically are given a conditional release. Much like being on parole, that means they must meet certain requirements like taking their medications, abstaining from drugs and alcohol and participating in group psychotherapy, to remain free. Typically they are closely monitored by the state, and a violation can put them back in a psychiatric hospital.The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that individuals must be both actively mentally ill and dangerous to be kept in the hospital, and that because individuals found not guilty by reason of insanity were not convicted of a crime, he/she may not be punished for the crime. In fact, the court further stated that there is no clear correlation between a hypothetical criminal sentence and the time it takes the offender to recover. The court accepted that some people found not guilty by reason of insanity, even for a relatively minor on nonviolent crime, might not recover and remain dangerous and require continued hospitalization. Source:https://www.augusta.edu/mcg/last_img read more

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QA Is politics influencing marijuana research

This week, a team from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reported that heavy marijuana use may damage the brain’s pleasure center. Meanwhile, researchers in the United Kingdom say they’ve figured out why pot makes you paranoid. But does focusing research on cannabis’s “bad side” give the drug short shrift? Science talked to Ian Mitchell, an emergency physician at the University of British Columbia’s Southern Medical Program in Kamloops, Canada, and author of the blog Clinical Cannabis in Context, who says that politics influences research in this controversial field. As a doctor who recommends medical cannabis to patients, he follows research on the drug and often critiques studies he believes are based on outdated information or were performed with an anticannabis bias.This interview has been edited for clarity and brevity.Q: What do you think of the NIDA study? A: They said they gave marijuana abusers Ritalin and nothing happened. One of the ways you could interpret that is, OK, these pleasure centers are damaged. But you could also say, perhaps marijuana decreases the effects of [Ritalin] on people. That would be equally as right an interpretation.Q: Why do we hear more about studies that show negative effects of marijuana?A: NIDA is at the center of cannabis research in America. And their mandate, very plainly, is to study drug abuse. So they overwhelmingly fund studies that look at abuse. In America, if you wanted to run a study that showed a benefit of cannabis, you weren’t allowed to do that because NIDA couldn’t give you samples to use. So there were no trials [on potential medical benefits] being done. For example, there hasn’t been a good trial yet to study marijuana’s potential for treating posttraumatic stress disorder. They couldn’t get it done, due to all these political roadblocks.Q: How are changing laws—for example, legalization in Colorado, Washington, and Uruguay—influencing research on marijuana?A: Research on marijuana is flowering. States like Colorado are earmarking portions of revenue generated from marijuana sales for research. That’s going to be very helpful, because that money [unlike NIDA funding] will be free to be applied to looking for benefits. There’s certainly a lot more interest in it, and the political situation I think has improved significantly.I think it’s also very important to track social data about recreational use. Now, in Washington and Colorado, they’re tracking data on traffic accidents and fatalities, pedestrian accidents, suicide rates, homicide rates, that type of thing. That’s a tremendously important amount of data that has not really been tracked so far. Now that recreational use in those areas is legal, it’s much easier to study. In areas where it’s illegal, you can’t really ask people about those kinds of behaviors because they don’t want to get arrested.Q: Is there a danger that research on the medical benefits of marijuana will be politicized, too? Sometimes you’ll hear about anecdotal evidence of marijuana shrinking tumors, for example.A: Absolutely, and I think that’s a big concern. But that’s why the research needs to get done, because we have all these little stories of people saying, “I used this and my cancer got better.” And that’s nowhere near enough good evidence to start changing practice.There’s a lot of criticism leveled at cannabis research overall, and I expect it to continue. So the studies have to be good. They have to be of excellent quality, and they have to be scrutinized. And I’m sure they will be, very closely. 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Computers learn to cooperate better than humans

first_img By Jackie SnowMar. 28, 2017 , 1:15 PM Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) For the first time, computers have taught themselves how to cooperate in games in which the objective is to reach the best possible outcome for all players. The feat is far harder than training artificial intelligence (AI) to triumph in a win-lose game such as chess or checkers, researchers say. The advance could help enhance human-machine cooperation.Twenty years ago, a supercomputer bested the then–reigning world chess champion Garry Kasparov. More recently, AI researchers have developed programs that can beat humans at more computationally demanding games, such as Go and poker. But those are all winner-take-all or “zero-sum” games, in which one player wins and everybody else loses. Researchers have done less work on cooperative games in which the goal is for players to work together to optimize the outcome for everyone involved—even if logic demands that a player could improve his or her personal outcome by “betraying” the other players.Such contests include chicken—the game in which two cars drive toward each other and swerve out of the way at the last minute—and the game theory classic the prisoner’s dilemma, in which two people are charged with a crime. Each can receive a light sentence—say 1 year—if both remain loyal to each other and deny the crime. If one prisoner betrays the other, they’ll go free while their partner gets a long term, perhaps 3 years. If both rat on each other, the prisoners get an intermediate sentence of 2 years. Play a single round, and logic demands that a player betray his partner. Play the game repeatedly, however, and people can learn to cooperate to get the lightest sentence of a year. Computers can do more than win at chess—a new algorithm now allows them to best humans at cooperative games like “prisoner’s dilemma.” Jacob Crandall, a computer scientist at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and colleagues wanted to see whether machines could learn to play such games. So the researchers got humans and computers together to play computerized versions of chicken, prisoner’s dilemma, and another collaborative strategy game called “alternator.” Teams consisted of two people, two computers, or one human and one computer. Researchers tested 25 different machine-learning algorithms, AI programs that can improve their performance by automatically searching for correlations between their moves and results.To the scientists’ chagrin, no algorithm was capable of collaborating. But then they turned to evolutionary biology for inspiration. Why not, they thought, introduce a key element of human cooperation—the ability to communicate? So they added 19 prewritten sentences—such as “I’m changing my strategy,” “I accept your last proposal,” or “You betrayed me,” —that could be sent back and forth between partners after each term. Over time, the computers had to learn the meaning of these phrases in the context of the game using their learning algorithm.This time, one of the 25 algorithms, dubbed S# (pronounced S sharp), stood out. When given a description of a previously unknown game, it learned to cooperate with its partner in just a few turns. And by the end of the game, the machine-only teams worked together almost 100% of the time, whereas humans cooperated an average of about 60% of the time. “The machine-learning algorithm learned to be loyal,” Crandall says.Such dependability could be a boon for algorithms that learn to make decisions for autonomous cars, drones, or even weapons on the battlefield. “[So far] cooperation [like this] hasn’t been a goal,” of most AI research, says Danica Kragic, a roboticist at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. Instead, she adds, most work has focused on creating autonomous technologies that can surpass human abilities, from facial recognition to playing poker. “Machines need to do more than compete,” says Crandall, who adds that research in robotics—which does a better job of emphasizing cooperation—could serve as a model for AI going forward. Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! 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Podcast Transparency in animal research and a plateau in human mortality

first_img Public opinion on the morality of animal research is on the downswing in the United States. But some researchers think letting the public know more about how animals are used in experiments might turn things around. Online News Editor David Grimm joins Sarah Crespi to talk about these efforts.Sarah also talks Ken Wachter of the University of California, Berkeley about his group’s careful analysis of data from all living Italians born 105 or more years before the study. It turns out the risk of dying does not continue to accelerate with age, but actually plateaus around the age of 105. What does this mean for attempts to increase human lifespan?In this month’s book segment, Jen Golbeck talks with Simon Winchester about his book The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World. Read more book reviews at our books blog, Books et al. This week’s episode was edited by Podigy.Listen to previous podcasts.[Image: Chris Jones/Flickr; Music: Jeffrey Cook] Chris Jones/Flickr last_img read more

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DNA Study Suggests all Humans may be Descended from Just Two People

first_imgDisagreements between those who support creationism and those who support the theory of evolution have been going on for decades. The book of Genesis tells us that all of humanity is ultimately descended from just two people. Does science agree? According to the New Zealand Herald, a recent study says “maybe.”The study was done by Mark Stoeckle and David Thaler of the University of Basel, Switzerland. They examined the “genetic barcodes” of over 5 million animals from 100,000 different species — and one of those species was humans.The Creation of Man by Ephraim Moses Lilien, 1903. Book of Genesis.Based on those barcodes, which are really just tiny bits of DNA from the mitochondria of living cells, the researchers concluded that their data are “consistent with” the hypothesis that all of humanity are the descendants of a single pair of adults who lived 100,000 to 200,000 years ago, writes the Herald.The study showed that there is very little genetic diversity among humans when you look at our mitochondrial DNA. Mitochondrial DNA is a part of our genetic code that is passed to us from our mothers and it doesn’t mix with our nuclear DNA, making it possible to trace a direct maternal genetic line.Mitochondrial DNA is the small circular chromosome found inside mitochondria. These organelles found in cells have often been called the powerhouse of the cell. The mitochondria, and thus mitochondrial DNA, are passed only from mother to offspring through the egg cell.The study, published in the journal Human Evolution in May 2018, sparked news outlets to declare “All humans are descended from just two people, scientists claim.”Looking beyond the headlines, science journalist Michael Marshall notes in an article for Forbes that “DNA barcoding is not a perfect method of identifying species, but it works pretty well.” Marshall alludes to the limitations of “drawing big conclusions from mitochondrial DNA, and especially from a single gene.”DNA barcoding. Photo byNTNU Vitenskapsmuseet CC BY 2.0Variance in these snippets of DNA, the authors propose, suggests that the same may be equally true for 90 percent of the species on Earth. Stoeckle and Thaler report that “essentially all other animal species” that currently exist are the product of just one founding pair that all gave birth at around the same time in our planet’s history, less than 250,000 years ago.“The conclusion is very surprising, and I fought against it as hard as I could”, said Thaler.“At a time when humans place so much emphasis on individual and group differences, maybe we should spend more time on the ways in which we resemble one another and the rest of the animal kingdom,” observed Stoeckle.Real Biblioteca de San Lorenzo.The real mystery, according to the New Zealand Herald, is how and why the human population needed to restart at all. The last event extinction event occurred over 65 million years ago, during the time of the dinosaurs. This question opens us up to the idea that maybe humans are built to periodically “reboot” — dying out, then starting again from scratch.Marshall argues that the study’s conclusions are not so clear-cut. Indeed, as Stoeckle and Thaler themselves point out: “Many aspects of speciation are complex.”When it comes to mitochondrial DNA, Marshall explains that as it comprises such a small percentage of our genetic material, it can give misleading ideas. One example of this is that when Neanderthal mitochondrial DNA was sequenced, it didn’t show any evidence of the interbreeding between Neanderthals and modern humans. The proof of interbreeding between homo species was evident in the nuclear genome, however.He goes on to say that Stoeckle and Thaler’s time window of “between 100,000 to 200,000 years ago is so vague as to be meaningless.” With a time span that wide, there’s no real reason to assume there was just one catastrophic event that decimated the population, leaving one solitary Adam and Eve.Early Christian depiction of Adam and Eve in the Catacombs of Marcellinus and PeterHis point is that any founding pair would have been part of a larger population, and it was their offspring who had some genetic advantage that spread throughout humanity.Most extant species are relatively new, having evolved over the last 200,000 years or so. It’s not known how long any one species usually survives, but it’s been estimated that, on average, species can last for anywhere from 500,000 to 10 million years. Given that huge range, it makes perfect sense that there would be a rise of new species since the time period the scientists examined.Marshall’s last point is that Stoeckle and Thaler’s study isn’t consistent with our archaeological record. Fossils proven to be of our species were uncovered in Morocco in 2017, and were dated as being more than 300,000 years old.The fossil record shows that we split from the Neanderthals 500,000 years ago, so you could argue that the human species is that old. However it is difficult to pinpoint the moment when a species is different enough to be called a new species.Read another story from us:  How to Create a Creepy Legend – Inventing and Marketing the Ouija BoardThe place where science and faith bump heads continues to be fuzzy and up for debate.last_img read more

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Nez presentation

first_imgNez presentation RelatedSubscribe or log in to read the rest of this content. Bottom Ad February 20, 2019center_img Photo by Toni GibbonsAs the Navajo County Board of Supervisor’s honored Sheriff KC Clark (center) as he retires from office, Clark and County Attorney Brad Carlyon (left) took a moment to honor their friendship with Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez (right) giving him a specially made Navajo pot honoring Nez’s time as county supervisor from 2009 to 2015 and now the president of the Navajo Nation.last_img read more

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Dharmendhra Pradhan to discuss drilling in Cauvery basin with leaders from Tamil

first_imgBy Express News Service |New Delhi | Published: July 2, 2019 3:03:10 am The minister’s assurance came after DMK members created a ruckus to press for a reply from the Centre in response to a demand by senior party member T R Baalu.Baalu said the farmers living in the delta areas of the Cauvery basin in Tamil Nadu had been “suffering for the past three years”, and for the past 50 to 60 years, drilling had been going on in the delta areas of Cauvery basin to explore the possibility of extracting crude oil. “But only 0.6 per cent out of 32 million tonnes of total production in Tamil Nadu is extracted there. So, in that case, where is the possibility of economic rate of return?”Pradhan said the government “will not do anything forcibly”. He invited DMK members for a transparent discussion on the issue. Chandrayaan-2 gets new launch date days after being called off Advertising Post Comment(s) Parliament Monsoon Session, Dharmendra Pradhan, Dharmendra Pradhan on Cauvery basin, drilling in Cauvery basin, tanil nadu Cauvery basin, Monsson Session, Lok Sabha, Rajya sabha, indian express Union Minister Dharmendra PradhanPetroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendhra Pradhan announced in the Lok Sabha during Zero Hour on Monday that he would convene a meeting of all senior Tamil Nadu leaders to discuss the issue of drilling in the delta region of the Cauvery. Ayodhya dispute: Mediation to continue till July 31, SC hearing likely from August 2 Top News P Rajagopal, Saravana Bhavan founder sentenced to life for murder, dies last_img read more

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Democrats urge Pompeo to end policy used to deny citizenship to children

first_img Top News The effort, which coincided with the celebration of Pride Month in June, was led by Sens. Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Kamala Harris of California as well as Reps. Deb Haaland of New Mexico, David Cicilline of Rhode Island and Tom Malinowski of New Jersey.Harris was one of seven candidates for the 2020 Democratic nomination who signed the letter. The others were Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Bernie Sanders of Vermont; and Reps. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts, Tim Ryan of Ohio and Eric Swalwell of California.“We urge you to promptly change your policy so that no more families endure its discriminatory effects,” the House Democrats said in their letter to Pompeo, a former Tea Party Republican congressman who has expressed opposition to same-sex marriage but promised to defend gay rights around the world in his role as secretary of state.The State Department, which has emphasized that the policy applies to opposite-sex and same-sex couples alike, declined to comment Thursday. More Explained Nearly 20 Democratic senators and 80 members of the House of Representatives signed sharply worded letters that were sent to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday, calling on his department to reverse a policy that has been used to deny citizenship to children of Americans born abroad through assisted reproductive technology.The two letters, which criticized the State Department’s position as “cruel,” “offensive” and “deeply disturbing,” are the latest escalation in tensions over a long-standing citizenship policy that has recently come under scrutiny for its effect on same-sex couples.Under State Department policy, children born abroad must have a biological connection to an American parent to receive citizenship at birth. That is not a problem when couples have babies the traditional way but can prove tricky when couples — particularly gay and lesbian couples — have children through techniques like surrogacy and in vitro fertilization. Democrats urge Pompeo to end policy used to deny citizenship to children of gay couples James Derek Mize, left, and his husband, Jonathan Gregg, with their infant daughter Simone, who was born in England to a surrogate mother, in Decatur. (Johnathon Kelso/The New York Times)Written by Sarah Mervosh Best Of Express Chandrayaan-2 to launch on July 22 at 2.43 pm: ISRO By New York Times | Published: June 7, 2019 11:02:01 am Ayodhya dispute: Mediation to continue till July 31, SC hearing likely from August 2 Ayodhya dispute: Mediation to continue till July 31, SC hearing likely from August 2 Advertising Taking stock of monsoon rain The focus on a biological connection also means that the department classifies certain assisted reproductive technology cases as “out of wedlock,” even if the parents are legally married, a designation that triggers specific requirements for passing on citizenship.In several examples, the children of same-sex couples have had their citizenship denied or called into question, even though one or both parents are American. The State Department is fighting lawsuits from two of the couples, who argue that the policy discriminates against same-sex couples and their children by failing to recognize their legal marriages.“Even in the face of the mounting hardship the policy has created for loving families, your Department has gone to great lengths to continue to defend a policy in federal court that separates American families before they reach the U.S. border edge,” the senators said in their letter to Pompeo, which was reported by The Daily Beast.“This appears to be a thinly veiled attack on LGBTQ Americans,” the letter added. Chandrayaan-2 to launch on July 22 at 2.43 pm: ISRO The lawmakers called on the State Department to drop its appeal and “make it clear that every U.S. married couple is entitled to the same rights under the U.S. Constitution, no matter whom they love.” Advertising LiveKarnataka floor test: MLAs have made false allegations in SC, says CM The policy was first developed in the 1990s and is based on an interpretation of 1950s immigration law, which includes language that children are “born” of their parents and mentions a “blood relationship” in certain cases.That interpretation has led the State Department to regard births from assisted reproductive technology as “out of wedlock” if the people providing the sperm and the egg aren’t married to each other.Under the Obama administration, the State Department adjusted the requirement so that a parent could also establish a biological connection not only by supplying the egg or sperm but also by giving birth. That allows a lesbian couple to have a child “in wedlock” if one woman provides the egg and the other carries the baby. But two men in a marriage don’t have that option.“We find this to be deeply offensive,” the House Democrats said of the “out of wedlock” designation for children of same-sex couples.While the policy predates President Donald Trump’s election, the president’s critics have argued that the department’s efforts to preserve it are representative of other administration policies that have sought to dismantle protections for gay, bisexual and transgender people.Under the Trump administration, the Defense Department established a new policy for transgender troops that requires recruits to use the uniforms, pronouns and facilities for their biological sex. Last year, the Department of Health and Human Services circulated a memo across departments that sought to narrowly define gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by one’s genitalia at birth. In their letter, the Democratic senators also criticized the State Department for banning family visas for same-sex domestic partners of foreign diplomats or employees of international organizations who work in the United States.This month, Trump nodded to Pride Month for the first time since taking office, when he announced that his administration had begun a global campaign to decriminalize homosexuality, a move that was criticized by activists who pointed to the administration’s record on gay, bisexual and transgender issues at home.“Let us also stand in solidarity with the many LGBT people who live in dozens of countries worldwide that punish, imprison or even execute individuals on the basis of their sexual orientation,” Trump said on Twitter.In their letter to Pompeo, the senators highlighted the case of the Dvash-Banks family, a married Israeli-American gay couple who had twin sons in Canada using sperm from each of the fathers. The biological son of the American received citizenship, but his brother, the biological son of the Israeli, did not.In February, a federal judge sided with the couple, calling the State Department’s interpretation of the immigration law “strained.” The department is appealing the decision. LiveKarnataka floor test: MLAs have made false allegations in SC, says CM Advertising Post Comment(s)last_img read more

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CBI raids 110 places across 19 states registers 30 cases

first_imgAround 30 fresh cases have been registered by the CBI, PTI quoted officials as saying. The operation is spread across Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Jammu, Srinagar, Pune, Jaipur, Goa, Raipur, Hyderabad, Madurai, Kolkata, Rourkela, Ranchi, Bokaro, Lucknow, Kanpur and other locations in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Odisha, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Bihar, PTI reported.Details of the cases have been kept a secret till the operation gets over, PTI quoted officials as saying.This is the second massive search operation by the agency in a week. A similar operation was carried out last Tuesday against banking fraud accused.More details are awaited as the search operation is underway and may be expanded during the day, the agency said in a statement. Related News By Express Web Desk |New Delhi | Updated: July 9, 2019 3:20:51 pm Swiss aircraft deal: CBI books Sanjay Bhandari, IAF, MoD officials Advertising 2 Comment(s) Rishi Kumar Shukla takes charge of CBI as director CBI searches 110 premises, former secretary to then CM Mayawati among them CBI raids 110 places across 19 states, registers 30 cases The CBI conducted raids across 19 states and UTsThe Central Bureau of Investigation Tuesday conducted searches at around 110 places across 19 States and Union Territories. During the raids, the agency has registered around 30 separate cases relating to corruption, criminal misconduct, arms smuggling etc.last_img read more

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At least 40 killed in strike on Tripoli migrant detention centre Official

first_imgIt is the highest publicly reported toll of an air strike or shelling since eastern forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar three months ago launched an offensive with ground troops and aircraft to take the capital held by the internationally recognised government.The conflict is part of chaos in the oil-and-gas-producing nation since the NATO-backed overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.Malek Mersek, spokesman for a state emergency medical services, said 40 people had been killed and 80 wounded in the strike on the detention centre in the Tajoura suburb located next to a military camp. By Reuters |Tripoli | Published: July 3, 2019 8:11:44 am After Masood Azhar blacklisting, more isolation for Pakistan Top News The Tripoli-based government said in a statement that dozens of people had been killed and wounded in an air strike blamed on the “war criminal Khalifa Haftar”.Published photos showed African migrants undergoing surgery in a hospital after the strike. Others lay on beds, some covered in dust or with limbs bandaged.Libya is a main departure point for migrants from Africa fleeing poverty and war and trying to reach Italy by boat, but many get picked up by the Libyan coast guard supported by the European Union, which wants to stop migration.Thousands of migrants are held in government-run detention centres in western Libya in what human rights groups and the United Nations say are often inhuman conditions. Karnataka trust vote today: Speaker’s call on resignations, says SC, but gives rebel MLAs a shield Advertising Best Of Express After Masood Azhar blacklisting, more isolation for Pakistan Tajoura, east of Tripoli’s centre, is home to several military camps of forces allied to Libya’s internationally recognised government, which have been targeted by air strikes for weeks.On Monday, Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA), which is allied to a parallel government, said it would start heavy air strikes on targets in Tripoli after “traditional means” of war had been exhausted.An LNA official denied his force had hit the detention centre, saying militias allied to Tripoli had shelled it after a precision air strike by the LNA on a camp.The LNA air campaign has failed to take Tripoli in three months of fighting, and last week LNA lost its main forward base in Gharyan, which was taken back by Tripoli forces last week. Karnataka trust vote today: Speaker’s call on resignations, says SC, but gives rebel MLAs a shield Taking stock of monsoon rain Cabinet asks finance panel to consider securing funds for defence Cabinet asks finance panel to consider securing funds for defence Post Comment(s) More Explained At least 40 killed in strike on Tripoli migrant detention centre: Official A man walks next to the damaged building of a detention centre for mainly African migrants, after an airstrike, in a suburb of Tripoli, Libya. (Reuters)An air strike late on Tuesday hit a detention centre for mainly African migrants in a suburb of the Libyan capital of Tripoli, killing at least 40 people and wounding 80, a health official said. Both sides enjoy military support from regional powers. The LNA for years has been supplied by the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, while Turkey recently shipped arms to Tripoli to stop Haftar’s assault, diplomats say.The conflict threatens to allow Islamist militants to fill a security void, disrupt oil supplies, boost migration across the Mediterranean to Europe, and scupper U.N. plans for an election to end rivalries between parallel administrations in east and west. Advertisinglast_img read more

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Study finds diseasecausing mutation in FrenchCanadians

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Oct 1 2018A team of Canadian scientists, including researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro) has discovered the first French-Canadian founder mutation gene linked to synucleinopathies, a group of neurodegenerative diseases that includes Parkinson’s disease (PD), dementia with Lewy-Bodies (DLB) and multiple system atrophy (MSA).The mutation, known as p.Trp378Gly, is in the GBA gene, one of the most prominent genes involved in PD. The most common GBA mutations create a small risk of developing synucleinopathies, but in combination with other mutations the risk can increase dramatically.Related StoriesSome people treated for type 1 diabetes may have monogenic diabetes, study findsNew gene-editing protocol allows perfect mutation-effect matchingGene-editing could shorten life instead of prolonging, suggests new studyThe study found that one per cent of French Canadians with synucleinopathies have the GBA mutation. This mutation is specific to French Canadians and was probably inherited from a single common ancestor.People who inherit this gene mutation from one parent become carriers of the mutation and are at risk of developing synucleinopathies. Those who inherit this gene mutation in addition to another mutation in GBA from both parents will develop Gaucher’s disease (GD). GD symptoms include enlargement of the spleen and liver, low red blood cell level, lung disease, arthritis, bone pain and fractures, but symptoms vary among patients.”We don’t know how frequent this mutation is in the general French-Canadian population, but it doesn’t appear to be very common. We’re going to test additional subjects so we can determine its exact frequency,” says Dr. Ziv Gan-Or, a genetics researcher at The Neuro and the study’s lead author. “This mutation causes Gaucher’s disease, so it has clinical importance for couples who want to have children. They can request genetic screening for this specific gene mutation.”The study involved genetic examination of 891 control patients, 436 PD patients, and 189 REM-sleep Behaviour Disorder (RBD) patients whose condition has a strong link to synucleinopathies. All PD and RBD patients were of French Canadian ancestry. The results were published in the print version of the journal Clinical Genetics on Oct. 1, 2018. Source:https://www.mcgill.ca/neuro/channels/news/disease-causing-mutation-found-french-canadians-290040last_img read more

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EHang Shows Off Passenger Drones Flight Successes

first_imgEHang this week released footage of the latest test flights of its EHang 184 personal Autonomous Aerial Vehicle.The EHang 184 can transport a single person at up to 130kph in Force 7 typhoon conditions, the company said. The Future for Flying Taxis The EHang 184’s Specs EHang earlier this year announced the following specs for the 184:Automated flight, through a C&C Center;Multiple backups for all flight systems, which would take over seamlessly in the event of failure;A fail-safe system that automatically would evaluate the damage if any components were to malfunction or if there were damage in-flight, and determine whether the AAV should land to ensure passenger safety;Multiple sets of sensors for the flight control systems to provide a constant stream of real time data;Multiple independent flight control systems that automatically would plot the fastest and safest route;Encrypted communications systems;Vertical takeoff and landing;Foldable design, making the AAV is no larger than a consumer car;100 percent battery operated;Tablet console for passengers to input commands;Built-in air conditioner;LTE network;Weight — 260kg;Flight speed — 100kph;Cruising altitude — 500m;Cruising duration above sea level — 25 minutes;Battery charging time — 1 hour; andRated payload — 100kgThe EHang 184 has eight propellers on four arms, with each arm having one prop above and one below. The EHang 184 looks like a giant drone with four propellers — and that itself is problematic.”No aviation authority is going to approve the use of a drone taxi that has four spinning propellers at waist height when it lands,” said Michael Blades, research director for aerospace and defense at Frost & Sullivan.”At a minimum, those props would need to be shielded by some sort of duct,” he told TechNewsWorld.Perhaps that’s why Dubai — which had run tests with the EHang 184 and reportedly planned to launch a flying taxi fleet using it last summer — later in the year began testing the Volocopter drone.The Volocopter has 18 props on a hoop situated above the cabin.”If you look at the Volocopter design, all the lifting props are overhead like a normal helicopter,” Blades remarked. “Winning designs will maximize safety to passengers as they embark and disembark.” Problems With Props EHang plans to further improve the passenger experience and add an optional manual control so passengers with piloting experience can operate the AAV manually.It also has developed and tested a two-seater craft that can carry up to 280kg.In 2017, EHang was granted AS9100C certification. AS9100 is a widely adopted standardized aerospace industry quality management system.EHang first unveiled the 184 at CES 2015. “The power needed to lift and hold a vehicle in the air massively reduces [a drone’s] effective flying distance,” noted Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group.”Until this power problem is addressed, flying drones will be more of a technology showcase than effective transportation,” he told TechNewsWorld.However, “it will eventually be addressed,” he said, and “the economics of flight will force a reasonably rapid change.”Some drone makers are experimenting with hybrids running on both electricity and gasoline or diesel.There are other issues with battery-powered flight, though, such as the possibility of a catastrophic battery failure, said Michael Jude, research manager at Stratecast/Frost & Sullivan.Very hot or burning vehicles falling out of the sky could cause a lot of damage, he told TechNewsWorld. Several other companies, including Uber, Boeing, Airbus, and Joby Aviation, have been developing drones for use as flying taxis.”The technology will likely gain widespread adoption some day, but not as soon as the hypesters would want you to believe,” Blades remarked.”Very rich, developing nations like the UAE would deploy something like this first,” Jude suggested. It would likely “remain a niche service, possibly for transport to and from airports, or for emergency response.” Richard Adhikari has been an ECT News Network reporter since 2008. His areas of focus include cybersecurity, mobile technologies, CRM, databases, software development, mainframe and mid-range computing, and application development. He has written and edited for numerous publications, including Information Week and Computerworld. He is the author of two books on client/server technology. Email Richard. Battery Technology last_img read more

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Sonos Welcomes Devs With Open APIs

first_imgSonos next month will add APIs that permit the playing of short, discrete sounds and notifications on a player without fully interrupting the music, Senior said, as well as allow the playing of Sonos playlists through a third-party interface, and add max volume and volume pass-through controls. Sonos historically has been highly proprietary, as was most of the early Internet of Things industry, observed Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group, an advisory services firm in Bend, Oregon.”That means that getting a connected device to work with something that didn’t come from the same vendor was just short of impossible,” he told TechNewsWorld.”By supporting IFTTT, they move, along with others, to become a far more effective interoperable player,” said Enderle, who owns a Sonos system. “It makes the Sonos platform far more attractive, and Sonos customers far more likely to stay with the platform long term.”The Sonos Sound Platform allows the company not only to better serve its installed base, but also broaden its product portfolio, making its brand more attractive to high-end customers, said Brad Russell, audio analyst at Dallas-based Parks Assocates, a market research and consulting company specializing in consumer technology products. Deepening the Moat Change in Attitude Opening up the Sonos platform allows it to stay ahead of its competition, Erickson explained.”It will help differentiate them in a market where the core functionality of having WiFi-connected speakers and multiroom audio is becoming commoditized,” he told TechNewsWorld.”The core capabilities that they had three or four years ago are no longer unique — they’re in every smart speaker today,” Erickson pointed out.”It will put a deeper moat around the territory they already have a hold on more than growing new markets,” he added.The program also could attract more developers to the Sonos ecosystem.”Ideally, third parties will build apps that add valuable new functions and service capabilities into Sonos smart speakers and increase their usability and customer satisfaction,” said Charles King, a Hayward, California-based principal analyst with Pund-IT, a technology advisory firm.”It’s analogous to taking a simple pocket knife and, with the help of developers, giving it the cool new capabilities of a Swiss Army Knife,” he told TechNewsWorld.While removing one of the major barriers to participation should help attract developers, “developers will still need to see a strong value proposition to justify their investment,” Enderle noted. “Still, without interoperability, there was no real reason to even consider Sonos as a platform.” Getting Sonos’ top-shelf speakers to play nice with other connected devices in the home has been challenging in the past, but that’s about to change.The company has announced the Sonos Sound Platform, which includes new APIs, developer tools and documentation to make it easier for Sonos products to operate with third-party hardware and software.Sonos also announced integration with IFTTT, a free Web-based service used to integrate smart home products.”Now you can have Sonos start your favorite radio station when your Ring-enabled door unlocks after you get home, or play your special pizza song (you do have a special pizza song, don’t you?) when your Domino’s order goes out for delivery,” Sonos community manager Ryan S wrote in an online post last week.”IFTTT support adds a way for Sonos to tie its offerings into wider smart home integrations by drawing on end-user enthusiasm and a wider developer community,” noted Jonathan Collins, research director at ABI Research, a technology advisory company based in Oyster Bay, NewYork.”The step is important, as it brings Sonos into the fastest-growing segment of the smart home market and increases its value to smart homes with off-the-shelf consumer devices,” he told TechNewsWorld. More Attractive Platform By opening up its platform, Sonos has sent a signal to the market that it’s adaptable, Russell noted.”For a long time, they fought off competition by saying, ‘We’re better because we’re proprietary. We don’t need to play with everybody else because we’re the best,” he told TechNewsWorld.”That argument crumbles in the face of interoperable ecosystems systems of products,” Russell continued. “They’ve shifted in some positive ways for the company by moving away from that proprietary system and toward integrating with as many people as possible.”The move also signals a change in emphasis by the company from hardware to software.”No one just wants to be in the hardware business,” Russell said.”Everybody wants to add value where they can, and after 15 years in the market, Sonos’ real value is in their software,” he maintained.”In the long term, Sonos wants to create value in software applications and the integration platform, not just the hardware,” said Paul Erickson, senior research analyst at the Austin, Texas, offices of IHS Markit . Better Market Position The Sonos Sound Platform has three objectives, noted James Senior, the company’s director of product, platform and partnerships. Create opportunities for Sonos partners to take advantage of growing trends in the home audio market, such as streaming music services, digital voice assistants and smart home devices.Make Sonos products more approachable for developers with new APIs, SDKs and documentation.Provide customers with more personalized experiences through the addition of more intelligence to the platform, and with confidence in products that say they work with Sonos by creating a “Works with Sonos” certification program. Sonos’ new open approach could impact its fortunes in the home speaker market, which Parks Associates expects to take off in the coming months.”We’re expecting to see a really huge sales jump in Q3 and Q4 this year,” said Kristen Hanich, research analyst at Parks Associates.”Certainly a more capable Sonos One device will help drive sales,” she told TechNewsWorld.There’s a perception that smart speakers are ground zero for creating and evolving smart home solutions and services, King noted.”If that’s the case, efforts like Sonos’ partnership with IFTTT should help the company stay in the thick of things as the smart home market develops and evolves,” he suggested.”This open API positions Sonos to much more effectively compete with big guys like Apple, Amazon and Google,” Russell added, “even while not trying to do everything they do.” New APIs, SDKs John P. Mello Jr. has been an ECT News Network reportersince 2003. 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