Two lives that came together at the top of the world

first_imgAlaska’s Energy Desk | Arctic | North SlopeTwo lives that came together at the top of the worldFebruary 14, 2018 by Ravenna Koenig, Alaska’s Energy Desk Share: Nancy and Andrew Grant, pictured behind the front desk of their hotel in Utqiaġvik in January 2018. (Alaska’s Energy Desk/ Ravenna Koenig)Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“He does not remember meeting me,” Nancy Grant says of her first encounter with her now-husband, Andrew Grant. “I do, too!” he insists.They can both agree, however, that they met while working for the North Slope Borough School District back in 2002. Today, they own and run the Airport Inn in Utqiaġvik — which, as you might guess, is just a few blocks from the town’s runway.Neither Nancy nor Andrew grew up on the North Slope. Andrew is a self-described Army brat; his family moved around a lot. And while Nancy’s father is from the North Slope village of Wainwright, she grew up in California. She came to Utqiaġvik for the first time as an adult, to attend her grandmother’s funeral.“At that point in my life, I had just completed college and I had a dead-end job,” she said, “I was providing for me and my son, and I was a single mom.”After changing her mind a few times about whether it made sense, she decided to stay.Her husband Andrew attributes his own decision to move up here to a manager he had at a job in Arizona. The manager had worked at Prudhoe Bay, and had met his own wife there. And for months he pestered Andrew to apply for jobs on the North Slope.“He said, ‘you’re a young man, you need to go to the Slope!” Andrew remembers, “You need to get a job up there; meet your wife.”Andrew eventually did apply for a job in Utqiaġvik, and got it. Just like that, he found himself moving to the northernmost town in America.Even though Nancy and Andrew first met at work, they started to get to know each other through a group of singles that attended the same church.“I’m just not the real hostess type but these other ladies in the group were, so they would woo us with food — you can’t go wrong with food, especially up here — and games, and just fellowship,” Nancy said. “And that was during the winter and spring, and come summertime, they all left and Andrew and I were the only ones here,” she said.While everyone else was on vacation that summer, Nancy and Andrew spent a lot of time hanging out one-on-one. Pretty soon, they fell in love. And by that winter, they were engaged.Together, they bought the Airport Inn back in 2015.It’s hard to capture the sheer number and diversity of the people passing through this small arctic town. But looking through Nancy and Andrew’s guest book is a pretty good way to do it. Under the heading “To See” people have written “polar bears,” “for work,” “a football game,” “family,” “climate change,” and “just to say we’re here.” Nancy and Andrew say that the flow of people includes tourists, arctic researchers, oil and gas industry people and journalists among many others.The Grants say that one of their favorite things about working in the hospitality industry here is that this place often leaves a lasting mark on the people who visit. For instance, they still get calls from one man who came up from the Florida Keys years ago, and is now a fan of the high school’s football team.“When we have a football game going on, sometimes he’ll call the hotel and say ‘hi this is so-and-so from down in the Keys. Who’s winning? What’s the score?’” said Andrew. “I just thought that was the neatest thing.”  Valentines Day is Nancy and Andrew Grant’s 14th wedding anniversary.Share this story:last_img read more

VA plans mental care for discharged vets, but at what cost?

first_img VA plans mental care for discharged vets, but at what cost? Log In | Learn More Associated Press About the Author Reprints STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. What’s included? VA Secretary David Shulkin Andrew Harnik/AP GET STARTED By Associated Press May 24, 2017 Reprints Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Politics Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED WASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin touted new efforts Wednesday to expand urgent mental health care to thousands of former service members with less-than-honorable discharges, even while acknowledging his department isn’t seeking additional money to pay for it.Testifying at a House hearing, Shulkin offered new details on his initiative announced in March to stem stubbornly high rates of suicide. Stressing a need at that time for “bold action,” he noted the additional coverage would help former service members who are more likely to have mental health distress. Of the 20 veterans who take their lives each day, about 14 had not been connected to VA care. What is it? Tags Congressmental healthpolicylast_img read more

The U.S. government is asking industry to help identify ‘emerging technologies’

first_imgFirst OpinionThe U.S. government is asking industry to help identify ‘emerging technologies’ We can all respect the natural tension at work here: the business community seeks to engage in unimpeded international trade, thereby ensuring access to the best R&D and predictability in supply chains and sales. Government, on the other hand, seeks to impose controls on items, services, and technologies that could offer a competitive edge to our military and strategic adversaries while still ensuring trade and interoperability with our military and commercial partners.The less control the federal government exerts over emerging technologies, the more likely they will contribute to the military potential of our adversaries. The more control it exerts, the greater the potential detriment on segments of our economy.Unlike most STAT readers and contributors, I barely know the difference between a genotype and a phenotype. But as an export control attorney who represents biotech and life sciences companies in their dealings with the federal government and foreign buyers and investors, I know a lot about what is necessary to help companies classify, license, and protect their technologies from release to so-called foreign persons.The bureau’s request for comments is too sudden for there to be a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). But here are a few QTSBAs (questions that should be asked) by companies with emerging technologies:Does asking for these comments make sense? The Bureau of Industry and Security is seeking help setting the criteria for emerging technologies; it isn’t asking industry to help set the boundaries of government oversight of their products, which would be akin to having parents ask their kids what the kids’ bedtimes should be. No one better understands these technologies, their potential, and their scope than the folks who birthed them. Without comment from industry, the government could overreach in its regulations. Zack Hadzismajlovic In a highly unusual move, the federal Bureau of Industry and Security is asking U.S. industry to help identify emerging technologies that are essential to national security but currently escape the tangle of laws and regulations that govern — and in some cases restrict or prohibit — the sale or transfer of commodities, technology, and technical data to foreign businesses, research institutions, government and private organizations, and individuals who are neither U.S. citizens nor lawful permanent residents.The bureau’s advance notice of proposed rulemaking specifically mentions categories of emerging technology that ought to deeply interest STAT readers: nanobiology, synthetic biology, genomic and genetic engineering, neurotechnology, molecular robotics, neural networks and deep learning, evolution and genetic computation, direct neural interfaces, brain-machine interfaces, and biomaterials.This notice from the bureau represents a new era. Emerging technologies essential to national security used to come mainly from government labs and research institutes, affording the government time to assess their potential and capabilities. That’s no longer the case. Emerging technologies now come almost exclusively from the private sector. Asking industry to identify emerging technologies acknowledges that the government is no longer pushing the state of the art.advertisement Please enter a valid email address. The notice also represents a singular opportunity for life science, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and health care companies to shape their fates and that of these sectors. If your company does business in this space, it ought to consider collaborating with a relevant industry group and competent counsel to weigh in before the recently extended comment period ends on Jan. 10, 2019. Leave this field empty if you’re human: What are the risks and benefits to identifying my technology as essential to national security? If a company identifies its emerging technology as essential to national security, it will likely fall under export control. Technologies identified in export control regulations as emerging will also be considered “critical technologies” under new federal laws. Critical technologies require authorization from the Bureau of Industry and Standards before their release or sale to foreign persons, as well as advance review of investments by foreign investors by the Treasury Department’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.There are, however, potential rewards. Emerging technologies that are essential to our national security are highly marketable and generate keen interest from the U.S. government, which is the largest potential customer in the world. If an entity is a sole source of such emerging technologies, it can reap even bigger rewards.If you view your product as nonessential, should you say so or remain silent? View this exercise as an earnest attempt by the bureau to obtain expert feedback from industry. Government agencies are staffed mostly by nonscientists, and providing comment ought to allow industry to help shape the regulatory framework.Is there language to use or avoid in a comment? There is no one-size-fits-all answer to that because the entire exercise is highly fact-specific, depending on what technologies you develop or sell, your business goals and tactics, and other factors. The key is to collaborate with an industry group or counsel to help craft the comment.Will companies use this comment period to damage competitors? The emerging technology space is hypercompetitive, and companies are always on the lookout to seize any advantage, real or perceived. It’s possible that a company could use the process to identify a competing technology as essential to national security, and thus subject it to restrictions, but the comments are public and doing so would represent a truly cynical approach given the collective stake we should all have in our nation’s security.What are the stakes? The stakes are immense if you work in one of the categories of biotech emerging technologies the bureau has identified, especially if your business model relies at least partially on relatively open international collaboration or your sources of capital include foreign investment.Move swiftly — and carefully.Zack Hadzismajlovic is a New York City-based partner at the law firm McCarter & English, where he advises clients in technology and other sectors on international trade, export controls, and customs matters. Export control is pure realpolitik, devoid of moral and ethical premise. The U.S. government controls the export of items to promote national security interests and foreign policy objectives. That seems simple and intuitive enough until you consider that we are in uncharted waters, in which our largest economic trading partner — China — is also our most significant military and geopolitical adversary.advertisement [email protected] About the Author Reprints NIH report scrutinizes role of China in theft of U.S. scientific research Privacy Policy By Zack Hadzismajlovic Dec. 17, 2018 Reprints Related: Tags biotechnologygovernment agencies Newsletters Sign up for First Opinion A weekly digest of our opinion column, with insight from industry experts. Adobelast_img read more

The Duplicity of Sunshine Policy Followers

first_img By Kim So Yeol – 2010.06.17 3:57pm The Duplicity of Sunshine Policy Followers Facebook Twitter News SHARE News News Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak center_img News AvatarKim So Yeol RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR [imText1]Kim Moon Soo, the ruling Grand National Party governor of Gyeonggi Province, which encircles Seoul, yesterday offered what he regards as a vital warning about the duplicity of Sunshine Policy supporters.In a special lecture entitled “New North Korea Strategy 2012” at the Sejong Center in Seoul, Kim explained why he views the group as duplicitous. “Some groups within South Korea find it easy to talk about human rights,” he said. “However, when we try to pass a North Korean Human Rights Law, they complain that ‘the relationship between North and South Korea could get too tense’ and that ‘war might break out’.”“Recently,” he added, “they have been yelling ‘MB out!’ however; North Korea is making a fuss about a third generation succession of power.”Backing psychological warfare against North Korea, Kim advised that it be pursued through private organizations rather than the military, stating, “Loudspeaker broadcasts do not have to be done by the military. The task should be achieved through public broadcasters.”Receiving applause from the audience, he added, “The message when delivered by North Korean defectors could be more acceptable to North Korean citizens. They can write better and speak more appropriately for the purpose as well. North Korea cannot fire on a balloon flown by the people. When dealing with the cunning North Koreans, we need to more artful than them.”So, Kim urged the government and NGOs to explore every avenue in trying to influence the situation in North Korea. “We need to look into every corner of the suffering North Korean people’s minds,” he said.“North Korean democratization seems impossible, but we need to find a small seed and light a fire under it,” he went on. “For this task, we must focus our strength, allocate budget, and assign the best labor force.”“Unification should not be regarded as left wing, just as division should not be seen as right wing.”At the same event, Minister of Unification Hyun In Taek gave a congratulatory address, saying, “The year 2012 will be a very important year for the Korean Peninsula and all the surrounding nations. Two to three years from now will be the turning point for the Korean Peninsula including the nuclear issue.”Minister Hyun went on, “North Korea will eventually have to stand at the crossroad of selection. Right now, we need a general conversation which considers the longer term of the Korean Peninsula as well as the relationship between North and South Korea which we are facing right now.”“There will be difficulties, but the South Korean government will respond to the Cheonan incident without flinching,” he proclaimed. “We will reset the wrongful attitude of North Korea and correct the North-South Korean relationship.” There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

OSFI revises capital rules for life insurers

OSFI previews new capital rules for seg fund risk James Langton Related news Federal regulators Wednesday released revised capital rules for life insurers, which aim to more closely align regulatory capital requirements with risk. The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions has released the latest revisions to its Minimum Continuing Capital and Surplus Requirements (MCCSR) for life insurance companies and fraternal benefit societies, which will come into effect on January 1, 2012. OSFI says that the objective of these latest revisions is to adopt more appropriate risk-based guidance in several areas. OSFI proposing revisions to insurers’ capital rules Among other things, it aims to make the asset default risk requirements for investments in mutual funds more risk sensitive by aligning the capital charge with the permitted asset mix of the fund. It also clarifies the concept of retained loss position in reinsurance arrangements and amends its treatment to improve consistency among the various types of variable risk transfer mechanisms. And, it clarifies that the “reversal from retained earnings of the net decrease in policy liabilities resulting from the recognition of future mortality improvement” includes insurance and annuities, but excludes segregated funds. On July 11, OSFI published a draft guideline for public consultation. The comments from the industry, and discussions with the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association, have been incorporated in to the final guideline, it says. OSFI issues revised guideline for insurance companies’ securitization exposures Keywords Life insurance industryCompanies Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

Our Regions Matter: South Australian-first blueprint to drive regional growth

first_imgOur Regions Matter: South Australian-first blueprint to drive regional growth A South Australian-first blueprint to drive economic growth in the state’s regions and create jobs across a range of industries has been released by the Marshall Liberal Government.The Our Regions Matter blueprint focuses on five key areas to drive growth: Regional Voice, Regional Connectivity, Regional Leadership and Skills, Regional Services and Regional Investment.Premier Steven Marshall, who released the blueprint and launched the Our Regions Matter website in Port Lincoln today, said South Australia’s regions are the economic powerhouse that drives prosperity for the whole state.“Our Regions Matter – contributing around $29 billion per year to the South Australian economy across a range of industries including farming, fishing, mining, manufacturing and tourism,” Premier Marshall said.“Just under 150,000 people are employed in regional South Australia and it’s important we do everything we can to drive economic growth in our regions, creating local jobs.“This is why we are investing over $3 billion across more than 1,000 projects across the regions, to create thousands of jobs and better lives for South Australians across our regions, focused on health, education and sport.“Today I am proud to release a South Australian Government-first Regional Development Strategy to work positively and strategically with communities to grow our regions.“This Strategy will be supported by the new Our Regions Matter website which will allow residents to search the investments which are being made to improve services in their communities, and businesses to explore in which regions to establish and create jobs.”Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development David Basham said the Marshall Liberal Government is committed to improving life in regional South Australia.“Our historic Regional Development Strategy recognises the importance of our regions to the state economy and identifies key areas to focus on to help deliver key projects and create local jobs,” Minister Basham said.“Under our plan families will thrive as new schools are built, sporting facilities are revitalised and hospitals receive significant upgrades to ensure better healthcare close to home.“Having a co-ordinated approach to regional development will help build resilience and confidence in regional communities and industries.“We have consulted extensively with regional communities on what is needed in a regional development strategy to improve opportunities for those who live and work in the country.“The Strategy supports the work the Government has already been delivering, investing in health, education and sport facilities, enhancing local ownership of services by establishing decentralised local health networks and regional Landscapes SA boards and building new mobile phone towers and upgrading roads.“Our Community Advisory Panel, chaired by Mark Sutton (Chair, Regional Development Australia Far North South Australia), has done significant work consulting with regional communities and providing recommendations to the government – and for this I thank them.”Mr Sutton said of importance to regional South Australian communities were services, growth and jobs.“The liveability of regional communities is vital with a focus on health, education, community clubs, sporting facilities and job creation.”The Regional Development Strategy and details of key regional projects are available on the Our Regions Matter website at /Public News. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AusPol, Australia, Australian, Australian Government, Government, Investment, leadership, Lincoln, liveability, mobile phone, Port Lincoln, regional development, resilience, SA, SA Government, Skills, South Australia, Suttonlast_img read more

The 10 most expensive cars in the world

first_imgCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Bugatti’s 1,500-horsepower Chiron Trending Videos ‹ Previous Next › The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever A diamond on wheels.No, that’s Koenigsegg’s ACTUAL official tagline for the $4.8 million Trevita. It’s essentially a carbon-fibre-bodied CXXR that’s been coated with a bespoke finish, thus transforming the black fibres into a shimmering white, akin to ‘millions of tiny white diamonds infused inside the visible carbon fibre bodywork.’ A bit of a shame then that, from the original Swedish, Trevita translates rather naffly to mean ‘three whites’, particularly because the original production run of three has since been cut to two. Still, the rolling diamond is not all sparkle and no trousers. The biofuel supercharged V8 chucks out 1,018 hp for a 2.9-second 0-to-100kph time and a 410+km/h top speed, and just imagining how many paint chips you’d get at that speed makes me rather queasy.1. Rolls-Royce Sweptail: $13 millionCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Rolls-Royce Sweptail COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Given that restoration specialists Lanzante commissioned McLaren Special Operations to build just six road-going examples of the British marque’s $2.65 million P1 GTR track weapon, itself a whopping $1.1 million, plus change, over the ‘standard’ P1 hypercar on which it is based, and given that it pays homage to one of the rarest McLarens ever built – the F1 LM – it’s really no surprise that the (reported) $3.7 million McLaren P1 LM features so high on this list. Some though – presumably the six new owners – would argue that the LM is worth every penny. McLaren’s established 3.8L twin-turbo V8 punches a sizable 986 hp while the weight compared with the P1 GTR has been further sliced by 60 kg. That enormous rear wing increases downforce by 40 per cent over the no-slouch GTR, which itself generates 660 kg above 250 km/h, and there are other exclusive bits and bobs, too, like an F1 MP4/23-inspired steering wheel and even carbon fibre-modelled floor mats. The most salient point though? Last year, the P1 LM lapped the notorious Nürburgring in six minutes and 43.22 seconds, just 32 seconds slower than a Group C Porsche 956.3. Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro: ‘around $4 million’Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Aston Martin Valkyrie There are certain things you expect of, essentially, a Formula 1 car for the road. One is ridonculous power, with Mercedes-AMG’s Project One hypercar punching 986 hp from the same 1.6L turbocharged hybrid V6 that has powered Mercedes to three consecutive Formula 1 Constructors’ Championships. Throw in four electric motors and an electronic turbocharger designed to reduce drag à la the new Mercedes-Benz CLS, and theoretically, this ‘close indication’ of the upcoming production model will go ‘beyond 350 km/h’ and hit 200 km/h in less than six seconds. Bear in mind that $2.7 million, give or take, also buys you a ‘Formula 1 cabin built for two’, albeit one we won’t see on the road until 2019 at the earliest.8. Pagani Huayra BC: $$2.8 millionCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22017 Pagani Huayra BC See More Videos Ironically, that $2.8 million price tag is just one of the Huayra BC’s talking points. Firstly, aw cool, scissor doors! Second, its name is derived from the Inca god of wind – Huayra – and Benny Caiola, close friend of Horacio Pagani and the Italian firm’s first ever customer. Peel back that outstanding bodyshell with similarly insane rear wing, and you’ll find an AMG-sourced 6.0L twin-turbo V12 capable of ‘around 800 hp’, 738 lb.-ft. of torque, and 0-to-100 km/h in just 3.2 seconds. If the 20 lucky customers feel that’s all well and good but not quite special enough, Pagani has suggested that no panels on the lighter, more aerodynamic BC have been transferred from the regular Huayra, and underneath – get this – the tub is made from carbo-titanium. Pub quiz fodder right there. RELATED Supercar Review: 2014 Pagani Huayra Quick Drive: 2018 Bugatti Chiron 7. Bugatti Chiron: $2.99 millionCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22018 Bugatti Chiron PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? 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Harkening back to the swept-tail coach built Rolls-Royces of the 1930s – hence the name – the ultra-bespoke two-seater (yes, really) includes pretty much every luxury item you could fathom, including the largest and most sophisticated panoramic glass roof ever fitted to a car, leather-wrapped carbon-fibre attaché cases for the owner’s laptop, and even a champagne bottle delivery system in the centre console in “perfect position” for the passenger. If that hasn’t left you light-headed, bear in mind that Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Otvös hinted the “substantially expensive” Sweptail could be the first of many personalized creations in the future, so don’t be too surprised if the most expensive new car ever built gets bumped from the top spot of this list. Much like Mercedes-AMG’s Project One, Aston Martin’s bank balance-bruising beast of briskly brilliance isn’t due to arrive for a few years yet – bollocks – so that $4 million price tag remains a ballpark figure at present. Nevertheless, there’s plenty to be excited about for the Valkyrie AMR Pro’s delivery in 2020. Firstly, each of the 25 customers will nudge 360 km/h at full pelt. Secondly, working “beyond the constraints of road legality, or indeed practicality”, F1 design genius Adrian Newey has optimized that insane bodykit and slimmed the already-welter-weight hypercar to theoretically produce 1,816 kg of downforce (from a 1,000 kg kerb weight) and up to 3G of lateral acceleration from the naturally aspirated Cosworth 6.5L V12 that generates “in excess” of 1,100 hp.2. Koenigsegg Trevita: ‘as much as $4.8 million’Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Koenigsegg Trevitacenter_img advertisement Much like Lamborghini, Italy’s favourite supercar manufacturer was bound to feature heavily on this list: a whacking $2.7 million is asked for the apex-munching LaFerrari FXX K alone. It’s the hyper-exclusive Ferrari Pininfarina Sergio though that gets the nod for this list. After all, only six were tailor-made for pre-existing Maranello customers for ‘around $3 million’. For that sizable sting to the wallet, the Sergio featured the underpinnings and 597 hp 4.5L V8 of Ferrari’s 458 Spider and the three-second 0-to-100 km/h sprint that came with it, even tipping the scales 100 kg lighter. Fun, slightly, bittersweet fact? The Sergio commemorated six decades of collaboration between Ferrari and its designer, Pininfarina, whose figurehead it was named after in tribute.5. Lykan Hypersport: $3.4 millionCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The Lykan Hypersport is manufactured by Lebanese automaker W Motors. Originally released in 2009 with a Corvette-sourced 7.0L V8, an all-new version of the independent British supercar re-appeared in Geneva in 2016, this time featuring an updated 13-piece ‘carbon bathtub’ chassis and four electric motors (each of which gets its own gearbox) mated to a compact 900 hp 6.3L supercharged V8. Explaining the ‘warp drive’ powertrain makes me want to take a nap, so put simply, output is a crazy 2,080 hp, meaning the AF-10 Hybrid will hit 100 km/h in less than three seconds. Naturally, the price tag befits those lunatic performance figures at just shy of $1.5 million, but chuck in a roll cage, a fire extinguisher and an intercom for the Hybrid Racer (plus monogrammed race overalls) and that letter to your accountant suddenly jumps to $1.6 million.9. Mercedes AMC Project One: ‘around $2.7million’Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Mercedes-AMG’s Project One hypercar at the 2018 Canadian International Auto Show No, this is not a comprehensive list of the most expensive cars on the planet, given that most manufacturers tend to shy away from sticking specific numbers on machines built for their VVIP customers; they prefer you recall the old adage “if you have to ask, you can’t afford it.” One-off rolling concepts haven’t made the cut either, so you won’t find the (reportedly) $8 million Maybach Exelero from 2005 featuring too heavily. Those of you now outraged by these arbitrary rules may take a written crack at the author in the comments below, but be careful, he bruises easily. Housekeeping taken care of, prepare to feel very, very poor…. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. RELATED TAGSNews Cards on the table, we’ve no idea whether you can – or indeed, should – jump a $3.4 million Lebanese supercar from one building to another in the Etihad Towers complex in Abu Dhabi, nor whether that stiff asking price gives you free reign to do so. There is however more to the Lykan Hypersport than a starring role in the otherwise bog-awful Fast and Furious movie franchise. Peer beneath that gorgeous bodywork and you’ll find the Lykan shares its running gear, transmission and 769 hp 3.8L twin-turbo flat-six with the CTR3 of noted Porsche tuner, Ruf. Granted, a claimed 2.8-second 0-to-100 km/h time should be enough to outrun a rocket-propelled grenade from Jason Statham, but parent company W Motor’s focus is squarely on luxury in the Hypersport, hence the holographic centre display, sculpted crystal gear knob and diamond-studded headlights. How well the latter deflect a 45th floor glass window, though, remains an understandable mystery.4. McLaren P1 LM: $3.7 millionCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2For $375,000, McLaren’s Special Operations division will happily fit a carbon fibre body on your P1. Trending in Canada Honourable mention: LamborghiniCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The new Lamborghini Veneno is seen during the first media day of the 83rd Geneva International Motor Show, Switzerland, Tuesday, March 5, 2013. Given its penchant for utterly crazy bespoke creations, Lamborghini was always going to feature heavily on this list, so much so that limiting the Raging Bull to just one representative was somewhat disingenuous.When it arrived in early 2016 for instance, the Centenario was built to commemorate 100 years since the birth of company founder Ferruccio Lamborghini. Just 20 examples of the company’s most potent production coupe ever were built atop the Aventador platform, each producing 759 horsepower from a mid-mounted 6.5-litre V12, and each was available for $1.9 million. A further 20 of the convertible Roadster went for a dizzying $2.2 million, but even these were a comparative snip versus the track-only, 570bhp V10-powered Sesto Elemento that debuted four years earlier, Lamborghini producing 20 examples of the latter for $2.5 million apiece.The dollar-munching daddy though is undoubtedly the Aventador-based Veneno that debuted at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Celebrating 50 years of Ferruccio Lamborghini’s eponymous tractor company, the Veneno Roadster packed a 740 hp 6.5L V12, brutal aerodynamics, and was available for – deep breath – ‘about $4.5 million’ for the lucky three who could afford it.Moving on …10. Arash AF-10 Hybrid Racer: $1.6 millionCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Arash AF10 hybrid racer *Anything we’ve missed that should be on this list? Let us know in the comments below Ah, Bugatti, the carmaker that looked at lavishly priced supercars like the Ferrari F430 in 2005 and said, “hold my beer.” Yes, the 987 hp, 8.0L quad-turbocharged W16 Veyron was a pioneer in terms of straight-line performance. Said grunt though came at a cost, and a bloody huge one, too, at just over $1.5 million. Thirteen years and roughly 850 special edition Veyrons later, this playbook has been well-thumbed by its successor. That same quad-turbo W16 now produces a striking 1,497 hp, while that piffling 408 km/h top speed in 2005 is now limited to 420 km/h in the Chiron. Granted, with 500 examples on the books, Bugatti’s not-so-difficult second album is probably the most mainstream on this list – (Go home James, you’re drunk. Ed) – but that doesn’t stop the ‘most powerful, fastest, most luxurious and most exclusive production sports car’ on the planet costing the best part of $3 million.6. Ferrari Pininfarina Sergio: ‘about $3 million’Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Pininfarina Ferrari Sergiolast_img read more

Candlelight Vigil In Remembrance Of Virginia Tech Victims To Be Held At CU-Boulder April 18

first_imgA candlelight vigil and conversation in remembrance of the victims of the Virginia Tech shootings will be held April 18 on the University of Colorado at Boulder campus at 6 p.m. at the Dalton Trumbo Fountain Court on the north side of the University Memorial Center. “This is meant to provide an opportunity for people to come together in support of the people at Virginia Tech in this difficult time,” said Laurel Alexander, co-president of the campus group Religious Campus Organizations, which is organizing the vigil. “We hope people will talk it out, reflect, pray and strengthen our community here at CU-Boulder.” Alexander also is campus pastor of the Lutheran Campus Ministry, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Candles will be provided to those who attend the vigil. For more information contact Alexander at (303) 786-7137. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: April 16, 2007 last_img read more

Taking flight with ultracold atoms

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: May 19, 2017 • By Trent Knoss On a recent warm, sunny morning at Boulder’s municipal airport, CU Boulder physics professor and JILA Fellow Dana Anderson stood on the tarmac with his colleagues preparing to take to the skies with some very, very cold atoms.Perched on the wing of a single-propeller airplane, Anderson leaned inside the fuselage to make a few final adjustments on the equipment tucked into the back seat. The setup is only about the size of a stereo amp, but harnesses a marvel of physics: a tiny cloud of around 10 million individual atoms, cooled to near absolute zero and locked in place by lasers with a force of about 1,000 Gs—nearly 100 times the g-force that a human traveling in a supersonic fighter jet would experience.Anderson hopes that this delicate magneto-optical trap, or MOT, will prove robust enough to hold up to vibrations and radio signals during the roughly 75-minute roundtrip flight to Cheyenne, Wyoming. Ultracold atoms are typically created under highly controlled laboratory conditions. The day’s demonstration is one of the first known attempt to take a MOT airborne as passenger on an ordinary civilian airplane.“It’s exciting, and that’s why we do it,” said Anderson, the current chair of JILA, a joint institute of CU Boulder and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.The science behind condensed matter physics is not brand new by any means, but the range of potential applications has only grown in recent decades. Eric Cornell and Carl Wieman of CU Boulder and JILA shared the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physics for the successful creation of a Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC), a new form of matter in which bosons are cooled down to occupy their lowest quantum state.Anderson, who collaborated with Cornell and Wieman, has spent years researching how these ultracold atoms might be integrated into next-generation aerospace sensors and navigation devices. When atoms are cooled to near absolute zero, they begin to take on more fundamental sensitivity due to strong interaction with gravity and magnetic fields.Once cooled and trapped in place by the lasers in a MOT environment, these ultracold atom populations become useful for inertial sensing, providing information equivalent to that of an accelerometer (which measures velocity change in a straight line) and a gyroscope (which measures rotation). Both are essential tools for aviation.Atomic inertial sensing, once improved and perfected for travel, would be considered far more reliable and accurate than the currently ubiquitous GPS technology, which relies on satellite data to pinpoint location.“GPS is delicate and can be jammed easily, either intentionally or accidentally,” Anderson said. “You’d like to be able to know where you’re going without it . . . we’re not yet at the point where we could fly from Boulder to JFK airport with our eyes closed.”In 2007, Anderson founded ColdQuanta, a Boulder-based startup company, to further his ultracold atom research and create commercial applications for the technology. This latest mini-MOT created by ColdQuanta was engineered mostly from glass, ceramic and silicon rather than metal in order to create a unit small enough to travel in a plane—no easy design feat.Vescent Photonics, a JILA spinoff company that creates electro-optic technologies, provided the laser components for the MOT.Anderson hopped into the cockpit and put on a headset, ready to fly the plane to Cheyenne while his colleagues Jaime Ramirez-Serrano and Janet Duggan, both ColdQuanta scientists, ride along to monitor the equipment. After the flight, the researchers plan to analyze the data and see how the MOT held up in order to continue tweaking the design.With final preparations complete, the plane is cleared for takeoff. Amid cheers from onlookers representing the scientific staffs of both ColdQuanta and Vescent, Anderson fired up the engine. The small plane taxied to the edge of the runway and took off smoothly into the morning sunshine.Categories:Science & TechnologyNews Headlineslast_img read more

Brave new Arctic: A talk at the Denver Musuem of Nature & Science

first_img Published: Sept. 12, 2018 CU Boulder/CIRES professor and director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center Mark Serreze will give a book talk at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science on Monday, Sept. 17. If you goWho: Open to the publicWhat: Brave New Arctic book talkWhen: Monday, Sept. 17, 7 p.m.Where: Denver Musuem of Nature & Science, Phipps TheaterSerreze, a renowned Arctic geographer and climatologist who has conducted fieldwork on ice caps, glaciers and sea ice, will be discussing his new book Brave New Arctic: The Untold Story of the Melting North.The book describes how puzzlement turned to astonishment as researchers came to understand the Arctic of old was quickly disappearing. Serreze’s gripping scientific adventure story blends invaluable insights from his own career with those of other pioneering scientists who ushered in an exciting new age of Arctic exploration. He describes the cutting-edge science that led to the alarming conclusion the Arctic is rapidly thawing due to human-caused climate change, with potentially devastating implications for the entire planet.A book sale and signing will follow the lecture. Visit the Denver Museum of Nature & Science to purchase your tickets. Cost is $8 for members and $10 for nonmembers. Categories:Lectures & PresentationsEvents & Exhibits Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more