Science and Health Scientist Addresses Cancer Concerns Related to Atrazine

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Elizabeth Whelan, President of the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) posted a great entry on ACSHs Health Facts and Fears blog on the growing attempts by activist groups to convince the EPA to ban atrazine due to cancer claims and other health concerns.

Atrazine is one of the most widely used herbicides in the world. It helps farmers fight weeds on corn, sugar cane and other crops, leading to dramatic increases in crop yields. Without it, our food supply would be in jeopardy. Activists want the public to believe that atrazine causes cancer and birth defects, but its simply not true. Whelan writes:

“Atrazines health and safety record is stellar. The Safe Drinking Water Act requires monitoring for a multitude of chemicals, including atrazine. Levels of atrazine in U.S. waters are well within the federal lifetime drinking water standard a level containing a 1,000-fold safety buffer. The Environmental Protection Agency in 2006 completed a 12-year review involving 60,000 different studies and concluded that the current use of atrazine poses “no harm” to the general population infants, children and adults. According to this same regulatory agency (which oversees pesticide use) atrazine is “one of the most closely examined pesticides in the marketplace.”

Whelan points out that many activists are not willing to accept this assessment and were able to cast doubts upon the issue with the EPA. As a result, last fall the EPA announced it would initiate a re-re-re-evaluation of atrazine and health. These activists will not be happy until the EPA bans this herbicide, which would then open the door for activists to attack more chemicals, claiming they are unsafe.

Finally, Whelan points to the media for “scaring” the public into thinking that these “chemicals” are unsafe and that the manner in which they are evaluated should be changed:

“Many of the recent media chemical scares, like the two hour “toxic” presentation on CNN, argue that a) there are tens of thousands of “chemicals” out there; and b) the current government policy, assuming these chemicals are safe until contrary evidence was presented, must be reversed so that a chemical is considered hazardous until it is “proven safe.” But how do you prove something to be safe? Its like trying to prove a negative it cant be done. The example of atrazine with decades of safe use, thousands of studies that found no harm to humans and years of getting a green light from EPA (which is not known for understating chemical risks) leaves us with the question: After all these evaluations and years of use, if atrazine doesnt meet the criteria for “safety,” what chemical possibly could?”

Forensics vs Forensic Science

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If you bring up forensics in a conversation, those involved will often start thinking of scenes from the television show CSI (Crime Scene Investigation). It’s synonymous with scouring crime scenes for minute clues to help criminal investigators create leads in various cases.

Because of the misunderstanding that’s developed about criminal investigations and forensics, many don’t realize that there is an acute difference between forensics and forensic science.

Currently, forensic science gets shortened in most discussions to “forensics.” The word “forensic” actually relates to debates, and comes from the Latin word “forensis” or “of or before the forum.” This concept became most prominent in ancient Rome where both the accused and the accuser involved in a judicial case had to advance their arguments in front of a public forum. This led to the usage of the term “forensics” for both public debate and the presentation of legal evidence.

This concept of “evidence” is what has caused it to run parallel and merge with forensic science. As the judicial system evolved, so, too, did the evidence that was required in cases. No longer was it a matter of verbal debate; instead other forms of evidence were necessary. The concept, that being “forensic” or “before the forum” still holds true. The only thing that has changed is the type of evidence that’s being presented.

While some modern dictionaries will actually merge the two and provide similar or identical definitions, they are quite separate by origin and practical application.

The term forensics refers to public debate which includes the presentation of evidence and rhetoric. Forensic Science is something different. It deals specifically with the gathering, identification, research, and scientific interpretation of evidence to determine such things as who was involved in a crime.

In addition to confusing the terms forensics and forensic science, people often mistake forensic science for criminalistics. However, it’s important to keep these terms in context too. Forensic science involves any discipline that can be applied to evidence. Criminalistics is just one of the subdivisions of forensic science.

Some of the disciplines that fall under the umbrella of “forensic science” are:

-Computer Forensics -Forensic Accounting -Forensic Audio Engineering -Forensic Linguistics -Forensic Pathology -Forensic Psychology -Forensic Engineering -Criminalistics

Criminalistics itself is the scientific discipline which brings together various natural sciences such as biology and chemistry to the examination, identification, and comparison of certain types of evidence. Criminalists deal with biological evidence including DNA and bodily fluids, trace evidence such as fibers, hair, and soil, and impression evidence such as fingerprints and tire tracks. They also are involved with ballistics, drug analysis, crime scene photography and reconstruction.

As you can see, the forensic sciences deal specifically with the research and examination of evidence so that such evidence can be admitted to and used within the legal system. Forensics on the other hand should be viewed not as the science behind the evidence, but as the presentation and use of the research once it’s completed.

Increase Multimedia Keyboard Experience

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It’s been a long time since manufacturers started including extra keys on their keyboards. These keys were supposed to increase usability and offer shortcuts for many typical tasks. But how many computer users were actually using these extra keys?

In point of fact, not many. Each manufacturer provided their own sets of keys, and unique keyboard drivers that people were reluctant to install, and bulky buggy software that was supposed to handle extra key presses.

Keyboard Maniac adds a new dimension to the ability to control applications on your computer using convenient keyboard shortcuts and on any keyboard from any manufacturer. Put your music at your fingertips by controlling your favorite multimedia player with dedicated multimedia keys. Use your wireless keyboard as a powerful, fully functional remote control for watching movies. Save time by scripting your day-to-day tasks with pre-recorded keyboard macros.

Assign a single, easy-to-remember keyboard shortcut that does all the complex actions with a single press by recording global or application-specific macros. Macros are sets of key presses and mouse clicks that are invoked with the push of a single keyboard shortcut.
Winamp, Windows Media Player and PowerDVD are three popular media players. They all have controls to play, pause and rewind music or videos. Can your multimedia keyboard control all of them? Keyboard Maniac allows the same keys and shortcuts on your keyboard to work in different applications, allowing you to assign a single easy to remember key to control the music in various media players.

Keyboard Maniac is not limited to just the media players either. You can also assign convenient keys for the actions you perform most often in the office. For example, you can insert and format a complex table with a single key press. You could even program that key to work in a similar fashion in several completely different products, such as Microsoft Excel and OpenOffice Calc!

The unique features of Keyboard Maniac allow using mouse clicks as part of your keyboard shortcuts. For example, you could assign your mouse wheel to control volume in the media player, while holding Shift and rotating the mouse wheel could control Previous or Next track.

There are many multimedia devices on the market, such as joysticks, gaming pads, steering wheels and dedicated remote controls. In most cases Keyboard Maniac lets you use these devices in just the manner that you find most convenient, allowing you to control Web browsing with a steering wheel or closing windows with a joystick’s ‘Fire!’ button.

Keyboard Maniac increases your PC performance by saving extra memory and CPU cycles typically consumed by the monstrous proprietary software bundled by many keyboard manufacturers. Keyboard Maniac supports your keyboard directly and requires no additional drivers or OEM software.

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New Pricing Technology Makes Car Insurance Cheaper

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Over the years, the technology used to calculate car insurance premiums has changed dramatically. Actuaries used to figure out premium levels by hand using books of statistical data. Later, adding machines and early computers ground through the numbers. More recently, online forms were invented which allowed you to get a quote online.

After all that time grinding things out, what most insurers and consumers wanted was speed. As a result, the current model for most traditional or mainline insurance companies in Australia consists of just a few questions. With these tiny points of data, a quote is generated based on aggregated consumer averages.

The result is a fast quote, but not a very accurate one. Most people dont notice that they are being treated as averages. They simply pay the quoted amount and pay rate increases even if they are accident free. However, you dont have to settle for this outdated and inaccurate system any more.

While most insurers havent gotten there yet, there are a few car insurance companies that have been pioneering a new way of calculating premiums. This new pricing methodology is based around creating highly detailed risk profiles of potential customers. This allows a calculation of premium that can truly separate high-risk from low risk customers.

There are several winning elements to this methodology. However, for consumers like you, the main benefit is often lower prices. If you are a good driver with a limited number of claims, you can really make home some substantial savings by switching to a company using this in-depth modelling framework to calculate rates for insurance cover.

It can feel a bit strange, especially after years of living with the old speed-is-everything system. Thats not to imply that this method isnt fast, mind you. It simply asks several additional questions about parking locations, length of commute to work, and so on.

As one of the early adopters, you stand to benefit the most. While your friends potter along with outdated insurance policies with off-the-rack premiums, you can have a custom tailored premium that only charges for the real risk you face as a driver and customer. Youll be able to quit subsidizing the behaviours of others through blanket premiums, and get to enjoy the fruits of your own careful behaviour on the road.

This is especially true if you really arent an “average” driver. If you only drive a few days a week, work from home and dont use your car regularly, or are retired and dont drive long distances, you have a dramatically different risk profile than most Australians. Yet you have been paying “average” rates for years, since the old method never inquired about your true habits.

Even if youre not a fan of the new and different, this is a new technology youll want to embrace. The new technology behind this quoting system isnt all flash and sparkle. It truly represents a way to make insurance premiums cheaper for you through more accurate pricing of your insurance cover based on your real risk profile.

RTI Helps You Get Rid Of Software Performance Diagnosis Issues

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Initially RTI was designed to be a kind of software product, but later on it became effective performance diagnostic software. RTI has been built with all the capabilities that are required to resolve performance issues and this is the reason that it is being used by many across the globe. One interesting feature of RTI that makes it an idyllic tool is its end to end visibility support. It can easily diagnose the performance bottlenecks for web application tiers in the java applications.

As RTI is lightweight software, performance testers do not need to worry about infrastructure impact, complexity and performance overhead. Usage of RTI is going to lower the cost of entry and eliminate the need of costly maintenance. RTI can be a good tool for any organization that is eager to perform performance diagnosis and identify the areas that are creating performance related issues.

Another important area where RTI scores high is that it is not meant for the performance testers only, everyone in the organization can use it. RTI can be used by developers, performance testers and IT managers in their respective areas to maximize the performance after diagnosing the bottlenecks.

Performance Testers & RTI

Performance testers and engineers are responsible for both designing and verifying a system to assure that it is working perfectly. Some of the common issues that can be easily dealt with RTI include failover, scalability and transaction times. RTI allows performance testers to carry out software performance diagnosis by gaining an in depth knowledge about a product.

RTI easily integrates with the test automation frameworks and this allows testers to not only diagnose the root cause of the failure, but also resolve the performance issues causing the breakdown.

Developers Can Use RTI For Quantifying & Diagnosing Application Performance

Developers can use RTI to diagnose the complex software performance issues and the defects at all the levels. With RTI, the developers can start with determining the area where issue cropped and then start tracking its impact on the software performance.

As RTI iterates quickly with the real time models, developers can append the granularity of the application module, as and when required.

RTI can be used by the IT managers also when they find a need to monitor and analyze the system performance. With RTI the system wide end to end visibility and information sharing can be significantly improved and this is going to lead to a reduction in mean time to repair. RTI on an overall is going to make it easy for the IT managers to trace the user transactions, carry out performance diagnosis and know the root cause of the failure.

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The Movie I,Robot, Starring Will Smith What Is Your Purpose

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In the movie, I,Robot, almost everybody has a robot. Robots are nothing special. They’re designed to follow their masters’ orders, period. For this reason US Robotics designs their robots with a brain only, no soul. They are all logic, no heart. This is science apart from God.

However there is one robot named Sunny who is created by his “father” with a special purpose: To function apart from the central super-computer, Viki. His designer, Dr. Landing, gives him an extra “positronic brain,” which sets him apart from his mechanical peers. This separate consciousness allows him to override the Three Laws of Robotics (1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. 2. A robot must obey orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. 3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.)

Sunny is unique because he was designed with something like a soul. Therefore he dares to think about purpose; he dares to dream. The fact that he cares about purpose proves that he was created for a purpose by his “father,” as Sunny calls his designer, Dr. Landing.

Similarly, the fact that human beings care about purpose proves that we were created for a purpose. If God did not create us for a purpose, then the concept of purpose would never cross our minds. If God did not create humanity for a purpose, then the world is full of billions of two-legged, thinking, talking accidents.

Another hint that we were created by God is that we have the power to choose. Likewise, in I,Robot, Sunny could not have been rolled off the mass-production line. He was created carefully by his “father” to function as something besides a mindless drone.

Evolution says that consciousness is an accident, but this is impossible. Consciousness implies purposefulness. If we were nothing more than minerals and moisture then we would function by logic only. But everything that makes us human defies logic.

The fact that Sunny had a soul made it possible for him to appreciate something as illogical as liberty. It gave him the ability to comprehend the value of life. For this reason, he could ally with those who cared about a moral right. Similarly, for us humans, as long as we acknowledge our spiritual roots we will appreciate moral uprightness. As long as we draw near to God, we will maintain our ethical bearings. Apart from God we will devolve into either heartless machines or senseless animals.

Cooling a Server Room the Cost-Efficient Way

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As the servers are used constantly, they generate tremendous heat. When this heat increases beyond control, it may lead to damage of the devices and equipment. Being machines, the computers are delicate under the hood and are prone to damage due to carelessness. System crashes, reboots, hang-ups, untimely failures; poor performance and other problems can be created due to abnormal temperatures. Now, one way to keep these issues under control is to maintain the server room’s temperature. Sufficient ventilation, cooling and maintained temperature are the efficient ways to protect computers and servers.

Maintaining the temperature

The computers used at homes and for small offices come with internal cooling devices, which usually keep the desktops and laptops cool. Nevertheless, the server rooms that manage a number of systems do not have sufficient internal cooling systems. They have to be kept cool using an external cooling source, such as portable air-conditioner. Secondly, increased humidity inside the enclosed area can cause corrosion or rust. The maximum humidity level of a server room should not exceed 40 to 50 percent.

Are portable air conditioners good solutions for cooling?

The temperature of the server room should be steadily cool around-the-clock. If the room or storage area is connected to the central cooling systems, they may be shut down during the weekends or sometime late at night, depending upon the company’s working hours. If the cooling systems fail, the computer systems are prone to face the brunt.

Portable air-conditioners keep the server rooms cool, as the temperature can be controlled individually depending upon the outside temperature. There are few air-conditioners that adjust the temperature according to the outside temperature on certain modes. They are self-contained units which do not require permanent installation. Business owners can move these units anywhere as required.

A portable AC used in such places must have condensation tank to manage the humidity level, automatic restart function and proper ventilation to replace the hot air inside the room. These features not only keep the servers cool but also regulate fresh air and keep the machines working continuously. The automatic function keeps the air conditioners working continuously even when there is a power cut or failure.

When it comes to the size of the air conditioners it is never an issue. The server closet of size 9000 to 12000BTU will be sufficient for the unit to fit in. While a 12K BTU unit requires 9 to 12 amps a huge unit of 14000BTU requires 20 amps. The air-conditioner should be thoroughly checked for the necessary requirements before installation.

Dreambox – Dream Multimedia

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Dream Multimedia System is among the noted and thought of brands in the digital satellite engineering science. Offering Up a huge range of merchandises with DreamBox name, highly masterminded and technologically progressive products are available from Dream Multimedia System. They have huge ranges of wares, a number of of that are quit but others are even now active and running expeditiously and functionally. There are a lot of models planned on the basis of their performance and options. Many models get with extended LCDs and different operating pushes and SmartCard readers. Modeling are mainly classified on the ground of the speeding of the processors they hold.
Nearly each of the products are braced with Radio Frequency modulator, audio and telecasting cinch out, electronic program guidebook, USB connectors and much more. Firmware of the hardware and the PC softwares differs from one model to other and can be largely identified in the port, key features, audio and telecasting decrypt methods and other matters. The very popular and general products from Dream Multimedia System are as follows: DreamBox DM7025, DreamBox DM7000, DreamBox DM5620, DreamBox DM600, DreamBox Keyboard, Dreambox DM500.
DreamBox DM7025 is among the current and extremely modern technologies from Dream Multimedia. It is equipped with a 300 MHz processor and accessible source Linux software package. The hardware also holds Linux Common Application Computer Programing Interface as well. It holds 1 DVB General User Interface slot and 2 smartcard readers. One very important feature about many of the DreamBox products is that they are capable of dealing interior HDD of any capacity. This adds in the features and strength of the electronic gimmick. Electronic devices are likewise furnished with 2 Scart Interface, Radio Frequency Modulator, audio/telecasting cinch out, big size LCD video display, DDR Ram of normally 128 MB and incorporate IDE Port.

DreamBox wares can likewise be realized and considered at their website of Dream Multimedia System. Merchandise details and technological spec regarding microcode and software package are drafted at the website.

Nokia Lumia 710 For A Superb Multimedia Experience!

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The Finnish mobile phone veteran is in recent months witnessing a reversal of fortunes. The launch of the Lumia series of smartphones has indeed made it possible for it to make the turn around. The UK mobile phone market, particularly has responded very positively to the Nokia Lumia 710 contract as well as the bigger cousin, the Nokia Lumia 800 for that matter.

You have one of the most functional and problem free smartphone handset when it comes to excessively brilliant multimedia phones. Besides the obvious charm of multimedia, the Lumia 710 has several other attributes that will most certainly make the potential buyer happy and nod in approval.

The Nokia Lumia 710 is a smartphone that is a shining example of the extremely positive outcome that has happened because of the association of Nokia with Microsoft. It is really surprising what big difference the presence of a more robust and vibrant operating platform can bring about in the fortunes of a falling company. Microsoft Windows Phone OS most certainly got the momentum going once again for Nokia. This version is also called the Mango.
Mango OS, powerful processor, fast web browsing you have it al here!

Besides the latest from Microsoft in the Microsoft Windows Phone version 7.0 of the operating system, you also have a powerful 1400 MHz Qualcomm MSM8255 (WCDMA) processor. This is a mighty enough combination of superlative software and hardware that any one in the mobile phone industry would love to provide in their respective handsets. Really, the outcome is beyond compare performance. Be it multi tasking or the quickness with which web pages download and close, or the efficacy with which you can work on more than a couple of E-mail accounts, and so on and so forth.

Nokia has also worked on the design aspect of the Lumia 710 and this shows. Affording a compact dimensions of 710 is 119 x 62.4 x 12.5 mm, the Nokia Lumia 710 weighs a very acceptable 126 gm. The device derives its power from the BP-3L 3.7V 1300 mAh battery.

The 3,7 inches wide Clear Black display touchscreen is something that you would not be able to take y our eyes off that easily. The TFT display is through the premius Corning Gorilla Glass and the resolution obtained is 480 x 800 pixels.
With just about everything starting from Google Search, Gmail, Yahoo Mail, YouTube, and Wikipedia available at your fingertips, you cannot but be happy with the net connectivity and data networking support offered.
The five mega pixel camera also more than does its job by returning crystal clear still images and high resolution video footage.

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The Importance Of Computer Literacy In The Workforce

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Computers are powerful machines that the world has ever known. Its power goes further since computers are not just for scientists or for engineers anymore. The computer systems and programs have reached a certain level of power that every person who is computer literate can acquire. Hence, computer literacy has become an essential part of developing a person’s individuality. Though sometimes you can not identify people who are computer literate, you know that they are just everywhere.

Computer Literacy and its Influence in the Workforce

To test a person’s level of being a technology-savvy is an imperative to many organizations and companies. In fact, computer literacy has become a fact of life since it can be attributed to a person’s education, lifestyle, and work.

Therefore, in order to advance to their career, people spend most of their time acquiring computer knowledge and education to become computer literate eventually. This is true because computer skills are essential skills that business people find from their employees or from their work force.

With the influence and essentiality of becoming a computer literate, it seems that living without computer skills would be unimaginable already. People rely too much on what people can do if they are computer literate. And they attribute the success of a particular business with the workforce that is computer literate.

The Benefits of Computer Literacy

1. Apparently, computer literacy in the work force increases business productivity. This is why, to make yourself marketable, you should at least have the basic skills in conducting jobs using computers such as reports, documentation, and more.

2. Computer literacy develops valuable workers especially if you focus to higher computer skills such as programming, hardware maintenance, database management, network administration, program development and many more related skills.

3. Computer literacy opens more opportunities of greater access to resources. If your company administers a work force that has a high computer literacy your company is expose to more incredible opportunities for your business.

4. Computer literacy in the workforce also means you acquire greater control of your assets. Your work force knows what they are doing and so you can employ more business operations and business processes that use more advanced technologies courtesy of your highly computer literate workforce.

If your company or organization is composed of computer literate employees or other computer professionals you have a strong workforce and such is really a powerful advantage that you can use to further advance the significance of your business in a world dominated with formidable organizations.