Monthly Archives: November 2013

An awesome guy made an insane Thor hammer that smashes everything

An awesome guy made an insane Thor hammer that smashes everything

This ridiculously awesome man made version of Thor’s hammer Mjölnir is so impressive that even our most Thor-like human Chris Hemsworth would have trouble swinging it around. Though it’s not quite the weight of 300 billion elephants, it’s the closest thing to Mjölnir on Earth. That’s because it’s made from 10 separate pieces of steel alloyed with chromium and molybdenum. At its heaviest, it can weigh over 200 pounds.

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Brady throws for 4 TDs; Pats top Steelers 55-31

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady looked into the end zone and found his favorite receiver. Rob Gronkowski caught the ball then slammed it to the ground.

The familiar spike was back after the star tight end’s first touchdown of an injury-delayed season.

So was the Patriots’ offense.

Brady shook off the inconsistency of his first eight games, threw for season-highs of 432 yards and four touchdowns and led New England to a 55-31 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

“You throw it, they catch it, they run with it,” he said. “It makes a good day for a quarterback.”

The Patriots (7-2) go into their bye week with a two-game lead in the AFC East despite playing mediocre football for most of the first half of the season.

The 55 points were the most scored in an NFL game this season and the most ever against the Steelers (2-6). The Patriots 610 yards were the third most in team history and the most ever allowed by Pittsburgh.

“We are going to comb through this with a fine tooth comb,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said, “and those people who are lacking effort won’t be playing. It’s just that simple.”

Brady had 252 yards passing in the first half, more than in five of his other eight games.

And 119 of those came on seven catches by Gronkowski in his third game since missing the first six recovering from surgeries on his left forearm and back. He finished with a career-high nine catches for 143 yards.

He caught his 19-yard touchdown pass with 4:30 gone in the second quarter as the Patriots took a 14-0 lead.

“It felt great out there,” Gronkowski said. “It was important for us to play this way. Until now, we hadn’t been clicking for all four quarters.”

The Steelers wasted a solid performance by Ben Roethlisberger, who completed 28 of 48 passes for 400 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions.

The excitement began before the game when Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester, accompanied by several teammates, carried the World Series trophy onto the field.

“I’m not sure exactly how it all happened today,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. “Maybe we got inspiration from the Red Sox.”

The Patriots gained the most yards in the NFL last season but were just 18th in that category going into Sunday’s game. And Brady threw for just 116 yards a week earlier in a 27-17 win over the Miami Dolphins.

But he was sharp all day Sunday, completing 23 of 33 passes against a defense that let receivers run free for several long receptions, including a 57-yarder to Danny Amendola that set up Stephen Gostkowski’s 20-yard field goal that made it 17-3.

Brady threw scoring passes of 34 yards to Amendola, and 17 and 81 yards to Aaron Dobson, while Stevan Ridley rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns as part of a 197-yard ground game.

The Patriots led 24-10 at halftime before the Steelers tied it on their first two series of the third quarter on Roethlisberger’s touchdown passes to Jerricho Cotchery of 20 and 8 yards.

He added a 6-yarder to Cotchery midway through the fourth quarter that made it 41-31. But two plays after the kickoff, Brady launched a pass down the left sideline that Dobson caught at the Steelers 40 and carried into the end zone.

LeGarrette Blount got the final touchdown on a 5-yard run with 2:41 left.

Three Patriots had more than 100 yards receiving, Gronkowski’s 143, Dobson with 130 and Amendola with 122.

“It’s embarrassing for our organization to give up points like that,” Steelers safety Ryan Clark said. Brady “is the most accomplished quarterback of our era. Tom Brady played like Tom Brady.”

Roethlisberger turned the ball over twice on his first two series when he fumbled then threw an interception.

“We’re all angry and disappointed,” Roethlisberger said, Brady “is good, so you know that your mistakes have to be limited.”

After Gronkowski’s touchdown, Pittsburgh’s Shaun Suisham and Gostkowski traded field goals before Roethlisberger hit Antonio Brown for a 27-yard touchdown. It was the 200th touchdown pass of Roethlisberger’s career, second in Steelers history to Terry Bradshaw’s 212.

The Patriots got the ball back with 1:50 left in the half and went 77 yards on nine plays to a 1-yard scoring run by Ridley.

After Cotchery tied it at 24, the Patriots took the lead for good on Gostkowski’s 32-yard field goal.

“When (Gronkowski’s) healthy and on the field, he’s tough to stop,” Brady said, “It’s been a process for us, but at the bye week, 7-2 is not bad and, hopefully, our best football’s ahead of us.”

NOTES: The Patriots scored at least 50 points for the sixth time with Brady as their starting quarterback. … New England has 36 straight games with at least one takeaway, the current longest streak in the NFL. … The Steelers fell to 2-6 for the first time since 2006, the season after they won the Super Bowl.

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Review: Mobile Web development frameworks face off

October 30, 2013

The programming world is made up of virtual city-states that tend to keep to themselves. The device driver authors rarely share much code or ideas with the server app creators. The Windows hackers don’t talk with the Mac programmers. It’s as if some emperor decreed that Java City will always be at war with C-ville.

That reality is changing rapidly as one language, JavaScript, breaks out of its once simple life of popping up alert boxes to tell people that they needed to fill out every form field marked with a red asterisk. This is most apparent in the mobile world where more and more developers are building mobile apps with JavaScript, CSS, and HTML, then bundling them with a thin, native wrapper. Sure, the JavaScript code isn’t always as responsive as the pure native code, but it runs on all of the major mobile platforms — and in your desktop browser. It’s the fastest way to create cross-platform apps.

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JavaScript is making these inroads because tablets and phones are growing incredibly powerful, at least compared to their anemic predecessors. The fifth generation of the iPad may actually be 70 times faster than the first generation at some tasks. The new tablets and phones have so much horsepower that they don’t always need the speed and simplicity of native code. If the workload isn’t too heavy, they can do a good job with HTML5. Why not get all of the cross-platform simplicity if it works well enough? (For more information on what happens afterward, see our review of PhoneGap and related tools.)

But smartphone programmers aren’t the only ones interested. For many people, the smartphone is their main way for accessing the Internet. A larger and larger percentage of the mail I get comes with a little disclaimer at the bottom asking me to disregard any typos because it was written on an iPhone or an Android phone. (The BlackBerry keyboards never seemed to need this, for some reason.) If regular websites want to follow the crowd, they need to generate pages that look good on the tiny screen. They can’t assume that everyone is reading the information on a desktop box. That means the Web designers are interested in many of the same techniques as the mobile app designers.

All of this makes it a good time to look at a few of the most prominent frameworks for building complicated applications out of just HTML, JavaScript, and CSS. These tools — jQuery Mobile, Sencha Touch, Telerik’s Kendo UI, and Intel App Framework — are designed to present information in a beautiful way on the small and not-so-small screen. They marry the convenience of HTML with a smartphone- and tablet-centric design. They’re the quickest way to get working apps on the new devices.

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Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson Meet Again, Months after Split

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson were spotted and photographed together for the first time since their most recent break-up, months ago. Was the’Twilight Saga’ couple back together…again? Speculation quickly went on overdrive! Fans have vicariously weathered the rocky on and off relationship of the 23-year-old Kristen Stewart and the 27-year-old Robert Pattinson. It has been more than a year since Stewart’s affair with 41-year-old Rupert Sanders — the husband of model-actress Liberty Ross and father of their two children — who directed her in ‘Snow White and The Huntsman.’ As news exploded across the entertainment world, it saw the breakup of the couple just months before their final ‘Twilight Saga’ movie opened in theaters. Pictures appear to tell a new story. ‘E!News published the photo (seen here) of the two vehicles on the road with famous drivers, R-Patz in the Jeep and K-Stew Toyota pickup truck on the night before Halloween, October 30th. A secret meeting — well, until the introduction of camera lens! After that, the cars sped away but not without giving paparazzi a pleasant payday and millions of fans a tidbit to hang onto. E!News further reports on their whereabouts saying they spent time together in Los […]Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/RightCelebrity/~3/3H24vyXTvkk/
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Kessler Foundation neuroimaging study sheds light on mechanisms of cognitive fatigue in MS

Kessler Foundation neuroimaging study sheds light on mechanisms of cognitive fatigue in MS

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Neuroimaging findings indicate presence of ‘fatigue-network’ in persons with MS


West Orange, NJ. November 1, 2013. A new study by Kessler Foundation scientists sheds light on the mechanisms underlying cognitive fatigue in individuals with multiple sclerosis. Cognitive fatigue is fatigue resulting from mental work rather than from physical labor. Genova H et al: Examination of cognitive fatigue in multiple sclerosis using functional magnetic resonance imaging and diffusion tensor imaging” was published on Nov. 1 in PlosOne. This is the first study to use neuroimaging to investigate aspects of cognitive fatigue. The study was funded by grants from the National MS Society and Kessler Foundation.

The study investigated the neural correlates of cognitive fatigue in MS utilizing three neuroimaging approaches: functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), which allows researchers to look at where in the brain activation is associated with a task or an experience; diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), which allows researchers to look at the health of the brain’s white matter; and voxel-based morphometry (VBM), which allows researchers to investigate structural changes in the brain. These three approaches were used to examine how likely it is for an individual to report fatigue (“trait” fatigue), as well as the fatigue an individual feels in the moment (“state” fatigue). This study is the first to use neuroimaging to investigate these two, separable aspects of fatigue.

“We looked specifically at the relationship between individuals ‘self-reported fatigue and objective measures of cognitive fatigue using state-of-the-art neuroimaging,” explained Helen M. Genova, Ph.D., research scientist in Neuropsychology & Neuroscience Research at Kessler Foundation. “The importance of this work lies in the fact that it demonstrates that the subjective feeling of fatigue can be related to brain activation in specific brain regions. This provides us with an objective measure of fatigue, which will have incalculable value as we begin to test interventions designed to alleviate fatigue.”

In Experiment 1, patients were scanned during performance of a task designed to induce cognitive fatigue. Investigators looked at the brain activation associated with “state” fatigue. In Experiment 2, DTI was used to examine where in the brain white matter damage correlated with increased “trait” fatigue in individuals with MS, as assessed by the Fatigue Severity Scale (FSS). The findings of Experiments 1 and 2 support the role of a striato-thalamic-frontal cortical system in fatigue, suggesting a “fatigue-network” in MS.

“Identifying a network of fatigue-related brain regions could reframe the current construct of cognitive fatigue and help define the pathophysiology of this multifaceted yet elusive symptom of MS,” said John DeLuca, Ph.D., VP of Research & Training at Kessler Foundation. “Replication of these findings with larger sample sizes will be an important next step.”

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Kessler Foundation co-investigators are Venkateswaran Rajagopalan, D.Eng, John DeLuca, Ph.D., VP for Research & Training, Abhijit Das, MD, DM (now director of Institute of Neurosciences in Kolkata, India), Allison Binder, B.A., Aparna Arjunan, B.A. (now at Suffolk University, Boston, MA), Nancy Chiaravalloti, Ph.D., director of Neuropsychology & Neuroscience Research, and Glenn Wylie, D.Phil., associate director of Neuroscience Research and the Center for Neuroimaging Research @ Kessler Foundation. Foundation scientists also have faculty appointments at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.


Recent publication: Dobryakova E, DeLuca J, Genova HM, Wylie GR. Neural correlates of cognitive fatigue: cortico-striatal circuitry and effort-reward imbalance. Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2013 Sep;19(8):849-53.


About MS Research at Kessler Foundation

Kessler Foundation’s cognitive rehabilitation research in MS is funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health, National MS Society, NJ Commission of Brain Injury Research, Consortium of MS Centers, and Kessler Foundation. Under the leadership of Dr. DeLuca and Nancy Chiaravalloti, PhD, director of Neuropsychology & Neuroscience Research, scientists have made important contributions to the knowledge of cognitive decline in MS. Clinical studies span new learning, memory, executive function, attention and processing speed, emotional processing and cognitive fatigue. Research tools include innovative applications of neuroimaging, iPADs, and virtual reality. Among recent findings are the benefits of cognitive reserve; correlation between cognitive performance and outdoor temperatures; the efficacy of short-term cognitive rehabilitation using modified story technique; and the correlation between memory improvement and cerebral activation on fMRI.


About Kessler Foundation

Kessler Foundation, a major nonprofit organization in the field of disability, is a global leader in rehabilitation research that seeks to improve cognition, mobility and long-term outcomes, including employment, for people with neurological disabilities caused by diseases and injuries of the brain and spinal cord. Kessler Foundation leads the nation in funding innovative programs that expand opportunities for employment for people with disabilities. For more information, visit KesslerFoundation.org.

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Kessler Foundation neuroimaging study sheds light on mechanisms of cognitive fatigue in MS

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Neuroimaging findings indicate presence of ‘fatigue-network’ in persons with MS


West Orange, NJ. November 1, 2013. A new study by Kessler Foundation scientists sheds light on the mechanisms underlying cognitive fatigue in individuals with multiple sclerosis. Cognitive fatigue is fatigue resulting from mental work rather than from physical labor. Genova H et al: Examination of cognitive fatigue in multiple sclerosis using functional magnetic resonance imaging and diffusion tensor imaging” was published on Nov. 1 in PlosOne. This is the first study to use neuroimaging to investigate aspects of cognitive fatigue. The study was funded by grants from the National MS Society and Kessler Foundation.

The study investigated the neural correlates of cognitive fatigue in MS utilizing three neuroimaging approaches: functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), which allows researchers to look at where in the brain activation is associated with a task or an experience; diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), which allows researchers to look at the health of the brain’s white matter; and voxel-based morphometry (VBM), which allows researchers to investigate structural changes in the brain. These three approaches were used to examine how likely it is for an individual to report fatigue (“trait” fatigue), as well as the fatigue an individual feels in the moment (“state” fatigue). This study is the first to use neuroimaging to investigate these two, separable aspects of fatigue.

“We looked specifically at the relationship between individuals ‘self-reported fatigue and objective measures of cognitive fatigue using state-of-the-art neuroimaging,” explained Helen M. Genova, Ph.D., research scientist in Neuropsychology & Neuroscience Research at Kessler Foundation. “The importance of this work lies in the fact that it demonstrates that the subjective feeling of fatigue can be related to brain activation in specific brain regions. This provides us with an objective measure of fatigue, which will have incalculable value as we begin to test interventions designed to alleviate fatigue.”

In Experiment 1, patients were scanned during performance of a task designed to induce cognitive fatigue. Investigators looked at the brain activation associated with “state” fatigue. In Experiment 2, DTI was used to examine where in the brain white matter damage correlated with increased “trait” fatigue in individuals with MS, as assessed by the Fatigue Severity Scale (FSS). The findings of Experiments 1 and 2 support the role of a striato-thalamic-frontal cortical system in fatigue, suggesting a “fatigue-network” in MS.

“Identifying a network of fatigue-related brain regions could reframe the current construct of cognitive fatigue and help define the pathophysiology of this multifaceted yet elusive symptom of MS,” said John DeLuca, Ph.D., VP of Research & Training at Kessler Foundation. “Replication of these findings with larger sample sizes will be an important next step.”

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Kessler Foundation co-investigators are Venkateswaran Rajagopalan, D.Eng, John DeLuca, Ph.D., VP for Research & Training, Abhijit Das, MD, DM (now director of Institute of Neurosciences in Kolkata, India), Allison Binder, B.A., Aparna Arjunan, B.A. (now at Suffolk University, Boston, MA), Nancy Chiaravalloti, Ph.D., director of Neuropsychology & Neuroscience Research, and Glenn Wylie, D.Phil., associate director of Neuroscience Research and the Center for Neuroimaging Research @ Kessler Foundation. Foundation scientists also have faculty appointments at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.


Recent publication: Dobryakova E, DeLuca J, Genova HM, Wylie GR. Neural correlates of cognitive fatigue: cortico-striatal circuitry and effort-reward imbalance. Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2013 Sep;19(8):849-53.


About MS Research at Kessler Foundation

Kessler Foundation’s cognitive rehabilitation research in MS is funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health, National MS Society, NJ Commission of Brain Injury Research, Consortium of MS Centers, and Kessler Foundation. Under the leadership of Dr. DeLuca and Nancy Chiaravalloti, PhD, director of Neuropsychology & Neuroscience Research, scientists have made important contributions to the knowledge of cognitive decline in MS. Clinical studies span new learning, memory, executive function, attention and processing speed, emotional processing and cognitive fatigue. Research tools include innovative applications of neuroimaging, iPADs, and virtual reality. Among recent findings are the benefits of cognitive reserve; correlation between cognitive performance and outdoor temperatures; the efficacy of short-term cognitive rehabilitation using modified story technique; and the correlation between memory improvement and cerebral activation on fMRI.


About Kessler Foundation

Kessler Foundation, a major nonprofit organization in the field of disability, is a global leader in rehabilitation research that seeks to improve cognition, mobility and long-term outcomes, including employment, for people with neurological disabilities caused by diseases and injuries of the brain and spinal cord. Kessler Foundation leads the nation in funding innovative programs that expand opportunities for employment for people with disabilities. For more information, visit KesslerFoundation.org.

KesslerFoundation.org

facebook.com/KesslerFoundation

http://twitter.com/#!/KesslerFdn

Carolann Murphy, PA
973.324.8382
CMurphy@KesslerFoundation.org

Lauren Scrivo
973.324.8384/973.768.6583 (cell)
LScrivo@KesslerFoundation.org


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Google announces the Nexus 5 with Android 4.4, on sale today for $349 (hands-on)

It’s about time. The Google-backed and LG-manufactured Nexus 5 is now really a reality, after countless rumors and leaks (a few of them coming from Google itself). The new device, which predictably boasts the latest and greatest version of Android known as KitKat (or 4.4, if you’re so inclined), …

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