My name is River Wind: David Cornberg has the last word in “Coming into the Country”

first_imgShare this story: Alaska’s Energy DeskMy name is River Wind: David Cornberg has the last word in “Coming into the Country”January 16, 2017 by Annie Feidt, Alaska’s Energy Desk Share:David Cornberg went by the name “River Wind” in the late 70s when he was looking for a place to live along the Yukon River. (Photo courtesy Lynn Cornberg)The last person John McPhee talks to in his book “Coming into the Country” is a man who calls himself River Wind. At the time, River Wind was 32 years old, about to head down the Yukon in a 15-foot aluminum canoe to find a place to live. Forty years later, he goes by his given name, David Cornberg and spends most of the year in Fairbanks.Cornberg says he went by River Wind at the time in an attempt to wipe away every trace of civilization as he began his adventure in the country. He says he met McPhee in Eagle after he went to see the postmaster, looking for maps.Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2017/01/16River-Wind-country.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

Brent crude oil price just fell to its lowest in four years after Saudi Arabia slashed contract price for US

first_img Share The price of Brent crude oil dropped to a four year low today, after Saudi Arabia unexpectedly cut its contract price for customers in the US.  As the world’s largest exporter of the commodity, Saudi Arabia’s move represents an intensification of the battle between countries to gain control over global energy markets.  It was Saudi Aramco – the world’s largest state-owned oil company by production and reserves – that implemented the cut. In London, mid-morning trading value fell 2.5 per cent to $82.6 per barrel, mainly because of the price slash but also because of investor concerns over the European Commission’s reduction in growth forecasts for the single currency zone.  In the US, crude futures are currently priced at around $76 per barrel – the low value is likely to squeeze the profitability of shale gas prodducers in the country. “Apparently Saudi Arabia is now concentrating more on defending its market shares on the US market, which could pose a problem in particular for Canada, Mexico and Venezuela (other leading suppliers of oil to the US) and for US shale oil producers,” Commerzbank said in a statement.  Tags: Oil prices whatsapp More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org Show Comments ▼ Tuesday 4 November 2014 12:53 pmcenter_img Sarah Spickernell by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunElvenar#StayAtHome and Play this Fantasy Game. No Install.ElvenarBlood Pressure Solution4 Worst Blood Pressure MedsBlood Pressure Solution whatsapp Brent crude oil price just fell to its lowest in four years after Saudi Arabia slashed contract price for US last_img read more

Public shaming of overdosed adults by police department’s Facebook post is ‘morally repugnant’

first_img Seth Mnookin It’s been 50 years since the American Medical Association classified alcohol abuse as a disease and more than 40 since they did the same with drugs. There’s been a lot of research since then devoted to effective methods for curtailing illegal drug use and treating drug abuse. Publicly shaming drug users or bullying those most in need of help isn’t one of them. I told my doctors my drug history. Yet they gave me opioids without counseling By Seth Mnookin Sept. 9, 2016 Reprints All of which makes me wonder who the police in East Liverpool, Ohio, were trying to reach by posting a salacious picture of two apparently overdosed adults in a car while a 4-year-old sat in the back. “We felt,” the department wrote on Facebook by way of explanation, “it necessary to show the other side of this horrible drug.” Related: ‘The story had to be told’: Ohio police official defends releasing photo of overdosed adults with boy Related: Leave this field empty if you’re human: First OpinionPublic shaming of overdosed adults by police department’s Facebook post is ‘morally repugnant’ About the Author Reprints Really? East Liverpool, which borders both Pennsylvania and West Virginia, is in a region decimated by heroin. It’s the precise part of the country Sam Quinones wrote about in “Dreamland,” his searing book on the opioid epidemic. Call me crazy, but I’m skeptical that anyone in the local population is thinking of starting to use opioids because of their fun and glamorous reputation.advertisement I’m going to let you in on a secret: Being physically dependent on heroin isn’t fun. When I needed a fix — and when I was using, I always needed a fix — I felt as if my skin was shot through with electricity. I used to scratch myself so violently that it looked as if my back had been raked by a tiger’s claw. When I scored some drugs, that didn’t mean I was going to go and party. Instead, it gave me a few hours reprieve from being bathed in anguish and anxiety.Here’s another secret: Being dependent on heroin is isolating and lonely. When I was using, my family was scared of me, my friends didn’t trust me, and even casual acquaintances weren’t keen on spending time with a sweaty, anxious mess of a person with a potentially deadly and definitely illegal obsession.Finally, on the off chance this isn’t blindingly obvious: Overcoming addiction is not easy.advertisement Please enter a valid email address. Privacy Policy Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. The actions of the East Liverpool Police Department were incredibly insensitive. They were also morally repugnant. In one of the pictures, the woman slumped over in the passenger seat, identified in the department’s Facebook post as the mother of the blond-haired boy sitting in a car seat directly behind her, is visibly turning blue. In both pictures, the boy is staring directly at the camera — which means that the officer who pulled the couple over decided it was more important to snap some money shots before he or she made sure the child didn’t witness his mother’s death. (Both adults were eventually administered first aid and survived.)I’m guessing that the same calculus went into the decision not to obscure the child’s extremely identifiable face. Sure, having a photo out there could follow him around for the rest of his life — but it sure as hell is a striking image.In our legal system, the police don’t get to decide guilt and innocence. The ability to convict someone on social media shouldn’t make that any less true.Seth Mnookin is the director of the MIT Graduate Program in Science Writing and the author of several books, including “The Panic Virus” and “Feeding the Monster.” Seth Mnookin is the director of MIT’s Graduate Program in Science Writing. His most recent book, “The Panic Virus,” is about the vaccine-autism controversy. Hulton Archive/Getty Images @sethmnookin Tags addictionfentanylopioidslast_img read more

Rookie ready to fill big shoes in net for Everblades

first_imgRELATEDTOPICS Face masks no longer required at Florida Everblades games in Hertz Arena May 21, 2021 Sunshine State showdown: Lightning take on Panthers in first round of playoffs May 17, 2021 AdvertisementTags: Florida EverbladesHertz ArenaHockey LEE COUNTY, Fla. – The Florida Everblades roster took another hit over the weekend as starting goalie Cam Johnson was signed to an NHL contract by the Columbus Blue Jackets.While on a bus from one game to another, Everblades Goalie Cam Johnson got the call every hockey player dreams of.“Columbus wants to sign you to an NHL contract and he (his agent) was like this is madness. Stuff like this doesn’t really happen a whole lot,” Johnson said.In moving up, Johnson would be leaving a crease he’s had so much success in since joining the Everblades, starting off this season hot by winning goalie of the week and having an eye on a Kelly Cup run. Advertisement“Man I do not want to leave these guys. Like literally last year was our year and now this is our year,” Johnson said.Instead, he is leaving the keys to rookie Devin Cooley.“He is the next man up. He’s got the skills to do it, he’s got the talent, the work ethic to do it,” Johnson said.center_img Blades losing local products Roe, Solow in offseason June 16, 2021 Cooley was loaned to the Blades by the Predators and with Johnson formed without a doubt the best duo in the league, making an instant impact from the first time he touched the ice in Hertz Arena.“As a rookie you really want your start to be great and luckily I was able to have that because of the team in front of me,” Cooley said. “My first game I was able to get a win and my first week I was able to get goalie of the week.”As the torch of great goalies in Southwest Florida gets passed, Johnson knows fans won’t be disappointed.“Cools has got it, He’s got it under control and I know those guys will have his back along the way for sure,” Johnson said.Cooley is up for the challenge.“Yeah, I think we have a really great team this year and I think we have a heck of a chance doing it, so yeah I am ready for it,” Cooley said.The Everblades are back on the ice Wednesday night at home against Jacksonville. Everblades clinch playoff spot for 22nd time in 23 years May 27, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 commentsDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 commentslast_img read more

Growing Disparity in Wedding Traditions

first_imgNewsEconomy News There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest SHARE News News AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] A growing polarization in wedding trends isbecoming more evident in North Korea due to the disparity between the rich andpoor. With wedding season approaching, a lot of couples are tying the knot, butthe differences in celebrations are stark, Daily NK has learned.“Duringspring, you can see a lot of couples holding weddings and receiving blessingsin their villages,” a source in North Pyongan Province told Daily NK on March 26th. “Poor peoplewear cheap hanbok [Korean traditional attire] from local markets in theirwedding photos, while couples part of the donju [new affluent middle class] spend 150 USDon hanbok or western suits, and they even ride around in a Mercedes that they’verented out for photo shoots.” She added that the disparity is patent evenin their evening celebrations. Those from lower income families light candles andentertain their guests in dimly lit rooms, whereas the rich pay dollars tolocal power plants and sing with karaoke machines.“The most that the average person can servetheir guests is a lot of rice cakes and Onban [pork broth with rice]. But therich order food and drinks from other countries with dollars and serve wine totheir guests,” the source said. “Sometimes, in order to make the wedding morelively and fun, they hire professional singers and actors with dollars as well.”Children of Party cadres or the donju payat least 100 USD to invite a professional singer or pianist on their weddingsor birthdays. Thanks to the rise in popularity of comedians in the recentyears, inviting them to events now costs even more than singers or pianists,according to the source. “This growing popularity of stand-up comediansstarted when actor Lee Chun Hong from Pyongyang Laughter Theater was invited to do his act at a birthday party for the owner of Sinuiju Market,” she said, adding that after audio of the show was made available on CD, the popularity of stand-up comedians for events surged–by 2010, this popularity overshadowed that of musical acts.There have been a few incidents wherein Party cadres have been removed from their posts for hosting such elaborateWestern-style weddings for their children, according to policies handed downfrom the Central Party trying to crack down on corruption and ensuingextravagance, according to the source. She added that children of cadres above the provincial Party level are said to have been holding simple weddings since, but that this practice is “all for show and extravagant weddings are still being carried out in secret. “center_img By Daily NK – 2015.03.30 4:46pm US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Growing Disparity in Wedding Traditions Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Canadians put more research into vacation planning than mutual fund purchases: poll

Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Mutual fund sales outpace ETF sales in March “Though not surprising, it’s discouraging to see that Canadians are prioritizing vacation planning and car purchases over their mutual fund investment decisions,” says Silvio Stroescu, head of mutual funds at ING Direct. “Mutual funds are the most popular investments in retirement portfolios, so to spend a little more time researching your options is worthwhile and can lead to significant savings in the long term.” Whether Canadians lack interest in researching investments or have no idea where to start, it’s clear they could use some additional research time when it comes to investing. An overwhelming majority (73%) of mutual fund investors say they turn to a banker or financial advisor when looking for advice in choosing mutual funds. Others polled say they turn to family (7%), media (3%) or friends (2%) while only one in 10 say they don’t seek advice from anyone. Some Canadians admit that factors like not having enough time to educate oneself (15%), having too many choices (14%) or feeling like investing requires too many steps (9%) were among the obstacles investors faced when deciding on which fund to choose. The survey also found Canadian investors still don’t know the basic cost of holding their funds. Half of mutual fund investors said they felt a management expense ration (MER) of 1% or less was fair, yet 50% were unsure of the annual management expense they are paying for mutual funds. “The perceived complexity around finding the right mutual funds often means Canadians are leaving their investment choices to other people,” says Stroescu. “Outsourcing investment decisions is the main reason why Canadians pay some of the highest mutual funds fees in the world.” Survey data was gathered through teleVox, Harris/Decima’s national telephone omnibus survey. The data were gathered between Nov. 8 and 12, 2012 for a total of 1,000 completes. The ING Direct poll results came from an online survey conducted on Dec. 14, 2012 among a sample of 1,008 Canadian adults who are Angus Reid Forum panel members. A sample of the same size has a margin of error of 3.08%, 19 times out of 20. Related news CIBC to introduce fixed administration fees for certain investment funds Keywords MERs and management fees,  Mutual funds Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Fiera sells rights to manage US$1.9B emerging markets fund More than half (51%) of Canadians who own mutual funds agree that choosing the right fund is neither simple nor straightforward, yet most spend more time planning luxuries instead of annual investments. A recent survey conducted for online bank ING Direct revealed Canadian mutual fund investors spend, on average, 3.4 hours a year planning their mutual fund investments. By comparison, they spend more time planning a major technology purchase such as a smartphone, television or computer (5 hours), a vacation (6.6 hours) or a car purchase/lease (9.2 hours). IE Staff read more

TSX advances as buyers return

first_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitter The Canadian dollar was up 0.32 of a cent to 87.41 cents US. Worries that last week’s positive jobs creation data could result in the U.S. Federal Reserve moving sooner than expected to raise interest rates punished most U.S. indexes. The Dow Jones industrials fell 51.28 points to 17,801.2 and the S&P 500 index dipped 0.49 of a point to 2,059.82, while the Nasdaq gained 25.78 points to 4,766.47. Oil prices rose 77 cents to US$63.82 a barrel after tumbling almost US$3 a barrel Monday in the wake of weak trade data from China and a report from Morgan Stanley that suggested prices for Brent crude, an international benchmark, could fall to as low as US$43 a barrel next year. The TSX energy sector closed up 1.13 per cent Tuesday — but the component, which makes up 23 per cent of the TSX, is still under water almost 20 per cent year to date as markets try to work out a huge imbalance in supply and demand. “The energy space is almost looking like capitulation,” observed Paul Vaillancourt, executive vice-president, private wealth, at Fiera Capital in Calgary. “When we see days like this, they’re expected. Never waste an opportunity and in this situation here … fear and panic have resulted in some pretty indiscriminate selling.” Canadian energy companies continue to be impacted by plunging oil prices. Baytex Energy (TSX:BTE) is reducing its monthly dividend by more than half to 10 cents a month. The company is also cutting 2015 spending plans by 30 per cent from earlier estimates as well as its production ranges. Baytex shares gained 44 cents to $16.90. Another bright spot on the TSX was Talisman Energy Inc. (TSX:TLM), which said several parties, including Spanish energy company Repsol, have approached it about potential deals. Talisman and Repsol held inconclusive talks during the summer but the Calgary company’s shares have plunged about 60 per cent since then, making it a more attractive takeover target. Its shares rose 11.85 per cent to $4.81. Miners also provided some lift to the TSX, with the gold sector ahead 4.4 per cent as February bullion gained $37.10 to US$1,232 an ounce. The base metals sector was up 2.25 per cent as March copper rose four cents to US$2.93 a pound. Elsewhere, Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC) had a quarterly net loss of $13 million or seven cents a share and “normalized” earnings of $116 million, both improvements from the same time last year. Retail sales nearly doubled to $1.91 billion from $984 million a year earlier and its shares edged up 51 cents to $24. Financials led decliners, down 0.3 per cent. Financials have been steadily sliding since last week after the big banks delivered a mixed bag of earnings and warned of a challenging 2015. Investors have been cutting their exposure to banks because of worries that falling oil will negatively impact economic growth and cut back on bank lending. AGF Management Ltd. (TSX:AGF.B) was the major drag on the sector Tuesday, down 14.65 per cent to $8.28 after the company said it would cut its quarterly dividend by 70 per cent to eight cents a share as of the first quarter of 2015. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Toronto stock market dips on weakness in the energy and financials sectors TSX gets lift from financials, U.S. markets rise to highest since March S&P/TSX composite hits highest close since March on strength of financials sectorcenter_img Keywords Marketwatch Malcolm Morrison The Toronto stock market closed higher Tuesday with the resource sectors positive as buyers started to nibble at companies that have sustained a severe mauling because of a steep drop in oil prices and other economic concerns. The S&P/TSX composite index gained 51.56 points to 14,195.73. Related newslast_img read more

Vintage Pikes Peak VW Golf was a 1980s two-engine monster

first_img Trending Videos The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever 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? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca 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” Speaking to Driving during a media event, Kleint recalled the twin-engined Golf wasn’t as difficult to drive as it might sound as long as the engines remained in sync. Keeping the front end pointed in the right direction became considerably more demanding if the engines spun at different revolutions, which sometimes happened if one end lost traction. He knew how to handle it, though. He had plenty of experience from extensive testing and two official runs up the Peak, and he was confident in his ability to power the beast of a hatchback through the turns. 1987 could have been Volkswagen’s year.At first, everything went according to plan. Kleint reached the halfway point faster than any of his rivals. He looked set to win the race until he unexpectedly came to a stop less than half a kilometre away from the finish line. One of the car’s suspension ball joints had failed, forcing Kleint to abandon the race.Walter Röhrl won the 1987 Pikes Peak hill climb by logging a time of 10 minutes and 47 seconds behind the wheel of an Audi Sport Quattro. Volkswagen quit trying to conquer the peak after the defeat. It’s making a comeback this year with an all-electric prototype named I.D.R. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 1987 Volkswagen Golf Pikes Peak racer Motorsport built two examples of the twin-engined Golf. The Polo-powered example used during the 1985 and 1986 runs now resides in a private collection in Ingolstadt, Germany. The GTI-powered car from 1987 joined the firm’s collection after its unsuccessful attempt. It recently benefited from a six-month-long mechanical restoration and runs as well as it did in the 1980s. RELATED TAGSGolfVolkswagenClassic CarsClassic Cars & TrucksNew Vehicles See More Videos Trending in Canada Motorsport retained some of the Golf’s sheet metal, notably the doors, but it made the front and rear sections out of composites to keep weight in check. It also widened the body by 20 centimetres. All told, the race car and its volume-produced sibling shared an unmistakable family resemblance but no major components. The team building the car only sourced the lights and minor bits and pieces like the door handles from the production parts bin. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.21987 Volkswagen Golf Pikes Peak racerRonan Glon, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.21987 Volkswagen Golf Pikes Peak racerRonan Glon, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.21987 Volkswagen Golf Pikes Peak racerRonan Glon, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.21987 Volkswagen Golf Pikes Peak racerRonan Glon, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.21987 Volkswagen Golf Pikes Peak racerRonan Glon, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.21987 Volkswagen Golf Pikes Peak racerRonan Glon, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.21987 Volkswagen Golf Pikes Peak racerRonan Glon, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.21987 Volkswagen Golf Pikes Peak racerRonan Glon, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.21987 Volkswagen Golf Pikes Peak racerRonan Glon, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.21987 Volkswagen Golf Pikes Peak racerRonan Glon, Driving Volkswagen fitted the first prototype with a 1.3-litre four-cylinder engine borrowed from the humble Polo, a sub-Golf model never sold in Canada. It sat longitudinally and sent its power to the front wheels. But building a front-wheel drive car to win Pikes Peak would have meant taking absolutely no account of reality; the competition included Audi’s fabulously quick Sport Quattro, which took a short break from belching flames out of its exhaust during Group B races to participate in the event. Instead of using the Syncro system, which they began experimenting with in the early 1980s, Volkswagen engineers simply dropped a second, identical engine right over the rear wheels.Though outwardly complicated, the twin-engine layout was relatively straight-forward and well-suited to a demanding course like Pikes Peak. The Golf benefited from a through-the-road all-wheel drive system in normal driving conditions. One gear lever shifted both transmissions simultaneously. Alternatively, the driver could select front- or rear-wheel drive if needed.Volkswagen tested the twin-engined Golf in Europe before shipping it to the Rocky Mountains. The pressure on race day was immense. The team only had one shot at the peak; there were no do-overs. Breaking down or making a mistake meant months of preparation immediately got thrown out the window. German pilot Jochi Kleint drove the Golf to a third-place finish in 1985, an admirable performance for its first race. The duo took fourth place the following year.Volkswagen returned to Colorado with a vengeance in 1987. Determined to beat its Audi division, which had won every edition of the race since 1985, it built a new Golf that ditched its predecessor’s Polo engines and adopted a pair of turbocharged, 1.8-liter four-cylinders sourced from the GTI. Motorsport tweaked both 16-valve units to give the hatchback a total output of approximately 650 horsepower. For stability reasons, the rear engine made slightly more power than the front one. Both continued to shift through a manual transmission. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.21987 Volkswagen Golf Pikes Peak racerRonan Glon, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.21987 Volkswagen Golf Pikes Peak racerRonan Glon, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.21987 Volkswagen Golf Pikes Peak racerRonan Glon, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.21987 Volkswagen Golf Pikes Peak racerRonan Glon, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.21987 Volkswagen Golf Pikes Peak racerRonan Glon, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.21987 Volkswagen Golf Pikes Peak racerRonan Glon, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.21987 Volkswagen Golf Pikes Peak racerRonan Glon, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.21987 Volkswagen Golf Pikes Peak racerRonan Glon, Driving Racing in the annual Pikes Peak hill climb, which first started in 1916 and continues this weekend, demands a colossal amount of effort and innovation.The 20-kilometre-long, 156-turn course begins at 2,861 metres above sea level and ends at roughly 4,300 metres. Some sections of it remained unpaved until 2011, which significantly complicated the task of finishing the race – let alone winning it. Capturing first place required building a car with an immense amount of power, tremendous traction, and the ability to blast through corners at a neck-snapping pace. In the early 1980s, Volkswagen looked at the design brief and said “challenge accepted!”There was a not-insignificant catch: the instructions sent down from Wolfsburg also asked for a car that, for the sake of marketing, looked like a second-generation Golf. The firm’s Motorsport division couldn’t turn a standard Golf into a Pikes Peak-conquering machine so it enlisted the help of Vienna-based Kaimann Racing and started from scratch. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS advertisement We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

Volvo still planning to roll out self-driving tech in cars by 2022 despite virus

first_img Volvo is grappling with plant shutdowns and layoffs, but one thing it’s not doing amid the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic is pumping the brakes on autonomous driving development.The Swedish automaker said it will use sensors from Palo Alto, California-based lidar startup Luminar Technologies Inc. for a self-driving system installed in its cars starting in 2022. It’s the first large-scale production contract with a global automaker for Luminar, which counts Volvo as an investor.The technical and economic challenges of lidar sensors, which bounce lasers off objects to guide vehicles, have long been a stumbling block for companies looking to compete in the robotic-car race. Lidar systems have been dogged by problems with bad weather like thick fog or white-out conditions and costs that can run into the thousands of dollars. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. 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” The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Trending in Canada Green said selling cars to individual consumers is the best way to commercialize autonomous technology, rather than betting on robotaxis or automated delivery vehicles. Luminar says it has been able to reduce costs by making all the parts used itself, including chips — which are the single most expensive component. Trending Videos RELATED TAGSVolvoLuxuryLuxury CarsLuxury VehiclesNew Vehicles See More Videos But Volvo, which is owned by China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co., and Luminar say they’re using cheaper and better technology. The carmaker plans to use Luminar’s lidar in Highway Pilot, a new platform enabling hands-free highway driving in its cars. Volvo says its system won’t require drivers to keep their eyes on the road at all times.RELATED COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 An Uber self-driving Volvo XC90.  Uber 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? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca Volvo and Uber show off production-ready self-driving vehicle advertisement Tesla says it may give Full Self Driving to select drivers by year’s endVolvo is forging ahead despite financial pressure from economic shutdowns triggered by the pandemic. The company eliminated 1,300 salaried jobs last month as part of ongoing changes to its cost structure.“The priorities we had are standing firm,” said Henrik Green, Volvo’s chief technology officer. “We are actually accelerating our transformation into those priorities.” ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

New $115 million quantum systems accelerator to pioneer quantum technologies for discovery science

first_img The JILA building on the CU Boulder campus. (Credit: Casey A. Cass/CU Boulder) Categories:Science & TechnologyNews Headlines This story was adapted from one published by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Read the original.The Department of Energy has awarded $115 million over five years to the Quantum Systems Accelerator (QSA), a new research center that will include CU Boulder.The center, which is led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, will forge the technological solutions needed to harness quantum information science for discoveries that benefit the world. It will also energize the nation’s research community to ensure U.S. leadership in quantum research and development and accelerate the transfer of quantum technologies from the lab to the marketplace.Total planned funding for the center is $115 million over five years, with $15 million in Fiscal Year 2020 dollars and outyear funding contingent on congressional appropriations. The center is one of five new Department of Energy National QIS Research Centers announced todayJun Ye will lead CU Boulder’s participation in the center, which will complement the university’s work through the CUbit Quantum Initiative and Quantum Systems through Entangled Science and Engineering (Q-SEnSE).“The QSA’s focus on the development of scalable quantum systems for meaningful applications will likely lead to major scientific discoveries and technology breakthroughs,” said Ye, a fellow in JILA, a partnership between CU Boulder and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.Steve ONeil, Director of Operations for Q-SEnSE, which is funded by NSF, added: “This DOE Quantum Systems Accelerator center will have a major research program that is complementary to that of the CU-led Q-SEnSE, and together the two centers confirm Boulder as a national jewel for research in quantum science and engineering.”The Quantum Systems Accelerator brings together dozens of scientists who are pioneers of many of today’s quantum capabilities from 15 institutions: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, CU Boulder, Caltech, Duke University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tufts University, UC Berkeley, University of Maryland, University New Mexico, University of Southern California, UT Austin and Canada’s Université de Sherbrooke.“The global race is on to build quantum systems that fuel discovery and make possible the next generation of information technology that greatly improves our lives,” said Berkeley Lab’s Irfan Siddiqi, the director of the Quantum Systems Accelerator. “The Quantum Systems Accelerator will transform the enormous promise of quantum entanglement into an engineering resource for the nation, forging the industries of tomorrow.”The center’s multidisciplinary expertise and network of world-class research facilities will enable the team to co-design the solutions needed to build working quantum systems that outperform today’s computers. The goal is to deliver prototype quantum systems that are optimized for major advances in scientific computing, discoveries in fundamental physics and breakthroughs in materials and chemistry. In addition to furthering research that is critical to DOE’s missions, this foundational work will give industry partners a toolset to expedite the development of commercial technologies. The Quantum Systems Accelerator will strengthen the nation’s quantum research ecosystem and help ensure its international leadership in quantum research and development by building a network of national labs, industry, and universities that addresses a broad spectrum of technological challenges. The center will train the workforce needed to keep the nation at the forefront of quantum information science, share its advances with the scientific community and serve as a central clearinghouse for promising research.Other CU Boulder and NIST participants in the effort include John Bollinger, Adam Kaufman, Cindy Regal, Ana Maria Rey, Graeme Smith and James Thompson. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Aug. 26, 2020 last_img read more