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« Reply #14535 on: Apr 3rd, 2016, 07:16am »

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Mikhail Lesin’s Strange Death in U.S. Follows a Fall From Russia’s Elite

By STEVEN LEE MYERS
APRIL 2, 2016

WASHINGTON — As happens sometimes with wealthy Russians, Mikhail Y. Lesin found his business and political fortunes in Vladimir Putin’s Russia crumbling. Once an influential player in Mr. Putin’s rise to power, he was abruptly dismissed from his position in the Kremlin’s powerful media apparatus. Perhaps sensing that things could get worse, he seemed to be preparing for a new life in America.

The trappings of a comfortable exile were already in place. He had created a corporation in Los Angeles to buy expensive homes. His son and daughter had lived there. Mr. Lesin, 57, traveled regularly to the United States with a new girlfriend, who gave birth in September.

“He finished his business in Russia, if you will, and was looking for another life,” said Sergei V. Aleksashenko, a former deputy of Russia’s central bank who moved to the United States after taking part in protests against Mr. Putin.

Instead, the new life abruptly came to an end.

On the morning of Nov. 5, Mr. Lesin was found dead inside a hotel room in Washington, where he had been invited to attend a fund-raising dinner for the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in the city’s West End two nights before.

He never appeared at the event. Nor did he respond to phone calls or a text message from the fellow Russian who had invited him, Pyotr Aven, a banker and philanthropist who was honored at the dinner, at which sponsorships were $10,000.

It took more than four months for the city’s medical examiner to announce the cause of death. It was not a heart attack, as the Russian news media initially reported, but rather “blunt force injuries.” But the autopsy left the manner of death undetermined.

That has fueled speculation that Mr. Lesin might have been murdered, presumably by a financial or political rival. Not only that, but it has also given rise to more outlandish theories about what he was doing in the capital of a country that the news media — the one he did more than most to build — regularly vilifies as a decadent, hostile enemy of Russia.

In Mr. Putin’s Russia, such speculation is not without cause, even in the absence of evidence thus far. Other once prominent members of the Russian elite who have fallen out of favor have died in unexplained circumstances — from Alexander Litvinenko, who was poisoned with radioactive polonium in 2006 to Alexander Perepilichny, a whistle-blower who died while jogging in England in 2012, apparently from an exotic toxin.

What is not in question is that Mr. Lesin’s fall in Russia came swiftly, unexpectedly and with little official explanation.

He stepped down as the head of the media subsidiary of Russia’s natural gas giant, Gazprom, after little more than a year in a job that had thrust him back into the center of the Kremlin’s efforts to shape its image ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014.

He seemed poised to join a new wave of economic or political exiles that has flowed from Russia as Mr. Putin’s attitude and policies toward the West have sharpened significantly.

“Obviously, he was running away,” said Yevgenia Albats, a prominent journalist and commentator whose reporting provoked Mr. Lesin’s ire.

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What made Mr. Lesin’s death so notable was the influential role he played during Mr. Putin’s ascent to power.

An engineer by training, he had founded an advertising company in the 1990s that became one of the country’s most important. His expertise landed him jobs with the official Russian news agency, RIA Novosti, then the All-Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company, where he was accused of using his position to funnel contracts to his former advertising company, Video International.

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« Reply #14536 on: Apr 3rd, 2016, 08:13am »

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« Reply #14537 on: Apr 3rd, 2016, 10:47am »

Z? There's someone on the phone for you? Says he's Smokey Berry or something? huh
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« Reply #14538 on: Apr 3rd, 2016, 6:39pm »

on Apr 3rd, 2016, 10:47am, Swamprat wrote:
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SMOKEY IS ON VACATION ~ grin

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« Reply #14540 on: Apr 4th, 2016, 06:51am »

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Kim Philby reveals his secrets in newly discovered Stasi film

4 April 2016
Monday

By Rob Crilly

The first footage of Kim Philby, Britain's most notorious communist spy, describing his career as a Soviet agent has been discovered.

Philby, the most successful of the Cambridge spies at penetrating Britain's security establishment and passing secrets to the Soviet Union, is shown giving a lecture to the Stasi, the East German intelligence service, in 1981.

He describes the ease with which he stole British secrets and how he never lost his nerve, even as suspicions mounted that he was a spy.

Clips of film and audio recordings have occasionally surfaced of Philby in his adopted homeland after he defected in 1963.

However, the video found by the BBC in a Stasi archive is the first film to show him discussing his espionage career.

He is introduced by Markus Wolf, the East German spymaster who was so elusive that he was described by Western intelligence agencies as "the man without a face".

Philby begins by addressing his audience with “dear comrades”, before offering an hour-long journey through his career and the secrets of spycraft.

"I must warn you that I am no public speaker," he says. "I've spent most of my life trying to avoid publicity of any kind."

The only other known footage of him speaking was a 1955 press conference in London when he denied being a Soviet spy.

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« Reply #14542 on: Apr 4th, 2016, 10:37am »

A father told his 3 sons when he sent them to the university: "I feel it's my duty to provide you with the best possible education, and you do not owe me anything for that. However, I want you to appreciate it. As a token, please each put $1,000 into my coffin when I die."

And so it happened. His sons became a doctor, a lawyer and a financial planner, each very successful financially. When their father's time had come and they saw their father in the coffin, they remembered his wish.

First, it was the doctor who put 10 newly printed crisp $100 bills onto the chest of the deceased.

Then, came the financial planner, who also put $1,000 there.

Finally, it was the heartbroken lawyer's turn. He dipped into his pocket, took out his checkbook, wrote a check for $3,000, put it into his father's coffin, and took the $2,000 cash

He is now running for Congress in your district ...

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TO WIT:

"Finally, it was the heartbroken lawyer's turn. He dipped into his pocket, took out his checkbook, wrote a check for $3,000, put it into his father's coffin, and took the $2,000 cash

He is now running for Congress in your district ..."

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Ain't technology wonderful!




Motion Simulator Brings 4D Entertainment to Your Couch

By Elizabeth Goldbaum, Live Science Contributor
April 04, 2016


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The Immersit is a motion- and vibration-generating device for games and movies that allows people to experience thrills and sensations from your couch. Credit: Immersit

If you wish you could replicate the stomach-churning experience of the intergalactic "Star Tours" ride at Disneyland, or feel all the bumps and lurches of "The Simpsons" ride at Universal Studios, you're in luck. A new gadget can turn your ordinary couch into an immersive entertainment experience, helping you feel what you're seeing on-screen – whether it's launching into space or chasing a speeding car.

The aptly named "Immersit" motion-simulating device is inconspicuous in a living room, according to its creators. Its various parts can sit under a couch and cause sensations choreographed to actions in a movie or game. The Immersit can create 1,000 combinations of vibrations and movements in the couch, including tilt and bend, up and down and side to side, said Valentin Fage, CEO and founder of Immersit.

The device includes four accordion-shaped pads — the "muscles" — that slip underneath the couch and create the 1,000 sensations. There's also a "brain" that controls the pads' movements, and a "heart" that powers the system. The pads fan out from the controller, which sits underneath the middle of the couch. The power source connects directly to the controller.

The Immersit works with footed couches that seat up to three people. Most couches will work with the device, Fage told Live Science in an email, "unless [the feet] are very, very thin and fragile." The top of the pads that go under the couch's feet are made of plastic, steel and aluminum, and the bottom of the pads are made of an insulating material to avoid vibrations with the floor, he said.

The device will produce immersive sensations as long as the people sitting on the couch do not weigh more than 1,100 lbs. (500 kilograms) total, Fage said. Thrills are also not limited to only one person. "Two people can sit on it and enjoy the same experience," he said.

The system plugs into a TV or media device and comes pre-loaded with motions set to various videos and games. So far, the company has synchronized movements for several hundred videos and games, and is working to add more to the list.

While designing the Immersit, the company faced a number of constraints due to weight, safety, cost and other issues, Fage said. The design team incorporated multiple sensors to stop the system in case something — like a pet — crawls under the couch while the Immersit is active, Fage said. The company also took precautions to prevent damage to the couch itself. Using X-rays, company researchers examined the device for damage with couches of different sizes, weights and shapes.

Immersit raised money for the project through Kickstarter, where 268 backers pledged more than $200,000 to fund the invention. The full device is expected to ship in December of this year, with a vibration-only device scheduled to ship in September. The vibration-only device is available for pre-order through Immersit's Kickstarter website.

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Scientists find surprise lurking in crocodilian jaw

Date: April 4, 2016

Source: Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)

Summary: Researchers discovered that alligators have a previously unknown second jaw joint that helps to distribute the extreme force of their bite - the most powerful of any living animal.

Researchers recently discovered that alligators and related crocodilian species have a previously unknown second jaw joint that helps to distribute the extreme force of their bite, which is the most powerful of any living animal. The finding raises new questions about the evolution of our own meager-by-comparison jaws and could potentially lead to a better understanding of common jaw disorders.

"When we discovered that crocs had built this new jaw joint, it made us re-evaluate how mammals actually evolved our jaw joint and reinterpret what we thought we knew about where parts of our jaw joint came from," said Casey Holliday, Ph.D., assistant professor of anatomy at the University of Missouri, who led the research. "It's one of those awesome 'tapestry of life' stories that's given us a new way of looking at 250 million years of evolution for crocs and also 250 million years of independent evolution toward mammals."

Holliday will present the new findings and other highlights of recent research about crocodilian anatomy at the American Association of Anatomists Annual Meeting during Experimental Biology 2016. He is the recipient of the 2016 American Association of Anatomists Morphological Sciences Award.

Crocodilians, which include alligators, crocodiles and caimans, live in tropical and temperate regions worldwide and are top predators in watery environments. With a crushing force of more than 16,000 newtons, they have the strongest bite of any animal on Earth, a distinction scientists believe they have likely maintained going back to the Mesozoic era, when their giant ancestors co-existed with the T-rex and other impressive biters. By comparison, the typical human bite involves around 500 newtons of force.

"Though they have a reputation as 'living fossils' and indeed have patrolled Earth's waterways for millions of years, they aren't just some holdover or relic from the days of the dinosaurs," said Holliday. "In fact, they have continued to evolve and continue to reveal new features that are surprisingly similar in function to those we find in mammals, birds and other animals. Crocodilians are a treasure trove of adaptations that can help us understand the form, function and evolution of many animals."

The research team made the discovery by using a variety of imaging, computational and 3-D modeling tools to investigate the bones, cartilage, and tissues of the alligator head. It appears the second joint helps to distribute the bite force throughout the skull and stabilizes the jaw to prevent it from twisting during feeding. Mammals have only one jaw joint; birds, lizards, snakes and fishes have multiple flexible joints in their heads, though these joints are not all considered jaw joints.

Because the crocodilians' second jaw joint is similar in structure to the temporomandibular joint in people, Holliday said the findings could have relevance for understanding a group of painful jaw-related conditions known as temporomandibular joint dysfunction, TMD or TMJ. The causes of TMJ, which is estimated to affect up to 30 percent of adults, are not well understood.

Holliday also highlighted his team's other active areas in alligator research. One recent study yielded new insights on a pair of nerves that run down each side of the animal's long snout. A series of small holes along the snout allow the nerves to sense pressure and vibration in the environment, akin to invisible whiskers that help the animal locate prey when hunting at night.

Another promising area is the study of crocodilian cartilage. Holliday said a better understanding of how this cartilage develops and functions could help researchers find new ways to counteract one of the downsides of human anatomy -- our relatively thin layers of cartilage that become worn down over time, creating arthritis.

"Over on the other side of the animal tree, we have this whole stock of successful animals that don't have anything like arthritis -- they have these huge caps of cartilage that they maintain throughout life. Our hope is that there might be some way to bioengineer gator cartilage for research or even clinical applications to help us deal with human cartilage problems like arthritis," said Holliday.

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Ha! I don't think I'll stick my hand in and check!

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