Newsweek Put on the Block

first_imgThe Washington Post Company has put Newsweek magazine on the block. The newspaper publisher said today that it has retained Allen & Company to explore a potential sale.“The losses at Newsweek in 2007 to 2009 are a matter of record. Despite heroic efforts on the part of Newsweek’s management and staff, we expect it to still lose money in 2010,” Washington Post Co. chairman Donald E. Graham says in a statement. “We are exploring all options to fix that problem.  Newsweek is a lively, important magazine and website, and in the current climate, it might be a better fit elsewhere.”Advertising pages at Newsweek declined 20.4 percent through the first quarter of 2010, according to Publishers Information Bureau figures. Through 2009, pages were down 25.9 percent. Last year, Newsweek’s overall paid and verified circulation fell 27 percent, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations. Newsstand sales plummeted more than 40 percent to 62,257 copies.Check back to for updates to the story.last_img read more

Cygnus Announces New Organizational Architecture Around Four Groups

first_img“Simply stated, this new structure will ensure the most comprehensive audience engagement model in the industries we serve,” says CEO John French.The first group will be Aviation, which includes Airport Business, AMT, Ground Support, the AMT Society, the Aviation Industry Expo and all associated Web sites. Pat Nadler, who has served as vice president of business development, has been named executive vice president, overseeing Aviation.“We think that we’re in a position to bring everything together under one EVP,” French tells FOLIO:. “That person is going to spend every day thinking about what’s going on in their marketplace and not be constrained by platform.”French says “about a handful” of Cygnus’ properties are not expected to be grouped into any of the four portals. However, he says no layoffs are expected as a result of the organizational changes.New BrandingIn addition to the organizational changes, Cygnus has unveiled a new corporate logo [pictured above] and a new tagline: “Because the world is changing very fast.”“The world is changing very fast and our company is changing very fast,” French says. “We’re going to stake our claim on that tagline.” SEE ALSO: Q+A with CEO John FrenchIn a move the company says makes it and its products more transparent to customers, Cygnus Business Media announced to staff today a plan for a new corporate “architecture” around four affinity groups: Aviation, Public Safety & Security, Building & Construction and Agriculture. The aim of the changes, the company says, is to build a framework that is better equipped to handle market dynamics and more effectively execute media strategies.Cygnus will roll out each new group separately over the next 18 months, the company says. Each will be headed by an executive vice president who will act as a point person for Cygnus in their particular market, overseeing sales, content and market for their brands.last_img read more

Spaces mysterious fast radio bursts What the heck are they

first_img “That’s weird isn’t it? You’d expect to find FRBs where there are more stars … more stars means more neutron stars,” Shriharsh Tendulkar of McGill University and the discovery team said at the time. Burstin’ We’re already picking up more signals from deep space. Danielle Futselaar Comment “Fast radio bursts are exceedingly bright given their short duration and origin at great distances, and we haven’t identified a possible natural source with any confidence,” Avi Loeb, a Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics theorist, said in a press release back in 2017. At least one case of an FRB was later explained by someone at an observatory opening a microwave oven door while it was running. At this rate, we might soon be able to stream FRBs live as they arrive at our planet. Podcasts are fun, but I now look forward to a golden age of (tiny) bite-sized alien radio broadcasts. It should really be no surprise that, as with most space stuff that can’t yet be explained without a doubt by some natural phenomenon, aliens have been proposed as a possibility, including by Loeb himself. “An artificial origin is worth contemplating and checking,” he says. 26 Photos Notably, one of the repeating FRBs picked up by the new Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME) appears to be much closer than the first couple observed. While those came from somewhere billions of light years away on the other side of the universe, this newly heard one could come from the edge of our own galaxy. Space FRBs are essentially just what they sound like — radio signals from somewhere in deep space that last for just milliseconds. In addition to neutron stars, there’s also exploding black holes, magnetars and hypothetical blitzars that could be throwing off radio emissions that eventually make it to us. Originally published May 26, 2017. Updated Aug. 20, 2019, with additional information. Best places in space to search for alien life But after the CHIME radio telescope in British Columbia came online in late 2017, scientists had a new and highly valuable stream of FRB observations at their disposal. As of August 2019, a total of a dozen repeating fast radio bursts have now been confirmed or are in the process of being confirmed. An (extraterrestrial) intelligent explanation? center_img Tags Since then, an “FRB Theory Wiki” hosted by the McGill Space Institute has grown to include over four dozen possible explanations ranging from “annihilating mini black holes” to “alien light sails,” although most explanations at this point have something to do with pulsars or neutron stars.  1 One aspect of FRBs that has made them so hard to trace back to a source is that they rarely seem to repeat. For the first decade of FRB research, they were all just detected and never heard from again. Then, in January 2017, researchers announced they’d finally identified that FRB 121102 repeats. But new radio telescopes in Australia and Canada are already making it much easier to detect fast radio bursts, or FRBs, and here’s a look at what we’ve learned so far. Few encores Sci-Tech Researchers have also been able to integrate artificial intelligence with one telescope in Australia to detect FRBs in real-time as they arrive at Earth. That could rapidly speed up the work of studying the odd signals, which previously required combing through past observations taken months or even years previous. Loeb and his colleagues worked out how much power would be needed to send such signals across the universe. Turns out it would require covering two Earth-size planets with energy collectors, leading Loeb to theorize that such a massive project might be used not to communicate, but to propel starships using high-energy beams. As more new observing equipment comes online, our understanding of FRBs could begin to crystallize very soon.  Share your voice This allowed them to trace the blinking signal to a surprising source: a distant dwarf galaxy 3 billion light-years beyond the Milky Way. Fast radio bursts from space are a uniquely 21st-century mystery. They were first identified just 12 years ago and, up until very recently, almost nothing was known about them and where they come from. While aliens might be the most exciting possible explanation, that doesn’t mean they’re the most probable. There are, after all, natural phenomena in the cosmos that could generate such signals and are known to actually exist, which is more than we can say for extraterrestrials. Or maybe there are different types of FRBs out there or different explanations we haven’t even thought of yet. The weird, repeating signals from deep space just tripled Mysterious deep-space signals can now be picked up in real time More mysterious signals from deep space detectedlast_img read more

MakeMyTrip files case against EaseMyTrip does brand nameidentical Google Adword infringe IPRs

first_imgA MakeMyTrip promotion campaign image. MakeMyTrip has hauled EaseMyTrip to court over the use of Google Adword ‘makemytrip’.The Delhi High Court will be deciding if the use of Google Adword identical to the competition’s brand name could possibly violate intellectual property rights (IPR). Travel portal MakeMyTrip has made Google a party to the case it has filed against EaseMyTrip over the Adword ‘makemytrip’. MakeMyTrip claims EaseMyTrip’s use of the Adword is in violation of the trademark law and has raised the cost of its Google Search Network advertisements. The court will be hearing the case on May 8.This is perhaps the first time that Google has been made a party to a legal suit by a major internet commerce company in India, according to a media report. MakeMyTrip claims the brand-name identical Adword that its rival uses makes it costlier for it to come on top for every search result on its own name. The Gurugram-based company listed on Nasdaq feels it is unfair when rivals bid for its name and divert traffic to their platform, the report on The Times of India says. Previously, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) had fined Google for ‘search bias’ and abuse of ‘dominant position’ following complaints from a matrimony website. “The competitive bidding on brand’s wordmark raises the cost per click on Google platform by up to three-to-four times,” the report quoted an unidentified industry executive as saying. MakeMyTrip has also taken up the matter with the government’s Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade during stakeholder consultations on draft e-commerce policy earlier this month, according to the report.Google has been made a party to a suit that MakeMyTrip has filed against EaseMyTrip over the use of Adword ‘makemytrip’.The court documents say EaseMyTrip was sent a cease and desist notice in September by MakeMyTrip but it did not respond to the notice and has continued using the ad-word “makemytrip,” according to the report. According to sources, MakeMyTrip India’s turnover for last year was Rs 2,760 crore, while it spent Rs 3,300 crore for brand promotion. “It’s fine for companies to bid for words like flight or travel but copying the full name of the brand is unfair and illegal. Since Google being part of the problem here, they have been made a party to it and if the court asks they have to appear in court to explain their stand,” a source said.EaseMyTrip, meanwhile, is planning to expand its hotel inventory to 1.5 million properties by June. The company said it currently hosts 300,000 hotels on its platform through different partners besides 12,000 directly contracted hotels, the report says. EaseMyTrip co-founders Nishant and Rikant Pitti told The Economic Times that Ease-MyTrip was planning to introduce IRCTC tickets on the platform by the end of the month, which could raise the bar for the competition. EaseMyTrip started operations in 2008 as a b2b business wherein it received deposits from offline travel agents to buy tickets in bulk from different carriers. Its rapid expansion and dextrous use of the digital marketing platform has begun posing problems for the competition.last_img read more

Particle decay may point to New Physics

first_imgThis “penguin diagram” shows the top quark inside the loop (forming the belly of the penguin, or the “quantum effect”). The New Physics being probed would be the presence and participation of other, new particles in this loop. Image credit: Wikipedia ( Scientists Rahul Sinha, Basudha Misra and Wei-Shu Hou have tried to explain the discrepency, and have shown that it is not possible to reconcile the deviation between the measurements, revealing a possible glitch in the stubbornly persistent SM.”At present, it is not possible to specify the kind of NP [New Physics] that might be implied,” Sinha told “We not only need larger data sample of B meson decays, but also more theoretical studies. It could be supersymmetry, or something else.” The two classes of B meson decay modes that Sinha and his colleagues analyzed involved decays resulting in a strange quark, along with two other particles (either a charm and anti-charm quark, or a “q” and anti-“q” quark, where q could be either an up, down or strange quark). The neutral B meson has a very special property: it can mix with its anti-particle, the anti-B meson, which results in a phase called the “B-meson mixing phase.” According to the SM, B mesons decay via weak interactions, and decays that result in strange quarks receive two contributions with different weak phases. Scientists expect some deviation to exist when measuring the mixing phase of the B meson decay from different decay modes. However, the SM predicts a deviation of only a few degrees, while the measured deviation is significantly larger–about 13 degrees. Moreover, it is in the opposite direction.To confront the discrepancy between the SM and the observed decays, which was first observed at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center and the High Energy Accelerator Research Organization in Japan, and was reported by Hazumi with further evidence at a conference this summer in Moscow, Sinha and his group investigated the possibilities that might explain the results within the SM. Using a model-independent approach, they showed both numerically and geometrically that the deviation of the B mixing phase must always be less than the weak phase of one of the contributions. The only alternative SM-compliant explanation they could find was that large destructive interference resulting from fine-tuned cancellations between two large contributions–contributions that are even larger than the decay rates themselves–might cause the observed deviation. However, the scientists say that this option is “rather unlikely, given the relative successful understanding of B decays.” Citation: Particle decay may point to New Physics (2006, October 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from “Without making any hadronic assumptions, we have shown that it is impossible to explain within SM the observed discrepancy in [the B meson] mixing phase measured using the [two] modes,” Sinha et al. wrote in their study. To confirm that the large deviation is indeed NP, Sinha said that more observations are needed.”We need to collect larger data sets of B mesons at the B factories at SLAC and KEK, and also seriously consider the future upgrades to firm up the statistical significance of the deviation,” he said. “The small phase (referred to as ‘beta_s’ in the paper) might be measured directly in the future.”If the SM cannot explain this observation, scientists may get a lead toward NP–physics beyond the SM. Although the SM has assisted physicists since its development in the 1970s, with its elegant explanations and predictions for several previously unknown particles, the model has arguably reached its limits. It can’t explain many areas (e.g. dark matter, gravity and particle masses), and therefore doesn’t offer much help in further discoveries. Even a small inaccuracy such as this wrongly predicted B mixing phase may yield greater understanding of the particles and forces that compose the universe. As Sinha mentions, of course, there are also several other potential candidates for NP:”Although supersymmetry is the most popular scenario for possible NP, it has not yet been seen,” he mused. “Neutrino mass has been established, but accommodating neutrino mass with SM requires only a trivial extension beyond SM. It provides no clear evidence of the dynamics beyond SM. There has been a hint of NP seen in the muon magnetic moment measurements where there is a slight discrepancy between theory and experiment. However, due to hadronic uncertainty or strong interaction effects (akin to nuclear binding), we are unable to say with any certainty that the discrepancy is a signal of NP. “In our approach, which works very well to study weak decays of mesons, there is no hadronic uncertainty,” Sinha continued. “The only reason that this discrepancy might not be NP would be that, as more data is collected, the discrepancy might disappear. The experimentalists talk in terms of statistical significance of the data. They quote a significance of 2.6 sigma for this discrepancy (in other words, it means less than one percent chance that this discrepancy is a statistical fluctuation). Without being biased, since there is no hadronic uncertainty in our approach, I feel that this discrepancy is the strongest evidence for NP. There are some other hints of NP also being seen in B meson decays, but none are as compelling and, unlike this discrepancy, we are not sure that they are not due to hadronic contributions. These are all topics of vigorous research by several physicists.”Citation: Sinha, Rahul, Misra, Basudha and Hou, Wei-Shu. “Has New Physics Already Been Seen in Bd Meson Decays?” Physical Review Letters. 97, 131802 (2006).By Lisa Zyga, Copyright 2006 PhysOrg.comcenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. A tiny flaw has caught the attention of physicists: the Standard Model (SM) predicts that the B meson mixing phase should be measured at nearly the same result using two different classes of decay modes. However, observations of the two different decay modes recently gave very different values, resulting in an unexpectedly large discrepancy in the B mixing phase.last_img read more