Research shows impact on young Māori of widening inequalities

Associate Professor Joanna Kidman from Victoria's Te Kura Māori (School of Education), says her research team found that rising levels of poverty had left Māori youth with fewer resources to prepare for the future.

Scotland call-up for Millwall's Jordan Archer and Hibs' Steven Whittaker

Millwall's Jordan Archer receives a first call-up to the Scotland squad as Hibernian's Steven Whittaker earns a recall.

Scotland call up Archer and Whittaker for World Cup qualifiers

Millwall's Jordan Archer receives a first call-up to the Scotland squad as Hibernian's Steven Whittaker earns a recall.

Using machine learning to improve patient care

Doctors are often deluged by signals from charts, test results, and other metrics to keep track of. It can be difficult to integrate and monitor all of these data for multiple patients while making real-time treatment decisions, especially when data is documented inconsistently across hospitals.

Microsoft Speech Recognition Now As Accurate As Professional Transcribers

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Microsoft announced today that its conversational speech recognition system has reached a 5.1% error rate, its lowest so far. This surpasses the 5.9% error rate reached last year by a group of researchers from Microsoft Artificial Intelligence and Research and puts its accuracy on par with professional human transcribers who have advantages like the ability to listen to text several times. Both studies transcribed recordings from the Switchboard corpus, a collection of about 2,400 telephone conversations that have been used by researchers to test speech recognition systems since the early 1990s.

The origin of binary stars

The origin of binary stars has long been one of the central problems of astronomy. One of the main questions is how stellar mass affects the tendency to be multiple. There have been numerous studies of young stars in molecular clouds to look for variations in binary frequency with stellar mass, but so many other effects can influence the result that the results have been inconclusive. These complicating factors include dynamical interactions between stars that can eject one member of a multiple system, or on the other hand might capture a passing star under the right circumstances. Some studies, for example, found that younger stars are more likely to be found in binary pairs. One issue with much of the previous observational work, however, has been the small sample sizes.

Haugesund: Joachim Trier on Toronto-Bound ‘Thelma,’ his 1980s’ Influences, the Threat to Filmmaking in Norway

HAUGESUND, Norway — Norwegian director Joachim Trier’s new feature, ”Thelma,” which opened the 45th Norwegian Intl. Film Festival in Haugesund on Sunday Aug. 20, will segue to the Toronto Festival as a Special Presentation, then to the New York Film Festival at the Lincoln Center, which runs Sept. 28-Oct. 15. His previous film, the English-language... Read more »

China Championship: Shaun Murphy beats Ali Carter to reach Guangzhou final

Shaun Murphy comes from behind to beat fellow Englishman Ali Carter and reach the final of the China Championship.

Using microwaves to break up rock saves energy

In a project funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF, a research group from Leoben investigated how excavation methods for hard rock could be improved by using microwave irradiation so as to make classical mechanical excavation easier and save energy.

Nanomaterial wrap for improved tissue imaging

Researchers at Tokai University describe in Advanced Materials how wrapping biological tissue in a nanosheet of a particular organic material results in high-quality microscopy images. Application of the wrap prevents the sample from drying out, and hence from shrinking, enabling larger image-recording times.

Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson Unveils Poster, Trailer for his Venice/Toronto-Bound ‘Under The Tree’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson, the Icelandic director of “Either Way” and “Paris of the North,” is unveiling the trailer and poster of his anticipated third feature “Under the Tree” which is set to play at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals. “Under the Tree” is produced by Iceland’s Netop Films, the company behind “Rams,” Poland’s Madants,... Read more »

Back-to-School Worries for Parents? 1 in 3 Very Concerned Bullying, Cyberbullying Will Impact Their Kids

Newswise imageWhat parents are most worried about as their children prepare to head back to school.

Godzilla is 'great opportunity' for Mexico City

Film crews are shooting scenes for a new Godzilla film in the historic streets of Mexico's capital.

San Sebastián: France’s Wide Takes Gilles Coulier’s ‘Cargo’ (EXCLUSIVE)

BARCELONA — Paris-based sales-production house Wide has acquired international sales rights outside Benelux to Gilles Coulier’s family drama “Cargo” which plays September’s San Sebastian Intl. Film Festival,  competing in its New Directors sidebar. The first feature from Coulier – a director of limited TV series “The Natives” whose short,  “Mont Blanc,” competed at Cannes –... Read more »

Avocado seed husks could be a gold mine of medicinal and industrial compounds

The least appreciated part of an avocado could soon undergo a trash-to-treasure transformation. In a first-of-its-kind study, scientists report that avocado seed husks, which are usually discarded along with the seed, are hidden gold mines packed with a previously unrecognized plethora of chemical compounds. They say these compounds could eventually be used to treat a host of debilitating diseases, as well as to enhance the allure of cosmetics, perfumes and other consumer goods.

China's Great Wall confirms interest in Fiat Chrysler

China's Great Wall confirms interest in Fiat ChryslerSHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Great Wall Motor Co Ltd is interested in bidding for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), a company official said on Monday, confirming reports it is pursuing all or part of the owner of the Jeep and Ram truck brands. There has been speculation over Chinese interest in FCA since Automotive News reported last week that an unidentified "well-known Chinese automaker" made an offer earlier this month, triggering a jump in FCA's Milan-listed shares.

Chinese bike-sharing startup Ofo enters US with Seattle launch (Sarah Anne Lloyd/Curbed Seattle)


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Chinese bike-sharing startup Ofo enters US with Seattle launch  —  Ofo VP Grace Lin on the launch plan and the bright yellow bikes  —  This week, Ofo's bright yellow bikes will join Spin's orange and LimeBike's green bikes on the streets of Seattle.  —  Unlike our first two bike-share companies …

Chilean Creator of ‘Besieged,’ Nicolas Acuña, to Helm Dynamo-Red Arrow Series (EXCLUSIVE)

“Besieged” (“Sitiados”) creator Nicolas Acuña of prominent Chilean production house Promocine is attached to direct a series being developed by Colombia’s Dynamo (“Narcos”) in partnership with Munich-based TV distributor, Red Arrow. Tentatively titled “Coke Way,” the series is set against the cold war of the ‘50s and ‘60s in Chile and the rise of the... Read more »

Have flowers devised the ultimate weapon of distraction?

Nectar, the high-energy 'honey' produced by flowers, might be a brilliant distraction technique to help protect a flower's reproductive parts, according to new research.

China's Great Wall eyes Fiat Chrysler bid

The Chinese SUV maker says it is interested in buying the Jeep owner, but no approach has been made.

San Sebastian: Film Factory Boards Fernando Franco’s ‘Dying’ (EXCLUSIVE)

MADRID — Pouncing on the second feature by one of Spain’s preeminent on-the-rise, Vicente Canales’ Barcelona-based Film Factory Entertainment has acquired international sales rights to Fernando Franco’s character-driven romantic drama “Morir” (Dying), which plays as a Special Screening at September’s San Sebastian Festival. “Morir” marks Franco’s follow-up to “La Herida” (“The Wound”) which proved one... Read more »

China's Great Wall confirms interest in Fiat Chrysler

China's Great Wall confirms interest in Fiat ChryslerSHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Great Wall Motor Co Ltd is interested in bidding for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), a company official said on Monday, confirming reports it is pursuing all or part of the owner of the Jeep and Ram truck brands. There has been speculation over Chinese interest in FCA since Automotive News reported last week that an unidentified "well-known Chinese automaker" made an offer earlier this month, triggering a jump in FCA's Milan-listed shares.

Korea Box Office: ‘Taxi Driver’ Sells 10 Million Tickets For Third Weekend Win

“A Taxi Driver” remained on top of the South Korean box office for the third consecutive weekend. The Showbox release earned $6.9 million from 950,000 admissions between Friday and Sunday for a total of $71.8 million. With 10.35 million admissions, it is the first film to pass the 10 million ticket sales mark this year.... Read more »

Sopping up sunblock from oceans to save coral reefs

Coral reefs can't seem to catch a break. Not only are rising temperatures wreaking havoc with their environment, but emerging evidence suggests that a certain sunblock component in many lotions that may help protect humans from developing skin cancer is a coral killer. Now, researchers have developed a biodegradable bead that can soak up the sunblock ingredient, oxybenzone, like a thirsty sea sponge. They hope to use the agent to clean up seawater at beaches.

Marseille bus stop hit by van, one dead and driver arrested

The arrested suspect also struck another bus stop, but prosecutors say it is not a terrorist case.

Big Ben to sign off for repair work

The famous clock's Great Bell is to be silenced until 2021 to allow repairs to be completed.

UTHealth's M.D./M.P.H. Program Offers 'Big Picture' View of Medicine for Students

Newswise imageAs Ben Silva, M.D., M.P.H., describes it, public health is like zooming out from what you see in front of you. First, you identify a specific health issue in the clinic, then to get a better understanding, you pull back for a view of what's going on at the city, state and national level.

Tempah photobomb 'transformed my life'

How a moment of pure chance turned a bread-seller into a national celebrity and model in Nigeria.

Remarkable artistry hidden in ancient Roman painting revealed

Molten lava, volcanic ash, modern grime, salt, humidity. The ancient painting of a Roman woman has been through it all, and it looks like it. Scientists now report that a new type of high-resolution X-ray technology is helping them discover just how stunning the original portrait once was, element-by-element. The technique could help conservators more precisely restore this image, as well as other ancient artworks.

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