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Christmas comes early for Germany after 55-billion-euro accounting error. The discovery of a whopping accounting error has made Germany instantly 55.5 billon euros ($78.5 billion) richer.

Christmas comes early for Germany after 55-billion-euro accounting error

The error was caused by a double booking at the state-owned bad bank, created to handle the toxic assets of bankrupt Hypo Real Estate bank, which was nationalized in 2009. Freeing up the cash means that German national debt, as a percentage of gross domestic product, dropped from 83.7 to 81.1 percent. The error was caused when accountants subtracted funds, instead of adding them. Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said, however, that the causes of the error were still to be clarified, but that the government "welcomes any reduction in [Germany's] debt position. " The opposition Social Democrats (SDP) lambasted the Finance Ministry for the oversight, seeking to send out a reminder that it was Schäuble who was ultimately "responsible for ensuring that the bad bank is properly managed and supervised. " Author: Darren Mara (AFP, dpa)Editor: Nicole Goebel.

Dopamine release in human brain tracked at microsecond timescale reveals decision-making. Public release date: 28-Oct-2011 [ Print | E-mail Share ] [ Close Window ] Contact: Paula 540-526-2027Virginia Tech Roanoke, Va. – A research team led by investigators at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute has demonstrated the first rapid measurements of dopamine release in a human brain and provided preliminary evidence that the neurotransmitter can be tracked in its movement between brain cells while a subject expresses decision-making behavior.

Dopamine release in human brain tracked at microsecond timescale reveals decision-making

"In an experiment where we measured dopamine release while a subject made investment decisions in a stock market trading game, we showed that dopamine tracks changes in the value of the market," said Read Montague, director of the Human Neuroimaging Laboratory at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and professor of physics in the College of Science at Virginia Tech. "This exciting preliminary result requires replication, but it immediately sets the imagination in motion," said Kishida. Why The Flu Virus Is More Infectious In Cold Winter Temperatures.

A finding by a team of scientists at the National Institutes of Health may account for why the flu virus is more infectious in cold winter temperatures than during the warmer months.

Why The Flu Virus Is More Infectious In Cold Winter Temperatures

At winter temperatures, the virus’s outer covering, or envelope, hardens to a rubbery gel that could shield the virus as it passes from person to person, the researchers have found. At warmer temperatures, however, the protective gel melts to a liquid phase. But this liquid phase apparently isn’t tough enough to protect the virus against the elements, and so the virus loses its ability to spread from person to person. “The study results open new avenues of research for thwarting winter flu outbreaks,” said National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Director Duane Alexander. “Now that we understand how the flu virus protects itself so that it can spread from person to person, we can work on ways to interfere with that protective mechanism.” Dr. Similarly, Dr. [1110.5019] Mass of the universe in a black hole. Cycling glove. Cycling gloves are gloves designed for cycling.

Cycling glove

They fulfill many functions, including: warmth, comfort and protection. A white leather fingerless cycling glove on a man's hand Basic functionality[edit] Warmth[edit] In Qufu, Shandong, where winter weather is freezing, owners of electric bikes equip them with warm mittens/sleeves of sorts, attached to handlebars Gloves are frequently used to keep the hands warm, a function that is particularly necessary when cycling in cold weather. Comfort[edit] Cycling places a good deal of stress on the hands, in the form of prolonged pressure against handlebars and transmission of sudden road shocks through handlebars to the hands. However, excess padding can lead to other problems. Face and nose wiping[edit] Cyclists often deal with perspiration and nose running on a constant basis. Protection[edit] Putting a hand out to break a fall is a natural reaction. Types of gloves[edit] Fingerless cycling gloves, also known as track mitts. Buying gloves[edit] Fascism. Fascism /fæʃɪzəm/ is a form of radical authoritarian nationalism[1][2] that came to prominence in early 20th-century Europe.


Influenced by national syndicalism, fascism originated in Italy during World War I, combining more typically right-wing positions with elements of left-wing politics, in opposition to communism, socialism, liberal democracy and traditional conservatism. Although fascism is usually placed on the far right on the traditional left–right spectrum, fascists themselves and some commentators have said that the description is inadequate. [3][4][5] Following World War II, few parties have openly described themselves as fascist, and the term is usually used pejoratively by political opponents.

The terms neo-fascist or post-fascist are sometimes applied more formally to describe parties of the far right with ideological similarities to, or roots in, 20th century fascist movements. Etymology[edit] Definitions[edit] Position in the political spectrum[edit] Fascist as insult[edit] Inside Google Plus. The positive response to Google+ has been sweet vindication for Bradley Horowitz, Google's VP of products.Photo: Pamela Littky For all of Google’s successes, the company has an underwhelming track record when it comes to social networks.

Inside Google Plus

Time after time, its attempts have been met with shrugs or downright hostility. An early offering called Orkut languished in obscurity (unless you live in Brazil). Wave, a real-time messaging system, proved too confusing for most users. Last year saw the release of Buzz, an attempt to build a social network based on users’ Gmail contacts. But Buzz was an embarrassing debacle. Now Google is back with Google+, a new and even more ambitious social service. Ever conscious of its past failings, the Googlers had braced for a skeptical reception when Google+ was introduced as a “field test” in June. The positive response was sweet vindication for Bradley Horowitz, Google’s vice president of products. Wired: What was the launch like? Deadmau5 drops beats at The Fillmore.

Deadmau5 (pronounced “dead mouse”) is without question one of the biggest names in electronic music, achieving popularity with the mainstream and respect among many hardcore members of the electronic music scene.

Deadmau5 drops beats at The Fillmore

Known for his signature mask and “1337 speak” nom de plume, Deadmau5 played two nights at the Fillmore for the Detroit leg of his North American Meowington’s Hax tour, named after his pet cat. I was there Friday night for the second show, this one exclusively 18 and up. Although this narrowed the demographic a bit, the crowd was still pretty diverse, from the usual neon- and mesh-covered ravers to fist pumping “bro” types, to older, 30-something transplants “just hangin’ out” after a week at the office.

After a mix of house, progressive and electro opening acts, the man himself began his two hour-long set just before 11 p.m. to the jubilation of the crowd, chanting his name over and over again. Before long, however, Deadmau5 returned and the lights dimmed once again. Unified Modeling Language. The Unified Modeling Language (UML) is a general-purpose modeling language in the field of software engineering, which is designed to provide a standard way to visualize the design of a system.[1] It was created and developed by Grady Booch, Ivar Jacobson and James Rumbaugh at Rational Software during 1994–95 with further development led by them through 1996.[1] In 1997 it was adopted as a standard by the Object Management Group (OMG), and has been managed by this organization ever since.

Unified Modeling Language

In 2000 the Unified Modeling Language was also accepted by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) as an approved ISO standard. Since then it has been periodically revised to cover the latest revision of UML.[2] Overview[edit] A collage of UML diagrams The Unified Modeling Language (UML) offers a way to visualize a system's architectural blueprints in a diagram (see image), including elements such as:[3] History[edit] History of object-oriented methods and notation Before UML 1.x[edit] [edit]

Oracle Corporation. Oracle Corporation is an American multinational computer technology corporation headquartered in Redwood City, California, United States.

Oracle Corporation

The company specializes in developing and marketing computer hardware systems and enterprise software products – particularly its own brands of database management systems. Oracle is the second-largest software maker by revenue, after Microsoft.[3] The company also builds tools for database development and systems of middle-tier software, enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, customer relationship management (CRM) software and supply chain management (SCM) software.

Larry Ellison, a co-founder of Oracle, has served as Oracle's CEO throughout its history. He also served as the Chairman of the Board until his replacement by Jeffrey O. History[edit] Oracle headquarters front view Ellison took inspiration[6] from the 1970 paper written by Edgar F. Overall timeline[edit] Oracle Linux - A free Linux distribution supported by Oracle since 2006. 1970s 1980s.

Larry Ellison. Lawrence Joseph "Larry" Ellison (born August 17, 1944) is an American businessman, best known as the co-founder and chief executive officer of Oracle Corporation, an enterprise software company.

Larry Ellison

In 2014, Forbes listed him as the third-wealthiest man in America and as the fifth-wealthiest person in the world, with a fortune of $48 billion.[2] Early life[edit] Larry Ellison was born in New York City to an unwed Jewish mother.[3][4][5][6] His father was an Italian American US Air Force pilot. After Ellison contracted pneumonia at the age of nine months, his mother gave him to her aunt and uncle for adoption.[6] He did not meet his biological mother again until he was 48.[7] Ellison graduated from Eugene Field Elementary School in Chicago in January 1958 and attended Sullivan High School at least through the fall of 1959 before moving to Chicago's South Shore, a middle-class Jewish neighborhood.

Ellison was a bright but inattentive student. Career[edit] Personal life[edit] Yachting[edit] Ellen Barkin. Early life[edit] Career[edit] Ellen Barkin and Kate Bosworth at the Deauville American film festival in 2011 Barkin has also done work in made-for-television films like Before Women Had Wings (1997), for which she won an Emmy as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie and The White River Kid (1999). Currently, she voices the start of each Theme Time Radio Hour with host Bob Dylan on XM's "Deep Tracks". In 2005, Barkin set up a film production company with her brother, George, along with her husband at the time and billionaire investor, Ronald Perelman. Barkin appeared in her Broadway debut as Dr. Barkin has received acclaim for her performance in Another Happy Day.

Personal life[edit] Barkin is an outspoken Twitter user, coming under scrutiny in August 2012 when she retweeted the message of one of her followers that read: “C’mon #Isaac! Filmography[edit] Film[edit] Television[edit] See also[edit] References[edit] External links[edit] Patricia Duff. Patricia Duff is an American political activist and a fundraiser for political and philanthropic causes. Career[edit] Personal life[edit] Duff was born in southern California, but grew up in Bonn, Germany and Brussels, Belgium, graduating from the International School of Brussels. Duff received a BSFS degree in International Economics at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and studied political science at Barnard College. She has been married four times, first to high school sweetheart Thomas Zabrodsky in the late 1970s.

References[edit] External links[edit] Claudia Cohen. Claudia Lynn Cohen (December 16, 1950 – June 15, 2007) was an American gossip columnist, socialite, and television reporter. Early life and education[edit] Claudia Cohen was the daughter of businessman Robert B. Cohen, the founder of Hudson News and the president of the Hudson County News Company, a magazine wholesaler, and his wife, Harriet (née Brandwein).[1] She grew up in Englewood, New Jersey, and attended the Dwight School for Girls (now the Dwight-Englewood School) and the University of Pennsylvania.[2] Journalism career[edit] In 1976, she joined the New York Post as a reporter for its fledgling gossip column Page Six.

Death[edit] Cohen died on June 15, 2007 from ovarian cancer.[4] Personal life[edit] In 1984, Cohen began a relationship with businessman Ronald Perelman. Cohen later dated former U.S. senator from New York state, Al D'Amato.[6] References[edit] External links[edit] New York Observer article about Claudia Cohen's funeral. Ronald Perelman. Ronald Owen Perelman (born January 1, 1943) is an American businessman and investor. Through his company MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc., he has invested in various companies with interests that encapsulate groceries, cigars, licorice, makeup, cars, photography, television, camping supplies, security, lottery, jewelry, banks, and comic book publishinng.

Perelman annually is one of the world's largest philanthropic donors. As of 2012, Perelman is the 26th richest American, and 69th richest person in the world, with an estimated wealth of $14 billion.[3] Early life[edit] Perelman was born in Greensboro, North Carolina on January 1, 1943, the son of Ruth (née Caplan) and Raymond G. From his father, Perelman learned the fundamentals of business.[8] By the time Ronald turned eleven years old he regularly sat in on board meetings of his father's company. Business career[edit] Belmont Industries[edit] On his own[edit] Morgan Stanley[edit] Controversy[edit] Greenmail[edit] Monica Lewinsky[edit]

The Giving Pledge. The Giving Pledge is a campaign to encourage the wealthiest people in the world to make a commitment to give most of their wealth to philanthropic causes. The campaign specifically focuses on billionaires (or those who would be billionaires if not for their philanthropy) and was made public in 2010 by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates.

The Huffington Post reported in April 2012 that "81 billionaires committed to giving at least half of their fortunes to charity".[1] As of February 2014, 122 billionaire or former billionaire individuals and couples have signed the pledge.[2] Description of pledge[edit] The official website states that it "is an effort to invite the wealthiest individuals and families in the world to commit to giving the majority of their wealth to philanthropy. " According to the pledge the donation can happen either during the lifetime or after the death of the donor.[4] The pledge is a moral commitment to give, not a legal contract.[5] Beginning of campaign[edit] Seismic retrofit. Lexus LS. Lexus LFA. Roman Abramovich.

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