The Surprising Boost You Get From Strangers

first_imgSometimes a stranger—not a friend or a loved one—can significantly improve our day. A pleasant encounter with someone we don’t know, even a nonverbal one, can soothe us when no one else is around. It may get us out of our own head—a proven mood booster—and help broaden our perspective. “People feel more connected when they talk to strangers, like they are part of something bigger,” says Gillian Sandstrom, a psychologist and senior lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Essex, in Colchester, England, who studies interactions between strangers. “Sure, my name is Sue,” the woman replied, smiling warmly. “What brings you to Boston?” I started to explain that I was on a business trip. Then the plane lurched violently, and I blurted out: “I might need to hold your hand, too.” We hadn’t spoken much during the flight, other than the usual pleasantries. But my seatmate seemed friendly. And I suddenly felt desperate for a human connection. We were five minutes into the worst turbulence I’d ever experienced—approaching Boston’s Logan International Airport in a severe winter storm—when I turned to the woman next to me and said: “Hey, would you mind chatting with me for a few minutes? I’m really nervous.” And yet most people resist talking to strangers, she says. They fret about the mechanics of the conversation—how to start, maintain or stop it. They think they will blather on and disclose too much—or not talk enough. They worry they will bore the other person. Sue took my hand in both of hers, patted it, and held on tight. In research studies, Dr. Sandstrom has shown that people’s moods improve after they have a conversation with a Starbucks barista or a volunteer at the Tate Modern art museum in London. She’s also found that people are happier on days when they have more interactions with acquaintances they don’t know well and that students enjoy class more when they interact with their classmates. They’re typically wrong. Dr. Sandstrom’s research shows people underestimate how much another person will like them when they talk for the first time. And in a study in which she asked participants to talk to at least one stranger a day for five days, 99% said they found at least one of the conversations pleasantly surprising, 82% said they learned something from one of the strangers, 43% exchanged contact information, and 40% had communicated with one of the strangers again, an indication they might be making friends. Read the whole story: The Wall Street Journallast_img read more

Leti, Mentor Jointly Introduce Advanced Emulator Service for European Chipmakers

first_img New chassis and cards representing an emulation capacity of 50 Mgates at this stage (upgradable on demand) Dedicated and secure network for customers Servers dedicated to this offer, connected to a secure network to manage emulation with internal tools. Leti, in a joint collaboration, will now be providing access to the Mentor Veloce emulator to SMEs and startups along with introducing emulation technology for companies. The Veloce emulator by Mentor, a Siemens subsidiary, is a high-capacity, high-speed, multi-application tool for emulation of system-on chip (SoC) designs that was installed at Leti in 2013.Emulation is a vital process for more efficient development of complex digital circuits that includes debugging the design at early stages and validating the upstream, onboard software operation. The Veloce emulator accelerates block and full SoC register-transfer level (RTL) simulations during all phases of the design process, ending the long delay between starting simulations and getting results. It enables pre-silicon testing and debug, can use real-world data, while both hardware and software designs are still fluid.Veloce dramatically speeds up the design cycle, because it is 1,000 times faster than traditional RTL simulation tools. With it, it is now possible to verify multi-processor circuits that have several billion transistors – a real competitive advantage that improves return on investment and speeds time to market. But because this powerful tool represents a major investment for microelectronics manufacturers or design houses, Leti is launching this special emulation service to provide partners direct access to this technology and the benefits it offers.The Leti offer, which targets European chipmakers, includes Leti’s expert support, such as taking control of device design, optimized implementation within the emulator, debug and analysis of results. The network architecture is designed so that Leti partners in this program can remotely view emulation progress or retrieve results. The company will also provide access and support to additional specific tools available in its Grenoble facility, as needed.To ensure data security, the emulator offer will include:last_img read more

Pangilinan eyes double benefits from virgin coconut oil

first_imgSIGN UP TO DAILY NEWSLETTERCLICK HERE TO SIGN-UP Opposition Senator Francis ‘’Kiko’’N. Pangilinan said on Wednesday that the potential of virgin coconut oil (VCO) as a possible cure for COVID-19 could be the impetus needed to develop the Philippine coconut industry, and more importantly, improve the lives of Filipino farmers.Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan (Senate of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN)Pangilinan, the former food security czar during the Noynoy Aquino administration, also served as chairman of the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) Board 2014-2015.           He said that once VCO is proven to be an effective cure for COVID-19, it would not only be a big help to the virus victims but also to coconut farmers.           “In order to meet the demands of a potential VCO cure, we would need to boost our production and processing capacity. That’s why now more than ever, the coco levy trust fund law that we will pass needs to put the farmer front and center,” he added. ‘              Senators continue to deliberate on the coco levy trust fund bill.        An April, 2020 World Bank report listed the Philippines as the top coconut oil producing country followed by Indonesia, India, Vietnam, and Mexico.        In 2018, the Philippines produced a total 18,405.19 metric tons of VCO worth P63.92 million, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported.        PSA data also shows that of the top 10 agricultural exports of the country, three are coconut products (coconut oil, desiccated coconut, copra oil cake).        Despite these, Pangilinan noted: “The irony and the tragedy is that our coconut production and exports are number one or two but the poorest are our coconut farmers. This is the injustice that the coco levy fund law must correct.”       In an episode of Agri Tayo, the senator’s online show on agriculture, former health secretary Dr. Jaime Galvez-Tan shared that three tablespoons of VCO, together with vitamin C, zinc, and melatonin, effectively stopped the transmission of the disease at the hospital and community level.        Clinical trials on VCO as cure for COVID-19 are ongoing, according to the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).       Trials for suspected and probable cases are nearing completion and expected to finish soon, while trials for moderate to severe cases are still in their recruitment phase.        “Ang turing nga natin sa puno ng niyog ay ‘Tree of Life’. Umaasa tayo na itong VCO na nga ang magsasalba sa buhay ng ating mga kababayang may COVID, at ang mag-aangat sa kabuhayan ng ating mga magniniyog,” Pangilinan said. (We regard coconut as the ‘’Tree of Life. We hope that this VCO would save lives of COVID-19 victims and would lift the livelihood of our coconut farmers.)        As of September 15, the country recorded a total of 269,407 confirmed COVID-19 cases.       The proposed measure on the coco levy trust fund is the very first bill that Pangilinan filed in the 18th Congress. He is also the principal author of the measure. last_img read more

Eight offensive players on first injury report of week for Ravens

first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — On the same day the Ravens welcomed standout defensive tackle Brandon Williams back to practice, six offensive players were absent with both starting wide receivers also less than 100 percent during Wednesday’s workout.It’s the latest concern for an already-floundering offense with a challenging trip to Minnesota looming against the NFL’s fifth-ranked defense on Sunday.In addition to the continued absences of right guard Matt Skura (knee) and running back Terrance West (calf), the Ravens were without left tackle Ronnie Stanley (mouth), tight ends Benjamin Watson (knee) and Maxx Williams (ankle), and wide receiver Breshad Perriman (concussion) as preparations continued for the Week 7 meeting with the Vikings. Making matters worse, wide receivers Jeremy Maclin (shoulder) and Mike Wallace (back) were also limited.Maclin was sporting a red non-contact jersey during the session and missed last Sunday’s loss to Chicago despite practicing on a limited basis all last week. It remains unclear whether the veteran wideout will play this weekend.“You just trust the doctors,” said Maclin, who wouldn’t reveal how close he came to playing against the Bears after going through a pre-game workout. “When they sit up there and they think that it’s probably not best for you to play, that’s kind of what you go with. Clearly anytime you’re dealing with any type of injury and you’re off of it, it definitely helps with the recovery process.”The good news was that Williams (foot) and fellow defensive tackle Carl Davis (hamstring) participated fully in Wednesday’s session. Rookie cornerback Jaylen Hill (hamstring) was also a full participant after missing his sixth straight game Sunday.Cornerback Jimmy Smith was held out of practice, but that wasn’t surprising as the Ravens continue to provide him rest for his Achilles tendinitis. The veteran defensive back played 69 of 80 defensive snaps against the Bears, his biggest workload in several weeks.“I want to be in the game,” said Smith, who anticipated a heavy workload in Week 6. “I don’t want to be sitting on the sideline for anything.”Inside linebacker C.J. Mosley practiced in a red non-contact vest during the portion of practice open to media, but he did not appear on the injury report.The Ravens designated second-year cornerback Maurice Canady to return to practice 2 1/2 months after he underwent knee surgery early in training camp. Canady will now begin a 21-day practice window and could be activated for the Week 9 contest at Tennessee at the earliest.Baltimore still has one more designation to return from injured reserve as the NFL now allows teams to bring back two players from IR after a minimum eight-week period. That second designation is expected to be running back Danny Woodhead, who suffered a long-term hamstring injury in the season opener and was placed on IR a few days later.The Vikings are also dealing with a number of injuries to key players as standout wide receiver and University of Maryland product Stefon Diggs (groin), linebacker Anthony Barr (concussion/ankle), left guard Nick Easton (calf) and quarterback Sam Bradford (knee) did not practice Wednesday. Minnesota head coach Mike Zimmer was noncommittal about Diggs’ status for Sunday, saying only that he is “getting better” after missing last week’s contest against Green Bay.Below is Wednesday’s full injury report:BALTIMOREDID NOT PARTICIPATE: WR Breshad Perriman (concussion), G Matt Skura (knee), CB Jimmy Smith (achilles), OT Ronnie Stanley (mouth), TE Benjamin Watson (knee), RB Terrance West (calf), TE Maxx Williams (ankle), LB Tim Williams (thigh)LIMITED PARTICIPATION: DB Anthony Levine (thigh), WR Jeremy Maclin (shoulder), WR Mike Wallace (back)FULL PARTICIPATION: DT Carl Davis (thigh), CB Jaylen Hill (thigh), DT Brandon Williams (foot)MINNESOTADID NOT PARTICIPATE: LB Anthony Barr (concussion/ankle), QB Sam Bradford (knee), WR Stefon Diggs (groin), G Nick Easton (calf), WR Michael Floyd (hamstring)LIMITED PARTICIPATION: CB Mackensie Alexander (hip), CB Xavier Rhodes (shoulder), S Andrew Sendejo (groin)FULL PARTICIPATION: LB Emmanuel Lamur (ribs), RB Jerick McKinnon (ankle)last_img read more