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Mantis at the Movies: Tiny Specs Reveal Bugs' 3D Vision

By fitting praying mantises with teeny, tiny glasses, scientists have proved that these insects have 3D vision.

“Despite their minute brains, mantises are sophisticated visual hunters which can capture prey with terrifying efficiency. We can learn a lot by studying how they perceive the world,” study researcher Jenny Read, a professor of vision science at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom, said in a statement.

To determine whether insects use 3D vision to hunt, Read and her colleagues had to come up with a way to show mantises both two- and three-dimensional images. So the researchers invented mantis 3D movies.

It was a trial-and-error process. Modern 3D glasses, like the ones people might wear to go see “The Force Awakens” in 3D IMAX, didn’t work, because the mantises were too close to the screen. Old-school red-and-blue lenses wouldn’t work either, because mantises don’t see red light well, the researchers wrote Jan. 7 in the journal Scientific Reports.

So the researchers created custom glasses with blue-and-green lenses and attached them to the mantises’ bulging eyes with beeswax. The scientists then showed the insects videos of spiraling disks in either 2D or 3D, which looked to the mantises like insect prey. [Gallery: Out-of-This-World Images of Insects]

The mantises struck at 3D “insects” much more than they did 2D “insects,” the researchers found. This shows that mantises use stereopsis, or the slight difference in images from each eye, to see in 3D.

Prior to this study, no one had been able to study stereopsis in insects, the researchers wrote, because there was no way to show the little creepy crawlies stimuli in two or three dimensions interchangeably.

“This technique opens up broad new avenues of research,” the investigators wrote. In other words, expect to see spectacles on more bugs in the future.

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Chris Martin convinced Queen Bey with one quirky line for Super Bowl gig

Washington D.C., Feb. 5(ANI): Chris Martin, who has roped-in Beyonce for his 2016 Super Bowl gig, has revealed how he convinced the songstress to join him for the most-watched sporting event on Earth.
Addressing the media during a press conference, the 38-year-old singer said he told the ‘Halo’ hit-maker, “Hey Queen Bey! I want you in a red bodysuit!’, adding because it’s Super Bowl 50!”, E! Online reports.
Martin also spilled the beans on how NFL approached them and requested them to play the milestone performance including the past, present and future.
The 2016 Super Bowl will air this Sunday on CBS at 3:30 p.m.

建滔化工 (00148) 升破 10天平均線,現報 11.42港元,上升 1.06%

[智珠] 建滔化工 (00148) 剛升破 10天平均價 現報 11.42 港元,較前收市價 11.3 港元,上升 1.06%

現總成交量46,500.00股,成交金額529,150.00港元,今日最高價11.42,最低價11.18。現市盈率為4.568倍。10天MA 11.416。50天MA 11.446。


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2016年網友祝福英語 最愛Love

中國時報【林志成╱台北報導】
2016年網友的祝福英語字是什麼呢?《多益情報誌》調查顯示,第一名為Love(愛),期望2016能用愛體諒關懷、消除分爭,顯示在歷經2015年食安、選舉、周子瑜事件等紛擾後,能用Love展望未來;而二、三名分別為Happiness(快樂)、Hope(希望)。
《多益情報誌》每年舉辦「祝福英語關鍵字選拔活動」,今年是第5年,吸引超過5600位網友參與,他們根據網友按讚數排名,列出今年最受歡迎的英語祝福單字。
經過統計,最多人留下的英語字為Love,許多網友有志一同寫下這個字,網友Muse Shao提出的祝福意義,被較多網友所認同,她認為:「Only love cures」,期望能用愛治癒2015年世界所經歷的事情。
第二及第三名的字是Happiness及Hope,網友王小扉表示:「希望2016世界充滿幸福快樂的氣息,希望我在的地方都可以充滿正面快樂的能量,就算在逆境也要為了未來幸福努力勇敢的走下去。」而網友Hannah Lin認為:「HOPE is the only thing can fight with fear.(希望是唯一能與恐懼對抗的東西)」。
第四、五名為Peace(和平)及Taiwan(台灣),2015年的戰爭及紛亂造成許多人流離失所,許多網友希望2016世界各地都能和平,並停止戰爭的發生;而去年台灣也發生許多重大的公共安全事件,網友們齊心期望2016年臺灣會更加美好,並以自己的國家為榮。

印度強暴案 三人被判死刑三人判無期

印度法院審理一起強暴案,將三名嫌犯判處死刑,三人判處無期徒刑。

這起強暴案發生在2013年,法院現在審理結束,做出宣判。

2013年,一名住在印度「西孟加拉省」的21歲農村女子,返家途中遭人綁架,帶到廢棄廠房輪暴,還將她毆打致死,然後屍體丟棄河中。

警方逮捕9名嫌犯,他們都是40多歲男子,都是附近村民,其中6人確定犯罪,兩人證據不足,另外1人在審理過程中發生意外死亡。

印度法官說,這些嫌犯罪行重大,因此要嚴厲制裁,以免更多婦女受害。

近年來,印度發生多起強暴跟性侵案,受害者包括印度人跟外國遊客。很多印度人指責政府執法不力,沒能善盡保護女性的責任,因此多次上街遊行,要求政府保障女性權益。

Global High Income Fund Inc. — Distribution Characteristics for January 2016

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Global High Income Fund Inc. (the “Fund”) (GHI), a non-diversified, closed-end management investment company seeking high current income and secondarily, capital appreciation through investments primarily in securities of emerging market debt issuers, today announced its distribution characteristics for the month of January 2016.

The following notice was sent to shareholders today:
Global High Income Fund Inc.
c/o UBS Asset Management (Americas) Inc.
1285 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019

DISTRIBUTION NOTICE

January 2016

The purpose of this document is to provide you with information that is required to be sent to you as well as additional information that may be of interest to at least some investors.

On January 11, 2016, the Fund’s Board of Directors declared a regular monthly distribution of $0.0653 per share. This distribution is payable on January 29, 2016 to shareholders of record as of January 21, 2016. The ex-distribution date was January 19, 2016.

The Fund adopted a managed distribution policy (“Policy”) in December 1999. Pursuant to the Policy as in effect from June 2014 through May 2015, the Fund made regular monthly distributions at an annualized rate equal to 6% of the Fund’s net asset value, determined as of the last day on which the New York Stock Exchange was open for trading during the first week of a month. Pursuant to the Policy with respect to distributions paid from June 2012 through the monthly distribution for May 2014, the annualized rate had been 7%. Consistent with the Policy, the monthly distribution in any given month may have been comprised of a combination of net investment income, capital gains, and/or a return of capital. The Fund’s Board receives recommendations from UBS Asset Management (Americas) Inc. (“UBS AM”), the Fund’s investment advisor, periodically, and no less frequently than annually will reassess the annualized percentage of net assets at which the Fund’s monthly distributions will be made.

As announced in a press release issued on May 20, 2015, the annualized rate of the Fund’s monthly distribution was increased from 6% to 9%, effective with the June 2015 monthly distribution. The Fund’s Board intends to maintain the 9% annualized distribution rate until June 2016 or the earlier liquidation of the Fund if approved by shareholders as discussed in a Fund press release dated October 13, 2015. However, the Fund’s Board reserves its right to change that distribution rate or to change or terminate the Policy at any time without prior notice to Fund shareholders should the Board determine that to do so would be in the best interests of the Fund in light of unforeseen, changed circumstances from those that prevailed when the 9% annualized distribution rate was adopted in May 2015. Any such change or termination may have an adverse effect on the market price for the Fund’s shares and would be announced in a press release.

The Board believed that the increased rate was appropriate based upon the recommendation of UBS AM, and in light of its ongoing consideration of efforts to reduce the discount to NAV at which the Fund’s shares recently had traded as of May 2015. Historically, UBS AM and the Board had sought to maintain distribution rates that were more closely aligned with the Fund’s expected earnings. In recent years, however, a general decline in prevailing bond yields and narrowing of spreads have reduced the Fund’s earnings levels, which resulted in reductions of the monthly distribution rate, which may have contributed to the discount at which the Fund’s shares have traded. UBS AM believed that increasing the annualized distribution rate might help to reduce the Fund’s trading discount.

In approving the increased distribution rate, the Fund’s Board has effectively de-linked the Fund’s managed distribution payments from the level of anticipated Fund earnings. To the extent that the aggregate amount distributed by the Fund under the Policy exceeds its current and accumulated earnings and profits, which is an expected result of the increase discussed above, the amount of that excess would constitute a return of capital or net realized capital gains for tax purposes. A return of capital may occur, for example, when some or all of the money that shareholders invested in the Fund is deemed to be paid back to them. A return of capital distribution does not reflect the Fund’s investment performance and should not be confused with “yield” or “income.” Of course, if the Fund’s earnings and profits in any fiscal year should exceed the aggregate amount distributed under the Policy, no return of capital to the Fund’s shareholders would occur, and the Fund would make an additional distribution in the amount of that excess near the end of the fiscal year.

During the current fiscal year which ends on October 31, 2016 (or the earlier liquidation of the Fund), the Fund has made three (3) regular monthly distributions from November 1, 2015 to January 31, 2016, in the aggregate equal $0.2025 per share. The sources of the regular distribution paid during the month and current fiscal year are estimated as follows:

* Fiscal year-to-date.

The Fund periodically issues notices to shareholders and press releases estimating the source characteristics of its monthly distributions. The amounts and sources reported in these materials are only estimates and are not being provided for tax reporting purposes. The actual amounts and sources of the amounts for accounting and tax reporting purposes will depend upon the Fund’s investment experience during its entire fiscal year and may be subject to retroactive changes based on tax regulations. The Fund sends shareholders a Form 1099-DIV (or a financial intermediary should provide a shareholder with similar information) for the calendar year that will tell shareholders how to report these distributions for federal income tax purposes.

If you chose to receive your distributions in cash, a check should have been sent to you or a credit should have been made on your financial intermediary or Fund account statement. If you chose to reinvest your distributions, that statement (or a subsequent one) should indicate the additional shares purchased for your account in full and fractional shares of the Fund’s common stock.

You should not draw any conclusions about the investment performance of the Fund’s portfolio from the amount of the monthly distribution or from the terms of the Fund’s Policy.

If you would like to change your distribution option, please write or call your broker or, if you hold shares directly with the Fund, the Fund’s distribution disbursing agent, BNY Mellon Investment Servicing, at 1-800-331-1710. For more information about the Fund, please contact: UBS Asset Management Closed-End Funds Desk, 888-793 8637.

Please find below additional information regarding the Fund’s performance. Please note that this information is primarily based on the Fund’s net asset value based performance, not its market price based performance. Market price based performance for various periods is included in the Fund’s most recent report to shareholders and is different.

©UBS 2016. All rights reserved.

The key symbol and UBS are among the registered and unregistered trademarks of UBS.

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Post reporter released by Iran flown back to US

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Washington Post says owner Jeff Bezos (BAY’-zohs) has flown Post reporter Jason Rezaian (reh-ZY’-ahn) back to the United States after his release from Iranian custody.

The Post says Bezos met Thursday with Rezaian and his family at the U.S. military’s Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, where the reporter was treated after his release. They then returned to the U.S. on Bezos’ private jet.

Rezaian was born in California and holds both U.S. and Iranian citizenship. He had been detained by Iran since July 2014. He was released last week with three other Americans as part of a prisoner exchange between the U.S. and Iran.

Bezos is the founder of the online retail giant Amazon and bought the Post in 2013.