Wada report exposes ‘serious anti-doping failings’ at Rio Olympics

The World Anti-Doping Agency report on the anti-doping methods employed at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games has criticized “Serious failings”. It only shows that the system was only saved from collapsing by the enormous resourcefulness and goodwill of some key staff.

Its 55-page Independent Observers report, which blamed primarily on budget cuts and major staff shortages, lack of coordination and tension between the local organizing committee and Brazil’s anti-doping agency, found that, 4125 out of 11470 athletes had no record of any testing in 2016 of whom 1913 were competing in 10 “higher-risk sports”

Moreover, Nearly 100 samples were not matched to an athlete because of data entry errors. One missing sample was not located until two weeks after the Games. Almost 500 fewer drugs tests were carried out and less than 10% of biological passport samples were taken than planned at this summer’s Olympics.

“The aggregate effect was to strain the basic sample collection process at competition venues and in the Athletes’ Village close to breaking point, with many discrepancies observed in the sample collection procedure,” the report said. “Ultimately, it was only due to the enormous resourcefulness and goodwill of some key doping control personnel working at the Games that the process did not break down entirely.

The report further reveals, “Chaperones were often provided with little or no whereabouts information for athletes targeted for out-of-competition testing in the Athletes Village, and therefore, the majority of times had to resort to asking team officials and/or athletes from the same team where the athletes they were looking for were located.

“Providing the names of the athletes they were seeking was (at best) highly inefficient and obviously compromised the “no notice” nature of the testing. In addition, when initial attempts to find an athlete in his or her room were unsuccessful, chaperones often lacked the training and/or the confidence to follow up with further enquiries and effort to find the athlete in other locations in the Village (such as the dining hall).

The report also said no out-of-competition testing was conducted in football, while there was “little or no in-competition blood testing in many high risk sports and disciplines, including weightlifting”. The Independent Observers said they found this “surprising”.

New Moon Craters Are Forming More Faster Than Scientist Had Predicated

A new study by the Scientists from the Arizon State University and the Cornell University shows that the new moon craters are appearing on the lunar surface 100 times more frequently than previous thought.

Researchers have used images from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, which is installed on NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and controlled from the Science Operations Center, within the ASU.

It is reported through a journal Nature that a team led by Emerson Spreyerer, have identified 222 new Moon craters since the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter was launched in 2009. They are, of course, impact craters, resulted from multiple meteors that frequently collide with Earth’s only satellite.

It is also estimated that comets and asteroids crash on the lunar surface to create an average of 180 new moon craters every year, which measures at least 10 meters in diameter. The study was based on 14,000 pairs of “before and after’ images.

Moreover, researchers also discovered thousands of “scars” on the moon created by secondary impacts that churned up the top layer of the lunar surface without craters over a period of thousands of years.

Scientists discovered Brazil’s biggest dinosaur that lived some 70 million years ago

Brazil just discovered its biggest ever dinosaur, which he named “Austroposeidon magnificus”, in a storage cupboard.

The animal that lived some 70 million years ago and grew to more than 82 feet in length belonged to the dinosaur group known as titanosaurs, which were plant-eaters with a long neck and tail and a relatively small head that lived during the Cretaceous Period on the supercontinent of Gondwana, consisting of the current continents of South America, Africa, India, Antarctica and Australia.

By the time the creature was found by renowned Brazilian paleontologist Llewellyn Ivor Price in 1953, only a few hefty, fossilized bits of the spine remained.

Researchers knew immediately they’d stumbled on something big.

During the presentation of the findings, Alex Kellner, a paleontologist at the National Museum of Brazil, lamented the fact that the discovery had been delayed for decades due to the scarcity of funds devoted to scientific research in the South American giant.

The remains of what has been pronounced Brazil’s biggest dinosaur, went on general public view for the first time Thursday.

‘Messenger Lite’ launched by Facebook for Android

Facebook Inc. launched a slimmed down version of its Messenger chat app. New App, which is called “Messenger Lite”, is useful for the people who used older phones that don’t have enough room to store or ability to run the full-featured application due to slower internet speeds or other issues.

Users with Android phones will still be able to use the core features of Messenger, including the ability to send text messages, photos and links but will not be able to make video or voice calls or make payments.

Initially the app will be launch in Kenya Malaysia, Srilanka, Tunisia and Venezuela, but hit other countries in the coming months.

“We want to make sure Messenger products are truly for everyone,” David Marcus, head of Messenger, said in an interview.

Tesla Set New Quarterly Record

Tesla announced its third quarter deliveries number were up over 70% to 24500 cars, which is more than double from previous quarters.

The deliveries this quarter were made up of 15,800 Model S sedans and 8,700 Model X SUVs, with vehicle production rising to 25,185. That’s up 37 percent from Q2’s production of 18,345.

Since Tesla says it only counts a vehicle as delivered when all the paperwork is done, there are another 5,500 or so that are “in transit” and will be counted in the fourth quarter figures. Tesla said it expects to deliver about as many vehicles in Q4 as it did in Q3, for a total of 50,000 in the second-half of 2016.

‘Star Trek Beyond’ Director Justin Lin Boards Hot Wheels

Fast and Furious Director Justin Lin has closed a deal to direct Legendary‘s Hot Wheels, a film based on the car toyline from Mattel. The film still needs a writer.

Lin will develop, produce and direct the movie via his Perfect Storm Entertainment. He and his Perfect Storm Entertainment also have an option to co-finance the film.

Hot Wheels is one of the world’s biggest toy brands, with Mattel claiming that it’s the best-selling toy in the world, with more than 5 billion tiny cars produced since 1968. According to Mattel, the company creates nine million cars every week and sells 10 every second.

Most recently, Lin directed the new Star Trek Beyond movie. So it’s safe to say that he knows how to make a kickass action movie. Whereas Perfect Storm is developing Space Jam 2 on the film side and at least four television projects it is developing, including a new take on the police drama S.W.A.T.  

Nissan’s autonomous chairs commence a public trial in Japan 2017

Tired of standing in the queues. So Nissan’s self-driving Chair is just perfect for you. For the tired legs of Britain and elsewhere, however, queuing could soon be a thing of the past.

Nissan unveiled the chair on Tuesday which is named after the company’s flagship autonomous driving technology, the ProPilot. It uses the same technology in the Nissan Serena minivan, a semi-autonomous vehicle that zhelps the car stay in the middle of a lane and maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front

“The ProPilot chair appeals to anyone who has ever spent hours standing in line. It automatically queues on behalf of the occupant, sparing them the hassle of standing in line.” Said Nissan

The company hasn’t yet announced plans to launch the chairs elsewhere, so for now London restaurant-goers will have to put up with standing in hour-long queues. Self-Driving technology has also been applied to robots for food delivery.

Nissan will commence a public trial of its robochair in Japan in 2017, installing sets of them at select restaurants where queuing is the norm. Restaurants in Japan that would like a fleet of the chairs for their customers to apply to Nissan before December 27.