Beacons help Waze users navigate Pittsburgh’s tricky tunnel exits

first_imgMarketplace:Even before reliance on GPS, tunnel driving has been difficult for drivers.“As you go from light to dark, you have a momentary adjustment of the lighting in your eye, the responses of the photo-receptors in your eye,” said Roberta Klatzky, who teaches psychology and human computer interaction at Carnegie Mellon University. “Its like when you go into a dark theater, at first you don’t see anything, then you can see the people all around you in their seats.”Klatzky said our minds are trying to compute speed and choices — the more there are, the harder it is to choose one. And it’s more confusing when reliance on a faulty GPS enters the picture.“That may be one reason why people want to slow at the end of a tunnel. They want to give themselves more processing time in this race between the car, the technology and their own brains,” she said.To show how the beacons work, Ben DeVore, an engineer with Pennsylvania’s Department of Transportation, drove through the Ft. Pitt tunnel using Waze. The app stayed on.Read the whole story: Marketplace More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Five Mexico players suspended for doping

first_imgFive Mexican internationals currently taking part in the Gold Cup tournament were suspended Thursday for doping, the secretary general of the country’s football federation (Femexfut) announced.Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, who plays for the Mexican side America, defenders Francisco Javier Rodriguez of Dutch side PSV and Edgar Duenas of Mexico’s Toluca and midfielders Antonio Naelson of Toluca and Christian Bermudez of Atlante tested positive for the banned drug clenbuterol.“From now we’ll go through a very difficult period which will see the players separated (from the Gold Cup team) and an inquiry opened,” said Femexfut secretary general Decio de Maria, who said it was too early to assign blame.“It’s an unpleasant and difficult moment but we have to respect the rules.”The positive tests came on May 21 when the team was assembled for a training camp ahead of the Gold Cup, the CONCACAF regional championship which defending champion Mexico opened last Sunday with a 5-0 thrashing of El Salvador.“Something in the food on May 18, 19, 20, something in the chicken or beef that the team ate was contaminated with clenbuterol,” De Maria theorized. “We suspect something in training camp. It’s hard to know exactly what would make five players from different clubs test positive when the team is natural.”Mexico were set to face Cuba later Thursday in Charlotte, North Carolina, in their match in the 2011 Gold Cup regional championship.CONCACAF secretary general Chuck Blazer told ESPN radio from the governing body’s headquarters in New York that the Gold Cup competition committee would meet on Friday to discuss whether Mexico could replace the five players for the remainder of the tournament.CONCACAF confirmed that Mexico’s opening Gold Cup victory over El Salvador would stand.While de Maria said suspending the players provisionally was necessary, he insisted that the real circumstances of the cases remained to be determined. Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador, a three-time Tour de France champion, tested positive for clenbuterol during the 2010 Tour but said he had unknowingly consumed drug-contaminated meat.Copyright AFPlast_img read more

Former contestant on ‘The Bachelorette’ dead at 31

first_imgAUSTIN, Texas | A former contestant on “The Bachelorette” has died after police found him unresponsive at a South Austin residence.An Austin Police Department spokeswoman says officers were sent to the residence at 2:10 a.m. Monday in reference to a reported unresponsive man and found 31-year-old Michael Nance unconscious. He was pronounced dead shortly before 3 a.m.Spokeswoman Anna Sabana says the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office will have to determine what caused Nance’s death, but investigators do not consider the death suspicious.Nance was a contestant in the eighth season of “The Bachelorette” in 2012 but was eliminated in the fourth of the season’s 10 weeks.last_img read more