TOOL Shares First New Single In 13 Years With 10-Minute “Fear Inoculum” [Listen]

first_imgTOOL has finally shared the first single and title track to appear on the rock band’s forthcoming studio album, Fear Inoculum, due out later this month on August 30th via Tool Dissectional/Volcano/RCA. The release of “Fear Inoculum” on Wednesday acts as the first new original recording from the band since their 10,000 Days studio LP arrived in May 2006.Related: Entire TOOL Discography Now On Streaming PlatformsThe song, which stretches out to a hard-hitting 10:21 minutes in length, hears the rock band open with haunting cello lines which bounce back and forth before light drum patterns and distortion chime in to add extra depth to the music as it gets up to speed. The song really begins to pick up shortly after the 1:35-minute mark when the rest of the band begins to come in followed shortly thereafter by Maynard James Keenan‘s vocals.Listen to the brand new “Fear Inoculum” in full below.TOOL – Fear Inoculum[Video: TOOL]TOOL spent some time on tour this past spring, where they even debuted some of the new material set to appear on their forthcoming album. The band has no concert dates planned for the coming months aside from their scheduled appearance at Sacramento’s Aftershock Festival in early October, signifying the band may hit the road in promotion of their first album in 13 years.Last week, TOOL also finally released their back catalog on streaming services for fans to enjoy.last_img read more

How voters’ perception of trust may have influenced the 2016 presidential election

first_imgShare Pinterest Share on Twitter Email New research sheds more light on why President Donald Trump was able to defeat his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.The study, published in American Behavioral Scientist, investigated Americans’ trust in the two presidential candidates. The research indicates that while neither candidate was perceived to be trustworthy, Trump was trusted more where it mattered most — on a key issue in the swing states.“The topic of trust, particularly in organizations, has been of interest to my colleagues and me for some time,” said study author Sherwyn P. Morreale, a professor in communication at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.center_img “We have developed and written extensively about a research-driven model of trust that has five drivers, or reasons, why people trust others, or not. The model outlines five underlying drivers of trust: openness and honesty, identification, concern for others, reliability, and competence.”“As the presidential primaries and then the general election campaign ensued, quite a few pollsters called attention to the lack of trust in the political candidates,” Morreale added. “Intrigued by those polls, we realized that the unanswered question was why, what were the underlying drivers or reasons or causes of the lack of trust, particularly in Clinton and Trump.”“We determined therefore to apply our model of five trust drivers to investigating public opinion nationally of the two candidates. The two census-representative national polls reported in our published study provide a clear answer to the question of why.”The researchers conducted one survey of 1,500 Americans immediately before the first presidential debate and a second survey of another 1,500 Americans after the third debate.Clinton was rated as more open and honest than Trump after the first debate, but this relationship had reversed after the third debate. However, Clinton was also considered more competent, concerned for others, reliable, and a person with whom respondents could identify after the third debate. Clinton was seen as a bit more trustworthy than Trump, but overall Americans had little trust for either candidateThe study also found that Clinton was more trusted regarding the issues of health care, crime/violence/guns, education/college affordability, race relations, and climate change/environment. Trump was more trusted on terrorism/national security and immigration. The two candidates had equivalent trust perceptions for economy/jobs.An analysis of swing states, which were key to Trump’s electoral victory, showed that terrorism/national security was a focal issue. “The trust advantage on this issue for Trump in part contributes to understanding the Electoral College difference from the popular vote,” the researchers wrote.“Perhaps the general public should be somewhat more aware of how they make judgments about trust or the lack thereof — in political leaders, government, governmental institutions and organizations,” Morreale told PsyPost. “Then in the best of all worlds, we could interact with these entities in a focused and better informed manner.”The researchers also found several demographic differences.Gender had no link to trust evaluations for Clinton, but it was linked to evaluations of Trump. Men were significantly more trusting of Trump than women and transgender individuals.There was a stark difference in regards to race and ethnicity. Black Americans were more trusting of Clinton than Trump, while white Americans were more trusting of Trump than Clinton.More educated Americans tended to be more trusting of Clinton than those with less education, while less educated Americans tended to be more trusting of Trump.Liberals viewed Clinton as trustworthy, while conservatives viewed Trump as trustworthy. But moderates tended to view neither of them as trustworthy.“As the study indicates, there is some tendency for various demographics to shape our perceptions of trust or the lack thereof; just knowing that about ourselves could be informative,” Morreale explained. “That is not to say that the collective thinking of any group of people is not valid; rather, becoming aware of our collective perceptions may serve all of us well.”The study makes no claims about causality and trust is only one factor of many that influenced the 2016 election.“Good research should always yield as many if not more questions than it answers,” Morreale said. “That is our hope, with this study. That said an important societal question may be how the electorate and the leaders whom we elect can move back to the more trusting climate and culture that existed until approximately the middle of the 20th century.”“Albeit, the rise of information dissemination through mass and social media probably is a significant impacting factor. However, continuing to address the public’s generalized lack of trust contemporarily, as it relates to the five drivers, is a question that could and perhaps should be addressed.”The study, “Voters’ Perceptions of Trust in 2016 Presidential Candidates, Clinton and Trump: Exploring the Election’s Outcome“, was also co-authored by Pamela S. Shockley-Zalabak and Carmen Stavrositu. Share on Facebook LinkedInlast_img read more

Flexible Super Capacitors to Power Wearable Electronics

first_imgOne of the key limitations of wearable electronics is the battery. Currently batteries are thick and rigid – not and not ideal for wearable devices. The development of smart T-shirts and other werable devices may depend on the development of stretchy power sources. A team of researchers at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore have produced a stretchy micro-supercapacitor using ribbons of graphene.Xiaodong Chen, and his research team have developed stretchable electrodes, and have integrated them into a super-capacitor, which is an energy storage device which can be used to power electronic gadgets. Supercapacitors, developed in the 1950s, have a higher power density and longer life cycle than standard capacitors or batteries. Over the years, supercapacitors have shrunk in size, enabling a generation of two-dimensional micro-supercapacitors that are integrated into cell phones, computers and other devices. However, these supercapacitors have remained rigid, and are thus a poor fit for soft materials that need to have the ability to elongate.In this study, Xiaodong Chen, and his team have developed a micro-supercapacitor from graphene. This carbon sheet is renowned for its thinness, strength and conductivity. Graphene can be flexible and foldable, however it cannot be stretched. The team took a cue from skin. Skin has a wave-like microstructure and they tried to figure out how they could make graphene more like a wave.The first step was to make graphene micro-ribbons. Most graphene is produced with physical methods, like shaving the tip of a pencil. However, it is very difficult to control its structure and thickness using a physical method. Thickness can really affect the conductivity of the electrodes and how much energy the supercapacitor overall can hold. So they used chemistry to build his material.The next step was to create the stretchable polymer chip with a series of pyramidal ridges. The researchers placed the graphene ribbons across the ridges, creating the wave-like structure. The design allowed the material to stretch without the graphene electrodes of the superconductor detaching, cracking or deforming. In addition, the team developed kirigami structures, which are variations of origami folds, to make the supercapacitors 500 percent more flexible without decaying their electrochemical performance. As a final test, they powered an LCD from a calculator with the stretchy graphene-based micro-supercapacitor. Similarly, such stretchy supercapacitors can be used in pressure or chemical sensors.In future experiments, the researchers hope to increase the electrode’s surface area so it can hold even more energy. The current version only stores enough energy to power LCD devices for a minute.last_img read more