Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Apple Monday released iOS 6.1, now available as on over-the-air update from Settings > General. The system update should be available in iTunes shortly.The update adds fast, 4G LTE connection support for more carriers worldwide (see the complete list here for iPhone and iPad).It also allows U.S. users to purchase movie tickets through Fandango directly with Siri. iTunes Match subscribers can now download individual songs from iCloud. And there’s a new button to reset the Advertising Identifier, the new tracking number Apple has assigned to iOS users instead of a permanent Unique Device Identifier (UDID). What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Apple jon mitchell Related Posts
Kolkata: Former Indian football captain Bhaichung Bhutia on Thursday said that the forward line of the current team is heavily dependent on Sunil Chhetri and the other players need to step up and score goals.Bhuita said that the team’s defence has already showed a good account of itself in the last two World Cup qualifier matches and the onus is on the strikers to deliver against Bangladesh on October 15 here. “Our main concern has been defending and if they can maintain that it’s okay. Now this Bangladesh game is going to be a big test for the strikers. It’s not the defence but the forward line which will have to deliver,” Bhutia told PTI in an interview.”I think against Qatar (in the drawn match), India defended well. We definitely require more goal-scoring strikers. We need to improve our striking zone as it’s only Sunil who’s able to score. If he’s not playing or does not score it becomes very, very difficult.”The draw against Qatar in Doha in their last match gave India their first point in round two of the World Cup qualifiers after they had tasted a 1-2 defeat against Oman in their Group E opening clash in Guwahati.India need to beat Bangladesh here to keep their hopes of qualifying for the next round alive. Bangladesh are currently ranked 187th, 83 places below India.”The way they have played the last two games, it should come easy for India and they should win it comfortably,” the former captain said.He also spoke about India’s spirited display against Qatar, especially by the defensive unit led by goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu who thwarted a barrage of attacks to come out on a clean slate.”It’s been great and fantastic last two matches, one of the best that India have played. But it has to go on. You have set a standard now that has to be kept. The consistency and the performance the way they played the last two matches has to continue.”Defensive, formation, discipline and keeping it tight were the biggest takeways. They played compact football. Gurpreet is one of the fantastic goalkeepers. I was in the committee of Arjuna Awards, I knew what Gurpreet has done,” he said on Gurpreet who was bestowed with the Arjuna Award recently.Talking about centre back Sandesh Jhingan, Bhutia said, “He is one player who gives everything on the pitch. That’s been from day one when I first saw him as a 17-year-old boy at United Sikkim.”The footballer-turned-Hamro Sikkim Party leader, who is contesting the Gangtok bye-elections on October 21, also said that the Indian team should play more often in Kolkata where the crowd normally turns up in large numbers.”It’s the Mecca of Indian football and it’s nice and interesting to play at the Saltlake Stadium. I feel that India should play more often in Kolkata,” Bhutia said.India last played in Kolkata on November 16, 2011 in a friendly match against Malaysia when they won 3-2 with Chhetri setting up the win with a brace.The ticket sales are on a high with 34,000 already sold out for the match at Saltlake that last hosted a marquee game in the U-17 World Cup summit clash between England and Spain in October 2017.”It’s unfortunate that it’s somehow taken eight years for Kolkata to host an India match. I’m sure the football fans in Kolkata will also enjoy,” Bhutia said. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Bhaichung BhutiafootballIndiaindian football First Published: October 10, 2019, 9:25 PM IST
New Delhi, May 19 (PTI) Sports Minister Vijay Goel has come out in support of Indian footballer C K Vineeth after his employer, Kerala Accountant Generals office, sacked him due to low attendance. “If rules are a hindrance, we might change the rules because they are dedicated for the passion of sports,” said Goel in a statement. Goel said he will speak to the Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on the matter. “A player has to play continuously and hence is unable to meet the mandatory guideline. I will speak to Kerala Chief Minister and Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) office in New Delhi to seek their intervention to accommodate this player and change the rules.” Vineet joined the Accountant Generals office in 2012 through sports quota. The footballer has played both in the I-League and Indian Super League. PTI BS AH AH
Leicester City drew 1-1 with Bournemouth on Sunday to bring the curtain down on a testing campaign which they began as champions but ended up just happy to avoid relegation.Leicester fell behind after a minute when Bournemouth’s Junior Stanislas smashed the ball home after Kasper Schmeichel had saved Lys Mousset’s shot with his legs.Jamie Vardy drew the hosts level six minutes after the restart, nudging the ball over the line from an Islam Slimani knockdown.After sacking manager Claudio Ranieri in February, with the club a point and a place above the relegation zone, Leicester ended the season strongly, finishing 12th, two points behind Bournemouth in ninth.
World Cup Fabregas, Morata & Spain’s all-star XI who will miss World Cup 2018 18:19 5/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(7) Getty Images World Cup Spain Iran v Spain Julen Lopetegui has named a 23-man party packed with talent to take to Russia, but he has also left out players who would walk into most squads Spain have such an abundance of talent that their second string team would compete to be World Cup winners. Some of the best players in the world don’t even make it into Spain’s squad.
SOUTH BEND, IN – OCTOBER 28: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish reacts after a play in the fourth quarter against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Notre Dame Stadium on October 28, 2017 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)Notre Dame is one of the most historic programs in college football. It doesn’t take long to get to the Fighting Irish on a list of the sport’s most notable teams, no matter how you cut it.Notre Dame is incredibly unique in its history and its status as an independent in a sport where the Power Five conferences dominate the landscape. The program also has a national fan base very different than just about every other major school.If you’re reading this website, you probably know one more thing about Notre Dame football… people don’t like the Irish very much.Ahead of the start of the 2019 season, USA Today published a ranking of the top 25 programs by likeability, and Notre Dame came in dead last.Using the teams in the preseason coaches poll, USA Today ranked the programs from most to least likeable. Oklahoma came in at No. 1, with its fun offense, and likeable coach-quarterback combo of Lincoln Riley and Jalen Hurts, who handled his move from Alabama about as well as one can imagine.Meanwhile, Notre Dame comes in below Alabama, Clemson, and Ohio State. From USA Today:For this list last year, we argued the Fighting Irish need to join a conference, and that is still unquestionably our position going into the 2019 season — especially if they’d like another trip to the College Football Playoff. Last year, they were undefeated in the regular season with not the toughest schedule and generally deserved a playoff appearance. And then they blew it, getting wrecked by Clemson in the semifinals.They don’t have a grueling conference schedule to survive, they don’t have a conference title game to play in — a loss will almost always keep a team out of the playoff — and they shouldn’t get another shot at the playoff until they join a conference or win with a tougher schedule.There are certainly reasons to dislike Notre Dame, and the conference situation can be one, but the schedule weakness bit doesn’t really hold up.The Fighting Irish typically have a rough slate of annual rivals. Last season, a number of them faltered, giving them a pretty easy group, but entering 2019, Michigan and Georgia both pop up as other College Football Playoff contenders, as well as trendy ACC Coastal pick Virginia, a talented USC squad that usually plays ND tough, and rival Stanford, one of the more steady programs in the country.Anti-Notre Dame sentiment is prevalent and fine, but the reasoning here seems a bit off.[USA Today]
How to Score Discounted Tickets to the Best After-Party in NYC this Weekend Raleigh Denim Workshop Makes Jeans with Artistry and Ingenuity in the U.S.A. For Sale: The Stunning Bahamian Island Where Fyre Festival Didn’t Happen Charles Reagan Hackleman/Lollapalooza 2016This Thursday, Lollapalooza will kick off in Chicago’s historic Grant Park, 26 years after its inaugural festival. Running four full days and featuring dozens of bands across eight stages, the festival is among the largest of the summer. With that expansive artist lineup and multitude of stages, it’s nearly impossible to decide which artists to see and which to skip. To help make that decision easier, we’ve compiled a list of must see performers.Car Seat Headrest (Sunday, August 6 at 3:00pm): Will Toledo and co.’s second album on Matador, Teens of Denial, launched Car Seat Headrest to a new level of fame—coming out to rave reviews, cracking the Billboard Top 200, and landing on many Album of the Year lists. It also led to late night appearances on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon and, more recently, Conan, on which the band performed a new version of single “Unforgiving Girl.”Chance the Rapper (Saturday, August 5 at 8:30pm): Chance’s 2016 mixtape, Coloring Book, received its own slew of accolades. He took home Grammys for Best New Artist and Best Rap Performance while Coloring Book won the Best Rap Album award. Earlier this summer, Chance received multiple awards at the 2017 BET Awards not only for his music, but also for his humanitarian work in his hometown of Chicago.Roger Ho/Lollapalooza 2016 Roger Ho/Lollapalooza 2016Lorde (Thursday, August 3 at 8:45pm): It wasn’t long after the album’s release in mid-June that Lorde’s Melodrama became a contender for the best album of 2017. Centered around a breakout, Melodrama is an intimate, reflective album with all the danceable pop gloss you could ask for.Run the Jewels (Friday, August 4 at 6:45pm): Released digitally on December 24, 2016, Run the Jewels 3 came out just as the year came to a close and found El-P and Killer Mike, incisive as ever, collaborating with Danny Brown, Joi Trina, Boots, Tunde Adebimpe, Zack de la Rocha, and Kamasi Washington. Lollapalooza falls directly in the middle of the duo’s Run the World tour.Sylvan Esso (Saturday, August 5 at 7:45pm): Sylvan Esso’s 2014 debut album was a surprise hit, making waves in the music world and landing in Billboard’s Top 40, thanks to singles “Coffee” and “Hey Mami.” The duo released its highly anticipated (and excellent) follow-up album, What Now, earlier this year.Tickets to Lollapalooza 2017 are sold out, but you can still see the festival thanks to Red Bull TV! It’s live streaming all four days.Featured Images Courtesy of Charles Reagan Hackleman & Maclay Heriot/Lollapalooza 2016 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Editors’ Recommendations
Calgary radio personality Katie Summers shared her #MeToo allegations about Hedley singer Jacob Hoggard live on-air on Wednesday. (Mike Symington/CBC) A Calgary radio personality shared what she’s calling her #MeToo moment involving Hedley’s lead singer Jacob Hoggard live on-air Wednesday — prompting the station to stop playing the Canadian band’s tunes.Katie Summers says Hoggard made comments of a sexual nature toward her and grabbed her backside after an interview.“It happened so quickly, but I remember it so clearly,” Summers, one half of AMP Mornings With Katie & Ed on 90.3 AMP, said over the airwaves about the incident seven years ago. Advertisement She was 23 at the time and it was her first major market radio job after college.“I had been a Hedley fan since they had first come out. I watched Jacob Hoggard on Canadian Idol way back in the day. I saw them perform at SAIT. It was a big deal to me. I was very star-struck,” she said.“This was my first opportunity as a jock to be in the same room with somebody who I admired.”Someone who witnessed the encounter has backed up Summers’s story, but CBC News has agreed not to identify that person.Supportive colleaguesThe radio station and her co-workers have been supportive of Summers. The station tweeted a video of her sharing her story.Summers’s on-air co-host, who just goes by Ed, says he understands why she waited to share her story. Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter
CALGARY – A second coal-mining company in four months is being hit with a seven-figure penalty for polluting incidents that impacted fish in tributaries of the Athabasca River east of Jasper National Park in Alberta.On Tuesday, Sherritt International Corp. (TSX:S) agreed to pay a fine of $1 million after pleading guilty in provincial court to three counts under the federal Fisheries Act.The Toronto-based company was charged five years ago due to incidents where wastewater considered toxic to fish was allowed to flow from its open pit Coal Valley Mine about 120 kilometres east of Jasper National Park into ecologically significant habitat for rainbow trout.In June, Prairie Mines & Royalty Ltd. — formerly known as Coal Valley Resources — was handed almost $4.5 million in federal and provincial penalties after it also pleaded guilty to polluting tributaries of the Athabasca River.Prairie Mines was charged after a catastrophic break in an earthen berm at its Obed Mountain coal mine about 50 kilometres east of the park allowed an estimated 670 million litres of wastewater to escape into the river system in October 2013.Environment and Climate Change Canada said Tuesday the Sherritt charges were laid following an inspection in August 2012 at the coal mine located about 90 kilometres south of the town of Edson.The company was ordered to stop its practice and the ministry subsequently discovered that two other discharges had occurred in 2011.The severity of the fine reflects the size of the offence as half a million litres of poorly treated effluent was estimated to have escaped into the environment, said Daniel Smith, regional director for environmental enforcement for Environment Canada in Edmonton.“In this case, in addition to the significant volumes deposited in the river, the toxicity level was quite high in the tests that we performed … (It) resulted in 100 per cent mortality in our lab samples,” he said.“These rivers and creeks in the foothills contain sensitive habitat for some protected species so it is quite an important watershed.”He said the Coal Valley Mine was treating collected surface water with a chemical to remove suspended fine sediment but it wasn’t properly monitoring the dosage, resulting in discharges that were just as toxic to fish.Sherritt investor relations director Joe Racanelli said the company installed new sediment control systems and initiated better management practices after the charges were laid.He said the company is taking responsibility even though it sold the coal mine in 2014.“We do not own the Coal Valley Mine but we were operators and owners at the time so we are responsible because there was a non-compliance issue. Sherritt takes these kinds of issues very seriously,” he said.He wouldn’t comment when asked if the amount of the fine was negotiated in return for the guilty plea.Most of the $1-million fine is to be assigned to Environment Canada’s environmental damages fund to be directed to programs intended to benefit the natural environment.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version had the incorrect number of figures in the fines in the lede.
“I encourage all countries to become party to this treaty, and to implement the range of measures which will make tobacco use less and less attractive to people,” World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Lee Jong-wook said of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).The treaty requires parties to restrict tobacco advertising, sponsorship and promotion, set new labelling and clean indoor air controls, and strengthen laws against tobacco smuggling. It needed ratification by 40 countries to enter into force and 57, representing 2.3 billion people, over a third of the world’s population, have so far done so.Countries party to the treaty are bound to translate its general provisions into national laws and regulations. They will have, for example, three years to ensure that tobacco packaging has strong health warnings, and five years to establish comprehensive advertising, promotion and sponsorship bans.If current trends are not reversed, tobacco will prematurely end the lives of 10 million people a year by 2020, WHO said. It is the only legal product that causes the death of one half of its regular users. This means that of the current 1.3 billion smokers, 650 million people will die prematurely due to tobacco.Evidence shows that smoking harms nearly every organ of the body. Tobacco use is the cause of the majority of lung cancer cases and it has been linked to many other types of cancer, such as cervical and kidney cancer. Other health risks associated with tobacco include heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular diseases; bronchitis, asthma and other respiratory diseases, as well as infertility.Tobacco use continues to expand, especially in the developing world, where currently half of the deaths due to tobacco occur. If the trends continue, seven out of every ten deaths due to tobacco will occur in the developing world by 2020.
Bechtel, developing Peru’s Antapaccay copper mine for Xstrata Copper, has used a Liebherr 630 EC-H 40 tower crane to construct the mine’s flotation cell tanks and will keep the crane operational on-site for maintenance for the next 20 years. This is the biggest model in the company’s high-top EC-H range. Liebherr Chile SA supplied the German-built crane direct to contractor Bechtel Chile, who is developing the $1.47 billion mine for Xstrata Copper. Antapaccay’s open-pit mine and processing facilities are located 4,100 m above sea level in the Yauri district of Espinar Province in southern Peru’s Cusco Region. It will initially produce an average of 160,000 t/y of copper in concentrate, plus gold and silver by-product credits. Ore will be processed in a new 70,000 t/d concentrator facility and concentrate to be transported to Matarani Port for shipment to customers worldwide.Xstrata Copper’s agreement with Bechtel is an EPCM contract for a series of potential copper mines, concentrators and related mineral processing facilities. This includes designing a replicable copper concentrator and other facilities that can be applied to Xstrata Copper’s other projects, and which is aimed at enabling early ordering of long lead time items and reducing the engineering time and costs on individual projects.Antapaccay is the first of Xstrata’s copper mines to use this newly designed concentrator plant, which is divided into adjustable modules with a primary crusher, grinding area, flotation area, concentrate and tailings area, and a regrind and filter plant.The truck shop, warehouses and offices are also in this immediate area of the mine.“Liebherr was asked to supply a crane that could handle heavy lifts and which would have a maximum reach of 80 m,” says Henning Kohler, Regional Manager for Liebherr Chile. He added that for this project, the crane featured a height of 40 m, “it was the loads that Bechtel required not the height. The 630 EC-H40 can lift 40 t maximum and 5.4 t at 80 m, and consequently was suitable for all Bechtel’s lifting purposes on the flotation cell line. Another important requirement was robustness and longevity, as the crane will have a working life of more than 20 years, in a remote location and at a high altitude. We worked closely with Bechtel, and the crane was installed on site in August 2010. The tanks were completed in November 2012.”The new design of the flotation cells requires high precision lifting and placing during a tight construction schedule, with a wide radius to cover and a diverse range of lifting loads.The crane has to work as an integral part of the flotation cell process, and to remain there for the life of the mine – a tough requirement for a tower crane, confirmed a spokesman at the mine, adding “There is every confidence that this is the unit that we need.” Liebherr’s distributor for Peru, Metal Tecnica, installed the crane and will also undertake the maintenance under LBC supervision.“The crane will be undergoing a dramatic range of temperature changes,” says Managing Director Jose Midzuaray. “Night time regularly sees temperatures of 10o or more below freezing, and during the day the temperature can be a mix of freezing point yet very hot from the direct sunlight.“We also have to contend with low atmospheric pressure, and so maintenance of the hydraulics, electronics and mechanical system will require continual attention. However, Liebherr has a long track record of working under these kind of conditions, and we see no problems of an unusual nature occurring.”
JAHMIR WALLACE is a ten-year-old boy in New Jersey. He was born without arms.However, he’s never let that hold him back. Not long ago, he decided he wanted to play the trumpet.Why? Because his sister played an instrument, and he didn’t see why he should be left out.He told WFMZ: My older sister used to play the piano, so I decided maybe I should play an instrument.Jahmir does everything with his feet – he uses them “like we use our hands”, a teacher said. So school authorities and the staff of a local music shop in Philipsburgh got together and made him a stand to play the trumpet using his toes for the keys.He played his first note four months ago. “I kind of got excited,” he told WFMZ.Now, Jahmir will play in his school’s winter concert. He also has a message for anyone else who might want to play an instrument:Keep on trying. Source: WTNHDid you see the 9-year-old rapping on the Late Late last night?>Baby deer recovering after being found shot in ditch>
La bile, nouvelle fontaine de Jouvence ?Montréal, Canada – Des chercheurs de l’Université Concordia ont découvert une nouvelle piste pour améliorer l’espérance de vie humaine. Leur étude, publiée dans la revue spécialisée Aging, est la première à définir le rôle de l’acide biliaire ou acide lithocholique (LCA) dans la prolongation de la durée de vie de la levure. Des résultats qui pourraient avoir d’importantes répercussions sur la durée de vie et la santé humaines, puisque la levure a de nombreux points communs avec l’organisme humain.”Bien que la LCA prolonge considérablement la durée de vie de la levure, nous savons que cette même LCA ne peut être synthétisée par la levure” affirme le directeur de cette recherche, Vladimir Titorenko. “Il est possible que la levure ait évolué de manière à détecter les acides biliaires en tant que molécules moyennement toxiques et qu’elle ait réagi par des changements visant à combattre le vieillissement. Il n’est pas inconcevable que le potentiel de prolongation de la vie présent dans la LCA soit également applicable aux humains”.Plus de 19.000 molécules analyséesÀ lire aussiBile : définition et composition, de quoi s’agit-il ?Le professeur Titorenko et ses collègues ont examiné plus de 19.000 petites molécules afin de tester leur aptitude à prolonger la durée de vie de la levure. La LCA avait un impact significatif dans des conditions normales et sous contraintes. “Notre étude démontre que la LCA améliore la longévité en s’attaquant à deux mécanismes distincts”, souligne le premier auteur, Alexander Goldberg, doctorant à l’Université Concordia. “Le premier a cours quel que soit le nombre de calories et touche les protéines quotidiennes ou domestiques. Le second système se produit lors de la restriction calorique et touche les protéines de stress.” “Peu importe ce qui les déclenche, ces deux mécanismes travaillent à supprimer le processus pro vieillissement”, ajoute M. Goldberg.De l’acide biliaire pour améliorer la santé”Même si nous avons une idée d’ensemble de la manière dont la LCA améliore la longévité de la levure, il nous reste à déterminer si elle a des effets similaires sur d’autres espèces”, rappelle le professeur Titorenko. “Toutefois, nous savons déjà, grâce à des études antérieures, que les acides biliaires profitent à la santé et à la longévité. Par exemple, il a été démontré qu’ils s’accumulaient dans le sérum provenant de souris âgées et qu’ils jouaient un rôle important dans l’amélioration des fonctions hépatiques et pancréatiques chez les rongeurs”.”Cela nous porte à croire que les acides biliaires constituent de potentiels agents pharmaceutiques dans le traitement du diabète, de l’obésité et de divers troubles métaboliques qui sont tous associés au vieillissement. Ils pourraient être la solution pour un vieillissement sain”, conclut Vladimir Titorenko. .Le 18 septembre 2010 à 13:19 • Emmanuel Perrin
PORTLAND — A Canadian man who bit a 14-year-old girl on the right breast during a Green Day concert in Portland, Oregon, has been sentenced to 30 days in jail.Joel Dauncey of Vancouver pleaded no contest to misdemeanor harassment of a sexual or intimate body part. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports he did not make a statement at Monday’s hearing.According to court documents, the teen told police she was dancing next to her mother at the Aug. 2 concert when a stranger leaned over and bit her. She rated the pain a “3” on a 1-10 scale.A woman working the concert told police that Dauncey had been cut off from buying alcohol. The worker said she kept an eye on him and witnessed the bite.The 34-year-old man told investigators he doesn’t remember the incident.
DAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida tow truck driver turned himself in after a deadly hit-and-run in Davie.The man, who surrendered to authorities Monday, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving a death.According to Davie Police, the motorist hit a woman while driving near Griffin Road and State Road 7, Saturday night, and took off. The pedestrian died at the scene.Officers later found his truck a short distance away from the scene.Officials said they will reveal the driver’s identity later on Monday.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
According to Martin, they were told by the commissioner that they interpreted the management plan that was passed by the Board of Fish regarding them to keep the restrictions on the commercial fisherman. The meeting took place on Tuesday at 3:30pm, and was standing room only with just over 100 in attendance. The meeting was called by the United Cook Inlet Drift Association (UCIDA). UCIDA President Dave Martin: “This year all of the commercial fisherman are having a bad season, most of them not making their expenses, and this is the third year in a row this has happened.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Cook Inlet Commercial Fishermen on the Kenai were invited to attend an informational meeting at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building for one hour with ADF&G Commissioner Doug Vincent-Lang. Martin: “Once again we fall detriment of the industry, local economy, livelihood, and the resource all because of the ramifications from over-escapement.” The meeting was intended for commercial fisherman only.
Post a comment 85 Photos Tags CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Sci-Tech 0 Marc Espolet/Getty I do not like tomatoes.On a pizza base as a sauce, sure, I can handle that. But as far as fruits go, I consider them absolutely mediocre. The Devil’s fruit. That’s what I’d call them, were they actually worth thinking about. And sure, people tell me I am not eating the right tomatoes. I need to eat “organic” tomatoes, they say. Maybe my tomato source is no good but simply put, if I can avoid them, I will.But scientists have discovered a way to, quite literally, spice up the lame fruit. A new study, published in the journal Trends in Plant Science, suggests that the tomato could be genetically engineered to produce capsaicins — the molecules that give peppers their heat (or “pungency”, as the scientists say).Genetically, the tomato and the pepper are long-lost relatives, having only diverged around 19 million years ago. Because of this lineage, lurking within the tomato genome is a suite of genes that can produce the spicy capsaicin compound. Normally, those genes aren’t switched on, so the tomato is that sad, tasteless fruit that I’ve encountered on too many burgers. But the team of researchers suggest, using genetic engineering techniques, they could turn the tomato into a “biofactory”, capable of producing the capsaicin molecules.Of course, while most of us will likely think of the way that might affect our pizzas and pastas, turning the tomato into a capsaicin biofactory provides a number of benefits. Capsaicin compounds are high in antioxidants, have antitumor activity, pain managing and can even spur weight loss. Unfortunately, the pepper doesn’t grow quite as easily as the tomato, which means engineering the tomato to make these compounds has practical and economical benefits — you can get a lot more capsaicin. The tomato is also one of the most well-understood plants in terms of genetic engineering and has a storied history of genetic modification. In 1994, a modified tomato that was resistant to rot was produced by Calgene, known as the Flavr Savr. It was the first genetically modified food available on supermarket shelves in the US but production was halted in 1997 because it wasn’t profitable.The researcher team concludes, provided they can get the technique working in tomatoes, producing capsaicin production would only be the start, with other genetic pathways in the tomato ripe for manipulation. They suggest the tomato could also be used to produce bixin, the second most important natural color additive in the food industry, and beta-carotene, which is converted by the body into vitamin A.I never thought I’d be here, but science might actually have me excited about tomatoes. Questions still remain over whether we should, rather than whether we can. With genetic engineering techniques like CRISPR becoming commonplace over the last five years, it’s getting easier to make tiny edits in all manner of plants and animals. Share your voice All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019