Reports also for NFMU and E-Gov ProjectMinister within the Ministry of Finance, Jaipaul Sharma met, on Wednesday, with Acting Commissioner of Police David Ramnarine at his Office at Eve Leary to hand over the Final Reports of the Forensic Audits of the One Laptop per Family, E-Government Project, National Frequency Management Unit, Guyana Gold Board and Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation.The decision to have these documents handed over to the Police Commissioner for investigation was made by Cabinet.Present at Wednesday’s handing over were Minister Sharma, Mr. David Ramnarine – Acting Commissioner of Police and Mr. Sydney James – Assistant Commissioner of Police and Head of the Special Organized Crime Unit (SOCU). Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGRDB Forensic Audit Report now with PoliceJanuary 26, 2017In “Local News”SOCU launches probe into Guyana Energy AgencyOctober 26, 2017In “Crime”Top Cop confirms investigation launched into operations of NICIL …as police seize documentsDecember 31, 2015In “latest news”
EuroChem Group, a leading global fertilizer company headquartered in Switzerland, has selected Veolia Water Technologies’ proven HPD® crystallization technology for its VolgaKaliy mine expansion project in Russia’s Volgograd region. The mine is scheduled to begin commercial operations in 2018, and the expansion, of which Veolia’s crystallization project is part, is scheduled to start up in 2021.The HPD PIC™ crystallizer system will be used for the production of 2 Mt/y of high purity (98.5%) potassium chloride fertilizer from brine produced from conventionally mined sylvinite ore. The major process equipment provided by Veolia will include multiple HPD PIC crystallizers, recirculation and transfer pumps, vapor condensers and centrifuges. The Veolia system has been designed for EuroChem such that process heat will be optimally reused to maximize the temperature of the spent brine back to the ore leaching process. A primary reason why EuroChem chose Veolia was the latter’s commitment to provide process development and process optimization services to the project at a very early stage. Through this early participation with EuroChem, Veolia was able to systematically evaluate multiple design variations, resulting in a custom engineered system specifically suited to meet EuroChem’s production, equipment layout, and operational needs, all while optimizing the cost effectiveness of the system.Clark Bailey, Head of Mining at EuroChem, commented: “With their proven experience and talented team, EuroChem is pleased to be working with such a strong partner as Veolia. The expansion phase of our VolgaKaliy project will increase the plant’s capacity to 4.3 Mt/y of potassium in grades suitable for both agricultural and industrial applications to better diversify our portfolio and markets. Our first phase continues to be on track to begin production in mid-2018.”“Veolia designs and implements solutions aimed at improving access to resources while at the same time protecting and renewing those same resources. With the experience from more than 1,200 successful installations for industrial evaporation and crystallization and over 50 references in the fertilizer market, we were able to offer a custom-built system that offers the flexibility to meet a wide range of production requirements. We are proud to partner with EuroChem on this prestigious project,” stated Klaus Andersen, CEO of Veolia Water Technologies Inc.EuroChem is vertically integrated with activities spanning mining and hydrocarbons extraction to fertilizer production, logistics, and distribution. It is currently developing two sizeable potash deposits in Russia with its VolgaKaliy and Usolskiy potash greenfield projects.
ELECTRIC IRELAND LOST more than 100,000 customers last year, while prepay services and small providers saw gains in the electricity market.The Commission for Energy Regulation’s most recent report shows the number of people switching their electricity up slightly from last year at 266,226.PrePay Power broke above 1 per cent of the total electricity usage in Ireland for the first time in June 2013. Over 25,000 customers switched to similar smaller suppliers.Bord Gáis Energy lost more than 32,000 customers, while Energie and Airtricity saw small gains of between 3,000 and 4,000.While Electric Ireland’s losses were the highest, they are down significantly from the 2010 figure of more than 300,000.Electricity net switching by supplier January 2010 to December 2013. Click here to view a larger version. (Image: CER)Bord Gáis Energy saw heavy losses in the gas market as well, losing 56,061 customers.Just over 117,000 switched their gas supplied in 2013, the highest level since 2010.Electric Ireland gained 52,659, while Energia and Airtricity saw little or no gain in 2013.However, Flogas saw their growth slow after a strong performance in recent years, although still gained just over 1,500 customers.Gas net switching by supplier January 2010 to December 2013. Click here to view a larger version. (Image: CER)Read: 48 hours with no technology or electricity, could you hack it? >Poll: Are you concerned about plans to build more electricity pylons? >
Les auteurs des peintures rupestres du Paléolithique étaient-ils sous hallucinogènes ?Des chercheurs de l’Université de Tokyo suggèrent que les hommes préhistoriques décoraient les parois des grottes lors de rituels incluant la prise de substances psychotropes, lesquelles leur suggéraient certaines des figures qu’ils représentaient.Grilles, damiers, ‘toiles d’araignée’, tunnels, cônes, spirales… : certains éléments retrouvés dans les peintures rupestres du monde entier se ressemblent grandement. D’après une idée largement répandue, c’est parce qu’ils traduisent la façon dont le cerveau des hommes du Paléolithique commençait à apprendre à traiter l’image. Et si ce n’était pas le cas ? Si ces éléments provenaient d’un autre facteur commun à tous les auteurs des peintures ?C’est l’étonnant thèse aujourd’hui soutenue par Tom Froese, Alexander Woodward et Takashi Ikegami, de l’Université de Tokyo : selon eux, si les éléments se ressemblent autant, c’est parce que les artistes préhistoriques consommaient des plantes hallucinogènes imposant à leur esprit certaines visions abstraites qu’ils représentaient ensuite. Pour en arriver là, ces chercheurs se sont penchés sur les études concernant des rituels existant chez plusieurs cultures actuelles et associant création artistique et prise d’hallucinogènes. Ils se sont également appuyés sur des résultats de tests (réalisés par d’autres chercheurs) qui montrent que le cerveau humain sous psychotropes ‘voit’ des figures géométriques ressemblant à la structure du cerveau (“instabilités de Turing”). Ces modèles graphiques ont ensuite été comparés à ceux de l’art pariétal préhistorique et plusieurs éléments ont semblé correspondre.Des motifs chargés de signification À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Quand ces motifs visuels sont vus pendant les états altérés de la conscience, ils sont directement ressentis comme très chargés de signification […] à utiliser dans les rituels”, ont expliqué les auteurs cités par le Daily Mail. “La prévalence de certains motifs géométriques dans la culture matérielle symbolique de nombreuses cultures préhistoriques […] s’explique en termes de contenu caractéristique de l’expérience hallucinatoire biologiquement déterminée”, ont-il ajouté les auteurs.Néanmoins, substance hallucinogène ou non, ceci n’explique pas pourquoi ces motifs étaient à ce point chargés de sens dans des cultures géographiquement séparées et qui n’avaient pas de contact les unes avec les autres. “Bien entendu, il reste à expliquer pourquoi ces motifs particuliers étaient autant considérés par les artistes et comment ces personnes sont devenues des artistes capables d’expression symbolique”, ont-ils ainsi conclu.Le 16 juillet 2013 à 18:55 • Maxime Lambert
Corrugated packaging employees are to take industrial action in a dispute over pay.Staff based at packaging factories operated by DS Smith, Saica and Smurfit Kappa have voted to reject a proposed 2% pay rise. Industrial action was approved by members via a ballot vote.Around 2,500 members of the GMB and Unite trade unions will take part in the industrial action, which will include an overtime ban from Saturday 26 November 2016 and a day of strike action on Monday 28 November 2016.Stuart Fegan, national officer at GMB, said: “Our members are clearly fed up of seeing their employers make increasing profits in this sector while their wages fall behind in real terms. We urge the employers to get back around the negotiating table and make an offer to our members in respect of their pay claim, which recognises the profits these [organisations] are making and the contribution of our members towards those profits.”Ian Tonks, national officer at Unite, added: “At no time during our meetings with the [organisations] did they raise the [issue of] affordability. Clearly these are profitable [organisations] and our members recognise their contribution towards that profitability and their efforts need rewarding.”A spokesperson for the Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI), which has been involved with the negotiations, said: “The [CPI] is disappointed with the result of the ballot for industrial action. The industry believes that its pay offer of 2% is fair and reasonable and reflective of the sector performance. The offer is in line with the median settlement level, which is currently being realised in the manufacturing sector, and it is also above inflation.“The [CPI] is committed to supporting collective bargaining within the Corrugated National Agreement. The industry has put forward a good offer and we hope that a speedy resolution to the current situation can be reached.”
A Moulvibazar court has ordered exhuming the body of a Sylhet Agricultural University (SAU) student, who was killed after being pushed off a bus last month, reports UNB.Additional chief judicial magistrate Md Bahauddin Kazi issued the order on Wednesday.The body of Wasim Afnan, 22, a final-year biotechnology and genetic engineering student, was buried without autopsy.According to the statement, 11 SAU students boarded a Sylhet-bound bus of ‘Udar Paribahan’ at the Toll Plaza in Habiganj on 23 March. They got down at Sherpur and had an altercation with the bus helper over fare.The helper pushed Wasim when he was getting off and the driver sped away. The university student was run over by the bus and wounded critically. He was taken to MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital where doctors declared him dead.Wasim’s body was handed over to his family without any autopsy at their request.Bus driver Jewel Ahmed, 26, and his assistant Masuk Mia, 38, have been arrested. Police said they confessed to their crimes during interrogation.
X Share 00:00 /01:10 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen The U.S. 290 HOV lane connects with Metro’s Northwest Transit Center.TxDOT is building a new HOV ramp to the Northwest Transit Center and to do that work they have to pour concrete. TxDOT’s Karen Othon says they only way they can do it safely is to close the HOV lane underneath.“And in order to build this one cap to hold the supporting bridge structure, it requires equipment. And like I said, the wooden forms underneath the structure to be placed while the concrete cures.”So what does this mean for commuters? Othon says the 290 HOV lane will close after the evening rush on Friday between the Northwest Transit Center and Hempstead Road. They’re hoping to have it back open before the morning commute on Monday April 17.During that closure, Metro will put extra buses on its commuter routes to help avoid delays for riders.As for drivers, Othon says plan your route carefully.“We’re only going to have one signed detour route and police officers out there helping with the signals on the signed detour route. But if there are other ways that people can get around it then most definitely they can take those. Whatever’s easier for them.”The work is part of a larger project to widen 290 between the 610 Loop and FM 2920 near Waller. TxDOT expects to complete the work next year.
Read the full text of H.R. 1628, “American Health Care Act of 2017,” below: Share AP Photo/J. Scott ApplewhiteSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellThe Latest on Senate Republicans’ health care bill (all times local):11:35 a.m.Democrats are roundly criticizing the Republican plan to scrap the Obama health care law.Minority Leader Chuck Schumer spoke on the Senate floor Thursday moments after the GOP’s 142-page discussion draft was posted online. Republicans had been briefed on the plan behind closed doors.Schumer says, “We live in the wealthiest country on earth. Surely we can do better than what the Republican health care bill promises.”House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi assails the GOP bill as a tax break for wealthy Americans. The bill would eliminate the requirement that Americans buy insurance or face a tax penalty.___11:20 a.m.President Donald Trump is expressing hope that the Senate will pass a health care plan “with heart” following the release of a Republican plan to dismantle President Barack Obama’s health law.Trump says at the start of a White House event on technology he is hopeful Congress will get something done on health care “with heart.”The president spoke shortly after Senate Republicans released a 142-page draft of their bill to get rid of much of the Obamacare law.The bill faces broad opposition from Democrats. But Trump says that Republicans would love to have Democratic support.___11:18 a.m.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is praising the Republican plan to scuttle the Obama health care law, arguing it’s the right alternative to a “failed” Obamacare.Moments after the 142-page discussion draft was unveiled, McConnell spoke on the Senate floor, renewing his criticism of the seven-year-old law.He outlined the GOP plan that would cut Medicaid, slash taxes and waive the requirement that Americans purchase health insurance.Senate Republicans had been briefed on the plan earlier Thursday.Emerging from the session, McConnell did not answer when asked if he has the votes to pass the GOP proposal. A vote would occur next week after budget analysts assess the package.___10:56 a.m.Senate Republicans have released a 142-page draft of their bill to eliminate much of the Obama health care law.The measure would cut and revamp Medicaid, the health care program for lower-income and disabled people.It would repeal tax increases Obama’s law imposed on higher-income people and medical industry companies to pay for expanded coverage. And it would end the tax penalty Obama’s statute imposes on people who don’t buy insurance — in effect, ending the so-called individual mandate.Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is hoping to push the measure through the Senate next week. But its fate remains uncertain.It faces uniform Democratic opposition. And at least a half-dozen Republicans — both conservatives and moderates — have complained about it.___10:20 a.m.Senate Republicans are holding a private meeting to hear from leaders about their long-awaited plan for eliminating much of President Barack Obama’s health law.Lobbyists and congressional aides say the Senate bill would cut Medicaid, end penalties for people not buying insurance and rescind tax increases that Obama imposed to help pay for his law’s expansion of coverage.Republicans plan to make their plan public later Thursday.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell developed the bill behind closed doors. The measure represents his attempt to satisfy GOP moderates and conservatives who’ve complained about the measure.McConnell hopes to push the measure through the Senate next week. But it remains unclear whether he will have enough votes.___3:50 a.m.Senate Republican leaders are ready to release their plan for rolling back much of President Barack Obama’s health care law.Congressional aides and lobbyists say it would cut Medicaid, end penalties for people not buying insurance and erase tax increases Obama imposed to help expand coverage.The Senate’s Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, is unveiling the measure after weeks of closed-door meetings that angered Democrats and some Republicans.It represents the Kentucky senator’s attempt to quell criticism by party moderates and conservatives and win the support he needs in a vote he hopes to hold next week.The measure would drop the House’s waivers allowing states to let insurers boost premiums on some people with medical conditions.The sources are describing the bill on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to make the disclosures.
The researchers, Stefano Sacanna and David J. Pine of New York University and Laura Rossi of Utrecht University in Utrecht, The Netherlands, have published their study on the magnetic colloids in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society.“From the cover of your iPad, which clicks magnetically and snugly fits into place, to kids’ construction toys, magnetic forces precisely direct objects to bind or align with each other,” Sacanna told Phys.org. “We thought of using this ‘invisible’ glue to regulate the way microscopic objects assemble. In particular, because magnetic forces are permanent (do not degrade in time) and virtually unaffected by the local chemical environment, this new binding and recognition mechanism between colloidal building blocks offers a large design freedom to material scientists.”The spherical colloids start out as cubes, each of which contains a tiny piece of magnetic iron oxide. The researchers encapsulated the cubes inside silicon oil droplets so that the cubes are trapped at the interface by surface tension. In this arrangement, one face of the cube extends outside the droplet so that it’s exposed to the surrounding water, forming a surface inhomogeneity that the scientists call a “magnetic patch.” In the final step, the oil droplets are hardened into solid colloids. Fabrication of magnetic colloids, which start as magnetic cubes that are encapsulated into oil droplets. The face of the cube that extends outside the droplet is the magnetic patch. Image credit: Sacanna, et al. ©2012 American Chemical Society Copyright 2012 Phys.Org All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Play Magnetic colloid particles self-assemble into clusters in the absence of an external magnetic field. Video credit: Sacanna, et al. ©2012 American Chemical Society In these cases, an external magnetic field applied perpendicular to surface of the water containing the particles can change the orientation of the particles’ magnetic dipoles. This change causes the particles to rotate and repel each other, and the clusters to unbind. When a homogenous magnetic field is applied, large clusters of particles with multiple magnetic patches reorganize themselves into linear chains. (Phys.org) — Geomag, the popular children’s toy, contains small metal spheres that can be magnetically connected with a click to build a variety of towers, bridges, and sculptures. In a new study, scientists have done something similar on the microscale: they’ve created a new class of spherical colloids that have tiny magnetic patches embedded beneath their surfaces. In the absence of a magnetic field, the colloidal particles can spontaneously form clusters of controlled size and shape. With the application of an external magnetic field, the clusters can unbind and change their geometry, allowing the structures to reconfigure themselves independent of the chemical conditions of the environment. Various structures made with magnetic colloids: (A) Large particles with a single magnetic patch form dimers, (B) smaller particles with a single magnetic patch form trimers, (C) two particles with a single magnetic patch join with one particle with two magnetic patches, and (D) under an external magnetic field, particles form long structures. Image credit: Sacanna, et al. ©2012 American Chemical Society Journal information: Journal of the American Chemical Society More information: Stefano Sacanna, et al. “Magnetic Click Colloidal Assembly.” Journal of the American Chemical Society. DOI: 10.1021/ja301344n In their experiments, the researchers demonstrated that these new colloidal particles can interact with each other in various ways. Generally, the magnetic attraction between particles has a short range, which is offset by the long-range repulsion of the particles’ electric forces. As a result, the particles only connect when they are already close together. However, the researchers could decrease the particles’ electric repulsion by adding salt to the water, which effectively increases the particles’ magnetic binding energy. As the researchers demonstrated, in the absence of an applied magnetic field, two or three particles in close proximity self-assemble into dimers or trimers. By synthesizing particles with multiple magnetic patches, the researchers could enable larger, more complex structures to self-assemble due to the multiple binding points. The researchers also adapted the inter-particle binding mechanism to bind particles onto magnetically patterned surfaces. Play Magnetic colloid particles form a trimer. Video credit: Sacanna, et al. ©2012 American Chemical Society “Magnetic bonds can form, break and rearrange as many times as we want (again, think about Geomag toys and on how many complex structures you can build with only a few simple elementary units),” Sacanna said. “By applying this principle to colloidal particles, we can envision the creation of colloidal fluids that, upon an external stimulus (for example, the addition of salt), can self-organize into functional materials with microscopic architectures that are enforced by the formation of directional magnetic bonds. The use of external magnetic fields would add the possibility to easily break and reset such architectures. Other than smart reconfigurable materials, these magnetic colloids could find applications as a ‘transporting vehicle’ in drug delivery as the particles can ‘sense’ magnetic fields and autonomously bind on magnetic targets.”In the future, the researchers plan to improve the particles’ control as well as their “intelligence.”“We are currently working on fabricating particles with a higher number of magnetic patches and ultimately we would like to control the orientation of the magnetic dipole in the patch to realize colloids with a controllable ‘valence number,” Sacanna said. “This would allow us to assemble colloidal structures simply by mixing particles in a stoichiometric ratio. Finally, we would like to make our particles even ‘smarter’ by combining our magnetic patches with other classical surface modifications such as DNA coatings, chemical patches, electrostatic charges, etc.” Explore further Geomagnetic storm subsiding This document is subject to copyright. 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Citation: Particles magnetically ‘click’ to form superstructures (2012, April 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-04-particles-magnetically-click-superstructures.html PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen With the ability to control the size of the particles, the size and number of the magnetic patches, and the external magnetic field, this self-assembly method could have a variety of applications. One potential use is drug delivery, in which a particle and its cargo is delivered to a specific location. An advantage of the magnetic method compared to chemical methods of particle assembly is that magnetic particles are independent of most environmental changes such as temperature, pH, and solvent composition.
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The VivoBook’s lid also has a brushed-aluminum design with Asus’ logo smack in the middle, while the side of the laptop has a feel-good grainy texture and the interior has a cross-stitching pattern.MORE: Best Asus LaptopsIn terms of size, the VivoBook is lighter and thinner, at 3.7 pounds and 14.2 x 9.6 x 0.7 inches, than the Aspire, which is 4.9 pounds and 15 x 10.2 x 1.2 inches.Winner: Asus VivoBook S15Buy ASUS VivoBook S15 on Amazon.comPortsThe Acer Aspire E 15’s left side features two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, a VGA port, an RJ45 port, a security lock slot and a USB Type-C port. On the right, there’s an SD card slot, one USB 2.0 port, a headphone jack, a DVD-RW double-layer drive and the power jack.The Asus VivoBook S15 packs two USB 2.0 ports and a microSD card slot on the left side, while the right features one USB 3.1 port, an HDMI port, one USB Type-C port and a headphone jack. This machine also has a fingerprint reader embedded in the touchpad.Because the Aspire has a wider variety of ports, as well as a DVD drive, it takes this round.Winner: Acer Aspire E 15Buy Acer Aspire E 15 on Amazon.comDisplayThe Acer Aspire E 15’s 15-inch 1080p display didn’t impress us much in our lab testing. The panel covered 74 percent of the sRGB color gamut while emitting a measly 200 nits of brightness. And it doesn’t help that the laptop’s bezels are a bit chunky.The Asus VivoBook S15 isn’t any better in terms of color, hitting a low 68 percent of the sRGB. However, what it lacks in color, it makes up for with a solid 257 nits of brightness, as well as its ultrathin bezels.Winner: Asus VivoBook S15KeyboardThe Asus VivoBook S15’s thin design doesn’t leave much room for a comfy keyboard. We measured just 1 millimeter of travel, which is below our 1.5 to 2.0mm comfort range. But, the keyboard still passed our 60-gram minimum actuation force, with 69 grams.In this case, being thick put the Acer Aspire E 15 at an advantage, as its keys offer 1.5mm travel and require 71 grams of actuation force.MORE: Best Acer LaptopsThe Aspire’s keyboard itself looks bland, while the VivoBook’s keyboard has a stylish font and rounder keys that are more well-spaced. Still, you can’t beat deeper travel.Winner: Acer Aspire E 15 PerformanceThe Asus VivoBook S15 and Acer Aspire E 15 are outfitted with nearly identical specs, like an Intel Core i5-8250U processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. The only difference is that the Aspire is armed with a discrete Nvidia GeForce MX150 GPU with 2GB of VRAM, while the VivoBook has integrated Intel UHD 620 graphics.On the Geekbench 4 overall performance test, the VivoBook nailed a score of 12,163, which left the Aspire’s 9,278 in the dust (31.1 percent difference). The gap was much smaller on the HandBrake test, as the Aspire took 25 minutes and 15 seconds to transcode a 4K video to 1080p, while the VivoBook took 25:38 (1.5 percent difference).On our Excel test, the VivoBook matched 65,000 names and addresses in 1 minute and 4 seconds, trading blows with the Aspire, as that machine hit a slower 1:30 (40.6 percent difference). When both laptops copied 4.97GB worth of data, the Aspire registered a speed of 150 megabytes per second, beating the VivoBook’s 124 MBps (21 percent difference).Winner: Asus VivoBook S15GraphicsThe Aspire’s Nvidia GPU gave it a big leg up in this round. On the 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited benchmark, which measures the overall graphic performance, the Aspire scored 122,144, which is nearly double the VivoBook’s 65,313 (87 percent difference). And on the 3DMark Fire Strike benchmark, the Aspire soared with 3,260, while the VivoBook couldn’t break 1,000, scoring 961 (239.2 percent difference).Winner: Acer Aspire E 15 Battery LifeOn a test that involved continuously surfing the web over Wi-Fi at 150 nits of brightness, the Asus VivoBook S15 lasted 8 hours and 23 minutes, while the Acer Aspire E 15 endured a longer 9 hours and 26 minutes. While both laptops could last a full workday, the Aspire has better endurance.Winner: Value and ConfigurationsThe Asus VivoBook S15 ($699) has only one configuration, with an Intel Core i5-8250U processor, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and an Intel UHD 620 GPU. But you do get the choice of four different colorful designs.Meanwhile, the Acer Aspire E 15 has multiple configurations. The one we tested in this face-off costs $599 and comes with an Intel Core i5-8250U processor, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and an Nvidia GeForce MX150 with 2GB of VRAM. We also tested the base model, which costs $379 and drops down to an Intel Core i3-8130U CPU, 6GB of RAM, a 1TB and 5,400-rpm HDD, and an Intel UHD 620 GPU. The most expensive version sells for $799 and comes with an Intel Core i7-8550U CPU.MORE: The Best Laptops for Business and ProductivityWhile the VivoBook certainly looks nicer and offers a more petite body, you can get a discrete GPU in the Aspire, and it’ll save you $100.Winner: Acer Aspire E 15Overall WinnerWhile it was a tight race in terms of points, the Acer Aspire E 15 beats the Asus VivoBook S15 in this face-off. The Aspire offers more ports, a comfier keyboard, a discrete GPU and longer battery life — all for less than the VivoBook. PortsTwo USB 2.0, one USB 3.1, one USB Type-C, HDMI, headphone/mic, microSD slotTwo USB 3.0, one USB 2.0, one USB Type-C HDMI, VGA, RJ45, headphone/mic, SD card slot, security lock slot Overall (100)6864 Battery Life (hrs:mins)8:239:26 Performance (10)68 Display (15)79 Keyboard Travel1mm1mm Weight3.67 pounds4.9 pounds Ports (10)96 Battery Life (20)1715 Graphics (10)85 GPUIntel UHD 620Intel UHD 620, MX150 2GB Diplay15.6 inches (1920 x 1080)15.6 inches (1920 x 1080)