Google celebrates Earth Day with an animated Doodle

first_imgIt’s April 22, which means it’s Earth Day and another chance for Google to show its support with an appropriate Google Doodle. This year, the 13th Earth Day Doodle depicts an animated scene of the changing seasons, with the pause button located on the Sun and Moon depending on where you are in the animation.Earth Day is both a reminder and opportunity for us all to look after the environment we live in and realize the impact we are having on it. And it’s appropriate that Google highlights it as we are increasingly using technology in our daily lives. Those massive datacenters Google and others run use a lot of power, and it’s only through green initiatives and innovation that we will continue to have enough (sustainable) energy to run them without negatively impacting the environment.The official Earth Day website has stated the focus of Earth Day 2013 is The Face of Climate Change and the “massive challenge” that presents the world. It is calling on everyone to upload photos of what they are doing for Earth Day as well as supplying images of the impact climate change is having in order to build a global mosaic. Throughout the day those images will be projected on locations including government buildings, schools, and parks in order to increase awareness.Earth Day began in 1970 when millions of Americans peacefully demonstrated for the environment. The day is now recognized in some 192 countries, involves over a billion people, and is observed by many nation’s governments around the world.last_img read more

We in the GAA want darkness and cover and to me that

first_imgLimerick hurler could face St Patrick’s Day club final and All-Ireland schools semi-final within 48 hoursCapital gains – Dublin North end wait for Leinster final and DCU make Fitzgibbon Cup history Cork secretary Frank Murphy at last year’s GAA Congress in Croke Park. Source: James Crombie/INPHOThe former Cork football captain also believes that delegates at the county board may not have carried their clubs’ wishes effectively, citing the example of his own club.“I attended a Nemo activities meeting, we discussed the motions in a lot of detail. It was agreed that the Nemo delegates would speak in favour of it, which they did not do, despite receiving a fully-detailed lowdown on the merits of the motion.“I don’t want to speak for any other club, but I would pose the question, is it the same situation, do delegates really represent club players or coaches? Based on Nemo’s performance Tuesday night, you’d have to say no.” Derek Kavanagh won an All-Ireland senior medal with Cork in 2010. Source: Cathal NoonanHis concern is that it’s similar at county level, but he remains optimistic.“If delegates are detached from their clubs,” he says, “if you take that up a level, county boards voting on things which affect players, clubs and coaches.“Hopefully the motion will garner some support, hopefully they understand that it’s not an issue of trust.“In any other sporting body, there’s a transparency in voting, it’s a real cornerstone of democracy. It’s best practice, so why is it not practiced?”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Derek Kavanagh pictured at the official launch of the CPA last year. Image: The42.ie Feb 22nd 2018, 12:28 PM 17 Comments ‘We in the GAA want darkness and cover and, to me, that shows that there is a real problem’ Former Cork footballer Derek Kavanagh is hoping the CPA motion garners support this weekend. Derek Kavanagh pictured at the official launch of the CPA last year. Share27 Tweet Email http://the42.ie/3865877 25,884 Views CLUB PLAYERS EXECUTIVE member Derek Kavanagh is disappointed that Cork have opted to vote against GAA Congress motion on the recording of votes, but he is hopeful that other counties will show their support.At this weekend’s annual Congress, one of the motions will seek for all votes at future Congresses to be recorded and then published in the minutes. It was brought by Wexford, having been brought to county convention by St Mary’s Rosslare after he CPA sought support for it.On Tuesday night, Cork rejected the motion, with issues of trust and practicality cited, but Kavanagh is sceptical as to the reasons given.“They don’t hold any water,” he says.“In terms of it not being practical, the count is for audit purposes. We’ve been in contact with the suppliers of the voting modules used at Congress, and they told us that it would be very easy to trace the votes.“Nobody would have any interest on the day, but it be the case that the votes would be on record, if a club member or reporter wanted to check.“The trust issue is a red herring too. Every club and county has to have audited accounts, are we saying we don’t trust the treasurers? This is about auditable transparency and traceability.“Yesterday in Florida, there was a vote on gun laws. It was a very sensitive topic, but the votes are in black and white. We in the GAA want darkness and cover and, to me, that shows that there is a real problem. What is there to hide?”Kavanagh had sought, as a member of Nemo Rangers, to bring the motion to the Cork convention in December. Derek Kavanagh celebrates a Munster club final win for Nemo Rangers in January 2011. Source: Lorraine O’Sullivan/INPHO“After I met with [GAA Director General] Pauric Duffy and the CCCC, I was advised that, if I wanted to bring about change, I should raise it with my club and bring it to convention.“It was ruled out of order by Frank Murphy and there was no room to refine it, when his job as a paid official is to help refine motions which may not be technically perfect.” Image: The42.ie By Denis Hurley Follow us: the42.ie Short URL Thursday 22 Feb 2018, 12:05 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Former Greek state hospital head released on bail

first_imgThe former board chairman of a state children’s hospital charged with soliciting a bribe has been released on bail after a long deposition.Haris Tobouloglou must post a 150,000-euro ($206,000) bail and is forbidden to leave the country. He faces charges of soliciting a 25,000-euro ($34,000) bribe from an advertising firm that had secured a $190,000-euro ($260,000) contract to coordinate an information campaign against child obesity.Tobouloglou, 54, was arrested on Christmas Eve after he was handed the requested bribe in marked notes. He was fired from his hospital position and his full-time job at the National Bank of Greece Friday.Tobouloglou was also expelled from the ruling New Democracy party, in which he had been active as a youth leader and a local government official.Source: AP / Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Election result hangs in the balance

first_imgWith postal and absentee votes still in the mix and ten lower house seats too close to call, a final result in the Australian federal election may still be days away.While Labor has not given up hope of forming a minority government, the Coalition appears in the box seat, with Liberal Attorney-General George Brandis saying he was “quietly confident” that the party would be able to form government.Analysts reported on Tuesday with 79.6 per cent of the votes counted, that the Coalition has 68 seats, Labor 67, Others 5 and 10 seats undecided, with five of those undecided seats sitting on margins of under 0.5 percent.To form a majority government a party must have 76 seats in the lower house and the projections suggest the Turnbull government is facing a desperate battle to hang on to power.Whichever party makes it over the line, the election confirmed a new pessimism in the major parties: a quarter Australian voters opted for someone other than Labor or the Coalition.Four independents Cathy McGowan, Andrew Wilkie, Adam Bandt and Bob Katter were all returned with increased majorities, and Senator Nick Xenophon strengthened his position as a force in South Australia.Xenophon’s NXT party garnered more than 20 per cent of the vote across his home state, picking up the seat of Mayo, and has a chance of picking up the seat of Grey.In Victoria Labor picked up a 1.5 per cent swing across the state while in NSW the party looks on track for a 3 per cent swing. In Queensland Labor’s resurgence has been felt with a swing of over 2 per cent but such an average hardly illustrated the very different results across the state. The sunshine state has also seen the re-emergence of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party.Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said he takes “full responsibility” for the Coalition’s election campaign with Labor claiming he’s plotting a fresh snap election rather than accept a hung parliament.Mr Turnbull has accused Labor of “cynically abusing the trust” of voters over healthcare. How are the Greek Australian candidates faring?Julia Banks close to ending Labor’s reign in ChisholmLabor is in danger of losing the inner-Melbourne seat long-held by Anna Burke before her retirement at this election, with the Liberal’s Greek Australian candidate Julia Banks 66 seats ahead on Monday on a two-party preferred basis. Georganas tipped for Hindmarsh Labor’s chances of winning the marginal seat of Hindmarsh have been boosted after former MP Steve Georganas’ lead increased to more than 600 votes by Tuesday morning. Hindmarsh in South Australia is one of closest of lower house seats still to be called. Varvaris loses Barton A 4.1 per cent swing according to the count so far will end Liberal incumbent Nicolas Varvaris’ one term as Barton’s MP, with Linda Burney, the first the Indigenous lower house MP winning for Labor. No way back for Mirabella Sophie Mirabella’s political career appears to have run its course, with ¬independent MP Cathy Mc¬Gowan -strengthening her hold on the former Liberal frontbencher’s seat of Indi. Ms McGowan scored a 4.5 per cent swing against her, according to the 81 per cent of votes counted so far. Xenophon to hold balance of power?On election day NXT party leader Nick Xenophon reportedly worked up a sweat preparing kebabs at a Greek restaurant in Adelaide. “Nick, if you no get across the line tonight, I give you a job,” said taverna owner Yianni Tsagariolis drawing laughter from Xenophon supporters who had gathered there for a post poll party.In a hung parliament NXT may well hold the balance of power. On the Senate crossbench the party is expected to pick up three seats, while in the Lower House, NXT’s Rebekha Sharkie has unseated former Liberal minister Jamie Briggs in the seat of Mayo. The seat of Grey is also on a knife edge with NXT candidate Andrea Broadfoot counting on preferences to get her past the Liberal incumbent Vamvakinou swings high in VictoriaVeteran Victorian MP Maria Vamvakinou has vowed to keep advocating for her electorate and standing up for cultural diversity, after 70 per cent of the vote has been counted in Calwell. Ms Vamvakinou, who has held the safe Labor seat since 2001, is certain to retain her place in parliament. By Tuesday Ms Vamvakinou held 58.7 per cent of first preference votes – totalling more than 39,600 votes, representing an 8.9 per cent swing in Labor’s favour. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Intel lance ses nouvelles puces Xeon au Cebit

first_imgIntel lance ses nouvelles puces Xeon au CebitLe fondeur américain a profité du Cebit 2012, le salon annuel des technologies de l’information qui se tient à Hanovre, pour présenter son dernier bébé : la puce Xeon E5-2600.Intel a dévoilé les fruits de ses dernières avancées lors du Cebit, le salon des technologies de l’information, qui se tient en ce moment à Hanovre. Il s’agit de la famille de processeurs pour serveurs Xeon E5-2600, qui succèdera à la gamme Xeon 5600, explique Le Mag It. De nouvelles puces qui ciblent évidemment le marché des entreprises et qui ont de beaux arguments à faire valoir. Tout d’abord, Intel explique que cette nouvelle gamme est 80% plus rapide que la précédente et affiche un rapport performance/watt en hausse de près de 50%. Les premiers tests ont aussi permis de constater des performances environ 30% supérieures à celles des meilleures puces Opteron 6200, lancées il y a cinq mois par le concurrent AMD.Des performances qui ne doivent pas toutefois cacher le grand défaut de cette nouvelle gamme, ses prix très élevés. L’entrée de gamme à quatre coeurs, cadencée à 1,8GHz, en coûtera en effet 198 dollars (150 euros) alors que la plus puissante de ces puces, la Xeon E5-2690 à 8 cœurs physiques et 16 cœurs logiques est affichée à 2.057 dollars (soit un peu plus de 1.500 euros) ! Soit tout simplement deux fois plus chère que la meilleure des puces signées AMD, l’Opteron 6282SE. Une différence de prix que l’on retrouve d’ailleurs dans toute la famille Xeon E5-2600… Après, c’est une question de choix entre super performances coûteuses pour Intel ou moindre rendement moins onéreux chez AMD… Le 8 mars 2012 à 18:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Amboy womans retrial in crash goes to jury

first_imgProsecutors closed their case in Shaun Johnson’s vehicular assault retrial Thursday by saying her defense attorney was doing nothing but trying to sow mistrust and doubt of law enforcement in her case.Senior Deputy Prosecutor Kasey Vu said the key fact in dispute is whether Johnson was under the influence of methamphetamine when her car veered off the road and struck Battle Ground teenager Justin Carey on June 10, 2013. The then-16-year-old was waiting for the school bus alongside Northeast 82nd Avenue in Battle Ground. Carey’s injuries later led to the amputation of his lower right leg.“For the rest of his life, he won’t have a leg. He will deal with this for the rest of his life,” Vu said.Johnson’s defense attorney, Shon Bogar, questioned why the Clark County sheriff’s deputy who responded to the crash didn’t notice signs of drug use and initiate a DUI investigation. He also argued that a drug recognition expert who spoke with Johnson at the hospital didn’t follow protocol in determining if she was under the influence.“Because there was nothing to notice,” Bogar said. “Every crash is not a crime. Absent intoxication, this is a civil case.”Vu argued that a motorist who stopped to help Johnson after the crash observed signs of methamphetamine use. Johnson was reportedly jittery, skittish, paranoid and had trouble focusing. The drug recognition expert also recognized signs of drug use hours after the crash; her behavior didn’t match what would be expected of someone on pain medication, he said.last_img read more

Woman killed man shot at Keizer home 2 arrested

first_imgKEIZER, Ore. (AP) — A woman was killed and a man shot and wounded Wednesday night at a home in Keizer.Police were called about 11:30 p.m., and they have taken two suspects into custody, both juvenile males.The wounded man was taken Salem Hospital with serious wounds.The Marion County Homicide Assault Response Team county district attorney’s office are helping police with their investigation.last_img

Body cam footage shows officer being dragged at 60 mph

first_imgHOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – Body camera footage shows a police officer’s life or death struggle, as he was dragged down the road by a suspect’s vehicle going 60 miles per hour.“Officer Cusack was doing what every police officer does day in and day out,” said Pembroke Pines Police Captain Al Xiques. “He tried to save the life of a perfect stranger and in the process he almost lost his own.”Related: 2 people in custody after police pursuit ends on I-595Pembroke Pines Police officer John Cusack Cusack was rushed to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, Tuesday, where he underwent surgery.Wednesday afternoon he was released to applause from his friends, family and fellow officers.“To have survived that ordeal, to be dragged for over half a mile at speeds of over 60 miles per hour and to be able to walk out of the hospital the next day is truly amazing,” said Xiques.Just after 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, the officer responded to a call of a possible drug overdose at the Century Village retirement community in Pembroke Pines.Cusack’s body camera shows a man taking off, hitting speeds of up to 60 mph, after he was asked for identification. The 19-year veteran of the force hung onto the driver’s side door and was dragged for half a mile, before his body camera dislodged and fell to the ground. Pembroke Pines Police Officer John Cusack“Well, you can only imagine being dragged for half a mile and on the pavement,” said Xiques. “The damages you would sustain, not only to your clothing but to your body.”A surveillance camera on the community’s gate captured the moment Cusack fell onto the street.As responding officers showed up, some tended to Cusack, while others went after the suspect, who was later identified as Thomas Cabrera.“He was clinging on to that car for his life, and fortunately, he made it, he survived, and it’s a testament to his training, his experience, his knowledge as a police officer,” Xiques said.7Skyforce HD flew over the scene as police gave chase from Interstate 75 northbound to Interstate 595 east. Cabrera hit speeds of up to 105 mph, before being cornered and stopped on 441.According to officials, Cabrera reportedly admitted to arresting officers that he and his fiancée had been doing heroine and cocaine.Cabrera faces several charges, including attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, reckless driving and driving with a suspended license. Cabrera was supposed to make a court appearance Wednesday morning, but the hearing was rescheduled due to a medical issue.Cusack was later taken home by a police motorcade. “It’s gonna take some time for him to recover from the injuries he did suffer, so he’s going to be out of work for a little while,” Xiques said. “Hopefully, he’ll enjoy his time off, and I know he’s eager to come back.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Congress urges Centre to allocate funds for ongoing projects

first_imgOngole: Prakasam District Congress Committee president Eda Sudhakar Reddy announced that the AICC secretary and in-charge for the Ongole parliament constituency Dr Sirivella Prasad has met Union Minister for Railways Piyush Goyal and requested for funds allotment and announcement of new routes in the district. He said that Prasad explained the importance of already announced railway lines between Cumbum and Proddatur, Cumbum and Ongole, Nadikudi and Srikalahasti. He said that the 142-kilometre line between Cumbum and Proddatur is proposed in 2013-14, but even the initial survey is also not complete. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us The 115-kilometre line between Cumbum and Ongole links the Visakhapatnam and Chennai line to western Prakasam district, he explained. He said that the first phase of the 309-kilometre line between Nadikudi and Srikalahasti was started in 2016, but not complete even after three years. He said that the line is a crucial link between Guntur-Amaravati-Vijayawada-Visakhapatnam-Howrah on one side, Secunderabad-Mumbai on another side along with the Tirupati-Chittoor-Bangalore route on the third side with the hinterlands of western parts of Prakasam district. He explained to the minister that these three routes serve 40 lakh people from the four districts and boosts economic growth through the industrial corridor and NIMZ and requested sanction of enough funds for them.last_img read more

Rama Navami quotes Here are wishes greetings messages in English to be

first_imgRam Navami: Devotees Celebrate the festival by performing small plays, danceReutersRam Navami (Ram Navami) will be celebrated by Hindu devotees worldwide on Sunday (14 April). The auspicious occasion will be celebrated on the ninth day of Chaitra month (March-April) in the Hindu lunar calendar. Besides celebrating the birth of the Lord, the day is also observed as the marriage day of Rama and Sita.The Hindu festival commemorates the birth of Lord Rama, the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu, who was born to King Dasharatha and Queen Kaushalya of Ayodhya. According to the Hindu mythology, Lord Vishnu incarnated himself in the form of Lord Rama to destroy Ravana, the demon King of Lanka.Lord Rama was the embodiment of truth and morality. He was a righteous king, an ideal son, an ideal husband and a loving brother. He is considered as an eternal symbol of human ideals.Ram Navami celebrations begin on Gudi Padwa, which falls on the first day of the Chaitra month, and ends on the ninth day.The celebrations are marked by pujas, bhajan and kirtan (devotional worship). Devotees also observe a fast on the day and recite passages from Ram’s life.Check out best wishes, messages and greetings to be shared on Rama Navami here:May your life be filled with the blessings, happiness, prosperity and success you deserve from Lord Ram. Happy Ram Navami.May you be blessed on the birth day of Lord Rama Wishing you the greetings of Ram Navami.On this holy occasion of Ram Navami, Wishing you the blessings of Sri Ram with you now and always. May your heart and home be filled with happiness, peace and prosperity. Happy Navami greetings.Wishing you a very happy Ram Navami May God bless you all with lots of happiness, May all your wishes be accomplished. Jai Sri Ram.May the wisdom of Lord Rama inspires you to reach your goals Rama Navami wishes to you and your family.I pray that your life be filled with the divine blessings of Lord Rama. Have a blessed Rama Navami.Seek the blessings of Lord Rama for all kinds of success in your life. Happy Ram Navami.Om Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram May you be accompanied with auspiciousness and blessings of Ram Navamilast_img read more

Prakash Raj says a SOLID SLAP on his face after losing Lok

first_imgPrakash Raj.PR HandoutPopular south Indian actor Prakash Raj, who has been vehemently criticising Narendra Modi, has finally accepted his defeat in Lok Sabha elections and said that the loss in Bangalore Central is a solid slap on his face.Prakash Raj took to Twitter to concede his defeat. He tweeted, “A SOLID SLAP on my face ..as More ABUSE..TROLL..and HUMILIATION come my way..I WILL STAND MY GROUND ..My RESOLVE to FIGHT for SECULAR INDIA will continue..A TOUGH JOURNEY AHEAD HAS JUST BEGUN ..THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO WERE WITH ME IN THIS JOURNEY. …. JAI HIND.”Prakash Raj was busy with his film projects and charity works until the death of his friend, journalist Gauri Lankesh, who was reportedly murdered by right wing activists. Her murder made a such a huge impact on the actor, who went on criticizing Prime Minister Narendra Modi on various issues like beef ban, Hindu terror. He even decided to plunge in to politics and joined hands with secular forces.Prakash Raj locked in direct fight with BJP leader PC Mohan and Congress leader Rizwan Arshad in the Bangalore Central Lok Sabha constituency. This area has a total of 19,31,456 eligible electors and the polling recorded a turnout of 54.29 percent voters in the parliament election 2019.The counting of votes began at 8.00 am today and as of 2.00 pm, Prakash Raj has registered 25590 vote, while BJP’s PC Mohan led the race with 537613 votes, beating Congress’ Rizwan Arshad (494436 votes). Besides these three, there were 20 other independent candidates contested elections in this constituency and none of them has got more than 4,000 votes.last_img read more

Photo Gallery Glassell School Of Arts New Building Unveiled

first_img – / 6Walking in to the new Glassell School of Art building on the Museum of Fine Arts Houston campus, you are immediately faced with a giant, imposing staircase made of raw concrete, an expanse of open space, and natural light pouring into the building. 00:00 /00:44 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share X Walking in you’re immediately faced with this giant concrete staircase. Those blocks you see on the stairs will be used to display art installations. pic.twitter.com/e8lZ62w5Nk— Davis Land (@davis_land) May 14, 2018 “People don’t take the elevator. They want to explore and the stairs are a dynamic experience,” said Chris McVoy, an architect who helped design the building. McVoy said the building is meant to connect everyone taking classes with the school in one place — from grade school kids to graduate students. Classes in the new building begin this summer. Officials with the Museum of Fine Arts Houston say pre-enrollment with the Glassell School has gone up 40% with the building opening.The building’s opening is the latest in a massive expansion effort by the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. The full expansion, including the Glassell School, the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building, and Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation Center for Conservation are expected to be completed in 2020. “There’s 35 studios total in this building but as you move through it it always feels open,” McVoy said. “The hope is an inspirational environment for young artists, future artists, developing artists, to think big, dream big, and be inspired.”The “L”-shaped building defines a plaza with fountains, green space, an ampitheater, and a sitting area. Visitors to the school are also able to make space of green space on the roof of the building.View from the roof. pic.twitter.com/hJDc11pWSQ— Davis Land (@davis_land) May 14, 2018last_img read more

Astronomers discover five new Neptune trojans

first_img(Phys.org)—An international team of astronomers led by Hsing-Wen Lin of the National Central University in Taiwan has detected five new so-called “Neptune trojans” – minor bodies sharing the same orbit as the planet Neptune. The discovery was made by the Pan-STARRS 1 (PS1) survey and is described in a paper published Sept. 15 on arXiv.org. More information: The Pan-STARRS 1 Discoveries of five new Neptune Trojans, arXiv:1609.04677 [astro-ph.EP] arxiv.org/abs/1609.04677AbstractIn this work we report the detection of seven Neptune Trojans (NTs) in the Pan-STARRS 1 (PS1) survey. Five of these are new discoveries, consisting of four L4 Trojans and one L5 Trojan. Our orbital simulations show that the L5 Trojan stably librates for only several million years. This suggests that the L5 Trojan must be of recent capture origin. On the other hand, all four new L4 Trojans stably occupy the 1:1 resonance with Neptune for more than 1 Gyr. They can, therefore, be of primordial origin. Our survey simulation results show that the inclination width of the Neptune Trojan population should be between 7∘ and 27∘ at > 95% confidence, and most likely ∼11∘. In this paper, we describe the PS1 survey, the Outer Solar System pipeline, the confirming observations, and the orbital/physical properties of the new Neptune Trojans. Asteroid found in gravitational ‘dead zone’ This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The PS1 survey, which utilizes the first Pan-STARRS (Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System) telescope in Hawaii, designated PS1, is one of the best tools to search for Neptune trojans. The survey, lasting from May 2010 to May 2014, has made a strong contribution to knowledge of the solar system’s minor bodies due to its very wide survey area and its optimized cadence for searching moving objects.”PS1 survey has a very wide survey area that is deep enough to cover a large part of the Neptune trojan cloud. PS1 currently is the only one with the capability to detect several Neptune trojans in a single survey,” Lin told Phys.org.The researchers found four new L4 trojans, meaning that they orbit Neptune’s L4 Lagrangian point 60 degrees ahead of Neptune; they also found one L5 trojan – orbiting the L5 region 60 degrees behind the planet. The newly detected objects have sizes ranging from 100 to 200 kilometers in diameter.What drew the attention of the astronomers is the fact that the new L5 trojan is dynamically more unstable than the other four, indicating that it could be temporarily captured into the Neptune trojan cloud.”Our orbital simulations show that the L5 trojan stably librates for only several million years. This suggests that the L5 trojan must be of recent capture origin. On the other hand, all four new L4 trojans stably occupied the 1:1 resonance with Neptune for more than 1 billion years. They can, therefore, be of primordial origin,” the paper reads.The team also found that there are no Neptune trojans with orbital inclination between 10 to 18 degrees; therefore, the trojan population has a bimodal inclination distribution. That is why the researchers assume that there are probably two groups of Neptune trojans: a group of trojans with lower orbital inclinations (less than 10 degrees), and the other group with very high orbital inclinations (more than 18 degrees).”There is a dynamically unstable zone between 10 and 18 degrees inclination, but the real reason for two groups of trojan is still unknown,” Lin said.Lin noted that the PS1 trojan database could provide many new important discoveries in the future as it is the first large enough dataset from a single survey, and therefore very good for probing the orbital distribution of Neptune trojan population. So far, the PS1 data allowed the team to find that the trojan cloud is wide in orbital inclination space, but not as wide as previously thought. The inclination width of trojan cloud is important because the different width could apply to different formation scenario of trojans.However, the researchers are currently focusing on obtaining the colors of the newly detected Neptune trojans, which could help them confirm the existence of two groups of trojans.”Currently, the PS1 data do not have good color measurements for these new trojans, but the additional color information could be important to understand if there are really two group of trojans,” Lin said. The spatial distribution of all PS1 detected Trojans. The solid triangles are the newly discovered Neptune Trojans, and open triangles are the known ones detected by PS1. The positions of Neptune Trojans correspond to their first detections of PS1. The blue circles show the locations of Neptune from 2010 to 2013, and the crosses show the corresponding Lagrange points. Notice that the Galactic Center (GC) overlapped with L5 during 2010 to 2012. Credit: Lin et al., 2016. Citation: Astronomers discover five new Neptune trojans (2016, September 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-09-astronomers-neptune-trojans.html © 2016 Phys.org Explore furtherlast_img read more

British enlisted Indian children during WWI new book reveals

first_imgThe youngsters were shipped over to France from the far reaches of the British Empire to carry out support roles, but were so close to the front line that many were wounded and admitted to hospital, according to ‘For King and Another Country: Indian Soldiers on the Western Front 1914-18’.The account by writer and historian Shrabani Basu is based on official papers at the National Archives and British Library.Some of the Indian children, including a 10-year-old “bellows blower”, and two grooms, both 12, provided support to cavalry regiments, a ‘Sunday Times’ report said. Also Read – Nine hurt in accident at fireworks show in French resortOne of the youngest boys involved in direct combat was a “brave little Gurkha” called Pim, 16, who was given an award for valour by Queen Mary while he was recuperating in hospital in Brighton.Basu believes many of the children came from poor families and that they would have lied about their age at recruitment offices in India, where they were encouraged to sign up for a monthly salary of 11 rupees.“In the case of a 10-year-old, it should have been pretty obvious that they were underage,” she told the newspaper. This embarrassment was shared by some British officials.last_img read more

KMC to form committee to work on plastic waste disposal strategy

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) is setting up a committee under the leadership of experts from the West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB), to work out a strategy for scientific disposal of plastic waste.This was decided in a meeting chaired by Mayor Firhad Hakim, with officials of the Solid Waste Management (SWM) department on Monday. “We will launch an entrepreneurship development programme for scientific disposal of solid waste. The committee that will be formed will decide on how to proceed with the programme. Plastic waste is generated in huge quantities in the city on a daily basis and we have to dispose it in a scientific manner,” the Mayor said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe KMC will also seek assistance from Haldia Petrochemicals Ltd. that has been carrying out plastic waste management efficiently. Hakim instructed SWM officials to complete all the formalities for handover of a 20 acre land at Chapna Mouza in Rajarhat in a week’s time. This land will be utilised by the civic body for dumping waste and a part of it for the waste-to-energy project. “We will send the detailed proposal to the state Finance department and will place it in the cabinet soon for approval,” Hakim said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedLack of space for dumping waste has been a serious issue, with the dumping ground at Dhapa getting exhausted. New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) has allocated the land to the civic body. It was decided in the meeting that KMC will also include the Port area in its ambit of the master plan for revamping solid waste management in the city. “All the wastes will be collected by KMC to keep the city clean, but we will charge the concerned agencies for removal of the waste,” said a senior official who attended the meeting. The KMC will also gather knowhow from experts of other states on disposal of e-waste. The SWM department of KMC will also introduce more battery-operated vehicles and mini trucks for cleaning of wastes. “We will gradually replace hand carts for disposal of waste and will switch over to battery-operated vehicles,” said Debabrata Majumder, Member, Mayor-in-Council (SWM). The KMC has come up with as many as 80 compactor stations and more than 100 movable compactors for effective solid waste management. “We will soon be unveiling 20 new compactor stations. There are a few open vats in the city now,” Majumder added.last_img read more

Observing fear in others may cause PTSD

first_imgIf you happen to witness fear and trauma in the life of your loved ones or even strangers, chances are that a change may occur in the information flow in your brain and lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), researchers have said.PTSD is an anxiety disorder that can develop in some people after they experience a shocking, scary, or dangerous event.However, it does not stop at direct victims of illness, injury, or a terrorist attack, the researchers said. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf“It can also affect their loved ones, caregivers, even bystanders – the people who witness or learn about others’ suffering,” said lead author Alexei Morozov, Assistant Professor at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in Roanoke, US. The findings showed that prefrontal cortex – the part of the brain responsible for empathising and understanding the mental state of others – physically changes after witnessing fear in another. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveTo test this, the team measured transmission through inhibitory synapses that regulate strength of the signals arriving in the prefrontal cortex from other parts of the brain in mice who had witnessed a stressful event in another mouse.The results showed that “observational fear physically redistributes the flow of information”. “…And this redistribution is achieved by stress, not just observed, but communicated through social cues, such as body language, sound, and smell,” Morozov said. This shift may potentially enable more communications via the synapses in the deep cellular layers of the cerebral cortex, but less so in the superficial ones. It is not yet clear exactly how the circuits have altered, only that they have indeed changed, Morozov noted.“Once we understand the mechanism of this change in the brain in the person who has these experiences, we could potentially know how something like PTSD is caused,” Morozov said.last_img read more

Indian consumers say hello to voicebased devices

first_imgHey Alexa! Please play ‘Bhaja Govindam’ by M S Subbulakshmi, goes the command every morning at my home and Alexa takes no time in obliging, playing the song by the legendary Carnatic vocalist as breakfast begins to roll. This has become a routine at millions of Indian homes, indicating a clear trend about voice becoming the next conversational platform between people and devices. As we head toward a world where data-driven machine intelligence powers conversations between brands and consumers, Indian consumers are now ready for this, frequently using smartphones to interact with brands and coordinate tasks. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAccording to Forrester, mobile penetration has allowed rapid, leapfrogging acceleration among metropolitan Indian online adults in the uptake of wearable devices and other smart technology. Nearly 54 per cent Indians now use at least one wearable device. The smart home is at a similar turning point: 30 per cent use a smart TV, 16 per cent use a voice assistant speaker and 36 per cent use smart home devices like Internet-connected thermostats or home audio systems. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAccording to Meenakshi Tiwari, Forecast Analyst at Forrester, most of the digital consumers in India today are mobile consumers, doing multi-tasking on the go. “Voice has much bigger role to play in the circumstance, which is further verified by the fact that 28 per cent of search queries in India are done by voice, and Hindi voice search queries are growing at over 400 per cent year on year,” she said. “Smart speaker will also play critical in this direction which is evident from their increasing shipment and time spent by consumer on it,” Tiwai added. According to market research firm International Data Corp (IDC), the smart speakers’ category in India, led by Amazon, grew 43 per cent in the second quarter of 2018. “I personally believe that voice as a platform is going to lead next wave of content searches, social conservation, and eventually, it will also become the medium of commerce, said Jaipal Singh, Senior Analyst, IDC India. We already have voice-enabled devices which help us set routines, automate home appliances and provide on-demand information. “In terms of devices install base in 2018, it has significantly improved as vendors have shipped a set of new devices ranging from mobile phones, ear pods, TVs and smart speakers with voice assistants feature enabled on them,” Singh said. This novelty feature is really attracting a wide segment of users and obviously, millennials and Gen Z are leading the adoption as they are more comfortable to experiment with new technology. According to Singh, smart speakers are very popular among the kids who mostly use those for educational content, listening mythological stories quizzing and playing games. There are still concerns on users spending time with voice assistants as it is yet to get the desired traction in India. However, refined use cases with localised experiences are expected to lead the desired growth of voice-based devices in the coming years.last_img read more

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Airline to teach staff selfdefense against unruly passengers

first_img Share Travelweek Group MOSCOW — With news of drunken brawls, racial slurs and aggressive behaviour on flights popping up across social media in recent months, one can only conclude that flying has become an increasingly hazardous experience, especially for airline employees who often find themselves the target of unruly passengers. But one airline is going above and beyond to keep their staff safe at all times – by teaching them self-defense.Low-cost carrier Podeba Airlines has announced plans to teach its ground staff martial arts sambo and judo following an incident last month during which an airline manager was attacked by a passenger who was denied boarding at Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow.According to the Daily Mail, the airline first considered hiring a private security firm to protect airline staff but later found this would increase the cost of plane tickets by as much as 2%. So Podeba did the next best thing, by offering self-defense classes to their team.More news:  Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?Now, passengers better think twice about going on the attack. Sambo, a Soviet martial art and combat sport – includes moves like strikes, chokes, throws and ground fighting. Judo, an unarmed combat sport, involves using holds and leverage to knock and opponent down. The two together, we imagine, equals a deadly combination. Posted by Wednesday, March 8, 2017 Airline to teach staff self-defense against unruly passengers << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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