Electric cars rolling out

first_img The Nissan Leaf all-electric prototype shown off recently has 107 horsepower and accelerates quickly and silently, reaching up to 90 miles an hour, and offering a 100 mile driving range. It has all the comforts expected in today’s cars, including cruise control, air conditioning, stereo sound system, and a navigation system that points you to the nearest public charging stations. The Leaf also has a built-in charger with a timer that lets you decide when it is charged. Most owners are expected to charge the 24 kWh battery overnight at their own home. A full recharge will take 16 hours at voltages available in the US, but public fast-charging stations with high-voltage plugs will be able to recharge the battery in just 30 minutes. More information: Nissan Leaf website — www.nissanusa.com/leaf-electric-car/#/car/index © 2009 PhysOrg.com Meanwhile Toyota has announced plans to market large numbers of a plug-in Prius hybrid in late 2011. Its range will be much less than the Leaf, at only 14.5 miles, but unlike the Leaf, it is not all-electric, which will be an advantage until charging stations become widespread enough that an all-electric car can go anywhere. Toyota says the hybrid will be extremely economical to run, at 134 mpg. The 5.2 kWh lithium ion battery pack recharge time will be much faster than for the Leaf. Charging stations are beginning to appear in the US. Director of Product Planning for Nissan in North America, Mark Perry, points out that 2,500 public charging stations will be built around Seattle, and there will soon be a station within five miles of anywhere in the Puget Sound region. Charging stations will also be built elsewhere in the US in the near future.Battery technology is also improving, and the ideal battery for electric cars would give the car a long range, while producing minimal waste when it comes to the end of its life. The battery in the Nissan Leaf uses LiMn chemistry, and is expected to last 10 years, after which it can be recycled.Nissan will be taking orders for the Leaf starting in spring, 2010, and the car is expected to retail at around $32,000. Toyota’s plug-in vehicle should be widely available in 2011, probably for under $30,000, and General Motors will have the Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid available in 2011 at a price tag of about $40,000. Tesla already has its own electric cars with a 313 mile range, and more affordable cars than the Roadster are planned. Ford and Mitsubishi are also planning to offer electric cars in the near future.Electric cars have zero emissions and in the US are eligible for tax credits, which can be as much as $7,500. Nissan’s new concept car ‘feels like flying’ (w/ Video) 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. Nissan Leaf (PhysOrg.com) — Electric vehicles are far from new, but we are still a long way from electric cars being the norm. Now two new electric cars may bring that goal a step closer. Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid Citation: Electric cars rolling out (2009, December 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-12-electric-cars.html Explore furtherlast_img read more

Security researcher finds hack vulnerability in Mac battery chips

first_img Miller claims to have figured out the security breach by examining a firmware upgrade Apple sent out in 2009. Being able to breach the firmware in the chip means he can alter settings such as those that monitor the battery and the interface between it and the operating system. Miller says he’s “bricked” or killed the batteries in seven laptops, presumably to prove that it wasn’t a fluke, and believes if he wanted to, he could cause the batteries to ignite or even blow up, though that is still debatable as the batteries themselves come with a fuse to prevent such an occurrence.Miller says he’s found he can hack into MacBooks, MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs, and says he’s notified both Apple and chip maker Texas Instruments of his findings, but says he hasn’t heard anything back from them. He also says that he believes this vulnerability is particularly insidious because if a hacker did manage to breach the battery firmware and implant malware, the user of the computer, upon discovering something wrong, wouldn’t be able to eradicate it unless he or she thought to remove the battery, not something most would think of right off the bat. It should be noted here that just because a hacker gets into the battery chip, that doesn’t mean they’ve got a clear shot to the operating system and the rest of the computer. Chipmakers do add additional security measures to their chips so a hacker would have to be able to hack that part as well in order to embed malware that could do other things besides just mess with the battery.Miller also says he’s developed a “fix” for the problem, a patch that will change the password on the firmware to a random number, though users who apply it will no longer be able to get firmware upgrades from Apple.While this discovery by Miller does indeed highlight a serious vulnerability, it’s not like it’s one that is confined to just Mac laptops or even laptops in general. Most computers have several chips in them with programmable firmware, protected only by simple passwords, and their vulnerabilities are well documented. What’s truly interesting is that more hackers aren’t trying to sneak in via this approach; though no doubt Miller’s presentation will serve as a reminder to those with nefarious intent who may have forgotten about such vulnerabilities or simply haven’t been paying attention. Home-computer users at risk due to use of ‘folk model’ security Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — Research consultant Charlie Miller, currently with Accuvant Labs, has made it known that he intends to demonstrate a security hole in certain Mac laptops at next month’s Black Hat security conference. In an interview with Forbes, he says the chip that controls the battery can be hacked because Apple uses only two passwords for the firmware for all of their laptops, which he says he’s been able to figure out, which of course means, others with less noble purpose could do it as well. Citation: Security researcher finds hack vulnerability in Mac battery chips (2011, July 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-07-hack-vulnerability-mac-battery-chips.html 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. © 2010 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

Built from scratch WiFiextending robot beast w Video

first_imgThey chose consumer-grade Linksys routers loaded with open-source dd-wrt firmware, to be able to configure the routers as network repeaters. Long-range antennas, power amplifiers, and 14.8V lithium-polymer batteries were used. “Finally, we put all this in a Pelican case to protect them from the elements. These are attached to aluminum skis and fastened to the robot with a 3D-printed latch mechanism that is actuated by a solenoid.”Moving to the construction stage, they made use of a hacker space called Artisan’s Asylum. The idea for the robot was inspired by research papers and calls for proposals to build WiFi-deploying robots for use in military applications. “Our group thought that the need for a WiFi deployment system was high enough to justify further exploration,” said Chiacchieri, “and eventually we hit upon the idea that we could also use a robot to deploy a network while doing reconnaissance, and that this robot could also be controlled over the network it was deploying.” More information: glench.com/make/nodejs-robot/ Running time is 12 hours. The range is 1 km, with one on-board router and two droppable long-range repeater modules. The robot system was built with an EEE PC running Ubuntu, Arduino, and Node.js. As for the computer, he said his My EEE PC running Ubuntu Linux with its solid-state drive and small form factor seemed to be a good candidate to stow on-board the robot. As for Node.js, Chiacchieri said that, given the robot’s processing of a variety of data asynchronously, an event-driven model made sense, and this is what Node.js provides. Node.js is a server-side solution for JavaScript for those concerned with network programming and server-side request/response processing, in particular, for receiving and responding to HTTP requests. The robot was written almost entirely in JavaScript.The robot is controlled over a WiFi network that originates on the robot and is extended by dropping the black repeater units on its back. From the web interface, one can control the robot’s speed and direction using the keyboard’s arrow buttons or web buttons; view webcam footage and control it including pan/tilt, night vision, and audio; drop WiFi repeater units to extend the robot’s range; and begin replaying the robot’s movements backward if it loses its WiFi connection. Citation: Built from scratch: WiFi-extending robot beast (w/ Video) (2012, July 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-07-built-wifi-extending-robot-beast-video.html Explore further With the exception of the treads, it was built entirely out of aluminum. “I and seven other computer and electrical engineers built this monster as part of a senior design project at Northeastern University,” he stated.center_img Roving robot to the rescue © 2012 Phys.org (Phys.org) — Students at Northeastern University in Boston have designed and built a reconnaissance WiFi-extending robot that can enter hazardous, rugged territory. They built the robot as part of their senior project for Northeastern’s Capstone design program. Their descriptive references to the robot as a “monster” and “beast” are not that much of an exaggeration. The system is customized for hazardous areas with its onboard webcam and microphone; night vision, pan and tilt; and onboard GPS for location tracking, where network infrastructure is scarce. The system weighs about 150 pounds, is a little more than three feet long and two feet wide. It has carried at least a 200 pound person on its back, said team member Glen Chiacchieri. 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.last_img read more

Lithiumion battery is fastcharged in minutes

first_img(Phys.org) — A lithium-ion battery that can charge 120 times faster than normal is reportedly the work of scientists from Korea at the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) The scientists lay claim to a technology that enables a recharge 30 to 120 times faster than conventional li-ion batteries, according to the Korean news agency, Yonhap. The scientists in South Korea believe their process will cut the time down to a matter of minutes—tackling head-on a key issue with rechargeable batteries, the time they take to recharge. Their method makes use of cathode material, standard lithium manganese oxide (LMO), soaked in a solution containing graphite. By carbonizing the graphite-soaked LMO, the graphite turns into a network of conductive traces that run throughout the cathode. These carbonized graphite networks allow all parts of the battery to recharge at the same time. Therein lies the speed-up. The cathode is packaged with an electrolyte and graphite anode to create the fast-charging battery. The key feature is that all energy-holding particles of the new battery start recharging simultaneously, in contrast to what takes place in conventional batteries, with the same particles recharging in order from the outermost particles to the innermost.Their work has been praised in its implications for hoped-for EV adoptions. “The development of such a battery could significantly raise the popularity of electric vehicles whose lithium-ion batteries currently take hours to recharge,” according to the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.Although electric vehicles promise more efficiency than gasoline and diesel-powered cars, the idea of spending two hours recharging a lithium ion battery has been seen as an inconvenience, and the time factor claimed by the scientists will obviously be seen with interest.All the same, cost will remain another barrier. According to observers, the time convenience does not address the pricetag inconvenience. Li-ion battery packs are expensive; the carbonized LMO battery developed by the researchers is not expected to carry a much lower price than what is available now. The researchers’ paper, “Carbon-Coated Single-Crystal LiMn2O4 Nanoparticle Clusters as Cathode Material for High-Energy and High-Power Lithium-Ion Batteries,” was published earlier this month in Angewandte Chemie. Authors are Sanghan Lee, Yonghyun Cho, Prof. Hyun-Kon Song, Prof. Kyu Tae Lee, and Prof. Jaephil Cho. The researchers were supported by the Converging Research Center Program through the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. Fast-recharge ‘3D’ lithium-ion battery prototype could be perfect for electric cars © 2012 Phys.Org Explore further Citation: Lithium-ion battery is fast-charged in minutes (2012, August 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-08-lithium-ion-battery-fast-charged-minutes.html Journal information: Angewandte Chemie 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. More information: DOI: 10.1002/ange.201203581last_img read more

Spider walks like an ant and raises front legs to mimic ant

first_img 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 Play SI Video S4 from Walking like an ant: a quantitative and experimental approach to understanding locomotor mimicry in the jumping spider Myrmarachne formicaria, DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2017.0308 The team also captured sample spiders and studied them in the lab—close-up, high-speed video revealed that the spiders lifted their front two legs periodically as they walked, just often enough to confuse prey into believing that the legs were antennae, mimicking ant behavior. To test how well the behavior worked, the researchers placed predators in with the spiders and recorded the action. They found that the predators attacked the spiders less often than they attacked regular jumping spiders—but about just as often as they attacked real ants. This, the researchers suggest, indicates that the mimicry by the spiders is quite effective. More information: Paul S. Shamble et al. Walking like an ant: a quantitative and experimental approach to understanding locomotor mimicry in the jumping spider Myrmarachne formicaria, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (2017). DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2017.0308AbstractProtective mimicry, in which a palatable species avoids predation by being mistaken for an unpalatable model, is a remarkable example of adaptive evolution. These complex interactions between mimics, models and predators can explain similarities between organisms beyond the often-mechanistic constraints typically invoked in studies of convergent evolution. However, quantitative studies of protective mimicry typically focus on static traits (e.g. colour and shape) rather than on dynamic traits like locomotion. Here, we use high-speed cameras and behavioural experiments to investigate the role of locomotor behaviour in mimicry by the ant-mimicking jumping spider Myrmarachne formicaria, comparing its movement to that of ants and non-mimicking spiders. Contrary to previous suggestions, we find mimics walk using all eight legs, raising their forelegs like ant antennae only when stationary. Mimics exhibited winding trajectories (typical wavelength = 5–10 body lengths), which resemble the winding patterns of ants specifically engaged in pheromone-trail following, although mimics walked on chemically inert surfaces. Mimics also make characteristically short (approx. 100 ms) pauses. Our analysis suggests that this makes mimics appear ant-like to observers with slow visual systems. Finally, behavioural experiments with predatory spiders yield results consistent with the protective mimicry hypothesis. These findings highlight the importance of dynamic behaviours and observer perception in mimicry. 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 Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B As the researchers note, small spiders tend to fall prey to a wide variety of predators, and because of that, many have learned to behave in novel ways that help them survive. In this new effort, the researchers found that the spider Myrmarachne formicaria, which has evolved to resemble an ant, has also learned to mimic ant behavior to increase its chances of survival.Ants, the researchers also note, are a tough meal choice for many predators—some bite, some have chemical defenses and most are quite aggressive to boot. And if that is not enough to deter large spiders and other creatures from eating them, most ants belong to a nest with members that come to the aid of those under attack. It is no wonder that many creatures mimic them to avoid being eaten.To learn more about mimicry by the spiders, the researchers set up video cameras to capture them in action as they went about their lives in the wild. In so doing, they discovered that the spiders wander about on the ground in patterns very similar to those of ants—which do so because they follow a pheromone trail. Play SI Video S5 from Walking like an ant: a quantitative and experimental approach to understanding locomotor mimicry in the jumping spider Myrmarachne formicaria, DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2017.0308 Explore furthercenter_img 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. © 2017 Phys.org Spiders disguise themselves as ants to hide and hunt their prey (Phys.org)—A small team of researchers at Cornell University has found that a certain species of spider raises its front legs periodically to mimic the look of antennae on ants. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the group reports that the spider also walks in a zig-zap pattern similar to ants. Citation: Spider walks like an ant and raises front legs to mimic ant antenna (2017, July 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-07-spider-ant-front-legs-mimic.html Gait analysis. (a) Images of an M. formicaria female (left) and a male (centre, right) showing the antennal illusion behaviour where the forelegs are elevated similar to ant antennae. A head-on view (right) showing the large anterior median eyes characteristic of jumping spiders. (b) The ends of appendages were tracked over multiple strides based on top-view high-speed videos. Tracking results from a single trial, superimposed over the animal silhouette in the reference frame of the animal. (c) The typical gaits of non-mimetic jumping spiders (left), mimetic M. formacaria (centre) and ants (right). Line style (dotted or solid) illustrates legs that move in-phase; these two sets then move in anti-phase. (d) Appendage positions plotted, forward/backward relative to the mean position over multiple strides. Colours indicate appendages on the left/right side of the body; dotted and solid lines as in (c). Non-mimetic jumping spiders show the typical alternating tetrapod gait and when stationary (grey zone) do not move their legs. Ants use an alternating tripod gait, with no clear phase relationship between antennae and legs. Ant mimics walk like typical jumping spiders (highlighted in green), but when stationary its forelegs move into phase with one another, similar to ant antennae (shown in red). Credit: Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (2017). DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2017.0308last_img read more

New Research From Psychological Science

first_imgRead about the latest research published in Psychological Science: Selection of Visual Objects in Perception and Working Memory One at a TimeNina Thigpen, Nathan M. Petro, Jessica Oschwald, Klaus Oberauer, and Andreas Keil What the Future Holds and When: A Description–Experience Gap in Intertemporal ChoiceJunyi Dai, Thorsten Pachur, Timothy J. Pleskac, and Ralph Hertwig Do people prefer to choose a reward with a known delay or a reward with different possible delays? Across two studies, participants imagined that they had won some prize money and chose between different payout schedules. They could choose between a sure-timing option (e.g., a 100% probability of getting paid in 2 months) and a timing lottery, in which the payment was certain but the schedule was uncertain (e.g., a 90% probability of getting paid in 1 month or a 10% probability of getting paid in 11 months). The payment schedules included different percentages of short and long delays and were either explicitly described or learned by sampling different payout schedules from a set of choices (i.e., experiential sampling). When the schedules were described, participants chose the sure-timing option more frequently when the longer delay was rare than when the shorter delay was rare. In contrast, when the schedules were learned through experience, the sure-timing option was chosen more frequently when the shorter delay was rare. Participants also chose the sure-timing option more frequently when the prize was larger than when it was smaller, but only when the schedules were described. Data indicated that participants overweighted rare events more often when the schedules were described than when they were learned. These results were not solely due to sampling errors and misestimates of schedules when those were learned. These findings suggest that how people weigh information when choosing a payment schedule might depend on the degree to which certainty in the timing is presented in the schedule for receiving a reward. How does the information held in working memory influence how we process the visual environment? Thigpen and colleagues examined the steady-state visual evoked potential (SSVEP), an electroencephalographic (EEG) measure of visuocortical activation, in response to visual stimuli matching or mismatching information in working memory. Participants memorized the orientation of two grids and, immediately after, saw two new grids (probes). Their task was to indicate whether one of the new grids matched one of the initial grids. Several trials of this task were completed while EEG data were continuously recorded. Matching probes increased the visuocortical response, whereas mismatching probes suppressed it. These results suggest that the visual cortex prioritizes attentional selection of stimuli with features relevant to the information in working memory at the expense of stimuli that do not match the information in working memory. Further, when two probes matched participants’ working memory contents simultaneously, visuocortical activation alternated between the two probes, indicating that the attentional sampling of the features in working memory is done serially, one item at a time. This pattern of results also occurred when the probes were not relevant to the memorization task because participants had to rotate them to match the initial grids. This suggests that the content of working memory can guide perceptual attention, even toward irrelevant stimuli.last_img read more

On The Go with Chekhov in Delhi

first_imgAnton Chekhov, naam to suna hoga. If yes, here is your treat and if no, grab chance to learn and watch him unfold on the Capital stage. Presented by Curtain Call productions, titled On The Go, the play is a blend of short stories written by the legendary author and is directed by Vishesh Arora.‘I was mulling over doing a play based on short stories for long and then finally settled on Chekhov since he is the best amongst all contemprary short story writers. It required a lot of effort in terms of finding good actors and conceptualising to execution of the play, which all happened in less than a month,’ said Arora. ‘The striking part is that the stories I have shortlisted are all a mix of many genres like satire, comdey and romance.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’It prefectly mirrors the image of our Indian society in current times. Plus the elements like lighting and costumes have to be taken care of since we are putting up a particular era of Russian society,’ he added.The stories which are to performed include- The Boor (also known as The Bear), The Lottery Ticket and A Marriage Proposal.While The Boor revolves around the fickleness of feelings and commitment. And explores the ironies of life which could happen to anybody in life, The Lottery Ticket is based on how money can alter relationships and A Marriage Proposal explores the process of getting married and is a satire on the upper middle class and process of courtship.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe play points out the struggle to balance the economic necessities of marriage and what the characters actually want. Manil Mayank Mishra who essays the role of Mr Smirnov in The Boor says, ‘My character is of a protagonist who has a covert emotional side to him. But since he shares a tragic past his belief in love and commitment is shattered. He keeps himself  occupied and engrossed with the practical world…To fit into the character I had to refer videos and books based on Russian culture and then portray them on stage.’last_img read more

Soon Bhorer Alo to be inaugurated

first_imgSiliguri: The first phase of ‘Bhorer Alo’, the mega tourism hub of the state Tourism department, will be inaugurated soon.”The first phase of the project is almost ready and will be inaugurated once Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee gives her consent,” said Goutam Deb, state Tourism minister, at Gajoldoba after holding a review meeting just ahead of the CM’s visit with the officials of different government departments.The project is coming up on an estimated 208-acre of land, located 25 km from Siliguri on the banks of river Teesta. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”I will discuss about the rehabilitation of 47 roadside shops and preparation of different kiosks for them so that they can carry on with their business well. We will also beautify the place by setting up a small garden there and provide them with water as well as electricity,” said Deb.Deb also mentioned that ahead of Durga Puja, the department will introduce elephant safari and jungle trail on cycling, boating with safety gears for tourists and cottages.last_img read more

Release education certificates of medical students HC to WB govt

first_imgKolkata: The Calcutta High Court today directed the release of original educational documents of two post graduate medical students, whose papers were allegedly withheld by the West Bengal government’s Health department. The petitioners, who moved two different bench of the high court, alleged that despite agreeing to pay the requisite bond amount of Rs 10 lakh and Rs 20 lakh respectively, they were denied of their original documents. Petitioner Debashish Bhattacharya, who studied at the Bankura Sammilani Medical College, moved the court claiming that the Health department was not releasing his original documents which he needed for pursuing higher studies. Also Read – 2 Group D staffers held for ‘assaulting’ minors A division bench, comprising Chief Justice J Bhattacharya and Justice A Banerjee, directed that the state health secretary must ensure the release of all original documents upon payment of Rs 10 lakh as per the bond agreement of July 31, 2013. The court directed the principal of the college to produce the documents before the court, which would then be handed over to the petitioner. In another petition, Assam resident Anurag Saha moved the court of Justice Arindam Sinha, seeking release of his documents related to his educational qualifications. Also Read – Naka checking to be stricter to rein in speed demons His counsel Kallol Bose, who also represented Debasish Bhattacharya in the other bench, submitted that he has been invited to join a hospital as a child specialist on July 19, but the state Health department was refusing to hand over his documents. This was despite his agreeing to pay the bond amount of Rs 20 lakh as per agreement of June 10, 2014. Justice Arindam Sinha directed the Health department to release and hand over Saha’s papers, who was attached to the B C Roy Child Hospital here, by July 18 on payment of the amount. The state Health department had in 2013 introduced a bond for post graduate students in its medical colleges making one year rural health service mandatory for them, which they could opt out upon payment of Rs 10 lakh. In 2014, the Health department increased the time period for compulsory rural health service from one year to three years. The government order had said that the medical students are to pay Rs 30 lakh, with a break up of Rs 10 lakh per year, if they choose to opt out of the three-year compulsory service in the rural hospitals in the state.last_img read more

Mamata inaugurates Bhorer Alo tourism hub at Gajoldoba

first_imgDarjeeling: “Bhorer Alo” in Jalpaiguri saw the light of day with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurating the integrated development project on Wednesday which is billed to emerge as a major tourist attraction of this region.”I had seen this location at Gajoldoba while returning from Islampur in 2011. I was mesmerised by the beauty of the place with the river and the jungle. I had clicked photographs and later discussed the tourism potential of this place with state Finance minister Amit Mitra. This is how the project ‘Bhorer Alo’ was born,” stated the Chief Minister. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSpread across a sprawling 210 acres of land, the project located at Gajoldoba around 20 km from Siliguri will include a bird sanctuary “Pakhibitan;” a jungle safari; sunset point; an orchid park; amphitheater; camping facility; jungle trek route; adventure cycling and boating facilities.It will also have a nine-hole golf course, star hotels along with tourist cottages. The Chief Minister emphasised on the need for strict and efficient administration of the project. She announced the bifurcation of the Jalpaiguri Sadar Sub-Division and to create a new Sub-Division comprising Gajoldoba area that will be administered by a Sub-Divisional Officer. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”The project will bring in investors and business. From the first day, we have to ensure that there is no land encroachment. Whosoever indulges in any such illegal activity will not be spared. CCTVs will have to be set up and all activities have to be recorded,” said the Chief Minister in a strong message.She also maintained that a police station will be set up in the project area and that from day one there will be strict policing.Banerjee also requested investors accompanying her to spread the word of an immense business potential of the project. “We have invested Rs 320 crore in this,” she said. The Chief Minister stated that the project would help develop the surrounding areas along with generating employment and creating a livelihood for many. “The locals need to cooperate. They have to understand that if the project grows, they will also grow along with it. There will be employment generation as well and the locals will get jobs and benefits,” stated Banerjee.A Biswa Bangla store will come up at Gajoldoba along with Banglar Haat. “2 acres of land will be given for Banglar Haat where local artisans will display and sell their products. Local artists will also perform daily at the Banglar Haat,” stated the Chief Minister. Stressing on connectivity, she stated that a new flyover and a road is being constructed to improve connectivity. “We will build a helipad too for better air connectivity,” remarked Banerjee.The Chief Minister also handed over life jackets to local boatmen and cycles to residents of neighbouring Saraswatipur Tea Estate. “25 boatmen will be given modern boats under the Jolodhara scheme,” stated Banerjee. The Chief Minister will be halting at “Bhorer Alo” for the night.last_img read more

State policy to educate rural students under guidance of teachers from leading

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Monday that her government is coming up with a policy under which professors and teachers of leading universities in the state will offer lectures at other universities of the state as well.While inaugurating the second campus of Presidency University at New Town, Banerjee said: “We are formulating a scheme to depute teachers from Presidency and Jadavpur universities to deliver lectures at the rural universities of our state. It will be an Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bosehonor for our rural students to attend classes by the best teachers. We have come up with as many as 28 universities since 2011 and work is on to come up with 10 more universities.” Banerjee said her government plans to come up with an education hub in New Town where Presidency and St. Xaviers College have already come up with new campuses. “We have also given land to Jadavpur University, Calcutta University and Netaji Subhas Open University at the same place. Land, whose estimated cost is more than Rs 300 crore, has been given free to the universities as our government wants educational advancement in the real sense of the term,” she said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe chief minister said a day would come when universities in Bengal such as Jadavpur and Presidency would attain the standard of excellence matching that of Harvard and Oxford. “I am hopeful that a day will come when students from our state will not have to to foreign countries to get higher education,” she said. The second campus of Presidency University will have advanced study centres including school of astrophysics, school of biotechnology, school of public policy and school of informatics. The classes are expected to start by July. A senior varsity official said: “We also hope to start a school of comparative literature soon.” The official said in the next five years, Presidency would be among the top 10 institutes in the Union Human Resource Development ministry’s National Institutional Ranking Framework. Presidency is at present ranked between 101 and 150 on the list as a university.last_img read more

When Forgeries Become Famous The Shadwell Dock Medallions

first_imgForgeries are nothing new to the art world. For as long as art has had exceptional value in the world, there have been clever con artists who try to hone in and make a buck. Indeed, one of the greatest risks a purveyors of fine art runs is accidentally purchasing a forgery. Nothing could be more embarrassing than to unveil an original Van Gogh, only for your friends to scoff at you for having purchased an obvious fake! And while forgeries are looked at as a negative thing in 99 percent of all cases, there are some exceptions, such as the Shadwell Dock forgeries. In 1844, a man by the name of William “Billy” Smith made the acquaintance of an antique dealer.Shadwell dockWilliam Edwards took a liking to Smith and his friend Charles “Charley” Eaton, and would frequently purchase items and artifacts of note from them.Eaton and Smith were known as mudlarkers, individuals who would sift through mudflats in places such as the River Thames in order to find rare and valuable items. This was a simple way to make a meager living, but Eaton and Smith were after something more than just a small wage for collecting nick knacks. They hatched a cunning plan to increase the value of the items they were selling to the antique dealer, simply by creating forgeries.Mudlarks of Victorian London (The Headington Magazine, 1871)They put their heads together to create all manner of forged medieval items, creating coins, medallions and spearheads. By making the items out of pewter and bathing them in acid, Eaton and Smith were able to create aged, worn out looking artifacts that they claimed were recovered from the Shadwell Docks where an excavation was taking place.There were numerous problems with the forgeries. The two men were not well educated or trained, in fact, they were both illiterate. When replicating medallions, their most popular creation, they didn’t bother to put inscriptions which were commonplace for medieval medallions.The obverse side of a Billy and Charley in the form of a lead plaque. Photo by Auckland Museum Plaque (figure) CC BY 4.0On top of that, they included dates on the coins that used Arabic numerals. These numbers were anachronistic for the time period they supposedly came from, as Arabic numerals were only widely adopted in 16th century England. While their ambitions were high, Eaton and Smith weren’t the best at creating forgeries.Yet, their buyer, William Edwards, was unaware of the forged nature of the items. He purchased a great many of them from the pair, acquiring over 1,100 items. One of William Edward’s acquaintances, George Eastwood also took an interest in the artifacts and quickly began buying them from Edwards. He would eventually go straight to the source, bringing in even more money for Eaton and Smith.The reverse side of a Billy and Charley in the form of a lead plaque. Photo by Auckland Museum Plaque (figure) CC BY 4.0Things were running smoothly for the pair, until members of the British Archaeological Association began to take notice of a large influx of medieval artifacts pouring in from a single source. After examining these items, Henry Syer Cuming gave a lecture to the BAA, claiming that they were nothing more than poor forgeries at best.These words would be published in a few magazines, one of which was The Athenaeum. George Eastwood felt personally attacked by these words, after all, he was in the business of selling such artifacts. Even though he wasn’t named in the articles written, he still believed himself to be the subject of libel and took The Athenaeum to court.A Billy and Charley lead seal, Auckland War Memorial Museum. Photo by Auckland Museum Plaque (figure) CC BY 4.0The court case would ultimately help Eastwood’s reputation, as he fought hard to prove the authenticity of what he had been purchasing. One ironic testimony in his defense was by Charles Roach Smith.Charles Roach Smith, co-founder of the British Archaeological Society, made the case that they were so poorly designed that the items couldn’t possibly be a forgery. If they had been forged, the con artists would have done a much better job. In his eyes, the crudeness of the creations meant the items were indeed authentic.6 of the Biggest Treasure Troves Ever DiscoveredThe court case concluded without a conviction. Since Eastwood’s name had never been mentioned in the article published by The Athenaeum, it was ruled that they didn’t commit libel. However, the court did state that they had faith in Eastwood and the business he conducted. This would boost the popularity and value of the artifacts for a time.Eventually the truth would come out. A businessman and antiquarian by the name of Charles Reed began his own investigation into the truth behind the artifacts. The standard line that Eaton and Smith gave about acquiring their stock was that they had bribed the workers at the Shadwell Docks in order to gain access to the premise.Lead “Billy and Charley” Shadwell Dock forgery made to look like a Medieval medallion. Photo by : The Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS)  / The Trustees of the British Museum CC BY-SA 2.0After poking around, interviewing the workers and trying to find suppliers, Reed concluded that there was no evidence that Shadwell Docks had ever produced any such artifacts. He did come across a scavenger who claimed the pair were creating forgeries. Reed paid this man to steal the plaster of Paris molds that were used to create these artifacts.In March 1861, Reed revealed his findings to the world, definitely proving that Eaton and Smith’s work were fakes. The pair would continue to produce forgeries but would not reach the levels of success they once had achieved again.A Billy and Charley in the form of a lead statuette, 15.4 centimetres (6.1 in) high; probably intended to represent a bishop. Manchester Museum, accession number 1981.1150In the modern world, however, these forgeries — known as Billy and Charleys — have become relatively valuable. Viewed primarily as folk art, since they were created by men who weren’t educated or even literate, Shadwell forgeries are often sought after in the art world.Read another story from us: This “Chapel of the Macabre” is Decorated with Thousands of Human BonesMuseums have collections of these artifacts and some of them sell for even more than the original artifacts Eaton and Smith were trying to replicate. And of course, as with any art that sells well, there have been reports of forgeries of Eaton and Smith’s work circulating the art world. It just goes to show that if something is successful in the art world, you can bet on someone copying it, even if they’re copying a copy.Andrew Pourciaux is a novelist hailing from sunny Sarasota, Florida, where he spends the majority of his time writing and podcasting.last_img read more

Precious Skull of 11500yrold Woman Remarkably Spared from Tragic Museum Fire

first_imgIn September 2018, horrified residents of Rio de Janeiro watched their historical treasures burn to ash when a fire engulfed the National Museum of Brazil. Among the artifacts believed lost were the skull of Luzia, also known as Lucy, a woman believed to have lived 11,500 years ago. It was revered as one of the chief treasures of the museum.However, on October 19th, the museum director had good news: About 80 percent of Luzia’s skull fragments have been identified.Skull fragments rediscovered after museum’s ruin. Photo by SeasSoul CC BY-SA 4.0“The museum staff said they were confident they could recover the rest of Luzia’s skull and attempt reassembly,” according to the BBC.“The skull is understood to have been stored in a metal box inside a cabinet, described as a ‘strategic place,’ which helped it resist fire damage.”The museum fire is a horrifying and highly controversial one. It took 80 firefighters more than four hours to extinguish the inferno.Fire at the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro on September 2, 2018. Photo by Felipe Milanez CC BY SA 4.0The loss of history was described as a “lobotomy of the Brazilian memory” by a former environment minister. The museum had celebrated its 200th anniversary this year.Some people blamed the blaze, which began after the museum had been closed to the public for the night, on neglect and poor funding.The museum is entitled to a maintenance budget of $128,000, according to reports, but hadn’t received that amount for years.Luzia Recomposition. Photo by SeasSoul CC BY-SA 4.0It received just $13,000 from the Brazilian government this year, reported National Geographic.“My feeling is of total dismay and immense anger,” Luiz Duarte, a vice director of the museum, told reporters. “For many years we fought with different governments to get adequate resources to preserve what is now completely destroyed.”In a statement, President Michel Temer said it was “a sad day for all Brazilians” and “Two hundred years of work, investigation and knowledge have been lost.”The museum was reduced to burned-out shell filled with ash, rubble, and lost legacy. Photo by Lu Brito CC BY SA 4.0Luzia was found in 1975 in a cave in southern Brazil buried beneath 40 feet of mineral deposits and rock debris. She was thought to have died in an accident or perhaps even an animal attack. The skull was separated from its skeleton. Eventually, one-third of her body was recovered – enough for forensic scientists to determine that Luzia died in her early 20s.Scientists, not knowing when she lived, then put Luzia in storage at the National Museum of Brazil.It wasn’t until the mid-1990s that Luzia’s true age was recognized as researchers launched a study of her skull and skeleton and discovered that she was not just any fossil, but the oldest set of human remains ever discovered in the Western Hemisphere.A cast of Luzia’s skull. Photo by Ryan Somma CC BY-SA 2.0Luzia’s facial features included a narrow cranium, projecting face, and pronounced chin, which is very different from Native Americans.Anthropologists wondered if Luzia’s predecessors lived in Southeast Asia for thousands of years after migrating from Africa, and then arrived in the “New World” in boats.Luzia supposedly was less than five feet tall and shared facial features with Indigenous groups in Australia, theorized the University of São Paulo anthropologist Walter Neves.Facial reconstruction at the National Museum of Brazil (2015 photograph). Photo by Dornicke  CC BY-SA 4.0Across the world, scientists said they were relieved that Luzia was saved.One of the world’s largest meteorites also survived Brazil’s fire, but other pieces — mummies, from Egypt and South America, as well as Egyptian artifacts — may have been forever destroyed, the New York Times reported.Photo by Gabriel Ribeiro de Melo CC BY SA 4.0“Residents had lashed out at what they said was Brazil’s near-abandonment of museums and other basic public services. Many saw the fire as a symbol for a city and nation in distress.”Read another story from us: Mammoth Discovery! English Road Crew Workers Uncover Ancient Ice Age BeastsThe newspaper O Globo had originally said the museum was at risk over 40 years ago. Established in 1818, the Museu Nacional is Brazil’s oldest cultural institution.last_img read more

Dont listen to the experts that say the Warriors will roll the

first_imgKyrie Irving is more valuable than Draymond GreenA recent Bleacher Report NBA player power ranking slotted Draymond Green ahead of Kyrie Irving, and it’s driving Colin crazy. He thinks Draymond is valuable, but nowhere near as valuable as the greoup think NBA media which thinks he’s an MVP candidate. Colin thinks Irving is the more valuable of the two players because in the offense-centric NBA, Irving is the superior player across the board.Colin pointed out that if Draymond plays poorly in the Finals, the Warriors could still win the series. If Irving plays poorly, the Cavs have no shot to win the series.“Kyrie Irving is better and more valuable than Draymond Green.” Guests:Adam Silver – NBA Commissioner joins the show to discuss the superteam era; if he owul dbe concerned with a Cavs speech; if he worries about being labeled as too player friendly; and if he would consider eliminating the one and done rule.Austin Rivers –  Clippers guard is in-studio to talk NBA Finals; reaction around the league to Durant to the Warriors; how he approaches guarding Kyrie Irving and Steph Curry; what separates him from other top guards; and his takeaway on stars sitting during the regular season.Jason Whitlock – Co-host of Speak for Yourself I sin-studio to explain why he thinks the Warriors will beat the Cavs in 5; why locker room criticism of Russell Wilson leaks ot the media; and his take on Tiger Woods’ DUI arrest. Don’t listen to the “experts” that say the Warriors will roll the CavsThe conventional wisdom amongst the most plugged in NBA media and league front offices is that the loaded Warriors are going to beat the Cavs. Colin has heard a bunch of “expert” predictions recently, and most have been off-base.The presidential race, stock market predictions, and the Cubs winning the World Series are just a few examples of experts misfiring on predictions.In the case of the Cavs, regardless of what the experts say, Colin thinks LeBron is as rested as ever and always plays his best in the Finals. Experts think the Warriors will roll. If they’re wrong, it wouldn’t be the first time.“Here’s the one thing no one is predicting. Cleveland rolls. Wins in 5.”last_img read more

VIDEO Joel Embiid playing in a HS JV game in 2012 is

first_imgJoel Embiid is one of the most talented young players in the NBA, and a noted supporter of The Process, but in 2012, he was just a super raw prospect playing for the JV squad at the Monteverde Academy, where he later transferred from due to lack of playing time.In this video, a stick thin Embiid flashes some of the potential that would make him a 1st round draft pick out of Kansas, but he’s light years away from his current form. It’s incredible how far he’s come in 5 years, from a physical and skill level standpoint. His signature on-court smack talk is also notably absent.Watch the official beginning of Embiid’s ‘Process’.last_img read more

What the Internet of Things Means for Enterprising Entrepreneurs

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 5 min read November 14, 2014 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. It’s the tech term du jour: the “Internet of Things.” Simply stated, it’s the connection of technology devices to the Internet, everything from smartphones, coffeemakers, cars and lamps to anything with an on-off switch.In many ways, the move has been almost inevitable with the cost of broadband Internet decreasing, the creation of more devices with Wi-Fi capabilities and the penetration of smart devices further into the human experience. The Internet of Things is just the logical next step.  So yes, the Internet of Things is growing significantly but perhaps more important from a business perspective is the recognition of the benefits that result from connecting devices to the web. This has seeded the makings of a brave new world for enterprising entrepreneurs looking to capitalize on a market projected to add almost $2 trillion in value to the global economy by 2019.Unlike managers at large corporations, entrepreneurs have more freedom to explore and experiment with new ideas. But where should they start? Here are just a few areas for possible exploration: Related: 8 Ways the ‘Internet of Things’ Will Impact Your Everyday Life             1. Medicine.Hospitals collect a massive amount of data. But what if that information were connected to a central or aggregated intelligence-management structure that allowed for deep, complex analysis.Sure, the distribution of drugs and monitoring of blood pressure is observed regularly by hospital staff. With the Internet of Things, this data could be channeled into activities to dramatically improve care, reduce the length of stays and lower the transmission of disesases and infections rates. 2. Manufacturing.Take a moment to consider the typical manufacturing facility. It might be made up of hundreds of tools and processes. Many of these likely produce intelligent data that could be used to improve efficiency.At an automobile manufacturing facility, dozens of tools are connected to networks and storage devices, but more often than not this information is kept in discrete silos. The Internet of Things could deliver this information to a central intelligence forum, where it could then be used to more quickly improve processes and achieve operational goals. Related: 5 Steps the ‘Smart’ Home Industry Must Take to Develop a Consumer Market3. Retail.Historically, retail operations have had very few functions fully connected. Sure, point of sales systems have been connected to inventory management systems and security systems have become intertwined with video, audio and sensory technology. But overall, this has been only done mostly on the individual store level and has provided little opportunity for retail franchises to manage.Today, with customers calling the shots and demanding a world-class consumer experience, the Internet of Things can play a central role in delivering it. When customers call, agents could figure who they are, their buying history and what they might ant to buy next. The Internet of Things can allow for innovation, a sales lift and a happier customer base. But where is the business opportunity for entrepreneurs? Opportunities can be created by investment, supported by data. Delivering data accurately is where the opportunity lies. A few key products and services that enterprising entrepreneurs might want to consider offering include the following: Sensor enablement. The benefits realized from the Internet of Things are only as good as the data that feeds it. Development of sensors for the machines, gadgets, transportation systems and people that fuel Internet of Things will continue to grow.Data analytics. The need to dig deep and provide well-informed recommendations based upon real-time data will increase astronomically. At first, such services might be performed in-house staffers or by consulting firms. Over time, however, it will need be done by business professionals who are well-versed in the specific skills. The need for intelligent software that can perform this type of analysis for business-minded end users to act on is no doubt rising. Infrastructure investment. Deployment of the Internet of Things requires strong, innovative and secure network infrastructures. More bandwidth will be required to handle the higher demand, data usage and new users involved with the Internet of Things. With projections from Gartner showing that by 2020, the Internet of Things will support a base of 26 billion devices, the time to act is now. The opportunity to help deliver and do consulting related to the network infrastructure expansion will only continue to grow. The Internet of Things is slated to change business as usual. It will provide the opportunity to create unique, practical and innovative products and services for a new generation of consumers. Getting there will require hard work and ingenuity and entrepreneurs are suited to deliver just that.  Related: Why the Investment Potential of the ‘Internet of Things’ May Be Overblown Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Which Tech Billionaires Donate the Most to Charity Infographic

first_imgJune 3, 2015 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global When you’re sitting on billions, even millions, you can easily afford to give generously to charity and should, and not just for the tax breaks. Whether fueled by a genuine desire to make a difference or out of sheer vanity — or, yes, to greedily ease the tax blow — today’s tech titans are showering their favorite charities with cash.Bill Gates, easily the most famous philanthropist among the tech elite, is back on top again as the richest man in the world, clocking an estimated net worth of $79.7 billion. He’s also arguably the most generous soul on earth.Related: How the World’s First Bitcoin Charity Is Harnessing the Cryptocurrency to Change Lives (VIDEO)The Microsoft co-founder, a Harvard dropout, founded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with his wife in 2000. The aim of the nonprofit is to improve U.S. education and global health. To date, he’s donated $29.5 billion to what is now the world’s largest private foundation. Gates also launched The Giving Pledge with his wife, Melinda, and fellow billionaire Warren Buffett. The initiative encourages the world’s wealthiest to give the majority of their fortunes to charity.   One tech billionaire you might not have heard of, Intel co-founder Gordon Moore, the visionary behind Moore’s Law, is also one of the globe’s most prolific philanthropists. He and his wife, Betty, joined The Giving Pledge in 2012, eleven years after donating half of their wealth to their own namesake foundation.  Related: Why Bill Gates Is Backing Impact Entrepreneurs in IndiaFor a deeper dive into Gates’s and Moore’s exceptional charitable giving efforts — along with those of four more of today’s leading tech billionaires — check out the fact-packed infographic below, care of Who Is Hosting This.Click to EnlargeImage credit: Who Is Hosting ThisRelated: 4 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Pay It Forward Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.center_img 2 min read Register Now »last_img read more

Smartphones Lift Samsung to Best Profit in More Than 2 Years

first_img Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. said on Thursday its second-quarter operating profit likely rose 17.4 percent from a year earlier, its highest in more than 2 years as Galaxy S7 smartphone sales propelled mobile earnings.The world’s top maker of smartphones and memory chips said its April-June profit was likely 8.1 trillion won ($7 billion), better than the average forecast of 7.8 trillion won tipped by a Thomson Reuters survey of 16 analysts. It was the highest since a 8.5 trillion won profit in the first quarter of 2014.The mobile division likely was the top earner for the second straight quarter, raising the question of whether the South Korean company can sustain this strong momentum in the face of competition from Apple Inc. and cheaper Chinese rivals.”At this point it appears unlikely that we’ll see stronger competing devices emerging (in the second half),” IBK Asset Management fund manager Kim Hyun-soo said.Apple’s new iPhones – likely to launch around September – would not offer any dramatic new features, Kim said.While Samsung will not disclose detailed results until late July, its shares rose on the guidance. They were up 1.7 percent as of 0132 GMT, compared with a 1.1 percent rise for the broader market.The Thomson Reuters poll tipped the mobile division’s profit to have risen 54.5 percent from a year earlier to 4.3 trillion won, the highest since the second quarter of 2014.S7 sales will likely ease in the second half, but Kim said Samsung should be able to maintain quarterly earnings of between 7 trillion won and 8 trillion won for the rest of 2016 with help from its chips business and the launch of its next premium smartphone, the Galaxy Note.Bouncing backSamsung’s smartphone business shrank last year as Apple grabbed market share at the high end with its iPhone 6, and Chinese rivals like Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. did well in the budget segment.Things turned around this year, with the success of the Galaxy S7 and margin improvements from a more streamlined product lineup putting the business on track for its first annual profit growth in three years.Looking further ahead, some investors remain sceptical about Samsung’s long-term prospects in the cut-throat smartphone segment, which has seen slowing growth globally.”For the medium term I think 4 trillion won [quarterly mobile] profit is the new normal,” Nomura analyst C.W. Chung said.Samsung said revenue for the quarter likely rose 3 percent to 50 trillion won.(Reporting by Se Young Lee; Editing by Stephen Coates) Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » 3 min read This story originally appeared on Reuters July 7, 2016last_img read more

The Worlds Biggest Serena Williams Fan Is a Computer

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global The last time I took the 7 train out to Arthur Ashe Stadium to watch the U.S. Open, my mind was absolutely blown by witnessing that level of play in person, and even more than that, by the gigantic tennis balls they were selling at the souvenir stands. I mean, those things are huge!Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty ImagesBut as groundbreaking as a big fuzzy ball might have seemed at the time, this year my mind was blown by something slightly more impressive: a behind-the-court tour of the amazing tech IBM brought to the U.S. Open this year.Our tour began with a Goodfellas-esque walk through the bowels of the stadium. As we twisted and winded our way deeper into the heart of the state of the sports arena, we passed racks of catering, old Open posters and even caught a glimpse of a very fabulous Serena Williams gabbing with a pal. I didn’t take a picture out of respect. (OK, fine, the door closed before I could get my phone out.) Our walk finally brought us to Scoring Operations, a room filled with more monitors and computers than the sets of War Games and Apollo 13 combined.This is where all of the data from the umpire chair system, the data from the courtside statistician and the data from the line calling system goes and gets distributed to various places such as the commentators’ monitor, the broadcast graphics systems and the video boards around the grounds of the U.S. Open. It is also, for the first time, zapped to the mobile devices of fans. Using IBM’s SlamTracker, you can get any stat you can think of, and some you can’t. The latest innovative in SlamTracker is its ability to predict play based on how players have previously performed in “pressure situations.” This really helps underline those “whoa, did not see that coming!” moments.Watson is here in this room, and he/she/it is busy with three active roles. One, on the Open’s official app, Watson is working overtime to help out visitors to the tournament. Within the app, people can ask Guest Services questions such as “Where is the taxi stand?” or “Where can I get a hot dog?” and Watson will tell them the answer. And if it doesn’t know the answer, it will find it and remember it for the next person who asks. All by itself.Watson’s second role is as a new member of the paparazzi. As the USTA captures images of the matches, the players and the celebrities in the stands, Watson using digital recognition to instantly identify the subjects of the photos and tag them correctly so that the editorial team covering the tournament can use search capabilities to gain immediate access to the correct assets. To non-media people, this might not seem super exciting, but the journalists on the IBM tour were basically drooling.Finally, Watson is also helping out with on-demand video, “listening” if you will, and subtitling and creating transcripts of all the matches and player interviews. All of that goes into a publishing system, which then allows all the subtitled videos to be published and watched by fans who are pretending to check their phones for work emails.Elsewhere in the Scoring Operations center was a robot named Pepper, who like Watson, has the ability to learn. If you asked Pepper to wave, Pepper might say, “I don’t know how to do that.” And after you explained how to do it, Pepper will remember and do it whenever you asked. Sigh, if only dogs and children were that easy to potty train.If all of this is starting to give you the creeping feeling that the computers are taking over, don’t be too alarmed — not yet anyway. Watch this, one of the 13 aces Serena had that night on the road to setting a new Grand Slam record of 308 victories later in the tournament. Pepper or Watson, can you return a 125 mph serve? Didn’t think so.center_img Register Now »last_img read more

How to Update Google Chrome

first_imgHow to Update Google Chrome by Martin Brinkmann on May 05, 2017 in Google Chrome – Last Update: May 22, 2018 – 5 commentsMost Chrome users will probably never run into problems updating Google Chrome as the browser is configured to update automatically by default.This is true for Chrome on Android, iPhone and iPad, Chrome for the desktop operating systems Windows, Linux and Mac OS X, and Chrome on Google Chromebooks.Sometimes though, you may run into issues updating Chrome. If you notice that Chrome does not update automatically anymore, or if you want to update Chrome because you know there is an update available, then you will find the following guide useful as it offers solutions that you will find useful.The guide is divided into updating Chrome on the desktop, and updating Chrome on Android. The reason for this is simple: Google uses different update mechanics.Updating Google Chrome on the desktopThe very first thing you should do is load chrome://help in the browser’s address bar. This does two things:It displays Chrome’s current version on the page.It queries Google servers to find out whether an update is available.If Chrome is up to date, you are notified about that (Google Chrome is up to date). If an update is available, it will be downloaded automatically usually.If that is the case, wait until the update has been downloaded, and click on the relaunch button to complete the installation of the Chrome update.It may happen that this does not work. Maybe because something is blocking the connection to the Google servers to check for Google Chrome updates, or maybe because of corrupt files.If that is the case, one of the options that you have is to download Google Chrome manually from Google, to install the new Chrome version this way on the device.I suggest you use the standalone installer for Chrome for that, but you can try the Web installer as well. The standalone installer comes with everything included to update Chrome, the Web installer will download data from the Internet during installation.Simply run the installer on your system and wait for it to complete. Chrome should be updated to the new version during the installation. You should not lose any user data, e.g. bookmarks, browser extensions or your browsing history during the process.Chrome highlights if updates are pending by coloring the main menu icon. The colors green, orange and red indicate for how long the update has been available (2, 4 and 7 days). You will see an “update Google Chrome” button listed when you open the menu. Click on the button, and then relaunch to complete the process.How to update Chrome on Android, iPhone or iPadGoogle Chrome should download and install updates automatically on all mobile operating systems it is available for.Again, this depends on a number of factors, including whether you have modified the default update behavior on the device, or if something is broken.You may check for Chrome updates on Android using the Play Store application. Open the application on your device, select Menu, and then My apps & games.If there is an update available, Google Chrome should be listed under the updates available section. If that is the case, the update is either downloaded automatically to the device, or after you tap on the Chrome listing there to start the update process.If there is no update available, you find Google Chrome listed under the recently updated section usually.The situation is a bit different than on the desktop though, as you cannot download the latest version of Google Chrome for Android from Google all the time. The reason for this is that Google rolls out new versions of the browser over time and that you may have to wait until it is your turn to get it.You could use third-party resources such as APK Mirror to download the latest version and install it, but it is offered on a third-party website and not officially from Google.The process works similarly on Apple devices. You need to open the Apple App Store on your iPhone or iPad, and tap on the updates link when the store options. If you have pending updates, those are listed and you may find Chrome in the listing.All that is left to do is tap on update to install it. You may be asked to authenticate first, and if that is the case, enter your Apple password to do so.VideosResourcesDownload and install Google Chrome (Google Chrome Help)Install Chrome offline on Windows (Google Chrome Help)Update Google Chrome (Google Chrome Help)SummaryArticle NameHow to Update Google ChromeDescriptionMost Chrome users will probably never run into problems updating Google Chrome as the browser is configured to update automatically by default.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more