Month: August 2019

VuNow Sends Free Internet Video Directly to Your TV

first_img VuNow provides the viewer with an online viewing experience by bringing the videos directly to your TV instead of the PC. Now you can enjoy movies, TV shows, sports, live events, special interests, travel and user-generated content, from content owners, and video portals around the world!This is what VuNow has to offer:- A Standard Definition and a High Definition model- Small foot print and easy to install- Support for wired or wireless connectivity- A user friendly Navigation and intuitive User Interface- Watch YouTube videos by categories- Search for videos with the powerful built-in Video Search Engine- Download videos using BitTorrent protocol- Watch videos directly from popular websites by categories- Watch Live TV Channels from around the world- Access to Personal Media such as video, music, and photos from the home network stored on a PC, Networked Attached Storage device, or even on a connected USB storage device- No subscription fees- Coming soon: Watch a large selection of movies and download them from CinemaNow!VuNow Pod is available now and comes in a high-definition version priced at $150, and a standard definition at $100.© 2008 PhysOrg.com Verismo’s VuNow is an affordable solution for video lovers that sends free internet video content directly to your Television set. VuNow only takes a minute to connect, just plug in the AC power, connect your A/V or HDMI cable, and connect your home network via Ethernet or an optional wireless adapter. How DVR is changing the world of TV advertising Explore further 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. Citation: VuNow Sends Free Internet Video Directly to Your TV (2008, December 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-12-vunow-free-internet-video-tv.html VuNow by Verismo Networkslast_img read more

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Exploring tessellations beyond Escher

first_img “Escher’s work introduced the world to the beauty of geometrical art,” Le writes in a paper at arXiv.org. “But non-mathematician artists tended not to follow his example, and so a wealth of trigonometric shapes only exists as blank tiles waiting to be filled. By describing the process of incorporating tessellations and fractals into art, we hope to show that the challenges are artistic rather than mathematical.”Whereas Escher’s tessellations and that of most artists that came after him have consisted of tile images having one dominant figure in a tile that is completely filled, Le deviates from this standard by experimenting with multiple figures and negative (white) space between the figures. This change allows for different ways to connect the tiles, such as with Penrose tilings, fractals, and tessellations inside fractals. Some example are shown below. The fractal-tessellation combination tile on the left was used to create the pattern on the right. The tiles were decreased in size by one-third instead of one-half to prevent branches colliding. Image credit: San Le. As Le writes in his paper, there are limitless possibilities for what designs can be drawn inside a tile. By exploring new designs, along with new shapes and new ways to connect tiles, there are many interesting patterns that are still waiting to be discovered. The fractal-tessellation combination tile on the left was used to create the pattern on the right. The tiles were decreased in size by one-third instead of one-half to prevent branches colliding. Image credit: San Le. Most Cave Art The Work Of Teens Not Shamans Citation: Exploring tessellations beyond Escher (2011, June 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-06-exploring-tessellations-escher.html The two Penrose tilings on the left contain a design of intertwined human figures with negative space in between. Using the same connecting rules as above, the tiles create the tessellation pattern on the right. Image credit: San Le. The two Penrose tilings on the left, which consist of a dart and a kite shape, are connected by following simple rules (e.g., A with A, A’ with A’, etc.). These tilings create the tessellation pattern on the right. Image credit: San Le. Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — By incorporating geometrical concepts into his artwork, M. C. Escher demonstrated the potential beauty that could be achieved by combining mathematics and art. One of Escher’s most well-known types of art is tessellations, in which he combined tiles with images of lizards, fish, angels, and other figures to create various repeating patterns. Recently, computer programmer and artist San Le from Santee, California, has shown how to generalize Escher’s technique, revealing that many mathematical shapes are still waiting to be explored. The two Penrose tilings on the left, which consist of a dart and a kite shape, are connected by following simple rules (e.g., A with A, A’ with A’, etc.). These tilings create the tessellation pattern on the right. Image credit: San Le. More information: San Le. “The Art of Space Filling in Penrose Tilings and Fractals.” arXiv:1106.2750v1 [math.HO]via: The Physics arXiv Blog © 2010 PhysOrg.com A tessellation pattern created by San Le, building on the work of M. C. Escher. Image credit: San Le. 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

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Study of W Hydrae suggests condensed aluminum oxide dust plays key role

first_imgHigh spatial resolution images of AlO and 29SiO molecules around W Hya observed with ALMA. AlO molecules were only observed within three stellar radii (Rstar) whereas 29SiO was distributed in the accelerated wind beyond 5 Rstar without significant depletion.This strongly suggests that condensed aluminum oxide dust plays a key role in accelerating the stellar wind and in preventing the efficient formation of silicate dust around W Hydrae. Credit: Aki Takigawa © 2017 Phys.org Citation: Study of W Hydrae suggests condensed aluminum oxide dust plays key role in accelerating stellar wind (2017, November 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-11-hydrae-condensed-aluminum-oxide-key.html High spatial resolution image of AlO and 29SiO molecules around W Hydrae observed with ALMA. Colors show emissions from AlO molecules (red) and 29SiO molecules and the star (yellow). Credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO), Takigawa et al. Journal information: Science Advances High spatial resolution image of AlO and 29SiO molecules around W Hydrae observed with ALMA. Colors show emissions from AlO molecules (red) and 29SiO molecules and the star (yellow). Credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO), Takigawa et al. Schematic illustration of dust formation and wind acceleration around W Hya. Aluminum oxide dust, which grows and piles up in the inner dust shell, and partially condensed silicate dust trigger the acceleration of the wind, which suppresses silicate formation around an aluminum oxide–rich star, W Hya. Credit: Aki Takigawa As scientists look to the stars to understand the nature of the universe, they also seek answers regarding universal origins. The Big Bang, theory, for example, suggests how things might have started, but what processes led to the creation of atoms, for example? In this new effort, the researchers believe they may have found a source: W Hydrae, a star that is part of the Hydrae constellation and is classified as an asymptotic giant branch (AGB) star—stars that are still evolving and are in the low to medium mass size. W Hydrae has approximately nine times the mass of our sun and is a popular object of study due to its brightness. Scientists have come to believe that the study of AGBs might offer clues regarding how the elements were created.Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array of telescopes, the researchers observed W Hydrae, one of the brightest stars as seen from Earth. The researchers found evidence of aluminum oxide dust in its outer shell—within three “stellar radii.” The presence of the dust, the researchers suggest, might be a driver of stellar wind and perhaps a means of synthesizing atoms. In their theory, the aluminum oxide grows into grains and aggregates in the dust shell. The aggregates move more when struck by light from the star. As they move away from the star, they encounter silicate dust and continue to move away from the star, causing the stellar wind (the continues flow of charged particles emitted from the star) to pick up. As part of this process, atoms such as silicon and oxygen may be formed. They also suggest the process prevents silicate dust from forming efficiently around the star.center_img More information: Aki Takigawa et al. Dust formation and wind acceleration around the aluminum oxide–rich AGB star W Hydrae, Science Advances (2017). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aao2149AbstractDust grains, formed around asymptotic giant branch (AGB) stars, are accelerated by stellar radiation to drive stellar winds, which supply freshly synthesized nuclides to the Galaxy. Silicate is the dominant dust species in space, but ~40% of oxygen-rich AGB stars are thought to have comparable amounts of aluminum oxide dust. Dust formation and the wind-driving mechanism around these oxygen-rich stars, however, are poorly understood. We report on the spatial distributions of AlO and 29SiO molecules around an aluminum oxide–rich M-type AGB star, W Hydrae, based on observations obtained with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array. AlO molecules were only observed within three stellar radii (Rstar), whereas 29SiO was distributed in the accelerated wind beyond 5 Rstar without significant depletion. This strongly suggests that condensed aluminum oxide dust plays a key role in accelerating the stellar wind and in preventing the efficient formation of silicate dust around W Hydrae. Schematic illustration of dust formation and wind acceleration around W Hya. Aluminum oxide dust, which grows and piles up in the inner dust shell, and partially condensed silicate dust trigger the acceleration of the wind, which suppresses silicate formation around an aluminum oxide–rich star, W Hya. Credit: Aki Takigawa Explore further (Phys.org)—A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in Japan has found evidence showing that condensed aluminum oxide dust surrounding the star W Hydrae plays a key role in accelerating the stellar wind. In their paper published on the open access site Science Advances, the team describes their study of the star and the gases that surround it. ALMA spots possible formation site of icy giant planet 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

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Researching Medical Marijuana May Soon Get Eas

first_imgResearching Medical Marijuana May Soon Get Easier by NPR News Will Stone 8.27.19 5:43pm Researchers hoping to study marijuana for scientific and medical purposes are one step closer to expanding their limited supply of the plant. This week, the federal government announced it would begin processing dozens of pending applications for permission to cultivate the plant for scientific research. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s decision comes after several years of delay for some applicants and a lawsuit filed against the agency by one cannabis researcher. “I am pleased that DEA is moving forward with its review of applications for those who seek to grow marijuana legally to support research,” said Attorney General William Barr in the statement on Monday. Barr said the Department of Justice will continue to work to improve research opportunities wherever it can. Even as many states have legalized marijuana for recreational and medical use, scientists who want to conduct rigorous studies of the plant still have only one place where they can get it: a facility at the University of Mississippi, which contracts with the National Institute on Drug Abuse.This arrangement, which has existed for more than 50 years, amounts to a “monopoly,” says Dr. Sue Sisley who heads the Scottsdale Research Institute in Arizona, which studies cannabis. “The bottom line is scientists need access to options,” says Sisley.Monday’s announcement is a long-awaited follow-up to an earlier policy change. In 2016, the federal government signaled an end to limiting research on cannabis to only one grower when the DEA announced a policy change allowing new cultivators. More than 30 organizations, including Sisley’s, applied for a license to grow cannabis for research purposes. But the agency didn’t act on the applications, so earlier this year, Sisley filed a lawsuit in federal court demanding it take action. The government’s latest decision to move forward on the applications arrives just ahead of the court’s deadline for the agency to respond to Sisley’s lawsuit. “We’re cautiously optimistic,” says Matt Zorn, who represents the Scottsdale Research Institute in the lawsuit. “It’s a positive first step because we were stuck in a kind of administrative limbo.”Marijuana’s status as a Schedule 1 controlled substance, which is reserved for drugs with “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse,” has hindered scientific research into its clinical applications. Zorn calls it a “catch-22.””On the one hand, you can’t do the research with good, high-quality cannabis because it’s a Schedule 1 drug. On the other, it’s a Schedule 1 because nobody can really do the research,” he says.But how soon aspiring growers will actually get the green light from the agency remains unclear. In its filing, DEA announced it will be introducing new rules for its program on growing marijuana for scientific and medical research — before deciding on any application. This additional step has left some advocates for marijuana reform skeptical about whether the DEA’s latest decision indicates real progress. In a blog post on his group’s website, NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri says he believes the agency’s “foot-dragging will continue.””For the past three years, the DEA has failed to take any steps to follow through on its promise to facilitate clinical cannabis research,” writes Altieri.Sisley’s other attorney, Shane Pennington, says the agency’s latest public statements “that it is behind scientific research to get to the bottom of the safety and efficacy of marijuana is a very big deal.”Given the years of delay, Pennington says researchers aren’t taking anything for granted yet. “I have high hopes, but I’ll believe it when I see it,” he says. “Since the announcement appears to be in response to pending litigation, it’s more likely that they will actually begin to move on this, in response to the pressure from the courts,” University of Washington School of Law professor Karen Boxx said via email.Members of Congress are increasingly taking notice of the DEA’s slow progress in bolstering the supply of research-grade marijuana. In May, a bipartisan group of 30 members of the U.S. House sent a letter to Barr and the DEA’s acting administrator, Uttam Dhillon, urging them “to do whatever you can to speed up and improve the research application process” in order to “provide better raw materials for research.” Even if the federal government acts quickly and starts approving applications, Sisley cautions, it could still take several years for operators to begin producing cannabis that is up to research standards.”We haven’t really won anything until scientists are finally utilizing real-world cannabis flower in their clinical trials,” she says. Sisley recently completed a clinical trial, under FDA guidance, testing smoked marijuana as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder in military veterans. She says she was disappointed by the cannabis she had to use for the study, which came from the Mississippi facility. She described it as “generic batches of moldy, green powder full of stems, sticks and leaves” — far below the quality of what most people are obtaining from dispensaries. The results aren’t published yet, but Sisley says they are “exactly what you would predict given the poor quality of the cannabis” supplied for the study. “The scientific community is concerned this is harming our data — our outcomes,” says Sisley. Will Stone is a freelance reporter based in Seattle. He is on Twitter at @wstonereports.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR. Ian Philip Millerlast_img read more

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James Cameron awaits Avatar sequel release

first_imgIf one goes by Avatar filmmaker James Cameron’s words, the planned sequel of the 2009 epic sci-fi movie will leave the audience mesmerised.‘You will s–t yourself with your mouth wide open,’ Cameron has said while estimating the reactions that the sequel will generate, reports eonline.com. The Oscar-winning director told Empire magazine that the frames-per-second (FPS) rate of the movie will be a reason why so much ‘s–tting’ will happen, reports eonline.com. ‘My thinking at the time (when I announced the sequels) was that 60 (FPS) might be a better segue to the video market. I’ll be plugging into a system that’s a little more mature, so it makes sense for me to do 48 frames at this point,’ Cameron said.last_img

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WBSCL takes up initiative to make people selfreliant in 76 model villages

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Swarojgar Corporation Limited (WBSCL) has taken up a unique scheme of selecting 76 model villages in 11 districts across the state and made the villagers self-reliant. WBSCL will coordinate with a number of departments of the state government and will take up projects for training people in various activities, so that they can eke out a living for themselves. “The project will cover as many as 38 sub-divisions, with two villages in each of them. Our aim is to increase the income of the rural people and at the same time boost the village rural economy,” said Pulak Roy, chairman of WBSCL. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe districts that have been identified for these model villages are Purulia, West Midnapore, South 24-Parganas, North 24-Parganas, West Burdwan, East Burdwan, Jhargram, Hooghly, Howrah, Nadia and Murshidabad. As many as 1,030 Gram Panchayats will come under the purview of the project. WBSCL will coordinate with departments like Panchayat and Rural Affairs, Animal Husbandry, Fisheries, Water Resource Investigation, Horticulture, Forest, Agriculture, etc. and will take up projects like renovating a pond and taking up fish cultivation, setting up animal farms, floriculture, setting up of polygreen house, etc. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”We have already set up 500 such small farms and have set up a target of 2,000 similar projects,” a senior WBSCL officer said.WBSCL will soon take up orientation programmes in the identified districts, involving district magistrates, block development officers and the self-help groups to identify the villages in which the project may start. “We will gradually spread this project in the remaining districts too,” the official added. WBSCL is initially planning to have 100 people from each village under the scheme, which means that as many as 76,000 people will be getting employment. Most importantly, the self-help groups will get the chance to involve their own family members in the scheme. The people will get loan under the Swami Vivekananda Swanirbhar Karmasanasthan Prakalpa(SVSKP) and the state government will offer 30 percent subsidy against the loan. If needed, WBSCL will also arrange for training in trades like mobile repairing, plumbing, electrician, beautician, tailoring etc. The youths of these model villages will get priority in getting loan under SVSKP.It may be mentioned that this scheme is an extension of the Muktidhara project that was initiated by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in December 2015, to ensure steady earning, drive away poverty and bring about financial improvement through self-help groups and self-employment. The Muktidhara project has been very successful.last_img read more

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Two dock systems under KoPT to handle 1m TEUs this year

first_imgKolkata: The two dock systems of Kolkata and Haldia under Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) has set a target of handling 1 million TEUs in the current financial year. Kolkata Dock is singularly expecting to handle 1 million TEUs of container traffic by 2020.”Kolkata Port Trust jointly with its container terminal vendor M/s Bharat Kolkata Container Terminal Pvt Ltd, a subsidiary of PSA, has made an elaborate container terminal expansion and upgradation plan. The master plan for the overhaul of the container terminal includes large scale development of the area for container storage which doubles the yard capacity, increasing the number of mechanised container berths, overhauling of rail lines and digitisation of documentation at the terminal,” a senior official of KoPT said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsA joint business meet was recently held in this regard that was attended by KoPT chairman Vinit Kumar, deputy chairman S Balaji Arunkumar and other senior officials of port, PSA, members of the trade fraternity and other port users. It may be mentioned that the container cargo through Kolkata Dock was 6.4 lakh TEUs in the last financial year.KoPT chairman Vinit Kumar stressed upon the port’s focus on trade and said they are ready to resolve the issues faced by the users to facilitate trade. KoPT deputy chairman S Balaji Arunkumar Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedaddressing the meet elaborated on the large-scale development of yard at Kolkata terminal, repairing of the roads and adjoining drains in port vicinity and the overhauling of the rail network.He said very soon the terminal would have full length rail loading, which will benefit rail importers to Nepal and increase rail exports through Kolkata. The managing director, PSA India, Mike Formosa thanked KoPT for the continued support and assured full support to the port in achieving its mission and vision.The port users and the members of trade appreciated the recent ease of doing business initiatives at Kolkata Dock that has seen a positive response from the trade and urged the port to improve the productivity further.The trade representatives unanimously backed the “Mission Million” idea of the Port and pledged their support for the same.last_img read more

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Two mountaineers from Bengal on Kanchenjunga expedition feared dead

first_imgKolkata: Two mountaineers from the state on Kanchenjunga expedition — Kuntal Karar and Biplab Baidya — are believed to be dead as the rescue operation to bring them back to the base camp proved futile.The Sherpa team, which was on the rescue job of the two injured Indian climbers Biplab and Kuntal, has returned to Camp-4 of Kanchenjunga, as reported from the base camp. The herculean rescue operation, performed by Sherpa Nirmal Purja and his team on Wednesday, yielded no positive outcome. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataUnesh Zirpe, the leader of the expedition team Giripremi from Base Camp, said: “There is almost no hope that any further rescue operation is possible to bring Biplab and Kuntal back to Camp-4 at this stage.” The handling agency has also made it clear that there is almost no possibility that any further rescue effort can save these two lives. Ramesh Ray, another climber from the same team, was rescued by the Sherpas and brought to Camp-4 around 10 pm on Wednesday. His health is on the verge of critical deterioration and he was suffering from altitude sickness leading to HAPE (high altitude pulmonary edema) and snow blindness. Climber Rudraprasad Halder, who was at Camp-4 on Thursday morning, was also suffering from frostbite. Later in the day, both of them were evacuated by rescue helicopter and brought at the base camp. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”They are undergoing treatment at the base camp but arrangements are being made to hospitalise them as quick as possible considering their deteriorating health condition,” said Ujjal Roy, a member of the advisory committee of the state Youth Affairs department. Biplab, Kuntal, Ramesh, Rudraprasad and Sk Sahabuddin were part of a five-member team from Bengal, who had embarked on the Kanchenjunga expedition. Four of them — Rudraprasad Halder, Ramesh Ray, Sk Sahabuddin and Biplab Baidya — had reportedly reached the summit point on Wednesday morning. However, Biplab and Kuntal fell sick while descending and sought help from an altitude above 8000m. It was believed that Kuntal was suffering from HAPE. One team member (possibly Rudraprasad) sent an SOS to their family around 3:12 pm on Wednesday via GPS device asking for urgent help. The device read an elevation of 8271m. Nirmal Purja with two other Sherpas — Gesman Tamang and Mingma David Sherpa — responded promptly to the request assuring a rescue operation from an altitude of 8200m. The sherpas were on their way down from the summit of Kanchenjunga.last_img read more

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Vidyasagars Barnaparichay to be distributed free to mark his bicentenary celebrations

first_imgKolkata: The state Education department is planning to distribute Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar’s Barnaparichay free among all students of pre-primary and Class I to commemorate the occasion of 200 years of the latter’s birth anniversary.”The distribution of the Barnaparichay copy has nothing to do with the curriculum of pre-primary and Class I. As per plans, the book will be given as a ‘heritage book’ to pay homage to Vidyasagar,” said Avik Majumdar, the chairman of the Syllabus Restructure Committee. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAccording to a senior official of the state Education department, the government is making plans to celebrate the bicentenary celebrations of the key figure of Bengal Renaissance in a grand manner for at least a week. “We are holding meetings time-to-time on how to celebrate his birth anniversary. It will take some more time to finalise the entire programme,” the official said. It may be mentioned that Vidyasagar’s Barnaparichay is not a prescribed book in the syllabus of the West Bengal Board of Primary Education. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateA few days back, BJP supporters had allegedly vandalised a bust of Vidyasagar at Vidyasagar College in North Kolkata during a rally by their party president Amit Shah, following which state Education minister Partha Chatterjee had announced that a new statue of the great Indian reformer will be constructed at the same venue. The state Education department has already announced a series of decisions regarding celebration of the life and legacy of Vidyasagar. The state has plans of construction of a museum containing artefacts related to Vidyasagar, turning Vidyasagar College into a heritage institution and organising of a week-long series of programmes from September 20 to 26 to celebrate his bicentenary. The state government has allocated Rs 20 crore for the celebration. All government schools will commemorate the occasion through essays, exhibitions, documentaries, discussions, debates based on the life and works of Vidyasagar. The essay competition will be held in three levels — Group A will involve Class III and IV, group B will cover Class V to VIII while the group C will involve students of Class IX and X. The subjects of the essays will be based on various aspects of Vidyasagar’s life including his role in women education and empowerment. A committee will be formed at the circle level which will make the necessary arrangements for the week-long celebrations. This committee will start functioning from June 15.last_img read more

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VIDEO The internet is convinced Roger Goodell wiped a booger on the

first_imgNFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is already one of the most hated figures in professional sports, now the internet is convinced “The Hammer” shamelessly wiped a booger on the back of an unsuspecting girl as the two walked off the stage following her announcement of the Bears’ 2nd round pick.The replay shows Roger digging for gold and appears to show him wiping the treasure on the girl’s dress as they turned to leave the stage.Did Goodell wipe the booger on purpose, or is it all a big misunderstanding?#Boogergate has started and people want answers. We already know where Pats fans stand on this. Watch the video and decide for yourself. Advertisementlast_img

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