Origami solution found for folding steel shopping bags

first_img Shape-shifting sheets automatically fold into multiple shapes (w/ Video) More information: by Weina Wu and Zhong You, A solution for folding rigid tall shopping bags, Proceedings of the Royal Society A, Published online before print March 30, 2011, doi:10.1098/rspa.2011.0120 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. You also points out that if a cardboard box could be constructed in the same fashion as the tall bag, that it would render obsolete the need to remove the bottom (or top for that matter) of the box when folding it up to make it flat; a feat that would save shippers and others who use cardboard boxes as a part of their business, a lot of time and money.According to Demaine, the real goal of origami engineers is to figure out a way to apply rigid folding techniques to bigger, real world type objects, such as buildings, or appliances, so that they could be folded up and put away when not in use. Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — Origami, the ancient Japanese art of folding objects in simple, yet complicated ways, has in recent years been applied to various engineering challenges, such as how to fold up a solar array for transport to outer-space where it can be easily unfolded before use.center_img Image credit: Zhong You © 2010 PhysOrg.com Now, Zhong You and Weina Wu, origami engineers at the University of Oxford in the UK, have discovered a way to apply the principles of rigid origami (where the sides cannot be bent, but soft creases are allowed between flat panels) to the science of paper and cardboard packaging.The two built on the work of Erik Demaine, a mathematician at MIT in Cambridge, who in 2004 proposed a theoretical model whereby a tall bag composed of sides with infinitely thin rigid sides could be constructed that could in theory, fold down to a flat state. You and Wu came up with their own pattern of folding and then demonstrated it could work by applying thin panes of steel to a flexible thin, light plastic sheet, which was used to construct a simple tall bag. The tall bag was then compressed down to a single flat structure by bending only at the creases where the folds lay. The two have published their findings, along with photographs of the steel “shopping” bag in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society A, and hope to apply their work to cardboard boxes as well. You noted in the paper that although steel was used in the paper to make a point, other rigid materials could work just as well. Citation: Origami solution found for folding steel shopping bags (2011, March 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-03-origami-solution-steel-bags.htmllast_img read more

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More precise method of nanopatterning

first_img Explore further “A nanoimprint method has already been achieved in nanopatterning with a high resolution using negative type photoresist,” Kosei Ueno tells PhysOrg.com. Ueno is a scientist at Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan, and associated with PRESTO. “However, some problems remain with the negative type photoresist.” 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. Hot off the press: Nanoscale Gutenberg-style printing Ueno is part of a group, including Satoaki Takabatake, Ko Onishi, Hiroko Itoh, Yoshiaki Nishijima, and Hiroaki Misawa, working on lithography using positive type photoresist. “The positive type photoresist is ideal,” Ueno says. “We show nanopatterning with single nanometer resolution on positive type photoresist film for the first time.” The results of these efforts can be seen in Applied Physics Letters: “Homogeneous nano-patterning using plasmon-assisted photolithography.”Up until now, one of the major problems with near-field lithography has been that nanopatterns on a photoresist film have been unable to reflect the patterns on a photomask with the desired nanoscale accuracy. Because of the near-field intensity profile, the nanopatterns fabricated using lithography can be shallow – and dependent on exposure dose. The technique demonstrated by Ueno and his colleagues can accurately fabricate deep nanopatterns, enhancing the use of near-field lithography.“My current scientific interests are the fabrication and optical characterization of gold nanostructures defined with sub-nanometer precision,” Ueno explains. Indeed, this nano-patterning technique makes use of gold as part of the plasmon-assisted system. Nanostructured photomasks were coated with gold film, created with the technique known as electron beam lithography. “Using this method, metallic nanopatterns as well as semiconductor nanopatterns can be formed through the etching process,” Ueno says. In addition to being able to fabricate different nanopatterns reflected onto a photomask, the group was able to create precise nanopatterns suitable for a lift-off process, due to the use of positive photoresist film. The patterns created using negative photoresist are not usually suitable for lift-off.Ueno and his colleagues think that this new lithography technique can be used to replace the current nanoimprint technology that makes use of negative photoresist. Among the possible future applications of this technique might even be in telecommunications. “We could apply the nanostructures created to the waveguide for telecom.” Indeed, the ability to lift-off with this lithography technique could probably provide waveguide structures for a number of applications in the future.Right now, this fabrication process requires direct contact with the positive photoresit film that is spin-coated onto a substrate of glass. The next step, says Ueno, is to develop a system that does not require direct contact. “The development of the 10 nanomater-node photolithography system without contact exposure is planned according to utilizing the directional scattering components of light coupled with the radiation mode of plasmon resonance as an exposure source,” he explains.If this technique gains widespread acceptance, there is a good possibility that it could be quite useful going forward. The shallowness and lack of complete precision at the nanoscale using negative photoresist means that this alternative might be attractive. The ability to create deeper patterns, and to perform the lift-off process, using positive photoresist is a step forward in nanopatterning. Citation: More precise method of nanopatterning (2011, August 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-08-precise-method-nanopatterning.html More information: “Homogeneous nano-patterning using plasmon-assisted photolithography,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 99, 011107 (2011); doi:10.1063/1.3606505last_img read more

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Android mug shots have no lock and key

first_img Citation: Android mug shots have no lock and key (2012, March 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-03-android-shots-key.html Apple’s OS was the first platform to get nailed for photo insecurity. The loophole is tied to the permission that apps seek to use location data, when access can be gained to the entire photo library.Now The New York Times reports that because of a security loophole, Android apps can gain access to the photo libraries of users without permission and can copy the photographs to a remote server—with no impedance. According to experts, as long as an app has the right to go to the Internet, the user’s photos can be copied to a remote server, with no notice to the user.It is not clear whether any apps that are available for Android devices are actually doing this. What was confirmed by experts is that an app can read pictures without having to get any special permission. As part of the NYT report, an Android developer put together a test application of a timer. When the app started and the timer was set, the app went into the photo library, retrieved the most recent image and was able to post it on a public photo-sharing site. While the picture-scoffing app was only a test, the point was made that Google could do more to maintain people’s confidence in Android as a safe mobile platform for their smartphones.In response, Google confirmed that it’s an issue, and is looking into the situation.Interestingly, Lookout, a mobile security company, late last year prepared a report listing the firm’s 2012 mobile threat predictions, In 2012, they said that they expected to see the mobile malware business turn profitable. “What took 15 years on the PC platform has only taken the mobile ecosystem two years.”They talked about vulnerabilities in smartphones, saying that “due to the difficulty of updating software and patching vulnerabilities on mobile phones, malware writers will continue to exploit iOS and Android OS at a pace greater than vulnerabilities can be resolved.” © 2011 PhysOrg.com 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. (PhysOrg.com) — If Google loyalists will persist that this Internet Goliath can do no evil, they at least need to admit, based on new evidence this week, that Google can do a lot of mindless harm. A security door in Android smartphones is left open that can enable Android apps to nab your photos without your permission. In fact this has been an unsettling week in smartphone revelations. People have been informed that whether their smartphone of choice is from Apple with iOS or another vendor’s phone with Android, they can never be certain who out there in cyberspace is able to view all their photos.center_img Android Trojan dubbed ‘Geinimi’ found in legitimate applications Explore further More information: www.mylookout.com/news-mobile- … -threat-predictions/bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/01/android-photoslast_img read more

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1ms pantilt camera system tracks the flying balls w Video

first_imgPhotograph of the Saccade Mirror. Image: University of Tokyo 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. (Phys.org) — University of Japan researchers have worked on a camera system that tracks fast-moving objects in realtime, automatically keeping fast moving objects centered. The system can track fast-moving objects with high accuracy, called “amazing.” A video demo has been made that reveals their success. This is a pan-tilt system that keeps an object at the center of the field. The researchers started work based on a challenge they recognized in the broadcast of major sports events such as the World Cup and games at the Olympics, where videos that are powerful and of the highest quality are in demand. In reality, though, they call attention to a number of limitations in techniques being used to capture the games. “It is often hard for camera operators to keep tracking their camera’s direction on a dynamic object,” they wrote, such as the player or the ball. Shooting has been limited either to moving the camera’ gaze slowly with a wide angle of view or inaccurately controlling the gaze. “Super slow and close-up videos of the remarkable player or the ball are thought to be especially quite valuable. However, camera operators have not been able to do that.” Carrying out their work at Ishikawa Oku Laboratory, the team worked out a camera system that can track fast-moving objects with something described as a high-speed gaze control device Two mirrors, one pan, one tilt, can move sixty degrees in approximately 3.5 milliseconds. These mirrors do the tracking realtime, bouncing images back to a stationary high-speed camera. The 1ms Auto Pan-Tilt system, as the system is named, gets its 1ms designation because it uses a 1,000 frame-per-second vision targeting system. Mirrors react to changes in the subject’s speed or trajectory in no more than 3.5 milliseconds, which is the amount of time required for either of them to move a full 60 degrees, their panning and tilting limit.Their work does not signify a first in pant-tilt camera systems development. The researchers do, however, spell out where their work has an edge. “To control the camera’s gaze with millisecond order in real time is difficult. The main reason is the method of controlling the gaze. A general pan/tilt camera is mounted on a rotational base with two-axis actuators. The actuators must control both the base and the camera. For millisecond-order control, the weight of the rotating parts must be reduced as much as possible”. In their method, the camera is fixed and their gaze-control device using rotational mirrors is installed next to the camera, controlling the camera’s gaze with use of the two mirrors. Citation: 1ms pan-tilt camera system tracks the flying balls (w/ Video) (2012, July 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-07-1ms-pan-tilt-camera-tracks-balls.html More information: www.k2.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp/mvf/Sac … rFullHD/index-e.htmlcenter_img Auto Pan-Tilt image sequence of a pingpong game. (500fps, Full-HD). Image: University of Tokyo Explore further An easily predictable application would, as the researchers suggest, be for use in televised sports, where the camera used in the system shoots in full HD at 500 frames per second. Another application could be for science research in shooting fast-moving objects such as birds, insects, or aircraft.Team members behind the development are Kohei Okumura, Hiromasa Oku and Masatoshi Ishikawa. © 2012 Phys.org Sony develops ‘IPELA Engine’ capable of an industry-first 130db wide dynamic range in Full HD qualitylast_img read more

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Scientists resurrect 700yearold viruses

first_img Upon the discovery of a viral DNA and RNA in ancient caribou feces, researchers reconstituted the viral DNA genome to test whether it might infect plants. Nicotiana benthamiana plants inoculated with the ancient viral DNA displayed evidence of infection including replication of viral DNA in inoculated leaves (orange arrow) and newly emerging leaves (white arrow). Credit: Li-Fang Chen (Phys.org) —Eric Delwart of the Blood Systems Research Institute in San Francisco and colleagues have found two 700-year-old viral sequences in frozen caribou dung in an arctic ice patch. The researchers isolated part of a viral RNA genome and the complete genome of a DNA virus. They infected living plants with the DNA virus. The study appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. © 2014 Phys.org Explore further Scientists don’t know much about how viruses evolve. Understanding the structure of ancient viruses would increase knowledge of virus evolution. However, scientists have sequenced only a small number of ancient viruses. Reconstructing ancient viruses is difficult because they change very rapidly, making it hard to see how new sequences are related to one another. In addition, the nucleic acid content of ancient viruses can degrade quickly.In a quest to find well preserved ancient viruses, Delwart and his team analyzed layers of caribou feces in a 4,000-year-old ice patch in Canada’s Selwyn Mountains. When examining nucleic acids in frozen fecal pellets extracted from a 700-year-old ice layer, they identified two sets of well preserved viral sequences.One of these was part of the genome of an RNA virus, which the researchers identified as belonging to the insect-infecting genus Cripavirus. They think caribou may have ingested insects infected with the virus. Insects attracted to the caribou or the feces may also have deposited the virus on the feces and the surrounding snow.Delwart’s team was able to reconstruct the entire genome of a DNA virus from the other viral sequence. This virus did not closely resemble any modern sequenced virus. However, the team discovered distant relationships with a group of plant-infecting viruses called geminiviruses and with gemycircularviruses, found in dragonflies, fungi and animal feces. An ice core containing ancient caribou feces. For thousands of years, caribou gathered on ice patches to escape summer heat and insects. The caribou feces, which contain caribou DNA, digested plants, and viruses, were frozen within layers of ice, enabling researchers to detect the genomes of ancient viruses. Credit: Brian Moorman Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 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. Plants can ‘switch off’ virus DNA Subarctic ice patch in the Selwyn Mountains in the Northwest Territories of Canada. Alpine ice patches are unique repositories of archaeological artifacts and biological specimens that accumulate in ice layers deposited over thousands of years. Credit: Thomas D. Andrews More information: Preservation of viral genomes in 700-y-old caribou feces from a subarctic ice patch, PNAS, Terry Fei Fan Ng, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1410429111AbstractViruses preserved in ancient materials provide snapshots of past viral diversity and a means to trace viral evolution through time. Here, we use a metagenomics approach to identify filterable and nuclease-resistant nucleic acids preserved in 700-y-old caribou feces frozen in a permanent ice patch. We were able to recover and characterize two viruses in replicated experiments performed in two different laboratories: a small circular DNA viral genome (ancient caribou feces associated virus, or aCFV) and a partial RNA viral genome (Ancient Northwest Territories cripavirus, or aNCV). Phylogenetic analysis identifies aCFV as distantly related to the plant-infecting geminiviruses and the fungi-infecting Sclerotinia sclerotiorum hypovirulence-associated DNA virus 1 and aNCV as within the insect-infecting Cripavirus genus. We hypothesize that these viruses originate from plant material ingested by caribou or from flying insects and that their preservation can be attributed to protection within viral capsids maintained at cold temperatures. To investigate the tropism of aCFV, we used the geminiviral reverse genetic system and introduced a multimeric clone into the laboratory model plant Nicotiana benthamiana. Evidence for infectivity came from the detection of viral DNA in newly emerged leaves and the precise excision of the viral genome from the multimeric clones in inoculated leaves. Our findings indicate that viral genomes may in some circumstances be protected from degradation for centuries. Citation: Scientists resurrect 700-year-old viruses (2014, October 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-10-scientists-resurrect-year-old-viruses.html To learn more about the DNA virus, the researchers introduced it to the plant Nicotiana benthamiana, which scientists often use as a model when studying the infectivity of cloned geminiviruses. The virus replicated itself in inoculated as well as newly emerging leaves, evidence of infection. However, the infected plants did not develop any disease symptoms. The researchers suggest this could be because Nicotiana benthamiana is not the ideal host for this virus. Delwart’s team believes that caribou ingested the DNA virus when eating plants. Earlier studies have shown that viruses can remain infectious after passing through the digestive tracts of animals that have eaten virus-infected plants, insects or animals.The researchers believe that as climate change speeds up the melting of arctic ice, more viral particles, which might remain infectious, could escape into the environment.last_img read more

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Titi monkeys use probabilistic predator calls to alert others in their group

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 Vigilant male titi, standing against a tree. Credit: Geoffrey Mesbahi Citation: Titi monkeys use probabilistic predator calls to alert others in their group (2019, May 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-titi-monkeys-probabilistic-predator-group.html Journal information: Science Advances 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 Explore further © 2019 Science X Network 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 A male titi monkey calling to a tayra on the ground. Credit: Geoffrey Mesbahi More information: Mélissa Berthet et al. Titi monkeys combine alarm calls to create probabilistic meaning, Science Advances (2019). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aav3991 Play A male titi monkey calling to an oncilla in the canopy. Credit: Geoffrey Mesbahi center_img A team of researchers with the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland and the University of St Andrews in the U.K., has found evidence of titi monkeys using probabilistic predator calls to alert others in their group to the presence of different kinds of danger. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the group describes their study of several groups of titi monkeys in the wild and what they found. Play A male titi monkey calling to an unknown human observer. Credit: Geoffrey Mesbahi 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 Field study shows titi monkeys convey both location and predator type with vocal alarms Play A female titi monkey calling to a predator on the ground. Credit: Geoffrey Mesbahi Titi monkeys are small, social monkeys native to South America. They survive mainly by eating fruit, but also consume other vegetation and even small animals occasionally. They also serve as food for a wide range of predators, which has led to the evolution of warning systems. In this new effort, the researchers focused on the black-fronted titi monkeys living in Brazil. Prior studies have shown that their warning system has evolved to the point that individuals can tell others if they have spotted a flying predator (by giving an A call) or a ground predator (by giving a B call). Interestingly, prior research has also shown that they can mix their calls if needed, for instance, if a raptor lands on the ground, or a terrestrial predator climbs into the trees. In this new effort, the researchers have found that the warning calls of the titi monkeys are even more complex than previously thought.To learn more about the warning calls of the titi monkeys, the researchers ventured into their natural forest habitat and observed six families of them as they responded to decoy threats—stuffed predators the researchers placed in watchable locations. They not only recorded the calls the monkeys made, but also noted where they were looking when they made them and when the others listened to them.The researchers found that warning messages were encoded with information based on the proportion of call types. They suggest this indicates that probabilistic meaning was involved in the calls, which allowed the monkeys to add more information for others who were listening. The researchers suggest their findings could lead to better understanding whether human speech evolved from similar types of communications. 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 A male titi monkey spots a tayra on the ground, calls and mobs. Credit: Geoffrey Mesbahi 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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Pawing for greater good

first_img‘I’ve been attached to colours ever since I can remember. Not a specific one, just the fact that they change your opinion and outlook of the ordinary,’ quips Tulika Mohan.The 14-year-old painter has created a collection of 14 paintings for an exhibition titled Colours in Progress. ‘All my artworks started with something and are still continuing. I started out with oil but later moved to acrylics since the former took  longer to dry,’ said Tulika.All her paintings are marked by a plethora of colours over the canvas. ‘ I am not partial to any particular colour. I believe all the colours have a story to tell,’ added the ninth grade student. Priced between Rs 4,000- Rs 20,000, the exhibition’s sale proceedings will be donated to Friendicoes SECA, an NGO actively involved in animal rescue. ‘My mother gave me a choice to donate all the earnings to the charity of my choice, so  I decided to donate all the money to them,’ she says.DETAILAt: Experimental Art Gallery, Core 6, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi RoadOn Till: 25 November Timings: 11am to 7pmlast_img read more

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Now cash on delivery of train tickets

first_imgYou can now book a rail ticket online and get it delivered at home where the payment can be made. Initiating this “cash on delivery” (CoD) system rail ticketing, IRCTC is targeting those customers who are reluctant to use their credit or debit cards as well as those who don’t have net-banking facility.“One has to just book the ticket online and payments will be made at the time of delivery of tickets,” said a senior IRCTC official involved with the project.This scheme has been launched on pilot basis and the service will be available in more than 200 cities initially. Customers can book a ticket 5 days prior to commencement of journey.While Rs 40 will be charged for the delivery of each Sleeper Class ticket, Rs 60 will be charged for an AC class ticket. Anduril Technologies through their website and their App – BookMyTrain.com is authorised for providing CoD services.last_img read more

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KMC to bid on solar power to cut down billing amounts

first_imgKolkata: In a stride towards reducing the electricity bill and curbing pollution, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has decided to use solar power for electricity production in the municipal markets in the city.There are 46 markets in the city under the aegis of KMC and the civic body has decided to kick off the solar lighting project from Lake Market and Gariahat Market in South Kolkata.A senior official of the civic body said, “We have already started the process of introducing solar power in these two markets. A budget of Rs 2.5 crore has been earmarked for it.” The matter will soon be placed for approval at the member Mayor in Council (MMiC) meeting, which is the decision making body of KMC. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsSolar power and renewable energy expert Santipada Gon Chowdhury said that there is reasonable amount of space in these two markets for installing solar panels. “We are hopeful that power bill will come down reasonably following this,” Gon Chowdhury said.Solar grids with capacity of 200 kilowatt each will be created in these two markets. However, normal electric connection will continue for sometime even after fitting the solar panels.Solar power has already been introduced by KMC in a number of areas in the city like Deshapriya Park, College Square, Maddox Square, Jatin Das Park, Deshbandhu Park etc and the electricity bills have reduced considerably. The civic body saves around Rs 8,000 a month on electricity in the areas.last_img read more

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DM visits Bhangar takes stock of project works

first_imgKolkata: With cancellation of the meeting between Jomi Jibika Bastutantra O Paribesh Raksha Committee in Bhangar and highest levels of the state government, the District Magistrate has been entrusted with the job.The District Magistrate visited Bhangar II on Monday afternoon to oversee the developmental projects taken up in the area and to ensure that the work progresses fast.There was a meeting scheduled to take place at Nabanna. Members of the committee, that had been protesting against setting up of the power grid sub-station in Bhangar for quite some time, was supposed to meet Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Sovandeb Chattopadhyay, the state Power minister and other concerned officials were also supposed to be present there but unfortunately it got cancelled at the last moment and the District Magistrate was entrusted with the job. It is learnt that senior officials of the district went to Bhangar to take necessary steps so that development projects in the area are undertaken without any delay. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsSenior officials held meeting with their counterparts at the block level. It is learnt that the committee had placed certain demands like strengthening of a stretch of a road at Polerhat, arsenic-free water in areas including Machibhanga and Khamarait, etc.Concerned officials of the state Public Works Department (PWD) were present along with senior officials of the district to chalk out a plan to ensure fast completion of the projects.More stress has been given for development activities in the past one month and camps were organised to ensure proper distribution of caste certificates and residential certificates. The steps taken up by the government is helping to build confidence among the locals of the area.It is learnt that the meeting between members of the committee and the District Magistrate would be taking place soon in which there would be further discussion on different issues related to Bhangar.last_img read more

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Pollution machines to be set up at 11 places

first_imgKolkata: The state Pollution department is going to set up machines at 11 different locations in the city and its adjoining districts to measurepollution.Currently, there are machines to measure pollution at two places in the state: near Victoria Memorial Hall and Rabindra Bharati University.Now, initiatives have been taken up to install machines to measure pollution at different locations.The places where the machines will be installed include Maddox Square, Beadon Street, Basanti Devi College, Jadavpur, near Administrative Training Institute (ATI) in Salt Lake and Joka IIM. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedSame machines will be installed near Barrackpore Police Training College. In Hooghly, it will be set up at Chinsurah.A pollution measuring machine will also be installed in Birbhum.The top brass of the department went to different spots to identify suitable places for setting up themachines maintaining all the parameters.According to the experts, this is a major step taken to check pollution in the state. With the setting up of the machines, a data on pollution can be prepared, which is essential to take subsequent steps to curb the same. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPThe work of installation of the machines will be carried out soon without any delay and the top brass of the department will be supervising the work to ensure timely completion of the project.In the past seven years, the state Environment department has taken up several projects to check pollution and now the situation is going to improve further after the machines are installed.It is learnt that steps would be taken later to install similar machines in other parts of the state as well.last_img read more

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Posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award for Girija Devi

first_imgThe prestigious Sumitra Charat Ram Award for Lifetime Achievement for 2017 will be posthumously conferred on thumri maestro Girija Devi on November 17.The award, that was instituted six years ago to honour the memory of Delhi’s well-known art patron, Sumitra Charat Ram, will be presented at the Kamani Auditorium by Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri and accepted by the late singer’s daughter, Sudha Datta. In previous years, the award has been given to leading artists like Pt Birju Maharaj, Kishori Amonkar, Pandit Jasraj and Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia, among others.Shobha Deepak Singh, Sumitra Charat Ram’s daughter and director of Sriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra (SBKK), who initiated the award, said, “It is with a heavy heart that we are presenting this award posthumously. She sang at the Kendra’s Shriram Shankarlal Music Festival only in March this year and little did one know that her words at that time would be prophetic. She had said, ‘I don’t know for how long I’ll sing, but singing at SBKK is always like homecoming. I have been part of the SBKK family since 1952 when I sang at the Constitution Club when the Kendra was founded'”.The event will also witness an audio visual presentation on Girija Devi, and will conclude with a musical tribute by her disciples.A recipient of the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest civilian award, Girija Devi, known famously as the thumri queen, was a celebrated classical singer of the Seniya and Benaras gharanas. She performed classical and light classical music and helped elevate the profile of thumri. Her repertoire included the semi-classical genres kajri, chaiti, and holi and she sang in the khayal, Indian folk music and tappa styles. She passed away on October 24, 2017.The Sumitra Charat Ram Award is given to those individuals who have greatly contributed to the field of Indian classical music and dance or other disciplines of Indian art and culture, including theatre during the last 15 years and who have had a significant impact in promoting a particular art form.Sumitra Charat Ram belonged to the illustrious Shri Ram family and played a key role in the revival of the performing arts traditions, specially kathak and Hindustani music in north India. She was also the founder of Shiram Bharatiya Kala Kendra.Girija Devi, one of the foundational figures of Banaras and Senia gharana, who brought thumri from the courts and kothas onto the proscenium stage, died after a cardiac arrest. She was rushed to BM Birla Hospital in Kolkata but died hours after being on ventilator. Minutes before she concluded the Wajid Ali Shah thumri in Bhairavi, she was bringing alive musical flirtations and the pain of unrequited love in the more sensuous thumris. The Purabiya lilt in place, the laughter in tow. Shekhar Sen, chairman of Sangeet Natak Akademi, sat alongside her to accompany her on the vocals. Girija Devi, while introducing him, asked gently, “Ye Shekhar hain, Beta kya karte ho tum?” Everyone laughed. She was unfazed and asked again. Sen eventually managed, “Kuch nahi, Appa ji,” Girija Devi laughed along, then let the laughter die down before taking a paan out of her silver paandaan. After putting it in her mouth, she began to sing ‘Humse najariya kaahe pheri re balma’. As the audience let their appreciation show, Girija Devi responded with a smile and a glance. The diamond nosepin flashed, playing havoc with the hearts of those present.Girija Devi was born to Ramdeo Rai, a zamindar, and grew up in Banaras, singing shaadi ke geet for her doll’s wedding. Her father taught her, after which she trained under Sarju Prasad Misra and Chand Mishra. Not allowed to sing for Nawabs of the time by her husband in Varanasi and Kolkata, as it wasn’t appreciated if upper-class women sang in public, she began singing for radio and at conferences where she was much appreciated. Her musical journey found Dr Radhakrishnan, Sarojini Naidu, Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi in the audiences in the 1960s and 70s. She was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1989 and Padma Vibhushan in 2016.ianslast_img read more

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Addressing growing burden of heart diseases

first_imgThe Society for Heart Failure and Transplantation (SfHFT) hosted the midterm meeting to focus on experiencing an unparalleled fest of knowledge and skill enhancement. The theme of the meeting was Primary Graft Dysfunction after Heart Transplantation. The event witnessed an exhilarating scientific program to provide the most imperative information and was customised especially through didactic lectures by the most renowned cardiothoracic surgeons, cardiologists and cardiac anesthesiologists from all over the country. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfStar highlight of the program was the cases discussed by most experienced faculty in the management of primary graft dysfunction (PGD). Dr Yugal K Mishra, Head – Cardiac Sciences and Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery, Manipal Hospital, Dwarka, New Delhi, addressed the audience. The event was also marked by the presence of the eminent Nobel Laureate Dr Kailash Satyarthiji, Indian children’s rights activist and Founder – Bachpan Bachao Andolan and the Guest of Honour gracing the occasion was Dr Vasanti Ramesh, Director, National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO). Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveCreating increasing awareness of the growing national burden of heart diseases and the urgent requirement of heart transplants in these patients, the Key Opinion Leaders drew attention on the demand of the current patients registered and the supply of the organ. The speakers also addressed the urgent need for donors and endeavored to bust a few myths, create more awareness on why donors should step forward, think beyond religion, customs, and social bindings to contribute and be a part of this noble cause which can help save innumerable lives. The event witnessed discussions on the entire spectrum of Primary Graft Dysfunction from Epidemiology of PGD, Risk factors, BioMarkers of PGD, clinical findings of PGD to Novel techniques of Graft preservation, Role of donor management after the heart transplant. The cases represented the highlights of the conference and doctors demonstrated several factors that cause PGD and the management of the outcome. Dr Yugal K Mishra, Head – Cardiac Sciences and Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery, Manipal Hospital said, “This is a devastating complication that occurs in the immediate postoperative period following heart transplantation. It manifests as severe ventricular dysfunction of the donor graft and carries significant mortality and morbidity. Over the past decade or so, developments and upgrades in pharmacological treatment and mechanical circulatory support that are devices that support the heart when not working at its best, have improved the outcomes for patients undergoing heart transplants and develop this complication.” Research, however, reveals that PGD still remains a challenge as it is still a leading cause of death in the post-operative stages of a month or so. Eminent Noble Laureate, Kailash Satyarthi said, “Medical Professionals represent hope and therefore, humanity, divinity for the patient. 2, 50, 000 children in India are born with heart diseases and a mere 5% are able to afford treatment for their condition. I request and urge the doctors, cardiologists, and surgeons to see solutions of giving these poor children a reason to live.”last_img read more

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Platform to get extended at Sealah Stn

first_imgKolkata: In a bid to cater rush of passengers during Durga Puja, the Eastern Railway has decided to extend its platform in the Sealdah Station (North division).”There are many works going on at Sealdah station. We are extending the platform number 4 A. The length of the platform is being increased to accommodate trains with 12 bogies,” said Nikhil Kumar Chakrobarty, chief public relation officer of Eastern Railway. At present, the platform number 4 A at Sealdah station accommodate trains with 12 bogies. While, the footfall of more than 1.8 million people is recorded in Sealdah station on a daily basis, the count is increasing by leaps and bounds. Every year, Eastern Railway also runs special trains in the suburban section of Sealdah Divsion during Durga Puja. The puja special trains run in Sealdah Main line, Sealdah — Bongaon as well as in Sealdah South sections. In 2018, Sealdah division of Eastern Railway experienced a record rush of pandal-hoppers during Durga Puja.last_img read more

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FBI Paid More Than 1 Million to Break Into San Bernardino iPhone

first_img Enroll Now for Free 2 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey said on Thursday the agency paid more to get into the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters than he will make in the remaining seven years and four months he has in his job.According to figures from the FBI and the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, Comey’s annual salary as of January 2015 was $183,300. Without a raise or bonus, Comey will make $1.34 million over the remainder of his job.That suggests the FBI paid the largest ever publicized fee for a hacking job, easily surpassing the $1 million paid by U.S. information security company Zerodium to break into phones.Speaking at the Aspen Security Forum in London, Comey was asked by a moderator how much the FBI paid for the software that eventually broke into the iPhone.”A lot. More than I will make in the remainder of this job, which is seven years and four months for sure,” Comey said. “But it was, in my view, worth it.”The Justice Department said in March it had unlocked the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone with the help of an unidentified third party and dropped its case against Apple Inc., ending a high-stakes legal clash but leaving the broader fight over encryption unresolved.Comey said the FBI will be able to use software used on the San Bernardino phone on other 5C iPhones running IOS 9 software.There are about 10 million 5C iPhones in use in the United States, according to estimates from research firm IHS Technology. Eighty-four percent of iOS devices overall are running iOS 9 software, according to Apple.The FBI gained access to the iPhone used by Rizwan Farook, one of the shooters who killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California on Dec. 2.The case raised the debate over whether technology companies’ encryption technologies protect privacy or endanger the public by blocking law enforcement access to information.(This version was officially corrected to change active U.S. 5C iPhone estimates to 10 million from 16 million in paragraph 8 after analyst IHS corrects figure.)(Reporting by Julia Edwards in Washington; additional reporting by Julia Love in San Francisco; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)        Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This story originally appeared on Reuters April 22, 2016last_img read more

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Why Small Business Should Be Paying Attention to Artificial Intelligence

first_img 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » May 25, 2017 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Artificial intelligence (AI) is changing the face of business. No longer a futuristic concept, its impact is real. From tech giants like Google, Apple and Amazon to user-centric behemoths like Uber and Starbucks, everyone seems to be using AI technology to transform the customer experience (CX). But, it’s not just corporate giants that are deploying AI. Smaller organizations are following suit.Across industries, small businesses are investigating how AI can help them drive down costs, better accommodate customers and remain competitive with their increasingly tech-driven peers. For small businesses unfamiliar with AI, the prospect of rolling it out can be daunting. But, by adopting a strategic approach, small businesses can get a head start on harnessing AI and reaping the benefits it offers. Related: The Big Trends from Google I/O 2017Applying AI: Learning from StarbucksStarbucks is one notable example of an enterprise that’s embracing artificial intelligence to optimize its CX. At the end of January, the company announced that it would offer voice ordering capabilities via Alexa, Amazon’s cloud-based virtual assistant with a continuously expanding base of skills. Linking up with Amazon, the coffee giant created a new Alexa skill specifically geared toward ordering at Starbucks. The skill — called Starbucks Reorder — provides users with a voice-activated way to place their typical order (“Alexa, tell Starbucks to start my usual order.”) or check their card balance.Currently in the beta phase, Starbucks’ evolving use of Alexa points to the experimental approach companies are willing to take when it comes to deploying AI. While big business use of AI is generating the most publicity, small businesses should also consider how they can leverage the technology to meet customer needs.Related: 8 Companies Changing How Machine Learning Is UsedAs customers become accustomed to AI-powered solutions like Starbucks’ Alexa offering, they’ll expect the same from their local businesses. Here are some proactive steps small organizations can take to lay the groundwork for business-applied AI:Give AI a try in your personal life. Before deciding if AI is appropriate for their companies, small business owners should put on their consumer hats and use the technology outside of work. Test out Amazon Alexa or Google Home to determine what you like and dislike about the devices, and how your own customers might use similar technology to interact with your business. Brainstorm ways you could potentially weave AI into your company and weigh the pros and cons of implementing emerging tech.Lay out business-specific AI goals. Small businesses shouldn’t approach AI without a set plan — it’s crucial to prioritize specific applications for artificial intelligence technology. For instance, if you run a clothing store, perhaps you’ll look into predictive analytics technology to reduce staffing inefficiencies. Alternately, if you own a restaurant, you may focus more on the potential of autonomous delivery vehicles. And if you’re a company with complicated accounting, you might look to ease the process with AI. By setting specific and highly focused goals, small businesses can more easily lay out a game plan to fulfill them.Related: How to Learn Anything in the Age of AIGet your IT capabilities up to speed. As a November 2016 study on the mounting adoption of AI pointed out, difficulty tracking and making sense of data is one of the key roadblocks enterprises face when deploying artificial intelligence. Small businesses cannot benefit from AI if they lack the IT infrastructure to support it. Therefore, smaller organizations should begin their journey toward AI by adopting a modernized approach to IT — one that moves away from legacy on-premises solutions and toward cloud-powered resources that will be able to scale up as artificial intelligence technology is implemented.Track the growth of AI. Actively following the evolution of AI now will pay dividends in the long run. Even if your small business isn’t currently ready to deploy emerging AI tools, it’s important to keep a close eye on the market. That way, you’ll see when technologies emerge that may benefit your business — and you’ll be able to track the AI moves your competitors are making so you don’t fall behind.As the examples set by companies like Starbucks illustrate, businesses are pursuing AI to optimize operations and improve the customer experience. By actively making an effort to learn about and embrace artificial intelligence, small businesses can prepare for a future powered by AI solutions.last_img read more

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6 AIPowered Tools All Entrepreneurs Need to Run Their Business

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies are now available to entrepreneurs via a broad range of online tools and applications. AI-powered solutions can help entrepreneurs automate their business communication, generate insights from phone calls, sales and marketing data, create intelligent social media and content strategies, and much more. To help entrepreneurs navigate the expanding ecosystem of business AI solutions, here’s a list of six must-have AI tools every entrepreneur should use.Grammarly Perfect grammar, spelling and style are essential for your content writing strategy, pitching to investors and written communication with consumers. Error-free content helps establish your business as professional and trustworthy. Grammarly is one of the best choices to accomplish this. It is an online application powered by machine learning algorithms that recognize stylistic and semantic errors, wrong sentence structure and other nuanced language features that only a professional editor would help you fix. With Grammarly Premium you have access to professional editing services for $11.66/month if you select an annual plan. If you don’t want to commit to the premium plan, Grammarly has a light-weight freemium service that offers basic spell checking, grammar and punctuation correction.Related: 15 Useful Tech Tools for Your BusinessAmy by x.ai Most entrepreneurs are very busy people with a lot of daily meetings and back-and-forth communication with clients, employees and investors. Amy, a new AI chatbot solution developed by x.ai, can help you save your precious time for other mission-critical tasks. In a nutshell, Amy is a personal assistant that helps schedule meetings. Upon receiving a meeting request, Amy will arrange the time, location and other details of your meeting via email or any other communication channel. Amy makes your life easier without downloading any app or signing in to your account.To start using Amy as your personal assistant, you can select a free personal plan that includes five meetings per month. The plan, though, is constrained by a heavy waitlist, so the professional ($39/month) or business ($59/month) packages are definitely a better option if you need unlimited meetings per month, team accounts and instant access to your AI assistant.People.ai Oftentimes, closing a sale looks like magic: The customer buys a product, but you don’t have a clue why this has happened. People.ai leverages the power of machine learning to understand what strategies and actions lead a sales team to success. To generate actionable insights, People.ai employs Natural Language Processing (NLP) algorithms that run through emails, phone conversations, WebEx and calendars in search of patterns of successful interactions. This AI-powered analysis creates a model of the best way to close a deal. Once trained, the system then can tell when a sales person deviates from the best standards and point to unproductive behaviors to improve sales efficiency.You can get People.ai up and running in just few minutes by linking your commercial Google or Office 365 accounts. In addition, People.ai supports one-click Salesforce installation to make its AI functionality available in this popular SaaS platform.Related: 25 Creative Ways to Promote Your App For FreePi by Postintelligence Pi is a social media manager and assistant developed by Postintelligence to improve your social content strategies. After you have connected your Twitter or Facebook accounts to the service, Pi analyzes profiles, comments and posts of your followers, and compiles the list of trending topics and discussions. Under the hood, the assistant uses NLP and sentiment analysis that translate social media data into direct advice about which topics, tone, emotions and visual content will better engage your audience. Pi will also suggest the precise time when a post should be published and analyzes post performance to collect new insights. Thanks to the powerful machine learning algorithms and seamless integration with social media metrics, Pi will become an indispensable component of your social media strategy.Legal Robot Legal Robot is an AI adviser that helps you navigate the complex and opaque world of legal contracts. Powered by NLP and deep learning, Legal Robot creates high-level legal models from large corpora of contracts that cover a broad range of business cases and scenarios. If you are not a legal expert, Legal Robot can put complex legal terminology in layman’s terms. It can also improve readability and consistency of your contracts and secure their compliance to the best standards and practices.Related: The 25 Best U.S. Cities for Tech StartupsAs an added bonus, Legal Robot can help identify potential blind spots and risks that might make the contract a burden for you business. No matter how difficult the contract is to read, Legal Robot will ensure that it’s perfectly clear what you sign.Tetra Taking notes of phone calls and recollecting lengthy conversations can be a hurdle for a busy entrepreneur with dozens of calls on a daily basis. Tetra AI handles this problem with the powerful speech recognition and natural language processing algorithms that allow translating calls into searchable notes. Almost immediately after the call ends, you receive a detailed synopsis of your conversation to your inbox. You can search Tetra notes using your own keywords and the system will find the most relevant matches. In addition, Tetra supports two-way speaker identification to remember who said what. As an entrepreneur, you may opt for a Business plan ($99) that includes unlimited calling, unlimited AI-based notes and 50 cents/minute for the full transcription of your calls.Taking an advantage of the most recent technological advances can prove to be an immediate benefit to your business operations. Not only can it reduce your manual workload, it can save you both time and money. The best part is, you don’t have to be a machine learning wizard or have one within your company to start using these intelligent tools.Related Video: How Tim Ferriss Tames His Email Inbox Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. September 18, 2017last_img read more

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Pest Control Market is Projected to Reach 2760 Bn by 2025

first_imgGlobal pest control market generated $18.21 billion in 2017, and is estimated to garner $27.60 billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 5.2% from 2018 to 2025. The report offers a detailed analysis of top investment pockets, market size & projections, value chain, major segments, and competitive scenario.Request Report Sample at: https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/request-sample/2328Growth Drivers and Industry TrendsChanges in climatic conditions, ease in availability of pest control products, and rise in urbanization facilitate the market growth. However, health hazards regarding chemicals used for pest control hinder the growth in the market. On the other hand, new product development and product launches create new pathways in the industry.Segmentation Analysis of the IndustryBased on type, the chemical segment accounted for nearly one-third of the total market share in 2017 and will maintain its dominance throughout the forecast period. This is due to rise in implementation of chemical pest controlling for its cost-effective nature and rapid application. However, the mechanical segment would register the highest growth rate during the forecast period, with a CAGR of 5.9%, owing to cost-effectiveness, rapid results, and ease in application.Based on pest type, the insects segment held the major share in 2017, accounting for nearly two-fifths of the total share, and is expected to dominate in terms of revenue throughout the forecast period. This is due to surge in usage of insecticides in households, hospitals, restaurants, farms, and forest plantations. However, the rodents segment would register the largest CAGR of 6.6% from 2018 to 2025, owing to surge in demand for rodents control with increase in food storage capacity. North America accounted for the largest share based on revenue in 2017, contributing nearly half of the total market share, and will maintain its leadership status throughout the forecast period. This is due to rise in construction activities, which in turn, increases the demand for pest control in household activities. However, Asia-Pacific is expected to register the highest CAGR of 6.8% from 2018 to 2025, owing to less manufacturing costs and increase in adoption of pest control methods in residential, agricultural, and industrial applications.   Do Purchase Enquiry at: https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/purchase-enquiry/2328Industry Key PlayersLeading market players analyzed in the research include BASF SE, Rentokil Initial Plc., Bayer AG, Rollins, Inc., Ecolab, Anticimex, FMC Corporation, The ServiceMaster Company, LLC, Dodson Pest Control, Inc., Syngenta, and Lindsey Pest Services.About Us:Allied Market Research (AMR) is a full-service market research and business -consulting wing of Allied Analytics LLP based in Portland, Oregon. Allied Market Research provides global enterprises as well as medium and small businesses with unmatched quality of “Market Research Reports” and “Business Intelligence Solutions.” AMR has a targeted view to provide business insights and consulting to assist its clients to make strategic business decisions and achieve sustainable growth in their respective market domain.We are in professional corporate relations with various companies and this helps us in digging out market data that helps us generate accurate research data tables and confirms utmost accuracy in our market forecasting. Each and every data presented in the reports published by us is extracted through primary interviews with top officials from leading companies of domain concerned. Our secondary data procurement methodology includes deep online and offline research and discussion with knowledgeable professionals and analysts in the industry.Contact:David Correa5933 NE Win Sivers Drive#205, Portland, OR 97220United StatesUSA/Canada (Toll Free):+1-800-792-5285, +1-503-894-6022, +1-503-446-1141UK: +44-845-528-1300Hong Kong: +852-301-84916India (Pune): +91-20-66346060Fax: +1(855)550-5975help@alliedmarketresearch.comWeb: https://www.alliedmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

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Oculus Cofounder Nate Mitchell Announces Exit From Facebook

first_img Bestseller ⓒ 2018 TECHTIMES.com All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission. Wow facts 4Share this videoCopyPausePlay00:00% Buffered0PreviousPausePlayNextLive00:00 / 00:00UnmuteMuteExit fullscreenFullscreenCopy video urlPlay / PauseMute / UnmuteReport a problemLanguageBackMox PlayerDefaultEnglishEspañolУкраїнськаРусский”When we posted the Kickstarter in 2012, VR was mostly the stuff of science fiction. We didn’t know if people would take us seriously. We weren’t even sure we’d hit our original $250k target,” Mitchell wrote.However, he said that the VR community from all over the world came together to help make the technology a reality. After a few years, VR has become something that can change people’s lives and that it was made possible because of supporters of the tech.Mitchell gave props to the community for leading the way toward the development of virtual reality. He said he did not know what was in store for the technology but that was what made things exciting for him. He advised the community to “stay bold” and to “keep chasing the future.”As for Mitchell himself, he said that he would still be part of the VR community, albeit in a much smaller role than he had before. He plans to spend the time following his exit from Facebook to travel and to be with his loved ones. He will also use it to “recharge.”Mitchell added that he expects the Facebook team to continue the work to develop the next computing platform, something that he said he cannot wait to see. He also thanked the members of the Oculus subreddit for their passion and creativity and for “believing in the impossible.”Mitchell’s Time In FacebookFollowing Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus in March 2014, Mitchell became the head of the Rift project while other members of the Oculus team worked on lower-end VR products. He also had a long stint as the company’s head of product.Mitchell helped guide Oculus VR during its early years as part of Facebook, leading the way toward the launch of the Rift headset in 2016. He also often served as the face of the company at public presentations and announcements alongside cofounders Palmer Luckey and Brendan Iribe.Prior to Mitchell’s exit, Luckey had already left the Oculus team in 2017 due to controversy stemming from his right-wing political sentiments. Meanwhile, Iribe stepped down from his role as Oculus’ CEO in 2016 and left the company entirely in October. TAG Facebook, Oculus, Nate Mitchell Ads by Amazon ENDS IN AllVideo On Demand: Rent or BuyClothing & AccessoriesMajor AppliancesArts, Crafts & SewingAutomotiveBaby & NurseryBeauty & GroomingBooks & TextbooksCollectible CoinsCamera & PhotoCell Phones & AccessoriesClassical MusicComputers, Tablets & ComponentsBlu-Ray & DVDElectronic Components & Home AudioEntertainment CollectiblesVideo GamesOther Gift Card BrandsGrocery & Gourmet FoodPatio, Lawn & GardenHealth & HouseholdBusiness & Industrial SuppliesJewelryKindle StoreKitchen & DiningMagazinesMiscellaneousDigital MusicCDs & VinylMusical InstrumentsOffice & School SuppliesPet Food & SuppliesPatio, Lawn & GardenShoes, Handbags, Wallets, SunglassesSoftwareSports CollectiblesSports & FitnessHome ImprovementToys & GamesVHSVideo GamesWatches DEAL OF THE DAY Search Close Nate Mitchell (left) announced on the Oculus subreddit that he is leaving the company after seven years. He said he plans to use the time to travel, to be with his family, and to recharge.  ( Nate Mitchell | Twitter ) Oculus VR cofounder Nate Mitchell announced on Tuesday that he is leaving Facebook, effectively bringing the age of the Oculus pioneers to an end.In an article posted on Reddit, the Oculus VR cofounder broke the news to his fans that he is finally leaving Oculus/Facebook after seven years. He said he is taking some time to travel, to be with his family, and to recharge.Looking Back At Oculus’ PastMitchell talked about the early days of the company, reminiscing the time when Oculus was still just an idea that he and other founders posted on Kickstarter. All Ads by Amazonlast_img read more

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Are the Spice Girls really making an animated superhero movie

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Apparently, all five Spice Girls have given permission for their likeness to be used in a ‘girl power’ themed superhero movie.Each Spice Girl will voice their own characters which will each have a unique ‘girl power’ that reflects their personality, according to a report in Variety.Variety’s anonymous source said the girls were ‘fired up about the idea’.‘The Spice Girls are thinking big in terms of a franchise on a global scale. They’re the most successful girl group on the planet. It’s just what Marvel or Disney needs,’ the source said.It’s not the first time Spice Girls, Posh Spice aka Victoria Beckham, Scary Spice aka Melanie Brown, Baby Spice aka Emma Bunton, Sporty Spice aka Melanie Chisholm and Ginger Spice aka Geri Horner (nee Halliwell) have played themselves in a feature film. Who is the UK’s favorite member of the Spice Girls?Can this gay Spice Girls superfan stage world’s biggest-ever music exhibit?Duncan James shares cute story of how he came out to Geri Halliwell after dating herRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/spice-girls-really-making-animated-superhero-movie/ GAYSTARNEWS- Either way, we’re excited for whatever the Spice Girls bring us.Until they reveal what project is next for them let’s enjoy their epic performance at the 2012 London Olympic Games.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Their 1997 film Spice World released at the height of their fame was not a critical success, but did gain a cult following which is strong to this day.Victoria Beckham teased a possible reunion of the girl in an Instagram post last month, leaving people hoping the girls were reuniting for a world tour. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) It looks like the world is about to get a Spice Girls animated superhero movie it never knew it needed, but definitely wants. Spice Girls archival photo. | Photo: Filelast_img read more

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