We feel proud of our farmers govt committed to their development Mamata

first_imgKolkata: As Trinamool Congress observed Nandigram Divas with solemnity on Thursday, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted: “We observe Krishak Divas on March 14 to remember those who had been killed in Nandigram. On this day we give out the Krishak Ratna award. We feel proud about the farmers. The government is committed towards their development.”However, the Krishak Ratna award could not be given this year due to the promulgation of the 2019 Lok Sabha election’s model code of conduct. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersIn Contai, state Transport minister Suvendu Adhikari attended a programme organised by East Midnapore District Trinamool Congress to remember those who got killed in Nandigram on March 14, 2007. He garlanded the martyr’s column at Tekhali and Sonachura. The minister also launched campaigns for Sisir Adhikari, contesting from the Contai Lok Sabha seat and Dibyendu Adhikari, contesting from the Tamluk seat. Meanwhile, Paschimbanga Trinamool Madhyamik Sikshak Samity observed Nandigram Day in North Kolkata. Shashi Panja, minister of state for Women and Child Development and Social Welfare took part in the programme. She remembered the sacrifice of the farmers who had been gunned down by the erstwhile CPI(M) government. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe then state government had decided to acquire land from the farmers to develop a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) for Salim Group of Indonesia. Accordingly, acquisition notice was given to the farmers. In response, the farmers had launched a movement against the state government’s decision. On March 14, 2007, state government officials along with a huge contingent of police had gone to Nandigram to acquire the land of the farmers. When the farmers resisted police opened fire, killing 14 farmers and leaving 50 more injured. Trinamool Congress subsequently took up the cause of the farmers and it marked the beginning of the Left Front’s end in Bengal. People from all walks of life including intellectuals, theatre personalities, poets and others had joined the rallies organised by the party in Kolkata. Mamata Banerjee herself had spearheaded the movement and shook the foundation of CPI(M). The issue had an impact on the entire nation. In 2008 Trinamool Congress fared quite well in the Panchayat elections and bagged East Midnapore and South 24-Parganas Zilla Parishad. In the 2009 Lok Sabha poll, the party improved its performance. In 2010 Trinamool won the election at Kolkata Municipal Corporation and finally dislodged CPI(M) from power in 2011.last_img read more

3 injured after falling from roof

first_imgNew Delhi: A 42-year-old woman, her husband and son fell from the roof of the house in Dwarka’s Najafgadh area. Police said that the woman claimed that she was pushed by her husband after a fight. The police have claimed that when she fell, her husband and son also lost their footing and fell. Her husband was also admitted to the same hospital and he sustained injuries to his leg. Her son has not sustained any injuries in the fall. A police officer said that the woman had fallen after a fight with her husband on the issue of drinking liquior as they were fighting near the roof when the woman fell. The investigating agency is probing the case. The woman has been shifted to a local hospital, where she has sustained injuries to her head. CCTV surfaced in Bharat Nagar incident on March 22 A gut-wrenching CCTV footage has surfaced showing the negligence of car driver who mowed a child in North West Delhi. Police said the condition of the victim is critical. The accused has been arrested in the case. The child sustained a head injury while hit by the car. Police are probing whether the driver in the incident was using a mobile phone during incident.last_img read more

Heavy Rain in Moroccos Southern Regions Sunday and Monday

Rabat – The Directorate of National Meteorology (DMN) has warned of heavy rain for Sunday and Monday in Morocco’s southern regions.DMN issued another special forecast warning of heavy rains on Sunday between 6 p.m. and midnight in Aousserd, Boujdour, Es-Smara, and Oued Eddahab.The forecast also indicated that heavy rains are expected on Monday from midnight to 10 p.m. in Aousserd, Assa-Zag, Boujdour, Es-Smara, Laâyoune, Oued Eddahab, Tan-Tan, and Tata

The Latest Powell says Fed not swayed by political attacks

WASHINGTON — The Latest on Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s testimony to the Congress (all times local):___11:40 a.m.Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell says that the Fed is making its decisions on interest rates based on “our best thinking” and not political considerations.Powell’s comments came in response to a question from Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, who noted that President Donald Trump had attacked the Fed’s interest rate decisions repeatedly last year.In his testimony to the House Financial Services Committee, Powell says the Fed was setting set monetary policy “based on our best thinking and not political considerations.” He says that the Fed’s culture in this area “was a strong one.”___10:30 amFederal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell is delivering his second day of testimony to Congress, this time to the House Banking Committee, now controlled by Democrats.Powell is facing questions from committee members about whether moves to loosen banking regulations could put the financial system at risk. President Donald Trump has made government deregulation a key part of his economic program and has nominated officials to the Fed to push that agenda.Powell’s prepared testimony to the committee is identical to the testimony he delivered Tuesday before the Senate Banking Committee. In it, he says that the Fed intends to take a “patient approach” in determining future hikes to its benchmark interest rate and will be closely watching risks to the economy such as a slowdown in global growth.The Associated Press read more

AsiaPacifics poorest countries ready to advance on intellectual property – UN official

21 July 2010The Asia-Pacific’s poorest countries stand to improve enormously from being part of a streamlined and clear intellectual property system, a senior United Nations official says in a call to government ministers from across the region to help their countries achieve their full potential. Francis Gurry, Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), told a high-level forum held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, this week that the region’s least developing countries (LDCs) have the most to gain.“We believe that the potential of your countries to contribute to, and to benefit from, the intellectual property system is enormous,” Mr. Gurry said. “That is why we are trying to develop tools and provide policy and technical support to help this region reach its capacity.”Government ministers, lawmakers and IP experts from 12 so-called LDCs – Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Maldives, Kiribati, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Yemen – across the Asia-Pacific region participated in the two-day forum, which wrapped up yesterday.The forum discussed national experiences regarding IP and patents and trademarks, as well as issues concerning branding export products, traditional knowledge and national innovation strategies.During a three-day visit to Bangladesh Mr. Gurry also held talks with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and other key Government officials and policymakers. read more

Cabinet approves drafting new laws on rights of detainees

A new committee was appointed with representatives of Sri Lanka Bar Association and Attorney Generals Department to prepare a more acceptable draft. Cabinet has approved a proposal to draft new laws which secures the rights of detainees, Government spokesman and Media Minister Gayantha Karunatillake said today.A bill to provide provisions for securing the rights of detainees was drafted in 2016 but it was not tabled in Parliament after some opposition was raised to it. Meanwhile, Karunatillake also said that a proposal made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, to forward an amended policy and legal framework for the introduction of a new counter terrorism law to the observation of the Parliament Sectoral Oversight Committee on National Security and to initiate action to draft suitable legislation with regard to the National security of Sri Lanka, unity and territorial integrity, prevention of terrorism and procedure to be followed in terrorism related offences, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers. (Colombo Gazette) Karunatillake said that a proposal made Minister of Justice Wijayadasa Rajapaksa to instruct the Legal Draftsman to draft legislations on securing the rights of detainees and to publish it in the gazette and subsequently to present it in Parliament for approval, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers. read more

Muslim MPs to raise concerns with UN OIC

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation is the collective voice of the Muslim world. OIC has membership of 57 countries in four continents and safeguards to protect the interests of Muslims across the world. A group of Muslim Parliamentarians who resigned from their Ministerial posts this week will raise their concerns with the UN and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).Former Minister Rishad Bathiudeen said that they have decided to meet members of diplomatic community in Sri Lanka, meet the UN Resident Representative in Sri Lanka, and also have talks with the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). Bathiudeen said this while speaking to reporters after he visited the Police Headquarters in Colombo today to lodge a complaint. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Security Council mission Yugoslav leader agree on goal of multiethnic Kosovo

“We have made a new beginning in the relation between the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and the international community,” Ambassador Anwarul Karim Chowdhury of Bangladesh, the current President of the Council, who led the 15-member mission, told reporters after three hours of talks with President Kostunica, Foreign Minister Goran Svilanovic and other senior officials.Council members discussed the constitutional framework for an interim self-government, the return of Serbs to Kosovo, the upcoming elections of 17 November and the issue of missing and detained persons.The Council delegation, which was flying back to New York today, has scheduled an open meeting on Tuesday afternoon to discuss its mission to Kosovo and Yugoslavia. Meanwhile, the World Food Programme (WFP) announced today in Pristina it was tapping contingency stockpiles and mobilizing extra staff to assist a fresh wave of ethnic Albanian refugees fleeing to Kosovo from the conflict in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. According to WFP, more than 18,000 refugees crossed the border during the past week to escape an upsurge in fighting, bringing the total to over 41,000. Another 3,500 Macedonian Albanians fled into southern Serbia. On arrival, the refugees are registered, sheltered in temporary accommodation and given emergency daily rations, WFP said. Once settled with local families, they receive a full month’s ration of wheat flour, pulses, vegetable oil and sugar. read more

Britains billionaires prepare to flee country amid fears Jeremy Corbyn will be

Britain’s wealthiest individuals are preparing to leave the country amid belief Jeremy Corbyn will become Prime Minister, it was reported.Billionaires and multimillionaires are said to be making plans to protect their fortunes, which include moving their assets and businesses overseas, in preparation of tax increases should the Labour leader enter Downing Street.According to The Sunday Times, which today publishes its annual Rich List, individuals could take up to £1 trillion out of Britain amid fears over what has been dubbed ‘Corbygeddon’.The newspaper reported that the head of Coutts, the Queen’s bank, said clients were more concerned with Corbyn than by Brexit and that a tax expert had helped a number of people with a net wealth of more than £500 million, totalling more than £5 billion, leave Britain over the past year.Millionaire philanthropist Alfie Best, who built his £285 million fortune through mobile home parks, reportedly said he would pull his personal wealth out of Britain should Mr Corbyn become Prime Minister. Sir James Dyson has risen seven places to number five in the 2019 Rich List In January Dyson, a leading Brexiteer, announced he was moving his firm’s corportate headquarters to Singapore. New entrants for this year include Ed Sheeran, whose wealth has doubled to £160 million, and golfer Rory McIlroy, it was reported.Meanwhile, Sir Philip Green is no longer a billionaire for the first time since 2002.The Sunday Times Rich List has valued the Arcadia boss’ fortune at £950 million, compared with a much larger sum of £5 billion in 2007.The significant drop in the tycoon’s wealth follows last year’s revelations of sexual harassment and bullying allegations made against him following a Telegraph investigation. Sri Hinduja and Gopi Hinduja were named as Britain's richest people Sir James Dyson has risen seven places to number five in the 2019 Rich ListCredit:CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP The 2019 Rich List shows Britain’s 1,000 richest individuals and families hold a record wealth of £771.3 billion, up £47.8 billion in a year. The Sunday Times reported the number of Britain’s billionaires had risen to 151, an increase of six on last year.Brothers Sri and Gopi Hinduja have replaced Sir Jim Ratcliffe in top spot. The London-based brothers’ portfolio includes energy, automotive and finance firms.According to the list, Ratcliffe has fallen to third place behind brothers David and Simon Reuben, while Sir James Dyson has risen seven places to number five after his fortune grew to £12.6 billion, an increase of £3.1 billion in a year. Sri Hinduja and Gopi Hinduja were named as Britain’s richest peopleCredit:David Benett/Getty Images Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

MICROMINE to showcase new software releases at Austmine 2013

first_imgMICROMINE will showcase its latest exploration and mining software solutions at the Austmine International Exhibition and Convention, which is being held May 20 – 23 2013 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Western Australia. The latest version of MICROMINE’s geological data management solution, Geobank 2013 as well as the exploration and design application, Micromine 2013 will be launched on the final day of the event.Austmine International Exhibition and Convention is hosted by Austmine, a peak national body which promotes Australian mining technology and services internationally and will showcase the offerings of leading Australian suppliers.Graeme Tudar, MICROMINE Founder and Managing Director said “MICROMINE has offices throughout the world’s mining capitals and assists companies worldwide to drive productivity and cost efficiencies. The Austmine conference provides the perfect opportunity for MICROMINE to demonstrate its successes as a leading producer and exporter of Australian-made software solutions and services to the international mining community”.Geobank 2013, is a secured data management solution for the resource industry and provides a solution for the entire mining process. Tudar adds “Geobank 2013 includes a variety of new and enhanced features and benefits designed to improve data security, data accuracy and reliability, and reporting capabilities, facilitating increased data confidence. A new advanced reporting module has been designed to ensure all clients’ reporting requirements are achieved through the ability to configure, store and run complex reports.”The new features of Micromine 2013 focus on intuitive usability with enhanced workflow methodologies and logical processes. Productivity gains continue to be an area of focus through faster processing speeds, flexible import and export functions and compatibility with third-party applications.last_img read more

Explore CERN from home with Google Street View pretend youre in HalfLife

first_imgGoogle Street View is becoming increasingly ingrained into the modern consciousness. When you’re looking for a new apartment, you hop onto Street View to check out the quality of the neighborhood. When you’re bored, you find people caught doing funny and embarrassing things, by a Street View car. You can even explore the Amazon from the safety and comfort of your computer chair. Now, Google teamed up with CERN, and we can explore the CERN labs from that very same computer chair.Street View allows us to navigate CERN’s underground tunnels and control centers, and get an up-close look at the fancy machinery housed within. The new digital view of CERN is not only cool, but allows scientists that are actually working on CERN-based experiments from across the world to inspect the equipment whenever they need to.Noted among CERN’s twisted tunnels, Street View lets us check out the famed Large Hadron Collider, the ATLAS detector, and the LHC’s Compact Muon Solenoid. You can also make your way down the LHC’s famed tunnel, and pretend you’re particle that has escaped collision, and is looking for a way out of your scientific prison. Of course, you can also pretend you’re in a real-life version of Half-Life, because if the game’s events ever come to pass in real life, it’ll definitely be the LHC’s fault.Google used the Street View Trike to collect the images, which is how the company navigates areas that would be too difficult for a car to pass through. The Trike took six-sided panoramic images every three meters.The project is ongoing, so what you can currently view isn’t the end of Google’s foray into CERN, as images will be added in the future.last_img read more

The Real Madrid fan base wants Santiago Solari to stay

first_imgThe Real Madrid fans have spoken in all fronts, they overwhelmingly want Santiago Solari to keep his job as the first squad manager from now on.The deadline for Santiago Solari as the Real Madrid manager is right around the corner, his last match as the interim manager will be against Celta and the fan base has decided that they want him to stay as the boss for the rest of the season.The three wins in three matches from three different competitions were enough, scoring eleven goals with a clean sheet was more than enough for an important part of the fans to decide that the Argentine boss is the ideal man to salvage the season at such an early stage.Many Spanish media outlets from the city of Madrid have conducted their own polls this week after Los Blancos defeated Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League in such a convincing fashion, the ones who voted loved what they saw from Santiago Solari and most are willing to give the man a chance to prove that he is a great manager who can take Los Blancos to yet another trophy-winning season.In order to keep the information from any poll as trustworthy as possible, we decided to only take the numbers from a single news outlet that conducted a poll this Thursday and is also one of the most respected sources in Spain.Santiago Solari has the big job at Real Madrid for now, but the race for a permanent manager is still alive | @DeanJonesBR: https://t.co/tpJJVDlVBB pic.twitter.com/N6QlXKFiFW— B/R Football (@brfootball) November 8, 2018Diario AS took the liberty to ask a good 56.535 readers from their publication about Solari, they wanted to know how many of them wanted the Argentine manager to get the job as the manager for the rest of the season at least.The response from the readers was swift and convincing, as a staggering 82% of people have voted for Santiago Solari’s appointment as the new manager.We also have a feeling that this number will go up even more if Los Blancos manage to defeat Celta de Vigo in Balaidos, doing that would really get Santiago Solari that hot seat and it would prove that he is capable of making the squad win away again despite any complication that presents itself.But the main reason why Solari has mostly won the respect and adoration from the fans and the board members, has a lot more to do with the gambles that the manager made in the little time he had to maneuver as the Real Madrid manager.There were at least three complicated choices he made, that ultimately gave the advantage because he was fortunate enough to get positive results after making such decisions.Solari has impressed at @realmadridenAnd his positioned has been strengthenedDavid Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.Could he get the job permanently?🤔https://t.co/JqVVJmpij1 pic.twitter.com/lT8tr1yKRg— MARCA in English (@MARCAinENGLISH) November 9, 2018We will start with the goalkeeper problem, a dilemma that even manager Julen Lopetegui wanted to avoid and Zinedine Zidane predicted since last season.For some strange reason, Florentino Perez doesn’t want Keylor Navas as the main goalkeeper in the club and has been trying to replace him for several years without success.Now that the president doesn’t have anyone to contradict him, buying Courtois was only the beginning of the end for the Costa Rica international and Solari made the right choice by leaving him on the bench for the two important matches.Fortunately for the boss, the gamble paid off as Los Blancos have a clean sheet with Thibaut as the goalie.The other gamble was a safer one with Vinicius Junior, a young talent who will inevitably become a great player and has responded perfectly to Solari’s trust after Lopetegui humiliated him in front of everybody.So far in the three matches he’s played, Vini already provided two assists and scored a goal that has at least granted him the chance of maybe getting more minutes against Celta in order to completely save the job for Solari once and for all.Solari to make closing argument for revived Madrid job https://t.co/ayk0l8oZ6l pic.twitter.com/RjO4tvI9ol— Cleansheet (@Cleansheet) November 9, 2018What the decision that Florentino will make in regards to Santiago Solari’s future in Real Madrid? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Rare blue pigment on medieval teeth gives peek at womens hidden lives

first_img 0 Sci-Tech Post a comment Enlarge ImageThe location of the blue pigment in the medieval woman’s mouth helped the researchers identify how she likely used it.  Christina Warinner Flecks of blue pigment found in the teeth of a woman who lived up to a thousand years ago present a surprising picture of her life as a medieval nun in Europe. The woman likely painted richly illuminated religious texts used by members of religious institutions and nobles, according to researchers who examined her dental remains.  The discovery challenges the hypothesis that it was only male monks who produced such ornately decorated manuscripts. “The early use of this pigment by a religious woman challenges widespread assumptions about … the gendered production of illuminated texts,” reads a new study on the find in the journal Science Advances.1-illuminatingEnlarge ImageA magnified view of the tiny lapis lazuli particles embedded within a woman’s medieval dental calculus.   Christina Warinner As part of research looking at health in the Middle Ages, researchers led by the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History and UK’s University of York examined dental calculus (essentially plaque that hardens over a lifetime) in remains found at a small women’s monastery in central Germany. Located in the municipality of Dalheim, the monastery is believed to have housed approximately 14 religious women from the time it was founded until fire destroyed it. The teeth of one woman who died between the age of 45 and 60 stood out for the numerous blue bits embedded in their calculus. High-powered microscopes and several spectrographic instruments, which separate light by its wavelengths, revealed the pigment to be made from lapis lazuli stone. Illuminated page from Life of Saint RadegundaEnlarge ImageA page from an 11th-century French illuminated manuscript. Women’s work on such documents has been largely invisible.  DeAgostini/Getty Images “It came as a complete surprise,” study co-author Anita Radini, an archaeologist with the UK’s University of York, said in a statement. “As the calculus dissolved, it released hundreds of tiny blue particles.” During the European Middle Ages, ultramarine blue pigment made from lapis lazuli ground into a powder was a rare commodity mined only in Afghanistan and restricted to use in luxury books of high value and importance. It often appeared alongside other expensive materials, like gold and silver, to add vivid color in artwork — to religious robes, for example.   But how did the blue paint get into the woman’s teeth? The researchers looked at many scenarios, concluding by the placement of the pigment in her mouth that she was painting with it and licking the end of the paintbrush to keep the tool wet. As a sign of humility, many medieval scribes and painters didn’t sign their work before the 15th century, and that practice especially applied to women, the researchers point out in their paper. The poor visibility of women’s work in manuscript production has led many modern scholars to assume women played little role in it.”Here we have direct evidence of a woman, not just painting, but painting with a very rare and expensive pigment, and at a very out-of-the way place,” said Christina Warinner, a professor at the Max Planck Institute and senior author on the paper.”This woman’s story could have remained hidden forever without the use of these techniques. It makes me wonder how many other artists we might find in medieval cemeteries — if we only look.”Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations with everyday tech and here’s what happens.center_img Tags Share your voicelast_img read more

Samsungs 2021 chips will be 35 faster 50 less power hungry

first_imgSamsung’s “gate all around” transistor design Samsung Foundry Samsung will bring a breakthrough processor technology to market in 2021. It’s a fundamental reworking of the most basic electronic elements that’ll speed performance 35% while cutting power use 50%.The technology, called gate all around, or GAA, refashions the transistors at the heart of chips to make them smaller and faster, Samsung said Tuesday at its Samsung Foundry Forum event. When the chips arrive in 2021, they’ll be a significant step in Samsung’s competition with rivals Intel and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp. (TSMC) to rev up a chip industry that’s struggled in recent years to overcome the engineering challenges of extreme miniaturization.Samsung’s strong materials research program is paying off, said Handel Jones, chief executive of consulting firm International Business Strategies.”Samsung is ahead of TSMC in GAA by probably 12 months,” he said. “Intel is probably two to three years behind Samsung.”Samsung’s advance will extend the progress charted by Moore’s Law, ensuring our phones, watches, cars and homes can get a bit smarter. The steady improvements once predicted by Moore’s Law have faltered, and progress has been tarnished by high prices for the fastest chips, but at least for the next few years, you can expect better graphics, smarter AI, and other computing improvements.”Gate all around will mark a new era of our foundry business,” said Ryan Lee, the foundry business vice president of marketing at the event in Santa Clara, California — the heart of Silicon Valley that also happens to be Intel’s home.What’s a gate-all-around transistor?For decades, the fundamental processor building block has been the transistor, and shrinking it has been key to chip progress. Transistors can be switched on and off, so that electrical current flows or doesn’t — a change of state that controls how chips process data and make decisions.In transistors, a structure called a gate controls whether current flows across a channel. In early designs, the gate was perched atop the channel, but newer designs raise the channel into fins with the gate draped across. Gate all around goes a step further, wrapping the channel completely with the gate material — a 3D structure that’s more complicated to manufacture than the flat designs of yore.Some envision GAA transistor channels to be tiny cylinders called nanowires, but Samsung’s design uses flatter channels called nanosheets.The first 3nm chips — aimed for smartphones and other mobile devices —  will be tested in 2020, with volume manufacturing in 2021. A further refinement for higher-performance chips, like graphics processors and AI chips packed into data centers — should arrive in volume in 2022, Lee said.Intel and TSMC didn’t immediately comment for this story.3 nanometers and beyondThere are many dimensions of processor progress, but shrinking the size of electronic circuitry elements is a key one. Samsung-built chips today use features 7 nanometers across — 7 billionths of meter. For comparison, a strand of DNA is only about 2 nanometers across. Samsung is refining its 7nm process with 6nm, 5nm and 4nm variants, but GAA will let Samsung shrink circuitry down to 3nm, Lee said. But that’s not all.GAA improvements will lead to 2nm manufacturing, Lee forecast. After that will be future technology at 1nm and then, he expects, a size even smaller.”I’m sure there will be new technology beyond 1nm,” Lee said. “I’m not sure what kind of structure, but it will emerge.”20190514-samsung-foundry-forum-01The 2019 Samsung Foundry Forum took place in Santa Clara, California. Stephen Shankland/CNET That’s a bold expectation, though to be fair chipmakers have been worried about miniaturization roadblocks for decades. Perhaps we’ll have to move to picometers — trillionths of a meter — as we once moved chip naming conventions from 0.13 micrometers to 130 nanometers.Samsung’s 5nm chips are expected in 2020, though prototypes can be made now. The company released early production tools now so customers can get started designing and adapting chips for 3nm, too.3nm chips more expensiveSamsung has been making chips for years, but in 2017 it split off its Samsung Foundry division into a separate business in an effort to attract customers besides groups like Samsung Electronics, which develops the Exynos chips used in some Samsung phones.As a result, other companies rely on Samsung’s prowess — like Qualcomm, which relies on Samsung to build its new higher-end Snapdragon 730 and 730G smartphone chips — and the consumers who buy their products.In the glory days of processor manufacturing, new generations of technology would bring chips that were smaller and faster without increasing power consumption. Nowadays, it’s hard to get all three benefits. And even when we do — as Samsung promises with 3nm — customers still might hesitate, because it’s expensive.Just as its upcoming 5nm chips will be somewhat more expensive than the current 7nm chips, the 3nm chips will be “a little” more costly than predecessors when priced per transistor. Those costs gradually decline, though, Lee said.Originally published May 14, 3 p.m. PT.Update, 3:39 p.m. PT: Adds further details about GAA chips. Comments Mobile Tags 4 Processors Intel Samsung Share your voicelast_img read more

Scientists are working on artificial gravity that wont make you barf

first_img 27 Photos The team spun a group of volunteers on a centrifuge in an upright seated position, but started each off incredibly slowly, at a rate of just one rotation per minute. Once the person acclimated, the researchers were able to increase rotations a little at a time until they got the volunteers spinning comfortably at an average of 17 rotations per minute, an impressive performance. “The point of our work is to try to get more people to think that maybe artificial gravity isn’t so crazy,” graduate student Kathrine Bretl said in a CU Boulder release on Tuesday. “Maybe it has a place outside of science fiction.”  The university released a video showing a research centrifuge in action. It’s called a Human Eccentric Rotator Device (HERD). The device is compact enough to fit into a small room, as opposed to the giant space station-sized spinning circles conceived of in science fiction. These rotating space colonies could be your future home Tags 0 Post a comment 5:45 “As far as we can tell, essentially anyone can adapt to this stimulus,” said CU Boulder aerospace engineer Torin Clark, co-author of a study on the spinning method published in June in the Journal of Vestibular Research. The volunteers’ ability to acclimate to the centrifuge is promising, and leads to some additional questions, including how much artificial gravity would be needed to counteract the negative impacts of living in space. The study hints at a possible future where astronauts take regular spin breaks. It’s not quite Star Trek, but it just might work.center_img Cosmic dead ringers: 27 super strange-looking space objects Share your voice University of Colorado Boulder researcher Torin Clark rides a centrifuge. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET Star Trek has it. Star Wars has it. Battlestar Galactica has it. In most science fiction, everybody strolls around in artificial gravity, but despite the nausea that might come with this sort of technological magic, nobody throws up. Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder want to turn this sci-fi dream into reality, after a fashion.Bone and muscle loss are just two of the problems associated with spending extended time away from gravity. The issue becomes more pressing as we look ahead to sending astronauts back to the moon and onward to Mars. artificialgravitysimulatorEnlarge ImageA volunteer sits in an artificial gravity simulator. CU Boulder/Torin Clark One of the most convenient ways to create artificial gravity is to spin people around in a centrifuge. NASA and the European Space Agency have been testing this concept on Earth-bound volunteers. If that sounds stomach-turning, that’s because it is. Motion sickness is a serious problem.The Colorado team envisions future astronauts heading into an artificial-gravity room to spend time on a small revolving system with the aim of counteracting the negative effects of weightlessness. But they don’t want space travelers to get sick in the process.The scientists are developing a way to deal with a symptom called “cross-coupled illusion” that happens when you spin a person around and that person turns her head. The inner ear essentially has a freak-out, triggering a falling sensation and motion sickness. Now playing: Watch this: Sci-Tech Spacelast_img read more

The meaning of names Part 5 The world of social media

first_imgWith social media, people have the opportunity to project their best selves. We pick and choose what we share and how we share it. For Kyle Wark, that meant placing his Tlingit name in front of his English name on his Facebook profile. That small act translated into real life when people at work started calling him Dlaakaw Éesh.Dlaakaw Éesh Kyle Wark. (Photo courtesy of Dlaakaw Éesh Kyle Wark)In this final installment of a five-part series, Wark talks about the meaning of using his Native name online and how people are sometimes hesitant to speak it for fear of mispronouncing it.Dlaakaw Éesh Kyle WarkDownload AudioI’m really happy to see the proliferation of Native names in public life. I don’t know exactly how using my Native name in public has changed people’s perceptions of me. I think in a lot of instances, even when I introduce myself in Tlingit at gatherings, very few people call me Dlaakaw Éesh. It’s not the hardest name that I’ve heard of Native names to pronounce, but it’s still, I think, enough of a stumbling block that people don’t want to take the chance and pronounce it wrong or something like that. So most people still call me Kyle.But Dlaakaw Éesh, it’s a specific incident within my clan. It’s a specific individual who had a particular lived experience and that particular lived experience was recorded as a name that was given to him and that particular experience gets reincarnated down through the generations as that name is passed on and invested in new clan members. There’s a lot more meaning to having the name Dlaakaw Éesh than there is meaning to having the name Kyle Wark.There’s something that transforms about us when we get a name invested in us. Being able to put that on my Facebook page is somehow giving that part of me room to breathe and giving it acknowledgement in this digital space. I think that there’s something worthwhile about being able to incorporate it into this modern space.This is part five of a five-part series:Part One: Indigenizing governmentPart Two: A family historyPart Three: A time for changePart Four: The aftermath of generational traumalast_img read more

Functional word processor built in Minecraft

first_imgThere was a time not so long ago when Minecraft was actually a game. Now, it’s an insane sandbox where people build all kinds of incredibly complex things… like a word processor… out of blocks.This crazy contraption is the work of a a third-year robotics student who goes by the name of Koala_Steamed on YouTube. It’s the result of nearly two years of painstaking work inside the Minecraft world. That’s not continuous, mind you. Breaks were obviously taken to do things like attend classes, use the washroom, and interact with people and things that had curves.In the comments on his video, Koala also clarifies that it was built completely without the use of command blocks. In fact, it’s all running off a single trail of redstone. It has a predictably pixelated display that measures just five characters by ten characters, and it can handle just about any character you can throw at it: letters (bother upper and lower case), numbers, and common symbols are no problem.Koala’s creation can even save files to and load them from integrated storage. The next step: adding support for keyboard shortcuts like a desktop text editor (control+L to load files, etc.). After that, the plan is to add RAM and turn this thing from a word processor into an actual computer.It’s fun enough to watch, but you can actually take a closer look at Koala’s word processor if you like. The entire world is available via a Mediafire download so you can fire it up on your own system and see exactly how this amazing creation was put together.Now read: Notch’s $70 million Beverly Hills mansion now exists in Minecraft formlast_img read more

Topological superconductor phase may solve decoherence problem in quantum computers

first_imgA team of researchers from Japan, the U.S. and China, has identified a topological superconducting phase for possible use in an iron-based material in quantum computers. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team outlines their study of the phase, which, they claim, shows promise as a means for solving the decoherence problem in quantum computers. Citation: Topological superconductor phase may solve decoherence problem in quantum computers (2018, March 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-topological-superconductor-phase-decoherence-problem.html Journal information: Science 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. As research surrounding quantum computers continues researchers confront a number of problems. One is the tendency of quantum states to degrade, resulting in computing errors—a problem known as decoherence. Experts suggest that the solution to the problem is to develop a material capable of protecting the quantum state by employing just the right topological properties. In this way, localized noise would not be able to disturb the quantum state. In this new effort, the researchers report on the identification of a topological superconducting phase that they believe could satisfy this requirement.The researchers report that they were able to attain three key kinds of measurements believed to be necessary for analyzing the quantum phase of Fe(Te, Se) in sufficient detail, which they claim shows that the phase could prove suitable for protecting the quantum state in a system. They further report that the phase, once integrated into a suitable material, would be capable of supporting Majorana bound states (MBSs), which are quasiparticles so-named due to their discovery by Ettore Majorana. Prior research has suggested that a material capable of using Majorana properties might play a role in solving the decoherence problem. The researchers note also that they were able to identify the helical spin polarization of the surface state and to measure the superconducting gap. They were also able to identify the surface state. Taken together, the results of their testing indicate that MBSs could be induced in a material by exerting a magnetic field to the Fe(Te, Se). If their predictions pan out, the new phase could wind up as part of the next generation of quantum computers, possibly paving the way for machines capable of manipulating more qubits than those currently in use. © 2018 Phys.orgcenter_img More information: Peng Zhang et al. Observation of topological superconductivity on the surface of an iron-based superconductor, Science (2018). DOI: 10.1126/science.aan4596 , science.sciencemag.org/content … 3/07/science.aan4596AbstractTopological superconductors are predicted to host exotic Majorana states that obey non-Abelian statistics and can be used to implement a topological quantum computer. Most of the proposed topological superconductors are realized in difficult-to-fabricate heterostructures at very low temperatures. Here by using high-resolution spin-resolved and angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy, we find that the iron-based superconductor FeTe1-xSex (x = 0.45, superconducting transition temperature Tc = 14.5 K) hosts Dirac-cone type spin-helical surface states at Fermi level; the surface states exhibit an s-wave superconducting gap below Tc. Our study shows that the surface states of FeTe0.55Se0.45 are 2D topologically superconducting, providing a simple and possibly high temperature platform for realizing Majorana states. Credit: CC0 Public Domain Unconventional superconductor may be used to create quantum computers of the future Explore furtherlast_img read more

Actor Keira Knightley attends a press conference t

first_img Actor Keira Knightley attends a press conference to promote the movie “Colette” during the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Monday, September 10, 2018. Keira Knightley’s penchant for strong female characters is what led her to portray a gender-bending iconoclast in “Colette.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Thornhill Keira Knightley on powerful roles: ‘My work has always been political’ by Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 27, 2018 8:25 am PDT Last Updated Sep 27, 2018 at 9:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img TORONTO – Keira Knightley’s penchant for strong female characters is what led her to portray a gender-bending iconoclast in “Colette.”And it’s also what makes her acting career about more than just entertainment, she said in a recent interview discussing her latest 19th century period drama.“My work has always been political by that choice,” Knightley said of predominantly avoiding the girlfriend parts, although she admits “there have been a couple.”“We need to be seen as complex, strange, wonderful individuals that we are.”Here, the British actress tackles the real-life trials of bisexual French writer Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, a maverick who defies societal constraints and sparks a cultural sensation in Paris when she pens a series of semi-autobiographical novels about a country girl named Claudine.Her work is done under the name of her older, successful Parisian husband Willy, played by Dominic West, who spins her tales of youthful sexuality into a wildly successful brand.Colette’s gradual awakening to her own subjugation comes as she takes increasing ownership over the way she dresses and the romances she pursues, and eventually, the books and stories that Willy profits from.Knightley notes the revolutionary themes come amidst a dramatic shift in the way Hollywood and society now regard women’s voices and their stories.Despite the fact similar battles continue to be waged more than 100 years after Colette’s own fight, Knightley said it’s hard not to be inspired by the story.“I really did feel like I stood tall when I played her and I want people to feel like that when they see her — I think she’s a hero, she’s one of our heroes and we don’t know who our heroes are. We know the male heroes,” she said when the film screened at the Toronto International Film Festival.“It’s important that we as women know our history and know the mothers who have come before and stood up and done some really interesting (things).”She also takes pride in the film for presenting an alternate view of masculinity, by way of Colette’s love affair with Mathilde de Morny, the Marquise de Belbeuf, who dressed as a man.“I think we’ve all been harmed by these gender roles that we’ve been given — there’s a toxic masculinity, there’s an epidemic of male suicide. This conversation, we haven’t got it right,” said an increasingly animated Knightley, peppering her rapid-fire delivery with expletives.“Boys are still told not to cry… Girls are still told that they shouldn’t do this or that, that they shouldn’t experience sex in the way that they want to. We haven’t got it right, yet. But that’s why we need to keep talking about it.”Director Wash Westmoreland said he’s been trying to make “Colette” for 17 years and found the delays frustrating at times. But seeing it hit theatres amidst the current conversation around women’s rights and gender identity is satisfying.“Stories change minds and I think that’s what the right wing is terrified of,” said Westmoreland. “These sort of set the scene so a new generation growing up can think, ‘Yeah, there’s nothing wrong with gay people.’”There’s power, too, in casting actors like Jake Graf, a transgender man who plays a cisgender character that flirts with Colette, and Rebecca Root, a transgender woman who plays a critic who reviews Willy’s book.“These are the kind of breakthroughs that are happening in small ways because if you don’t know (they are there), that’s part of the breakthrough,” Westmoreland said of casting trans people, as well as Asian and black actors in what is traditionally a very white genre.Knightley said she has started pushing for greater diversity in the past year or two on the sets she joins, but notes it’s difficult to impact such things as an actor — and she has no desire to produce.Still, Knightley said she’s trying to get an inclusion rider included in a contract she’s working on now, and expects there will be “pushback.”“It’s basically just trying to say, ‘OK, prove how many people you’re seeing for all these different things,’” she said.“As far as the Time’s Up groups that everybody’s talking about, inclusion riders, there’s pushback so (the questions are): In what form can it exist and how can we try and get it in there? But a lot of people are trying.”“Colette” opens in Toronto on Friday and across the country Oct. 12.last_img read more

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