Alberta Premier Rachel Notley to speak to Senate committee on energy projects

first_imgThe bill proposes a new way of handling environmental assessments on large natural resource projects, including oil pipelines and mining operations.Notley has said she is concerned the changes would impinge on a provincial right to manage resources.She also has said the proposed rules and timelines could be so onerous they would discourage companies from pursuing mega-projects. EDMONTON, A.B. – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is to make her case in person to a Senate committee studying proposed legislation that would change how major energy projects are approved.Notley is to appear before the energy, environment and natural resources committee on Thursday.She and her government have already spoken out against Bill C-69, which has passed in the House of Commons and is now before the Senate.last_img read more

Xi Jinping’s BRI faces criticism during China’s political sessions

first_imgBeijing: Chinese President Xi Jinping’s much-touted Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has come under criticism at the annual political sessions of the country, a rare dissent in China’s one party political system, according to a media report Wednesday. The annual sessions of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and the National People’s Conference (NPC) began on March 3 and due to end on March 15. The CPPCC consisting of over 2,000 delegates is a national advisory body with nominated representatives from various walks of life. the NPC which also has over 2,000 legislators is often regarded as rubber stamp parliament for its routine endorsement of laws and policies formulated by the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC). Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingWhile dissent and disagreements are a rarity in China, murmurs of criticism that too against Xi’s BRI, which reportedly carries over trillion USD investment budget, surfaced during the discussions at the two sessions, Hong Kong based South China Morning Post reported on Wednesday. While the two sessions are being held in the backdrop of increasing apprehensions over the adverse impact of the ongoing trade war with the US and continued slowdown of the China’s economy, a former Chinese diplomat Ye Dabo has questioned whether it was accurate for Premier Li Keqiang to say in his government work report that the BRI had made “important progress” last year. Li presented the work report to the NPC on March 5 for adoption. “I think this evaluation may be a bit excessive,” Ye said at the panel discussion which was open to foreign journalists.last_img read more

A-Sat test poses risk to ISS, its astronauts, says NASA chief

first_imgNEW DELHI: Indian space and missile experts have rubbished National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s claim that 400 pieces of orbital debris created due to recent India’s anti-satellite missile (A-Sat) test are posing dangers to astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Nasa head Jim Bridenstine, while addressing his employees in the US after India’s A-Sat missile test, said, “India destroyed a satellite at a relatively low altitude of 300 km, well below the ISS and most satellites in orbit. But 24 of the pieces “are going above the apogee of the ISS.” Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”That is a terrible, terrible thing to create an event that sends debris at an apogee that goes above the ISS. It’s unacceptable and Nasa needs to be very clear about what its impact to us is,” he said. Bridenstine said, “What we are tracking right now, objects big enough to track. We’re talking about 10 cm or bigger – about 60 pieces have been tracked.” He said, “The ISS is still safe. If we need to manoeuvre it, we will. The probability of that I think is low. But at the end of the day we have to be clear also that these activities are not sustainable or compatible with human spaceflight.” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KBridenstine is the first top official from the Trump administration to come out in public against India’s ASAT test. Rubbishing such charge against India, former DRDO chief V K Saraswat said, “It is a mere speculative statement. This is a typical American way of dealing with the progress India made. As far as our A-Sat missile test is concerned, all these objects do not have enough velocity to survive in space for too long. With no energy or momentum, these debris generated at the 300 km altitude after the A-Sat test will ultimately fall and burn out in the earth’s atmosphere.” On existing space debris, Saraswat reportedly told Times of India, “Lakhs and lakhs of space debris are already roaming in space, what about the danger from them to ISS. Every year, 190 satellites of varying sizes are launched in the low-earth orbit and this number is going to grow. Each satellite launch creates a lot of debris. So talking about some space debris from India’s A-Sat test is meaningless.” The ISS is orbiting the Earth at an altitude between 330 and 435 km, well above the 300km altitude where India destroyed a DRDO payload Microsat-R weighing 740 kg with an interceptor missile under Mission Shakti project in order to gain the A-Sat missile technology. Former DRDO scientist Ravi Gupta said, “Such comments by the Nasa head are discriminatory and irresponsible. It’s more of a propaganda. India’s test was conducted at 300km altitude and the ISS is at much higher altitude. There is a remote possibility of debris moving upwards and even if some pieces are moving upwards, they will ultimately fall down as they will lose energy or momentum they gained during the missile-satellite collision. Second, the US is blaming us but it itself had conducted a lot of A-Sat tests in the past which generated thousands and thousands of big size space debris, which already pose danger to all space assets of every country, including ours. Likewise, a lot of space debris was created during the similar tests conducted by Russia and China. ” According to United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), only 1,400 of the 19,000 artificial objects currently being tracked in the earth’s orbit are functional satellites. The remaining objects are collectively known as “space debris”. According to an estimate by the European Space Agency, there are over 34,000 pieces of debris in orbit that are larger than 10cm in size, close to a million pieces between 1cm and 10cm, and 128 million pieces of debris less than a centimetre in size.last_img read more

Gambhir says possess only one voter ID; hits back at AAP

first_imgNew Delhi: Hitting back at the AAP, cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir Sunday asserted that he possessed only one voter identity card, adding that the ruling party in Delhi was making baseless allegations against him as it did not have any vision for the people. Gambhir is fighting against AAP’s Atishi from the East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency this general elections. “I have only one voter ID card from Rajender Nagar. I used to live with my maternal grandparents as a child at Ramjas Road (in Karolbagh), but I never voted from or applied for any voter identity card from there,” he told PTI. Also Read – AIIMS, Health Ministry launch mobile app for oral health info The BJP candidate was responding to Atishi’s claim that he had two voter identity cards from Rajender Nagar and Karolbagh constituencies. He alleged the AAP candidate was making allegations against him as she had nothing to talk about with voters during campaigning. “When you have no vision for the people or nothing else to talk about, you make allegations like these,” Gambhir said. Meanwhile, a Delhi court had on Friday decided to hear Atishi’s criminal complaint against Gambhir in this regard on May 1. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles The AAP candidate had filed the complaint against Gambhir for allegedly enrolling as a voter in more than one constituency in violation the Representation of the People Act(RPA). She had also raised objection over the nomination papers filed by the former cricketer which were rejected by the returning officer of the polls. Gambhir said he believed in “positive politics” and would campaign with a vision to make East Delhi one of the best Lok Sabha constituencies in Delhi, and avoid indulging in blame game with his opponents in the polls. Congress has fielded former Delhi minister Arvinder Singh Lovely from the seat.last_img read more

About the ripples

first_imgHave you ever taken a walk through the rain on a warm spring day and seen that perfect puddle? You know, the one where the raindrops seem to touch down at just the right pace, causing a dance of vanishing circles? Even before I entered the field of fluid flow research nearly 15 years ago, I was fascinated by the waves that appear after a raindrop hits a puddle. As I became focused on the study of unstable waves in liquid sheets — geared toward mitigating undesirable waves in industrial coating and atomisation processes — my fascination with puddle waves turned into an obsession. What is going on? Where does the pattern come from? Why does the impact of rain in a puddle look different than when rain falls elsewhere, like in a lake or the ocean? It turns out that it all has to do with something called dispersion. Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacyIn the context of water waves, dispersion is the ability of waves of different wavelengths to each move at their own individual speeds. Looking down on a puddle, we see a collection of such waves moving together as one ripple in the water. When a raindrop touches down, imagine it as a “ding” to the water surface. This ding can be idealised as a packet of waves of all different sizes. After the raindrop falls, the packet’s waves are ready to begin their new life in the puddle. Also Read – The future is here!However, whether we see those waves as ripples depends on the body of water that the raindrop lands on. The number and spacing of rings that you see depends on the height of the puddle. This has been verified in some very cool ripple tank experiments, where a drop of the same velocity falls into a container with water at different depths. Shallow puddles enable ripples because they are much thinner than they are wide. The balance between the surface force — between the water puddle and the air above it – and the gravitational force tips in favor of surface force. This is key, since the surface force depends on the curvature of the water surface, whereas the gravitational force does not. An initially still shallow puddle becomes curved at the surface after the raindrop hits. The surface force is different for long waves than for short ones, causing waves of different sizes to separate into ripples. For shallow puddles, the long waves move slowly away from the point of impact, while the short waves move fast, and the really short waves move really fast, becoming tightly packed at the perimeter. This creates the enchanting pattern that we see. Raindrops may react differently in other situations. Imagine that rain is hitting a lake or ocean — or those deep pothole puddles that require galoshes. Here, the raindrop hits the water, but the force due to gravity becomes more important. It moves waves of all sizes at the same speed which may overpower the rippling effect due to the surface force. The combination of teaching undergraduate partial differential equations while simultaneously continuing to research liquid sheets led to what I’ve been calling the “puddle equation.” When solved, the equation creates an animated simulation of what happens after a raindrop hits a puddle. It’s a simplified version of an equation in one of our group’s more recent research endeavors, but it’s also consistent with the classical description of ripples. I use this approximate description of puddle waves as one way to get students excited about math by relating it to the world around them. The study of surface-force-driven waves is important for applications such as coating processes involved in making batteries and solar cells. Such waves also appear as a result of the leg stroke of a water strider insect, but research has found that the water strider isn’t specifically looking to make those waves to enable travel. The beauty of puddle waves is no small thing by itself. By connecting nature with its primal language — mathematics — we gain access to its control panel, allowing us to observe every little detail, uncovering all the secrets.( Nate Barlow is Assistant Professor of Mathematical Science at Rochester Institute of Technology. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Morocco’s Fez, world’s sixth most romantic city

first_imgFez, Morocco – Fez, Morocco’s spiritual capital and third largest city has been selected by Adioso.com the world’s sixth most romantic city. “It’s easy to be seduced by a place as beautiful and exotic as Fez. The ancient fortress city is famous for exquisite tea gardens and gorgeous tiled mosques, sensuous spices and stunning sights,” said Adioso.com report.“It’s the perfect background for a romantic retreat. The Sofitel Palais Jamai has one of the most breathtaking views, and is tailored toward romantic getaways,” it added. This is not the first time that Morocco’s most ancient city is selected in top ten of the world’s most romantic cities.In 2012, it was selected the world’s fifth most romantic city by the BuzzFeed.com.Italy’s Venice top list of the world’s most romantic cities, followed by Barcelona and Florence.The top ten list of the world’s most romantic cities is a follows:Venice: ItalyBarcelona: SpainFlorence: ItalyKyoto: JapanBruges: BelgiumFez: MoroccoJaipur: IndiaLisbon: Portugal Monte Carlo : MonacoParis : France.Last May, Two New York Times’ journalist, made a four-day trip to Fez. The newspaper’s journalists were astonished by the city’s architecture, culture and warm welcome.“Once the capital of Morocco, Fez remains a cultural and spiritual locus; the medina, named a Unesco World Heritage site in 1981, is said to be one of the largest car-free urban zones in the world,” they said.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Foster OSU adjusting after initial Big Ten struggles

If the No. 24-ranked Ohio State women’s basketball team (11-6, 2-3) is going to win a seventh straight Big Ten championship, coach Jim Foster knows he’s going to have to make some adjustments. The Buckeyes, who returned all five starters from their 2009-10 Big Ten championship team, have hit an untimely slump as they’ve entered conference play, having lost five of their last eight games. In an attempt to spark the OSU offense, Foster has moved Samantha Prahalis off the ball and away from her customary point guard position, and has given more ball handling duties to sophomore Tayler Hill. “It’s called playing basketball,” Foster said. “We weren’t really shooting the three particularly well, and Sammy right now is probably our best 3-point shooter. So, when you’re off the ball, and you have a penetrator like Tayler in the game and a penetrator like Amber Stokes in the game, we don’t need Sammy to be a penetrator. We need her to be a shooter.” Hill, former OSU men’s point guard P.J. Hill’s sister, is no stranger to the point guard position. When Prahalis was suspended for the first three games of the season for a secondary rules violation, Hill took over the point guard role, playing all 40 minutes of all three games. Hill said the reps she got in those first three games made her more confident in her new role. “The first game, I think I had seven or eight turnovers,” Hill said, “and (my teammates) were still behind me like, ‘You got it. We need you.’” OSU’s leading scorer, Jantel Lavender said there’s a contrast between Hill’s and Prahalis’ styles of play. “Sammy might do something flashy and she can see the open floor,” Lavender said. “Tayler just gets the ball where it needs to go.” Foster agreed. “Tayler’s strength is her strength. She’s a very strong guard that can get into seams and use her strength to get good penetration,” Foster said. “Sammy has got to use deceptiveness and her quickness to get there.” Despite the differences between Hill and Prahalis, Foster insisted his decision to give more point guard duties to Hill is about giving opposing defenses different looks, and is not because of Prahalis’ play. “Prahalis is the best open-floor player in the country, OK?” Foster said. “When we’re in transition, aka the Oklahoma game, what she does is absolutely terrific.” The Buckeyes, who beat Michigan State, 67-53, on Sunday, will look to improve their conference record this week when they take on Illinois at 8 p.m. Thursday in Champaign. Foster said he’s tired of using losses as learning lessons for his team. “The only thing you can learn from them is whether or not your effort was what it needed to be,” he said. “That’s the only byproduct.” read more

Report Chelsea wanted Oblak over Kepa

Report Chelsea wanted Oblak over Kepa

first_imgChelsea wanted Atletico Madrid shot-stopper Jan Oblak over new first-choice goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, according to Metro.Reports in the English media suggests Kepa wasn’t the blues first choice to replace the outgoing Thibaut Courtois.The 2016-17 Premier League champions acted quickly to replace Courtois after the Belgian goalkeeper made known of his desire to move to Real Madrid this summer.The club made Spain international the most expensive goalkeeper on the planet after they activated his £71million buyout clause to sign him Athletic Bilbao.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.The 24-year-old shot-stopper made his Chelsea debut in their 3-0 victory at Huddersfield Town but reports suggests it could easily have been Jan Oblak who was in goal for that game.The Slovenia international turned the opportunity to move to Stamford Bridge despite the club’s willingness to activate his £90million buyout clause.The 25-year-old is believed to have turn the chance of moving to London in favor of working with Diego Simeone in the Spanish capital.The current UEFA Europa League holders are keen to offer Oblak a payrise as they look to increase his release clause to €250million.last_img read more

Manchester Uniteds worst start in 26 years

Manchester Uniteds worst start in 26 years

first_imgJose Mourinho’s warning before the new season appears to have been justified with two losses in their first three games.Jose Mourinho was the voice of pessimism coming into the season, complaining his team had not reinforced enough to mount a title challenge.No help came at the transfer deadline, but the Red Devils opened their season with three points against Leicester City in a scrappy 2-1 victory.Whatever optimism that may have emerged from that victory has quickly been replaced by concern as United have now been defeated in their next two games.A surprise 3-2 defeat to Brighton, who are expected to be in the mix for relegation, put United into a precarious position. And Tottenham has now pushed them further toward the brink, hammering the Red Devils 3-0, at Old Trafford no less.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.A second-half opener from Harry Kane and a brace from Lucas Moura put United to the sword and sent them tumbling down into the bottom half of the table after three games.The start is the worst Manchester United had suffered since the 1992-93 season, 26 years ago, when the club also lost two of their first three contests but went on to win the League.last_img read more

Callum Paterson wants more advanced position with Scotland

Callum Paterson wants more advanced position with Scotland

first_imgScotland international Callum Paterson reveals he wants a more attacking role with the national team.The former Hearts man who was played as right back during Scotland’s 4-0 win over Albania revealed he would prefer to be deployed in a more advanced position for Scotland in future.Paterson has been playing in attack for his club Cardiff City in England this season and was moved into defence after the withdrawal of both Stephen O’Donnell and Kieran Tierney due to injury.Paterson said, according to Evening Times:“It’s not my favourite position. I like to attack. I was a bit exposed on Satur-day night. It’s not the best for me, but I’d do whatever is asked for me for the country.”Euro 2020Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…“It’s a massive thing to get called up for your country and even bigger to play. I’ll always be happy to pull on that jersey. I’ve loved being back. I hated being out in the international wilderness.”“But I’m an attacking player. I love going forward and scoring goals. I got 10 goals last year and only started playing just before Christmas.”“I’m not blowing my own trumpet, but it shows I can get in the box and cause problems. That’s me scored three goals in four games in the Premier League.”“Having said that, it’s massive for the manager to trust me and know I am capable of doing that. I had it mentioned a few times. I am a Jack of all trades, master of none. It’s not great to hear, but hopefully I can nail down a place in the future.”“I haven’t quite done it for Cardiff yet, but I am getting there and I’d love to do it for Scotland as well. But I know when it comes to international football it’s sometimes a case of needs must.”last_img read more

CWC 2018 Real Madrid and Al Ain are set to make

CWC 2018 Real Madrid and Al Ain are set to make

first_imgBoth teams are playing for important objectives: Real Madrid wants its third consecutive world title, while Al Ain wants to be the first non-European/South American championTomorrow, football fans have a date with history as the Grand Final of the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup is set to play.Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid will take on local Emirati surprise club Al Ain FC, to decide who is the best team in the planet.And both sides are playing for important objectives.Madrid is participating in its fourth FIFA Club World Cup Final, and third consecutive, and want to become the biggest champion in the tournament.They are currently tied with three tiles with fellow Spanish team Barcelona.Meanwhile, Al Ain FC has surprised the world, not only by beating New Zealand’s Team Wellington in the Playoff match, but also defeating Espérance Sportif de Tunis in the Quarterfinals.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.The Boss then defeated Copa Libertadores king River Plate, in a surprising match that had to be decided in penalty kicks.This means, that they have the chance to become the first non-European/South American champion in the tournament’s history.Before this match, Argentina’s River Plate will take on Japanese and Asian champions Kashima Antlers to settle the Third Place of the CWC.Who do you think will win the tournament this Saturday?#CWC18: You can follow all our coverage of the FIFA Club World Cup in our different social media. @ClubWorldCups pic.twitter.com/0BmSDpo0kQ— Ronaldo.com (@ronaldocomint) December 15, 2018last_img read more

Hughton Decisions favored Liverpool

Hughton Decisions favored Liverpool

first_imgBrighton manager Chris Hughton felt that the bulk of decisions went Liverpool’s way in their 1-0 home defeat to the league leaders.Mo Salah converted from the spot to give Liverpool a crucial 1-0 win at Brighton after the Egyptian was judged to have been fouled by Pascal Gross.Hughton, however, had no complaints about the penalty but believes that plenty other decisions favored them.“There’s no intent and referees have a hard job, but sometimes you feel things go your way and sometimes you feel some of the decisions don’t go your way,” Hughton told Sky Sports.“I felt today it was one of those days. No malice or anything towards the referee but I thought the bulk of decisions favored Liverpool today.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“On the balance of play, I thought we deserved something.“They are such a good side and the opportunities they had were when we were trying to get back into the game and put bodies forward and made the game a bit more open. I thought we restricted them to minimal chances.“Pascal Gross’ chance [a shot in the second half] was probably as good as any of their chances.“We were always in the game and discipline was really good from the team, which it has to be because they can open you up.“In the latter part of the game we went for it a bit and showed a real intent to get back on level terms and I thought for the feel of the game that we deserved something.”last_img read more

Captain Marvel zooms past 900 million but Us scares up boxoffice crown

first_img 7 32 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Rotten Tomatoes president: We didn’t change site to protect Captain Marvel Captain Marvel merchandise isn’t kitten around with Goose and Carol Captain Marvel zooming toward $1 billion at the global box office Flip through 32 Marvel-ous images from this super exhibit Captain Marvel Marvel The Avengers How to watch every Marvel movie in the perfect order Related stories Originally published March 23.Update March 24: Notes that Captain Marvel has now passed $900 million in earnings.center_img Share your voice Captain Marvel now stands as the No. 10  superhero release of all time internationally, and No. 21 in the US. Internationally, the movie’s earnings have jetted it past 2007’s Spider-Man 3, which earned $891 million internationally; 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, which earned $880 million internationally; and 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which earned $874 million internationally. As of Friday, the earnings had already sent Captain Marvel soaring past another superhero film starring a female hero, 2017’s Wonder Woman, which earned $822 million globally. The film topped the box office for its first two weeks in theaters, but shed that title this week to Jordan Peele’s new horror movie, Us. Us scared up the third-largest box office opening for a horror film ever, earning $70.3 million at the domestic box office, The Hollywood Reporter notes. The only two horror films to top Us are 2017’s It, with $123.4 million, and 2018’s Halloween, which earned $76.2 million. Captain Marvel hasn’t even been open a month and is on its way to earning one billion dollars globally. Marvel Captain Marvel continues to soar at the box office, and just crossed the $900 million mark in global earnings. The superhero film, starring Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, has earned more than $910 million globally in 19 days in theaters, Disney reported Sunday. That breaks down to more than $322 million domestically and $589 million outside the US. Comments TV and Movies Tags 3:41last_img read more

New Metro Electric Bus Starts Rolling This Weekend

New Metro Electric Bus Starts Rolling This Weekend

first_img Listen 00:00 /02:15 – / 3 X Starting this Sunday, riders on Metro’s #63 Fondren route will see something new. The transit agency is trying out an all-electric bus.The bus is manufactured by Proterra, a California-based company that produces zero-emission vehicles. Metro says it will test the bus for 90 days to see if it would work here in Houston. As for why they chose the Fondren route,  Metro CEO  Tom Lambert says that’s so they can charge the bus at the nearby Missouri City Park and Ride.  He adds they will actively seek rider feedback during the testing period.Metro’s fleet currently has over 1,200 buses. Some run on clean diesel, others are hybrids, and there’s a few that run on compressed natural gas.center_img Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: last_img read more

March on Washington Film Festival Stops in DC

March on Washington Film Festival Stops in DC

first_imgThe March on Washington Film Festival has announced that it will visit the District as part of its three-city tour. From July 21 through July 29, the festival will host free screenings across the city of documentaries and scripted films that focus on under-told stories of the sacrifices and triumphs of the 1960s Civil Rights Era. Each screening will each be followed by a panel discussion, talk, or musical performance.Festival highlights include a special preview of Freedom Summer, and screenings of Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment, Sam Cooke: Legend, and Nothing But a Man. Post-film panel discussions will provide opportunities to engage with local thought leaders and change-makers to ideate a platform for the future of civil rights. Just as music and art played a crucial role in inspiring and advancing the civil rights movement, the festival will include live musical performances.The film festival originated in the summer of 2013 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, and to encourage a new generation of civil rights activists. Over 1,000 people attended ten free screenings during the inaugural Washington, D.C. event. The interest generated by the festival led its organizers to expand to Atlanta and New York City for 2014. This years selected films focus on the events of 1964 and the theme“Change is Gonna Come,” from Sam Cooke’s hit of that summer.Additional details will be announced soon. For more information on the March On Washington Film Festival, please visit http://marchonwashingtonfilmfestival.org.last_img read more

Toyota shows off all solid state lithium superionic conductor based prototype battery

Toyota shows off all solid state lithium superionic conductor based prototype battery

first_img More information: via Tech-on (Phys.org)—It’s no secret that Toyota has been hard at work trying to improve on current battery technology to power electric vehicles, last year the company described a prototype solid state lithium superionic conductor battery in an article in the journal Nature Materials that was based on a three dimensional framework. And just this month the company announced plans to introduce several new lines of hybrid and all electric vehicles over the next three years (after also announcing that the Prius hybrid now accounts for ten percent of all sales). The sticking point has been and remains, the batteries used in such vehicles which can account for up to half their cost to consumers. Explore further The all-solid-state battery prototype. Credit: Tech-on © 2012 Phys.org At the heart of current batteries for use in electric vehicles are liquid electrolytes, which by their very nature present fire safety hazards. Adding technology to reduce the fire hazard adds to the cost of the battery, thus a battery based on a solid electrolyte would be cheaper and safer. Up till now however, such electrolytes have only been practical at the 50–80 °C range which obviously isn’t workable for an electric vehicle. The new prototype is an attempt to overcome that restriction.The new battery, first described last year, uses Li10GeP2S12 in a layered three dimensional framework where cells are sandwiched together to create a stack of seven tiers with each having a voltage of four volts for a total of twenty eight at normal temperatures. The result, they say is a battery with five times the output density of previous varieties. To demonstrate its progress in refining the battery, the prototype was demonstrated recently to a group attending a green technology seminar as a power source for an electric scooter.The battery is sulfide based and differs from previous prototypes in that germanium was added to the mix to bring a more refined structure to the material. It boasts improved conductivity to 1 x 10-2S/cm-1, which is on a par with liquid electrolyte based batteries, though the company readily acknowledges that there is still a lot more work to do before such a battery could be used in electric vehicles for sale. They are shooting for a 2015 to 2020 timeframe, at which point, the hope is that a way will have been found to dramatically reduce production costs, which are at this point, apparently far too high to allow for use as a commercial battery. Citation: Toyota shows off all solid state lithium superionic conductor based prototype battery (2012, September 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-09-toyota-solid-state-lithium-superionic.html Journal information: Nature Materials 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. Research group develops “superior conducting” solid state lithium batterylast_img read more

Bridetobe make papaya your best friend

Bridetobe make papaya your best friend

first_imgAs the next season of weddings is drawing near, all the would-be brides are gearing up to look and feel their absolute best on that special day of their life. Add papaya to your diet to achieve the glowing skin and fit body like never before.Well, it might sound incredible but this one fruit, papaya, can really do wonders for all your beauty and health needs, says Mehar Rajput, dietitian and nutritionist from Fitpass.* Cuts the fat to give you that dream figure: Make it a habit to eat two bowls of papaya every day for a month prior to your D-day. The fruit has a super enzyme, papain, that helps in faster digestion, increasing metabolism and creating healthy waterworks, all of which aid in an efficient weight loss strategy. So by having this approximately 55-calorie portion, not only you are ready for your D-day but also for that beach body you are craving for your honeymoon. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf* Aids digestion: Irregular and unhealthy eating due to wedding jitters can have the bride constantly complaining about acidity or upset stomach. A bowl of papaya everyday can keep stomach problems at bay through its papain enzyme that can help in improving digestion. Moreover, the fibre content in papaya clears the stomach and aids digestive performance so that the bride stays happy from within.* Exfoliation: Pep up your skin with Papaya since it has an enzymatic effect and it is very good for the clearance of dead skin.* De-tanning: Papaya has a very good anti-tanning effect and is an excellent beauty choice for de-tanning.last_img read more

The Sooner You Get Your First AI Job the Better for Your

first_img Listen Now How Success Happens 5 min read July 11, 2018 Artificial intelligence is already reshaping society as we know it in both business and consumer realms. Early use cases with Alexa, autonomous vehicles and AI-driven supply chains provide just a glimpse of the disruption that AI is poised to deliver in the near future and for years to come.Yet despite all the AI hype and initial successes, it remains in its infancy. That makes now the ideal time for young people to build the knowledge, skill sets and connections they need to capitalize on the fast-growing market for AI jobs and build a strong AI career.One reason is simply practical. Gartner predicts that AI may eliminate 1.8 million jobs by 2020, yet is on track to create 2.3 million new positions. It clearly makes sense to map out an AI career path as new roles emerge that focus on problem-solving, collaboration and strategic decision-making.The second reason is that AI offers a truly exciting opportunity to make an impact on our world. AI is an ideal career path for undergraduates and recent graduates with a passion for technology and an entrepreneurial spirit who relish a challenge and a front-line role in game-changing innovation.Related: This Is How to Get Started With AI When the Only Thing You Know Is the AcronymAI has been called “the next Industrial Revolution,” and I think that analogy is spot on. The convergence of machine learning, big data and internet-scale cloud compute power is opening opportunities to transform healthcare, grow the economy, reduce waste, save energy, improve education, strengthen security and decrease poverty.There’s virtually no area of society that will be untouched by AI. Given the myriad possibilities, how does a young person chart his or her course in the AI field?Practical steps to an AI career.One first step is to simply narrow down key interests and strengths. AI offers technological roles in data science, machine learning development and architecting an AI technology stack. And it offers plenty of positions as a user or analyst with AI software, or in sales and marketing, HR, customer support and more.Company type is another important consideration, as B2B and B2C can be distinctly different work environments. Candidates should also target industries they gravitate toward, be it technology, manufacturing, retail, higher education, services or others. To narrow down interests, hands-on research and learning is available through avenues such as:AI and data science courses. Many free and low-cost online learning opportunities in AI can be found at providers such as Udacity, Coursera, Codeacademy and fast.ai. These courses are a great way to build knowledge and enrich a resume.Industry and company conferences. AI experts and thought leaders discuss trends at conferences hosted by NIPS, Re-Work, O’Reilly, Gartner and others, while AI vendors also sponsor conferences. Students and young professionals are often able to gain free or discounted admission.Related: Robots Are Our Friends — How Artifical Intelligence Is Leveling-Up MarketingMeetup.com. The website lists many regional in-person meetups among AI enthusiasts, as well as online groups and discussions on topical areas including machine learning, Python, R, data science and advanced statistics.General immersion. Keeping up-to-date on fast-moving AI news and trends pays off. So does using AI products, sharing code on GitHub or entering a code contest on the global Kaggle community. In short, would-be AI professionals should learn as much as they can, as fast as they can.With this knowledge, young people are better able to address two key questions that can guide AI careers:What’s my prospective employer’s technology stack?What are the employer’s leadership motivations and potential social impact?As a Stanford graduate now working in artificial intelligence, those were critical considerations for me as I looked to move from traditional software companies into the AI space. I had decided to pursue an AI career because of the positive change that AI promises to unleash. It was a matter of finding an employer that aligned with my interests and skills.The technology stack.Impactful AI is not easy to build. It is complex, and the success of any AI company depends on a strong technology base. Yet some companies label themselves as AI simply to jump on the bandwagon. Discerning true AI companies from pretenders sets the stage for a gratifying first job and successful career.Effective AI must have strong compute power, access to large data sets and the ability to understand, predict, recommend and act. In particular, machine learning is largely driving the recent success of AI. Products with machine learning will be especially impactful.Related: Walking With AI: How to Spot, Store and Clean the Data You NeedCompany direction.What are the motivations of the leadership team? AI can have a major impact on driving positive change. However, since the technology is particularly powerful, it is important to keep in mind what the mission of the company is and the motivations of the leadership team.With AI, keeping in mind potential social impact is also important. In particular, those job-seekers who value a role in bettering society with technology should diligently size up early successes and long-term benefits of any prospective employer.AI is already transforming the job market. In fact, LinkedIn’s 2017 Emerging Jobs Report found that machine learning engineers and data scientists are the two fastest-growing new jobs in the U.S. Now is the time for young people to assess what a role in AI could mean and take proactive steps to launch a successful career. Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more