Wyatt Russell Expecting 1st Child With Pregnant Wife Meredith Hagner

first_img– Advertisement – The athlete was previously married to stylist Sanne Hamers from 2012 to 2017.Russell has been an uncle since 2004 when Hudson gave birth to son Ryder, now 16, with her then-husband, Chris Robinson. The actress is also the mother of Bingham, 9, and Rani, 2, with Matt Bellamy and Danny Fujikawa, respectively.Kate Hudson Brother Wyatt Russell Is Expecting 1st Child With Pregnant Wife Meredith HagnerKate Hudson and Wyatt Russell Shutterstock (2)- Advertisement – In the social media upload, the Fabletics creator kissed Hagner’s bump while wearing a flower crown. Blue balloons were visible in the background, alongside silver ones spelling “BABY.”Kate Hudson Brother Wyatt Russell Is Expecting 1st Child With Pregnant Wife Meredith Hagner Kissing Baby BumpMeredith Hagner and Kate Hudson Courtesy of Kate Hudson/Instagram“Ahhhh,” Amy Schumer commented on the party pic.Russell, 34, and Hagner, 33, tied the knot in September 2019 in Aspen, Colorado, one year after the former professional ice hockey player proposed. The couple met and fell in love on the 2016 set of Folk Hero & Funny Guy.- Advertisement – Baby on the way! Kate Hudson revealed on Sunday, November 15, that her sister-in-law, actress Meredith Hagner, is pregnant with her and Wyatt Russell’s first child.“Celebrating our next family member today,” the Almost Famous star, 41, captioned her Instagram announcement. “First for my bro Wy and @merediththeweasel. We are over the moon and can’t wait!!!!”- Advertisement – As for her and Russell’s brother, Oliver Hudson, the actor, 44, shares Wilder, 13, Bodhi, 10, and Rio, 7, with wife Erinn Bartlett.In November 2018, Oliver exclusively told Us Weekly that he is the “cool uncle” to Kate’s kids, explaining, “I let my kids watch movies that I probably shouldn’t, so when Kate’s kids come to my house, I’m sure they’re pretty excited because I let them watch things that Kate will not let them watch. Worth the risk. You need an uncle that’s gonna let them do things. That’s the point of being a cool uncle!”The Nashville alum, who “sometimes” does get in trouble with his sister for that decision, went on to tell Us at the time that Rani was a “great” addition to their family.Wyatt Russell Is Expecting 1st Child With Pregnant Wife Meredith HagnerWyatt Russell and Meredith Hagner Courtesy of Meredith Hagner/Instagram“Beautiful, healthy, happy,” the Splitting Up Together star gushed of his niece. “She’s doing great.”Oliver and Kate’s parents are Goldie Hawn and Bill Hudson, but they were ultimately raised by Hawn, 74, and her longtime partner Kurt Russell, after their parents’ divorce in 1980. Wyatt was born six years later.Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories!last_img read more

Biden says Trump’s ‘toxic tongue’ fans flames of white supremacy

first_imgBURLINGTON — Former Vice President Joe Biden told a crowd in Burlington Wednesday President Trump has “fanned the flames of white supremacy” and Biden said there is “no evidence” the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton have awakened Trump’s conscience.“Indeed, we have a president with a toxic tongue who has publicly and apologetically  embraced the political strategy of hate, racism and division,” Biden said.Trump’s rhetoric about an “invasion” at the southern border, Biden argued, is aligned with “the darkest forces in our nation.”“Our president has more in common with George Wallace than he does with George Washington,” Biden said, to applause.Biden decried phrases like “fake news” and said Trump’s words are giving cover and inspiration to despots in other countries.“No matter how old or young you are, you’ve never seen anything like this in your lifetime,” Biden said in Burlington.Earlier this year, Biden kicked off his third campaign for the presidency by arguing the race was about restoring the “soul of the nation” — a theme he repeated and amplified today in southeast Iowa.“We can’t and I will not let this man be re-elected president of the United States of America,” Biden said, to extended cheers and applause.Trump tweeted that he was watching Biden’s speech and called it “sooo boring.” Trump said if Biden becomes president “it will be one big crash” which Trump said would make China happy.Biden’s speech to about 300 people in Burlington was the first event in his three-day campaign swing through Iowa.last_img read more

Young Americans ready to take King Bolt’s mantle

first_imgBoth Coleman and Norman, speaking ahead of Tuesday’s IAAF Athletics Awards in which the former is a nominee, said it was an honour to be mentioned in talk about potential successors to 100 and 200m world record holder Bolt, the eight-time Olympic gold medallist and 11-time world champion.“I was able to toe the line with him and had the opportunity to race against him and that meant a lot to me,” said Coleman.“Growing up and running track and field you look up to somebody like him, he’s been an idol of mine, it’s sad to see him walk away from the sport but there’s an opportunity for guys coming in to push the sport forward.”Norman added: “Being compared to Usain Bolt is good in itself, but I want to reach a point where both of us are not being compared to a legend like Usain Bolt, but being known as the Christian Coleman or the Michael Norman.“What Usain Bolt did to the sport was amazing. He really set a legacy and elevated the sport of track and field and set a new standard.“But now he’s retired, I think it’s time the young ones like Christian Coleman and myself take up that position and continue to push the sport in the direction it’s being going for the last eight years.”Coleman acknowledged that Bolt’s absence from the track had “changed the storyline and dynamic”.“Before, when Bolt was in the race, it was about who’s going to get second. You just come and want to watch Bolt run, it’s always exciting because you know he always puts on a show,” he said.US teammate Noah Lyles, himself just 21, is also in the mix after having run a startling 19.65sec over 200m in Monaco this summer.“But now we don’t really know who’s going to win, we don’t know who’s going to get the gold medal,” Coleman said.“The excitement is still there and I think it will push the sport forward knowing there are so many young guys coming through.”Share on: WhatsApp Bolt, middle.Monaco, Principality of Monaco | AFP | Usain Bolt might have hung up his spikes, but there are at least two young American sprinters set to take up the mantle of the mighty multi-medal-winning Jamaican.Christian Coleman, 22, and Michael Norman, who turned 21 on Monday, have risen to the top of the highly-competitive world of US sprinting on the back of a couple of impressive seasons.Coleman this year set a world record of 6.34sec over 60 metres indoors and won the world indoor title in March.But injury struck the Tennessee-based athlete, who took world outdoor 100m silver in London in 2017 behind Justin Gatlin but ahead of Bolt.“Last season was really special for me because I’ve never had an injury like that,” he said of a nagging hamstring problem.“To still push through that and work, run the times I did and come out on top and win the Diamond League, it was a special season and I was happy I was able to complete in that way.”Indeed, Coleman came back and ran a blistering 9.79sec in his season-ending outing in Brussels, making him the joint seventh fastest man in history.“I think 2019 will be even better,” he said, although he said he would overlook the indoor season with an eye on the Doha world outdoor championships which has been pushed back to October because of the oppressive summer heat in the Gulf state.“The sky’s the limit. In perfect conditions, with a championship mindset and ready to peak, anything is possible. I don’t even try to put a number on it and limit myself, I go out there to compete and to win,” Coleman said.It has been a similarly impressive season for Norman, whose 43.61sec in Eugene was the sixth fastest 400m in history, coming shortly after he had broken the world indoor 400m record with 44.52.“Looking at Doha, I’ll definitely be targtargeting 400m,” said the University of Southern California student who ran a 200m best of 19.84sec in the Paris Diamond League meet in June.– Toe the line –last_img read more

India vs New Zealand Day 3: Hosts press advantage as Virat Kohli falters again

first_imgImage Courtesy: AP/BCCIAdvertisement 3qpvNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsorwmWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E4cw( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7v03Would you ever consider trying this?😱6zj4Can your students do this? 🌚mblqRoller skating! Powered by Firework The 3rd day of the first Test between India and New Zealand has just seen its closure, and continuing their innings from yesterday, New Zealand have stacked up a hefty total of 348, exhausting all their wickets. Despite gaining pace in the second innings through an impressive fifty from Mayank Agarwal, India’s batting order fails again, and are still 39 runs behind the hosts at the end of day’s play.Advertisement Image Courtesy: AP/BCCIStarting from the previous total of 216 from 5, the Kiwis saw some nice batting from Colin de Grandhomme and Kyle Jamieson, who scored 43 and 44 respectively, followed by Trent Boult’s quick 24-ball-34 in the end with five fours and one six.The brilliant in-form Ishant Sharma secured his 11th five wicket haul in red ball cricket, picking up Tim Southee, along with Boult, adding up to his triple strikes from yesterday. Ashwin secured three wickets today, and Jasprit Bumrah finally broke his wicket drought and picked up Black Caps wicket keeper batsman BJ Watling.Advertisement Today at stumps at the Basin Reserve cricket ground, India have scored 144 for 4 wickets. While Prithvi Shaw is still trying to find his click, it was Mayank Agarwal’s superb start that put India on the pace in the second innings. The 29 year old opener scored 58 runs, including seven boundaries and one over boundary, thus securing his third Test half century.The Men in Blues skipper Virat Kohli only managed to put up 19, followed another lacklustre performance from Cheteshwar Pujara. The 32 year old Test veteran left the 22 yards after just 11 runs to his name.Advertisement The duo of Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari are currently on strike at stumps. The latter made his return to the Test squad after an impressive spell against New Zealand XI earlier this month, and is unbeaten at 15, while the veteran Rahane is at a score of 25 runs.In addition to a prompt finish in the first innings, Kiwi pacer Trent Boult also made his mark with the ball. The 30 year old fast medium picked up three, especially the key wickets of Pujara and the Indian captain, along with picking Shaw early in the beginning.Also read-India vs New Zealand Day 2: Hosts take the lead with a superb knock from Williamson but Ishant Sharma fights back with triple strikesFormer India hockey captain and real life protagonist of ‘Chak De! India’ files for domestic violence Advertisementlast_img read more

Letterkenny National Learning Network campaign for the restoration of a vital training allowance

first_imgStudents and staff from Letterkenny National Learning Network have joined the campaign to demand the restoration of a vital training allowance cruelly axed by the Government this autumn.
As students across Ireland return to college, there is public outrage that young people with disabilities will no longer receive the Rehabilitative Training Allowance of €31.80 per week that supports them to access further education and employment.This move affects all new learners that will be commencing the Access, Advance and Prospects programs. A total of seven students will be directly affected (Access 2 students, Advance 3 students and Prospects 2 students). To protest at this decision, staff from Letterkenny NLN, representing leaners, met with local public representatives, Senator Padraig Mac Lochlainn and Pearse Doherty TD at their offices, handing over petitions signed by hundreds of concerned students and parents.Senator Mac Lochlainn agreed to call to the centre to meet with the students and address their concerns personally.TD Thomas Pringle receiving petitions by the students that will be directly affected by the cuts at the NLN in Letterkenny on Monday 23rd Sept. Students and staff from Letterkenny National Learning Network have joined the campaign to demand the restoration of a vital training allowance cruelly axed by the Government this autumn. Photo Clive WassonIndependent TD Thomas Pringle also visited the National Learning Network in Letterkenny to hear first-hand how the cut will affect students at the centre.Caoimhe Begley from Kerrykeel Donegal, who is being denied an allowance said: “I feel it is not right that other learners are getting this payment and I won’t get it. “I feel angry if others in the class can go to activities and I can’t afford to do the same. It is not fair. The government should not be taking money off people with disabilities. Get it somewhere else.“This money would help me to pay for activities that would help me be more independent and develop my social skills.”NLN is the training and education division of Rehab Group, one of six disability organisations that has joined forces to urge the Government to reverse its decision.Research by Rehab has found that 90 per cent of students on its training courses could not have undertaken training without the allowance.Training providers including NLN are finding that people who expressed a strong interest in starting rehabilitative training have not pursued this option due to withdrawal of the allowance. Kathleen O’Meara, Director of Communications of Public Affairs and Fundraising with Rehab said this move is an attack on young people in Ireland who are reliant on this small allowance to be able to access training and employment.“The axing of this allowance could mean young people leaving school will be faced with little option but to stay at home, putting them at risk of isolation and depression. 

“Hundreds of young people who are entering courses are now struggling to make up the €31.80 weekly shortfall from their own resources, alongside other additional costs related to having a disability.Students and staff from Letterkenny National Learning Network have joined the campaign to demand the restoration of a vital training allowance cruelly axed by the Government this autumn. Senator Padraig Mac Lochlainn signing our petition. Friday 13th Sept Photo Clive Wasson“We want the allowance to be restored. Today we want to say that we don’t mind what Department or state agency pays the allowance, what matters is that it continues to be available. We are calling on the Minister for Health to review the decision. During that time, we want the allowance to be restored, and when the review is done, a decision can be taken on what agency or what Department should pay it.“Minister Harris has claimed that the cut to the allowance will result in €3.7m being diverted to provide some 300 additional day places. This is a smokescreen. The €3.7m figure will only emerge after four years. In reality the decision to cut the allowance from new entrants will save approximately €250,000 this year at the cost of isolating young people with disabilities from a crucial service, in a sector that is already chronically underfunded. It is a drop in the ocean in terms of the HSE budget and will not result in the additional day services that the Minister claims.” The coalition of disability organisations protesting against the cuts: Disability Federation of Ireland, Rehab, Central Remedial Clinic, Irish Wheelchair Association, Aontas and Inclusion Ireland.Students and staff from Letterkenny National Learning Network have joined the campaign to demand the restoration of a vital training allowance cruelly axed by the Government this autumn. Caoimhe Begley presenting her story to TD Thomas Pringle.Back row left to right: Elaine Byrne, Linda Mc Hugh, Glenn Hepburn, Audrey GambleFront Row Left to right: Thomas Pringle TD Caoimhe Begley. Photo Clive WassonLetterkenny National Learning Network campaign for the restoration of a vital training allowance was last modified: September 26th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mooning the Public: Life Sells

first_imgAdvertisers have known for a long time that sex sells.  That’s why ads often include a scantily-clad woman standing next to the pickup truck for sale.  It seems that in planetary science, life sells.  An icy moon can be a pretty dull thing, but announce that there might be life there, and eye appeal jumps.  The latest Sky and Telescope (June 2009) is a case in point.  The feature story is about the moons of Saturn, but the cover accompanies a curvaceous picture of Enceladus with the eye-grabbing title in big, bold letters, “Does this WORLD Harbor LIFE?”    It doesn’t appear that author Emily Lakdawalla, blogger for The Planetary Society, had life on her mind very much when describing Cassini’s findings at Enceladus, Rhea, Dione and Tethys in “Ice Worlds of the Ringed Planet.”  Sure, she teased occasionally with the L-word, describing Enceladus as having “potential for liquid water and perhaps even life,” and thought it a possible target for a future mission “because of its potential habitability for life.”  Well into the article, she elaborated on the possibility that catalytic chemistry could be occurring in a subsurface ocean under Enceladus: “there was probably liquid water, heat, organic chemicals, and active chemistry – the stuff of life,” she speculated.  “As a possible abode for past and present life, Enceladus has catapulted from being moderately interesting to brief consideration as the prime target of NASA’s next flagship mission to the outer solar system.”  That was the extent of her references to life in the 9-page article, but that is what Sky and Telescope chose to emphasize on the cover: “Saturn’s moon Enceladus has the stuff of life.”    What did not receive emphasis, but is potentially more provocative, are findings Emily relayed about the age of Saturn’s moons.  Noting that Voyager scientists found Enceladus to be wiped free of craters, she said, “It seemed ridiculous that a body as small as Enceladus – only 500 km across — could be geologically active today, and could provide the necessary input of particles to sustain the E ring.”  When Cassini scientists found plumes emanating from the south pole ( 07/14/2005, 11/28/2005), jetting water vapor at “many hundreds of meters per second” (02/09/2008) into space along with ice particles, scientists had found the source for the E-ring and the fresh coat of white on the moon’s surface.  What they also found was a serious age problem (03/01/2006, 12/03/2007, 06/19/2008): “If Enceladus has been venting at its current rate over the age of the solar system, it would have lost 20% of its mass,” Lakdawalla said.  Then there’s Iapetus (07/17/2007).  Scientists now believe the yin-yang appearance of the moon is due to thermal segregation (10/16/2007): “It’s a runaway process that rapidly blackens dusted regions in a matter of a few to a few tens of million years – just a blink of an eye in geologic terms” (05/05/2008).  Taking an upper limit of 50 million years as “a few tens” shows how fast a blink that is.  The entire process would have taken just one percent the assumed age of the solar system (4.5 billion years) – one yard on a timeline the length of a football field.What Emily didn’t mention is that a significant quantity of ice escapes Iapetus during each 30-year orbit.  There should not be any left after billions of years: in fact, even with generous estimates of the original ice, scientists can only make it last for 1/3 of the solar system’s assumed age (05/05/2008).  The article also mentioned the possibility of rings around Rhea (which shouldn’t exist, 03/10/2008), and the possible detection of plasma around Dione and Tethys, which also should not exist (04/18/2007, 06/16/2007).  These are much more significant actual findings and should have been more newsworthy than tantalizing speculations about life under Enceladus.  For a catalog of age problems throughout the solar system, see the “Resource of the Week” described below.    To call water, nitrogen, ammonia, propane and acetylene “the stuff of life” is so lame, it’s downright comatose (see online book).  One might as well say that protons and electrons are the stuff of life.  If so, the sun has the stuff of life, too.  Let’s see if Sky and Telescope will add this caption to its next cover story on the sun: “Does this star harbor sunbathers?”  One can only hope that in the next issue’s letters to the editor, astute readers will give editor Robert Naeye a lecture for stooping to titillation to sell copy.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

NCSE Takes on Creation Geologists

first_imgThe science of geology operates in parallel universes.  There are the mainstream, secular geologists in the Geological Society of America who have complete hegemony in the secular universities, the mainline journals and the secular press.  Then there are the creation geologists, who publish in their own journals; these hardly enter the awareness of the other geologists.  Once in a while, though, like disturbances in the Force, emanations from the creation universe into the secular universe are felt.  The National Center for Science Education has become so alarmed at these emanations that they have warned secular geologists to (1) pay them no attention, and (2) pay attention. Steve Newton, Programs and Policy Director for the NCSE, portrayed creation geologists as outlandish interlopers at geology conferences.  In his article for New Scientist, “Geology will survive creationist undermining,” he described how he visited some of their poster sessions and listened to some of their talks.  He had to admit that they got their degrees from legitimate institutions and knew how to “walk the walk and talk the talk.”  But to really believe the Earth is 10,000 years old and the geological record is explained by Noah’s Flood? “Geologists are understandably fuming,” he said. Newton had a counter-intuitive proposal, though: pay them no attention.  An outright ban would give them reason to claim discrimination, for one thing (and the California Science Center recently learned that can be expensive).  For another, “science is a process,” and most outlandish ideas turn out to be wrong.  “While the exclusion of creationists can pose problems, their inclusion at conferences does little harm,” he said.  “The reputations of scientific organisations are largely unaffected, as few people even notice.” But Eugenie Scott, founder and Executive Director of the NCSE, thinks people do notice.  That’s why her organization produced a new film about the creationists, “No Dinosaurs in Heaven,” starring her, and is taking it on the road.  Half of the film is about her raft trip down the Grand Canyon to rebut the arguments of creation geologists that the canyon is Exhibit One for the Flood. The NCSE press release about screenings explains the reason for the film: “No Dinosaurs in Heaven” is a film essay that examines the hijacking of science education by religious fundamentalists, threatening the separation of church and state and dangerously undermining scientific literacy.  The documentary weaves together two strands: an examination of the problem posed by creationists who earn science education degrees only to advocate anti-scientific beliefs in the classroom; and a visually stunning raft trip down the Grand Canyon, led by Dr. Eugenie Scott, that debunks creationist explanations for its formation. These two strands expose the fallacies in the “debate,” manufactured by anti-science forces, that creationism is a valid scientific alternative to evolution. It would be hard to pack any more loaded words into a single paragraph.  Readers can watch the 3-minute trailer of Ms. Scott’s film, produced by Jezebel Productions, at www.nodinos.com. Jezebel Productions?  Jezebel Productions!  Wahoo!  That tells you all you need to know.  That is one of the worst choices dear Ms. Scott could have ever made for a production company name (here’s why).  Look, folks, if you want to float down the Grand Canyon with a bunch of crabby bigots singing “It’s a long way from amphioxus” (10/06/2005), go right ahead.  But many can say from personal experience you will have a lot more fun and personal enrichment from Tom Vail’s creation-based rafting trips, and you will see with your own eyes huge, huge things that had to have been formed rapidly in days, not millions of years.  Visit CanyonMinistries.com and sign up for next summer’s expeditions.  Creation geology will survive Jezebel’s undermining.(Visited 54 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Robots that can save miners’ lives

first_imgThe state-of-the-art mining robot developed by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research is able to assess mines after blasting, to ensure they are safe for mineworkers to enter. (Image: Shamin Chibba) • Tendani Tsedu Communications manager Council for Scientific and Industrial Research +27 12 841 3417 mtsedu@csir.co.za • Fifteen amazing facts about MeerKAT and the Square Kilometre Array• Toilet extraction system is a world first • R1-billion investment in science for people • Massive funding injection for Square Kilometre Array• South African research funding foruth-highest in the world  Shamin ChibbaThe idea of a dozen robots exploring deep in the platinum mines of the North West province to make sure conditions are safe for miners to work is almost out of Isaac Asimov’s Robot novels. But the idea is quickly becoming a reality thanks to a team of South African robotics engineers at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).The CSIR’s Mobile Intelligence Autonomous Systems (Mias) group is currently testing robots that can monitor the safety of mines after blasting. This is according to Natasha Govender, Mias’s senior researcher, who hosted a group of journalists from the US, UK and China on Tuesday 25 March at the CSIR offices in Pretoria.Safety in mines is a big issue in South Africa, and robots, Govender said, present the perfect solution. “When they blast in a mine, people can’t go inside until the air settles. So once it is cleared out, then somebody can go. But they have to check if the hanging walls are safe. At the moment that process is done manually, and that can be very dangerous if the rocks are loose.”The Mias team built a robot that can go into the mine after blasting and check the hanging walls – so human beings don’t have to risk injury or even death by entering the area.Ruan de Hart, Mias’s research and development engineer, said most major mining houses, except Anglo American, have not yet considered using robots to assess safety in mines, and may take some time to appreciate the machines’ value. Saving lives was paramount, but the robots would also save the companies millions of rands in work stoppages, and prevent conflict with unions if workers were hurt or killed on the job.He said the hardware for the prototype was imported from the US and could cost as much as R1.5-million. But if demand for the robots increase, production costs would be lower as robotic capabilities would be transferred to a cheaper platform. “When this goes to market the idea is not to use these components.” Once the software for the prototype was perfected, cheaper components could be used for the hardware, reducing costs to about a third and allowing Mias to produce large quantities locally.According to Govender, Mias has relied on government funding since it started in 2009, receiving R15-million a year. With its capabilities built up Mias can now generate its own revenue from external projects. They have already secured contracts with Anglo American and Transnet. The map indicates the amount of ground covered by the search and rescue robot. (Image: Shamin Chibba) How the robot worksThe mine robot is a little like Disney’s WALL-E character. Instead of legs, it has a pair of rotating treads able to move over rough terrain. The bulk of it is made up of a compactor box fitted with a camera, and an arm that can move in seven different directions, or “seven degrees of freedom”.Mias’s main concern is to program the robot with the intelligence to interact with dynamic human environments and operate without human support. Sensory equipment such as lasers and cameras allows the robot to chart its own path and detect obstacles in its way. If it encounters an obstacle, such as a wall, a chair or even a person, it can move around it and continue on its initial path. “If you want the robot to interact in a human environment it needs to be able to see its environment,” said Govender.But if the robot needs assistance, an operator is on hand. Operators can see a 3D rendering of the robot’s environment and, by switching the machine to semi-autonomous mode, can set waymarks and manoeuvre it. The image on screen is created through the robot’s 3D localisation and autonomous mappings tools. “We interpret camera and laser information to tell the robot what’s happening in the world,” said Govender. “If you are a robot, how do you decide where I am in a specific environment and how do I localise myself in a specific map? It’s all about where I am in relation to a 3D map.”The robot is also programmed for path planning with orientation, autonomous stairway detection with movability, and cooperation between multiple robots. It can also be controlled with a tablet computer. Govender said they would soon add gas sensors to the machine to detect the breathability of the air after blasting. A 3D rendering of the mining robot. The robot’s environment is interpreted by using information taken from the camera, laser and 3D localisation technology. (Image: Shamin Chibba) Teaching robots to seeOther than the mining robot, Mias is also working on search and rescue robots, and “mule” robots, unmanned machines that can carry equipment. The mule is able to move around any environment using GPS waymarks or by following a person to a specific point. “It will be able to pick up an image on the back of a shirt and follow the person as he or she walks.” said Govender. “It will then drop off medical supplies or pick up injured people and return to its original point.”The team is currently refining Activision, a program that makes the robot able to recognise a specific object in an environment. Before, for a robot to understand what it was seeing, it would have had to take up to 360 degrees’ worth of pictures. But with Activision it would only need to take two pictures. “We’re actually doing a lot of work in terms of how you actually look for the information to perform a specific task,” said Govender.She illustrated this point with a toaster. If the pictures are taken of the side where the toaster’s handle and heat switch is, the robot will be able to identify it. But from any other angle, it will struggle to determine the object as there are no indicators.The Mias team are also working on improving detection and tracking for Activision by using multiple cameras to track many people. “This will be able to decide when to change the focus from one camera to the other to actually keep track of multiple people while still paying attention to the background,” said Govender. Bringing international PhD skills back to South AfricaBecause Mias is a small group – it has just 22 on its team – it is important for them to collaborate with universities in South Africa and overseas, according to Govender. Researchers wanting to complete their PhDs are allowed to study abroad, particularly at the University of Edinburgh and ETH Zurich in Switzerland. “We have a lot of international PhDs. The idea is we would bring those skills back to South Africa and we would then supervise these students within the robotics field,” she said.Mias also has exchange programmes with the University of Zurich, ETH’s Computer Vision Lab and the Pasteur Institute in Paris. “We’re trying to make use of all these programmes to improve the skills of the people within our group as quickly as possible.”Expertise at Mias is in for another boost, with the Department of Science and Technology’s recent announcement of R10.5-million in scholarship funds for postgraduate students looking to complete their master’s degrees and PhDs in the robotics field.last_img read more

Creating Intimacy at Scale – Episode 63

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Bolts surge to 4th win

first_imgJohn Paul Erram of Blackwater gets an elbow from a driving Eugene Phelps of Phoenix in Sunday’s PBA match at Smart Araneta Coliseum —AUGUST DELA CRUZSave for a momentary lapse early in the second half on Sunday night, Meralco was a well-oiled machine and remained unscathed in the PBA Governors’ Cup eliminations as Allen Durham scored a triple double that keyed a 112-97 win over KIA Picanto at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Durham finished with 25 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds and the Bolts scooted away from the overmatched Picanto late in the first period to rise to 4-0.ADVERTISEMENT DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games LATEST STORIES They stayed on track for a target coach Norman Black set on his Bolts right from the beginning.“We want to get in the top four to get a twice-to-beat advantage in the first round of the playoffs,” said Black, who had three locals also scoring in twin digits. “We did relax a little bit, but for the most part, I thought we played very, very well.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe loss was the fourth straight for the Picanto, who got 20 points from Markeith Cummings and 17 from Reden Celda.Chris Newsome scored 11 points in the first period and finished with 19, and his exploits in the opening frame fueled the Meralco breakaway. 2 PH boxing silvers in the bag Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In the first game, import Henry Walker fired 14 of his 32 points in the fourth period and helped the Elite upset Phoenix Petroleum, 92-86.Mike DiGregorio finished with 28 to make it a double-barreled attack for the Elite, who won for the first time in four games and are suddenly looking promising even with franchise player Mac Belo still not in the groove and prolific sophomore Art Dela Cruz remaining sidelined.“Our import gave us the inspiration,” Blackwater coach Leo Isaac said in praise of Walker, an NBA veteran who saw action for Alaska and NLEX in the past.BLACKWATER 92 – PHOENIX 86BLACKWATER 92—Walker 32, Digregorio 28, Gamalinda 9, Canaleta 5, Aguilar 5, Erram 4, Cruz 3, Miranda 3, Sumang 3, Belo 0, Banal 0, Cervantes 0, Sena 0, Pascual 0.ADVERTISEMENT PHOENIX 86—Phelps 13, Jazul 13, Borboran 12, W. Wilson 11, Alolino 10, Baguio 8, Intal 8, Eriobu 7, Dehesa 2, Kramer 2, Lanete 0, J. Wilson 0.Quarters: 23-32, 51-47, 66-66, 92-86MERALCO 112 – KIA 97MERALCO 112—Durham 25, Newsome 19, Amer 17, Lanete 14, Caram 8, Dillinger 8, Nabong 7, Hugnatan 6, Chua 4, Faundo 4, Hodge 0, Daquioag 0, Sedurifa 0.KIA 97—Cummings 20, Celda 17, Khobuntin 13, Yee 11, Nimes 8, Corpuz 8, Revilla 6, Deutchman 5, Paniamogan 4, Camson 3, Ballesteros 2, Elorde 0, Teng 0, Salva 0.Quarters: 26-15, 57-41, 82-66, 112-97Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ MOST READ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet View commentslast_img read more