Plan to use submarines to subdue typhoonshurricanes

first_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com Citation: Plan to use submarines to subdue typhoons/hurricanes (2010, September 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-09-submarines-subdue-typhoonshurricanes.html (PhysOrg.com) — A Japanese hydraulic manufacturing company has unveiled plans to use submarines to downgrade the force of typhoons. The company, Ise Kogyo, from Mie in Central Japan, has had patents approved in Japan and India for its geo-engineering plan to use submarines to subdue typhoons, which are known elsewhere in the world as hurricanes, tropical storms, cyclonic storms and cyclones. Explore further More information: via Mainichi Photo by Alan Rowlands, via Wikipedia. The idea is to use a fleet of around 20 submarines in front of the gathering storm, each fitted with eight pumps capable of shooting 480 tonnes of cold water a minute. The submarines would dive to a depth of 30 meters and pump water from that depth onto the surface of the sea to lower the surface temperature. Company executive Koichi Kitamura, who came up with the idea, said that in an hour a fleet of 20 submarines could lower the temperature of 57,000 square meters of surface water enough to diminish the strength of the typhoon, which needs an ocean temperature of 25 to 27 degrees Celsius to form and keep spinning. He said the scheme should be able to stop a typhoon in its tracks.A patent application for the scheme is pending and may be approved soon in the US. The main problems in its implementation would seem to be accurately predicting the path of the storm and deploying enough submarines to exactly the right place in time. These problems may prove insurmountable, and questions have also been raised on the advisability of preventing such storms anyway, since they provide a critical heat transport mechanism for transferring thermal energy around the globe.Ise Kogyo is now reportedly seeking partners to help them test their ideas. Earth from Space: Typhoon Melor This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Chinese team entangles eight photons breaking record

first_imgIn a game of one-upmanship, a Chinese team of physicists has figured out how to entangle eight photons simultaneously and to observe them in action; the previous record was six. In a paper published in arXiv, the team from the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei, describe how they were able to convert a single photon into two entangled photons, using a nonlinear crystal, and then how they repeated that process with one of the paired photons produced, while holding the other in place, producing another pair, and then did it repeatedly until they had eight photons all entangled together, all held in place and all observable for a period of time. Quantum electronics: Two photons and chips © 2010 PhysOrg.com First predicted by Einstein, in conjunction with two other physicists, Boris Podolsky and Nathan Rosen, entanglement (from the German word Verschränkungis) is where particles exist in a relationship so closely related, that anything that happens to one, somehow automatically happens to the other, like identical twins both feeling a pin-prick on their finger tips, whether in the same room, or miles apart.In the new experiment, the researchers fired a photon from a high energy laser through a nonlinear crystal, causing it to become a pair of weaker entangled photons. They then kept one of the pair aside while the other was sent through another nonlinear crystal, producing another pair of entangled photons that were also still entangled with the original pair. They then held back one of the new pair while sending its twin through another nonlinear crystal, forming yet another pair of entangled photons that was also entangled with all the other entangled photons, and then repeated the procedure until they had a total of eight photons, all of which were entangled together.After several years of research, physicists have learned a lot about creating entangled particles; what they haven’t been able to do is pin them down. Entangled particles, such as the photons produced in the Chinese experiment don’t generally last long, which makes this experiment all the more exciting because it means the researchers were able to coax the entangled photons into hanging around long enough to be observed while the new entangled particles were coming into existence.Many physicists have likened the whole process to the infamous thought experiment so named, Schrödinger’s cat, due to the letter written by physicist Erwin Schrödinger to Einstein where he described a cat hidden in a box with a radioactive substance that may or may not have decayed to the point of discharging a poisonous substance that when released would kill the cat, which leads to the mind state of a cat existing that is simultaneously both dead and alive.The ultimate goal in studying entangled particles is to figure out how they operate and then how to put them to use in such devices as quantum computers. Citation: Chinese team entangles eight photons, breaking record (2011, June 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-06-chinese-team-entangles-photons.htmlcenter_img More information: arxiv.org/abs/1105.6318 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. Explore furtherlast_img read more

MSI shows voicecontrolled motherboard approach at IDF

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Micro-Star International (MSI) revealed voice control via motherboard at the Intel Developer Conference. The MSI demo showed how its add-on PCIe x1 card can add voice control to selected Sandy Bridge motherboards that feature the JDLED3 connector. MSI voice software that is part of this approach is called Voice Genie. The Voice Genie software can be used to set up reliable recognition of the user’s voice and can set up the actual voice commands to perform tasks. Micro-Star International (MSI) and Freescale Semiconductor Demo Ultra-Wideband Technology in Entertainment PC © 2011 PhysOrg.com Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: MSI shows voice-controlled motherboard approach at IDF (2011, September 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-msi-voice-controlled-motherboard-approach-idf.html The software tracks the user’s voice patterns so that control functions can be set in motion. The result of the MSI voice-activated-motherboard approach is that a user can instruct the PC to turn on or turn off just by saying certain words.Theo Valich of Bright Side of News provided one example of an MSI voice-control setup, if using the MSI Big Bang motherboard: To get the PC up and running, the user says ‘MSI Big Bang Power On,’ and to shut it down the user goes into reverse, to say ‘Power Off MSI Big Bang’ but one can always customixze the commands. The only restriction in coming up with a customized instruction is to keep the reverse structure of phrasings for your “on” and “off” (Big Bang…On, Power Off…Bang).The price for the add-on and a release date were not yet available, though MSI said the voice-control module would be more than affordable. MSI has actually been working on its voice-activated motherboard technology for several years, according to reports. MSI, a leading motherboard and graphics card manufacturer, is not the first to innovate voice-command functions for PCs. Microsoft has done substantial work with speech recognition. Windows carries speech recognition and there is much talk about how Windows 8 will recognize various speech commands. Tellme, the speech technology corps at Microsoft, is working with other Microsoft teams to push the advancement of speech recognition further. Nonetheless, what is special about the MSI approach is that is takes voice control beyond the operating system. In addition to the voice control demo, MSI unveiled a lineup of new motherboards at the IDF event.The three newcomers are based on the X79 chipset.last_img read more

Alien life searchers conference SETICon 2 held in Santa Clara

first_imgSETICon 2, a conference unlike any other, ran this past weekend in Santa Clara, California. In attendance were people from all walks of life whose area of interest intersects on the topic of the search for intelligent life somewhere other than here on planet Earth. © 2012 Phys.Org SETI’s Alien Telescope Array (ATA) listens day and night for a signal from space. Credit: SETI Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img Thus, they were made up of scientists; from NASA and other groups, artists, and even entertainers. The goal of the conference, which is set up and run by the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute (SETI) is to share ideas on what has been discovered of late regarding the possibility of life on other planets and what might lie ahead.Fueling much of the discussion this time around (the first SETICon was held in 2010) are findings by NASA’s Kepler mission which is dedicated to looking for extraterrestrial life, regardless of form or degree of intelligence. Since 2009, the mission has uncovered the existence of over 2,300 exoplanets that researchers believe hold the possibility of harboring some forms of life. Most notably, due to the existence of that precious resources without which we here on this planet could not survive: water. Some scientists who actually work on the mission (Geoff Marcy, Jon Jenkins, Debra Fischer, etc.) spoke to those in attendance, as did astronauts Tom Jones and Mae Jemison.This year’s conference, those in attendance noted, was much more upbeat than the last, as more information from Kepler becomes available, the numbers of planets that might have life on them keeps going up, making the possibility of detecting its presence more plausible than ever before. As noted by several speakers, the Kepler mission is helping to find planets farther away from their stars, rather than just those that are close enough to cause their star to appear to wobble to us due to planetary gravity effects. The new more sensitive telescopes are better able to discern planets that are not only farther (meaning cooler) from their star, but smaller, some of which may have water and are rocky, making them more Earthlike and thus potentially more likely to posses the conditions necessary for the kind of life we know and understand.In addition to offerings talks, the conference also held panel discussions, interviews, and even screenings of movies, all aimed at opening the door to the possibility that extraterrestrial life might truly exist, and if it does, highlighting the fact that we are now in a better position than ever before to find evidence of its existence. Could 2012 be the year we find extraterrestrial life? Citation: Alien life searchers conference SETICon 2 held in Santa Clara (2012, June 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-06-alien-life-searchers-conference-seticon.htmllast_img read more

IBM researchers create worlds smallest magnet

first_img 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. Ever since hard drives were invented, scientists have been hard at work trying to figure out ways to make them smaller while at the same time developing ways to make them more dense so that they can hold more information. As the team at IBM notes, currently, it takes approximately 100,000 atoms to hold a single bit of information. If a technique could be found to commercialize their single-atom approach, they further note, it would allow for holding something as massive as Apple’s iTunes library of songs on something as small as a credit card.To create their tiny magnet, the team used a scanning tunneling microscope to manipulate holmium atoms placed on a magnesium oxide plate (to keep the magnetic poles stable). Applying an electric current to the microscope’s probe allowed for changing the magnetic orientation of the atom between two states, which, the team notes, could be used to represent on/off states for a single bit of data. To read the state, the team measured the magnetic current passing through the atom. The team notes also that the state of several atoms could be read or written when the atoms were as close as a single nanometer apart.IBM has been investing heavily in scanning tunneling microscope research for decades, a technology they have been credited with inventing (Gerd Binnig and Heinrich Rohrer won the Nobel Prize in physics for this accomplishment back in 1986). Recently, they also announced that they had developed a new technique that offered a better way to measure the magnetic field of individual atoms and in a somewhat related development, also announced that they would be offering the world’s first commercial “universal” quantum-computing service. New microscope technique offers a better way to measure magnetic field of individual atoms Explore further Credit: IBM © 2017 Phys.orgcenter_img Journal information: Nature More information: Fabian D. Natterer et al. Reading and writing single-atom magnets, Nature (2017). DOI: 10.1038/nature21371Press release by Institute for Basic Science Citation: IBM researchers create world’s smallest magnet (2017, March 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-03-ibm-world-smallest-magnet.html An international team of researchers working at IBMs’ San Jose research facility announced recently that they had created the world’s smallest magnet—it was made from a single atom. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes their achievement as the ultimate limit in reducing the size of magnetic storage media using the classical approach—they report that they were able to use the tiny magnet to store a single bit of data.last_img read more

Comparing the amount of energy needed by two species of Galapagos tortoises

first_img Back from the dead—how to revive a lost species More information: Ylenia Chiari et al. Self-righting potential and the evolution of shell shape in Galápagos tortoises, Scientific Reports (2017). DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-15787-7AbstractSelf-righting, the capacity of an animal to self-turn after falling on its back, is a fitness-related trait. Delayed self-righting can result in loss of mating opportunities or death. Traits involved in self-righting may therefore be under selection. Galápagos giant tortoises have two main shell morphologies – saddleback and domed – that have been proposed to be adaptive. The more sloped shape on the sides of the shell and the longer extension of neck and legs of the saddlebacks could have evolved to optimize self-righting. The drier environments with more uneven surfaces where the saddleback tortoises occur increases their risk to fall on their back while walking. The ability to fast overturn could reduce the danger of dying. To test this hypothesis, we used 3D shell reconstructions of 89 Galápagos giant tortoises from three domed and two saddleback species to compare self-righting potential of the two shell morphotypes. Our results indicate that saddleback shells require higher energy input to self-right than domed ones. This suggests that several traits associated with the saddleback shell morphology could have evolved to facilitate self-righting. Studying the functional performances of fitness-related traits, as in this work, could provide important insight into the adaptive value of traits. Explore further Credit: CC0 Public Domain Journal information: Scientific Reports © 2017 Phys.org Putting all their data together, the researchers found that saddleback tortoises have to use more energy to right themselves than do those of the domed species. Noting that being unable to flip over is a leading cause of death of the tortoises, the group suggests the different shell types may have evolved to handle tipping under different environmental circumstances. (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with members from the U.S., Portugal and France has conducted a study of the amount of energy required by the two main types of tortoises that reside on the Galapagos Islands—the domed and the saddleback—to flip themselves right side up when they overturn. In their paper published in Scientific Reports, the group describes analyzing shells of the two tortoise types, comparing them and then calculating which required more energy to flip itself back upright. The giant tortoises that live on the Galapagos Islands are world famous due to their huge size. Less well known is that there are two main types defined by differently shaped shells: domed and saddleback. The domed species are the ones mostly seen in tourist pictures. Less popular are the saddleback, which have a shoehorn-shaped part of their shell near the neck, flatter shells and longer necks. Both kinds tend to tip over due to rough terrain or when fighting with one another. But which has to expend more energy to right itself? That is what the team on this new effort sought to find out.To figure out how much energy each type would have to expend in tipping itself back upright, the researchers studied the techniques used by both: The domed species tend to move their legs around until they work up enough momentum to turn over. The saddlebacks, on the other hand, used their necks in addition to flailing their legs. The group then took pictures of 89 of the shells (many from inside museums) to create 3-D versions on a computer. Then, at the Rotterdam Zoo, the team hoisted one of the turtles onto a platform connected to equipment that produced the desired result. Citation: Comparing the amount of energy needed by two species of Galapagos tortoises to flip back over once overturned (2017, December 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-12-amount-energy-species-galapagos-tortoises.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Nations Largest Hispanic Journalist Grou

first_imgNation’s Largest Hispanic Journalist Group Drops… Gary Hershorn by NPR News Richard Gonzales 8.23.19 7:48am The nation’s largest organization of Hispanic journalists is cutting its ties with Fox News over what the group says is the network’s spreading of misinformation about unauthorized immigrants, and by extension Hispanics.The move will cost the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) some money since Fox was signed up to be a sponsor of their upcoming conference.The journalists’ group published a letter to its members Thursday saying it will return to Fox News more than $16,000 donated by the network to sponsor its upcoming conference in San Antonio, Texas.”To accept financial support from an entity that perpetuates the spread of disinformation to the public about the Hispanic and Latino community risks the integrity and credibility of NAHJ’s 35 year mission,” Hugo Balta, the association’s president wrote.Balta, a senior producer at MSNBC, said his group has been in contact with Fox’s management to complain about what he and others consider to be anti-immigrant rhetoric, like when pundits on the conservative network talk about “an invasion” of the U.S. by migrants from Mexico and Central America.He said those concerns were met with expressions of “regret” and nothing more.A recent remark made by Fox News radio host Todd Starnes prompted Balta to say enough is enough.”Starnes likened migrants coming to the United States to Nazi Germany invading western Europe. That’s the straw that broke the camel’s back for me and NAHJ,” he said in an interview with NPR.Balta said Starnes’ comments came less than two weeks after the mass shooting in El Paso, where a gunman killed 22 people after publishing a manifesto citing a “Hispanic invasion of Texas.”Fox has become a megaphone for disinformation, Balta said.”There’s something wrong at Fox News and the reason why it’s rampant is because there are no consequences,” he added.Marsheila Hayes, Fox News’s vice president of diversity and inclusion, said in a statement “it is unfortunate that NAHJ has chosen to exclude Fox News from their upcoming convention.””As the leading news network in the country, we are committed to fostering a diverse and collaborative workplace environment, and have been recognized in the industry for our advancement in this area,” she added.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR.center_img https://ondemand.npr.org/anon.npr-mp3/npr/me/2019/08/20190823_me_nations_largest…last_img read more

Yesterday once more

first_imgThe exhibition will commence from 24 October and will continue till 15 November. IGNCA is arranging  the exhibition in collaboration with eight other institutions which are All India Radio, Doordarshan, NaadSaagar Archives, Sangeet Natak Akademi, Archive of Indian Music, Archives and Research Centre for Ethnomusicology, School of Cultural Texts and Records, Jadavpur University and Rupayan Sansthan. The exhibition will consist of selective materials brought together from the archives of all the nine institutions.last_img

ITE dept to organise summit on Embedded Technology

first_imgKolkata: The state Information Technology and Electronics (IT&E) department will organise a summit on ‘Embedded Technology’ with various stakeholders from the state, industry and academia at the Biswa Bangla Convention Centre in New Town on Friday.State IT&E minister Bratya Basu will address the programme, which will cover the industry, research and development and other perspectives for this cutting-edge technology.”Embedded technology has an intrinsic link with the electronic industry and the job potential in this area across the globe is immense. It will rise further in the days to come. So, we have to ensure that the young generation of Bengal is prepared to embrace this new technology,” a senior official of the state IT&E department said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe official added that embedded technology exists in smartphones, gaming consoles and 3D printing and knowledge regarding the technology is being felt to a large extent.It may be mentioned that Additional Chief Secretary of IT&E department Debashis Sen recently visited Taipei on the occasion of Computex 2018 and has witnessed that the country is progressing by leaps and bounds in modern age technologies like embedded technology.”This technology is relatively new and so, people need to undergo training and skill development to be prepared for it,” the official added. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedChief Minister Mamata Banerjee desires to build a hub for technology firms like Silicon Valley in the state and so, the state IT&E department is leaving no stones unturned to play a leading role in emerging IT technologies like Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Embedded Technology, Robotics, IOT etc.”Our vision is to move towards a decentralised and transparent ecosystem, where the government and every industry will be able to leverage benefits of these emerging technologies,” the official said.The keynote speaker at the workshop will be Amlan Chakrabarti, dean of Calcutta University, who will be speaking on “Reconfigurable Computing for Embedded Technologies.”The day-long summit will witness eminent speakers from various government and private agencies, along with the nodal officers from all departments, directorates and statutory bodies .last_img read more

The price of innocence

first_imgIndia International Centre will be screening the film The Price of Providence, directed by Merajur Rahman Baruah on June 20 at the Centre’s Auditorium. The director will also introduce the film which will be followed by a discussion.The film is about the city Detroit’s corruption that puts Dwayne Provience in prison for a crime he did not commit. It took the hard work of strangers and nothing short of a miracle to regain his freedom. Corruption and incompetence, having devolved the city into bankruptcy, once again stand in Dwayne’s way today as he seeks to gain compensation for the decade he spent in prison as an innocent man. Through it all, Dwayne keeps his head up, and fights build up the life that was taken away from him. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’However, with the help of the Michigan Innocence Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School, he regained his freedom after a decade in prison, but his fight for justice continues.Merajur Rahman Baruah is an independent documentary filmmaker from India based in Delhi. He has done Master degree in Sociology, Diploma in Mass Communication from Jamia Millia Islamia, and Film Appreciation course from Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. He has received the Commonwealth Vision Award 2006 as commanded for his film Beyond the Zero Line from the Royal Commonwealth Society and the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association, United Kingdom. He has also received Rajat Kamal for the best film on social issues at the 55th National Film Awards-India and also best director award for his film Shifting Prophecy at the Hyderabad International film Festival 2008. His film The Nine Months won the second best film at Jeevika- Asia Livelihood Documentary film Festival 2010-Delhi.When: June 20Where: India International Centrelast_img read more