India mauls Poland 100 in Azlan Shah Cup

first_imgIpoh (Malaysia): With their final berth already sealed, India toyed with Poland and thrashed them 10-0 in their final group stage game of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup here on Friday. With four wins and a draw, India lead the six-team league table with 13 points and a goal difference of +18. India will face South Korea in the final on Saturday. It was a one-sided battle from start to finish with India demonstrating their attacking prowess to the fullest. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhIndia were two goals to the good inside the first seven minutes. Vivek Prasad scored the first goal while Sumit converted Mandeep Singh’s pass to make it 2-0. The Indians were all over Poland as the 21st ranked team in the world failed to stave off their opponent’s repeated forays inside the circle. In the 18th minute, Varun Kumar’s flick saied into the net to make it 3-0 while Surender Kumar added the fourth a minute later. It was one way traffic all the way as Varun doubled his tally with Simranjeet also getting on the scoresheet in the 29th minute. At the end of the first period, Indians had raced to a 6-0 lead. The script was no different in the second, as India continued to dominate. Nilakanta scored India’s seventh goal after Sumit set him up inside the circle. Mandeep then struck back-to-back goals in the 50th and 51st minute while and Amit Rohidas found the back of the net in the 55th minute to round off a massive 10-0 victory.last_img read more


Cristiano Ronaldo Leaves Real Madrid for Juventus

Rabat – Juventus has reached an agreement to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid for EUR 100 million.The news may shock several football fans, but it is really happening. After nine seasons with Los Blancos, Ronaldo is joining the Old Lady (Juventus). The 33-year old forward will join Juventus for four seasons with an estimated salary of EUR 30 million. Ronaldo is among the most expensive footballers in the world.Confirming his Juventus transfer, the Portuguese forward wrote an emotional farewell addressed to his fans and Real Madrid. “I only have feelings of enormous gratitude for this club and for this city,” Ronaldo wrote in an open letter to Real Madrid fans,” said the footballer.He also expressed his joy over spending a “wonderful years at the club.”“Real Madrid has conquered my heart, and that of my family, and that is why more than ever I want to say thank you: thank you to the club, the president, the directors, my colleagues, all the staff, doctors, physios and incredible people that make everything work.”Ronaldo concluded his heartfelt message, thanking “everyone.”“And of course, as I said that first time in our stadium nine years ago: Hala Madrid!”Real Madrid also issued a statement on Ronaldo’s transfer. The statement said that the club agreed to the move “at the request and the will of the forward.”The club also expressed satisfaction with Ronaldo’s services throughout the nine seasons at and outside the Bernabeu.“Real Madrid would like to express its gratitude to a player who has proved to be the best in the world.” read more


Judge overturns 85 million verdict to Price is Right model in discrimination

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Judge overturns $8.5 million verdict to ‘Price is Right’ model in discrimination case LOS ANGELES, Calif. – A judge has overturned an $8.5 million verdict awarded to a former “Price is Right” model in a pregnancy discrimination case and ruled a new trial is necessary.Judge Kevin Brazile ruled Tuesday that he didn’t properly instruct the jury that ultimately came to a 9-3 decision in Brandi Cochran’s favour last year, City News Service reported. He based his ruling on new legal guidance from the state’s Supreme Court.Cochran convinced jurors that the show’s producers discriminated against her after she became pregnant and they refused to allow her to return to the show.Her attorney, Carney Shegerian, said Wednesday that Brazile’s ruling was proper and he expects the damages to go higher in the case.“I think on re-trial I’ll get triple or quadruple that,” he said.Brazile determined he should have instructed the jury to decide whether pregnancy discrimination was a substantial factor in the producers’ decision to keep Cochran from rejoining the cast after her child was born. He cited the divided verdict as a factor warranting a new trial, which will likely occur later this year.A spokesman for show producers FremantleMedia declined to comment on the ruling. by The Associated Press Posted Mar 13, 2013 8:26 pm MDT read more


Disney teases Finding Nemo sequel other upcoming films at expo but not

by Derrik J. Lang, The Associated Press Posted Aug 9, 2013 9:01 am MDT ANAHEIM, Calif. – Disney has found Dory’s parents — and a school of celebrity voices for its upcoming animated films.The Walt Disney Co. kicked off its three-day, fan-centric D23 Expo with a Friday presentation focused on its upcoming array of animated films, which includes the “Finding Nemo” sequel “Finding Dory,” prehistoric comedy “The Good Dinosaur” and manga-style Marvel adaptation “Big Hero 6.”“We’ve installed seatbelts on all of your seats,” Disney animation chief John Lasseter told the crowd of 4,000 fans gathered Friday morning across the street from Disneyland inside the Anaheim Convention Center. “I recommend you fasten them, and if you don’t have a seatbelt on your seat, just hold the person next to you. You’re gonna need it because this is an exciting slate of films and an amazing bunch of filmmakers.”Among the many announcements made was that Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy will voice the parents of forgetful fish Dory in “Finding Dory,” which is slated to debut in November 2015. Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks will reprise their respective roles as Dory and Marlin from the original film, and “Modern Family” co-star Ty Burrell will join the cast as a beluga whale named Bailey.The studio revealed that “Up” director Pete Docter’s “Inside Out,” which is also set for a 2015 release, would feature the voices of Amy Poehler, Lewis Black, Bill Hader, Mindy Kaling and Phyllis Smith of “The Office” as characters representing different emotions inside the brain of a young girl.Disney-Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur” will include the voices of “Raising Hope” star Lucas Neff, John Lithgow, Frances McDormand, Neil Patrick Harris, Judy Greer and Hader as an apatosaurus farming family.Hader, who recently departed “Saturday Night Live” and played a comically slow slug creature in this summer’s “Monsters University,” was on hand at the presentation. Despite being cast in both “Inside Out” and “Good Dinosaur,” the funnyman appeared on stage in a sea cucumber costume to jokingly angle for a part in “Finding Dory.”“I’ve been reading the Disney-Pixar fan blogs, and I know you don’t have a sea cucumber in ‘Finding Dory,’” said Hader. “Yet.”Christina Hendricks and Tom Hiddleston later came on stage to hype their roles in the upcoming “The Pirate Fairy,” which transports the Disney fairy characters from Pixie Hollow to Neverland. Hendricks will portray a captain sprite named Zarina, while the villainous “The Avengers” actor has been tapped to portray a young Captain Hook.“He’s Hook before the hook,” teased director Peggy Holmes.Disney also showed off footage and concept art from such other projects as the “Disney’s Planes” follow-up “Planes: Fire & Rescue,” which is set in the world of Disney-Pixar’s “Cars,” and the recently announced “Zootopia,” which imagines a modern world populated by animals like overpopulated bunnies and not-so-smart wildebeests.“If you are a wildebeest, you will be offended by this movie,” joked screenwriter Jared Bush.The new “Monsters University” short film “Party Central,” Mickey Mouse short film “Get a Horse!” and the first 10 minutes of a “Toy Story” special airing on the company’s ABC network this October were also screened for fans in attendance.Thousands of attendees, some dressed as Disney characters, began lining up early Friday morning to be among the first inside the extravaganza, which includes special musical performances, presentations and previews of upcoming projects.However, the Force apparently won’t be with the 45,000 expected D23 attendees. The company’s chairman and CEO blasted any speculation the expo would include a peek at the next “Star Wars” film.“We’re just as excited as you are about ‘Star Wars: Episode VII,’” Bob Iger told the crowd at the beginning of Friday’s presentation. “In fact, we’re speechless. At least, we’re going to be somewhat speechless at this expo because we aren’t ready to share too many details just yet.”Disney bought George Lucas’ Lucasfilm empire last year for $4.06 billion and plans to unleash a new “Star Wars” trilogy and two spin-off films beginning in 2015 with “Star Wars: Episode VII,” which is being directed by J.J. Abrams and written by Michael Arndt.Among the live-action films expected to be teased during a Saturday presentation are “Thor: The Dark World,” ”Captain America: Winter Soldier,” ”Saving Mr. Banks” and “Tomorrowland.” There might also be glimpses at “Maleficent,” which stars Angelina Jolie as the “Sleeping Beauty” baddie, and new intergalactic and superheroic exploits from Marvel.Patterned after San Diego’s wildly popular Comic-Con, the biannual D23 Expo, which Disney launched in 2009, isn’t just about movies. On the show floor, attendees can snap up exclusive merchandise, trade collectible pins and meet stars from Disney Channel properties like “Teen Beach Movie” and “Sofia the First.” There will also be presentations about Disney history, theme park attractions and video games.The event could also offer an update on “Avatar” land at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park in Orlando, Fla. The company announced in 2011 that it had struck a deal with filmmaker James Cameron to build attractions based on the top grossing film of all time, which is set on the lush alien world of Pandora. He’s currently working on three sequels to “Avatar.”___Online:http://d23.com/d23-expo___Follow AP Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/derrikjlang AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Disney teases ‘Finding Nemo’ sequel, other upcoming films at expo, but not ‘Star Wars’ read more


UN agencies explore nuclear applications to combat food fraud and contamination

Traditional, professional laboratories have the ability to detect different types of fraud and contamination in food relatively quickly but such capacity is often limited in many countries and by their nature not very portable. The FAO-IAEA initiative is trying to fill this gap. “The goal is to make available low-cost devices and methods for food authorities to use directly in the streets and markets, particularly in developing countries,” said Simon Kelly, a Food Safety Specialist at the Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture, who leads the project. The project seeks to build on the opportunities created by advances in field-deployable analytical equipment, such as adapting ion mobility spectrometry – a nuclear-based technology used by border police agencies to detect illicit drugs and explosives – to perform point-of-use screening tests to check for adulterants, contaminants and mould in food. “The development of high performance hand-held computing devices, such as smart phones, has enabled a new generation of instruments that can be used outside the traditional laboratory environment,” added Iain Darby, head of the IAEA’s Nuclear Science and Instrumentation Laboratory. VIDEO: Using Nuclear Science to Combat Food Fraud. Source: IAEAThe project will also develop methods to use such hand-held devices to test food authenticity given that labels and paperwork – which countries often depend on – can be easily forged. “We need to rely on science to provide assurances,” said one of the project participants, Jose Almirall, Director of the International Forensic Research Institute at Florida International University, from the United States. Syahidah Muhammad, Head of the Stable Isotope Laboratory at the Universiti Sains Malaysia, another participant pointed to the fact that many food fraud cases remain “hearsay” due to lack of proof. Portable tools and standard operating procedures will allow authorities to respond faster at critical checkpoints, and protect the food supply chain from being inundated with tainted products, she said. The project will initially focus on devising methods to quickly analyse milk powder and vegetable oil, two commodities that are particularly vulnerable to adulteration. In many countries, gutter oil – the waste cooking vegetable oil recovered and recycled back into the food chain – has raised alarm. The FAO-IAEA project – part of the two organizations’ efforts to help their member states with nuclear and related techniques for science-based solutions to improve global food security and sustainable agricultural development – kicked with a meeting in the Austrian capital, Vienna, last month and the first results are expected with the next two years. The countries participating in the endeavour include Austria, Belgium, China, India, Malaysia, Morocco, Russian Federation, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Sweden, United Kingdom, Uganda and the United States. The projected has been supported through contributions from Germany. read more


Canary Systems MultiLogger Suite software receives an update

first_imgCanary Systems says it has released a major update to its MultiLogger® Suite software platform for automated and manual data acquisition.The platform allows collection, management, display, and analysis of data for a variety of project types – “be it geotechnical, structural, meteorological, environmental, construction, or other; be it automated or manually collected; be it short-term or long-term”, Canary said.It is a vendor-independent platform that connects all the links of a monitoring project (instrumentation, dataloggers, third party databases, and telemetry) in a single platform, according to the company.“In short, MLSuite is capable of presenting, at a glance, the status of a given project as a whole, in a single integrated view, in your browser (MLWeb), in 2D and 3D, with full GIS-enabled mapping support and flexible charting options.”The latest update has seen a number of changes to the platform, according to Canary.“For the first time ever, it is possible to collect, view, and analyse data from a multitude of sources – including geotechnical instrumentation as well as radar and InSar point clouds – in a real-time, web-based 3D platform,” the company said.Within this update there are several new features. MLWeb®’s 3D visualisation engine, for instance, allows for spatial data analysis of any sensor data, and display of 3D point clouds and surfaces right into a client’s browser, Canary said. “Draw cross-sections on the fly; view surface and subsurface data from any angle; and use spatial filters to query underlying sensor and point data for charting and further analysis or alarming,” the company added.The software platform’s integrated GIS component is capable of ingesting dozens of GIS format files and live map servers without any additional tools, according to Canary. It also supports automatic conversions and reprojections on the go between local, global and projected coordinate systems for data and layers. “Additional dynamic options such as contours, heatmaps and vectors based on data values help visualise trends right on the map,” the company added.MLSuite’s Data Classing engine allows clients to set up templates that define patterns, properties, calculations, locations and relationships for their data, according to Canary. “Once classed, watch in awe how a newly installed instrument (or hundreds of them) automatically appears in the database with all charts and functions created for you,” the company said.The advanced calculation engine provides a set of tools beyond just raw data, according to Canary. “Statistical functions, trendline forecasting, if-conditionals, runtime parameters, conversions, corrections, correlations and many other operations can be created and customised to suit each project’s specific needs.”MLSuite’s alarming engine allows for setting threshold and rate-of-change alarms quickly, Canary said. Clients define the source and how many occurrences are needed to trigger an alarm, and then select from a range of on-alarm/off-alarm actions including email and text.“MLSuite includes MultiLogger, an application designed to communicate, programme, and collect from many makes and models of dataloggers and sensors directly, without the need for additional software. This single point of interaction means: robust data collection without manufacturer or vendor limitations,” Canary said.last_img read more


Only cameras can see through BlackOps Plastic

first_imgMonitoring a location or person with a camera or microphone has become a lot easier in recent years due to cameras having much higher resolutions while being fitted into ever smaller devices. Just about every smartphone now carries a high resolution camera capable of recording video along with a decent microphone.If you want to record someone covertly though, you still have the issue of hiding your recording devices from view. You’re also going to want to leave them recording for long periods of time without being discovered. Qwonn, a manufacture of security products, has come up with the perfect solution to this problem and is calling Black-Ops Plastic.The material is black in color and cannot be seen through with the naked eye. However, if you point a black and white camera at a sheet of Black-Ops Plastic, it becomes transparent allowing the camera to record whatever is on the other side.What this means is you can hide a camera inside an object made of this special plastic and no one will know it is there. But the camera is free to record without having its view blocked.As you can see from the images above, Black-Ops Plastic can be shaped into many different objects. Qwonn claim they can produce virtually any shape required for your spying needs.Beyond a few images there’s very little detail as to how the plastic works. It’s patent pending so you can understand why Qwonn wouldn’t want to share much detail about it. The one thing it will guarantee though, is that everyone is more suspicious of shiny black plastic objects from now on.Read more at Qwonnlast_img read more


Lair intérieur des voitures serait bien plus pollué quon ne pense

first_imgL’air intérieur des voitures serait bien plus pollué qu’on ne penseSelon une étude dévoilée mercredi, l’habitacle des véhicules serait plus pollué que l’air des habitations. Cela serait dû aux substances chimiques et aux moisissures qui s’y concentrent.Si la pollution de l’air extérieur inquiète régulièrement, les automobilistes sont loin d’être à l’abri dans leur voiture, contrairement à ce qu’ils pourraient croire. C’est ce que viennent tout juste de révéler des mesures réalisées par le laboratoire d’hygiène de la Ville de Paris à la demande de la société Midas. Selon celles-ci, l’air qui se trouve dans l’habitacle des voitures serait plus pollué que celui des maisons. Pour en arriver là, le laboratoire a analysé l’air d’une centaine de véhicules. Ceci a permis de déceler de nombreuses substances chimiques dans les revêtements intérieurs des automobiles. Ainsi, en plus du benzène, des particules fines et des oxydes d’azote que nous respirons via la ventilation, ont été retrouvés des composés organiques volatils (COV), des substances irritantes que l’on retrouve notamment dans les produits de décoration, les vernis, les colles et les matières plastiques utilisés.Plus en détail, le laboratoire a découvert que 41% des véhicules dépassaient “la valeur cible” de confort pour les COV et 23% des véhicules dépassaient la limite acceptable pour le formaldéhyde, un puissant irritant des yeux et des voies respiratoires. “La fameuse odeur de voiture neuve est liée à la présence de ces composés organiques volatils qui sont connus comme des irritants des voies respiratoires”, indique le docteur Fabien Squinazi, médecin biologiste et ancien directeur du laboratoire d’hygiène de la Ville de Paris cité par le Parisien.Une solution : aérer Même si “les constructeurs ont fait beaucoup d’efforts sur leurs modèles récents pour choisir des matériaux peu émissifs en substances volatiles, il est très important d’ouvrir régulièrement les fenêtres et de passer l’aspirateur comme on le fait à la maison car l’absence d’aération favorise l’accumulation des polluants” biologiques et des poussières potentiellement allergisantes, relève ce spécialiste.Une étude assez similaire avait déjà été menée au début de l’année aux États-Unis et s’était appliquée à mesurer la toxicité de onze composants intérieurs présents dans 204 véhicules. Les résultats avaient montré la présence de produits chimiques comme du brome, du chlore ou du mercure, dont les particules se répandaient au fil du temps dans l’air ambiant. Les chercheurs avaient alors déjà estimé déjà que “ces produits toxiques sont présents dans les véhicules à un niveau qui excède celui des maisons, des bureaux ou d’autres intérieurs”. Un risque d’allergie accruÀ lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?”Les constructeurs nous demandent de quantifier les composés organiques volatils émis par nos produits mais c’est de leur responsabilité que l’ensemble des pièces de l’habitacle ne dépasse pas les normes”, souligne un équipementier qui fabrique des pièces en plastique. En effet, c’est l’addition des différents équipements (qui, séparément, respectent les normes) qui amènent à des taux élevés de polluants. Les risques d’asthme, d’allergies et de maladies cardiovasculaires seraient alors augmentés notamment chez les occupants les plus fragiles (enfants, femmes enceintes, seniors ou malades). L’habitacle des véhicules “est sans doute l’un des lieux intérieurs où l’on s’expose chroniquement le plus à la pollution” étant donné sa faible surface, conclut ainsi le docteur Squinazi.Le 12 septembre 2013 à 18:32 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


Beckham backs North America World Cup bid

first_imgDavid Beckham has backed North America’s bid to host the 2026 World Cup and is adamant that it would be  “very special”FIFA have received a joint bid from the US, Canada and Mexico to host the 2026 tournament with Morocco being the other.The final decision will be taken next week and Beckham, who used to play for LA Galaxy in the MLS, believes that the football’s big increase in popularity in America over recent years justifies why it should host the World Cup.“A football competition as big as the World Cup deserves to be in great places,” he said, according to Sky Sports.“And if the US, Canada and Mexico get that, it will be very special.“I know the passion that runs through all three of those countries – I played in LA for six years and when we travelled to Canada, I have seen that passion.“And don’t get me started on Mexico! There are not many nations that are as passionate as Mexico.Opinion: De Bruyne is the best crosser since Beckham Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 13, 2019 We never thought we would see anything remotely like it, but now we can say that De Bruyne is the best crosser since Beckham.Nobody…“I went to a couple of games the last time America hosted the World Cup (1994) and it was incredible.“Now, there are more people who understand the game and get excited about the game.“The infrastructure will be there and, more importantly, the excitement and the passion will be there.“I think a joint bid is important and it is three places where football runs deep.“I have seen how much the game has grown in the last 10 years, people are really getting behind the game“If it does happen I know, as a fan, I will be going to that World Cup.”last_img read more


Weather Eye Snows flying in the passes winter forecasts flying here below

first_imgThe first snow of the season fell on the Cascade passes early Saturday and was beginning to stick as seen on the traffic cams. Although amounts will not be heavy, most passes will see 2 to 4 inches for the weekend, with more above 5,000 feet.The rain will be showery as bands of moisture rotate around a large cold trough of low pressure off the coast. We could see some thunder along the coast and small hail inland. Daytime highs will continue to lower, and if we make 50 degrees Monday, we will be lucky. Appropriate for Pacific Northwest Winter Weather Awareness Week, which begins today.It’s good to see the fire season end abruptly after lingering two weeks into October.The weather forecast is not a total washout — we will see some clearing and sunshine at times. We may dry out toward the end of the week, but another cool low pressure system was forecast to join us by next weekend.From what I have observed and been told, the majority of woolly bear caterpillars have two or three orange bands, heralding a cold winter, maybe even with lowland snow?The Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society holds its annual winter weather meeting next month at OMSI. As forecasts come out, I will share some.last_img read more


Lea Michele Bebe Rexha To Serve As American Idol Duet Partners

first_imgNews Luis Fonsi, Sugarland and Cam also among those slated to perform with top 24 contestants on the popular singing competition TV show Renée FabianGRAMMYs Mar 2, 2018 – 5:01 pm Who knew when “American Idol” left the air in 2016 after 15 seasons it would be back for our viewing pleasure so soon? Now we’re just days away from the show’s reboot, and we’ve got some new intel on what viewers can expect from the singing competition we know and love.On March 2 “American Idol” announced the celebrity artists who will be joining the top 24 show contestants for a special evening of duets sometime in April. These include Banners, Aloe Blacc, Bishop Briggs, Cam, Colbie Caillat, Luis Fonsi, Andy Grammer, Lea Michele, Train’s Pat Monahan, Rachel Platten, Bebe Rexha, Sugarland, and Allen Stone.Previously announced judges for the series include Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan, with Ryan Seacrest reprising his esteemed role as host.Will you be watching? The season premiere will air March 11 on ABC.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs” Lea Michelle, Bebe Rexha Join “American Idol” lea-michele-bebe-rexha-serve-american-idol-duet-partners Lea Michele, Bebe Rexha To Serve As “American Idol” Duet Partners Facebook Twitter Email last_img read more


Pahela Baishakh celebrated

first_imgForeigners too join the celebration of Pahela Baishakh on Dhaka University campus. Photo: Galib Ashraf.As the dawn breaks, all the city roads lead to Ramna and Dhaka University’s faculty of fine arts area, people in thousands gathering to celebrate the Bengali New Year Pahela Baishakh.Women and girls wearing colourful saris and men in punjabis throng the DU area while the parade, Mangal Shobhajatra, carries along to the Rupashi Bangla intersection from fine arts institution.Alongside the large number of youths, there are many of the older generation too in DU’s faculty of fine arts, Ramna Park and Suhrawardy Udyan area. Children were waiting in long queues to enjoy the traditional rides.Lakshan Babu who works of a private company and is in his 50s, was taking a break with his five-year-old son near Batmul of Ramna. He recounted the celebrations of Baishakh from the past.“I have been joining the Baishakh celebrations in Ramna batmul since the early 90s. The celebration has evolved so much since then. Though the participation has increased, the inherent spirit has decreased,” he said.According to him, the cultural engagement was much more in the past.“Different musical organisations used to sing Baishakhi songs in every nook and corner of the Ramna Park and Suhrawardy Udyan. A lot of individual folk singers were also seen here and there.”Abdur Rahim, 65, a retired banker came to Dhaka University campus from Narayanganj with his grandson.“Though I still enjoy Baishakhi celebrations but I miss the way it used to be celebrated decades ago,” he said adding, “It was not a single day celebration back then; we used to celebrate it for more than week. As my father was a trader, haalkhata (closing the annual accounts ledge) celebrations were very significant. And how can you forget the taste of those sweets prepared at the Baishakhi fair in the market?”A number of foreigners were also seen enjoying the celebrations.Randy Mikko, founder of Mikko Foundation, was taking photographs of the jubilant people.“I am amazed to see such a huge gathering. Mangal Shobhajatra is an unique celebration,” he said.Another group of young students from there Netherlands were also enjoying the celebration and taking selfies with the local people.  They say they were excited about Mangal Shobhajatra as they know the parade has UNESCO recognition.UNESCO recognised Mangal Shobhajatra as intangible cultural heritage in 2016.last_img read more


Tesla seals Model X in deadly chamber to test bioweapon defense mode

first_imgSome parts of the world are struggling to keep air quality levels at an acceptable level for human health, but that becomes increasingly difficult as the demands of modern society increase. Tesla Motors isn’t in a position to fix this kind of societal problem, but it has designed an air filtration system for its cars that can protect drivers and passengers from some pretty extreme pollutants. In fact, the company has developed an HEPA filtration system with a so-called bioweapon defense mode.Tesla recently tested this mode on the new Model X in an attempt to show how much better it is than conventional automotive air filters. It started with all the usual tests in real world conditions to show that the Model X could filter out particulates at levels seen on busy freeways, and even some of China’s most polluted cities. That’s all well and good, but you can’t call this a “bioweapon defense mode” without at least trying to defend against bioweapons.The company took a new Model X to a sealed test facility where it was able to place it in a sealed envelope of extremely dangerous air (seen above). With more than 1000µg per cubic meter of PM2.5 pollutants, the air inside the test chamber was deadly to humans. If those particles were really some sort of weaponized molecule, it would of course be even worse.With the bioweapon defense filtration mode engaged, the air inside the car was scrubbed completely clean in less than two minutes — Tesla claims there were no detectable levels of particulates following the test. This mode recirculates air inside the car and creates positive air pressure to keep more particulates from seeping in.In addition to cleaning the cabin air, the bioweapon defense mode was able to reduce the levels of particulate matter outside the car by 40%. So, Tesla is saying its HEPA filters are so good that they could even have a positive impact on the air quality around the car. Tesla will continue to improve the design of its filters to provide even better performance. The replaceable filters are currently shipping with the Model X and all new Model S units.last_img read more


Battery team gets a charge out of lignin

first_img Journal information: Science (Phys.org) — Creating energy from wood waste has progressed from novel idea to renewable energy work in development. Researchers from Poland and Sweden are using a waste product from the paper making process to develop a battery. That material is lignin. Olle Inganäs, professor of biomolecular and organic electronics at Linköping University in Sweden and Grzegorz Milczarek, a researcher at Poznań University of Technology in Poland, have completed a study that shows how it is done. They maintain that the insulating qualities of lignin derivatives can be combined with the conductivity of the polymer polypyrrole to create a composite material that effectively holds an electric charge. Lignin acts as the insulator and polypyrrole as a conductor, holding an electric charge. Lignin is the substance found in plants, and it is stripped out of wood as a waste product during the paper-making process. In the researchers’ paper, “Renewable Cathode Materials from Biopolymer/Conjugated Polymer Interpenetrating Networks” published in Science, the authors provide more details on lignin and their methods.”Brown liquor, the waste product from paper processing, contains lignin derivatives. Polymer cathodes can be prepared by electrochemical oxidation of pyrrole to polypyrrole in solutions of lignin derivatives. The quinone group in lignin is used for electron and proton storage and exchange during redox cycling, thus combining charge storage in lignin and polypyrrole in an interpenetrating polypyrrole/lignin composite.”A clear advantage of their discovery would be in the ready availability of a natural material such as lignin as opposed to dependence on metal oxides such as those used in lithium-ion batteries. The researchers themselves, however, emphasize that their work needs further and extensive study; they recognize this is not at a stage for industrial-style development.These rechargeable batteries are still limited, according to the researchers, because they slowly lose their electric charge as they sit idly. Milczarek and Inganäs also found that various lignin derivatives perform differently in the cathode, depending on how they are processed. With continued investigations, it may be possible to optimize the batteries. Another implication to a “wood” battery may be in cost, versus existing batteries, as there would not be a reliance on precious metals. “The advantage of using a renewable material for charge storage is the enormous amount of this material that is already being produced on Earth by growing plants, which contain about 20 to 30 percent lignin,” according to Inganas. “It is also a low-value material, currently being used for combustion. Lithium-ion batteries, on the other hand, require metal oxides and some of those materials, such as cobalt, are rather rare.”According to the International Lignin Institute, after cellulose, it is the most abundant renewable carbon source on Earth. Between 40 and 50 million tons per annum are produced worldwide as a mostly non-commercialized waste product. Lignin. Image: Wikipedia © 2012 Phys.org Battery cathode made of waste byproducts from paper industry promises sustainable energy storage Explore further Citation: Battery team gets a charge out of lignin (2012, August 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-08-battery-team-lignin.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


US agency donates 1 million to Tico NGOs

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