Orion Nebula Revealed in Hubble Splendor

first_imgThe Hubble Space Telescope’s new mosaic image of the Orion Nebula (M42) made Astronomy Picture of the Day.  For those of us who grew up admiring the old Palomar observatory’s photo of it, the upgrade is worth a thousand words.  This is a keeper.  The next day, APOD posted a portion of the image that looks like a pastel oil painting.Any commentary would be superfluous.  Click on the image for the full size, and just look.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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3 Ways Technology is Changing the American Home

first_imgTrends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry Frank Landman What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Follow the Puck Over the past decade or so, the notion of the “smart home” has transitioned from a futuristic concept to reality. While it’s been a slow curve, we’ve finally reached a point where it’s safe to say that technology is fundamentally altering the American home. Whether this shift is positive or negative remains to be seen.How Technology is Driving Changes Inside the HomeEvery evening, a familiar scene plays out in millions of households. Dinner is done, the kitchen is cleaned up, and the family is spending time together before bed – or are they?Everyone is in the same room, but there’s no social interaction or acknowledgement of each other. Mom is checking Facebook on her laptop. Dad is watching the game on TV while responding to a couple of work emails on his tablet. Big brother is playing a video game on his phone. Little sister is texting her friends in a group chat.When you mention the growth of technology inside the home, most people think about eyeballs glued to screens and zombie-like attitudes that are devoid of social engagement. And while it’s easy to roll your eyes at the idea of technology in the home, it’s more than a distraction.Spend some time studying the rise of smart home devices and connected platforms, and it becomes apparent that these technologies have enormously positive effects in areas like architecture, design, automation, and security. In fact, here are some specific trends people are excited about:1. AI and Automation in the Kitchen“The kitchen environment of today has truly become the epicenter of the modern living habitat,” Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center explains. “Ranges, ovens, cooktops, refrigerators and dishwashers have become marvels of modern engineering built around our contemporary family and social gathering lifestyle.”The latest trend in the kitchen is the shift toward connected devices. Kitchen appliances – such as ovens, refrigerators, and gas ranges – are no longer just cooking appliances. When you step back and look at what they’re doing, it becomes clear they’re internet-connected devices capable of accomplishing a wide swath of tasks.AI and automation have turned the kitchen into a high-tech environment that’s easy and intuitive to use. Whether it’s starting the oven while you’re on the way home from work, using a real-time camera feed to see what’s in your refrigerator when at the supermarket, or using your voice to start the dishwasher – convenience is always at your fingertips.2. Convenient Home Security“When it comes to home security, companies are integrating motion sensor tech and video cameras with mobile apps,” HuffPost Canada writes. “If there’s any unusual activity at your place, like a tripped alarm, you’ll get an immediate alert on your smartphone. Storing security footage is no longer an issue either, since it can now be kept on the cloud.”Home security systems have existed for decades, but their cumbersome interfaces mean they often fail to get the use they need to be effective. The intuitive nature of today’s security platforms make it more likely that homeowners will actually use the features they have installed. This could lead to lower home burglary rates and safer neighborhoods.3. Hands-Free, Voice ControlOne of the more futuristic elements of the modern smart home is the ability to control various home systems using nothing but your voice.“Amazon wasn’t the first one to introduce voice control to the home, but it certainly brought the concept to the masses with the debut of the Echo,” tech blogger Joel Lee notes. “Technically speaking, the Echo is just a ‘wireless Bluetooth speaker’ – but what makes it awesome is its ability to interact with other smart products.”The Echo, for example, can be programmed to dim lights, start brewing coffee, or switch up the music. The options are virtually endless.More Change is Yet to ComeThe thing about technology is that it never “arrives.” As soon as one trend emerges, or a specific innovation comes to fruition, the marketplace begins pushing for the next big thing.We’ve spent the better part of two decades talking about the smart home concept, yet we’ve just now come to a point where it’s a reality. This means we’re only in the beginning stages of this technological revolution. Expect significant growth, changes, and iterations in the coming months and years.center_img Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Frank is a freelance journalist who has worked in various editorial capacities for over 10 years. He covers trends in technology as they relate to business. last_img read more

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4,327 Kashmiris get a reprieve

first_imgThe Jammu and Kashmir government on Wednesday withdrew cases against 4,327 youths, mainly first-time stone-throwers involved in 744 cases of disturbing law and order in the past one year.Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti announced the decision after a high-powered committee, headed by Director-General of Police S.P. Vaid, submitted its report to her in Jammu.Regular monitoringAn official spokesman said cases against these youths stood withdrawn. “The DGP has been asked to regularly monitor the progress in the matter and furnish a fortnightly report,” reads the communication from the Home Department to the DGP. An official spokesman said the decision “marks the revival of the process of withdrawal of cases started by Ms. Mufti immediately after taking over last year”.In the past, the Mufti government set a process of reviewing cases against youths involved in incidents from 2008 to 2014. “The process, unfortunately, got disrupted due to the continued violence and unrest in the latter part of last year,” the spokesman said.A total of 848 cases, involving 4,957 youths, had been withdrawn since last year. “She [the Chief Minister] is committed to withdrawing cases against youths found ‘not involved in heinous crimes’,” said the spokesman.The release of first-time stone-throwers was also recommended by the Government of India’s Special Representative on J&K, Dineshwar Sharma, who completed his first visit in the second week of November. He later made a presentation before the Union Home Ministry in Delhi.“The decision is a ray of hope for these young boys and their families. It is an opportunity for them to rebuild their lives,” Ms. Mufti said. She hoped the decision would help in creating “a positive and conciliatory atmosphere” in the State.last_img read more

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David Warner equals Virat Kohli’s record, third fastest to 4000 ODI runs

first_imgDavid Warner had become the quickest Australian batsmen to reach 4,000 ODI runs – achieved in 93 innings — on his way to an unbeaten 40 with captain Steve Smith not out on 22 when Australia came off after 16 overs at 83-1.Kohli achieved the feat against England back in 2013 in Ranchi, four years after his debut whereas Warner reached the landmark against Bangladesh in their Champions Trophy clash on Monday. The southpaw took eight years to score 4000 runs.However, the wash-out left Australia in a tricky situation as they now have to beat England in order to stand a chance to qualify for the semi-finals.”We were heading down a pretty good path and it was disappointing not to get a result in the end,” said Smith.”The game against England is now a quarter-final as such. They’re a good side and the equation is pretty simple now.”Bangladesh won the toss and chose to bat with Tamim Iqbal falling five runs short of a second straight century in the tournament as Mitchell Starc took three wickets in four balls near the end of the innings as they were out in 44.3 overs.Tamim, who scored 128 against England in the opening game on Thursday, got 95 off 114 balls, picking up the pace and smashing some fierce strokes before being caught by Josh Hazlewood at long leg off Starc with the first ball of the 43rd over.The Australian paceman bowled Mashrafe Mortaza two balls later, took out the stumps of Rubel Hoosain with his next delivery and came within inches of a hat trick as another swinging yorker flashed past Mustafizur Rahman.advertisementStarc finished with figures of 4/29 in 8.3 overs.Only two other Bangladesh batsmen — Shakib Al Hasan (29) and Mehedi Hasan Miraz (14) – reached double figures.Bangladesh must beat New Zealand in their last group game in Cardiff on Friday and hope England win their next two games in which case they would accompany the hosts to the semi-finals.”Australia were unlucky and we are lucky to still be in the tournament. We have to play hard again, but we beat New Zealand in Ireland (in a warm-up match) so you never know,” added Bangladesh skipper Mortaza.last_img read more

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Roger Federer digs deep to beat Adrian Mannarino and reach Basel semis

first_imgTop seed Roger Federer was finally forced to work hard for a win at the Swiss Indoors tournament as he fought back to beat Adrian Mannarino 4-6 6-1 6-3 in his quarter-final on Friday.The world number two, chasing an eighth title at his hometown tournament, had dropped only eight games as he breezed through the first two rounds but found his 28th-ranked opponent a much tougher nut to crack.Mannarino took the first set and, although Federer cruised through the second, the Frenchman made him work hard again in the third before the Swiss completed the win.Federer’s semi-final opponent on Saturday will be Belgian third seed David Goffin who beat American Jack Sock 7-6(6) 6-3 in the last of the night’s quarter-finals.World number four Marin Cilic had an even harder time than Federer, needing two tiebreaks to beat 100th-ranked Hungarian Marton Fucsovics 7-6(3) 5-7 7-6(4) in just over three hours.The Croat now faces Argentine Juan Martin del Potro, a late contender to snatch one of the last two places at the ATP World Tour Finals in London, who beat Roberto Bautista 6-2 2-6 6-4.last_img read more

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Belships Inks 10Year Charter for Ultramax Newbuilding

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Daniel Norris on Unsplash Norwegian shipping company Belships has agreed a 10-year bareboat charter for a 64,000 dwt Ultramax bulk carrier newbuilding. The vessel, that would be the company’s 20th unit, is scheduled for delivery by a Japanese shipyard during the second half of 2021.The estimated cash breakeven for the ship upon delivery is about USD 11,250 per day including operational expenses, Belships said, adding that the deal has “attractive purchase options” which can be exercised as from the fourth year until the end of the charter.“In addition to signalling the superior ship financing available to Belships, we see this transaction as an option to buy a vessel at today’s market levels without deploying any of the of the company’s cash until delivery,” Lars Christian Skarsgård, Belships CEO, said.Following the transaction, Belships’ fleet will count 20 Supramax/Ultramax bulk carriers, including a newbuilding being delivered from Japan’s Imabari Shipbuilding in the first half of 2020.last_img read more

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