© 2010 PhysOrg.com Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — The people of Sebastopol, California are in for a treat. Thanks to a collaboration between search giant Google and Sonic.net they will have the honor of being the first residential area in the United States that will have a 1Gbps Internet connection available. This is only the second location to get the benefit of a connection of this speed. The first US trials were done at Stanford University, where 850 faculty and staff homes on campus were enabled with the connection at a speed that would have seemed like a pipe dream even five years ago. Citation: Sebastopol, California to get a 1Gbps Internet connection at $70 a month (2011, June 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-06-sebastopol-california-1gbps-internet-month.html This deployment will be available to 700 homes in the area for a cost of roughly $70 a month. This system includes not only the Internet service but also offers two phone lines with unlimited long distance calling. A slower plan will offer users a 100Mbps connection and one phone line with unlimited long distance calling for a rate of roughly $40 each month. This makes the rates comparable to make services currently in existence in many residential areas of the United States. The deployment will roll out in stages, with 60 homes being hooked up in the next month and the rest connected by the end of the year. If all goes well similar rollouts will be done in other California cities such as Santa Rosa or San Francisco. The next city slated with a definite 1Gbps fiber network to be installed is Kansas City, which sent a proposal as part of its Fiber for Communities Project. Their network is expected to begin operations at some point in 2012. 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. Google to bring ultra high-speed broadband to Stanford
Vibration-powered generating batteries recharge when shaken (Phys.org) —Ann Makosinski from Victoria, British Columbia, has an LED flashlight powered by body heat. This inventor has a flashlight that glows when she holds it. The story gets more interesting, though. She is 15 years old and her flashlight has got her into the finalist ranks for the Google Science Fair. Her work is a result of a general interest in alternative energy. She said that she is “really interested in harvesting surplus energy, energy that surrounds but we never really use.” Enter the Hollow Flashlight, which works according to the thermoelectric effect—creating electric voltage out of temperature difference. As a Grade 10 student at St. Michaels University School in Victoria, she was deciding on a topic for a science project when she discovered the Peltier tile, producing electricity when one side of the tile is heated while the other side is cooled. More information: Google Science Fair project Citation: Student’s flashlight works by body heat, not batteries (2013, July 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-07-student-flashlight-body-batteries.html “Using four Peltier tiles and the temperature difference between the palm of the hand and ambient air, ” she said in her project statement, “I designed a flashlight that provides bright light without batteries or moving parts. My design is ergonomic, thermodynamically efficient, and only needs a five degree temperature difference to work and produce up to 5.4 mW at 5 foot candles of brightness.”She ran some calculations to see if the warmth from a human hand could generate enough energy via a tile to power a flashlight. She presented her hypothesis:” If I can capture enough heat from a human hand and convert it efficiently to electricity, then I can power a flashlight without any batteries or kinetic energy.” She presented her objective: “To make a flashlight that runs on the heat of the human hand.”To begin, she bought Peltier tiles and tested them to see if they could produce sufficient power to light an LED. The power was no problem but getting the needed voltage was, as the tiles did not generate enough of the voltage needed. As she learned, making some changes to the circuit design might turn a page. She used the Internet for information, experimented with different circuits, and got lucky, finding an energy-harvesting article on the Internet that made note of a circuit that could provide enough voltage when used with a recommended transformer. She talked about a point where she realized her battery-free flashlight could behave as she had hoped: “The final design included mounting the Peltiers on a hollow aluminum tube which was inserted in a larger PVC pipe with an opening that allowed ambient air to cool the tube. The palm wrapped around a cutout in the PVC pipe and warmed the tiles. The result was a bright light at 5 degree Celcius [sic] of Peltier differential. The flashlight worked!” In conclusion, she said, she succeeded in powering a flashlight using only the heat of the hand. Out of two flashlights that she made, neither which needed batteries, they worked. Materials for the flashlight project cost her $26. Considering that the effort has qualified her as a finalist in the Google Science Fair, where 15 finalists from around the world are competing for the prizes, that is not an unwise investment. The top winner gets a $50,000 scholarship and trip to the Galapagos Islands. The prize ceremony takes place in September. Winners will be chosen in different age categories—13-14, 15-16, 17-18. © 2013 Phys.org 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.
Kolkata: Police arrested Kausar Ali Dhali, the kingpin of the racket that used to sell dead chicken, from a village at Hasnabad in North 24-Parganas on Thursday morning.Police said that he had a plan to flee to Bangladesh, to avoid getting arrested. He was booked under different sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and section 51 of the Food Safety and Security Act, 2006.With the arrest of Kausar, the total number of people arrested in this connection rose to six. Earlier, police had arrested five people during a raid at the chicken farm owned by Kausar in New Town. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe raid was conducted on April 27 and police had recovered a huge quantity of carcass meat from the refrigerators in the farm. Investigation had revealed that they used to preserve dead chicken in the refrigerators, which was sold to different eateries.Kausar had managed to flee from the farm when the raid was conducted. The police were in search of Kausar for the past few weeks. It was on Wednesday that the police received a tip-off that he was hiding in a village in Hasnabad. A team comprising police officers from Airport Police Station and Detective department conducted a raid and arrested Kausar. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe police had earlier conducted raids in the houses of Kausar and had also visited his in-laws’ house. But he had managed to flee every time.Police came to know during the investigation that he had been hopping from one village to another in Hasnabad and its adjoining places to avoid getting arrested. The reason behind taking shelter in a hideout in the bordering area was that he was in search of the moment when he could flee to the neighbouring country. Investigation has further revealed that he had initiated his business of selling chicken a few years ago. He later stepped into the illegal trade of selling dead chicken to eateries and made fast money.The police have started questioning him and are trying to find out names of other people who were involved in the racket. Sources said that the police are also going to prepare a list containing names of the eateries to which Kausar had supplied carcass meat, following which they would take further steps.
Santiniketan (West Bengal): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday expressed her government’s desire to build a Bangabandhu Bhavan in the memory of Bangladesh’s founding father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Banerjee was speaking at the inauguration of Bangladesh Bhavan in the presence of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who is the daughter of Mujibur Rahman. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also attended the function. “We want to make a Bangabandhu Bhavan in the name of Bangabandhu (Sheikh Mujibur Rahman). After discussions between the two countries, whenever we are entrusted with the responsibility, we will do it,” Banerjee said in her address. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights Banerjee said she was repeatedly remembering Bangabandhu — the leader of the Bangladesh’s liberation war and first President of independent Bangladesh — at the function. Speaking about Indo-Bangladesh relation, Mamata said the two nations have a “continuous and steadfast relationship”, and exuded confidence that the Bangladesh Bhavan would become a “centre of pilgrimage” in the years to come. “Indo-Bangladesh ties will remain in fine fettle forever. Bangaldesh Bhavan, I feel will become a centre of pilgrimage in the years to come. The two countries have shared a continuous and steadfast relationship since 1971 (when Bangladesh became independent).” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed Banerjee also laid stress on the shared cultural heritage of West Bengal and Bangladesh — both having a majority of Bengali-speaking people. She said both India and Bangladesh have high regards for poets Rabindranath Tagore and Kazi Nazrul Islam. “Just like India can’t think without Rabindranath (Tagore) and Nazrul, Bangladesh also can’t think without them.” “Tomorrow (Saturday) is Kazi Nazrul Islam’s birthday here. In Bangladesh, the celebrations are taking place today,” she said. She also noted that Kazi Nazrul University had been set up by her government in Asansol of West Burdwan district where Hasina would be conferred an honorary D.Litt degree on Saturday. “We have built the Nazrul Islam University, where Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will go tomorrow. We have also named an airport after Nazrul Islam in Andal (Durgapur). Hasina, in her speech, had also said that Tagore belonged more to Bangladesh than India as most of his literary work were compiled on Bangladesh soil. Banerjee is slated to have a “courtesy meeting” with Hasina in Kolkata on Saturday.
In an attempt to make Delhi and its features accessible to people, Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister, government of Delhi launched the Calendar and Diary of the year 2016, brought out by Delhi Tourism & Transportation Development Corporation at Delhi Secretariat on Monday. Manish Sisodia, Deputy CM; Kapil Mishra, Minister for Tourism, government of Delhi; Keshav Chandra, chairman, Delhi Tourism and Soumya Gupta, MD and CEO, DTTDC and other senior officials of DTTDC and Delhi government were also present on the occasion. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Delhi Tourism (DTTDC) has been bringing out calendar and diaries every year with a theme. This year’s theme has been kept – ‘The Spirit of Delhi’ which strives to present its glorious past and magnificent present to portray the ancient and modern blend of the city and the responsibility the city takes in realising the dreams of people from different walks of life. It also displays the streets, cuisines and cultural diversity of the national Capital. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe Diary features facts regarding monuments, haunted places in city, regarding various modes of transportation in Delhi, historical importance associated to different monuments, food of Delhi, different kinds of languages and slangs used.It consists of two stickers of Qutub Minar and India Gate and also consists of two maps. This will enable the user to get acquainted with the facts related to Delhi, and thus impart information related to the rich heritage, various Indian delicacies and other things.
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee observed the International Translation Day on Sunday.”Today is #InternationalTranslationDay. The theme for 2018 is ‘Translation: promoting cultural heritage in changing times’. Translation promotes unity in diversity. In fact, many of my books have been translated to English, Hindi and Olchiki,” the Chief Minister tweeted.Banerjee, who is a prolific writer, has 81 books written in Bengali, English, Urdu, Hindi and Olchiki to her credit. In a recent interview to a vernacular television channel, she said that her main income comes from the royalty of her books, as she does not take any remuneration from the state government. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIn 1995, her first book Upolobdhi was published, followed by Ma and Janatar Darbar. For children she has written Kathanjali and Ajab Chara. My unforgettable memories written by her was later translated by Nandini Sengupta.On May 24, 2017, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the role of language professionals in connecting nations and fostering peace and understanding and developed and declared September 30 as International Translation Day. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be recalled that it was Sister Nivedita who had translated Rabindranath Tagore’s Kabuliwalla in English, which later became internationally famous. Romian Rolland’s Jean Christophe, for which he got Nobel Prize in 1915, was translated in English by Gilbert Cannan.Famous philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein’s German book Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus was translated in English by D F Pears and B F Guinness and was published with an introduction by Bertrand Russell in 1922. The book became internationally famous.With the passage of time, a trend of translating books in German, French and Italian language to Bengali has emerged. The complete volume of Sherlock Holmes has also been translated to Bengali.
The Embassy of Spain and ‘Seher’, an organisation to promote performing and visual arts, in association with Bikaner house organized the first ever regal performance of the Encuentro flamenco group from Spain in the national Capital. The Event showcasing the flamenco was a celebration of 60 years of cordial relations between India and Spain. Sanjeev Bhargava, the founder of ‘Seher’ said, “The idea is that we keep inviting international artists who need to be put forward on Indian stage, because it’s important that right kind of artists come and perform in India, and they are presented well whether it is over here or anywhere else.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe evening was also a celebration of Spain’s commitment to the second edition of the Udaipur Music festival that will enthrall Rajasthan and the entire country in February 2017. As a prelude to the festival, the evening witnessed the magical performance of the Encuentro flamenco, a Young music ensemble from Spain. The magic woven by dancer Anabel Moreno, guitarist José Almarcha, singer Debel and Valduncie transported the audiences to the rich land of Spain with their traditional Flamenco accentuated with an avant-garde brew packaged in an hour of emotions, passion and joy.
Effective Memory: Image Title Have you noticed that you’re being forgetful lately? Lack of sleep could be the culprit. While we sleep, our brains process and consolidate our memories from the day. If you don’t get enough sleep, those memories might not get stored correctly, causing them to fade away.Problems with memory and decreased social interaction can be linked to lack of sleep. It’s Better For You, Emotionally:Image Title Also Read – Add new books to your shelfYou may have noticed that you behave irritably if you don’t sleep enough, the previous night. Sleep-deprived people have a much higher chance of developing anxiety and depression. This is due to the critical role that sleep plays in emotional processing. Improved Concentration And Productivity:Image Title Sleep is important for various aspects of functioning of the brain.This includes concentration, performance and productivity, however, sleep deprivation would cause a negative impact on these. Good sleep, on the other hand, has been shown to improve problem solving skills and enhance memory performance. Poor sleep is known to impair brain function. Difficulty in concentrating has direct links to lack of sleep. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSleep Adds Years To Your Life: Image Title If you get plenty of sleep, its equitable to living longer; the more sleep you get, the healthier you live, the healthier you are, the longer you tend to live.Besides other benefits of getting enough sleep, the one that cannot be forgotten is that it keeps your immune system healthier, keeping a number of ailments at bay.