New Technology Combines GPS Benefits with Privacy Protection

first_imgThis spatial layout shows how four messages relate to each other, with messages 1, 2, and 4 included in the same cloaking box (solid rectangle) in order to blur the identities of the users. Credit: Bugra Gedik and Ling Liu. ©2007 IEEE. Computer scientists Bugra Gedik and Ling Liu explain that, while an Orwellian society is not right around the corner, location-based technologies have already raised major personal privacy issues. One case in point is DARPA’s LifeLog project, “a massive electronic database of every activity and relationship a person engages in,” which was recently scrapped due to privacy concerns. Gedik, a researcher at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, and Liu, an associate professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, have recently developed a new technology that could protect cell phone and mobile device users from privacy abuse, while still enabling them to enjoy the benefits that location-based technologies have to offer.“We need to devise a location anonymization architecture that is both scalable in terms of achieving high anonymization success rate and high accuracy, and robust in terms of protecting users from vulnerabilities and threats of misuse and abuse of their location information,” Liu told PhysOrg.com, explaining one of the major challenges of developing a location privacy protection system.While previous attempts at location privacy applications have been made, Gedik and Liu’s system is the first to enable individuals to choose the level of anonymity for different applications, while still providing nearly optimal performance. For example, a cell phone user could send a request for a local gas station offering the most inexpensive gas to a “location-based services” (LBS) provider, and receive an accurate answer even without the provider knowing exactly where the user is located. Without knowing a user’s location, it would also be impossible for an LBS provider to determine with certainty a user’s identity when using the protective system. This protection is important since, using only location information, curious or malicious providers could conceivably determine information such as a user’s political affiliations, alternative lifestyles, medical problems or the private businesses of an organization such as new business initiatives and partnerships, the researchers explained.The new system uses an anonymity-based approach called “location k-anonymity.” A user is considered to be location k-anonymous if their location information sent to the LBS provider is indistinguishable from the location information of at least k – 1 other users. In tests, the researchers experimented with k values from 2 to 12, with higher values meaning increased privacy, but also longer search times. In real life, different users could choose different k values for different applications based on their personalized privacy requirements, but the researchers predicted that even the most privacy-conscious users would be satisfied with a k value of 5. Citation: New Technology Combines GPS Benefits with Privacy Protection (2007, December 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-12-technology-combines-gps-benefits-privacy.html As GPS and other wireless location-based technologies are becoming prevalent on cell phones and other everyday devices, two researchers are thinking about the social reaction to constant surveillance. As George Orwell envisioned, a world in which everyone is being watched opens the doors for privacy abuse and totalitarian control. Explore furthercenter_img “Most of the privacy-preserving algorithms today work with a system-defined fixed k for all users, and we argue that ‘one-size-fits-all’ k-anonymization approaches are not efficient,” Gedik explained. “Our system is the first one to develop a personalized location anonymization model for a wide range of users with context-sensitive privacy requirements, while maintaining high accuracy through optimal location anonymization.” Whenever the system receives a message, an algorithm searches for other messages coming from the same general area, and then groups together k or more messages in a geographical rectangle encompassing all the messages. For tuning the system level parameters to obtain close-to-optimal accuracy in practice, the system uses a “trace generator,” which simulates cars moving on roads based on real-world road data. After the messages are anonymized in this way, the system forwards them to the external LBS providers. In tests, the system processed 50% of messages in less than five seconds, and 75% in less than 10 seconds. Further, the personalized location k-anonymity model had a high success rate, with only about 10% of messages being dropped due to algorithm shortcomings, such as the inability to find other messages sent within the same location.The scientists will continue working on improving the algorithm, and also studying the quality of location-based services when used under the privacy algorithm in real-world situations. “Our location privacy project is progressing along three dimensions,” Liu explained. “First, we are working on ways to combine policy-based privacy specification and enforcement with anonymous usage of location information for protecting the location privacy of users and organizations. Second, we are interested in developing a privacy-conscious mobile community for different classes of applications. Third, we are interested in studying different location anonymization techniques in terms of both their ability to balance the level of privacy guarantees and the quality of service, and their resilience to various location-based inference attacks.“This location privacy project is currently funded by the NSF Cybertrust program. More information: Gedik, Bugra, and Liu, Ling. “Protecting Location Privacy with Personalized k-Anonymity: Architecture and Algorithms. IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, Vol. 7, No. 1, January 2008.Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. French lawsuit accuses Google of violating EU privacy rules 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. 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Tevatron atom smasher to close in September

first_imgFermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Main Ring and Main Injector as seen from the air. Image: Fermilab The Tevatron is located at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) in Batavia, Illinois, and accelerates and collides protons and antiprotons traveling around a four-mile loop at almost the speed of light. The results of the collisions enable researchers to study the structure of matter.Scientists working with the Tevatron had hoped it would be able to keep running for another three years, giving them the chance to find the Higgs boson (also known as the “God particle”) before their European counterparts using the much newer 17-mile loop Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Now they have been told the funds are not available.The Higgs boson is of extreme importance to the Standard Model, the most widely accepted theory of physics, since the theory predicts its existence to explain how most of the known elementary particles gain mass. Scientists have been trying to detect it for decades, so far without success.The Tevatron is funded by the US Department of Energy (DOE) and an additional $35 million is required each year to keep it operating. DOE Office of Science head William Brinkman has written to Fermilab, via the DOE High Energy Physics Advisory Panel, to say that the current challenging budgetary climate means the additional funding is not available. The Tevatron will therefore cease operations in September as originally scheduled.The Fermilab scientists, led by Pier Oddone, had hoped the Tevatron could remain in operation to allow them to take advantage of the planned 2012 or 2013 closure of the LHC, which might have given them the chance to be first to spot the Higgs boson. The scientific advisory panel at Fermilab recommended in August that Tevatron should be kept running to 2014 despite the cost, but Oddone calculated only $15 million could be made available from the lab’s budget by delaying other projects but the additional $35 million would need to come from DOE. DOE approved the plan, provided funds were available, but have now announced they are not.Many physicists say the Tevatron is more likely to find the Higgs boson because it has lower energy and cleaner collisions and the Higgs is thought to have a mass about 121-144 times that of a proton. The Tevatron may also be more suitable because its collisions are between protons and antiprotons, while the LHC collides protons and protons, so the Tevatron can probe connections between new particles and other particles that cannot be probed with the LHC.Dr. Oddone said the Tevatron had exceeded all original expectations and had been involved in a number of historic discoveries. Scientists working on the Tevatron will be moved to other projects and will continue to collaborate with CERN, which operates the LHC, but the future of the people involved in operating the Tevatron is not yet known. The hunt for the Higgs steps up a gear 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. © 2010 PhysOrg.comcenter_img Explore further Citation: Tevatron atom smasher to close in September (2011, January 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-01-tevatron-atom-smasher-september.html (PhysOrg.com) — The 25-year-old Tevatron particle accelerator in the US will end its operations in September this year since no funds are available to extend its life for three more years.last_img read more

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Flying microrobot takes steps toward full autonomy w video

first_img The team of researchers, Dr. Néstor Pérez-Arancibia, Kevin Ma, Dr. Kevin Galloway, Jack Greenberg, and Prof. Robert Wood from the Harvard Microrobotics Lab at Harvard University, has published their study on the first controlled vertical flight of a biologically inspired microrobot in a recent issue of Bioinspiration & Biomimetics. The methods they used could provide a key step toward developing completely autonomous flying microrobots.“Basically, a fully autonomous flying microrobot would do similar things to what natural bees and flies can do: take off, land, and navigate through difficult environments,” Pérez-Arancibia told PhysOrg.com. “In the long term, I can also envision microrobots that can adapt to their environments, coordinate with other robots to accomplish difficult tasks, and interact with natural insects (this would be very cool, I think).”As the researchers explained in their study, designing a microrobot with total autonomy is a complex problem for which aerodynamics, sensing, actuators, and other factors must be considered simultaneously. To tackle the problem, the researchers focused on just one degree of freedom: altitude. Citation: Flying microrobot takes steps toward full autonomy (w/ video) (2011, September 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-microrobot-full-autonomy-video.html “The term ‘closed-loop’ implies that feedback is used to generate the input to the robotic system,” Pérez-Arancibia explained. “In this particular case, the robotʼs altitude is measured using an external laser position sensor and then this information is used by the controller (a set of rules) to generate the control signal, which is the voltage input to the system that makes the wings flap. Note that altitude is the variable that we control (we make it follow the trajectory we desire, using a feedback controller).”Using this controller design process, the researchers demonstrated that the microrobot could perform tasks such as hovering in one place and following a trajectory. Also, when the researchers caused a disturbance by blowing air from a hose at the microrobot, the microrobot was able to withstand the disturbance. In addition, the 56-mg microrobot is capable of generating lift forces of up to 3.6 times its own weight, meaning it could carry a payload including steering components, sensors, and power sources. These characteristics could make the flying microrobots appealing for a variety of applications.“It is reasonable to assume that they will be cheap if manufactured at a large scale,” Pérez-Arancibia said. “Therefore, they will be excellent for going into, exploring, and sending information out from areas inaccessible or too dangerous to humans. I am thinking of buildings on fire, contaminated areas (by dangerous chemicals, radiation, or even pathogens), collapsed structures, etc. They will be excellent to do field biological research. Imagine the use of 1000 or 2000 of these robots for exploring a tree in the middle of the Amazonian forest, for example. Imagine a group of microrobots flying alongside Monarch butterflies on their migration route from Canada to Mexico, etc. Another application often mentioned is artificial pollination.”As Pérez-Arancibia added, the researchers are making swift progress toward the ultimate goal of fully autonomous flying microrobots.“At the Harvard Microrobotics Lab, as a group, we are and will be working on bringing you autonomous flying microrobots ASAP,” he said. “Papers coming soon will present experiments on altitude control using optical flow, on pitch control, on new robotic designs that include steering and control actuators, etc. Stay tuned!” PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Explore further Play The hovering microrobot can reject disturbances such as compressed air jets from a small hose. The ruler shown in the video is a rough visual reference; precise altitude is measured with the laser displacement sensor. Video credit: Néstor O. Pérez-Arancibia, et al. After designing and fabricating a 56-mg flapping-wing microrobot, the researchers attached the microrobot to a double-cantilever beam that could move only in the vertical direction. When the robot flapped its wings, the flapping induced inertial and aerodynamic forces that caused the wings to passively rotate. In turn, the passive rotation created a non-zero angle of attack during the wing stroke, which produced lift. In general, the faster the wings flapped (i.e., the higher the frequency and/or the amplitude of their stroke angle), the greater the lift force.As Pérez-Arancibia explained, to design the controller – the set of rules used to generate input to the system – the researchers used two separate experimental setups. In the first experimental setup, the researchers gathered relevant information about the robot’s dynamics by performing static experiments (i.e., the robot flaps, but it does not move). Two sensors measured the actuator output and the force produced by the flapping wings. With this information, the researchers could determine the controller’s general structure. In order to fine-tune this structure, the researchers then computed additional parameters by performing experiments in which the robot moves up and down, as shown in the video. This controller resulted in the first demonstration of the closed-loop control of an insect-scale robot. 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 More information: Néstor O. Pérez-Arancibia, et al. “First controlled vertical flight of a biologically inspired microrobot.” Bioinsp. Biomim. 6 (2011) 036009 (11pp). DOI:10.1088/1748-3182/6/3/036009 Cracking flight’s mysteries: It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a microrobot Copyright 2011 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. (PhysOrg.com) — With the goal of designing an insect-inspired flying microrobot capable of sustained autonomous flight, researchers have demonstrated for the first time a microrobot that achieves vertical flight using closed-loop control. The researchers predict that the approach they use for controlling flight on this one axis could also be used for controlling flight on all three axes. This screenshot from the video below shows the flying microrobot performing vertical flight with closed-loop control. Image credit: Néstor O. 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Selfcharging battery both generates and stores energy

first_imgIn order to apply a stress to the separator, the researchers attached the coin-sized battery to the bottom of a shoe, and found that walking could generate enough compressive energy to charge the battery. A compressive force with a frequency of 2.3 Hz could increase the voltage of the device from 327 to 395 mV in 4 minutes. This 65 mV increase is significantly higher than the 10 mV increase it took when the power cell was separated into a PVDF piezoelectric generator and Li-ion battery with the conventional polyethylene separator. The improvement shows that achieving a mechanical-to-chemical energy conversion in one step is much more efficient than the mechanical-to-electric and electric-to-chemical two-step process used for charging a traditional battery. A cross-sectional scanning electron microscope image of the self-charging power cell (left), and the enlarged TiO2 nanotube anode (right). Image credit: Xue, et al. ©2012 American Chemical Society Once the new equilibrium between electrodes is reached, the self-charging process ceases. The cell can begin supplying power after the applied stress is released, since the piezoelectric field disappears and the Li ions can diffuse back from the anode to the cathode to reach a new equilibrium. As in a conventional Li-ion battery, ion diffusion involves electrochemical reduction-oxidation reactions, which here generate a current of about 1 μA that can be used to power a small electronic device.“The Li ions will not flow back immediately after the applied stress is removed because it forms a new compound with the anode material (LiTiO),” Zhong Lin Wang said. “The charges are preserved as in a conventional battery. They are released at a later time when power is required.”Although these voltages and currents are low, the researchers showed that the power cell can also self-charge with higher voltages of around 1.5 V, which could make it useful for a broader range of applications. The researchers predict they can further improve the power cell’s performance by making several modifications, such as by using flexible casing to allow for greater deformation of the piezoelectric material. More information: Xinyu Xue, et al. “Hybridizing Energy Conversion and Storage in a Mechanical-to-Electrochemical Process for Self-Charging Power Cell.” Nano Letters. DOI: 10.1021/nl302879t Journal information: Nano Letters 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 further Copyright 2012 Phys.org All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. (a) In the self-charging power cell, the piezoelectric material PVDF replaces the conventional separator material and acts as a nanogenerator inside a Li-ion battery. (b) On the bottom of a shoe, the power cell converts the compressive energy generated by walking into chemical energy and stores it without converting it to electricity. Image credit: Xue, et al. ©2012 American Chemical Society The researchers, Xinyu Xue, Sihong Wang, Wenxi Guo, Yan Zhang, and Zhong Lin Wang, from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, have published their study on combining energy generation and storage in a single unit in a recent issue of Nano Letters.“This is a project that introduces a new approach in battery technology that is fundamentally new in science,” Zhong Lin Wang told Phys.org. “This has a general and broad application because it is a unit that not only harvests energy but also stores it. It does not need a constant wall jet DC source to charge the battery. It is mostly to be used for driving small, portable electronics.”To fabricate the self-charging power cell, the researchers started with a coin-type Li-ion battery and replaced the polyethylene separator that normally separates the two electrodes with PVDF film. As a piezoelectric material, PVDF film generates a charge when under an applied stress. Because of its position between the battery electrodes, the PVDF film causes positive Li ions to migrate from the cathode to the anode in order to maintain a charge equilibrium across the battery. This ion migration process charges the battery without the need for any external voltage source; since the PVDF separator provides the voltage, or potential difference between electrodes, the battery is essentially self-charging. (Phys.org) — Renewable energy technologies generally consist of two distinct processes: energy generation (using sources such as coal, solar, wind, etc.) and energy storage (such as batteries). These two processes are always accomplished through two separate units, with the first process converting the original form of energy to electricity, and the second process converting electricity to chemical energy. Now for the first time, engineers have demonstrated that energy can be generated and stored in a single device that converts mechanical energy directly to chemical energy, bypassing the intermediate step of electricity generation. The device basically acts as a hybrid generator-battery unit, or in other words, a self-charging power cell. Citation: Self-charging battery both generates and stores energy (2012, August 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-08-self-charging-battery-energy.html Bendable battery and LED make up the first functional all-flexible electronic systemlast_img read more

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New evidence suggests Isthmus of Panama was formed earlier than thought

first_img © 2015 Phys.org Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 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. Panama debate fueled by zircon dating: Americas connected earlier than thought More information: Biological evidence supports an early and complex emergence of the Isthmus of Panama, Christine D. Bacon, PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1423853112AbstractThe linking of North and South America by the Isthmus of Panama had major impacts on global climate, oceanic and atmospheric currents, and biodiversity, yet the timing of this critical event remains contentious. The Isthmus is traditionally understood to have fully closed by ca. 3.5 million years ago (Ma), and this date has been used as a benchmark for oceanographic, climatic, and evolutionary research, but recent evidence suggests a more complex geological formation. Here, we analyze both molecular and fossil data to evaluate the tempo of biotic exchange across the Americas in light of geological evidence. We demonstrate significant waves of dispersal of terrestrial organisms at approximately ca. 20 and 6 Ma and corresponding events separating marine organisms in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans at ca. 23 and 7 Ma. The direction of dispersal and their rates were symmetrical until the last ca. 6 Ma, when northern migration of South American lineages increased significantly. Variability among taxa in their timing of dispersal or vicariance across the Isthmus is not explained by the ecological factors tested in these analyses, including biome type, dispersal ability, and elevation preference. Migration was therefore not generally regulated by intrinsic traits but more likely reflects the presence of emergent terrain several millions of years earlier than commonly assumed. These results indicate that the dramatic biotic turnover associated with the Great American Biotic Interchange was a long and complex process that began as early as the Oligocene–Miocene transition.Press release An 1850 oil painting by Charles Christian Nahl, titled, The Isthmus of Panama on the height of the Chagres River Conventional theory has placed the formation of the Isthmus of Panama at approximately 3.5 million years ago, connecting the North and South American continents. That event marked a major evolutionary occurrence for the planet as it allowed plants and animals to cross between the two continents, while simultaneously cutting off marine life that once passed between them—it also had a major impact on worldwide weather as the water flow between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean was stopped. In this new effort, the researchers report that they have found evidence that shows the Isthmus was formed in a stop-and-go manner that began as far back as 20 million years ago.To come to this conclusion, the team looked at fossil and molecular data collected from specimens found on both ends of the Isthmus as well as specimens that came from the sea. They claim their analysis shows that migrations between the two continents started much earlier than has been thought and that there were periods where such migrations were halted which meant the Isthmus had been covered over by water for a time, again, before rising to finally form the land mass we have today. Species passed between, the two continents, they report, at a reasonably steady pace, up until approximately six million years ago—at that point, the migration picked up in very noticeable ways.The team plans to continue their research, looking for answers to such questions as to why it appears mammals took so much longer to migrate between the two continents than did other organisms. They also believe that because many modern models used to predict future climate change are based on assumptions from the past that include the Isthmus forming much more recently than it really did, some changes are going to have to be made to them. (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with members from Panama, Sweden, Switzerland and the U.S. has found evidence that suggests the Isthmus of Panama was formed much earlier than has been thought by most in the research community. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes how they undertook a detailed study of fossil and molecular data of both terrestrial and marine life to create a better picture of the way the Isthmus came to be. Scientists think that salamanders from North America arrived in South America before the accepted date for the closure of the Isthmian land bridge 3 million years ago, supporting Bacon et al’s assertion that the Isthmus closed at an earlier date. Credit: STRI Archives Citation: New evidence suggests Isthmus of Panama was formed earlier than thought (2015, April 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-04-evidence-isthmus-panama-earlier-thought.html Explore furtherlast_img read more

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Entanglement for identical particles doesnt follow textbook rules

first_img © 2016 Phys.org More information: Rosario Lo Franco and Giuseppe Compagno. “Quantum entanglement of identical particles by standard information-theoretic notions.” Nature Scientific Reports. http://www.nature.com/articles/srep20603. On Arxiv: http://arxiv.org/abs/1511.03445 Unfortunately, these methods do not work very well when applied to identical particles, such as two electrons or two helium atoms, since such particles are indistinguishable. The traditional methods often give false positives for entanglement between identical particles, claiming that they are entangled even when it’s clear that they are not. Consequently, there is no general method for measuring the degree of entanglement between identical particles, although over the past several years physicists have made many attempts at developing such a method. However, these proposals often contradict the well-established methods, with some going as far as to redefine the very notion of entanglement.Now in a new paper published in Nature Scientific Reports, physicists Rosario Lo Franco and Giuseppe Compagno at the University of Palermo in Italy have developed a method for measuring entanglement between identical particles that uses the same fundamental concepts as those used by the well-established methods for measuring entanglement between nonidentical particles.In their paper, Lo Franco and Compagno propose that the root of the problem (why the traditional methods work so well for nonidentical particles but not for identical ones) is the general convention of labeling identical particles to make them appear nonidentical. Labeling can be done by, for example, by assigning a number to each particle.”In quantum theory, identical particles are made nonidentical by naming them with unphysical labels,” Lo Franco told Phys.org. “This procedure works well in the usual practice, except when correlation properties, like entanglement, for such systems are considered.”By doing away with the labels altogether, Lo Franco and Compagno could open a new avenue for investigating how indistinguishability impacts the degree of entanglement. “A delicate yet strong aspect of our work is that it somehow defies some common beliefs and prejudices about this decades-long debated issue of the entanglement of quantum indistinguishable particles,” Lo Franco said. “We show that identical particles can be treated without name labels, in contrast with the very usual textbook practice, maintaining a particle-based approach in terms of states. This enables the study of entanglement by means of the standard notions of entanglement theory for distinguishable particles.” 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. The new approach finally provides an answer to the previously unanswerable yet basic question of whether or not two identical particles are entangled. The results reveal that, if two identical particles with opposite “pseudospins” (a property that does not make the particles different) are brought so close together that they begin to overlap each other in space, then they will become entangled. This theoretical result can help explain a recent experimental observation in which entanglement was generated simply by moving two ultracold rubidium atoms with opposite spins into the same optical tweezer. The results also show that the degree of entanglement between identical particles depends on the degree of particle overlap, where particles that occupy the same exact space are maximally entangled. This relation between entanglement and overlap is unique to identical particles, as the entanglement of nonidentical particles does not fundamentally depend on particles occupying the same space.In addition, the results show that the degree of entanglement between identical particles is always greater than that of nonidentical particles. This finding suggests that identical particles may be more efficient than nonidentical ones at becoming entangled, which has important implications for designing entanglement-based quantum information technologies. Since overlap is a critical feature of identical particle entanglement, the results could lead to new experiments that use quantum correlations for quantum information tasks that are implemented in systems in which particle overlap is important. These systems include Bose-Einstein condensates, quantum dots, superconducting circuits, photons in waveguides, and aggregates of biological matter.”Our work foundationally contributes to clarifying the relation between quantum entanglement and the identity of particles,” Compagno said. “It also motivates studies that involve correlations other than entanglement. These areas have already been experiencing a huge amount of attention with nonidentical particles, but now we can investigate these correlations in the context of identical particles as well.” A way to study entanglement entropy between multi-body systems Journal information: Scientific Reportscenter_img Citation: Entanglement for identical particles doesn’t follow textbook rules (2016, February 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-02-entanglement-identical-particles-doesnt-textbook.html , arXiv (Left) A comparison of entanglement for nonidentical particles (red solid line) with identical bosons (blue dotted line) and identical fermions (orange dashed line). (Right) Density plot of entanglement for identical bosons, which—unlike nonidentical particles—depends on particle overlap. Credit: Lo Franco and Compagno. ©2016 Nature Scientific Reports Explore further (Phys.org)—In quantum entanglement, two particles are correlated in such a way that any action on one of them affects the other even when they are far apart. The traditional methods of measuring the degree of quantum entanglement were originally developed for nonidentical particles, such as between an electron and a proton, or two atoms of different types.last_img read more

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Yaya Toure is new Airtel Africa brand ambassador

first_imgBharti Airtel Africa, a leading telecommunications service provider with operations in 20 countries across Africa and Asia has announced that it has engaged Ivorian and Manchester City playmaker,  Yaya Toure as its brand ambassador in its bid to reach the youth population across Africa. “We are excited to be signing the pact with Mr. Touré who is respected in Africa and beyond. As the first player to win African Player of the Year four consecutive times, Touré is an inspiration to everyone working to achieve their potential and striving to be their best every day,” said Airtel Africa CEO, Christian de Faria. The campaign reiterates the company’s commitment to support the youth in Africa as well as drive economic growth by unlocking people’s potential, a company official said. Speaking on his partnership with Airtel Africa Touré said, “Throughout my career I have been fortunate to have a great deal of success on the field.last_img read more

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KMC to start biometric attendance from today

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will start biometric attendance system from Saturday.The attendance of all employees including the contractual staff will be recorded through biometric system. The system will be introduced in phases. In the first phase, the biometric system of recording attendance will be introduced in the Solid Waste Management (SWM), Engineering and Health departments. The system will be introduced in all the departments within a month. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe system is going to be introduced in the KMC headquarter on S N Banerjee Road and later all the borough offices will have the same. The introduction of biometric system to record the attendance of the employees was decided many years ago. But it could not be implemented due to the Left unions. Now, the practice in KMC is that the employees have to sign their arrival and departure times. Though the departure is at 5.30 pm, it has often been found that employees have left much ahead of the stipulated time. Mayor Firhad Hakim said though the employees turn up as per schedule in the Conservancy department, the work culture is very poor. He hoped that the new system will improve the work culture and increase the efficiency of KMC.last_img read more

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John Wall needs to win Game 7 against the Celtics

first_imgJohn Wall needs to win Game 7 against the Celtics tonightThe Celtics and Wizards square off in Game 7 of their 2nd round playoff matchup against the Wizards. Even though the series is essentially deciding who will become chum to feed to the Cavs, it’s unquestionably the biggest night of John Wall’s career.Although Colin has been critical of Wall in the past, he was impressed by him all year and would have voted him 4th in the MVP race, ahead of Russell Westbrook. But, in the NBA, stars win playoff series. Although hitting the game winner in Game 6 had Wall fans celebrating in the Twitter streets, and prompted outraged viral video rants, it didn’t win the series.What Wall does tonight will have far more of an impact on how he’s viewed as an NBA player. Superstars win second round Game 7’s, stars jump on the scorer’s table after a Game 6. When was the last time LeBron even lost a game in the second round? In perspective, it’s kind of ridiculous.“If you want to be a superstar, this is the game to prove it.” Guests:Eddie House – NBA Champion and 14-year NBA veteran is in-studio to talk about seeing a disastrous Criss Angel show; if he thought Zaza Pachulia’s Kawhi Leonard ankle roll was dirty; and why John Wall absolutely has to win tonight.Peter King – Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The MMQB joins the show to explain why Seattle should sign Colin Kaepernick; why Paul Allen is one of the only owners to pull it off; why the Seahawks locker room has the unique ability to handle players speaking out; and why Tom Brady will never call himself the G.O.A.T.Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA Insider is in-studio to discuss if Zaza Pachulia’s close out on Kawhi Leonard was dirty; why Popovich’s outrage over Pachulia is hypocritical; why he doesn’t think the play was dirty; and why tonight’s Game 7 won’t impact his opinion of John Wall. Stop making excuses for the Spurs after the Kawhi Leonard injuryThe Spurs blew a 25-point lead after Kawhi Leonard went down after rolling his ankle on a questionable Zaza Pachulia closeout in the 3rd quarter of Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against Golden State. San Antonio ended up losing 113-111, and almost immediately the excuses began pouring in on social media on behalf of the Spurs.Colin isn’t buying it. He acknowledges that it was a blow to lose Leonard, but they were 8-1 this year without Leonard, and 14-4 over the last two. They just dusted the Rockets by 40 on the road without him. He also pointed out that when LeBron had to face the Warriors in the NBA Finals without Kyrie Irving or Kevin Love, no one made excuse for James.The Spurs hallmark is organizational excellence. They’ve consistently shown the ability to win without Kawhi over a large sample period. Ultimately, the Spurs were going to lose the series with or without Leonard. No excuses.“No excuses. You wouldn’t give LeBron one. Let’s not give Popovich one.”last_img read more

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No Regrets Gmails Undo Send Feature Made a Permanent Function

first_img 1 min read June 23, 2015 Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. We’ve all had those moments of instant email regret — you hit send on a note with a typo or replied all when your message was meant for just one person.Since 2009, Gmail’s “Undo Send” function has lived in Gmail Labs, the hub where the company beta tests new features, with the caveat that they could malfunction, disappear or get promoted to a permanent position on the Gmail dashboard.Related: 11 Strategies to Change How You EmailAs of this week, the feature is experimental no more (although it was made available in the Inbox by Gmail app this spring) and can be enabled through Gmail’s main settings, under the “Labs” and then the “General” tab. You can choose an unsend window of 5, 10, 20 or 30 seconds.Go ahead, try it out. But don’t get too daring. If you’re anything like us – especially without coffee – 30 seconds doesn’t seem like much time at all.Related: How to Manage Your Emails More Effectivelycenter_img How Success Happens Listen Nowlast_img read more

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One Metric for Testing a Successful User Experience

first_img Apple employees are so trained to consider the end user that they prioritize any project that will affect the user’s experience. This user-centric tech giant proves with every new product release that its customers can’t wait to buy again and again.Other companies would do well to prioritize the user experience as Apple does. Many try, so long as they get budget approval. Unfortunately, most companies don’t understand the right way to measure the effectiveness of their UX design — not to mention how to improve it.What determines UX success?Standard metrics for UX don’t always deliver the insights businesses need to know. What looks sleek and straightforward to one person might be counterintuitive to another. Companies can get past this hurdle, but to do so, they must focus on the most meaningful metrics, not the most popular ones.Related: User Experience Is the Most Important Metric You Aren’t MeasuringConversion rate is one of those important considerations. When a change to the website correlates with a higher conversion rate, that’s always a good sign. Forrester has reported that better UX design could increase your conversion rate by 400 percent. Other good UX metrics include average order value, system usability measurements and task performance indicators. But for this analysis, we will focus on how to optimize conversion rate.Conversion rate optimization (CRO) is one of the most important tactics for online sellers. If 10 million people visit a page but only 1,000 of them buy something, that company has wasted its money on valueless traffic. While a good conversation rate is in the ballpark of 4 to 5 percent, the top 10 percent of advertisers on Google Ads are actually hitting an 11.45 percent account conversion rate.A higher conversion rate proves the value of UX investments more so than any other metric. Whereas UX refers to the total website experience, CRO refers only to those parts of the experience that turn browsers into buyers. By tying UX changes to conversion rate improvements, companies can draw the line from UX to revenue, making it much easier to determine the ROI of their labors.Better practices to boost conversions?CRO and UX are closely related, but they aren’t identical. The prettiest, most easily navigable websites don’t always have the highest conversion rates. Follow these CRO best practices to enhance UX and generate more revenue from your website.1. You can’t woo without knowing the who.Marketers love to get into the weeds about CRO tactics, but the truth is, tactics are secondary to audience. The methods you use don’t matter if you don’t aim them at the right groups of people. Make sure you’re attracting qualified leads who will be interested in your product or service.Find out everything you can about the members of your audience. What’s your primary traffic source? Why are they interested in your site? What do their user paths look like, and what motivates them to leave (or stay)? Try studying heat maps to see what website elements draw the most attention from your visitors, conducting surveys to get user feedback on functionality and using the bounce rate to see how long a page holds user interest.Related: 23 Sure-Fire Conversion Rate Optimization Tactics for Striking Online GoldTrue CRO relies on content that not only guides your audience members toward the outcome you want, but also delivers the information and experiences they want. Figure out the behavior of your users, and then problem solve based on those audience insights. If you’re getting a majority of clicks on your calendar menu button but there’s no opportunity to convert from that page, you know you need to add a call to action on the calendar.2. Mobile lags make conversion rates sag.Most businesses design their sites using desktop computers. That’s fine — after all, it would be quite the challenge to build an entire site on a smartphone — but mobile browsing and app use continue to eat into desktop and laptop share. Don’t ignore the 77 percent of Americans who own a smartphone.Prioritize the mobile experience to convert users no matter how they encounter your site. Elite SEM, a top digital marketing agency, was able to improve the conversion rate of auto lease matchmaking service Swapalease by 30 percent just by switching the company’s focus to the mobile audience.Fix your mobile experience by reducing loading times as much as possible. Mobile users, even more than desktop users, have little patience for lagging pages. Keep written content short and images mobile-friendly so that smartphone and tablet users never feel like they need to revisit the page on a computer to get the full story. And if you really want customers to convert, add a one-touch payment option to eliminate sales friction.Related: 6 Ways to Quickly Improve Your Conversion Rate and Make More Money From Ecommerce3. Conversion rates, like fine wine, get better with time.Once you know your audience members and meet them on their mobile turf, you can start testing different optimization tactics.Keep your A/B groups as similar as possible so you don’t have to question whether the UX changes were influenced by other factors. Randomize which of those users see which designs; that’ll give you an unbiased picture of the effectiveness of each approach. Use your CRO analysis to break down user touch points, and then use that information to inform your UX design.Continue to refine as you learn new things from every iteration. You’ll notice that each test result is a chance to fine-tune your UX. Conversation rate will not skyrocket immediately as a result of one small change, but a scientific approach will improve your rates over time.Don’t let UX trends dictate your strategy. Put CRO at the heart of your design, and follow these tips to translate your efforts into revenue. 6 min read November 2, 2018 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

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Got the New MacBook Air Download This Update Now

first_img Henry is a senior writer at Laptop Mag, covering security, Apple and operating systems. Prior to joining Laptop Mag — where he’s the self-described Rare Oreo Expert — he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. You can find him at your local pro wrestling events, and wondering why Apple decided to ditch its MagSafe power adapters. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 40 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoCNN International for ANAThe Secret Of What It Takes To Be Naomi OsakaCNN International for ANAUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoAdvertisement Author Bio Henry T. Casey, center_img A day after the 2018 MacBook Air came out, Apple’s offering a patch update specific to that new laptop. Available for download now, the patch is meant to improve performance in stability and reliability. Dubbed the macOS Mojave 10.14.1 Supplemental Update for MacBook Air (2018) this patch should not be confused with the recently-released 10.14.1 update. In the release notes for the update, a statement claims the patch will “improve the stability and reliability of MacBook Air (2018) computers, and is recommended for all users.”We’ve begun the installation process on the 2018 MacBook we tested for our in depth review, and we’ve got one piece of advice for those looking to install it: it takes some time. Specifically, our unit took a little over 10 minutes to install, so don’t run the update expecting it to finish in mere moments.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/macbook-air-2018-stability-update?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 MORE: Apple MacBook Air (2018) – Full Review Also, the update is a whopping 1.46GB in size, so it may take some time to download.Here’s how to install the macOS Mojave 10.14.1 Supplemental Update for MacBook Air (2018):1. Click the Apple logo in the top left corner.2. Select System Preferences.3. Select Software Update.4. Click Update Now.5. Click Restart or Update Now when the download finishes and you’re ready to update.Surface Laptop vs MacBook Air: Why Microsoft Beats Apple Big-TimeWhich MacBook Should You Buy? MacBook vs. Air vs. ProApple MacBook Air vs. Dell XPS 13: Which Should You Buy? Henry T. Casey, onlast_img read more

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Network Meter for Windows

first_imgNetwork Meter for Windows by Martin Brinkmann on December 31, 2016 in Software – 21 commentsNetwork Meter is a free portable software program for devices running Microsoft Windows that displays network statistics in its interface.The program is designed as a basic tool to monitor network traffic. While it does offer a history function, it is not a full blown network monitor as it keeps to the basics.The program opens with a near-blank screen which can be quite confusing on first start. You need to select one of the available network adapters under the Monitor menu to start monitoring traffic.What you get afterwards is a representation of the network adapter’s current, max and total download and upload traffic.Additionally, session totals and a realtime graph are displayed on the screen as well.Network Meter 2.0The only other option provided on the screen is to switch from monitoring transfers to monitoring the adapter’s speed.The same current, max and total stats are provided when you switch the monitored metric.One interesting feature of Network Meter is the ability to display information of multiple adapters at the same time in its interface. Simply select two or more network adapters to get information of each in the same program window. Each network adapter is listed in its own little box in the program window then.The program offers a couple of basic options on top of that. You can display the adapter list at the top of the program window above the graphs, or set the window to be always on top.That’s about it though. There is no report function, no option to set off alarms when certain thresholds are reached, and no presentation of data in any meaningful way other than what is displayed right in the main program window.Network Meter is compatible with all recent and even not so recent versions of Windows. It should run on all client operating systems from Windows 2000 onwards. The program is free for personal and commercial use.Closing WordsNetwork Meter may not be the most sophisticated program out there, but what it does may be sufficient for certain tasks. Want to monitor the amount of traffic that flows through a network adapter? Network Meter can do that.Want to find out if an Internet connection gets maxed out regularly? The program can do that as well. It is portable, very lightweight, and does not get in your way at all while it is running.Now You: Do you use a network monitor?Summary12345 Author Ratingno rating based on 0 votes Software Name Network MeterOperating System WindowsSoftware Category NetworkingLanding Page http://www.mitec.cz/netmet.html Advertisementlast_img read more

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List of Windows tools

first_imgList of Windows tools by Martin Brinkmann on June 11, 2017 in Windows – Last Update: June 11, 2017 – 20 commentsThe following list provides you with detailed information on tools that you can run on Windows PCs using nothing but a short name that is associated with them.This is the third part of the administrative tools series here on Ghacks. The first two parts looked at Control Panel shortcuts, and Microsoft Management Console snap-ins such as services.msc.This article is all about shortcuts that you can run to start various tools on the Windows operating system.Note that most shortcuts work in all versions of Windows, but that some may be reserved to certain versions. Depending on the version of Windows that you are using, you may either run most commands directly from Start, or by using the run box (Windows-R) or command prompt.These shortcuts allow you to run administrative Windows tools, some programs, and open some folders, directly from Start or the Run box.List of Windows toolsTool ShortcutNameDescriptioncalcCalculatorLaunches the CalculatorcharmapCharacter MapLoads the Character Map which enables you to browse and copy characters.cleanmgrDisk CleanupStarts Disk Cleanup to remove temporary and no longer needed files from the Windows machinecmdCommand PromptLoads the Command Prompt window to work on the command line.colorcplColor ManagementManage displays and color profiles.controlControl PanelLoads the Windows Control PanelcredwizStored User Names and PasswordsBack up or restore your stored user names and passwordsdcomcnfgComponent ServicesLoads the Component Services management interface.defragDefragment and optimize drivesdfrguiOptimize DrivesList connected drives, optimization status, and option to analyze or optimize manually.dialerPhone DialerPhone Dialer interface to call someonedpiscalingDPI ScalingOpens the DPI preferences.dxdiagDirectX Diagnostic ToolRun diagnostics on the system’s DirectX capabilities.eudceditPrivate Character EditorCreate letters or logos for your font library.eventvwrEvent ViewerOpens the Windows Event Viewer.fontsFontsOpens the Fonts folderiexpressIexpress WizardCreate self-extracting and/or self-installing packagefsquirtBluetooth File TransferProgram to send or receive files using BluetoothiexploreInternet ExplorerStarts the Internet Explorer web browser/td>lpksetupInstall or uninstall display languagesLets you install or uninstall display languages on WindowsmagnifyMagnifierOpens the Accessibility tool MagnifiermblctrWindows Mobility CenterControl brightness, volume, power and screen on mobile devicesmdschedWindows Memory DiagnosticsRun tests to find out if memory problems existmigwizOpens Windows\System32\migwizmmcMicrosoft Management ConsoleOpens the Microsoft Management Console interfacemobsyncSync CenterLoads the Sync Center Control Panel appletmrtMicrosoft Windows Malicious Software Removal ToolLoads the Malicious Software Removal Tool to remove viruses and other dangerous files.msconfigSystem ConfigurationConfigure startup and boot, and services.msdtMicrosoft Support Diagnostic ToolMicrosoft Support Diagnostic Toolmsinfo32System InformationDisplays information on system hardware, and software.mspaintMicrosoft PaintLoads the image viewer and editormsraWindows Remote AssistanceOffer or receive remote assistancemstscRemote Desktop ConnectionConnect to a remote desktopnetplwizUser AccountsManage Windows users acocuntsnotepadNotepadOpens the text editoroptionalfeaturesWindows FeaturesLoads Windows Features to turn features on or off.oskOn-Screen KeyboardDisplays the on-screen keyboard for inputperfmonPerformance MonitorLoads the Performance Monitor to manage system performanceprefetchPrefetch FolderOpens Windows\PrefetchprintbrmuiPrinter MigrationImport Printer queues and drivers to a file, or export the data.presentationsettingsPresentation SettingsOpens Presentation Settings (mobile only)rasphoneRemote Access Phone BookRemote Access Phone BookregeditRegistry EditorLaunches the Windows Registry EditorrekeywizEncrypting File SystemManage file encryption certificatesrstruiSystem RestoreRestore system files and settingsshrpubwCreate a shared folder wizardWizard to create new shared folderssigverifFile Signature VerificationCheck and configure file signature verificationsluiWindows ActivationChange product keysndvolVolume MixerManager volumes for individual apps and globallysnippingtoolSnipping ToolCapture screenshotsSystempropertiesadvancedSystem PropertiesDisplays the Advanced tab of the System PropertiesSystempropertiescomputernameSystem PropertiesDisplays the Computer Name tab of System PropertiesSystempropertieshardwareSystem PropertiesLoads the Hardware tab of the System PropertiesSystempropertiesperformancePerformance optionsTweak performance related settings.SystempropertiesprotectionSystem PropertiesLoads the System Protection tab of System PropertiesSystempropertiesremoteSystem PropertiesLoads the Remote tab of System PropertiessyskeySecuring the Windows Account DatabaseConfigure Accounts database to enable additional encryptionsystem.inisystem.iniLoads the file system.initabcalDigitizer Calibration ToolCalibrate digitizerstaskmgrTask ManagerLoads the Windows Task Manager interfacetelnetTelnetTelnet interfaceutilmanAccessibilityOpens Accessibility optionsverifierDriver Verifier ManagerVerify installed driverswabOpens the contacts folder of the signed in userwabmigImport to Windows ContactsImport files with contact information to Windows ContactswiaacmgrWindows ScanLoads the scan interface if a scanner is installedwin.iniwin.iniLoads the file win.iniwinverWindows VersionDisplays Windows version informationwmplayerWindows Media PlayerLoads the multimedia playerwriteWordPadLoads the WordPad editorClosing WordsWhile you may have no need for all of the tool shortcuts, some may come in quite handy, especially if you can work them in your workflow as it would take longer to load some of the tools or features using other methods.Now You: What are your favorite tools? Did we miss a tool? Let us know in the commentsSummaryArticle NameList of Windows toolsDescriptionThe following list provides you with detailed information on tools that you can run on Windows PCs using nothing but a short name that is associated with them.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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Georgia Teen Arantza Peña Popo Wins Google Doodle Contest With Inspiring Once

first_img Bestseller AllVideo On Demand: Rent or BuyClothing & AccessoriesMajor AppliancesArts, Crafts & SewingAutomotiveBaby & NurseryBeauty & GroomingBooks & TextbooksCollectible CoinsCamera & PhotoCell Phones & AccessoriesClassical MusicComputers, Tablets & ComponentsBlu-Ray & DVDElectronic Components & Home AudioEntertainment CollectiblesVideo GamesOther Gift Card BrandsGrocery & Gourmet FoodPatio, Lawn & GardenHealth & HouseholdBusiness & Industrial SuppliesJewelryKindle StoreKitchen & DiningMagazinesMiscellaneousDigital MusicCDs & VinylMusical InstrumentsOffice & School SuppliesPet Food & SuppliesPatio, Lawn & GardenShoes, Handbags, Wallets, SunglassesSoftwareSports CollectiblesSports & FitnessHome ImprovementToys & GamesVHSVideo GamesWatches ENDS IN Bestseller ENDS IN $8.95$8.95 ENDS IN Bestseller All ENDS IN Kids Free Games for Boys WSB Men’s Tshirts Particular Google Doodle Keith Haring Customlized T-shirt White Size XXL Bestseller $0.00 Ads by Amazon ENDS IN Related Products $0.00 ENDS IN DEAL OF THE DAY Kids Tube Free DEAL OF THE DAY Bestseller DEAL OF THE DAY DEAL OF THE DAY ENDS IN center_img Color by Number Free Pixel Art Coloring Book – Pixel4u $0.00 DEAL OF THE DAY (2) ⓒ 2018 TECHTIMES.com All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission. Ads by Amazon Close The winning doodle for the 2019 Doodle for Google contest was titled ‘Once you get it, give it back.’ A young visual artist from Georgia bested 200,000 other entries and won the competition.  ( Google ) Teen visual artist Arantza Peña Popo from DeKalb, Georgia, was declared as winner of the annual Doodle for Google competition. She bested over 200,000 submissions from school-age artists.”When I grow up, I hope …” was this year’s theme for the Doodle for Google competition. Google recognized Popo’s work by running the winning Google Doodle for a day on Aug. 13.Popo will receive a $30,000 college scholarship, while her school will get a $50,000 technology package. Her prize also includes a trip to Google’s headquarters in California. $0.00 Bestseller DEAL OF THE DAY Jumping Owl $0.00 Bestseller $0.00 (665) DEAL OF THE DAY Kids Fun Kaleido Tube Wow facts 4Share this videoCopyPausePlay00:00% Buffered0PreviousPausePlayNextLive00:00 / 00:00UnmuteMuteExit fullscreenFullscreenCopy video urlPlay / PauseMute / UnmuteReport a problemLanguageBackMox PlayerDefaultEnglishEspañolУкраїнськаРусскийadvertisementShe graduated valedictorian from the Arabia Mountain High School, and she plans to attend the University of Southern California.Inspired By Her MotherPopo titled her artwork “Once You Get It, Give It Back,” with her mom as her main inspiration. The art piece is mainly an expression of her appreciation for her mom. She also hopes to help her mother travel and do other things she was never able to do.”When I grow up, I hope to care for my mom as much as she cared for me my entire life. In my doodle, there is a framed picture of my mother carrying me as a baby — a real picture in my house — and below the picture is me, caring for her when she’s older in the future,” Popo wrote in the explanation of her Google Doodle, which she conceptualized on the actual day of the deadline.Popo started drawing when she was three years old, and her mom describes her as a someone who “lights up any room she is in.” The teen intends to teach younger students art skills through free after-school programs and enrichment camps. She also wants to paint murals to help enhance disadvantaged neighborhoods and communities.Popo was born in Colombia and came to the United States as a young child. Her artworks often captured the images of the immigrant experience. One of her other artworks — a charcoal piece that shows the cultural portrait of facial adornment from different cultures, won the grand prize for the 2018 Congressional Arts Competition. Her artwork was displayed for a year at the U.S. Capitol.Google Doodle Throughout The YearsGoogle Doodles are enhancements to the Google logo to celebrate notable holidays, anniversaries, events, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers, and scientists.The concept of the Google Doodle first originated in 1998, when Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin tinkered with the corporate logo to indicate their attendance at the Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert.In 2000, then Google intern Dennis Hwang was asked by Page and Brin to create a Doodle to commemorate Bastille Day. The doodle was so well received by users it made Hwang Google’s first chief doodler. Since then, Doodles started appearing regularly on the Google homepage.The Google Doodle team has created over 2,000 doodles for Goggle’s homepages around the world. TAG Google, Google Doodle Bestseller JusTalk – Free Video Calls and Fun Video Chat DEAL OF THE DAY Head Case Designs Mermaid Ocean Wave Doodles Hard Back Case Compatible for Google P… ENDS IN (726)last_img read more

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Republicans just introduced a bill legalizing LGBTI discrimination

first_imgOn Thursday (8 March), Utah Senator Mike Lee reintroduced the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA).Described as a religious liberty bill by Republicans, the legislation essentially legalizes discrimination against LGBTI people in the name of ‘sincerely held religious beliefs’.The bill’s text states that its aim is to ‘ensure the Federal Government shall not take any discriminatory action against a person, wholly or partially’ based on their religious beliefs and moral convictions. Specifically, in regards to beliefs that marriage is recognized as a union between a man and a woman, or two people recognized under federal law, and that sexual relations outside of marriage is improper.It is important to note the bill does not try to invalidate the Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision.As the findings of the bill state: ‘In a pluralistic society, in which people of good faith hold more than one view of marriage, it is possible for the government to recognize same-sex marriage as required by the United States Supreme Court without forcing persons with sincerely held religious beliefs or moral convictions to the contrary to conform.’However, sex outside of marriage and same-sex relationships (not legally married), are still fair game for discrimination.Lee and Idaho Representative Raul Labrador first introduced the bill in 2015. That version, though, did not progress forward.Figures like Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz support the new bill.In a statement on his website, Lee said a person or organization’s beliefs about traditional marriage should never be ‘part of the government’s decision-making process’. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) In the midst of demands for gun control legislation and Donald Trump’s burgeoning trade war, a group of 22 Republicans are instead focusing their efforts on legalizing discrimination. Kansas rejects bill allowing agencies to deny adoptions to LGBTI couplesAlaska votes on their first ever bill protecting LGBTI pepleRepublican congressman breaks ranks to back LGBT Equality ActRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/republicans-bill-legalizing-lgbti-discrimination/ Religion is the court’s new defendantThe fight for equality and inclusion has always been at odds with elements of religion, especially in the political sphere.Religious exemptions laws are the primary antagonist of LGBTI rights in the United States currently. They are at the core of numerous legal battles, including adoption, healthcare, and more.On a nationwide scale, there’s the matter of cakes.Except the Supreme Court’s current case, Masterpiece Cakeshop, is about much more than wedding cakes. Several religious leaders have come forward stating the case is about discrimination, not religious freedom.Can someone refuse service to an individual or couple based on their sexual orientation based on religious beliefs? That’s the First Amendment debate at hand.It’s starting to spread across the country and until federal law provides answers, it poses a great threat.‘Ripe for abuse’One Iowa Action executive director Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel described the bill as ‘vague and ripe for abuse’ to GSN.It leaves many vulnerable to discrimination, he added, including LGBTI people, single mothers, religious minorities, and more.Similar to other discrimination bills, such as North Carolina’s bathroom bill, it also poses negative economic consequences, Hoffman-Zinnel warned.‘We are hopeful that it will not move forward.’David Stacy, the Government Affairs Director at the Human Rights Campaign, said the bill turns religious liberty into a sword rather than ‘serving as a shield to protect religious expression from government overreach’.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img The fight has just begun. | Photo: Unsplash/Sharon McCutcheon Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more

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Samesex couples tie the knot in Cambodia in a stunning public ceremony

first_imgRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/same-sex-couples-tie-the-knot-in-cambodia-in-a-stunning-public-ceremony/ Cambodia is more accepting of LGBTI people than other countries. | Photo: Facebook/RoCkRaksmey was one of the people to sign the forms during last week’s public ceremony.She said it felt good to show the world her relationship with pride.‘I have been with my partners for 4 years now and, although the family of both sides accept us, westill feel that we need legal acceptance and protection to strengthen our love relationship,’ she said.RoCK’s Pride Week coincided with this year’s IDHOBT (International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia). This year marked the 10th anniversary of RoCK’s first Pride Week in Cambodia.The group kept busy during the week raising awareness about LGBTI issues. It held cultural public events, but also met with high level government officials.What’s needed for LGBTI people in CambodiaEven though Cambodia is one of the more tolerant countries in Asia there are still several legal barriers to conquer to achieve equality.According to RoCK, the priorities are:Making adoption legal for LGBT coupleLegalizing marriage equalityMaking it easier for trans people to update their gender on legal documents such as national ID cards, passports and birth certificates.‘The government is also an important key player to promote non-discrimination to the public and public servants,’ Raksmey and Cheyleaphy said.‘When the LGBT community is accepted for who they are and feel confident of their identity, they got better chance of access to education, employment and other settings.’The group also called for better medical support for trans people in Cambodia. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- Same-sex couples in Cambodia declared their commitment to each other in a colorful public ceremony. They wanted to help raise awareness about LGBTI rights.The couples entered into Cambodia’s version of civil partnership known as the Declaration of Family Relationship (DoFR), which is gaining popularity across the country. Leading LGBTI organization, Rainbow Community Kampuchea-rock (RoCK) created the DoFR. In 2014, RoCK became Cambodia’s first registered LGBTI non-government organization.RoCK has helped introduce the DoFR 50 communes in 15 provinces around Cambodia.‘The Declaration of Family Relationship is a civil contract that two person who are willing to be together and share responsibility taking care of family, children and distribute the joint asset, as a legal spouse do,’ RoCK’s Raksmey Tuy and Cheyleaphy Heng told Gay Star News.Three couples signed a Declaration of Family Relationship at a public ceremony in Cambodia. | Photo: Facebook/RoCKAs part of its introduction to communities, RoCK has traveled across Cambodia to hold workshops with local authorities.‘So far, there are 21 couples who signed on the forms,’ Raksmey and Cheyleaphy said.Going public with their love‘Three couples signed their form to symbolize their relationship and desire for legal protection as a family in the occasion of Pride Week and IDAHOTB celebration,’ they said.‘During the event, the family of one couple urged the support from government to support their LGBT family members.’ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

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Man found with assault rifles and explosives on his way to LA

first_imgThe man found with assault rifles and explosives while on his way to the LA Pride parade in 2016 has been sentenced to seven years in prison. James Wesley Howell was discovered, by police, sitting in his car ‘A sociopath with an automatic’When arrested, he told the officers that he was going to the LA Pride Parade. However, the Indianapolis Star reported that he was fleeing Indiana for California as he was wanted in connection with the sexual abuse of a 12-year-old. According to court documents read by the Star, he threatened to kill himself, members of the victim’s family, and the police if they tried to arrest him. Howell also described himself as a ‘sociopath with an automatic’.He has been sentenced to seven years and four months in a state prison.More from Gay Star News:Pulse nightclub victims are suing Orlando and the city’s policeOrlando rally marks two years since Pulse shootingPulse survivor: How I learned to live again through puppy therapyGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS-center_img James Wesley Howell, 22, pleaded no contest to three charges in a Los Angeles court. These included unlawful assault weapon activity, possession of a destructive device on a public road or highway, and possession of a destructive device. Just hours after the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando on 12 June 2016, Howell was arrested in Santa Monica after a resident reported someone prowling near their home. Police discovered three rifles and ammunition, alongside a five gallon bucket of chemicals they said could be used to create a bomb.People enjoying the festivities at LA Pride. | Photo: LA Pride, FacebookAccording to court documents read by ABC7, they also found a buck knife, a taser, handcuffs, a black hood, and a security badge. While authorities feared a copycat of the Pulse shooting, it’s reported that he never admitted to planning to hurt anyone. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Largest U.S. Gay Pride Los Angeles in West Hollywood under attack?Uganda LGBT Pride Week Marred by ArrestsMan who threatened Cardiff Pride goers with ‘bomb’ is jailed for 17 monthsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/man-found-with-assault-rifles-and-explosives-on-his-way-to-la-pride-sentenced/last_img read more

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Sorry Truckers Volvos Autonomous Vehicles Can Handle it From Here

first_img This story originally appeared on PCMag Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. 2 min read June 17, 2019 Listen Now Volvo is ready to put its first autonomous, fully electric truck to the test. With the assistance of shipping company DFDS, the vehicle, known as Vera, will ferry goods from a logistics center to a port in Gothenburg, Sweden.The car maker has been experimenting with fuel-efficient, driverless vehicles for the last several years, and first teased Vera in September. It’s optimal for short-range heavy-load jobs. The truck follows a predetermined route and is connected to a control center and cloud network. Vera pinpoints its position down to the centimeter, enabling it to detect sudden and minute changes in its environment — a good thing since part of Vera’s route takes it on public roads.”The transport system we are developing can be an important complement to today’s solutions and can help meet many of the challenges faced by society, transport companies, and transport buyers,” Claes Nilsson, President of Volvo Trucks, said in a statement.Volvo eventually wants to expand and include multiple autonomous trucks in its operation. It made Vera compatible with most existing trailers and load carriers to take advantage of existing infrastructure. A fleet of Veras would ideally increase predictability and minimize unnecessary downtime, Volvo says.More Veras would also mean fewer truckers, which Volvo positions as positive, citing the widespread belief that the industry is dying. But according to a report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, that’s a misconception, especially for short-distance drivers, who would be most affected by Volvo’s new technology.Fortunately for currently employed drivers, it’ll likely be a while before Vera becomes ubiquitous. Volvo’s statement concludes with a vague promise to extend the vehicle’s availability and functionality in “the near future.” Problem Solvers with Jason Feiferlast_img read more

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Pet bird goes missing

first_imgThe owners of a Ringnek that went missing are desperately looking for their pet.They are offering a R1000 reward to whoever finds the bird.The bird went missing in the Hyde Park area. If you spot him, please contact Letitia on 072-023-2255. DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there? WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

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