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Light Corp Unveils Wireless Lighting Control System

first_img Citation: Light Corp. Unveils Wireless Lighting Control System (2007, November 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-11-corp-unveils-wireless.html A red Intu node attached to a lighting fixture for wireless communication. 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. Overflowing Great Lakes pose new threat for endangered bird Explore further Because Light Corp. focuses on industrial lighting, the system is being developed primarily for large warehouses, factories, and office buildings. However, one day the technology could be applicable for household use, and would be akin to turning your lights on or off with your laptop rather than the switch on the wall.The “Intu: 360° Workspace Agility” system works by using a wireless mesh network of nodes and sensors. Brick-size nodes are attached to lighting fixtures on the ceiling, while smaller sensors are positioned around the plant to detect varying levels of lighting. The light (dimming, timing, etc.) can then be controlled from an on-site or off-site computer instead of manually operating lights in various locations. The Intu server is hosted off-site by Light Corp., eliminating the need for IT assistance.”It´s a whole new paradigm shift of how you can build a building from the electrical perspective,” said Larry Leete, director of sales and marketing at Light Corp. “You never have to touch circuits again.”One of the greatest advantages of the system is its potential for energy savings. The sensors allow the fluorescent lights to be turned on and off automatically, depending on daylight levels and/or occupancy of the workspace. Adjusting the brightness in accordance with incoming sunlight could result in energy savings up to 60%. Light Corp., though founded fairly recently in 1986, is trying to stay one step ahead of some of the bigger-name companies—such as General Electric and Phillips—with the first large-scale wireless light-control system on the market. Currently, the product is unique, but Light Corp. is already looking for areas of improvement.For instance, future versions of Intu could include allowing operators to use the sensors to control temperature, for security monitoring, and for machine health monitoring. Another application is data mining, using the sensors to help companies gather information about plant operations.Via: Grand Rapids PressMore information: LightCorp.com Light Corp., a company from Grand Haven, Michigan, is launching a lighting control system that allows users to remotely control the lighting in industrial buildings. The system, called Intu, is inexpensive and easy to install, as the technology is completely wireless. last_img read more

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Worlds smallest animation character shot with smartphone camera and microscope w Video

first_img Citation: World’s smallest animation character shot with smartphone camera and microscope (w/ Video) (2010, September 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-09-world-smallest-animation-character-shot.html (PhysOrg.com) — The title character in a 90-second film called “Dot” has broken the Guinness World Record for being the smallest stop-motion animation character in a film. The 9-mm-tall Dot (whose head is about the size of the tip of a pencil) is a young girl who wakes up in a magical world to find that the flannel shirt she has been sleeping on has begun to unravel. As loose threads threaten to swallow her up, she runs across tiny objects including coins, pencil shavings, and heads of pins to escape. The film, which was created by animators at Aardman Animations in the UK, is a celebration of a new technology that goes beyond entertainment. The film was shot with a Nokia N8 smartphone 12-megapixel camera attached to a 50x magnification microscope called CellScope. Invented by bioengineer Daniel Fletcher at the University of California, Berkeley, the tiny but powerful CellScope allows doctors in poor, rural areas to capture images of blood samples and transmit them via cell phone to laboratories anywhere in the world. In this way, the CellScope should allow doctors to diagnose fatal diseases even when there are no medical labs nearby. Revolutionary Photo Software Turns Family Albums into Picasso Masterpieces The making of Dot. Explore further Dot leaps across the heads of pins in the tiny animated film. Image credit: Aardman Animations. Watch the film with Dot, the world’s smallest stop-motion animation character. As the creators at Aardman Animations explain in the video below, they had to print about 50 different models of Dot in different poses using a 3D printer because she was too small to move into different positions. The Rapid Prototyping 3D printer used computer-generated images and printed them out on plastic resin. Then the animators hand-painted each model individually. They also painted the set, which was about 1.5 meters long in its entirety. The set moved underneath the camera, millimeter by millimeter, and the animators shot about 4 seconds of film per day. A few thousand frames later, the animation was complete. © 2010 PhysOrg.com 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. More information: via: Discovery, Popular Sciencelast_img read more

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Researchers suggest comet most likely cause of Chicxulub crater

first_img More information: www.lpi.usra.edu/meetings/lpsc2013/ The 180 km wide Chicxulub crater exists in the ocean near the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico, it was first discovered in 1978 and since that time, a lot of research has been undertaken to determine if what caused it was what caused the dinosaurs to go extinct. Researchers found that a layer of iridium was formed over the Earth’s surface as a result of the explosive impact—so great was it, that much of its mass was thrown back up into the atmosphere all across the globe. The layer, known as the Cretaceous-Paleogene (K-Pg) boundary has been the source of a lot of debate. In this new effort, the team suggests that as much as 75 percent of the object that struck the Earth wound up in the atmosphere and eventually fell to the ground. Measuring the thickness of the K-Pg boundary allows scientists to calculate the size of the object, and in this case, the researchers say there isn’t enough material to support the notion of an asteroid strike—because they, as a rule, tend to move much less slowly than comets. A fast moving, but much smaller comet, they say, could very easily account for both the amount of iridium and the large crater size. The group has based their assertions on new research into the levels of osmium that is also found in the K-Pg boundary, but in smaller amounts. It’s enough they say, to suggest that more of the object that struck the Earth wound up in the atmosphere than has been previously thought, which means the likelihood of it being from an asteroid impact is not supported. This new research comes just a month after another team published a paper suggesting it was binary asteroids that caused the Chicxulub crater.The researchers acknowledge that their findings can’t prove that the object that struck the Earth was a comet (some of the debris might have gone back into space, etc.), but it does offer compelling evidence, which has some space scientists worried—there are far more such comets in our solar system than asteroids. If another comet were to strike, we now have a pretty good picture of what that would entail. Explore further (Phys.org) —Researchers from Dartmouth College in the U.S. as part of their presentation at the 44th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference this past week, have given evidence that suggests it was a comet that struck the Earth approximately 65 million years ago creating the Chicxulub crater—an event most scientists agree was likely the cause behind the demise of land dwelling dinosaurs. Up till now most in the field have believed that it was likely an asteroid that caused the crater and disruption that followed. © 2013 Phys.org Research group suggests Chicxulub crater may have been caused by binary asteroids The ‘Great Comet’ of 1996, Hyakutake. Image credit: NASA Citation: Researchers suggest comet most likely cause of Chicxulub crater (2013, March 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-03-comet-chicxulub-crater.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Crossing language barriers

first_imgDay 3 of Bharat Rang Mahotsav by National School of Drama was all about language dynamics. The plays performed were in a variety of languages like Bengali, Telugu, Polish, Hindi and English.Maya Bazaar, directed by R. Nageshwara Rao and presented by Sri Venkateshwara Natya Mandali hailing from Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh was an exact blueprint of a mythological fable put together on the stage.The story revolved around the love story of Lord Krishna’s elder brother Balarama’s daughter Sashirekha and his sister Subhadra’s son Abhimanyu. Balarama is keen that Sashrekha and Abhimanyu settle down, but his wife Revathi acts as the vamp to interfere in their love. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Owing to pressure from his wife, Balarama plans his daughter’s marriage with Duryodhan’s son Lakshman Kumar. A dejected Abhimanyu along with Subhadra goes to meet his father Arjun and from there on begins the conquest to win over love.Performed in Telugu, Maya Bazaar had an ancient feel to it as it progressed. The characters of Krishna, Balarama, Abhimanyu looked like they wer coming straight out of the soap Mahabharata. The cherry on the cake were the special effects used where the audience witnessed the clash of arrows which resulted in catastrophic rain and lightning along with in sync sound effects. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixOver all, it was an entertaining play. The language constraint did create a hindrance in a few places but the credit should definitely be given to the special effects team. An experimental play, Maya Bazaar scored at making the audience comprehend the story.Landing directly from Poland, the play After the Birds attempted to answer the question ‘What is left after Aristophanes’ The Birds, ancient Greeks and their culture, and what do we have in common with them? The Polish play focussed on how humanity since time immemorial has been a victim to suppression by some supreme power and how we humans have been chained to never be able to enjoy our freedom to the core. The story played around the lines of birds and their lives and how they truly personify freedom.Directed by Jessica Cohen, Jim Ennis, Tomasz Rodowicz, the performance was an eclectic mix of dance, acrobatics, songs and emotions put together as a potpourri of genres and styles of theatre.The only minus point? You really had to pay attention because language once again served as a barrier. Some of the dance movements that accompanied the songs were not quite comprehensible. Gear up for the others as the show continues till 20th.last_img read more

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Empower blooming buds

first_imgTo explore the role of media in protecting and promoting the rights of children, a consultation on media and children was held in the Capital today. As a part of the project Civil Society Alliance for Child Rights in South Asia, a non governmental organisation, Butterflies, organised this consultation to engage academicians, civil society and media to carry out a dialogue on the representation of children in media and the rights for children in India. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Butterflies’ director, Rita Panicker presented a session on media and children to kick forth a discussion. The next session was presided over by Gita Bamezai and K.M Srivastava, professors from Indian Institute of Mass Communication. The discussions centred around UN Convention on Child Rights and elaborated on cases such as Aarushie Murder Case, Malala’s story, the mid day meal crisis to dissect the role of media with respect to these stories.last_img read more

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Making metals speak poetry

first_imgA group of sculptors came together to form Calcutta Sculptor Group – they were Shankar Ghosh, Prabir K Roy, Pravat Majhi, Tapas Sarkar, Kinkar Saha, Saurabh Mazumdar, Subrata Paul, Somnath Chakraborty and Subrata Biswas are the members of the group.They travel all over India and exhibit regularly. Defying the fact that art is for investment, these artists believe that art is all about sublimating human emotions and thinking. Having a beautiful work of art shows how the collector of that work has elevated his fine feelings and thinking from the mundane objectivity. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Touching moments of love, intimacy, celebration and worship are the major themes that these artists recreate in their sculptures. In some of the works, one could see the artists again and again celebrating the mother and child relationship in various figurative and abstract modes. Ganesha is another interesting theme that most of these artists handle. Lord Ganesha’s unique sculptural form excites these artists in various ways. Man and woman in a loving embrace, a kiss, women waiting for their lovers and above all the sensual and sensuous female forms become themes for these artists to work on their imaginations and later convert them into small and affordable bronze sculptures. They also handle social themes like, labour of workers, education and unity. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWe are not idealists but our idea is to get one sculpture in every household in India, the group tends to say. The artists in this group feel that these are aesthetical products with all the qualities and characteristics of art and traditional crafts. Hence, any art lover could feel affinity for these sculptures. These are a collector’s joy and a permanent source of inspiration. As affordable they are, these works could be acquired for keepsake, gifting and even as souvenirs. Art Konsult’s aim is to promote these sculptures along with the modern contemporary art.WHEN: 15 to 31st December, 11 AM to 7 PMWHERE: Art Konsult, F-209, Lado Sarailast_img read more

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A catalyst for change

first_imgIn a big push for women’s empowerment in the country, the founder of the initiative MARD (Men Against Rape and Discrimination), Farhan Akhtar extended support to the popular trans media serial, Main Kuch Bhi Kar Sakti Hoon.“Main Kuch Bhi Kar Sakti Hoon has shown great potential of being a catalyst for change as seen from the feedback the serial has received. Main Kuch Bhi Kar Sakti Hoon representing women’s empowerment, and MARD, representing responsible masculinity, have come together as Hum Kuch Bhi Kar Sakte Hain to bring in the change we want to see. Women can achieve anything, they need to have the confidence and belief in themselves and society needs to create an environment of support and safety. Men play an important role in the creation of such an environment by being sensitive to these aspirations and by treating women as equals,” said Farhan Akhtar.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Main Kuch Bhi Kar Sakti Hoon challenges deep-rooted social norms like child marriage, early pregnancy and gender based violence. Season Two began telecast on April 4, 2015 on Doordarshan and will run every Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 pm.During its first season, Main Kuch Bhi Kar Sakti Hoon was one of the top three serials in its time slot during the course of its telecast.  Season Two of Main Kuch Bhi Kar Sakti Hoon continues the inspiring journey of Dr Sneha, representing the young Indian woman of today, who thrives on challenges. The story also depicts issues of adolescents as they aspire to reach their potential. It shows the changes that takes place in a society as a group of girls come together to form a football team. The series has been written, produced and directed by Feroz Abbas Khan, eminent theatre and film director and the creative force behind Main Kuch Bhi Kar Sakti Hoon. It is a venture close to his heart where his aesthetic sensibilities and deep commitment to social causes come together. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixJawhar Sircar, Chief Executive Officer, Prasar Bharti, said, “After the resounding success of Season One, I am delighted that PFI is launching Season Two of Main Kuch Bhi Kar Sakti Hoon. Television programmes such as this have great potential to bring in change.” The series has been produced after extensive research by PFI and guided by the highly respected entertainment education expert, Dr Arvind Singhal.last_img read more

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Click and read

first_imgWhile the debate between preferences over hard cover books and ebooks may go on forever, one cannot deny that in today’s digital age ebooks are a cheaper and easily accessible mode of education that hard cover books. Keeping this in mind, United States President Obama has announced that major publishers should provide free books worth 250 million dollar to students from underprivileged background. He is now seeking commitments from local governments and schools nationwide to provide library cards to all students. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The older generation has been complaining for years now as to how the ebook culture has ruined the beauty of reading books. How kindle and ipads cannot replace the ruffling of pages, but let’s be honest, Obama is right. In times when the world’s literacy rate is still 84% and major countries are still struggling to provide basic education to their children, this sort of haughtiness when it comes to books have to go. For instance in India the literacy rate is still 74% and that is just on paper. We have seen the condition of public schools and teachers. In a situation like this technology can be an excellent teacher. The Indian Government took a step in this direction by providing Akash Tablets to students, which by far has been quite unsuccessful. Different political parties have talked about free laptops to students but that too has turned out to be election campaigning gimmicks. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixOf course, the American module cannot be applied to India. We need children to learn to access ebooks even if we provide it to them. They need to be e-literate and for this we need to once again, train teachers. But, the point in focus here is that the judgemental tone towards ebooks has to go. Online shopping portals have realized the potential of ebooks. They are a better and easier option to learn and get entertained. But, we need to include more and more text books and competition books to the list. Let’s drop the whole issue of making our children read in the way we learnt to read ages back, and rather focus on making them read!last_img read more

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Weeklong performances wind up

first_imgThe festival ended officially on Sunday evening in the presence of  Director of National School of Drama(NSD), Waman Kendre. The recent endeavor of Kalindi Bratyajon in conducting theatrical exchange nationally and worldwide was not an easy task at all. Acknowledging this, Kendre did not suppress his amazement at the colossal effort put in by Kalindi Bratyajon in organizing such a large event. He described the festival as one of the important events in terms of bringing together many theatre groups to Kolkata. He was elated to announce the forthcoming grand event of ‘Theatre Olympic’ that NSD has planned for 2018.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’He was also hopeful that Kolkata would be one of the important venues for this mega event. The event also saw Debasish Majumdar, noted playwright and director unveiling the biannual theatre journal, Bratyajon Natyapatra.The participating nations in this year’s Festival were Egypt, England, France and Russia. Neighbouring state Bihar participated along with the local theatre troupes. Each performance was unique in its own capacity in  practicing theatrical art. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe production from Russia won hearts of the audience with their dynamism on display on the fourth day.  The stage was divided into two halves- one accommodating distinguishing guests on the back of the stage and the other part allocated for the stage show. They exchanged words, they fought with their swords, pistols, they danced, and played piano for the performance, To Save Kammerunker Pushkin. The timeframe depicted was the end of the eighties and beginning of the nineties in Russia.  In the play, the protagonist, Mikhail Pitunin started disliking the legendary Russian poet Alexander Pushkin which was unthinkable, thereby creating lot of confusion in the society. The funny beginning turned sour in the end.  The Consul General of Russia, Irina Bashrikova, admitted to have observed a play of this kind for the first time, that too in India. The play was presented by ‘Moscow Dramatic Theatre’ headed by the Director Iosif Raykhelgauz. The festival ended with the final performance of Mumbai Nights, presented by The Minerva Repertory Theatre. Ila Gurhoisha by Theatre Platform and Meghe Dhaka Tara by Naihati Bratyajon were presented on June 4. The penultimate play was Awdyo Sesh Rajani by Paikpara Indraranga, staged on June 5.The spectators got the opportunity to watch the powerful performances by the famous theatre artist Goutam Halder, Suvasish Mukherjee and great contemporary artists Anirban Bhattacharjee, Sumit Kumar Roy. The week-long festivity has definitely left behind an aftertaste of theatre which the people of Kolkata and of  West Bengal in general will savour for a long time. The Convener of the festival, Bratya Basu, also gave a vote of thanks to Waman Kendre for his presence and congratulated him for planning to host a global theatre event in India. He expressed his gratitude for the enthusiasm shown by the matured audience who made the festival a gala event.last_img read more

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Leopard falls asleep in kitchen sedated sent to rescue centre

first_imgDarjeeling: A heavy meal followed by a deep slumber ended the misadventures of a full-grown leopard in Matiali in the Jalpaiguri district.The leopard that had fallen asleep in the kitchen of a local resident was sedated and later caught by the Forest department. In the wee hours of Thursday, the leopard had entered a forest village in the Borodighi area from the Gorumara forest. He then had hunted a goat. After the sumptuous feast the leopard had silently entered the kitchen of Jaggu Munda, a local resident. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseLaying down next to kitchen fire, the leopard had gone to sleep. Waking up in the morning Basanti Munda, Jaggu’s wife had gone to the kitchen to make tea. There she spotted the sleeping feline. Though paralysed with fear she managed to raise the alarm. Hearing her scream her neighbours gathered. The leopard slept on in the warm comforts of the kitchen fire despite the hullabaloo. The forest department was informed. They rushed to the spot along with the police from the Matiali police station. All efforts of moving the leopard out of the kitchen went into vain. Later the leopard was tranquilised and taken to Lataguri rescue center. “We will release the leopard in the wild later,” stated a forest official.last_img read more

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