Zero carbon zero waste city being built in Abu Dhabi w Video

first_img( — A new eco-city being built in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Masdar City, will be the world’s first clean technology city, relying entirely on renewable energy sources, and being free of cars, skyscrapers and waste. Masdar is being built by the Abu Dhabi National Energy, Global Energy Company UAE, as a walled “clean technology cluster” on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi, the capital of UAE, and close to the Abu Dhabi airport. The terrain in the region is inhospitable desert, but the six square kilometer city is planned to support a population of 50,000 people sustainably, using the blazing desert sun as its main energy source. The solar farm to power the city is already built, and is the largest in the Middle East. The city will also be home to a university and over 1,000 businesses.The boundary walls prevent outward sprawl and keep the city compact, and there will be no skyscrapers. The narrow streets will be lined with buildings close enough to shade each other, with the vertical faces fitted with screens to keep out the sun but allow the breezes to flow through. The streets are designed for pedestrians, and no conventional cars will be allowed through the city gates. 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 Chicago Installs Solar Powered Charging Station for Electric Vehicles More information: Play Explore furthercenter_img © 2010 Electric vehicles will be allowed within the walls, and other modes of transport include a Personal Rapid Transit system, or driverless podcars powered by solar-generated electricity. The podcars will be guided by magnetic sensors and go wherever you tell them to, but stop immediately if an obstacle is in the way. With no conventional vehicles, the quality of air in the city will be excellent, and according to the director of the project, Kaled Awad, “that alone will bring you safety, health and happiness.”Other ideas being tried out in the developing city include a circular array of mirrors on the ground that focuses light on a tower in the center. The tower redirects the one-meter wide concentrated beam of light down to a system that collects the heat to drive generators. Another idea is using thin foil coverings to keep out heat. Gerard Evenden, the chief architect, said this idea originated in a proposal for a moon base. Another innovation is a 45 m wind tower that will draw breezes through the streets without using energy. The tower will bear a beacon to show the city’s energy use: blue for good and red for too much. The city will be carbon neutral, using electricity only for its desalination plant, some air conditioning, and for gadgets. According to the designers, the city’s mantra in relation to power is: “only use energy when you have exhausted design.”The city is designed by British architects Foster and Partners, and is largely being funded by Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi’s ruler. The estimated cost is £10-20bn ($15-30bn). Masdar is expected to be finished within 5-10 years and promises to become the Silicon Valley of renewable energy, providing a global hub for research and development of sustainable technologies. Citation: Zero carbon, zero waste city being built in Abu Dhabi (w/ Video) (2010, March 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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

Invisible helmet for the hairconsious cyclists w Video

first_imgThe invisible helmet is an alternative that is discreetly designed to be hidden beneath a fashionable, removable fabric collar that will be available in many different styles and collections.Much like a car’s airbag, the invisible helmet has gone through rigorous testing with crash test dummies to insure rider’s safety while wearing the helmet, though more bugs are still being worked out to ensure the effectiveness and practicality. (c) 2010 Fatality rates increase with repeal of helmet laws, study finds The latest accessory for cyclists comes in the form of an inflatable airbag — for the head. A Stockholm-based industrial duo by the names of Terese Alstin and Anna Haupt have developed a solution for those struggling with the choice between having good hair or playing it safe while bike-riding: The invisible helmut, deemed “Hovding.” Explore further More information: … ycle-helmet-hovding/center_img 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. With an estimated retail price of $50 per collar, consumers might wonder if it’s worth trading in their traditional helmet for the trendy Hovding or if sacrificing hair in the name of safety is a better option.Alstin and Haupt hope to have the airbag in Northern Europe and UK shops next spring. Citation: Invisible helmet for the hair-consious cyclists (w/ Video) (2010, October 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from The helmet is made of a small, helium gas cylinder with ‘abnormal’ motion sensors that inflate into an air-filled cushion around the wearer’s head within 0.1 seconds of detecting an impact. While Sweden law requires the use of helmets when riding, Alstin and Haupt spent six years developing the helmet after realizing cyclist’s reluctance to wear traditional helmets due to discomfort, appearance or hairstyles.last_img read more

Roboticist creates Hugvie Huggable vibrating pillow smartphone accessory

first_imgThe idea behind the Hugvie is to add another dimension to the experience of speaking on the phone with someone in intimate ways; taking pillow talk to the next level if you will, providing that feeling of being there with that other person who really isn’t. The vibrations are meant to reproduce the sensations people would experience were they able to talk to one another with their faces, throats or chests touching, as people often do when lying down with one another while conversing.Currently, the Hugvie is only available (in a variety of colors) to customers in Japan, but if interest spreads, as with any other consumer product, it will almost certainly be made available to customers elsewhere.Via: DigInfo TV In reality, it’s a stuffed pillow with a little pocket for holding a cell phone. When in use, a hidden gadget listens in and converts the sounds it hears to vibrations which it sends through the pillow to the person holding it.Ishiguro, an Osaka University professor, and inventor of the Telenoid R1, which has been described as an animated outsized fetus that talks, spoke at a press conference in Tokyo recently, to announce the debut of Hugvie. He said that the robot actually has two vibrators inside of it and that together they are meant to mimic the sound of the human heartbeat. He added that the vibrations can be customized to allow for softer or stronger pulses as they respond to the volume and strength of the voice on the other end of the line. He added that his team has already tested the Hugvie in several environments and that people, especially senior citizens, tend to hug the little pillow bot when speaking with someone close to them. 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 Citation: Roboticist creates Hugvie – Huggable vibrating pillow smartphone accessory (2012, May 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( — Japanese robot designer Hiroshi Ishiguro is fast becoming a sort of roboticist for the people, in Japan anyway. Instead of terminator style robots meant to do a lot of serious work or to serve on the battlefield, his robots are soft and cushy, cute and perhaps a little smooshy. He’s also created a robot in his own image. Now he’s introducing something he calls the Hugvie, a robot that looks sort of like a generic mono-legged human baby, or perhaps a doll with no eyes, fingers or toes. It serves as the medium through which people converse in a new way using a smartphone. While holding, or pressing the Hugvie against the face, it vibrates slightly at the same frequency as the voice on the other end, adding another degree of intimacy to the conversation. At least that’s the idea. Japan’s new robot brings visitors home by video-phone © 2012 Phys.Orglast_img read more

SpotterRF debuts Radar Backpack Kit w Video

first_img Explore further The kit, which weighs less than 20 pounds, includes two M600C radar units, each mini-radar unit tracking a 90-degree angle, network hub, tablet, 2590 battery, tripod, cables, and backpack. Power and networking connections are via a ruggedized, waterproof Ethernet connector. The company says training to operate the system (using a web UI setup) is not complex and may take as little as 30 minutes in the field. SpotterRF’s backpack system covers a 150-acre track, 1000 meter by 800 meters wide (If an ambush attacker comes within 150 acres, the system tracks it.) Threats can be detected regardless of weather conditions—snow, rain, fog, or sand. The onboard CPU combines imaging, tracking and discrimination. ( — SpotterRF has announced a special radar backpack kit designed to enhance situational awareness for soldiers on the ground. The company says its special radar is designed for warfighters as part of small expeditionary groups in austere and remote locations across the world. The company provides small and easy to use surveillance radar, the Spotter M600, for use by these soldiers. The military backpack kit announced this month is called Spotter Radar Backpack Kit (RBK). The Spotter Radar Backpack Kit was developed in response to calls from the military to focus on protecting the soldier on the ground. This may seem too obvious, especially with army sayings such as soldiers are the service’s greatest weapon. While big-ticket weapon systems, attack helicopters and special aircraft have won attention, however, product development for the soldier is a work in progress. Army leaders are seeking a greater product development focus on individual fighters.Logan Harris, CEO for SpotterRF. noted that “Until recently, radar surveillance was only available for large force protection systems like BETSS-C or G-BOSS. Now, every warfighter can have radar. This is truly a force multiplier for small combat outposts.” Situational awareness at night may collapse around the solider, he added, making it all the more valuable in coupling ground-based radar with imaging into a backpack unit as what he was referring to as a potent “force multiplier.”The kit is being promoted as cost-effective for small force situational awareness, counter insurgency efforts and other forward operating base missions. This is in step with the service’s call to start spending on small units and direct more technology research efforts around the foot soldier. Autonomous vehicle to demonstrate portable battery charging for dismounted soldiers More information: Citation: SpotterRF debuts Radar Backpack Kit (w/ Video) (2012, May 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2012 Phys.Org 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

Intel will highlight nextgen Haswell processors at next weeks IDF

first_img Explore further Haswell represents a new microarchitecture onto the existing 22nm manufacturing process used in Ivy Bridge. Intel says this fourth iteration will have improved security. The biggest talking point, though, is lower energy consumption.With Haswell, Intel has dropped the energy usage of the chip to 10 watts, down from 17 watts used by Ivy Bridge. The Verge details what the talk is about in Haswell’s “ten-watt TDP.” Thermal design point (TDP) has to do with the amount of cooling needed to dissipate a chip’s heat. Intel’s Ivy Bridge processors have a 17W TDP.With the lower energy consumption comes the benefit that ultrabooks and laptops will have a longer battery life on a yet thinner form. In the consumer marketplace, this is a requisite if Intel wants to compete in a demanding user experience that already knows the pleasures of carrying lightweight tablets and app-loaded smartphones rather than back-straining laptops for basic tasks on the run. Haswell’s promise could translate into lighter-weight ultrabooks with practically all-day better life. Reports say Haswell-powered devices will likely carry less obtrusive fans along with the thinner form factor compared to current ultrabooks.Intel partners may see the first Haswell CPUs in Q4 of this year. Consumer products using Haswell-based CPUs will be available next year.Inside Intel, the more noise about Haswell the more opportunity for Intel to drown out the disappointed sighs from investors over reduced revenue estimates. The cuts are attributed to poor economies in Europe, the United States and China, as well as to enfeebled demand for PCs against the growing popularity of mobile devices.Intel supplies processors for more than 80 percent of the world’s computers but has to be restive over the fact that competition has done better in porting their technologies over to smartphones and tablets. Those products are typically powered by chip designs licensed by ARM. A principal reason that competition has done better than Intel in the mobile market rests in energy-efficient processors. Intel lines up 14 Ivy Bridge processors 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. © 2012 Citation: Intel will highlight next-gen Haswell processors at next week’s IDF (2012, September 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from (—Can Intel possibly reduce the energy consumption of its processors by 41 percent? Intel is working on it and the result will be Haswell, its next generation of processors, and the key topic of discussions at next week’s Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco. Intel’s strategic roadmap is a power-reduction roadmap, where Intel hopes to make a difference in the brand behind computers that are thinner, lighter and stay on longer without needing a recharge. The next-generation processor chips will be officially unveiled at the IDF and professionals will judge for themselves whether this means a new day in Intel’s ability to compete against competitors in mobile devices and tablets. last_img read more

Want to be a chef Get studying

first_imgOn one side, you have culinary professionals who swear by the time-honored tradition of jumping right on the line to learn alongside prep cooks, sous chefs, and chefs who have been working in the business for decades. This has been a practice for the technical trade since the dawn of the culinary profession; in the Middle Ages, when books were rare and the ability to read was even rarer, everyone from cooks to surgeons learned with practical hands-on skill building.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This type of ‘apprenticeship’ approach has been in operation for thousands of years, and is still used in many types of fields to a great success even today. On the other side of the argument, you have culinary professionals who believe that no real culinary arts career begins without formal training from a recognised and accredited culinary school. The belief is that cooking is no longer just about making food to eat; it’s about combining food safety, technical skills, and artistry to create things that please the body, mind, and soul.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixLets first understand whether education is important or not for the culinary field.  An important skill as cooking is, it is one that is usually foreign to many young people. While some may turn on the television to watch the news, find out the latest scores or shop, a growing number of individuals are turning to their favorite food show to learn how to make the latest dishes. Learning to become a chef is like an art. Just as an artist pours their heart and soul into painting portraits, chefs put their heart and soul into what they cook. The culinary arts include refining skills such as math, nutrition and management. It is important that chefs understand what they are cooking and what is in the foods they are preparing.  As we all know, none of the schools in India provide all the factors mentioned above plus the exposure and experience required in any professional course so I decided to open Olive Culinary Academy. I wanted to open a culinary school where the environment, the quality of the ingredients and menus are of utmost importance for a very long time. OCA focuses on basics, certain level of knowledge, concentrates on advanced techniques and also gives kitchen exposure that too in just 1 year.There are plenty of schools that do teach basics but will not provide hands on training and take you through all the phases between start to a finished product. At OCA, we hope to instill skills in them that they can take home and share with their families’ every day.last_img read more

Retweets from artists now autographs for music lovers

first_imgThe study, conducted for Twitter by an insight and innovation business firm Crowd DNA, found that 74 percent of music fans on Twitter say a retweet by their favourite artist is as desirable as a traditional autograph. “Findings point to the value fans place in getting recognition from their favourite artists and in seeing their Tweet shared with other fans,” Gordon MacMillan, from Twitter UK wrote in a blog post recently.The findings underlines the role Twitter plays for fans who can not only connect with their favourite artists and bands but discover new music and join the buzz around concerts and festivals. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Some 71 per cent of them follow artists, compared to 41 percent of fans using other social media platforms. “Twitter is not only about following acts, it brings fans closer to their passion. Our study found that 60 per cent of music fans say Twitter helps them get to know artists as real people,” MacMillan noted.Some 64 percent agree that Twitter helps them to discover exclusive info about artists.Seeing music live can be a fantastic experience and Twitter has also become an increasingly key aspect. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAs many as 80 per cent of music fans on Twitter use it before, during or after a gig or a festival. “For music fans who cannot make it to live events, 59 per cent say that Twitter allows them to feel involved, wherever they are,” the post added.A wonderful example of this artist/fan interaction on Twitter took place recently. “A fan of Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) missed her connecting flight to London and the chance to see her perform at BST Hyde Park (@bsthydepark). The star joined the conversation and offered the distraught fan a free ticket.last_img read more

When kids indulge in Warli art

first_imgLearning the fact that they grasp everything quickly, an art teacher from Ahmednagar’s Nutan Madhyamik Vidyalaya has encouraged his students from class 10 to take up Warli art. Warli art is basically a tribal art which is dying a slow death and hence, to revive it with freshness, India International Centre is going to present a collection of the students’ artworks, in the national Capital.The exhibition titled- ‘Transformation Through Art’ which begins on May 18 will showcase the Warli paintings made by students of Arvind J Kudia, art teacher, Cantonment Board School, Ahmednagar Cantonment, Maharashtra. The participating artists are Adnan Kazi, Shadab Kazi, Jayesh Kale, Zakir Shaikh, Prakash Nanavare, Sanket Shelke, Rishikesh Salve and Ankit Sathe. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’A preview of the exhibition will be held on Tuesday. Learning Warli art has brought about a joyful transformation in the lives of the students of Ahmednagar Cantonment Board Schools. Albeit underprivileged and bereft of better opportunities, these children under the passionate and tireless tutelage of their art teacher, have created masterpieces that are on display at the exhibition. The students are from different backgrounds and their interest in art increases hope among art enthusiasts. Adnan Kazi and Shadab Kazi have expressed their wish to become artists. Their father is a mechanic and mother is homemaker.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixJayesh Kale, a jubilant boy is a son of a painter and wants to become an artist. His mother is a homemaker. Zakir Shaikh is son of a part time cook and a homemaker wants to become a teacher. Prakash Nanaware longs to at least complete graduation. His mother toils as a maid as his father is unemployed. Sanket Shelke, a son of a government school teacher and a homemaker aims to become an engineer.Rishikesh Salve, a son of a humble waiter in a small eatery dreams of becoming a landscape artist. Aniket Sathe intends to at least become a graduate and self-employed. His mother is a homemaker and father is tempo driver.last_img read more

Raising good cholesterol may not prevent heart disease

first_imgRaising high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or ‘good cholesterol’ levels may not be as effective as lowering ‘bad cholesterol,’ in reducing the risk of developing heart disease, researchers have found. The findings showed that both extremes of “good cholesterol” levels are associated with a higher risk of dying from heart disease, cancer, besides others.“The link between good cholesterol and heart disease is complex,” said Associate Professor Dennis T Ko of the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences in Toronto, Canada. However, “It seems certain there is a connection between people with low levels of HDL and other risk factors for heart disease – poor diet, exercise habits and other medical conditions,” Ko said.  Thus, the study casts doubt on HDL being used as an independent risk factor.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfTreating heart disease using HDL levels in itself as intervention to reduce the risk of dying may not be enough, researchers said.“Focusing on raising HDL is not likely to help these patients, but these findings show that one of the best interventions would be lifestyle changes,” Ko added. The lowest levels of HDL were seen among people from poor socio-economic background with less healthy lifestyle, more cardiac risk factors and medical co-morbidities.last_img read more

Girija Devi wanted to sing a song for India

first_imgLate Indian classical vocalist Girija Devi, who earned the epithet of ‘Thumri queen’, wanted to sing a song for the country. The revelation was made by lyricist Prasoon Joshi as he paid tribute to Girija Devi at the maiden MTV India Music Summit.The legendary artiste was due to share the stage for a concert and conversation with Pandit Jasraj at the summit, but she passed away on October 24. She was 88.While paying tribute to Girija Devi, Joshi said, “I was reminded of her Thumri.””I remembered my childhood, the smile, and I also recollected that just a few months ago, Girija Deviji had expressed a desire to sing a song for the nation.””She wanted to sing something for India. She felt it had been too long (since such a song came out), and she told me, ‘Main chahti hun tum kuchh likho (I want you to write something’.”So I thought what will I write, she said, ‘Like ‘Vande Mataram’, whatever thoughts you have about the nation, you write them. I want to sing it. Main chahti hun ki jaane se pehle ek aisa geet karun (It’s my desire that before I leave the world, I sing such a song)’.”Joshi couldn’t write the song.”I don’t know if she ever mentioned it to anyone, but when she mentioned this song again, I said I had started writing something. (But) It’s my destiny that it couldn’t happen,” he added.Nevertheless, Joshi said it was commendable that at her age, “she thought about what she can still do and what she should still do to leave behind as a legacy”.Pandit Jasraj, who performed to a full house at the Fairmont Jaipur’s Grand Ballroom, which reverberated with his powerful rendition of “Raag din ki puriya”, also remembered Girija Devi.Before his performance, Pandit Jasraj said he was looking forward to meet his “Jiji” and share the stage with her and relive old times, but the news of her demise shook him.”She used to bring an unmatched aura to a gathering,” he said, adding that he considers her death a “personal loss”. Mala Sekhri, Co-founder of Musiconcepts said she had spoken to Giriji Devi, who had told her that her “packing was done” to be a part of the forum.The veteran semi classical singer passed away in Kolkata on October 24 night following a cardiac arrest.last_img read more

First Glimpse of Top Gun Sequel – Booming Official Trailer and Release

first_imgThe sequel to Top Gun is on the radar. In the 1986 movie Top Gun, Tom Cruise’s character Maverick famously declared, “I feel the need for speed.” When it comes to the sequel-in-progress, the filmmakers feel the need for delay. Paramount announced recently that the release date for Top Gun: Maverick would be delayed until June 26, 2020. The movie was originally scheduled for July 2019.Filming of the movie “Top Gun” at Naval Air Station Miramar, California (USA), in 1985. Here, a real U.S. naval aviator assists film makers in the production of the motion picture.Media reports say the extra time will allow filmmakers to work out the logistics of presenting flight sequences with new technology and planes. The sequel is reportedly set in a world of drone technology and will cover the end of the dog-fighting era.In May, Cruise, 56, posted a photo of himself in front of what appeared to be a Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet, according to Variety.Filming of Top Gun, 1985.Joe Kosinski of Oblivion is directing the film, from a script by Peter Craig, Justin Marks, and Eric Warren Singer. Jerry Bruckheimer, who produced the first movie with the late Don Simpson, is producing the film with Cruise and Skydance CEO David Ellison. Check out the new Trailer below:Just before Paramount announced the delay, new cast members were added: Jon Hamm, 47, and Ed Harris, 67. Their exact roles are not known. USA Today also reported: “The casting includes the first female pilot played by Chicago Justice star Monica Barbaro.”Filming of the movie Top Gun at Naval Air Station Miramar and NAS North Island, California, in 1985.Shooting began in August 2018 on the movie, at Naval Air Station North Island in California, the Navy confirmed. In mid-August, shooting moved to the East Coast. The stars of the films were not in the footage, but planes were filmed by a 15-person crew as they took off from a real aircraft carrier, the USS Abraham Lincoln, off Norfolk, Virginia, according to the U.S. Navy.The Abraham Lincoln is the fifth vessel of the Nimitz-Class nuclear-powered aircraft carriers. The vessel is based in Norfolk, Virginia.The USS Abraham Lincoln.In late September, the film is set to move to San Diego. The production office confirmed that there will be shooting on Naval Air Station North Island. The co-stars of the original film, Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer, both returned to the cast of the sequel. Media reports say Cruise plays an instructor, not a fighter pilot.New cast members: Whiplash actor Miles Teller as the son of Maverick’s former wingman, Goose, who was played by Anthony Edwards in the first film; Oscar winner Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind), as a single mother running a bar; Thomasin McKenzie (Jojo Rabbit) as the daughter of Connelly’s character; Charles Parnell (A Million Little Pieces) as an admiral; Bashir Salahuddin (GLOW) as an engineer; and the trio of Jay Ellis (Insecure), Danny Ramirez (Assassination Nation), and Monica Barbaro (The Good Cop) as pilots.This image shows the Naval aircraft carrier the USS Abraham Lincoln docked in Everett, Washington, March 21, 2010.Reportedly Kenny Loggins is planning to record a new version of his song “Danger Zone” for the Top Gun sequel.Tom Cruise said in an interview with Access Hollywood about the Top Gun sequel, “Stylistically it’ll be the same. We’ll have big, fast machines. … It’s going to be a competition film like the first one and it’s going to be in the same vein, the same tone as the first one, but a progression for Maverick.”In the original, Cruise’s character, U.S. Naval aviator Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, attends the Top Gun school at the Naval Air Station in Miramar, California. Between beach volleyball games and dating astrophysicist Charlie, played by Kelly McGillis, Maverick pulls reckless maneuvers in a fight with Kilmer’s “Iceman” to prove who is the best pilot of the class. An article in California magazine about the Navy’s “Top Gun” school inspired the original movie. Its success led to a surge of applications to the U.S. Navy.Read another story from us: Top Gun 2 Filming on a Real Aircraft CarrierHowever, the school has moved from Naval Air Station Miramar in San Diego to its current location at Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada.Nancy Bilyeau, a former staff editor at Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and InStyle, has written a trilogy of historical thrillers for Touchstone Books. For more information, go to read more

Hidden Sphinx Unexpectedly Found in Temple Devoted to Crocodile God

first_imgIn Ancient Egypt, sphinxes come in all shapes and sizes. And the exciting discovery in September 2018 of a new sphinx statue proves it. Believed to be some 2,000 years old, it is just 15 inches high with the body of a lion and the head of a human, wearing a snake crown and headdress. The statue was found by accident in the Pharaonic temple of Kom Ombo, near Aswan, as researchers were draining groundwater from the site, Mostafa Waziri of the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities announced via Facebook.Photo by Egypt Ministry of AntiquitiesThe miniature sandstone sphinx has been hidden for centuries. Kom Ombo, which sits on the bank of the Nile in southern Egypt, was constructed between 305 B.C. and 30 B.C., during the Ptolemaic period. The temple where the sphinx was found is part of a rare dual design.Temple Of Kom Ombo – EgyptDiscovering Egypt wrote: “The temple is unique because it is in fact a double temple, dedicated to Sobek the crocodile god, and Horus the falcon-headed god. The layout combines two temples in one with each side having its own gateways and chapels.”Egypt, Upper Egypt, Nile Valley, Kom Ombo temple dedicated to the god Sobek the crocodile-headedSobek’s chief sanctuary was at Kom Ombo, where there were once a great number of crocodiles. “Until recent times the Egyptian Nile was infested with these ferocious animals, who would lay on the riverbank and devour animals and humans alike,” according to Discovering Egypt. “So it is not surprising that the local inhabitants went in fear.”Some ancient Egyptian sects believed that Sobek was the creator of the world–that it rose from “Dark Water” and built order in the universe. Sobek brought fertility to the land. However, he was an unpredictable deity, too, that could ally himself with Chaos.Sovk (Suchus, Cronos, Satrune), N372.2, Brooklyn MuseumSome 300 crocodile mummies that have been discovered near this temple are displayed in an adjacent Crocodile Museum.The purpose of this particular sphinx is not known, but it could have served an important function. In ancient Egypt, sphinxes were associated with the pharaohs, and were seen as tomb guardians.Mummified crocodiles. The Crocodile Museum, Aswan. Photo by JMCC1 -CC BY-SA 3.0“This newly discovered sphinx is remarkably unweathered, showing a lifelike face with a piercing gaze,” according to Science Alert. It is possible that the sphinx was modeled after a real person of the time.The sphinx of the temple is the latest noteworthy find in Egypt. The Great Sphinx by the pyramids of Giza is the largest and most famous one, of course. But another sphinx was recently discovered during roadwork in the city of Luxor, which is 112 miles north of Aswan.The Great Pyramid of Giza.Authorities said that the large statue, which has not been removed from the ground, was most likely carved for someone of the highest status. It could be more than 4,000 years old.Related Video:A discovery of another type was made in Alexandria last year. A huge black sarcophagus was found in an underground tomb in the city. The coffin was made of black granite and sealed with mortar. It measures 72.8 inches by 104.3 inches by 65 inches.This picture released on July 1, 2018, by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities shows an ancient tomb dating back to the Ptolemaic period found in the Sidi Gaber district of Alexandria. – The tomb, which dimensions are a height of 185 cm, length 265 cm and width of 165 cm, contains a black granite sarcophagus considered to be the largest to be discovered in Alexandria (Photo credit -/AFP/Getty Images)The tomb had not been opened for 2,000 years and worldwide media reported the suspense over the opening of the ancient coffin, even provoking speculation that it contained the remains of Alexander the Great.However, when the lid was pried open, researchers found the remains of three mummies in a pool of leaked sewage water. The smell was so overpowering some of the workers became sick. One archaeologist at the site, Shaban Abdul, said that the remains probably belonged to three military officers.Read another story from us:Ancient Incas could Pay Taxes with a Bucket of Head Lice“One of the mummies had a trace of an arrow in the head,” Abdul said in a later interview with CNN. “It proves he died in a conflict. Maybe that explains three mummies in one big sarcophagus.”Other experts said it was unusual for a mummy or mummies to be buried without belongings. The only other item discovered at the site was an alabaster bust, its features destroyed.last_img read more

KD Going East Wont Change The West

first_img<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>KD going East won’t change the WestEven without Kevin Durant, the shorthanded Warriors finished off their sweep of the Blazers and stamped their ticket to their 4th straight Finals appearance.In Durant’s absence, the Splash Brothers and Draymond have had a renaissance and recaptured the spirit from when they first ambushed the league. KD may head East in the offseason, but even if he does, it won’t change the West. Golden State will still be the heavy favorite next year, just with the skeleton crew they ran out against the Blazers. Haters hoping for some collapse after Durant’s departure are going to keep being disappointed. This isn’t ending. Also:-Steve Kerr’s all-time NBA life-Lakers organizational structure is exhausting-Colin’s NFL Noise Meter Guests:Geoff Schwartz, Tom Tolbert, and B. J. Armstronglast_img read more

Make Your Video Sound Out

first_img 4 min read YouTube has helped act as the great leveler between large and small businesses when it comes to distributing thought leadership and viral marketing videos online. Anyone can start up a channel and upload a video for mass consumption, and these days it seems as if everyone is, with more than 20 hours of video reportedly being uploaded every minute to YouTube. But not all videos are created equally.With the advent of cheaper and more powerful consumer video cameras, many improvised videos created by enterprising small businesses offer excellent visual results. Sound quality, however, is an entirely different story. One of the biggest mistakes amateurs make when producing videos for online consumption is sticking with the built-in microphone on the video camera. The results can vary, but they’re usually bad: full of echoes, too-quiet voices, distracting background noise and garbled speech.Businesses that want to put their best visuals forward would do well to better budget for the audio portion of the AV combo. This means picking up a video camera with a microphone output, and it may mean spending more on the microphone and necessary accoutrements than on the camera itself. We tested some of the options in various price ranges to show you why the results will be worth it.Tools of the TradeThe following three setups were tested on a handheld Canon FS200 (retail price: $229). Video quality was great, as expected. And the audio offered by each mic combination, even the cheapest, far surpassed the built-in mic.TOOL: Audio-Technica ATR3350 lavalier microphoneRetail price: $25Review: This affordable condenser “lav” mic offers a lot of bang for the buck. Businesses that need only occasional AV recording will get a big boost in sound quality over the standard built-in mic. Our tests showed the mic performed reasonably well, filtering out background noise while picking up the speaker’s voice from her lapel. The ATR3350 also picked up quite well the voices of two speakers if the second speaker stood near the one with the mic.TOOL: Sony UWP-V1 lavalier microphone with wireless transmitter and diversity tunerRetail price: $450Review: More expensive than the Audio-Technica lav mic, this mic and wireless transmitter/receiver package offers slightly better sound quality without cumbersome cords. The mic itself did a better job filtering out background noise and allowed two speakers to be farther apart without sound quality suffering.TOOL: Audio-Technica AT8010 small diaphragm condenser microphone with BeachTek DXA-2T camcorder adapterRetail price: $217 for mic + $199 for adapter + $20 for microphone cable = $436Review: This more professional setup offered the best sound quality of the three, with one caveat: The hand-held form factor meant that the user had to be more aware of where the mic was in relation to the speaker’s mouth to get the best sound quality. The benefit of using the Beach-Tek adapter with a three-pin-type microphone such as this one is having access to a more professional array of microphones, the ability to plug in two microphones at the same time and improved control.Listen Up!Getting good audio requires not only the right technology, but also proper techniques. Steve Savanyu, director of educational services for sound equipment manufacturer Audio-Technica in Stow, Ohio, offers these tips for achieving the best possible audio from your impromptu marketing videos:Think like a microphone. “Before you start to roll the tape or run the camera, listen quietly and make certain that there are no weird noises that you need to be aware of,” Savanyu says. Amateurs tend to forget that microphones can’t filter out noise the way a human ear can, he says.Block background blare. “If there is a noise source that’s coming from a certain direction, I will sometimes position my subject so that the noise source is behind him,” he says. “The human body absorbs sound really well.”Eat the mic. “Little things will improve audio quality so much,” Savanyu says. “One of them is getting the microphone as close to the sound source as possible.” Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global This story appears in the May 2010 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » April 15, 2010last_img read more

How to Salvage an Online Sale When All Hope Seems Lost

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free You’ve done everything right. Your offer is irresistible and your conversion funnels are in place. But people still aren’t buying. Before you tear apart your split tests and start micro-analyzing your analytics take a look at this one key difference that may surprise you:The incentive.“But”, I hear you saying, “Isn’t that the same thing as the offer?” Not recently showcased an important case study that shows this process in action. Their client,, was testing out various offers to customers at each step of the buying process. They leveraged email marketing, re-marketing and cart abandonment callouts to steer the customer back to their site to take action.Sounds good so far, right?Testing the OfferFSAStore had a simple offer setup. Visitors who didn’t share their email were presented with an on-screen incentive at the moment they moved to abandon the site.If the shopper provided an email address, they were sent a cart abandonment reminder with no incentive. If that didn’t spur them to act, a follow-up email was sent with their cart details, and a split tested offer: a $5 or 5% discount.Following up on that offer, a second remarketing campaign tested a $5 discount against a 10% discount if the customer still hadn’t acted 72 hours later.Here’s Where Things Get Interesting…As you might have expected, the $5 offer converted over 30% more customers than the percentage offer. Dollar signs are just easier to understand than trying to calculate percentages and figure out which really was the best deal.People don’t like to think, and forcing them to do math in their head is like setting down a giant brick wall in front of their shopping cart. No surprise there!But, according to average order value, the 5% discount offer was worth about 150% more to – so it was in their best interest, profitability-wise, to really push this incentive. Still, this boomerangs back to “I’m not calculating that in my head”, so what do you do?Shopping Cart ShowdownFSAStore then split tested active versus inactive carts. Inactive carts were those that a customer had not yet added a product to. Surprisingly, active cart users, those who had already added an item to their cart, took the time to calculate the percentage out.In other words, these customers were actively interested and willing to do the extra legwork (simple as it was), to figure out the best option for their needs, which ended up being the percentage-based offer.But what about inactive carts? If the customer hadn’t yet added an item to their cart, they ended up being over 40% more likely to convert when offered the $5 discount. Active cart users converted at less than 25% when offered the $5 discount.The key takeaway here is that a dollar amount discount isn’t always the best way to save a sale, but neither is a percentage-based discount. It all depends on where the customer is in the buying process.What About All Those Leftover Emails?Getting the prospect’s email was perhaps the most important step in the entire process. Since they may or may not have had an active cart at one time, and the shopping cart abandonment reminder emails might not have led to an action, a wholly different campaign was created to target these people.In these cases, the offer was tested and the percentage ended up converting at nearly 17% better than the dollar offer. Here again, sitting in front of your screen (or browsing your mobile phone during the commute to work), gives you more time to calculate that number and find the better deal.Tools that can HelpOf course, no marketing initiatives are complete without the tools that can simplify and streamline the process. Things like OrderMotion (to track sales-in-progress and reduce refunds) and Retargeter (to create and send remarketing campaigns) can be used alongside, or integrated with your preferred platforms so there’s no downtime or learning curves to tackle. The last thing you need on your plate is some cumbersome system that further complicates the ordering process.When considering which tools to use, look for ease of use, integration via APIs and brand-ability. You want to create a seamless, simple process that never distracts the customer from acting, and yet gives them plenty of value and a straightforward way to make a more informed buying decision. Remember that all tools are just that – tools. They won’t make or break the sale alone, but when used in conjunction with your existing marketing campaigns, can either help or hinder the customer.The Bottom Line on Saving Your SalesThe most important thing to remember when analyzing your offer is that “best practices” for email marketing fly right out the window when you’re targeting shoppers with active versus inactive carts, or shoppers who have provided their emails versus not. Every potential customer is on a journey, and understanding where they are in the buying process along that path will give you multiple opportunities to target them with the right offer at the right time.What’s more, if your conversion rate is flat-lining, it can seem incredibly tempting to throw all kinds of discounts at first-time customers before they ever get a sense of what you offer and why they should care. This is actually counter-intuitive and can backfire on you more than it helps. If customers are bombarded with discounts right when they hit your page, or subscribe, or go to close the browser, it can cheapen your brand overall.At the same time, your conversion rate means very little if there aren’t any specific profitability goals to go with it. You can have an excellent conversion rate, but less than stellar revenues. Creating an offer that is both profitable and understandable to your customer base (no matter where they are in the decision-making process) is something that takes time, dedication, and a deeper understanding of the company-customer relationship, and how to grow it. This story originally appeared on KISSmetrics December 10, 2014 6 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more

SpaceX Launches the First Private Moon Lander on Israels Behalf

first_imgFebruary 22, 2019 This story originally appeared on Engadget 3 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket has ferried Israel’s first lunar lander outside our atmosphere, setting it free to make its way to its ultimate destination: the moon. If it reaches its target successfully, Israel would be joining the U.S., China and the former Soviet Union in the list of nations to have sent a lander to our planet’s trusty companion. Unlike the three other countries in that list, Israel’s robotic spacecraft named “Beresheet” was created by a non-profit group called SpaceIL. It’s the first private moon lander and was previously a finalist for Google’s Lunar XPrize.The organization had the most developed project among the finalists, but it still wasn’t able to make deadline. While the competition ended with no winners, SpaceIL clearly still found a way to give its creation a shot at doing what it was designed to do. The group just won’t win $20 million even if its lander accomplishes Google’s original requirements, which include being able to drive up to 500 meters (1,640 feet) on the lunar surface and to transmit HD videos and images back to Earth.Successful deployment of the SpaceIL lunar lander confirmed, starting the spacecraft’s two-month voyage to the Moon— SpaceX (@SpaceX) February 22, 2019Beresheet will spend the next couple of months orbiting the Earth and then letting the moon’s gravity pull it into the lunar orbit. It will then decrease its orbit until it finally lands on the northern lunar hemisphere sometime in April. You could say that the lander is taking the scenic route by employing that method, but SpaceIL isn’t in a hurry. Besides, the technique effective and fuel-efficient.According to The New York Times, the lander can only last a few days at most. It will use that time to measure the moon’s magnetic field as it approaches for landing, which could shed light on the moon’s core that’s believed to be made of iron. The lander also has retroreflectors installed by NASA that can bounce back lasers beamed from Earth to get an accurate measurement of the distance between our planet and its natural satellite.While the lander is a SpaceIL creation, NASA is still involved in the project. It will use the agency’s deep space telecommunications network to beam data back to its ground team. The team also used the images NASA provided to find the perfect landing site. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a statement:”Congratulations to SpaceIL and the Israel Space Agency. This is a historic step for all nations and commercial space as we look to extend our collaborations beyond low-Earth orbit and on to the Moon.In July, I was in Israel and was very impressed with their commitment to expanding their role in the world’s space community. As we better understand Israel’s capabilities and the innovative work of their private industry, we know they’ll be an even stronger international partner in the future, one vital to the success of extending commercial space to the Moon and eventually on to Mars and beyond. There are terrific opportunities awaiting Israel and all of us in advancing the space frontier.”last_img read more

Global Acoustic Guitar Bridge Market Reserach Report with New Detailed Analysis

first_imgMarket Study Report Add New Global Acoustic Guitar Bridge Market by Manufacturers, Countries, Type and Application, forecast to 2024 to its research database presenting an informative study covering the market with detailed analysis.Get comprehensive research providing detailed regional analysis and growth outlook of the Global Acoustic Guitar Bridge Market in the latest research report added by Big Market Research.The report is an exhaustive analysis of this market across the world. It offers an overview of the market including its definition, applications, key drivers, key market players, key segments, and manufacturing technology. In addition, the study presents statistical data on the status of the market and hence is a valuable source of guidance for companies and individuals interested in the industry. Additionally, detailed insights on the company profile, product specifications, capacity, production value, and market shares for key vendors are presented in the report.The total market is further segmented based on company, country, and application/type for competitive landscape analysis. On the contrary, information on industry chain structure, emerging applications, and technological developments in the market makes the report a must-read document.Request for a Sample Copy of this Report @ report reveals detailed information about the global key players as well as some small players of the Acoustic Guitar Bridgesector.The information for each competitor includes:Company ProfileMain Business InformationSWOT AnalysisSales, Revenue, Price and Gross MarginMarket ShareThese insights help determe the strength of competition and take the necessary steps to obtain a leading position in the Acoustic Guitar Bridgeindustry.Additionally, the research provides a detailed analysis of the key segments of the market with the help of charts and tables. An overview of each market segmentsuch as type, application, and region are also provided in the report. These insights help in understanding the global trends in the Acoustic Guitar Bridgeindustry and form strategies to be implemented in the future.The market across various regions is analyzed in the report, including North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA. The report manifests the growth trends and future opportunities in every region. Additionally, the research provides a list of leading market players active in the Acoustic Guitar BridgeIndustry.The key players explored in the industry include:* Bartolini* Bigsby* El Dorado* EMG* Floyd Rose* Graph TechThe study clearly reveals that the Acoustic Guitar Bridgeindustry has attained remarkable growth since 2024. This research report is prepared based on an in-depth analysis of the market by experts. As a final point, stakeholders, investors, product managers, marketing executives, and other professionals seeking unbiased data on supply, demand, and future forecasts would find the report valuable.Avail the Discount on this Report @ Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports of various domains across the world . Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

Gynecological Cancer Drugs Market Expected to Expand at a Steady CAGR

first_imgGynecological Cancer Drugs Market The growth of the global gynecological cancer drugs market is driven by factors such as high incidence of gynecological cancers, growth in importance of targeted drug therapies, increase in investment from government, public & private organizations for the development of novel drugs to treat cancer, and increase in risk factors that lead to cancer. However, the market growth is hampered by high cost of drug development and threat of failure & adverse effects of cancer drug therapy. Conversely, advancement of cancer drug research and advent of personalized medicine approach are expected to provide numerous opportunities for market growth during the forecast period.The global gynecological cancer drugs market was valued at $9,269 million in 2016, and is expected to reach $16,107 million by 2023, growing at a CAGR of 8.1% from 2017 to 2023.Download Report Sample with statistical info @ progresses when normal body cells transform into abnormal cells and continue to grow in an uncontrolled manner. It is named after the body part in which it originates; thus, gynecological cancer refers to a group of cancers that affect the reproductive organs of a female, such as uterus, endometrium, ovary, peritoneum, fallopian tubes, vagina, vulva, cervix, and muscle & tissue supporting the uterus.The cervical cancer segment is expected to maintain its dominant position during the analysis period, owing to increase in prevalence of cervical cancer globally.Targeted therapy segment is expected to grow rapidly, registering a CAGR of 8.9% throughout the forecast period, owing to increased benefits of targeted therapy over chemotherapy.Gynecological Cancer Drugs Market SegmentationThe global gynecological cancer drugs market is segmented on the basis of therapeutic modality, indication, and region. Based on therapeutic modality, the market is divided into chemotherapy, targeted therapy, and hormonal therapy. The indications segment is categorized into uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, vaginal & vulvar cancer, and cervical cancer. Geographically, the market is analyzed across North America (U.S., Canada, and Mexico), Europe (Germany, France, Italy, UK, Spain, and rest of Europe), Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, Australia, India, South Korea, and rest of Asia-Pacific), and LAMEA (Brazil, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, and rest of LAMEA).Make an Enquiry for Promocode Of Discounted Price at: ReviewChemotherapy segment accounted for the largest market share in 2016, and is expected to maintain this trend throughout the forecast period. In recent years, combination chemotherapy is considered as a standard treatment mode for treatment of cancer due to its effectiveness in increase in survival & remission rates. For instance, combination therapy of gemcitabine with a platinum compound produced high response rates (as high as 71%) in patients suffering from ovarian cancer. Similarly, gemcitabine is used in combination with other compounds and cytotoxic agents for effective treatment of ovarian cancer. Popular combinations include gemcitabine with a platinum compound and paclitaxel, and gemcitabine with cisplatin or carboplatin. However, the standard approach of combination chemotherapy for treatment of epithelial ovarian cancer includes combination of a platinum compound, such as cisplatin or carboplatin, and a taxane, such as paclitaxel (Taxol) or docetaxel (Taxotere).Key Findings Of Gynecological Cancer Drugs Market:The chemotherapy segment accounted for nearly two-thirds share of the global market in 2016.Cervical cancer segment accounted for more than two-fifths share of the market in 2016.The ovarian cancer segment is expected to grow at the fastest CAGR of 10.0% from 2016 to 2022.Asia-Pacific is expected to be the fastest growing region, registering a CAGR of 9.8% during the forecast period.North America accounted for more than one-third share of the global market in 2016, and is expected to remain dominant throughout the forecast period. This is attributed to the increase in cancer incidence, growth in geriatric population, rise in patient awareness about the availability of treatment options, and favorable reimbursement framework for cancer drugs in the region. In addition, high adoption rate of cancer drugs and presence of highly sophisticated healthcare infrastructure are expected to present new growth opportunities to the players in this market.Access Full Summary at: Us:Allied Market Research (AMR) is a full-service market research and business-consulting wing of Allied Analytics LLP based in Portland, Oregon. Allied Market Research provides global enterprises as well as medium and small businesses with unmatched quality of “Market Research Reports” and “Business Intelligence Solutions”. AMR has a targeted view to provide business insights and consulting to assist its clients to make strategic business decisions and achieve sustainable growth in their respective market domain.We are in professional corporate relations with various companies and this helps us in digging out market data that helps us generate accurate research data tables and confirms utmost accuracy in our market forecasting. Each and every data presented in the reports published by us is extracted through primary interviews with top officials from leading companies of domain concerned. Our secondary data procurement methodology includes deep online and offline research and discussion with knowledgeable professionals and analysts in the industry.Contact:David Correa5933 NE Win Sivers Drive#205, Portland, OR 97220United StatesUSA/Canada (Toll Free):+1-800-792-5285, +1-503-894-6022, +1-503-446-1141UK: +44-845-528-1300Hong Kong: +852-301-84916India (Pune): +91-20-66346060Fax: +1(855)550-5975help@alliedmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

How Apples Battery Repair Saved My MacBook Pro

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. Author Bio Henry T. Casey, on For a while, I was seriously worried about the health of my aging 2012 MacBook Pro, which kept getting hit by calamity after calamity, including wonky internet connectivity and speakers that were practically dying. But then when I finally took a battery warning to heart, Apple managed to fix everything that was wrong with my ailing system.Yes, this fix for my Apple laptop cost me $199, but I was willing to spend that much for just a new battery. And instead, I got a whole lot more life breathed back into my nearly seven-year-old system.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 链接已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 “Service battery.” Those were the words that I saw every time I would click on my MacBook Pro’s menu bar icon for its battery.MORE: MacBook Pro Rumor Roundup: What We Expect (and Want)For a while, probably years, I acted like those words weren’t important or potentially dangerous. I didn’t take this MacBook Pro out for work. I kept it at home. It was OK as it was.My thoughts changed one night when I used it in my lap, as opposed to mounted at eye level at the top of a stack of books on my desk. In my lap, it just felt a little too warm.And so I booked a Genius Bar appointment to get the battery checked out and hopefully replaced. After a technician performed a veritable autopsy to confirm that the battery was indeed bad, the rep told me it would cost $199, and that I’d need to leave my MacBook Pro with Apple for up to two weeks.Why so long? My 2012 MacBook Pro is classified as a “vintage” machine, and so Apple couldn’t guarantee how long it would take to find the necessary parts. Its age concealed the big surprise: The technician told me that since the battery was connected to many other parts in the top half of the case, getting it fixed wasn’t as simple as replacing just that battery.MORE: Which MacBook Should You Buy? MacBook vs. Air vs. ProFive days later, though, Apple called to tell me that it had finished servicing my MacBook. And when I got to the Apple store and booted it up, I was delighted to hear the Apple startup chime ring out without any distortion.This is when I started to ask myself why I never looked into getting the speakers replaced, and remembered I never could fully confirm that my MacBook Pro’s sound issue was rooted in the hardware of the speakers (and not caused by some fraying cable like in Flexgate).And then I noticed that everything else was clean, with the replacement of the keyboard deck, the keys (including the A key cap I’d clicked so much it was fading away) and the touchpad. And while the MacBook Pro is harder to repair because all of those parts are contained in the top enclosure where the battery is affixed with a strong adhesive, it also somehow meant that my model got a new lease on life for the price of only one of its parts.It was as if my MacBook Pro went away to a spa and came back after having had a cleanse. Yes, I’d love it if Apple’s laptops were more easily repaired, but when I saw the great surprises contained in my repair — even the ports were new — I realized that sometimes, Apple’s industrial design can create excellent accidents.MacBook Keyboard Troubleshooting GuideCredit: Shutterstock; Laptop Magcenter_img Henry T. Casey, by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley 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 VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndo247 SportsThe Highest-Paid NBA Players In 2019, Ranked247 SportsUndoAdvertisementlast_img read more

60000 UK samesex couples could have their civil partnerships taken away

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Why is this happening now?This debate comes to parliament after a Government after a reshuffle in the cabinet.The previous equalities minister, who is in a same-sex relationship, Justine Greening has supported reform to open them up to straight and bi opposite-sex couples.However, now the government wants time to deliberate on a review.But today, Ministers are set to back the private members bid. It’s by the conservative MP Tim Loughton who wants to equalize the law on civil partnerships.Loughton originally wanted to amend existing laws, to include opposite-sex couples. However, in order to gain support from ministers, he dropped this from his bill. In return, the government says they will review the law.The bill has cross-party support.But, one route to equalizing the law is by scrapping them for everyone.Speaking to BBC News Loughton says, ‘We are having to play a long game and I think we are still going to achieve what we want but we are going to have to jump through a few more hoops to get there.’Adding that a range of options will be under consideration in the review, including ‘doing nothing.’If they are scrapped, those currently in civil partnerships may then have to get married, or a ‘speial category’ could be created for them.Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell is backing reform, but only if they keep civil partnerships:‘In a democratic society, everyone should be equal before the law, with the same rights and responsibilities. It is outrageous that for 14 years successive governments have been unwilling to legislate equality.’The Scottish government will also announce their decision on the future of civil partnerships ‘in due course.’Read more on Gay Star News:If straight couples want civil partnerships, it’s in our interests to help eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) UK MPs will debate a private member’s bill today on equalizing the law around civil partnerships.Currently, in the UK they are available only to same-sex couples. But, a recent appeals court says this is not in line with equality laws.center_img However, one option for the government is to simply scrap them to comply with the law. According to ONS figures, since their introduction over 126,000 people have had civil partnerships.Yesterday, in a Gay Star News poll, two-thirds of people said they would care if Government scrapped civil partnerships.One GSN reader, Paul Kitching commented that because marriage is ‘supposed to be between a man and a woman in the eyes of God’ but civil partnerships are everything a marriage is, except without the religious elements so yes ‘he’d be pissed off. They should extend civil partnerships to straight couples that aren’t religious.’David, who is in a civil partnership, tells GSN he already feels second class since the introduction of same-sex marriage.‘My partner is 70, I’m 50 and we’ve been together for 27 years. We got our civil partnership six years ago, for the security on offer. Only then, after decades of fighting, were we finally given the chance of having our own “marriage.”‘So now says, ‘as long as they make the process of upgrading simple, straightforward and not full of bureaucracy – then we may go for the offered marriage upgrade.’This debate roars on, while marriage equality still is not universal across the United Kingdom.In Northern Ireland, same-sex partners can not get married. However, same-sex partners can have civil partnerships. This is because some areas of the UK have devolved parliaments, with varying laws. Take Our Poll UK Government could abolish civil partnerships after latest rulingMeet the young Brit-Aussie gay couple who will be live-streaming their civil partnership ceremonyPOLL: Would you care if the UK government scrapped civil partnerships?Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more