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

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — 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: www.masdarcity.ae/en/index.aspx Play Explore furthercenter_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com 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 https://phys.org/news/2010-03-carbon-city-built-abu-dhabi.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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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 PhysOrg.com 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: davidreport.com/blog/201010/th … 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 https://phys.org/news/2010-10-invisible-helmet-hair-consious-cyclists-video.html 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

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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 https://phys.org/news/2012-05-roboticist-hugvie-huggable-vibrating.htmlcenter_img (Phys.org) — 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

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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. (Phys.org) — 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: spotterrf.com/rbk.html Citation: SpotterRF debuts Radar Backpack Kit (w/ Video) (2012, May 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-05-spotterrf-debuts-radar-backpack-kit.html © 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

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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 Phys.org Citation: Intel will highlight next-gen Haswell processors at next week’s IDF (2012, September 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-09-intel-highlight-next-gen-haswell-processors.html (Phys.org)—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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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