Hyundai Mobis and Yandex reveal 2020 Sonata selfdriving prototype

first_imgEnlarge ImageThe 2020 Sonata already has some… polarizing style, so slapping a bunch of AV kit on the roof barely changes it. Yandex The 2020 Hyundai Sonata isn’t even out yet, but already, one company has created a self-driving development prototype out of one. It’s nice to know people — or, in this case, it’s nice to know the parts and service arm of the greater Hyundai empire.Russian internet giant Yandex and Hyundai Mobis on Thursday debuted their jointly developed 2020 Hyundai Sonata self-driving development prototype. Based on a regular ol’ next-generation Sonata, the vehicle has been fitted with the hardware and software necessary to enable autonomy and continue development on the technology. The two companies signed a memorandum of understanding to create Level 4 and Level 5 autonomous vehicles, and this is the first step towards that end goal.According to Yandex’s Medium post, the company received its first 2020 Sonata at the end of May, just two months after inking the partnership with Hyundai Mobis. Engineers from both companies worked to adapt Yandex’s tech to the Sonata, and the result looks surprisingly sleek. The majority of the car’s hardware looks contained to the pod up top, which sports some recognizable lidar emitters. Cables run to the trunk, where there’s more hardware responsible for crunching all the data its sensors receive. So far, testing has been limited to Yandex’s testing grounds, but according to the company, it’s been operating completely autonomously in that closed environment, coming up against things like simulated weather and traffic. Yandex said its prototype will start operating on public roads in Moscow “shortly.”This is just the beginning for their partnership. Eventually, Yandex wants to have a fleet of 100 development vehicles, a feat it hopes to achieve by the end of 2019. Future prototypes won’t just be based on the Sonata, either. To prove its flexibility, Yandex wants to add its hardware and software to a multitude of Hyundai and Kia vehicles, although it declined to say which ones. 2019 Nissan Altima review: Better dressed with better tech Post a comment 2020 Hyundai Sonata brings an extra dose of style to… More about 2020 Hyundai Sonata More From Roadshow News • 2020 Hyundai Sonata reveals striking new design ahead of New York Auto Show 1:42 Autonomous Vehicles Auto Tech Sedans Hyundai Share your voice 2019 Toyota Camry Review Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Hyundai Sonata first drive: An attractive and compelling midsize sedan Tags Hyundai 0 Preview • 2020 Hyundai Sonata first drive: An attractive and compelling midsize sedan 29 Photos 2020 Hyundai Sonata brings arresting style to New Yorklast_img read more

GVK family fail to pay Rs 1662 crore for coal mines in

first_imgThe GVK Reddy family has failed to pay the final tranche of $560 million or Rs. 1,662 crore to the Australian billionaire Gina Rinehart-owned Hancock Prospecting, from which it had acquired the Hancock coal mines in the country for $1.2 billion in 2011.Bankers said the coal project is “stranded” due to low crude oil prices. GVK was initially planning to invest about $10 billion for developing three coal mines and infrastructure in Australia, Business Standard reports.The Reddy family owns 90 percent stake in a Singapore-based company, which is developing the project, whereas GVK Power and Infrastructure owns 10 percent stake in the project.The stock of GVK Power and Infrastructure was trading at Rs 6.76 at around 2.40 p.m. Thursday, down 2.45 percent from its previous close.Last Sunday, Indian conglomerate Adani Enterprise received approval from Australia’s Queensland state government to go ahead with the proposed AUD 10 billion (US$7.7 billion/about Rs. 51,000 crore) coal project. The company won the permission to conduct mining activities in certain Australian coal reserves.Last year, India’s coal import dropped by 27 percent. Helped by an increase in the domestic production of the fuel, coal imports in India reduced to 12.6 million tonnes in September 2015, as against 17.3 million tonnes of import in September 2014, the Hindu reported.[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]last_img read more

RCom fears DoT bank guarantee push can scupper assets sale deal with

first_imgAnil Ambani’s debt-ridden Reliance Communications has told the Supreme Court that the government’s insistence on a Rs 2,940-crore bank guarantee to allow the spectrum transfer to Reliance Jio Infocomm could scupper a vital deal to prevent the company from sinking.The court is hearing an appeal that department of telecommunications (DoT) filed seeking to a Telecom Disputes and Settlement Appellate Tribunal order allowing the spectrum transfer, according to media reports.DoT is of the view that it cannot allow transfer of the spectrum to Mukesh Ambani’s company to go through unless either of the parties came up the bank guarantee of Rs 2,940 crore.RCom contended on Monday that its asset sale to Reliance Jio would stall if the approvals did not happen by mid-December, Bloomberg news agency reported.The situation could affect the company’s debt repayment plan. The company owes creditors Rs 46,000 crore, of which the company hoped to raise Rs 18,000 crore by asset sales. Repayments amounting to Rs 700 crore fell due in March, according to sources.RCom told the court it had given as collateral security land worth nearly Rs 1,400 crore in lieu of the government’s dues but was not in a position to raise further bank guarantee.The government was refusing to accept the land as security and wanted a bank guarantee.Debt reductionRCom had approached the tribunal challenging DoT’s demand seeking the bank guarantee.As part of its debt reductions efforts, RCom signed Rs 25,000-crore deal with Reliance Jio in December 2017. The brothers have signed several deals, including one involving transmission nodes. The deal between the companies that the Ambani siblings own include the sale of assets held by several banks in mortgage to stall insolvency proceedings.On NSE, RCom shares closed on Monday at the one-year low of Rs10, having lost 64 per cent this year. The share touched its one-year high of Rs36.15 on December 29, 2017.RCom obtained 3G spectrum in three cities for Rs 5,864 crore in 2010 but wound up its GSM operations last year after a deal it sought with Maxis Aircel fell through last year after the talks had progressed much. RCom entered into the deal with Reliance Jio after the Maxis Aircel setback.Anil Ambani announced at a shareholders’ meeting on September 18 that the cash-strapped Reliance Communications would completely exit the telecom business to focus on real estate.last_img read more

Markets may take a pause to consolidate recent gains

first_imgThe pause in US-China trade war could act as a double-edged sword for the markets going into the last month of the calendar year, some analysts believe.The positive impact of the diffusing clouds of the trade war can unleash the bulls on the global markets, which may reflect on the D-Street. US President Donald Trump and Chinese Prime Minister Xi Jinping decided to pause the sanctions for 90 days after a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit on Saturday.However, a section of market watchers suggests that the clearing of uncertainty can release the pressure on international crude, which has dipped below $60 a barrel. Hardening oil could rock the Indian markets continued recovery, they say.A higher global crude price will inflate India’s import bill and negatively affect the rupee’s value against the dollar. This double whammy of higher crude price and rising dollar will definitely worry the markets. The rupee bounced back from the lows of 74.49 per dollar it hit in October to appreciate about 6.6 per cent to 69.58.The D-Street’s return to the bull terrain through November when the indices gained 5 per cent including a 3 per cent gain in the last five sessions is attributable to the market’s optimism. Oil remained under pressure from the trade war fears and the high level of US inventory despite the Iran sanctions.Both Sensex and Nifty posted new highs and they have found new supports. Sensex closed on Friday at 36,194 and Nifty on 10,876. Having reclaimed the support at 10,800, mainly on the steam coming from the mid-cap and small-cap spaces, Nifty is on way to breach 11,000, some technical experts say.The results of ongoing elections in five states will be out on December 11, adding more uncertainties that can further roil the market in the second week. The election process is on in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana,, Chattisgarh and Mizoram. Political observers say the results in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan will be crucial for the confidence of the Narendra Modi government at the centre ahead of the 2019 election year. Any weakening of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government can dent the market’s confidence and result in a bearish turn.The markets saw huge sell-offs in October and September when the foreign institutional investors (FII) withdrew about Rs35,000 crore from the market, according to some estimates. Their return in November bringing back about Rs14,000 crore was decidedly the main reason for the bulls herding back into the markets.Some media reports say the traders expect a pause in the market in the first week while it consolidates the recent gains and awaits the domestic uncertainties to clear. The street expects the Reserve Bank of India to further relax the regulatory norms for non-banking financial companies at its December 5 meeting succumbing to the relentless government pressure. The anticipated return of liquidity to the economy could buoy the markets once they price in the second week’s uncertainties. Money Control website suggests a close watch of the IT, banking, financials, and FMCG stocks.The market will be watchful of the Nikkei manufacturing and services PMI for November that will be out on December 3 and December 5, respectively.last_img read more

Khaleda calls for liberating democracy

first_img-Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia on Friday iterated the call for keeping alive the dream of Noor Hossain, who was killed during the 1987 protest against autocracy.In a twitter message, Khaleda recalled the slogans etched on Noor Hossain’s chest and back: ‘Down with autocracy’ and ‘Let’s free democracy’.‘Let’s shake off the chain and liberate democracy, ‘she said in an oblique reference to the country’s current political situation.‘Keep alive Noor Hossain’s dream. Down with autocracy, ‘Khaleda wrote in her message she issued to mark the Shaheed (martyr) Noor Hossain Day.During the ‘Dhaka siege’ programme to oust the Ershad regime on 10 November 1987, Noor Hossain was killed by the police in Dhaka.The BNP chief and the then Awami League president Sheikh Hasina were then leading two of three main political alliances that held demonstration to end the rule of Ershad.Ershad has been appointed a special emissary of prime minister Sheikh Hasina after the controversial elections on 5 January 2014, boycotted by the BNP demanding fair polls under a neutral caretaker government.last_img read more

RMG workers protest at fellows termination

first_imgPeople suffer after readymade garment workers put barricade on the main road in Abdullahpur area on Thursday. Photo: UNBReadymade garment workers put barricade on the main road in the Dhaka’s Abdullahpur area halting vehicular movement for around two and half hours on both sides of House Building to Abdullahpur on Thursday, reports UNB.Employees of ‘Top Jeans’ in Hazipara of Uttarkhan came to the street around 11:00am protesting at the dismissal of some of their fellow workers from the factory.At one stage, they started demonstrating on the main road and went to Abdullahpur and put barricade there around 12:00pm halting vehicular movement on the busy road, said traffic inspector Asad of Abdullahpur.Although vehicles were diverted from Abdullahpur to House Building to keep the vehicular movement normal, huge traffic clog had surrounded the area, said another police officer.Additional police forces were deployed to bring the situation under control.Later around 2:30pm, the agitated workers withdrew the roadblocks after being assured that their demand would be met, said deputy commissioner of Uttara division Nabid Kamal Shaibal.He also said the vehicular movement from the Airport to Abdullahpur became normal after 2:40pm.last_img read more

Man killed in police gunfight

first_imgA Prothom Alo IllustrationA man was killed in what police called a gunfight with them in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar early Sunday, reports UNB.The deceased was Md Hossain, 39, son of late Anu Mia of Hoyaikong in the upazila.Pradip Kumar Das, officer-in-charge of Teknaf model police station, said they raided the area around 2:00am acting on a tip-off that a consignment of yaba was brought from Myanmar.The smugglers opened fire as soon as the police team reached the spot, triggering a gunfight. Hossain sustained a gunshot wound in the skirmish.Police took the injured to Teknaf Upazila Health Complex where the physicians pronounced him dead. The body was sent to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital for autopsy.Three policemen were also injured.Police recovered 2,000 yaba pills, two pistols and nine bullets from the spot.OC Pradip said Hossain was accused in six drugs-related cases.last_img read more

Houston Rising Hopes To Help Recovery Efforts For Low Income Families

first_imgHouston Rising is a coalition of more than a dozen community based groups fighting for the city’s low income population. They hope that by joining forces they can be more successful in helping those less fortunate.On Saturday they held a public hearing at the Finnigan Park Community Center. Marvin Odum, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s recovery czar, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee, State Senator Sylvia Garcia, along with other officials attended the hearing.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The hearing’s topic was equity in recovery efforts. Brien Straw / Houston Public MediaJennifer Pena (right) isn’t confident. She cleans houses but lost 60 percent of her business because of Harvey.Jennifer Pena isn’t confident. She cleans houses but lost 60 percent of her business because of Harvey. She says FEMA denied her claim for reimbursement for furniture lost to the storm because they had no value prior to Harvey. She tries hard to overcome poverty but feels she’s getting no help.“When you’re poor you’re poor and you’ve just got to live with the circumstances and it shouldn’t be like that,” she says, unable to hold back tears.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Retired Marine Ronald Eugene Magic agrees. He’s living off $735 a month he gets from the Marines. After three moves to find a dry place in Crosby to wait out the hurricane, he’s back in East Houston. “You cannot help somebody if you telling them, “Hey I’m gonna do this,” and you don’t,” Magic says.Brien Straw / Houston Public MediaMarvin Odum, the Mayor’s recovery czar, thinks this is the chance for those who feel overlooked.With low income housing already in short supply in Houston, available housing is much worse following Harvey. But Marvin Odum, the Mayor’s recovery czar, thinks this is the chance for those who feel overlooked, needed. Odum says, “In every respect this is an opportunity to do things better than they were before. Period.” Sharelast_img read more

How A Federal Proposal Could Affect Millions Of Dollars In Texas Workers

first_img Share Shelby Knowles for The Texas TribuneThe United States Department of Labor in Washington, D.C., on June 26, 2017.A U.S. Department of Labor proposal that could change how workers in Texas and the rest of the nation receive tips is facing greater scrutiny after a report revealed the department withheld an unfavorable economic analysis. Released last December, the proposal would give employers greater freedom to decide where their employees’ tips go. Businesses like restaurants could share “front of the house” workers’ tips with “back of the house” workers, such as dishwashers and cooks, or they could pocket employees’ tips for themselves. The proposal would only apply to employers who pay a full minimum wage of $7.25. The Trump administration has said the plan is an attempt to help decrease wage disparities between tipped and non-tipped workers.But a Bloomberg BNA article says that Labor Department leaders scrapped an economic analysis of the proposal that revealed workers could lose billions of dollars under the new tip proposal.Under the plan, Texas could see $676.3 million of tips transferred from employees to employers’ pockets in a year, according to the Economic Policy Institute, a left-leaning think tank. But Texas groups disagree on the estimated impact of the proposal.Some U.S. businesses, including those in Texas, have a choice on how to pay tipped workers. One is to pay tipped workers the federal minimum tipped wage of $2.13 — as long as employers opt for a “tip credit” in which employers promise that the money made in tips will amount to minimum wage or higher. A second choice is to pay the workers the federal minimum wage of $7.25 and allow them to also take tips. California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Alaska, Wisconsin and Guam are required by their respective states to pay tipped employees the full state minimum wage plus tips. The new proposal would provide employers that pay workers full minimum wage an option to take and share their tips. Richie Jackson, CEO of the Texas Restaurant Association, argued that the Labor Department plan wouldn’t affect most Texas workers; he believes the majority of Texas employers use a tip credit.“It’s really a non-issue in Texas,” Jackson said. “The rule will not be something that is applicable to most employers who employ tipped workers in Texas.”Ed Sills, a spokesman for the Texas AFL-CIO, said tips should be the sole “property of the people that own them,” and he challenges the argument that the proposal is supposed to close the wage gap between tipped and non-tipped workers.“The wage inequality gap between front of the house and back of the house workers can be addressed by employers,” Sills said. “The way to do it is to pay the back-of-the-house workers more than they do.”A Texas Workforce Commission spokeswoman said the agency does not track how many businesses in Texas use a tip credit.According to the Bloomberg BNA story, the U.S. Department of Labor’s internal analysis showed that employees’ tipping losses under the proposal reached into the billions and department officials told staff to change the data methodology to “lessen” the impact. Although later calculations showed reduced tip losses, senior officials were still uncomfortable with including the numbers in the public proposal, the article added. The department received White House approval to publish the report on Dec. 5, withholding the economic analysis.In January, the Labor Department issued a 30-day public comment period, allowing people to express their opinions on the proposal. As of Thursday, the public has five days left to respond by the Feb. 5 deadline. Currently, the proposal has over 147,300 formal comments. The department says it will evaluate the responses before making a decision. The new tipping proposal would disproportionately affect women, the Economic Policy Institute said in its report. Of the $5.8 billion nationally in tips per year they estimate would be shifted from workers to employers, $4.6 billion — nearly 80 percent — would be pulled from the pockets of women working tipped jobs, the report says. These high numbers for women can be attributed to the fact that women are more likely to both be tipped and earn lower wages.As the debate continues to unfold, Texas service workers are monitoring and expressing concerns about unintended consequences.Tim Rinkerman of Austin said the tips he gets between his two jobs at a coffee shop and a restaurant are vital. Under the new proposal, he’s worried some employers might not be honest if allowed full control of tips.“When you’re making minimum wage, it’s kind of hard to get by,” said Rinkerman. “It’s not cool [for businesses] to have the ability to pocket tips.”last_img read more

RAMBLING ROSE Happy Happy Mommys Day

first_imgBy Rosa Pryor, Special to the AFROHello everyone! Happy Mother’s Day to you! To all the mommy’s out there or in the sound of my words, have yourself a wonderful weekend. I am going to help you out a little bit. This is such a special weekend. I want the mothers, grand-mothers, and the great-grand-mothers to go out and have a fantastic time. I would like for the children and grand-children remember this beautiful lady who brought you into the world; the forester-mothers and the grand-mothers who raised you. This is the weekend you want to say thank you by doing something real special for her. Many of you who appreciate such dedication would have done this every week or every month and not wait for a special day.Eric and Nestley Duppins, owners of the Champagne Ballroom, 2701 W. Patapsco Avenue in Baltimore will host their 11th annual Mother’s Day Show on May 12 from 4-8 p.m. Live entertainment featuring the Panama Band and a hot & cold dinner buffet. For more information, call 410- 644-3434.I am going to give you some suggestions, just in case you have not made any plans for this special occasion. Check this out! First check out the pictures on my page with the captures, that will get you started.Time to celebrate these cherished women in our lives by taking them to a “Mother’s Day fabulous feast at the Forum Caterers, 4210 Primrose Avenue. Along with dancing music for your feet, they are serving for your stomach; garden salad, fried chicken, baked chicken, roast beef w/gravy, baked salmon, mashed potatoes, Mac & cheese, sweet-potatoes, green beans, collard greens, desert, beverages and cash bar. Give Nikita a call at 410-358-1101 and reserve your seat.Baltimore/DC One Caribbean will host a Carnival Launch on May 11 9 p.m. at the Montego Bar & Grille, 1818 N. Charles Street in Baltimore. All band leaders and masqueraders are invited to showcase your 2019 contributions. For more information, call 443-691-2006Maryland Beverage Association Community Development Corporation with Dr. Louise Johnson is hosting Baltimore’s Best Beer, Wine and Liquor Expo on May 11 from 3-8 p.m. at the 5th Regiment Armory on Preston & Howard Streets in Baltimore, with free alcohol tasting, cash bar, vendors, food, jewelry and live entertainment by “Septimius the Great”. For more information, call 410-925-4056.You might want to take Mommy to a gospel event. Gospel entertainer, Hezekiah Walker is performing at the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in Charles Town, W. Virginia on May 10 at 9 p.m. For more information, go to: Shahid, radio personality at WEAA 88.9 FM and renowned musician and drummer is the Master of Ceremonies for Moon-Man’s Mother’s Day Show & Dance on May 11 at the Patapsco Arena 3301 Annapolis Road. The concert features the Stylistics Review, Philly Intruders, The Ebony’s, BADD, Ten Karat Gold and much more. Show time 6 p.m.La Fontaine Bleue Banquet Room is celebrating Mother’s Day with a Mother’s Day Dinner in their Lanham location with live jazz entertainment and a wide unbelievable menu on, May 12 from 12:30 -4:30 p.m., call 301-731-4333 or if you are closer to the La Fontaine Bleue in the Glen Burnie location, they are having a Mother’s Day Brunch on May 12th from 1-5 p.m. serving a delicious buffet and cash bar. Call 410-760-4115 to reserve your seat.Race to Preakness Baltimore Celebration takes place May 13-17 starting with “Happy Hours in Center Plaza, Pee Wee Preakness for youngsters, Downtown Lunchtime and Inner Harbor Party with a fireworks finale. The lineup looks like this; Happy Hour at Center Plaza on May 13- May 17th 5-8 p.m. at Center Plaza at 110 W. Fayette Street; May 13 is “Game Night”; May 14 is June Star Americana featuring Hospitality Industry Night; May 15 is Jah Works, Reggae featuring Lexington Market Crab Derby Race; May 16 is DJ Impulse featuring the Night Brunch, Baltimore’s Top Roving Brunch Event. For more information call 410-752-8632 and tell them “Rambling Rose” told you. Ask for Tracy.Eric and Nestley Duppins, owners of the Champagne Ballroom, 2701 W. Patapsco Avenue in Baltimore will host their 11th annual Mother’s Day Show on May 12 from 4-8 p.m. Live entertainment featuring the Panama Band and a hot & cold dinner buffet. For more information, call 410- 644-3434.Well my friends, I got to go. I will spend my Mother’s Day icing my “Boo-Boo” knee from his knee replacement and enjoying every moment of it while eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Enjoy your weekend and remember if no one else loves you “Rambling Rose” loves you. Also remember if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.last_img read more

Durr Fuehring Lead No 2 Louisville Past Georgia Tech 6144

first_img Walz Postgame Video Durr/Fuehring Postgame Video Photo Gallery LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Asia Durr scored 21 points as No. 2 University of Louisville women’s basketball rolled past Georgia Tech, 61-44, at the KFC Yum! Center on Sunday afternoon. The Cardinals improved to 15-1 on the year and 3-1 in ACC play, while the Yellow Jackets dropped to 12-5 overall and 2-2 in conference play.Louisville opened the game by scoring the first 10 points and jumped out to an early 15-2 lead.Durr led the charge early with two three-pointers and finished the quarter with 10 points to help give the Cardinals a 24-14 advantage.Louisville outscored the Yellow Jackets by seven points the rest of the way and cruised to a 61-44 win.Durr had 21 points on 8-16 shooting, including 3-8 from 3-point range. She added five rebounds and four assists.Sam Fuehring finished with 13 points and 14 rebounds for her second double-double of the season and the sixth of her career, while Arica Carter added 10 points, four rebounds and three assists.The Cardinals’ defense controlled the game, holding the Yellow Jackets to a season-low 26.2 percent shooting, while forcing 21 Georgia Tech turnovers. Louisville scored 23 points off turnovers, 12 of which came in the first quarter.Next up, the Cardinals host Virginia on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. ET. Print Friendly Versioncenter_img Story Links Box Score (PDF) last_img read more

Research shows isoprene from biofuel plants likely to lead to ozone deaths

first_imgEffect of replacing crops and grasses with high-emitting SRC species in our biofuel cultivation scenario. Credit: Nature Climate Change (2013) doi:10.1038/nclimate1788 Journal information: Nature Climate Change More information: Impacts of biofuel cultivation on mortality and crop yields, Nature Climate Change (2013) doi:10.1038/nclimate1788AbstractGround-level ozone is a priority air pollutant, causing ~ 22,000 excess deaths per year in Europe, significant reductions in crop yields and loss of biodiversity. It is produced in the troposphere through photochemical reactions involving oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The biosphere is the main source of VOCs, with an estimated 1,150 TgC yr−1 (~ 90% of total VOC emissions) released from vegetation globally4. Isoprene (2-methyl-1,3-butadiene) is the most significant biogenic VOC in terms of mass (around 500 TgC yr−1) and chemical reactivity and plays an important role in the mediation of ground-level ozone concentrations5. Concerns about climate change and energy security are driving an aggressive expansion of bioenergy crop production and many of these plant species emit more isoprene than the traditional crops they are replacing. Here we quantify the increases in isoprene emission rates caused by cultivation of 72 Mha of biofuel crops in Europe. We then estimate the resultant changes in ground-level ozone concentrations and the impacts on human mortality and crop yields that these could cause. Our study highlights the need to consider more than simple carbon budgets when considering the cultivation of biofuel feedstock crops for greenhouse-gas mitigation. (—A trio of researchers from the Lancaster Environment Centre, in the UK has found that planting trees for use as a biofuel source, near populated areas, is likely to increase human deaths due to inhalation of ozone. The team, in their paper published in the journal Nature Climate Change, suggests that increased levels of isoprene emitted from such trees, when interacting with other air pollutants can lead to increased levels of ozone in the air which might also lead to lower crop yields. Isoprene research could lead to eco-friendly car tires To reduce the amount of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere due to the burning of fossil fuels, governments and private groups have turned to biofuels as an alternate source. In Europe, fast growing trees such as eucalyptus, willow and poplar, have been planted and are being used to create biofuels which can be burned in engines and generators. Such trees have been seen as an attractive alternative to other edible crops, such as corn, because growing them doesn’t impact the price of food. Now however, this new research suggests that there is a different price to pay when using trees to produce biofuels.The problem, the researchers say, is that the types of trees used to produce biofuels emit high levels of the chemical isoprene into the air. Prior research has shown that when isoprene mixes with other pollutants (such as nitric oxides), ozone is produced. In this new research, the team suggests that using such trees as a biofuel could result in up to 1,400 deaths per year in Europe – per the European Union’s 2020 tree planting goal – attributable to increased amounts of ozone in the air, along with $7.1 billion in additional health care costs and crop losses.Plans for using trees as a biofuel resource generally involve planting near large urban areas to avoid incurring transportation costs. Such plantings, the researchers suggest, would lead to lung problems and deaths for people living in those areas. Conversely, if large numbers of such trees were planted in rural areas, edible crops would be adversely impacted, leading to less production and higher costs.The team also notes that ozone is currently blamed (by the European Environment Agency) for the deaths of 22,000 people in Europe each year.center_img Citation: Research shows isoprene from biofuel plants likely to lead to ozone deaths (2013, January 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2013 Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Researchers devise method to create efficient indium phosphate nanowire photovoltaics

first_img This shows a computer simulation of the absorption in five nanowires. The sunlight comes in from the top. The dark red areas, near the top, have the strongest absorption, while the dark blue areas have the weakest absorption. The simulation was done in three dimensions, but the figure shows a cross-section. Credit: Wallentin et al. Researchers the world over are on a quest to create a cheaper alternative to silicon based solar cells, some of which have been focused on using indium phosphate because it is more efficient at turning sunlight into electricity – unfortunately, it’s not very good at absorbing sunlight. In this new research, the team turned to nanowire technology to help it do a better job. This shows the photovoltaic efficiency of millimeter square InP single band gap nanowire solar cells as a function of time measured within the FP7 financed AMON-RA project. About four million InP NWs contribute to the signal. The line is a guideline for the eye. This figure gives an overview of the development of NWPV within AMON-RA. A comparison with the record efficiency development of other types of solar cells can be made using this plot by NREL: Credit: Wallentin et al. This is a SEM image of indium phosphide (InP) nanowires after growth, shown at a 30-degree angle. The nanowires are about 1.5 microns long and 0.18 microns in diameter, with a center to center distance of 0.47 microns (1 micron (µm) is equal to 1/1000 of a millimeter, that is, one millionth of a meter). This can be compared with the sunlight, which has most of its energy in a wavelength range from 0.5 to a few microns. The nanowires cover 12% of the surface as seen from top, that is, from the sun’s point of view. On top of the nanowire is the gold particle which is used as a seed for the crystal growth. Credit: Wallentin et al. 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. USC team develops promising polymer for solar cells In addition to being nearly as efficient as traditional silicon based solar cells, this new type of cell can also be bent to allow for shaping into flexible panels that allow for more options when mounting. It also allows for a smaller overall surface area. The team suggests that solar cells made using this approach might be best used in concentrated systems using lenses, though it’s not clear as yet whether they would stand up to the intense heat. There’s also the problem of creating the cells on a scale large enough for them to be sold commercially at a reasonable cost. More information: 1. InP Nanowire Array Solar Cells Achieving 13.8% Efficiency by Exceeding the Ray Optics Limit, Science, DOI: 10.1126/science.1230969ABSTRACTPhotovoltaics based on nanowire arrays could reduce cost and materials consumption compared to planar devices, but have exhibited low efficiency of light absorption and carrier collection. We fabricated a variety of millimeter-sized arrays of p-i-n doped InP nanowires and found that the nanowire diameter and the length of the top n-segment were critical for cell performance. Efficiencies up to 13.8% (comparable to the record planar InP cell) were achieved using resonant light trapping in 180-nanometer-diameter nanowires that only covered 12% of the surface. The share of sunlight converted into photocurrent (71%) was six times the limit in a simple ray optics description. Furthermore, the highest open circuit voltage of 0.906 volt exceeds that of its planar counterpart, despite about 30 times higher surface-to-volume ratio of the nanowire cell.2. Performance of Nanowire Solar Cells on the Rise, DOI: 10.1126/science.339.6117.263 . release This shows an optical microscope image of four nanowire solar cells. Each cell is a slightly lighter shade of purple in color, while the darker areas in between are inactive. The yellow areas are gold metal pads, which are used for connecting the solar cells to an external load. Each cell contains about 4.5 million nanowires. Credit: Wallentin et al. This shows an optical microscope image of four nanowire solar cells. Each cell is a slightly lighter shade of purple in color, while the darker areas in between are inactive. The yellow areas are gold metal pads, which are used for connecting the solar cells to an external load. Each cell contains about 4.5 million nanowires. Credit: Wallentin et al.center_img © 2013 Explore further The idea is to create a small forest of wires standing on end atop a platform, with each wire just 1.5 micrometers tall and with a diameter of 180 nanometers. The bottom part of each wire is doped to cause an excess positive charge, the top doped to give it an excess negative charge with the middle remaining neutral – all standing on a bed of silicon dioxide. The team caused such a setup to come about by dropping gold flakes on a silicon bed and adding silicon phosphate to cause wires to grow which were kept clean and straight via etching using hydrochloric acid. The result is a photovoltaic cell capable of converting 13.8 percent of incoming sunlight into electricity while absorbing 71 percent of the light above the band gap. This scanning electron microscopy (SEM) image shows a side-view of nanowires which have been coated with a transparent and conductive oxide. The sunlight comes in from top, which is why the top contact must be transparent for light. The substrate is used for the bottom contact. Credit: Wallentin et al. (—Robert F. Service has published a News & Analysis piece in the journal Science describing the progress being made in nanowire photovoltaics. One of those innovations is described in another paper published in the same journal by a team working on indium phosphate nanowire technology. In their paper, they describe how in creating micrometer sized wires they have managed to build a non-silicon based solar cell that is capable of converting almost 14 percent of incoming sunlight into electric current. Citation: Researchers devise method to create efficient indium phosphate nanowire photovoltaics (2013, January 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This shows a computer simulation of the absorption in five nanowires. The sunlight comes in from the top. The dark red areas, near the top, have the strongest absorption, while the dark blue areas have the weakest absorption. The simulation was done in three dimensions, but the figure shows a cross-section. Credit: Wallentin et al. 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Blind students in DU to get smart canes and DAISY players

first_imgVisually-challenged students of Delhi University will soon be getting ‘mobility and accessibility’ kits, including DAISY players and smart canes to help them move around with ease on campus.“DU has joined hands with the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment to provide mobility and accessibility kits to the varsity’s visually-challenged students enrolled,” said Anil Aneja, Officer on Special Duty at DU’s Equal Opportunity Cell (EOC).“The kit will consist of smart canes and DAISY players. While the smart canes will help the students have hassle-free mobility on campus, the DAISY players will make their studies easier,” he said. DU has roped in the services of the National Institute for the Visually Handicapped (NIVH), Dehradun, for working on the kits. “While funds for the initiative have been provided by the ministry, the contents of the kit have been developed by NIVH. Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreThere is also a plan to include special tablets designed for the visually-challenged in the kits, but that will be worked out in the second phase,” Aneja said. The cost of each kit is estimated to be around Rs 11,000.While the canes will be able to give vibration warnings to the students whenever there is any obstruction within a certain range, the DAISY player, which is a book-reading machine, will be able to help them in comfortably going through texts. Also Read – Man who cheated 20 women on matrimonial websites arrested“Though the distribution of these kits will begin by the end of this month, from the coming session, we plan that the kits are handed over to the students during the freshers’ orientation programme,” added Aneja.The students will not be bound to return the kits to the varsity when they pass out, he said.DU had earlier also installed a special technology which can scan books and transcribe text to speech in all its libraries, a move which the varsity claims is a first-of-its- kind initiative for visually-challenged students by an Indian university. The technology installed last year is known as ‘Inclusive Print Access Project’ and is a combination of softwares which have been imported from abroad to suit the needs of the visually-challenged students.The DU Equal Opportunity Cell was established in 2006 to address the needs and issues related to physically-challenged, SC/ST, OBC and minority students.DU allows for a 5 per cent relaxation in eligibility criteria with respect to differently-abled students.A Braille library and an Audio Book Resource Centre are among the facilities introduced by the university for its differently-abled students.last_img read more

Sampriti flyover to be inaugurated before Durga Puja Firhad Hakim

first_imgKolkata: State Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim expressed his optimism that the Sampriti flyover, connecting Jinjira Bazar to Batanagar, will start operation before the Durga Puja.”I am hopeful that construction work of the flyover will be over within a month. In the meantime, we will have the necessary safety certificates in place to make the bridge operational,” Hakim said after inspecting the progress work of the elevated corridor on Saturday along with engineers of the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA), which is the implementing agency for the flyover. Senior officials of Larsen & Toubro (L&T), the executing agency, were also present. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe minister said he would be seeking time from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and request her to inaugurate the flyover before Durga Puja. He further informed that the road under the flyover that has been damaged due to the construction work will also be spruced up on a war footing. “As soon as the flyover is ready for vehicular movement, we will close the road underneath for repair work. It will be repaired by December 1,” Hakim maintained.The minister also assured that the level of drains on either side of the road underneath the flyover that has got elevated due to “faulty” work will also be levelled in a proper manner soon after the flyover’s construction is complete. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe flyover whose length is 6.8 km is expected to reduce the travel time from Batanagar to Taratala to a little more than 10 minutes from half-an-hour.”We will be taking up widening of roads, construction of surface drains in such a manner that it will keep the provision of junction improvement at the Jinjira Bazar crossing so that the project’s purpose of fast-tracking vehicular movement is served,” a senior KMDA official said.It may be mentioned that the flyover will be the first in the city to be built on a PPP model. The Centre will bear 35 percent of the cost since this is a JNNURM project. The Centre has sanctioned Rs 86.8 crore for the same. The rest has been borne by the consortium of River Bank Holdings and its joint venture partner L&T Dabriwala. The total cost is estimated to be around Rs 355 crore.Sources in the Urban Development department said the Chief Minister has future plans of taking one flank of the flyover to Joka and another connecting Tollygunge Phari, Anwar Shah Road and Jadavpur, right up to Garia.last_img read more

Tips to keep in mind while Renting house

first_imgPrioritise your list of features and amenities, avoid fly-by night brokers and checkout the condition of the apartment and who will pay for the major repairs and maintenance before you rent a house or a flat are a few points to be taken in consideration while renting a house or flat. Experts have listed a few more tips to make your search easier and efficient: Check property pictures: Always insist on checking property pictures carefully to shortlist the ones you want to visit physically. Home-seekers who do not shortlist are likely to end up in wild goose chase and end up visiting a bunch of irrelevant options which do not suit their profile but are hard sold by the brokers. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFix your priorities and areas of negotiation: It is almost impossible to find a house that ticks all the boxes according to your needs, tastes, preferences and budget. Therefore, it is important to prioritise your list of features and amenities. Deal with a professional agent: Moonlighting agents or fly-by night brokers should be avoided completely as their behaviour changes drastically once a deal has been locked. Opt for a professional agent who you trust will keep their commitments. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIt is best to deal with professional companies that value your experience. Alternatively, at least independently investigate about the dealer’s credentials by consulting people nearby or ask for references of previous clients handled.Sell your profile to homeowners: Homeowners are usually sensitive to who they rent their house to, in order to avoid any complications later. So, every homeowner seeks a tenant with a regular source of income and benevolent credentials. Easy accessibility: Probably the first thing that someone looks for while leasing a home is its ease of accessibility. The connectivity from home to work and the different public transport modes and accessibility to nearby markets, schools, colleges and hospitals are also very important should be available.Understanding of lease terms: Checking and understanding the lease tenure, the percentage increase in rentals at the end of tenure, security deposit and the standard deductions on vacating the property, is important. These may vary as per property location and landlord’s personal preferences.The condition of the apartment and who will pay for the major repairs and maintenance is necessary. While you can take care of the minor repairs, the major repairs might move your budget adversely. It is important asking if these major overhauls shall be paid by the landlord. One should know the maintenance policy and monthly maintenance charges.Mode of paying rent: You might like to transfer the monthly rentals online, but your landlord might prefer to receive a cheque or cash at the end of every month. Clarify the mode of payment and see that it is convenient. 4Alteration in existing decor: Some landlords may or may not like you to alter the existing decor of the home. In any case, it is always better to know beforehand. It is important to know the amenities or the facilities available in case of a group housing society and respective charges.last_img read more

F8 AR Announcements

first_imgWhat do they mean for the developers Facebook is having a rough year to say the least. The Cambridge Analytica scandal seems to have impacted it in a way that’s yet to unfold in it’s full form. Having the annual F8 conference during this tumultuous period can have different types of repercussions. More scrutiny of the announcements is among one of them. Today we are going to ask some questions about the recent AR related announcements made in the Facebook F8 conference, how important they are to the user as well as the developers, and what do they really imply for facebook’s future development plans. AR in Messenger Facebook has introduced AR services to its messenger platform. This will enable the developers to build bots on the messenger platform and make it a much more interactive and informative platform that it currently is, potentially. As and when these features are implemented, the question on everyone’s mind is: will our data be safe? Additionally, Facebook is also planning to implement payment gateways on their messenger platform. This opens up a new avenue for developers since now they can create third party bots for messenger. But can we really trust the security and privacy features keeping in mind that they will be majorly third party? AR in Facebook lite Facebook lite had arrived with the promise of a limited version of the social networking site for smaller and older android phones and also for the ones which have slow data connection. In the latest F8 conference, Facebook has promised to bring AR to its lite version. How does that impact the goal of the lite platform of being lightweight and being easy on system resources? Will the introduction of AR to Facebook lite make it bloated? Or it might just make it unfit for older phones since their processors and system configurations might not also support the AR features. AR Camera effects in Instagram Last year, Facebook had announced the AR camera platform, and this time around they plan to bring it to Instagram. Using an updated version of AR Studio, creators will be able to design unique, interactive camera experiences, including face filters and world effects, for their followers on Instagram. There have been these rumors that some of these features and filters have been heavily inspired by the Snapchat features which are hugely popular. The real question is whether Facebook and Instagram together can add something more to their AR camera features which would enable them to compete with Snapchat in this particular category. Update to AR Studio Facebook has updated their inhouse AR development platform, AR Studio and the new features are the following: Filtering of image textures can now be set to none or bilinear (default: bilinear). Wrapping modes of image textures can now be set to repeat, clamp or mirror (default: clamp). Tiling scale and offset for material textures can now be specified. When using the plane tracker, you can choose to target specific textures in the world from the Inspector panel. Improved Adds some more tooltips to the texture inspector. Facebook has also signalled at the upgrading of their underlying AR technology. For instance adding advanced target tracking, which includes hand tracking as well as high-fidelity body tracking. This should make for a lot more precise filters, improving their real time object and face detection capabilities etc. But since AR Studio was introduced in last year’s F8 conference, are these changes really breaking ones or are they just a means to stay alive in the competitive AR development market? With the renewed presence of Google with its recently updated AR core and Apple’s AR Kit, how much share can AR Studio maintain is a question that can only be answered in time. AR and its implications in real life can be very interesting but AR on mobile seems to have been suffering for some time due to the lack of system resources, the non-uniformity of the mobile platforms and location based data connection related issues. How these new announcements are going to change the current mobile AR landscape is something that we will have to wait and watch. Read Next: Understanding the hype behind Magic Leap’s New Augmented Reality Headsets Leap Motion open sources its $100 augmented reality headset, North Star Unity plugins for augmented reality application developmentlast_img read more

Redfin Buyer Interest Up Amid Inventory Shortage

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Demand For-Sale Homes Home Sales Housing Supply Investors Lenders & Servicers Redfin Service Providers 2013-03-06 Tory Barringer March 6, 2013 443 Views in Data, Origination Redfin: Buyer Interest Up Amid Inventory Shortagecenter_img Share Buyer demand continues to climb as 2013 marches on, according to results in “”Redfin’s””: most recent Real-Time Demand Pulse.[IMAGE]The March survey, which uses data collected from February, shows buyer interest rising against a backdrop of low inventory.””After an extremely strong January, tours and offers continued climbing in February, despite a continued decline in new listings and increasing frustration among buyers,”” Redfin analyst Tim Ellis wrote on the company’s “”blog””: “”As more buyers begin searching for a home, they find themselves competing for fewer homes for sale, [COLUMN_BREAK]resulting in high levels of activity on nearly every well-priced home that hits the market.””According to Redfin’s data, the number of customers requesting tours from the broker’s agents gained 6.1 percent month-over-month from January. Last year, tour requests declined 3.7 percent between January and February.Meanwhile, the number of customers making offers with Redfin agents rose 20.3 percent month-over-month, a modest improvement compared to the 27.7 percent gain observed at the same time in 2012.While Ellis noted the number of customers making offers always increases “”dramatically”” at the start of the year, the last week in February saw 267 percent more customers making offers than during the holiday slump, a significant improvement over the 168 percent gain in the same period last year.””A strong display of buyer activity and steadily rising prices is adding up to increasing seller confidence, but so far it hasn’t been enough to motivate enough sellers to notably improve the inventory situation,”” Ellis wrote. “”It is unlikely that the balance will change much over the next few months, but we could see more sellers jump into the market if the spring home-buying season is as intense as it is currently shaping up to be.””last_img read more

Spanish cable operator Ono has added an app from F

first_imgSpanish cable operator Ono has added an app from Fox’s National Geographic Channel to its TiVo service.The app will allow user to read Nat Geo’s magazine and watch National Geographic Channel programmes on-demand in HD.last_img

Manuel Kohnstamm SVP chief corporate affairs of

first_imgManuel Kohnstamm, SVP & chief corporate affairs officer, Liberty Global & president, Cable Europe, talks to DTVE about cable and the Digital Single Market, Brexit, Liberty’s plans in Latin America and the Caribbean, and fixed-mobile convergence.last_img