Et si Pluton était une planète finalement Les experts argumentent

first_imgEt si Pluton était une planète, finalement ? Les experts argumententMaintenant que l’on fait à nouveau référence à Pluton comme le plus gros objet du système solaire externe, les astronomes réfléchissent à redonner à la “planète naine” son ancien statut de planète à part entière.C’est en 2006 que Pluton a été rétrogradée, passant de “planète” (depuis sa découverte en 1930) à “planète naine”, en partie à cause de la découverte, l’année précédente, d’Eris, un autre corps glacé qui se trouve à proximité de Pluton. Les scientifiques pensaient qu’Eris était plus massive que Pluton, mais sa taille a été recalculée le 6 novembre. Il apparaît alors que l’ancienne planète du système solaire est plus importante (de quelques chiffres seulement), d’où l’attention particulière pour Pluton qui revient au galop parmi les astronomes. Ceux-ci s’interrogent à nouveau sur la décision controversée qui a mené Pluton à perdre son statut de planète en 2006. Est-ce que finalement c’est une planète ? Est-ce qu’Eris et les autres objets qui évoluent autour du Soleil au-delà de l’orbite de Neptune doivent être considérés comme des planètes ? Ou bien est-ce que le système actuel, qui ne reconnaît que huit planètes relativement de grande taille, est la meilleure référence ?Le site Space.com a posé toutes ces questions à des experts, pour savoir comment les astronomes devaient considérer le système solaire.Tout d’abord, il faut se pencher sur la définition officielle d’une planète : un corps qui évolue autour du Soleil et qui n’est pas le satellite d’un autre objet de l’espace, un corps qui aurait également une masse suffisante pour que sa gravité lui donne une forme presque sphérique (mais pas imposante au point de subir une fusion nucléaire, comme pour les étoiles), et qui aurait éliminé tout corps rival se déplaçant sur une orbite proche.Puisque Pluton se trouve à proximité d’autres objets de la ceinture de Kuiper (une zone du système solaire qui s’étend au-delà de l’orbite de Neptune), cela ne correspond pas à la définition. C’est pourquoi Pluton a été appelée “planète naine” à la place. Ce sont des corps qui ne sont pas des planètes à proprement parler. En tout cas pas comme celles que l’on connaît : Mercure, Vénus, la Terre, Mars, Jupiter, Saturne, Uranus et Neptune.Pluton, trop différente des huit planètes “officielles” ? L’astronome Mike Brown fait partie de ceux qui pensent que Pluton, Eris et les autres objets alentours ne sont pas des planètes. Il estime qu’ils n’ont rien à voir avec les huit planètes officielles citées plus haut, selon Space.com. Tout d’abord, ils sont beaucoup plus petits. Pluton fait 2.342 kilomètres de large. La plus petite planète du système solaire, Mercure, fait elle 4.880 kilomètres de large. Les orbites des planètes naines sont également différentes : plus elliptiques et inclinées.Pour Mike Brown, la seule raison pour laquelle Pluton a un jour été considérée comme une planète, c’est parce que la planète naine a été découverte il y a longtemps, avant que l’on se rende compte qu’elle faisait seulement partie d’un vaste amas d’objets qui se trouvent au-delà de l’orbite de Neptune. La ceinture de Kuiper n’a pas été découverte avant 1992, ajoute-t-il sur Space.com.Le directeur du New York City’s Hayden Planetarium, Neil deGrasse Tyson, est du même avis. Pour lui il faut regrouper Pluton “avec les autres corps glacés de la ceinture de Kuiper”. Il a été l’un des premiers à demander à ce que Pluton ne soit plus considérée comme une planète, à l’époque.À lire aussiC’est confirmé : la Voie lactée est gondoléeCependant, d’autres astronomes ne partagent pas cet avis. Et pas seulement parce que considérer Pluton comme une planète naine a ruiné l’aide mémoire “Mon Vieux Théâtre Me Joue Souvent Une Nouvelle Pièce”, qui servait aux écoliers à se rappeler l’ordre des planètes du système solaire. Simplement, ils ne sont pas d’accord avec la définition officielle du terme “planète”. Surtout sur la partie qui concerne l’élimination “de tout corps rival se déplaçant sur une orbite proche”. Si l’on considère tous les critères imposés, “aucun objet du système solaire n’est une planète”, affirme à Space.com Alan Stern, un scientifique américain qui s’intéresse aux planètes. Pour le chercheur, Pluton devrait être considérée comme une planète, ainsi qu’Eris et la planète naine Ceres (entre Mars et Jupiter), sans oublier la myriade d’autres objets célestes.Une bataille sémantique Cette bataille sur le statut de Pluton est également d’ordre sémantique. Neil deGrasse Tyson indique qu’il fait son possible pour ne pas utiliser le mot “planète” trop souvent dans son sens traditionnel, parce que le terme ne donne pas beaucoup d’informations qui font sens. Il serait plus judicieux, pour lui, de regrouper les objets qui ont des similitudes de tailles, de composition et autres propriétés. Il ferait des catégories telles les planètes gazeuses géantes (Jupiter, Saturne, Uranus et Neptune) et les planètes terrestres (Mercure, Vénus, la Terre, et Mars). Ainsi que des catégories astéroïdes et objets de la ceinture de Kiuper (Pluton et Eris, entre autres).Pour le scientifique, le débat sur le statut de Pluton ne rend pas ce corps glacé moins important : “Je pense que Pluton, présenté comme un des objets faisant partie de la ceinture de Kuiper est beaucoup plus intéressant que Pluton, présenté comme la planète très étrange du système solaire”.Le 23 novembre 2010 à 12:32 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

SNES PreOrders Go Live in Late August Good Luck Getting One

first_img 8Bitdo’s SN30 Wireless Gamepad is a Perfect Controller for the SNE…8Bitdo SNES Classic Edition Wireless Controller Now Available for Pre-Order After that whole kerfuffle with Walmart last week, it seems we’re finally going to be able to pre-order the SNES Classic Edition. Nintendo has officially announced that folks can pre-order the highly anticipated system at the end of August. Whether people will actually be able to get their hands on one is a whole other matter, however.“We appreciate the incredible anticipation that exists for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition system, and can confirm that it will be made available for pre-order by various retailers late this month,” said Nintendo over on their Facebook page. “A significant amount of additional systems will be shipped to stores for launch day, and throughout the balance of the calendar year.”As you’ll recall, the NES Classic Edition was released in extremely limited quantities. It’s great that Nintendo claims it will have a “significant amount” of SNES Classic Edition units, but that’s not exactly reassuring. After all, the company is still struggling to meet the demand for its latest system: the Nintendo Switch. But I suppose we should just take them at their word for now. Lets hope they will have enough systems for everyone since I predict the SNES mini will be an even hotter item than the NES variant.The SNES Classic Edition is a plug-and-play system that comes with 21 games. These include all-time classics like Contra III, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Mario World, Super Metroid, F-ZERO, Final Fantasy III, Donkey Kong Country, and more. It even has Star Fox 2, a game that was never released. For $80, the SNES mini is by far the best (and most legal) way to play these games short of owning the original hardware and software.Expect the SNES Classic Edition to go on sale on September 29. Don’t be surprised if it’s completely sold out by September 30.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

This 1000 Robot Can Fold Your Laundry in Minutes

first_img Wouldn’t it be nice to avoid annoying household chores? Well, now you can have a robot perfectly fold your clothes every time, thanks to FoldiMate’s new AI technology.This week, the company announced in a press release that it demoed a new, functional prototype at CES 2019. Unlike the previous model, this bot can automatically adapt to different clothing styles and sizes. Plus, if you have a full load of laundry, it can fold up to 25 items in less than five minutes. It doesn’t come cheap though: FoldiMate said it will cost approximately $980 and might be available for customers later this year.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><em><strong>More on Geek.com:</strong></em></p><ul><li><a href=”https://www.geek.com/tech/bread-bot-that-makes-10-loaves-per-hour-lets-you-load-up-on-carbs-1768579/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>&#8216;Bread Bot&#8217; That Makes 10 Loaves Per Hour Lets You Load Up on Carbs</a></li><li><a href=”https://www.geek.com/tech/new-mophie-battery-cases-solve-dumb-iphone-port-problem-1768586/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>New Mophie Battery Cases Solve Dumb iPhone Port Problem</a></li><li><a href=”https://www.geek.com/tech/garmin-unveils-its-first-4g-lte-enabled-smartwatch-1768547/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Garmin Unveils Its First 4G LTE-Enabled Smartwatch</a></li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class=”row collapse”><div id=”lazy-1″ class=”column hide-for-xlarge-up in-content-lazy”></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class=”row collapse”><div id=”lazy-2″ class=”column hide-for-xlarge-up in-content-lazy”></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class=”row collapse”><div id=”lazy-3″ class=”column hide-for-xlarge-up in-content-lazy”></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class=”row collapse”><div id=”lazy-4″ class=”column hide-for-xlarge-up in-content-lazy”></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class=”row collapse”><div id=”lazy-5″ class=”column hide-for-xlarge-up in-content-lazy”></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>How could this robot, which looks like a copy machine, fold apparel so fast? Here’s how it works: Users can feed each garment into the FoldiMate machine and it will neatly fold blouses, pants, shirts, and tops sized from six-years-old to XXL.Even though the bot is handy, the drawer that dispenses folded clothes fills up at about 10 to 15 garments. Plus, the bot can’t fold smaller clothing items, including underwear and socks, which are often the most time-consuming items to put away.Photo Credit: FoldiMateThis is the third CES show where FoldiMate has discussed its laundry-folding robot, and the first time it exhibited a fully-functioning prototype for attendees. The aim of the bot is to help customers save time on household chores, such as folding laundry, so they can focus on other important tasks.If you have your eye on this laundry-folding robot, there’s already a waitlist to order it. On the bright side, FoldiMate said the bot is expected to launch at the end of 2019, just in time for the holiday season. If you’re interested in buying this smart device, you can read more product information about it here.More on Geek.com:‘Bread Bot’ That Makes 10 Loaves Per Hour Lets You Load Up on CarbsNew Mophie Battery Cases Solve Dumb iPhone Port ProblemGarmin Unveils Its First 4G LTE-Enabled Smartwatch 2019 Tech Trends Worth Getting Hyped AboutYou Can Finally Buy A Terabyte SD Card Thanks to Lexar Stay on targetlast_img read more

Vancouver man charged with plotting to kidnap his exwife

first_imgA 48-year-old Vancouver man was charged Friday in Clark County Superior Court with plotting to kidnap his ex-wife and soliciting another person to buy him a shotgun.Witnesses cited in court document, indicated that Stanley A. Gebarowski made statements that he wanted to use the shotgun to kill his ex-wife, Sherri L. Montgomery, 48, of Vancouver. He allegedly stated, “I want the (expletive) gone,” according to court documents.Gebarowski was charged with criminal solicitation to commit kidnapping and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.Judge Barbara Johnson ordered Friday that Gebarowski be held without bail, pending a mental health evaluation at Western State Hospital. A hearing to determine his competency is scheduled for 9 a.m. Feb. 25.Court documents state that Gebarowski offered money and goods to Alvin H.E. Nudson to kidnap Montgomery and bring her to him. He also asked Nudson to buy a shotgun for him, and stated he wanted his ex-wife dead, according to court documents.Montgomery told police that Gebarowski approached at least one other person about buying a shotgun to kill Montgomery and her family, according to court documents. Another witness, who asked to be anonymous, told police that he saw Gebarowski with two shotgun shells, the court documents stated.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Thursday March 23 2017

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowYoung on both sides of debate as House health bill vote is delayedLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.Republicans in the U.S. House have postponed the vote to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act as they try to overcome opposition from members of their own party. As many as two dozen Republican conservatives oppose the bill on grounds that it doesn’t repeal enough of the ACA. A smaller number of Republican moderates say it doesn’t replace enough. And Alaska Congressman Don Young is a little bit in both camps.Walker: Up to 45K Alaskans could lose coverage with GOP billAssociated PressGov. Bill Walker says as many as 45,000 Alaskans could lose health care coverage under the current Republican bill proposed in the U.S. House.Palmer man faces federal charges in 2016 double homicideCasey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageA Palmer man faces federal charges in a Wasilla double homicide last summer, and the defendant, 30-year-old John Pearl Smith II, could face the death penalty.Police on lookout for Fairbanks library shooterDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksA man was shot in a Fairbanks North Star Borough library. A press release from Fairbanks Police says fire fighters initially responded to the Noel Wien Library on Airport Way at about 1:15 PM Wednesday (March 23), after receiving a call about a patron being injured by an exploding cell phone battery.Military officials discuss REAL ID urgency, other issuesAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauTime is running out for Alaskans who work on military bases to get IDs like passports that comply with federal law ahead of an early June deadline. Alaska National Guard leader Major Gen. Laurie Hummel spoke about the effect of federal REAL ID Act requirements during the state’s military leaders’ annual visit to the Legislature Thursday (March 23).Huge fine issued for dangerous incident at Anchorage power plantElizabeth Harball, Alaska’ Energy Desk – AnchorageThe state is fining three companies nearly 900 thousand dollars combined for violations that led to a dangerous incident last year at a power plant in East Anchorage. The companies were involved with construction of Municipal Light and Power’s Plant 2A, which started operating last year.Emperor goose hunt will bring temporary jobs to 6 YK Delta villagesAnna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – BethelThe subsistence emperor goose hunt expected to open April 2 will bring more than meat and a resumed tradition to the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta. In some communities, it will also bring jobs.Fish and Game says crab counts were low this season, fishermen disagreeZoe Sobel, Alaska’s Energy Desk – UnalaskaThe Bering Sea Bairdi (or Tanner) crab fishery stayed closed this year, for the first time in four years. State biologists decided there were too few crab to safely harvest. But fishermen are questioning that decision. They say there were plentiful Bairdi when they were fishing for other species.Inter-Island Ferry attracts more passengersEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauSoutheast Alaska’s independent ferry system is working its way out of a ridership slump.Fox Spring could remain under state ownershipDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksPrivate funding could keep the Fox Spring in state ownership. The Alaska Department of Transportation has pursued sale of the Elliot Highway property to an adjacent land owner, as a cost saving measure, but a local group working to keep the longtime water source in public hands, has an alternative plan.Ask a Climatologist: Clear and cold on repeatAnnie Feidt, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageFor most of the state the weather forecast has been pretty simple for the entire month of March: cold and clear. But how unusual is that?last_img read more

40 IIAM students join beach cleanup drive at Mangamaripeta

first_imgVisakhapatnam: Integral Institute of Advanced Management (IIAM) Business School conducted beach and underwater clean-up drive as part of its ‘National Management Week 2019’ at Mangamaripeta on Sunday. It was held in association with Platypus Escapes Pvt Ltd to spread awareness about the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals – Life below water. Around 40-plus students from IIAM along with the scuba divers of Platypus Escapes cleared 300 kgs of trash in 45 minutes. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us The students worked towards keeping the beach clean in order to promote cleanliness and conserve underwater life, also with an agenda to attract more tourists. Every year, Association of Indian Management Schools call for all the management schools under its umbrella to dedicate a week for community development activities. This year, IIAM takes the initiative forward to extend support to sustainable community development.last_img read more

Prince William County Delta Alums Host MLK Oratorical Contest

first_imgThe Prince William County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will host its 27th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Youth Oratorical Contest on Jan. 16 at 11 a.m. at the Hylton Memorial Chapel, 14640 Potomac Mills Road. This year’s theme is “What the World Needs Now…” Middle school and high school students from throughout the Prince William area will display their amazing oratorical skills and children of all ages will sing songs of celebration in the Martin Luther King Community Choir. For more information, visit pwcacdst.org.last_img

New Study Finds Disparities Among College Graduates

first_imgBy AFRO StaffA new study investigates inequity beyond college doors, showing that even Black and Hispanic students who earn tertiary degrees face disparities.The report, The Neglected College Race Gap: Racial Disparities Among College Completers, which was authored by the Center for American Progress, went beyond the usual examination of education disparities in graduation rates and college access rates. And, in focusing on college graduates, the report found what it called “serious inequities” in areas such as the type of degrees and quality of education.(Stock Photo)Among the major findings:-Compared with White students, Black and Hispanic graduates are far more likely to have attended for-profit colleges and less likely to have attended four-year public or nonprofit institutions.-Black and Hispanic graduates are more likely to attend institutions that have less money to spend on quality education.-Black and Hispanic students are less likely to hold degrees in critical fields such as engineering and education, mathematics and statistics, and the physical sciences.Recommendations from the report include investigating means by which students of color may be discouraged from pursuing certain degrees, such as by higher tuition pricing and poor or biased student advisement.The authors concluded by saying, “Finding a path to equity in the types of credentials students get is not only a moral imperative for this country but is also crucial to its future success.”last_img read more

No 5 Louisvilles Historic Season Ends with Loss to No 2 UConn

first_imgStory Links Box Score (PDF) ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – No. 5 Louisville’s historic season came to a close on Sunday afternoon with an 80-73 loss to No. 2 UConn in the regional final.With the loss, the Cardinals conclude the season with a 32-4 record.UConn (35-2) advances to its 12th straight Final Four. They have won six national championships and had a 111-game winning streak during their remarkable Final Four run. They will be looking to try and reach the title game for the first time in three years after they have lost on last-second shots in the past two national semifinals.”I don’t think it’s supposed to happen,” Auriemma said of the incredible run. ”Not in today’s world the way things change and teams keep getting better and better. It’s not normal. It’s something that’s hard to describe because even if you’re writing a book and making it up, people would say it doesn’t happen in real life. It has happened in real life, I’m still boggled, my mind doesn’t get how it can happen this many years in a row with a different cast of characters that change so often. No it’s not normal, it’s not normal.”Katie Lou Samuelson led the Huskies with 29 points and hit seven of the team’s 14 3-pointers, including many big shots in the fourth quarter.”I wanted to keep my career going,” she said. ”I had to step up. They were really making it hard for us, so I had to do what I could.”UConn needed every one of them as the team nearly blew an 11-point lead in the final 1:47 of the game.Louisville scored 10 of 11 points to cut the deficit to 75-73 with 26.6 seconds left. Samuelson then hit two free throws to make it a two-possession game.Asia Durr was fouled a few seconds later, but the Cardinals’ senior leader missed both free throws. Napheesa Collier was fouled after the Cardinals’ missed a chance on an offensive rebound. She stepped up and sank both free throws on the other end to make it 79-73.Louisville was looking to become only the second team to beat UConn twice in a season in the past decade, joining fellow ACC school Notre Dame, which did it in 2012 and 2013. The Huskies could face the Irish in the Final Four in Tampa if Notre Dame beats Stanford in the Chicago Regional final on Monday night.UConn was not a No. 1 seed for the first time since 2006. While much was made of that leading up to this game, the only real differences as coach Geno Auriemma put it was that his team would wear the road blues and would be sitting on a different bench. The Huskies band also played the national anthem pregame. It certainly wasn’t a road game though with a very pro UConn crowd of 9,204 with the Albany site a 2-hour drive from Connecticut.Samuelson has been dealing with a back injury since getting hurt against Houston in the final home game. She missed the entire American Athletic Conference Tournament. She struggled in the Sweet 16 victory over UCLA, scoring just six points and not hitting a basket until the fourth quarter.She was much better against Louisville despite being saddled with foul trouble.Her fifth 3-pointer of the game late in the third quarter gave UConn a 10-point lead. She soon after picked up her fourth foul and Louisville was able to cut its deficit to 57-53 heading into the final period.The Cardinals hung around and were only down 66-62 when Samuelson hit a 3-pointer. With 3:02 left, Samuelson hit another 3-pointer and was fouled. She missed the ensuing free throw, but it gave UConn a 72-63 lead. The Cardinals trailed by 11 with 1:47 left before the exciting finish.”It was a great basketball game. There was a lot of big plays made by both teams, unfortunately for us they made a few more,” Louisville coach Jeff Walz said. ”If you didn’t sit back and watch this game and appreciate how it was being played, then it’s a shame.”Durr saw her brilliant career come to an end as she scored 18 of her 21 points in the second half to lead the Cardinals.Samuelson got UConn going early. She hit a 3-pointer from the wing in the first quarter as UConn scored the first seven points of the game. Her back, which she injured late in the regular season, didn’t seem to be bothering her too much.Louisville bounced back with a 9-0 run to go up 16-12. The Huskies scored the final 10 points of the quarter to lead 22-16. Durr missed all eight of her shots from the field in the period, but did have five rebounds and three assists.The lead grew to 10 before Louisville made a run to get within four. The Huskies were up 41-34 at the half as Megan Walker had 12 of her 13 points, hitting four of UConn’s nine 3-pointers in the opening 20 minutes. UConn only hit eight 3s in the loss to Louisville in January.TIP-INS: Louisville’s senior class of Durr, Arica Carter and Sam Fuehring are 123-23 in their careers at the school. It’s the most wins by a class at Louisville ever. … UConn continues to flourish in the NCAA Tournament when playing in the Northeast or Pennsylvania. The team is 74-1 when playing in those areas since winning its first title in 1995. The lone loss came against Duke in the regional final at Bridgeport, Connecticut, in 2006.Albany All-Regional Team: Asia Durr, Sam Fuehring, Katie Lou Samuelson, Crystal Dangerfield, Napheesa Collier (MOP)Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Carbon Nanotubes with a Memory

first_img Creating two-dimensional layered Zintl phase by dimensional manipulation of the crystal structure Carbon nanotubes have successfully been made into a variety of nanoscale circuit components, including transistors, inverters, and switches. Now, a pair of scientists has made a rough, yet promising, flash memory device out of carbon nanotubes. The device is a long way from a finished, marketable product, but it nonetheless represents a significant step in the drive to incorporate carbon nanotubes into mainstream electronics. “Unlike similar devices that have been made, which use carbon nanotubes but can only operate at very low, very impractical temperatures, our device displays impressive long-term information retention characteristics at room temperature,” said lead researcher Jiyan Dai, a physicist at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, to PhysOrg.com. “This indicates that mainstream carbon nanotube-based flash memory devices are a real possibility.”Flash memory devices are currently used to store data in many types of electronic items, including digital cameras, USB memory sticks, and cell phones. Flash memory is considered a “non-volatile” form of memory, meaning it can retain data without a constant supply of power.A typical flash memory device stores information within a grid of transistors called cells. Each cell consists of three layers: a “control gate” compound and a “floating gate” compound separated by a thin layer of an insulating oxide compound. When a voltage is applied to the cell, electrons build up as negative electric charge in the floating gate. At a certain threshold of charge, the floating gate is considered closed and the cell is thought to have a value of “0.” When the charge drops below that level, the gate is open and the cell has a value of “1.” In this way, each cell is able to hold one bit of information (there are eight bits in one byte). Dai and co-researcher X.B. Lu created their flash memory device using carbon nanotubes as the charge-storage layer. As described in a paper in the online edition of Applied Physics Letters, they embedded the nanotubes in a compound made of the elements hafnium, aluminum, and oxygen, abbreviated HfAlO, which serves as both the control gate and the oxide layer. This carbon-nanotube “sandwich,” with each layer only several nanometers in thickness, sits on a substrate of silicon. Dai and Lu determined the charge-retention characteristics of the device by measuring, first, its capacitance (how well it stores electric charge) as a function of the voltage applied across it. They also measured how well the device held onto its charge as time elapsed, from fractions of a second up to nearly three hours. They found that the short-term charge retention wasn’t excellent. During the first couple of minutes, the “memory window” — the voltage range over which the device can retain information — became narrower, a property that is not desirable for flash memory devices. However, over the long term, the memory window remained at a value of about 0.5 V.“We believe that the excellent long-term charge-retention characteristics of our device are due to the unique structure and electrical properties of carbon nanotubes,” said Dai.Citation: “Memory effects of carbon nanotubes as charge storage nodes for floating gate memory applications,” Applied Physics Letters 88, 113104 (2006)By Laura Mgrdichian, Copyright 2006 PhysOrg.com Explore further Citation: Carbon Nanotubes with a Memory (2006, April 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2006-04-carbon-nanotubes-memory.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. This image shows (a) the schematic structure of the flash-memory device and (b) a transmission electron microscope image of the device´s layered structure (the carbon-nanotube layer is labeled as “CNT”).last_img read more

Health dept orders highlevel probe into Medical College fire

first_imgKolkata: The state Health department has ordered a high-level enquiry into the fire that took place at the pharmacy situated on the ground floor of the MCH building at Calcutta Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) on Wednesday.A 6-member committee has been constituted by the Health department to ascertain the cause of the fire. Minister of state for Health Chandrima Bhattacharya, who rushed to the spot following the incident, said that the real cause of the fire will be determined after the Health department conducts a probe. The committee comprises Principal of CMCH Dr Asish Basu, MSVP Dr Indranil Biswas, HoDs of various departments like Cardiology, ENT and Medicine and the Chief engineer of PWD (electrical). Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeChief Minister Mamata Banerjee inquired about the incident and issued necessary instructions to the Health department, so that the patients who were there in various departments housed at the MCH building can be safely evacuated.Rogi Kalyan Samity Chairman Dr Nirmal Maji, who went to the spot immediately after the incident, hinted at sabotage behind the fire. He said that there was no fault in the electricity connection of the building, as some renovation work had been performed a few days ago. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”I have talked to the civil and electrical engineers of the Public Works Department (PWD), who have assured that there is no chance of electrical short circuit as renovation work had been conducted recently. It appears to be a case of sabotage. We suspect some people who might have been involved in the incident,” Maji told reporters.As many as 250 patients from various departments at the MCH building were evacuated and shifted to other departments. According to Dr Maji, some of the patients were taken to the MCH hub, while some others were shifted to the Emergency building and Ezra building. ICCU patients were taken to the recently built critical care unit. According to a senior official of the CMCH, the loss caused due to the damage of medicines, including some high-priced ones, would be in crores. The Health department is yet to confirm the extent of the loss.A huge amount of medicines including costly cancer drugs, antibiotics, cylinders, bandages, cotton and saline bottles were stored in the pharmacy.Some senior officials of the hospital apprehend that there may be a crisis of medicines in the hospital due to the incident. A huge amount of life saving drugs were damaged in the fire. The medicines which were brought out of the Pharmacy department cannot be used, as they might have also been affected by the heat. The pharmacy that had caught fire used to supply drugs to all the departments of the hospital.Bhattacharya has however assured that there will be no crisis of medicines in the hospital, as enough is stored in the Central Medical Store. She also said that junior doctors and health workers have done a commendable job by evacuating the patients from the MCH building in the hour of crisis.It has been learnt that 90 percent of medicine has been damaged in the fire. The hospital authorities have decided to restrict admission at the general medicine ward on Thursday, while in the Hematology and other departments patients would be gradually shifted after the cooling down process gets completed.last_img read more

Terrifying moment sleeping StokeonTrent trucker goes the wrong way down motorway

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailThis is the terrifying moment a lorry crashed through the central reservation of the motorway – because the driver had fallen asleep at the wheel. Michael Hughes, from Longton, had been travelling on the westbound carriageway of the M62 when he fell to sleep on September 7 2016. The 63-year-old’s vehicle crossed the central reservation between junctions 8 and 7 – leading to cars being forced to swerve to avoid the oncoming vehicle. One motorist, who was driving a van, sustained back and neck injuries when his vehicle collided into a car as both attempted to avoid the oncoming lorry. The lorry was then driven on the wrong side of the A570 link way toward St Helens. Security guard assaulted tenant Lorry goes the wrong way down the M62. (Image: Merseyside Police) Now Hughes, of Dunster Road, has been jailed for nine months after admitting dangerous driving at Liverpool Crown Court. Police Constable Kurt Timpson said: “While one driver has been left with lasting injuries as a result of Hughes’ driving, it is miraculous that no one was more seriously hurt during this incident. Read MoreLatest cases from the courts in North Staffordshire Woman in love duped by fraudster Jailed for stabbing police dog in head Cash-strapped mum with 47 convictions Thug’s vicious attack in park Benefit cheat barmaid pocketed £16.5k This dad sold stolen rings Flasher exposed himself in steam room “After colliding with the central reservation, Hughes had plenty of time to stop the vehicle and seek assistance, but chose to continue his journey on the wrong side of the road, putting dozens of others drivers lives in danger. “I would appeal to all drivers to find a safe place to stop if you begin to feel sleepy and follow the advice given by the Department of Transport’s dedicated road safety website, with guidance and information for all road-users.”last_img read more

Coming in June 2018 Air Canada flights from YVR to Paris Zurich

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Share Travelweek Group Posted by Tags: Air Canadacenter_img VANCOUVER — Air Canada will be ramping up its international network out of Vancouver next year when it launches new services to Paris and Zurich in June.The airline will also start year-round flights to Melbourne. All flights will be available for purchase starting Sept. 6.Moreover, Air Canada is increasing its nonstop Delhi flights from Vancouver that resume Oct. 14, with up to five times weekly service for the 2017/2018 season, and increasing its London-Heathrow service with twice-daily flights for summer 2018.“We continue to strategically broaden our international network from our Vancouver hub with the addition of two new, non-stop international services to Europe in 2018, more year-round flights to Australia, and additional flights to Delhi and London Heathrow. With the launch of flights to Paris and Zurich, Air Canada will fly non-stop from YVR to five European destinations next summer, offering excellent options for travellers from BC and the North American west coast to Europe, and as well as for European visitors and beyond to western Canada and the Pacific Northwest,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upSmith also noted that Melbourne is Air Canada’s third Australian destination, and that all new flights from YVR (Paris, Zurich and Melbourne) will be operated with Boeing 787 Dreamliners. Air Canada’s Boeing 787 Dreamliners feature three cabins of service with enhanced definition individual on-demand personal entertainment offering a wide range of movies, short films, TV programs and audio selections at every seat throughout the aircraft.Craig Richmond, President and CEO of the Vancouver Airport Authority, also added: “Just one of these new connections would have been big news, but to be able to announce three major new services in one day is really exciting, and a true testament to the work Air Canada is doing to grow their transpacific hub here at YVR. These new flights will open up exciting opportunities for travellers to connect to and from Europe, Australia and beyond. I would like to thank our long-standing partner Air Canada for continuing to bring these exciting new services to YVR.”More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesAll new routes are timed to optimize connectivity at Air Canada’s Vancouver hub to and from the airline’s extensive network across North America. The new Vancouver-Zurich flights will connect to and from destinations in Europe, Africa and India with Star Alliance partner Swiss International Air Lines. All Australia flights are timed to connect to and from Adelaide, Canberra, Perth and to Tasmania with codeshare partner Virgin Australia. Coming in June 2018: Air Canada flights from YVR to Paris & Zurich Friday, September 1, 2017 last_img read more

Bill Clinton wants to boost South African charity

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American Airlines introduces DIY bag tagging

first_imgSpeeding up check-in queues with DIY bag tagging. Last week American Airlines released plans to speed up the boarding process and now it has redirected its attention to checking-in, with the introduction of DIY bag tagging.Passengers flying with the airline and checking in at Miami International Airport are now able to place tags on their own bags, a system officials say will save travellers time, particularly during peak hours, WSVN.com reported.The system works by:–          Locating a free self-service touch screen booth–          Print a boarding pass–          Select the number of bags being checked-in–          Print out a tag for each bag–          Place the tags on the bags–          Walk over to the baggage drop counter and hand over the bagsAccording to American Airlines Miami hub vice president Marilyn J DeVoe, the system has been tested in other cities and has thus far received “good customer feedback”.Meanwhile, last week the airline also unveiled a new aircraft boarding strategy, which will allow passengers with only a personal carry-on item to board the plane first.Click here for more information.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: NJlast_img read more

Australian cruise numbers hit the magic million

first_imgAustralia’s cruising industry has reached a new milestone, with latest figures revealing that more than one million Australians took a cruise holiday in 2014.The record result confirms Australia’s position as the world’s fastest growing source of cruise passengers, with numbers surging 20.4 per cent last year to reach 1,003,256 cruisers.This achievement of one million passengers in a calendar year comes six years before originally anticipated.The new figures also show Australia has retained its position as the world leader for market penetration, with the equivalent of 4.2 per cent of Australians taking a cruise last year.Released in Sydney today at the newly refurbished Overseas Passenger Terminal, the 2014 Australian Cruise Industry Source Market Report is produced by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia.CLIA Australasia Chairman Gavin Smith, said Australians’ enthusiasm for cruising was unparalleled around the world.“These figures show that more and more Australians are realising that cruising is an easy, relaxing way to holiday which represents incredible value for money,” Mr Smith said.“The expansion of our industry in recent years means there’s now a huge range of ships and itineraries on offer across the globe and I think Australians are responding by increasingly factoring a cruise into their holiday plans.”Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

Seven travel agents from Victoria and Tasmania wer

first_imgSeven travel agents from Victoria and Tasmania were hosted on a seven-day famil to Malaysia by  Tourism Malaysia, Malaysia Airlines and Berjaya Hotels & Resorts from 23 to 28 July 2015.The group began the famil with a visit to the tropical island of Langkawi where the island’s natural beauty and heritage was promoted to agents with a visit to Kilim Geo Forest Park and Mount Mat Cincang.Accommodation for the trip was provided by Berjaya Langkawi Resort set amongst rainforest and famous for its views of the emerald sea.Following this, the group  travelled to Kuala Lumpur where the agents enjoyed the entertainment, shopping and culinary offerings of the Malaysian capital, taking advantage of the conveniently located Berjaya Times Square Hotel Kuala Lumpur in the heart of the city.The famil enabled agents to receive first-hand experience of Malaysia as a destination and its offering for Australian travellers.last_img read more

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