Ringcellphone concept combines style and basic functions

first_img Citation: Ring-cellphone concept combines style and basic functions (2008, October 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-10-ring-cellphone-concept-combines-style-basic.html Even though it’s one of the tiniest cell phones you’ve probably ever seen, it would be difficult to lose this one. As its name implies, the “ring-cellphone” is worn on the finger, and includes all the components of a functional cell phone. This ring-cellphone concept, designed by industrial designer Tao Ma of Nanjing, China, incorporates fashionable design with technology. The stylish ring is designed to be worn by both men and women on either hand, and features a small round screen that looks like a gem.The device offers only the most basic communication functions of making or receiving a call. When answering the phone, users draw out a mini-microphone to talk into, and hold it close to their ear to listen. The ring also has tiny buttons, and Tao Ma explains that its operation is simple (though it´s difficult to tell if the phone includes a full number pad or if it uses another dialing scheme). The ring-cellphone can also be charged on a sleek, vase-like charging base. Tao Ma is previously known in the world of “fashion-tech” as the designer of the Bracelet Phone and the Quartz Tele Concept. He also won the 2004 Sony Ericsson Mobile Phone Design Competition, a contest geared open to participants from universities and colleges in China.Concept page: Coroflotvia: InventorSpot.com With the ring-cellphone concept, users draw out a mini-microphone and hold the ring close to their ear to talk. Credit: Tao Ma. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Highredshift quasar discovered by PanSTARRS

first_imgThe spectrum of PSO J006.1240+39.2219. The spectrum and spectrum error are combined into upper and lower panels, respectively. Credit: Tang et al., 2016. (Phys.org)—A new luminous high-redshift quasar has been detected by one of the telescopes of the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS). The newly discovered quasi-stellar object received designation PSO J006.1240+39.2219 and is the seventh highest redshift quasar known to date. The findings are presented in a paper published Dec. 19 on arXiv.org. © 2016 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Astronomers find universe’s most distant quasar (w/ video) More information: A Quasar Discovered at redshift 6.6 from Pan-STARRS1, arXiv:1612.06148 [astro-ph.GA] arxiv.org/abs/1612.06148AbstractLuminous high-redshift quasars can be used to probe of the intergalactic medium (IGM) in the early universe because their UV light is absorbed by the neutral hydrogen along the line of sight. They help us to measure the neutral hydrogen fraction of the high-z universe, shedding light on the end of reionization epoch. In this paper, we present a discovery of a new quasar (PSO J006.1240+39.2219) at redshift z = 6.61 +- 0.02 from Panoramic Survey Telescope & Rapid Response System 1. Including this quasar, there are nine quasars above z > 6.5 up to date. The estimated continuum brightness is M1450= 25.96 +- 0.08. PSO J006.1240+39.2219 has a strong Ly alpha emission compared with typical low-redshift quasars, but the measured near-zone region size is RNZ = 3.2 +- 1.1 proper megaparsecs, which is consistent with other quasars at z~6. Quasars are supermassive black holes with accretion disks in the center of a galaxy. Their redshifts are measured from the strong spectral lines that dominate their visible and ultraviolet spectra. These lines are brighter than the continuous spectrum, so they are called ’emission’ lines. All observed quasar spectra have redshifts between 0.056 and 7.085.Quasars with high redshift (over 6.0) are of special interest for astronomers because their ultraviolet light is absorbed by the neutral hydrogen along the line of sight; thus, they can be used to probe the intergalactic medium in the early universe. They are the most luminous and most distant, compact objects in the observable universe. Their spectrum can be used to estimate the mass of a supermassive black hole, which constrains the evolution and formation model of a quasar. Therefore, high-redshift quasars could serve as a powerful tool to probe the early universe.Recently, a team of researchers led by Ji-Jia Tang of the National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan, has searched for such quasars using the first Pan-STARRS telescope (PS1) located in Hawaii. In particular, they tried to find red-color objects between two adjacent broad bands caused by the strong intergalactic medium absorption on the blue side of the redshifted Lyman-alpha line emission.They detected a new luminous high-redshift quasar at redshift of 6.61. The discovery was later confirmed by the team during a follow-up observation campaign carried out with the Subaru Faint Object Camera and Spectrograph (FOCAS) mounted on the Subaru Telescope in Hawaii.According to the paper, PSO J006.1240+39.2219, besides being the seventh highest redshift quasar known to date, is also one of nine quasars above the redshift of 6.5.”We report a discovery of a new quasar at z 6.6 select from PS1 with a spectroscopic confirmation. This is the seventh highest quasar among nine z-dropout quasar (z>6.5) known to date,” the paper reads.The researchers found that the rest-frame ultraviolet luminosity of PSO J006.1240+39.2219 is comparable to other z-dropout quasars, though its Lyman-alpha line emission is much stronger when compared to typical quasars obtained from low redshift.”J006.1240+39.2219 is consistent with other comparably distant quasars, although it has much stronger Lyman-alpha line. (…) The spectral resolution is adjusted to match for a fair comparison. This shows that Lyman-alpha line emission of PSO J006.1240+39.2219 is much stronger than those quasars at low redshifts,” the astronomers wrote.The team also noted that after decades of searching, more than 100 quasars were found with redshifts between 5.7 and 6.5 from various kind of surveys. So far, ULAS J112001.48+064124 is the highest redshift quasar with a redshift of 7.085. It was found in 2011 using UK Infrared Telescope (UKIRT) Infrared Deep Sky Survey (UKIDSS). Citation: High-redshift quasar discovered by Pan-STARRS (2016, December 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-12-high-redshift-quasar-pan-starrs.html Explore furtherlast_img read more

When Midsummer Nights Dream got a campus call

first_imgFor those who seek to have a key to hearts of the country’s youth can rest assured that the ages-old Shakespeareana is alive and well. Yesterday evening, we saw that in evidence at the Sri Ram Kala Kendra when the girls of Janki Devi Memorial College staged A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream.  While the full house at the auditorium must have been composed of mostly the casts doting parents or even the girls’ boy-friends, the rendition of Shakespeare’s comedy did not reflect any amateurishness. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Instead, it reflected the sheer dedication and commitment of the cast and the crew with the director, a young Kuljit Singh, showing his prowess in elements of a successful drama like characterization, dialogue and stagecraft.Considering that this was an all-girls troupe, Lysander and Demetrius, had to develop the macho body-language of young Athenian suitors who formed a love triangle with Hermia, only to later expand it into a quadrilateral, with the inclusion of Helena, over a night of dreams. Of course, the lovable villain, Puck had to create some confusion amongst the lovers with a magic potion given by Oberon. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe drama after this Puckish mischief becomes fairly intense with emotions boiling up to the surface, only to be later settled in favour of the well-matched couples.Of particular note is the cameo played by the group of Plebeians who were asked to perform for the amusement of the Aristocrats, played by Joyce Sebastian with the usual elan of a free soul.The music was handled entirely by students and was  greatly appreciated.  Janki Devi College has a Shakespeare Society that is led by the English Literature department of the college.last_img read more

Ramayana revisited

first_imgIndia International Centre (IIC) organised the book launch of Ram Varma’s Hindi version of Before he was god-Ramayana-reconsidred, recreated. The book which was launched by the president of Indian Council for Cultura Relations Dr. Karan Singh, takes out the Puranic dross and brings up the story of a man. Rama, the ancient idol of the heroic ages, the embodiment of truth, of morality, the ideal son, the ideal husband and above all, the ideal king, this Rama has been presented before us by the great sage Valmiki. Discarding all the hues of that time Ram Varma’s, Rama is a historic figure. The blank verses of his poetry, is the medium which increased the divinity of his renderings as no other language can be purer, none more beautiful and at the same time simpler.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Varma’s rendering Ramayana is refreshingly different from the Valmiki’s Ramayana where ram is a historical figure like Krishna or Buddha. His re-creation takes support on the bedrock of the latest textual, sociological and archaeological research. In his own words, ‘The story recited by the well meaning pundits of Puranic times was a senseless exaggeration. It was vital to restore the attention of the viewers or the readers, but this beautiful story did not need any artificial support. Its beauty remains undiminished even in a realistic portraiture of events.’last_img read more

Dire need for Legislation

first_imgI cannot forget the words of Rinkle Kumari’s mother, “Please save my daughter! I beg you to give her back to me and I want nothing except her.” at Sindh High Court and I felt helpless that I could do nothing but stare into her tearful eyes. Not just Rinkle’s mother but many mothers whose daughters have been kidnapped ask the same question.It was not just Rinkle Kumari or Asha Kumari who had been kidnapped in the name of religion, there are many such people who can tell the number of girls who have been kidnapped and how thugs enjoy their crime with apparent impunity because our system has no distinct law that can punish criminals who use the name of religion. Also Read – Syrian army suspends ‘Aleppo fighting’You can close your eyes to the  problems but that will not make it go away. You have to open your eyes to the cause of problems. Unfortunately, in our country, from leaders to rich classes, all want to cover their eyes and keep singing the song  All is well.                      If we peep into our society we see that all is not well, especially with the  Non-Muslims: the Ahmedis, Sikhs, Christians, and Hindus. All are living in a shadow of fear. Ahmedis fear that out of nowhere some unknown person will appear and declare them Non-Muslim, then they  may be killed for being Non-Muslim by a Muslim. Also Read – Alarming seismic activityThe Sufi land issuffering the walk of those souls who have not heard the  song of Sufism/Bakhtism.What can the State do to protect Non-Muslims? Let me ask, why does the State not protect its own citizens for the single clause of Human Rights? All citizens are equal and simultaneously are provided to be secured under the umbrella of Human Rights, if the State fails in protecting its own people on grounds Human rights that means the sense of security among people is being injured. Each government claims to be a protector of the rights of Non-Muslims. Personally I disagree with the word “minority”. How can you call a person  minority whose roots are  in the land? State has declared them as minority because their religion is not of the majority!When will we start living peacefully? I learn that indigenous people (Sindhi Hindus) of this land are being killed and their daughters kidnapped. Where are we going? Sometimes we cannot recognise that path that leads us into a dark cave but when we reach  the dark cave, we will realise that it was not the path which we had thought of.So far, our country has a problem of violating  Human Rights. I do not want to dig  past stories when Hindu girls were kidnapped and converted to Islam, it does not mean that these incidents  have been stopped; such  problems continue to exist.Given such  issues, political leaders realise the need to  have Laws, we can at least enforce regulation on the problems.PPP government announced that they were going to introduce a law of Safe Houses which could solve the problem of Hindu girls’ kidnapping. What happened that PPP could not present the Hindu Marriage and Forced Conversion Bill? However, a committee was formed of Rana Baghwandas, Dr. Majida Rizivi, Minister Dr. Khatoomal, Jhut Mal and others in July 2013.  At that time I did contact  Dr. Khatoomal and asked him, “Would you believe if your government could present a law on Hindu Marriage and Forced Conversion?” He responded confidently that they would make a law and present in Sindh Assembly. That was  important because Safe Houses is to play its main role to stop forced conversion. Courts could not do anything in the cases of forced conversion but  they can make  laws which could help be a detterent. “We are committed and will present a Bill. Don’t forget that Justice (r) Rana Bhagwandas and Majida Rizivi are in committee” said Dr. Khatoomal Minister of PPP, Sindh.It is strange that we are in 2014 but there is no Bill which was to be presented  by Sindh government on Hindu Marriage and Forced Conversion?After Sindh Government, we hear a voice from PML-N (MNA) Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani who presented a draft regarding Hindu Marriage Bill but his bill has gone invisible.When I called Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani regarding his Hindu Marriage Bill, he told me, “what are you asking me? I am struggling and trying to pass this Bill but no one is serious regarding about it. Do you know this would be the first time in the history of Pakistan, we will make a law about Hindu Marriage and our people can have a right to get their marriage registered even divorce procedure would be easy because in our religion to difficult to obtain a divorce.” I asked him another question that the Bill, it does not speak of Forced Conversion. Why? Dr. Ramesh said ,“they cannot pass our simple Hindu Marriage Bill; yes I agreed with you on that I have not mentioned distinctly regarding forced conversion in the Bill because if I had mentioned that clause, Bill would not have been allowed to even be presented the way I  present it now. Nevertheless, I have mentioned an age limit that can help us stop forced conversion.”“Would it be possible for the Islamic Ideology Council to accept your clause of an age limitation, if a girl is kidnapped and converted to Islam because religious groups follow their law of Islam then how will they be made to abide by your bill?” I asked him. He said, “I discussed the matter with IIC and they agreed that forcible conversion is not allowed. I am still helpless that we cannot even pass a simple law regarding Hindu Marriage.”The simple Hindu Marriage Bill is not yet passed by the  National Assembly and the Sindh Government has also forgotten its committee on Hindu Marriage Bill in an attempt to stop forced conversion.Let me share comments of Jai Parkash Moorani, who said “nowadays people do not send their daughters to schools because they are afraid of forced conversion, that is reason they get them married early. So where is the implementation of Child Marriage Bill?” He further said on Hindu Marriage Act that “the current situation is very critical; we do not need a piece of paper called an agreement which grantees marriage, due to present bad situation in our society where your wife is kidnapped and person cannot provide any evidence for his own wife and daughter’s right in her father’s property which is also an important issue. That is reason we support and need a Hindu Marriage Bill.”Mr. Parkash totally disagreed on the question of divorce when I asked him that how do you see the matter of divorce, don’t you think that as a human each person has a right to choose who to live with? “Human Rights are best things but when you make Hindu Law, you will have to be obliged to follow religion as Hindu religion has no place of Divorce. The same holds for Christianity, where getting divorce is difficult. Otherwise, we should make a unanimous Marriage Act which is applicable to everyone in Pakistan.”I wish to share with you that Mr. P.K Shahni drafted the Hindu Marriage Bill  that was presented in an era of Shaheed Zulifkar Ali Bhutto and Hindu Marriage Bill’s draft was taken from Indian Marriage Act, not a single word was changed, Dr. Ramesh has also lately presented the Bill as  it is, which had been already presented but Rana Chandr Singh expunged the section of divorce and said that as long as  “I am alive this law will not be passed” and he proved his words that till he was alive, Hindu Bill could not be passed in Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s Era.I asked Mr. Parkash that Dr. Ramesh’s Hindu Marriage Bill is not openly criticising a forced conversion, the Bill has mentioned only age limit. “Do you think that age limitation can be helpful to stop forced conversion?” Mr. Parkash said, “No it will not stop forced conversion and to be honest, IIC will never accept any line which goes against its fanatic thoughts.”Then, I did contact his wife Mrs. Nirmela Parkash, who was  supporting the  Marriage Act, she said that “our girls have been kidnapped and we still cannot  provide any evidence of their marriages.” She shared one  incident, “I could not recall the names when once a rich man kidnapped a Hindu lady and when her husband filed a complaint and she claimed at court that she is a married, but when court asked him for furnishing evidences that he could not provide. Therefore, we feel that now we should have legal documentation – right it is very imperative to us; we must have a legal document.” She also said about Property Section, being a wife and a mother I am concerned about my daughter, what will be her future, if she gets married? We have no right to property. On the question of divorce, Mrs. Nirmela laughed and said, “Personally I believe that person has right to choose their own partner but religion is not allowing us that. We cannot deny that women suffer a lot. One man got  married for a second time as his first wife had given him permission for the second marriage. Later the man was not happy with his second wife. So, it is absolutely unfair to both women who are being subjected to suffering, to stop such incidents at least we ought to have laws”, Mrs. Nirmela shared. It is painful that due to insecurity, girls get burden by marriage. The ignorance of the State is killing the childhood of children. We all know that if Hindu Marriage Bill which was presented by Dr. Ramesh, could stop forced conversion but it is a right that they should have Hindu Marriage Bill and it is demanded that we must have laws that can stop forced conversion and girls get a safe shelter.  Does Law have its implementation? Of course, this question needs an honest answer but before going to that question another question raises, do we have a single law for indigenous people? We want to knock  the doors of the government through this piece of writing, Dear state! Hindu Marriage and Forced Conversion Bills need your attention.The author is a journalist and political interviewer. She writes daily news review, articles on socio-political and human rights issues.last_img read more

Myanmar ferry sinking death toll rises to 52

first_imgMore than 50 people have been confirmed killed in a ferry accident off western Myanmar after rescue teams recovered more bodies from rough waters, police said on Monday, as hopes faded of finding any survivors.The “Aung Takon 3” sank late Friday after leaving the coastal town of Kyaukphyu on its way to Sittwe in western Rakhine state. “We found 18 more bodies today and the search is still continuing,” Kyaw Thura, a police official in Kyaukphyu, told AFP, adding that the total death toll now stood at 52.Myanmar state media on today said the ferry was carrying 218 passengers and crew when it sank.But locals have said they fear far more unregistered ticket-holders may have been on board, a common practice on the impoverished nation’s often overcrowded ferry network.last_img

Special casual leave for Food dept officials

first_imgKolkata: Special casual leave has been granted for officials in the Food and Supplies department, who will be attending the state conference of Paschim Banga Rajya Sarkari Karmachari Federation.The conference will be held on July 14 and 15 at Rabindra Bhavan at Dum Dum. According to an order, “permission for station leave and special casual leave for the delegates, office bearers, representatives and participants for attending the conference is granted.” Station leave is permitted for all members. Half day casual leave on July 13 and 16 is also granted for those who will come from nearby districts.last_img

17yearold Kashmiri poet wins Urdu Cultural Academy award

first_imgMunawar Ali Hussainy, a 17-year-old poet from Jammu and Kashmir, has been named ‘Poet of the Year’ for 2014 by the National Urdu Cultural Academy here.Speaking over phone, Hussainy—who was awarded for his poem Zulm Ka Mara said, the academy every year invites five poems from a poet to be adjudged by a jury. “I submitted my best three poems,” said Hussainy, who has been writing since childhood. “Although I started reading Diwan-i-Ghalib since I was in primary school, I only recently started understanding the legendary Urdu poet,” he said. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Hussiany said he had his hopes pinned on Zulm Ka Mara. “The 20-stanza poem describes the life and death of children across the Muslim world,” he said.The poem sketches the conflict-hit life in Jammu and Kashmir, Palestine, Myanmar and Syria. Hussainy also writes short stories in English, but is confused about how to get his works published.“I have written a good number of poems now, but I don’t know how to get them published,” he said.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAsked about his mentors, he said, “Allama Iqbal is my ‘roohaani peer’ (spiritual guide) and Pakistan’s Mohsin Naqvi has been my great inspiration.”Hussainy said he has two ‘guides’ on social network Facebook who helped him improve his poetic skills, but he has never met them.“I have two Facebook friends who have always been suggesting corrections in my writings and if I have won any award, a share of credit goes to them as well.”Hussainy, a resident of Srinagar, has also cracked the Jammu and Kashmir Combined Entrance Test (JK-CET).last_img read more

Exploring Gods Own Country

first_imgKerala popularly known as God’s Own Country is the perfect holiday destination of India as the state has picturesque landscapes, exciting getaways and rich culture and heritage. As a ritual, the state’s department of tourism brought a 360 degree preview of India’s favourite destination; the essence of which was captured in one single event in the national Capital on Tuesday. The event gave a glimpse of the rich culture, extravagant heritage, magnificent landscapes, cuisine, music and art all in one show which was inaugurated by PI Sheik Pareeth, IAS. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Kerala Tourism has declared the period from April 2015 to April 2016 as ‘Visit Kerala Year’ and an array of activities are planned as part of it. In the wake of the fresh initiative, Kerala Tourism will explore new markets like China and Sri Lanka. PI Sheik Pareeth said that Festivals tourism is the initiative where Kerala Tourism will organise events and exhibitions to enhance the festive mood in the state starting from Onam in August, Nishagandhi Festival (where renowned dancers perform Bharatanatyam, Mohiniyattam, Kathak, Odissi) in January till Vishu in April. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixA comprehensive calendar of festivals and events will be prepared to facilitate the process. Kerala is about to be promoted as a major “Wedding and MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) destination” through online campaigns. Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) will come up with special discounted packages during the period. Sheik said that the emphasis is to promote Ayurveda as a part of medical tourism. A new campaign, ‘Home of Ayurveda’ was also launched to promote Ayurveda through all media. ‘Bekal’ has been introduced as a new destination in North Kerala. Yatri Nivaas will be built in places which are not yet covered by government hotels and guest houses. “A Yatri Nivaas will be coming in Varkala very soon,” he added. Government of Kerala has also rolled out a lot of initiatives till date with the ‘Seaplane Project’ and ‘Project Muziris’ being the latest projects which were rolled out last year in order to enhance the travel experience and add to its array of attractions. While the former project is aimed towards improving last mile connectivity by air to its destinations across the state, the latter is directed to reinstate the historical and cultural significance of the legendary port of Muziris, which makes a part of Central Kerala.For the Seaplane Project, the immediate plan is to provide service initially in the priority circuit, consisting of the three airports of Trivandrum, Cochin & Calicut and the prime destinations viz. Astamudi, Punnamada, Kumarakom and Bekal in the state.Another initiative is the ‘Spice Route Revival Project’. Kerala’s initiative to revive and promote the two millennia-old spice route that links the south western coast of India up to Europe, through tourism has received a boost with the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) pledging support to the venture. Other initiatives include a unique nature— based soft adventure holidays program Natventure. The idea behind this is to use the key tourism products — Wildlife, Hill Stations, Beaches, Backwaters, etc. Kerala Natventure activities include Trekking, Camping, Rock Climbing, Jungle, Wildlife Safaris, Bird Watching, Cycling, Kayaking, Canoeing and Paragliding.last_img read more