Asus 1000HE Netbook Claims 95 Hour Battery Life

first_img Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — Asus has just introduced an Eee PC netbook that uses the Intel Atom N280, which has slightly better performance than the previous N270 chip. The N280 runs at 1.67GHz, up from the N270’s 1.6GHz, and the machine’s 1GB memory will be clocked at 667MHz rather than 533MHz. The longer battery life is contributed to the N280 chip that consumes a maximum of 2.5 watts, along with an LED backlit LCD screen. Asus’ Super Hybrid Engine allows people to control the CPU to lower performance to conserve power. In order to achieve 9.5 hours of battery life, the user would most likely have to lower CPU performance, dim the screen, and turn off the system’s Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and camera. Since this is not a realistic approach in using a netbook you can expect less than 9.5 hours of battery life. Aside from the Atom N280 processor other basic features include 802.11n WiFi that boost speed 6 times greater than the 802.11g, 10-inch screen with 1024 x 600 resolution, 3 USB ports, SDHC card slot, VGA port, 10/100Mb/s Ethernet, and 160GB hard drive. The ASUS Eee PC 1000HE is available immediately for pre-order through the official ASUS Eee PC Group on Facebook. The MSRP is $399.99 but Asus is applying a $25 instant discount to all the pre-orders. The pre-order page lists places where you can purchase the 1000HE like Amazon, Buy.com, Newegg and a few others but none of the stores, except Amazon, actually list the computer yet. At the time of this writing you can also pre order it from Amazon for $374.00.© 2009 PhysOrg.com Citation: Asus 1000HE Netbook Claims 9.5 Hour Battery Life (2009, February 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-02-asus-1000he-netbook-hour-battery.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. New superomniphobic glass soars high on butterfly wings using machine learning Asus 1000HE Netbooklast_img read more

Friction research casts doubt on fundamental physics law

first_imgThe experimental system. (A) A schematic view of the two loading systems used in these experiments. (B) A total internal reflection based method measures instantaneous changes in the real contact area, A(x,t), along the entire interface. For more details, please see the original publication: Science DOI:10.1126/science.1194777. Image credit: Science, AAAS. 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. A basic law of physics is that the force required to set an object moving equals the frictional force keeping the object stationary. The force from friction is determined by the coefficient of friction, the ratio of the sideways force to the force pushing down (the weight of the object). This relationship was first described by Leonardo da Vinci and further defined by Charles Coulomb and Guillaume Amontons centuries later.Now a team led by physicist Oded Ben-David, a PhD student from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem studying the dynamics of frictional slips in carefully controlled laboratory experiments has found they could apply as much as five times more sideways force to the object than predicted by the coefficient of friction before the object would move.The experiment’s set up, described by Ben-David’s supervisor Professor Jay Fineberg as the “stupidest system you could think about,” was to place two 200 mm Plexiglass blocks together and use tons of force to press them together, and then try to push the top block sideways until it began to move. They used sensitive strain gauges to measure all the stresses on the blocks and high-speed cameras and lasers to track the points at which the blocks actually touched each other.The results showed that the blocks, which were optically flat and appeared to be touching all along their surfaces, were actually only touching at a few hundred contact points, and at each of these points the sideways forces could be much larger than predicted by the coefficient of friction before the contacts broke and the block started to move. When the contact was ruptured waves similar to sound waves were propelled through the blocks, resembling a mini-earthquake.Professor Fineberg said the blocks represented tectonic plates sliding against each other. When the force is strong enough to pull them apart a series of shock waves result. The experiments were able to measure all the variables, which is impossible in a real situation.The shock waves are of three types: slow ruptures, moving well below the speed of sound, sub-Rayleigh waves traveling along the surface at the speed of sound, and supershear waves, traveling fast enough to cause a sonic boom. The type of wave produced depends on the stresses on the contact points, and the experiments showed that even small nuances could change the dynamics. The most common type of wave in earthquakes is the sub-Rayleigh type, and there is some speculation that an earthquake in Izmit, Turkey in 1999 was a supershear type.The results of the research, published in the journal Science may have implications for engineering and materials science, and could add to the scientific understanding of how earthquakes occur. Fineberg said it might also be possible in the future to trigger small earthquakes to prevent larger, more devastating quakes. Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — New research on frictional slipping has revealed that some of the basic assumptions of introductory physics do not hold at small scales. The findings may be useful in the study of earthquakes. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Frictional motion study could provide tool for earthquake prediction Citation: Friction research casts doubt on fundamental physics law (2010, October 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-10-friction-fundamental-physics-law.html More information: The Dynamics of the Onset of Frictional Slip, Oded Ben-David, Gil Cohen, Jay Fineberg, Science 8 October 2010: Vol. 330. no. 6001, pp. 211 – 214. DOI:10.1126/science.1194777last_img read more

NASA set to debut online software catalog April 10

first_img(Phys.org) —Get ready for a stimulating software catalog. You may want to write NASA CAT. next to Thursday, April 10, on your calendar. That is the day that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is to make available to the public, at no cost, more than 1,000 codes with its release of a new online software catalog. The catalog, a master list organized into 15 categories, is intended for industry, academia, other government agencies, and general public. The catalog covers technology topics ranging from project management systems, design tools, data handling, image processing, solutions for life support functions, aeronautics, structural analysis, and robotic and autonomous systems. NASA said the codes represent NASA’s best solutions to an array of complex mission requirements. More information: www.nasa.gov/press/2014/april/ … -earth/#.Uz8h1_lP4hY “Software is an increasingly important element of the agency’s intellectual asset portfolio,” said Jim Adams, deputy chief technologist with NASA. “It makes up about one-third of its reported inventions each year.” With this month’s release of the software catalog, he said, the software becomes widely available to the public. (Each NASA code was evaluated, however, for access restrictions and designated for a specific type of release, ranging from codes open to all U.S. citizens to codes restricted to use by other federal agencies.)The catalog nonetheless fits into NASA’s ongoing efforts to transfer more NASA technologies to American industry and U.S. consumers As Wired’s Robert McMillan wrote on Friday, “This NASA software catalog will list more than 1,000 projects, and it will show you how to actually obtain the code you want. The idea to help hackers and entrepreneurs push these ideas in new directions—and help them dream up new ideas.”Adams said, “By making NASA resources more accessible and usable by the public, we are encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship. Our technology transfer program is an important part of bringing the benefit of space exploration back to Earth for the benefit of all people.”Daniel Lockney, technology transfer program executive with NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist, underscored this down-to-earth mission side of NASA in 2012 in an article in Innovation in 2012. “NASA really is the gold standard for technology transfer,” he then said. “The money spent on research and development doesn’t just go up into space; it comes down to earth in the form of some very practical and tangible results.” Lockney said they know the investment in technology creates jobs, boosts the economy and provides benefits in addition to the mission focus. “Our technologies have done everything from make hospitals more efficient to making transportation safer and greener. The technology reaches into all aspects about our lives.”McMillan reported that “Within a few weeks of publishing the list, NASA says, it will also offer a searchable database of projects, and then, by next year, it will host the actual software code in its own online repository, a kind of GitHub for astronauts.” Explore further Nasa clears the runway for open source softwarecenter_img © 2014 Phys.org Citation: NASA set to debut online software catalog April 10 (2014, April 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-04-nasa-debut-online-software-april.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Dreading Congestion Pricing You Might Feel Differently After the Fact

first_imgThis effect held regardless of whether or not the participants reported having learned something recently that had changed their opinion of Trump, suggesting these attitude shifts were the result of rationalization rather than a reaction to new information. Additionally, while one might expect those who evaluated Trump positively as president-elect to report more positive attitudes once he was in office, even those who reported viewing his presidency negatively reported at least slightly more positive views in the week after his inauguration. Overall, these findings suggest that while motorists in New York may not be taking to the streets in support of congestion pricing now, they’re likely to take at least a slightly more charitable view of the fee in the future — regardless of how it impacts their commute in practice. People don’t always rationalize their political realities, of course, and often report intensely disliking the status quo, Laurin notes, and the dividing line seems to be the “psychological realness” of a given situation. When people feel that society is stable and unchanging, and recognize that the status quo has inevitable consequences that they cannot physically escape and anticipate with 100% certainty, they develop an internal sense of a situation’s realness. This suggests that the individuals may have adjusted their memories of their previous smoking behavior so that the new law would feel less upsetting, Laurin writes. One alternative explanation remained, however: What if, rather than rationalizing an unsatisfactory reality, the participants had simply experienced the new policy more positively than anticipated? “The specific day an anticipated sociopolitical reality becomes current is an important psychological trigger,” Laurin writes. “It may be that as psychological realness increases, people feel less capable of problem-focused coping (changing the situation) and more capable of emotion-focused coping (adjusting their own response).” In a later survey of 248 Canadian smokers, the researcher also found that individuals who responded before the ban went into effect reported smoking in the targeted areas at the same frequency in both surveys. Those who responded post-ban, on the other hand, underreported the frequency at which they had previously reported smoking in the outlawed areas. In her initial exploratory study, Laurin found that San Franciscans who responded to a survey after the city’s ban on selling plastic water bottles reported viewing it as less of an inconvenience and less likely to infringe on peoples’ rights and freedoms than did participants who responded the day before the ban went into effect. “It is this sense of realness — the recognition that a state of affairs is an immediate part of their lives – that drives people to rationalize,” Laurin explains. “[People] are motivated to reconstrue in an exaggeratedly positive light any undesirable elements of the status quo, presumably to reassure themselves that the world they live in is right, good, and likely to satisfy their desires,” writes APS Fellow Kristin Laurin, a professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia in Canada. Reference In most American city centers, “rush hour” is anything but, with residents and commuters alike sitting bumper to bumper for what can feel like hours at a time, their vehicles spewing smog into the atmosphere while public transportation options go underused or underfunded, if they exist at all. All that could change in New York City, however, when congestion pricing goes into effect in 2021 — and research in Psychological Science suggests that while many drivers may oppose paying a fee to enter the city center now, their perceptions of the policy are likely to improve once it actually goes into effect. Differences in peoples’ existential and relational needs, as well as the specific issue at hand, may influence the degree to which individuals rationalize the status quo, she added. Support for abortion rights in the United States, for example, increased in the year after Roe v. Wade, while the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage resulted in a less significantly shift in attitudes. Laurin, K. (2018). Inaugurating rationalization: Three field Studies find increased rationalization when anticipated realities become current. Psychological Science,29(4), 483-495. doi: 10.1177/0956797617738814 The next phase of Laurin’s experiment suggested than this was not the case. In a nationally representative survey of 621 Americans, participants reported their attitudes toward President Donald Trump in December, 2016, and again a week before and after his inauguration in January, 2017. In line with the previous findings, participants were nearly twice as likely to report more positive attitudes, and to perceive Trump’s presidency as being more real, after the inauguration than in the week and month beforehand.last_img read more

Going uber with Ebb and Flow

Flowing in with how water works Gaurav and Ritika’s collection aptly called Ebb and Flow was predominantly a sexy mix of bold cuts, granite greys and the fresh aqua. The designers played around with lines, sheers, satin and flowy georgettes to show how tides pattern nature – in ripples, turns and sharp lines. While grey and aqua dominated the collection, silver, dark blues and some pale peaches changed the mood. The collection also had some eye catching detailing with sharp lines breaking the cuts with drastic, eye-catching lines. Little foam bubbles on the shoes and the transparent goggles – thumbs up from us! read more

Stamp of approval

first_imgThe exhibition will include some of the early published stamps from top 50 collectors of the country. Some of the prominent stamps one could see at the show are the embossed 19th century issues of the Scinde Dawk, stamps featuring Queen Victoria – the first to be used across India, stamps of British India and princely states, issued until India’s independence in 1947.Apart from the show, there will be auctions, panel discussion by eminent philatelists, philatelic book signing and meeting of the oldest philatelic society in the world – Royal Philatelic Society of London. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The star attractions for the show are starters pack for kids to understand stamps, interesting postal history, stamp catalogues, and accessories to protect the collection, my’s-stamp (print your pictures on stamps).512 different items will go under the hammer during the auction, spanning the beginnings of Indian postage in early 19thcentury until the 1980s. The auction starts with Indian Handstruck Postage used in the early postal system before the advent of stamps dating as early as 1816.The auction has an impressive collection of original specimens, essays and proofs of the various designs of the stamps that were introduced including some experimental designs.Where: The Crystal, Laxmi Nagar When: 27 – 28 September Timing: 10.30 am – 7 pmlast_img read more

Debasish Kumar urges councillors to plant as many trees as possible in

first_imgKolkata: Stressing the importance of increasing the green cover in the city, Member Mayor-in-Council (Parks & Gardens) Debasish Kumar on Wednesday urged all the councillors to plant as many trees as possible in their respective wards.He assured them the civic body is ready to supply as many trees as the councillors’ demand.”You are requested to inform me seven days in advance, regarding the requirement of trees that you want to plant in parks or any other available space for the sake of beautification. Monsoon is the time for tree plantation as the rain assists in growth of the trees. We are ready to supply as many trees as per your requirement,” Kumar said responsding to a proposal from Leader of Left Front Ratna Roy Majumder at the monthly meeting of the KMC on observance of Forest Week in July. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsKumar said Kolkata figures among the list of 100 cities across the globe that is facing anenvironmental threat.”It is high time for us to realize the importance of green cover in the city. The city has been witnessing a constant conflict between environment and urbanisation. We are constantly thinking about overhauling of water supply, drainage system and complaining about a plethora of problems we face in our daily life. I admit, these are all utilitarian services. But, if we remain indifferent to the environment, then we are simply calling our own doom,” he maintained. He added that the KMC has been doing plantation under the instructions of botanists, who have been Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedrecruited in the civic body under the Trinamool Congress board.”We are concentrating on fruit bearing trees to attract birds. There was a time when a scientific method of plantation was overlooked and trees like Krishachura, Radhachura that are not deep rooted were planted.They are getting uprooted whenever there is a storm and there have been cases of deaths too owing to the fall of big trees. We are now planting trees that do not grow very big but have deep roots,” Kumar said.He pointed out that the Army has not given the nod to the civic body to plant trees in the Maidan area and urged councillors to identify spaces in their respective wards for plantation.last_img read more

IITKGP offers new awards and scholarships

first_imgKolkata: The IIT Kharagpur has instituted several new awards and scholarships for its undergraduate students for academics and research following donations by many alumni and corporates, an IIT KGP press statement said today. The number of new scholarships is nine, while that of the awards two, the statement said. The awards and scholarships are being given from this month. Dean, Alumni Affairs at IIT Kharagpur, Subrata Chattopadhyay said since the lower cut-off for economic background of students for existing scholarships and awards are at such a threshold that students falling in marginally higher category do not qualify for the benefits. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life Considering the cost of living, these students too need some sort of financial support and therefore “we have increased the threshold of the current family income upto Rs 10 lakh and Rs 15 lakh per year for different scholarships to accommodate more students,” he was quoted as saying in the statement. The institute will also be funding research at undergraduate level from its endowment fund built out of alumni donations over the years, it said.last_img read more

Williamson Starc reach milestones in Perth Test

first_imgNew Zealand batsman Kane Williamson and Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc joined elite company as bat continued to dominate ball on the third day of the second Test against Australia at the WACA Ground on Sunday.In reply to Australia’s formidable 559 for nine declared on a placid wicket, the Kiwis were 510 for six at stumps, trailing by just 49 runs.Ross Taylor had emerged from a form slump and scored his second Test double century to be a career-best 235 not out, with Mark Craig on seven. Also Read – A league of his own!Williamson became one of the four youngest players to reach 12 Test centuries when he made 166, while Starc bowled what is believed to be the fastest recorded delivery in Test cricket.Williamson rarely looked troubled in posting his second century in as many matches, before mistiming a pull shot off Josh Hazlewood and was caught at mid-on by Mitchell Johnson to end a record 265-run stand with Taylor, a new benchmark for New Zealand in Tests against Australia. Also Read – Domingo named new Bangladesh cricket coachHe faced 250 balls in 390 minutes and hit 24 boundaries. The 25-year-old made 140 and 59 in the first Test at the Gabba, which New Zealand lost by 208 runs, and continued that form in Perth.It was his 12th Test century and only three other players have scored as many centuries at the same age — the others being Sachin Tendulkar (16), Don Bradman (13) and Alastair Cook (12).Williamson has made centuries in five of his last seven Tests against Pakistan, Sri Lanka, England and Australia, and in that time he has scored 1,118 runs at 111.80. Taylor was a little less sure at the crease and flirted with disaster on a couple of occasions, but recovered to post his 13th Test hundred and looked increasingly comfortable during his innings. It was a welcome performance for the classy Taylor, who has been struggling with form for some time and had not scored a Test century since November last year.In a game where records have been tumbling with incredible regularity, Taylor posted a new benchmark for visiting players at the WACA and also became the first New Zealander to score a Test double century against Australia.Starc raised the home crowd from its run-fuelled stupor when he sent down a 160.4 kilometres per hour (99.7 miles per hour) thunderbolt to Taylor before tea.It was part of a fiery spell from the left armer and was the fourth-fastest delivery ever recorded, with Pakistan’s Shoaib Akhtar holding the record with 161.3 kph.Australian duo Brett Lee and Shaun Tait both once clocked at 161.1 kph, and seventies firebrand Jeff Thomson is the only other player recorded at over 160 kph. However, none of that group performed the feat in Test cricket.Fellow paceman Mitchell Johnson moved into fourth on the all-time list of Australian Test wicket-takers when he removed Doug Bracewell late in the day to claim his 311th scalp, passing Brett Lee.Australia did not help their own cause with some dropped catches, while there was embarrassment for local officials early in the day, with play halted for 17 minutes by a malfunctioning sightscreen.last_img read more

Let your wishes come true this Christmas and new year

first_imgIt’s Christmas paving way for a brand new year!! Gear up to be mesmerised with the sound of carols in the air and the sparkles of the festive hues. Chefs at The Imperial promise to make the season memorable for you at as the year end festivities begin. The lobby at The Imperial will welcome you with a spectacular and a huge Christmas ball filled with goodies. With gift boxes, bells, trinkets and many more enchanting pieces, the ball will be hung from the ceiling wrapped in sparkling lights, leaving one awestruck. The inventive installation art and the unique flower decor across the hotel are designed to create unique thematic experiences for one and all. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSpearheaded by Executive Sous Chef Prem Kumar Pogakula, the Christmas treat brings out the epicurean in you while offering a satiating experience. Plethora of packages with extensive menus has been put together by the master chefs for the visitors to experience the festive occasion in style. Christmas eve celebration at 1911 restaurant begins from December 24 to entice your taste buds with an exquisite Christmas eve dinner buffet from 6:30PM – 11:45PM . The exotic spread features Roast turkey, Brussel sprouts, Pork loin in a blanket, Bread stuffing, Giblet gravy, Cranberry sauce on the Western Roast station and a selection of international cuisine like Shepherd’s pie, Grilled chicken, celeriac, blue cheese crumble with hot and exquisite Asian spread namely Kung krapao – prawns tossed with Thai sweet basil, silken tofu, bell peppers, Chinese cabbage, hot garlic sauce along with seafood, Indian, Tandoori favorites and Italian specials, salads, desserts and cold cuts. The extensive feast will male you ask for more.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive1911 Restaurant will feature a lavish Christmas Brunch on December 25 with global cuisines like Basil pesto marinated chicken, couscous stuffed tomatoes, grilled artichokes, Ricotta and spinach spanakopita, spiced tomato chutney, smoked salmon and many more tempting offerings along with desserts like Spiced apple mousse, Traditional plum cake and Plum pudding with brandy anglaise put together with classic wines, present indulgent eateries to celebrate the occasion. The festive brunch would be open from 12 PM – 3:30PM where the little ones can also enjoy their favorite Mini Danish or Hakka noodles in the kids buffet. 1911 also offers a sumptuous New Year Eve dinner buffet with a selection of fine delicacies on December 31, the last night of the year 2016.last_img read more