The festive lights are on again at Province House, and this yearthey are sending a message about energy conservation. With help from the Department of Energy, Province House hasinstalled 25 strings of light emitting diode (LED) Christmaslights and eight compact flourescent floodlights around theHollis Street entrance. Energy Minister Cecil Clarke said switching to energy efficientlights costs a little more up front, but has long-term savings.”It’s important for us to demonstrate that small changes canresult in significant savings,” said Mr. Clarke. “Energyefficient lights have much lower operating costs, so you spend alittle to save a lot more.” LED lights convert electricity to light without using heat. Eachlight should last more than 200,000 hours compared to only 1,000hours for conventional lights. A string of LED lights, like theones used at Province House, costs less than 4 cents to run for30 days when lit for six hours a day. Conventional lights wouldcost $3.15 to run for same length of time. The compact flourescent floodlights are very efficient, too.Usually, the front of Province House is lit with eight 90 watthalogen lamps. Each of these lights would cost about $1.60 to runfor 30 days. They have been replaced with compact flourescentbulbs that will cost about 34 cents each to run for the sameperiod. “Switching to energy efficient holiday lights is a small butsignificant way Nova Scotians can help conserve energy,” said Mr.Clarke. “We hope Nova Scotians will try them out.” Speaker of the House Murray Scott agrees, “Province House is animportant symbol to Nova Scotians and it’s appropriate that itsChristmas lighting lead by example.” The new energy-efficient lights will also have an environmentalbenefit. The reduced electricity consumption represents areduction of about one-half tonne of greenhouse gasses.
OTTAWA — The federal government is defending its refusal to disclose the contents of a 60-page memo the country’s top bureaucrat sent to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about Vice-Admiral Mark Norman.In a statement Friday, the Department of Justice said the memo sent by Michael Wernick, clerk of the Privy Council, to Trudeau last October was completely blacked out by government lawyers.Norman’s lawyer Marie Henein revealed the memo’s existence during a pre-trial hearing Thursday, saying the government had withheld its contents because of solicitor-client privilege.After both Henein and Justice Heather Perkins-McVey noted that Wernick was not a lawyer, the judge agreed to set aside two days in April for Henein to challenge the privilege claim.In its statement, the Justice Department said the memo was handled the same way as the other documents requested by Norman’s legal team and blacked out by government lawyers.“These redactions were applied by legal counsel,” the Justice Department said, adding that “such redactions are consistent with the normal process applied to all documents.“The final say on these redactions and relevance of the documents rests with the court.”Friday’s statement is the latest from the Justice Department about the Norman case, some of which Henein flagged to the court earlier this month as being “inaccurate.”Suspended as the military’s second-in-command in January 2017, Norman was charged last year with breach of trust for allegedly leaking government secrets to pressure the newly minted Trudeau government to approve a $700-million shipbuilding contract.That contract, negotiated by the Harper Conservatives and finalized by Trudeau’s Liberals in November 2015, involved leasing a converted civilian ship from Davie Shipbuilding in Quebec as a temporary naval supply vessel.Norman has denied any wrongdoing and his politically charged trial is scheduled to start in August and run through much of the fall federal election.Norman’s legal team has been fighting since October for access to thousands of internal government documents they say will prove the suspended military officer’s innocence and show that the government interfered in his case.Subpoenas were issued last month for internal communications from senior officials in the Prime Minister’s Office and the Privy Council Office about the case, including emails, BlackBerry messages and other records.— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press
Facebook Advertisement Twitter “She had begun to get tired of her two star detectives, Poirot and Miss Marple. She felt they had become more important than the plot of the stories and the mysteries themselves.”Linneberg says The Hollow “is much more than a whodunit.“It’s definitely part mystery but it is also part love story with a sprinkling of comedy,” he says.“It’s a fully rounded story, and to have Poirot arrive at the last minute to solve the murder would have seemed like a gimmick.” Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The big mystery for fans of Agatha Christie’s 1946 whodunit novel The Hollow, when she adapted it for the stage five years later, is what happened to Hercule Poirot.In the novel, it’s Poirot who solves the murder of Dr. John Christow at the country home of his friends the Angkatells, but in the stage version, that daunting task is left up to Inspector Colquhoun and his cohort Detective Sergeant Penny.According to Grant Linneberg, who plays Colquhoun in Vertigo Theatre’s production of The Hollow, Christie “didn’t want the play to be a star vehicle for Poirot. Advertisement Advertisement
Rabat – TIBU Morocco, in collaboration with the DROSOS Foundation, are launching the first Youth Employability Program for people in the NEET situation (Not in Education, Employment or Training) through a sports initiative called “Initiative Intilaka. “The goals of the program were presented on Monday, June 10, at a conference in Casablanca. The main aim being the employability of young people between the ages of 18 and 25.“Candidates must have a level of study ranging from first year of high school to the baccalaureate,” said Fyras Mawazini, regional director of the Drosos Foundation in North Africa. “They must have a passion for sports, with athletic experience within an association or sports club, he added.TIBU Morocco, is a non-profit association aiming to promote Basketball as a means of education and social integration. The association has been working to make Basketball a real option for youngsters by helping improve their situation along with promoting the practice of sport.With the help of the Swiss DROSOS Foundation, young people and young adults to take control of their lives and make a positive contribution within their community. TIBU’s initiative hopes to have a significant impact on the lives of these young people.The 3-year initiative hopes to provide training for 180 young people who would otherwise be excluded from the education system. The aim of the initiative is to assist them in securing work in the sporting industry.After eight months of work-linked training, Moroccan youths selected for the program are given further support as they integrate into the sports job market. They will then be employed as sports coaches or set up small sport clubs.
The ongoing post-financial crisis correction continues to weigh heavily on economic activity and employment in the EU BRUSSELS, Belgium — Europe’s economy is still reeling and unemployment could remain high for years in spite of the progress made in solving the debt crisis, the European Union warned Wednesday as it downgraded its forecasts for the 27-country bloc.The European Commission, the executive arm of the EU, on Wednesday revised its forecast for the economy of the entire region, saying that it now expected the region’s gross domestic product to contract by 0.3% on an annual basis this year, rather than remaining flat as it predicted in the spring. It also said that the 17 countries that use the euro will contract, with GDP falling 0.4%, against a previous expectation of a 0.3% fall.But the most significant downgrade is for next year’s forecast. The commission had expected the eurozone to find its footing in 2013, with 1% growth. Now it predicts only a 0.1% uptick. For all 27 countries in the EU, it forecasts 0.4% growth, compared with 1.3% last spring.[np-related /]The report also suggests that unemployment won’t start falling until 2014 — and then only slightly.“The ongoing post-financial crisis correction continues to weigh heavily on economic activity and employment in the EU,” the report said. “Yet, compared to the situation before the summer, over the last few months financial tensions have somewhat abated.”Official third-quarter GDP figures for the EU and the eurozone, which will show whether the region has entered recession, are due to be released on Nov. 15. A recession is defined as two quarters in a row with negative growth.The eurozone has made progress this year toward resolving its debt crisis, which has been dragging down economies throughout the EU and beyond. Countries that use the euro have slashed spending and promised to keep their deficits in check; they’ve vowed to better protect their banks by improving how they’re regulated and supervised; and the European Central Bank has put in place a plan to help countries struggling with high borrowing costs, the hallmark of the crisis and the reason some have sought bailouts.But those measures are still to be felt in the real economy. The unemployment rate across the eurozone is at a record high of 11.6%, and it is 10.6% in the wider EU. In the latest in a steady stream of job cuts Danish wind turbine maker Vestas, Swedish wireless equipment group LM Ericsson, and Dutch bank ING announced a total of almost 7,000 layoffs Wednesday. Eurostat, the EU’s statistics agency, also said retail sales in the eurozone shrank 0.2% in September.Many economists have argued that, in solving one crisis by cutting government spending and raising taxes, politicians have exacerbated another — slow or negative growth. Meanwhile, tighter banking rules have hurt lending, the fuel economies need to grow.Greece has suffered the most from this vicious cycle and is now in its fifth year of recession. Many say it’s unclear how the country will ever manage to reduce its debts, spark growth and break the cycle. The new forecast expects Greece’s economy to contract 6% this year and another 4.2% next year. In the spring, the commission had hoped growth would be flat in 2013.A similar story is played out across the EU, with the 2013 forecasts for most countries significantly worse than they had been just a few months ago. Even powerhouse Germany is expected to eke out just 0.8% growth now, compared with 1.7% in the spring.
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on the warring factions in the Somali capital Mogadishu to declare an immediate ceasefire, after days of fighting claimed the lives of more than a hundred people and displaced thousands of non-combatants in the worst violence to grip the city in almost a decade.Speaking to reporters in New York, his spokesman said Mr. Annan was “deeply concerned” at the increasing violence and “urges all parties to support the Transitional Federal Institutions in their effort to implement the Transitional Charter,” referring to efforts to bring peace to the impoverished Horn of Africa country.The UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia, Ghanim Alnajjar, also backed calls for an end to the fighting, highlighting that “in situations like these, most of the victims are civilians who are caught in the crossfire, some of which are children.”“I appeal to these militia forces to end these hostilities immediately, and I wish to remind all concerned of the need to fully respect humanitarian law during conflict and of the duty to protect the human rights of civilians at all times,” said Mr. Alnajjar, who carries out his duties on an independent voluntary basis.It is reported that up to 120 people have been killed and scores injured during the past five days in what is the second round of fighting this year in Mogadishu, following violence in March that reportedly killed 90 people.Yesterday, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour told reporters that Somalia urgently needs international attention, saying there was frustration that “the international community was insufficiently engaged in a country that needed a huge amount of assistance and where a large part of the country still needed governance to take root.” On Wednesday, the Security Council re-established for a six-month period the mandate of the Monitoring Group on Somalia, set up to investigate the 1992 arms embargo, and the top United Nations envoy to the war-torn country appealed for all sides to end the bloody violence in the capital and “step back from the brink.”The latest report from the Monitoring Group highlighted that “arms, military materiel and financial support continue to flow like a river to various actors, in violation of the arms embargo,” and the Group identifies the Transitional Federal Government, the Mogadishu-based opposition alliance, the militant fundamentalists, the business elite, pirate groups and feuding sub-clans as “the main actors” receiving the arms.Somalia has been torn by factional fighting ever since the collapse of President Muhammad Siad Barre’s regime 15 years ago.
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today welcomed the announcement by the Government of Colombia and the National Liberation Army (ELN) of a temporary bilateral cease-fire from 1 October 2017 to 12 January 2018. In a statement issued by his Spokesman, the Secretary-General expressed the hope that the agreement, announced yesterday in Quito, Ecuador, will improve conditions for the civilian population in conflict areas and offer opportunities for substantial progress in the peace talks between the parties. “The Secretary-General commends the role of the guarantors – Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, Norway and Venezuela ¬– in support of the negotiations, as well as the important role of the Catholic Church,” the statement said, adding that the Mr. Guterres reiterated the support of the UN towards all efforts that contribute to lasting peace in Colombia. Also today, the United Nations in Colombia celebrated the temporary ceasefire agreement. “The United Nations believes that the main objective of the agreement is to improve the humanitarian situation of the population,” said a press release issued by the UN Mission in Colombia. “This act is a concrete step towards a full respect and application of International Humanitarian Law and will help build confidence in the peace process,” it added.The latest agreement comes on the heels of a peace accord that ended five decades of war between the Government and what was then Colombia’s largest armed group FARC-EP, or the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. “The Colombian civilian population that suffers the conflict directly will be the main beneficiary with the commitments announced by the ELN to suspend all type of kidnappings and attacks against the physical infrastructure, the enrolment of children and teenagers and the abstention from installing anti-personnel explosive mines,” the release said. The release said that likewise, the UN welcomes that the Government will strengthen the early warning system to prevent attacks and killings of social leaders. “All these measures will help to create a favourable climate for the process of consultation with citizens, set out in the negotiating agenda,” it stated.
The Prince of Wales’s full moniker is Charles… All hail Louis Arthur Charles. After keeping the world on tenterhooks for almost five days, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have announced the name of their newest arrival. Credit: John Stillwell/AFP The grandfather-of-three has been prevented from rushing to his eldest son’s side to coo over the baby by royal duty, in Scotland, something that is soon to be remedied. And what a lovely name it is. It is also the perfect riposte to those who have, rather unkindly, suggested in recent days that there is some sort of animosity between the Duke and Prince Charles. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their third child – Prince Louis Arthur Charles of Cambridge It is hard to imagine a more beautiful tribute to your father than naming your son after him, not just once, but twice.
Microsoft innove avec deux nouveaux brevetsMicrosoft vient de publier deux nouveaux brevets: un pour faciliter le couplage d’appareils sans fil et un autre développant la technologie 3D sur un appareil photo. Certes IBM possède une éventail impressionnant de brevets. Mais Microsoft n’est pas en reste. Avec ses deux nouveaux brevets, la firme de Redmond frappe fort et vient pratiquement marcher sur les plates-bandes d’IBM.Pour le premier, c’est votre téléphone qui s’occupe de tout. Le principe fonctionne grâce à une connexion entre des terminaux utilisant le Bluetooth ou le WiFi et un processus automatisé d’identification. Une requête est envoyée et authentifiée par le téléphone du receveur grâce à un carnet d’adresse des périphériques connus. Ensuite, les deux appareils échangent automatiquement leurs clés de sécurité. Puis, libre aux utilisateurs de partager ce que bon leur semble. Le deuxième permet aux appareils photos de déterminer les distances entre les différentes régions d’une même scène, dans un espace en 3D. Si le concept n’est pas nouveau, c’est la première fois que toutes les fonctions sont réunies sur une même puce. Il intègre un capteur d’image, une lumière pour éclairer la scène photographiée et une fonction permettant de contrôler les pixels qui passent par le capteur et de corriger les défauts causés par d’autres sources de lumière. Le principe est assez simple. L’appareil projette de la lumière, permettant ainsi de déterminer la distance entre l’appareil et différents points de la scène en fonction du temps que met la lumière à rebondir sur la cible et à atteindre le capteur.IBM reste tout de même le moteur de la propriété intellectuelle. En 2011, le groupe informatique a déposé 6.180 brevets, loin devant Microsoft et ses 2.311 brevets.Le 27 janvier 2012 à 16:30 • Maxime Lambert
Un embryon de raie manta échographiéEn pratiquant une échographie sur une raie manta attendant un petit, des chercheurs ont pu observer un embryon. Ils ont ainsi réussi à comprendre comment les animaux marins parviennent à s’oxygéner lorsqu’ils sont dans l’utérus de leur mère, sans cordon ombilical ni placenta.Comme nombre d’espèces de requins et de raies, la raie manta est ovipare. Ses oeufs éclosent dans l’utérus de la mère où les embryons continuent de se développer, sans cordon ombilical ni placenta, contrairement aux mammifères. Ce phénomène intrigue les chercheurs depuis plusieurs années, mais une équipe japonaise a réussi à lever une part du mystère en réalisant une échographie d’une raie manta.Dans une étude publiée par Biology Letters et rapportée par Futura Sciences, cette équipe explique qu’elle s’intéressait à la reproduction de l’espèce à l’Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, quand un pêcheur ayant capturé une raie dans ses filets l’a contactée. En pratiquant une échographie, les chercheurs ont découvert un embryon en bonne santé, et ont constaté qu’il ouvrait et fermait la bouche de façon très régulière. Grâce à des enregistrements vidéo, ils ont alors observé que le petit aspirait du liquide intra-utérin oxygéné avant de l’envoyer vers ses branchies puis de l’expulser par le spiracle, ou évent, la première fente branchiale vestigiale située derrière l’oeil de l’animal. Beaucoup d’espèces de poissons respirent de cette façon. Mais les raies, elles, ne la conservent pas lorsqu’elles sont adultes. Elles ouvrent en effet simplement la bouche quand elles nagent.Un nouveau-né en bonne santéÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?C’est la première fois que ce phénomène est observé chez ce poisson cartilagineux également appelé diable des mers. Mais il est déjà connu chez certaines espèces de requins qui une fois libérés dans le milieu marin continuent à se développer dans des oeufs.Quant au petit observé dans l’utérus de sa mère, il est né huit mois après avoir échographié. D’une envergure de deux mètres, il pesait à la naissance 50 kilos. A l’âge adulte, la raie manta peut atteindre neuf mètres d’envergure et un poids de trois tonnes.Le 17 juin 2012 à 13:22 • Maxime Lambert
A single-vehicle rollover crash at the West Camas Slough Bridge clogged midday traffic on Highway 14 for more than an hour. The accident was reported at 12:24 p.m. The driver, Patricia M. Ellis, 60, of Washougal was eastbound approaching the bridge when her 2004 Dodge Stratus left the roadway to the right, struck the bridge railing and rolled onto its top, according to the Washington State Patrol. Ellis was treated at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center and later released.Troopers said driver inattention caused the crash and charged Ellis with suspected second-degree negligent driving.The crash blocked eastbound traffic until about 1:42 p.m., according to the Washington State Department of Transportation, creating a backup more than a mile long.
As state officials begin to review more than 31,000 comments on a proposed oil terminal in Vancouver, the task may not be as daunting as it sounds.That’s because thousands of those comments are identical — form letters copied word for word, with only the name on the bottom changed. Of the comments released by the state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council so far, the vast majority are from outside Vancouver. An avalanche of names came from all over the country, most opposed.The tactic isn’t new. Form letters and online petitions are one way well-organized environmental groups have mobilized their supporters in huge numbers against fossil fuel projects in the Northwest and elsewhere. A planned coal export facility in Longview generated more than 200,000 comments earlier this year.A major player in both efforts was the Sierra Club, a national advocacy group with offices in Portland. Field organizer Laura Stevens said about 5,400 people from Washington and Oregon used the organization’s petition to submit their comments on the oil terminal. But she dismissed the notion that duplicated comments take anything away from their value.“These are people that agree. That’s what matters,” Stevens said. “If it’s a little bit easier for someone to participate in that process, I think that’s a good thing.”
Comments Now playing: Watch this: Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Six things to know about home theater projectors Projectors Audio Share your voice Record Store Day turntable dealTomorrow is Record Store Day. That means if you’re into vinyl, head to your nearest record shop (yeah, they’re still a thing) for deals and discounts.Save $50 on the Fluance RT80, already one of the best turntable deals out there. Fluance But start here: For a limited time, you can get the Fluance RT80 Turntable for $149.96 shipped with promo code RT80RSD.See it at FluanceThe RT80 features a preamp, a diamond stylus and other things that are probably meaningful to audiophiles.I’m not one of them, but the turntable has a 4.5-star review average from 165 buyers — so apparently it’s pretty good!CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! 2:33 The Cheapskate No audio-out? Oh, Epson. Thankfully, there’s an easy workaround. Epson Big TVs have gotten awfully cheap of late — you can still get a 65-inch TCL 4-Series Roku for $500, for example — but if you want a seriously big picture, you’ll need a projector.Like this one: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Best Buy has the refurbished Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1060 projector for $399.99 shipped (plus tax). It sells new for $550. Update: You must be a My Best Buy member (free) and signed into your account in order to see this price.See it at Best BuyHang on… a refurbished projector? That sounds like a bad plan. What if the expensive-to-replace bulb gives out on day 91? Surprise: This is backed by a two-year Epson warranty, same as new PowerLites.I couldn’t help wondering if this was an error on Best Buy’s product page, but if you look at Epson’s own Clearance Center page, you’ll see that all the refurbished items there carry a full warranty. Nice!So, the projector itself. The PowerLite 1060 is a full-HD (that is, 1080p) model that uses 3LCD technology, which promises higher color light output than single-chip DLP projectors, while also avoiding the rainbow effect sometimes produced by the latter.It comes with two HDMI inputs and built-in speakers, so you could set this up just about anywhere for an impromptu movie and gaming night.Now for the bad news: The PowerLite 1060 has no audio-out option, which is kind of ludicrous. That means there’s no easy way to pipe the sound to, say, a sound bar.An inexpensive audio extractor helps solve the Epson PowerLite’s only real problem. J-Tech Digital But there is a way. From what I’ve learned, an inexpensive HDMI audio extractor (like this one, about $26) will give you both analog and digital outputs for connecting to external sound systems. In fact, this exact projector is called out in one of the customer reviews for this extractor: “Works wonderful,” according to the customer.Despite that issue, the user reviews for the PowerLite 1060 are overwhelmingly positive: 4.6 stars at Best Buy and 4.2 stars at Amazon.If you’ve always wanted to watch sports and movies and play videogames on a ginormous HD screen, it’s rarely been this affordable. Would a 4K projector be even better? Sure, but it’ll be a while before you see one anywhere near this price.Read more: The best home theater projectors for 2019 Tags 15 Best Buy
bagerhatA local leader of Juba League was electrocuted on Thursday in his house at Bahirdia village in Fakirhat upazila in the district.The deceased was Md Farid Mallik, 45, son of Mazid Mollik of Bahirdia village and an ward-level leader of Juba League.Officer-in-charge of Fakirhat police station Abu Zahid Sheikh said Farid got electrocuted in the afternoon when he was trying to repair an electric motor of his house.He was rushed to Upazila Health Complex where physicians declared him dead, he said.
Left-leaning leaders have called rules and regulations set by the election commission (EC) for registration of new political parties contradictory to constitutional rights of the people, reports UNB.The leaders of Ganasanghati Andolan came up with the observation at a roundtable at the Jatiya Press Club on Wednesday, following rejection of most of the applications for registration by the EC.The terms and conditions of the EC’s party registration rules were set in such a way that new parties would certainly fail to get registered, the leaders alleged at the roundtable chaired by Ganasanghati Andolan convener Zonayed Saki.Such rules, they insisted, are against the people’s right to form political party and contest elections. Certain provisions of such rules have made it difficult get a new party registered.The election commission on 30 October 2016 issued a notice for new party registration for general elections and Ganasanghati Andolan submitted its application on 31 December 2017 as per the rules, they said.On 8 April, the organisation also submitted all the required documents as per the rule of the EC and it was scheduled to conduct field-level inspection, if necessary, they said.But the EC before any field inspection, cancelled the applications of 73 parties among 75 stating that they failed to fulfill the terms and conditions and regulations of party registration and they (EC) did not even give any explanation over it, they added.They also presented some observations about the loopholes of the new party registration rules, and hoped that the EC would take positive decision about Ganasanghati Andolan and other political parties who applied for registration.The programme was also addressed by president of Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) Muzahidul Islam Selim, president of Bangladesh Samajtantrik Dal (BSD), Khalekuzzaman, Nagarik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna, Jahangirnagar University professor Anu Muhammad, and journalist and columnist Syed Abul Maksud.
TED SpaceTop presenter is redefining hands-on computing (w/ video) Citation: MIT group’s shape display steps to new realm in interaction future (w/ Video) (2013, November 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-11-mit-group-realm-interaction-future.html Their paper, “inFORM: Dynamic Physical Affordances and Constraints through Shape and Object Actuation,” by Sean Follmer, Daniel Leithinger, Alex Olwal, Akimitsu Hogge and Hiroshi Ishii of the MIT Media Lab, explains the system in detail. They wrote that the system is a shape display that enables “dynamic affordances, constraints and actuation of passive objects. Shape displays allow for more general purpose shape change than many other actuated or shapechanging interfaces, and thus are ideal research platforms.”Shape displays still remain limited in scale and cost, they said, but “this work is an exploration of the interaction capabilities and is meant to inspire further research in this area. Our belief is that shape-changing interfaces will become increasingly available in the future, and this work tries to push towards creating a vocabulary and design space for more general-purpose interaction for shape displays, including rendering of both content and UI elements.”A key comment that indicates the role of inFORM within their overall research efforts is what they say on their inFORM web page: “InFORM is a step toward our vision of Radical Atoms.”The Tangible Media Group explain how they view graphical user interfaces, tangible user interfaces, and Radical Atoms: “A graphical user interface only lets us see information and interact with it indirectly, as if we were looking through the surface of the water to interact with the forms below.” A tangible user interface, meanwhile, is “like an iceberg: there is a portion of the digital that emerges beyond the surface of the water—into the physical realm—so that we may interact directly with it.” Radical Atoms describes the group’s “vision for the future of interaction, in which all digital information has physical manifestation so that we can interact directly with it—as if the iceberg had risen from the depths to reveal its sunken mass.” (Phys.org) —The Tangible Media Group at MIT Media Lab have been working on a shape-shifting surface called inFORM where, as their video indicates, users interact with digital matter in interesting ways that go far beyond boxed-in interactions with a traditional computer. Outside MIT, observers have described their system not only as a shape display but as a shape-shifting surface; The team at MIT that is behind inFORM explain it as a “Dynamic Shape Display that can render 3D content physically, so users can interact with digital information in a tangible way. inFORM can also interact with the physical world around it, for example moving objects on the table’s surface. Remote participants in a video conference can be displayed physically, allowing for a strong sense of presence and the ability to interact physically at a distance.” Explore further More information: tangible.media.mit.edu/project/inform/tangible.media.mit.edu/vision/ © 2013 Phys.org They are now exploring application areas for the inFORM shape display. How could it be used in real-life scenarios? The team sees one potential in geospatial data, such as maps, GIS, terrain models and architectural models. “Urban planners and architects can view 3-D designs physically and better understand, share and discuss their designs.” They would also like to explore surgical simulations. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Explore further (Phys.org) —Achieving a balance between low-cost fabrication and high efficiency is key to the future success of solar cells. Over the past several years, researchers have been working on developing low-cost methods to manufacture solar cells. One of the most promising methods is solution processing. More information: Joel van Embden, et al. “Cu2ZnSnS4xSe4(1−x) Solar Cells from Polar Nanocrystal Inks.” Journal of the American Chemical Society. DOI: 10.1021/ja501218u Journal information: Journal of the American Chemical Society Citation: Solar cells made from polar nanocrystal inks show promising early performance (2014, April 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-04-solar-cells-polar-nanocrystal-inks.html In a new paper, Dr. Joel van Embden, et al., from CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering, Australia, have used a low-cost solution processing method to fabricate nanocrystal-based solar cells made from environmentally benign polar nanocrystal inks. While previous solar cells made from nanocrystals have required the use of solvents that are highly toxic or contain high concentrations of organic contaminants, in the new study the researchers were able to use cheap, non-hazardous solvents instead, such as simple alcohols. Even at this early stage in their development, the solar cells exhibit efficiencies of up to 7.7% and appear to be promising candidates for future commercial applications.”The greatest significance of our work is that it proves the ability to take cheap materials and process them into efficient solar cells using scalable methods and environmentally friendly liquids,” van Embden told Phys.org.As the researchers explain in their paper, the eventual uptake of solution-processed solar cells by the renewable energy market hinges upon both the ability to synthesize the required semiconductor ‘ink’ dispersions using scalable, low-cost methods, as well as the processing of these inks into devices using simple, benign chemistry. The new nanocrystal-based solar cells tackle both these challenges. Furthermore, the light-absorbing layer of these cells is made of nanocrystals composed of the inexpensive, earth-abundant materials copper, zinc, tin and sulfur. The researchers made the “solar ink” by modifying the nanocrystal surface chemistry to impart a high polarity. This high polarity was achieved by sticking specialized organic molecules called ligands onto the nanocrystal surface. The nanocrystal inks were then deposited onto conductive glass substrates and treated with selenium vapor using a process called selenization. This process transforms the nanocrystalline film into a microcrystalline film, which greatly enhances the films response to light. However, the degree of grain growth induced by this selenization process is currently limited. The researchers expect that this limitation is the most significant challenge facing nanocrystal-based solar cells.The future direction of this research lies in pushing toward higher device efficiencies by tailoring the nanocrystal ink composition. The polar inks enable beneficial dopants and growth-promoting additives to be included. This development opens the door to complex ink formulations that are expected to be suitable for printing next-generation solar cells.”We are in the process of developing multi-component nanocrystal inks, which contain various additives, each with its own role to play in improving the final solar cell’s efficiency,” van Embden said. Breakthrough advances nanomaterials for printable solar cells Fabrication of a CZTSSe solar cell using a scalable polar nanocrystal ink. Credit: van Embden, et al. ©2014 American Chemical Society © 2014 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.
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