Google Internet Stats Introduced

first_img Google launches search tool ‘Google Squared’ Citation: Google Internet Stats Introduced (2009, September 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-09-google-internet-stats.html Google Internet Stats Introduced Explore further Google Internet Stats gathers its information from a range of International third party sources to present twitter-like entries covering the areas of Consumer Trends, Macro-Economic Trends, Media Consumption and Landscape, and Technology. Each area is broken down into sub-categories. You can locate data by drilling down through the links, or by using the search engine.Using Google Internet Stats you can find all kinds of snippets of statistics such as: 57% of young people watched a YouTube music video in the last year; 1.6 billion people, or 24% of global population, are now online; over a quarter of Internet users surveyed in six countries in 2008 said most of the time they watch TV at the same time as being on the Internet; and iTunes has sold over six billion songs.Google gathers the information from an impressive list of sources, including research companies like Nielsen and Comscore, and publications such as The Economist and the Wall Street Journal, but at present the depth of the data is not impressive, and little of it is dated later than June 2009.While many of the sources it uses have a global presence, the statistics center is hosted on Google’s UK domain, and there is a definite slant towards the UK and Europe, but the database does include global data as well. The site is new and the statistics database is growing rapidly. You can even submit your own statistics provided you can supply links to support them. The Internet Stat Center quietly appeared at the following: link, and it is not yet clear whether Google intends to release similar statistics centers on other regional domains. At its present state of development it is little more than a curiosity, but it may grow to become interesting and useful.© 2009 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — Google has quietly introduced a Google Internet Stats website, which presents snippets of statistics and insights for a number of focus areas, and allows you to search within the statistics for specific areas of interest. If you’re looking for quick facts, this website could eventually become the favorite place to check out first. 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

Intel flirts with exascale leap in supercomputing

first_img(Phys.org) — If exascale range is the next destination post in high-performance computing then Intel has a safe ticket to ride. Intel says its new Xeon Phi line of chips is an early stepping stone toward exascale. Intel on Monday announced its high performance chip family as Xeon Phi at the International Supercomputing conference in Hamburg, Germany. Xeon Phi is now the brand name for future Intel’s Many Integrated Core (MIC) architecture-based products. The announcement was obviously made at the right venue. The ISC is a key gathering for high-performance computing, networking and storage experts. Citation: Intel flirts with exascale leap in supercomputing (2012, June 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-06-intel-flirts-exascale-supercomputing.html © 2012 Phys.Org www.intel.com/content/www/us/e … ver-reliability.htmlwww.intel.com/newsroom/kits/is … 012-Presentation.pdf Explore further Intel Unveils New Product Plans for High-Performance Computing More information: Intel chips are used in the majority of the 500 fastest supercomputers. The Xeon processor is found in 70 percent of these top 500.The Xeon Phi is intended as a Xeon complement, optimized for highly parallel supercomputing. Xeon Phi works as a co-processor alongside a server CPU to accelerate workloads. The coprocessor will be compatible with x86 programming models, running as an HPC-optimized, highly parallel, separate compute node with its own Linux-based operating system, independent of the operating system of the host. The Phi technology is to enable both high performance and energy efficiency when processing highly parallel applications. The first Xeon Phi chip, codenamed Knights Corner, will be out at the end of this year. Knights Corner will have more than 50 cores and will deliver four or five gigaflops per watt. It will use 22 nanometer silicon and Intel’s 3-D TriGate Transistors. The architecture is ready for cluster-based experimental deployments.To reach exascale requires 40 to 50 gigaflops of performance-per-watt. The first Phi chip would deliver about four to five gigaflops per watt, according to Intel’s John Hengeveld, director of marketing for high-performance computing. Intel is working with other technology companies to support the new chip family. Intel has commitments from a number of computer partners, say reports, to make use of the Xeon Phi in their roadmaps. In its press announcement, Intel noted that its acquisition of Infiniband and interconnect assets from QLogic and Cray further present areas for Intel to innovate in delivering future scalable exascale-class platforms. Supercomputers can harness the parallel-processing capabilities of graphics processors and chips like Phi to carry out complex calculations in scientific and math research. The task of building specialized chips that can execute more calculations per second while keeping power consumption in check, though, is not trivial. Intel is targeting no sooner than 2018 as the year it reaches “exascale performance.” 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

Juiced roads Volvo explores electric power for trucks buses

first_img(Phys.org) —How are engineers doing in solving the problem of large-sized all electric transport vehicles traveling long distances without the burden of large batteries? One workaround that has been the topic of much discussion is the use of power lines that are built into the surface of the road. The Volvo Group has issued its state of progress and says it has come a long way in its research but that there’s still work and planning decisions ahead. The goal is to find a cost-efficient way to supply electricity to vehicles in long-distance traffic. Work continues on technical development of the collector, electric motor and control systems, not to mention issues of road construction, road maintenance, electricity supply along the roads and payment models. Translation: You won’t see long-distance buses using this method any time soon. Citation: Juiced roads: Volvo explores electric power for trucks, buses (2013, June 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-06-juiced-roads-volvo-explores-electric.html More information: via Volvo Explore further The Volvo Group nonetheless cannot stop its research momentum for a sustainable transport solution to a problem of a long distance vehicle obtaining its energy supply while on the road.A plug-in bus equipped with battery is all well and good if it can be charged quickly when the buses are at bus stops but that is not the scenario for long-distance hauls where stops are not frequent. To cope with the task, say experts, they would need so many batteries that there would be no room for any passengers. The Volvo Group is engaged in a Swedish research project to find solutions for this, with the support of the Swedish Energy Agency. The project includes the Swedish Transport Administration, Vattenfall, several universities, vehicle manufacturers and suppliers.They are working on a method where power is continuously supplied to the vehicle from an external source—in the form of power lines built into the surface of the road. Along with a power and transport firm, Alstom, the company built a 400 meter-long track at a facility in Hällered near Gothenburg. They are testing a special collector fitted to a truck. The collector draws power from the rails installed into the road surface.Specifically, two power lines are built into the surface of the road along the entire length of the road. The power line is designed in sections; live current is delivered to a collector under or at the rear of the truck if an appropriate signal is detected.According to Richard Sebestyen, project manager at Volvo Group Trucks Technology, the electricity flows into a water-cooled heating element, with similar power requirement as an electricity-driven truck.center_img © 2013 Phys.org New bus system tops off batteries in just 15 seconds 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

Astronomers discover new substellar companion using microlensing

first_img © 2017 Phys.org Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Based on the gravitational lens effect, the microlensing method is mainly used to detect planetary and stellar-mass objects regardless of the light they emit. This technique is therefore sensitive to the mass of the objects, rather than their luminosity, which allows astronomers to study objects that emit little or no light at all.The discovery of the microlensing event MOA-2012-BLG-006 was announced by the Microlensing Observations in Astrophysics (MOA) group on February 9, 2012. A few days later, the event was also detected by the Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment (OGLE) and designated OGLE-2012-BLG-0022. Further observations of this event revealed the signal indicating the presence of a binary system, which was labeled MOA-2012-BLG-006L or OGLE-2012-BLG-0022L.The latest analysis of the available observational data of MOA-2012-BLG-006L provided by the 1.3m telescope at Las Campanas Observatory in Chile, the 1.8m telescope at Mt. John Observatory in New Zealand and the Keck-II telescope in Hawaii gives more hints on the properties of the system’s components. A team of researchers led by Radosław Poleski of the Warsaw University Observatory in Poland has recently presented new results indicating that the substellar companion in MOA-2012-BLG-006L is a massive giant planet or a brown dwarf.”We present the discovery of a substellar companion to the primary host lens in the microlensing event MOA-2012-BLG-006,” the scientists wrote in the paper.According to the study, the substellar companion, designated MOA-2012-BLG-006Lb, is an object about 8.4 times more massive than Jupiter, while its host has approximately half the mass of the sun. The system’s mass ratio is above 0.01, while the projected separation is about 10.2 AU.Although the mass of MOA-2012-BLG-006Lb is most likely below 10 Jupiter masses, the researchers do not exclude the possibility that it could be more massive, reaching up to 13 Jupiter masses. This depends on the exact mass of the primary star. This is the commonly assumed lower mass limit of a brown dwarf; therefore, the object could be a low-mass brown dwarf, as well.”We presented a discovery of MOA-2012-BLG-006Lb – an object a few times more massive than Jupiter, which can be classified based on its mass either as a planet (most probable scenario) or a brown dwarf (if its mass is at the high end of the derived distribution). (…) The mass ratio is above 0.01, i.e., higher than typical mass ratio of a protoplanetary disc to the parent star. Hence, the lower mass object could have formed independently, and thus resembles brown dwarfs even if its mass is smaller than the commonly assumed boundary of 13 MJ,” the paper reads.The researchers concluded that their discovery could help to understand the mechanisms responsible for the formation of such objects as MOA-2012-BLG-006Lb, as they seem to operate similarly in the immediate solar neighborhood and in more distant parts of the Milky Way galaxy where only the microlensing method is able to detect them. Citation: Astronomers discover new substellar companion using microlensing (2017, April 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-04-astronomers-substellar-companion-microlensing.html Low-mass companion found inside debris disc of a nearby star (Phys.org)—Using a gravitational microlensing technique, astronomers have detected a substellar companion of a host star in the system designated MOA-2012-BLG-006L. The new object is assumed to be a high-mass giant planet or a low-mass brown dwarf. The findings were presented in a paper published April 4 on the arXiv pre-print server. More information: A companion on the planet/brown dwarf mass boundary on a wide orbit discovered by gravitational microlensing, arXiv:1704.01121 [astro-ph.EP] arxiv.org/abs/1704.01121AbstractWe present the discovery of a substellar companion to the primary host lens in the microlensing event MOA-2012-BLG-006. The companion-to-host mass ratio is 0.016, corresponding to a companion mass of ≈8 MJup(M∗/0.5M⊙). Thus, the companion is either a high-mass giant planet or a low-mass brown dwarf, depending on the mass of the primary M∗. The companion signal was separated from the peak of the primary event by a time that was as much as four times longer than the event timescale. We therefore infer a relatively large projected separation of the companion from its host of ≈10 a.u.(M∗/0.5M⊙)1/2 for a wide range (3-7 kpc) of host star distances from the Earth. We also challenge a previous claim of a planetary companion to the lens star in microlensing event OGLE-2002-BLG-045. Keck AO image of the MOA-2012-BLG-006 event. The cross marks the expected position. Credit: Poleski et al., 2017.last_img read more

Brightest fast radio burst yet recorded at Parkes in Australia

first_img Citation: Brightest fast radio burst yet recorded at Parkes in Australia (2018, March 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-brightest-fast-radio-australia.html Explore further FRBs are millisecond bursts of radio waves that originate from unknown parts of space. The first known recorded event occurred in 2001, but it was not until 2007 that researchers noticed and verified it. Since that time, 32 more have been recorded, and all, save one, were one-time occurrences—the lone exception was found to repeat, and because of that, researchers were able to trace it back to an originating galaxy. The rest, unfortunately, remain a mystery, though most in the field suspect they are generated by cataclysmic events involving black holes or neutron stars.The record-breaking FRB came during a brief period in which three were recorded—all by the team at Parks—an earlier one occurred on March 1 and a later one on March 11. The team describes recording three FRBs in one month as quite “quite unusual,” because they are normally very difficult to record due to their unpredictability—no one knows when or in which part of the sky one will occur. But that might change, as experts have suggested that FRBs likely occur every day, but are unnoticed because we do not have a telescope pointing at the target.Because of the limited number of recordings, space researchers know very little about them, though clues suggest some insight into their origin. For one thing, they all have a sweep in frequency, which suggests that they come from very far away—many billions of light years. That we are able to detect them after they traveled so far also reveals something else—the source must be incredibly bright, which hints at neutron stars or black holes experiencing some truly huge events.Most in the field expect many more sightings in the coming years as more teams try in earnest to record them. There is also optimism regarding their nature—many suspect that most if not all of them repeat—it is just a matter of being patient enough to wait for the next event from the same source. Latest fast radio burst adds to mystery of their source 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.center_img © 2018 Phys.org The Parkes observatory. Credit: Daniel John Reardon/CC BY-SA 4.0 A team of researchers at the Parkes Observatory in NSW Australia has reported recording the brightest fast radio burst (FRB) yet on March 9 of this year. They describe it as having a high signal-to-noise ratio with an “orientation not very favorable for a detection of any gamma ray transient with INTEGRAL all-sky detectors.”last_img read more

Another Nevada County Warns Storm Area 5

first_imgAnother Nevada County Warns ‘Storm Area 51’… John Locher by NPR News Richard Gonzales 8.29.19 11:13pm No one really knows how many people will travel to rural Nevada next month for the “Storm Area 51” event seeking to learn, well, something about the U.S. government’s alleged handling of UFOs and extraterrestial beings in the remote desert test area.But leaders of a second Nevada county say that while there might seem to be plenty of space for thousands, perhaps millions, of visiting UFO hunters in the region, there is really no room for them — nor food, nor water, not even toilets.The commissioners of Nye County voted unanimously to declare a preemptive state of emergency to prepare for expected influx of visitors for “Storm Area 51″ events in nearby Lincoln County.”Be prepared not to have cell service, not to have internet,” said Commission Chairman Jon Koenig, since local cell phone towers are not equipped to handle such a heavy call volume.”There will probably be no water available, there will probably be no ice available because everything is going to sell out,” he added. “There will probably be no gas left in the gas station, no food, nowhere to go potty. If you’re coming, be prepared because it’s probably not going to be nice.”Local law enforcement is worried about gridlocked traffic and whether emergency responders will be able to do their jobs.Nye Sheriff Capt. David Boruchowitz said people should not come.Leaders of neighboring Lincoln County temporarily approved a similar emergency declaration last week, citing the same concerns about their community’s ability to host thousands of visitors. The county has approved two events in tiny towns of Hiko and Rachel for Sept. 20-22.In the town of Alamo, about 90 miles north of Las Vegas, along U.S. Route 93, local business owners are preparing for the onslaught of visitors and the traffic.”It’s going to crash these whole towns. It’s going to kill us,” said Pam Broxson, a local inn owner. “It’s going to devastate us, but I’m prepared as we can possibly get.”Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR.last_img read more

Celebrating femininity through performing arts

first_imgAt a time when public outrage had spilled over to the roads across the country following the gang-rape in Delhi last December, miles away in Israel Shaked Dagan was busy scouting for women to be part of a multicultural group to represent freedom and femininity through the performing arts. It was a fallout of the incident that set off ripples globally.‘This news from India represented an extremely sad and disturbing reality of violence towards women. I have been to India before as a traveller and share a beautiful relationship with the people and the country,’ said the 26-year-old choreographer and dancer. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘Sitting there miles away, I was helpless. But being a woman how could I just sit and discuss it with friends and then forget the issue entirely? I decided to bring together the medium of performing arts and women from different countries to express our strength and weakness through this performance,’ she added.Encapsulating her aim and vision in a small video, Dagan uploaded it on YouTube and received an overwhelming response from various countries to be a part of the ‘Kindling’ project. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIt has brought together seven women from different nationalities, the US, Israel, Canada, Denmark and Poland, including Dagan, and encapsulated the vast spectrum of their varied backgrounds – music, dance, video and art into a musical performance that will be staged at Epicentre Mall and the India Habitat Centre on weekend.The multicultural performance isn’t about preaching to anyone, Dagan insists, adding they have used techniques like silence, monologues and dance to allow the audience to interpret the performance in the manner they want to. ‘Awareness is more about being open to accepting different behaviour and not being restricted to define the role of a woman. We are trying to portray different aspects of femininity and show it from a different perspective,’ Dagan explained.‘We didn’t want to teach, be provocative or harsh… we just wanted to show what we have,’ she added, saying the performance has already been well-received in Kolkata and Imphal.One can’t miss the Indian influence in the performance, probably because the two months spent in the serene and quaint Challa village in Himachal Pradesh gave them enough time to interact with local women.‘We observed the role of women in the village and it was quite inspiring. Their role is very different. They are extremely strong women and are responsible for holding the entire village together. We tried to connect to them,’ said Biirgitte Lundtoft, a dancer from Denmark.This apart, a week-long class on the basics of the Kathak dance and singing allowed them to broaden their spectrum and incorporate a few elements in their performance. During the performance, these closed observations have been interspersed in different ways to portray strength and weakness, at the same time.last_img read more

The face beneath the mask

first_imgHe is an artist by soul, having more than 40 years of experience in the field using different mediums, he has also designed several Festivals in India and abroad.The Capital will soon witness his next exhibition titled, The Mask journey continues… The mask is a projection of our serene outer self as it disguises the suffering of the inner soul. At one end masks symbolises the face of falsehood, at another they give us an all new identity – a new face. The artiste believes we often wish to have a power that not just allows us to read someone’s mind but also our own at times, to see who lives behind that face. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Elaborating  the theme he says, ‘Masks can project our tumultuous state of mind and hide those inner feelings. Mask can shield us from danger or can suggest danger to others. They can be part of our assumption of what we would like to be, or of what we fear we may become.’ In his works every individual mask is reflective of how we perceive ourselves, how we want others to perceive us, and how we perceive those around us. Basically, leading a simple life, devoid of any dual-faced identity is not so tough but then how to convince the mind, which keeps throwing up wild thoughts and worries to complicate things or rather life further.When: 18 January, 11 amWhere: M.F Hussain Art Gallerylast_img read more

SBI Foundation helps RKM set up 201 toilets at Belur Math

first_imgKolkata: Rajnish Kumar, Chairman of SBI inaugurated ‘Swachh Belur Math’ project on Friday. Swami Suvirananda, General Secretary of Ramakrishna Math & Mission was present at the function. Under the Swachh Bharat Mission, SBI Foundation supported Ramkrishna Mission to construct 201 toilets at Belur Math that will serve 13 lakh visitors each year.To provide sanitation facilities to visitors at Belur Math, that witnesses thousands of pilgrims a day, SBI Foundation contributed Rs. 1.67 crore to this project. Partha Pratim Sengupta, CGM of Kolkata Circle, Shri Mahendra Kumar Rekhi, MD of SBI Foundation and other monks of the Ramakrishna Order and functionaries of the Bank were present at the inauguration event. It may be mentioned that after the Belur Math was constructed, Swami Vivekananda used to clean the toilets along with his brother monks. Swamiji was very particular about clean toilets and drinking water. On special occasions, the footfall of visitors at Belur Math is over lakhs. But, despite such huge gatherings, the visitors do not throw plastic cups. Soiled papers are on the road because of vigil by the monks and volunteers. Cleanliness is the biggest USP of the Ramakrishna Mission and Math centres. Thousands of foreigners visit Belur Math every year and are attracted by the serene environment.last_img read more

Benaras through Ghalibs eyes

first_imgBenaras, the religious capital of the country is considered to be the beating heart of the Hindu universe. It serves as a pathway towards liberation from the endless cycle of rebirth. This blindingly colourful and rigidly chaotic city has inspired great artists for generations. One of them was Mirza Ghalib. In the 19th century, Ghalib traveled to Benaras and mesmerised by its beauty he penned an ode to the ancient city, describing it as a beautiful lady draped in the warm glow of a rising sun. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Keeping the emotion alive, Lalit Arpan festival began with the same ode. The video, in the beginning showed late Urdu poet Ali Sardar Jafri reciting Galib’s ode in Hindi. The Kathak guru, Shovana Narayan, face of the show, described it as something that she fell in love with instantly.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixUnion Minister Ram Vilas Paswan was also present in the audience. Unlike recorded episodes, theatre demands discipline and there is little room for error. By utilising basic instruments and by coordinating every step, theatre promises to take the audience back to the glory days.  The dance ballet beautifully captured Ghalib’s love affair with Benaras.Apart from the powerful kathak performance by Narayana and her troop, music by Pandit Jwala Prasad was the highlight of the show. Dance recital followed by a santoor recital by Prasad and the added beats by Pandit Ram Kumar Mishra on the tabla, embellished the show and brought back the golden era of Urdu poetry.last_img read more