Experts at international convention predict a safer future with selfdriving cars

first_imgMONTREAL – Experts attending an international convention on intelligent transport systems say the increasingly interconnected world is good news for motorists.Claude Arpin, a Bell Mobility product specialist, says it all comes down to providing access to real-time information.He cites as one example putting data on a car’s dashboard to allow a motorist to find a parking spot without having to drive all around the city.“Information is really going to be the key,” he said in an interview Wednesday, pointing to Montreal as an example of a smart city.“Montreal did something fantastic two years ago when they equipped their snowplows so the citizens can actually know when the plow is going to be on their roads. You’re getting information before your car is towed.”Arpin said that with the move toward self-driving vehicles, carmakers are asking mobile service providers what services and content can be provided inside their vehicles.“We’re talking about the future here,” he said at the Intelligent Transportation Systems World Congress.“If you’re not driving the car, you might as well read a book, watch a movie, do a video conference or even some office work.”Joanna Hazelden, a policy adviser with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, sees a number of benefits to autonomous vehicles.“Primarily it’s taking the human driver out of the equation,” she said in an interview at the convention.” Right now, humans cause the majority of accidents on roads, so take them out.“Machines will eventually be better drivers.”She added that autonomous vehicles will be a boon for people who have limited mobility.Hazelden said seven companies have already been testing their automated technology on the open roads of Ontario.“We’re the first and only province that allows autonomous vehicle testing,” she said.But if the experts are to be believed, don’t expect self-driving cars to take over anytime soon.Hazelden said it is going to happen, but only after a gradual process.The first step will be under certain conditions, including good weather conditions and driving at lower speeds.“So at first, you’ll be able to take control of the vehicle at any time,” she said.But eventually self-driving vehicles will be able to manage all types of conditions and do all the getting around.“There are debates as when exactly we all will be able to take our hands off the wheel and not drive,” she said. “It’s down the road.”In the meantime, one company that supplies traffic barrels to construction companies uses technology to try to make congestion problems less stressful.James Delamere, the president of Stinson-Owl Lite, a traffic management firm, says some of the big orange barrels also have traffic sensors inside them, which measure vehicle volume and speeds.“From that we can use analytics to send a message down to a sign on the side of the road that will tell the driver how long it will take to get downtown or some other point in between,” he said.“It’s all about giving the public information to reduce their level of frustration so they can understand what’s happening ahead.”Delamere said the average person sitting in his or her car doesn’t realize what’s going on behind the scenes.“We’re trying to make it better for everybody and the internet of things (and) cellular technology is really accelerating our ability to manage traffic,” he said.last_img read more

Police lay two firstdegree murder charges in 1991 missing persons case

first_imgA police social media campaign launched to generate leads on cold cases in central Ontario bore fruit this week as a man was charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of two men who vanished in 1991, investigators said Wednesday.Ontario Provincial Police and the Barrie Police Service said Michael Guido Gerald Claes, of Elmvale, Ont., was charged Monday in the deaths of Grant Ayerst and Norman Whalley, and remains in custody.The two men, aged 21 and 36 respectively, were last seen leaving a hotel in Toronto on Sept. 11, 1991. Their remains have not been found.Police did not specify exactly what evidence led to the arrest of 49-year-old Claes, who they said grew up in Barrie, Ont., and was known to them for several years.But Det.-Insp. Gilles Depratto, the major case manager on the file, said in an interview that police wouldn’t have been able to make an arrest without information gleaned from the public in the wake of the social media campaign launched last year.“We can’t say specifically if one tip helped us come to the successful resolution, but we can say there was a lot of discussion in the public and there was a lot of people who provided us information,” he said.While the case is before the courts and there’s a long road ahead — complicated by the fact that the bodies of Ayerst and Whalley have not been found — Depratto said he’s confident the case will come to a successful conclusion.He noted that it was satisfying to be able to tell the families of Ayerst and Whalley that investigators believe they’ve arrested the alleged killer.“It’s the most important thing, because what we work for in homicides is to be able to bring some resolution in the family,” Depratto said.“They didn’t want to be disappointed again,” he added. “That was one main thing, that they’ve seen the investigation move forward at different times in the last 26 years, and they didn’t want to be disappointed.”The Ayerst family issued a written statement that thanked police for their efforts.“Early on in this tragedy we chose not to let the events surrounding Grant’s disappearance destroy our lives,” the family said. “Instead we chose to keep the good memories alive, hope to move us forward and always anticipated the day we would have some resolution to this tragedy which disrupted our lives over 26 years ago.”“Patience, karma and hope have paid off,” the family added.The disappearances of Ayerst and Whalley were among four cold cases profiled by the provincial and Barrie police forces last year as part of a project called the Simcoe County Case Files, prompting renewed interest and offering hope to the families of the alleged victims.As part of the project, police created a Facebook page where they profiled the cases in episodic videos that have now been viewed hundreds of thousands of times.They also wrapped a cube van with case information to direct viewers to the Facebook page and encourage tips. The van was strategically parked in various locations throughout the Greater Simcoe County area.The series of videos explains that Ayerst and Whalley arrived in Ontario from British Columbia in September 1991 “to carry out an illicit drug transaction,” and were never heard from again.The other cases part of the project included 17-year-old Cindy Halliday of Waverly, Ont., who was last seen hitchhiking near Midhurst, Ont., in 1992. Her remains were discovered months later, and questions still swirl around what happened to her.April Dobson, 40, was sitting on a friend’s porch in 2005 when she was shot to death, and the body of 30-year-old Jaimee Lee Miller was found in a wooded area in March 2016, five months after she was last seen.All of the cases included in the project are believed to be homicides.last_img read more

Huawei pleads not guilty to trade secrets charges in Seattle

SEATTLE — The Chinese tech giant Huawei has pleaded not guilty to U.S. charges that it stole trade secrets from T-Mobile.A company representative entered the pleas Thursday in federal court in Seattle, where a 10-count indictment was unsealed in January. Charges include conspiracy to steal trade secrets, attempted theft of trade secrets, wire fraud and obstruction of justice.Prosecutors say Huawei stole the technology behind a robotic device that Bellevue, Washington-based T-Mobile used to test smartphones.Huawei has also been charged in New York with bank fraud and sanctions violations.The allegations feature in a major trade dispute between the world’s two largest economies.The U.S. has accused China of using predatory tactics to turn Chinese companies into leaders in tech fields such as robotics and electric vehicles.The Associated Press read more

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Brock photographers snap up art show awards

Two Brock photographers were recently honoured for their ability to capture compelling imagery.Visual Arts student Denise Apostolatos and Administrative Assistant Danny Custodio, from the Rodman Hall Art Centre, both won awards at RMG Exposed: Out of this World, the Robert McLaughlin Gallery art show and charity auction held Nov. 25.Oil and Vinegar by Visual Arts student Denise Apostolatos, received first place in the youth category at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery Exposed: Out of this World annual photography show and auction.Apostolatos’ work, Oil and Vinegar, won first place in the youth category from a shortlist of 40 works from across North America.She says it was “truly an honour” to be named the winner of the youth category, and to receive two consecutive acceptances to participate in RMG Exposed.“As an undergraduate student, these opportunities are unique in that they provide a professional outlet to gain recognition and network in a larger context,” she says.Apostolatos credits the artistic and professional guidance she receives in the Visual Arts program for fostering her development as a creative professional.“As an undergraduate artist, it is important to see her work outside of the classroom and in the professional art community,” says Visual Arts Professor and Department Chair Donna Szoke. “We are thrilled to see Denise’s work being celebrated.”The award is also a means to recognize the “talent being produced here in Niagara in our Visual Arts program at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts,” she says.Rodman Hall’s Danny Custodio took first place in the Conceptual/Non-Representational category at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery’s Exposed: Out of this World annual photography show and auction. He is pictured with award sponsor Mason Bennett of Johncox professional Corporation.Custodio received the Conceptual/Non-Representational Prize for his image Tar, which explores themes of blue-collar labour.“Tar is a commonly used substance in roofing, the profession my father worked for 45 years,” says Custodio, who collaborated with his father to create compositions exploring tar’s organic forms and textures.RMG Exposed: Out of this World brings together artists, collectors and curators to celebrate digital photography and support free arts programming for kids and families. The event, now in its eighth year, includes both live and silent auctions of images carefully selected from 466 submissions.The event is designed to recognize contemporary photographers and draws artist submissions from across Canada and the United States.The Robert McLaughlin Gallery is a public art museum in Oshawa and features a collection of over 4,500 works including Canadian contemporary art and photography.To view this year’s images, visit the RMG Exposed website. read more

Hungary beats France in Dunkerque

← Previous Story Uros Zorman in Vive Targi Kielce until 2016! Next Story → Men’s U18 ECh: Germany wins gold! After Tunisia and Serbia, Hungary beats France 23:22 (14:11) in the third friendly match before the start of the Olympic Games in London. Nagy and friends showed real strength in the clash with current Olympic champion.FRANCE – HUNGARY 22-23 (14-11)FRANCE: Omeyer (33/11, 33 %), Karaboué (1/0, 0 %) (), Abalo 1, Accambray, Barachet 2, Dinart, Fernandez 1, B. Gille 1, G. Gille, Guigou 2 (1), Honrubia 1, Joli 3 (1), Karabatic 4, Mahe, Narcisse 5, Nyokas, Sorhaindo 2.HUNGARY: Fazekas (36/14, 39 %), Mikler (1/1, 100 %) (), Császár 7 (4), Gulyás 2, Harsányi 2, Ilyés, Iváncsik G. 1, Laluska, Lékai 1, Mocsai T. 1, Nagy L. 3, Pérez 2, Schuch, Vadkerti 2, Zubai 2. DunkerqueFrance handballHungary handballOlympics handball read more

Gardaí investigate after woman physically pulled out of car during hijacking in

first_img Share259 Tweet Email1 By Elaine Keogh 31,200 Views Short URL GARDAÍ IN CO Meath are investigating a car hijacking during which a female driver was pulled out of her vehicle this morning.The incident happened at 5.40 am when the driver, in a 09 CE registered silver-coloured Renault Megane, pulled in at Moyfenrath, Enfield as she was waiting for a lift.A garda spokesperson said the motorist, “was suddenly confronted by two men”.“She was physically pulled out of the car and the two men got in and drove the car away in the direction of Kilcock. Gardaí investigate after woman ‘physically pulled out of car’ during hijacking in Meath this morning A garda spokesperson said the motorist, “was suddenly confronted by two men”. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Wednesday 6 Mar 2019, 11:48 AMcenter_img Image: Niall Carson/PA 11 Comments Mar 6th 2019, 11:48 AM Image: Niall Carson/PA Gardaí are investigating reports that the two men had been walking on the ring road and on the Main Street at Enfield for some time prior to the incident.Gardaí are appealing to any witness to contact them.In particular they are appealing to anybody who was driving in the area this morning and who may have dashcam footage capturing the incident or two men walking in the area, to contact Trim Garda Station on 046-9481540.last_img read more

Javier Hernandez staying at West Ham says Pellegrini

first_imgJavier Hernandez has been assured that he remains a vital part of West Ham United for next season, says new manager Manuel PellegriniAfter a stellar spell in the Bundesliga with Bayer Leverkusen, Hernandez made a return to the Premier League last summer with West Ham in a reported £16m deal.However, what promised to an exciting partnership instead turned sour with Hernandez being close to leaving the Hammers in the winter transfer window after the appointment of his former Manchester United coach David Moyes.After ending his first season at West Ham with a return of eight goals in 28 Premier League games (12 of those coming off the bench), Hernandez’s future at the London club appeared to be set in stone following the arrival of Pellegrini.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…But, while the Chilean continues to add some big-name signings this summer, he has now assured Hernandez that he is a part of his plans for next season.“I spoke with Javier before he played the World Cup, when I signed here,” revealed Pellegrini, according to Kumb.“I told him that he would be a very important player here with me.”Hernandez impressed at the World Cup this summer for Mexico and managed to score the one goal and add an assist as El Tri impressively reached the knockout stages of the competition.last_img read more

PDM sends Commissioner another message Bring GT Police Officers back

first_img Increased Police presence promised, TCI Police Commissioner statement on recent shootings Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 14 Jan 2016 – The PDM Leader is calling on the Police Commissioner to send the re-stationed officers back to Grand Turk. In a media statement today, Hon Sharlene Robinson said the Party has written to the Commissioner James Smith stating once again that it was a bad move to take police from the Capital and place them in Provo. “We are calling on the Commissioner of Police to reverse his decision to lower the numbers in Grand Turk. While we appreciate the need for Police presence in Providenciales, we still see this move as one that will cause a breakdown in policing efforts in Grand Turk and a reduction in the level of service the community requires and deserves.” Robinson explained that the PDM is aware of as many as eight police being re-deployed to Providenciales late 2015. In that second letter from the PDM, the Commissioner was reportedly told that this depletion of the Grand Turk police manpower is not good because, one, ‘too small a staff lends only to a 3 shift system,’ two, Police Officers will be overworked having to work longer hours and under greater strain with smaller man shifts,’ three: the move ‘weakens Police Patrol and street presence and that ‘Grand Turk sees more tourists than all other Islands combined.’ A suggested remedy by the PDM Party to cope with the need for more police officers was to activate the concept of District Constables, reopen the Training School and for a more comprehensive Policing Plan to be presented to the people of the country. Related Items:commissioner of Police, james smith, Pdm, sharlene robinson TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s whylast_img read more

Man dressed like a ninja tries to rob Vancouver bar

first_imgA man whom witnesses said was dressed “like a ninja” attempted to rob a bar in the Minnehaha neighborhood just before midnight Wednesday, Vancouver Police Department Spokeswoman Kim Kapp said. A bartender at Jake’s Bar & Grill, 4602 N.E. St. Johns Road, called police at 11:50 p.m. Wednesday to report that a man holding an expandable baton walked into the bar and requested money from the register, Kapp said. When the bartender explained there was no money in the till, the man left on foot, she said. Kapp said the man didn’t threaten anyone with the baton and no one was injured. Police used a canine to search the area, but did not find the suspect.The man was described as six-feet tall, in his late 20s or early 30s and wearing all black, with a thin black cloth over his face with cut-out eye holes.last_img read more

Institute of Chartered Accountants agrees £30 million pension buyin

first_imgThe Institute of Chartered Accountants has agreed a medically underwritten buy-in transaction for its £200 million pension scheme.The £30 million transaction with Partnership was completed in November. The organisation’s Staff Pensions Fund is one of the few UK pension schemes to have completed two medically underwritten buy-ins, after completing a medically underwritten buy-in at the start of 2014.Hymans Robertson, with Club Vita, was the lead adviser on both transactions and Eversheds served as the legal adviser.Andrew Evans, chair of the Financial Conduct Authority and trustee of The Institute of Chartered Accountants Staff Pensions Fund, said: “The trustee is delighted to have taken another important step to materially reduce risk for its members.“This has enabled us to insure a large proportion of our pensioner liabilities at a particularly attractive price; a great outcome for everyone associated with the fund.”last_img read more

Ft Benning Columbus Prepare for Loss of Brigade Combat Team

first_imgSeveral battalions from the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team are preparing to depart from Fort Benning over the next four months as the Army trims its active-duty end strength from 490,000 to 450,000 soldiers by the end of fiscal 2018.Fort Benning had been slated to lose 3,400 personnel under the Army’s latest round of restructuring, but the Columbus, Ga., post now is expected to lose only 2,200 to 2,300 soldiers due to normal attrition and the Army’s decision not to staff another battalion that it planned to activate, reported the Ledger-Enquirer. The remaining personnel from the brigade combat team will be part of a new infantry battalion task force at the installation.“The majority of the soldiers that we have will be departing and moving on to other military posts,” said Col. Michael Simmering, commander of the 3rd Brigade. “They’ll be continuing their military careers. We do have, I’m guessing, about 400 or so that will [separate from the service] just out of a result of normal attrition from the Army. But there’s not a big push of shoving soldiers out of the Army. That’s a misconception by a lot of people,” Simmering said.For the Columbus region, the impact will amount to a loss of about 6,600 residents, when family members are included. Their departure will translate into the loss of $130 million in local sales, estimates the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce.Over the Army’s two rounds of restructuring this decade, the region has fared relatively well, said Gary Jones, executive vice president of military affairs for the chamber. Fort Benning has accounted for only 1.8 percent of the 120,000 soldiers the Army will have eliminated from FY 2013 to 2018.“When the Army draws down 120,000 and our part is just 2,200, we have a great success story,” Jones said. “That says, ‘OK, did we take a disproportionate lick? Did we take a light lick? Did we take a heavy lick?’ We took a very light lick because you had some places that have lost more than brigades,” Jones said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

DOD to Set Up Sexual Assault Task Force at McSallys Request

first_imgActing Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan is establishing a task force to help “eliminate sexual assault and sexual harassment in the United States military,” according to The Hill.The task force was requested this week by Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), a former Air Force squadron commander who recently announced she had been sexually assaulted in the service.“I strongly believe we cannot take responsibility away from commanders due to the unique role commanders play in culture, readiness, good order and discipline, and mission,” McSally wrote in a letter to Shanahan. “However, we cannot accept the status quo.”McSally asked to meet with the task force next week in hopes of having recommendations to include in the fiscal year 2020 defense bill. ADC AUTHORlast_img

Archaeologists discover 1500yearold church in Israel

first_imgJERUSALEM: Israeli and US researchers discovered a 1,500-year-old church of the Byzantine-era on the northern shore of Israel’s Sea of Galilee lake, as reported Wednesday by the Kinneret Academic College (KAC). The researchers, Mordechai Aviam, professor with the KAC, and Steven Notely, professor with Nyack College in New York, said the church, unearthed in the ancient village of Bethsaida, was built by the Byzantines “in honor of the apostles of Jesus Christ”, the Xinhua news agency reported. Also Read – Leading 22-year-old Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong arrested Advertise With Us Ancient church of apostles Peter and Andrew unearthed in northern Israel— CUFI UK (@CUFI_UK) July 26, 2019 So far, the southern rooms of the church have been discovered. The church had ornate mosaic floors, some of which are well preserved. A fragment of the marble chancel screen, decorated with a wreath, was found, as well as glass tessera gilded in gold that belonged to a wall mosaic. Also Read – US states declare emergency over hurricane Dorian Advertise With Us In addition, the excavators also revealed an ancient Jewish village and found 20 Ottoman silver coins and five French gold coins beneath the concrete floor of “Bek’s House” which was built in the 19th century. According to Aviam, the findings have a significant contribution to the historical and archaeological knowledge of the ancient Jewish community in the Galilee region, and of great importance to the study of Christianity.last_img read more

Global sales of Tata Motors vehicles cross 1 lakh units in September

first_imgIndian auto giant Tata Motors sold over one lakh vehicles in September globally, up five percent over the sales in September last year. Cumulative sales for the financial year were 537,187, up 12 percent over the previous fiscal.Last month, the Mumbai-based company sold 102,289 in wholesales, including the sales of Jaguar Land Rover vehicles. Shares of Tata Motors closed at Rs 562.10 on Monday on the Bombay Stock Exchange, down 0.64 percent from their previous close. “Global wholesales of all passenger vehicles in September 2016 were at 67,895 nos., higher by 7 percent, compared to September 2015. Cumulative passenger vehicle wholesales for the fiscal were 348,429 vehicles, higher by 6 percent, over FY15-16,” the company said in a statement. Global wholesales for Jaguar Land Rover were 52,914 vehicles. Jaguar’s sales for the month were 16,211 vehicles and cumulative wholesales were 78,190 vehicles. Cumulative wholesales for Jaguar Land Rover for the fiscal were 273,561 vehicles.Domestic car sales during September were robust for most of the automobile companies, barring Honda Cars India, which continues to skip the growth wave.In other news, in a bid to offset rising input costs, Tata Motors is planning to hike prices of its passenger vehicles during the upcoming festive season.”Input costs have increased and some of the industry players have already undertaken price hikes. Moreover, we have also not corrected our prices for a long time. We will hike prices of our vehicles. Currently, we are working out the details,” Mayank Pareek, president (Passenger Vehicles Business Unit) at Tata Motors said.last_img read more

Luncheon at Forest Park

first_imgForest Park Senior Center’s 34th Anniversary Celebration Luncheon will be held noon to 4 p.m., Aug. 23, at the Delta Community Center, 2501 Springhill Ave., Baltimore. The afternoon’s activities include raffles and a silent auction, vendors, dancing, gifts and card playing. All proceeds to benefit the Center.Forest Park is also sponsoring a trip to New York to see Motown: The Musical, Nov. 6. Seats are on sale for $200 until Aug. 20.For more information, call the Center at 410-466-2124.last_img

Bill Ted Save the Universe 1 is Most Excellent

first_imgStay on target Once, the San Dimas High School duo made history. Then they became history. Now Bill & Ted are back and ready to save more than just earth, they are saving the universe.Bill & Ted comics have always been a guilty pleasure of mine for a long time now. Some of you may remember Evan Dorkin’s (Milk & Cheese) Eisner award winning series from the early nineties. They left me in stitches and continue to be a hot back issue series among comic shops today. Later, Boom Studios acquired the rights to Bill & Ted and released Bill & Ted’s Most Triumphant Return by Brian Lynch and Ryan North. Shortly after writer Brian Joines and artist Bachan worked on the Wyld Stallyns returned to hell in Bill & Ted Go to Hell. Now the same creative crew are back to stir up the “bodacious” pot more than ever in Bill & Ted Save the Universe! Here is a quick synopsis from BOOM!:The Wyld Stallyns are back, and this time they’re traveling across the whole universe! Bill and Ted have been kidnapped by a bodacious alien and are handed over to…their long-lost family?!Interestingly enough, Brian Joines discussed with SyfyWire that the story line within ‘Saves the Universe’ is very close to what the “In development hell” third film to the Bill & Ted franchise was supposed to me.“In Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, the duo was tasked with creating a song to save the universe. While they never got around to that, fast forward a couple of centuries, and their music is now something galaxies fight over. In Bill & Ted Save the Universe, Bill & Ted’s music is supposed to bring peace to the cosmos, but peace doesn’t just happen overnight — there’s always resistance to anything that rattles the status quo,” said Joines. “It’s such a broad, fun, goofy tale that as long as you maintain those levels, there’s really nothing that’s off the table regarding where you take the story and the characters. They’ve already time-traveled and visited the afterlife — why NOT send them on some big intergalactic adventure next?”First I’d like to praise Bachan here for his fantastic panels in this first issue. He really does a great job with keeping a solid, realistic look to the characters, while at the same time giving them a fun animated look. Fingers pointing a bit more elongated, eyes work that is very expressive. Almost like something seen in a Tex Avery cartoon. The blending of the two work hand in hand on a book involving these two time-traveling rock stars.As for the story itself, Brian Joines does great with keeping to the early nineties lingo of yesteryear that gives Bill & Ted their charm. The story starts out just as you would imagine a B&T adventure going but then gives a bit more into their surrounds which I enjoyed. We see the effects that the two boys adventures have put on their forgotten families, especially Ted’s father, and brother Deacon. Imagine having a son or brother who is an idiot and stumbles into intergalactic stardom and is praised by millions, while you’re left to still work hard to earn a living.But let’s be real. We’re not looking for a deep sympathetic story line in a Bill & Ted comic. There is plenty of nonsense to go around. It’s just nice to see some deep context help out the silly humor.All your favorites are back like Rufus, the babes, Station, Death and so much more! This was a fun read and was nice to break up all the dark and brooding seriousness that is my backlog.Bill & Ted Save the Universe issue #1 is on sale now with issue #2 hitting stores in July. Party on reading dudes!Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. View as: One Page Slides1. 2. 3. 4. Planet of the Apes: Visionaries is Unpredictable, Stunning and WildVariant Covers to Grab This Week (8/29/18) last_img read more

Hasbros SDCCexclusive Soundwave transforms into a tablet

first_imgTapes aren’t dead, but unless Megatron wants the Decepticons to infiltrate the apartments of hipster musicians, there isn’t much of a point to Soundwave’s classic tape deck design. The Decepticon communications and intelligence officer has taken many forms since he first started spitting smaller robots out of his chest, but they’ve usually been bigger things like cars and satellites. Where’s the 21st century Soundwave who can sneak onto the desk of a military installation?No, the Japan-only Sound Label Soundwave doesn’t count. He still looks like a boom box, even if he can play MP3s.After decades, Hasbro has finally brought Soundwave completely into the information age with the SDCC-exclusive tablet version of the Transformer. Yes, Soundwave is now a tablet. An Android tablet, from the looks of his three buttons on the bottom.Tablet Soundwave is flat, because, well, he’s a tablet. His front is all black except for the control buttons on the bottom, and while you can see all the seams of his transformation, he looks like a tablet at first glance. Turning him over reveals truly amazing amounts of kibble. This is a Transformer whose alt mode only works from one angle.The transformation is a bit awkward and feels almost oragami-like because of his flatness. Most jarring is the need to fold two thin parts of his legs in half to make a limb thick enough for him to stand on. His head is also made of three flat pieces that fit together, which is really bizarre, but considering how flat he is as a tablet, there doesn’t seem to be another way he could have worked.Soundwave actually looks pretty good in robot form, with a shield, two guns (that fit together poorly into one gun), and an optional jetpack backpack thing that seems to be a callback to Laserbeak.So far tablet Soundwave is a convention exclusive, which means you’ll be spending upwards of $80 finding him on the post-con market. Hopefully Hasbro will release him into the wild as a retail Transformer, and build on the concept. How about Frenzy and Rumble as USB drives?last_img read more

dAlH2Orean An RC car that runs on aluminum soda can tabs w

first_img( — Aleix Lovet and Xavier Saluena, two researchers at the Polytechnic Institute of Catalonia, have made the world first RC car that runs entirely on soda cans. Well, to be more accurate, it runs on a combination of recycled aluminum soda can tabs and sodium hydroxide. This creates a vehicle that is completely carbon emission free and creates no planet harming waste. Citation: dAlH2Orean: An RC car that runs on aluminum soda can tabs (w/ video) (2011, April 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Cars that Run on Cow Power? The car, which have been dubbed the DAlH2Orean remote-controlled car, is a worlds first. The car uses the hydrogen power generated by a chemical reaction, when the aluminum tabs are brought together with a mixed solution of sodium hydroxide and water. After being run through a few filters, such as a silica gel to remove the moisture, and a vinegar filter to remove any lingering hydroxides, the fuel is complete. This generates hydrogen, which in turn can be used to power a hydrogen fuel cell and run the small car. 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. More information: … ress_Conference.html The car can run at a top speed of about 20 miles per hour. Its top range is roughly 40 minutes, and then it will need a refill. While this is, at this stage of research, an interesting curiosity, this research has the potential to grow into a very real world application. The research team behind the zero-emissions remote controlled car hopes to one day transition the technology to cars in the real world. The cars, which the team sees as being microcars, would also be zero-emissions and could take a small number of people where they need to go. Hopefully, they will not be RC. © 2010 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

Reliving college memories

first_imgSneaking out of the classrooms, bunking the afternoon lectures and gathering around at the college canteen to treat your taste buds, naturally brings back the smile of nostalgia. Recently, Café Knosh of The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel took me to a trip down the memory lane. The ongoing festival serves the signature dishes from some popular Delhi colleges.Though located in an obscure zone, the appetizing aroma of the food and the beautiful ambience makes Café Knosh an enticing place to reminisce the good old college days over a cutting chai. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSituated on the third floor of the hotel, the very first moment of stepping into the café gave me the feel of those typical college canteens (but of course the cafe is cleaner and classy). I would love to give a 10 on 10 to the vibrant interiors. The colourful cold drink bottles, books stalked in the shelves, a replica of the basketball court adjacent to the canteen and a bus stop dummy beautifully justifies and enhances the overall theme of the festival. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWhile I absorbed the artistic and aesthetic ambience of the café, I was served with a glass of refreshing orange juice. While I was still struggling with the thought of what to start with (which I always do), I was enlightened by one of the hotel staff (who joined me at the lunch table) that a delhite would anytime grab the bite of chole-bhature over everything else, and so I did the same. The fluffy bhaturas, which did not have even a trace of excess oil, perfectly complimented the spicy yet a bit tangy taste of chole. It was followed by the Pav-Bhaji. Since Pav-Bhaji is something that stimulates my cravings, I couldn’t resist but dig my spoon in the bowl to taste it. Against my expectations, it couldn’t excite my taste buds. But I won’t mind neglecting such a minor disappointment as Rajma Chawal, served afterwards, compensated for the Pav-bhaji. Balanced taste and well-cooked beans actually melt in the mouth. But what won my heart was kadhi-chawal. Though I am not a crazy avid kadhi lover as most of the north Indians are, the quirky taste of the soft pakodas drenched in the yummy curry, fascinated me to bits. With this, I progressed towards the south Indian platter that had masala dosa, Idli and Vada served with three different kinds of chutneys including that of coconut, tomato, and mint. The colorful and fragrant salver took my sense of smell to new heights.So, if the talks are revolving around the canteen food, how can you miss out Maggie, an all time favorite snack? I would delightfully call Café Knosh the mecca of the Maggie lovers. You will find plenty of options, from all veggie Maggie to the chicken masala Maggie, which will explore your taste buds to an explosion of zesty flavor that you have loved all your life.Here I reached the end of a wholesome meal without a dessert but a sizzling cutting chai which indeed preserved the feel of chatting-eating in the college canteen on a rainy day. After such a hearty meal I carried the memories of good food and hospitality that surely will keep prompting me to revisit a place like Café Knosh.last_img read more