Connectivity boost for SALT, SKA

first_img29 October 2010South African astronomy is set to receive a major boost, in the form of R100-million, ultra-high speed broadband link between the remote Northern Cape sites of the Southern African Large Telescope and Square Kilometre Array and the SA National Research Network backbone in Cape Town.The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has selected a Neotel/Broadband Infraco partnership to install the 10 gigabit per second fibre-optic link. The SA National Research Network (SANReN) backbone is an undertaking of the CSIR’s Meraka Institute.The ultra-high speed link will enable local and international researchers to process data from the Southern African Large Telescope and the Karoo Array Telescope in near real time, and significantly boost South Africa’s bid to host the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).SKA bid, MeerKAT telescopeAllied with eight other African countries, South Africa is competing against Australia (allied with New Zealand) to host the €1.5-billion SKA, a 3 000-dish radio imaging telescope massively more powerful than any such instrument ever built.As part of its SKA bid, South Africa is currently building the 80-dish Karoo Array Telescope, or MeerKAT, in a radio astronomy reserve near Carnarvon in the Northern Cape.The MeerKAT, due to be commissioned in 2014/15, will be a powerful scientific instrument in its own right – SKA South Africa recently announced that more than 43 000 hours of observation time had been allocated to radio astronomers from Africa and around the world to do research using the telescope.When the new high-speed link goes live in six to 10 months’ time, researchers will be able to get real-time access to data already being yielded by the MeerKAT’s precursor, the seven-dish KAT-7 demonstrator radio telescope.Southern African Large TelescopeThe Southern African Large Telescope (SALT), also situated in the remote Karoo region of the Northern Cape, at the site of the South African Astronomical Observatory in Sutherland, will likewise benefit from the new link.Inaugurated in November 2005, SALT – the largest single optical telescope in the southern hemisphere – has been hamstrung by both imaging problems and data communication issues.While SALT’s imaging problems have recently been sorted out, it still has to make do with a miserly four megabit per second Telkom line to Cape Town. The new link will put it in a different league altogether.‘Demonstrates our ability to invest’The installation of the new link will demonstrate “that South Africa can provide the bandwidth needed to fulfil the requirements of the full SKA, and will serve as a significant boost to the South African SKA bid,” Department of Science and Technology chief director Daniel Adams said this week.National Research Foundation CEO Albert van Jaarsveld said the development paved the way for international collaborators to actively make use of the facilities that will be provided by the two telescope sites.With the recent successful installation of seven dishes at the SKA site, the 10 Gbps link could not have come at a better time, he said, adding that researchers were eager to get access to the data being produced at the two sites.“The broadband link will enable not only South African but also international researchere to have near real-time access to the data,” he said. “Furthermore, the broadband link demonstrates our ability to invest heavily in scientific infrastructure in support of our desire to win the SKA bid.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Everything You Need to Know About the OxygenTec ProPanel

first_imgThe new OxygenTec ProPanel is aimed at the traveling colorist or the beginning colorist on a budget. Is it the right device for you? Let’s take a look. Top image from icoloristThe new OxyenTec ProPanel’s relatively simple interface comes with the most important features for a control surface: the triple rings and dials for controlling shadows, midtones, and highlights. These are commonplace to every single control surface out there, including Blackmagic’s premium surface, which features all the bells and whistles. At only around $800, OxygenTec’s panel is definitely a cheaper alternative to the JL Cooper Eclipse, the Avid Artist Color, the Tangent Element and even the older Tangent Wave model.The ProPanel is available now and integrates natively with DaVinci Resolve, connecting via USB. Aside from the main dials and trackballs, several buttons line the top of the control surface. From left to right, you have commands for:UndoRedoGrab StillPlay StillPrevious NodeNext NodeStart DynamicMark for KeyframingBase Memory (resets just the node you’re on)There are also reset buttons for the dials and trackballs. The list of commands available means you’ll still be navigating around the timeline with your mouse, and likely using a lot of keyboard commands in general. Still, even just having the dials and trackballs will make you much faster at grading. A panel is a must in any session, since making adjustments on the color wheels inside DaVinci Resolve’s software tends to be cumbersome. It’s not really my idea of fun.Here’s a video review from fellow colorist Warren Eagles and his thoughts on the ProPanel:In my opinion, the Tangent Element is a better purchase since it’s expandable. The beginner colorist requires the dials and trackballs that come standard on every control panel to approach grading seriously. The other panels in the Element set can be purchased at a later date as business expands. They’re also easy to transport and lightweight to boot. Since OxygenTec’s ProPanel is a new product, I’m hoping the company aims to release several additions similar to the Element which seems to be its main competitor. As of now though, at this price point you’re better suited to investing in a product from Tangent.Interested in learning more about the colorist lifestyle? Check out these articles from PremiumBeat:5 Reasons to Get a Color Grading Control SurfaceDaVinci Resolve Workflow Roundtrip BreakdownTips for Achieving Real-Time Playback in DaVinci ResolveThink you might get an OxygenTec ProPanel? Tell us why (or why not) in the comments below!last_img read more

Tiger gave Indian cricket ‘rockstar’ image: Big B

first_imgIndian cricket legend Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi’s demise took Amitabh Bachchan down memory lane. The Bollywood megastar not just remembers good moments with the sports star, but says that he gave the game of cricket a rockstar image. The former Indian captain died Thursday, after battling a lung infection for about a month. He was 70.”Sad new…Tiger Pataudi passes away!!! Fond memories of the past with Tiger Pataudi…his wedding, playing cricket with him, his tabla playing prowess, social evenings…(He) gave Indian Cricket a ‘rockstar’ image, with grace and dignity…soft spoken, quiet, straight-faced humour and a ‘tiger’ on the pitch!” Amitabh posted on micro-blogging site Twitter.The 69-year-old actor was not just friends with Pataudi, but was also a close associate with the latter’s wife, veteran actress Sharmila Tagore. Together, they worked on films like Chupke Chupke and Viruddh…Family Comes First.Amitabh also shared screen space with Pataudi’s actor son Saif Ali Khan in Prakash Jha’s Aarakshan. He extended his condolences to the family, which also consists the cricketer’s two daughters – Soha and Saba.”May the Almighty give strength to the family to bear this great loss…Rinku di (Sharmila), Saif, Soha, Saba?condolences and in prayer,” added Big B.last_img read more

Government House Chef Jared Forbes spends six weeks as a Royal Household

first_imgJared Forbes Caribbean Students Meeting Prince Harry Related Items:center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 21, 2017 – Nassau – Congratulations to Chef Jared Forbes, Government House’s Food Service Manager for the last six years, who gained the unique opportunity to participate in Royal Household Hospitality Scholarship training in Britain recently to enhance mastery of his culinary craft.The programme of six weeks provided study with seven other scholars within the Master of the Household’s Department in the Queen’s Residences at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.   The circle of eight students were from Caribbean Commonwealth nations of Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.During a recent Royal Tour of the Caribbean, Prince Harry made a public statement regarding the opportunities the scholarship has offered to talented Caribbean hospitality professionals.   The programme tests the scholars’ ability to quickly use their individual problem solving techniques with real time scenarios that take place in the Royal Household daily to improve upon their efficiency while building positive relationships.By assisting the Royal Household during the complex pageantry of Royal events, such as the delivery of the 2017 Royal Ascot week at Windsor Castle this past June, the scholars showed significant improvement in high level hospitality service on a multi-international level.The Royal Household students learned and implemented the Royal Household techniques, and they also were afforded the opportunity to meet industry leaders and trade contacts with specialist suppliers, experiences that helped them understand the networking necessary to support the hospitality industry.After the programme was completed, the eight students attended a reception as they looked back at what they accomplished together in six weeks. They each received a certificate presented to them by the Master of The Household, Vice-Admiral Tony Johnstone-Burt, in the presence of the Caribbean High Commissioners representing each nation that participated.PHOTOSlast_img read more

Facebook is adding petitions to your news feed

first_imgA sample Community Action, as seen on a phone.  Facebook/Screenshot by CNET Feeling passionate about a cause? Facebook is launching a tool that lets users post and sign online petitions right in their news feeds.The social network will start rolling “Community Actions” out to its US users on Monday. It’s been testing the feature for several weeks in a couple of markets, TechCrunch first reported Sunday, and is building on that existing pilot.The feature has been used, for example, for a moratorium on drilling in Colorado and efforts to improve pedestrian safety near a library in Philadelphia. Users have the option to simply click “support,” but they can also share related personal testimonies and videos if they want. Elected officials and government agencies tagged on a Community Action will be notified and can respond. Those officials and agencies can also launch their own Community Actions.The move is part of a larger effort by the social network to build “informed and civically engaged communities,” a Facebook spokesperson said.”Community Action is another way for people to advocate for changes in their communities and partner with elected officials and government agencies on solutions,” the spokesperson said. In the past, activists have been able to post petitions to Facebook via third-party platforms like Change.org or Causes.com. Community Actions simplifies the process and gives Facebook direct oversight to monitor and take petitions down if they violate its community standards. Facebook has been criticized in the past for allowing inauthentic content on its site that’s intent on stirring up emotions around divisive issues.   NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens. Share your voice 2 Facebook Tags Internet Politics Commentslast_img read more

Game of Thrones season 8 episode 5 Bran Stark to die saving

first_imgGame of Thrones season 8 episode 2 reviewGame of Thrones (@gameofthrones/Instagram)Game of Thrones season 8 episode 4 “The Last of Starks” featured the aftermath of the battle at Winterfell. However, there was one cryptic scene featuring Bran Stark and Tyrion Lannister that has made many to think that Jon Snow’s cousin brother, who now goes by the Three-Eyed-Raven, will not survive the final battle.Major Spoilers:In Game of Thrones season 8 episode 2 “A Knight of Seven Kingdoms,” we saw Tyrion Lannister and Bran Stark conversing for the first time ever. Many of us speculated that Bran has revealed Jon Snow’s true identity to Tyrion but as the recently released episode revealed to us that Tyrion learned about Jon from Sansa Stark.In the recently released episode of Game of Thrones season 8, we saw how everyone was celebrating the end of Night King and the White Walkers. During their celebration moment, we saw a drunk Tyrion Lannister approaching Bran Stark or the Three-Eyed-Raven. Their conversation was brief but like always, Bran spoke in puzzles and now everyone is worried about his future in the show.In the episode, we saw Bran Stark sitting on his wheelchair and Tyrion approaching him. Daenerys’ Hand tells Bran that the machinery of his wheelchair is clever and is much more useful than the saddle he had designed for him all those years ago. For this, Bran simply states that this is the same one Daeron Targaryen designed for his crippled nephew 120 years ago. Impressed Tyrion replies to him that Bran knows the history of entire Westeros better than anyone and it would come as handy since he is going to be the Lord of Winterfell. Game of Thrones season 8 episode 1 Bran stark meeting Jaime LannisterGame of Thrones (@gameofthrones/Instagram)But as we all know, Bran Stark has no desire to become any Lord anymore and this is what he tells Tyrion. When Tyrion tells him that he feels envious of him for not wanting to be a lord anymore, Bran first looks over his shoulder to see that someone is coming to take him away from the fireplace. Before leaving Tyrion, Bran says to him that he shouldn’t feel envy of him because “Mostly, I live in the past.”Over the years, Bran Stark has learned about himself and the Night King by going in the past only and him saying Tyrion that he lives in the past makes perfect sense. But at the same time, it opens up the possibility that he was referring to himself but not from his current perspective.Fans are now speculating that in the upcoming episode of Game of Thrones, Bran Stark will try to help Jon Snow in his battle against Cersei Lannister by warging himself into Daenerys Targaryen’s dragon and he might be killed during this course. Since Bran knows what is going to happen with him in the future, he simply stated the obvious to Tyrion by telling him that he lives in the past only.Bran Stark is an important character and it would be interesting to see if we see the last of any Stark in the upcoming battle of HBO’s Game of Thrones.last_img read more

Critics Say Gov Abbott Shouldnt Be Part Of MLK Parade Call For

first_img Share CHRISTOPHER CONNELLY / KERA NEWSDominique Alexandor, a pastor and leader of Next Generation Action Network, says Abbott’s inclusion as an honorary grand marshal in a Martin Luther King Day parade is “an insult to the black community.”What was billed as a region-wide celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., has drawn fire from local civil rights groups and community activists. They’re angry over the inclusion of Gov. Greg Abbott as an honorary grand marshal of the Toyota North Texas Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade & Celebration, which is scheduled for next Monday in Arlington.Dominique Alexander from the Next Generation Action Network said he was shocked when he heard Abbott was given top billing at the festivities.“We will not tolerate this, and we call for an effective boycott of the North Texas Martin Luther King Parade,” Alexander said, calling the decision an “insult to the black community.”Alexander says he and others are planning to protest the event.The Arlington chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said Abbott’s inclusion, “stings with hypocrisy.” In a statement, the group said Abbott has “done more to damage and undermine African-American and Latino civil and voter rights, educational opportunities and economic empowerment than any other modern-day Texas governor.”The NAACP will hold a town hall meeting on Thursday evening to discuss the parade.Rev. Jeff Hood said Martin Luther King stood up for the rights of poor and marginalized people and that they should be front and center in the parade.“Right now, with Greg Abbott being the grand marshal, we don’t have a keeper of the dream, we have a killer of the dream,” he said.“The governor is the governor,” said parade spokeswoman Winsor Barbee. “He is our top elected official for the state of Texas,” which is why the organizers invited him to participate.Barbee said part of King’s legacy is engaging with people even when you don’t agree with them, and that participation shouldn’t be seen as an endorsement of any particular policies.Retired Tarrant County District Judge Clifford Davis, a civil rights lawyer, will serve as grand marshal for the parade, which is intended to unite six counties into one regional celebration. There are a range of activities leading up to the parade, which will include floats, bands, elected officials and car clubs.A spokeswoman for the governor said Abbott looks forward to honoring Dr. King’s legacy and reflecting on “the triumphs, tragedies, and lessons of the past.”“It’s a shame that some are politicizing what should be a unifying event,” said Ciara Matthews, deputy communications director for the governor’s office.“I am at odds with the governor’s policies. This is not politics,” said Ruby Fay Woolridge, an Arlington community activist who’s running for Congress in the 6th district. The Democrat says Abbott’s support for voter ID laws and defense of gerrymandered districts undermines the voting power of people of color.“Those policies, as well as [his opposition to] expanding Medicaid, those things hurt the African-American community. Let’s be clear about that,” she said.Woolridge says she hopes that if Abbott does take part in the parade, he’ll also sit down with local civil rights leaders and community groups to talk about the impact of his policies.last_img read more

JDI develops a 23 inch LCD display packed at 651ppi

first_img Citation: JDI develops a 2.3 inch LCD display packed at 651ppi (2012, June 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-06-jdi-inch-lcd-651ppi.html More information: www.displaybank.com/_eng/resea … _view.html?id=227267 (Phys.org) — Japan Display Inc. has created a small direct-view display that is packed with so many pixels that it features twice the resolution of the current iPhone 4 with its Retina display. And while the number of pixels is the same as what many believe the new MacBook Pro will have, the new display by JDI squeezes them into a much smaller screen, enabling the device to display lines without jagging, resulting in a display that is far sharper than anything else on the market. 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. The resolution format of the new screen is 1280 x 800 pixels, which means that each has to be incredibly tiny to fit on a 2.3 inch screen. While some may argue that the limit for what is discernible by the human eye has already been reached with the iPhone 4, JDI says that after conducting ergonomic visual tests with an unknown group of subjects, they have determined that people can see the difference and report that images appear clearer or are sharper to them than when viewing other high resolution displays and thus the company says the new technology should mark a new milestone in LCD electronic displays. They add that the image produced by the new display is comparable to film based photography equipment.To achieve this new level of clarity, the company used polysilicon TFTs as the driver elements when making the screens at low temperatures and in addition to smoothing out jagged edges, the company says that characters are sharper and that when people look at images on the screen, they experience sensations similar to when looking at objects directly in the real world with the naked eye.The announcement by JDI is likely to spur new sales of cell phones and likely tablet computers as well which some suggest might be the final nail in the coffin for the personal computer. Of course, the user community will have to wait for manufactures to get their hands on the new technology and incorporate it into new devices. JDI says it will be providing more information about their new screen as well as a demonstration of their new technology at the 2012 SID International Symposium, Seminar & Exhibition.center_img The worlds smallest 3D HD display Explore further © 2012 Phys.Orglast_img read more