Categories: Steven Johnson News Each Fourth of July, we celebrate America’s Declaration of Independence as we commemorate the anniversary of our country’s founding. This spirit of independence is something we should cherish and must preserve for our children.Just as our government is not beholden or dependent on another government for its sovereignty, we as individuals should not rely on federal, state and local governance. Our founding fathers envisioned a nation where citizens could pursue their dreams, seek their own happiness and accomplish their own goals, objectives and aspirations aside from government intrusion in their lives and interference in the marketplace.What they did not envision was a country of individuals dependent on government for their well-being. They did not envision a country of businesses lobbying state and federal governments for special privileges and immunities.Our founding fathers believed in the principles of freedom, entrepreneurship, individualism and independence. They believed the role of government in our lives should be very limited. The Constitution mandates that Congress shall meet “at least once in every year.” Our founding fathers would be astounded if they saw the extent government plays in our lives today.In honor of everything our founding fathers accomplished and stood for, I believe we should take a step back and look at where our country is today. What do we do right? What do we do wrong? What could we do better?How can we as a society ensure that our children grow up and live in a country more free, more prosperous and more independent than the one we live in today? We have been afforded great opportunities, with many things that are good and right in our nation but it seems that there are some areas of improvement that can be made. One of the biggest changes is demanding government take a step back, not be so involved in our lives and simply let us interact with our neighbors as we see fit. Government does not give us our freedom and independence, it is there to preserve and protect them.Unfortunately, we have a mindset of ‘ask not what you can do for your country, but what your country can do for you.’ Let’s change that mindset to what President John F. Kennedy envisioned, let’s be that free and independent country, let’s be a sovereign country, let’s demand freedom and equality in opportunity, let’s oppose corporate welfare and special handouts, and most importantly, let’s fight for independence! 29Jun Declaration of Independence op-ed
Russian technology investment firm GS Group is due to launch a new set-top-box that it claims will help facilitate the Russian viewers’ switchover from analogue to digital television.Speaking at the Digital & Connected TV Russia conference last week, Andrey Bezrukov, strategic marketing director of GS Group, announced a GS box that will combine satellite and terrestrial TV.The new E503 model of digital set-top-box will appear under the brand of General Satellite and is due is to enter the market this summer, he said.The device will “combine the functions of receiving both satellite and terrestrial digital signals,” enabling customers using satellite pay TV to also receive terrestrial signals, according to GS Group.
First-year students who valued and enjoyed their alone time seemed to display greater psychological health Solitary time can be useful for detaching oneself from societal pressures and getting back to one’s own values and interests, which in turn allows for better behavior regulation (with a greater sense of autonomy, choice, and self-concordance) The association between freely chosen motivation for solitude and psychological health is stronger for those who don’t feel they belong in college The findings held across two independent samples of first-year students–one at a private university in the US and one at a public university in Canada Parents play a role in shaping their children’s capacity to be alone by allowing children time for independent play. The study provides empirical evidence for the theory formulated by English pediatrician and psychoanalyst Donald Woods Winnicott in the 1950s. What do the researchers wish they had known as a green, first-year student?”I wish I had known to worry less,” says Nguyen. The transition to college can be difficult with the pressure to socialize and make new friends, she notes. However, it’s important to consider that alone time is also valuable.”At times we do want time to ourselves, to relax, so it is OK to take time for that as well,” says Nguyen.”Being alone does not make you a loner, which is a very easy stereotype to internalize when you first enter college–especially when you think that everyone around you is socializing when you are not. Solitude is a personal experience for everyone, so it is a time for you to take if you want, and just explore different ways to make it a meaningful and enjoyable experience for you.” Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 10 2019Transitioning from high school to college can be stressful. Trying to fit in, making new friends, missing old ones and home, meeting professors’ and one’s own expectations–can all be daunting.The way that first-year students manage (or not) to navigate this change has long-term implications for their academic performance and ability to stick with their studies. Research has shown that one frequent pitfall during this transition period from high school to college is social isolation. Loneliness, of course, can have a serious detrimental effect on a student’s mental health, potentially leading to depression.But being alone isn’t necessarily bad, argues a team of researchers from the University of Rochester, Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, and Ghent University in Belgium. They published their findings about the importance of me-time in the journal Motivation and Emotion.”Approaching solitude for its enjoyment and intrinsic values is linked to psychological health, especially for those who don’t feel as if they belong to their social groups,” says the study’s lead author, Thuy-vy Nguyen, who received her doctorate in psychology from the University of Rochester in 2018 and who undertook large part of the research for this study in Rochester.”These findings highlight the importance of cultivating the ability to enjoy and value solitary time as a meaningful experience, rather than trying to disregard it, or escape from it,” says Nguyen, who’ll be joining the psychology department at Durham University, England, this fall as an assistant professor.Loneliness versus alone timeWhat then marks the difference between useful and potentially detrimental solitude? The key is positive motivation, according to the researchers. A healthy, autonomous seeking of alone time is associated with greater self-esteem, a greater sense of feeling related to others, and feeling less lonely. Conversely, someone who wants to be alone because of negative social experiences will more likely experience the negative effects of solitude, such as isolation or social withdrawal. The reasons matter as they determine how we experience solitude and the benefits we can get from it, the study concludes.Nguyen is building on decades of research by her veteran Rochester mentors, Edward Deci and Richard Ryan, co-founders of self-determination theory (SDT). The theoretical framework of SDT fits nicely into the investigation of how individuals’ motivations for spending time alone contribute to well-being, the researchers note. Per definition, autonomous motivation for being alone refers to a person’s decision to spend time in solitude in a manner that is valuable and enjoyable for the person.Previous research had shown that spending too much time socializing during the first year of college–and as a result having little time for oneself–may be associated with poor adjustment.Related StoriesResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairWhy Mattresses Could be a Health Threat to Sleeping ChildrenPerinatal depression screenings may overlook women having suicidal ideationBut over the course of two studies, conducted with 147 first-year college students in the US (testing for self-esteem) and 223 in Canada (testing for loneliness and relatedness), the team was able to untangle the interaction between new students’ social life and their motivation for spending time alone as a predictor of their successful adjustment to college life.Nguyen says the interplay between solitary time and our social experiences has not been empirically studied before, at least not in this way.”In previous research, it has been framed in ways that those with more access to social connections tend to have a better time in solitude. But in our study, having a healthy motivation for solitude actually is associated with wellness for those who have less access to social connections,” says Nguyen.The findings in a nutshell: Source:https://www.rochester.edu/newscenter/college-freshmen-need-alone-time-373042/
Citation: Researcher sees potential in generating energy from vibrations (2019, March 8) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-potential-energy-vibrations.html As an aerospace engineer who specializes in designing structures to avoid destructive vibrations, it was only natural for Levin to approach the quest for sustainable energy by applying what he knows about flutter and limit cycle oscillations, or LCO. Because of its potential to cause structural failure, flutter is nearly always engineered out of structures. “Usually flutter is not desirable,” said Levin. “But sometimes violent flutter can turn into moderate LCO, which will cause no failure, and this can be useful.” Levin wanted to explore the potential of harnessing the energy generated by flutter, and he took a six-month detour from his dissertation work, with the support of his advisor.Levin set up an experiment in the aeroelasticity lab’s wind tunnel, using a thin aluminum plate and piezoelectric elements, which generate voltage in response to mechanical stressors like flutter. He found that by increasing the vibrations’ frequency and amplitude, creating more curvature in the vibrational motion, using efficient piezoelectric elements and reducing air speed, he could squeeze the most power from the motion of the plate—sometimes increasing efficiency by more than 200 percent. Are large-scale flutter farms in our future? Probably not, said Levin. “My vision for this is, maybe you go on a long hike, on a cloudy day. You don’t have any solar power to charge your phone. But you do have a folded generator in your bag that you can take out, let it catch the breeze as you hike, and it can charge your phone. You can go even further and combine solar and wind. It’s scalable and useful. And,” he added jokingly, “it doesn’t involve scary mathematics. We’re using something that is so simple and so basic—at least for an aerospace engineer.”Levin will present his project, titled “Improving Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting from an Aeroelastic System,” at the International Forum on Aeroelasticity and Structural Dynamics in Savannah, Georgia in June of 2019. Provided by Duke University 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. Credit: Duke University “Everyone is trying to get free energy—from the wind, from the waves, from the sun,” said Dani Levin, a Duke MEMS Ph.D. student in the lab of Professor Earl Dowell. Scientists harvest energy from beam’s self-induced, self-sustaining vibrations in airflow Explore further
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And this one: Some people think we should send messages into space even if we don’t receive a message first. What is your opinion? — This is a bad idea. We should ban people from sending messages. — There should be rules or laws about who can send messages and what they can say. — Anybody who wants to send a message into space should be allowed to do so. So, what are the odds we’d really need answers to these questions? To date, a lot of effort and money have gone into listening for alien signals. For instance, Breakthrough Listen’s team at the University of California, Berkeley’s SETI Research Center released 1 million gigabytes of data related to such a quest. The scientists had looked for anomalous pings in both radio and optical wavelengths emitted by 1,327 star systems. The result? None of those signals could be traced to anything other than human sources. Just this month, the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) celebrated 50 years of looking for and studying UFO phenomenon. The nonprofit relies on volunteers to help find and identify these objects. Though the members insist that “we are not alone,” they have yet to spot conclusive evidence to support that claim. Even the U.S. government has suggested it’s serious about investigating bizarre craft of unknown origin. In 2017, the Pentagon confirmed that a secret “UFO” office — called the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program — had spent $22 million over five years to study such baffling aeronautical reports. And even though funding ended in 2012, the program apparently remained alive. More recently, declassified videos have shown U.S. Navy pilots talking about seeing UFOs that demonstrated unexplainable properties. “Despite the fact that we [have] never detected a signal from extraterrestrial intelligence, this does not mean that it is never going to happen. What if it does?” Martin Dominik, an astrophysicist at the University of St. Andrews in the United Kingdom, told Live Science in an email. “The SETI community are currently rethinking this issue in the wake of the spread of social media and fake news. If there are consequences for the wider public, the decision about where to go becomes a political one rather than a scientific one,” said Dominik, who is also a UKSRN member. What have researchers learned so far from the survey responses? “I do not want to release any data at this moment, because it would bias the views of those who are still to respond,” Dominik said. Check out the survey and let the SETI group know what you’d do upon contact with extraterrestrial intelligence. 80 Years Ago, ‘News’ of an Alien Invasion Terrified Radio AudiencesEighty years ago today (Oct. 30), radio audiences were stunned by a purported news broadcast describing an “alien invasion” in New Jersey.Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Better Bug Sprays?01:33关闭选项Automated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65848-alien-contact-seti-survey.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0002:1202:12Your Recommended Playlist01:33Better Bug Sprays?01:08Why Do French Fries Taste So Bad When They’re Cold?04:24Sperm Whale Befriends Underwater Robot00:29Robot Jumps Like a Grasshopper, Rolls Like a Ball00:29Video – Giggly Robot02:31Surgical Robotics关闭 UFO Watch: 8 Times the Government Looked for Flying Saucers 9 Strange, Scientific Excuses for Why Humans Haven’t Found Aliens Yet The quest to identify UFOs and even find intelligent life on other worlds has been heating up for decades … to no avail. But there are still plenty of spots and wavelengths where aliens could be hiding. So, what would humans do if we found concrete evidence that we are not alone in the universe? Turns out, there’s no real plan for how humanity would respond, let alone how we would deal with such a monumental discovery. The U.K. SETI Research Network (UKSRN) wants to change that by asking Earthlings their views on the search for aliens and how they’d react to a discovery. The network announced the survey, which it said is the largest such survey to date, yesterday (July 1) during the Royal Society’s Summer Science Exhibition, according to The Guardian. [Greetings, Earthlings! 8 Ways Aliens Could Contact Us] The online survey includes questions such as: AdvertisementFamous People Who Believe in AliensFrom pop stars to Hollywood actors to politicians, here are 13 famous people who believe in aliens.Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Better Bug Sprays?01:33 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65848-alien-contact-seti-survey.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0001:2601:26Your Recommended Playlist01:33Better Bug Sprays?01:08Why Do French Fries Taste So Bad When They’re Cold?04:24Sperm Whale Befriends Underwater Robot00:29Robot Jumps Like a Grasshopper, Rolls Like a Ball00:29Video – Giggly Robot02:31Surgical Robotics关闭
SHARE COMMENT Lok Sabha COMMENTS Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday carried the can for the government, excavating the Congress’ past scandals — Bofors, AgustaWestland, National Herald — and mocking Rahul Gandhi’s “kindergarten-level” understanding, on a day when paper planes and arguments flew thick and fast in the Lok Sabha. The NDA ally Shiv Sena joined the Opposition ranks during a stormy debate on Rafale deal.Jaitley rejected the demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the deal, accusing Congress President Rahul Gandhi of “manufacturing lies” to tar the government. Amid loud protests by the AIADMK MPs over the Cauvery issue — a move dubbed by Rahul Gandhi as a “ploy” by the BJP to disrupt the debate — Trinamool Congress veteran Saugata Roy was vivid in his description of the Finance Minister acting as a “shield” for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. PM criticisedThe PM was criticised for his absence in the House during a debate which questioned his role in the purchase of about ₹60,000-crore worth Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCAs) from the French manufacturer Dassault Aviation, and award of offsets to the newly-minted Reliance Defence Ltd at the cost of public sector Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL).“They cannot find a single BJP MP in the Lok Sabha to defend the government. They have to import a Member from the Rajya Sabha, who is not the Defence Minister to carry out the job… And like Meghnad of the Ramayana, the Meghnad of Rafale hides behind the smoke screen you have created,” said Saugata Roy.While the PM remained absent, Jaitley led the charge from the Treasury Benches, describing Congress President as a “liar” and obstructing his move to quote a taped recording of claims by a Goan Cabinet Minister of alleged confession by former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar storing files related to Rafale purchase. To Rahul Gandhi’s charge — the PM “does not have the guts to face Parliament and hides in his room” favouring his “dear friend and failed businessman Anil Ambani” — Jaitley said, “It is a tragedy that the Grand Old Party which was headed by legends in the past is now headed by a gentleman who doesn’t have basic understanding of a combat aircraft.”On PM’s interviewGandhi, on his part, was equally belligerent, taking pot-shots at the PM for giving a “staged interview” while Parliament is in session and choosing to stay absent in the House. “He (Modi) spoke for 90 minutes during a staged interview but still did not answer relevant questions on Rafale,” said Gandhi.The Opposition, especially Jaidev Galla of the TDP and Mohammad Salim of CPI(M), accused the government of “misleading the Supreme Court”, whose judgment on Rafale they are now quoting as a “clean chit”. “You told the Supreme Court that the pricing details of deal have been shared with the CAG and the report of the CAG has been examined by the PAC. This is patently untrue. The government has misled the Court and such a claim is contempt of Parliament,” said Jaidev Galla. Kalikesh Singh Deo of the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) said none of the issues pertaining to Rafale has been addressed. “Like a good lawyer, he has cherry-picked the facts,” said Singh Deo.Shiv Sena joins inThe Shiv Sena surprised members in the House with its MP Arvind Sawant joining the Opposition in demanding a JPC into Rafale. “ We believe there are issues in denying HAL a contract in favour of a company that has no record in Defence manufacturing and owes thousands of crores of debt. What was the head of this company doing in a delegation which went with the PM to France? We need to clear the air over this,” said Sawant. Published on January 02, 2019 SHARE SHARE EMAIL Jaitley rejects demand for a JPC probe; accuses Rahul of manufacturing lies politics
Army jawans stand guard at the site of an explosion in Lethpora Pulwama district south Kashmir. Photo: Nissar Ahmad – The Hindu Published on The involvement of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) in Thursday’s terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir has raised serious questions about the role of the Pakistani spy agency, ISI, in it, American experts on South Asia said.The Pakistan-based JeM has claimed responsibility for the attack that left at least 37 personnel dead and many critically wounded. The experts said the terror strike shows the United States (US) has failed to persuade Pakistan to act against Jaish-e-Mohammad and other terrorist groups.“The self-proclaimed involvement of JeM in the attack raises serious questions about the role of the ISI in supporting the masterminds of this operation,” Bruce Riedel, a former Central Investigation Agency (CIA) analyst, saidThe terrorist attack, which has direct footprints inside Pakistan, poses the first major challenges to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, said Riedel, who is now a scholar at the Brookings Institute think-tank. “This will be a real challenge for Imran Khan, the first serious challenge of his administration,” he said.Anish Goel, a former National Security Council (NSC) official in the previous Obama administration, said the horrific attack highlights just how actively Pakistan-based terrorist groups still operate in Kashmir.By claiming such quick credit for the attack, Jaish-e-Mohammed is clearly indicating that they will continue to cause trouble in the region and stoke tensions between Pakistan and India, he said.In the wake of this attack, there will likely be increased pressure on Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi to take action against all militant groups still active in Kashmir,” said Goel.Alyssa Ayres from the Council on Foreign Relations said, “Unfortunately, the attack also shows the limits of the US and international policy efforts to date to persuade Pakistan to take serious action against these groups. The urgent question is what else the international community can do. According to Moeed Yusuf from the US Institute of Peace, the current situation has all the making of an India-Pakistan crisis. Prime Minister Modi cannot take it lying down but Pakistan isn’t going to be able to absorb any Indian action either. Things are simply too tense between India and Pakistan, he said.Ironically, the biggest deterrent to any escalation is the presence of Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman in the region, he said. “Salman arrives in Pakistan Friday and is coming to India too. His visit will be seriously overshadowed. The Saudi relationship is too important for either side to want that to happen,” he noted.I think the damage to India-Pakistan relations is going to be immense — even if the situation doesn’t escalate. The hope was that India and Pakistan will get back to talking after the Indian elections later this year. I think the hawks on both sides are going to make it very difficult for that to happen now, Yusuf said. Terrorist attacks as in Kashmir are not possible without an ideology or theology that justifies terrorism and brainwashes its followers that massacring others leads a person to paradise. The terrorist mindset must be removed along with the terrorist infrastructure on the ground, said noted Hindu scholar David Frawley.The latest attack by JeM is another example of how Pakistan’s intelligence services continue to sponsor terrorist incursions into India, Washington-based Hindu American Foundation said.While it’s heartening to see that a wide swath of the international community is unequivocally condemning the attack, such statements of solidarity must be backed up by actions which help bring to an end the ability of such terrorist groups to kill with impunity and destabilize the region, the foundation said.Overseas Friends of BJP (OFBJP)-USA in a statement demanded that United Nations (UN) designate Masood Azhar as global terrorist.China should be ashamed of itself in blocking Azhar’s ban at the UN. The Indian diaspora demands that if Pakistan is sincere in seeking peace with India, it should arrest Maulana Masood Azhar and his cohorts and disband all terrorist organisations station in Pakistan. “Pakistan is a pariah nation anyhow and if it wants to exist in the real world, it should not play games, resort to lies, and abet terrorism. It should get rid of all terrorist organization from its soil, it said. February 15, 2019 Cabinet committee on security meets to discuss Pulwama terror attack SHARE At least 37 CRPF personnel killed as explosives-laden vehicle rams into bus in J&K The experts said the terror strike shows the US has failed to persuade Pakistan to act against Jaish-e-Mohammad and other terrorist groups RELATED COMMENTS White House to Pakistan: Stop being safe haven to all terror groups Jammu and Kashmir SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT
The Information and Public Relation Minister of Manipur Th Bishwajit Singh on Saturday said the process to increase the monthly pension for retired journalists and ex-gratia for families of the deceased scribes is underway.A cabinet memo regarding this has been prepared as well, Singh said in the assembly, while responding to a query raised by a legislator, O Surjakumar.“The cabinet will soon pass the welfare scheme despite being delayed due to some obstacles,” Singh said.He told the assembly that at present the monthly pension for retired journalists is Rs 4,000 and it will be increased to Rs 10,000.The family pension (for families of the deceased journalists) will be increased from Rs 2,000 to Rs 5,000 per month, Singh said.Singh also said that the one time ex-gratia for families journalists, who died in unfortunate incidents, will be increased from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 5 lakh.The retirement age of journalists in the state is 60 years, officials said. March 02, 2019 COMMENT Published on COMMENTS media Manipur SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL government