Month: August 2019

Physicists See Single Top Quarks at the Tevatron

first_img“If, however, I had a sample with an unknown mix of Danes and Norwegians, I could estimate the fraction of Danes knowing only their heights.”Using this premise, and some very sophisticated analysis techniques, D0 physicists first narrowed down a million billion proton-antiproton collisions worth of data to about 1,400 events that may have produced a single top quark. From there, they determined that 60 of these were single-top events.The co-leader of the team who performed the analysis, Ann Heinson from the University of California, Riverside, told PhysOrg.com, “These 60 events differed only in the tiniest details from the rest of the sample of 1,400 events. We had to use three independent methods to combine multiple measurements of different properties of the events to be able to distinguish the signal events from the background ones. We then combined the three results for maximum sensitivity.”These three discrimination methods had not been used in a search before. The graduate students and postdocs who did the analyses really broke a lot of new ground.”Single top quarks, as well as the Higgs, are predicted by the “Standard Model” of particle physics, the broad theory that describes elementary particles, three fundamental physics forces—strong, weak, and electromagnetic—and the relationships between them.At very high energies, like those produced in accelerators, the weak and electromagnetic forces are often thought of as two aspects of the same force, and are therefore sometimes collectively referred to as the electroweak interaction. The Standard Model states that the electroweak interaction can produce a top quark together with either a “down” antiquark, a “strange” antiquark, or (the vast majority of the time) a “bottom” antiquark.This is unlike strong-force interactions, in which the top quark is always produced with a top antiquark. It was from these interactions that physicists from both of Fermilab’s main experiments, D0 and CDF, were able to first discover the top quark in top-antitop pairs.Citation: Physical Review D 78, 012005 (2008)Copyright 2008 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. The results, published in a recent edition of Physical Review D, affirm and improve upon preliminary data published last year in Physical Review Letters, which pointed to the production of single top quarks but were not precise enough to claim true discovery.Fermilab physicists hope that the techniques they used to find the single top quark could help them in their search for the proposed Higgs boson, a particle that exists so far only in theory but if actually found would have a huge impact on physics. The Higgs is expected to reveal such basic information as why nature assigned certain masses to certain particles—the origin of mass, essentially.The results are the product of a long period of analysis by Fermilab’s D0 (“D-Zero”) collaboration, an international group of physicists from 90 institutions. The group studies data from particle collisions that occur within the D0 particle detector; in this case, data generated by collisions between a beam of protons and a beam of antiprotons. D0 is a building-sized cylindrical device that surrounds the collision site, measuring and recording the energies and trajectories of the many, many particles produced when the beams are smashed together.Isolating one signal of interest out of the massive amounts of data collected by the D0 detector, the “signature” of a certain particle or event, is an extremely difficult task.“I would say that the single top is the most subtle signal that we have been able to successfully extract from our data,” said D0 co-spokesperson Darien Wood, of Northeastern University, to PhysOrg.com. “In the end, the signal is based on only a few events, but it is not particular events that you can point to. Instead, it is a subtle statistical difference in the population of events that tells you that the single top is in the mix.”He clarified, “For example, I could say that the population of Danes is on average slightly taller than the population of Norwegians. But I cannot say that if I randomly pick one Dane and one Norwegian, the Dane will be taller. Nor can I look at someone’s height and determine whether that person is Danish or Norwegian. (PhysOrg.com) — Scientists at the world’s largest fully operating particle accelerator, the Tevatron at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) in Illinois, have discovered convincing evidence suggesting the existence of top quarks that are not coupled to their antiparticle, the antitop. These “single” top quarks have been hunted since Fermilab scientists first discovered top-antitop pairs in 1995. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Citation: Physicists ‘See’ Single Top Quarks at the Tevatron (2008, August 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-08-physicists-quarks-tevatron.html The anthropology of climate change and glacier retreatlast_img read more


August 31, 2019 0

Quantum communication through synergy

first_img The best of both worlds: How to solve real problems on modern quantum computers 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. Citation: Quantum communication through synergy (2009, January 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-01-quantum-synergy.html Conventional wisdom, when applied to quantum communication, seems to say that one must have a private channel in order to communicate privately. Nonprivate channels, the thinking goes, should not be able to send quantum information. It is this very thinking that Smith, along with colleague John Smolin, at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York, could be overturning. In theory, and with the help of some mathematical equations, Smith and Smolin show that it might be possible to combine nonprivate channels to create a channel that would transmit quantum information – and communicate privately at greater distances than currently possible. Their reasoning can be found in Physical Review Letters: “Can Nonprivate Channels Transmit Quantum Information?”“If you had a channel that didn’t allow you to communicate privately,” Smith points out, “you would think you have a weak resource. But when you start looking at these channels, and you start looking at their limits, you begin to see something else.” This “something else,” Smith continues, includes qualities that allow nonprivate channels to combine in a way that allows them to possibly become useful for quantum communication.“There are these features that allow the some of the nonprivate channels to interact with each other in a synergestic way to become useful. Interestingly, this is not something that happens classically. But it could happen with quantum information channels.”Smith says that even though individually these channels might look weak, when they are put together, it is possible that they would have the ability to carry more quantum information than the sum of their individual capacities combined. “In our paper, we are presenting ideas of how to design protocols that allow higher rates of quantum communication, over longer distances, than what we can currently do right now.”Even though this method of quantum communication looks promising, Smith admits that not all of the components are properly understood. Like so much in quantum mechanics, it appears that something could or does happen, but the why isn’t always easy to grasp. “Right now,” he says, “we’re trying to better understand the individual resources, and some of their bounds. We are trying to develop a way to quantify what the resources actually are. We’re starting to develop a feel for what different classes of channels might be made of, but we don’t have good characterization yet.”Part of understanding characterization, and quantifying the components of quantum communication, Smith continues, is the idea of figuring out the why behind this phenomenon. “We have information that shows that some of these nonprivate channels are useless for quantum communication, but when you combine them, they are quite useful. Why is this?”“There is something strange going on here. But if we can get to the bottom of it, we should be able to improve upon our ability with quantum communication dramatically.”Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com.center_img Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — When most people think of quantum communication, they think in terms of private communication channels – the ability to send messages without a third-party deciphering them. Indeed, quantum cryptography represents a method of sending information that cannot be eavesdropped upon. Without the proper key for decoding the intercepted message, all an interloper would receive is gibberish. To make quantum cryptography work, Graeme Smith tells PhysOrg.com, “We try to understand the protocols and use specially designed channels to send messages and also to shed light on the general theory of privacy in quantum mechanics.”last_img read more


August 31, 2019 0

Samsung researchers announce breakthrough in growing gallium nitride LEDs on glass

first_img © 2011 PhysOrg.com Traditionally, LEDs have been grown on sapphire substrate or silicon wafer; both have their limits however, and thus, the idea of using glass to grow the LEDs is very attractive.The new process is rather involved. It involves first laying down a bed of titanium metal on the glass to serve as a base template to help direct the growth of the GaN. Next, a very thin film of GaN (just a starter bit grown at a low temperature) is applied on top of the titanium metal. This will be the useful layer at the end of the process. After that, a sheet of silicon dioxide is applied over the GaN; it has very small holes in it that serve to direct how the crystals will grow as they come up through it. Rather like very tiny molds. The whole works is then subjected to very high temperatures to promote the crystal growth of the GaN. After that, the group says, the GaN can be processed using the same techniques that are used now with crystals grown on a sapphire or silicon.While the process appears to be rather straightforward and uncomplicated, using standard materials and processes, it also appears, at least to some industry experts, to be time consuming, cumbersome, and because of the multiple steps required, too expensive to be used in a production type environment.Samsung is undaunted however, stating that the new process opens the door to new ways of producing LEDs that will someday (perhaps ten years down the road) lead the way to such breakthroughs as regular window panes being used as LED devices, or the creation of oversized LEDs that could revolutionize giant screens such as those used in sports venues. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further SEM images of GaN polycrystals grown on templates with LT-GaN/Ti/glass (a) and LT-GaN/glass (b). Scale bars are 2um. Image: Nature Photonics, doi:10.1038/nphoton.2011.253 Low-cost LEDs to slash household electric bills More information: Nearly single-crystalline GaN light-emitting diodes on amorphous glass substrates, Nature Photonics (2011) doi:10.1038/nphoton.2011.253AbstractSingle-crystalline GaN-based light-emitting diodes (s-LEDs) on crystalline sapphire wafers can provide point-like light sources with high conversion efficiency and long working lifetimes. Recently, s-LEDs on silicon wafers have been developed in efforts to overcome the size limitations of the sapphire substrate. However, to create larger, cheaper and efficient flat light sources, the fabrication of high-performance s-LEDs on amorphous glass substrates would be required, which remains a scientific challenge. Here, we report the fabrication of nearly single-crystalline GaN on amorphous glass substrates, in the form of pyramid arrays. This is achieved by high-temperature, predominant GaN growth on a site-confined nucleation layer with preferential polycrystalline morphology through local hetero-epitaxy. InGaN/GaN multiple-quantum wells formed on the GaN pyramid arrays exhibit a high internal quantum efficiency of 52%. LED arrays fabricated using these GaN pyramid arrays demonstrate reliable and stable area-type electroluminescent emission with a luminance of 600 cd m−2.via RCS Citation: Samsung researchers announce breakthrough in growing gallium nitride LEDs on glass (2011, October 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-10-samsung-breakthrough-gallium-nitride-glass.html (PhysOrg.com) — Everyone knows that the LED market is huge, it’s among other things, the technology behind our big screen TVs. That’s why so many companies are investing so much money in trying to find ways to improve on it so that as our TVs get bigger, they won’t grow out of the average consumer’s price range. Now, Samsung, the Korean technology giant, has announced that one of its research teams has figured out a way to grow crystalline gallium nitride (GaN) LEDs on regular glass. They describe the process in their paper published in Nature Photonics.last_img read more


August 31, 2019 0

Robotic boats to travel across Pacific Ocean

first_img © 2011 PhysOrg.com The self-propelled Wave Gliders use wave energy for propulsion. Image credit: Liquid Robotics On the above-water part of the Wave Glider, solar cells recharge a battery that powers data sensors and transmitters. Underwater fins use wave energy for propulsion. Image credit: Liquid Robotics The Wave Gliders are the flagship product of Liquid Robotics, which is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. The Pacific voyages will not only demonstrate that such a task is feasible for robotic ocean vehicles, but will also be used to collect lots of data on features such as water salinity, temperature, oxygen content, conductivity, depth, crude oil fluorescence, wave features, wind features, and the weather. The Wave Gliders will use only wave energy for propulsion with the help of underwater fins, so no refueling is required. Solar cells on the tops of the vehicles will recharge the battery that powers the data sensors and transmitters.All this data will be transmitted in real-time via satellites and made freely available to anyone who registers with Liquid Robotics. Liquid Robotics and Ocean in Google Earth are providing a platform for registered users to follow the expedition virtually. To encourage scientists to use this data, the company is hosting the “PacX Challenge.” By submitting a one-page abstract outlining their scientific intentions with the data, researchers have the chance to win six months’ free use of a Wave Glider to collect whatever data they want. Explore further East Coast gliders yield valuable marine life data The Wave Gliders are named after famous oceanographers and navigators: Piccard Maru (after Jacques Piccard, who explored the Mariana Trench) and Fontaine Maru (after Matthew Fontaine Maury, who wrote the first extensive book on oceanography) are bound for Japan. Benjamin (after Benjamin Franklin, who helped chart the Gulf Stream) and Papa Mau (after Pius “Mau” Piailug, a Micronesian navigator who helped test lost Hawaiian navigational techniques) are bound for Australia.Liquid Robotics also sells the Wave Gliders to customers including energy companies, who use them to monitor offshore rigs, and government organizations. The Wave Gliders cost about $200,000 each. Liquid Robotics predicts future applications could include monitoring currents in shipping lanes, guarding wild fisheries, running offshore fish farms, and understanding of the role of the oceans in the earth’s carbon cycle.“These Wave Gliders are much like small ‘spacecraft’ that open up new opportunities for robotic exploration,” said Ed Lu, chief of innovative applications at Liquid Robotics, in a press release. “I challenge all scientists who are interested in advancing ocean exploration to take advantage of this unique opportunity. What scientific questions can we address with this new and unique data set?” (PhysOrg.com) — Last Thursday, November 17, four unmanned Wave Gliders left the coast of San Francisco and began a 300-day journey across the Pacific Ocean. The vehicles, which are self-propelled and remotely piloted, will travel together to Hawaii and then two will head to Japan and the other two to Australia. The trips will cover about 37,000 miles (60,000 km), setting a Guinness World Record for the longest distance ever traveled by an unmanned ocean vehicle. More information: http://www.liquidr.com/pacxvia: IEEE Spectrum Citation: Robotic boats to travel across Pacific Ocean (2011, November 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-11-robotic-boats-pacific-ocean.html 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


August 31, 2019 0

Dell tablet leak 101inch display twobattery choice

first_img Dell Adds New Touch to Tablet PCs (Phys.org) — Headline after headline talks about vendors’ tablets in the wings as likely number-one contenders for the iPad. Such claims have justifiably been taken with a grain of salt, considering iPad’s continued market success. This week, though, leaked specs on the Dell latitude 10.are convincing many to claims that this may be the one to shake things up in the tablet space. The Dell Latitude 10 will have a 10.1-inch display, HD capacitive and multi-touch screen at 1366 x 768 resolution. As per Neowin, this will be a Dell Latitude 10 Windows 8 tablet. Microsoft is expected to launch its Windows 8 operating system late 2012, and some reports bet on October. Explore further Dell’s decision makers have gone with Intel for the tablet’s processors. The Dell Latitude 10 will have Intel Clover Trail Atom Dual Core processor and Intel integrated graphics,Further spec leaks show a list of 2GB RAM, up to 128GB of SSD storage, and dual cameras. The front facing camera is a 2-megapixel camera; an 8 megapixel camera is around the back. Optional features include a fingerprint reader and smart card reader for enhanced security, and a stylus.Other news about the Dell Latitude 10 focuses on the battery, which will be removable, with two choices. A smaller battery provides six to seven hours of life. A larger battery will provide ten to 12 hours. The Latitude 10 is to have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, the option for mobile broadband, integrated speakers, a micro USB charging port, and a stereo headphone/microphone combo jack. Dell is typically ready to siphon off corporate customers with new products and in an interview last month, CEO Michael Dell commented on a growing demand for tablet computers that can run the next version of Windows. That was interpreted as a sign that he was thinking along the lines of taking some business users away from the iPad.The Latitude specs, however impressive as they read according to leaks, will not cushion the Dell entry from serious competition, though, from other tablet vendors later this year. The Consumer Electronics Show tablet draw this year was the Lenovo Yoga flip-and-fold, laptop-tablet hybrid, a tablet than can convert to a laptop. The form factor on its own attracts computer users who may like the option of a two-products-in-one device. Media consumption could take place in tablet mode and real tasks in laptop mode. More information: via Neowincenter_img © 2012 Phys.Org Citation: Dell tablet leak: 10.1-inch display, two-battery choice (2012, May 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-05-dell-tablet-leak-inch-two-battery.html 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


August 31, 2019 0

Researchers discover daddy longlegs spiders capture prey using glue

first_img More information: Gluing the ‘unwettable’: soil-dwelling harvestmen use viscoelastic fluids for capturing springtails, J Exp Biol 217, 3535-3544. DOI: 10.1242/jeb.108852 AbstractGluing can be a highly efficient mechanism of prey capture, as it should require less complex sensory–muscular feedback. Whereas it is well known in insects, this mechanism is much less studied in arachnids, except spiders. Soil-dwelling harvestmen (Opiliones, Nemastomatidae) bear drumstick-like glandular hairs (clavate setae) at their pedipalps, which were previously hypothesized to be sticky and used in prey capture. However, clear evidence for this was lacking to date. Using high-speed videography, we found that the harvestman Mitostoma chrysomelas was able to capture fast-moving springtails (Collembola) just by a slight touch of the pedipalp. Adhesion of single clavate setae increased proportionally with pull-off velocity, from 1 μN at 1 μm s−1 up to 7 μN at 1 mm s−1, which corresponds to the typical weight of springtails. Stretched glue droplets exhibited characteristics of a viscoelastic fluid forming beads-on-a-string morphology over time, similar to spider capture threads and the sticky tentacles of carnivorous plants. These analogies indicate that viscoelasticity is a highly efficient mechanism for prey capture, as it holds stronger the faster the struggling prey moves. Cryo-scanning electron microscopy of snap-frozen harvestmen with glued springtails revealed that the gluey secretions have a high affinity to wet the microstructured cuticle of collembolans, which was previously reported to be barely wettable for both polar and non-polar liquids. Glue droplets can be contaminated with the detached scaly setae of collembolans, which may represent a counter-adaptation against entrapment by the glue, similar to the scaly surfaces of Lepidoptera and Trichoptera (Insecta) facilitating escape from spider webs. Mitostoma chrysomelas. Credit: Wikipedia/CC BY 3.0 Journal information: Journal of Experimental Biology © 2014 Phys.org Citation: Researchers discover daddy longlegs spiders capture prey using glue (2014, October 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-10-daddy-longlegs-spiders-capture-prey.html Credit: Jonas O. Wolff, Functional Morphology and Biomechanics, University of Kiel Explore further We all know about daddy longlegs (known more scientifically as harvestmen), they’re spiders with tiny bodies and really long legs, and even though we know they can’t hurt us, many are still a little bit afraid of them. At any rate, for many years, biologists have wondered about the bobs on the ends of some of their pedipalps (forelegs). They appeared to be moist, even glue-like—but it wasn’t clear what the liquid was for—to help with climbing? To help with catching food? No one knew, until now.To find out, the researchers captured several specimens and brought them into their lab, along with some of their favorite prey, tiny arthropods called springtails (because they have a biomechanical spring on their underside that helps them leap away from predators). The team used high-speed cameras to film what happened when the spider tried to catch the springtail, then reviewed the results. They found that when it came time to grab the springtail, the spider squirted a tiny bit of “glue” onto it, preventing it from escaping.But that wasn’t the end of the study, the team also cut off some of the spider’s pedipalps to get a closer look at the fluid—they found the adhesive strength of the glue was sufficient to hold an entire springtail when suspended. Taking an even closer look, the researches froze (using liquid nitrogen) one spider that had glued a springtail and placed them both under a cryo-scanning microscope to see how it was that the glue worked so well. They found that the glue completely wetted the cuticle on the springtail, which overcame liquid repelling microstructures and removable scales allowing for a very good grip—strong enough to hold on even as the springtail tried using its spring to zip away. App helps homeowners identify spiders A team of researchers in Germany has finally figured out what the gooey-covered hairs on a daddy longlegs’ pedipalps are for—they hold a type of glue that is used to prevent prey from escaping. The team describes how they made this discovery in their paper published in The Journal of Experimental Biology—by filming the spiders with high-speed cameras, testing the fluid and looking at them under a scanning microscope. 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


August 31, 2019 0

Comet Lovejoy shows asymmetric behavior at perihelion

first_img Explore further Citation: Comet Lovejoy shows asymmetric behavior at perihelion (2016, July 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-07-comet-lovejoy-asymmetric-behavior-perihelion.html © 2016 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org)—Indian astronomers have recently conducted spectrographic observations of long-period Comet Lovejoy to study its gas emission. They found that this comet showcases an asymmetric behavior at perihelion and an increase in the activity during the post-perihelion phase. The findings were detailed in a paper published July 22 on the arXiv pre-print server. Photograph of the comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) taken on Jan. 19, 2015, from Tucson, Arizona, using a Sky-Watcher 100mm APO telescope and SBIG STL-11000M camera. Credit: John Vermette More information: Optical Spectroscopy of Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) from MIRO, arXiv:1607.06682 [astro-ph.EP] arxiv.org/abs/1607.06682AbstractSpectra of comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) were taken with a low resolution spectrograph mounted on the 0.5 m telescope at the Mount Abu Infrared Observatory (MIRO), India during January to May 2015 covering the perihelion and post-perihelion periods. The spectra showed strong molecular emission bands (C2, C3 and CN) in January, close to perihelion. We have obtained the scale lengths for these molecules by fitting the Haser model to the observed column densities. The variation of gas production rates and production rate ratios with heliocentric distance were studied. The extent of the dust continuum using the Af-rho parameter and its variation with the heliocentric distance were also investigated. The comet is seen to become more active in the post-perihelion phase, thereby showing an asymmetric behaviour about the perihelion. Comet Lovejoy, formally designated C/2014 Q2, is an Oort cloud comet, discovered by Terry Lovejoy in August 2014. Its perihelion was on January 30, 2015 at a heliocentric distance of 1.29 AU, offering astronomers an excellent opportunity to observe its activity—in particular, the emission of numerous organic molecules in gas.The scientists, led by Kumar Venkataramani of the Physical Research Laboratory in Ahmedabad, India, utilized the LISA spectrograph to obtain spectra of the comet. LISA is a low-resolution, high luminosity spectrograph, designed for the spectroscopic study of faint and extended objects. The instrument is installed on the 0.5 m telescope at the Mount Abu Infra-Red Observatory (MIRO), Mount Abu, India.The observation campaign lasted from January to May 2015. It covered the period during which the comet’s heliocentric distance varied from 1.29 AU, just prior to perihelion, to around 2.05 AU post perihelion. The spectra obtained by the researchers show strong molecular emission bands of diatomic carbon, tricarbon, cyanide, amidogen, hydridocarbon and neutral oxygen.”Various molecular emission lines like C2, C3, CN, NH2, CH, O were clearly seen in the comet spectrum throughout this range. The most prominent of them being the C2 molecule, which was quite dominant throughout the time that we have followed the comet. Apart from the C2 emission band, those of CN and C3 were also quite prominent,” the scientist wrote in the paper.When a cold icy body like the Comet Lovejoy passes by the sun near perihelion, its ices start sublimating, releasing a mixture of gas and dust, which form the coma. Studying these emissions is crucial for scientists as comets could hold the key to our understanding of the solar system’s evolution and the origin of life in the universe. Therefore, the abundance of volatile material in comets is the target of many scientific studies that seek to reveal the secrets of planet formation and demonstrate the conditions that occurred when our solar system was born.According to the study, the gas production rate increased after perihelion and exhibited a decreasing trend only after February 2015. The researchers also noted a simultaneous increase in gas and dust, indicating an increase in the overall activity of the comet after its perihelion passage.”This kind of asymmetry has been seen in many comets. (…) Although we do not have data points at exactly the same distance for pre- and post-perihelion passages, we can, perhaps, say that this comet may have a large positive asymmetry,” the paper reads.The scientists concluded that this asymmetry suggests that there might be volatile material present beneath the surface of the comet. It is also possible that the surface of the comet’s nucleus consists of layers of ice that have different vaporization rates.However, as the team noted, more exhaustive study is required to confirm their conclusions. Scientists investigate change in activity of comet 17P/Holmeslast_img read more


August 31, 2019 0

Galileos freefalling objects experiment passes space test further proving equivalence principle

first_imgA team of researchers from the French Aerospace Lab and at the Côte d’Azur Observatory working on France’s MICROSCOPE satellite project has further confirmed the equivalence principle by recreating Galileo’s free-falling objects experiment in a satellite. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the group describes their experiment and why it was carried out. Credit: CNES/D. Ducros Citation: Galileo’s free-falling objects experiment passes space test further proving equivalence principle (2017, December 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-12-galileo-free-falling-space-equivalence-principle.html Satellite to test universality of freefall © 2017 Phys.org More information: Pierre Touboul et al. MICROSCOPE Mission: First Results of a Space Test of the Equivalence Principle, Physical Review Letters (2017). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.231101ABSTRACTAccording to the weak equivalence principle, all bodies should fall at the same rate in a gravitational field. The MICROSCOPE satellite, launched in April 2016, aims to test its validity at the 10−15 precision level, by measuring the force required to maintain two test masses (of titanium and platinum alloys) exactly in the same orbit. A nonvanishing result would correspond to a violation of the equivalence principle, or to the discovery of a new long-range force. Analysis of the first data gives δ(Ti,Pt)=[−1±9(stat)±9(syst)]×10−15 (1σ statistical uncertainty) for the titanium-platinum Eötvös parameter characterizing the relative difference in their free-fall accelerations.center_img Explore further Journal information: Physical Review Letters Approximately 450 years ago, Galileo, as some have reported, dropped cannonballs of different sizes from the Leaning Tower of Pisa to prove that they would hit the ground at the same time. 350 years later, Einstein published his Theory Of General Relativity, which included the equivalence principle, and as Galileo demonstrated, stated that objects with different masses fall at the same rate due to gravity. In this new effort, the researchers have performed roughly the same experiment as Galileo, except they have done it in space and measured the results with far more precision.Scientists continue to test the equivalence principle because they believe that if they can find a violation, it could reconcile the impasse regarding quantum theory and general relativity.The experimental equipment aboard the MICROSCOPE satellite consisted of one cylindrical shell set inside of another larger cylindrical shell. The cylinders were small, of course, just a few centimeters long, and were made of different materials—the inner one of platinum and rhodium, the outer from much less dense titanium and aluminum. Running the experiment in space removes factors that can disrupt gravitational force, such as water moving underground. The cylinders free fall as they move through space with an electric field present to keep them from veering from a straight downward path. Their fall is measured very precisely. Any deviations in acceleration would be seen as a change in the electrical field. The team reports that none were found. The researchers report their experiment offered 10 times the precision of previous experiments meant to do the same thing. They note that they believe it will be possible in the future to conduct the same experiment with even more precision by better controlling the temperature inside the satellite. 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


August 31, 2019 0

Taking to the roads

first_imgThe works at the exhibition Ways of the Road was created during three week artist residency held in the village of Partapur in Rajasthan. The residency, Sandarbh, was a curated one; the focus was on the bus that runs through the village and  the route it follows. Even more than the bus, the artist found himself preoccupied with documenting the roadPhotography has a long history of interactions with the road, the challenge was to make this project different. Fabien Charuau decided to follow the road and stop every kilometer to document what he saw. At every kilometre mark, he would shoot three images on three different film cameras – one of the roads, another of a person he met there and one of a landmark. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The experiments during his previous work led him to use different processes and visual technologies from the field that he wants to document. As for the equipment, artist has used three cheap film cameras and some film that he bought from the village.He  used a scanner ,again locally sourced, treating it as a dark room to produce contact sheets. The resulting contact sheet is a very long print, the map of the road he has travelled, each frame being a milestone of the road. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe crux of the project is what the road means to photography and many linear movements in photography.Whatever he has done has to do with linearity; the way the film moves in the camera, me moving ahead on the road, the scanning of the contact sheet, the contact sheet being printed, the experience of looking at the final print on the floor, even the negative could be viewed as a road.Charuau is a Bombay based visual artist working thus far with photography and video.Having spent half his life in india where his journey with photography began, he sees himself as an Indian photographer of French origin.Besides having had his work shown in solo and group shows and at photo festivals, his reflection on Indian photography has also seen him take on a curatorial role for a group show on contemporary Indian photography in Paris two years ago. He also writes on Indian photography for the French magazine Photo and for Tasveer journal.last_img read more


August 31, 2019 0

Thespians come together

first_imgThe recent Earthquake in Nepal is still alive in our minds in which thousands of people died and the country’s homes and other infrastructure have been devastated. With a view to extend support to the victims, National School of Drama with the support of performing arts fraternity is organising an event Nepal Sadhbhawna Natya Aayojan that starts from May 16 – 24 at the NSD campus.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“It is the duty of performing artistes to come together and stand up for the victims,” NSD director Waman Kendre said at a press conference held in the Capital.“It was very important for the artistic community to come together and contribute. I am glad that at such a short notice, we have been able to bring many stakeholders on board,” Kendre said.He further added, “Within 24 hours, we decided to organise the event and chose ongoing productions around Delhi or productions that are going to be staged soon. We didn’t have much time, so thought of selecting crowd-puller productions.”  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThis aayojan will showcase 12 plays of eminent theatre directors. To name these theatre directors are Raj Bisaria, Neelam Mansingh Choudhary, Rajinder Nath, Bansi Kaul, M K Raina, Tripurari Sharma, Prof. Waman Kendre, Chitra Singh, Shobha Deepak Singh, Baharul Islam, Prof. Suresh Bhardwaj and Ramji Bali.  The plays to be staged are – Gazab Teri Adaa, Shree Durga, Bagiya Bancha Ram Ki, Qisse Soojh Boojh Ke, Azad Maulana, Azad Maulana, Koi Baat Chale, Kabira Khada Bazaar Mein, Qissa Maujpur Ka, Ghasiram Kotwal. As the intention is to provide aid to quake victims, the ticket prices too are a bit on higher side, considering the fact that NSD is known for offering best productions at pocket-friendly prices.last_img read more


August 31, 2019 0

CM inaugurates 2 new police stations

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday inaugurated two new police stations.She also inaugurated new buildings of six police stations as well. Banerjee inaugurated the same from a programme at Nabanna Sabhaghar.Rajarpur and Narayanpur are the two police stations that the Chief Minister inaugurated on Friday.The new buildings of the police stations including that of Bidhannagar East, Jagatballavpur, Amta, Women Police Station Purulia, Bhutni Police Station and Kashipur were inaugurated. She also inaugurated Salua Police Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedQuarters.It may be mentioned that Chief Minister has taken up several projects for policemen and it includes development of infrastructure.Meanwhile, Kolkata Police have taken step to update its database to ensure better online facility for the payment regarding traffic related cases.It has been stated that while making online payment for traffic cases through the website of Kolkata Traffic Police, a few may get an error message – “Invalid Vehicle Number”.It happens because details of the vehicles are not present in the database of Kolkata Traffic Police. Hence, the police urge to mail a scanned copy of the smart card or registration certificate along with one’s mobile number to dctp@kolkatatrafficpolice.gov.in to update the records.last_img read more


August 31, 2019 0

Does reading selfhelp books make you stressed

first_imgRaising questions about the effectiveness of self-help books, researchers have found that consumers of self-help books are more sensitive to stress and show higher depressive symptoms.“The sale of self-help books generated over $10 billion in profits in 2009 in the US, which is a good reason to find out if they have a real impact on readers,” said one of the researchers Sonia Lupien from the University of Montreal in Canada.“Our results show that while consumers of certain types of self-help books secrete higher levels of cortisol (a stress hormone) when confronted with stressful situations, consumers of another type of self-help books show higher depressive symptomatology compared to non-consumers,” said first author of the study Catherine Raymond from the University of Montreal. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The researchers recruited 30 participants, half of whom were consumers of self-help books. The team measured several elements of the participants, including stress reactivity (salivary cortisol levels), openness, self-discipline, extraversion, compassion, emotional stability, self esteem and depressive symptoms. The group of self-help book consumers was itself divided into two types of readers: those who preferred problem-focused books and those who preferred growth-oriented books. The results showed that consumers of problem-focused self-help books presented greater depressive symptoms and growth oriented self-help books consumers presented increased stress reactivity compared to non-consumers.last_img read more


August 31, 2019 0

Health dept suspends two nursing students for 2 months

first_imgKolkata: Moutusi Mondal and Soma Burman, the two nursing students from NRS Medical College and Hospital who were arrested for their alleged involvement in the killing 16 puppies at the hospital campus and later released on bail, have been suspended by the state Health department for two months.They will not be allowed to attend classes at NRS Medical College and Hospital during this period. The incident had sparked outrage across the state. Various animal lovers’ organisations and Television personalities took to streets demanding stern action against those who had brutally killed the 16 puppies inside the hospital campus on 13 January. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe suspension has been imposed on the duo barely four days after they went back to their classes on Monday. Many people including some animal activists raised questions on how the two nursing students were allowed to attend classes when the investigation against them was still pending. According to the decision taken by the Health department, the two accused students would not be allowed to attend classes for two months. The decision has been taken on the basis of the report submitted by the hospital. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseOn Wednesday night, some of these activists and television artistes staged a demonstration outside Swasthya Bhawan demanding action against the guilty. They argued why the accused students were allowed to join back classes before the probe was over. They also raised questions on the role of the West Bengal Nursing Council. The hospital authorities, however, stood clear by saying it was the discretion of the Health department to take a decision on the nursing students and added that the court had granted them bail and not imposed any restrictions on them. Meanwhile, it may be mentioned that NRS Medical College and Hospital had formed a three-member committee to probe into the incident, besides a separate inquiry done by the city police. The committee also submitted a report to the Health department on the basis of its observation. In the report, the committee reportedly mentioned how the accused had killed the puppies. After the decision came on Friday, various nursing organisations in the city threatened to organise a protest movement against the decision of the Health department stating that the career of the two nursing students would be in jeopardy.last_img read more


August 31, 2019 0

Prolonged back pain can lead to serious medical complications

first_imgKolkata: A persistent back pain which is a common cause of spinal instability and nerve entrapment can eventually lead tremendous nerve pain, said a city-based doctor.The doctors have suggested that the patients with prolonged back pain must consult a physician before it is too late. According to the doctors, back pain affects a sizeable number of population in the state at some point in their lifetime. A senior doctor said people sometimes tend to ignore when they feel a back pain. In initial level there is nothing to worry about but it could complicate the situation if not treated on time. It can be caused due to sleeping in a wrong posture or even by having a minor injury. In some cases, back pain can be acute, recurrent or chronic and can appear anywhere along the spine. Back pain is caused by the degeneration of the spine. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataA minor trauma or unusual activity can cause back pain, which can led to muscle pain and spasms while there is degeneration. Bone spurs or osteophytes develop in and around the facet joint and discs. The ligaments can thicken and compress the spinal cord, causing central spinal stenosis or nerve root entrapment. Spondylolisthesis, may occur, which can cause instability and movement in the spinal column. This may produce pain or weakness, particularly in an arm or leg. Spondylolisthesis is a slipping of vertebra that occurs, in most cases, at the base of the spine. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateLow back pain associated with leg pain is a more serious issue. Low back pain along with leg pain often signifies the nerve roots being compressed either by ostrophytes or a prolapsed disc in the lumbosacral region. If kept unattended it can lead to numbness and finally weakness of the leg, urinary problems, bowel problems and sexual dysfunction can also be caused due to long standing back pain with nerve root compression. Dr Tapas Chatterjee, a senior consultant of department of neuroscience in a city hospital said: “Sometimes lower back pain is not a specific condition, but a symptom of something else. Low back pain is more common in women than men. Connective tissues surrounding muscles in the back normally have alternating layers of fibers that handle substantial loads and glide easily. People with prolonged low-back pain have decreased gliding motion between connective tissue layers, which could contribute to functional impairment.”last_img read more


August 31, 2019 0

Bringing alive contemporary folk and urban contemporary art

first_imgKnown for presenting thought-provoking and groundbreaking exhibits, Anubhav Nath, Director of Ojas Art Gallery has come up with ‘Ascending Roots’, an exhibition of indigenous and urban contemporary artists, which is conceptualized by Rahul Kumar.The show, which will be on view from September 7 – 30 at Ojas Art Gallery, will host 70 artworks in various mediums like paintings, lithographs, sculptures, intaglio, drypoint, drawings, watercolours, acrylic on canvas and oil on canvas by 10 revered artists including Ashish Kushwaha, Abhishek Verma, Deepak Kumar, Jignesh Panchal, Mahalaxmi, Mayur and Tushar Vayeda, Mayank Shyam, Shahanshah Mittal and Sher Singh Bheel. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBringing alive both contemporary folk art and urban contemporary art, the exhibit celebrates young artists handpicked from each of the categories. The common binding theme lies in the beauty of the absence of any theme. The works will represent the most preferred subject by the artists themselves thus giving the spectators an insight into a fresh perspective. The purpose of any art is to express, to tell a story. Contemporary-folk artists create works with the same fundamentals at the core but have adapted to the plethora of modern day material. This has, in turn, made room for the artworks to move beyond the impermanence of drawn-on-the-walls to an object, a painting on paper or canvas. Art today is multi-dimensional derived from themes that are the urban or global phenomenon. In contrast, urban-contemporary art is always a reflection of an individualistic expression. The works take upon the global trends but with an individualistic take and with varied media and reconditioning techniques. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSpeaking about the exhibit, Anubhav Nath, Director of OJAS Art Gallery, says, “Ascending roots is about exploring the cross-pollination of thoughts and emotions, media and techniques, and style and imagery across the two categories. It is an invite for the spectators to ponder if the boundary lines separating the groups be erased.” I feel it is important to bring the two genres of art under one roof. To allow the works to be seen next to each other. We decided not to add the load of theme for the show. It is now up to the viewers to find if and how there are connections, says Rahul Kumar, Curator of the show.last_img read more


August 31, 2019 0

Colin Lonzo Ball is slipping further and further out of the Lakers

first_imgToday in The Herd, Colin noted the trend of teams like the Lakers and Suns tanking their seasons by playing lineups that are younger than many of the teams left in the Sweet 16.It’s clear the Lakers see their future as UCLA star, and California native, Lonzo Ball. Even though the Lakers are in full tank-mode, the better Ball plays, the harder he becomes for Magic Johnson to get.Colin pointed out that the Lakers have around a 50% chance to land a Top 3 pick, but only a 19% chance of securing the #1 pick. If Ball balls out tonight against Kentucky and continues to separate himself as the clear cut top pick, it’s all going to come down to dumb luck and a 20% prayer in the lottery.Listen to Colin explain the Lakers dilemma:last_img read more


August 30, 2019 0

Matt Ryan is more Andy Dalton than Aaron Rodgers

first_imgGuests:Doug Gottlieb – FS1 Analyst and host of The Doug Gottlieb Show is in-studio talking Thunder struggles; if Baker Mayfield can work in the NFL; and how Lonzo Ball impressed him in the 4th quarter against Philly.Metta World Peace – NBA champion with the Lakers is in-studio talking Lonzo Ball start to the season; why he likes Lonzo’s game; what he was like as a rookie.Rob Parker – FS1 Analyst is in-studio to explain why Lonzo is a bust, and why Eli should step aside. Matt Ryan is more Andy Dalton than Aaron RodgersAfter an MVP year and a Super Bowl run, many were saying that Matt Ryan had entered the small, elite echelon of quarterbacks like Aaron Rodgers. Colin never bought in.He thinks Ryan is a solid B level quarterback, but points out that his career year in 2016 was an outlier to the rest of his seasons since entering the league. When comparing stats, Ryan’s numbers pale in comparison to Rodgers, but are almost identical to mediocre standard bearer Andy Dalton. Polarizing Lonzo Ball is great for the NBALonzo Ball had a game-winning assist in Philadelphia in the latest chapter to his up and down NBA rookie year. While the debate rages in the media and among fans if Ball is a bust or will eventually work out, regardless of the answer Colin thinks he’s good for the NBA because he’s polarizing.He calls Ball a “pick a side guy,” meaning people either love him or hate him, with few in the middle. Even if he’s not a star in the end people will still be invested in following his story to see how it works out.Last night, Lonzo was furiously booed, but the fans still had to show up to do it.Also:Colin’s NFL Week 14 Blazin’ 5last_img read more


August 30, 2019 0

VIDEO Shaka Smart fought back tears during powerful postgame tribute to player

first_imgTexas got an emotional 99-98 double overtime win over 16th ranked TCU last night, shortly after getting the crushing news that sophomore guard Andrew Jones had been diagnosed with leukemia.Following the game, players held up Jones’ jersey as “The Eyes of Texas” played, and Smart was visibly overcome by the moment and fought back tears. Even though Jones faces a daunting path to recovery after his diagnosis, it’s clear he won’t have to go through it alone.Emotional Eyes of Texas for Shaka Smart and the Longhorns. #HookEm pic.twitter.com/fokxmIooW9— Michael Shapiro (@mshap2) January 11, 2018last_img read more


August 30, 2019 0

Green Tech Save the Planet the Easy Way

first_img More Ways to Reduce Brought to you by PCWorld When Buying New, Go GreenAnother essential aspect of energy use conservation involves looking ahead. Every time you buy something new, make sure it’s green. Here are a few low-power toys to get you started:Earth-friendly PC: Hewlett-Packard offers a full line of Energy Star-compliant products. The HP Compaq Business Desktop dc5750($750) comes with an 80GB SATA hard drive, 1GB of DDR2 memory, an AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core processor, and the Windows Vista Business operating system. Under optimum conditions, according to HP, it consumes 52 percent less energy than a standard desktop. Green storage:Western Digital’s Caviar GP WD10EACS($320) is a 1TB hard drive that consumes less power and operates at lower temperatures than comparable-size drives. It scored fairly well on our tests against a similar nongreen hard drive. Light up less: Replacing the light bulbs in your house with compact fluorescent light(CFL) bulbs can reduce your energy use for lighting by 75 percent (CFLs last about 10 times longer than standard incandescent bulbs, too). Or go a step further and get Motionbulbs ($20)–CFLs equipped with motion sensors that turn on when you enter a room and turn off when you leave.A different kind of pod: Your iPod is great, but how energy efficient is the constant recharging? Maybe you should try a Wind Up Eco Media Player (£150) instead. This device has an FM stereo radio, plays video and music, and comes with a built-in microphone, LED light, and SD Card reader. To charge its 20-hour battery, you turn a crank at the back–1 minute of winding yields 40 minutes of audio playback. (Or you can plug it into a USB port and let the electric company do the cranking.) More Ways to ReduceAt home: Every light in your house uses energy. Lighting-control systems such as Watt Stopper’s Wall Switch Vacancy Sensors(about $45 online) can replace your light switches with motion sensors that turn lights on when they detect people in a room. More-comprehensive systems like Green Switch (starts at $1125) can reduce your energy costs by at least 25 percent by retrofitting your house with a master switch for simultaneously turning off all light switches, wall plugs, and air-conditioning systems you put under its control. Outdoors: Water conservation is becoming a major issue. WeatherTrakprovides a service to regulate your lawn-watering system, reducing water use and runoff. The company’s irrigation system will automatically schedule watering based on the soil type and slope of your lawn along with data gathered from local weather stations and NOAA satellites.Get money to conserve: Various state, local, and federal entities have established incentives for switching to renewable energy or boosting your energy efficiency. Use DSIRE, the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency, to find out what else you can do to reduce your use (and get some rebates, grants, and tax deductions while you’re at it).Reuse and RecycleTechnology enthusiasts tend to buy lots of new gadgets. But instead of dumping the old ones, why not recycle them?PCs: Perhaps the best thing you can do with an old computer is to donate it to a charity that will reuse it. Some local United Way chaptersgive refurbished computers to schools and families in need. Another option is to donate your computer to a Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher, which will ultimately give your computer to a charity, nonprofit organization, school, or public library.Cell phones: There are lots of ways to recycle phones, PDAs, cell phone batteries, chargers, and related accessories (some companies will even take your old appliances and other electronics). You can drop off old mobile phones at Best Buy, Office Depot, or Staples. Or you can mail out-of-date handsets back to Sprint, T-Mobile, Samsung, or Motorola. The Environmental Protection Agency maintains a comprehensive listof providers and retailers that operate recycling programs.Everything else: The EPA keeps track of recycling, donation, and refurbishment programs for just about anything that requires electricity to run. Check out the master list at the EPA’s eCyclingWeb site. Plug in to efficiency : Your computer, monitor, printer, or other electronic hardware sucks power out of your outlets even when it’s inactive. The best solution is to plug each component into a device that prevents useless power drain. BITS Limited’s Smart Strip ($33) powers your PC and your peripherals at the same time. And when you turn off your PC, the strip automatically suspends power to all other devices you aren’t using. Another option, Watt Stopper’s IDP-3050 power strip ($40 at Web retailers), has a motion sensor that turns its outlets on when the strip senses someone in the room–and off when no one is there. Going green is in, but how easy is it to do? Many small changes that you can make in your everyday life will add up to a big impact on the environment–and you don’t have to buy a Toyota Prius to accomplish them. In many cases, it’s a matter of getting a gadget to do the hard work for you. Here are ten steps you can take with technology to help save the planet. ReduceBefore you can keep track of how successful you are at reducing your impact on the environment, you need to know what your impact is. A slew of gadgets, gizmos, and software programs can get you started.It’s possible to modify your entire house to monitor its energy use. Agilewaves Resource Monitor links a flat-panel touch screen with your home’s power, water, gas, and temperature systems. The panel lets you access real-time usage data (and time-lapse data) by floor, room, individual appliance, or specific utility. You can also access the Internet with it, of course.If you don’t have the big bucks to drop on digitizing your house, consider a simpler alternative. You can plug P3 International’s Kill A Watt ($40) into any electrical outlet and then plug the appliance you want to measure into Kill-A-Watt. The device measures kilowatt-hours of energy and tells you how much the appliance costs to run.Of course, the point of monitoring your energy intake is to help you waste less power. Here are some painless ways to cut back:PC: A typical PC consumes 600 kwh of electricity every year. Software can help you reduce that expenditure. Most programs, like Verdiem’s Surveyor , automatically shift your computer to its lowest power settings when the machine isn’t not in use. Monitor: Energy Star , a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, recommends shutting your monitor down after 5 minutes of inactivity. Conveniently, Energy Star provides a link on one of its pages to a Computer Management Savings Calculator, which includes a monitor component. The site also offers drop-down lists of Energy Star-qualified monitors from various vendors on its Monitors page . Finally, for a downloadedable PowerPoint presentation of the program’s guidelines for qualifying monitors, see ” Proposed Energy Star Specifications for Computer Monitors .”The Web: Some authorities contend that the amount of energy a cathode-ray tube monitor uses depends on the color it displays. According to the Department of Energy , for example, a white screen uses 74 watts of power, while a black screen uses only 59 watts. So you may be able to save power by using a black Google screen such as those offered by Google-Black , GreenerGLE , Earthle , and Darkoogle for your searches. Similarly, you can display Word documents as colored text on a black background. Or enable a starry night screen saver.Use less paper: Even if “print less” is not an option for you, you can reduce your paper use by 4.75 percent: simply by changing your margins . The standard Microsoft Word document sets the margins at 1 inch on the top and bottom of the page, and at 1.75 inches on each side. Reducing those margins to .75 inch each saves paper, money, and trees. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.center_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals When Buying New, Go Green Register Now » January 1, 2008 7 min readlast_img read more


August 30, 2019 0

Three Cool Ways Entrepreneurs Use iPads for Business

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. min read Forget table tents, at Scott Wise’ Thr3e Wise Men pizzeria, iPads serve as menus.Credit: {amanda} williams photographyThe iPad 2 may be on many consumers’ wishlists, but should you buy in?Some entrepreneurs may be on the fence — perhaps deterred by the up to $829 price tag or the up-to-five-week wait. Others may think the Apple device is overhyped and not as useful as some say.But many have embraced the iPad — and not just for presenting slick Power Point slides. Here’s a look at some creative ways Apple’s entrepreneurial faithful are using the iPad — and how you can too: Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Point of saleWhen Shannon Radke and her husband Florian launched their upscale Berkeley, Calif., bakery, Cinnaholic, they bagged the old $3,000 and 100-pound cash registers for two $600 iPads affixed to docking stations. They can process cash and credit-card transactions by way of Square, a free app and reader that turns the gadgets into credit-card payment systems with no contracts or merchant account required. Though cash purchases can be processed for free through the Square app, credit-card transaction fees, which range from 2.75% to 3.5% plus 15 cents, still apply.MenusIf Steve Jobs calls the iPad 2 Apple’s “third post-PC product,” Scott Wise calls it a menu. At his Thr3e Wise Men pizzeria and brewery, which opened in January, the restaurateur installed iPads on the tables to allow diners to view the menu, the company’s website and videos.Production toolDJ and producer Rana Sobhany knows a good beat when she hears one, but she’s also pretty quick with technology. Using iPad apps like Groovemaker House and Pianist Pro, the New York City DJ is able to weave together seamless beats using just two iPads. She told Switched that the iPads, which set her back $1,200, are cheaper and easier to transport than typically clunky DJ equipment.What creative business uses have you seen — or would like to see — for the iPad or other tablet? Leave a comment and let us know. Berkeley, Calif., bakery Cinnaholic uses iPads instead of cash registers. March 23, 2011 Register Now »last_img read more


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