Noborders mouse runs across screens

first_img Microsoft demos new Windows ‘8’ for tablets, PCs © 2011 PhysOrg.com Citation: No-borders mouse runs across screens (2011, September 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-no-borders-mouse-screens.html Explore further The program lets a user copy and paste from one computer to the next; drag and drop files from one machine to the next; log in to all the PCs on the desk at once and lock all the connected PCs at once. Up to four PCs can sync up into one unit. center_img The free program is a 1.1 MB download and no additional hardware is required. What is required is that all the computers involved be on the same local network. You install Mouse Without Borders on the first PC. You are given a security key and then you key in the information into the other PCs, and you have them linked. You can move the keyboard and mouse across the computers.As any open source developer can attest, Microsoft is not known for giving away its software free but this new application is the product of “The Garage” which is both a physical place in Building 4 at Microsoft’s Redmond headquarters and a company program. The Garage welcomes sandbox tinkering and project incubations by employees outside their regular working hours.Mouse Without Borders easily won attention inhouse and it was decided to download the app to the public. The video shows developer Truong Do as the creator. Truong Do, when not at the Garage, works for Microsoft Dynamics, the ERP and CRM line of applications designed to work with other Microsoft software.The Garage and its science fairs within Microsoft helped expose the project to 9,000 people before it was ready for external release as a free download. According to reports, they subjected the app to rigorous tests to ensure they could bring it to the public bug-free.Truong had been looking for an easier way to cope with different mouse and keyboard configurations for each PC in the office, so he devised his own solution.”The project is testament to the power of The Garage which helped Truong develop the user interface and set up the usability tests that have helped the tool become very accessible and easy to use,” said Steve Clayton of TechNet.This is not the first time, though, for an application such as this. Open-source Synergy has a following, as a program that enables a user to share mouse and keyboard between multiple computers. Unlike Windows-only Mouse Without Borders, Synergy is supported on Windows, OS X and Linux. (PhysOrg.com) — Microsoft has announced a free download that lets you work your mouse to navigate across multiple PCs. Mouse Without Borders is the name of the program and it is drawing positive reviews from first-time users taking it on a test drive. They like the program’s ease of use in navigating multiple computers on the desk with a single mouse and keyboard, as if the machines were simply multiple displays of the same system. 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

Printed CNT transistor circuits may lead to cheaper OLED displays

center_img (Left) The fully printed back-gated SWCNT thin-film transistor printed on silicon dioxide. (Right) The fully printed top-gated SWCNT thin-film transistor printed on flexible Kapton. Image credit: Pochiang Chen, et al. ©2011 American Chemical Society (PhysOrg.com) — While flexible OLED displays have begun appearing in some cell phones, the technology is still too expensive to be widely used in consumer electronics. In one of the latest attempts to enable low-cost mass-production of OLED displays, researchers have fabricated the first complete thin-film transistor circuits printed with a carbon nanotube (CNT) solution for use with display electronics. They found that these circuits are not only easy to fabricate, but they also work as excellent current switches when connected to OLEDs. Citation: Printed CNT transistor circuits may lead to cheaper OLED displays (2011, December 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-12-cnt-transistor-circuits-cheaper-oled.html Copyright 2011 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.last_img read more

Phylogenetic analyses suggests fairy tales are much older than thought

first_img Citation: Phylogenetic analyses suggests fairy tales are much older than thought (2016, January 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-01-phylogenetic-analyses-fairy-tales-older.html Journal information: Royal Society Open Science More information: Comparative phylogenetic analyses uncover the ancient roots of Indo-European folktales, Royal Society Open Science, Published 14 January 2016.DOI: 10.1098/rsos.150645 , https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/2020/IMG18556.jpg” alt=”center_img” /> 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. Approximate locations of Indo-European-speaking populations in Eurasia. Points are colour-coded by linguistic subfamily: red, Germanic; pink, Balto-Slavic; orange, Romance; green, Celtic; blue, Indo-Iranian; Turquoise, Hellenic; grey, Albanian; brown, Armenian. Credit: Royal Society Open Science, Published 14 January 2016.DOI: 10.1098/rsos.150645 (Phys.org)—A pair of researchers has conducted a phylogenetic analysis on common fairy tales and has found that many of them appear to be much older than has been thought. In their paper published in Royal Society Open Science, Sara Graça da Silva, a social scientist/folklorist with New University of Lisbon and Jamshid Tehrani, an anthropologist with Durham University describe the linguistic study they carried out and why they believe at least one fairy tale had its origins in the Bronze Age. © 2016 Phys.orglast_img read more

New form of matter may lie just beyond the periodic table

first_imgThe physicists hope that, if the minimum mass of elements with a udQM ground state is not much more than 300, it may be possible to produce this new form of stable matter by fusing together some of the other heavy elements. They expect that one of the challenges will be to supply enough neutrons in the reaction, but that udQM may be easier to produce than SQM. One reason for their optimism is that the new results point to the existence of a “continent of stability”—a large region in which udQM may have the most stable configuration, which may guide future production attempts.If producing udQM presents difficulties, the researchers note that it can also be searched for on Earth, since it can arrive via cosmic rays and then become trapped in normal matter. In the future, the researchers plan to explore the possibility of searching for quark matter, both on Earth and in more distant locations.”We would like to know more about the abundance of quark matter in the universe,” the researchers said. “We are thus looking at the conversion rate of nuclear matter to udQM inside neutron stars. We would also like to identify those searches for SQM that are most relevant for udQM. It is then of interest to consider how those searches could be improved upon and/or extended.”If scientists could produce or find quark matter of any kind, one very intriguing potential application is energy generation.”Knowing better where to look for udQM might then help to achieve an old idea, that of using quark matter as a new source of energy,” the researchers said. “If quark matter is found (or produced in accelerators), it may be stored and then fed with slow neutrons or heavy ions. The absorption of these particles means a lower total mass and thus a release of energy, mostly in the form of gamma radiation. Unlike nuclear fusion, this is a process that should be easy to initiate and control.” Citation: New form of matter may lie just beyond the periodic table (2018, June 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-periodic-table.html But oganesson may be one of the last of its kind. In a new paper, scientists predict that elements with masses greater than approximately 300 may be composed of freely flowing “up” and “down” quarks—the same kind that protons and neutrons are made of, but these quarks wouldn’t be bound into triplets. The scientists predict that this type of matter, called “up down quark matter,” or udQM, would be stable for extremely heavy elements that might exist just beyond the end of the current periodic table. If it could be produced on Earth, quark matter has the potential to be used as a new source of energy.The possibility that heavy baryonic matter has a udQM ground state rather than a hadronic one is described in a paper published in Physical Review Letters by University of Toronto physicists Bob Holdom, Jing Ren, and Chen Zhang.The idea that some kind of quark matter might form the ground state of baryonic matter is not new. In a famous paper from 1984, physicist Edward Witten suggested that strange quark matter (SQM) might fulfill this role. However, SQM consists of comparable amounts of up, down, and strange quarks. One of the new results of the latest study is that quark matter without strange quarks, i.e., udQM, has lower bulk energy per baryon than either SQM or hadronic matter, making it energetically favorable.”Physicists have been searching for SQM for decades,” the researchers told Phys.org. “From our results, many searches may have been looking in the wrong place. … It is quite a basic question to answer: What is the lowest energy state of a sufficiently large number of quarks? We argue that the answer is not nuclear matter or strange SQM, but rather udQM, a state composed of nearly massless up and down quarks.”The idea that quark matter may lie just beyond the periodic table is somewhat surprising because, in general, quark matter is thought to exist only in extreme environments, such as the cores of neutron stars, heavy ion colliders, hypothetical quark stars, and within the first milliseconds of the early universe. When produced in a collider, quark matter typically decays within a fraction of a second into stable hadronic matter (with bound quarks). Currently, the heaviest element on the periodic table is oganesson, which has an atomic mass of 294 and was officially named in 2016. Like every element on the periodic table, nearly all of oganesson’s mass comes from protons and neutrons (types of baryons) that are themselves made of three quarks each. A crucial feature of all known baryonic matter is that its quarks are bound together so tightly by the strong force that they are inseparable. As particles made of bound quarks (such as protons and neutrons) are called hadrons, scientists refer to the ground state of baryonic matter as “hadronic matter.” Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The new theoretical results suggest that udQM may have a stable configuration in the “continent of stability,” indicating that searches should look in the region with large mass, A (>300) and sufficiently large charge Z, Z/A~0.3. Credit: Holdom et al. ©2018 American Physical Society Neutron stars cast light on quark matter © 2018 Phys.org More information: Bob Holdom, Jing Ren, and Chen Zhang. “Quark Matter May Not Be Strange.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.120.222001 (open access) Journal information: Physical Review Letterslast_img read more

Dance and the details

first_imgThe second edition of the Indo-French festival of contemporary dance, DanSe DialogueS concluded on Wednesday with an elaborate discussion on ‘Locating Dance in India Today: between tradition and contemporaneity’. The discussion was conducted and led by the cultural theorist, Alka Pande. The discourse included an exchange of theories and thoughts on the various forms of traditional Indian dances and the amalgamation of the traditional and contemporary styles.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The dialogue was a fitting occasion to comprehend the evolving dance scene in India with noted speakers including choreographer and photographer Shobha Deepak Singh, Dance writer Leela Venkatraman, arts editor-cultural journaist-photographer, speaker and lights designer Sadanand Menon, Bharatnatyam dancer and pianist Justin McCarthy and singer, dancer, researcher and author Deepti Omchery Bhalla. The past decade and more has witnessed much transformation of the cultural scenario in the country in practically every domain. The second edition of the festival DanSe DialogueS provided a pretext and context to dissect and explore this with people who have keenly observed and studied the growth of dance in India. The conversation segment focused on the dynamics and refrains of the richly evolving dance scenario and its future.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixShobha Deepak Singh’s book, Dancescapes: A Photographic Journey was also on display during the occasion. DanSe DialogueS is a contemporary dance platform in India. Its first edition took place in November 2011 in New Delhi, Chennai and Bangalore and brought together more than 7500 spectators in these three cities. The festival is dedicated to promoting the richness and diversity of Indian and French contemporary dance, fostering collaboration between French and Indian professionals in this field while popularizing contemporary forms of expression among the Indian public. During its second edition, DanSe DialogueS featured French choreographers and Indo-French collaborations touring 7 cities (Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and Trivandrum) to present their productions, alongside Indian dance companies. DanSe DialogueS activities range from performances, talks, master classes, screenings and exchanges of French and Indian dance techniques and forms to create original collaborative pieces.last_img read more

State finalises design of monument to commemorate martyrs of Singur

first_imgKolkata: The state government has finalised the design based on which a monument at Singur will be installed, to mark the sacrifice of the martyrs of the movement.Sources said that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday has given approval to one of the designs out of three to four which were placed before her. Based on the design, the sculpture will be developed on a pedestal close to the 997 acres of the multi-crop land, that was once taken away from farmers to set up Tata’s small car project. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIt was on August 31 in 2016, when the farmers got back their land after a fight spanning a period of 10 long years, following a landmark judgment of the Supreme Court, stating that the acquisition for the project was unjustified. The Chief Minister had announced setting up of the monument to mark the sacrifice of the martyrs during the Singur movement, when she went there after the historic win of the farmers. The decision to set up the monument was taken so that the future generations would get to know the sacrifice of 14 people, who gave their lives protesting against the forceful acquisition of the land. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe work to set up the same had started and artists were engaged to design the same. According to the sources in the state secretariat, the Chief Minister has given approval to a design of the monument, depicting farmers with sickles and wheat stalks in their hands, standing around ploughs.The height of the statue will be around 25 to 30 feet and it will be placed on a 15 feet high pedestal. An undertaking company of the state government will be developing the monument. A one-acre plot has been identified off National Highway 2 at Singer Bheri area in Singur, where a park with beautiful landscape will be developed, with the statue being set up at the centre of the park.Fourteen people, who had laid their lives down while protesting against the Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee government’s move to acquire the land, include Tapasi Malik and Rajkumar Bhul. Tapasi, a teenage girl, was burnt to death after being allegedly raped and her body was found on the acquired plot. It had given momentum to the movement against the land acquisition. Similarly, 26-year-old Bhul was beaten up by the police in this connection and he later succumbed to his injuries. His mother wrote an open letter to the then Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, holding him responsible for her son’s death.The Mamata Banerjee government had provided all support to the land losers to get back their land. Moreover, the Singur movement, starting from day one to the day the land was returned to farmers after the present state government came to power, has once again seen Singur turn into its previous cultivable condition and has been included in the history book of Class VIII.last_img read more

Lokesh Rahul belts 337 as Karnataka take control

first_imgOpener Lokesh Rahul slammed a triple century (337, 448b, 47×4, 4×6) as defending champions Karnataka flogged Uttar Pradesh attack to pile up 719 for nine declared in their first innings on the second day of the Group A Ranji Trophy league match on Friday.Resuming at their overnight total of 326 for four, Karnataka lost Shreyas Gopal (90, 144b, 15×4), who added just two runs to his score, in the third over of the day, but by then, he had added 180 runs for the fifth wicket with 22-year-old Rahul. Rahul, who was 150 overnight, hardly missed a beat as he put on 105 runs for the sixth wicket with C.M. Gautam (57, 73, 11×4) and 236 for the seventh with Abrar Kazi (117 not out, 190b, 14×4, 4×6) to ground the UP bowling to the dust.Rahul’s chanceless marathon effort stretching over 671 minutes finally ended when he became one of Praveen Kumar’s five victims, but by then, Karnataka had taken firm control of the game. In the course of becoming the first player from Karnataka to score a triple century in first-class cricket, Rahul went past Barrington Rolland’s 283 to become his State’s highest run-scorer in the Indian domestic circuit.last_img read more

Rape videos on WhatsApp SC orders CBI probe issues notice to Centre

first_img“The fact of the matter is that it is a very serious issue and something needs to be done,” the social justice bench of justices Madan B Lokur and U U Lalit said after going through the contents of the letter written by Hyderabad-based NGO Prajwala to Chief Justice of India H L Dattu.“Since the first suggestion (of NGO) is for CBI investigation, notice be issued to the Director CBI to register the crime and start investigation with immediate effect,” the bench said. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIThe NGO, which provided the videos in a pen drive along with the letter to the CJI, said that one video, which is 4.5 minutes long, shows a man raping a girl while another man is filming the heinous act.The other video, spanning 8.5 minutes, relates to gangrape of a girl by five culprits who have been shown smiling, cracking jokes, making a video and taking photos while they went about sexually assaulting the victim, it said.The court issued notices to central ministries of Home Affairs and Information Technology and asked the MHA Secretary to “forward the pen drive/DVD” to the CBI Director “forthwith” for the investigation. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindSetting up of old age homes: SC seeks Centre’s response on PILSupreme Court on Friday sought the Centre’s response on a PIL seeking setting up of old age homes with basic healthcare facilities across the country. A social justice bench comprising justices Madan B Lokur and U U Lalit issued notice to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on the plea and sought its response. The bench, however, did not issue notice to other respondents including Medical Council of India saying, “Since we are limiting the scope of the petition to setting up of old age homes only, we are issuing notice only to the Health Ministry only.”last_img read more

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