As if designing an energy-neutral, self-sustaining home for four was not enough for Scott Specht and Louise Harpman, of the NYC/Austin-based architectural firm Specht Harpman, the zeroHouse™ has even more appealing features… zeroHouse is prefabricated! Upper floor of zeroHouse, graphic. © Specht Harpman via Bēhance Network Upper floor of zeroHouse, graphic. © Specht Harpman via Bēhance Network Design of living room, zeroHouse graphic. © Specht Harpman via Bēhance Network Lower floor of zeroHouse, graphic. © Specht Harpman via Bēhance Network zeroHouse graphic. © Specht Harpman via Bēhance Network Lower floor of zeroHouse, graphic. © Specht Harpman via Bēhance Network Design of kitchen, zeroHouse graphic. © Specht Harpman via Bēhance Network Design of living room, zeroHouse graphic. © Specht Harpman via Bēhance Network Energy, water, and waste? No problem for the zeroHouse. The solar panels generate all the power, which is stored in a battery for a week, just in case the sun does not wish to shine. The beautiful bay windows are heat-mirror glass that is triple-paned to provide extra insulation, and the zeroHouse collects its own rain water and filters it in four 550-gallon cisterns. Waste is collected in an automated composting unit and used to feed the garden once a year.Automated? The whole house is automated and programmable to minimize electricity use. zeroHouse is even wired with sensors to communicate with your PC. zeroHouse is only 650 square feet but, as designed, every inch of the space is utilized. It does look to be quite comfortable inside. “People think they need a bigger house, but they may just need a better designed one,” Louise Harpman told the Austin Statesman. Below is the layout of the two-story zeroHouse: zeroHouse graphic. © Specht Harpman via Bēhance Network You say that prefab is not your style? Then perhaps you might be just a little tempted by these visions of where you can take zeroHouse by literally packing it up in an extra-large suitcase! zeroHouse graphic. © Specht Harpman via Bēhance Network Indeed the zeroHouse can be placed virtually anywhere, including in 10 feet of water and on hillsides with slopes up to 35 degrees, all due to its helical-anchor foundation that requires no excavation. And when you’re ready to move, you can literally pick up your stakes and go. Solar Home Built by Students zeroHouse graphic. © Specht Harpman via Bēhance Network 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. zeroHouse graphic. © Specht Harpman via TreeHugger.com More information: Specht Harpman — www.spechtharpman.com/Specht Harpman Portfolio, Bēhance Network — www.behance.net/Gallery/zeroHouse/302499Statesman.com — www.statesman.com/business/rea … enest-of-182527.htmlzeroHouse.net — www.zerohouse.net/ Explore further Design of kitchen, zeroHouse graphic. © Specht Harpman via Bēhance Network Citation: zeroHouse Speaks To The Conservationist And The Romanticist (2010, January 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-01-zerohouse-conservationist-romanticist.html All of the zeroHouse electronics, construction materials, and fabrics are chosen for their durability as well as design appeal. Below are the living room and kitchen designs; color choice is wide. zeroHouse graphic. © Specht Harpman via Bēhance Network © 2010 PhysOrg.com zeroHouse graphic. © Specht Harpman via Bēhance Network zeroHouse will sell for approximately $350,000. Any takers besides me?___
Citation: Elephant bird probably wiped out by nest raiders and habitat loss (2010, December 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-12-elephant-bird-raiders-habitat-loss.html Fifty years ago Sir David collected a giant fossilized egg over 25 cm long and has kept it in his cellar ever since. The bird that laid the egg was around three meters tall, weighed over 450 kg and roamed the island until perhaps as late as a few centuries ago. It is not known what caused the extinction of the elephant bird, but theories include the effects of climate change, human hunting, and the diseases that came with the domesticated fowls that accompanied the humans.Madagascar is an island of the east coast of Africa, which Sir David first visited in 1960 to film an episode of Zoo Quest, a popular TV series. After finding fragments of a fossilized shell, he offered the locals a reward if they could find him more pieces, and a little boy presented him with a complete set of fragments Attenborough later had professionally stuck together.Humans are believed to have arrived in Madagascar about 2,000 years ago, but the elephant bird and humans coexisted for many centuries. Sailors visiting Madagascar in the 17th century returned to Europe with reports of seeing the giant birds, and with samples of the eggs. It is thought that the birds were fully extinct by the early 18th century. Explore further Researchers now believe that most of elephant bird populations had disappeared by about 1,000 years ago and only those in remote parts of the island survived. Dr. Tom Higham of the research laboratory for archaeology at Oxford University said they had dated “quite a few” elephant bird eggs and the youngest they had found was dated at about 900 AD, a time at which the human population was expanding. Sir David had his own fossil egg dated and found it was about 1,300 years old, much older than he had thought.Sir David says there is now compelling evidence the human inhabitants of the island stole the eggs for food, even though they revered the birds themselves, and the nest raiding plus destruction of the native forest habitats led gradually to their extinction. Restoration of Aepyornis maximus. Image credit: Wikipedia. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Elephant Bird Egg, Hungarian Natural History Museum. Scientists tease DNA from eggshell of extinct birds (PhysOrg.com) — Sir David Attenborough has returned to the island of Madagascar to discover the fate of the elephant bird, the largest bird ever to live on Earth, and to make a BBC documentary about it: “Attenborough and the Giant Egg.” Evidence for the theory comes from recent archaeological findings of shells of elephant bird eggs among the remains of ancient camp fires, which suggest the eggs were used for food. At around 150 times the volume of a hen’s egg, one egg would easily feed a number of families.It is unlikely that the giant bird, which was much bigger than today’s ostrich, was hunted to extinction, according to Sir David, who thinks stealing the eggs and loss of habitat were much more likely cause of their demise. In the new documentary Sir David examines the latest evidence and returns to some of the sites he visited 50 years ago, the first time he has deliberately returned to a place he had previously visited. He said 50 years ago the forest in the area was extensive, and now all that is left is an abandoned saw mill. The human population on the island has tripled, and all the previously wild places are being replaced with villages and rice fields. The changes leave many other species, including the rare Lemur, now critically endangered. 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 Meka Robotics’ M1 has a human like appearance. It has a head with two eyes and an adjustable torso that allows it to go between the height of an average sitting human and an average standing human. The M1 does not, however know how to walk like a man. It has bypassed the idea of bipedal locomotion in favor of a motorized wheel base. That does limit its mobility, but unlike walking robots, like Asimo, it does not spend a lot of time and processing power on walking that can be better used on tasks. Explore further © 2010 PhysOrg.com The choice of using modified Microsoft Kinect sensors allows the robot to see the world in some semblance of 3D, which is important if the robot wants to be able to act in the real world, which is the goal of these bots, human-like action.These robots are expected to retail for about $340,000 for a user-customizable design, which means that you will not likely see them at the corner store, but when they are ordered the customer will get exactly what they need from the bot. The market for these bots in expected to be universities and in-house research facilities. Scientists study robot-human interactions More information: mekabot.com/products/m1-mobile-manipulator/ (PhysOrg.com) — San Francisco-based company Meka has introduced the Meka Robotics’ M1. The Meka Robotics’ M1 is a mobile robot that features a pair of dextrous arms with what is known as compliant force-control (a set of sensors that measure how much force is being used for each task, in order to keep the robot from breaking items or hurting humans) and some modified Microsoft Kinect sensors. Citation: The Meka Robotics’ M1: A customizable human-like bot at $340,000 (2011, February 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-02-meka-robotics-m1-customizable-human-like.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.
According to Pricegrabber, of 2,852 online shoppers recently polled, thirty five percent of them plan to buy an Apple iPhone when it’s released sometime this fall. Furthermore, a full sixty nine percent of them, when asked which kind of smart phone they’d most like to receive as a gift, chose the iPhone 5, a smart phone that consumers have yet to even see. Pricegrabber says the results are from a poll of online consumers, but doesn’t indicate if that only includes customers who visited the Pricegrabber website, which if true, would obviously offer skewed results. It might also be noted, that online consumers, as opposed to those that shop mainly via other methods (or aren’t shopping at all) are likely to be those oriented to buying a smart phone in general. Finally, according to a recent Pew report only 35% of all Americans own a smart phone of any kind, so unless they are going to all be replaced with the new iPhone, the figures quoted by Pricegrabber should be taken in a very narrow context. Still, no matter how you look at it, the results are impressive evidence of the loyalty many current iPhone owners have for the Apple brand.Other data garnered from the study shows that of the consumers surveyed, fully fifty one percent plan to buy the iPhone 5 within the first year of its debut; thirty percent by the end of the first month, and seven percent sometime in the first week. Taking things a step further, Pricegrabber also asked those surveyed which phone OS they prefer and once again Apple won big. Forty eight percent of them chose Apple iOS, while only nineteen mentioned the Android OS. Next in line was Microsoft Windows with seven percent followed by six percent for RIM Blackberry.Not bad for a phone line that has only been around since June of 2007.In addition to asking consumers about which phone they want, they also asked which features they’d most like to see Apple incorporate in the next iteration of their smart phone. Most (59%) said better battery life, after that, consumers wanted to see lower cost (55%), 4G compatibility (46%), a larger display (45%) and a better camera (42%). When asked how they use their smart phones in general, the majority (88%) said for talking.Though Apple has not said when the iPhone 5 will hit the market, most experts seem to believe it will be sometime in the fall, likely to take advantage of the holiday shopping crush. But since its Apple, no one really knows, and that’s most certainly the way the company likes it. Explore further © 2010 PhysOrg.com Survey: Smart phone market up 96 percent in Q3 Citation: One third of those surveyed said they will buy iPhone 5 (2011, July 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-07-surveyed-iphone.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.
Credit: Current Biology (2017). DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2017.06.075 A team of researchers at the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health has found that rhesus monkeys, like humans, recognize face-like traits in inanimate objects. In their study published in the journal Current Biology, the researchers describe experiments they carried out with monkeys looking at photographs and what they learned from them. More information: Jessica Taubert et al. Face Pareidolia in the Rhesus Monkey, Current Biology (2017). DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2017.06.075 Humans are notorious for seeing face-like characteristics in inanimate objects—the likeness of an old woman in a sliced tomato, Jesus in a potato chip, etc. Such recognition is known as pareidolia, and has been studied extensively in humans. But does it also happen with animals? That is what the researchers with this new effort sought to learn. They chose a relatively obvious animal for a subject, rhesus monkeys. Not only are they more human-like than most other animals, but they are also very social, which prior work with humans has suggested is very strongly tied to pareidolia.The team worked with five of the monkeys, showing them pairs of pictures on a computer screen while timing how long they looked at them. Prior research has shown that rhesus monkeys, like humans, tend to stare longer at faces than at other objects. The monkeys were shown pictures of objects that a group of humans had already approved as having face-like characteristics. They were also shown pictures of similar objects without face-like characteristics. And for comparison, they were also shown pictures of the faces of other rhesus monkeys.The researchers found that the monkeys did, indeed, fixate on those images with face-like characteristics longer than similar objects without such characteristics—and strangely, longer even than they looked at the faces of other monkeys. They also fixated on features resembling eyes and mouths. The researchers discovered this by also using a camera with face-tracking software to note where the monkeys were focusing their attention.The results of their experiments, the researchers note, suggest that rhesus monkeys do, indeed, recognize faces in objects, which makes sense, the team further notes, because face recognition for them is important for maintaining social contact in their natural environment. © 2017 Phys.org How the brain recognizes familiar faces Citation: Rhesus monkeys found to see faces in inanimate objects too (2017, August 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-08-rhesus-monkeys-inanimate.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. Journal information: Current Biology Explore further
A combined team of researchers from Northwestern University and the University of Notre Dame has found that when it comes to the usefulness of social networks in finding good positions after graduation, gender matters. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes their study involving analysis of student emails and what it revealed. Women build less effective professional networks than men as they underestimate self-worth More information: “A network’s gender composition and communication pattern predict women’s leadership success,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2019). www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1721438116 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.
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday announced an additional 18 percent Dearness Allowance (DA) to the state government employees from January 2019.The Chief Minister further said that the state government has also decided to merge the 10 percent interim relief into the DA and the total DA of the state government employees will be 125 percent. “Because I had made a commitment towards the state government employees, we are announcing it a bit early because we have to follow some planning. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”We have decided to release additional 18 percent DA to the state government employees including teachers and non-teaching staff of educational institutions and employees of rural and urban local bodies. This will be effective from next January,” Banerjee told reporters at the state Secretariat. The state government will have to bear an annual additional expenditure of Rs 5,000 crore, she said. It is 90 percent more than what it was till the end of the Left Front regime. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThis comes when the state government is passing through “financial constraints” and needs to clear a huge debt that it inherited from the erstwhile Left Front government. After the announcement, Banerjee said in the same breath: “There are financial constraints. But the decision to release the DA has been taken as I had given my word to the employees and with it, we are clearing whatever would be left till January 2019.” Stating that the release of the DA will cost Rs 5,000 crore more to the state’s exchequer every year, she added: “It has been done even after clearing a loan of Rs 2.30 lakh crore and this year we have to clear Rs 46,000 crore. At the same time, we also need to run several social security schemes including Khadya Sathi and Kanyashree.” Banerjee further added that state Parliamentary Affairs minister Partha Chatterjee also played a crucial role in ensuring the release of the DA. It may be mentioned that the Chief Minister had addressed a programme of the Paschim Banga Rajya Sarkar Karmachari Federation in September 2017 at Nazrul Manch where she had assured that the demand of the state government employees will be looked into before 2019.
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Parents and teachers must learn to give kids the right kind of praise as researchers have found that the wrong kind of praise can backfire. Children who are praised for being smart, or who are told they have a reputation for being smart, are more likely to be dishonest and cheat, say two studies. “Giving children wrong kind of praise makes them dishonest,” said co-author of both the studies, Kang Lee, Professor at the University of Toronto. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe first study, published in the journal Psychological Science, showed that pre-schoolers who were praised for being smart were more likely to cheat subsequently than those who were praised for doing “great” in a particular task. Similarly, the second study, published in the journal Developmental Science, found that pre-schoolers who were told that they had a reputation for being smart were also more likely to cheat.In the first study, researchers asked three and five-year-olds to play a guessing game. When children did well on one occasion they were praised in one of two ways: one-half of the children were praised for being smart, while the other half were praised for their performance. After receiving either type of praise, the children continued to play the guessing games. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveResearchers then left the room after asking children to promise not to cheat by peeking at the answers. Their behavior was then monitored by a hidden camera.Results showed that despite the subtle difference between the two forms of praise, the children who were praised for being smart were more likely to act dishonestly than the children who had been praised for their behavior in a specific game. The results were the same for both ages.In the second study, researchers told each child that he or she had a reputation for being smart. Hearing this, similarly to receiving direct “smartness” praise, also had the effect of increasing children’s tendency to cheat. “Praise is more complex than it seems,” Lee said. Overall, for adults, the studies show the importance of learning to praise in a way that does not prompt or promote dishonest behavior. But what could be more affirming than telling your child, “Good job!” “I’m proud of you” or “You are smart.” The correct choice of words also play an important role. As already mentioned, instead of focusing on the achievements of the child, it would be suggested to appreciate their character. Also, it was found that school-aged kids praised for their intelligence became less likely to attempt new challenges. But when praised for their efforts, they worked longer and harder. Overemphasizing intellect or talent – and then believing such traits are innate and fixed – make kids more vulnerable to failure, fearful of challenges and less motivated to learn.It’s very obvious that children will follow what they see. So don’t just praise or lecture kids about good character, compassion, and charity, but model these attributes. Apart from aforementioned tricks, praising the inner qualities of the child will also help. We are a materialistic society that puts far too much emphasis on outside appearances. Giving teen-aged kids well-deserved compliments that focuses on their inner qualities, such as telling them that they’re “kind,” “helpful” or “fun,” instead of focusing on what they wore or owned, reduced their materialistic tendencies and build self-esteem in them.
The aggression in your tone can help the listener determine how strong or weak, tall or short you are than them, with a high degree of accuracy, a study has found.While many animals – including sea lions, red deer, and dogs – have the ability to judge their competitor through hearing their vocalisations, researchers found that humans can also use nonverbal vocal cues, including aggressive roars, to judge one another’s size and physical formidability. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”When other animals produce vocalisations, they’re doing so for a reason – they’re communicating information about themselves, be it physical condition or internal state,” said Jordan Raine from Britain’s University of Sussex. “The information is often ‘honest’ but as our study shows, vocalisations can also serve to exaggerate traits such as physical formidability,” Raine added. For the study, the team measured the upper-body strength and height of men and women and recorded them producing aggressive roars and aggressive speech sentences. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe findings, reported in the journal iScience, showed that men could correctly determine whether a stranger was physically stronger than themselves 88 per cent of the time when listening to a clip of someone roaring.On the other hand, women tended to overestimate the strength of a man in a recording, compared to audio clips of female speakers with a similar level of strength.”Previous investigations have found that humans can estimate height and strength from the voice, but that they don’t do it very well,” Raine said. “However, no one has ever investigated to what extent people can judge whether someone is stronger or weaker than themselves – a judgment that may be more relevant to the survival of our ancestors than judging someone’s absolute strength or body size,” Raine noted.