Wii 2 goes HD

first_img As a matter of fact, rumors are circulating that the Wii 2 is expected to be announced as soon as the next E3. The rumors, which are based on sources close to the company, according to those who are spreading them, would bring the Wii 2 to a level similar to that of an Xbox 360 or a PS3. Though, some bloggers have speculated that this would be a contradiction to the accessible to all image that the original Wii has created. That would leave the Wii 2 fighting with the Xbox 360 and PS3 for a share of hardcore gamers market.Specific rumors swirl around the idea of the console having a Blu-ray drive, because those disks can hold the amount of data that Nintendo would need to launch their HD titles on a larger scale.This comes only days after the rumor that Wii is ready to go in for a price drop, to $149.99, on May 15. If the Wii 2 is to be announcement by Nintendo during E3 this year, then the price drop would make a lot of sense. No real information about possible release dates or the cost of the device is available at this time, but If the rumors pan out the new Nintendo Wii would be launched in 2012. That type of lead time will give developers time to create games to come with the console. Nintendo recently released a new version of their hand held DSi console, called the 3DS that features 3D graphics. Nintendo’s ‘Revolution’ becomes ‘Wii’ Explore further Citation: Wii 2 goes HD? (2011, April 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-04-wii-hd.html (PhysOrg.com) — Is Nintendo working on a high-definition console called the Wii 2? That is the big question flying around the world of gaming today.center_img Wii © 2010 PhysOrg.com 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

China announces Space Station plans

first_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. (PhysOrg.com) — Less than a decade after launching their first astronaut into space, the China Manned Space Engineering Office announced in a news conference this week their plans to build and develop a 60-ton space station with three capsules and a cargo spacecraft. Citation: China announces Space Station plans (2011, April 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-04-china-space-station.html Explore further Image: China Daily © 2010 PhysOrg.com More information: via China Daily China tests space station module to launch in 2011 The space station, much smaller than the International Space Station which is 419 tons, will be comprised of three different modules. The core module will be 18.1 meters long, a diameter of 4.2 meters and will have a launch weight of between 20 and 22 tons. This module will be launched first, with the experiment modules launched to dock later. The experiment modules will be 14.4 meters long and will have the same launch weight and diameter as the core.The cargo spacecraft will have a maximum diameter of 3.35 and its launch weight will be less than 13 tons. This craft will be used to transport supplies and lab equipment to and from the space station.Their current five year plan has them launching an unmanned module and spacecraft later this year to work on their docking technology, with the hopes of manned missions sometime next year.Initial plans for the space station and its name were “Tiangog,” meaning heavenly palace. However, China’s Manned Space Engineering Office officials have announced they are turning to the public to submit names for the station and the cargo ship. Names for the cargo ship must be submitted by May20th and they plan to announce the final name sometime in June. Names for the space station can be submitted until July 25, with the name being chosen by the end of September.With the development of this space station, China is also hoping to increase their international exchanges in the world’s space programs. Everything within their station will be compatible with that of the International Space Station and they are welcoming all space science researchers to participate.According to reports, China is also hoping to make its first landing on the moon within the next two years and the hope is to have an astronaut on the moon by 2025.last_img read more

Researchers identify virus that causes horse hepatitis

first_img Deadly Australian horse virus found in dog Overview of a Theiler’s disease outbreak. Credit: (c) PNAS, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1219217110 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. First identified in 1919, Theiler’s Disease is associated with the use of blood products. Many outbreaks have occurred in North America and Europe after horses received plasma or serum to protect them from contagious diseases, such as anthrax or encephalitis, or toxins, such as botulism or tetanus. Because of this, veterinary researchers have long believed that an infectious agent or toxin that contaminates the blood supply causes the disease. However, nobody had ever identified such a contaminant. Ganem and his colleagues studied horses that contracted Theiler’s Disease after receiving botulinum antitoxin. Out of 17 horses that received the same antitoxin after possible exposure to botulism, 8 developed Theiler’s Disease. To investigate the possibility that a virus in the antitoxin had caused the disease, the team extracted RNA from two of the horses that contracted it and from the antitoxin itself. They used next-generation sequencing to identify a previously unknown virus, which they designated “Theiler’s Disease-associated virus” (TDAV). The researchers found TDAV in all eight horses that developed hepatitis and in the horse, from another farm, that provided the antitoxin. TDAV is a member of the Flaviviridae family of viruses, which also includes the viruses that cause hepatitis C, yellow fever and dengue fever in humans. Amy Kistler, who participated in the research, believes that nobody identified TDAV before because it does not closely resemble any previously known viruses. It shares only 35.3% amino acid identity with its closest relative, a virus known as GB virus D.Horses on the same farm that received a different antitoxin or no antitoxin at all never contracted the disease, indicating that horse-to-horse contact is not a means of transmission.An epidemiological survey of horses on that farm and two other farms also revealed an association between exposure to TDAV-positive antitoxin and development of Theiler’s Disease. The team concedes that further research is required. They have not yet determined where TDAV originates. In addition, TDAV may not be the only cause of Theiler’s Disease; five different viruses cause human hepatitis. More information: Identification of a previously undescribed divergent virus from the Flaviviridae family in an outbreak of equine serum hepatitis, Published online before print March 18, 2013, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1219217110 AbstractTheiler’s disease is an acute hepatitis in horses that is associated with the administration of equine blood products; its etiologic agent has remained unknown for nearly a century. Here, we used massively parallel sequencing to explore samples from a recent Theiler’s disease outbreak. Metatranscriptomic analysis of the short sequence reads identified a 10.5-kb sequence from a previously undescribed virus of the Flaviviridae family, which we designate “Theiler’s disease-associated virus” (TDAV). Phylogenetic analysis clusters TDAV with GB viruses of the recently proposed Pegivirus genus, although it shares only 35.3% amino acid identity with its closest relative, GB virus D. An epidemiological survey of additional horses from three separate locations supports an association between TDAV infection and acute serum hepatitis. Experimental inoculation of horses with TDAV-positive plasma provides evidence that several weeks of viremia preceded liver injury and that liver disease may not be directly related to the level of viremia. Like hepatitis C virus, the best characterized Flaviviridae species known to cause hepatitis, we find TDAV is capable of efficient parenteral transmission, engendering acute and chronic infections associated with a diversity of clinical presentations ranging from subclinical infection to clinical hepatitis. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciencescenter_img © 2013 Phys.org (Phys.org) —Theiler’s Disease is one of the most common causes of equine hepatitis. Death rates in horses that develop symptoms range between 50 and 90 percent. Although veterinarians have known about Theiler’s Disease for almost 100 years, until now, scientists have been unable to determine its cause. In a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Donald Ganem and his colleagues at the Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research and Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine report they have identified the virus that probably causes the disease. Citation: Researchers identify virus that causes horse hepatitis (2013, March 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-03-virus-horse-hepatitis.html Explore furtherlast_img read more

Researchers find 400 year old Ice Age plants in Arctic able to

center_img More information: “Regeneration of Little Ice Age bryophytes emerging from a polar glacier with implications of totipotency in extreme environments,” by Catherine La Farge, Krista H. Williams, and John H. England. PNAS, 2013. To be available at www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1304199110AbstractAcross the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, widespread ice retreat during the 20th century has sharply accelerated since 2004. In Sverdrup Pass, central Ellesmere Island, rapid glacier retreat is exposing intact plant communities whose radiocarbon dates demonstrate entombment during the Little Ice Age (1550–1850 AD). The exhumed bryophyte assemblages have exceptional structural integrity (i.e., setae, stem structures, leaf hair points) and have remarkable species richness (60 of 144 extant taxa in Sverdrup Pass). Although the populations are often discolored (blackened), some have developed green stem apices or lateral branches suggesting in vivo regrowth. To test their biological viability, Little Ice Age populations emerging from the ice margin were collected for in vitro growth experiments. Our results include a unique successful regeneration of subglacial bryophytes following 400 y of ice entombment. This finding demonstrates the totipotent capacity of bryophytes, the ability of a cell to dedifferentiate into a meristematic state (analogous to stem cells) and develop a new plant. In polar ecosystems, regrowth of bryophyte tissue buried by ice for 400 y significantly expands our understanding of their role in recolonization of polar landscapes (past or present). Regeneration of subglacial bryophytes broadens the concept of Ice Age refugia, traditionally confined to survival of land plants to sites above and beyond glacier margins. Our results emphasize the unrecognized resilience of bryophytes, which are commonly overlooked vis-a-vis their contribution to the establishment, colonization, and maintenance of polar terrestrial ecosystems.Press release How the ice ages ended The researchers note that plants aren’t the only type of life being exposed by melting glaciers—cyanobacteria and green terrestrial algae have also been spotted, some of which haven’t ever been seen before. 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: Researchers find 400 year old Ice Age plants in Arctic able to grow anew as glaciers retreat (2013, May 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-05-year-arctic-anew-glaciers-retreat.html (Phys.org) —A team of researchers from the University of Alberta led by, Catherine La Farge, has found that mosses and liverworts covered by ice over 400 years ago and now exposed due to glacial melting, are able to start growing again. In their paper published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes how carbon dating showed the plants to be from a time just prior to the Little Ice Age. Catherine La Farge gets an up-close look at bryophytes uncovered by the retreating Teardrop Glacier on Ellesmere Island in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.last_img read more

Hubble team finds male led teams still getting more telescope time than

first_img © 2014 Phys.org PIs are typically listed as the lead on proposals and when they are male, the researchers report, the chances are greater that their project will be approved. In their paper uploaded to the preprint server arXiv (soon to be published in Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific) the researchers note that efforts have been made to get rid of gender bias, but there still appears to be room for improvement.It’s not easy getting time on Hubble, researchers must form teams and then come up with something relevant and interesting to study. After that, they have to write a proposal and submit it to STScI—after review the proposal is accepted or rejected—only a quarter of those submitted wind up getting telescope time. Unfortunately, it seems that the odds are diminished even further if the PI is female. Not by much, the researchers report, just by four or five projects each proposal cycle—but that’s enough to cause concern, especially in light of the fact that program officials have been trying to eliminate such perceived bias. They’ve tried giving talks to reviewers, to explain the problem in the hopes it will cause them to be less biased, they’ve tried moving team members name to the back page—and even using just an initial for the first name of the PI. None of its worked, and the researchers don’t know why. They acknowledge that it’s possible that female led proposals are simply not as interesting or as well thought out or written, in some cases, but also point out that very few if any proposals are written by only female teams—they’re all filled with both men and women. Gender appears to only play a role for the PI.The researchers have been studying the problem for two years, and are still mystified by the lack of change—they note that the problem is more pronounced when the PI is more senior—the difference is smaller for recent graduates, suggesting that the problem may solve itself given time. They also note that Hubble isn’t the only program with the problem—some small studies have suggested that female led proposals meet with less success on other observatories as well. Gender bias found in how scholars review scientific studies Explore further Citation: Hubble team finds male led teams still getting more telescope time than those led by females (2014, September 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-09-hubble-team-male-teams-telescope.html More information: Full paper: arxiv.org/abs/1409.3528 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. Researchers at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) which runs the Hubble Space Telescope program, have found that there continues to be a gap between the number of projects given the go-ahead by male principle investigators (PIs) versus those headed by females. Journal information: arXivlast_img read more

Chicken lovers ahoy

first_imgIt is not often that you walk up to a restaurant in Delhi and bump into a queue. Unless of course, it is age-old favourites like Karim’s (the Jama Masjid outlet) or Khan Chacha. And of course there is Big Chill which continues to be a hot favourite. Of course, the Pizza Huts and McDonald’s of the world do not count. But from the queue we saw when we went to Nando’s for a review (other restaurants in the mall were pretty full too, to be fair. But none of them really had a bunch of 15-20 people waiting outside), we could safely say that the international chain, which has opened its outlet in a south Delhi mall, can be added to the list. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The place has a chirpy feel and is spread over a fairly large area. African art adorns the walls. The service is prompt and the staff is helpful. Their signature is their Peri Peri chicken which they serve in enormous quantities (a quarter plate will be more than enough for three people). You can have the juicy, tender chicken on its own or pair it with side dishes like rice to make it a complete meal.  What I liked about the place is that it gives you an option to choose your spice level. So even if you are not too fond of spicy stuff, you can still enjoy a flavourful meal (because all their chicken is marinated, as the menu clearly mentions) without getting too worked up by the hot sauces. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixTo some extent the place will remind you of KFC, only here you can find more options. Though it is essentially a chicken place (their international outlets are almost all about chicken), vegetarian dishes have been incorporated in the menu perhaps keeping India in mind.       DETAILAt: Nando’s, 315 & 316, 2nd Floor, DLF Promenade Mall, Vasant KunjTimings: Noon to 11.30 pm Meal for two: Rs 1,000 approxlast_img read more

Style dose for Tihar

first_imgThe fashion show is a part of an initiative taken by National Woman Excellence Awardees of Yog Confederation of India in association with Tihar jail and Sri creations. The initiative is aimed at developing the entrepreneurial skills of the female jail inmates to become self employed or employable.The Fashion show is to be organized on 9 March at the Constitution Club, Rafi Marg, New Delhi from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm on the occasion of International Women’s Day. Designs and goods made at Tihar will also be exhibited as the cynosure. An one year certificate course in Fashion Designing program was launched by Vimla Mehra, IPS, DG, Tihar prisons on 7 December 2012 for the female inmates to enhance their chances of employment. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘Efforts also will be made to arrange regular buyers of the Tihar products and to arrange sewing machines for the relieved inmates who had completed the program,’ said Laxmi Thakur Singhal, the Chairperson of National Woman Excellence Awardees.‘Companies who can employ the trained inmates will also be coordinated to make this program a successful one,’ she added.National Women Excellence Award Programme, is a venture initiated by Yog Confederation of India in association with the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region along with other national and international organisations.last_img read more