(PhysOrg.com) — Now you can transform any external USB HDD to a true backup device without the use of any software at all. Just connect a USB HDD to your PC via the Clickfree Cable Transformer and your external drive will automatically start searching through your files and backing up your data. Explore further Citation: Clickfree USB Cable Transformer Availabe Now (2009, January 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-01-clickfree-usb-cable-availabe.html US cable merger foreshadows Internet TV’s rise The new Clickfree transformer cable is the only USB cable transformer that turns any external USB HDD into a truly automatic backup solution. Storage Appliance Corp is known for their portable backup systems that makes the difficult task of backing up data a thing of the past. With this latest breakthrough, you can now turn any external USB HDD into a simple backup solution for your data, photos, music and videos. You never have to worry about loosing your data.The Clickfree Cable Backup retails for $59.99 and will be available starting January 1, 2009. You can purchase Clickfree by ordering it directly from the Storage Appliance Corporation’s website. Clickfree products can also be found at leading outlets such as Best Buy, OfficeMax, and Walgreens, as well as online from sites like, Amazon, Costco, Newegg, and Walmart. 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: Nature Explore further (Phys.org)—Researchers from Yale University, the University of California, Davis, and the U.S. Environmental Defense Fund argue in a Nature commentary piece that those who suggest the rebound effect, as it applies to energy policy, negates gains, are exaggerating its impact. © 2013 Phys.org Study: Can we balance air conditioning, saving energy? More information: Energy policy: The rebound effect is overplayed, Nature 493, 475–476 (24 January 2013) doi:10.1038/493475aPress release The rebound effect is where energy savings due to implementing programs or technology that reduce the amount of energy use, are offset by increased use in another way. One example is where drivers of electric vehicles drive more miles because they know it costs less. In their commentary, the researchers suggest that the percentage of savings lost does not override the benefit of the initial savings, and thus such efforts should continue. They say their research indicates that the rebound effect may vary overall from 5 to 30 percent – not nearly enough to cancel out the savings and benefits.The rebound effect actually comes about in four ways – one direct, one indirect and two via macroeconomic changes. The direct way is when consumers use their car or washing machine more after purchasing one that is more energy efficient. The indirect way is where consumers, upon discovering they have more cash on hand due to energy savings, use that money to purchase other products that consume energy. A macroeconomic rebound effect can occur when an entire nation reduces its consumption of a resource such as oil, causing its price to fall. That in turn causes people in other nations to use more. Another instance is where reduced consumption of a resource on a national or even global scale can cause more economic growth, which of course leads to using more of that resource.The researchers looked at all the various scenarios where the rebound effect can play out and calculated that despite a resurgence of consumption via other means, even if it were to approach 50 percent, it’s still worth the conversion effort – both from a financial perspective and as a means to slow global warming. Because of that, they suggest that scientists and people in the media, who suggest it’s pointless to try to implement energy savings plans due to the rebound effect, reconsider their stance as it serves only to harm such efforts. A close-up of a plug-in hybrid car. Critics of energy efficiency programs in public policy debates have cited the rebound effect as a reason that hybrid cars and plug-in electric vehicles, for example, don’t really save energy in the long run. But an economist has found the so-called ‘rebound’ effect is inaccurate. Credit: Karin Higgins/UC Davis Citation: Researchers argue energy policy rebound effect is overestimated (2013, January 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-01-energy-policy-rebound-effect-overestimated.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.
© 2014 Phys.org Explore further Scientists are interested in the “biological carbon pump”—the process by which some of the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere makes its way to ocean floors, where it is held in place, seemingly, indefinitely—because it will help to build a worldwide carbon distribution model. To understand the carbon pump, scientists need to understand what happens at ocean depths where sunlight grows dimmer and dimmer—the twilight zone.The paper by the team is the culmination of a lot of work begun in 2009 by scientists with Britain’s National Oceanography Centre —it’s all based on measurements taken off the south-west coast of Ireland in a gyre called the Porcupine Abyssal Plain. The aim was to measure both carbon (organic and inorganic) and the impact on it by organisms that live in the twilight zone. They sent down a host of different instruments to various depths hoping to create what they called a comprehensive carbon budget.The team reports that due to their efforts they have managed to balance the carbon budget and in so doing have uncovered a previously unknown carbon processing system.Scientists have known for some time that phytoplankton living on the surface of the oceans absorb carbon dioxide—when they die, the carbon in their bodies sinks below the surface adding to “marine snow”—all manner of falling particles that also includes flesh, sand and soot. At depths ranging from 100 to 1000 meters, the falling snow passes into the twilight zone where some of the carbon in the snow is converted back into carbon dioxide and some is not and eventually falls (and is stored) on the ocean floor. What was not known was the process that is involved. In analyzing water samples, the researchers discovered that the main organisms responsible for extracting carbon out of dead matter and converting it to carbon dioxide—bacteria—aren’t capable of catching marine snow on their own. Instead, they found that zooplankton capture and eat the snow, and then defecate, releasing material that drifts down much more slowly—slow enough for the bacteria to latch onto. And that’s how so much carbon is captured and converted back into carbon dioxide—material that is missed (just 1 percent) winds up on the ocean floor. (Phys.org) —A team of researchers with members from France, the U.S. and the U.K. has presented its findings in measuring the movement of carbon and carbon dioxide in and out of a portion of the ocean known as the “twilight zone.” In their paper published in the journal Nature, the researchers describe how they took measurements, and what they found as a result. Ocean food web is key in the global carbon cycle Predicted carbon cycle in the twilight zone. Credit: Nature (2014) doi:10.1038/nature13123 Journal information: Nature Citation: Researchers measure carbon movement in ocean’s ‘twilight zone’ (2014, March 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-03-carbon-movement-ocean-twilight-zone.html More information: Reconciliation of the carbon budget in the ocean’s twilight zone, Nature (2014) DOI: 10.1038/nature13123AbstractPhotosynthesis in the surface ocean produces approximately 100 gigatonnes of organic carbon per year, of which 5 to 15 per cent is exported to the deep ocean. The rate at which the sinking carbon is converted into carbon dioxide by heterotrophic organisms at depth is important in controlling oceanic carbon storage3. It remains uncertain, however, to what extent surface ocean carbon supply meets the demand of water-column biota; the discrepancy between known carbon sources and sinks is as much as two orders of magnitude. Here we present field measurements, respiration rate estimates and a steady-state model that allow us to balance carbon sources and sinks to within observational uncertainties at the Porcupine Abyssal Plain site in the eastern North Atlantic Ocean. We find that prokaryotes are responsible for 70 to 92 per cent of the estimated remineralization in the twilight zone (depths of 50 to 1,000 metres) despite the fact that much of the organic carbon is exported in the form of large, fast-sinking particles accessible to larger zooplankton. We suggest that this occurs because zooplankton fragment and ingest half of the fast-sinking particles, of which more than 30 per cent may be released as suspended and slowly sinking matter, stimulating the deep-ocean microbial loop. The synergy between microbes and zooplankton in the twilight zone is important to our understanding of the processes controlling the oceanic carbon sink. 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.
Clearly India is more than happy about the recent election mandate and of course the new prime minister. For those who feel left out and perhaps miffed with it all, don’t worry! Head over to Oxford Bookstore’s Cha Bar and get your shot of the Namo Chai (oh yes! this seems to be the real deal!)As the story of our new PM goes – Modi was born on 17 September 1950 to a family of grocers belonging to the backward Ghanchi-Teli (oil-presser) community, in Vadnagar in Mehsana district of what was then Bombay State (present-day Gujarat). He was the third of six children born to Damodardas Mulchand Modi and his wife, Heeraben. He helped his father sell tea at Vadnagar railway station. As a child and a teenager, he ran a tea stall with his brother near a bus terminus. So there lies the tea-connect! Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’A new addition to the tea menu at Cha Bar, the Namo Chai infuses the flavor of the season with its direct connection to the new leader of the nation. The Namo Tea priced at a nominal amount of Rs 30 is being offered on a 1+1 scheme. The chai comes in the typical truckwala tea pot with Narendra Modi’s face splashed on it and is served in cutting cha glasses. This quintessentially dhabawala chai has a distinct strong clove and ginger flavor and aroma.
During a Fourth of July campaign organising event at a house party in Glen in northern New Hampshire on Saturday, Clinton said she wanted to see China’s peaceful rise but that the US needed to stay “fully vigilant”.“China’s military is growing very quickly. They’re establishing military installations that again threaten countries we have treaties with like the Philippines because they are building on contested property,” the 67-year-old former secretary of state said in a strongly worded speech. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepen“They’re also trying to hack into everything that doesn’t move in America. Stealing commercial secrets…from defence contractors, stealing huge amounts of government information, all looking for an advantage,” said Clinton, the frontrunner to win the Democratic nomination for the presidential polls.Hackers believed to be working for the Chinese military breached US government computers from nearly every agency in recent months, possibly compromising the personal data of 4 million current and former employees. Also Read – Pak Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesmanUS officials blamed China for the data breach and multiple media outlets said that investigators believe that it was done by the Chinese military.China, however, denied any
“I am really disappointed to know that you have allotted a land belonging to a school to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for constructing its office,” Sisodia said in a letter to Jung.“I request you to withdraw your decision.” Sisodia, the education minister, said in his letter to Jung while referring to the 809 square metres of land on Delhi’s Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg.Presently, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) headquarters is 11, Ashoka Road in capital’s Lutyen’s Zone where colonial-era bungalows are located. Also Read – Man arrested for making hoax call at IGI airportThe minister urged Jung to change the use of land earmarked for opening school in the capital.Jung, whom the Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government accuses of sabotaging its functioning at the behest of BJP-led Central government, is the chairman of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA).DDA is capital land owning agency which reports to the Central government.Expressing displeasure over Jung’s move, Sisodia said how could the governor of could do this in a state where in each class room 100-150 children were studying. Also Read – Disqualified AAP MLA Kapil Mishra, women’s wing chief join BJP“I am surprised over the expeditious manner in which the land use in this matter was changed,” he said.“It is unprecedented that the matter was wrapped up in a few months whereas DDA has several proposals pertaining to education are pending for years,” he added.The minister said the political parties had the right to ask for land to construct offices, but being the “owner of land in Delhi” it was Jung’s discretion to allot the land.Sisodia said the Jung was free to allot the BJP the bungalow of any officer or minister, but urged him to save the land for school.
North American Bengali Conference (NABC) 2017, a three-day annual conference, is held each year in different cities across USA. This year the conference was held in the heart of the world famous Silicon Valley – in the city of Santa Clara, California, and was attended by about 5000 local and international music lovers. Organizers played a magnificent role and got tremendous appreciation towards managing this gigantic event efficiently, to make it a grand success. Renowned artists, filmmakers, singers, poets and musicians of Bengal, not to mention eminent literary figures, were invited to this conference to showcase the brilliance of Bengali culture and heritage. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfRini Mukherjee, an incredible talent and an established singer from New Delhi, mesmerized the audience with her singing on Salil Choudhury’s compositions on high octaves with difficult meters. Her melodious renditions and supremacy in higher octave drew rich applause. “The moment I heard Rini singing, I was reminded of Lata Mangeshkar. Her voice is versatile, melodious, and enthralling”, said Surajit Sengupta, a member of the Steering Committee at the conference. “The audience cheered through her remarkable performance,” he added. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveRana Bose, a member of the Organizing Committee was full of praise for Rini’s rendering of Salil Choudhury’s songs, “Her singing reminded me of an era gone by, a period of time when Bengal had reached a new height in melody”, he commented. “NABC looks forward to Rini’s participation in the years to come,” added Bose.Among the leading film directors, actors, actresses, poets, singers from Bengal, Sandip Ray, Aparna Sen, Rituparna Ghosh, Sabyasachi Chakrabarty, Ranjit Mallick, Tanusree Shankar, Debojyoti Mishra, Subodh Sarkar were present on this occasion.
Ashoknagar (North 24-Parganas): Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee alleged on Friday that BJP leaders are carrying money under the cover of Z-category security.Without naming Bharati Ghosh, the BJP candidate from Ghatal from whose possession the police recovered Rs 1.13 lakh on Thursday night, Banerjee said: “BJP leaders are carrying money in boxes under the cover of Z-category security. Why are even the journalists not allowed to go close to the helicopters used by the leaders?” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe Trinamool supremo said it is amazing that BJP is spending so much money on polls. “Where do they get so much money? Has the party got the money due to note ban?” she questioned. It may be mentioned that Banerjee has repeatedly stressed on electoral reforms to bring transparency into the election process, including expenditure by the political parties. Coming down heavily on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for telling lies about Bengal, she said: “Modi is coming and criticising the law and order situation in Bengal. It is bogus. How many companies of Central Forces were deployed in Uttar Pradesh where several people had been lynched by Gorakshaks? He is distorting my speech. I did not say that I will slap him. I Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in statehad said that people of the state will slap him politically. He should understand Bengali before making any statement.” Banerjee also challenged Modi to come for a face-to-face interview with her in any television channel of his choice. “I will ask him questions and I am ready to answer the questions that he will ask. The interview can take place in any television channel of his choice,” she added. She said never in the country have people developed so much disrespect for a Prime Minister and claimed people do so because of his arrogance. “I have worked with several Prime Ministers including Rajiv Gandhi, Narsimha Rao, Deve Gowda ji, Bajpai ji and Manmohan Singh, but I never saw a Prime Minister who speaks so many lies like Modi,” said Banerjee. Banerjee said people are sick and tired of the “muscle flexing of BJP.” “When I had gone to Puri to visit Jagannath temple, BJP started telling people that I am not a Hindu. I was invited by the Ramakrishna Mission to attend a meeting at Chicago to celebrate the 125th year of Swami Vivekananda’s speech at the World Parliament of Religions. But I could not go because of BJP. I was invited to address the students of St Stephens but they came in the way and the organisers eventually cancelled the meeting. BJP is intervening everywhere. They want to decide what we should eat and which god we should worship,” she said. Stating that Modi is criticising Trinamool for not carrying out any development work in Bengal when he himself is silent on his projects, she said: “Modi babu you have failed to keep promises which you made five years ago. People did not get Rs 15 lakh in their bank accounts. Job opportunities for 2 crore people per year have not been created. You will have to explain about your work in the past five years.” Banerjee urged people to cast their votes in favour of party candidate Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar. “She was very vocal in the Parliament and will continue to serve the area if elected,” she said.
Standing tall in the heart of the capital city, the iconic Taj Mahal, New Delhi recently celebrated forty glorious years of timeless hospitality, elegance, and charm.The hotel with its landmark location has been a bedrock of fine living and legendary hospitality. To thank its patrons for their overwhelming support and to commemorate this milestone, the hotel hosted a reception at the spectacular poolside lawns showcasing treasured memories since 1978. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe evening witnessed a nostalgic culinary trail with 40 dishes dedicated to the year of opening, photographs of the hotel’s luminous history and glimpses of its innovations today. The façade of pink Dholpur sandstone has been dramatically lit up in celebration with the hashtag#TajMahalNewDelhiForever. The spirit of celebration was witnessed across the Taj Delhi-NCR Hotels as they have come together with a week-long culinary commemoration from October 11–17, showcasing 40 dishes comprising of old favourites from Machan, House of Ming and Haveli. The seven participating hotels – Taj Palace, New Delhi; Taj City Centre, Gurugram; Vivanta Ambassador; Vivanta Dwarka; Vivanta Surajkund; The Gateway Resort Damdama Lake Gurugram – have also recreated the nostalgia of 1978, at the all-day dining restaurants with a themed lunch buffet on October 11 at an exclusive price of INR 1978*. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSpeaking on the momentous occasion, Satyajeet Krishnan, Area Director – North and General Manager, Taj Mahal, New Delhi said, “As Taj Mahal, New Delhi turns 40, we are deeply privileged to celebrate this special milestone of our hotel. The hotel has been a preferred destination and has played host to heads of state, dignitaries, celebrities, and corporate chieftains. We are grateful to our guests for their unconditional support and our employees for their relentless commitment.” “With an illustrious journey of 40 years, Taj Mahal, New Delhi has pioneered many innovations in hospitality, from stellar culinary excellence to guest services, offerings, and destination experiences. Our hotel is indeed an ambassador of the legendary Taj hospitality and is a hotel that truly defines the destination,” he further added. From having chronicled trends and setting benchmarks in hospitality, to being the house of firsts, this legendary hotel gave the city its first 24-hour international eatery, ‘Machan’ and the first Chinese restaurant in a five-star, ‘House of Ming’ that still continue to delight patrons. It has also opened the doors to one of the city’s most popular discotheques, ‘The Number One’, and further became home to stellar restaurants – ‘Haveli’, ‘Casa Medici’ and ‘The Captain’s Cabin’.
Die hard Green Bay fan Ryan Holtan-Murphy knew he met the girl of his dreams when fate brought him together with Marie Packer.The couple recently got married, and Ryan decided that instead of Marie taking his last name, he would officially become a Packer.Depending on your personality, you either think this guy is super-committed, a huge dork, or a hugely super committed huge dork. Hey, whatever makes you happy.