The UC Santa Barbara group used a microwave coplanar waveguide resonator with a superconducting qubit in order to provide the control needed to create, and to measure the decay of, the Fock states. “Learning more about the fundamentals of these states can provide us with some very practical information.” The group’s results are reported in Physical Review Letters: “Measurement of the Decay of Fock States in a Superconducting Quantum Circuit.” Haohua Wang, a postdoctoral scientist in the Martinis group, was the lead researcher on the experiment.“What we found,” Cleland continues, “is that the time decay of these Fock states follows precisely what is expected in theory. It gives us some good information about how these states work, as well as a foundation on which we can build elements for a quantum computer.”Cleland also points out that the work done by the Martinis group produced more than one photon for the experiment, and that hadn’t been done before. “Typically experiments use a combination of a zero photon Fock state and a one photon state. No one until now has developed the technology to show that you could controllably create states with more than one photon. We did.” The Martinis group results indicate that it is possible to control Fock states with up to 15 photons.Because Fock states are the fundamental quantum states of a harmonic oscillator, they are important to study. “These oscillators occur in many natural systems,” Cleland explains. “The electronic versions we studied are known as electromagnetic resonators. These resonators have a number of uses for quantum communications and computing.”One of the uses that such resonators might have includes memory elements for quantum computing. “Of course,” Cleland qualifies, “no one is close to doing the kinds of computations we’d like to be able to do, but this is a step that could get us there down the road.” The memory elements he refers to need a certain level of control that the Martinis group was able to develop with their present experimental setup. “The applications associated with having more than one photon – one of the things we showed in our experiment – are not as clear as a one photon memory function,” Cleland admits. But he does believe that there could be uses for such states in quantum simulation. “Right now, simulating the interactions between molecules requires giant computers to work a long time. It’s not very efficient. Quantum simulation could help us more efficiently see accurate interactions with a relatively simple quantum simulator.” Cleland concedes that the Santa Barbara group is more interested in building a quantum computer, even though he can see other possible uses for the work they have done. “We’ve created a level of control that might make it possible to program quantum memory, and that is exciting itself.”More Information: H. Wang, M. Hofheinz, M. Ansmann, R. C. Bialczak, E. Lucero, M. Neeley, A. D. O’Connell, D. Sank, J. Wenner, A. N. Cleland, and John M. Martinis. “Measurement of the Decay of Fock States in a Superconducting Quantum Circuit.” Physical Review Letters (2008). Available online: link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevLett.101.240401 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. Citation: Fock states could hold clues to quantum memory components (2008, December 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-12-fock-states-clues-quantum-memory.html Researchers make milestone discovery in quantum mechanics (PhysOrg.com) — “Fock states will play a role in the future of quantum computing,” Andrew Cleland tells PhysOrg.com. “We have completed the first experimental measurement of the time decay of Fock states in a superconducting quantum circuit, and we believe this will provide useful information as we work toward developing a quantum computer.” Cleland is a professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and works with a group headed by John Martinis. 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
More information: Sony press release: pro.sony.com/bbsccms/assets/fi … _series-HPA_2011.pdf The new monitors will not be cheap. The 25-inch model is expected to cost $28,840. Despite how high that number seems when you compare it to the average home LCD monitor, it will only cost about 10 percent more than the LCD monitors that are currently in production for the film industry. OLED screens are already common in smaller gadgets, such as cell phones and other handheld devices. 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. © 2010 PhysOrg.com LG to Launch 15-inch OLED TV (PhysOrg.com) — Sony is set to begin selling a professional-grade monitor that will contain the largest number of commercial organic light-emitting diodes in a single screen produced to date. The monitor, which was designed for the TV and film production industries, is set to go on sale on May 1. They are expected to be used in locations such as editing bays, satellite trucks and broadcasting control rooms. The OLED screen will have a 25-inch screen. A second model, one that features a smaller 17-inch screen, is expected to go on sale on the first of July. Explore further The OLED is a flat-panel screen technology made up of cells that contain an organic material. The material used omits its own light. This allows the screens to be made thinner than the more well-known LCDs flat screens. The OLED screens are also more power efficient than LCD screens. OLED’s are significantly more expensive to produce than LCD screens, which has hindered their wide-scale adoption, but they handle fast-moving images better. The colors also appear richer on the OLED screens when compared to images shown on the LCDs. Sony hosted a live demonstration of the new monitors at its Tokyo headquarters and played the same video footage on OLED and LCD monitors side-by-side to illustrate this point. Citation: Sony to release a professional grade OLED screen (2011, February 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-02-sony-professional-grade-oled-screen.html
Nanoporous structure of 1. Credit: Science Advances (2015). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1500421 As the researchers note, most of the effort currently put into making coal a cleaner fuel source revolve around capturing the carbon dioxide that is released when coal is burned. They suggest a better alternative might be to separate out the carbon dioxide as part of the burning process, leaving clean hydrogen gas as the actual fuel used to heat water to turn turbines.The new MOF proposed by the team involves the use of nickel and isonicotinic acid as a sponge to pull the carbon from the coal. It would be part of a process that involves burning the coal with steam under cycles of high and low pressure. They claim their approach is twice as efficient as other sponge methods and that it is also simpler, faster to make and is not harmed by moisture, making it easy to store and transfer materials.The big catch with the process is what to do with the carbon dioxide that is separated out—capturing it, holding on to it, transporting it and ultimately storing it would represent a substantial cost outlay for any given utility, which at this point, would appear to be prohibitively high for plants that are attempting to keep electricity costs down in places where locals could not afford higher rates, such as is the case in parts of India, China and many third-world countries.In speaking with the press, one of the researchers, Ramanathan Vaidhyanathan, suggested that this might be an issue to be brought before an international forum such as the recent Paris Climate Change Conference. He notes that rather than storing the carbon dioxide, it might be used in industrial applications, such as oil extraction or for creating new compounds. More information: S. Nandi et al. A single-ligand ultra-microporous MOF for precombustion CO2 capture and hydrogen purification, Science Advances (2015). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1500421AbstractMetal organic frameworks (MOFs) built from a single small ligand typically have high stability, are rigid, and have syntheses that are often simple and easily scalable. However, they are normally ultra-microporous and do not have large surface areas amenable to gas separation applications. We report an ultra-microporous (3.5 and 4.8 Å pores) Ni-(4-pyridylcarboxylate)2 with a cubic framework that exhibits exceptionally high CO2/H2 selectivities (285 for 20:80 and 230 for 40:60 mixtures at 10 bar, 40°C) and working capacities (3.95 mmol/g), making it suitable for hydrogen purification under typical precombustion CO2 capture conditions (1- to 10-bar pressure swing). It exhibits facile CO2 adsorption-desorption cycling and has CO2 self-diffusivities of ~3 × 10−9 m2/s, which is two orders higher than that of zeolite 13X and comparable to other top-performing MOFs for this application. Simulations reveal a high density of binding sites that allow for favorable CO2-CO2 interactions and large cooperative binding energies. Ultra-micropores generated by a small ligand ensures hydrolytic, hydrostatic stabilities, shelf life, and stability toward humid gas streams. © 2015 Phys.org Journal information: Science Advances Citation: Researchers propose new kind of MOF to clean coal burned in power plants (2015, December 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-12-kind-mof-coal-power.html Explore further (Phys.org)—A small team of researchers with members from India, Canada, the U.S. and Germany has come up with a new kind of metal-organic framework (MOF) to keep carbon in coal from entering the atmosphere when it is burned in power plants—thus reducing pollution and problems with global warming. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the team describes their new technique, and what hurdles need to be overcome for it to be used in commercial plants. 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. Britain indicates phase-out of coal power plants
That ‘thing’ behind the curtains or between the sheets or better off behind the stage is what Atul Kumar has put up this time in his play titled Noises Off. After creating a wave with his cult Piya Behroopiya, the director gears up to put together an act to see what transpires between actors, directors, stage hands etc. ‘It is a play within a play about a theatre company trying to put up a sex farce but because of their incompetence the entire thing turns into a big fiasco. It’s a comical look at what we all go through as theatre makers. Mainly exploring the noise that is made backstage (talking, fighting, constructing, electric) or as we say in theatre language off-stage as opposed to on-stage.’ said Atul. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Originally written by Michael Frayn, Atul directed the version ten years back and calls it one of the most translated and played comedy in the world- obviously a favourite of the theatre goers.‘I think a long time back Barry John directed a production in Delhi with Lilette Dubey and Shahrukh Khan acting in it,’ he added.So what really inspired this play? ‘It is extremely clever and funny look at what we all as theatre makers go through in our lives while at work and at home. It is a play I have liked since the first time I read it ten years back and I think I will direct it again and again. Whatever be the age and wherever you might be in this world if you do theatre it is difficult to not fall in love with Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixNoises Off.’‘We worked very quickly this time- we prepared the play within a month. We rehearsed for 10 hours or so first fortnight and then half a day in the end,’ he added. The play has a 70’s look with dress and makeup. And it was exciting to light up the backstage when the stage turns around to show you the backstage act.Any expectations or apprehensions from the Delhi audience? ‘They should just come with open hearts and open minds. Noises Off is no deep piece of literature- it is very simply a funny look at the follies of a theatre company- its like saying lets look at this classicaly- a man is going to slip over a banana skin and it is still funny today,’ Atul quipped.Where- Kamani AuditoriumWhen- 17- 18 AugustTimings- 7.30 pm onwards
In an endeavour to promote Indian Handicrafts and Handlooms, Union Government had announced setting up of a Handicraft mega cluster in Kachchh. The mega cluster will focus on handcrafted items and craft based textiles. As a first step towards promoting crafts from this region, Central Cottage Industries Corporation of India Ltd, a PSU under Ministry of Textiles has planned to organise Kachchh Mahotsav, an exhibition cum sale of exclusive handloom and craft based textiles from the region in its showroom at Jawahar Vyapar Bhawan on Janpath. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The exhibition was inaugurated by Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister of State for Textiles (Independent Charge), Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India at on 17 October.The exhibition focuses on Kachchh crafts from one of the most prolific regions of India such as soof, mirror work, rabari, ahir, patchwork and other embroidered products, ajrak, tie and dye, batik and block printed textile products, hand woven embroidered shawls, wooden lacquer ware, wood carvings, embroidered leather accessories, mud/clay work, rogan painting. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixKachchh is known for its distinctive traditional crafts, from embroidery to jewellery-making and carving. Using simple materials the artisans create objects of great beauty. The visitors will be enthralled to witness the Kachchi crafts range from block printing on textiles, bandhni of the Khatris, patch work of Bhirandiyara, leather creations by Meghwal artisans, besides traditional wood and lacquer work and Rogan, the extremely fine lacquer work on cloth produced by the artisans of Chobari and Nirona villages, ajrakh printing from Khavda village to the exquisite beadwork of Rabari women. The folk embroidery of Kachchh is an ongoing and dynamic tradition. Some of the villages and communities have specialised for generations in certain crafts and thereby create masterpieces that delight a connoisseur. The visitors can also view live demonstration by the artisans and craft persons. The exhibition is on till 20 October. WHERE: Jawahar Vyapar Bhawan, Janpath WHEN: On till 20 October, 10 am to 7:30 pm
Kolkata: As part of its continued efforts towards sustainable development, WWF India has enabled alternative energy access to a cluster of households at Gosaba block in the Sunderbans. The organization, under its ‘Sahasra Jyoti’ project, had been working extensively with local communities in the mangrove forest area of West Bengal to provide them cost-effective energy solutions – while reducing the pressure on surrounding environment, a WWFI official said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsA solar project at Satjelia Island in the area has already covered five hamlets, he said.”We have installed five micro grids in three phases with the installed capacity of 56.18 kW,” senior coordinator-energy access and communities, Climate Change and Energy Programme, Subhro Sen said.The number of establishments covered under the project in Gosaba block included 25 shops, eight institutions and 512 houses, he said, adding that over 2100 individuals have benefitted in the area. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”Sixty per cent of the households that got electricity belonged to BPL families. We have also installed 50 street lights as part of the initiative,” he said.Four village energy committees, with local people as members, have been formed in the area to monitor the project implementation and eight persons have been trained to function as system operators, he added.The project has improved the living conditions of people in the rural areas, a senior official at the Kolkata chapter of the organization said.”The village folks can now keep their shops are open till late in the evening and children can study after sunset,” the official added.
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday announced setting up of a monument at Marichjhapi Island in the Sunderbans in memory of the incident of forcible eviction of Bangladeshi refugees in 1979 and the subsequent deaths of around thousands in police firing, starvation and disease. The response came from Banerjee during the question answer session in the Assembly about tourism projects in South 24-Parganas. Responding to another poser on whether the government is planning to host a light and sound show on Plassey ground, where the 1757 war of independence was fought similar to what is hosted at Motijheel, Banerjee said the proposal is under consideration. The response from the Chief Minister came after Tourism minister Goutam Deb failed to deliver proper information regarding tourism projects.
Melodies that are soothing tend to be remembered by connoisseurs and to showcase the best, Atul productions is coming up with the lushness of classical Indian music in a live show titled-’Mousiqui – A musical interpretation of life’ at Siri Fort Auditorium in the national Capital.Atul Productions in association with A & G Partners, promises to enthrall the music lovers with their 35-member troupe of exemplary singers, musicians and dancers. The show is planned as a series of 10 events in important Indian cities starting with its grand opening in Delhi followed by Kolkata, Bangalore, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Bhopal, Chandigarh and others. Through a grand event at Assi Ghat, Varanasi around Vijayadashami this year, ‘Mousiqui’ will take the audience through musical interpretation of the five stages of life. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The experience includes the serene seven notes of sur, the mystic melodies of raaga, the rejection and acceptance of unconditional love, the competitive spirit of Jugalbandi and the never-ending search for the supreme. This transcendent live music performance by musicians, singers and dancers will take Indian music and dance aficionados on a soul enriching experience.In the presence of elite dignitaries and classical music connoisseurs, Mousiqui will be unveiled with all the musical chords in a perfect harmony.Created by Sajjad Ali Chandwani, the festival –’Mousiqui – A musical interpretation of life’ is one of its kind. The composer Sajjad Ali is the grandson of legendary Ghulam Mohammed (Music Director of the film Pakeezah) and comes in with an experience of over a thousand international performances of similar shows in countries like France, UK, Canada etc.
While our entire focus is on how economic slow down and demonetization has engulfed the growth of real estate market, we are completely ignoring another crucial factor which is constantly and silently dominating the fate of real estate as well. Vastu experts. We as Indians are prone towards making impulsive emotional investments. Today, even as tenants look out for a residential apartment, office space or retail spaces, their first concern is Vastu. But if Vastu is considered as a bioplasmic architectural science, which has tools to help balance the five elements of nature controlling our life, then science should make things simple rather than complex and non-progressive, isn’t it? Or are we operating from fear psychosis factor by the so-called Vastu experts? Also Read – Add new books to your shelfTo understand how the Vastu hysteria created by these so-called Vastu experts can be resolved, Nilangshu Haldar – a renowned Maha Vastu expert from Kolkata and an independent Vastu consultant who works closely with numerous established developers in the city – came forward to clarify a few facts.Haldar clearly explains that Vastu corrections can be done on three levels. “If we happen to miss the corrections at the first level or the second level, we can still make the changes at the third level and these corrections will give us the same success rate at any level,” explained the Maha Vastu expert. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveHe further elaborates, “The first level of Vastu correction is made at the time of purchasing of land. As uneven lands are trimmed and pruned to get a shape – it could be rectangular, square or even L-shaped. The second level is where an amalgamation of modern architecture and ancient Vastu-shastra work hand-in-hand to create a Vastu friendly construction with an attractive project design. Here again, the designs always depend on various factors like construction ROIs, facilities to be provided in the projects, to name a few. Hence, it is not always possible to keep the Vastu compliance as per the desire of the end users. Still, corrections can be made at the third level with colours and placement of various Vastu tools. Therefore, when people say “Is building ka Vastu thik nahi hai (the Vastu of this building is not good)”, then we should not forget that corrective measures are also available, with our Vedic science of Vastu-shastra.” In fact, there are other important details to be seen while choosing a property than to just be a Vastu fanatic. The material used for constructions, the foundation of the building, local infrastructural development and many other things needs to be considered before investing in a property. There are shopping malls, commercial complexes residential buildings that are vacant. Is it because the Vastu is not correct? Or is it just our inner fear created by external forces in the form of Vastu experts? If that’s the case, then what did the Vastu expert do at the first and second level? To all of these questions, Nilangshu replied, “An experienced and knowledgeable Vastu consultant should be well versed with the remedies to Vastu problems”. Among the real estate agents, competition developers, and rival property brokers, it has become a common practice to malign a property by spreading false rumours about a property – which in turn, creates difficult implications on the overall consumption in real estate.Originally, Vastu-shastra was used to make life prosperous and successful. But now, even with various real estate websites educating the prospective buyers about Vastu, fear and indecisiveness is increasing in our choices. The concern here is not Vastu, but the obsession that is creating a parallel corrupt industry by these so-called Vastu experts. It’s high time we wake up and use our intelligence, and use Vastu to our advantage.
Kolkata: Veteran Bengali actor Chinmoy Roy has died, family sources said Monday. He was 79. Roy died of cardiac arrest at his Salt Lake residence at around 10:20 pm Sunday, they said. Roy is survived by his son and daughter, his wife actress Jui Banerjee had died a few years back. Born in Kumilla district in present day Bangladesh in 1940, Roy had started his career in Bengali films in the 60s and became indispensable to the film makers for his portrayal of comic characters retaining the very essence of Bengaliness and a certain culture. He was equally noticed along with big names like Soumitra Chatterjee and Rabi Ghosh in a classic comedy like Basanta Bilap or in Dhonni Meye. Roy had been cast by Satyajit Ray in a small role in children’s fantasy Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne. He immortalised the character of Tenyda in the film Charmurti which became a major hit in the 1980s.
Two years after a U.S. salvage company announced finding a wrecked ship off Cape Canaveral, Florida, that had three bronze cannons — each worth more than $1 million — and beautiful marble monuments, a Florida judge has ruled that the submerged wreck and its artifacts are the exclusive property of the nation that built the ship and set it to sea in the 16th century: France. The ship is believed to be one of a fleet of French ships, led by the explorer Jean Ribault, which sailed to the New World to form colonies in America in 1562 and 1565.The Florida marine salvage company Global Marine Enterprises (GME) that located the wreck did not, of course, want to lose the rights to it, and argued that the identity of the ship couldn’t definitively be established.Portrait of the French Mariner, Jean Ribault (1520 – 1565)Moreover, GME theorized that “Spanish raiders had looted the cannons and monuments from the early French colony at Fort Caroline in Florida in 1565 — and so, they were on board a Spanish ship, probably bound for Cuba, when the ship went down off the Florida coast,” according to Fox News.The magistrate of the U.S. Federal Court didn’t agree. The court ruled that the found ship is very likely La Trinite, the 32-gun flagship of French captain Jean Ribault.The disaster of Ribault’s fleet gave France’s rival, Spain, the opportunity to strengthen its hold on Fort Caroline and claim Florida for Spain and its ruler, Philip II.Ribault is wrecked on the coast of FloridaOne historical theory is that Ribault was in that area trying to reinforce a French colony in what is now Jacksonville.France was in the middle of violent religious wars between Catholics and Protestants at the time. Ribault was a Huguenot navigator who was trying to establish a Protestant colony in the southeast region of America.In 1562 Ribault led an expedition that founded the outpost of Charlesfort in present-day South Carolina. When he later tried to strengthen the colony in Florida, violence broke out.Ribault and some of his men survived the hurricane that wrecked the ships and made it to the coast, but they did not survive the Spanish. When the Catholic soldiers learned he was a Protestant, Ribault was killed on October 12, 1565, in a massacre.Marker at Fort Matanzas National Monument showing the location where Jean Ribault and his men were slaughtered by Pedro Menéndez de Avilés in September 1565. Glass negative.Now Ribault’s flagship is the subject of tremendous excitement.John de Bry, director of the Center for Historical Archaeology, a nonprofit organization, earlier said, “If it turns out to be ‘La Trinite,’ it is the most important, historically and archaeologically, the most important shipwreck ever found in North America.”The ship has “three bronze cannons with markings from the reign of King Henri II, who ruled right before Charles IX; and a stone monument with the French coat of arms that was to be used to claim the new territory,” reports the Daily Mail.122 yr old British shipwreck found buried on Brazilian beachFinding La Trinite has been a dream for years.Several years ago, an expedition from the state-run St. Augustine Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program attempted to locate the wreck but failed.Marine archaeologist Chuck Meide, who led that trip, said of the later success “this is one of the most important shipwreck discoveries we have had in Florida,” according to the Daily Mail.GME, which succeeded in finding the wreck, is unhappy with the court’s ruling. Robert Pritchett, the owner of GME, says “he has invested $3 million in this gig and now runs the risk of getting nothing for his trouble,” according to media reports.“It is not a French military vessel. Tell France to prove it. They cannot. I can tell you France has no proof of anything,” said Pritchett.Read another story from us: Finally, after 70 years divers located the wreckage U-966French authorities, who do not want to disclose exactly where the wreck is, call the find a major discovery that deserves careful and rigorous analysis.James Goold, the attorney representing the French government, told the press that the July 2018 ruling will protect artifacts from the wreck from being privately salvaged.Nancy Bilyeau, a former staff editor at Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and InStyle, has written a trilogy of historical thrillers for Touchstone Books. For more information, go to www.nancybilyeau.com.
In the 507 years that Ming the Clam was alive at the bottom of the Norwegian Sea, the world changed. Great empires rose and fell again into the dust, the Industrial Revolution transformed human society, and two world wars claimed millions of lives. Ming’s age was calculated by counting the annual growth rings on his shell. However, the clam’s long life came to an abrupt end at the hands of the very scientists that were attempting to discover his age.Left valve of Arctica islandica shell WG061294R collected from the north Icelandic shelf. (Ming). Photo by Alan D Wanamaker CC By SA 3,0In 2006, a team of British scientists were engaged in a fact-finding mission off the coast of Iceland, as part of a study to discover the effects of climate change. Ming was collected with other specimens after they dredged the seabed.According to the Sunday Times, the scientists pried open the clam, killing it in the process. It was only later that they discovered that Ming was 507 years old, potentially one of the oldest living animals on Earth.Ming the Clam was born in 1499, which makes him the oldest living animal ever discovered. In the year that he was born, Leonardo Da Vinci was painting the Mona Lisa, and the Tudor king Henry VII was sitting on the throne of England.Ming the Clam. Photo by Bangoor UniversityThe clam was nicknamed Ming in the British media, as he was born during the rule of the Chinese Ming dynasty.In Iceland, he was named Hafrun, a female Icelandic name roughly translated as ‘mystery of the ocean’. The actual sex of the clam, however, remains unknown. He (or she) had been alive for so long it was impossible to determine.Ming’s untimely death may not have been entirely in vain. The scientists who discovered him hoped to analyze the growth rings on his shell in order to uncover the secrets of long life, in addition to understanding the long-term effects of climate change near the Arctic.Scientists funded by Help the Aged are attempting to find clues in Ming’s rings that will help us to understand why some creatures are able to resist the negative effects of aging. This could pave the way for discoveries that will help people to live for longer.Ming the Clam was born during the reign of the Hongzhi Emperor, who ruled the Ming dynasty in China between 1487 and 1505.The data from Ming’s shell has also helped scientists to understand the impact of climate change on marine life. According to National Geographic, quahog clams provide a particularly useful source of information about marine conditions, as each annual ring growth stores information about the environment and atmosphere in which they lived.By examining each ring, scientists are able to reconstruct historical sea temperatures and climatic conditions. Analysis of Ming, and the other clams in the sample, has demonstrated that changes to the world’s atmosphere since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution are driving changes in sea temperatures and currents. These important discoveries help us to better understand the effects of human-induced climate change.Ocean quahog (Arctica islandica). Photo by Manfred Heyde CC BY-SA 3.0Ming the Clam is the oldest (non colonial) animal ever discovered, whose age can be calculated precisely. However, it’s highly likely that there are many more similar specimens under the sea, which may even be significantly older.The sample taken by the British scientists in Iceland was extremely small, comprising only 200 clams. Although Ming was the oldest clam found in the sample, it’s actually very likely that there are many more clams off the coast of Iceland, which may be 400 years old or even older.According to National Geographic, quahog clams like Ming stop growing when they reach a certain age and size. This means that it’s actually very difficult to tell whether a clam is 80 years old, or 300 years old.Read another story from us: Extinct Predator Cave Lions Could be Brought Back to LifeAlthough Ming’s life was cut short prematurely, he’s an important reminder that the oceans contain many mysteries yet to be discovered.
August 31, 2005 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Pricing PointersOnce they get a look at your product, potential buyers want to know about price. It only takes two bidders to drive up the price of an item you list, but if you price that item too high, the buyers may never come. So what starting price do you set?Experts agree $1 works most of the time. “People like looking for a good deal, and they can’t get much better than $1 for an item worth $500 [even if they do end up paying $500],” says Corriher. Plus, the lower you set the price, the more people are likely to bid and become emotionally attached to the item, wanting to bid more frequently because they promised their wife that pair of diamond earrings. (For more on pricing see “How to Inspire Bidding Frenzies”.)How long you should list an item depends on a variety of factors. You may list an item for one, three, five, seven or 10 days, though sellers must meet certain qualifications to use one-day listings, and 10-day listings are subject to fees. Consider your buyers: Listing an item longer allows more time for buyers to watch your item and place bids. Your selling volume is also a factor. For example, if you’re a high-volume seller and are listing several identical items, choosing the one-day option allows you to offer more listings for those items. Also, if the item you’re selling relates to an event, such as a concert or a holiday, be sure the listing ends with enough time to ship the item to the buyer.Check Out the Hit ListWhat if you have plenty of great photos and a good starting price, but you feel like you’re still not receiving the hits you should? Find out just how many visitors you’re getting, and you can start to solve the problem. To do so, add a hit counter to your page when you are setting up a listing. Knowing how many visitors you receive compared to the number of bids you receive will tell you how successful your listing is. Getting 10,000 onlookers a day but no bids? Perhaps your title copy is great, but your description or pricing is off. Or maybe you placed your item in the wrong category. Look at your listing in more detail to determine where the problem is.Scott Hunter, co-owner of consulting firm HowToSellAuctions.com in San Jose, California, discovered just how critical the listing details can be. A client through his previous employer wanted to sell a 6-inch change plate from the Titanic that he’d inherited from his aunt. Hunter listed the item on behalf of his client and expected it to generate thousands of hits. And it did. In the first three days, he noticed tens of thousands of visitors had taken a peek into the item listing, but no bids had been placed. Hunter determined something must be off with the description, so he revamped the listing copy. Instead of simply describing the plate as coming from the Titanic, he told the story behind it: A woman on the ship took the plate upon check-in, long before the ship hit the iceberg. Because women and children were loaded onto the safety boats first, she survived, bringing the plate, hidden in her coat, with her. The Czech Republic manufacturers of the plate verified its authenticity. A bidding frenzy ensued. By the time the auction ended, the plate had sold for $10,000 to the owners of the internet casino GoldenPalace.com.When you begin to draw traffic, managing potential buyer inquiries can be time-consuming. To cut down on questions, be as detailed as you can in your listing. It will save you time, especially when the bidding frenzy begins and bidders start to e-mail you questions they may need answered in a two-minute time frame as the end of the listing draws near.The PayoffAfter the high of the listing winds down, it’s time to handle payment and shipping. Every seasoned seller will tell you to accept PayPal. The secure online payment system handled $6.2 billion in the first quarter of 2005 and has over 70 million accounts from users in 56 markets. Additionally, 3 out of 4 buyers on eBay prefer paying with PayPal, according to eBay. A primary reason for this is that PayPal keeps buyers’ information secure by sending sellers the money without sharing the buyer’s financial information. Indeed, a recent survey found that 92 percent of PayPal customers viewed the service as a secure way to pay online, helping overcome mounting concerns among consumers about the safety of their personal information online.PayPal allows sellers to accept major credit cards and bank account payments with no merchant account or gateway required. Fees are considerably lower than those sellers would otherwise pay through a traditional credit-card arrangement.In addition, PayPal offers protection programs for both buyers and sellers. Buyers are shielded from merchandise that may be misrepresented or not delivered, while sellers are protected for up to $5,000 from fraudulent transactions and against credit-card chargebacks.When considering shipping, you’ll need to figure out 1) how much to charge customers, and 2) how you will execute the shipment. When deciding on shipping charges, you can offer three different flat-rate amounts or let the buyer use eBay’s Shipping Calculator to determine the cost for themselves. The Calculator is a free eBay tool the bidder can use during the listing process to estimate in advance how much they will be charged for shipping. The Calculator works by ZIP code and can also determine international rates.For shipping average-size packages, eBay supports the U.S. Postal Service and UPS. For items weighing more than 150 pounds, Freight- quote.com can provide solutions.A rookie seller mistake when shipping smaller items is standing in endless lines at the post office. Invest in a scale, suggests 34-year-old Kim Everitt, CEO of Walk In Auction, an eBay drop-off store in Golden, Colorado. Since buying a scale on eBay for $30, she now weighs her items at her store and prints out most of the labels via PayPal. The pre-printed labels save her time and save her customers money, as metered mail can have a slightly lower rate than stamped first-class. Most important, says Everitt, who averages $25,000 a month in sales, is to be able to send packages on a daily basis, improving your customer service.Keep ‘Em HappyHappy customers are a large part of securing success on eBay, as is evidenced by the 2.7 billion feedback comments eBay members had left by the end of 2004 regarding their eBay transactions. To maintain a good rating, you must have the attitude that the customer is always right. If there’s a mistake, fix it. Corriher explains that if a buyer tells him he missed a problem on a tractor before shipping, he handles it immediately. “I have shipped it back at my expense or sent them the part. I [do] whatever it [takes] to make the customer happy,” says Corriher. “I have spent hundreds of dollars fixing things that were maybe not my fault. But hundreds of dollars is a small percentage of the millions I’ve sold on eBay.”Current eBay PowerSellers have a wealth of information and tips, and they’re willing to share their know-how with others. Check out eBay’s Community discussion boards to seek answers to some of your concerns. But know everyone is in it together. “We are still learning,” says Corriher. “And by learning, you grow.”Sheree R. Curry specializes in management best practices and is an award-winning business journalist and former staff reporter at Fortune. She currently freelances from her suburban Minneapolis home. 12 min read Ted Corriher, a home, garden and farm equipment dealer in Newton, North Carolina, didn’t know much about computers or the internet four years ago. He didn’t even have a personal e-mail account. “I am computer illiterate,” he says. “But all my friends were buying on eBay, and I didn’t want to miss [out].” So he asked one of his employees to find out how he could sell his equipment on eBay. That was three years ago. Today, he sells about $100,000 worth of equipment on eBay every month, and his predominantly tractor-sales business has grown from $4 million to $10 million in annual sales. It’s almost hard to believe this $3.27 billion online marketplace with a record 404 million listings as of the end of 2004 was Corriher’s initial foray onto the internet. The opportunity to expand beyond a 300-mile radius from the doorstep of Corriher Implement Co., which his grandfather started in the 1850s, is part of what persuaded this 40-year-old to join a whopping 147 million registered users on eBay. Operating under the User ID tractor123, Corriher says eBay has been a rewarding and enlightening business expansion, much like the era when his grandfather abandoned the sale of mules in favor of farm equipment. “As soon as I got involved [in eBay], it opened up a whole new world for me,” says Corriher. His new and used New Holland tractors sell for upwards of $10,000 apiece to buyers all across the United States. Corriher is a PowerSeller, an official designation bestowed by eBay upon those sellers who have reached a certain sales performance and have a high level of total feedback, with at least a 98 percent positive rating by other eBay users. It’s not impossible for the startup seller to reach this level of achievement in as short a time as Corriher, if not shorter. Here are success tactics from eBay experts and PowerSellers that just might help you succeed alongside one of the 724,000 people in the U.S. currently making either a full-time or part-time living selling wares on eBay. Getting Started While Corriher’s tractor business took off on eBay, most sellers don’t start out with such high-ticket items. Whatever you decide to sell, setting up shop on eBay is fairly easy to do. There are virtually no startup costs, you can work from home with almost no overhead, and your marketing can all be done online, right within eBay. An internet connection is all you need, aside from the most important requirement: inventory. At any given time, there are approximately 50 million items available on eBay worldwide, with 5 million new items added each day. To compete, you must have an item to sell, even if it’s ad space on your forehead, which Omaha resident Andrew Fischer, 20, sold to highest bidder SnoreStop for $37,375 in January. Your best chance at success is to start out selling something you are fairly knowledgeable about, say experts, because you’re more likely to be on target about the value of what you’re selling. If you do not have expertise with your items, don’t fret. You can get up to speed fairly quickly by doing research on eBay, says Joseph T. Sinclair, author of eBay Business the Smart Way. Scan eBay’s completed listings archives to track how much similar items have recently sold for, he says. Once you know your inventory, you can price it well and move it quickly. Marsha Pater, 47, started her $120,000 business on eBay seven years ago with a camera and overstock inventory her husband, Bill, 56, had earmarked for the scrap yard from his tool and die business. Many of the items had been sitting in a warehouse for years because Bill cringed at the idea of melting down good-condition, unused items simply because his Midwestern tri-state clients had moved on to other projects that required different tooling. Originally, the Plainfield, Illinois, couple began on eBay by buying pottery for friends who didn’t have a computer. “My husband said if we could do all this buying, we could do the selling,” says Marsha. “We didn’t have a lot of out-of-pocket expenses, and we started on something we were familiar with.” And expenses were low. Back then, Pater didn’t even own a digital camera. She took photos with her 35mm, developed them at Walgreen’s, scanned them into the computer and uploaded them into a file. “It was extremely time-consuming,” she says. “The pictures would come back and not be any good, and we’d have to start all over again. Our first big purchase was a $500 digital camera.” Pater and experts strongly advise sellers to invest in a digital camera. From there, listing with the easy “Sell Your Item” form on eBay can help you manage the images and text. A Picture’s Worth… Without a photo, or a particularly good one, you may lose the sale before there’s even click-through. Pater learned that the hard way. The first photo in your item listing is free, but you must pay for the one that appears on the search results page. This 35-cent option eBay offers is called Gallery and allows you to have a thumbnail photo appear next to your listing title in the search results; larger photos (up to 12) appear for an additional charge when a potential buyer clicks on the listing. Pater, looking to save money, opted not to splurge for Gallery photos of her items. After all, when potential buyers clicked on the listing titles, they would see her listed photos. But through a web hit counter on her site, Pater soon discovered that Pater Industrial Tool Supply was not getting many hits on its listings because it lacked the initial photo on the search results page. However, once she uploaded a photo next to the titles, demand improved, and today Pater sells an average of 250 items a week from the 3,300-square-foot home she bought with profits from her business on eBay. Quality and up-close photographs are important to making a sale, says Jim “Griff” Griffith, dean of eBay Education. “People expect to see something visually. You can’t even sell software without showing a picture of the box or the CD,” he says. “People need to know they are buying something tangible.” One Step at a Time This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free
February 18, 2015 2 min read BlackBerry ratcheted up its fight with Ryan Seacrest’s Typo Products LLC, filing a new complaint that alleges that the company’s new keyboard case for the iPhone also infringes on its patents.Last March, the Waterloo, Ontario-based smartphone pioneer won an injunction against the first iteration of the Typo case made for some of Apple’s iPhone devices. BlackBerry is now seeking another injunction to halt sales of the redesigned Typo 2 case as well.BlackBerry, in a new complaint filed with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Monday, alleges that the company’s redesigned Typo 2 case for the iPhone 5, 5s and iPhone 6 models, also infringe on its patents, disputing the start-up’s claims to the contrary.Earlier this month, the court ordered Typo to pay BlackBerry $860,600 in sanctions, plus attorneys’ fees and costs as it said that Typo had blatantly violated the court’s initial injunction.At the time, a spokeswoman for Typo said the court order had no impact on its TYPO 2 product currently in the marketplace, or its other planned product releases.Typo was not immediately reachable for comment on the latest complaint. BlackBerry declined to comment on the matter.”Just as they did with the Typo Keyboard, defendants have again copied numerous proprietary BlackBerry designs and patents in the Typo2 Keyboard,” said BlackBerry in its complaint.The new BlackBerry complaint is case no. 3:15-cv-715 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.(Reporting by Euan Rocha; Editing by Alan Crosby) This story originally appeared on Reuters Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »
February 8, 2016 Register Now » 2 min read There were hints that Google was interested in making virtual reality hardware, and now some of the first details of that gear seem to be trickling out. Financial Times sources claim that Google’s first true VR headset is effectively a more open rival to Samsung’s Gear VR — you slot in a phone from your brand of choice into a plastic housing that has its own movement sensors. It’s miles above Cardboard, according to the tip. If the leak is accurate, you’d see it arrive sometime this year… alongside software that could be just as (if not more) important to the experience.The same insiders claim that Google is baking VR into Android itself, rather than relying on third-party apps like Cardboard does today. This wouldn’t just make support easier, but would fight common VR problems like lag — the smaller the delay, the less likely you are to be nauseous after a prolonged session.Google hasn’t confirmed either the Android VR support or the hardware, but it wouldn’t be shocking to get at least a sneak peek at this technology at Google I/O in May. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals This story originally appeared on Engadget Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.
Apple’s big ‘show time’ press event is under two weeks away, but the company is still working to ensure it has a potent lineup for its long-teased video streaming service. According to a Bloomberg report, Apple is still chasing collaborations with the likes of HBO, Showtime and Starz for pay-TV content to sit alongside its own original programming and movies.While we don’t know precisely how Apple’s streaming service will look until that March 25th showcase, it’s very likely to get its hooks into nearly all of the company’s media-consuming hardware, from iPhone to Apple TV. (Remember when it was going to make a TV? Seems like a decade ago.)Timing is reportedly tight. According to Bloomberg sources, a couple of deals are set to be inked this Friday. The gameplan is to ensure that people using Apple hardware will keep themselves interested with the company’s own apps and media, instead of hopping to 3rd party apps and services, like users do with Netflix and standalone apps from HBO and the rest. The process has worked out well for Apple Music.Rumors suggest that Apple will pitch its video and magazine services as separate entities with separate prices, but it could offer a bundle that offers, say, both services and an Apple Music sub at a cheaper price. Apple’s Tim Cook had noted that services will be crucial for the company, as iPhone sales slow and hardware innovation makes the once-annual upgrade less of a draw. 2 min read March 13, 2019 How Success Happens Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. This story originally appeared on Engadget Listen Now
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Dropbox: sign in with Google by Martin Brinkmann on October 15, 2016 in Internet – 10 commentsDropbox users who have associated a Google email address with their account may use Google directly now to sign in to their account.Dropbox users up until now could only use the service’s own authentication system to create an account and sign in to it using apps, desktop clients or the web version.This changed recently as it is now possible to authenticate using a Google account. While that means association the account with Dropbox, the solution may be preferred by some users to unify accounts on the Internet.So, instead of having to use two accounts, one for Google and another for Dropbox, users could use Google for both.Dropbox: sign in with GoogleUsers who are new to Dropbox can sign up to Dropbox using their Google account. This simplifies sign up as there is no need to specify a password for the account.You are probably wondering if the change applies to Dropbox users who have set an email from a different provider as their Dropbox account email.They don’t directly. These users may change their Dropbox email address however to benefit from the new sign in option as well.Here is how that is done:Load https://www.dropbox.com/account/security#profile in the web browser of choice.You may need to sign in using your existing account depending on your preferences.You find a “change email” option under personal email on the main profile page.Follow the steps outlined there to switch it to your Google email address.You should have a Gmail address listed under personal email after the process. Once that is out of the way, you may use the “sign in with Google” option on Dropbox to sign in to the account.The first time you do that you are asked to add an account. Pick your account on the page that opens, or click on add account if it is not listed on that page.The next page lists the permissions that Dropbox requests. This includes viewing your email address, basic profile information, and managing your contacts.Please note that you cannot disallow this if you want to proceed. There is no option for instance to block Dropbox from accessing your contacts.This process works only if the personal email listed under the Dropbox account is identical to the Google email address.You will get an error message in the last step otherwise. Please note that Dropbox distinguishes between email addresses ending in gmail.com and googlemail.com.You will still be asked to enter the two-factor authentication code of the Dropbox account if you have enabled it for the account.Now You: Do you use Dropbox or do you prefer a different cloud storage provider?SummaryArticle NameDropbox: sign in with GoogleDescriptionDropbox users who have associated a Google email address with their account may use Google directly now to sign in to their account.Author Martin BrijkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
Google Finance: portfolio feature will be retired in November 2017 by Martin Brinkmann on September 26, 2017 in Companies, Google – Last Update: January 04, 2018 – 27 commentsGoogle announced today that it will retire the portfolio feature of Google Finance in mid-November 2017.The company creates an updated version of Google Finance currently, and will remove the portfolio feature as part of that process.Google states on a support page that highlights the deprecation of the feature that it wants to make the site more accessible and user-friendly, and as part of that restructuring, the portfolios feature has to go.In an ongoing effort to make Google Finance more accessible and user-friendly for a wider audience, we’re making a few changes to the service in November 2017.The company notes that Google Finance users will still be able to follow stocks that they are interested in. Existing Google Finance portfolios will be migrated automatically according to the company so that stocks are followed automatically on Google Finance.It is unclear at this point in time how the new experience will look like as the redesigned version of Google Finance has not launched yet. The only indication that Google provides is that Google Finance users will be able to follow stocks, market trends and industry news.The “add to portfolio” links are still displayed on Google Finance, and the only indication that portfolios will be retired is displayed on the My Portfolio page itself.Google Finance users who maintain a portfolio on the site can download the data to spreadsheet or OFX format.Google Finance portfolio alternativesHere is a list of alternatives that you may want to check out if you want to keep on managing portfolios.JStock (Desktop)– A free Java-based software program to keep an eye on your portfolio. It supports alerts, watchlists, charts, and news among other things.MSN Money (Online)– Portfolio manager by MSN. Manage your portfolio online or on Windows 10 devices.My Stocks Portfolio and Widget (Android) — Free app to manage one or multiple portfolios on Android devices. Features real-time quotes, currency conversion, charts, market news and more.Ticker Stock Portfolio Manager (iOS) — Manage one or multiple portfolios on iOS devices. Supports notifications and more. Includes subscription upgrades.Yahoo Finance Portfolios (Online)– This requires a Yahoo account. You can track performance of stocks in real-time, and get news and other information related to your symbols.SummaryArticle NameGoogle Finance: portfolio feature will be retired in November 2017DescriptionGoogle announced today that it will retire the portfolio feature of Google Finance in mid-November 2017 as part of a redesign of the service.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement