14 Sep

Publisher Agrees to Pull Cockfighting Magazine from Amazon

first_imgEthan Eddy, lead counsel for the Humane Society, told FOLIO: he hopes the settlement will encourage the 105-year-old Feathered Warrior, also based in Arkansas, to pull the title from Amazon and reject ads that promote violence, and that Amazon will eventually comply. In the suit, the Humane Society alleges that Amazon’s sale of cockfighting magazines violates the federal Animal Welfare Act. Cockfighting is illegal in all 50 states except Louisiana, where it will be banned in August. Lawyers for Amazon referred a call for comment to Amazon’s PR department. Amazon did not immediately return a request seeking comment.‘Freedom of Speech Issue’ “We see this as a freedom of speech issue,” Amazon spokesperson Patty Smith told CNET last year. “In our mind, freedom of speech is designed to protect unpopular or ugly speech, and we don’t think customers want us picking what we think is appropriate for them to read. Our stated goal is always to provide customers with the broadest selections possible.””What Amazon really means is something closer to ‘We don’t want to risk turning away any customer, because the cockfighting enthusiasts and the pedophiles will order mainstream products too,’” Ron Hogan, a former Amazon.com employee and editor of mediabistro.com’s GalleyCat blog, told FOLIO: last fall. “They’d rather not have those dollars going to Barnes & Noble.” The publisher of a cockfighting magazine has agreed to stop selling it on Amazon.com after the Humane Society charged that its sale violated federal law. But Amazon has vowed to fight on, arguing it has the constitutional right to do so.The Humane Society announced the partial settlement in the suit filed last February against Amazon, Hartford, Arkansas-based Marburger—publisher of The Gamecock—and the publisher of another cockfighting magazine called the Feathered Warrior. As part of its settlement, filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., Marburger agreed to reject all advertisements for fighting animals or knives marketed to be attached to fighting animals, to run an ad in its magazine stating it won’t accept those ads and to stop fulfilling subscription requests sold by Amazon. (A listing for the magazine was still live on the Amazon site Thursday.) last_img read more

31 Aug

New holographic radar system can track high speed shells

first_img One of the costs associated with training military personnel is in the constant replacement of targets. To get around this problem, the DoD sent out a request for development of a system that would allow for shooting at “off-sets” – positions that are close enough to the target to measure hits versus misses, without damaging the actual target. To achieve good results in such a system, a trainee would need to see not just where the shells he’s firing are landing, but the trajectory they take in getting there. Such information helps in plotting where to send the next rounds so as to move ever closer to the intended target, improving accuracy in the process.To address the problem, engineers from Cambridge Consultants designed an entirely new kind of radar; one that uses 3D technology to create a realistic holographic image in real time that shows the trajectory of rounds fired as well as where they burst in the air or when they hit a target; all of this in a 360° image. More information: www.cambridgeconsultants.com/news_pr304.html Citation: New holographic radar system can track high speed shells (2011, September 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-holographic-radar-track-high-shells.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. (PhysOrg.com) — The British firm Cambridge Consultants has announced the successful test of its new 3D holographic radar system that can track fired shells traveling up to 1000 miles per hour. The new system called the Land and Surface Target Scorer (LSTS) and developed for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), is expected to help lower the cost of training and hopefully defend against small high speed enemies. GPS-Based Fuze Expected To Triple Cannon’s Accuracy The biggest hurdle the team faced was in differentiating the shell it was tracking from surrounding “noise.” In real world environments, everything from moving water to other projectiles to debris fragments can produce radar hits making it difficult to discern what is what. The new system had to have a way of clearing all the other stuff away to allow the person manning the gun to see very clearly where his round was going. And that’s just what the recent demo of the system showed, an ability to track 5 inch shells being fired at a rate of one every three seconds.In addition to saving money on targets, such a system should also lower the cost of ammunition as it appears such a system would reduce training time. The DoD is also hoping to employ the new technology to help in tracking small fast moving targets, such as terrorists in a rubber dingy out to blow up portions of a ship as was done with the USS Cole in 2000. Explore further © 2011 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

31 Aug

Astronomers discover superEarth planet orbiting nearby star

first_img Explore further Phase folded curve of the planetary signal detected in GJ 625 using the parameters of the MCMC model. Left panel shows the CCF measurements, right panel the TERRA measurements. Grey dots show the measurements after subtracting the detected activity induced signals. Red dots are the same points binned in phase with a bin size of 0.1. The error bar of a given bin is estimated using the weighted standard deviation of binned measurements divided by the square root of the number of measurements included in this bin. Blue line shows the best fit to the data using a Keplerian model. Credit: Mascareño et al., 2017. Scientists discover a nearby superearth 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. “Super-Earths” are planets more massive than Earth but not exceeding the mass of Neptune. Although the term “super-Earth” refers only to the mass of the planet, it is also used by astronomers to describe planets bigger than Earth but smaller than the so-called “mini-Neptunes” (with a radius between two to four Earth-radii).Located only 21 light years away, GJ 625 is an M-dwarf star (spectral type M2) about 1/3 the size and mass of the sun. Such stars offer great potential in the search for alien Earth-like worlds, as low-mass rocky planets appear to be more frequent around M-dwarfs. However, finding an Earth-like planet orbiting low-mass stars is difficult due to their stellar activity. This is because signals induced by the rotation of a star can easily mimic those of planetary origin. Therefore, the signals coming from M-dwarfs tend to be comparable to those of rocky planets close to the habitable zone of their stars.Recently, a team of astronomers led by Alejandro Suarez Mascareño of the Canary Islands Institute of Astrophysics, has completed challenging studies of GJ 625, which began in 2013 and lasted over three and a half years. The observations were conducted with the High Accuracy Radial velocity Planet Searcher for the Northern hemisphere (HARPS-N) spectrograph installed at the Telescopio Nazionale Galileo at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory on the island of La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain.The researchers analyzed 151 radial-velocity time series from HARPS-N as part of the HArps-n red Dwarf Exoplanet Survey (HADES) radial velocity program, which resulted in the discovery of a new planet.”We report the discovery of a super-Earth orbiting at the inner edge of the habitable zone of the star GJ 625 based on the analysis of the radial-velocity (RV) time series from the HARPS-N spectrograph, consisting in 151 HARPS-N measurements taken over 3.5 yr,” the paper reads.The newly found alien world, designated GJ 625 b, has a minimum mass of 2.8 Earth masses, which makes it the lightest exoplanet found around an M2 star to date. The planet orbits its host every 14.6 days at a distance of approximately 0.08 AU from the star, which is relatively close. By comparison, Mercury orbits the sun at a mean distance of 0.38 AU. The results of radial velocity measurements allowed the team to conclude that GJ 625 b is a small “super-Earth” on the inner edge of the habitable zone and has a mean surface temperature of 350 K that is very dependent on the atmospheric parameters. Moreover, the researchers assume that the newly detected exoworld might potentially host liquid water, but more observations focused on GJ 625 b’s atmosphere are required to confirm this assumption. (Phys.org)—European astronomers report the detection of a new extrasolar world several times more massive than Earth. The newly found exoplanet, classified as a so-called “super-Earth,” is circling a nearby star designated GJ 625. The researchers detailed their finding in a paper published May 18 on arXiv.org. Citation: Astronomers discover ‘super-Earth’ planet orbiting nearby star (2017, May 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-05-astronomers-super-earth-planet-orbiting-nearby.html More information: HADES RV Programme with HARPS-N at TNG: V. A super-Earth on the inner edge of the habitable zone of the nearby M-dwarf GJ 625, arXiv:1705.06537 [astro-ph.EP] arxiv.org/abs/1705.06537AbstractWe report the discovery of a super-Earth orbiting at the inner edge of the habitable zone of the star GJ 625 based on the analysis of the radial-velocity (RV) time series from the HARPS-N spectrograph, consisting in 151 HARPS-N measurements taken over 3.5 yr. GJ 625 b is a planet with a minimum mass M sin i of 2.82 ± 0.51 M⊕ with an orbital period of 14.628 ± 0.013 days at a distance of 0.078 AU of its parent star. The host star is the quiet M2 V star GJ 625, located at 6.5 pc from the Sun. We find the presence of a second radial velocity signal in the range 74-85 days that we relate to stellar rotation after analysing the time series of Ca II H&K and Hα spectroscopic indicators, the variations of the FWHM of the CCF and and the APT2 photometric light curves. We find no evidence linking the short period radial velocity signal to any activity proxy. © 2017 Phys.orglast_img read more

31 Aug

Begum Parveen Sultana humbled by Sarvottam Samman

first_imgShyam Sundar Co Jewellers presented ‘Shyam Sundar Co Sarvottam Samman’ at the seventh edition of ‘Behala Classical Festival’ to the Classical Vocalist Par Excellence Begum Parveen Sultana. The felicitation ceremony of Begum Parveen Sultana for her immense contribution to Indian Classical Music was done by Bakul Saha, Bela Saha and Rupak Saha from Shyam Sundar Co Jewellers.The felicitation was followed by the mesmerising performance of the classical vocalist, Also Read – Add new books to your shelfaccompanied by Abhijit Bandopadhyay (Tabla) and Jyoti Goho (Harmonium). Shyam Sundar Co Jewellers, who presented the inaugural day of the festival, also had the honour to felicitate Pandit Birju Maharaj on the same day.’Sarvottam Samman’ – a lifetime achievement award – was instituted by Shyam Sundar Co Jewellers to honour living legends who have excelled in their spheres of life and have risen to great heights– inspiring younger generations to rise and shine. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSpeaking at the occasion Rupak Saha, Director, Shyam Sundar Co Jewellers said, “Shyam Sundar Co Jewellers is honoured to extend the Sarvottam Samman to a living legend who has spent a lifetime dedicated to his/her passion and has become an institution by himself/herself. Last year we extended the Sarvottam Samman to Ustad Amzad Ali Khan, a living legend who is dedicated to his passion. This year we are really honoured to present it to Begum Parveen Sultana.” A versatile singer with a classic voice, the Padma Shri and Padma Bhusan awardee Begum Parveen Sultana, while accepting the honour said, “I am overwhelmed to receive the Shyam Sundar Co Sarvottam Samman. I am thankful to God that I got the chance to achieve such a title of excellence in my lifetime. This is a sign of the love of people of Kolkata towards me. I have received many awards in my life and this is so special for me as them. It will always motivate me to push a little harder in my life. I also thank the people of Kolkata for their love and affection.”‘Behala Classical Festival’, presented by Shyam Sundar Co Jewellers, is a four day cultural affair (January 6 – 9) which would showcase the participation of Begum Parveen Sultana, Violinist L Shankar, Classical Vocalist Kaushiki Chakraborty, Tabla Maestro Yogesh Samsi, Musician Satish Patri, Flautist and Singer Rasika Shekhar, Classical and Fusion Musician Niladri Kumar, Folk Singer Malini Awasthi along with Sarod Players Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangashy.last_img read more