Study: Einstein Was Right on Universe, After All

Albert Einsteins view of how the universe is expanding is right, a new scientific study shows.
The new test on Einsteins view of the universe has proved that he was right with “incredible accuracy” and is helping scientists to understand the mysterious acceleration of the universe.

Albert Einstein

The study results, which were announced by a team of cosmologists at the UKs National Astronomy meeting being held at the University of Manchester, give the most accurate measurement ever made from when the expansion of the universe began to accelerate.
“The results are the best measurement of an intergalactic distance ever made, which means cosmologists are closer than ever to understanding why the universe’s expansion is accelerating,” said Dr. Rita Tojeiro, a member of the team.
With this announcement, the phenomenon can now be explained using just Einsteins general theory of relativity and the cosmological constant – the simplest theoretical explanation for the expansion of the universe.
“One of the greatest things about Einstein’s general theory of relativity is that it is testable. Our results support the theory,” said Dr. Tojeiro.
The results will be used to understand what is causing the acceleration and why and will shed new light on dark energy – the name adopted for the fundamental agent driving the acceleration and about which little is known.
According to Dr Tojeiro, the results are “consistent with that constant vacuum energy – empty space creating a repulsive force – is driving the acceleration of the universe.”
The cosmologists from the University of Portsmouth and the Max Planck Institute for Extra-terrestrial Physics examined the period between five and six billion years ago when the universe is thought to have been almost half its present age and made measurements of extraordinary accuracy – within an error of 0.7%.
Dr. Tojeiro said the findings “are profound statements that describe the physics of our universe.”
According to the cosmologists, the findings supports Einstein’s general theory of relativity which predicts how fast galaxies, separated by large distances should be moving towards one another and at what rate the structure of the universe should be growing. The conclusions are, seemingly, consistent with the concordance model of a universe that is thought to have bloomed from a big bang 13.7 million years ago.
“Critically, the results find no evidence that dark energy is simply an illusion stemming from our poor understanding of the laws of gravity,” Dr. Tojeiro said.
However, it seems Einstein’s theory has passed its most stringent test yet on extra-galactic scales.

Rewrite of original story from YahooNews

By Patrick Wameyo Otundo

Construction of World’s Largest Telescope Begins

Construction of the world’s largest telescope has began in the Chilean Andes following the blasting off of Las Campanas Peak last Friday to make way for the Giant Magellan Telescope.
The telescope which will be finished in 2019 will feature seven giant mirrors, more than 28 feet in diameter and be enclosed in a 200 foot structure.
According to a report appearing on mashable.com, adaptive optics will allow the telescope to capture photos of far-away planets orbiting their stars with less glare than other telescopes and give astronomers the chance to peer into deep space.
“The telescope will be used by scientists from our partner institutions,” Patrick McCarthy director Giant Magellan Telescope Organisation (GMTO) said in an interview with mashable.com.
The GMTO will have a larger field of view and collecting area than any other telescopes currently under construction, he added.
McCarthy says will seek to address big as well as small problems. “Some of the nights will go to small projects led by one person; others will go to ‘key’ projects that big questions like exoplanet atmosphere, dark energy, dark matter and so on,” he said in the interview.
In a recent  report, GMTO sought to discount the belief that telescopes benefit astronomers by magnifying distant objects. “…they allow us to both collect far more light than is possible with the unaided eye and to resolve finer details,” said the report.
So what makes other telescopes give a better view than others?
“The light-gathering power of a telescope is determined by its collecting area and grows as the square of the telescope diameter,” said the GMTO report.
According to the report, the angular resolving power – the ability of  the telescope to separate point of an object that are located at a small angular distance – depends on the number of wavelengths of light that span the aperture and is thus proportional to the diameter.
The project is a furtherance of work that began in 2006 culminating in the formation of the GMTO non-profit corporation in 2010.
SOURCE: http://mashable.com/2012/03/30/worlds-largest-telescope/

By Patrick Wameyo Otundo

Revolve, a Camera For The Future

For those of you involved in videography, here is a camera designed to capture smooth and dynamic video footage. It can apparently create a wide range of tracking shots as well as dynamic stop motion and time lapse shots.
Sad thing is that the gadget named REVOLVE still at design stage as its inventor Jeremy Canterbury is trying to raise $7500 to start production.
Check it’s image below:

The Revolve camera is still in design phase.

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Logitech Launch New Computer Lab Speaker

Available for sell from April for $400 here

A new speaker system that can be used in a computer lab in a learning institution has been launched by Logitech.
The Logitech UE Air Speaker is compatible with Apple’s AirPlay technology and can work with a Wi-Fi network to stream uncompressed audio from an iPad, iPhone, iPod touch or even laptop.
It is simple to set up as all you have to do is dock your iPhone, iPad or iPod device and follow the simple on screen instructions and you have “a big sound stage with impressively detailed, stereo sound.”
And it has the looks. Its subtle curves and sleek piano-black finish look great in any room, setting a new standard for good looks and incredible sound.
The parking space that come with the pop-up, hideaway drawer allows you to access the Apple Dock Connector and charge your iPad or iPhone when the power is low or to play audio files from your iPod.
 This great speaker is also good for your entertainment as it can stream music virtually from any room in the house.

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Microsoft and Nokia Launch AppCampus

Microsoft Corporation and Nokia today announced a joint multi-million Euro venture that will see the setting up of AppCampus, a mobile application development programme at Aalto University in Finland.
This was revealed in a press release published online by the two technology companies.
“AppCampus offers the unprecedented opportunity for entrepreneurs to put their ideas into practice and create world class products,” Ari Rahkonen General Manager of Microsoft Oy was quoted in the press statement  as saying.
Kicking off in May, AppCampus is intended to attract thousands of application proposals from students and entrepreneurs all over the world.
“We are proud to announce this new program which will enable existing and new and existing developers to create next-generation apps and unique user experiences,” said Kai Ostamo, executive vice president Nokia Corp.
In what is being seen as a bid to counter competition from Android and iPhone apps, Microsoft Corp. and Nokia will each contribute 9 million Euros, part of which will be given as grants to participating students and entrepreneurs.
Participants in this program will be mentored by veterans in the mobile industry on how to commercialise their ideas while retaining full intellectual property rights for their, expectedly world-beating innovations.
“Within the AppCampus program, mobile entrepreneurs can benefit from comprehensive support, training in mobile technology, design and userbility  and funding to create innovative new mobile apps and services,” reads the press statement which is also available on www.microsoft.com.
The program will run for the next three years, by the end of which Windows Phone Marketplace  and Nokia Store are expected to offer local and global business opportunities to participants via distribution to consumers around the world.
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By Patrick Wameyo Otundo

Smart Mouse For Digital Game Lovers

The Cyborg mouse was nominated for a Consumer
Electronics Show (CES) 2012 Innovations Award.

It must be said that the advent of the mouse was one innovation that revolutionised the way we interact with our computers. But the use of the miniature handful device for gaming has not been a ride in the park for those of us who have a confession to make about their addiction to computer games.
All that is set to change if you are willing and able to meet the cost of the Cyborg M.M.O.7 Gaming mouse that is currently the rave as far as innovative mice go.
Nominated for a Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 Innovations Award, the mouse is built to automatically adjust in length to suit your hand size and grip style.
The mouse comes with features that allow for: perfect hand grip; interchangeable grips and hand rest; the assigning of programmable commands for any game; 5 commands with single control enabled by a unique 5D button; entry into the intuitive world of war-craft plug-in; fully adjustable RGB back-lighting and fatigue free gaming through dual ActionLock buttons.
You have the option of getting it light or heavy; it’s your choice! All this for $129.99 cash.

Source: www.cyborggaming.com

By Patrick Wameyo Otundo

Explore the Amazon Virtually With Google Maps

Today is World Forest Day and Google Maps are marking the day with the release of recently captured images of the Amazon basin.

This is the culmination of a project that has been in the works since August last year when Street View and Google Earth Outreach teams were invited to the Amazon basin to collect ground-level images of rivers, forests and communities in the Rio Negro Reserve.
Many areas of the Amazon including the Rio Negro Reserve have restricted access by the public and so this Street View collection provides you access to this special corner of the planet that many of us wouldn’t otherwise have a chance to experience.
“Now everyone can experience the beauty and diversity of the Amazon,” says a statement on the Google Official Blog.
With these images from one of the World’s best kept secrets, now it is possible for you to “take a virtual boat ride down the main section of Rio Negro and float up into the small tributaries where the forest is flooded,” says the statement.
You can also take a virtual stride along the paths the Timbura, the largest community in the Reserve or visit some other communities who invited the Google Maps team to share their lives and cultures.

One of the photos taken by the Google Street View and Google Earth Outreach Teams.

The project which makes it possible for you to catch a glimpse of the forest critter is a collaboration between Google Maps and the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS), a local non-profit conservation organization.
It is expected that the project will give researchers, scientists and arm-chair explorers the opportunity to better learn about the Amazon and better understand how local communities there are working to better preserve this unique environment for future generations.
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MP3 Library of Classics is Here

If you are a lover of books and averse with carrying books then the Library of Classics MP3 player is what you need to add to your list of gadgets.
For those of you who dislike reading long tales, this compact device no bigger than a deck of cards comes loaded with MP3 recordings of the 100 greatest literary works of all time.

The Library of Classics MP3 Player ans a sample of the pre-recorded classics on it.

The tales from unabridged versions of books like Gulliver’s Travels, Tom Sawyer and Little Women are told by expert narrators who bring the classics to life for you. These recordings have been digitally enhanced so you get to enjoy the highest sound quality every time you listen to your Library Classics.
And you don’t just get the only MP3 recordings of the classics. Apart from the personal MP3 player pre-loaded with 100 books in audio format, you also get a set of digital headphones, adapter for listening in the car, AC adapter and a bonus of 50 greatest classical music recordings.
So you get to enjoy the worlds greatest books and music all for $99, via Amazon, which translates to roughly less than $1 per title.
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Study: Funny Videos Good for Student’s Mind, Body and Soul

The use of humorous videos in learning can boost student’s attention during lessons and boost the retention of learned material, a new study shows.
The research report published in the the latest issue of the John Hopkins University’s New Horizons For Learning Journal seems to suggest that the use of short humorous videos during long lectures boosts the learner’s level of retention.
“Humor and videos are proven teaching techniques that stimulate the brain, help students make connections to material they already know and allow students to make a pattern of learning,” says Dr. Peter M. Jonas, the author of the report.
Previous studies have shown that humor has not only a direct effect on the brain but also on other parts of the body.
In a 2002 report, Howard University’s Prof. Lee Berk notes that laughter results in: “enhanced respiration; an increased number of immune cells; an increase in immune cell proliferation; an increase in cortisol; an increase in endorphins; an increase in salivary immunoglobulin type A concentration.”
Other studies indicate that laughter is not only helps relax the physical body but is also a social function as people in groups tend to laugh at things that are not even funny.
According to a 2000 paper by Previne, “Laughter is not about humor or jokes but our social interactions,” a key concept in learning.
In the classroom, humor helps the brain to concentrate more on the task at hand.
“When people are laughing, their brains seem to operate more efficiently and systematically. Humor seems to facilitate a more balanced cerebral activity that leads to creative thinking. This creative thinking produces solutions to problems than the individual or group may otherwise generate,” Dr. Jonas quotes Scriven and Herevin in the report.
An older study by Von Oech suggests that humor: “stretches thinking, which helps develop alternative ideas; promotes ambiguity and the unusual combination of ideas and allows conventional rules to be challenged.”
Dr. Jonas says that, humor helps students to remember information longer and better and can even make them healthier.
“…students will remember humorous cartoons better than the literal translation of information,” says Dr. Jonas.
Several researchers have found that laughter increases the intake of oxygen to the blood, while exercising muscles which ultimately produces endorphins – natures painkillers – in the body.
Dr. Jonas asserts that humor is a simple and easy tool to use in teaching as it connects new material to something the students already understand. “People like and understand humor. In the end, humor makes learning more interesting, it engaged students, and most importantly, it helps the brain connect material to previous knowledge,” he says.
However, the study says, the humorous videos used during lessons should be short so as to stimulate the brain more.
“Teaching with the use of short videos is not only a fun way to integrate humor but it is also a great way to integrate technology….it matches the learning styles of many new, young students and relates directly to Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligence,” says Dr. Jonas.
Videos connected to the material help break-up longer lectures, stimulate the brain and stimulate learning as students can connect the new material with the “funny” video, thereby storing information in long-term memory.
SOURCE: New Horizons For Learning Journal

By Patrick Wameyo Otundo

Here Comes Digital Harinezumi 3.0 High-Resolution Camera

The new Digital Harinezumi 3.0 Mini Camera that provides you with an alternative method of capturing digital photographs.
It is equipped with a 3 megapixel sensor providing 1048 by 1536 resolution images which is higher than the 1360 by 768 view of a normal high-resolution computer monitor.
The camera has the ability to capture 30 frames per second, a unit of measuring the frame-rate in a moving image.
Because of these features Digital Harinezumi has the ability to add a wide variety of digital enhancements to your images such as monochrome, vivid colour, together with a number of different ageing effects.
The camera also comes with new modes of overexposure effects which bring out images as close to reality as can be.
The extreme noise mode is another feature that comes with the new camera together with its 3.5x digital zoom making it a must have for anyone serious with photograpy.

The Digital Herinezumi 3.0 Mini viewed from different angles. PHOTO: geekygadgets

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By Patrick Wameyo Otundo