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VIDEO Watch WHS Winter Track Highlights At Boston University

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first_imgWILMINGTON, Wilmington High School’s Boys & Girls track teams recently competed against at Boston University. Wilmington’s team fell to Wakefield, but it wasn’t all bad news — Emma Garrity qualified for states in the 600m; Kevin Elderd qualified for states in the 1000m; Tyler Thomas qualified for states in the Shot Put; and Gregory Adamek qualified for states in the mile.Watch highlights courtesy of Wilmington Community Television:——(NOTE: Cover photos is from Athletic Director Tim Alberts via Twitter.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBenoit, Hill, Mastrorilli, Packer, Palmer, Stokes, & WCTV Honored At WHS Senior Athletic Banquet (with VIDEO)In “Sports”VIDEO: Wilmington Library Holds Successful End Of Summer BashIn “Videos”VIDEO: WHS Girls Lacrosse Team Celebrates Its SeniorsIn “Videos”last_img read more

OBITUARY Kelly A Hersom Michaud 53

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Kelly A. (Hersom) Michaud, age 53, of Wilmington, passed away suddenly on June 17th, 2019, surrounded by her loving family. Kelly was the beloved wife of Jack Michaud of Wilmington. She was the loving mother of John Michaud of Nashua and the late Courtney Michaud. Kelly was the cherished daughter of Francine (Lynch) Hersom of Wilmington and the late Richard Hersom. She was the dear sister of Dickie Hersom and his wife Janine of Wilmington, Tim Hersom and his wife Erica of Derry, NH, Lisa Hersom and Valerie Hersom of Iowa. Daughter-in-law of Marie Michaud and sister-in-law of Ann-Marie Durlin, both of Billerica. Kelly was the devoted aunt of Timmy & Danny Hersom, Rich Jr., McKayla, Matthew & Michael Hersom and Alyson & Tommy Durlin. Kelly is survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62) Wilmington, on Friday, June 21st at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, June 20th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Memorial donations in Kelly’s name can be made to Local Heroes, Inc., PO Box 536, Wilmington, MA 01887.Kelly A. (Hersom) Michaud(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Lucille C. (Enos) Gilson, 77In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Marie J. (Ciampa) Cummings, 81In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Maureen F. (McKenna) McHugh, 80In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Oculus Quest and Rift S available for preorder both at 399 shipping

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first_img Now playing: Watch this: Preview • PlayStation VR made us smile, and it’s because of the games Mobile Gaming Digital Media Virtual Reality Apps Amazon Oculus Quest unboxed: what’s inside Facebook’s new VR… 43 Photos 1 Now playing: Watch this: We took Oculus Quest on vacation We took Oculus Quest on vacation at Amazon Enlarge ImageThe Oculus Quest (left) and Oculus Rift S (right) are both arriving in May, and both cost $399. John Kim/CNET Oculus ignited people’s interest in virtual reality when it announced a Kickstarter for the Rift headset in 2012, promising high quality VR for $300.  Fast-forward seven years, after a more than $2 billion acquisition by Facebook and the 2016 release of the Rift, and Oculus is preparing to launch its next-generation VR headsets.  They’re called the Oculus Quest and the Rift S, and both will cost $399 (£399 in the UK; Australian pricing is TBA but the UK price converts to about AU$740). But they’re rather different headsets.  The Oculus Quest is self-contained, working without a computer to power it or any extra sensors set up around a room to track where you’re moving. The Rift S, meanwhile, offers better visuals while still connected by wire to a computer, but it also ditches sensors around a room. “Now, getting into VR is as easy as gaming on a console,” Facebook said in a statement. The new headsets come as Valve, whose Steam store and Half-Life first-person shooter series have made it a household name among gamers, prepares to release its first headset, the $499 Valve Index. And that’s not including other competitors, such as Sony’s $299 PlayStation VR, HTC’s Vive and headsets from Lenovo, HP and Samsung that’re powered by Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality technology. 58-oculus-questEnlarge ImageThe Quest is a wireless self-contained headset, offering a middle ground between the low-power Oculus Go and high-power Rift S. Sarah Tew/CNET The Quest is a new device Whereas the Rift and Rift S rely on an outside computer connected by a wire to power the virtual world you see, and the $199 Oculus Go is designed to be a wire-free self-contained entry-level VR device, the Oculus Quest is meant to be somewhere in the middle.  At its heart, the Quest is meant to offer higher-end games designed to work with the Oculus hand controllers, like the music rhythm game Beat Saber and the boxing game Creed: Rise to Glory. But it’s also self-contained, running a powerful, yet small, computer in the headset. To pull off that trick, developers say, the Oculus Quest isn’t as capable as its beefier cousin, the Rift S. Its screen doesn’t show as many details, it’s not able to pack as many characters on the screen at a time, and apps made for it can’t assume they’ll always be connected to the internet. (Sometimes people might take this on a train or on vacation). The Quest still uses the same controllers as the Rift S Though the Quest and Rift S won’t always be able to play the same games, the Quest will have the same controllers. That’s a step up from the entry-level Oculus Go, which had a simpler, wandlike controller that wasn’t capable of doing as much as the more full-fledged hand controllers Oculus offers. Oculus Quest is fully mobile VR They’re both $399, go on preorder Tuesday and ship May 21 If you’re already convinced, you can preorder the devices on the Oculus website, at Amazon and elsewhere. Full preorder info is available here, or you can just use the buttons below (note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products). See Quest at AmazonSee Rift S at Amazon 5:18 $217 5:18 Tags See It $398.00 Comment Oculus Valve Virtual Reality Facebook HTC Microsoft Samsung Sony Nintendo Review • PlayStation VR is pretty damn cool Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Share your voice Whether the new devices will draw users is anyone’s guess. A recent survey from industry tracker IDC, which was sponsored by Sony, found that headset sales in the US, UK, Germany, France and Japan rose 60% in 2018 to 3.9 million headsets, up from 2.4 million in 2017. But that’s still small compared with the hundreds of millions of video game consoles Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo have sold since 2013. Here’s everything to know about the Quest and Rift S so far. The Rift S is a refinement  Oculus says the Rift S will offer more-detailed and sharper-looking visuals than the original Oculus Rift, which shipped in 2016. But the real change is to the cameras mounted on its sides. There are two in the front, one on each side, and one on the top, all designed to track the outside world using a technology called “Oculus Insight,” so that the headset knows when you’re leaning one direction or another or suddenly duck to avoid something. Those cameras work in concert with the company’s hand controllers too. See it CNET Review Oculus Quest The standalone VR headset earns our Editors’ Choice. Read Review Sony PlayStation VR 8:25 Mentioned Above Sony PlayStation VR (Headset) $245 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

BSE closes points 12452 up on July 24

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first_imgBSE closes points 124.52 up on July 24993 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 124.52 up on July 24993 viewsBusinessNew Delhi, July 24 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 124.52 points up to stand at 26,271.85. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 34.85 points up to stand at 7,830.60. Financial Tech and Uco Bank were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 10.00% and 5.83% along with Bank of India and Reliance Capital Ltd. with an increase of 4.27% and 4.05% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include IPCA Lab and JPPOWER with a decrease of 13.06% and 7.02% along with Cairn India and Jaiprakash Associates Ltd. with a decrease of 6.67% and 6.06% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 3.67 points at 15,807.83 while the banking sector is up 77.29 points at 17,782.36 and the realty sector is up 6.28 points at 1,977.97. The Indian currency is 0.01% down at Rs 60.10 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, July 24 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 124.52 points up to stand at 26,271.85. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 34.85 points up to stand at 7,830.60. Financial Tech and Uco Bank were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 10.00% and 5.83% along with Bank of India and Reliance Capital Ltd. with an increase of 4.27% and 4.05% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include IPCA Lab and JPPOWER with a decrease of 13.06% and 7.02% along with Cairn India and Jaiprakash Associates Ltd. with a decrease of 6.67% and 6.06% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 3.67 points at 15,807.83 while the banking sector is up 77.29 points at 17,782.36 and the realty sector is up 6.28 points at 1,977.97. The Indian currency is 0.01% down at Rs 60.10 per dollar.last_img read more

India launches antimilitant drive in Kashmir

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first_imgIndian army soldiers conduct a patrol during an operation against suspected rebels in Turkwangam Lassipora in Shopian south of Srinagar on 4 May, 2017. Photo: AFPThousands of soldiers and paramilitaries were Thursday engaged in a huge anti-militant operation in Indian-administered Kashmir, where armed rebels have repeatedly attacked government forces in recent weeks.Police said government forces had surrounded at least 20 villages in the drive, launched early Thursday in Shopian district in the volatile south of the disputed Himalayan region.“It is an unprecedented operation,” deputy inspector general of police S P Pani told AFP.“It is impossible to capture the militants, but we hope there will be contact (exchange of fire) with them in the course of the day.”Suspected militants are frequently killed in shoot-outs with government forces in Kashmir, but are only rarely captured alive.Witnesses said hundreds of residents came out onto the streets in two villages, Sug and Tarkwangan, during the search operations and threw stones at the soldiers.Indian army soldiers conduct a patrol during an operation against suspected rebels in Turkwangam Lassipora in Shopian south of Srinagar on 4 May, 2017. Photo: AFPOne said soldiers had attacked private homes in his village with sticks and rocks.“It was scary. Many houses were damaged,” the villager told AFP by phone, requesting anonymity.Witnesses said army helicopters were hovering above the area as the search operations were going on.Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since the end of British rule in 1947, but both claim the territory in its entirety.Rebel groups have fought for decades the roughly 500,000 Indian soldiers deployed in the Himalayan territory, demanding independence or a merger of the entire territory with Pakistan.Officials say the rebels’ ranks have swelled since July, when the killing of a popular leader by security forces sparked widespread unrest that left at least 100 civilians dead.Since then armed encounters between rebels and government forces have been more frequent.The latest operation comes after five police were shot dead this week in a raid on a bank van carrying cash—the latest in a series of bank robberies in the region carried out by suspected militants.Last week militants killed three soldiers in a pre-dawn assault on a garrison near the de-facto border known as the Line of Control that divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan.The Kashmir valley has been tense since early April, when election day violence kicked off a series of anti-India protests including by students.Popular support for the militants has also risen and villagers now regularly come out onto the streets during operations to throw stones at government forces.last_img read more

3 killed dozens feared trapped in Mumbai building collapse

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first_imgMap of India’s Mumbai locating Bhendi Bazaar, where a four-storey residential building collapsed on Thursday. Photo: AFPAt least three people died and dozens were feared trapped when a building collapsed in India’s financial capital of Mumbai Thursday, after days of heavy rain swamped the city.Rescuers using diggers could be seen sifting through the remains of the four-storey residential building which gave way around 08:40 am (0310 GMT) in the densely populated area of Bhendi Bazaar.It was the latest deadly housing collapse to strike the teeming metropolis-shining a spotlight on poor construction standards in the Asian country-and came after heavy rains and inundations in the city killed 10 people.A spokesman for the Mumbai civic authority’s disaster control team said three bodies had been pulled from the rubble.“Three people are dead and thirteen injured have been rescued from the building collapse. Two firemen also have been injured during the rescue operations,” Tanaji Kamble, told AFP.An official in the control room of India’s National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) said dozens more were thought to be trapped, he added.“Forty people are believed to be stuck inside and a 43-member team is conducting rescue operations,” the official told AFP.He said eight or nine families were thought to have been living in the building.Building collapses are common in Mumbai, especially during the monsoon season from late June to September, when heavy rains lash the western Indian city.Severe downpours began on Tuesday and caused flooding across Mumbai and the neighbouring region of Thane.The collapse came as officials said the death toll from the floods was expected to rise above 10, despite the waters receding after better weather.“We are still on the lookout for more missing persons and the number may go up,” Santosh Kadam, spokesman for disaster control in Thane, told AFP.Bhendi Bazaar, a scruffy colonial-era market, is one of Mumbai’s most historic districts.It is currently undergoing a six-hundred-million-dollar redevelopment project that is set to replace hundreds of ramshackle, decades-old low-rise buildings with around a dozen glitzy new tower blocks.Mumbai has been hit by several deadly building collapses in recent years, often caused by shoddy construction, poor quality materials or ageing buildings.The city is particularly vulnerable to deadly collapse with millions forced to live in cramped, ramshackle properties because of rising real estate prices and a lack of housing for the poor.Activists say housing societies, private owners and builders often cut corners to save on costs. They also claim that corruption plays a part with officials sometimes knowingly certifying dilapidated buildings in return for money.In July, 17 people including a three-month-old baby, died when a four-storey building gave way in the northern suburb of Ghatkopar.In 2013, 60 people were killed when a residential block came crashing down in one of Mumbai’s worst housing disasters.last_img read more

Protesting students lay siege at Pragati Sarani again

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first_imgProthom AloProtests triggered by the death of Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP) student Abrar Ahmed Chowdhury continued on Wednesday.Around 30-35 students of different private universities gathered in front of Bashundhara Residential Area’s main gate and soon the number increased as they demonstrate to force the authorities accept their demands, including maximum punishment of the bus driver who killed Abrar on Tuesday, reports UNB.Other demands include checking papers of drivers on regular basis, making transport sector free from political influence, construction of foot overbridges, installing speed-breakers at risky points and stopping unfit vehicles from plying.Witnesses said hundreds of students from BUP, North South University and Siddheshwari College occupied the street just after 9am, halting traffic on the busy road.They shouted slogans demanding justice for Abrar, a first-year undergraduate international relations student.Abrar, son of Brig Gen (retd) Arif Ahmed Chowdhury, died after being run over by ‘Suprovat Paribahan’ bus in front of the Bashundhara gate around 7:15am on Tuesday.The agitating students also called for boycotting classes at all the educational institutions across the country on Wednesday and urged the students to take position in front of their respective institutions to express solidarity with the protesters’ demands.last_img read more

Meet The Student Activists Emerging In Texas After The Mass Shooting In

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first_imgMax Mimaroglu/Via The Texas TribuneFormer Santa Fe High School student Bree Butler speaks to a crowd of gun control protestors at the U.S. Capitol on June 12, 2018.Amid a sea of people wearing business suits and dresses in a Senate office building in Washington, D.C., Bree Butler found herself sitting on the floor in protest at U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz‘s office last week, donning a black hoodie and shorts with a bright orange bandana wrapped around her head. Butler, who grew up in a conservative, close-knit community in southeast Texas, recently became a school shooting survivor, high school graduate and activist — all within a month. “We went into the capitol building, we went into Ted Cruz’s office and we sat there until they threatened to arrest us,” Butler said. The 18-year-old was a student at Santa Fe High School when a gunman opened fire last month and killed 10 people. Days after she ran for her life from her school, Butler gathered with classmates and other Houston-area student activists for a weekend in Galveston where they formed the Orange Generation — a non-profit organization that aims to reduce gun violence and advocate for what members consider to be common sense gun legislation. “This is literally life or death for us and I don’t think [adults] understand that,” Butler said. “If we don’t do this, more people are going to die — and we’re not OK with that.” American teenagers, some of them survivors of recent mass school shootings, have increasingly mobilized  to combat the continuing deaths this year. After a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 dead in February, students Emma Gonzalez, David Hogg and Cameron Kasky were thrust into the national spotlight over their gun control comments just hours after the shooting. Now after tragedy hit home in Texas, students from Santa Fe High School are turning into gun control activists themselves. Following in the steps of their Parkland predecessors, Santa Fe’s student activists have carefully branded their movement on social media. The color orange, which represents gun safety, fills the Twitter pages of the Orange Generation’s student organizers. So does the movement’s hashtag, #expectchange — similar to the #NeverAgain hashtag Parkland students used after their school shooting. “The Parkland kids allowed me to know that I was able to do this,” Butler said. “Their voices elevated mine.”Just hours after the Texas shooting, Butler received messages of support from Gonzalez and Hogg. They were connected by not only tragedy, but also dealing with a wave of online criticism from adults who don’t think that young people like themselves can lead a movement.  “It’s not really your age that matters it’s all about the time and effort you put into educating yourself,” said Megan McGuire, a senior at Santa Fe High School. “People that patronize us for just being teenagers…they’re just not worth talking to — they’re not going to listen to us anyways.”Cruz spokesperson Maria Jeffrey said her office told Capitol Police last week to let the protestors stay in the Senator’s office, unless students “engaged in any violent or threatening behavior.” Jeffrey added that she could not speak for what Capitol Police may or may not have said to students in the hallway.“Sen. Cruz agrees that we need to find solutions to prevent further mass shootings and he believes it can be done without stripping law-abiding citizens of their constitutional liberties,” Jeffrey said. “In particular, Sen. Cruz believes it is critical that current laws on the books are enforced — something the previous administration failed to do.”Meanwhile, Santa Fe student activists’ biggest challenge could be the town they call home. Bringing a gun control message to their tight-knit, conservative community of around 13,000 people hasn’t always been received positively by others, according to Butler.   “It’s been a very, very mixed reaction, actually,” said Butler, who has been raised around guns her entire life. “In Santa Fe, most of the town is against us — but there is a minority that is ready to go.” Butler’s classmate, Wesley Hill, said hours after the shooting that the small town of Santa Fe might not be open to the gun control message some activists wanted to push.“The first person that reached out to me when they saw I was on the news was March For Our Lives Houston,” Wesley said. “I straight-up told them right then and there that they’re reaching out to the wrong people. I said this is Santa Fe. This is not a city. This is a small town, country town. I said you’re not gonna take our guns away.”Sophomore Esta O’Mara, whose best friend Kyle McLeod was killed in the shooting, has had guns in her life for as long as she could remember. She said her dad taught her responsible gun use. But with her new dive into gun control activism, she’s experienced resistance both in and outside the classroom — and some people just won’t listen to her. “I’m not trying to take your guns away,” O’Mara said. “People in Santa Fe tend to live just in Santa Fe and they don’t think about the fact that like there’s a whole world past Highway 6 and past everything that’s in Santa Fe — they don’t understand that.” State officials, victims’ families respondIn the wake of the Santa Fe High School shooting, Texas conservatives have taken steps to address school safety. Gov. Greg Abbott introduced a plan which called for more school protections and mental health screenings. In addition, Abbott asked lawmakers to consider “red-flag laws,” which allow judges to temporarily seize a person’s firearms if they’re considered an imminent threat. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick created the Senate Select Committee on Violence in Schools & School Security to study ways to limit violence in Texas public schools before they reopen in August.Lawmakers on the select committee met last week over two days to discuss mental health training, school architecture and arming faculty and school staff. Legislators expressed support for giving faculty and staff guns — even rifles. “If a bad guy’s got a rifle, not exactly a fair fight,” State Sen. Don Huffines, R-Dallas, said during the committee hearing.McGuire’s father, attorney Clint McGuire, is representing the families of four Santa Fe students who died in the shooting in the first civil lawsuit filed after the attack.  The lawsuit aims to hold gun owners responsible for how they store their firearms around their troubled children. The Santa Fe families seek more than $1 million in damages for emotional anguish and funeral bills.  “Had the Murderer not had available to him the weapons for his carnage, his hidden black rage might well have continued to simmer within,” the lawsuit says. “The Murderer pulled the pistol’s and sawed-off shotgun’s triggers, but also upon them, pressed just as firmly, were the fingers of his parents.”Continuing the momentum  While the civil lawsuit carries on at home, students from the Orange Generation have met with Democratic lawmakers from U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke of El Paso to U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris of California and U.S. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey. Students also met with Texas’ 7th Congressional District Democratic nominee Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, who called the Orange Generation “inspiring.”“What they are doing to build a coalition across this country is not only smart, it is effective and will bring real change to this country,” Fletcher said. “Our campaign team is proud of the students in our community who have stepped up to take on this issue, and to do so in a way that has real meaning, not political rhetoric.” The response from some federal Republican lawmakers has been limited, according to Butler. When she and other student activists visited U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Cruz’s Washington, D.C. offices, Butler called the experience “frustrating” and didn’t feel heard by the staffers they met with. “I was confident in what we were doing — I know all of us well enough to know that we’re determined,” Butler said. “We’re not going to give up.”Aside from reducing gun violence and advocating for gun control, the Orange Generation has another message: “Don’t forget us.” It’s been a month since the shooting, and although the headlines about Santa Fe have slowly faded, the school’s student activists will continue to push their message. “I am doing it because I’m grieving but I’m also doing it because I want it to change,” O’Mara said. “I’ve never wanted anything in my life so bad than for it to just change.”   Sharelast_img read more

Houston School Board Reinstates Interim Superintendent Sets Timeline for Final Search

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first_img Share Laura Isensee/Houston Public MediaThe Houston school board voted unanimously to officially reinstate the interim superintendent, Grenita Lathan, at a special meeting Thursday.If all goes as planned, the Houston Independent School District could have a new, permanent superintendent by the end of April.The board OK’d that timeline and other measures meant to move past a bitter week. They include:Reinstating interim superintendent, Grenita Lathan;Passing a resolution for “reconciliation” to repair a breakdown of trust and communication;Hiring an executive coach for the nine members of the board;Hiring an executive coach for the interim superintendent; andAsking the Texas Education Agency to replace the state conservator over struggling schools.Board members engaged in little discussion in the Thursday morning special meeting, a marked contrast to the tumultuous meeting a week ago that saw comments about racism and an abrupt dismissal of Lathan as interim leader.HISDTrustee Elizabeth Santos said that personal drama has gotten in the way of important work. “And what work is that? It is the work of finding a permanent superintendent. It is a process that’s been unexpectedly delayed for over 200 days,” she said.Houston schools have been without a permanent superintendent since Richard Carranza left in March to lead New York City Public Schools.For the executive coaching, the board didn’t give details on who would provide that training or how much it would cost. Trustee Sergio Lira issued another apology to the community.“We lost sight, we lost sight of why we’re here,” he said. “We lost sight that student achievement, our students is our focus and our priority.”last_img read more

Haptic cube lets you feel tomorrows temps

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first_img More information: robb.cc/ He shows an aluminum cube that was designed to let you feel what tomorrow’s weather will be. Beyond numbers, beyond weather-page icons, he has devised what is intended to be a useful way for people to get a sense, literally, of the temperature for the following day.“One year ago,” he said, “I designed and built a small wooden cube with a metal surface on top. This device’s only function was to get very cold. It was a conceptual piece which I presented as a sort of desktop dynamic sculpture. Recently I was thinking about ways information about weather is conveyed. I found myself disappointed in systems that rely on numbers which have little to do with how humans perceive hot and cold. I sought to develop a device that conveyed the forecast in a manner which left nothing to the imagination.” Godshaw also said that “The Cryoscope shows the user exactly what to expect outside by haptically exhibiting exactly how cold or warm it is to be outside. The user simply touches an aluminum cube that has been heated or cooled to the appropriate temperature. The unit fetches weather data from the internet, and translates it to the cube physically, pumping heat in or out of the cube.” © 2011 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — Will it be an invention joining a storage room of other inventions? Or kicked further up to gadget boutiques for the very rich? Or a popular gadget for many worldwide? Whatever its destiny, the device concept of a haptic weather cube has been making the rounds of tech-gadget sites. Robb Godshaw is the creator of the device, which he calls the Cryoscope. This, he says, is a haptic weather forecaster, which he demonstrates in a video. The math of the Rubik’s cube Explore further An Arduino controller connected to the cube is the brains behind the operations. As the concept goes, the user enters location information into a web application. The cube is automatically adjusted to the temperature according to the next-day forecast. Then, the user touches the Cryoscope to feel that temperature. Inside the cube is a Peltier thermoelectric element, which is used to pump heat in and out of the chassis, said Godshaw. Also encased in the cube are heat sink and cooling fan. The neutral state of the cube is about 85°F(30°C), which is perceived as neutral by the skin. The cube is then adjusted by the number of degrees that forecast differs from typical room temperature (73°F/23°C), according to Godshaw.Godshaw describes his work as “tinkerer” at Syyn Labs and “a maker of funky whats-its.” (At Rochester Institute of Technology’s Industrial Design program, he developed edible cupcake liners and a no. 2 pencil making machine.) At the Los Angeles-based Syyn Labs, which creates interactive art for agencies, brands and production companies, his official title is associate engineer. While the Cryoscope is not to be found on store shelves any day soon, Godshaw said that, “As far as commercialization, the prospect is being seriously considered.” Citation: Haptic cube lets you feel tomorrow’s temps (2012, February 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-02-haptic-cube-tomorrow-temps.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.last_img read more