Butterflies Really Know How to Fly

first_imgThe path of a butterfly may appear haphazard to us, but there is a method to the fluttering.  A UK team of scientists put transponders on butterflies and monitored their flight paths.  They found that the looping paths appear to help with orientation and food detection.  The rest of the time, they flew straight at speeds up to six miles an hour.  They appeared able to detect hazards from 200 meters, and food sources at 100 meters.  See the BBC News story for more information.    MSNBC News reported that the largest migration of painted lady butterflies is underway in California.  From the southern desert and coastal areas, they fly through the Central Valley and some make it all the way to Oregon.  See also the press release from UC Davis.What kind of engineering and programming must a tiny butterfly brain possess to engage in navigation, orienteering, and long distance flight?  The most delicate of small creatures shows capabilities that would stump robotics experts.  Help your kids appreciate not just the beauty but the technical abilities of these beautifully-decorated small wonders.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Black business gives backing to NDP

first_img31 July 2013South Africa’s Black Business Council has thrown its weight behind the country’s long-term socio-economic development roadmap, the National Development Plan (NDP).A policy blueprint for eliminating poverty and reducing inequality in South Africa by 2030, the NDP identifies the key constraints to faster growth and presents a roadmap to a more inclusive economy that will address the country’s socio-economic imbalances.In a televised interview with the SABC on Tuesday, Black Business Council general secretary Sandile Zungu said the NDP gave South Africa, for the first time since the Freedom Charter, a guiding vision that could unite the country.Zungu told the SABC that the document was still “picture imperfect”, with various sectors have expressed “this or that concern” with it.However, the council, “as a collective of black business, is saying, ‘Let’s support this, let us make sure this economy grows at a sustainable level of six percent and more to create jobs and to enhance the competitiveness of our country for the prosperity of all.’”Zungu was speaking ahead of a conference, hosted by the Black Business Council in Johannesburg on Tuesday, on the role of black business in implementing the NDP.He said the organisation had identified a number of barriers to the entry of black businesses into the mainstream of the economy, including difficulties with access to capital, mentoring and training, and supply chains.These could be addressed, Zungu said, by the government acting as a partner to business through its development finance institutions.At the same time, the council urged big business to make small businesses part of their supply chains.It was also crucial that black businesses play a sizeable role in implementing the government’s infrastructure drive, Zungu said, noting that the Department of Public Enterprises was involved in Tuesday’s conference, where a number of ministers would be in attendance and Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel would be speaking.The NDP was approved by Cabinet late last year and adopted by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) at its elective conference in Mangaung in December.President Jacob Zuma, in his reply to the debate on the Presidency’s budget vote in Parliament in June, reiterated the government’s support for the NDP as South Africa’s “long-term socio-economic development roadmap”, saying the plan “ensures certainty with regards to the direction of the country in the next 20 years”.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Obama Administration Trying To Resurrect SOPA’s Streaming-Is-Felony Policies

first_imgreadwrite 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Streamers of illegal content on the Internet, be aware: the government really wants to punish you for your malfeasance.2012 was all about the common people of the Internet banding together to protest the possible enactment of the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA). Faced with mounting opposition from voters and—more importantly—big business donors like Google, Congress back-pedaled the legislation.But a new report from the Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force wants to revive one key element of the former SOPA bill that’s sure to raise eyebrows among copyright watchers: streaming copyrighted works on the Internet would be considered a felony.Copying and distributing copyrighted material (i.e., bootlegging or ripping) is already considered a felony. and streaming copyrighted material is punishable just as a misdemeanor, since it’s seen a violation of public performance rights.This was a provision in the original SOPA bill, and now the Department of Commerce is exhuming it again, demonstrating for the umpteenth time the influence of Hollywood in the halls of Washington.No legislation has been proposed from this report yet, but it will be something for which to keep an eye out in upcoming months.Image courtesy Dusit/Shutterstock. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Appcenter_img Tags:#now#online piracy#SOPA#Streaming video 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts last_img read more

Everything You Need to Know When Filming Food Videos

first_imgFrom setting up your camera to picking the right music, this roundup shows you everything you need to know to produce your cooking videos.Top image via Cinecom.net.Top-down cooking videos are one of the most popular genres of content for YouTube and Vimeo. Whether you’re making the content for YouTube, Instagram, or your own personal website, you can put together and shoot each kind of video in different ways. There’s no formula. This roundup will show you a few different techniques to put it all together with the right equipment. Here are few ways you can approach a cooking video.Creating a Cooking Video From the Ground UpAll you need for this type of shot is a C-stand for your camera. Now, this isn’t the only way you can pull off this shot. If you’re using a bigger bodied camera, you can use two C-stands and have them meet in the center for your camera. Or, you could build one of these…Building a Cheap Overhead RigSo as you can see, all you need are a couple pieces of wood, some screws, and a drill. The dimensions for this specific type of rig will vary based on your studio or garage setup. Unlike the C-stand (which is meant for moving around from shoot to shoot), this rig is stationary. This way you can come back and have your setup always ready to go.Also, the sides of this build can also hold poster board or any type of backdrop, making it easy for food or product photography. This is perfect for after you’ve made your meal on camera. You can get some nice slo-mo steaming shots of the final product without transporting the food or prepping a new lighting setup.How to Make Stop-Motion Food VideosSo this style is a little old-school and non-traditional for the cooking genre. But, this type of video is entertaining and a good way to attract views to your channel. The setup is simple. Just make sure you have an evenly lit, solid-colored backdrop and a camera that you can operate remotely. Remote operation will save you from accidentally changing the camera’s position, and you can freely begin to animate your food.As you can see in the video, this style of fun, light-hearted content pairs well with Rocketstock’s new video pack, “Yum.”The pack features over 120 food animations, logo reveals, lower thirds, and icons for anybody just starting their own company or YouTube channel. The assets are simple to use and don’t require a hefty knowledge of After Effects. You can download the new pack here.So what else do you need for your next cooking series?Music. Music can be one of the most crucial parts to making a good video for YouTube. We’ve curated a playlist for cooking videos to match the calm, breezy feeling that these videos bring to the table. Check out the playlist here.What other type of playlists and instructional videos would you like to see in the future? Share the wealth in the comments.last_img read more

Three brands to spend 250 crores in 40 days on Aamir Khan

first_imgAamir KhanPR HandoutWorld’s biggest Superstar Aamir Khan has an unfathomable fanbase across the globe and has followers deeply rooted in even the heartlands of the nation.Owing to the prodigious fan-following the actor is one of the most sought after and dependable faces when it comes to brands, hence, this IPL season, advertisers have invested over 250 crores on Aamir Khan alone.Combining the high value of the Superstar with one of the most celebrated festivals of India, IPL, Aamir Khan will witness visibility on the small screens every break of the IPL. Interestingly, as signed by three prime sponsors of the cricket league, Aamir Khan will be the only face seen on the TV Screens during the matches.Last year, Aamir Khan signed one of the top smartphone brands and continue to be the face of the brand this year as well. Aamir Khan will be seen selling wares of the title sponsor of the league, digital payments company and a well-known shoe brand.The digital payment company, on the other hand, has brought on Aamir Khan as its first-ever celebrity endorser. On choosing Aamir Khan as the face of their brand CEO of the company said, “His name is synonymous with sincerity, hard work and dedication to his craft. These are values that are completely in sync with PhonePe’s ethos of trust, security and reliability. Therefore, we felt that Aamir is the perfect brand ambassador for our company as we look to introduce digital payments to a billion Indians”.The third brand will kickstart their television campaign with Aamir Khan this premier league season which is a premium shoe brand.Endorsing more than one brand at a time is a departure for Aamir Khan, who has famously maintained he would prefer endorsing one brand at a time. The actor has earlier been the face of brands like Snapdeal, and Godrej Realty.On the work front, Aamir Khan will start prepping for his next film ‘Lal Singh Chadha’ which was announced on his birthday.last_img read more