New site to use crowdsourcing as means to translate the internet

first_img Citation: New site to use crowd-sourcing as means to translate the internet (2011, April 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Google adds automatic translation to Gmail © 2010 After figuring out a way to make good use of those annoying CAPTCHA’s, by using scanned text from old books to create digitized versions (reCAPTCHA) while still just a grad student, and then selling the results to Google, and then following that up by figuring out a way to get people to label pictures for free to improve image searches (Google Image Labeler), Ahn is now set to apply his impressive crowd-sourcing skills to the areas of both language learning and translation. He believes Duolingo will attract some portion of the estimated billion people who are interested in learning a new language, because unlike other good language-learning sites, Duolingo will be free.Working with PhD student Severin Hacker, for the past year and a half, the pair struggled with ideas on ways to convince millions of people to translate language text, for free, until hitting on the idea that it would have to be associated with something they’d want to do without prodding; in this case, learn a new language. And then, like Wikipedia, the results of the amateur’s translation process as they learned, would be honed as others worked on the same piece until the text reached some point of maturity, whereby it would be released to the web.Ahn claims the results of his crowd-sourced translation process creates text that is just as good as a professional service, which means that if history is any kind of gauge, sometime in the near future, when you use Google’s translation feature on a foreign language site, the results will likely be far superior to what you get currently when a machine does it for you. 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. ( — If you’re Google and you’re looking for the next crowd-sourcing piece to add to your already massive portfolio, it would seem Professor Luis von Ahn, of Carnegie Mellon, would be your man. After several previous successful ventures, Professor Ahn now believes he has a workable way to get millions of web users the world over to translate the Internet into every conceivable language, for free. The site, now sitting on the cusp of release, is to be called Duolingo, an appropriate name if ever there was one, for a site that will make creative use of people learning foreign languages by having them translate actual web content. Explore furtherlast_img read more

UCLA engineers create fully stretchable OLED

first_imgImage: Wiley ( — Engineers at the University of California, Los Angeles, have created the first fully stretchable organic light-emitting diode (OLED). The researchers devised a way of creating a carbon nanotube and polymer electrode and layering it onto a stretchable light-emitting plastic. Their device is a two-centimeter square with a one-centimeter square area that gives off a blue light. Details of their work were published in July in Advanced Materials. The paper is titled, “Intrinsically Stretchable Polymer Light-Emitting Devices Using Carbon Nanotube-Polymer Composite Electrodes.” 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. Citation: UCLA engineers create fully stretchable OLED (2011, August 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Researchers at UCLA demonstrate their fully stretchable OLED. They achieved the feat by sandwiching a carbon nanotube-polymer blend on either side of a light-emitting plastic. Another drawback encountered has been that the carbon nanotube film is rough and can cause shorting, says Zhenan Bao, a Stanford professor of chemical engineering who works on stretchable solar cells. “Using this method, they ended up with a relatively flat surface that can be used for an electrode.” Nonetheless, the need for further work in this area is far from over. She said that stretchable electronics demonstrated thus far lose conductivity after being stretched too far or too many times, so more research is needed. “We are still some ways off from having high-performance, really robust, intrinsically stretchable devices,” says Bao, but “with this work and those from others, we are getting closer and closer to realizing this kind of sophisticated and multifunctional electronic skin.”According to Technology Review, stretchable electronics could enter our worlds in the form of video displays that could be rolled up and tucked into a shirt pocket, or cell phones that could swell or shrink. In medical science, one might see electronic sheets draped like cloth. Explore furthercenter_img © 2011 More information: Intrinsically Stretchable Polymer Light-Emitting Devices Using Carbon Nanotube-Polymer Composite Electrodes, Advanced Materials, DOI:10.1002/adma.201101986 Engineers create polymer light-emitting devices that can be stretched like rubber The method they used for their proof-of-concept device has attracted interest because stretchable electronics is peppered with lots of design challenges, starting with carbon nanotubes themselves. These nanotubes are stretchable and are conductive, but to keep their shape, they need to be attached to some surface. Researchers have found that coating carbon nanotubes onto a plastic backing has not worked well, because the nanotubes slide off or past each other instead of stretching with the elastic. Until the UCLA team’s work, researchers were unable to come up with an entirely stretchable OLED.last_img read more

A new coating material that could help reduce thermal noise on gravity

first_img 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. Citation: A new coating material that could help reduce thermal noise on gravity wave detector mirrors (2019, June 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from A team of researchers from the University of Glasgow, the University of Strathclyde and Hobart and William Smith Colleges has developed a new coating for mirrors used on gravity detectors that is 25 times less noisy than mirror surfaces used on LIGO. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the group describes how they made it and how well it performed during testing. Electron diffraction pattern of the 600°C heat-treated silica-doped hafnia coating showing the coating to still be amorphous. This pattern is representative of those measured at lower heat-treatment temperatures. Credit: Physical Review Letters (2019). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.122.231102 The mirrors used in gravity wave detectors are positioned at the ends of its arms. Coherent light rays are reflected from both mirrors and interfere with each other. Gravitational waves are measured by noting how much the mirrors shift, resulting in slight changes in length of the arms to which they are attached, to an accuracy of 10–16 cm. As impressive as that is, researchers want to improve the sensitivity of the detectors used at LIGO/Virgo, even after the recent upgrade. To that end, members of the European Union have begun developing plans for the construction of what the Einstein Telescope, a gravitational wave detector with sensitivity 100 times higher than LIGO/Virgo. But for that to happen, improvements in the design of the current interferometer are required. One of those improvements is reducing the amount of thermal fluctuations in the mirror coatings. In this new effort, the researchers claim to have done just that.Fluctuations in the mirror coating are due to mechanical loss in which vibrations result in heat generation, causing thermal fluctuations. The noise from the fluctuations interferes with measuring the gravity waves. For the current systems, the level of noise is acceptable, but it must be reduced significantly for more sensitive detectors.To reduce the noise in the mirror coating, the researchers replaced the fused silica and tantalum oxide currently used with hafnium oxide and amorphous silicon, respectively. Testing showed the replacements to be 25 times less noisy than the present coatings—enough for use on the Einstein Telescope.Theorists have estimated that the Einstein Telescope should be capable of finding primary black holes and other exotic objects—and it should also provide the necessary findings to clarify the Hubble constant. LIGO and Virgo resume search for ripples in space and timecenter_img More information: Kieran Craig et al. Mirror Coating Solution for the Cryogenic Einstein Telescope, Physical Review Letters (2019). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.122.231102 © 2019 Science X Network Journal information: Physical Review Letters Explore furtherlast_img read more

Just kidding

first_imgKeeping in mind the fast paced momentum of art intervention in today’s education scenario and the commitment towards giving theatre exposure to children, Assitej India announced its First International Theatre Festival for Young Audiences – Tifli.  This weeklong festival hosted at Bal Bhawan, is a celebration of childhood through theatre; that brings together artists, plays, educators, opinion leaders and influencers from India and abroad; working on Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA). The festival will encapsulate theatre performances; symposiums and seminars for educators; workshops, platform shows and competitions for children, Natya Mela and Art Installations. The festival will also include a unique project called the Next Generation program that entails a residency program of young theatre practitioners from fifteen countries. These practitioners will exchange ideas on how theatre for children is developing in their respective countries and how they have been practicing it. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ Imran Khan, Festival Director – Tifli and a member of the Executive Committee – Assitej Global said, ‘It gives me immense pleasure to announce the first Theatre for Young Audience Festival in Delhi, which will regale audiences with some thought provoking yet tender performances. We at Assitej aspire to popularise the usage of theatre as a tool in children’s education and over all personality development and we have had significant achievements over the years in different corners of the world. I hope that this festival will usher a new era for performing arts to reach out to children and their families.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixTifli will showcase fourteen plays which have been meticulously designed for children and depict varied theatre styles- musical theatre, story-telling theatre, puppet theatre, object theatre, mime theatre and many more. These plays will be performed by professionals from different cities in India and other countries – Germany, Denmark, Iran and Sri Lanka. Contemporary issues like Global Warming, Climate Change and emotions like Fantasy, Love will be demonstrated through various theatrical performances in six different languages. There will be three shows of each play daily – morning and afternoon for schools specifically; and evenings will be for public. The festival shall hold workshops for children to experience different theatre styles with some of the best practitioners from India and abroad on voice modulation, storytelling, body movement, mark making and much more. For educators, Tifli will be hosting Master Classes with renowned theatre practitioners who would be orienting participants to use different art forms for TYA through varied themes such as Mime theatre, puppet theatre etc.  Furthermore, symposiums will be organized in collaboration with the National Book Trust that aim at developing literature for the Indian TYA.last_img read more

Dancing divinity

first_imgDelhi’s cultural stage came alive as under the aegis of the Delhi International Arts Festival (DIAF) ,2014, Kuchipudi exponent Meenu Thakur and group presented a Kuchipudi recital Nritya Samagam at Azad Bhavan, ICCR in the capital on 3 November.The renowned Kuchipudi artiste Meenu Thakur and her students performance was a  combination of classical and choreographed Kuchipudi pieces, which were appreciated by the audience and connoisseurs of classical dance. Meenu Thakur’s students Babita, Dwivedita, Neha, Swati, Suprabha and Jahnvi displayed excellent synchronisation in the items Kalia Mardanam and Aaj Sakhi. Their movements were graceful and aesthetic. The major attraction of programme was Durga Stotram performed by Meenu Thakur, who portrayed the fiery Goddess Durga who slayed the evil demon and the Gajendra Moksham performed by her students, eliciting generous applause from the audience. The artistes were later felicitated by DIAF.last_img read more

Narcotics worth Rs 60 lakh seized 2 held

first_imgTwo persons, including a woman, were arrested and heroin worth Rs 60 lakh was seized from them in two separate incidents here, Delhi Police said on Sunday.The accused, identified as Ali Sher Shefai (55) and Shaheen (28), were arrested by Crime Branch’s Narcotics Cell on May 7, they said.In the first incident, police got a tip-off that Shefai, a resident of Jaitpur area, would come on DDU Marg.“Acting on the tip-off, police laid a trap and managed to arrest him, recovering 300 gm of heroin from him,” said a senior Delhi Police official. According to the official, Shefai disclosed that one Jalis of Badayun district of UP used to visit Jaitpur market on weekends to deliver him consignment of heroin.In the second incident, police arrested one Shaheen from Rohtak road on May 7 who had come to supply huge quantity of heroin to someone there.“Police have recovered 300 gm of heroin from her possession. She would procure heroin from one Rashid of Faridpur area of Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh and sell the same in Karala and adjoining areas,” police informed the media.The cost of around 600 gm of fine quality heroin in the international market, recovered from both the accused, was about Rs 60 lakh, the official added.last_img read more

Four TMC leaders among 6 killed in road accident

first_imgKolkata: Four Trinamool Congress leaders among six people were killed when a bus coming from the opposite direction rammed into their SUV.The incident took place near Marishda area in East Midnapore on early Wednesday morning. The victims have been identified as Abdul Haji Kalam Sheikh (52), Haidar Ali (45), Deb Sagar Dey (42), Samar Ghosh (41), Pradip Das (36) and Asit Das (53). The deceased were all the residents of Murshidabad. They were going to Digha along the National Highway 116B. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsA senior police officer of the district, Sheikh was in-charge of PWD affairs at Kandi Panchayat Samiti in Murshidabad, whereas Ali used to look after agricultural affairs. Dey and Ghosh were also Trinamool Congress leaders at Purandarpur gram panchayat. They started off from Kandi on Tuesday evening. Police said a bus was coming from the opposite direction when it collided head on with the car. It occurred when the bus tried to overtake a loaded truck. Five of them including the driver died on spot, while the sixth victim Asit Das succumbed after being taken to a hospital in the city. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAsit Das was a doctor by profession. According to police, some of the passengers travelling in the bus also received injuries in the accident. They were released after primary treatment in a nearby medical centre.Police said the car was at a high speed when it was hit by a Howrah-bound private bus that was returningfrom Digha.Locals told the police that they heard a loud thud and rushed to the spot only to find all the six passengers trapped inside the car. The frontal portion of the car was completely damaged in the accident. Police and locals faced difficulties in removing the bodies of the victims from inside the mangled car. Police cut a portion of the vehicle with a gas cutter and removed the bodies. Five of them died on spot, while one died after being taken to Kanthi Sub-divisional hospital. The frontal portion of the bus was also damagedin the accident.The incident triggered traffic congestion in the area on Wednesday morning. The vehicle was later removed from the place with the help of a crane. The driver of the bus fled the spot immediately after the accident. Police have seized the bus and ill-fated car. Police suspect that as the bus was also at a high speed while overtaking a truck. Dibyendu Adhikari, Trinamool Congress MP visited the hospital.last_img read more

Pongal delights

first_imgPongal is celebrated with great ardour down South but this is no reason to try out delicious dishes. Pongal is also the name of a dish which is made out of Jaggery and rice. Chef Veena Arora, Chef De Cuisine The Spice Route, The Imperial, shares the recipie of Sakkarai pongal.Ingredients• Ghee- 30ml• Cashewnut- 15 gms• Raisin- 15 gms• Brown coconut- 60 gms• Rice- 50 gms• Moong Dhuli Dal- 50gms• Jaggery- 100gms• Cardamom powder – 01-2 gmsMethod1. Wash and soak rice and dal for half an hour.2. Cook it in water ( similar to making rice). Then mash it.3.  Now make jaggery syrup and add it to rice and dal.4. Pour desi ghee in the pan adding sliced brown coconut and raisins and Cashewnut.5. Stir till brown6. Garnish with Cardamom powderlast_img read more

Fire breaks out at Park Streets Apeejay House

first_imgKolkata: A fire broke out at Apeejay House in Park Street around 11 am on Monday. Ten fire tenders were at the spot trying the douse the flames, which spread from the building’s server room in the fourth floor of the eight-storeyed building, reports said.Immediately security persons went towards the server room to check. By the time the fire was identified it had gone beyond control. Without wasting any time, the whole floor was vacated. Fire brigade and police personnel were called in. Six fire tenders were sent to douse the fire within few minutes. As the intensity of the fire grew, four more tenders were pressed into action. Sources informed that though sprinklers were activated at the right time, the fire could not be doused as its intensity was very high. Firefighters faced difficulties primarily as the flames occurred on the fourth floor. To deal with the situation a hydraulic ladder was used to reach the fire-affected area from outside. The fire-fighting management system of Apeejay House also helped the firefighters to douse the flames. Though the police informed that extent of damage is yet to be ascertained, sources informed that the damage will cost worth lakhs of rupees. The office premises have almost been turned into ashes. Around 1 pm, state Fire minister and Mayor Sovan Chatterjee visited the spot. Also Director General (DG) Fire, Jag Mohan, supervised the fire-fighting teams. The cause is yet to be ascertained. However, no one was hurt. After almost three hours, normal traffic movement resumed in Park Street.last_img read more