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  • Wales National Football Team Manager Gary Speed Is Dead

    27. November 2011

    Wales National Football Team Manager Gary Speed has been found dead at the age of 42. (Photo: thisisjersey.com)

    The former football player and the manager of the Wales national football team, Gary Andrew Speed, died today at the age of 42. The Football Association of Wales (FAW) announced his death to the media.

    The Cheshire Police stated that the premier league legend was found hanged at his home in Huntington, Chester, on November 27. However, the Police did not find any evidence of doubtful conditions there and confirmed it as a suicide.

    After being informed about a sudden death of a man at the early morning, the Cheshire Police went to the address and found the dead body hanging on, according to a spokeswoman. After that, one of his relative confirmed the man as Gary Speed.

    Gary Speed played about 677 matches for the renowned teams Leeds United, Everton, Newcastle United, Bolton Wanderers and Sheffield United. He was the first player to play 500 matches in the FA Premier League. Speed became the manager of the Wales national football team in December 2010 after leaving the post of manager of Sheffield United. In 2010, he received the MBE award for his great support in football.

    His sudden death shocked the footballers and his fans. Many football players and his fans shared their tributes and memories in twitter and other social networking sites. “Just cannot believe the news regarding Gary Speed. We waved at each other a couple of days ago dropping our kids off at school. I’m numb. He has died aged 42. So sad. He lived local to me and we knew his family. He leaves behind 2 sons. Tragic,” said Manchester United and England Striker Michael Owen.

    It is really a great loss for his family and the football world. A family tribute will be released as soon as possible, according to the reports.

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    Selena Gomez Is Having A New Sibling Soon

    27. November 2011

    Selena Gomez is going to be a sister to a brother or sister soon. (Photo: latimesblogs.latimes.com)

    Becoming a sister/brother to a little sibling is really amazing and only for that the “Who Says” star shared her happiness of becoming a big sister to a new brother or sister soob . The American actress and singer Selena Gomez tweeted on Friday that her mother is expecting a new baby in 2012.

    The beauty queen’s mother former stage actress, Mandy Dawn Cornett, is carrying the baby fathered by her second husband Brian Teefey and this will be their first child together. Cornett divorced Selena’s birth father Ricardo Joel Gomez when Selena was only five years old and married Brian in 2006.

    “Momma and Brian are finally letting me share the news… My mommy’s carrying my baby brother or sister :) I’m the happiest girl in the world!” Selena shared with her fans in her instagram account. In the post, she also uploaded a black and white picture of her mother and stepfather, in which, Brian touches Cornett’s belly by his left hand.

    Many fans of Selena have commented on her post wishing and congratulating her. As a fan of this cute star, I also want to congrats her and wish her little brother or sister would be cute as like as her.

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    UK Government Announced New Cyber Security Strategy

    26. November 2011

    The UK government announced new cyber security strategy. (Photo: nakedsecurity.sophos.com)

    This year the notorious hackers of the hactivist groups around the world have made headlines by breaching into the websites of several high-profile organizations including Sony, Citigroup, European Space Agency, European Parliament, WordPress, Voice of America etc. In a word, they made 2011 as the banner year of cybercrimes. Many renowned companies and governments are taking necessary steps to improve the security system in their websites. The UK government has announced the 2011 cyber security strategy focusing on to protect cybercrimes on November 25, 2011.

    According to the new security strategy, a group of specialist dubbed as National Crime Agency (NCA) will handle the cyber-attacks in UK. Polices with specialist skills in UK would form the agency. The hackers would also be a part of the new security control team. The team of experts will collect the actionable data on cyber-crimes, analyze new possibilities of attacks and work to advance the cyber security capabilities in UK.

    Specifically, this is a private and public sectors cyber security process. The joint participation of both the private and public sectors could bring success for the new cyber security policy. Besides, individuals in both the private and public sections require ‘awareness, engagement and trust among seniors on both sides’.

    The Prime Minister David Cameron welcomed the new strategy and said, “Cyber security is a top priority for government and we will continue to work closely with the police, security services, international partners and the private sector to ensure that the UK remains one of the most secure places in the world to do business.”

    The UK government published the 43 pages report on the cyber security strategy in the news release of Cabinet Office. The new approach from the UK government shows that how the government is planning for economic prosperity of the individual in UK, and as well as protecting national security and the public’s way of life by introducing trusted and resilient digital environment.

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    Researchers To Develop New Speech Recognition System

    25. November 2011

    Researchers are going to develop a new software for voice recognition. (Photo: concept-phones.com)

    The devices that we use for different purposes daily such as mobile phone, computer, iPhone etc. have voice recognition software built-in them. However, most of these softwares are not well developed and do not response the speakers properly. Recently, a team of researchers from the Cambridge, Edinburgh, and Sheffield universities have mutually agreed to develop a new speech recognition technology that would be able to recognize speech in non-controlled environments more specifically and correctly.

    The researchers are expecting that the new software would be able to identify the voice when a number of people talk at the same time. The previous software needs too many data as input to train it to understand different speeches. On the other hand, using a small amount of data input the new software would be able to help the users. The researchers believe that the software will help to import new applications into the modern electronic devices.

    “[The new software] would learn to recognize you and also the people you interact with, and be able to track your location and understand information about the context. But rather than having to have lots of data from that situation we would try to use adaptive technology,” Professor Phil Woodland said to The Engineer.

    The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded the team about 6.2 million pounds ($9.57M) to develop the advanced voice recognition software.

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    Alexa Fisher: World’s Youngest Poker Player

    24. November 2011

    Alexa Fisher is the world’s youngest poker player. (Photo: dailymail.co.uk)

    Meet a real talent! An eight-year-old schoolgirl, Alexa Fisher, from San Antonio, Texas, US, is the world’s youngest poker player. She can shuffle a pack of card, can deal with the opponents, and also can bluff in the game.

    She admits, “I know how to shuffle and deal the cards, raise, check, fold, and bluff. I also know how to play deuce-to-seven Lowball, H.O.R.S.E., and Badugi.” She knows more than fifty card games and already played against experienced poker players in charity tournaments up to seven times her age. Her father, Proud Justin, 35, taught her to count cards and to deal when she was three years old. At the age of five, the little star was able to play No-Limit Texas Hold’em.

    Her father said, “I used playing cards to help her count and to help with her maths skills when she was young and before she attended school.” He hopes that one day his little star will play against the world’s best players and will surprise them.

    Just a few weeks ago, the World Series of Poker (WSOP) has been ended with the final event of the tournament in Las Vegas. She denied going Disneyland last year to go to the WSOP in Las Vegas. She went to Las Vegas and collected an autograph from her favorite poker star Gery Raymer. The autograph reads, “See you in 2024!”

    The cute poker star dreams to be a pro one day. She achieved the 6th place in a charity tournament last year. Until 18, she will not be eligible for WSOP and has to compete only in the charity tournament.

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    FBI And DHS Found No Evidence Of SCADA Hack

    23. November 2011

    FBI and DHS investigated the SCADA hack and found no evidence of cyber-attack. (Photo: ncsa.in)

    According to a blog post by the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System (SCADA) security expert Joe Weiss, published last week, an allegation went out in the media that the hacker has hacked the SCADA software and customers’ personal data from the database in September. The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) revealed that they had not found any evidence of cyber-attack into the SCADA system.

    Weiss claimed in his post that the traced IP address of the attacker was a Russian IP address. He also said that the attacker destroyed a pump, used to supply water to thousands of homes, by repeatedly switching on and off the power supply.

    However, for the confirmation of the allegation the FBI and DHS conducted detailed analysis and found no evidence of hacking. “There is no evidence to support claims made in the initial Fusion Center report – which was based on raw, unconfirmed data and subsequently leaked to the media – that any credentials were stolen, or that the vendor was involved in any malicious activity that led to a pump failure at the water plant,” according to the email, sent to the US Industrial Control Systems Joint Working Group.

    The FBI and DHS also added that they did not find any ‘malicious or unauthorized’ traffic into the SCADA system from other computer outside US. DHS and FBI are continuing their investigation about the fact. This news has gained attention in the media because for the first time any service of United States has been hacked by foreign hackers.

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    NASA To Start Mars Mission

    23. November 2011

    NASA is going to launch the spacecraft to Mars on November 26. (Photo: marsdaily.com)

    There is a great curiosity among the space researchers around the world about whether the environments of other planets are suitable for the existence of the human beings. World’s biggest space research agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has been observing Mars and Jupiter for a long time, to investigate whether the conditions of the planets support the existence of humans. NASA has been preparing for the mission to Mars after completing their 30 years space shuttle program in the mid of this year. Now the scientists of NASA are in the final stage of the new mission to the red planet.

    According to the press release of the mission timeline, NASA is going to start the most curious Mars Science Laboratory mission from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, at 10:02 a.m. EST on November 26, 2011. The mission is carrying a robot, named Curiosity, which is as big as a car and as advanced as a laboratory, to investigate the red planet. Curiosity looks like the robot ‘Wall-E’ in the animated movie Wall-E. The rover is more powerful and well equipped than any other robots ever sent to other planets.

    The Curiosity rover has ten separate equipment to study for the evidence about whether the red planet’s environments favors the habitation of the microbial life including the carbon containing compounds and other comical ingredients for life, according to the press release. It has a leaser to look through the rocks on the surface of Mars and a spectrometer to analyze and send the reports to the Earth.

    NASA Television’s countdown launch commentary will begin at 7.30 am EST on November 26. The Mars Science Laboratory mission is estimated to take eight and a half month to reach the red planet.

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    New Experiment Shows Neutrino Is Not Faster Than Light

    22. November 2011

    New research shows that the neutrino is not faster than light. (Photo: eiroforum.org)

    A few weeks ago, the researchers from the Oscillation Project with Emulsion tRacking Apparatus (OPERA) surprised all the physicists around the  world by proposing that the subatomic particle ‘neutrino’ is capable to travel faster than the speed of the light after the experiment at the Gran Sasso National Laboratory (GSNL). However, some researchers proved that the results are false by conducting a new experiment at the same laboratory.

    The researchers of the OPERA scientists conducted a new experiment in the GSNL last week after their announcement of the possibility of particle faster than the light in September 2011. It brought a great storm to the scientific world because it was against Albert Einstein’s fundamental theory of special relativity, which states that nothing could be faster than the light. Einstein’s relativity theory is the basis of many theories in the modern physics.

    According to the experiment of the OPERA scientists, they found that neutrino was able to reach the destination 60 nanoseconds before the light. On the other hand, the researchers from Imaging Cosmic and Rare Underground Signals (ICARUS) said that the experiment done by the OPERA scientists must have an error. They published their reports in the science journal of Cornell University Library.

    According to the new reports, the neutrinos should lose some energy on the way of their journey by producing photons and e+e- pairs. The researchers proposed a new report based on the 2010 data set from the ICARUS experiment. “We find that the neutrino energy distribution of the ICARUS events in LAr agrees with the expectations for an unperturbed spectrum of the CERN neutrino beam. Our results therefore refute a superluminal interpretation of the OPERA result according to the Cohen and Glashow prediction for a weak currents analog to Cherenkov radiation,” according to the report.

    Another team of researchers proposed that there were a small error in the GPS satellite, used to determine the distance between GSNL and CERN. The researchers are preparing for further similar experiments at the Fermilab and KEK laboratory in Japan for the confirmation of the objections.

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    Ellie Challis Plays Football With No Legs And Arms

    20. November 2011

    Ellie Challis can play football with no legs and arms. (Photo: dailymail.co.uk)

    The South African sprinter, Oscan Leonard Carl Pistorius, became the fastest man of the world with no legs and won the gold medals in the 100, 200, and 400 meters races in the Paralympic Games in 2008 by dint of carbon fiber sports legs. Like Pistorius, a little girl, named Ellie Challis, 7, also touched the hearts of the world by playing football for her school team though she has no legs and arms.

    Her mother Lisa, 38, who works in an adult consultancy firm said, “It’s something that we never thought we would ever see. She is just the most gutsy and remarkable child.”

    The amazing little star lost her four limbs in a life-saving amputated operation in 2005 to overcome meningitis and septicemia. She has been dependent on the false legs for walking for four years. However, she could not run using the false legs because of pain problems. With some donation from her well-wishers, her family bought her a pair of supper-light carbon fiber Flex Run Feet. Now she can run and play football amazingly.

    Her mother said that now Ellie has no problem in the football field. Ellie loves Arsenal football team and watches all the matches of Arsenal. Her father Paul Knee said, “It’s amazing to see her on the football field. She absolutely loves it and her dribbling skills are great.”

    Undoubtedly, she did an extraordinary task at such a little age. She is the youngest ever to wear prosthetic legs.

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    Neutrino Travels Faster Than The Speed Of Light

    19. November 2011

    OPERA collaboration conducted a new experiment and found that neutrino can travel faster than the speed of light. (Photo: iphotographypictures.com)

    It is known to all that the speediest particle in the world is light which can travel at a velocity of 3×10^8 meter per second. The fundamental concept of the greatest scientist Albert Einstein dictates that there is nothing that can travel faster than light. However, some researchers have proved the concept false, by determining that neutrino can travel faster than the speed of light, in September this year. Recently, they proposed some new experiment results about the world’s fastest sub-atomic particle, neutrino.

    The researchers from the Oscillation Project with Emulsion tRacking Apparatus (OPERA) collaboration have performed the new test by measuring the velocity of the neutrinos through a 730 km long baseline at the Gran Sasso Laboratory. The new experiment gives more accurate results than the previous experiment. The researchers submitted their finding in the journal of High Energy Physics (JHEP) and in the website of Inspire.

    Observing about 15000 neutrino events at Gran Sasso Laboratory, the researchers concluded that the neutrinos travel at a velocity 20 parts per million above the speed of light, according to the press release of European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).

    OPERA collaboration’s experiment undermines the world’s well established Einstein’s theory of special relativity. So, for the establishment of the new finding, more and more experiments and reliable evidences are needed. Sergio Bertolucci, CERN Research Director, said, “When an experiment finds an apparently unbelievable result and can find no artifact of the measurement to account for it, it’s normal procedure to invite broader scrutiny, and this is exactly what the OPERA collaboration is doing, it’s good scientific practice. If this measurement is confirmed, it might change our view of physics, but we need to be sure that there are no other, more mundane, explanations. That will require independent measurements.”

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    Researchers Created World’s Lightest Material

    18. November 2011

    Researchers from the University of California successfully developed an ultra-light material. (Photo: tgdaily.com)

    Conducting a new research in the HRL laboratories, the researchers from the University of California and the California Institute of Technology claims that they have developed the world’s lightest material.

    The researchers created a new metal from tiny hollow metallic tubes arranged into a ‘micro lattice’ that consists of 99.99 percent air and only 0.01 percent solids. The resulting micro lattice has a density of 0.9 milligram per centimeter cube. Describing the properties the researchers said that the material is about 100 times lighter than Styrofoam and has ‘extraordinary high energy absorption’ characteristics. The lead researcher Tobias Schaedler said, “The trick is to fabricate a lattice of interconnected hollow tubes with a wall thickness 1,000 times thinner than a human hair.” The researchers published their research paper in the journal of Science.

    To produce an ultra-light material with perfect mechanical behaviors, the researchers compressed the micro-lattices for several times until they became the half of the original thickness. “Materials actually get stronger as the dimensions are reduced to the nanoscale. Combine this with the possibility of tailoring the architecture of the microlattice and you have a unique cellular material,” said Lorenzo Valdevit, mechanical and aerospace engineer from University of California, Irvine.

    The material is mainly developed for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. However, the ultra-light material has several other uses such as thermal insulation, battery electrodes, catalyst supports, and vibrations or shock energy damping.

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