Calculate fingerprints – Aspect SDM Sun, 13 Nov 2022 19:23:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Calculate fingerprints – Aspect SDM 32 32 Paying £1billion for climate repairs is absolute madness, says NICK FERRARI | Nick Ferrari | Columnists | Comment Sun, 13 Nov 2022 14:09:00 +0000

Andrew Neil warns of ‘problems’ with climate change spending

In an act of the most grotesque virtue signaling abject financial illiteracy, Labour’s shadow climate secretary Ed Miliband has endorsed one of the craziest ideas of all time – paying untold millions to countries like the Maldives and Pakistan for the damage they have suffered. by climate change caused by the industrial revolution.

Their silly argument is that, as the UK has been one of the countries that has benefited the most from progress in all these years, we should now dig deep to say sorry.

And that, remember, from the politician whose doomed slant to run the country disintegrated into shambles with the production of the “Ed Stone” farce starring the promises of a party that had so many chances of forming a government than Pride to organize a demonstration on the main street of Qatar.

In truth, the fact that this came from someone who made eating a bacon sandwich as complex as tackling a Sunday roast with chopsticks should really surprise no one. What is truly shocking are the other lame, environmentally obsessed politicians who are totally in thrall to the Green Brigade.

Appearing on my LBC breakfast show, newly installed Business Secretary Grant Shapps answered my question of whether he was backing her up with a bunch of word salad gibberish, talking about “discussions” and ” reviews”.

What was needed was a definitive and immediate rejection. Even if someone gave this nutty notion something more substantial than a passing glance, the holes are as obvious as they are in a piece of Swiss cheese.

How to determine the amount of repairs? How should the supposed culpability of the UK of past centuries be calculated against the staggering carbon output of countries like India and China today?

Miliband supported the idea of ​​payments for climate change (Image: Getty)

We need to better understand what the industrial revolution brought to these countries.

How about the fact that their economies were boosted immensely by the arrival of such advancements as railways, engines, factories, and even medicines?

This has helped fuel many countries that have “suffered” from the economic desert and provided viable economies. People were able to work and move away from total dependence on agriculture or fishing.

After a brief lull and presumably the use of a battery-powered calculator, campaigners came up with a figure deemed appropriate: £1 trillion. Yes, that would be £1,000,000,000,000.

Few, if any, of us need remind ourselves that we are entering some of the trickiest financial straits that many of us will ever have to navigate in our lifetime. We are £50billion in the hole and next week we expect higher taxes and lower public spending to be the medicine we feel we have to swallow.

The results are predictable. Many will struggle to pay their mortgages and some may return their keys to the bank.

The elderly and vulnerable will find their lives in danger due to their understandable fear of turning on the heating.

More children will need free school meals because they will have little food at home.

Food banks will be flooded with people desperate to survive. And the nation is likely to suffer a wave of strikes the likes of which have not been seen since the dark days of the bid for union power in the 1970s.

Someday in the future (because there will be a future, despite the catastrophists’ predictions), people will look back in amazement at how the way we lived our lives has been hijacked by this green lobby.

While we need to do everything we can to fight climate change, bankrupting the nation to make a few cheated liberals feel better about themselves isn’t helping anyone.

Sean meets his Ukrainian pal Penn

An estimated 40,000 conceited and pretentious politicians, business leaders, lobbyists and delegates sought to restore their green credentials by flying to Egypt for the ridiculously overrated talking cop shop that was Sharm el-Sheikh.

In the process, they put the same tonnage of carbon emissions into the atmosphere that 10,000 households produce for ONE ENTIRE YEAR!

This postural elite is on the same plain (or should it be flat?) as those egocentric pop stars who endlessly teach us about the need to take care of the planet before flying off to the south of France to charter a yacht which burns the equivalent of an entire oil tanker just to get out of port.

Credit then to the American actor and activist Sean Penn who, during the filming of a documentary in Ukraine, managed to meet President Volodymr Zelensky and offer him a unique exchange.

Penn, 62, lent Zelensky one of his best actor Oscars as a “symbol of faith” adding “when you win, take it back to Malibu.” In return, he received the country’s Order of Merit.

He’s a real “friend of Penn.”

Sean Penn and Zelensky

Hollywood actor Penn met the Ukrainian president for a documentary (Image: Getty)

The Home Office is failing us

Gradually, the truth about the mind-boggling level of incompetence in the Home Office continues to trickle out. Two weeks ago it was revealed that while the French can process asylum or refuge applications in just six months and the Italians in nine, it takes us between 18 months and two years.

Last week we learned that the Home Office had the second lowest level of staff behind its desk after Covid – incredibly just 54% – of any ministry.

This “work from home” does not work and must be resolved immediately.

The police crossed the line with our reporter

It was at my request that LBC reporter Charlotte Lynch went to cover an environmental protest on the M25 last week, which saw her spend seven hours in police custody after being wrongfully arrested.

The response from Hertfordshire Police has been amateurish and aggressive. She was handcuffed, her phone snatched from her hand, taken to Stevenage Police Station where her mouth was taken for DNA and her fingerprints taken.

As I have said many times, we are fortunate to have what is above all a wonderful corps of brave men and women who serve in our police force. But this unnecessary and illegal action must serve as a stark warning that any intention to strengthen already considerable police powers must be watched very closely.

Charlotte Lynch on LBC

Lynch was arrested while reporting on a Just Stop Oil protest (Image: LBC)

The World Cup in Qatar is a disgrace

The Qatar World Cup starts in a few days. Still, we’re now learning that many top-flight managers don’t want it to be played out there and most players agree.

A deranged ‘ambassador’ for the games has the most insulting views imaginable on gay people and even former Fifa boss Sepp Blatter – the grinning idiot who heralded the most shameful episode in sporting history – agrees that was a “mistake”.

So how did they get it?

Replies in plain brown envelopes, please…stuffed with dollars.

Hancock the laughing stock

While it alone could lift the nation’s spirits and provide perhaps as many laughs as all of Peter Kay’s upcoming tour, there’s another side to Matt Hancock’s calamitous decision to go to the jungle.

He has three children. Imagine watching your father – or even hearing about him – turn into a national laughing stock. A family name can rarely have been more appropriate.

Matt Hancock during a food trial

Hancock’s stint in the jungle sparked controversy (Picture: ITV)

Wine of the week

The name might derive from the Italian for “mist”, but the value and quality of this wine is as clear as crystal. The Wine Society’s Nebbiolo is a fine example at £13.95.

Anglo, AngloGold and Sasol strut the dec… Mon, 07 Nov 2022 20:17:55 +0000

Anglo American, AngloGold and Sasol are giants on the corporate and South African landscape, and they all have massive historical footprints, for better or worse.

One of those footprints is carbon, and for many greens it’s more like fingerprints at the scene of an environmental crime, especially in the case of Sasol, the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases. Greenhouse (GHG) from Africa after Eskom – when the latter works.

But we live in a new era in which environmental, social and governance concerns are at the top of the corporate agenda, and companies are in a race to reduce their carbon footprint.

This is a response to public and investor concerns stemming from science, and more and more companies are having to engage in a beauty contest to attract capital. Large issuers will not only find it harder to attract investors or raise funds, but they will also find markets that shun their products.

The trio took to the decarbonization catwalk last week to model their new green outfits.

In its Quarterly Market Update, AngloGold Ashanti announced a new carbon emissions reduction target to achieve a 30% absolute reduction in its Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions by 2030, using 2021 as a basis.

He said he would do this “through a combination of renewable energy projects, fleet electrification and low-emission power sources.”

“The capital cost required to achieve these reductions over the next eight years is expected to be approximately $1.1 billion, of which $350 million is expected to be funded by AngloGold Ashanti and the remaining $750 million through financing. third.”

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Meanwhile, Anglo American provided market updates on its carbon neutrality, biodiversity and responsible mining assurances, and its platinum unit released its first climate change report.

The global mining giant, which last year divested its thermal coal assets in South Africa, has a 2040 target of operational carbon neutrality and said in 2018 it aimed to reduce GHG emissions by 30% by here 2030.

“Onsite energy requirements are the largest source of our operational emissions and we are making good progress in reducing them. By 2023, all of our operations in South America will have a 100% renewable electricity supply and, for Southern Africa, we have partnered with EDF Renewables to develop 3 GW-5 GW of clean generation capacity,” said said the company.

The South American transition to renewable energy is impressive and suggests it can happen in other places with abundant resources like the sun (hello, South Africa). There are challenges: Mining green metals such as copper and platinum group metals still has an environmental footprint, and its broader goals are over seven and 17 years away, respectively.

But the ball is clearly rolling in the right direction, and Anglo is known for his technical prowess. The same goes for Sasol, and, as my colleague Tim Cohen recently noted, it can “do shitty science.”

Think coal-fuel, which also set it on the path to being a carbon colossus. The scientific seeds of his fortune are now the social seeds of his destruction, and so he must replant himself in the tainted soils of Mpumalanga and the Free State.

During a briefing on November 3, Sasol hosted a panel discussion on climate change. Sasol and steelmaker ArcelorMittal SA had previously unveiled plans to jointly develop carbon capture technology to produce sustainable fuels and chemicals and green steel.

It has a “net zero” target by 2050 and a 30% reduction in GHGs by 2030, in line with its peers.

“Sasol is taking up this critical challenge and we are playing our part in decarbonizing the South African economy,” CEO Fleetwood Grobler said.

Sasol has a three-phase approach: a strengthening of its financial position because a technical metamorphosis is not cheap, followed by the integration of renewable energies, including gas, for the raw material, and a pivot massive decarbonization.

“The journey to net zero by 2050 is where we are reinventing ourselves through accelerated decarbonization pathways using green hydrogen and sustainable carbon sources.

“Several pathways are being moved forward involving Sasol playing a leading role in the energy transition in Southern Africa,” Grobler said.

Gas – which is not without its critics – and green hydrogen play a leading role in Sasol’s reinvention. Responding to a question about the 2030 target, Grobler said it was the product of a “long and difficult debate” and was not “a pie from the sky… It is backed by executable plans and achievable”.

Can Sasol reinvent itself? Time will tell us. But like Anglo, it’s pretty good at science. And investors are watching the podium. DM168

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Vancouver to Europe: What you need to know about the new entry rules Tue, 01 Nov 2022 23:24:44 +0000 The entry process in most countries in Europe is changing. Here’s everything you need to know.

Travelers looking to visit Europe in the not-too-distant future might find the process more complicated – and they might also miss showing their passport stamps to friends and family.

Although it has not yet started, the European Union (EU) plans to introduce a new IT system for non-EU travelers by May 2023 called the Entry/Exit System (EES).

The new system will register foreigners traveling for a short stay each time they cross the external borders of European countries (there are some exemptions, but most Canadians will be required to use it). Entry refusals are also recorded in the system.

The scheme is for travelers who need a short-stay visa and those who do not need a visa to stay for up to 90 days in any 180-day period, according to the EU.

Which parts of Europe will use the EES system?

Mainly, the new system will apply to all European countries in the Schengen area. This zone includes the following 26 countries, otherwise known as Schengen States: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Once a traveler has obtained a Schengen visa, they can travel freely through the countries of the Schengen zone as long as they do not exceed the authorized duration of their stay. Travelers cannot stay more than 90 days in any 180-day period in the zone under the “short-stay visa”. However, there are three different types of Schengen visas.

Some of the countries in the Schengen zone are not members of the EU, while other popular countries are not included in the visa-free zone, such as the United Kingdom.

Traveling to Bulgaria and Romania

Two countries that do not issue Schengen visas are also included in the EES system: Bulgaria and Romania.

Both of these countries are members of the EU and will require specific entry rules.

If you do not need a visa to enter, the total duration of your stay in either country will be calculated within the “overall limit allowed for a short stay – 90 days out of 180 days”.

But if you need a visa and you have a Schengen short-stay visa, the duration of your stay in these two countries will not exhaust the number of days that the Schengen visa allows you to stay in the Schengen area.

What type of information will the EES system collect from me?

The EES system will electronically register you in the system and collect your travel document and personal data, as well as your entry and exit dates.

The EES collects and records:

  • the data contained in your travel document (e.g. full name, date of birth, etc.)
  • date and place of entry and exit from a European country using the EES
  • facial image and fingerprints (referred to as “biometric data”)
  • refusal of entry, if applicable.

At the first checkpoint, you will have four fingerprints taken and then cross-checked with data already held in the EES or VIS, according to Etias Visa. Additionally, your passport photo will be checked against a live facial image. The next time you cross a border, you can do so using your face.

The new system would be “faster and more secure than stamping passports” and the new eGates and self-service kiosks will reduce identity fraud.

A file containing the data listed above will be created for each traveler entering the Schengen area at least once. Certain information specific to each entry into and exit from the Schengen area will be recorded in the EES.

This EES file will facilitate your border crossing and will also support other border control systems to manage the influx of travelers to and from EU Schengen countries.

Your data will be stored in the system for the following durations:

  • Registers of entries, exits and entry refusals: three years, from the date on which they were registered
  • Individual files containing personal data: three years and one day, from the date of your last exit card (or of your refusal of entry, if you were not authorized to enter)
  • If no output has been recorded: five years, from the expiry date of your authorized stay

After the expiry of each period, your data is automatically deleted.

Top 25 transfers for the 2022-23 season from CBS Sports Sat, 29 Oct 2022 20:58:29 +0000

A standard 3,616 Division I players have entered the transfer portal for the past two seasons, so transfers will have their fingerprints throughout the next campaign. It’s Media Days season, so it’sCollege basketball coaches across the country were asked about their thoughts on the transfer portal ahead of the 2022-23 season. Michigan State’s Tom Izzo has made no secret of the fact that he was anti-transfer this past cycle. Arkansas’ Eric Musselman is obviously on the other end of the spectrum having been involved with nearly every top player in the portal.

But a constant theme continues to be how it’s important to build a list with a one-year vision instead of a normal four-year plan.

“Whether these guys are freshmen that we’re developing, which we think is our strong point, or whether it’s these opportunities to bring in transfers, we’re going to be open to doing whatever we need to do to put in place. place the best team and build our program,” Iowa State coach TJ Otzelberger said at the Big 12 Media Days.

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Here are the 25 best transfers for the 2022-23 season, according to CBS Sports.

Oppo Find X2 Pro price in Pakistan with punch-hole display measurement Sun, 23 Oct 2022 01:24:32 +0000 To build SE Android 10 operating system user interface ColorOS 7.1 Dimensions 165.2×74.4×8.8mm lester 207g SIM Dual SIM, Dual Standby (Nano-SIM) Colors Black (Ceramic), Orange (Leather) Frequency 2G band SIM1: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
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First BIPA jury trial yields $228 million judgment Thu, 20 Oct 2022 19:33:43 +0000

The first jury verdict regarding violations of Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) resulted in a $228 million judgment against BNSF Railway. The case involved a class of more than 40,000 truckers whose fingerprints were scanned for identity verification purposes – without the required notice and consent – ​​when they drove into BNSF rail yards to pick up and drop off loads. The jury determined that the law was violated 46,500 times, an amount equal to the number of drivers whose fingerprints were scanned, and that the violations were reckless or intentional, a finding that carries a price tag of $5,000 per violation. .

The case presents two issues that have yet to be resolved by the courts. The first question is whether the damage should be calculated per person or each time biometric information is scanned. This issue is currently before the Illinois Supreme Court, but no decision has been rendered. The second question is whether a company that contracts with a third-party provider who in turn collects biometric data can be held liable for any breach of BIPA. This issue will likely be decided by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals if and when BNSF appeals the verdict.

Regardless of the ultimate answers to these questions, this case demonstrates the importance of verifying current privacy practices to ensure compliance with applicable law, as well as ensuring that contracts with third parties contain clear provisions regarding the compliance and compensation. This is especially true as more and more states adopt BIPA-like statutes.

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Experis and Cisco collaborate – Tue, 18 Oct 2022 06:09:28 +0000 MILWAUKEE, October 18, 2022

The partnership will extend IT training to a wide range of learners, from high school students to workers who want to progress into IT roles, across the world, while helping them find jobs.

MILWAUKEE, October 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — At a time when more than 75% of IT/Tech employers say they can’t hire the people they need1Experis, a global leader in IT professional resources and project services and part of ManpowerGroup (NYSE:MAN), and Cisco (NASDAQ:CSCO) will work together to train, retrain and develop people around the world with the computer in demand. skills and help them use these new skills to find a job.

The collaboration between Experis and the Cisco Networking Academy, currently underway at United States and Mexico with plans to expand into other markets in future phases, will focus on learning pathways where demand for skilled workers far exceeds supply, including: IT pathways, cybersecurity, networking , programming and data, and aims to place more than 1,000 people in new information technologies. roles from the first year. Once learners have completed one or more courses, they log into Experis MITEY (ManpowerGroup Integrated Talent Engine) Matcher, a powerful AI job platform that allows them to create a profile and explore and apply for open computer jobs. By sharing their skills, they create a “skills fingerprint” that can be used to visualize fit for open roles while empowering talent agents with solid learner insights.

“The pandemic has forced every business to become a digital business, and there just aren’t enough people with the right skills for everyone,” says Mónica Flores Barragán, president of ManpowerGroup Latin America. “Together with Cisco’s best-in-class Networking Academy, Experis will be able to expand its mission to connect talent with retraining and upskilling, jobs and career paths to support technology transformation and unlock their potential.” We are excited to give more people the opportunity to find meaningful and sustainable employment while equipping them with in-demand technology skills.”

With the growing talent shortage, organizations need to seek talent from non-traditional locations. Together, Experis and the Networking Academy create a sustainable talent ecosystem by welcoming a diverse population of individuals and providing them with opportunities for lifelong learning, development and growth.

“The talent is evenly distributed, but the opportunities are not. At Cisco Networking Academy, we provide a pathway to support underserved and underrepresented people so they can learn technical skills to win meaningful work opportunities,” says Laura Quintana, vice president and general manager of Cisco Networking Academy. “We know that education and technology provide opportunity and transform lives. Equally important, we believe that a diverse workforce is essential to fueling an inclusive digital economy. Our partnership with Experis amplifies our efforts and connects newly qualified learners to in-demand, well-paying jobs.”

Each year, the Cisco Networking Academy program teaches millions of students around the world the skills they need to build, design, secure, and maintain networks, improving their career prospects while meeting the global demand for professionals. technology and cybersecurity. More than 17.5 million learners have attended Cisco Networking Academy over the past 25 years.

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ManpowerGroup® (NYSE: MAN), the global leader in workforce solutions, helps organizations transform in a rapidly changing world of work by finding, assessing, developing and managing the talent that enables them to win. We develop innovative solutions for hundreds of thousands of organizations each year, providing them with skilled talent while finding meaningful and sustainable employment for millions of people across a wide range of industries and skills. Our family of expert brands – Manpower, Experis and Talent Solutions – create far more value for candidates and clients in more than 75 countries and territories for more than 70 years. We are consistently recognized for our diversity – as the best place to work for women, inclusion, equality and disability and in 2022 ManpowerGroup was named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for the thirteenth year – all confirming our position as the brand of choice for in-demand talent.

About Expéris

Experis is the global leader in professional resourcing and project-based solutions. Experis accelerates the growth of organizations by attracting, assessing and placing specialized IT expertise to deliver in-demand talent for critical roles and projects, improving the competitiveness of the organizations and people we serve. Experis is part of ManpowerGroup® family of companies, which also includes Manpower and Talent Solutions.

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$35,000 in paintings stolen from Pacific Palisades artist Sat, 15 Oct 2022 13:00:00 +0000

Sue Pascoe

Daily Press Special

The victim of a recent painting theft wonders if you’ve seen his work.

“I want my babies back,” artist Katie O’Neill said after 11 paintings worth around $35,000 were stolen from her art studio in Antioch on Saturday October 8.

At around 10:30 p.m., a Gelson employee saw a man described as black and about 6 feet tall, use a crowbar on the window, so he could open the door and gain access to the studio.

The employee shouted, but the man was threatening the employee and he backed off. Another person drove by and asked the man what he was doing and he allegedly said ‘A burglar robbed my store’ and that he was taking care of it.

The thief then entered and removed 11 paintings. At around 12:30 p.m., a friend of O’Neill’s who was passing by the store called her to say that someone had broken into the store.

The police were called and after they left around 2am, O’Neill found herself alone, trying to find a company to close the broken window to protect the rest of her paintings.

O’Neill wrote: “People who have purchased my paintings have purchased them with love – to put them in their homes and bring them into their lives. It’s so important to me. And the thought that 11 of my paintings are lost. It’s so personal. I can’t even type this without crying. Why would anyone do that?

She went to different retail businesses in Antioch to check surveillance cameras to see if she could find an image of the car with a license plate. She also called the police to see if any detectives could come out and possibly find fingerprints.

Captain Jonathon Tom contacted detectives in West LA and asked for their help.

“Community support helps me not get depressed,” she said and noted that she would appreciate some detective help from the community. The stolen paintings are on his site

If everyone in the community keeps tabs on social media sites where items are bought and sold – and if everyone keeps tabs on local flea markets and along areas such as the Venice boardwalk, O’Neill hopes someone can spot a painting.

She just wants her paintings back. “I’ve spent hours and hours of my life painting Paris,” O’Neill said. “It wasn’t quite done. I had put it aside and planned to come back to it.

This painting and another “Towards High Point” had not yet been signed.

O’Neill had no theft insurance because she had no security system. That may change now.

Originally published by Circling the News

NASA’s Webb Space Telescope captures dusty memories of rare star duo Thu, 13 Oct 2022 14:44:33 +0000

Since July, NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has delivered some of the most incredible space images we’ve ever seen. In just a few months, this pioneering machine has built a breathtaking repertoire of luminous nebulous portraits, possible evidence of ancient galaxies and even refreshing perspectives of planets of our own solar system.

But on Wednesday, the JWST shook things up a bit.

As detailed by a paper published in the journal Nature Astronomy, it presented us with an image of 17 concentric rings of dust – although one thing didn’t change. As with the rest of the scope’s beautiful space discoveries, these halos are just as breathtaking as they are crucial to the field of astronomy.

The agency believes these hazy rings are the result of two stars, located just over 5,000 light-years from Earth, getting close enough that their stellar winds occasionally share a kiss. Essentially, every time streams of shimmering gas from stars intertwine, they form a dusty ring. It’s almost as if they mark their union in a space stone – or, as NASA puts it, leave behind a “fingerprint”.

What is particularly fascinating with these stellar memories is that they allow us to calculate the passage of time.

Basically, each of these 17 rings signifies a starry date in exactly the same way that each ring formed by a tree signifies a year of the plant’s life. In fact, the interlocking loops of stellar bodies even resemble the inside of a tree trunk, a poignant reminder that everything we see – from the strongest stars and the most distant planets to the greenest leaves and to the smallest insects – is part of the same, coherent universe.

A close up of a tree trunk, many rings are present which indicate the age of the plant.

Rings inside a tree trunk, like these, indicate the age of the tree.

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“We’re looking at over a century of dust production from this system,” Ryan Lau, an astronomer at the National Science Foundation’s NOIRLab and lead author of the new study, said in a statement. “The image also illustrates how sensitive this telescope is.”

Before, with the ground-based telescopes we had, we could only see two rings of dust, says Lao. “Now we see at least 17.”

Overall, from what the JWST has captured, scientists believe the special reunion of stars happens about once every eight years.

The discovery is due to the Mid-Infrared instrument of the JWST, from MIRI. Unlike the oscilloscope’s near-infrared sensors — pretty much the big dog tool on this machine — MIRI focuses on light emanating from space objects found in the mid-infrared region of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Typically, JWSTs Near infrared Equipment is what gives us most of our beautiful cosmic images, but when it comes to studying the dust rings of outer space, NASA puts MIRI up to snuff. This part of the JWST is simply better suited for finding cooler items, according to the agency, like wispy hoops, and even managing to reveal their composition.

Additionally, the study team notes, a star from this star system is considered a rarity.

This is called a Wolf-Rayet star. (The duo is aptly named Wolf-Rayet 140 because of this). The other star is an O-type star, a super hot object that is also relatively difficult to spot.

Wolf-Rayet stars, unlike standard stars, lose an incredible amount of mass over time, which means they also tend to spew out heavy elements rooted deep inside them. They also have a lot of mass to lose because they are at least 25 times more massive than our sun. And at the end of their lives, they tend to transform into some of the most extreme objects known to exist in our universe: black holes.

At the top left is a small circle representing our sun.  In the middle left is a Wolf-Rayet star, which appears shrouded in wind and gas.  On the right is a slightly larger O-type star with no gas or wind surrounding it.

This graph shows the relative size of the sun, top left, compared to the two stars in the system known as Wolf-Rayet 140. The O-type star is about 30 times the mass of the sun, while its companion is about 10 times the mass of the sun.


According to NASA, stars generally only eject the (very light) element hydrogen. But it’s those heavy elements emitted by Wolf-Rayets that cool in the stellar wind, thus compressing when they encounter another star’s breeze and potentially fostering the right environment for new star formation. In fact, some scientists believe that the sun rose long ago from residues of Wolf-Rayet tablets.

When it comes to the WR-140, such compression seems to form the concentric circles we see left behind. Perhaps, the agency explains, it’s because of the system’s elongated orbit. Only about 600 of these so-called Wolf-Rayet stars have been found in our galaxy so far, although scientists suspect there should be at least a few thousand in total.

“Even though Wolf-Rayet stars are rare in our galaxy because they are short-lived, it is possible that they produced a lot of dust throughout the galaxy’s history before exploding and /or form black holes.” Patrick Morris, an astrophysicist at Caltech and co-author of the new study, said in a statement.

“I think with NASA’s new space telescope, we’re going to learn a lot more about how these stars shape the material between stars and trigger the formation of new stars in galaxies.”

Lystloc Launches Seamless AI-Powered Contactless Lystface Facial Presence App Tue, 11 Oct 2022 11:21:00 +0000


Lystloc, the leading field force management app, is launching a new AI-powered facial presence app named Lystface. Mr. Bharathkumar Annamalai, CEO of Lystloc is a firm believer that technology should help people advance. Keeping this in mind, Lystface is also designed as a simple and user-friendly app like Lystloc. It will help businesses improve their productivity and revenue.

Lystface provides employees with a safe, secure, and fast presence experience. An Android phone can be converted into a facial attendance device and it acts as a presence system for your entire staff.

Attendance Management Challenges Facing Small Businesses

Workers in small industries, construction workers and other everyday bets have limited exposure to technology. So employers are using the age-old methods of manual attendance or, in some cases, they are also using biometrics. But there are some limitations to these methods:

There is a greater possibility of human error in manual data entry methods and if employee working hours are incorrectly recorded, this is also reflected in salary calculations.

Having an inefficient and outdated attendance system will be inefficient and affect the productivity needed to sustain the business.

Manual methods require constant monitoring as there are risks of false entries or multiple entries by employees.

After the pandemic, the practice of many people touching the same fingerprint sensor is not safe because there is a high risk of infection. Any system that needs to be shared with multiple employees should be avoided.

Biometric systems or manual methods are very time consuming for setup, data entry and processing.

Lystface – Your new secure presence partner

Lystface overcomes all the challenges faced by previous manual methods with its amazing features.

Accurate, AI-powered attendance capture eliminates the risk of human error. Precise 3D capture technology scans the user’s face and records it for the first time. No false participation is possible because only registered users are allowed to access it.

Lystface’s location-based facial presence and geofence features allow you to easily restrict the presence search to a particular location.

The Safe, No Touch method is the need of the hour. The Lystface Facial Presence Method is a completely non-contact process. Say goodbye to those unhygienic biometrics and ID cards.

Analytics and reports are very important for making important business decisions. Lystface reduces the burden of huge manual work by providing you with accurate and automated analytical reports and hence valuable business insights. Attendance, login and logout times, total working hours or any other custom format you need can be created.

Payroll processing is simple and error-free with Lystface as attendance and working hours are accurately captured. It saves you time and effort when processing payroll for all your employees by integrating with your existing human resource management system.

Door access control using Lystface will help you restrict access to important places like inventory, stores, etc. In such cases, only people you authorize will be able to access these rooms by scanning their faces.

As you all know, Lystloc has established itself as one of the leading workforce management apps in the field with over 3000 companies using it successfully for years. Now they are launching their new product Lystface and it will no doubt be as amazing as Lystloc. Now you are just one device away from a secure, contactless attendance system. Lystface app is now available on playstore and lots of cool feature updates and API integrations are also planned in the future.
Happy Lystface!

To learn more about Lystface, visit the official website