Shutdown Fix Could Be about Wording

first_imgMitch McConnell said Wednesday he will support “whatever works” to avoid another shutdown, making it tougher for President Trump to turn down an agreement that House and Senate negotiators have started to put together, according to Politico.Members of the conference committee expressed optimism at their first meeting Wednesday, but no deal has emerged yet. They have until Feb. 15 to get a bill signed by the President.The trickiest issue is whether to fund the President’s border wall request. While Democrats continue to resist that request, they have indicated some flexibility on what could be considered a “wall,” which means the committee’s success could depend on semantics and spin.“I suspect we might have some discussions about terminology and words we use,” Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ga.) said, according to The Hill. ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

PM Modi like demon for minorities says Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu

first_imgN Chandrababu Naidu with Prime Minister Narendra ModiIANSLaunching a bitter attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, TDP President and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Sunday said he was like a “demon” for minorities in the country.Addressing election rallies in Kadapa district, Naidu said minorities were feeling insecure under the Modi government as they were subjected to atrocities in Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and various other states during the last five years.Addressing rallies in Rayachoti and Budvel, he said Modi had become like a demon for minorities having “engulfed” 2,000 lives in Gujarat.The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief claimed that when minorities were massacred in Gujarat after the Godhra incident in 2002, he was the first to demand Modi’s resignation as the Chief Minister of that state.”I am the first leader to take on Modi,” said Naidu and pointed out that he also tabled a no-confidence motion against him in Parliament.He alleged that Modi government targeted minorities by bringing law to jail them over triple talaq. “TDP is the first party to raise its voice over this issue,” he said.Naidu, whose TDP pulled out of BJP-led NDA last year, reiterated that Modi betrayed Andhra Pradesh by not keeping his word over special category status to the state.He alleged that Modi was targeting him and the TDP leaders for demanding justice to the state.Alleging that YSR Congress Party leader Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy colluded with Modi to save himself in corruption cases, Naidu said a vote to the YSRCP would be a vote to Modi.The TDP leader termed YSRCP ‘B’ team of Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao and said Modi, Jagan and KCR were partners in a big conspiracy.Elections to 175-member Andhra Pradesh Assembly and all 25 Lok Sabha seats in the state are scheduled on April 11.last_img read more

Seoul North Korea TestFires Missile From Western Region

first_imgAssociated PressChina’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks at a bilateral meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, adjacent to the Security Council at United Nations headquarters, Friday, April 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, Pool)South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff says North Korea has test-fired a missile from the western part of its country. There were no other immediate details Saturday morning, including what type of missile was used.North Korea routinely test-fires a variety of ballistic missiles, despite United Nations prohibitions, as part of its push to develop a long-range ballistic missile capable of hitting U.S. shores.While shorter-range missiles are somewhat routine, there is strong outside worry about each longer range North Korean ballistic test.Saturday’s launch comes at a point of particularly high tension. U.S. President Donald Trump has taken a hard line with Pyongyang and sent a U.S. aircraft supercarrier to Korean waters. Sharelast_img read more

Could 80yearold ether experiments have detected a cosmological temperature gradient

first_img The researchers, Maurizio Consoli from INFN, along with Alessandro Pluchino and Andrea Rapisarda from INFN and the University of Catania in Italy, have published a paper on their reinterpretation of the ether-drift experiments in a recent issue of EPL.”The main significance of our work is that those small residual effects found in all ether-drift experiments in gaseous systems, usually considered as uninteresting thermal disturbances, might instead represent the first experimental evidence for the Earth’s motion within the CBR,” Consoli told “The interest of our work is twofold. On the one hand, there is an important historical interest because these small effects were obtained well before the discovery of the CBR (in 1965 by Penzias and Wilson, Astrophys. J. Lett. 142 (1965) 419) and well before the observation of the Earth’s motion within the CBR (in 1977 by Smoot, Gorenstein and Muller, Phys. Rev. Lett. 39 (1977) 898, with the U2 experiment). On the other hand, the agreement between optical measurements in a laboratory and direct measurements of the CBR in space would indicate how powerful optical interferometers can be.” BackgroundIn the 19th century, one of the most controversial questions in science was whether empty space was truly empty like a vacuum or whether it contained a medium known as ether. Ether had been proposed as a medium through which light waves could travel, since light’s wave-like properties had recently been discovered, and it was believed that all waves needed some kind of medium to propagate through.The first crucial experiment to provide evidence that ether does not exist as classically predicted came in 1887, when Michelson and Morley famously showed that light travels at the same speed in the perpendicular arms of an interferometer. If ether existed—and if it behaved as expected—it would be predicted to slow light down more in one direction than in the perpendicular direction, since motion through the ether is “anisotropic,” or directionally dependent. Explore further Design of a modern ether-drift experiment, in which the light frequencies from two lasers in perpendicular directions are compared at a beat note detector. Credit: M. Consoli, et al. ©2016 EPLA Most precise test of Lorentz symmetry for the photon finds that the speed of light is indeed constant More information: M. Consoli, et al. “Cosmic Background Radiation and ‘ether-drift’ experiments.” EPL. DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/113/19001 . Also at arXiv:1601.06518 [astro-ph.CO] According to Consoli, Pluchino, and Rapisarda, however, the Michelson-Morley experiment did not yield a strictly null result because of its limited precision. The classically predicted effect of ether-drift was 10-8, while the Michelson-Morley experiment had a precision of 10-9—precise enough to rule out the classically predicted effect, but hazy enough to leave some room for the possibility of a smaller-than-expected effect. In the years since, 20 or so similar experiments have been performed that further increased the precision, with the most recent test achieving the highest precision yet of 10-18 just last year (M. Nagel et al., Nature Comm. 6 (2015) 8174). Scientists performing these tests today aren’t as interested in disproving the existence of ether as they are in validating the foundations of Einstein’s theory of special relativity. A difference in the speed of light in any two perpendicular directions in an inertial reference frame would contradict special relativity, since relativity requires a vacuum within which the speed of light is constant. Many important concepts emerge from this fact, including that the universe has no preferred reference frame, that there is no absolute space or time, and that you can never really tell for sure whether you are at rest or in constant motion since all motion is relative. A matter of interpretationAt first glance, the 20 or so experiments performed since 1887 seem to have steadily improved the precision in support of the view that there is no ether and no preferred reference frame.However, not all the results were perfectly unambiguous. In particular, Dayton Miller’s 1933 optical interferometer experiment detected so-called “fringe shifts,” which were much smaller than any expected effect but large enough to be considered non-negligible. To make things more complicated, these residual effects were irregular and not consistently reproducible. At the time, the fringe shifts were written off to temperature differences inside the lab, since fluctuations of even a tiny fraction of a degree could have caused the observations. However, Miller disagreed with this interpretation. He argued that his measurements could not be explained by uniform heating, only by some non-uniform, directional effect. Miller’s experiment was not the only one to detect unexpectedly tiny effects. As Consoli and Pluchino, together with Caroline Matheson at the University of Cambridge, showed in a previous paper (Eur. Phys. J. Plus 128 (2013) 71 and arXiv:1302.3508 [physics.gen-ph]), all of the ether-drift experiments that were performed in gaseous media (either air or helium), including the original Michelson-Morley experiment, detected very small residual effects that were generally ignored.In their new paper, the researchers argue that all of these residual effects may provide the first indirect evidence of the temperature anisotropy caused by the Earth’s motion within the CBR. Previous direct observations of the CBR in space found that the entire solar system is moving at a velocity of about 370 km/sec toward a specific point in the sky, creating a “kinematic dipole,” which is basically a Doppler effect. As a consequence, “an observer moving through the CBR would see different temperatures in different directions,” as the researchers explain in their paper. But so far no study has actually measured in a laboratory the predicted temperature gradient caused by the solar system’s movement.The scientists explained that the temperature gradient is universal in the sense that all observers moving within the CBR (even hypothetical observers living on distant planets) will see a qualitatively similar effect. However, the quantitative aspects are different and depend on the particular state of motion of each planet and its surroundings. “This motion is called ‘peculiar’ because it is characteristic of our local position in the universe,” Pluchino said. “In fact, it is obtained by combining the motion of our galaxy, and of the local group of galaxies, with a velocity of about 600 km/sec toward what is called the Great Attractor (a large concentration of matter situated at about 100 Mpc from us), along with the motion of the solar system within our galaxy. Therefore, an observer placed at the opposite site of our galaxy will also see a dipole anisotropy but, for him, the kinematical parameters will be different.”By analyzing the data from the interferometer experiments in gaseous systems, the researchers found that all of the residual effects produced velocities in good agreement with the theoretical velocity of 370 km/sec. “The average Miller fringe shift was giving exactly the same observable velocity as in Michelson-Morley,” Pluchino said. “Therefore, the standard thermal interpretation of Miller’s data is only acceptable if this temperature effect has a non-local origin, i.e., it does not depend on the particular conditions of its laboratory.”The scientists explain that the reason why this temperature effect and velocity had not been noticed before now is because their new interpretation is based on relativity.”The basic difference with the standard point of view is that one should correctly reinterpret the observations according to relativity and not just use the (incorrect) classical formulas,” Pluchino said.The researchers also addressed the question of why not all of the ether-drift experiments detected fringe shifts, only those performed in gaseous media. As technology progressed over the decades, researchers carried out the experiments in different media, such as a vacuum or solid dielectrics. Traditionally, researchers have thought that the experiments were all testing the same thing, regardless of the medium.But the Italian scientists think otherwise. If their proposal is correct, then the CBR temperature gradient would affect gaseous systems more strongly than others because the weakly bound gas molecules can be set in motion more easily by a thermal gradient than the molecules in a solid, which would not be expected to move very much. And in the case of a vacuum, a temperature gradient would have no matter to act on at all. ImplicationsThe scientists suggest that their interpretation could be tested by a new generation of precise laser interferometers, which like the early experiments could attempt to detect small differences in the speed of light between perpendicular directions in a gaseous medium. This type of experiment would provide a much more precise test than those of the ’20s and ’30s, and even more precise than the most recent test in a gaseous medium, which was performed in the ’60s (which also detected residual time variations that the scientists show are consistent with the new interpretation).If future experiments detect the expected signal, it would have far-reaching consequences on everything from physics to biology. “If this temperature gradient could be definitely confirmed in a laboratory, it would mean that everything on Earth (and on any other celestial body moving through the CBR) is exposed to a tiny energy flow,” Consoli said. “This flow is now very weak but, in the past, was substantially stronger when the CBR temperature was higher. Therefore, it has represented (and still represents) a sort of background noise which is independent of any localized source. It is known that such non-equilibrium condition can induce (or it could have induced) forms of self-organization in matter. Therefore, our result could also be relevant for those research areas which look for the origin of complexity in nature.”What do the results mean for special relativity?”Clearly, the whole analysis uses a relativistic formalism,” Consoli said. “But the final picture is different from standard special relativity. In fact, the temperature gradient due to the Earth’s motion within the CBR can affect a weakly bound gaseous matter and, therefore, the velocity of light propagating inside it. Small differences in perpendicular directions can thus be detected with an interferometer. In this way, with measurements performed entirely inside a laboratory, one could distinguish between a state of rest and a state of uniform motion. This is not too surprising since the CBR was not known in 1905.” Rather than speculate on this area, the researchers prefer to focus on more practical implications.”Our findings emphasize the power of optical interferometry in a laboratory,” Consoli said. “This could give precious, complementary information to the direct observations of the CBR in space.” Journal information: Europhysics Letters (EPL)center_img © 2016 (—In a new study, scientists have proposed that tiny residual effects measured by ether-drift experiments in the 1920s and ’30s may be the first evidence of a temperature gradient that was theorized in the 1970s, but never before detected in a laboratory. The theorized temperature gradient is thought to be caused by the solar system moving at 370 km/sec through the cosmic background radiation (CBR), which is the faint electromagnetic radiation that fills the universe. Citation: Could 80-year-old ether experiments have detected a cosmological temperature gradient? 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Celebrate Wes Anderson style

first_imgThe American writer-director is known for the rare infusion of hilarity and melancholy in his films. The festival will showcase all the movies in the chronological order of the year of direction during the six days. Each day after the film is showcased, it will be followed by an interactive session by industry professionals and a light quiz with exciting prizes.The festival will open with Bottle Rocket, the directorial debut of Anderson, featuring Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson and Ned Dowd in a story of young Texan master thieves. The interactive sessions after the films will include exploring the thematics, camera techniques, aesthetics, music in Wes Anderson movies. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox and Moonrise Kingdom will be screened in the subsequent days.The cast and crew of The Darjeeling Limited, casting director Dilip Shankar and actress Charu Shankar will also be present after the screening on 20 December, Friday to interact and share their experiences with the audience.To complete the festive mood, continuous music from Anderson’s film will be played through out the festival. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixNeedle in the Hay (Elliott Smith), I am Waiting (The Rolling Stones) and other compositions of Randall Poster are some of the songs on the playlist. Wes Anderson commercials, interviews and short films will also be shown in the interludes. The whole centre will be in its true American mood bringing the Indian audiences closer to America.When: 16-21 December, 6 pm onwards.Where: The American Center, Kasturba Marg.last_img read more

SC rejects Centres curative plea for death of Rajiv killers

first_img“We have gone through the Curative Petitions and the relevant documents. In our opinion, no case is made out within the parameters indicated in the decision of this Court in Rupa Ashok Hurra vs. Ashok Hurra & Another, reported in 2002 (4) SCC 388. “Hence, the Curative Petitions are dismissed,” a five- judge Bench headed by Chief Justice HL Dattu said.The brief decision of the Bench, also comprising justices TS Thakur, AR Dave, Ranjan Gogoi and Shiva Kirti Singh, came on the curative pleas filed by the then UPA government against dismissal of the review petitions. The review pleas, challenging the commutation of death penalty to life term of Santhan, Murugan and Perarivalan, were dismissed by the court in February last year on the ground of 11-year delay in deciding on their mercy petitions. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIThe three convicts are lodged in a Vellore prison. Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated on May 21, 1991 at Sriperumbudur.Meanwhile, a five-judge Constitution Bench is hearing another petition of the Centre challenging the Tamil Nadu government’s decision to set free seven convicts in the high-profile case. The convicts, sought to be released by the state government, are V Sriharan alias Murugan, Santhan, Robert Pious, Jaya Kumar, Nalini, Ravichandran and Arivu. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindRecently, the court had allowed the state government to exercise its powers of remission to release life convicts with a rider that this would not apply to cases probed by central agencies like CBI and for those incarcerated under central laws such as TADA. Lifting its stay imposed over a year back, the Apex Court said the relaxation would also not apply where the convict has been awarded life term in sexual offence cases of rape and murder. Prior to this, on the plea of the erstwhile UPA government, it had stayed Tamil Nadu’s decision to set free all the seven convicts after remitting their sentences. It had framed seven questions to be decided by a constitution bench on the scope of executives’ power of remission.last_img read more

Former Webel MD no more

first_imgKolkata: Nandan Bhattacharya, former managing director of Webel passed away in the wee hours on Sunday.Bhattacharya was a visionary who crafted today’s Sector V popularly known as the IT Hub , the pride of Kolkata. He was instrumental in Bengal’s transition from Electronics to IT. The technocrat till his last days was a social worker and was a pillar of support for the challenged sector of the society. He is survived by his wife and two daughters. The body of Bhattacharya has been kept in Peace World. The last rites will be performed at Nimtala Crematorium around 11 am on Monday.last_img read more

Recap Lane closed due to multivehicle collision on M6

first_imgUPDATE: This has now cleared There is a lane closed on the M6 motorway in Cheshire due to an accident this morning. Lane three is closed on the northbound carriageway between junction 19 and junction 20 due to the collision, which is reported to involve at least two vehicles. No one is reported injured but delays are starting to build in the area as a result. A Highways England spokesman said: “M6 northbound between J19 and J20 Knutsford. 1 of (3) lanes are closed due to a multiple vehicle collision. “Traffic officers are en-route. Please allow extra time for your journey as delays are starting to build.” A North West Motorway Police spokesman said: “Two Vehicle RTC in lane three.Highways are attending. No reports of any injuries.” We’ll bring you updates as we get them on the feed below. Read MoreLive: Busy Stoke-on-Trent road blocked after lorry hits bridge Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.09:46Delays clearingA Highways England spokesman said:Traffic Officers have attended and cleared the vehicles involved in the earlier collision to the hard shoulder. Please allow extra time for your journey as residual delays of 20 minutes remain on the approach. “09:41Now clearedNorth West Motorway Police have confirmed this has now cleared.last_img read more