Day: October 6, 2020

9 Delco Communities Get Funds To Support Parks

DELAWARE COUNTY, PA — Several Delaware County communities got funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to support park to build, rehab, and upgrade parks.

The funding allotments are part of a larger state initiative called Recreation for All.

Recreation for all seeks to meet the outdoor recreation needs of all Pennsylvanians.

“Now more than ever, we have experienced the impact of outdoor recreation on our mental and physical well being,” DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn said in a statement. “Pennsylvania’s new outdoor recreation plan serves as a blueprint on how we can make outdoor recreation accessible to every Pennsylvanian.”

In total, nine Delaware County projects were awarded $862,650. A total of 158 community parks and related projects received a total of $23.4 million in funding.

Below are the municipalities that were awarded funds, as well as the funding amounts and the projects it will support:

Chester

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Scientists use Indian Ocean earthquake data to tell how fast it is warming

Los Angeles: Scientists have developed a novel method to determine how fast the Indian Ocean is warming by analysing the sound from seabed earthquakes, an advance that may lead to a relatively low-cost technique to monitor water temperatures in all of the oceans.

According to the researchers, including those from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in the US, as much as 95 per cent of the extra heat trapped on the Earth by greenhouse gases like carbondioxide is held in the world’s oceans, making it important to monitor the temperature of ocean waters.

In the current study, published in the journal Science, the scientists used existing seismic monitoring equipment, as well as historic data on earthquakes, to determine how much the temperature of the ocean has altered, and continues changing, even at depths that are normally out of the reach of conventional tools.

They assessed a 3000-kilometer-long section in

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Ambient light alters refraction in 2D material

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IMAGE: Atoms in the crystal lattice of tantalum disulfide arrange themselves into six-pointed stars that can be manipulated by light, according to Rice University researchers. The phenomenon can be used to…
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Credit: Weijian Li/Rice University

HOUSTON – (Sept. 2, 2020) – Microscopic crystals in tantalum disulfide have a starring role in what could become a hit for 3D displays, virtual reality and even self-driving vehicles.

A two-dimensional array of the material has unique optical characteristics that can be controlled in ambient conditions and under general illumination, according to engineer Gururaj Naik and graduate student Weijian Li of Rice’s Brown School of Engineering.

When they pull a two-dimensional sliver off a bulk sample (with that tried-and-true tool, adhesive tape) and shine light on it, the layered material rearranges the charge density waves of electrons that flow through, altering its refractive index.

Light emitted along the affected axis changes its

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Elon Musk’s Space X Starlink satellites Internet boon for firefighters working in wildfire-hit rural Washington

Internet services provided by Space X’s Starlink satellites orbiting the Earth have reached the rural parts of Washington. The company’s Internet-from-space initiative has helped first responders connect and coordinate their firefighting efforts in the affected regions.

In early August, the Washington Emergency Management Division deployed Starlink user terminals which are small devices that connect to the satellites orbiting in low Earth orbit. Two regions in the state received the services. Elon Musk, the founder of the company, said in a tweet that SpaceX is prioritizing catering to emergency responders and locations with no Internet connectivity.

 



 

 

With Starlink, Space X aims to set up a constellation of 12,000 satellites, providing Internet to the remotest regions of the world. The company has put more than 700 satellites in

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Alexa improvements and innovative tech

Gallery: Asus VivoBook S14 M433IA (TechRadar)

Amazon finally unveiled its 2020 hardware lineup with several project refreshes and introductions. The tech industry and consumer already have an idea of what products to expect, but the online retail giant normally sneaks in a few surprises. Aside from its collection of Echo devices, there were several gadgets that supposedly stole the show. Alexa also gets a performance bump along with some upgrades that should allow it to function faster and better. Then there’s the official launch of the brand’s own game streaming service.



a lamp that is sitting on a table: Amazon introduces new products for 2020


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Amazon introduces new products for 2020

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Similar to most major tech companies, Amazon follows an annual product showcase that serves as a launching point for new services or technology. Given the popularity of its smart speakers, these are usually what consumers are eager to learn about. This year, the company appears to be doing away

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