Daily Archives: October 12, 2014

Nobel prize victory for all striving for human dignity: Obama


Washington: President Barack Obama has congratulated Indian and Pakistani activists Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai saying their Nobel Peace Prize “is a victory for all who strive to uphold the dignity of every human being.”

In a message on behalf of himself, wife Michelle and all Americans, Obama, who himself won the prize in 2009, said: “Kailash Satyarthi has dedicated his life to ending child labor and wiping the stain of slavery from our world.”

“The true measure of Kailash’s efforts is not a single prize he has been awarded, but the tens of thousands of people who today live with freedom and dignity thanks to his efforts.”

“Through his advocacy, Kailash reminds us of our shared responsibility to end the exploitation of others, especially the most vulnerable among us,” Obama added.

“At just 17 years old, Malala Yousafzai has inspired people around the world,” said Obama who along with his wife and their elder daughter Malia met Yousafzai at the White House in 2013, during her visit to promote her memoir “I am Malala”.

“We were awe-struck by her courage and filled with hope knowing this is only the beginning of her extraordinary efforts to make the world a better place,” Obama said recalling that meeting.

“In recognizing Malala and Kailash, the Nobel Committee reminds us of the urgency of their work to protect the rights and freedoms of all our young people and to ensure they have the chance to fulfill their God-given potential, regardless of their background, or gender, or station in life,” Obama said.

“Malala and Kailash have faced down threats and intimidation, risking their own lives to save others and build a better world for future generations,” Obama noted.

“They come from different countries, religious backgrounds, and generations-a Muslim and a Hindu, a Pakistani and an Indian – but they share an unyielding commitment to justice and an unshakeable belief in the basic dignity of every girl and boy,” he said.

“Even as we celebrate their achievements, we must recommit ourselves to the world that they seek – one in which our daughters have the right and opportunity to get an education; and in which all children are treated equally,” Obama said.

“Today, we honour Malala and Kailash’s achievements, and reaffirm that the United States will always stand with those who defend our universal human rights,” he said.

Meanwhile, at the State Department spokesperson Marie Harf also extended “our warmest congratulations” to the Nobel winners.”

“We certainly join Prime Ministers Nawaz Sharif and Narendra Modi and the people of Pakistan and India in celebrating the achievements of these two global leaders,” she said.

“So obviously, anything that leads to greater understanding, greater conversation, greater dialogue is a good thing,” Harf said when asked about the two winners’ invitation to Modi and Sharif to join them in the award ceremony.


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Ebola killing robot developed in US


Little Moe can rid a hospital room of germs in 5 minutes and destroy Ebola on any surface in 2 minutes. A Texas-based company has developed an Ebola killing robot that can clean a hospital room in five minutes and destroy the virus by fusing its DNA.

The germ-killing robot, called Little Moe developed by Xenex, uses ultraviolet light to sterilise a room. A spokeswoman for Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas said the germ-zapping robot works by flashing surfaces with ultraviolet light which in turn damages viral DNA.

It can rid a hospital room of germs in 5 minutes and destroy Ebola on any surface in 2 minutes. The robot blasts 1.5 pulses per second in every direction, in-effect killing the virus.

Though, the robot works on ultraviolet light rays, the company claims it is safe for humans as it does not use any form of chemicals or other substances.

Dr Mark Stibich, who works with Xenex said, “Our customers have seen and reported in the medical literature a reduction in these infections in the rate of up to 50 percent.” The machine is being used in 250 hospitals across the US, including the Dallas hospital where doctors are treating the first man diagnosed with Ebola in US.

Thomas Duncan, 42, became ill after arriving in Texas from Liberia two weeks ago, heightening concerns that the worst Ebola epidemic on record could spread to US from West Africa, where it began in March.


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New App Allows Your Smartphone To Understand Gestures


LONDON: Researchers have developed a first of its kind app that enables users to operate their smartphone using gestures. The app uses the smartphone’s built-in camera to register its environment.

By mimicking the firing of a pistol, for example, a user can switch to another browser tab, change the map’s view from satellite to standard, or shoot down enemy planes in a game. Spreading out fingers magnifies a section of a map or scrolls the page of a book forward.

The information that the app registers -the shape of the gesture, the parts of the hand – is reduced to a simple outline that is classified according to stored gestures.

The app, developed by Jie Song, a master’s student in the working group headed by by Otmar Hilliges, Professor of Computer Science at ETH Zurich, then executes the command associated with the gesture it observes. It also recognises the hand’s distance from the camera and warns the user when the hand is either too close or too far away.

“Many movement-recognition programmes need plenty of processor and memory power,” said Hilliges, adding that their new algorithm uses a far smaller portion of computer memory and is thus ideal for smartphones.

The app’s minimal processing footprint means it could also run on smart watches or in augmented-reality glasses. The app currently recognises six different gestures and executes their corresponding commands.


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