Daily Archives: January 16, 2015

Pope says ‘cannot insult’ other people’s religion


Pope Francis today condemned any killing in God’s name, but also insisted there were limits to freedom of speech and said other people’s religion could not be insulted or mocked.

The pope made the comments in relation to attacks by Islamists on the offices of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo last week in which 12 people died.

“To kill in the name of God is an absurdity,” the pope told reporters aboard a plane travelling from Sri Lanka to the Philippines.

But the 78-year-old pontiff also said “each religion has its dignity” and “there are limits”.

“You cannot provoke, you cannot insult other people’s faith, you cannot mock it,” the pontiff said.

“Freedom of speech is a right and a duty that must be displayed without offending.”

The Charlie Hebdo assault on January 7 was followed two days later by an attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris by a gunman claiming to have coordinated his actions with the two brothers who attacked the magazine.

In all, 17 people died over three days in the bloodiest attacks in France in half a century, which ended when commando units stormed two hostage sieges and killed all three gunmen.

The magazine this week published a “survivors” issue, which sold out yesterday before more copies of an eventual print run of five million hit newsstands.


OMG! Smart shoes developed which generate power from walking

Researchers have developed new ‘smart’ shoes that harvest power from the simple act of walking.

The shoes consist of a “shock harvester” that generates power when the heel strikes the ground and a “swing harvester” that produces power when the foot is swinging.

The technology could be used to power wearable electronic sensors without the need for batteries, ‘BBC News’ reported. “We have tried to power a wireless transmitter and to power a simple sensor,” said Klevis Ylli from HSG-IMIT, a research centre in Germany.

“One application we are working on is indoor navigation which means we have sensors within the shoe that measure the acceleration of the foot,” said Ylli.

The energy harvesting devices generate power by exploiting the motion between magnets and coils. As the magnetic field of a moving magnet passes by a stationary coil, a voltage is induced and an electric current is generated.

The energy the technology generates is still relatively small – in the three to four milliwatt range at the peak.

However, it is enough to power small sensors and transmitters, opening up a range of new applications.


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