Nearby Barnards Star hosts an icy planet with new hope for alien

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Best places in space to search for alien life Tags The team’s findings are based on over 15 years worth of high-precision observations of Barnard’s Star that’ll be included in an upcoming report in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. Guinan hopes it might be possible to get a better look at Barnard b with the coming generation of very large telescopes. “Such observations will shed light on the nature of the planet’s atmosphere, surface, and potential habitability.” While the exoplanet Proxima b is closer, at only four light-years, it orbits the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri that appears to have a rather rude habit of blasting it with sterilizing solar flares. Barnard’s Star, by contrast, is an older red dwarf and the good news for potential life in its orbit is that powerful flares from the old sun are believed to be a rarity. The bad news, though, is that just such a rare flare was observed from Barnard’s Star only 20 years ago. Hopefully any primitive aliens on Barnard b were able to survive in their geothermal hot tubs under a thick shield of ice. NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Crowd Control: A crowdsourced science fiction novel written by CNET readers. 0 Newfound frigid super-Earth found is the second-closest… Space Post a commentcenter_img 26 Photos 1:31 This doesn’t necessarily curse Barnard b to a lifeless existence, though, according to astrophysicists from Pennsylvania’s Villanova University who say the planet might have a hot liquid iron core producing geothermal energy.”Geothermal heating could support ‘life zones’ under its surface, akin to subsurface lakes found in Antarctica,” Edward Guinan, one of the researchers, said in a statement. The news coincided with the team’s presentation Thursday at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Seattle.Any life in such heat pockets would likely be pretty primitive. Scientists are also keen to check for evidence of life in subsurface oceans hidden beneath the frozen shells of Jupiter’s moon Europa and Saturn moon Enceladus.”We note that the surface temperature on Jupiter’s icy moon Europa is similar to Barnard b,” Guinan adds, “but, because of tidal heating, Europa probably has liquid oceans under its icy surface.”    Share your voice Sci-Tech Last year we learned Barnard’s Star, the second closest star system, is circled by a frozen super-Earth. But new research offers hope that at least primitive life might have a warm enough place to survive on the otherwise chilly world. The super-Earth Barnard b (or GJ 699 b) is also the second closest planet discovered beyond our solar system so far, at just six light-years away. Although it orbits Barnard’s Star at about the same distance Mercury orbits our sun, the surface of the planet is likely very cold (-274 Fahrenheit, or -170 Celsius) because the star is a relatively dim red dwarf providing the planet with only about 2 percent of the solar energy we get from our sun.last_img read more

AL men repressing women BNP

first_imgBNPBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) senior leader Abdul Moyeen Khan on Wednesday alleged that ruling party men are repressing women and indulging in various misdeeds across the country with the ‘blessings’ of the government.”How is it possible to violate a young girl promising her to help get admitted to a college? The offenders couldn’t dare commit such a misdeed without the blessings of the government and administration that control power,” he said.Speaking at a human chain programme, the BNP leader further said, “I’m forced to say it with a serious concern that Bangladesh has been put under the grasp of evil forces. It’s my question whether are we living in a civilised country or in an African jungle?”Jatiyatabadi Mohila Dal, BNP’s women wing, arranged the programme in front of the National Press Club condemning and protesting at the violence against two women in Bogra unleashed by ruling party men.The leaders and activists of the organisation registered their protest against the incident wearing black clothes in their heads.According to media reports, Bogra town Sramik League convener Tufan Sarker with the help of his party cadres abducted a female student from her home and raped her last month.Sramik League is the workers’ wing of ruling Bangladesh Awami League.The ruling party men allegedly beat up the girl and her mother, and shaved their heads as they went to local councillor Rumki’s house seeking justice on Friday.Police arrested Tufan, his wife, mother-in-law, councillor Rumke and some other perpetrators in connection with the incident.Moyeen, a BNP standing committee member, asked the government to let people know who pampered Tufan and his associates to commit such heinous crime. “The sources of power of the offenders are guns and terrorism. The country can’t run in this way.”To get rid of the current situation, the BNP leader urged the government to hold a fair election under a neutral administration quitting power. “I would like to say the government should step down, and arrange a fair election if it has minimum sense of shyness.”He alleged that repressive acts and all forms of misdeeds have got spread during the rule of the current government as it has destroyed all the state and social institutions.BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi alleged the government is regularly arresting journalists and sending them to jail using the section 57 of the ICT act as Sheikh Hasina established one-party rule Baksal in a different form.He termed a historic incident the release of the full text of the Supreme Court verdict that annulled 16th constitution amendment at a time when the ruling party men established a reign of terror across the country.The BNP leader said this verdict has created a bit of fresh hope among people to have the rule of law restored in the country.Speaking at the programme, Mohila Dal president Afroza Abbas urged the government to punish those arrested in connection with the torture of the two Bogra women by shaving their heads the way they did it with the victims.She also demanded the government ensure the highest punishment for main accused Tufan, his brother and other culprits.last_img read more

3 electrocuted in Chattogram

first_imgMap of ChattogramThree people including a minor girl died from electrocution in different parts of Chattogram on Sunday night, reports UNB.Zahurul Islam, sub-inspector of Chattogram Medical College Hospital (CMCH) police camp, said Fatema Akter Meem, 8, a resident of Bakolia area, died from electrocution while passing through stagnant rain water which was electrified by a snapped electric line around 10:00pm.In another incident, Saidul Islam, 19, a college student, died from electrocution when he came in contact with a snapped electric wire on Kadamtoli flyover while he was returning to his Dewanhat residence on foot in the midnight, said SI Zahirul.Besides, an unidentified young man, aged about 22, came in contact with a live electric wire while working for illumination in the New Market area and died on the spot.The bodies were taken to Chittagong Medical College Hospital morgue.last_img read more

DhakaBenapole direct train service rescheduled to 17 July

first_imgThe direct train service from Dhaka to Benapole will be inaugurated on 17 July, instead of 25 July.Bangladesh Railway West zone chief commercial officer Shah Newaz said the date was changed as prime minister Sheikh Hasina would not be free on 25 July.The train, which is yet to be named, will have 10 coaches. The fare of a cabin seat will be Tk 1,200 while that of an AC chair Tk 1,000 and non-AC chair Tk 500, reports UNB.Initially, one train will run from Dhaka to Benapole and vice-versa every day.Around 6,000-7,000 people from different parts of the country, especially Dhaka, travel to India through the Benapole Checkpost every day.The train service will ease travelling to Benapole.last_img

Beto ORourke Visits Houston Matters Police Had Lupe Valdezs Missing Gun All

first_imgTuesday, August 21, 2018Top afternoon stories:Beto O’Rourke Visits Houston MattersAs part of its series of interviews with candidates running in major political races, Houston Matters interviewed U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), who is running for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Republican Senator Ted Cruz. O’Rourke talked about a myriad of issues ranging from President Donald Trump to voting rights and the Texas economy.O’Rourke (D-TX) said he wants to work with Trump on topics such as increasing mental health care to veterans and expanding protected public lands in Texas. “Where I can find a partner in the White House or across the aisle, I’ll be there, with anyone, any place, any time.”“But we also have to be able to stand up against this President and his worst impulses where we must,” the Congressman added in reference to the critical comments the President has made about Mexican immigrants and asylum seekers, and his defense of some people who participated in the white supremacist rally that was held in Charlottesville last year.Click HERE to listen to the interview.  Leslie Boorhem-Stephenson for The Texas TribuneLupe Valdez gives her victory speech after defeating Andrew White in the Democratic runoff for governor on Tuesday, May 22, 2018.Police Had Lupe Valdez’s Missing Gun All AlongDallas County authorities say a new inventory search has turned up former Sheriff Lupe Valdez’s gun that was reported missing after she stepped down to run for Texas governor.The Dallas County sheriff’s department Tuesday apologized to Valdez for “any distress and hardship” after the Democratic nominee for governor faced questions surrounding the whereabouts of her on-duty weapon.The 9mm Berretta was found in the department’s property room. Spokesman Raul Reyna says Valdez “did what she was supposed to do” in returning the gun.Valdez was sheriff for 13 years. She resigned in December to mount a longshot challenge against Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.Abbott’s campaign had attacked Valdez over reports of the missing firearm, tweeting that Valdez wants to run Texas “but can’t even keep track of her gun.” Dave FehlingThe Big Brown power plant in Freestone County burns coal mined nearby.Texas Could Soon Have More Authority to Regulate Coal Plant EmissionsTexas could have more authority to regulate coal plant emissions under a new proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency, which would formally replace the Clean Power Plan.In the audio above, Houston Matters learns what the new rules could mean for Texas industries and the environment from Victor Flatt, director of the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Center at the University of Houston Law Center, and Felix Mormann, professor of law at the Texas A&M School of Law._____________________Top morning stories:Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston responds to Pope FrancisJohn L. Mone/APIn this March 30, 2017 image taken from video, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo of the Archdiocese of the Houston-Galveston, speaks during an interview in Houston.Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, is adding his voice to calls against alleged sexual abuse within the Catholic church.Cardinal DiNardo was responding to Pope’s Francis’ letter. It addressed suffering caused by alleged abuse within the Catholic Church and failure to respond. Post Oak Little League team eliminated from World SeriesHouston’s Post Oak Little League baseball team is returning home from Pennsylvania after a stretch of games in the Little League World Series. The team lost 7-6 to a team from Peachtree, Georgia. Texas A&M adopts new sexual-assault policiesShelby Knowles for The Texas TribuneStudents on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station.Texas A&M University officials say the school is creating tougher sanctions for students found responsible for sexual assault.The school was criticized over the summer for how it handles cases of sexual assault, with multiple women sharing their stories online. The scrutiny prompted an internal review of university policies.Officials say the changes include a streamlined reporting process, a predetermined range of sanctions and more investigators. Students found responsible for sexually-based violence or rape will have to serve a minimum one-year suspension, and if they return to campus, they would also be barred from receiving scholarships or representing the school. Attorney General moves to limit abilities of immigration judgesA decision by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is making it harder for immigration judges to postpone hearings for immigrants while they wait for special petitions that would allow them to stay in the country legally.Lawyers say they expect, as a result, some immigrants will be deported while they wait on petitions that would have allowed them to stay in the country. Federal disaster assistance appears to widen the racial wealth gapWhites who live in counties badly damaged by natural disasters on average gain nearly $126,000 in wealth. Minorities, on the other hand, lose tens of thousands of dollars.This happens even when you control for income, education and a range of other factors, according to a study from Rice University and the University of Pittsburgh. Sara Tubbs/UHMusician Stephanie Rice performs at Houston Public Media. Rice appeared in the 12th season of NBC’s The Voice.Stephanie Rice: ‘If I Didn’t Perform I Would Die’When Stephanie Rice came out to her parents ten years ago at age 18, she received the one response she was most afraid of: rejection. They told her “they couldn’t choose their daughter over God,” and they’re estranged to this day.And, as she later recounted on her blind audition for season 12 of The Voice, she finds music is the best way for her to channel her emotions over that painful moment in her life.Rice graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in biology and worked for a time as a researcher at Baylor College of Medicine. She would often work 50-60 hours a week and then play a couple gigs each week.“It was a really crazy time in my life where I would go into work with a lab coat on and be running out and changing into my leather pants and going to a gig,” she said. Sharelast_img read more

Off stage

first_imgStage Adaptation Film Festival celebrates the translation of the theatrical drama onto the silver screen. The three day film festival from 21 to 23 August, organised by American Center in collaboration with Cinedarbaar would showcase six popular adaptations.The Philadelphia Story, a two times Oscar winning movie, directed by George Cukor would open the festival. The movie is based on the play of the same name written by Philip Barry. The classic and much-loved romantic melodrama Casablanca by Michael Curtiz has won 3three Oscars. The sentimental triangular love story is set against the backdrop of the wartime conflict between democracy and totalitarianism. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Also a dark comedy film by Frank Capra Arsenic and Old Lace based on Joseph Kesselring’s play would grace the festival on the second day. Movies scheduled for the last day of the festival are the Academy award winners A Streetcar Named Desire by Elia Kazan, a subversive, steamy film classic that was adapted from Tennessee Williams’ 1947 Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name.Deathtrap a murder mystery by Sidney Lumet based on Ira Levin’s play. Lastly Amadeus adaptation of Peter Shaffer’s Broadway hit and winner of 8 Oscars directed by Milos Forman would mark the end of the festival. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixStage-to-film adaptations have been popular since the beginning of motion pictures and as the popularity of films grew, Hollywood began borrowing plots as well as actors and directors from Broadway, some of which turned out to be the triumphs and others could not succeed at the Box Office. On some occasions, playwrights re-write their stage dramas for the screen, as Peter Shaffer did for Amadeus (1984). An advantage that film has over theatre is that the film can convey the message through imagery, rather than dialogue. Great filmmakers consider these notions and turn an original work into something new without losing the soul and integrity of what it was formerly. The movie screenings will be followed by interactive sessions, conducted by speaker’s Anugyan Nag and Kumar Unnayan. Anugyan who is a film scholar and an independent filmmaker would speak regarding the significance of stage plays and screenplays and stage adaptations of the movies The Philadelphia Story and Casablanca. He is currently a senior research doctoral fellow at the School of Arts and Aesthetics completing his Ph.D. in Cinema studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University. His films have been nominated, screened and awarded at various National and International Film Festivals. Kumar Unnayan, a postgraduate in English Literature is a keen theater and cinema enthusiast. He will take up interactive sessions on A Streetcar Named Desire and Deathtrap talking about the acting techniques and the transition of stage plays to screen plays in these films.The entry to the festival is free and open for general public. One can also win exciting prizes by answering quiz questions based on the movies. Handouts which will include film reviews will also be available at the venue after each screening for the visitors. Please carry an original valid photo ID to enter the American Center.WHERE: American Center, KG MargWHEN: 21 to 23 Augustlast_img read more

Four Tools for Scouting Social Media Leaders in Your Network

first_img Congratulations. You finally have a handle on the social media thing. Now the real work begins: pinpointing the most powerful people in your online networks and cultivating those relationships into more business wins.Big brands like beauty retailer Sephora and giffgaff, the U.K.’s fastest-growing mobile network, have called on enterprise social media suite provider Lithium Technologies to help launch and sustain their strong online communities. According to Lithium’s principal scientist Michael Wu, a key part of that process is identifying top influencers and turning them into company advocates.For small businesses with smaller budgets, there happen to be a number of low-cost (or free) social analytics companies–several with targeted business offerings–that provide scores and reports to help you find and engage your network superstars.Many of them are still works in progress, Wu cautions, with an overemphasis on “bandwidth,” or activity and quantity of followers, friends and fans. “Even if you make a lot of noise, you’re not guaranteed to be influential,” he explains. “But of course the algorithms will get better.”Below, we take a quick look at a few of the most influential influence rankers.1. KloutTagline: The standard for influenceScore: Based on more than 35 variables on Facebook and Twitter to measure “true reach,” “amplification probability” and “network influence”Features: In-depth score analysis; list of most influential followers and their topics of expertise; list of influences; achievements for tweet and retweet benchmarks @barackobama vs. @ladygaga: 88 to 93Advantage: Free and arguably the most high profile, Klout has partnerships with foursquare, Google Chrome, The Huffington Post, LinkedIn, Spotify and about.me2. TwitalyzerTagline: Serious analytics for social businessScore: Measured by 10 criteria: influence, impact, engagement, velocity, generosity, signal, clout, followers, followees and listsFeatures: User-type classification (thought leader, social butterflies, trendsetters, etc.); Twitter integration with view of followers, commonly used hashtags and recent topics; map of location @barackobama vs. @ladygaga: 73.9 to 74.3Advantage: Comprehensive data reports (subscriptions start at $4.99 per month) that facilitate geographically targeted outreach efforts and offer a slew of add-on features like weekly e-mail reports and API access3. PeerIndexTagline: Understand your social capitalScore: Measures a combination of “audience,” “authority” and “activity” in eight distinct subject categories (business, politics, sports, news, etc.) across various social media accountsFeatures: Breakdown of areas of expertise; list of popular topics, top sources, friends and groups @barackobama vs. @ladygaga: 86 to 82Advantage: The general scores are free to all, but the “bespoke” paid service can find influencers specific to an industry or community4. TraackrTagline: Relevance drives influenceScore: Evaluates eight types of media (blogs, reviews, social networks, photos, etc.) to discover users’ “reach,” “resonance” and “relevance”Features: Constantly updated report of top 25 influencers; web presence information, including recent posts; user contact info, location and stats; filter capabilities to track certain mentions and conversations; ability to add tags, tasks and notes @barackobama vs. @ladygaga: N/A–no universal score since it’s dependent on market or industry contextAdvantage: The most established of the bunch, the subscription service (plans are $499 a month and up) helps clients like Honda identify and then engage top influencers relevant to a specific brand, product and campaign This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. September 14, 2011 Enroll Now for Free This story appears in the September 2011 issue of . Subscribe » 3 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more