Warner Bros. Pictures Ryan Reynolds, world class troll and part-time actor, just posted the entire Detective Pikachu movie on the internet. Nice try, Reynolds. (-_^) Um…. Attn @DetPikachuMovie @warnerbros https://t.co/UF7qYtKOYV— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) May 7, 2019 Pokemon: Detective Pikachu is scheduled to open in theaters worldwide on May 10.CNET’s Sean Keane contributed to this report.First published May 7 at 3:43 p.m. PT.Update May 9 at 7:29 a.m. PT: Adds dancing Pikachu Twitter account. Not gonna lie — this kinda rules.The best part: the account that leaked the “film” seems to have been created solely for this purpose this month. What an OBVIOUS PLANT, Reynolds. Come on, we all know you can troll better than that. It’s inspired a Twitter account too — you can watch Pikachu getting down to Lady Gaga, Smash Mouth, the Game of Thrones intro music and a spoilery moment from Avengers: Infinity War. Of course, one really stands out from the crowd. Comments Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick AstleyRequested by: @_EmmaLoves_ pic.twitter.com/HqwQlufB1P— PKCHU DANCING TO (@PKCHUDANCING) May 9, 2019 Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: 2:24 Pokemon Go Game of Thrones The Avengers New trailer drops for Detective Pikachu Tags 6 Surely he’ll claim he was just retweeting the account that leaked the movie to boost visibility, but the fact remains the world has now seen the Pokemon movie — and can likely confirm it’s more adorable than expected. Here, check it out for yourself: 2019 movies to geek out over TV and Movies Online 77 Photos
Mirza Fakhrul Islam AlamgirBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Wednesday urged the government to take steps for finding out an effective way for holding a fair and acceptable election through discussions with opposition political parties, reports UNB.Speaking at a protest rally, he alleged that the government is trying to keep top BNP leaders away from politics ahead of the next general election through convicting them in ‘false’ cases filed against them.”We would like to call upon the government to do positive politics for the welfare of people coming out of negative politics. Engage in talks to work out a way for a credible election where people will be able to exercise their franchise,” said the BNP leader.”Come to senses and take steps for the talks with the opposition parties to protect democracy, Bangladesh, and its future and ensure its economic progress,” he further said.Dhaka south city unit BNP arranged the programme at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh as part of the party’s countrywide protest programme against the issuance of a warrant for the arrest of its senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman in a sedition case.The BNP leader alleged that the government is desperately making various evil efforts to hang onto power as it has lost earth beneath its feet.Fakhrul voiced doubt whether the election commission will be able to hold a reliable and acceptable election following its talks with political parties and different stakeholders.”The nearly three-month dialogue of the election commission is mere eyewash… most of the parties, civil society members and ex-election commissioners joined the dialogue said a credible election is not possible if it is not held under an election-time neutral administration. Now the nation is waiting to see what it (EC) does?” he said.The BNP leader thinks the commission will not be able to do anything good as it has no capability to work ignoring the government’s instructions. “Even, after that we’re observing their activities to know whether they can hold a fair election. We want the commission to work independently to hold a neutral election.”He said the current government has failed to deliver on all fronts though it always talks about huge development.”The mega projects were taken for massive plundering. Most of the roads have now become unfit for traffic.”Fakhrul criticised the government for what he said its failure to arrest the soaring prices of essentials. “The prices of all types of vegetables have gone beyond the buying capacity of common people. The government is hiking the tariffs of gas, power and water to make their pocket heavier. History says people won’t tolerate such sufferings for a long time. You won’t be able to resist them even with cannons when people will wake up.”
Citation: Next-generation cameras inspired by fruit flies and moths (2006, May 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2006-05-next-generation-cameras-fruit-flies-moths.html Explore further Today’s digital micro-cameras and other optical devices use lenses based on human-type single aperture eyes. These lenses, which are manufactured with macroscopic technology, do not get thinner than about 5 mm. However, insects such as fruit flies and moths have a completely different type of eye called compound eyes to accommodate the animals’ small size and low brain processing capabilities. Compound eyes consist of up to tens of thousands of tiny sensors called “ommatidia” that detect light and sometimes color. Flies and moths see images made of a combination of inputs from the ommatidia that point in different directions, forming a large field of view while the total volume consumption remains small. To fabricate the first type of compound eye, called an apposition compound eye and found mainly in diurnal insects such as flies, the scientists used photolithography to arrange a microlens array on a thin silicon wafer. Acting as ommatidia, the microlenses could be specially tuned to improve homogenous resolution over the entire field of view. Further, the scientists found that the large focal depth of apposition compound eyes cancels the need to adjust lens focus for distant or near objects.The second type of compound eye, found mainly in nocturnal insects such as moths and deep water crustaceans such as shrimp, have greater light sensitivity than apposition compound eyes. Comprised of an array of microtelescopes, these eyes are known as superposition compound eyes or simply cluster eyes. Using reactive ion etching to transfer the microlenses onto fused silica, the scientists fabricated cluster eyes whose individual lenses also improved resolution homogeneity. Compared with apposition compound eyes, cluster eyes require thicker objectives but offer higher resolution. Both types have potential for use in tiny cameras.“Deciding between the apposition and cluster eyes depends on the required resolution vs. compactness vs. price,” said Duparre. “The apposition eye will be cheaper and smaller but have lower resolution. It thus will more work like an imaging optical sensor, while the cluster eye could actually be used to present images directly to a customer, but is more complex.”These advantages of artificial compound eyes were discovered despite one major technical drawback: both types of compound eyes were arranged on a flat surface, while the curved base of natural insect eyes offer several advantages. Hopefully, a special type of laser beam writer currently being developed could fabricate compound eyes on curved surfaces.Citation: Duparre, J. W. and Wippermann, F. C. Micro-optical artificial compound eyes. Bioinspiration and Biomimetics. 1 (2006) R1-R16.By Lisa Zyga, Copyright 2006 PhysOrg.com The fruit fly has apposition compound eyes, which scientists have fabricated using photolithography to arrange and tune an array of microlenses. The microlenses act as “ommatidia,” the insect’s tiny eye sensors. Photo credit: IOP. Inspired by the way that nature has evolved the eyes of small insects, scientists have fabricated artificial compound eyes that could make camera lenses tiny enough to fit on credit cards or stickers. “While human eyes use a spherical volume, compound eyes use only a spherical shell, so that much of the space and weight is saved for the brain,” Jacques Duparre, coauthor with F. C. Wippermann of a recent paper in Bioinspiration and Biomimetics, told PhysOrg.com. “The arrangement allows for a large field of view, but does not require large signal processing.”Although single aperture eyes have advantages in resolution and sensitivity in large lenses, compound eyes have the potential to make more compact, robust and cheap vision systems. At the micro level, compound eyes’ individual viewing channels on curved lenses have minimal aberrations, or focusing errors that cause blurring. Cameras with compound eye lenses could have applications in many tight spaces, such as those encountered in automotive engineering, security and surveillance, and medical technology.“Thin lenses might have applications in flat panel displays, and we’re also working on another arrangement for minimal invasive surgery,” said Duparre, who is currently working on a patent for this arrangement.Scientists have studied optical lenses based on natural compound eyes for more than a hundred years, but classical macroscopic technology has not provided the necessary fabrication and assembly accuracy. For the first time, Duparre and Wippermann have fabricated and tested two different compound eye lenses using state-of-the-art micro-optics technology. Scientists fabricated an artificial apposition compound eye (center) that is significantly cheaper and smaller than a traditional 20-mm single lens objective (left) with the same magnification; and much smaller – though not quite as cheap – as a Euro cent (right). Photo credit: IOP. Researchers develop liquid-crystal-based compound lenses that work like insect eyes This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
State Rep. Hank Vaupel invites residents to join him for this month’s district office hours.Rep. Vaupel, R-Fowlerville, says office hours will be held on Saturday, Aug. 22 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Uptown Coffee, located at 102 East Grand River in Howell.“I encourage all to attend,” said Rep. Vaupel. “It’s a great opportunity for me to hear thoughts, ideas, questions and concerns from residents in our district.”No appointments are necessary. Those who are unable to attend are encouraged to contact Rep. Vaupel’s office by phone at 517-373-8835 or by email at HankVaupel@house.mi.gov.### 14Aug Rep. Vaupel office hours will be held Aug. 22 Categories: Vaupel News
Categories: News,Sheppard News 08Nov Rep. Sheppard elected to vital Michigan House leadership position for 2019-20 State Rep. Jason Sheppard of Temperance today was named to a key leadership role by his Michigan House colleagues for the 2019-20 legislative session.Sheppard will serve as the majority caucus whip, a job of critical importance in communicating key information among legislators. Sheppard will inform colleagues about important issues and decisions coming up on the House floor to continue moving Michigan forward. He will also serve as a liaison between caucus leaders and other members, tracking votes and assisting legislators with policy-related questions.“I am honored and humbled by the faith shown in me by House colleagues,” Sheppard said. “Importantly, this role will have benefits for Monroe County as we continue to move Michigan forward. It gives our community a seat at the table as key decisions are made about what’s best for Michigan’s families and hard-working taxpayers.”Sheppard will be serving his third term representing a House district including much of Monroe County.Sheppard also will serve on committees in the upcoming legislative session. Appointments are yet to be announced.###
Mark HarrisonThe BBC’s director of transformation for design and engineering, Mark Harrison, is stepping down to lead the Digital Production Partnership (DPP).Harrison is due to leave the BBC on March 31 to devote more time to the DPP, where he has been seconded part time from the BBC since April 2015 to work as its managing director.Harrison will continue to act as MD of the DPP, while upping his work around strategic leadership, authorship and presentation of the DPP’s insights, membership growth and international relationships.The DPP is a membership-based, not-for-profit company, founded by its shareholders – UK terrestrial broadcasters ITV, the BBC and Channel 4.The DPP defines itself not as a standards body, but as an organisation that aims, through its membership, to bring the understanding of business needs and requirements to make common standards and specifications effective.Its three areas of work revolve around generating insights, enabling change and creating market opportunities.“We are thrilled with the success of the DPP to date and want to build on this in a way that will keep pace with ever-accelerating industry demands,” said DPP chair and ITV’s director of broadcast operations, Helen Stevens.“Having more of Mark helps us do just that – he is a great leader for the DPP and has been instrumental in our achievements so far. We are delighted to have more of his time and look forward to delivering in 2017”.
Plans to create a pay TV joint venture between Canal+ and Telecom Italia (TIM) are set to be put forward before the TIM control and risk committee in August before being submitted to the board for approval, according to Vivendi CEO – and Telecom Italia (TIM) executive chairman – Arnaud de Puyfontaine.Arnaud de PuyfontaineSpeaking to analysts after TIM announced its quarterly results, De Puyfontaine said he had asked the team at Telecom Italia to engage in discussions with Canal+ to create the planned JV, which will be based on the acquisition of pay TV rights, co-production of series and films, and other activities.Answering an analyst question, De Puyfontaine said the project would move forward in August. He said would be considered by the TIM control and risk committee and then be submitted to the board.“My duty is to make sure that all initiatives [coming from Vivendi] are…going to be processed in a way that is fully aligned with Italian corporate governance rules,” he said.Answering a separate question on the JV, De Puyfontaine said TIM Vision had already invested in different types of content, and indicated that the planned JV with Canal+ was in line with that strategy. “Convergence is happening [internationally]…between content and distribution,” he said, and it makes perfect sense for TIM to participate in this shift.He said investment in content alongside the operator’s fixed-line fibre was “very high on the agenda”, and that a strategy based on the combination of high-speed connectivity and premium content made sense.Asked about the potential negative impact of a major investment in content on the company’s capital expenditure, De Puyfontaine said that if the JV is confirmed, the combination would “provide the company with the possibility to get into that strategy… in a way that is more cost efficient” and that the pairing of Vivendi and TIM is a “win-win”.In the Q&A, De Puyfontaine said Vivendi’s role as leading shareholder means that that it will act to create a common vision in the interest of all shareholders in driving new initiatives.De Puyfontaine said Vivendi was fully committed to help TIM fulfill its potential. He said TIM was “in better shape” in the year since departing CEO Flavio Cattaneo had been appointed. Cattaneo secured a €25 million exit deal after agreeing to the termination of his contract as CEO.De Puyfontaine confirmed the appointment of Amos Genish as operations chief. “We will make sure Telecom Italia goes from strength to strength,” he said.Reporting strong results, Cattaneo said TIM now had “a fighting spirit” that didn’t exist a year ago. “Together we have set [the company] on a different and a better course,” he said.
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