The Most Innovative Rough-terrain Robot On Earth – The Cheetah

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Once again I am astounded at how reality in actual fact follows fiction. One would think that it is actually the opposite, correct? Well, read on because this may knock your socks off.
Remember the original “Terminator” motion picture? Well this post may very well remind you a little of that. BigDog is a handiwork of Boston Dynamics Robots, and is rough terrain robot that has the capacity to run, walk, climb and even carry excessive loads. It is powered by an powerplant that controls a hydraulic actuation system. It looks similar to a four legged animal, or at the minimum, it has four legs and walks and runs in a very similar way as 4 legged animals do.
It appears BigDog is a device that has been in the evolution stages for quite a little while now, a few years to be specific. It is roughly the size of a big canine friend, hence the name – about 2.5 feet high and 3 feet long.
BigDog is a thoroughly functioning robot with its on-board computer moderating everything from sensors to the extensive motion of the piece of equipment. The regulation structure keeps it well balanced at all times – even when you try to force or kick it over, and the onboard computer system will steer the robot’s path through differing environment and circumstances. It even comes with a stereo vision system.
At the outset BigDog jogged at 4 mph, climbed uphills of up to 35 degrees and could walk across rubble, through snow, mud and water, and set a world record by going continuously for 12.8 miles without the need to cease. That was roughly three years previously. Now Boston Dynamics have revealed that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has allocated it contracts to develop two new robots, one being agile and the other speedy. The latter, the CHEETAH robot, will have four legs, a supple spine articulated head/neck and perhaps even a tail. And here’s the cherry on top

The Bsc Geophysical Sciences Geophysics Degree

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At Ocean and Earth Science at the University of Southampton we offer a BSc Geophysical Sciences geophysics degree that ranks highly in both student satisfaction and career prospects.

Indeed, students on geophysics degrees at the University of Southampton recently reported an incredible 100% satisfaction rate in a national survey.
But it is the strength and prestige of this geophysics degree that will open doors to a wide range of employment opportunities. That is because potential employers view graduates of our Ocean and Earth Science programmes as superbly qualified scientists, with excellent personal and transferable skills in numeracy, communication and team working, according to feedback.

If you have the drive and ambition, and a love for geophysical sciences, the career opportunities once you graduate with your BSc Geophysical Sciences geophysics degree are enormous. For example, among our geophysics degree graduates is James Adcock, now senior geophysicist for a company specialising in shallow and archaeological geophysics.

James now works behind the scenes on the Channel 4 programme Time Team. He said: I have specialised in one area, called GPR (ground penetrating radar), but use all of the techniques initially learnt at Southampton in the work I undertake.

We will consider your geophysics degree application as soon as possible after it arrives at the University. In selecting applicants, we use the information provided on the UCAS form to determine whether you have the potential to flourish within Ocean and Earth Science.

Candidates who are predicted to attain our standard degree offers will be invited to visit the University and the waterside campus. During this visit you will meet with one of our academic staff to discuss the offer and explore how your interests and aspirations fit with the course. This formal interview also gives us the opportunity to get to know you.

Guest Posting Software

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Guest posting is a brilliant idea! You get to use big, powerful popular blogs for their Page Rank, traffic, and eyeballs, you simply give them the good, high quality that they crave!

In return for what absolutely HAS to be a good, well written, informative, ORIGINAL article, your website will receive good backlinks, and potential traffic from readers wanting to find out more about the subject or about YOU!

A campaign of writing content for a series of blogs can easily create some good backlinks, pushing your raking up the Google charts, as well as targeted viewers, people who have already ready your writing, are interested in your subject, maybe even like your writing style!

These are very good candidates to become subscribers to YOUR blog, visiting YOUR website, maybe buying a product from YOU, eventually!

Its the ultimate win, win – as long as you spend the time to submit really GOOD content, it cant miss!

Guest posting gives your blog an immediate surge of visitors, people who have seen your work and want more info, further content – leave them wanting more, don’t put all of your info in the one guest post!

The cool thing is that this traffic converts the best, the visitors come pre-sold on your authority, knowledge and are willing to follow your recommendations – they are already following you over to your blog!

This technique is completely free, and when done correctly, can be accomplished with very little work from you, using premade templates, software, and even inexpensive outsourcing, where you can have OTHERS create the content for you!

This is the best way to get both instant and long term traffic, and getting people to subscribe, opt in to your lists, click your links, buy your affiliate offers and order your services.

Just released is Guest Posting Software, which both FINDS the blogs, willing to accept your content, contacts them, and submits the posts – this can REALLY simplify, speed up, and allow you to submit similar content to a number of blogs, for example – this can be worth its weight in gold!

Alternatively, the manual method works too, to start out – simply search for your subject or area + blogs – and a number of suitable candidates will pop up, find ones you like, contact the editor or admin and offer your content, and keep trying if the first one doesn’t say “YES, you are just what we need!”, but instead ignores you – keep working at building relationships, contacting blog editors and you will get your content accepted and get great results!

Good luck!

Pros And Cons Of Robot Vacuum Cleaners

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Nowadays everybody is so busy that nobody has time to look after the home. And especially this statement is applicable for working lady. For them cleaning home is like a hard task to handle alone. And if you have small children, then your tension increase a little more for cleaning. Still, they manage it by handling all the work themselves. However, for that reason they sacrifice many things such as an extra time for sleep, spending time in merrymaking with your friends and colleagues. In a home where small children live, the carpet becomes the playing ground for them. Thus no wonder if the carpet becomes the dirtiest place in your home. And you cant bear delaying cleaning of the carpet for a long time as that is generally the focus in the room and can stink if not cleaned for many days. Here you need a good vacuum cleaner such as automatic vacuum. It is a robot vacuum cleaner that works robotically thus justifying the name.

The manual vacuum cleaner is good but requires high maintenance. You have to refill and fix it often every next week or so. It also produces a bad noise. And you may not like to perform the cleaning work holding this always in your hand. It is bulky and requires constant management to clean every place of the house.

Nowadays there are many advanced version of vacuum cleaners available in the market.
They are more technically highly developed than the preceding manual cleaners. These are the robotic vacuum cleaners.

This robotic vacuum cleaner is quieter than its ancestor, needs low maintenance and is user friendly. It doesnt work once in a week, but does so constantly, everyday. It can be set to clean the floor when you are away from the home, so that when you return home, you find dirt free house and you get time to relax. You can also use that time to assist your children with your homework.

The robot vacuum cleaners necessitate very less maintenance and you do not have to be anxious anymore about regular fixes, the rubbers that commonly burn up etc. You dont need to be anxious about upgrading to a new cleaner, as the previous one is not working due to some technical problems.

The people who have tried these robot vacuum cleaners havent reported any issues. They are satisfied lot since they are saving both their time and money which could have otherwise been washed out in needless upgrades.

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Best Mobile Audio And Video System Valor Mobile Multimedia

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NVG-670W VALOR 6.5″ VALOR 6.5″ In-Dash DVD Multimedia Receiver with Navigation

If your car currently outfits a Double-DIN space, not to fear, the all-new, Valors premier Double-DIN Mobile Multimedia with Navigation is here! Check out the 6.5″ Widescreen display for your viewing enjoyment. Control your menus using Touch panel with a simple touch of your finger! Enjoy playback of AM/FM, DVD, audio, VCD, MPEG4 video, MP3 formats.

True multi-zone operation with separate audio and video zones for the front and rear seats, all controlled with a dedicated rear zone IR wireless remote control. The NAV-2 is built-in to the NVG-670WT for voice prompted touch screen navigation right out of the box! Add Satellite Radio, iPod control, Bluetooth Cell Phone Integration. Top it off with a built-in Dolby Digital surround sound processor for a full mobile multimedia entertainment system

Specification:

Navigation Features:
* Smart Dial Technology
* Built-in GPS Navigation
* Includes Maps of U.S. and Canada in a DVD-ROM
* Includes GPS Antenna and Interface Cable
* Voice Guidance
* 11 Million Points of Interest Database
* 2D/3D Map Views
* Automatic Rerouting

LCD Display Features:
* Fully Motorized 6.5″LCD Screen
* Touch Screen Control of all Functions
* Fully Interactive DVD Menus on Touch Screen
* Turn-By-Turn On-Screen Display
* 336,950 pixel display
* NTSC/PAL Compatible

DVD Player Features:
* DVD Mechanism plays: DVD Video, CD Audio, VCD, MP3 and WMA
* SD Card Reader
* Plays MPEG 1,2 MPEG4 Video files, Including avi and Xvid
* Built-in Dolby Digital Surround Sound Decoder
* Plays DVD Audio discs
* Displays JPEG picture files
* Plays MP3 and WMA Files Burned on DVD +/-R Discs
* Last Position Memory on DVD Play Back
* Multi-Zone Function

Bluetooth Features:
* Built-in Bluetooth Cell Phone Interface for Hands-Free Dial/Answer
* Built-in Microphone
* Access the Phone Book from Cell phone
* Auto Connect to the last used phone
* Auto answer (optional)

AV Receiver Features:
* Built-in AM/FM Tuner with 36FM/12AM Presets
* 2.5 Volt 6-Channel RCA Line Level Output (Front, Rear, Center, Subwoofer)
* 1-1A/V Input
* 2-Rear Video Outputs
* 1-Rear Vision Camera Input
* Fixed 2 Channel Audio Output for Rear Zone
* 4x50Watts MOSFET Amplifier
* Independent gain adjustments for Tuner, DVD/CD, AUX, Sat. Radio, iPod, Bluetooth, SD Card
* Quasi Parametric Bass and Treble Tone Controls
* High/Low Pass Electronic Crossovers
* 24 Bit DAC’s

Buy it NVG-670W VALOR 6.5″ VALOR 6.5″ In-Dash DVD Multimedia Receiver with Navigation from WildCollections.com

How To Build A Greenhouse Grade 7 Science Fair Projects

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A greenhouse is basically a structure that has been designed to capture and retain the heat from the sun. It is used to grow plants when the climate does not want to cooperate. Greenhouses can be used in a number of science fair projects and can be used to test concepts from a variety of fields of sciences including engineering, physics, botany and biology.

Project #1 Capturing Heat Energy

In this project the students will be designing a greenhouse that captures heat energy from multiple sources. They will be capturing heat energy from the sun and geothermal heat energy from the ground. This project will require the student to learn about heat extraction techniques related to solar energy and geothermal energy.

Sample hypotheses that can be tested with this project include:
(1) The thickness of the plastic used for enclosing the greenhouse impacts the amount of heat conservation in the greenhouse;
(2) The opaqueness of the material used for enclosing the greenhouse impacts the amount of heat conservation in the greenhouse;
(3) The depth of the insulation on the floor of the greenhouse impacts the amount of geothermal heat conservation in the greenhouse.

Project #2 Growing Radishes

In this project the student will build a greenhouse so that they can grow radishes and conduct experiments on the radish plants during times of the year that are not normally conducive to gardening. Radish projects can look at a number of things. For example, students can try to cross pollinate radishes with another root vegetable like carrots, they can attempt to grow radishes in sand or they can try to manipulate the size of the radish by exposing the plant to 20 hours of light per day.

Project #3 Engineering Greenhouses

For students that are interested in engineering, greenhouse science fair projects can be developed with an engineering focus. For example, students can try to develop a greenhouse using nothing but materials that are normally thrown out or recycled, such as cans, bottles and plastic containers. Students will not only need to design and build their greenhouse, but they will also need to test the effectiveness their greenhouse has in regards to collecting and conserving heat energy.

Project #4 Studying Solar Energy Applications

The final project option will be an application project. Students will be learning about solar energy and how to use this knowledge to harness the suns energy to heat a greenhouse. For this project students will design and build a greenhouse that maximizes the energy delivered by the sun. A good approach for this project is to see if their design can magnify solar energy within the greenhouse to make it effective in cold weather.

Singapore Payroll Software

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Payroll software is a software to compute employee’s salary based on their basic income, overtime with other allowances & deductions. And the payroll software must able to compute the income tax details at the end of the year and monthly provident fund contributions, etc&
In Singapore there are few mandatory monthly contribution must be made to relevant departments like CPF (Central Provident Fund), FWL (Foreign Workers Levy), SDL (Skill Development Fund) CDAC, SINDA, MBMF.

CPF: This fund is management by a Singapore government body called Central Provident Fund. The objective is, to provide retirement income & housing options to the Singapore Citizens & residents. This CPF amount varies depends on the employee’s income & age. There are different set of percentage set by the CPF board to calculate the employee’s & employer’s portion.

It is mandatory that the employee must deduct the employee’s contribution from their salary and must send it to the CPF board together with the employer contribution before 14th of the every next month. It is a basis function that any Singapore payroll software should able to compute the CPF details as per CPF board regulation and should have the online facility to send it the CPF board directly.

SDL : This SDL (Skill Development Levy) is contributed by the employer only. Currently 0.25% of the employee’s salary up to S$4,500 must be contributed by the employer. This fund is managed to provide quality training to the Singapore employee’s workforce. Now the government is offering up to 90% subsidy to the qualified skill & training programmes. The payroll software should have the capable to calculate and should have the online facility to send the details to the CPF board.

CDAC, SINDA, MBMF: these are the community funds independently managed by the relevant ethnic organisations. Singapore government makes it mandatory that the entire employee’s must contribute to the respective organisations. The employer should deduct the relevant ethnic funds and must contribute to the CPF board every month. So the payroll software should have the option to calculate and online facility to contribute to the CPF board.

IR8A : It is a employer’s duty to send the employee’s yearly income to the IRAS (Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore). And the IRAS make it mandatory that the entire Singapore employer’s should contribute it via online method called Auto Inclusion. So the payroll software should able to combine the whole year’s employee’s income and should able to print out the IR8A forms which can be given to the employee’s for their reference. And the payroll software should have the Auto Inclusion online facility to send the income details directly to IRAS.

In addition to that good payroll software should have the option to print out the payslip. It must clearly show the employee’s basic salary, allowances, deductions and CPF & other ethnic fund deductions. At the end the payslip should have the net salary for the months and option to view the Year to Date details as well.

Software Development Outsourcing

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Software Development Outsourcing

Outsourcing is an arrangement in which one company provides services for another company that could also be or usually have been provided in-house. Nowadays, outsourcing is a trend in a competitive software development and it is expanding all over the world. Software development is very much suitable for the better working of a company. This means that another company is hired to do the task of software development. Outsourcing the software development projects can be advantageous, but sometimes if it is incorrectly executed, it can result to unusable projects. In this article, let’s see some of its advantages and disadvantages.

The advantages of Software Development Outsourcing:

Cost efficiency – companies don’t have to worry about buying expensive software and hardware. Software development technology indulge it. Lower Training cost – it is very expensive thing to give trainings to the new employees. Normally, three or more days are consumed. So, by hiring services from a software outsourcing company, the time and efforts are saved. Time – due to strict time line of some software projects, it is become required to outsource a component of software development projects in order to meet the time demand of the projects. Software companies take credit of immediate pool of skilled developers. Skills – in a situation like software companies outsource, sometimes need a skilled personnel for software development technologies.

The disadvantages of Software Development Outsourcing:

Disappointment – companies can produce code of a poor quality. It involves here who will be the responsible for maintaining the code or project. Need of Constant Management – one of the main reason why projects fail because there is no good manager. A leader who is in constant communication to the clients and also understands the needs or requirements of the clients. Testing is more difficult – generally, testing phase is the most difficult stage in system’s development life cycle. You will undergo more testing cases. If you test a piece of software that was developed in an offshore in-house and find a problem, so there’s a need to communicate to the offshore vendor. This could cause problems because the offshore vendor might not be able to propagate the problem. It could possibly easy to fix the problem if they could see the machine. Or maybe the problem is not properly communicated.

These are the different advantages and disadvantages of software development outsourcing.

Leather Hardware Products Add Glamour To Your Accessories

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Leather goods never go out of fashion. Which is also why, the leather hardware industry has seen a steady growth. Hardware used on leather products usually comprises parts such as buckles, zippers, locks and badges. If you want to project your brand as a classy product, it is imperative to make use of quality hardware products. These hardware parts for leather products are usually available in brass and zinc. However there are several high-end luxury brands that make use of various alloys.

Such handbag supplies can either be bought as standard products or they can be custom-ordered. No matter what you are ordering, it is important to purchase these components from a reputed manufacturer who will understand what will suit your products. Following are some easy tips to help you choose a good leather hardware manufacturer:

1. The manufacturer should have enough experience so that you get the finest consulting, designs and products.

2. It is advisable to check the current and past clients of the manufacturer. If their clientele consists of reputed names, it is a positive sign.

3. There are several manufacturers who accept designs from you and manufacture products in keeping with your specifications. In such cases however, it is important to check the kind of software and raw materials being used. These factors have a direct bearing on the final product.

4. As a manufacturer of leather products, you would require different types of metals and alloys to accentuate your products. Sometimes, a camel leather bag might require a classy brass zipper or buckle to achieve the right look. Or if you have a dark brown leather jacket, you might want to use black-coated metal parts made from zinc or other metals.

5. It is important to note that the kind of metal that you choose has a direct bearing on the prices as some metals are costlier than the other.

6. To get a final product that is in keeping with the latest trends, it is important to find a manufacturer who has a finger on the pulse of the fashion world. Handbag supplies designs are forever evolving according to changing fashion trends and your manufacturer should be able to keep up with these changes.

7. These days, customers are very brand conscious. Hence choose a manufacturer who can help you emboss your brand name and logo on the hardware products. This not only gives your product its unique identity, but will also help customers instantly recognize your brand.

Equipped with these tips, you can now add perfection to the last detail in your leather productsbe it shoes, jackets, bags, gloves or other leather accessories else. Leather hardware manufacturers can be located on the internet and you can then contact them to get business quotes.

Medical Management Software

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These days, doctors are too busy that they have large patient loads, mounds of paper work, and surplus of other things to do. They are usually with a range of commitments, hence they are most likely to miss out many things in such circumstances; thereby they were looking for a solution to consolidate all their clinical management. The solution that they were looking should offer high levels of performance such as increasing productivity to save lives, improving response times, and delivering a high level of care. And here comes the solution – EMR (Electronic Medical Records) software.

It is nothing but a medical practice management application (with high speed and accuracy) that integrates various medical aspects to improve patient care and administrative workflow efficiency. The functions of EMR software include auto generated features, electronic lab results, diagnostic reports, fixing appointments, follow up, revisits, billing, stores X-ray, CT and MRI scan images, custom forms, legible prescription, wait lists, prescription management, storing and retrieving the patient’s information, and also preference for editing prescriptions to track the diagnostic procedures, and many more.

Initially, hospital professionals were spent more time doing paperwork than looking after patients. Now, EMR applications stand as a solution to erase such things including sharing patient information, simplifying assessment, and diagnosis.
It also enables doctors to take treatment decisions by providing more consistent application of medicine protocols and quick availability of information.
Relatively, this software is costs effective than the conventional procedures. It does also help in reducing errors, improving outcomes, and lowering other malpractice risk.
EMR system would enable physicians and other medical personnel to enter data and reduces transcription costs. It maintains patient consultation history and patient files in a very simplified manner. It focuses on capturing patient information faster and in simple steps. Therefore doctors can concentrate more on diagnosis and look up more patients per day.

This medical management software is ideal for doctors of any specialty. It enables them to manage their practice activities efficiently. This software is designed for a single-user or multiple users in a network environment. This software is user-friendly, and of high quality. It has made doctor’s work less tedious and made it into a clutter-free, paperless, and time efficient clinic. Scanning option is another important feature where the patient report can be scanned easily for future reference. It enables doctors to do their daily consultation without any interruption. They can access patient details more easily and faster, while spending more time on consulting the patients. Patient details can be easily retrieved based on various user defined parameters. As end-note, this allows the doctors and other hospital staff alike access to their medical records anywhere, anytime, from any web-enabled device.