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REUTERS) - Turning heads at a recent design exhibition in London, the cooking pot heats up from the inside as it spins.
Called the Mag Cook, it uses in-built magnets that are spun using a pull-cord, with the rapidly alternating north-south polarities creating an electromagnetic frequency which in turn generates heat.
Co-designer Ashley De Garmo says the Mag Cook could offer users freedom from traditional energy sources.
ASHLEY DE GARMO, CO-INVENTOR OF MAG COOK,
"You know, once it's set up it's completely off the grid. You don't have to worry about any other kind of input. You don't have to worry about paying for electricity. Once you have it, then it produces the energy."
De Garmo and his team have two prototype designs on display; the cooking pot and this induction ring.
He says the simplicity of the technology and its portability mean the Mag Cook could be a valuable tool in scenarios where people have been cut off from power supplies.
ASHLEY DE GARMO, CO-INVENTOR OF MAG COOK,
"That is something where you want it to be portable, but once it's over there you don't want any of this input. You don't want it to be reliant on electricity. You want it to be sturdy and be able to operate. And I see there's a good potential market within disaster relief."
De Garmo says the next challenge is to find a mechanism to keep the magnets spinning, and the energy flowing, for as long as it's needed. But he says there are various practical solutions available.
ASHLEY DE GARMO, CO-INVENTOR OF MAG COOK,
"Have it set up being powered by like a windmill or having a weight coming down which would turn the gear. There's a lot of different ways of actually getting that energy into the device."
The team says these proof of concept designs show how the technology could lends itself to many applications, including heating in homes and water purification.
And in an era of soaring energy bills, the chance to generate heat 'off-the-grid' with magnets, may offer an attractive alternative.
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) captures stunning images of a solar flare which peaked on October 2nd. While intense flares can interfere with GPS and communications signals on Earth, this flare was M-class - just one-tenth as powerful as the biggest ones.NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) has recorded images of a mid-level solar flare, which peaked at 3.01pm EDT (1901GMT) on October 2.
The eruption of solar plasma came from an active region on the right side of the sun, according to NASA.
Of most concern to scientists is usually the size and direction of the coronal mass ejection (CME) that accompanies such flares. A coronal mass ejection can send billions of tonnes of solar particles into space. If directed towards Earth, that energy can affect electronic systems in satellites and on the ground, although in this case, scientists say the flare was classified as an M7.3 flare. M-class flares are one-tenth as powerful as the most powerful flares, which are designated X-class flares.
The instrument recording the images, the SDO, was launched by NASA on February 11, 2010. It is the most advanced spacecraft ever designed to study the Sun. Equipped with a group of four sophisticated telescopes called the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA), the SDO can observe and transmit highly detailed images of the Sun in different wavelengths.
The images coloured in teal are observations made in the 131 Angstrom wavelength, regarded as ideal for visualising material at the very hot temperatures of a solar flare.
Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, takes criticism for suggesting that women not ask for raises, during a tech conference intended to celebrate the role of women in the computing industry.PHOENIX, ARIZONA, UNITED STATES (OCTOBER 9, 2014) (ANITA BORG INSTITUTE) - Microsoft Corp's chief executive officer suggested on Thursday (October 9) that women in technology should not ask for raises but have faith in the "system", bringing a torrent of criticism and causing the executive to backtrack after the statement.
"It's not really about asking for the raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along," Nadella said, according to a recording on the website of the event, the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing.
"Because that's good karma," Nadella continued. "It'll come back because somebody's going to know that's the kind of person that I want to trust."
Maria Klawe, president of Harvey Mudd College and a member of Microsoft's board, immediately challenged Nadella, saying his viewpoint was "one of the very few things that I disagree with you on," eliciting a few cheers from the audience.
The two went on to hug on stage, and the audience warmly applauded, but Twitter rounded on Nadella and his comments became fodder for jokes.
Nadella later tried to patch up the damage.
"Was inarticulate re how women should ask for raise," he tweeted several hours after his remarks. "Our industry must close gender pay gap so a raise is not needed because of a bias."
Nadella also admitted his error in a memo to Microsoft employees which was posted on the company's website.
"I answered that question completely wrong," said the memo. "I believe men and women should get equal pay for equal work. And when it comes to career advice on getting a raise when you think it's deserved, Maria's advice was the right advice. If you think you deserve a raise, you should just ask."
According to recent research by the American Association of University Women, last year women were paid 78 percent of what equally qualified men received, although there is some data to suggest the pay gap is less in the tech sector.
Only 29 percent of Microsoft's more than 100,000 employees are female, according to data recently released by the company.
(REUTERS) - Engineers Mexico are keeping pace with the latest advances in wearable technology.
The jacket is equipped with a series of sensors that gather data on the users heart rate and body temperature as well as performance info like calorie burn and distance. That data is fed to microprocessor which then relays it to a smartphone via a bluethooth connection.
That functionality allows runners to maximize their performance. Garcia says his team used a waterproof breathable fabric that protects the electronics while keeping the runner comfortable.
"We designed several versions of the jacket until we came up with a design that could cover the electronics throughout the human body. A jacket with laser printed water-proof material that allows for holes so that the person running is able to keep cool."
Garcia says the jacket is constantly charging thanks to a thin layer of solar panels situated on the runners back. The engineers have already commercialized the design and plan to start filling orders early next year.
NEW DELHI, INDIA (OCTOBER 10, 2014) (ANI) - Facebook Chief, Mark Zuckerberg, met India's Information and Technology (IT) Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad, in New Delhi on Friday (October 10), pledging to help the government's Digital India initiative, an ambitious plan to connect a billion people to the internet.India initiative that the administration is focused on, connecting more than a billion people to the internet is going to not only improve the lives of a lot of people in India but helping to spread the innovation and the imagination of the Indian people will help everyone around the world and we are very excited to help out in whatever way we can," said Zuckerberg.
Zuckerberg and Prasad also discussed ways in which the social networking giant could help promote education, health and social initiatives throughout the country, which include female empowerment and plans to clean up the River Ganges.
"Facebook is willing to work in India in the field of broadband retailing, e-education, e-health and also in the spread of many other government programmes in the manner they have been doing in the other parts of the world," said Prasad.
Zuckerberg is in India on a two-day visit to promote the internet.org app that has provided access for many people in underdeveloped areas to basic online services.
The Facebook co-founder's arrival in India comes close on the heels of visits by Satya Nadella of Microsoft and Jeff Bezos of Amazon.
He is also due to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi later on Friday.