Design Milk - Tech
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Ask and you shall receive. That's the core premise behind the Whyd speaker system, a pill-shaped audio device always listening for your next command (and possibly smiling back while waiting around). What's inside the pill-shaped enclosure? A 100mm subwoofer with long excursion suspension and ferrite magnet engineered to push out deep bass even with its compact dimensions, 4 x 40 mm full range drivers with neodymium magnet and aluminium diaphragm, and Class-D amplifiers powering them all. Whyd speakers are designed to work by themselves or paired up in the same room in left/right stereo sound output. Additionally there are five microphones listening with advanced noise cancellation that allows the speaker to discern user voice commands even with background or ambient noise battling for its attention. In that sense, one could think of the Whyd as a better looking (but limited featured) version of the Amazon Echo specifically designed for music playback.
Techradar
8 days
Fujifilm gave us one of the most exciting announcements of last year with its medium-format GFX 50S camera, and now it's confirmed the imminent arrival of two optics for the GFX system. The company announced the development of the Fujinon GF110mm f/2 R LM WR and GF23mm f/4 R LM WR back in September, alongside the GFX 50S, but the lenses' specifications, pricing and arrival date been only now been confirmed. With a relatively wide aperture and a focal length equivalent to 87mm in 35mm terms, the Fujinon GF110mm f/2 R LM WR is primarily intended for portrait photographers. Fujifilm has designed it with a 14-element / 9-group construction, with four of these elements boasting extra low-dispersive properties, as well as a nine-bladed diaphragm for circular bokeh. It employs a linear focusing motor that assures fast and quiet autofocus, while its minimum focusing distance is stated as 90cm.
TIME - Top Stories
10 days
S. Constitution. If they aren't knocked out sufficiently, they would be able to feel the pain of their lungs and hearts stopping, they say. In state court on Friday, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen blocked the state from using its supply of vecuronium bromide after a distributor complained prison officials used false pretenses to obtain it. The drug prevents the diaphragm from moving, essentially suffocating the prisoners. Griffen scheduled a hearing for Tuesday morning, then joined anti-death penalty protesters outside the governor's mansion and tied himself to a cot as though he were an inmate on a death chamber gurney. The company that asked Griffen to act, McKesson Corp., sought to drop its lawsuit after Baker issued her stays. It would keep the right to file another lawsuit if Baker's order is overturned. A different federal judge has issued a stay for an inmate who won a clemency recommendation from the state's Parole Board, while the state Supreme Court has issued one for another inmate pending more mental health tests.
Design Milk - Tech
13 days
Ask and you shall receive. That's the core premise behind the Whyd speaker system, a pill-shaped audio device designed to always be listening for your next command. What's inside the pill-shaped enclosure? A 100mm subwoofer with long excursion suspension and ferrite magnet engineered to push out deep bass even with its compact dimensions, 4 x 40 mm full range drivers with neodymium magnet and aluminium diaphragm, and Class-D amplifiers powering them all. Whyd speakers are designed to work by themselves or paired up in the same room in left/right stereo sound output. Additionally there are five microphones listening with advanced noise cancellation that allows the speaker to discern user voice commands even with background or ambient noise battling for its attention. In that sense, one could think of the Whyd as a better looking (but limited featured) version of the Amazon Echo specifically designed for music playback.
Android Police
a month
V-Moda announced the Crossfade 2 Wireless headphones today, a follow-up to their popular and well-crafted Crossfade Wireless headphones . These new cans look nearly identical to their predecessors, but they've been improved in a number of different ways. Among the most notable changes are new, better sounding, dual-diaphragm 50mm drivers and an uptick in battery life to 14+ hours thanks to a 15 percent increase in capacity. Newly redesigned memory foam ear-cushions also provide greater comfort and sound isolation. Read More V-Moda's Crossfade Wireless 2 headphones are more comfortable, better sounding, and last longer was written by the awesome team at Android Police .
The Sun Daily
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The Event Chronicle
2 months
When this area of the body is tight and contracted, a range of painful conditions, both emotionally and physically, can arise. The “Muscle of the Soul” A major core-stabilizing muscle stretching from the legs to the spine, the psoas (pronounced so-az) connects the legs to the spinal column near the hip bones. When the psoas is functioning properly, it acts like a suspension bridge between the legs and trunk. “In walking, a healthy psoas moves freely and joins with a released diaphragm to continuously massage the spine as well as the organs, blood vessels, and nerves of the trunk. Working as a hydraulic pump, a freely moving psoas stimulates the flow of fluids throughout the body.” [ source ] The psoas is connected to the diaphragm as well, which modulates breathing and can influence, or respond to, feelings of fear and anxiety. There’s also a direct link between the psoas and the amygdala, the area of the brain responsible for our fight or flight response, which is sometimes referred to as the ‘reptilianbrain.
Techradar
2 months
EF lenses are designed for full frame Canon DSLRs, but they also work perfectly well on smaller APS-C Canons too. All but one of the lenses in our list are full frame, so they'll work on any Canon DSLR. 'EF-S' lenses, however, are designed solely for the smaller APS-C DSLRs in the Canon range from the EOS 7D Mark II downwards – they can't be used on full-frame Canon DSLRs. Only one of the lenses in our list is an EF-S lens, and that's the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM. It's a good value lens for an APS-C Canon DSLR, but it's no use later on if you upgrade to a full frame model. 'EF-M' lenses are designed solely for Canon's EOS M mirrorless cameras. You can't use them on any of the Canon DSLRs, so we don't include them in this list. It's easy to see why our winner is a firm favourite amongst pro shooters. The design features top-grade fluorite glass and five UD (Ultra-low Dispersion) elements, a virtually circular eight-blade diaphragm, and a dual-mode Image Stabilizer giving a four-stop advantage.
Android Police
2 months
Blue is a company famous for its studio microphones, but their more recent foray into headphones has not disappointed me. 2015's Lolas were my favorite to date, though I also quite liked the powered Mo-Fis . But what I have here are easily Blue's most ambitious headphones to date: Ella, and she has me absolutely head over heels - this is pure planar magnetic bliss. If you're not familiar with the term, planar magnetic headphones are a subtype of over-ear monitors that vibrate a series of membranes and strata in a conceptually similar way a traditional dynamic driver does a "voice coil" - using electricity and magnets to drive a moving element attached to a diaphragm that then produces sound. Read More Blue Ella review: Incredible planar headphones that can go anywhere was written by the awesome team at Android Police .
EVO News
2 months
A diaphragm in the bulkhead accentuates the actual noise from the induction side of the engine. The new ST will be different, and will have an electronic sound enhancer to create the noise with in the cabin. Thankfully it wont just be the ‘fakeengine sound you’ll be able to hear, as the speaker-assisted noise is supplemented by an active exhaust valve with the ability amplify the volume. Ford Fiesta ST200 review The noise created by the speakers and the exhaust will change depending on which driving mode the ST is in. For the first time in a Fiesta, the steering, engine, traction and stability control, as well as the noise, will change between each mode. There’s a standard mode when the car is in its calmest, most economical setting called Normal. Sport mode opens the exhaust valve and the sound enhancer intensifies the noise, it sharpens the throttle and changes the electronic power steering settings.
Hemmings Daily
2 months
Add to that the fact that Z28 sits lower to the ground than most cars, and you've got a car that's more than capable on a winding back road or an open straightaway. It outlined a simple yet successful performance formula. What was conveniently missing was the fact that the 5.7-litre V-8 (a 350 small-block) made 175hp; healthy for the era but hardly the 360-horse screamer of yore. What the manual-shift Z28 lacked in vintage power more than made up in attitude. For 1979, engineers fitted the aforementioned 11-inch (diaphragm-style) clutch in conjunction with a Borg-Warner Super T-10 four-speed transmission, which was linked to a sturdy 8.5-inch 10-bolt differential via beefy driveshaft featuring massive yokes. Then they added the classic Z28 five-spoke 15×7-inch steel wheels, painted to match the body, which could have been swapped for optional aluminum turbine wheels.
Collective Evolution
2 months
However, there was a psychologist by the name of Duane Hurst who managed to cure a patient’s chronic hiccups through Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback, which measures your heart rate and instructs the patient to reach a “rest and digeststate through deep breathing. This is why peanut butter is revered as a “hiccup cure.” When your mouth is stuck shut, you end up breathing deeply through your nose, causing an instantrest and digeststate in your body. This guy might not be too far off… What Causes Hiccups in the First Place? Hiccups can happen for many different reasons. Anything from eating too quickly, to chewing gum, to a sudden change in temperature can make your diaphragm tighten up. Your diaphragm will contract, causing you to breathe in air very quickly, which then makes your glottis (the opening between your vocal chords) close up.
Techradar
2 months
5 maximum aperture, yet it's now only a little more expensive than its predecessor. It's a professional-grade lens with fast and quiet ring-type ultrasonic autofocus and a seven-blade diaphragm. It's quite a chunky lens, though, and features a large 82mm filter thread. Sharpness and contrast are excellent, though, and it's also very consistent throughout the zoom range. Colour fringing is very well controlled, and distortion is only really noticeable towards the shortest end of the zoom range. A superb lens that's also great value for money. The Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 (top) is a bit of a modern classic because of its specs, performance and price, but if you want a lens that's wider still, then take a look at this Sigma 8-16mm. It only has a 2x zoom range, but at these focal lengths the extra 2mm at the wide-angle end of the zoom range makes a big difference to the angle of view.
The Huffington Post
3 months
Techradar
3 months
Tamron has taken the wraps off two new lenses the full-frame SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 telephoto and the APS-C-only 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD wide-angle zoom both of which are greatly improved versions of popular existing optics. With the 70-200mm, Tamron is looking to improve on one of our favourite telephoto zoom lenses , and the next-generation optic boasts a number of improvements and new features. The new lens promises faster and more accurate autofocus, and features a 5-stop optical image stabilization system, while the minimum focusing distance has been reduced to just 0.95m that compares favorably to the outgoing model, which could only focus down to 1.35m. The optical design has been revised over the old model too, with a more pleasing bokeh promised thanks to a circular diaphragm that sports a nine-blade design.
TIME - Top Stories
3 months
Women have about 10 options for birth control , including longer term solutions like the IUD and implant and short-term strategies like the diaphragm and the vaginal ring. Yet for more than 100 years, men have had only two: the condom (with a failure rate close to 20%) and the vasectomy. However, the results of a new animal study suggest that a new form of birth control for men may be on the horizon. In the new report, published Monday in the journal Basic and Clinical Andrology , researchers tested a new contraceptive called Vasalgel in male monkeys, and found that it was effective at preventing pregnancy during the monkeys' mating seasons. Vasalgel consists of a polymer gel injected into the vas deferensthe tube through which sperm swimsthat blocks sperm from escaping. It's long lasting and reversible. The study was small and not performed in humans.
The Economic Times
3 months
Techradar
3 months
Or earspeakers, as Stax likes to call them. Stax has made headphones since the early 60s and its top model today is the SR-009, which cost around $4000/3500/around AU$5290. And thats without the energiser amp youll need which will set up back an extra couple of grand. The ultra-high price and sound quality both come down to one thing: like most of the very best headphones theyre electrostatic. With a pair like this a diaphragm under 2 micron thick is push/pulled between two charged metal plates, allowing precision control over its movement.
Universe Today
3 months
Copyscope isn't great for planetary observing, barely resolving Jupiter and Venus as tiny disks. Still, on the plus side, the field of view is so wide that a finderscope isn't really needed. A foggy Last Quarter Moon shot through Copyscope with a handheld Android smartphone. Note the slight chromatic aberration. Credit: Dave Dickinson Copyscope has a fast focal length of about 300 millimeters (f/3) and get this the designer build a variable f/stop diaphragm into the scope body: The f/stop diaphragm. Credit: Dave Dickinson The word (initials?) JAX' on the back end of the scope remain a mystery. Perhaps the original builder was in the habit of naming telescopes. Still, Copyscope shows what weird and wonderful creations spring from the minds of amateur telescope builders, and is a great conversation piece. Any other unique constructions out there? Let us know! Update: A discussion of Copyscope on Twitter led us to the conclusion that the back part of CopyScope is built around a large PVC reducer (thanks @Wrecksdart!) The post Adventures With Copyscope appeared first on Universe Today .
Techradar - Reviews
3 months
Video recording is also improved by changes made to the optic. Theres a new guide-pole mechanism thats said to minimise shifts in the position of the image when zooming, and this works with an internal zoom structure to help keep things even more stable as the lens moves. Panasonic also says that a new galvanator-type actuator helps to smoothly adjust the nine-bladed diaphragm for more discreet changes in brightness, while the further incorporation of two ND filters allows for three levels of filtration useful for video recording. The lens itself spans a 20x optical zoom range, covering focal lengths equivalent to 24-480mm in 35mm terms the far end of the zoom range is shown above. This is broader than the 25-400mm range offered by the FZ1000. It has a variable maximum aperture of f/2.8-4.5 and is equipped with a Hybrid O.
The Huffington Post
3 months
According to an article I read about the health benefits of laughter, it can... Lower blood pressure Increase vascular blood flow and oxygenation of the blood Give a workout to the diaphragm and abdominal, respiratory, facial, leg, and back muscles Reduce certain stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline Increase the response of tumor- and disease-killing cells such as Gamma-interferon and T-cells Defend against respiratory infections-even reducing the frequency of colds-by immunoglobulin in saliva. Over the years many of us lose the ability to find laughter every day. Maybe it's because of our circumstances, or maybe it's because we just don't go looking for it. Think of things that make you happy and make time to do them with a friend. If you can't think of anything to do or find a friend, then rent a funny movie. Don't know any? Look no further.
Daily Mail - USA
3 months
Collective Evolution
3 months
The psoas is also linked to the diaphragm through fascia (connective tissue), impacting our fear reflex and breathing. This is due to the connection between the psoas and the reptilian brain , the most ancient inner part of the brain stem and spinal cord. Liz Koch , author of The Psaos Book and founder of Core Awareness, explains, “Long before the spoken word or the organizing capacity of the cortex developed, the reptilian brain, known for its survival instincts, maintained our essential core functioning.” Why The Psoas Is Considered the Muscle of the Soul Prior to learning about the connection the psoas has to energy, Olson started implementing more hip opening poses at the beginning and end of her yoga practice. Although her intention was simply to relax her psoas, in doing so, she experienced a significant decrease in tension and a newfound strength.
Hemmings Daily
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