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Travel Alert: Extra time needed as stop/go system begins in Inver

first_imgDonegal County Council is advising motorists to leave extra travel time for their journeys as a new stop/go system is put in place today.The N56 roadworks will take place on Inver Bridge towards Cranny Road Area for approximately two months.Starting from today, Monday, part of the route will be single lane only with a stop/go system in place. The works are part of the Drumbeigh – Inver Road SchemeLocation of the roadworks starting on Monday 4th November. Image: MapalerterTravel Alert: Extra time needed as stop/go system begins in Inver was last modified: November 3rd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Ayanda Bandla, ambassador for the future

first_imgPlay Your Part ambassador Ayanda Bandla, a familiar face to some of us, is a television personality and businesswoman who has a genuine passion for developing South Africa’s youth and helping them overcome their biggest challenges.Ayanda Bandla’s work to empower the youth makes her perfect for the role of Play Your Part ambassador. She joins a group of individuals paving the way to a better South Africa. (Image: Ayanda Mandisa Bandla, via Facebook)Play Your Part reporterReality television personality and businesswoman Ayanda Bandla has joined the ranks of our Play Your Part ambassadors, a group of individuals recognised for setting an example of active citizenship and embracing the spirit of giving back to the community.Bandla’s interest in television took root when she participated in the first season of One Day Leader on SABC 1, a reality television show that pitted six young leaders from across the country against each other in debates on issues that affected the development of South Africa.Topics ranged from education and health, through to unemployment – all subjects where good leadership could positively affect the growth of the country.“I made it to the season finale, where I earned myself the second runner-up position,” Bandla recalls.Shortly afterwards she joined e.tv as a sub-editor for Sunrise, an early morning news show, and hasn’t looked back.Bandla went on to study for her Bachelors degree in political science, specialising in international relations, at the University of Pretoria. This was followed by founding the Mandisa Group, a company with a diverse range of interests that include media, communications and event management.Youth developmentPerhaps most important among the company’s interests is its involvement in the education sector and in youth empowerment through the Ubuntu Sessions.“Under youth empowerment, I, together with my partners, have established and implemented youth-empowerment mini-seminars titled Ubuntu Sessions, designed to push boundaries, inspire thinking and generate new solutions,” Bandla explains.Through this, she has helped to give a voice to township youth facing some of the many issues that are part and parcel of living in South Africa’s townships.It is for this work that Brand South Africa recognises Bandla, and is the reason the organisation chose her to be a Play Your Part ambassador.The Ubuntu Sessions seminars are held in Johannesburg and Durban, and the Mandisa Group hopes to spread their influence and take these seminars to youth across the country.Ubuntu Sessions seminars are aimed at inspiring positive thinking among the youth, generating relevant solutions to the problems they face, and putting them in a position to actively play a role in their own upliftment.The sessions also give the youth an opportunity to engage with various leaders from the government, business and civil society sectors. This gives them a platform to ask critical questions and receive direct responses and guidance to help them navigate the many obstacles they face.Ambassador materialIn the hopes of making a difference in the lives of even more South Africans, Bandla has set in motion plans to establish an education non-profit organisation aimed at highlighting and celebrating the progress made in the education sector.The organisation will also tackle some of the challenges faced by youth in navigating the country’s basic and higher education systems.All this considered, Bandla fits the description of a Play Your Part ambassador, setting an example of how empowering others is one of the best ways to make South Africa a better place for us all.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

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Flatrock Passive: Wrapping Up the Air Barrier

first_imgIn the previous post we were beginning to install the OSB air barrier on the interior side of the 2×8 stud walls. Once all joints are caulked with acoustical sealant and then taped, the OSB will act as both an air barrier and a vapor retarder.It didn’t take long to decide that lifting these heavy sheets (each sheet of 1/2-inch OSB weighs about 46 pounds) and attaching them to the ceiling using muscle power and a dead man support was out of the question. Our local Princess Auto had a drywall lift on sale so we bought it (see Image #2 below).We started in one corner of the building. One person on a ladder guiding the other where to push the drywall lift loaded with a sheet of OSB worked great. Our first sheet was cut so that the edge of the sheet could be nailed under the underside of the roof truss. Using a framing nailer armed with 2 3/8-inch nails was the way to go. A hammer and nails was just frustrating. The second run of OSB was offset so the joints were staggered. There were 42 sheets of OSB in the ceiling, which took about eight hours for us to complete.After the ceiling was complete, the next task was to install the OSB on the walls. Luckily we already had a plan in place for this because we had completed the installation on the main level. The batt insulation had already been installed upstairs so all we had to do was start at one corner and install the sheet goods one at a time. Sealing around windows and doorsWith the date for our blower-door test set within the coming week, we had some major work to complete with air sealing around the windows and doors. Like all of the details for the air barrier, there is a redundant system for air sealing. First, the gap between the window and the buck gets a good bead of spray foam. This will provide some air sealing as well as some insulation to the gap. Next, a backer rod is installed. Finally, the backer rod is caulked to the door jambs/header and the window buck.Overall, its not a hard detail to implement… unless there’s not enough space between the window frame and the buck.When the windows were installed, we worked to ensure there was an even space all the way around. Don’t trick yourself into thinking that framing is accurate. It is not. Once a square window goes into a framed opening we quickly saw the bucks weren’t as square as the windows. We had to rob space at one corner of the window in order to get an even space at the opposite diagonal corner. With the longest window (9 feet), this lead to a 1/4-inch gap at the window corner.Low-expansion polyurethane foam was the first step in air-sealing windows and doors.My experience with the window installation is that Kohler doesn’t provide for enough space when specifying windows. They specified the rough opening should be 3/4 inches larger than the window frame. With framing inaccuracies being anywhere from 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch (especially as studs are drying, cupping, and warping), that’s simply not enough room to play with. A full inch would be better and would lead to a better installation, with gaps wide enough to work with.In any case, I had no other option but to work with the space left. Luckily, my spray foam gun has tips which can be inserted into fairly narrow openings. The big issue is seeing how much spray foam you are actually applying to the space between the buck and the window. Using a flashlight helps, but with really deep bucks it was really hard to see. I was using a low-expansion foam so I just had to spray enough so the bead touched the window/door and the buck.After some expansion there was still enough room to push backer rod in place. We caulked the backer rod to the door and the stud opening. For large gaps, we opted to caulk one side of the backer rod to the window/door and caulk the other side to the stud opening. On gaps smaller than 3/8 inch, the gap was filled with caulk.Because of the uneven spacing between the windows and the bucks, we needed a selection of backer rod. I picked up backer rod with thicknesses from 3/8 inch to 3/4 inch for the windows. Backer rod should be about 1/8 inch larger than the gap it’s filling in order for it to be effective. The rod should compress enough that it stays in place. Working around the window I transitioned from one size backer rod to another, pushing it in place with my fingers first and then pushing it firmly against the spray foam using a 4-inch broad knife.It is really amazing how effective backer rod is. The gap at the bottom of one of the sills was too narrow to spray foam. Because the bottom of the window was not caulked (for drainage) we could feel air entering the building from outside (it was a particularly windy day again). My only option here was to insert layers of backer rod. Pushing lengths of backer rod into the gap immediately stopped the air from entering, so I know it is doing the job it was meant to do. Sealing the seamsAfter the OSB was fastened it was time to start air-sealing the seams. The technique is straightforward: simply caulk the seam with a 1/4-inch bead of acoustical sealant and then roll 3M 8067 tape on top (see Image #3 below). After rolling the tape I used a J-roller to apply pressure to the tape and the bead of acoustical sealant. This flattens the acoustical sealant and pushes it into the seam. The walls were completed using the same procedure.Corners… those darn corners! They are a real pain to work with. The 3M tape is too floppy to work with in a corner. Blueskin, on the other hand, is pretty easy in comparison. First, the corner was primed with Bakor Hi Tac Primer. To make an inside corner I simply cut a square of Blueskin, and ran a half cut through the center. After a simple fold it was ready for install (see Images #4 and #5 below).There was an interesting conundrum with the upstairs wall. The OSB is attached to the bottom side of the trusses, then strapped with 2×4 before drywall is attached. In order for the ceiling to be the right height for drywall and to allow for about 1/2 inch of play at the bottom, the exterior wall had to be about 99 1/8 inches high. This height is not standard. Because of this, a single sheet of OSB wasn’t high enough to reach to the top of the wall. We had to add a 3-inch-wide strip all the way around the top of the 2×8 wall. This lead to a minor problem: How to seal the upper corner of the wall with Blueskin? My plan was to run the Blueskin 4 inches down the wall and 2 inches onto the ceiling. This would effectively cover two joints at the one time.Blueskin doesn’t have a split paper backing. Using a straightedge, I could score the paper backing if I cut lightly with a utility knife. 3M tape was too hard to work with in the corners. Blueskin is firmer and easier to place. We came up with a two-person system that allowed us to lay about 8 to 10 feet at a time. We primed the surface with Bakor Hi Tac Primer before applying the self-adhering membrane.The key here is to work slowly and methodically. Trying to rush leads to a bad installation with a lot wrinkles and folds. Even working slowly allows some folding. With some experience working with the material, we eventually were able to minimize wrinkling, mainly through careful observation as we were applying the tape. Overall the installation went pretty smoothly (see Image #6). The trick was to angle the bottom of the sheet against the bottom wall plate, wedge it with a foot and use hand force to compress the insulation while pushing the OSB in place against the studs. Nailing initially (with a framing nailer) at the plate holds the sheet in place. Working our way across and up the sheet with nails on 24-inch centers completed the job. If we overlapped with a window we found that scribing around windows and then cutting to fit worked best. RELATED ARTICLES Questions and Answers About Air BarriersOne Air Barrier or Two?Service Cavities for Wiring and Plumbingcenter_img Editor’s Note: This is one of a series of blogs by David Goodyear describing the construction of his new home in Flatrock, Newfoundland, the first in the province built to the Passive House standard. The first installment of the GBA blog series was titled An Introduction to the Flatrock Passive House. For a list of Goodyear’s earlier blogs on this site, see the “Related Articles” sidebar below; you’ll find his complete blog here. BLOGS BY DAVID GOODYEAR Insulation and an Air BarrierInstalling Windows and DoorsFoam Sheathing and Window DetailsFraming and Air SealingA Well Insulated SlabFootings and Frost WallsA Final Design and Energy ModelingAn Introduction to the Flatrock Passive House Air-sealing the rim joistsAir-sealing the rim joists called for a two-component spray foam (see Image #7 below). Initially, I was going to get a contractor to do this for me. However, after exploring my options, I decided to do it myself. We used a 600-board-foot kit that we purchased at our local Home Depot. We were equipped with a disposable suit, a respirator, safety glasses, and a set of nitrile gloves.Working in the rim joist space is difficult. Space is limited, which makes it hard to orient the spray gun and also makes it hard to see where you are spraying. It took some time to get the application right. Spraying on 1/4 inch to 3/8 inch gives about 1 inch when the foam has fully expanded.We sprayed the corners first then the surfaces as specified in the instructions. We sprayed a second coat after a couple of hours to ensure we had about 2 inches of foam as specified in my construction drawings (see Image #8 below). Spray foam can suffer from issues during the curing process, which can lead to non-uniform R-values. In places where the foam was protruding, I cut it off to inspect the quality. The pieces that were cut were randomly sampled. The inside of the the samples looked almost like XPS insulation. There were no large voids or bubbles so I am pretty confident that the application was good. Spray foam is expensive but about half the price if you do it yourself. A few final detailsSome final details included sealing around the ERV duct vents (see Image #9 below). First, I applied a bead of acoustical sealant around the duct, sealing it to the OSB sheathing. Next was a Roflex gasket from 475 High Performance Building Supply, pushed back to the OSB and tape-sealed with 3M 8067. The same application was completed for our wood stove air intake.In preparation for the blower door test, all duct openings, pipe stubs, etc, were sealed with tape and plastic. According to my Passive House designer, the area included in the thermal boundary is 5,906.8 square feet. Based on the PHIUS standard, I need to hit 0.05 cfm/sq. ft. for a total of 295.34 CFM at 50 pascals of depressurization. This is a hard target to meet but I feel that we have implemented the air-sealing details accurately, so we are hopeful!With the air-sealing details completed, we feel a sense of accomplishment and a sense of uncertainty.last_img read more

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YouTube’s “Gangnam Style” Viral Hit Portends Kpop Explosion

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… fruzsina eordogh South Korean popster PSY’s “Gangnam Style” is an absurdist tour de force of a four minute viral video. It’s also an object lesson in how YouTube is driving global culture. Now that kpop (short for South Korean pop music) has broken through to the mainstream, get ready for a whole lot more of it.   Uploaded to YouTube on July 15th, Gangnam Style, by 34-year-old singer Park Jae-Sang,  has racked up 52.8 million views, collecting at least 2 million views every day since August 1. The video occupies the #2 spot on YouTube’s yearly chart, second to the infamous agit-prop film Kony 2012. Western press mentions of “Gangnam Style” abound, from France and Canada. The Atlantic “dissected” all the “subversive meanings” behind the song and video this week, and the Washington Post noted the “invisible horse dance” craze sweeping the media. Predominantly male (and not kpop friendly) redditors went gaga for Gangnam Style with the video sitting on the front page of the social news site on July 30. Gangnam Style even beat Justin Bieber as the most watched video on iTunes.No other kpop song has seen this kind of global reception. Even Stephen Colbert’s fake feud with Rain in 2007 and 2008 did not bring Western success to the Kpop star. The song’s words are very South Korean specific, referring to a ritzy neighborhood in the capital city Seoul.  The song wasn’t made for a global audience, and its reach has startled even PSY.How did this happen? The answer isn’t just that the music video is ridiculous. Kpop has been creeping into the mainstream international market for years. YouTube has been instrumental in exposing the music to the global audience.Because of the large fan base in Asia, any new music video uploaded to YouTube enjoys at least half a day on the video-sharing site’s front page due to high view counts. Today’s example is kpop girl group KARA’s latest video, sitting at the number 3 spot on YouTube’s music charts with 2.3 million views, right under “Call me Maybe” (which is under, you guessed it, “Gangnam Style”).  Not only do kpoppers use YouTube to stay on top of new hits (as it is nearly impossible to get the music outside of South Korea), kpoppers also make fan videos discussing the over-the-top fashion sense of kpop bands, unboxing videos of elaborate kpop merchandise, and English translation videos. The global success of “Gangnam Style” might very well change the musical, and cultural, landscape, especially if the Justin Bieber collaboration pans out.  Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Tags:#international#web#Web Culture Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Kolkata has changed for the better in the last 5 years Srabani

first_imgAce Rabindrasangeet exponent Srabani Sen had only one choice when she was 18, taking up music as a full-time career or getting married. She chose the former. Schooled at Patha Bhavan in South Kolkata, Sen studied Geography at the Gokhale Memorial Girls’ College which is affiliated to the Calcutta University. Thereafter, she started as a journalist for a Bengali magazine before opting for a full-time career in music. Today, she has over 45 solo albums to her credit and is actively engaged in performing her genre of Tagore’s music all over the world.   Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSen is the daughter of noted Rabindrasangeet exponent, Sumitra Sen, and is the younger sister of another acclaimed singer, Indrani Sen. In 2000, she was awarded the BFJA award for the best female playback singer for her soulful rendition of the song, ‘Amala Dhabala Paaley Legeche’ in director Rituparno Ghosh’s film, Utsab. Sen continues to sing in Bengali films and television serials, the latest playback song being for Kamaleshwar Mukherjee’s Khawto. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe singer was flooded with offers from premier recording companies after Utsab and within a short span of time, she turned out to be one of the most commercially viable Rabindrasangeet singers of the present generation. Her album ‘Bhalobasha Kare Koy’ (2003) topped the charts in leading music retail outlets for over two years. Sen was invited to perform at Rabindra Mela, New Jersey, USA in 2003 followed by her phenomenal success at Doha, Qatar as the first singer to have performed Rabindrasangeet. In 2005,she was once again invited by Bangamela, Chicago, USA. Sen also performed at NABC, Detroit 2007, Bangla Utsab, Canada. Her performances in Brisbane, Sydney during her Australia tour in 2010 proved to be a success. It was in 2010 that she officially launched her choir, ‘Sphulingo’, comprising a bunch of  youthful voices in the arena of Rabindrasangeet. She has directed her disciples in Kaushik Ganguly’s internationally acclaimed Arekti Premer Golpo, Rituparno Ghosh’s Chokher Baali where she also worked as a choir director. Here’s a freewheeling chat on what makes Srabani Sen such a popular singer:Tell us about your childhood…My sister Indrani Sen and I grew up in an environment steeped in music. I studied in Patha Bhaban and took up Music as my additional subject in Class XI and Class XII. After completing my Madhyamik Examination, I got admitted in the music school “Geetabitan” to train in Rabindrasangeet. The course was for five years. It is here that I fell in love with Tagore’s songs.  The Geetabitan style of rendering Rabindrasangeet was unique – it was filled with emotion but the pronunciation was clear. Earlier my mother too nurtured my taste in music and I have imbibed her style of rendition. How did you come into the world of stage performances?When my father passed away in 1990 mother gave me two options – get married or be serious about music. I chose music. In 1992, my first music cassette, ‘Amar ekti Katha’ – was launched by Atlantic. Then there was a huge stage show, where I performed along with Kabir Suman and Argha Sen. There was no looking back.What was your experience of working with Rituparno Ghose for the film Utsab like?I was working with Debojyoti Mishra and Rituparno Ghose for my song in Utsab. In fact, Rituda was very affectionate towards me. He would often call up and ask, which song is suitable for a particular situation in a film. He has also used a  number of my students as playback voice in his films. Which other film songs have you lent your voice to after Utsab?After Utsab I have sung in Hemanter Pakhi, Swapner Pheriwala, Abar Byomkesh , Sanjhbatir Rupkathara, Dekha, Kalbela and Mrs Sen. I have sung in many Bengali soaps as well. I have recently done playback for a Bengali film, Khawto.Please tell me about your plans for your music schoolSrabani Sen Music Academy is now spreading its wings outside Kolkata. We have eight branches now, including Burdwan and Konnagar since 2014. We recently had an annual show on September 18 where 450 students were on stage. On that occasion, we staged two skits, ‘Shei Ami’ and ‘Srabaner Gaan’. It is a misconception that the younger generation does not like Rabindrasangeet. It is still very popular.You are one of most popular singers of the city. Do you think the city has changed after the Trinamool Congress Government came to power in 2011?Yes, and I think it has done Kolkata a lot of good. Kolkata is a lot cleaner these days and journey by road has become far more comfortable, thanks to the swanky new flyovers and wider roads. I often travel to the smaller cities of Bengal for my performances and my road journeys have become easier. Would you like to give any message for young and talented artistes?It is very important to find the right guru who will show you the correct path. Also, when you find one, don’t be in a hurry to become a star. Stardom will come in its own sweet time.What kind of music do you like listening to?I love listening to classical instrumental music. Sarod, sitar and santoor are pleasing on the ears. Pt Shiv Kumar Sharma is my favourite.last_img read more

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Doctors reconstruct vagina and uterus of 24yearold

first_imgKolkata: In a rare surgery the Diamond Harbour Government Medical College and Hospital (DHGMCH) successfully reconstructed vagina and uterus in a 24-year-old woman, who had a congenital anomaly characterised by the lack of development of the vagina and uterus.The hospital authorities claimed that this is for the first time such a complicated operation has been conducted by any government hospital in the state. The patient, a resident of Mograhat area in South 24-Parganas, got married to a youth from Joynagar around five years ago. As the she failed to conceive, the woman along with her husband visited the doctors at the DHGMCH four months ago. The doctors conducted a thorough investigation of the patient. Some clinical investigations were also performed on the patient. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAfter going through the reports the doctors found that the patient’s vagina and uterus did not develop properly which is a congenital problem. The patient told the doctors that she never had periods. The patient first visited the hospital around four months ago. After primary treatment, the patient went home but she was in touch with the hospital doctors since then. Recently, the doctors called up the patient and asked to get admitted for a surgery. The doctors also briefed the patient and her husband about congenital problem of the woman. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateA team comprising senior doctors was constituted for the surgery. According to Dr Samadrita Chakraborty, the head of the gynecology department of the hospital, Laparoscopic Vaginoplasty through Davydov procedure was adopted during the surgery. The patient’s vagina and uterus was reconstructed after a long operation. Dr Chakraborty was assisted with other doctors, including Prof Dr Manas Saha and Dr Nita Roy. The doctors said the patient would not be able to conceive and hence the couple will have to go for surrogacy or adoption. However, the couple would not face any difficulties while indulging in sexual intercourse, doctors said. According to the doctors, the vagina and uterus were successfully reconstructed in the patient. The surgery was complicated and risky. The treatment of this condition consists in the creation of a neovagina, allowing sexual intercourse, the doctors said.last_img read more

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A Different Kind of Space Race How FarOut Tech Changes the Way

first_img Since its inception in 1958, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has affected consumers’ everyday lives without many of us knowing. In fact, the National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958 ensured this quiet influence by including the stipulation “that activities in space should be devoted to peaceful purposes for the benefit of all mankind.”Developments in space travel remain crucial to the technological advances we enjoy daily. Long-distance communications, solar energy, artificial limbs, memory foam and household smoke detectors all were first used in space. The smartphones we carry in our pockets are up to a million times more powerful than all of NASA’s computers combined in 1969. Imagine what we’ll hold in our hands 20 years from now.Related: 20 Unforgettable Moments in Space ExplorationNew horizons, new challenges.All this advancement brings a different set of challenges. Among these: overheating.  It’s a critical operations problem for electronic devices because it can lead to poor performance and — in some cases — dangerous situations. Samsung made the unprecedented decision to recall all Galaxy 7 phones after 35 of them overheated. Some exploded, rupturing their cases. The number of overheating incidents reported quadrupled after Samsung announced the recall.Another example focuses on the hoverboard, of the past few years’ most popular toys. The hoverboard also fell victim to the perils of overheating and posed a safety threat to consumers. It’s since been recalled and is illegal to operate in many cities.Related: Elon Musk Says We’re Living in a Video Game. Are We?Opportunities within change.KULR Technology is among the companies looking to leverage what it’s learned in space and apply those lessons to innovations here on Earth. Michael Mo and Timothy Knowles cofounded KULR (pronounced “cooler”) in 2013. Their basic premise: solve the challenges to keep electronics cooler, lighter and safer in an ethical and environmentally sustainable manner.KULR’s technology traces its beginnings to the high-performance aerospace industry. The San Diego-based firm has won more than 500 contracts with agencies and companies including NASA, Raytheon, Boeing and JPL. KULR also provided the carbon-fiber-based thermal-management solutions used in the International Space Station, Mars Rover and Mercury Messenger. KULR and other groups will find a robust marketplace as they translate the knowledge gained from interstellar successes. Thermal management already is an $11 billion annual business, and the opportunities only will grow exponentially as technology develops.Related: The Next Big Opportunity for Tech Entrepreneurs? ‘Smart’ Homes.Increased demand for computing power.On a larger scale, the advances made during the past decade require tremendous computing power. Over the next 5, 10 and 15 years, these and other emerging technologies will change how we live.Artificial Intelligence (AI) requires a massive amount of computational power, resulting in billions of computations.The success of Virtual and Augmented Realities (VR/AR) relies on the level of immersion experienced by the user. A truly immersive experience requires more powerful processing components.Some futurists predict that autonomous (self-driving) cars will replace all human drivers on highways by 2025. These vehicles will be electric and run on battery packs — the very issue that affected Samsung’s Galaxy 7 and the hoverboard.  Private space travel has increased massively over the past decade. Many people don’t realize how expensive space travel is – and that doesn’t even account for the ticket price. In 2008, it cost $10,000 to send one pound of matter into space. The heat space travel generates is tremendous.  The Internet of Things (IoT) is the inter-networking of physical devices and even vehicles (also referred to as “connected devices” or “smart devices”). The IoT is moving us ever closer to a world in which all our everyday devices — phone, car, watch, refrigerator — communicate with one another.Robotics, combined with AI, is changing how manufacturers produce their goods. American scholar, author and organizational consultant Warren Bennis once said, “The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment.” Related: Would You Fly on an AI-Backed Plane Without a Pilot?Focus on performance and sustainability.Over time, these technologies will increase in consumer base — and consumers will focus more and more on performance. As a device’s number of transistors multiplies, its computing power increases exponentially. In turn, its form factors shrink. But increased density of transistors on a chip has led to performance issues including overheating. That can cause slowed or even broken-down connections.The cycle feeds the need for continued evolution. KULR’s proprietary carbon-fiber-based architecture replaces older aluminum- and copper-based head spreaders and exchanges that were the standard for years. Unfortunately, those earlier particle-based thermal-interface materials are inefficient as well as energy-intensive and less environmentally friendly to produce. KULR’s newer versions offer lower contact pressure and longer reliability, making devices higher-performing and higher-compliance.KULR has given environmental impacts a large role in another part of its strategy, too. Corporations require increasing electricity to operate their facilities, and they spend staggering sums to keep their data centers cool. Technology that lowers the temperature from the inside reduces the amount of energy needed to cool these components from the outside in.Related: New Strain of Malware Can Take Power Stations Offline Register Now » June 21, 2017 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more