Wikinews interviews World Wide Web co-inventor Robert Cailliau

Thursday, August 16, 2007

The name Robert Cailliau may not ring a bell to the general public, but his invention is the reason why you are reading this: Dr. Cailliau together with his colleague Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web, making the internet accessible so it could grow from an academic tool to a mass communication medium. Last January Dr. Cailliau retired from CERN, the European particle physics lab where the WWW emerged.

Wikinews offered the engineer a virtual beer from his native country Belgium, and conducted an e-mail interview with him (which started about three weeks ago) about the history and the future of the web and his life and work.

Wikinews: At the start of this interview, we would like to offer you a fresh pint on a terrace, but since this is an e-mail interview, we will limit ourselves to a virtual beer, which you can enjoy here.

Robert Cailliau: Yes, I myself once (at the 2nd international WWW Conference, Chicago) said that there is no such thing as a virtual beer: people will still want to sit together. Anyway, here we go.

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Bobby Charlton launches anti-landmine campaign

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Football legend Sir Bobby Charlton has launched a new campaign he calls “There Must be a Better Way” to find a faster method to clear anti-personnel landmines. The initiative which comes under his “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation” and involves physicists, mathematicians and electronic engineers from the University of Manchester and Lancaster University. In addition the Mines Advisory Group, a mine clearance charity, and the security systems company Rapiscan are involved.

Charlton first became interested in the problem of clearing anti-personnel landmines while visiting Bosnia on a Laureus funded Spirit of Soccer camp. He was appalled by the injuries he saw, especially to children, caused by abandoned anti-personnel mines. Later his visited Cambodia where there are estimated to be four to six million mines. Charlton was told it would take 100 years to clear the mines.

On the way back to Manchester, passing through airport metal detectors, he thought that surely there must be a better way to detect landmines than the laborious method he had seen using only a metal detector and a bayonet. As the mines are made mainly of plastic and have only a small amount of metal every piece of metal including shrapnel must be investigated to see if it is a mine.

He contacted Rapiscan and through them the University of Manchester to see if there was anyone who could help. The University has a number of scientists and engineers with relevant experience, including a project EMBody to develop the next generation walk through metal detector, in collaboration with Rapiscan and Manchester Airport, and work on a scanning metal detector used to image steel reinforcing bars in concrete.

On June 12th a demonstration was arranged at a disused quarry where Sir Bobby and the Professors of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Physics were shown the power of explosives. This included a demonstration where an explosive charge of about 50g of high explosive, about the same amount as a medium sized landmine, was placed under a sand-filled Wellington boot. The charge was detonated with a resounding bang that echoed around the quarry. The boot was projected tens of metres in the air. And when examined the toe had been cut off and the rubber shredded. The shock wave from the explosives thumped the chests of the scientists even at a safe distance. One commented that there was no chance of using delicate instrumentation anywhere near a possible explosion and they had to seek simple solutions.

“Last time I saw a boot fly through the air like that it was against Bolton” said Charlton, but there was a sombre but excited mood as the scientists headed back to the University, buzzing with ideas.

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Give Your Face A Balanced Look With Rhinoplasty

Give Your Face a Balanced Look with Rhinoplasty

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Rhinoplasty, alternatively known as nose job Sydney, is a surgical procedure which is often carried out to give proper shape and size to the nose. This is one of the widely practiced cosmetic surgeries across the globe. Nose is one of most prominent features in one s face. Thus, an unshaped and uneven nose can be give a proper shape and size with the help of Rhinoplasty.

Nose Job Sydney works as a procedure for reshaping the outline of the nose. Hence, through this cosmetic surgical procedure, nose size enhancement, bridging the tip of the nose, giving proper proportions to angles of the nose can be done. This procedure also helps in overcoming certain breathing problems. Overall, it helps in enhancing the facial beautyof an individual.

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Certain considerations should be made, when someone opts for nose job. It is considered that the ideal age for both boys and girlsto undergo this procedureis 15 years. The cost of this surgical process varies depending upon shape to be given to the nose.

There are two types of rhinoplasty surgery. The first type is known as closed procedure and the second type is open procedure. Under the closed procedure, incisions are made inside the patient s nose. This procedureresults inminimal visible scars. However, the surgeon should be highly experienced in the field of nasal anatomyto carry out this process with precision. Surgeons generally make incisions on upper or on the outside area of the noseunder the second type of nose job in Sydney. Visible scars are usually found under theopen procedure. The pain experienced during this surgery can be reduced with mild medication of analgesics.

In order to achieve great result, plan your rhinoplasty surgery well, so that you get the best result out of it. You should communicate clearly to your nose doctor your expectation from the surgery. After evaluating structure of your nose and face, the surgeon may put forth different options before you. Discuss each possibility with your cosmetic Dr in detail. There are several factors that may affect the results. The most important ones are cutting to be done on your face, the nasal bone structure and structure of the cartilage, your skin type, and your age. Your expectation is another important factor that may influence the procedure and its outcome.

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Two-story building in Lynn, Massachusetts catches fire

Wednesday, August 3, 2005

A two-story building caught fire yesterday afternoon on Boston Street in Lynn, Massachusetts. The fire engulfed the entire second floor and left nothing of the Essex County building.

According to a witness, the fire started while children were cooking french fries in an apartment on the second floor.

The fire took its toll on the firefighters, many were suffering from heat exhaustion. However, a tent was set up by a rehab truck, offering firefighters a chance to recover.

The fire was finally put out, however, some portions of the structure did reignite with small flames. Firefighters climbed onto the roof and began tearing it open in order to find the source of the ignition. A ladder truck also sprayed down the roof.

According to a witness, the roof was a tarred double roof, which may have been a factor that caused the fire to be so troublesome.

The first floor consisted of storefronts for a convenience store and a video store. The second floor held apartments.

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Gastric bypass surgery performed by remote control

Sunday, August 21, 2005

A robotic system at Stanford Medical Center was used to perform a laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery successfully with a theoretically similar rate of complications to that seen in standard operations. However, as there were only 10 people in the experimental group (and another 10 in the control group), this is not a statistically significant sample.

If this surgical procedure is as successful in large-scale studies, it may lead the way for the use of robotic surgery in even more delicate procedures, such as heart surgery. Note that this is not a fully automated system, as a human doctor controls the operation via remote control. Laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery is a treatment for obesity.

There were concerns that doctors, in the future, might only be trained in the remote control procedure. Ronald G. Latimer, M.D., of Santa Barbara, CA, warned “The fact that surgeons may have to open the patient or might actually need to revert to standard laparoscopic techniques demands that this basic training be a requirement before a robot is purchased. Robots do malfunction, so a backup system is imperative. We should not be seduced to buy this instrument to train surgeons if they are not able to do the primary operations themselves.”

There are precedents for just such a problem occurring. A previous “new technology”, the electrocardiogram (ECG), has lead to a lack of basic education on the older technology, the stethoscope. As a result, many heart conditions now go undiagnosed, especially in children and others who rarely undergo an ECG procedure.

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‘Electra’-fying competition faces ‘Fockers’

Friday, January 14, 2005

U.S. and Canada — North American movie box offices were dominated by Universal pictures last weekend as two of its films, a comedy, Meet the Fockers, and a horror flick, White Noise, together raked in a combined $52.6 million, more than half the $98.3 all films made over the Jan. 7 weekend, according to film tracking firm Box Office Mojo.

But Universal’s dominance of the North American box office receipts is in danger as 20th Century Fox, Paramount, Warner Brothers and Sony all have films debuting in wide release Friday.

After a two-week drought of new releases with Noise the only debut, the Jan. 14 weekend is relatively crowded as three new films bow and one Oscar-buzz movie expands into wide release.

  • Elektra (PG-13) [1:37] Among the new entries is the Jennifer Garner star vehicle Elektra a semi-sequel to 2003’s comic-book based Daredevil where Garner reprise a role of anti-hero. Elektra bows in 3,204 theatres.
  • Coach Carter (PG-13) [2:14]: Paramount pictures releases the 134-minute metaphor heavy Coach Carter, a production of MTV Pictures, featuring Samuel L. Jackson in an inspirational inner-city high school sports movie. Coach Carter will debut in 2,524 U.S. and Canadian movie houses.
  • Racing Stripes (PG) [1:24]: Warner Bros. also enters the debut fray with its live-action talking animal family movie, Racing Stripes, featuring the voices from such a diverse cast as Snoop Dogg, Mandy Moore and Dustin Hoffman. Racing Stripes starts its run with 3,185 venues.
  • House of Flying Daggers (PG-13) [1:59]: Sony Pictures Classics is expanding its wire fu Chinese war epic, House of Flying Daggers. The film has made it to several critics best-of-the-year lists and is considered a front runner for Academy Award nominations in several technical categories.
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The Benefits Of Doing The Res Course

The benefits of doing the RES course

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It is a great practice to define your inherited skills and enhance them by taking proper education to prosper your knowledge about the same. There is always some scope of learning at every phase in life and in any sector. Many a times, people take this for granted by thinking that they have the right potent, resources, acumen, and natural instinct to help them grow in the business. What about any practical experience or on-field knowledge in the respective field, do they have that? Such people generally are impulsive in decision-making and cannot survive the changing business models, working strategies and tactics involved in the line of business they are into. It is very important to understand the business practices and protocols thoroughly to stay and place a firm foot in the market.

This is especially true in the case of Real Estate sector. You might have the urge to grow as a salesperson in the property sector; but this alone cannot form the base of your career. You need to act smartly and therefore you should gain the knowledge in the best possible way. There are many managerial courses available. However, most of these are very generic courses. There is but one course RES that has a specially designed syllabus to render the best details and learning required to be a great salesperson. The real estate salesperson course equips the candidate undertaking the course with all the required knowledge necessary to take up the salesperson career in the property sector. Following are the benefits of this course:

* It is affordable and offers flexible learning. If you cannot dedicatedly spend 6 hours a day for the course, there are part time courses to meet your needs as well.

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* It helps you develop all round skills soft skills, technical skills like analyzing a property, finding the best deal for a client, keeping yourself updated with the market trends and so on and so forth.

* This course also makes you technology savvy. In today s age, it is very important to be brisk and prompt and easily reachable. Only then can you win over the clients and give an edge to your services.

Definitely, the real estate course is a must- go- for course. With all these benefits, one can simply assure better services to the clients and their retention for future deals as well. In this sector, people rely on the word of mouth policy that helps in building up your reputation as a good salesperson in the market. Moreover, this source is a step to get the certificate and agency number which in turn helps to draw more clients. So are you ready to provide better and at par services to your clientele or stick to the traditional practices alone?

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Woman killed in house fire in South Yorkshire, England

Monday, January 25, 2010

An elderly woman has died in a house fire in South Yorkshire, England. The woman, who is currently remaining unidentified, was blind and 93-years-old when her bungalow in Sheffield caught fire as a result of an accident in her kitchen yesterday afternoon.

An internal investigation into the fire has suggested that while the woman was cooking, she dropped a towel onto one of the stovetops while attempting to move a pan on the cooker. The towel then set alight. When she attempted to put out the fire, the towel dropped to the side of the cooker, alongside some plastic bags.

A smoke alarm sounded; a nearby resident heard the alarm and went to assist. The neighbour managed to break into the bedroom window of the bungalow in order to be able to get inside the building. The person made it to the hallway but had to double back upon seeing the fire and the smoke. It is believed that the woman was overwhelmed by the fumes given out from the plastic which was burning.

At around 1350 GMT, fire service workers entered the elderly lady’s residence to find her collapsed inside the kitchen. People investigating the incident have come to the conclusion that this particular fire was an accidental one. A spokesperson for the South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service noted: “Neighbours who tried to enter the property were fought back by smoke and flames.”

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Crosswords/2005/February/19

Saturday, February 19, 2005

Feel free to use the Wikimedia sites to solve our Wikinews crossword. Please do not fill it out online as it would spoil it for other people; print it out and fill it in at your own leisure!

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Tips To Find The Best Car Loan Options

Tips to Find the Best Car Loan Options

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Robert Duce

Unless you buy a new car often, you are probably unfamiliar with the car buying process. But once you go into a dealership, they will walk you through the steps and hopefully you will come out alright. Unfortunately, most new car buyers dont! They often end up with overpriced car loans and fees they did not expect and do not want, except, you may not know this until you are well into your payment plan.

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Instead of opting for this option you may want to take the financial experts advice to heart and shop for your car loan financing options. When you shop around, you can often find better terms and loan repayment options than when you take the dealership financing option. You wouldnt buy the first pair of socks you were offered, just because some salesman came to your front door would you? So, you shouldnt accept the finance option offered by the car dealership as this may be the most expensive option available to you. So how do I Find the Best Car Financing Option? Well, a great place to start is online. Several financing institutions like DreamLoans have taken their financial products online. This allows them to offer better products at better prices (yes! Even car financing options are products.) What to Look For? When looking for car loan options you want to shopjust as you would for any other product like shoes, clothes, or electronics. The only difference is that this is a financial product that takes the physical form of a contract and repayment booklet. Look for low interest rates, but you also want to read the fine print and look for other car loan financing features in the loan you choose. When reviewing loan options make sure you read about fees. These can include late fees or any fee you might pay for terminating and paying off the loan prior to the loan term. Some car loans also include loan documentation fees and finalization fees. Some of these fees are perfectly legitimate but you do need to know about them before signing the loan contract. The Conditions The loan terms you get are always dependent on your credit score and history. The better your credit score, the better loan options and interest rates you will get. So, if you really want to get the best car loan financing option, it is probably in your best interest to raise your credit score as much as possible, before soliciting the loan, say the experts at DreamLoans . You can do this by paying off your credit card debt as much as possible a few months prior to your applying for the car loan. This will get you the best car loan interest rates on your car finance loan product. See What You Qualify For When you are ready to take out your next car loan finance, call DreamLoans or visit their website to apply, even before you choose the car you like. You may be pleasantly surprised by the loan options you are offered.

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