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Google Doodle honors Elena Cornaro Piscopia first woman with a doctorate

first_imgUpdate 7:00 p.m. PT: Google made the doodle available in the U.S. Post a comment Tags The Google Doodle for June 5. Google Google’s search doodles often take to highlighting the trail blazers that have changed the world. The doodle on June 5 is no exception. Drawn up by Californian artist Alyssa Winans, Wednesday’s doodle shows Elena Cornaro Piscopia, a female scholar from Venice, Italy who in 1678 became the first woman in the world to be awarded with a doctorate. The doodle shows Piscopia with her head in a book in a library, with Winans hoping to show how Elena was happiest “when she was able to study undisturbed.” Today marks her 373rd birthday. Cue the “tanti auguri a te!”Piscopia was trained in the classic languages of Latin and Greek during her childhood years and developed a love of study. She mastered seven languages in total. However, she didn’t seek glory or degrees, she was just keenly interested in accumulating knowledge. It was at her father’s insistence that she requested access to the Doctor of Theology course at the University of Padua.But this was the 1670s and the Roman Catholic Church did not want to offer a woman such a title. Eventually, the church allowed Elena to apply for a Doctor of Philosophy and so she did. Her thesis defense — an oral test in front of examiners and the public — was so well attended it had to be moved to the local cathedral. She passed with flying colors and wrote her name in the history books on June 25, 1678. Elena passed away just six years later, after battling tuberculosis. The Google Doodle was not originally visible if you are using the search giant in the U.S. on June 5 but it, and it has now been added. In France, today’s Google Doodle celebrates French director Jacques Demy. 49 Photos 0center_img Our favorite Google Doodles through the years Share your voice Sci-Tech Google Doodlelast_img read more

Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition promises an ageappropriate Alexa

first_imgAmazon has a new Alexa speaker, the Echo Dot Kids Edition. Amazon Amazon updated its Echo Dot speaker back in 2018, so it’s no surprise that the tech company decided to revamp its original Echo Dot Kids Edition with a next-gen device as well. At a glance, Amazon clearly drew inspiration from the third-generation Echo Dot, which has a more rounded shape, complete with mesh fabric and a few color options. The new Echo Dot Kids Edition costs $70 (Amazon says it will be on sale for $50 for “a limited time”) and comes in rainbow (pictured above) and “frost blue” color finishes. See it at AmazonNote that CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site.Amazon says the new Echo Dot Kids Edition is “70% louder” than the first-gen version and includes a year of FreeTime Unlimited. FreeTime Unlimited is a subscription service that offers Alexa features just for kids — and provides controls for parents, as well as a variety of non-Echo features on Fire tablets and other devices for children. Which Amazon Echo speaker should you buy? Amazon’s new Alexa features put more emphasis on privacy Pre-Prime Day deal: The Amazon Echo is only $65 But what about your kid’s privacy? Amazon has recently come under fire following reports that the company holds on to transcripts of your Alexa conversations, even after you’ve deleted the audio clip. Amazon has since introduced new features, such as the  “Alexa, delete everything I said today” command. Child advocacy groups also have issues with the first-generation Echo Dot Kids Edition, according to a report in May claiming that the speaker violates privacy laws, prompting a request for an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission. Amazon recently introduced the Echo Show 5 as well, which is scheduled for a June 26 release. The Echo Show 5 is a smaller smart display with a 5.5-inch screen and a built-in privacy screen. It doesn’t have kid-specific features, but you might want to get a full sense of what’s on the horizon for Echo devices before you buy. Read more about Alexa privacy.The new Echo Dot Kids Edition is available for preorder now and is expected to ship later this month. Read more: Which Amazon Echo speaker should you buy? 1:58 Further reading Smart Speakers & Displays Wireless & Bluetooth Speakers All of Amazon’s Alexa smart speakers reading • Amazon launches new Alexa device for kids but privacy issues will still scare some parents Kids try to stump Alexa Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) Tags Share your voice 0 15 Photoscenter_img Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house Post a comment Aug 30 • iRobot Roomba S9 Plus vs. Neato Botvac D7 Connected • See All CNET Smart Home Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Examples of Alexa skills only available via FreeTime Unlimited include Disney Dance Floor by Disney Publishing, Baby Shark Adventures by Pinkfong and Ghostbusters by Sony.New FreeTime Unlimited Alexa features include news reports via National Geographic and News-o-Matic with the command, “Alexa, what’s my news?” Alexa Skill Blueprints is also new. With Blueprints, parents and kids can “build an interactive adventure story” from an existing template and more.The FreeTime Unlimited parental controls service will cost Amazon Prime customers $3 per month. Without Prime, the service costs $5 per month.  CNET Smart Home Now playing: Watch this: Alexa Amazonlast_img read more

7yearold Kerala boy ends up in ventilator after brutal attack by mothers

first_imgEDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / A Yemeni boy lies in a hospital bed as he receives treatment in the Huthi-rebel-held capital Sanaa on March 11, 2019, from wounds sustained during a reported air strike in the Kisar district of the northern Hajjah province.MOHAMMED HUWAIS/AFP/Getty Images [Representational Image]A 7-year-old from Kerala ends up in ventilator after he suffered major injuries including a cracked skull after he was brutally attacked by his mother’s partner on Thursday.The incident took place in Kumaramangalam near Thodupuzha in Idukki district of Kerala when Arun Anand (35), a native of Thiruvananthapuram started assaulting the younger brother of the victim. The boy was trying to protect his 4-year-old brother from getting beaten up by the accused.The accused smashed the victim on the ground and had hit him with a stick on his head. The boy sustained skull fracture, internal bleeding and lung injury. He also had cuts and bruises all over the body. The boy’s mother and brother were also present during the incident.The incident came into light after the local hospital authorities informed the police and Child Rights Commission about the deteriorating condition of the boy. The boy was later shifted to a hospital in Ernakulam for emergency surgery. But even after the surgery, the boy is still in critical condition as the blood circulation to his head has stopped.According to the police, the accused Arun has been living with the family from the past few months and is a drug addict. The victim’s younger brother has also sustained injuries and the police have recorded his statement as he is the only witness of the assault.The Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has asked for an immediate report on the incident from the district authorities. He has also asked the hospital authorities to ensure that all expert treatments are given to the victim.Health Minister KK Shylaja said the government will bear the treatment expenses of the child. “Stringent action will be taken against those engaged in cruelty to children. The covering up of assaults against children is also a grave crime,” said the minister, reports NDTV.Several Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections have been slapped against Arun, including section 303 (attempt to murder), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 325 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt) and Section 75 of the Juvenile Justice Act.last_img read more

Elon Musk wants to save Puerto Rico with solar power

first_img Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:04/1:10Loaded: 0%0:04Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:06?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Much of Puerto Rico is still without power after The island was devastated by Hurricane Maria in September. But Tesla CEO Elon Musk says he can rebuild Puerto Ricos power grid with solar power.center_img Elon Musk wants to save Puerto Rico with solar powerlast_img read more

Flood rescue stepped up as more rain batters Indias Kerala

first_imgRescuers evacuate people from a flooded area to a safer place in Aluva in the southern state of Kerala, India, on 18 August 2018. ReutersRescuers in helicopters and boats fought through renewed torrential rain Saturday to reach stranded villages in India’s Kerala state as the toll from the worst monsoon floods in a century rose above 320 dead.Dozens of military and coastguard helicopters took troops to high risk areas seeking people trapped on the roofs of submerged buildings. Indian prime minister Narendra Modi described the crisis as “devastating” after visiting Kerala.Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan announced late Friday that the monsoon death toll had dramatically risen to 324.Media reports said at least another 14 bodies were found Saturday and state officials said they expected the number to rise as more landslides were reported and dam levels remained dangerously high. No new official toll was given however.With power and communication lines down, thousands remained trapped in towns and villages cut off by the floods amid growing shortages of food and water.Helicopters have been dropping emergency food and water supplies across Kerala, while special trains carrying drinking water and rice have been sent to the state.With rain alerts hanging over much of the state, dozens of dam and reservoir gates across the state have had to be opened as the waters reached danger levels, inundating many villages downstream.Particular fears have been raised for Chengannur, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) north of the state capital Thiruvananthapuram, which has been cut off for four days.Troops and military boats have been sent to the town and media reports said bodies had been found. The state government did not immediately give an updated toll early Saturday.An aerial view shows partially submerged houses at a flooded area in the southern state of Kerala, India, on 17 August 2018. Reuters- Helicopter plea -Saji Cherian, who represents Chengannur in the Kerala assembly, said he feared there were at least 50 dead in the town and broke down in tears as he pleaded for more help on Asianet TV late Friday.“Please give us a helicopter. I am begging you. Please help me, people in my place will die. Please help us. There is no other solution, people have to be airlifted,” he said.“We did what we can with fishing boats we procured using our political clout. But we can’t do more.”With no end in sight to the rains, people all over the state of 33 million have made panic-stricken appeals on social media for help, saying they cannot make contact with rescue services.Some say they are trapped inside temples and hospitals as well as submerged homes.Authorities have warned that rains and strong winds are predicted for many parts of Kerala on Saturday and Sunday.Prime minister Modi arrived in Kerala on Friday night and held meetings with state leaders and went on a brief air inspection tour.“I took stock of the situation arising in the wake of the devastating floods across the state,” Modi said in a Twitter statement.An Indian woman rescued by the Indian navy personnel rests with her grandchildren at the Naval relief camp in Kochi, in the Indian state of Kerala on 18 August 2018. AFPAn immediate grant of $75 million was offered by the government. Other state governments promised nearly $20 million.Opposition Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi demanded though that Modi declare the flood crisis a “national disaster”.Dozens of military helicopters stepped up rescue operations across the state and in one a heavily pregnant woman Sajita Jabeel, 25, gave birth just after her rescue, an Indian Navy spokesman said.“It was a very critical case, the lady was in labour, her water had broken,” the pilot, the pilot Commandeer Vijay Verma told News18 television.“We took a doctor along, we winched her up, it took some time though because we had to winch down two people to help her get on to the strop.”Another pilot, Captain P Rajkumar, winched 26 people up from a rooftop after guiding the helicopter through trees and other houses.A video of his Sea King pulling up the victims has been widely shared on social media. He ended up with 32 people in his Sea King helicopter.Rajkumar was given the Shaurya Chakra medal for bravery this week after lifting a fisherman from the sea when cyclone Ockhi hit India last year.last_img read more

Have you seen these parking spaces taped off This is why

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA number of parking spaces are currently cordoned off in the city centre. Several Sentinel readers contacted us to say the spaces, on Broad Street in Hanley, were coned off and bags had been put over the ticket machines. Now the council have revealed the parking spaces have been cordoned off so coaches and take children to and from the pantomimes at the city centre’s theatres. Read MoreCCTV appeal after doctor assaulted at railway station A Stoke-on-Trent City Council spokesman said: “Parking is suspended on the street so that the coaches can pick up and drop off children attending the pantomimes at the theatres over the next couple of days. “Signs installed on street and cones and the machines are bagged off.”last_img read more