December 28, 2016

ISRO to launch record 103 satellites in one go in Jan 2017

 ISRO said it would launch a record 103 satellites in one go using its workhorse PSLV-C37 toward the end of January.
"We are working for a January launch. It will be toward the end of January. The date has to be fixed," Indian Space Research Organisation Chairman A S Kiran Kumar told reporters here.

Of the 103 satellites, 1000 belong to Israel, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Switzerland and the US. They weigh about 500 kg.

The three Indian satellites are Cartosat-2 series, weighing 730 kg as primary payload, and INS-IA and INS-1B, weighing 30 kg.

Setting a record in its space programme, ISRO in June had successfully launched 20 satellites, including its earth observation Cartosat-2 series, in a single mission on board PSLV-C34 from the spaceport in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.

The space agency had earlier sent 10 satellites into orbit on a single mission in 2008.

Calling 2016 a "good" year, Kumar said ISRO would launch at least five communication satellites in 2017.

"It (launches) will be more next year, we are actually looking at almost something like five communication satellites, then many more others. Some earth observation also," he said in response to a question on the number of launches that can be expected in 2017.

"In the year we are primarily trying to do our GSLV Mark III, then Mark II... one more launch we are trying to do," Kumar said.

The first three months should see three launches, beyond which ISRO was targeting almost one a month, he said on the sidelines of the 21st convocation of the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) here.

Stating that 2016 was a good year because ISRO was able to improve on what they were doing the previous year, Kumar said the main emphasis now was on building capacity.

"We need more and more capacity, launch capacity. We are working toward that. Our effort is to continuously increase," he added. 

Via Times of India

December 26, 2016

10 Simple Ways To Make The Most Of Your Time

1. We live in a very different time now than we did 25 or even 10 years ago. No other generation has enjoyed such an impressive shift in technology and lifestyle changes.
2. Time is running out. I know that is cruel to say, but it’s true. As baby boomers, we need to realize that our time is now limited, so we need to make the very best of it.
3. Time is a tool. It can be manipulated, shared, divided, and saved. There are surefire ways to make the most of your time.
4. Time is our most valuable resource. If we learn how to control and use it wisely, we will maximize our output both spiritually and financially.
I pick up this book constantly looking for ways to increase my productivity and use my time wisely. I always take the time to read blogs, articles, and “how-to’s” on time-management. I devour any and all “life hacks” that I run across in my research. I task myself to try new ideas if it means I will be more productive and save time.
So, what’s worked for me?
Let me share my top 10 tips with you on how I squeeze every second of time out of my day. 
1. Make time to plan. Use 30 minutes a day to plan how you are going to use your time. If you don’t, you will find yourself running around in circles wasting time. I prefer to use 15 minutes in the morning to set my priorities for the day and 15 minutes at night to set my goals for tomorrow and beyond if needed.
2. Remember there are always 1,440 minutes in each day. They do not vary from day to day. If you understand that, you can map out a plan for using them wisely. Appreciate and accept that some of these minutes will be used systematically day-in and day-out for essential tasks (work, calls, etc.), others for personal needs (exercise, relaxation, etc.), and yet others to service physical requirements (eating, sleeping, etc.). It is how you use the remaining minutes that make the difference in your emotional and financial well-being. 
3. Include “Energy Management” with your “Time Management.” You can be the best planner ever and have every minute of the day packed with essential tasks, but if you don’t have the energy to complete them properly then it’s all for nothing. Prioritize and plan in time segments that you can handle physically. Don’t wear yourself out.
4. Tackle top priorities first. They may not be the most pleasant, but they are the most important, so engage them when you are the most physically rested and mentally alert.

5. Stay focused. Don’t get distracted by everything that is shiny around you. Constantly remind yourself of the task you are working on at hand. Carry a short list with you on a “post-it” note as a visual reminder. With everything that is going on in the world around us it is very easy to get distracted.
6. Try to touch things only once. Trust your intuition when making decisions, especially on those choices that are not top priorities. Negotiate the task you are working on and complete it before moving on. 
7. Learn to say “NO.” Remember, every time you say “yes” to a request, you are in fact saying “no” to something else. Time is yours to use so don’t let someone else use it up for you. You will be surprised how easy it is to deflect non-essential requests for your time by others. Simple things like keeping your door shut while working on priority tasks, not answering the phone, and letting people know that you are too busy will help you find more time for yourself.
8. Slow down and think. I know this sounds counterintuitive to what I am asking you to do in tip #6, but many times it is important to catch your breath before making a decision. Don’t make rash or emotionally-charged decisions. A few minutes clearing your mind, analyzing the situation, and weighing your options will lead to better decisions and less wasted time.
9. Visualize your outcome. Before making a decision or choosing a course of action, start with the ending in mind.
10. Delegate and outsource. Don’t be afraid to let others do things for you. Look at your “to do” list and rather than asking yourself “How do I get this task completed?” ask instead, “How can this task be completed?” It’s a simple change of semantics, but it takes the burden off your shoulders of having to complete every task yourself. Look for help — it’s out there.
I know this is not rocket science, but if you feel like I do, then you understand the importance of using your remaining time on this planet wisely.
Hopefully, my tips help you.
Via huffingtonpost

December 12, 2016

New AI system could generate short videos from still images, to guess what happens next

MIT scientists have developed a new artificial intelligence system that can take still images and generate short videos to simulate what happens next, similar to how humans can visually imagine how a scene will evolve.
Humans intuitively understand how the world works, which makes it easier for people, as opposed to machines, to envision how a scene will play out.
However, objects in a still image could move and interact in a multitude of different ways, making it very hard for machines to accomplish this feat.
The new deep-learning system is able to trick humans 20 per cent of the time when compared to real footage.

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US pitted two neural networks against each other, with one trying to distinguish real videos from machine-generated ones, and the other trying to create videos that were realistic enough to trick the first system.
When the researchers asked workers on Amazon’s Mechanical Turk crowd-sourcing platform to pick which videos were real, the users picked the machine-generated videos over genuine ones 20 per cent of the time, ‘Live Science’ reported.

The approach could eventually help robots and self-driving cars navigate dynamic environments and interact with humans, or let Facebook automatically tag videos with labels describing what is happening, researchers said.

“Our algorithm can generate a reasonably realistic video of what it thinks the future will look like, which shows that it understands at some level what is happening in the present,” said Carl Vondrick, a PhD student in MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, who led the research.

Via Tech2

December 9, 2016

This Lexus IS sedan can change colour with its 41,999 programmable LEDs

While it sounds like something out of a spy movie, this new concept Lexus featured in singer Dua Lipa’s new video can change its color, if not camouflage itself entirely. The company calls its concept the Lexus LIT IS and simply put, it is a 2017 Lexus IS sedan covered with thousands of LEDs.
The car was developed in partnership with video streaming site Vevo to promote singer Dua Lipa’s new song. The vehicle in the video itself has plenty of character and serves as a visual anchor in the storyline.
It’s basically a fine line between art and technology and what better way than a music video from a popular artist to showcase it. Lexus used hand-applied LEDs to turn the vehicle into an eye-catching screen. In addition to broadcasting graphics, the LIT IS can also generate colourful, mesmerising animations in response to gestures and music.

“A car as visually striking as the LIT IS required an equally dramatic debut,” said Brian Bolain, Lexus general manager of product and consumer marketing. “A music video was a perfect place to launch the LIT IS and working with Dua Lipa allowed the concept to come to life, putting a spotlight on the Lexus IS in an entirely new way.”

As for the LEDs the custom car produces 1,75,000 lumens when all of those 41,999 LEDs are lit up. If place in strips, end-to-end the line would stretch to half a mile.


There are three distinct modes for the LED setup as well. According to the Lexus, the LIT IS has been designed to interact with sounds and people in the vicinity. There’s an Attract mode, that runs colourful graphics in a loop, and these work keeping in mind the strong design features on the IS. Then there Music Viz mode that responds to music with custom visualisations. Last, but not the least, there’s Gesture mode which displays LED animations that can be controlled by a user’s hand movements. This is thanks to an integrated gaming console.

 Via Tech2

December 6, 2016

17 ways you should invest your time in your 20s for long-term success

"People aspire to live a memorable life, and there's this tragic reality that most of us don't," Dustin Garis said last year during his TEDx talk.
For two years Garis traveled around the world, and on his journey he says he learned that "life is not the number of days you live; it's the number of days you remember."
The key to living a memorable life, he says, is pursuing one through breaking out of routine, incorporating change every day, and the "epic and everyday acts to save the day from being lost."

Work on important life skills

There are a number of life skills people need to master, and your 20s is the time to start practicing. Without the pressure of parents or school to motivate you, you'll need to exercise discipline and motivate yourself to learn the essentials.
These skills can range from patience and dealing with rejection to living within your means and good table manners.

Take preventative measures to stay healthy

"Investing time in caring for your health ... will certainly yield you more time, literally — in days, months, if not years tacked on to your life," he writes. "Yet we often take our health for granted until we experience a wake-up call."
Instead, he suggests proactively investing your time in your health by eating well, exercising regularly, getting plenty of sleep, regularly seeing your doctors, and taking care of your emotional, mental, and spiritual health.

Ask yourself daily questions

Benjamin Franklin began and ended each day with a question: "What good shall I do this day?" in the morning, and "What good have I done this day?" in the evening.
In fact, many great thinkers embraced the idea of constantly questioning things.
As Albert Einstein reportedly said, "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning."
Of course, getting into the habit of self-reflection is easier said than done, as we often prefer to avoid asking ourselves the tough questions. As philosopher and psychologist John Dewey explained in his 1910 book, "How We Think," reflective thinking involves overcoming our predisposition to accept things at face value and the willingness to endure mental unrest.
But enduring this discomfort is well worth the effort, as it can result in the confidence boost necessary to perform better in our work and daily lives.
Questions to ask yourself could include Steve Jobs' "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" or Quora user Michael Hopkins' "How are you doing?" and Quora user Soham Banerjee's "Why so serious?"


"Fail," advises Arpit Sethi. "Out of our teens, this is the best thing that can contribute in the making of an adult. The more we fail, the more we learn."
You'll never have more energy or ability to think than when you're in your 20s, says Shulamit Widawsky, and you'll never be more vulnerable. This is the time to push your limits and recover from the failures that are inevitable when you take risks.
"Knowing what you can do and what you can recover from will make the whole rest of your life more successful," she says.

Take up a mentally stimulating hobby

 As the stresses of daily life become more burdensome in your 20s, it's important not to forget about taking care of your mental health.

Mehta suggests starting a mentally stimulating hobby like playing chess, role-playing games, or solving puzzles to keep your mind sharp. Hobbies can also be a good creative outlet or an exercise in relaxation

Spend time by yourself

Garv Suri recommends spending half an hour every day alone to get to know yourself better.
Tonya Turpin says that actively becoming aware of what's going on inside your head is the only way to truly understand yourself.

Get involved in meaningful causes

"You will never have this much energy, health this great, or this much disposable time again in your life," writes Heidi McDonald. "Make the most of it. This is your best chance to make a difference in the world."
Volunteering can also do wonders for your professional life, too. Donating your time can teach you a new skill, help add something special to your resume, and you allow you to meet new connections with similar interests as you.

Build in cushion time to get where you're going

Wang cites the "Good Samaritan" study from Princeton University in 1973, which found that whether a person was in a hurry had a huge effect on if they'd stop to help an injured person. Only 10% of those in a hurry stopped to help an injured person, 45% of those in somewhat of a hurry stopped, and 63% of those not rushed at all stopped.
"This means that being in a rush may be preventing you from being the kind of person you want to be — the kind to stop and help someone in need," Wang says. "Building in lots of cushion time in your schedule and preventing 'constant hurriedness syndrome' is a great investment in yourself and in the quality of life of those around you."

Start saving for the future

The beauty of saving for your retirement in your 20s lies in compound interest, Allison says. Even if you open a retirement account today and put in $5 a month, "the effects of compound interest on that extra decade or two can literally mean the difference of hundreds of thousands of dollars more that you will have for your retirement."
Similarly, Tanmoy Roy suggests having fun but living frugally and allocating some money to pay off your debt on a monthly basis. You may not be saving for a home just yet, but down the road your student loans could prevent home ownership.

Be better informed

To find a meaningful cause, McDonald suggests keeping up with the latest current events by following the news.
"Chances are, you'll find your passion, whether that's a cause you're interested in or a niche you believe you can fill," she says.
Sanjay Kadel advises being wary about where you get your information. "Don't believe in whatever is there on the internet," he writes. "Do some research and then conclude whether it should be registered or eradicated."


 "There is nothing that will help you more than reading," says Deepak Mehta.

He suggests a wide variety of books, from young-adult fiction and law to Dickens and Tzu, to learn more about contrasting viewpoints. "Do not be afraid of coming across a convincing viewpoint that is totally antithetical to yours," he says.
Reading is also a great way to exercise your mind, says Jereme Allison, because it activates almost all areas of it. "The mind is a muscle. If you don't use it, you lose it," he says.

Review your week

"One great habit is a weekly review to look back at the past week and lay out the one coming up," says Curt Beavers.
He advises pondering:
1. What went well last week? (Celebrate and continue these.)
2. What didn't go well? (Stop, overcome, or remove these from your plate.)
3. Based on the answers above, what changes do I need to make to make this week better?


It doesn't matter how much you travel in your 20s, says Shrey Garg, but rather how you travel.
"Don't be a tourist, but a traveler. This will help increase your vision and make you realize how big and small the world is at the same time," he says.
The key, according to Allison, is experiencing new things: "Get to know that there is a bigger world out there. Learn about other cultures. Try new foods. You will be surprised at what you discover."
Mario Hari suggests traveling with complete strangers. "Experience the motley mindset of people. And if you study their emotions carefully, you will get an intuition about what every soul is searching for," he writes.

Do something social and outside your comfort zone

Whether you join a book club or head to the pub for karaoke or trivia night, Mehta says it's important to meet more people outside your friend circle and try to rid yourself of some of your social anxiety. It's important in your 20s to become more comfortable around others.
"I know after college one's social group often changes, so joining organizations helps one expand their circle of friends," Hunter McCord writes.
Growing your circle of loved ones and spending time with them is not something you will regret, he says. "I never heard of anyone at the end of their life wishing they spent less time with loved ones."

Keep learning

The fact that it has been a few years since you've set foot in a classroom doesn't mean you should stop learning.
And don't limit yourself to subjects that would have an obvious impact on your career. After dropping out of college, Steve Jobs still audited the occasional class, and one course he took on calligraphy was a huge influence on him and inspired "the wonderful typography" personal computers have today.

Start a side hustle

You'll likely never have more free time than when you're in your 20s, and using it to start a side hustle could give you the greatest return on investment.
"A side hustle is a business you run in your free time that allows you the flexibility to pursue what you're most interested in. It's a chance to delve into food, travel, fashion, or whatever you're passionate about whilst keeping your day job," writes Susie Moore, a writer and confidence coach.
She says the great thing about having a side job, apart from the extra income, is that it allows you to use talents that may remain dormant in your 9-to-5 job and make a meaningful impact by doing work that you love on your terms.

 Whatever you do, mix it up.

"People aspire to live a memorable life, and there's this tragic reality that most of us don't," Dustin Garis said last year during his TEDx talk.
For two years Garis traveled around the world, and on his journey he says he learned that "life is not the number of days you live; it's the number of days you remember."
The key to living a memorable life, he says, is pursuing one through breaking out of routine, incorporating change every day, and the "epic and everyday acts to save the day from being lost."

Via BusinessInsider