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In astronomy, the Pleiades , or Seven Sisters , is an open star cluster containing middle-aged hot B-type stars located in the constellation of Taurus. It is among the nearest star clusters to Earth and is the cluster most obvious to the naked eye in the night sky. The celestial entity has several meanings in different cultures and traditions.The cluster is dominated by hot blue and extremely luminous stars that have formed within the last 100 million years. Dust that forms a faint reflection nebulosity around the brightest stars was thought at first to be left over from the formation of the cluster , but is now known to be an unrelated dust cloud in the interstellar medium, through which the stars are currently passing. Computer simulations have shown that the Pleiades was probably formed from a compact configuration that resembled the Orion Nebula. Astronomers estimate that the cluster will survive for about another 250 million years, after which it will disperse due to gravitational interactions with its galactic neighborhood. Wikipedia.


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News Article | February 20, 2017
Site: phys.org

(Artist concept, interior) The Modular Supercomputing Facility (MSF) at Ames uses fan technology that consumes less than 10% of the energy used by mechanical refrigeration in traditional supercomputing centers. Credit: NASA/Marco Librero Though there's been some recent relief in California's long-standing drought, water conservation techniques continue to be a hot topic for facilities that require significant amounts of water for day-to-day operations. The task of powering up and cooling down a high-end computing facility consumes large amounts of electricity and water. NASA is adopting new conservation practices with a prototype modular supercomputing facility at the agency's Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley. The system, called Electra, is expected to save about 1,300,000 gallons of water and a million kilowatt-hours of energy each year, equal to the annual energy usage of about 90 households. "This is a different way for NASA to do supercomputing in a cost-effective manner," said Bill Thigpen, chief of the Advanced Computing Branch at Ames' NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) facility. "It makes it possible for us to be flexible and add computing resources as needed, and we can save about $35 million dollars—about half the cost of building another big facility." One of the benefits of the Electra system is its flexibility, through container modules that can be easily added or removed in sections without disrupting operations. NASA is already considering an expansion of up to 16 times the current capability of the modular environment to keep up with the requests for supercomputing time needed to support NASA researchers. Scientists and engineers around the country can log into Electra to use its high-performance computing for their research supporting NASA missions. In doing so, they will significantly reduce the impact on the environment, compared to using traditional supercomputers. "One of NASA's key science goals is to expand our knowledge of Earth systems," said Thigpen. "So we have a responsibility to do our part to lessen the impact of our technologies on the environment over the long term." The reduced use of water and energy resources does not lessen the system's capability. The Electra system will provide users an additional 280 million hours of computing time per year, according to Thigpen. It already ranks 39th in the U.S. on the TOP500 list of the most powerful computer systems. Users of the system say it's faster and easier to run jobs in the heavily utilized NAS computing environment, where time using the agency's most powerful supercomputer, Pleiades, is always in demand. The Modular Supercomputing Facility was built and installed by NASA partners SGI/CommScope and is managed by the NASA Advanced Supercomputing Division at Ames.


Light Of The Moon Publishing Releases Revised 2nd Edition Hardback "The Native American Story Book - Stories Of The American Indians For Children" Author G.W. Mullins and Artist C.L. Hause continue the success of their Best-Selling book series “Walking With Spirits” and “The Native American Story Book” with a new revised 2nd edition hardback book. New York, NY, November 16, 2016 --( Although many Native Americans had no written language, their stories, myths and folklore were passed down from generation to generation. The spoken languages may have been different from tribe to tribe, but the histories were kept alive. Through storytelling, the rich history of the Native American tribes is alive and well today. It has been shared, preserved and still pays tribute to fallen heroes of the past. It is through these glimpses into the pasts of many tribes, from the stories contained in this book, that you can see what a proud heritage Native Americans. Included in this large collection of legends are: The Magic Arrows, Origin of the Pleiades, Grandmother Spider Steals the Fire, The Hunter and Selu, Inuit Story of the Northern Lights, How Old Man Above Created the World, The Legend of the Cherokee Rose, Contents of the Medicine Bag, The Legend of the Dream Catcher, The Journey to the Sunrise, What the Stars are Like, How the Terrapin Beat the Rabbit, How the Deer got his Horns, Why the Turkey Gobbles, How the Redbird got his Color, The Bear Man, The Man in the Stump, Determination of Night and Day, The Lost Cherokee, The Legend of the Cedar Tree, The First Moccasins, The Legend of the Apache Tear, Mooin, the Bear's Child, Bear Spirits, Tipi Etiquette, The Quill-Work Girl and Her Seven Brothers, The Flying Canoe, Míkmaq Legend of the Wild Goose, The Porcupine Quills, Why The Owl Has Big Eyes, How the Fawn Got Its Spots, and many, many more. For further information, on his writing visit G.W. Mullins' web site at http://gwmullins.wixsite.com/officialsite/native-american-childrens-book. For information on the art of C.L. Hause visit his web site at http://clarencehause.wix.com/homepage G.W. Mullins is a Native American of Cherokee decent. He has been a published author for several years. His recent releases include: Daniel Is Waiting A Ghost Story, The Native American Cookbook, The Native American Story Book Series Volumes 1-5, The Best Native American Stories For Children and others. Books by G.W. Mullins are available from Amazon.com, Kobo, Google Book Store, Books-A-Million, Barnes and Noble and other retailers worldwide. C.L. Hause is an abstract artist who possesses a Bachelor Of Arts Degree specializing in Studio Art. He was the winner of the 2013 Johnny Hart Memorial Award as well of several others. He has always been inspired by nature, primitive and Native American design. he is currently finishing his MFA in New York City. New York, NY, November 16, 2016 --( PR.com )-- Contained within 160 pages in 6x9 format, "The Native American Story Book - Stories Of The American Indians For Children" features stories appropriate for younger readers while presenting children with a chance to explore Native American history.Although many Native Americans had no written language, their stories, myths and folklore were passed down from generation to generation. The spoken languages may have been different from tribe to tribe, but the histories were kept alive. Through storytelling, the rich history of the Native American tribes is alive and well today. It has been shared, preserved and still pays tribute to fallen heroes of the past. It is through these glimpses into the pasts of many tribes, from the stories contained in this book, that you can see what a proud heritage Native Americans.Included in this large collection of legends are: The Magic Arrows, Origin of the Pleiades, Grandmother Spider Steals the Fire, The Hunter and Selu, Inuit Story of the Northern Lights, How Old Man Above Created the World, The Legend of the Cherokee Rose, Contents of the Medicine Bag, The Legend of the Dream Catcher, The Journey to the Sunrise, What the Stars are Like, How the Terrapin Beat the Rabbit, How the Deer got his Horns, Why the Turkey Gobbles, How the Redbird got his Color, The Bear Man, The Man in the Stump, Determination of Night and Day, The Lost Cherokee, The Legend of the Cedar Tree, The First Moccasins, The Legend of the Apache Tear, Mooin, the Bear's Child, Bear Spirits, Tipi Etiquette, The Quill-Work Girl and Her Seven Brothers, The Flying Canoe, Míkmaq Legend of the Wild Goose, The Porcupine Quills, Why The Owl Has Big Eyes, How the Fawn Got Its Spots, and many, many more.For further information, on his writing visit G.W. Mullins' web site at http://gwmullins.wixsite.com/officialsite/native-american-childrens-book. For information on the art of C.L. Hause visit his web site at http://clarencehause.wix.com/homepageG.W. Mullins is a Native American of Cherokee decent. He has been a published author for several years. His recent releases include: Daniel Is Waiting A Ghost Story, The Native American Cookbook, The Native American Story Book Series Volumes 1-5, The Best Native American Stories For Children and others. Books by G.W. Mullins are available from Amazon.com, Kobo, Google Book Store, Books-A-Million, Barnes and Noble and other retailers worldwide.C.L. Hause is an abstract artist who possesses a Bachelor Of Arts Degree specializing in Studio Art. He was the winner of the 2013 Johnny Hart Memorial Award as well of several others. He has always been inspired by nature, primitive and Native American design. he is currently finishing his MFA in New York City.


News Article | January 18, 2017
Site: www.techtimes.com

In this age of smartphones where taking selfies has become a huge craze, news that what could possibly be Britain's first selfie - snapped up 4000 years ago - may come as a massive surprise. Amateur archaeologist, Gordon Holmes from Shipley stumbled upon Yorkshire's first selfies which is etched on a 4000-year-old stone found in Baildon Moor. Holmes believes that the carving on the rock is an image of the artist himself. "'I realised that I was looking at a Stone Age selfie," he shared. The carving shows off a stick figure and Holmes believes this is the artist seated or standing, with the landscape in the backdrop or possibly near a fire. Above the head is something which resembles a speech bubble, which shows off the W-shaped star Cassiopeia over his head. The entire depiction suggests that the artist has etched his selfie on a stone. "I know there could be earlier interpretations of selfies, such as those drawn in hieroglyphics by the Ancient Egyptians, but this stone carving selfie on Baildon Moor may well be the earliest example in Yorkshire," noted the archaeologist. Yorkshire is home to an array of undiscovered symbols and inscriptions carved on rock surfaces that reveal mysterious facts about ancient civilizations. This is not the first time that 64-year-old Holmes has stumbled upon and been fascinated by such a piece of ancient history that draws one in. As a child, Holmes reveals his father inculcated the interest in inscriptions and carvings in him, while traversing to district moorlands. The journey that started at 12 has continued ever since. A retired IT technician and design engineer, Holmes has devoted his life to observing ancient carvings that have survived the trials of time. While looking at the Stone Age selfie, Holmes realized that the notion of taking one's own picture is not novel, but has a long history which has its origins in the Stone Age. According to archaeological surveys, there are several rings and cup stones in the vicinity of the moors. The inscriptions and drawings engraved into the millstone grit reveal interesting facts. Other moors like IIkley, Harden, Bingley, and Rivock Edge are some of the other carvings that have an astronomical connect. These five appear to be similar to each other in a particular style, sort of like writing. Holmes became determined to search for the markings as his father had once told him that not many were aware of these aspects. An enthusiastic and passionate historian, Gordon delved into this mystery to learn more. He gradually deciphered that the carvings were actually portraying the Pole Star, Hyades, Cassiopeia and Pleiades. The archaeologist is uncertain about the creator of these carvings but feels that they could all be tied to the same artist. © 2017 Tech Times, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.


Systems and methods for collecting information about a students educational and social activities from a plurality of networked sources, storing the information, and providing access to the information are provided. A collection component receives information associated with a student, including at least educational activity information. A portfolio component then associates the information in a portfolio for the student, which is stored in a data store, and an access component provide access to the portfolio. In an aspect, the collection component receives the information from an external source, such as an interactive electronic application, over a network in response to receipt of the information by the external source.


Patent
Pleiades | Date: 2014-09-17

Current approaches to paperless books use single screen laptop computers or electronic paper display (EPD)-based book readers. Laptop computers consume too much power and cannot be used for extended periods of time, such as an entire school day, without recharging its battery. EPD devices are limited in functionality due to their slow refresh rate and grey-scale only images. An embodiment of the present invention integrates bi-stable display technology and refresh display technology into a single device and manages the use of these technologies to achieve power savings while providing a rich set of display functionalities to support user interaction with content in a synergistic manner. The power savings functionality enables the device to have a battery operating life between charges of many hours of operation, such as eight hours or more, while the display functionality enables users to access, display, and interact with content in ways users have become accustomed and in ways not before possible.


Patent
Pleiades | Date: 2012-01-13

Systems and methods for collecting information about a students educational and social activities from a plurality of networked sources, storing the information, and providing access to the information are provided. A collection component receives information associated with a student, including at least educational activity information. A portfolio component then associates the information in a portfolio for the student, which is stored in a data store, and an access component provide access to the portfolio. An educational activity component provides educational activities to the student and a social activity component provides a public interface and social activities for students.


Patent
Pleiades | Date: 2012-01-09

Apparatus, system and methods provide a first screen that displays interactive content and a second screen that displays media content corresponding to portions of the text. The interactive content includes text and contextual references that operate as links to the media content displayed on the second screen. The contextual references provide video, graphical illustration, voice, text and/or interactive media in order to further enhance and complement the portions of the interactive content in the first display. Various resources enable creation of the media content and/or the interactive content in order to further provide historical descriptions, pictures, videos, contemporaneous writings and so on that complement the text of the book by providing further content. Resource inputs from various device components are compiled and used to playback an interactive experience for a user.


Patent
Pleiades | Date: 2012-01-10

The interactive electronic book can be displayed on a dual-screen electronic device, with a first screen that displays the text of the book, and a second screen that displays the contextual references. Links to the contextual references can be displayed on the first screen alongside the text or embedded in the text. The contextual references can be historical descriptions, pictures, videos, contemporaneous writings and so on that help to put the text of the book in context. The contextual references can relate to the portion of the text that is displayed on the first screen. Different modes allow for the displayed text to be shown in marked mode, or unmarked mode. The interactive electronic book can also include testing software which tests the reader on their understanding of the text. The interactive electronic book can also be updated with new texts and contextual references.


Systems, methods, and apparatus are described herein that facilitate education through an interactive illustration. The systems, methods and apparatuses can facilitate both the design of a course employing the interactive illustration at an instructor interface and education utilizing the course at an educational terminal. The design of the course can be based on a selection of an image, a selection of an activity, a selection of a development level of a student and selection of a work stage. The same image can be utilized for different activities, development levels and work stages. Additionally, tools utilized with the interactive image can be the same for different images, activities, development levels and work stages. The tools can also be the same for the design of the course and the study utilizing the course.


Patent
Pleiades | Date: 2011-01-21

Systems, methods, and apparatus that couple portable educational terminal(s) with an instructor interface by way of an interactive, real-time educational system are presented herein. An educational component can be configured to authorize, via a network computing environment, a first communication between the educational component and an educational terminal; authorize, via the network computing environment, a second communication between the educational component and an instructor interface; and transfer, via the network computing environment, educational path information between the educational terminal and the educational component in response to the second communication. The educational path information can include digitized textbook information and/or relate to a lesson plan associated with the educational terminal. Further, the educational component can be configured to authorize the first communication in response to at least one of an alphanumeric registration, a voice activated registration, a biometric registration, or first information associated with the educational terminal.

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