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ASIMO

ASIMO is a humanoid robot created by Honda in 2000. It is displayed in the Miraikan museum in Tokyo, Japan; the name was chosen in honor of Isaac Asimov. Honda began developing humanoid robots in the 1980s, including several prototypes that preceded ASIMO, it was the company's goal to create a walking robot. E0 was the first bipedal model produced as part of the Honda E series, an early experimental line of self-regulating, humanoid walking robot with wireless movements created between 1986 and 1993; this was followed by the Honda P series of robots produced from 1993 through 1997. The research made on the E- and P-series led to the creation of ASIMO. Development began at Honda's Wako Fundamental Technical Research Center in Japan in 1999 and ASIMO was unveiled in October 2000. ASIMO is an acronym; the Japanese word Asi stands for'leg' and Mo for'mobility'. ASIMO is pronounced as'ashimo' and means'also legs'. In 2018, Honda ceased the commercial development of ASIMO, although it will continue to be developed as a research platform and make public appearances.

ASIMO weighs 54 kg. Research conducted by Honda found that the ideal height for a mobility assistant robot was between 120 cm and the height of an average adult, conducive to operating door knobs and light switches. ASIMO is powered by a rechargeable 51.8 V lithium-ion battery with an operating time of one hour. Switching from a nickel metal hydride in 2004 increased the amount of time ASIMO can operate before recharging. ASIMO has a three-dimensional computer processor, created by Honda and consists of a three stacked die, a processor, a signal converter and memory; the computer that controls ASIMO's movement is housed in the robot's waist area and can be controlled by a PC, wireless controller, or voice commands. ASIMO has the ability to recognize moving objects, gestures, its surrounding environment and faces, which enables it to interact with humans; the robot can detect the movements of multiple objects by using visual information captured by two camera "eyes" in its head and determine distance and direction.

This feature allows ASIMO to face a person when approached. The robot interprets voice commands and human gestures, enabling it to recognize when a handshake is offered or when a person waves or points, respond accordingly. ASIMO's ability to distinguish between voices and other sounds allows it to identify its companions. ASIMO is able to respond to its name and recognizes sounds associated with a falling object or collision; this allows the robot to look towards a sound. ASIMO responds to questions by nodding or providing a verbal answer in different languages and can recognize 10 different faces and address them by name. There are sensors; the two cameras inside the head are used as a visual sensor to detect obstacles. The lower portion of the torso has ground sensor which comprises one laser sensor and one infrared sensor; the laser sensor is used to detect ground surface. The infrared sensor with automatic shutter adjustment based on brightness is used to detect pairs of floor markings to confirm the navigable paths of the planned map.

The pre-loaded map and the detection of floor markings help the robot to identify its present location and continuously adjust its position. There are rear ultrasonic sensors to sense the obstacles; the front sensor is located at the lower portion of the torso together with the ground sensor. The rear sensor is located at the bottom of the backpack. Honda's work with ASIMO led to further research on walking assist devices that resulted in innovations such as the Stride Management Assist and the Bodyweight Support Assist. In honor of ASIMO's 10th anniversary in November 2010, Honda developed an application for the iPhone and Android smartphones called "Run with ASIMO." Users learn about the development of ASIMO by walking the robot through the steps of a race and sharing their lap times on Twitter and Facebook. Since ASIMO was introduced in 2000, the robot has traveled around the world and performed in front of international audiences. ASIMO made its first public appearance in the U. S. in 2002 when it rang the bell to open trade sessions for the New York Stock Exchange.

From January 2003 to March 2005, the robot toured the U. S. and Canada, demonstrating its abilities for more than 130,000 people. From 2003 to 2004, ASIMO was part of the North American educational tour, where it visited top science and technology museums and academic institutions throughout North America; the goal of the tour was to encourage students to study science through a live show that highlighted ASIMO's abilities. Additionally, the robot visited top engineering and computer science colleges and universities across the US as part of the ASIMO Technology Circuit Tour in an effort to encourage students to consider scientific careers. In 2004, ASIMO was inducted into the Carnegie Mellon Robot Hall of Fame. In March 2005, the robot walked the red carpet at the world premiere of the computer-animated film, Robots. In June 2005, ASIMO became a feature in a show called "Say'Hello' to Honda's ASIMO" at Disneyland's Innoventions attraction, a part of the Tomorrowland area of the park; this was the only permanent installation of ASIMO in North America until Innoventions was closed in April 2015.

The robot first visited the United Kingdom in January 2003 for private demonstrations at the Science Museum in London. ASIMO continued on a world tour, making stops in countries such as Spain, the United Arab Emirates, South Africa and Australia. In October 2008, AS

Bismarck (video game)

Bismarck is a turn-based strategy video game developed by Personal Software Services and published by Mirrorsoft. It was first released for ZX Spectrum in 1987 for the United Kingdom, it was ported to Amiga, Apple II, Atari ST and Atari 8-bit home computers in both the United Kingdom and the United States the following year. The game is the tenth instalment in the Strategic Wargames series. In the game, the player can choose to control either the German battleship Bismarck or command the pursuing fleet of Royal Navy ships; the game is set during the Last battle of the battleship Bismarck of World War II and revolves around the Bismarck attempting to escape a pursuing fleet of Royal Navy ships, who desire to avenge the deaths of 1,412 men in the sinking of the flagship and "pride of the Royal Navy", HMS Hood. The game received positive reviews upon release; the game is a turn-based strategy and takes place during the Last battle of the battleship Bismarck on 27 May 1941. The battle is a sequel to the Battle of the Denmark Strait, in which the Kriegsmarine ships Bismarck and Prinz Eugen sank the Royal Navy flagship, HMS Hood, resulting in the deaths of 1,412 men.

Incensed by the loss of the "pride of the Royal Navy", a large British force was dispatched in order to pursue and destroy the Bismarck and its support ship, the Prinz Eugen. The player has the option to choose. If the German side is picked, the objective of the game is to evade the Royal Navy fleet by either sailing to Iceland or heading to the safety of Nazi occupied France; the player will only have the ability to control the Bismarck itself, must defend themselves against Royal Navy and Royal Air Force attacks if compromised. If the British side is chosen the player must command the hunting Royal Navy fleet in order to search and destroy the Bismarck. To achieve both these ends, the player will be able to access an in-game command centre, which will give out alerts depending on the side chosen. If controlling the Bismarck, the player will be reported of hostile British U-boat sightings. If controlling the Royal Navy fleet, they will be told of radio intercepts, which will pinpoint the Bismarck's approximate location.

If the Bismarck has been intercepted or compromised by Royal Navy ships, the game will automatically shift to an arcade sequence which will give the player an opportunity to defend the ship against a British attack, or alternatively, if playing as the British, the sequence is utilised in order to destroy the Bismarck. The feature can be displayed at any time, though it is automatically enabled if either side comes into conflict; the interface of the feature is split into three sections. The middle section contains buttons and icons which are used to control ship movement and to fire weapons; the lower part of the screen displays a diagrammatic representation of the ship from the side chosen. Once a hostile ship is in range, the player will have the choice to either open fire or outmanoeuvre the enemy; the Bismarck is able to withstand 99 points of damage. If fires occur, the player is given the option to order fire-fighting crews to contain the blaze, although it will cause the ship to disengage from combat.

The game proceeds in real time, has the option to change speed from slow to fast at any time. The game received positive reviews upon release. Peter Berlin of Your Sinclair praised the presentation of the game, stating that it was "good to look at" and well organised. Philippa Irving of Crash asserted that the graphics and interface were "rather bland" but "pretty". Despite stating that the map of the game was "unexciting", Irving noted that it was offset by "pretty touches" and new graphical additions. A reviewer of Computer and Video Games stated that the game was "historically good", their only criticism was the unsuitability of using a joystick for the game, which they deemed "virtually unusable". David Buckingham of Computer Gamer considered Bismarck the best game Personal Software Studios had released at the time, added that the two genres of strategy and action work "very well". Gary Rook of Sinclair User heralded the gameplay as an "exciting" blend of strategy and arcade simulation. Berlin suggested that Bismarck was a good introduction for players who were "bored" with the arcade genre and preferred "something a little bit tougher".

Irving praised the gameplay as smoothly-presented and "undemanding", stating that the type of game Personal Software Studios were creating was "successful". She considered the rules of the game to be detailed in all important respects, well-presented and "helpful", albeit "not voluminous". Regarding the arcade aspect of the game, Rook noted that the level of action in it was sufficient, but was sceptical that it was a "true" wargame

Jerry Wishnow

Jerry Wishnow is an American activist, broadcaster and founder of Wishnow Group Inc. a company credited with developing the production of media-centered campaigns aimed at measurably intervening in substantiative social problems utilizing mutually beneficial partnerships between media, non-profit and business. The projects have been directed at reducing infant mortality, property crime, changing drug laws, adding anti-discrimination curricula to United States Schools and increasing voluntarism. Wishnow and his campaigns have received over 70 national and regional awards including a Peabody award, three Emmy awards, four Presidential commendations. Wishnow earned a BA in English Journalism; as a student reporter at Northeastern, he was physically threatened while covering the 1963 Selma, Alabama racial unrest. He earned a Master of Journalism degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL in 1967. In 1967, he covered the "Summer of Love" in San Francisco for The Boston's Herald Traveler.

He started his work at WBZ radio Boston as a public affairs director. Wishnow became creative services director producing public service campaigns which were covered nationally. In 1974, Wishnow founded Wishnow Group, an activist public service and promotion company based in Marblehead, Massachusetts. Wishnow assisted in the major market launch of AmeriCorps. Wishnow has worked with nonprofits including the Anti-Defamation League and the March of Dimes, University of Chicago Hospitals, government agencies including US Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, US Law Enforcement Systems Association, the US Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Wishnow has worked with companies including American Express, Digital Equipment Corporation, Montgomery Ward and Blue Cross Blue Shield. In 1969, Wishnow produced an event which locked nine Boston black and white school decentralization activists, including Louise Day Hicks, together in a room for over 22 hours with microphones and cameras until compromises were reached.

The result was broadcast on WBZ. A team of psychologist was present during the experiment and the participants were given cues in a "sensitizing" environment to direct the discussion; the project was named "T-Group 15." The 11-hour edited broadcast included four hours of live audience reaction with the participants and was aired on WBZ for 15 hours without commercials. Wishnow worked with ALA Auto & Travel Club of Wellesley, Massachusetts and WBZ radio to develop a service which included a van that provided free emergency road service for cars that broke down on major highways. "Commuter Computer" was a service created by Wishnow and Jerry Swerling, a public relations director of ALA Auto & Travel Club. Listeners sent in forms with their locations. A computer matched them up with ten people. Tens of thousands of people joined the effort; the promotion sparked carpool campaigns in Chicago, Fort Wayne, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Miami. Wishnow produced a community anti-smoking campaign developed by a team of physicians to provide information and emotional support.

In addition to broadcasts on WBZ, the campaign featured access to a 24-hour telephone hot-line, anti-smoking clinics, community centered support. "Shape-up Boston" was a six-month-long campaign created by Wishnow. It centered on the issues of diet nutrition; the project was replicated as "Go to Health" at ABC radio in Los Angeles with support from Sears. Another project Wishnow produced was aimed at providing junior high and high school students and parents with information on substance abuse. A family went through on-air drug counseling. In 1972, on-air audience discussions guided by expert attorneys led to the drafting of legislation which came to be known as the "WBZ Drug Bill,", passed by Massachusetts State Legislature; the bill lightened penalties for possession of marijuana and ended jail sentences as a punishment for first and second offenders. "Hands off This Car" was a community-based program Wishnow produced for WNAC-TV Boston to reduce car theft by providing the public with information and a free kit including tapered door locks, kill switches, engraving tools designed to protect cars from theft.

If a car was stolen, the program provided free on-air cash rewards. The project expanded nationally through the Montgomery Ward auto club and participating network owned and affiliated TV stations where it reached over 51 US markets. Wishnow joined with Jack Borden, former news reporter for WBZ-TV Boston, to create the "For Spacious Skies" campaign, established in 1981; the campaign focused on increasing awareness of the sky visibility as a way to reduce air pollution. Dr. Leonard Duhl, a psychiatrist at U. C. Berkeley reported that sensory detachment from the environment is a major factor in personal and social ill health; the board for the campaign included photographer Ansel Adams. Efforts for the campaign were funded through grants from the Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Department of Energy; as part of the push to gain awareness, "Conference on the Sky," a three-day conference, was held on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. The conference included meteorologists, photographers, writers, environmentalists, psychologists and other professionals whose careers were connected to the sky.

The project is ongoing under Bordon's leadership. "Priority One" was a year-long comprehensive property crime prevention project designed to provide the public with education and tools to make their homes and neighborhoods more secure. Wishnow produced the

2017 NBL Finals

The 2017 NBL Finals was the championship series of the 2016–17 NBL season and the conclusion of the season. Perth Wildcats defeated Illawarra Hawks in three games to claim their eighth NBL championship; the 2016–17 National Basketball League Finals were played in February and March 2017 between the top four teams of the regular season, consisting of two best-of-three semi-final and one best-of-five final series, where the higher seed hosted the first and fifth games. Numbers highlighted in green indicate. Numbers highlighted in blue indicates. Numbers highlighted in red indicates. Adelaide 36ers Cairns Taipans Perth Wildcats Illawarra HawksThe NBL tie-breaker system as outlined in the NBL Rules and Regulations states that in the case of an identical win-loss record, the results in games played between the teams will determine order of seeding. Regular season series Illawarra won 3–1 in the regular season series: Regular season series Tied 2–2 in the regular season series.

Kudal

Kudal is a census town in Sindhudurg district, India. It is situated on Karli River in southwest Maharashtara. Kudal is the fourth largest town in Sindhudurg after Malvan and Kankavli; as of 2011, the population is 16,015. Kudal supports one MIDC area. Kudal railway station is located on the Konkan Railway route and connects the town with Mumbai on the north and Mangalore on the south, it is a major stop for the Konkan Railway with many trains having a halt. The Deccan Odyssey train stops in Kudal. National Highway 66 passes through Kudal. Apart from that, it has two bus stations, a new one and old one; the old one is situated in market while the new one is just adjacent to the NH-66. Kudal is situated in centre of the Sindhudurg district and considered as one of the fastest growing towns in the region; the town is considered as one of the most antique settlements of the Konkan Region. It is a famous market for Alphonso Mango, exported to different cities in the india and differnt countries all over the world.

The town is renowned for the annual fair, organized at the Kudaleshwar temple. There are a number of attractions that lure a large number of people every year from all across the country; some of the prominent attractions in the town include the Rangana Garh Fort, Shree Devi Laxmi Mandir, Deo Dongar Machhindranath Mandir, Shree Dev Bhairav Temple, Sateri devi mandir, The Shree Maruti Mandir, Shree Devi Bhavani Mandir,Shree Devi Kelbai Mandir, Ghodebao,College of Horticulture Mulde - Dr. Balasaheb Sawant Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth in Mulde; this taluka has abig village named Nerur, a big tourist attraction. Here the biggest annual fair of shri dev kaleswar, the temple of the greatest Lord Shiva, it is believed. Nerur has lakes temples like shri laxmi narayan shri devi mauli and many more "Sant Rawool Maharaj Mahavidyalya Kudal" Kudal is located at 16.9 km far from its district headquarters Oros and is just 474 km away from the capital city of the state, Mumbai by road. It has an average elevation of 20 metres.

The climate is coastal and humid. Annual temperature rises from 22 to 40 degree Celsius. Kudal gets heavy rainfall of 1100mm per year; as of 2011 India census, Kudal city had a population of 16015 people. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%. Kudal has an average literacy rate of 78%, higher than the national average of 59.5%. Male literacy is 81%, female literacy is 75%. In Kudal, 12% of the population is under 6 years of age. Kudal lies from where coastal hamlets of Malvan and Tarkarli are accessible. Kudal Railway station offers a convenient access point to visit beach getaways of Malvan and Tarkarli. Nearest Airport - Dabolim, Hubli,Sindhudurg Airport. Kudal is connected by Day train with Mumbai. Kudal is connected by Overnight train with Mumbai, Ahmedabad, New Delhi. Kudal is connected by Day bus with Mumbai, Ahmedabad. Kudal is connected by Overnight Bus with Mumbai, Ahmedabad. Kudal is connected by Goa-Mumbai highway kudal, it is connected to Mumbai-Goa Highway. In Kudal we can go through by road

Grand Duke Boris Vladimirovich of Russia

Grand Duke Boris Vladimirovich of Russia was a son of Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich of Russia, a grandson of Tsar Alexander II of Russia and a first cousin of Tsar Nicholas II. He followed a military career. After graduating from the Nikolaevsky cavalry School in 1896, he served as coronet in the life Guards Hussar regiment, he took part in the Russo-Japanese War in 1904 and became a major general in the Russian Army in 1914. During World War I, he commanded the regiment of the Ataman Cossacks in 1915, he was known as a notorious playboy. After the fall of the Russian monarchy, he was put under house arrest by the provisional government in March 1917, but he managed to escape the former Imperial capital in September that year and joined his mother and younger brother in the Caucasus, he departed revolutionary Russia in March 1919 with his longtime mistress. He settled in France where he spent the rest of his life, he died in occupied Paris in 1943. Grand Duke Boris Vladimirovich was born on 24 November 1877 at his parents' palace in Saint Petersburg.

He was the third child and second surviving son among the five children of Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich of Russia and his wife Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna, née Duchess Marie Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. His parents were wealthy and lived in the luxurious Vladimir Palace in Saint Petersburg, his father, Vladimir Alexandrovich, a brother of Tsar Alexander III of Russia, was a renowned patron of the arts. Boris, more extrovert than his siblings, was his mother’s favorite. Grand Duke Boris was educated at home, he was raised by a British nanny, thanks to her the first language he spoke was English. As was customary in the Russian Imperial family and his siblings have a sailor "nanny", a male attendant from the Imperial navy, who served as the children's companion looking after them. Boris Vladimirovich's education emphasized military training; the parents chose the tutors and friends for their children with care. The four siblings spent most of their time at their parents villa in Tsarkoe Selo where they have a lot of freedom and a park with a pond.

It was traditional for the male members of the Romanov family to follow a military career. From his birth, Grand Duke Boris was appointed patron of the 45th Azov Infantry Regiment, enrolled into the Semeonovsky Life Guards and the Life Guards Dragoon regiment, the 4th Life Guard Rifle Battalion of the Imperial Family. In 1896, at the age of eighteen, he graduated from the Nikolaievksy Cavalry School with the rank of Cornet of the Life Guards Hussar Regiment; the following year, he was appointed aide-de-camp to the Emperor. At age eighteen, upon coming of age, Grand Duke Boris received from his father a plot of land at Tsarskoye Selo on the eastern bank of the Kolonistky pond near the Moskovskaya Gate. There, in 1895, the Grand Duke built his own residence in the style of an English country house. All the materials were imported from England and construction was finished in less than a year; the estate, named Wolf Garden, compromised a cottage, coach house, a small tea house, where the grand duke could entertain his friends.

The interiors were designed by Maples importing everything from England. To complement the British atmosphere, the servants were hired from England including a British butler. Boris Vladimirovich lived in Wolf Garden all year round; the property was run as a modern farm and in 1899 a small house was added for the servants. From his early youth Boris was notorious for his restless life style, he was an extrovert social, he liked to drink and womanizing. He became a famous playboy. In 1896 during the coronation ceremonies of Tsar Nicholas II, he flirted with Crown Princess Marie of Romania, his first cousin and was married; the next year, he visited her in Bucharest. She said that "he had an attractive, rather husky voice, kind eyes, humorous smile, which crinkled his forehead into unexpected lines. Not handsome, he had great charm." The grand duke got entangled with a Mademoiselle Demidov. He was the cause of her engagement breaking off on the eve of her wedding; the famous ballerina Anna Pavlova was one of Boris’ lovers.

Princess Catherine Radziwill called him “the terror of jealous husbands as well as of watchful mothers”. His trips abroad became his escapades in doubtful taste, he drank in the company of prostitutes. Although loaded with wealth and privilege, Grand Duke Boris found his income insufficient and ran up a huge debt of nearly half a million rubles with his mother. In one year, he spent more than 25,000 rubles for meals, 16,000 for servants and 8,000 for automobiles, giving 46 rubles to the church, his mother protected him from the wrath of the family. In 1901, Grand Duke Boris, age twenty five, had a liaison with a Frenchwoman, Jeanne Aumont-Lacroix, had a son by her, born in Paris; the child, Jean Boris Lacroix, was not recognized. To break the relationship and strengthen his character Boris's parents sent him, with the Tsar's approval, on a world tour. Grand Duke Boris' tour around the world lasted from 6 January 1902 until 20 October 1902, it began in France, when in the autumn 1901, he met with brother Kirill in Paris.

As there was an unexpected delay in the expedition, he spent the holidays with his aunt Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna and his cousin Victoria Melita in their winter home in Nice. The long trip began in