Indian Team Wins $1 Million Google Lunar Xprize

Sunday, February 1, 2015
Indian Team Wins $1 Million Google Lunar Xprize Apple Killed the Google Nexus 6 FinA combined $5.25 million
has been awarded to five
Google Lunar Xprize teams,
including one from from India. The awards or Milestone
Prizes are in three categories
- Imaging, Mobility and Landing systems - which have been
deemed vital to successfully
complete the goals of the
Google Lunar Xprize mission,
which is ultimately aimed at
encouraging teams to successfully land a robot on the
Google awarded a total of
nine Milestone Prizes to the
five teams, with India's Team
Indus winning $1 million in the
Landing category. Google describes the landing system as
all hardware and software required to support a soft-landing of the Google Lunar Xprize
spacecraft on the Moon.
Teams were judged for their
attitude control en route to the
Moon; systems for tracking
and orbit determination en
route to the Moon; guidance
Navigation and Control (GNC)
for the lunar descent (including sensors); avionics; propulsion; landing legs or touchdown devices; thermal control
(e.g. related to GNC or propulsion); onboard autonomy,
and interfaces to other subsystems
US-based Astrobotic, and
Moon Express, also from the
US, won the Milestone Prize
for Landing systems, and both
also won $250,000 each for
the Imaging category alongside Germany's Part-Time Scientists. The $500,000 Mobility system prize was awarded
to the German team
Astrobotic and Japan's
Hakuto. 1India's Team Indus,
headquartered in Bengaluru,
was selected to compete for
two of the Milestone Prizes,
the Landing Prize, and the
Imaging Prize. Managed by
Axiom Research Labs Private
Limited, an aerospace startup
company, Team Indus says it
aims to showcase the creativity and capability of Indian entrepreneurs, promote higher
scientific education, develop
new home-grown space technologies and inspire an entire
generation of young people.
It is led by former IT professional, Rahul Narayan.
Narayan estimates Team Indus' Google Lunar Xprize
project will cost the company
$30 million to complete, and
plans to use Isro's PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle)
for launch. Current specifications of the Team Indus' lunar rover, codenamed ECA,
include: 4 wheels, front-
steering, 40W body fixed solar panel, two front and two
rear cameras, a 12kg weight,
400x500x600mm. The flight
is expected to take 30 days,
with up to 15 days of surface
operations, and a Q4 2015
launch is still listed. Robert K.
Weiss, vice chairman and
president, Xprize, said of the
Milestone Prize winners, "The
$30M Google Lunar Xprize is
asking teams to accomplish
a feat that has never been
achieved-the safe landing of
a private craft on the lunar
surface that travels at least
500 meters and transmits
high-definition video and imagery back to Earth. Congratulations to these five talented teams on winning Milestone Prizes. The goal of this
unprecedented competition is
to challenge and inspire engineers and entrepreneurs
from around the world to develop low-cost methods of
robotic space exploration and
these achievements represent a pivotal moment in this
important journey back to the
moon." If any of the five
teams that have already been
awarded win the $20 million
Grand Prize, their the Milestone Prize earnings will be
deducted from the total, but
as the possibility exists a new
team may win, the Mountain
View said it has increased the
total purse of the Google Lunar to $40 million from $30
million. The Grand Prize will
go to the company that successfully manages before
December 31, 2016 to land a
robot on the Moon that
moves 500 metres on, above,
or below the Moon's surface
and can transmit back HDTV
Mooncasts, all with no more
than 10 percent government
funding. Google has revised
the Lunar Xprize timeline
slightly, saying that at least
one team must provide documentation of a scheduled
launch by December 31, 2015
for all teams to move forward
in the competition. Matt Hirst,
Head of Brand Partnerships
and Experiences, Google,
added, "We would like to congratulate Astrobotic, Hakuto,
Moon Express, Part-Time Scientists and Team Indus on
their Milestone Prize Award
wins, as well as the other 13
Google Lunar Xprize competitors, all of which continue to
devote tireless dedication to
this goal. At Google, we passionately believe in the power
of asking big questions and we
are proud to support the efforts of those who push
boundaries in science and society to create a better world."
Hackers defaced the
website of Malaysia Airlines
on Monday and threatened to
dump stolen information
online after posting a
glimpse of customer data
obtained in the attack. The
airline's site was down for at
least seven hours, replaced
by a message from the Lizard Squad hacker group,
before the company brought
it back online by mid-afternoon in Malaysia. The hackers at first changed the site
to display a message saying
"404 - Plane Not Found" and
that it was "Hacked by
CyberCaliphate," with a
photo of one of the airline's
Airbus A380 superjumbo
jets. The browser tab for the
website said "ISIS will prevail."
Malaysia Airlines is struggling to recover from twin
disasters last year, the disappearance of Flight 370,
which authorities believed
crashed 1,800 kilometers
(1,100 miles) off Australia's
west coast, and the downing of Flight 17 over Ukraine.
The hackers later replaced
the jet with a picture of a lizard in a top hat, monocle and
tuxedo smoking a pipe. The
Islamic State reference was
removed and the claim of responsibility changed to "Lizard Squad - Official
CyberCaliphate," with a link
to the group's Twitter account. Notorious for their attention-seeking antics, Lizard Squad has claimed responsibility for a variety of
hacks over the past year,
most of them aimed at gaming or media companies. Lizard S quad occasionally
makes tongue-in-cheek
claims to support Islamic
State, although there are no
known links between the
groups. The airline said in a
statement that it was a "temporary glitch" that didn't affect passenger bookings and
that the breach had been
reported to Malaysia's transport ministry and Internet
security agency. It said user
data "remains secured." Lizard Squad, however, tweeted
that it was "going to dump
some loot found on servers
soon," and posted a link to a
gerprint Scanner: Former Motorola CEO
The Google Nexus 6, made
by Motorola, was in-line to
sport a fingerprint scanner like
the HTC One Max and
Samsung Galaxy S5 on its
rear panel, claims former
Motorola Mobility CEO.
In an interview with
The Telegraph, Dennis
Woodside, the current
COO at Dropbox, who announced his exit from
Motorola early last year
talked about Google's
newest Nexus phone.
Woodside claimed that the
Nexus 6 was "supposed"
to pack a fingerprint scanner on the rear panel;
though it never happened
because of Apple.
Woodside explains that
Apple bought Authentec,
the maker of fingerprint
sensor chips, who were the
best supplier; leaving with
second best option that was
available to other OEMs. "The
secret behind that is that it
was supposed to be fingerprint recognition, and Apple
bought the best supplier. So
the second best supplier was
the only one available to everyone else in the industry and
they weren't there yet," said
Former Motorola CEO
however further added that
the addition of the fingerprint
recognition on the Google
Nexus 6 "wouldn't have made
that big a difference."
Woodside also talked
about Nexus 6, describing it
as a "nice phone." He added,
"It is enormous. It's a bit big
for me; I drop it all the time."
To refresh, Google
launched the Motorola-made
Nexus 6 in October last year
while the handset reached Indian shores last month. The
The Operation Malaysia Airlines Website Hacked
Before the Opera- and Defaced by Lizard Squad
BOSTON — The surgeon
held a translucent white plastic eye socket in each hand.
Gently moving them away
from each other, Dr. John
Meara showed the distance
between Violet Pietrok’s eyes
at birth. He slid the sockets
closer to demonstrate their
positions 19 months later, after he had operated on her.
Violet, now nearly 2, was
born with a rare defect called
a Tessier facial cleft. Her dark
brown eyes were set so far
apart, her mother says, that
her vision was more like a
bird of prey’s than a person’s.
A large growth bloomed over
her left eye. She had no cartilage in her nose. The bones
that normally join to form the
fetal face had not fused properly.
Her parents, Alicia Taylor
and Matt Pietrok, sought out
Dr. Meara at Boston Children’s
Hospital, thousands of miles
from their home in Oregon,
because the plastic surgeon
had performed four similar
operations in the previous
three years.
Before he operated on
Violet, Dr. Meara wanted a
more precise understanding
of her bone structure than he
could get from an image on
a screen. So he asked his colleague Dr. Peter Weinstock to
print him a three-dimensional
model of Violet’s skull, based
on magnetic resonance
imaging pictures.
Dr. John Meara cutting
into a three-dimensional
model of Violet Pietrok’s
skull. Credit Katherine C.
Cohen/Boston Children's Hospital
That first model helped
him to decide what might
need to be done and to discuss his treatment plan with
her family. Three more 3-D
printouts closer to the operation allowed Dr. Meara to rotate the model skull in directions he could not manage
with a picture and would not
attempt with a patient on the
operating table. Then he was
able to cut and manipulate
the plastic model to determine the best way to push
her eye sockets more than an
inch closer together.
Such 3-D-printed models
are transforming medical
care, giving surgeons new
perspectives and opportuni-
ties to practice, and patients
and their families a deeper
understanding of complex
procedures. Hospitals are
also printing training tools
and personalized surgical
equipment. Someday, doctors
hope to print replacement
body parts.
“There’s no doubt that 3D printing is going to be disruptive medicine,” said Dr.
Frank J. Rybicki, chief of
medical imaging at the Ottawa Hospital and chairman
and professor of radiology at
the University of Ottawa. He
is the former director of the
applied imaging science lab
at Brigham and Women’s
Hospital, a few blocks from
Boston Children’s.
“It makes procedures
shorter, it improves your accuracy,” said Dr. Rybicki, who
has used 3-D printing in his
work with face transplants.
“When bioprinting actually
hits, it will change everything.”
For now, the printer extrudes a layer of liquid plastic instead of ink. It adds a
second layer, and then another, and a skull or rib cage
— or whatever the surgeon
dials up — slowly emerges.
The same process can also
print layers of human cells.
So far, researchers have also
printed blood vessels, simple
organs and bits of bone. A
Utah boy’s life was saved last
year by a 3-D-printed plastic
splint that propped open his
Dr. Weinstock, the director of the Pediatric Simulator Program at Boston Chil-
dren’s, sees 3-D models as
part of a larger program to
improve surgical craft. At
Children’s and a dozen other
pediatric centers around the
world, he says, the surgical
simulation program he developed improves team
communication and trust,
and lifts confidence before
extremely complex operations. He
believes it
also shortens
patients’ time
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main story
nearly twoyear-old
prevented even
one major
medical error — and
Weinstock is
convinced it
prevented many — it has paid
for itself and its $400,000 3D printer, running nearly full
time in the hospital’s basement. The models of Violet’s
unusual skull allowed Dr.
Meara to anticipate exactly
what he would find underneath the face that stopped
strangers on the street.
Dr. Meara had received
printed models of other patients’ skulls before, but only
after wai ting weeks or
months for a single replica,
at a cost of thousands of
dol lars. Dr. Weinstock’s
printer generated four identical copies in a few days,
each costing about $1,200
and accurate to within a
hair’s width. Experimenting
with a model he had cut up,
Dr. Meara noticed that in their
ideal positions, the bones of
the eye sockets would bump
into each other, limiting Violet’s vision. He modified his
cuts to avoid that collision.
“The ability to physically move
those segments is huge,” Dr.
Meara said. “Otherwise,
you’re doing it for the first time
in the operating room.” On
Violet’s surgery day in early
October, Dr. Meara consulted
a model a few times in the
operating theater. The surgery
went as planned.
At Brigham and Women’s
Hospital, an even more sophisticated 3-D printer replicates flesh as well as bone,
and even prints the tools he
will use to make the cuts.
“When it comes time to operate, you don’t need to fiddle
around, it’s all there,” Dr.
Rybicki said.
Learning From Animal Friendships
Few things seem to capture the public imagination
more reliably than friendly interactions between different
species — a fact not lost on
Anheuser-Busch, which during
Sunday’s Super Bowl will offer a sequel to “Puppy Love,”
its wildly popular 2014
Budweiser commercial about
friendship between a
Clydesdale and a yellow Labrador puppy. The earlier Super Bowl spot has drawn more
than 55 million views on
YouTube. Videos of unlikely
animal pairs romping or snuggling have become so common that they are piquing the
interest of some scientists,
who say they invite more systematic study. Among other
things, researchers say, the
alliances could add to an understanding of how species
communicate, what propels
certain animals to connect
across species lines and the
degree to which some animals
can adopt the behaviors of
other species. “There’s no
question that studying these
relationships can give you
some insight into the factors
that go into normal relationships,” said Gordon Burghardt,
a professor in the departments of psychology and ecology and evolutionary biology
at the University of Tennessee,
who added that one video he
liked to show students was of
a small and persistent tortoise
tussling over a ball with a Jack
Russell terrier.
screenshot of what appeared
to be a passenger flight
booking from the airline's
internal email system. The
particular booking was made
by Malaysian Amy Keh, who
said she had made it in October for her mother and two
relatives to travel from Kuala
Lumpur to Taiwan in March.
"I am a bit worried about
their security. Now the whole
world knows that they will be
going to Taipei," said Keh,
who logged on Monday to
check the itinerary. She said
the website looked different
and called the airline, which
told her of the hacking. However, she only found out
when contacted by The Associated Press that the travel
information was posted
online The Lizard Squad
group last year claimed it
was behind attacks on Sony's
online PlayStation network
and Microsoft's Xbox site. In
August, it also tweeted to
American Airlines that there
might be explosives on a
plane carrying the president
of Sony Online Entertainment, which makes video
games, forcing the flight to
be diverted. Explaining how
LG Launches India’s First Inverter V air Conditioners With
Mosquito Away Technology
Ahmedabad, LG Electronics, India's leading consumer durable brand today
announced the launch of another revolutionary product
from its kitty, the Inverter V
Air Conditioners with Mosquito Away technology. The
new range of air conditioners come power packed with
the finest cooling and energy
efficient features that won LG
Electronics the National Energy Conservation Award
2014, by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE). The
new models also come with
Himalaya Cool and Monsoon
Comfort technologies, developed especially for Indian
weather conditions based on
Program.Ensuring 1.7 times
faster cooling, the Inverter V
Mosquito Away Air Conditioner has the Variable Tonnage Technologywhich reduces energy consumption by
up to66% along with protection from mosquito-borne diseases.
Launching the new range
of Air Conditioners, Mr.
Saurabh Baisakhia, Business
Head, Air Conditioners, LG
India, says;"With this new
range, we have now combined two of our best technologies (Inverter V and Mosquito Away) in one product
that will transform air conditioner usage in India. We
have created a product that
makes cooling faster, the air
cleaner and equipped to suit
all weather conditions, keeping away mosquitoes. The
Inverter V technology and exceptional energy efficiency
features make it the best
value for money product for
Indian customers keeping in
mind high electricity bills with
increased power usages. Our
Split ACs with Mosquito Away
technology received great
response from the consumers and hence we decided
toextend this technology to
the windows and Inverter
ACs as well. As a leader in
Consumer Electronics space,
LG has yet again come up
with technology and innovation that makes our ACs offer service beyond the basic
cooling and heating capabilities."
Mr. Baisakhia added "For
2015, we are targeting 25%
market share with a turnover
of 2500 crores and continued
focus on expanding our pre
and after sales network.
Ahmedabad is an important
market and we will further
strengthen our market leadership in this region. West
region will contribute close to
25% of total LG AC sales."
the hack had occurred, Malaysia Airlines said its domain
name system was "compromised" and users were redirected to the hacker group's
website. The domain name
system translates web addresses typed into browsers
into the numbers that computers use to identify and
connect with each other on
the Internet. The Islamic
State group now holds about
a third of both Syria and Iraq,
territory it has declared a
caliphate. Police in Malaysia
have detained more than 50
people on suspicion of links
to the extremist group, underscoring concerns held by
Prime Minister Najib Razak
that the spread of Islamic
State ideology could lead to
conflict in predominantly
Muslim Malaysia.
Google Nexus 6 32GB variant
went on sale in India at Rs.
43,999, and the 64GB variant
at Rs. 48,999. The Nexus 6 is
also the platform lead device
of the most recent version of
Android i.e., Android 5.0 Lollipop, which comes with a fresh
look thanks to Material Design
and a host of new features.
Recently Motorola confirmed a rear panel defect in
some Google Nexus 6 handsets where users reported the
rear panel was coming off.
The official Twitter handle of
Motorola Support, while replying to a Nexus 6 owner who
received the defective handset twice, confirmed the reports and said, "We're seeing
a few." As of now, Motorola
has not revealed any specific
causes for the unglued back
panel of the Nexus 6.
LG Ice Cream Smart
Flip Phone With 4G LTE
Support Launched
LG has launched a new
flip smartphone named LG
Ice Cream Smart in its home
turf South Korea. The handset is notably the second flipstyle Android handset
launched by the firm in the
recent past, after the LG
Wine Smart, which was
launched in September last
year. The price of the LG Ice
Cream Smart is priced
around KRW 300,000
(roughly Rs. 17,000) and the
smartphone is likely to remain Korea-specific for now.
Running Android 4.4 KitKat,
the Ice Cream Smart by LG
features a 3.5-inch HVGA
(320x480 pixels) resolution
LCD display, similar to the
last year's Wine Smart handset.
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