An international research team has discovered a new species of luminous fungus in Asia, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) said, reports Xinhua.
Scientists from Kunming Institute of Botany under the CAS, along with Indian scientists, conducted several scientific investigations in northeast India since 2018 and found a species of luminous fungus on a dead bamboo.
The analysis showed that the fungus is a new species belonging to the genus Roridomyces.
It is also the first time that Roridomyces has been discovered in India, according to the report.
Due to its wide application in medicine, agriculture and ecology, the luminous fungus has received much attention from scientists.
The study was published in the journal PHYTOTAXA.
Google announced the launch of Android 11, the latest version of its mobile operating system on Tuesday.
Android 11 will begin rolling out Tuesday on select Pixel and several Chinese smartphones such as OnePlus, Xiaomi, OPPO and Realme, with more partners launching and upgrading devices over the coming months, the company said.
Google has launched some new features to control the devices and media to the latest Android version, emphasizing a built-in screen recording function. The new version also brings more control over users' privacy and data, the company demonstrated.
The function of one-time permission will allow the users to grant single-use access to the most sensitive permissions like microphone, camera and location. The next time the app needs access to the sensors, it must ask for permission again, Google said.
If the users haven't used an app that was installed on the device in a while and don't want it to keep accessing the data, Android 11 will "auto-reset" permissions for the unused apps and notify the users accordingly.
For Android Enterprise users, Android 11 brings privacy protections to a company-owned device. The work profile gives the IT department tools to manage a device without monitoring employees' personal profile data or activity on the phone.
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Chinese researchers have identified a specific neuron that plays a key role in regulating sleep, according to the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).
The research, published in the journal Science, reveals the neural mechanism of sleep homeostasis regulation, offering insights into the treatment of sleep disorders, reports Xinhua.
The regulation of sleep involves two major mechanisms including day-night rhythm and sleep homeostasis, referring to the balance between the duration of sleep and wakefulness.
Previous studies have identified many genes and molecules related to sleep homeostasis, among which adenosine is a key factor. But, how neural activity controls the release of adenosine in the brain remains unclear.
Researchers from the Center for Excellence in Brain Science and Intelligence Technology under the CAS, Peking University as well as other institutions designed a genetically encoded adenosine sensor with high sensitivity and conducted research on mice.
They found that glutamatergic neurons in the basal forebrain region contributed to the adenosine increase and the accumulation of sleep pressure.
The Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) of the ICT Division has won one of the world's most prestigious awards in the field of information technology, the "World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) Award-2020".
The Bangladesh National Digital Architecture (BNDA) team of the BGD e-GOV CIRT Capacity Building Project under BCC achieved the feat in the e-Employment category at the 9th Annual Awards by the e-recruitment platform (erecruitment.bcc.gov), said a press release.
Haolin Zhao, secretary-general of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) announced this at the "WSIS Forum 2020 Prizes Awards Ceremony" held online on Monday.
State Minister of ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak congratulated the Bangladesh Computer Council on this achievement.
Under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and under the overall supervision of Prime Minister's ICT Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed, the ICT Division is working relentlessly to build "Digital Bangladesh", said Palak.
He is hopeful that this award of the United Nations "World Summit on Information Society Award-2020" will inspire everyone to take more successful initiatives in the future.
The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Award is considered one of the international recognition in the field of information technology.
The World Summit for Information Society is working to make people's lives easier and change through information and communication technology. At the same time, the organization is working relentlessly to spread innovations around the world. In addition to submitting projects from the government, the private, general public, international organizations and different organisations, WSIS partners have the opportunity to participate in this competition.
The names of the final winners are announced at the end of the selection and online voting process from applications received from hundreds of countries around the world. Applications were accepted in a total of 18 categories where nominations were given to 354 projects out of a total of 762 submissions.
In the end, a total of 72 projects, four in each category, were declared as champions and a total of 18 projects in each category as the best project were declared as final winners. In the e-employment category, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Israel and Bangladesh were nominated and Bangladesh became the final winner.
The BCC has established this e-recruitment platform as a shared service for all government agencies. It enables the Government agencies to accomplish end-to-end recruitment processes and related tasks through increased interoperability, enhanced security measures, reduced risk and lower procurement costs.
The BNDA team played a key role in securing this award. With this solution, the job applicant can apply for the job and pay from home through the user's smartphone. Besides, it is possible to complete all the recruitment tasks from job posting to shortlisting the applicant.
The platform has a total of three modules including e-recruitment, exam controller and online exam. The platform is already being successfully used in more than 25 government agencies/projects and the recruitment process of over 1,800 applicants was done.
Over the past two years, the system has processed approximately 170,000 online applications for more than 70 positions through approximately 60 position notices.
Xiaomi never stops surprising us with their innovative and handy gadgets. If you want to carry a smart gadget that can help you in maintaining a healthy body, communications, and daily activities, wear a smart band. Though a smart-band looks tiny, the smart sensors installed in this gadget can make your life easier, faster, and systematic. In June 2020, Xiaomi launched Mi Smart Band 5. It is a successor of Xiaomi’s Mi Smart Band 4. What’s new in Band 5? Read this article to know the exclusive features and price of Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5.
Xiaomi’s Mi Band 5 bears an OLED screen. Its 1.1-inch display is about 15% bigger than the ancestor Band 4. You would enjoy the quick touch response of its monitor. In Band 5, you can pick your favorite watch faces among more than 65 options. This smart band also allows you to put a custom photo on its background.
On the rear-side, you will find the Mi Logo and Pogo pins. This Band gets fasten to your wrist through its built-in rubber strap. The curved design of the strap makes it comfier to wear. However, it can catch some dust which can be an issue during the ongoing pandemic situation.
Mi Band 5 is blessed with a smart Personal Activity Intelligence (PAI) program. On the basis of deriving various metrics, like physical movements, heart rate, stress, workouts, etc, the PAI can assess the summarized status of your health condition over the week. Overall, these sensors can show about 97% accurate results. However, sometimes the accuracy can vary depending on how property the band is worn by the user.
HR sensor is placed on the back-side of this band. Xiaomi boasts that PAI is able to analyze your heart rate (HR) data and develop a personalized HR score that signifies how much activity you require for the sake of keeping sound health. Though PAI can’t be comparable with regular health check-ups, regular tracking of primary health data can motivate you in staying active.
Out-winning the 7 sport modes of predecessor Band 4, the Mi Band 5 is equipped with 11 types of workouts including Yoga, Running Outdoor, Rowing Machine, Treadmill, Elliptical, Indoor cycling, Pool swimming, Walking, Jump Rope, Freestyle, and Cycling. All you need to do is fasten the band on your wrist properly. This smart band would track your activity and accumulate data.
What is more, by virtue of the Mi Fit App, the Mi Band 5 is able to track your daily life activities such as brushing teeth, eating meals, sleeping, physical activities, and outdoor sports like Baseball, Basketball, Football, Badminton, etc. In both the iOS and Android platforms, you can efficiently manage the features of your Mi Band 5 through the Mi Fit app.
Sound sleep is the secret of good health. Mi band can help you monitor the quality and duration of your sleep almost accurately for 24-hours a day. Whether you sleep during day or night, the Mi Band can smartly denote the time of falling asleep or waking up.
What makes Band 5, superior to its ancestor band 4 is the calculation of REM (rapid eye movement) during the periods of sleeping and dreaming. This exclusive feature can analyze whether your sleep is deep or light. Tracking the data of your naps on a regular basis, Band 5 can present a chart through the Mi Fit app.
Mi Band 5 includes a breathing feature that can indicate the level of stress in your daily life. This simple but efficient feature can assist you in stress management. For instance, a smart animation followed by vibration can notify you while practicing inhaling and exhaling exercises in a systematic way. These easy steps can improve the relaxation of your mind and make you feel better within a few moments.
Mi Band 5 features a well-organized control interface. From settings, you can optimize its features like brightness control, apps selections, apps customizations, etc. Besides health and fitness features, Band 5 is programmed with some fun features like Music controls, Phone-notification Mirroring, Remote camera shutter, weather notification, etc. Its Bluetooth connection with the phone seems quite competent. In addition to these, Band 5 is water-proof up to some extent.
Xiaomi claims that Mi Smart Band 5’s 125mAh powered battery can support as long as 14 days. On average, you can expect this Band to stay alive for around 10 days depending upon use. However, this duration may cut short if you turn on the demanding features that tend to drain the battery life. For instance, Band 5’s battery life may get shortened to 7 days when you enable features such as lift-to-wake, automatic HR tracking, raise-to-view, sleep tracking, or mirrored notifications from your Smartphone.
Thanks to Xiaomi for providing a charging cable in the box. This cable get you rid of the nuisance of removing the capsule from the strap for charging purpose. Now you can easily recharge this band within 2 hours of duration.
Xiaomi’s Mi Smart Band 5 doesn’t come with the SpO2 sensor that could have measured the level of oxygen in your blood flow. Furthermore, Band 5 lacks any built-in microphone. But don’t worry! To overcome this limitation, you can either utilize features like Google Assistant or Siri or receive calls. Band 5 is also deprived of the GPS feature. Therefore, you can turn on the location tracking option on your Smartphone while roaming outside the home.
Not to mention, Mi Smart Band 5 is going to impress you with its improved sensors. The heart rate sensor works pretty well. You can monitor your workouts, physical activities, stress, sleep, etc. These small but significant indicators go a long way to maintain the wellness of your health. Overall, Mi Band can make your life better. Xiaomi’s Mi Smart Band 5 is available around BDT 2800 in Bangladesh. The price may vary depending upon sellers.