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This super house plant scrubs pollutants from your home

first_img 16 Photos Sci-Tech More plants Plant-robot hybrid can make its own way to sunny spots The best indoor plants to bring the outside in How to water your plants while you’re away According to the study, the unmodified plants didn’t affect the concentration of either gas much. But the modified plants changed the concentration of chloroform dramatically inside the tube, making it drop by 82 percent just after three days. By the sixth day, it was almost completely undetectable. The concentration of benzene also decreased thanks to the modified plants. By day eight, it dropped by an impressive 75 percent.”People haven’t really been talking about these hazardous organic compounds in homes, and I think that’s because we couldn’t do anything about them,” study author Stuart Strand said in a statement. “Now we’ve engineered houseplants to remove these pollutants for us.”The research team plans to add a protein to pothos plants that can break down another hazardous pollutant inside some homes: formaldehyde. This harmful compound is often found in wood flooring and cabinets. Tags Plug in your plants with these 15 connected garden gadgets (pictures)center_img Post a comment 0 CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The best place to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list this season.Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports. Houseplants do more than just add natural beauty to your abode. They also help clean the air.Enlarge ImageA University of Washington scientist tests genetically modified pothos ivy to see how fast the plant can break down harmful chemicals. Mark Stone/University of Washington Now, researchers at the University of Washington have improved the air-cleaning properties of one common household plant, the pothos ivy (epipremnum aureum).The team genetically modified pothos ivy to not only remove carcinogens such as chloroform and benzene from the air, but to synthesize a protein, called 2E1, that transforms these harmful compounds into molecules the plants use for their own growth.The researchers chose pothos ivy as the plant for modification because it grows well indoors in a variety of conditions. They detail their work in a new study published this week in Environmental Science & Technology. The scientists added benzene or chloroform gas to modified and non-modified plants in glass tubes. Over 11 days, they collected data on how each pollutant’s concentration changed.  Share your voicelast_img read more


Bangladesh High Commission pays homage to martyrs

first_imgThe Bangladesh High Commission celebrated the 45th anniversary of the Victory Day recently in the national Capital paying homage to the martyrs of the 1971 War of Liberation and Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman under whose leadership Bangladesh gained independence after a nine-month war against Pakistan.The day’s events were marked by hoisting their national flag at the chancery compound and reading out of Victory Day messages from President Md Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali MP and State Minister for Foreign Affairs  Md Shahriar Alam MP, offering special prayer seeking divine blessings for the martyrs of the Liberation War and Bangabandhu and his family members killed along with him on the tragic night of August 15 in 1975. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfActing High Commissioner Salahuddin Noman Chowdhury, accompanied by officers at the mission, hoisted the national flag as the national anthem was played. A cultural function in the evening, presented by students and teachers of Dhaka’s Govt Music College, at the Maitree Hall of the mission enthralled the audience, which included Housing and Public Works Minister Mosharraf Hossain, Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, war veterans, foreign diplomats, academics, journalists and family members of the mission’s officers and officials. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveMoshararraf Hossain and Maya, both valiant freedom fighters, described about the heroic Mukti Bahini’s fight against the Pakistani military, equipped with most modern and sophisticated war machines.Welcoming the guests Salahuddin Noman fondly remembered the supreme sacrifices the freedom fighters had made at the call of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib against the brutal Pakistani soldiers who carried out one of the history’s worst genocide killing three million unarmed civilians. He said Bangladesh remains grateful to India and its citizens for extending military, economic, diplomatic and moral support to Bangladesh’s War of Liberation. Officers of the mission also attended a seminar on Bangladesh liberation war organised by India Foundation in association with War Veterans Association, Babu Jagjivan Ram Trust and Nehru Memorial Trust at Nehru Memorial Museum in the morning.Mofazzal Hossain Maya and Bir Bikram spoke at the seminar as chief guests, while Indian State Minister for External Affairs V K Singh presided as the special guest.last_img read more


This Handy Robot Holds a Pen and Writes Exactly Like You Do

first_img 4 min read Register Now » March 20, 2015 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalscenter_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Meet Bond, a cyborg with an impressive grip on penmanship — yours or anyone’s.This boxy bot’s express purpose is to write letters and thank you notes on your behalf. Remember letters? Those pre-Snapchat relics of the past that not many people take time for anymore, least of all busy business owners. Yeah, those.  Can’t swing sending them? Leave it to Bond. With a fancy black fountain pen clamped in its robotic “hand,” the nimble robot writes out every word of each personalized correspondence its tasked with. It signs them, too, so you don’t have to. Then its team of humans, the enterprising people at the New York City-based startup Bond, neatly tuck the bot’s letters into envelopes, seal them with a golden seal of wax (regal crown-shaped Bond logo included) and even address, stamp and mail them for you.Related: In Japan, a ‘Strange Hotel’ Will Be Staffed Almost Entirely By RobotsSigned, sealed, delivered — time saved. And all those loyal friends and customers you’ve been meaning to personally thank will appreciate the written sentiment…and they’ll never know that a funky robotic forger did the deed for you. At least that’s the idea.“Most business people truly do care about their customers, but as they get more customers, they lose the ability to stay in touch,” Bond founder and CEO Sonny Caberwal says. “Bond lets you deliver the personal touch, at scale.”     How it works: First you go to Bond’s website from your smartphone or computer. (Caberwal says a Bond iOS app is coming this summer.) You can either have a letter written by Bond in one of five prefab handwriting styles or you can use your own handwriting. For the second — and way cooler — option, you fill out a handwriting sample form, scan it and email it back to Bond and the bot learns your writing style. Either way, you have to enter the complete text of your letter on the website so Bond knows what to write, along with the address(es) to send it to.Related: Star Wars + Drones = Dreams Come TrueUsing Bond’s pretty prefab handwriting is free, but hiring Bond to write just like you isn’t cheap. The fee for Bond to acquire and store your handwriting is $199. Whichever you choose, individual cards cost $2.99 and up to send, plus postage. The customizable cards come in a bunch of trendy stationery styles and are less expensive if you order in bulk. You can also add your brand logo to them at no additional cost. We can see the service coming in handy for newlyweds, salespeople, marketers and for anyone tasked with sending umpteen invites, thank yous, holiday cards or insert whichever time-consuming written correspondence you don’t want to deal with.Related: No Sci-Fi Here: Your Own Personal Robot Is Coming“I think everyone can think of a time they meant to send someone something to say thanks, but didn’t,” Caberwal says, “not because they didn’t care, but because they didn’t have a card, pen, envelope, or stamp. Our goal is to make sending a beautiful, personal, and tangible note as easy as a text message.”  To see Bond beautifully reviving the lost art of the handwritten note — hands-free — check out the videos below:Related: Say Hello to the Robotic Personal Assistant of Your Dreamslast_img read more