Tuesday, December 25, 2007
To develop the best poduct Japanese electronics manufacturers Sharp Corp. and Toshiba Corp. said Friday they will collaborate in flat-panel televisions, a Japanese newspaper reported.
As part of the deal, Sharp will begin supplying Toshiba with LCD (liquid crystal display) panels of 32 inches from a new plant worth $380 billion, the company is currently building in Osaka, western Japan, and then use them to make LCD TVs to be sold under their brand, according to The Nikkei newspaper. In return, Toshiba will sell large-scale integration circuits (LSI) to Sharp. LSIs are key technology in image processing in LCD TVs.
TOKYO, Dec 21 (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp (6502.T: Quote, Profile, Research) plans to buy large liquid crystal display (LCD) panels from Sharp Corp (6753.T: Quote, Profile, Research) as part of an alliance in the flat panel business, sources from the two companies said.
Toshiba will procure panels from a 380 billion yen ($3.4 billion) factory being built by Sharp in Osaka Prefecture, western Japan, and then use them to make LCD TVs to be sold under its own brand.
Sharp and Toshiba said they would hold a news conference later on Friday at 0930 GMT on an alliance in the LCD business, but did not elaborate.
The Nikkei business daily reported earlier that Sharp will supply 40- to 60-inch LCD panels as part of an alliance that will also likely include stronger ties in image-processing chips, which Toshiba currently supplies to Sharp for use in its panels.
The newspaper also said Toshiba would eventually reduce the amount of panels it procures from IPS Alpha Technology, a joint venture between Toshiba, Hitachi Ltd (6501.T: Quote, Profile, Research) and Matsushita Electric Industrial Co (6752.T: Quote, Profile, Research).
Shares of Sharp rose 2.3 percent to 1,944 yen by the midday break as investors welcomed the report of a large customer for its new plant. Shares of Toshiba gained 0.4 percent to 820 yen.
The benchmark Nikkei average .N225 rose 1.2 percent
All over the world, Christians gather together on Christmas Eve to celebrate the birth of Jesus and proclaim their belief in the Incarnation (God made flesh). They want to thank God for giving his only Son, Jesus, the ‘Saviour’ of the world, who was born as a human being. In some churches there is a late service, known as midnight Mass. The service might start with a candlelight procession, led by the choir, who sing Christmas carols celebrating Jesus' birth. Manger scenes are set up in churches and the priest may bless a model of the crib in memory of where Jesus was laid.
On Christmas Day, a special Eucharist is held. The altar cloth is changed to white, which is the colour used for special celebrations.
Many people decorate their homes for Christmas, putting up Christmas trees covered with decorations and lights. Some people put a holly wreath on the front door. Christmas cards are sent to wish friends and families a ‘Happy Christmas’. Tradition varies between different countries as to whether Christmas Eve or Christmas Day is the main focus of family celebration. Children get presents from Santa Claus, who is named after St Nicholas. Friends and families exchange presents and a special Christmas dinner is eaten; in England, roast turkey and Christmas pudding have become customary on Christmas Day, while in Portugal the traditional meal is salt cod, eaten on Christmas Eve. The custom of the crib scene dates back to the 13th century, while other traditions, such as the Christmas tree, came much later
Accounts of Jesus' birth
There are two different accounts of the events of Jesus' birth; one is in St Luke's Gospel and the other in St Matthew's Gospel.
St Luke's Gospel St Luke concentrates on showing Jesus as the saviour for ordinary people. In his account, Mary was visited by the archangel Gabriel and told that she had been chosen to bear God's son. She was told that she would conceive by the Holy Spirit, and to call the child Jesus. Mary's cousin Elizabeth gave birth to John the Baptist before Jesus was born.
The Roman emperor Caesar Augustus ordered a census. Everyone had to return to his or her hometown. Mary went with Joseph to Bethlehem as he belonged to the line of David. While they were there, the baby was born. She put him in a manger because there was no room for them at the inn.
An angel appeared to some shepherds in the fields, where they were looking after their sheep. They were told that a Saviour had been born and they would find him lying in a manger. The shepherds went to Bethlehem, saw the child, and returned to their flocks, praising God.
After eight days, Jesus was circumcised. The family carried out everything they had to do according to the Jewish law and returned to Nazareth.
St Matthew's Gospel In Matthew's account, Mary and Joseph were betrothed. Mary became pregnant and Joseph knew that the baby was not his. He did not want to shame Mary, but planned to break off the engagement quietly. The archangel Gabriel appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him that he should marry Mary. She would give birth to a son who was to be called Emmanuel. Joseph had no sexual contact with Mary before Jesus' birth.
Jesus was born in Bethlehem, in Judaea. Wise men (the three Magi) came from the East to Jerusalem, following a star that they believed to be a sign that a new king had been born. King Herod the Great asked the wise men to let him know where the baby was on the pretext that he himself could worship him, although he planned to have the baby killed. The wise men followed the star until it came to rest over the place where Jesus was. They gave their gifts to the baby and then left Bethlehem. Herod ordered that all boy children under two should be killed.
Joseph was warned in a dream that they were in danger, and so he fled to Egypt with Mary and Jesus. When they heard that Herod was dead they returned to Nazareth.
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Nature will unwrap a heavenly present Christmas Eve: A rare celestial event that for once can be easily seen despite the glare of South Florida's unblinking lights.
Except for a fat full moon, Mars will be the biggest and brightest object in the sky Monday night. It won't be so large or luminous again until 2016, and it won't take as high a path across the sky until 2040.
The red planet outsines the red-nosed reindeer this holiday. Although Rudolph may have a very shiny nose that glows like a light bulb, it's Mars that will glow in the sky on Christmas Eve.
"It's only 55 million miles away, which makes it brighter than the brightest star in the sky on Christmas Eve," said Jack Horkheimer, a Miami Museum of Science and Planetarium astronomer.
The planet Mars will be "at opposition" on Christmas Eve, meaning it will sit directly opposite the sun. It will be about as close and as bright to Earth as it ever gets.
"Plus it will be followed by a spectacular full moon," Horkheimer said. "They will track across the sky together all night long until sunrise Christmas morning."
The two celestial bodies will be highest in the sky at about midnight, which is primetime for Santa Claus. Horkheimer said they'll be so bright that Rudolph won't even be needed to guide St. Nick's sleigh tonight.
"Rudolph can just stay home and chill out at the North Pole this Christmas Eve," Horkheimer said.
So eager viewers who aren't experiencing a foggy Christmas Eve where they live can take a look outside tonight and see the red nose outshined by the red planet.
JERUSALEM -- Israeli scientists have inscribed the entire Hebrew text of the Jewish Bible onto a space less than half the size of grain of sugar.
The nanotechnology experts at the Technion institute in Haifa say the text measures less than 0.5 square millimetre surface. They chose the Jewish Bible to highlight how vast quantities of information can be stored in minimum amounts of space.
"It took us about an hour to etch the 300,000 words of the Bible onto a tiny silicon surface,'' Ohad Zohar, the university's scientific adviser for educational programs, told the Associated Press.
The Technion's microscopic Bible was created by blasting tiny particles called gallium ions at an object that then rebounded, causing an etching affect.
"When a particle beam is directed toward a point on the surface, the gold atoms bounce off and expose the silicon layer underneath just like a hammer and chisel,'' Zohar said.
Zohar said the technology will in the future be used as a way to store vast amounts of data on bio-molecules and DNA.
The tiny Bible appears to be the world's smallest.
The previous smallest known copy of the Bible measured 2.8 x 3.4 x 1 centimetres, weighing 11.75 grams and containing 1,514 pages, according to Guinness World Records spokeswoman Amarilis Espinoza. The tiny text, obtained by an Indian professor in November 2001, is believed to have originated in Australia.
Researchers in Israel say they have succeeded in putting a version of the Bible on a chip smaller than a pinhead.
Its 300,000 words in Hebrew were inscribed on a silicon surface at the Haifa Institute of Technology.
Scientists say the aim of the project is to increase young people's interest in nanoscience and nanotechnology.
The record for the smallest copy is held by a Bible measuring 2.8x3.4x1cm (1.1x1.3x0.4in), weighing 11.75g (0.4 ounces) and containing 1,514 pages.
The 0.5sq-mm (0.01sq-in) nano-Bible was written on a silicon surface covered with a thin layer of gold (20nanometres thick - 0.0002mm).
It was written using a device called Focused Ion Beam (Fib).
"When we send the particle beam toward a point on the surface, the gold atoms bounce off of this point, thus exposing the silicon layer underneath," Ohad Zohar, one of the project's managers at Technion, said.
"By sending a particle beam towards various points on the substrate, we can etch any pattern of points, especially one that represents text."
The next step for Technion researchers is photographing the Bible and displaying it on a giant wall within the Faculty of Physics.
"In this picture, which will be 7m by 7m (23ft by 23ft), it will be possible to read the entire Bible with the naked eye (the height of each letter will be some 3mm - 0.1in)," Mr Zohar said.
"Near this picture, the original - the nano-Bible itself, which is the size a grain of sugar - will be displayed."