Monthly ArchiveAugust 2019

Haptic cube lets you feel tomorrows temps

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first_img More information: robb.cc/ He shows an aluminum cube that was designed to let you feel what tomorrow’s weather will be. Beyond numbers, beyond weather-page icons, he has devised what is intended to be a useful way for people to get a sense, literally, of the temperature for the following day.“One year ago,” he said, “I designed and built a small wooden cube with a metal surface on top. This device’s only function was to get very cold. It was a conceptual piece which I presented as a sort of desktop dynamic sculpture. Recently I was thinking about ways information about weather is conveyed. I found myself disappointed in systems that rely on numbers which have little to do with how humans perceive hot and cold. I sought to develop a device that conveyed the forecast in a manner which left nothing to the imagination.” Godshaw also said that “The Cryoscope shows the user exactly what to expect outside by haptically exhibiting exactly how cold or warm it is to be outside. The user simply touches an aluminum cube that has been heated or cooled to the appropriate temperature. The unit fetches weather data from the internet, and translates it to the cube physically, pumping heat in or out of the cube.” © 2011 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — Will it be an invention joining a storage room of other inventions? Or kicked further up to gadget boutiques for the very rich? Or a popular gadget for many worldwide? Whatever its destiny, the device concept of a haptic weather cube has been making the rounds of tech-gadget sites. Robb Godshaw is the creator of the device, which he calls the Cryoscope. This, he says, is a haptic weather forecaster, which he demonstrates in a video. The math of the Rubik’s cube Explore further An Arduino controller connected to the cube is the brains behind the operations. As the concept goes, the user enters location information into a web application. The cube is automatically adjusted to the temperature according to the next-day forecast. Then, the user touches the Cryoscope to feel that temperature. Inside the cube is a Peltier thermoelectric element, which is used to pump heat in and out of the chassis, said Godshaw. Also encased in the cube are heat sink and cooling fan. The neutral state of the cube is about 85°F(30°C), which is perceived as neutral by the skin. The cube is then adjusted by the number of degrees that forecast differs from typical room temperature (73°F/23°C), according to Godshaw.Godshaw describes his work as “tinkerer” at Syyn Labs and “a maker of funky whats-its.” (At Rochester Institute of Technology’s Industrial Design program, he developed edible cupcake liners and a no. 2 pencil making machine.) At the Los Angeles-based Syyn Labs, which creates interactive art for agencies, brands and production companies, his official title is associate engineer. While the Cryoscope is not to be found on store shelves any day soon, Godshaw said that, “As far as commercialization, the prospect is being seriously considered.” Citation: Haptic cube lets you feel tomorrow’s temps (2012, February 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-02-haptic-cube-tomorrow-temps.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Flickering black hole at center of IC 310 shaking up ideas on

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first_img The black hole at the center of IC 310 (located in the Perseus constellation, approximately 260 million light years away) was first observed in 2012 by a team using a pair of telescopes that together are known as the MAGIC project located on the Spanish Island of La Palma. What struck the team was that the jet of gamma rays being emitted appeared to flicker (showed variations in brightness) at a very high rate—over a period of just minutes. Flickering jet emissions from black holes aren’t something new, of course, but every other one observed thus far has done so over much longer periods of time. When they do occur, researchers have theorized that it occurs due to what they call shock accelerations—particles being suddenly accelerated by shockwaves. But the time rate of the black hole in IC 310 is too fast to be explained by such a theory which means space scientists have had to come up with something else.In this new effort, the researchers suggest that the flickering is likely caused by the same thing that causes pulsars to flicker, namely, spin. Pulsars are stars that have died and collapsed down to a shrunken core—they tend to emit two beams of light. As the pulsar spins, the light that is seen by observers here on Earth appears to flicker, like a beam from a lighthouse to a ship at sea. In this instance, the team suggests the flicker observed with the black hole jets is likely associated with pulsar-like particle acceleration, caused by an electric field that exists spanning the magnetospheric gap that is thought to exist at the base of the jet.The team acknowledges that their theory is weak due to insufficient evidence and they express hope that other examples of similar jet flickering will be found offering more evidence that in the end will more firmly explain the nature of such jet activity. This artist’s concept depicts a supermassive black hole at the center of a galaxy. The blue color here represents radiation pouring out from material very close to the black hole. The grayish structure surrounding the black hole, called a torus, is made up of gas and dust. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech 4C+29.30: Black hole powered jets plow into galaxy Journal information: Science More information: Black hole lightning due to particle acceleration at subhorizon scales, Science DOI: 10.1126/science.1256183ABSTRACTSupermassive black holes with masses of millions to billions of solar masses are commonly found in the centers of galaxies. Astronomers seek to image jet formation using radio interferometry but still suffer from insufficient angular resolution. An alternative method to resolve small structures is to measure the time variability of their emission. Here we report on gamma-ray observations of the radio galaxy IC 310 obtained with the MAGIC telescopes, revealing variability with doubling time scales faster than 4.8 min. Causality constrains the size of the emission region to be smaller than 20% of the gravitational radius of its central black hole. We suggest that the emission is associated with pulsar-like particle acceleration by the electric field across a magnetospheric gap at the base of the radio jet. Citation: Flickering black hole at center of IC 310 shaking up ideas on how jets form (2014, November 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-11-flickering-black-hole-center-ic.htmlcenter_img Explore further © 2014 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org) —A very large team of astronomers and astrophysics from a wide variety of countries has contributed to a research paper published in the journal Science, describing observations made of a black hole at the center of the IC 310 galaxy—a black hole that was observed with a flickering jet that didn’t conform to existing theories. The team offers possible explanations for the unique type of flickering observed and suggests more research will need to be done before any real conclusions can be drawn.last_img read more

Giant radio galaxy discovered by astronomers

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first_img More information: LOFAR MSSS: Discovery of a 2.56 Mpc giant radio galaxy associated with a disturbed galaxy group, arXiv:1702.01571 [astro-ph.GA] arxiv.org/abs/1702.01571AbstractWe report on the discovery in the LOFAR Multifrequency Snapshot Sky Survey (MSSS) of a giant radio galaxy (GRG) with a projected size of 2.56±0.07 Mpc projected on the sky. It is associated with the galaxy triplet UGC 9555, within which one is identified as a broad-line galaxy in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) at a redshift of 0.05453±1×10−5, and with a velocity dispersion of 215.86±6.34 km/s. From archival radio observations we see that this galaxy hosts a compact flat-spectrum radio source, and we conclude that it is the active galactic nucleus (AGN) responsible for generating the radio lobes. The radio luminosity distribution of the jets, and the broad-line classification of the host AGN, indicate this GRG is orientated well out of the plane of the sky, making its physical size one of the largest known for any GRG. Analysis of the infrared data suggests that the host is a lenticular type galaxy with a large stellar mass (log M/M⊙=11.56±0.12), and a moderate star formation rate (1.2±0.3 M⊙/year). Spatially smoothing the SDSS images shows the system around UGC 9555 to be significantly disturbed, with a prominent extension to the south-east. Overall, the evidence suggests this host galaxy has undergone one or more recent moderate merger events and is also experiencing tidal interactions with surrounding galaxies, which have caused the star formation and provided the supply of gas to trigger and fuel the Mpc-scale radio lobes. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Located some 820 million light years away from the Earth, UGC 9555 is a part of a larger group of galaxies designated MSPM 02158. Recently, a team of researchers led by Alex Clarke of the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics in Manchester, U.K., has combed through the data provided by the Low Frequency Array (LOFAR) and uncovered new, important information about this distant disturbed galaxy group.The team has analyzed the data available in the LOFAR Multifrequency Snapshot Sky Survey (MSSS). It is the first northern-sky LOFAR imaging survey that covers the sky north of the celestial equator at frequencies from 119 to 158 MHz in eight separate 2.0 MHz bands. The images obtained as a part of the LOFAR MSSS allowed the scientists to distinguish a new giant radio galaxy.”We report on the discovery in the LOFAR Multifrequency Snapshot Sky Survey (MSSS) of a giant radio galaxy (GRG) with a projected size of about 2.56 Mpc projected on the sky,” the researchers wrote in the paper.GRG are radio galaxies with an overall projected linear length exceeding 6.5 million light years. They are rare objects grown in low-density environments. GRGs are important for astronomers to study the formation and the evolution of radio sources.The newly detected GRG which has not received any official designation yet has a projected linear size of 8.34 million light years. This makes it one of the largest GRGs known to date. Currently, with a projected size of approximately 16 million light years, the J1420-0545 holds the title of the largest giant radio galaxy discovered so far.The team noted that the newly detected GRG has integrated flux density at 142 MHz of 1.54 Jy over the whole dual-lobe emission, including underlying background point sources, which gives a total luminosity at 142 MHz of 11.6 septillion W/Hz.However, the available LOFAR MSSS and archival radio data are still insufficient to confirm the class of this GRG. Radio sources are divided into two classes: Fanaroff and Riley Class I (FRI), and Class II (FRII). “We cannot clearly classify this GRG as an FR-I or FR-II source based on its morphology in the MSSS and archival radio data. There are no conclusive enhancements of emission from the resolution of the MSSS data (without the contribution from unassociated point sources) from which to use the standard Fanaroff-Riley classification,” the paper reads.The researchers concluded that the luminosity suggests it is a borderline case between FRI and FR-II, although the large size and therefore old age contributes to a decreased luminosity. They hope that further data gathered from a deep LOFAR observation will clearly classify the properties of this GRG. LOFAR discovers new giant galaxy in all-sky survey (Phys.org)—An international team of astronomers reports the discovery of a new giant radio galaxy (GRG) associated with the galaxy triplet known as UGC 9555. The newly discovered galaxy turns out to be one of the largest GRGs so far detected. The findings were presented Feb. 6 in a paper published online on arXiv.org. © 2017 Phys.org Citation: Giant radio galaxy discovered by astronomers (2017, February 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-02-giant-radio-galaxy-astronomers.html Background SDSS image (composite from bands g, r and i) overlaid with white MSSS contours of the GRG at 2, 3, 4, 6 and 8 times the RMS noise (34 mJy/beam). NVSS contours are overlaid in red at 3, 5, 10 and 20 times the RMS noise (0.55 mJy/beam) revealing a bright part of the radio jet towards the north-east. The beam sizes are shown in the lower left. Credit: Clarke et al., 2017.last_img read more

Earliest example of large hydraulic enterprise excavated in China

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first_img (A) Structure of the Meirendi bank with wooden planks still standing upright. (B) The Bianjiashan pier, wooden stakes still were preserved, forming a T shape. Credit: PNAS Harbor sediment core samples offer historic evidence of ancient Rome’s plumbing Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Map of the Liangzhu city and hydraulic system, Lower Yangtze River, China Credit: PNAS (A) Well-preserved ‘sand bags’, with the knots still clearly visible, the grass plants used are Triarrhena lutarioriparia. (B) A small proportion of rice remains discovered from the storage pit excavated at eastern Mojiaoshan, depth of the boxes around 10 cm. Credit: PNAS Explore further More information: Bin Liu et al. Earliest hydraulic enterprise in China, 5,100 years ago, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2017). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1710516114AbstractHere we present one of the world’s oldest examples of large-scale and formalized water management, in the case of the Liangzhu culture of the Yangtze Delta, dated at 5,300–4,300 years cal B.P. The Liangzhu culture represented a peak of early cultural and social development predating the historically recorded Chinese dynasties; hence, this study reveals more about the ancient origins of hydraulic engineering as a core element of social, political, and economic developments. Archaeological surveys and excavations can now portray the impressive extent and structure of dams, levees, ditches, and other landscape-transforming features, supporting the ancient city of Liangzhu, with an estimated size of about 300 ha. The results indicate an enormous collective undertaking, with unprecedented evidence for understanding how the city, economy, and society of Liangzhu functioned and developed at such a large scale. Concurrent with the evidence of technological achievements and economic success, a unique relationship between ritual order and social power is seen in the renowned jade objects in Liangzhu elite burials, thus expanding our view beyond the practicalities of water management and rice farming. Prior research has dated Liangzhu Ancient City to approximately 5,300 to 4,300 years ago, which would make the water engineering effort one of the oldest in the world. The newer research work demonstrates that use of such technology began in China earlier than had been thought. And it occurred in a relatively isolated location—the water system was not part of empire building; it was constructed to service the needs of a single city. Sadly, prior evidence has also revealed that their efforts were not sufficient to prevent the entire area from being massively flooded approximately 4,200 years ago, leaving behind a meter-thick layer of clay—the devastation was so great the city never recovered, and those that survived migrated to other areas. Over 5000 years ago, people living in the Yangtze River Delta apparently grew weary of the flooding that periodically destroyed their crops. They embarked on what became one of the largest water management projects in the ancient world, moving earth and piling it in desired ways to change over 10,000 hectares of landscape to suit their needs. The researchers at the site have been working for four years uncovering the large hydraulic system that was built to support Liangzhu Ancient City.The researchers report that laborers spent years digging up dirt to make canals, piled it to make dams, and even installed a system of gates to control movement of the water. The result was a system able to prevent normal flooding and to irrigate crops during dry times with rainwater saved in large reservoirs. They also dug canals to allow small boats to carry people and materials around the area. The researchers estimate that it took approximately 3000 people working for eight years just to build one of the larger dams, and in the process, they moved approximately 10 million cubic feet of earth. (Phys.org)—A team of researchers from several institutions in China has uncovered one of the largest water management projects in the ancient world in what is now a part of the eastern coast of modern China. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes their finding and compares it to other ancient water management systems. © 2017 Phys.org Citation: Earliest example of large hydraulic enterprise excavated in China (2017, December 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-12-earliest-large-hydraulic-enterprise-excavated.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Researchers grow Lokiarchaea in special tank over 12year study

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first_img Citation: Researchers grow Lokiarchaea in special tank over 12-year study (2019, August 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-08-lokiarchaea-special-tank-year.html A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in Japan has succeeded in cultivating samples of Lokiarchaea in a special tank in their lab. They have published a paper describing their work on the bioRxiv preprint server as they await publication. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Fig. 1 Growth curves and photomicrographs of the cultured Lokiarchaeota strain MK-Dl.a, Growth curves of MK-DI in anaerobic media supplemented with Casamino acids (CA; 0.05%, w/v) alone; CA with 20 amino acids (20 AAs; 0.1 mM of each) and powdered milk (PM; 0.1 %, w/v); or peptone (0.1 %, w/v) with PM. Results are also shown for cultures fed with 10- and 100-fold dilution of CA, 20 AAs, and PM. b, c, Fluorescence images of cells from enrichment cultures after eight (b) and eleven (c) transfers stained with DAPI (violet) and hybridized with nucleotide probes targeting MK-DI (green) and Bacteria (red). Pie charts show relative abundance of microbial populations based on SSU rRNA gene tag-sequencing (iTAG) analysis. d, A fluorescence image of cells from enrichment cultures after eleven transfers hybridized with nucleotide probes targeting MK-DI (green) and Methanogenium (red). e, SEM image of a highly purified co-culture of MK-DI and Methanogenium. White arrows indicate Methanogenium cells. The detailed iTAG-based community compositions of cultures corresponding to each of the images are shown in Supplementary Table S2. biorxiv (2019). DOI: 10.1101/726976 Researchers discover ‘marvel microbes’ explaining how cells became complex More information: Hiroyuki Imachi et al. Isolation of an archaeon at the prokaryote-eukaryote interface, biorxiv (2019). DOI: 10.1101/726976 © 2019 Science X Network The tree that represents all known living things has three main branches: eukaryotes, bacteria and archaea. The first branch includes existing organisms, including humans; the second comprises familiar microbes—but archaea are less well-known. They, too, are microbes, and resemble bacteria, but are actually different. In recent years, some scientists have suggested that eukaryotes evolved through interactions between archaea and bacteria. Some have taken a further step and suggested that a certain kind of archaea, Asgard archaea, may have been that which interacted with bacteria, resulting in the first eukaryotes. Such theories emerged after researchers subjected samples of mud from the deep ocean to DNA analysis—the results showed evidence of both archaea and eukaryote-like genomes. The samples were given the name Lokiarchaea, because they were uncovered from an area close to Loki’s Castle, a deep-sea hydrothermal vent. These theories were met with skepticism, however, due to the possibility of sediment contamination. In this new effort, the researchers have overcome that argument by growing and testing pure samples of Lokiarchaea in their lab.The work consisted of obtaining sand from the seafloor and putting it in a special chamber that mimicked the conditions under which the mud was found—deep pressure and exposure to a lot of methane. The researchers report that it took five years for the microbes to reproduce in detectable numbers. Once that happened, they separated the microbes into glass tubes, and once again waited for signs of a colony to develop. That took another year. At that point, the team collected samples and carried out a DNA study that confirmed the microbes were Lokiarchaea. More time passed as the researchers allowed the colony to grow. Twelve years into the project, the team finally had a large enough sample for more sophisticated testing. DNA analysis showed that the Lokiarchaea genome did have eukaryote-like genes, strongly bolstering the theory that eukaryotes evolved due to interactions between archaea and bacteria.last_img read more

Let these games begin

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first_imgTheir houses of cards come crashing down when a dysfunctional married couple invites their friends over for a night of ‘friendly’ competition. Life as you know it may never be the same again. And there is the problem of Kenneth. Cross is a multi-award–winning actor and playwright, brings you The Game Night. In just five years of theatrical experience, he has played major roles in plays by authors ranging from Shakespeare to Dario Fo, as well as his own original work. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’His first original play, The Coming Out, not only became a local sensation at the 2011 Short+Sweet theatre festival in Delhi, but also won him the Best New Talent award for acting and writing. In addition, the play went on to be performed in five different cities across the world, winning five awards in Bangalore and one in Sydney.Since then, he has penned five original plays, all of which have been critically appraised at various workshops and performed as dramatized readings.Now, Cross plans to revolutionize the Delhi theatre scene through his company: Zorian Cross Productions.  With the aim of promoting original work and discovering and nurturing fresh talent, Cross plans to conquer the world one round of applause at a time.DETAILAt: Akshara Theatre, Baba Kharak Singh Marg On Till: 27 and 28 Aprillast_img read more

The game theory

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first_imgKhoj International Artists’ Association presents two exhibitions that explore the world of games and gaming. The first exhibition is titled ‘Of Games: Frameworks In Question’ which will juxtapose art with games and gaming technologies including the old board games of India like Ganjifas, Parallel by Harun Farocki and video games Like Osmos and Otomata. The selected works will capture image making process explored in both, games and art, and highlight the audience engagement while gaming. An interrogation of cross pollination between games and arts is the underlying theme of the exhibition. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The games that will showed at the exhibition include computer games like Façade by Michael Mateas and Andrew Stern, Osmos by Hemisphere Games, Otomata by Batuhan Bozkurt and traditional games like Ganjifa cards and Pallankuzhi from the collection of Crafts Museum, Delhi. There will also be a video work titled Parallel by Harun Farocki (supported by Max Mueller Bhawan/Goethe Institute, Delhi).Through the artworks, the exhibition poses questions of aesthetics of gaming images, game design and development as artistic intervention and gaming references of digital art. The exhibition is broadly exploring two ideas: imagery of art when borrowed from games, and the hybridity of game-world narratives.Can a game be art? The traditional games exhibited here, Ganjifa cards and Pallankuzhi, demonstrate artistry in their production and presentation—but at what point does the playing of the game itself become an art form? They both necessitate an intersection of skill and chance within an alternate reality—a microcosmic world of variables, reactions, and outcomes. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe works in the exhibition include computer based games like Façade by Michael Mateas and Andrew Stern, 2005. With the Facade project, the promise of algorithmic storytelling was demonstrated for the first time at such a scale. Algorithmic storytelling is the art of telling a story which is not scripted yet. The author  or the developers in this case develop the individual characters and their mechanisms of response and parlance but nothing more. In run-time it actually seems like the characters have a mind of their own, but they are always responding within the parameters of their programmed nature. This idea is a very strong meme in games (procedural narratives etc) and in the futuristic visions and ideas for storytelling. Apart from the above exhibition, Khoj is also bringing for works done in a month long residency in a parallel exhibition titled ‘Of Games: Theatre in Code’, that will also be on view till September 19, 2013. 11. am to 7 p.m. Akshay Rathod, Centaur, Gayatri Kodikal, Oleomingus, Pramod Kumar and Vishal Dar are the six practitioners/groups who have been developing projects exploring the game-world and its experience from different perspectives. They will present a game prototype in the opening.last_img read more

Celebrating Indian art legends

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first_imgLalit Kala Akademi screened two documentaries directed by the veteran theatre personality, E Alkazi from their archives on 19 December evening in the auditorium of the Akademi. These two documentaries bring out the contributions and importance of two painters who gave a new grammar to the language of Indian Art.  One was on Amrita Sher Gil, much acclaimed painter who gave a new meaning to modern Indian painting. She single handedly took the challenge of modernising the Indian painting when already Bengal school and the school following the Victorian styles were dominating the Indian Art world. The ‘bharat-mata’ figure or the realistic depiction of women figures from these already existing schools did not inspire her. She infused raw energy into her works that profoundly talk about a deep understanding of sexuality and freedom of women. Her women—reserved, somber, poignant and with distinct characteristics add a cavernous observation of human psychology. Born, brought up and trained in Europe, she returned to India, she believed, where she belonged. She drew inspirations from Indian cultures and paintings, especially the miniature paintings. Her Three Women or Hill Women or Woman on the Charpoy brings forth her love for painting and Indian society. After a productive year of 1940s, she died in 1941 at the age of twenty-eight from a short period of illness. India lost the princess of canvas much before the independence.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The second one was on MF Husain, the controversial, loved, celebrated poet-painter of Modern India. Alkazi tried to capture the spirit of Husain, with his iconic painting-brush walking stick, walking on the streets of Delhi mingling with his own people. This gave him energy to give human shapes to inanimate objects, which can be seen in his umbrella series. His understanding of the working class and their struggles can be seen in his paintings where he made the cart-bull-man into a composite ‘machine’ yet representing a picture of the dismantled human figure. His Ramayana and Mahabharata series show his brilliant understanding of the Indian culture. He said the figure of woman/shakti is so powerful in his mind that he tried to give expressions to it through Parvati, Saraswati, Draupadi and Mother Teresa. The ‘horse’ that ran for freedom of imagination and creativity in life and on canvas died in 2011.last_img read more

All things Punjabi

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first_imgAfter three days of a delightful cultural extravaganza that left people wanting for more, the Punjabi Mela came to an end on Sunday(27 April) with high volatage performances of singers Mamta Joshi and Lakhwinder Wadali lighting up the last evening. The talents enthralled the whole mass present at the event.Apart from a blasting ending of the festival, the first evening  (25 April) saw performances by singers Gurmeet Bawa, Lachi and Glory Bawa and Jasbir Jassi. The people of Delhi turned up to devote their Saturday to a rocking Punjabi feast, where hugely popular Pakistani singer Shafqat Amanat Ali charmed the audience with his performance on the second day (26 April). Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Presented by the Punjabi Academy, the three-day festival showcased the vibrancy of the land of five rivers at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts where the best of Punjab was brought to the capital. Ranging from the traditional artefacts of Punjab like phulkari and Punjabi jutti to bhangra and giddha and mouth licking delicacies like Amritsari Kulcha. Over three days ethnic Punjabi items and artefacts like nale parande, bangles, wooden furniture and inlay items were put on display and sale in a perfect Punjabi Mela setting. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixCultural events like gatka, bazigar, dhadi, naqal, gidha, been, algoza dhol and bhangra vowed the audience while the evenings were devoted to Punjabi music.’Through this festival, we tried to create the atmosphere of a Punjabi village in a traditional mela-like setting where all the traditional artefacts of Punjab were displayed and sold. Punjab’s vibrant culture, its rich cuisine and soulful music, has always attracted people, and the people who turned up were delighted by the colorful display and songs and music. We hope to keep alive many of these traditions through such festivals,’  said Jawahar Dhawan, Secretary, Punjabi Academy.last_img read more

Animal Resource dept asks district officials to bolster vigil at dump yards

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first_imgKolkata: The Animal Resource Development Department (ARD) directed its concerned officials in districts, to maintain a proper vigil at dump yards in their respective areas.The direction has been given to avoid incidents like the one that happened at Budge Budge in South 24-Parganas, in which two youths were arrested when found chopping off meat from carcasses of dead animals.According to the sources in the ARD department, directions have been given to the deputy directors posted in districts. They have been directed to maintain a strict vigil, so that such an incident doesn’t take place again.The officials in the district have also received direction to prepare a list, containing details of all the dump yards in their respective areas and to intensify the vigil. The officials would also ask local people to inform them, if they find anyone attempting to carry out any such activities.However, the top brass of the ARD department is also waiting for the report of the police, containing their findings in connection with the incident that took place at Budge Budge. The police are probing the incident, in which local people caught two youths chopping off meat from carcasses of dead animals and handed them over to the police after beating them up.The police are trying to ascertain the exact reason why they were chopping off meat from dead animals. They have questioned the duo in this connection.last_img read more

NHRC issues notices to Centre Delhi govt on newborns death

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first_imgThe National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notice to the Centre and the Delhi government over the death of a newborn girl due to denial of treatment at three government hospitals, calling for a report on the matter within four weeks.Taking suo motu cognizance of media reports, the NHRC has sought a report from Union health secretary BP Sharma and Delhi health secretary Amar Nath, a NHRC statement issued on Tuesday said. According to media reports, a premature newborn girl at a private hospital, with under-developed lungs and weak organs, died after being denied treatment by three hospitals in Delhi on  Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreJuly 6.“She needed special care, including a ventilator for further treatment. Unable to bear the high cost of  further treatment at the private nursing home, her family members were constrained to take her from one government hospital to another by a CATS ambulance but could not get her admitted for treatment,” the NHRC said. Saying that the right to health was a “basic human right” and the state had a responsibility to fulfil this right, the commission said: “Any denial of this right and that too in the case of a newly born in a serious condition is abominable. Accordingly, it has issued notices to the Secretary, Union ministry of health and secretary, department of health and the government of Delhi calling for a report within four weeks in the matter.”  Also Read – Man who cheated 20 women on matrimonial websites arrestedThe commission said that reportedly, on being refused admission first at Kalawati Saran Children hospital on the grounds of non-availability of bed and ventilator, the family members of the child took her to Ram Manohar Lohia hospital where she was denied admission on the same grounds. “Hence, she was taken to Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan hospital. The situation was no different there either. In the process, they had travelled for more than three-and-a-half hours covering about 58 km. The delay in the treatment resulted in the death of the child in the ambulance itself,” the NHRC said.last_img read more

Depression does not spread Study

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first_imgBe rest assured that simply talking to or helping a friend who is suffering from depression would not affect your own mental health as depression does not spread from friend to friend, new research suggests. While depression does not ‘spread’, having enough friends with a healthy mood can halve the probability of developing, or double the probability of recovering from, depression over a six to 12 month period, the findings showed. “Our results suggest that promotion of any friendship between adolescents can reduce depression since having depressed friends does not put them at risk, but having healthy friends is both protective and curative,” said study lead author Edward Hill from University of Warwick in England. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The findings are the result of a study of the way over 2,000 teenagers in a group of US high schools influenced each others’ mood.  The researchers used a mathematical model to establish if depression spreads from friend to friend. Adolescents who have five or more mentally healthy friends have half the probability of becoming depressed compared to adolescents with no healthy friends, the researchers determined with the help of their mathematical model.The study was published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.last_img read more

Retire later and live longer

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first_imgIf you are 65 and still working, it can be an add-on for you to live longer while retiring early may increase your chances of dying early, says new research, suggesting that there is a strong relationship between work and longevity.The findings showed that healthy retirees who worked a year longer of age 65 had an 11 per cent lower risk of death while unhealthy retirees who worked a year longer had a nine per cent lower mortality risk which indicates that factors beyond health may affect post-retirement mortality. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“It may not apply to everybody but we think that work brings people a lot of economic and social benefits that could impact the length of their lives,” said lead study author Chenkai Wu from the Oregon State University in the US.The team analysed 2,956 people who had retired from 1992 to 2010 and looked at effects of retirement on health. Poor health is one reason people retire early and also can lead to earlier death, so researchers wanted to find a way to mitigate a potential bias in that regard. They divided the participants into unhealthy retirees — who indicated that health was a factor in their decision to retire and healthy retirees — who indicated health was not a factor.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe results indicated that during the study period, about a 12 per cent of the healthy and a 25.6 per cent of the unhealthy retirees died. Working a year longer had a positive impact on the study participants’ mortality rate regardless of their health status. “Most research in this area has focused on the economic impacts of delaying retirement. I thought it might be good to look at the health impacts,” Wu added in the paper published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.last_img read more

Suranjan Das resumes duty as VC mum on students union poll

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first_imgKolkata: Jadavpur University Vice-Chancellor Prof Suranjan Das on Tuesday refused to comment on the holding of students’ union election in the varsity. Das, who was on leave after he was heckled during a protest by students on February 19 and hospitalised for two days, resumed his duties on Tuesday and held discussion with teachers and students union representatives on academic issues. The V-C told reporters he has nothing new to comment when asked about his views on holding students’ union polls at the earliest as demanded by the Arts Faculty Students’ Union (AFSU), Science Faculty Students Union (SFSU) and Faculty of Engineering and Technology Students’ Union (FETSU). Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose”I don’t have anything to comment on this issue today,” he said. Pro-VC Pradip Kumar Ghosh had sent a letter to the Higher Education department on February 25, requesting it to facilitate a tripartite discussion among the university, students and the higher education department on the issue of students’ union polls. The V-C had earlier maintained the JU cannot take any decision on its own about holding the students union polls and any decision on this issue can only be taken by the government.last_img read more

Ab Mujhe Udnaa Hai short film wins global praise

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first_imgBollywood actors added a dash of glamour to a chilly afternoon in Delhi as an award-winning short film based on the theme of empowerment of victims of rape and molestation – ‘Ab Mujhe Udnaa Hai – Let me Soar High’ – was screened for a select audience amid rave reviews.Directed by Suujoy J Mukerji, son of legendary actor Late Joy Mukerji, the film is based on a story written by Delhi-based noted advocate-writer-actor Sunil Kapoor. Kapoor’s collection of 61 poems ‘Punam ka Chaand’ was also released at the event that also saw Joy Mukerji’s wife, Neelam, unveil a CD ‘Mein Pyar Ka Rahi Hun’, carrying songs of her superstar husband. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfNeelam remembered Joy as a reluctant star who led a non-controversial life and never let his stardom impact his simple life. “He used to go for walks on the beach and eat street food like all of us. He told his fans not to mob him or treat him differently,” she said. Apart from the presence of the Mukerji family, that owns the iconic Filmalaya studio in Mumbai, actors like Shakti Kapoor, Kanwaljit Singh, actor-turned-politician Manoj Tiwari (Delhi Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party President) and the short film’s lead actress Jasmine Grover also attended the event at USI Residency in the Delhi Cantonment. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveShakti Kapoor, 66, appreciated the directorial debut film, “Ab Mujhe Udnaa Hai”, of 35-year-old Suujoy and enthralled the audience with anecdotes from his early days in Delhi’s Karol Bagh area where he lived with his father, who owned a popular tailor shop in Connaught Place, and was then known as ‘Sunil Kapoor.’ Suujoy, the scion of Mukerji family and director of Filmalaya Studio, said that the 24-minute short film, depicting the ordeal of a college girl who emerges from the lows of molestation, has so far won 15 awards. Sunil Kapoor and environmentalist Suresh Raheja sang popular Mohd Rafi, Kishore and Mukesh melodies of the 1960s and 70s at the event. “As the nation remembers Nirbhaya on her sixth death anniversary, it is time to help victims of sexual assaults and molestation and their families to emerge from trauma without stigmatization,” said Suujoy. The film features veteran actor Kanwaljit Singh who won the jury award for best actor at the Mumbai Film Festival. He won the award for essaying the role of a college professor and the molested girl’s father who believes in keeping pace with the changing times and encourages daughter to fulfill her dreams and potential. Mahaakshay, son of noted actor Mithun Chakraborty, has acted as the molested girl’s dance instructor; he motivated her to come out of depression and follow her passion to become a dancer. The short film’s story and screenplay have been written by Sunil Kapoor, a noted income-tax advocate from Delhi, who has also acted in a forthcoming film ‘The Tiger Trail’. Four stories from Kapoor’s bestselling book ‘A Peacock Feather’ have been picked by Bollywood producers for making feature films. He has authored this book with his twin chartered accountant brother Sudhir. The short film’s awards include the best film award at the UK’s Red Wood Film Festival, Top Shorts, Los Angeles, and Calcutta International Cult Film Festival, sensitively handles the complex issue of stigmatization of the victims of sexual offences and seeks to educate and empower society to make the nation a safe place for daughters.last_img read more

Mamata appeals to agitating doctors in Facebook post

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first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in a Facebook post on Thursday reiterated that the agitating doctors should withdraw their ceasework at NRS Medical College and Hospital, as it has crippled health services across the state.”I appeal to all to restore normal healthcare services to the patients without any further delay. Our government has taken full care of the injured doctor. We pray that he recovers quickly. As per information received, he is stable and improving,” Banerjee said in her Facebook post. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe Chief Minister also assured that her government is extending full cooperation and taking all necessary action. But, in spite of that, provocations are coming from other political parties. Calling the NRS incident ‘unfortunate’, Banerjee said: “An unfortunate incident took place in NRS Hospital 3 days ago. I sent my colleague, Chandrima Bhattacharjee, minister of state, Health and Family Welfare, to visit the injured doctor, talk to a section of the junior doctors who are agitating and request them to withdraw the agitation as people are not getting treatment. Cancer patients, kidney patients, accident victims and even children coming from distant places are suffering.” Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateShe also posted: “I sent Commissioner of Police, Kolkata to talk to the junior doctors. Five persons have been arrested and their bail prayers were rejected by court. One person died and a complaint of negligence of treatment has been lodged. An enquiry has been started to look into the issues from all sides. Our additional chief secretary, Health, visited the injured doctor and met a section of the agitating junior doctors and appealed to them to resume services.” “Today when I visited SSKM, I saw a gathering of outsiders from different political parties shouting slogans in the silence zones of the hospital and stopping emergency services. The family members were crying and outdoor services remained closed. I sent some patients to private hospitals for immediate treatment,” she maintained in her post. Banerjee also stated: “I am grateful to senior doctors and professors who are offering full services to the people. My humble regards to them for their cooperation. Some misinformation is being spread on social media by some political parties.”last_img read more

State Electricity Board Employees Union takes up initiative to ensure better services

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first_imgKolkata: West Bengal State Electricity Board Employees’ Union (WBSEBEU) which is affiliated to the INTTUC, has come up with a unique idea of deploying people who will visit 1.88 crore households across the state, who are the consumers of the West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (WBSEDCL).WBSEBEU has issued a circular saying that two persons will be engaged who will visit every household availing electricity from WBSEDCL. They will accompany the person who will be visiting the consumers while taking the meter reading from the houses. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe two persons deployed by WBSEBEU will ask the consumers if they have been facing any inconveniences while availing electricity. If the consumers are found facing any problem related to the electric meter, the matter would be resolved at the spot. If, however, the problem cannot be resolved at the spot, the issue may be taken up with the divisional engineers. Arijit Dutta, General Secretary of the West Bengal State Electricity Board Employees’ Union, said: “Two persons who will be accompanying the meter readers will take stock of various other development schemes run by the Mamata Banerjee government in the state. They will take feedback from the customers to know if they have been facing any difficulties while availing the benefits of various state government-run schemes. Our employees will also fill up a feedback form and deliver them to our officials. The issues would be taken up with our union leaders so that the matter can be addressed.”last_img read more

Entire Abandoned Spanish Villages Are Being Sold Cheap to Raise Money

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first_imgIn most Western countries, it seems like house prices just keep on going up and up. As populations increase, demand for homes rises and the value of the property just gets higher and higher. In certain parts of the world, however, especially under economies going through troubled times, some incredible properties can be found for shockingly low prices. Over in Spain, deep in the rural countryside of this beautiful European nation, many historic stone homes that have been standing for decades are available for a fraction of what you’d expect to pay. In fact, entire villages and hamlets are actually being sold, with some available for under $100,000.SpainNaturally, there are real estate agents keen to get in on the action. Interviewed by NPR, British real estate expert Mark Adkinson shared details of how his company, Galician Country Homes, works to find abandoned homes and villages, trying to track down the descendants of the formers owners and arrange sales.AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsAdkinson’s work can be tiring, as the home-owners can be difficult to track down. He revealed that many of the properties he finds have simply been left abandoned for decades — and in many cases, whole villages are just left to turn into eerie lifeless towns.View of the small village of Moros, province of Zaragoza, Aragón, Spain. Photo by Diego Delso CC BY-SA 4.0O Penso is one example of these abandoned towns. Complete with 100 acres of land, half a dozen homes, and a few barns, the whole place is being sold for around $230,000; an eye-wateringly low price for such a lot of land and property, not to mention the fact that the whole place is surrounded by stunning scenery and only a few miles from the beach.Adkinson also explained that the locals who do actually stick around want to see some life return to these sleepy little villages and hamlets. Many of them have fond memories of seeing children playing in the streets and hearing the noise of friendly chatter and fiestas for special occasions, but all of that is lost to the history books, for now.Belchite ruins, SpainSo how did these villages and properties become so neglected? Well, it’s all a question of changing times. As society has evolved and urban centers have grown and developed, many people simply prefer to live in or near big cities for the job opportunities and amenities these locations provide.Related Video: Drone captures amazing abandoned mountain top villageThe sad fact of the matter is that residents of these “middle of nowhere” villages began to find themselves just too far from schools, hospitals, shops, factories, jobs, and more. Young people flee these kinds of areas to pursue careers in big cities, leaving villages mostly empty, with only the elderly left in most of the homes.Historic buildings in a medieval village square, SpainInterestingly, the government in Spain is actually trying to turn things around. They’ve come up with various incentives, including tax breaks for those who move to rural areas, and politicians have been pledging to build new schools, hospitals, and other facilities out in countryside regions. They’ve also funded development for internet networks and roads.However, some fear that the damage has already been done. Estimates suggest that the vast majority of Spain’s population will be living in the country’s biggest cities like Barcelona and Madrid in decades to come. As the world becomes even more dependent on tech and development, the old ways of these little villages may be forgotten.Main square of San Martín del Castañar, Salamanca province, Castile and Leon, SpainStill, with people like Mark Adkinson working to try and save these rustic homes and breathe new life into these Spanish ghost towns, there could be some hope for them yet. Many people outside of Spain have shown a huge interest in purchasing these properties, especially those wishing to enjoy a simpler kind of life.Read another story from us: Eerie Pictures of the Romanian Village Swallowed by Toxic SludgeAt a time when an increasing number of people are pursuing the fast pace of the city, there are still plenty out there, many of whom have grown tired with their own urban lifestyles, looking for something simpler and more natural. For those people, buying a rustic Spanish home or even an entire village for less than a big city apartment might seem like a deal they can’t refuse.last_img read more

Colin was right on the Raiders wrong on CM Punk

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first_imgWhere Colin was Wrong.Colin’s NFL Week 1 Blazin’ 52 -3 for Week 1. There’s no harder week to pick. Obviously gonna crush Week 2. Nailed Tampa and the Giants. Swallowed a big number with Seattle and regretted it. Jay Cutler left Bears heavies sulking like Jay Cutler, and Cincy was a tough beat. Big comeback week ahead. Advertisement Where Colin was Wrong.Clemson has been awfulThe TIgers could be 0 – 2. They’ve been escaping when they should be dominating. They survived a mediocre Auburn team, and almost lost to a feisty Troy this weekend. Deshaun Watson, everyone’s surefire #1 pick, is barely completing 50% of his passes and looks like he’s regressed against inferior competition. Even if Watson can get right, Clemson doesn’t look nearly as imposing as they did a year ago. Colin was wrong. Sorry Dabo.? Here are your highlights from today’s game at No. 2 Clemson #RTW #OneTROY pic.twitter.com/HL0XKsuqll— Troy Football (@TroyTrojansFB) September 11, 2016Where Colin was Right.Ryan Tannehill is no Andrew Luck.He’s not a winning quarterback. He took a sack to end the game against the Seahawks that was the capper on a Keystone Cops clock management sequence where he was unaware the clock was still running. There is no other reasonable position on this topic. Andrew Luck throws the ball down the field and does it with a considerably weaker supporting cast. He threw for 380 in his loss, which can be heavily laid at the feet of an invisible defense.Andrew Luck in the groove…More of the same when you come to ?? please!#DETvsIND https://t.co/SGq95GZst4— NFL UK (@NFLUK) September 11, 2016 Where Colin was Right.More players took a knee and the world didn’t end.Just accept that players are going to continue to have opinions. There’s no need to give yourself a stroke over it. Arian Foster and other Dolphins joined the protest and knelt before the national anthem on Sunday. After the game, Foster commented, “If kneeling before your flag is disrespectful, then kneeling for your God is disrespectful.”No need to freak out. Take a nerve pill grandpa.“If kneeling for your flag is disrespectful then kneeling for your God is disrespectful,” Arian Foster said. pic.twitter.com/hpfzxw4meW— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) September 11, 2016 Where Colin was Right. The Autumn wind is a Raider again.Colin has them winning the AFC West. They’re young, but he loves what he sees in David Carr. He throws the ball down the field and oozes leadership qualities. The game winning two-point conversion in New Orleans is exactly what you want to see in a young, improving team. They’re loaded with top level talent at all the key positions.It’s Victory Monday, #RaiderNation.This two-point conversion in the game’s final minute made it happen. https://t.co/XqEBzrXDXW— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) September 12, 2016 Every Monday, it’s time for Colin to bask in the glory of some of his predictions that hit, and face the music on some of his biggest misfires from the weekend.The predictions were flying ahead of College Football Week 2 and NFL Week 1. He had some big hits and some notable misses, but he still had a better weekend than CM Punk.Here’s Where Colin was right, where Colin was wrong.  Where Colin was WrongCM Punk got Fight Club’ed.CM Punk took a beating that should have taken place at the bike rack behind an elementary school, not an octagon. CM showed guts, but he also showed a detached retina. After the fight, Punk said “Go big, or go home.” It might be time to rethink this whole MMA thing. At least come to the next fight with a fresh stash of white towels.“You go BIG or you go home” – @CMPunk #UFC203 https://t.co/H4LEnkXwmI— UFC (@ufc) September 11, 2016 Where Colin was Right. The Bills signing Tyrod Taylor to a massive contract in August was as dumb as it looked.Tyrod Taylor was awful for the Bills on Sunday. 111 yards passing and 7 points is not gonna get it done. Good thing you locked up an undersized quarterback who’s bad from the pocket long term! It’s only Week 1, but Colin is calling it a hit. Fool me once with Ryan Fitzpatrick, shame on you. Fool me twice, you’re the Bills or the Browns. Where Colin was Wrong.Brock Osweiler was impressive with the Texans.Colin has been hard on Osweiler, but he looked solid yesterday. The Texans may have found a gem in rookie wideout Will Fuller to pair alongside Nuke Hopkins. The eye test doesn’t lie, and he passed it in his first game with Houston. Colin is taking the L on this one.Will Fuller scores a TD & sets a Texans record for receiving yards in a rookie debut (107 yards).#NDinTheNFLpic.twitter.com/XBLhUi5o6f— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) September 11, 2016last_img read more

VIDEO High school pitcher skips team celebration to console batter he struck

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first_imgToday’s society can seem like an unforgiving hell on most days, but occasionally we catch something that gives us some hope.During a Minnesota high school sectional championship game between Totino-Grace and Mounds View, Mounds View pitcher Ty Koehn struck out the final batter of the game to send his team to the next round.As his team stormed the field to celebrate, Koehn headed past his teammates and made his way to home plate to console the devastated batter. It turns out the two have been friends since childhood and Koehn wanted to give him a hug and make sure he was okay.We need more moments like this, so when we catch something that’s this genuine and good we’re going to bring it to you. There is still hope.Check out the amazing sportsmanship at the end of this Minnesota high school baseball final. Full story here: https://t.co/SqoOIiEMXk pic.twitter.com/PnTCq5oqJs— Bring Me The Sports (@BMTNSports) June 8, 2018last_img read more