Month: August 2019

The next interface Electrical fields MGC3130 and your hand w Video

first_img Citation: The next interface: Electrical fields, MGC3130, and your hand (w/ Video) (2012, November 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-11-interface-electrical-fields-mgc3130-video.html According to the company, the MGC3130 can enable 3-D gesture recognition with power consumption as low as 150 microwatts in its active sensing state. More information: www.microchip.com/wwwproducts/ … px?dDocName=en560048 © 2012 Phys.org (Phys.org)—Microchip Technology has been working in the “non-contact user interface” space, which is translating into gesture control over your next computing device. The company is using electrical fields to sense hand movements. They have announced a controller that transmits an electrical signal and calculates the three-coordinate position of a hand based on the disturbances to the field the hand creates. Chandler, Arizona, based Microchip Technology, in looking at electrical fields to sense hand movements, issued this week’s announcement of “the world’s first electrical field based 3-D gesture controller, the MGC3130.” The new controller offers low-power, hand position tracking with gesture recognition. Its two promoted advantages are low cost and low power. The company is offering a development kit. A gesture library was constructed using algorithms that learned from how different people make the same movements, to be applied toward device functions such as .point, click, zoom, or scroll. Ten gestures were programmed into the device with recognition based on Markov models. According to the company, “the chip provides developers the flexibility to utilize pre-filtered electrode signals for additional functionality in their applications.”Gesture-recognition technology is familiar to those using game consoles, but the concept of gesture recognition could now become more mainstream with users of desktops, laptops, or smartphones, making use of gesture-control hovering motions. Microchip Technology said that it is already working with product manufacturers to implement user-input controls.The MGC3130 will cost $2.26 each in high volumes and volume production is expected in April 2013.center_img MGC3130’s design and configurable power modes represent the lowest power consumption of any 3-D sensing technology, says Microchip’s creators, and up to 90 percent lower than camera-based gesture systems.Microchip Technology is aiming its technology toward a range of devices; an easy vision of how it would translate into end use would be hand gesture recognition for smartphones and notebooks. The company said its chip will offer interaction with both mobile devices and consumer electronics. Its list of potential devices, for example, includes electronic readers, remote controls and game controllers. NEC unveils gesture controlling device 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 furtherlast_img read more

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Duo create GravityLight Lamp that runs off of gravity w video

first_img © 2012 Phys.org The dark side of kerosene lamps: High black-carbon emissions Citation: Duo create GravityLight: Lamp that runs off of gravity (w/ video) (2012, December 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-12-duo-gravitylight-lamp-gravity-video.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. More information: www.indiegogo.com/projects/282006center_img Explore further (Phys.org)—London based designers Martin Riddiford and Jim Reeves have created what they are calling the GravityLight, an LED lamp that runs off of nothing but gravity. The purpose of the lamp is to provide people in third world countries with an alternative to kerosene lamps which cause burns and lung ailments to millions of people too poor to afford any other source of light. The lamp is as simple as it is inexpensive. A cable hangs from a gear mechanism holding onto a plastic bag filled with dirt or rocks. The energy created by gravity pulling the bag downwards is enough to power an LED bulb for up to half an hour. Riddiford and Reeves have posted their creation on the fund sourcing site indiegogo and thus far pledges have doubled the $55,000 goal.The two note on their page that over a billion and a half people in the world today have no access to a reliable electricity source. When it gets dark, their only light source comes through burning wood, peat, or other biomass materials – the most popular by far, is kerosene. They also note that the World Bank has recently estimated that up to three quarters of a billion women and children regularly inhale smoke from kerosene lanterns, which is they say, equivalent to smoking two packs of cigarettes a day – a situation that leads quite naturally to very high lung cancer rates. Also, millions of people are burned each year when kerosene lamps are accidently upended. There’s also the problem of carbon dioxide being added to the atmosphere – collectively about 244 million tonnes a year. All in all they paint a very dire picture. To help fix the problem, the two have spent the past four years looking for and building various lighting options and have now settled on their GravityLight.Their lamp has no batteries and is made in a way the two say will last for a very long time. The weight that drives the lamp is free and collectable virtually anywhere and providing a lamp that doesn’t have any recurring costs will allow, the two say, those that have relied on kerosene lamps to use the money they have been spending on fuel, for other essentials. The overall goal is an improved quality of life.The two expect the GravityLight to originally sell for just $10. After ramping up, they expect that cost to drop to just $5.last_img read more

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Genome study reveals history of European potato

first_img Explore further © 2019 Science X Network Journal information: Nature Ecology & Evolution Credit: CC0 Public Domain A team of researchers from Germany, Peru, the U.K. and Spain has sequenced a large number of potato varieties to learn more about the history of the modern European potato. In their paper published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution, the group describes their study of the history of the potato and what they found. More information: Rafal M. Gutaker et al. The origins and adaptation of European potatoes reconstructed from historical genomes, Nature Ecology & Evolution (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41559-019-0921-3center_img Citation: Genome study reveals history of European potato (2019, June 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-genome-reveals-history-european-potato.html Discovery of genetic mechanism allowing potato cultivation in northern latitudes 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. Prior research has shown that the potato was introduced to Europe in the 1600s—the first-known plantings were in Spain. The history of the potato in Europe after introduction has not been well studied, however, until now. In this new effort, the researchers sequenced several varieties of potato to learn more about how the modern European potato came to exist.Prior study had shown that the potatoes that first made their way to Europe came from somewhere in the Andes mountains, near the equator. Because of the difference in day length, this suggests that some adaptation must have occurred to allow the potato to survive in Europe. Also, potato plants that grow in the Andes are able to produce potatoes all year long, whereas in Europe, potatoes grow in the spring, summer and fall, and are harvested before winter. To learn more about the genetic adaptions the plants underwent, the researchers obtained 88 samples of modern potatoes and specimens saved during the years 1660 to 1896. All of the samples were then sequenced.The researchers found that the potatoes in Europe were originally nearly identical to those in the Andes. But over time, genetic changes crept in—a variant of the gene CDF1 appeared, for example, a change that allowed the potato to adapt to the European summer. Potatoes native to Chile have a similar adaptation, which quite naturally led to questions about whether potatoes from that region might have been imported. Further testing showed differences in the variants indicating that they developed independently.The researchers also found evidence of other changes that occurred to European potatoes in the mid-1800s. They suspect this occurred as farmers began breeding them with South American varieties to combat the blight that led to the potato famine. They also found signs of interbreeding during the 20th century as farmers once again tried to make their crops more resistant to diseases.last_img read more

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What Dropping 17000 Wallets Around The Globe Can Teach Us About Honesty

first_imgThe experiment started small, with a research assistant in Finland turning in a few wallets with different amounts of money. He would walk up to the counter of a big public place, like a bank or a post office. And would that answer be different if it was empty or full of cash? Those are questions researchers have been exploring; Thursday, they published their findings in the journal Science. So picture this: You’re a receptionist at, say, a hotel. Someone walks in and says they found a lost wallet but they’re in a hurry. They hand it to you. What would you do?center_img “Acting as a tourist, he mentioned that he found the wallet outside around the corner, and then he asked the employees to take care of it,” says Alain Cohn from the University of Michigan, the study’s lead author. The researchers assumed that putting money in the wallet would make people less likely to return it, because the payoff would be bigger. A poll of 279 “top-performing academic economists” agreed. Read the whole story: NPRlast_img read more

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For the love of nature

For nature lovers in and around Delhi, here’s another treat, as the second International Nursery and Landscape Expo starts here. At this four-day event, unique species of plants from all over the world will be exhibited. This event is the first of its kind to be done in the Capital.The exhibits will be displayed in the NSIC ground and will witness a participation of about 50 nursery workers from all over the country. Organised by the Nurserymen Contractors Association, State Nurserymen Welfare Association of Delhi and Redmax Media Private Limited, it is a nursery and horticulture trade show. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ ‘In a country like India where gardening has mostly been considered as a hobby for some individuals, the Nursery and Landscape Expo seeks to add a commercial dimension to it,’ said Rakesh Saini, one of the members of the organising committee.‘The expo will feature different varieties of plants from all over the world. Some of the unique plant species such as Splendid Pitcher Plant, Sundews, Makahiya or Sensitive Plant will also be put on exhibition for common visitors,’ he added. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThere will also be renowned agriculture scientists and horticulture experts who will address and inform the audience on varieties of fruits, vegetables, tuber crops, floriculture, ornamental plants, medicinal and aromatic plants, spices, food processing and bee keeping. It will also provide avenues for new trends as a viable economic activity in the country. Various workshop on Ikebana [flower arrangement] and on growing plants on rock will also be organised. ‘India has an age-old tradition of nursery and impressive landscapes but with the rapid pace of urbanisation, having a garden in big cities like Delhi has become a sort of luxury. Rising per capita income and progressive lifestyle, however, have paved the way for phenomenal increase in the nursery and landscape in the country,’ said Saini. Some of the plants you should watch out for are a 50 year-old Ficus Retusa, a Bonsai plant, which will be featured in the upcoming expo. So take a look. It might just have what you want for your garden. Here’s to a happy date with greenary.DETAILAt:  NSIC Exhibition Complex, Okhla When: 18 to 21 OctoberTimings: 11am to 7 pmPhone: 24638096 read more

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Getting stalled at fashion week

At the just concluded Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Spring Summer 2013, it wasn’t only the ramp shows that grabbed our attention. With more than a 100 designers displaying their wares at the stalls, lovers of high fashion had a lot to feast one. Here is our pick of the stalls. While some were different, others we liked for their quirky charm. Read on to find out why.NITIN BAL CHAUHANQuirky cool is how Nitin Bal Chauhan’s collection can be best described. His stall showed off items from his new label called Bhoot Sawaar. Dresses, long T-shirts, jackets, trousers and tees had quirky graffiti and images digitally printed on them. Chauhan used handcrafted trims and rivets inspired from punk and rock. There were metallic details and even safety pins added to the ensembles to add to the quirky coolness. Prints like those of Goddess Kali, skulls and Jesus wearing a crown of guitars added to the X-factor. Music was a big influence on the collection. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’CHANDRANI SIINGH FLLORAWhen most stalls were high on bling with Indianwear, Chandrani Siingh Fllora’s stall came as a welcome relief to those who like Westernwear. Comprising mostly pret, her collection spoke of ‘peace’. The theme was replicated in the ensembles through the bird pigeon, which was the leitmotif of the collection. The colours were soft, the fabrics fluid and the silhouettes flowy. Peach, beige, white grey with bursts of blue and green made up the colour palette. Fabrics used were net, georgettes and cotton. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixASHA AND GAUTAM GUPTAThe use of bright and vibrant colours is what made Asha and Gautam Gupta’s collection stand out. Chilly Strawberry is what the collection was called and it comprised jackets, hot pants, tunics, kaftans, drape saris with ruffles, lehengas and gowns. The designer duo from Greater Kailash used Indian textiles like kalamkari, batik and blends like cotton linen, georgette and cotton satin. The ensembles were jazzed up using self-created digital prints inspired by everything from African tribal to floral to mosaic to effect-like splash and drops in bright tones of neon greens, prussian blue, electric blue, aqua, pale orange, emerald green, mango green, icy green etc. NIHARIKA PANDEYTucked away in one corner, one would have missed out Niharika Pandey’s stall but for the quirkiness of it. The young designer, who is based in Shahpur Jat, had a stall full of colourful creations. Apart from clothes, Pandey also designed bags. There were velvet trimmings and cutwork in the creations that were dominated by shades of maroon and green. The collection was about being happy and to recreate that, she used music symbols and hibiscus flowers. read more

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Weaving stories into art

first_imgIf you ask them, people will give you varied definitions of what feminism means to them. For some it is raising their voice for equality for women, for some it is a fight for removal of patriarchy and for some it is resistance to any sort of inequality.  Baaraan Ijlal, a visual artist, sees feminism as a part of people’s struggle, for her feminism takes a form of visual expression on her canvas. Weaving stories of people that affect her and intricately painting them on her canvas is Ijlal’s form of expression against all strands of inequality she sees around irrespective of people’s sex or sexuality. This is what she explained to us at a discussion on canvas writing at the Oxford Bookstore. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The discussion was organised in association with Apne Aap Women Wordwide in continuation of their series of Feminism Beyond Boundaries. Art for Ijlal is very personal, she tries to bring out people’s pain through her paintings. She says that her pieces are a reaction to the ongoing struggle of people she sees around her. Describing a painting of hers where a red-haired passenger is sitting on the backseat of a bicycle, she says that the met the owner of that bicycle in a ghetto. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix She says that the boy-faced man with long hair which slightly curled at the end was sitting sipping his tea and staring intently at his bicycle which had a tightly screwed red tin box tied to the rear end. When Ijlal asked him about his story, he said that the bicycle was given to him by his lover as a parting gift. The emotions attached to that object and the inner struggle of the cyclist struck her where he symbolically reserved a seat for his lover at the end with the red tin box and she  drew out that emotion her canvas and filled in the colours. Ijlal says her canvas is an instrument to fight for justice. When asked more she explained, ‘I try to fight for justice because I have seen fairness. I have seen my parents always stand up for justice no matter what.’ And the lessons she has grown up with find expression in the works she creates on canvas. Ijlal owes the narrative style of her work to the early influences of writers such as Manto, Albert Camus, Garcia Marquez and Faiz Ahmad Faiz. These and many other early influences have inspired this artist to create a space where she can tell her stories, and stories of others, on canvas, where language is not a barrier, where possibilities are endless and where cultural and social taboos are challenged constantly.last_img read more

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The éclair affair

first_imgLe Meridien Hotels and Resorts hosted the world renowned pastry chef and LM100 member Johnny Iuzzini in New Delhi to reinvent the signature Le Meridien Éclair. To commemorate the India chapter of the Le Meridien’s Éclair Diaries, Chef Johnny showcased modern takes on the brand’s signature éclairs through a charismatic and engaging master class for the Indian audience. Through this culinary collaboration, Chef Iuzzini will create eight seasonal éclair recipes exclusively for the brand, inspired by his travels across various Le Méridien destinations across the world. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Le Meridien is committed to unlocking the destination through locally-inspired cuisine and the exclusive Masterclass saw Chef Johnny reinventing the brand’s signature éclair with the help of the hotels’s talented chefs. Leading food and beverage personalities were intrigued to be part of this creative yet delicious session.As part of the brand’s new culinary program, Le Méridien hotels and resorts worldwide offers guests, the opportunity to indulge in a variety of modern twists on the chic Parisian treat, including both classic flavours as well as unique creations inspired by the destination. The Éclair Diaries kicked off in San Francisco on July 10 where Chef Iuzzini started travelling around the globe, discovering local regions on a motorcycle to uncover local flavours for his inspiration to curate éclair recipes. Johnny’s Éclair Diaries will continue throughout 2014 and 2015 with additional stops being announced from time to time. As part of his India travel he showcased Éclairs inspired by San Fransisco at Le Meridien, Delhi during his visit. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixLe Méridien hotels around the world will continue to feature a variety of destination-inspired éclairs by their own chefs, offering guests an authentic taste of the local culture. Le Méridien New Delhi will feature the Jaggery Ginger Éclair, Rose Cardamom Éclair and Clotted Cream Kalakand Éclair to unlock the flavours of Delhi and Hazelnut Tamarind Éclair from Le Royal Meridien Chennai and Coconut Jaggery Cardamom from Le Meridien Kochi.last_img read more

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Cornered India seek revival of fortunes in Boxing Day Test

first_imgIndia have an unenviable task of avoiding the prospect of relinquishing their grip on the Border-Gavaskar Trophy when they square off against Australia in the third Test of the four-match series at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Friday.Having lost the first two Tests, India would be aware that another loss would help Australia reclaim the coveted trophy they are competing for.But despite the ominous stare at another humiliation and the lopsidedness of the contest that the 2-0 scoreline suggests, it hasn’t been all too easy for the hosts. On the contrary, the series has seen an intriguing contest. The Adelaide Test produced a compelling battle on the backdrop of utmost grief and sadness following the untimely death of Phillip Hughes. Brisbane was an extension of that competitiveness. Also Read – Khel Ratna for Deepa and Bajrang, Arjuna for JadejaFor Australia, it’s simply a matter of producing more of the same at Melbourne despite having to rejig the winning combination due to the absence of the injured Mitchell Marsh. The 25-year-old Joe Burns will take his place, as is fit-again pacer Ryan Harris instead of Michell Starc.Australian skipper Steven Smith on Thursday cleverly intensified the mind games, saying that India are “whingeing and complaining among themselves”, turning the focus towards the visitors’ on the question of sledging. Also Read – Endeavour is to facilitate smooth transition: Shastri“At the moment, the Indians are doing that themselves. They’re doing a lot of whingeing and complaining among themselves. They’re doing it all for us. Hopefully that can hinder them this week,” he said.India though have more pressing issues to address, beginning with the form of opener Shikhar Dhawan and middle-order batsman Rohit Sharma, whose only ‘contribution’ so far has been to fire up opponent pacer Mitchell Johnson with some unsolicitated sledging. He seemed clueless in the middle, a far cry from his record-breaking One-Day International (ODI) knock of 264 at the flat track of Eden Gardens. DhawanÂ’s tour has taken a similar route, with no worthwhile contribution with the bat. But more alarming is the shambolic way in which his arm injury of a spurred up Johnson delivery was handled, giving birth to a petty controversy that threatens to unsettle the team, as a fallout of the usually astute skipper’s surprising ‘unrest’ comment.Dhoni was quick to downplay the effects of his revealing comment, saying reports of a dressing room disquiet were “made up stories”, also defending his team’s ploy of sustained chattering on the field.“There haven’t been any formal complaints from our side so far. If I respond to that, it won’t be an adequate response. I feel a bit of chirping is good on the field. That’s what makes cricket interesting. If the guidelines are followed, I’m not really bothered. The chirping has nothing to do with our performance.”India failed to grab the initiative at the Gabba when Australia were 247 for six, and allowed the tail to wag doggedly, missing a wonderful opportunity to set Australia a more imposing fourth innings target. That should be more painful than the defeat, as they did all the hard work diligently to show that Australia are vulnerable if subjected to pressure.last_img read more

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Ushering in Poila Baisakh TMC organises peace rally

first_imgKolkata: A colourful procession was organised in north Kolkata to welcome Bengali New Year and to create social awareness and communal harmony among the people on Sunday.The rally was organised by Mohan Gupta, Trinamool Congress councillor of ward 17. It was attended by more than 1,000 local people. Sudip Bandyopadhyay, local MP and Shashi Panja local MLA took part in the procession.The participants wore colouful dresses and many of them sang Rabindra Sangeet. Tribal dance added colour to the rally. Like every year the Charak festival was held at Chatubabu and latubabur bazar. Those who took part in Charak showed some rare physical fits. The Charak festival on Beadon Street is over 100 years old. The leaders urged the people to live peacefully and spread the message of communal peace and harmony.last_img read more

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History through the lens

first_imgThe exhibition will include approximately 50 works depicting the architectural marvel of these temples which were inspired by the Chola and Pallava architecture of Southern India from  sixth Century A.D. to fourteenth  Century A.D.The exhibition will be held at the Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, in the Capital from January 21 to 24.The exhibition is in line with Look East Policy of Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, and aims at improving awareness about our South-Eastern neighbours, thereby building a strong bond with them.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Located in North-western Cambodia, Angkor, the capital of the ancient Khmer Empire was founded around the ninth Century AD by King Jayavarman II. The city reached its peak of glory in the twelfth century under Kings Suryavarman II and Jayavarman VII. The compound at Angkor Wat covers an area of 1,500 by 1,300 m and is surrounded by a vast moat 180 m wide. Along the causeway leading to the enormous entrance gate are balustrades shaped as giant serpents, which are believed to represent emblems of cosmic fertility. The temple consists of a towering complex of terraces and small buildings that are arranged in a series of three diminishing stories and surmounted by five towers. These towers are believed to represent the five peaks of Mount Meru, the home of Gods and the center of the Hindu Universe. The roofed and unroofed structures are covered with bands of finely carved stone sculptures. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWith the decline of the Khmer Empire, Angkor Wat vegetated for several centuries only to be rediscovered by the French in the latter half of the nineteenth century. In 1992, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee declared the monument, and the whole city of Angkor, a World Heritage Site.Highlights of ASI’s restoration work at Angkor Vat included the SamudraManthan gallery, entrance porches, libraries and moat embankment and southwest corner pavilion of the third enclosure and chemical treatment. With the successful completion of its assignment by the ASI, history had taken a full circle. What the Indian genius had helped to found over a period of ten centuries from the fourth to the fourteenth in Cambodia, it was able to restore when the structure was about to crumble. Somesh Goyal is an IPS officer of 1984 batch allocated to Himachal Pradesh. He post graduated in English  Literature from Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak and taught the same at Vaish College, Rohtak before joining the Indian Police Service. He is a trained Commando and has worked with the Black Cats. He has also worked in and trained Special Protection Group responsible for security of Prime Minister of India. He has remained on deputation with Border Security Force and served in Kashmir and West Bengal as DIG and Inspector General. For efficient border management, Goyal was given the Maharana Pratap Best Border Management Trophy in 2007. Somesh Goyal has pursued photography as a hobby for over three decades. His photo features have been published in all the leading national dailies. His interest was generally confined to nature and landscapes.last_img read more

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Spiced up stories

first_imgPushpa, a book that recollects the experiences of Inger Solberg, a Scandinavian Designer in India, was recently released at the Danish Ambassador’s residence in New Delhi. Eminent personalities from the world of literature, films and theatre, among others attended the function. Commenting on the release of the first in a series of books to soon follow, the author, Inger Solberg commented, “Since I live in this wonderfully magical country full of love, spices and diversity, I have also spiked my stories with a bit of Indian garam masala. Everything tastes better with spices added to it, and so do the stories in my book.” The 280- page book is published by Mahaveer Publications, a prominent Indian publishing house is priced at INR 175 for the paperback edition. The book can be purchased from prominent bookstores all over South Asia including India, Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, etc.Welcoming the author, Freddy Svane, Ambassador of Denmark to India said, “This is part of the endeavours of the Danish Embassy to promote Danish authors and artists in India.” A part of the proceeds from the sale of the book will be contributed towards charity for the betterment of battered and under privileged women.last_img read more

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Awareness campaign on animal welfare for students

first_imgKolkata: The students going to the residential schools under Sarba Siksha Mission will be made aware of animal welfare.There are 25 residential schools under the mission. The decision was taken following a meeting between Kartick Manna, president of Sarba Siksha Mission and representatives of Love and care for Animals, an NGO working in the field of animal welfare. The duration of the awareness course will be for two years.The students will be made aware about the animal welfare laws and there will be interactive sessions and Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedslide shows.Quiz competitions will be held on the matter that will be shown.Awareness classes have already been held in some state-run schools in South and North 24-Parganas and Kolkata.People working on animal welfare said because of sustained programmes, attacks on stray dogs in Kolkata have gone down.Earlier, many people used to sprinkle boiled water on them and used to tie crackers to their tails and set them on fire. Frightened stray dogs used to run away and many of them got killed.Susmita Roy a spokesman for Love and Care for Animals said the students show great interest in the awareness classes. “If they are trained in school days they will develop love for the pets and stray animals,” she said adding “this is very important at a time when deserting pets, particularly when they grow old, has reached an alarming level in the country and alsoin Kolkata.”last_img read more

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WWII bomb found during dredging operations in Kolkata

first_imgKolkata: A 1000-pound aerial bomb dating back to the World War-II era has been unearthed at a dock here during routine dredging operations. The area was cordoned off following the discovery of the bomb Friday and the police, Navy and the Army duly informed, Kolkata Port Trust Chairman Vinit Kumar said. “The 4.5-km-long aerial bomb was located around 2 pm yesterday during dredging operations at Netaji Subhas Dock berth II. Initially, we thought it was a torpedo, but the Navy has confirmed that it is a bomb,” he told PTI. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life The explosive is likely to be defused with the help of officials from the Ordnance Factory, he added. Commodore Suprobho K De, naval officer-in-charge, West Bengal, said the bomb does not pose any risk as it has several security locks affixed to it. “It is a 450-kg aerial bomb fitted with brackets to attach with fighter planes. There seems to be no threat from the bomb as it has locks affixed to it. Also, aerial bombs have to be dropped from a certain height to make an impact,” he explained. De said there is not much that the Navy can do about the device. “I hope the KoPT will seek help from the Ordinance Factory, which has expertise in making ammunition. If needed, we may contact Vizag naval base for assistance,” De said. Netaji Subhas Dock, on the east bank of Hooghly river, was extensively used by the US Navy during World War II for its operations.last_img read more

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Management suspends work at Simulbarie Tea Estate

first_imgDarjeeling: The management of Simulbarie Tea Estate near Siliguri has left the garden after putting up a work suspension notice late at night on Sunday. They have blamed erosion of work culture and discipline for taking the step.The notice, dated February 24, states that despite serving notices on February 8, 16 and 21, there has been erosion of work culture and discipline in the tea estate due to a handful of workers not obeying orders of the management, misbehaving and threatening the supervisory and managerial personnel with dire consequences, resulting in a law-and-order situation. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe notice went on to state that workers were not performing the 8 hours of stipulated duty, despite repeated notices served by the management. “As a result, the production has come down to as low as 2 to 3 kg of green tea leaves per worker, thereby causing financial loss and complete loss,” stated the notice. As the situation is unmanageable, the management cannot discharge duties under such adverse conditions when their life and integrity is under threat. “Management is left with no other alternative but to declare suspension of work from February 25, 2019. No work will be available to workers and employees on and from February 25 and they will not be entitled to any wages so long as the suspension of work continues until further notice,” stated the notice. Simulbarie Tea Estate, located 18 km from Siliguri, is run by the Simulbarie Tea Company Pvt Ltd. It has 700 permanent and 500 casual workers. Annual production of tea at the estate is 6 lakh metric tonnes.last_img read more

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Kolkatas centuryold club gutted in early morning fire

first_imgKolkata: A century-old athletic club in central Kolkata’s maidan area was reduced to ashes after a fire broke out on Monday morning, police said. The cause of the blaze, which erupted at Wari Athletic Club around 5.40 am, is yet to be ascertained, a senior officer of Kolkata Police said, adding, four fire tenders were pressed into service. The fire was brought under control by 6.10 am, he said. “It can be a result of a short circuit. We are trying to find out the actual reason,” the officer said. An attendant of the club suffered minor injuries due to the blaze and has been taken to hospital, police said. “The fire damaged the entire club tent. The trophies, kits of players, documents, television sets… everything was gutted,” Wari Athletic Club’s general secretary Prabir Chakraborty told PTI.last_img read more

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Metro services disrupted as drain overflows broken pantograph stalls trains

first_imgKolkata: Metro services were disrupted for 10 minutes on Sunday morning, after water from the sewerage line overflowed and went on the track. Immediately, Kavi Subhas bound rakes were stopped at different Metro stations. Services were resumed after the track was clear.Meanwhile, later in the evening, train services on the Sealdah-Naihati main line were partially affected after the pantograph of a local train broke. According to sources, on Sunday morning at around 11:17 am, a Metro rake developed a technical snag and came to a halt just before entering Rabindra Sarobar station. The motorman tried to restart the rake but failed. Immediately, he informed Metro authorities at the station about the glitch. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataWithin minutes, engineers and other Metro staff went to the rake and tried to find out the cause. While doing so, they noticed that the drain located in the middle of the track was filled to the brim. As a result, water overflowed and reached the track. Immediately, electricity connection to the third rail was cut off and a power block was activated to avoid any untoward incident. The rake was evacuated. After 10 minutes, the track was cleared and power to the third rail was restored. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateMetro authorities have acknowledged the disruption. According to the officials, services were resumed at 11:27 am. Meanwhile, the Down line was operational. Some Kavi Subhas bound rakes ran late due to the problem. In another incident, train services in the Sealdah-Naihati main line got partially affected after the pantograph of a Naihati-Majerhat local broke on Sunday afternoon at around 4:45 pm, between Ichhapur and Barrackpore railway stations. Three tower wagons along with maintenance staff were sent to the spot to fix the pantograph as soon as possible. Delayed train movements were arranged using Up and Down suburban lines. However, Sealdah-Lalgola Dhanadhanya Express was detained for quite a long time. Later, it was passed using the Up suburban line, which was being used for local trains.last_img read more

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Sobhandeb spends night in Rashbehari slum as part of Janasanyog Yatra

first_imgKolkata: State Power minister and MLA from Rashbehari Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay spent the night at a slum on Kabir Road on Friday. This is a part of the Janasanyog Yatra, a venture of the state government to build and develop contact with the masses.Following Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee’s instructions, all the legislators have taken part in the mass contact drive. Firhad Hakim, the state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister, who is an MLA from the Kolkata Port area, had spent the night in the house of a party supporter last week. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataBanerjee has asked the leaders of the party to build intimate contact with the people and listen to their grievances. “Go to the tea stalls and talk to the local people and try to find out from them what they want from us. People feel happy if we listen to their grievances,” she had directed. Chattopadhyay, who is a very popular figure in the areas under Rashbehari constituency, went to the venue at 8, Kabir Road and talked to the local people and party supporters. He is associated with Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in statethe local clubs and takes part in all the movements that take place in the area like Safe Drive Save Life or Save Green Stay Clean. It may be mentioned that the mass contact drive has already become very effective. Didi Ke Bolo is the most popular programme now and the Chief Minister has personally looked after the complaints lodged by the people and addressed them. In North Bengal, party leaders like Gautam Deb, Rabindranath Ghosh and Arpita Ghosh have also taken part in the programme to develop contact with the masses. Trinamool has fared poorly in the last general election in Jangalmahal and North Bengal, where the party does not have a single MP. The mass contact drive has helped the party regain its strength in the grassroot level to a great extent.last_img read more

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Neanderthal fell down sinkhole 150000 years ago and fused with its walls

first_imgBetween 128,000 and 187,000 years ago a Neanderthal fell in a hole. It almost sounds like the set up for telling a joke, but instead, it may be an opportunity to take a new look at human evolution. The Neanderthal in question has been dubbed Altamura Man, having been found in a hole in Lamalunga Cave, near Altamura, Italy in 1993, according to science site phys.org.A group of cave explorers found the Neanderthal’s remains embedded in the rock of the cave and covered in calcite deposits. He was in a well or borehole that was mostly limestone and running water.Pulo di Altamura, Italy. Sinkhole. Photo by Travus CC BY-SA 2.5Even after the discovery, the remains stayed untouched for more than 20 years, as it was believed that trying to excavate the remains would cause irreparable damage to the find. As a result, scientists who wanted to study the remains could only do so through casual observation completed in situ.Because there weren’t any viable ways to conduct an in-depth study of the remains, it was difficult, at first, for scientists to make firm determinations about the Neanderthal’s probable age and gender. However, in the last several years a team of researchers were able to extract a small bone sample and retrieve some DNA for analysis. They published their findings in the Journal of Human Evolution.Image of hominid skeleton. Photo by Domenico Capitanio CC BY-SA 3.0The remains, overall, are in an excellent state of preservation, and researchers believe that he must have fallen into the well and gotten stuck, probably dying of thirst or starvation.Because they’re in a place where they were protected from the dangers of weather or predation, the remains stayed in excellent shape, even if they are largely covered by stone and minerals. They represent the oldest remains of this type that have yet been discovered and studied.The researchers began their work in 2009, taking a small piece of the exposed shoulder bone for laboratory analysis. Using uranium-thorium dating, they determined that the calcite was formed between 170,000 and 130,000 years ago, during the next-to-last quaternary glaciation period.They also managed to extract some DNA from the bone and determined that the remains were, in fact, of a Neanderthal male who was about 35 years old at the time of his death.The year after researchers began their study of Altamura Man, they were able to give him a face. According to the Daily Mail, David Caramelli, a professor of anthropology at the University of Florence, worked with a colleague to create a model of what the Neanderthal would have looked like.They used laser scanning and a technique called photogrammetry, a method of using photos to make precise measurements, and combined the results with the DNA analysis previously obtained to get the necessary information to create their model.They passed the data they gathered on to Alfons and Adrie Kennis, brothers from the Netherlands who are also paleo-artists, who created the hyper-realistic model. The completed model showed a specimen who was stocky and short, with a prominent brow, a very large nose, and an elongated skull. The model showed that, while the body shape was typically Neanderthal, there were some unusual features with regard to his skull.Neanderthal reconstruction. Photo by By Tim Evanson CC BY SA 2.0The skull showed a set of traits that were archaic, even given the time period in which Altamura Man lived, indicating that the specimen might be a bridge between Neanderthals and an earlier species of proto-humans, Homo heidelbergensis, who existed from 750,000 to as recently as 100,000 years ago.Read another story from us: Bones Reveal Neanderthal Child was Eaten by a Giant Prehistoric BirdIt’s well-known that the lines of human evolution are more than a little blurry, with there being a number of versions of early humans, whose times on Earth often overlapped and blended, making it difficult to reconstruct the chain of human evolution with any precision.Altamura Man gives scientists the potential opportunity to examine a period of time about which they have relatively little data in the fossil record — and perhaps untangle one more knot in coming to a fuller understanding of how humans came to be.last_img read more

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When the time comes the Patriots need to choose Jimmy Garoppolo over

first_imgThere comes a time when teams are forced to make decisions about aging superstars. The Colts had to with Peyton Manning, the Heat with Dwyane Wade, and that time is approaching for the Patriots with Tom Brady.Brady isn’t in decline….yet. At 39, he’s at the top of his game, and playing at an MVP level. The Patriots don’t have to make the decision this year, or even next year, but the decline for old quarterbacks is drastic and happens quickly.  Colin thinks that when the time comes, the Patriots need to choose Jimmy Garoppolo, who can start for a decade, over Brady, even if he has several good years left. Pigs get fed, hogs get slaughtered.“This league, pro sports, is about finding franchise guys in their athletic prime that you can ride for a decade or more. It won’t be that tough of a decision.”Only the best businesses and sports teams have an easily describable identity. Seattle and New England play this weekend, and Colin says they are two of only a handful of teams that can be described in one word. New England is smart. Seattle is aggressive. Too many teams try to be too many things and do nothing extremely well. They lack an identity.“It’s amazing how few teams in the NFL, how few businesses, you can describe in a word. And those are the great businesses.”Colin has been consistent in his defense of player movement in free agency. He supported LeBron James moving to Miami, and recently supported Kevin Durant to the Warriors. Last night, Kevin Durant had an opportunity to surpass Michael Jordan’s record of 72 straight games scoring 20 or more points. He declined a chance to re-enter the game to break the record. Colin thinks this shows that Durant made the move for the right decision. Titles and wins are more important than records.“Records are for losers. Wilt’s got a million of them. Russell’s got 11 titles. Kevin Durant left OKC for absolutely the right reasons. Not for the money, not for the points. Not for the records. Wins and titles.”Also, Colin releases his NFL Week 10 Blazin’ 5 on a Friday. Caution flammable.Guests:Michael Lombardi – Former NFL Exec and Fox Sports NFL Insider joins the show to talk about the possibility of Jim Harbaugh returning to the NFL, if the Patriots would ever part ways with Tom Brady, why it’s so hard to go on the road to a dome, which college coaches could be NFL fits, and his Week 10 NFL picks.Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA insider is in-studio to talk about the young Lakers mini-resurgence, his take on D-Wade’s Miami return, what players respect about LeBron’s off-court success, why some players struggle with how much power he has, and why he disagrees with Colin that Kevin Durant passing up an the record for consecutive 20+ point games is a good thing.Derek Carr –  Oakland Raiders starting quarterback joins the show to talk the Raiders impressive 7-2 start, his relationship with his brother, why overcoming off-field adversity has given him perspective, how he’s developed since his rookie year, his relationship with Jack Del Rio, and how he got his killer instinct from watching Kobe Bryant.Dave Wannstedt – Former NFL and college coach and FS1 football analyst is in-studio to talk about players he coached that have become coaches, which players that he coached were the most prepared, how the NFL head coach hiring process has changed in recent years, and an insight into player evaluation.last_img read more

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