August 31

Apple applied for a patent to collect the location history of iPhone

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Apple has recently published a patent application, which indicates the company may have plans to collect the location history of iPhone users. Right now, it is not clear if this is related to the recent discovery that iPhones and iPads are able to store historical location information. Explore further 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. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Citation: Apple applied for a patent to collect the location history of iPhone users in 2009 (2011, May 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-apple-patent-history-iphone-users.html The research shows that both iPhones and iPads regularly collect location information and then store the data in an unencrypted file on the devices. This data storage was exposed by researchers from O’Reilly. Currently, Apple has not made comment on the reason behind the storage of this information on the device, but they have said that this is not a security flaw. The discovery has aroused the concern of lawmakers, who question why the data is being collected without the end users permission.The patent application, which was filed by an Apple engineer named Ronald Huang in 2009, was published in March of 2011. It implied that Apple has several ideas for ways to use this type of data in the future. The patent, which is titled “location histories for location aware devices”, may be used in conjunction with GPS, cellular carrier networks and Wi-Fi access points. That data could then be used for mapping location data for users. The patent application shows off various methods that would allow users to set preferences for collecting data, and therefore manage the size of the location information database. This would allow users to blank out certain locations or times of day when the phone should not collect location data. At this point, we are unsure how much control users will have over the tracking. No word yet on when this patent may show up in future versions of the iPhone. Q-and-A: Smartphone location trackinglast_img read more

August 31

Chemist develops process that allows iron to serve as platinum catalyst

first_img 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)—Paul Chirik, a chemistry professor at Princeton University has, according to a profile in the New York Times, developed a process that allows ordinary iron to be used as a substitute catalyst in certain reactions that up till now have required platinum. © 2012 Phys.org New catalyst to significantly reduce use of precious metals Citation: Chemist develops process that allows iron to serve as platinum catalyst (2012, October 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-10-chemist-iron-platinum-catalyst.html More information: www.nytimes.com/2012/10/16/sci … g-like-platinum.htmlwww.princeton.edu/chemistry/fa … lty/profiles/chirik/ Platinum is very expensive, roughly $22,000 a pound and is used as a catalyst to make many popular products such as the denim in jeans and beer. The reason it’s expensive is because it is relatively rare and most of it is mined in just two countries, Russia and South Africa. For this reason, chemists have been looking at ways to use other materials as a catalyst to reduce the reliance on rare metals.Catalysts are materials that are added to other chemicals to lower the activation level of a reaction. The activation level is the amount of energy held in chemicals needed to overcome a barrier known as the activation energy. Because of its special properties, platinum, along with other noble metals such as palladium and rhodium, has been found to be an excellent catalyst in many modern day manufacturing processes, but as more is needed, the price rises, causing the need for alternatives to be found. Iron in comparison to platinum, is very cheap, going for about 50 cents a pound. But it’s not a very good catalyst, at least not in its natural form. To make it a better catalyst, Dr. Chirik has found a way to modify its outer structure to cause other chemicals to react with it as if it were platinum. His process involves wrapping iron molecules with an organic molecule known as a ligand. Doing so alters the number of electrons that become available for forming bonds and allows for more rigid structure development.This new research could have a major impact on manufacturing processes, allowing for the creation of a wide variety of products that rely on expensive rare metals, at much lower prices. There are still some obstacles in the way, however, such as figuring out how to prevent the modified iron from rusting. Native Platinum nugget, locality Kondyor mine, Khabarovsk Krai, Russia. Credit: Wikipedia. Explore furtherlast_img read more

August 31

New dating of Neanderthal remains from Vindija Cave finds them older than

first_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Phys.org)—An international team of researchers has conducted a new test of Neanderthal remains found at Vindija Cave in Croatia and found them to be older than previous studies indicated. In their paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes their dating technique and the possible implications of their findings. Neanderthal bone found at Vindija Cave, Croatia. Credit: Thomas Higham Vindija Cave in Croatia, which was occupied by Neanderthals more than 40,000 years ago. Credit: Ivor Karavanic Explore further © 2017 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.center_img Citation: New dating of Neanderthal remains from Vindija Cave finds them older than thought (2017, September 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-09-dating-neanderthal-vindija-cave-older.html More information: “Direct dating of Neanderthal remains from the site of Vindija Cave and implications for the Middle to Upper Paleolithic transition,” by Thibaut Deviese et al. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2017). www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1709235114AbstractPrevious dating of the Vi-207 and Vi-208 Neanderthal remains from Vindija Cave (Croatia) led to the suggestion that Neanderthals survived there as recently as 28,000–29,000 B.P. Subsequent dating yielded older dates, interpreted as ages of at least ∼32,500 B.P. We have redated these same specimens using an approach based on the extraction of the amino acid hydroxyproline, using preparative highperformance liquid chromatography (Prep-HPLC). This method is more efficient in eliminating modern contamination in the bone collagen. The revised dates are older than 40,000 B.P., suggesting the Vindija Neanderthals did not live more recently than others across Europe, and probably predate the arrival of anatomically modern humans in Eastern Europe. We applied zooarchaeology by mass spectrometry (ZooMS) to find additional hominin remains. We identified one bone that is Neanderthal, based on its mitochondrial DNA, and dated it directly to 46,200 ± 1,500 B.P. We also attempted to date six early Upper Paleolithic bone points from stratigraphic units G1, Fd/d+G1 and Fd/d, Fd. One bone artifact gave a date of 29,500 ± 400 B.P., while the remainder yielded no collagen. We additionally dated animal bone samples from units G1 and G1–G3. These dates suggest a co-occurrence of early Upper Paleolithic osseous artifacts, particularly split-based points, alongside the remains of Neanderthals is a result of postdepositional mixing, rather than an association between the two groups, although more work is required to show this definitively. The Neanderthal remains were originally found in the cave approximately 40 years ago and have been tested for age several times. They have also been the subject of much speculation, as it was thought that the remains represented the last of the Neanderthals in that part of Europe and that they existed for a short period of time in close proximity to modern humans. Initial testing suggested the remains were approximately 28,000 to 29,000 years old. More recent tests have put them at 32,000 to 34,000 years old. Both time frames coincide with the arrival of modern humans into the area, keeping alive the theory that the two groups mixed, both physically and socially. But now, using what is being described as a more accurate technique, the group with this new effort has found that the remains are older than thought.The new technique, called ZooMS involves radiocarbon dating hydroxyproline—an amino acid taken from collagen samples found in bone remains. The team also purified the collagen to remove contaminants. The researchers report that the new technique indicates that the remains—all four samples—were approximately 40,000 years old. This new finding puts the Neanderthal in the cave well before the arrival of modern humans, thus, there could not have been mixing of the two. New evidence suggests ancient jewelry at Grotte du Renne cave made by Neanderthals The researchers also studied other artifacts from the cave, including other animal bones, and found that the artifacts were a mixed bag, representing a timeline of thousands of years. The animal bones, they found, were from bears. This has led the team to conclude that the reason more modern artifacts were found with older artifacts is because of bears mixing them up.The researchers conclude by claiming their study has shown that the Neanderthals at the Vindija cave did not overlap in time with modern humans, and thus were not the final holdout that many have suggested.last_img read more

August 31

Mt Etna found to be sliding downhill towards the sea

first_imgCredit: CC0 Public Domain 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: John B. Murray et al. Gravitational sliding of the Mt. Etna massif along a sloping basement, Bulletin of Volcanology (2018). DOI: 10.1007/s00445-018-1209-1AbstractGeological field evidence and laboratory modelling indicate that volcanoes constructed on slopes slide downhill. If this happens on an active volcano, then the movement will distort deformation data and thus potentially compromise interpretation. Our recent GPS measurements demonstrate that the entire edifice of Mt. Etna is sliding to the ESE, the overall direction of slope of its complex, rough sedimentary basement. We report methods of discriminating the sliding vector from other deformation processes and of measuring its velocity, which averaged 14 mm year−1 during four intervals between 2001 and 2012. Though sliding of one sector of a volcano due to flank instability is widespread and well-known, this is the first time basement sliding of an entire active volcano has been directly observed. This is important because the geological record shows that such sliding volcanoes are prone to devastating sector collapse on the downslope side, and whole volcano migration should be taken into account when assessing future collapse hazard. It is also important in eruption forecasting, as the sliding vector needs to be allowed for when interpreting deformation events that take place above the sliding basement within the superstructure of the active volcano, as might occur with dyke intrusion or inflation/deflation episodes. A small team of researchers from the U.K and France has found evidence indicating that Sicily’s Mt. Etna is sliding very slowly downhill toward the sea. In their paper published in Bulletin of Volcanology, the group describes their 11-year study of the volcano and the evidence they found for its movement. Volcanologist suggests Mt. Etna behaves more like a giant hot spring than a volcano Mt. Etna is, of course, Europe’s most active volcano. It is situated on the eastern part of the island of Sicily and has erupted approximately 200 times since 1500 BC—the date of the oldest recorded eruption. It was last seen erupting last year. The volcano has been the subject of study for lead investigator John Murry for nearly a half-century. As part of his research, he has worked with teams that contributed to installing very precise GPS devices at sites around and on the mountain. Data from those devices allowed the current team to note that the mountain has been moving. Over the past 11 years, they report, the mountain moved an average of 14 mm per year. It is moving because it is situated on a base of loose sediment on a slope of approximately one to three degrees. Furthermore, it is moving in an east-south-east direction towards the town of Giarre, though it will take some time to get there—the town is approximately 15 km distant from the mountain.Such movement by a volcano is known in the field as basement sliding. The team reports that their observations of Mt. Etna’s sliding are the first ever for an entire active volcano. They report also that the movement they noted is not an imminent threat to people in the vicinity, but they do suggest it should be taken into account in the future. Prior research by other teams has shown that volcanos that move can suffer massive failure as the part of the mountain in front eventually gives way under pressure. More importantly, monitoring of the mountain for tell-tale signs of an imminent eruption need account for the movement of the mountain to offer reasonably accurate estimates of volcanic activity. © 2018 Phys.org Explore further Citation: Mt. Etna found to be sliding downhill towards the sea (2018, March 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-mt-etna-downhill-sea.htmllast_img read more

August 31

Researchers violate Bells inequality with remotely connected superconducting qubits

first_imgThe efficient generation of entanglement between remote quantum nodes is a crucial step in securing quantum communications. In past research, entanglement has often been achieved using a number of different probabilistic schemes. Recently, some studies have also offered demonstrations of deterministic remote entanglement using approaches based on superconducting qubits. Nonetheless, the deterministic violation of Bell’s inequality (a strong measure of quantum correlation) in a superconducting quantum communication architecture has so far never been demonstrated. A team of researchers based at the University of Chicago has recently demonstrated a violation of Bell’s inequality using remotely connected superconducting qubits. Their paper, published in Nature Physics, introduces a simple and yet robust architecture for achieving this benchmark result in a superconducting system. “There is a lot of interest and activity in developing experimental systems where quantum mechanics can be used for information processing (e.g. communication, computation, etc.) and sensing,” Andrew Cleland, one of the researchers who carried out the study, told Phys.org. “The heart of a quantum information system is a qubit, and uniqueness comes from the quantum states you can store in it, as well as the more complex quantum states you can store using multiple qubits. We were interested in exploring the transmission of quantum information and quantum states—the fundamentals for quantum communication.”Quantum states, as well as the information that is stored within them, are incredibly delicate, far more than classical states and classically stored information. Although theoretically, there are ways to correct errors in a quantum state, one can typically fix only small errors; hence, the communication of a quantum state needs to be done with very high precision. The high fidelity transmission of a quantum state has so far been achieved using a limited number of methods. “We wanted to see if we could use some of the best qubits that are available, superconducting qubits, and the best tools for coupling superconducting qubits to communication (transmission) lines, to show we could transmit quantum states with very high precision (i.e. fidelity),” Cleland said. © 2019 Science X Network Citation: Researchers violate Bell’s inequality with remotely connected superconducting qubits (2019, May 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-violate-bell-inequality-remotely-superconducting.html In quantum physics, the ‘gold standard’ for testing a certain class of quantum states is Bell’s inequality. Essentially, a specific set of measurements of a property of a quantum state (usually written as “S”) can exceed a classically limited value of two only if the quantum state is prepared, communicated and measured with high levels of precision. “Errors made in preparing, transmitting or measuring the quantum state will tend to make the state more classical, and make it harder to exceed the classical limit of two,” Cleland explained. “Exceeding this limit is called a violation of a Bell inequality, and is a proof of ‘quantum-ness’. This was the measure we set out to achieve, by measuring S for a quantum state using a very precise generation, transmission, and capture of quantum information between two qubits. Happily, we were able to do this.”In their experiment, Cleland and his colleagues used two superconducting qubits connected to one another via an approximately 1-meter-long transmission line. The quantum information was transmitted along this line using microwaves (similar to radio signals), with a frequency similar to that cell phones use to communicate. “Very importantly, we also had electrically controlled ‘couplers’ between each qubit and the line,” Cleland said. “These couplers are very important, because they allow us to control the coupling of the qubits to the line very rapidly, using classical electrical signals.”These electrically controlled couplers are a key component of the researchers’ experiment, as they allowed them to ‘shape’ the coupling in time very precisely. These couplers ensured that the microwaves carrying the quantum information were transmitted between the two qubits in precisely the right way. This ultimately made sure that the quantum information was sent and received with minimal errors.”Our experiment shows that very precise quantum information can be sent along a communication path that is quite long, in our case nearly one meter in length,” Cleland explained. “The method we used would work with any length line. This demonstrates that the theoretical methods that had been worked out for this nearly error-free transmission are correct, and holds great promise for future quantum communication systems.”The study carried out by Cleland and his colleagues introduced a simple but effective method to achieve a violation in Bell’s inequality using remote superconducting qubits. However, as the qubits used in their experiment communicate with microwaves, their method only works at very low temperatures. To communicate quantum information through air, the researchers would need to develop new techniques that can attain similar results using infrared or visible light.”We are now planning on doing more complex versions of this experiment, using more qubits and more transmission lines, to test out more advanced theories for quantum communication and quantum error correction,” Cleland said. “We are also developing methods to try to do the same thing with infrared light, so the signals can be sent through an optical fiber, or through space.” Explore further Scientists connect quantum bits with sound over record distances Credit: Youpeng Zhong (2019). Journal information: Nature Physics More information: Y. P. Zhong et al. Violating Bell’s inequality with remotely connected superconducting qubits, Nature Physics (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41567-019-0507-7 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

August 31

Want to Close the Pay Gap Pay Transparency Will Help

first_imgFor example, in 2017, the Department of Labor filed a lawsuit and investigation against Google. Their regional director Janette Wipper told the Guardian, “discrimination against women in Google is quite extreme, even in this industry.” The suit claimed that Google refused to disclose data on employee salary history, as required by equal opportunity laws. “From a worker’s perspective, without accurate information about peer compensation, they may not know when they’re being underpaid,” said Emiliano Huet-Vaughn, an economist at U.C.L.A. who ran a study in 2013 that found workers are more productive when salary is transparent. Without knowing what other workers’ salaries look like, “it naturally becomes harder to make the case that one is suffering a form of pay discrimination,” Dr. Huet-Vaughn said. Transparency isn’t just about business bottom line, however. Researchers say transparency is important because keeping salaries secret reinforces discrimination. Here’s what we know about salary transparency: Workers are more motivated when salaries are transparent. They work harder, they’re more productive, and they’re better at collaborating with colleagues. Across the board, pay transparency seems to be a good thing. Which brings us to the wage gap. Rather than a deliberate, methodical attempt to sabotage women’s earnings, often the wage gap takes on more subtle, but no less detrimental forms. For example, women are viewed as less likable when they negotiate. They’re also less likely than men to get what they want when they ask for a raise, according to Harvard Business Review. Read the whole story: The New York Timeslast_img read more

August 31

Melodious tribute

first_imgIndia Habitat Center as a part of their monthly program calendar has organised the first Dhrupad Sandhya, a musical evening, in collaboration with Pandit Siyaram Tiwari Memorial Sangeet Trust. A Dhrupad Sabha also commenced on August 23, 2014 to pay tribute to the legendary Dhrupad singer Padma Shree Late Pandit Siyaram Tiwari of Darbhanga Gharana.The event will stage three young Indian classical musicians committed to the ancient and pure Dhrupad style. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’On this occasion, Sumeet Anand Pandey, disciple of Pt Abhay Narayan Mallick will present his first solo Dhrupad recital. Pandey belongs to the Darbhanga Gharana of Dhrupad music which owes its allegiance to the legendary Tansen. He will start the ocassion with a recital of traditional Mangalacharan followed by elaborate Dhrupad style alap sketching the entire structure of the raag appropriately, embellished with Gamak and Meend. Pandey will be accompanied by Kulbhushan Goswami on Sarangi and Kumar Shubhashish Pathak on Pakhawaj. President of Pandit Siyaram Tiwari Memorial Sangeet Trust, Anand Mohan Pandey announced the date for the second Dhrupad Sabha in March 2015 in Patna.last_img read more

August 31

Pakistan wants normal ties with India Sharif

first_img“India is an important neighbour for us and we would like to have normal relations with the country on the basis of mutual respect and sovereign equality,” Sharif told Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit during a meeting with him at PM’s House.Basit briefed him on the status of the Pakistan-India relations, according to an official statement.The Prime Minister reiterated that Pakistan wants good neighbourly relations with all countries of the region, it said. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIThe Prime Minister said it is important that two countries resolve all their outstanding issues including Jammu and Kashmir in order to have viable peace in the region.India cancelled Foreign Secretary-level talks with Pakistan after Basit held talks with Kashmiri separatists just before the parleys in Islamabad August last year.Since then both countries have maintained that they are willing to engage in a meaningful dialogue provided the other side takes the initiative.last_img read more

August 31

Celebrating Indian classical music

first_imgGeeta Chandran is synonymous with the Indian classical dance – Bharatanatyam. She is a renowned artiste who has synthesised the knowledge she received from her Gurus to imprint Bharatanatyam with her personal vision of the dance. In her dance presentations, she skillfully weaves abstract notions of joy, beauty, values, aspirations, myth and spirituality.Chandran will perform solo Bharatanatyam  at the Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre on April 8 as a part of  NGO Yogdan’s Sur Sringar event. Pandit Madhup Mudgal will present Hindustani classical vocal. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Chandran will be accompanied on Nattuvangam by Guru S Shankar; vocals  by Sudha Raghuraman; on Mridangam by MV Chander Shekar and on flute by G Raghuraman.A polymath artiste, Geeta Chandran is celebrated not only for her deep and composite understanding of the art of Bharatanatyam, but also for her Carnatic music (she is a trained and accomplished vocalist).She is the founder-president of  Natya-Vriksha and artistic director of the Natya Vriksha Dance Company, known for the high aesthetic quality of its group presentations that showcase Geeta’s metier as a choreographer.She guides reputed national cultural institutions and prestigious universities as their Board member. So mark your calender and head over to witness this classical treat.When: April 8Where: Stein Auditorium, IHClast_img read more

August 31

Darjeeling Dooars tourist ready this festive season Goutam Deb

first_imgDarjeeling: The Tourism department is all set to ensure a pleasant experience for the tourists visiting the Hills and Dooars during the forthcoming festive season.Tourism minister Goutam Deb held a meeting with the district administration in Siliguri on Tuesday. “We want the tourists to return home with happy memories. We will ensure that they have a pleasant experience while they are here,” stated minister Deb.The minister will also be holding talks with tour operators, hoteliers and transporters. “We will tell them not to overcharge the tourists,” stated Deb. Incidentally, in the past, there have been complaints against tourist vehicles and hotels overcharging during peak tourist seasons. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThere will be a police control room monitoring round the clock. A number of help desks will be set up at major transit points in the region. “We will open help desks at New Jalpaiguri Railway Station, Bagdogra Airport and Tenzing Norgay Bus Terminus in Siliguri. Along with this help desks will be set up at Malbazar in Dooars,” added the Tourism minister. Soon, the minister will hold talks with the top brass of Gorkhaland Territorial Administration in Darjeeling. “We have plans to set up similar help desks in Darjeeling and Kalimpong,” stated Deb. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe Tourism minister will also hold a similar meeting with the district administration, Jalpaiguri. With Siliguri emerging as the most important transit point for tourists visiting the Hills and Dooars, the minister stressed on presenting a clean and green Siliguri to the tourists.”We have information that all hotels and home-stays are booked till capacity during the puja tourist season. We will have to ensure that we present a clean Siliguri. We have to ensure that garbage is not dumped on roadsides. The Siliguri Municipal Corporation has to undertake a special drive to present a clean and green Siliguri to the tourists,” suggested Deb. He stated that toilets have to be constructed. The minister also stressed on the need to remove illegal hoardings. “There should be no hoardings in the zones declared as No Hoarding Zones. The Municipal Corporation has to ensure this,” added the Minister.Incidentally, Darjeeling was in the grip of an agitation in 2017. The agitation also included a 104-day long bandh. With the political unrest tourists had stayed away. This had adversely affected the economy of the region with tourism being the economic mainstay of this region.Finally with peace and normalcy returning to the Hills, Darjeeling and Dooars had experienced a tourism boom during the summer season. This trend is expected to continue during the puja season as well.last_img read more

August 31

Baruipur Correctional Home to have all facilities for inmates topnotch security

first_imgKolkata: The state Correctional Administration (CA) department has already taken measures to develop Baruipur Central Correctional Home (BCCH) with several modern facilities for the inmates, as well as foolproof security for them. The BCCH was inaugurated by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday, through remote control from Nabanna.”The BCCH has already been equipped with several facilities like a modern kitchen, a big dining space and more space for the inmates who remained crammed at Alipore Central Correctional Home (ACCH). There will be more facilities, the work for which is going on in full swing,” a senior official of the CA department said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that BCCH is having steam machine for fast and pollution-free cooking. Rice, dal and curry will be cooked in just 40 minutes. There will be no use of earthen ovens, which were used at ACCH. The BCCH will have the capacity to lodge 2,250 inmates. 850 inmates have already been shifted from ACCH on Wednesday. The remaining will be shifted in phases. There will be space for marching of the jail employees and no outsiders will be able to enter during such activities. There were similar facilities at ACCH but the area was not covered and common people often encroached. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”The boundary wall of the facility is 7.5 metre high, greater than the 6.5 metre tall wall in Alipore. There are a large number of CCTVs for strong security and laser technology will be used as well,” the official said. “We have given special emphasis on security at BCCH and have taken all possible measures for a fooproof security mechanism,” said Ujjal Biswas, state CA minister. The model of the Mandoli Prison in Delhi will be followed for further developmental work in BCCH. “There will be a gymnasium and separate infrastructure for playing games like hockey, football and badminton. There will be facilities of a library and also an auditorium for holding workshops for the inmates. “There can be no denial of the fact that ACCH was crammed for space. There will be more space for the inmates in BCCH,” the official added. The government also has plans to come up with a healing garden in the BCCH premises, for which garden architects are being consulted. The Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) has completed the entire work for the infrastructure of BCCH that includes drinking water, drainage, lighting and most importantly, the approach road leading to the correctional home.last_img read more

August 31

New Town lawyer murder case reconstructed

first_imgKolkata: The Bidhannagar Police have reconstructed the murder scene of Calcutta High Court lawyer Rajat Kumar Dey on Saturday. Sources informed that Rajat’s wife, Anindita Pal Dey, narrated and showed the sleuths the manner in which she killed her husband.According to sources, sleuths were quite sure from the very start about Anindita murdering Rajat. However, due to certain technical issues, the police were not able to come to something conclusive. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeOn November 24, as the sleuths saw the body of Rajat at Bidhannagar Sub-divisional Hospital, they were unable to conclude the way in which it would have been there before its removal. Though Anindita admitted the allegation before the police, she denied the charges when she was produced before the court. Later police sought a doctor’s opinion about the murder and thus, the scene became clear. Sources informed that Rajat was strangulated using a charger wire from behind when he was sitting on the bed. Due to the sudden pull, he failed to resist and fell on the floor. The injury marks on Rajat’s body substantiate the fact. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe police also made it clear that there was no third person involved in the murder. It is also clear that the whole incident took place all of a sudden without any previous plan. Thus Anindita’s statements were different from the earlier ones and she kept changing them continuously. After Saturday’s reconstruction, the investigators are preparing themselves to submit the charge-sheet against Anindita at the earliest. According to police sources, after completion of Anindita’s police custody, the sleuths will oppose her bail petition appeal for her judicial custody. The cops are also checking if Rajat’s brother-in-law had any involvement of suppressing facts despite knowing everything.last_img read more

August 31

Dakshinamoorthys immortal legacy

first_img“C. Dakshinamoorthy used to talk to the stone before he carved a beautiful shape out of it,” said P. Gnana, a leading painter and sculptor in Singapore, on the sidelines of the exhibition – ‘Poignance’ at the plush Art Spice gallery of The Metropolitan Hotel & Spa. The exhibition, which will go on till December 11, is a visual duet by the late National award-winner master-sculptor of India, C. Dakshinamoorthy and P.Gnana, who is inspired by the former. C. Dakshinamoorthy was born in 1943 in Tamil Nadu, India. Trained in the historic Government College of Arts and Crafts in Chennai (1960-1966), he was formerly the Head of the Department of Ceramics in the same college. In 1978, Dakshinamoorthy received the prestigious invitation to be a British Council Scholar, due to which he was schooled in Advanced Print-Making at the Croydon College of Design and Technology (the United Kingdom). It is significant to note that he had won the Indian National Award in 1985. He is now a legacy, who continues to create magic through his art that enchants the viewer.At the exhibition, one look at P. Gnana’s sculptures and you’ll know how influenced he is by the late artist and his ways of working. “He never outlined or did any drawing on the stone he was about to carve, instead, he straightaway used his grinding machine on the stone,” said Gnana while pondering over the sculptures by Dakshinamoorthy. While the late artist loved to carve out the shape of women in his sculptures and paintings, P.Gnana carves out cows and lovers to send out the message of peace and love.Curated by Vidhya Gnana Gouresan, ‘Poignance’ is a simple but soulful word, which aptly elucidates the very essence of the alluring collection in this significant showcase of sculptures and paintings by effervescent creators. This exhibition promises to connect the viewers to the deepest human chord of emotive capacity.Over finest wines and hors-d’oeuvres, Atul Vohra, Managing Partner, Transearch India amidst all the high profile personalities and dignitaries like artist Neeraj Gupta, social activist Parull Mahaajan, and artist Geeta Dass from Mumbai amongst others were present at the exhibition. “Both the artists have showcased their rarest collections that are so well appreciated nationally and internationally. They have achieved a style that is both ancient and modern at the same time. Dakshinamoorthy’s distortion of the human figure is influenced by tribal and folk art. He is well-known, for his charismatic granite sculptures of the female form, chiselled in an engaging, stylistic demeanour that is unquestionably cubist. Whereas the themes and subjects of P. Gnana paintings and sculptures are of a universal nature, it is something that comes uncultivated and straight from his heart”, said Babita Gupta, Director, Art Spice.last_img read more

August 31

5236pc votes cast in West Bengal till 1 pm amid violence

first_imgKolkata: Polling began amid incidents of violence in West Bengal, where an estimated 52.36 per cent of voters exercised their franchise till 1 pm on Monday in eight Lok Sabha constituencies, election officials said. An electorate of 1,34,56,491 will decide the fate of 68 candidates in the eight constituencies — Baharampur, Krishnagar, Ranaghat (SC), Burdwan East (SC), Burdwan-Durgapur, Asansol, Bolpur (SC) and Birbhum. According to a senior election official, clashes broke out between the supporters of rival parties in Nanoor, Rampurhat, Nalhati and Siuri areas of Birbhum seat, briefly disrupting the polling process. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata There were also reports of a clash between TMC and BJP workers outside a booth in Barabani in Asansol, following a tiff between sitting MP and BJP candidate in Asansol, Babul Supriyo and polling officials inside the station, he said. Supriyo’s vehicle was reportedly vandalised, the official added. “Polling was peaceful in the first two hours. However, news of clashes started surfacing thereafter. We have sought reports from each of these places. Our officials are monitoring the situation and taking proper measures to conduct the election in a free and fair manner,” he said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state Till 1 pm, Baharampur recorded voting at 53.51 per cent, Krishnagar 51.39 per cent, Ranaghat (SC) 52.27 per cent, Burdwan East (SC) 55.47 per cent, Burdwan-Durgapur 50.87 per cent, Asansol 49.98 per cent, Bolpur (SC) 50.82 per cent and Birbhum 54.60 per cent, the state election office said. The EC has deployed a total of 580 companies of central forces to cover all the polling booths in the Lok Sabha constituencies, to ensure free and fair polling. The eight seats will see a four-cornered contest between the Trinamool Congress, the BJP, the Congress and the Left Front.last_img read more

August 31

Family members heckle doctor at Habra hospital after death of woman

first_imgKolkata: Tension spread among patients in Habra State General Hospital on Thursday morning, after the family members of a 56-year-old woman, who died of alleged medical negligence, heckled some doctors of the hospital.Laxmi Raha (56), a resident of Joygachi in Habra, was taken to the hospital after she complained of high fever. Raha died in the hospital on Thursday morning, following which chaos broke out at the hospital. The family members of the victim staged a protest demonstration inside the hospital complex. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAfter being informed by hospital authorities, police reached the spot and tried to pacify the irate mob. They asked the patient’s family members to submit a written complaint in the police station. When the police officers were trying to bring the situation under control, the deceased’s son, along with two others, attacked a doctor inside the hospital. The incident occurred in front of the policemen. A doctor was beaten up by the victim’s son and his two associates. However, on-duty police personnel managed to catch hold of the trio and they were detained. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateA huge contingent of police rushed to the spot to bring the situation under control. The family members staged a demonstration inside the hospital, demanding stern action against the doctors, who they claimed were responsible for the death of the woman. The family members also alleged that the patient was not given proper treatment after she was admitted to the hospital with high fever. The police soon brought the situation under control and started a probe into the incident. The hospital authorities, however, claimed that the woman had serious complications when she was admitted to the hospital. The incident has happened within two months after some junior doctors at NRS Medical College and Hospital were beaten up by the relatives of a deceased. The incident had triggered a stir in the state with the junior doctors continuing a strike, which was withdrawn following the intervention of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.last_img read more

August 30

Odell Beckham is Russell Westbrook Freakishly talented and wont win you a

first_imgThe red-hot Giants lost to the Eagles last night and failed to clinch a playoff berth. The loss also handed the NFC East division title to the Cowboys. The Giant D is one of the best of the league, but Eli looked awful last night, and they force feed Odell Beckham regardless of the game situation. Colin thinks Beckham is possibly the most talented wide receiver in the NFL, but he would never build his team around him.Colin takes heat for being anti-Russell Westbrook, when he’s repeatedly said he would vote him MVP this year. It’s just a difference in philosophy on how you build a team to win a title. Millennials worship Beckham and Westbrook because they value highlights. Colin values players that win titles. Wide receivers, like ball-pounding point guards, don’t win titles alone. Just because he’s not on the bandwagon, people call him a hater. Grow up and move out of your parents basement.“Russell Westbrook is Odell Beckham. Unbelievably gifted. You ain’t winning titles with that.”One of Colin’s connected sources was breaking down some inside info with him about the NFL ratings, and it’s completely opposed to the narrative that was built in the media over the first half of the season, through the election. His source told him that with so many meaningful games this weekend, this season could finish as the most watched NFL season ever from November through the end of the year.The Trump election sucked oxygen out of the room, there’s been an 83% drop in daily fantasy participation in the last month, a host of other obstacles, and the NFL is still steamrolling. The media is underselling the popularity of the NFL. We can now say with unwavering certainty that it wasn’t Kaepernick, it was Trump. The NFL isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.“You can read what you want on social media, but this league’s going nowhere, and it’s going nowhere fast. It’s gonna be an incredible last couple months.”The USA Today asked high ranking executives from 12 NFL teams to name their MVP for the season, and the winner of the poll was Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott. Elliott has been tremendous, and is having one of the best rookie seasons ever, but he’s not close to Colin’s MVP.He’s not the first back to put up big numbers behind the Cowboys o-line. If you look around the league, Le’Veon Bell, Shady McCoy, and David Johnson have all arguably had better years. Zeke is great, but Colin thinks the importance of the running back position has diminished. A star back might touch the ball 20 times a game, compared to the quarterback who handles it on every play.“Running back? MVP? C’mon now.”Guests:Kenyon Martin – Former #1 overall draft pick and 15-year NBA veteran is in-studio to respond to George Karl’s comments about his upbringing, why he takes offense to the comments, why he thinks Karl went there, whether there is a disconnect between players and coaches, why good coaches take the time to get to know the players, and why he thinks Kevin Durant going to Golden State was the cowardly way out.Michael Lombardi – Fox Sports NFL Insider is in-studio to explain why he agrees with Colin that Zeke Elliott shouldn’t be the MVP, and why NFL execs will never give Dak Prescott credit. He also looks ahead to Week 16, and gives his impressions of the Giants’ offensive struggles last night against the Eagles.Cris Carter – FS1 NFL Analyst and NFL Hall of Famer is in-studio to stand up for Odell Beckham, explain why excessively targeting Beckham is okay because it’s the only way their offense can move the ball, why Zeke Elliott should be in the running for MVP, and how he would handle the Dallas quarterback situation down the stretch, now that they’ve secured the division.Terry Bradshaw – Fox NFL Sunday co-host is in-studio to recall making his first Pro Bowl after throwing for 1,900 yards and 12 touchdowns, the most money he ever made in a season as a player, if he thinks his game could translate to today’s version of the NFL, why he wasn’t big on studying film, why poise is the most important characteristic for a quarterback, and why Mean Joe Greene is the best player he ever played with.last_img read more

August 30

VIDEO Andy Dalton got booed off the field and pelted with a

first_imgWhat say you, Sam Wyche? Advertisement Andy Dalton will never get confused for a top tier quarterback, that’s been well established. But after throwing 4 picks at home in a crushing  20-0 shutout loss to the Ravens, the home fans had seen enough from the Red Rifle.As Dalton ran into the tunnel after the final whistle, he was showered with boos, “you suck”s, and even got pelted with a freakin’ hat. This is as much disrespect as you’ll see given to the home team quarterback. He would have gotten a better reception from the Dawg Pound. Playmakers on 3?Unfortunately, Sam Wyche wasn’t there to remind the fans they don’t live in Cleveland, they live in Cincinnati.Here’s why Andy Dalton runs off…One fan: “You suck.”Another throws hat at Dalton.Another fan yells: “I want Carson back.” #Bengals pic.twitter.com/uAHDcNImMu— Jeremy Rauch (@FOX19Jeremy) September 10, 2017last_img read more

August 30

A Look at Videocams

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 1 min read This story appears in the November 2007 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » November 1, 2007 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. The ultimate multimedia device for your desktop or laptop, the Look 313 Media videocam packs a 330k-pixel camera, directional speakers, a USB hub, and headset and microphone ports. Use it to take 1.3-megapixel stills for your website, as a webcam for videoconferencing or as a surveillance camera. Quality sound pumps out of the adjustable speakers, or you can use a headset for private listening. The only thing missing is a built-in microphone.GeniusLook 313 Mediageniusnet.comPrice: $45 Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

August 30

You Never Ever Want to Run Your Business Like Gogo

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. February 25, 2016 5 min read Register Now » Ho-hum. Another day, another $15.95 lost to Gogo Inflight Internet. The guy next to me on my flight to Miami has his arms crossed, peering at his laptop screen – I can, figuratively, see the steam rising from his head. The lady across the aisle I see has just given up and ordered another drink. Good for her. I get it. This is life in the air. This is a world with Gogo – the Internet service that doesn’t work as promised.Related: Surprising Tricks: How to Sleep on a PlaneThe comedian Louis CK has a great routine where he makes fun of airline passengers that complain. He mentions a guy sitting next to him who’s frustrated that his Internet doesn’t work. “You’re sitting in a chair,” he says. “In the SKY! How can you not be grateful?” He’s right. We should all be more appreciative that we’re hurtling through the clouds at 500 MPH to our destination where we arrive (mostly) on time and almost all the time safely. It really is a modern miracle.So why do we complain about Gogo? It’s not because we don’t appreciate that we have access to the Internet while flying. That is also a miracle. But it would take a miracle if it actually worked as promised. That’s what makes customers mad. It’s paying for a service and the service is not being delivered.You can pay up to $30 for Internet on some flights — $30! That was Gogo’s idea to fix things — charging more discourages people from using the service and thereby improves bandwidth. It’s another brilliant idea…that failed. When people pay this kind of money to get access to the Internet they have this crazy, insane expectation that the company who is pocketing their money will actually give them something in return.But is that service provided? No. I’m cool that we can’t stream video. Or that it’s markedly slower than on the ground. I’m ready for that. But my experience with Gogo fails on many other levels. I am not kidding here, I’m probably forced to turn off my laptop and read a book (or write a blog like this one) at least 50 percent of the time. Maybe more. I’m not asking for my money back because I don’t’ want to waste the time. I hate doing that. It’s not the money. It’s the promise. Gogo just doesn’t work. It freezes. It disconnects. It absorbs one key-click every 10 minutes. It is truly unworkable half the time. And I’m just checking email. Is it because I’m over a lake right now? Or passing through a mountain range? Whatever…I’m still paying, Gogo. I’m still paying!Related: United, American Airlines to Once Again Offer Free Snacks to Coach TravelersIn its defense, Gogo’s no different than many other tech companies. For years I’ve suffered from technology that doesn’t work very well — printers that inexplicably go offline, software that freezes, database errors and network problems. That’s why so many technology companies either charge maintenance or require us to rent their products. In either case, we’re paying a monthly fee to fund an army of developer geeks in Silicon Valley and customer service reps in India who waste our time fixing problems that wouldn’t be a problem if the company just delivered what was originally promised. For a tech company, “working” means functional 90 percent of the time.Thank God these people don’t build airplanes.Which brings me back to Gogo. It’s not just me, my seat mate and the poor lady across the aisle taking solace from her her second Bloody Mary who are annoyed with them. American Airlines last week sued Gogo to get out of their contract. In effect, American said to Gogo “your service sucks and our competitors are using better technology – so go away, GoGo.” Go get ‘em American! If we weren’t going through turbulence right now I’d give you a standing ovation. So would Ms. Bloody Mary, I’m sure, if she were able to stand at all. American dropped the lawsuit just this week, but the message is loud clear: fix your crappy service or you’re outta here.American can do this because American, for all that people may complain about the airline industry, actually does what they say they’re going to do. They get us safely to our destination. Sure, sometimes events beyond their control preclude them from doing this on time. But they step up and deal with these problems. I fly a lot — I’m an Executive Platinum on American which I’m told is the top of the depressing business-traveler heap. Traveling really does suck at times. But I’m amazed at how well this industry works. I’m surprised that American has put up with Gogo’s lousy service for so long.Related: 5 Traveling Tips for Startups on a BudgetSo what’s the lesson here? Don’t mislead people like Gogo does. Do what you say you’re going to do. Don’t take people’s money for something that works maybe half the time. It’s not a good way to do business. And it’s certainly not a long term recipe for profits. Unless you’re Gogo’s attorneys. last_img read more

August 30

This Artist Used Tech to Control Sperm With Her Mind

first_img Art gives us the power to communicate without words, but it’s entirely dependent on the mediums around us — video was not an art form in the 1800s because it didn’t exist, and there aren’t many people making cave paintings these days.We now live in an era when new platforms and mediums pop up regularly, which brings up the question: How does art react to this unstoppable, rapid evolution? That’s the question transdisciplinary artist Ani Liu is attempting to answer. She’s a research assistant with MIT’s Media Lab, where she creates research-based art that explores the intersections between science, culture and emerging technologies.One recent piece by Liu — which combines the aesthetic, the political and the technical — has received a lot of media attention. Mind Controlled Spermatozoa is the aptly named installation in which Liu uses technology to control the motion of live sperm with her mind (yup).In the project, Liu dons a commercially available EEG headpiece that monitors electrical activity on her scalp and translates that activity into a digital signal. The signal (i.e. Liu’s thoughts) prompts a change in electronic charge around a microscope holding a sample of live human sperm. Mammal sperm exhibit a phenomenon known as galvanotaxis in which they change direction depending on the electro-magnetic fields in their environment. In a very real sense, Ani is able to control sperm with just the power of thought.”I was taking a class called ‘how to grow almost anything’ and I was learning about galvanotaxis and I was like ‘wow, I wonder if that would work with sperm and what would be the implications of a woman controlling sperm in such a way?'” Liu explained when she stopped by PCMag’s offices to shoot an episode of PCMag’s interview series, The Convo.In light of recent political events, the subtext of the piece should be pretty clear. Regardless of anyone’s personal politics, it’s interesting to note that Mind Controlled Spermatozoa would be impossible to create 20 years ago before commercially available EEGs were around; it was born from a cross section of mediums that only exist today.Similarly, in her Botany of Desire project, Liu utilized cutting-edge botanic research to “design” plants that interact with humans on an emotional level. Notably, Liu and her team at MIT engineered a plant that bloomed where she kissed it. That might sound like some IRL ancient Greek goddess magic, but it’s magic based on contemporary science. Using modern bioengineering techniques, Liu created plants that react in predetermined ways when they encounter chemicals in her lipstick.Works like Botany of Desire inevitably evoke questions about contemporary phenomenon like genetic engineering and modified organisms. These are questions an artist of a previous era would never even think to ask, and certainly wouldn’t know how to explore.In a world full of new science and technology, it’s increasingly difficult for society to contemplate what it’s doing to itself before it’s already doing it. This trend will only accelerate, though, so today’s artists should consider it their duty to utilize STEM in their work. The Convo is PCMag’s interview series hosted by features editor Evan Dashevsky (@haldash). Each episode is broadcast live on PCMag’s Facebook page, where viewers are invited to ask guests questions in the comments. Episodes are then posted on our YouTube page and available as an audio podcast, which you can subscribe to on iTunes or the podcast platform of your choice. June 23, 2017 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 4 min read Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. This story originally appeared on PCMaglast_img read more