first_img More information: www.festo.com/cms/en_corp/11369.htmvia IEEE Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — The great thing about robots is that they come in all shapes and sizes. Of course, that is also one of the creepiest things about robots too. You never know what is going to be a robot these days. There are people shaped robots, there are robots that are designed to explore the depths of space. That bird that you see on the building. It could be a robot too. Citation: It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a robot bird (w/ video) (2011, March 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-03-bird-plane-robot-video.html The robot bird, who has been given the to-the-point name of SmartBird, was shown off by robotics company Festo. Festo is a robotics company that seems to enjoy making bots that are shaped like animals. They have previously created both a robotic elephants trunk that is sensitive enough to grab items, and a set of robot penguins that have learned to avoid each other. Who knows, maybe this remote controlled gull will be the spy bot of the future. One, slightly more pragmatic goal may be to co-opt the wing technology to create what are known as ‘stroke wing generators’, which can use this same motion in order to generate power from water. So, this little bird may actually be green.center_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com The SmartBird design is based on a real life bird, a herring gull, who is able to take off, with the help of an on board motor. Then the wings begin to flap. Once they get beating at the right speed, the wings begin to imitate the way that real birds fly. The front edge of the wing twists, and generates thrust, and the tail acts the same way that a rudder would, steering the bird in different directions. Toyota’s musical robots (w/ Video) 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


first_img Explore further © 2011 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — Researchers working as part of the European Southern Observatory (ESO) at the Cerra Paranal Mountain Observatory in the Atacama Desert in Chile, have succeeded in virtually connecting all four main Unit Telescopes (UTs) at the site, completing a project ten years in the making. Connecting the telescopes together virtually allows for the creation of a single virtual mirror that allows researchers to capture images from space as if all of the telescopes were in fact one giant telescope with a mirror 130m in diameter. Combined, the telescopes are known as the Very Large Telescope (VLT). Connecting the telescopes together was no easy feat, in fact the team had tried last March and failed. To make it all work the facility was built with interconnecting underground tunnels. In those tunnels, an interferometer (and a device with an optical microchip called the Pionier) is used in conjunction with many smaller mirrors to direct light beams from each telescope, adjusting for the slight differences in arrival time due to the different positions of the telescopes on the surface. Connecting the telescopes together improves on spatial resolution and zoom capabilities by a factor of 20.The team had succeeded in connecting various parts of the VLT before, but this was the first time they managed to get all four telescopes connected at once. The VLT is the largest virtual optical telescope in the world and astronomers the world over have reason to be excited about the accomplishments of the ESO as access to the VLT will be offered to both those that work at the observatory and visiting researchers.The ESO is a research group made up of scientists from fourteen European countries and Brazil. It’s been in existence since 1962 and is funded by various state governmental agencies. Its mission is to advance the science of astronomy by providing researchers with state of the art facilities. To that end, it has built some of the biggest and most advanced telescopes in the world.The ESO team believes the new virtual telescope will allow researchers to discern far off objects in the sky with much more detail, providing more insight into such phenomenon as how various entities come together to form new solar systems. The team has also set up a site where those that wish to can take a virtual tour of the facility. A Thousand Papers and Counting: ESO’s Very Large Telescope drives astronomy forwards 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. Citation: ESO team succeeds in linking telescopes at Paranal Observatory into giant VLT (2012, February 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-02-eso-team-linking-telescopes-paranal.htmllast_img read more


first_img Explore further Citation: Volkswagen shows all-electric four-seater at Wolfsburg meet (2013, March 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-03-volkswagen-all-electric-four-seater-wolfsburg.html The vehicle has been designed as a four-seater, with a top speed of 84mph (135km). The e-up! all electric car is being suggested as a vehicle for daily use in the city, for daily commuting, and as a second car.Other selling points will be that it operates with almost no noise; there are stylish LED running lights and machine-polished wheels. The interior design features light gray seat covers with blue top-stitched seams. “Leather and chrome accents” convey “a puristic impression,” according to the company release. The port for charging the battery in the e-up! is hidden behind the ‘fuel door’. The Combined Charging System is presented as an option. The system was standardized by the company along with other car makers. (Phys.org) —The Volkswagen e-up!, an all-electric city car, is not for sale just yet, but this week the first-ever Volkswagen production electric vehicle was “unveiled” at a press and investors gathering in Wolfsburg, Germany, company headquarters. The news that EV watchers will want to know most about this new vehicle, as with any EV announcement these days, will center around practical concerns such as how long does it run before the battery power is depleted, and charging requirements. As for the e-up! it has an 18.7kWh lithium-ion battery pack, with a 93-mile range (150km) and provides the driver with a dual charging system. The battery is integrated under the floor area. A “Combined Charging System” supports AC and DC charging. The advantage of this, said the company, is that the driver can more easily charge the car at any charging station without worrying about the right power source. Also, it can be recharged up to 80 percent in 30 minutes. Single-inlet electric vehicle charging to showcase in LAcenter_img More information: www.volkswagen-media-services. … oeffentlichkeit.html This year the e-up! will have another debut, this time its “fair premiere” at the International Auto Show in Frankfurt later this year. Orders will start up after that. At the time of this writing, expectations were that the car would be sold outside the US. © 2013 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.last_img read more


first_img Journal information: Physical Review Letters (a) and (c) show numerical states in real space. (b) and (d) show examples of the analogue “magnetic states” on a torus in momentum space. Credit: Price, et al. ©2014 American Physical Society More information: Hannah M. Price, et al. “Quantum Mechanics with a Momentum-Space Artificial Magnetic Field.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.113.190403 (Phys.org) —Normally, the strength of a magnetic field increases as you get closer to a magnet and decreases as you move further away—a concept easily understood when placing magnets near a refrigerator, for instance. But recent research has shown that exotic “momentum-space artificial magnetic fields” can be created where the strength of the magnetic field depends on how fast a particle moves, instead of where the particle is. In other words, the roles of position and momentum are swapped. Electrons moving in a magnetic field exhibit strange quantum behavior “However, what if we could find equations in terms of ‘momentum states’ that had an analogous mathematical structure? Then we could draw an analogy with magnetism: we would get the same quantum physics but where the ‘position’ must be swapped everywhere with the ‘momentum.'”The equations could be understood as describing a particle in an ‘artificial momentum-space magnetic field.'”As has been previously shown by other physicists, it turns out that momentum-space magnetic fields are indeed real. They occur when energy bands with Berry curvature are created, and a weak additional external potential is added. “A key message in our paper is to say, ok you have found this quantum equation with a’momentum-space magnetic field,’ so why don’t you solve it to look at the quantum dynamics of a particle?” Price explained. “You have all the ingredients that you need to study the quantum physics of a particle in a magnetic field (because the mathematical structure is the same), but now with position and momentum swapped. In this way, we will go from this complicated system that physicists find hard to understand (the geometrical energy bands with an additional potential) to one that we find easy to understand (magnetism).”While scientists have previously made a similar point about the semiclassical physics, this is the first time that it has been understood in general about the quantum physics. “One of our main contributions is to say that experimentalists can use this analogy to study magnetism in new ways,” Price said. “Momentum space can sometimes be very different than real space, as, for some systems, momentum space is like a torus or a doughnut. Then if you increase your momentum enough, eventually you will end up in the same momentum state that you began in. So now when we study our equations, the analogy is with a particle in an artificial magnetic field in momentum space on a torus. The quantum physics of a particle in a magnetic field on a torus has never been studied experimentally before in any context (but it has been studied theoretically), and we propose exactly how it could be done in current experiments by exploiting a momentum space magnetic field.”To experimentally demonstrate these concepts, the scientists propose to use ultracold gases, as a weak harmonic trap could be added with laser beams or magnetic fields. Experimentally, it won’t be easily possible to switch the momentum-space magnetic field on and off. However, by switching the harmonic trap on and off, physicists will still be able to study the system. The scientists explain that, in the analogy with magnetism, this is like changing the particle’s mass, where no harmonic trap is like having an infinitely large mass. When a particle is infinitely heavy, it won’t have any kinetic energy in momentum space, meaning it won’t be able to move in momentum space. Since magnetic fields affect a particle as it moves, if it has an “infinite mass” in this analogy, the particle won’t feel the momentum-space magnetic field. “Our work is about exploring old answers to new questions, to the benefit of both the old and new research field,” Price said. “Scientists know a lot about magnetism and have been studying the quantum physics of a particle in a magnetic field for decades; it’s often considered textbook physics. However, scientists are still learning a lot about geometrical energy bands with additional potentials. In particular, this is a really new and important field in ultracold gases and photonics where there are many relevant recent experiments, all at the cutting-edge. We’re talking to that community, and hopefully showing them that they will be able to study and understand much more than they might expect. We want to emphasize that there are lots of interesting connections with magnetism that can be revealed by studying the quantum physics of single particles.”We are currently working on demonstrating how other experiments [besides realizing magnetism on a torus] would be able to study other analogue quantum magnetic phenomena in momentum space. There are many more possibilities still to be explored.” Now in a new paper, physicists have explored these ideas further, especially at the quantum level. They show how current experiments can be modified to study the motion of a quantum particle in a momentum-space magnetic field. They explain that these systems will be able to experimentally realize a “wonderland of new physics,” such as magnetism on a torus, for the first time.The physicists, Hannah M. Price, Tomoki Ozawa, and Iacopo Carusotto at the INO-CNR BEC Center and the University of Trento, Italy, have published their paper discussing momentum-space magnetism in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.”Magnetism is fundamental in many areas of physics, and it leads to many fascinating phenomena,” Price told Phys.org. “Physicists use mathematical equations to capture the behavior of a quantum particle in a magnetic field. These equations have a particular, beautiful mathematical structure. But we can also reverse this logic. If we engineer or find an equation with this particular mathematical structure, the behavior of a particle will be like that of a particle in an ‘artificial magnetic field,’ even if the ‘field’ has a completely different underlying physical origin. As has been known for a long time, this beautiful mathematical structure can be found or created in many different physical contexts. This is a really powerful tool that physicists use to engineer and learn more about magnetism.”As the scientists explain, one of the ideas that physicists use a lot in quantum mechanics is the deep connection between the position and momentum of a particle. “We can either view our problem in terms of all the possible ‘position states’ of a particle or equally in terms of all the possible ‘momentum states,'” Price explained. “Depending on the viewpoint we choose, our mathematical equations will have a different form, and so we usually choose the viewpoint that gives us the easiest equations to solve and understand. The beautiful mathematical structure described above appears when we have a magnetic field and we look at our equations in terms of ‘position states.’ Citation: Physicists study magnetism with the roles of position and momentum reversed (2014, November 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-11-physicists-magnetism-roles-position-momentum.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. Explore further © 2014 Phys.orglast_img read more


first_imgA comparison of university rankings in physics, as determined by the credit allocation method (CAM) and two other methods: Shen’s method and the Total Citations (TC) method. Credit: Wang et al. ©2017 EPL Journal information: Europhysics Letters (EPL) (Phys.org)—Assessing and ranking research institutes is important for awarding grants, recruiting employees, promoting institutes, and other reasons. But finding a fair and accurate method for assessing the performance of research institutes is challenging due to the many factors involved, such as the number of published papers and citations, the unreliability of some citations, and the fact that many papers have multiple authors from different institutes with unequal contributions. In a new study published in EPL, a team of scientists from China whose members study complex systems, data science, and physics has developed a new approach called the credit allocation method (CAM) for ranking research institutes that accounts for all of these factors by using many thousands of directed networks. “Different from other metrics based on citations, our work considers the citation network structure and provides one way to rank the credit for research institutes for different research fields from the viewpoint of academic reputation,” coauthor Jian-Guo Liu, at the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, and the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, told Phys.org.The basic idea is that each directed network consists of one randomly chosen paper that is linked to all of the papers that have cited that paper. Then each of these citing papers is linked to all of the other papers that it cites, as long as those papers have at least one author from one of the same research institutes as the original paper. By using a formula that accounts for the order of each research institute (those listed first in the paper receive more credit than those listed later), the researchers computed the credit allocated to each research institute due to the original paper. After repeating this process for nearly half a million papers in the field of physics, with authors from approximately 19,000 research institutes, the researchers considered another problem that makes the assessment of research institutes difficult: the citation data is often unreliable. The researchers refer to a recent study that found that more than 30% of research papers had at least one incorrect citation, and that 10% of all citations were incorrect, meaning the papers cited did not clearly support the statements they were meant to support. To address this problem, the researchers randomly rewired some of the citation links in the networks, creating an artificial disturbance intended to model the inaccuracies in the citation data. In the final rankings, many of the top-ranked physics research institutes identified by the new method corresponded to institutes with high reputations. The top four overall were the University of California, Bell Labs, the Max Planck Institute, and MIT. The top four in China were the University of Science and Technology of China, Nanjing University, Peking University, and Tsinghua University.Although the researchers showed that the new method outperforms other methods of assessing research institutes, they note that it has some shortcomings. In particular, it does not account for the fact that older papers tend to have more citations than newer papers, so research institutes with longer histories tend to be ranked higher. The researchers plan to address this detail in the future by accounting for the age of the institution.”In future work, we also plan to investigate the citation networks of some specific research fields, such as management science, complexity, statistical physics, and computer science, in order to rank the research institute credit of these fields,” Liu said. “We also plan to develop a website to publish the ranking results for researchers all over the world.” Assessing scientific research by ‘citation wake’ detects Nobel laureates’ papers © 2017 Phys.orgcenter_img More information: J.-P. Wang et al. “Credit allocation for research institutes.” EPL. DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/118/48001 Explore further Citation: What’s the best way to rank research institutes? (2017, July 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-07-what-the-best-way-to.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more


first_imgMy parents fight over everything. I’m in 8th standard and feel like running away at times. Is there something I can do to sort it out?Neha, HaryanaWhy don’t you express your mind to your parents? May be you can write a letter or mail them. I can understand how difficult it is. But, you have to stay put till you grow up and move out. Tell them exactly the pain, the agony and explain clearly. Sometimes we are blind and have to be told directly. Wish you good luck dear! Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’My uncle (my father’s brother-in-law) has a habit of touching me at every opportunity. He tries to be over friendly and cracks sleazy jokes! This truly irritates me! How can I stop him?Devika, New DelhiTell him – STOP! If politeness doesn’t work, be rude and be firm. Whenever possible, avoid him completely. Just vanish when he’s around. Otherwise, just warn him that you will tell your family about his acts. This should be sufficient for him to understand and behave sanely. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixMy husband gets violent during sex. We are married for 5 months and he has hit me a number of times, he bites and I have bruises all over. He says he finds pleasure that way. Is this normal?Name withheld, New DelhiHe believes in masochism — deriving sexual gratification from being physically or emotionally abusive. Your husband is a sadist too! Well, many couples do enjoy this kind of a sexual fantasy. But, it seems you are not comfortable at all. I suggest, you be firm and tell your husband that you don’t like it. Hope he understands you soon and making love becomes enjoyable for you. My son is 19 years old. I have got to know from his friend that he’s involved in a relation with a 36-year-old divorced woman. We are shattered! Please advise!Mrs. Mehta, NoidaPlease have a friendly chat with him. Not as a mother but as a friend. Understand his reasons for being involved with someone who is that many years older and a divorcee as well. The relationship that the two share could be pure friendship and may be you are reading too deep into it. Most of the times what we hear is half or no truth. Don’t worry too much yet, be there with him. He surely needs a good companion and sometimes sheer loneliness make us walk lanes that we otherwise would have avoided.My wife is too religious. Almost 15 days a month she sleeps separately and gives the excuse of her ‘guru’ for not having sex with me! We are married for two years and this is affecting my sex life badly. What to do?Animesh, ManaliThis is really sad! Just tell your wife that her guru and she are forcing you to look for fun outside marriage! She needs to understand you and maybe she is not realising what she is losing by being unreasonably ‘religious’! No woman would want her husband to look for physical pleasure outside, hence I hope she will change her life to accommodate your happiness as well.Have a love or life query you cannot find an answer to? Send your questions to – roopshashotm@gmail.comlast_img read more


first_imgThe 6th Golden Kela Award held on 29 March, awarded all the worst bollywood performance of 2013 based upon votes. Abhishek Sharma, director of Tere Bin Laden Part 2 who was present there to recieve his last year’s Golden Kela presented the most prestigous award of the evening, the Baawra Ho Gaya Ke award to the perfectionist Aamir Khan for Dhoom 3 for portraying larger than life stunts in the movie.Sajid Khan’s Himmatwala won the Golden Kela for the worst movie award. Ajay Devgan and Sonakshi Sinha managed to take home the Kelas for second time in a row for being the worst actor(male and female) for their acting skills shown in Himmatwala and R..Rajkumar respectively. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ Sanjay Leela Bhansali was titled with worst director award for his superhit movie, Goliyon ki Rasleela…Ram Leela. The honour for the worst actor in supporting role (male) went to Aditya Roy Kapoor for Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and in the female category it was Deepika, Jacqueline and Amisha (Race 2) bagging the honours for their histrionics. Contributing to the most atrocious lyrics, Sameer for Raghupati Raghav from Krrish 3 earned the Golden Kela where the most irritating song title was given to Party All Night from Boss. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixA number of special awards were also presented like the Dara Singh Award for the Worst Accent  which was won by Deepika Padukone for Chennai Express, Aakhir Kyun Award to  Priyanka Chopra for trying to look cool in her music video Exotic, Rajshri Award for Most Regressive Film of the Year  went to Ranjhanaa, Why Are You Still Trying Award to Shahid Kapoor for R…Rajkumar, and Aap Yahaan Aaye Kisliye Award to Uday Chopra with a special tribute to his career that never started.Apart from this, some of the last years’ movie also managed to bag home the Anti Kela Awards like Saheb Biwi aur Gangster 2, Go Goa Gone, The Lunchbox and Shahid for actually making sense and giving the movies audience some respite.last_img read more


first_imgKolkata: About 12 kg of smuggled gold valued at Rs 3.7 crore was seized in two separate operations and seven persons were arrested, an official said on Monday. Acting on a tip off, personnel of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence intercepted three persons at Burrabazar, one of Asia’s biggest wholesale markets, in central Kolkata and recovered 53 gold biscuits having a foreign marking, weighing 6.18 kg and valued at 1.68 crore. “Gold biscuits were hidden in the shoes,” the official said. The gold biscuits were smuggled into India from Bangladesh through Bangaon, an Indo-Bangladesh border town in North 24 Parganas. The men were in a car. “Three persons and the driver of the car have been arrested,” a DRI official said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThree of the accused have been remanded to judicial custody for 14 days. In another case, one person was apprehended from a bus plying between Kolkata and Khulna (Bangladesh) at Kaikhali in North 24 Parganas by DRI officials. The driver and the supervisor of the bus were also arrested for smuggling the gold from Bangladesh. A total of 5.55 kg of gold of foreign origin, valued at Rs 1.75 crore, was recovered from the person’s shoe and a belt tied around his waist, a DRI official said.last_img read more


first_imgRubikirat Vohra, a well-known artist who has been critically acclaimed for her work who will be exhibiting her work in the Capitals’ Triveni Kala Sangam. A display of her latest works of art is to be held on the January 12 titled Metamorphosis of Power.Rubkirat’s Art displays the dichotomy of a human mind magnificently. Her art demonstrates a philosophical bent of mind coming from an awareness of resignation, reconciliation and resilience. She skillfully displays a strong communiqué by using architectural ‘spaces’, mechanical tools and shadowy and headless figures who act as protagonists.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Standing before her works, the viewer might get a feeling of a workshop like aura where ‘inner work’ is in process vibrating with the fundamental philosophical meditations and mediations. As an Artist it shows her effort to deal with the theatre of life. There is an intense silence resonating from her works one that showcases a seeker in close proximity to its solution. Rubkirat’s works, in general celebrate this metamorphosis of organic human beings into full-blown individuals.When:  January 12Where: Triveni Kala Sangam, Near Bengali Marketlast_img read more


first_imgFor any theatre actor, a solo act is the ultimate test that pushes his creative and acting skills to a limit where he transforms into a seasoned performer. And, when a solo act involves the protagonist donning 10 different hats, it is bound to offer an inescapable and exciting challenge.This is what Mumbai-based theatre actor Deepal Doshi would be doing in the capital this weekend when he would perform A Tale of Two Treaties, produced by Behroopiya Entertainers, at Alliance Francaise in south Delhi. This 75-minute act uses the 16th century Commedia Dell’Arte Italian theatre form that involves improvised performances, but unlike the original, which involves an ensemble, the 33-year-old chose to infuse fresh elements by making it a solo performance. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“I wanted to teach this form of theatre in India, but I didn’t want to do it in a mundane manner. I decided to do something that was challenging and experimental. So I came up with the idea of doing the entire act solo,” Doshi, who is in the capital, told.Doshi obtained a diploma in Grotowsky-based physical theatre from Vardinge in Sweden and a Master of Fine Arts from the Dell’Arte International School Of Physical Theatre in Blue Lake, California. He then collaborated with  a Swedish director and conceptualised this play, without any script in hand. The play is now directed by his wife Kathryn Doshi and has travelled to Sweden and the US, as also to Bali. It was first performed in Mumbai in 2010. Doshi pointed out that “the script evolved on its own and so does my performance, which I improvise on after every performance”. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixInterestingly, the basic plot of the play is simple: It’s is a love story where a girl and boy fall in love, their families oppose this and after a lot of melodrama, they unite. “It is a happily-ever-after story,” said Doshi, adding the storyline is influenced by the basic Commedia formant which focus more on how the story shapes up and not on what the story is all about. For Doshi, performing this act has been an enriching experience as he uses the physical art of transformation through masks.“The ability of an actor to transcend into so many actors is the biggest challenge. But that is what drives an artist – challenge,” said Doshi. “I believe failing is the breeding ground for creativity,” he added.Explaining how situations can become tricky, yet pose a challenge when he has to fit into the shoes of several characters, Doshi said, “In the last scene of the play, 4 people are having an argument, so I have to completely absorb myself into each of them and enact their personalities through the body language.”The play will be staged on April 18 and 19.last_img read more


first_imgKolkata: Kalyan Rudra, chairman of West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) said on Tuesday that the permissible levels of particulate matter is reasonably high, contributing to poor air quality in Durgapur.”The main reasons for this are not just industries, but also automobile emissions and construction sites,” Rudra said, speaking at a discussion forum on “Ecological Sustainability in the Industrial Region” in Durgapur, jointly organised by WBPCB and Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI). Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe WBPCB chairman said that analysis of data about air quality of almost all cities of the nation has revealed that air quality deteriorates specifically in winter. He maintained that the WBPCB has not achieved the prescribed standards and admitted that they have much work to do.”As far as water pollution is concerned, the earlier belief of controlling the water flowing into the river has now undergone transformation as letting water flow into rivers is needed. Damodar looks like a desert. We need to harmonise how much water can be restricted and allowed to flow into the rivers,” Rudra said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe WBPCB chairman further raised concerns over plastic pollution. “India produces 26,000 tonnes of plastic daily, which is not properly disposed. Modern life makes use of plastic necessary but it should be bio-degradable,” he added.It may be mentioned that Durgapur, which has been recognised as one of the biggest industrial zones of Eastern India, has been listed as one of the six most polluted industrial cities of India.”We are making a continuous endeavour to focus on sustainable development and to disseminate information and educate business, industry and society about the need for balancing industrial growth with ecological stability,” said Aloke Mookherjea, former president of BCCI.Dilip Kumar Agasty, Mayor of Durgapur Municipal Corporation, also spoke at the programme.last_img read more


first_imgKolkata: Mystery shrouds the death of a 65-year-old woman whose body was found hanging in her own flat in Sahid Nagar area of Dhakuria on Sunday morning.Police said the victim Dipti Moitra (65) used to stay alone at her flat as her two sons live in Mumbai.The victim’s younger sister Kajol Das stays on the top floor of the same residential building. Das went to the victim’s flat on Sunday morning when she found her hanging.The victim’s younger sister immediately informed the matter to Garfa police station. After being informed, police reached the spot and recovered the body. The investigating officers found a suicide note from her room. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to the police, the suicide note that has been recovered from her room says that none was responsible for her death.The victim’s younger sister told police that she came downstairs as she wanted to go to a local shop.As she was going down stairs, she saw the deceased standing at the door and by the time she went closer, she figured that the victim was not standing but hanging from the front door.During interrogation, the younger sister claimed that she had called other inmates of the residential apartment immediately after the incident. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedPolice are awaiting the post-mortem report which might throw some light on the nature of her death. Police are examining the suicide note.The investigating officers are not ruling out a foul play behind the death of the victim.Some of the circumstantial evidence, however, suggests that the elderly woman have committed suicide.The reason behind her suicide is yet to be determined by the police.They are interrogating some of the neighbours of the victim and looking into if the victim had been suffering from depression. A case of unnatural death has been started by the police.last_img read more


first_imgBalurghat: International trade through Hili Border in South Dinajpur has resumed on Wednesday.Following the tug-of-war between Hili exporters association and Bangladesh importers association on the issue of stone export from India, the trade halted since Monday.It was due to an internal conflict for which the exporters had stopped exporting stones since September 23 through Hili Internationalcheck-post.As a consequence, the Bangladesh importers had boycotted receiving Indian goods and threatened to stand rigid on their decision unless resuming stone export from India. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAs both countries was facing a huge revenue loss for the stalemate, the local administrations of two countries intervened to restore normalcy.Following the initiatives, a high-level meeting was conducted between the exporters and importers on Tuesday.On Monday, the importers had delivered a letter to their Indian counterpart requesting to remove the jolt immediately so that the trade resumes.South Dinajpur District Magistrate Deepap Priya P had also intervened and requested the exporters to start exporting stones. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedSecretary of Hili exporters association, Subrata Saha said: “We had spoken to the conflicting exporters many a times so that stone export starts. We had also received a letter from Bangladesh importers urging us to resume the trade. The local administrations of two countries had also come forward for a solution.”According to a local source, around 400 trucks from West Bengal, Bihar and Jharkhand used to carry stones to export daily for Bangladesh.The stalemate began after a group of exporters raised the issue of inappropriation while loading and unloading of stones. One group of exporters had decided not to export the same unless intervention by higher authorities.Hundreds of trucks were stranded since Wednesday morning for clearance in Hili International check post in both sides.last_img read more


first_imgIn today’s world, people are not only conscious about how they look but also how their skin feels and lipsticks are an important factor in making or breaking your image. This makeup tool is not just about different shades or textures but also about ingredients, application and choosing the right trends, say experts. Here are few tips about the lipstick trends that are making waves this season:The herbal route: Using vegan and organic lipstick not only protects the lips from harsh chemicals but also preserves the natural texture and colour of the lips. Applying lipsticks with less chemicals reduces chances of lip discolouration. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfShift from matte to creamy: Creamy matte or satin finish provide a soft and smooth look while leaving the right amount of colour and shine. Creamy Matte texture is also known to stay on the lips for longer hours and avoids the lipstick to get flaky on the lips.Ditch the nudes: Get over with the nudes already. A pale pink, a peachy coral or a vibrant fuchsia would be the perfect pick for the Indian skin this festive season. Applying natural pink lipsticks is perfect for the desk to dine look. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe blend of orange: As we know, red never goes out of style. However, this season it’s raining orange. A subtle blend of orange in your red can get you the perfect glamorous look for the season. Top glitter coat: A glitter top coat adds a gorgeous shimmering sheen, be it over a lipstick or applied straight to bare lips. Applying a subtle hint of glitter over your lips can make your lips pop just how you want them to. Apply your favourite lip colour and then a little amount of transparent gloss. Then add the glitter – this way, it will be fixed in all your lip. The unconventional bold shades: Unconventional bold shades like blue, purple and grey can be a game changer for parties if worn with confidence. Rocking a bold hue draws attention to your lips and makes you stand out.Nude mattes: Everyone is well acquainted with nude shades; natural matte lipsticks are perfect for day wear and also go with smokey eyes for evening wear. Use natural matte shades, a tone lighter or darker to give the perfect definition to your lips.Lip gradation: The latest lip trend of 2017 surely includes the gradation of the lips. A little more pop of colour in the middle of your lips making their way out lighter towards the edges.last_img read more


first_imgIt is said that the famous Chinese pilgrim and explorer Huen Tsang, while documenting his 15 years of stay in India, observed that Indians were very intelligent, healthy and took a lot of care of their diet. He mentions that Indians are healthier and possess better intellect due to their usage of fruits in their diet which is much more in comparison to other societies. Whereas that might be contested, there is no getting away from the fact that fruits, both fresh and dried have been eaten since mankind’s earliest days and have been held in extremely high esteem. India has always prided itself as being among the few countries where there are a variety of fruits available throughout the year. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfCulinary Uses of Fruits Since time immemorial, fruits have formed an important part of the culinary development of cuisines all across the world. In India, fruits and food items containing fruits have been traditionally eaten for fasting and at festivals. Apart from that, the fact that most fruits are perishable, many of those were used at various stages of ripening such as a mango for mango pickle, jam, mango leather, mango juice etc. These days there is a trend of using fruits for many savoury dishes to primarily provide the dish with a contrasting flavour, texture, and lightness. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWhereas it is normally perceived that consuming fresh fruit is best but the cooking of certain fruits such as oranges, apples and pineapple etc dramatically intensify the inherent flavours and create interesting textures. Different methods Although most fruits can be cooked in one way or the other, most ripe fruits should be cooked quickly and at high heat to preserve and intensify flavour while at the same time retain the texture and firmness. Apples, apricots, cherries, plums, and pears are great fruits to roast, grill or broil and serve as a part of a salad or a main course. To make jams, sauces, and compotes, the fruits have to be cooked on a lower heat for a far longer time. It is true that most fruits and vegetables lose some part of their nutritional components when cooked, but indeed cooked fruits have a charm of their own and also is a great way to increase their shelf life. Some Tips Most fruits pair really well with spices such as cinnamon, star anise, and nutmeg etc. It is a good idea to include these while cooking fruits. Try and use a minimum quantity of added sugar, most ripe fruits are sweet enough and any added sugar takes away their health benefits. Rum, wine, various fruit liquors, and brandies are also excellent flavour enhancers for fresh fruits, especially the fruits that are served in a semi-liquid form such as compotes and stewed fruits. A recipe This is the season of abundant fresh fruits in the markets and there is nothing more romantic than preparations made out of fresh juicy fruits to share with your loved one. Here’s one: Grilled Fruit Kebab with White Chocolate and Sesame Mousse Ingredients: For the mousse: Melted white chocolate: 100 gm Fresh whipped cream: 100 ml Egg yolk: 2 Castor sugar: 25 gm Roasted sesame powder: 25 gm For fruit kebab: Kiwi:1 Strawberry:1 Peach:1 Black Grapes: Few Banana: 1 Brown Sugar: 25 gm Maple syrup: 20 ml Cinnamon powder: A pinch Lime juice: 2 ml Method: For the mousse – Whip the egg yolk and the sugar till pale, add the melted white chocolate and fold in the whipped cream lightly, finally add the roasted sesame powder and fold again. Chill for at least four hours. For the kebab – Cut all fruit in equal sized chunky pieces. Make a marinade of maple syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon, and lime juice, marinate it for 2 hours. Quickly grill on a hot grill or pan with some unsalted butter. Scoop out white chocolate mousse and serve with warm kebab, sprinkled and toasted sesame seeds.last_img read more


first_imgKolkata: A meeting called by West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi with four political parties to create a harmonious situation in the state riddled by political violence remained “inconclusive” on Thursday. Emerging out of the Raj Bhavan, state BJP Vice President Jay Prakash Majumdar said that the Governor came up with a five-point set of suggestions but the representative of the ruling Trinamool Congress said he could not endorse it before talking to Chief Minister and party supremo Mamata Banereje. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata Majumdar appreciated Tripathi’s initiative and said his party would support any step that would stop the ongoing violence and bring peace. However, he said the very fact the Governor had to convene the meeting proved there was no peace in the state. Trinamool Secretary General Partha Chatterjee, who attended the meeting, did not speak to the media. CPI-M politburo member Mohammad Salim alleged the Trinamool and BJP were trying to vitiate the atmosphere in the state. The move came after Tripathi had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday and apprised them of the situation in the state. Chief Minister Banerjee has accused Tripathi of misquoting the number of dead in the post-poll violence in the state and claimed eight people, out of 10, from her party had been killed in clashes after the recent general elections.last_img read more


first_imgKolkata: The Alipore weather office on Tuesday predicted moderate rainfall in the city and other districts of South Bengal on Friday and Saturday, which is expected to provide relief from the scorching heat of the sun prevailing for the last few days.”Thunderstorm activities in districts of South Bengal will start from the later part of Thursday and the intensity of such activities will increase from Friday. Birbhum, Murshidabad, West Burdwan, Bankura and Purulia will witness thunderstorms accompanied by scattered rainfall from Thursday evening. Widespread monsoon is expected on Friday and Saturday,” said Sanjib Bandopadhyay, deputy director of Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) Kolkata. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe weather office informed that the cyclonic circulation is expected to be formed in coastal Bengal and Odisha in a few days and rainfall is expected from that condition. The monsoon trough that is passing over the foothills of the Himalayas bringing heavy rainfall in North Bengal since Monday, will descend downwards to the plains. “The hot and humid condition causing profuse perspiration for the people of South Bengal including Kolkata, will continue till the rainfall,” a senior official of the Alipore weather office said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateNorth Bengal will have intense rainfall till Wednesday and Alipurduar will have the maximum amount of rainfall. The other districts like Darjeeling, Cooch Behar, Jalpaiguri, Malda and even North Dinajpur and South Dinajpur will also receive good amounts of rainfall. The effect of rain will lessen in North Bengal from Thursday and will be relatively lower since Friday. “We hope that the predictions of the weather office come true. We have been eagerly waiting for the rain god to smile upon us. There has been so much rain in North Bengal but not here,” said Saikat Ray, a city dweller.last_img read more


first_imgGeorges Méliès was one of the pioneering figures of film, who is often credited as the man who single-handedly invented special effects on film. Sadly, his amazing talent is relatively unknown today. Though Martin Scorcese did try with his movie Hugo. Having started his career as an illusionist and a magician, Méliès became intrigued by the newly-invented cinematograph made by the Lumière brothers early on and started utilizing his knowledge of illusionism to create vibrant new worlds and tickle the imagination of an entire generation of future filmmakers.The French pioneer of cinema authored some of the most recognizable classics of the silent era, at the very beginning of the 20th century. Among his most notable work is the iconic A Trip to the Moon, made in 1902, and The Impossible Voyage, which a loose adaptation of Jules Verne’s play, Journey Through the Impossible.Georges MélièsHowever, nowadays his work is largely neglected, as the historic difference is just too big for people to recognize the revolutionary influence these films had when they first appeared. His films are therefore mostly reserved for experts and other filmmakers, although their timeless charm definitely deserves attention from anyone who appreciates the seventh art.The iconic image of the Man in the MoonOn the other hand, his family has tirelessly and almost single-handedly been preserving his legacy for decades, keeping a vibrant memory of their ancestor and his work that shaped the future of film as an art form. Since Méliès’ grave in the famous Parisian Père Lachaise Cemetery has become a place of pilgrimage for cinema lovers, they are looking for ways to restore it to its exact look as it was in 1954 when his bust was added to the tomb, which was originally erected after his death in 1938.Père-Lachaise. Photo by Pierre-Yves Beaudouin CC BY-SA 3.0The year 1954 was also the last time the grave was renovated and since then both the bust and the tombstone had corroded into a grayish shade of green.Related Video: The iconic A Trip to the MoonParts of the tomb are visibly damaged, the stone itself has become porous, and the chain that once framed the parcel has been stolen years ago.Georges Meliès (cimetière du Père Lachaise)That is why his great-great-granddaughter, Pauline Duclaud-Lacoste, has announced a crowdfunding campaign in hopes of raising enough money to see the grave fully renovated. In an interview for The Vintage News, Pauline emphasized the significance of this project, as both his studio and the theater he once owned are today long gone, leaving the grave as his only physical monument.Photo Courtesy The Georges Melies ProjectPauline belongs to the fourth generation of the Méliès family that has been struggling with keeping his legacy alive, and despite the general lack of funds and support from government institutions in France, she and her family are determined to push on and, in her own words “try to implement his spirit into the 21st century.”To many of his fans he is known as a monumental figure in the world of film, but for Pauline, the relationship with her ancestor is much deeper and more personal. While she was born more than 45 years after his death, the spirit of her great-great-grandfather lives on in her family, as she grew up surrounded by his pictures, and the stories of his endeavors.Photo Courtesy The Georges Melies ProjectShe describes him as creative and open-minded, mischievous and always aware of his inner child. He also practiced magic tricks all his life, was an ardent reader and an athletic person, who was known to do push-ups well into his 60s.Above all, as Pauline says, he was a kind and good-hearted person, whose work still resonates among many people around the globe:“I’ve gone there for many, many times, just to say hello, or just to pick up some little gifts, or letters, or notes people left on his grave, and each time I meet some people ― film students, a magician from Argentina, Japanese tourists, or Parisian cinema lovers. It’s people who study cinema or not, it’s people who love magic or not, it’s all kind of profiles, of all ages, coming from around the world. I can see each time that they really love him and that they had come to pay their respect. To see that, for us, his family, is very moving.”If you wish to take part and donate, you can find further information on this website.Photo Courtesy The Georges Melies Project.The family has started the restoration project completely on their own, without the help of any international cinema foundation, or government institutions like the French Ministry of Culture which they find “useless”.Read another story from us: The Enduring Mystery of Alexander the Great’s Final Resting PlaceTherefore, they are resorting to crowdfunding in hopes of reaching out to Georges Méliès’ fans both in France and abroad.last_img read more


first_imgBy Bonnie Adams, Managing EditorCarie Miele (second from left) with (l to r) her son, Eric, Jr., Mariane Frongillo, the owner of GLC, her daughter Victoria, and her husband EricShrewsbury – Carie Miele has always had a special place in her heart for children with disabilities. She has also loved gymnastics her entire life. As the founder and coach of an adaptive gymnastic team at Gymnastics Learning Center (GLC) in Shrewsbury, she had a unique opportunity to merge those two loves. Recently, she made the decision to step down from the program, after a remarkable 27 year run.“My mother was very involved in working with kids with disabilities and my aunt was involved in the deaf community,” Miele said. “So I was very exposed to this world.”As a high school student, she was watching a movie one evening about a child with Down syndrome who worked with a physical therapist. Miele knew then, she said, that was what she wanted to do herself someday.When she went onto Northeastern University in 1992 to get her degree in physical therapy, there was one problem – she needed to also get some practical experience.Miele was also a gymnast who had been competing for Gymnastics Learning Center (GLC) in Shrewsbury since she was a young girl.“I loved it there – it formed a big part of who I am. [Owner] Mariane Frongillo is the most kind, compassionate giving person, just filled with Christian faith,” Miele said.She decided to ask Frongillo if she could create and coach an adaptive gymnastic team at GLC.“Without hesitation she said ‘yes,’” Miele recalled.After Frongillo gave her the go-ahead, Miele started the adaptive team with three gymnasts – Jessica, who was 15, Amy, who was 8, and Lindsey, who was 7. Miele herself was only 19.All three stayed with the team through the years; in fact, many of the athletes who came in later years also stayed for long tenures.“Through the 27 years, we have probably have had 75 athletes and over 300 volunteers, many of whom also helped to coach,” Miele said. “I could not have done this program without them. They allowed it to happen.”As grateful as she is to her volunteers, it is really the athletes themselves that she greatly admires.“Every single day I have been humbled to work with these athletes, all of whom are facing some type of challenge and many have faced many challenges,” she said. “And gymnastics isn’t easy – and it can be scary! But they have so much courage and love for the sport.”“And the trust the parents have demonstrated over the years…humbling is the only word for it,” she added. “I really feel I grew up with the team. We developed relationships outside of the gym. They’re family.”Every time they came to the gym, the young men and women would put aside their challenges and view themselves as true gymnasts, Miele said. Sometimes adaptations would have to be made, but the women did all four disciplines (vault, uneven bars, balance beam, and floor) while the men did all six disciplines (floor, pommel horse, still rings, vault, parallel bars, and horizontal).Miele also coached a rhythmic gymnastics team as well.The teams followed Special Olympics rules and several times actually went to compete at National and World Games.During her time as coach, Miele did go onto become a practicing physical therapist, working with children in early intervention programs. She also married her husband, Eric, a research scientist for Astra Zeneca, and had two children, Victoria, now 13, and Eric Jr., now 12.Eric was the men’s coach while Victoria was assistant coach for the rhythmic and men’s teams.“They didn’t have experience coaching or even doing gymnastics but they learned and did a great job!” Miele said.Stepping down after 27 years was hard, Miele noted, but as her kids get older and busier, she found she needed to be there for them more. Victoria is a choral singer with the Boston Symphony Children’s Choir. Eric is a musician who plays saxophone for his school’s marching band and also plays soccer and wrestles.Miele said that it is hopeful that a new coaching staff will restart the adaptive program this fall.“It has really been my honor to work with all of these athletes, coaches and volunteers,” she said. “It’s been my pride and joy.”photos/courtesy Carie MieleMembers of the team with the Brown University Collegiate teamMen’s teamRhythmic athletes (l to r) Kristen, Liza, and Erikalast_img read more


first_img Advertisement ‘The Dab’ officially, officially died last night at FedEx Forum in Memphis. It all happened when an uncool Dad/Grizzlies fan got overly excited during the fourth quarter of the home team’s win over the Spurs and went for it.He tried to dab, like the kids do, but ended up looking like he was trying to smell his armpits while having stroke.It was a nice run, Dab, but it’s over now.White people killed the dab.pic.twitter.com/apiJ8dLxOC— NBA SKITS (@NBA_Skits) April 23, 2017last_img