New Technologies That May Save Lives

first_img Citation: New Technologies That May Save Lives (2007, October 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further The combined efforts of NEC and Tatung to implement WiMax will go on show next week at the WiMax Forum. This is part of the M-Taiwan project focused on providing mobile emergency services including transmission of x-ray, patient medical history, vitals while patients are en route to the hospital. WiMax is particularly suited for ambulances, according to NEC press releases.The efforts and contributions of NEC allowed WiMax to achieve 6 Mbps transmission per user. This is vital in exchanging large data sources such as patient records and x-rays. WiMax is a high speed broadband service that is particularly designed for use in vehicles traveling at excessive speeds. The WiMax will transmit vital information about the patient while en route to the hospital. This vital information allows emergency physicians to relay life saving instructions to the paramedic at the accident scene and in those vital minutes following a traumatic event. A NEC WiMax Research and Design Center will open by the end of 2007 in collaboration with the Taiwanese government. The Center will focus on creating an environment for vendors to utilize the end-to- end wireless platform and base station in the creation of new and life saving applications and technologies. The experimental trials of NEC and WiMax took place recently in the city of Hualien. It was a trial commissioned by the Taiwanese government to implement the M-Taiwan project. The city of Hualien plans to use the system for tourism and medical services. The preliminary test results indicate the system did very well in transmitting smoothly through base stations and in providing stability within the vehicle while traveling at high speeds. The new research and design center will enable other technologies to build on the work of NEC WiMax. NEC in a separate press release announced two new 21.3 inch amorphous silicon color thin film transistors , liquid crystal display modules ideal for medical applications. These two highly sophisticated displays are ideal for medical imaging diagnosis of patient illness or trauma. The product samples will be available in late November, 2007. 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. NEC to Deliver First Mobile WiMAX Solutions to Worldwide Market New NEC LCD Medical Technology As part of the M-Taiwan project, NEC and Tatung will demonstrate life saving technologies at the WiMax Forum next week. The forum will display the efforts of NEC in providing ambulance to hospital large file transmissions without interruption. A NEC Research and Development Center will open by years end for future enhancements of the technologies. last_img read more

Proposed Quantum Computer Consists of Billions of Electron Spins

first_img Researchers develop optical technique for controlling electron spins in quantum dot ensembles Explore further The physical setup of the quantum computer consists of a superconducting transmission line cavity coupled to an ensemble of electron spins and a transmon Cooper pair box. The cavity dimensions allow 100 billion electron spins to be coupled to the cavity mode, which could be used to make hundreds of physical qubits. Image copyright: J.H. Wesenberg, et al. With this issue in mind, scientists have recently proposed a quantum computing scheme that uses an ensemble of about 100 billion electron spins. They show that hundreds of physical qubits can be made from these collective electron spin excitations. The researchers, Janus Wesenberg from the University of Oxford, and coauthors from Oxford, Yale University and the University of Aarhus in Denmark, have published the proposed system in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.The system can also perform qubit encoding and provide one- and two-bit gates for quantum computing. In the setup, the electron spins are coupled to a superconducting transmission line cavity. In turn, this cavity is coupled to a transmon Cooper pair box that carries out the gate operations.“A single electron spin only interacts very weakly with its environment: this makes it a good quantum memory, except that it is very hard to initialize or read out,” Wesenberg explained to “In the ensemble register we make use of the fact that the collective interaction between an ensemble of billions of spins and a microwave cavity is greatly enhanced by the so-called superradiant effect. This makes it possible to transfer a microwave photon (carrying a qubit), from the cavity to the spin ensemble in a few tens of nanoseconds compared to a significant fraction of a second for a single spin. Once the photon has been transferred to the ensemble, it lives as an delocalized excitation. “The state of the system is a quantum superposition of each spin being excited, that is, flipped relative to the very strong magnetic field that has been applied to the system. There is an infinite number of ways in which a single excitation can be superpositioned in this way, and these can be described in terms of spin waves. By applying a magnetic gradient pulse, we can transfer an excitation that lives as one kind of spin wave to another kind of spin wave.”As Wesenberg added, the study brings up two independent new ideas. “Firstly, there is the idea to couple an ensemble of electron spins to a stripline resonator,” he said. “While this is a novel idea, it is a straightforward extension of previous work (by Peter Zoller and many others), on coupling ensembles of polar molecules, Rydberg atoms etc. to such stripline cavities. The main advantage of using electron spins is that they can simply be smeared onto the stripline substrate without any need for complex trapping arrangements. Secondly, there is the idea of using the holographic principle to address a large number of modes in the ensemble by means of a controllable magnetic gradient. This is a relatively straightforward extension of work by one of the authors (K. Mølmer), on holographic storage.”As the scientists explain in their study, one of the advantages of this setup is that a large number of spins can be controlled without requiring single spin measurement. Depending on the materials used, the system could achieve spin coherence times of up to tens of milliseconds, which could be used to build a solid-state device.“The immediate plan is to demonstrate experimentally that this works,” Wesenberg said. “First in the semi-classical setting (which is essentially electron spin resonance spectroscopy), and later in the quantum regime. Experiments to this end are underway at Yale and Oxford.”More information: J.H. Wesenberg, et al. “Quantum Computing with an Electron Spin Ensemble.” Physical Review Letters 103, 070502 (2009). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.103.070502Copyright 2009 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of ( — While researchers have already demonstrated the building blocks for few-bit quantum computers, scaling these systems up to large quantum computers remains a challenge. One of the biggest problems is developing physical systems that can reliably store thousands of qubits, and enabling bits and pairs to be addressed individually for gate operations. Citation: Proposed Quantum Computer Consists of Billions of Electron Spins (2009, September 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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

New DNA research suggests second migration influx of early farmers to Europe

first_img More information: Ancient DNA reveals male diffusion through the Neolithic Mediterranean route, PNAS, Published online before print May 31, 2011, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1100723108AbstractThe Neolithic is a key period in the history of the European settlement. Although archaeological and present-day genetic data suggest several hypotheses regarding the human migration patterns at this period, validation of these hypotheses with the use of ancient genetic data has been limited. In this context, we studied DNA extracted from 53 individuals buried in a necropolis used by a French local community 5,000 y ago. The relatively good DNA preservation of the samples allowed us to obtain autosomal, Y-chromosomal, and/or mtDNA data for 29 of the 53 samples studied. From these datasets, we established close parental relationships within the necropolis and determined maternal and paternal lineages as well as the absence of an allele associated with lactase persistence, probably carried by Neolithic cultures of central Europe. Our study provides an integrative view of the genetic past in southern France at the end of the Neolithic period. Furthermore, the Y-haplotype lineages characterized and the study of their current repartition in European populations confirm a greater influence of the Mediterranean than the Central European route in the peopling of southern Europe during the Neolithic transition. The cave, known as Treilles, held the skeletons of 149 people, both adult and children, and mostly male; all of whom were laid to rest there some 5000 years ago. Testing using mtDNA on 29 of the remains showed lineages associated with hunter gatherers of early central Europe, while Y-chromosome testing showed a lineage more closely aligned with the people that lived along the Mediterranean and farmed for a living. The results also revealed that most of the people buried in the cave were related to one another along patrilineal lines; i.e. father-son, brothers, etc. which suggested that they lived in a community of sorts which of course meant growing food to sustain themselves.The researchers conclude that these results show that farmers from along the Mediterranean moved into southern Europe, began planting crops and mated with the local women, thus introducing farming into south central Europe.In addition, the research also showed that the people buried in the cave lacked the allele (DNA coding that occupies a given position on a chromosome) necessary for humans to digest lactate as they grow into adults, as contrasted with other skeletal remains found in other parts of central Europe from roughly the same time period that did have the allele and thus were able to drink the milk produced from domesticated cows. People from the Mediterranean also generally lack the allele, which accounts for the domestication of goats and sheep instead, which can be fermented and thus contains less lactate.The new research suggests that there were at least two major routes of farmer migrants into central Europe, as recent research done in Germany shows DNA from early populations there were of mixed local hunter gatherers and farmers from other regions as well. Explore further Citation: New DNA research suggests second migration influx of early farmers to Europe (2011, June 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( — In a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) a French team led by molecular anthropologist Marie Lacan of Paul Sabatier University documents the results of their DNA testing of a group of skeletons found in a cave in the 1930’s in southern France. The group tested both female linage (mitochondrial) and male (Y-Chromosomal) and found evidence to support the theory that one way that farming made its way into southern Europe was via migration of male farmers from Mediterranean areas, who produced offspring with resident female hunter-gatherers.center_img © 2010 Europe’s first farmers replaced their Stone Age hunter-gatherer forerunners 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

Study suggests midmantle holds as much water as Earths oceans

first_img(—A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in Japan and Germany has found evidence that suggests the middle of Earth’s mantle holds as much water as the planet’s oceans. In their paper published on the open access site Science Advances, the group describes their theory and their experiments to try to prove them correct. © 2017 Scientists discover why rocks flow slowly in Earth’s middle mantle 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. Scientists are convinced that the uppermost part of the mantle and lower part closest to the core are relatively water free. This is because the materials they are made of can’t to store water very well. The layer in between (at 410 to 660 kilometers below the surface), however, has been a topic of debate, with some believing it is also nearly water free and others suggesting it could harbor massive amounts of water. This is because the mid-mantle is dominated by the minerals wadsleyite and ringwoodite, which are known to be able to hold a lot of water. In this new effort, the researchers sought to settle the debate by using logic and lab experiments.The team notes that prior research has shown that the viscosity of the middle zone of the mantle is lower than that of both the upper mantle and lower mantle. To figure out if the middle zone is holding water, the researchers used this information and conducted lab experiments meant to replicate such conditions. They created synthetic ringwoodite to represent the middle mantle and bridgmanite to represent material from the lower mantle. They then used a technique that involved measuring dislocation mobility to infer viscosity and then added water to the ringwoodite. They report that doing so reduced its viscosity and matched measurements taken of the real mantle—this suggests that the real-world middle mantle does, indeed, hold water. By adjusting the amount of water added to their synthetic mantle and calculating changes in viscosity, they were able to estimate how waterlogged the real-world minerals are. They then used that information to calculate how much water is in the entire mid-mantle. They report that it is very nearly equal to the amount of water in all of the world’s oceans.More testing will have to be done, of course, but if scientists can prove without doubt that the middle mantle is filled with water, it calls into question theories that suggest water arrived on Earth from comets.center_img Citation: Study suggests mid-mantle holds as much water as Earth’s oceans (2017, June 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Journal information: Science Advances TEM images of ringwoodite and bridgmanite before and after annealing. (A) Inverted bright-field image of ringwoodite before annealing (ρi = 11.0/μm2). (B) Inverted bright-field image of ringwoodite after annealing for 12 hours at 2000 K (ρf = 0.87/μm2). (C) Dark-field image of bridgmanite before annealing (ρi = 8.43/μm2). (D) Dark-field image of bridgmanite after annealing for 24 hours at 1600 K (ρf = 4.32/μm2). Rw., ringwoodite; Brg., bridgmanite. Credit: Science Advances  07 Jun 2017: Vol. 3, no. 6, e1603024, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1603024 More information: A nearly water-saturated mantle transition zone inferred from mineral viscosity, Science Advances  07 Jun 2017: Vol. 3, no. 6, e1603024, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1603024 , open question for solid-earth scientists is the amount of water in Earth’s interior. The uppermost mantle and lower mantle contain little water because their dominant minerals, olivine and bridgmanite, have limited water storage capacity. In contrast, the mantle transition zone (MTZ) at a depth of 410 to 660 km is considered to be a potential water reservoir because its dominant minerals, wadsleyite and ringwoodite, can contain large amounts of water [up to 3 weight % (wt %)]. However, the actual amount of water in the MTZ is unknown. Given that water incorporated into mantle minerals can lower their viscosity, we evaluate the water content of the MTZ by measuring dislocation mobility, a property that is inversely proportional to viscosity, as a function of temperature and water content in ringwoodite and bridgmanite. We find that dislocation mobility in bridgmanite is faster by two orders of magnitude than in anhydrous ringwoodite but 1.5 orders of magnitude slower than in water-saturated ringwoodite. To fit the observed mantle viscosity profiles, ringwoodite in the MTZ should contain 1 to 2 wt % water. The MTZ should thus be nearly water-saturated globally.last_img read more

Musings memories and tea over poetry

first_imgPadma Shree Tom Alter has taken you on many a journeys; from the the classical Urdu and Persian poet Mirza Ghalib to the last of Mughals, Bahadur Shah Zafar,  he portrays the high and mighty characters from history with a flair onto  the stag. It all comes naturally to the veteran Bollywood actor and thespian, Tom Alter. Lo and behold! As this time around he takes us on a journey of romance through an inspirational poetry reading session Reflections Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ at Le Meridien on 11 July.Taking the poetical experience one notch up, the audience will get an opportunity to indulge in the  aromatic flavours of the finest teas from Himalayas. While you sit back and relax, sip in an afternoon tea picked up by the tea sommelier and founder director of Anandini Himalyan tea, Anamika Singh. With Tom Alter’s poetry over a cuppa of tea, this evening promises to be a soothing and delightful experience for the poetry lovers in the capital. Blissful we say!last_img read more

If consumer wants luxury condoms whats the issue HC to Centre

first_imgThe Delhi High Court on Friday questioned the Centre on its decision to put a ceiling on the prices of condoms saying what was the issue if consumers are willing to pay for premium or luxury male contraceptives.A bench of chief justice G Rohini and justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw posed the query to the government while hearing a plea by pharma firms Reckitt Benckiser and JK Ansell Ltd (JKAL) who have challenged the government’s decision to put a ceiling on the prices of condoms. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIAdditional solicitor general Sanjay Jain, appearing for the Centre, responded that condoms are currently in the national list of essential medicines and there can be no gradation, of luxury and ordinary, where drugs are concerned. The pharma firms have in their pleas contended that their products are ‘devices’ not ‘medicines’ and thus would not fall under the Drug Price Control Order (DPCO). Therefore, no cap can be put on the prices, they said.last_img read more

HC lawyers ceasework extended again

first_imgKolkata: The ceasework by lawyers’ associations that has crippled the Calcutta High Court for over a record two months, will continue till May 11 over demands for appointment of judges, the Bar Association said today. The Bar Association, which commands the affiliation of the majority of lawyers practising at the high court, has decided in a general body meeting that the ceasework will continue till May 11 and the decision will be reviewed on May 14, its general secretary Amol Mukherjee said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”The ceasework will, however, automatically stand withdrawn if appointment of new judges is notified in the meantime,” Mukherjee said.The Bar Library Club, which is also participating in the ceasework, will meet on Monday to decide on its course of action with regard to continuation of the agitation.”Our members will hold a meeting on Monday to take an independent decision with regard to extension of the ceasework,” Bar Library Club president Jayanta Mitra said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe previous longest strike was of 2 months in 2002 in protest against hike in stamp duty by the West Bengal government. It was observed across all courts in the state including Calcutta High Court.Though a miniscule percentage of petitioners have moved the high court in-person during the ceasework, which began on February 19, most of the cases pending before the court could not be heard as lawyers have not participated in proceedings.The associations have also demanded the appointment of a chief justice to the high court, which has been headed by acting chief justices for over three years with the exception of only three months. The high court at present has 33 judges, while the sanctioned strength is that of 72 judges.Thousands of litigants, whose petitions are pending before the high court, are at their wits’ end as to when their cases would be disposed of given the uncertainty over when the ceasework would be lifted.Till the end of March, 2,23,921 cases are pending before the high court, according to official data.Very few new petitions have been filed since February 19 owing to the ceasework by lawyers, thus landing those who have urgent matters to be moved before the court in a soup.last_img read more

Be a fashion diva this winter

first_imgLook your best in winter as well, layer thin clothes and avoid the awkward bulkiness of heavy layers, says an expert. Layer several thin clothes and you can seal in heat more effectively and avoid the awkward bulkiness of heavy layers that comes with wearing oversized sweaters or sweatshirts. Begin with a thermal T-shirt or tank top as a base layer, add a thin sweater which will function primarily as the barrier between your skin and the cold air. After adding proper layers of clothing, make the final addition of a stylish coat or jacket. A coat or jacket will serve as insulation from the cold fall or winter air. To choose a functional but cute coat, steer away from bulk puffer coats or skiing jackets.  Instead, seek out tailored coats that provide the same protection in addition to a more flattering style. Since a considerable amount of body heat escapes through the head, always try to incorporate a hat or head warmer, beanie to a fleece bucket hat to a slouchy beret that covers your head. Whether you ultimately decide on trendy ankle-height shoes or a more protective option, consider not only the stylistic appeal, but also the functionality. Save yourself indecisive shoe trouble by committing to wearing only a few different pairs of boots in colder weather.last_img read more

Rath Yatra BJP moves HC against refusal of permission

first_imgKolkata: The BJP on Friday moved an appeal before a division bench of the Calcutta High Court against refusal of permission for its Rath Yatra. Granting leave to the BJP to file the appeal, a division bench comprising Justices B Somadder and A Mukherjee said it will hear the matter at 12.30 pm. The bench directed BJP’s lawyers to serve copy of the appeal to the West Bengal government and other respondents before the matter is taken up for hearing. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life A single bench of the high court on Thursday said it cannot grant permission at this stage for the BJP rally in Coochbehar, scheduled to be flagged off by party president Amit Shah on Friday, after the West Bengal government refused to allow the event on the grounds that it might cause communal tension. The court directed that superintendents of police of all districts in West Bengal will file a report by December 21 to it on the holding of ‘rath yatra’ rallies by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), after hearing all district presidents of the party. Directing that the rally stands deferred till the next date of hearing on January 9, Justice Tapabrata Chakraborty observed that the prayer of BJP for permission to hold the Rath Yatra cannot be granted at this stage.last_img read more

Sunderban residents can now collect passports from Canning post office

first_imgKolkata: In a major move, the residents of the Sunderbans can now get their passports from the Canning post office itself.The passport office at Canning post office has become operational from Wednesday. Earlier, the residents of the Sunderbans had to come to Kolkata to get their passports from the Regional Passport Office. There are people who live in Geonkhali and Sajnekhali, two very remote areas of the Sunderbans, and coming to Kolkata to get their passports posed a serious problem for them. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe residents of these two areas had written to the state government to take up the matter with the Regional Passport authority. The setting of the passport office in canning met a long-standing demand of the people. Bibhuti Bhusan Kumar, Regional Passport officer said passports are being distributed among the applicants from 40 post offices in Bengal. The work will be carried out from the Regional Passport office. The applicants will have to submit all the papers online. He said that after police verification, the applicants will get the passports in two to three days. Getting the police verification done for the applicants staying in remote areas is a major problem. It takes even several months for them to get the police verification done. The reason for this is the shortage of staff in the police stations. Kumar said attempts will be made to set up an office where all the official work will be done.last_img read more

Noconfidence motion stops Arjun from presenting budget

first_imgKolkata: Bhatpara Municipality chairman Arjun Singh, who has recently joined BJP, failed to present the budget for the municipality on Wednesday after a majority of Trinamool Congress councillors moved a no-confidence motion against him.Singh, who has become a candidate on BJP’s ticket from the Barrackpore Parliamentary constituency, called for a budget session on Wednesday afternoon. But the executive officer of the municipality did not give the permission as a no-confidence motion had already been moved against him. The officer said that the chairman has no right to hold the budget session. He has to take permission from the district magistrate if he wants to do so. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSome Trinamool Congress councillors from the municipality said that Singh can present the budget only after he wins the confidence of the municipal board, through secret ballots of the councillors. Otherwise, he has no right to present budget at the municipality. Incidentally, it may be mentioned here that 21 Trinamool Congress councillors had moved a no-confidence motion against Singh soon after he joined BJP. The councillors consulted Firhad Hakim, the state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister, Jyotipriya Mallick, the state Food and Supplies minister and president of the North 24-Parganas unit of the party and Partha Bhowmick, party MLA from Naihati, before moving the no-confidence motion. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateBhatpara has a total of 35 seats, of which 34 were won by Trinamool Congress. One councillor belongs to the Left Front. With the death of a councillor and Singh joining another party, TMC’s tally now stands at 32. The majority of TMC councilors, including the vice-chairman Somnath Talukdar, said that they would not join any meeting called by the chairman, unless he wins the confidence of the majority of the councillors. Some senior Trinamool Congress leaders from the district said that the budget would be presented at the municipality, following the ouster of Singh, after the majority of TMC leaders vote against him in secret ballots.last_img read more

A three day interior lookout in Delhi

first_imgAfter the four successful attempts of the home fashion business exhibition, Heimtextil India and Ambiente India marked the beginning of their fifth co-located exhibition at Pragati Maidan on June 27.Organised by Messe Frankfurt Trade Fairs, India; the three-day exhibition was inaugurated by Ajay Tamta, Minister of State for Textiles, Government of India along with Raj Manek, Executive Director of Messe Frankfurt Asia Holding Ltd, Shantmanu, (IAS) Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Ministry of Textiles and the other dignitaries present at the ceremony. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWith the participation of more than 150 top manufacturers and suppliers of the home textiles and interior industry from India, China, Indonesia, Switzerland and Thailand – the exhibition is ready to showcase the newly launched products of the start-ups and the reputed companies like D’decor, Reliance, Aditya Birla etc.Besides giving business opportunities to all the small and big companies, the fair will be the ideal forum arraying the plethora of modern designs, decor themes, art, colour trends and unique ideas. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSpeaking at the inauguration, Ajay Tamta said: “I’m glad to be present here at the inauguration of the 5th edition of Heimtextil and Ambiente India trade fairs. It’s an honour for Indian handlooms and textiles to be presented here and I’d like to congratulate Messe Frankfurt for this initiative.””India has been a part of this global event since the past editions and I also got a chance to attend it in Germany. It has been creating job opportunities for small-scale handloom and textile artists. This yearly event also gives a push to Indian economy – both for handlooms and handicrafts industry,” he further added. Welcoming the exhibitors and the guests, Raj Mane said, “Every edition of the co-located show has successfully managed to curate exclusive programmes for the benefit of its buyers and exhibitors. Along with a host of new displays, zones and insightful sessions, this edition has a specially designed pavilion by ‘Cohands’ that will display India’s legacy in art and design by highly acclaimed National Awardees.”After lighting the lamp and following the welcoming ceremony, all the esteemed guests along with the Minister of State for Textiles proceeded for a guided tour on the site. The Minister and the other guests visited the stall setups and interacted with the participants about their product and experience in the industry.The exhibition will give the exposure from various experience zones to informative panel discussions with famed International speakers like French designer, David Landart and Finnish designer Susanna Björklund on luxury living. Heimtextil India and Ambiente India 2018 will fill the participants with insightful business knowledge, current and future trends of home fashion craft, and innovative solutions in the interior décor and textile sectors.The exhibition is strongly supported by government and industry associations like Ministry of Textiles, Government of India,Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts, Royal Thai Embassy, Office of Small and Medium Enterprises Promotion (OSMEP), Buying Agents Association (BAA), Institute of Indian Interior Designers (IIID), Guild of Designers & Artists (GDA), Hospitality Purchase Managers Forum (HPMF), Home Textile Association (HTA) and All India Wallpaper Covering Association (AIWA). The exhibition will be open until June 29.last_img read more

Concerted effort to force TMC workers to stay away from politics or

first_imgKolkata: The sole purpose behind the ‘Reign of Terror’ unleashed by the BJP in vast areas surrounding Bhatpara on Thursday is to scare the Trinamool Congress workers and force them to either join BJP or keep themselves away from politics in the entire Barrackpore sub-division.Bhatpara, which is otherwise a peaceful area in North 24-Parganas, became the epicentre of violence since Arjun Singh joined the BJP from TMC shortly before the general elections. Singh, who was nominated as a BJP candidate from Barrackpore, defeated the sitting Trinamool Congress MP Dinesh Trivedi. Following Singh’s victory, Trinamool Congress MLAs from Bijpur and Noapara, Subhrangshu Roy and Sunil Singh joined the saffron party. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataPawan Singh, Arjun’s son, won the Bhatpara by-election by defeating Madan Mitra. Partha Bhowmick, Trinamool Congress MLA from Naihati, is putting up a lone battle. In Barrackpore sub-division, the TMC has control over Naihati, Jagatdal, Barrackpore, Panihati and Barranagore. Manas Mukherjee of the CPI(M) is the MLA from Kamarhati. BJP has taken control over Bhatpara, Kanchrapara and Halisahar municipalities while the state government has deputed an administrator in Naihati municipality. Locals alleged that the BJP has deployed a large number of Hindi-speaking outsiders to create trouble in the area. They are putting pressure on the Trinamool rank and file so that they stay aloof from politics. Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee had recently visited Naihati to cheer up the party workers. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe outsiders are putting enormous pressure on the Muslims as well. They have allegedly told the Muslims that they will give them full protection if they join BJP. An uneasy calm prevails in vast areas surrounding Bhatpara like Jagatdal, Kankinara, Naihati where most of the shops have downed shutters. The slum dwellers have kept themselves indoors. Despite the Chief Minister’s instructions, the police have taken a softer stand against the outsiders. Jyotipriya Mallick, TMC president, North 24-Parganas demanded that the outsiders should be arrested immediately. “Bhatpara is a peaceful area but the BJP is turning it into a trouble-torn zone. The police have been instructed to arrest the criminals,” he said.last_img read more

Unearthed Documents Reveal the DaytoDay Life of Mary Queen of Scots

first_imgA recently uncovered stack of 16th century documents sheds fresh light on the six-year rule of Mary, Queen of Scots. Mary is mostly remembered for her tragic romances and her imprisonment by her jealous English cousin, Queen Elizabeth I. She first married her first cousin Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, who was later found dead in suspicious circumstances — with the finger of blame being pointed at both her and her second husband, James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell, who may have married the queen against her will. Mary, Queen of ScotsThe new Scottish power couple didn’t last long. Catholics didn’t recognize the Protestant wedding ceremony or Bothwell’s divorce from his first wife, and as a Catholic queen unpopular with Scotland’s Protestant lords, Mary desperately needed their support. The pair were forced from the throne and Mary fled south to seek sanctuary with Elizabeth I.AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsAs the English queen had not married and had given birth to no heirs, Mary was, in fact, the next in line (she was descended from Elizabeth I’s grandfather, Henry VII, via Henry VIII’s sister Margaret Tudor). Tensions between the two rival queens, as well as the threat of Mary’s involvement in a Catholic plot to overthrow the staunchly Protestant Elizabeth I, resulted in Mary finally being beheaded on February 8, 1587. In the end, she spent 19 years imprisoned in various English castles at the mercy of the Queen of England — over three times as long as Mary’s actual reign as Queen of Scots.Queen Elizabeth at Wanstead HallThis tragic tale, packed with romance and revenge, has been told numerous times across film and television, most recently in the 2019 film Mary Queen of Scots in which the title character was played by Saoirse Ronan. Ronan joined a prestigious club of cinema’s finest, following in the footsteps of two Oscar winners: Katherine Hepburn (in 1936’s Mary of Scotland) and Vanessa Redgrave (in 1971’s Mary, Queen of Scots).This recently uncovered stash of 15 signed and dated handwritten state papers reveals the mundane reality of the queen’s role beyond the dynastic dramas that ultimately led to her demise.They detail new fortifications in Leith which guarded the approach to Edinburgh by the river, the rights of church deacons and tradesmen in the city of Edinburgh, licenses for the selling of meat at the Tolbooth — a crumbling Medieval structure that served varied civil roles — and the making of salt in Newhaven, which was once a village and port just outside of the city.Museum of Edinburgh. Photo by kim traynor CC BY-SA 2.0Two of the papers show watermarks when held up to the light — a flower and a goat. Both of these are common devices in Scottish heraldry, with the goat in particular found on the coats of arms belonging to prominent courtiers.Interestingly, some of the papers date from the time Mary was still resident in France, suggesting that her role in vital matters of state began as soon as she was old enough to play a part. Her father, King James IV, passed away in 1542 and at only six months old, she was Queen of Scots.Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots by François Clouet, c. 1558–1560With Scotland ruled by various regents, Mary spent most of her early life in the French court as part of an alliance between the two countries that was sealed by marriage to the French heir to the throne. Eventually, her husband became King Francis II, making her queen consort, and their reign lasted just over a year until he died from an abscess on his brain. Following his death, the 18-year old Mary returned to Scotland — a country she had not seen since she was five.Related Video: 12 Ye Olde Insults we could use todayThe papers were found in the storeroom of the Museum of Edinburgh, just a few hundred yards from the Palace of Holyroodhouse, which was Mary’s residence. Although they entered the council archives in the 1920s, they were forgotten until they were stumbled upon during conservation work nearly a century on. Curator Vicky Garrington told The Scotsman newspaper: “Together, the documents shed light on a key part of Scotland’s past. We all know the tragic story of Mary Queen of Scots, her eventful life and eventual execution in 1587, but in these documents we see a different side to Mary.Copy of Mary’s effigy. The original, by Cornelius Cure, is in Westminster Abbey. Photo by Kim Traynor CC BY-SA 3.0“Here, she can be seen carefully managing the everyday affairs of Edinburgh, both from France and Scotland. It’s fascinating to think of her reading through these official papers before carefully applying her signature.”Read another story from us: Betrayal upon Betrayal – The Sordid Plot to Overthrow Mary Queen of ScotsThe papers will remain in storage at the Museum of Edinburgh until they can be examined by conservation experts and researched by historians of the early modern period.last_img read more

VIDEO Buffalo newborn inducted into Bills Mafia with ceremonial table smashing

first_imgThe Bills Mafia is definitely among the league leaders in rowdy tailgating. It’s rite of passage for fans in Buffalo and not taken lightly. One dedicated mafia member decided to induct his newborn son into the life by executing the signature Buffalo table smash in the hospital shortly after coming into the world.The future Old Mil drinker successfully smashed the table and is now the youngest made man in Buffalo.Savage from Day 1 #billsmafia @TheBillsMafia @barstoolsports— Dominic Costanzo (@costanzodr) November 2, 2017 Advertisement In 20 years….#Bills fan jumps on table and catches fire. ? Fans pour there ?on him to save him.#BillsMafia #BuffaloBIlls— ?? (@StubOrder) October 23, 2017last_img

Why Investors Are Banking on This App to Curb Childhood Obesity

3 min read Joanna Strober didn’t want to play food police with her son, who was having issues with his weight. Nor did she want to put him on a restrictive diet. She researched various tools, such as Weight Watchers and MyFitnessPal, but found they were geared toward adults. So Strober, who spent two decades in venture capital and investment banking, decided to build a kid-friendly app and weight-management program to combat obesity and emphasize healthy lifestyle choices. She called her concept Kurbo Health.“We worked hard to make Kurbo exciting, interesting and stigma-free,” says the Palo Alto, Calif.-based entrepreneur.Since launching in 2013, the pediatric weight-management platform has raised $5.8 million in two rounds of funding from Signia Venture Partners, Data Collective and others. The app has been downloaded more than 10,000 times. Despite the much-reported epidemic of childhood obesity, Kurbo is a rare kid-focused alternative. Most weight-control programs for children are run at hospitals and require on-site visits, which can be an expensive and time-consuming option that many families can’t afford.“Why can’t I do this on a remote basis?” wondered Strober, Kurbo’s CEO. The company secured a coveted spot in San Francisco digital healthcare accelerator Rock Health in January 2014, one of the few pediatric-focused startups to be accepted. Joanna Strober of Kurbo Health.Photo (C) Tin Can PhotoThe Kurbo iOS and Android app uses behavior-modification science, based on research from Stanford’s Pediatric Weight Control Program, to help kids track and classify their food intake and exercise over a 12-week period. The app features game-style challenges that allow users to compete against one another to meet healthful goals. In addition to the app, which is free to download, members can opt to check in with a personal coach by text or email for $25 per month, or by phone or video for $75 per month. Kurbo reports that more than 80 percent of users who followed the program lost weight and/or lowered their body mass index. So far, 1,000 young people have enrolled in coaching.YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki was an early believer in Kurbo’s child-friendly program. “It’s extremely rare for me to invest in any startup,” says Wojcicki, who backed the July 2014 Series A round. “But with Kurbo, there was an opportunity to help solve one of the world’s biggest problems—childhood obesity—using mobile technology. As a mom with four kids, I’ve experienced firsthand how difficult it can be to get kids to understand and adopt healthy eating habits. Kurbo actually makes the process fun.”Strober’s plan is to partner with healthcare providers to make the platform “affordable to everyone.” A pilot program through a Medicaid provider launches later this year. “We are hoping over time that the providers will pay for Kurbo for the families in their health plans,” she says.But Kurbo isn’t intended to replace parental input, and Strober stresses the need for frank discussion with children about their health goals. “Parents say they’re going to hurt their child’s self-esteem if they talk about weight,” she says. “Anorexia is terrible, but talking to kids about their weight is not going to give them an eating disorder.”  Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global March 25, 2015 This story appears in the April 2015 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. read more

Help Astronauts Poop in Space

first_imgNovember 29, 2016 Everyone poops. But not everyone must do so while wearing a spacesuit in a complete vacuum.The NASA Tournament Lab (NTL) has launched a competition to crowdsource ideas for how astronauts can safely defecate inside a pressure suit.On the International Space Station, two toilets use a fan-driven suction system, which collects and stores solid waste until it can be disposed of. In case of emergency, crew members may be relegated to their suits, which provide clean air, shelter, water and enough nutrients to survive short-term (up to 6 days).This isn’t much of an issue, as the ISS operates only 250 miles above Earth — a three-hour-or-less trip home. But as NASA sets its sights on interstellar missions, new refuse tech is needed.”As humans push beyond low-earth orbit to travel to the moon and Mars, we will have many problems to solve — most of them very complex, technical problems,” NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio said in a video. “But some are as simple as ‘How do we go to the bathroom in space?'”The old standby solution — an absorbent diaper — works for liquid waste, but makes for an uncomfortable space walk if you have to go number two; given enough time, infection or sepsis can set in, harming or even killing astronauts.NASA last month launched its Space Poop Challenge on open prize platform Hero X, encouraging folks to design an in-suit system that collects human waste and routes it away from the body, hands-free. The solution will be incorporated into the orange Modified Advanced Crew Escape Suit (MACES), adapted for long-term missions of up to six days.”It isn’t glamorous, but it is necessary for survival,” Mastracchio said.Interested inventors have 21 days to enter for a chance to win $30,000 and bragging rights. The competition closes at 11:59 p.m. ET on Dec. 20; winners will be announced on Jan. 31.”Even though this technology is being developed for space flight, like many NASA technologies, it will have applications here on Earth,” Mastracchio said. “Your ideas may not only save a crew of astronauts, but many people here on Earth.” 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » This story originally appeared on PCMag Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

Aerosol Overcap Market with top Countries data Regional Growth Overview Technology

first_imgGet comprehensive research providing detailed regional analysis and growth outlook of the Aerosol Overcap Market in the latest research report added by Big Market Research.The report is an exhaustive analysis of this market across the world. It offers an overview of the market including its definition, applications, key drivers, key market players, key segments, and manufacturing technology. In addition, the study presents statistical data on the status of the market and hence is a valuable source of guidance for companies and individuals interested in the industry. Additionally, detailed insights on the company profile, product specifications, capacity, production value, and market shares for key vendors are presented in the report.The total market is further segmented based on company, country, and application/type for competitive landscape analysis. On the contrary, information on industry chain structure, emerging applications, and technological developments in the market makes the report a must-read document.Request for a Sample Copy of this Report @ report reveals detailed information about the global key players as well as some small players of the Aerosol Overcapsector.The information for each competitor includes:Company ProfileMain Business InformationSWOT AnalysisSales, Revenue, Price and Gross MarginMarket ShareThese insights help determine the strength of competition and take the necessary steps to obtain a leading position in the Aerosol Overcap industry.Additionally, the research provides a detailed analysis of the key segments of the market with the help of charts and tables. An overview of each market segment such as type, application, and region are also provided in the report. These insights help in understanding the global trends in the Aerosol Overcap industry and form strategies to be implemented in the future.The market across various regions is analyzed in the report, including North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA. The report manifests the growth trends and future opportunities in every region. Additionally, the research provides a list of leading market players active in the Aerosol Overcap industry.The key players explored in the industry include:* Aptar Group* BERICAP* Berry Plastics* Cobra Plastics* Dubuque Plastics* eStyle Caps& ClosuresThe study clearly reveals that the Aerosol Overcap industry has attained remarkable growth since 2024. This research report is prepared based on an in-depth analysis of the market by experts. As a final point, stakeholders, investors, product managers, marketing executives, and other professionals seeking unbiased data on supply, demand, and future forecasts would find the report valuable.Avail the Discount on this Report @ Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports of various domains across the world . Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.We are instrumental in providing quantitative and qualitative insights on your area of interest by bringing reports from various publishers at one place to save your time and money. A lot of organizations across the world are gaining profits and great benefits from information gained through reports sourced by us.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

Ramme a crossplatform desktop Instagram client

first_imgRamme, a cross-platform desktop Instagram client by Martin Brinkmann on August 29, 2016 in Internet – Last Update: August 29, 2016 – 1 commentRamme is a third-party cross-platform Instagram client for the desktop that lets you manage your Instagram account and explore images posted to the service.The program is available for Windows, Linux and Mac computer systems. If you download the Windows version, you simply extract the archive once the download completes and run Ramme.exe to get started.You need to sign in using Facebook or your Instagram account before you may use any feature the Instagram client offers.Once done, the feed is loaded automatically. The program displays options on the left for you to explore.Search is probably one of the most interesting options that Ramme supports. Click on the search icon to get started, and then on the search field that opens.You may use the form to search for people or tags. The program lists suggestions as you type, and you need to pick one of those to explore the stream.If you picked a tag, top posts and most recent posts are displayed on the next page. You may click on any image thumbnail to display it in full, and even watch videos right away in the client.Videos are listed with a camera symbol in the upper right corner so that you know what is what before you click.Ramme displays twenty or so thumbnail images per page. If there are more, you may click on the load more button to load them so that you end up with stream of images on a single page.Instagram is all about social interaction, following, liking and leaving comments, and you may do so too using the program.This works pretty much as you would expect it to work. Click on the follow button to send a follow request, on the heart symbol to like the post, and on add comment to post a comment of your own.You may check the people that you follow and that follow you with a click on the people icon in the interface. From there it is possible to stop the following, or explore a user’s Instagram feed to check it out.There is also the heart icon which displays new social interactions (followed you), and lists when Facebook friends start to use Instagram.The one thing that Ramme does not support is uploading photos to Instagram. That’s apparently against Instagram policies and will likely never be added to the program. Photo upload is still listed as under consideration on the GitHub project page.Also, stories support is considered. The next versions of Ramme will introduce pull to refresh and notifications support.Closing WordsRamme is a well designed desktop client for Instagram that you can run on Windows, Linux and Mac devices. It lets you interact with others on Instagram, and explore feeds and photos posted to the service.One bug that I encountered was that going back one too often using the back button made me land on Facebook (which I used to sign in), with no option to go back to Instagram.One more thing, the Electron process would not stop after closing Ramme. If you experience the same, kill it using the Task Manager.Summary12345 Author Rating1 based on 1 votes Software Name RammeSoftware Category MultimediaLanding Page Advertisementlast_img read more

DTube is more than a YouTube alternative

first_imgDTube is more than a YouTube alternative by Martin Brinkmann on March 02, 2018 in Music and Video – 47 commentsYouTube is the world’s largest video hosting platform but will it keep its position or will it drop in user popularity? And if it does, which service will pick the number one spot then?DTube is a decentralized video platform that utilizes the Blockchain and P2P technology. The first thing that I noticed when I visited the start page of the platform was that it listed Dollar amounts underneath each video.The main interface of DTube displays hot, trending and watched videos on the start page. You can run searches, or use the menu to explore trending tags and account related listings such as the “watch later” or “watch again” video lists.A click on a video opens it in the interface and videos start automatically or manually. So far, no difference to how sites like YouTube operate.Some videos may take a moment before they start, but I’m not entirely sure if that is a DTube issue or was caused on my end.DTube raises some questions:How is DTube content monetized if there are no ads (there are no ads)?Where are videos hosted?Are there restrictions in regards to videos that you can upload to the service?How are videos ranked?DTube is an ad-free platform. It uses the Steem blockchain to keep records. STEEM’s advantages over comparable blockchain solutions is that it is entirely free. This means that users don’t have to make initial deposits and that there are no transaction fees. Videos uploaded to DTube earn Steem crypto-currency rewards for seven days. DTube uses decentralized storage powered by IPFS to store videos.Video publishers are not the only users who earn money on DTube. Users who leave comments may earn money too.Content creators may create accounts on DTube and upload videos to the service. DTube supports regular, and NSFW videos; the latter is hidden by default but can be unlocked with a click on the settings icon and the NSFW Videos > Show in the menu that opens when you do.The service claims that there is no content moderation (manual or through algorithms) by the makers of the service and that users are in control by using the upvote/downvote functionality. The reliance on users to moderate content works right now. You don’t find unpleasant videos showcased under trending or hot videosWhat about downsides? There is not too much content on the video platform yet. While the situation improves with every passing month, content is nowhere near the level of YouTube or other popular video hosting sites.Closing WordsDTube gets a lot of things right. It is a decentralized platform without censorship or algorithms that artificially change the rankings if videos. It is ad-free, but creators and users may still earn revenue when they interact with the service.The main downside right now is that it lacks content. It offers a good selection of content in niche categories such as cryptocurrency but lacks content in other areas such as gaming, fitness, or music. You will find videos but not the sheer mass of content that is uploaded to YouTube every day.Now You: Which video platform do you favor, and why?SummaryArticle NameDTube is more than a YouTube alternativeDescriptionDTube is a decentralized video platform that utilizes the Blockchain and P2P technology that anyone may upload videos to and watch videos on.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more