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Monthly Archives: August 2019

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AMD announces a wireless videostreaming display system

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2010 PhysOrg.com AMD and ViVu recently demonstrated for the first time a next-generation, HD content streaming solution. The most promising use of this technology is in the application of streaming video telepresence in HD. “Leading-edge video applications, such as those developed by ViVu, are exactly the type of immersive experiences we designed AMD Fusion APUs to enable,” said Manju Hegde, corporate vice president, AMD Fusion Experience Program said in the release. “Until now, streaming of HD telepresence-quality video was not possible without additional cables or hardware. We received an overwhelmingly positive response to our collaboration with ViVu at CES, and look forward to seeing this solution in market to the clear benefit of consumers and businesses alike in the near future.”The technology was on display at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The wireless HD video streaming solution is expected to be available for consumers later in 2011, but no details have been give as to a more specific release date. has, with the assistance of videoconferencing software maker ViVu, entered the wireless video-streaming game display arena. The display, has been informally nick-name of the AMD Wireless TV, since the technology has no formal product name at this time.The setup goes something like this. The display can take streaming 720p HD content from an AMD-powered notebook using the 802.11n Wi-Fi standard. The software needed to make the stream work is a combination of Adobe Flash Player, and ViVu’s prototype software, which is based on AMD’s proprietary MXTP technology. The software can also be arranged to work with devices ranging from TVs to tablets and even projectors. The software will work with a wide variety of formats, from video to documents, giving it a mix of use for the home and for the office. The most promising use of this technology is in the application of streaming video telepresence in HD. “Leading-edge video applications, such as those developed by ViVu, are exactly the type of immersive experiences we designed AMD Fusion APUs to enable,” said Manju Hegde, corporate vice president, AMD Fusion Experience Program said in the release. “Until now, streaming of HD telepresence-quality video was not possible without additional cables or hardware. We received an overwhelmingly positive response to our collaboration with ViVu at CES, and look forward to seeing this solution in market to the clear benefit of consumers and businesses alike in the near future.”The technology was on display at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The wireless HD video streaming solution is expected to be available for consumers later in 2011, but no details have been give as to a more specific release date. Explore further More information: www.amd.com/us/press-releases/ … aming-2011feb16.aspxcenter_img (PhysOrg.com) — AMD has, with the assistance of videoconferencing software maker ViVu, entered the wireless video-streaming display arena. The display, has been informally nick-name of the AMD Wireless TV, since the technology has no formal product name at this time. Citation: AMD announces a wireless video-streaming display system (2011, February 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-02-amd-wireless-video-streaming.html AMD showcases ‘Llano’ Fusion APU The setup goes something like this. The display can take streaming 720p HD content from an AMD-powered notebook using the 802.11n Wi-Fi standard. The software needed to make the stream work is a combination of Adobe Flash Player, and ViVu’s prototype software, which is based on AMD’s proprietary MXTP technology. The software can also be arranged to work with devices ranging from TVs to tablets and even projectors. The software will work with a wide variety of formats, from video to documents, giving it a mix of use for the home and for the office.last_img read more

Researchers stop and store light for 60 seconds

first_img Journal information: Physical Review Letters 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 Citation: Researchers stop and store light for 60 seconds (2013, July 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-07-seconds.html © 2013 Phys.org More information: Physical Review Letters DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.111.033601 In 1999 a team of researchers was able to slow light to just 17 meters per second. That led to another team devising a means for stopping its travel altogether in 2001, albeit for just a fraction of a second. Another team was able to increase that time to 16 seconds just a few months ago. In this new effort, the team in Germany has increased that time to a full minute.Stopping light and holding it in place, then releasing it is an important step towards the creation of a quantum repeater, a necessary component of a future quantum computer. Light carrying data must be held for a time then retransmitted to a destination based on data it’s carrying.To stop light and hold it the researchers started with a crystal that doesn’t normally transmit light at all. They cooled it to a very low temperature then fired a laser at it to cause a quantum superposition of two states, making it transparent for a precise range of frequencies. Next, they fired another laser through the now transparent crystal while turning off its transparency, trapping the light from the laser inside. They found they were able to hold the light in place for up to 60 seconds. Using the same technique the team found they were able to hold a pattern of light (three stripes) in place for the same amount of time. An analogy might be shining a flashlight into a dark room through a door, then shutting the door, waiting for a minute than opening a door on the other side of the room to let the light out. For light to be held, it has to be stopped, and that’s what the team did with their crystal and lasers.The researchers report that their findings suggest longer light-holding times should be attainable using other crystals. In order to apply their technique in a real-world computer, however, a way will have to be found to allow for holding then transmitting light at room temperature. Researchers use DNA origami technique to build nanoantennas with docking sites A team of researchers at Germany’s University of Darmstadt has succeeded in causing light to stop and then to be held in place for 60 seconds. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the researchers describe how they achieved this feat and how their technique might be used in possible future applications.last_img read more

Researchers conduct chemical analysis of six extremely metalpoor star candidates

first_img Explore further Extremely metal-poor stars (EMPs) are generally perceived by astronomers as the relics of the early chemical evolution of the Milky Way galaxy. They can be crucial in advancing the knowledge of the nature of the first stars that formed in the universe as their chemical composition is an important tool for constraining the nucleosynthesis in the first generation of stars.Thus, a group of scientists led by Patrick Francois of the Paris Observatory in France has performed a chemical analysis of a sample of new EMP candidates from the SDSS DR12. They chose six stars from the database and obtained medium resolution spectra of these objects utilizing the X-Shooter spectrograph at ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile. The observations resulted in determining chemical abundances of these stars.”From the recent analysis of SDSS DR12 data, we have detected new extremely metal-poor candidates that have never been observed at high resolution. In this article, we report the detailed analysis of six new extremely metal-poor candidates observed with the X-Shooter spectrograph installed on Kueyen at the ESO Very Large Telescope (VLT) on Cerro Paranal in Chile,” the researchers wrote in the paper.Metallicity of the six studied stars ranges from -5.0 to -3.5 [Fe/H], while their effective temperature is between 6,050 and 6,530 K.The researchers found that three stars of the six described in the paper are calcium (Ca) poor. They noted that the magnesium to iron (Fe) abundance ratios of this trio also appears rather low.The authors report that five stars of the sample show abundance ratios typical for metal-poor stars in the metallicity range between -3.5 and -2.0. However, one dwarf star in the sample, designated SDSS J002314.00+030758.0 (or SDSS J0023+0307 for short), showcases abundance anomalies. The scientists found that it has remarkably high magnesium (Mg) and calcium abundances.”We can see that the star SDSS J002314.00+030758.0 stands out, revealing very high overabundances of Mg and Ca sharing this peculiarity with Keller’s star (SMSS J031300-670839.3) and to a lesser extent Depagne’s star (CS 22949-037),” the paper reads.According to the researchers, the anomalies found in SDSS J0023+0307 suggest different channels for the enrichment of the gas that formed most metal-poor stars observed today.The scientists concluded that several different astrophysical processes could be behind such anomalies in SDSS J0023+0307, which include the explosions of supernovae and very rapid rotation of stars. However, more chemical studies of extremely metal-poor stars are needed to determine the most plausible hypothesis. 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. An international team of researchers has conducted a chemical study of six new very metal-poor star candidates in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Data Release 12 (SDSS DR12). The new research, available in a paper published August 29 on the arXiv pre-print repository, could help researchers better understand the early stages of chemical evolution of the galaxy. Citation: Researchers conduct chemical analysis of six extremely metal-poor star candidates (2018, September 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-chemical-analysis-extremely-metal-poor-star.html Astronomers identify a mega metal-poor dwarf star X-Shooter spectra of the stars centered on the magnesium triplet. The continuum of the three spectra located in the lower part of the plot has been shifted downward for clarity. The vertical lines indicate the location of the magnesium absorption lines. Credit: Francois et al., 2018. More information: Chemical analysis of very metal-poor turn-off stars from SDSS-DR12, arXiv:1808.09918 [astro-ph.GA] arxiv.org/abs/1808.09918AbstractThe most metal-poor stars are the relics of the early chemical evolution of the Galaxy. Their chemical composition is an important tool to constrain the nucleosynthesis in the first generation of stars. The aim is to observe a sample of extremely metal-poor star (EMP stars) candidates selected from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Data Release 12 (SDSS DR12) and determine their chemical composition. We obtain medium resolution spectra of a sample of six stars using the X-Shooter spectrograph at the Very Large Telescope (VLT) and we used ATLAS models to compute the abundances. Five stars of the sample have a metallicity [Fe/H] between -2.5 dex and -3.2 dex. We confirm the recent discovery of SDSS J002314.00+030758.0. As a star with an extremely low [Fe/H] ratio. Assuming the alpha-enhancement [Ca/Fe]=+0.4 dex, we obtain [Fe/H]=-6.1 dex. We could also determine its magnesium abundance and found that this star exhibits a very high ratio [Mg/Fe] >= +3.60~dex assuming [Fe/H] = -6.13 dex. We determined the carbon abundance and found A(C)=6.4 dex. From this carbon abundance, this stars belongs to the lower band of the A(C)-[Fe/H] diagram. © 2018 Phys.orglast_img read more

Researchers find a way to synthesize small cyclodextrins

first_img Journal information: Science Cyclodextrins (CDs) are linked sugars that form in a way that leaves an open cavity, generally as a ring—chemists have found various ways to fill the cavities with other useful molecules, which often allows them to bind to small hydrophobic molecules. Once bound, they become trapped, making the CDs soluble. Each of the rings has its own name depending on the number of sugars, such as octamers or hexamers. Pharmaceutical and other chemical companies have exploited CDs to make a wide variety of consumer products and medicines. CDs in common use are typically made from six to eight sugars, but chemists would like to make new products that use smaller rings with just three or four sugars (CD3 and CD4). Unfortunately, there has not been a way to create such small cyclodextrins until now. In this new effort, the researchers in Japan found a way to solve the problems that other researchers encountered, revealing how to create new products based on small cyclodextrins.To create the small cyclodextrins, the researchers used linkers to create building blocks. The building blocks served to alter the sugar conformation—more specifically, the linkers pushed the monomers into having a balanced preference between multiple possible shapes. This behavior is called suppleness. The researchers forced suppleness by physically connecting each linker with two of the sugar alcohol groups, which resulted in the creation of another ring. That allowed the team to overcome the high strain between the bonds that held the sugars together—a problem that has prevented their creation in the past.Cyclodextrins are mainly used to make drugs, but other applications have included agriculture products and environmental engineering. Their popularity is mostly attributable to their safety—they are all non-toxic. Because of their history, it is likely that the new, smaller cyclodextrins will be used in similar applications. Structures of CDs and key elements enabled synthesis of 3 and 4. (A) Because of the strained glucopyranose-rings in 3 and 4, their existence was considered implausible. (B) Conception of the EDB bridge and the α-selective glycosylation attributed to the EDB bridge. The α-selective glycosylation using 5, which possesses the 3,6-O-o-xylylene bridge, lacked clarity and effectiveness. A desire to improve the reaction led to the 3,6-O-EDB-bridged 8. Glycosylation reaction with 8 proceeded efficiently with α-selectivity. (C) Suppled pyranose by formation of the 3,6-O-EDB bridge. Because the conformation of the EDB-bridged compounds is not constant, we hesitated to adopt the conventional notation of carbohydrates based on the chair form. For the synthesis of 8 to 12, see SM-9–14. For the determination of each conformation, see SM-8–14. Cp, cyclopentadienyl; EDB, 1,1′-(ethane-1,2-diyl)dibenzene-2,2′-bis(methylene); MS, molecular sieves. Credit: Science (2019). DOI: 10.1126/science.aaw3053 More information: Daiki Ikuta et al. Conformationally supple glucose monomers enable synthesis of the smallest cyclodextrins, Science (2019). DOI: 10.1126/science.aaw3053 Citation: Researchers find a way to synthesize small cyclodextrins (2019, April 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-small-cyclodextrins.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.center_img Separation a sweet success A team of researchers at Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan has found a way to synthesize small cyclodextrins (types of cyclic oligosaccharides) for the first time. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group outlines their strategy and describe how well it worked. © 2019 Science X Network Explore furtherlast_img read more

Tusker terror One killed one injured in separate attacks

first_imgKolkata: A 60-year-old man was trampled to death by an elephant at Ratanpur area of Narayangarh in West Midnapore on Tuesday. In a separate incident, another victim was injured in the attack of an elephant at Belda in the same district.Police said that the deceased, Bholanath Singh (60), a resident of Ratanpur area, was going inside the forest when a tusker suddenly appeared before him. The victim tried to flee but failed to do so. The wild tusker trampled him. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsWhen some of his family members went searching for him, they found the victim lying in a pool of blood. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, where the doctors declared him brought dead.According to a district forest official, a herd of elephants entered the Ratanpur forest area on Monday night. After being informed, the Forest department officials reached the spot to drive away the elephants. The local villagers were also cautioned not to enter the forest. The district forest official said that some elephants were also roaming free at Belda area of the district. Another person, identified as Suren Singh, a resident of Podiachak area of Belda, received injuries in an elephant attack. He was taken to the Belda Village Primary Health Centre. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe Forest department has assured compensation to the family members of the deceased. They have started a search operation to drive the wild animals into the core forest.Despite several initiatives taken by the Forest department, the incidents of elephants entering areas of human habitation continues unabated.The state Forest department has already introduced a specially equipped vehicle, ‘Airavat’ in forest adjoining areas of the districts, to prevent the wild tuskers from entering into areas of human habitation. ‘Airavat’ is a big van equipped with tranquilisers, rifles, hooters, public address systems, four halogen lights and chains.last_img read more

EC issues stern warning over hate speeches

first_imgWith the declaration of the Assembly poll schedule on Monday, the Model Code of Conduct came into force in the capital with Delhi’s chief electoral office forming different committees to look into electoral issues.Warning political leaders against making hate speeches, the Election Commission on Monday said there will be strict and “ruthless” enforcement of the Model Code of Conduct during Delhi polls and it will have zero tolerance against such occurrences. Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreIn the Assembly poll, voting will take place in 11,763 polling booths in 2527 locations across the city. As per the electoral roll published till January 5, the total number of voters in the city have been estimated at 1,30,85,251 out of which 72,60,633 are men and 58,24,618 are women voters. The Assembly election in Delhi, being touted as a direct contest between BJP and AAP, will be held on 7 February. Counting of votes for the election to the 70-member Assembly will be held on 10 February . Also Read – Man who cheated 20 women on matrimonial websites arrested“We have formed different committees, including expenditure committee, at the level of districts to look into all matters ralated to elections. We will soon be imparting training to our staff in a phased-manner,” Delhi’s Chief Electoral Officer Chandra Bhushan Kumar said.The notification for the polls will be issued by the Lieutenant-Governor on January 14 while the last date for filing nominations is January 21. The date of scrutiny is 22 January , while candidates can withdraw from the electoral battle by January 24.last_img read more

Rise and write

first_imgAnd Still I Rise is a gender re-education programme using art and the written word. An exhibition and a series of 10 workshops will be organised, designed and delivered in which up to 20 teenage girls will be encouraged to write letters about their aspirations. The Exhibition will showcase a collection that will focus on a hopeful determination to rise above difficulty and discouragement. This is a central theme of the exhibition and education programme, which aims to provide hope against stereotyping by raising awareness of gender discrimination and the impact of gender stereotyping on limiting opportunities for women worldwide. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Anand Kapoor and Elizabeth Rogers have curated the exhibition for Creative Services Support Group, based on one of Maya Angelou’s most famous collection of poems – And Still I Rise. The Exhibition will feature the writings of young women in India and from around the world and bring together the similarities and differences; the hopes and dreams; the ambitions; with focus on the evolving role of the woman in the future. The artworks reinforce the power of the written word across languages and cultural realms, and the inherent energy of art to transform beings and enrich their lives.last_img read more

Foreign Trade Policy soon Nirmala

first_img“Yes, I am conscious that the FTP (2014-19) was due even as of April 1, last year. Hopefully, we will come out (with FTP) soon,” Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told reporters here. The minister said that the delay in announcement of FTP is not the reason for declining exports. “I differ from this view. Even when the FTP was explicit and was there in place between 2009 and 2014 exports suffered,” she said. However, Sitharaman added that a policy in place helps in giving direction. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cash”A policy in place does help because you are able to identify sectors,” she added. Talking about the delay in unveiling of the policy, she said that the new five year FTP requires comprehensive deliberations on various sectors and exporting destinations. “The new policy needs to be out of the box and it has to support India’s exports in terms of looking at sectors and their capability and new and traditional markets of the world…so a comprehensive exercise of how to help exports, how better focus on areas which have great potential for India’s exports have to be worked out in great details, she said. The ministry has done an extensive job on it, she said. The foreign trade policy, which is usually announced in April, provides guidelines for enhancing exports with the overall objective of pushing economic growth and generating employment.Under the policy, the government gives fiscal incentives to exporters under different schemes such as Market Access Initiative, Marketing Development Assistance, Vishesh Krishi and Gram Udyog Yojana.last_img read more

Malay De to take stock of Bengals roads in meet

first_imgKolkata: In a bid to ensure that people do not face inconvenience due to poor road condition during monsoon, Chief Secretary Malay De will be holding a high level meeting to take stock of the condition of roads in the state.The meeting is scheduled to be held on Friday in the state secretariat and all concerned officials, including senior engineers from the state Public Works Department (PWD), will be present in the meeting.There are around 2,200 roads under the PWD, measuring around 15,400 km. Recently, the PWD has also taken up roads measuring around 3,000 km from Zilla Parishads, for their widening and strengthening. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAll executive engineers of the PWD, including those of its National Highway wing, were directed to send a report on the condition of all roads under their jurisdiction and it was directed that the report should reach the concerned official within July 5.Concerned superintendent engineers were also requested to “pursue the matter”.The executive engineers have to provide actual length and width of the roads and whether the condition at present is good, moderate or bad. They also have to mention if any tender has been floated or sanctioned to carry out repair work of any stretch of road till June 30. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPBased on the report, the discussion in the meeting will be held. There will also be discussion to decide if work needs to be carried out for any road.It has been learnt that the top brass of the PWD had reviewed the condition of the roads in April. Now, the Chief Secretary is going to review the entire situation and wouldsuggest steps that need to be taken.It may be mentioned that the condition of roads has improved in the past seven years, with a series of projects taken up by the Mamata Banerjee government since 2011. Both in the urban and rural parts of the state, road condition has improved and for the first time ever in the history of Bengal, roads in villages have also been concretised. Steps have also been taken to construct 27,000 new rural roads.Apart from constructing new roads that ensure a development of infrastructure, the state government also maintains vigil to know if any stretch of road is in poor condition and the repairing work is taken up on an immediate basis, so that people do not face any problem.last_img read more

Jaldapara Forest dept to check elephant deaths

first_imgSiliguri: The Jaldapara Forest department will take steps to prevent death of elephants in the locality.The Forest department called for a meeting in Madarihut district of Alipurduar near Jaldapara Forest. Chiranjeet Pal, the forest beat officer of Jaldapara National Park, Uttam Sharma and other members of the Panchayat Sabha, including the locals were present in the meeting.”The forest area comprises many elephants and they are a valuable asset to us. Thus, we have to be responsible in order to save them from the frequently occurring fatal accidents,” said Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeDifferent awareness projects on the prevention of fatal accidents of the pachyderms had been discussed in the meeting.Any elephant, if noticed, to cross the rail line especially during the night should be immediately reported to the Forest department.In case of the late arrival of the personnel, locals are requested to signal the loco pilot with the help of a torch so that they decelerate the train speed.”There have been a number of meetings between the Electricity and Forest departments over the issue of elephant deaths due to electrocution and we are trying our best to come up with a solution,” a source in the Forest department said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe area has witnessed many accidents of the pachyderms.The man-animal conflict is on the rise in North Bengal due to the unchecked expansion of human activities in the natural habitats. This has increased elephant deaths. “We hope that different awareness projects on saving the forest lives will decline the death rate of the animals. Both the government and the department are planning more projects to save the forest ecosystem,” the source added.last_img read more

Nitish expresses concern over devolution

first_img“I thank you for expressing an unwavering commitment of the Union government towards the overall development of Bihar and betterment of its people. However, a lot is desired in deeds, which, it seems, doesn’t appear to be forthcoming,” he said in a letter to the Union Finance Minister on Wednesday.Claiming that the state government’s concern over the proposed devolution on the basis of 14th Finance Commission recommendations has not been assuaged, Kumar claimed Bihar had been let down by the horizontal distribution of funds under the divisible pool of resources as per the 14th Finance Commission recommendations. Also Read – Punjab on alert after release of excess water from Bhakra dam“Statistically, it appears that the allocation recommended by the 14th Finance Commission out of the divisible pool is 136 per cent more than what was allocated by the 13th Finance Commission, but both the allocation figures are not comparable at all,” the Chief Minister said.The commission itself has noted that since there was little scope to increase the share of aggregate transfers from the Union Government to the states, all that it has done is to suggest compositional shift in the total transfers, the Chief Minister said. Also Read – Union Min doubts ‘vote count’ in Bareilly, seeks probeElaborating, he said that as regards vertical distribution under the 13th Finance Commission, the size of the divisible pool of resources was 32 per cent of the net tax revenue receipts of the Union Government, but there were other transfers through grants-in-aid to the states.Under the 14th Finance Commission, the divisible pool of resources has undoubtedly become larger at 42 per cent of the net tax revenue receipts of the Centre, but all other transfers to the states would be less which the Commission itself has noted, Kumar said and claimed that component-wise comparison of different transfer figures was bound to be misleading. “We ought to compare only total transfers to the state. The impact of changes in vertical transfer patterns is similar in all states. But, whether the recommendations are fair to Bihar can be judged only by analysing the horizontal distribution pattern,” he pointed out. The chief minister wrote in his letter, “A decrease in the share of divisible pool of taxes for Bihar from 10.92 per cent to 9.67 per cent is not insignificant, but a sizable reduction of 1.25 percentage point. The reasons for the decrease in allocation are surprising and untenable.”last_img read more

BJP distorting history to divide CM

first_imgCooch Behar/Darjeeling: “Bengal will never bow her head. Those who are jealous of this state need to learn from Bengal. We will not allow Bengal to become an Assam. Do not disturb the people with your divisive politics. We stand for inclusiveness.” The message was strong and clear from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who addressed a public programme in Cooch Behar on Tuesday.Training guns at the BJP, Banerjee asked the people not to fall prey to their false assurances. “Which political party runs the government in Assam, Gujarat? The same political party has struck off names of 40 lakh genuine voters from the National Register of Citizens (NRC). There had been reports of suicides by people who found their names missing from the draft. I wonder what their counterpart (BJP Bengal unit) here will have to say about this,” retorted Banerjee. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe Chief Minister assured that there will be no rerun of Assam in Bengal. “Bengalis are being driven out from Assam while Biharis are being driven out from Gujarat. However, Bengal welcomes all with open arms. We do not differentiate between caste, creed, colour, language or religion. Bengal will stand by anyone fighting for their rights,” she stated. The country’s history and culture do not promote “sectarianism or bigotry”, she said and maintained: “Those trying to distort our secular history should know that the people of Bengal will neither encourage nor allow divisive politics.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedBanerjee further added: “Gandhiji, Nazrul Islam, Swami Vivekananda, Netaji did not adhere to divisions. Attempts are being made to change history. Attempts are being made to make people forget about Gandhi and Ambedkar. We cannot allow this.” Speaking on unity, Banerjee stated: “We might have linguistic barriers along with other differences including a variety of traditions and customs but we have the same heart; the same blood runs through our veins. We have to live as one and work as one.” The Chief Minister further maintained: “The Left Front left us a loan of Rs 50,000 crore which we are still paying. The BJP led Union government did not write it off. We could have undertaken so many development projects with this amount.” Banerjee added: “In Bengal, we have allocated nearly Rs 6,000 crore for various development schemes… Our schemes have been universally acclaimed. You (BJP) should learn from us.” She also stated that she lives up to her commitments. “We do not believe in laying foundation stones (Shilanyas) and forgetting about the projects like the earlier government. They were famous for that. You cannot do what we do. It is my challenge,” she added.last_img read more

Whose Theatre is it anyway

first_imgFor all the theatre lovers out there, National School of Drama (NSD) is yet again introducing its 19th Bharat Rang Mahotsav – an International Drama Festival of India. In this 21 day festival, theatre lovers of 6 indian cities including New Delhi, Kurukshetra, Pune, Agartala, Hyderababd and Patna would be treated to scintillating performances across India. NSD will have some serious and pertinent discussions like ‘Whose Theatre is it anyway?’ as a part of world Theatre Forum. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThis years’ schedule features 94 theatre performances by renowned theatre groups from different parts of India and 15 foreign productions. These performances in their various forms on the same platform promises theatre aficionados watching these productions to be entertained, educated, enlightened and enriched by these performances. This edition of International Drama Festival will reflect the various facets of Indian theatre like classical, moderns, Indian narratives and folk performances to the audience. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAs a part of concerted effort by NSD to take the best of theatre performances across India this year, Parallel Festivals of Bharat Rang Mahotsav 2017 will travel to 5 Indian cities of Kurukshetra (February 3 to 8), Agartala (February 5 to 10), Patna (February 7 to 12 ), Pune (February 9 to 14 ) and Hyderabad (February 11 to 16 ). The performances of Bharat Rang Mahotsav 2017, commencing on February 1 and culminating on February 21, will be held at Abhimanch, Open Air Theatre, Bahumukh and Sammukh at the NSD Campus as well as LTG Auditorium, Kamani Auditorium and Shri Ram centre for performing arts at Mandi House, New Delhi.The fare also includes exhibitions, installations, and interactive sessions with directors and performers for the general public and professionals, a vibrant theatre café, open forums and meetings. Ambience will set your mood and wide range of performances will add colour to the NSD Campus with an interesting approach to enjoy theatre bazaar like no other.last_img read more

Speeding truck mows down 8yearold

first_imgKolkata: Tension ran high among the local residents at Ariadaha in North 24-Parganas on Wednesday morning after an 8-year-old boy was mowed down by a speeding truck.Some local residents started an agitation to protest the incident and later they put up a road blockade near Belghoria flyover. They protested against the rash driving of vehicles that often lead to road accidents, alleged a local resident. The victim, Arghya Sil, was a Class-III student of a local primary school in Belghoria. He was going to his private tutor along with his grandmother, when the truck hit him from behind on Belghoria flyover. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe eyewitnesses told the police that the truck was moving at a high speed as a result the driver could not control the vehicle. The victim died at the spot. The driver of the vehicle managed to flee immediately after the accident. An irate mob ransacked the vehicle. An altercation also broke out between the local residents and the police who reached the spot after the accident. The traffic movement in the area came to a standstill following the incident. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe agitation was later lifted through the intervention of the senior police officers. The body of the victim was sent for the postmortem examination. Police are conducting raids to nab the driver of the vehicle. In a separate incident, Arun Das (61), a resident of Charakdanga road suffered serious injuries after a state-owned bus on its way to the city from Mayapur hit him at the crossing of Raja Dinendra Street and Vivekananda road. Local residents rushed him to the RG Kar Medical College and Hospital where he has been undergoing treatment. According to a hospital source, the injuries of the victim are serious. Police have seized the bus while the driver is at large. A detailed probe has been initiated in both the incidents.last_img read more

Undiscovered Sphinx Found by Egyptian Road Workers

first_imgIf there is one thing that most people can say about the Great Sphinx of Giza, a 240-foot-long carved limestone statue with a lion’s body and a human’s head, is that it’s unique. But what if another one exists?Road work in Luxor came to a halt in early August 2018 after workers accidentally found a similar statue, which they described as having a “lion’s body with a human head.” The roadwork was being done to link the temple complexes of Luxor and Karnak — believed to date to around 1400 BC – and was supposed to be finished this year. The discovery of the statue is changing the project timeline.The Karnak Temple, Egypt.Mohamed Abel Aziz, the Director General of Antiquities, said the structure in question has yet to be removed from the ground, and remains embedded in soil until it can be properly excavated. No photographs have yet been released and it is unclear how large it is.The Great Sphinx partly under the sand, c. 1870s.The famous one, the Great Sphinx, is believed to have been built as long ago as 2500 BC, during the reign of Pharoah Khafra.In ancient Egypt, the sphinx was regarded as a symbol of royalty, with pharaohs having their likenesses carved onto the body of a lion-esque creature to connect to the deity Sekhmet, usually depicted as a lioness.Sekhmet, a lion-headed goddess in the ancient Egyptian pantheon. Based on New Kingdom tomb paintings. Photo by Jeff Dahl CC BY-SA 4.0Authorities are saying that the new statue was most likely carved for someone of the highest status. It could be more than 4,000 years old.But this discovery is also triggering speculations about the essential mysteries of the Great Sphinx. Some say the giant statue located in Giza contains an entrance to a secret underground city that is being concealed by Egyptian authorities.Statue of Pharaoh Khafre (Khefren), probably from Memphis, now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. Photo by Juan R. Lazaro CC BY 2.0The other mystery relates to a mythical “Second Sphinx.” The ancients wrote that sphinxes usually appear in pairs, next to or opposite each other, and so some say the second one would have been built on the opposite bank of the Nile, in order to represent the dividing line between Northern and Southern Egypt.Luxor Temple is a large Ancient Egyptian temple complex located on the east bank of the Nile River.The Smithsonian magazine wrote about the Great Sphinx that it “was not assembled piece by piece but was carved from a single mass of limestone exposed when workers dug a horseshoe-shaped quarry in the Giza plateau.”The Great Sphinx was carved from a single mass of limestone.“Approximately 66 feet tall and 240 feet long, it is one of the largest and oldest monolithic statues in the world…Nobody knows its original name. Sphinx is the human-headed lion in ancient Greek mythology; the term likely came into use some 2,000 years after the statue was built. There are hundreds of tombs at Giza with hieroglyphic inscriptions dating back some 4,500 years, but not one mentions the statue.”The Great Sphinx partially excavated, c. 1878.Many experts agree that it was built by Pharaoh Khafra, who ruled Egypt during the Old Kingdom, which began around 2600 B.C. Khafra’s reign was from 2558 to 2532 BC. It is credited to him because the creature’s face resembles his as it appears in statues. There are also clues in the way it was carved.Disturbing occasions when ancient Egyptian curses seemed to come trueOne theory is that while searching for material to build the pharaoh a pyramid, workers uncovered a large mass of rock that had the dimensions for a giant sphinx and so carved the statue from it.Some Egyptologists and researchers, however, believe it is older than during the time of Pharaoh Khafra. The 19th century English Egyptologist E. Wallis Budge declared that the Sphinx was much older than Khafra’s time and could have been created in the Early Dynastic Period or even earlier.King Khafra. In Ägyptisches Museum Georg Steindorff, Leipzig. Photo by Einsamer Schütze CC BY-SA 3.0The nose being missing from the face is the source of another mystery. This was not the ravages of time alone. Examination shows that chisels were hammered into the nose, to pry it off. This could have been prompted by later religions not wanting the Sphinx to be revered any longer and so they disfigured it.Read another story from us: Mummy juice? Thousands Sign Petition to Drink Mysterious Liquid from Discovered Egyptian SarcophagusThere is also a famous story that Napoleon’s army blew off the nose, but there are sketches in existence from before the time of Napoleon showing the face had its nose.That is one mystery that seems solved.Nancy Bilyeau, a former staff editor at Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and InStyle, has written a trilogy of historical thrillers for Touchstone Books. For more information, go to www.nancybilyeau.com.last_img read more

Worlds Oldest Banded Wild Bird Set to be a Mother for the

first_imgAt 68 years of age, the world’s oldest known wild bird is also something of a record breaker when it comes to the size of her family. Wisdom, a female Laysan albatross, seems well set to become a mother yet again — for the 37th time.Every year she and her long-term mate Akeakamai return to the same nesting spot on Midway Atoll, a National Wildlife refuge in the Hawaiian Archipelago that is home to the world’s largest colony of albatross.Wisdom photographed with her chick in 2016.“She first appeared back at her traditional nest site on November 29 and biologists on Midway have confirmed that she has laid an egg,” a statement from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Pacific Region said.Wisdom has attracted worldwide attention for years now. There may be even older breeding birds than her out there, but they have not been traced by biologists and conservationists.Wisdom incubating her egg, 2014.Once the site of a decisive WWII naval battle between the U.S. and Japan in June 1942, the Midway Islands’ most famous visitor today is “a world renowned symbol of hope for all species that depend upon the health of the ocean to survive,” according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.She was first banded in 1956 by biologist Chandler Robbins on the Pacific’s Midway Atoll, where she was born. Robbins passed away in 2017, at the age of 98.He was able to retrace Wisdom in 2002 in what USFWS described as “a chance encounter in a historic location.”The oldest known bird in the wild, a Laysan albatross named Wisdom is a mother again at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, part of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. The chick was observed still coming out of its shell on February 1, 2016.“In the past, many albatross were banded with aluminum bands that sometimes became corroded by sand and salt water. These early bands would often fall off in 20 years or less.Wisdom’s bands, fortunately, were continuously replaced and because of meticulous record keeping associated with bird banding on Midway, biologists were able to confirm that she is the same bird first banded by Robbins,” wrote USFWS.When Robbins first banded Wisdom in 1956 he estimated the bird to be around five years of age. He found her nest next to a military barracks on the island.She was not named Wisdom until many years later, when biologists and researchers realized they were presented with a rare opportunity to observe the behavior and breeding activities of a female albatross over such an extensive period of time.Wisdom and Akeakamai.Wisdom and Akeakamai have been a faithful couple since 2006. Unusually for albatross, the pair have successfully raised chicks in several consecutive years during their time together. Most breeding pairs take a rest year after each chick.The last time Wisdom became a mother was in February 2018.Wisdom the albatrossRaising a chick is a time-consuming process that usually lasts up to seven months and is a shared responsibility between both parents.This will most likely be the case with Wisdom’s 37th chick, unless something goes wrong. “In 2015, her egg was reported missing, which biologists say is just what happens sometimes,” according to the Guardian.The Laysan Albatross “Wisdom” the oldest known wild bird in the United StatesAs biologists stationed at Midway Atoll continue to replace older bands as one of their ongoing tasks, it just might be the case that some of the other millions of albatross that return each year steals the title from Wisdom as the world’s oldest.Sylvia Earle and Wisdom the AlbatrossBut for now, all eyes are on Wisdom, the most special bird of the 8,400 albatross banded during the 1956 bird survey.On Wisdom’s life outside the Midway Atoll: her great longevity, which is common among albatross, has so far enabled Wisdom to fly over 6 million miles on her sea routes.She might have flown back and forth to the Bering Sea or Costa Rica multiple times over, or perhaps checked in along the coasts of California and Japan, treating herself with fish eggs and squid along the way.Read another story from us: George H.W. Bush’s Service Dog Stood Vigil By His CasketThe total distance that Wisdom has most likely traveled, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, is equal to an astonishing six journeys back and forth between Earth and the Moon. Long live the bird!last_img read more

The Fan who Finally Cracked Beatrix Potters Secret Code from her Diaries

first_imgBeatrix Potter is best known for her heartwarming illustrated children’s stories, set in the pastoral idyll of the English countryside. Characters such as Peter Rabbit, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and Jemima Puddle Duck have continued to delight generations of children over the past 100 years, making Potter into a literary sensation. However, few people realize that Potter kept a secret, coded journal in her youth. This epic collection of observations, poems and notes is a fascinating reflection of the author as a young woman, and offers a powerful insight into the world in which she lived.Helen Beatrix PotterJuly 28, 1866.Moreover, if it wasn’t for the dedication and tireless labor of one Potter super-fan, this priceless collection, said to be her masterwork, might have been lost to history forever.According to the BBC, Potter’s diaries were discovered in her house several years after her death, by Stephanie Duke, a young relation. To the untrained eye, they represented little more than a series of tightly wound scribbles on the page, apparently meaningless, or certainly impossible to decipher.Cover of the first edition of The Tale of Peter Rabbit.Potter had left no instruction for the papers, nor had she provided a cipher for translation. In fact, some years before her death, she had written to a friend dismissing her early diaries as “exasperating and absurd compositions.”However, Duke was eager to discover the contents of the papers, and she decided to consult one of Potter’s biggest fans. Leslie Linder had fallen in love with Potter’s creations as a child, and in his later life, he set about buying up as much of her work as he possibly could.Beatrix Potter c.1874.According to biographer Andrew Wiltshire, Linder jumped at the chance to decipher Potter’s papers. Although the code did not appear to be particularly complex, Potter’s miniscule writing meant that the text was almost impossible to decipher.She would often squeeze thousands of words onto a single page, and appeared to have written in a disorganized, haphazard fashion, using any papers she had to hand. Some passages were even scribbled in the margins of a French dictation book.Hill Top in Near Sawrey, Cumbria, England – Potter’s former home, now owned by the National Trust and preserved as it was when she lived and wrote her stories there. Photo by Richerman CC BY-SA 3.0Linder struggled to understand anything in the pages for at least five years. Then, one day as he scoured one particular notebook, he found a clue. Piecing together the Roman numerals XVI and the date 1793, he realized that the passage appeared to be a reference to the French king Louis XVI, guillotined in 1793.He deciphered the word ‘execution’, and using this, was able to finally crack the code that Potter had developed. However, although Linder finally understood the code, it still took him many more years to decipher the rest of the papers.Beatrix Potter and her mother Helen {Leech} Potter in a photograph snapped by Beatrix’s father Rupert Potter.According to Wiltshire, in total, Linder worked on Potter’s collection for 13 years, patiently translating her words and painstakingly researching the events that she recorded.Linder’s tireless work revealed an entirely new face to Potter and her life as a young woman. Her notes were filled with references to animals and the outside world, and express her frustration with the prim, urban lifestyle she was born into.Potter’s dummy manuscripts of three of her books – designed to see how the printed book would look.Her parents wished her to live as a genteel young lady, whereas Potter had other ideas. She was intelligent and inquisitive, and above all expressed a passion for the natural world. Her journals were a space where she could rail against the tight strictures of Victorian life.Her future as an artist and writer is prefigured in the papers, which contain many references to her drawing and painting, as well as a number of pointed and brutal art reviews.Photo of Rupert Potter, Breatrix Potter, and Walter Potter.The coded journals provided a space where the young Potter could feel free to express herself, and they therefore represent a wonderfully unguarded reflection of her inner thoughts and opinions.Linder’s tireless work in translating Potter’s papers has provided an invaluable service for historians. They have brought to life the image of Potter as a young woman, demonstrating her to be much more than a simple country farmer with a taste for whimsical stories.She is revealed, through her private papers, to be an intelligent and acerbic social commentator.Read another story from us: Alcohol Inspiration: The Drinking Habits of 8 Famous WritersHer insights can tell us much about social and cultural life at the turn the of the 20th century, as well as shedding light on the character of this important and much-loved British author.last_img read more

VIDEO Showboating MMA fighter gets satisfyingly knocked the hell out

first_img Advertisement It’s fine to talk trash and showboat, as long as you’re prepared to deal with the consequences.At yesterday’s British Challenge Mixed Martial Arts event in Colchester, England, one showboating MMA fighter, Joe Harding, learned that karma is never far away when you’re acting like a jackass.As the video shows, Harding was amassing style points with a flurry of dance moves and taunts, when all of a sudden, he got caught with a  vicious left foot from his opponent that turned out the lights.Harding wasn’t just down, he was out cold. Hopefully he’ll learn his lesson if he can remember his name and what year it is. Here’s the satisfying video:I hate when guys do this shit and this is what happens when u do!!!!! pic.twitter.com/yEma1oMs47— Dana White (@danawhite) February 19, 2017last_img read more

VIDEO Give thanks for the ultimate John Madden and Pat Summerall Thanksgiving

first_imgNothing says Thanksgiving like NFL football and nothing says NFL football on Thanksgiving like the legendary announcing duo of Pat Summerall and John Madden announcing games on Turkey Day with Turducken limbs to hand out to the winners.Thanksgiving is about hanging out with your family, and for 30 years Summerall and Madden were part of that. Watch this reel of classic Thanksgiving moments compiled by Fox Sports that will make you feel like you’re hanging out with your two cool uncles. These guys were part of the family.last_img read more

Modern Fresh Prince of BelAir Trailer ReBoots Goofy Sitcom as a Gripping

first_imgThe Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was one of the most popular sitcoms of the 90’s following the life of Will Smith as he leaves his life on the mean streets of Philadelphia to live with his wealthy relatives in the exclusive L.A. community of Bel-Air.Anyone who watched the show knows that the series was mostly a light-hearted comedy, but a new trailer that’s making the rounds on YouTube re-imagines the well-known story as a gritty drama that feels like an episode of The Wire.You’ll never look at Uncle Phil, Will and Carlton the same again after watching this internet masterpiece. Honestly, with so many bad ideas that get the green light, why not give this a shot?last_img read more