Cars that Run on Cow Power

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Race cars have long provided a testing ground for driving technology that we eventually see in passenger cars on the road. To this end, an engineering team in Lancashire, England, is hoping to give cow power a place in mass-produced consumer automobiles by creating a race car that runs on cow manure. Yep, there are hopes that by processing cow waste and using it to fuel cars, it can reduce the impact of two things that contribute to global warming. Using cow power to win a rally championship may seem like a tall order, but these engineers are up to the challenge. Gas 2.0 offers this on the process of getting a race car to run on cow waste:The process, which has been gaining attention worldwide, uses fermented cow poop and anaerobic digesters to provide natural gas fuel. Rally racing is an intense form of motorsports that pushes car on-and-off road, and racers quickly figure out what does or doesn’t work. Oacktec has already developed hybrid-electric motors for Honda, so they plan on using a Honda Civic Hybrid to compete within a year.In the end, there are hopes that using hybrids on the race track could provide an advantage. Electric motors offer lots of torque that could send cars out of corners faster, providing an advantage of seconds — which are precious to race car drivers. Using a hybrid car that runs partially on cow manure may provide an interesting alternative to current gasoline-electric hybrids. But we’ll first have to see how cow power performs on the racetrack.© 2009 PhysOrg.com Mercedes to Produce a Fully Electric Gullwing Explore furthercenter_img Citation: Cars that Run on Cow Power? (2009, October 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-10-cars-cow-power.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Dyson patent shows washdry of hands from same fixture

first_img © 2012 Phys.org More information: appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Pa … 95&RS=DN/20120291195 Explore further Dyson alleges Bosch employed mole to steal secrets Citation: Dyson patent shows wash-dry of hands from same fixture (2012, December 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-12-dyson-patent-wash-dry-fixture.htmlcenter_img Sensors play a role in this invention, releasing water to clean your hands and recognizing when you place open palms under ducts that they are ready for a blast of air for drying. The patent filing proposes a “dual-purpose fixture for a sink or wash basin, incorporating both a water tap and a hand dryer. The water tap has a spout arranged to project over the basin of the sink, and the hand dryer incorporates two or more hand-dryer nozzles—at least one for each of a user’s hands. The left-hand nozzle is located on the left-hand side of the spout and the right-hand nozzle is located on the right-hand side of the spout, specifically so that the spout acts as a dividing partition between the two hand-dryer nozzles. This encourages correct usage of the hand-dryer. The fixture may be fitted to a sink or wall-mounted above the sink.”Patent filings such as this quickly catch buzz because the Dyson name is associated with inventiveness and good engineering; James Dyson, after graduating from London’s Royal College of Art, began designing gadgets and machines with an early milestone becoming the bagless vacuum cleaner that eventually became a UK best-seller. Dyson machines are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, among other places. As for drying machinery, Dyson engineers have been brainstorming better designs and technologies for hand drying, with their Airblade hand dryer. Energy efficiency and good hygiene are some of the promotion points driving the product. Dyson engineers, according to the company, and scientists spent three years developing, testing and refining the Airblade for drying hands. They quoted a study that said that paper towels and warm air hand dryers generate 70 percent or more carbon emissions than the Dyson Airblade hand dryer. Rather than warm air, the Dyson Airblade hand dryer uses sheets of cool cleaned air to scrape water from hands. Air is forced through two apertures described as the width of an eyelash, creating sheets of air travelling at 400 mph. Water is scraped from hands in twelve seconds. (Phys.org)—Dyson, the British design and manufacturing company known for its vacuum cleaners, fans, and hand dryers, has yet another innovative cleaning design on the burner. This time Dyson has come up with the idea of providing a tap that washes and dries your hands from one and the same device. There would be no need to move away from the sink and use a hand towel if at home or to stand in line to wait for a free hand dryer at a public restroom. The idea is that a single faucet on the sink can behave as air blower and water spout for cleansing hands. Dyson, a British company, filed the patent in the U.S. on May 17. 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

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Best of Last Week – Sun may determine lifespan superinsulated clothing and

first_img(Phys.org)—It was a good start to the New Year, particularly for space exploration. Researchers studying images taken by NASA’s Curiosity rover noted potential signs of ancient life on Mars—sedimentary rock on the Red Planet looked strikingly like structures made here on Earth by microbes. Meanwhile another team of astronomers announced that eight new planets were found in the “Goldilocks” zone—doubling the number of known small planets to exist in the habitable zone of their parent stars. Also, another team in Norway found that the Sun may determine lifespan at birth—they found a connection between the amount of solar activity occurring when people are born and how long they live. And in somewhat related news, a pair of scientists tackled the mystery of an ancient astronomical device—James Evans and Christian Carman reported on an analysis of a dial on the Antikythera Mechanism believed to have been used to calculate lunar and solar eclipses, and why they believe it sets the date for creation of the machine at around 205 B.C. Explore further Citation: Best of Last Week – Sun may determine lifespan, super-insulated clothing and a new kind of diet pill (2015, January 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-01-week-sun-lifespan-super-insulated-kind.html © 2015 Phys.org Antikythera mechanism: Researchers find clues to an ancient Greek riddlecenter_img This artist’s conception depicts an Earth-like planet orbiting an evolved star that has formed a stunning Credit: David A. Aguilar/CfA It was a good week for technological innovation as well as. A team at Stanford outlined their work with textiles that have been dip-coated in a silver nanowire which they suggest could lead to super-insulated clothing that could eliminate the need for indoor heating. And another team in Korea announced a perovskite solar cell that reached record efficiency—they found a new formula for mixing such structures that allows for creation of cells that are on a par with those made from silicon.In unrelated news, a team of researchers has found additional evidence that rotating night shift work can be hazardous to your health—their study of female nurses showed a higher incidence from all causes of mortality for those that worked rotating shifts over long periods of time. Also, it was noted that adding a leap second this year is expected to cause Internet problems—users may want to avoid such sites as Foursquare, Reddit, Linkedln and Yelp on June 30 at midnight.And finally, if you are one of the millions of people struggling to maintain a healthy weight level, help may soon be on the way as a team of researchers has reported on their efforts to create a more effective diet pill—an “imaginary meal” compound that tricks the body into losing weight. Instead of dissolving into the blood, the pill (fexaramine) remains in the digestive tract, fooling the body into thinking it has a large meal to digest. More testing needs to be done, but so far, they report that the pill does stop weigh gain. 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

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Multiple stellar populations detected in the cluster Hodge 6

first_imgCN vs CH for all member stars in Hodge 6. A spread of ∼0.7 mag in N is much larger than the negligible spread in C. Purple points indicate the enriched stars, more than 1σ from the median of the population. The blue points are non-enriched stars. Image credit: Hollyhead et al., 2019. Observations show that almost all globular clusters (GCs) exhibit star-to-star abundance variations of light elements such as helium (He), oxygen (O), nitrogen (N), carbon (C) and calcium (Na). This indicates self-enrichment in GCs and suggests that star clusters are comprised of at least two stellar populations. Recent studies have found that multiple stellar populations are also present outside GCs, including intermediate age massive star clusters (between 2 and 8 billion years old). With an age of about 2 billion years, Hodge 6, located in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), is an example of such cluster. A team of astronomers led by Kathie Hollyhead of Stockholm University, Sweden, now reports that Hodge 6 also hosts at least two populations of stars.The astronomers employed VLT’s FORS2 instrument to conduct spectroscopic analysis of Hodge 6. They obtained low-resolution spectroscopy of lower red giant branch (RGB) stars in the cluster in order to look for signatures of multiple populations in CN and CH band strengths that trace nitrogen and carbon.”We report the spectroscopic discovery of abundance spreads (i.e. multiple populations) in the ≈2 Gyr old cluster in the LMC, Hodge 6. We used low-resolution VLT FORS2 spectra of 15 member stars in the cluster to measure their CN and CH band strengths at ~3883 and 4300 ̊A, respectively, as well as [C/Fe] and [N/Fe] abundances,” the researchers wrote in the paper.FORS2 spectra allowed the team to detect a sub-population of two stars enriched in nitrogen, which, according to the study, is indicative of multiple populations in Hodge 6. The researchers add that these stars showcase spread in CN, which traces nitrogen, with negligible spread in CH, which traces carbon.Furthermore, given that Hodge 6 exhibits no extended main-sequence turn-offs (eMSTOs), features commonly found in the color-magnitude diagrams of young and intermediate-age massive star clusters, the scientists suspect a possible correlation between this phenomenon and the presence of multiple populations. However, more studies are needed in order to determine whether these two phenomena are related.”The apparent coincidence of the lack of eMSTOs and the beginning of MPs [multiple populations] could well be just that—a coincidence. Relatively few clusters have been studied at this exact age limit, so there is not a statistical consensus to indicate that these two phenomena are related, though studies so far do point to an age dependence on the onset of MPs,” the paper reads.The researchers note that Hodge 6 turns out to be the second cluster with an age of around 2 billion years and that hosts multiple populations, after NGC 1978 in LMC. Their study also marks the first spectroscopic detection of multiple populations in a cluster of this age. 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. © 2019 Science X Network Citation: Multiple stellar populations detected in the cluster Hodge 6 (2019, February 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-02-multiple-stellar-populations-cluster-hodge.html More information: arxiv.org/pdf/1902.02297.pdf Using ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), astronomers have found that the cluster Hodge 6 hosts multiple stellar populations. The detection could provide important hints on the formation and evolution of Hodge 6 and star clusters in general. The finding is detailed in a paper published February 7 on arXiv.org. Explore further The oldest star cluster in Tarantula Nebula even older than previously thought, study findslast_img read more

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Bittersweet moments

first_imgLaced with enthusiasm, the second phase of Short and Sweet — Wild Card entry round — witnessed power-packed performances at the LTG theatre.Crockery Shopping written by Mayanka Dave Mukherji and directed by Niharika Lyra Dutt was about a contemporary couple who explore their long-distance relationship through letters. Though the actors were good, the plot wasn’t gripping. The Storm directed by Ambar Sahil Chatterjee, and written by Zain Khan had an amazing storyline and Mankari Kaul’s performance was very good as well, but they couldn’t stick to the stipulated 10 minutes. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’What came as a complete surprise was Redeem written and directed by Sakshi Oberoi Bahadur, featuring Kriti Vij and Karan Balbir Singh. The witty play was supported by good performances. Main Bhi Anna directed by Nitin Sukhija also had power-packed performances by Sukhija and Maheep Singh. The play focuses on Anna Hazare’s movement in a humorous manner, as Batra Sahab aka Singh highlights the issues faced by the aam aadmi. Hai Ram’s concept was good but could have been executed better. The audience couldn’t gauge the desi-turned- Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflixangrezi accents. Slick Dame meanwhile was yawn inducing.One play which was riveting and interestingly performed was Treadmill written by Sandeep Shikhar, directed by Mohit Mukherjee with the cast including Uplaksh Kochhar, Rahul Tewari, Mohit Mukherjee. A lot of energy and enthusiasm made this play a complete treat to watch.What came as a complete surprise was On the edge of a knife — written and directed by Kanchan Ujjal Singh. It envelopes you from the very first second with strong performances by Sonamm Sharma and Kriti Vij.last_img read more

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If hes guilty he wont admit it

first_imgMy younger sister is mixing with the wrong kind of friends. She’s 19 and we are terribly worried. Please advise.Rajeev Shaw, NagpurJust sit down and have a discussion with her. Explain and express your concern and worry. This explanation should be more like a friend and not like a guardian. Help her understand life and help her fix her dreams. Remember, Always treat her like an adult and be a friend to her.I feel my husband is into a relationship. I asked him many times, but he has pointedly refused. I’m not convinced but don’t know how to find the truth. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Name withheld, New DelhiIt’s quite natural that if your husband is guilty he will not own up. You have two options. One, don’t stop asking questions till he tells the truth. Second, hire a private investigation company who would charge you a sum and would hand over the complete day-to-day schedule of your partner along with relevant photographs and evidence. I suggest, don’t linger in this shadow of suspicion for too long. Decide and delve into the situation tofind the solution. Once you have enough proof, face him and sort it out soon. All the best! Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixI’m suffering from depression after I lost my mother last year. I’m unable to cope up. Please help.Arjun, NoidaI completely understand what you are going through. Losing a parent/near one is a very difficult situation. But, life goes on and the show must go on too. I suggest, divert your mind on things that you like to do. Enroll in some hobby, explore an interest, meet friends, plan a vacation. Always remember, your mother is watching you and she gets very upset seeing you unhappy! Your smile is not for you but for her. You will have to control your depression and move on with a positive approach. All the best! My daughter has developed the ugly habit of smoking. I’m very upset. What can I do to help her come out of it?Diya Kapoor, New DelhiYou can directly tell her how you feel towards her habit. Make her conscious about your feelings. We all know the dark truth about smoking but kicking the butt is one’s own decision. This could be just a phase but you as a parent should insist so that she quits soon. Be firm but do not nag. Leave reading materials on quitting techniques on her desk/room. Emotional blackmails works wonders on kids and I’m sure she will soon realize and make you a happy parent!My wife and my mother are always breaking into fights. I feel helpless. What should I do?Dalip, PunjabDalip, you are in a sandwich situation. Both these relationships are very important and hence you have to be very careful in handling the emotions of the two. Firstly, try not to take ‘sides’ and always be neutral. Judge the situations and then handle it. If nothing is working, start your family set up independently (if you live with parents) or else change the city. And, please be sensitive about your wife’s expectations.Have a love or life query you cannot find an answer to? Send your questions to – roopshashotm@gmail.comlast_img read more

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Bijnor MP in AMU court Student union BJP lock horns

first_imgAligarh Muslim University (AMU) students’ union and BJP leaders engaged in a war of words over the appointment of riots-accused BJP MP Kunwar Bharendra Singh in AMU court, highest governing body of the varsity.“This issue has wide ramifications because it appears that BJP has deliberately chosen to nominate a person to the membership of the court of this prestigious national institution despite being fully aware of his antecedents,” Vice-President of AMU Students’ Union, Syed Masoodul Hasan said. Hasan has demanded the resignation of HRD Minister Smriti Irani for allowing the BJP MP to be empanelled in the Lok Sabha quota for membership of the university court.last_img

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Unraveling art and history

first_imgBe ready to be walk through the walls of Indian history this Summer as the Pran Sabharwal Foundation (PSF) is organizing an exhibition displaying around 300 artworks on lithographs, wood engravings, steel plate engravings and other canvases, from colonial Indian times by artists such as William and Thomas Daniell, Solvyn, Mortimer Menpes and Dottor Ferrario at 1AQ on Mehrauli Road in the Capital from April 25 to May 17.The Foundation, which strives to utilize art as a medium to highlight social issues, has yet again brought forth an exhibition capturing the close ties that art, history, culture and tradition. It will certainly be difficult to find out if man’s quest for great art helped in digging out history or if man’s interest in knowing his past helped in discovering great art. Since time immemorial, art and history have been woven together like silk and gold, coexisting and bringing beauty and meaning to one another.   Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Works of art till date help in understanding the culture and lives of people of the time that they originate from and what we know of history helps us understand the significance of a particular piece of art, based on its times.William and Thomas Daniell, Solvyn, Mortimer Menpes, Dottor Ferrario and many other artists accurately captured various Indian elements such as monuments, gods and goddesses, ways of worship, their observations of traditions and culture, glimpses from daily colonial life, various flora and fauna, starting from early nineteenth century, on lithographs, hand-colored lithographs, wood engravings and steel plate engravings. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIt is interesting to note that the tradition and culture of India depicted in these works of art, more or less remain the same even after about 200 years. The monuments that are seen in these works are also very close to the original monuments that are present till date, telling us volumes about the effort that has gone into preserving them over a couple of centuries or even more.These works, which were mainly done by British artists, represent India from a colonial point of view. The work of the common  people, or a day-to-day setting depicts the colony that India was all those years ago and it helps in understanding the traditions colonialism has given birth to and how they’ve been carried forward. Through its dedication to promote art and highlight issues, Pran Sabharwal Foundation, is making a change in the lives of the underprivileged and disadvantaged- specially women. It had earlier hosted a play Ji Jaisi Aapki Marzi, by Nadira Babbar, which focused on the plight of women in India. The play covered issues such as female foeticide, discrimination and gender inequality. PSF also partnered with National Commission for Women (NCW) and Amar Ujala Foundation to host the first-ever national symposium on empowerment of acid attack survivors, inaugurated by the Home Minister of India Rajnath Singh, in February 2015.There could not have be a better place to organize this prestigious exhibition of art, history and culture than Delhi’s very own creatively inspiring space 1AQ. Located near the tall embodiment of history that is Qutub Minar, 1AQ is a forerunner in encouraging contemporary arts, visual arts, performing arts, with huge spaces to provide the perfect platform and the right intent to hold such culturally rich exhibitions. Where: 1AQ, Qutab Minar Roundabout, Mehrauli RoadWhen: April 25 to May 17last_img read more

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CMCH row Hungerstrike enters 11th day students fall ill

first_imgKolkata: The hunger-strike by some of the medical students of Calcutta Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) entered the eleven day on Friday.It is learnt that some of students taking part in the hunger strike have fallen ill. Three students, who are seriously ill refused to get admitted to the hospital, despite several pleas by the CMCH authorities. The hospital authorities held a meeting with the agitating students but no solution was found.The CMCH authorities refused to republish the allotment of hotel seats. Despite some of the students falling ill, the agitating students refused to lift the agitation. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThey threatened to continue the agitation until their demands are met. Some junior doctors also took part in the agitation on Friday.It may be mentioned that the second, third and fourth year MBBS students of CMCH started a protest agitation inside the hospital campus demanding a new hostel for them.The move was taken after the first year MBBS students were given a new hostel. However, the CMCH authorities have agreed to meet the demands. The agitating students were assured that they would be given proper hostel accommodation.Around 276 hostel rooms were allotted by the CMCH authorities. But the agitating students refused to listen to the authorities and demanded rooms in the new hostel building.CMCH Principal, Uchhal Bhadra fell ill on Tuesday after being heckled by theagitating students.last_img read more

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City Keralites collecting funds relief materials for floodhit people

first_imgKolkata: With death toll in Kerala flood reaching over 300 and lakhs of other becoming homeless in Kerala due to floods, various Malayali and Keralite associations in Kolkata are collecting funds and reliefs materials for the flood victims in their state.These associations run by Keralite people residing in Kolkata have started a relief drive for the flood victims in their state.”We have started collecting relief materials and funds. Hopefully we would be able to send them to Kerala by this week. The entire agricultural sector has been badly affected in the floods,” said T K Gopalnan, Trustee, Kolkata Kairali Samajam. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”We have already identified the areas where relief materials would be sent. We are also in touch with some schools where the relief materials will be kept so that it can be distributed,” he said.An official of Kolkata Kairali Samajam said they along with other Malayali associations had a meeting with the officials of Kolkata police to chalk out a way to send relief materials to Kerala.”The entire transportation system has gone for a toss.”So we are trying to find a way to send the relief materials. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”We hope the airportwould start functioning very soon,” the official said.Sunil Nambiar, secretary of Calcutta Malayalee Association, said steps are being taken to send essential items which areneeded immediately once people start getting back to their homes from relief camps.”Be it collecting funds or relief materials we are on the job. We have to start from zero in Kerala, everything has been destroyed. We are also in touch with fellow Keralites whose family members are stranded in Kerala and they are yet to communicate with them,” Nambiar said. Communicating with local police or district administration has also been initiated to get in touch with the stranded relatives, a member of a Keralite organisation, who works in a city hospital, said.Thousands of nurses, both male and female, work in various private hospitals and nursing homes of Kolkata.”Earlier we used to work in middle east. For the last few years we are working in Kolkata so that we can at least stay in our country and stay close to our family.But due to these floods, we have been unable to contact our family members for last few days. We don’t know whether they are dead or alive,” said Namitha, a nurse working in a city hospital.last_img read more

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History test row Post reevaluation JU to probe lapses of answer scripts

first_imgKolkata: Jadavpur University will conduct an enquiry to find out whether there were any procedural or other lapses while checking the answer scripts of History admission test.The decision of the university comes in the wake of the varied marks obtained by the candidates in the admission test. In the first case, the scripts were checked by the professors of the History department and in the second, it was re-examined by external examiners.”The enquiry will be conducted by someone of eminence and high stature who is not connected with the university,” Chiranjib Bhattacharjee, Registrar of JU said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeA meeting was held in the presence of Vice-Chancellor, Pro Vice-Chancellor and other senior varsity officials where the decision of the probe was taken. The registrar made it clear that the enquiry will not come in the way of the admission process in the History department that started on Monday, based on a merit list that was brought out after re-evaluation and scrutiny of the scripts by external examiners.It may be mentioned that re-checking of the answer scripts witnessed a significant change of marks in case of a number of students. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedOn the revised selection list for admission, as many as 15 changes were found. A total number of 15 candidates, who were on the waiting list after the earlier evaluation, made it to the selection list after re-evaluation. There were cases — where a student, who had scored 6 out of 100, got 32 after re-evaluation. A total of 344 scripts was re-evaluated.It may be mentioned that JU decided to conduct a review of the scripts on August 8 after there were several complaints regarding the earlier evaluation pattern. There were students who had scored less than 10 in the admission test whereas had scored 90 percent or above in HS or equivalent examinations.In another major development, a student filed a petition on Monday before the Calcutta High Court seeking its intervention in the alleged discrepancies found with the subject. This student had scored 60 in the first evaluation while it went down to 54 after re-evaluation. In the present circumstances, the student has featured fifth on the waiting list though he was on the merit list at first.last_img read more

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Cops nab 7 members of Bdeshi theft gang

first_imgKolkata: Seven members of a Bangladeshi gang were arrested on Monday from Italgacha area near Kolkata Airport in connection with the theft that took place at under-construction Metro sites. One of their close aides was also arrested from Basirhat in North 24-Parganas.Acting on a tip off, police conducted a raid and arrested them from the rented house near the airport where they had been staying for the past one year.They had entered the country through the porous border and started there. Their main intention was to steal valuables from closed factories. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifePolice came to know that they had stolen valuables from many closed factories in and around Kolkata.Later, they had targetted the under-construction metro station sites from where they stole building materials.The police had earlier arrested one Raja Jaiswal in this connection.He used to collect information about the places from where they could steal valuables. Subsequently, members of the gang used to raid the places and take away valuables in trucks.The Bidhannagar Police had recovered some of the building materials that they had stolen from a businessman at Manicktala.Sources said the police had come to know about Raja after recovering the stolen goods and conducting a raid at Hatiara in North 24-Parganas.last_img read more

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Diet profoundly affects sleep quality

first_imgAn individual’s caloric intake and body weight can deeply influence the time spent in specific sleep stages, says a new study. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania analysed  sleep patterns among 36 healthy adults who experienced two consecutive nights of 10 hours in bed per night at the university hospital. Using polysomnography, the researchers recorded physiological changes that occur during sleep on the second night. Body composition and resting energy expenditure were assessed on the morning following the first night of sleep, while food and drink intake was measured each day.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The researchers found that body mass index (BMI), body fat percentage and resting energy expenditure were not significant predictors of sleep stage duration, but that overweight adults exhibited a higher percentage of time spent in the rapid-eye movement (REM) stage of sleep than normal-weight adults. REM is a sleep stage when dreams typically occur characterised by faster heart rate and breathing. The researchers also found that increased protein intake predicted less stage 2 sleep– the period when a person’s heart rate and breathing are relatively normal and the body temperature lowers slightly– and predicted more REM sleep. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe study findings will be presented at SLEEP 2016 – a joint meeting of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society to be held in Denver, Colorado, from June 11 to 15. “In a culture of increasing pressure to sacrifice sleep to maintain productivity, this research adds to the body of knowledge on how lifestyle behaviours may influence the quality of our sleep” said study lead author Andrea M Spaeth. A 2013 study from the team found that those with chronic sleep restriction may be more susceptible to weight gain due to the increased consumption of calories during late night hours. A 2015 study from that group found that eating less late at night may help curb the concentration and alertness deficits that accompany sleep deprivation.last_img read more

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Men aggressive women cautious on dating sites

first_imgWhile chatting with potential partners on dating websites, men become aggressive and women are self-conscious of their attractiveness, according to a research. The findings show that males tend to be more focused on their own interests and are oblivious towards their attractiveness to potential dates. “We found that males like to send a lot of messages to attractive female users, but they don’t get much responses,” said Shuangfei Zhai, doctoral candidate at Binghamton University in New York, US Conversely, females become more conscious of their own attractiveness to other users. “For females, they are self-conscious because they tend to evaluate the likelihood of getting a response from the user they are sending messages to,” Zhai added. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Also, women have much greater chances of getting responses from users whom they message, said the paper published in the journal Social Network Analysis and Mining. For the study, the international team of researchers collected data from Baihe, one of the largest dating websites in China, to reveal behavioural differences between male and female users when it comes to contacting potential partners. They also developed a reciprocal recommendation system that better matches users who are mutually interested in and likely to communicate with each other.last_img read more

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When human forms inspired three women artists

first_imgFascinated by human form, three accomplished artists – Anitta Sethi, Deepali Roongta and Shashi Tripathi have come up with ‘Surrealist Humanity,’ an art presentation showcasing their individual artistic statements. Anitta, being charmed by Renaissance period and inspired by the surrealist works of Salvador Dali has been deeply mesmerized by human anatomy; however, human body is greatly fascinating to Shashi as she conveys human emotions using the body parts in meaningful compositions and Deepali, believes in communicating through art as she interprets various aspects of human life in an expressive way. So, as a whole, ‘Surrealist Humanity’ is an exposition of humane ideas which proves to be a compassionate presentation for the viewers. This exhibition introduces excellent paintings from the trio joining the contemporary crusade of Indian art world. Though all of them started their artistic venture late, the passionate involvement and dedication added richness to the works. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe paintings are well composed and mature in colour distribution, which makes unique impact on quality of work. Anitta’s choice of earthy colours suggests trueness rather than illusion, there are other selective elements other than human forms juxtaposed in her paintings that create a notable fantasy. Anitta does not like to convey any specific message through her paintings. She believes in self-expression which naturally reflects artist’s thought process according to the time. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveShashi’s strong primary colours combined with rare shades and Deepali’s love for nature reflecting through natural forms and bright candid colour scheme make them outstanding among others. Deepali has participated in several national level group shows, art competitions and presented her solo art exhibitions at India Habitat centre. Some of her paintings convey the genuine struggle about being human beyond doubt, which is her true observation as an artist. Her works are distinctive, comprising contrast colour selection and assemblage of diverse forms. Deepali believes in communicating through art. Her real as well as surreal interpretation of various aspects of human life is expressive and dramatic as she creates her own world on her canvases using strange dispersal of light and shade. Whereas, Shashi’s creative insight easily connects with nature and human psychology; human body is greatly fascinating to her and it shows in her works. Her paintings conveys human emotions using the body parts in meaningful compositions. The elements of her paintings are carefully chosen and placed in defined and decisive manner. Her colours are strongly primary though she experimented with rare shades sometimes. Shashi likes to express her experiences of life, which comes from meeting people, encountering varied moods and also through relationships. Her works are basically figurative and contemporary in her own approach. Anitta, Deepali and Shashi continue their creative journey exploring the wider possibilities in their own style and ascertain to make a mark in Indian art scenario.last_img read more

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Kolkata Polices The Winners members heckled at Millennium Park 6 arrested

first_imgKolkata: A member of the special women’s team of the Kolkata Police called ‘The Winners’ was bitten on her hand while another was physically heckled while they were patrolling inside the Millennium Park on Friday night. Six persons including four young women were arrested for allegedly harassing on-duty police personnel.Sources informed that two members of ‘The Winners’ team were patrolling on foot in plainclothes inside the Millennium Park on Friday night just before the closing time. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseOne of the police personnel saw two youths, identified as Md Aziz and Md Azad, and four young women under a tree. When she went to have a closer look, she allegedly found them creating nuisance there. Soon after, one of the youths allegedly hurled abuses at her and asked her to leave the place. When the police personnel revealed her identity, she was allegedly pushed by one of the youths. Seeing her colleague getting harassed, the other cop rushed to her rescue and confronted the youth. He allegedly bit her on the hand and shoved her. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe other police personnel raised an alarm and soon other members of ‘The Winners’ team surrounded them. Seeing resistance, the accused persons allegedly broke into a scuffle and tried to flee. Till then, North Port police station was also informed. Within a while, back-up had arrived and all six accused including the four women were detained. The injured police personnel were sent to a hospital from where they were treated and discharged. Later a case was initiated for allegedly preventing police personnel from discharging their duties, harassing and assaulting on-duty police personnel. They were arrested immediately. All the accused persons are from Entally’s Mehar Ali Lane.last_img read more

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TMC accuses EC of bias submits memorandum against transfer of top cops

first_imgNew Delhi: The Trinamool Congress Wednesday accused the Election Commission of bias and submitted a memorandum to the poll body against transfers of top police officers in West Bengal just before the first phase of voting in the Lok Sabha elections. Party leaders Derek O’Brien, Sukhendu Sekhar Ray and Chandan Mitra lodged a nine-point memorandum protesting what they called was “EC bias”. “People are saying Nirvachan Commission has become Nikamma Commission. Enough is enough. Transfers of good, honest senior police officers of Bengal are being decided by a traitor who now works out of the BJP Central office in Kolkata,” said Derek, indicating the hand of former TMC MP Mukul Roy, who is now in the BJP, in the removal of the Cooch Behar Superintendent of Police Abhishek Gupta by the poll body on April 9. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata In the memorandum, the TMC has also said the removal of Kolkata Police Commissioner Anuj Sharma along with those of Bidhan Nagar Police Commissioner Gyanwant Singh, Birbhum SP Shyam Singh, Diamond Harbour SP S Selvamurugan and Airport Division DCP Avaru Rabindranath, have been effected “without following proper procedure”. “In this case, we have observed that the transfers were made soon after complaints were made and instructions issued by BJP leaders who publicly claimed” that such action were taken by the ECI at the initiative of their party, the memorandum alleged. Earlier, in a letter to the chief election commission on Tuesday, the TMC had alleged that Gupta’s transfer was “arbitrary, motivated and biased” and claimed the poll body was taking instructions from BJP leaders.last_img read more

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India Art Festival 2018 comes to end

first_imgIndia Art Festival in its fourth edition brought together 35 art galleries and 500 artists from 40 cities across the world under one roof at Thyagaraj Stadium, New Delhi. The event which was inaugurated on November 22 and was open for public till November 25, showcased all forms of artistic expressions including painting, sculptures, photography, ceramics, textiles and installations from rural India to metro cities. IAF, founded in 2011 by the publishers of Indian Contemporary Art Journal is the only art fair held annually in two cities – Mumbai and Delhi. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfRajendra, the Festival Director says, “The art scene in Delhi has become event driven and bigger art events are drawing more crowds than solo or group exhibitions in the individual art galleries. Economical art fairs in terms of participation cost are easy for exhibitors to exhibit and recover basic participation cost hence they participate every year. Almost 90% of art galleries and 60% of artists are repeat participants in India Art Festival; this growth is phenomenal in such trying times.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAnalysing the growth of art festivals in the sluggish art market, art experts say “The evolution of a strong secondary art market in India in the last decade has created opportunities for mid-level and smaller galleries to exhibit. The artwork of almost all master artists associated with major galleries floats in the secondary market and lands even in the smaller galleries for sale. These galleries look for opportunities to reach out to the larger buyer base in the metro cities like Delhi and Mumbai. As the figure of mid-level to smaller art gallery spaces outnumbered major art galleries in India, participating galleries increased rapidly in India Art Festival. This is also the main reason for the art scene turning more event based affair individual shows.” The participating art galleries in the fourth edition included AL – Yas Creationz, Eminent Art Gallery, F and P Art Gallery, Galerie Art Eterne, Gallerie Ruki, Gallery Pioneer, Grapes Art, Inside Me, Merakii Art House, Moon Beams – Arts Initiative, Shree Yash Art Gallery, Studio Endless Thoughts, Studio Paradise, among many others. IAF has a dual-module – the art galleries section and the artists’ pavilion. This year, besides showcasing the works of 400 established artists, the festival will offer an outstanding panorama of Indian art in the Artists’ Pavilion by 100 independent artists from cities like Chennai, Jammu, Tripura and Ahmedabad. The independent artists include mid-career, established as well as emerging artists. The India Art Festival has successfully expanded the periphery of art choice to city art buyers. The young talent teeming with the unbridled form of creativity will showcase new and radical visual art voices to the art festival.last_img read more

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Celebrate Bengali New Year with Spencers

first_imgTo welcome Bengali 1426 and celebrate Poila Baisakh, Spencer’s announced its nine-day Matsyo Mahotsov at 15 Kolkata outlets on April 12, at the Quest Mall. Major attractions at the event were 27 kg Bhetki from Digha (West Bengal) and Katla (20 kg) from Nagarjun Sagar Reservoir (Telengana). Special arrangements were made to transport the big fish by refrigerated vans. The Bhetki (27 kg) arrived on the day after covering a 250 km journey in six hours. The Katla (20 kg) from Nagarjun Sagar covered 1500 kms distance in 30 hours. More than a hundred varieties of fish, the largest-ever in recent memory, will be available for Kolkata citizens from April 13-21 at 15 Spencer’s outlets everyday, between 9:30 am and 10 pm. The price begins at Rs 49 per kg (Mourala).last_img

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Critical surgery saves toddler with severe head injuries

first_imgKolkata: A 5-year-old boy from Murshidabad, who suffered severe head injury during an accident, was given a new lease of life by doctors at the SSKM Hospital.The victim, Ajijur Rahman, (5) was playing inside his house on Saturday when he suddenly fell on a sharp kitchen utensil. He suffered deep injuries in his head and bled profusely. The family members took the boy to the Murshidabad Medical College and Hospital. After primary treatment, the victim was shifted to the SSKM Hospital. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe patient was admitted at the emergency ward of the SSKM Hospital on Sunday. The doctors found that the patient’s artery was badly injured after being hit by a sharp kitchen utensil. A medical team has been set up at the hospital after the doctors felt the need of an emergency operation. The team of doctors performed a surgery and repaired the artery of the patient. According to the SSKM Hospital sources, the victim’s skull was also injured during the accident. The operation was risky and the doctors took various preventive measures. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe doctors were also cautious at the time of the operation as a small mistake could have killed the patient. According to a senior official of the hospital, the patient was brought to the SSKM Hospital in a very serious condition. At the time of the operation, it was found that blood had got clotted inside his skull. If the patient was not operated on time, there was a possibility of him getting paralyzed. He could have suffered a stroke. Timely surgical intervention saved his life.last_img read more

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