Month: August 2019


Wired Wallpaper Offers Alternative to Outlets


first_imgPhilips has recently designed a type of wallpaper with conducting stripes running through it, enabling electrical devices to be hooked up to just about anywhere on the wall. 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. Top view of an electrical device (yellow) connected with pins (blue) to conductive wiring (gray) concealed in wallpaper (red). (Adapted image from the Conducting Wallpaper patent application.) Besides walls, the wallpaper could be attached to ceilings and floors as well, according to the company’s recent patent application. Electrical devices would connect to the invisible wiring with contact pins, and could tap into a range of voltages, from 1 to 12 volts. The global company hopes that such a system will be ideal for future OLED devices, but could also accommodate LEDs, TVs, multimedia systems, video projectors, lamps, clocks, electroluminescent panels, and more.Philips’ conducting wallpaper is not the first of its kind, but the company hopes that its version can overcome some of the disadvantages of previous versions. Namely, Philips’ wallpaper provides a range of voltages for devices, which can easily be tapped into from many positions on the wall. By repositioning the pins to correspond to specific pitches of the stripes, different voltage levels can be achieved. For safety, the system would likely have a total maximum voltage level of 50-60 volts.The conductive stripes would be made of a metallic material such as copper, aluminum, silver, gold or steel, and receive power from an external electrical supply. The wallpaper, described as “a usual wallpaper or any kind of tapestry,” would simultaneously provide electrical insulation and aesthetic value. The stripes could either be glued onto the wall and covered by the wallpaper, or the stripes could be fabricated into the wallpaper, which would then be glued to the wall as a whole sheet. Philips also suggests a few methods for hanging the electrical devices, such as a double-sided adhesive or a mechanical connection using nails or screws. Another alternative could be a mechanical fastening involving the pins themselves. With wired wallpaper, Philips hopes to give consumers the option of changing the positions of their electrical fixtures without needing to rewire the entire room with conventional, behind-the-wall wiring. The idea could dramatically the change the future of homes and buildings.Conducting Wallpaper patent application via New Scientist Citation: Wired Wallpaper Offers Alternative to Outlets (2008, February 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-02-wired-wallpaper-alternative-outlets.htmllast_img read more


European team bests Chinese record at teleporting distance Corrected


first_img Chinese group breaks distance record for teleporting qubits The work done by both teams, and many others across the globe in working out how to use entanglement of quantum bits of information to achieve a degree of teleportation is not just an exercise to prove that physics theories are correct; if qubits can be sent and read onboard satellites a new age in such communications is likely to be born, one where messages can be sent without worry that they are being decoded by others. That’s because common sense tells researchers that information that is sent instantaneously, without having to actually travel through the air, leaves no means for those that might wish to capture such data.In their paper, the team says that they had to develop several different techniques to deal with all the noise that occurs when attempting to communicate not just through the air, but air that is volatile. This was made even more difficult by uncooperative weather and sand storms. One of those new techniques might just help pave the way to teleporting qubits much longer distances. They used entangled photons to synchronize the clocks that were used on both ends of their system to enable them to look at the qubits at both locations at very nearly the same instant in time. Prior to the development of this method, researchers had to rely on GPS synchronization. This new method reduced the event window from 10 nanoseconds to just 3.The team notes that adapting their technique to teleport qubits to a satellite should be easier in some respects, as there is less noise when trying to teleport straight up as opposed to horizontally through the atmosphere. Of course, there will be the problem of adjusting for the movement of a satellite relative to equipment on the ground, but thus far neither team seems to see that as a problem. Journal information: arXiv More information: Quantum teleportation using active feed-forward between two Canary Islands, arXiv:1205.3909v1 [quant-ph] arxiv.org/abs/1205.3909AbstractQuantum teleportation is a quintessential prerequisite of many quantum information processing protocols. By using quantum teleportation, one can circumvent the no-cloning theorem and faithfully transfer unknown quantum states to a party whose location is even unknown over arbitrary distances. Ever since the first experimental demonstrations of quantum teleportation of independent qubits and of squeezed states, researchers have progressively extended the communication distance in teleportation, usually without active feed-forward of the classical Bell-state measurement result which is an essential ingredient in future applications such as communication between quantum computers. Here we report the first long-distance quantum teleportation experiment with active feed-forward in real time. The experiment employed two optical links, quantum and classical, over 143 km free space between the two Canary Islands of La Palma and Tenerife. To achieve this, the experiment had to employ novel techniques such as a frequency-uncorrelated polarization-entangled photon pair source, ultra-low-noise single-photon detectors, and entanglement-assisted clock synchronization. The average teleported state fidelity was well beyond the classical limit of 2/3. Furthermore, we confirmed the quality of the quantum teleportation procedure (without feed-forward) by complete quantum process tomography. Our experiment confirms the maturity and applicability of the involved technologies in real-world scenarios, and is a milestone towards future satellite-based quantum teleportation. Explore further Citation: European team bests Chinese record at teleporting distance (Corrected) (2012, June 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-06-european-team-bests-chinese-teleporting.htmlcenter_img (Phys.org) — A European team of physicists has bested the record set by a team of Chinese researchers last month for distance in teleporting quantum bits (qubits). Where the Chinese team accomplished their feat by teleporting photons across a lake, the European team did so by performing the same feat across the ocean between two islands off the coast of Africa. It was apparently no easy feat as the team describes in the paper they’ve written and uploaded to the preprint server arXiv; they had so much foul weather to contend with that their experiment took nearly a year to complete. The record breaking distance by the Chinese team was close to 100 kilometers. The Europeans bested that mark by almost fifty kilometers, setting up a possible rivalry between the two teams to see which might be the first to successfully teleport a qubit to an orbiting satellite. Quantum teleportation between the Canary Islands La Palma and Tenerife over both quantum and classical 143 km free-space channels. Image from arXiv:1205.3909v1. © 2012 Phys.Org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more


Google patent calls on eyes to unlock smart glasses


first_img More information: Patent Citation: Google patent calls on eyes to unlock smart glasses (2012, August 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-08-google-patent-eyes-smart-glasses.html (Phys.org) — In patent language, the application granted to Google this week says simply “Unlocking a screen using eye tracking information” but the message seems clear enough that Google plans to offer a way for wearers of Google headsets from its Project Glass to unlock their systems with just movements of their eyes. The patent describes a number of systems and methods for seeing to it that eye movements will cause the computing system to switch from being in locked mode of operation to unlocked mode, based on eye-tracking information. The technology furthers the ideal of hands-free computing for wearable devices without having to resort to disconcerting gestures, waves, and taps when in public view. Google will benefit in strengthening its past history of coming up with the simple yet innovative for end users. The methods for making the eye tracking and eye movements work include projecting moving objects and displaying a path for the eye to follow. Alternatively, a method might consist of displaying text, and tracking the eye’s movement and speed to determine whether the user is actually reading the text. Reading through lines of text would unlock the device.The patent was filed in November last year but was made public this week. One of the inventors is Hayes Raffle; the other two are Adrian Wong and Ryan Geiss. Raffle is an award-winning product and interaction designer. His title at Google is Staff Interaction Designer, working on Project Glass. Project Glass is one of other projects being built inside the Google X lab near Mountain View, California. His past experience includes a lot of tinkering at the MIT Media Lab where he invented technologies and materials for interpersonal communication.According to the patent, “Methods and systems for unlocking a screen using eye tracking information are described. A computing system may include a display screen. The computing system may be in a locked mode of operation after a period of inactivity by a user. Locked mode of operation may include a locked screen and reduced functionality of the computing system. The user may attempt to unlock the screen. The computing system may generate a display of a moving object on the display screen of the computing system. An eye tracking system may be coupled to the computing system. The eye tracking system may track eye movement of the user. The computing system may determine that a path associated with the eye movement of the user substantially matches a path associated with the moving object on the display and switch to be in an unlocked mode of operation including unlocking the screen.” Explore furthercenter_img Apple bowl-headed patent shows wearable computing plans © 2012 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more


Researchers build robot rat to induce stress in lab animals w Video


first_img More information: via NewScientist Such experiments offer insight into how rats react when confronted with a menacing robot rat in their midst—what is not yet clear, however, is how closely their reactions predict those of humans placed under similar conditions. Smelling a rat to catch a rat Citation: Researchers build robot rat to induce stress in lab animals (w/ Video) (2013, February 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-02-robot-rat-stress-lab-animals.html PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen (Phys.org)—Researchers at Waseda University in Japan have built a robot rat they call WR-4, and whose purpose isto induce stress in lab rats. In studying the impact of stress inflicted on the lab rats, the researchers hope to learn more about how stress affects people. Playcenter_img © 2013 Phys.org Scientists have used rats in all manner of lab experiments over the years—sometimes to see how therats react physically to drugs, other times to see how they behave under certain specified conditions,and sometimes to create mental ailments that mimic those found in the human population. Thepurpose of such experiments is to learn how drugs or environmental conditions affect the rats, and then to apply those results to the better understanding of the similar human conditions.The Japanese researchers had many goals in mind when building WR-4. They hoped to understand how mice react to living with a robot, and to theorize how humans might react under comparable circumstances. In addition, the researchers wanted to determine which types of aggressive actions by the robot would induce depression in the rats (as demonstrated by rats that become less active), with the purpose of developing therapies to address the depression.The robot rat is approximately the same size as a regular white rat, and has front legs and feet for steering. In back, it has motorized wheels to help it maneuver. In one series of experiments, the researchers programmed WR-4 to operate in three different modes: chasing, where it simply follows a rat; a continuous attack, where the robot attacks a rat in a non-violent, non-stop fashion for a period oftime; and an interactive attack, where it attacks in a non-violent way only when the target moves. In this study, the researchers found that the interactive attack most successfully instigated the rats’ symptoms of depression.In another series of experiments, researchers stressed rats by putting them in difficult situations, such as having to rely on the robot rat for their food, or having to manipulate the robot physically to get its food.In one test, the robot was programmed to whirl about in random fashion, causing at least one subject rat to attempt to hide. Credit: Takanishi Lab/Waseda University Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more


Highly magnified gravitationally lensed red quasar detected by astronomers


first_img Citation: Highly magnified gravitationally lensed red quasar detected by astronomers (2018, July 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-highly-magnified-gravitationally-lensed-red.html Explore further Astronomers have discovered a highly magnified, gravitationally lensed quasi-stellar object (QSO). The newly found quasar, designated W2M J104222.11+164115.3, is dust-reddened, and exhibits a significant flux anomaly. The finding is reported in a paper published July 14 on the arXiv pre-print server. Quasars are active galactic nuclei of very high luminosity, emitting electromagnetic radiation observable in radio, infrared, visible, ultraviolet and X-ray wavelengths. They are among the brightest and most distant objects in the known universe, and serve as fundamental tools for numerous studies in astrophysics as well as cosmology. Some quasars are obscured by dust as they transition from a heavily dust-enshrouded phase to typical, unobscured QSOs, which reddens their light. Finding quasars during such a transition could help astronomers better understand the processes of galaxy evolution and star formation.A group of astronomers led by Eilat Glikman of the Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont, has conducted a search for red quasars by analyzing the available data from the WISE and 2MASS (W2M) surveys. They were selecting objects based on their infrared colors, which resulted in identifying 40 red QSOs. Among the newly found objects was one quasar designated W2M J104222.11+164115.3 (W2M J1042+1641 for short). This QSO interested the researchers as it was more luminous than any other known radio-quiet quasar and implied extreme properties suggestive of gravitational lensing.”In this paper, we report the discovery of a quadruply lensed, radio-quiet red quasar discovered in a search for red quasars using WISE color selection and no radio criterion,” the paper reads.In order to get more detailed information about W2M J1042+1641, Glikman’s team also analyzed observational data of this quasar collected by Hubble Space Telescope (HST), Large Binocular Telescope (LBT), NASA Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF) and Keck I telescope.W2M J1042+1641 was found at a redshift of 2.517. According to the paper, the quasar has an infrared luminosity of about 120 trillion solar luminosities and is moderately reddened from dust intrinsic to its environment. The researchers noted that W2M J1042+1641 exhibits outflows in its spectrum as well as morphological properties suggestive of it being in a merger-driven transitional phase. Moreover, the quasar showcases significant flux anomaly as its 20 cm flux density was found to be below 1.0 mJy.In concluding remarks, the researchers emphasized that the case of W2M J1042+1641 could be helpful for studies of less luminous, more typical infrared-selected quasar at high redshift. However, they noted that the origin of flux anomalies of this quasar is still uncertain, which should be a target for further investigation.”Microlensing magnification maps may be explored to investigate the possibility of the flux anomalies being due to microlensing. On a longer timescale, monitoring observations would separate microlensing and intrinsic flux variations. Since the quasar is radio-faint, observations probing narrow line emission from the source, too spatially extended to be affected by microlensing, would be required to separate the effects of microlensing and substructure,” the astronomers wrote in the paper. New quasar discovered by astronomers Color combined HST WFC3/IR F125W and F160W images of W2M J1042+1641 over two visits along with output from a morphological analysis with galfit (Peng et al. 2002). Credit: Glikman et al., 2018. More information: A highly magnified gravitationally lensed red quasar at z = 2.5 with significant flux anomaly: Uncovering a missing population, arXiv:1807.05434 [astro-ph.GA] arxiv.org/abs/1807.05434AbstractWe present the discovery of a gravitationally lensed dust-reddened QSO at z=2.517 discovered in a survey for red QSOs by infrared selection. Hubble Space Telescope imaging in the WFC3/IR F160W and F125W filters reveals a quadruply lensed system in a cusp configuration. We find that compared to the central image of the cusp, the nearby, brightest image is anomalous by a factor of ∼7−11. Although the source is extremely bright in the mid-infrared, a magnification by a factor of ∼50−120 places an upper limit of 1.35 mJy on the intrinsic mid-infrared brightness, well below the WISE W4 detection limit of 6 mJy. We find that this QSO is moderately reddened, with E(B−V)=0.7 and that ∼1% of the intrinsic spectrum is leaked back into the line of sight resulting in an upturn in its UV spectrum. We conclude that the QSO’s reddening is intrinsic and not due to the lens. Consistent with previous red quasar samples, this source exhibits outflows in its spectrum as well as morphological properties suggestive of it being in a merger-driven transitional phase. Depending on how Lbol is computed, the quasar’s accretion rate may be as high as 0.26 LEdd. We detect two Lyman limit systems, at z=2.102 and z=2.431, with absorption by metal lines likely at small impact parameter to the QSO, and a putative lens redshift of z=0.599. Given the rarity of quad lenses, the discovery of this source allows detailed study of a less luminous, more typical infrared-selected quasar at high redshift. © 2018 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more


Midge swarms show mechanical properties behave as a viscoelastic material


first_imgMean swarm response to an oscillating swarm marker. (A) Trajectories (>40 s long) of individual midges (each color corresponding to a different midge) are individually convoluted but remain localized over the ground-based swarm marker (black square). (B) Sketch of our experimental setup. Swarms form inside a plexiglass cube measuring 122 cm on a side and are imaged using three cameras mounted outside the enclosure. The swarm marker (in dark gray) is mounted on a linear stage (in red) that can be oscillated over a range of controlled frequencies and amplitudes along the direction indicated by the white arrows, which we label as the x direction. z increases vertically from the swarm marker (antiparallel to gravity), with the marker itself at z = 0. Midge development tanks (light blue) and four infrared light-emitting diode arrays (yellow; additional arrays on top of the enclosure are not shown) are also shown. (C) Phase-averaged position of the center of the swarm marker XM and the center of mass of the swarm XS. The swarm center of mass tracks the sinusoidal motion of the marker, although with a reduced amplitude and a phase lag. (D) The amplitude of the swarm center-of-mass motion AS as a function of the amplitude of the marker motion AM for two different oscillation frequencies, showing a linear relationship between the two. The shaded area shows the SEM. Microrobots that can form into multiple types of swarming shapes A team of researchers from Stanford University and Rothamsted Research, has found that midge swarms have some types of mechanical properties and also respond to a stimulus at times as a viscoelastic. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the group describes their study of swarm behavior in a species of midges and what they found. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Citation: Midge swarms show mechanical properties, behave as a viscoelastic material (2019, July 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-07-midge-swarms-mechanical-properties-viscoelastic.html More information: Kasper van der Vaart et al. Mechanical spectroscopy of insect swarms, Science Advances (2019). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aaw9305 © 2019 Science X Networkcenter_img Play Reconstructed positions of individual midges (black dots) in a swarm viewed from the side. A swarm marker (red line), which is a black square plate, oscillates back and forth below the swarm resulting in a travelling wave that travels upward through the swarm away from the marker. Credit: Kasper van der Vaart Explore further Journal information: Science Advances 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. Midges are an unofficial classification of two-winged fly. There are many species, most of which are associated with swarms that live near water or marshy areas. In this new effort, the researchers wanted to learn more about the physical properties of swarming behavior from the perspective of an entire swarm, rather than the individuals in it. To that end, they obtained a mass of male Chironomus riparius, which are known to swarm over a given object such as a tree stump as part of their mating ritual—the swarm allows the females to find them from a distance. In their lab, the researchers placed a square of black felt on the bottom of a tank for the midges to use as their orienting object. When the piece of felt was moved, the swarm responded to it. To test swarm responses to it, the felt square was attached to a small oscillating device.The researchers report that they focused specifically on how the swarm responded as an entire unit to the moving object below them. They report that it behaved in a layered manner, with those closest to the moving object responding faster than those in more distant layers. The researchers suggest this was likely due to propagation delays in messaging between individuals. They also observed mechanical properties—and sometimes the swarm behaved elastically, while at other times it behaved more like a viscous liquid—which, in physics terms, meant it was behaving like a viscoelastic material. They also found that sometimes, the viscosity properties were overcome by the elastic properties, which led to an observed dampening effect of the swarm’s overall movement. The researchers suggest this made the swarm more stable, making it easier for the females to find it. They also suggest their findings might have some relevance to swarming robotics efforts.last_img read more


Making for a laugh or two


first_imgThese two comedians will have you ROFLing – this is our guarantee.Abijit Ganguly has been performing as a Stand-Up artist for three years now. His humour is essentially anything and everything he finds funny, be it stereotype observations, alcoholism, office experience, student life, relationships marriage comparison, Facebook, societal problems, middle class life, etc. Abijit has performed extensively in the cities of Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Neeti Palta brings to the English Stand Up Comedy scene in India what it sorely lacks – a female perspective. Being amongst the only English female stand ups in the Indian circuit she has the unique advantage of presenting the female point of view on a variety of subjects – the life of a woman in India, Indian parents, uniquely Indian idiosyncrasies, current affairs(Ok, a lot of that).  She has done over 150 shows across Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Udaipur and Goa. Don’t miss them!WHEN: 5 January, 7pmWHERE: Alliance Francaise de Delhilast_img read more


Strangers are sometimes easier to talk to


first_imgI can’t interact with people hence I get secluded in social gatherings. I don’t know why but I can’t make friends. I’m 24, male and am single. How do I get out of this?Tuhin, New DelhiIn today’s day and age it is indeed a bit important to meet and socialize. I suggest, you start spending time with a small group of friends. Make it a point to participate in discussions. Initiate topics that interest you. Start interacting with strangers while travelling. Strangers are sometimes easier to talk to. Start with small talks and gradually weave longer conversations. Good Luck! There’s nothing to lose, just open up! Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’My sister’s husband is having an affair with someone. They have a 3-year-old daughter. How do we convince my brother-in-law to come out of that trap?Savita, HaryanaConvincing someone to do anything against his/her own will is impossible. Ideally your sister or you should have a open chat with the man. Try to understand the reality and if need be, the couple should go to a professional counselor to take help for reconstructing their marriage.My husband is determined to live in the joint family. But, it’s killing me. I come from a peaceful nuclear family and living with nine people is a torture! What to do? Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixMeenal, GujaratI’m sure you knew the family and its members before stepping in. It’s difficult to convince a man to move out of his set up. You should not lose hope and request him to look for an alternate address close to the original house. Explain to him with love, tears and pleas if needed. Let’s hope he understands your problem and take steps accordingly.My husband is mixing with a very wrong group and is frequenting night clubs and dance bars. He’s spending through his credit cards too! I’m worried. How can I stop him? Divya Sinha, DelhiJust hide his credit cards and ensure he doesn’t splurge this way. He should be made to understand the outcome of the life he’s leading now. Either you or some friend/relative should talk to him. If need be, involve the parents who sometimes have the right medicine for recovery.Can you give me some information on ‘safe period’. I’m getting married next month and feel nervous already.Name withheldOne should know the duration of the cycle, i.e. first day of the last menstrual bleeding to the first day of the next menstrual bleeding. This is the duration of the menstrual cycle. This duration varies from person to person and is usually between 26 to 31 days. Ovulation approximately occurs in the middle of the cycle, i.e. duration of the cycle – (minus) 14 days (this also varies). A week before and a week after the approximate day of ovulation is considered to be the ‘fertile’. The days apart from this is called the ‘safe’.Have a love or life query you cannot find an answer to? Send your questions to – roopshashotm@gmail.comlast_img read more


Celebrating different cultures through art


first_imgWith the world shrinking fast, cultural boundaries are vanishing and festivals have become global! An online art exhibition When worlds collide is a nine-day long display of this blending of cultures. Organised by Touchtalent.com, an online community for art and creativity, the exhibition will focus on the festivals from different regions like Diwali and Halloween. This exhibition would be live from 23 to 31October.Ankit Prasad, co-founder and  CEO? of Touchtalent.com said, ‘This is an impressive opportunity for creative users from across the globe ?to be part of the? exhibition and celebrate world’s two important festivals?.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Touchtalent.com is a community of creative individuals to share appreciate and monetize creativity. Touchtalent has a social reach of 60 millions in over 192 countries. Everyday users from more than 100 countries visit Touchtalent to showcase their creative content.One sees a lot of creativity around these two festivals. In India people love to create and gift paintings, decorate their houses with rangoli etc, while in the west people dress creatively on the occasion of Halloween. The exhibition is an ingenious way of appreciating the diversity of faith. They are looking for entries that can celebrate the colourful and assorted celebrations all over the world.Artists can upload their creative work on www.touchtalent.com with hashtags #Festivals #Halloween or #Diwali before 22 October’. All selected artworks would be displayed in the exhibition.last_img read more


Colours of concern


first_imgThe Capital gears up for the fourth edition of India on Canvas that opens tomorrow. It is an endeavour that brings together some of the most eminent personalities with some of the greatest names in the art fraternity to jointly produce canvas that will be auctioned for Khushii (Kinship for Humanitarian, Social and Holistic Intervention in India), a non-governmental organisation led by a team of committed philanthropists and headed by legendary cricketer, Kapil Dev. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The artworks are open for preview from January 9 till 15. India on Canvas, with its unusual concept, has been a successful platform in all its previous three editions, helping merge the divide between the underprivileged and the privileged.  The auction will take place on January 15 at the residence of the British High Commissioner, New Delhi.India on Canvas Edition IV will also see a work created by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi in collaboration with celebrated artist Satish Gupta. The painting titled Om NAMO Shivay is a tribute to Lord Shiva and is a beautiful melange of sculpture and painting on a single canvas. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThis edition of India on Canvas has also produced some extremely unique works of art ever created in India. Personalities such as the Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, MC Mary Kom, Shahrukh Khan, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, Sister Shivani Brahamkumari,  Chetan Bhagat, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, Rekha Vishal Bhardwaj and many respectable others spared their valuable time to paint for the cause just as they enjoyed discovering the creative side of their personality.  India on Canvas is also being supported by India Inc with names like Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Pinky Reddy, Harsh Neotia, Tarini Jindal, Amit Kalyani, Arti Kirloskar, Bindu Kapoor and many others lending their support. Some of the biggest names in Indian art such as Akbar Padamsee, Satish Gupta, GR Iranna, Sanjay Bhattacharya, Anjolie Ela Menon, Ranbir Kaleka, Paresh Maity, Jayasri Burman, Mithu Sen, TV Santosh, Bose Krishnamachari, Manu Parekh, Seema Kohli and others have put in their best efforts to accommodate the eminent Indians’ creativity and blend it with their own creative styles.When: January 9 – 15 Time: 11 am- 6pm Where: Khushii 45, Silver Oaks Farm, Vasant Kunjlast_img read more


CAT 2018 to be held on Nov 25


first_imgKolkata: The Indian Institutes of Managements (IIMs) will release the notification for the Common Admission Test 2018 (CAT) on Sunday. The registration for CAT 2018 will start from August 8 until September 19.According to Prof Sumanta Basu, convener, CAT 2018, the examination will be conducted on November 25, 2018 (Sunday) in two sessions. The test centres will be spread across 147 cities.Candidates will be given the option to select four test cities in order of preference. Cities and centres will be assigned to the candidates only after the last date of CAT 2018 registration. Hence, candidates need not rush to block slots and cities in the initial days of registration. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe authorities will try their best to assign candidates to their first preferred city. In case it is not possible, they will be assigned a city following their given order of preference and in the rare case, if a candidate is not allotted any of the preferred cities, he/she will be allotted an alternate city. However, candidates will not be able to select the session because it will be assigned randomly.Candidates must pay the registration fee online, through credit cards, debit cards and net banking. After submitting their applications, candidates will be permitted to download their examination admit card from October 24 onwards, till the date of test. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe CAT website contains a section on ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ (FAQ) that addresses some of the commonly asked queries regarding the examination. Candidates may also contact the CAT help desk through email or phone. Candidates will be allotted exactly 60 minutes for answering questions in each section and they are not allowed to switch from one section to another while answering questions in a particular section. Candidates are advised to work on the tutorials available on the CAT website well in advance.last_img read more


Agri dept stocks seeds for alternate farming in wheat blast affected areas


first_imgKolkata: The state Agriculture department has ensured sufficient stock of seeds for alternate farming in January and February, at wheat blast affected areas in Nadia and Murshidabad.Asish Banerjee, the state Agriculture minister, held a high level meeting at Hanskhali block in Nadia on Monday, in which senior district officials, representatives of Zilla Parishad and MLAs were present. He also visited a farm at the same block. The initiative to keep the stock of seeds for cultivation in January and February has been taken so that farmers get the same on time and can utilise it properly for maximum yield. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe step to stock the seeds for farming in January and February was taken while carrying out the task of distributing the seeds among farmers for cultivation in the current season. The state government has taken steps to distribute seeds free of cost for alternate farming among farmers, on whose agricultural land wheat cultivation cannot be carried out for the time being due to wheat blast. It was in 2017 when wheat blast disease had hit around 1,000 hectares of agricultural land in Nadia and Murshidabad districts. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe state Agriculture department had taken immediate steps. The cultivation of wheat in the area was also stopped for the next two years and in such a situation, the Mamata Banerjee government had decided to initiate distribution of seeds of mustard and pulses for alternate farming, to support the farmers in the area. The steps had helped to check the disease from spreading and officials of the state Agriculture department have been in regular touch with farmers in the area, to extend necessary help to them. Banerjee said: “Distribution of seeds for the current season has been completed on time and sufficient stock of seeds for cultivation of alternate crops in January and February has also been ensured.” It may be recalled that the Agriculture minister and top brass of the state Agriculture department had repeatedly visited the wheat blast affected areas in Nadia and Murshidabad. Moreover, necessary steps were taken to ensure that farmers do not face any problem when they cannot cultivate wheat. Steps were also taken to set up pulse processing mills in the region, so that farmers do not have to take their yield too far for processing. The state government has also ensured completion of distribution of compensation among farmers who had incurred loss due to hailstorms. Following direction of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, distribution of the compensation has been completed within October 15. In Nadia, around 10 blocks were affected due to hailstorms and 62,000 farmers have received the compensation. A compensation of Rs 22.05 crore has been distributed among farmers in the district.last_img read more


Priya Cinema to open gates for Kolkatans after 6month hiatus


first_imgKolkata: After being closed for more than six months, the iconic Priya Cinema on Rashbehari Avenue of South Kolkata, will open its gates for cinephiles on Thursdayfor a special screening of Satyajit Ray’s cult classic Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne. The landmark single-screen theatre, which had been closed off in the month of August after a fire broke out during one of its late-night movie screenings, has now been revamped with state-of-the-art seating arrangements and fire safety equipment. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe opening of the theatre has created quite a buzz in Tollywood, as celebrities like Prosenjit Chatterjee, Kaushik Ganguly, Arindam Sil, Gautam Ghosh and Abir Chatterjee, among others, will be attending the special screening which will begin from 7 pm. Arijit Dutta, the managing director of Priya Entertainment Private Limited, said: “After receiving licence from the Fire department, the theatre will be restarted on Thursday evening, where we will have a special screening of Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne in the original black and white 35 mm print. We have particularly selected this movie for the screening as I feel that it is the most iconic Bengali movie ever made, which is of concern to the general public nationally as well as internationally.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataApart from the celebrities, a considerable number of moviegoers will also get a taste of the special screening as some passes have also been handed out to the general public free of cost, after announcements were made on social media about the same. Extending his regards to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her support, Dutta said: “We have installed the most modern fire safety equipment available in the market and the structures of the building, which is more than 65 years old, have also been repaired. The seating arrangements have also been refashioned as we have drastically increased the leg space by bringing down the number of seats from 930 to 540, apart from installing recliner sofas. We have also done some revamping to the interiors as the lobby has been done up differently.” Followed by Thursday’s special screening, the theatre will screen movies like Kaushik Ganguly’s Nagarkirtan, along with shows of Double Dhamaal and Gully Boy on Friday.last_img read more


Theatre Institution or a stepping stone


first_img“Despite the onset of cinema and the explosion in the digital space, theatre has still not lost its sheen,” says Rakesh Bedi, a highly acclaimed actor known for his contributions in the theatre, film and television industry. He feels that approximately 3000 years old art form – which has always been a powerful medium of expression – just cannot be replaced by the new emerging media.But what makes it stand out from the rest?Bedi feels the secret lies in theatre’s responsibility of reflecting the reality of society. “Just like cinema, the theatre also tries to show the real face of the society. However, cinema is obliged to situations that are commercially prevailing and thus may not have the complete liberty. Theatre definitely portrays the real face of society and people enjoy seeing their own reflection on stage”, says Bedi, who has been working for 10 years in the industry. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBut above all, what’s interesting to note is how theatre is catching the eye of millennials. They are no more interested to sit back as the audience but are willingly exhibiting their enthusiasm through active participation. Is that because theatre is being used as a launchpad for aspiring actors who wish to become a part of the showbiz industry? Though theatre has produced uncountable talented gems including Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi Rajkummar Rao, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who later went to explore the film industry, It doesn’t seem ethical to use the platform as a stepping stone to enter the world of showbiz. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveBedi however does not find any harm in it.”I don’t see any harm if some youngsters join theatre as a stepping stone towards cinema or any other career in the world of media or television. But youngsters must understand that it is not a stepping stone but an institution and space where you practice your art. Theatre gives artists a platform to experiment with various subjects, improve their craft and experience subjects which may not be available if they are doing just cinema,” explain Bedi, who is in the town to perform ingenious, funny and brilliantly crafted masterpiece, ‘Wrong Number’. The play will bring together actors like Tanaaz Irani, Delnaaz Irani, Avtar Gill, Kishwar Merchant, Rajesh Puri and Rahul Bhuchar. Despite the growing popularity, theatre as a full-time profession is still considered to be a risk in India. Pointing towards the reasons behind the insecurity, Bedi further said, “The mind-set of people has been to watch theatre for free since they don’t want to buy tickets. They might buy expensive tickets for cinema but still hold back when it comes to buying expensive theatre tickets. However, the mind-set is changing now and especially in a city like Delhi, I have seen it change over the past 15 years. Audiences in the metros are willing to spend money if the content, performances and the production is good. But a lot of change needs to occur in the mind sets of those living in smaller cities. Immense hard work is being done by theatre enthusiasts and production houses to promote theatre aggressively across India.”The veteran actor is extremely excited and looking forward to the first performance of ‘Wrong Number’, which will be staged on May 20 at the Kamani auditorium. Sharing his joy, Bedi stated, “All the actors in the play are well known to me for many years as we have worked together on different projects at different times. Working with them feels like home. There are a lot of incidents that I would like to share but frankly, the fun of this play was that the entire cast went beyond the confines of the script and that’s what makes this play extremely special.”last_img read more


Sanitation worker killed in accidental firing


first_imgKolkata: A man was killed when a bullet fired accidentally from the service revolver of the security guard of Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Egra and hit him in his head.The tragic incident happened when the security guard of Aftab Ali was cleaning his service revolver. The temporary sanitation worker Tarun Gharai, who died because of the firing, was declared brought dead at the local hospital. The police have arrested Pradip Singh, who is the security guard of Ali for his involvement in the incident. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAccording to police sources the incident took place in the barrack of security guards for VIPs when the victim was engaged in adda with Singh and some of his associates. Gharai was seated just in front of Singh when the incident took place. Gharai wanted to have a look at the revolver of Singh when the bullet got misfired with the hand of the latter getting pressed against the trigger. The bullet hit his head and he fell down on the ground due to its impact. He was first rushed to Egra super speciality hospital and was soon referred to Medinipur Medical College Hospital. However he succumbed to his injuries in the way. The police has slapped a case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder against Singh. SDPO Ali could not be contacted for comments.last_img read more


Strengthening IndoThai cultural bond


first_imgNamaste Thailand Festival, organised by Royal Thai Embassy, New Delhi, is coming back with loads of fun-filled activities and workshops from March 15 – 17, 2019 at Select City Walk, New Delhi. The cultural fiesta is being organised to commemorate 72 years of Indo-Thai diplomatic relations.The formation of bilateral relations between Thailand and India has witnessed immense growth since 1947. The religious, cultural, mythological and commercial exchanges between the two countries have existed since centuries. Therefore a festival of Thai food, products, music, performances, and culture is all set to further strengthen the cultural bond and enthrall the Delhiites. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe three-day event will offer a range of wonderful activities and workshops where one can enjoy with Mulberry paper mini umbrella, body painting, button badge activities, posing with Thai costumes and a lot more. The festival will bring a diverse range of stalls which include women’s fashion, paper flowers, accessories, jewellery, home decorations, relaxation aromas and souvenirs to add extra Thai cultural flavor to the festival. Three quiz competitions about Thailand and its culture are going to be the highlight of the festival. Also, visitors can also experience the exquisite Thai cuisines from the much-popular ‘Nueng Roi’ by Radisson Blu. Renowned Thai artists like Asia-7 and a Thai Jazz-fusion band will culminate the festival on a musical note.last_img read more


Colin and Rob Parker discuss the Adam Jones Fenway incident and Bostons


first_img Advertisement EPISODE 9: FS1 Analyst, Rob ParkerThis week, Colin is joined by FS1 analyst and longtime Detroit sports columnist Rob Parker.Colin and Parker discuss Adam Jones receiving racist taunts at Fenway; if Boston’s reputation as a racist sports city is deserved; if heckling should be banned; the decline of substantive sports journalism; and what Rob sees for the future of Detroit.Listen here: Download and subscribe to The Herd: Saturday Special Podcast, exclusively at TheHerdNow.com, iHeart Radio, Google Play, or Apple Podcasts. Get your weekend Herd fix.last_img


3D Printed Holiday Ornaments Why Not


first_img It’s not every year that advanced manufacturing geeks can get jazzed about decorating for the holidays.But MakerBot is bringing together the world of 3-D printers and interior decorating. The New York City-based 3-D printer manufacturer has launched a contest for designs of 3-D-printed holiday ornaments.The contest is co-sponsored by Studio 360, a public radio show hosted by Kurt Anderson. If the winner of the ornament contest is in the U.S., he or she will get a $1000 voucher to travel to New York City and participate in a live Studio 360 with Kurt Anderson event on Dec. 17 with the CEO of MakerBot, Bre Pettis. If the winner is located outside the U.S., then the winner will participate in the Dec. 17 event through Skype.Related: Need a Prototype? 3-D Printers Coming to UPS Stores“Ornaments are always fun to create and often have special meaning to individuals and families, so it will be awesome to create some favorite holiday ornaments or design new ones that can be shared on Thingiverse and 3-D printed to give to family and friends,” Pettis said in a statement.A winner will be selected based on the originality of the design, the appropriateness of the holiday theme and the viability for the design to be made with a 3-D printer.Submit your design and see other ornaments on the MakerBot website here.Related: Intel’s Futurist: We’ll Soon Be Living In Computers 2 min read Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowcenter_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. November 27, 2013last_img read more


Apple Wants to Expand Its Footprint in the Workplace


first_img This story originally appeared on Reuters November 11, 2014 5 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Apple Inc is embarking on its most aggressive expansion yet onto corporate turf, hiring a dedicated sales force to talk with potential clients like Citigroup Inc and working in concert with a dozen or so developers, two sources familiar with its plans say.Experts say the company hopes to offset a gradual deceleration in growth – highlighted by iPad sales that have declined three straight quarters – by expanding its footprint in the workplace.Three months after unveiling a partnership with IBM to develop apps for corporate clients and sell them on devices, the iPhone maker’s plans to challenge sector leaders Hewlett-Packard, Dell Inc, Oracle and SAP are starting to take shape.Details remain scant, but some industry experts say that the tie-up with Big Blue gives Apple an opportunity to begin to challenge Hewlett Packard’s and Dell’s dominance of office IT, and Oracle and SAP’s command of work applications. Depending on its progress, it may hamper Microsoft, Samsung’s or Google’s own efforts in the nascent market for mobile work applications.Apps developers and other sources familiar with Apple’s plans who could not speak publicly provided additional details on how the iPhone maker is working behind the scenes.The iPhone maker has worked closely with a group of startups, including ServiceMax and PlanGrid, that already specialize in selling apps to corporate America. The two people familiar with the plans, but who could not speak publicly about them, say Apple is already in talks with other mobile enterprise developers to bring them into a more formal partnership.PlanGrid is a mobile app for construction workers to share and view blueprints. ServiceMax is a mobile app that makes it easy for companies to manage fleets of field service technicians by ensuring they have access to the right information.Apple has been sending dedicated sales teams to talk to chief information officers. At least one financial services corporation, Citigroup, has been in talks to sign on, one of the two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.Another person familiar with the developer’s plans told Reuters that ServiceMax, whose existing customers include Procter & Gamble and DuPont, has co-hosted eight dinners with Apple over the past year in locations across the United States. About 25 or 30 chief information officers and “chief service officers” typically show up at these joint marketing and sales events.ServiceMax declined comment on what they were specifically working on with Apple. PlanGrid also declined comment.But ServiceMax chief marketing officer, Stacey Epstein, said about 95 percent of its customers use Apple devices. Each new customer will typically order thousands of iPhones and iPads, she added.”The field service market alone is a $15 billion market,” said Epstein. “One of our accounts may have thousands of field service technicians. It’s a huge market opportunity for Apple.”Apple declined to comment for this story.’Messy, Stupid’ Demands’Apple has mostly kept its plans under wraps since July, when it announced the deal with IBM. Their partnership has alternately been hailed as a dream alliance, or dismissed as an uncertain tie-up between two companies with very different philosophies.Many American corporations already deploy tablets among their workforces, for purposes ranging from pharmaceutical sales to mobile accounting.“From Apple’s point of view the enterprise is really messy, oftentimes unreasonable or even stupid in its demands,” said John Rymer, an analyst at Forrester. “They’ve never had a business model to deal with any of that. But they do want the penetration and they do want what market share they can get.”Its rivals harbor similar ambitions. A separate source familiar with the matter said Samsung is stepping up its efforts to sell devices to large enterprise clients. The company hired former chief information officer Robin Bienfait to spearhead that effort, and is on the hunt for acquisition opportunities, the person said. The source requested anonymity as they were involved in private conversations. Apple also needed help to penetrate corporations. It is relying on IBM’s predictive software, enterprise-grade security and data analytics to set its upcoming suite of apps apart from rival offerings from Oracle and Microsoft, the two original sources said.Personnel from IBM Global Technology Services, its outsourced IT division, will handle technical support for clients under the initiative, and the two companies also plan on setting up a dedicated 24-7 hotline, according to a recently updated Apple support website.The iPhone maker may be trying to replicate the model that served the iPhone well: hook the client on the software and content, then keep them coming back for the hardware, which is what drives the lions’ share of Apple’s bottom line.“It does make sense, but the devil’s in the details,” said Rymer at Forrester. “The apps have to work and be economic. Can they produce solutions that are meaningful to enough people and reduce the cost over the customers doing it themselves? We’ll see.”(Editing by Edwin Chan, Bernard Orr) Register Now »last_img read more


Does Your Company Need a Custom Tech Platform


first_img 4 min read June 19, 2015 Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. If you want your business to provide your team members and customers with a technology platform that simplifies and streamlines key tasks, you have two options: pre-existing software or custom-built software.Related: Before You Purchase Software for Your Business, Consider These Do’s and Don’tsSome off-the-shelf platforms are partially customizable, are updated frequently and are economical; but many companies are realizing the benefits of the second option, custom-built software. In fact, 66 percent of companies say they will invest in those solutions over the next five years. Should you follow suit?Depending on the nature of your business, a custom technology platform may be your best or only option. For instance, you may have a unique set of needs that no existing product can meet, or perhaps the current options are simply too slow. Those obstacles are more common than you might think — more than 70 percent of companies say they’re unable to find the perfect system.Ultimately, however, the decision to build a custom technology platform should hinge on whether existing software is aiding or hindering your company’s growth.Weigh your decision carefully.Initially, our company used pre-existing software because it was affordable, easy to implement and convenient to obtain. Eventually, though, we realized that the lack of customization was hindering our business’ growth rate. We decided to invest in the creation of a technology platform that would suit our exact needs, and we’ve never looked back.In some instances, a great custom platform can provide your company with an entirely new revenue stream. Basecamp, for example, developed an internal online project-management app that was so good other businesses wanted to use it.Despite Basecamp’s success, you should devote a long period to brainstorming and careful consideration before you too move forward with creating custom software. Ask yourself, “Will an expensive custom platform add true value to my company?” A local coffee shop, for instance, may not benefit from spending tens of thousands of dollars on exclusive accounting software when QuickBooks will suffice.Related: With Open-Source Software, You Don’t Have to Start From ScratchOnce you do decide that custom software will add value to your business, consider your time line and budget. Software development can be a long, expensive process, and you rarely create the perfect product on your first try. There will likely be several iterations.If you’re short on time or funds, you might be better off living with what you can develop in a limited amount of time, even if it addresses only 80 percent of your needs. There will always be more time to upgrade your system. One of the benefits of developing custom software is the luxury to do just that: Revise and test the new functionality of the system.You might also consider how steep the learning curve will be. A custom technology platform is only as effective as the team members using it, so ample training is key.Ease the transition.Once you opt for a custom technology platform, there are three things you can do to make the process easier:1. Invest your resources strategically.You may spend a great deal of time and money on your platform before you ever see a minimally functional product. Be sure to budget your resources and plan accordingly. If you’re looking for a quick-fix solution, an off-the-shelf option may be better in the short term while you have your long-term goals set on a custom platform.2. Determine your mission-critical features. You likely don’t need a platform with 1,000 features. Do preliminary research to determine which ones will truly enhance your business and give you a competitive edge. You can always supplement your new technology platform with existing software. In the early stages of development, your priority should be creating a functioning product, not building out bells and whistles.3. Build a great development team.Ideally, you have an all-star in-house development team. If you can’t currently afford this asset, it’s relatively easy to find great developers who will work on a freelance basis, allowing you to gradually build an in-house team.Developing a custom technology platform ultimately involves an investment of time, money and patience. While it’s neither quick nor easy, a custom platform can ultimately mean the difference between stagnation and growth. Related: How to Know When to Bring Software Development In Houselast_img read more