Intel roadmap leaked for SoC with Ivy Bridge graphics

first_img( — Bridges, trails, piers, and trees are familiar territory words for world travelers but for Intel workers they are more importantly code words and a number of them that are planted on the Intel roadmap have leaked. According to recent reports, Intel plans a Valley View Atom chip that has Ivy Bridge graphics. Intel’s insider description of the new Valley View is as a “CedarView-like chip but with an Ivy Bridge graphics core.” Explore further Citation: Intel roadmap leaked for SoC with Ivy Bridge graphics (2012, March 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2011 One site noted the potential of Ivy Bridge graphics is that it will be twenty to fifty percent faster than Sandy Bridge. Accordinbg to the leaked slides, the Valley View processor belongs to a chipset that is code-named Balboa Pier, Other details indicate a fanless Valley View system with up to 8GB of RAM, USB 3.0, and up to four times the graphical performance of previous Atoms,Still more details that emerged: The Atom Valley View processor will have integrated memory controller “Pondicherry” memory arbiter as well as Ivy Bridge and will support output to two DisplayPort monitors, one HDMI panel, and other outputs.Comments from tech blogs have also noted that, based on the details, signs are that the chip will ditch third-party graphics and instead use Intel’s in-house integrated GPU that is in Ivy Bridge. Last month, Michael Larabel of Phoronix reported that Intel was planning to drop PowerVR Graphics in future-generation SoCs. “With in-house graphics hopefully leveraging their existing and mature driver code-base, they would also be able to have an advantage on the driver side, especially if the support is available to everyone as open-source.” The question, say observers, is if Intel is really planning all this star-quality power for technology that will go into market-sluggish netbooks. The flip side of the question, as some suggest, is that the new Valley View Atom will revive marketplace attraction toward netbooks.center_img Valley View is seen as a major upgrade in the wings to the Atom platform and the details have been widely circulated on blogs and tech news sites. VLV, the shortened name for the Valley View Atom, is said to be at the heart of Intel’s future-generation low-power, low-cost platform. The release will support Intel’s ability to tout better integrated graphics in mobile computing devices. The release date is expected some time next year.The most talked-about feature in Intel-watching blogs and forums appears to be centered on the Ivy Bridge graphics core, which will boost support for HD video and 3D graphics in future Atom processors, and will improve on support for Linux-based operating systems. Samsung offers full refund for Intel chip 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

NASA researchers replace silica with polymers to create more flexible aerogels

first_img In the research, led by Mary Ann B. Meador, who described the teams’ efforts at a recent national meeting of the American Chemical Society, the group first tried coating the silica with various polymers to see if they could reduce the brittleness, but such efforts proved very slow and the results exhibited low melting temperatures, which reduced their usefulness. For those reasons, they wondered if it might not be possible to simply replace the silica with some type of polymer altogether, because the only purpose of the silica in the first place was to allow for a structure to exist. The problem of course, is that with most such polymers, when subjected to supercritical drying, they tend to shrink, just like jellies back in the thirties. Thus, the team had to find another approach.That approach involved cross linking certain polymers with a bridging compound resulting in a new polymer that was stiff enough to hold its shape when subjected to supercritical drying, yet would remain flexible overall; an approach that worked so well that the team was able to create several different types of polymer aerogels that exhibit extraordinary properties.Some of the new examples proved to be exceedingly strong; enough so to support a car when constructed as a thick slab and placed under a tire, the team reports. Others could be made into thin sheets with superb thermal resistance due to their being up to 95% air, which opens the door to a myriad of possibilities ranging from sleeping bag linings to new kinds of refrigerator insulation.More importantly perhaps, at least to the research team, this being NASA after all, are the possibilities the new aerogels allow for future space missions, from space suit insulators to decelerator vehicle components that could one day help craft make it safely through the oftentimes harsh atmospheres found on other planets. (—Back in the early thirties, the story goes, a couple of unknown chemists set about betting one another as to whether they could remove the water from a jelly that had been gelled with pectin, without causing the jelly to shrink. The resultant efforts produced what are known today as aerogels, sometimes referred to as liquid smoke because of their very low densities. Chemists have produced them by mixing silica based materials with water, then removing the water via supercritical drying. Unfortunately, the material produced is very brittle and thus easily broken which limits its use. Because of this researchers at NASA’s Glenn Research Center looked to polymers (types of plastics) to see if a new type of aerogel could be created that would be less brittle. Explore further Credit: NASA’s Glenn Research Center © 2012 Polyimide AerogelsPolymer Aerogels Provide Insulation For Earth And Spacecenter_img More information: Citation: NASA researchers replace silica with polymers to create more flexible aerogels (2012, September 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Polymer-reinforced aerogel found resilient for space missions 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

Photon funnel could direct and regulate light into solar cells

first_img Journal information: Journal of the American Chemical Society It has often been said that solar cells are like artificial versions of the photosynthetic apparatuses found in plants, such as leaves, since both harvest sunlight. But nature’s leaves can do something that most solar cells cannot do: protect themselves against photochemical damage from overexposure to sunlight. Illustration of the light-harvesting funnel array that directs energy to a focal point along diverse routes, and then slowly off-loads the energy to a solar cell or other device. Credit: Raymond Ziessel, et al. ©2013 American Chemical Society More information: Raymond Ziessel, et al. “An Artificial Light-Harvesting Array Constructed from Multiple Bodipy Dyes.” Journal of the American Chemical Society. DOI: 10.1021/ja4049306 Researchers recreate photosynthesis to power devices © 2013 All rights reserved.center_img 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. Citation: Photon funnel could direct and regulate light into solar cells (2013, July 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from In an attempt to protect artificial light-harvesting devices from sun damage, chemists have designed a funnel-shaped molecular-scale array that harvests photons, spreads the energy around the array, and off-loads the energy at a relatively slow rate to a solar cell or other device. By regulating the amount of energy that enters the solar cell, the new array could extend the lifetime of the solar cell, which must function in harsh conditions associated with prolonged exposure to sunlight.The researchers, Raymond Ziessel, Gilles Ulrich, and Alexandre Haefele at the University of Strasbourg in France, along with Anthony Harriman at Newcastle University in the UK, have published their paper on their artificial light-harvesting array in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society.”UV light is harmful to the cells and to the supporting structure,” Harriman told “Photons are lost by way of annihilation, and optimal performance requires a steady flux of photons. This is even more important for water-splitting devices, which is where we see our light harvester having real applications.”The new array consists of 21 Bodipy (“boron-dipyrromethene”) dyes, which are highly fluorescent dyes known for their good light absorption and emission. The Bodipy dyes are arranged in a funnel-like design that converges onto a focal point. When exposed to light, the array guides the excitation energy from incident photons through the funnel through a series of cascading energy transfer steps until the energy reaches the focal point. The most important feature of the design is its ability to self-regulate its energy. When the focal point is in an excited state, further energy transfer to the focal point is restricted. In order to increase the amount of energy that reaches the focal point, the topology of the array provides diverse travel routes for the energy to ensure different arrival times. The strategy involves redistributing excess energy within the array until the focal point is no longer “saturated.” This mechanism for protecting against overexposure to sunlight is not strictly based on the mechanisms used by plants. In nature, various different mechanisms have evolved for this purpose, although the details of these mechanisms are still under active debate.While the properties of the new array are intriguing, the scientists add that the actual synthesis is also state-of-the-art. Using Bodipy dyes as building blocks allows certainty about the emergent structure, unlike when using other molecules, such as dendrimers, where it is difficult to assure complete growth with each layer. In the future, the molecular-scale funnel could protect solar cells by functioning as a sensitizer; that is, transferring energy in a controlled way to the solar cells or other external devices. The array also provides a benefit in stability compared with using a mixture of compounds. And although the array restricts energy transfer, it does not decrease solar cell efficiency.”At present, the limiting efficiency is coupling together the two systems,” Harriman said. “In principle, there should be no decrease in efficiency. The real advantage will come from using a large-area collector and a small-area solar cell.”In the future, the researchers plan to improve the transfer of photons from the array to the solar cell.”We are trying to build systems where the photons move easily from cluster to cluster before being trapped by the solar cell,” Harriman said. “Also, we are looking into ways to push the photons towards the solar cell, rather than rely on random migrations. This kind of quantum coherence might be important in certain cases in nature but is way beyond the current capability of artificial systems. We have ideas on how to improve and we foresee rapid progress in this field.”last_img read more

Survey of multiple species suggests mothers preference for cradling baby on left

first_imgCredit: CC0 Public Domain (—A team of researchers with members from Russia, the U.S. and Australia has found evidence that supports the theory that left-side support of babies by their mothers is tied to brain hemispherical functions. In their paper published in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution, the researchers describe their study of multiple mammal species and how their discovery bolsters a common theory of mother/offspring bonding behavior. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Citation: Survey of multiple species suggests mother’s preference for cradling baby on left tied to bonding (2017, January 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Study finds pregnant women show increased activity in right side of brain Many people may not have noticed, but mothers have a very strong tendency to support their babies on their left sides, especially when cradling them. Scientists have debated the reason for this with some suggesting that it allows the babies to hear the mother’s heart beat better. Others have suggested that it is due to differences in function in the two brain hemispheres. The left side is believed to be primarily concerned with processing language and making calculations, while the right side is more involved with processing emotions, recognizing faces, spatial awareness and music. The two hemispheres are also responsible for muscle control, of course, but it gets reversed in the processing—the right side of the brain controls the left side of the body while the left side of the brain controls movement of the right side of the body. A mother cradling her baby on the left, the theory goes, allows for both parties to engage more with their right hemispheres, which results in stronger bond building.To test this theory, the researchers conducted a survey of mothers and their offspring regarding left/right tendencies in multiple mammal species including oxen, reindeer, antelope, horses, walruses, sheep, three species of whales and two species of kangaroo. In so doing, they discovered that all of those surveyed had a similar preference for cradling on the left. They also found that during normal activities, offspring tended to hang around on the left side of their mothers—during times of crisis, however, offspring were moved to the other side, presumably to allow the mother to better offer physical protection.These findings, the researchers suggest, bolster the proposition that left/right preferences between mothers and offspring is based on brain hemispherical function. More information: Karina Karenina et al. Lateralization of mother–infant interactions in a diverse range of mammal species, Nature Ecology & Evolution (2017). DOI: 10.1038/s41559-016-0030AbstractLeft-cradling bias is a distinctive feature of maternal behaviour in humans and great apes, but its evolutionary origin remains unknown. In 11 species of marine and terrestrial mammal, we demonstrate consistent patterns of lateralization in mother–infant interactions, indicating right hemisphere dominance for social processing. In providing clear evidence that lateralized positioning is beneficial in mother–infant interactions, our results illustrate a significant impact of lateralization on individual fitness. © 2017 Phys.orglast_img read more

Physicists extend quantum machine learning to infinite dimensions

first_img How quantum effects could improve artificial intelligence Physicists have developed a quantum machine learning algorithm that can handle infinite dimensions—that is, it works with continuous variables (which have an infinite number of possible values on a closed interval) instead of the typically used discrete variables (which have only a finite number of values). More information: Hoi-Kwan Lau, Raphael Pooser, George Siopsis, and Christian Weedbrook. “Quantum Machine Learning over Infinite Dimensions.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.118.080501Also at arXiv:1603.06222 [quant-ph] The researchers, Hoi-Kwan Lau et al., have published a paper on generalizing quantum machine learning to infinite dimensions in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.As the physicists explain, quantum machine learning is a new subfield within the field of quantum information that combines the speed of quantum computing with the ability to learn and adapt, as offered by machine learning. One of the biggest advantages of having a quantum machine learning algorithm for continuous variables is that it can theoretically operate much faster than classical algorithms. Since many science and engineering models involve continuous variables, applying quantum machine learning to these problems could potentially have far-reaching applications.”Our work demonstrates the ability to take advantage of photonics to perform machine learning tasks on a quantum computer that could far exceed the speed of any conventional computer,” coauthor George Siopsis at the University of Tennessee told “Quantum machine learning also offers potential advantages such as lower energy requirements owing to the ability to store more information per qubit, and a very low cost per qubit compared to other technologies.”Most quantum machine learning algorithms developed so far work only with problems involving discrete variables. Applying quantum machine learning to continuous-variable problems requires a very different approach.To do this, the physicists had to develop a new set of tools that work with continuous variables. This involves replacing the logic gates that are used for discrete-variable states with physical gates, which work for continuous-variable states. Building up from these basic building blocks of the algorithm, the scientists then developed new methods that power the quantum machine learning problems, called subroutines, which are represented by matrices and vectors.Although the results of the study are purely theoretical, the physicists expect that the new algorithm for continuous variables could be experimentally implemented using currently available technology. The implementation could be done in several ways, such as by using optical systems, spin systems, or trapped atoms. Regardless of the type of system, the implementation would be challenging. For example, an optical implementation that the scientists outlined here would require some of the latest technologies, such as “cat states” (a superposition of the “0” and “1” states) and high rates of squeezing (to reduce quantum noise). In the future, the scientists hope to further investigate how continuous-variable quantum machine learning can be extended to replicate some of the latest results involving discrete variables. Another interesting avenue to pursue is a hybrid approach, which would combine the methods of both discrete and continuous variables in a single algorithm. © 2017 Explore furthercenter_img Citation: Physicists extend quantum machine learning to infinite dimensions (2017, March 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from The proposed optical set-up that could be used to implement the new quantum machine learning algorithm over infinite dimensions. Credit: Lau et al. ©2017 American Physical Society Journal information: Physical Review Letters This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Radio galaxy 3C 236 investigated with LOFAR

first_img Warped diffusive radio halo detected around the galaxy NGC 4565 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. Using the LOw Frequency ARray (LOFAR) astronomers took a closer look at the giant radio galaxy 3C 236. The observations, detailed in a paper published July 22 on the arXiv pre-print repository, shed more light on the morphology and structure of 3C 236, which could be helpful in advancing our knowledge about radio galaxies in general. © 2019 Science X Network Citation: Radio galaxy 3C 236 investigated with LOFAR (2019, July 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Radio galaxies emit huge amounts of radio waves from their central cores. Black holes at the centers of these galaxies accrete gas and dust, generating high-energy jets visible in radio wavelengths, which accelerate electrically charged particles to high velocities.Giant radio galaxies (GRGs) are distinguished by radio-emitting regions like jets or lobes extending over projected distances of at least 3 million light years. With radio lobes reaching about 14.7 million light years, 3C 236 is one of the largest GRGs known to date. Although many studies of 3C 236 have been conducted since its discovery in late 1950s, still many questions about radio emission from this source remain unanswered.Instruments like LOFAR could be crucial for resolving such uncertainties. This array allows studies of extended GRG morphology in a comprehensive manner at very low frequencies. As a result, such observations could disclose details regarding energetics and activity history of radio sources.In October 2018, a team of astronomers led by Alexandar Shulevski of University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, decided to employ LOFAR to investigate 3C 236. The main aim of these observations was to perform high-resolution mapping of the radio morphology of the galaxy’s extended structure at the lowest frequencies to date. By doing this, they hoped to trace the oldest emission regions in 3C 236.”We have examined the giant radio galaxy 3C 236 using LOFAR at 143 MHz down to an angular resolution of 7”, in combination with observations at higher frequencies. We have used the low frequency data to derive spectral index maps with the highest resolution yet at these low frequencies,” the astronomers wrote in the paper.The new observations identified an inner hotspot in the northwest lobe of 3C 236. Its presence was, in fact, detected by previous studies. However, this hotspot was found to be separated from its more diffuse outer region and has experienced more recent particle acceleration. This, according to the researchers, may indicate a short interruption of the accretion episode.Moreover, the study found that other region—the southeast lobe double hotspot—turned to be a triple hotspot. The observations have shown that hotspot’s brighter component actually consists of two components, making it three overall.In concluding remarks, the astronomers reveal what could be responsible for the observed morphology of the lobes in 3C 236. They assume that the confinement by the intergalactic medium (IGM) is the most plausible scenario.”The source energy/pressure balance with the IGM suggests that confinement by the IGM may be responsible for the morphology of the lobes; the NW lobe is probably confined and the SE one has expanded in a lower density medium, reflected in the somewhat steeper spectrum of its outer region/northern edge,” the authors of the paper wrote.They added that their research is a great example proving the usefulness of LOFAR in studying GRGs and other radio sources. The instrument has the potential to unveil previously unknown features even in objects that have been studied for decades, as was in the case with 3C 236. Explore further More information: LOFAR first look at the giant radio galaxy 3C 236, arXiv:1907.09060. LOFAR intensity map (linear scale, level limits at 1 and 150 mJy beam−1) of 3C 236 at 143.6 MHz. Image credit: Shulevski et al., 2019.last_img read more

Nurturing needs Basic and beyond

first_imgA powerpoint slide reads: My name is Vijendar Kumar Jain. I am 77 and I live in Ayudham society. Vijendar, sitting alongside his peers -both young and older one’s-practices his typing skills: the one’s he had learnt years ago which were fading out with the passage of time. Ayudham, a society for old, infirm and underprivileged children got a headway into the technologically savvy world with its newly formed computer training centre. Extending its corporate social responsibility, Airport Authority of India recently contributed 20 computers to the training centre at Ayudham Society. Inaugurating the facility, V P Agrawal, the chairman of AAI said that the computer training centre is designed to facilitate basic computer skills for the children and assist the children from nearby underprivileged communities in practicing and doing homework as per the course curriculum of their school. The centre will also have the facility for accessing web based information for elderly inmates of the home. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The society, which is a home for elderly and children, is situated on the peripheries of Delhi in Najafgarh. It is a unique concept that creates a community experience for the young and elderly inhabiting it. Above all it caters to the psychological vaccuum of their lives by offering a community lifestyle. The older inmates, belonging to the weaker sections of society are given a concession here, while the underprivileged children follow a disciplined lifestyle with a free of cost admission.  VK Jain, an aged inmate revels in the peace of mind he finds here. Considering its location in a pollution free area away from the clasps of Delhi, Ayudham is a bliss for its residents. The society even featured in the Amir Khan’s  show Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSatyamev Jayate, says the caretaker, Pramod Kumar. Perhaps that also amplified its popularity as if finds guest members writing in and coming from international destinations after watching that episode.In the inaugural speech, AAI’s chairman emphasised the need for participation of senior citizen living in the NGO to come forward and help the children learn real life skills. In that way, the new computer training centre is a befitting platform for the interaction between the young and old in the society.last_img read more

6 Easy Tips to cure your skin dryness

first_imgPeople often complain of skin dryness and opt for varied beauty products to cure it. Avoiding long, hot shower bath or drinking at least two litres of water can help you rid the problem. shares tips to take care of dry skin.Avoid long, hot shower bath – True, that hot water bath relieves stress but it can also make your skin dry. Hot water reduces natural oils from body much faster than lukewarm or cold water.Use a gentle cleanser or shower gel with moisturiser – Cleanser or nice shower gels make skin smoother and removes dryness. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Use good moisturiser – If face is moisturisd properly using a good moisturiser, it helps make skin soft and smooth. Moisturisers lock in moisture and help reduce dryness.Drink plenty of water – Experts recommended to drink two litres of water every day. Drinking plenty of water will ensure your body can produce  the minerals it needs to function properly. Eat healthy – Food items or ingredients like fish (salmon and sardines), flax and walnuts help maintain body’s natural oils. Eat food items, which contain Omega-3 acids that produce natural oil and minerals to keep your body healthy. Exfoliate – Dry skin can produce dead skin cells so it is important to exfoliate weekly to get rid of these cells so your body can produce new ones.last_img read more

No more monsoon woes

first_imgRaindrops are lovely to look at, but stepping out when it’s pouring may not be the best idea for your hair. Rainwater may spoil your locks and make them look rough and greasy. But fret not!Beauty experts Ishika Taneja and Blossom Kochchar suggest use of good serums and conditioners to keep your hair nourished and hydrated during monsoon. Always use a hair protective styling mousse before styling your hair, says Taneja.‘It will protect your mane from excess heat from the dryers, straighteners and curling tong. One can also use an anti-humidity fine spray as it helps fix and keep your hairstyle in place for long hours. Use shine spray in the end as it provides additional sheen to your hair,’ she added. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Kochchar says homemade hair care remedies can be handy too. Sharing some, she said:-Add two tablespoons of curd (or more depending on your hair length) to gram flour (besan). Add little olive oil. Apply it to your hair and leave it for 15 to 20 minutes. Wash it later.-You can also use mixture of water and vinegar as an after-shampoo serum to help calm your hair down.-Prepare a mixture of one banana and one tablespoon honey. Put in your hair for 15 minutes and then wash it off. It helps make hair soft and smooth.last_img read more

Rotten meat will raise awareness of risk of animal food FIAPO

first_imgKolkata: The Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO) today said the carcass meat recovery from dumping grounds in West Bengal would hopefully raise awareness on the health risks of consuming animal products. “With the extraordinary increase in lifestyle diseases, from kidney disease to heart disease, may be it is time we re-look at our diet…to move towards a greener diet over one including animal products,” FIAPO director Varda Mehrotra said in a statement here. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsStating that it has information that meat consumption in the city is going down, Mehrotra said that many people were avoiding it after reports that meat was coming from dead animals of dumping grounds.”Meat being sourced from rotten bodies of cats, dogs and even diseased animals in unhygienic conditions is not uncommon. Animals bred for the purpose of meat are routinely given anti-biotics, growth hormones and other drugs and their meat may contain these drugs with many viruses and bacteria. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”Hopefully this situation can bring awareness… the FIAPO director said.He said many people could not make the difference between the meat of carcass of dumping grounds and slaughtered animals as they were used to consume the final product with little or no consideration to where it was sourced.Mehrotra said research showed that multiple lifestyle diseases were routinely caused or heightened by consumption of meat, milk and eggs.The FIAPO referred to cardiovascular diseases where ‘elevated level of LDL cholesterol’ (commonly called bad cholesterol) is the major reason for development of vascular (cardiovascular and cerebrovascular) diseases. “To reduce the LDL cholesterol, we need to avoid trans fats, saturated fats and dietary cholesterol. The main sources of these three foods are meat, eggs, dairy, fish and seafood,” he said.Dr Pramod Tripathy, founder of ‘Freedom from Diabetes’ was quoted as saying, “hypothyroid, osteoporosis, diabetes, high cholesterol cardiovascular disease and cancer… all seemingly unrelated diseases have one thing in common. And that is, raised fasting insulin levels.”Insulin rises in the body because of insulin resistance. And insulin resistance increases because of excess fat, excess acid and insulin like growth factor (present in all animal products),” he said.Leading nutritionist and holistic wellness counselor Dr Ira Rattan said, “progression of PreDialysis Chronic Renal Failure (CRF) is slower on diets based on soya protein than on diets based on animal protein.”last_img read more

Matter of excellence

first_imgThe tenth edition of Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) is all set to celebrate the best of theatre and stagecraft. META provides a concrete platform to celebrate and promote theatre’s varied elements like playwriting, set design, costume and light design, direction and performance.  It aims at bringing together the best of Indian theatre from the year gone by. Nominations for this year’s edition have been declared which are handpicked from hundreds of entries by the jury that comprises stalwarts like Anup Hazarika, Deepa Punjani Krishnan, Sajitha Madathil, Sudhir Tandon and Vinod Nagpal. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The jury will pick winners in 13 categories including Best Play, Best Director, Best Stage Design, Best Light Design, Best Innovative Sound Design, Best Costume Design, Best Actor in a Lead Role (Male), Best Actor in a Lead Role (Female), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female), Best Original Script, Best Ensemble, and Best Choreographer.A Straight Proposal directed by Happy Ranajit and produced by Unicorn’s Actor Studio  (Delhi, 1 Hour 45 Minutes, Hindi), Aaydaan directed by Sushma Deshpande and produced by Awishkar Theatre (Mumbai, 2 Hours 20 Minutes, Marathi), Chitrapata directed by Manjunath L Badiger and produced by Samasthi (Bengaluru, 85 Minutes, Kannada), Dhou… The Wave directed by Gunakar Dev Goswami  and produced by Purvarang  (Guwahati, 1 Hour 20 Minutes, Assamese), Dreams from my room directed by Chingtham Banikanta Singh and produced by Pan Manipuri Theatre  (Manipur, 50 Minutes, Manipuri), Fall of a King- Burha Manuhor Babe Desh Nai directed by Palash Protim Mech and produced by Oftas  (Assam, 1 Hour 20 Minutes, Assamese), Kaumudi directed by Abhishek Majumdar and produced by Riad Mahmood Education and Arts Foundation and Indian Ensemble  (Bengaluru, 2 Hours 5 Minutes, Hindi), Matthi directed by Jino Joseph and produced by Kathuparamba Malayakalanilayam  (Kerala, 1 Hour 30 Minutes, Malayalam), Rage and Beyond: Irawati’s Gandhari directed by Sanjukta Wagh and produced by Beej  (Mumbai, 65 Minutes, English), Still and Still Moving  directed by Neel Chaudhuri and produced by Tadpole Repertory  (Delhi, 95 Minutes, English, Hindi) are the plays that are nominated in the best plays category.The nominations for the best directors are – Happy Ranajit, Sushma Deshpande, Manjunath L Badiger, Gunakar Dev Goswami, Chingtham Banikanta Singh, Palash Protim Mech, Abhishek Majumdar, Jino Joseph, Sanjukta Wagh and Neel Chaudhuri. When: March 27 Where: The Taj Mahal Hotellast_img read more

CIL Railways rush coal to Dadri Badarpur power plants

first_imgKolkata: With coal stock of some power stations in the national capital region falling to an alarming level, Coal India and Railways are rushing coal supplies to Dadri and Badarpur power plants of the NTPC. A Coal India statement issued tonight said against the linked requirement of seven rakes to these plants, movement of at least 10 rakes are planned to avert the crisis. The problem started as the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) was forced to commence generation from these two plants all of a sudden with rise in power demand due to heat wave conditions in the country. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe government has also instructed the CIL, Singareni Collieries Co Ltd and Railway to attach top most priority in allocation of rakes for coal movement to power plants till such time the demand from coal-based thermal power plants gets stabilised with the onset of monsoon and increase in hydel and wind power.These two power stations cater to major share of the power demands of Delhi and NCR. Based on the demand for power projected by the Delhi government, NTPC had shut the units of Badarpur TPS for long, it said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedOne of the unit of the Dadri TPS was also taken up for maintenance. Therefore, coal against the linkage of the shut down generation units of Badarpur and Dadri TPS were supplied to other plants of the NTPC, the statement said.”The crisis could have been averted had Delhi government placed a proper power demand with NTPC with sufficient advance notice,” the CIL release said. Delhi Power Minister Satyendar Jain had yesterday said that the coal stock at some power stations in the national capital region has dipped to an “alarming” level and if it is not replenished at the earliest, Delhi could be staring at “black-out” situations.Jain had said that he has already written to Coal and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal apprising him about the situation and sought his intervention into the matter.last_img read more

Career Paramarsh Kendras help out SCST students

first_imgKolkata: Thirty Career Paramarsh Kendras (CPK) set up by the backward Classes Welfare and Tribal department throughout the state are working well in providing assistance to the SC and ST students and unemployed youths.The scheme was adapted in the first meeting of WB Scheduled Caste Advisory Council chaired by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.Eleven CPKs have been set up in North Bengal, while the remaining 19 have been set up in South Bengal. In the second phase, another 37 CPKs will be established. Once, all the CPKs come up, there will one centre in each sub-division. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThese centres give information on organisation, industry, business house and sectors having potential job or self employment. The centres have the database on the government schemes for self employment and financing tie-ups.The CPKs will counsel at least 3,000 visitors. The centres will facilitate at least 500 candidates with suitable self-employment. The centres will organise job fairs and placement services. They will explore opportunity and potential of self employment in sectors like agriculture, horticulture, pisciculture, animal resources development, micro small and medium enterprises in the locality. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe centres are also providing 300 hours training to 150 selected candidates and place at least 100 of them with job employment.The centres are being maintained and managed by WB SC, ST and OBC Development and Finance Corporation under the backward Classes Welfare and Tribal Development (BCW).The centres have come up as a major boon to the SC and ST students and unemployed youths as they did not have any information about the job opportunities in private and public sectors so far. Mamata Banerjee took the initiative of setting up the centres with a view to make them self-reliant.last_img read more

50yearold patient dies at Ruby Hospital family alleges negligence

first_imgKolkata: A 50-year-old woman died of alleged medical negligence at Ruby General Hospital off EM Bypass on Friday morning.A resident of Thakurnagar (North 24 Parganas), the deceased Arupa Dey was admitted to hospital on August 8. Dey was a popular singer in the district.”Soon after Arupa had an operation some days back, her health started deteriorating. There must have been some problems in the operation procedure as other complications developed after it. The hospital authorities should have taken proper precautionary measures during the surgery and post operative period,” the deceased woman’s sister Mishmi Roy Banik said. The family members of the victim started agitating and a police team from the Anandapur police station rushed to the spot and brought situations under control. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe police have assured a thorough probe into the matter if they lodge a complaint in this regard.In a written statement, the hospital has denied any medical negligence on their part.”She was presented with an advanced stage of tongue cancer and underwent an extensive major operation of nearly 12 hours duration. In the operation, there was total removal of tongue with partial removal of voice box and reconstruction with free flap. Before the patient had her operation, the patient and her family were explained about the advanced nature of the cancer and the high rate of post operative mortality,” the statement read. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAccording to the hospital, the operation was conducted by a team of expert oncologists of the hospital. The patient was gradually recovering after the operation without having any major complications for nearly two weeks. However, she developed fever due to sepsis and malaria was also detected.”We tried hard but she passed away due to multi-organ failure,” a spokesperson of the hospital said.In recent times, there have been a number of cases of deaths due to alleged negligence at private hospitals in the city. In case of death of Sanjoy Roy at Apollo Gleneagles hospital in February 2017, the West Bengal Medical Council had gone to the extent of suspending licences of two doctors of the hospital for six months.Days before Roy’s death, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had pulled up various private hospitals and nursing homes for their alleged high hospital charges/fees. Out of 2,088 hospitals and nursing homes, 70 were issued showcause notices in Kolkata and 33 had their licences cancelled.last_img read more

This website offers smooth break up services

first_imgWant to turn over a new leaf on New Year? No need now to spend sleepless nights fretting over how to tell your significant other that you are moving on — thanks to a new app that claims to do the thing in the way you like.Named ‘Breakup Shop’, the site, whose slogan is “Let us help you end it”, uses email, snail mail, text or Snapchat, at prices from 6 pounds sterling to 30 pounds for customised naughty or nice options, The Sun reported.“It’s hard to break-up with someone. Let us do it for you. We’ll send a phone call to your future ex to share the bad news,” The Breakup Shop says. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Warring couples can use the website to do the dirty work of splitting up for them — by sending a text telling your partner that you are dumping them. Users are given the option of buying emails or a written letter and phone call services from the site. Once paid for, the break-up is sent or spoken directly to your future ex.Customers can select a break-up to suit their price range or personal preference.A break-up text or email costs around 6.50 pounds, while a text-bouquet combo will cost you 32 pounds. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe site also sells The Notebook on DVD, boxes of cookies and Netflix giftcards to people who have recently been axed from a relationship.The site provides the option of sending standard pre-written or custom made letters to your to-be ex.Nice options include a gift pack with chocolate chip cookies and a copy of The Notebook on Blu-way while one naughty option sends a “mean photo attachment” of you with your new replacement.Yet another feature of the website is the break-up phone call service, offered at 20 pounds if you are in “no rush” or 26 pounds for a call “within 24 hours”.last_img read more

EastWest Metro Work for underground tunnel from Esplanade to Sealdah starts next

first_imgKolkata: Construction of the underground tunnel for the East-West Metro railway from Esplanade to Sealdah will start from next Thursday.It will take one year to one-and-a-half years to complete the construction on the most difficult terrain and work will go on, keeping the traffic flow intact. Senior officials of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) said the construction of the tunnel will be very difficult as there are many buildings more than 100 years old on the route chosen. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThere are a couple of buildings more than a century old including the headquarters of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation, Metropolitan Building and the residence of Rani Rashmoni at Janbazar among others. The Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation Limited (KMRCL) had vacated the old buildings during the construction of an underground tunnel off Brabourne Road and a similar method will be followed here as well. The KMRCL will vacate old premises and rehabilitate the inhabitants. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe underground tunnel will be constructed below S N Banerjee Road up to the Bank of India branch and then Sealdah. The Tunnel Boring machine (TBM) will start digging from next Thursday. As there is heavy flow of traffic in areas around Esplanade special precautionary measures will be taken. Senior civic officials said the physical health of the old buildings has been examined and problems are not likely to occur. The total length of the East-West Metro line is 16.6 km. The elevated corridor is 5.8 km and underground is 10.8 km. An 11 km long tunnel has been constructed under river Hooghly. The construction of the East-West Metro in Salt Lake is complete and the coaches are being given a trial run.last_img read more

VIT students get dream offers during campus selection

first_imgThree IT companies – Microsoft, DE Shaw & Co. and PayPal – have together recruited 16 candidates with super dream offers during the slot-1 campus placements for the 2019 B.Tech. graduating batch, at the Vellore Institute of Technology campus, recently.The highest super dream offer of Rs.39 lakhs per annum since VIT inception was given by Microsoft to eight students. DE Shaw & Co. recruited one student with a dream offer of Rs.33 lakhs per annum while PayPal gave a dream offer of Rs.21.5 lakhs per annum to seven students. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe campus recruitment process of super dream companies (CTC of more than Rs.10 lakhs per annum) would continue till the first week of August, and more than 30 companies in this category are expected to visit VIT for their recruitment. This process will be followed by the visit of dream companies (IT and core) that offer more than Rs.5 lakhs per annum.M.Tech. internship placements for the 2019 graduation batch took place in June, with 60 companies recruiting 507 M.Tech students with internship stipend ranging from Rs.10,000 to Rs.45,000. Intel has recruited 147 M.Tech. students for internship this year.487 companies were involved in the recruitment process last year, while more than 500 companies are expected to visit VIT for the recruitment exercise till May 2019.last_img read more

Depressed youth sets himself on fire at Salt Lake residence

first_imgKolkata: A youth reportedly committed suicide by setting himself on fire early on Sunday morning at BF block in Salt Lake. His family members claimed that the youth, identified as Adhip Mukherjee, was suffering from mental depression.According to police, on Sunday at around 5:30 am, one Shaonli Majumdar, a resident of BF-39, saw flames coming out of a window at the first floor of BF-53, which is located just opposite her house. Immediately, she rushed there and alerted the house owner Vivekananda Chakraborty, who along with his wife Sunayana immediately went upstairs. They found that fire had broken out at the room where their nephew resides. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSeeing no other way, Vivekananda broke the door and found Mukherjee lying on the floor in burnt condition. After having a close look, they understood that he was already dead. The Bidhannagar North police station was informed immediately. Later, police recovered the body and searched Mukherjee’s room. During the search, a four-page suicide note was recovered. In the note, it was written that he did not want to live anymore as he was feeling alone in this world. Mukherjee had also mentioned who is going to be the owner of the property belonging to him. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateDuring questioning, Sunayana and Vivekananda stated that Mukherjee had tried to commit suicide twice earlier. During July last year when he went to Frasergunj at Bakkhali in South 24-Parganas, he reportedly tried to commit suicide by jumping into the ocean but was rescued by the locals. Mukherjee had been suffering from depression since 2005, when his father passed away. The situation got worse after his mother died in 2016. Since then, he had been staying with his aunt’s family. He was also going through psychiatric treatment for depression. But recently, he stopped taking his medication. An Unnatural Death case has been registered at Bidhannagar North police station.last_img read more

Inattentive kids earn less as adults

first_imgChildren who are inattentive in kindergarten are more likely to report lower incomes than their peers at the age of 33 to 35 years of age, a study has found. On the other hand, the most “pro-social” boys – who help others, are considerate and willing to participate in educational projects – are overwhelmingly headed for careers that pay more than the average, according to researchers. “Over a 25-year career, the differences between the two groups can reach USD 77,000,” researchers. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”And all this has nothing to do with intelligence or IQ because extreme cases have been excluded from the sampling.” “The differences are significant between the groups studied, but the precise reasons for these disparities are still difficult to identify,” the addd. Problems of inattention more often lead to kids dropping out of school or having trouble adjusting as they enter the labour market. On the other hand, the researchers found, “prosocial” children are on a trajectory that leads to better-paying jobs. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThis is the first time that “pro-sociality” has been studied in a survey of this kind — and its positive effect came as a surprise to the team. “We expected to find differences between boys and girls and we did find some important ones,” said Cote. “We expected hyperactivity to be the most important variable, but in fact it turned out to be less important than simple lack of attention,” she said. Differences were evident when data was crunched for in 2015, a year when the grow-ups were in the prime of their working lives and when the wage gaps between individuals were stark. The researchers said that childhood inattention is associated with a wide range of long-term adverse outcomes, including lower earnings over the course of a career. The researchers also found that women earn only 70 per cent of what men earn.last_img read more

4500yrold Stone Pillar Depicts Historys First Known Border Dispute

first_imgA “border pillar” shoved into the ground some 4,500 years ago in what is now southern Iraq underscores the fact that disputes over territory are as old as civilization itself. For 150 years, the British Museum’s collection has included the Lagash Border Pillar, a stone white pillar that King Enmetena of Lagash had erected to mark his territory in 2400 BC “and its glistening surface would have shone out brightly and assertively under the sun beating down on the plain.”Votive relief of Ur-Nanshe, king of Lagash, Early Dynastic III (2550–2500 BC).Recently the inscription on the pillar was translated, and its aggressive language showed the struggle to create a “no man’s land” between the kingdoms of Umma and Lagash in MesopotamiaAccording to the Smithsonian, “The fight between Umma and Lagash is one of the oldest known wars in human history and led to what may be the world’s first peace treaty and one of the oldest legal documents, the Treaty of Mesilim, signed around 2550 B.C. The treaty set up a border that was demarcated with a stele along an irrigation canal, similar to the one on view in the museum.”It is the focus of a new exhibit at the British Museum called “No Man’s Land.” Wrote The Financial Times: “No Man’s Land is the latest in a series of tightly focused displays staged in the single-room space that lies immediately to your right as you pass through the museum’s portico.”Plan of a real estate of the city of Umma, with indications of the surfaces of the parts. Third Dynasty of Ur, Le Louvre. Photo by Rama CC BY-SA 2.0 frThe translation on the pillar includes dire warnings (in cuneiform) for anyone who dares step over the boundary. The translation seems to warn that if the gods don’t stomp on you, poisonous snakes will finish you off.Over 4500 years ago, Lagash, and Umma, neighboring states, fought bitterly over a fertile tract of land called Gu’edina, “Edge of the Plain.”“The ancient objects showcased here document the perspectives of the opposing sides, with both territories invoking divine sanction and precedent to justify their claim over the land,” the museum says.Sumerian king Lugal-Zage-Si of Umma’s domains (red), c. 2350 BC Photo by Zunkir CC BY-SA 3.0Alongside the stone pillar in the British Museum stands the Umma Mace-Head that was made for King Gishakidu of Umma, who was Enmetena’s enemy and his contemporary. “Long regarded as a vase, it is now understood that this is a symbolic mace-head which has always been displayed upside down — until now,” the museum says.On top of the mace-head is a black painted representation of the battle net that was used by the gods to immobilize enemies for execution. The Ur Plaque also on display in this show illustrates a tradition followed by Lagash and Umma in which offerings were made at the border shrine under the protective eye of the Moon God.The cuneiform text states that Enannatum I reminds the gods of his prolific temple achievements in Lagash. Circa 2400 BC. From Girsu, Iraq. The British Museum, London Photo by Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin FRCP(Glasg) -CC BY-SA 4.0The Smithsonian says, “This wasn’t just a roadside sign marking Lagash’s territory. It is a heavily inscribed object, telling the complete story of the war between the two cities over the land. It also includes what may be the earliest-known example of written word play.”“Whoever chiseled the pillar didn’t just take pains to emphasize the name of the Lagash god Ningirsu, substituting some of the cuneiform marks in the name with the symbol for god, they also threw some shade on the rival god of Umma, writing the god’s name in a messy, almost illegible script.”Irving Finkel, a curator in the Middle East department who deciphered the Sumerian cuneiform writing, told The Financial Times, “You have in one breath the use of writing in a magical way to enhance the power of one deity and then nullify the power of the other. This is unique in cuneiform. It’s the most exciting thing you can imagine.”Read another story from us: 4,000-yr-old Tablet is the World’s Oldest Customer Service ComplaintThe museum display, No Man’s Land,  “brings to light the fragility of borders throughout history. The ancient and contemporary works exhibited address the issues around the human desire to dominate land, and allude to the brutality and turmoil borders have invoked on those that inhabit them as well as the landscape itself,” says the British Museum.last_img read more