TVs Cell Phones to Learn Sign Language

first_imgJVC´s “Snap & Gesture” TV menu (left) and Sony Ericsson´s Z555 gesture phone (right) are poised to make hand waving the new mode of electronics operation. Sony´s Z555 allows cell phone users to avoid fiddling with their phones when trying to turn off the ring of an incoming call or alarm. Instead of picking it up and searching for the silent button, users can mute the phone by waving a hand back and forth over the phone thanks to an imbedded camera. A simple hand sweep over the phone will put the device into “snooze” mode when the alarm goes off. The Z555, which features a diamond design on its black cover, will be available in select markets this spring, but the price is still to be determined.Then there´s JVC´s “Snap & Gesture” TV, which ensures that you´ll never lose the remote again. The TV, which is still in the demo stage, contains a microphone to detect clapping, a video camera to recognize finger movements, and a set of sensors that can help the system memorize customized gestures.To control the TV, a user claps their hands three times to make a menu with icons appear. The user can choose an icon by placing their fingertip on it, which is verified by an image of the user´s hand on the screen, as tracked by the camera. By hooking their finger, the user “clicks” to select an icon. On the menu screen, users can select channels, manage the set-up, and do everything a remote control can do using hand waves, claps or finger snaps.For more immediate control of common operations, such as changing the volume, users can clap a certain way. The system can also be programmed so that specific clapping patterns result in going to specific channels (for example, two claps means switch to Comedy Central). JVS does not have an expected release date for the “Snap & Gesture” TV.Via: Business Intelligence – Middle East Explore further The days of pressing tangible buttons to operate TVs and cell phones may one day be replaced by waving, clapping, and pointing. With two upcoming products, Sony Ericsson´s Z555 gesture phone and JVC´s “Snap & Gesture” TV technology, users can communicate with their gadgets using a pre-programmed “sign language.” Citation: TVs, Cell Phones to Learn ‘Sign Language’ (2008, January 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-01-tvs-cell-language.html UK plan to control online porn is watched as test case 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

ASUS Rampage II Extreme Motherboard Set i7 Overclocking Record

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — With the release of the Intel Core i7, there is excitement every where about overclocking records being broken. The ASUS Rampage II Extreme motherboard supports the newest Intel platform and has achieve a overclocking at 5510.9 MHz. The Rampage II Extreme motherboard utilizes a TweakIt tool that resembles joystick like control on the motherboard. This tool enables users to make real time changes to their system´s core frequency, voltage as well as other parameters. All these changes are hardware parameter changes and is not software dependent.The hardware tweaking is accompanied by real-time monitoring of information such as system frequency, that lets users implement on-the-fly modifications during CPU testing to archive high benchmark performance. © 2008 PhysOrg.com Citation: ASUS Rampage II Extreme Motherboard Set i7 Overclocking Record (2008, December 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-12-asus-rampage-ii-extreme-motherboard.htmlcenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

GPS System Could Start Failing by Next Year

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — A federal watchdog agency has warned the U.S. Congress that the GPS system could start failing in 2010 and beyond. Due to delays in launching replacement satellites and other circumstances, the GPS systems risk the possibility of blackouts and failures starting next year. As old satellites start to fail in 2010, the overall GPS constellation will fall below the number of satellites required to provide the level of GPS service that the U.S. government commits to. This will come to reality if the Air Force does not meet their schedule for the deployment of GPS IIIA satellites.The latest GPS satellite program is already $870 million over budget and there are significant technical problems that could still threaten its delivery schedule. There are about 30 GPS satellites that are in orbit now. The new satellites in the IIF block are three years late, and the first of them won’t be launched until November at the earliest. Other factors such as the lack of a single authority responsible for GPS, have contributed also to the delays. A GAO (Government Accountability Office) report recommends that the Department of Defense appoint a single authority to direct all development of GPS systems on the ground and in space. As we all know the GPS is widely used by business and consumers in many modern automobiles that show or even tell drivers where they are and remind them when and where to turn to get where they’re going. Owners of the Apple 3G iPhone use the GPS service to call up a map on the screen and see exactly where they are.The Global Positioning System (GPS) is reliable, and free to the public and is taken for granted, but don’t throw away those maps from the glove compartment just yet, since it’s uncertain for how long the U.S. government can continue to deliver.© 2009 PhysOrg.com 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. First Modernized GPS Satellite Built By Lockheed Martin Launchedcenter_img Citation: GPS System Could Start Failing by Next Year (2009, May 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-05-gps-year.html Explore furtherlast_img read more

Google Dart debut sparks chatter of JavaScript coup

first_img Explore further More information: Google’s blog post: googlecode.blogspot.com/2011/1 … -structured-web.html Two engineers on the Dart team introduced the new language at the opening of the Goto Conference in Denmark earlier this week.”Today we are introducing an early preview of Dart, a class-based optionally typed programming language for building Web applications.” The details are available on a new web site, dartlang.org. Google is telling programmers that the new language is an easily digestible blend of the new with the familiar—that is, new language features with familiar constructs and easy to define code. Google’s Dart assures developers that “Dart code should look familiar if you know a language or two, and you can use time-tested features such as classes and closures.” According to those who have already examined Dart, there is a comfortable familiar part, in, as one site puts it, the language looks, acts, and runs like Java and has a tool that converts the code into JavaScript.According to Dart software engineer Lars Bak, Dart code can be executed in two different ways: either on a native virtual machine or on top of a JavaScript engine by using a compiler that translates Dart code to JavaScript. One can use the same Dart code in most modern browsers.Dart comes with a set of basic libraries and tools for checking, compiling, and running Dart code, which will evolve as programmers send in their feedback, Bak said. Google’s app, “Dartboard” has examples of Dart code. Google is telling developers that Dart is still in the early stages of development and that it invites comments on what developers think of it so far. Dart has been made open source under a BSD license. The language and preliminary tools are available on dartlang.org.Meanwhile, developers will ultimately decide to what extent Dart succeeds as a language that can make a difference in programming productivity and good results. Dart watchers at this week’s conference in Denmark, following the Dart keynote, underscored that Dart is only in technology preview stage and that features may change as feedback comes in. Another point underscored at the conference is that Dart is not designed to be “another JavaScript” per se but rather a way to address what is now a fragmented mobile platform environment. 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. © 2011 PhysOrg.comcenter_img Citation: Google Dart debut sparks chatter of JavaScript coup (2011, October 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-10-google-dart-debut-chatter-javascript.html (PhysOrg.com) — When the news appeared earlier this week that Google was unveiling a new programming language, Dart, for developers. tech blogs ignited with talk of how Google is staging a JavaScript coup. The assumption was that Google wants Dart, not JavaScript, as the eventual lingua franca for writing Web applications, a motive that Google’s Dart team says is not accurate. JavaScript has been around and will continue to be, was their response. U.S. expands tsunami warning systemlast_img read more

Researchers take first steps toward Xray superfluorescence

first_img More information: Mitsuru Nagasono, et al. “Observation of Free-Electron-Laser-Induced Collective Spontaneous Emission (Superfluorescence).” Physical Review Letters 107, 193603 (2011). DOI:10.1103/PhysRevLett.107.193603 (PhysOrg.com) — While physicist Robert Dicke is probably most famous for his work on the cosmic microwave background (CMB) – and being “scooped” while attempting to be the first to detect it – he also performed important work in optics. In 1954, Dicke was the first to describe the phenomenon of “superradiance,” the coherent radiation that is so intense and emitted so rapidly that he described it as an “optical bomb.” Although he originally thought the phenomenon involved only microwave radiation, it was later found to occur at much shorter wavelengths, and so has been renamed “superfluorescence.” More than 50 years later, scientists are still developing new techniques for producing superfluorescence. In a recent study, a team of scientists based in Japan has observed superfluorescence by collectively exciting helium atoms with a laser operating in the extreme ultraviolet (EUV) region. This photograph shows a flash of the 501.6 nm superfluorescence that the researchers observed. Image credit: Nagasono, et al. This cartoon description of superfluorescence was created by the Japanese science manga artist Hayanon. Explore further While the researchers here used FEL pulses in the EUV region to generate superfluorescence in the visible region, they predict that it should be straightforward to extend the technique to generate superfluorescence in the EUV and X-ray regions by choosing appropriate pulse wavelengths and atomic systems. While neutral gas atoms were used as the system in this study, positive ions, nanoparticles, clusters, or solid targets could prove suitable for extension to shorter wavelengths.As Nagasono explained, superfluorescence at short wavelengths could lead to a route for solving some of the problems of the SASE (self-amplification by spontaneous emission) process used by FELs. The pulses from SASE FELs have profiles that are “spiky” in wavelength and time, vary shot by shot, and are not fully temporally coherent.“As well as the interest in observing (for the first time) superfluorescence at shorter and shorter wavelengths, superfluorescence is potentially a fully coherent light source in its own right,” Nagasono said. “Laser-like light sources in the X-ray wavelength region are a ‘holy grail’ of modern science. All current and under-construction FELs rely on the SASE process, offering high spatial coherence, but only partial temporal coherence. In contrast, superfluorescence is fully coherent, and we envision potentially using it to provide fully coherent pulses at particular X-ray wavelengths.”He added that superfluorescence in the EUV and X-ray regions could have several research applications.“Potential applications could include determining element-specific atomic densities in, for example, X-ray coherent imaging,” Nagasono said. “Also, since superfluorescence is strongly directional, it may offer a way of increasing sensitivity in X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy analyses. In standard techniques, the X-ray fluorescence is emitted over a large range of angles, and only a small fraction of it can be detected. With superfluorescence, the emission is concentrated into the forward (and possibly backward) directions and can potentially be fully detected – increasing the sensitivity by orders of magnitude.” In the new study, the researchers demonstrated that an FEL operating in the EUV region can be used to irradiate and excite helium atoms, causing them to collectively decay and emit superfluorescence in the visible region. In their experiments, the researchers pumped helium gas through a pulsed nozzle into a cell within a vacuum chamber. The nozzle’s pulses were synchronized with FEL pulses that entered the cell through one aperture and exited through a second aperture along the same axis that ran through the center of the cell. Looking through a viewport in the vacuum chamber containing the cell, the researchers could observe visible radiation emitted in the direction of the FEL pulses. Using a fiber-optic spectrometer, the researchers measured the wavelength of the radiation to be 501.6 nm (in the bluish-green part of the visible spectrum). Their measurements also showed the superfluorescence to have a high intensity (up to 1011 photons per pulse) and short pulse duration (on the order of picoseconds). Citation: Researchers take first steps toward X-ray superfluorescence (2011, November 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-11-x-ray-superfluorescence.html Proposed gamma-ray laser could emit ‘nuclear light’ Copyright 2011 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. The scientists, led by Mitsuru Nagasono from RIKEN/SPring-8 in Sayo, Hyogo, Japan, have published their study in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.“Our work represents the first step towards generating X-ray superfluorescence using an X-ray free-electron laser (FEL),” Nagasono told PhysOrg.com. “This is one of the first demonstrations of a quantum optics effect at wavelengths outside (shorter than) the visible wavelength region. Effects in quantum optics have revolutionized science and applications in the visible region, and have potential to do so again as they are extended first to the EUV region and eventually to X-rays.”Superfluorescence is a quantum phenomenon that occurs after incoming light irradiates an ensemble of atoms. After the atoms become excited, they collectively decay and collectively emit superfluorescent light. (In normal fluorescence, the incoming light also irradiates an ensemble of atoms [or ions or molecules], but their decay results in individual emission, rather than collective emission, of light.) As a result, superfluorescent light is much more intense than fluorescent light, particularly when a large number of atoms decays at once. 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

Researchers claim reexamination of rock samples confirms meteoritic origin of Tunguska cosmic

first_imgSEM images of the Tunguska diamond-lonsdaleite-graphite intergrowths with natural rounded surface. Credit: Planetary and Space Science, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pss.2013.05.003 Explore further (Phys.org) —A team of researchers with members from the U.S., Germany and Ukraine is claiming in a paper they’ve had published in the journal Planetary and Space Science, that they have found evidence to prove the Tunguska event was caused by a meteor that exploded in the atmosphere above the Russian plain. Citation: Researchers claim reexamination of rock samples confirms meteoritic origin of Tunguska cosmic body (2013, June 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-06-reexamination-samples-meteoritic-tunguska-cosmic.html Journal information: Planetary and Space Science © 2013 Phys.orgcenter_img Russian researcher claims to have found rocks from object that caused Tunguska explosion The Tunguska event was, of course, an explosion that occurred in a remote part of Siberia in 1908. Most scientists agree that it was caused by either a meteor or comet strike, and as such, was the largest to ever strike our planet in recorded history. The blast flattened thousands of acres of forestland and led to numerous research efforts to determine its cause. Due to the immense power of the blast however, no physical evidence of the source of the blast has ever been found. Now, however, the researchers in this new effort claim they have found proof that some rocks found by a Ukrainian scientist back in 1978 are remnants of the meteor that caused the massive explosion.The rock samples were found in a bog by Mykola Kovalyukh near the epicenter of the explosion—he claimed at the time that his samples offered proof that the explosion was caused by a meteor. Critics dismissed his claims however, because the rock samples contained too little iridium.Picking up where Kovalyukh left off, the new team working in the Ukraine used more modern tools to reexamine the stone samples. They claim that transmission electron microscopy has revealed finely veined iron-based minerals that include schreibersite, troilite and taenite, an iron–nickel alloy. They say the patterns and amounts of the materials in the rock samples are very similar to other known meteorite samples and thus, it is a near certainty that the samples found in the bog came from a meteor as well.Despite the team’s claims that they have identified the cosmic body that caused the Tunguska explosion, there is still one big problem—though they may have proved the rock samples they examined are in fact remnants of a meteor, they have no proof that the sample rocks came from the same meteor that caused the massive explosion. Because Kovalyukh didn’t collect peat samples from the bog where the rocks were found (to provide a means of dating) there is no way to prove that the sample rocks—meteor remnants—didn’t land in the bog sometime after the explosion. More information: New evidence of meteoritic origin of the Tunguska cosmic body, Planetary and Space Science, dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pss.2013.05.003via Nature News 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

Entangled LED first to operate in the telecom window

first_imgFabrication stages and SEM image of the quantum-dot-based LED. Credit: Müller et al. Published in Nature Communications. © 2018 Phys.org Explore further More information: T. Müller et al. “A quantum light-emitting diode for the standard telecom window around 1,550 nm.” Nature Communications. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-03251-7 The researchers, Tina Müller et al., at Toshiba Research Europe Limited, the University of Sheffield, and the University of Cambridge, have published a paper on the new quantum light source in a recent issue of Nature Communications.”For the first time, quantum devices can meet the fundamental requirements of state-of-the art quantum key distribution and quantum communication systems,” Müller told Phys.org.The ability to emit single photons and entangled photon pairs in the telecom window has been a goal in the field of quantum optics for a long time. Although a variety of different light sources exist that can emit single and entangled photons (from individual atoms to color centers in diamond), until now they have been largely limited to shorter wavelengths that are unsuitable for quantum network applications.In the new study, the researchers fabricated light-emitting quantum dot devices based on indium phosphide, a material that is currently used in quantum dot lasers to generate laser light with a 1550-nm wavelength. To enable this material to emit single photons and entangled photon pairs at this wavelength, the researchers used a growth method called metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy to grow individual indium phosphide quantum dot “droplets,” which form the basis for the quantum LEDs. Another advantage of the new quantum LEDs is that they can operate at temperatures of up to 93 K, which is significantly higher than the operating temperatures of other quantum light sources. A higher operating temperature allows for easier integration with existing devices, and the researchers expect that the operating temperature of the new devices could be improved even further with some modifications.Going forward, the researchers anticipate that the new quantum LEDs will have a significant impact on the development of quantum network technology, including the quantum internet. For example, the devices can be integrated with quantum relays and repeaters to extend the range of quantum networks. The researchers also expect that the quantum light sources can operate in pulsed mode when integrated with radio frequency electronics. Their next steps will be to make improvements in order to realize these applications.”We will further optimize the performance and size of our devices to facilitate integration in long-distance quantum communications systems,” Müller said. Citation: Entangled LED first to operate in the telecom window (2018, March 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-entangled-telecom-window.htmlcenter_img Researchers have demonstrated the first quantum light-emitting diode (LED) that emits single photons and entangled photon pairs with a wavelength of around 1550 nm, which lies within the standard telecommunications window. A single-photon source that operates at this wavelength is expected to serve as a key component in future quantum networks, long-distance quantum communication systems, quantum cryptography devices, and other applications. 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. Toward unbreakable encrypted messages Journal information: Nature Communicationslast_img read more

Youth is our strength

first_imgPN Mishra, the executive director of Ansal API group, has had a long and illustrious career. In a freewheeling interview with Millennium Post, he reveals all about new projects and more. Here are excerpts: Tell us about your journey…Before joining Ansal API Group in 1998, I worked in diverse fields. I joined Allahabad University as a lecturer after completing my studies in hydro dynamics, worked with DRDO and thereafter I was selected by the Public Service Commission and joined the Civil Services in Uttar Pradesh where I worked as vice president, Ghaziabad Development Authority managing urban development. While working as a civil servant, I studied development of huge townships in the Bartlett School of Planning and Architecture, London. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’What are the major projects Ansal API is currently involved in?At the moment Ansal API is working on two huge projects in Uttar Pradesh. One is in Lucknow which is already taking shape (Sushant Golf City). This township is being developed as a hi-tech residential township spread across 3,500 acres and is surrounded by an 18-hole international-standard golf course. It has golf villas, schools, institutions, malls and commercial space to meet every need. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe second hi-tech township is being developed near Dadri, UP and then there are several integrated townships that we are working on in Agra, Meerut and Ghaziabad.Ansal API is dedicated to develop self-sustaining townships that are environment friendly. Rain water harvesting is key for all our townships. Natural resources are judicially used and preserved in their natural form and sewer lines are properly treated. We believe that power, drinking water and security are three basic things that a person needs to live and we provide that 24X7. What are your plans for the hospitality sector?These are allied activities. Like, in Lucknow, we are developing an 18-hole golf course in collaboration with a chain of five-star hotels. Golf today is an international sport which attracts many tourists. So if we organise a golf tournament of international stature, the hotels are bound to be filled.Also, these hotel chains are a way of creating employment. So while our projects are meant to provide the experience of living the good life; creating employment is also a big part of our townships.What are Ansal Group’s corporate social responsibility initiatives?Under the leadership of our Chairman, Sushil Ansal, Ansal API Group is continuously involved in several CSR initiatives. The Chiranjiv Charitable Trust, set up in 1976, currently runs schools in Palam Vihar and Sushant Lok in Gurgaon and has over 6,000 students. Ansal Institute of Technology (AIT) in Gurgaon has been running since 2000 in collaboration with many international universities.We also support NGOs like Shanty Sahayog and Ila Trust in their healthcare programmes in and around Delhi for the last five years by providing free medical treatment and medicines. In order to encourage Hindi writers and literature, Ansal API Group has been supporting the literary organisation Samvad .What is your take on farmers opposing the new Land Acquisition Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill?The bill has already been implemented by us in the form of a workshop. We have purchased more than 3,000 acres of land in Lucknow without any litigation or acquisition, and neither have we faced any farmer’s ire as we treat them as our partners. As far as hi-tech township policies are concerned, we have not faced any trouble from the farmers’ side in UP either.What are the changes that you have seen in the real estate sector and how do you foresee the development in this industry?Our country has grown at a rapid pace and is on the path of becoming a world-class destination.India’s asset lies in today’s youth. As a developing nation, our effort should be to transform them into well-educated individuals in order to accomplish greater goals and this can only be achieved by strengthening our education system. There is a dire need to create centres of excellence and invest time and money in researches to come out with more innovations. As far as real estate sector is concerned, it is a very hopeful picture that I see in the future, especially with the money getting pumped into the economy and the country doing so well.Any plans for further expansions or investment?We have a wide and strong presence in UP and have big townships in most of northern India. We also have a fair presence in states like Rajasthan, Punjab and Haryana. Our world-class facilities in all our townships help us boost the economy.last_img read more

Malayalam writer in spotlight

first_imgIn an ongoing series of documentary films, IGNCA’s film circle will showcase its recently completed production on the iconic Malayalam writer, M. T. Vasudevan Nair as part of its Great Masters series on 26 July.The Great Masters series focuses on the preeminent figures in the cultural domain of contemporary India. Envisaged as informed and comprehensive works on personalities who have made significant contributions to the cultural formation of contemporary India, the series has featured illustrious figures in contemporary Indian art and culture such as Bhisham Sahni, Ustad Fahimuddin Dagar, T. Brinda and B. C. Sanyal, among others. The objective of the documentation is to encapsulate in a historical perspective their life and thought. The film unravels through Nair’s own words the complexities encountered in the creative process and the formative influences that shaped his creative moorings.last_img read more

Revealing the mystery

first_imgHere’s another treat for dance lovers.  Indian Council for Cultural Relations in association with Sadhya brings for you The Mystical Forest – a contemporary dance production based on Mayurbhanj Chhau. The performance will witness Indian and International artistes like Carolina Prada from Columbia and Gaura Prema from USA collaborating to create some magic on stage. The act is scripted by Nalini Sharma, choreographed by Santosh Nair, music composed by Upmanyu Bhanot, light design by Gyandev Singh, costume design: Alpana and Neeraj.The performance explores soul within the forest as its inhabitant. This act attempts to avail the vocabulary of dance of Mayurbhanj Chhau with strong tribal influences and grounded movements with contemporary interpretation. Through this act the artists portray varied experiences, emotions, rituals and celebrations of the inhabitants and their life within the forest. Mark in your calenders!last_img read more

Of the everchanging world

first_imgShift Collective, a unique exhibition of paintings and photographs of two Delhi-based young artists – Suman Sengupta and Amit Dey – was a melange of images, emotions and expressions of a journey that is both inward and outward. It is true to life and comments upon the world around us.  Shift is different from moving forward or moving backward. It means moving along the lateral. And among all physical mobility – pushing, pulling, picking or dropping – shifting is the most challenging. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In the 22 works in this exhibition, one saw a gradation in the development of the ideas of the artists in this scheme and how each concept has been meticulously developed. The artists came from the mainstream visual media. The major shift in the manner in which the artists have challenged their mainstream work is the real creative genius of this exhibition.Mounted at the Lalit Kala Akademi, the week-long exhibition was jointly inaugurated by eminent painter Sanjay Bhattacharya, whose paintings adorn the walls of the National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi, and leading photographer and advertising professional Akash Das, on Sunday, December 21.   Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAmit Dey’s photographs are a technical delight as he has used colourful light sources and exploited long exposures to create vignettes of light in his frames. Even while he lets loose, he pushes his equipment quite far so as to allow it to perform freely. In a quiet metaphor, he has lived the real meaning of photography in his works – writing light with light and creating the mesmerizing shimmering effect that light and shadows create on a vast space filled with lines and shapes. Two of his works on display – Power and Origin – bear ample testimony to it. Shashi Tharoor, the Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram who was among the special attendees at the inauguration, was effusive in his praise of the works of the two artists. “The photograph titled Soul is my favourite as it brings out the meaning of the word beautifully. I also like Breaking the LOC as it reveals the imminent danger of violence edging into peace in our environs, very evocative”. The exhibition concluded on December 27.last_img read more

Woods struggles in 1st event of year

first_imgTiger Woods admitted it had been “a grind” after he labored to a 73 on Thursday in the opening round of the Phoenix Open, his first full-field tournament of the season. Ryan Palmer fired a seven-under 64 to lead the PGA Tour event at TPC Scottsdale, which is just down the road from where the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots will meet in Sunday’s NFL Super Bowl spectacle. But there was nothing spectacular about the form of former world number one Woods, who suffered a bad start and was left tied for 104th as play was suspended by darkness with Also Read – Khel Ratna for Deepa and Bajrang, Arjuna for Jadejanine players still on the course. “Physically I am fine. Mentally I am tired from the grind of trying to piece together a round. It takes lot of energy to be able to fight back like that,” said Woods, after starting his round with two bogeys, par, then double bogey. Major champions Keegan Bradley and Bubba Watson share second place at six-under. They were joined by Daniel Berger, who was through 16 holes of round one. Former Masters winner Zach Johnson carded a five-under 66. He was in fifth with Martin Laird, Robert Streb and Ben Martin. Woods spent months recuperating from an ongoing back problem before taking part last month at the Hero World Challenge, his charity invitational event, in southern Florida. He shared last in a field of 18. Woods is playing for the first time in an official event since last year’s PGA Championship.last_img read more

Pat on the back helps kids perform better

first_imgA little praise or reward improves the performance of children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) on certain cognitive tasks —more so than they would for typically developing kids, says a new study.“Kids with ADHD showed more improvement because they are more motivated by the opportunity to gain rewards, not because they simply did worse from the beginning,” said one of the researchers Whitney Fosco from the University at Buffalo in the US. The study examined two leading theories on ADHD, combining what previous work had mostly looked at separately.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’One of those theories suggests that lower-than-average cognitive abilities contribute to symptoms associated with ADHD, such as inattentiveness. The other theory favours motivation over ability, focusing on whether kids with ADHD have an increased sensitivity to reward. “When asking whether the performance difference we see is the result of ability or motivation, this research has more answers than any study that comes before it,” the study’s principle investigator Larry Hawk from the University at Buffalo pointed out.“You cannot say kids with ADHD respond more to reinforcement because they were doing poorly to begin with,” Hawk said, “We showed that was not true. It was greater motivation to obtain external rewards that drove the effects we observed,” Hawk added. The findings appeared in the journal Behavioural and Brain Functions.last_img read more

Daylong rain inundates parts of city commuters face harrowing time

first_imgKolkata: Vast areas in the city and suburbs were inundated following heavy shower that lashed Kolkata and its neighbouring areas in the past 24 hours. The Alipore Meteorological office has predicted moderate to heavy rainfall in South Bengal districts in the next 24 hours.The worst hit was the vast area surrounding the Airport police station in the city’s northern suburbs. Water entered the police station and the rooms were under ankle deep water. Some important documents and case diaries that were kept in the racks got damaged. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeFire and Emergency Services department personnel installed a portable pump to clear the accumulated water from the premises of the police station.IT professionals working in Sector V were greatly inconvenienced as vast areas were under water. The employees waded through knee deep water to reach office.There was waterlogging in areas surrounding College More. Senior officials of Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority (NDITA) have taken steps to clear the accumulated water. Senior officials said both in areas surrounding Airport police station and Sector V, the accumulated water could not be cleared as the drains have become clogged due to the construction of Airport Garia and East West Metro railways. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIn Kolkata, many streets, roads, lanes and bylanes were flooded due to the rain. Stretches on Chittaranjan Avenue were flooded, causing massive traffic jams in North and Central Kolkata. Traffic movement got slowed down, causing massive traffic snarls in the peak office hours. Roads surrounding Amherst Street were flooded. There was waterlogging on Mahatma Gandhi Road as well.Mayor Sovan Chatterjee, who was addressing the monthly meeting of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC), said there was waterlogging in some pockets in the city but overall, the situation in the city was under control. Tarak Singh, Member, Mayor-in-Council (sewerage and drainage), said water has started receding from different parts in the city from the afternoon. He maintained that all the pumps set up to clear the accumulated water from the streets are working.He said in Behala, projects funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have been undertaken to improve infrastructure and the work is underway. He expected that waterlogging in some pockets in Behala will not occur from 2019.Meanwhile, passengers using app-based cabs alleged that the drivers were charging more money, taking advantage of the situation. The commuters alleged that there were fewer private and state-run buses on the roads as well, which added to their ordeal.last_img read more

Teenagers using ecigarettes likely to try real thing

first_imgTeenagers who use e-cigarettes are more likely to try the real thing a year later than those who do not vape, according to a study.The study was carried out in light of the ongoing heated debate about the public health benefits of e-cigarettes and their potential impact on teenagers. It said it may be beneficial to restrict teenagers’ access to e-cigarettes.For the study, the researchers quizzed 2,338 teenagers at seven high schools in 2013, and then again a year later, about their vaping and smoking activities. In 2013, the teenagers, all of whom resided in Hawaii, were ninth and 10th graders, with an average age of just under 15 years.They were asked in depth about the frequency of their e-cigarette and tobacco use – from never, through a few times a year, right up to daily – at both time points. Factors known to influence uptake of smoking, such as home environment, parental educational attainment, and degree of rebelliousness were also assessed by the survey.The results showed that those teenagers who had used e-cigarettes in 2013 were almost three times more likely to have started smoking a year later than those who had not vaped at the time of the first survey. But regular smoking was linked only to higher levels of e-cigarette use to start with, findings showed.The research was recently published online in the journal Tobacco Control.last_img read more

Honouring fine art achievers

first_imgDelhi Collage of Art (Kollage) is about to celebrate an Award ceremony and convocation for this year where eminent alumni/alumna artists will be awarded for their contribution in the field of art. The awards include the likes of Lifetime Achievement Award, DCA – Pride and many more. The ‘B C Sanyal Award’ which came into existence nine  years ago in the memory of the doyen of modernism in Indian Art, Bhabesh Chandra Sanyal, will be given out to eminent artists and high profile art lecturers/teachers for their achievements.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe prominent awardees for life time achievement have been MF Hussain, Krishan Khanna, Keshav Malik, Jatin Das,  Jai Jharotia,  Manjit Bawa, Anjolie Ela Menon, Ram V Sutar. Awardees for BC Sanyal award have been Niren Sen Gupta, Zargar Zahoor,  Paramjit Singh, Anupam Sud, Pranam Singh, Kanchan Chander, Sudhir Tailang, Subodh Gupta, Neeraj Goswami and many more. Among the awardees this year, will be the best from the current batch of students. The gala event will also witness cultural performances by the students and presence of many other artists.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFor about one and a half decade, Delhi Collage of Art, a pioneer fine art institute/school, has been helping numerous students and artists from across the country achieve their dreams. With an aim to liberalise fine art education, Delhi Collage of Art has taken commendable steps to make art education affordable and available for all. The institution holds tremendous fame and name for its all-inclusive, holistic, and industry-specific courses and classes, such as Painting, Sketching, Applied Art, Sculpture, Art Teaching and Photography. With a view to further strengthen its commitments towards fine art and artists, Delhi Collage of Art organises many exhibitions, events, educational tours, and lifetime achievement awards.When: January 13Where: Sri Sathya Sai International Center, Lodhi RoadTiming: 1 pm – 5 pmlast_img read more

Make your skin hair summer ready

first_imgHow far would you go to avoid the summer heat? With all the sweat and grime in the air, it seems impossible to pull off healthy hair and skin, that stays for a few hours outdoors. By exfoliating, radiating and going minimal can have some positive results in warm weather.Sangeeta Velaskar, Vice President and Head, Medical Services and R&D, Kaya Limited talks about how to keep your skin looking fresh, while TONI&GUY Global Hair Ambassador, Indira Schauwecker gives you tips and tricks on how to ace the minimalistic trend, debunks some common hair myths and recommends products so you can care for your mane better. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf* Prepare your skin: The most crucial step to getting any look right, is prepping your skin. You can begin with the quintessential need for hydration, it’s very important to drink lots of water to keep your skin healthy and glowing from the inside. * Exfoliate, circulate and radiate: Exfoliating your skin in the summer not only removes dead skin, but also improves blood circulation to your face. Use a mild exfoliating cleanser once or twice a week based on your skin type. Your mantra this summers should be ‘Exfoliate. Circulate. Radiate.’ to get that natural glow. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive* Go minimal: It is very important to moisturize your skin even in the summer, so instead of heavy duty creams that often leave your skin looking oily and slick, find a one-stop solution. Using a CC cream that gives you the perfect makeup finish but also provides sun protection and hydration, is the way to go. With a smooth and radiant finish aided by the CC Cream, your face becomes the perfect canvas for a minimalistic look. Light kohl around the eyes and a nude lipstick is all you need to get going. * Myth: Heat styling damages your hair: It is true that curling and flat irons can sometimes damage your hair because of the high temperature, but the real problem is the lack of protection for your hair against heat styling. Go for heat protection mist, before heat styling. Spray the product evenly over towel-dried hair and comb through. Top up in-between blow-drying and using straightening irons by spritzing over dry hair. Whether its super bouncy hair or beachy waves, you can have it all, without damage or breakage. * Myth: 100 strokes a day makes hair shinier: On the contrary, you’ll end up doing more damage to your hair. Instead of an overzealous exercise such as this, you can gently brush your hair with a few strokes a couple of times during the day. This will help stimulate the follicles, and distribute the natural oils across your hair.last_img read more

Growing up in glare of shutterbugs

first_imgIn a video gone viral, she looks helpless and uncomfortable as she tries to hide her face and turns around to escape shutterbugs who go clickety-click while she waits for the doors of an elevator to open at a theatre’s basement. That’s Suhana Khan, Indian superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s 17-year-old daughter, experiencing the unwelcome attention of being a celebrity kid. The growing paparazzi culture in India’s film industry is not sparing even the celebrities’ children from the prying eyes of the cameramen, who are always chasing “the first” and “exclusive” pictures to get more hits and eyeballs on the flourishing digital media. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf It’s often dismissed as “the media’s job”, but actors and celebrities have come out clear about where one needs to draw the line.”They are not movie stars. They just happen to be a movie star’s children… Don’t assume they will be able to handle the media like I do… They get awkward,” Shah Rukh said in a tete-a-tete with journalists on Eid last month.Just last year, Shah Rukh was left irate over “cheap” headlines after photographs of Suhana in a bikini were splashed all over.”Your website is not going to run on my daughter’s bikini body,” he had said in an interview.As a concerned parent, Shweta Bachchan Nanda – daughter of Indian megastar Amitabh Bachchan – had last year reacted strongly about the intrusion of privacy in the life of her daughter Navya Naveli, whose personal photographs with friends keep getting circulated on social media.”She is not a public figure. Yes, she is related to some very famous people, but that is something completely out of her control,” Shweta had written in her column. Shweta also pointed out how Navya Naveli’s “strong sense of self” helps her remain unaffected even when people “judge her, deride her, call her unattractive or scrawny”.”But you can well imagine what it would do to the self-esteem of a young, impressionable girl, who hasn’t asked to be thrust into the spotlight in this way,” added the mother of two, who feels “helpless” while being “unable to plug the flow of this filth that is distributed in the name of information and journalism – all in the pursuit of hits and likes”.How celebrity children handle this attention – which is bound to come their way – has a lot to do with their parenting, says well-known psychiatrist Samir Parikh.”It all comes down to how the parents are able to give them a normal upbringing. Social media is in nobody’s control, but you can teach your child to ignore things and not to take things to heart. “Children can be impressionable by their own parents setting the example of how to handle the pressure of public life,” explained Parikh, Director, Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences.Writer-entrepreneur-film producer-former actor Twinkle Khanna has son Aarav and daughter Nitara with Bollywood star Akshay Kumar. Being the daughter of “India’s first superstar” Rajesh Khanna and evergreen screen icon Dimple Kapadia herself, she has lived the life her children are now living – albeit with lesser attention.She realises it’s a different age.”Their life is different, they are on Instagram, Snapchat and have a whole different version of reality than we did. I think they are a lot more comfortable and easy with that sort of a life than we ever were. I think they can handle it… Every generation has handled their challenges well, and so will they,” Twinkle said at a conclave here earlier this year.But for some celebrities, what’s irksome is the rat race to get their children’s photographs right from their birth. Whether it was Shahid Kapoor’s daughter Misha or Kareena Kapoor Khan’s son Taimur – there was a rush for their first photographs. According to Public Relations specialist Archana Sadanand, who has worked closely with the film industry, “paparazzi has become highly intrusive in the celebrities’ lives as well as their kids'”.”Ideally, the media themselves should take out a mandate and not click infants as harsh lights, clambering for the best picture, can hurt them… (But) I guess the celebs have come to terms with the paparazzi culture and have slowly got their kids also accustomed to the same.”Once the child grows up, he/she starts understanding the media and the fact that their parents are celebrities and it’s a part of the day-to-day lives.”Aaradhya Bachchan, 5, is a clear example – she smiled and posed like a pro while travelling with her mother Aishwarya Rai Bachchan to Cannes –much to the actor and former beauty queen’s surprise. All part of growing up in the limelight, perhaps!last_img read more

Presidents Medal recipients for Fire Service Home Guards Civil Defence named

first_imgKOLKATA: The list of recipients of President’s Medals for Fire Service, Home Guards and Civil Defence were declared on Thursday. As many as 86 personnel were included in the list Fire Service Medals, which would be given on the occasion of the Republic Day. From Bengal, Leader Ashok Kumar Tarafder will receive the President’s Fire Service medal for gallantry, whereas Divisional Fire Officer Dipankar Pathak, Sub-Officer Anup Kumar Banerjee, Leader Ramesh Chandra Nath, Leader Md. Ajahar Ali and Fire Operator Arun Kumar Dey will receive the President’s Fire Service Medal for Distinguished Service. The President’s Home Guards and Civil Defence Medal for Distinguished Service will be awarded to Pralay Jana Ray, Sr Staff Officer Instructor (CD), whereas the Home Guards and Civil Defence Medal for Meritorious Service will be awarded to Sarmistha Sarma Sengupta, Officer Commanding Supply Service (CD), Asit Kumar Chatterjee, Sr Staff Officer Instructor (CD), Gopal Chandra Kunkri, Depot Superintendent (CD) and Dipankar Mondal, CD Volunteer. Manoj Banerjee, Deputy SP, CBI, SU, Kolkata, will receive the Police Medal for Meritorious Service.last_img read more

Traditional art forms steal the limelight at NSD

first_imgAn enthusiastic audience comprising of children, parents and underprivileged kids from NGOs were in for some treat as traditional art groups and special folk theatre artists weaved their magic with enchanting performances on the second day i.e., November 4 of the prestigious ‘Bal Sangam’ at the NSD campus. Making a mark with a marquee performance was Dashavtar Darshan (Kalo), a special theatre performance presentation from Mushtifund Sunstha from Goa. Mushtifund Sunstha focuses on inculcating values in children so that they develop the love for the Indian culture, traditions and customs. The performance, Dashavtar Darshan is focussed on ancient Indian thinking, entertainment and a means of social reform. The ritualistic folk form ‘Kalo’ is successfully performed all over Goa. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn this children’s performance, Raatkalo (Shankasur Kalo), which is famous for its rich musical tradition and unique rhythm pattern has been used. This performance made an attempt to present all the 10 avatars of Lord Vishnu, so that the younger generation is exposed to Indian mythology and ancient tradition.Among the other traditional groups that graced the NSD campus with their performance included: Nataraj Sanskritik Silpi Samaj from Assam which train students in Bhortal dance, Thionam, Dihanam, Ghosanam, Ongkya Vaona, Ojhapali, Deodhani, Siyageet Naw Khel, Mohoho Geet, Biya Nam and other traditional dances of the region. Bhortal Nritya propogates the ‘Sankari culture’ of Assam and is performed on a very fast beat. The dance movements are designed to form colourful patterns. The dance is said to have been derived from the classical dances of the state. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAradhana Dance Academy from Bhubaneswar, Odisha showcased their majestic folk dance, Gotipua. For centuries, the Gotipua dance has been performed in Odisha by young boys who dress up as women to praise Lord Jagannath and Lord Krishna. A group of boys perform acrobatics inspired by the life of Radha and Krishna. Hindustan Kalari Sangam from Kozhikode, Kerala – a traditional Kalaripayattu training centre started by Guru Veera-Sree Sami Gurukkal of Kozhikode for creating contexts for oriental martial art expressions in India performed on stage a dance form called Meippayattu. It is a body control exercise designed in a special sequence. It is a combination of Vativu and Chuvatu with body movements, holds, kicks, jumps and cuts. Artists from all across India and Bangladesh have travelled to the Capital for this five-day carnival, which saw a number of activities making it a festival of sorts with dhol players, jugaadband performers, acrobats, behrupiyas, the clowns, longman, different workshops like origami, puppet and mask-making among others. The ‘Bal Sangam’ festival is an ensemble of various performing traditional art forms presented by children, with the objective of encouraging children to continue traditional performances so as to preserve our cultural heritage in this rapidly changing world. The festival will showcase rarest folk theatre performances by children across India and Bangladesh till November 7 at the NSD campus. The entry to the event is free.last_img read more