Month: August 2019

New Jupiter Mouse Accelerometer Less But Better

first_img The Jupiter Mouse rests comfortably in your hand and operates in a free-style fashion which directs the cursor by tilting the wooden ball in the direction and velocity a user desires. The Jupiter in operation with its smooth wood grain exterior creates an aesthetic desk accessory and navigation tool. ( — Actbrise Electronics embraces form and function in creating the Jupiter Mouse. The round wooden mouse is made from Chinese Flowering Ash located in the countryside of Gunma Prefecture in Japan. The accelerometer wooden mouse has natural color wooden swirls which resemble the planet Jupiter. The click button resembles the Great Red Spot on Jupiter. Early Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese star-gazers referred to Jupiter as the “Wood Star” representing one of the ancient Five Elements. 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. The Jupiter Mouse has a tactile soothing feature that lends itself to being used as a stress reduction device. Rolling the Jupiter Mouse in your hand produces a relaxing experience. The standard ergonomically designed mouse while greatly improved in the past five-years doesn´t compare with the earthy-feel of the Jupiter Mouse. A light weight round wooden ball poised to navigate in all directions with a twirl and a right click, left click and click-on button along the swirling rings of Jupiter. When the Jupiter Mouse is not in use it rests on a Zen inspired square wooden block. The Jupiter Mouse with a single inconspicuous cable uses the USB 2.0 port as a connection to your PC desktop or laptop. Minimalism design captures the essence of “less is more.” Inspired by traditional Japanese design, minimalism transcends geography as represented by the German Pavilion in Barcelona. Minimalism is characterized by subtle use of color and natural textures with clean and fine finishes. The inherent beauty of the object is the focal point. Actbrise Electronic´s design team has created a functional piece of art which might be described as “Less, but better” a motto of industrial designer Dieter Rams. Japan Trend Shop´s on-line store offers the Jupiter Ball for $227. Handmade does not come cheap in any marketplace. For a glimpse of the Jupiter Mouse in action, check out the Jupiter Mouse YouTube video. © 2008 PhysOrg.comcenter_img Jupiter Mouse. Image: Actbrice Electronics. Citation: New Jupiter Mouse Accelerometer: Less, But Better (2008, November 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more

Good vibes Coupling electron spin states and carbon nanotube vibrations

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Good vibes: Coupling electron spin states and carbon nanotube vibrations (2012, May 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( — An electron’s spin is separate from its motion, and is suitable for use in both highly-precise magnetic sensing as well as a qubit in quantum computing. Recently, scientists at the University of Konstanz in Germany have theoretically investigated the coupling of electron spin in carbon nanotube quantum dots, showing that the carbon nanotube’s nanomechanical vibrations can significantly affect the spin of an electron trapped on it. Moreover, their findings also theoretically show that the carbon nanotube itself can be affected by the electron’s spin. The researchers state that their findings have important implications for magnetic and mass nanosensors, quantum computing and other nanoscale applications. Explore further “The idea was that a nanomechanical resonator – in this case, a piece of carbon nanotube suspended over a trench – can act as the phonon cavity and allow for the analogous effect,” Burkard explains. “If the resonator mode is on-resonance with the so-called Zeeman energy required for a spin flip, quantum information can transferred back and forth between the spin and the phonon; in off-resonance, a prolongation of the lifetime of the spin qubit can be achieved. The latter is therefore also something that is interesting for quantum information processing.”Mathematically, Burkard continues, the challenge was to investigate the spin-phonon system, which is both driven from outside and at finite temperature. “We used and developed two methods for this purpose: a numerical computer simulation allowed us to include all relevant effects and in particular finite temperature; and a so-called semi-classical approximation helped us to understand the main effects of the driven system at zero temperature.”Regarding next steps in their research, the scientists are currently looking into possible applications for quantum information processing, with spin playing the role of the quantum bit, or qubit. “In such a scenario,” Burkard points out, “our results may lead to spin-readout schemes, as well as to new quantum-coherent spin-spin coupling mechanisms.”Burkard also outlines what would be required for the construction of physical apparatus that could test their theory – namely, a highly sensitive readout of the motion of a nanomechanical resonator. (Several labs worldwide are working on this, such as that of Leo Kouwenhoven, Herre van der Zant, and Gary Steele at the Technical University (TU), Delft, The Netherlands.) “Another requirement,” he adds, “is the ability to operate at low temperatures.”Burkard sees a key impact of their findings being the potentially enhanced performance of nanotubes in sensing applications. ‘’Magnetic sensing would be based on the sensitivity of the electron spin with regard to external magnetic fields.” Since electron spin is coupled to the mechanical resonator – the vibrating carbon nanotube, which carries an electric charge by virtue of the electron confined to it – the signal could then be read out by electrical means.“Mass sensing, in turn, would utilize a change of vibration frequency of the mechanical resonator when a small mass is deposited on it,” he continues. “The change in frequency would then affect the spin and could be read out via, for example, spin-sensitive electric transport measurable as current flowing through the nanotube.”Burkard also sees benefits beyond the group’s own work. “Currently, there is great interest in hybrid systems for quantum information processing, as well as for studies of fundamental physics,” he notes. “In our case, it would be interesting to create quantum entanglement between the spin of a single electron and the mechanical motion of a much larger object, such as the nanotube in our current study.”“A fundamental question in quantum mechanics,” he continues,” is about its range of applicability – that is, how large an object can be and still be in a quantum-mechanical superposition of two different places. We know that electron and single atoms behave quantum-mechanically, but objects in our macroscopic everyday world don’t. The question is,” Burkard concludes, “how far we can apply quantum laws. By providing some new tools, our results may open a new door in this direction as well.” From lemons to lemonade: Reaction uses carbon dioxide to make carbon-based semiconductorcenter_img Copyright 2012 Phys.Org All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of More information: Spin-Orbit-Induced Strong Coupling of a Single Spin to a Nanomechanical Resonator, Physics Review Letters 108, 206811 (18 May 2012), doi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.108.206811 Schematic of a suspended carbon nanotube (CNT) containing a quantum dot filled with a single electron spin. The spin-orbit coupling in the CNT induces a strong coupling between the spin and the quantized mechanical motion u(z) of the CNT. Image (c) Prof. Dr. Guido Burkard, Physics Review Letters 108, 206811 (reproduced with permission) Prof. Dr. Guido Burkard, Postdoctoral Researcher Andr´as P´alyi (now in the Department of Materials Physics at Eötvös University, Budapest) and their colleagues faced a number of challenges in their theoretical study of this phenomenon occurring at what they describe as the ultimate quantum limit. “One of the main challenges was to theoretically analyze the spin-phonon system, including the effect of its temperature,” Burkard tells “For previously known systems such as atom-photon cavities, one can safely assume zero temperature – but in a solid-state environment like ours, one needs to take into account a finite temperature.” In other words, even if experiments will be done very close to absolute zero temperature – the typical point in current research studies is one-tenth of a degree Kelvin above absolute zero – this may affect the behavior of the system. “This was not only theoretically challenging, but also rewarding: since there hadn’t been any need to do so, the relevant theoretical model, the so-called Jaynes-Cummings model, had not been studied at non-zero temperature for a driven system before, and we had a chance to enter unchartered territory here. In summary, we found that the sought-after quantum effects can still be identified at finite temperatures.” In a driven system, the resonator is actuated by an external source in the form of an antenna proximate to the resonator that couples to the charge on the carbon nanotube, causing it to move and – due to the nanotube’s inherent stiffness – vibrate. By measuring the amplitude of its oscillation, the presence of, coupling to, and (ideally) the state of the spin can be determined.In addressing such challenges, Burkard cites a particular conceptual insight based on what the team knew from studying electron spin relaxation, or the decay of a prepared spin state, in semiconductor nanostructures known as quantum dots: that the predominant mechanism for spin relaxation involves the emission of a phonon – a quantized sound wave – into the extended solid. Spin relaxation is therefore like spontaneous emission of a photon. Spontaneous emission from atoms can be suppressed by the use of an optical cavity where in the so-called strong coupling regime, the photon resides in the cavity long enough to be reabsorbed and reemitted many times before it is lost – a phenomenon known as vacuum Rabi oscillations. last_img read more

Researchers feed white blood cells microlasers causing them to produce light

first_img Citation: Researchers feed white blood cells micro-lasers causing them to produce light (2015, July 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from A team of researchers working at the University of St Andrews in Scotland has found a way to place a laser inside a living human cell. In their paper published in the journal Nano Letters, the team describes their technique and the ways in which the new procedure may be used for future medical 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. Explore further Journal information: Nano Letters More information: Nano Lett., Article ASAP DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.5b02491 New discovery sheds light on research tool © 2015 Scientists have been working with lasers based on single cells for a number of years, but until now, all of them required optical resonators that were actually larger than the cell—in this new effort the researchers used a resonator so small that it was able to fit inside the cell. The point of such research is to create fluorescing cells in living organisms, which would allow researchers to track them as they go about their business, and that would offer insight into such things as how cancer cells get their start.In this new effort, the researchers have expanded on prior research where green fluorescent proteins (normally found in jellyfish) were introduced into human cells and then light was amplified using a resonant cavity. In this new work, cells were coaxed into “swallowing” a whispering gallery mode micro-resonator, which forms a tiny bubble inside the cell—a fluorescent dye inside the resonator grows excited when hit with a laser beam causing the light to bounce around inside the bubble which causes it to be amplified. The result is light emitted at a different wavelength, i.e. a tiny implanted laser. The color that is emitted depends on the size of the bubble and refractive index.Because the procedure allows for modifying large numbers of cells, and because the light is emitted for a protracted period of time (days or weeks), the researchers believe that it might be used for distinguishing and tracking cells over a prolonged period of time inside of a living organism, potentially giving researchers a means for performing intracellular sensing, adaptive imaging and perhaps actually watching the process by which tumor cells grow.Thus far, the technique has only been used on cells living in a Petri dish, but the team is hopeful that further research will lead to a cell tracking system for test animals, and then perhaps eventually, for humans.last_img read more

A type of metamaterial device that allows better watertoair sound transmission

first_img Normally, it is nearly impossible to hear underwater sound from the air above—the same is true in reverse. This is because of acoustic impedance forming a sound barrier. Sound waves bounce off the barrier, preventing them from escaping. In this new effort, the researchers applied a metamaterial device (a metasurface) to the barrier that essentially serves as a tunnel between the water and the air, allowing more sound waves to pass through.The metamaterial device the team built consists of a cylindrical metal outer shell that looks a lot like a car tire rim. It has a rubber segmented membrane at its center with a weight to keep it taut. The device floats on the water. A person hovering over it in the air can hear sounds from below the surface that are not normally audible. Normally, just 0.1 or 0.2 percent of sound waves can penetrate the water/air barrier, but in testing their new device, the researchers found that it increased sound transmission to the extent that up to 30 percent of waves got through.The device could theoretically be used to help with human communications between people in the water and those above the surface, or to listen to sea creatures stirring below—but it has two major drawbacks that will likely limit its use. The first is that it is only able to pass through sounds waves that come from directly below it—diagonal waves are still bounced away. The second problem is that it only works for a certain limited range of frequencies—from approximately 600 to 800 Hz. Potentially, both problems could be solved by building arrays of individual devices that could pass different frequencies and enough of them to cover a large area. © 2018 Tech Xplore Citation: A type of metamaterial device that allows better water-to-air sound transmission (2018, January 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Journal information: Physical Review Letters New metamaterial manipulates sound to improve acoustic imaging Credit: CC0 Public Domaincenter_img More information: Eun Bok et al. Metasurface for Water-to-Air Sound Transmission, Physical Review Letters (2018). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.120.044302ABSTRACTEffective transmission of sound from water to air is crucial for the enhancement of the detection sensitivity of underwater sound. However, only 0.1% of the acoustic energy is naturally transmitted at such a boundary. At audio frequencies, quarter-wave plates or multilayered antireflection coatings are too bulky for practical use for such enhancement. Here we present an acoustic metasurface of a thickness of only ∼λ/100, where λ is the wavelength in air, consisting of an array of meta-atoms that each contain a set of membranes and an air-filled cavity. We experimentally demonstrate that such a meta-atom increases the transmission of sound at ∼700Hz by 2 orders of magnitude, allowing about 30% of the incident acoustic power from water to be transmitted into air. Applications include underwater sonic sensing and A team of researchers from Yonsei University in Korea and Hokkaido University in Japan, has developed a metamaterial device that allows for much better than normal sound transfer between water and air. In their paper published in Physical Review Letters, the researchers describe their device, how it works and the ways it needs to be improved. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Recording the birth of a nanoplasma

first_img Citation: Recording the birth of a nanoplasma (2018, August 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from , Physical Review X An international team of researchers has successfully recorded the birth of a nanoplasma for the first time. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the group describes how they pulled off this feat and what they learned from it. Credit: Y. Kumagai/Tohoku University, via Physics Nanoplasma, as the name implies, is a plasma that occurs at the nanoscale. Scientists have discovered that they can create one by firing a laser at a very small cluster of atoms—doing so is part of the science of studying objects at the nanoscale to learn more about their properties. To that end, scientists would like to know what happens as nanoplasma is formed, but have found it difficult to determine because formation happens so quickly. In this new effort, the researchers have taken a step toward that goal by developing a way to record the birth process of a nanoplasma.The technique involved isolating a cluster of approximately 5000 xenon atoms in a vacuum chamber and then firing an X-ray laser pulse at it—that caused the nanoplasma to form. To record the process, they fired a second laser at the cluster—this one with an infrared beam—and recorded the absorption pattern it created. By firing the second laser over and over at a femtosecond time resolution and recording the patterns after each blast, the researchers were able to make a video from the snapshots that were created.In studying the video they had created, the researchers found that the electrons that were forced from the atoms by the laser blast did not all leave at the same time. Instead, they found that after just 10 femtoseconds, a lot of the atoms had absorbed some of the laser energy while keeping their electrons, and a few others lost theirs. After that, it was the attraction between the free electrons and the positive ions that held the developing nanoplasma together. This state led to a lot of collisions which resulted in sharing of energy between the atoms. The researchers report that it was the excitement of the atoms that played a significant part in the migration of energy—something that had never been seen before. They conclude by suggesting their technique offers a valuable new tool for the study of nanosized matter. More information: Yoshiaki Kumagai et al. Following the Birth of a Nanoplasma Produced by an Ultrashort Hard-X-Ray Laser in Xenon Clusters, Physical Review X (2018). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevX.8.031034ABSTRACTX-ray free-electron lasers (XFELs) made available a new regime of x-ray intensities, revolutionizing the ultrafast structure determination and laying the foundations of the novel field of nonlinear x-ray optics. Although earlier studies revealed nanoplasma formation when an XFEL pulse interacts with any nanometer-scale matter, the formation process itself has never been decrypted and its timescale was unknown. Here we show that time-resolved ion yield measurements combined with a near-infrared laser probe reveal a surprisingly ultrafast population (∼12fs), followed by a slower depopulation (∼250fs) of highly excited states of atomic fragments generated in the process of XFEL-induced nanoplasma formation. Inelastic scattering of Auger electrons and interatomic Coulombic decay are suggested as the mechanisms populating and depopulating, respectively, these excited states. The observed response occurs within the typical x-ray pulse durations and affects x-ray scattering, thus providing key information on the foundations of x-ray imaging with XFELs. © 2018 Journal information: Physical Review Letters This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Freedom of electrons is short-livedlast_img read more

Woman power and art

first_imgArt has decided to take a new leap and head straight in to the world of women empowerment. Aptly called Empowerment, which is a non profit organisation, presents Feminine Mystique – all all woman art exhibition to be held in a city mall from 5 March.Celebrating Woman’s Day, calender marked for 8 March, Feminine Mystique is a celebration of the quintessential woman. The paintings portray the essence of a woman in myriad avatars, in her entirety, her soul, her song, her sensuality, her Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’shakti as also her roop. The journey for the artist is a journey to the core of herself and a cathartic experience as well. A feeling, an expression that goes beyond the words but overflows into each canvas in a unique signature style is the mark of this exhibition. While women artists address global issues, there is a reflection and insight into something more personal. In an Indian society, which has a sensitive but powerful history of gender inequality, women voice their thoughts in various way; one of the most expressive and visual approaches being art. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe participating artists are – Bharti Verma, Gunjan Narain, Him Rajni, Meenakshi Dhiman, Artist Geetha, Sangeeta Murthy, Shweta Zharotia, Simret Jandu, Sonika Agarwal, Sunayana Malhotra, Shuchi Khanna and Maitreyi Kar and the exhibition is curated by Kumar Vikas Saxena. Head over this weekend and have a look.DETAILDates: March 5, 2013 – March 20, 2013Timings: 11am – 7pmVenue: DLF Place Saket, District Centrelast_img read more

Heres how to make summer driving easy

first_imgA long drive with your favourite music on loop.Isn’t it one of the pleasures of life? An idea that becomes a far cry in summers. Don’t let the searing heat play the spoilsport. Follow the experts from, a leading Indian online marketplace for used cars and new cars to enjoy a comfortable ride this summer. Keep these tips handy: A properly working air conditioner is a must. Head straight to the workshop and get your air   conditioner checked up.  It’s a natural tendency to put AC’s fan at the maximum speed. Keep it a level lower.  Put less load on the  engine by keeping the temperature between 20-22, once the cabin cools down.   Dust in the air makes the AC filters clog up. Change filters after every 20,000 km.   Try not to park in direct   sunlight.  Don’t switch on AC immediately. Instead, roll down the windows for some time.last_img read more

Lets go shopping

first_imgAs spring knocks on the door, it’s high time to clear that wardrobe and bring in new clothes. Put away those denims, dark colours, flats and regular office going trousers and shirts. Yes! This year the runway has redefined the autumn/winter collection with bold colours, furs, impact prints and masculine tailored suits for the office-going lady. This season redo your wardrobe with retro, vintage and rugged look. Denim though has lost its charm and has been replaced by various interesting options. Designer Gautam Gupta says, “Denims are classic, but one should look for other options like dhoti trousers, drop crotch trousers, cotton-lycra lowers.” Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Spring/summers colour blocking, ombre and monochrome trends are something to save in the wardrobe. Colours like neon from the spring summer is something one can opt for but even natural tones of earthy browns featuring  khaki, camel and red cast browns are definite pickups. One can also add jump suits and skirts in the wardrobe in autumn hues such as pumpkin oranges, rust and copper, brick red which are classic of this season. Open grandma’s trunk and bring out the laces, jaali work and khadi jackets with contemporary designs to add that vintage touch to the wardrobe. Dhoti pants with block prints in pastel colours are also good picks. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixFor the working women, runways both Indian and international showed an array of skirt suits and dresses with overcoats in bold dark colours. While picking one, the length and comfort should be kept in mind, “Ideal skirt length which works on most body types is mid thigh length. Material such as lycra, georgette satin, georgette, suede are some of the fabric one can think of,” said Gupta.Finally, no wardrobe is complete without the perfect pair of shoes and accessories, “The fashion trend for the neck pieces remain, though they have gone longer in length, bags are varying in shapes from totes to sling. Try accessories in neon colours,” suggests Gupta.The accessories should compliment not only the look but shoes also. Balance the combination and don’t wear loud accessories when the outfit is a little bold.last_img read more

Haiku Harlem on Twittersphere

first_imgTwitter is flooded with intertextual one and multi-liners meandering through its massive heart. Some call it ‘micropoetry’. Others prefer Twitter haiku. But 17 syllable or not, it’s spontaneous outpouring of powerful emotion into the belly of this cyber beast. Writers like Nigerian-American Teju Cole, English Joyce Carol Oates, poets like Jacqueline Saphra, among others have taken to Twitter to not only experiment with this new ‘box’ – for that’s what they call any kind of formulaic structure, celebrating it as much as lamenting its potentials of literary innovation – but also connect with their ardent readers. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Oates tweets, ‘The novel is the novelist’s effort at assuaging a profound loneliness. Again.’ Cole, on the other hand, juxtaposes a game of football (FIFA final match between Germany and Argentina to be precise) and turns it into an opportunity to philosophise with scintillating imagery. ‘Germanyconnecting like centipedes but …nein.’ Twitter behaves like a mammoth, many-headed hydra with billions of eyes, each eye creating its own Oracle of Delphi. In Britain, poets and rappers come together on Twitter and organise competitions lasting a day or more. Benjamin Zepaniah, a new wave poet creating ripples of digital dissension, tweets thus: ‘Intelligence may not mean intelligent/ The news may not be new/ From where we are/ To be awake/ May not mean/ To be conscious.’ Evidently, the culture of salon repartee and coffeehouse duels has shifted to this cyberutopia.       Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWhat about us Indians? When not posting lines of his own, writer and academic Amitava Kumar often quotes authors with the intention of making a polemical point.    ‘’Because I come from the West Indies / certain people in England seem to think / I is an expert on palm trees’ from poem by John Agard’, he recently tweeted. Twitter is a readymade field of play, custommade for imagist-style, pithy and startling observations on things here and now, on the eternal and ephemeral, leveling big names with the almost anonymous. Writes @sapiotextual: ‘A plan as spontaneous as procrastination.’ Or: ‘’You be the dream, I the silent shattering.’ Here’s a gem from @parekhit: ‘When the truth sets you free, it usually cages someone else.’ Here’s @shakti_shetty: ‘A doubt called tomorrow.’ Or: ‘The roads less travelled miss us.’  Twitter poets are here to stay. They pass by like movie credits, often unnoticed, but make your timeline a little more worthy of your attention. Between The Covers is a weekly column on reading up and rating downlast_img read more

Google is worlds most indemand employer LinkedIn

first_imgGoogle is the world’s most sought after employer in the world, followed by Apple and Unilever in the second and third places, respectively, according to a report by professional networking site LinkedIn.The World’s 100 Most InDemand Employers: 2014 was based on billions of interactions from LinkedIn’s over 300 million members.No Indian company made it to the coveted list, however, a significant number of them do have their presence in the country. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashThe list was dominated by American companies with as many as 63 ‘in-demand’ companies were headquartered in the US.Moreover, eight of the top 10 most sought after employers in the world are US based. Besides Google, Apple and Unilever, other companies in the top 10 list include Microsoft (fourth), Facebook (fifth), Amazon (sixth), Procter & Gamble (seventh), GE (eighth), Nestle (ninth) and PepsiCo (10th).A sector-wise analysis showed that the top three sectors that dominated the list include technology, telecom and media; followed by retail and consumer products and oil and energy. Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian touristsAs per the LinkedIn survey, around 15 per cent of in demand companies have fewer than 5,000 employees. The employee count for each company was based on the number of member profiles on LinkedIn associated with the company.As per the report the top three smallest companies by number of employees are Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation with 1,622 employees, Airbnb (1,836) and Netflix (1,906).In order to calculate the winners LinkedIn analysed over 10 billion data points between members and companies and compared the data with surveys of thousands of members to determine a company’s ‘familiarity and engagement score’.‘The analysis also weighted member actions like viewing employee profiles, visiting company pages and following companies,’ LinkedIn said.last_img read more

Now escalatorenabled foot overbridge at accidentprone Chingrighata KMDA

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) will come up with a foot overbridge with escalator facilities at Chingrighata to curb accidents.”We have already floated the tender. It will take around a year to complete it,” said state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim on Tuesday. Hakim, who is also the chairman of KMDA, inaugurated two underpasses – one at the crossing of Beliaghata -EM Bypass and another at Kadapara (Phoolbagan)-EM Bypass, on Tuesday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”We had initially planned an underpass at Chingrighata. But the condition of the Chingrighata flyover is not good. Experts have suggested that digging work under the flyover for underpass could cause further damage. So, we are constructing the foot overbridge,” the minister added. It may be mentioned that on February 3 this year, after two college students were run over by a speeding private bus, locals went berserk, setting as many as four buses on fire and pelted stones at the police. The demand for an underpass or a foot overbridge for pedestrians was raised strongly. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned that pedestrians and cyclists are barred at Chingrighata and yet people crossover from the eastern side towards Beliaghata – by foot or on cycles – to fetch water. Most of them are residents of Sukanta Nagar and Shanti Nagar, where supply of clean water is scarce. They are forced to risk their lives every day to fetch water. “We have found out that people avoid foot overbridges mainly because they do not have escalators. From now, we will have escalator facilities at all underpasses and foot overbridges,” a senior KMDA official said. The multi-directional underpass at Kadapara-EM Bypass has as many as six gates, one of which leads to the Salt Lake Stadium. The total length of the underpass is 140 metres and the width is 6 metres. There are three escalators with modern roof sheeting and sump pit arrangement for dewatering purpose. The granite floor will also facilitate the movement of pedestrians. The underpass at Beliaghata has a length of 100 metres and a width of 6 metres. It has five escalators and similar modern facilities like the Kadapara underpass. The total cost for construction of the two underpasses was Rs 33 crore.last_img read more

12 persons who were stuck in Iran return home

first_imgKolkata: The 12 persons, who were detained in Iran, have returned to Bengal on Wednesday.They got stuck after going to Iran to work in the jewellery industry there. But the situation started turning worse for them since their salaries were stopped. Initially, they didn’t realise that there could be such a problem. But slowly, they started to feel trapped after staying there for three months as they were not getting their salaries and even didn’t have money to buy food. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeBut somehow, they managed to come out of that the situation and finally returned home on Wednesday. The 12 youths are from different parts of the state including South 24-Parganas, Kolkata, East Burdwan, Murshidabad and Hooghly. Their family members sought help of the Centre and the Bengal government to bring them back. They wrote to the Prime Minister’s Office as well as to the Union Minister of External Affairs. They also contacted the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO). At the same time they also informed the matter to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and the Consulate General of Iran based in Delhi. They also got in touch with the National Anti-Trafficking Committee and members of the organisation helped them to approach different platforms for help in this connection as the 12 people were in a helpless condition with their passports allegedly seized. The approach to the National Anti-Trafficking Committee was made through a mobile phone app. Soon after the complaint was sent, steps were initiated to bring them back to Bengal. They had not want their due money even. Their only wish was that they should be able to return home. The family members of those 12 persons were extremely happy and relieved after their loved ones came back home.last_img read more

Polo match to highlight unique humananimal bond

first_imgPolo’s equestrian fans and the high profile dignitaries of Delhi will be in for a treat this weekend at the precision-filled Polo exhibition match followed by camel and canine show at Jaipur Polo Grounds. This unique show is a part of an initiative to promote tourism and also to create awareness among the public about how the BSF personnel and their trained animals guard the borders of the nation in weather extremities. The event will take place on January 14 from 2 pm to 4:45 pm. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfTo add an adequate scoop of perfection and entertainment, the hosts Neelam Pratam Rudy, Vikramjit Singh Sahney, Mukesh Gupta and Aashmeen Munjal will come together with Border Security Forces (BSF) – widely known as the largest Para-military force in the world.As part of the grand celebration, a lot of on-ground activities will be planned for the day by BSF. After a private exhibition polo match and camel-canine show, BSF will serve an entertaining slice of India’s culture through an engaging performance by Rajasthani talented Langa kalbeliya artists. Apart from this, there will be a dog show and a show by our Janbaaz team. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe show will demonstrate the human-animal relationship in a very captivating manner. Neelam Pratap Rudy, Chairperson of PHD Chambers, Sports Committee said, “In association with PHD’s Tourism Committee and the Border Security Forces, we will organize this spectacular and unique show of an exhibition polo match, camel tattoo, canine show, a traditional folk dance, and musical program, which will take place for the second time in the Capital.last_img read more

KG Dass contribution to a healthy discourse on cinema

first_imgThere is the rare example in world cinema of a group of film critics belonging to the Cahiers du Cinema, dividing their time between exploring the intellectual content of films in their writings and actually making films. The publication had been launched by Andre Bazin in the early 1950s and it paved the way for aspiring directors like Godard, Truffaut, Chabrol and Rohmer to express their views – somewhat radically.Stalwarts from Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Girish Kasaravalli in the South to Shyam Benegal in Mumbai have been associated with academic projects in film institutes but have been unable to record their impressions in print. However, in Bengal, Satyajit Ray expressed his views on a wide range of issues in a stream of articles published despite a hectic career – spanning more than 35 features films. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSimilarly, compilations have been made of essays written by Mrinal Sen which were spontaneous personal expressions. Ritwik Ghatak, on the other hand, had written not only essays but also plays that embraced his personal anguish over the partition. With KG Das’s arrival, documentaries and a few feature films seemed to follow suit. Associated with Films Division for nearly four decades till his retirement a few years ago, he contributed to journals that had helped sustain a lively discourse on cinema. These contributions are now in a book called ‘Chalachitrer Nepathya Katha’ (Hidden Stories on the Cinema) which is subjective. The book published by Orient Book Company was launched at Nandan in the presence of director Gautam Ghose who chose the occasion to emphasise the need for healthy debates on the cinema. These debates had been a part of critical experience but have now been diluted in the market era. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThis was something KG Das stressed about at the book launch. It was his way of recalling a lively climate that has all but disappeared. In one of his essays, he recalls the works of directors who had carved out a place for themselves while Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen and Ritwik Ghatak had become role models of film fraternity across the country. How can anyone disregard directors like Ajoy Kar, Tapan Sinha, Tarun Majumdar, Arabinda Mukherjee, Bijoy Bose, Saroj Dey, and Dilip Mukherjee, to ame a few? All of them desired a healthy culture for popular cinema in Bengal relying on the star system and the overwhelming influence of screen idols like Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen. KG Das, on his part, was primarily restricted to documentaries on account of association with Films Division. But he had not shied away from creative possibilities that had resulted in award winning documentaries like ‘Dreams of Rabindranath’ and ‘Mangrove of Sunderbans’. However, it was the feature ‘Dukhira’ that invoked satisfaction in him and on the occasion of the book launch, he platformed his anguish against the cruelty of the system that had led to the helplessness – and final protest – of the common man. It was the story of a young man trying desperately to make the best use of the success he had achieved in his studies in the remote corner of rural Bengal and then confronting massive hurdles from the local administration. The protest comes through in ‘Dukhiram’, which leaves a strong impression. One of the films that he had made was on the last journey of Satyajit Ray after his death. While the documentation on celluloid was invaluable, his mind was disturbed when body of the legend was brought to house from the hospital. There was a stream of visitors wanting to pay their last respects. Their entry was closely monitored. Among those who were stopped at the gate was Dulal Dutta who had edited all of Ray’s films since Pather Panchali. A soft-spoken, low-profile technician never been in the spotlight although he had made one of the most vital contributions to Ray’s films. Why didn’t anyone recognize him till a close acquaintance escorted him to the room to have a last look at his mentor? The book provides a platform where he can make candid confessions about expressing himself in spirit of freedom. Whether or not he made it to the ranks of Films Division stalwarts like Jagat Murari, Santi P. Chowdhury, Sukhdev, Harisadhan Dasgupta and Yash Chowdhury can be a matter of another debate. But what he has done is to contribute meaningfully to a healthy discourse.last_img read more

All India Council for Technical Education introduces induction programme

first_imgKolkata: All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has introduced a three-week induction programme to boost student to student and student to faculty member relationship that will contribute to form a common platform for mutual exchange of ideas and strengths for a holistic learning over the next three years.”A section of students, particularly those studying in Bengali medium, take time to adjust to the campus life or hostel life in engineering colleges. Special efforts need to be given to motivate him/ her so that he feels at ease during the course of study. Organising debate, discussions, short visits, taking them to see movies and similar exercises will help in tackle the shyness in a student,” said Anil D. Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, (AICTE) at an interactive session organised by Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) titled — To motivate the Institutions towards experience-based learning and reinforce the importance of industry-focused education. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe AICTE chairman also informed that an eight module teacher certification programme has been introduced for college faculties, similar in relevance to that of B.Ed for school teachers. “Blended learning – physical and digital methods, and pedagogy will be taught to the faculty,” he added. It may be mentioned that AICTE has introduced new courses but the faculty needs to be lifelong learners and update themselves to be at par with the upcoming technologies and methods, so as to be make the classroom interaction more engaging and interesting. He made it clear that AICTE has decided to not permit new engineering colleges from the academic year 2020-21. It will only grant approval for additional seats in existing institutions based on the capacity utilisation of the institute concerned. “We have introduced a new scheme titled ‘Marg Darshan’ in which the engineering colleges that are excelling in academics will help institutions that needs to scale up their performance in doing so,” Sahasrabudhe said.last_img read more

The Severed Head of a Martyr now Displayed in an Irish Church

first_imgFor nearly four hundred years, St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church in Drogheda, Ireland, has kept one of the most peculiar and disturbing religious relics in the Western World on display. Enshrined in a glass case, with a golden crown, rests the severed head of the 17th century Saint Oliver Plunkett. According to Encyclopedia Britannica, he was deemed Ireland’s patron saint of peace and reconciliation in 1997, making him Ireland’s first Saint in nearly 700 years. However, his life and death were anything but peaceful.Plunkett was born in Loughcrew, County Meath, in 1629. On October 23, 1641, when Plunkett was just twelve years old, the Irish people led one of many revolts against their English rulers. The uprising brought the death of thousands of English and Scottish settlers. Hundreds of Catholic clergymen were brutally martyred for the crime of “promoting the Roman faith.”The exterior of St Peter’s Church in Drogheda, Ireland, looking north from West Street. Photo by Diliff CC BY-SA 3.0While Oliver Cromwell managed to suppress the uprising in 1649, English Parliament continued to exaggerate the number of deaths and stir up further dissent against the Catholic Church and its clergy. In the 1950s, Plunkett himself became a Catholic priest.St. Peter’s houses the national shrine to Saint Oliver Plunkett.His mission was to restore peace and order according to the precepts laid down in the Council of Trent, which sought to defend Catholic teachings against challenges from the Protestant movement and to rid the church of abusive practices.Oliver Plunkett, by Edward Luttrell (died 1737).Until 1673, Plunkett managed to get along with the English Protestants. But when the persecution reemerged, he was forced into hiding for five years. Finally, he was arrested and imprisoned in Dublin Castle.The shrine of St Oliver Plunkett, in St Peter’s, Drogheda. Photo by Trounce CC BY 3.0His trial began at Dundalk but continued in London, where he was convicted of high treason. On July 1, 1681 he was hanged, drawn and quartered in the public square, like all the other heretics. He was the last man to suffer martyrdom for the Catholic faith in England.The view of the nave looking north to the altar. Photo by Diliff CC BY-SA 3.0The dismembered parts of Plunkett’s body were buried in the courtyard of Saint Giles-in-the-Fields. A few years later, some parts were dug up and brought to Rome and Ireland. In 1929, his head was brought to Drogheda and ended up at St. Peter’s Church, where it rests today.Amazing Mountain Top MonasteriesEvery year, thousands of people from all over the world visit this historic Church. But its breathtaking Gothic architecture and rich history are not its most memorable attraction. Saint Plunkett’s head sits as a solemn reminder of an age stained by the darkness of religious persecution.St. Peter’s in Dublin is not the only church housing grisly human relics, nor do all such relics belong to Saints. St. Lambert’s Cathedral in Munster, Germany, houses three iron hanging cages from the 16th century. The cages were not empty when they were placed in the church either. They contained the remains of three men who had been tortured and left to rot.Shrine of Saint Oliver Plunkett. Photo by Trounce CC-BY 3.0The Basilica Cateriniana San Domenico in Siena, Italy, houses the mummified head of Saint Catherine of Siena. London’s Westminster Cathedral contains the facial skin and the tongue of Saint Anthony of Padua. The Church of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, Rome contains what some claim to be the dismembered finger of the Apostle Thomas.Read another story from us: The bizarre story of the dragon’s rib in the cathedral of AtessaMany of these relics have been discredited or exposed as frauds. But all of them are reminders of a dark and tumultuous era of human history, and the people who sacrificed their lives for the cause of peace.Marea Harris is a professional freelance writer with over 7 years of experience. Having an MBA from a reputable university in the UK, Marea has researched and written thousands of articles to date.last_img read more

The Worlds Oldest Housing Complex Where Rent Hasnt Gone Up For 500

first_imgThe city of Augsburg, in Germany’s beautiful region of Bavaria, is a pleasant, affluent town, known for its 11th-century cathedral and stunning Renaissance buildings. The city grew up amid the commercial revolution of the Middle Ages, and quickly became established as an important trading hub. Although many of Augsburg’s residents grew rich and fat off the profits of their commercial activities, one prominent family decided to use their wealth to give something back to the local community.In 1514, a new social housing project was born, the first of its kind anywhere in the world, and it still endures to this day.The Fuggerei is the world’s oldest social housing complex still in useThe Fuggerei is a walled district on the outskirts of Augsburg, containing 67 yellow painted houses. However, this is a settlement with a difference: the town’s 142 lucky residents only need to pay €0.88 in annual rent for each home, the equivalent of around US$1, the result of an agreement that has lasted for half a millennium.The Fuggerei was founded in the 16th century by Jakob Fugger, head of the wealthy local Fugger family. According to the foundation established in his name, the Fuggers were originally cloth traders who had moved to Augsburg in the mid-14th century, where they prospered. By the 16th century, the family was well-established in Augsburg, owning a considerable amount of land in and around the city.May 20, 2018: visitors near the well in the Fuggerei, Augsburg. Augsburg is a city in Swabia, Bavaria – it is the third oldest city in Germany.Jakob Fugger, also known as “Jakob the Rich”, was one of the most prominent bankers in the city. According to the Fugger Foundation, in 1521, driven by a desire to alleviate the plight of the poor of Augsburg, he established the world’s first social housing complex for Catholic families and individuals in dire need.The aim of the scheme was to provide the local poor with affordable housing, regardless of age, background or family status. Astrid Gabler, the spokesperson for the Fugger Foundation, told The Local, “The annual rent hasn’t been changed for almost 500 years. In those days it amounted to a Rheinischer Gulden, which we have converted to 88 cents in today’s money.”Augsburg, Germany – May 18,2018: Art students sit at a table in the Fuggerei housing complex drawingCurrent residents do have to pay some additional annual charges, amounting to a further €0.88 towards the upkeep of the settlement’s church, and €85 to cover the costs of heating and maintenance. Nevertheless, this still amounts to exceptionally low rent costs for some of Augsburg’s poorest residents.In addition to maintaining the 16th-century rents, the Fuggerei also sustains a number of other 16th century customs. The Fugger family stipulated that all the residents of the settlement should be instructed to pray for the Fugger family three times per day.All residents were expected to be Catholic and were required to provide evidence of their financial need, attested by the Augsburg city administration.Augsburg is located on the famous Romantic Road (Romantische Straße), a “theme route” in Germany linking a number of picturesque towns and castlesOver the centuries, the Fuggerei has provided a home for many of the city’s poor, including some famous names. The grandfather of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart once lived in the town, and it also provided homes for many of the widowed and impoverished women of Augsburg after the Second World War.Residence in the Fuggerei does come with some constraints. The settlement is walled, and the gates are locked at 10 pm every night, although a small payment of €1 (or €0.50 before midnight) will allow the guard to open the door for residents. Some residents are expected to help with the maintenance of public spaces and the settlement’s church, or to work as a guard.The Fugger Foundation is one of Germany’s oldest social enterprisesAccording to the Fugger Foundation, tourists may visit the town during daylight hours, and it continues to be a fine example of innovative urban planning, with green public spaces and brightly painted houses covered in vines.The original settlement also had space for workshops and small businesses, ensuring that residents could work to improve their prospects and finances.The Fuggerei is a housing complex in downtown Augsburg, founded in 1516 as a place to host needy citizensAlthough the settlement suffered significant damage during the Thirty Years War and the bombing campaigns of the Second World War, it was continually rebuilt in line with the Fugger family’s wishes.Read another story from us: This Irish Bar Holds the Record as the World’s Oldest Pub – Take a Look InsideRegardless of inflation, the rents have always remained the same, and will continue to do so as long as the Fugger Foundation exists to support Augsburg’s poor.last_img read more

LaVar Balls most recent comments could get Lonzo traded

first_imgLaVar Ball’s most recent comments could get Lonzo traded LaVar Ball is abroad in Lithuania, but still somehow managing to undermine the Lakers with recent comments that Lonzo would refuse to re-sign with the team unless they signed all three of his sons.Colin thinks most of what LaVar says is irrelevant, but his most recent remarks create a serious crisis for Magic and the organization.On a weekend where Magic wants to use hosting the All-Star Game as a showcase to potential free agents, LaVar’s comments couldn’t come at a worse time. Colin believes if L.A. plans to make an aggressive run at LeBron James and Paul George or other top shelf players, they have to at least consider getting the constant distraction of LaVar out of the picture by trading Lonzo. Also:-“Fun guy” Lane Johnson is wrong about the PatriotsGuests:Willie McGiniest – NFL Network Analyst and Super Bowl champ is in-studio talking Lane johnson’s comments about the Patriots; and the difficulty of sustaining excellence in the NFL.Peter King – Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The MMQB joins the show to explain why Belichick’s decision to sit Malcolm Butler won’t divide the locker room; and if Josh McDaniels burned all his NFL bridges by turning his back on Indy.Kenyon Martin– FS1 NBA Analyst and 15-year NBA veteran is in-studio discussing the Lakers’ LaVar Ball problem; and why Isaiah Thomas didn’t work in Cleveland. Steve Kerr shows he’s secure enough in himself to let his players coach themselvesSteve Kerr allowed his players to run timeout huddles and coach mostly themselves in a blowout win over Phoenix, and while some took the move as disrespectful, Kerr said he did it as a tactic to re-engage his slumping team.Colin thought the move was smart because the middle of the NBA season can be a slog, but it also showed Kerr’s security in himself because some have implied that the Warriors are so stacked that any coach could win a title with any coach, or none at all.Kerr has heard the critiques, but he made this move because it was best for his team, not best for his ego. Few NBA coaches would be willing to do the same.last_img read more

VIDEO Moto GP rider sparks outrage by pulling rivals brake at 140

first_imgMoto GP is dangerous as hell, with riders racing at speeds well over 100 MPH without any real protection, which is why 22-year-old Moto 2 racer Romano Fenati attempting to sabotage a rival by pulling his brake while the two were cruising at around 140 MPH has sparked outrage across the sport.Fenati was suspended two races for the stunt, but it may not matter because he was just dropped by his team and may have trouble finding another ride. Luckily, the brake pullee was able to regain control of his bike and was unharmed. It’s one thing to trip someone on a basketball court or football field, but this could have gotten someone killed . What a chump.last_img

How a New App Is Helping Hotels Fill Rooms

first_img Offering a peaceful oasis in the middle of a frenzied world is a hotelier’s prime service objective, but the style, security and comfort that envelops guests as they walk through the door belies what hotels go through to meet their prime business objective: putting butts in beds.That is especially true in New York City’s Times Square, where throngs of hotels vie for the consumers rushing past their doors daily. Hotel operators like Jason Mancuso, general manager of Room Mate Grace, may not appear to be gnashing teeth over the challenge, but the pressure is there.”We’re a new hotel, and there’s a lot of competition,” he says. “So, anything we can do to fill empty rooms, even just for that night, is a benefit.”Mancuso, whose hotel is one of the first U.S. outposts of Madrid-based Room Mate Hotels, was looking for an edge–and found it–when information on a new iPhone app called HotelTonight crossed the desk of the hotel’s revenue manager.HotelTonight, founded by serial entrepreneur Sam Shank of travel discount site fame, rolled out the app in January. The company developed HotelTonight after looking at ways to apply’s sensibilities to the mobile world. “What people wanted most was last-minute hotel booking,” Shank says.HotelTonight is available exclusively as a mobile app and, for now, only on Apple devices (including the iPad and iPod Touch). It lets users book discounted, same-night reservations at one of three different hotels, classified by the categories basic, hip and elegant. New deals are posted every day at noon.”It’s great for pushing short-term reservations at the last minute,” Mancuso says. “We have definitely seen a difference from it. People are using the app.”One of those people is Sarjoun Skaff, co-founder and CTO of Bossa Nova Robotics, a startup spun out of Carnegie Mellon University. “We were attending a trade fair in New York, and a colleague flew in unexpectedly at the end of the day,” Skaff says. “There was no space in our hotel, and it was too late to use conventional hotel booking sites.”Skaff had downloaded the HotelTonight app but hadn’t used it yet, so he decided to try it out. “The experience was flawless,” he says. “I was in the app and out in under two minutes, having searched, found and booked a good room at a great price. Navigating the app was intuitive, and the booking process was efficient.”As part of the booking process, a user can place a room on hold, giving them 10 minutes to complete the checkout or consider other options. Skaff says the last-minute booking saved money, too, getting his colleague a room for $65 that normally would go for more than $150.For now, being limited to the Apple crowd gives HotelTonight a sort of underground appeal, though Mancuso says he would love to see it go mass-market. Shank says HotelTonight is headed in that direction.”We developed for Apple first because it had the best developer tools,” he says, “but near-term, we want to be on all mobile devices.” Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free This story appears in the May 2011 issue of . Subscribe » 3 min read April 26, 2011last_img read more