In radiation ventriloquism electromagnetic waves travel backwards

first_img Lens with ‘Super Resolution’ Could Improve Medical Imaging Applications So if electromagnetic radiation started flowing in reverse, back toward its source, it could cause serious confusion. But this is just what Cesar Monzon, a Senior Scientist at Enig Associates, Inc., in Silver Spring, Maryland, has discovered. In a recent study, he theoretically demonstrates that, under special conditions of geometry, location, and frequency, power may flow backwards in the direction of its source. The study is published in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.“I have been working in diverse aspects of electromagnetics for a number of years, and I just happened to stumble on some solutions of Maxwell’s equations that exhibited a very unusual behavior,” Monzon told “It is counterintuitive because we observe that, in some portions of space, the power is actually flowing back in the direction of the sources. On the other hand, based on experience, and with very rare exceptions (that involve wave guidance in exotic circumstances), the radiated power always spreads out as it travels away from the sources. For example, thermal radiation travels in straight lines away from a heat source.”In Monzon’s theoretical set-up, a number of identical electromagnetic wave sources are aligned in a row. When they radiate power at a certain frequency, an unusual power flow pattern develops at a distance of about half a wavelength away from the sources. At this location, the power turns and flows back toward the source array, accompanied by a vortex formation. As Monzon explains, the backwards power flow is caused by interference from the multiple sources. The waves superpose in such a way that the phase gradient of the waves points backwards in certain regions. Mathematically speaking, the electrical terms must overcome a geometric term. Monzon likens this condition to that of a mechanical object whose kinetic energy must overcome the potential energy of a barrier in order to overcome the barrier – like a ball with momentum rolling up a hill. As Monzon notes, the backward power flow is being carried by an ordinary wave, in which the phase velocity, group velocity, and power all point in the same direction. Until now, power flowing toward its source has only been demonstrated for “backward” waves, where some of these characteristics are reversed. ( — Typically, electromagnetic waves travel away from their sources. For instance, a radar system emits radio waves that travel all the way to a target, such as a car or plane, before being reflected back to the source. Police officers and the military rely on the forward movement of the waves to determine the speed or location of an object. But the fact that ordinary waves are flowing backwards here results in some unusual effects. If an observer were to detect the backward-moving waves, it would seem as if the waves were originating from a “ghost” source in the opposite direction from the true source. Monzon shows that it’s possible to control the placement of the backwards power flow, and harness the effect for various applications, including deception. “On the case of deception, it appears possible that with current technology we can build a radiator (such as a radar) that can convince an observer, through measurements, that radiation is coming from a given direction, when in reality we are somewhere else, and perhaps even observing them,” he said. “The effect is real, not an illusion. The resulting effect on the observer is, however, akin to the illusion offered by a ventriloquist who manipulates his or her voice so that it appears that the voice is coming from elsewhere.”Monzon added that the phenomenon could also be applied to other areas, such as optics, acoustics, and water wave problems. “On the case of satellite antenna feeds, the theory indicates it may be possible to build these behind the main reflector dish, which will offer a clear field of view without blocking or the disadvantages derived from feed offsetting,” he explained. “The same principle applies to both transmit and receive antennas.”More information: Monzon, Cesar. “Anomalous Power Flow and ‘Ghost’ Sources.” Physical Review Letters 101, 083901 (2008).Copyright 2008 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of This figure shows back power flow lines at 21 GHz. Credit: Cesar Monzon.center_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: In radiation ‘ventriloquism,’ electromagnetic waves travel backwards (2008, September 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore furtherlast_img read more

Robot with frog egg smell sensor w Video

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. This robot shakes its head when it gets a whiff of certain molecules. Credit: PNAS. Explore further Play A robot’s head shaking that has been triggered by an olfactory stimulus. Credit: PNAS. The genetically modified eggs were placed between a pair of electrodes to form a detector, which measures the current created when the receptors on the egg bind with the odor molecules. The frog egg detectors are far more sensitive and accurate than other biological smell receptors that use the physical vibrations of quartz rods that vibrate when target odor molecules bind to them. These detectors tend to give false positives when other molecules with similar molecular weights to the target molecules bind to them. The frog egg smell detectors were demonstrated in a robotic mannequin that shakes its head when it comes into contact with moth pheromones. It is capable of detecting solutions containing only a few parts per billion of the target molecule, and can distinguish between molecules with only slight differences such as -OH, -CHO and -C=O groups.The aim of future research is to use frog eggs to detect gases such as carbon dioxide. Takeuchi explained that the mosquito can detect people from the carbon dioxide they breathe out. This means the mosquito must have carbon dioxide receptors, and so if DNA is extracted from the mosquito and used to genetically modify the frog eggs, the eggs will also be able to detect the gas.Takeuchi said aother possible future application would be to create detectors for the ketone odor produced by people with diabetes or for aldehydes or other allergens in foods.The paper was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Citation: Robot with frog egg smell sensor (w/ Video) (2010, August 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2010 Scientists transplant nose of mosquito, advance fight against malaria More information: Nobuo Misawa et al.: Highly sensitive and selective odorant sensor using living cells expressing insect olfactory receptors, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Published online before print August 23, 2010, doi:10.1073/pnas.1004334107 The researchers, Nobuo Misawaa, Hidefumi Mitsunob, Ryohei Kanzakic, and Shoji Takeuchi, used eggs from the African Clawed Frog (Xenopus laevis) to build their sensors. Eggs from this frog have been used in many laboratories to express olfactory receptors, and their protein expression mechanisms are well understood. This is the first time frog eggs have been used in a robot.The immature eggs were harvested and then injected with DNA from fruit flies, silk moths and diamond back moths, which stimulated the eggs to produce the olfactory sensors of these insects. Takeuchi, a bioengineer at the University, said the eggs basically acted as a platform for the parts of the insect DNA that have been shown in the past to be responsible for detecting gases, odors, and pheromones. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen ( — Researchers from the University of Tokyo have invented a novel means of improving a robot’s sense of smell, by using inexpensive olfactory sensors containing frog eggs.last_img read more

Toyota threewheeler does 803 mph on compressed air

first_imgToyota staged a media viewing of the car earlier this week at a factory in Aichi Prefecture. The car is described by observers as a “sleek rocket,” or “a pencil-shaped rocket,” and, maybe not as kindly, an “eco-friendly tricycle.” The vehicle is said to be interesting but not practical. The driving range is a key reason why skeptics say it is impractical, at least under its present stage of development.The car offers a driving range of only 2 miles (3.2 km). As with battery powered cars, the marketable barrier remains range, or what is being more frequently called range jitters. The distance the Ku:Rin can go would only be 2 miles without replenishing the air in the cylinders. 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 Ku:Rin is yet another attempt to explore environmentally friendly modes of transport. The tank was filled using a conventional air-conditioner compressor manufactured by Toyota.The car was developed at the company’s Dream Car Workshop, where its engineers made use of the principle of compressed air, which Toyota knows more than a little about. The company is recognized for its expertise in compressors that are part of air conditioners. Toyota turns out about 20 million compressors for car air-conditioners per year; the company is the world’s largest supplier of car air- conditioner compressors, in addition to making automobiles, engines and electronics components. © 2011 According to reports, a number of companies, besides Toyota, are working on air-powered cars but they are all in the research phase. Likewise, the Ku:Rin was designed and built by a group of engineers at the Dream Car Workshop, which is a Toyota sandbox/incubator for innovative ideas. Company engineers gather there outside work hours to engage in development projects. One of the engineers, Kenta Nakauchi, told NHK TV that they are not thinking about putting the car into production. Instead, they want to use their expertise to design unique cars. At the same time, they are not walking away from the challenge of drawbacks.Toyota said it will keep working on extending the travel distance. ( — Toyota Industries intends to apply for a Guiness World record for the fastest car driven by a compressed-air engine, after its Ku:Rin, as the vehicle is called, reached 129.2km/h (80.3 mph)on a test run earlier this month. This is a three-wheel, one-seater vehicle that broke the speed record for compressed air-powered vehicles at the Japan Automobile Research Institute test facility. Explore further Toyota shows off its new iQ electric-car prototype Citation: Toyota three-wheeler does 80.3 mph on compressed air (2011, September 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more

Company pioneering new types of material for 3D printer ink

first_img © 2013 3-D printing, also known as additive manufacturing because of the nature of the process, is a relatively new science. A liquid material is applied to a base, allowed to dry, then applied again, over and over, resulting in the creation of a three-dimensional object. To date, most advancements in the field have centered around the printer—Emerging Objects is instead focusing on the material that is used as the ink.As noted on Rael and San Fratello’s website, plastic, the standard ink used as a base material for 3-D printers, is both limiting and environmentally unfriendly. Other materials, they say, allow for the creation of objects that look and feel different, and don’t pollute. One example is acrylic—objects printed using it as a base are brittle and rigid, similar to glass, but also have a smooth, powdery feel. Perhaps more exciting are printed objects that look like they are made out of wood. The base material is wood pulp, but because of the 3-D layering process, the resulting materials have a natural-grain appearance.The company points out that because their materials are made from natural local components, they cost much less than plastic. For example, they’ve printed objects made mostly of salt obtained from nearby San Francisco Bay. In addition, the size of the printed objects using the new materials is limited only by the size of the printer. The team is currently working on printing a room-sized object that, because it will be made mostly of salt, will look like it’s made out of milk.The objects being produced by Emerging Objects offer a glimpse of the exciting future of 3-D printing technology. At this point, it’s possible to imagine giant printers one day laying down new houses or skyscrapers, or even on-demand machines in our homes that conjure almost any object we desire—much like the replicator of Star Trek fame, perhaps? Explore further Citation: Company pioneering new types of material for 3-D printer ‘ink’ (2013, May 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from BotObjects announces first full color 3D printer— ProDesk3D ( —Emerging Objects, a San Francisco based fabrication studio, is pioneering the use of new kinds of material for use as an “ink” with 3-D printers. To date, their materials are based on wood, salt, paper, cement, nylon and acrylic. Launched and run by architects Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello, the aim of the company is to develop material for the creation of 3-D buildings, building parts, and interior accessories using natural or renewable components. 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

First venomous crustacean discovered living in underwater caves

first_img Citation: First venomous crustacean discovered living in underwater caves (2013, October 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: The first venomous crustacean revealed by transcriptomics and functional morphology: remipede venom glands express a unique toxin cocktail dominated by enzymes and a neurotoxin, Mol Biol Evol (2013) DOI: 10.1093/molbev/mst199AbstractAnimal venoms have evolved many times. Venomous species are especially common in three of the four main groups of arthropods (Chelicerata, Myriapoda, Hexapoda), which together represent tens of thousands of species of venomous spiders, scorpions, centipedes and hymenopterans. Surprisingly, despite their great diversity of body plans there is no unambiguous evidence that any crustacean is venomous. We provide the first conclusive evidence that the aquatic, blind and cave-dwelling remipede crustaceans are venomous, and that venoms evolved in all four major arthropod groups. We produced a three-dimensional reconstruction of the venom delivery apparatus of the remipede Speleonectes tulumensis, showing that remipedes can inject venom in a controlled manner. A transcriptomic profile of its venom glands shows that they express a unique cocktail of transcripts coding for known venom toxins, including a diversity of enzymes and a probable paralytic neurotoxin very similar to one described from spider venom. We screened a transcriptomic library obtained from whole animals and identified a non-toxin paralogue of the remipede neurotoxin that is not expressed in the venom glands. This allowed us to reconstruct its probable evolutionary origin, and underlines the importance of incorporating data derived from non-venom gland tissue to elucidate the evolution of candidate venom proteins. This first glimpse into the venom of a crustacean and primitively aquatic arthropod reveals conspicuous differences from the venoms of other predatory arthropods such as centipedes, scorpions and spiders, and contributes valuable information for ultimately disentangling the many factors shaping the biology and evolution of venoms and venomous species. Speleonectes tanumekes Koenemann, Iliffe, van der Ham, 2003. Credit: PLoS ONE 6 (5): e19627, figure 1. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0019627 ( —A research team with members from the U.K., Germany, and Mexico has confirmed the first known existence of a venomous crustacean. In their paper published in the journal Molecular Biology and Evolution, the researchers describe their study of Speleonectes tulumensis, of the group remipedes as well as their finding that it is indeed the first known crustacean to use venom to capture and kill prey. , Molecular Biology and Evolution © 2013 Journal information: PLoS ONE Remipedes are a type of crustacean, which is a subgroup of arthropods. Venom is of course found in a wide variety of arthropods such as spiders and scorpions, but never before has a crustacean (of which there are 70,000 known kinds) been known to create and use venom.Scientists have suspected S. tulumensis may be unique since they were first discovered living in underwater caves along coastlines in Mexico and Central America as far back as the 1980’s. They have hollow fangs on the sides of their head behind their jaws. No one’s been able to study them up close until now, however because of the difficulty in getting to where they live. In this latest effort, the team was able to collect some samples and then took them back to their lab. There they discovered that the one-of-a-kind creature actually has a complex venom delivery system, and that it produces more than one type of toxin.Specifically, they found that the tiny creature has muscles that contract to pump venom into the fangs, and another set they use for injection once prey is bitten (they are also able to squeeze off the fang chamber to prevent backwash). They also found that the venom has a both a neurotoxin and enzyme in it to deal with prey in two different ways. The neurotoxins (similar to those found in spider venom) act to disable prey, likely by causing spasms, while the enzymes (similar to those found in snake venom) break down body tissue allowing S. tulumensis to suck the body out of the shell and then to digest it.The researchers suggest that if one type of crustacean is venomous, it’s likely there are others that just haven’t been discovered yet. They also can offer no explanation as to why this particular creature out of all the others has developed the trait other than to note that it evolved in an environment that doesn’t have many food sources. 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 Australian tarantula venom contains novel insecticide against agricultural pestslast_img read more

Scientists investigate unidentified radio sources

first_img WISE, Fermi missions reveal a surprising blazar connection (—A team of researchers led by Andrea Maselli of the Institute of Space Astrophysics and Cosmic Physics of Palermo, Italy, has conducted an observational campaign of a group of unassociated radio sources with NASA’s Swift space observatory. The observations were aimed at revealing the true nature of these so far unidentified sources. The results were published Sept. 23 in a paper on Citation: Scientists investigate unidentified radio sources (2016, September 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further The sky map in the direction of the radio source designated 3C 86, obtained by XRT in the 0.3–10 keV energy band (left panel) and by WISE in the w1 filter (right panel). A yellow dashed line marks the positional uncertainty region of the 3CR source. White continuous lines shape the radio contours obtained from the NVSS map and corresponding to 0.01, 0.2, 0.7, 2, and 4 Jy beam−1; a white cross marks the position of the catalogued NVSS source. A red circle marks the position of the detected XRT source with the corresponding error radius. Credit: Maselli et al., 2016. © 2016 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 Swift spacecraft, scanning the universe in the gamma-ray, X-ray, ultraviolet, and optical wavebands, is an invaluable tool when it comes to studying gamma-ray bursts and other electromagnetic events. It has already proved its scientific importance in many ways, for example by performing the first sensitive hard X-ray survey of the sky.Recently, Maselli and his team employed Swift to observe 21 bright radio sources included in the revised Third Cambridge Catalogue (3CR) of radio sources. The catalog contains celestial radio sources detected at 178 MHz that could advance our knowledge about the nature and evolution of powerful radio galaxies and quasars.However, some sources described in the 3CR catalog, including these detected by the NRAO VLA Sky Survey (NVSS), are not only unobserved in X-rays, but are, in fact, completely unidentified, lacking an assigned optical or infrared counterpart. The authors of the paper decided to fill this gap by conducting a supplementary optical-to-X-ray campaign with the Swift spacecraft, in order to better characterize the properties of these unidentified sources.”We have investigated a group of unassociated radio sources included in the 3CR catalog to increase the multi-frequency information on them and possibly obtain an identification,” the researchers wrote in the paper.Each of the 21 sources was observed by two telescopes onboard Swift – the X-ray Telescope (XRT) and the Ultraviolet/Optical Telescope (UVOT). The observation campaign lasted from November 2014 to March 2015.According to the research, out of these 21 investigated sources, nine exhibit significant emission in the soft X-ray band. The scientists managed to assign an infrared counterpart in the AllWISE (All Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer) catalog for these nine sources and in four cases with no soft X-ray association.”After conducting Swift observations of 21 bright NVSS sources corresponding to 3CR sources classified as unassociated in the third update of the 3CR catalogue, we have obtained new X-ray detections for nine of them. Moreover, cross-matching the NVSS with the recent AllWISE Catalogue, we have found a WISE counterpart to all these nine X-ray sources, as well as to four cases with no X-ray detection,” the paper reads.What baffled the researchers is that no optical/UV counterpart has been found by UVOT, what lead them to an assumption that these unidentified radio sources should be classified as obscured active galaxies. However, the team added that it is too early to draw final conclusions as spectroscopic observations are needed to confirm this hypothesis.”Our analysis suggests that a spectroscopic analysis in the infrared range will be more helpful to identify their nature as well as potentially obtain a redshift measurement,” the team wrote. More information: A. Maselli et al. observations of unidentified radio sources in the revised Third Cambridge Catalogue, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2016). DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stw1222 , Arxiv: have investigated a group of unassociated radio sources included in the 3CR cat- alogue to increase the multi-frequency information on them and possibly obtain an identification. We have carried out an observational campaign with the Swift satellite to observe with the UVOT and the XRT telescopes the field of view of 21 bright NVSS sources within the positional uncertainty region of the 3CR sources. Furthermore, we have searched in the recent AllWISE Source Catalogue for infrared sources matching the position of these NVSS sources. We have detected significant emission in the soft X-ray band for nine of the investigated NVSS sources. To all of them, and in four cases with no soft X-ray association, we have associated a WISE infrared counterpart. Eight of these infrared candidates have not been proposed earlier in the literature. In the five remaining cases our candidate matches one among a few optical candidates suggested for the same 3CR source in previous studies. No source has been detected in the UVOT filters at the position of the NVSS objects, confirming the scenario that all of them are heavily obscured. With this in mind, a spectroscopic campaign, preferably in the infrared band, will be necessary to establish the nature of the sources that we have finally identified. , arXiv Journal information: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Societylast_img read more

People found able to recognize emotional arousal in vocalizations of land vertebrates

first_img Study finds babies younger than six months old able to acquire phonological knowledge Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B 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. © 2017 Explore further In addition to our spoken language, humans also utter a variety of sounds that reveal our emotional state—sounds such as moans of pleasure during sex, frightened screams or even angry growls. Scientists have noted that other animals make sounds that correlate to their emotional states, as well. In this new effort, the researchers sought to learn whether human beings are able to recognize which sort of emotional state other animals are experiencing based only on the sounds they emit.In the experiment, volunteers listened to prerecorded animal sounds and attempted to identify the emotional state of the creature that made it. To rule out the possibility that some sounds might be more or less recognizable by people who speak different languages, the volunteer group included people who spoke German, English or Mandarin. In all, the researchers played 180 vocalizations for the volunteers representing a very diverse group: black-capped chickadee, hourglass treefrog, American alligator, common raven, giant panda, barbary macaque and the African bush elephant. The researchers also carried out an acoustic analysis of the sounds on the recordings, comparing the sounds with people’s reactions to them and found that humans use many acoustic clues to understand emotional noises made by other animals.The researchers report that the volunteers were quite accurate in their ability to distinguish animal emotional vocalizations, showing an ability to distinguish between such sounds as cries of pain, exhilaration or fear in all of the land animals—regardless of which language the people spoke.This finding, the researchers suggest, hints at the possibility of common ancestral roots that evolved as a means of survival—being able to recognize the sounds other animals make when threatened, for example, could help humans prepare for what lies ahead.center_img (—A team of researchers with members from Germany, France, the Netherlands and Canada has found that human beings are able to accurately recognize emotionally based vocalizations made by a wide variety of land vertebrates. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the team describes experiments they conducted with volunteers listening to recorded animal sounds and what they learned by doing so. Red-eyed tree frog, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica. Credit: Charlesjsharp/Wikipedia/CC BY-SA 3.0 Citation: People found able to recognize emotional arousal in vocalizations of land vertebrates (2017, July 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: Humans recognize emotional arousal in vocalizations across all classes of terrestrial vertebrates: evidence for acoustic universals, Proceedings of the Royal Society B (2017). rspb.royalsocietypublishing.or … .1098/rspb.2017.0990AbstractWriting over a century ago, Darwin hypothesized that vocal expression of emotion dates back to our earliest terrestrial ancestors. If this hypothesis is true, we should expect to find cross-species acoustic universals in emotional vocalizations. Studies suggest that acoustic attributes of aroused vocalizations are shared across many mammalian species, and that humans can use these attributes to infer emotional content. But do these acoustic attributes extend to non-mammalian vertebrates? In this study, we asked human participants to judge the emotional content of vocalizations of nine vertebrate species representing three different biological classes—Amphibia, Reptilia (non-aves and aves) and Mammalia. We found that humans are able to identify higher levels of arousal in vocalizations across all species. This result was consistent across different language groups (English, German and Mandarin native speakers), suggesting that this ability is biologically rooted in humans. Our findings indicate that humans use multiple acoustic parameters to infer relative arousal in vocalizations for each species, but mainly rely on fundamental frequency and spectral centre of gravity to identify higher arousal vocalizations across species. These results suggest that fundamental mechanisms of vocal emotional expression are shared among vertebrates and could represent a homologous signalling system.last_img read more

Rounding it up

first_imgLive Movie, a production, based on fiction story, is soon going to be staged in the Capital. Organised by Ummeed Theatre and directed by Dinesh Panwar, Live Movie mixes dancing, acting and singing together. The story is a package of comedy, drama, emotions, thrill, suspense, action and love.Ummeed Theatre is a place where students possessing different talents come from various parts of Delhi-NCR. They intend to bring alive the zeal of dance and music in the potential learning, giving them a platform to discover and outshine their own talent. They work in various batches for different levels to facilitate an easy learning environment for all the aspiring students.Other than music and dance, they also promote acting skills. They aims to revitalise the relationship between the aspirants and their respective potential by providing students with a great deal of exposure, prepare them for various stage shows and competitions.When: 14 September Where: Community Centre, Shahpurjat Timing: 9 am – 4 pmlast_img read more

Loud louder loudest

first_imgThe happiest music festival Bacardi NH7 Weekender is here again. Back with its 3rd edition in a row, the two-day festival that kicked off last Saturday was even bigger than the previous years. Music lovers thronged in thousands to catch some of the biggest international and Indian acts.After travelling to Kolkata, Bengaluru and Pune, Bacardi NH7 Weekender came to its final pit stop city for 2014 at Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida. The massive four-city festival has now also introduced Shillong as its fifth addition, set to take place in February 2015! Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The first day of the festival was a packed punch with an incredible lineup of both Indian and international artistes. Right from Songhoy Blues, all the way from Mali, Africa, charming the audiences with their refreshing brand of blues rock to The Raghu Dixit Project featuring Nritarutya who had crowds thronging to The Dewarists and asking for more. The funnymen from AIB had people in splits with their signature brand of edgy humor taking on everyone from Salman Khan to Narendra Modi. American heavy metal superstars Fear Factory to the soulful and mellifluous voice of critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Luke Sital-Singh was also witnessed. Bacardi NH7 Weekender this year also makes for an incredible audio visual spectacle!  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe Bacardi NH7 Weekender had loads in store to keep Delhi audiences entertained through their Sunday with an exciting lineup, including critically-acclaimed international headliners The Vaccines (UK), Dinosaur  Pile (UK), Motopny (US), Goldspot (US) and Alo Wala (Denmark) to some of India’s biggest music acts Indian Ocean’s Tandanu featuring Pt. Vishwamohan Bhat, Kumaresh Rajagopalan, producer Amit Trivedi and bass baron Duke Nucleya to name a few.Over the last four years, the Bacardi NH7 Weekender has grown to be one of the country’s most loved musical weekends – representing Bacardi India and Only Much Louder’s commitment to giving fans unforgettable musical experiences. This year, over 100 artists will play at the Bacardi NH7 Weekender’s four editions – Kolkata, Bengaluru, Pune and Delhi.last_img read more

IDA join hands with KMC to conduct drives against tobacco consumption

first_imgKolkata: The Indian Dental Association (IDA) will join hands with the Indian Medical Association (IMA) and Kolkata Municipal Corporation in spreading awareness against the consumption of tobacco.As a part of its anti-tobacco campaign, the IDA has taken up a host of initiatives on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day on 31 May. The health awareness camp will be organised at Dr R Ahmed Dental College and Hospital. The IDA has taken a pledge to hold various health camps to make people aware of the ill-effects of tobacco consumption in various forms. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsRallies will be held, where people from all walks of society, will take part only to highlight the danger of consuming tobacco. Various others anti-tobacco drives will also be organised on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day. IDA organises regular health talks, check-up camps and give suggestions to the state government and thus helps in implementing the anti-tobacco laws in West Bengal.India is home to one of the largest number of tobacco consumers in the world and West Bengal contributes largely to that. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAccording to Global Adult Tobacco Survey 2010(GATS), 36.3% of the population of West Bengal uses tobacco in some form. This would amount to as many as 2.5 crore of people.Oral cancer has been on the rise. Oral cancer constitutes about 40% of all forms of cancer in our country and 30% of them stem from the use of tobacco. People from all sections of the society are victims. Strict measures should be taken to check the use of Gutkha among the people in the state and also a ban on smoking in public places. Smokeless chewing of tobacco like gutkha, khaini, paan and so on leaves people of Bengal vulnerable to various ailments. Also, cigarettes, bidis and alcohol increase the risk further. Almost in all cases, the patient comes for check up due to toothache and finds he is in a pre-cancerous state, a radiation oncologist in the city said.Dr Raju Biswas, State Secretary of the Indian Dental Association said: “Tobacco epidemic is one of the major health threats to the public health system. Our initiative is to free West Bengal from the clutches of Tobacco epidemic. It is very encouraging to get full support from the state government.”last_img read more

Shaping young minds

first_imgNational Institute of Fine Art hosts the annual art exhibition Antar Darshan by its students that commences on May 22 at its premises. The five-day art extravaganza provides the students an opportunity to exhibit their multi dimensional and original art works.Renu Khera, the curator of the show, presents the best 25 students work in a year’s time. The artists have created three original art work in different mediums like oil on canvas, acrylic on canvas, charcoal and dry pastels. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’50 per cent of the amount raised by selling the paintings will be donated to the Prime Minister Relief Fund in support of Nepal.  The show also displays works by some special students and underprivileged kids who have toiled their heart and soul to show their potential. Every student has his own thoughts for his art work. The show will enable the visitors to interact with artists and experts. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSome of the participating artistes are – Shalini, Mohita Suri, Pallavi Juyal, Vishal Dharmani and Rajat Mathur.In the words of Shalini, “Through this painting of mine, I want to show myself in the form of yog mudra which describes a state in which even when we lose our near and dear ones we can keep them alive in ourselves. A state in which we feel real happiness and peace of life through meditation.” Innocence of a boy catched Mohit’s attention which he showed in his piece of work. He says, “Innocent face with lots of questions in his eyes attracts me. This shows we all should preserve our innocence in order to turn this world to become a more humane world to live.” The concept of Juyal’s work is ‘dreams’. She comments, “I chose it because it is a wish of every human being to live life like a dream. But it is imperative to see the life as a wholesome game where there is hard work, ups and downs, despair n happiness. Life is the canvas of happening of things. If we are ready to enjoy every moment, life is really a dream.”Dharmani who is a software engineer by profession can’t resist himself with pencils, colours and paintings. He said, “I am discovering an artist within me by transforming my scratchy strokes into perfect lines and dull colours to vibrant ones.”Rajat Mathur, a graphic Designer by profession is always fascinated by art. The name of the painting is Colours of Joy, It is the portrait of his friend clicked by him at the time of Holi. This reflects the colours of joy a person experience in this festival regardless of cast and creed.When: May 22 – 26 Where: All India Fine Art & Craft SocietyTiming: 11 am to 7 pmlast_img read more

On duty LNJP CMO was thrashed

first_imgChief medical officer (CMO) of Delhi Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital (LNJP) was allegedly assaulted in the hospital premises on June 20 mid-night by a patient’s attendants. The victim was identified as Dr Lalit Tanwar. He was assaulted in emergency ward by a group of four boys when he was performing his duty. According to hospital staff,  the CMO had sustained multiple injuries. Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreAs per tha FIR lodged in Indraprastha police station, the incident took placed on Saturday (June 20) late night when Dr. Lalit Tanwar, CMO in LNJP Casualty ward was attending some patients, at the same time one of the patient’s attendants, who was identified as Karan Vaid, hit Dr. Tanwar and also pushed him from his chair. When Tanwar was trying to protect himself and shouted for help, another accused Deepak Vaid also physically assaulted him from behind and hurled abuses at  him. In the meantime, hospital staff and police rushed to the spot and intervened into the matter.  Also Read – Man who cheated 20 women on matrimonial websites arrestedInterestingly, none of the hospital staff was ready to talk over the issue, many of them even denied to have the knowledge of such incident had happened in the hospital premises. When asked, senior hospital officials denied to comment over the incident.Police filed the case under the Section 186/353/34 I of IPC and arrested the accused.The injured doctor is likely to join back his duty on Monday as he is on leave since the incident. Doctors at government hospitals were on two-day strike last week in protest of such attacks on hospital staff.last_img read more

Heavy smokers gain more weight after quitting

first_imgHeavy smokers are likely to gain more weight after quitting than light to moderate smokers, says a new study.“This is good news for light to moderate smokers who are concerned about weight gain. It means that in the long term, quitting smoking will not make that big of an impact on their weight,” said one of the researchers Susan Veldheer from Penn State Milton S Hershey Medical Centre in Pennsylvania, US.Quitting smoking may lead to some weight gain but how much weight gain depends on the individual. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’To better understand personal factors that may contribute to weight gain, the researchers analysed data from 12,204 participants.They looked at the number of cigarettes smoked per day and body mass index before quitting, to see how these factors may have affected weight change over 10 years. What they found is that for smokers of fewer than 15 cigarettes per day, there was no significant difference in the 10-year weight gain between those who quit smoking and those who did not quit. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHowever, for smokers of 25 or more cigarettes per day and those who were obese prior to quitting —body mass index of 30 or more —the amount of weight gain attributable to quitting was substantial. Smokers of 25 or more cigarettes per day reported 23 pounds of weight gain that could be attributed to quitting cigarettes and obese smokers reported 16 pounds of weight gain that could be directly attributed to quitting.“Being able to easily identify smokers who may gain more weight when they quit is important so that we can work with patients to tailor their treatment plan,” Veldheer noted. The findings were reported in the International Journal of Obesity.last_img read more

Delhis Little Kolkata decks up for Durga Puja

first_imgChittaranjan Park invariably makes it to the news during the Durga Puja season. Zealous  Bengalis gear up to adore and offer obeisance to goddess Durga and in this ardent tradition they are joined by thousands off residents of the city in this ‘mini-Kolkata’ for a taste of Bengal.  Dhak beats and dhunuchi dance fill the air with a touch of divinity.  This year puja organisers in Chittaranjan Park have decided on eco-friendly themes.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This year the idols embellished with aluminum aushtro will be swapped for synthetic paints and biodegradable materials. Attempts are being made to convert to LED bulbs. Some Puja committees have decided  to do away with the ritual of immersing idols into Yamuna.  C.R.Park’s B block has decided upon construction of a 4 feet deep tank on the puja ground itself for the ritual of Bisarjan. Tamal Rakshit, an organiser, says, “A crane will be commissioned to immerse the goddess into water. After immersion, the area will be sealed as the pavitra area’.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“When the idol has wholly dissolved, the remaining bamboo will be returned back to the artisans for re-use and the muddy water will be used as compost in the park. As per tradition that the very mud the idol is sculpted from should go back to the land where it came from. We attempt to be traditional with a difference.” The ancient mandir-themed venue and sumptuous food stalls will no doubt pull in the crowds.In these three days time bhog is prepared for around 1500 people here. Navapalli Durga Puja Samity will showcase the time- honoured ‘Bengal patoa art’. The president, Utpal Ghosh said, “these art pieces have been prepared by young college students under the able guidance of Madhu Chiktrakar and his wife, who have replicated the ten forms of Maa Durga and Krishna on the mandap.” D block ground has been converted into ‘interior Bengal gram’. The pandal will also offer free wifi to the visitors by making it a wifi-zone. Initiatives are being made   Sujoy Ghosh, the general secretary, also informed that bhog will be sent by the pujo samity to the homes of senior citizens living in the colony.last_img read more

Makeup Beauty lies in eyes of the beholder

first_imgMake-up and women have been complementary terms for ages, but how do the two genders react to women with makeup? Men think women who wear make-up on are more “prestigious”, while women think women with make-up on are more “dominant”, reveals new research.The findings suggest that make-up changes perceptions of status depending on who is making the judgement – males or females.The research is the first to report on how males and females perceive women who wear make-up differently. “While both sexes agree that women with make-up look more attractive when it comes to ‘high status’, it really depends on who is looking,” said researcher Viktoria Mileva, post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Stirling in Scotland. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Men think women with make-up on are more prestigious, while women think women with make-up are more dominant,” Mileva noted. Research suggests that “high status” can be obtained through two main routes. “Alternatively, you can gain high status by prestige; by having positive merits and qualities that make others want to follow you,” she added. The findings were published in the journal Perception.The study also found that women held rather negative views of other women who wear make-up. “We did some follow-up studies as to why women might feel that other women with make-up are perceived as more dominant, and it looks like it might be related to jealousy and potential threat,” Mileva said. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“Women rating other women with make-up said they would be more jealous of them, think of them to be more promiscuous, and more attractive to men than their non-make-up wearing counterparts,” she noted.For example, at a job interview, knowing whether the hiring committee will consist of men or women might influence a female candidate’s decision about wearing make-up. “Whether the interviewers will view her as attractive, dominant, and/or prestigious can affect her and the interviewers’ actions and perhaps the outcome of the interview itself. Thus, understanding the potential implications of cosmetic use are important not only for the wearer, but also for the perceiver,” Mileva explained.last_img read more

Efforts underway to promote AYUSH abroad

first_imgKolkata: The ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs) with a number of foreign countries to promote research and development of traditional medicines abroad.The AYUSH ministry recently entered into an agreement with various institutions across the globe that include the National Centre for Natural Products Research (NCNPR), University of Mississippi in USA, Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine in UK, College of Homeopaths of Ontario (CHO) Canada, United States Pharmacopoeia Convention, Universidad Maimonides, Buenos Aires, Argentina and Medical Research Infrastructure and Health Services of Tel Aviv. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe system of Ayurvedic medication has a significant role in delivering healthcare to masses. It is cost-effective and benefits economically challenged patients. According to sources, the AYUSH ministry has signed MoUs with these countries as they have shown interest in promoting AYUSH as a method of treatment. It will also chalk out a detailed plan on how traditional modes of treatment can be adopted in foreign countries. It may be mentioned here that the ministry tied up with the World Health Organisation (WHO) to promote India’s traditional form of medical treatment. The ministry in assistance with the WHO, has been developing a standard terminology in Ayurveda, Unani, Sidhha so that the terms which are originally in Sanskrit can be comprehended by the people in foreign countries. The main purpose behind the tie up is to promote the quality and safety of traditional system and medicine and consumer protection. Ayurveda morbidity codes and standard terminology have been prepared so that AYUSH can be adopted in foreign hospitals. Ministry of AYUSH has already established North Eastern Institute of Folk Medicine in Arunachal Pradesh as a premier research Institute in all aspects of folk medicine knowledge with linkages and collaboration with other research institutions. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe government is documenting ethno-medical claims in a structural format through Medico-Ethno-Botanical Survey Programme (MEBS) and Tribal Health Care Research Programme (THCRP) in 17 states. Dr Sumit Sur, regional coordinator of Bengal, Odisha and North East, National Ayurveda Students’ and Youth Association, said: “We welcome the step taken by the Union AYUSH ministry. The tie-up with foreign countries will help in the promotion of our oldest and traditional methods of treatment.”last_img read more

Murli Dhar to be new JCP Crime of Kolkata Police

first_imgKolkata: In a minor IPS reshuffle, the West Bengal government on Wednesday appointed Murli Dhar as the new Joint Commissioner (Crime) of Kolkata Police, a notification said. Dhar who was the Joint Commissioner (Traffic) of Kolkata Police would replace Praveen Kumar as the new JCP (Crime), it said. Kumar would be the new Joint Commissioner (Armed Police) of Kolkata Police. Akhilesh Kumar Chaturvedi, who was holding the post of Joint Commissioner (Armed Police) of Kolkata Police would become the new Joint Commissioner (Traffic) of Kolkata Police, the notification added.last_img read more

Deocha Pachami gets Centres nod after 3 yrs

first_imgKolkata: The state government is now all set to start the mining works at Deocha Pachami, a coal block in Birbhum after the Centre has given its clearance.While inaugurating various projects at the newly unveiled Integrated Leather Complex at Bantala, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Thursday that clearance has been given to the state government to initiate extraction at Deocha Pachami, which is one of the largest coal reserves in Asia. “We have a big announcement for you. The Centre has issued clearance for mining works at Deocha Pachami. It will create a total employment of one lakh. The Bengal government will invest Rs 12,000 crore at the biggest coal block,” Banerjee said while addressing a gathering at Bantala. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIt may be mentioned here that Deocha Pachami, which had been awaiting a no-objection from the Centre for a long time, finally received the Centre’s nod allowing the state government to begin the mining work. It has become possible due to relentless efforts by the Mamata Banerjee government. The Chief Minister herself had written to the Centre for issuing the no-objection in this regard. The Power department officials had also urged the Centre repeatedly in this regard. The Centre will soon sign an official MoU with Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in statethe Bengal government over the formal allotment of the world’s second-largest coal block situated in Birbhum. Trinamool Congress MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay had raised a question regarding the prolonged deadlock between the state and Centre on this issue, on Wednesday. A delegation of senior Trinamool members had also met the Union Coal minister Prahlad Joshi at his office in the Parliament on Tuesday. The state government is set to get the allocation after a long wait of three years. The project will not only fulfill the coal demand of the state, but other adjacent states as well. This coal block is the largest in India, covering an area of 12.31 sq km and having a reserve of 2,102 million tonnes of coal.last_img read more

A Man used Giant Penguin Shoes to Pull off the Greatest Footprint

first_imgIn February 1948, a resident of Clearwater, Florida came face to face with something totally unexpected. Walking the beach one morning, he stumbled upon a set of remarkable footprints in the sand. The prints were enormous, about 14 inches long and 11 inches wide, and, even more remarkably, had three toes, tipped with long claws. Florida Fringe Tourism tells the story of the strange tracks, which came out of the Gulf of Mexico at the south end of the beach and walked the shore for about two miles before returning to the water and disappearing. No one could figure out what made the footprints, but the four- to six-foot strides it took showed that whatever it was, it was big.Clearwater Florida Photo by 2candle CC BY 2.5The creature’s tracks showed up on the beaches of various Florida towns for about two years. Its tracks were seen in towns between Clearwater and Sarasota, earning it the name “Old Three Toes”. During that time, several people claimed to have spotted the monster, for what else could it be? It was described as a large, bird-like thing or a large furry log with a head shaped like a hog’s.People’s reactions ranged from baffled, to terrified, to skeptical. If it was some strange creature from the water, what havoc could it cause, if it chose? If it was a hoax, who would go to so much trouble, and to what end?More tracks were found along the shore of Suwannee River, 40 miles (60 kilometers) from the ocean.The strange tracks came to the attention of Ivan T. Sanderson, a zoologist of some repute, who wrote and commented on scientific issues in New York. Sanderson came to Florida to investigate and spent months studying the tracks and interviewing witnesses. He even dug up one print to take home, according to an article in the Tampa Bay Times.Sanderson was like the Indiana Jones of the zoology world. He’d made several trips to the African jungle for Cambridge University and the British Museum which he then used as fodder to write a best-selling book.He was also the person who came up with the term cryptozoology — referring to the pursuit of creatures out of legend, such as the Loch Ness Monster. If anyone could crack the mystery of those three-toed tracks, he believed it was him.Cryptoclidus model used in the Five TV programme, Loch Ness Monster: The Ultimate Experiment. Author: Ballista. CC BY-SA 3.0After doing extensive study and research, he determined that the prints couldn’t be a hoax. They seemed far too deeply imprinted to have been made by man or machine. He even went so far as to say he had spotted the creature himself.He described it as being about 12 feet long, grayish-yellow, and having large arms that resembled flippers. He also said it made big waves when swimming as if it had a powerful kick. His final conclusion was that the creature had to be an enormous penguin, as silly as the idea sounded. After that, tracks were spotted a few more times throughout the ‘50s, but after 1958 there were no more sightings of either prints or giant penguins.Photo by Orgone Research30 years later, on June 11, 1988 the mystery was finally solved. The St. Petersburg Times wrote an article stating that Old Three-Toes was a hoax. A man from Clearwater, Tony Signorini, had confessed that he and a prankster friend had been responsible for leaving the mysterious tracks all those years ago. The article’s writer went to Signorini’s auto shop to interview him, and, while she was there, he showed her a pair of very large, cast-iron feet with three toes.Related Video: The Hybrid Neanderthal Girl – Made from 2 different speciesAccording to Signorini, at the instigation of Al Williams, his friend and boss at the time, they created the thirty-pound feet. Williams had apparently been taken with photos from Smithsonian magazine which showed a dinosaur footprint that had been fossilized. After examining the print for a while, Williams came up with the idea to make feet that matched the prints and have a little fun.Photo by Orgone ResearchWhen the feet were complete and had been bolted to a pair of high-top tennis shoes, the two men loaded them into a rowboat and went to shallow water not far from shore, where Signorini would put the dino-feet on and waded out of the water.To make the tracks so far apart, Signorini would balance on one foot, swinging the opposite leg back and forth to work up the momentum to make a jump to the other foot. Since each of the metal objects weighed about 30 pounds, the feat took some time and some stamina.Over the years, Signorini would occasionally pull the feet out of hiding and tell friends and family the story of how the tracks came to be, and, over time, he has left the only major player around to remember.Photo by Orgone ResearchHis partner, Al Williams, died in 1970. Ivan Sanderson had taken his interest in cryptozoology elsewhere and had been pursuing things like Bigfoot and UFOs prior to his own death in 1973. Tony Signorini finally died in 2013, leaving the fabled feet to his son, Jeff.Read another story from us: The ‘Dogman’ of Michigan: A Legend with More Sightings than BigfootSince Jeff inherited his father’s feet, he’s been approached by a couple of historical organizations who expressed their interest in displaying the oddball pieces of Florida history, but Jeff has resisted, noting his father wanted to keep the feet in the family. When he was wondering what to do with them, one of his nieces called dibs, so the family’s legacy will remain.last_img read more

The NFL ratings are down because of the Trump Effect not the

first_imgColin says the NFL numbers are down due to the Trump Effect, not the Kaepernick Effect. It doesn’t matter what some outlier poll says, no one is going to stop watching football because of Kaepernick.Last night was Colin’s first time seeing Eagles Head Coach Doug Pederson in action, and he was impressed.  Carson Wentz has a competent staff, and backup Chase Daniel to mentor him in Philly, while Jared Goff is stuck with a defensive staff and no experienced assistants. Colin thinks you need talent and support to succeed as a young quarterback in the NFL, and Wentz has both.The Bears need to ditch Jay Cutler, it’s a bad relationship. Stop making excuses that he’s had a lot of coordinators. Everyone has a bunch of coordinators. Win some games. He’s a walking bad vibe.Tuesday in The Herd means it’s time for The Herd Hierarchy. See how Week 2 shifted his rankings.Guests: Antonio Brown – Steelers All-Pro wide receiver is talking with Colin about why he supports celebrations, his level of on-field connection with Big Ben, being grateful for what he’s achieved, and what it takes to stay at the top of his profession.Peter King – Founder of the MMQB joins the show to bounce around the hottest NFL topics after the completion of Week 2. He discusses Carson Wentz’s early success, if it’s time for the Bears to part ways with Jay Cutler, why it’s too early to panic on Kirk Cousins, and the troubling long term signs for the Seahawk offense.Nick Wright – FS1 host is in-studio to push back at Colin’s Aaron Rodgers criticism, talking Carson Wentz’s impressive debut, how Andrew Luck killed the Colts this weekend, and why there’s nothing left that isn’t politicized, including sports.last_img read more