September launch for Intel Cedar Trail scrapped

first_img The battery life is said to exceed 10 hours. The new platform will carry Intel Wireless Music, Wireless Display, PC Synch and Fast Boot technologies.So what is the specific problem causing the delay? LG Nilsson writing for VR-Zone says what is clear to him is that it is something fairly crucial, if Microsoft has determined that the drivers are not yet suitable for Windows 7. He said his best guess is that the glitch lies in media decoding.Whatever the reasons, some best guesses and relevant insider insights will converge next month over what happened, what’s next and which dates to watch, at the Intel Developer Forum from September 13 to 15. One vendor that certainly cares about Cedar Trail is computer-maker Asus, a key brand name in netbooks. Asus has confirmed its support for Intel’s Cedar Trail platform. The company presented at Computex the Asus Eee PC 1025, its first Cedar Trail netbook. The machine features a 10.1-inch (1024 x 600) display and will be powered by a 32nm Atom CPU (N2600 or N2800). The Eee PC 1025C runs Windows 7. Those familiar with the certification process reckon that submitting the drives for recertification, given the drivers’ complexity, will take some time. © 2011 PhysOrg.com Asus Eee PC Netbook 1000HG WiMAX Coming Soon (Video) (PhysOrg.com) — Intel has changed the launch date of its Cedar Trail-M platform that is targeted for netbooks from September to November. The reason for the delay is a problem with graphics drivers and failing certification for Windows 7. Cedar Trail is the code name being used for Intel’s next generation Atom chips built using the 32nm manufacturing node. A talking point over the Cedar Trail chipset has been that it represents the first netbook platform-based Intel 32nm technology. The platform is described as a unified architecture that packs the processing cores and the graphics processing unit on the same die. The graphics core includes support for DirectX 10.1 and hardware decoding capabilities for HD content, including MPEG2, VC1, AVC, H.264 and Blu-ray 2.0. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Citation: September launch for Intel Cedar Trail scrapped (2011, August 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-08-september-intel-cedar-trail-scrapped.htmllast_img read more

Elusive pygmy right whale found to be member of long thought extinct

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. More information: The pygmy right whale Caperea marginata: the last of the cetotheres, Published online December 19, 2012. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2012.2645AbstractThe pygmy right whale, Caperea marginata, is the most enigmatic of the living baleen whales (Mysticeti). Its highly disparate morphology and the virtual absence of a described fossil record have made it extremely difficult to place Caperea into a broader evolutionary context, and molecular and morphological studies have frequently contradicted each other as to the origins and phylogenetic relationships of the species. Our study of a wealth of material from New Zealand collections, representing a wide range of ontogenetic stages, has identified several new features previously unreported in Caperea, which suggest that the pygmy right whale may be the last survivor of the supposedly extinct family Cetotheriidae. This hypothesis is corroborated by both morphology-based and total evidence cladistic analyses, including 166 morphological characters and 23 taxa, representing all the living and extinct families of toothless baleen whales. Our results allow us to formally refer Caperea to Cetotheriidae, thus resurrecting the latter from extinction and helping to clarify the origins of a long-problematic living species. Citation: Elusive pygmy right whale found to be member of long thought extinct group (2012, December 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-12-elusive-pygmy-whale-member-thought.html World’s rarest whale seen for the first time Explore further (Phys.org)—Researchers in New Zealand have found that the pygmy right whale (Caperea marginata) is not a right whale at all but is instead a member of the cetotheres family of baleen whales, which until now have been believed to be extinct. The team reports on its finding in a paper they’ve had published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.center_img The pygmy right whale (Caperea marginata). Credit: Wikipedia. Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B Pygmy right whales live in the southern hemispheric oceans far from land and are rarely seen, thus compared to other whales, very little is known about them. They’re also small, growing to a length of just 21 feet and have a very unique arched snout and mouth; appearing as if an upside down grin. Scientists had previously thought the whale was a member of the humpback or bowhead family, as its appearance more resembled those than other baleens.Helping to clarify things, was a pygmy right whale carcass found on a beach in New Zealand in 2002. This new research is based on those remains and on the limited number of other bone samples that have been obtained. A DNA analysis made along with head measurements showed that the whale is in fact a member of the Cetotheriidae family of whales which scientists believed had been extinct for perhaps 2 million years. Because of that the researchers refer to the pygmy right whale as a “living fossil.”The whale is the smallest of the baleen family, and the most reclusive. So much so that scientists know very little about its habits such as what they eat, mate, how they behave etc. and can’t even guess as to how many of them there are alive today. The DNA analysis revealed that the whales evolved approximately nine million years ago, during a time when several other species of the family existed. It’s not known why the others died out while the pygmy was able to survive, but its existence today offers scientists a unique opportunity to study an animal that exists today much as did it and its relatives millions of years ago – if they can find some live specimens to study, of course. © 2012 Phys.orglast_img read more

Tests find Rossis ECat has an energy density at least 10 times

first_img Ragone plot of the energy density and power density of various sources. The plot has been expanded to show conservative estimates of the E-Cat from the March tests, as well as known values of Pu-238. Credit: Prepared for Forbes by Alan Fletcher based on the original figure by Ahmed F. Ghoniem. “Needs, resources and climate change: clean and efficient conversion technologies,” Progress in Energy and Combustion Science 37 (2011), 15-51, fig. 38 Of the seven scientists who authored the paper, two are from Italy (Giuseppe Levi at Bologna University and Evelyn Foschi of Bologna, Italy) and five are from Sweden (Torbjörn Hartman, Bo Höistad, Roland Pettersson and Lars Tegnér at Uppsala University; and Hanno Essén at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm).Essén, who submitted the paper, is an associate professor of theoretical physics at the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology and former chairman of the Swedish Skeptics Society.”I have followed the Rossi E-Cats for a couple of years now and participated in two experiments (including the present one) and read, and heard, about several other more or less independent ones,” Essén told Phys.org. “My overall impression is that there must be something there, but scientists must always be cautious until everything has been checked and rechecked.”Essén said that there are plans to submit the paper to a peer-reviewed journal, although they understand that it may be difficult. Even though the subject is controversial, he explained that he thinks the cost of involvement is worth it.”I got involved since, for the first time, an inventor of a new energy source was willing to allow meaningful observation and measurement,” he said. “There is always a risk that career and reputation is damaged, but for me scientific curiosity always has higher priority.” (Left) The ceramic cylinder visibly heats up in an experiment performed in November 2012. In this test, the device got so hot that the internal steel cylinder housing the fuel overheated and melted. The trials in the current study were performed at lower temperatures. (Right) Thermal data of the cylinder taken from a high-res thermal camera. Credit: Levi, et al. Rossi himself was not part of the study. However, the tests were performed on E-Cat prototypes constructed by Rossi and located in Rossi’s facilities in Ferrara, Italy.The paper presents the results of two separate tests on two different prototypes, called E-Cat HT and E-Cat HT2. The first test was carried out by Levi and Foschi in December 2012, while the second was carried out by all seven authors in March 2013. Although the E-Cat HT2 had several improvements over the E-Cat HT, both tests revealed the same important result: more heat was produced by the device than would be expected from any known chemical source of energy. According to the researcher’s conservative measurements and calculations, the E-Cat HT and E-Cat HT2 have energy densities of 680,000 Wh/kg and 61,000,000 Wh/kg, respectively. Even with a “blind” evaluation that probably underestimates the energy production significantly, the researchers still get a value that is an order of magnitude higher than all other conventional energy sources. Considering that gasoline has an energy density of 12,000 Wh/kg, these values are extraordinary and would blow all other energy technologies out of the water. With that being said, exactly what kind of reaction is producing the large amount of heat energy remains unknown. While the reaction was originally touted as cold fusion when Rossi first unveiled the device a few years ago, most analysts now suspect that the mechanism is more likely a low-energy nuclear reaction (LENR) that is not fusion. If the reaction involves the conversion of nickel into copper, as it seems, then it would be considered a transmutation. Somewhat frustratingly, the seven scientists were not allowed to look inside the steel cylinder that houses the fuel, which is a combination of nickel powder, hydrogen gas, and—most mysteriously—a catalyst composed of unknown additives. This catalyst is an industrial trade secret, and the secrecy makes it impossible for independent scientists to understand exactly how the device works.”It is frustrating to observe a mysterious phenomenon but not be allowed to investigate it fully, yes,” Essén said. “I understand, however, that inventors are mainly interested in commercial applications and that this requires the keeping of industrial secrets.”What the scientists could do was to operate the device, measure the heat energy it produced, and compare that to the input energy to calculate the impressive values stated above. They could also assess the prototypes for any potential radioactive emissions, of which they found none.The basic design of the E-Cat (both versions) consists of three cylinders: an outer ceramic cylinder (33 cm long and 10 cm in diameter, or roughly the dimensions of a bowling pin), a smaller ceramic cylinder located within the outer one and containing wire coils, and finally the steel cylinder that contains the fuel. At just 3 mm thick and 33 mm in diameter, the steel cylinder is not much bigger than a quarter. By comparing the weights of the steel cylinder when containing fuel and when empty, the researchers estimated the weight of the fuel in the March test to be about 0.3 grams.When power (here, no more than 360 W) is fed to the wire coils inside the middle cylinder, the coils heat up and cause the steel cylinder and its powder to heat up as well. The scientists used a thermal camera to measure the E-Cat’s surface temperature for the entire duration of the two tests, which were 96 hours and 116 hours, respectively. They also continuously monitored the electrical power input that was supplied to the coils. In the first test, the power input was constant, while in the second test, the scientists experimented with turning the power on and off to test the self-sustaining mode. In the self-sustaining mode, they observed a periodic heating and cooling cycle that warrants further study.To investigate whether there really is something special about the powder fuel in the small cylinder, the researchers performed a “dummy” test with an empty cylinder. They ran the test in March on the E-Cat HT2 for about 6 hours, taking measurements exactly as they did when the cylinder was loaded. They found that no extra heat was generated beyond that expected from the electric input. Whatever kind of catalyst is in the fuel seems to be indispensable for generating the excess energy.Whether this paper gains the approval or disdain of other scientists working in related areas remains to be seen, but the seven authors of the current paper seemed to have taken pains to take all the precautions that they could, given the circumstances, to perform a valid investigation. At nearly every step of their measurements and calculations, the scientists repeatedly emphasized that they adopted the most conservative methods in order to not overestimate the device’s energy generation.The paper has so far received a mixed response on the web, with Steven B. Krivit of New Energy Times arguing that Rossi has manipulated the scientists to create the illusion of an independent test, while articles at Pure Energy Systems and Forbes are more supportive.At the end of their paper, the researchers added that another test is planned to begin this summer. This test will last six months in order to monitor the long-term performance of the E-Cat HT2, and may help the scientists get a better understanding of the origins of the excess heat energy. More information: Giuseppe Levi, et al. “Indication of anomalous heat energy production in a reactor device.” arXiv:1305.3913 [physics.gen-ph] © 2013 Phys.orgcenter_img Citation: Tests find Rossi’s E-Cat has an energy density at least 10 times higher than any conventional energy source (2013, May 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-05-rossi-e-cat-energy-density-higher.html (Phys.org) —In the ongoing saga of Andrea Rossi’s energy catalyzer (E-Cat) that promises clean, cheap power for the world, the latest events continue to bring as many questions as answers. Several scientists have performed supposedly independent tests of two E-Cat prototypes under controlled conditions and using high-precision instrumentation. In a paper posted at arXiv.org, the researchers write that, even by the most conservative of measurements, the E-Cat produces excess heat with a resulting energy density that is at least 1 order of magnitude—and possibly several—higher than any other conventional energy source, including gasoline. Explore further Rossi’s E-Cat gets first customers, but questions remain 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

Study results suggest people are less cooperative in unequal societies when wealth

first_img Explore further Journal information: Nature (Phys.org)—A team of researchers at Yale University has conducted an online virtual experiment designed to better understand behavior patterns among people in a society as it relates to wealth inequality. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes their study and results and offer suggestions on how it may relate to the real world. Credit: A. Reese and A. Ro © 2015 Phys.org Do people treat each other differently or cooperate differently with other people if they know that the other person is more or less well off than they are? Anecdotal evidence would suggest that this is likely the case, but proving it is difficult. To learn more, the researchers asked for help from 1,460 online participants–volunteers who agreed to take part in a virtual society game. The idea was that participants could cooperate with others by giving them virtual cash, making things better for everyone. But unbeknownst to the players, several factors were controlled by the researchers, such as how much virtual cash each player started with, allowing for unequal distribution. Also during some games, players were able to see how much cash everyone had, while in other games, they only knew how much they had, making it impossible to compare themselves with others. In any case, game players were told that at the completion of the game, they would be able to redeem their virtual cash for real world money.In studying the results, the researchers found that players that had more money than others, and knew it, tended to be less cooperative—hoarding their money for a big payoff when the game ended. Such players often also benefited from donations given by other players more willing to cooperate by giving to everyone. On the other hand, when players had more virtual money than others, but did not know it, they tended to be just as generous as those that had less money. Thus, the researchers concluded, it was the knowledge of having more wealth that caused those with more money to be more stingy.How the game relates to real life is of course, a matter of conjecture—the researchers suggest that because game players knew they were going to get real money as a payoff at that end, it meant they behaved in a real way, but at the same time acknowledge that when setting up such an experiment there is going to be trade-offs. In this case, that meant taking education level, race and other such factors out of the equation, allowing for measuring only cooperation degree when known inequality existed.center_img More information: Inequality and visibility of wealth in experimental social networks, Nature (2015) DOI: 10.1038/nature15392AbstractHumans prefer relatively equal distributions of resources, yet societies have varying degrees of economic inequality6. To investigate some of the possible determinants and consequences of inequality, here we perform experiments involving a networked public goods game in which subjects interact and gain or lose wealth. Subjects (n = 1,462) were randomly assigned to have higher or lower initial endowments, and were embedded within social networks with three levels of economic inequality (Gini coefficient = 0.0, 0.2, and 0.4). In addition, we manipulated the visibility of the wealth of network neighbours. We show that wealth visibility facilitates the downstream consequences of initial inequality—in initially more unequal situations, wealth visibility leads to greater inequality than when wealth is invisible. This result reflects a heterogeneous response to visibility in richer versus poorer subjects. We also find that making wealth visible has adverse welfare consequences, yielding lower levels of overall cooperation, inter-connectedness, and wealth. High initial levels of economic inequality alone, however, have relatively few deleterious welfare effects.Press release Gamers who buy advantages are respected less by other players Citation: Study results suggest people are less cooperative in unequal societies when wealth inequality is evident (2015, September 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-09-results-people-cooperative-unequal-societies.html 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

Dozens of new variable stars found in a dense globular cluster

first_imgMessier 54 as imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope. Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA Citation: Dozens of new variable stars found in a dense globular cluster (2016, June 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-06-dozens-variable-stars-dense-globular.html Astronomers discover two new stars in a distant open cluster Journal information: arXiv More information: Many new variable stars discovered in the core of the globular cluster NGC 6715 (M54) with EMCCD observations arXiv:1605.06141 [astro-ph.SR] arxiv.org/abs/1605.06141AbstractWe show the benefits of using Electron-Multiplying CCDs and the shift-and-add technique as a tool to minimise the effects of the atmospheric turbulence such as blending between stars in crowded fields and to avoid saturated stars in the fields observed. We intend to complete, or improve, the census of the variable star population in globular cluster NGC~6715. Our aim is to obtain high-precision time-series photometry of the very crowded central region of this stellar system via the collection of better angular resolution images than has been previously achieved with conventional CCDs on ground-based telescopes. Observations were carried out using the Danish 1.54-m Telescope at the ESO La Silla observatory in Chile. The telescope is equipped with an Electron-Multiplying CCD that allowed to obtain short-exposure-time images (ten images per second) that were stacked using the shift-and-add technique to produce the normal-exposure-time images (minutes). The high precision photometry was performed via difference image analysis employing the DanDIA pipeline. We attempted automatic detection of variable stars in the field. We statistically analysed the light curves of 1405 stars in the crowded central region of NGC~6715 to automatically identify the variable stars present in this cluster. We found light curves for 17 previously known variable stars near the edges of our reference image (16 RR Lyrae and 1 semi-regular) and we discovered 67 new variables (30 RR Lyrae, 21 long-period irregular, 3 semi-regular, 1 W Virginis, 1 eclipsing binary, and 11 unclassified). Photometric measurements for these stars are available in electronic form through the Strasbourg Astronomical Data Centre. (Phys.org)—Located some 87,000 light years away, a dense globular cluster named Messier 54 (also known as NGC 6715) is a real gold mine for astronomers. Recently, an international team has discovered dozens of new variable stars in this cluster, improving the stellar census of Messier 54. The findings were presented in a paper published online on May 23 on the arXiv pre-print server.center_img The team, led by Roberto Figuera Jaimes of the European Southern Observatory (ESO), made use of the Danish 1.54 meter Telescope at ESO’s La Silla observatory in Chile in order to obtain high-precision photometry of the very crowded central region of Messier 54. They have analyzed the light curves of 1,405 stars in this stellar system. Their observations were highly successful, resulting in the discovery 67 new variable stars.”A total of 1,405 stars in the field covered by the reference image were statistically studied for variable star detection. (…) We discovered 67 new variable stars, which consist of 30 RR Lyrae, 21 long-period irregular, three semi-regular, one W Virginis, one eclipsing binary, and 11 unclassified stars,” the researchers wrote in the paper.RR Lyrae variables are pulsating horizontal branch stars of spectral class A or F, with a mass of around 0.5 solar masses. They are used as standard candles to measure extragalactic distances. Among the group of 30 newly detected stars of this class, the team was able to discern that 17 of them are pulsating in the fundamental mode, eight are pulsating in the first overtone, one is a double-mode pulsator and four remain with an uncertain subtype. The periods of the newly found stars in the RR Lyrae group range from 0.28 to 0.76 days with amplitudes between 0.06 and 1.69 mag.However, according to Jaimes and his colleagues, the most intriguing addition to the stellar catalog of Messier 54 is the W Virginis variable. The scientists noted that this star’s variation does not follow the pattern found for the other variable stars studied and classified in their work. They found a very well phased light curve with a period of about 14.8 days and an amplitude of 0.71 mag.”This is the only bright variable star on the blue side of the color-magnitude diagram far away from the red giant branch,” the paper reads.The scientists revealed that the amplitudes of 21 long-period irregular variables range from 0.05 to 0.46 mag, however they found no clear periods for these stars. According to the research, the amplitudes of the three semi-regular stars range from 0.04 to 0.45 mag and their periods span between 20 and 150 days. The eclipsing binary’s period was found to be approximately 0.2 days, while the amplitude of the deeper eclipse is of the order of 0.8 mag and the amplitude of the secondary eclipse equals 0.5 mag.The researchers concluded that their findings, especially regarding detecting new RR Lyrae variables, confirm that Messier 54 is of intermediate Oosterhoff type. The so-called ‘Oosterhoff groups’ are two populations of globular clusters, nearly as old as the universe itself, that have weak lines of metallic elements, though they differ in their metal abundances. 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. © 2016 Phys.org Explore furtherlast_img read more

Energy quantization enhances the performance of singleatom heat machines

first_imgIllustration of a situation in which work cannot be extracted from a classical ideal gas, but can be extracted from a quantum one. Credit: Gelbwaser-Klimovsky et al. ©2018 American Physical Society More information: David Gelbwaser-Klimovsky, Alexei Bylinskii, Dorian Gangloff, Rajibul Islam, Alán Aspuru-Guzik, and Vladan Vuletic. “Single-Atom Heat Machines Enabled by Energy Quantization.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.120.170601Also at arXiv:1705.11180 [quant-ph] Journal information: Physical Review Letters Citation: Energy quantization enhances the performance of single-atom heat machines (2018, May 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-energy-quantization-single-atom-machines.html Miniaturised ‘heat engines’ could power nanoscale machines of the future 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.center_img Explore further The physicists, David Gelbwaser-Klimovsky at Harvard University and coauthors, have published a paper on using energy quantization to improve the performance of heat machines in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.In their work, the researchers compared the performance of classical and quantum heat machines, which convert heat into work. In the classical version, a compressible working substance (usually a gas) is required for operation. When the working substance is heated, it expands and drives the engine’s mechanical motion. In practice, it can be experimentally challenging to reach the large compression ratios needed for high performance. However, in the quantum version with quantized energy levels, the heat engine does not require a compressible working substance, but instead can function with incompressible working substances. So overall, when considering energy quantization in a heat engine, the classical paradigms break down and large compression ratios are no longer needed to obtain highly efficient heat engines. As the scientists demonstrated, the appropriate manipulation of energy levels leads to higher efficiencies and opens the doors to realizing heat machines that are classically inconceivable.The physicists also showed that, although energy quantization can improve heat engine efficiency, the efficiency is still subject to the Carnot limit—the fundamental limit on the efficiency of any heat engine. In addition, the performance improvement only occurs when the quantized energy levels are inhomogenously scaled, which is a regime that so far has received little attention. In the future, the researchers plan to further investigate this regime, as well as explore different kinds of working substances, such as those composed of interacting or indistinguishable particles. © 2018 Phys.org Physicists have demonstrated that energy quantization can improve the efficiency of a single-atom heat engine to exceed the performance of its classical counterpart. Energy quantization, in which the energy levels of a system occur only in discrete values, is a quintessential feature of quantum systems and differs from the continuous energy levels that occur in classical systems.last_img read more

A celebration of life

first_imgThe exhibition titled Art Beyond Canvas is a medley of studio ceramics in porcelain and stoneware, oil painting on canvas, hand-painted ceramics and mixed media on wood. The show that opens on 20 September is an amalgamation of traditions and rich heritage of India by ceramicist Tanuja Jain and artist Mamta Malhotra.The work engulfs ancient arts, archaeology, religious places, and sculptures with a touch of modern and vibrant India. The concept is inspired by mixing landscapes of Varanasi the oldest living city, into clay, the oldest medium used by mankind. Jain and Malhotra have captured the many moods of Chai through different expressions in their individual and combined works, bringing affordable art to the tables and homes of people. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Inspired by colours and forms of nature, Jain has created ceramic pieces using a multitude of slips, stains, textures, special pencils, crayons, pigments and hand painting,  giving a compelling artistic vision and identity to ceramic tableware and furniture. She said, ‘It has been a wonderful experience to create work inspired by Varanasi- the oldest cultural and vibrant city of India. Mamta and I have synchronised varied moods and expressions of Chai and the city to bring people close to ancient roots’. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe juxtaposition and contrast of urban landscapes and rich cultures have inspired Malhotra to paint cityscapes highlighting the beauty and fragility of Varanasi. They evoke the intense vitality of an ancient and vibrant lifestyle. She uses wood, canvas, paint, paper, ceramics and thread to add layers and dimension resulting in highly textural works. She said, ‘I have collaborated to create a unique mélange of art. I hope that this desire to find beauty, perfection and optimism is carried over to the viewer.’last_img read more

Jatra artiste dies of snake bite while performing

first_imgKolkata: Performing a Jatrapala with a venomous snake proved fatal for Kalidashi Mondal, a Jatra artiste who was declared brought dead by hospital authorities after getting bitten by it.The incident brought to light the shocking negligence on the part of the Jatra organisers, who allowed a local exorcist to perform his tricks on the victim for four hours after the incident occurred. The hospital authorities said the patient’s life could have been saved, had she been brought to the hospital earlier. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIt was learnt from the local sources that the victim, Mondal and her troops were performing ‘Manasa Mangal’ in Barunghat area of Hasnabad on Tuesday evening. The Jatrapala was organised at the house of one Manoranjan Das on the occasion of Manasa Puja. To make the performance more lively, a local exorcist handed over a poisonous snake to the woman. Without assuming the implication of the incident, she also agreed to enact the epic with the snake. According to locals, the victim thought that the snake might have been entirely devoid of venom. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedWhen she started acting with the snake, it suddenly bit her. When she collapsed on the stage, the exorcist insisted on doing the treatment himself and did not allow anybody to take her to a nearby hospital. He continued his tricks on the woman for four hours. When the locals and her fellow colleagues finally took her to the hospital, the doctors pronounced her brought dead.Question arises on why her other colleagues did not prevent the victim from taking the snake. The locals demanded stern action against Biswas who is currently at large. A probe has been initiated.last_img read more

Man woman found hanging in Digha hotel room

first_imgKolkata: A man and a woman committed suicide by hanging themselves at a hotel room in Digha on Friday morning.Police said the victims Shankar Sarkar (29) and Atasi Sarkar (26) had checked in to the hotel on Thursday and claimed themselves to be husband and wife. Investigation revealed that both of them were residents of Tarakeswar in Hooghly. Police came to know from the employees of the hotel that it was on Thursday night when they reached Digha and checked in to the room. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsWhen asked by the employees whether they would take dinner on Thursday night, they informed that they already had dinner. That was the last time, the employees saw them.On Friday morning, one of them went to clean the room and knocked on the door. The employee, who went to clean the room, knocked on the door repeatedly. But there was no response.The employee informed his colleagues, who also knocked on the door. Finally, the manager of the hotel contacted police. Policemen from Digha police station went to the hotel and broke open the door only to find both of them hanging from the ceiling. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedPolice brought both the bodies down and sent them for post-mortem.They searched the room and found identity cards in their bags. Police contacted the victims’ family members and searched if they had left any suicide note in the room.Police are yet to ascertain the exact reason behind this extreme step but suspect that some family related trouble led to the incident. They will also speak to the victims’ family members to reach the root of the incident.last_img read more

TMC will win all 42 seats Abhishek

first_imgKolkata: Senior leaders were all praises for TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee’s efforts to groom the party in a unique manner streamlining political ambitions with productive work for “Maa, Mati, Manush,” creating a totally new breed of leaders who are now more sensitive to people’s issues and work extremely hard to bring to reality the Chief Minister’s dreams of making Bengal the number one state in the country in all aspects. In this new breed of leaders is her own nephew Abhishek who is presently the TMC Youth Congress president. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAt the release of ‘Nisshabda Biplob’ (Silent Revolution), a report card of Abhishek Banerjee’s works as an MP of Diamond Harbour, senior TMC leaders were all praises for his achievements. Praising him, TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee who is also the state Education minister said on Tuesday: “Mamata Banerjee has worked tirelessly for people’s rights from the very start of her college life and has been an inspiration for all of us. She has been the torch-bearer and Abhishek has learnt from her how to systematically organise the party. He has instilled the thoughts of the younger generation within the party.” Expressing his optimism about the next Lok Sabha elections, Abhishek said that the TMC will be able to win all the 42 seats. He also slammed the Centre for the rise in petrol and diesel prices as well as cooking gas and announced that protest movements would continue throughout the state.last_img read more

7 projects bag SKOCH OrderofMerit award

first_imgKolkata: Seven flagship projects of the Urban Development and Municipal Affairs department have been selected for SKOCH Order-of-Merit award.The projects that received SKOCH Order-of-Merit award are – floating market located on the western fringes of Eastern Metropolitan Bypass near Patuli, Solar high mast LED lights at Jaigaon in Alipurduar, development of green zone in Kolkata, online payment of Municipal Property Tax, Samabyathi project, ADDA online project and development of eco-tourism complex at Saheb Bandh in Purluia town are Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe Floating Market at Patuli was developed by Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority and it is one of the successful projects of the state government. Some shop keepers were rehabilitated there and people visit the place to buy goods at affordable rates in a unique atmosphere.Similarly, the project of installing 31 high mast solar lights in Jaigaon was carried out by Jaigaon Development Authority (JDA) and it has given a facelift to the place. People residing in the Jaigaon Planning Area were also immensely benefitted as unlike conventional lights, the solar lights are cost effective and hassle free. As many as 37,300 people benefitted from the project. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAgain, the Green Zone in Kolkata is one of the successful initiatives under Green City Mission and it led to the creation of a beautifully decorated corridor from Kolkata Airport to Chinar Park and from Parama Island to Nabanna via Maa Flyover and AJC Bose Road Flyover. At the same time, the projects including the online payment gateway system of the Asansol Durgapur Development Authority’s (ADDA), which was named as “ADDA Online” also immensely benefitted the residents of the area. The Samabyathi project of the state government is also one of its kind in the country. It provides financial support to bereaved family members to perform the final rites and rituals of a deceased from the financially weaker section. Under the project, the state government provides assistance of Rs 2,000 to each of such families.last_img read more

Transport dept bags Skoch award for Gatidhara scheme

first_imgKolkata: The state Transport department has bagged the Skoch award for its Gatidhara project, that has provided a means of livelihood to thousands of unemployed youths in Bengal. Gatidhara is one of the dream projects of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, under which the state government gives a financial assistance of Rs 1 lakh to each of the beneficiaries, to buy a commercial vehicle.Suvendu Adhikari, the state Transport minister, said: “One can witness such a project only in Bengal. There is no such project in any other state of the country. Our officials have received the award on Thursday.” Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIn the 2017-18 fiscal, the state Transport department has set a record by achieving more than 100 percent implementation of the Gatidhara scheme. The target was to bring 10,000 unemployed youths under the Gatidhara scheme in the 2017-18 fiscal. But a total of 10,553 unemployed youths have received the benefit.In the 2015-16 fiscal, the state Transport department had brought 5,200 unemployed youths under the scheme and in 2016-17, it was 8,500. In the past three financial years, the state Transport department has brought as many as 24,253 unemployed youths under the scheme. In the current fiscal, more than 700 people have received the sanction letters of the scheme so far. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe department has also taken several steps to ensure safe water transport. Adhikari, along with Additional Chief Secretary of the Transport department Alapan Bandyopadhyay and other senior officials of the department visited MV Shikhashree, which has been introduced recently to ensure safe journey of people across river Hooghly.The three-tier vessel has the capacity to carry 400 passengers. There is accommodation for 250 passengers in the lower deck, while in the middle and upper decks, as many as 125 and 25 people can be accommodated. Adhikari said that more such updated and modern vessels will be introduced by August this year.last_img read more

Parl panel to begin clausebyclause consideration of Land Bill

first_imgAt on Monday’s meeting of the Joint Committee of Parliament, members decided that if the government is able to reply to their queries on July 16, the panel could take up clause-by-clause consideration of the bill from July 22.The committee decided to summon secretaries of concerned ministries on July 16 to listen to their views of the amendments to the 2013 Act. The secretaries from Legal Affairs, Legislative Department, Rural Development and Commerce Ministries, and top officials from Railways are likely to appear before the committee. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIAt least two members said after the meeting that if the committee is able to satisfy itself about the questions raised by it on July 16, the panel may reach the crucial phase of considering the various amendments brought by the NDA government through an ordinance.The ordinance was later brought as a bill in the Lok Sabha and referred to the committee amidst opposition to its various provisions by several political parties.Between July 16 and 18, members would also get notices to move their amendments to the bill. The panel, which had sought an extension of one week has now been given time till July 28 — first day of second week of Monsoon session beginning July 21 — to complete its task. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindSince sitting BJP member Dileep Singh Bhuraia had passed away last month, the Lok Sabha is likely to adjourn for the day on July 21 after paying obituaries.Panel chairman S S Ahluwalia of BJP may not be able to move a motion in the House seeking extension and he is likely to do the same on July 22, some members said. Since the committee was formed by a motion of the House, it will officially get an extension after Ahluwalia moves a motion in this regard. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan is learnt to have have approved moving the motion for extension.last_img read more

Govt set to upgrade infrastructure of three medical colleges in state

first_imgKolkata: The state government has taken the decision to upgrade three medical colleges in the state by introducing new facilities and at the same time, by developing infrastructure of many of the existing units.Bankura Sammilani Medical College, Malda Medical College and North Bengal Medical College and Hospital are the three state-run major health units, where infrastructure development will take place.As many as 704 beds will be increased, with 249 beds in Bankura Sammilani Medical College, 201 beds in Malda Medical College and 254 beds in North Bengal Medical College and Hospital. In a bid to ensure better health service, 1,453 posts have also been created and will be filled up soon, said Chandrima Bhattacharya, minister of state for Health. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedShe further said that infrastructure for plastic surgery, pediatric surgery, CTVS, dialysis unit, cardiology, general ICU, etc. will be developed in Bankura Sammilani Medical College. Different infrastructure will also be developed in Malda Medical College. In North Bengal Medial College and Hospital, there will also be infrastructure for plastic surgery, pediatric surgery and CTVS. There will be a nephrology unit in North Bengal Medial College and Hospital as well. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPThe cabinet on Thursday has also given its nod to set up 27 more General Nursing and Midwifery schools. At present, there are 89 such schools in the state. In a bid to ensure proper functioning of the 27 new schools, the cabinet has given its nod for creation of 891 posts. It will help solve the problem of shortage of nurses in the state.Meanwhile, Sashi Panja, the state Women and Child Development minister, said after the cabinet meeting that a decision has also been made to set up ICDS cells for each of the four newly created districts – Jhargram, West Burdwan, Alipurduar and Kalimpong.The cells will be supervising implementation of the ICDS scheme, National Creche Scheme and Scheme for adolescent girls. She stated that the Centre has reduced its share for the ICDS cells to 25 percent and the state is now bearing 75 percent of the project cost.The cabinet has also given its nod to set up Chitpur Railway Police Station, bifurcating the jurisdiction of Dum Dum GRPS.last_img read more

Heavy rainfall to hit Bengal again mercury to remain low

first_imgKolkata: Temperature in the city may continue to be on the lower side for the next three days as the districts in North and South Bengal will be lashed by fresh rainfall, accompanied by thunderstorm, lightning, and gusty winds in a few districts, as predicted by the Alipore Meteorological department on Sunday.”Due to cyclonic circulations in Bangladesh and other adjoining areas, the districts of North and South Bengal, including Kolkata, may receive light to heavy rainfall from Monday to Wednesday, accompanied by thunderstorms. The maximum and minimum temperature in Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bosethe city will be around 28 and 18 degree Celsius respectively,” said an official of the Alipore Meteorological department. “An alert has been sounded for the districts of Gangetic Bengal as several districts may witness thunderstorm, accompanied by lightning and gusty winds on Monday. Whereas several districts of South Bengal may witness the Nor’Wester (Kalbaisakhi) rain on Tuesday, along with thunderstorms and gusty winds,” he further said. On Sunday, the maximum temperature in the city was recorded at 28.9 degree Celsius, three degree lower than normal, while the minimum temperature settled at 16 degree Celsius, five degree lower than normal. Although the city did not receive any rainfall, the skies remained partially cloudy. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataLast week, both Bengal and Odisha had been lashed by heavy spells of sudden rainfall, accompanied by thunderstorm, lightning and gusty winds due to Western disturbances in the region. Several pockets of Kolkata had also been completely thrown out of gear due to severe waterlogging and traffic disruptions. Heavy rain and thunderstorms in the state have claimed the lives of six people, apart from uprooting trees and snapping cables in several areas. “The rainfall which may occur in the upcoming days is not due to the Western disturbances which had occurred last week. The rainfall which may occur from Monday is due to cyclonic circulations which have developed in Bangladesh and other adjoining regions,” he said.last_img read more

Black humour hard sold

first_img‘Kaalakaandi’The title is Marathi slang – Kaala-Kaandi. It means, something that is not being done in the right manner or is horribly wrong. And as the title suggests, right from the first frame, we are reminded that nothing can go right for its characters. What makes Kaalakaandi interesting, though, is its dark comedy, easy to relate situations and characters. It is one of the easiest films to love and one of the hardest to think of as a work of art. It approaches the notion of pure filmmaking as entertainment; it is a nearly flawless example of itself. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIt lacks, a lesson or message and is content to show three sets of people facing a series of interlocking challenges they face one night.Set in Mumbai, with a variety of quirky, pseudo characters awake after midnight, it reflects the unpredictable life in the city. But, they seldom find themselves intertwined in a bizarre series of coincidences.Boldly told, what happens to the characters apart from the nightmarish and bizarre nature of their experiences can only be described as screwball logic. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWhile the plot unravels like the pages of a thriller, the humour seems laboured. You witness this in the first scene and in the climax.In the opening scene Saif Ali Khan is in his doctor’s clinic where his doctor sugar coats his diagnosis with, “You do not suffer from ulcers, hence you don’t have perforating ulcers. Instead you suffer from stomach cancer.”For a person who never experienced the excesses of life, this unpleasant bit of news hits like a ton of bricks. So when he returns home, where the wedding preparation of his younger brother Angad (Akshay Oberoi) is under-way, he sips alcohol and tries a narcotic substance. This sets the ball rolling for a roller-coaster cinematic experience. In the second situation, Zubin (Kunal Roy Kapur) is in low spirits because his girlfriend is migrating to America. Just before her flight, as a farewell gesture and to celebrate the birthday of their friend Ann (Shenaz Treasurywala), they land up at a pub which predictably gets raided. How they escape from the clutches of the police and what fate has in store for them, forms the crux of their story.In the third narrative, Vijay Raaz and Deepak Dobriyal, work as flunkies for the local gangster. After collecting the protection money from a film producer, how greed overcomes them, forms the crux of their fate.What keeps the quirky characters afloat are the spunky, rustic dialogues that are gags by themselves. For instance, when Angad asks his older brother about his sexual preference, Saif in his typical style blurts out, “Madame Curie, curious,” he asks this after Saif’s escapades with a transgender. The dialogues between Saif and the transvestite also bear testimony to this.On the performance front all actors have put their heart and soul into their characters and they shine on screen. Unfortunately the characters are two-dimensional and cardboard thin. Of the supporting cast, Sobhita Dhulipala as Zubin’s girlfriend, Amyra Dastur as Neha – Angad’s fiance, Isha Talwar as the wedding photographer and Saif’s love interest, Treasurywala as Ann along with Shivam Patil as her boyfriend Jason who calls himself “Jehangir Jehangir” have their moments of on screen glory.Overall with good production quality, director Akshat Verma’s attempt at this noir comedy is engaging but it goes without saying that the script material tries to sell itself a little too hard.last_img read more

Choose the right type of socks with your shoes

first_imgBelieve it or not but socks are also very important to the life of your shoes. As feet are prone to sweating, this can cause damage to the footwear, which highlights the importance of a good quality pair of socks so make sure you are opting for right pair. Experts share a few tips on how to choose the right type of socks with your shoes: 4Styling knee high socks with boots is both an opportunity to transform an outfit and a way to let your personality shine. They’re durable, they stay put on calves of all sizes and are comfortable enough to wear all day. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf4On a rainy day rubber boots are a necessity, it becomes important to make sure feet stay warm, comfortable and, most importantly, dry. Pairing rubber boots with quick-drying, cushioned crew socks will enhance the comfort.4For those looking for a visible, stylish option should wear knee socks with ankle boots. Don’t let more than 2-3 inches of your sock peek out over the top of your ankle boot.4If you prefer socks to stay hidden; a pair of comfortable no-show socks with Casual sneakers should be your go-to. It covers enough of the foot to stay in place while remaining out of sight. Best of all, they don’t slip. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive4For a sports enthusiast, who is very fond of running and playing or just walking around, sports socks paired with running/walking shoes will be the best pick. Sports sock absorbs sweat keeping the feet away from bacterial and fungal infection. 4Play Safe and wear black: If you are someone who doesn’t know the art of wearing socks, classic black dress socks paired with a smart tuxedo and formal or brogue shoes will make you look classy and elegant. 4Striped and Patterned socks: Go for cotton and cotton blended striped and patterned socks for casual sneakers.4Matching up is important: It is very important to keep the colour of your dress socks matching to your trousers for suits. Always Choose a pair of socks that are either a shade darker or lighter than the trousers.4No show socks: No-show socks are best friends of Oxfords shoes, loafers and casual sneakers. Don’t forget to buy a pair this summer.last_img read more

Chit fund scam CBI raids multiple locations in Bengal

first_imgKolkata: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) conducted raids on multiple locations in Bengal, including Kolkata, in connection with a chit fund scam case.According to sources, on Monday morning, multiple teams of CBI sleuths raided 16 places, including Bowbazar in Kolkata, Kamarhati in North 24-Parganas, Arambag in Hooghly, Durgapur and Asansol in Burdwan. It was alleged that a company named New India Agro Limited violated norms to collect huge amount of money from the market. On Monday, a team raided the house of Sourav Mondal in Bowbazar area, who was one of the directors of New India Agro Limited, which was also the head office of the organisation. Also, almost at the same time another team raided the house of Prasenjit Sarkar, who was a top ranked official in the chit fund company. Sources informed that several documents were seized during the raid. The CBI has also came up with some names for having links with the case and may send notices to these people to appear before the investigating officers soon. The company had spread in the districts of Bengal.last_img read more

A Roman Sacrificial Gate to Hell and how Priests Survived the Toxic

first_imgIn southwestern Turkey, near the town of Pamukkale, there once stood the ancient city of Hierapolis. The settlement, whose name literally means the Holly City, was a site of great religious importance to both the Ancient Greek inhabitants and the local Phrygians of Asia Minor. Established some time in the 3rd century B.C., it was also one of the most well-known spas and healing centers of the ancient world. This was due to its thermal springs, which attracted many who were seeking advice from local doctors as well as clerical figures worshiping the cult of the mother-goddess Cybele. In addition, a large concentration of natural gas was present in the nearby hills, where the main religious service was held.A shrine was built by worshipers and embedded in the cave. Such shrines were called Plutonions or Plutoniums, as they tended to honor Hades, the Greek god of the Underworld and the equivalent of Pluto in Roman mythology.To appease the ruler of the afterlife, worshipers erected a temple surrounding the cave filled with earth’s vapor which caused the eunuch-priests to hallucinate and sacrificial animals to simply drop lifelessly. The fumes were brought by a thermal spring which runs through the cave, emitting volcanic carbon dioxide.Hierapolis, Turkey. Ancient tombs in the necropolis, II – XIV century ADThe remnants of the temple compound next to the city of Hierapolis were discovered in 1965 by a group of Italian archaeologists who made limited excavations on site, noting a grotto framed by a stone doorway and a 30 square feet chamber which was clearly intended for religious rites.In 2011, Francesco D’Andria, a professor of archaeology at the University of Salento, Italy, continued to examine the findings, leading to the discovery of the Plutonian in question―the one dubbed the Gates of Hell.The archaeological finding was, in fact, one of many such “Gates of Hell”―caves across the Mediterranean filled with carbon-dioxide coming straight from the earth’s core. The Ancient Romans believed that such caves really were portals which connected our world with the one below, inhabited by the dead.The sacrificial rituals were spectacular events, as nobody doubted the nature of the miracles that tended to happen before the believer’s very eyes. The clergy would lead sacrificial bulls down the grotto, where the animal would succumb from poisoning, while the priests came out unharmed, albeit being a bit dazed.Related Video:This was because the carbon dioxide mostly lingered on the floor of the cave, as the gas is slightly heavier than air. This caused the CO2 to form a mist at the cave’s bottom, affecting only animals as their heads were closer to the ground.The clerical figures controlling the shrine which became a must-see for many religious pilgrims of the time used to sell small birds which would then be thrown into the sacred grotto, after which a “miracle” followed. A famous Greek geographer, philosopher, and historian, Strabo, witnessed one such miracle and noted in his capital work, Geographica:“Any animal that passes inside meets instant death. I threw in sparrows and they immediately breathed their last and fell.”Plutonium Today Photo:Francesco D’Andria/University of Salento)As for the priests, they quickly became aware of the ways to avoid suffocation. Strabo also noticed the behavior of such priests during the ritual:“(The) priests bent down, held their breath, and only went in so far.”Strabo argued that their immunity was due to their castration, which gave them magical traits, but Hardy Pfanz, a volcanologist, begs to differ. In an interview Pfanz gave to Science magazine in February 2018, the volcanologist gave several scientific explanations concerning the fact that the priests were mostly unaffected by the carbon dioxide responsible for the ends of numerous bulls and sparrows.Apart from being aware that the fumes had a height limit, they also knew which part of the day was the safest for conducting the rites. Pfanz said in his interview that noon was probably the safest period of the day because the sun’s warmth dissipates the gas. At night the gas becomes highly concentrated making it hard to get near the entrance without being affected, let alone enter the portal to hell.Hierapolis todayThis is why the sacrificial rites were most probably conducted during the morning or evening hours when the concentration of the gas was the highest. The priests would simply guide the animals such as sheep and bulls into the portal where they would succumb to the fumes.Francesco D’Andria, the archaeologist responsible for the sudden return of interest in the location disagrees with Pfanz, noting that a number of his findings include ancient oil lamps scattered around the entrance to the grotto, confirming the presumed night activity.Related story from us: The Gate of the Sun: A megalithic solid stone structure, confusing experts ever since its discoveryThe research conducted in Pamukkale could lead to other archaeological discoveries around Greece and Turkey, where such cults were very popular. This find also offers us a unique insight into the minds of common people of the era of spread-out magical thinking and religious attempts to offer scientific explanations. Even though the emission of toxic fumes is of much less intensity than it was 2,200 years ago, some unfortunate birds still fall prey to the toxic breath of Pluto.last_img read more

VIDEO 13yearold Derek Carr got lit up in a Texans kidmascot football

first_imgDerek Carr and the Raiders got a huge last second win against the Chiefs, as time expired, to help re-energize their lagging season, but a clip from the broadcast showed just how far Carr has come from his days growing up in Houston when his brother David was the quarterback of the Texans.The flashback showed a 13-year-old Derek taking snaps for the Texans Pop Warner team in a kids versus mascot football game. Carr got lit up by the mascots and took an especially hard shot when one mascot shot the gap on a blitz.If you were a Carr in Houston during this time, you were bound to take hits.last_img read more